SONG OF THE NILE New Release With Excerpt

SongoftheNileFinalI’m happy to announce the release of my paranormal romance novel Song of the Nile! This is a standalone sequel to Lady of the Nile and features Merneith the musician and Nikare the Medjai, who readers first met as secondary characters. Cover art by Fiona Jayde.

Here’s the official blurb: 

Merneith, a harpist of rare talents, blessed by the goddess Hathor, has recently arrived in Thebes and joined Pharaoh’s court, but must hide secrets from her past. As she settles into her new life in the palace, the one man she can’t forget and followed to Thebes is unaccountably absent.

Nikare, a Medjai police officer serving under Pharaoh’s direct orders, is now deep undercover investigating high crimes against Egypt and forbidden to contact Merneith. Masquerading as a priest to deceive the plotters, he watches over her from afar and longs for the day he can approach her openly.

When an unscrupulous noble ensnares Merneith in the web of evil Nikare is pledged to bring down, the two must stand together against earthly and magical forces to save their own lives and protect Egypt.

How much help will the gods provide? Will the pair survive the final showdown between Pharaoh and the conspirators and find the happy future together they desire?

This is a standalone novel but is also a direct sequel to Lady of the Nile, which is where Merneith and Nikare were first encountered as supporting characters. Now they move front and center in the fight to protect Egypt from a new threat. Mild spoilers for Lady of the Nile.

The excerpt, as Merneith meets the Master of Musicians in Pharaoh’s palace:

“You must be my new musician, selected for me by the queen based on Hathor alone knows what qualifications but, of course, the Great One’s choices cannot be less than perfect.”

Merneith puzzled over his remark, which had the tone of being a criticism of the queen, and probably a slur on her as well. In her position she couldn’t afford to take offense or let her annoyance show. She opted to keep her own remarks to a minimum. “I was told to report to you at noon, sir.”

“Promptness is admirable.” With a sniff, he walked toward the room containing the selection of instruments. “Well, come on. What can you play?”

She hastened to follow him. “I’m a harpist but can also play lutes and lyres.”

He halted just inside the room and waved a hand at the waiting instruments. “Select one, tune it, and we’ll hear how well you play.”

Swallowing hard, she passed him to walk among the harps, nearly knocking over a stand of cymbals as she went, barely catching the rack before it toppled. There were four standing harps to choose from. The first she ruled out immediately, as the wood was dry and showing fine cracks. The second looked like a possibility but as she plucked a string to test the sound, she could tell the leather in the soundboard was of poor quality. The third one was a gracefully designed harp, with a lotus flower at the top and pretty shell-and-turquoise inlay along the bottom third.

“Come now, surely at least one of my poor offerings will meet with the approval of a harpist from the desert,” Khesuwer said, his tone impatient and condescending. “Take that one, girl, and let us proceed. I use the one you’re examining often for giving lessons to the daughters of noblemen.”

Merneith altShe ignored him. Choosing the right instrument was critical and although the harp she was examining was pretty to the eye, the angle of the wooden piece looked wrong to her, not by much but enough to send her to the last possibility. This harp had been sadly neglected, the wood needing a good polishing but, once she leaned it against her body and plucked a run of five notes, relief  was a cool breeze in her heart. Out of tune but true. Merneith had begun to fear Khesuwer was trying to rid himself of an unwanted musician by giving her only inferior choices when it came to an instrument.  She tightened the strings, worrying over a few of them which clearly needed replacing. She sent Hathor a small prayer they’d last through this test.

“This one is fine.” She thought Khesuwer nodded slightly, as if she’d passed his first test for her. “Am I to play in here?”

“Don’t tell me you disdain my fine chamber in the royal palace?” His voice was full of sarcasm.

I can’t let him upset me. I need this job. Chief Scribe Edekh had been clear she’d always have the pension granted to her but the lodging and food were attached to the position as a musician and the unpleasant Master was the gatekeeper. Since he hadn’t specified a song, she chose an ode to Hathor, goddess of music. The harp wasn’t quite tuned as yet, but she made a good attempt at the hymn and was pleased as the final notes sounded. Playing steadied her nerves.

“Rather an old version of the music,” Khesuwer said, nose in the air, sneering at her. “I suppose there was no more current material in your rural home.”

“No, we were limited and learned from our elders,” she said. On this point she had no defense and no pride to be hurt.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 17

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

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RAVEN (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel

VS Note: Oh yesss, had this pre-ordered.

After betrayal and abuse destroyed Liena’s dreams of becoming a Psychic Operator, she warily accepts a temporary position on Khepri, the homeworld of the bioengineered Xian Warriors. With entire Warrior units getting mysteriously wiped out, she must help devise a critical antidote. But when a buck naked, sexy as sin, Xian Warrior walks into her lab, Liena’s bone-deep fear of psychic contact, of touching another’s soul, doesn’t trigger with him.

The minute Raven sees Liena’s aura, he knows he has found the one. She’s broken, but he vows to fix her, and then claim her as his bonded mate. When she inadvertently sets them on the path to discovering, at long last, the human’s elusive third psychic ability, the need to mend her becomes urgent. As the strongest of her kind, she may be their only hope of saving an entire species on the verge of annihilation.

With time ticking and so many lives in the balance, will Liena overcome her trauma, or will her mind and the rescue mission descend into madness?

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torranTORRAN (CRASHLAND COLONY ROMANCE BOOK 2) by Leslie Chase

VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series and couldn’t wait to read this one!

Stranded on the wrong planet, captured by brutal alien raiders, the only good thing about Lisa’s situation is Torran. He’s a dangerous alien warrior – who also happens to be the hottest man she’s ever met. Strong, protective, and lethal, he’s everything she could want or need.
Perhaps she shouldn’t have shot him on sight?
Torran is used to surviving alone on alien planets, but this time he has others to protect. Another complication is the human captives. One human in particular. The female fate has infuriatingly chosen for him, the one he is now compelled to do anything for.
He’ll just have to overlook the fact that she tried to kill him.
When the alien leaders threaten to kill Lisa and her family, Torran has to choose between his own people and his mate. But even if he can get Lisa to another human settlement, will he be welcome there? Or will the humans’ fear of him drive them apart?

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cats of warCATS OF WAR: CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: A re-release of Carol’s story from the Pets In Space 3 anthology.

Military Subcaptain Kedron Tauceti counts the days until he can leave the rare metals factory and his current duty station as the liaison to the galactic government’s Criminal Restitution and Indenture Obligation system. The post was protection—and punishment—for exposing a theft ring during his previous assignment. He’s more than ready to get his career back on track on a new base halfway across the galaxy, even if it means leaving behind the one person who makes him want to stay. Not that he’s told her, because technically, he’s her warden.

Former financial specialist and current indenturee Ferra Barray, hiding from her past, only has three months to go on her restitution sentence. She’s lucked into a tech repair job. If she keeps her head down, she’ll soon be free to figure out her future. Unfortunately, the local shark behind every illegal scheme in the facility wants her to steal for him, and she’s running out of excuses. And now the heroically handsome Tauceti, who she hoped could help, is transferring out.

Everything changes when Ferra discovers two genetically modified cats. Saving them takes incredible risks. She doesn’t know what she’ll do if she can’t convince Tauceti to rescue the cats and keep them until she’s free to come for them.

But when trouble erupts at the factory, it might just be the cats who save them.

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last run of the ice duchessLAST RUN OF THE ICE DUCHESS: A TAKAMO UNIVERSE NOVEL (A TALE OF THE DISTAN COLONIES BOOK 1) by Shona Husk

Bern Ober is on a discrete mission to the Evron starsystem of the breakaway Distan Colonies to gain support for a band of revolutionaries in the Terran Republic. It is a dangerous mission, but he is a dangerous man. When Terran operatives capture him, Lady Fortini hires a reluctant smuggler and her starship, the Ice Duchess, to run the Terran blockade and collect him. Captain Veronik Ayres and her intrepid crew must risk everything to run a gauntlet of warships to rescue the rebel spy. However, getting in is easier than getting out. To get back, the Ice Duchess must slip past the alerted Terran blockade ships or try their luck against the pirate corsairs of the Lotharian stellar coast.

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beauty and the alien beast zara zeniaBEAUTY AND THE ALIEN BEAST (TRILYN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

When the Trilyn made their pact with the people of Earth to take seven fertile brides for their seven princes in exchange for their alien technology, they never anticipated how hard it might be to find a perfect genetic match.

Prince Manzar has struggled through four years of banal social events, socializing in hopes of finding his mate. His dark, brooding temperament and unhuman appearance have made it even more difficult for him. When a political dissident seeks refuge in Manzar’s palace and brings along his daughter, Andromeda, Manzar never anticipates she will fill the void in his life and offer him a way to continue his species.

Andromeda “Andi” LaBelle struggles against her near-captivity at Prince Manzar’s palace. She doesn’t appreciate being confined or the controlling, gruff nature of the handsome Trilyn keeping her and her father safe.

When the dissidents attack and their lives depend on Prince Manzar’s ability to protect them, Andi realizes the alien’s gruff, militaristic nature that has scared her away is precisely what she craves and needs.

Will Manzar be able to save Andi and her father from the forces working against them, or will his fight to find his mate end in heartache?

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mad pantherMAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 2) by Donna MacDonald

When the sentient blade sends her on a rescue mission, Dr. Sugar Jennings sneaks out of her Bad Panther’s bed without saying goodbye. Why? Because a woman’s got to do what she’s got to do.

Okay, not really. Sugar’s more of a straight forward kind of person who would have preferred having the freaking fight to all the subterfuge. Axel’s father, Rodu—a fellow blade host and her mentor—says asking forgiveness later is far better than asking for permission which she’s never going to get.

Sugar doesn’t understand why her alien panther shifter slash next-in-line for the Lyran throne mate is all up in her sentient blade business. She thinks Rodu should have done a better job teaching his thick-headed son about the concept of maintaining some personal space while in a relationship.

Sugar’s blade business turns out to be saving another sentient blade host. This one is a silver-spooned, cocky kid fresh out of college whose ineptitude and negative attitude makes Sugar look like the best blade host ever selected. The younger man is amusing and adorable but also a big pain in everyone’s rear, especially her new alien-sister-in-law’s. But like it or not, the kid is the host of the other Protector blade which means he’s Sugar’s counterpart. She has to tolerate him and keep him alive if she can.

Honestly? All this blade drama is starting to wear on Sugar’s last nerve. She needs some space to be what she needs to be. Her alien panther isn’t the only one getting mad over the situation.

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bound c r janeBOUND: THE FALLEN WORLD SERIES BOOK 1 by C R Jane and Mila Young

They came to earth. They destroyed my life, took those closest to me, and now they’re set on making me their own.

Ella Monroe has only one goal in life. To survive. Trapped in a world that’s been taken over, Ella is reminded daily of everything that she has lost because of the Vepar. What was supposed to be a fun night out to celebrate her birthday turns into a nightmare encounter at a Vepar club when she catches the eye of three terrifyingly alluring men.

Powerful and seductive, the three Vepar make clear they will stop at nothing to possess her. Unable to escape, Ella is plunged into their dangerous and secretive world, where everything is more than it seems. Ella doesn’t know what the future holds as their prisoner, but one thing is for sure. Their obsession knows no bounds.

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juldo madeJULDO MADE (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 4) by Erin Raegan

Vivian – It’s been months since he’s been gone. Not a word from him. Not a single sign. He’s out there somewhere without a single memory of me. Without knowing about his child still growing inside me. And there’s no way for me to find him. He could be anywhere. On some distant planet or drifting in the vast black space of our universe. I want nothing more than to find him, but I’m stuck on the Dahk’s home planet. I can’t exactly hop in my car and hunt him down. Not that my friends would even let me. I’m so pregnant I can’t even walk the castle halls without losing my breath let alone fly around in a spaceship searching for Juldo enemy camps he may be frequenting. So I stay and I wait and I pray for a word, a sighting, any kind of proof he’s still here. That some part of him may still remember me, us, what we used to be to each other.

Hector/Vyr – I drift in darkness. I am newly made. Juldo. I was not always. But I do not remember my past life. I do not remember her. But she is an echo that haunts me. She pulls me from the shadows into a light that burns. I watch her in silence. I wait for her to call that name. A name that no longer belongs to me. She looks at me with a sadness that I have no name for, yet I know I am the cause. She says she is mine. That I am hers. But I am not her Hector. I am Vyr and so she belongs to a male that is gone. But the deep ache inside me tells me I still belong to her. And so I will guard her and the babe she carries for the male I used to be.

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alphas temptationALPHA’S TEMPTATION (OMEGAS OF PANDORA BOOK 4) by Lillian Sable

When Aura crash lands on an alien planet, she finds herself surrounded by feral Alphas males. She doesn’t understand what has made them this way, but her only option is to run. They look like men, but act like animals and are consumed by the desire to take her in the most depraved ways. Ways that would literally tear her apart.

All except one.
Castor is so much more than he seems. But right now, he is the only thing standing between this strange girl and the dangerous Alpha prowling the Forbidden Zone. He has maintained his sanity while trapped in the wasteland but at great cost. The urge to claim her for his own overwhelms his fragile hold on control. He will protect the confused Omega from the Alphas intent on doing her harm, but he will also claim her for his own.

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arias awakeningARIA’S AWAKENING: TERRA LUCIFER BOOK 1 by Annie Beth Rider

Generations ago, the Motherhood eradicated all males from Earth. Talk of them was expressly forbidden and they were all but forgotten. The Mothers now controlled the population of women by giving them blockers to suppress their emotions.

Aria was drafted by the Motherhood to be a primary colonist on the desert planet Hestia. The Mothers stripped her and the rest of the crew of their blockers so that they would have the emotional capacity to survive on the harsh new world. While onboard the Earhart 4500, Aria is finally able to have her first feelings, which included sexual ones. When a shocking vid is discovered buried deep beneath the ship’s firewalls, the crew must decide if they will continue on their predetermined course or journey to Terra Lucifer.

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his human bride evey emberHIS HUMAN BRIDE (SPACE MASTERS BOOK 1) by Evey Embers

Cora feels that her life on the strange planet of Velonus has reached a dead-end. So, she takes out a mail-order bride ad hoping to find a human husband… but things take an unexpected, sizzling turn when one of the Velonian ambassadors discovers her ad.
Aspen is a strict, big and terribly irresistible alien man. And with his eyes set on winning over the attractive Cora, he sets out to claim her as his own. They have unique ways of pleasuring women on Velonus, and he will use whatever is required to secure her as his bride. However, Cora’s situation once again takes a strange turn when this new relationship becomes part of a plan to create a peace treaty between the planets. As her life heats up in more ways than she’d ever imagined possible, it becomes clear to Cora that she’s made a grave mistake… but can she change her fate without breaking several hearts, and without returning the two planets to all-out war?

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ruins of fateRUINS OF FATE: THE OMNI TOWERS SERIES, PREQUEL by Jamie A Waters

Skye Levanthe traded everything she owned in order to secure a place for herself and her son, Veridian, in a scavenging camp.

But all contracts have an expiration date.

Desperate to obtain the resources they need to survive, Skye agreed to navigate the dangerous ruins of fallen cities to search for tradeable materials. When a strange storm forced Skye and her scavenging partner into forbidden territory controlled by The Omni Towers, a ruin collapsed, nearly taking their lives and destroying countless others.

Only one other person survived the ruin collapse: a mysterious young girl named Kayla.

Faced with the decision to save her son or abandon her new foster daughter to a terrible fate, Skye agreed to the only possible course of action—to go into exile and take on the Omni traders in their own den. No one ever said survival would be easy. And every choice has consequences.

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heart of the beast sonia novaHEART OF THE BEAST (MATE OF THE BEAST BOOK 3) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

A beastly pirate. An Alliance agent. A dangerous mission that pulls them together.
Undercover in the shady parts of Riala, Agent Kira Medina has one job: to find out where human women are disappearing on the planet. A group of off-planet pirates raise her suspicion, but the whole mission is endangered when her cover is blown by an Ezak-X pirate.

When the Ezak-X offers to help her instead of blowing the whistle, Kira realizes she could use an inside man. She immediately regrets her decision when she starts working with Xeegan. The Ezak-X is annoying and reckless. But although he gets on Kira’s nerves, she can’t deny the way he makes her heart thrum…

From a life in captivity to a life as a pirate…Xeegan has fought to survive since day one. He trusts no one, least of all the Alliance. But when a group of off-planet pirates offer him a job that seems too good to be true, and his acquaintance goes missing, the human female working for the Alliance might just be the key to finding out what’s going on.

No matter how much the female frustrates him, her sweet scent makes him feel things he’s never felt before… She clearly needs his help on this mission, whether she admits it or not.

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wirelessWIRELESS AND OTHER STEAMPOWERED ADVENTURES (THE ADVENTURES OF THE VALIANT CAPTAIN RAMOS AND HER CREW BOOK 2) by Alex Acks

Captain Marta Ramos, the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver, is back and she and Simms are up to their goggles in trouble. Has General del Toro found a way to use the Infected as an army and can Captain Ramos work with her arch enemy, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, to stop him? Can Simms join forces with the devious Deliah Nimowitz on a jailbreak, some sewer misadventures AND a high society soiree involving tea, a heist and sausages? And what about the Rail King and his nefarious plans? Can Captain Ramos and her crew stop him before he completes his latest dastardly deed, one that may result in Deliah’s demise? (…more blurb on ebook seller pages…)

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INDUSTRIAL LIGHT & MAGIC PRESENTS MAKING SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY by Rob Bredow, Forward by Ron Howard

VS Note: A release of note, apparently hard cover only. I’m not showing the cover due to copyright concerns on my part.

Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is an eyewitness account of the film’s production from visual effects supervisor and coproducer Rob Bredow. The book gives readers an intimate glimpse into the journey that Solo took from pre-production, production, and post-production, fully documenting how this film came to the big screen.

Making Solo gives a chronological overview of how this multiple-Academy-Award-winning visual effects company created new worlds, aliens, droids, and vehicles for a galaxy far, far away, including insights into how the train heist on Vandor, L3-37, the Kessel Run, and the reimagined Millennium Falcon were brought to life. A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.

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venomous heartVENOMOUS HEART (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Mary Auclair

After drowning his soul in blood, can this alien warrior be saved?

As the only doctor on Aveyn, Ava works day and night for the people she considers hers. Only… she’s not really one of them, is she? She’s a hybrid, a highly illegal creature created by Trade Minister Knut for his personal enjoyment. And she risks a fate worse than death if her existence is ever discovered by Prime Councilor Aav, the most powerful Matriarch in the Ring.

When a tall, arrogant, sapphire blue alien comes to Aveyn, it’s not long before headstrong Ava gets in trouble with him – the new Eok warrior in charge.

Arlen wants nothing to do with his new assignment on Aveyn. All he wants is to return to the violence at the Frontier and drown his broken heart in bloodshed. But he made a deal with his brother, the Commander-in-Chief of the Eok armies: a year of peace for a year of combat. So, Arlen comes to Aveyn fully intent on ruling all those who live there with an iron fist…

… all except a troublesome, gorgeous female whose purple eyes haunt his dreams. When the Mating Venom pushes him to the edge of madness, can Arlen learn to trust in his heart again, or is his soul lost to the bloodlust?

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congress of shipsA CONGRESS OF SHIPS (THE MAVERICK HEART CYCLE BOOK 3) by Stephen Graham King

VS Note: Romantic elements maybe? The plot sounded intriguing. From February.

In a desolate system on the outer edge of Pan Galactum, the skin of the universe has ruptured, tearing open a portal to an alternate reality. Witnessed only by the sentient science vessel N’Dea, a massive, battered ship falls through, housing a community of refugees fleeing an enemy that has pursued them across the cold reaches of space for decades.

But have they come alone?

Summoned by N’Dea while en route from a reunion with dear friends on the Galactum’s capital, the mystery is a lure that fellow Artificial Sentience, the Maverick Heart, cannot resist. It’s now up to Vrick, along with humans Keene, Lexa-Blue and Ember, and allies old and new, to come to the aid of this ship of lost souls. Together they must find a way to seal the breach for good, before a ravening hunger can spill through and rip the Galactum apart.

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triple burnTRIPLE BURN by Holly Bargo

A lengthy and increasingly unnerving interview lands Ursula a job as the event planner at a foreign embassy. Not until the government hustles her off to a different planet does she realize just how foreign that embassy is. When the U.S. ambassador hands over one of her coworkers during her first event as collateral to seal a trade agreement, Ursula breaks out of the embassy, determined to find a way back home before she, too, can be used as a bargaining chip in this world desperate for females.

What she doesn’t know as she navigates the unfamiliar streets of a totally alien culture and climate, is that she already caught the attention of a native warrior triad in a land where women are coddled and kept, yet prized above all else. They take her, elated to have obtained their collective heart’s desire.

What they don’t know is how fiercely independent a woman from Earth can be. Disoriented, confused, and not a little angry at the way these three overbearing, dominant, sexy warriors take over her life, she wants to go home, but soon discovers this job was a one-way ticket courtesy of the United States government. If she can’t go back, she must go forward. Can she retain her identify and adapt to life on this new world with the three warriors who’ve claimed her as their mate? Is compromise possible between a woman used to controlling her own life and three warriors steeped in a culture that forbids it?

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atlas aloneATLAS ALONE (A PLANETFALL NOVEL BOOK 4) by Emma Newman

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note.

Six months after she left, Dee is struggling to manage her rage toward the people who ordered the nuclear strike that destroyed Earth. She’s trying to find those responsible, but she’s not getting very far alone.

A dedicated gamer, Dee is endeavoring to discover a mersive good enough to enable her to escape her trauma. When she is approached by a designer who asks her to play test his new game, she hopes it will be what she needs—but it isn’t like any mersive she’s played before. When a man suddenly dies in the real world, she realizes that at the same time in the game, she killed a character who bears a striking resemblance to the dead man—a man she discovers was one of those responsible for the death of millions on Earth.

Disturbed, but thinking it must be a coincidence, Dee continues the hunt for information. But when she finds out the plans for the future colony, she realizes that to save what is left of humanity, she might have to do something that risks what remains of her own.

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dakstalDAKSTAL (THE LEVIATHO BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin

Space. My home, my dream….Well, it was, but not like this. My fantasies of daring space adventure on a cutting edge Explorer are reduced to the yawnfest of jockeying a mining cargo ship back and forth from the asteroids to Earth. It’s not the life of excitement I dreamed of as a little girl. That is until I make first contact.

Me. First contact. With Dakstal, the Leviatho Commander.
He’s jacked. Like really big and he has four arms, scales and fins. A real life merman! I’m going to be the most famous pilot in all of history for discovering these guys.
My delusions of grandeur meet a quick end because as it turns out the Leviatho are on the run. The last of their race come seeking sanctuary on Earth from the Kriall, the enemies that are trying to destroy them. When the xenocidal maniacs show up, every person on Earth is in danger and it’s going to be up to us to save them, whether Earth wants us to or not.

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rogue piper stoneROGUE: A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE by Piper Stone

A single purpose compels him. He must find me, claim me, and master me completely.
Tracking down cyborgs is my job, but this time I’m the one being hunted. This rogue machine has spent most of his life locked up, and now that he’s on the loose he has plans for me…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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earth fathers are weirdEARTH FATHERS ARE WEIRD by Lyn Gala

Captain Maxwell Davis and his entire unit scrambled to engage alien ships over Iowa. The aliens snatched him out of his destroyed jet before they continued on their interplanetary hot pursuit. Then they informed Max that Earth was too far outside regular shipping lanes to return him to his planet.

So Max ends up in an alien spaceport looking for work. To afford a ticket home he can either spend three hundred years working with linguists to improve the computer’s questionable ability to translate English or he can take a job as a nanny for an unpopular alien.  That way he can afford the ticket in four years.  The problem is that the computer may have mistranslated the word “nanny” and there might be a reason an alien is willing to pay such a high fee.

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love me or let me goLOVE ME OR LET ME GO by Kelly Lucille

Being an empath and a human lie detector should have protected Miranda from falling for the wrong man. But loving someone and knowing them are not always the same thing. That is especially true when the man she loves has his own gifts, and too many secrets.
Six years ago Miranda said good-bye and swore she was moving on. The problem was, McAlister Weer is not a man you get over so easy. And, when a man is capable of invading her dreams, and does on a regular basis, gone is a relative term.
Now she has stumbled into a danger she could not have seen coming, and the one man she swore to stay away from is back, determined to save her, and this time, to keep her.
If he can keep them both alive long enough.

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winds of marqueWINDS OF MARQUE: BLACKWOOD AND VIRTUE by Bennett R Coles

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note and perhaps some romantic elements. Steampunk space operas, sort of?

In a dense star cluster, the solar winds blow fiercely. The star sailing ship HMSS Daring is running at full sheet with a letter of marque allowing them to capture enemy vessels involved in illegal trading. Sailing under a false flag to protect the ship and its mission, Daring’s crew must gather intelligence that will lead them to the pirates’ base.

Posing as traders, Daring’s dashing second-in-command Liam Blackwood and brilliant quartermaster Amelia Virtue infiltrate shady civilian merchant networks, believing one will lead them to their quarry.

But their mission is threatened from within their own ranks when Daring’s enigmatic captain makes a series of questionable choices, and rumblings of discontent start bubbling up from below decks, putting the crew on edge and destroying morale. On top of it all, Liam and Amelia must grapple with their growing feelings for each other.

Facing danger from unexpected quarters that could steer the expedition off course, Blackwood and Virtue must identify the real enemy threat and discover the truth about their commander—and their mission—before Daring falls prey to the very pirates she’s meant to be tracking.

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traveks treasureTRAVEK’S TREASURE: THE QUASAR LINEAGE BOOK 6 by Pearl Tate

Travek – As a Councilor’s son, I was raised by my uncle to join the Merchant Line on Quasar. I’ve been trained to look for and recognize the profit potential in every situation.When Bren found a Human mate from Earth, I saw the possibilities the females there present for the future of Quasar and for my own financial gain.As I entered Earth’s atmosphere, I felt my own mate, and all hell breaks loose! I tried to take just her but end up with eight Human females.

Now, we’ve both been captured. My only hope is to convince our captors—and my mate—to work together to save our species.

Lisa – Though I’m attending college far away from my hometown, I’m still reeling from the emotional trauma caused by my freeloading, high school sweetheart. He’s a hard act to follow, and I’m going to make sure my next boyfriend wants me for my sunny personality, not for what I can do for him.

When I’m sucked into a bright light and confined to a freezing cell, I’m scared to death as I try to figure out what’s going on… and why? I’m one of the most boring, average girls you could ever meet.

So, why would the government want me?  And why do I feel a magnetic pull I can’t explain to someone… or something… I’ve never met before?

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sanctuarys aggressionSANCTUARY’S AGGRESSION: A POST APOCALYPTIC SURVIVAL SERIES by Maira Dawn

VS Note: Formerly on Wattpad

Skye Jackson is a children’s therapist, a loving daughter, and well-off. Determined to save a young boy from his abusive father, Skye’s plans come to a halt when a deadly rabies plague sweeps the globe.

Infected, death, and destruction–nothing is the same.

In a world where money will no longer help her, Skye races one step ahead of the enemy only to find herself stranded in the middle of nowhere. Struggling through this post-apocalyptic world alone may be more than Skye is prepared for.

In a world of chaos, who do you trust?

Dylan Cole is content to hunt and hide away in his mountaintop cabin while the world destroys itself, but when he finds Skye frantic on the side of the road, his plans change. The woman needs his help, whether she realizes it or not. And Dylan isn’t going to let a boy grow up the way he did–not if he can help it…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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heart of the sovereignHEART OF THE SOVEREIGN (SKY SERPENT CLAN SERIES BOOK  2) by Samantha Rose

Anger, anguish, distraction, and war — a word that leaves a foul taste in your mouth.
It was something Robyn has started to grow used to while abroad the Apep.
Though Robyn never meant to start an outbreak between two different groups of people, somehow, that was exactly what happened, and she was stuck watching it all unfold.
When the Earth government declared all Elvain followers to be eliminated, she steps in, but what can one pregnant woman do when things seem to always fall apart?
With the help of her mates, Robyn tries to find a way to save the billions of innocent lives — and she has do it fast.
Can she save her people by accepting the war Earth has declared? Or will she stand on the sidelines and watch her people die?

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her doctor mateHER DOCTOR MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Tasha Black

Dr. Ryan Stevenson has a dream career and a house to match. By day he saves lives at Springton Hospital. By night he runs with the Tarker’s Hollow wolf pack. But from the moment he lays eyes on grad student Addison, the rest of his life feels meaningless. He knows that only Addison can fill the emptiness in his heart and bed. But her innocence makes him fear she won’t be able to handle the truth about what he wants. When Ryan’s dying grandmother asks if there is anyone special in his life, he accidentally spills the beans about his newfound love, but doesn’t mention the fact that his intended mate isn’t aware of his feelings.

Addison Sparrow is head over heels for Dr. Stevenson, but he seems to deliberately ignore the electricity between them. When his grandmother unexpectedly arrives in town for Thanksgiving week, Addison is shocked that Ryan asks her to pretend to be his fiancée. But she finds herself unable to refuse an opportunity to spend more time with the sexy doctor.

As the events of the season throw them together, Addison and Ryan must put on a cheerful face for Grandma Stevenson, even as their close contact throws them into a tsunami of temptation. Will Dr. Stevenson keep playing it cool? Or will his desire for Addison push the bubbling tension between them to the boiling point?

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lockLOCK (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Tasha just wanted to dance. She never wanted to stumble on dangerous secrets, or wake up to Club Crimson’s sexy, enigmatic co-owner telling her that life will never be the same again. Lock has his own reasons for wanting to protect her, and Tasha isn’t sure she should accept his help when she can’t even resist falling into his arms. Then again, with hundreds of men chasing her down, she might not have a choice.

Lock’s shining armor is pretty rusty. The powerful, charming alpha has been too busy seeking vengeance  to be anyone’s hero. But when he meets Tasha, and realizes the innocent hairdresser has no idea of the immense trouble she’s in, he can’t help stepping up. At first, he has his own agenda, but the longer he’s with Tasha, the more he wants her for his own, no matter the consequences.

As Lock protects Tasha, the two are drawn into a steamy adventure beyond anything either of them could imagine. But Tasha needs more than chemistry, and as Lock tries to figure out how to open his heart, the dangerous group he has fought his whole life is about to catch up to him, forcing him to make an impossible choice.

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unforeseenUNFORESEEN (VAMPIRE AWAKENINGS BOOK 9) by Brenda K Davies

When Jack escapes the vampires holding him captive, he thinks his biggest worries are finding his friends and avoiding the Savages pursuing him…until he stumbles across Charlie.

He’s not sure what’s more dangerous, the vampires hunting him or the woman who harbors more secrets than the island where he’s trapped. Charlie wasn’t expecting Jack to fall into her life, but now that he has, she’s not sure what to do with him.

She can’t leave him behind to be hunted, but her growing attraction to him frightens her more than the Savages. Though Jack’s a tempting distraction, love has no place on this island, and Charlie refuses to let him get in her way. She’s escaping the island—with or without him.

Can they work together to survive the horrors of the island, or will they perish like so many before them?

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winds of changeWINDS OF CHANGE (HEARTS OF SOLARA BOOK 1) by Reese Copeland

The Age of Dragons is ending and the seed of rebellion is ready to bloom.
Born from forbidden love, Bela has always been an outsider. Always alone, forever the outcast. All she desires are friends and love.
But change is coming.
Learning to believe in not only herself but those she loves, Bela must survive the chaos it brings.
Or Solara will fall.
Can Bela endure the winds of change, or will her hopes and dreams be blown away?

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vermilion liesVERMILION LIES (THE ORDER OF THE SENARY BOOK 3) by L D Rose

Wherever Dax Knight sets foot, hell is bound to freeze over.
As a mercenary for the Order of the Senary, Dax departs for New England to assist his comrades in battling the vampire forces threatening to consume the Northeast. The last thing he expects to find is a gorgeous vampiress who surrenders to him entirely. Ensnared by her allure, their intense attraction ignites, and he discovers she isn’t what she seems.

Cindel Konstantinov has been on the run since she escaped her sire’s possession, trading one life of abuse and imprisonment for another. As her hope for freedom wanes, she encounters one of the infamous Knights, and his dangerous appeal is undeniable. After a life-altering moment of mercy, they careen down a path of secrets, lies, and a forbidden passion neither of them can resist. But when her past comes back to haunt them, they’ll have to face the consequences of their actions—and their desires.

Dax and Cindel will need each other more than ever as their world spirals into chaos. But are they strong enough to survive the oncoming storm?

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courting the dragon widowCOURTING THE DRAGON WIDOW (CLOUDBURST COLORADO BOOK 6) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets Siobhan has shared. Put this on my TBR list.

Lissandra Charforest is finally stepping back into the dating game after three decades of widowhood. Accepting a blind date, she travels to a small town in upstate New York to meet an eligible dragon bachelor. Too bad the guy seems determined to stand her up.

Denarrion Goldencoat wouldn’t have agreed to a blind date with the Widow from Colorado if his father hadn’t insisted. Happy being the perennial bachelor, he has no desire to settle down on one woman, much less one with kids already. Until he falls into the reservoir with her.

But everything’s not as it seems. Beneath the quaint façade of Redfield, darkness and decay lurks to ensnare the unwary. When Lissandra discovers she’s been lured to Redfield to kill a demon under the pretense of a courtship, she almost walks away. But the truth jeopardizes the life of her True Bonded mate, leaving her with one choice: Destroy the demon or die trying.

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bloodied venomBLOODIED VENOM (SERPENTINE VAMPIRES BOOK 2) by J Hali Steele

Hail Patrascu, an ancestor of Transylvania’s Draculesti family line, wields unique powers as the world’s oldest living vampire. Searching for death, he becomes something phenomenal after drinking venom infused blood. Not only does he possess vampiric powers, he’s been imbued with those of an even older creature—a serpentine. A snake, heretofore unable to change form, is animated with Hail’s vampire blood and now the monster seeks life of its own!

McCall Stephens had one drink; not nearly enough to imagine what he witnesses after being accosted in an alley. A beast so fiendish, it took the life of a man right before Call’s eyes. Now it stalks him. He haunts Call with eroticism, each encounter tugging him closer to a dark abyss with impossible promises. Giving in, he may lose everything—including his life! Or will Call’s wildest dreams come true?

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thann linda mooneyTHANN by Linda Mooney

It started with a winning lottery ticket, and could end with her death.
What would you do with $597 million?
Despite her estranged fiancé raving that it’s a waste of money, Maren Padgett decides to try her luck and buys a lottery ticket with the last few bucks in her wallet. What could it hurt? What Burke Shavet wasn’t expecting was for Maren to actually win. With dollar signs in his eyes, he starts making big plans for the big winnings, contrary to Maren begging him to slow down. She’s uncomfortable with how fast he’s moving, with good reason.
She should’ve trusted her instincts. Pushing a spur of the moment trip to the Grand Canyon, Burke had it all planned out…
Maren owes her life to the people living at the bottom of the canyon. Especially to the mysterious black-haired man named Thann who rescued her. The problem is she doesn’t remember why her life was in danger to begin with. She can’t remember anything actually. But slowly, her memories are returning, and no one is happy with what she’s recalling.

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unbroken brooklyn rayUNBROKEN (PORT LEWIS WITCHES) by Brooklyn Ray

Despite the rumors about Port Lewis, Michael Gates doesn’t expect the house he rents with his sister on Foxglove Lane to be haunted. An eerie meeting with Victor Lewellyn, the resident witch-turned-demon who is bound to the property by dark magic, changes his mind.

Michael isn’t looking to start a relationship with anyone, let alone someone like Victor, but the intense attraction between them can’t be ignored. As he dives into the world of magical drug rings, demons, witches, and necromancers, Michael also grapples with the complicated past he left behind in Arizona.

A relationship might not be what he wants, but it sparks something in him he didn’t realize he needs—the chance to heal.

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demon timeDEMON TIME (THE ESCAPADES OF PETTIBONE AND FOXGLOVE BOOK 1) by Nina Merrill

When Knotwood Academy instructor Lolly Pettibone unearths a debauched artifact in her magical elixirs laboratory, she needs a little help to banish it.

Enter Lolly’s former professor, the magnetic but unapproachable Nicholas Foxglove. A skilled mage and agent of the arcane, Foxglove has a predilection for trouble and Lolly’s request is an opportunity he can’t resist. Magic is literally in the air and the formerly aloof professor could be an enthusiastic partner. Now that Lolly’s his peer instead of his pupil, all bets, scruples and inhibitions are off.

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beyond the mountainBEYOND THE MOUNTAIN (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 4) by Lily Archer

Betrayal has taken Taylor far beyond my reach. I can feel the bond stretched and twisted until it’s on the verge of snapping. But I will find her. She is mine as I am hers, and nothing will stop me from recovering my queen. I will always come for her. If she is hurt, I will heal her. If she is scared, I will wrap my arms around her, my embrace her safe harbor. And as for the ones who took her? I will destroy them all. Crossing the frozen heart of winter will be their final mistake. My fury will end the king beyond the mountain, and I will return to the winter realm with my queen by my side. A solid plan. One that would have worked. But when I reach the Gray Mountains, nothing is as it seems, and my mate faces a danger from the most insidious of foes—herself.

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darkness returnsDARKNESS RETURNS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 13) by Alexandra Ivy

Blessed with an even more compelling allure than most vampires, Chiron has made a fortune in the human world, creating an empire of resorts and casinos. Since the betrayal and imprisonment of his master, he has existed outside the order of the Guardians, trusting no one. But now, the new vampire king has given him a peace offering: a scroll that could free his master. Following the relic’s magic leads him to a demon hotel deep in the Everglades, a lush paradise owned by a mysterious and
mesmerizing woman . . .

As far as Lilah knows, she’s lived her entire life within the confines of her enchanted estate. Memories of her own past are elusive and cloaked in shadows. Even Chiron can’t figure out exactly what she is, and if her intoxicating beauty is his destiny or an illusion drawing him ever closer to his demise—or perhaps to an even more tormenting choice, between his master and his mate.

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werewolfs touchA WEREWOLF’S TOUCH (HUNTER M. D. FILE BOOK 1) by Kellie N Hill

VS Note: From March

Werewolf medical cases are only for experienced doctors at the Toledo Hospital:Supernatural Division. But when a nine-foot-tall Werewolf crashes through the emergency room doors with an almost-fatal gunshot wound, resident doctor Serenity Hunter has to do what she can to save his life. His payment in exchange? Offering to solve a mystery she had long left in her past.

Lazarus Hokousha didn’t intend for his inner wolf to latch onto an Elf-Kind Doctor—literally. But when he finds out her father has been missing for decades and his father may have information, he feels an urge to help her. Using his knowledge of law and the help of his human best friend Elijah Burns—a Huntsman—can he trust The Alpha inside of him to play nice long enough to find her missing father while outwitting those seeking to stop him?

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savage loveSAVAGE LOVE (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

Things are spinning wildly out of control for wolf shifter Lucien and House Canis. With the old clashing against the new, the time to choose sides has come. Lucien is confident he’s on the right side, but the battles ahead will test his strength, his conviction and his willpower. And it will leave him beaten, bloody and half-unconscious on the doorstep of the woman he wants to claim as his mate.

Alison Eaton never expected to see Lucien again. Now he’s appeared at her door in the middle of a storm, barely clinging to life. Letting him into her life again won’t be easy for a woman used to hardening herself against abandonment. Although he might have been a workplace fling before, as soon as she drags him inside, it becomes clear things are different between them. Very different.

What Alison doesn’t know is that by opening the door to Lucien, she will also be opening a new chapter in her life. One where she’ll be forced to forget her past, open herself up to others, and—for once in her life—trust they won’t abandon her. It’s tough, and full of surprises, but is it worth the risk? Because for every man like Lucien who believes in a cause, there’s another who’ll follow any orders, including ones that will put Alison directly in harm’s way.

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colelCOLEL (IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS SERIES BOOK 5) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Colel, the Goddess of Bees, has been looking for Mr. Right for over seventy thousand years. So when she meets the hunky owner of a small-town flower shop and explodes with flutters and tingles, she’s almost certain that he’s the one.

Only two problems: her tiny black-and-yellow army suddenly won’t let her anywhere near him, and…is that a freaking epinephrine pen in the fridge? “Dear gods! He’s allergic to bees? Say it isn’t so.”

If simply dating the guy will kill him, how will she ever know for sure if he’s really the one?
Colel has a solution, but it’s drastic. Even for her. And what if he says no?

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her vikingHER VIKING (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Alice Wilde

VS note: Apparently even reading the blurb gives you spoilers for book 1 & 2

The harder I try, the worse things seem to get.
In a matter of weeks, I’ve been married twice, kidnapped, witnessed death, and visited a fae kingdom.
Now, after running away from my problems yet again, I have to try to help Ero convince a people he hasn’t seen in decades to accept not only my own plight as their own, but to accept Ero as well. What’s worse, I can’t even seem to keep Ero and Roan from each other’s throats.
With Damien barely a step behind, how am I supposed to save Ero’s hide when I’ve barely managed to save my own? Will Ero’s dark past be too much to save us, or is it the key to our future?
Ero.
My stormy-eyed leopard.
My hardhearted companion.
My Viking.

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sea wolfs mateTHE SEA WOLF’S MATE (HIDEAWAY COVE BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Jacqueline already had her happy-ever-after…Or so she thought—until her husband left her for a woman who could give him a child… and already had. Now she’s divorced before thirty, working herself to the bone to pay off the mortgage on a house that will never be full of the children she dreamed of.

Wolf shifter Arlo lost his pack years ago. He found a new home in Hideaway Cove, where shifters can reveal their true natures safe from human eyes. He has friends, a new family, a job. Everything he needs to build a life. But without a pack, there’s still a hole in his heart—even if he can’t see it.

Three shifter kids desperately need a family…Jacqueline doesn’t know what to expect when she responds to an emergency call-out in a remote marine reserve, but it’s nothing like this: three lost children who can turn into seals, and a ruggedly handsome man who makes her blood run hotter than it ever has before.

Jacqueline gave up on happy endings long ago. Arlo thought he’d already found his—at least, as happy as he was ever going to get. But with three unruly seal shifter kids in the mix, they’re about to find out just how wrong they were.

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alphas bloodALPHA’S BLOOD: A VAMPIRE SHIFTER ROMANCE by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

A Vampire King…The moment she stepped on stage, I had to have her in my bed. My submissive, kneeling at my feet.
But this captive virgin is more than what she seems…
A spy in my kingdom. A weapon honed by my enemy. She hates me, but hate is a passion perilously close to love…

A captured queen…All my life I’ve trained for one purpose. One ultimate goal: kill the Vampire King. I expected a fight. Pain. Torture. I didn’t expect to want him. My body is a weapon he turns against me. But I can’t forget my fallen pack. My quest for revenge. My mission is simple: Seduce him. Earn his trust. Bring him down. Above all: don’t fall in love.

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rhythm of rimeRHYTHM OF RIME (THE FATE CALLER SERIES BOOK 2) by Zoe Parker

Life can change so suddenly, leaving you standing there with your heart in your throat—unsure of what to do. I’ve never been good at playing the damsel in distress, which means it’s time to do something about it. My life has taken a turn I never expected it to take.
I have a Triad. Three beautiful, annoying men have taken up residence in my home and in my life.
Oh, and my dad? He’s the High Priest of the Moon Clan. The evil so-and-so and now he’s decided he wants to meet his daughter. The one he abandoned to the tender mercies of a Graywalker and wants to use for some unknown, nefarious reason.
Then there’s Rime, Jack Frost himself nipping at my toes. But when I need the heat turned up, I discover that inside the man of snow and ice beats the heart of a volcano.

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mercenarys bountyTHE MERCENARY’S BOUNTY (AGE OF THE ANDINNA BOOK 2) by Kristen Banet

With freedom, comes uncertainty, and with uncertainty, comes mistakes.

Mave has been making a lot of those. As she draws closer to the Free Cities of Olost, she finds herself juggling between learning about her people, and learning the nuances of the males around her. Males she has to work with if she wants to survive the world she’s about to jump into feet first as the newest member of the Ivory Shadow Mercenary Company. She has no choice but to learn to trust them.
Through all of it, Mave has found herself hopeful for Olost and the new beginnings she’s found. The opportunities of new friendships, new family, and maybe more draws her further out of her shell every moment. With all of her courage, she continues to take those shaky first steps, leaving the life of slavery and being an outcast far behind her.
But freedom doesn’t hold all the promises she hoped it did. Olost might be free, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Her enemies will never rest and neither can she.

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vampire by bloodVAMPIRE BY BLOOD (FATED VAMPIRE SERIES) by Cindy Faria

When a deceased witch informs Tricia McIntyre she’s a fae princess who’s being hunted by an ancient vampire, she turns to her best friend Sergeant Riley Sweetwater. Problem is, he’s buried in the town cemetery, and she hates him for dying on her. Until she uncovers his secret.

Tricia and Riley were never meant to cross paths after he went dark. Especially since he’s experiencing some kind of immortal transition of his own. But they do, and she’s hunting the same vamp responsible for killing his squad.

Forced together, Tricia’s trying not to kill Riley with her uncontrolled Fae powers, while he’s struggling not to drink her dry. As they must battle their love-hate-lust relationship, they search for the one who holds the secrets to saving humankind before a dark supernatural destroys them all.

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landian escapadesLANDIAN ESCAPADES: AN OTHERWORLD DUET by Izzy Sxyn

VS Note: A re-release.

First one is Kassie’s Surrender. Kassie wins a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. What she doesn’t know is that she was selected to travel to another realm called Landia.
While on the cruise she mets Hollywood Actress Hailey Stewart who had been presumed dead months earlier.
Hailey makes it no secret that she wants Kassie in her bed and in her life. But what will happen when Kassie learns Hailey’s biggest secret of all?
The Second One is titled Carrie’s Choice.
It had been months since Carrie’s friend Kassie had disappeared off the face of the Earth. She’d spent months trying to get the authorities to look for her friend who took a cruise to Hawaii and never came back.
When her boss informs her that he wants her to babysit Christina Weaver one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Carrie’s first instinct is to quit. She wanted to produce and make movies, not babysit.
She’d always had a girl crush on Christina Weaver, but those feelings paled in comparison when she meets her in the flesh. But Carrie is not alone in her attraction and she soon ends up on a ship heading towards Landia.

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demon princes dragon queenTHE DEMON PRINCE’S DRAGON QUEEN (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 12) by Mina Carter

VS note: A re-release.

After eons in enchanted slumber, dragon queen Baby is finally enjoying life. Determined to take advantage of every opportunity and with a deep need to prove she’s more than a spoiled royal, she joins the PPA as an operative. But that brings her into daily contact with the irritating half pixie, Rat. Unlike most, she see’s through his disguise to the man beneath the arrogant bad boy act.

A bad boy she’s in danger of losing her heart to…

The instant Rat saw dragon queenling Baby, he swore to make her his. One night. That was all he needed. All he told himself he needed. But one night will never be enough, ever… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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end of darknessTHE END OF DARKNESS (DRUID’S CURSE BOOK 1) by Shea Balik

Ryley Duggan resented his family for forcing him home on his twenty-first birthday to perform another stupid fire ritual, instead of letting him go out and get shit-faced like normal people his age. He’d never believed in the stories his grandmother told him about the reason behind what they were doing. That was, until he walked outside to the bonfire to see bloodcurdling creatures that no Hollywood studio had ever come close to replicating, killing his family.

Since an early age, Eirik had one job, to protect the descendants of the one who’d cursed him and his friends. It hadn’t been what he’d ever imagined for his life, but after nearly a millennia Eirik had learned one thing, life never went as planned. Never had that been truer than when he’d rescued Ryley from certain death.

Now the two must learn to work together to save humanity. Will all be lost? Or will they discover a way to heal their hearts by opening themselves up to love?

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magickal mystery loreMAGICKAL MYSTERY LORE (AN ABRACADABRA MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Sharon Pape

The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.

The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster.

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murder houseMURDER HOUSE (PSYCOP BOOK 10) by Jordan Castillo Price

Few people would willingly spend the night in a murder house, but Victor Bayne is up for the challenge. He’ll do whatever it takes to get a look at his permanent record, including going undercover in a townhouse where a recent death took place. Why not? There was no foul play involved, and as a psychic medium, he’d know if a ghost was creeping up on him. The whole “murder house” claim is just a product of a kid’s overactive imagination, and he’s confident he has the situation under control.

Until he gets a load of the smell. Turns out, undercover work is a lot tougher than it looks. Vic misses Jacob something fierce. The subject of his assignment is a real piece of work. His partner has definitely got something to hide…and then the investigation takes a truly bizarre turn.What happens if the murder house reveals itself to be more than just a schoolyard rumor?

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rose tiffany reiszTHE ROSE by Tiffany Reisiz

VS Note: Listed under Erotica

On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.

But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…

Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.

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torch lisa carlisleTORCH (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 9) by Lisa Carlisle

No longer confined to his stone form, gargoyle shifter Mattias yearns for a purpose. Feeling increasingly lost, he plans to search for his destiny elsewhere. But, a chance encounter with a wary woman roots him to the spot–for now.

A werewolf in search of a cureRachel heads into an underground club to pick up an elixir–and runs into Mattias. The attraction is strong, but her affliction has left her too damaged to pursue a relationship.
Mattias and Rachel guard their secrets to protect their hearts. But, the cost is high. Will they be able to break through the darkness?

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bunny misfitBUNNY MISFIT (THE MISFITS BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Being a bunny in a family of wolves leads to Claire running away from home. But when her BFF needs someone to investigate a possible lead on her missing parents, Claire hops to the rescue.

My name is Claire, and I am a bunny shifter who happened to be born in a pack of wolf shifters. Which, needless to say, didn’t go over well.
Before the people I thought of as family made me their next dinner, I ran away, and I might have stayed away forever if my best friend hadn’t needed my help.
A secret organization has been kidnapping shapeshifters, experimenting on them, too, and someone has to stop them…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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witchs moonWITCH’S MOON (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 3) by Nina Croft

A witch and a werewolf—a match made in hell.
Regan is about to play a leading role in someone’s plans for world domination. And all they need to do to ensure her cooperation is bite her.
Regan doesn’t do scared. It’s not who she is. But right now, she’s panicking. Being a werewolf is dangerous and one wrong step could mean the End of Days. And the only person who can help is the stunningly gorgeous, embittered son of the werewolf who bit her.
Caleb Stone wants an ordinary life. After a horrendous childhood, he fled the pack and now does a pretty good job of pretending he’s human. Self-delusion at its best. The last woman he wants to get involved with is a witch turned werewolf. However explosive the chemistry between them.
But soon it becomes clear that Regan and Caleb need each other, and together they’re going to uncover secrets that will turn both their lives to chaos.

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guardians dreamA GUARDIAN’S DREAM (GUARDIANS OF LIGHT BOOK 4) by Renee Wildes

Plagued with nightmares of a goblin child tormented by monsters—and with her usual cures having no effect—dream faerie Pryseis journeys to the Shadowlands to heal the child in person even though doing so risks the wrath of the faerie council. And, if she’s away from home too long, her very existence.

Caught and imprisoned by an ungrateful goblin sorcerer, she’s now trapped underground, chained, her despair growing as her time ticks down yet warmed by the memory of a man she has only touched in dreams.

Benilo ta Myran drained his spirit healing powers during the war, but he has no choice. The beautiful faerie in his dreams is in trouble, and not even his worried king and queen can stop him from trying to save her before the darkness snuffs out her light.

Finally they are together—chained side-by-side in a goblin dungeon. Their only hope for escape is to break the law to merge their powers in a ritual so intensely erotic it binds them for life. However short and nightmarish that life might be.

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moonshine and maliceMOONSHINE AND MAYHEM: MOONSHINE HOLLOW #3 by Kathleen Brooks

Zoey Mathers was a witch. Not on purpose. It had happened accidentally. But as Zoey was finding out, maybe this had been her fate all along. Luckily the potential witch hunter, Slade, had turned out to be on her side and had found a place in her heart. With the War of the Witches heating up, it’s not just Zoey’s life on the line, but all the witches fighting for good.

But fate wasn’t done with Zoey yet. There was a reason she’d become a witch when others wouldn’t have. And that answer was going to change her life even more. Now Zoey was falling in love, fighting for good, and defending the sweet small town of Moonshine Hollow. All while the humans were completely unaware of a war around them. But that was nothing compared to the fight to end the war—the one the prophecy said was up to her. Only one witch was going to survive and she just hoped fate knew what she was doing because Zoey’s life was in the balance.

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iron and fireSILK AND STEEL #2: IRON AND FIRE by Ariana Nash and Pippa DaCosta

From his mother’s cage to a human one, but Lysander’s captors are the least of his concerns. Rumors of a monstrous bronze dragon ripple through human camps, a dragon tearing great holes in the world as though searching for something… or someone.

It’s just a matter of time before the bronze chief, Dokul, finds Lysander and makes good on his promises. And should he find him, Lysander knows Dokul will not be merciful.

Amidst the greatest of elven victories, Eroan failed. Failed his people, failed himself, and failed the dragon who saved him. But he will not falter. The dragonkin are in disarray, there will never be a greater opportunity to strike. Eroan Ilanea will not fail his people again.

But when rumors of the dragon prince’s survival reach him, he must choose: Fight for his people or fight for the prince who nobody thought to save?

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wolf dreamsWOLF DREAMS (MOON BLIND BOOK 1) by Aimee Easterling

Fourteen years ago, I bit through the lip of the first boy brave enough to kiss me. Since then, I’ve acquired a Ph.D. in archaeology, a new teaching gig at a prestigious university, and research interests out the wazoo.

Unfortunately, my social life is still as bleak as a raided Egyptian tomb.

Until, that is, a stranger interrupts my class bearing the same ancient cat fang I see in my dreams. He’s rough around the edges and entirely riveting. No wonder my inner monster wakes up and seizes the reins.

Soon, wolf tracks appear on campus, the monster begins holding conversations without my permission, and a shadowy figure breaks into my office in search of the cat fang. Can I afford to reopen old wounds and display my darker half to the world just when I’m finally finding my feet?

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dragons of bourbon streetDRAGONS OF BOURBON STREET (JADE CALHOUN SERIES BOOK 9) by Deanna Chase

White witch Jade Calhoun is seven months pregnant. All she wants to do is sink into domestic bliss while enjoying planning wedding and baby showers. But when a new acquaintance is arrested by the Witches Council and then mysteriously disappears, Jade is pulled into the thick of things. Forced by the Witches Council to track down the missing woman, Jade finds herself once again dealing with dragons.

It should be a piece of cake, right? All she needs to do is track down the woman who escaped the Council, stop the dragons from awakening and taking over the city, and still find time to celebrate life’s milestones… all while in her third trimester.

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protector unmatchedPROTECTOR UNMATCHED (STEALTH GUARDIANS BOOK 6) by Tina Folsom

When a psychic vision warns Pearce that he’ll die at the hands of the human woman Daphne, he goes after her to try to change his future.

After a career as a hacker and several brushes with the law, Daphne is trying to go straight as a cybersecurity analyst. But when her brother gets in trouble with a loan shark, she’s forced to draw on her skills to wipe out his debt—an action that puts her in the path of the Stealth Guardians and their archenemies, the Demons of Fear.

What starts out as a mission to prevent Daphne from killing Pearce turns into a race against time to stop the demons from obtaining the key to certain annihilation of the Stealth Guardians and mankind.

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no country for old gnomesNO COUNTRY FOR OLD GNOMES: THE TALES OF PELL by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S Dawson

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

War is coming, and it’s gonna be Pell.

On one side stand the gnomes: smol, cheerful, possessing tidy cardigans and no taste for cruelty.

On the other side sit the halflings, proudly astride their war alpacas, carrying bags of grenades and hungry for a fight. And pretty much anything else.

It takes only one halfling bomb and Offi Numminen’s world is turned upside down—or downside up, really, since he lives in a hole in the ground. His goth cardigans and aggressive melancholy set him apart from the other gnomes, as does his decision to fight back against their halfling oppressors. Suddenly Offi is the leader of a band of lovable misfits and outcasts—from a gryphon who would literally kill for omelets to a young dwarf herbalist who is better with bees than with his cudgel to an assertive and cheerful teen witch with a beard as long as her book of curses—all on a journey to the Toot Towers to confront the dastardly villain intent on tearing Pell asunder. These adventurers never fit in anywhere else, but as they become friends, fight mermaids, and get really angry at this one raccoon, they learn that there’s nothing more heroic than being yourself.

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cropped for FB revealVS Note: I’m excited to have sent SONG OF THE NILE to the formatter this week, so expect to see it on the New Releases next week. (I don’t do pre-orders because they’re too stressful for me.) Here’s a teaser of the cover and the rest of my ancient Egyptian paranormal romances below. SONG OF THE NILE is a standalone sequel to LADY OF THE NILE.

Buy Links for LADY OF THE NILE:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 10

April 3

March 27

March 20

March 13

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 10

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

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HANNAH’S HERO (ICEHOME BOOK 6) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Always a good week when there’s a new one from Ruby.

All I want is Hannah.

We’ve resonated, but she avoids me. She has made it very clear that she wants no mate, whether he has two arms or four. But when others leave the Icehome beach camp for a getaway to a fruit-filled cave, Hannah wants to go, and she needs a companion.

Me.
For the first time, we talk…and I realize my female isn’t as good as ignoring me as she thinks. She watches me with hungry eyes. She blushes at my bold words. When I touch her? She no longer runs away.
It is time I show her that a Strong Arm hunter can be the right mate for her, and that four arms can hold her twice as closely as two.

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game wardens mateTHE GAME WARDEN’S MATE by A M Griffin 

The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind, and body.
His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants.
The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. Never did she imagine being abducted by aliens and forced to participate in a survival of the fittest game called The Hunt. If she survives and makes it to the end, she’ll be freed. If not, she’ll be forced to mate the one who captures her.
Esme is determined to win at all costs, even if it means putting her trust in a sexy alien who taunts her in the most delectable way.
Their love was built on betrayal. Can she trust him with her heart and life?

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zandroZANDRO (ALIEN ANIMAL RESCUES BOOK 1) by E D Walker

VS Note: This is a re-release of her ‘novelette’ from the Pets In Space 3 anthology.

Zandro alienated the love of his life years ago with one giant mistake. Consumed by his animal rescue work, he didn’t realize what he had given up until she was gone. Now, his work to save two alien kittens with dangerous pheromones will reunite him with his old flame – and hopefully give him a second chance.

Aliette’s work as a space captain keeps her mind off of what she lost – Zandro – or it did until she receives his desperate plea for help. She reluctantly agrees to assist him for old time’s sake. But the simple transport mission quickly escalates into a fight for survival. The local drug cartel has discovered the unusual kittens and will do anything to obtain them.

With dangerous events and concern for the vulnerable kittens drawing them close again, Aliette will have to decide if being with Zandro is worth sacrificing everything for – even her life.

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faith and the fighterFAITH AND THE FIGHTER (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 6) by Honey Phillips

Faith has spent the past eight years as a scientist locked in an alien research lab. When she finally manages to escape and finds out what the aliens are doing with her work, she is appalled and determined to stop their plans.

The alien spaceship captain who unknowingly assisted her escape is going to help her shut down the lab – whether he wants to or not. And she’s not going to let his massive body or the kind heart hidden behind his gruff facade distract her.

Captain Athtar finally has his life exactly the way he wants it – he has his ship, his crew, and his freedom. No mouthy little human is going to interfere with any of that, no matter how much she tempts him or how much his instincts demand that he claim her. If only he weren’t as tempted as much by her brilliant mind as by her luscious body.

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bro kayelle allenBRO (ANTONELLO BROTHERS) by Kayelle Allen

The tech Senth is about to claim will make him invisible. Finally, the young halfbreed thief will be out of sight and far from the taunts humans throw at him. But when that tech reveals he has a human half-brother who’s bound by a cruel slaver, Senth must find a way to win his brother’s freedom and save him from abuse — even though Senth is a slave himself.
What if invisibility wasn’t magic? What if it was tech? When you can make yourself invisible, you reveal invisible truth.

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warriors embraceWARRIORS’ EMBRACE (THE SWIRL BOOK 3) by Michelle Mills

What is love?
Trish is working hard to teach herself this elusive human emotion. Deciphering feelings is tricky for a formerly emotionless female Cyborg. Bex and Wyric have already declared their love for her, and she desperately wants to return their affection, but when she opens her mouth to reply… nothing comes out. NOTHING.

Despite this agonizing set back, life mated to three sexy Xylan warriors is actually falling into place, piece by piece.

Except that damn Illibrium keeps getting in the way. And Zaxon has declared himself in charge of the volatile crystal, and he doesn’t look so good; his management is physically sapping his strength. Everyone wants her husband to give up the Illibrium, which is a beacon for their shared enemy, but he refuses. No one is in agreement on what to do. All Trish knows is that her mate desperately requires her help.
Will she have to lose everything to finally understand what love is?

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zaurethZAURETH AWAKENED: 11.5 (ENIGMA BOOK 11) by Ditter Kellen

Life can change in the blink of an eye, even for a powerful Bracadyte healer. Zaureth finds out the hard way when the northern band of Bracadytes storm Aukrabah, demanding blood and vengeance. With his home, his mate and his life suddenly thrust into danger, Zaureth has no choice but to resort to the one thing he hates the most: violence.

But this enemy is more powerful than any the Bracadytes have faced before; leaving Zaureth no choice but to awaken the beast within, or risk losing everything he’s come to love… including his bonded mate, Amy.

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rogue signROGUE SIGN (ROGUE STAR BOOK 4) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I’ve spent my life in the shadows, in the darkest corners of the criminal underbelly of Mars. I’m going to use those hard-won skills to track down whoever, whatever, is targeting me and my friends. No alien playboy, with his laid-back ways and handsome smile, is going to get in my way, even if his touch weakens the walls I’ve built to protect myself. But when my mission turns deadly, I’ll find out that Kovor is keeping secrets of his own.

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mraxMRAX (THE GALAXOS CREW BOOK 5) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

Rowan MacLeod is tough as nails. Life was hard on Earth, but she’s determined to let nothing hold her back… even after ending up on a rusty bucket of a spaceship surrounded by barbarian aliens. A special mission to resurrect old fighter craft for the rebels is her best chance to prove herself… until disaster finds her again.

As the medic on the Galaxos, Mrax has to be quick on his feet. He doesn’t have time for anything else, especially a feisty Earther female. Until the intelligent and beautiful Rowan ends up in his sickbay. She’s everything he doesn’t need complicating his life. But she’s everything he wants. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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forgotten jessica carbineFORGOTTEN by Jessica Carbine

VS Note: Scifi elements apparently…

Six years ago, Cassie lost everything she could remember. Literally. Her parents, while loving, seem determined to stop her from remembering. Where had she been going? Who was she running from? She just wants answers, but all she can find are more questions. Meeting Kyler, she thinks her life can finally move forward, but a dark connection to her past won’t give her up that easily, a connection she might prefer to leave Forgotten.

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CHASING TRUTH (OUTLASTING SERIES BOOK 2) by LK Magill

VS note: I was not a fan of the cover.

Answers. All Liam Byrne wanted now, was answers. Maybe it was the interrogator in him, or maybe it was his past.
But the more questions he asked, the more complicated his once simple world became.
And then there was Hannah. And now the other women.
He didn’t know what he’d gotten himself into. He hadn’t felt like this… maybe ever. But here he was, for once in his screwed up life, wanting to make things right. Wanting to know the truth. Chasing it, in fact.
Along with her. Yeah, he was chasing that, too.

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bride programTHE BRIDE PROGRAM (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 1) by Dane Griggs

Maya Arnold was leading a normal life, working and helping care for her sister, until the Cerasteans arrived. Offering a cure for cancer if enough women volunteer as brides, Maya jumped at the chance. Saving her sister was her only goal. She never expected to actually fall in love with an alien, or find best friends in the other bride volunteers.

Since the mysterious destruction of Ceraste, Commander D’Avii and the surviving males have been searching the galaxy for a new home. Finding Earth and its women was a miracle. Like most Cerasteans, he finds humans to be fascinating creatures — none more so than bride volunteer Maya. His attraction to her is instant and intense. Still he knows Maya can never choose him, a warrior, with so many higher-caste scientists seeking their own mates. To do so would shame the scientists and tear the last of his people apart. Yet he aches at the loss of something he never even had.

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pure chocolatePURE CHOCOLATE: THE CHOCOVERSE BOOK 2 by Amber Royer

VS Note: From March. Saw this recommended by E D Walker on the Interstellar Flight Magazine site.

To save everyone she loves, Bo Bonitez is touring Zant, home of the murderous, shark-toothed aliens who so recently tried to eat her. In the midst of her stint as Galactic paparazzi princess, she discovers that Earth has been exporting tainted chocolate to the galaxy, and getting aliens hooked on cocoa. Bo must choose whether to go public, or just smile for the cameras and make it home alive. She’s already struggling with her withdrawal from the Invincible Heart, and her love life has a life of its own, but when insidious mind worms intervene, things start to get complicated!

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desired by the alienDESIRED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 5) by Sabrina Kade

Exer isn’t like other Sidyths. For one thing, he looks human—from the front, at least. That, combined with a past trauma on his homeworld, makes him less than eager to spend his days with his brothers and all the human females around them.

Except for Sloane. Exer would give almost anything to make her his mate. But he’s not willing to push her into being more than friends. For one thing, he knows how bad things could get if it turns out he’s not the prince she’s always pining for. No. He’d rather spend his time caring for the pets he keeps in his private sanctuary than risk Sloane’s rejection—or worse.

But when Sloane ends up putting her life in danger in order to dig into his past, he’ll have to decide what’s more important to him: keeping his secrets or saving the woman he loves.

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elizas miracleELIZA’S MIRACLE (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 4) by S J Sanders

Eliza is the new ambassador from Earth. It fulfills all her career ambitions, but her life is a lie. Her husband, who ruled her career with an iron fist, is not her Prince Charming in a storybook marriage that everyone assumes. He is cruel and manipulative. Living at the space station gives her some reprieve, but not entirely. When her daughter falls in love with a Tagith male, Eliza finds herself starting on a new leg of her life as a single woman, one that brings her into the company of her son-in-law’s gruff father. He rubs her the wrong way, but things change and are never quite what they seem.
Zerik lost his mate ten years ago and it has never stopped hurting. He doesn’t approve of humans or much of anything, yet when his son persuades him into a visit on the Intergalactic Space Station, he discovers that his life still has room for one more.

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raven sand sunA TOUCH OF TRUTH BOOK TWO: RAVEN, SAND AND SUN by Nita Round

Lucinda, Ascara, and the Captain have survived several almost fatal encounters with various agents of Sh’Na. Now they must face the Mistress of the Night herself in the pyramid from Lucinda’s dreams and cut short the beast’s reign of terror. Captain Stoner, however, has met this Queen of the Desert before, and although the companions are together, she fears the three of them will not be enough to withstand Sh’Na’s evil.

Their journey is not a simple one and their trials start in the city of Port Ruth. Here the Captain must face her own past, fraught with its own perils, before they can enter the desert. Once outside the city, they travel into the inhospitable lands of sand and sun where they must face Sh’Na in a battle for more than their own lives. Failure means the end of everything. Success will bring the three to a new truth, and a new path will be revealed.

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trust jean davisTRUST (THE NARVAN BOOK 1) by Jean Davis

VS Note: Saw the book mentioned on Diane Burton’s blog.

At long last, peace emerges from the bitter war that ravaged the worlds of the Narvan. Anastassia Kazan brought about the end to the fighting between Vayen Ta’set’s homeworld of Artor and Artor’s rival, Jal. When she offers Vayen a job on her team of bodyguards, he leaps at the opportunity. He’ll do anything to keep Artor on the path to recovery.

Protecting the paranoid and mercurial woman whose deals and threats keep everyone in line is a tough, thankless task. One drunken night with Anastassia makes Vayen question why he got the job and whether he should keep it. But no one else on the team is willing to earn Anastassia’s disfavor by calling her out on her reckless choices. Reckless will get her killed and send the Narvan back into chaos.

Not everyone is happy with Anastassia’s changes on his homeworld and beyond. She’s also on less-than-friendly terms with her deadly ex-partner. Then Vayen discovers that Anastassia is only middle management. The Council she works for harbors ambitious plans for the Narvan’s military forces.

How much is Vayen willing to sacrifice to keep the Narvan at peace?

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fantasy island star fantasyFANTASY ISLAND: STAR FANTASY by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn

VS Note: Ok, this is a 2018 book but I saw it on the Women of Color In Romance website and it sounds like so much fun! One clicked it…

Alisa Davis, current NASA employee and unapologetic geek, loves all things space-related. She’s explored countless galaxies through movies, books, and television shows. When she stumbles across a Fantasy Island ad, she knows it’s the opportunity she’s waited a lifetime to experience. For the first time in her life, she’ll ‘boldly go where no man has gone before,’ just like the crew of her favorite television series. Because Fantasy Island specializes in romantic fantasies, she adds an extra request: marriage to her dream man. A man not intimidated by her brain or freaked out by her laugh. But what happens when Fantasy Island goofs her fantasy?

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disobedienceDISOBEDIENCE (BASTAN HOLLOW BOOK SAGA 2 ) by Jane Washington

Malevolent Ignoble Calamity (or Mel for short) is the youngest member of the Calamity Clan—a coven of Bastan witches and warlocks who pride themselves on being the worst of the worst. If Mel wants to survive past her twenty-first birthday, she needs to complete a rite of passage: lure the children Hansel and Gretal into her cottage, cook them, and eat them.
There are just a few problems:
1. Mel has no interest in eating children.
2. The children have no interest in leaving their house.
3. The parents of the children have no interest in behaving the way normal parents are supposed to behave.
4. Hansel and Gretal aren’t even their real names.

Slade Oliver is the Advisor to the Guild of Records and it’s not his job to fix fairy tales anymore, but this tale isn’t like the others. Powerful bloodlines are involved, and where there is powerful blood, there will be powerful enemies. The stakes are high, but the task is simple: extract the children from their house and send them to the witch in the woods.
There is just one single problem:
1. Slade Oliver doesn’t play by the rules, and neither will this fairy tale.

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harley merlin 7HARLEY MERLIN 7: HARLEY MERLIN AND THE DETECTOR FIX by Bella Forrest

On the run from the Coven she used to call home, Harley Merlin knows that Katherine’s power and influence are spreading like a poison. And she has no doubt that Katherine will follow through with her promise to torture and kill her friends, one by one.

Then Harley discovers that the key to her enemy’s undoing might be hiding in a familiar place—her parents’ Grimoire. With Finch, Wade, and Garrett by her side, Harley vows to steal Hester and Hiram’s final gift.

Liar. Rebel. Jailbreaker. Why not add “thief” to the list?

Meanwhile, Jacob senses trouble brewing in the San Diego Coven, with their friends imprisoned and Levi’s thirst for power spiraling out of control. Amid the chaos, the magical detector is on the verge of completion and Jacob meets a human girl who makes his heart race. But Katherine has plans for him. Oh yes, does she have plans.

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curse of magicCURSE OF MAGIC (THE FAIRY TALE ENCHANTRESS BOOK 2) by K M Shea

Evariste is gone.
When he sacrificed himself to save Angelique, he was taken in her place. Now everything has gone horribly wrong.
The magic council is too tied up in its bureaucracy to launch a real search effort. And though they have chased every clue, the other enchanters have failed to locate even a hint of him.
With time ticking away, Angelique decides to do what no apprentice should ever do: set out on her own.
As her search for Evariste leads her across the continent, she uncovers magic being used in dark and evil ways that hasn’t been seen in centuries: a prince cursed to live as a beast, a land ruled by an evil ogre, and a selkie enslaved by a sea witch.
None of these things should be happening. But they are.
Fighting these dark powers will require magic Angelique has never attempted before, and demand more from her than she’s ever been able to give.

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cipherCIPHER: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

It’s been seven months since Cipher, an Unfallen angel who straddled a razor thin line between good and evil, woke up in hell with a new set of wings, a wicked pair of fangs, and a handler who’s as beautiful as she is dangerous. As a laid-back cyber-specialist who once assisted guardian angels, he’d been in a prime position to earn back his halo. But now, as a True Fallen forced to use his talents for malevolence, he must fight not only his captors and his sexy handler, but the growing corruption inside him…before the friends searching for him become his enemies and he becomes his own worst nightmare.

Lyre is a fallen angel with a heart full of hate. When she’s assigned to ensure that Cipher carries out their boss’s orders, she sees an opportunity to take revenge on those who wronged her. All she has to do is appeal to Cipher’s burgeoning dark side. But the devastatingly handsome fellow True Fallen has other ideas — sexy ideas that threaten to derail all Lyre’s plans and put them in the path of an approaching hell storm.

Danger and desire explode, even as Cipher and Lyre unravel a sinister plot that will fracture the underworld and send shockwaves into Heaven itself.

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conversionCONVERSION (ALPHABITS BOOK 3) by Susi Hawke

Gizmo Jones has an obsession with technology, and he doesn’t care who knows it. The smarter, more connected, and shinier it is, the better. When Gizmo and Ozzy are sent to the backwoods of West Virginia, the worst Gizmo thinks he’ll face is a couple of rednecks trying to shoot down one of his fleet of drones. He doesn’t expect to run smack dab into a cult masquerading as a summer camp who are determined to separate shifter kids from their animal sides.

Caleb Brooks had been one of those kids once. He’d escaped by pretending he was “cured”, and then holing up in the middle of the woods with no connection to technology, shifting freely, but staying close, because he couldn’t abandon the kids still trapped there.

The Alphabits know they need to bring the law down on the camp, but they aren’t the only ones coming for them. STAHP is on the loose and where they prowl… mayhem follows.

The Alphabits aren’t vigilantes. These former soldiers and officers of the law have to do things by the book—even when it tears them apart to do so. But once all their ducks are in a row, the bad guys had better beware! You do not want this team of protective alphas on your tail.

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caged heatCAGED HEAT (BLACK MEADOW PACK BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Samira Suarez’s grandmother died, bringing her home after five years. Surprisingly, grandma left her millions of dollars and the family got zero. Such a great way to warm her presence into everyone’s heart, right? Sam doesn’t care about the money except for the line in the will that reads if she dies within thirty days, the family would get the cash. Say what?

Riel Karven, wolf shifter, has been waiting five years for Sam to return. He’s been giving her the time she needs to explore the world, but that time is up. He knew she was his mate before she left. Now that she’s back, he’s keeping her. And he’s going to show her what five long years without the woman he wants does to a man. They might need a new bed after this.

When Sam is injured, Riel goes into overprotective mode. Someone in Sam’s family wants her dead for the money. He has to hunt down the stalker if he wants to save his mate. Unfortunately, the person they are looking for isn’t even on their radar.

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blue morphosBLUE MORPHOS IN THE GARDEN by Lis Mitchell

VS Note: Not a romance.

When Vivian and her daughter witness the family matriarch die without leaving a corpse, Vivian can no longer ignore the family “gift” or the choice that lies before her.

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resignationTHE RESIGNATION by Michael Mandrake w/a RM Durand

Braxton has had it with his dead-end job. After four years of long hours with dismal pay, he hands in his resignation. When he finds out the new company pays more and offers tuition assistance, he jumps at the chance.

CEO Cashel needs a lover and Braxton is the one he must have. Cashel has hungered to approach his mailroom employee, but his insecurities held him back. When he discovers his desired is leaving, he knows this would be the last chance to ask Braxton to be his lover for all eternity.

Braxton might have to give up everything to be Cashel’s lover, but why work when all his needs would be met by a sexy immortal?

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moon l a mcginnisTHE MOON: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 2 by L A McGinnis

For four years, life has been good for Celine Barrows. But when a monster comes calling, Celine must answer. Her one chance at salvation is a stranger who makes no promises, and leads her on a journey into the very darkness she thought she had escaped. As the world shatters around her, and war looms on the horizon, Celine discovers that sometimes it takes a monster to defeat a monster.

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draculas brideDRACULA’S BRIDE (IMMORTAL MONSTERS BOOK 1) by Rebekah Ganiere

Mina has spent the last five years being house servant to her three older siblings- Arthur, Quincey, and Lucy, under the thumb of her volatile Admiral father, But her entire life is changed in an instant–when she is almost run over by a mysterious black horse-drawn carriage.

Count Vlad “Blue” Draugr flees his castle in Transylvania after an unspeakable act draws too much attention his way. Now secluded in his rural English estate, he finds himself drawn to a most unlikely creature. The sweet and innocent Mina Van Deem from the neighboring estate.

Unable to get her out of his thoughts Blue wants nothing more than to make her like him – a vampire. But Blue’s thirst for blood keeps him from fully trusting himself to keep his fangs off her neck.

In an act of desperation, Mina runs from her dysfunctional family and escapes to London. There she finds more than solitude in the sooty city streets that are alit with whispers of a string of recent bloody murders–she finds Blue, waiting for her, tempting her, stalking her. And as she falls deeper under his spell, Mina learns that some creatures lying in the shadows of London’s underbelly are more enticing than she ever thought possible.

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devil forget meDEVIL FORGET ME (A DEMON HUNTRESS NOVEL BOOK 5) by Karilyn Bentley

Gin Crawford, the world’s newest demon huntress, kills two minions who are breaking into a financial adviser’s office. But what she thinks of as another night in the life of a demon huntress leads to a cover-up of epic proportions. A demon haunts her employer, the Agency, and only she can stop it.

Aidan Smythe, her guardian mage and lover, along with her brother T, and the healer Eloise, join her search in discovering the demon’s identity. A search thwarted by a powerful spell.

Breaking the spell requires her to join forces with Zagan, the demon of deceit, the demon who marked her as his. But working together comes with a price. One Gin is not sure she can pay.

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chasing fateCHASING FATE (COPPER CREEK SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Jacki James

Chase Coleman is content with the life he’s made for himself as Sheriff of a sleepy little West Texas town. He might have walked away from his role as the Alpha apparent of his home pride but he didn’t regret making the choice to live as an out gay man.

Paxton Summers could see that Chase was the Alpha of the town’s shifters whether he wanted to accept the title or not. Once he realizes that he and the sexy sheriff are fated mates, it becomes his mission to make Chase see he never had to choose between his destiny and being true to himself—because Copper Creek was exactly where he was meant to be.

Chase just needs to see that he hadn’t left his future behind at all, instead all along he’d been Chasing Fate.

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warriors giftTHE WARRIOR’S GIFT by AlTonya Washington

VS Note: From March

Home to Gods, Warriors, and Priests, the Origin Realm had lived in the shadow of uneasy peace. The Creator had charged the realm’s powerful inhabitants with the care, protection, and survival of its sister realm on the mortal plane. A plan for its continued survival gave rise to differences among the immortal races and eventually war.

Scientist, Keturah Dyson would have been the first to argue the idea that her ‘destiny’ involved anything more than her search for dark energy. When her detecting talents led her to a desolate stretch of land in Northern Texas and its dark, formidable owner, destiny; at last, had its say.

For too long, the Warrior Osmium had stifled anything beyond his basic desires where women were concerned. Keturah Dyson was a rarity and Oz found his ability to resist her…nonexistent. Attraction was undeniable and yet Oz sensed there was more at work between them. Keturah Dyson was more than an attraction, more than a diversion. She possessed a mark that should have been impossible for her to have. It was a mark that labeled her as a Warrior’s Gift.

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descendant of the craneDESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but appears to have some romantic elements.

Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

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wicked saintsWICKED SAINTS (SOMETHING DARK AND HOLY BOOK 1) by Emily A  Duncan

VS Note: Apparently quite dark and bloody, with only a slow burn romance at best, but a release of note.

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings. Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

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red scrolls of magicTHE RED SCROLLS OF MAGIC (THE ELDEST CURSES BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.

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hundred breathsA HUNDRED BREATHS by Jean M Grant

VS Note: From February but hey, Vikings…

Simon MacCoinneach’s vengeance runs deep. The blade is the only way to end the blood-thirsty Nordmen’s reign upon Scottish soil. His soul might be lost, but the mystical Healer he kidnaps from the isles could be the answer for his ailing mother…and his heart.

Isles-born Gwyn reluctantly agrees to a marriage alliance with this heathen Scot in return for the sanctuary of her younger brother from her abusive Norse father. Her brother’s condition is beyond the scope of her Ancient power, for larger healings steal breaths of life from her own body.

As Simon and Gwyn fight to outwit her madman father and a resentful Norse betrothed, Gwyn softens Simon’s heart with each merciful touch. Gwyn’s Seer sister foresees a bloody battle–and an end to the Nordmen–but Simon will also die. Will Gwyn save Simon on the battlefield even if it means losing her last breath?

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diamond sphinxTHE DIAMOND SPHINX (THE LOST ANCIENTS BOOK 6) by Marie Andreas

Magic, mayhem, murder, relics, true love, and drunken faeries. Taryn St. Giles has had a very eventful year. And the troubles are just beginning.
Taryn has been through a year of changes—to her and her world. As a digger, she’d searched through the past to find out who the missing elves and Ancients had been. Now she knows the elves and they are helping her uncover the secrets of the Ancients. Secrets she’s not sure she wants to know. A few too many up close and personal encounters with the relics that were left behind leaves her shaken and on the run. Even from the people she loves.
The relics were part of a weapon that led to the destruction of the Ancients. Now Taryn and Alric, must get a goddess, hundreds of faeries, and the rest of their friends to work together to destroy the weapon before anyone can use it again. But when her world comes crashing down around her, will Taryn have the strength to do what needs to be done?

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fate of dragonsFATE OF DRAGONS (DRAGON BROTHERHOOD DOJO BOOK 2) by Olivia Ash

A dangerous and cruel dragon shifter is holding my sister hostage. And I am going to kill him. With my bare hands, if I have to.
He wants to trade—Irena’s life, for mine. For my freedom. For the ancient and deadly dragon magic I fused with when his cronies kicked me into a pit to die.
I came back from the dead, and I brought the fury of hell with me. Now, they’re running scared—as they should. All of them, except this guy.
As the cherry on this toxic pie, my mentor is hunting me, too. She’s using every skill she ever taught me to track me down and lock me away.
My mentor trained me to obey her, and she’s pissed that I won’t bow down to her anymore. Determined to drain my magic, Zurie wants to reprogram my brain with enough drugs to make me an obedient little assassin again.
It won’t happen. And the poor fool who hurts my sister—well, he’s in for an early grave.

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carrie and dastardly dragonsCARRIE AND THE DASTARDLY DRAGONS (FATED ALPHA BOOK 9) by  Ava Mason

Best friends since we were kids, we always had each other’s back.
As the strongest, most loyal group of dragon shifters in the Queen’s Guard, we rule our world with a clenched fist.
We work together seamlessly and ruthlessly enforce strict rules. No one screws with us.
And we never let a woman get between us.
…Until Carrie.

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winter twilightWINTER TWILIGHT (COLDHARBOUR CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Richard Amos

Jake Winter is dealing with revelations about the white eye guy, losing Dean to the thrall of Lilisian, as well as the loss of one of his powers. Add to the mix that he’s stuck in the beast realm, cut off from his guardians with some crazy beast priests wanting his head on a spike, and it’s enough to tear him apart.
But there is hope…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ezras secretEZRA’S SECRET: SMOKEY MOUNTAIN DRAGONS by Jadyn Chase

Nora just wanted a relaxing camping trip in the woods with some friends.
What she got though, threw her whole world into chaos.
Getting caught in the middle of an ancient war in the Smokey Mountains between these beasts quickly descended into a nightmare.
How could she possibly get out alive?
Ezra couldn’t take his eyes of the stunning beauty who ventured into their neck of the woods.
A brave girl standing up to the very monsters who attacked her campground and took her hostage.
She began to consume his every waking thought, so imagine his surprise when she ran straight into him running for her life through the woods.
Now that he took her in he must be prepared to fight for their lives, especially after finding out Nora was pregnant.
Destiny has something more sinister in mind for Ezra and Nora, though.
Can they find a pocket of safety in this crazy world, or will the forces of evil track them down and burn everything they care about down to the ground?

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illicit kathryn kohlerILLICIT (CHALLENGE OF THE IMMORTALS) by Kathryn Kohler

Dahlia Danzer’s dream of being signed to a record label is so close she can taste it.
Until she’s double crossed by the recording exec. A$$hole.
After a childhood with an abusive step-father, she knows better than to trust a man—any man.

Record label executive, Forester James, has sworn off dating anyone from opposing realms.
He’s already been called before the Judiciary once.
As Alpha of his wolf shifter pack, he intends to toe the line from now on.
When Forester and Dahlia meet, the chemistry is undeniable.
It’s so intense, Forester knows instantly that the sorceress is his mate.
Which is impossible.
Who ever heard of mates from opposing realms?
No one, that’s who.
Interbreeding is strictly forbidden.
Period. No exceptions.
But, accidents happen…
And the punishment for breaking this sacred rule—is death.

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spoils of warSPOILS OF WAR by Susan Bliler

Before Alpha wolf shifter, War Vox could explore his odd infatuation with Nora, before he could even consider the implications of his inexplicable draw to the she-wolf who’d been dumped in his territory, she’s ripped away from him. Calling out War is a huge mistake, but taking something from War’s wolf is tantamount to suicide. Nora isn’t War’s to claim, hell, she’s not even a member of his pack, but she is his responsibility and War takes his responsibilities very seriously. War. Wants. Her. Back! Whether Nora wants him or not, War has decided the Imperial pack’s Alpha will pay the price for touching what War and his wolf have decided is theirs. Battle is coming, and it’s coming fast and hard!

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torn brooklyn knightTORN (ALPHA SERIES BOOK 1) by Brooklyn Knight

VS Note: From March.

I did not tell her the truth about what I really amThe circumstances surrounding our introduction are unimportant. The only thing that matters is that Sasha Wilcox is my mate and she belongs to me. A night of unbridled passion sealed the deal, but before I could tell her the truth, she was gone. Days have turned into weeks and there is no way I can be without her. I must find her and bring her back to me. No one will stand in my way, especially not the one man who thinks he can steal her from me, Stefan Miller.

I want him so badly, and I have no idea why…The last thing I should be doing is thinking about Remi Moretti: the green-eyed Italian man who kidnapped me and held me hostage for three days in Tuscany. I want to say that I feared for my life while under his guard, but that would be a lie. The truth is, in a moment of… weakness, I gave my body to him. He set it on fire, but I escaped, and now I need to move on with my life with Stefan, a great guy, who will make a great boyfriend. But why do I crave Remi’s touch? Why do I smell his intoxicating essence every time I breathe? And why do I sense his presence, even though he’s in Italy, and I’m in Miami?

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flames of fearFLAMES OF FEAR (THE LOST FAE BOOK 2) by A C Pontone

Emma’s world is changing so fast it’s making her head spin. A few months ago she was just an ordinary seventeen-year-old trying to keep up with school, two jobs, and taking care of her ailing dad. Or so she thought.

That was before the four hot Drakon brothers came into her life and turned it upside down, upsetting all her previous assumptions about her life, where she came from, and even who she is. Now everything is different. No longer is she just Emma Jones, she’s heir to the throne of Faery, a world in crisis that only she can save. Plus, she finally has a boyfriend. Well, actually, FOUR boyfriends. Oh, and did I mention, they’re dragons?

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queen of the starsQUEEN OF THE STARS (ANDERELLE MINOR BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

Elara can pull the stars from the sky…literally. Afraid of what the Warlords of Minloa might do to her, she hides her powers. Until she can’t anymore.

Discovering her past and the bloodlines she possesses, changes everything. She’s much more important to the Seelie fae than she ever dreamed possible.

But her carelessness with the stars brings invaders from another universe — invaders with technology far surpassing the Seelie’s, demanding Elara return their star. She must protect her world, her warlords, and the universe from these humans, or die trying.

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purple castleTHE PURPLE CASTLE: A TWISTED RETELLING OF SNOW WHITE by Quinn Slater

Escaping the tumultuous life with her abusive husband, Zareena vanishes into the dark of night where she finds an enchanted land of mystical and magical creatures in the woods behind her home.But as magical as the land seems, a darkness lies in wait—a witch who desires to sit on the same throne Zareena has been destined to occupy. In her quest to the throne and to wash away the curse the witch has cast upon both Legendary and its king, Zareena must also face her own demons of desire and conquest. The question for Zareena quickly becomes one of strength. Can she accept her passionate awakening while also freeing Legendary from its 1,000-year curse?

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mated to the reaperMATED TO THE REAPER by Alexa Riley

Ariella Sterling was raised by a coven of vampires, but she was different than the rest of them. She was a miracle from the time she was born, and her parents worried about her safety. She was protected and cherished like no other because of her abilities, but something has changed since her eighteenth birthday. There’s a pain growing inside her and she doesn’t think she’s going to make it much longer. When the Grim Reaper walks in everything changes and now she’s got to fight for what’s hers.

Grim Reaper has spent years alone carrying out what he’s destined to do. But when he’s called to take another immortal soul, he realizes this one is different. From the moment he sees Ariella, he knows she’s his mate, but her family steps in and tries to keep them apart. They can do what they want, but there’s no stopping Death, and he’s going to fight for what’s his.

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hunter dez schwartzHUNTER (ROAM BOOK 2) by Dez Schwartz

Dr. Grady Hunter has a vampire infestation on his hands in the town of Shady Pines, but he’s been deserted by those best suited to help. After enlisting Chris Reed, a techno-mage, they find the vampires might only be the tip of a deadly iceberg.

Returning home from his dream travels, Ethan Roam is eager to experiment with his newly discovered powers. But Ethan isn’t the only familiar arrival in Grady’s life. As more reminders of his dark past crop up, Grady and Ethan are swept up in a mystery of cosmic proportions.

Grady must fight to keep an ever-evolving Ethan on his side while being challenged by the ghosts of his past.

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the bindingTHE BINDING by Bridget Collins

Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder—a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman’s watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there’s something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor’s workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends—and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

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fates starFATE’S STAR: PREQUEL TO THE CHRONICLES OF THE WARLORDS by Elizabeth Vaughan

VS note: I haven’t read the later books but I started the ‘Look Inside’ on this one and got thoroughly hooked. One clicked.

Five years before the events in Warprize and Destiny’s Star . . . .
Her family dead, her home destroyed, all she has left are her wits and her songs . . . .
When the flames of civil war rage across the Kingdom of Palins, Warna of Farentell has no choice but to flee to the neighboring Barony of Tassinic. The daughter of a wealthy merchant, raised to run a noble house in the hope of a good marriage, she watches her future burn with the rest of her homeland.

Elven Lord of a human Barony, betrayed and attacked by those he thought to trust . . . .
Verice of Tassinic has suffered the wounds of war, knowing loss and betrayal at the hands of those he trusted most. He buries himself in work and duty, behind emotional walls as high as those of his castle, rather than risk more pain. While dealing with a kingdom in political and economic turmoil, he ‘rescues’ Warna only to discover that the helpless human woman is anything but. Before he knows it, she is deep within the defenses of his heart, forcing him to confront his grief, his distrust, and the scars of his past . . . and maybe even steal his heart in the process.

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cursed a s greenCURSED (FAE HELL HOUNDS FATED MATES BOOK 3) by A S Green

Aiden is a hell hound, and he is on fire. For fifty agonizing years, he’s burned for his anamchara—his fated mate—and his untouchable best friend.

Branna is a púca—vile and monstrous in her natural form—or so she’s been told. Aiden is the only fae in fifteen hundred years who’s convinced her she might have something beautiful to offer.

But a curse laid down by another man—centuries before Aiden drew first breath—has kept them apart.

So now, after fifty years of this torture, it’s time for drastic measures.
If Aiden can’t change the past, he’ll save Branna’s future—even if he can’t be a part of it.
Sometimes a hell hound is worth more dead than alive.

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wildfire unicornsWILDFIRE UNICORN (FIRE AND RESCUE SHIFTERS: WILDFIRE CREW BOOK 2)  by Zoe Chant

There’s a shirtless firefighter at her door…and he’s holding a baby unicorn.Animal rescue officer Candice thought she’d seen it all. That was before the unicorn.Or rather, unicorns.

When a smoking hot firefighter turns up at her emergency centre, the baby unicorn in his arms turns out to be the least unusual thing about him. And he wants Candice for more than her fully-equipped rescue trailer…

Unicorn shifter Wystan thought meeting his true mate would solve all his problems. Now he’s got an adorable and unruly mystery on his hands, the mother of all wildfires breathing down his neck, and dark forces closing in on all sides. How’s he supposed to romance this blunt, prickly, astonishing woman in all this? Especially when Candice guards her heart as fiercely as she protects the animals under her care?

But when unicorns are real, dreams can come true…And so can nightmares.

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xecrets of the sea lordSECRETS OF THE SEA LORD by Starla Night

VS note: From March

Harmony is terrified when she awakens on a raft in the middle of the ocean with a deadly, tattooed Lord of the Sea hulking over her. But she quickly realizes he’s the one who saved her from the storm—and that joining his undersea world is the only way she’ll survive.

Mer warlord Faier dreads his bride’s terror as she stares on his wrecked body. A lifetime of honorable service has destroyed his ability to woo a mate.

…Or can the purehearted female look past his scars when she willingly takes his muscled arm?

This star-crossed pair is stranded deep in forbidden territory. Their foe has no compunction about killing Faier and taking Harmony. Because, according to the ancient laws, Faier is the true enemy.
Until a long-buried secret changes everything.

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wolf claimedWOLF CLAIMED (THE LAST SHIFTER BOOK 3) by Sadie Moss

My mates and I got what we wanted—we found Rhys’s sister. We should be celebrating, but the danger is far from over.

Our welcome into the Lost Pack was frosty at best, and tensions between old and new blood threaten to boil over. Crammed too close together, trapped by our fear, we’re hardly better off here than we were at Strand.

If my men and I can’t unite the two packs, they’ll tear each other apart before Doctor Shepherd and his hunters even have a chance to find us again.

I won’t let that happen.

My wolf has claimed each of these four men. And the deeper I fall in love with them, the more determined I am to create a real future for us.

But to do that, I’m going to have to fully accept the truth of who I am… and what I am.

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queen takes triuneQUEEN TAKES TRIUNE (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 6) by Joely Sue Burkhart

Which Triune court is calling the last Isador queen to take her rightful seat?

There are three Aima courts: one dead, one full of monsters, and one with an empty seat that’s ruled by the queen of Rome. While Shara Isador loves her monsters, she has no plan to unseat a Skolos queen. Nor does she wish to work side by side with Marne Ceresa on a daily basis.

Let alone the mysterious Dauphine, who might be closer than Shara ever suspected.

Shara might be a relative baby in Aima years, and she wasn’t raised in a nest. She doesn’t know the ancient houses or laws that bind the queens to the high courts. But there’s one thing she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt.
What this queen takes, she loves, and what she loves, she keeps for all time.
Goddess help anyone who thinks to harm one of her own in order to sway her decision.

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seer hettie iversSEER by Hettie Ivers

Ten years ago, seers across the globe were wiped out, thrusting the supernatural world into figurative darkness.
When word spreads that the first new seer in a decade has been found, powerful forces will hunt her.
The dead will unite to defend her.
And a repressed sadist werelock will abandon his century-long vow of celibacy to claim her as his own.

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VS Note:  107 years ago this week, the Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic and sank with a terrible loss of life. I was always fascinated by the sinking and wrote my scifi action adventure novel WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM loosely based on the events, but set in the far future on an interstellar cruise liner. There is a romance but the book is much less steamy than my normal stories. I later wrote a sequel about two of the supporting characters in response to numerous reader requests. STAR SURVIVOR is written in my steamier style.

Drifting on a dead ship, abandoned by the crew canva

Buy Links for WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo   (There’s also an audiobook…)

Buy Links for STAR SURVIVOR: iBooks      Amazon    Kobo       Barnes & Noble

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 3

March 27

March 20

March 13

March 6

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday April 3

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

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SANCTUARY: A DARK PLANET WARRIORS NOVELLA by Anna Carven

VS Note: One clicked this of course!

Abbey goes shopping.
Tarak learns an important fact about human female biology.
Ami develops new (and somewhat scary) abilities.
Oh, and it’s Christmas soon.
It’s just another day in the life of our fearsome Kordolians and their human mates. A light-hearted peek into Tarak and Abbey’s new life on Earth.

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chaos crocCHAOS CROC (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 6) by Naomi Lucas

Janet was a maneater.

She knew what men wanted, took what she pleased and used that to her advantage. But the men who lived in the small colonies on her home planet were not the same as those who traveled and conquered the universe. They were nothing like the Cyborgs who showed up to solve all her family’s problems, especially the green-eyed god who crowded her space.
So she used him like she used the rest—and bit off far more than she could ever chew.

Zeph carried a demon on his back, one that scratched at the inside of his skull relentlessly. No one would guess that the neon green knight had a terrible secret, not with his charm and his lies. And because of his charisma, his razzle-dazzle darkness, the EPED used him for all he was worth. But sometimes missions can’t be fixed with diplomacy. Sometimes you have to follow your own instincts—even a croc’s instincts—to go after what you really want.
He wanted Janet. He wanted to keep her.
But the demon wanted something else entirely.

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hitting the targetHITTING THE TARGET: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Ormyu Five is the world divided in two
To the north, a police state ruled by the heavy hand of The EYE, which spies on its people constantly and keeps iron control over their lives.

To the South lies Bountiful, a country of free thinkers bustling with trade and blessed with balmy weather. But those from the Northern Block never get to experience its temperate climate for the two halves of Ormyu Five are divided by an impenetrable wall of blue energy called the Great Barrier.

Mia lives in the North and can’t remember a time when she wasn’t looking over her shoulder. Everyone spies on everyone else and reports to The Eye. It is a land of paranoia—a place of constant fear. Even Mia herself has been forced into the ranks of informants—she works as a nurse but also as a covert agent, reporting weekly to her Commandant in The EYE’s headquarters for new assignments. Imagine her surprise and dismay when she recognizes her new target—a huge male with a mane of golden brown hair and pale piercing eyes—as the one she has been dreaming of for months.

Treygar is a rare Lei’on Kindred which means he keeps a hungry beast locked within himself. He came to Ormyu Five with his people, looking for a new genetic trade on the strangely divided planet. What he doesn’t expect is to start dream sharing with one of the inhabitants of the backwards world but that is exactly what happens. He wants to go and find the mysterious, curvy little female but before he can, he runs into her at the transport station.

Mia is scared to death of the huge Kindred warrior. She’s been dreaming of him for months but she assumed It was just that—a dream. Even worse, he is the target she had been sent to the South to track…and possibly to kill. Can she keep herself from falling for Trey and complete her mission? Or is the big Kindred aiming for her heart, Hitting the Target?

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alien outlawALIEN OUTLAW by C F Harris

All Rachel wanted was a little excitement. She was tired of the same old boring work traveling through deep space working as a glorified warp space telephone repair tech.

Only Rachel is about to learn she should be careful what she wishes for as a sexy golden Vosk pirate ship drops out of warp space and hits her with the hottest alien invasion in the history of Terran-Vosk relations!

Vrath knew a raid deep in Terran space was a terrible idea. High risk, high reward. Only the job quickly becomes all risk, no reward, and ridiculously complicated as they run into a Terran repair frigate that shouldn’t be there and half his crew mutinies when he refuses to kidnap the humans and sell them into slavery!

Which is bad, sure, but all Vrath can think about is her. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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unwelcomeUNWELCOME (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 2) by Annalise Alexis

You know the worst part about surviving? Mourning your dead.

I never saw it coming. Never expected to watch the life drain from so many people I loved. The sting of betrayal cuts deep, and after choosing to break UCom law, I’ve been blacklisted–deemed an Unwelcome.

A group of females is missing, destined to be sold as slaves. So, when the Illusians and the warrior I love take off to find them, I join without a second thought.
Hell hath no fury like an Illusian scorned. And my Ren? He’s about to set the universe on fire.

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rising tides rebecca royceRISING TIDES (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 10) by Rebecca Royce

An embrace can offer comfort… Amber Delacroix Chen reunited with her husbands only to have to send them off to war. Now a doctor, she works tirelessly to patch up the wounded to send them back to the front lines while protecting the people at the heart of the Chen Empire. She delivers babies, tends to the injured, the lost, and even her fellow physicians, everyone—except herself. Thankfully, she has her very own Z Warriors who will lay down their lives to protect her. After years of separation, anxiety, and pain, she is finally herself and the love she and her husbands share sustains her. In so many ways, Amber’s life is perfect, if only her husbands were with her.

An embrace can offer hope… For their part, Amari, Shane, and Hunter are in the thick of the war with Evander. It’s a fight to save their planet, their empire, their way of life…and their wife. Time together is a precious commodity and fleeting seconds of passion must sustain them. The tide is rising and there is nothing they won’t do to win this war…but when enemies old and new come for them, there is nothing the Chens won’t do to save each other.

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resistant adell ryanRESISTANT (HER REVERSE GENUS BOOK 3) by Adell Ryan

This is where I introduce myself… for a third time. Quite honestly, we’re past formalities now, so how about this instead: young woman, early twenties, special DNA, can often be found in a state of duress… or with four attractive men.

That’s pretty much the basics of my recollections these days. Last thing I remember is dancing the night away. The next morning, I wake up in an unfamiliar place and am told something terrible happened to me. However, no one knows the specifics, and the guys are being tight-lipped about what little information they do know.

When we finally learn what happened during those mysterious hours, the five of us are thrust into a situation we never would have imagined. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hope tears steam gearsHOPE, TEARS, STEAM, GEARS by Gregory L Norris

At the request of the Earl of Kensington, Donovan Tisdale attends a mind-expanding presentation by Richard Sandominus Flynn, the Minster of Steam-based Sciences. Flynn reveals the next step in steam-based power—flights to the moon and far beyond conducted by mechanical men.

The attraction between Donovan and Flynn ignites from the moment they meet and follows them through the dangerous political climate of Her Majesty’s jeweled city as dark powers seek to dismantle the clean-based power poised to send humanity to the stars.

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luminous deadTHE LUMINOUS DEAD: A NOVEL by Caitlin Starling

VS Note: Scifi not a romance but I did put it on my TBR. Sounds intriguing.

When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane.

Instead, she got Em.

Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . .

As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head.

But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?

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vanished specialistTHE VANISHED SPECIALIST (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 2) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

My lilapetal is dying…and I can’t save her.
The woman who brought me back to life may not live long enough to see me truly happy.
All the tests, the experiments have failed me…and I have failed her.
If I don’t devise a cure to save my alien, I’ll spend the rest of my existence on Mortuus alone.
The others believe my mate isn’t strong enough to survive. That she can’t breed and should be put back into cryosleep until she’s healed.
But I won’t allow it.
I will defy the only family I’ve ever known to save her.
Even if it means vanishing into the unknown.
She is all that matters and no amount of her protests will keep me from doing what I must to keep her safe.

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pareshkas human matesPARESHKA’S HUMAN MATES by Alexis Starr

Pareshka. Her name rolls from my tongue and stirs an unsated desire.
We audition for the Priestess. Surely it can’t be hard for men like us. Passionate, protective and loving.
But Pareshka needs more than us. She has to save her community. She needs a third to complete her.
My oldest brother is the most dominant of us all, we need to find him and persuade him to join us.
If we truly are the fated mates of Pareshka, we three must unite and fulfil her one true need….a baby to save her planet.

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rescuing maras fatherRESCUING MARA’S FATHER by D M Burton

VS Note: This is a middle grade scifi adventure, not a romance but it’s a release of note since Diane Burton is a novelist in the scifi romance community! In the snippets she’s shared, the MG ‘voice’ is good, so if you know an MG reader who might like some scifi…

Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.
Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone.
Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately.
Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.
Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.
Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father…(more blurb on the ebook seller page…)

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vhors nestmateV’HOR’S NESTMATE (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 7) by Michelle Howard

An elite soldier with the Jutak warriors, V’hor Dahreel had a reputation for being cold and on the verge of being out of control. He never imagined the cure to his troubles was a human woman from Earth. Finding his nestmate during a mission was the last thing he expected but Eva was everything he’d ever needed.

Eva Blake left Earth to find a husband and ended up in the arms of a fighter who killed without caution. Or so she thought. When the truth comes out he’s already conquered her heart as easily as he conquered his opponents in The Pit. Freedom is the last thing on her mind and dreams of love tempt her to stay.

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dragons temptationDRAGON’S TEMPTATION (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 15 ) by Miranda Martin

It’s a simple mission, right? Not a thing. Go, meet the new group of massive alien-dragon Zmaj warriors who call themselves ‘The Order’, make friendly and come home with everyone on good terms and willing to work together.

Survival on Tajss is hard, everyone needs more allies, it’s a no-brainer. Easy. No problem whatsoever. The perfect opportunity to put my natural skills to work!

Except nothing could have prepared me for him.

Big. His muscles have muscles. Wings, that tail, colorful scales but more than anything those eyes! The way they burn when he looks at me, smoldering, calling to every dirty instinct my body has. If that was all maybe I’d be okay, but he’s cracking the shields of my heart too.

I’m in trouble in a lot more ways than one.

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commanders priceCOMMANDER’S PRICE (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 1) by Diana Logan

He was the most gorgeous creature to ever walk into Katy’s dive bar. And he claimed he was looking for a woman. Two shots of tequila later, Katy is more than willing to accompany her new friend back to his place for a night of mindblowing sex that proves to be out of this world.

Literally.

Katy wakes up on a spaceship halfway across the galaxy, the captive of a smoking-hot alien who claims he’s an exiled prince, and that Katy holds the key to helping him win back his throne, as long as she’s willing to pay the… COMMANDER’S PRICE

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ruseRUSE by Cindy Pon

VS Note: Not a romance but seems to have a bit of romantic elements.

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

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we are the catalystWE ARE THE CATALYST (PSIONICS BOOK 2) by Tash McAdam

VS Note: Unclear if there’s any romance…from February.

Kidnapped and imprisoned, telepathic children are forced to gather military intelligence. Repeatedly stripped of their memories, they live in ignorance of the world above. You can’t tell anyone a secret if you don’t remember it. It’s not child abuse if no one knows you exist.

Epsilon 17 appears to be just another mindless tool, empty of thought. But it’s a lie. The carefully constructed shell she hides behind protects her from their mind wipes. One day she will destroy the Institute. All she needs is a chance.

That chance could be Toby, if he doesn’t die first. He should never have left the safety of the suburbs, but cornered in an alley by a gang, he’s out of options. Of course, if he realized he had superpowers, he probably wouldn’t have been so worried. Unfortunately, they come at the cost of a finger, and his old life. Injured and panicked, he would have stayed on the dirty ground until the Institute came for him, if it wasn’t for Serena. Name-taking, ass-kicking Serena. She can punch through walls and practically fly, surely she can keep him safe…

But the Institute is sending Epsilon 17 to hunt him down, and she’s never lost a trail.

Can ARC, the mysterious group Serena works for, protect him? He has to get his powers in order, fast. It’s time for Toby to stand up for himself. An underground war is raging, and Toby’s just been drafted.

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persistence of memoryTHE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY BOOK 3; THE BEGINNING OF ALWAYS by Karen Janowsky

VS Note: From February

When gods and superheroes fall in love, it takes gods and supervillains to keep them apart.

Powerful alliances from both Daniel and Nina’s pasts are about to rip apart the fabric of time. Dark, tragic days loom close as those plans come to fruition. Meanwhile, Nina and Daniel struggle to explore the boundaries between passion and possessiveness, duty and desire. They are gambling with much more than their future together. This is a race for the survival of history, itself, and their pasts are about to catch up with them.
History is about to end before it has begun.

VS Note: Here’s part of her blurb for Book One, also released in February (as well as Book 2) which explains the background of the series a bit more: “Daniel Hecht doesn’t belong in this century. Catapulted into the present from 1943, he’s out of place and out of touch. Still, he was the American war hero called “Lionheart” and his heroism has followed him into the modern world. He now leads an underground group of superpowered misfits, but the misfit he keeps turning to is Nina Asher.

Nina has a vast knowledge of history, yet no idea who she is or where she’s from. She has become the target of dangerous creatures that have appeared all over the world. As she and Daniel work to decipher an ancient, cryptic myth, they experience flashbacks to things that never could have happened…” (a bit more Book 1 blurb on its ebook seller page…)

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alien bruteALIEN BRUTE (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 4) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

The brutal scars covering Fynd’s face are nothing compared to the wounds that have festered in his heart. After the bitter, public rejection by his intended mate a long time ago, he doubts any female will wish to become his…so he purchases a small human female named Lucy from a slave market. She’ll bear him a few children and he’ll provide for her in return, but he will not expect her to harbor any amount of affection for him. How could she? He’s a monster.

He wishes she wasn’t so sweet and beautiful. He also wishes his heart didn’t fill with warmth in her presence. She’ll likely never return his affections, but he cannot let her go. Ever. A Vaxxlian warrior always mates for life.

Life hasn’t been easy for Lucy. She prays her next master will be kind, and she’s terrified when the new alien who buys her looks like an angry bull with glowing green eyes. After she attempts escape, she’s certain he’ll punish her severely. Her old master would have. But the alien warrior named Fynd kisses her instead–a shockingly tender kiss that makes her all tingly inside–and she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s more to the unsmiling alien warrior than meets the eye.

There’s a gentleness beneath his hardened exterior, but breaking his defenses down won’t be easy. As far as alien warriors go, he’s as stubborn and proud as they come. Can they both find healing in one another’s arms, or will a new threat tear them apart forever?

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kidnapping his rebelKIDNAPPING HIS REBEL (ZALARYN CONQUERORS BOOK 2) by Viki Storm

BANTOKK – This human rebel is wild, crazy and violent—and determined to start an intergalactic war.
It’s my job to take her, tame her, bend her to the will of the Zalaryns.
I’ll be glad when it’s over and I can leave her on some remote planet. She’s a professional thief and a liar—the complete opposite of everything I stand for.
But there’s something growing between us that I can’t control. Something primal. I can’t believe that she’s my bonded mate, because I can barely stand being around her for 2 days, let alone eternity…

LIA – I hate this alien bastard. He thinks he can kidnap me, hold my crew hostage, and tell me what to do. Yeah right.
I didn’t escape years of captivity only to be bossed around by yet another alien.
I’ll follow along and help him, but only because I’m trying to save my sister.
I need his help. That’s it. I don’t need his protection—and I definitely don’t need his dirty promises to come true. Even if I sort of want them to.

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his to claimHIS TO CLAIM by Taylor Vaughn, Eve Vaughn and Theodora Taylor

Every human girl growing up on New Terrhan knows one thing … that she will be taken by one or several Xalthurian males when she turns twenty-one. The Xalthurians are rough, domineering, and huge all over, but this is the deal our leaders struck so that they would provide our human colony with desperately needed supplies.

If the baby born from our taking is a girl, we will be allowed to keep it. If the baby is a boy, it will be taken away, never to be seen again. That is the way it has always been on our small planet and that is the way it will always be.

I should accept my fate, but I can’t. When they come for my sister’s baby boy, I dare to defy the alien, they call “Tel.” As it turns out, “Tel” means prince. But rather than killing me for my insolence, the future overlord vows to return to the planet. When I am twenty-one.

He’s huge, all-powerful, and determined to claim me.
Can I stop him?
And how will I answer when the question becomes, do I want to?

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3013 fever3013: FEVER (3013 THE SERIES BOOK 16) by Kali Argent

Ten years ago, Commander Lucas Brighton left behind everything safe and familiar in hopes of outrunning his family’s legacy. For a while it worked. For a while, he was more than just the son of a killer or the heir to a pharmaceutical empire. Now, instead of his coveted command post on Alpha Station: X4, he spends his days in an underground lab failing to turn a bunch of magical flowers into an effective treatment for infertility.

When the king of the entire planet asks you to aid in the advancement of human medicine, you do it. For Jael Moonmist, that means leaving Xenthian for the first time in her long life and traveling across the galaxies to a strange, unknown world. Arriving at the front door of the hilltop mansion, she holds few expectations. Least of which is meeting her soulmate, then having him pass out before she can even introduce herself.

Their relationship gets off to a rocky start, but when a mishap in the lab leaves Jael suffering from a mysterious illness, Luke will do whatever it takes to save her. Even if that means abandoning everything and embarking on a frantic trek across the universe.

With the clock ticking, can he reach the antidote on Xenthian in time, or will he be forced to watch as his new mate is consumed by the fever?

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haakens honourHAAKEN’S HONOUR (FIRST CONTACT BOOK 1) by Leona Windwalker

When a dirty, naked creature dashes onto their ship with armed Talit in desperate pursuit, they know something is up. When the creature begins to utter sounds that sound suspiciously like sentient speech, Captain Mauu finds himself in a quandary. The Ha’ak don’t permit slave trading, while the Trade Confederation only extend rights to members. When the Talit claim Mauu and his crew have stolen their merchandise, Mauu finds himself in a quandary as the livelihood of his entire clan is at stake. He knows one thing. Even if he wasn’t captivated by the being with the startling blue eyes, he could never stain his honour or that of his crew or his home world by participating in slavery. But how to claim the strange male so that he falls under member protection?

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unbearable failureUNBEARABLE FAILURE (BEARS OF ARIA BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Vaughn: Our women are dying on Aria and we don’t know why. An Earth woman may have the cure, but she won’t hand it over. I don’t like kidnapping, but she leaves me no choice. And she’s my mate.

Sandra Rotella:  Everyone thinks I’m a failure. Except for an alien. He’s desperate for my formula, desperate enough to abduct me. And he tells me we’re fated to be together. He believes I can save his people. But what if he’s wrong?

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his human doctorHIS HUMAN DOCTOR (GALACTIC COURTSHIP SERIES BOOK 15) by Lily Thomas

Brenda’s an ER doctor and accustomed to the high level of stress that comes with the job, but when she accepts a position with the army, she begins to fear for her life. The war with the Sri’thaens is heating up, and she is on the front lines aiding the injured. Just when she believes her time is up, a Kellian soldier sweeps her off her feet and shows her there might be some hope left in this war.

The last place Ryrth thought he’d encounter his mate was on a war-torn human colony, but now that he has her, he’s reluctant to let go. Unfortunately, a soldier has to follow orders, and when he leaves her side, it nearly leads to her death. Now he wants her far from this war, but she’s more headstrong than he’d initially thought, and now he’s fighting two wars.

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savior j r wardTHE SAVIOR (THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES BOOK 17) by J R Ward

In the next heart-pounding novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, J.R. Ward delivers a brand-new paranormal passion with the story of Murhder, who returns after his appearance in The Thief!

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seduced by the highland werewolfSEDUCED BY THE HIGHLAND WEREWOLF: AN IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER (DRUID SERIES BOOK 5) by Mandy M Roth

Alpha-male, wolf-shifting druid sorcerer Duncan O’Caha has one regret in his immortally long life—letting a demon escape his clutches years ago. Memories of that night have haunted him for decades.

When the nightmares of old surface once more, he wastes no time returning to the scene of the crime. Deep down, he knows the demon is back with a vengeance. This time he plans to kill it—that is, if he can keep his head in the game and off the captivating young woman he finds in the small town that is full of dark secrets.

Catrina calls to him on a base level, leaving him at war with the beast he carries within. He’ll have to keep his head in the game and off seducing the young female if he has a chance in hell of ending the demon’s reign of terror once and for all.

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max terry bolryderMAX (CLUB CRIMSON BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Max Chase, exiled lion shifter and bouncer at the hottest club in town, doesn’t believe shifters and humans should mate. Though his rippling muscles, large build and beautiful mane attract attention, Max pushes it all away, ready to spend the rest of his life alone. That is until a new face at Club Crimson lights up Max’s protective instincts, making the beast inside him roar…for a human.

Jackie Moore isn’t usually one for late nights and club outings. So when her coworkers bring her along to an unknown place at the far edge of town, and things take a turn for the worst, she’s ready to swear off going out ever again. That is, until an impossibly handsome, impossibly huge man with a glare that could stop a charging rhino ends up entangled with her in the fight to save an innocent creature’s life.

As Jackie and Max are pushed together, the chemistry between them erupts into heated hisses and steamy encounters. Max knows he wants Jackie for his mate, forever. But Jackie still has no idea of the dark secrets at Club Crimson, and Max doesn’t know that danger is waiting around every corner, threatening his new love.

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white wolfWHITE WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 1) by Suzanne Roslyn

Moving onto a the shifter reservation near the Shadow Lands of the Evergreen Mountains, Audrey Johnson risks losing guardianship of her young shifter nephew, Toby. A human without any connection to the mountain, Audrey must find a mate or hand over custody to wolf shifter, Liam Holden, and leave the shifter reservation and her nephew forever.
Desperate and lonely all these years, Liam isn’t sure he can trust his wolf spirit’s instincts when it comes to finding his one true mate. Audrey tries to lure Liam into mating with her. As the mate bond grows stronger between them, and Audrey is running out of time to find a mate. Liam is forced to protect her. His wolf and his heart will have to claim Audrey before the dark shadows of the mountains take her from him.

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ferociousFEROCIOUS (SECRET OF CERES BOOK 1) by Stella Williams

The Sanctuary of Ceres is the best-kept secret in the non-human world.
Farrah Andromeda is a headstrong Aura PI in the human world. Donovan Mars is a straight-laced Security Force Officer of Ceres. They both want to solve the case of a missing Aura teen, but their methods put them at odds.
When clashes of the mind turn to sparks in the bedroom, will they be able to put aside their differences before the world as they know it goes up in flames?

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crossroad riley s keeneCROSSROAD (HEROES BY NECESSITY BOOK 4) by Riley S Keene

The Age of Mortals temporarily forgotten, Elise Bresch and Ragan Ermolt regroup to focus on returning their friend and companion, Athala Dohn, from the Nether. Or wherever Meodryt’s fateful bite sent her.

Following instructions that are little more than campfire tales leads them to Marska, a long-abandoned city full of rumors – and bandits. Finding the fabled Temple of Isadon – a relic of centuries past – is easy, but getting inside proves to be a bit tougher.

Elise and Ermolt refuse to leave empty handed; their goal is to retrieve the Favor of Isadon, a magic relic of the forgotten God of Death, and use it to bring Athala back. But the guardians of the Temple – including the fearsome Champion – refuse to just let them take it. Will Elise and Ermolt overcome the trials of Isadon’s Temple, or will the long-dead God of Death gain two new servants?

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bull in a tea shopBULL IN A TEA SHOP (BODYGUARD SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Big, tatted-out bull shifter Maddox used to work as a thug for hire, but now he’s a drifter with his old life in ruins. All he knows is that he wants to be better than he was. When he hitchhikes into the small town of Silvermine, Arizona, he’s not planning to stay. But first he helps out a teenager in trouble, and the next thing he knows, the kid’s alluring aunt walks into his life, and runs away with his heart. For the first time in his life, Maddox has something of his own to protect.

Blind tea-shop owner Verity has been caught up in a dangerous struggle with the town’s corrupt sheriff and a greedy landowner trying to force her to sell. First Maddox saves her niece, and then he offers to help her save her business. Teaming up might be the solution she’s been hoping for, but Verity has spent her life learning not to believe in happy endings.

And with a sheriff who would break every law to stop them, it’ll take all his strength, her wits, and their courage to get out of this alive.

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astral travelers daughterTHE ASTRAL TRAVELER’S DAUGHTER : A SCHOOL FOR PSYCHICS NOVEL BOOK 2 by K C Archer

With trepidation, Teddy enters her second year at The Whitfield Institute, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students master telepathy and telekinesis, investigative techniques and SWAT tactics for covert roles in government service. She has been obsessively tracking the movements of the Patriot Corps, a secret organization that seems to be behind a string of crimes on US soil—including the disappearance of her friend, Molly. She is not sure who she can trust with her findings: her friends think she is crazy and her teachers insist she focus on her schoolwork.

Teddy tries to do what she is told. She tries to forget about her missing friend, her long lost birth parents, her rivalry with other students, even her forbidden romance with an instructor. She learns to be a meat shield: a Secret Service operative trained to protect whatever dummy they throw her way. She learns to disarm explosive devices. She also learn to transport herself through time, as she begins to grasp astral travel (that is, if she doesn’t get lost in the time-space continuum). But Teddy has never been good at following the rules. So when an unexpected assignment leads her to the answers she’s chased for so long, and reveal a clue about her own past, she takes a risk that puts everyone else she cares about in danger.

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feral iceFERAL ICE (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

Doctor and biochemist, Erin signed up for six months aboard an Antarctic research ship to escape her stifling surgery practice. Jerked from her cozy cabin, she’s dumped in an ice cave by men who assume she’s dead.

Konstantin and Katya, twins and dragon shifters, have lived miles beneath the polar ice cap for hundreds of years. Other dragons left, but they stuck it out. When several humans—all but two of them dead—end up not far from their lair, the opportunity is too good to pass up.

If the lore is to be believed, humans can become dragon shifters. Delighted by a simple solution to their enforced isolation, the dragons lure the humans to their home. Surely, they’ll be thrilled by the prospect of becoming magical.

Or not.
Too bad no one shared the script with the humans. Science be damned, they’re horrorstruck in the face of fire-breathing dragons. All they want is to escape, but home is thousands of miles away.

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midknightMIDKNIGHT (TANGLED CROWNS BOOK 2) by Ann Denton

Think you can steal my sister and then hide?
Think again.
I will find you, and I will destroy you.
I’ll make you rue the day you thought you could take from me.
As soon as I figure out who you are.
Which will happen as soon as my butler, a visiting queen, and a rebellion are put in their place.
I won’t lose my sister to you or my kingdom to anyone.
I will fight to the bitter end.
And I will win.

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heart of glassHEART OF GLASS (FIRECATS BOOK 3) by P Jameson

They call him Skittles because he inks his body with the colors he can’t see. Enough colors to tell a story. Like a stained-glass window, the light only shines through when there is darkness. He needs darkness, and she comes to him as a photo of broken captive woman. But he will find her, and he will fix her. And perhaps… she will heal him too in the process.

They call her Seven, a title given to her by the crime lord holding her captive. It’s meant to strip her identity and make her a possession instead of a person. But she remembers who she really is, and she knows the Firecats are coming for her. When they do, she will have her revenge on the ones who wronged her. As long as the one called Skittles doesn’t derail her plans with his careful attention. Attention she craves.

Can a fire breathing werecat show her a different future awaits her after freedom? Nothing is sweeter than revenge, they say. But maybe it’s only because they’ve never tasted the rainbow.

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destined radianceDESTINED RADIANCE (NEPHILIM’S DESTINY BOOK 5) by Tessa Cole

My whole life has been turned upside down and set on fire, but now I’m Agent Essie Shaw, full-fledged JP team member. I walk hand-in-hand with Gideon, crave all of Marcus’s ferocious passion, yearn for Jacob’s intense stillness — and ache for Kol, whose soul is torn so deep he’s thinking of doing the unthinkable. Leaving the team.

The timing couldn’t be worse for me, my guys, and the dangerous task that still lies ahead of us. The fight we almost lost with those three near-unstoppable glyph witches only scratched the surface. Their source is an evil so powerful, it will restart Michael’s war against humanity.

I’ll do anything, even risk letting darkness devour my soul, to pinpoint that source and prevent another war. Because I’m done running, done hiding. The future of all mankind is at stake, and the JP team — allof us, together — isn’t going down without a fight.

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dragon undoneDRAGON UNDONE (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

All Aeli wanted was revenge for her father. She planned and schemed in secret, finally carrying out a plot that she had designed as a disgruntled teen.
She takes the spell to the dragon council and lets the ball go, shattering, spreading the banishment spell, and kicking all the dragons out of the city in one large cascade.
Imagine her surprise when she gets sucked out into the open wasteland outside the city, and the dragons know who is responsible for her plight.
Councillor Kreelo comes to her rescue and flies her to safety where she comes to grips with what her banishment means and how it will affect her life. She had no idea she was a dragon and thinks it is ridiculous, but how else would the spell grab her.
She needs to undo the spell so she can return to normal. If anyone in Rekker City will accept her apology.

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scrivensSCRIVENS (THE LIBRARIAN’S COVEN BOOK 3) by Kathryn Moon

The Coven’s adventures in Vermenia created a ripple they could not predict long after Joanna and her men returned safely home to Canderfey. The university now has visitors: the hidden Scrivens community, refugees running from their own government. While Joanna is thrilled to see her family again and learn more about her magic and the history of the Scrivens, others are less enthusiastic at the newcomers’ arrival.

Canderfey University’s President is resistant to the changes taking place on his campus. Soon it appears as if he has reason to be, with mysterious incidents damaging the Scrivens’ reputations. Joanna will fight against anyone to keep her family and the other innocent members of the community safe from suspicion and hatred, but tensions rise even within the coven as Aiden seeks to keep peace between all parties. Can he hold his coven together or are the fractures he senses growing too deep to repair?

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ashes and bonesASHES & BONES (THE RED MASQUES BOOK 2) by M Sinclair

Magic is real. So where does reality end and the madness begin?
Whoever said magic was beautiful didn’t mention the blood. The violence.
Or are we just special?
Better question, where is Lucida?
Also, why can’t Edwin or Byron answer any of our questions?
AND for the love of all that is bloody… why are there bird bones everywhere?

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king of flamesKING OF FLAMES (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

Everything about my life has been pretty normal working as a forensic autopsy technician. Until the day I woke up with a mysterious symbol tattooed on my arm.

Suddenly normal no longer existed. The barrier between Earth and a world called Under, dissolved…

Now I’m trapped with dozens of other people. Held prisoner by the creators of myths and legends, where the realm is ruled by two masked kings who want to turn us into creatures like them.

But even though I didn’t choose to be here, this new world manages to pull me deeper, affecting me differently than other humans. Unfortunately King Edu, also known as the King of Flames, notices this and I’m now considered a threat.

If I want to survive King Edu and the dangers of Under, I need to escape. The only problem is, there’s another masked king who seems to have an interest in me. Aon, the King of Shadows, wants me here in this world, and he wants me alive.
I just need to figure out why.

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hitched top 10HITCHED: THE TOP TEN by G K DeRosa

Now that the truth is out about the supernaturals, things are starting to get interesting. With ten bachelors remaining, Kimmie-Jayne needs to get her head in the game. But with a murder investigation underway on set, listening to her heart only complicates matters.

To make things worse, the mysterious accidents that were supposed to end with the big supernatural reveal are back with a vengeance.

As if choosing between ten hot guys wasn’t hard enough, Kimmie-Jayne still needs to watch her back. With more twists and secrets being revealed everyday, is there anyone she can really trust?

Will following her heart be the answer or her ultimate downfall as she narrows it down to the final five bachelors?

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grave destinyGRAVE DESTINY (AN ALEX CRAFT NOVEL BOOK 6) by Kalayna Price

Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she’d rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup.

But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn’t careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.

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tales and timeTALES & TIME (LOST ACADEMY BOOK 1) by G Bailey

When Madilynn turned seventeen, her parents dropped a big, ancient-looking book in her lap and said to open it by herself. Madilynn almost wishes she hadn’t when it reveals she is a descendant of a fairy tale, and her parents tell her it’s time for her to attend Lost Time Academy.
Being thrown into a world that is literally full of fairy tales, the last thing she expects is to see the four guys she grew up with.
Four guys who have grown from boys to now geeky, dark, passionate men who rule the Academy…and they never forgot Madilynn.
Time makes all tales come true, including the dark ones. 

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soulstealersTHE SOULSTEALERS by Jacqueline Rohrbach

Arnaka Skytree grew up believing she was chosen to bring new magic to the world. As the heir to the cult of druids responsible for keeping their floating palace habitable for the wealthy aristocracy, she’s expected to wield her power as those before her did: by culling the souls of peasant women.

But when Arnaka learns more about the source of her magic, and that her best friend’s soul will be harvested, she embarks on a journey to end the barbarous practice and to restore a long-forgotten harmonious system of magic practiced by the original druids. Along the way, she discovers she’s not the only girl chosen to restore balance to their world—many others have powerful magic inside, and with them, she will tear the floating palace from the sky so everyone can live in the sun—out of the shadow of the eclipse.

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bright keysBRIGHT KEYS (ADELMAN ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Shan Marin

I found a new home at Adelman Academy. As an untrained mage, I must study hard to prove I belong at the elite school of magic.

However, my presence has brought chaos to the Academy. My intended husband stalks me, my blood has freed an ancient evil, and the school is under scrutiny by the Mage’s Council.

My guilt drives a wedge between me and my men. Jacen – my sweet, stern protector – is paying dearly for my mistakes. Kylan won’t be patient forever, and Tamas is hiding a deep, life-altering secret.

Even the Mage’s Council’s delegate senses I am not being completely honest. Her judgment determines my future, and the school’s.

The greatest danger might not lurk outside, but within Adelman’s walls, and within my traitorous heart.

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protecting their shadow queenPROTECTING THEIR SHADOW QUEEN (THE SHADOW COURT HAREM BOOK 2) by Kim Loraine

I am the queen of the Shadow Court.
My heart is split between three men sworn to me alone. My powers grow every day, and with each moment spent together, so do those of my protectors. But sinister forces work to tear us apart, and I can’t help but wonder if there will be blood spilled before long. Threats to my people and my kingdom loom, and war is on our doorstep.
Am I willing to fight for my crown and potentially lose my loves in the process?

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darkness nina croftTHE DARKNESS (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 2) by Nina Croft

All magic has a price. And now the balance is overdue.

A witch with the power to see the future, Gina led a sheltered existence until the vampire, Darius Cole, crashed into her life, abducting her, seducing her, forging an emotional bond between them. Then circumstances tore them apart and the bond faded. Until twenty-one years later when they are drawn together to save their daughter.

But while their passion is rekindled and the bond renewed, Gina can offer Darius nothing, and she feels his bitterness and the Darkness within him, threatening to take control. Only she has the power to draw him back, but how can she when her very life is forfeit?

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thrown to the wolvesTHROWN TO THE WOLVES (BIG BAD WOLF BOOK 3) by Charlie Adhara

VS Note: Sounds good so I decided to buy the first one in the series and work my way up to this one.

When Agent Cooper Dayton agreed to attend the funeral for Oliver Park’s grandfather, he didn’t know what he was getting into. Turns out, the deceased was the alpha of the most powerful werewolf pack on the eastern seaboard. And his death is highly suspicious. Regardless, Cooper is determined to love and support Park the way Park has been there for him.

But Park left him woefully unprepared for the wolf pack politics and etiquette. Rival packs? A seating order at the dinner table? A mysterious figure named the Shepherd? The worst is that Park didn’t tell his family one key thing about Cooper. Cooper feels two steps behind, and reticent Park is no help.

There are plenty of pack members eager to open up about Park and why Cooper is wrong for him. Their stories make Cooper wonder if he’s holding Park back. But there’s no time to get into it…as lethal tranquilizer darts start to fly, Cooper needs to solve the mystery of the alpha’s death and fight for the man he loves—all before someone else dies.

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shifter bacheloretteTHE SHIFTER BACHELORETTE: A RARE AND UNKNOWN ROMANCE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 2) by Shai August

Cheryl Junaid finds herself sucked into the vortex of her twin brother’s mating and shifter society wedding celebration. She keeps trying to pull away gracefully, but everyone just keeps pulling her in deeper and deeper. Then the accident of the century makes her the star of the newest, hottest dating show in the world.

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smoke and keySMOKE AND KEY by Kelsey Sutton

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

Then the murders start. Bodies that are burned to a crisp. And after being burned, the dead stay dead. Key is running out of time to discover who she was—and what secret someone is willing to kill to keep hidden—before she loses her life for good.

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If you haven’t read all 7 adventures in my award winning Badari Warriors scifi romance series, they’re on all the major ebook platforms!

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

And some find their fated mates among the human women…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 27

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

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PIRATE FESTIVAL (SWAG STORIES BOOK 1) by Carysa Locke

Nayla has a rare Talent: biokinesis, the ability to manipulate life at the cellular level. Healing people is her calling, and she’s never been happier than she is working with Doc, her mentor and the pirates’ chief physician.

But now a call for aid has come from the most unlikely source: the home planet of the Talented called Killers, those who take life with a thought. Nayla’s gift is the only chance to save a young man’s life, so reluctantly, Doc agrees that she must go.

To serve her patient, Nayla will travel to the most dangerous place in the pirate colonies. She will face assassins, and challenge her Talent in ways she never expected. But most dangerous of all, she will confront her own past.

Because once, she used her Talent to take life instead of save it.

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commanders mate grace goodwinTHE COMMANDERS’ MATE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 15) by Grace Goodwin

Commander Karter is a Prillon Warrior. His first duty is to protect his people, to defend the Coalition worlds from a fate too terrible to comprehend. Battle is his life. His heart. He fights. He has never once been selfish enough to believe he deserved an Interstellar Bride.

Besides, he doesn’t have time to deal with a feisty human female and share a passion so hot it burns him to his warrior’s soul. But he’s been matched. He must choose a second and together, they must claim their bride or lose her forever.

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greta and the gargoyleGRETA AND THE GARGOYLE: A SCIFI ROMANCE (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 3.5) by Honey Phillips

Sentenced to death for killing her alien master, Greta’s only hope is a compassionate guard. Despite his frightening appearance, she is drawn to the massive alien – but is what she feels only gratitude?

Mikaroz has been waiting his whole life for the perfect mate but he never expected her to be a condemned prisoner, let alone a small human female. He cannot allow her to die for defending her honor, no matter what he has to do to save her.

With their lives on the line, can Greta risk trusting him—with her life, and her heart?

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sold to the alien mobstersSOLD TO THE ALIEN MOBSTERS (ROGUE AURELIANS BOOK 2) by Corin Cain

We’re brought kicking and screaming to the alien auction house.

I was supposed to be an artist. I was supposed to be a sculptor, creating beauty. Instead, I am reduced to nothing more than my body. The men who come to a slave auction care about one thing, and one thing only…

There aren’t supposed to be Aurelians at the slave auction. The seven-foot-tall perfectly muscled God-like aliens are supposed to have… strict rules forbidding slavery. These three are covered in scars and tattoos, and every man in the room quivers in fear at their presence.

Rogues Aurelians. Criminals who threw off the shackles of their Empire to claim their own destiny.
They own the room…
And they want to own me.

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athensATHENS – A SPACE OPERA COLONIZATION ADVENTURE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANNAN 4) by M D Cooper and J J Green

VS Note: Not a romance. Romantic elements possibly?

Erin and her family find themselves on Athens as the massive device that regulates the planet’s temperature begins to suffer a serious malfunction.

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THE INNOCENT (CLAN OF THE WOODLANDS BOOK 2) by V K Ludwig

Max discovered a terrible complication, pushing the government and their control over human procreation to the edge of collapse. As a scientist, it’s his job to find a solution, but test subjects are hard to come by. Until a fiery clanswoman arrives at the Districts, who is none other than Autumn, the sister of the chieftain of The Clan of the Woodlands.

Things go great until they go all wrong because Autumn is desperately trying to find something. Besides, numbers and charts have always bored Autumn – she prefers to be hands on. Beautiful and hot-headed, she makes Max question everything he stands for, and shakes the Districts to its core.
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ivar space vikingIVAR (CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING) SPACE VIKING SERIES BOOK 3 by Molly Rowland

Annie is running out of options.

Since the water on Earth became contaminated, life has become a struggle for survival. Annie will do anything to earn credits for clean water. Now that an alien planet has been discovered and another option is available, she is desperate enough to give it a try.

She meets Ivar, one of the alien Viking warriors, and is immediately drawn to him. He’s massive and intimidating, his muscles carved from stone. Her body is telling her one thing while her mind is consumed with the choices she made back home.

She knows he has the ability to give her a good life. He protects her and keeps her safe. But eventually, things start to unravel and even he is helpless to fix it.

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tiamats wrathTIAMAT’S WRATH (THE EXPANSE BOOK 8) by James S A Corey

VS Note: Not a romance but I know many are fans of “The Expanse”…so this is a release of note.

Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper.
In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay.
At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father’s godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortázar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn’t guess.
And throughout the wide human empire, the scattered crew of the Rocinante fights a brave rear-guard action against Duarte’s authoritarian regime. Memory of the old order falls away, and a future under Laconia’s eternal rule — and with it, a battle that humanity can only lose — seems more and more certain. Because against the terrors that lie between worlds, courage and ambition will not be enough…
beast of edenBEAST OF EDEN (EDEN SERIES: TOLBA BOOK 1) by Lexi Post

The Woman – Xavia Jones, a zoologist with a focus on evolution is only on planet Eden for two days before one of her Edenists is exiled from his city. Furious over the injustice of his banishment, she stows away with him. But once outside the walls of Tolba, in a jungle filled with criminals and a beast she could never have imagined, she’s having second thoughts.

The Man – Lyka feels the weight of responsibility for Xavia’s safety and despite believing she’d be better back in the city with the brothers of his heart, he’s honored that she’s with him. Now he just has to convince his old friend and long-time exile, Davos, that keeping her with them is best for everyone. As far as he’s concerned, only the beast can protect her.

The Beast – Davos blames himself for every Kindred of Eden being exiled from Tolba. It was his lack of control over the Beast that caused the city to distrust his Kindred. Now he must ensure they all survive in his jungle home. It is a hard life for a man and no place for a woman. A woman will cause disruption and chaos. A woman will release the Beast.

tormented alison aimesTORMENTED (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 3) by Alison Aimes

Council assassin Jade Lakotesh survives by trusting no one. Attachments a weakness. Sex a weapon. Her mission success rate flawless. Until she ends up naked, captured, and collared, her latest assignment in jeopardy. The blame for her predicament: the hothead, scarred man who prowls the cage beside her—his confusing appeal a danger she has no idea how to neutralize.Ex-Resistance fighter Walsh Ryker hit rock bottom with the deaths of those he loved most. Now, he’s plummeted to a new low, trapped with a cellmate as ice cold as she is stunningly hot. She’s out for blood, lacks any ability to cooperate…and leaves him more alive than he’s been in years. For a man no longer interested in feeling anything at all, she may be the greatest hazard he’s faced to date.

As danger mounts and they must work together to defeat a shared threat, will the unwelcome passion between these two enemies entomb them in the dark forever—or be the key that sets them free?

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outlasting everOUTLASTING AFTER by L K Magill
There were no women left. He was sure of it. After the war, Cole Tanner was pretty damn certain they were all dead.
Hell, he and his unit hadn’t seen one in years.
But then there she was. A woman. All alone, standing in the middle of the road.
His road.
She looked so haunting. So hungry and dirty, and well… vulnerable. He was going to help her, really he was. And for a split second, he wondered just how she’d survived.
Then she leveled the gun at him… and he had his answer. Damsel in distress? Apparently not.But that didn’t change things, not how Cole saw it. No, she still needed him and his team… same as they needed her. And Cole was nothing if not good at convincing people to follow him. Or at least, he used to be.

So he’d try his hand one more time, and hope like hell she didn’t pull that trigger.

rogue instinctROGUE INSTINCT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 3) by Elin Wyn and Ava York
People aren’t my strong suit. Give me an engine, anyday — even on a spaceship.
And when a giant, sexy bronze-skinned alien decides I’m not good enough to work on his baby?
Game on. Even if he does have talented, broad hands.
I just hadn’t figured Orrin and I would be working together quite so closely…
And when danger threatens the crew of the Rogue Star, we’ll have to put everything on the line.
captive of the horde kingCAPTIVE OF THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven

On the unforgiving planet of Dakkar, I did what all the humans in our village did: kept my head down, worked to provide for my family, and I certainly didn’t break any Dakkari laws to risk inciting the alien race’s merciless wrath.

Unfortunately, the same couldn’t be said for my brother and one careless mistake brings a horde of the nomadic, barbarian Dakkari straight to our doorstep, led by their powerful horde king—a cold, ruthless, battle-scarred warrior demanding retribution.

In order to save my brother’s life, I do the unthinkable.

I sell myself to the horde king as his war prize. I agree to warm his furs, to travel with his horde across the wild lands of Dakkar, and to never see my family again.

But as I struggle with my new reality, I discover that the surly, mysterious, dominant horde king never intended for me to be his concubine…

He wants me as his queen.

jailmatesJAILMATES (MAXIM COLONIES BOOK 1) by Lesli Richardson

Simon Quigley had no idea what to expect when he agreed to do this for the money, but the eight-foot-tall pink alien isn’t what he was expecting. For starters, Simon’s straight.

And Mohrn isn’t a girl.

The contract? It’s unbreakable.m It’s going to be a long five years.

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saving mercy athionSAVING MERCY (PLANET ATHION PIONEERS BOOK 3) by Angel Lawson

Mercy left Earth to help the pioneers acclimate to a new world.
Now she’s trapped as a slave.

Two of the men she loves are held prisoner in the bowls of The Master’s facility and the other two…well, they took off to get revenge unaware of the fate of their family.

In the final installment of Pioneers: Planet Athion Mercy must fight for her life, her lovers and the mission so close to her heart.

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heavenly protectorHEAVENLY PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (GEMMA-HYDROX BOOK (PURPLE POSSE) 3) by L J Vickery

Thomas Wheeler, director at the FPU has lent his team to the Premier Guard on another planet. He and his right hand human, Martin Galvez, are trying to make a go of the department on their own, but dammit, they need shifters. When he hears about a contingency of six from Gemma-Hydrox who might fit the bill, he’s both elated and stunned, because never in his life has he come across anything like them.
Reena can’t wait to leave Gemma-Hydrox and start her new job on earth. Having been incarcerated for the majority of her life, she’s only dreamed of seeing new worlds and meeting new people. What she doesn’t anticipate is her new boss, and the things he’s kept deeply hidden…even from himself. He tries to keep distance between them, but she digs in her claws. She knows just what he is, and just how to help him.

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populationPOPULATION by Elizabeth Stephens

Lawlessness, violence and desperation are all that is left of the world following the coming of the Others. Abel exists only within the boundaries that her rules allow – rules that she created to keep her alive. But when her best friend’s daughter is taken by the Others, she can’t keep playing by the rule book. Instead, she must begin a life defining journey that will test her survival techniques and bring all of her instincts into question.

When she finds herself allied with one of the Others, Abel must confront foreign concepts like allegiance and desire and trust as he challenges her ability to find what she has always feared: hope.

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memory called empireA MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE (TEIXCALAAN BOOK 1) by Arkady Martine

VS Note: Scifi not a romance but possible romantic elements. A release of note this week…I read the Look Inside and then one clicked it. I think it’s going to be a book I’ll have to take time to read, in terms of the world building seems quite complex and dense inagoodway but intriguing. We’ll see!

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.

Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.

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sky without starsSKY WITHOUT STARS (SYSTEM DIVINE BOOK 1) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but a release of note this week.

When the Last Days came, the planet of Laterre promised hope. A new life for a wealthy French family and their descendants. But five hundred years later, it’s now a place where an extravagant elite class reigns supreme; where the clouds hide the stars and the poor starve in the streets; where a rebel group, long thought dead, is resurfacing.

Whispers of revolution have begun—a revolution that hinges on three unlikely heroes…

Chatine is a street-savvy thief who will do anything to escape the brutal Regime, including spy on Marcellus, the grandson of the most powerful man on the planet.

Marcellus is an officer—and the son of a renowned traitor. In training to take command of the military, Marcellus begins to doubt the government he’s vowed to serve when his father dies and leaves behind a cryptic message that only one person can read: a girl named Alouette.

Alouette is living in an underground refuge, where she guards and protects the last surviving library on the planet. But a shocking murder will bring Alouette to the surface for the first time in twelve years…and plunge Laterre into chaos.

All three have a role to play in a dangerous game of revolution—and together they will shape the future of a planet.

Power, romance, and destiny collide in this sweeping reimagining of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.

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undauntedUNDAUNTED (INHUMAN, BOOK 2) by Kat Falls

Lane McEvoy barely survived her first journey to the Feral Zone — the forbidden, overgrown landscape east of the Mississippi River that was abandoned when a virus spread through the United States. But Lane has crossed the quarantine line, and she knows the truth. There are survivors in the zone — people who have gone feral, whose bodies have warped and evolved to display a variety of animal traits.

Six months after the events of Inhuman, Lane ventures back into the Feral Zone on a humanitarian aid mission. But she also has a darker, secret purpose: The one she loves, Rafe, has become more beast than man — and she promised to put him down if he ever goes feral. Now, Lane fears the time has come to carry out her vow.

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convictionCONVICTION (A NEW WORLD BOOK 2) by M D Neu

VS Note: Scifi, not sure how much romance or romantic elements there may be…

A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It’s home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice.

Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.

After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?

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her consortHER CONSORT: A SHORT ENEMIES TO LOVERS ROMANCE by Maren Smith

VS Note: a re-release

She was a salvage operator, patrolling the depths of deep space.

He was a professional consort to royalty, built like a Neanderthal. Twice her width and twice her weight, his six-pack abs had six-pack abs. She knew, because she’d seen them.

It really was kind of too bad they didn’t get along.

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once and futureONCE AND FUTURE  by Cori McCarthy and Amy Rose Capetta
I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.
Now I’m done hiding.
My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.
No pressure.
in the months that followIN THE MONTHS THAT FOLLOW by A R Moler
VS Note: A re-release

In the distant future, human kind has spread out into the universe–way out. Among the Terran Alliance Marines assigned to a distant sector is Caden Roth, a medic, and pilot Benjamin Magnys.

Caden and Ben meet when Ben is injured during an alien raider attack. Ben is from Gaddo, a colony so remote and with such extreme environmental conditions, that the colonists there were forced to alter their genome in order to survive and to ensure a healthy gene pool.

After the kind of bad day that only emergency medical people can have, Caden and Ben meet again for a drink. One thing leads to another and they end up in bed together, which eventually evolves into a fledgling relationship. However, antibiotics and altered genetics throw the new lovers a definite twist.

Going home to tell the parents that they are pregnant is going to be interesting.

nero nightsNERO NIGHTS (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 5) by Keary Taylor

Nova and Valen barely escaped Isroth with their lives and now they’ve crash-landed on an empty planet—no people, no tools to fix their ship. Nova has spent her life building and creating mechanics, but this is the most advanced vessel in the galaxy, and she can’t figure out what’s wrong with it.

But maybe the crash was a blessing in disguise. They’ve seen their entire lives together, but this is the first real time they’ve ever had with one another. This is their chance to see if their future is worth fighting for, and if there is anything between them besides attraction and fate.

On this empty planet, there is no fighting, no war, no conflict. Their days and nights are filled with uncertain glances, soft touches, and life-altering vows.

What was once never a question is now a serious consideration: do they even want to fix the ship, or is this the beginning of a brand new, perfect life?

refuge in timeREFUGE IN TIME (THE AFTER CILMERI XERIES BOOK 17) by Sarah Woodbury
April 2022. When an unknown gunman sends David and William back to Earth Two, Michael and Livia are left gasping along with the rest of their universe. Accepting that their respective employers are possible suspects, not to mention untrustworthy, the pair band together in the shooting’s immediate aftermath, in an attempt to put the first few pieces of the puzzle together. But when an unexpected bout of time travel upends everyone yet again, Michael and Livia realize they are on their own, and this particular puzzle is one that they–and only they–can solve.
in a badger wayIN A BADGER WAY (THE HONEY BADGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Shelly Laurenston

Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.

Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.

But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.

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awake in shadowsAWAKE IN SHADOWS (THE FORSAKEN CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Eve Langlais

Rebuilding a life while still missing an identity isn’t easy, but that’s what Adara’s determined to do. It’s why she’s been ignoring the overtures from an elegant vampire and the stalking by an overprotective werewolf.

However, when a mysterious presence begins to haunt her memories—and dreams—wakening a primal terror, she has no choice but to ask for help.

The problem is, unraveling her secret past seems to be triggering demon attacks. Someone doesn’t want her finding answers.
Adara might be forsaken, but she certainly hasn’t been forgotten. For he is coming after her…

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evil eyeEVIL EYE: TIGER’S EYE MYSTERIES by Alyssa Day

When swarms of treasure hunters descend on Dead End in search of legendary pirate Captain Pierre Arneaux’s fabled lost gold, chaos crashes down on the normally quiet town.When the only treasure chests found have corpses instead of coins, Jack has to spring into action. Because sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

Tess Callahan, who owns a pawn shop in the strangest town in Florida, is barely over the last dead bodies on her doorstep when her new private investigator neighbor asks for her help again.

But it’s her town, and she’ll take on anybody to protect it. Even treasure hunters, vampire slayers, and the ghost of a certain French pirate who still thinks he’s in charge.

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mating instinctMATING INSTINCT (MORGAN CLAN BEARS, BOOK 2) by Theresa Hissong

Ada Carlisle never knew anything outside the gates of her clan, but she isn’t oblivious to why the men were there to touch her. When she is put up for sale to the highest bidder, she flees her home clan for a chance at survival. After traveling for weeks, her bear calls to build a den for the winter months. Once spring arrives, she wakes scared and alone on the land of three male grizzlies.

The spring mating season comes with the discovery of a female bear shifter on the Morgan’s land. Rex Morgan knows immediately Ada Carlisle is to be his mate, but she’s too weak to complete the mating. When it is revealed her clan intended to sell her to a male in Montana, the Morgan brothers vow to take down the leader of the O’Kelly clan and bring justice to the male who paid for her hand.

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her teacher mateHER TEACHER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 1 by Tasha Black

Ten years ago, Ian Anderson met the woman he instantly knew was meant to be his mate. There was just one problem – he was a brand-new high school teacher, and she was a top student. Though he ached to protect Bianca and was desperate to take her as his mate, he knew she was still too young for him to stake his claim. So Ian did the only thing he could – he walked away – from his job, and his forbidden desire.

Now Bianca Silver is back in Tarker’s Hollow to do her graduate research. She’s never gotten over her inexplicably intense yearning for Mr. Anderson, which she swears is more than a silly schoolgirl fantasy. But an unexpected encounter with him alone in the woods sends her quiet new life into a tailspin, putting Bianca in the path of grave danger and showing her a depth of longing and pleasure she never imagined was possible.

With Bianca by his side, Ian has everything he ever dreamed of. But loving her isn’t as easy as he thought it would be. Between Bianca’s stubborn streak and the efforts of a mysterious attacker who seems to want her out of the picture, it’s going to take all her smarts and his experience for these fated mates to begin their new life.

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her lawyer mateHER LAWYER MATE: SEASONED SHIFTERS BOOK 2 by Tasha Black

Wolf shifter Hector Thayer is a top lawyer at his small firm in Tarker’s Hollow. A driven and passionate man, Hector has nearby family, good friends, and pro bono work to keep his every moment occupied. But when Hector meets his mate, it begins to feel like the rest of his carefully curated life was all just an elaborate holding pattern. Smart, funny Mei makes Hector and his inner wolf lose control. If he can convince her to accept his role in the pack he might find the happiness he’s always longed for.

Mei Cohen is lost in lust with Hector Thayer. But he’s dangerous – a wolf shifter and a heartless attorney – the opposite of the person philanthropist Mei wants to spend her life with. If only she could convince her libido he’s not the one for her. The crazy things he does to her body keep her crawling back for more, even when she most wants to let go.

When a mysterious stalker comes after Mei in the home where she is staying, Hector is desperate to stake his claim. And though Mei has never relied on a man to protect her, she allows Hector to get closer than she ever meant to.

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vampire 74A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 74: A PIECE OF SCYTHE by Bella Forrest

Death’s Scythe is missing. Broken into three pieces and scattered across the universe—Taeral and his team must retrieve it if they wish to save their worlds from certain destruction.

But they have no idea what sort of obstacles lie in the path of such a mission. And even though Seeley has been tasked with following them, he has been forbidden to intervene… No matter what.

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bunny omega on the runBUNNY OMEGA ON THE RUN (SHIFTER TOWERS BOOK 1) by Jessica E Subject

As a pop star, I never expected to find true love.
Not in a world where everything is temporary and often fake. But then he ran into me. Not once, but twice. My tiger instantly recognized him as my mate. Now, I just have to convince Kish that what we have is real.

The oldest of ten kids, I saw what my mother went through after my father left. After that, I started taking blockers so I would never go into heat, never have kids. Because love was for the weak. And I was doing just fine on my own.

Then I met TK. Literally smacked right into him. But no matter how much I wanted it to be true, I refused to believe that he could love a bunny shifter from the wrong part of town.

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winning skyhunterWINNING SKYHUNTER (STONEFIRE DRAGONS UNIVERSE BOOK 1) by Jessie Donovan

Asher King had been locked away under the former clan leader for speaking out against his cruelty. Now free, he wants to win the leadership and guide his clan to a better future. However, being the nephew of the old leader isn’t easy, and if that wasn’t enough to overcome, he’s still recovering from the torture he endured while imprisoned. Still, he’s determined to win and keep his clan from being disbanded by the humans, even if it means competing against his ex-girlfriend and denying how much he still wants her.

Newly returned from her stay in America, Honoria Wakeham puts herself up as a candidate to be clan leader. Not everyone approves of a female candidate, but that doesn’t faze her. The old clan leader killed her parents, and in order to fully heal, she wants to bring the clan together and move their practices into the twenty-first century. What she didn’t count on was running into Asher King, the male she loved over a decade ago, before she was sent away to stay with her American relatives for safety.

It doesn’t take long for Asher and Honoria to give in to their attraction, but from it springs an idea that may be the best of all. Can they win the leadership trials and keep their clan together? Or, will one of the other candidates win and try to keep Skyhunter in the past?

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line lure of the mer 2LINE (THE LURE OF THE MER BOOK 2) by Laney Kaye

Burned by a controlling relationship, professional fundraiser Krissy Bourke is determined to seize every opportunity her barely-even-vanilla relationship with her ex denied her. When a hot-as-hell lifeguard enters the picture, sparking her stifled lust, she’s more than ready. Then he suggests his Thor-like cousin join them, and her fantasy of defying all the taboos will finally be realized. Yet, her new lover is hiding something.

Erik Okeanós is a member of an elite group of Australian lifeguards who hide a secret; they are the last of the Mer. Their numbers are dwindling, so Mer law forbids sex with humans unless another Mer joins them. He’s shared women for over two-hundred years, and this pretty little human is no different. So why is he suddenly yearning for something more? Something that comes with too high a price…his immortality.

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prophecy nina croftTHE PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF THE MORRIGAN BOOK 1) by Nina Croft

Whoever sacrifices the virgin, Raven Cole, on her twenty-first birthday will achieve a great victory in the war between good and evil.

That’s bad news for Raven. Half-vampire, half witch, and cursed from the moment she was born, Raven has been a prisoner of the fire-demons for the last seven years. Now, as her twenty-first birthday approaches, time is running out.

Kael Hunter believed he would do anything to stop the fire-demons from winning. Until he saw her. Now, rather than kill the alluring vampire himself, Kael has another plan: to prevent the prophecy by taking Raven’s virginity.

But Raven is prepared for death not seduction. Can Kael use their one night of passion to convince her she has a future – and that he should be a part of it?

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bound magicBOUND MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 2) by Jenny Schwartz

Six billion people are dead. More are dying. The Faerene Apocalypse isn’t over, but the seeds for a new beginning have to be planted, now.

The future of Earth is that of a planet of many sentients: of the invading, magical Faerene and mundane, traumatized humanity.

But a few, exceedingly rare humans do have magic. Amy Carlton is one of them. Forced to bond with the black griffin, Magistrate Istvan, and act as his familiar, she doesn’t understand the magic she possesses. Nor does she understand the Faerene society she is thrown into.

She’ll have to learn fast because the cost of Amy’s ignorance couldn’t be higher. Death stalks an apocalypse, and the lives lost could be those of people she loves.

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of blood and monstersOF BLOOD AND MONSTERS (PIPER LAURIE SERIES BOOK 3) by D G Swank

A demon army is descending on Asheville, prepared to drag Piper and her friends to hell for defying Okeus, the god of war and hell, a threat her band of battered and weary defenders is nowhere near strong enough to hold off.

To add to her worries, a crescent moon is destined to appear on her left palm that will compel her to kill Kieran Abel, the demi-god son of Okeus. Now that Okeus has discovered his long coveted human son, he will torture Piper for eons if she follows through.

But she can’t ignore her new inexplicable craving for demon souls. With every monster she kills, her power grows and she feels herself turning darker.

Time is running out and Piper will do anything to protect those she loves, even if it means risking her own soul.

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GHOSTWALKER (BLACKWOOD PACK BOOK 6) by Mary Rundle

VS note: The cover, although beautifully photographed, is a little too hot for my blog.

David spent most of his life as a prisoner, beaten countless times as he was taught by the Sisters of the Four Gods. After learning the truth about what they had planned for him, he escaped and eventually landed in Scotland where he was rescued by kind shifter who gave him a job and a bed. His feeling of safety ended abruptly when he was discovered by the ones he fled.

Zane, the Blackwood Pack’s genius computer programmer, joined his brothers and friends in Scotland on his very first vacation. It had been a long and hard road for him since parents and younger siblings were massacred, but his life was finally coming together Not expecting anything more than fun and sightseeing, he was stunned to find his Fated Mate there.

Before they can claim each other, they find themselves in a terrifying game of cat-and-mouse, trying to elude brutal pursuers who want to capture David and kill Zane. As they fight to stay one step ahead of them, Zane sets out to win David’s heart and restore his confidence and also becomes his protector and lover.

Learning about each other’s abilities and gifts—and about the gods’ plans for David’s formidable new role in the shifter world—they form a unique bond with undying trust and a deep love that will bind them forever together as one.

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blood entwinedBLOOD ENTWINED: THE LAURENT BLOOD LEGACY (MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 44)  by Evelyn Lederman, Forward by SE Smith

Left for dead after a vicious vampire attack, a compulsion drives fledgling Annie Gerard to Magic, New Mexico. After believing herself safe, she’s manipulated into being the bait to capture the creature who turned her into a vampire.

Hunter Marc Bouchard failed at his last assignment, destroying his self confidence. He moves to Magic to lick his wounds and begin a new phase in his immortal life. Asked to house a female vampire and the promise of a centuries old spell turns his solitary existence upside down.

Will the blood legacy spell save the two would be lovers? It can only be possible in Magic, New Mexico.

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hunted and claimedHUNTED AND CLAIMED (WAYWARD MATE BOOK 7) by Delta James

Riley decided years ago that she would be better off on her own, but when the alpha of the local pack finds out there’s a lone wolf causing trouble on his turf he takes matters into his own hands.

As far as Cameron Nichols is concerned, Riley will be joining his pack whether she likes it or not. Her only choice will be whether to submit to his authority with or without needing to be stripped bare and spanked over his knee until she is kicking and crying and promising obedience. When she chooses the latter, the Navy SEAL turned cowboy is more than happy to oblige.

But Cameron knows instantly that Riley isn’t just a feisty female in need of an alpha’s firm hand. She is his mate, and she knows it too, despite her best efforts to deny it. No matter how many times she tries to run, he will always chase her down, punish her thoroughly, and then mount and claim her so roughly that all she can do is scream her helpless, shamefully intense pleasure into the pillow as her body betrays her and surrenders ever more completely to his demands.

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twice claimedTWICE CLAIMED (CROWNED AND CLAIMED SERIES BOOK 2) by Betty Schreffler

As a newly crowned Queen, I’ve been chased from my home, forced to turn to an unfamiliar man for protection. In my world, we thrive on what you have to offer, and in order to save my home, I must give myself to a King in exchange for victory.

I promised I would make the necessary sacrifices to end the tyranny forced on my territory, but to give my heart, and lose the man who owns it, is the one thing capable of breaking me. When the choice is stolen from me, my only option is to follow through with a marriage alliance or lose the ones I love.

With tragedy striking from every attempt to win the war, I turn to the one who swore to protect me. With his love, I find a new source of freedom, and tip the scales in my favor. So I believed.

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onis tearsONI’S TEARS: A STEAMFUNK ADVENTURE (A UNITY ISLES NOVELLA BOOK 1) by Kai Leakes

He is the eater of magic. The taker of souls. An entity who wants lands to turn to dusk. The skies to turn obsidian and to rule the world through the slaughter of the paragons.Since childhood 20-year-old Olivia Oni Lovejoy has trained with her family to keep magic in the world safe from the Big Juju Man. However, a close loss has sped up her succession as the Orisha Oya’s paragon and brought with it nothing but melancholy to her soul. When the Juju Man’s minions, the Ajogan descend on Alton, Illinois bringing destruction, it’s the loving wisdom of Oni’s father and a well-timed introduction of Midnight Horn, that leads her on an adventure against evil. As Oni’s tears fall, in another world, a doting grandmother tells Oni and Midnight’s journey as Paragons, in this exciting and haunting fantasy in a steampunk/funk driven world & foundation of a magic distant town.

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forbidden arcana lunaFORBIDDEN ARCANA: LUNA by Tamryn Tamer

Forbidden Arcana was full of dungeons. There were towers filled with evil warlords, caverns filled with man eating insects, and ruins overrun with undead. The Magus Puzzle was nothing like those and Luna would do anything to complete it, even bind herself to a mage.

Jericho needed a spatial magic user and Luna needed a master. Sure, they could have met under better circumstances. She could have knocked on his door and introduced herself rather than spy on him for weeks, even during his most intimate moments. But, in the end, she decided she liked what she saw and that’s what really mattered.

Jericho was going to help her solve the Magus Puzzle, if for no other reason than he was just as curious as she was about what was inside of it.

In the meantime, Terra offered to keep the other familiars occupied with a trip to a dungeon of their own. All she needs to do is figure out how to keep them under control without going insane.

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worthyWORTHY (THE WORTHY TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Siobhan Chase

Attacked one night by vampires only to be saved by her neighbor, Kai Jung, Ashiya learns not only is Kai a vampire, but her husband, who took her memories away in order to protect her. Armed with a gift she can’t control, Kai sweeps her into a dangerous world run by Elementals and protected by Shatans amongst many creatures of myth.

Tied together by a past Ashiya can’t remember, both fight intensely to stay together. But when Ashiya learns about a family curse that affects the whole Hyper world and Kai’s past comes back to haunt them, Ashiya must prove her worth to the new community she is now a part of making the ultimate sacrifice – herself.

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shifted into loveSHIFTED INTO LOVE: LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING by Various

VS Note: From February

This Valentine’s we wanted to celebrate black women, sexy shifters and our love of both in this anthology. Our authors range from a newly published writer to established authors with dozens of titles to their bibliography. Each lady brings her unique spin to the paranormal romance genre and shifters. Cozy up with a blanket and some hot cocoa and relax into the diverse worlds we have created for you.

From the sands of Egypt to the decadent halls of Zargobia, these seven stories will take you on the paranormal adventures your heart craves; foiling assassination attempts to shifter speed dating to being auctioned off to the highest bidder or fighting your way through the pack to claim your mate. Every story features the sexy shifters your heart and body desires, they break barriers and definitely some hearts.

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echoes l a ashtonECHOES by L A Ashton

VS Note: From February

After one thousand years of listless eternity, Oskar is used to his particular brand of loneliness. But a long walk through Middle America and a few chance encounters will lead him straight to a man he’d known to be long since dead―his childhood best friend, Aranck.

Being undead hasn’t stopped Aran from living life to the fullest. He has all the money and power his charm and business savvy could earn him, and plenty of friends. Lately, though, something seems to be missing. After a millennium, perhaps the world’s shine has worn off—and that’s when Oskar stumbles back into his life, reminding him of who he used to be.

Together the two vampires remember what it felt like to live, all the while navigating a conflict with the local pack of werewolves. A lot has changed in a thousand years, and only time will tell if those changes will bring Oskar and Aranck closer together, or ensure they remain apart.

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innamorata and her clan of dragonsTHE INNAMORATA AND HER CLAN ON DRAGONS (THE DRAGON CLAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Clare

She escaped her gilded cage. Can she find a home?

In a world where dragons rule, they were once a respected and powerful clan. Now they are outcasts and dysfunctional.
Working as enforcers, and feared by most everyone, their goal is to hunt down whoever is kidnapping and torturing their kind, and destroy them. But their time is limited; without their Innamorata they are barely holding on to their sanity.

Ayah has finally escaped the restrictions imposed on her from birth. Rare and uniquely gifted, she is determined to discover the extraordinary woman she is meant to be. So, being claimed as their Innamorata by five desperate dragon-men, is not something she will easily accept, without a fight.
However, fate has other plans. Thrown together by destiny, can they work together before it’s too late?
Amidst the danger, will they be able to deal with their differences and find the happiness that has so far eluded them all?

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tarian outcastTARIAN OUTCAST (NEW TARIAN PRIDE BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Katy Craigson is on the run. Not from anything too scary, because she is a safe girl and doesn’t do danger, but she’s running from a past that keeps trying to drag her under. All she needs is a week with her best friend in the mountains of Colorado for a week. But when an unlikely hero comes to her rescue, she’s sent on a path she never saw coming. For some reason she can’t stop thinking about Kannon, the sexy, quick-witted lion shifter. He’s explained that humans have no place around the Tarian Pride, but her heart isn’t listening. She’d almost given up on men, but he’s showing her just how good a man, or shifter, can be. The old Katy would’ve run from the danger that immerses his life, but the new Katy is up for a little adventure.

Human Katy has Kannon Killian’s full attention. That’s not good for her. The Tarians have a strict law against humans near the Pride. Humans are too breakable around these violent big cat shifters. Kannon’s lion is on the hunt though, and pushing him to do unspeakable things to keep the pretty girl who can make him laugh on a dime. And too bad he’s not the only one hunting her. Three lion shifters have interest in Human Katy, and for all drastically different reasons. She has no idea how much danger she’s in, and it’s entirely his fault. He should’ve never dragged her into the chaos of his life…but then again…he never really had a choice. The animal inside of him has chosen a girl who is too fragile for his Pride of war lions. Or is she?

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dark dreams temptationDARK DREAM’S TEMPTATION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 26) by I T Lucas

Julian has known Ella is the one for him from the moment he saw her picture, but when he finally frees her from captivity, she seems indifferent to him. Could he have been mistaken?

Ella’s rescue should’ve ended that chapter in her life, but it seems like the road back to normalcy has just begun and it’s full of obstacles. Between the pitying looks she gets and her mother’s attempts to get her into therapy, Ella feels like she’s typecast as a victim, when nothing could be further from the truth. She’s a tough survivor, and she’s going to prove it.

Strangely, the only one who seems to understand is Logan, who keeps popping up in her dreams. But then, he’s a figment of her imagination—or is he?

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infinity chroniclesINFINITY CHRONICLES BOOK ONE by Albany Walker

New town, new school. Same story. I’m Laura, I’ve spent most of my life crisscrossing the county yielding to the whims of my transient mother. We’ve never stayed in one place long enough to call it home, and I don’t have any hope of that changing.

I follow the rules; no drawing attention to myself, no friends, and especially no boys.

But my mom’s been keeping secrets, secrets so profound they threaten to turn my world upside down. I’ve always assumed her paranoia was a symptom of a mental illness, but as her secrets begin to unravel, I realize nothing is what it seems.

As my life careens out of control a group of guys from school promise to give me answers about who I really am. I’m afraid of what I might learn, but more afraid of what I could be giving up if I don’t listen.

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protector serena novaPROTECTOR (THE FULL BLOOD BOOK 1) by Serena Nova

I have a Secret and I’m going to tell you.
I’m the last Full-blood Witch.
I’m the last Savill Royal.
I’m the heir to a throne four King’s rule the world from.
I told my secret twice now, to you and my best friend.
Now it is time to keep that secret again.
Because if they knew I was still alive, it would mean losing my freedom.
Maybe even my life.
Only for me to end up in the wrong place.
Their place.

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silver dragonSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Dragon knight Mikhail has spent the many years of his life in the pursuit of duty. But when his latest mission sends him to a sleepy California beach town, he’s shocked to come across a murder in progress. And even more shocked to realize (after plummeting from the sky to save the day) that it’s four older women in a writing group acting out a scene from a murder mystery.

But that’s nothing to how he feels when the “murder victim” looks into his eyes… and he knows that the beautiful gray-haired woman is his mate.

Bird Worcester used to write children’s books, before a bitter divorce separated her from her beloved son and daughter. Twenty-seven years later, she’s still picking up the pieces. But when a handsome, silver-haired stranger literally drops into her life, she finds that her heart just might still be alive after all.

But years of lonely solitude and their very different lives aren’t their only obstacles. There’s also the little matter of Mikhail’s dangerous mission.

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deadly protectorDEADLY PROTECTOR (FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Katrina Mejia knows she has to prove herself. As the newest member of the Federal Paranormal Unit, she’s in a whole new world. She needs a lot of field time to get up to speed and is happy to take on any case. She’d also like more information on tall, dark and broody who makes her heart skip a beat and her panties shrivel into nothing.

Hunter Cross is content with the anonymity of working undercover. He’s not a people person and isn’t interested in a mate or a relationship of any kind. His heart is dead to emotions and he’s more than happy to keep it that way. But things change when he finds his mate. A mate he doesn’t want but craves.

Putting herself in the sights of a madman abducting women, Kat’s about to become more than one man’s prey. When a piece of Hunter’s dark past shows up unexpectedly, it’ll take more than his dragon to keep his mate alive. Danger takes center stage as Hunter and Kat team up to take down a predator while fighting their burning passion.

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swithing witchesSWITCHING WITCHES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 7 by Robyn Peterman

How in the Goddess’s name did I get stuck at the Witchypoo Convention at Rump Arena in Hexington, Kentucky? Whoops… my bad. Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Whatever. It’s like one cavernous indoor garage sale of “magic” crap. It’s nothing more than a convention of human wanna-be witches in pointy ankle boots and half-price black hats.

And where in the Goddess’s gauchos did these humans get their info on witch-wear? Real witches wear Prada… and Stella McCartney and Alice and Olivia and … well, you get my point.

Baba Yopaininmybutt sent me to root out the very evil shenanigans going down in the sea of faux witches, mummies and vamps. On the plus side, I’m looking forward to hotel sex with my hotter that heck werewolf mate. However, nookie time is nada. Believe it or not, a gay fainting goat shifter, a magical mystery woman and a dude who looks alarmingly like me have shown up to complicate matters.

A mystery witch is dealing in blood. I might have a twin. Where do gay fainting goat shifters come from anyway? And I will be seriously put out if I can’t have hotel sex.

But I’m motivated … by multiple big O’s.
Let the motherhumpin’ witch-hunt begin.

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embroidered fantasiesEMBROIDERED FANTASIES (TAPESTRIES BOOK 5) by N J Walters

VS Note: Re-release

With her abusive ex-husband safely behind bars, Roxanne Sykes is trying to carve out a quiet life for herself. Just as she’s beginning to feel free to explore her new possibilities, word reaches her that her cruel ex has been released from prison. When he shows up at her door bent on destroying her, it’s only through the magic of a well-loved tapestry that Roxanne is whisked away to safety—and into the world of a warrior she’s known only from her fantasies.

Radnor Craddock has known only a life of violence and brutality at the hands of his older brothers. Now that they have fallen in battle, Radnor and his twin brother Sednar can finally put their house in order. Just as their efforts are bearing fruit, fate smiles upon them again by delivering a potential tapestry bride to their doorstep. Well aware of what they must do to win her hand and her heart, the brothers dedicate themselves to granting Roxanne every imaginable pleasure, driving her to sensual heights unlike any she has ever known.

With each new erotic encounter stirring a loving bond between the three, Roxanne is tempted to accept the promise of the tapestry and make a new life and new home with the brothers. But she has trusted before and been painfully wrong, and she’s frightened by the whisperings of the brothers’ violent past. Unsure of herself and threatened anew when her merciless ex finds his way to her once again, Roxanne must trust her heart as the brothers vow to protect her and destroy her ex—and to give her a life and love she had never dreamed possible.

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memorys flameMEMORY’S FLAME (WOLF HERITAGE BOOK 6) by Tielle St. Clare

Bridget has always known her role in the Pack…mate with a strong wolf who would take over from her father and assume the role of Alpha.

As a dominant wolf herself, Bridget has yet to meet the male who could best her. She won’t accept anyone except the strongest wolf as her mate.

Payne has come to town for a story… It isn’t really possible that werewolves exist, right? Either his research is going to lead him to a bunch of crazies who dress up on the full moon or the biggest story of his life.

Injured years ago, Creed’s wolf is damaged. He’s no match for Bridget. He can only be her friend and lust for her from afar.

But when the past returns with vengeance in mind, there’s only one way to survive—they must join together and fight fire with pure fire.

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phoenix is foreverA PHOENIX IS FOREVER (PHOENIX BROTHERS BOOK 3) by Ashlyn Chase

Dawn Forrest is ready for a big change. She’s determined to put her criminal past behind her and only use her extraordinary psychic abilities for good from now on.

Luca Fierro is a Phoenix shifter and rookie cop with something to prove. The last person he should tangle with is a newly reformed bad girl, especially one as irresistible as Dawn. But he needs her help to find a missing child, and every minute counts. This case is going to put their skills to the test and force them to keep their sizzling attraction at bay.

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forever wolfFOREVER WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES BOOK 3) by Maria Vale

Born with one blue eye and one green, Eyulf was abandoned as an infant and has never understood why, or what he is…Varya is fiercely loyal to the Great North Pack, which took her in when she was a teenager. While out on patrol, Varya finds Eyulf wounded and starving and saves his life, at great risk to her own.

Legend says his eyes portend the end of the world…or perhaps, the beginning…With old and new enemies threatening the Great North, Varya knows as soon as she sees his eyes that she must keep Eyulf hidden away from the superstitious wolves who would doom them both. Until the day they must fight to the death for the Pack’s survival, side by side and heart to heart.

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fate knows bestFATE KNOWS BEST by Alanea Alder

VS Note: Re-release

After her boss became her ex-boyfriend and turned her life inside out, Rebecca is on the road looking for adventure and a place to call home. She never imagined the mysterious road she would take would lead her to a grumpy hot Sheriff, a gorgeous playboy and a group of gay fashionistas, or, that they would be bear and lion shifters. Reading about being a shifter’s mate was one thing, living it was another.

Aleks has sworn off human women. After working a brutal homicide he as returned to the shifter-only town of his birth to date the local shifter women and hopefully find a nice female bear-shifter to give him cubs. When Fate throws him an itty, bitty human as a mate, he refuses to have anything to do with her.

As the attraction between them grows Aleks realizes that he can’t seem to stay away from the tiny dark-haired human, but the realization may come too late, as he faces the fact that though her body was never in any danger, he may have shattered her heart.

He wonders if she will be safe with him and she wonders if she will ever be what he he truly wants.

In the end they will both see that, Fate Knows Best.

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moonshine and maliceMOONSHINE AND MALICE: MOONSHINE HOLLOW #2 by Kathleen Brooks

What was an accidental witch to do when fate sends a sexy witch on a motorcycle, only to find out he might be there to kill her?

Zoey Mathers was adjusting to life as a witch— a real finger wiggling, magic casting, talk to spirits witch who was thrown into the middle of a war between good and evil. And now Slade, fate’s sexy twist, was asking her out on a date and talking about her part in an ancient prophecy.

It was up to Zoey to decide if she could trust Slade not to kill her. She also has to discover the reason for her particular powers. And then there’s that little thing about her possibly being the key to ending the War of the Witches. Ah, the quiet small town mountain life.

Now, if only she could only avoid losing her heart, and more importantly her life to Slade.

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stone cold protectorSTONE COLD PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (DRAGON GUARD SERIES BOOK 38) by Julia Mills

Blowing things up since before he could walk, Oz, Oscar Tomas to his momma and only his momma, could make bombs out of anything and everything ~ lady’s knickers, a torn shoestring, even dried-out, old cow patties. There was nothing he couldn’t make go boom, nothing he couldn’t bend to his will.

Then came London.

Intelligent, quick-witted, and strong-willed with more curves than a country back road, Oz was defenseless in the face of the fiery attraction he felt for this redheaded bombshell…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ayilAYIL: DARK WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 18 by  Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

Ayil, a powerful warrior angel, is on a mission to discover if a Phoenix clan is working with demons. Unfortunately, his plan goes south the moment he meets Kennex, an irresistible clan member who unknowingly possesses demonic energy. When he sees evidence she was attacked, Ayil can’t resist intervening on her behalf, despite the fact his actions threaten his task, as well as, the very foundations of Heaven and angelkind.

Kennex vowed long ago to never trust angels. Her experiences taught her they’re as controling and manipulative as any demon, some even more so. When her tormentuous past hunts her down and stakes a claim on her body and soul, she’s forced to rethink her strategy and seek alliance with Ayil, a sexy warrior angel. The thin line between love and hate quickly blurs as attraction blazes between them…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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monster scarlett havenMONSTER (SHIFTER ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven

If I thought my mates were protective before, that’s nothing compared to how they are now.
It’s for a good reason… somebody is after me, but we don’t know why.
What am I?
As I start developing more and more powers, the only thing we have is questions.
Maybe these people are right to come after me and hunt me down?
What if I’m a monster?

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crystal roseTHE CRYSTAL ROSE (RITE WORLD: RITE OF THE WARLOCK BOOK 3) by Juliana Haygert

Luana – Keeran and I have decided to be together, but the world is intent on ripping us apart. His magic is driving him mad, and I’m left alone to decide how to take down Isalia. But I’ve made too many promises, and I’ve sworn to protect too many people. To win this war, I’ll have to accept a destiny I’ve never faced– and a crown I didn’t even know was my birthright.

Keeran – I’m hiding secrets from Luana– secrets that are killing me. I love her, but I’m losing my mind, and I don’t know how to regain my sanity. War isn’t coming, it’s already here, and I’m the only one who can stop it. To protect my love, I’ll have to do the unthinkable… and make an irreversible sacrifice.

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dragons life witchTHE DRAGON’S LIFE WITCH (SIX ISLES WITCHES AND DRAGON BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

They arrested me as a witch. And I’ve one night left to live.
At least, I thought I did, until the nobleman turned up.
He calls himself Meridas, and he thinks my magic will be of use. Also, he’s a dragon.

A sky-cursing handsome dragon person, if I’m being honest here.
I don’t like the idea of being used, but it’s not like I have a choice. Not unless I want to survive the next day. It helps that he lives in the floating cities, though.
I always wanted to get out of the slums. Maybe not quite in this manner… but a girl’s gotta take every opportunity presented, right?
It does help that he’s everything a girl looks for in a man. Kind. Attentive. Strong and determined to save his sister, and save me. Things I’m definitely not used to.
Things I wouldn’t mind exploring further, if I get the chance.

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water legacyTHE WATER LEGACY (ACADEMY OF MAGICAL CREATURES BOOK 2) by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades

Sophia – Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.

But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors— or I’ll lose everyone I love.

Liam – Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.

The Water council has promised they’ll bring my Familiar back from the dead— my literal soul— if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?

But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die… and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.

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fourth riteFOURTH RITE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 4) by Jacquelyn Faye

There are two things you should always remember about elves. One, they never miss. Two, they never give up.

I thought I was safe when my familiar stopped the arrow from turning me into a kabob, but as I said, elves don’t give up. Especially when they think you destroyed their city and killed their king in some grandiose quest for power
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They didn’t know me very well.

He may not have believed me, but he believed the goddess when she showed up to proclaim my innocence. Unfortunately for him, she turned him into my full-time body guard. I should have been grateful, I should have been happy I had another hottie keeping me from getting dead. I should have been a lot of things, but all of them would have been easier if he and I got along better than nitro and glycerin. Did I mention the third thing you should always remember about elves? They’re kind of stuck-up jerks with pointy ears and nice butts.

Now, my body-guard and I get to travel to Faerie to convince the royal family of my innocence. Sounds fun, right? Try telling your boyfriends that they aren’t invited.

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heaven is a harem book 2HEAVEN IS A HAREM: BOOK 2 by Kim Faulks

How do you fight for a mortal’s damned soul? With teeth and claws. With wings and hate.  With brass knuckles coated with Demon blood.

And that’s exactly what my Archangel intends to do.I never wanted this bloodline, never wanted to belong to both the darkness and the light. I’ll renounce Lucifer’s hold over me, and I’ll fight.

But the Nephilim are rising, staking their claim over my body and my soul, bringing that dangerous part of me to the surface, until one night…in a derelict church in the middle of a desert, they come.

Dark against light. Heaven against Hell.

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kierceVS Note: In case you missed the news of my new release last week!

KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 20

March 13

March 6

February 27

February 20

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 20

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

LOTS of exciting new books this week, including one from me! WOOT! My latest Badari Warrior novel. I’ve been one clicking away on everyone else’s books too of course…

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KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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barbarians seductionBARBARIAN’S SEDUCTION (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 20) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Who can resist a new one in this series? 

Marlene’s not like the other humans. They weep while she smiles. They look at us with fear, while she entices me with a come-hither look.

I…have no idea why such a bold female resonated to a male like me. I am the most reticent of all the sa-khui tribe, a hunter that never expected to have a family of my own. But resonance chooses, and it has chosen her for me. And Marlene is quite determined to seduce me…and who can say no to such a woman?

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choosing chucklesCHOOSING CHUCKLES (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this one. Nobody does sizzling cyborgs like Cynthia and it’s exciting that she’s doing a spinoff series. Had this on pre-order!

Chuckles hates all humans. In the past, humans betrayed him. That treachery caused permanent damage to his muscular form, resulting in a lifespan of pain.

When the primitive D Model cyborg answers a distress call sent by a pink-and-blue haired, sparkly human female, he knows it’s a trap. He still has to respond to her fake cry for help. She belongs to him, is the one being genetically fabricated for him. But he plans to be her captor, not her captive.

Bettina, aka Bait, works with a team of females, snaring sexual predators in space, seizing their ships and transporting them to primitive planets. As soon as she speaks with Chuckles, she knows he’s not like the others. He has honor, is a being worthy of respect, of caring.

But she can’t let him go. She has to trap him. His dominance thrills her. His deep voice evokes desires she’d never experienced in the past. She’ll risk it all, breaking every rule for one wild encounter with the male she calls Sir.

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fallen from the starsFALLEN FROM THE STARS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 6) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Once I read the teaser for this latest novel in the series, I couldn’t wait to read it. One click!

Vasil has spent his life serving the needs of his people, denying his own desires — until a star falls from the sky. He follows its fiery trail and finds the unexpected: a mysterious human female. She is his chance at having the mate, the family for which he’s longed. But when he discovers her connection to the organization that created and enslaved his ancestors, he must decide if claiming his happiness is worth the risk of exposing the kraken.

Stranded on an unknown planet, Theodora Velenti has limited supplies and no way to call for help. Hopeless, the arrival of a half-man, half-octopus alien doesn’t seem like an improvement. But despite his differences, Theo finds herself drawn to him. Giving in to Vasil’s advances means accepting that the life she knew is gone forever. Can she give up a chance of rescue or is what she and Vasil feel for each other real?

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gorison traveler incidentTHE GORISON TRAVELER INCIDENT (VESLOR MATES BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Laurann’s been talking about this new series on Facebook and since I’m a huge fan of hers, I was super eager to get my hands on it!

Vivian is a cultural specialist on the United Earth fleet ship Gorison Traveler. It’s the perfect job for someone who wants to learn everything about aliens. The only problem? The commander won’t let her anywhere near the visiting Ke’ters aboard the ship. The only way she gets a peek at the lizard-like race is when her brother opens a live camera feed during a meeting—a meeting that turns tragic when the Ke’ters attack the crew.

She’s horrified. Scared. The Ke’ters are murdering her people. Rushing from her quarters to get help from a control center, Vivian finds the station abandoned. It’s all on her to try to rescue the crew.

Brassi is a Veslor trader who picks up a distress signal from a nearby space vessel. The attractive female who contacts him looks terrified, and needs his help. He’ll board the Gorison Traveler with his crewmates, and fight the Ke’ters, but the longer he spends on the huge Earth vessel, the greater distraction Vivian becomes. Brassi will do whatever it takes to save her…and to discover if Vivian’s his mate.

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griff hell squad 17GRIFF (HELL SQUAD BOOK 17) by Anna Hackett

VS note: I’m continually impressed at how Anna keeps adding new twists and depth to this long running series. Another one click for me!

Squad Three berserker Griff lived through hell long before the alien invasion. Once, he’d been a dedicated cop, but then in a gut-wrenching betrayal, he ended up behind bars in a supermax prison. After the aliens invaded, he managed to escape and join the soldiers fighting back…and came face to face with his best friend’s little sister–the bold, vibrant, off-limits woman he’s always wanted. Now the beautiful, tattooed Indy is his squad’s comms officer…and she hates his guts.

Indy Bennett lost her parents and brother in the alien attack, and every day, she vows to suck the marrow out of life. She’s also doing her bit in the fight, as Squad Three’s comms officer, even if it means seeing the man who broke her young heart. Griff was once her brother’s best friend, a boy she adored, but now she knows she needs to steer clear of the hard-edged man who still draws her like a moth to a flame.

Griff vows to claim Indy as his. The only problem is, Indy is having none of it. As their fiery attraction explodes, they find themselves embroiled in the hunt for the aliens’ unexplained octagon weapon, and a mysterious survivor town where all is not what it seems. Both Griff and Indy will have to learn to let go of the hurts of the past if they have any chance of not just surviving, but having a future.

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trapped on vkaniTRAPPED ON VKANI ( ATRAPAKO ON EDEN BOOK 3) by Aurora Springer

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets she’s shared from this book. Nobody does worldbuilding details as well as she does!

Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house.
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.

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reunion nhys gloverREUNION (THE DANANS BOOK 3) by Nhys Glover

Sometimes Biology can make you; sometimes it can break you.
For Jade, living with a sweet old couple and volunteering at an animal shelter is a world away from living on the streets like a beaten dog. She knows the eighteen months of her life she lost must have been horrific, if her mind made her forget them. But when she meets five returned vets living rough in the forest and starts seeing weird things, she has to wonder if her lost memory and the men are somehow connected.
It is unheard for Danan warriors to find their podmate before the age of thirty, so when a pod of five young Danans meets Jade, the youngest human captive rescued from the Lyations, they don’t understand what is happening to them. But before they can properly find out, Jade is sent back to Earth and her memory of her time on an alien planet light-years from home wiped, supposedly forever.
Driven by their biology, the young alien warriors follow her to Earth against orders. And when poachers try to abduct Jade once again, her pod has no choice but to save her and go on the run from both the poachers and the Confederacy. Because, when a podmate is found, no matter their age, nothing can be allowed to keep them apart.

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rogue aliens womanROGUE ALIEN’S WOMAN (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 2) by Kate Rudolph

Out of the frying pan, and into the fire…Andie Munster never expected to leave Earth, but one abduction and six years of servitude later, she knows that life can take a girl places she never meant to go. After a daring escape from a planet that held her hostage for more than half a decade, Andie is having trouble telling if her situation just got worse. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for the life of an outlaw, and with her former rescuer running hot and cold, she isn’t sure that she has any reason to remain with his crew.

Prison was the least of his worries…Out of prison and back on his ship things should be going great for Xandr. Instead he’s been stripped of his position as captain, his crew is questioning his decisions, and he can’t keep his eyes off the human he rescued from Ixilta. Demons from his past mean that romance isn’t something he can offer, but every time Andie gets close he can’t think of anything else.

When a job comes up that’s too lucrative to miss, Xandr and his crew will risk everything to pull it off. But is Xandr willing to risk the one woman who makes him want more than the life he’s carved out for himself?

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dragons saviorDRAGONS’ SAVIOR (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

When the courts end Dr. Vanessa Bryant’s career, she’s contacted by a secret government facility to work as a doctor—on another planet. Having no other option, she agrees. On planet Daeria, she finds her two escorts are sexier than sin. She’s going to have problems keeping her hands off them and staying professional.

Madden and Kian, dragon-shifters from Daeria, have been closer than brothers all their lives. Sharing one surrogate is more than ideal to them. They are overjoyed with the idea of becoming parents to help repopulate their planet. The problem is their female isn’t part of the program.

Vanessa is there as a healer, not their surrogate. Plus, not everyone’s happy about her presence. In fact, they’d kill to have her gone. When Vanessa disappears, Madden and Kian learn they need to save more than her life alone. It’s a race against time to convince her they’re her perfect mates and creating a family isn’t impossible.

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fight like a womanFIGHT LIKE A WOMAN by J S Frankel

VS Note: From February

Meet Kyle Sorton, teen, orphan, living a life of no purpose on a space station. Occupation: janitor. Future prospects: none. His only dream is to be someone. Anyone will do.
Wish granted–sort of. An accident aboard his space station forces his flight, and his ship crash lands on an unknown world. Mortally wounded, he uses an experimental healing device called a Clavator to transfer his consciousness to the body of an alien woman. When he awakens, he discovers that this woman not only has special abilities, but that parts of her consciousness still exist. Even more surprising to him is the fact that his new host, named Rinarra, is married to Merat, another woman. She is understandably upset over losing her wife, and initially rejects the new Rinnara.
Confusion reigns, and compounding his problem of understanding his new form is the existence of a hostile alien force known as the Droogs. Large, purple, and utterly evil, Droogs care not about any lives other than their own. Kyle, who slowly begins to not only identify as Rinnara but also to fall in love with Merat, decides to fight the invaders. Windeeri has become a home, and she’ll defend it, even at the cost of her own life.

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his battle lords curseHIS BATTLE LORD’S CURSE (THE BATTLE LORD SAGA BOOK 8) by Linda Mooney

Things seem to have settled down among the people of Alta Novis. Normals and Mutah are working together, and families are thriving. The compound is filled to capacity and brimming with new life, but their good fortune can only last for so long.

Winter is setting in, and the surrounding countryside is being plagued by unexpected swarms of wild animals. In addition, a horde of rats is contaminating the food supplies and destroying goods, but why? Where are all these creatures coming from? And why is it happening now? It all seems to point to one man – a sorcer who shows up at the compound and demands obedience, or else he’ll bring down a devastating curse upon them all. A curse that threatens to take away all Yulen D’Jacques holds dear.

The Battle Lord finds himself at odds between fact and fiction, but he’ll stop at nothing to save his family, as well as his dynasty. But sometimes the real enemy can’t be seen, making it an almost impossible battle to fight, much less win.

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time takenTIME TAKEN (OUT OF TIME BOOK 3) by C B Lewis

Time travel is a precarious business at the best of times, but when Qasim El-Fahkri’s mission to the past ends in violence, it has a ripple effect through every level of the Temporal Research Institute.

Rhys Griffiths finds himself caught in the wake of the disastrous jump, his own career uncertain. With the Supervisory Board breathing down his neck, operatives demanding answers to baffling questions, and life outside of work bearing down on him, his only respite comes from Qasim’s company. As the professional slowly becomes the personal, they must confront the echoes of their own pasts to try and move forward in the future.

But another past is waiting for Qasim, and there may be no coming back from this one.

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model scribeMODEL: SCRIBE (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 2) by Nix Whittaker

Is death his only escape?
Kynaston is the prisoner of the Scribes. Forgotten, he is on the edge of taking the ultimate escape.
Sorcha is the apple of her daddy’s eye. Including walking in his footsteps of watching the stars. But he wouldn’t be pleased with her choice when she discovers something in the telescope that could change everything.

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alien generals sassy captiveTHE ALIEN GENERAL’S SASSY CAPTIVE by Evey Embers

VS Note: I read the Look Inside and the book held my attention, put it on my TBR List.

Sirah might be the hot-tempered, unruly girl trying to band together her human army and stop the invaders… but that won’t matter much when the strict alien general, Ronan, gets his hands on her.

He’s not supposed to lust for, let alone love any of the Earth women – but the way Sirah looks into his eyes has a way of forcing him to tear down his walls. And for her part, Sirah definitely knows that these aliens are bad news. Yet, she feels herself being pulled in by this virile Alien General’s seductive, unstoppable force.

Will he risk it all to tame his headstrong captive? And can she even handle all that he’s got to offer?

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prison moon stone dragonPRISON MOON STONE DRAGON by Alexandra Marell 

Called by a fiery dragon, but does he offer freedom or death?
Abducted from Earth for her gifts as a healer and seer, Claudia Galrese hears the dragon’s desperate call the moment the alien transport comes within orbit of Prison Moon One. He needs her and she can’t rest until she finds out why. Taken in a hunt they call the Chase, she’s nothing more than a slave, forced to bleed her talents dry for a greedy warlord. When she realises she won’t survive another year in his camp, Claudia risks it all and makes a discovery even her powers didn’t see coming.

She’s his only hope of survival, but it might be at the cost of his saviour’s life.
After his brave but futile attempt to save the female dragons during the mining wars, General Tharius Dra’Kathis is left clinging to life. With no hope remaining, he’s laid to rest to await death and transition to the Otherworld plains. But after two hundred years, and with his mortal dragon body turned to stone, he still awaits the pleasure of the gods. When they agree he will return, he wonders if they are playing with him yet.

One touch of a female dragon’s flesh. That’s all he needs to bring him back.
But if the females of his race are all dead, who out there is left with the power to bring this dragon back to life?

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my savage alien rescuerMY SAVAGE ALIEN RESCUER (PARALLEL DIMENSIONS BOOK 1) by Josie Walker

Christina’s life is going according to plan until she falls off a dumpster and into another dimension.

Now she’s being courted by a hunky blue alien. Too bad she can’t understand a word he’s saying! It’s going to take this crafty YouTube star a lot more than thread and a needle to mend the mess she’s gotten herself into . . . and there’s no WiFi so she can’t even look on Google for a tutorial!

It’s a wild and dangerous world! As love begins to kindle inside her and her savage rescuer, she can’t help but wonder if she will ever find her way home again . . . or if she even wants to anymore. Can indoor toilets and cell phones compete with passion so hot it threatens to set the sheets, or rather the animal hides, on fire? Is it worth losing everything she had in order to gain everything she’s always wanted?

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inspectionINSPECTION: A NOVEL by Josh Malerman

VS Note: Not a romance, kind of dystopian maybe? This is the author of BIRD BOX so it’s a release of note.

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

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owned by the alien princeOWNED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Zara Zenia and Starr Huntress

Lucy has never been comfortable in her own curvy body, but she believes her life on Earth is perfect. When she’s abducted by the Xicret to become a personal slave, she fights her captors and refuses to give in to her new reality.

The moment Harkzak see’s Lucy on the auction block, he knows he has to have her. After bidding an astronomical amount to win her, he’s distressed to find her unreceptive to his advances.

Harkzak is desperate for a way to win Lucy’s compliance and heart, so he provides her with a device that allows her to see what’s happening on Earth since she’s been gone. What she sees makes her realize no one on Earth truly cared for her, and it makes her appreciate Harkzak so much more.

When the two finally come together, it becomes clear there are deep feelings involved.
But Harkzak is living with the weight of a lie, one that could send Lucy back to Earth for good.
If Harkzak comes clean, will he lose Lucy forever, or can the bond they’ve formed survive?

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critical exposureCRITICAL EXPOSURE (SECURITY BREACH 2) by Ann Voss Peterson

An explosion in a secret defense lab changes the lives of three men forever. 

Echo Sloane doesn’t like Detective Rand McClellan’s insistence that her brother caused the Cranesbrook lab explosion. But when her baby is kidnapped and the ransom demanded is her missing brother, she must turn to Rand for help. Danger closes in on them when they encounter another man who lived through the lab explosion. He’s determined to use the power he acquired to destroy anyone–including Rand and Echo–standing in his way.

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envyENVY (THE DEADLY SEVEN BOOK 1) by Lana Pecherzyk

Crime rages in Cardinal City. The fanatical Syndicate’s answer is to be judge, jury and executioner, even if that means destroying half the world to eradicate sin. The only thing standing in their way is a family of fearless vigilantes known as the Deadly Seven.
Created in a lab with his brothers and sisters, Evan Lazarus can sense deadly levels of envy. But when he’s blamed for a mass tragedy, it tears him and his heroic family apart. As the Deadly Seven self destruct, Evan loses himself in the city’s ruthless cage-fighting scene, slowly falling prey to the sin he was created to fight. His only hope is to find balance in a partner who embodies his sin’s opposing virtue, the last thing he expects to find is his soulmate…

Doctor Grace Go almost died in the blast that killed her parents, and learned a valuable lesson: envy eats nothing but its own heart. So she forged a life filled with purpose and now seeks justice for the survivors. When she crosses paths with a fiercely protective but damaged hero, a desire she thought long gone is ignited. But Grace is wary of risking her brittle heart on a disgraced hero, even if she can’t seem to stay away from him.

When a figure from Evan’s past emerges, in league with the Syndicate, their evil scheme threatens to destroy everything Evan holds dear. Pushed to the limits, he will have to pull his family from the brink of oblivion and become the hero the city needs, or will envy drive him to destroy Grace and his only chance at love and redemption forever?

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first contactFIRST CONTACT: BOOK ONE IN THE DEEPENING SERIES (A SPACE ROCK OPERA ROMANCE ADVENTURE) by Kelly Brewer

An ex-Marine-turned-rock-god thought his group was skyrocketing to off-planet glory. … Notsomuch.

Things started out well for Kyle Supplantis, the first rock star in history to entertain anyone other than Earthlings. Unfortunately, his groundbreaking tour of the inhabited solar system, circa A.D. 2492, ends in an unexpected fashion:

At the final sold-out show orbiting Neptune, Kyle is serenading Mercy, his brand-new beautiful wife, the daughter of a Jupiter billionaire … when he is suddenly faced with a deadly choice for him and his new family.

The question becomes: Can a rock star save humanity from complete annihilation?Can he and his crew complete their raucous journey as a series of horrific events lead to a shocking revelation that will change humanity forever? And could they be more brilliant, bombastic and bedazzling while they do it? That’s one question we can answer, at least: No. No, they could not.

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lonens reignLONEN’S REIGN: SORCEROUS MOONS 6 by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: I am a HUGE fan of Jeffe’s fantasy romance novels!

A Looming Threat – The sorceress Oria has finally come into her own—able to wield the power of her birthright and secure in the marriage she once believed would bring her only misery. But the past she escaped still chases her, and the certainty of war promises to destroy everything she’s fought to have.

An Impossible War – Once before Lonen led an army in a desperate attempt to stop the powerfully murderous sorcerers of Bára—and he nearly lost everything. Now he must return to the battlefield that took the lives of so many of his people. Only this time he has more to risk than ever.

The Final Conflict – With guile, determination—and unexpected allies—Oria and Lonen return to the place where it all began… and only hope that it won’t also be the end of them.

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bonded to the dragonBONDED TO THE DRAGON by Kara Lockharte

I’m not supposed to be alive. But I am. Living and breathing. I thought it would be the worst thing that could happen to me.

I was wrong. Now I’m immortally bound to serve the whims of a fairy queen.

When a white dragon lays siege to the fairy queen, I know he’s my chance to escape, but this insanely sculpted rock of a man – I mean dragonshifter – has other plans for me.

If I help him get his revenge, he’ll grant me what I want; an end to this life of servitude. But his smoldering eyes, his heated touch, and the curve of his dangerous smile, makes me question.

No, there are some things I know, I was never ever meant to have. Even if I wish it were otherwise.

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from breath and ruinFROM BREATH AND RUIN (ELEMENTS OF FIVE BOOK 1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.

Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.

War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.

For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.

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name like karmaA NAME LIKE KARMA (THE SECRET GODS SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

My name is Karma…and yes, it’s my job too.
Since I was eighteen, I have used my powers to deliver karma to those in need like my other family does.
Only they are much better at it. 
I deliver much needed karma to both good and bad humans, but mainly the bad as it’s more fun.
The only rule of the job? 
Don’t talk to the other gods, especially not the powerful ones, and definitely don’t accidentally kill one of them… Whoops.
Now the twin gods of justice are after me, and not even my family can save me now.
If I’m caught, it will be a one-way ticket pass to the gods’ correctional prison. It’s a place where more than mere gods are locked up and no one ever escapes.
Even gods can’t escape their fate…but they sure can try to run. 

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vampire 73A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 73: A SEARCH FOR DEATH by Bella Forrest

It’s the question of the century. Perhaps even the millennium. Because the Hermessi are growing dangerously close to completing their catastrophic ritual, and if Death can’t stop them, no one will.
GASP has heard she’s holed herself up on a far-flung planet called Mortis, but finding it — and her — will prove to be only the first challenge in gaining her favor, as Taeral and his team will soon discover.

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curse of the trollCURSE OF THE TROLL: AN EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON RETELLING (OTHERWORLD BOOK 6) by Emma Hamm

Elva was once a faerie princess, bound to the Seelie King and renowned throughout the land. Until that was all stripped from her in a single moment. Now, she has recreated herself as a warrior woman. Fierce and strong, she is sent to the Ice Mountain where a beast reigns. Watch him, kill him if necessary, but do not fall in love.

Donnacha was once a dwarven noble, until the Troll Queen saw him. She curses him into the form of a bear. The only way to break the curse is to marry her daughter. But when a certain faerie princess enters the picture, he realizes there might be another way to free him.

Determined to hate each other, they quickly realize there’s more to people than just appearances. When the Troll Queen steals him away, breaking her part of the deal, Elva must follow the bear she fell in love with east of the sun and west of the moon. To save him, she would give up everything.

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fate foretoldFATE FORETOLD (GIFTED ANOMALIES BOOK 1) by Jalizia A Burwell

For two years Adalyn Kabos has avoided death.
Among the gifted, she’s different, and a powerful man knows this. As Adalyn uses her Seer gift to stay ahead of her enemies, she runs into the arms of four men. While she should rejoice that they’re more than willing to help, there’s only one problem.
They’ll die too.
Now it’s a race against Fate as Adalyn pushes her gift further. Will she be able to prevent the deaths of her new friends, or will all of them fall victim to those filled with greed?

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bite of winterBITE OF WINTER (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 3) by Lily Archer

The Red Plains are hot. But my fae king? Even hotter. So, we kind of got captured by a warlike clan of Vundi warriors. Sounds bad, right? But they treat us as guests, and I’m coming to like them despite the ongoing threat of me being shipped off to the king beyond the mountain. I still endeavor to reach the winter kingdom and find a way back home … until the Vundi high priestess reveals that I may have more ties to the fae world than I ever imagined. On top of that, Leander knows just what buttons to press to get me naked, in a tub, and panting for him. My resolve is failing on all fronts, but worse than that, I discover danger is even closer than I realized.

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how not to acquire a castleHOW NOT TO ACQUIRE A CASTLE (KADITEOS BOOK 1) by Amy Laurens

Evil Overlord in training? Check.
Successfully hidden the true depths of her powers for four years so no one kills her? Check.
Graduating at the top of her class from the Evil Overlord Academy so she can acquire her castle? …Uncertain. And Mercury loathes uncertainty.
If that smarmy git Deviran beats her for first place, Mercury needs to rethink her plans. Because the Tumul Tuos castle belongs to her. No matter what it takes to convince everyone else.

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who let the wolves outWHO LET THE WOLVES OUT? (PECULIAR MYSTERIES BOOK 9) by Renee George

When a pack of werewolves move into her hometown of Peculiar, Missouri, good girl Dakota Thompson finds bad-boy werewolf Cal Rivers irresistible. The problem? She’s a deer shifter. Who ever heard of a prey animal falling for a predator? Good girls avoid bad boys. Right?

Cal Rivers wants to make a real go in the Ozarks shifter community, but most folks are deeply suspicious of the werewolves—with one exception. The beautiful doe shifter Dakota Thompson. Cal finds himself drawn to the gorgeous and smart Dakota. In a mate kind of a way. But then he gets into it with Dakota’s overprotective ex-boyfriend, which doesn’t make him any new friends.

After a full moon, when everyone in town shifts and spends the night in their animal forms, Dakota wakes up next to the dead, mutilated body of her ex. The tense situation between the werewolves and the town’s shifters go from precarious to catastrophic as Cal becomes one of the prime suspects in the murder. Together, Dakota and Cal work to find the real murderer to prevent an all-out war between predators and prey. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t done yet.

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wicked a c arthurWICKED: THE DESIRABLE WITCHES by A C Arthur

VS Note: Author’s note says some of these stories are re-releases from an older pen name, with additional material added. See note on ebook seller page. From February.

Touch Me, Please Me – Novelist, Cedric Compton is in the town of Mystic for one purpose only—to meet his second extended deadline. The key to making that happen is completing his research on the myth of the Desirable Witches. But when he knocks on the door of one of the reputed witches and the beautiful Sahara answers, the last thing on Cedric’s mind is work.

Sahara Baker takes her role as protector of the Mystic vector very seriously. She’s also not ashamed of acting on the insatiable desire bestowed upon her kind, so inviting the handsome writer into her bed is natural—keeping him out of her world and her heart is a little more complicated.

Tease Me, Take Me – Kitaka “Kit” Valentine is a Desirable witch with the power of vision. When she receives a premonition of danger that warns “they will come in twos,” she’s ready to act. She had no way of knowing that the two she hunted would introduce her to the two that would be her salvation.

Jack and Rad are business partners and best friends. Meeting Kit opens a door to more than just a magical world neither of them knew existed; it breaches the surface of the deep, dark sexual hunger that could destroy them all.

Teach Me, Love Me – Melody McCain is about to learn she cannot run from her destiny—whether that’s acknowledging she’s part of a powerful group of witches, or accepting that she’s part of a relationship more passionate and rewarding than she could have ever imagined.

Terrell Chase is game for joining his friend and teammate, Sean Brinkley for a week-long getaway, especially when Sean informs Terrell that his girlfriend, Melody, will be there too. What begins as a road to seduction quickly shifts into a battle to save not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vector left unguarded by a Desirable witch.

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lost in shadowLOST IN SHADOW: SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK 2 by Erin O’Kane

To save the ones she loves, Ari drew on her Shadowborn powers at great cost to herself, making the ultimate sacrifice for those who have become like family to her.

With attacks increasing on shifters, and strange disappearances happening around the city, everyone is on alert. Tensions between the shifter packs and the magical community start to build as traces of magic are found at the crime scenes.

With Ari’s mind trapped in the mysterious shadow realm, but her body left behind in the real world with the men who love her, she needs to find a way back. Ari has always rejected her Shadowborn powers so this is easier said than done. Until a mysterious man arrives in the shadow realm claiming he can help her.
Will Ari trust the stranger and finally embrace her powers, or will she truly become Lost in Shadow?

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restorationRESTORATION: WOLVES OF GYPSUM CREEK by Serena Meadows

Get a degree and get the hell out of Gypsum Creek. Natalie has muttered those words most of her young life, and now she’s finally going to leave this town in the dust of her squealing tires. She. Can’t. Wait. But first, she has to renovate a crumbling old shop and get enough cash to move onto bigger and better things.

Dillion would love to start a new life, but that’s impossible on the run. Gypsum Creek might be the perfect sanctuary to disappear for a while, but a man like him can’t put down roots, or risk falling in love. Nothing good could come of it.

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sea secretSEA SECRET (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elise H Ford

VS Note: From January

Cora is a girl who likes simple pleasures, reading her books and swimming in the local Michigan lakes. She has no idea who she really is. She falls hard for Jett, there’s just one problem. Jett is a guardian of the Halcyon mer-tribe. His job is to find a Lunafriya. A magical mermaid warrior. He thinks he’s found one…Cora. She has no idea what she really is. Now he has to tell her a secret her father never told her. She is a mermaid!

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courage of the witchCOURAGE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase

After Hanna Pelsh lost her sister over a decade ago, she vowed to live her life to the fullest. And she does just that. When she’s not running the family coffee shop and volunteering her body to research for the mysterious disease that took her sister, Hanna dives head first into every adventure she can find. The only problem? The man she’s loved since she was fifteen doesn’t seem able to commit.

Rhys Silver has his dream job working at the Keating Hollow brewery. The only thing missing is a partner by his side. He’s known who he wants for as long as he can remember. He also knows he’s no good for her. But when the worst happens, he has a choice to make… overcome his fears or lose her forever.

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all souls near and nighALL SOULS NEAR AND NIGH (SOULBOUND BOOK 2) by Hailey Turner

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.

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draft of dragonsDRAFT OF DRAGONS (THE FEDERAL WITCH BOOK 9) by T S Paul

Suspended for political reasons Agatha and her team have returned to her home to rest and recuperate. But still another war looms on the horizon. The Draconic Empire is making it’s move towards earth. They’ve worked behind the scenes to disrupt any and all that stand before them. But Agatha is still alive and she and the Blackmore Coven are prepared. Whatever comes through the Garden Gate will trigger a war. Is America and Earth ready for it?

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DEAD FAE WALKING (PARANORMAL PI FILES BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart

As a new investigator and guard of the Crimson Court, I’ve got a lot to prove. Like, I need to show that my mind-reading powers are actually useful.

So, when Balor, my alluring fae prince, wants to team up on a case, I jump at the chance. Only problem is, he’s still digging into my past. If he finds out the truth, he’ll banish me into the darkness. And away from his side.

Worse, a sorcerer is transforming humans into bloodthirsty members of the walking dead. The culprit is hell-bent on destroying London, no matter what the cost. If we don’t stop him–and fast–the dead will kill us all.

If Balor doesn’t discover the truth about me first.

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stealing his heartSTEALING HIS HEART (NOX BAY PACK BOOK 1) by Connor Crowe

Felix is on a mission: steal a priceless artifact from the most dangerous wolves in the land. The reward? Freedom at last from the criminal syndicate that raised him and other orphaned omegas. When he stops to save a man in peril, the guards close in. Getting captured wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was meeting the intimidatingly sexy Pack Alpha. Soon, he finds himself questioning if he really wants to leave…

As the Alpha of Nox Bay, Markus is bound by duty to protect his land and his people. So when a thieving fox appears in their territory, it’s his job to punish him. Except…this fox is different than the others. He smells suspiciously like Markus’s fated mate. But can true love blossom between sworn enemies?

When Felix’s crime family come to reclaim their ‘investment’, both men must make a choice. A choice that will set both their futures in motion—and the future of the little one growing inside Felix.

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blood bearonBLOOD BEARON (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

When the Sheriff assigns Rachel Corningstone to solve the greatest crime spree in Plymouth Falls history, she knows this is her shot. The former big-city detective will finally prove to her new peers that she’s more than just a pretty face. When a civilian consultant is forced upon her as a partner though, it might just be more than she can handle. Rachel doesn’t want a partner. Not after the last time.

Sent to the town of Plymouth Falls, bear shifter Khove has one mission: to find the traitor to House Ursa and kill him. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and despite the gorgeous police detective’s help, the traitor is burning down more of their businesses every night. It’s a race against time, and Khove can’t afford any distractions, but how is he supposed to stop himself from claiming his mate?

Oblivious to the raging desires of her beyond-handsome partner, Rachel is hot to tackle the case at hand. What she isn’t aware of, is just how out of the normal it is, or who she’s really up against. While Khove will go to any length to protect his mate, the one thing he can’t do is let the traitor survive—even at the expense of his own happiness. Can Rachel come to grips with the rules of the shifter world, or will her sense of justice prevent her from understanding why Khove must kill?

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fools errandFOOL’S ERRAND (FATE’S FOOLS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In my case that was literal – I had Ozzie West’s soul and didn’t know it, but now it’s been torn from me and him along with it. I’m afraid I will never get him back.
My heart is broken.
My three mates may try to fill that void, but they don’t understand what he meant to me. They can’t see the memories unlocked by Fate.
Only one man can help, but he’s the one man I’m afraid I can never trust again.

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white omegaTHE WHITE OMEGA (HELL’S BEARS MC BOOK 2) by J L Wilder

ll my life I’ve been told I need to stay inside, stay protected. As an omega polar bear, i’m an object of lust to shifter men, and the outside world is not safe.

When my pack’s alpha claims he has imprinted on me, I know it’s a lie. I know the outside world is the only one I can trust. Even if I get kidnapped, and delivered to the doorstep of the infamous Hell’s Bears MC.

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spell of loveSPELL OF LOVE (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 3)  by Auryn Hadley

All Jade wanted was her own happily ever after. Unfortunately, it’s never that easy. Being a woman and a mage complicates things. Falling for three men at the same time? At least that’s working out.
Everything else is a mess.

And it’s all the Spider’s fault. That man just can’t help himself. He wants power, and Xel is the best source he’s ever found. To fuel his own addiction, the Spider will destroy everything in his path – including the quiet little village of pirates and whores that Jade has claimed as her own.

But everyone has a price. For Jade and her men, it’s the people they care about. For the first time, they’ve found a family, and the Spider wants to destroy that too. After all, his goal is pain. He doesn’t even care whose.

The only way to stop this is to go for the source. If the Sultan is this desperate to have his mage wars, then she’ll play. After all, Jade has mastered the one weapon these men won’t even consider.
Love – it cuts both ways.
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her wolf silver shifterHER WOLF (SILVER SHIFTER BOOK 1) by Katherine Bogle and Alexa B James

From one master to the next, she hasn’t known kindness since her parents were alive, and even then, she never belonged to herself. When a handsome werewolf saves her from the fighting pits, Ariana’s life is turned upside down.

Thrown into a brand new world, Ariana discovers she’s not only a wolf, but the Silver Shifter, a being born every hundred years, and she’s supposed to be the last. But her hot new alpha is hiding more than he’s telling, including the alphas of the other New York packs.

Wolves. Dragons. Bears. Panthers. Each pack is holding back a secret from her, like why Ariana feels an unnatural pull to each.

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reign of dragonsREIGN OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 1) by Olivia Ash

No one screws with my family.
My sister and I are human orphans raised by the world’s best assassin, taught to steal and kill our way through the dragonlands under her watchful eye. Grown men fear us, and no one knows we’re coming until it’s too late to run.

Irena and I—we’re good. The best. In a dog-eat-dragon kind of world, we have to be. But someone betrayed us. Someone we trusted with our lives.

Irena is missing. My mentor is gone. And as for me… the man responsible for this mess thought he killed me. He kicked me into a pit, and he left me to die.
But I don’t give up that easy.

In the darkness, facing death itself, I fused with dragons. I had no choice. This is ancient magic, and dangerous people want it. They want me, dead or alive, and they’ll start a war if that’s what it takes to control me.
The magic I discovered—the magic these brutal people want—it’s mine, plain and simple. No one can take it from me. And I’m coming back from the dead.
For blood. For vengeance.
For Irena.

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adrianADRIAN: THE WHITFIELD RANCHER – TIGER SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Mason Jane Barnhart had nothing left to live for. She was dying and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Rather than suffer a long agonizing death, she wanted it to be on her terms. She’d let the icy water claim her, and if she was lucky, she wouldn’t suffer.

Oliver Whitfield had been watching the girl. He couldn’t believe that anything could be so bad as to want to take her own life. But when she jumped from the bridge he had to go in after her. His tiger, bigger and stronger, would have to save her. When they got her to shore, Evan said that changing her was the only thing that would save her. Oliver didn’t want to, but he couldn’t let her die. He had a strange feeling that she was supposed to be the mate to one of his sons.

Adrian wasn’t sure he was ready for a mate. The timing wasn’t right. He still had so much left to do while running for public office, and if word got out that she tried to take her own life, he’d have that scandal to deal with too. But when he caught her scent, he knew, she was his and all thoughts of not being ready for a mate fled his mind.

When Mason opened her eyes, she was fit to be tied. She wasn’t supposed to be here, she was supposed to be dead. That’s what she wanted. What had those meddling Whitfields done now?

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my soul to keepMY SOUL TO KEEP by Jackie May

All Kinsey wants is a steady relationship with a decent man who will love her and treat her right. It seems an impossible goal. After getting dumped via a Post-it note, she’s fed up with her love life and ready to swear off men forever. While drowning her sorrows at the local bar, Kinsey accidentally sells her soul for a forever relationship and ends up in the Netherworld with the three lords of the afterlife.

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azure secretsAZURE SECRETS (CRYSTAL MAGIC BOOK 5) by Patricia Rice

After a childhood of being tossed from foster homes for claiming she can detect liars by their scent, Fiona Malcolm McDonald does her best to conceal her secret these days. But when she sniffs a wrongdoer and drives him off with jalapeño cheesecake, she loses still another cooking job and is homeless again. She places her last hope on her mentor in Hillvale, a town as weird as she is.

Mayor Monty Kennedy has a secret too. He owns most of Hillvale but hasn’t the cash to repair the only empty cabin. Still, even in his desperation, he refuses to repeat his father’s sins by throwing people out of their jobs and houses just so he can have his own space.

Before either of them can find a solid roof for their heads, Fiona’s mentor dies—and it isn’t accidental. Determined to discover who wanted a good woman dead, Fiona camps out in Monty’s cabin, setting her on a collision course with the mayor—and a killer. With the secret help of the town’s spiritualists, Monty and Fiona must cooperate to solve a puzzle with only a dog, a ghost, and a seemingly useless key as clues to stop a murderous gang who stink of corruption.
If they survive, perhaps a hot chef and a cool mayor might learn to share a roof.

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vengeance rebecca zanettiVENGEANCE: A DARK PROTECTORS/REBELS NOVELLA by Rebecca Zanetti

Vengeance and revenge are the only forces driving vampire soldier Noah Siosal since losing his brother to an enemy he’s been unable to find. He’s searched every corner of the globe, going through adversaries and piling up bodies until finally getting a lead. The last place he wants to be is in a ridiculous anger management group with people expressing feelings instead of taking action. Until one fragile human, a green-eyed sweetheart being stalked by danger, catches his eye. One touch, and he realizes vengeance can’t be anywhere near her.

Anger and self-preservation are the only motivations Abby Miller needs or wants right now. Falsely accused of attacking the man who’s terrorized her for years, she’s forced as a plea bargain to attend an anger management counseling group with people with some serious rage issues, while learning true self defense on the side. Yet a man, one more primal than any she’s ever met, draws her in a way and into a world deadlier than she’s ever imagined. He offers her protection, but she finds the fight is really for his heart, and she’s ready to battle.

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devil and the dancerDEVIL AND THE DANCER: AN ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLA (ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLAS BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

Sometimes falling is the safest step to take.
Chloe Reardon has a problem, and his name is Gavin Wallace.

Okay, Gavin isn’t exactly a problem, unless you consider a highly attractive wind vampire with dubious intentions a problem. Especially if that vampire is your boss. With an affinity for kilts and excellent taste in music.

But none of that matters because Chloe Reardon has had enough of dangerous men. Danger is overrated. Danger is the opposite of sexy. So Gavin is the last man—or vampire—on earth she needs to let into her heart.
Except what if the most dangerous man you knew was also the one who made you feel the strongest?

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taming her mateTAMING HER MATE (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD BOOK 6) by Kathy Lyons

Detective Ryan Kennedy doesn’t have time for distractions. As the only bear shifter on the police force, he’s responsible for investigating the cause of the mysterious flu-like illness that’s ravaging the citizens of Detroit. But when the beautiful daughter of a rival clan’s alpha asks for his help, Ryan realizes that she may hold the key to stopping the virus. If only he can focus on the case and not on how much he wants to kiss the enemy.

Francesca Wolf knows who’s poisoning the city, and she has a plan to take him down, but it will only work if Ryan follows her lead. Frankie’s strong, passionate spirit makes her slow to ask for help, but time is running out and the sexy-as-sin cop won’t submit to her demands. Instead, he’s giving her orders and firing up her passions just when she needs to stay calm. They’ll have to work together-as equals-to save the city, to keep each other alive, and to contain a hunger that might just burn the whole city to the ground.

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werelion and the catTHE WERELION AND THE CAT (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 11) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Tall, blond and handsome has been tailing her for months. But born a warlock and trained by a demon, Beth Roark isn’t a woman to be put off her game by a pretty face, not even when he almost catches her on her last job, the last job, the one that will fund her retirement from a life of crime. One soul-stealing kiss and she’s gone, but he’s not that easy to get rid of. And neither are the bully-boy wolves who first hired her to steal for them and now want her head on a platter.

She’s mysterious, beautiful and a professional thief. Werelion Alex Sullivan is the best at what he does, tracking people who don’t want to be found, but even with his skills, bringing in infamous antiquities thief ‘The Cat’ is proving to be somewhat difficult. She’s as good at not being caught as he is at catching people. When he gets the drop on her, he realizes why. She’s a magic user. And his mate. Just one problem, the people who own the artefact she just stole want it back… and her dead.
He needs to find her before they do, or risk losing his mate before he can make her his.

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witchs kindTHE WITCH’S KIND by Louisa Morgan

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

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar — two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.
But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband — who is not quite the man she thought she married.
Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves — and the child they think of as their own — from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family…
rikkis awakeningRIKKI’S AWAKENING (RARE BOOK 7) by Dawn Sullivan
 

Barely escaping death after her last battle against the General, Rikki Diamond spent the past five months in a coma. Five months of pain, despair, darkness, and most of all… anger. Now that she’s finally returned to the land of the living, she has an uncontrollable rage building inside of her, urging her wolf to take over. Feeling abandoned by her mate when she needed him most, Rikki must fight to keep her emotions in check. A battle she is beginning to feel she will lose. Her mate… her team… no one is safe.

After the General’s men got to his mate, Jeremiah Black decided he was finished watching from the outside and took matters into his own hands. Having gone undercover while his mate lay in a hospital bed, he began working his way up in the ranks, getting deeper and deeper into the General’s organization. He has one goal in mind, and not even the changing circumstances will keep him from completing his mission; destroying the General’s entire organization, even if he has to pick them off one by one.

The tides are changing with the shift of power. Will Rikki and Jeremiah be able to make it out alive? Or will Jeremiah walk into a trap on his first solo mission, leaving Rikki to the anger raging inside of her?

unbound spiritsUNBOUND SPIRITS (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

With the troubling aftermath of Project Demon Hunters’ first investigation still heavy on his mind, Michael Covenant awaits Audrey Barrett’s arrival in Tucson to film the second episode.

Except she never shows up.

Michael’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when his psychic gift pinpoints the exact spot outside the airport terminal where her panic and terror have left an indelible impression. Someone has taken her against her will, and it’s anyone’s guess where she is now.

Audrey can’t believe her eyes. Her kidnapper is a demon wearing a dead man’s face — a demon furious that she and Michael closed the portal he’d been using as a direct connection to hell…a demon who’ll stop at nothing to take his revenge.

Like a homing beacon, Audrey’s very soul reaches out for the man who broke her trust but still holds her heart — Michael, who fears that even if he reaches her in time, their fight with this particular demon has only just begun.

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forbidden for two bearsFORBIDDEN FOR TWO BEARS (BEAR MOUNTAIN BOOK 22) by Kelex

Life seems to have it out for Zachary Duchamps. He’s gone from foster home to foster home, until he works his ass off to get into the University of Chicago—hopeful to change his circumstances. But when a side job brings him face-to-face with the paranormal, he’s abducted and sold to the highest bidder. Finally able to escape years later, fate brings him from one nightmare to another.

When the battered, exhausted human shows up at their door, bear shifters Chase and LJ rush to protect Zach from whatever demons are chasing him. They immediately scent the man is theirs, but after all he’s been through, they hold back the instinctual need roaring in their blood.

Zach’s finally safe in Bear Mountain—but there are two shifters outside the walls, demanding they are the human’s mates and that he be returned to them.
Can Chase and LJ—with the help of a whole community—keep Zach safe from harm and prove to him that not all shifters are monsters?
And can Zach let go of his past and embrace his future?

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deepest blueTHE DEEPEST BLUE: TALES OF RENTHIA by Sarah Beth Durst

VS Note: Not billed as a romance, although there seem to be some romantic elements…

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force.

To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her.

They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aid the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying place—an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.

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raining magicRAINING MAGIC: MESSING UP MAGIC BOOK 3 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO 43) by Winnie Winkle, Foreword by SE Smith

Their spirits are free… but their town is under siege.

Tashi, a dazzling firebird-moon elf, packs a lot of magical power in her punch. Her discovery that Magic, New Mexico is in trouble sends her winging to the town with a dire warning of doom. It also sets her on a collision course with a super hot warlock.

Zac takes one look and knows he has to have Tashi. He’s spent a lifetime turning away from his dark side; now he’s ready to capture this little free-spirited hedonist living her life in wild abandon. Feisty and fearless, she belongs to no one. Zac is determined to make Tashi his, regardless of the cost.

Tashi and Zac face three different enemies, each resolved to steal away or destroy the town’s magical residents. In a battle of wits, unusual spells, and bewitching ingenuity, Tashi and Zac’s future together depends on the resilience of love in a world out of kilter. They take their stand against allies once considered friends, a cruel alien race bent on their enslavement, and a vengeful Djinn with a god complex.

In a life flipped upside down, what could go right?

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dragon guard charlene hartnadyDRAGON GUARD (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Charlene Hartnady

When Mountain catches the human he’s been tracking, his excitement turns instantly to shock. She’s not who he thought she would be. Not even close. She’s not even one of the females taking part in the hunt. This female is something else entirely.

He needs to get her back to his lair for questioning. His people will be interested in all she has to say. At least, that would be the logical, responsible thing to do. Only, he’s not feeling particularly logical at the moment. Not when looking into her blue eyes, or taking in her curvy body. Nope! Screw being responsible! He’s going to try and win her. The only problem is, this particular female isn’t looking for a mate. His superiors won’t be happy with his choice either, but he’s going for it anyway.

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fairer hexTHE FAIRER HEX (A WITCH AMONG WARLOCKS BOOK 1) by Lidiya Foxglove

So apparently my mom was a witch. And not just a witch, but a witch who turned bad. My poor, sweet, normal dad wanted me to have a good college experience. Instead I get a magical offer I literally can’t refuse, from the world’s most elite school for warlocks.

WARLOCKS. As in GUY WITCHES.

Even though I definitely have lady parts, somehow I ended up at a warlock school to learn the gentlemanly arts (which are a lot more badass than, ahem, lady magic). Did I mention the witch world is stuck in the 19th century? Unmarried witches and warlocks barely see each other outside of society balls, which are still a thing.

No one knows how I ended up here. I’m thrown into a whole new world where I am outcast and friendless, except for:

—Firian, the enigmatic fox shifter who has been watching over me since I was born.
—Alec, my new roommate, a sexy-as-sin incubus enchanted not to lay a hand on me. For safety. Or cruel and unusual punishment.
—Montague, the black sheep of the school since he got turned into a vampire on spring break.
—Harris, an arrogant ass from the most elite of all magical families. Okay, he’s not my friend but he’s Montague’s. I’ll work on him.

My existence here breaks all the rules. Am I here for the right reasons? Or am I the pawn meant to destroy the very world I’m starting to love? When my magic proves stronger than anyone expects, and the school is attacked by a demon, I’ll need help from the four gorgeous magical men who are willing to break a few rules with me. They’re each forbidden to me in their own way, and the greatest danger of all might not be demons, but falling for them. All of them.

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star cruise songbirdVS Note: I had my scifi rock star romance on the mind. Entertainment Weekly put out a list of their top 23 ‘fake’ songs from movies and TV shows and I was wishing someone would write the songs for my futuristic rock diva LOL. STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD:

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 13

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

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REVIVING OLIVIA (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 7) by Becca Jameson

Olivia. Cryonically preserved for ten years without her knowledge.
Holds the mysterious key that could free everyone.
Living on the run with two very tempting men, while hoping more than anything that her past doesn’t compromise her future.

Spencer.Computer hacker who escaped the enemy.
A skill set that could save the entire DEEP team.
Lacking confidence could be his undoing, especially when it comes to the two people he cares about most.

Damon.Cryonicist who revived twenty-four souls.
Protector of the two lives in his care.
Hopeful that he can convince them to be his, and scared to death he might not be enough for them.

An unconventional relationship born under duress, in isolation.
Can their bond hold true when the dust settles?

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toxic gameTOXIC GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL BOOK 15) by Christine Feehan

VS Note: I loved this series initially, then drifted away from it – book #8 confused me and the series was getting too violent for me at the time; came back for VIPER GAME and SPIDER GAME….but I’m going to read this one and see how I feel. I still reread some of the older novels in the series on occasion. One clicked.

On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory….

Shylah Cosmos’s mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she’s exposed herself to the virus.

There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they’ve found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.

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valdjanVALDJAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Immortal Angel

Valdjan is facing the biggest challenge of his life. He’s been selected as the champion who must face the Elven tests, to gain the power of the Crystal Cave before it’s too late.

Ithyll has been waiting for a champion, and time has never been an issue until now. An enemy has found her Crystal Cave and she is no longer safe. So when Valdjan falls from the sky, she prays to the gods that he’s the one to pass the tests. That he will free her from her duty.

But the Elven tests are not for the faint of heart. And though they believe there is only one champion, they will have to discover the greatness inside them both to succeed.

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ensign probusENSIGN PROBUS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 8) by Wendie Nordgren

Just when Princess Teagan and her husbands had decided to have no more secrets, lies, or prevarications between them, the Galaxic Government has other ideas, and it leaves some of them on opposite sides.

After being brought to the cusp of interstellar war, the Parvac Empire participates in a deadly race to uncover the source of technology far too advanced to have been created within the known galaxies. The discovery would put a government or criminal faction at a major militaristic advantage, and there are those who will kill whoever gets in the way along with anyone who might serve as a witness.

Ordered to discover the source of the alien technology, Ensign Probus and her team put the skills which they’ve learned at the Inquisitors Academy to use. Their search takes them from the Laconian Sector and across Galaxic space. However, they aren’t alone in their mission. It seems as though a subtle consciousness draws them forward, but is it an alien consciousness or the work of the Mad Ones?

Teagan’s husbands decide to facilitate her sense of power and personal self-worth by teaching her what they know and treating their beloved Imperial Princess like as much of an equal as they can…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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demanded by the alienDEMANDED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 4) by Sabrina Kade

Nothing in Dolan’s life is going well. He knows to the depths of his alien hearts that Layla is his Chosen mate. But the sarcastic, opinionated human woman doesn’t seem to realize how lucky she is to have caught his attention. Worse, his older brother Azan is driving him insane, treating him like a child rather than the warrior he knows he can be—despite being desperate to hide his one debilitating weakness.

Layla’s only goal is making enough money to care for her brother—even though she’s sure the money she sends isn’t reaching him. Annoyingly, the arrogant, frivolous alien Dolan keeps trying to convince her she’s his mate. She doesn’t have time for his antics. He’s no different from all the other people who have let her down.

But when bad weather traps them together overnight, Layla realizes Dolan’s cocky attitude hides more vulnerability than she ever imagined. Perhaps Layla can’t save everyone. But maybe she can find her own happiness by simply saving herself—with a little help from Dolan.

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winter worldWINTER WORLD (THE LONG WINTER BOOK 1) by A G Riddle

VS Note: From February. Not a romance although there were romantic elements, but a release of note. I one clicked. I enjoyed the book, good solid scifi, looking forward to the sequel.

Each month, Earth grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. The new ice age shows no signs of ending.
Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes, fleeing the cold, flocking to regions where they can survive.
Nations prepare to go to war for the world’s last habitable zones.

NASA and other scientific organizations race to discover why the world is cooling. They send probes into the solar system to collect readings, and out there, in the dark expanse of space, they find something no one expected: a mysterious object, drifting toward the sun. Could it be responsible for the new ice age? And if so, can we stop it? Or is the artifact merely an observer? Or neither? Could it be a relic from a long-extinct civilization? One thing is certain: investigating the object is humanity’s best hope of survival.

As the ice age claims more lives and the world slides into anarchy, an international consortium launches a mission into space to study the object and make contact. But the first contact mission doesn’t go as planned. What the crew discovers out there is beyond anyone’s imagination.

Two members of the first contact mission may hold the keys to humanity’s salvation.

Dr. Emma Matthews is the commander aboard the International Space Station. For months, she has watched the world below freeze and civilization unravel. The headlines tell only half of the story. The messages from her sister tell the rest, of a world witnessing mass migrations, fighting for survival, struggling to provide a future for their children. When a catastrophe strikes the ISS, Emma faces her own fight for survival.

Dr. James Sinclair is one of the greatest scientists alive. A mind before his time…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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naxNAX (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Sadie Carter

Between work and caring for her sick mother, Crista didn’t have much time for a social life, let alone a man.
And certainly not for a man like him.
So what if he was sexy, gorgeous and had the lead role in all her late-night fantasies? He was also rude, weird and just way too much man for her.
She couldn’t even please her asshole boss, how would she ever please a man like Nax?

Nax didn’t like humans. He didn’t like talkative females or loud females, and he definitely did not like tearful females. He hated this planet they were forced to live on while they searched for their mates.
Yet against all odds he found himself intrigued by her.
Aroused by her. Wanting her.

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deep jaine diamondDEEP: AN EROTIC MILITARY ROMANCE (DEEP BOOK 1) by Jaine Diamond

VS Note: Set on a space station. 

Top cadet Lana Marsden lives by the rules. The most important rule of all: no messing around with an officer. She learned that one the hard way.

Now her only desire is to survive the grueling DEEP Training program and leave that scandalous past behind.

When she reports to Station Six amid wild rumors of erotic hazing rituals and sadomasochistic games, she’s not prepared for any of the rumors to be true—or for her insatiable attraction to Sergeant “Catch” Durant, her tattooed rebel of a trainer.

One touch from Catch, and Lana knows she’s in trouble. One night of white-hot ecstasy, and the rules melt away.

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deeper jaine diamondDEEPER (DEEP 2) by Jaine Diamond

For months, Sergeant “Catch” Durant has scraped out an existence without her. Cadet Lana Marsden. The girl of his kink-fueled dreams. Sweet. Submissive. And utterly in control.

The girl who used the safeword and walked away.

For months, Lana’s tried to carry on with her duty—her mission into the deep. She’s tried to let Catch go… and failed.

When a state of emergency forces their paths to collide, there’s only so long Lana can resist the man who brought her to her knees. Only so long Catch can hold himself back from all he really wants.

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rogue huntROGUE HUNT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 2) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I just wanted to save the cute little critter…
Cute, little alien critter, but still.
It needed my help getting out of that awful cage.
If surly, growly Aavat didn’t want to help, all he had to do was shrug those broad, bronze shoulders. Surely there’d be nothing one little human could do to encourage him, right?
How was I supposed to know how much trouble it would lead to?

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deliriumDELIRIUM (ATOM AND EVIL BOOK 1) by Myra Danvers

VS note: No blurb provided, just a quote from the book. Dystopian SFR apparently, from the reviews. 33 reviews on amazon, 4.8 average

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dragon unearthedDRAGON UNEARTHED (DRAKKONIAN WARS BOOK 1) by Ishabelle Torry

Dr. Jemma Flannigan – There’s nothing like a new dig to get my heart pumping. An endless desert of possibility awaits. Ancient bones. Pottery. Cave art…a dragon?He’s huge. Stark-naked. Covered in scales.And he says I’m his mate.I don’t know what’s more terrifying—the fact he’s an alien, or that his very presence muddles my senses, and his touch leaves me a quaking mess.

Kai – After crash landing on this foreign blue planet thousands of years ago, the last thing I expect is to be struck by the sweet scent of the Nocktam. It beckons to me, rousing me from hibernation, away from the safety of the cave I’ve called home for centuries. Her essence draws me like no other, and I can’t deny the primal need to claim her as mine. She’s beautiful. Vibrant. Spirited. And in grave danger…These humans have no idea their very existence hangs in the balance of an age-old galactic war. But I’ll protect my mate at all costs. Even if it means I have to sacrifice an entire planet.

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lieutenants mate c w grayTHE LIEUTENANT’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 4) by C W Gray

Sebastian Dolarnio has a past. His parents sold him into indentured servitude when he was seventeen which led him to enforced prostitution. Fortunately, with the help of some very good friends, him and his daughter are safe and have a home – a beautiful, accepting place with more family than he ever dreamed of having. Then there’s his mate. A handsome, wonderful man calls Sebastian “mate” and Sebastian knows he doesn’t deserve him. He has to find a way to be worthy of his new home and his new mate. A strange Crellic book provides him with the answer to his problems, but it comes with complications of its own.

Alois has been dreaming of finding his life-mate since he was a kid. He knows that Sebastian is a dream come true, but how can he convince his mate of that plus fight the baggage he carries from his own past? When Sebastian begins a strange, wonderful journey, Alois knows that he has to be the loving and supportive mate that Sebastian deserves.

The two men build a life together and learn to love one another, but the galaxy is in turmoil and Charybdis Station is in the middle of it all.

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metal dragonMETAL DRAGON (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 2) by Lauren Esker

Meri is a widow, consumed by grief for the husband she lost ten years ago. She never expected to be stranded on an alien planet full of vicious dinosaur-like wildlife … let alone with a tormented, silver-eyed dragon prince. He says he’s rescuing her. He’s definitely the only person who can protect her from this world’s monsters. But there’s no one to save her from her own treacherous heart, after she believed she would never love again …

As a slave to the Galatean Empire, dragon shifter Lyr lost everyone he ever loved, and walled up his heart in self-defense. Protecting Meri doesn’t have to mean falling in love with her. Even if she’s brave and beautiful, and everything that Lyr and his dragon could have wanted in a mate.
But it’s just the two of them. No one is going to know.

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otherworldlyOTHERWORLDLY: KASSIEN AND CALYPSO’S SONG by C F Rabbiosi and C A Rabbiosi

Two worlds: HERS the species of origin, and HIS from her darkest nightmares. Will she be the one to save his entire warrior race, or will their love tear the entire world apart?
Calypso:
“You destroyed our world… We are nothing now! Nothing but the old leather-bound classics that tell us who we WERE. So dominant, so advanced… You think you know love: Chemicals that explain your PERFECT science. Endorphins… none of it real: Animalistic.

Well I am HUMAN. And we are not just science. Just because you have broken down these precious elements, the ingredients of the potion… It doesn’t make the spell any less potent.”

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abundanceABUNDANCE by Emmalynn Spark

Alex is part of Earth’s last hope: a crew member on a ship sent out from a dying planet, wishing for a second chance. He wakes from his cryo pod to find destruction. Their mission has failed, he and his commander, Luke Belka, are the only ones to survive the journey.

Luke insists that help must be coming, that one of the other ships on the mission must also have reached this planet. Whether or not he’s right, they will need to survive on this lush alien planet. And maybe find happiness along the way.

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inheriting warINHERITING WAR (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Remi is the first human-Rrassic hybrid, and she leaves the creche to return to Imrahl with her nearest four siblings. All of them have been trained to fight, spy, and make themselves useful to the war effort.

Hiding her existence from the unmated humans hadn’t occurred to her, and she is soon without a proper place and in a holding pattern. A job as a bodyguard is a great distraction.

Kromir is the Mrek-Rrassic who has been sent to examine the exotic new human-Saya. His bodyguard is one of the new species and therefore out of his grasp until he finds out that she isn’t, and she isn’t.

She leads him to the creche, and he sees the army that is rising around them, her brothers and sisters, and as she calls them, her cousins. He needs to report back to the council, but he needs proof. Remi is an excellent specimen, so he takes her along… for science.

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time travelers guide to modern romanceTIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO MODERN ROMANCE by Madeline J Reynolds

Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

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winters wedWINTER’S WEB: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN NOVELLA by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: A re-release, previously in an anthology. I enjoyed this one and it was my introduction to her series. (I received an ARC when the anthology came out.) Plus, who can resist a RenFaire???

An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re the Spider . . .

I might be Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, but even I need a break from the bad guys every now and then. So when Owen Grayson, my significant other, suggests a trip to the Winter’s Web Renaissance Faire, it sounds like a perfect distraction from all my problems.

The faire starts off innocently enough, but something seems slightly off about the cheery atmosphere and costumed characters. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I can’t help but feel like I’m trapped in someone else’s icy web—and that they don’t want me to leave the faire alive.

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bloodleafBLOODLEAF (THE BLOODLEAF TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Crystal Smith

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

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vaudeville runawayVAUDEVILLE RUNAWAY: A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM CIRCUS SHIFTER ROMANCE by Emma Dean

Kitty is just a normal girl trying to find her way in the world when she runs into some trouble that brings her right to a traveling circus. Then three insanely hot guys take her in and give her a safe place, and soon she realizes the Circus of Night is far more than it appears.

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jakes djinnJAKE’S DJINN: CARDINAL WITCHES by Alyssa Day

VS NOTE: Short story.

When Jake, brilliant scholar and full-fledged member of the crazy Cardinal Witches family, meets the djinn of his dreams, at first he doesn’t even realize it. But after she punches him in the face, helps him survive the birth of his niece, and confides the deeply guarded secret of her true name, will Jake be the one to grant Donya’s wish?

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bitten by the earlBITTEN BY THE EARL (LORDS OF THE NIGHT BOOK 2) by Sandra Sookoo

He loves her but can’t convince her… Rafe Andrew Edward Astley, Twelfth Earl of Devon, toils beneath an ancient curse as a vampire. He has made peace with that side of him long ago, except if he cannot banish his beast, he’ll never win the one woman he can never forget, the woman he fell for years ago when he stole that which he hadn’t a right. Yet this Christmastide season holds promise.

She fears his beast but wants the man… Lady Elizabeth Sinclair, sister to the Duke of Manchester, is content with her life and her charity work, but she longs for something more. Older and wiser since the last time she fell in love, she puts herself on the Marriage Mart, where she tangles with the one man she fears, the man who took her blood and her innocence eleven years before, the man she still craves. But horror of what he is keeps her wary, despite romance in the offing.

A sweetly tempestuous love affair that captivates them… Rafe and Elizabeth conduct a clandestine courtship, despite the pitfalls facing them. Caught up in the thrill, understanding and compassion are the key to unlocking the fear she clings to as well as the depression he battles, but when the time to break the curse arrives, everything goes awry. Unexpected danger stalks them, and it doesn’t stem from a creature of the night. Only the ultimate sacrifice can see them through the darkness to grasp their own fairytale ending.

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shiny dancerSHINY DANCER: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by Desiree Lafawn

Three days a month is not enough time to find love for a normal person, and Kristofer hasn’t been normal for over eight hundred years. If he wants to find his one true love, the woman who can free him from the prison that is Sapphire Lake, then he’s going to have to get . . . creative.The only person that can see a mate mark is a mate. That small patch of scales that stays on the cursed ones at all times, even during their land time. All of them have it–Kristofer’s is just in a really inconvenient place. No matter. There is no room for pride or prudence when it comes to finding “the one.” Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if the mate mark is the only foolproof way to be sure, he’ll show it off.

He’ll show it all.

Charli didn’t want to come home to Aurora Falls. This town and everything in it reminds her of things she’d rather not think about. If it wasn’t for her sister’s wedding, Charli wouldn’t come back at all. But at the bachelorette party, something flashy catches her eye, and the girl who always wished she could blend into the background finds that she can’t look away. There’s something about Kristofer that commands her attention-and annoyance. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bite of frostA BITE OF FROST: PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY by Various

A collection of Paranormal themed short stories that take us to magical realms, on heroic quests and deep into the heart of winter.
This collection has a multitude of sub-genres. Ranging from Reverse harem, Urban Fantasy, Shifters and a bit of old gods.

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dude with a cool carDUDE WITH A COOL CAR (CONCRETE ANGELS mc BOOK 2) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets Siobhan has shared and I love her books in general. Have this one on my TBR.

Cooper DeVille, US Marshal – Being undercover has its perks. I get to do stuff the day-to-day me would never experience. Like infiltrating the Concrete Angels Motorcycle Club and meeting Karma, the gorgeous Enforcer of the MC. Being handcuffed to her bed is a dream, but that’s the problem with undercover work. Everything I’m doing here is only half true. The Concrete Angels—and Karma—are connected to Backlog, a shadow organization infiltrating law enforcement. The Fed undercover here before me was Backlog’s bitch, and now he’s dead. I have to determine which side of this fight the Concrete Angels are on… before Karma comes to bite me in ways I won’t enjoy.

Karma, Concrete Angels’ Enforcer – You bet your ass, I’m that karma, the one people pray never catches up to them. But my own karma has found me, seeing as the hunky P.I. who drove into the MC compound with his cool car is my Goddess-chosen true mate. But as my luck—and the Goddess’ sense of humor—would have it, Cooper’s an undercover US Marshal trying to ferret out our connection to a group called Backlog. Would’ve been nice to know before I took him to bed and discovered he’s the best damn submissive this Madam could want, because I don’t deal well with liars. And no one’s happy when Karma’s pissed. But Backlog has Cooper in its sights, and to survive… my mate might just have to die.

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dragon vanquishedDRAGON VANQUISHED (DRAGON GLADIATORS BOOK 4) by Zara Stark

Locked in an immortal prison with the scariest creatures of legend, I’ve got no choice but to team up with a few former enemies if I hope to make it out alive. With no cards and no dice, I’m as good as dead if I can’t convince them to team up with me. I have to because somewhere out there are my four dragons terrorizing the ancient world as mindless beasts because of the Concilium. If I can’t bring them back to the intelligent, thoughtful men I know they are then I’m going to have to kill them. One human against four fully-powered elemental dragons, I’m as good as dead myself. For the first time, I have to embrace the dangerous, seductive power of tarot cards if I have any chance of pulling through. Wish me luck.

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felyns curseFELYN’S CURSE (THE WITCH KING BOOK 2) by Nancy Holland

When Felyn was a young, defenseless witch, she was cursed to live as a shape shifter—a deadly panther. She might have been rescued and raised by a noble and powerful leader, but she lives in fear she will hurt those she loves in her animal form so each full moon she hides deep in the forest. But how can she refuse her adoptive father’s plea for an arranged marriage with a new ally? After all, it’s temporary and in name only…

Varz agrees to an arranged marriage reluctantly because he needs the military and diplomatic alliance. He has secrets and a growing power struggle back home. He’s relieved he need only marry the young witch for a year until he meets his bride. Felyn is beautiful and intelligent and not easy to ignore, but Varz is a man of his word. His vow to leave his bride untouched will be the hardest one he has had to keep.

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shifting alliancesSHIFTING ALLIANCES (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

VS Note: From February

Working at a dive bar on the outskirts of Plymouth Falls, Amber Ferlund can’t fall any further. But when the darkness inside her rears its head yet again, driving her out into the cold darkness of a northern winter, she realizes there’s always one more level of hell. Having abandoned herself, she waits for death to free her from looming insanity. What she doesn’t expect is that her savior will appear dressed in black, his sword stopping a hair from her throat. Nor that he will be so good looking.

Kasperi is on the hunt. He and his fellow bear shifters have been dispatched to investigate reports of magic being used in Plymouth Falls. Now, hot on the heels of the rogue mage, he readies his weapon and prepares to rid the world of yet another enemy, before they can kill more of his friends. But he stays his hand at the sight of the beautiful but beleaguered woman, alone in the forest, moments from freezing to death. She’s no threat to him, is she?

His fellow shifters disagree, but Kasperi knows they’re wrong. This woman needs aid, not the blade of his sword. Together, they must teach her how to control her gifts, to use them for good before they corrupt her completely. Nearby wait his former fellows, ready to take her head for the slightest mistake, and deeper in the shadows lurks a stronger enemy, one who recognizes Amber’s true potential. But, if anyone wants to get to Amber, they’ll have to go through Kasperi first, because he’ll protect his mate at all costs.

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bearly tamed grizzlyTHE BEARLY TAMED GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 3) by Jenika Snow

Oli -I didn’t know her, what she looked like, where she was, but I knew my mate was out there. And it was that truth that had me saving myself for her. Only her. If I couldn’t fully give myself over to my fated mate, what kind of worthy male was I?
But staying in town, hidden deep within the forest, wouldn’t bring my mate to me. I had to go and find her.
I had to make her mine.

India
 – As a former foster child, I never had real family, no roots. I’d always felt like something was missing, so I worked hard on helping others. My mobile medical van was where my passion lay. It’s how I made sure no one else felt helpless.

But when my van was broken into, and my safety compromised, it was a big bear shifting male who came to the rescue.

Oli said I was his. He claimed I was his mate. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hidden powersHIDDEN POWERS (SUPERORDINARY SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Tara Lain

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.

Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.

Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.

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red dragons babyTHE RED DRAGON’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Single mom Katie Miller has left everything behind. Unable to handle the idea of her six-month-old son being raised by her dangerous ex, she pulled up her life and escaped. Now she’s alone with her baby, road tripping into the unknown with a little money and a lot of determination.

Dragon shifter Ronan Reinhardt escaped his own violent past years ago. Now, he lives deep in the woods, on the outskirts of a quiet shifter community, keeping himself to himself. Until Katie stumbles—literally—onto his doorstep. Ronan finds himself captivated, and drawn to protect her and her baby son.

Both Katie and Ronan are used to lives of desperation and struggle. Now, they’re each experiencing a depth of love and comfort that they’ve never known. Can they learn to accept the love and safety a family brings? And when Katie’s past catches up with her, can the sleepy little town come together and help Ronan defend his mate and baby?

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her keeper bearHER KEEPER BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS) by Cynthia Wilde

When Cindy Lowell leaves her cushy job in New York City and returns to her childhood home, she thinks it’s to care for her elderly grandmother, but something deeper is calling her. Despite her attempts to stay focused on her “fresh start”, one charismatic stand-offish jerk named Chase Martin is making that near impossible. The attraction is burning and electric, but she can’t help the feeling he is hiding something from her…something big.

Chase cannot help his immediate animal attraction to “New-Girl-In-Town”, Cindy Lowell. Trouble is she’s a bit too curious about her new home. His job as leader of the bear clan is to protect the town and its citizens, at all costs. Their secrets are meant to stay just that: secret…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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heart audrey fayeHEART (GHOST MOUNTAIN WOLF SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Audrey Faye

VS Note: Author’s note says series should be read in order.

Lissa chose to stay, to stand with the tattered remnants of her pack as they try to make themselves whole again. She somehow didn’t expect it to try her patience quite so much.
Which means it might be time for a meek bookkeeper to take matters into her own hands.
Before her wolf does.

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prince of persuasionPRINCE OF PERSUASION (THE NOVI NOVARRO CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Emigh Cannaday

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years…except for one.

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throne. But underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into.

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game…or die.

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mated to the bear mia wolfeMATED TO THE BEAR (BEAR CAVES BOOK 1) by Mia Wolf

Jessica has hit rock bottom. With no home and no job, she has no idea what to do. So when a guy from a dating website offers her to come and stay at his place to think things over, she does something insane: she accepts.

But how on earth is she going to think things over while being shut up with a guy who has a rock solid chest, a lethal look, and a disheveled mess of brown hair? She’s ready to obey any of his orders.

Alpha Joshua is facing pressure from his bear clan: he needs to take a mate. But his tortured soul doesn’t want one. When his clan signs him up for a dating website that matches him with Jessica, his bear suddenly rages protectively and invites her to his home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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prince of deathPRINCE OF DEATH (LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK ) by Sam Burns and W M Fawkes

Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.

Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.

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fireweed and brimstoneFIREWEED AND BRIMSTONE (THE GRIM REALITY SERIES BOOK 3) by Boone Brux

It seems rather fitting that I’m a grim reaper who happens to be a widow. In fact, my husband’s death ignited a chain of events that shook my life and landed me as GRS’s newest grim reaper. He’s been dead for over a year, but I can’t shake the feeling that the circumstances surrounding his car accident aren’t what they appear.

My suspicions are confirmed when I find a receipt for a storage locker rented in his name. Of course, I have to investigate, but what will I find? Was he leading a double life, cheating on me? If only. What I find makes me wish another family in Ohio was all he’d been mixed up in.

As pieces of the puzzle surrounding my husband’s death fall into place, I discover a scheme so diabolical, it could change the face of death as we know it—and not in a good way. Using our mad reaper skills, my partner Nate and I skirt the edge of ethereal rules, call on some old friends to help, and learn there’s a lot more to being a grim reaper than we ever imagined—or wanted to know.

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wolf trapWOLF TRAP (WOLF MOONS BOOK 2) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Miami. Dr. Parker Madison, new to the cult of the werewolf, is compelled to help Chloe Tyler work through her own accidental brush with a pair of razor-sharp claws as the next full moon approaches, shape-shifts are imminent, and the Miami PD is hot on their trail.

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shadows on the borderSHADOWS ON THE BORDER (LOST IN TIME BOOK 2) by A L Lester

Newspaper reporter Lew Tyler and his lover, Detective Alec Carter, are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Meanwhile, time traveler Lew is trying to decide whether he wants to stay in the 1920s or find a way to get back to 2016, and Alec doesn’t know if he can bear the vulnerability of being in love with someone who uses such dangerous magic.

Fenn is a Hunter from the Outlands, come through the Border to search for the murderous Creature and its offspring at the behest of the Ternants, who maintain the balance between Fenn’s world and ours. Fenn strikes a bond with Sergeant Will Grant, Alec’s second in command, who is keen to learn more about his own magical abilities. As time goes on, Will grows keen to learn more about Fenn, as well.

Fenn has their own painful secret, and when they appear to have betrayed the team and goes missing in London, Will is devastated. He has to choose between following his heart or following his duty.

Moving through the contrasting rich and poor areas of post-First World War London from West End hotels to the London docklands, the men need to work together to capture the Creature … and choose who – and what — is important enough to hold on to and what they may need to give up to make that happen.

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drawn by dragonbloodDRAWN BY DRAGONBLOOD by Lynn Burke

Elijah Tolzman has accepted he may be the only dragonblood shifter left on earth. Alone for close to ten years, he holds no hope of finding even one, let alone the two fated mates needed to keep his kind from extinction.

When he catches the scent of his female deep in the White Mountains, he soars the skies, his heart and mind filled with hope as he goes to claim his destiny. However, he finds her in another man’s arms. His conscience might balk over tearing the lovers apart, but the dragon inside, the darkness he tries to suppress, demands he takes what belongs to him—regardless of the cost…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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if cats disappearedIF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland

VS Note: Not a romance but this sounded so different and so intriguing, I thought I’d list it.

The postman’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage to keep him company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can tackle his bucket list, the Devil appears to make him an offer: In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, our narrator will get one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week…

With each object that disappears the postman reflects on the life he’s lived, his joys and regrets, and the people he’s loved and lost.

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splintering realitySPLINTERING REALITY (BREAKING ORDER SERIES BOOK 2) by Catherine Kopf

When Ambert gets a hold of a notebook containing The Regime’s fatal flaw, all eyes lie on him as he searches for an answer to stop Dreamers and The Regime from war. If he wishes to keep his friends safe, he can’t let them discover his secrets — including his past with the elusive Commander. He’s not the only misfit in the crowd. Branded as an oracle, Calista has nowhere to hide. Her dreams predict the future, and they now might be the only key to saving Wes’ sister and protecting the growing rebellion. If she can learn to trust the rebel lurking inside her.One false move won’t just get them killed; it’ll fracture the growing resistance. Ambert and Calista must find the truth lurking in their creativity-centered world before The Commander splits apart their friendship — and with it, the rebellion itself.

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true queenTHE TRUE QUEEN (A SORCEROR TO THE CROWN NOVEL BOOK 2) by Zen Cho

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

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bane of winterBANE OF WINTER (HEART OF DARKNESS BOOK 2) by Debbie Cassidy

Tainted creatures hunt me and death haunts my every turn, but my Raven keeps me safe. Together we must navigate the Winter Lands and find the Winter King because only he can aid me in my quest. Only he can help me unite the Tuatha and cut off Oblivion’s power.If only quests were that simple.

Nothing is what it should be, and suddenly the only plan is survival. I will do whatever it takes to live, whatever it takes to protect those I care about. I will be whomever I need to be, even if it means losing myself. I will use the warrior inside me, and when the time comes, I will roar.

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leviathans riseLEVIATHAN’S RISE (KEEPERS ON NEW HAVEN BOOK 2) by Bokerah Brumley

Trapped in his human form for one hundred and sixty years, Lev has let the world pass him by. He can’t remember what happened to his family, but he mourns for them anyway. He waits in the underside of the church, baking bread and tempering the more volatile members of the Keepers.

Someday he will remember. Someday he will find what happened to his son. But he fears he can never answer the call of the sea, and will be a human until the end of his days.

Then a beautiful woman who reminds him of his long lost wife appears on the doorstep to the church, bearing a clue about his missing son. Lev’s boy might still be alive, and this woman Mara could help find him. All his inertia vanishes, and he feels like a young whale again. A whale in love, despite how little he knows about Mara or her past.

Mara’s fins are stolen, bound by malevolent magic. The sea calls for her, but she only has two legs like a human…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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VS Note: Quite a few new scifi romance goodies coming next week, including one of mine. My next Badari Warriors novel, KIERCE, will be out in a few days…in the meantime, there are six other standalone novels in this award winning series…

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Here are the buy links for AYDARR, book one of the series:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 6

February 27

February 20

February 13

February 6

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

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 6

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

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TRAILBLAZER (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener

VS Note: Always so exciting to have a new book from Michelle! I’ve just barely started this one but very much enjoying the story so far, love the heroine. I did receive an ARC.

He’s on a mission . . .
She’s running for her life . . .
And if they get off-planet alive, she’ll have to trust he won’t reveal her darkest secret.

Tally Riva is not what she seems, and even she’s not happy about it. Infected, invaded, she’s not quite sure how to describe it, but on a disastrous mission to a ghost ship, something burrowed its way into her body. Into her mind.

When her commander decides the best cure for what he thinks is Tally’s trauma is to send her on the famous Veltos Trail, Tally goes without revealing what’s really behind her mental anguish. Anything to be seen as normal again, anything to ignore what she’s afraid is happening to her.

But Veltos isn’t the safe place it seems. The chosen military personnel lucky enough to be offered the chance to walk the Trail are supposed to be the only people on Veltos. But Ben Guthrie, a captain in Arkhoran Special Forces, knows they’re not. He and his team have been on Veltos for a month already, tracking suspicious enemy activity, and he’s gone undercover on the Trail in search of a satellite his superiors are sure has been shot down.

When Ben’s worst fears become reality, and they find themselves hunted by a cunning enemy through the thick forests of Veltos, Tally and Ben fight together to survive. And Tally has to decide if accepting the changes inside her will save them both, or be her doom.

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export dutyEXPORT DUTY (THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 9) by Cassandra Chandler

Lily’s main priority is to steer her family’s import/export company toward altruistic pursuits. That is, until her Nana starts talking about doing yoga with a little lizard person from outer space. Lily’s new goal is to help her Nana see through her delusions. But then, the alien in question actually shows up in the green-scaled flesh, dragging along a doctor that Lily would love to have examine her.

As field medic for the Coalition soldiers stationed at the Earth base in Florida, Rin is pretty non-essential. His job is to smile and distract people while med-tech takes care of whatever issue they’re having. So why is a Vegan—the creators of that technology—coming to him for help?

Throw in some desperate Antareans wanting to start a trade agreement with Lily, and an attack by dozens of fanged, furred Earth-monsters called “cats”, and Rin’s going to need some of that med-tech for himself. Or maybe he’ll just let Lily tend to his wounds Earth-style.

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under fyre prequelUNDER FYRE PREQUEL (ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTERS) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: Cara is giving this prequel away free on Book Funnel (link below).

The alien dragon shifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

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escape from shar burkESCAPE FROM SHAR BURK (MORGAN SELWOOD BOOK 5) by Greta van der Rol

When Chet, Toreni, and Jirra rescue Marisa, mistress of Shar Burk’s brutal governor Soldar, from certain death they think they’re just helping a fellow woman to a new life. But what did Marisa do to earn a death sentence? Is it just a couple of dictators flexing their muscles? Or something much more dangerous? They set off to follow a tenuous trail where Marisa discovers there’s a whole new world off Shar Burk space station and men much nicer than Soldar.

But by taking in Marisa, the team has been noticed by Soldar. Helped by a traitor in Fleet Intelligence, he’s on their trail before they discover his plans. And he wants them all dead.

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rogue mateROGUE MATE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Before I even had the chance to move into my office as the new, if unwilling, commander of Persephone Station, the entire complex is destroyed in a freak accident.Or an attack.
No one knows, or is admitting anything.
Our rescuers are a group of pirates. Or smugglers. They’re not exactly answering questions, either.
More importantly, they’re giant, golden skinned aliens…
And their rogue of a captain seems very interested in the little human commander.
Me.

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sarazens furySARAZEN’S FURY (A SARAZEN SAGA NOBEL BOOK 5) by Isobel Wroth

With Tarek away on a hunting trip, and T’mai gone off to round up more of the uncovered conspirators, Brennaugh is the only one qualified to provide assistance when an entire squadron of his best men go missing on S4.
Four days. He should have only been gone for four days. He gave his word.

Tara awakens from a nightmare to discover her worst fears have come true. The rescue party has been ambushed, and Brennaugh has been captured by their enemy.
Tara knows Brennaugh is still alive—she can feel him—but all she can sense through their bond is white hot primal fear and anger.
Ignoring all protests about concerns for her safety, Tara joins the reinforcements on S4, determined to find her mate and bring him home.

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buccaneerBUCCANEER! (ROGUES OF THE LAWLESS GALAXY BOOK 2) by Genevieve St-Yves

It was supposed to be a routine mission. Smart-mouthed smuggler Jack Buccaneer plans to unload his contraband, pick up new cargo, and jet off to the next corner of the galaxy. But that gets shot to hell when he rescues Emora, the princess of the Space Vampires, from a ruthless pirate.

Hunted by both the authorities and fellow space outlaws for harboring one of humanity’s greatest enemies, Buck wants Emora off his ship. Fast. But she’s got other plans. Deprived of her throne, Emora must return to the Vympyrion Empire to discover the shocking truth behind the coup that threatens to upend her society. And she wants Buck to take her there.

After experiencing the electrifying pleasure of Emora’s bite, he can’t refuse her orders. Not when she holds him in psychic thrall. He’s determined to resist her charms and her demands. But when the vulnerable yet sensual seductress gets under his skin, he’ll do anything for her.

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unexpected annalise alexisUNEXPECTED (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 1) by Annalise Alexis

Jayla – You know that saying, “You get what you deserve”? Well, I told the universe I was bored, and the universe decided to give me the middle finger.

As a medic aboard an out-of-date space station in the middle of nowhere, my life is a string of lonely nights and predictable days. Until a race of beings that’s supposed to be extinct shows up on our virtual doorstep asking for asylum.

The station’s crew hates me for letting them in. The UCom general in charge wants to blackmail me into spying on them.

And the race’s leader? He’s only the most perfect creature I’ve ever seen.

Aren of Illusia – For half a century, I have kept my people safe. Out of the hands of those who want to destroy us. Until a surprise attack forces us to flee to a human space station…and an infuriating female I cannot ignore.

Through a web of violence, deceit, and betrayal, Jayla stays by my side. Fighting. Risking everything. And driving me mad.

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rules of redemptionRULES OF REDEMPTION (THE FIREBIRD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by T A White

Kira Forrest is a survivor. She’s risen above the pain of her beginnings to become a war hero only to leave it all behind in the pursuit of a simple life. Now a salvager, she makes a living sifting through the wreckage of dead alien ships from a war that nearly brought humanity to its knees.

After her ship takes damage, she’s forced to re-route to a space station where her past and present collide with dangerous consequences.

Kira’s existence holds the key to a faltering peace treaty with the Tuann—a technologically advanced alien race who dislikes and distrusts all humans. Winning her freedom should be easy, but a powerful and relentless Tuann warrior stands in her way. Deceiving him seems impossible, especially when he strays dangerously close to secrets she struggles to hide.

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resisting humanityRESISTING DESIRE (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

Niiva used to be a farmer’s daughter with every stereotype that went along with it. Her hormones raged out of control, and her body usually followed.

Now, she is on Imrahl, one of thousands of humans abducted to work with the Rrassic in their war efforts, and she has been kept away from the eligible warriors in a bid to keep her doing what she does best, farming.

One night after working late on a shipment, she finds herself facing a drunk human and a few of the leonine Regiz-Rrassic. They mistake her for a male and begin to get aggressive when another of their kind steps in to break it up. Argo takes notice of her, and it spells the end of her life as a harvester and a fast track into the Breeder compound.
Resistance is no longer a priority.

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companions dilemmaCOMPANION’S DILEMMA (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

Sarah has been a master of the service industry most of her life. When she wakes on Imrahl, she is assigned to a position in a teashop with extra privileges as a courier. Six months of steady events go by, and then, her best friend and boss has a moment of evolution and lashes out.

Sarah wakes in the med centre and the minor empathy that had aided her all her life is now full-blow telepathy, and her mind is in danger.

Lekorh the Saya-Rrassic is the telepath of the colony, and he takes her under his care and, eventually, into his bed. She should have seen him coming, but she is a telepath, not a psychic.

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horizon pointsHORIZON POINTS (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 3) by Harry F Rey

The problems of the Outer Verge are stacking up for Ales, now a commander of the Union fleet. From rebellious priests on Jansen to terrifying rips in space sucking matter out into the unknown, not to mention jealous lovers scattered across space, Ales is pulled in infinite directions. Disrupting the Galactic Balance isn’t so simple, and Admiral Turo is also a hard man to please.

While trying to secure a crucial trade deal on the heterosapien world of Nelu, Ales struggles to ignore the stark inequalities cutting through life in the galaxy. If he’s not fighting for a future free from the horrors that blighted his past, what’s the point of living?
With the Outer Verge bitterly divided and factions readying for war, the new horizons Ales dreamed of feel galaxies away.

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star wars queens shadowSTAR WARS: QUEEN’S SHADOW (STAR WARS DISNEY) by E K Johnston

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note.

When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

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seduced by the alien princeSEDUCED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Kym Dillon

Dr. Nikki Maddox, professor of astrophysics, is used to being ridiculed about her assertion that extraterrestrial life exists.
She’s heard the not-so-subtle snickers
And the not-so-quiet whispers
Not to mention the pranks…
No wonder she’s skeptical when a stranger confesses he’s an alien hunted by the US government.
Mmm Hmm… Right…  Okie Dokie.
Prince Ha’aden O’Rion is not just royalty. He’s the crown prince of an entire galaxy.
How did a galactic crown prince end up on an obscure planet running for his life?
His damned council—and those vapid, boring beauty queens they want him to breed with.
He’s come to Earth on a mission—to find himself a smart, sassy female who charges his libido and challenges his intellect then claim her as his bride.
The moment he meets Nikki—mission accomplished.
Now, to seduce his reluctant bride.

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frost isabelle adlerFROST by Isabelle Adler

The end of the world as they knew it had come and gone, and the remnants of mankind struggle to survive in a barren landscape. Twenty-three-year-old Finn sets out on a desperate mission to scavenge for the much-needed medicine to help his sister. He knows better than to trust anyone, but when a total stranger saves him from a vicious gang, the unexpected act of kindness rekindles Finn’s lost faith in humanity.

The tentative friendship with his rescuer, Spencer, gradually turns into something more, and for the first time in years, Finn lets himself yearn for joy and hope in the dead of nuclear winter—right until Spencer goes missing.

They say love is the greatest power of all, but it seems it would take nothing short of a miracle to overcome the dangers that threaten to destroy Finn’s only chance for happiness and the lives of his loved ones.

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samurais loverTHE SAMURAI’S LOVER (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 4) by Alix Nichols

Samurai Iyatt Martenn is a devout man with a history of violence.

His painful past has shaped his present. Iyatt leads an ascetic life of a martial arts teacher and fights his demons as best he can.

Haysi, a belly dancer, is a shameless hedonist if Iyatt ever saw one.

When she isn’t swaying her hips for strangers, she can be found in her shop, inking tattoos on harlots. Worse, she even enjoys their company.

Under normal circumstances, Iyatt would’ve never spoken to a woman like her. But Haysi has a gift—she can talk to spirits. For Iyatt, she channels his deceased fiancée, who asks for their help in a delicate matter.

Forced to work together, Iyatt and Haysi soon find themselves drawn to each other…
resisting their attraction…
yielding to it.
But that doesn’t change what Iyatt thinks of Haysi’s job or her views. He knows he can fight his sinful passion by denying his body.
The question is, can he deny his heart?

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