New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy Paranormal Romance for Wednesday APRIL 1

charmed by the alien pirateNo April Fool’s jokes here, just lots of new books and my very BEST wishes for your continued health and safety. Sending good thoughts to you and your loved ones!

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

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CHARMED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (MATES OF THE KILGARI BOOK 3) by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm

Out in the fringes of known space, there’s one hope. He’s got golden skin, horns, and eyes that say he wants only me. I’m a greaser girl from Novaria. I know my way around an engine room. And I never got close to anyone. Much less a serious relationship. As for Swipt? The handsome alien pirate that rescued me says I’m his mate. Fated. Destined to be together. Kind of a big commitment. But he’s… different. Swipt is strong. He  hallenges me. Excites me. Pisses me off. But maybe I need that kind of fire. Maybe it’s what I’ve been missing. Whoever kidnapped me isn’t giving up. But with Swipt, I’m going to turn the tables. We’re going to go after them. Find out the answers to this mystery. Or we’ll die trying. At least we’ll do it together.

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zivas princeZIVA’S PRINCE (RED PLANET JUNGLE BOOK 2) by Miranda Martin

I was a Princess of the Stars. I had everything, or so it seemed. On the Generation Ship I was a socialite. My life was lived in the public eye. It was great, on the outside. Everyone wanted me or wanted to be me. Then we crashed. Here we humans have a dragon-alien protector. The way he looks at my former ship-mate Riley is the one thing I never had. A man who saw me. Not the glitz, the glamorous world, the money. Me. Now I’ve been kidnapped by a member of the evil Order. The group that want human females to breed. But… the way he looks at me. Could it be my kidnapper actually sees me? Or will he take me to the Order where I’ll face a fate worse than death?

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given to the alienGIVEN TO THE ALIEN (MATES OF THE BREHKI EXILED) by Sabrina Kade

By putting a collar on me, he’s put a target on his back. Abducted from Earth by alien sex slavers, I’m told what to do, who to be with, and how long I’ll be used. Until one day without warning, a blue horned alien saves me, saying I’m his mate. Torryn vows to kill anyone who tries to take me away, but I was never meant to be his in the first place. Luck may have brought me to him, but when my real owner returns my luck may have run out.

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playedPLAYED (STAR BREED BOOK 8) by Elin Wyn

When it comes to his mate, there are no rules. Get the target and go. For by-the-book Aedan that’s how its always been. How it’ll always be. But then he finds her. Clever, adaptable Myria. Her scent drives him, tempts him to forget the mission. And there’s no rule book for this. One hundred years of strife between feuding warlords has dragged the Fringe planet Kerrind back to feudal times. Which would be someone else’s problem, if one of those warlords hadn’t managed to kidnap the new Emperor’s favorite great-aunt. And since no one wants to disrupt the fragile peace, she’ll need to be retrieved stealthily. Get in, retrieve the old lady without starting a war, and go. No where in those parameters is there room for a snarky guide. Certainly not for having to pretend to be her lover. No room for  the way her voice ties him into knots. How her touch sets him on fire. When its time to stop pretending, can he let her go?

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aliens escape ella mavenTHE ALIEN’S ESCAPE (DRIXONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Ella Maven

Valerie: I thought waking up on a space ship was traumatic. That’s got nothing on returning to consciousness while shackled in a cell. The kicker? I’m supposed to be a breeder for the alien in the cell next to me. My mother always told me I had birthing hips, but I don’t think she meant they were for pushing out blue extra-terrestrials. I want to hate my cell-mate, but he’s a prisoner too, and so far he’s taken a few beatings to protect me…
Sax: The food sucks but the view has gotten a hell of a lot better since the human female showed up. I know exactly what our captors want—for us to mate so they can take our baby. Over my dead body. I willing to suffer their abuse if they leave the pretty female alone, but when they hurt her, all bets are off. Now I’m not only finding a way to escape with her, I’m also taking out every last captor before I leave. And then? I’ll fill her with as many babies as she wants.

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between burning worldsBETWEEN BURNING WORLDS (SYSTEM DIVINE BOOK 2) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

VS Note: Not romance but an SFF release of note.

Laterre is on the brink of war. The Third Estate are rioting against the injustices of a corrupt system. The Patriarche, reeling from the murder of his only heir, makes brutal attempts to quash the unrest, while a new militant faction launches a series of deadly attacks. And three outlaws find themselves pulled into the fray…
Marcellus is now a traitor to his planet, willing to do anything to stop his grandfather from seizing control of Laterre, even if it means joining the Vangarde, a rebel group back from the dead.
Chatine is a prisoner on Bastille. Desperate to survive the harsh conditions of the moon, she becomes embroiled in the Vangarde’s dangerous attempt to free their infamous leader.
Alouette is a fugitive who has been lied to her entire life. Searching for the truth about her mysterious past, she soon finds herself hunted by the Regime for reasons she’s only beginning to understand.
But when Laterre is threatened by the emergence of a deadly new weapon, these three renegades must risk everything, traveling to the far reaches of the System Divine and into the white hot center of a planet ready to ignite.

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galactic flameGALACTIC FLAME (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 3) by Mel Teshco

Eden isn’t meant to be the alien prince’s life mate; it’s her sister who’s been promised to him. But when Genesis comes to Earth and mistakenly believes Eden is his mate, she knows it’s the perfect opportunity to play the role her sister never wanted. If only guilt didn’t twist her insides and blind her to the life she’s always wanted.
Genesis doesn’t believe in fairytales…until the moment he lays eyes on his intended. He instantly knows he’ll never let her go, even if he has to spend the rest of his life convincing her they’re perfect together. Then he learns the truth about her deception.

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cosmic honorCOSMIC HONOR: IN THE STARS ROMANCE (THE LIAN WAR BOOK 1) by Jade Waltz

When Jaiya takes her twin’s brother’s place on a diplomatic mission to end a war that’s been raging since her childhood, she discovers how it all really began. If she cannot convince her people and the enemy to put aside their differences and choose peace instead of war, she risks returning as a traitor to her race instead of as a hero. Disguised as a young male diplomat, Jaiya meets Prince Idris. Determined to save his people at any cost, something about Jaiya calls to him—and he does not know why. When he discovers the truth, will he be able to get past her betrayal to work toward peace? Or will it only add fuel to the fires of war?
A reimagining of the classic Mulan tale in the distant future, where both love and war challenge even the strongest of hearts.

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over sharedOVER SHARED (NULL EQUATION BOOK 3) by Allyson Lindt

VS Note: A re-release

A hacker whose mind can’t be read is the hottest commodity on the market… and as good as dead.Max and Taylor face their greatest danger—exposure. Someone knows who they are, and is threatening to expose their secret. If they can’t stop their unknown assailant and hide their tracks, staying alive may be the least of their concerns. Staying sane may be impossible.

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fallingFALLING: BOOK 3 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Only the chosen shall breed. Nova, Kian, Dex, and Wren. Four divided hearts. Four teens no longer sure what they’re fighting for. Their society was meant to mold human evolution. Their future, and that of Earth, was to be decided by the kindest and smartest. Askala was supposed to be a beacon of hope in a flooded, desecrated world.  Except the line between the Bound and Unbound is blurring. The Outlands is no longer some distant, faceless world. And the Remnants have a leader who knows more about them than any Remnant before. In a world devastated by global warming, the fight for survival has always been deadly. Now, the battle for Askala is about to define the very future of humanity. But…does the greatest threat lie within?

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providencePROVIDENCE by Max Barry

VS Note: Not romance. Scifi. Sounded interesting, on my To Be Read list.

The video changed everything. Before that, we could believe that we were safe. Special. Chosen. We thought the universe was a twinkling ocean of opportunity, waiting to be explored. Afterward, we knew better.

Seven years after first contact, Providence Five launches. It is an enormous and deadly warship, built to protect humanity from its greatest ever threat. On board is a crew of just four–tasked with monitoring the ship and reporting the war’s progress to a mesmerized global audience by way of social media. But while pursuing the enemy across space, Gilly, Talia, Anders, and Jackson confront the unthinkable: their communications are cut, their ship decreasingly trustworthy and effective. To survive, they must win a fight that is suddenly and terrifyingly real.

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last warriorTHE LAST WARRIOR (THE LOST COLONY SERIES BOOK 1) by Susan Grant

VS Note: A re-release.

As a decorated warrior, General Tal knows only one kind of honor—to his people. But when his king turns on him, he discovers that his sacrifices, his successes, may not have been for the good of the country at all. His only safe haven is with the rebels who despise him—at the hearthside of their standoffish, flame-haired leader.

Elsabeth serves the royal family, though her loyalties are with the staunchly pacifist Kurel who practice the forbidden arts of science and medicine. To avert a massacre, she’s forced to shelter General Tal, an illiterate barbarian, inside the ghetto—inside her home.
Then an age-old enemy returns, intent on destroying their world. The fierce warrior and the sensitive scholar must unite to save their planet, their people, and their love.

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gladiators captiveGLADIATOR’S CAPTIVE: A ROUGH SCIFI ROMANCE by Mary Auclair

First he took me captive. Then he took me as his mate. Since I saw him fight in the arena, I have dreamed of him at night. Dreams I blush just to think about. But never did I imagine him carrying me off as his prisoner…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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draekon pirateDRAEKON PIRATE (REBEL FORCE BOOK 3)  by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

I thought human women were fragile and helpless. Then I met Diana. A pirate. Who knifed me the first time we met. Who makes it clear that she doesn’t need to be rescued.  My mate. When we’re not fighting each other, we flirt. I call her spitfire. She promises to burn me. Diana’s warm. Passionate. Daring. I would happily lose myself in her fire. But she’s involved herself in a dangerous undertaking. She’s feeding covert intelligence to the Rebellion. And she’s drawn the attention of my mass-murdering psychopath brother. To protect her, I need to pretend that Diana doesn’t matter to me. I need to walk away. But I’m Draekon. And Diana is my mate. Leaving is never an option.

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pet projectTHE PET PROJECT: UNNATURAL SE;ECTION by Amanda Milo

The aliens who have been raising us humans for hundreds of generations love to focus on developing and accentuating all the traits that Homo sapiens can express. And the man I’ve been locked in a cage with is an example of selective tampering at its most extreme. He’s what we humans refer to as an ‘Ornamental.’ Keeper wants to pair us because he wants to replicate the looks of this male. There’s just one problem.
This man is angry and mean. And he’s dead set against passing on his genes. But being denied isn’t going to make Keeper very happy.

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rescued by her alien protectorRESCUED BY HER ALIEN PROTECTOR (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 11) by Mina Carter

Prepared to put her life on the line, she didn’t expect to lose her heart. Vice President Madison Cole is used to having a target on her back. Being captured by aliens? An acceptable risk to get what she needs. What she didn’t count on was falling for the ‘enemy’, a handsome alien warrior with a hero’s heart. Before they can have their happily ever after though, she must return home one last time…He’s been loyal to the empire all his life. Will he betray everything he knows to save the woman he loves?
Danaar K’Vass is on the brink of gaining everything he’s ever wanted. A position as War Commander in the Latharian Empire and a mate, the beautiful human female, Madison Cole.
But enemies conspiring in the shadows mean Madison is taken from him, and thrown in a brutal human prison, he faces an impossible choice…. Break his vows to the empire and risk an intergalactic war… or lose his mate forever.

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alien warriors bountyALIEN WARRIOR’S BOUNTY (GALACTIC HUNTER’S GUILD BOOK 1) by Lizzy Bequin

Abducted by a cold-blooded bounty hunter…Literally cold blooded. Rogar is seven feet of muscle and power wrapped in smooth, reptilian scales. His client is an alien crime boss who wants me as his bride. As far as Rogar is concerned, I’m nothing but a paycheck. But when we find ourselves marooned on an mysterious planet, my alien captor becomes my protector. Our days are filled with danger as we struggle to survive in this savage world.
Our nights, on the other hand…I should hate him. So why do I find him so irresistible?
How can his cool scales heat my blood this way? Why does my love-starved skin scream for his alien touch? And what’s he hiding beneath that helmet that he refuses to take off?

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stealing shilohSTEALING SHILOH (THE FORSAKEN BOOK 2) by  K A Knight and Loxley Savage

I am one of the Forsaken. Growing up in the Harvest House I always knew what my destiny would be – a life dedicated to an alien Klan purley for mating purposes. Never did I imagine that I would actually like the Klan who won me never mind start to care for them…and crave them. My new life on Oxious was better than I had ever hoped for, until I was taken. My captors are cruel and malicious. They despise my Klan mates for a past I know nothing about. Guided by their blind rage, they take their hatred out on me. Will I ever see my mates again or will I forever remain a captive in this unforgiving prison? My name is Shiloh, and I have been stolen.

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fire in his chaosFIRE IN HIS CHAOS (FIREBLOOD DRAGON BLOOK 8) by Ruby Dixon

In dangerous Fort Dallas, Rachel is untouchable. All she has to do is hand over her panties every day. Sure, it’s weird, but it keeps her safe, right? And if there’s a reason behind it, she doesn’t care. Until she finds out that she’s dragon bait. That changes things. To stay in the fort’s sheltering walls, Rachel needs to ‘befriend’ a dragon and establish a mental connection with him. Drakoni male Jurik may be protective of her, and caring…but he’s still a dragon, and just as lost to the madness as any of them. He can’t be trusted. No dragon can. Rachel wears the scars from the last time she tangled with one, so seducing one seems absurd. Or…is it? Because Jurik doesn’t see her scars…all he sees is her. Is he her worst nightmare? Or everything she needed?

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dax kelseyDAX: THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 4 by Kelsey Nicole Price

When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.  POE – Cyborg is a dirty word. The world wants to forget them. Not me. I have been dying to meet one since I learned of their existence. Okay, I have been dying to meet a certain one. Dax. The Science Model. The most brilliant cyborg ever created. So what’s a girl to do? Sneak into the cyborg rebellion headquarters that’s what.
So that’s what I did. And in my defense I didn’t plan on stealing Dax. But now that I have him how can I ever let him go?
Dax – I am the original cyborg. The only Science Model in existence. My processors are brilliant. A true work of art. Still not one female wants me. Time after time I get passed over. Then a female sneaks into the woods and with one look I know Poe is mine. In that moment I have to make a choice. The cyborg rebellion or her. And I choose her. Now all I have to do is get her to choose me in return. How hard can it be?

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exoticaEXOTICA by Stephanie Burke

The aliens cannot be trusted. I was on vacation when they took me. They bathed me, dressed me, and made me a thing. They took everything away from me and then changed my name. Exotica.  They trained me to be desired. They trained me to be perfection. They trained me to earn my name. I learned well. Soon, I will run this harem.

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onyx dragons alexandriteONYX DRAGONS: ALEXANDRITE  (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 BILLIONAIRE WEREDRAGONS) by Starla Night 

Billionaire dragon shifter, Alex, is too enchanting to be true. His eyes are as deep as the ocean. His heart as cold as ice. Alex found me when my life was in shambles. Jobless. Homeless. An absent family. He never promised me anything when he took me away
Not until now. Alex is on a deadly mission. A mission that will save the planet. Ruthless aristocrat dragons are about to invade Earth. They will destroy everything that gets in their way. Unless… Alex destroys them first. Exposes them. But he wants to ensure my safety. To keep me on a safe spaceship. Alex only knows me as the smart-talking barista.
A fragile woman with a loving heart. What he doesn’t see is the fire within me. The kind of fire that would melt his ice-cold heart. It’s time I show him what I’m made of. What he can do with me by his side. Together, we can save the world and create our own new beginning. A beginning that feels just as enchanting as he does.

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warriors of phaeton paine and roweWARRIORS OF PHAETON: PAINE AND ROWE by Leora Gonzales

Signing up for the Phaeton Bridal Pact has been the worst decision of Indigo’s life. Never ending nightmares of what her selfishness almost cost her, replay in her mind on an endless loop. She’s certain the only thing that will set her free is going home, to Earth.
Skrammon berserkers, Paine and Rowe had no idea what they were missing. Indulging in pleasure… but never getting attached. Their lives had one purpose. Serve the Phaeton race without question. Until they wanted a wife to call their own. When they finally are gifted with one, nothing can keep them away. Not even the fact that she’s under the protection of a neighboring alien race. Minor detail. Paine and Rowe are nothing like Indigo expected, but everything she needs. She thought returning to Earth was her only choice, but she was wrong.  Indigo had two options… and she wanted them. Both.

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draekon mateDRAEKON MATE: EXILED TO THE PRISON PLANET (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 1) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino

Crashed spaceship. Prison planet. Snarling, lethal predators. Two big, hulking, bronzed aliens who turn into dragons. The best part? The dragons insist I’m their mate. The Zorahn wanted women for some kind of super-secret science experiment, and I volunteered. Dumb move, right? But they promised we’d be safe, and they offered a lot of money. Money I needed desperately. Of course, everything went wrong. Our spaceship has crashed on a prison planet, one where the Zorahn exile their most dangerous criminals. My friends are injured. I’m all alone on a jungle planet where everything is designed to kill me. Then I run into the Draekons. When they see me, they change into dragons and burn the predators threatening me to a crisp. They feed me and care for me, and they keep me safe. But there’s a catch. The Draekons insist that I’m their mate. And the only way they can shift into dragons again to save my friends? Both of them need to mate with me. At the same time. This isn’t the space vacation I thought it would be.

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freak loki renardFREAK: A DARK ROMANCE by Loki Renard

I need a hero. Will it be him? My name is Electra. I was designed for two things: to please men, and to kill them. Now they say I’ve gone too far. I have to be caged and kept like an animal. Only Doctor Ares thinks I can be saved. He’s a natural alpha with no fear, and within minutes of meeting me, he’s starting to bring down the walls I’ve put up around myself… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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badger to the boneBADGER TO THE BONE (HONEY BADGER CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Shelly Laurenston

She’s the woman he’s been hired to kidnap. But ZeZé Vargas has other ideas . . . like getting them both out of this nightmare alive. Just one problem. She’s crazy. Certifiably. Because while he’s plotting their escape, the petite Asian beauty is plotting something much more deadly . . .Max “Kill It Again” MacKilligan has no idea what one of her own is doing with all these criminal humans until she realizes that Zé has no idea who or what he is. Or exactly how much power he truly has.

But Max is more than happy to bring this handsome jaguar shifter into her world and show him everything he’s been missing out on. A move that might be the dumbest thing she’s ever done once she realizes how far her enemies will go to wipe her out. Too bad for them Zé is willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive . . . and honey badgers are just so damn hard to kill!

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tangled truthsTANGLED TRUTHS (DEATH BEFORE DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker

My new mission involves both. Weird things are happening in Northern Idaho, and my boss is sending me to investigate. Unfortunately, my daughter and ex-husband are vacationing in the town that’s at the center of the trouble. Coincidence? Or is someone targeting them to get at me? I’m a wanted woman right now. Not only by the criminal werewolves, orcs, and trolls that I’m often hired to kill. But by the Dragon Justice Court.
An organization full of arrogant, powerful dragons is exactly as horrible as it sounds. They’re the last beings you’d want after your family. If I can’t get to the bottom of the mystery and convince the dragons I’m not their enemy, I stand to lose far more than my own life.

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gannonGANNON: MCCRAY BRUIN BEAR SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Melody Austin was afraid of nearly everything, but like it or not, she was a survivor. When she was seventeen, she had survived a harrowing attack that left her mentally and physically scarred. Now, ten years later, her brother, Daniel, repeatedly asked her to talk about the disturbing events, to tell him what happened so that he could understand, but she remained silent.  She knew he meant well, but telling him a bear was behind the attack at the school would get her locked up in a mental institution. No one would believe that story, and she couldn’t blame them.

Daniel had taken a job working for the McCrays. He made Mel promise that she’d join him in just a few days, but instead, Daniel received a call that his house was on fire, and Mel had been burned in the process. Daniel took Gannon with him to check on his sister.Daniel had told Gannon that Mel was a bit skittish before they arrived on the scene. But the moment Gannon caught her scent; he knew she was his mate. He meant to reassure her by telling her that she was his mate and that everything would be all right, but the instant she heard that he was a bear shifter, she went wild, running back into the fire to get away from him. When Gannon discovered that a bear was the cause of all her fears, he didn’t know how he could get past this. He couldn’t change what he was…. Was this doomed from the start?

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huntressHUNTRESS: A RAGORU BEGINNINGS ROMANCE by S J Sanders

Heidi was raised to be a huntress ever since the Order took her off the streets and trained her in the deadly arts. Foremost among her peers, she was chosen by the Master to be his assassin. She never imagined that she would fall until the day she went against his will and saved his stepdaughter by helping her to escape from his formidable mansion. It made her a target and she became the hunted. They nearly killed her.
Nearly wasn’t good enough.
Seven years of healing, training and hunting the Master, victory is finally in her grasp. She would kill the Master and satisfy her vengeance. When her plans are foiled by a triad of Ragoru after the same prey, she finds herself thrust into a strange alliance of huntress and predator as they seek the male that has wronged them both.
The Ragoru are after him for their own reasons, to satisfy an oath made, it is the only reason that they agree to an alliance with the huntress when seven revolutions of plotting and stalking is foiled. With the Master on the run, they need someone who is intimately familiar with him and can help them in their quest to destroy him.
When their joined path brings them across the continent to Dunvar Citadel they have to confront the terrible truths about the city celebrating its annual spring Fool’s Ball. It is far worse than any of them fear and they have no one to depend on but each other and the bond growing between them.

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reckoning elemental paladins 7RECKONING (THE ELEMENTAL PALADINS BOOK 7) by Montana Ash

A reckoning is coming – but not the one Axel was counting on. Society is still in shambles and although Axel was prepared to help stitch it back together, he was not prepared to do it alongside the woman who tore his heart out fifteen years ago. Celeste had been his entire world, that is, until she told him it had all been a lie; she’d never loved him. Although he wants answers, he wants to retain his hard-won peace more, and Axel firmly refuses to work with Celeste. Too bad a certain Goddess doesn’t agree, and before long, Axel realises he doesn’t know the true meaning of the word reckoning.

Celeste had once loved the handsome, irreverent fire paladin with all her heart. But leaving Axel had been necessary; a matter of life and death. After being faced with the true, dark nature of their society, Celeste had no time for tears and she was forced to put on her big girl panties and take care of business. Yes, she has lied and kept secrets, but she is now also capable and strong – things she will prove during the Warden Trials. If only Axel will allow her to show him too …Will Axel and Celeste get their second chance at happiness? Or will old betrayals and new secrets divide them forever?

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master wolfMASTER WOLF (CAPITAL WOLVES BOOK 2) by Joanna Chambers

Edinburgh, 1820. Thirty years after leaving Scotland, Drew Nicol is forced to return when the skeleton of a monster is found. The skeleton is evidence of werewolves—evidence that Marguerite de Carcassonne, the leader of Drew’s pack, is determined to suppress.
Marguerite insists that Drew accompany her to Edinburgh. There they will try to acquire the skeleton while searching for wolf-hunters—wolf hunters who may be holding one of their pack prisoner. But Drew has reason to be wary about returning to Edinburgh—Lindsay Somerville now lives there.
Lindsay who taught Drew about desire and obsession. Lindsay who Drew has never been able to forgive for turning him. Lindsay who vowed to stay away from Drew twelve years ago… and who has since taken drastic steps to sever the bond between them.  Marguerite’s plan will throw Drew and Lindsay together again—and into a deadly confrontation with Lindsay’s enemy, Duncan MacCormaic. They will be tested to their limits and forced to confront both their past mistakes and their true feelings.
But it may be too late for them to repair the damage of the past. The consequences of Lindsay’s choices are catching up with him, and he’s just about out of time.

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fashionably fooled 13FASHIONABLY FOOLED BOOK 13 THE HOT DAMN SERIES by Robyn Peterman

The love of my dastardly immortal life is eating everything that isn’t nailed down and tried to behead me over a chocolate croissant. While I take chocolate croissants very seriously, I do believe decapitation is somewhat harsh. My daughters, the Seven Deadly Sins, are driving me to drink. Getting them mated off and the hell out of Hell is at the top on my agenda. The one thing that is keeping me sane—sane being a relative word—is my upcoming special day. After living a millennium and never knowing the date I came to be, I have sussed out the information from my certifiably insane, pole-dancing mother. She’s swears on her empty head that my birthday is April 1st. Soon, April 1st will mean something. I’m no fool. I plan to make my birthday far more famous than my do-gooder nephew’s. That day in December will be forgotten when I get done making my womb eviction day the most important in the history of the Universe.
I shall simply go about business as usual. Punishments must be doled out and chaos must be encouraged. A vacation would be lovely, but there is no rest for the weary… or the evil. Luckily I know how to have an outstanding time doing outrageously bad things. Thank Hades, I’m a handsome bastard. Oh, and Happy Birthday to me.

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night of the dragonNIGHT OF THE DRAGON (SHADOW OD THE FOX BOOK 3) by Julie Kagawa

To save everyone she loves from imminent death, kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko gave up the final piece of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. Now she and her ragtag band of companions must make one desperate final effort to stop the Master of Demons from using the scroll to call the Great Kami Dragon and make the wish that will plunge the empire into chaos.

Shadow clan assassin Kage Tatsumi has regained control of his body and agreed to a true deal with the devil—the demon inside him, Hakaimono. They will share his body and work with Yumeko to stop a madman, and to separate Hakaimono from Tatsumi and the cursed sword that trapped the demon for nearly a millennium.
But even with their combined skills and powers, this unlikely team of heroes knows the forces of evil may be impossible to overcome. And there is another player in the battle for the scroll, a player who has been watching, waiting for the right moment to pull strings that no one even realized existed…until now.

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lost heirLOST HEIR: SAVED BY THE PIRATES STANDALONE by G Bailey

Everleigh of Calais thought her heart belonged to the throne she was given, but the gods have other ideas. After the war of Calais, the last thing her people wanted was for their queen to be killed and sent to the deep sea of souls. But in the sea, Everly might find her home in the shape of a handsome, sarcastic, slightly insane god with stunning eyes, and a kind soul. In the year she has been missing, a new queen has risen in the sea and wants the crown that is not hers and back on land, her best friend is struggling to hold the seven islands together. The sea wants her heart, The Mermaid King believes her heart is his, And her protector will fight the very waves of the sea to bring Everly back. Two crowns. Two worlds. But only one queen.

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shadowborn academy year twoSHADOWBORN ACADEMY YEAR TWO (DARK FAE ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

In the Enchanted Forest, some secrets are better left in the past. Year two at Shadowborn Academy is looking like it will be the deadliest yet. With both the dark and light court claiming their princess, Corvina has to find a way to deal with royal fae, academy life, the tryouts, a very complicated love life, and new wings that she can’t control. Shadowborn Academy has never had a fae princess before…and by the end of the year they might wish they never did. Will Corvina and her friends find a way to survive?

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bring to bearBRING TO BEAR (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 24) by Milly Taiden

Winter Delgado loves planning a good party. She’s excited about her newest client, Gerri Wilder, but not so much for the hot alpha bear that’s most definitely her mate. The party will push her career to new heights. If only she could focus on her job and not on tall, dark, and sexy Finn. This whole mate business is making her rethink not wanting to get involved.

Finn Blackburn is on the outs with his clan. He owns his own security company in the city and life has been pretty quiet until now. After one fateful afternoon, he’s found his long-lost twin brother, his parents, and more importantly, his mate. He’s not getting a chance to catch his breath or check out Winter’s curves before everyone is depending on him to save his clan, but no pressure.

Finn’s oppressed clan is only the beginning of his problems. The clan elders are set on pushing his family out of the way and having their own corrupt people in charge. Between fighting for his clan, putting his family together, and making sure Winter is safe, it’s a hell of a time to fall in love. As the drama unfolds, Finn and Winter team up to face evil head on and risk one, or both of them, being killed.

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seduced in salemSEDUCED IN SALEM (CASTERS AND CLAWS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Witch Cerise Bishop doesn’t have time – or patience – for love. But when she’s saved by a hot alpha wolf, things change. When Axel barges into her home to warn her that she’s on a group witch hunters kill list, she doesn’t believe him. Forget how sexy he looks or how much she’d like to see him naked, she doesn’t need a savior.
Alpha wolf Axel Barrick wanted to crawl home to bed after a series of night shifts, not take a witch to a safehouse. But his sense of justice rules him and he goes to fetch Cerise. He’s intent on saving her by bringing her to the pack lands. Too bad she’s the most hardheaded, beautiful and frustrating woman he’s ever met who happens to be his mate.
On Axel’s beautiful pack lands, Cerise has to face her past and learn to communicate with Axel. That doesn’t mean fall into bed after every argument. Sex is easy. Love, now that’s another story. But when Cerise is taken, all bets are off. Will Cerise’s determination to save herself actually get her killed?

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bound by tormentBOUND BY TORMENT (THE ALLIANCE SERIES BOOK 5) by Brenda K Davies

It was supposed to be a routine mission; get in, fix the cameras that went down at the abandoned tunnels, and go home. Unfortunately, nothing is ever simple and now she finds herself fleeing the Savages hunting her. When Declan learns Lucien and four other members of the Alliance are missing, he’s determined to bring them home…even if it means relinquishing the control he’s spent centuries learning to maintain. After finally locating Willow, he realizes finding her was the easy part. Getting out alive is the real challenge, especially once they learn the Savages have discovered a new, deadly  weapon.   With their feelings for each other growing, Declan must come to terms with a past that has haunted him for centuries.

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dementorDEMENTOR (ROLLING THUNDER MC BIRMINGHAM BOOK 1) by Candace Blevins

Dementor’s a grizzly bear shifter. In human form, he’s a huge mountain of a man who works as a bouncer for the MC’s strip club. The decimated Birmingham RTMC is struggling after most of their members died during the battle between good and evil, but the small group of brothers who survived form a tight group.
Ember is a swan shifter who was owned by the Owl King for years — a princess given in tribute, but she grew to love him despite the fact it wasn’t a healthy relationship. When he was killed in the battle, she found herself alone and adrift.
Worlds collide when a grizzly bear and a swan from opposite worlds find common ground. This is about more than princess and biker, it’s about a monogamous creature in a relationship with one who isn’t, it’s about a protective personality versus a woman who hasn’t been free to be herself for years. Is she even capable of having a normal relationship? Because now, anything short of total freedom feels a bit like having her wings clipped all over again. But she’s going to transition to a dragon soon, and clipping a swan’s wings is one thing, while clipping a dragon’s wings is an entirely different matter.

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dragon of sedonaTHE DRAGON OF SEDONA (THE TREASURE OF PARAGON BOOK 4) by Genvieve Jack

Exiled dragon prince Alexander never recovered from the murder of his mate Maiara, an indigenous healer he met over three centuries ago. Every waking breath is a painful reminder of what he lost, his grief compounded by the constant presence of her immortal red-tailed hawk, bound to him since her death. When three of his siblings arrive with news that he may be in grave danger, he secretly welcomes the possibility of a violent end to his torment. But as the four reminisce about how they came to know Maiara in the New World, they begin to see her life and death from a new perspective.

For the first time, the source of Maiara’s power is revealed and inspires a new but precarious hope. There may be a way for Alexander to be with her again, but his second chance for a happily ever after is risky at best, and at worst, could cost him the only thing he has left.

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poet kingTHE POET KING: THE HARP AND RING SEQUENCE BOOK 3 by Ilana C Myer

After a surprising upheaval, the nation of Tamryllin has a new ruler: Elissan Diar, who proclaims himself the first Poet King. Not all in court is happy with this regime change, as Rianna secretly schemes against him while she investigates a mysterious weapon he hides in the bowels of the palace. Meanwhile, a civil war rages in a distant land, and former Court Poet Lin Amaristoth gathers allies old and new to return to Tamryllin in time to stop the coronation. For the Poet King’s ascension is connected with a darker, more sinister prophecy which threatens to unleash a battle out of legend unless Lin and her friends can stop it.

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unbroken in timeUNBROKEN IN TIME (THE AFTER CILMERI SERIES BOOK 18) by Sarah Woodbury

In 1282, David and his sister Anna crashed through time to save the life of their father, the last Prince of Wales. Thirteen years later, David is a grown man—husband, father, and High King of Britain. He is also the Duke of Aquitaine, a fact which King Philip of France appears to resent. So when Philip summons David to Paris to bend the knee for the right to remain Aquitaine’s duke, David is the first to suspect treachery. And when he learns Philip is taking advice from Guillaume de Nogaret, mastermind behind the annihilation of the Templars, the expulsion of the Jewish community from France, and the assassination of the pope, he’s sure of it. With not only Aquitaine on the line but all of Europe as well, David must call upon eight hundred years of history only he knows to ensure Avalon’s past doesn’t become Earth Two’s future.

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tainted talesTAINTED TALES ANTHOLOGY by Various

Some stories paint us sweet, told to children as they fall asleep.Mother Earth she weaves the world with a whirl of her magic, and her kind embrace shapes us all. Father Time keeps us all, ever constant, ever moving onwards, for time never stands still. Icy hands and a frozen touch, Jack Frost ushers in the cold snap, coating the earth with sparkly delights. If Jack brings cold, May Queen brings warmth, her delicate touch bringing forth the spring. Follow the rainbow and maybe you’ll find, a Leprechaun with his lucky pot of gold. The tooth fairy dances through the night, collecting teeth, and leaving shiny coins behind. The watchful eyes of Man in the Moon keeps all of the secrets of the night, shining down on us with his silvery light. The Sandman is here to soothe you to sleep, bringing all to slumber with a pinch of magic dust. Shhh, sleep now. Beware the Boogeyman lurking out of sight, waiting under your bed, to catch naughty children in the night. Be good little children, for Santa is watching, and he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice.
Tales of lore, fair music to our ears. Can you hear it? Did you know? Not every tale is sweet. The truth is darker, our stories more twisted, unlike the rhymes that children hear. All proceeds will be donated to Save the Children – This is a mixed M/F and M/M anthology that contains trigger warnings for its dark content. It is intended for a mature audience of 18+.

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her sea matesHER SEA MATES (SHIFTERS OF THE ELEMENTS BOOK 4) by Lark Sterling and Meg Ripley

The seas, with their beauty and dangers, were more home to me than the land could ever provide. I swam the channels each and every day, looking for the treasures that the ocean had stolen from the land born creatures. The sun and salt was my life, a beautiful place for me to pursue my future away from the pressures of the Shifter Castle. But, without warning, my mother, Queen Omera was called to the next life, and I was left with my birthright.
High Alpha, Leader of all Life, Protector of the Realms.
My sisters were waiting for me, having finished their search for their mates, and the culmination of their powers. While I had done almost everything with them growing up, this voyage was for me and me alone. I was faced with the reality that I would have to depart my sleepy little Caribbean Marine life with the humans, and go in search of my foretold future.
I thought perhaps it would be simple. Find the treasure, find the map. The map would lead me to where I needed to be. But there were dark forces beyond my understanding at play, and they didn’t want me anywhere near my fated mates, or my sisters for that matter. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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primal sinPRIMAL SIN by Ariana Nash

Severn knows love. He knows how it feels to fight for love, and have it torn from his reach. He knows that when the killing fields are strewn with the dead, and love is all gone, only one thing keeps his demon heart beating: Vengeance. His life is now a web of lies. His act, a perfect one. His enemy—the guardian angel Mikhail—sits beside him, turns to him for guidance, and even loves him. The time has come to make all the angels fall, beginning with the most powerful of them all. Severn thought he knew love. But he’s about to discover that love takes no prisoners, and as demons and angels clash over London’s battle-weary streets, love will claim the souls of two destined enemies.

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touch of magicA TOUCH OF MAGIC: TRUE MATES GENERATIONS BOOK 8 by Alicia Montgomery

Two years ago, an accident changed Sabrina’s Strohen’s life. Though she can’t remember much about what happened, ever since then, the face of a man has haunted her dreams and her paintings. But when that same man suddenly shows up in her apartment and tells her that she’s in danger and must come with him, she doesn’t know what to think. But, her heart and her instinct tell her he could be the key to remembering what happened that fateful day.

Time has run out for warlock and wolf shifter hybrid Cross Jonasson. He’d had two years to find a way to save his clan and his True Mate. But when the secret he’s been keeping is revealed, he realizes he may not even be able to save any of them from certain death. Now on the run, he comes back to keep Sabrina safe when his enemies threaten her. When her memories of him start returning, he knows that it may be impossible to keep the awful truth from her–that she is the reason the world will end, which is why he can never claim her as his True Mate. With the mages determined to take Sabrina and the power she’s been hiding, Cross must make a choice: will he forever keep the terrible secret from her or can he trust fate to save the world and each other.

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cost for survivingTHE COST FOR SURVIVING (ROYAL FACTIONS BOOK 2) by W J May

The wait is over, the dust has settled, and the captives have finally been claimed. Elise thought the deadly game was finished, but the more time she spends in the palace, the more she begins to fear the real game has only just begun. In the aftermath of the ceremony, each of the friends try to adjust to their new life. But some are having more trouble than others. Will’s perpetual defiance lands him in trouble with the queen herself, while Elise is playing a dangerous balancing act, trying to understand the affections of the prince. The man can be sweet, but also psychotic. At times, he seems to truly care—but with a snap of his fingers, she’d be sentenced to death.

Danger is brewing. In the royal court, nothing is as it seems. They are told repeatedly to content themselves with the life for which they’ve been chosen. But how can you live with monsters without becoming a monster yourself? Is it really a life, or just going through the motions? The more time they spend in the palace, the longer the days drag on, the more a single word keeps rising in each of their minds…escape.

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misfitsMISFITS (PSYCHIC RETRIEVAL AGENCY BOOK 3) by TL Reeve and Michelle Ryan

Meet the Misfits: A group of highly trained agents working for the Psychic Retrieval Agency, better known as, PRA. Their job; track down a group of child traffickers. But, there’s a catch. The Paranormal Bounty Hunters aren’t just trafficking children and shifters due to their unique abilities, they’re also selling them to the black market.
Fallon, and her Misfits, must infiltrate the black market and destroy it from the inside, however, before they can implement their plan, one member of their team is kidnapped.
Can this team of misfits put aside their petty difference to save their team member and take down the syndicate organization of PBH or will the US Government dismantle the Psychic Retrieval Agency first?

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girl with the iron wingTHE GIRL WITH THE IRON WING (BROKEN VEIL BOOK 1) by Marie Andreas

Death is stalking the fey. Thousands of years ago, the fey races crossed the Veil into the human world to save themselves. Hundreds of years ago, the fey saved humanity from being wiped out by the Black Death. Now something is coming after the fey—from Earth and from beyond the Veil. As a detective with the LAPD, Aisling Danaan has seen it all, and as an elf from a powerful, guarded clan, she sees more than most. But no one has ever seen a fairy explode from iron poisoning.

The winged fey who died was one of various fey races that outnumber humans in a world where the Black Death nearly wiped out humanity. Over time, the species mingled, and magic and technology developed equal standing. But the strange and violent murder threatens to unbalance the peace that the fey High Council brought through the Veil.

Called out by name by the killer, Aisling must unravel a tangle of secrets reaching deeper and wider than any case she’s ever worked. And one of the most vexing mysteries is super spook Reece Larkin. With badges from too many questionable agencies, the sexy, troublesome spy seems to know more than he’s willing to share—and what he won’t tell could kill them. They’ll have to work together to hunt down the source of the poisoning before the entire fey population on Earth is destroyed by the Iron Death.

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blindly indictedBLINDLY INDICTED: PARANORMAL PRISON by Katie May

I lived my life as a prisoner. I’ve always been told stories about the real world, but I haven’t seen it for myself. All I have ever known is pain. And darkness. They tell me I have been blind since birth. When I make my escape, I think freedom is finally within my grasp…Until I’m captured by the paranormal police for a murder I didn’t commit. Apparently, I have powers—powers I have always suspected myself of having. Normal people can’t see through other people’s eyes, right? Thrust into Nightmare Penitentiary, I meet a group of hard, alpha, psychotic inmates who believe I’m the answer to all their prayers. Me? I’m just trying to survive and figure out what it means to live. My new home isn’t just a prison, but a labyrinth with horrors around every corner. But what if the cost of my life is my freedom? Am I willing to trade one cage for another? Welcome to Nightmare Penitentiary where you come in handcuffs and leave in a body bag.

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lure of the devilTHE LURE OF THE DEVIL (THE DEMONS’ MUSE BOOK 4) by Auryn Hadley

Angels keep screwing everything up. For millennia, the battle between Heaven and Hell has raged unchecked. The souls of humans unknowingly fuel it. That means it’s up to us, the worst definition of evil, to save Earth. The problem is that I still can’t quite understand why that makes us bad. Are we sinners? Oh yeah. In the best ways possible. Are we cruel? Only to the ones who deserve it. Satan leads us, Lucifer drives the deals, and Beelzebub destroys anything he can get his hands on. Samyaza holds us together, and then there’s Ronwe. My sweet, gentle demon may be the most devious of us all.
And they are mine. It’s taken me a while to figure it out, but I finally understand my role in this. With God on my shoulder, the Devil’s voice whispering in the back of my mind, and a legion of demons in my bed – plus these damned angels enslaving humans for their very souls – it’s time to stop worrying about who makes the definitions. Let’s show them evil.Let them tremble in fear.Because the Devil can be the hero too.

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xclanX CLAN: THE EXPERIMENT (X-CLAN SERIES BOOK 2) by Lexi C Foss

Daciana – I’m an offering. A test. A pawn in an agreement I know little about. Fly to Andorra Sector. Allow them to experiment. Mate an X-Clan Wolf Alpha. Hope for the best. Those are my orders. My fate. My current existence. There’s nowhere to run, and the moon is a clock I can’t ignore. One of these Alphas will claim me, assuming our genetics are a match. And if not, well, that’s a fate worse than death. Tick tock. Make a choice. Your future depends on it.
Elias – The pretty little blonde wolf has seen too much pain for her young years. It makes me want to fix her. To adore her. To show her there can be good in this world. But our future is wrapped up in an experiment. Either she’s compatible or she’s not. The moon will determine our fate, or perhaps my inner wolf will decide it for us. Because with each passing moment, it becomes harder not to claim the female who I know in my heart is very much mine.
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thornTHORN (DAUNTLESS PATH BOOK 1) by Intisar Khanani

VS Note: A revised re-release…

Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future. Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess—and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.  But as Alyrra uncovers dangerous secrets about her new world, including a threat to the prince himself, she knows she can’t remain silent forever. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, Alyrra is caught between two worlds, and ultimately must decide who she is and what she stands for.

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wisteria wovenWISTERIA WOVEN (WISTERIA WITCHES MYSTERIES BOOK 11) by Angela Pepper

Zara Riddle was looking forward to her first Halloween as a witch. Then the little girl ghost showed up. Zara puts costume shopping on hold, rolls up her sleeves, and does her usual witcher-i-doo. But nothing works as planned. Mistakes are made. Dinner parties are ruined. (More than usual.) Could this stubborn spirit be connected to a family member’s past? Perhaps the Big Tragic Secret nobody talks about? Zara won’t rest until she gets to the truth, even if means pushing the whole coven to the breaking point. And break they do. In Wisteria, when things start falling apart, there’s no telling what powerful forces will be unleashed. Especially on All Hallow’s Eve.

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hallelujahHALLELUJAH by Kim Fielding and F E Feeley Jr

VS Note: Horror isn’t my thing but I do enjoy Kim’s other books…so it’s maybe on my TBR list?

Can you hear it? Whispering in the dark. Secrets only the dark knows. Joseph Moore, choir director for the First Baptist Church of Lenora, Nebraska, has secrets of his own. Terrible, lonely secrets. One that involves natural human desire. One that calls forth powers he cannot begin to understand. Both with the potential to destroy him and those he loves. Now the world is changing. The darkness, the shadows, the ghosts, are closing in—and Joseph and his lover, Kevin, are being stalked by a merciless demon, hell-bent on possession. Can you hear it now? There in the dark. It’s whispering your name.

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last unforgiven freedTHE LAST UNFORGIVEN- FREED (DEMONS BOOK 5) by Marina Simcoe

“Your pain is mine now, just as mine is yours.” Pain of betrayal by the only man I’ve ever loved derails my life. As a professional marriage counsellor, I have the knowledge of the tools and techniques to help me cope, yet I find myself unable to use any of them effectively, plunging into a wide range of self-destructing behaviours, instead.
A lifelong enemy of my family, the dangerously irresistible Raim, promises to be the most devastatingly destructive of them all. Yet he appears to be the only one capable of saving me from my pain and from myself. Neither of us knows that there is so much more that connects us all, more than even the former Grand Master of the Incubi Council who lived for a millennium could be aware of. Now, everyone with demons’ blood in them will need to get together, before the apocalypse, masterminded by a man with nothing to lose, will end the Incubi’s millennium-long existence in our world.

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dragons and magesDRAGONS AND MAGES by Various

Dragons are temperamental creatures. Some hunt humans with vengeance, others help humans as willing partners. What will these dragons do? With more than 2000 pages of captivating fiction, you’ll be enchanted by mages, soar to new heights on the backs of dragons, and fear whether each new beast is friend or foe.

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sense and scent abilitySENSE AND SCENT ABILITY: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL  (A NORA BLACK MIDLIFE PSYCHIC MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Renee George

My name is Nora Black, and I’m fifty-one-years young. At least that’s what I tell myself, when I’m not having hot flashes, my knees don’t hurt, and I can find my reading glasses.
I’m also the proud owner of a salon called Scents & Scentsability in the small resort town of Garden Cove, where I make a cozy living selling handmade bath and beauty products. All in all, my life is pretty good. Except for one little glitch… Since my recent hysterectomy, where I died on the operating table, I’ve been experiencing what some might call paranormal activity. No, I don’t see dead people, but quite suddenly I’m triggered by scents that, in their wake, leave behind these vividly intense memories. Sometimes they’re unfocused and hazy, but there’s no doubt, they are very, very real.
Know what else? They’re not my memories. It seems I’ve lost a uterus and gained a psychic gift.
When my best friend’s abusive boyfriend ends up dead after a fire, and she becomes the prime suspect, I end up a babysitter to her two teenagers while she’s locked up in the clink. Add to that the handsome detective determined to stand in my way, my super sniffer’s newly acquired abilities and a rash of memories connected to the real criminal, and I find myself in a race to catch a killer before my best friend is tried for murder.

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dark overlordDARK OVERLORD NEW HORIZON (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 38) by I T Lucas

Jacki has two talents that set her apart from the rest of the human race. She has unpredictable glimpses of other people’s futures, and she is immune to mind manipulation. Unfortunately, both talents are pretty useless for finding a job other than the one she had in the government’s paranormal division. It seemed like a sweet deal, until she found out that the director planned on producing super babies by compelling the recruits into pairing up. When an opportunity to escape the program presented itself, she took it, only to find out that humans are not at the top of the food chain. Immortals are real, and at the very top of the hierarchy is Kalugal, the most powerful, arrogant, and sexiest male she has ever met. With one look, he sets her blood on fire, but Jacki is not a fool. A man like him will never think of her as anything more than a tasty snack, while she will never settle for anything less than his heart.

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motherducking magic 2MOTHERDUCKING MAGIC (BAD MAGIC BOUNTY HUNTER BOOK 2) by Michelle Fox

I’m the worst. Seriously. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you, “Sylvie Orion is the world’s worst witch.” But being a supernatural bounty hunter requires more smarts than magic. So put that on your wand and suck it, beyotches.
When my latest client—a kleptomaniac werewolf—disappears, I’m on the hunt to drag him to justice. It should be a simple track ‘em and cuff ‘em operation, something I’ve done a hundred times before.
Instead, I somehow acquire an unwanted vampire sidekick, wake up in a ditch, and piss off half of shifter nation. It’s not fun, but it’s all survivable right up until I’m accused of being in cahoots with my skip trace to steal witchdom’s most wanted magical relic. Everyone thinks I have it. And the bad guys are on me like a bad cameltoe hex. If they get this relic? Hell will look like paradise. Forget the werewolf, I’ve got to find that relic and clear my name, or die trying.

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dark light 6 dark birthDARKLIGHT 6: DARK BIRTH by Bella Forrest

VS Note: No blurb available at the time this post was prepared.

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dark princeDARK PRINCE (BLUEBLOOD VAMPIRES BOOK 1) by Michelle Hercules

There are only two ways a human can cross the gates of Bloodstone Institute: as a familiar to one of the Blueblood vampires who attend the elite school or as a snack.
I’m neither, but I have to get in at all costs. My brother made a big mistake, and now I have to fix it by stealing from the most powerful and cruel vampire to ever come to Bloodstone, Lucca Della Morte. If that wasn’t almost suicidal, I need to get it done before the spell concealing my human nature wears off.

But I forget that I’m only pretending to be a vampire. I’m still human and susceptible to Lucca’s dangerous allure. His darkness calls to my soul. His savagery makes my blood sing. I’m falling for the dark prince, craving him in a visceral way that’s frightening and exciting at the same time. If he discovers my secret, he’ll destroy me. And yet, I can’t help wanting to get closer. I never thought I had a death wish until I met him.

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sisters grimmTHE SISTERS GRIMM: A NOVEL by Menna van Praag

Once upon a time, a demon who desired earthly domination fathered an army of dark daughters to help him corrupt humanity . . .

As children, Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea dreamed of a strange otherworld: a nightscape of mists and fog, perpetually falling leaves and hungry ivy, lit by an unwavering moon. Here, in this shadowland of Everwhere, the four girls, half-sisters connected by blood and magic, began to nurture their elemental powers together. But at thirteen, the sisters were ripped from Everwhere and separated. Now, five years later, they search for one another and yearn to rediscover their unique and supernatural strengths. Goldie (earth) manipulates plants and gives life. Liyana (water) controls rivers and rain. Scarlet (fire) has electricity at her fingertips. Bea (air) can fly.

To realize their full potential, the blood sisters must return to the land of their childhood dreams. But Everwhere can only be accessed through certain gates at 3:33 A.M. on the night of a new moon. As Goldie, Liyana, Scarlet, and Bea are beset with the challenges of their earthly lives, they must prepare for a battle that lies ahead. On their eighteenth birthday, they will be subjected to a gladiatorial fight with their father’s soldiers. If they survive, they will face their father who will let them live only if they turn dark. Which would be fair, if only the sisters knew what was coming. So, they have thirty-three days to discover who they truly are and what they can truly do, before they must fight to save themselves and those they love.

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blooming desireBLOOMING DESIRE by Various

Spring brings gentle rains, green leaves and April flowers. Above all seasons, it is the one that celebrates the renewal of life in its continual cycle.
They Come from Beyond Anthologies invite you to join the spring festivities this year. Watch love bloom in unexpected places with seven seasonal tales that celebrate life. Fall in love with aliens and monsters in this unique volume bringing you works from Octavia Kore, Charity Wells, Danni Morrison, Diana Rose Wilson, Lula Monk, Julie Vance and S.J. Sanders.

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in five yearsIN FIVE YEARS: A NOVEL by Rebecca Serle

VS Note: I found the concept fascinating and one clicked.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers.
She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.

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rising magicRISING MAGIC (SUPERORIDNARY SOCIETY BOOK 2) by Tara Lain

Even as a baby mage, Dash Mercury dreamed of going to Arcantaria, the barely whispered about school for superwizards. When he’s invited at eighteen, making him the youngest student in Arcantaria history, Dash is less excited because he has to leave behind the only good friends he’s ever had—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, Fatima, and most of all, the guy he loves, werewolf mage Jazz Vanessen. At Arcantaria, the other students treat Dash like dirt until he manages to join the exclusive Olympus Club… a group with an agenda. A scary one.

No one—not even the students—knows where Arcantaria is located, so Jazz is desperate when he picks up danger vibes from Dash. He and his friends set out to find the school and break in. When they realize what the club is training Dash to do—and the dire consequences if he succeeds—they know the human race is in danger, and they’ll have to step up and save it. But first they have to save themselves.

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pack or the pantherTHE PACK OR THE PANTHER (TALES OF THE HARKER PACK BOOK 1) by Tara Lain

Cole Harker, son of an alpha werewolf, is bigger and more powerful than most wolves, tongue-tied in groups, and gay. For twenty-four years, he’s lived to please his family and pack—even letting them promise him in marriage to female werewolf Analiese to secure a pack alliance and help save them from a powerful gangster who wants their land. Then Cole meets Analiese’s half-brother, panther shifter Paris Marketo, and for the first time, Cole wants something for himself.

When Analiese runs off to marry a human, Cole finally has a chance with Paris, but the solitary cat rejects him, the pack, and everything it represents. Then Cole discovers the gangster wants Paris too and won’t rest until he has him. What started as a land dispute turns into World War Wolf! But the bigger fight is the battle between cats and dogs.

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empress of salt and fortuneTHE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE by Nghi Vo

A young royal from the far north, is sent south for a political marriage in an empire reminiscent of imperial China. Her brothers are dead, her armies and their war mammoths long defeated and caged behind their borders. Alone and sometimes reviled, she must choose her allies carefully. Rabbit, a handmaiden, sold by her parents to the palace for the lack of five baskets of dye, befriends the emperor’s lonely new wife and gets more than she bargained for. At once feminist high fantasy and an indictment of monarchy, this evocative debut follows the rise of the empress In-yo, who has few resources and fewer friends. She’s a northern daughter in a mage-made summer exile, but she will bend history to her will and bring down her enemies, piece by piece.

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bears behaving badlyBEARS BEHAVING BADLY (BEWARE MY HEART BOOK 1) by MaryJanice Davidson

Werebear shifter Annette Garsea is a caseworker for the Interspecies Placement Agency. When a selectively mute and freakishly strong teen werewolf is put in her custody, Annette has to uncover the young girl’s secrets if she’s to have any hopes of helping her. And not even the growling of a scruffy private investigator can distract her from her mission…

Bear shifter David Auberon appreciates Annette’s work with at-risk teen shifters, but he’s not sure if her latest charge is so much a vulnerable teen as a predator who should be locked up. All that changes when he, Annette, and her motley band of juveniles find themselves dodging multiple murder attempts and uncovering a trafficking cartel that doesn’t just threaten the kids, but risks discovery of the shifters by the wider world of homo sapiens.

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black magic kittenBLACK MAGIC KITTEN (FAMILIAR KITTEN MYSTERIES BOOK 1) by Sara Bourgeois

Welcome to Coventry – Kinsley Skeenbauer never thought she would go home. At seventeen, she’d left Coventry and didn’t look back. But after a messy divorce, she packed up her stuff and drove toward the only place that she knew would accept her.
Life hadn’t been easy for Kinsley since she left town. Despite wanting a family desperately, she was childless. She had a college degree but had just been fired… again…
She’d spent her entire adult life rebelling against what she was, and that meant hiding her true self from the world. Kinsley left Coventry on a mission to be ordinary.
But you know what they say about the best-laid plans…Coventry isn’t your typical small town. It’s home to the most powerful family of witches in the world. Two ancient witch families united when her parents married, and she was supposed to be their leader.
Nobody ever asked Kinsley if that’s what she wanted, though. Funny how the universe worked …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hearts of destinyHEARTS OF DESTINY (CHEVALIER BOOK 4) by Kay Doherty

Ean and Matthias have known they’re mates for a while, but Matthias has been unwilling to claim Ean. He believes his past and age-old secrets are too big for Ean to overcome, so instead keeps Ean away by irritating him. Depressed and no longer able to be near the dragon-shifter, Ean leaves the pack house and, after a night of heavy drinking, makes a life-changing decision that pushes Matthias into action. As the blood moon draws nearer, the Chevalier Pack is called before a tribunal of paranormal leaders to assess the Alpha’s rumored mysterious abilities. Matthias decides to share his secrets with a little help from Colby. And to top everything off, they face another attack by the McBane Pack, which the Chevalier decide will be the last.

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vandal and the virginVANDAL AND THE VIRGIN by Michele Mills

Her new husband is the stuff of nightmares…Julia’s having a tough day. She’s learned that sacrificing virgins is still a thing in her homeland, and SHE is the virgin to be sacrificed. When alien conquerors capture her land, she’s immediately bound and delivered to the gruesome King of the Vandals. But this notorious alien is in for a rude awakening. He might think he’s getting a simpering princess to claim but Julia’s secret, outlawed magical powers can put an end to the mightiest of rulers. Does Julia destroy her scary new husband and save her people from his wrath? Or, has the battle-beast’s passion and love charmed a witch into choosing him above all else?

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lift her upLIFT HER UP (KAID RANCH SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

All the ghosts of Wes’s past are coming back to haunt him in a big way. A handwritten letter changes everything when he finds out his brother, Sam, is alive after Wes has thought him dead for years. The one who has tracked him down? The love of Wes’s life, Summer, but when she shows up on his doorstep, she isn’t the bright and cheery girl he left all those years ago. Summer is different now–tough, snarly, independent, angry, and wrestling with an animal side that is relentless. Nothing can hide the dark beauty that radiates from her though. Her anger is Wes’s fault, but he had good reason. And now she is sending him on a mission to avenge his brother and set Sam free from a dominant pack of werewolves that thrive in war. His only ally is the woman who hates him the most.

Summer isn’t so summery anymore. There are no happy rainbows hovering over her life right now as she struggles to control the savage wolf inside of her. She loved hard once, and got really burned, and now she’s back to send Wes on a fool’s mission that will probably get him killed. All she has to do is not get attached to the charming alpha of the Kaid Pack. That man was trouble since the day he was born, but there is something about Wes that calls to her. The more he reveals about the reasons he left her, the more she thinks she might have been wrong about everything, and now sending him on a mission to fight an entire pack doesn’t seem like such a good idea. If something bad happens to him, her heart might just get broken…again. The time has come. Time to heal, time to rise up, time to protect the throat of the man she once loved. Even if it means the end of her.

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secrets and alchemySECRETS AND ALCHEMY (DRAGON’S GIFT: THE POTION MASTER BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall

When Sora, a beautiful mage with broken magic, walks into my bar, two things are obvious. One: she needs my help. Two: she’s my fated mate. I’ll stop at nothing to save her from the magical mob boss she’s pissed off. It’s the only way I’ll ever be able to make her mine. Then the unexpected happens. The Fae magic that I once rejected comes back, cursing me to die within days if I can’t create an antidote. Sora is my best chance at getting the ingredients I need, but only if we both survive.

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from blood and ashFROM BLOOD AND ASH by Jennifer L Armentrout

A Maiden…Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

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secrets on nipmuc hillSECRETS ON NIPMUC HILL (ELLA DANIELS MYSTERY BOOK 3) by J A Whiting

Ella Daniels, a professor of American history at Green Hill University, comes from a family with many talents, and seeing ghosts is one of them. While out for a hike with her cat, Raisin, Ella comes upon a teenaged ghost in the woods. The young man seems startled that Ella and Raisin can see him and he leads them to a field off one of the trails where Ella finds something unexpected. Is the young ghost a victim of a decades old fire? Why won’t he cross over? What keeps him in the woods on Nipmuc Hill? And how did a young woman end up in the field? Is there a simple answer or is something more sinister going on? With the help of her boyfriend and her sister, will Ella be able to find the answers to two mysteries?

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becomingBECOMING (MOUNTAIN MAGIC BOOK 1) by Dakota Brown

My goals for college were pretty simple: Get an education. Meet some new friends. Enjoy the mountains of Colorado. If I was lucky, find a boyfriend. Pretty sure they did not include being stalked by a magical black market. Or having multiple boyfriends. I mean, come on. What are the odds? Unfortunately, my birth parents were mages that left me orphaned at a young age. Instead of growing up surrounded by spells and magic, I grew up with normal humans. The world might know about magic, but that didn’t mean they accepted it. Mages have no rights, and my foster parents tried to stamp out the tiny bit of magic I held on to. Notice I used the word tried? I manage to sneak in a few things here and there. The perfect temperature pizza? Not a problem. And I’ve never had a bad hair day in my life. Don’t even get me started on red lights…But it was those little things that put me on the black market’s radar. An untrained mage with little knowledge of the magical world was easy pickings. Now, the only thing standing between me and a whole lot of unpleasantness is the pack of hot werewolves that made me theirs.

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wild magicWILD MAGIC (IRON SERPENT CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Sadie Jacks

Deep inside her lives a wild thing. And its straining to get free. Ripped from her plans for freedom by a group of kidnapping magical killers, Kiema Feuer once again has to save herself. This time though, she’s got more help. But even when she’s safe, she’s not out of danger. Caught between fanatic magical killers and long forgotten gods, Kiema is forced to deal with the fact that everyone around her wants something from her. Too bad the only ones she wants to help are the men she’s come to love. Added to all of that is the realization that she’s carrying magic inside her that makes an ageless goddess nervous.
Her life is a wild tornado that not even the best seer could have forecast. Will Kiema be able to thwart the plans everyone else has for her, or will she end up as a sacrifice in a war she didn’t want to be part of?

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hunters gambitTHE HUNTER’S GAMBIT (THE ARCHANIUM CODEX BOOK 1) by Nicholas McIntire

No one promised Aleksei Drago an easy life. Growing up amongst the Ri-Vhan of Seil Wood, losing his mother and just as suddenly being torn from the forest folk, Aleksei had no choice but to make the best of an unpredictable situation.
But what happens when the monsters and figures of fiction become horrifyingly real? How will Aleksei cope? When the stakes are at their highest, will he finally falter? Or will he rise to the occasion, reforging himself into the man Prophecy demands he become? In a world of magic and Magi, of Angels and Demons alike, how will a simple farm boy survive his own contorted destiny? This is the story of a seemingly-simple world gone mad, and the reality that every action, no matter how apparently benign, can serve to unravel terrifying truths. This is the story of Aleksei Drago, farmer, Hunter, and so much more.

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red thirstTHE RED THIRST (THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS) by Pelaam

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but Garen and Luke are eagerly anticipating a brief vacation on the South Island, doing nothing more taxing than tramping, skiing and snowboarding. However, when Garen meets up with an old friend—a ranger in the nearby national park—he not only finds that several trampers have gone missing there but also that his friend has a new boyfriend, Harper. Although on vacation, they visit the one tramper who was found alive. Luke detects an aura of evil that is still preying on the man. While he performs a ritual cleansing to free the man of the demonic power’s lingering touch, Garen goes into the forest. When he’s attacked by an unseen entity, Garen manages to escape. He returns with Luke to locate a body so that they can identify what is lurking in the forest’s depths. Although Garen suspects that his friend’s new boyfriend is possessed by the demon they seek, Luke is less convinced. When the Dearg Due strikes, she aims for Garen’s heart, and Luke and Garen must battle to defeat the undying Red Thirst.

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given nandiGIVEN by Nandi Taylor

Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It’s a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people—all of whom mistrust anyone who’s different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father’s wasting illness. She will not fail. No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.
Yet there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he’s muscular, beautiful—and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man’s—or dragon’s—plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks. Only now Yenni can’t tell if she’s fighting an attraction to a dragon . . . or fighting fate itself.

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binding shadowsBINDING SHADOWS (TOOTH AND SPELL) by Jasmine Silvera

There are two rules: find a way to use your magic and never reveal it to anyone.
Hunting lost books is more than a job; it’s a way for Barbara to hide her powers in the mundane world of the university library. One misstep and she risks exposure to ruthless necromancers willing to destroy anything supernatural they cannot control. But the prickly new professor in charge of her latest assignment proves more than he seems, and rules are no match for her growing fascination.

After years of battling to cage the beast within him, Tobias returns to Prague and the safety of his pack of brothers. But keeping his family safe means never revealing his dual nature, not even to the irresistible research assistant with a nose for rare books.
When an enchanted book triggers unpredictable surges in Barbara’s magic, unleashing his beast may be their only defense against the malevolent spell buried in its pages. Now, a 400-year-old witch’s revenge threatens to reveal everything they’ve concealed. Trapped between a witch and a necromancer, Barbara and Tobias must choose: embrace the powers that could expose them or allow their secrets to destroy them.

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earth dragons claimEARTH DRAGON’S CLAIM (ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 1) by J Thompson

One spell. A spell she had never expected to work… It will change Gina’s life forever.
She had accidentally awakened a creature of legend, a myth that never should have existed. Bound to the creature, Gina has little choice but to agree to its terms—or lose something more important than her life. Joren had been summoned only once before in his centuries of existence, and this time, he would be in control. His rage is a force that can bring down a mountain, and he’s determined to use it as a weapon. However, he never thought to consider the possibility that there may just be a treasure beneath the rubble worth more than all the magic in the universe, worth more than life itself. And he isn’t the only one who wants it. Brought together by fate, they must both battle to save their lives, their hearts and their soulmates.

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bound by her loveBOUND BY HER LOVE: BOUND BY HER BLOOD BOOK 4 by Mara Leigh

Finally on solid footing with all four of my guys, I discover that Gray’s nickname for me is more than a teasing joke. I actually am a vampire princess—for real—and I’m whisked off to a palace in some foreign land. But way worse than that, none of my loves, not Rock, Gray, Pike or Colton, can be my Mate.
At the palace, everyone is kind and my new digs are opulent, but none of that matters. The only thing I care about is reuniting with the men I love and starting our lives together. But everyone claims that if I refuse the crown, the entire vampire world will descend into chaos. And once I get near my men, how can anyone really expect me to keep my hands off them?

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captive brideCAPTIVE BRIDE: 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BEARS by Moxie North

Hudson of Clan Uruz found his mate. His life should have been set. Then she disappeared. A year of searching and waiting with his heart breaking every moment they were apart, Hudson vowed to never stop looking for her. Their souls were destined to be together and no one was going to keep them apart.
Spoiled — that’s what Marcella Russo was. She knew it and her mobster father’s employee definitely knew it. Marcella couldn’t help that she was drawn to the shockingly handsome Kindred bear. He also wouldn’t give her the time of day. That was something she wasn’t used to. Hitting on the new hire couldn’t possibly go wrong.
When two mates meet the world is supposed to come together in perfect harmony, but Hudson and Marcella weren’t destined for the easy way out. Getting together was in the hands of fate.. Finding each other again was going to take a miracle.

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exemplar hall 3THE MAKINGS OF A MAGI KNIGHT (EXEMPLAR HALL BOOK 3) by Auburn Tempest and Ruby Night

As the first-ever female Magi, I’ve got to step up my game and represent in the second semester. It doesn’t matter that people hate me and are trying to kill me. It doesn’t matter that I’m lying about my gender, my heritage, and practically everything else. It doesn’t even matter that the people closest to me leave me to fend for myself. If what doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger—I’m going to crush the whole Magi Knight thing.

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“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday MARCH 25

paladin house of rone 4Starting with my best wishes for your continued good health in these perilous times. We’ll get through it, one way and another…thank goodness for books to help while away the time. Good thoughts from me to you and your loved ones!

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

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PALADIN (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 4) by Anna Hackett

VS note: An immediate one click for me! Love these books…

Abducted, enslaved, and constantly worried for her daughter, scientist Dr. Simone Li has had a rough few months. Now that she and her daughter, Grace, have been rescued by the fierce cyborgs of the House of Rone, she’s trying to make a life for them on the desert world of Carthago. But guilt and worry are eating at her…Toren—a once-emotionless cyborg—was injured rescuing them from the dangerous Edull aliens. Now, he’s inundated with emotions and not coping. Drawn to the wounded cyborg, Simone must find a way to help him and still protect her battered heart.

Bred to be a warlord’s personal cyborg, Toren has prided himself on being a cool, precise fighter dedicated to his house and imperator. Now his entire life has been torn apart. He’s broken, useless, and sidelined as an elite House of Rone cyborg. Every minute of every day, he struggles through a deluge of unfamiliar emotions and wants revenge…and only one woman calms the storm.

Desperate to bring down the Edull and rescue another abducted woman, Toren and Simone go undercover in the desert. Despite the dangers around them, these two tortured souls can no longer fight their intense attraction and the pull of fierce, overwhelming emotion. But Toren will soon have a choice to make: risk it all for love or go back to being the emotionless warrior he’s always been.

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line of fyreLINE OF FYRE (ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: Always great to have a new release from Cara!

You know things are bad on Earth when you’re the president’s daughter and becoming a concubine to an alien dragon shifter seems like your best option…Helena Marshfield made a big mistake. But making it right puts her life in danger. She’s forced to flee and become the concubine of the Draconian prince. She never expects to be attracted to the “dragon man,” and has no intention of making the relationship real.

Prince T’mar has no wish to consort with a human. Unfortunately, his father, the king, decrees he must accept her, his dragon mistakes her for their mate, and worse, the flame-haired female stirs his desires. Still, he intends to deposit her at the palace and fly away. But when powers on Earth draw them into the line of fire, will their unexpected, unwanted burning attraction be the one thing that can save them?

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madass falling starMADAS’S FALLING STAR featuring MADAS’S UNEXPECTED GIFT (LORDS OF KASSIS BOOK 5) by SE Smith

VS Note: A re-release as Susan’s Pets in Space® $ novel with a bonus novella.

Can a small reptile from another world save the Princess he has adopted? L’eon, a Chameleon Lightning Lizard, awakens to find that his planet was destroyed by an unidentified force. Trapped in an iron-ore prison hurtling through space, he is lost and alone until an unfamiliar planet’s gravitational pull draws him to its surface—and he is freed by an enchanting alien who he quickly adopts.

When a meteorite falls from the sky, Princess Madas Tralang rushes to claim the prized and potentially valuable space rock for herself. She is startled to discover an unusual creature huddled inside. Touched by the creature’s soulful eyes and unique features, she vows to protect the extraordinary reptile.
Madas is unaware that she has befriended one of the most ferocious and feared species in the known galaxies. After all, who would ever believe that something so cute could be so deadly? Perhaps, someone should have warned Madas’s unwelcome suitor about L’eon before he decided to try and claim her!

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taming two warriorsTAMING TWO WARRIORS: A KINDRED TALES PLUS LENGTH NOVEL by Evangeline Anderson

Jodi and Melli are sisters who are in grave danger. The scaly, lizard-like Varians are after both of them, which means both sisters need bodyguards.
Enter Vorn and Liosh. The two Kindred warriors are sworn to keep their charges safe, even at the cost of their own lives. But when they have to split up and live with the two sisters, things get complicated…

Jodi and Vorn drive each other crazy. Jodi can’t figure out why she finds the big Beast Kindred so annoying and Vorn has no idea what Jodi’s problem is. Will the two of them kill each other…or give in to the passion simmering just beneath the surface?
Melli and Liosh have an instant attraction. Liosh knows at once that Melli is the one for him—the female the Goddess has sent for him to Claim. But Melli has a shadowed past and she doesn’t believe she’ll ever be able to be with the tall Blood Kindred, no matter how much she loves him. Can Liosh heal her of her trauma so the two of them can bond?
The situation gets even more complicated when Jodi’s fiancé comes home and the Varians sniff her and Melli out. Now Vorn and Liosh are in a desperate race to save the women they love—will they succeed?

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tormentTORMENT (BARBARIANS OF THE SAND PLANET BOOK 3) by Tana Stone

Stowing away on the enemy ship to sabotage it may not have been Tori’s best idea, but she meant for it to be a solo mission. She never planned for a huge Dothvek warrior to come along for the less-than-pleasant ride. And why did it have to be Vrax, the arrogant barbarian who gets under her skin so much? When he gets captured and offloaded to an alien slave market, she knows she can’t leave him behind. But can she save him from the notorious slavers and get back to her crew on the sand planet?

Vrax can’t explain his need to protect the fierce bounty hunter. She certainly doesn’t welcome his help, although her protests only seem to add fuel to his fire. When he’s taken to an alien city known as the Den of Thieves, he fears he may never see her or his home ever again. Especially when he’s purchased by a madam who has very specific plans for the hunky warrior.

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royal alien mateROYAL ALIEN MATE (SAVAGE MARTIANS BOOK 1) by Sue Mercury

Desperate to save her parents from debtors’ prison, Esmay signs up as an alien mail order bride. She’ll travel to Mars to become a savage alien’s mate, and in exchange for her sacrifice, all her family’s debt will be forgiven. She prays she’ll find some semblance of happiness on Mars and hopes her future husband treats her with kindness. But she’s stunned to discover the muscle-bound blue alien she’s been matched with is Prince Vaath, a fearsome warrior who once led a deadly battle against Earth. How can she willingly give herself to an alien who killed so many of her people?

Prince Vaath is aware many of his followers are hesitant to mate with humans, but after losing most of their females, it’s necessary that they claim as many human females as possible in order to procreate and strengthen their numbers. He’s shocked by the possessiveness he feels when he first looks upon golden-haired Esmay, and long-buried instincts soon rise to the surface as he claims his new princess time and time again. He knows she’s afraid of him and believes him to be a savage, but he can’t get enough of the little human who incites his desires, and he is determined to one day win her heart. But dark forces are gathering, and it will take all his power to keep Esmay safe from harm.

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chaosCHAOS (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Regine Abel

As the most unique psychic in the galaxy, Sabra is eager to join the Vanguard, the powerful army of the genetically engineered Xian Warriors. Her desire to be assigned as Chaos’s Soulcatcher takes on a whole new meaning the moment their eyes meet, forming an undeniable bond between them. But before her training is complete, her powers unexpectedly reveal an unfolding drama that threatens the stability in Coalition space, and she is thrust into a deadly game of divided loyalties.

As co-leader of the Vanguard, Chaos has devoted his life to defending the galaxy, convinced there is nothing else for him but war. Yet, the day he meets Sabra, he immediately recognizes his soulmate. Duty demands he bring the stunning and dauntless Empath on a perilous mission, but his hearts command he keep her safe. The last thing Chaos needs is to relive a nightmare from his past when his Kryptid archnemesis endeavors to destroy everything he holds dearest. Will Chaos lose his soulmate before their future has even begun?

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alien jailers mateTHE ALIEN JAILER’S MATE (PRISONERS OF KARCERIKUS BOOK 1) by Roxie Ray

One minute I was on a plane with my brother, and the next I – along with every passenger – was waking up on a prison planet overseen by vicious aliens and heartless robotic guards. I need to find my brother and get us out of here, but when I encounter Tetro I find myself wanting something else.
I can’t trust the man in charge of overseeing all the terrible things happening to me, but there’s more to the alien than his brusque exterior. And soon I realize that he wants out of this place just as much as I do. I shouldn’t be falling for him, but how can I resist when his kisses break down my defenses?
We need to get out, but escape may not be so simple when we fall under the sadistic eye of the prison’s owner. Is there a way to save my brother and keep Tetro close? Or will I be forced to choose between family and the alien I’m coming to love?

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steel roseSTEEL ROSE (THE CARDINAL WINDS BOOKS 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The commander of the East Wind Dominion is a terrifying man. He leads an army of automatons. He can control lightning itself. And now, Rose Calder is his prisoner of war.
All Rose has ever known is fighting. When the invading forces of the East Wind Dominion robs away her friends, her family, and her home, she takes to the skies to battle for her freedom. For hope. When the war comes to a sudden end at the hands of commander Viktor Lang, she is certain she is about to die. When he discovers her impossible secret, she becomes a mystery he is desperate to solve, and that may be worse. The war may be over, but now she stands to lose much, much more.

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edge of it allTHE EDGE OF IT ALL (MOSAURAN BOOK 1) by Jessica Grayson

As a Commander in the Terran space program, I never expected to wake up from cryosleep in a cage. When I’m rescued by a fierce Mosauran dragon warrior, I am both grateful and wary. Soran is a Prince of the Empire, and his species is one of the most feared in the galaxy. But the more time we spend together, the more I find myself drawn to him in ways I don’t understand. Especially since he’s working to keep me out of the hands of the A’kai master he rescued me from. The master who believes his species survival depends upon a cure found only in Terran blood. He will stop at nothing to recapture me in the hopes that he can use me to find my home world. I have to find Terra before the A’kai do—the fate of my people hangs in the balance.

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in the solaceIN THE SOLACE (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 6) by Hailey Turner

Built to carry you. Jamie Callahan is looking forward to spending the rest of his life with Kyle Brannigan. They’ve overcome impossible odds, and the only thing left to do is walk down the aisle together. Despite the happiness they’ve earned, their enemies haven’t all disappeared.
Make it to the other side. Colonel Liam Wessex is thrilled his best friend is getting married, but it’s just further proof that his own life is breaking apart. With his classified identity revealed to the public, Liam is struggling with the transition into civilian life. Becoming reacquainted with MI6 Agent Oliver Archer forces Liam to reconcile his past actions with a future that just might be the answer to all of his problems.
It’s not over, it’s just the start.  Oliver thought he’d done enough to cut Liam out of his life. When their professional lives collide, he’s forced to accept the fact that Liam is no longer the spoiled prince he once knew. When terrorists target London and the unthinkable happens, Oliver and Liam learn that second chances come with a price neither can afford to pay.

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last humanTHE LAST HUMAN by Zack Jordan

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

Most days, Sarya doesn’t feel like the most terrifying creature in the galaxy. Most days, she’s got other things on her mind. Like hiding her identity among the hundreds of alien species roaming the corridors of Watertower Station. Or making sure her adoptive mother doesn’t casually eviscerate one of their neighbors. Again.

And most days, she can almost accept that she’ll never know the truth—that she’ll never know why humanity was deemed too dangerous to exist. Or whether she really is—impossibly—the lone survivor of a species destroyed a millennium ago. That is, until an encounter with a bounty hunter and a miles-long kinetic projectile leaves her life and her perspective shattered.

Thrown into the universe at the helm of a stolen ship—with the dubious assistance of a rebellious spacesuit, an android death enthusiast on his sixtieth lifetime, and a ball of fluff with an IQ in the thousands—Sarya begins to uncover an impossible truth. What if humanity’s death and her own existence are simply two moves in a demented cosmic game, one played out by vast alien intellects? Stranger still, what if these mad gods are offering Sarya a seat at their table—and a second chance for humanity?

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alien loverALIEN LOVER (THE ALIEN BRIDE SERIES BOOK 3) by Luna Kingsley

Drevath dreams of glory on the battlefield. The fierce alien commander finally has his chance when the Thren prepare to attack. He’s readying his warriors on the front lines when a human woman is deposited in his camp. She’s fragile and helpless, but she’s also the prettiest creature he’s ever seen. He can’t stop how he feels, even after he learns she’s already been sold to another.

Hannah is terrified when she arrives at the warriors’ camp. It’s no place for a woman, and Drevath seems bothered by her very existence. She struggles to prove her worth and eventually sees something in his eyes besides annoyance. Admiration. And lust. The feelings are mutual, but falling in love seems pointless when you’ve already been bought and paid for. She pushes down her disappointment and prepares to do her duty. Drevath won’t give up so easily.

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scion book 3SCION BOOK THREE: HOUSE OF THE TWELFTH PLANET by Miriam Newman

Running for his life from a despotic ruler, Caius has left his ancestral home on the planet Thelona, arriving at Earth’s Colony Twelve in the company of his human former slave, Lela. She is no longer a slave on any earth colony, but it’s immaterial to Caius. For Lela, on the other hand, the fact that she is free is everything. To whom does she owe her loyalty—the humans like herself on Colony Twelve, or the Thelonian Lord who loves her?

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protected by the convictsPROTECTED BY THE CONVICTS (PRISON WORLD BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen

Our Hannah saved each of us By bringing us together, By loving us. We claimed her body.
Then she claimed our hearts. We’ll do anything to protect her. Lie for her. Steal for her. Kill for her. We’re a family now. But our happiness won’t last. The rules have changed. She’s determined to protect us. Even if it means leaving us. Our Hannah doesn’t realize, We won’t let her go.

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taras big oTARA’S BIG O (ANGUIS DEFENDERS BOOK 2) by Stephanie West

Ophidian rescued Tara from the catastrophe on Earth, except her alien savior was downright terrifying. The massive Anguis general had venomous fangs, razor-sharp spines on his arms and followed her like a predator lurking in the shadows. But O quickly grew on her with his kind gestures and sexy swagger. Before she can confess her feelings—everything between them changes. She should’ve known better. The Anguis mated on instinct—not for love. The insatiable need to mate Tara snuck up on Ophidian like a punch to the gut. It’s his duty to guard the tiny human female, the physician who saved half the known universe—not rut atop her like a mindless beast in heat. Desperate to prevent his hormones from taking over after witnessing how badly humans responded to the aggressive Anguis bonding, he assumes a mission that would take him light-years away. He’ll never hurt Tara, she means too much to him. It will take a trip across the universe and being repeatedly torn apart for them to finally find each other. But nothing will get between Tara and her Big O.

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fearless k m fawcettFEARLESS (THE SURVIVAL RACE BOOK 2) by K M Fawcett

Escaped gladiator Kedric wants revenge on the alien rulers who bred him for blood sport and genetic experiments. Nothing will prevent him from leading an attack on his enemy, not even the irritating–yet arousing–spiritual healer hell bent on stopping him.
Myia holds the power to heal Kedric’s lust for war…if she can control her emotions long enough to soul jump him. But how can the shaman-in-training find inner peace when the stubborn warlord refuses her touch and ignites her temper? When Myia embraces Kedric’s darkest secrets, their destinies unite in a fight to save their loved ones. But victory will demand they surrender more than their hearts.

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sinth seekerSINTH SEEKER (SINTH STRAIN BOOK 1) by Pearl Tate

Teresa – I just managed to break up with the loser I should have dumped ages ago, so I already know I’m not the best at saying no or ending things. But it’s time for me to plan for my future.As the Housing Coordinator on base, I’m sent to settle in new arrivals. During a routine walk through, I run into a man who’s easily the best looking I’ve ever seen. With dark hair and light piercing eyes, he catches me off-guard when he continues to relentlessly pursue me—despite my denial of interest in him. I’m ready to think about life after the military, so I want someone who can be around for the long haul. Definitely not another workaholic, and I know he will be reassigned and gone at any moment.  For all I know–probably back to a wife and kids! I can’t let my heart get involved.

Payak – When your friends are all you have, every one counts. So, when one of my squad disappears, I make sure I’m first in line to follow up on the planet where he was last seen. Mavin’s like a brother to me, and after his last punishment by the Sinth Sovereignty, he needs to know we all care—so he doesn’t disappear forever. What I don’t expect to find, is an Earth female so alluring, it appears she can see right into my dimension. She can see me! Unfortunately, we’re called in for testing and notified that the Wen virus has appeared on Earth. Now, we’ve been split up and assigned to help find the source while trying to stop the disease from spreading across the globe.  It’s more important than ever to find out if humans could be mating compatible, since phasing into our dimension means there’s a chance for the human species if we fail to stop the contagion.  Will Teresa let me close enough to test our compatibility? What will it mean for the future of Earth if I fail?

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dominics starDOMINIC’S STAR (G-FORCE FEDERATION BOOK 2) by Michael Mandrake

Dominic has always dreamed of being a ranked officer. After not accomplishing his ambition, Dominic sets out to prove he’s worthy of promoting. Achieving his goal is the redemption he needs to rid himself of the negative stigma tied to his last name.
Renard is a cranky bastard. Renard’s choices were never his own, making him live up to that name. If he wasn’t born into G-Force, he wouldn’t risk his life for other creatures. Unfortunately for him, Renard’s happiness has always come second to the family’s legacy.
When Dominic’s stupidity lands him in hot water, it’s Renard’s duty to get him to safety. That’s if he doesn’t kill the jerk before delivering him to his planet. But the bear shifter’s allure draws Renard in, making him damn near irresistible. Renard must choose between to stay in his father’s good graces or a possible future with Dominic. Will time run out before they get the chance to mate? Luck is not on their side.

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fading shadowsFADING SHADOWS: AN ENDING WORLD NOVELLA by Lindsey Pogue

Ross and Kat have butted heads since the day they first met—he’s gruff, grumpy, and always glaring at her; and she’s sarcastic, sassy, and exasperates the hell out of him. But a lot can change in three years, and with a thriving settlement in Whitehorse, Ross and Kat have had to put their differences aside in order to protect their close-knit community. In fact, they’ve come to need one another more than they realize, until now.

Crazed survivors and Ability-hungry madmen aren’t the only repercussions of the Virus, and when a new, unforeseen danger threatens the townspeople, Kat must embrace her unharnessed Ability she’s been trying for years to avoid, and just as Ross realizes his feelings for his smart-mouthed partner, it might be too late. Together, Ross and Kat will be tested, and in the grips of fear, they must fight to save those they love and themselves . . . with a few dozen grumbles and eye rolls along the way.

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returningRETURNING (EARTH’S ONLY HOPE BOOK 3) by Joynell Schultz

The people of Earth thought we wouldn’t survive. Why else would they only send their criminals with a ship full of aliens? We proved them wrong. All we have to do is cross the galaxy and return home before Earth freezes to death in less than three months. Easy, right? The unknowns of the universe, like meteor showers, wormholes, and space pirates, are nothing compared to what we face on our own ship. With our own people.
Our salvation has never been so close…yet so far away. Will we make it back to Earth in time to save not only those we love, but the entire human race?

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alien sleeping beautyALIEN SLEEPING BEAUTY (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES BOOK 6) by Zara Zenia

Heroic and wise Prince Jinurak longs to find his mate, yet his reserved nature has prevented him from taking any real steps to secure his future. After watching his twin brother Lortnam marry, he’s convinced himself to meet the woman he’s been flirting with online.
Romantic Ariana has longed for true love, pouring her heart and desire to find her white knight into her poetry. When her online flirtation with the alien prince moves to the next step, she leaps at the invitation to come visit him, intent on determining whether he is the one she’s been waiting for.
But someone is intent on destroying the connection between the two young potential loves kidnaps Ariana, placing her under suspended animation and securing her away in a complex fortress. When Jinurak starts receiving cryptic poems from Ariana, begging for his help and leaving clues for him to follow, he sets off, intent on rescuing her and solidifying their future. Will the forces intent on destroying the Trilyn succeed in keeping Ariana secreted away from her one true love, or will Prince Jinurak be able to rescue his sleeping beauty against all odds?

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beyond the doorBEYOND THE DOOR by Various

VS Note: Not romance but I do love anthologies! Fun to sample lots of authors…

Come, join this amazing group of authors as you travel with them from this dimension to another and finding out what truly is Beyond The Door.
Life changing, world changing these authors have taken the theme and made it their own. From Eliza March “Escape to Dragon Mountain”, Brian McCord “The Traveler”, Layla J. Omorose “Seraphim’s Lament”, T. Elizabeth Guthrie “Bounty Hunter”, Jennifer Field “Asher, Part One”, Kimber Hellmers “Myth of Veins”, M. R. Leenysman “Into Another World”, Stephanie Angelea Brand “Deadly Enemies”, Alia Johnson “The Witch’s Door”, Roxanna Rose ” Ethereal Lights” and Angel Nyx “Irresistible Magnolias: A NOLA Shifters Short Story”.
Each story making you want to read more from all of them. Join them as they take you on a journey finding out what is Beyond The Door.

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queen of twilightQUEEN OF TWILIGHT (DAUUR MATES BOOK 1) by Octavia Kore

Abducted from Earth and dropped on an alien planet, Inoxia finds herself the accidental guardian of a six year old girl. As a single woman in her thirties whose only worries are the plants in her greenhouse this is a monumental challenge. The two of them aren’t alone for long when two hulking, neon aliens with quills on their heads and color changing eyes happen upon them.
As a Darkborn Dauur, Aquilian has spent his life being seen as a curse by his people. The fact that he is also a twin doesn’t help matters at all. With the deck stacked against him, he spends most of his time in the forest where there are no judgemental eyes. While on the hunt for a rare medicinal bloom, Aquilian finds himself trapped within a dome with some of the ugliest creatures he has ever met. Even worse is the fact that one of them happens to be his mate.
Although Ettrian is a Lightborn Dauur, he hasn’t always lived an easy life. Growing up as a twin in a society that believes them to be unlucky, the male has had his share of stares and gossip. When he is abducted from the forest and taken to an alien lab to be tested on, Ettrian is told to do something unthinkable. After being reunited with his twin, the male is shocked to find that Aquilian has located their mate. The only problem? She is the most hideous creature he has ever laid eyes on.
With everything around them coming undone, can this unconventional family pull together to create their own happily ever after?

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caged slayerCAGED SLAYER (REAPER’S PET BOOK 4) by Athena Storm and Zora Black

His brutality is shocking. But his love is overwhelming. He is a force of nature…(more blurb on ebook sellers page…)

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sinner j r wardTHE SINNER (THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD SERIES BOOK 18) by J R Ward

Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong.
Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication? With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail…or was the prophecy wrong all along?

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dragons needTHE DRAGON’S NEED (TAHOE DRAGON MATES BOOK 2) by Jessie Donovan

Tired of overprotective dragon-shifters, Gabriela Santos decides she wants to lose her virginity to a human male via the Tahoe area dragon lottery. After years of trying, she’s finally selected as one of the participants. Of the hundreds of humans who want to be with her, it’s the male staring at the ceiling who catches her eye. And after a bit of honesty and insight into why he’s there, she picks him. However, soon one kiss changes her future forever.

Only to try and forget his cheating ex-wife does Ryan Ford agree to enter the dragon lottery. He has no expectations of the dragonwoman walking the aisles to pick him. However, when his mind wanders and he becomes lost in thought, the dragon lady calls him out on it. Her straightforward manner and wit is refreshing. Add in the instant spark between them, and Ryan agrees to sleep with her to try to give her a baby. But then one kiss brings out her inner dragon, and Ryan quickly learns that he’s her true mate and has to accept a frenzy or try running away.
As the pair come to terms with their fate, they soon start falling for one another. But when someone targets Ryan, will he survive and find a way for them to be together? Or will he have to leave both Gabriela and his unborn child to stay alive?

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fury unleashedFURY UNLEASHED (FORGOTTEN BROTHERHOOD BOOK 1) by N  J Walters

Maccus Fury, a fallen angel, is trying hard to keep his sanity. Seems being an assassin might be catching up with him. Now, Heaven, or Hell, has sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. Lovely. She’s pretending to seduce him, and he’s okay with that. She’s smart and snarky—but she has no idea what she’s walked into. And he’s more than peeved that they only sent one person. They’re going to need an army if they want him dead.

Morrigan Quill is one of Hell’s bounty hunters. She sold her soul to keep her sister safe, and now she’s working off her contract by catching bad guys and dragging them back to hell. When Lucifer makes her a new offer––that’s definitely too good to be true—she can’t say no. All she has to do is kill a powerful and crazy-hot fallen angel, who will totally kick her ass in battle. Good thing he won’t see what’s coming next.

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panda and the kittyPANDA AND THE KITTY (FURRY UNITED COALITION BOOK 8) by Eve Langlais

The FUC gang is back in a brand new adventure. What sort of mom injects her son with a dangerous serum? The kind that has no problem abandoning her family to become a supervillain determined to take over the world. As if Jakob doesn’t have enough problems dealing with his mother, he goes from being a TKO kanga to a roly-poly panda. Which isn’t as cute as it sounds. His new body doesn’t work the same as his old one. He’s a stranger in his own fur. How is he supposed to kick some butt if he can’t even throw a good punch? He needs help, and the only person he can trust to help him is his ex-girlfriend, Maisy. He never forgot her, and seeing her again only fans the flames of his passion. But she’s not ready to forgive. Or forget. Totally understandable because he can’t promise he won’t run off and do something stupid. He is, after all, a Jones boy, and Dumbass is their middle name. Can a mixed-up man make a proud kitty love him again?

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third times a charmTHIRD TIME’S A CHARM: A PARANORMAL WOMAN’S FICTION ROMANCE NOVEL (ORDER OF MAGIC BOOK 2) by Michelle M Pillow

Vivien Stone lost the love of her life over twenty years ago. Now that she’s in her forties with a string of meaningless relationships under her belt, she can’t help but pine for what might have been. It doesn’t help that she’s somewhat psychic and can pretty much predict where a relationship is heading before it even starts. When she and her best friends find a hidden book of séances, Vivien believes it’s the perfect opportunity to talk to her lost love. But things don’t go as planned and what was meant to be a romantic reunion takes a turn for the bizarre. Maybe some things (and people) are better left buried in the past, and what she really needs has been standing in front of her all along.

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unbroken vowsUNBROKEN VOWS (PROJECT DEMONS HUNTERS BOOK 6) by Christine Pope

Rosemary McGuire thought the past was dead. Unfortunately, she’s dead wrong…because it’s standing on her doorstep, very much alive. But this time, Caleb Lockwood’s target isn’t the hidden hard drive with the footage that proves demons are real. His target is Rosemary. When Will Gordon comes home to find Rosemary gone, he trusts his instincts and reaches out to a network of friends forged in the fires of too many demon battles. Soon he, Michael, Audrey, and Glynis are casting supernatural nets far and wide in a desperate search. And Will is torn between hurling ungodly curses at who — or what — took the love of his life, and falling to his knees to pray for her safe return. The truth isn’t just a nightmare — it’s a night terror. And Rosemary faces the terrible choice of surrendering everything she is to an unspeakable evil…or losing everyone she loves.

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city we becameTHE CITY WE BECAME: A NOVEL (THE GREAT CITIES TRILOGY BOOK 1) by N K Jemison

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note this week…

In Manhattan, a young grad student gets off the train and realizes he doesn’t remember who he is, where he’s from, or even his own name. But he can sense the beating heart of the city, see its history, and feel its power.
In the Bronx, a Lenape gallery director discovers strange graffiti scattered throughout the city, so beautiful and powerful it’s as if the paint is literally calling to her.
In Brooklyn, a politician and mother finds she can hear the songs of her city, pulsing to the beat of her Louboutin heels.
And they’re not the only ones. Every great city has a soul. Some are ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six.

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vampire boundVAMPIRE BOUND (BOOK 1) by R A Steffan

Become a bartender at The Vixen’s Den, they said. The owner isn’t really a vampire, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. And suddenly I’m neck deep in a world I’ve never really believed in, no matter what my crazy Great Aunt Mabel used to say. Seriously, I have more than enough drama in my life already, without adding an irresistibly mesmerizing nightclub owner to the mix. My boss—a man with a penchant for trouble and the echo of tragedy lurking behind his dark gaze.
My new coworkers appear to be universally insane. My deadbeat ex is in trouble with a capital “T,” and if history is any indication, he’ll do his best to drag my son and me right along with him. In other news, I’m also being hounded by creditors who seem to think you can make money appear in someone’s bank account by threatening them over the phone. (Though to be fair, if that approach worked, I’d be all for it. Spoiler alert—it doesn’t.)
To top it all off, while my back was turned, I’ve somehow become a chess piece in a cold war between supernatural factions. Just because magic supposedly runs in my family doesn’t mean I know the first thing about Fae or demons or vampires or any of this craziness. But it looks like I’m gonna have to learn. Because now they’re coming after the thing I hold most dear — my son. And I’ll do anything to get him back.

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lion in waitingLION IN WAITING: TALES OF THE WERE (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 15 by Bianca D’Arc

Matilda escaped into the wild to lick her wounds and heal as best she can from captivity and torture at the hands of people who hunt shifters and imprison them. She is a lioness, but her natural confidence has been shaken by the experience. What she needs is a second chance to live, to heal, and to find her lioness’s roar once more. Georgio is a bear of a man who has seen and done things in foreign lands that have changed him forever. It takes a lot to harm a shifter of his strength, but being blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device just about did the job. He is looking for his lost sense of purpose, and something drives him to keep looking for the lost lioness when everyone else gives up. When these two heart-wounded shifters finally meet, it’s just possible they will find their second chances start with each other. But the hunters are still hunting Matilda and they’re going after her only human friend to try to recapture her. Surprises, secrets, and reclusive billionaires notwithstanding, the bear and the lioness will have to come to terms with their sizzling attraction, and bruised hearts, if they’re going to forge a new future together.

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radical changesRADICAL CHANGES: WOLF SHIFTERS BOOK 2  by Severine Wolfe

Tom had spent a lifetime letting everyone around him down… Or so he thought.

Tom Levinson had spent the past ten years of his life constantly being told he was a failure and would never measure up and was a complete disappointment to Shifters everywhere because his lack of control could expose them to human scrutiny. When he boarded the plane to Russia he knew he would not be coming back in the passenger cabin. No, he’d be classified as cargo by that point. He had less than no hope.
Yana Sidorova had spent a few years trying to get over the death of her parents by drowning herself in work and academic rigor. She had a theory and wanted to follow it, being driven ever Eastward in her search for an ancient Wolf Cult. Instead she runs into a charming American who sweeps her off her feet. He’s the perfect man. Tom is not just a man and he knows immediately that Yana is his mate. However, the course of true love never runs smoothly and they are both betrayed and the danger comes from a source that neither of them expected.

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emerald roseEMERALD ROSE (CELESTIALS BOOK 2) by Emma Hamm

A beast attacked me. A beast called the Dread. But the attacker spared my life. He offered to train me to fight. As a princess, I’d always been locked away in a tower. I was never allowed to be a warrior. My training begins underneath my own kingdom. A place where the Dread live. I remind him of his human life. I’m the only one who can save his real identity. But first we’ve got something bigger to handle. A war between our people. How are we going to stop it?

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roman demon risingROMAN (DEMON RISING BOOK 1) by Hurri Cosmo

I belong to a Demon Lord. His name is Roman. He’s tall, strong, has long dark hair, a deep sexy voice and, let me tell you, absolutely f-ing gorgeous. Yep. I even wear his ring. Third finger, left hand. Except – its’s not a wedding band. Far from it, actually. It simply means I’m his submissive. Well – it doesn’t really mean that either, although I wish it did.
No. The ring’s function is only to give me “sight”. Being human, once I had it on, I could suddenly see Roman’s stupid lost legions; very nasty scary things that would as soon kill me as look at me. And because I wear the ring, guess what? It’s now my job to recapture all those creatures for him. Yay me, right? At least I get to be close to Roman… sometimes. But, to tell you the truth, I was tricked into putting this damn ring on…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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trials of ravenwellTRIALS OF RAVENWELL (FOUR KINGS ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Taylor Spratt

The tournament is underway and Aria is in for more than she bargained for. It’s punishment time at Ravenwell Academy and the four kings are training Aria to be Queen. It doesn’t matter that only two kings can win the tournament and claim her. All four refuse to back down. They’ll try to bend her, break her, and bring her to her knees. They’ll demand her complete submission, body and soul. If only preparing for her ‘royal duties’ was all Aria had to worry about. Galima is out for blood, sending deadly assassins determined to lop Aria’s head off. Chancellor Biggsbys got an evil agenda that threatens to turn the entire academy upside down. And Cas is missing, her life in mortal danger. Will Aria succumb to the Four King’s wicked punishments and surrender to their will? Can she survive the deadly assassins? Can she save her only friend, Cas and discover the Chancellor’s evil plot before it’s too late?

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phantom moonPHANTOM MOON (LOTTE FREUNDENBERGER BOOK 4) by Gaja J Kos

Lotte barely settled into her new life as an ICRA agent when an executive order sends her on a mission to Berlin—the latest location of a vamp serial killer no one seems to be able to catch. As if the murders involving torn throats and ancient dark magic aren’t troublesome enough on their own, Lotte learns the person responsible is someone she knows. Someone she never believed could go dark. The evidence laid before her is irrefutable. Only it doesn’t make hunting a loved one any easier. Can Lotte go through with her job? Or will her bias allow a killer to walk free?

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his blazing passionHIS BLAZING PASSION (REAL MEN OF WILDRIDGE BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

As the best damn bounty hunter in the country, Allon Wyvern always gets the bad guy. Unless the second-best bounty hunter beats him to it—which she does far too often for his taste. Even though they’ve never met, their rivalry is legendary in the shifter world. So far it’s been friendly… until her interference allows the criminal to escape.

As the best damn fugitive recovery agent in the world, Chelle Calidi knows there’s more at stake with this case than one of the largest bounties she’s ever seen. The snake shifter she’s been chasing is one seriously evil dude, so when that arrogant dragon from Wildridge Security is about to screw up everything, she’s forced to step in. After an intensely angry and mind-blowingly passionate first meeting, Allon and Chelle are forced to work together to capture their prey. Can they keep their hands off each other long enough to catch him? Or will temptation override good sense and see them both dead?

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voices and visionsVOICES AND VISIONS (THE TOUCHED SERIES BOOK 1) by Lashell Collins

A psychic so powerful his abilities come at a cost. A woman so special she alone has the power to touch him. Detective Isaac Taylor is a broken man. Isolated by his strange abilities and what others perceive as weird behavior, he keeps his head down and excels at his job. But he hears the whispers of his colleagues and family members, and he feels like a freak among them. Then one wrong number phone call changes everything.

Sidney Fairchild is no stranger to danger. She’s a woman on the run, in hiding and existing below the radar. Despite her efforts to stay invisible, she witnesses a crime she knows could get her killed. Then she answers a wrong number phone call that changes her life. Bound by their undeniable connection, Isaac and Sidney forge a bond stronger than anything either has ever known. But will his psychic abilities save her or lead to their mutual destruction?

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broken queenA BROKEN QUEEN (THE NINE REALMS BOOK 3) by Sarah Kozloff

Barely surviving her ordeal in Oromondo and scarred by its Fire Spirit, Cerulia is taken to a recovery house in Wyeland to heal from the trauma. In a ward with others who are all bound to serve each other, she discovers that not all scars are visible, and dying can be done with grace and acceptance. While she would like to stay in this place of healing, will she ever be able to the peace she has found to re-take the throne?

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glass hotelTHE GLASS HOTEL: A NOVEL by Emily St John Mandel

VS Note: She’s the author of Station Eleven…a release of note.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

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return rachel harrisonTHE RETURN by Rachel Harrison

VS Note: Not romance, listed in horror, a release of note…

Julie is missing, and no one believes she will ever return—except Elise. Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and feels it in her bones that her best friend is out there and that one day Julie will come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.
Along with Molly and Mae, their two close friends from college, the women decide to reunite at a remote inn. But the second Elise sees Julie, she knows something is wrong—she’s emaciated, with sallow skin and odd appetites. And as the weekend unfurls, it becomes impossible to deny that the Julie who vanished two years ago is not the same Julie who came back. But then who—or what—is she?

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shade of vampire 87A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 87: A SHADE OF MYSTERY by Bella Forrest

The Spirit Bender is destroyed forever, vanished into nothingness by Death herself, never to return again. But Thayen, now a grown man, has discovered a peculiar ability thanks to the soul shard still lodged in his heart. When a mysterious and shocking event occurs on the island, Thayen wonders if he is somehow responsible… but that doesn’t explain the strange, shimmering gash that was spotted in the redwood forest. Or the fact that the Reapers confirmed absolutely no death magic is at play. A new mystery lurks beneath the surface.

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legend among dragonsLEGEND AMONG DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 8) by Olivia Ash

The end game is here. Come hell or high water, I will win. War is coming—one I didn’t start, but I can damn sure finish. As I gather my allies and put the final touches on my massive dragon army, there is one last thing I want. The lords orb is within reach, and I need its power. The men I love stand with me in this fight, but we’re facing ancient gods and savage dragon Bosses who destroy everything in their path. The fabled orb can imbue my men with my power and protect them as we march into battle. But even then, it’s a gamble, because we’re up against forces we’ve never seen before. My nemesis makes a pact with the dragon gods—and the dead awaken. As Kinsley Vaer uses innocent humans as bait, I swoop in to save them from her clutches. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hidden augustina van hovenTHE HIDDEN (A TOVENAAR NOVEL BOOK 1) by Augustina Van Hoven

They’ll risk everything for each other…Lily Montgomery is finding refuge from her vicious divorce and constant self-loathing by writing about the monsters who inhabit her dreams. But then, when she’s rescued by a vampire, she discovers that her monsters are real. Not only that, she’s being pursued by shapeshifters who fear she’ll reveal their secret to humans. Her rescuer is the only constant in her now chaotic world. And, to Lily’s surprise, she fears more for her heart than she does for her life when she’s around him.
Valerian DuCharme is an unusual vampire. Although he’s an enforcer for one of the houses of The Hidden, he’s welcomed by the principled everywhere for his charisma, his caring, and his powers. Valerian lost his true love when he was turned, and his heart has been encased in ice for hundreds of years. Until he meets Lily. And he warms to her charms. But his job is to keep keep Lily safe. Can he do that and love her, as well?

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cries from the lost islandCRIES FROM THE LOST ISLAND by Kathleen O’Neal Gear

VS note: Not a romance…

Set against the glory and tragedy of ancient Roman Egypt, this novel brings to bring to life the greatest love story of all time. Sixteen-year-old Hal Stevens is a budding historical scholar from a small town in Colorado. A virtual outcast at high school, he has only two friends: Roberto the Biker Witch and Cleo Mallawi. Cleo claims to be the reincarnation of Queen Cleopatra. She also believes she’s being stalked by an ancient Egyptian demon, Ammut, the Devourer of the Dead.

But when Hal and Roberto find Cleo murdered in the forest near her home, it appears she may have been telling the truth. Her last request sends them journeying to Egypt with famed archaeologist Dr. James Moriarity, where it quickly becomes clear that Cleo has set them on the search of a lifetime: the search for the lost graves of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. But they are not alone in their search. Cleo’s murderers are watching their every move. And not all of them are human.

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agent breakerAGENT BREAKER: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (OTHERWORLD AGENTS BOOK 2) by Godiva Glenn

IT STARTED AS A NORMAL DAY AT WORK…Breaker Barrileaux is a honey badger shifter who uses his tenacity and zero-f**ks attitude to excel at his job as a Federal Paranormal Unit agent. When a missing persons case lands on his desk, and the first suspect is pulled in, he has no reason to believe it’s more than what it seems. SOMEONE IS AFTER HER…Victoria Amsel is a practitioner of shadow magic—not to be confused with the dark forces. But that distinction doesn’t matter when the normally positive and carefree woman finds herself in an interrogation room with the world’s most cantankerous—but fiercely attractive—FPU agent. She’s suddenly a wanted woman, both by the law and by Breaker. MAGIC AND MAYHEM ARE IN THE AIR… What started as a simple case becomes a puzzling murder, and Breaker has to protect Victoria from an unknown villain with mysterious and vile intent. Evidence is pointing at her as the criminal, but he knows better. Victoria is his mate, and he refuses to accept her as guilty. What will he have to do to prove her innocence and take down the actual killer?

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princes consortTHE PRINCE’S CONSORT (CHRONICLES OF TOURNAI BOOK 1) by Antonia Aquilante

Legends tell of large cats defending the principality of Tournai, but such creatures are only myth. Or are they? Prince Philip inherited the throne of Tournai at a young age, and since then, his life has centered around ruling his country and resisting those pressuring him to do as they want both in matters of governance and those more personal. He’s become isolated and lonely. Amory is the second son of a wealthy merchant who has never approved of anything about him or had any use for him. Until now.

When kind-hearted Amory is offered to the prince in exchange for more time for Amory’s merchant father to complete a commission, both Philip and Amory are horrified. But Philip agrees to keep Amory at the palace, where they gradually become friends, then lovers. For the first time in his life, Philip is free to share not only his heart, but the magical shape-shifting ability that runs in the royal bloodline—something the royal family has kept secret from all but those closest to them for generations. Neither Amory nor Philip imagined falling in love, and they certainly don’t expect what those who oppose their relationship will do to keep them apart—maybe even resorting to murder.

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poison lovePOISON LOVE by Various

Root for the underdog, wish for the end of the world, and take your poison like a fine glass of wine. Dragons, Fae, Witches, fairy tales, bad fortune, and more, fill the pages you’ll yearn to read through the night. Poison Love is a collection of Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal stories from quick to cutthroat. One click you’re next obsession today. Don’t crave what you cannot have.

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how to survive and undead honeymoonHOW TO SURVIVE AN UNDEAD HONEYMOON (THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO NECROMANCY BOOK 8) by Hailey Edwards

Nothing says romance like spending a long weekend at a haunted inn famed for sending its guests to the ER with scratches, bites, and fractures. Or so Linus thinks when he books a trip for Grier and himself to Oliphant House. As far as honeymoons go, the choice is nontraditional, but then, so is his bride.
Haunted history is one of Grier’s great loves, and she’s thrilled to discover Linus has given her a mystery to solve. Forget walks on moonlit beaches and sipping fruity drinks, Grier would much rather unravel the curse that’s plagued the Oliphant family for generations than pick sand from between her toes. The resident spooks, however, aren’t happy with the newlyweds sticking their noses where they don’t belong. Between the missing persons, the dead bodies, and the secrets lurking in the basement, Linus and Grier start to wonder if they’ll survive their honeymoon.

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pink is the new blackPINK IS THE NEW BLACK (A WITCH’S COVE MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Vella Day

Hi, I’m Glinda Goodall–the Good Witch of the South–and I want to welcome you to Witch’s Cove, Florida, a delightful beach town where witches and humans reside in peace and harmony. Sounds perfect, right? Yeah, that’s what it says on the billboard, but here’s the real scoop.
My aunt, who runs the Tiki Hut Grill where I work, sees ghosts–or rather sees one of them–namely her dead husband. My mom, a funeral director, is addicted to all things that have to do with The Wizard of Oz. She even has a terrier named Toto. And then there’s my familiar, Iggy, who is a very disgruntled pink iguana who fancies himself a detective.
As for me, I’m a problem solver. My flaws are that I’m way too nosy for my own good, and I rarely say the right thing at the right time. This week’s exciting news? Our not-so-beloved law enforcement officer was murdered, and my best friend’s brother was accused of the crime. I have to help find the real killer, right? How could I not? Stop in to Witch’s Cove and grab a meal at the Tiki Hut Grill. You just might see me and my familiar in action.

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thicker than waterTHICKER THAN WATER by Becca Seymour

Outcast operative in the Supernatural Investigation & Crime Bureau (SICB) Callen Blackheath finds himself doing what he does best: defying orders and giving his boss a headache in the thick of an operation he shouldn’t be in. And there’s no way he’s walking away, not when the investigation has become deadly personal.

Needing to protect the only family member he has left, this wolf shifter will do whatever it takes to stop the blood farms and destroy the dangerous drugs the vampires will kill for. But he doesn’t expect Liam “Thatch” Thatcher, the head of a special task force team, to receive a bite that pulls him into the centre of Callen’s world. Bonded by memories and blood, together they navigate the operation that has wider reaches than they could ever imagine. And when it comes to matters of the heart, Callen knows in order to win, he needs to risk it all.

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dragons surrogate matchmateDRAGON’S SURROGATE MATCHMATE (DRAGON’S MATCHMATE AGENCY BOOK 1) by Maia Starr

I signed up for the Hybrid Baby Hearts service. A surrogate mother would give me what I wanted. No complications. No expectations. Little did I know that I’d be paired with my fated mate. Lily Bradford is carrying my baby. An innocent woman in trouble. A gorgeous angel I craved. Falling in love with my surrogate was a bad idea. But I had to protect Lily from her stalker. Her ex-boyfriend needed to back off. And when he didn’t, that’s when all hell broke loose. The enemy was a wolf shifter and had her hostage. The fire within me intensified. The love that I had for her grew. I knew I had to save her.
To make her mine and make my family complete.

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constantCONSTANT (THE VALESPIAN PACT BOOK 3) by Lexi Ander

VS Note: Author states series must be read in order.

Can a Warlord and a Prince find love when the galaxy is on the brink of war? Chief Warlord Sohm’lan has a job he loves protecting the family who claims him as one of their own. He has known the loss of a mate and believed he would walk alone for the rest of his life… that is until Prince Mestor demanded more from him than duty. Unable to fathom why Mestor would want a widowed older warrior, Sohm’lan maintains his distance believing Mestor will eventually choose an amor closer in age and experience, even though the thought causes him more pain than it should.

Prince Mestor is tired of pretending and his patience is eroding. He needs Sohm’lan to see past their respective ranks and duties to who Mestor is underneath it all. Worried Sohm’lan will be lost to him if he pushes too hard, Mestor and Sohm’lan are caught in a dance of denied desires and tangled obligations.

Warlord Sohm’lan and Prince Mestor struggle to find a way to their heart’s desire against the backdrop of galactic conspiracies, the dangerous mission escorting the Fal’Amoric royals, and discoveries within the Vondorian family that threaten to tear apart everything they hold dear. The two of them stand together to fight the coming battle whatever the consequences.

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of flame and furyOF FLAME AND FURY (WIERD GIRLS FLAME BOOK 3) by Cecy Robson

Taran Wird, the loudmouth mistress of flame and lightning, didn’t want to attend the formal gathering of the supernatural elite. She did so only to help unite the supreme beings in attendance in one common goal: protecting Taran’s sister, Celia.
Celia is pregnant with alpha werewolf Aric Connor’s child, the same child prophesized to save the world from uprising evil. Evil wants this child dead before he is born and, more importantly, before he can grow strong enough to stop it.
Taran and her werewolf lover, Gemini, put plans in place to protect Celia. Master Vampire Misha Aleksandr and his clan also swear their allegiance to Celia and vow to keep her from harm. The witches even cast protection spells around the manor to curse anyone with malintent who enters. Nothing was supposed to go wrong, except everything did.
Creatures that shouldn’t exist stalk the grounds and invade the premises, and every curse meant to shield the guests turns against them. No one counted on the powerful being who arrived uninvited. But he’s here, manipulating the magic enclosing the estate to work in his favor. As body counts rise and allies become enemies, chances are Celia won’t survive the night. But evil never counted on how hard Taran Wird would fight, even at the expense of her life.

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resting witch faceRESTING WITCH FACE (NOT YOUR BASIC WITCH BOOK 2) by A J Macey and Jarica James

Aris Calisto is no longer the newest student at Aether Academy but after her creepy headmaster finds out about her relationship with a professor, she’s finding her seemingly new home is quickly becoming hellsticks. To make matters worse, when someone leaks Aris’s new powers, her and her guys are faced with a Council inquiry.

Despite what should be an easy ‘potion to brew’, Aris quickly discovers that not all is as it seems in the capital of Akasha and soon enough, she and her men dealing with a cauldron full of problems-fighting a not-so-friendly familiar face, having to go on the run, growing pains in their relationships, portal hopping to places they’ve only read about. With her capricious coven behind her, can Aris use her i’magic’nation to figure out what to do? Or will she find out that you need to be careful what you witch for?

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unicorn of glassUNICORN OF GLASS (FAE SHIFTER KNIGHTS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Christmas magic…in July? Heather’s life is not entirely normal. She dresses as a holiday elf for one job and a medieval peasant for the other. She has an Italian Greyhound that fits in her purse. But now there’s a beautiful, buck-naked man standing in her apartment explaining that he’s a unicorn who was trapped in a glass Christmas ornament. And things are just about to get a whole lot weirder.

Rez, fae unicorn knight and defender of the broken crown, isn’t sure how he got to this magic-starved world or why the beauty who freed him from his glass prison has cast an enchantment on him. He only knows he has to find his shieldmates and return to his fight with the darkness before he loses himself to her charms (and those of her tiny hound) forever. Dark forces from his fallen world are tracking them down. But Rez has much harder tasks at hand: battling a rogue vacuum cleaner, braving buses and BigMart, defending a hound’s honor at a Ren Faire…and facing dinner with Heather’s mother.
Heather and Rez will have to work together with old allies and new to find answers, discover the key to his magic, and unlock the power of his unicorn heart…before his enemies find a way to stop them forever.

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knight and the necromancerTHE KNIGHT AND THE NECROMANCER: BOOK ONE: THE CAPITAL by A H Lee

Prince Roland comes home from the war to bury his father and see his sister on the throne. He sneaks out to his favorite tavern for nostalgia’s sake. It’s the place where he kissed a man for the first time, the place where he used to carouse with the lover he buried on a battlefield. Roland expects to enjoy some anonymity and perhaps flirt with a few strangers for old time’s sake. He does not expect to find a fascinating scholar from out of town—a lonely young man with beautiful eyes and an obvious longing to be touched, buried beneath a prickly demeanor. The man clearly has his secrets, but so does Roland, and their unexpected chemistry makes him feel alive for the first time in months. Roland exerts all his knightly charm and is rewarded by the promise of a second date. He figures he’ll need something to look forward to tomorrow, since he must spend the day in council with his family’s sworn enemy—a necromancer whom his sister has rashly invited to consult about the war.
Sairis is a necromancer with a price on his head. He knows that he will have to bargain for his life tomorrow. He’s never been this far from his tower. He’s good with magic, not people. He’s frightened, although he doesn’t want to admit it…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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chaos anna carvenCHAOS (DARK SCIONS BOOK 2) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I love her Dark Planet Warriors scifi romance series but I am waiting until all 3 books of this series are out before I start reading, as she herself suggests, because I loathe cliffhangers.

He stole me away from certain death. First, it was for his own selfish purposes. But then it became something more. He’s ruthless and powerful, and I don’t even really know what he is. But he saved my people, and with every passing day, I’m falling deeper and deeper under his spell. I don’t fear death anymore. I’ve already seen his face.

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alpha revealedALPHA REVEALED (ALPHA COUNCIL CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Brenda Sparks

Natasha Peterhoff is the luckiest vampire in the world. Having pined over the sexy, but aloof Vladimir Starikovich for centuries, her feelings are reciprocated when the pair are drawn to each other the night of her brother’s wedding. Unfortunately, the stark light of day dawns, and the couple parts ways. Back in Siberia, Vlad is overcome by doubts. Not only will Natasha’s brother kill him, but his own past is reason enough to keep her away. He vows to do everything in his power to keep her safe, even it if means never seeing her again. With so many reasons to stay apart, will the ties that bind be strong enough to pull them together?

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devil to payTHE DEVIL TO PAY: A BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVEL by Michele Hauf

The promise his parents made will haunt him forever…After the devil Himself claims Ivan Drake’s soul, the vampire phoenix has no choice but to enforce the Dark Prince’s wicked rule. But when the devil sends him to claim the Book of All Spells, the last thing Ivan expects is to square off with its gorgeous protector, the witch Dez Merevech—or to be attracted to her. To retrieve the book might end the escalating war between the witches and the vampires, but to take it from Dez will ensure her death. With the fate of the paranormal world hanging in the balance, Ivan must choose wisely—and quickly.

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danceTHE DANCE by Kim Fielding

VS Note: A re-release? I enjoy her writing…

After several deaths and near-deaths, chemist and introvert Bram Tillman wishes the last year would unhappen. Then a beautiful man shows up at his door, warning him that more danger lies ahead. Daniel Royer promises to use vodou ceremonies to help Bram discover what’s trying to kill him. But while Bram feels a growing attraction to Daniel, vodou spirits change Bram in unexpected ways.

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controlled chaosCONTROLLED CHAOS (THE OTHER BENNETTS BOOK 1) by Kate Allenton

Clara Bennett – Doing the right thing means I have to die. My secret precognitive abilities warned me so. There is no changing my fate, no matter how hard I try.
When I take a gunshot wound to the chest, my final resting place will be a shallow grave.
If only I knew who will pull the trigger. My lifetime of running won’t help me now.
It’s too late for that.
There is no walking away from this moment or from the man I was destined to love for the rest of my life, no matter how little time I may have left.
Porter Anderson – I needed the help of the one woman who is avoiding me at all cost.
This is just my luck. This is personal, and long-overdue where answers are on the line.
Getting her to agree is going to be impossible, especially when we met and I discovered that she sees only her impending demise in my eyes. I’m going to have to get creative in convincing her to help solve my case and, more importantly, figuring out how to keep her alive.

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rockin around the dragon treeROCKIN’ AROUND THE DRAGON TREE: MACALLEN CLAN (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 43) by Julia Mills

The holidays are long gone, but Dragons Love Forever! Something is always roasting on an open fire, bells damn sure still jingling somewhere if momma has anything to say about it, and snow falling in the desert…WAIT! WHAT? Yep! That’s right. Snow is falling in the desert. The cacti have icicles, the bobcats are frostbitten, and the coyotes have started a bonfire. If the temperatures don’t start rising soon, the deer are threatening to get more than a little horny. One kiss, that was all it took. Now, a whole year later plus three months into a new year and this poor Guardsman’s sportin’ a broken nose, a missing Mate, and snowdrifts instead of tumbleweeds blowing in the breeze. Ho! Ho! Ho! What’s a Dragon to do?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 18

March 11

March 4

February 26

February 19

“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday MARCH 18

star cruise idols curseI have a ‘new’ re-release this week – WOOT!

Before diving into the report, my best wishes go out to everyone in these scary and trying times, and I hope you and those you love will come through unscathed by COVID-19. I think reading books is one of the best ways to cope during this stressful and anxious pandemic situation (I’m stressed and anxious for sure and have family members in the at-risk categories!) and so I’m concentrating on continuing to write my own books and to offer this weekly curated roundup to help readers and authors connect. Listen to the medical authorities, keep washing your hands and practicing social distancing and may we all work together to get through this.

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

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STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE by Veronica Scott

VS Note: This is a re-release of the 42,000+ word novel I included in the Pets in Space® 4 anthology, which is no longer available. No revisions or additions have been made to the original novel for this re-release but I have also now included a 4,000 word prequel story Butterfly Hair, in which the interstellar diva Azlaya arrives on board the Nebula Zephyr cruise liner. This short story was a free reader magnet originally available only in the time before the anthology was published.

An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

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her cyborg warriorsHER CYBORG WARRIORS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM®: THE COLONY BOOK 8) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I enjoy the Colony series…

Professional surfer Mikki Tanaka didn’t want to leave her beloved Hawaii, the ocean waves, or the vibrant sea life she’s worked so hard to protect. But her protests and aggressive tactics didn’t mesh with the law and she’s found herself behind bars. Her choice? Ten years in jail or life as an Interstellar Bride. Never one to shy away from adventure, she decides to take her chances in the stars—with not one, but two sexy-as-hell alpha warriors on The Colony.

Surnen, a Prillon Warrior and trusted doctor, has been waiting for a bride for years. Banished to The Colony, he’s given up all hope, until a black-haired Earth beauty instantly steals his heart and his breath. But the highly disciplined doctor likes protocols and control, in bed and out of it. His second and an equally ruthless warrior, Captain Trax, agrees. Unfortunately, their new mate has a wild streak, a thirst for danger, and an appetite for violence that both shocks and thrills them. When her penchant for stirring up trouble brings danger to The Colony, they’ll stop at nothing to save her. Nothing at all.

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dax alana khanDAX: BOOK 8 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan

Aliens abducted Dahlia from Earth mere months before her scheduled marriage to her childhood sweetheart. Dax declared she owns his heart in front of a ship full of rowdy gladiators, but can she accept his love? Dax is the biggest, baddest male on a vessel full of escaped gladiator slaves. The little Earth female was thrown into his cell and they were forced to mate. He fell hard for her courage, strength, and delightful body. He tries everything to convince her he’d be a good mate, but it isn’t until they’re forced together in a chamber of horrors that she sees Dax for the loving, protective male he’s always been.

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derrixDERRIX: WARLORD BRIDES (WARLORDS OF VAZNIK BOOK 4) by Ava York and Starr Huntress

Derrix figured a mate would be nothing but asking for trouble. For heartache.
Heartbreak. When the teleporter delivers another luscious human female, he can only hope she’s not for him. But she is. And unlike the other women, she’s happy and excited about her new adventure. They’re about to move into a new, dangerous phase of the mission. How can he keep her, and his heart, safe?

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nova scar forceNOVA (SCAR FORCE: DELTA FACTION BOOK 6) by Gaja J Kos

A fugitive once more, Cairo searches for allies. She can’t let SCAR Force go through with the attack. But convincing the rebels she’s on their side comes with its own peril. Her knowledge makes her an asset. The nano-tech in her body a liability. Yet even if she manages to get the resistance to join her fight, Cairo knows that not everyone will get out alive. Though it certainly looks like death has a favorite. Her.

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claimed by the alien warriorCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (WARRIORS OF AGRON BOOK 2) by Hope Hart

What’s worse than being stuck on an alien planet? Being stuck on an alien planet when you’ve made an enemy of the local tribe King. Okay, so I may have stolen his favorite misua and snuck away to find my friends. But he should’ve known better than to forbid me to go. I’m a marine, and we leave no man– or woman, behind. Besides- putting distance between us is a good thing, especially since I’m sure he’s coming after me. We’re like fire and gasoline, and spending time near him is is like lighting a match and waiting for the explosion. So what if his dark eyes promise more pleasure than I’ve ever experienced? I’m finding my friends and getting off this planet. Even if this alien king seems to think he owns me. Even if a tiny part of me might like the idea of being owned… by him.

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penzakPENZAK (TRI SYSTEMS RANGERS: BOOK 4) by JC Hay

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

Loss casts a shadow you can’t outrun…Commander Rafe Penzak is tired of jockeying a desk. With only months left before his forced retirement from the rangers, he decides to bend a few rules for one last mission: follow up on intelligence that vicious criminals have found the ranch that supplies the rangers’ umbra wolves. He’s ready to confront the reminder of his wolf’s death, but nothing in the Three Systems could prepare him for the spitfire who runs the farm.

Veterinarian Nafisi Sultana has run her wolf breeding program her way since the death of her husband. The last thing she wants is another ranger taking up space, correcting her methods, or being underfoot. But she can’t miss the pain and sorrow that haunts the greying commander, and her need to heal others pulls her into his orbit despite the agonizing memories he wakes in her.
With storms, raiders, and a renegade wolf pup driving them together, Nafisi and Rafe have to set aside their damaged past, or they’ll never be able to save something they both want more—a future.

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seduced by a beastSEDUCED BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 3) by Miranda Bridges

He wants me. And this male is used to getting whatever he demands. The only problem is I don’t want to be bothered. Especially not hot and bothered. But he’s not getting the hint. He thinks I’m his and that he needs to claim me. If I allow myself to ask what that means it’ll probably add a couple of letters to my OCD. My disorder should deter him, like it has most people. I just won’t stick around long enough to find out. I’ve been given my freedom and I have no intention of giving it away to this alien. No matter how handsome, strong, and kind he is. Just because he makes me feel things doesn’t mean they’re real. Or are they?

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super adjacentSUPER ADJACENT by Crystal Cestari

Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot more complicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.

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hearts of oakHEARTS OF OAK by Eddie Robson

VS Note: Not a romance but scifi. This just sounded  kind of irresistible… and talking cats…

The buildings grow. And the city expands. And the people of the land are starting to behave abnormally. Or perhaps they’ve always behaved that way, and it’s normality that’s at fault. And the king of the land confers with his best friend, who happens to be his closest advisor, who also happens to be a talking cat. But that’s all perfectly natural and not at all weird. Iona, close to retirement, finds that the world she has always known is nothing like she always believed it to be. There dark forces . . . not dark. There are uncanny forces . . . no, not uncanny. There are forces, anyway, mostly slightly odd ones, and they appear to be acting in mysterious ways. It’s about town planning, it’s about cats and it’s about the nature of reality.

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uranusPLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: URANUS (TUSCANY BAY’S ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 3) by Various

VS Note: Scifi not romance. Details of each story are on ebook seller site.

These are the stories of Uranus. Stories of new beginnings and creation. Stories of the mysterious seventh planet in our solar system and of the God of the sky that it was named after:

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ocean wolves IIOCEAN WOLVES II: HARBINGER (TRITON CORE SERIES BOOK 2) by Theresa Beachman

Marine biologist, Dr. Kathrine Sorland barely survived her first marriage. Now, Jones, her dog is the only male she has time for in her life. When protester activity threatens her team’s work monitoring a quarantine zone in the Norwegian Sea, Kathrine is forced to accept the protection of the Ocean Wolves. Working with their commander is a challenge, not least because he reignites feelings in her heart she believed long dead.

Formerly in the Russian Navy, Nik Borostovlo is in command of the Wolves for the first time. Married to his job, responsibility weighs heavy on his shoulders. There’s no room in his life for a woman, but no matter how hard he tries, he can’t deny his attraction to the strong-willed scientist.
As dangerous events escalate in the water, Nik is compelled to work closely with Kathrine. Her team has discovered something deep under the ice. Something that threatens the world’s oceans and must be kept from the wrong hands, whatever the cost. Nik may be the only person Kathrine can trust and time is running out. As Nik battles to safeguard the woman he’s falling for, desire burns incandescent between them. Soon, Nik will discover that some scars run more than skin-deep and the toughest surround Kathrine’s heart.

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jeopardy in tightsJEOPARDY IN TIGHTS (MEN OF THE PANTHEON BOOK 1) by K  Childs

Down on his luck ex-security meets CEO looking for special bodyguard. Fine print: hazardous working conditions. Errol Mason got fired from his last job and put on a blacklist for a good reason. Now, scraping the bottom of the barrel and desperate for any job, he finally lands an interview with Stardust Global. Errol’s interviewer, company CEO Nathan Parkes, has a secret, one that might get Errol killed. All Nate wants is a meatshield while he goes on a one-man crusade against a bunch of psycho cultists and tries to rescue his missing stepmother. Errol is the meatshield in this equation. Things start pear-shaped and only get worse from there. Between military small-arms fire, freeway fisticuffs, and escaping the cult’s secret bases, the duo quickly forms a bond of trust and lust.

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buccaneers coveBUCCANEER’S COVE: A VIRTUAL REALITY ROMANCE (THE NULIFE SERIES BOOK 3) by H P Mallory

Claire Darrow can’t seem to catch any breaks on her case against NuLife. There have been multiple deaths and she’s fairly sure NuLife is behind all of them, but she still can’t prove how. Deciding to go back into the Virtual Reality game, this time she’s bringing her hunky boss, Grant, with her. And the two of them will find themselves in the pirating world of Buccaneer’s Cove. There they will learn find themselves battling more than just unanswered questions.

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THE CARNIVAL’S DAUGHTER: A DARK DYSTOPIAN ROMANCE (KINGDOM DUET BOOK 1) by Esme Devlin

VS Note: Not a fan of the cover.

The world is different. New. Or at least that is what people who can remember tell me.
Women are coveted, a rare jewel to be treasured. But also owned. Collected. Displayed.
I’m a girl with one green eye and one blue. A feature that both condemns me and keeps me alive at the same time. I’m wanted by the most dangerous man in this new Kingdom.
An obsession that threatens my sanity, and also saves my life. I’m reminded of this every morning and every night…and sometimes all night long. In this new, new world that he orchestrated, you dance to his tune, or you don’t dance at all.

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from the ashesFROM THE ASHES: THE4 PHOENIX PROJECT (THE PHOENIX PROJECT DUET BOOK ONE) by Candice Wright

My whole life has been defined by my illness. And after twenty-four years of trying to fight it, I’m about to lose. That’s when The Phoenix group approached me with a devil’s bargain. They will pay my family one million dollars, leaving them a lifetime of choices instead of a legacy of debt. And all they want in return is me. But the thing about a devil’s bargain is that there is inevitably a price to pay. I go from being a human to being a commodity. A test subject to be poked and prodded, broken and put back together again until my body finally fails me. The only way out is to die. So what will happen when the girl who has always been sick, inexplicably begins to heal? With the odds stacked against me, I’ll have to place my life and my heart in the hands of a group of criminals, Because the girl who was once ready to die will burn the world to ashes for a chance to live.

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caelCAEL (INTERGALACTIC SOULMATES BOOK 2) by Annabelle Rex

Asha Santos isn’t interested in a relationship. Not when she’s barely keeping her head above water, working all hours to pay off her debts while helping to raise her four-year-old nephew. Forced by her loan shark to take the DNA Match test, no one is more surprised than Asha when she’s Matched with Prince Cael. Yes, he’s ridiculously handsome and his touch awakens feelings Asha never knew she could have… But beyond a mutual attraction, what could a car mechanic and a prince possibly have in common? There’s no way on Earth they are ‘meant to be’.

Cael has been dreaming of meeting his Match all his life. Asha is everything he’s always wanted, and more, but she’s going to take some convincing. Disaster pushes them together, but Cael knows he’s only got until the dust settles before Asha leaves. Can he convince her to let him in to her heart before it’s too late?

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gornGORN (BRIDES TO BEASTS BOOK 5) by Athena Storm

I had thought my quest was at an end. I waited for death. But it was not to be. He found me. And nursed me back. Her name was Uri Hawk. And I could see her broken smile.
Her sad gaze as she touched my scales. I could sense her grief. I determined right then that I would help this deeply traumatized woman. I could do some good. Even if it was just for one person out of trillions in the galaxy. I made her mine. And she made me hers.
So when the war came for us, as it does for everyone, we were ready. Our love was our shield. Our hope was our spear. And then I saw. A smile. Flicker over her face as she  looked at me. A sparkle in her eyes. And I knew. That the man who had set out to bring peace to the galaxy. Had at last found it in himself.

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reclaiming their stolen brideRECLAIMING THEIR STOLEN BRIDE (CLAIMING THEIR BRIDE BOOK 3) by Abby Aaron

Neima was allowed out of the City of Women for the first and only time. The women with her were afraid of their surroundings but Neima loved the experience. Just as she is set to be claimed by three husbands, Neima is kidnapped by a group of men claiming she is their lost daughter. Finnton, Waylon and Bode, proven warriors from Finn, know Neima is the bride for them after just one look. Before they can finish the claiming ceremony, she is kidnapped. Even though the ceremony was interrupted, they know and feel she is their bride. Can Finnton, Waylon and Bode save their bride before she slips out of reach inside a foreign village of warriors?

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spark a little flameSPARK A LITTLE FLAME (MAKE A LITTLE MAGIC ROMANTIC COMEDY BOOK 1) by Jennifer Archer

VS Note: Seems more scifi than magic…

J.T. Drake: It’s not easy to seduce a woman who can’t see me. But if I weren’t invisible, prim and proper Rosy Peabody would probably have even less of an interest in me. At least as her science experiment, I have her undivided attention & unlimited opportunities to try to win her affection or to at least make her blush that pretty shade of pink that tells me I’ve sparked her temper. So maybe I shouldn’t be in such a hurry to have my image restored . . .
Rosy Peabody: It’s not easy to ignore my tingling nerve-endings whenever J.T. & I touch. I keep telling myself that they’re only the after-effects of his electrified state, but lately, just the thought of him provokes the same reaction in me. I wouldn’t give a cocky guy like J.T. a moment of my time if not for the fact that I’m partially responsible for his condition and quite possibly the only person capable of reversing it. And now I can’t help wondering . . . if J.T. ever materializes, will our sizzling chemistry disappear or spark a little flame?

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marshmallowMARSHMALLOW (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 7) by Dane Griggs

VS Note: Has author’s note for “themes of domestic violence”.

Sara: I am heartbroken to quit the Bride Program. Momma needs me to return home and take care of her after a recent heart attack. Even though I had no intention of ever becoming a bride to one of the Cerastean aliens, I don’t want to leave. The mothership is the first place I have felt safe in a very long time. I will miss the feeling of security and all my friends. I may even miss one gruff, annoying, overprotective alien general.
General D’Annon: I’ve watched and worried over Sara for months. Like all Cerasteans, I can smell emotions. Sadness and fear were Sara’s constant companions in the early days of her arrival on the mothership. Now that she has to return to Earth, the scent of Sara’s sadness and fear are back. I vow to escort Sara home and make sure she is safe.

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orisoner of his passionPRISONER OF HIS PASSION: WARRIORS OF THE AUGUR NEBULA by Juniper Kerry

When Cleo Harris is taken from Earth, she finds herself in a situation she never could have predicted: breeding with a lust-worthy alien warrior. The connection she feels with Kon is undeniable; but when this warrior learns of Cleo’s true self, will he still love her as she loves him?

Captain of the Spectacle’s Peril, Jelathikon (Kon for short) is a two-time reject with a misfit crew. When his prince asks him to save a group of human women from a breeding experiment, he tries his best… and winds up as one of the breeding partners himself. Kon resists as best he can, but he cannot deny his feelings for Cleo. Will he be able to stay away from her, even though their pair bond pulls them together? Or will he give in, and endanger her life?

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chloes turnCHLOE’S TURN by Keri Kruspe

When Chloe Reid ends up on the FBI’s most wanted list, the offer from the Alien Exchange fits right into her plans. Who cares if she has to hook up with an alien? It’s not like she really expects love or anything. She’s been burned more than once and doubts the fairytale. The only thing on her agenda is staying far, far away from the Feds’ grubby little hands.

Prince Aylzrunthfrom Runihura has his own problems. Not only is he a male in a matriarchal society, but as Captain of the Royal Guards, he’s solely responsible for his sister, the heir to the throne. When she mysteriously disappears, he vows he’ll do anything to find her. Forbidden to go off-planet to search, he abandons his post and joins the Alliance of Assassins. They’ll help him…for a price.

Along the way, he interrupts the kidnapping of an Earth woman from the Exchange. He saves the captivating female, but now she’s his responsibility. Unfortunately, he’s not allowed to make her his own…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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smoke bittenSMOKE BITTEN (A MERCY THOMPSON NOVEL BOOK 12) by Patricia Briggs

VS: I LOVE this series and I devour each book when they come out and then I reread the entire series and then I wait breathlessly for the next one…so good.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman. My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill—until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.
Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything—even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory. It won’t, can’t, remain. Not if I have anything to say about it.

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crush the kingCRUSH THE KING (A CROWN OF SHARDS NOVEL BOOK 3) by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: I enjoyed the first book and the second one is waiting on my To Be Read list, now joined by the 3rd book LOL.

Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.

There is no better opportunity to strike than during the Regalia Games, a time when warriors, nobles, and royals from all the kingdoms come together to compete in various sporting events. With the help of her loyal friends, Evie goes on the attack at the Regalia, but things don’t turn out the way she hopes. Soon, she is facing a terrifying new threat, and she will have to dig deep and learn even more about her growing magic if she has any chance of defeating her foes. Because to secure her throne and ensure her kingdom’s survival, Evie must think like a true Bellonan: she must outsmart and outwit her enemies . . . and crush the king.

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defended by darknessDEFENDED BY DARKNESS (WINGS, WANDS AND SOUL BONDS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

One kiss is all it takes for the Commander of Darkness to know that he’s found true love. Now he just needs to survive his new job. There isn’t much that scares Tynan (Tanner) Shadeson. But now that the warrior prince of darkness has found his soul match in an overworked, frustrated human woman, he’ll do whatever it takes to awaken her latent fae powers and protect her from all evil. Even if that means taking a job he’s horribly overqualified (and underqualified) for.

If staring at sexy, competent Tanner was a crime, Eva would be seriously guilty. Even if the tall, dark, handsome new interim CEO is raising more questions than answers. Like, why he’s always following her around. Or why every time she looks at him, she feels unstoppable emotions she has never known before. When every touch is magic, and every kiss is more addictive than the last, it doesn’t take long for Eva to realize that Tanner just might be the perfect man. But even though he’s an amazing listener and an even better lover, there are things that Tanner is hiding too. And with evil lurking around every corner, even the commander of darkness might have just met his match.

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ritual of fire and iceRITUAL OF FIRE AND ICE (ONE SUPERNATURAL APOCALYPSE AFTER ANOTHER BOOK1) by Melisse Aires

With a supernatural Apocalypse on the horizon, a small coven finds an ancient ritual that may save thousands of lives. Rhylee, a witch with a talent for slaying demons, and Talon, a daywalker, are the logical ones to complete the ritual, which joins a willing human and a demon, fire and ice.
Rhylee and Talon had a brief, secret affair some months before, fueled by a botched love spell. They parted before a vampire bonding occurred. Some things aren’t meant to be. The Fire and Ice Ritual will have serious, lifelong effects on them.

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magic is the new blackMAGIC IS THE NEW BLACK by Various

Get the hottest new stories of supernatural jails, prisons, penitentiaries, reformatories, asylums, and detention academies brought to you by New York TimesUSA Today, and international best selling authors! Shifters, witches, vampires, psychics, fae, mages, monsters, murderers, and more fill the cells in this collection. Some have committed the most heinous of magical crimes. Others have been imprisoned unjustly. However they landed in lockup, the supernatural bad boys and girls incarcerated in these never-before-published tales come up against wicked wardens, corrupt guards, and powerful inmates.
Whether their sentences are forever or a day, every moment means life or death for paranormal prisoners as they deal with deadly secrets, mysteries, rivalries, and even love.
So whether you prefer punishment and power or rehabilitation and second chances, you’ll fall under the spell of paranormal prisons in Magic is the New Black.

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bachelor in paradiseBACHELOR IN PARADISE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 8) by Shai August

Lights. Camera. Deception. Disaster. Despair. Xi Sing, the Asian Alpha of the Rare and the Unknown is suffocating under the role he’s played for the entirety of his adult life – perfect son. For far too long, he’s allowed others to dictate his choices and lifestyle, but he refuses to allow them to dictate his choice of mate. Behind the scenes of his season of The Shifter Bachelor, the pressure mounts as seemingly everyone points him toward the woman he least wants, but who makes the most politically expedient choice. The lady he sees himself with may not be the best political match, but she is the best match for his heart. Can he convince her that love doesn’t have to be perfectly choreographed to work? Can he convince himself?

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fairy texasFAIRY, TEXAS by Margo Bond Collins

When her mother remarried and moved them to a town where a date meant hanging out at the Sonic, Laney figured that “boring” would have a whole new meaning. A new stepsister who despises her and a high school where she’s the only topic of gossip are bad enough. But when she met the school counselor (and his terminal bad breath), things get weird. Especially since he had wings that only she could see. And then there are Josh and Mason, two gorgeous glimmering-eyed classmates whose interest in her might not be for the reasons she hopes. Not to mention that dead guy she trips over in gym class. To survive in this small town, she’ll have to learn to wing it.

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changed mateCHANGED MATE: BEAR SHIFTER ROMANCE (CYBERMATES BOOK 4) by Candace Ayers

Someone once said, “Opposites attract.” (Clearly, they’d never met these two.) Mariah Starr comes from humble beginnings. She’s worked her tail feathers off. And her dream is now at her fingertips. Goals require sacrifice. Patton James works for his family’s construction business. When he has to. He’d rather hang out on his boat all day. Life should be fun. As shifters, they know instantly they’re mates. That doesn’t mean they like it. Or each other.
Someone also once said, “There’s no escaping destiny.”

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fractured fairy talesFRACTURED FAIRY TALES by Various

Once upon a time…Happily ever after…all of the fairytales we know and love begin and end the same, but what if they were altered? Fractured? Would the magic still happen? Does that happy ending still come at the stroke of midnight or with a kiss? Join this group of SaSSy authors as they take you on a journey, weaving their own magic and putting a spin on the fairytales we all know and love to support Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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claimed by temptationCLAIMED BY TEMPTATION  by Various

Are you ready for the fascinating world of paranormal and fantasy romance? Claimed by Temptation is a limited edition collection of tales designed to quench your thirst for the supernatural. You’ll want to sink your teeth into these stories of your favorite mystical creatures. From alpha shifters to powerful witches to magical djinn, there is something for everyone. The stories in the compilation are exclusive and can’t be found anywhere else. Don’t wait, this box set will only be available for a limited time before it is gone forever! Ariel Marie, Jessica Cage, Donna R. Mercer, Selene Drake, Erin St. Charles, Delizhia Jenkins, LeeSha McCoy, Nikki Clarke, Jade Royal, Kiarra M. Taylor, Siren Allen

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dark magicDARK MAGIC (DARKHAVEN BOOK 2) by Danielle Rose

In the heat of battle, hybrid Ava López discovers she has new and fascinating powers, but she does not know how to control them. Though her former enemies have offered her refuge and helped her acclimate to the vampire lifestyle, even they don’t understand her enhanced magic. With mounting threats from Ava’s former coven and reckless rogue vampires, Ava and her new friends have no choice but to request the wisdom of Holland Taylor to help her understand her powers. Holland is one of the most powerful witches Ava has ever met, and he is also Jeremiah’s ex, which introduces another wrinkle.
Tension between the vampires and Ava’s former coven is building, and when the witches offer a deal Ava would be remiss to reject, she is forced to choose between the life she once considered safe and the life she never wanted.

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her vampire obssessionHER VAMPIRE OBSSESSION (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 7) by Lesli Richardson

Dexter I’ve lived a long time. Some might say too long. I honestly don’t know what drew me to Lucius’ club in Tucson, of all hellish destinations, but dark and self-destructive thoughts have increasingly beckoned to me, as of late. Then I meet her. She challenges me from the very start and awakens something I’d thought long dead and cold inside my soul. Even her name should burn my lips, yet I can’t let her go. But when pieces of the past catch up with us, will I be able to keep her safe?

Eilidh – I’ve spent most of my life running, but that bastard had my number from almost the second our eyes meet. He’s the first of his kind to break through my defenses when I thought I was safe here, of all places. He’s done worse than steal my heart–he’s given me hope. Now what the hell do I do? Especially when it looks like my past is catching up with us. This time, I might have run out of options.

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feralFERAL (CATS OF FELIDAE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by River Ramsey 

Things are heating up at Felidae Academy. Literally, in Ella’s case–as if her arch enemy trying to kill her wasn’t enough. Then again, with the incredibly gorgeous Bishop and her lifelong crush vying for the right to court and claim her, maybe it’s not all that bad. If two toms is company, three is definitely a crowd, but knowing that can’t quench Ella’s thirst for the forbidden knowledge her professor has to impart. Sterling, Axel and Bishop are definitely up for the task of getting Ella through the semester in one piece, but the future Empress needs more than just a trio of worshipful toms. She needs Kings, and only time will tell if her wild toms can be brought to heel.

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their perfect stormTHEIR PERFECT STORM (DAERIA WORLD) (WINTERVALE PACKS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

Growing up as a foster kid wasn’t easy, but Adrienne White was lucky enough to have a loving family to call her own. Now, she’s ready to pay their kindness forward and help a dying planet by being a surrogate. Going to Daeria will also give her the fresh start she desperately needs. What she doesn’t expect is the alien planet’s magic to wake up powers within her when she arrives.
Four men. One woman. Adrienne was definitely not expecting to find four mates. Tempers are bound to flare when such very different personalities are in love with the same woman. Adrienne isn’t having it though and puts her foot down. She wants all of them or none of them.
When an ancient creature, controlled by madman, targets Adrienne for the magic running in her blood, Barret, Liam, Gavin, and Bala must work together to protect their mate and their pack before the evil takes their mate from them before they could claim her.

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pirate kingTHE PIRATE KING (THE DARK KINGS BOOK 8) by Jovee Winters

A curse has struck all of Kingdom, repairing happily ever afters is what Aphrodite and Calyssa do. But things don’t go according to plan when it comes to fixing the most infamous pirate to sail the Seren Seas and his eternal bride. Captain James Hook and Trishelle Paige have been lost, and now it’s up to the gods to find them and bring them back. But when Aphrodite and Calyssa discover where the pirate couple have been, they’re not sure if this time they can actually save them. What makes it worse is that Pan’s mischievous spirit is up to no good, he will do anything to keep Hook and Trishelle right where they are… even if he has to resort to darker, more brutal means to do so.

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emberlyEMBERLY (TAILS BOOK 3) by R E Butler

Lion shifter Diesel Cowan thought the worst thing he’d ever dealt with was the fall from a tree that gave him a very noticeable limp. But that terrible day has nothing on being rejected by the female the pride match-maker chose for him. Devastated, Diesel wonders if he’ll be alone forever.
The most exciting thing to have ever happened to Emberly Greer was when the TV weatherman ordered a latte from her parents’ coffee shop. When her friend Chloe’s bachelorette party ends up at a shifter bar, Em feels like she was destined to be there.
It doesn’t take long for Diesel to realize his heart-match is in the shifter bar where he works. Finding Emberly is the easy part, but revealing his flawed leg fills him with dread. If he can’t convince his beautiful mate that he’s worth loving, he doesn’t know what he’ll do. To complicate matters, the female who previously rejected him has had a change of heart, demanding the alpha enforce the mating contract. Can Diesel keep Emberly by his side forever?

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fires of hatredFIRES OF HATRED: THE WAR AND DECEIT SERIES BOOK 1 by Erin O’Kane

‘My name is 625. At least, that’s the number branded into my skin, the only identity I have. My real name, whatever it was, was stripped from me when I was sold into slavery at age eight. I am now 20, and no more than property, my only purpose working in the palace. Until the day I meet him.’ The Elves and Humans have been at war for millennia.
No one even remembers why or how it started. When a slave girl is sent to clean in a forbidden part of the castle, she stumbles across a secret which could cost her life.
A captured Elf, sworn enemy of the Human people, forced into making Elven weaponry to fight against his own kin. Will they see past the differences between their races and help each other to survive? Or will their union only serve to stoke the fires of hatred?

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hush of storm and sorrowHUSH OF STORM AND SORROW (EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES NOVELLAS BOOK 2) by L Penelope

While battling a vicious winter storm, Roshon ol-Sarifor, along with his father and twin brother are kidnapped and thrust on a journey that takes them far from home—leaving his sister Jasminda believing them dead. Their captors claim that the Queen Who Sleeps is behind their abduction—She wants them to reclaim a magical object hidden in a deadly part of the ocean. But a violent encounter with a gang of pirates forces the ol-Sarifors to seek refuge on a smuggler’s ship, where Roshon meets a girl unlike any he’s encountered before.

Ani Summerhawk never met a risk she didn’t take. But with a price on her head, she and her older brother need to make a quick getaway from a deal gone bad. Every ship in the sea is seeking the reward for returning her to a ruthless captain who believes she’s his property. But when her brother agrees to transport three passengers to a dangerous destination, Ani’s heart is put on the line for the first time. The two families battle a treacherous sea, greedy sailors, and a powerful mage as they struggle to retrieve and secure the ancient artifact. And the attraction between a high-spirited girl and a cautious boy comes to a head when they discover that their biggest fight just might be with each other.

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battle bondBATTLE BOND (DEATH BEFORE DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Lindsay Buroker

I’m Val Thorvald, assassin of magical bad guys and tenuous ally to the dragon lord Zav.
He still calls me a mongrel and thinks I’m a criminal, but he healed my wounds after we fought those dark elves together. That’s progress, right? Maybe one day, he’ll deign to use my name. Not that this is my primary concern. I’m busy with a new assignment. Nin, the awesome lady who makes my magical weapons, has a werewolf problem. Specifically, sleazy loser werewolf competitors who want to drive her out of business. Or worse.
Normally, a couple of werewolves wouldn’t be a big deal, but these ones have powerful allies. And then there’s that new dragon.
It turns out he’s one of Zav’s enemies, and he wants to use me against him.
I don’t know why he’s picking on me—it’s not like I mean something to Zav—but somehow I’ve gotten stuck in the middle of dragon politics. If you think that sounds like a nightmare, you’re right. If I can’t figure out a way to help my friend with the werewolves while keeping these dragons from tearing me apart, we’re both going to end up flatter than the deck chairs when Zav lands on the roof of my apartment building.

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fates fins fangsFATES, FINS AND FANGS (GODS AND DEMONS BOOK 1) by Kaye Draper

Troya has given up her mythology geek ways to focus on pursuing her nursing degree. She’s made weird, but fierce friends in the growing city of Ontonagon, in the four years since she arrived as an orphaned, wounded teenager. She’s managing to make something of herself, despite the loss of her real family. But it seems like the universe has other plans for her. Weird visions, hallucinations that make her closest friends seem like monsters…probably just an over the top reaction to all the stress in her life. (Either that, or it’s a brain tumor.) When a creepy run-in with a monster during her clinical rotations at the hospital threatens to make her fail out of school, Troya thinks it can’t possibly get any worse. But she’s wrong. So wrong. The world Troya has known all her life is ripped away in one weird night, and even two hot roommates-turned-lovers might not be enough to salvage things. Not when her entire existence is overshadowed by the memory of a dark prince bathed in blood—and the pain that drove her to forget everything.

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house in the cerulean seaTHE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by TJ Klune

Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He’s tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of the orphanage. He would do anything to keep the children safe, even if it means the world will burn. And his secrets will come to light.

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magic redeemedMAGIC REDEEMED (HALL OF BLOOD AND MERCY BOOK 2) by K M Shea

I thought life would be easier after I unsealed my magic. Spoiler: it’s not. I want to free my family from my traitorous cousin, but with all the allies he’s got guarding his back, even my new powers won’t be enough to beat him. My best bet is to use my parents’ signet ring to prove my claim of leadership. There’s just one problem…I can’t find it!
Things aren’t looking so good for my vampire housemates, either. As Killian Drake’s conflicts with the fae get worse, it’s clear that war will break out soon if something doesn’t change. Plus, Killian has gotten really weird about smelling me and invading my personal space. Every time he comes near my heart almost pops out of my chest, but I’m sure that’s just terror caused by being so close to the most feared vampire in the region.
At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
So, I’m a wizard searching for a ring while trying to survive living with a bunch of vampires and their deadly and suddenly touchy-feely leader. Yeah, life is definitely not easier.

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wanted a mommy for christmasWANTED: A MOMMY FOR CHRISTMAS (SEASONS OF LOVE BOOK 1) by Loretta Johns

VS Note: Yes this did just release on MAR 4. Hey, we could all use some holiday cheer!

I’m an elf. A Winter Cheer Elf, to be precise. A Winter Cheer Elf’s job is clear: from the fall solstice until spring, we are to spread as much cheer as possible. There are plenty of opportunities to do so, from small things such as providing free hot cocoa with marshmallows where people are enjoying sledding and ice skating to big ones, such as ensuring winter holidays go off without a hitch.  I take my job seriously, but when my cousin Kristianos railed about a letter addressed to Santa being more suited to those doing Cupid duty later, I needed to know more. By the New Year, I had my answer. Come Valentine’s Day, I knew I was lost. Will spring blossom into our happily ever after? If I have any say in the matter, you better believe it!

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necromancer risingNECROMANCER RISING (A RAEDAN WARRIOR NOVEL BOOK 1) by Ashton Abbott

The delicate balance of this world is threatened when Babd, goddess of war, is unleashed. With the help of other immortals drawn to her cause, she seeks to free her sisters and merge with them once more to form The Morrigan. Adeline Verone was prophesied to be the Queen of the Dead, the most powerful necromancer to ever grace this earth. The problem? She can’t access her powers. A group of immortals make it their mission to capture her, forcing Adeline to run for her life…and when that doesn’t work; to trust a brooding werewolf that is hiding an agenda of his own.
William Flynn had his life turned upside down at the loss of his brother. When a witch falls under his protection he makes the choice to betray her in order to protect his pack. He didn’t realize how much he would regret that decision.
Can Adeline and William ally for the sake of defending the world against The Morrigan, goddess of war, fate, and death? Or will William’s betrayal and the uncontrollable lust they feel for one another be their downfall?

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night angelNIGHT ANGEL (NIGHT GARGOYLE GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Rosalie Redd

An angel he is not…Seth Denton, Gargoyle Night Guardian, was a freewheeling cowboy in his former life who experienced heartache first hand and has no desire for a repeat performance. When Hannah thinks he’s some kind of angel and weaves her way into his heart with her soft touch and gentle kiss, he must battle his all-consuming need for her along with the internal demons of his bitter past to save her from the dark fae intent on stealing her soul.
Hannah McAllister longs to find a meant-to-be, eternal love and fantasizes about Seth a hot, sexy Gargoyle Night Guardian. When a dark fae threatens to not only destroy her life but strip away every last ounce of goodness in her soul, Seth vows to protect her. As the battle escalates and she falls deeper into his world and into his arms, will she miss out on her one chance at everlasting love?

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adrics heartADRIC’S HEART: A FADA NOVEL (THE FADA SHAPESHIFTER SERIES BOOK 6) by Rebecca Rivard

To save his clan, this bad boy alpha sacrificed everything—even his honor. Will he be forced to give up his mate as well? Cougar shifter Adric Savonett is the youngest alpha in the world—and not because he’s a nice guy. He and his sister are alive today thanks to the ruthlessness he hides beneath his cocky rock-star exterior. But now his sister is in danger from a dark fae prince.

Dolphin shifter Rosana do Rio might be young and inexperienced, but her heart recognizes Adric as her mate. Unfortunately, their clans are bitter rivals, and Adric refuses to play Romeo to her Juliet. Then Rosana comes to him with an offer he never expected—and can’t refuse. That one night he’s craved with her? She’s ready. He shouldn’t say yes, but he can’t resist. But that one night sets off a deadly chain of events, and the two find themselves locked in a battle with the malevolent fae prince—with Rosana as the prize. Adric must choose between saving her…or his sister. Make the wrong choice, and none of them will get home alive.

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inhumaneINHUMANE by Natasha Larry and Rainy Kaye

The world is losing its humanity. When Addie returns to her small town in Louisiana, everything has changed for the worse—the people she once knew have fallen into a sinister madness that has left no explanation. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the only person in the town who seems to have any sanity intact is her once best friend and former love interest, Samir. Despite their mutual animosity, Addie and Samir are forced to team up to protect themselves from the Inhumane as they try to unravel what happened. Their search brings them to a young woman who cannot speak and writes in indecipherable runes. She has something important to say, but Addie and Samir are running out of time to figure it out. They are starting to hear voices—the kind that wants them to do bad things. And they’re sounding better and better. Addie will have to dig deep, both in the town and in herself, to find the source of the madness before she, too, becomes inhumane.

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deadly diagnosisDEADLY DIAGNOSIS (PHOENIX AGENCY UNIVERSE BOOK 14) by Tina Donahue

VS Note: From February. I one clicked it.

A lifesaving gift…a plan for domination and death. Within her unique DNA, Kimana holds the means to cure any illness permanently, a talent she’s used on those in her Shoshone community. When the billionaire owner of a pharmaceutical concern accidentally discovers what she can do, he fears the end to disease and his profits, and wants her dead.
As a member of the Phoenix Agency, Lucas arrives to protect Kimana from those set on her destruction. Ex-military intelligence, he’s seen a lot but no one like her, a woman seemingly born for him, her presence needed in his life, her gift as unique as his paranormal talent. To Kimana, he’s the man she’s been waiting for. Together, they battle an adversary driven by insatiable greed who’ll stop at nothing to take what he wants. When her and Lucas’s lives are at risk, her gift can only save one before draining her life force and threatening her existence. A sacrifice she’s willing to make for Lucas.

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touch of truthA TOUCH OF TRUTH: THE TOWERS OF EARTH BOOK 1 by Nita Round

People have gone missing and no one knows where they’ve gone. The only clue left behind is blood, lots of blood, and a single silver brooch. Magda Stoner, captain of the airship Verity, has questions, and the Order for which she works has no answers to give. She has been directed to enlist assistance from Lucinda Ravensburgh, a tower witch and truthsayer. Lucinda sees truth in everything she touches, a gift, or curse, enhanced by the magic of the tower in which she resides. It’s a gift that comes with great responsibility and a duty to those she serves. When Magda asks for aid, Lucinda cannot refuse. Whilst Magda and Lucinda seek the evil behind the disappearances, all manner of threats imperil their lives. Ascara is the warrior who must protect them as their search becomes more and more dangerous. At the moment Lucinda touches the silver brooch, all three lives are changed forever.  Three must become one if these strong women are to succeed when traversing the path of justice. But the path they tread is littered with lies, deception, betrayal, and dark forces. No matter what, the Trinity of Truth must form and hold strong. “Wise birds whisper, Rage of Fire, Strength of Ice”.

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a touch of rageA TOUCH OF RAGE: THE TOWERS OF EARTH BOOK 2 by Nita Round

As foretold, the Trinity of Truth must finally face the Mistress of the Night. Lucinda, Ascara, and Magda have survived several dangerous encounters with the various agents of Sh’Na. It is time for them to brave the beast herself in the pyramid from Lucinda’s dreams. Magda, however, has met this Queen of the Desert before. Now her past history has risen to confront her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shark baitSHARK BAIT: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (THE AQUATERRESTIAL TASK FORCE BOOK 2) by Mandy Rosko

This honey badger is no one’s bait. Not even if the shark is cute as hell. Delilah Lovett is considered a little…odd. She’s used to it. Not everyone is comfortable around someone who takes care of the dead. Her skills are often in high demand, and she’s just been recruited to consult on a job for the Aquaterrestrial Task Force. There’s a possible traitor in their midst, and they need her genius to make sure the evidence hasn’t been tampered with.

Aiden Reyes doesn’t back down from a challenge, which is why he is given a special mission: be a bodyguard to a badass badger who insists she doesn’t need one. He figures the difficulties he faces with her will be nothing compared to the threat coming from within his own ranks, the killer who could potentially know the exact locations and missions of every FPU agent. Meeting Delilah and discovering she’s his mate is all the more reason for Aiden to want to find the murderer quickly and take them down. Not only does he need to protect Delilah, but he also needs the case to be solved so he can be with his overly serious, beautiful mate.

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coltonAGENT COLTON: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (OTHERWORLD AGENTS BOOK 1) by Godiva Glenn

MAGIC ISN’T ALWAYS PRETTY…Alexander Colton isn’t who everyone thinks he is—a drunk, abrasive headhunter for some of the nastiest individuals in the city. The truth is, he’s a unicorn. Oh, and he’s an undercover agent for the Federal Paranormal Unit, hot on the trails of a vicious serial killer. SHE CAN’T ESCAPE FATE…Sybrina Reynolds knows there’s more to life than her nine-to-five, and not just figuratively. She has a secret connection to the universe at large. She’s never told another soul her truth, and she’s got no plans to. When she comes home to a dangerous intruder, it can’t be a coincidence. TIME IS RUNNING OUT…Colton knows Sybrina is his mate, but he pushes her away to keep her safe. Then he thwarts an attempt to kidnap her, and they’re thrust into a hiding together. Someone is after Sybrina. Colton knows who, but only Sybrina knows why—and she’s not telling. In order to save her life and end a vicious pattern of murders, they’ll have to work together and stop keeping secrets.

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defending her honey badgerDEFENDING HER HONEY BADGER: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT 9DISRUPTING CRINIS BOOK 2) by Renee Hewett

Risa Neubauer is getting used to her new reality as a solo agent in the Federal Paranormal Unit. Since her partner left the FPU, she’s been hiding behind computers again, not finding her place in the field. But when Cynthia Vega tasks her with infiltrating the Cult of Crinis, Risa can’t turn it down. She was among the team who’d discovered them, and it’s a great opportunity to be on the team that takes them out at the head.
Theodore “Teddy” Ludwick loves being on the Badass Badger Squad. He’s not super thrilled that he has to accept a joint task force mission with an octopus from the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, but things take a turn when he meets the petite blond and learns she’s his mate. Can Teddy allow Risa to get close to a dangerous cult leader when there is so much at stake?

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reborn yesterdayREBORN YESTERDAY by Tessa Bailey

A timeless love story with bite. It was a night like any other for funeral home director Ginny Lynn, until the exceptionally handsome–and unfortunately deceased–young man on her embalming table sat up, opened his emerald eyes and changed the course of her life forever, making her feel quite fluttery while he was at it. Humans aren’t supposed to know Jonas Cantrell, or any vampire, exists. It’s kind of a major rule. Despite his instantaneous bond with perfectly peculiar Ginny, he has no choice but to erase her memories of their one and only meeting.
That was the plan. Before a reluctant Jonas can wipe Ginny’s mind clean, she reveals a secret that brings their worlds crashing together. Human and vampire. Past and present. Darkness and light. And while their love is strictly forbidden, it might be the only thing that can save them.

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seraphim academy 2SERAPHIM ACADEMY 2: SINFUL THINGS by Elizabeth Briggs

They tried to intimidate me. They tried to get me expelled. They tried to bring me to my knees. They failed. The angelic princes betrayed me, and now it’s time for this little succubus to get her revenge. My secret’s been exposed, but I’m not leaving Seraphim Academy until I rescue my brother. I know where he is, and I’ll do whatever it takes to bring him back—alive. Even if it means going up against the secret society that uses murder and blackmail to control things from the shadows. They may be powerful and ancient, but I’ve infiltrated their ranks and I’m not afraid of them. Especially with my sexy—and totally off-limits—professor helping me take the society down. I might even get the angelic princes to help me too, if they can behave this time. But I’ll have to be careful, because now that the angels and demons know I exist? They both want to control me—or they want me dead.

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bat and the boneBAT AND THE BONE by Alexa Gregory

This bat likes a good bone…Mila Starling is a forensic anthropologist who studies bones. And as a vampire bat, she loves her steak raw but her Highland cattle shifter detectives hot. The last thing that Mila ever expected was for The Bloody Doctor to escape prison after nearly two decades of incarceration. But Detective T-Bone, a tall wall of muscular man cake, drops the bomb that the notorious serial killer is on the loose. He’s come to enlist Mila’s help due to her encyclopedic knowledge of the notorious serial killer’s crimes. Too bad he didn’t realize that Mila’s obsession with the atrocities was the daughter trying to make up for the sins of the mother. That’s right. T-Bone’s new partner is the murderer’s daughter. But Mila is adamant that her link to the Bloody Doctor won’t stop her from bringing her mother to justice. They head out on the road, hoping to catch their mark before more bodies pile up. Their mission brings them to the Bloody Doctor’s jail cell where the proof is in the blood.

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betrayalBETRAYAL (BLOOD TRAILS BOOK 7) by Jennifer Blackstream

Shade’s Unseelie master has a new case for her. Someone is stealing Unseelie artifacts, piecing together the tools to perform a lost ritual. Shade must recover the artifacts and return them to their rightful owners—But only after the thief has finished the spell.
Shade’s contract is clear, but her conscience isn’t. The ritual is dangerous, and if she lets the thief succeed, their blood will be on her hands. To make matters worse, this case is full of familiar faces. Faces that still haunt her nightmares.
Every revelation raises the stakes, and soon Shade finds her professional life becoming a lot more personal, and the path ahead less and less clear. When Shade finds the thief, she’ll have a choice to make. And there’s no guarantee that the friends she begins with will still be by her side when it’s all over.

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HIDDen magicHIDDEN MAGIC (MAGIC UNDERGROUND MYTHOLOGIES BOOK 1) by Various

No matter the world, life can be dangerous. Be they wizards and shamans, assassins, or everyday people, Hidden Magic tells their stories about escape, consequences, and most of all, magic. From Earth cities and fantastical new worlds comes a collection of stories where heroes grapple with the seen and unseen in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This collection features: Elderly antiques experts interacting with souls, Shamans growing outlawed magic, Baby chimeras battling for their lives…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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runes ruins redemptionRUNES, RUINS AND REDEMPTION: STALLION RIDGE BOOK 5 by Maz Maddox

Redemption has long evaded the former Enforcer, Sebastian. Viewed as a monster, Sebastian has roamed the country in hiding, running from his bloody past and failures. A series of mistakes has left him hopelessly lost and waist deep in dark, uncharted territory. In order to escape certain death, he makes a deal that may seal his fate.
Lucas has been chasing after his heart for years. Sebastian has been a ghost he cannot grasp and the demons of his past are closing in. Joined by Elliot, a charming and mysterious doctor, the pair wades into darkness and untold dangers.
Lucas had expected to face all manner of foes on his way to save Sebastian. He didn’t expect Elliot to be the missing piece of the puzzle.

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weakened mountainsWEAKENED MOUNTAINS (ARTEMIS UNIVERSITY BOOK 4) by Erin R Flynn

My name is Tamsin Vale, and I survived my first semester at Artemis University… And several Biblical plagues. Of all the things I’d been expecting, plagues weren’t one of them. We still don’t know who the culprit was or if it was simply a prank, so there’s possibly another threat out there against me. Add it to the list. Unfortunately, that damn list is getting long. But despite all of that, I think I’m getting the hang of this college thing. I like my classes, I’m doing well in them, and I’m making progress on also finishing high school. I have some normal in my completely crazy life with friends, a boyfriend, and typical worries someone my age should have.

Granted, I’m still sleeping with my professor and a dragon prince, while trying to save all fairies, fair folk, and Faerie, but also help my friends and women in an extremely sexist society that treats them like property and fight the corruption of the councils. That should be enough to keep a woman busy for the rest of her life. It should have been… Except there’s a serious problem the dragons are facing, and they need my help. The lives of millions are at stake, so as much as I want to only focus on my people and my problems, they might have to wait a little bit longer. This will definitely end with more threats against me.

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heart of shadowsHEART OF SHADOWS (ALICE WORTH BOOK 5) by Lisa Edmonds

A magic-induced bloodbath during a Vampire Court gala leaves Alice and her boyfriend, alpha werewolf Sean Maclin, wounded. Alice and her ghost sidekick Malcolm reluctantly agree to investigate the deadly supernatural attack. When they vanish without a trace, Sean, his pack, and the Court form an uneasy alliance to locate them. Days later, Sean finds Alice on the side of the road far from home, with no memory and no magic—and no sign of Malcolm.

For Sean, Alice’s condition means starting over with the woman he loves. For Alice, it’s a chance to escape painful memories of her violent past, but she knows she needs her power back before her enemies learn she’s vulnerable. To find Malcolm and her stolen magic, she and Sean team up with his pack, a white witch, the Court, and a pair of dangerous black witches. Their investigation unearths an ancient vendetta and a shadowy enemy so powerful and ruthless, no one involved—most of all Alice—will ever be the same.

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dooms dayDOOM’S DAY (HALPERT-MCGONOUGH PACK BOOK 3) by Jeanette Lynn

Lorna “Doom” Honeywell knew there would be days like this, but she was just doing what she did best, stomping through life in her combat boots with that dark attitude, one sarcastic comment and inappropriate snicker at a time. Until him, that is. She doesn’t want him, she tells herself. She’s never asked for anything from him. Yet the bear offers her all she could ever want and more, if only she’s willing to take that leap, and play by his rules. Lor never much liked rules. And that wolf friend of his, that guy had it out for her, she doesn’t care how he looks at her when he thinks she’s not looking. When Doom’s life comes to a head and she is forced to accept some harsh truths about herself, as well as make some decisions, she realizes her day has finally come.

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taming their tailfinsTAMING THEIR TAILFINS: HOWLS ROMANCE by Marianna Morea

VS Note: A re-release

Shifters? Not a chance. Valerie Ross doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s hell-bent on knowing if her book loving BFF is actually happy or if she’s happily psychotic in a self-made fantasy. Shifters? Not a chance. With her friend M.I.A. for a month, and the only clue about her whereabouts a cryptic note, the truth isn’t easy to accept. Not until she’s thrown together with two sex-on-a-stick shifters of her own that make her blood boil and her panties wet.

A depth of passion only a Mermaid could love. Fire and fury set this threesome ablaze when passions ignite at depths only a mermaid could love. Twice the trouble and twice the sizzle convince Valerie three is never a crowd, but when old rivalries pit their new Triad against her best friend’s mate, an ancient feud threatens to tear more than just their clans apart— especially when a hidden enemy takes Valerie as his pawn. Can enemies become allies in time to save more than just their pride?

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mated enemiesMATED ENEMIES by Jordan Silver

He’s my enemy, it has been this way since the bond of the ancients and yet, ever since the first moment I saw him, I’ve wanted him in the most primal way. One look at him and my womb contracted as my body secreted its juices as if preparing to mate.
Thousands of years ago a vampire-fairy mating went very wrong, ending in the death of one and the permanent insanity of another, causing a rift between the two clans that has lasted until this day.
Now crown prince Lucien Star of the sky kingdom, home of the ruling clan of vampires who also rule over the rest of the immortal world finds himself imprinted on a fairy living in the human world. He has only seven days to bring her to heel or his life could go up in flames, literally.
But when he spies on her as she takes her early morning swim in the little lake beside her woodland home, he senses that there’s more to his future bride than at first glance. Something that can make an already dangerous situation worst: much-much worst.

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ascensionASCENSION (HER SOULKEEPERS BOOK 3) by Sadie Moss

Kaius won’t succeed. I’ll make sure of it. The angry, vindictive god wants to make an example of me and my men. To destroy us forever. As dangerous and unlikely as it is, if there’s even a chance we can find this mysterious god who will stand up to Kaius, who’ll be strong enough to beat him, we have to try. I’ll risk oblivion itself to protect the men I love. The keepers of my soul. The keepers of my heart.

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tithed to the faeTITHED TO THE FAR (FAE MATES BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

The fae just made a big mistake…Tamsin had her life just as she liked it. Her own cozy cottage, a sisterhood of kick-butt friends, and even the perfect guy (glossy ginger fur, wet black nose, loves cuddles and chicken. Yes, he’s a dog). Then some jerk shoved her through a stone circle into fairyland. These fae are not sweet, family-friendly pixies. More like Fifty Shades of Fairydust. And they’re all eying her up like she’s the last wine cooler at book club night…The fae say she belongs to them now. That there’s no way she can escape. Well, these jacked-up Tinkerbells can shove that right up their sparkly you-know-wheres. Tamsin’s armed with wit, grit, and a deeply unimpressed Pomeranian. This human is going home. And woe betide any fae who gets in her way. Even if he’s tall, gorgeous, and just saved her life…

Stolen from her own world…and she’s stolen his heart – Fae warrior Cuan pitied the poor defenseless human woman. That was before he met her (and the horrifying ball of fluff and fangs she claims is a dog. Truly the human world is a dark, terrible place). One glance, and Cuan knows that their fates are intertwined. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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werelion tycoons forgotten mateTHE WERELION TYCOON’S FORGOTTEN MATE: HOWLS ROMANCE  by Celia Kyle

Elias has rid his pride of treacherous lions that stole Avery away and still hunts for his lost mate—unwilling to believe she’s dead as the traitors claimed. A chance glimpse during a conference call gives him her location, but when he arrives, he never expects that he’s been forgotten—or that his lost mate is pregnant with his cub! Now that he’s found her, he will have to convince Avery that their relationship was more than a vacation fling on the Greek Isles and that the scar on her shoulder is his mating bite. She belongs to him… forever!

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caged magicCAGED MAGIC (IRON SERPENT CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Sadie Jacks

Healing others is killing her. Kiema Feuer needs to disappear. Trapped by her parents so they can use her healing magic for their own purposes, Kiema is more prisoner than daughter. But when the cost of escape could mean her life, she’s willing to risk everything to gain her freedom. Her one chance at freedom pits her against the sexy as sin Ransom Kolefni, a man with plans—and magic—of his own. With her window of escape quickly closing, she’s caught between following her heart or a slim chance of survival. Will Kiema be able to trust the man who’s brought her to life? Or will she long for the days of imprisonment?

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modern ladyA MODERN LADY LOST IN TIME by Denise Daye

Isabella Astley, a true Victorian lady who was born into one of England’s finest houses, wants to control her own destiny. But with a mother who is willing to marry her off to the highest bidder, a life of misery seems to lie ahead of her.
On the night she defies her mother’s demands, she believes her life is finally her own, but that notion is soon shattered by a freak accident that catapults her to 21st century Philadelphia.
Now trapped in a strange new world filled with endless lights and horse-free carriages, she struggles to understand how or why she’s there and how she’ll ever return to 1881 London.
Incredibly, Liam, the handsome and compelling Army veteran who almost hit her with his car, may be the only one who can help her return to her life and find answers about how she traveled through time. That is, if she can outwit a mysterious stranger who has followed her every move and make sense of her growing feelings for Liam and what she’ll leave behind.

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single dad matchmateSINGLE DAD MATCHMATE by Jade Alters

Victoria is successful in every part of her life… except when it comes to love. She’s put her blood, sweat, and tears into building her company. But she’s still unfulfilled. She’s dated the so-called “cream of the crop” of investment bankers, lawyers, doctors, and even CEOs…Uninspired, the result always ends up being the same – an empty bottle and an empty bed.
Luke – Ex-military. Single dad. Bear shifter. Standing in at 6’4, Luke is all brawn. Big muscles. Big hands. Big heart. But BIG isn’t enough to handle his two children… Let alone the town that relies on him to fill the Sheriff’s shoes. When fate brings these two opposites together, there is an instant attraction. However, things are far from perfect as Luke and Victoria are confronted with new challenges that push them over the edge in more ways imaginable.

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when the smoke clearsWHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS: ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: Not SFR or PNR but another fund raiser to help Australia’s recovery efforts. I one clicked – I love stories about Australia!

When the Smoke Clears is a gay romance anthology that contains stories related to the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires and the heroes who helped control them and save lives. It is a multi-author anthology raising money for the Country Fire Authority and Wildlife Victoria.
Authors include Ann Grech, Becca Seymour, Bronwyn Heeley, L.J. Harris, L.J. Hayward, Lisa Henry, Louisa Masters, Meg Bawden, Naomi Aoki, Nic Starr, T.A. Bellmond, & Zoe Piper.

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VS: If you enjoy STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE, there are 5 other books in this connected series, all of which can be read as a standalones! Get them wherever you buy your ebooks!

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

Suggested Reading Order: MAROONED, OUTBREAK,STOWAWAY,SONGBIRD, MYSTERY DANCER, IDOL’S CURSE.

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“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

New Release STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE and BUTTERFLY HAIR

IDOLGÇÖS CURSE copy_finalThis is a re-release of the 42,000+ word novel I included in the Pets in Space® 4 anthology, which is no longer available. No revisions or additions have been made to the original novel for this re-release but I have also now included a 4,000 word prequel story Butterfly Hair, in which the interstellar diva Azlaya arrives on board the Nebula Zephyr cruise liner. This short story was a free reader magnet originally available only in the time before the anthology was published.

The events in STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE take place on my interstellar luxury cruise liner, the Nebula Zephyr. I always have so much fun revisiting my ship and having new adventures there.

Depositphotos_9435306_l-2015 butterfly hairFor the short reader magnet story, I had a mental vision of an alien woman with butterfly hair. This Depositphoto graphic perfectly depicts the concept. I’ve always been fascinated by the diva Plavalaguna in the movie “Fifth Element” so I thought it would be fun to have an operatic singer just as fantastic in her own way in the story. The alien butterflies are the key! Azlaya the Diva does appear in the novel itself as well, in a supporting role.

Moving on to Star Cruise: Idol’s Curse itself, my jumping off place for the novel’s plot was legends about bad luck hitting tourists who steal rocks from certain locales.

bad luck hot rocks coverI’ve always been fascinated by these myths and the tales of bad luck people believe they incur if they ‘steal’ a rock from a certain place. (And when I was researching this topic, I discovered there are various tourist spots where this belief flourishes, not just in Hawaii. The Petrified Forest in northern Arizona is another area where people frantically return rocks to the park after thinking their illicit souvenir has brought them bad luck.) I wanted to be sure I wasn’t doing cultural appropriation if I took this basic concept for my story, so I was relieved to find the modern legend arises in various places and is believed to have been begun in one locale by a tour bus driver who didn’t want volcanic ash and grit from purloined chunks off the beach or mountain messing up his vehicles. Another variation on the story says because it’s against the law to remove anything from a national park, a ranger invented the story to add an additional layer of ‘scariness’ to deter would-be souvenir hunters.

One of the more interesting pieces of research I did was reading Bad Luck Hot Rocks by Ryan Thompson, dealing with the issue as it relates to the Petrified Forest in northern Arizona.

Of  course since I’m writing science fiction, I then took the entire topic a step further and gave my ‘rock’ some scary attributes, the ability to do real harm and a bit of carving to justify referring to an idol’s curse in the title.

It seemed to me the idea of tourists and souvenirs fit in very nicely with my luxury cruise ship, and then since an entire deck of the ship is devoted to recreating a beach from the planet Tahumaroa Two, it was logical for the rock or ‘idol’ in question in my story to have come from that planet and need to go back there. This led me to ponder who in the crew would be likely to become involved with returning a rock and I decided it was time for the Cruise Director, Juli Shaeffer, to get her story. She’s been referenced many times in other STAR CRUISE stories but we really never met her.  I got to do all kinds of fun research into what exactly a cruise director does on Earth and then embellish and enhance for my starship.

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Charrli, drawn by ADRIAN

My next challenge was how to put a pet front and center in the story, since this was originally written for the Pets In Space® collection and to engage the animal in a meaningful fashion with the action. I decided Juli and Third Officer Steve Aureli had unfinished romantic business, and that Steve has an elderly aunt traveling aboard this particular cruise. Every time I thought about the character of Aunt Dian, I saw one of the Gabor sisters in my head, dressed in pink and a froufrou feather boa, clutching a tiny dog. (The Gabors were famous actresses in their day and Eva from the ‘Green Acres’ TV show is kind of who I was going for, although ZsaZsa did play Queen of Outer space once in a movie.)  Of course Dian and Charrli, her dog, have a lot more backstory and aren’t what they seem on the surface. For one thing, they’re veterans of the Sectors Special Forces Z Corps, which means Charrli is very smart and telepathic with Dian. Charrli bonds with Juli and has an affinity for the rock or idol of the novel’s title.

Then I let the events unfold from there!

The blurb: An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise – she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

 

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

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The excerpt:

“I’m Steve’s Aunt Dian,” said the lady in the front seat, swiveling to study Juli. She extended her gloved hand.

Juli tried not to stare. Dian was elderly but wearing full, expertly applied makeup and her syntho hair was coiffed into a confection of pink and blond a trideo star might admire, accented with a glittery star-shaped barrette. Her pink and cream woven suit was by a high end fashion designer, or else a very good knockoff and she presented an altogether glamorous and retro picture. This is practical, stoic Steve’s aunt?  Juli detected no family resemblance although of course that didn’t mean much. “I’m so happy to meet you and glad you’ll be sailing with us.”

Next instant, a barking ball of golden brown fur sailed over the seat, landing in Juli’s lap with a thud. With a startled scream she tried to fend off the pet, which fortunately seemed intent on getting into her purse, rather than actually attacking her personally.

“Charrli, don’t be rude,” said Dian, snapping her fingers in annoyance. “No one asked you to do a search and destroy mission on Juli’s belongings. Get back here where you belong.”

Hand on the controls, Steve studied Juli. “Do you have a snack in your purse?” he asked. “Charrli’s a real chow hound.”

“What an inelegant way to describe my champion purebred miniature Deskaza dog.” Despite her offended protest, his elderly relative didn’t sound too offended. “I’ll have you know they’re a rare breed.” She snapped her fingers again and the doglike creature made one final attempt to open Juli’s purse before obeying his mistress’s command and returning to the front seat with a sniff. “I apologize for Charrli,” Dian said, cuddling him close so all Juli could see were the tips of his triangular ears and his intense brown eyes peering at her over his owner’s shoulder. “Although I must say you and he are obviously going to be great friends while we’re on your ship.”

Apparently satisfied peace had been restored, Steve put the car smoothly into the traffic flow.

“There’s nothing in my purse attractive to a dog,” Juli said. She reached in with both hands and fished out the scarf-wrapped box holding the rock. “Maybe he likes the smell of the straw in this old basket?”

Charrli wiggled his hindquarters, escaping his mistress’s hold and crouched beside Dian on the seat, growling. His ears flared out wide and Juli tried not to laugh because he really was adorable despite his best efforts to act menacing.

“What is that?” Steve asked, eyes wide as he took in the dilapidated, colorful container. “A souvenir?”

“Someone’s souvenir, not mine.” With a chuckle she put the package away again. “And not from this planet. It was a passenger’s good luck charm, I gather, until it started bringing him bad luck. Or so the story goes. The Line’s been asked to return the thing to Tahumaroa Two and I’m the stuckee.”

“Why doesn’t the owner take it himself?” Steve navigated through the traffic effortlessly but of course he was the Nebula Zephyr’s chief pilot and a former military fighter jockey so even rush hour on an alien planet didn’t faze him.

“He’s dead.”

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday MAR 11

loved in spaceAs 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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LOVED IN SPACE by Various

Woken by a kiss, she didn’t expect her prince to be a handsome alien warrior. Kissed by the Alien Mercenary: Warriors of the Lathar by Mina Carter. 
Clarabelle isn’t about to take orders from anyone. Not even the alien hottie who has a disturbing tendency of shifting into a giant lizardman. Mate Abduction by Eve Langlais. 
When a dating agency claims to match Earth women with extraterrestrials, fraud investigator Cyan Blue goes undercover as a client to expose the scam. She’s not interested in finding love and certainly not with a pretend alien! KRASH: Dakonian Alien Mail Order Brides by Cara Bristol.
No risk. No reward. When time runs out, she’ll have to make a choice that will change her life forever… Chance of a Lifetime by Susan Hayes.
Bethany Walker lost everything the day she watched her husband die. Trapped in a bitter cycle of loneliness and grief, the arrival of a gorgeous cyborg with a familiar face changes everything. Betraying Ko’ran by J Thompson.
She was searching for her cyborg husband and found an alien instead. Ashland 297 by Donna McDonald.

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ullULL (TORNIANS BOOK 7) by M K Eidem

VS Note: I love all things Tornian and so I pre-ordered this with glee. The first Tornian book, GRIM, is still one of my all time favorite scifi romances.

Ull Rigel is a fit and worthy Tornian warrior, the first male of a powerful and respected Lord. Because of this, he’d always believed he’d be able to attract a female, securing his bloodline. But he hadn’t. He hadn’t even been able to attract one of the Earth females they’d discovered. But his younger brother, a third male, did. Now, the Emperor was sending Ull to Earth to protect it from the Ganglians who were abducting the females his brother warriors so need. Trisha Burke had plans for her life. Career. Family. Friends. But one moment changed all that. Her friend Lisa and Lisa’s two children suddenly disappeared without any explanation. When local law enforcement couldn’t find them, she reached out to the most powerful person she knew. The President of the United States, her Uncle.
Two people who have had their lives turned upside down are on a collision course. How these two handled the impact and deal with the aftermath will affect not just them but all the Known Universes.

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skylars giftSKYLAR’S GIFT: A PROPHECY SERIES NOVELLA by Lea Kirk

He’s kind. He’s gentle. He’s trouble. Since childhood, Skylar Trimble has admired Maggie Bock from afar. Now, years later, her friendship is more than he ever expected, or deserves, especially after the terror his traitorous late father rained down on her family during the invasion. Dare he hope for more? Maggie treasures the day Skylar slipped into her heart like a missing puzzle piece. But an accusation of murder doesn’t equate with the caring, unassuming man she knows. He’s innocent, and she’s determined to prove it, with or without her family’s blessing—and damn the evidence.

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orions beltORION’S BELT: A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE by Loki Renard

Orion Steelbane is the meanest, most augmented gunslinger in the West. It’s best to stay off his radar, but when he saves my life, I lose that option forever. Orion doesn’t do anything for free, including rescuing distressed damsels, so now I am in the alpha outlaw’s debt – and Orion knows exactly how he wants to take his payment. My rebellion and Orion’s passion go hand in hand. Every time I defy him, we get one step closer to his bed. I might even be falling in love, if it is possible to love a man like him. Or if he could ever love me back.

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belongBELONG: THE FALLENWORLD SERIES BOOK 4 by C R Jane and Mila Young

VS Note: No blurb by the time this post was prepared. Scifi romance.

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doryanDORYAN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 9) by Kate Rudolph

She’s investigating a murder… and the main suspect is her fated mate!
Amy is determined to land a private investigating job with the Detyen Legion… but she didn’t think she’d be solving a murder. All signs point to Doryan, a golden alien who’s hiding a big secret, but Amy is convinced he didn’t do it. Proving that could be deadly.
Doryan has been hiding away from the Legion for months, certain that he’ll be executed if they find him. He’s one of the soulless: a warrior who sacrificed his ability to feel emotion in exchange for a longer life. And once the soulless outlive their use, the Legion must retire them. But when he’s around Amy, long dead feelings rise to the surface. It should be impossible, but Amy is his denya, and he’ll do anything to seize his second chance.
But if they can’t find the real killer, their bond will be broken before it ever gets a chance to form, and when bodies begin to pile up Doryan’s life is not the only one in danger.

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baby of the beastBABY OF THE BEAST (MATE OF THE BEAST BOOK 4) by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

She’s damaged. Broken. Alone. After being captured by the evil Krezlians not once but twice, nightmares haunt Iris whenever she closes her eyes. She’s finally safe now, but she can’t enjoy her freedom. Not with Zeon dead. He was her light in the darkness, her reason to live despite the horrific experiments at the hands of her captors. He vowed that they would get out together… but in the end, only she did.
When Iris discovers she’s pregnant with Zeon’s child, her world tilts yet again. This half-alien baby is all she has left of Zeon – but how will they survive alone?
He’ll protect what belongs to him – or die trying…Zeon has made mistakes. He abandoned the Alliance, took up piracy, and got himself locked up in a cell by the very people he hates the most: the monsters who created him. Meeting the human female changed it all, and Zeon will do whatever it takes to get back to Iris – because without her, he has no reason to live. But when he finds her, Zeon discovers there’s more to protect than the woman he loves. She’s pregnant. With his baby. A baby that his makers would do anything to get their scaly hands on.

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pale light in the blackA PALE LIGHT IN THE BLACK: A NeoG NOVEL by K B Wagers

VS Note: Not romance but sounds good.

The Expanse meets the Battle Room in Ender’s Game as K. B. Wagers brings us the rollicking first entry in a unique science fiction series that introduces the Near-Earth Orbital Guard—NeoG—a military force patrolling and protecting space inspired by the real-life mission of the U.S. Coast Guard.

For the past year, their close loss in the annual Boarding Games has haunted Interceptor Team: Zuma’s Ghost. With this year’s competition looming, they’re looking forward to some payback—until an unexpected personnel change leaves them reeling. Their best swordsman has been transferred, and a new lieutenant has been assigned in his place.

Maxine Carmichael is trying to carve a place in the world on her own—away from the pressure and influence of her powerful family. The last thing she wants is to cause trouble at her command on Jupiter Station. With her new team in turmoil, Max must overcome her self-doubt and win their trust if she’s going to succeed. Failing is not an option—and would only prove her parents right.

But Max and the team must learn to work together quickly. A routine mission to retrieve a missing ship has suddenly turned dangerous, and now their lives are on the line. Someone is targeting members of Zuma’s Ghost, a mysterious opponent willing to kill to safeguard a secret that could shake society to its core . . . a secret that could lead to their deaths and kill thousands more unless Max and her new team stop them. Rescue those in danger, find the bad guys, win the Games. It’s all in a day’s work at the NeoG.

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first 7THE FIRST 7 (THE LAST 8 BOOK 2) by Laura Pohl

VS Note: Not romance.

Clover Martinez and The Last Teenagers on Earth are busy exploring the galaxy after leaving earth behind…even if they can’t help but be a little homesick. So when their ship receives a distress signal from their former planet, they hope against hope that it means other survivors. But as soon as they arrive, they realize something’s deeply wrong: strange crystal formations have popped up everywhere and there’s some sort of barrier keeping them from leaving. Seeking the origin of the formations and the reason for the barrier, the group discovers a colony of survivors hidden in the mountains. But the survivors aren’t who they seem.

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clue and curse of gashadokuroCLUE AND THE CURSE OF GASHADOKURO by Wendie Nordgren

On the distant planet of Cassini, most of the inhabitants have reasons to distrust outsiders. They have secrets to guard and true natures to conceal. When off-worlders arrive searching for a thief, it causes panic. Some fear exposure while others fear punishment and the Okami’s wrath. Tasked with locating the property stolen from Eris Space Station, Lord Tanaka sends his enforcers, Tadashi and Dorian, to investigate. Against his better judgement, Tadashi decides to trust Clue’s father to keep her safe and ventures to Monoceros to see to his duty.

Clue knows they mean well, but her family is wearing her nerves thin. The Okami pack and the Guardians have joined forces against her. They are determined to teach her to control her abilities because her very existence depends on it. Great-Aunt Delwyn’s lessons are making Clue stronger, but they are also making her feel like a failure. When Fergus comes to her begging for help, Clue is eager for a new challenge. Well, she is until she sees what’s after the pirate captain.

Gashadokuro, a giant skeleton, chases him wherever he goes and plagues him with nightmares, and Fergus needs Clue’s help to find out why. Unfortunately, she knows better than to ask the Okami pack for help. They have made their opinions on certain of the double-natured clear. With off-worlders on Cassini searching for their stolen property, will Clue be able to solve the mystery in time or will the curse of Gashadokuro expose them all?

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when are youWHEN ARE YOU? by Addision Albright

A former member of an elite military special forces unit, Leo Bailey can handle anything life throws at him. Except maybe approaching a certain gorgeous, purple mohawk-wearing, heavily pierced artist. Not without his three eye-rolling wingmen along to push him in the right direction.
One look at the mouthwateringly muscled, military buzzcut-sporting man with the endearing blush, and Vincent Noland is in love. Or at least in lust. Love comes later. Then marriage … and sweet, adorable Oscar. Life is perfect — the stuff of fairy tale happily ever afters — except for Arthur Fletcher, whose unsettling reactions to them threaten to upset the happy balance of their lives. But it isn’t Arthur who throws their lives into turmoil.

A freak event causes Oscar to go missing and leaves both men frantic to rescue their son. As they piece together the clues, they discover that Oscar isn’t somewhere. He’s somewhen. And Arthur Fletcher holds the key — or rather the glass beads — to their one chance of finding Oscar. Will Leo’s training, Vinnie’s determination, and Arthur’s knowledge help them find Oscar, or is the little boy doomed to spend the rest of his life at the mercy of a primitive civilization? Could there be a third possibility?

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abducted by the warrior princeABDUCTED BY THE WARRIOR PRINCE (LUNARIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Roxie Ray

I’ve been swept off my feet before, and I’ve got the bruises to show just how badly that ended. I’m not about to fall at the feet of the next man – or alien – to cross my path. Especially not when he steals me away from home and wants to use me as his broodmare. Kloran is intense and sometimes scary. A prince of his people with a duty so deeply ingrained it’s hard to see where it ends and he begins. But the glimpses of the man beneath the hardened warrior prince make me wonder if there’s something more between us. I may be a slave, but in his arms I feel like his queen. And when he says he’s going to claim me as his mate, my knees go weak. But I’ve been fooled before. If I say yes to him, am I dooming myself to another hellish existence? Or could he really give me everything I ever wanted?

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broken earthBROKEN EARTH: ARGURMA SALVAGER BOOK 1 by S J Sanders

Veral’monushava’skahalur is an oddity among his species, a lone Argurma cyborg divorced from his own kind by choice and to escape termination as a malfunctioning unit. Wandering the fringes of space as a salvager, he comes across a planet beyond the boundaries of the federation, rich in metals remnant of a dead civilization. Or so he thought.
Confronted by cannibalistic mutations of the indigenous species, his salvage has suddenly become a lot more complicated. Even more so when he encounters a female surviving on her own. She is strong and fearless, begrudgingly earning his admiration. Terri is hardened by a life of hunger and watchfulness, and yet is moved by a compassion that he’s never possessed. When his admiration turns into the first signs of a forming mate-bond, he knows his fate is sealed. Unlicensed mating is forbidden—if his malfunctioning wasn’t already a death sentencing, taking her for her mate would be. Yet, he finds that letting her go is no longer an option.

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import quarantineIMPORT QUARANTINE (DEPARTMENT OF HOME WORLD SECURITY BOOK 11) by Cassandra Chandler

VS Note: Re-release of Cassandra’s delightful story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

It was supposed to be a simple house call for a sick cat, so how’d she end up on a spaceship?Caitlin’s had some pretty weird house calls in her work as a veterinarian outside a small desert town. Feral burros, mischievous coyotes, dogs getting a little too close to cacti… The tall, gorgeous guy who shows up on her doorstep in the middle of the night begging her to help his cat seems mundane by comparison—aside from the atomic attraction she feels toward him. Then he starts talking about aliens.

To help restore the emotions stolen from him by the Coalition of Planets, Marq was supposed to care for Meredith—the Earth cat his brother smuggled aboard his ship. Now, she’s developed some kind of sickness he fears will endanger her life. He’ll do anything to assist his pet, even make unauthorized contact with an Earthling. The trouble is, he isn’t sure how to handle the rising desire in him to make…additional contact with her.

To get Caitlin’s assistance, he must first convince her to trust him—though with soldiers on his ship who are still loyal to the Coalition, he’s not sure who he himself can trust. Meredith’s illness is not the only threat they will face, and now Marq must save his cat, control his unruly emotions, and keep Caitlin safe.

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ice planet honeymoonICE PLANET HONEYMOON: AEHAKO AND KIRA by Ruby Dixon

Kira and Aehako are happily mated and waiting for their baby’s arrival. Everything is great…or is it? Because carefree Aehako has turned into the most hovering of spouses, and he’s making everyone at the cave crazy. Kira thinks it’s time for a vacation…of sorts.
This story is an extended epilogue for book 3 of Ice Planet Barbarians — Barbarian Lover — and is for readers who want a little more of their favorite couple. Don’t start here! You’ll be missing out on so much story. Start at the beginning with Ice Planet Barbarians.

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trauhnTRAUHN (RAKUI WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Lena Grey and Juno Wells

On Earth, 12 female college students board a starship for A Year of Interstellar Education. Crashing on a primitive planet inhabited by barbarian aliens was not on their itinerary…
Once our bonding is complete, Ken-zee will be mine forevermore
When the sky crackles with lights, sounds and colors, and small wingless flyers soar to the ground, I pray they contain blessings that will save our tribe. A small, shapely female emerges from one of the flyers and I know in my heart she is mine. The gods have answered my prayers, sending salvation from the heavens. My mate has arrived in the wingless flyer and she is the most beautiful sight I have ever seen.
The golden-skinned barbarian thinks I’m his mate. Trauhn is everything I’ve ever wanted in a man. He’s fierce, handsome and protective, and worships the ground I walk on. He’s also a huge, scaled alien who makes my heart race and my body tremble. When we’re attacked by a rabid pack of wolf-bats, he’s ready to sacrifice his own life to save mine. I’d be a fool to push Trauhn away. But staying with him means giving up the only way of life I’ve ever known.

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alien defenders chosen brideALIEN DEFENDER’S CHOSEN BRIDE (DRACONIAN DEFENDERS BOOK 8) by Juno Wells

Willow – I risked everything to escape Earth. As chance would have it I made it to a Draconian vessel. The Dragon warriors take on all comers, even women like me who are young, uneducated and unbeknownst to me, carrying a plague to their world. They say ignorance is bliss and in my case it’s the literal truth. Prior to finding out I’m infected, I was happily hunting for a compatible age mate and planning my happily ever after. No sooner do I find Mr. Right than I get my diagnosis and watch all my dreams blow away, like dandelion seeds scattering in the wind.
Narcis – When a beautiful young queen lays claim to me, I wish for things I never wondered about before. I crave her smiling face and her laughter. When she makes the human kiss with me, possessive instincts rise to the forefront of my consciousness. When we discover she is infected with a dangerous parasite, I’ll do whatever is necessary to see her healed, but my family and the healers aren’t doing nearly enough to save her life. I’ll go to any length to get what she needs. When word leaks out of her infection, an angry mob forms, furious that she has brought a plague to our world. If I can get her back to Stone Mountain, we’ll be safe. I’ve got to sit up, pay attention and make sure she’s safe because a world without her isn’t a place I want to be.

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rescued by the alien royalRESCUED BY THE ALIEN ROYAL by Sonia Nova and Starr Huntress

VS Note: A re-released short story.

Sarai has waited for this moment her entire life. The moment she would be given as a prize to a gladiator and added to a harem. She is pure, untouched by any man, and a prize beyond imagination in this year’s Winter Festival. But just as her time has come, a strange alien man ruins everything. He is big, purple, and altogether intimidating. He kidnaps her, claiming to be saving her. Who is this man? And is there any hope left for her now that her purity is ruined?

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horde kings obssessionHORDE KING’S OBSSESSION (TIRIZAR HORDE BOOK 12) by Gabby Dark

The Tirizar Horde came to our land, invaded our homes, and took many women as prisoners. We were captured to pay the price—in flesh—for our ex-ruler’s treachery.
I don’t want to be some Tirizar warrior’s pleasure slave, so I fight. I know my actions could harm me. My disobedience gains the attention of the most ruthless alien in the horde—Khol Xihran: their leader, their king. He takes me and declares to make me submissive. To make me his. He’s possessive, dominant, and treats me like he owns me.
I should hate him. I shouldn’t want him. But why does my body crave every single touch and every single stroke? I am more than just Khol’s prisoner. I’m his obsession. And he is mine.

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alien princes curvy fated queenALIEN PRINCE’S CURVY FATED QUEEN (QUEENS OF YALANIA BOOK 1) by Sara Hazel and Juno Wells

Emily: Abducted by aliens, brought to their planet, and saved by HIM–the muscle bound Alien Prince who tells me his Goddess chose me just for him. I have to get back to Earth, but my Alien Prince has other plans, and he’s the one making all the decisions. And now, what am I gonna do with our alien babies? Vekshi: The curvy human female is my chosen one, and though the Goddess’ choice seems strange to me at first, she could not have picked a better Queen for me. And now that Emily is here, I’m going to enjoy every second. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dead spaceDEAD SPACE  by Leigh Kelsey

Floating in deep space, Julia and the crew of the Nerve combat an unseen foe. Every day, more crew members vanish without a trace, and menacing sounds echo through the night. It’s only a matter of time before the monster sets Julia in its sights. With her dragon mate Kiv, her friend Sinna—a rare alien with a moving star-map on his body—and the infuriating boulder giant, Ruhar, Julia is thrown into a dark, desperate fight for survival. The horror on board is picking them off one by one, and even if Julia and her men escape the Nerve, the shadow will not let them go.

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kiranKIRAN (KA’ATARI WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Kenzie Kelly

Go to space, they said. It’ll be an adventure, they said. They had no idea. Cora’s boring job as a lab tech on board the space station Shangris is interrupted when two ships fall out of hyperspace and put Earth smack in the middle of an intergalactic war. She’s not sure which side she should be on, but the built-like-a-brick-house blue warrior who rescues her from the crumbling station could be more evil than Hannibal Lecter and she might not care. Especially if he’s in to eating people. But not in the creepy way.The Talia’s captain ordered Kiran and his team to search the damaged station for survivors, and kill any Scovid he might find. The squid-like humanoids were known for using more primitive races for barbaric experiments. The Talia was tailing this particular ship when they jumped blindly into an unknown sector of the galaxy. With Ka’atari mates being as rare as a three-headed givuthde, he never dreamed his would be one of the survivors.

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second sightingSECOND SIGHTING (ALIEN ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Jenna M Jett

I’m Zoe, and I’m a half-alien…I’ve survived the first month of school at Alien Academy, where I hope to learn how to be what I am. I guess. So far, I’ve discovered I have a gift for science, something I knew as a child but somehow forgot while being a teenage girl on Earth.

I’ve also learned that it’s possible to be completely head-over-heels for three guys at once. All royalty. From far-off planets. They are among the many students here who are 100 percent alien—and they are 150 percent hot. Lumino with that platinum hair and eyes all shades of blue and gold, Xanirius, the most alien looking with his pale-gray skin and those mysterious tattoos, and Prince Jhoren, the only one who actually uses his title on a daily basis. But why are they here…not that I am not very glad they are!
There is some kind of shapeshifting monster on campus as well, that appears from time to time and has already managed to kill one student. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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taming the curborgTAMING THE CYBORG (RENEGADE CYBORGS BOOK 3) by Jude Gray

NADIA – I’m a wild child–ask any of my friends. I’m not afraid of anything.
In my relationships, I’m the boss. Men have always flocked to me, and I’ve had my pick of boyfriends. I’ve never met a guy I couldn’t charm. Until now. They take me from a party, the aliens. They do things that no human man would ever dare do to me. They treat me like no human man would ever dare treat me. They see me in ways that no human man would ever see me. I, quite frankly, am screwed. It can’t possibly get worse. But then a huge, terrifying cyborg shows up. He doesn’t possess much of the body he was born with, from what I can see, except for his massive muscles. Artificial parts everywhere. He’s more mechanical than flesh and blood. I want to twist him around my little finger like I do most men, but this guy isn’t impressed. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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immersiveIMMERSIVE (THE ELITE TRIALS BOOK 3) by Becky Moynihan

After events that threw Ryker’s motives and Bren’s well-being into question, a devastated Lune struggles to keep fighting. Imprisoned once more, her only way of escape is to play by her captor’s rules–or face gut-wrenching consequences. As the race to stop the Supreme Elite unfolds, old friends and new join forces, risking everything for a better tomorrow. But the Elite Trials aren’t over. And when their purpose is revealed, no one is prepared for the horrifying truth.

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gabrielGABRIEL (LEAGUE OF ALIGNED WORLDS BOOK 2) by Mikayla Lane

A 12-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Gabriel Asbury had been the perfect soldier, until he discovered a traitor among his superiors. After a convoy attack and the loss of his legs, Gabe is only more determined to expose the devious bastard determined to keep him quiet. Abducted by aliens and sent to what would have been a perfect world, Gabriel’s only concern is getting back home and destroying the man who ruined his life. The only thing standing in his way is the beautiful woman he’s meant to bond with and doesn’t dare touch, and a battalion of the worst criminals in the universe trying to destroy his new world. Of all the wars and battles Gabe has fought in his life, it’s the war within himself that will cost him the most and determine whether or not he’ll forget the past and forge a new life. Or leave the only woman he’s ever loved and the planet that welcomed him to annihilation.

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geranGERAN (WARRIORS OF HAWKURA BOOK 2) by C R Corbin

Isabel went to a frat party with the expectation of possibly coming out of her shell a bit, so waking up in an alien world the next day was far from planned. She soon finds herself in danger only to be saved by an incredibly powerful, muscular, and aggressive warrior that is far too blue and wild to be considered a human male. He was a warrior of the Ayrithians. And he was sent to claim her as his.
Geran’s assignment was rather simple, travel across the continent and retreive the woman that shall grant him his legacy. She is soft, vulnerable, and incredibly disobedient, he would need to claim her before he returned home. But his return is complicated by the wilderness of Hawkura and the forces of the Yuranan Empire who seek to hound him and his people at every turn. Will he be able to claim Isabel as his? Will the two of them fall victim to the various challenges that face them? And can love blossom between a domineering warrior and a feisty human girl?

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queens bargainTHE QUEEN’S BARGAIN (BLACK JEWELS BOOK 10) by Anne Bishop

After a youthful mistake, Lord Dillon’s reputation is in tatters, leaving him vulnerable to aristo girls looking for a bit of fun. To restore his reputation and honor, he needs a handfast–a one-year contract of marriage. He sets his sights on Jillian, a young Eyrien witch from Ebon Rih, who he believes has only a flimsy connection to the noble society that spurned him. Unfortunately for Dillon, he is unaware of Jillian’s true connections until he finds himself facing Lucivar Yaslana, the volatile Warlord Prince of Ebon Rih.

Meanwhile, Surreal SaDiablo’s marriage is crumbling. Daemon Sadi, the Warlord Prince of Dhemlan, recognizes there is something wrong between him and Surreal, but he doesn’t realize that his attempt to suppress his own nature in order to spare his wife is causing his mind to splinter. To save Daemon, and the Realm of Kaeleer if he breaks, help must be sought from someone who no longer exists in any of the Realms–the only Queen powerful enough to control Daemon Sadi. The Queen known as Witch.

As Jillian rides the winds of first love with Dillon, Daemon and Surreal struggle to survive the wounds of a marriage turned stormy–and Lucivar has to find a way to keep everyone in his family safe…even from each other.

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pirates wishA PIRATE’S WISH (A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE BOOK 7) by SE Smith

A person’s eyes are the window to their soul…Tonya Maitland learned early that life could either be an adventure or a tragedy. She left the tragic part of her life behind a long time ago and now focuses on the adventure. Her attempt to be one of the best investigative reporters of all time is taking a bit longer than she had planned, but all of that changes when she travels to the small, sleepy town of Yachats, Oregon.

Ashure Waves, King of the Pirates, is also the Keeper of Lost Souls. Despite all the souls within him, the emptiness he feels is suffocating. The ‘gift’ that was passed down to him feels more like a curse. When a drunken wish upon a magic mirror shows him what his heart truly desires, he is both torn and determined to find the woman revealed in the mirror—even if it means leaving the realm of the Seven Kingdoms.

Tonya’s keen eyes discern far more about Ashure than he intended, and he fears the consequences could be dire. When the Pirate King gets close to this street-smart, strong-willed investigative reporter, hilarity ensues! Will Ashure be able to protect Tonya from becoming another lost soul, or will he have to abandon what his heart truly desires in order to save her from himself?

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daxDAX: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #4 by Tasha Black

Dax is a dedicated dad, trying to get life back on track for himself and his twin babies after the untimely death of his beloved wife. But it’s not easy for the big wolf shifter to balance his secret duty to the Tarker’s Hollow pack with his commitment to his children and the impending sense of doom he feels each time he looks at his bank account.

His wife’s best friend, Ava, is a brilliant financial planner from Glacier City with a secret of her own. After surviving a battle with cancer, she has come to town at last. Ava is determined to help Dax fix the gaps in his finances. But can she also help to fill the hole in his heart? When circumstances send the two into the snowy woodlands with a mission to save Christmas, will they be brave enough to reach for the happiness that seems to be in their grasp? Or will fear leave their hearts cold?

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vengeanceVENGEANCE (DARK SCIONS BOOK 1) by Anna Carven

VS Note: OMG, a new dark fantasy series from Anna Carven, author of the SFR series DARK PLANET WARRIORS. But, author warns this ends on a cliffhanger so I may wait to one click until all 3 books in this arc have been released.

They took my world from me. It wasn’t much of a world to begin with, but the forest village where I was born and raised is everything to me. They took me away from there, wrapped me in silks, and pierced my flesh with their glittering trinkets. They made me an object of desire, to be given to a man who has terrorized and subjugated my people. He thinks he can defy the gods, but I have other ideas. I don’t care what happens to me anymore. Nobody’s going to save me. I just want to make him pay.

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house lost at seaTHE HOUSE LOST AT SEA: THE TALES OF CATALINA DE LA CORONA by R J Blain

Cursed by the lover of her former captain, Catalina de la Corona, the Pirate Princess of the Seven Seas, has lived an unnaturally long life and longs for the day she can find eternal peace. Hiding in plain sight as an investment banker, she waits for the end of eternity and the death she has rightfully earned.

When a rich client’s fascination with her captain and her lover threatens to exhume the watery grave of Catalina’s past, she must take up arms against friends and enemies alike to protect her captain’s legacy. Should the Calico’s sunken ruins be discovered, Catalina’s one true treasure, the House Lost at Sea will be plundered, exposing the secret of Catalina’s immortality, and guaranteeing she’ll lose the only thing she has left: her freedom.

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redeem meREDEEM ME (THE LAST VOCARI BOOK 3) by Elena Lawson

After the shitstorm in the streets of Baton Rouge, one thing has become startlingly clear: I’m not safe, and as long as I’m still breathing, I may never be. I could accept that if it didn’t also jeopardize the safety of my guys. I wish I could walk away—save them. I can’t. The bonds we’ve formed won’t be easily severed. Our lives are fused together now, for better or worse. Even unto death. To save us all, I’ll have to break every single one of my own rules. Starting with placing my trust in the hands of the ancient vampire who’s been holding me captive for weeks. It’s time for Azrael to face what he’s been avoiding for a thousand years: his deranged brother needs to die, and he may be the only being on this earth able to kill him.

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feline the burnFELINE THE BURN (THE FIREHOUSE FELINE BOOK 3) by L A Boruff, Laura Greenwood and Lacey Carter Anderson

Callie’s Check List: 1. Turn yourself over to a tyrant. 2. Freak out because everyone is mad. 3. Try not to lose your cat. 4. Make the hot firemen yours. 5. Work out how to do magic. I’ve found everything I searched for. I know the truth—And it is a doozy. Now that my uncle has helped me unlock my powers, I have to officially abdicate my claim to the throne. Except, everyone is so mad at me. They think I should double cross him before he betrays me. All I want to do is keep my cat, keep my guys, and if I can liberate an entire coven in the process, that would be amazing.

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assassins gambitASSASSIN’S GAMBIT (THE HUNTER BOOK 3) by Elle Beaumont

The Big Bad Wolf has a new mission–protect the princess–even if it costs him everything.
When the king of Abendrot is assassinated, Niklaus is sent on a new mission: hunt the Hawk and bring her to justice. With Princess Stasya now free from her father’s clutches, Niklaus must set aside his growing feelings for her, knowing it is what is best so he can protect her. As Niklaus is ready to go on the hunt, a new truth comes to light, and he wonders how much he can trust Prince Ashroy of Ishkertov. Is he an ally or foe?  Niklaus is on the hunt again, and the kingdom’s fate rests in his hands.

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voices in the darknessVOICES IN THE DARKNESS (THE COVETED BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce and Riley Proserpina

There’s a darkness within her and its voice taunts her…It’s been ten years since Lacey Madison fled New Mexico and everyone she cared about to keep them safe. She’s built a new life with a new name in the frozen north, putting her investigative skills and intuitive senses to work. But when an accident lands her in the hospital, she admits all the things she’s kept buried down deep—like her real name, and wanting four boys who’d probably forgotten her…And suddenly, everything changes. Thorn, Colton, Aaron, and Oliver come looking for her just as the voices in the darkness begin to cry out. And it turns out—it doesn’t matter how far Lacey runs, evil will always find her.

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pack queenPACK QUEEN (THE LEGEND OF SINTHIA ROWLEY BOOK 2) by Ann Mayburn

My name is Synthia Rowley, and I still suck at saving the world. I’m in a race against time, searching for my missing mates, my Enforcer and my Omega. Without them I won’t be able to form my Court and become a true Hyena Queen, giving me the power and protection I so desperately need to keep my friends and family safe. Terrorism, wars, and brutal atrocities are on the rise across the globe. The world is becoming darker by the day as the veil between our reality and the chaos dimension fails, allowing abominations to cross over. Abominations filled with an endless hunger for human flesh and spirit. Now children have started to go missing in my hometown and the Goddess has tasked me with finding them. If I’m their best hope, we’re all in serious trouble.

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forbiddenbondFORBIDDEN BOND (ACADEMY OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC BOOK 2) by Fiona Starr

They’re the ones in power, so why are they are so afraid of me? Newly minted magic user? Check. Hot-as-hell boyfriends who want only me? Check. A fresh start after surviving a murderous attack? Yeah, about that…They said choosing a life at Stormwood Academy wouldn’t be easy. But nobody mentioned it would make me a target. Another thing they forgot to mention—the secret faction that wants me dead. I thought the class system died an appropriate death, but it’s alive and well and those in power would like it to stay that way, thank you.
But I opted-in to this life, and in the process chose four incredible men who have also chosen me. I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone take away what my men and I found. There’s a sinister underside to this magic world, and its sights are set on me.
So even though I am happier than I’ve ever been in many ways, the powers that be are turning a blind eye to those who want to exterminate me and destroy the bonds I have created. I might have a thing or two to say about that.

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obsidian eyesOBSIDIAN EYES (ORIGINS PART 1: QUEEN’S BLADE) by A W Exley

The worlds of noble and guild are about to collide, with seventeen-year-old Allie Donovan as the catalyst…Allie lives in a shadow world until she is thrust into the light of the aristocratic St Matthew’s Academy. More at ease with a blade than a needle, she is stalked along the ancient corridors by a Scottish lord intent on determining why she is among them.
She stumbles onto the reason when soldiers arrive to see her friend, Zeb, a mechanical genius. On the hunt for answers, she breaks into his underground laboratory. There, Allie discovers Zeb is not just constructing sentient mechanical creatures, he is building a devastating new weapon for the military.
To protect her friend, Allie will have to stop the guilds from snatching the weapon and its creator. But if she betrays her world, she forfeits her own life. Unless she can rely on bonds of friendship to save both their lives.

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shade of vampire 86A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 86: A BREAK OF SEALS by Bella Forrest

“This tale of spiteful Reapers had come full circle. Death had wronged her children, and some had fought back in their own way. It had led to a millennia-long disaster, and it was time for its conclusion…”

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wicked reunionWICKED REUNION (AN IVY MORGAN MYSTERY BOOK 16) by Lily Harper Hart

Ivy Morgan was convinced she was heading toward a smooth future … until she was arrested and charged with criminal trespass. Sure, she was saving a woman from certain death at the time, but in order for the criminal case to hold up against a murderer, she has to face the music.
Fear is the one thing Ivy hates more than anything else, so in order to make herself feel better, she decides to fix her Aunt Felicity’s love life. That includes tracking down an old love … who just so happens to have set up shop one town over.
While visiting, Ivy is horrified when a battered woman straggles through the door and is immediately shot dead by a masked man. Traumatized, horrified, she calls her fiancé Detective Jack Harker for help. By the time he arrives, though, things are already spiraling out of control…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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a phoenix first must burnA PHOENIX FIRST MUST BURN: SIXTEEN STORIES OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC, RESISTANCE AND HOPE by Patrice Caldwell

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between. Filled with stories of love and betrayal, strength and resistance, this collection contains an array of complex and true-to-life characters in which you cannot help but see yourself reflected. Witches and scientists, sisters and lovers, priestesses and rebels: the heroines of A Phoenix First Must Burn shine brightly. You will never forget them.

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dusk before the dawnDUSK BEFORE THE DAWN: A DRAGON NATIONS PREQUEL by Adella Dratianos

From Lady Empress’ Diary: It has been at least two millennia since what was called the Dragon’s Fall was fought between the Demon Realm and that of the Dragon Nations. I pieced the following tale from various stories told to me by those involved. It was what explained many things that were once so confusing. Such as, where did Lord Brakkon-turned-Thorn go when a chaotic Draconis destroyed him? He was a God, so he was torn from passing to the Summerland. These tales, each told to me by those individuals involved, need to be told for the story of my incarnations to be complete. It may not make sense now, but it will once the story is told. Think of it as a transition between one life and another.

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the deepTHE DEEP by Alma Katsu

VS Note: Okay, I’m obssessed with all things Titanic, so of course I have this pre-ordered! UPDATE as of Tuesday evening: I’m now 24% done and so far it’s very grim and dark, not my thing at all really…but to be fair it is billed as being horror, which I don’t normally read. At this point I do intend to finish the book, mostly to see how the author ties all the threads together.

Someone, or something, is haunting the ship. Between mysterious disappearances and sudden deaths, the guests of the Titanic have found themselves suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone from the moment they set sail. Several of them, including maid Annie Hebley, guest Mark Fletcher, and millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, are convinced there’s something sinister–almost otherwordly–afoot. But before they can locate the source of the danger, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later, Annie, having survived that fateful night, has attempted to put her life back together. Working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic‘s sister ship, the Britannic, newly refitted as a hospital ship, she happens across an unconscious Mark, now a soldier fighting in World War I. At first, Annie is thrilled and relieved to learn that he too survived the sinking, but soon, Mark’s presence awakens deep-buried feelings and secrets, forcing her to reckon with the demons of her past–as they both discover that the terror may not yet be over.

Brilliantly combining the supernatural with the height of historical disaster, The Deep is an exploration of love and destiny, desire and innocence, and, above all, a quest to understand how our choices can lead us inexorably toward our doom.

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requiem invertedREQUIEM INVERTED by Olivia Helling

Ben knew the price for surviving the exalted University of Magic: keep his head down and his mouth shut, no matter what. He never expected to attract the interest of the genius magician Maurice. He certainly never dreamed that Maurice would love him back. Whether experimenting in his laboratory or protesting the current regime, Maurice has never found a problem he can’t argue his way out of. That is, until he starts dating his shy fellow classmate, and Ben simply refuses to argue back. When Ben is called up to fight an unjust war, Maurice brews the argument of the century. Anything to keep Ben safe. But when a spell goes wrong, Maurice’s life is on the line. Will Ben destroy his remaining hope and dare to speak out?

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winter dukeTHE WINTER DUKE by Claire Eliza Bartlett

All Ekata wants is to stay alive–and the chance to prove herself as a scholar. Once Ekata’s brother is finally named heir to the dukedom of Kylma Above, there will be nothing to keep her at home with her murderous family. Not her books or her experiments, not her family’s icy castle atop a frozen lake, not even the tantalizingly close Kylma Below, a mesmerizing underwater kingdom that provides her family with magic. But just as escape is within reach, her parents and twelve siblings fall under a strange sleeping sickness, and no one can find a cure.

In the space of a single night, Ekata inherits the title of duke, her brother’s captivating warrior bride, and ever-encroaching challengers from without–and within–her ministry. Nothing has prepared Ekata for diplomacy, for war, for love…or for a crown she has never wanted. If Kylma Above is to survive, Ekata must seize her family’s magic and power. And if Ekata is to survive, she must quickly decide how she will wield them both.

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we are blood and thunderWE ARE BLOOD AND THUNDER by Kesia Lupo

On the edges of a sealed-off city, a chance encounter between two girls in the misty woods is about to change the course of everything. . .Lena is on the run from her home, the Duke’s Forest, after being convicted as a mage and sentenced to death. Meanwhile, Constance escaped the Forest years before, after her own magical powers were discovered–but now, she will do anything to get back inside and reclaim her place as the duke’s daughter. The girls cross paths for only a moment, but that’s long enough to set them down paths that will change the dukedom forever.
As Lena reaches a safe haven where she can study and develop her powers alongside handsome but mysterious mage Emris, Constance maneuvers her way back into the home she left behind, unsure whether she trust the people she once considered her family and friends. All the while, the girls are connected by the dark, terrifying storm clouds that hang over the land and devastate everything in their wakes.
Only Lena and Constance hold the keys to dispelling the storm and keeping their home safe–if they can uncover who cast the spell that generated the clouds to begin with. But the truth is far more sinister than anyone could imagine, and it could mean that one of the girls will lose everything.

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havenfallHAVENFALL by Sara Holland

VS Note: I adore and devour each new entry in the Ilona Andrews’ INNKEEPER series so I might have to try this one too, with another author’s take on the general writing prompt of magical, mystical inns. (To be clear, there’s no connection to the I. Andrews’ series.) I’d love to write a book with such an inn but as yet don’t have a plot…uh oh, as soon as I say that, the plot bunnies start scampering!

Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.

For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.

But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe.

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when we were magicWHEN WE WERE MAGIC by Sarah Gailey

Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend is harder.

Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love. That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

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cattywampusTHE GOLD TOUCH THAT WENT CATTYWAMPUS (LOST SOUTHERN MAGIC BOOK 1) by Amy Boyles

When Blake Calhoun sets out to steal the heart fire, the object that makes the town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, magical, his plan backfires. The heart isn’t stolen, instead it breaks into four pieces and scatters across the state. Now, newly married Pepper and Axel Reign must work to track down each piece. Lucky for them, when a person finds a piece, they are bestowed with strange abilities.

Pepper’s search will take her to Haunted Hollow, where she will reunite with Blissful Breneaux. But Blissful has her own problems. She’s trying to stop a demon from taking possession of folks in her small town. Meanwhile, a man has arrived, one who has an uncanny ability to turn objects into gold. Has he found a piece of the lost magic? If so, will Blissful and Pepper be able to claim it, or will Blake Calhoun beat them to it?

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impureIMPURE (ASCENSION BOOK 1) by Kenna Bardot and Tove Madigan

Some humans eagerly await Collection Day, living their lives in preparation for that day when representatives of the Gods are sent out to pick one human from each of the six regions of Godsfell. Those Collected go to Godsvail Academy, the impenetrable school where cruelty reigns. But humans and Descendants alike compete for one thing – the right to Ascend. The Academy is treacherous, and enemies lurk around every corner. None are worse than the five Descendants who are determined to torment me.
Break me. All I’d wanted was to live out my very human life in my snow-covered Northern village, where my body and my will would be my own. But the Gods and their Descendants have other plans for me. And I’ll be lucky to survive.

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circus of the dead book 4CIRCUS OF THE DEAD: BOOK 4 by Kimberly Loth

Being dead definitely has its disadvantages. Number one being that I have to wait until the full moon to kick Benny’s ass. What right did he have to kill me? None. Not only that, I was his thirteenth kill, so he’s alive instead. Not for long, if I have my way. With Lorena gone, the island has taken on a life of its own and it’s up to me to destroy it. But doing so will require massive sacrifices. Sacrifices I’m not sure I’m willing to give. But the fate of everyone on the island rests in my hands. Who will live and who will be gone forever?
The choice is mine.

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half blood academy 5 magic flameHALF BLOOD ACADEMY 5: MAGIC FLAME by Meg Xuemei X

We lit the match. Now we can’t stop the mating flame. The world hasn’t seen the likes of me. My power can unmake the gods and the worlds–but only after I mate with the Demigod of Sea and activate the Living Flame inside me. Mate all day and all night long.
Peachy right? If only we weren’t trapped in the Void where no gods, demons, or mortals are safe. The monsters here? They eat immortals like us as if we’re candy. It’s hard to have sexy times when we’re fending off Titans, cannibals, nasty Ares, and that loose cannon Lucifer. Plus, if we don’t return home before the apocalypse, Earth will turn to dust. Our only option is to let the heat of the mating fever blaze, war zone or not, and make it burn everything in its wake.

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dragon mageDRAGON MAGE by Tameri Etherton

It’s been seven years since Amaleigh failed to assassinate her best friend and she’s been on the run. Jumping from world to world where she never quite fits in, all she truly wants is to stop running and find a place to call home. And maybe finally be kissed by someone who doesn’t leave her feeling indifferent. To say love doesn’t come easily for her is an understatement. Unlocking her cold, dead heart might be a start to unleashing her inner dragon, but that would mean trusting another and there’s only one person she’s ever trusted—the same man she couldn’t kill.

Prince Gwilym knows he shouldn’t risk Amaleigh’s life by asking for help, especially since he’s the reason she had to escape Eidyn. They grew up together as best friends, innocent in the knowledge it was Gwilym’s father who murdered her family and left her an orphan to live on the streets. Now his life is in peril and she’s the only person he trusts. He wouldn’t blame her for not daring to return to the city that celebrated the slaughter of her kind and cast her aside…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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underUNDER (PIRATE COVE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Rae Foxx

Mermaids have always lured men below the waves. I prefer to lure them beneath the sheets. I was born to be pretty, to sit on a throne and point my finger in command. But when I spy a pirate god skinny dipping in the bay, and learn of all the things I can do with a new pair of legs, there was no way in hell I was going to resign myself to a life on a throne. Tomorrow I am due to arrive in the Above, to attend Pirate Bay Academy and learn the true ways of the Mer, and how to lure the sailors to the Below. Except nothing goes to the plan, and instead of running away to a world of tangled legs, I’m running from the Siren’s that would have my life, and my throne. It’s going to take more than my blood-sworn protector, Kai, to keep me safe. Luckily, I have the help of more than a few pirates.

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fae worldFAE WORLD: YEW QUEEN BOOK 2 by Eve A Hunt

My fated mate is the enemy of my kind, I have days to figure out how to keep him from literally going up in smoke, and at any moment one of my magic’s surges will shock my heart and strike me down.  If I don’t learn how to control my mage abilities pronto, I’m dead. I thought that portalling to hang with other mages would solve things, and I’d find some rad crone-like chick to help me train all epic style. But it seems I’ve landed myself, my best friend, and my doomed fated mate in a hidden kingdom where my kind are enslaved for eternity. Not awesome. This is not the training I was hoping for. And with every day we’re away from the cursed castle, Lucus and his brothers weaken further. If I don’t get us the heck out of this super creepy British fae kingdom, all of us—the 16th century guys and us modern gals—are history.

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academy of vampire heirsACADEMY OF VAMPIRE HEIRS: PERSONAL DONORS 104 (AOVH BOOK 4) by Ginna Moran

This academy bites…but so do I. I always thought I knew who I was—a dhampir, born a rebel, raised to be the gift to humanity to save donors from vampires. As it turns out, I’m instead a law breaker, shunned heir, and on the brink of my final donation. If only I was actually responsible for the crimes I’ve been convicted of. Now, the King Coven and I must figure out how to survive in a world where our allies are now our enemies, and my dhampir nature grows out of control. I never thought we’d leave the Academy of Vampire Heirs early, but I need answers. I need to find the one person who can truly help me. It’s time to fight back.

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wyrde and wickedWYRDE AND WICKED (HOUSE OF WERTH BOOK 2) by Charlotte E English

‘When it comes to the Wyrde, there is no such thing as harmless. Every single one of us is a walking disaster.’ Winter has come to Werth Towers, and brought a deal of trouble with it. Not that any of it is the fault of Miss Gussie Werth. To be a one-woman catastrophe might be seen as a misfortune, but really, there can be no hope of a cure. What with murderous Books on the rampage, Lady Maundevyle brewing plans for Christmas, and a couple of dragons on the loose, a quiet life is not likely to be had. Still, in times of crisis, there is always Lord Felix. The disreputable old revenant might have a few odd ideas; but you’re at Werth Towers, now. The merely unusual comes as a matter of course.
Welcome to the strangest family in Regency England. Find out just what Gussie did next.

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his protectorHIS PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (GEMMA-HYDROX NOOK 5) by L J Vickery

Gabriel Quenterra, a drangel with the FPU and the alpha of a local wolfpack, has a lot on his hands. What he doesn’t have time for, is Val, the handsome Strarbian who has become a major distraction. There’s no room in his life for a relationship, but a short fling? Perhaps.
Valor Addis has been attracted to Gabe since coming to earth, but a dire secret makes it far too dangerous for him to enter into a relationship. He could give his heart so easily, and there lies the problem. If the dark alpha makes the slightest overture, his resolve will surely crumble. But what a way to fall to pieces.

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witches of ash and ruinWITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN by E Latimer

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader.
And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the blood symbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has long gone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods, and Dayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stop the Butcher, one of them will be next.

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settling the alphasSETTLING THE ALPHAS (DESERT HOMESTEADERS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke

By-the-book correctional officer Niles Ford has been resisting his fated mate, Kyle Jones. After all, how could two alphas ever make sense? Even a sunshine boy like Kyle couldn’t fill Niles’s need for an heir… although the silly quokka shifter does know how to make him smile. The fact that his inner puma is yowling for Niles to claim their mate isn’t helping matters.

They’re both dancing around each other when a random omega prisoner turns out to be the piece they’ve been missing… the last part of the puzzle that will make them whole. Before Kyle and Niles can claim Major Lawrence P. Woodlawn and begin their happy ever after, they find themselves on the run from a gaggle of goose shifters who have decided that Larry belongs to them.

Join the trio as they hit the road in a lifesize Barbie-mobile to claim Niles’s new position as pack alpha for a small pack in Arizona… along with an intrepid pair of senior citizens who should never be taken seriously. The only problem is… before they can get to their homestead and meet the pack, the five of them must first escape the clutches of those danged geese who just won’t give up.

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saving rafeSAVING RAFE (LORDS OF DISCORD BOOK 2) by Jocelynn Drake

Rafe Varik – The troublemaker. The risk taker. The sexy club owner full of wicked promises. Rafe has devoted his immortal existence to pleasure and causing mischief.The only ones who can depend on him are his brothers. Of course, that’s very much a Varik thing. But when the leader of the Arsenault clan specifically requests Rafe’s help in tracking down a killer, he can’t say no. Sure, Rafe claims he’s doing it for his family. They’ve attracted too many enemies and could use a few allies. That’s not the whole truth, though.

There’s something about Philippe Arsenault that draws Rafe in. He wants more of Philippe. The vampire leaves him longing for another second in his presence, another taste of his lips, another caress of those perfect fingers. Yet when it’s all over, what will become of Philippe and Rafe? Because Philippe will always be an Arsenault, and Rafe will always be a Varik.

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cursedCURSED: AN ANTHOLOGY by Various

VS Note: Not romance but many good names…

Twenty curses, old and new, from bestselling fantasy authors such as Neil Gaiman, Karen Joy Fowler, Christina Henry, M.R. Carey and Charlie Jane Anders.
ALL THE BETTER TO READ YOU WITH
It’s a prick of blood, the bite of an apple, the evil eye, a wedding ring or a pair of red shoes. Curses come in all shapes and sizes, and they can happen to anyone, not just those of us with unpopular stepparents… Here you’ll find unique twists on curses, from fairy tale classics to brand-new hexes of the modern world – expect new monsters and mythologies as well as twists on well-loved fables. Stories to shock and stories of warning, stories of monsters and stories of magic.TWENTY TIMELESS FOLKTALES, NEW AND OLD

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house of godsHOUSE OF GODS (THE GODS OF NEW YORK SERIES BOOK 1) by Samantha Snow and Amira Rain

One moment I was broke and homeless. The next, I was living in a Manhattan penthouse with 4 demigods who all wanted to please me as much as they could.
Funny how life turns out right? When the gorgeously handsome Brandt Ridley offered cute Brenna Evans a place to stay after she was made homeless she could not say no.
And she could not believe her eyes when she stepped inside his beautiful New York City penthouse apartment and met his three stunningly handsome housemates. Brenna felt like she was the luckiest girl in the world. Little did she know, none of this was luck. It was design. Brandt and his friends were all demigods with special superpowers who were seeking a human female to produce an extra special child for them. And Brenna was perfect for the job. However, she could only choose one of the men to be the father of her baby and she would have to live with all of them until her decision was made.

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blood of the mageBLOOD OF THE MAGE (TWYST ACADEMY BOOK 2) by D D Chance

At the academy, everyone’s playing a little dirty…Up until a few weeks ago, the only dirt I dished at the Twyst Academy of Magecraft came from scrubbing its floors. Now I’ve learned that deep within these hallowed halls, sinister secrets hide everywhere. I try to focus on my new job as janitor-turned-war mage, helping my team of four super-hot college wizards win an insanely intense magic competition, but it isn’t easy. Especially since I’ve barely come to terms with falling for Connor, the most carefree mage in our group…only to develop a mind-blowing crush on Luke, the biggest, scariest mage I’ve ever met. Which, um, is complicated. And when Luke is nearly killed to keep the explosive truth about his past hidden, something fierce and deadly rages to life inside me. Because I’ve got secrets, too.

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servant of the crownSERVANT OF THE CROWN (THE DRAGON SLAYER BOOK 3) by Duncan M Hamilton

The Exciting Conclusion to the Dragonslayer Trilogy – Long laid plans finally bear fruit, but will it prove as sweet as hoped for? With the king on his deathbed, the power Amaury has sought for so long is finally in his grasp. As opposition gathers from unexpected places, dragonkind fights for survival and a long-awaited reckoning grows close. Soléne masters her magic, but questions the demands the world will make of her. Unable to say no when the call of duty comes, Gill realizes that the life he had given up on has not given up on him. Once a servant of the crown, ever a servant of the crown.

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immortal conquistadorTHE IMMORTAL CONQUISTADOR by Carrie Vaughn

Ricardo de Avila would have followed Coronado to the ends of the earth. Instead Ricardo met with the end of his mortal life—and a new one, as the renegade vampire, Rick. For over five hundred years, Rick has infuriated the demon world. He has ferociously protected his found-family from marauding vampires, joined forces with a legendary gunslinger, appointed himself the Master of Denver, and called upon a church buried under the Vatican. Of late, Rick has even made a famous friend: everyone’s favorite werewolf talk-show host, Kitty Norville.

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untamed instinctUNTAMED INSTINCT (ALASKA ALPHAS) by Tamsin Ley

VS Note: from February

An outcast from his pack – Born to a family of wolves, mountain lion shifter Adrian Stone has never fit into the shifter community. He’s resolved to live out his days alone, prowling the Alaskan wilderness and hunting down rogues. When he rescues a stunning, determined human who smells like catnip and makes his inner animal purr, he’s shocked, because his mountain lion insists she’s his mate – even though she claims to be a witch…A witch without magic – Darcy Mae is determined to join her aunt’s coven and make up for her mother’s mistakes. All she needs is one more ingredient for a potion to cheat the coven’s test. But a grizzly attacks her while she’s searching for herbs, and her mountain lion rescuer transforms into a man with rock-hard abs and golden eyes she can’t resist…Witches and shifters never mix, and Darcy is terrified the coven will drive her away. But the coven isn’t her only concern. The local shifters believe the rogue outbreak is due to witchcraft. And Darcy is the perfect target.

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bounty k m banetBOUNTY (KALIYA SAHNI BOOK 1) by Kristen Banet

VS note: Saw on Facebook that Author Jenny Schwartz had recommended this one.

Kaliya Sahni. Tribunal Executioner. Bounty hunter. The last nagini. Her reputation is larger than the desert she lives in. Dangerous. Irresponsible. Antagonistic. When a friend asks her to look into a supernatural bounty on a human, Kaliya finds herself taking the first steps into a conspiracy that had been in the shadows for nearly a decade. Too intrigued to get out before it’s too late, she dives straight into the deep end, ready to discover the truth. When the mysterious bounty takes a personal turn, she knows there’s no turning back, no putting the lid back on the box. It’s all or nothing in her world and Kaliya doesn’t like to lose.

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mate to treasureA MATE TO TREASURE (DRAGONS OF MOUNT AETNA BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

When a member of a reclusive rich family destroys her house, Emma Starling isn’t just looking for money to repair it. She wants the hunky stranger to know that he can’t just buy his way out of trouble. The local cops don’t seem to care, but she isn’t going to stop until he understands that there are consequences for actions. Even if that means launching a lawsuit against one of the most powerful families in Five Peaks.
Asher Aterna just wants the problem to go away. He has other things to worry about. Dragon things. He’s going to have to find a way to get the strong-willed, determined, and more than slightly gorgeous woman to back down. Even if that means spending some of his own personal fortune to do so. That could be a problem though…

After the two agree to settle out of court, they arrive to find Asher’s treasure vault empty. Words fly as both accuse the other of being untruthful. He thinks she stole his gold. She thinks he lured her out there to silence her. Forced to work together to find out what happened, the pair slowly come to realize that maybe, just maybe, they’ve misjudged each other. If they want to explore their new feelings, however, they’re going to have to deal with the real thief first.

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omega withinTHE OMEGA WITHIN (ALPHA’S WOMAN BOOK 5) by Carolyn Faulkner

Olly, dressed as a young boy to keep her identity as an unclaimed omega a secret, is searching for food when she is grabbed and taken to Garron, the great commander, to work for him as a bought and paid for servant. But when he discovers who and what she really is, he wastes no time in claiming her for his own. Now, they must learn to exist as Alpha and omega while fighting the biggest fight of Garron’s life as a great warrior.

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bronze dragons babyBRONZE DRAGON’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

A woman on a mission to build a better world for her baby…Red dragon shifter Athena is sick and tired of her clan’s never-ending wars. She and her brother grew up orphans because of them, and Athena is not allowing that to happen to her daughter. But no one wants to help her—so she takes off to Oak Ridge, where their current enemies live. She figures that if no one else wants to end this conflict, she’ll just have to take care of it herself. She’s not expecting to meet her mate. She’s really not expecting him to own a furniture store.
…and a man who wants to give her the life she deserves. Bronze dragon shifter Santos is instantly captivated by this fierce, warlike woman and her adorable baby girl. Athena’s never eaten in a restaurant, never petted a cat, and never known a safe and comfortable home. She’s like a fiery storm descending on his quiet life—and he never wants to let her go. Of course, there’s the small problem of their clans being at war.

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dauntless serenaDAUNTLESS (SECRETS OF CERES BOOK 2) by Stella Williams

The Barrier is failing, Vampires are hunting innocent Aura, and the Ruling Council is in shambles. It is now up to the High Magistrate, Disrayan Centaurus, to diffuse the tension that threatens to implode everything the Aura ever stood for. However, the solution to her problems is also the man she swore never to trust again.
Maclovis Andromeda has been working undercover with vampires for years, forced to leave behind everything and everyone he held dear. Mack wants nothing more than to show Disrayan that he is still the man she fell for, but until his assignment is complete, he can’t risk being outed, even if that means losing Disrayan all over again.

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dragon mediatedDRAGON MEDIATED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Viola Grace

Training to follow in her father’s footsteps goes well until she gets to the training center. Then, it all hits the fan. Kabyl has wanted to take peacekeeper training since she was six. Her dad had always tried to temper her expectations. Women didn’t usually have the physical skills required for the job. She worked hard, got strong, fast, and resilient and then…she turned into a dragon. Everything got a little confused at that point. The application had been sent, received, and accepted. Kabyl had been assigned a trainer by the diamond dragon, and he had been accepted as her partner by the peacekeepers.
She isn’t sure what being his partner will entail, but as long as she has a shot at her dreams, he could call himself a forest-running elf if he wanted. Oh, wait, that is what he is. First, they need official training, and then, they can work on keeping the peace.

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transformationTRANSFORMATION by Kim Fielding

VS Note: I enjoy her books. Put this on my TBR list.

Orris Spencer is an abomination. At least that was what his father said in 1886 before banishing him from their Fifth Avenue mansion and sending him across the continent to Oregon. Now Orris must try to find a place for himself on his brother’s farm. His studies did little to prepare him for pioneer living, and when he’s called on to help protect the livestock from a predator, he’s not at all certain he’s up to the task. Then he meets Henry Bonn, a strange and intriguing man who lives in a cabin in the hills. Orris’s attraction to Henry may not be an abomination—but it may prove to be a greater danger than banishment.

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unlovely brideTHE UNLOVELY BRIDE (BRIDES OF KARADOK BOOK 2) by Alice Coldbreath

Lenora Montmayne leads a charmed life as the most beautiful woman at King Wymer’s court, surrounded by admirers. And then disaster strikes. The red pox sweeps the summer palace at Caer-Lyones and Lenora’s fair face falls victim to its ravages. Without her looks, what does Lenora have left to her?
If ever there was a knight the crowd loves to hate, it’s Garman Orde. Even his own family despises him. Then one night a heavily veiled lady offers him an extraordinary bargain. And he finds out that Lenora Montmayne was never just a pretty face.

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edge of darknessEdge of Darkness: Episode One “Seeing Ghosts” – A Serialized Paranormal Romance (Paranormal Investigations Unlimited Book 1) by Paige Tyler

VS Note:  Episode 1 of 5. Episode 2 is also available. I get the feeling they end on cliffhangers since it’s billed as a serial so you might want to wait for all 5…

She killed a murderer…Or did she? It’s been five weeks since Presley Kincaid escaped a serial killer, but she’s still having nightmares. Now she wonders if her brush with death has driven her insane because she’s started seeing ghosts. But ghosts aren’t real, right? The only logical way to find out is to ask some paranormal investigators. Better yet, she wants to go on a ghost hunt to see for herself.
Unfortunately, the group leader, Logan Malone—a real pompous jerk in Presley’s opinion—isn’t thrilled with the idea of a civilian tagging along. Good thing money talks. Presley pays them to take her on a hunt and what happens makes Logan suspect maybe the ghosts are hunting Presley. As a former cop, Logan’s protective instinct kicks in and he knows he’s got to keep her close to make sure she’s safe. And he doesn’t hate the idea of spending time with her as much as he should.

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death and desireDEATH AND DESIRE (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 2) by Deborah Wilde

Angel of Death. Black market magic. When you’re Ashira Cohen, smart is the new kickass. When Ash is hired to solve her first murder, it seems like a perfectly normal, open-and-shut case of family feuds and bad blood. Until Ash discovers an evil magical artifact and her lead suspect is of the winged, white-robed, celestial variety. As if that weren’t bad enough, if she can’t find the perpetrator quickly, fourteen vials of lethal, ghostly magic will be sold to the highest bidder.

Her quest to figure out her Jezebel powers and find the shadowy organization responsible for stripping teens of their magic isn’t going any smoother, either. Can’t a girl just pursue her dream career without getting caught up in a mysterious destiny? Or, for that matter, playing a dangerous Sherlock-Moriarty game with the infuriatingly hot alpha male in charge of Vancouver’s magical community? But when Ash accidentally crosses the cunning and deadly Queen of Hearts, ruler of the magic black market, all those cases may go unresolved. Permanently. With the clock ticking, it’ll take all of Ash’s intelligence to survive with her moral center-and her head-intact. The game is afoot and failure is not an option.

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her vampire rebelHER VAMPIRE REBEL (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 6) by Zara Zenia

I’M KEEPING HER. The sweet psychology student with a troubled past. Her ex is stalking her, but I won’t let him hurt her again. I’ll finish him if he even tries. Because I love the way she submits. Her sweet soft yes, sirs. The way she gives herself over to me. I should let her go–she has her whole life ahead of her. But I can’t. I’m buying her a collar and making her mine. Mine alone.

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conveniently convictedCONVENIENTLY CONVICTED (PARANORMAL PRISON) by Ivy Asher and Raven Kennedy

Nightmare Penitentiary is no joke. The worst of the worst in the paranormal world end up at NP, and I just got sentenced there. For others, this might be cause for freaking the hell out. But for me, it’s a fucking relief. You see, I’ve been sold off to the big bad asshole, Alpha Bowen—thanks mom and dad! But if they think I’m going to go quietly, or at all, they haven’t been paying attention to how I roll. Nightmare Penitentiary is the perfect place to escape, and I’m ready. If only people would stop trying to break me out. Seriously, it’s annoying. I’m ready to relax and serve my sentence, but then I meet the prison guard, Rook. I can’t seem to escape his heated stares, the head wobbles, or the dimples. Sweet pop rocks, the dimples!
You’re not supposed to meet the male of your dreams in prison, but tell that to fate. Too bad I’m not as out of reach from the troubles hunting me down as I thought…and now, there’s nowhere to run because, like, I got myself imprisoned. FML.

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shackled to the worldSHACKLED TO THE WORLD (A PHANTOM TOUCHED NOVEL BOOK 2) by Stacey Brutger

Annora thought the worst that could happen was behind her…until it’s discovered that her blood carries the cure to death. Now people will go to any extreme to get their hands on her. Instead of escaping her past, she ends up dragging her guys into hell with her.
When one of her men is taken, her world comes crashing down. Her psychic connection to him is the only thing keeping him alive—barely. To get him back, she must turn herself over to the enemy, knowing she would be facing a lifetime of slavery. Determined not to go down without a fight, Annora and her men train for the coming war, taking risks that could cost them everything. She must embrace her phantom heritage if she is to have any hope of keeping her mates safe. The only problem…other phantoms would rather kill her than allow the secrets of their magic to become exposed.

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dying wolfTHE DYING WOLF (THE FAMILIAR EMPIRE BOOK 2) by G Bailey

I’m Anastasia Noble, and after becoming a familiar, I thought I’d found my home. I was wrong. The famous Familiar Empire is full of secrets but none as deadly as my own past that is slowly creeping up on me. Alexander, Liam and Mason made a vow that means they cannot help me now. No matter what they promised. But can my angel in the shadows guide my way?

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passionPASSION (SHIFTERS FOREVER MORE BOOK 5) by Elle Thorne

Matteo Berberis, dragon shifter, has not been adjusting very well to life away from the Pontic Mountains. Sure, he lives in Bear Canyon Valley, and he’s got freedoms he never had before, but his dragon is angry. He misses their home country. What’s a dragon shifter to do when shifting into his dragon—and running off is not an option. Not in a world where dragons are hunted. When did the apex predator of all shifter types become the hunted? He gives his dragon his head and they roam, flying over Bear Canyon Valley regularly.

This day was anything but regular though. He’s come across a beautiful stranger with a problem. He’d have thought he could provide help until he had a problem of his own. Stuck mid-shift, he finds himself at her mercy and at the mercy of those hunting her.

Jolie Anker’s not simply a girl on a hike. She’s harboring a secret that could bring doom to the Bear Canyon Valley clan. She’s a refugee from a wizard and his bear shifter flunkies. She’s had her power stripped and has no clue if she can muster enough to deal a blow to the dastardly wizard. But now, as if things weren’t complicated enough, she’s run into a dragon shifter who seems hell-bent on not minding his own business. Who said she needed saving?

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judas kissJUDAS KISS: MURPHY’S LAW BOOK 2 by K A Fox

Delaney Murphy is learning what it really means to be the daughter of the Devil and that not everyone appreciates her father’s kinder, gentler side. When tragedy strikes and upsets the fragile balancing act of her life, Delaney will have to choose between the world she’s sworn to protect and the father who has changed the whole of Hell just for her.
As betrayals around her mount, she begins to question herself and those closest to her.
Cut off from her magic, Laney’s tie to humanity is fraying. She’s slipping closer and closer to giving in to the overwhelming darkness growing inside her. Ultimately, she’ll have to confront her demons or risk losing herself entirely.

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sfr station logoVS: Have you checked out SFR Station?  Run by Author Steph Pajonas, it’s a very cool way to search the scifi romance backlists by author name, pairing type or sub genre. She also just launched a new feature, a monthly Book Funnel including the new releases she’s added to the Station in that month at the author’s request. TWO of my books are on this month’s BF! (I’m not associated with SFR Station, other than having my books listed there.)

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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February 26

February 19

February 12

February 5

“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

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

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

 

 

 

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday MAR 4

fistful of cyborgAs 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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A FISTFUL OF CYBORG (CYBORGS ON MARS BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips

VS Note: Readers have been anxiously awaiting this one!

S-756 despises all humans, but he hates the scientists who tortured him and turned him into a cyborg most of all. The long years terraforming Mars have only cemented that hatred. When his duty forces him to rescue an endangered scientist, he is shocked to discover that she is the alluring woman who betrayed him. No matter how much his long forgotten heart rejoices, he knows he can never trust her.
Addie paid a terrible price to save the man she loved. When she encounters him again, she is both thrilled and terrified. Her feelings towards the massive cyborg haven’t changed, but how can she explain what she did, especially when she has another secret to keep? When a dark plot forces them to collaborate, can they move on from their tragic past and find a new future together?

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operation furyOPERATION FURY (THE DRIFT NOVA FORCE BOOK 3) by Susan Hayes

She’s fighting for survival. He’s fighting for her soul. Nyx was created to be the perfect killer, with death and violence encoded in her DNA. After years of tests, torments, and trials designed to push her to her breaking point, she’s survived by focusing on one thing –revenge. Nova Force investigator Eric Erben lost someone he cared about. Now he’s on a mission to fulfill her last request – free her sister from the shadowy group holding her captive. Rescuing Nyx from her captors is the easy part. Saving her from herself will be a battle only love can win.

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treasured by the alien pirateTREASURED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (MATES OF THE KILGARI BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm

I’m a wanted woman. In more ways than one. I was arrested, then imprisoned in cryosleep, and finally rescued by a crew of horned, golden skinned aliens. Now my government has branded me a traitor. Whoever is after me is willing to kill–to destroy anything and anyone in their way. They’re powerful and without mercy. It’s enough to make me lose all hope. Until Grantian. He’s a dangerous man and he promises to protect me. Former mercenary with the Hael Hounds–more blood on his hands than he cares to recount. He’s experienced suffering. And pain. And loss. I can tell that he sees something in me. Something that makes him willing to kill again. Yet with him, I feel safe. And even if we travel to the ends of the galaxy, With him…I feel like I’m home.

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choosing theoCHOOSING THEO (THE CLECLANIAN SERIES BOOK 1 by Victoria Aveline

Being kidnapped by aliens is only the start of Jade’s problems. Thankfully, her rescuers, an alien race known as the Clecanians, are willing to protect her, but she has to stay on their planet for one year and respect the rules of their culture—including choosing a husband. Jade refuses at first but decides to play along until she can find a way back to Earth.

Theo, a scarred mercenary who prefers a life of solitude, is stunned when Jade selects him as her husband. After years of being passed over, he never imagined he would be chosen and neither did anyone else. Only one explanation makes sense…the curvy enticing female must be a spy, and Theo’s determined to break her cover using any means necessary. As Jade and Theo are forced to spend time together, their chemistry becomes undeniable. But neither can afford to bring love into the equation, especially since Jade seems determined to go home. After all, she can’t possibly stay here, right?

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unexpected masterUNEXPECTED MASTER by Layla Stone

He’s in her mind…Demanding her attention, terrifying every bone in her body.He’s a Master telepath with abilities she’s never heard about. He’s dangerous but so is the male who bought her and is planning to turn her into a cyborg pet. She’s the only one who can hear the telepath. He needs her help to get free and he won’t stop until she frees him. She’s a prisoner too, and knows that if there is any chance of freedom, she has to trust him. But the way out will take every last shread of her will power. All she wants is freedom and safety. All he wants is freedom and her.

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overexposedOVEREXPOSED (NULL EQUATION BOOK 1) by Allyson Lindt

VS Note: A re-release. Author’s note: “This story was previously released as Over Exposed, as part of the USA Today Bestselling Other Worlds box set. It has been edited, and additional content added for this serialized re-release.”

A hacker whose mind can’t be read is the hottest commodity on the market… and as good as dead. Max and Taylor have spent the last decade running. From the people who killed their families. From an organization that wants to experiment on them… dead or alive. And from an epidemic that could drive Taylor mad and unleash his psychic abilities. As someone whose mind can’t be read, Max is his link to sanity. But even fugitives need to earn a living.
As one of the world’s most notorious hacker teams, Max and Taylor burrow their way in to digital closets to find the darkest secrets of their powerful targets, and expose them for all to see. The biggest drawback—a list of ruthless enemies who want to see them crash and burn. Literally, if possible.

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lethal gameLETHAL GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL BOOK 16) by Christine Feehan

When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force—a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless…until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive.

Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai’s rough exterior, but he can tell there’s something she’s hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker—albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn’t think their paths crossing is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running.

When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won’t be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too.

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lovin largeLOVIN’ LARGE: A CHOOSE YOUR ENDING ROMANCE by Linda Mooney w/a Carolyn Gregg

Asa Kelby, Director of Entrapment for WesCept, never knows what his job will entail day in and day out. After the earth passed through a comet’s tail, wiping out 90% of all animal species, life changed drastically for both humans and remaining animals. Gone is the surplus of meat for meals, domestic pets, and farm animals. But companies like WesCept are working hard to reverse that.

Scientists have developed a machine that can reach back in time, seize animals of all shapes and sizes, and transport them forward to current time to repopulate the Earth, bringing those species back from extinction, and also provide food for meat-eaters. The biggest problem is they have no control over what animals the Grabber will trap, or even WHEN in history those animals will come from.

At great risk, Asa’s boss tells him to turn up the power on the Grabber, in hopes of bringing in bigger game, but they weren’t quite expecting it to bring in something quite as large or prehistoric as they are soon facing. When the mistake is realized, it’s too late, and they get more than they bargained for. More than the history of Earth itself ever knew existed.And it will shake the very core of everyone’s belief as to humanity’s past.

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slayerSLAYER (SHADOWBORN REBELLION BOOK 1) by Cyndi Friberg

General Malik Xett doesn’t have time for romance. His one and only concern is curtailing the power and influence of the ruthless Sarronti elite. Still, the human female working with him lingers in his mind and fuels his imagination.
Though Kara O’Leary has been attracted to Malik since they first met, she never dreamed he returned her feelings. One kiss ignites a hunger neither can deny, but the timing couldn’t be worse. Hostilities rapidly escalate and new threats are revealed. How can Malik and Kara bring freedom to the “world below” when all they can think about is each other?

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revealing evieREVEALING EVIE (INTERSTELLAR HEREAFTER BOOK 4) by Rhea V May

Evie thinks the worst has already happened. Disaster struck and left her in ruins. First, she loses her family in a terrible accident. Then, aliens invade Earth and stop life as she knew it. Survivors of the invasion start dropping and, in a matter of days, Evie finds herself all alone on a dying planet. Without knowing what else to do, she sets out to find the rest of her family. As time passes, Evie stops worrying about having to fight for her life. For the apocalypse proves incredibly boring. No evil machines trying to wipe out humanity, and no brain-eating zombies. Just endless walking and solitude.

That all changes when she meets him. The alien that falls from the skies. Vasktrosti, the Ancient One, is on the run. For the crimes he had committed, he received the death sentence. True death, with no hope for the resurrection reserved for Renditions. So, what better place to hide from the Union of The Thirteen Races than on the dying planet of Earth? But even a bionic is subjected to misfortunes, so each of Vask’s plans crumbles to dust when bad luck hits. Though, as Evie finds him, Vask starts believing his bad luck is the best thing that ever happened. For himself, the great thousand years-old is brought to his knees by this frail human woman.

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rebels jannah societyTHE REBELS (BOOK 2 OF THE JANNAH CYCLE) by D Brumbley

What do you do when your dream becomes a nightmare? Try and escape? Quit? Fight?
The Initiative is a death trap. Leadership has lied about everything. The way to Jannah is not what was promised. How do you fight from inside a cage?
In the aftermath of being cross-matched with each other’s spouses, Anna, Logan, Orion, and Mercury attempt to make their way in the Initiative against the edicts of the Match program. But as the Initiative’s systems of control tighten around them all, the consequences of disobedience force them to decide how much compliance they are willing to give. Living alongside them, Aiko Tanaka works to try and save her dying brother Kazuo…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ensnaredENSNARED (CENTAURI CAPTIVES BOOK 7) by Kallista Dane and Kate Richards

I’m tough. I’m a survivor. As a runaway, I lived on the streets. Then I became the mistress of a mob boss. When I witnessed a murder, I knew I’d be next. So I stowed away on a spaceship full of women my government gave to the aliens. I traded my body, my self-respect, for a place to sleep at night and food in my belly a long time ago. So if mating with an alien keeps me from being Big Tony’s next victim, I’m in. How hard could it be? I’d been pretending for years with Tony. Hiding my disgust every time he touched me. I made him feel like a big stud. I can do it again, even with a male from another world. Guys are all the same no matter where they come from. Right? To my surprise, I don’t have to pretend with the sexy alien who chose me. His dominance gets me hot. But he wants more than my body. He’s trying to capture my heart. I’ve been fighting him – but I’m afraid he’s winning.

I don’t belong here. I’m not a warrior like the others. But I’m the last of my line now. So I’ll choose a female and do my duty.  As a scientist, I shouldn’t have been on the solport. But if I was back home on Arythios, I’d have died along with my father, my brother, and every other being on the planet. Killed by a faceless enemy we call the Rydek. We’re all that’s left – an elite squadron of warriors and the support staff deployed with them on a training mission in deep space. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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back issuesBACK ISSUES: BURNOUTS #1 by Dani Hermit

More than 25 years ago, Matt Evans’ superpowers burned out. He left the world of the Chosen and their staged battles behind. But he also left behind the love of his life and their naughty games of submission. Out of the blue, a Hero launches an overwhelming attack on the Chosen, stealing away all of their powers. In the aftermath of the attack, Matt’s long dormant powers come back online and he makes the impossible decision to reconnect with the only man who might understand what is happening, Colton Stephens, the lover he had abandoned in his youth.
When Professor Colton Stephens sees Matt standing in the back of his lecture hall, years of secrets and pain come rushing to the surface. Their reunion is less than the amazing moment he had been hoping for. But …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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galactic infernoGALACTIC INFERNO (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 2) by Mel Teshco

VS Note: A re-release

Ally Grayson believes she’s the last person on Earth after aliens arrived, bringing with them a deadly virus that wiped out most of mankind. Somehow surviving the annihilation, she hides in a Sydney house with her dog, Bonnie. She knows she has to leave before the “eyes in the sky” detect her and have her captured, but she never expects an alien to save her and Bonnie from the jaws of a ravenous, feral dog. Never expects to be drawn to Renate, the alien male who seems more human than any man she’s ever known.
She fights an attraction she can’t win, and soon enough she’s in his arms, under his hard, amazing body. Except their unearthly desire might not be enough to keep them together when Renate’s alien comrades close in.

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fearlessFEARLESS (STEEL DEMONS MC BOOK 3) by Crystal Ash

The man I love must kill one of his own. Someone he considered a brother, a fellow Steel Demon, put the entire club in danger. As president, Reaper must crush every last threat to his people, or the Steel Demons MC could cease to exist altogether. Reaper is ruthless. His justice is punishing. But despite his name, he takes no pleasure in executing someone he once trusted. The task is weighing on him. That’s why he needs me. But he’s not the only one. The vice president with the seductive charm needs me. The silent soldier with terrifying nightmares needs me. And the sweet, golden man with the falcon on his shoulder? It scares me how much I need him. All of these men have killed without hesitation. They all battle demons I can’t begin to fathom. In my journey to combat violence with healing, I found my home with men just as cruel as they are loving. Can I be fearless enough to love them all?

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sound of starsTHE SOUND OF STARS by Alecia Dow

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population. Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. With humans deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, emotional expression can be grounds for execution. Music, art and books are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for the love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does. Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while creating a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

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alastorALASTOR (HEXONIAN ALIEN ROMANCE BOOK 3) by Charmaine Ross

Marie Sinclair, renowned psychic, is at the end of her tether. Although she sees and senses things that would freak normal people out, she’s not ready to come face to face with an unknown, evil entity the likes of which she’s never come across before—in this dimension or the next. Nor is she fully prepared to deal with golden-skinned Captain Alastor Siris, with his imposing personality and icy attitude.

They finally have a chance to end the tyrannical Reptiles’ reign. It is of the utmost importance that Alastor unearth any information he can to turn the tables in their favour. The fate of the war rests on his shoulders. He’s trained in combat and reconnaissance. What he’s never had to deal with, is bringing a delicate, platinum-haired human female with him. Not only will Marie be in danger, she makes him feel things he’s determined never to feel again. When things turn in a direction he could never have anticipated, Alastor finds himself thrust into a situation where long-held beliefs about himself are not only challenged, but destroyed.

Together, Marie and Alastor must not only fight for their destinies, but those lost souls of the universe and beyond. Can they stop an unknown force from suffering total annihilation and save the souls of billions of enslaved people before all is lost?

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if you take my meaningIF YOU TAKE MY MEANING by Charlie Jane Anders

VS Note: Not a romance. Scifi. A ‘short read’ release of note from last week.

As an ex-smuggler and two-time reluctant revolutionary, Alyssa is used to staring into the razor-sharp jaws of death. But now she’s embarking on the most terrifying adventure of her life—journeying into the darkness to become a new type of being, one who can help humanity to survive. And deep at the heart of the city in the middle of the night, the price of transformation could be higher, and more terrible, than Alyssa ever expected.

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alien propertyALIEN PROPERTY by Celeste Jones

Her people attacked my world, and they were defeated. Now this beautiful little human will be the spoils of war, taken as my mate in return for a promise to spare her planet from annihilation. She is mine to use as I please, but before …(more blurb on ebook seller page….)

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annies mateANNIE’S MATE (Z’RELRYRIAN Mtes book 1) by Chelsea Handcock

Z’Lelryrian are feared and worshiped throughout the universe, bowing to no one. But that means nothing because they have an alarming secret—they are dying. Draez’as Ralzai Arnirx is their prince and has taken on the task of finding a cure, traveling the universe far and wide until fate puts him in line with a tiny blue planet that could be the answers to all their prayers—their salvation. The women are acceptable, compatible, and most importantly, breedable. What he didn’t expect is they were so much more, and he learns bowing to someone isn’t that bad.
Annie Tate is a pretty normal, somewhat geeky woman who enjoys hanging out with her friends and her cat, Boris. As far as she’s concerned, she isn’t anything special. Then one night, a gorgeous, purple, sparkly, bearded alien tells her she is his bride. What does she do? Run!

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wizards flightWIZARD’S FLIGHT (GALACTIC HEIRESS BOOK 1) by Wilhelmina Kirk

Captain Montana Cooper has a knack for attracting trouble, but when she hires a handsome new crew member for her smuggling operation, danger begins to plague her crew at every turn. Montana is accustomed to evading the Empire and dodging her father, but this time, the captain can’t run from trouble. Because it turns out that her new CO is a fugitive, as well, and when he is captured by bounty hunters, Montana must follow them into the most lawless system in the Empire. To save him, she’s got to risk her ship, her crew, and even her own freedom.

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doomDOOM (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Regine Abel

VS Note: A re-release of Regine’s story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

Victoria’s dreams of a cozy life as a small-town doctor come crashing down when the monstrous Kryptids make first contact. The alien invaders have only one goal: to turn Earth into a breeding ground. As she fights to protect her patients in their makeshift hospital, an even more fearsome alien and his beast enter the fray. She should be terrified of the male ominously named Doom. But she’s mesmerized.

As a genetically engineered war machine, Doom lives for a single purpose: eradicating the Kryptids. Coming to Earth with his brothers to save the humans should be a straightforward matter. But years of bloody battles throughout the galaxy have not prepared him for the fiery Victoria. Enchanted by the courage of that wisp of a woman, Doom offers her his protection and that of his fearless war beast, Stran, as she attempts to rescue other wounded humans. After disaster strikes their homeworld, the Xian Warriors now also face extinction. Will the Kryptids finally defeat their only real threat, or will the delicate human that has stolen both of Doom’s hearts also be the Warriors’ seed of hope?

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cyborgs revengeCYBORG’S REVENGE: A PROJECT ENTERPRISE STORY by Pauline Baird Jones

VS Note: A re-release of Pauline’s story from the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

They say you can’t go home again, but what if it is the only way to truly be free? Rap solves problems large and small. He solved them when he was human, when he was a robot, and now that he’s mostly human again, he’s still solving problems—though eliminating the threat from his old Master is a biggie. He’ll need his pet, Snake, and his new friend, Nelson, the AI inside his head. And then there’s Ale. He thought he knew all there was to know about Ale. He was wrong.

Her human form is making his head spin and his heart hurt. He’d like to get closer to her, but he was a geek who didn’t know how to talk to women before he became a robot. He can’t imagine facing the Master without her, but how can he risk her life on an impossible mission? Now that Ale is a human again—mostly—her new beating heart is pounding for Rap. It’s a pity that he’s inscrutable, and she’s got a huge secret—one that could be the key to ending the threat from their former Q’uy Master—or doom them all to captivity once more. Can the shy guy and the lovesick gal defeat their greatest enemy and find a happy ending? Only the chatty Snake knows for sure.

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auctioned to the convictsAUCTIONED TO THE CONVICTS (PRISON WORLD BOOK 1) by Julie K Cohen

Punished for trying to save her sister’s life, Hannah is sentenced to Narkos, A planet of dangerous criminals. She’s auctioned to four convicts Who hate each other. Who don’t want to share. And they’re not the only ones who want her. Her survival depends on uniting her men. Will they use her body? Yes Will they try to control her? Yes Will they bend her to their will? Definitely Until she learns how to bend them to hers…One by one, they claim her. One by one, she shatters their walls. This is her unit. Love will be enough to tame her convicts. She’s betting her life on it.

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entwined fatesENTWINED FATES (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: An expanded re-release. Previously in the Pets In Space® 4 anthology.

Bold, kind, and adventurous, Kiara was everything Volcair needed in his stiff, formal life. Along with his pet inux, Cypher, the three were inseparable during Volcair’s years on Earth. But the same winds of fate that brought them together as children tore them apart again. With half a universe separating them, years sped by, and Kiara seemed lost to him forever. Angry and bitter, he threw himself into military service for the Entris Dominion, seeking escape from the pain of loss.
When chance brings them together again nearly two decades later, Volcair finds that his feelings for Kiara have only grown—he needs her. Have they been granted a second chance, or has time opened a rift between them that cannot be crossed?

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savage aliens dollSAVAGE ALIEN’S DOLL (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 5) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr

He’s a murderer…A monster…And mine. He’s brutal. He’s a beast. Violence is his trade.
Blood is what he brings. I know I should be afraid. But I’m not. I’m excited. Thinking back, it was an easy decision. Take the place of my sister with those Kraaj who were holding her. She needed the money and she thought giving herself up was the only way.
But she had so much to live for, I couldn’t let her do it. Not as the older sister. So I stepped in. And Kator claimed me in her stead. It’s a different world I’m in now. Gone are the refugee camps I lived in. The squalor of the defeated. I’m in a world of warriors. I’m surrounded by luxury tinged with death. Pleasure masked by fear. Strength mixed with savagery. Nowadays I have a new role. Each night, I get my makeover. Put on the dress he bought me. And then tend to the needs of the one who calls me Pet.

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gluttonyGLUTTONY (THE DEADLY 7 BOOK 6) by Lana Percherczyk

Tony Lazarus is a man who seems to have everything. Money, fame, movie-star good looks, women… but appearances can be deceiving. Behind the million-dollar smile is a hero losing his battle against the sin he’s supposed to have complete control over. Instead of fighting to keep the city safe, alcohol and drugs are his life until a chance encounter places him at the wrong end of sassy security agent’s ire.

It’s enough to shake sense into him, but now he has a new addiction, and her name is Bailey Haze. She is his lifemate, ex CIA and she wants nothing to do with him. He represents everything she’s been fighting to overcome her entire life – he’s cocky, smug, and entitled. When a Syndicate failed experiment terrorizes Cardinal City, the two must work together. As their fates become forever entwined, and desire ignites between them, can they forget about their prejudices and join forces? Or will their inner demons dig a grave they can’t hope to get out of alive?

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saved by the cyborgSAVED BY THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS BOOK 3) by Alyse Anders

With the enemy closing in, a cyborg must do everything he can to save his mate.Eagan has a brilliant tactical mind and was instrumental in the cyborg’s defeat over the Sholle, but in the years since the war, he’s been on his own. With the arrival of a Sholle scout ship, he’s pulled back to active duty and changed with not only saving the lives of the Grus but also a ship full of human women. When he meets his mate, Beth, Eagan’s world is turned on his head. Now, he must not only find a way to defeat the Sholle but save Beth from the Grus who want to keep them apart. If you like hot cyborg males proving their love and smart, courageous females who save the day, then join Eagan and Beth in book 3 of the Cyborg Protector romance.

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captured by the babymakerCAPTURED BY THE BABYMAKER (KRYZON BREEDING AUCTION BOOK 5) by Luna Voss

Human women are extremely valuable on the planet Kyrzon, and brutal tribes of alien warriors compete for the right to claim one as a mate. Selena has grown up dreading the day she would be sold as a bride, but she has another whole year before that happens. Until then, she can enjoy being young, innocent, and free. But everything changes when she is captured by a terrifying Kyrzon warrior who refuses to remove his helmet. Suddenly, she finds herself a prisoner to this big, stoic alien, bound to be sold to the highest bidder in a foreign land. As they travel together, Selena begins to suspect that there is more to her mysterious captor than meets the eye. And despite his carefully calculated demeanor of stern authority, it seems that he might be harboring feelings for her. When the masked alien decides to keep Selena for himself, the passionate romance that follows startles both human and Kyrzon alike.

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half lightHALF-LIGHT (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 5) by  Matt Doyle

With Angel Tanner, the android that runs California’s criminal underworld, pulling the strings, PI Cassie Tam finds herself thrust into a conflict with New Hopeland’s biggest and baddest. But working with the murderous AI may be the only way that Cassie can get to the bottom of her home’s greatest mystery: What is New Hopeland City? As she struggles to balance her dealings with allies and enemies alike, Cassie is left with a difficult choice. She has always straddled the line between light and dark. Now, the time to decide which side she’s on is drawing close…if she can figure out which is which.

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house of earth and bloodHOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD (CRESCENT CITY BOOK 1) by Sarah J Maas

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life-working hard all day and partying all night-until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose-to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion-one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

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chain of goldCHAIN OF GOLD (THE LAST HOURS BOOK 1) by Cassandra Clare

Cordelia Carstairs is a Shadowhunter, a warrior trained since childhood to battle demons. When her father is accused of a terrible crime, she and her brother travel to London in hopes of preventing the family’s ruin. Cordelia’s mother wants to marry her off, but Cordelia is determined to be a hero rather than a bride. Soon Cordelia encounters childhood friends James and Lucie Herondale and is drawn into their world of glittering ballrooms, secret assignations, and supernatural salons, where vampires and warlocks mingle with mermaids and magicians. All the while, she must hide her secret love for James, who is sworn to marry someone else.

But Cordelia’s new life is blown apart when a shocking series of demon attacks devastate London. These monsters are nothing like those Shadowhunters have fought before—these demons walk in daylight, strike down the unwary with incurable poison, and seem impossible to kill. London is immediately quarantined. Trapped in the city, Cordelia and her friends discover that their own connection to a dark legacy has gifted them with incredible powers—and forced a brutal choice that will reveal the true cruel price of being a hero.

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no crone unturnedNO CRONE UNTURNED (A SPELLS ANGELS COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Amanda M Lee

Scout Randall is on the verge of getting information about her past. Patience has never been one of her virtues, though. As she’s waiting for her source to get settled, a new problem arises … and it has fangs.
When she was a kid, a chance encounter in a park left Scout questioning the existence of monsters. Now, one of those potential monsters is back … and he’s taken up residence in Hawthorne Hollow. He isn’t alone either.
Vampires are on the prowl and it’s up to the Spell’s Angels to figure out what they want and eradicate them through any means necessary. That’s easier said than done, though.
Scout can’t shake the feeling that something bigger than the obvious is happening, and when her boyfriend’s close friend is infected, she realizes she has to increase her efforts if she wants to save as many people as possible.
One vampire is deadly. A nest, though? That can be catastrophic. In this particular case, the head vampire trying to infiltrate Hawthorne Hollow has a plan … and it involves turning as many people as possible.
It’s a race against time. Scout has to keep those closest to her safe while expanding her search for answers. In the end, she might get more than she bargained for on both fronts … if she can survive long enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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untamed reaperUNTAMED REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel

I did it! I’m free. Well sort of. Freedom isn’t as cut and dried as the word implies. In this case, I’m at the top of Death’s Worst Reaper Ever list. What it signifies remains to be seen.
I broke free from Death because there wasn’t any other way out of Reaping Vampires. She refused to let me off the hook or consider other arrangements. I’d have been content leaving it at that, but word about my choice got out. Other Reapers clamored for independence too.
Death’s fury expanded another notch with every defection until nowhere is far enough away for me to run to. If I was only fighting her, it might be manageable. Toss in Vampires who hate my guts, a phalanx of dark gods who want my hide, and a bunch of bigoted mortals who’ve decided magic is holding them back. Pah. They’re their own worst enemy, but they’re the least of my problems. It’s been a rocky journey. Along the way I’ve uncovered allies and even a man who loves me. Will we be enough to slam the gates and send darkness packing? We have to be. No prisoners. No choices.

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crowned fae queenTHE CROWNED FAE QUEEN (THE CURSED KINGDOM SERIES BOOK 3) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey

This kingdom isn’t built of curses. It’s built of lies and secrets. Secrets so dark they’re killing us all one by one. And I intend to find the source. Even if it takes me to the depths of the deepest sea and right into the deadly hands of a water witch. She started the cursed path of our destiny all that time ago. And now I’m here to end it.

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supernatural academy year threeSUPERNATURAL ACADEMY: YEAR THREE by Jaymin Eve

Year Three at the Academy. The year of Aqua. Maddison has been fighting the gods from the first moment she found out they existed. Those arrogant and power hungry deities have a plan … a plan that includes destroying everything she holds dear, and she fears that one day soon, they’re going to succeed. When new information is dropped in her lap, a way to end the gods once and for all, Maddison jumps at the chance. That’s until she finds out that the path to her prize is through a maze of challenges that have stumped all who’ve attempted them before.
Luckily she won’t go alone. She’s been recruited into a girl gang, and with Jessa, Mischa, and Josephina by her side, they might actually have a shot at succeeding. Of course, they didn’t factor in on their mates storming the keep to track them down. Dragon shifters, Atlantean gods, and a chance to find the ultimate weapon. Year of aqua … bring it on.

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hexes and handcuffsHEXES AND HANDCUFFS  by Various

You’ll be captivated by this collection of supernatural prison stories—full of paranormal penitentiaries, magical asylums, enchanting reformatories and otherworldly juvenile detention centers where inmates, prisoners, and the criminally insane are held captive with enough strength to bind even the most powerful. Within these walls, you’ll find witches, vampires, shifters, fae, wizards, warlocks, and more magically incarcerated creatures, some struggling to escape, and all fighting to just to survive.

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mermaidiaMERMAIDIA by Various

Love mermaids and all creatures aquatic? This limited time anthology is just for you! With more than 1500 pages of captivating fiction, you’ll be enchanted by sirens, dive the depths with a mermaid, and fear whether the sea witch is friend or foe.

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fire kingFIRE KING (THE CRYSTAL KINGDOM BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Running is Chelsea Golby’s escape. Literally. She runs to get away from the pain of being rejected after asking the love of her life to marry her. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, she heads to the Crystal Kingdom to hang out with her sister Avery, the new Elf Queen. With Avery busy being queen, she decides to go on a run to see the magical lands. Maybe what her grandmom said was true and Chelsea has magic in her blood too.

Zaos Firefoot,the right hand man to King Gorwin, knows his people are fading out. It’s too bad he can’t tell the dumb-ass leader exactly what he thinks about how he rules the kingdom. As much as he hates it, Zaos does what he’s told. Until the day he’s sent out to question and kill a light elf. When Zaos finds out that beautiful light elf is his mate, all bets are off with the killing thing. He’ll protect Chelsea with his last breath if necessary. Afterall, she’s his.

The surprises don’t stop at finding a mate. Someone forgot to tell Zaos he’s the son of a dragon and a Dark Elf who are mortal enemies. The drama explodes until the realm is at risk and everyone’s life is at stake. But Chelsea isn’t one to sit idle and watch. She’s about to learn that saving a world can get a girl killed. And it’ll destroy Zaos to know there’s nothing he can do to stop her.

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blue in motherlandBLUE IN MOTHERLAND by Joanne Ganci

Once upon a time I was sweet and innocent. A girl with a different name, from an altogether different world. But that was a long time ago. So long, I barely remember who she was. Who I was. A lot changed when I fell into the deepest depths of the Rabbit Hole. Everything changes when you fall though, doesn’t it? When up becomes down and right becomes wrong and nothing really matters but them. What is it they say? What doesn’t kill you, only makes you love them? I’m not really sure how it goes. What I do know is: I’ll endure anything if it means I get to love them.

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five princesTHE FIVE PRINCES (CHOOSE THE ENDING NOVEL BOOK 1) by Deidra DeWitt

I never asked to become a princess. My plan was to graduate college and take over my uncle’s karate dojo. Instead, my parents dropped me off in a castle full of strangers to learn how to take over a kingdom. I’m bored, I can’t kick anyone, and there’s one major problem – I think one of my new teachers is trying to kill me.
In this Choose the Ending Novel, follow the story of Marina, reluctant princess and heir to the throne, as she meets the warm-hearted King Cyrus, the snarky Prince Julian, the cunning Prince Nikos, the wise Evann, and the mysterious Tai – five handsome strangers who are undetermined as friend or foe. Choose one of five endings – or write your own!

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mermens melodyMERMEN’S MELODY (BALLADS OF CADARNLE BOOK 4) by AJ Ryder

The sea is a dangerous and fickle mistress, and no one knows this better than Captain Loreley Blackmore. Orphaned after losing her father in the same storm that nearly claimed her own life when she was but a girl of fifteen, the ocean is both Loreley’s greatest love and her greatest fear. Having since made a life, and a name for herself as a pirate, Loreley has managed to put her past behind her save for one aspect…The melody that has haunted her for fifteen years since her miraculous survival…The melody imprinted upon her soul by her three destined mates.
Serving as both Loreley’s greatest source of comfort as well as her greatest source of confusion, the melody serves a far greater purpose than she could ever know. Unfortunately, a new danger stalks the sea, and it has set its murderous intentions upon Loreley and her crew. Will Loreley find the answers she seeks before it’s too late?

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glimmer of ghostsA GLIMMER OF GHOSTS (THE HELL GATE SERIES) by Hunter J Skye

One night of filming in the wrong cemetery changes everything for a celebrity ghost-hunter with a half dead brain. When Melisande Blythe discovers that a secret society of wraiths wants her killed or worse, Mel will have to do the one thing she promised she would never do… trust a ghost. But does the corporeal spirit of her dreams really want her heart or does he want her newfound ability to enslave souls? With Hell on the horizon, Mel is running out of time. She has to stop the fiery invasion or face the darkness warring in her soul.

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death gameDEATH GAME: SUPERNATURAL BATTLE (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 3) by Kelly St Clare

The king’s order is final. I’ve screwed up big time. Now, I’m facing the damning consequences. The walls are closing in as I balance duty to grandmother’s memory with my impossible feelings for Kyros. Then there’s the freakin’ human-vampire hybrid thing to deal with. The problem is, I’m no longer willing to lose the person I’ve gambled against from the start. Our fates hinge on a single roll of the dice, and one wrong move could collapse the tower of cards I’ve painstakingly built. If that happens, I’ll lose more than I ever bargained for.

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gladiator bearGLADIATOR BEAR (GLADIATOR SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Murphy Lawless

It’s not easy finding love while tromping through jungles, but Anna accepts that as the price of dedicating her life to the conservation of rare animal species. The last place she expects to find romance is at a visit to the foundation that funds most of her work…but there, she discovers her idea of ‘rare species’ doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Reclusive bear shapeshifter Garius spends his time and money ensuring conservationists like Anna are funded, and protecting shifters like himself whose gladiator ancestors once fought, and bonded with, the beasts of the Roman Colosseum. He avoids the modern-day cage fights that his heritage demands, and doesn’t believe in fated mates…at least, not until he meets Anna. When Garius’s enemies strike, he is willing to walk away from the world he knew in order to keep Anna safe. But the magic that created shapeshifters has rules, and those rules must be honored…even if it means Garius’s life is on the line.

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tiny treats 2TINY TREATS 2: A ST PATRICK’S DAY COLLECTION by Various

Tiny Treats is a multi-author collection of micro stories, tales that can be read in their entirety in only a handful of minutes. The stories in this anthology are set during St. Patrick’s Day in the world of each author’s respective books.

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snow spiritsSNOW SPIRITS (CHILDREN OF THE WILD BOOK 2) by Marci Baun

Created in the Japanese medical experimentation camp Unit 731, and not quite human and not quite animal, Lin Xuě just hopes to survive and live in peace. When her parents insist she marry Kwan Bao, a young man from a neighboring village, her life is overturned. Bao is handsome, gentle, and unlike any man she’s ever met. But, with the Great Famine in full swing and Chairman Mao’s oppressive presence felt in every inch of China, Xuě and Bao find themselves running for their lives across the Asia continent with the People’s Liberation Army hot on their heels.

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bound by earthBOUND BY EARTH: NATURE HUNTERS ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 1 by Quinn Loftis

Tara Thompson cannot be injured. Since the night her parents died in a tragic accident, she hasn’t felt pain of any kind, not so much as a papercut. And she has no idea why. Though her body healed quickly, her heart and soul took its time. Luckily, a loving foster mom and an unwanted best friend stepped in to speed up the process. Despite Tara’s best efforts, her new BFF, Shelly Smith, just wouldn’t go away. By their senior year, the girls were thick as thieves and would probably become thieves if Shelly had anything to say about their future.

Thankfully, fate intervenes in the form of a high school recruiter, Elias Creed, who works for a mysterious geological testing company. Cue the dreamy music and soft lighting as he walks in slow motion toward her. Then Elias opens his mouth and Tara laments the fact that the first guy she’s ever been seriously attracted to…is a complete and utter butthead. Still, she can’t seem to shake him, and she and Shelly are both intrigued by the company he works for. Little do they know it’s not a company at all. It’s an academy for those gifted with elemental powers and she’s already been enrolled.

And Elias isn’t Tara’s only suitor. The hottest guy in school–Tucker Adams–has been asking Tara out for the past three years and each time she’s shot him down. Now, he’s finally broken down her walls. But when Elias and Tucker both warn Tara the other is dangerous, she doesn’t know who to believe. When the truth is finally revealed, Tara finds out both men know more about her past than she does, including what caused the accident that took her parents’ lives.

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tried and trueTRIED AND TRUE (THIRDS BOOK 10) by Charlie Cochet

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation. Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water.

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sheltered rootsSHELTERED BRANCHES (THE AGORA SERIES BOOK 2) by Jeanne Allen

Rose and her men are under attack. Does she have the strength to protect them, or will she and her loves be the first to fall in a battle against an unknown enemy. Returned to the Phósopoi, Rose thought she found a safe place with her Kladí. But with one of theirs attacked and now in a coma, they’re desperate to find an answer that will bring him back to them. Secrets will be revealed, and Rose will once again be called upon to test what she thought she knew about herself, and her men.

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bishopBISHOP (THE PROTECTORS SERIES BOOK 15) by Teresa Gabelman

Witch hunter and new VC Warrior, Bishop Valentino, takes pride in his duties, both past and present. Never once has he doubted his past as a witch hunter. That changes when a beautiful, independent witch occupies his mind more than he’s comfortable with. Helping his new brothers of the VC keep all the Dragonfly Coven safe from the diabolical warlock, Orjyll, is Bishop’s number one priority. When that priority begins to shift and his focus is pulled away, his allegiance to the brotherhood is at risk. Saving the world is something Bishop and the Warriors tirelessly do every day. But keeping witches safe is something new for Bishop, and if they fail and the Grail women fall to what the Fates bestowed on them many years ago, Hell on Earth could come swiftly.
To lose the epic battle between good and evil is not an option. Bishop has to find balance between his oath to the brotherhood and his heart. If not, life as he knows it will change forever.

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monsters of mayberryTHE MONSTERS OF MAYBERRY: GOODWIN HOLLOW HUNTERS by Lisa Medley

Supernatural meets Stranger Things…Two sisters turn hunters after a monster is unleashed in their small Missouri town. After a series of curious animal killings, the macabre mystery deepens when humans become the prey. But fear not, the government is involved, and they are here to help. Welcome to Goodwin Hollow.

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once in a black moonONCE IN A BLACK MOON by D Lieber

Chicago journalist Erin Nichols isn’t about to give up when she’s fired for writing an exposé. But when a combination of murder, magic, and celestial events transports her through time and space to 1900 western Canada, city hall corruption becomes the least of her worries. But the past isn’t any safer. Awaking to learn she may be the victim of some unknown crime, Erin takes shelter with the local Mountie—the picture of upright Canadian fortitude. As tragedy stalks the nearby First Nation reserve, Erin learns from a Romanian mystic that magic is dying, and the fae are turning to their darker natures to survive. While the reserved and sexy Mountie helps her navigate a time in which she doesn’t belong, the mysterious and seductive conjurer helps her try to find a way home. As they alight feelings and desires Erin never knew she was capable of, she begins to wonder where she truly belongs.

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a good chanceA GOOD CHANCE (THE SIREN ISLAND SERIES BOOK 3) by Tricia O’Malley

VS Note: as one reviewer said, apparently there’s a “touch of magic”.

If someone had told Avery that she’d be flying to a tiny island in the Caribbean to film a reality show masquerading as her identical twin sister, she would have thought they were crazy. And yet, she finds herself in a tin can of an airplane, about to land on Siren Island where a film crew waits to document her every move for a new reality love show – Swept Away.

Even though Avery has a long history of helping her sister out of trouble, this time really takes the cake. Avery promises herself that she’ll push herself outside her comfort zone as she’s spent the last several years focusing on her career and healing from a near-death accident. As much as self-reflection can be annoying, Avery admits she’s been letting fear take the reins for too long.

What she doesn’t expect is for Siren Island to live up to its name, nor to actually find love. When she meets the women of the Laughing Mermaid, Avery’s world tilts as everything she’s ever thought to be true of herself, and of the world, gets thrown out the window. As her beliefs get tried, the producer, Roman, can’t seem to stop baiting her as she does her very best to meet the challenges head-on and tries to form a connection with the bachelor, Beckett. As her reality gets rocked, Avery scrambles to not let fear dictate her future, and to emerge from the depths a new woman – ready for love and a life of adventure. If only he will give her a chance.

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carved from stone and dreamCARVED FROM STONE AND DREAM: A LOS NEFILIM NOVEL by T Frohock

February 1939 – Catalonia has fallen. Los Nefilim is in retreat. With the Nationalist forces hard on their heels, the members of Los Nefilim—Spanish Nephilim that possess the power to harness music and light in the supernatural war between the angels and daimons—make a desperate run for the French border.

Diago Alvarez, a singular being of angelic and daimonic descent, follows Guillermo and a small group of nefilim through the Pyrenees, where the ice is as treacherous as postwar loyalties—both can kill with a single slip. When a notebook of Los Nefilim’s undercover operatives falls into a traitor’s hands, Diago and Guillermo risk their lives to track it down. As they uncover a pocket realm deep within the Pyrenees, Diago discovers his family is held hostage. Faced with an impossible choice: betray Los Nefilim, or watch his family die, Diago must nurture the daimonic song he has so long denied in order to save those he loves.

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belle manor hauntingBELLE MANOR HAUNTING (ADDISON LOCKHART BOOK 4) by Cheryl Bradshaw

The door to Addison Lockhart’s room opens. Six-year-old Sara Belle walks in. The child seems lost and confused. Addison reaches out, grabs Sara’s hand, and the room goes black. Addison’s eyes open to find she’s been transported several decades into the past. She’s sitting in the back seat of a car. Sara is beside her. The car stops at an intersection. Moments later another vehicle in the opposite direction barrels through the stop sign, slamming into the car before jerking the vehicle into reverse and fleeing the scene. Who is the driver of the other car? And what secrets within the walls of Belle Manor provide the answer to Sara’s untimely demise?

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selkies are a girls best friendSELKIES ARE A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND (MYSTIC BAYOU BOOK 4) by Molly Harper

VS Note: “Based on the Audible Original audiobook”

Sonja Fong isn’t afraid of a little chaos. As director of the League’s research center in Mystic Bayou, a tiny town in Louisiana that’s home to supernatural creatures and humans alike, she’s responsible for making sure things run smoothly. It’s not an easy task when her daily memos include lines like “new equipment is needed because the old equipment was destroyed by a temper tantrum involving dragonfire.”

Her job puts her in the path of Dr. Will Carmody, a mysterious shifter who’s returned to Mystic Bayou after a long absence only to find that he’s now considered an outsider. To make matters worse, the rift – a tear in the fabric of the universe that is leaking supernatural energy into the bayou – is unraveling at an alarming rate. Now Sonja and Will must team up to fix the rift and save Mystic Bayou from certain disaster, all while their own romance is heating up. Can they have a future together while the whole world is falling apart?

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oona out of orderOONA OUT OF ORDER: A NOVEL by Margarita Montimore

VS Note: Not a romance. Time travel.

It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order…Hopping through decades, pop culture fads, and much-needed stock tips, Oona is still a young woman on the inside but ever changing on the outside. Who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club Kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she’s never met?

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shadows between usTHE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: 1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

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smoke and jewelSMOKE AND JEWEL (YOKAI TREASURES BOOK 2) by Kate Groves

A fugitive ninja. A kind-hearted witch. And 16th-century Japan. Traitors don’t deserve a happy ending, do they? When Karen finds a clue to her cousin’s disappearance, she doesn’t expect to end up in a war-torn Japan. She’s forced into enchanting weapons for a madman in a castle full of half-yokai, with her magic restricted. Escape seems impossible, unless she trusts the aloof ninja. Taiki is an excellent spy and assassin of the sengoku-jidai, a useful tool for his master. And a traitor. He never second-guesses his decisions until he has to babysit a strange, magic-wielding woman who shows him a different way to live. His new command means further damnation. Seeking redemption is never easy; if he disobeys, death awaits. Will this be Taiki’s final betrayal?

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for the huntFOR THE HUNT (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 8) by E M Raegan

We think it is the year 2236. We don’t know the actual year, but we do know that in the winter of 2034 the world as our ancestors once knew it spiraled into a darkness and never found its way back to the light. Demons roam our world now. Hunting us. Feeding off us. There are so few of us left, so few of us to fight back. Not with the Leech King ruling our world. I am his huntsmen. One of many. I have no choice but to serve him. He holds my heart captive. My little sister. So when she sees in her visions that the hounds are coming for the King, he sends me after them. He sends me after their alpha. Don’t come back, he tells me. Not without the Hound’s dead heart. But the hounds are deadly demons. Formidable. Unlike any I have ever encountered. Hunting them is futile. Not when they are hunting me in return. Snow is their alpha, and though it may kill me to do it, kill me after he so easily forges a path through my heart, I have no choice but to obey my king. No choice but to cut out his heart. Not if I want to save my sister.

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widows walkWIDOW’S WALK by Wendy Webb

Escaping a troubled marriage, Annie Cameron brings her autistic son Charlie and mother-in-law to Mico Island. With the friendship of Winston Mann and his wife, their new home becomes a sanctuary. Until the dreams start. Years ago the Manns’ son mysteriously drowned. Winston thinks the woman who once lived in Annie’s house caused his death. Except she’s been dead for two hundred years. Charlie and his mentally fragile grandmother sense a malevolent presence in the house. But they don’t know how to fight back as Annie slowly becomes possessed. Now Annie has discovered the door to the widow’s walk and the house’s dangerous past. A storm is brewing. Someone waits to finish what was started long ago. And Annie will keep a promise she never made.

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