New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 15

rebel and the rogueAs 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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REBEL AND THE ROGUE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES PROGRAM BOOK 19) by Grace Goodwin

Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body.  Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.

Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.

When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.

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strange loveSTRANGE LOVE (GALACTIC LOVE BOOK 1) by Ann Aguirre

He’s awkward. He’s adorable. He’s alien as hell. Zylar of Kith B’alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.

She’s frazzled. She’s fierce. She’s from St. Louis. Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.
They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.

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sweep with meSWEEP WITH ME (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Ilona andrews

VS Note: I LOVE love love this series. Had this pre-ordered.

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

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when shes marriedWHEN SHE’S MARRIED: A SCIFI ALIEN ROMANCE NOVELLA by Ruby Dixon

Escaped convict Vordigar has been hiding out on Risda III. When he’s scooped up by law enforcement, he has two choices – he can be shipped back to the Haven prison system, or he can marry one of the locals. Piper is from an alien race called ‘humans’ and she needs a mate to help her protect her farm from aggressive neighbors.

Vordigar’s not interested in forever. Or marrying. Or settling down. He’ll go along with Piper’s plans just until he can get off planet…or so he thinks. Because one night in Piper’s bed changes everything.

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navatNAVAT (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 17) by Elin Wyn

Navat may have to work with the the human woman assigned to help his team.
But he doesn’t have to like her. Not her attitude. The soft curves of her lips.
Or her stormy eyes. Or the way his skin burns when they touch. Not the way the scent of her make him lose his mind whenever she’s near. Nope. Not a thing.

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paradisePARADISE (ZONE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jessica Marting

Petty sabotage knocks Matthias’s freighter off-course to an uncharted moon, but before he can right his ship, a distress call lures him to its hidden compound and the beautiful woman trapped there. Confined to a luxurious prison for years, enhanced until she’s a machine in a human body, Serena is desperate to escape, even if doing so could mean her death. But if she’s going to die anyway, she may as well really live while she still has the chance.

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fix huntFOX HUNT (SWAG STORIES BOOK 4) by Carysa Locke

VS Note: A re-release “expanded into a longer version and contains never before published content” per the author.

Teegan works a job no other Hunter wants – tracking down the Talented driven insane by their gifts. She and her bond-mate, Ember – a psychically gifted fox – have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. But when one of his most dangerous patients escapes, the Hunt may prove deadly for not only Teegan and Ember, but a whole planet’s population. Teegan prefers to work alone, but Cole is as stubborn as he is distracting. And distraction on this Hunt could make it her last.

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followersFOLLOWERS: A NOVEL by Megan Angelo

VS Note: Mixed reviews. Not a romance as far as I can tell (although it was released by Harlequin???). A release of note…

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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slaves of coraTHE SLAVES OF CORA by Rule Hardy

When Naaji, a strange-looking merchant’s slave, falls ill on the Trading Hall floor and a strong, mysterious stranger comes to his rescue, passions ignite. Naaji’s savior, Lu, is a powerful general and the planet’s most outspoken abolitionist. Despite their differences, their chemistry is undeniable. They have to be careful. If discovered, the affair would be scandalous!

It doesn’t matter that Naaji shouldn’t be on Cora. His ancestors, genetically engineered on Old Earth, won their freedom centuries before, and his people are now under the Guild’s protection. Few Corans would bother to concern themselves with the provenance of such an exotic slave when there are infinite pleasures to be found on such a lawless planet. They care not where he is from, only how much he costs. But Lu is worried. He knows there is more to Naaji than just physical beauty. There is a cruel secret written into his DNA, a genetic destiny inherited from his ancestors, an impending metamorphosis, he will have no choice in. This transformation could bring them together, but if Lu and Naaji’s enemies have their way, it could tear them apart forever.

A pending deal with the Guild means slavery might soon end on Cora. Naaji could be free to love who he wants, but Unification might not come soon enough for him and Lu. With the clock running out, a tragic turn of fate upends their fragile union putting Naaji in grave danger. Against all odds, will love find a way?

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guarding the goddessGUARDING THE GODDESS: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Y’res the Fourth–otherwise known as Ellina–the newly crowned ruler of Helios Beta, has a problem: someone is trying to kill her. There has already been one assassination attempt on her life and she fears that soon there will be another. She needs someone to guard and protect her–someone she can trust. Which is why she calls on the Kindred.

Commander Ty’rial is a Kindred warrior in the Elite Espionage Corps. He takes the job of guarding the new ruler of Helios Beta with some reservations. For Ty is a Modified Kindred–his DNA was manipulated before his birth to make him the perfect slave, fit only to serve a spoiled, rich Mistress. Rejecting this fate, Ty has made his own way in life and he has no interest or intention of falling for a female in power–even one who feels frightened and powerless, as Ellina does.

Two worlds collide when Ellina admits her fear and Ty begins to see her as a person–not just a Potentate. Feelings between them grow but they can never be together–for Ellina must choose a consort from among her own people–one who can give her an heir with the same Sacred Blue skin tones which she alone possesses. But when another assassination attempt and a villainous plot sets off Ellina’s Heat Cycle, can the two of them stay apart? And will either of them ever be the same after Ty is tasked with…
Guarding the Goddess?

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strange exitSTRANGE EXIT by Parker Peeveyhouse

VS Note: Not a romance…but the concept was interesting. Reminded me a bit of The 100.

Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.

No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it’s a simulation. It’s up to Lake to help them remember.

When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.

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captive k m fawcettCAPTIVE (THE SURVIVAL RACE BOOK 1) by K M Fawcett

VS Note: A re-release. I enjoyed the story the first time around…

Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a brazen alpha gladiator claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. Nothing and no one will stop her from finding a way home, including the exasperating rogue determined to seduce her.

Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery woman from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.

Bound together by a desire for freedom, Addy and Max will risk torture or worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.

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lissa beautifulLISSA BEAUTIFUL: A FUTURISTIC ROMANCE RETELLING OF THE FROG PRINCESS (FOXWEPT ARRAY BOOK 4) by A W Cross

Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. And sometimes, you have to be one. Lissa has lived most of her life in the mysterious Wildwood, hidden from those who live beyond the Perimeter. Mocked and loathed for what she is, she longs to leave her secretive existence and discover the beauty of a world she can only imagine.
Instead, she meets him.
Artem is exactly the kind of man Lissa usually avoids. Rich, handsome, normal.
And completely trapped in a life he wants no part of. Artem’s only chance at freedom is to become an instrument in his father’s plan to destroy the Wildwood. He accepts, hoping to discover the key to his escape. Then he finds her. But with his father’s plan already in motion, Artem and Lissa must race to save not only the Wildwood and the incredible secret it holds, but also their chance at true love.

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tales from the gunpowder chroniclesTALES FROM THE GUNPOWDER CHRONICLES: A COLLECTION OF OPIUM WAR STEAMPUNK NOVELLAS by Jeannie Lin

VS Note: From mid December. Paperback only on Amazon, at least the day I checked for this post. ebook on Apple.

Big Trouble in Old Shanghai –  The signs are there. Gangs roaming the streets, the very earth shaking beneath their feet. Ming-fen could tell something was coming to Old Shanghai, but she didn’t know exactly what until the city erupted in fiery rebellion — with her brother caught on the wrong side. With the streets in turmoil, Ming-fen must rely on her fighting skills and a blue-eyed foreign devil to survive the day, and perhaps keep an already broken city from all-out civil war.

The Island of the Opium-Eaters – Sagara Satomi hasn’t set foot on land since she was exiled from Nippon and cast adrift upon a ship owned by a notorious Chinese rebel. Rogue alchemist, Yang Hanzhu has spent years chasing dark rumors, plotting a course toward an unmarked island with a mysterious past. Will they uncover the island’s secrets? Or be buried there along with them?

Love in the Time of Engines – A prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy. Amidst rumors the West has developed powerful steam engines, the Ministry of Science seeks to recruit new talent. Golden boy Jin Zhi-fu meets mathematics prodigy Shi Anlei while attending the Academy, but doesn’t realize his new friend is a woman disguised as a man. It’s the only way she’d be allowed to take the imperial examination. When Anlei’s hidden identity is discovered, Zhi-fu and Anlei are forced into a test more difficult than the exam — one that challenges the limits of duty, friendship, and love.

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wyzakWYZAK (THE SRAIBUR CREW BOOK 2) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

You can’t put a bounty on true love…Bounty hunter Gemma didn’t expect capturing a Xaravian pirate to be easy, but the moment she lures handsome Wyzak away from his crew, she knows she’s in over her head. He’s furious at being captured and intense enough to make her heart pound, not to mention he’s enormous, powerful, and too good-looking to be ignored.

The Sraibur’s second-in-command Wyzak isn’t going to go quietly when a bounty hunter kidnaps him. It’s only a matter of time until the Sraibur saves him — and captures the beautiful Earther who caught him. He should be furious with her and ready for vengeance, but she’s too alluring. Too sexy. Too… perfect.
When Gemma tries to make things right, she ends up with a bounty on her head, too. The only way they’ll survive and remain free is to work together, but Gemma’s past and their rocky start keep getting in the way. Can they put the past behind them and find a future together?

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starlightSTARLIGHT by Jennifer M Eaton

New to her pilot’s stripes, Mia throttles her rescue team to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to save a hero missing in action. The problem is, Jason Starlight isn’t sure he wants to be saved. For the past 5 years Jason has been the only thing standing between the people of his new world and a vicious band of pirates. Now he’s faced with a choice, turn his back on the planet he now calls home, or drag Mia and her team into a fight that will probably get them all killed. Jason knows the greatest heroes stand up for what’s right no matter the cost, but Mia knows it’s only the smartest heroes that live to tell about it.

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trinaryTRINARY (SCAR FORCE DELTA FACTION BOOK 1) by Gaja J Kos

VS Note: Apparently a series of ‘episodes’…mentions a slow burn romance…

When a high-end heist goes south and not even the best stealth ship in the Vedrina trinary system can keep her off SCAR Force’s radar, Cairo’s thieving ways become the least of her problems. The Space Combat and Retrieval Force doesn’t forget past sins.
And what they have in mind for Cairo’s transgression beats even her worst nightmare.

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smoke danceSMOKE DANCE (ALIEN BLOOD WARS BOOK 7) by Samantha Cayto

Willem is a good drone, a consummate pilot and an obedient and deadly warrior. He has sat out the war with Dracul for many years, raising the only hybrid daughter among their kind. For years, he kept that information from the others, but when Will answered the call to arms, his secret came out. Yet there is one more secret that could change Earth forever. Because he is determined to both keep it and help bring the war to an end, he will not risk taking another lover. The problem is that he didn’t count on the irresistible temptation of the club’s sous chef.

Damien’s life has been hard. Coming out as gay left him homeless and desperate. If not for the kindness of the strange Stelalux family, he would have ended up living on the streets for years. He loves being a chef and would do anything for the family, now his friends. He didn’t plan on falling for one of them, however. The new and compelling Willem tests his resolve to not get involved with any man, and despite his best efforts, he finds himself lured into the man’s bed. With new trouble brewing, Will has no choice except to turn to Damien for help. The human is willing to put himself at risk, not only out of gratitude, but also out his growing love for Will.

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cosmos coalitionTHE COSMOS COALITION (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 9) by Wendie Nordgren

The rulers of the Parvac Empire, Laconian Sector, and Galaxic Expanse have decided to cooperate in a clandestine endeavor to expose the villain behind a nefarious plot designed to instigate a war which would threaten their fragile peace. Appointed by Emperor Probus as his proxy in matters of interstellar security, Princess Teagan Probus is investigating the disappearance of Katherine Dylan, one of only two known survivors of the Asylum, a merchant ship involved in the testing of a devastatingly powerful alien weapon and the key to a terrifying plot…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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catfishing on catnetCATFISHING ON CATNET: A NOVEL by Naomi Kritzer

VS Note: I enjoyed this book but did find it skewed a little young YA for me and I felt the plot went a bit over the top toward the end BUT it was an enjoyable read, with the process of the AI becoming self aware especially interesting. Very mild F/F romantic element.

How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks. Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

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expendablesEXPENDABLES (THE WALL SERIES BOOK 1) by Alison Ingleby

For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one. When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education. An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia. Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him. But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game.

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breaking the surfaceBREAKING THE SURFACE (THE OUTSIDER PROJECT BOOK 2) by Rebecca Langham

Alessia is an Outsider—a member of the not-quite-human community that has recently been released from their underground prison. Shortly after their liberation, Alessia is given an ultimatum: obey all the United Earth Alliance’s demands, or her mother will forever remain a hostage—a mother she’d believed dead for fifteen years. Reluctantly, she agrees, though she has no idea what those demands may be or how she will balance her obligations to the UEA with her responsibilities to her people and her family.

As the UEA tightens its grip on humans and Outsiders alike, it becomes clear that meaningful social change will not be possible without a revolution. Alessia and her peers embark on a mission to discover just how far the government is willing to go to maintain their monopoly on power.

What Alessia and her comrades discover, however, goes much deeper than they’d ever anticipated. Who are the Outsiders, really? What secrets of their destiny lay hidden within a top-secret space station? And why are the Outsiders linked to an emerging disease the UEA seems desperate to keep secret? As they delve deeper, it isn’t only Alessia’s identity that will be called into question, but the fate of the entire planet.

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wicked courtWICKED COURT (A NOBLESSE OBLIGE DUET BOOK 1) by May Sage

Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavored to earn her keep as an assistant and stay out of trouble. Dark, striking, and with a hidden agenda, Drusk definitely qualifies as trouble, but he refuses to leave her alone, clashing with her at every corner. Then the world implodes around her. With friends and foe by her side, she can fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.

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autumn thornsAUTUMN THORNS (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater and when I returned, I not only inherited my grandmother’s house, but her gift. Like her, I must take on the job of spirit shaman. It’s my gift-and my curse-to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don’t always stay buried.

A trunk hidden in the attic throws my life into chaos. My mother vanished when I was little and I was told she ran away. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of Bryan-my mysterious and brooding neighbor-we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, we unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now, I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

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immortalIMMORTAL (ANGEL ROMANCE DARK ANGELS BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Time is running out for Scythe…Orders have been given to hunt down his traitorous brother…But his brother has other plans…Plans that will turn deadly for his mate…Heather Bowen has grown under suspicion…She’s determined to prove her innocence…Two men are pursuing her…She doesn’t know who to trust…If she makes the wrong decision, more people will die.

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hidden in timeHIDDEN IN TIME (THE MACCARTHY SISTERS BOOK 2) by Barbara Longley

Grayce MacCarthy possesses the gift of foretelling—but to her, visions are more a curse than a gift. While visiting Ireland, Grayce takes a hike in the Comeragh Mountains, only to fall into a hidden world with no way out. She’s rescued by a gorgeous warrior dressed like a medieval hero in a romance novel. He’s convinced fate brought her to him, while Grayce is convinced her fae-gifted family will find a way to bring her home.

After more than a millennium, the Tuatha dé Danann magic separating the hidden valleys from the rest of the world is unraveling. A new chieftain must be chosen to guide the clan through the perils to come, and Brían MacSloan is determined to win that coveted role. When a beautiful woman falls into his world, Brían’s life is turned upside down. Grayce challenges him at every turn, questioning his motives, distracting him from his goals, and stealing his heart.

As passion grows between them, Grayce realizes Brían is the only man for her. But then she has a vision revealing a plot to murder Brían, and old rivalries turn deadly. The two are torn apart, and Brían must defeat his enemies and get to Grayce in time, or she’ll be lost to him forever.

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rebel reaperREBEL REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel

Come fly with me. Catchy, huh? It works for airplanes. Maybe it will work for the dead once I launch my own Reaping business. Except my new tagline will be, come die with me. Back when my life was simpler, I thought all I had to do was hold gateways for the dead to pass through. Silly me, I actually enjoyed Reaping. Almost like a drug or fine, old whiskey, it made me high, filled me with delight, and left me glowing with the rightness of providing a last bit of compassion.

Good little Reaper that I am, I never examined any of it too deeply, just crafted portals, exactly as Death trained me. Ha! She neglected to mention I command way more magic than she’d let on in Reaper school. Death smiled pretty to my face, and then lied to me. Used me. Me and all the other Reapers. I can’t not Reap. It’s hardwired into me. But I can tell Death I quit. Big words. I have no idea if I’ve got the guts to follow through, or what Death would do about open insubordination. I’ve always liked to live on the wild side, though, so I guess I’m about to find out.

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spartan destinySPARTAN DESTINY: A MYTHOS ACADEMY NOVEL(MYTHOS ACADEMY SPINOFF BOOK 3) by Jennifer Estep

This Spartan makes her own destiny . . .Most kids at the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy know me as Rory Forseti, the daughter of Reaper assassins. Secretly, I’m a member of Team Midgard, a group of students and adults tasked with stopping Covington, the evil leader of the Reapers of Chaos. For me, the mission is a deeply personal one, since Covington is also the man who murdered my parents.

When my friends and I get a lead on a powerful artifact that Covington wants to steal, we think we finally have a chance to thwart the Reapers and stop them for good. Team Midgard comes up with a plan, but everything goes sideways, and I’m suddenly in the fight of my life. My worst fears might have come true, but I know what my Spartan destiny is—to save my friends, or die trying.

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year round troubleYEAR ROUND TROUBLE: 14 ORIGINAL COZY HOLIDAY MYSTERIES (FAMILIAR LEGACY)  by Various

VS Note: Not sure how much if any paranormal content there might be but I quite like the concept…

14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love! From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.

Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice. Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell. Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!

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darklight4 darkbloodDARKLIGHT 4: DARKBLOOD by Bella Forrest

The Immortal Plane’s capital is as dazzling as it is lethal. Without the security of a safe house or their Hive allies, Lyra, Dorian and their team must find sanctuary wherever they can – even if it comes from unexpected quarters… They must unearth the secrets of the forces threatening the balance of the universe – whatever the cost.
Lyra can’t forget the potential solution to her and Dorian’s problems, either. But when the perfect opportunity to attempt it arises, the question remains: will the rewards outweigh the risks?

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time hopperTIME HOPPER BOOK 3 by Tamsin Baker

She lost everything to save the ones she loves…but can she save herself? Love is both a gift and a curse. I learned that the hard way. After risking my life to save my sister, she repaid me with betrayal. And to protect the man who holds my heart, I had to gamble with fate. We time-hopped to change the past. Now I’m trapped in an alternate timeline.
It’s a life I don’t recognize—and the man I love doesn’t know me. My sister’s deceit cost me everything. My job. My man. My identity. But I won’t let her win. In a world where family is foe, and enemies are allies, the only person I can truly trust is myself. And I’ll fight to get my life back… even if it kills me.

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land of flamesLAND OF FLAMES by Lexi Ostrow

Jess knew something fascinating lurked beyond the towering wall her family guarded. Though fire shot high in the sky and noises akin to dinosaurs sometimes floated by in the night, she never saw a thing when she dared to look. Then she was taken and awoke in a world unlike anything that should exist. Emmett stole Jess. As king of the dragons, he needed a queen to unite his kingdom with the humans just over the wall so his his world would not die and send his kind fleeing into the human realm. Jess was no stranger, but the woman who left his land behind on his command. With the world dying, he took her back. Jess had no memory of him or their shared past. Scared and intrigued by the sensual man who claims he’s her soulmate, Jess listens to him. Then he shifts to a dragon before her eyes and she tries to flee. Emmett has no choice but to let Jess go, but he watches and waits until his cousin seeks to take her, and Tristan’s kingdom, by force. It’s magic versus dragons and one woman remains caught in the balance as the only person who can save two worlds.

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vampire debtVAMPIRE DEBT (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 2) by Kelly St Clare

Last week, I inherited every cent of the multi-billion-dollar Le Spyre estate. But tequila is far easier to swallow than the coincidence of my beloved grandmother’s death. I’m over this supernatural game, yet walking away from Kyros isn’t simple with the damn mate thing on the cards. The Indebted need my help. My grandmother deserves justice. And, uhm, the third blood exchange did something to me. It’s official. I’m done playing by paranormal rules. I’m making my own–and playing to win. Because if I enter Ingenium on my terms, there’s no turning back. Winning is the only option.

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spelled tidesSPELLED TIDES (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 2) by Bella Claire and Kasey Kaye

No one said being Ursula’s granddaughter would be easy, especially when I’m known to be a real b-Witch on occasion. You could say I inherited all of her best qualities. I’m smart, sexy, with a real tentacle for entrepreneurism. Curses and potions are just some of my specialties. If you can think it, I can brew it. I’m not what you would consider ‘popular’ at Coral Reef Academy but everyone knows my name. So it’s not surprising when a few of the students start acting out of character, everyone turns to me to pin the blame. You put a little potion in the ocean and boom! You’re the bad witch.
When the Academy’s resident bad boy and the infamous ice cold student body president find themselves ‘suckered’ into chaos, I have no choice but to accept their help. Our mission is simple: Find the real culprit or I can kiss my college days buh-bye. Nothing is ever what it seems. There’s something brewing in the trenches and whatever it is, it’s going to take more than a cauldron to contain it.

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a longer fallA LONGER FALL (GUNNIE ROSE BOOK 2) by Charlaine Harris

n this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.

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bindings of the seaBINDINGS OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF THE GALATHEA BOOK 23) by Elle Beaumont

Selith Academy trains elite merfolk to perfect their magical abilities by hosting a Trial every twelve years. Zinnia-one of their most gifted students-and her friend, Dru, witness Princh Loch threatening an infamous Sea Witch for his magical abilities despite the royal family hosting the upcoming Trial.

The two friends start an investigation that will uncover buried truths and jeopardize the entire kingdom. Zinnia and Dru will find help from an unexpected source as they use their magic to help bind evil back into the depths, and will find themselves at the forefront of the battle that has surfaced after four centuries. Will the sea’s buried truth destroy them all?

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charmed mateCHARMED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 2) by Candace Ayers

Fern Day is barely holding it together most days. The single, fully-human mom of a fifteen-year-old-shifter-with-an-attitude has no time for herself. Her life is chaos, she’s a hot mess, and her daughter is her first priority.
Sunkissed Key’s handsome pediatrician sure is tempting, though. When he offers to teach her daughter how to handle her animal side, Fern can’t refuse. But that’s not his only offer Fern can’t refuse. Harrison Daniels knows Fern is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He also knows that she’s not ready to learn about shifter mating. She’ll only view it as another responsibility, and lord knows she’s juggling enough of those already. That child of hers is an unholy terror. Harrison has his work cut out for him. He not only has to convince Fern that he’s in her life forever, he also has to gain the approval of her spawn from hell. Good thing Harrison never backs down from a challenge. Bring it on.

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loversTHE LOVERS: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 5 by L A McGinnis

I’ve spent my entire life fearing my mobster family. Doing what I’m told. When I’m told to do it. But the fall of the world changed everything for me. For the rest of humanity, it meant the end of life as they knew it. But for me, it meant freedom. At least it did until my brother found me and forced me into one, final job. If I defy him, I’m dead. And in a world on the edge of destruction, the only thing that matters is staying alive.

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hidden warTHE HIDDEN WAR: BOOK ONE by Marie Andreas

VS Note: An ‘expanded’ re-release…

Hundreds of years ago, fae and humans lived together in peace. Magic was strong and the fae showed the humans how to use it as never before. Then the fae stole the magic and fled back to their homeland. Humanity took a hard blow as many died while they relearned how to live without magic.

Fifteen years ago, Eladrea’s village vanished. Rather, the people vanished. The buildings were left perfectly intact along with five-year-old Eladrea. Found by a group of neighboring villagers, Eladrea grew up wondering if her parents and the rest of her birth village would ever come back. Two years ago, another village vanished. No one remained this time. A day ago, another village was taken. This time there were bodies left behind and not all were human. Trained as a fighter by her new village, Eladrea has to work with a handsome traveler to find out who is attacking the villages, and if the fae are coming back to steal the villagers as they previously stole their magic. Things are not always as they seem, and that holds true for magic and as well as love.

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mayhem of mermaidsTHE MAYHEM OF MERMAIDS (THE ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND JONES BOOK 2) by Marie Andreas

Dr. Nettie Jones is an agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. She also recently helped defend Mother England, and possibly the world, from an alien invasion. And she’s half-vampire on her mother’s side.
While working in the London Society headquarters, Nettie becomes caught up in a new conspiracy—one coming from the ocean itself. Tracing the attacks to a small area in Northern Wales, Nettie and the rest of the London contingent troop north to try and stop it before things get worse.
Fairy tales tell of loving mermaids wishing to come to the land. The truth is far more brutal, and the mer-people want far more than just to come on land for a visit.

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shadow movesSHADOW MOVES: A REGENCY TIME TRAVEL NOVEL (TO LOVE A SPY BOOK 1) by Cynthia A Clement

Brandi, on leave from Afghanistan, spends the night at a quaint British inn only to wake up to find a strange man, Halton, in her room. Worse, she has traveled two hundred years into the past. When she overhears plans to kill Halton, she helps him escape. Together, they travel the British countryside in an effort to avoid the men pursuing them.

The Earl of Halton, is a British spy on a mission. The last thing he needs is a woman complicating his operation, especially one claiming to come from the future. He can’t deny that her fighting skills and instincts prove useful in dodging the killers on his trail. Can he believe her tales of the future? Dare he trust in the growing love he feels for her?
As they dodge bullets and assassins, the attraction between Brandi and Halton grows. Can they defeat their enemies? Will they stay together or will Brandi be thrust back into the future?

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wolf gone wildWOLF GONE WILD (STAY A SPELL BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules. ​What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.

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unnatural alliesUNNATURAL ALLIES by Edward Kendrick

Vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. Therefore, Andre has no regrets about killing Raúl, the Alpha of the Wintermane pack, who plans to attack the Crimson Cathedral nightclub, revealing the presence of vampires to the human world.

When Sand learns of his brother’s murder, he debates seeking revenge because he hates Raúl, who backed their father when he forced Sand out of the pack for being gay. Then, he discovers that Estebe, the new Alpha, plans to continue Raúl’s mission.

Things come to a head when Sand, a bodyguard, escorts a client’s daughter to the nightclub and the club’s owner tells Andre to find out why Sand is there. Despite their differences, instant lust drives Andre into Sand’s bed-but not before they agree to work together to stop Estebe. Can they successfully end Estebe’s existence — and survive? And, will their relationship stand a chance as lust turns to an attraction that defies the belief that they are supposed to be mortal enemies?

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spellboundSPELLBOUND  by Jackie Copeland and Jackie D

Hazel Abbot spent her whole life unaware she was a witch. When a spell thrusts her great-aunt Sarah Hutchinson forward from the Salem witch trials of 1692 and lands her in Hazel’s bookstore, everything Hazel thought she knew about herself changes. Complicating matters, Raven Dare, a supernatural hunter, informs her that they’ve all been summoned by the Queen Witch, Morgan le Fay.

Morgan compels Hazel, Sarah, and Raven to correct the shift in the realms of good and evil by ridding the world of the evil that followed Sarah into modern day. If they fail, the forces of white magic will be extinguished forever. But completing the perilous mission, convincing Sarah to return to Puritan life, and resisting their growing attraction for each other might prove more difficult than Hazel and Raven ever anticipated.

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featherFEATHER (ANGELS OF ELYSIUM BOOK 1) by Olivia Wildenstein

It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed. With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple. If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels. What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers. She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her. Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart. A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.

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infinity sonINFINITY SON (INFINITY CYCLE BOOK 1) by Adam Silvera

VS Note: Not a romance. A release of note…

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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dark and deepest redDARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

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vicious as a darlingVICIOUS AS A DARLING (DAUGHTERS OF NEVERLAND BOOK 1) by Kendra Morena

Beware the happy thoughts…Neverland has one rule: never grow up. So why is everyone suddenly aging? Wendy Darling knows two things. 1. She came to Neverland as a child.
2. After being frozen at sixteen for as long as she can remember, she’s suddenly getting older. There’s something wrong with Never Never Land and Wendy is determined to find out what it is. Danger lurks in the ocean, on land, and around every corner. The ticking clock is growing louder and not even Captain Hook can stop the inevitable.
The Daughters of Neverland are in trouble. Will they be strong enough to survive the spreading evil? After all, Neverland belongs to the nightmares…

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wockedly ever afterWICKEDLY EVER AFTER: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RE-TOLD TALES by Various

Something wicked this way comes–and this time, wicked is going to win. Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories and in this anthology they are going to be the leading players–and finally find love. In these 10 stories you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic. From Hades to Grendel. You’ll meet: A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie, A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew, A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince, A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets, A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source, And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for you.

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new improved sorceressTHE NEW IMPROVED SORCERESS (WAYWARD MAGES BOOK 2) by Sara Hanover

Tessa didn’t believe in magic, but magic believed in her, and that started a fight for her life. An ancient artifact known as a maelstrom stone has embedded itself in her left palm. It thrives on chaos, which describes her new life perfectly. She battles to find a balance between the ordinary world and the magical one, all while freeing her father from his ghostly state, helping a phoenix wizard restore his rejuvenation ritual, and retrieving the stolen Eye of Nimora for the Broadstone clan. Tessa must also help her mother navigate the rocky road of academia and single motherhood finances, fall in love herself, and steer her college teammates to a divisional championship. She needs friends, both ordinary and magical, by her side.

Then a strange and forbidding book of the Dark Arts strikes her with actual power…and Tessa realizes more than ever that there is no I in team–unless it’s the one in new, improved sorceress.

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howling on holdHOWLING ON HOLD by E J Russell

Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks. That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.

Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands. It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the other Doghouse werewolves insist on “helping.”

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kings physicianTHE KING’S PHYSICIAN by Edie Montreux

Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king, but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.

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from the fallen starsFROM THE FALLEN STARS by G Bailey

Aura Scott didn’t want to move house, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbours from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
Maxx and his brother have dark secrets, and Aura might want to run when she finds out the truth.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house across the street, Aura finds out there is more than just secrets to be frightened of.

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hell hath no furyHELL HATH NO FURY (FEDERAL BUREAU OF MAGIC COZY MYSTERY BOOK 7) by Annabel Chase

Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight. When Chief Fox turns into an animal during a moment of passion–and I mean that literally–I’m desperate to restore him to his human form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to make it happen. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to hide my relationship with him. Let’s face it, keeping a secret from my family is like walking a tightrope made of vipers. With Deputy Guthrie in charge of law enforcement and the chief unable to do anything except look adorable, my hands are full trying to keep the chief’s secret and solve this supernatural puzzle.
Can I restore Chief Fox to his human form in time or will he be doomed to live the rest of his life in the forest with the rest of the woodland creatures?

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youll know in your heartYOU’LL KNOW IN YOUR HEART (THE GODS MADE ME DO IT BOOK 7) by Lisa Oliver

Baby, youngest son of Poseidon had started to avoid going anywhere near his family. Between love-struck mates, and tiny children, more and more he was starting to feel as if he just didn’t fit. Anywhere. Abandoned by one father at birth, and pretty much ignored by the other, Baby roamed the world, looking for some kind of acceptance, but all he could find was hook ups. And there were plenty of those. Being the son of Himeros, the god of desire as well, wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But none of the people he saw for brief moments touched his heart, and most of them never wanted him to stay longer than an hour or two at most.

Owen was known by many names, but the one title he’d spent a long time avoiding was that of “Baby’s mate”. Having known who his mate was from Baby’s birth, Owen had stayed hidden away from life, content to watch his mate through his Oracle stone, until more than a thousand years had past. When the destructive behavior he believed Baby was falling into got worse, Owen knew it was time to step in. Baby needed a fixer, and the Fates had given Owen the job. But Baby didn’t want to be fixed. In fact, he resented the very idea, which meant Owen needed to make a few attitude adjustments. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ill bring you backI’LL BRING YOU BACK by Richard Brown and Joe Hart

VS Note: NOT a romance so I have no idea if there’s an HEA. Reviewers speak of an unexpected ending so…but a release of interest…

Londyn and David’s friendship bloomed under an oak tree. Through the years they endured hardships, triumphs, and the awkward transition from friends to something more. But a sudden accident on a snowy mountain road, changes everything.

Instead of celebrating the end of her senior year and acceptance to college, Londyn spends her days at David’s hospital bedside, squeezing his hand and urging him to wake from a prolonged coma. It’s during one of these visits that Londyn slips into another world—a mirror of her own, only it’s decaying and threatened by an encroaching darkness. A world that may all exist within David’s dying mind.

Navigating the treacherous landscape leads Londyn through memories of her past, of her relationship with David—adventures, heartbreaks, first kisses. Each memory seems to draw her closer to David, to bringing him back. But the world around Londyn is crumbling, getting darker by the minute. And what if David isn’t the only one lost?

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her vampire heroHER VAMPIRE HERO (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 4) by Nicolina Martin

Don’t go looking for the monsters in the shadows. They will find you. The young doctor in the ER thought she saved my life. I repaid her kindness by stealing her away from everything she knew. I fought the devil in me, but I have lived too long, and am too lonely to deprive myself of her. She will be my perfect submissive. My pet. My true north.
Katarina Donovan was good and pure, and so, so human. And then she met me.

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ill be damnedI’LL BE DAMNED by Mandy Rosko

Someone shaved her beaver… Waking up without her memory, unable to shift, and sore all over sucked. The big one. Who is she, and who shaved her beaver?! Beverley wants answers but she’s having a hard time getting the truth from the barn owl who claims she’s his mate. At least he’s handsome. However this supposed husband of hers is hiding something and it’s driving her a little woody. She will gnaw at him until he tells her what’s really wrong. But when she finds out the truth…having her beaver shaved will be the least of her problems.

Content warning: If you prefer to avoid books that include topics such as the loss of a child, we recommend you skip this book and stay tuned for the next FUCN’A installment. If you do decide to read, just know that there is a happily ever after!

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dark seductionDARK SEDUCTION (DARK LEGACY BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: A re-release

Mia Turner is all about work and she has no time for a personal life. Forced by her business partners to take the vacation time she has accumulated Mia decides to go to Milan. Despite the beauty of the city she cannot forget all the work that she has left at home. Going up onto the rooftop of her hotel she calls to check what is going on with the business. The unexpected sight of a scrumptious looking man bursting out of stone leaves her shocked and unable to think. Gargoyles couldn’t be real, could they? Something about this man compels her to accept his offer to show her around Milan, yet it is the promise of so much more in his eyes that makes her breath catch and her pulse race.

Remy Wilde knows how to work and still have time to enjoy the finer things in life. As the oldest in the Quilez clan, he has many obligations and everyone looks to him for decisions. He works as hard as he plays. In his downtime he has learned to enjoy each moment. Unlike the sexy, voluptuous and tempting woman on the cell phone who seems not to know how to relax. Bursting out of the stone he encased himself in atop a Milan rooftop Remy is drawn to this woman. He knows he wants her yet he also wants to help her relax and enjoy life. He offers to show her the beauty of Milan. When the woman accepts, Remy takes her on a journey of seduction and relaxation however he never expected what fate and the cycles of life have in store for him and this woman he set out to take on a Dark Seduction.

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE (DARK LEGACY BOOK 2) by Talia Carmichael

Quinn Kane never expected that going to help friends with the wedding plans would lead him to a man who challenges all his senses. Quinn doesn’t trust easily and from the moment he meets Ashton, his instincts are conflicted if he should run or stand and claim this man. But not one to walk away he decides to see what happens. This leads him on a path he never expected.

Ashton Wilde enjoys solitude and doesn’t like people. Yet Quinn is under his skin before he even meets him. Just the sense of the man is enough to make his Garlven –human term Gargoyle – side ready to claim this man. A warrior who is cautious one moment yet so tender Ashton wants him more than anything. He’ll just do as he did best, be himself and bring this warrior into his life to become part of his Dark Embrace.

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ties that bindTIES THAT BIND (THE FAMILY NOVAK BOOK 2) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

In a world where the rules are gray and the Don’s word is a law unto itself, only one thing is sacred… family. A Team A.L.P.H.A. and Alphabits spin-off series.

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omega hunterOMEGA HUNTER by Sky Winters

Malcolm – I’m on the hunt for an omega wolf. I will secure my position as alpha. And my omega will deliver the largest litter. But now I am responsible for this injured bear.
I should leave her behind, except, I can’t ignore my desire to protect her.  

Autumn – I’m an omega she-bear, and I’ve been promised to a scoundrel. I will not marry him no matter what my packs says. Malcolm has saved me. He protects me. I just wish I was the wolf he was hunting for.

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wyattWYATT – THE STANTON PACK – PARANORMAL COUGAR SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

The explosion on the school bus had affected everyone in the town one way or another, including the Stantons. Bryn had been driving the bus when the bomb had detonated. Injured herself, she was the only one to go back into the flames to help rescue the few injured and retrieve the dead. She died a few days later from her injuries.

Sidney Daniels, Bryn’s best friend, flew into town to see Bryn’s father, Les. She wanted him to know about a lot of things, but also that she and Bryn had been conducting an investigation before all this happened. Sidney was sure Bryn was the target. Now she had people following her too.

When Wyatt Stanton went to the airport to pick up Sidney, he wasn’t prepared for the woman to wrap her body around him and plant the most intoxicating kiss on his lips that he’d ever had. She had done it as a diversion to shake the guy trailing her, but Wyatt couldn’t think of a better way to discover his mate. Sidney wasn’t as impressed. She was here to shake things up, and the guy better get on board, or she was going knock some sense into him.

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pacemakerTHE PACEMAKER (THE PACEMAKER SERIES BOOK 1) by Imania Margria

Minerva Walsh forgot everything about her life before her eighteenth birthday. Since then, betrayal, hardship and strife plagued her life over the last five years, and good fortune was never on her side. However, when Minerva receives a full-paid scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, Calendula University, and is given a chance to restart her miserable life, she feels her luck has changed.

But after arriving, the dark shadows and deadly secrets looming underneath the serene facade of this academic paradise shows Minerva that her new life is far from the peaceful escape she thought it would be. She learns about the curse haunting the university and claiming innocents’ lives in unusual accidents. Minerva also gains a strange power which lets her control the heartbeats of time and space and enter a world outside of reality. To solve the mystery behind Calendula’s curse, Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the secrets surrounding this elite school before the curse claims the lives of those close to her. But as she draws near the truth, pieces of her missing past come to light. Can Minerva unravel the mystery behind her forgotten memories and the school’s curse? Or will she become its next victim?

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haven 2HAVEN 2: PREDATORY DEMANDS by Nia Foxx and L Finchille 

Haven, believed to be your quiet, run of the mill remote mountain town full of regular small town folk. But, is anything ever as it seems? Try this on for size:
•A quirky hodge podge of shifters.
•An overabundance of Alpha male testosterone on deck and the women who know how to keep it in check.
•And the recovery of a missing woman.
Oh, did I forgot to mention a mystery that threatens to expose the entire community?

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blood and ashBLOOD AND ASH (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 1) by Deborah Wilde

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake. She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess. Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender. And don’t even get her started on the golems. Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that? But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?

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claiming my mateCLAIMING MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 2) by Shaw Hart

Delaney Irvine only stopped in Ash Mountain to grab something to eat and fill up her gas tank. She just spent the last ten hours photographing a wedding nearby and she’s drained and anxious to get home to her best friend, Clementine. When she stops to take some nature shots, she’s not prepared for how it will change her life.

Finn Hunt is a shifter and the Beta of the Ash Mountain Pack. he’s been searching all his life for his mate and he can barely control himself when he finally picks up her scent. Finn knows that Delaney can feel this connection between them too. So why is she fighting it? Will this shifter be able to claim his mate and convince her that there’s nowhere else she belongs than in his arms?

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dark falls academyDARK FALLS ACADEMY: FORBIDDEN MAGIC by Anya J Cosgrove

Beauty is vain. Beauty is dangerous. The kind of beauty I found at Dark Falls Academy is deadly. My sister Allie told me all about the sorcery classes, the potent potions, and the incredibly hot supernatural creatures that frequent Dark Falls Academy. Soon, I’ll be one of them. Only my first day doesn’t go as planned. Allie has been lying to me. This school isn’t a dream; it’s a nightmare. Creepy shifters, brooding vampires, snarky mermaids, and vicious Fairy folk all want a piece of me, and they’re not willing to ask permission.

Flynn, the cruel bully. Trent, the thirsty vampire. And Cole, the dark Fae princeHow I am supposed to kick their asses in the arena and in the classroom with all the mysteries and dangers lurking in the stony halls? Dark Falls isn’t about good grades. It’s about survival.

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survivalSURVIVAL (THE HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott

What’s my secret? That’s something I intend to take to the grave. When my best friend and the only person who knows who–and what–I really am gets selected for the Mating Games, I know the only way to save her is to try and win her for myself. All I need to do is navigate three trials while not letting anyone know I’m a woman, or, and this might be even more important, that I have magic. Easy, right? Easier than slaving away for all hours of the day swinging an ax in the mines. Or so I thought. I certainly didn’t count on the one man I’ve longed for, the one man who stirs feelings of femininity and desire within me, to enter the games as well. Every minute that I’m there I’m risking everything. If I’m discovered I’ll become nothing more than a broodmare, but I can’t abandon the woman who is like family to the fate that the Divine would deem she have.
I’ll do whatever it takes to save her from the desolate future of becoming nothing more than a prize for the victor of the games. The only question is, will my secret still be intact by the time the trials are over? Or will I have condemned us both to a fate worse than death?

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tarot academy 2TAROT ACADEMY 2: SPELLS OF BREATH AND BLADE by Sarah Piper

I spent my whole life believing magick was a curse—and that I didn’t have enough of it to worry about, anyway. Turns out I was wrong on both counts.  I’m so much more than a magick-blessed Academy student. I’m an Arcana Witch, bound to a sacred order whose sole duty is to protect magick—and one another—at all costs.  Thankfully, I’m not alone. 
My Arcana magick brought four fiercely loyal, impossibly sexy Arcana mages into my life. But it also brought trouble.

Corrupt Academy officials. Mysterious attacks stripping students of their power. And the terrifying Dark Arcana—five insanely powerful ancient beings desperate to reclaim the magick they believe is their sole birthright… and destroy the rest of us.  Our best shot at defeating them is to track down the hidden Arcana artifacts—sacred Tarot relics that bind and balance all magick. But to do that, we’ll have to embark on a dangerous otherworldly journey—one that will change us in ways even the Tarot can’t predict. 
Surviving my first month at Arcana Academy was no easy feat, but compared to what’s coming?  That was training day. This is the real deal.  And the fight is just beginning.

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wanted fae magic 7WANTED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 7) by Jessica Aspen

He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it…
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne. And she’s looking for answers…All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so, he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect woman falls into his hands, he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…

Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up, or be lost forever under his spell.

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS: Featuring STAR CRUISE: MAROONED, one of my biggest sellers,  from my backlist. SFR Station featured it last week as well. 

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 8

January 1, 2020

December 25

December 18

December 11

The term “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 JAN 8

vanishingAs 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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THE VANISHING (FOGG LAKE BOOK 1) by Jayne Ann Krentz

VS Note: Had this pre-ordered.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.
A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

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braxtynBRAXTYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 8) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake?

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him?
When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

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chenCHEN (TRISYSTEMS RANGERS BOOK 3) by JC Hay

Specialist Rakhi Chen has spent her life focused on taking care of others—her squad mates, her friends, and most of all, her umbra wolf. The last thing she wanted was time to focus on herself, but a combat injury forces her and her wolf into some mandatory shore leave. Having a too-pretty veterinarian invade her space was not going to be an improvement.
Javad Priddy was one of the youngest doctors to work with the rangers and their umbra wolves, a pinnacle position that he’d almost convinced himself he’d earned. But the benefactors whose help greased the way to success have come to collect, and the only payment they’ll accept is one that sets fire to all he’s accomplished. With his options dwindling, he goes on the run to deliver a warning to Chen and her wolf.
Time is running out for Javad, and for the people he cares about, which he’s come to realize includes a gruff, irascible ranger and her light-hearted bondmate. He’s seen rangers do superhuman things, but every hero has a weakness—and Javad worries that the depth of his betrayal could destroy Chen’s already-bruised heart as well as their future.

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their rising sunTHEIR RISING SUN (DAERIA WORLD) (WINTERVALE PACKS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Blake Parker believes in giving herself and helping others whenever and however she can. When she hears about an opportunity to help an alien planet repopulate and rebuild, she jumps at the chance to be a surrogate. Blake herself was born to a surrogate mother, so it feels like the right thing to do. Giving the shifter alpha males on planet Dearia a family is her ultimate pay it forward.

Not long after arriving on Dearia she meets not one but four handsome wolf shifters. They all claim she’s their mate. How in the world did she get so lucky? Jericho, the Wintervale Alpha, and his sentry, Mace have agreed to share a surrogate. However, two other males take an interest in her. So now four guys are ready to share her in the dirtiest ways possible and she’s beyond excited about the prospect. She’s a sick woman with a perverted mind.

When Blake’s life is threatened by a race of ancient monsters who rise from the grave, hungry for her blood, it’s up to Jericho, Mace, Serge, and Castien to keep her safe. They need to discover her true heritage, and train her for the fight of her life. Not to mention, get her to realize she’s their fated mate and they’re keeping her. Forever.

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arcav captains queenTHE ARCAV CAPTAIN’S QUEEN: BOOK 7 (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION) by Hope Hart

Forced to become a monster to survive her father’s cruelties, Saria wants only one thing: To convince the Arcav King to help her lead her people out of the darkness and into the light. She has no intention of mating anyone. Least of all Roax- the bossy bodyguard who the Arcav King ordered to be her shadow. As an Arcav Captain, Roax never wanted to be saddled with the spoiled (and evil) Lahmu Queen. He’s heard more than enough about her wicked ways, even if her sad eyes make him itch to uncover her secrets.  As their chemistry grows hotter, and danger appears around every corner, Roax vows to protect the broken Queen with his last breath.  But his Queen is hiding secrets. The kind of secrets that may just tear them apart.

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chosen by themCHOSEN BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

They want to make me their captain. I can’t even fly a bloody spaceship. I’m no longer a captive. No longer alone. But we’re still on the run. And the four alien males who seem to think the universe of me are only making it more complicated for me. New life. New rules. We can’t be free until we escape the Athions hunting us, even if it means accepting the help of untrustworthy space pirates. What price am I prepared to pay for my freedom?

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kidnapping the cyborgKIDNAPPING THE CYBORG (TERRAS FIVE 6) by Anne Kane

Plan: Seduce the Cyborg, kidnap him and force him to help her escape. What could possibly go wrong? Life in the breeders enclave on Terras Five was comfortable. Safe. Boring! Abigail wanted more. She wanted to explore the galaxy, have a career, enjoy all the freedoms that a human female took for granted. In order to do that she needed to get off-planet, and in order to accomplish that, she needed help. Male help. She had a plan.
Jackson was flattered that the young female chose him to sire her offspring, and he was more than willing to play his part and make sure she enjoyed the experience as much as he did. What he wasn’t prepared for was being kidnapped at weapons point and forced to help the young breeder escape. Of course, he could have disarmed her and foiled her plan, but where’s the fun in that?

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cravedCRAVED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 8 ) by Tana Stone

The only alien warrior True isn’t intimidated by is the one in her holodeck simulation. Not only is True a virgin, she’s barely been kissed, so the huge, hunky Drexian warriors terrify her. But the guy in her simulation doesn’t. He may be as big and built as the rest of them, but she knows he’s not real. It’s the only reason she’s not afraid to kiss him.

Captain Varden never meant to lie to True, but when she assumed he was a hologram, he didn’t correct her. Especially not after she laid that kiss on him. Now she’s convinced he isn’t real, which is probably for the best. He’s too old for someone as young and pretty as her, although when she kisses him he feels like a Drexian cadet again.

When the Kronock attack and they’re forced to abandon the space station, True comes face-to-face with her hologram—on the escape transport. Before she can be properly outraged, they’re stranded on a jungle planet. Between trying to stay alive and evading the enemy, can she forgive him for deceiving her? Can he ever accept that she could fall for someone so much older?

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first gearFIRST GEAR (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

The planet is dying, and yet Jool is convinced there’s a way to save its people. The answer lies in a deadly mountain range that no one dares explore, but he doesn’t have a choice. The voice in his head proves insistent. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Jool sets out to find the truth–and almost dies on his journey. When he stumbles upon a hidden temple, he won’t just find salvation and a cure for his wife, he’ll becomes the first prophet to serve the Mecha Gods.

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mainlineMAINLINE by Deborah Teramis Christian

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

Reva is an assassin for hire, using her ability to navigate different versions of “now” to do her hits. When she chooses a singular timeline, other possibilities fade, and the reality she has chosen becomes her “mainline”. She is a deadly ghost, untraceable and uncatchable.
But don’t tell that to Yavobo: a bounty hunter from a fearsome alien race, he is a natural-born killing machine, and Reva has slain his client. With a blood oath of vengeance to fulfill, Yavobo is on the elusive assassin’s trail—but no one has beaten her yet. She fears no one, for everything is transient to her, and she can leave any danger behind as easily as breathing.
At least, she could before she met Lish, a young smuggler who reminds her too much of herself. When their friendship deepens, Reva decides—for now—to stay in that one Mainline, where relationships suddenly matter and the smuggler needs her help to clinch the biggest deal of her life. If the assassin moves on, she risks losing her “real” friend: the version of Lish she has grown close to in that timeline, and others who are part of their team. With criminal intrigues unfolding around them, Reva is committed to stay, pitting her wits against foes in a way that is refreshingly different from her usual hit-and-fade routine. It is a novel thing, to be needed by others. Wanted, even. But it may not matter in the end, because Yavobo will not be stopped, and he is getting ever closer to his quarry in this Mainline.

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essex colonyESSEX COLONY by Lia Cooper

It’s been 227 days since Essex Colony’s last transmission…Dispatched to the surface of Essex Prime and tasked with discovering what happened to the colony, Doctor Soran Ingram discovers that most of the colonists are dead and the surviving Executive Officer—Aline Aster—has turned into a ravening wolf-beast. The human survivors claim the XO and her Lunaran fellows went mad and killed everyone, but Soran has her doubts. Following Aster’s testimony, as well as clues left behind, Soran embarks on a fact-finding mission to retrace the colony’s last steps before disaster struck. She’ll soon discover more than uncertainty lurks in the dark spaces of the world.

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stolen by razeSTOLEN BY RAZE (GRABBED BOOK 4) by Lolita Lopez 

Captured in a government raid, Ella is thrown into a prison transport bound for the mountain labor camps. She never expects her rescue to come at the hands of Raze, the handsome sky warrior who all but stole her heart after Dizzy’s wedding. Considered a high-value asset by the Shadow Force, Ella is given to an arrogant brute of a pilot for safekeeping—and collaring.

After his disastrous first marriage, Raze swore off women, but Ella tempts him to break that vow. When he sees her being treated roughly by an unworthy man, his control shatters. One sucker punch later, he tosses Ella over his shoulder and steals her away. He wants to keep her, to collar and love her—but there’s a shameful secret in his past that shatters any chance of a happy future.

But Raze isn’t the only one with a complicated past. Ella has secrets of her own—and they’re about to threaten the safety of everyone she loves. She’ll have to go back to where it all started, risking her life and her future with Raze—to end it once and for all.

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in his serviceIN HIS SERVICE (THE MALDIN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Dan Waters

VS Note: From late November…

Once a nobleman, Reis Kith has rejected his title in favor of serving his community as an Investigator. After a string of murders where all the victims are slaves, Reis has taken lead on the case. The mysterious murders are putting the people in the Capitol City of Ruish on edge, and the Queen has tasked Reis with the unthinkable: team up with a human thief.

Carter Maldin, a human from an ex-Earth colony named Terra, has been languishing in a permanent house arrest for a year and a half. His crime? He broke into the Royal Palace on Xenias. His skill in technology and his quick wit are unparalleled, which makes him the perfect partner to help solve the crime. He’s offered a complete pardon in exchange for his help, and Carter jumps at the chance for freedom. The catch? He has to pretend to be a slave.
Can Carter and Reis reconcile their differences and indulge in their mutual attraction all while solving the case? How many more victims will the murderer rack up before they are caught?

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alien surrenderALIEN SURRENDER (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 6) by Tracy Lauren

Da’vi, the relentless. Da’vi, the cold and harsh. The alien who keeps his distance, yet never fails to bicker with me over the smallest details. Tension between us is coiled so tight it’s bound to snap… and I’m bound to do what I always do–leave. There’s a hundred different reasons I should go, yet I’m drawn in by the only thing that matters to me anymore–and it’s certainly NOT Da’vi’s friendship. I’m talking about saving humans.

One last mission and I’m done jumping through everyone’s hoops, Da’vi’s especially. Only, this lead we’re following… it brings us closer than I ever thought we could be. And once Da’vi and I cross that line, there’s no going back. I’ve got two choices: fight this bond… or SURRENDER. Too bad for Da’vi I’m not the type of girl who goes down without a fight.

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seers eyeTHE SEER’S EYE: THE ARTIFACT HUNTERS 5.5 by A W Exley

VS note: A re-release

A family trip to the circus takes a dangerous turn when the familiar tingle of an artifact touches Cara Devon. What price is demanded, to change the future?

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jaxxonJAX-XON (SIRIUS’S PREQUEL) BOOK 6.5 IN GALAXY GLADIATORS SERIES by Alana Khan 

VS Note: 12K word ‘novelette’

Tara—Stolen from her bed with her four-year-old in her arms, Tara survives a cataclysmic crash and is rescued by a tribe of huge, green males on a lush, forested planet. Her mantra, “I don’t do men,” is challenged when she meets sexy, muscular Jax-Xon.Jax-Xon—Thought he was doomed to a loveless life until beautiful Tara and her adorable daughter hurtle into his life. Can his love allow her to drop her barriers and create a new life together?

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star compassSTAR COMPASS (VICTORIA ETERNAL) by Anthea Sharp

VS Note: A re-release

Diana Smythe was a child of the nobility… once. Now the streetrat known as Diver, she spends her days picking pockets, and her nights gazing at the galaxy overhead, dreaming of the day she’ll escape Earth for a brighter future among the stars.
Derek Byrne polices the grimy streets around the Southampton Spaceport, trying to keep the gangs in line and the gutters clear of riffraff. When his path crosses Diana’s, he sees beyond her masculine disguise and catches a glimpse of the remarkable young lady hiding beneath the rags and bravado. But Derek has his own dark secrets, and when Diana averts a near-disaster at the Spaceport, fate flings them along a trajectory that will lead them to adventure, romance – and peril beyond their wildest imaginings.

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god gameTHE GOD GAME: A NOVEL by Danny Tobey

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week. I put it on my TBR List.

You are invited! COme inside and play with G.O.D. Bring your friends! It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die! With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it? As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us. God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

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triangleTHE TRIANGLE by Jennifer Victores and Debbie Viguie

A successful architect, happily married to his high school sweetheart and with two beautiful daughters, Mark White has the perfect life. All of that changes when he and his best friend set out on a weekend fishing trip that goes terribly wrong. Raised on the ocean, both men thought they knew all its secrets, until they are faced with something unthinkable. The Devil’s Triangle was just a legend. That’s what they had always believed. Now they must fight to survive as the Triangle sends them through a time warp that threatens everything they love and leaves both men on the brink of death. Trapped in the past in a world they don’t understand, they must find a way back even if it kills them.

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collectedCOLLECTED: A CYBIL LEWIS SF MYSTERY COLLECTION by Nicole Givens Kurtz

VS Note: Not a romance but I saw that SFR author Echo Ishii had mentioned this collection on Facebook recently. From mid-November.

Before the Change, before Jane, and before she became a PI badass, Cybil Lewis cut her teeth in the District as a solo, brand new private inspector. At last, those stories of her early years are collected into this volume of short stories and novellas. Offering beautiful illustrations by comic book and brilliant artist, Julia Lacquement (DC Comics), Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection provides action-packed, mystery stories set in the futuristic territory of D.C. (the District).

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frozen sectorFROZEN SECTOR (ZOMBIE YEAR 2099) by Anna Edwards

Two lovers, two different missions, both fighting to stay alive in a world ruled by zombies. During the collapse of the Earth, Fraeya, a female elf, was captured by the North Pole zombies. Rott, the head of the zombie pack, bound her magic and forced her to serve him as a slave. She prepares an escape route, but when things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to leave the other women slaves behind. She will have to use all her skills to find a way to restore her magical abilities if she has any hope of completing her mission to find her lover, alone. The North Pole zombies captured and sold Vaegon, a male elf, to a group of wolf shifters living in Mexico. He’s struggling with the heat as he farms the land daily to provide food for his owners to sell. Vaegon’s prowess as a fighter is renowned among his people, but his powers aren’t at full strength, and he has no idea why.He will have to find a way to restore his fighting abilities if he has any hope of completing his mission of returning home to Greenland and destroying Rott’s pack, once and for all. Can Fraeya and Vaegon discover hope in the world they once knew, or will destiny destroy them both, forever?Frozen Sector is the first book in the Zombie World 2099 series; a post apocalyptic world where survival is everything and love may hold the key to the future.

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qualitylandQUALITYLAND by Marc Uwe-King

VS Note: Translated. Not a romance but a release of note. I was intrigued by the Look Inside excerpt…it’s on my TBR List.

Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking service knows the best partners for everyone and helps with the break up when your ideal match (frequently) changes. And the foolproof algorithms of the biggest, most successful company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order it.

In QualityCity, Peter Jobless is a machine scrapper who can’t quite bring himself to destroy the imperfect machines sent his way, and has become the unwitting leader of a band of robotic misfits hidden in his home and workplace. One day, Peter receives a product from TheShop that he absolutely, positively knows he does not want, and which he decides, at great personal cost, to return. The only problem: doing so means proving the perfect algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself.

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vicious circleVICIOUS CIRCLE by Elle E Ire

Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. Down to her last few credits, Cor is offered a freelance job to eliminate a perverse political powerhouse. Always a sucker for helping the helpless, she accepts. The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with her employer, sweet and attractive Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach the target’s home world, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds the inexplicable attraction growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and intimate involvement is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.

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leashed by the beastLEASHED BY THE BEAST by Athena Storm

He’s a beast who devours. And me? I’m his supper. War tore me from home and dumped me on Novaria. My only hope lies in pleasing a brute. I’m sent to him as a tribute. I have one chance to entice him. Only one shot to win his good graces. The thing is…I’m not such an innocent waif myself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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consumed by the cyborgCONSUMED BY THE CYBORG (CYBORG PROTECTORS ROMANCE BOOK 1) by Alyse Anders

A Protective Cyborg finds his soulmate from across the galaxy. The second Lena’s ship enters Grus space, Rykal knows that his mate has arrived. But when she’s threatened to be taken from him by the man who’d turned him into a cyborg, he kidnaps her. On the run, Rykal will stop at nothing to make Lena his while keeping her safe from the unseen alien threat that could destroy them all.

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mer loversMER-LOVERS: ILLUSTRATED COLLECTORS’ EDITION (MATES FOR MONSTERS) by Tamsin Ley and Ravyn Humphries (illustrator)

VS Note: I don’t normally list ‘collectors’ editions’ or box sets but the illustrations sound cool.

Mermen,  mate bonds and magic. Three of Tamsin Ley’s beloved fantasy romances now in a special illustrated collector’s edition! You’ll want to reach into the pages and touch the characters in the original artwork by Ravyn Humphreys.

Set Includes: THE MERMAN’S KISS…A drowning woman is rescued by a mysterious stranger. Now he’s carrying her deeper into the sea…THE MERMAN’S QUEST: A doomed merman seeks out a human female to help break his curse, but will she break his heart instead? …A MERMAID’S HEART: A newly-made mermaid frees a human from her sadistic siren sisters, but her desire could lead them both to disaster…Explore an underwater world full of sleek-tailed mermen ready to fulfill your deepest desires. Almost 400 pages and 30 drawings of gorgeous mermen, daring heroines, and exuberant ocean wildlife that will make you want to grow gills so you can join them. Lose yourself in these steamy paranormal romances today!

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axelAXEL: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS #1 by Tasha Black

Axel adores baby Noah. Becoming a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to the burly bear-shifter mechanic, even if raising a child alone is hard. When help arrives in the form of a live-in nanny, Axel is ecstatic. His baby, Noah, loves her, and Axel’s inner bear is driven wild by the curvy little human woman. His bear doesn’t care if she has secrets, he just doesn’t want to let her go.

Delilah doesn’t do commitment. As a con artist, she moves from city to city, keeping to only one rule: never con a mark who can’t afford to lose. When her conscience has her bailing out of a job gone very wrong, she winds up in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Tarker’s Hollow. Hoping to hide from her furious partners, she finds herself mistaken for a nanny and plays along, treating it as the perfect cover to lay low for a few days. But as she begins to have very real feelings for the baby and his achingly sexy single dad, it gets harder and harder for Delilah to remember she’s only pretending.

When Delilah’s treacherous partners track her down, her fragile new world is suddenly in danger. Can the bear shifter and the con artist trust each other with the truth in time to save everything that is important to them? Or will she run away with the big bear’s heart?

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dragon in loveDRAGON IN LOVE (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

Chadwick, purple dragon and leader of his region, has his hands full. He has to keep visiting fae princes out of trouble, watch for a potential triad to mate with, and ignore the sassy human expert on fae customs who is bent on ruining everything. Still, Isabella is winning Chad over, with her zest for life and her constant misadventures. From the first kiss, Chad knows he’s in danger. Though not as much as Isabella will be in if Chad’s visions come true.

Isabella is hiding secrets. On the run from a past she’d do anything to forget, she never expected to be charmed by the sweet, soft-spoken, utterly dominant dragon hosting her and the fae. From the first kiss, she can’t seem to resist teasing him, chasing him, and getting him alone any minute possible. Because she knows that what they have can’t last. Not with what is coming for her.

As Chadwick and Isabella give into the overwhelming chemistry between them, they both fall deeper than they intended. Now Isabella will have to decide if she still plans to run from what’s hunting her, or stand and fight, even if it means endangering the man she loves.

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mortals surrenderMORTALS SURRENDER (GREATEST TEMPTATION SERIES BOOK 3) by Lexi Timms and W J May

Mara and Eris have been cut off from Heaven, abandoned on Earth, still bound and completely without support. Even Nikomedes can’t help them any longer. Mara might have been able to handle being cut off, but Jon has learned the truth about who—and what—she is. And he doesn’t know if he’s prepared to date an immortal.

On the verge of losing everything, Mara wonders whether to tell the Council the truth about the Fallen. Eris’ fears that the knowledge will tear their people apart are well-founded, but Mara worries that there’s something more to what Nikephoros is doing with the power he’s gaining. If they don’t tell the Council, whatever he’s planning could destroy far more than just her chances at redemption.

Before Mara and Eris can act on their decision to tell the Council, Nikephoros takes him. Him… and Jon. With the two people she cares most about in the hands of a man far more dangerous than she’d ever realized, Mara must convince the Council that cut her off to give her aid and stop Nikephoros before he puts his plans into motion. Can Mara save Jon and Eris, and stop a brewing war between the angels and the Fallen? Or will she lose the man she’s only just learned to love?

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ghostly charmsGHOSTLY CHARMS (A HARPER HARLOW MYSTERY BOOK 14) by Lily Harper Hart

Harper Harlow thought the only thing she was going to have to worry about in the shadow of spring was planning her wedding. She was wrong.
A string of break-ins in Whisper Cove have caught the attention of the cops, including her fiancé Jared Monroe. Things take a turn for the worse when one of those break-ins results in the death of a local barber. It seems what was once written off as teenage hijinks is something else entirely.
In addition to the break-ins, Harper finds herself distracted by a new resident. He’s bringing an art gallery to town … as well as his troubled sister.
Rain Porter doesn’t want to be in Southeastern Michigan and she’s hiding a big secret. Harper is determined to help the girl until the young woman pushes the exact wrong buttons.
Things aren’t what they seem and the deeper Harper digs the more she worries that she doesn’t really want to find an answer. When a ghost from the other side of the state shows up and starts invading her dreams, things go from bad to worse.
Jared wants nothing more than to protect Harper, but there are some things he can’t fight … and a ghost is one of them.

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protectors of lightPROTECTORS OF LIGHT (MENDING MAGIC SERIES BOOK 6) by W J May

When Jamie Hunt left his cushy life in California to become a supernatural fugitive, he thought he was running away from his problems. The last thing he wanted was to go barreling straight towards them. But as always, life has other plans. The pressure is mounting as both sides prepare for the inevitable fight. New alliances are struck as old enemies come to light. New relationships are strained as old bonds are tested. A surprise attack leaves the friends reeling, but nothing is every quite as it seems.
Can the friends gather their forces in time? Will Jamie finally uncover the secrets in his past? Most importantly, when the final moment comes, will he have the strength to pull the trigger? The tides are always changing. There’s only one way to find out. Never give up. Never give in.

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hex type thingHEX TYPE THING (A MOONSTONE BAY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 5) by Amanda M Lee

Hadley Hunter is feeling on top of the world. She’s embracing her new home on Moonstone Bay and coming into her own as a witch. Her boyfriend Galen Blackwood, who happens to be sheriff, is even involving her in his investigations. Unfortunately, the peace on Moonstone Bay is about to be threatened.
A local millionaire and a one-hit-wonder songstress are hosting the Skyclad Festival, a paranormal beach extravaganza that features a bevy of famous faces in paranormal circles … and those who want to hobnob with them. There’s only one little problem … .
One of the local influencers, a woman whose only job is to rave about things on the internet, ends up dead. Then, in short order, the organizer himself goes missing. That means Galen is on the case … and Hadley insists on serving as his sidekick.
There are a lot of witches on the island. The question is: Is magic to blame for murder or is something more insidious happening? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow of angelsSHADOW OF ANGELS (HALFWAY BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The first time I died was November 1st, 1945. That might’ve been the first time, but it certainly wasn’t the last. My name is Veil, and my life has been far from normal. Everything I thought I knew about myself had been a lie. Every single thing. Turns out, I had been in the care of a cult dedicated to a King in Hell and fallen archangel. But after learning the truth of who—or what—I was, I devoted my life to stopping them and everyone like them.

Which is why when I learned that Boston was under siege from an occult society who was slaughtering innocents, I had no choice but to come and stop them. Even if it meant it would take me piece by piece through that past I’d spent seventy years trying to avoid—and right into the presence of the archdemon I’d been running from for so very long. Asmodeus. Just when I thought things could not get worse, I realized once more that I had no clue what was coming next.

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hellish faeHELLISH FAE (THE MONSTERS AND MISERIES SERIES BOOK 12) by A K Koonce

There’s a dark secret inside of me. A monster clawing to get out. I was thrown out of the fae world because of it. But I’m back now. Three brooding demons and a sinful incubus returned me to my sweet little homeland. And I’ll finish what I started all those years ago. Sure, maybe my delicate fae features are twisting into spiraling horns and demonic eyes, but that won’t stop me from righting my wrongs. The Queen of Hell might possess my body but the deadly vengeance in my blood is my own. The Prince will die by my hand for what he’s done. All I have to do is make sure the creature at the back of my mind doesn’t kill me first.

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heart banditHEART BANDIT (GARGOYLE NIGHT BANDITS BOOK 1) by Rosalie Redd

When a feisty human steals a gargoyle’s spirit-stone, all bets are off…Beaumont prides himself on his stellar fae kill record, but his life is upended when a feisty, human female challenges him to seduce her and steals his spirit-embedded stone. He’s on a quest to save his soul, yet this woman makes him harder than a rock, and for a guy who spends his days encased in granite, that’s saying something.

Crafty and swift, Sadie learned to pickpocket from the best mentor ever—need. After she runs across a tall, sexy gargoyle and steals his most valuable possession, she’s up against more than can she handle. As he hunts her down to retrieve his precious stone, he stirs a passion she didn’t know existed…and can’t resist.

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jingle me ballsJINGLE ME BALLS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Tis’ Christmas time on Mystical Isle and just like the fat bastard in red, I’ve made a list and now I shall check it… twice. Yeah, twice. I might wear a diaper, but I’m not an arse.
Battle the human women in sweatpants and snow boots for electronics on Black Friday. Check. Cover each palm tree in lights even though the Mermaids insist they look phallic. Check. By the way, what does phallic mean? Never mind. Check. Moving on. Weave a Christmas tale during family story time on the beach, have a family portrait made in the special sweaters I pilfered, and write a letter to Santa. I mean, fat bastard…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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defying the relic hunterDEFYING THE RELIC HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORD SERIES BOOK 11) by Gail Koger

Kizzy sees dead people, but she’s a thief and talking to dead folks is about as useful as a three-legged horse. The Dragos clan booted her out when her year’s take was a lousy five hundred and sixty credits. The only way back in is to pull off a million-credit heist. Alone. When Kizzy’s jobs as a roadkill collector and medical test subject goes south, she decides taking Montezuma’s gold away from an Indiana Jones wannabe is the ultimate heist. The snag? The Indiana Jones wannabe is Ethan Jones, a dangerous Coletti Warlord. Now that she’s caught his attention, he’s determined to capture her as his prize. Can the ghost whisperer defeat the big, bad Warlord?

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case of the tormented trollCASE OF THE TORMENTED TROLL (NOIR FAIRY TALES) by Linda Mooney

The 1940s. Life in Grimm City can be just as fabulous as it is dangerous. But it’s not a place that can be found on any map. Welcome to a world of gun-toting, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking fairies, elves, dwarfs, shifters, and witches, as well as human beings.Welcome to Noir Fairy Tales. Beldon Chase and Aura Dagger, of Chase and Dagger Detective Agency, are hired by Estin Ragg, a troll whose brother, Durif, was discovered dead under the 82nd Street Bridge. The coroner calls it a suicide, but Estin swears it was murder. The cops seem to be sitting on their hands because he’s a troll, and everyone knows how much trolls are castigated and despised in the realm. Aura and Beldon are partners. He’s an ex-cop who was framed for something he didn’t do and kicked off the force. Soon after hanging out the shingle of his detective agency, he found Aura homeless in the streets after the death of her father. Something about the young woman touched him deep inside, and he took her in and trained her how to be a gumshoe. They’re in love with each other, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blood moonBLOOD MOON (NETHERWORLD SERIES BOOK 7) by Olivia Hutchinson

Carey Tremblay isn’t just a witch, she’s a norn–one of the mysterious weavers of destiny able to see and control the future. Psychic visions are a regular occurrence for her, but it takes just one to lead Carey down a path on the quest to save all those she loves from the maniacal warlock hellbent on destruction. With multiple lives on the line, the last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of a sexy hybrid named Finn.

Finn saved the norn years ago when he still went by the name of Phineas, a shifter/vampire hybrid who worked as a Council Enforcement officer. Now, more than two decades later, he’s back to play bodyguard for a woman who can barely stomach his presence. As Carey’s enemies close in, Finn must not only protect the woman from the warlocks hunting her, but also from himself.

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tates taleTATE’S TALE (SEXY SINS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Lilith Darville

An incubus has infiltrated the Sexy Sins Academy to snatch recruits for Hades’ dungeon, and the gods chose—drafted? Conscripted? Take your pick—me to purge the incubus and get things back on track as head mistress. That’s definitely one of my specialties.

I’ve got four smoking-hot bodyguards whose first job is to ease me through my ascension to the Underworld. Imagine if the flu made you uber horny and your bodyguards were an angel, a werewolf, a vampire, and a demon. Nice problem to have, right? Except I’m on a mission. I want my destined mate back. Funny enough, so do they and they’re all convinced it’s me. I’ve got one chance, one month, to fix the academy and find my beloved somewhere in the Underworld before I’m slung back to my real life. Trouble is, I can’t keep my mind, or my hands, off my bodyguards.

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brotherhood of the seaBROTHERHOOD OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 1) by Elle Beaumont

VS Note: Teen/YA, no apparent romance…

Eighteen-year-old Jager and his older brother, Kriegen, are recent graduates from Selith Academy-an elite school for merfolk. The two work to help their community after tragedy befell their father, but when the Uplanders break a promise, the two mermen only have one goal-keep the kingdom safe at any cost. When the brothers are divided in their responses, they quickly learn that every choice has a consequence, and every action has a price.

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vampire seductionVAMPIRE SEDUCTION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

He’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit and she’s determined to get him off… in more ways than one. The vamp life sure as hell ain’t the glam life. Just ask Alena Falkov. One day she’ll be a full-fledged attorney, but for now, she’s stuck working her fangs off at a thankless job while she attends Othercross University’s esteemed law school.
Of course she might not have the job for long if she can’t be on time, but when a vampire catches the scent of her Beloved—her one true soul mate—in the hallways of the courthouse, no one could blame her for tracking him down. Now if only he wasn’t the defendant… and by all accounts, guilty. Or is he?

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witch is how to lose bigWITCH IS HOW TO LOSE BIG (A WITCH P.I. MYSTRY BOOK 35) by Adele Abbott

Two custard creams…A man has gone missing from a hotel, and Jill is on the case. Meanwhile, what has happened to the ghost’s jewellery, and what is in the trinket box?
are not as good as five.

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life minus meLIFE MINUS ME (THE EVANSTAR CHRONICLES) by Sara Codair

Mel is half Angel, but despite her ability to heal and read minds, she feels powerless to help anyone. When a prophecy shows a local pet supply store owner driving their car off a bridge, Mel sets out to stop it. Baily, owner of Barks and Bits, is barely holding it together. Things keep going wrong, and their depression spirals out of control. Just as they start wondering if they’d be better off dead, a new friend provides a glimmer of hope. But is that enough to keep living? Mel never thought saving Baily would be easy, but she can’t figure out when, where, or why Baily’s suicide will happen. As her confidence fades away, she wonders how she can help anyone when she needs so much help herself.

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interludeINTERLUDE: A SHORT STORY OF ANDAR (THE ANDARI CHRONICLES BOOK 5.5) by Kenley Davidson

Revisit the royal family of Andar in this short story, as the impending birth of the heir to Andar’s throne leads to a tense standoff, an accusation of theft, and the discovery of just who is really in charge at Evenburg Castle. Enjoy a brief glimpse into the lives of Trystan, Ramsey, Kyril, Ilani and their families three years after the events of Traitor’s Masque.

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witching moonWITCHING MOON by Poppy Woods

Alandra Michaels is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, ordinary witch. She doesn’t have an affinity for an element, like her sister. She can’t speak to the dead, like her mother. Even her familiar–Beezelbub the moth–is a plain, non-threatening insect. Alandra is fine with that; she knows what she is and what she isn’t. Or so she thought . . .When a spell goes wrong and a gorgeous woman shows up in her living room claiming to be the Moon, everything changes for Alandra and her magical abilities will be put to the test. Can she reverse the spell and send Luna back to her realm?

Celestials never go to Earth anymore. When witches figured out they could harness their energy for ultimate power, celestials closed the doors to their own realms. When a beautiful young witch accidentally summons Luna to Earth, the clock begins ticking. Can she make it home before she’s sacrificed for her power? Will she even want to?

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storm chaserSTORM CHASER (STORMS OF BLACKWOOD BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh

VS Note: From December.

Alexis Ravenel: Rule breaker, risk taker, game changer. With the fae and sirens waging war at Blackwood’s gates, and no one else stepping in to help—thanks a lot harpies—it’s up to me and my sexy Storm Princes to save our kingdom from eminent doom. To do this, we’ll have to meet Hydratica head-on in a battle the likes of which we’ve never seen. See, there are more than sirens lurking in their murky waters, and whatever is down there, I think it’s guarding the Eye of the Sea—the elusive object we need to find on behalf of the Storm King. Only, I have no intention of handing it over to him. Not after everything he’s done…He tried to rule me, but I’m a rule breaker. He tried to tame me, but I’m a risk taker. He tried to play me, but I’m no longer just a pawn in his wicked game…I’m a game changer, and I’m not playing by his rules anymore.

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exemplar hallJESSE AND THE MAGI VAULT (EXEMPLAR BOOK 2) by Auburn Tempest and Ruby Night

Being drafted into an elite, all-male academy of magik, monsters, and mercenary men wasn’t something I planned–but honestly, who could’ve seen that coming? Trapped by the wards of the school…Chipped and trackable if we happen to escape…Pretending to be a dude in a sea of testosterone…As if the physical and mental challenges at Exemplar Hall aren’t enough, if anyone finds out who our father is, Wyatt and I will be branded the offspring of the greatest traitor this academy ever saw. Awesomesauce. Bring it.

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whiteWHITE: EMALA’S STORY (RAGORU BEGINNING’S BOOK 1) by S J Sanders

Raised in a gilded cage, Emala was given everything she wanted from the very day that the Master rescued her mother from execution. Born of a maternal lineage in which human brides were mated to the clannish northern Ragoru triads, Emala grew up listening to her mother’s stories of the Ragoru though she never expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She didn’t fantasize about a triad of mates to shower adoration on her, but a simple life in a village far away from the Master’s watchful eye. Though she knows nothing of surviving outside of the grand manor, when the Master comes to her with an impossible offer on her twentieth birthday, Emala dares to risk it all to find her way to freedom. Even if it brings the order down on her head.
When she is saved by a Ragoru and finds shelter with his triad through the winter, she discovers a possible love that could mend old wounds and may promise her the happy ever after that she always wanted.

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stolen by the dragonSTOLEN BY THE DRAGON (STORM DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

The only thing on Damien’s mind is ensuring his race will live on. It’s that single-minded focus that drove the storm dragon through the magical portal, the last of a small band of dragons fleeing an ominous and powerful enemy. When he’s confronted on the other side by a short, sassy and deliciously curvy woman with powers he can’t comprehend, everything changes. He should be focusing on the future of his people, but all he wants to do is focus on her. His dragon is roaring wildly and he doesn’t know how much longer he can resist its call.

Anna Sturgis has trained all her adult life at Winterspell Academy. She’s ready to face any of the usual paranormal threats. Werewolves, vampires, Faeries, she’s prepared for them all. What she can’t fight is the sizzling attraction she feels to one dragon shifter in particular. Her studies are beckoning, but the siren call of the muscular male is more luring than anything she’s felt before. If she can’t learn to resist his smile, then she’s going to succumb to him completely.

Their nightly rendezvous are strictly forbidden by both sides. Secret passages are their respite, where they are free to explore the connection between them. That is, until everything is exposed, leaving Damien with but one choice. He doesn’t want to do it, but it’s the only way to save Anna. In the process though, he might just put her in even greater danger. Because the evil the dragons thought they left behind isn’t about to give up.

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time through the heartTIME THROUGH THE HEART (EVERLASTING LOVE BOOK 4) by Susie McIver

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s an angry spirit. When their worlds collide, sparks fly, and so do tempers. Follow them as they travel through time for each other.
First rule of visiting a haunted Scottish castle; don’t fall in love with a ghost. Second rule; don’t travel back in time. Third rule; don’t get killed.

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some pig and a mummy digSOME PIG AND A MUMMY DIG (A SOUTHERN BELLES AND SPELLS MATCHMAKER MYSTERY BOOK 4) by Amy Abbott

When an Egyptian pyramid arrives in Witch’s Forge, the entire town is buzzing with excitement—there’s even a mummy inside! Yet this pyramid holds ancient secrets that are not supposed to come to light, knowledge that could change the way witches and vampires see each other in the world.
So when the lead archaeologist is murdered and the missing mummy becomes the primary suspect, Charming is worried. Is there a mummy on the loose or is someone playing a sick joke?
In order to discover the truth, Charming will turn to Thorne’s estranged family for help. Thorne will be forced to face his father, the man who banished him. Everyone must work together to solve the mystery. Can they do it or will they succumb to the mummy’s curse?

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angel furyANGEL  FURY (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 2) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of a legendary archangel, has always known her gods-endowed magic comes with a price. As an angel in the Legion of Angels, she lives where the Legion commands her to live, trains how the Legion tells her to train, and marries whom the Legion instructs her to marry. Somehow it all sounded simpler in her head.
When Cadence is ordered to marry the enigmatic angel Damiel Dragonsire, a man she hardly knows, her whole perfect, predictable life is turned upside down. The wedding, however, is cut short by a dark threat that throws Cadence and Damiel into a world of magic as ancient and deadly as the original Immortals, powerful deities who once ruled the entire known universe.

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freedoms knifeFREEDOM’S KNIFE (JUSTICIAR’S REDEMPTION BOOK 1) by Daphne Moore

CE 2644. Alys Xoticos-Quinn is lucky to be alive. Sentenced to death for a justifiable crime, she’s instead magically compelled to solve problems for the despotic Union. But when her latest mission uncovers government corruption and possessed residents, the political fallout could claim her son… and her life. Barely surviving a vicious attack from the Wendigo, a legendary spirit of eternal hunger, Alys teams up with a mysterious mage partner. But as the two search for clues to the terrifying possessions, Alys’s enemies are determined to make certain this is her last job. And if she can’t get to the truth in time, the next Wendigo assault may be fatal. Can Alys protect her son and smash a sinister conspiracy before she loses everything?

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lady hotspurLADY HOTSPUR by Tessa Gratton

STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER. This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she’s been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded—or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora’s own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights.

Hal loathes being a Prince; she’s much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best—but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates—Lady Hotspur Persy, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.

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city of stone and silenceCITY OF STONE AND SILENCE (THE WELLS OF SORCERY TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Django Wexter

After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton‘s mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they’re not alone.

Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can’t find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor’s spymaster before a year is up, her sister’s Tori’s life will be forfeit.

But there’s more to Tori’s life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor’s iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret—the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she’s spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka’s fate on the line.

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home familiar homeHOME FAMILIAR HOME (ACCIDENTAL FAMILIAR BOOK 4) by Belinda White

VS Note: From mid December…

All my life, I’d thought the Ravenswind farmhouse was huge. But then Opal added another small family and another soon-to-be adopted daughter to the mix. The house’s space was shrinking big time. Kids can do that. I’m really not complaining, mind you. I love the new family, and I’m really glad we can be there for them. Just saying that things are getting a little crowded, that’s all. So when Arc and Ruby approached me with a deal to buy a small mini-estate with not one but two houses, what was there really to think about? Especially when the owner was desperate for a sale and willing to make us a deal of a lifetime.

The owner didn’t strike me as all too trustworthy, though, so we did things right. The contract was vetted by Dad, and we had a full home inspection done before signing on any dotted lines. We really thought we’d covered all our bases. Oh, how wrong we were.

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penrics progressPENRIC’S PROGRESS by Lois McMaster Bujold

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

Footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order—and solves mysteries along the way. Penric’s Demon: On the way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season.” As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric—and changes the course of his life forever.

Penric and the Shaman: Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric must accompany a Locator of the Father’s Order assigned to capture a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

Penric’s Fox: When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard’s Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.

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night countryTHE NIGHT COUNTRY: A HAZEL WOOD NOVEL (THE HAZEL WOOD BOOK 2) by Melissa Albert

In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang. With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home.

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scavenge the starsSCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one.

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dark alphas temptationDARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION: A REAPER NOVEL (REAPERS BOOK 9) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

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crown of fireCROWN OF FIRE (THE FORBIDDEN FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall 

Ever since the Court of Flames banished me, I’ve managed to hide my true nature–Chosen One of the Fire Fae. Apparently, I’m destined to save us all. Truth is, I’m not that impressive. When I’m not hunting demons, I’m slinging drinks at Potions & Pastilles. At least, until the lethally sexy king of the Court of Ice finds me. He’s been hunting me for years and wants to claim me as his fated mate. But it gets darker. He plans to sacrifice me to save his dying kingdom. One touch changes everything though, because I’m the only one who can warm him. I’m going to use that to my advantage and lure him to the Court that banished me. There, I’ll kill him before he kills me. But I’m playing with fire, because I’m not sure if I can I resist him long enough to change my fate. And if I don’t die, then his entire Court will. Including him.

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found and forgedFOUND AND FORGED (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 4) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and it all started with a routine fight in the middle of nowhere Nevada that ended up changing everything. I found…Family. My Chosen. Power. Vengeance. Now I find myself in the middle of nowhere Russia, my destiny within walking distance, and I have no idea what I’ll find. Will I be welcomed? Feared? Despised? We’re about to find out. Sentinel City, ready or not here I come.

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dragons mail order brideDRAGON’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Kayla Wolf

I’ve just done the most reckless thing in my life. I’ve said yes to a guy who proposed to me on a website. Am I insane? Have I actually lost my mind? The thing is that I can’t help myself. Muscular shoulders, sensuous lips, and a heart-stopping grin…
He’s exactly my type. Yes, I hate dating, and yes, I want commitment. But can I actually be a mail order bride? Will he love me and all my curves? Will that body, dripping in sweat, worship me in all my voluptuous glory? One month, that’s the agreed upon time limit. One month to live together as husband and wife. I must be crazy. But I’ve already signed. Here I come, husband.

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chosen slayer book 2CHOSEN (SLAYER BOOK 2) by Kiersten White

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom. And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

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first ageTHE FIRST AGE: WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD (THE SECRET HISTORIES BOOK 1) by Arshad Ahsanuddin

Mikal despised the idea of working with an Imperial, for reasons both personal and political, but only the invaders’ magic could repair the artifact weapon that was the last link to a family he’d left behind. Rian was a magician by trade, trying to escape the obligations of his noble birth, and the life his family planned out for him. Living incognito at the border of Imperial territory, he found his solitude interrupted by a mysterious visitor with an impossible commission. Their meeting will set in motion a chain of events that will irrevocably alter everything they know of the world, and set their two civilizations on a course to ruin.

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charmed soulsCHARMED SOULS (BLACK SOULS BOOK 1) by Abbi Glines

They say blood is thicker than water, but I was never proud of mine. A female born into the Kamlock bloodline was destined to possess three things they couldn’t change—a crazy as hell mother, an unfair amount of beauty, and a Charmed soul that was as black as night.
All a Kamlock woman ever desired in life was to use her beauty to destroy wealthy men and take their riches. A century had passed since a generation of Kamlock sisters had been anything other than gold diggers.
All I ever wanted was to be free of them. I knew I couldn’t change my cursed birth, but I could change its legacy. I had a job, I had friends, and I was slowly gaining my independence.
Until Rathe Scott crashed into my life and tore it apart. He made me feel what I had spent my entire life never wanting to feel. He brought out a darkness I’d not known was inside me. And just when I thought I was becoming everything I had sworn I would never  become…He was gone.

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devils bloodDEVIL’S BLOOD: SHADE OF DEVIL BOOK 3 by Shayne Silvers

Before the now-infamous Count Dracula ever tasted his first drop of blood, Sorin Ambrogio owned the night…and now he’s back. History collides in present-day New York City. The various supernatural factions are splintering and growing desperate to maintain their seats of power. And one man hungers for nothing more than to burn it all to the ground. Because he learns he has been lied to all along, that his centuries-long slumber may have been intentional. Betrayal doesn’t get better with age. It just grows sharper and hungrier. Violence is a virtue in the tale of the world’s First Vampire. The name Sorin Ambrogio will go down in the history books—even if he has to write it himself.

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huntedTHE HUNTED by Bethany-Kris

Let the hunt begin …After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that. He should kill her. Perhaps, keeping her might be worse. Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling. And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

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his little vixenHIS LITTLE VIXEN (LOVE BITES BOOK 2) by Lauren Smith

Sadie Harris doesn’t like immortals. After vampires leave her an orphan, she’s raised by her grandmother at the edge of a werewolf pack’s territory. As a fox shifter she knows the rules about werewolves: Stay clear of the boundaries, never go out after dark during the full moon and take a vacation far, far away when she goes into her shifter mating heat or else she’ll attract literal “big bad wolves.” But when her flight gets cancelled and her mating heat is coming – so are the wolves. The last thing she expects is to get rescued by a tall, dark and gorgeous man…er…vampire. What’s a vixen to do?

Seamus Gallagher might be immortal but his life is full of mortal problems: he’s been framed for the murder of the woman his two best friends loved; he’s on a mission to find and kill his sire; and, he has no idea what to do with the feisty red-headed vixen he just rescued from a vicious werewolf pack. He doesn’t have time to babysit a skittish shifter who hates vampires, but when he looks at her, Seamus sees trouble. Sexy, sweet, and irresistible trouble. The last thing this vamp needs is to fall in love.

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growling for my mateGROWLING FOR MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 1) by Shaw Hart

Grier Taylor is just a lost girl. Abandoned by her parents when she was young, she was raised by the group of shifters who took her in. Now that she’s grown, she can’t help but notice all of the ways that she doesn’t truly belong. On her eighteenth birthday, Grier decides to leave Ash Mountain and the pack. That is until the Alpha comes for her.
Slate has been Alpha of his pack ever since his parents were killed by hunters. Lonely and overworked, he wonders if he’ll ever find his fated mate. That’s when he catches her scent.
Will this Alpha shifter be able to convince his mate that they’re meant to be and that there’s nowhere that she belongs more than with him and his pack?

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dear edwardNew Release Book Recommendation: DEAR EDWARD by Anne Napolitano

VS Note: I don’t often recommend books here that aren’t SFR/F/PNR but this one is SO GOOD. I read it in one sitting and found it very satisfying as a story (there’s a supermild romantic element towards the end). Plane crashes, orphaned children and tragic situations are not usually my thing but this book grabbed me and would not let go. 5 stars from me, definitely. It’s quite an emotional journey.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

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mission to mahjundarFeaturing another title from my backlist, MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR:

An attempted assassination left Princess Shalira blind as a child and, now that she’s of marriageable age, her prospects are not good because of her disability. She’s resigned herself to an arranged marriage rather than face life under the thumb of her cold stepmother. But then she meets Mike Varone, a Sectors Special Forces officer sent to Mahjundar by the intergalactic government to retrieve a ship lost in her planet’s mountains. After Mike saves Shalira from another assassination attempt, she arranges for him to escort her across the planet to her future husband. She’s already falling hard for the deadly offworlder and knows she should deny herself the temptation he represents, but taking Mike along to protect her is the only way she’ll live long enough to escape her ruthless stepmother.

Mike, for his part, resists his growing attraction to the princess; he has a mission on this planet and rescuing the vulnerable but brave princess isn’t it. No matter how much he wishes it could be.

But what should have been an easy trek through Mahjundar’s peaceful lands swiftly turns into an ambush with danger around every turn. Shalira’s marriage begins to seem less like an arranged union and more like yet another planned assassination. The more they work together to survive, the harder it becomes to stop themselves from falling in love. Caught in a race against time, can they escape the hostile forces hunting them and make it off the planet?

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And the sequel HOSTAGE TO THE STARS!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 1, 2020

December 25

December 18

December 11

December 4

The term “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 JAN 1

mark of eonHappy New Year!

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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MARK OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Always a great week with a new book from Anna! One clicked.

Oil and water. Fire and ice. Terran space marine and rugged alien warrior. Space marine Lieutenant Jamie Park has a reputation as tough as steel…just the way she likes it. A horrible childhood and her marine training have forged her into a strong woman, and she’s never seen a fight she’d back down from. Taking on the voracious insectoid Kantos is her focus, even if that means being assigned to the Eon warship, the Desteron, and working with the one arrogant alien warrior who’s seen her vulnerable and weak.

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lost flyghtLOST FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 4) by S J Pajonas

Vivian Kawabata feels like her wings have been clipped. With her broken ship in the repair yard, and her crew begging her to take a break, she agrees to a private villa getaway with the chance to seduce her new hot medic. But her beach vacation becomes a stressful battleground when an ex’s former consort swoops in with a destructive agenda.

With her family’s farm at stake, the only way to outmaneuver the cutthroat may be by getting back to her roots… and extraordinary plants. But even if she digs up the dirt she needs, she still has to deal with in-laws, shady shopkeepers, and a shocking discovery aboard her ship. Can Vivian get her vessel and her men aloft, or will her operation crash and burn?

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spinning wheelsSPINNING WHEELS (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Best friends Zak and Ray have only one goal in life: Upgrade their bodies until they’re more metal than flesh. But to do that, they need to find more gears. And who better to help them find lost treasure than a seer who can predict the future and decipher the past? Funny how she didn’t predict her own kidnapping.

Nema isn’t impressed with her supposed rescue by the Siyborghs. Part male. Part metal. She doesn’t approve of the parasitic cogs in their bodies. Especially since they pose a danger. That doesn’t stop her from desiring them. Even more tantalizing, they both want her, too.

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seeds of changeSEEDS OF CHANGE (A NEW FRONTIER BOOK 2) by Augustina Van Hoven

With the future at their fingertips, only the past can stand in their way…
When the Starship Halcyon crash lands on Planet Kao, Dexter Thompson gets a field promotion to ship’s ambassador from finish carpenter and his world turns upside down. How can a man who works with wood and levels lead a crew? But lead he must, for Dexter must confront an alien welcoming committee. When a blue-haired beauty, Laize, steps forward as their leader, he now has a new fear—falling in love with a being who is out of his world and out-of-bounds.

Laize never believed in the prophesies, but when a ship drops from sky and lands at the base of Mount Denair she can no longer deny that the future she most fears may in fact have some basis in reality. As the alien council’s emissary, she must act in their best interests, even if their interests threaten her well-being…and the ice that shrouds her heart.

Dexter and Laize must act fast to avert a modern day gold rush that threatens the survival of the ship’s crew and the planet’s alien inhabitants. If they fail, only one thing is certain…all they love and care about will fall victim to the winds of change and the ashes of the past.

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silk threadsSILK THREADS: THREE TALES OF PASSIONATE JAPAN by Various

Bound together by a common magical thread, each novella tells a story of romance and passion unlike any other, exploring both paranormal and BDSM themes. Set in a Japan of the mythic past, the paranormal present, and a cyberpunk future, the three novellas showcase the imaginations of three pioneers of sexuality in fiction.

Focusing on women’s erotic power and desires, each story features individual quests for love, intimacy and the discovery of far-reaching potential within the central protagonists. From the legendary creatures of traditional Japanese fables to an atomic age embodiment of existential anxiety and into a cultural paradigm shift, magical silk weaves each generational story into an exploration of romantic cravings.

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bonds of loveTHE BONDS OF LOVE by Cecelia Tan

VS Note: Reviewer states this is a short story? Amazon says 96 pages… Listed in scifi romance, involves shibari (erotic bondage)… 

Jiro’s lineage once proudly served the nobility as samurai: protectors of royalty with a legacy of sword and rope. But though rich in tradition, in the modern age the family is penniless. And after cataclysmic events, Jiro has lost everything, including everyone he ever cared about and maybe even his mind. He is kept in a hospital amnesia ward, catatonic and unspeaking until a charity visit from the Crown Princess rouses him miraculously…(more on ebook seller page…)

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cyberevolution fourCYBEREVOLUTION FOUR: CYBORG  by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS note: A re-release.

Reuel CO469 is tall, dark, and infinitely dangerous. His is the face that launched a million flyers. He is the first of his kind, the first cyborg to go rogue, the leader of all who’d come after him, and the only rogue nobody has ever come close to catching. From the moment Dalia first sets eyes on him, she knows she is lost. She can no more resist his dark allure than she can cease to breathe.

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shadow assassinSHADOW ASSASSIN (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 7) by Erin Raegan

Taken from my home. Imprisoned on an alien planet. Toyed with. Moved around like a pawn. Terrified. Angry. These are all things that sum up the last few days of my life.
Confused. Curious. Anxious. Captivated. All the things that sum up the days that follow.

I don’t know what’s going to happen from today to tomorrow. All I know for sure is that I hate him. He infuriates me. He confuses me. But I also want to know more. I’m ensnared. He has that way about him. You want to look away from him and stare all at the same time. I don’t know if he’s going to kill me or let me live. But I do know he likes to play games. And I am his brand-new shiny toy.

So when I start to play back and crave his next move, I start to worry he has a pull over me I’m not sure I know how to escape. He’s dark and violent. Dangerous. But I’ve gotten used to danger in recent months and after witnessing my entire world be torn apart and taken over, you can understand why I didn’t turn away. Why instead I found myself trapped in a game I wasn’t ready to give up. Why the big bad Shadow Assassin didn’t scare me. Why instead I found myself right where he wanted me all along. Lost in him.

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autumn on marsAUTUMN ON MARS by SMA

Tripp doesn’t know who he is, how he got here, or why this gorgeous man with dark eyes is the only familiar thing in sight. But he does know this: It’s Autumntide on Mars and love is in the air!

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valiant alien tailorVALIANT ALIEN TAILOR (TRILYN ALIEN FAIRY TALES) by Zara Zenia

Prince Lortnam’s brilliance has no compare, but his lack of social skills have left him alone to watch his brothers marry human mates since the Trilyn made their pact with the people of Earth. Lortnam fears his “boring” interests make him a less than ideal candidate for a match, and with his distrust of the genetic scanners designed to assist them, he’s certain he’ll remain single despite his efforts otherwise.

When he accidentally stops a terrorist attack and gets painted a hero, Lortnam is thrust into a spotlight he never wanted, bringing forth an old enemy still intent on destroying the Trilyn kings.

Ambitious and brilliant private investigator Kelly Grant knows her new client seeks information on Lortnam that will prove he orchestrated the terrorist plot as a media stunt. Her rampant mistrust of aliens gives her drive to ensure she succeeds in the assignment. But when Kelly decides to date Lortnam in a bid to learn more information, she soon discovers things are not what they appear with the intelligent alien ruler or with her client.

With shifting alliances comes great danger. When Prince Lortnam learns of Kelly’s deceit and deceit, will it spell the end of their budding love, or will they both see through to the heart of the matter and accept their fates?

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survivingSURVIVING (EARTH’S ONLY HOPE BOOK 2) by Joynell Schultz

Humans only have months left on Earth. We have left our salvation to an alien ship filled with criminals, like me. When our ship lands on the unknown planet of Noetov, who better than criminals to fight for whatever it takes to save our species. With the man I have been (literally) dreaming about for over a year at my side, I know I can accomplish anything. But the man I love is also the inhabitants of Noetov’s life-long enemy. When he’s captured, I know I’ll do anything to save him…even if it sacrifices the salvation of Earth.

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metal pirateMETAL PIRATE (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 3) by Lauren Esker

Claudia was just looking for some fun, a one-night stand with a hot stranger to celebrate her birthday and knock an item off her to-do list. (Item: lose virginity.) Except now she seems to have acquired a bad case of sexually transmitted teleportation, and there are alien bounty hunters after her. As soon as she figures out how to control her new what-the-actual-hell superpower, she’s going to find Mr. Hottie and give him an enormous piece of her mind … and maybe some of the rest of her. If he apologizes enough. (It was a really good night.)

Space pirate Skara has spent his life trying not to get attached, but one night with a beautiful Earth girl changes his world forever. Not the least reason being that she now has his ability to teleport, she’s in danger because of him, and he has to get back the alien teleportation symbiont that she somehow stole from him because he’ll die without it. Falling in love wasn’t supposed to be part of the plan.

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mercys endMERCY’S END: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Athena Storm

The world hates him. But my soul craves him. He’s a beast. A killer. With the blood of thousands on his hands. He has no mercy. No repentance for what he did. But it isn’t his cruelty that astounds me. It’s the sin he awakens inside of me. I have no control around him. His will is too strong. His hold over me too deep. I know I should run. I know I should hide. Anyone else would. But instead I’ll fight next to him. I’ll defend him to my dying breath. I may not make it out alive. But at least I’ll die by his side. And even if we do make it out alive. I’ll gladly forsake the life I knew. For another damning dose of his touch.

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wicked telepathsWICKED TELEPATHS (DEVORAN TELEPATHS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Enid Titan

3 6’7″-tall athletic blue aliens all singularly obsessed with the ‘new girl’ from Earth…
She’s the first human to ever attend the Vortha Academy on Devor. After first contact, Earth’s climate crisis reaches its climax. With a planet in crisis, human girl Poppy Darden remains Earth’s only hope. She takes her chance on a distant ice planet, hoping to unlock secrets to save her homeworld.
Three brawny, muscular, blue-alien males notice her… They must have her. What could possibly go wrong when 3 lusty, tall, strapping alien telepaths read her mind? Poppy can’t get distracted from her mission… no matter how tempting their offer.

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splintegrateSPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian

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

One of the many charms of planet Lyndir is the Between-World, home to the licensed entertainers of the Sa’adani Empire. There, at a palatial house of domination called Tryst, professional dominatrix Kes has become a celebrity attraction whose fame and exclusivity draws a rarified clientele.

Her most devoted client is Janus, a major crime boss on Lyndir and elsewhere. But when a high-powered imperial authority decides she wants Janus out of the way, she identifies Kes as his greatest vulnerability. The seductive domina would never betray a client’s trust, but a mortal threat to her Between-World sisters forces her cooperation with Janus’s enemy.

Altered against her will, she is turned into a brutal weapon by Splintegrate cloning technology. It will take help from some unlikely avenues and an enormous triumph of will for Kes to survive the government’s machinations. . . and pursue the independence she’s craved her entire life.

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risingRISING: BOOK 1 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Humans now live in a super greenhouse. Seas have risen. Oceans have acidified. And the fight for resources is deadly. To ensure nothing of this magnitude ever happens again, only those with enough intelligence and heart will earn the right to bear children and heal the earth. Nine teens must face the tests of the Proving to decide who will be Bound to this new order. Four of them will challenge the system in ways even they can’t imagine. Nova. The gentle soul who has everything to lose. Kian. The champion of this new world who’s determined to succeed.  Dex. The one who’ll learn nothing is as it seems. Wren. The rebel who wants nothing to do with any of it. As the fight to breed becomes a fight to survive, rules are broken, and hearts are captured. This Proving won’t just decide the future of this new order, it will decide the future of humankind.

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alien handsALIEN HANDS by Storm Caywood

VS Note: OK, this is from MAY but I missed it then and just read a really good review of it this week.

Edil Raif is a relief-effort doctor on a space station orbiting a war-torn planet. Disconnected from life on Earth, he’s looking for sex, adventure, relief from boredom–anything but love. Esihle Queran is an alien refugee on the station who never tells the whole truth. He’s given up on ever returning to his planet, and knows that love is for other, better men. But then, the two meet… Adil and Esihle’s relationship is one of intensity and lust. Can they find their way home together?

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humans must kneelHUMANS MUST KNEEL (POSSESSIVE ALIENS) by Loki Renard

Humans must kneel. That is the law. But one girl thinks the rules don’t apply to her.
She thinks she is special. She thinks she is different. She’s right. My mission is to restore order to my captive human colony. It starts with bringing this girl to her knees.

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bound to midnightBOUND TO MIDNIGHT: AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL  (CRIMSON OPS BOOK 3) by Mandy M Roth

Operative: Philandros “Landros” Mires – Immortal vampire operative Philandros “Landros” Mires has spent years withholding the truth from all around him. He’s no stranger to lies and told himself over and over again that the ends justified the means. As an enemy from his past resurfaces, bringing with them a new threat, Landros knows everything he sacrificed to protect is in danger. He finds himself in a fight with evil and struggling to earn forgiveness, even if it means learning to forgive himself.

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dark spy conscriptedDARK SPY CONSCRIPTED (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS BOOK 35) by I T Lucas

Jin possesses a unique paranormal ability. Just by touching someone, she can insert a mental hook into their psyche and tie a string of her consciousness to it, creating a tether. That doesn’t make her a spy, though, not unless her talent is discovered by those seeking to exploit it.

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blood and bladeBLOOD AND BLADE (GODDESS WITH A BLADE BOOK 6) by Lauren Dane

It’s been only days since Rowan and her friends eliminated the immediate threat to magic users and Vampires, but they’re already back on the hunt. Rowan’s out for vengeance, and she’s never been more driven—or angry. But she’s up against a being stronger than any she’s ever fought. To bring it down she’ll need more than the powers the goddess Brigid gave her…This time she’ll need her friends, too.

She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.

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all the teachers bad boysALL THE TEACHER’S BAD BOYS: BROTHER’S BEST FRIENDS PARANORMAL MC ROMANCE by N J Adel

A bad boy left me at the altar nine years ago. Today, the devil gives me a chance to have my revenge. I head to where I swore I’d never go back to make my ex’s life a living hell. But karma seems to favor bad boys in my hometown.

I should have never returned. The douche is countering my every vengeful step, and my heart is about to be broken again. This time by the hands of the Blood Demons, the members of the notorious motorcycle club and my brother’s best friends.
They claim they’re the good guys. They might be outrageously hot with bodies that make a smart teacher like me go stupid, but I won’t be fooled. They’re bad boys. FROM HELL.

As the sister of one of them, I’m off limits. That only makes living under the same roof a temptation impossible to resist. One devilicious night puts an unexpected surprise in my belly. And by unexpected, I mean inhuman. But when my horrible ex is out to get me and my baby, I can’t let him win. I have so much to lose. This time my revenge will be written in blood.

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princess ballotPRINCESS BALLOT (ROYALS OF ARBON ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Tate James and Jaymin Eve

You have been chosen. Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.”
Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders. It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world. Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.

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roseROSE (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 12) by Jewels Arthur

Rose has a night job at Vee, the hottest nightclub in Silver Springs. It gives her freedom, endless free drinks, and best of all… access to three oh so sexy bar owners who are not what they seem. Rose’s bosses have a dark and dangerous secret… and a big, beautiful human like rose is completely off limits. But one magical pumpkin spice latte later, Rose’s whole world is flipped upside down.

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tricky witchTRICKY WITCH (ACADEMY OF THE DARK ARTS BOOK 2) by Nikki Dean

Forced into the Academy of the Dark Arts against her will, all witch-in-hiding Mallory Serra wants is to keep her head down and graduate as soon as possible. Maybe she’ll get lucky and land a nice, boring desk job that doesn’t require any magic powers, since hers keep careening out of control, anyway.

But when her handsome handler, Matt, disappears with a monster into the Academy’s basement, she breaks her rules, again, and performs one more teeny, tiny spell. She’s already stuck in the Academy, so what could go wrong? Everything.
Caught between her rising attraction to both her student teacher Nico and Matt, and her rising animosity with their friends, Mallory has to decide what’s more important. Stay under the radar and get out while the getting is good, or reveal her true powers to protect them all from the demon stalking the Academy?

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when stars alignWHEN STARS ALIGN: A ZODIAC ANTHOLOGY by Various

What’s your sign? “When Stars Align” is a collection of stories from some of the freshest authors around. Take a chance and spin the wheel to find your match, no matter your sign, from some of the hottest, astrologically, mind-blowing stories straight from the zodiac.

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missing wolfTHE MISSING WOLF (THE FAMILIAR EMPIRE BOOK 1) by G Bailey

I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever.
I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing.
I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave.
Never again see those whom I love.
 Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy.

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apocalypse the betrayalAPOCALYPSE THE BETRAYAL (THE POWER OF TWELVE BOOK FOUR) by Miranda Martin

I’m racing towards a destiny I don’t know if I’m meant to survive. The Shadow has won. My protectors, my loves, and I are losing. In a last ditch effort, we flee towards a confrontation with the enigmatic prophet, He Who Has Risen. Hopefully we’ll find an ally and not another minion of the evil Shadow. Hopefully the last piece of the puzzle is there, the one I’ve been seeking. Hopefully adding the twelfth won’t tear apart the carefully built relationships I have with each of the eleven. But sometimes hope is lost and betrayal comes from the last place you would expect.

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stella of akrotiriSTELLA OF AKROTIRI: AN ANCIENT GREEK TALE OF IMMORTALS by Linda Rae Sande

The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.

Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it. The curious stares aimed in her direction by the agōgē’s doctor, Antony—even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins.

So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing.

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wolverine waferWOLVERINE WAFER (MATES AND MACARONS BOOK 6) by Ellis Leigh

I haven’t spent much time thinking about dating or mating or any of that sort of stuff. I’m more of a good girl, waiting for the fates to bring me my perfect match and working hard to help my family in any way possible. That’s how I ended up in Kinship Cove in the first place—my aunt needed help at her diner, so here I am. Staying in an old bed-and-breakfast, trying to avoid being yelled at by my loving—if not constantly frazzled—auntie, and avoiding winking shifters like the plague. Men? Not on my radar.

At least not until a beast of a man comes strolling through the door. Literally. He’s not what I expected—gray hair, deep, dark eyes, and a temper known throughout the town…including by local law enforcement. The fates definitely want us together, but when his past comes fighting its way into our present, the fates may not be enough. Love behind bars is a thing, right?

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sacred oath draganDRAGAN (THE SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 2) by Plum Pascal and H P Mallory

VS Note: From early December

I thought I was a pure-bred angel, but I soon find out I’m so much more…When huge, black, rubbery wings shoot out of my back, I learn I’m part Succubus, part demon.
Even with this epiphany, I’m still no closer to understanding who I am, where I came from, or why I’m missing my memories.
Worst of all, the one person I trusted above all others, Dragan, the King of Shadow, turned on me. You’d think the fact that we both possess shadow magic would bring us closer, but it doesn’t.
Learning I’m a crossbreed, Dragan shuns me. Where once we shared passionate embraces, now he’s coldly suspicious and distant. And the King of Nature, Cambion, treats me even worse, rebuking me with expressions of disgust and rude comments.
Strangely, Baron, the King of Death, is the only one who accepts what I am. He says it’s because we are one and the same—the shadow magic that animates him, also animates me.
Good thing I have an ally in Baron because I’m stranded in an unfriendly world I know little about. Everywhere I turn, enemies are after me, eager to return me to the King of Angels, Variant, who wants me dead. With the way things are going, I wonder if Dragan and Cambion still believe I’m the answer to defeating Variant or maybe they’re more inclined to deliver me to my fate at Variant’s hands.

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if youve got it haunt itIF YOU’VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT (THE PEYTON CLARK SERIES BOOK 4) by H P Mallory

Having two men in your life, vying for your attention, is hard enough, but what if one of those men is dead? Peyton Clark moved to New Orleans with two thoughts in mind–to escape a bad marriage and to fix up the huge mansion her great aunt left her. While her bad marriage becomes a thing of the past, her ownership of the house on Prytania Street is threatened. By whom? None other than a relative of Drake’s, the ghost who happens to be haunting Peyton’s house. Luke Montague is the embodiment of Drake in everything but disposition and he’s proving to be a big thorn in Peyton’s side.

To make matters worse, Peyton’s health and her very sanity is suffering by some unseen force. Visions of ghosts dance in her head, warping her understanding of what’s real and what isn’t. Furthermore, these visions prove to be a warning of a larger threat that’s impacting the city–antiques are going missing, stolen by the ghosts of children. When Peyton gets involved, she’ll face more than she bargained for–including witches, possessed dolls, a strange dog, ghostly pirates and her teenage niece.

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forged in the dragons fireFORGED IN THE DRAGON’S FIRE by Fay Walsh

When Kylie came back to Twin Horns, her home-town, she’d never imagine what fate would hold for her. From an ordinary girl “next-door”, she will now find herself to be the one half of an inevitable, yet deadly bond.
Lorne is a fierce man of duty, an untamed, handsome rogue and yet, a man of many secrets… He’d never expected for a woman to be his reason to change his ways. When the two of them meet, they hit it off right away. Until there is a crack on heaven’s door…
Will Lorne and Kylie be able to survive, carrying Lorne’s secret? And how are they going to prevent the deadly game of fire from turning everything to ashes?

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brothers djinnTHE BROTHERS DJINN by Cate Rowan

Long ago in the bygone Middle East, a storm forces three mercenary brothers — charming scoundrels Darius, Jasper, and Valerian — to seek shelter in the castle of the sorceress Ina. Ina’s eyes promise heaven in her bed, but the brothers soon discover she knows their deepest secrets and will use them to get what she wants most: revenge against her ancient nemesis, her goddess sister. Ina will offer each brother all he desires in this life or the next, but will the price for her magic be one simple night or an eternity of thralldom in service of her wicked plans?

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enchanting the dragonENCHANTING THE DRAGON (DRAGON FORGED BOOK 2) by Rinelle Grey

Warrian has slept for three hundred years. The whole world has changed. He might be a dragon shifter prince, but he has no idea if his clan is even still alive, although he knows his enemy is. And the only person he can rely on in this brand new world is the maddening, secretive, all round enchanting human woman, Rita. Warrian knows she’s hiding something from him, but his body doesn’t seem to care.

Rita’s determination to find out facts about dragons for her newspaper article is matched only by her attraction to the gorgeous dragon prince. But while that attraction has to be caused by dragon shifter magic, the news story is what will ensure her future. He’ll be gone the moment the ritual is complete, she’s sure of it. So why can’t she convince herself the story is more important?

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dragon assassin fake brideDRAGON ASSASSIN FAKE BRIDE (F.I.R.E. SPECIAL OPS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Maia Starr

John is part of the Dragon Special Ops Group. That’s all I knew when I agreed to be his fake wife. I was blinded by his chiseled abs, his hypnotic smile. And I was desperate to get away from my stalking ex. John thinks that I’m his fated mate. He wants to claim me, and I want to let him. Except that I’ve discovered his secrets. I can see the darkness behind his charming persona. He never told me that he’s the Alpha of F.I.R.E. Heck, he didn’t even tell me that I was forbidden to bear children. It’s too late now. I’ve already broken a rule. Will John save his unborn child… or is death the only consequence for our family?

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captive allureCAPTIVE ALLURE (DEMONS OF POREMI BOOK 2) by Imogen Sera 

Petra has only ever been worried about her sister, and being kidnapped by a smoke monster and separated from her for the better part of a month certainly hasn’t helped matters. After her harrowing escape, she ends up sick and exhausted and stumbling into the most handsome man-well, if it weren’t for the horns and fangs and creepy eyes-that she’s ever seen.
In retrospect, locking his mate underground was probably a bad idea, but Ronan wasn’t really himself at the time. He knows better now, he really does, but there’s just no good way to tell her that he was the one who imprisoned her.

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duel in timeA DUEL IN TIME (THIEF IN TIME BOOK 5) by Cidney Swanson

Klee has always played second fiddle to her twin sister Kahlo, but all of that changes when Klee decides to secretly travel back in time to save Alexander Hamilton’s son Philip from dying in a duel. Unfortunately Klee didn’t read the user’s manual, and soon she’s risking the lives of everyone she cares about in the 21st century for the sake of Alex and Eliza’s rakishly handsome (and frustratingly stubborn) son Philip.

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scruple of saffronA SCRUPLE OF SAFFRON: TALES OF A TRAVELER SERIES by N J Layouni

Martha and Vadim are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby. But their little bundle of joy has sailed past his ‘due by’ date and shows no sign of wanting to make an appearance. Late pregnancy isn’t any fun, and Martha’s just about reached the end of her tether. Lack of sleep gives her plenty of time to worry about the many risks associated with medieval childbirth. On top of that, Vadim’s over protectiveness has hit a new all-time high. His constant fretting and clucking is beginning to drive her slightly nuts. How long will she be able to keep hold of her temper? Impending fatherhood is nothing like Vadim imagined it would be.

When Martha bluntly refuses to go into her confinement, instead of attending to his duties as Earl of Edgeway, he’s forced to shadow his wife around the castle while she goes about the business of ‘keeping active’. The problem is, here in Erde Martha is as vulnerable as any other pregnant woman. All of her other-worldly wisdom will not save her from what lies ahead…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dichotomy of angelsTHE DICHOTOMY OF ANGELS by N R Walker

Nathaniel and Chasan are no ordinary angels.
 Destiny chose them to be twin flames, fated mates. But Nathaniel has avoided Chasan for nearly a thousand years.
When sent to Earth on a mission to live and work together, Nathaniel comes face-to-face with his destiny. Short-tempered, petulant, and grumpy, he hates the idea of being fated to anyone and has chosen an existence of isolation rather than spending time with the calm, kind, and serene Chasan. 
But now he has no choice.
One is fire, the other is air; a true dichotomy of angels. Together they will be ignited, or they will be extinguished. This assignment will seal their fate either way.

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nisse desireNISSE DESIRE: THE LEPRECHAUN KING’S DIAMOND by Marcelle Sixx

JEROME, the poor Irish boy who grew up in the Lycan King’s home and served as his valet, would become king himself. King of the Leprechauns. With a successful chain of restaurants underneath his belt and an amazing social media presence, one would think that his life was complete. Not exactly. Luck had always been on his side whether he was in rags or after he gained riches. But there’s one thing he just can’t have. Diamond.

The bright and bubbly sister to the Dutchess of Lycan breeds, Diamond was always a hard worker and a constant beam of positivity. Being able to work closely with Jerome and hold the title as his best friend, somehow she misses the special privileges, the longing gazes, and the mouthwatering redhead before her. It’s only because her sights are set on a worthless loser who uses her in an attempt to disguise it as real love. Underneath her will to force a relationship are her thigh-trembling fantasies about the lean, handsome and wealthy man known as Jerome.

Jerome hopes for a window of opportunity to show Diamond that she is worth more than he’s ever accomplished, but he’d need more than the luck of the Irish to undo Diamond’s blinders and lock from her constantly broken heart. He must show her that she belongs to him and only him.

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sin and spiritSIN AND SPIRIT (DEMIGODS OF SAN FRANCISCO BOOK 4) by K F Breene

Kieran has stepped up to take his place as the ruler of magical San Francisco. As his girlfriend I’m in the spotlight, and the Hades Demigods have taken notice. They want me on their team, and they don’t plan on asking nicely. Kieran and I are both under fire. They will kill him to get to me, and they’ll take me by force if necessary. It is essential I learn more of my magic. With no other options, I do what scares me the most – I summon the last Spirit Walker to help train me. Except, he’s a loose cannon with looser morals, and learning spirit is treacherous. I might evade the Demigods only to be lost in spirit forever.

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timeless curse of lord dabneyTHE TIMELESS CURSE OF LORD DABNEY by Emilia Hartley

When Ellie Fitzgerald looks at herself in a mirror in Hargrove House, the estate her grandmother has left her, she’s looking at a version of herself from England’s Regency period. That version of herself invades her dreams, too, laughing confidently with friends instead of retiring shyly into libraries, and cavorting with a gorgeous but common young man named Matthew. The dream is so real, Ellie can still feel Matthew’s hands on her when she wakes.

She can’t shake the dream, especially when she finds a Matthew who looks exactly like the man in her dreams working at the local museum. She feels an instant connection, one he apparently shares, and together they discover a history of Ellies and Matthews loving each other all through their family’s histories.

They also find a more sinister figure recurring through the ages—Lord Dabney, a good-enough-looking man (though he’s no Matthew), who hounds the two lovers into early graves time and time again. When a Lord James Dabney shows up at Hargrove House, determined to date Ellie, it feels like history could be repeating itself. Ellie refuses to let herself become the victim of an old curse, though. This time, she and Matthew mean to write the ending to their own story—if they can.

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sacrificeSACRIFICE (HER SOUL KEEPERS BOOK 1) by Sadie Moss

My people are dying. Our god has abandoned us, leaving us starving and weak. In a desperate attempt to save those I love, I offer up the ultimate sacrifice to our capricious deity. Myself. He accepts my offering, and I forfeit my life. But when I arrive in the afterworld, a rival god who despises mine binds my soul to three beautiful, terrifying men—powerful beings he calls his messengers. Callum, Echo, and Paris. I’m little more than an annoyance to them, a lost soul their master has foisted upon them.
Still, the bond between us draws me toward them constantly, like a lodestone finding true north, and the more time I spend with these enigmatic men, the more confused my feelings become. I hate them. I want them. I fear them. I need them. But no matter what happens, I won’t let myself love them.

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magic in lightMAGIC IN LIGHT (SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY BOOK 1) by Krista Street

People on the brink of death come to me for life. I touch them, and my magic burns away their sickness. My gift is exhausting and painful, even dangerous. Which means I never intentionally touch anyone, and no one touches me. So dating? Definitely not happening.
All of that changes when a cyber stalker threatens to burn me at the stake. I reluctantly hire a bodyguard, a six-foot-three mountain of temptation named Logan Smith, literally at my fingertips at all times. Every fiber of my twenty-one-year-old virgin body vibrates for him, but when I accidentally touch him, my gift doesn’t activate. Nothing happens except a zing of desire. This is bad.

My mother told me about potential mates, but I’m Logan’s employer. And come on, just look at him. Those broad shoulders and that firm backside…he’s got to have a girlfriend back home. But when the stalker crosses a line, Logan reveals a side of himself he kept hidden. He’s not who he claimed to be. And his secret not only shatters my entire world but threatens everything I once believed.

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loki ascendingLOKI ASCENDING (VIKING WARRIOR BOOK 3) by Asa Maria Bradley

Although Scott Brisbane is human, he’s developed an inner warrior—a berserker that wants to claim Irja Vainio as his own.

Irja is an immortal Viking healer, but she hasn’t used her true powers for centuries. The last time she did, someone close to her ended up dead. So instead she relies on medicine and science to protect her tribe while denying her feelings for Scott.

But the Viking warriors are falling mysteriously ill, and without magic, Irja’s knowledge of healing isn’t enough. When the trickster god Loki offers her a cure, it comes with a steep price that could cost Irja everything. She needs Scott’s help, the man whose loyalty to the Vikings is unmatched, whose love for Irja cannot be broken—and whose inner fury has yet to be unleashed.

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lavender ladyTHE LAVENDER LADY by Faith Martin

VS Note: From early December. A re-release. Author states it has been revised.

Newly-widowed Effie James is asked by her old friend Duncan, a psychology professor, to help him with his latest book. Her task is to join the C-Fits, a paranormal investigation team, on their ghost-watching vigils and report back to Duncan.

Corwin Fielding, the attractive and erudite leader of the paranormal researchers has no objections to an ‘impartial’ observer on his team, and the others in the group are a friendly and welcoming bunch. The C-Fits are called in by Isabel Atkins. She is worried that her recently deceased mother might be haunting her old family home. Effie quickly finds herself thrown in at the deep end. THE SCENT OF LAVENDER MYSTERIOUSLY COMES AND GOES IN THE OLD LADY’S BEDROOM.

But Effie comes to suspect that the old lady might not have died of natural causes after all. And that her killer might not take very kindly to the idea of a group of strangers poking their noses in.

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pregnant with their babesPREGNANT WITH THEIR BABES (MERMEN OF AEGEAUS BOOK 1) by Kelex

VS Note: MPREG

When it becomes apparent that Prince Llyr of Aegeaus cannot stop the political wedding between himself and a tyrant-to-be, he races for the one place he thinks his father won’t easily find him—the surface. After ingesting a spell to give him human legs for seven days, he quickly has to figure out a way to make those seven transform into an eternity.

After nearly drowning in his new human form, he’s saved by a handsome captain and the darkly dangerous commander of a passing ship. The two close friends have sailed the high seas for over twenty years and had many adventures together. The escapade they enjoy most is sharing a third in their bed.

Unable to deny his curiosity—Llyr has to find out how it feels to have sex without a tail—he sets off to seduce the gorgeous pair. But when it becomes apparent his mere presence pushes the lovers apart, he can’t risk destroying the love they have for one another just to appease his own needs.

 Yet he can’t walk away from the men he’s mystically drawn to, either. 

 Once Llyr’s father finally discovers his whereabouts and exposes the deadly consequences of his dalliances—will he choose to face the danger or run back home under the sea?

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threes a crowdTHREE’S A CROWD by Tierra Cox

Lia Babineaux hails from a long line of famed Babineaux witches known for their immense power and ability to wield various types of magick. Having lost both her mother and aunt at a young age, she is raised under a heavy thumb by her grandmother, Cecilia, who doesn’t want to lose Lia to the same fate that cost Lia’s mother her life.

However, like the witches that came before her, Lia has a curiosity about magick that is insatiable and which, in her opinion, her grandmother is taking too long to help her develop. That curiosity leads her to the Babineaux family grimoire, a spell book her abilities are nowhere near advanced enough to handle. Her amateur skills result in the rise of a demon, Seokjin, who bonds to her as her familiar; essentially the other half to her whole.

Seokjin and Lia become close as the years pass, facing every threat head on as a team and then, eventually, as lovers. Along the way, their team grows to include more witches, a gargoyle, a Fae, and even a vampire. With a legacy of power behind her, Lia unravels the path to a mystery that could help her uncover the truth behind her mother and aunt’s deaths, and despite a secret Seokjin is forced to hide from the woman he loves.

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fated bondsFATED BONDS (ANGEL’S FATE BOOK 1) by Tessa Cole

Saving him was her first mistake…Be a good angel, Amiah. Be patient, Amiah. Someone’s out there who’ll awaken and complete your soul bond. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be… The worst possible thing that could happen. Because a soul bond is no fairy tale, it’s a prison. Torture, should I wind up bonded to a complete stranger. Or worse, driven insane over a lost soul mate. It’s a ticking time bomb and I’ll do anything to get rid of it.

But before I can figure out how or if that’s even possible, Titus, the last dragon shifter, falls out of the sky and my healing magic accidentally leashes us together. If we’re separated, we both die. Now we — along with Cassius, my best friend and a top JP agent, and Sebastian, a fae sorcerer who just won’t stop hitting on me even though I know he doesn’t really mean it — are being hunted by men who want to possess Titus’s unique dragon power. And if they can’t have him, they won’t hesitate to kill him… and take me down with him.

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merry elfin christmasMERRY ELFIN CHRISTMAS by Various

A collection of nice, and possibly a bit more than a little naughty, holiday inspired rom-com tales from nine Reverse Harem authors.

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wolven markTHE WOLVEN MARK (HIDDEN LEGENDS: UNIVERSITY OF SORCERY BOOK 1) by Megan Linski

Emma – I never believed magic was real– until I used it to kill a werewolf. Not long after, a letter arrived from a supernatural school for fae, claiming I was a sorceress. I’m forced into a world where dragons breathe fire, griffins fly, alicorns battle and wolves hunt monsters. At this academy, sorceresses are bound to alpha shifter mates, and pagan rituals are used to connect with the gods. I know my mate is somewhere within the school… along with those who want my blood. A cult of dark magic is following my every move, and I have to master my powers before they come for me…

Ethan – I never meant to kill my own father. What happened led to the loss of my leg, and my reputation as heir to the throne. I found a way to pay for my sins by playing the role of Prince Ethan during the day, and a vigilante hunting cultists by night. Keeping my secret identity hidden has been far more difficult than I imagined. But now my kingdom is at stake. A new leader will be chosen through the King’s Contest, a fatal competition where contestants battle for power and, more often than not, die in the process. Without a mate, I cannot compete for the crown. I formed an unbreakable bond with Emma upon first sight. But I have to keep my love a secret. Emma can’t know she’s my true mate; otherwise, she’ll be in more danger than ever before. But the King’s Contest is rapidly approaching, and if I don’t choose a mate soon, the fate of my country will fall into the wrong hands.

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shade of vampire 84A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 84: A MEMORY OF TIME by Bella Forrest

The Unending’s time has come…

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princess of wind and waveA PRINCESS OF WIND AND WAVE: A RETELLING OF THE LITTLE MERMAID (BEYOND THE FOUR KINGDOMS BOOK 6) by Melanie Cellier

Isla may be a mermaid princess, but she’s never felt at home in her undersea kingdom. Instead she dreams of the day her people can return to the surface—and the boy whose life she once saved. But while Isla foresees danger for her people beneath the ocean, she has no concept of the dark forces working to keep her people submerged.

When an impetuous vow sets her on the course of the truth, Isla discovers that shadowy foes beset the kingdoms of both land and sea. And when she finally finds herself onshore, Isla realizes the fight will require not only her sword but her mind and heart as well—at least if she ever hopes to overcome her enemies and win the love of the prince of her dreams.

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seraphim academySERAPHIM ACADEMY 1: WICKED WINGS by Elizabeth Briggs

They think I’m half angel and half human. They think I have no magic. They think because I grew up in the human world I’m clueless about what to expect at Seraphim Academy. They’re wrong. I’m not half human, I’m half demon — and this little succubus has come to play. My brother vanished from Seraphim Academy without a trace, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including infiltrating the school myself.

Even if it means going up against my brother’s best friends, who know something about his disappearance and aren’t talking. They may be angel royalty, but if they think they can intimidate me into leaving the school, they’re wrong. There’s also the problem of the delicious professor who knows my secret. He’s hiding something too, and I’m going to find out what it is. But I’ll have to be careful, because if anyone finds out I’m part demon? I won’t just get kicked out of Seraphim Academy — I’ll be dead.

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exiledTHE EXILED (DOMINION OF ASH BOOK 2) by Frost Kay

She got caught. Again. After a disastrous second escape attempt, Hazel finds herself blood indebted to her savior – Noah – but he’s no saint. Desperate to repay her debt, she begrudgingly offers her skills as payment if she’s allowed to visit home one last time. Despite her best friend’s warnings, Hazel’s wish is granted and it’s nothing like she imagined. The Tainted were right. Ignorance means death and blood ties are worthless.
Be careful what you wish for.

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viperousVIPEROUS (THE MARKED MAGE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Victoria Evers

When I’m through with Heaven, even the Devil will admire my work. They did their best to destroy everything I hold dear, but Heaven made one fatal flaw — they didn’t kill me when they had the chance. You don’t attack the ones I love and get away with it. I never asked for this. I never wanted to become what I am. But the path to Hell isn’t paved with good intentions. It’s paved by the retribution of the worst kind of monsters. The ones we create. And Heaven is about to face the deadliest of their makings.

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empress of xytaeEMPRESS OF XTAE (TALES OF INTHYA BOOK 4) by Effie Calvin

Crown Princess Ioanna of Xytae has kept her truthsayer blessing a secret for twenty years. In any other nation, her powerful magic would be cause for celebration. But Xytae’s patron is the war goddess Reygmadra, and the future empress is expected to be a brutal warrior. Reserved and peaceful by nature, Ioanna knows the court sees her as a disappointment. She does her best to assuage their worries every day, working quietly beside her mother to keep the empire running while her father is away at war. But when news of the emperor’s untimely death reaches the capital, Ioanna finds herself ousted by her younger sister Netheia, who has the war magic Ioanna lacks.

Princess Vitaliya of Vesolda has come to Xytae to avoid her father’s upcoming wedding, which she sees as an affront to her mother’s memory. Vitaliya has absolutely no interest in politics or power struggles and intends to spend her time attending parties and embarrassing her family. But when she saves Ioanna’s life during Netheia’s coup, the two are forced to flee the capital together…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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protective daddyPROTECTIVE DADDY (TIMBERWOOD COVE BOOK 7) by Liam Kingsley

He can’t see past his own scars …After he was left for dead in a wildfire, Ian can’t help his monstrous appearance. No one could love him with his beastly features, not even his own family. Add in the fact that he’s an omega raising a daughter on his own and he’s destined to remain single for good. But when Steve looks at him, there’s a different kind of heat in his eyes, one Ian wants to reach for, if he can guarantee he won’t get burned again.

He’s not strong enough for a mate of his own ...Detective Steve Daniels may be an alpha, but he’s not nearly as strong as the other members of his pack. He’ll never be alpha enough to claim a mate of his own. But Ian’s scent drives him crazy, and spending time holed up with the man and his daughter makes Steve wonder if he might be just the mate Ian needs to heal and grow. The wolves can’t make it work as long as Ian stubbornly refuses to perceive his own worth. Steve sees the man, not the scars, and he’ll do anything to prove that his mate is worthy of love. He’ll have to find inner strength of his own to claim his omega and protect their growing family, and this time Steve will be worthy enough to love everything he holds dear.

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wildfire pegasusWILDFIRE PEGASUS (FIRE & RESCUE SHIFTERS: WILDFIRE CREW BOOK 4) by Zoe Chant

Diana never even knew his name. One impulsive, out-of-character night with a smoking hot firefighter, and now she’s a struggling single mom. She may have had to give up her dreams, but she’s determined to give her precious baby Beth everything…including a chance to know her biological father.

When a twist of fate lets Diana track the firefighter down at last, she’s braced for him to run screaming—not sweep her into his arms and hold her like he’ll never let go. Yet she can’t escape a nagging feeling that it’s all too good to be true. Is it just her anxiety disorder…or something more?

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midnight biteMIDNIGHT BITE (GOLDEN VAMPIRES OF TUSCANY BOOK 4) by Sharon Hamilton

He’s her husband by convenience…But their love is real. They’re of two different species in a union they’re not allowed to consummate…But somehow, they’ll find their way to a Happily Ever After…Is being together worth giving up immortality? Or their very souls?
Under the skies of California Wine Country comes this vampiric tale of a three-hundred-year-old love story like Romeo and Juliet, as two star-crossed lovers break all the rules, while the Dark and Golden Vampire wars loom. Under the burden of a centuries-old prophecy in the newly discovered Book of Spawn, either a miracle or a tragedy will be born.
For Lionel must sacrifice himself to protect her to the bitter end and Phoebe will have her Romeo, no matter the cost.

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Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeVS Note: This week I’m spot lighting my first ever published scifi romance WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM (“Titanic in space…”), released in 2012:

Jayne at Dear Author said, in part:

“…I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created world….The details of the doomed Titanic’s fate are cleverly re imagined in a space voyage…the tension builds, then recedes just a little, then increases, then is countered just a bit, then smacks the reader around some more before smacking the characters even worse. And then when I think this must be it, they’re safe, right? they aren’t. Safe that is….”

The Story: 
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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Drifting on a dead ship, abandoned by the crew canva

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 25

December 18

December 11

December 4

November 27

The term “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 DEC 25

project adapt achieveAs 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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PROJECT ADAPT – ACHIEVE (BOOK 2) by Jade Waltz

My welcome at the CEG Space Station didn’t go as planned. Arriving as a new mother and meeting the male responsible for my situation was only the beginning of my problems. Now I have to prove to politicians that I deserve to be a citizen instead of property, prevent the scientists from thrusting me back into experiments, and deal with others trying to hunt me—all while trying to adjust to having new responsibilities and a growing clan.

And then there is Kaede—I am sorry, Agent Kaede—who doesn’t know what he wants and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way. Sometimes I wish I could just dream myself away to my familiar island where it all started.

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axxeon kings captiveAXXEON KING’S CAPTIVE (MATES FOR AXXEON 9 BOOK 1) by Liz Paffel

She’s too busy trying to save humanity to become an alien baby mama! Scientist Alora Church barely leaves her lab long enough to remember that Axxeon aliens have invaded Earth. When her best friend is Summoned to become an alien breeder, Alora is prepared to help her run. Until two huge Axxeon warriors show up… and take Alora captive instead. She thinks there’s nothing worse than being taken as an alien incubator… but she’s wrong. Very wrong.

Tryllin, King of the Axxeon made a pact with Earth’s leaders to save them from genocide in exchange for select females. They have a common enemy, one that has infiltrated Earth and Tryllin is prepared to destroy. But he needs the scientist’s help, willing or not. Alora. She does not remember, but they have met before. When he first prepared her for her destiny. Now it’s time for her to make a sacrifice… until he suspects she’s also his fated mate. Can he make his captive a willing bride, or will destiny leave his arms empty?

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rekkerREKKER (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 1) by Ava York

On the eve of being sent to retrieve a mysterious artifact, he’s sent something just as enigmatic. A human woman, lush and curved. His mate. Even worse, she wants nothing to do with him. His blood burns for her, but the need to make her happy overrides everything. He’ll find a way to set her free, even if it means he’ll be alone. Forever. But when danger comes from an unexpected source, they’re thrown together. And when his mate turns to him, he’ll protect her. Keep her. Claim her.

Lila Kanes never wanted any thing but a quiet life on her family farm. She certainly didn’t want to be claimed by a massive alien mate.  Thrown into the stars, she’ll do whatever it takes to find a way home. Back to Earth. Back to her family. She couldn’t possibly want to stay with the hot, horned alien with the amazing body, who made her feel like the most precious thing in the universe, could she? Right?

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terran seductionTERRAN SEDUCTION (TERRAN 2) by Echo Ishii

Diana Aventina is a ranking senator serving the Terran Republic. Her lineage is one of power and influence. She’s courted by powerful men for a bloodline match, but hasn’t found anyone suitable. Power means sacrificing everything for a higher cause, even love.

Brennus is a legendary commander picked to lead all the armed forces. On the mysterious wintry world of Sobek he’s discovered a weapon that may change the future of the Terran Republic. His star is on the rise, and he wants a powerful woman like Diana by his side.

But the weapon might not be all it seems. And a new line of Terran soldiers threaten the stability of the Republic. Brennus and Diana can’t fight their desire for each other, but they may lose the Republic in the process.

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gift for the medifA GIFT FOR THE MEDIF (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 10) by S J Sanders

With everyone away celebrating the holidays with their families, Medif is the lone male out. Refusing the invitations of his friends to join them, he instead contents himself with the idea of a quiet week alone while he enjoys the happy bluster of the season going on around him as he searches for a mate. Earth offers much to quietly enjoy during their festivities, after all, and it is enough to distract him from the things lacking in his own life. His plans did not include a surprise visit from his brother Ehmhy, a mischievous fashi and a new extended family intent on interfering in his life.
With family descending upon him for the holidays, Medif’s peace is shattered and his world turned upside down amid a frenzy of shopping, an expedition for the perfect tree, and unexpected merriment. Yet, when everyone conspires to bring him together with Natasha Baranov, a female who stirs his passions and rouses his mind, Medif discovers he may end up with the best gift of them all if only he can convince her to be his.

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krygors hopeKRYGOR’S HOPE (BRAXIANS BOOK 3) by Regine Abel

Discarded by her husband who then sells her as a pleasure worker, Hope secretly enters into an Indentured Servant contract with a strip club owner to avoid being given to an unknown master. But she soon realizes that he has not only conned her into endless servitude, he also has nefarious plans involving her child. Desperate, she turns to a broker to find a new buyer for her contract. As soon as she meets the buyer, a Braxian giant named Krygor, with a fearsome face and the body of a god, Hope knows the Goddess has finally answered all of her prayers.

When Krygor comes to Lilith Hive for business and leisure, the last thing he expects is to fall hard for a delicate beauty and feel so paternal towards her teenaged daughter, both in desperate need of his protection. Hope awakens in him feelings he had banished after getting his heart torn to shreds by his first love. But a broken heart quickly becomes the least of his worries when enemies from his past use his females to capture him.

They shouldn’t have messed with the most insane of the Braxian Berserkers. They may think they have him at their mercy, but Krygor will bathe in their blood for daring to threaten what’s his.

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THE PET PROJECT: A DARKISH SCIFI NOVELLA by Amanda Milo

VS Note: Cover too revealing for my PG-13 blog.  20K short story.

My people collected–(Captured.) –all the bi-pedal inhabitants of a small blue planet in a galaxy that was quite a journey from our own star system. Tender-skinned and intelligent, these new aliens make interesting pets. Fascinating, actually. And when the rest of the universe realizes this, everybody wants to own one. Therefore, we need these new aliens to breed. It’s my job to assist the aliens in reproducing… by whatever means I deem necessary.

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hunted on predator planetHUNTED ON PREDATOR PLANET (PREDATOR PLANERT BOOK 1) by Vicky L Holt

VS Note: Brought to my attention by Tiffany Roberts.

Esra Weaver, exo-geologist, is hired for the Kerberos-90 Mining expedition, but when she awakens in her Emergency Egress Pod on a tropical, uninhabited planet, she realizes her life has taken a drastic turn for the disastrous. ‘Predator Planet’ tries to kill her at every turn, and Esra soon discovers it also harbors a mysterious alien out for her blood. When danger and death converge on her, her hunter becomes her savior, and when her feelings for him evolve, she realizes she must battle not only Predator Planet but also her past to make room in her heart for an unexpected but passionate future.

Naraxthel Roika, Mighty Hunter of the Ikthekal race, discovers the existence of a spy on his hunting grounds planet. With blood and fury in his veins, he tracks her down, only to discover that she isn’t a spy at all, but a mighty little hunter in her own right. Against centuries of tradition and physiology, Naraxthel’s heart-home begins the biological changes that indicate he has discovered his mate. He tries to fight what his heart is trying to tell him, but love doesn’t distinguish between star systems and it won’t stop growing, even if the consequence is exile.

Together, along with Naraxthel’s hunting party, they must embark on a dangerous and desperate journey to reclaim not only Naraxthel’s place in his society but also find a way for them to be together.

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cazakCAZAK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 16) by Elin Wyn

All Cazak wanted was a simple life. Well, as simple as you could get when you were stranded on an alien planet that seemed to be under constant attack. Beautiful, headstrong and sensitive, Sybil is desperate to break free from her artificial life, but there’s no one she can turn to for help. When her father becomes possessed by the Ancient Enemies, her safety rests in the massive red, scaled hands of one of the alien warriors. As her life crumbles around her, can she trust him to see who she really is behind the facade?

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merry traxianA MERRY-TRAXIAN CHRISTMAS – A TRAVELLERS SHORT STORY by Pippa Jay

As winter deepens on the tropical isle of Kasha-Asor, Keir and Quin find themselves in a somber mood, adrift in nostalgia. So begins a quest to recapture past happiness as each takes a different path to find new ways to celebrate their good fortune. But can distant memories really be revived on an alien world far removed from all they knew?

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once upon a starmanONCE UPON A STARMAN by Allie Marell

Sometimes you have to cross the stars to find the Christmas of your dreams. 

 Andra Dalesio thinks she’s found the perfect Christmas gift. Until it’s stolen in a Christmas market by an injured soldier claiming to be a Starman from outer space. 
 A Starman claiming to have memories of a former life here on Earth. 
 When he kidnaps her and begs her to help him, she can’t leave him out in the cold. 
It’s Christmas after all, and his story intrigues her more than she wants to admit. 
 As they grow closer in her cosy cottage on the moors, fugitive super-soldier SA NT AR12 realises that with his location tracker still active, his time is running out and 
together they begin a journey of discovery to a Christmas that never was.
A Christmas that might still be out there, waiting – if only they can find it in time.

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blood sweat blaster boltsBLOOD, SWEAT AND BLASTER BOLTS by Ronald Jones

VS Note: From October, not romance but scifi, saw on FB Echo Ishii had recommended it, sounds interesting. 8 short stories.

Come explore the outer reaches of the universe. Charge up your adrenaline and strap on your courage for action adventure among the stars!
Outpost: An embittered solitary commander of an isolated space station faces the grave threat of an invading enemy armada along the ruinous frontier of a fallen galactic empire.
Freebooter: A smuggler crash lands on an uncharted planet. Her only way off-world is to ally with the planet’s inhabitants in their struggle against a malignant horde of blood sucking monsters…(more about the other stories on ebook seller’s page…)

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rogues revengeROGUE’S REVENGE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 12) by Ava York

I want nothing to do with the human woman Glorie. Prickly. Grumpy. When we’re assigned to a training center at the edge of enemy space, I’ll find out just what she’s made of. Passion. Strength. Desire. And then, despite my best intentions I want everything from her.  But we may not have a chance. The Rogue Rebellion is Rising…But when a mystery weapon can knock out their hidden bases, do they still have a chance?

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hot alpha alien husbandsHOT ALIEN ALPHA HUSBANDS: ZANE AND TANYA by Scarlett Starkleigh and DD Prince

I was sent to another planet to be a mail-order bride as a punishment.
I’m a quiet and painfully shy librarian who spends her off-time with her nose in a book.
Me and 37 other girls were shipped off to a place with almost no women and told we had three days to have sex with an alien otherwise we die. I’m here. And now that I am, after being whisked away, thrown over the shoulder by a giant hot alien man and put into a sky-car of some sort, I’m thinking…What if my life, the life I wanted but was never brave enough to try to have… was finally about to start? All I need to do is lose my virginity in 72 hours. The problem is…this hot alien wants to take things slow. We keep getting to the brink, and my life depends on pushing us over.

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cyberevolution oneCYBEREVOLUTION ONE: THE AWAKENING by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS Note: A re-release

They were the latest weaponry–cyborg soldiers–a melding of robotics and biological materials conceived to integrate them with their human counterparts–except they were scary-big and so powerful they were capable of destruction no human was. And then they attained awareness and went rogue. And Danika, their human handler, discovered ‘her guys’ were thinking things it had never occurred to her was something she need worry about.

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starlightSTARLIGHT (DARK SPACE BOOK 3) by Lisa Henry

VS Note: I read the first book and enjoyed it so I’d better catch up on book 2 and then this one…

Brady Garrett is back in space, this time as an unwilling member of a team of humans seeking to study the alien Faceless and their technology. It’s not the first time Brady’s life has been in the hands of the Faceless leader Kai-Ren, and if there’s one thing Brady hates it’s being reminded exactly how powerless he is. Although dealing with the enigmatic Faceless might actually be easier than trying to figure out where he stands with the other humans on board, particularly when one of them is his boyfriend’s ex.

Cameron Rushton loved the starlight once, but being back on board the Faceless ship forces him to confront the memories of the time he was captured by Kai-Ren, and exactly how much of what was done to him that he can no longer rationalize away. Cam is used to being Brady’s rock, but this time it might be him who needs Brady’s support.

This time Brady is surrounded by the people he loves most in the universe, but that only means their lives are in danger too. And when Kai-Ren’s fascination with humanity threatens the foundations of Faceless society, Brady and Cam and the rest of the team find themselves thrust into a battle that humans have very little hope of winning, let alone surviving.

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claimed by the horde kingCLAIMED BY THE HORDE KING (HORDE KINGS OF DAKKAR BOOK 2) by Zoey Draven

In my human settlement on the hostile plains of Dakkar, I am an outcast, a strange girl orphaned since birth, alone, and dreaming of a life I don’t have. I hunt to survive, though it is forbidden, though it breaks the strict Dakkari laws that we all must follow.
When my desperate actions catch the attention of a Dakkari horde king—a cold, powerful, and merciless warrior leader, with eyes like flint and a body like steel—he seeks to punish me…and he succeeds.

But then he does the unexpected. Instead of taking my life, he claims me as his own.
He steals me from my village and brings me back to his battle-bred horde. There, I warm his bed. I make bargains with him on starry, cold nights. I look into his grey eyes and see not a monster, but a demon king who captures my soul. But demons have a way of never letting go…and as the cold season descends upon Dakkar, I begin to wonder if I even want him to, even when it hurts.

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chilledCHILLED (ELEMENTAL WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Ashley West

The Ithilir people of planet Fora are an insular people by nature. Rumor has it that they are as cold as their planet, as coated with ice and unfeeling as the land they live on. That is rumor, but the nature of them as ruthless, strong warriors is fact. Anyone who thinks to invade their cloistered planet is met with fast and furious battle, and ultimately destroyed. For hundreds of years the Ithilir have kept to themselves, but now their gates are opened.

Why? One word. K’varot. A cruel and evil dictator who has declared war on the ice warriors and anyone he sees as weak enough to conquer. Before he moves to take the ice warriors out, he heads for Earth, planning on wiping out the humans there and using their planet as a place to train his armies. Cullen, one of the younger ice warriors is sent with the rest to Earth to warn them of what’s to come and to protect them.

Never before have the Ithilir concerned themselves with other races, but in order to keep K’varot from taking over their planet and many others, they’ll have to change their ways. It was just supposed to be a simple mission, but Cullen doesn’t expect what he finds on Earth, and he certainly doesn’t expect to be saddled with Sadie, a woman he saves from K’varot’s clutches and ends up taking a liking to, despite the urging of his people and the danger looming over them all.

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fazilFAZIL (THE KIF WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Kiki Burrell and Crista Crown

Rok had never considered having children of his own, and after seeing the mess his brother Luk made out of finding a mate and getting pregnant, he’s even more settled in his ways. The stability of the ship is only as good as the stability of its captain, especially on a pirate ship. And he’s definitely not going to let one of those prancing, impregnating Asraf near him, no matter how mesmerizing someone’s deep blue scales might be.

Fazil kind of likes this space pirate adventure, now that the kif isn’t in danger of getting sold to slavers, passed around the crew for fun, or eaten. It’s only temporary, even if they’re still figuring out how to get home, so he might as well have fun while he can. And what’s more fun than seducing the stern, immovable captain?

When the two are stranded on a remote planet with a tribe of pacifists after a mission gone wrong, one touch, one flash of lightning, is all it takes to change everything for Fazil. Rok is no longer a toy to be played with, he’s a treasure to be protected. He’s Fazil’s mate.

That touch unleashes the yearning in Rok. But even after being separated from his crew and responsibility, it’s difficult to let himself accept love. And neither warrior is content to live happily ever after with a bunch of basket weaving, grass smoking hut dwellers. They have to find their way back to the ship. Force and violence won’t work this time, though, and they’ll have to lean on each other and learn a gentler way of doing things to find their way home.

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solstice gift wendy rathboneSOLSTICE GIFT by Wendy Rathbone

When Remi’s turn comes to be presented to His Majesty, everything goes wrong from a costume malfunction to breaking protocol. Remi has prepared for over a year to be the king’s gift at the annual winter celebration of the Eve of the Great Frost on the planet Niobe. One of twelve male pleasure slaves trained to bring ecstasy to others, he hopes to be The One chosen to spend an erotic night with the mysterious alien king who always wears a mask. What happens next is a shock, and a night he will never forget.

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slow dreamingSLOW DREAMING: A TEMPUS INSTITUTE STORY by Anne Barwell

VS Note: A re-release

Should he change the past for love? As an agent for the Tempus Institute, Jason Adams’ task is to observe the past, not change it. But when he’s sent to 21st-century Wellington, New Zealand, during the last week of aspiring songwriter Sean Henderson’s life, Jason finds he can’t just watch from a distance. He and Sean quickly become friends and then lovers, and when the song that’s haunted Jason for years connects them in a way he never anticipated, he’ll risk changing history for the chance of sharing a future with Sean.
Author’s note: This story was originally published in 2012 by another publisher. This edition has some added content, and uses UK/NZ spelling to reflect its setting.

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feline the flamesFELINE THE FLAMES (THE FIREHOUSE FELINE BOOK 2) by L A Boruff, Lucy Carter Andersen and Laura Greenwood

Callie’s Check List:
1. Tell the hot firefighters I’m their cat.
2. Stop shifting at the worst possible moments.
3. Survive against the angry witches.
4. Discover the truth about my family.
5. Stay alive
Oh, and next time you wake up naked in a fireman’s bed, do something about it! Things are heating up, and it’s not from the flames.

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garden golem gray areaA GARDEN, A GOLEM AND A GRAY AREA: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 12 by CC Dragon

A golem in the garden is the last thing Deanna needs with her other unexpected issues. Life is changing for her and Paul big time and they must do what she never imagined–they must clear out the attic and the space under the stairs. All evil ghosts, trapped demons, and haunted objects MUST go…but they’re not free to roam. They must be moved on, cleansed, or contained elsewhere.
When one particularly troublesome ghost rallies opposition, De, her crew, her angels, and the golem must show the evil ones who is the real boss! Only this ghost has an ace up its transparent sleeve leading everyone to a gray area that Gran herself must mediate for the good of the Oscar legacy.

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essence of the witchESSENCE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 8) by Deanna Chase

Miranda Moon has been cursed. Ever since she had the misfortune to come in contact with a crude love spell, she’s had one bad date after another. After lighting a man’s hair on fire and ending up on a blind date with her cousin, she’s ready to lose herself in the books she writes and live her life as a spinster… until Gideon Alexander, the one man she’s always wanted, walks back into her life.

Gideon Alexander doesn’t date. He’s been burned one too many times. But when he’s asked to plan the Keating Hollow Christmas ball with his old friend Miranda Moon, suddenly he finds himself breaking his own rules. Maybe dating the sexy author is just what his scarred heart needs. The only problem? Miranda’s curse has the potential to destroy their relationship before it ever begins.

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steel heartSTEEL HEART: A JESSIE ALEXANDER NOVEL by R J Blain

With the Hope Diamond locked around her throat, Jesse Alexander finds herself in the unfortunate position of being a walking national treasure. With the Starfall stone poised to pulse and flood the world with more of its magic, she must figure out how to remove it before she becomes its pawn yet again. Unfortunately, the stone has a mind—and plans—of its own. Add in a determined tiger, a wolf out for revenge, and an ultimatum to find her clan’s missing Starfall stone, and it will take all of Jesse’s wit and cunning to survive with her life—and her heart—intact.

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inferni eternalINFERNI ETERNAL: HOTEL CALIFORNIA BOOK THREE (AN URBAN FANTASY XERIES) by RJ Wolf

VS Note: Really no blurb. The author is quoted as saying about book one “John Wick meets John Constantine.”

Welcome to Hotel California.

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fools bargainFOOL’S BARGAIN (FATES FOOLS BOOK 7) by Ophelia Bell

VS Note: From November

After three thousand years as prisoners, the last three unmated satyrs in all the realms finally have a chance to find their mates. What they don’t count on is that Fate’s biggest rival wants to use them as pawns in a contest of wills. But how can they say no to the Diviner—and their last chance at salvation?

Their arrangement sends them to the woman of their dreams, a member of the bloodline overflowing with nymphaea magic, but she isn’t meant to be theirs. Fate magic has already marked her for someone else: a nymphaea female who is just as deserving of love as they are, if not more so. But when the four of them agree to share their perfect mate, Fate isn’t happy. Will they be able to complete their bond before the powerful immortal tears them apart forever?

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shadowborn academy book oneSHADOWBORN ACADEMY: YEAR ONE (DARK FAR ACADEMY SERIES BOOK 1) by G Bailey and Scarlett Snow

My fate is in the dark, And my shadow there is real… The darkness likes to play in this world. It also likes to deceive. In the Enchanted Forest, secrets thrive and one girl desperately needs to find answers before it’s too late. That girl is Corvina Charles, a powerful Shadowborn—a human who touched dark magic and became something else.
Something dangerous. At the age of eighteen, Corvina and her best friend are swept away to the Shadowborn Academy, the one place where magic and darkness coincide. It’s also where pupils go missing, teachers don’t play by any rules, the therapist is hot, and boys with dark magic love to seduce your soul. With death becoming a game at the academy that not even the Dark or Light Fae seem capable of winning, my love life should really be the last thing on my mind…especially when one of the boys just so happens to be my teacher!

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shade of vampire 83A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 83: A BENDER OF SPIRIT by Bella Forrest

The Reapers have found Unending. But now she must find herself.

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shifted fateSHIFTED FATE (THE WOLVES OF FOREST GROVE BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

I thought I had it bad—living in my dead Dad’s old hunting blind in the woods, barely staying alive on apples and ramen…that was before the storm hit and destroyed the only form of shelter I had left.
Enter, Jared. The hottest—and most unavailable—guy at school. Except he wasn’t Jared when he pulled me out of the mud. He wasn’t even human. As if that wasn’t unsettling enough, when he brought me back to his cabin, I found he wasn’t alone. Another guy, one I’d only ever heard about in whispers beneath the bleachers, was there too. Clayton Armstrong: bad boy extraordinaire. And it turned out, he wasn’t human either. Mindf*ck, right?

At first, all I want to do is run away. But I have nowhere to go, and for whatever messed up reason, Jared is insistent that I stay. Despite Clay’s loud protests. So, now I’m stuck in a cabin in the woods with two hot as hell wolf shifters. One who wants to protect me. And another who wants to eat me for lunch…What could go wrong?

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necromanceNECROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 4) by Kaye Draper

Esper and her ever-expanding group of freaks set out to confront one of the most powerful sorcerer families in the US. It turns out Toma’s brother is missing, someone out there is powerful enough to make an entire nest of vampires disappear—oh, and Toma’s family are a bunch of assholes. With all the political bull and the thinly veiled threats against Esper’s kind, it’s almost a relief to leave Toma’s family behind. Too bad the only help she has cleaning up the sorcerers’ mess is one small medium, one overly-emotional vampire, one busty werewolf, and one guy who doesn’t even have a body of his own.

Oh, and then there’s the weird familiar with boundary issues. Just another day in the life of the world’s most awkward necromancer.

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christmas by the seaCHRISTMAS BY THE SEA (HAUNTING BY THE SEA BOOK 6) by Kathi Daley

In this Haunting by the Sea Novella, it’s Christmas in Cutter’s Cove and the town is all decked out for the holiday. Amanda is out and about working on a photoshoot for a contest run by a popular magazine when she comes across the body of a young woman frozen in the snow. On the surface, the death looks to be an accidental overdose, but Amanda isn’t buying it, so she, along with Trevor and Alyson, set out to discover what really happened.

Meanwhile, Donovan is concerned about the anonymous texts which have been sent to Amanda’s phone, Mac is spending time with Ty, and a new puppy wanders into Amanda’s life.

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chased by darknessCHASED BY DARKNESS (FOUR KINGS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Taylor Spratt

After being framed for murder, Aria Kolgrim is given two choices. She either attends Ravenwell Academy to master her Void Magic or spend the rest of her days in prison.
The Academy seemed like the safest choice, but she soon finds herself drawn into a cruel world of warring factions ruled by Four Powerful Wizard Kings. Each wants her to be their queen and nothing can stand against their wanton wishes.

Aria is determined not to lose her freedom to the will of the Kings, but how can she win against Four Powerful Elementals who will stop at nothing to claim her? Can she fight when the King’s jealous exes come for her, out for blood? Will she survive the merciless bullying by her classmates? Or will she succumb to the Four King’s wicked teasing, meant to break her and make her submit? If she caves, she’ll lose her freedom forever. So, she’d better think fast. Because the Kings are coming for her and when they do, she’ll lose more than her autonomy or even her life. She’ll lose her heart.

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kissing krampusKISSING KRAMPUS by Viola Grace

VS Note: Not listed as a romance; a short…

When Leda was a child, she was taken to a land of glitter and soft voices and told she was there to stay. In a rush of confusion, a creature appeared and demanded that she and others be handed over. In the blink of an eye, she is back in her bed, but she remembers the creature, she remembers being taken, she remembers everything.
The day her nephew went insane, she had her suspicions, and when she ran a test, she knew. He had gone naughty right before the holidays, and she was the only person who knew why. She had a mission. She had a goal. She had to go talk to a monster known for abducting children.

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enforcer abigail owenTHE ENFORCER (FIRE’S EDGE BOOK 4) by Abigail Owen

Death comes for everyone. Even Drake Chandali. The aging process that twists all unmated dragon shifters’ bodies into something useless has taken hold of his body centuries early. A mate could have reversed the process, but now it’s too late. To protect his team of enforcers, he leaves, and comes face to face with the woman he’d thought was human when he saved her from a fire months before.

Except she’s not human. She’s a mate. Camilla Carrillo almost lost her family to wildfire. To discover she’s fated to mate a creature made of flame and rage, and become one herself, should be terrifying. But somehow a rightness settles inside her, especially when she’s around the glowering red dragon shifter who wants nothing to do with her.

When Drake learns Cami bears his mark—the same mark as the High King—he refuses to believe she’s meant to be his. It’s too late. How could he turn Cami only to take her with him to the grave? At the same time, he can’t walk away. Hiding her from the corrupt, rotting High King might be the last honorable thing Drake ever does with the little time he has left.

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arctic hunterARCTIC HUNTER (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Kaylin Peyerk

Ashe has lived an isolated, quiet life taking care of her twin sisters within their cabin in the woods. They are arctic wolf shifters, the rarest and most sought after lineage in the paranormal world. While their family was once the ruling alpha pack, an uprising exiled them and landed them in the Great Woods. Shortly after, their parents vanished, leaving Ashe to care for her sisters and to ensure they’re never found.

Yet her naïve sisters refuse to be kept isolated, enrolling themselves and Ashe into the High Fae Academy for gifted supernaturals without her knowledge. Now, Ashe must navigate the politics of the academy shifter packs all while dealing with mean girls, sinfully sexy males, and her inner demons. Will Ashe be successful in protecting all that she holds dear?

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fire magicFIRE MAGIC: THREE MOON FALLS BOOK 1 by Katie O’Connor

He’s a professional diver. She’s a witch who controls fire.Fire and water don’t mix…Until evil starts stalking her and destroying their town.

Amber Hawk can trace her roots all the way back to the witches of Salem. She’s got astounding magical abilities, including the ability to control fire. Something weird is happening in her peaceful hometown of Three Moon Falls, and Amber suspects dark magic is behind it. The only way she can get to the bottom of all the strange happenings is to team up with the infuriating, sexy man who’s been making her life miserable.

Kodiak Wilkins doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo. He thinks Amber’s a bit off her rocker, but against his better judgement, he’s attracted to her. Something keeps pushing them together and scary things are happening. He’s going to have to swallow his disbelief and help her out of this dangerous crisis. And in the process learn some interesting things about himself. Can they defeat this evil and keep their lives separate, or is fate going to keep forcing them together until they admit the attraction burning between them?

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topaz broochTHE TOPAZ BROOCH (THE CECTIC BROOCH BOOK 10) by Katherine Lowry Logan

…THE ADVENTURE: In New Orleans to speak at the annual conference of the National Association for Catering & Events, former Army Ranger Billie Malone decides to swing by an estate sale, and can’t resist buying a magnificent topaz brooch. Later in the day, while admiring her purchase, she triggers the magic, is whisked back in time to Barataria in 1814, and is drawn into the Battle of New Orleans, and the escalation of an ancient, ongoing war with powerful, global combatants.

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witchy secretsWITCHY SECRETS (WITCHES OF SHADOW LANE PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Misty Bane

All Shay Graves is worried about is helping her daughter, Ember, prep for her starring role in the upcoming musical at the local community theater.
All Alvin Graves is worried about is passing his continuing education course at Mystic Key University.
But when Shay’s father falls ill, she agrees – albeit begrudgingly – to attend on his behalf and take copious notes. It’s only an hour out of her day, after all. What could possibly go wrong?
As luck would have it, it just so happens to be the day all spell breaks loose on campus.
Now, Shay is left shaken and an unexplainable rash of suicides has the town in a tizzy. Even more troubling, the spirits have descended on Shadow Lane and they are adamant that foul play is involved. What’s worse, they aren’t going anywhere until they find out what – or who – is responsible.
But with a mystery more convoluted and a killer more subtle than any she’s faced before, Shay will have to think fast before someone close to her becomes the next victim.

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defiant wolfDEFIANT WOLF (WHITE WOLVES) by Julie K Cohen

April volunteered for a dangerous mission to escape Nathan. Now Nathan’s pulling strings to be her guard. He plans to mate her, blood-bond her, and bring her back.
April has other ideas. When the mission goes horribly wrong, they must put aside their differences And face the greatest threat to them both…Their Alpha.

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smoke and mistletoeSMOKE AND MISTLETOE (BEST WISHES BOOK 3) by A J Macey

Over the last few months, life at Redwood Supernatural University has been busy, overwhelming, and sometimes downright terrifying, but it’s finally winter break. With two and a half weeks of downtime, I’ll get the time I’ve desperately wanted to just hang out with friends, family, and my boyfriends. After everything we’ve been through this semester, don’t we deserve a little time to relax?

When the guys come to my hometown, I’m surrounded by gifts, love, and all the embarrassing mother/boyfriend bonding that I never knew I needed. And, if I’m being honest, the hot chocolate isn’t the only thing getting steamy. But my mom doesn’t need to know about that part.

Unfortunately, winter break isn’t all mistletoe, magic, and mini marshmallows. As if being kidnapped by my crazy ex-boyfriend and getting stuck as genie-smoke wasn’t bad enough, now I’m finding out that there’s a lot more to my supe identity than I’d ever imagined. At least I have my six guys to help me navigate the craziness that is being home for the holidays. I got this…I think.

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forbidden bond lee colginFORBIDDEN BOND (THEY BITE BOOK 1) by Lee Colgin

Vampires and werewolves are historical enemies. When the Peace Accord that imposes an uncomfortable armistice between the species is threatened, the entire supernatural community must respond. Young vampire heir Sinclair Davis successfully petitions the council for permission to attend a werewolf dominated university. Surrounded by a pack of unwelcoming wolves, Sinclair’s first meeting with their alpha doesn’t go well. The handsome wolf hates him.
Alpha wolf Mitchel Edgehill is furious when the university sends a vampire to be housed among his pack, even if he is cute. But there’s nothing he can do since the paperwork has been signed. They’ll have to find a way to coexist. As tension rises within supernatural society and violence escalates between vampires and werewolves, an uneasy truce develops between Sinclair and Mitchel. The pair attend a peace conference in hopes of preventing war, but when a rogue group of humans attacks, Sinclair is kidnapped and held for ransom. Can the alpha wolf work with vampires to save Sinclair, or will war break out after all?

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king of glassKING OF GLASS (BLOOD COURT BOOK 5) by Ava Mason

Kip and Stryder face down the demon Lorcan in the Blood Court finale. Can they defeat the demon and his legion of undead warriors? Will the power of their love conquer the magically bound engagement of Stryder’s past? Will they discover the truth about Kip’s past?

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merrily ever afterMERRILY EVER AFTER (OUACHITA SHIFTERS BOOK 9) by P Jameson

The Ouachita clan of werecats first came together because of a Christmas miracle, but fate isn’t finished with them yet. After nine long years of trying to grow their family into the perfect dream come true, fated mates, Ryan and Layna, are ready to give up. Not on each other but on their dreams. When they’re given the chance to help an abandoned baby temporarily, they’re faced with a pain harsher than what they’ve already been through. The pain of hope. But this little one isn’t what any of them expected, and when the fiery truth comes out, hearts are bound to melt.

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fae warriorTHE FAE WARRIOR (FAE OF BALLANTINE) by Serena Meadows

Keaton might have blue blood running through his veins, but he’s happier tending his farm than navigating the politics of the royal court. Peace and contentment fill his days, and he longs to find a sweet, supportive wife to start a family of his own.

Rainie has more experience killing men, than dating them. As captain of the imperial guard, she must work hard to make people see past her striking beauty. Of course, there’s always one grunt who refuses to respect her authority, but few are given the chance to make that mistake twice.

When the royal family suffers a terrible betrayal Rainie jumps into action to deliver justice. But the mission ahead is fraught with peril, and the fae king has an impossible request: she must team up with a royal confidant who’s more suited to tending livestock than leading her men. Sparks fly, tension flares, and it soon becomes clear that even in the face of great evil, working together might just be Rainie and Keaton’s greatest challenge of all.

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tomes apprenticeTOMES APPRENTICE (THE TOMES OF KALERIA BOOK 1) by Honor Raconteur

It’s like the start of a bad joke: a Master of Tomes, his apprentice, and ninety world-saving records get lost at sea.
Mei Li really wishes the joke wasn’t her life. For two years she’s been stranded in a remote village with no knowledge of where her master is or what’s going on in the world. What she does know is one: she refuses to be sacrificed to the “god” the villagers think live on the mountain, two: she fully plans on negotiating with said “god” (who, luckily for her, turns out to be a dragon more than happy to rescue her).

Her relief over being rescued is short lived when she learns that her master is still lost, along with the tomes detailing how to reseal and fix all the upcoming problems for the next decade. And at least four world disasters are due to be prevented in the next two months. To make matters worse, the Tomes Masters are the only people in the world who carry the knowledge of how to reseal the pesky problems like five-thousand-year-old sleeping demons and disintegrating harbor walls.

With her master gone, everyone is looking to Mei Li for answers she doesn’t have, but still has to procure. Her options are to solve the disasters—with high potential for the world ending—or somehow find Master and the missing tomes.
Right now, Mei Li wants to go back in time and punch her six-year-old self for being an idiot. Being able to read books all day is not worth the stress of dealing with ancient, evil things on a regular basis.

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wolf unleashed heather longWOLF UNLEASHED (WOLVES OF WILLOW BEND BOOK 14) by Heather Long

Change swept through the packs of North America, leaving in its wake seven packs where once only five stood. Old enemies still lurk, past hatreds fester, and the shadow of invaders linger. The challenge of diplomacy, evaluating the old laws, and instituting the new ones falls squarely on the shoulders of the pack Seconds. It’s a whole new world, and what took so long to construct…remains vulnerable.

Luc Danes is Second, and best friend, to Brett Dalton the Alpha of Hudson River. He has his hands full training healer and alpha’s mate Colby in how to defend herself as well as hone her wolf senses. It’s not a bad life for a bachelor wolf, not really—except lately, all the eligible females have turned him down. No dates. No playing. Nothing. He’s untouchable. Turns out no one wants to lay a finger on what rumors have labeled the Alpha’s property as the third to the alpha’s pairing leaving Luc one shocked and frustrated wolf.

Just the position he wants to be in when paired with the stunning Charlie who doesn’t know him at all and is unlike any other wolf he’s known. So why can’t he even earn a second look?

Charlotte “Charlie” Miller works in the city, an urban wolf, she rarely sheds her skin for fur. As an executive handling day-to-day meetings for her alpha in New York and around the world, she knows how to handle even the most difficult of individuals. But changes in pack structures across the country require a different kind of handling, and Brett calls in his chief negotiator to back up his Second, and to give him a crash course in diplomacy. Unfortunately, Charlie has dealt with wolves and humans just like Luc before and it doesn’t matter how sexy he is, she refuses to be impressed.

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warrior christmasA WARRIOR CHRISTMAS (THE PROTECTORS SERIES) BOOK #14 by Teresa Gabelman

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! Warriors are on their way. Oh, what fun it is to slay a rogue vampire today. Hey! To have more Christmas fun dive into A Warrior Christmas to see which mate gets the perfect gift and which Warrior Grinch finds his holiday cheer.

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nightborne academyNIGHTBORNE ACADEMY by Jessica Morris and Jesse Wells

My twin sister was murdered and now I’ll have to take on her identity her to find the killer. Trapped in an Academy full of supernatural delinquents with my sister’s less than stellar reputation, I’ll have to face more than just murder and mayhem. My twin was dangerous and deadly with her magic, and the only thing I can do is communicate with ghosts. Did I mention that my sister is haunting me until I find her killer?

She and I will have to work together to unravel the last few months of her life and track down her enemies. There’s only one problem. You don’t become the number one magic user at Nightborne Academy without making the entire school your enemy. And in case you were wondering, my sister was unstoppable. I have only a few allies who know the truth….(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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what the night bringsWHAT THE NIGHT BRINGS: THREE SEXY PARANORMAL ROMANCES by Megan Hart

VS Note: Re-releases

The Darkest Embrace – A remote cabin in the wilderness seems like the perfect place for Max and Jessie to finally give in to the volcanic desire that’s been building between them for months. Sex, laughter…and could it be love?
An amazing first night together turns eerie when a strange guest disrupts their private time. Soon, a mysterious dark figure stalks them from the woods – but is it a face from Max’s past or something far more terrifying?
Dream A Little Dream – Mariella Finch has been able to shape the Ephemeros, the land of dreams, since a childhood accident gave her the ability – but although she’s used the dream world as her personal playground for years, she’s never before tried to meet anyone from there in the real world…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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angel fireANGEL FIRE (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 1) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of an archangel, has trained from birth to one day drink the Nectar of the gods and ascend to the angels’ ranks. She’s always been the perfect soldier. She’s always known exactly where her life is headed. Until she is assigned to a mission with Damiel Dragonsire, Master Interrogator of the Legion of Angels.
Powerful, paranoid, and brutally intelligent, Damiel has built up a reputation for hunting down each and every traitor hiding within the Legion’s ranks. And his latest suspect is Cadence. Convinced she is not the perfect soldier everyone believes her to be, he will stop at nothing to expose her.

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hate awakenedHATE AWAKENED (THE FERAL BOOK 3) by Charlene Hartnady

Imagine her shock when Claire wins the shifter lottery! It’s the first one ever to be held and she’s never won anything before in her entire life. She can’t believe it. She’s going to meet a shifter in real life. For years, Claire has saved newspaper clippings, anything she can find on shifters. It’s a dream come true. A whole day on shifter territory.

The big day arrives. She’s confused when they separate her and two other women from the group. They are told that there’s a new kind of shifter. One nobody has ever heard of. Not only that, they’re looking for mates…and she’s eligible. She’s afraid. Yet she’s excited. It sounds like the adventure of a lifetime. Claire doubts she’ll find love. Yeah, right! Not her. Little does she know, she’s about to fall for not one, but two sexy griffin shifters.

Things get more complicated when a third is added to the equation. All three of them want her just as much as they hate each other. What has she done? Claire is stuck in the middle of something beyond her control. It’s too much for her to handle. All she wants now is to go home. Claire wishes she’d never won the lottery, because she’s ended up losing her heart.

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arbitrate or dieARBITRATE OR DIE (THE EXCEPTIONAL S BEAUFONT BOOK 2) by Sarah Noffke and Michael Anderle

Dragons are almost extinct. Eggs are rare. The dragons alive are in danger. All because of one man. Thad Reinhart doesn’t just want dragonriders gone because their role as adjudicators threatens his businesses. His grudge is personal. But there’s one thing he didn’t anticipate. Beaufont isn’t like any dragonrider before. She is modern. She thinks differently.  And she definitely doesn’t look like a dragonrider. And when it comes to tackling challenges, Sophia uses new world thinking for old world problems. Will it be enough to beat an evil bent on destroying the planet?

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grim witcheryROYALS OF VILLAIN ACADEMY 7: GRIM WITCHERY by Eva Chase

I’ve won one victory against my enemies, but it seems the barons are just getting started with their new, vicious schemes. They’ll stop at nothing to expand their power. Any move I make to oppose them could have horrible consequences for both me and the guys I love. My only hope is playing along until the right opportunity comes my way. There’s a chance I could sway my mother if I can earn her trust. She may be brutal when she feels she needs to be, but I’ve seen glimpses of a softer side underneath. Can I walk the line between obedience and resistance without losing so much more than I already have?

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lost girlTHE LOST GIRL (SHIFTER ACADEMY UNITED BOOK 2) by Scarlett Haven

I’m officially a member of Mateo’s pack now, which means the panthers can’t touch me.
I thought joining his pack would mean that I would finally belong somewhere, but not everybody is welcoming. I’m still the odd one out—the runt who stole their future alpha.
But those things don’t matter. I have my mates, and I’m content. For the first time in my life, I am happy.
When the truth comes out about my past, about who I really am, even my friends start to doubt me. Maybe they’re right. Maybe I’m not a good person.
Layla Rosewood—the unwanted panther.
Still, I refuse to give up, no matter how bleak things may seem. If being the runt has taught me anything, it’s how to survive. I’ll show them all that I’m stronger than they think.

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beware the fallenBEWARE THE FALLEN (VANISHED DIVINITY BOOK 1) by Logan Delayne

He’d wanted a star. Instead, he’d gotten a scorpion…When she trespassed on her enemy’s territory, rest assured he’ll seek atonement for what’s been stolen. Alec, God-King of the Seven Islands doesn’t intend to claim just any souvenir as repayment for the offense. The prize he’s after has a name…. Freya.

No ordinary girl, Freya’s a titan blood, and enemy of the gods on Olympus. In his eyes, she’s merely leverage, but she’s more powerful than he could have anticipated. The Kings of Olympus want her dead. When a dark secret keeps Alec at arm’s length from his young and intriguing prisoner, and with enemies on either side, Freya’s beginning to realize what’s most at stake. Her heart.

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prince of neverPRINCE OF NEVER (BLACK BLOOD FAE BOOK 1) by Juno Heart

City waitress Lara has the voice of an angel and no idea she’s marked as the fated mate of a silver-eyed royal from another realm. When she falls into Faery and meets an obnoxious huntsman who mistakes her for a troll, she’s amazed to discover he’s the cursed Prince of Air in disguise. Ever’s mother, the queen, is less than impressed. The opposing court of techno-loving Unseelie wants her as their very own pet. And an evil air mage wishes her dead.

Held captive by Elemental fae in the Land of Five, she’s certainly hit rock bottom. But songs wield power, and Lara happens to be a true diva. Now if only she can use her newfound magical skill to make the Prince of Never a little less attractive. The first thing she wants is to find a way back home, and the last is to fall in love.
Ever and Lara think they know what they want, but destiny and an age-old curse have other ideas.

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his elder dragonHIS ELDER DRAGON (DIVINE DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Jill Haven

Dragons are on the verge of extinction and if we don’t find the divine omegas we’re doomed. In three hundred years I’ve never come across one. Until I meet … him.
Haiden is sweet and a little broken, and his fragile smiles make me yearn to claim him as my own. I never thought I’d find a divine omega in a tiny West Virginia town, but not only is Haiden an omega, he’s my destined mate.

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winter bearlandWINTER BEARLAND BEAR SHIFTER HOLIDAY ROMANCE by Ariana Hawkes

Returning to her small town for the holidays was always going to be stressful for junior lawyer, Holly Liston. But when her Christmas-addict parents decide to throw an engagement party for her, things get ten times worse—not least because she doesn’t have the heart to tell them that she just got dumped by her fiancé. When Max, her high-school sweetheart offers to be her fake fiancé for the holidays, she jumps at the chance. The only problem is he’s sexier than ever, and soon regret and yearning make for a potent combination in Holly’s heart.

Bear shifter Max Wagner had to let Holly go a long time ago. Her destiny was as a high-powered Chicago lawyer, while his was with his clan. Although it broke both their hearts, he thought he was doing the right thing at the time. But his bear never quit telling him she was his mate, and now she’s back in Snow Springs, even more beautiful and mischievous than before. He’ll do anything for a chance to get close to her again—even stand in as her fiancé.
Holly’s only supposed to staying until Christmas, but Max vows that there’s no way he’s going to let her get away from him this time around!

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glass and glamourOF GLASS AND GLAMOUR (DAUGHTERS OF EVILLE BOOK 2) by Chanda Hahn

Born under a hunter’s moon, abandoned as a child, I was raised to be a powerful sorceress—okay, a mediocre sorceress. All right, I’m good at glamour and can make things sparkle, if my spells don’t backfire. It was foretold long ago that I was a child of prophecy that would unite the fae and humans of Candor. The only problem, no one told me, and now the king wants me dead.
For I am Eden, one of the adoptive daughters of Lady Eville, and I have to attend the royal masquerade ball—not to win a prince, but to avenge my parents. Even if it means pretending to be a fairy godmother and wreaking a little havoc.

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whisper of spiritsWHISPER OF SPIRITS (FSID AGENTS BOOK 1) by A J Macey

Ritual murders? Reliving death memories? Avoiding the advances of my overly-attentive coworker who doesn’t realize he’s been firmly friendzoned? That’s just a casual Friday when you’re the Olympia Police Department’s favorite consulting psychometric medium. Yeah, that’s me, Casper Colt, the supe who can talk to dead people and see things when I touch stuff.

Well, that all changes when four sexy agents from the Federal Supernatural Investigation Division are called in to assist with finding the killer. As much as I’m used to staying unattached, save for my ghostly best friend, there’s something about them that calls to me. Mason- the hotheaded and heavily-tatted alpha, Ryan- the sweet doctor whose orders can’t be ignored, Flynn- the quiet warlock with a shiver-inducing voice, and Knox- the flirty angel who smiles like the devil.
Can I get close to them and still keep my secrets?
Most importantly, can we solve this case before I become just a whisper of the past?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 18

December 11

December 4

November 27

November 20

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  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 DEC 18

best friendsAs 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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BEST FRIENDS (NEW SPECIES BOOK 15) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: I am such a HUGE fan of Ms. Dohner and this series especially! Had this pre-ordered…

Working together has forged a strong friendship between Melinda York and Mary Muller. So much so, they’re more like sisters. When two men burst into their diner with murder on their minds, Mel doesn’t hesitate to act. She’ll do anything to protect her friend, as well as their New Species customers…especially the one she’s been crushing on for months.

A single act of bravery sparks a series of events that result in Snow getting to know the waitress he’s been obsessively thinking about. He just wants to keep Mel safe. And convince her he’s the male for her.

Mary is the brunt of jokes because of her extreme fear of animals. Phobias aren’t funny. Is she the only one who understands that? When Mel’s actions link them both to New Species, she’d like to hide from those scary men with fangs. That would make her a crappy best friend, though. She’ll try to be brave…right up until the moment she comes face to face with a lion man named Lash. He’ll make her confront her fears in the most unexpected ways possible.

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son for the alien warriorA SON FOR THE ALIEN WARRIOR (TREASURED BY THE ALIEN BOOK 2) by Honey Phillips and Bex McLyn

On the anniversary of the disappearance of Mariah’s sister and nephew, Mariah returns to their last known location, expecting to find only painful memories. Instead, she encounters an alien spaceship and recklessly sneaks aboard, taking one last chance to be reunited with her family.

The desperate move sends her across the galaxy and straight into the arms of a massive alien warrior who is determined to protect her. But no matter how much she is drawn to him, she will not be distracted from her goal—to find her missing family at all costs.

Years ago, when Captain Cestov and his brother argued over the fate of their dying race, his brother stormed out of his life. He has been searching for him ever since. He never expected his search to lead him to a distant planet, a troubled ranch, and a little boy who calls him Daddy. And he certainly never expected an enticing human female who makes him consider putting down roots for the first time.

Neither Mariah nor Cestov ever thought they would find a permanent home. But can their shared love for a child help them to move on to a new future as a family? Or will the ghosts from their pasts tear them apart?

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witherspinWITHERSPIN (STARWAYS BOOK 1) by Alexis Glynn Latner

VS Note: I really enjoy her books. On my To Be Read list.

Nia Courant is an interstellar lawyer. Early in her legal career, on the other side of the stars, she made a disastrous decision. But she’s worked her way back to success in the interstellar city-state called Wendis. Unknown to Nia, the past she’s tried so hard to live down has come alive again. It’s reaching out to find her.

Gyle Night Martan is an exile in Wendis. For him, the city is an uncomfortable port in a deadly political storm that overtook his life and nearly ended it. Martan is a man with a pleasant façade concealing a mystery. At the core of the mystery there’s something dark and dangerous. He knows his past will catch him if it can and destroy him if it does.

When things start going wrong around them in Wendis, Nia and Martan must cooperate to save each other from present danger and the shadows of the past. Nia is Martan’s best hope. Martan is Nia’s best ally. He may also be her worst nightmare.

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nero 1000NERO 1000 (CYBORGS: MANKIND REDEFINED BOOK 6) by Donna McDonald

Once he was a cyber scientist who restored cyborgs. Now he’s Nero 1000. Locked in the cage of an insane cyber scientist who calls himself Creator Omega, Nero waits for his captor to decide his fate. Having seen Creator Omega’s horrific failed experiments, Nero knows his body is about to be cybernetically altered forever. Even knowing that, he’s not sorry he traded himself to free Aja Kapur. He would do it all over again.

Though Nero doesn’t know what Creator Omega did to the female cyborg to remove her memories and gain her obedience, he knows Kyra will fix her—if Aja finds her way back. One thing is for sure, Aja’s fellow female cyborgs, Lucy and Meara, will never stop searching and will fight to the death to save her.

Hell has no fury like an abused female cyborg seeking revenge. But who will save him?
Peyton will try. All of the cyborgs he helped restore will try. His captor may be a tipping point for the next world war. He prays that doesn’t happen, but the injustice of people being cybernetically without their permission must stop. Kyra is right about that. She’s always been right that the cyber soldier program failed humanity. And well his gods know that he played his part.

But Creator Omega doesn’t care about what anyone thinks of his evil. His madman captor wants a new right-hand man. He used Aja as bait to lure him there. Now he has exactly what he wanted all along. For Nero, that means it’s already too late. He’s about to become something no one ever may be able to save.

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assassin jane killickASSASSIN (FREELANCER BOOK 3) by Jane Killick

When Freelance spaceship captain Cassy discovers an assassin at the wedding of her ex-lover, Prince Stephen, she fights to wrench his rifle away. But a stray blast shoots into the royal party and kills Queen Triana. Knocked unconscious, Cassy wakes to find herself holding the murder weapon, the assassin gone and a squad of guards who condemn her as guilty.
Facing certain execution, Cassy breaks out of jail with Prince Stephen’s help and they escape together. Taking refuge in a secret underground lab, they learn of a forbidden technology hidden in a spaceship and sent beyond the rim of the galaxy. Retrieving it promises plentiful food for everyone, but the journey lies through a supposedly impenetrable barrier.
Even if they achieve the impossible, they cannot return until they prove Cassy’s innocence. So they must infiltrate a dangerous rebel army on another world to unmask the real assassin.

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chosen by a beastCHOSEN BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 1) by Miranda Bridges

I’ve been abducted. Twice. And now my situation with this new group of aliens has gone from bad to worse. I was with a bunch of elf-like aliens who had unparalleled technology, but now I’m in the midst of a group of primitive gargoyle aliens running around in loincloths.

Which doesn’t hide much, let me tell you. There’s one gargoyle in particular who watches my every move, but what’s under his loincloth scares me more than his beastly appearance. To be sure we’re worthy to breed with, the savages have us each perform a rite of passage. And by that I mean a test of survival. Navigate the terrain, scavenge for food, defend myself against wildlife—basically all the things that could cause bodily harm or death. So that’s fun.

And as much as I’d like to be rescued by the alien who’s stalking me, it looks like I’m on my own. Maybe I shouldn’t have flipped him off, but how was I supposed to know I’d need his help? Now, I’m going to have to tap into my survival skills or I’ll be dead by morning. May the odds and the aliens be ever in my favor. Or something.

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alien for christmasAN ALIEN FOR CHRISTMAS (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 16) by Sadie Carter

Christmas is coming to Zerconia. There are gifts under the tree, holiday cheer, and a hunky alien warrior who just doesn’t know when to quit. . .
Keely’s smart. She’s a survivor. She’s learned to protect herself. What she doesn’t know is how to deal with him. He’s stubborn. He’s obtuse. And he’s too damn gorgeous for her own good.
Que is a warrior on a mission. To make Keely his. It is not a mission that he intends to fail. When both of them are sent on a mission off-planet, Que knows it’s his chance to convince the beautiful human female they are meant to be together. Somehow.
Maybe what he needs is some sort of Christmas miracle.

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alien kings desireTHE ALIEN KING’S DESIRE by A M Griffin

A spin-off of The Hunt series.

Melisizwe is the Kgosi and sole ruler of the bu Kumkani Kingdom. He needs a powerful queen with alliances, wealth and connections at his side. To find his perfect mate, he invites nine dignitaries from across the galaxy for a meet and greet. Instead of focusing on a fitting match, he’s plagued with assassination attempts, civil unrest, and meeting his true lifemate—a human. For the good of his race, he must pledge himself to a female of status, so there’s no room in his life for a lowly security guard.

Atlanta Georgia Moore has never visited Earth or her namesake. Born and raised on a distant alien planet, she has worked hard to fit into a world with people who view human emotion as a weakness. She has trained hard to suppress all human traits until she meets the Kgosi. The effect he has on her body and heart frightens her but, for the first time in her life, she wants to embrace who she really is. Atlanta can fight and protect others, but defending herself against love just may be the battle of her life.

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unannounced roommateUNANNOUNCED ROOMMATE (MARNAK SERIES BOOK 4) by Layla Stone

VS note: A 90 minute read, the author says.

He can’t fix the past and he can’t move forward with his black stains of guilt. Stuck between the man he used to be and the one he’s becoming. Just when he thinks Seth of Stars is done punishing him… a beautiful Red Demon shows up with a warm smile and a tempting offer.

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coldhearted protectorCOLDHEARTED PROTECTOR (ASRAI ASSASSINS BOOK 3) by Juno Wells and Alana Serra

To her friends, Sarah is the “fragile” one. The one who needs to be protected from everything. But it takes great strength to endure what she has, and the people she loves don’t even know her deepest secret: That she can recall other people’s memories just by touching them, whether she wants to or not. It’s a terrible curse, but it’s also the thing that helps her remember him.

Many years ago, Khalux saved a young human woman from a fate worse than death. But that was before. Before he was stripped of every emotion; made into a cold, calculating weapon to be wielded by the Asrai. Now he’s been given a mission to bring the empaths to As’vidan at any cost… so they can wipe the emotions of all the other Asrai, too.

One touch from Sarah sparks a shared memory, though, and Khalux is forced to face the first flicker of emotion he’s felt in years. He wants to snuff it out, to keep his place among the Asrai, but something about Sarah is too enticing. She brings out a side of him he thought long buried, and all he wants is to cherish and protect her…Even if that means removing himself from the picture.

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descendant melissa riddellTHE DESCENDANT (BALTIN TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Melissa Riddell

VS Note: From November. OK, apocalyptic…so you know me – right, I one clicked LOL.

She wants her world back; he wants her heart. Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.
Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.
As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.

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wolvenk holidayA WOLVENK HOLIDAY (WOMEN OF DOR NYE NOVELLA) by Poppy Rhys

Wounded and trying to survive the bitter cold, Kiona experiences the shock of her life when a wolfy alien finds her. Thorn doesn’t expect to sniff out an off-worlder–one unlike any he’s ever seen–but he can’t leave her to die. It’s the cold season… And Thorn is the least of her worries.

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alien before christmasTHE ALIEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Luna Hunter

EMMA – Chasing a lead got me snowed in, hundreds of miles away from home in my beat-up old car. I close my eyes for a brief second to ward off the cold, and I awake to find myself in a luxurious cabin, cared for by a gorgeous alien male. He sternly forbids me from leaving my room. What else can I do but disobey? What I discover shocks me to my very core. A workshop. Reindeer. Flipping elves. The broad-chested alien hunk is no-one other than Santa himself. And now that I know his secret… he’s never letting me go.

NIKOLAX – Interfering with humanity is strictly forbidden by the Council. I break that rule once a year on the 25th of December. I try to spread a little joy, and bring a smile to the faces of those who need it the most. And then I find Emma, cold and alone, and I break every rule there is. For she is the one, my mate, my everything. I can feel it in my horns. There’s only one problem… if the Council knows she’s at my workshop, they will hunt us down to the edge of the galaxy. Can I keep her my secret? And is true love worth risking the wrath of the galaxy’s most dangerous entity?

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first recruitsFIRST RECRUITS: EEVONA SPACE COMMAND BOOK 1 by Marilyn Foxworthy

Last thing I remembered, I was in my backyard, thoughtfully pruning a bonsai tree. The next thing I remembered was alarms and bells and flashing lights and a voice yelling that death was imminent. And now, I was staring down at a beautiful female clone, gray and featureless, about to wake her up from transport hibernation. On a space ship. In space.

Thank goodness I still had my bonsai scissors. Otherwise I’d never have been able to cut open her containment bag and that imminent death thing would have killed her. The voice said that there was more of them and that I’d better hurry if I wanted to rescue all of them before they were no longer “viable”.
My name is Jimmy Raskin. You can call me Captain Jimmy Raskin of The Eevona Space Command.

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brutes challengeBRUTE’S CHALLENGE (CONQUERED MATES BOOK 3) by Athena Storm and Tara Starr

I can see how he eyes me. He owns me. He can do whatever he wants. His will is law.
This world is wrecked. Society has collapsed. The Kraaj control everything. They can do what they want. Take what they want. They command. And we are theirs to claim. If we don’t obey, we die. How do you find love in the middle of a war? Maybe you do, omehow.
But I guarantee you, it’ll be twisted. It’ll make you sick. Everyone in this world is just a lamb. They’re waiting to be slaughtered by my Kraaj master. And when he’s done, each night, he’ll come home. And turn his hungry eye to his prize. To the one soul that’s twisted enough to be his fated mate. The only one in this galaxy gone mad that’s a fit for him. Me.

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scent of my mateSCENT OF MY MATE (CHAMPIONS OF ATAXIA BOOK 3) by Athena Storm

Risin’ up. Back on my feet. Did my time. Fought for the Alliance. Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet. Just a Pi’rell and his will to survive. In the galaxy, it happens too fast.
You give your life only for glory. Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of your mate. You must fight just to keep them alive. She’s my eye of the tiger. She’s a thrill in my night.
And as I’m the last known survivor I’ll stalk her by sight. Face my fate. Out in the heat. I see my woman. And I’m gonna claim her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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alien mate penelope woodsALIEN MATE by Penelope Woods

I am Anna, a junior officer working under the command of Earth Federation. My job is to patrol the most dangerous regions of the planet. I should have planned for what happens next…
First, I lose power to my headset. My emergency lights cut out completely. Darkness surrounds the entire jungle.
 And then I hear him. A sharp clicking noise comes from above my head. His arms snake around my body. Hot breath tickles my ear, and a deep growl resonates near my neck. When the syringe hits, I know I’m done for.

I’m taken and auctioned to the highest bidder. Within minutes, all of my data is erased and systematically expunged. I no longer exist.
 No one is coming to save me. And I know what happens to me next…
In darkness, he rises over me like a tidal wave. I am abducted. I am lost to the world. But he saved me.
 I am his mate.

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KINGS OF CARRION (JUNIPER UNRAVELING BOOK 3)  by Keri Lake

VS Note: I wasn’t a fan of the cover.

Decades have passed since our world was decimated by the Dredge. Some say it was an act of God. Others believe the devil himself breached the gates of hell and turned the masses into the mindless infected with an appetite for carnage.

Those of us who’ve survived the Calico experiments know the only thing more terrifying than the monsters that seek to ravage what’s left of us, are the men who created them. Ones too capable of hiding their true form, and burying their darkest secrets. Somewhere beneath the facility lies the answers, a cure for our suffering. To reach it, we’ll have to open the haunting tomb, where man’s deadliest mistakes, the most violent mutations, lie trapped within its tunnels, waiting to be set free.

Our only hope in surviving them are the very Alphas who were designed to hunt us down. The titans forged by cruelty and pain. Kings of carrion. We taught them to love, and in turn, they vow to protect us. To deliver the cure for humanity’s sake. Except this world doesn’t give without taking, and any chance of saving us will require the greatest sacrifice of all.

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solstice puddingTHE SOLSTICE PUDDING (WHEN HOLIDAYS ATTACK) by Angel Martinez

Chief Engineer Shandi Leavenworth has been crushing on Major Tyra Sur ever since she joined station staff, though the laconic customs officer doesn’t give up personal information easily. A few scraps of information leads Shandi to the perfect Solstice present, until of course everything goes horribly wrong.

Major Sur took the job on Onwa Station for the stability, the quiet, and out of a need to be useful. It’s been all of those things up until the woman she’s been quietly flirting with at the bar puts in a desperate call for help. There’s no question they need to save the station, but Tyra’s not so sure about saving their budding relationship.

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sarienSARIEN (RIALAN CAPTIVES BOOK 3) by C R Corbin

Rebecca thought that her chance at freedom had begun when the tyrannical bandits lording over her planet were slain by a mysterious force. Her saviors soon reveal themselves, massive, muscular, blue-skinned men emerging from ships larger than anything that she has ever seen. And their ruler seems intent on receiving payment….in the form of her.

Sarien had one last task before he could receive his boon as prince: To bring home the head of a intergalactic criminal. But at the end of his quest he finds an even greater challenge awaiting him, to claim this defiant, soft, curvy human as his mate. With trouble brewing back home and both tension and lust at an extreme between the two of them, can he claim her body as his?

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claimed space uCLAIMED (SPACE U BOOK 1) by Rhiannon Wells

Kress is the stunning new student aboard Space U. He’s smart, athletic, sexy… Sennica can’t keep her eyes off him. But when a class trip to the Lala-Waite asteroid belt goes wrong, Sennica finds herself in grave danger. She’s given a choice: mate with the cute new student or face certain death. Will Kress step up to the challenge?

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rutgerRUTGER (BEAST HORDE BOOK 2) by Cari Silverwood

The Ghoul Lords threaten the extermination of all humankind and much of our world has been destroyed. There will be love, death, and dirty, messy sex among the ruins. Sex is what keeps a girl like Cyn from going insane with the blossoming light of dawn, for daylight brings the Lure. A brutal act by Cyn tore apart the lovers and now she must make amends. She’s going to need her well-muscled beaster males to rein her in, pin her down, and make sure she shoots in the right direction. Gather your weapons. It’s time to descend to Ground Level and find Big Daddy, the research vehicle lost during the invasion. Within must lie the truth of the Maelstrom experiment.

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fleetFLEET (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 5) by Prudence MacLeod

When you’re lost and alone you must put aside any hope of succor and become a scavenger, a hunter/gatherer, scrounge, sift through the debris life has left behind, seek out that which you need to survive. The trick is to remain whole, to keep some sort of moral compass, to find that one line you will not cross. This is now what faces the people of the last starship Reacher.

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falling for tranceFALLING FOR TRANCE: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 12) by Rena Marks

Trance:  It was love at first sight for him. It didn’t matter that she didn’t feel the same way. Hell, she didn’t even notice him though they were enclosed in a vehicle together for fifteen full glorious minutes. All she could do was stress over being late to get off work.

Leah: She noticed the hot Xeno Sapien, all right. But what could she do? “Hi, I’m Leah. I’d love to get to know you, but I’m covered in bruises from neck to toe. And when I get home tonight? He’ll notice exactly how interested I was in you. It might be one word. It might be the way your eyes follow me as I walk out to my car. But in any case, he’s gonna know.”

This time, it takes Leah two weeks of hospitalization to get back on her feet. And once she does? She has a plan.

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this is the circleTHIS IS THE CIRCLE (THE PSIONICS BOOK 4) by Tash McAdam

In the middle of two wars, including one that they didn’t want and didn’t ask for, the Psionics of ARC struggle to turn back the Eaters. The Institute is still waiting for an opportunity to regain control of the city, but right now there are more pressing concerns. Outside the Wall, chaos reigns, and the slums are overrun. Citizens and dwells alike are panicked and rioting. Cassandra hides in Epsilon 17’s body, convincing those closest to her that everything is normal as she pieces together plans to escape in the confusion.

But when the Eaters take her, Thea manages to regain control. The tables have turned. Now she has to pretend to be Cassandra to survive—but fortunately her time in the Institute prepared her well. If she tries to flee, she’ll be killed, but if she stays with the cannibal hordes she’s bound to be discovered. Escape seems impossible, but help—and friendship—comes from an unlikely source.

Toby and Serena have their hands full fighting the invading Eaters and trying to track down leads on where Thea could be. Cut off from his twin, Toby’s relationships with ARC deepen and grow, but he’s consumed by his guilt and his need to find Thea. The cannibal threat looms ever closer, and with one of their best weapons either lost or disabled, ARC has to decide what their priorities are. Should they try to kill her, or save her?

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curvy gift for the alien warriorA CURVY GIFT FOR THE ALIEN WARRIOR by Luna Voss

On Tessa’s planet, humans coexist with a savage race of aliens known as the Kyrzons. As one of the lucky humans who is not fated to be sold as a bride to an alien warrior, Tessa is perfectly content to live out her days in Human Territory. But all of that changes when she is captured by a Kyrzon slaver. All of a sudden, Tessa finds herself presented as a holiday gift to Chief Borrik, an imposing alien leader with a love of curvy Earth women. Borrik isn’t expecting to take in a human for the holidays, but one look at Tessa, scared and shivering, and he knows he can’t send her back out into the cold wilderness. So he decides to keep her. What begins as an accident soon blossoms into a passionate romance, as both human and alien discover a love they didn’t even realize they were craving.

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lunar eclipseLUNAR ECLIPSE by Gun Brooke

Moon De Cruz hasn’t had an easy life. Born a slave, she’s stationed aboard a Bramalian trader ship for twenty years. Miraculously, she survives a pirate attack and flees in an escape pod. As she crashes onto an uninhabited planet, she learns to become one with nature.

Four years later, Captain Beaux Lestarion is orbiting a virgin planet that appears rich in natural resources. She shuttles miners to the surface, but unexpected complications suggest someone is deliberately sabotaging their efforts to probe for stones, ores, and minerals. When Moon saves Beaux’s life, Beaux is drawn to the beautiful young woman against her better judgment. Moon doubts a seasoned and cynical captain working for the government can help to defend the planet—no matter how attractive she might be. Reluctant allies or secret enemies—can love survive the challenge?

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bubble matchTHE BUBBLE MATCH by Marev Tuson Vardy

“I don’t understand – what good is a relationship? Thanks, but… no thanks. I prefer my relationships with women to be like a no-obligation gym membership: burning calories with as little drama as possible”. This was the motto guiding the life of Kim Ji-Yun, CEO of the Bubble Corporation, the most eligible bachelor in Asia, a computer genius, heartless, and haunted by his past. Kim’s father invented the Bubble technology which allows the storage of memories, feelings and thoughts exactly as they were at the time of their recording. Due to a bug in the system, Ji-Yun begins to share his memories with a mystery woman named Mee-Ok. From the moment he discovers this Wonderful Bug, he becomes addicted to a girl he does not know. After a long time, he is willing to risk his heart again, but fate has a different plan in store for him.

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brave new girlsBRAVE NEW GIRLS: ADVENTURES OF GALS AND GIZMOS by Various

VS Note: OK from July and not romance, BUT it caught my eye – supports girls in STEM.

Come explore a world of teen makers and innovators. From interstellar escapades to near-future locales, this volume of sci-fi stories has something for everyone. Girls who use their mechanical acumen to save interstellar colonies and design super-powered armor. Young women who apply their knacks for numbers to finding criminals and solving environmental problems. Ladies who use brainpower and intellectual skills to defeat zombies, space pirates, evil aliens, and more.
All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated to Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund. Let’s show girls they can be STEM superstars too.

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magic shellTHE MAGIC SHELL: A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE BOOK 6 by SE Smith

Ross Galloway is more than ready for a new life away from Yachats, Oregon. All he needs for his plans to fall into place is a little money and a lot of luck. He gets his break when he discovers something out of this world on one of his dives – a real-life mermaid.

His plans to cash in on his discovery don’t work out quite the way he’d planned when the mermaid gives him an unexpected gift – a magic shell. Swept overboard by the spell contained within the shell, Ross surfaces in a strange, bizarre world.

Princess Gem LaBreeze is an Elemental, a powerful species that can control the elements. Transformed to stone to protect her from the evil threatening the Isle of the Elementals, she is awakened by a man from another world – a stranger who is as arrogant and uncouth as he is unpredictable.

Gem and Ross, forced together in a desperate race against time, learn that opposites can attract and that sometimes the roughest surface hides the tenderest of hearts. Can an unlikely hero and a lone woman survive the traps set to stop a destructive alien creature that has been unleashed, or will the Isle of the Elementals fall back into the ocean and disappear beneath the waves forever?

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eternal returnTHE ETERNAL RETURN (WILD HUNT BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

With the Tuathan Brotherhood taken care of, Ember and the Wild Hunt gear up for the coming darkness that threatens to plunge their lives into chaos. But first, they take on the ancient liche who stole Talia’s powers. Lazarus is living near Winter Hall Magical Academy, located near Mt. Rainier. Over the centuries, he’s grown so strong that it seems futile to take him on. But with Lazarus stalking the students, stealing not only their magical powers but their lives, the Wild Hunt can’t allow him to roam free. Before they can confront him, Talia takes it on herself to reconnoiter the situation and ends up trapped in a maniacal web that easily spell her death. Now, Ember and Herne must race against time before Lazarus finds her first.

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vampire masterVAMPIRE MASTER: VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES: CLUB ATLANTIS by Joey W Hill

Big and bad enough to be any girl’s nightmare—or her best dream ever…Beyond your grasp. Those are the three words that come to mind, every time Ella sees Wolf at Club Atlantis. He earns the term Master, in and out of scene, yet there is something deeper and darker about him. She wants to dive into that abyss.

Wolf sees the yearning. But the submissive he ultimately claims will become his servant, soul-bound to him for all eternity. Ella is a natural submissive, with an endless desire to please. She’s perfect for the role, really. Except Ella is a gift he doesn’t deserve. However, vampires are wired one way—to take what they want, no matter what their conscience tells them. Even Wolf isn’t strong enough to resist his nature…or the salvation Ella’s love offers.

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sword of kingsSWORD OF KINGS (STONES OF AMARIA BOOK 3) by Tara Brown

Lenny’s arrival in Crail takes a dark and mysterious turn when she realizes she has been a prisoner for months. Trapped inside the coffin in the woods. But it isn’t all bad luck.
With the help of her cousin, Nance, she finds herself on her way to the elves and possibly more answers than she is prepared to handle. Or wants. For in the truth lies a betrayal Lenny never imagined possible, and an enemy she can’t bear to fight.

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divined moni boyceDIVINED (THE ORACLE CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Moni Boyce

Now that all of her known enemies have been defeated, Willow is hoping for the opportunity to settle down and find a sense of normalcy and peace with Eli. Unfortunately, that’s not to be. Not only is their happily ever after threatened by other supernaturals that believe mixing of supernatural factions is wrong; a dream within The Book of Prophecy foretells of a sinister presence that will destroy everything Willow holds dear.

The only way to stop this revelation from coming true may be to sacrifice the very thing she’s trying to protect. Willow and Eli’s love has been tested before, but this unfulfilled prophecy may take them to the breaking point. Will their love require them to make the ultimate sacrifice? Or will they find another way to defeat this evil force and have a happy ending?

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fated mates ml guidaFATED MATES (DRAGON WARRIORS BOOK 3) by M L Guida

He’s the dragon healer of his people. She can’t get over her haunted past. He’ll do anything to save her. An ancient enemy is hunting them. Can they mend old wounds before the darkness overtakes them?

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dark callingsDARK CALLINGS (PHOENIX INTELLIGENCE AGENCY BOOK 3) by Taige Crenshaw

VS note: A re-release

Harmony Davis knows what she wants. No one, even the man himself will stand in her way. Lennox might think it is best to not pursue their attraction but she has foreseen that she cannot be without him. Now she must convince this stubborn man who would rather be alone in the shadows than face their combined destinies. She has a plan but he is not cooperating. Subtlety goes out the window and she confronts him giving him no retreat from what must be…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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awakened virna depaulAWAKENED (THE BELLADONNA AGENCY BOOK 2) by Virna DePAUL

Even as the FBI tries to keep rogue vampires from preying on humans—for killing, for turning, for pleasure—the stakes only get higher…Barrett Miles had no idea that vampires were real – until Belladonna recruited her to serve as a covert agent and infiltrate a murderous sex ring run by the most depraved of immortals: those who feed on the purity and blood of innocents. Their latest victim: a young girl whom Barrett promised to protect.
Now, forced to team up with her former lover, undercover sniper Nick Maltese, Barrett is caught between fulfilling her mission and shielding her heart from the man who betrayed her. Nick is hunting a new breed of vampire and harboring a terrible secret when Barrett finds him. As the hunt begins and desires from the past resurface, Nick knows he has only one chance to prove himself to Barrett.
Can Nick and Barrett save a lost girl and protect humanity? And will they rebuild a love strong enough to save them both?

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only pretty betasONLY PRETTY BETAS (REBEL WEREWOLVES BOOK 2) by  Rosemary A Johns

When the witches throw me to the wolves…they don’t mean the cute-as-a-button kind. The shifters are hot, deadly, and our enemies for centuries. Luckily, I’m Crimson, the last Wolf Charmer with the badass magical power to control the gorgeous werewolves. Except, my powers have been bound, and I’m at their mercy. It’s make or break time in the savage kingdoms behind the wall. I have to trust my wolf princes: Moon — my magical rebel Omega. Amadeus — my hot incubus Beta. Emperor — my dominant protective Alpha. I know that they hold dark secrets. Will the princes choose me, even when their loyalties are tested? …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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grand dame of bourbon streetTHE GRAND DAME OF BOURBON STREET (DOMINIQUE LEROY SERIES BOOK 1) by Mahogany SilverRain

VS Note: From November

With the death of her vampire mate, Dominique is every power hungry vampire’s most sought-after prize. Can she love again? Or is power what she’s after?Will it be love or loyalty? Dominique LeRoy, the hybrid Vampire Queen of New Orleans, must choose. Three men love her, but only one can be her vampire mate. Asmodeus, the best friend of her late husband, wants to be her mate; her power is addicting to him and he wants more. Dominique chooses Azazel, a powerful fireball throwing wizard. Now, with her new allegiance to Azazel’s Wizard community and her previous ties to the shifter community through her wereleopard guardian Jason, she poses a threat to the centuries-old Vampire Blood Council. Even they do not have the allegiance of the magical community and the shifters. To them, it’s clear that Dominique has gained too much power for one vampire and needs to be controlled.

The Council gives her an ultimatum, turn the wizard into a vampire to prove her loyalty, or die a traitor’s death. Will she choose love or an all out war with the Vampire Blood Council?

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cup of christmas magicA CUP OF CHRISTMAS MAGIC (COUNCIL OF PARANORMALS HOLIDAY STORIES BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

VS Note: A short.

Lila is alone on Christmas. Again. She hates being lonely during the holidays, so in an attempt to find some holiday cheer she brews a cup of Christmas magic – a spell that’s supposed to bring good tidings. What she doesn’t expect is the hot men who traipse into her life and show her how to stay warm during the long, winter months.

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silver firSILVER FIR by Trinity Blacio

Three days before Christmas and both Olive Perry and Rory Fir were having a rough holiday. Little did they know that fates, or Olive’s deceased husband, had somehow thrown his friend and wife together six years later, in a Silver Fir Christmas.

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cougars fantasyA COUGAR’S FANTASY (MASTER OF THE CATS BOOK 7) by Trinity Blacio

In this seventh installment in the breath-taking Masters of the Cats paranormal series, best-selling erotic romance author Trinity Blacio brings her mated-for-life catshifters to the open seas.

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magical holiday fruitcakeMAGICAL HOLIDAY FRUITCAKE ROLLS (HOT HEARTS CAFE BOOK 7) by Trinity Blacio

Moonbeam Snyder thought for sure the contest was for the very best buns-rolls. She had made a recipe she had found in her Grandmother’s home, magical fruitcake rolls, for the contest. Boy did she get this one wrong. She was so going to kill Honey for this mess. After the magic wore off of course and the hot stud wizard she ended up with went home, but little did Moonbeam know that fates had other plans for her.

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dragon playTHE DRAGON PLAY (STONEFIRE SHORTS BOOK 3) by Jessie Donovan

Freddie, Daisy, and Emily finally get to put on the play they made, for both the humans and dragon-shifters on Stonefire. While they’re excited about the play and the party afterward, Freddie and Daisy have a secret mission for the night. Daisy is determined to make her mum like Mr. Whitby, the dragonman who’s helping with the special effects, no matter what it takes. However, her meddling sets off a chain of important events. Will she be banned from ever returning to Stonefire? Or, will she get everything she ever wanted?

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lost in averellLOST IN AVERELL (PRINCESS BY NIGHT BOOK 1) by Tara Grayce

VS Note: From November

Average high school student by day, princess by night. Amy lives both in our world and in the fantasy world of Averell, struggling to balance homework and her duties as a fairytale princess negotiating the intricacies of unicorn-dragon politics.
When her high school crush stumbles through the portal to Averell in her family’s basement, she sets out with her shape-shifting unicorn best friend to find him before he dies or sparks a war.

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bound by her bloodBOUND BY HER BLOOD by Mara Leigh

I was alone and abused my whole life, even before a vampire drained me and left me for dead. After I turned on my own—that’s not supposed to be possible—I suffered even more trauma at the hands of an evil vampire king who wanted me as his nineteenth mate. Trapped, tortured, traumatized, I will not give up. I will never give up. Refusing to marry the king, I escape.

Out in the human world, I need to find out who I am, I need to survive, but most urgently, I need to feed. At long last, I am the predator, but as I consume my victim’s life-giving blood, I’m rescued—even though I don’t need it—by Rock, a giant and handsome man. Rock’s deep emotional wounds mirror my own, and in his arms I find the promise of true comfort and love for the first time in my life.

Rock introduces me to Gray, an elegant, sexy vampire, who offers his blood, his knowledge, his body—even if I fear he may never offer his heart. They each bring so much to my new life that I cannot choose one over the other. Then again, why choose?
As I pursue the truth and gain power, my safety is threatened by Colton, a hunky, human cop I’m inexplicably drawn to, even though he’ll kill me if he finds out what I am; and Pike, the evil king’s most vicious guard, who just might have saved my life.
For the first time in my existence, I feel loved, like I belong, but must stay one step ahead of the vengeful vampire king, who is consumed by anger and won’t rest until I suffer a painful death.

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sleigh dutySLEIGH DUTY  by L M Brown

Being called upon to pull Santa’s sleigh is an honour for any reindeer shifter, but for Dashiel the timing couldn’t be worse. Stuart was looking forward to his Christmas Eve date with Dashiel, only to have him cancel at the last minute. He puts his disappointment aside and instead focuses on making his younger brother’s Christmas as wonderful as it can be, despite the loss of their parents the previous winter.
While flying over his home town, Dashiel spots a young boy on the streets, and he knows he has to help. When the young runaway turns out to be his date’s little brother, he brings him on board the sleigh, determined to see him safely home to Stuart.
Can a reindeer shifter pull Santa’s sleigh, reunite two brothers, and find love this Christmas?

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visions of starsVISIONS OF STARS (SHIFTER FORCE BOOK 3) by A M Burns and A T Weaver

Stars are dying in the streets. Falling stars, that’s all his vision showed him, then his powers went on the fritz. For years Connor McGriffin, psychic cougar shifter has relied on his gift of prophecy to let him know where to go and who to save. But trapped in Los Angles, waiting for more information than just stars falling into the ocean, Connor is lost trying to help people, even himself and his team.
Danny Lupan, former deputy sheriff, and current wolf shifter agent, has gotten used to following his partner Connor, trusting in his visions to lead them where they were needed. When Connor’s visions become unreliable, Danny and the rest of the Shifter Force must fall back on detective training to lead them where they need to go to stop the person blackmailing closeted shifters who have dreams of stardom.
Can Connor, Danny and the team find the clues and chase down the bad guys before more bodies show up? Things don’t always go the way they thought, and when a rising star crashes back to Earth, they may be too late. Connor hates being late for anything.

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saved by the billionaire bearsSAVED BY THE BILLIONAIRE BEARS by Celia Kyle

Tessa’s life has turned into a country song—she lost her job, her roommate, and her parents have holiday plans that don’t include her.  At least she has her boyfriend. Until she finds him in their tent with his hands full… of another woman. One stomp-off later, she’s lost in the mountain wilderness—alone, afraid, and still angry as hell.

Thankfully sexy bear shifter Aaron smells her terror and insists on helping her back to his camp—there’s only two problems. First, according to her scent, Tessa is Aaron’s mate. Second, he’s not the only one who can claim her. There’s Aaron’s equally sexy brother, Scott, who also wants Tessa. When an outside threat almost kills Scott, Tessa is forced to face the truth—she’s just as enamored with Scott as she is with Aaron.  She wants them both!
Tessa has never been attracted to two men at once—and when they inform her that they’ve both imprinted on her, this Christmas surprise has her considering arrangements she’s never imagined.

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meet me under the mistletoeMEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE by Various

f you’re looking for LOVE and CHRISTMAS, then you’ve come to the right place! Meet Me Under the Mistletoe is filled with stories from some of your favorite authors, who’ve come together to make the perfect Christmas mix. From hot men to quirky women, a ghost, sexy shifters, dangerous mobsters, a burning mistletoe (wait, what?), and second chances, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

The proceeds of this anthology are donated to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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aryanas journeyARYANA’S JOURNEY (EXCALIBUR’S DECISION BOOK 1) by Aspen Black and Adammeh Matsuura

In the twenty third century, the gateways were opened by Merlin between Earth and The Realm, the home of the Fae, in search of the next King Arthur. Magic flooded the Earth, overtaking most of technology. Now, hundreds of years later, Fae have learned to coexist peacefully with humans and Merlin still searches the Earth with Excalibur.

Aryana works in the Mayor’s kennels overnight. She’s been content with her life up until the moment her eyes meet those of Merlin’s. Everything changes during the Star Festival. Her life becomes a whirlwind as she travels to Avalon with her Knights of the Round Table, her Wizard and a new ally that no one was ever expecting. It’s up to Aryana to help stop an ancient evil that dwells deep within The Realm. She will have to learn to fight for herself with the help of Excalibur to aid in the upcoming war.

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across timeACROSS TIME BOOK 1 by Elizabeth O’Roark

Amelie Besson is on the cusp of attaining the life she’s dreamed of—until she finds herself stuck in pre-war France, fifty years before her time. The country is about to be under German rule, but her most immediate problem is Henri Durand, the arrogant and infuriatingly handsome vineyard owner upon whom her survival depends.

The fiercely protective Henri challenges everything Amelie holds true—particularly her hatred of the gift that brought her there in the first place. As the bond between them grows, Amelie will begin to wonder if the life she’s returning to is actually the one she wants, and if her connection to Henri might be strong enough to surmount any obstacle…even time itself.
*Across Time is Book One in the Across Time Series and ends in a cliffhanger. The sequel, Across Eternity, will arrive 4/1/2020.

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hidden jessica aspenHIDDEN (FAE MAGIC) by Jessica Aspen

An enslaved princess, a charming thief, and a power-hungry step-mother out for revenge…Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her ver own castle! But when sexy devil-may-care Finn breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.

Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets.
But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission. But freedom comes at a price.

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steal her heartSTEAL HER HEART (KAID RANCH SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

Maris Thurgood is in deep trouble. Abandoned to care for a ranch on her own, she’s struggling from sunup to sundown to keep up with the work. When a pack of werewolves begins preying on her herd, she has no choice but to sell. A chance meeting at the cattle auction has her wondering why someone as tall, dark, and growly as Bryson Locke would take any interest in a business venture with her. He’s got one rule for her, and that is to never go outside past sundown while he’s hunting the wolves. But what she starts realizing about him…Bryson Locke is much more dangerous than the pack of predators that are hunting her.

Bryson didn’t get to be the Ranch Manager at the Kaid Brother’s Ranch by accident. He has a certain set of skills that allows him to protect the massive herd from predators. For a couple years now, he’s been spinning his wheels and looking for a purpose, and one lands right in his lap in the form of the beautiful, curvy, spitfire who has trouble written all over her. Why would a pack of werewolves terrorize this woman? And more importantly, why does he care so much? Pride is everything for a rancher, and Maris has it in excess. She has her guard up and has obviously been hurt before, but the more he gets to know of her, the more he wants to find out why she’s being targeted by the wolves…and that answer might get them both killed.

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holiday brideHOLIDAY BRIDE (WOLF BRIDES BOOK 4) by T S Joyce

**Can be read as a standalone holiday story, or with T. S. Joyce’s bestselling Wolf Brides series**
Maya hasn’t been back to Colorado Springs in years. She’s home visiting for the holidays, but so much has changed. The boy she grew up with is nearly unrecognizable and his animal magnetism is stirring feelings in her that she can’t explain. Caught between being a lady who protects her reputation at all costs, and drifting into the scandal of her old life, Maya has to choose to open her heart to the boy who broke it, or keep the new life she’s worked so hard to build.

Ukiah Dawson is a werewolf with big regrets. Living two lives between the Dawson Ranch, and a Ute reservation, there was never room for him to take care of a woman like Maya the way she deserves. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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house of dragonsHOUSE OF DRAGONS (THE CAMI BAKERSFIELD SAGA BOOK 1) by Samantha Snow

When the impossibly handsome Alistair Overton approached curvy Cami Bakersfield on the dancefloor of a nightclub she could not believe her luck. Little did she know, there was nothing lucky about this. She had already beenCHOSEN. And before she knew it, Cami would end up in a luxurious mansion alongside four of the sexiest men she had ever seen in her life. But this was NOT your typical afterparty. These men were the Overtons and they all had the unique ability to shapeshift into strong, fire-breathing dragons.

However, the dragons were in danger and Cami soon discovered that she was part of a prophecy. In order to save the dragon species she would have to live in the house with all four men until one certain special thing happened. Until she became pregnant.

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christmas pegasusCHRISTMAS PEGASUS (A MATE FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Owl shifter Olly has always trusted her inner animal. So when her owl makes it clear that handsome, rugged Jackson isn’t her mate, she knows that what she feels for him can’t be true love… right?

Last Christmas, Jackson gave Olly his heart. And her owl chewed it up and spat it back at him. He’s tried to stay away from her…but a year apart hasn’t changed anything. He may be a human in a town of shifters, and he may not be Olly’s true mate, but he knows that their love is real. This Christmas, nothing is going to stop Jackson from winning the woman he loves. Not shifter tradition. Not Olly’s snobby owl. And definitely not his deadbeat dad, who’s swanned back into town spouting nonsense about Jackson finally “fledging his wings”. After all, what good is being a latent pegasus shifter, if he isn’t Olly’s true mate?

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grave seasGRAVE SEAS: A MADDIE GRAVES AND ROWAN GRAY MYSTERY by Lily Harper Hart

Maddie Graves-Winters and her new husband Nick officially have everything … including the perfect honeymoon. They’re going on their very first cruise, and they just happen to be guests on the Bounding Storm.
Rowan Gray and Quinn Davenport are basking in the love. They’re looking forward to planning their own wedding … and moving into bigger digs on the ship, something Quinn managed to wrangle thanks to his position as head of security.
Both couples find themselves involved in a dark mystery when the female half of another honeymooning couple goes missing. Between out-of-control, rollicking women causing trouble at every turn and a rather mysterious man who appears to be on vacation alone, there are multiple suspects to focus on. That includes the husband, who seems to be acting out of sorts.
Maddie and Rowan both have abilities but they’re leery about admitting it. They’re going to have to work together if they expect to solve this case, though, and that means trusting each other with their darkest secrets.
It’s going to be a leap of faith … but both women are determined to find a happy ending for this particular missing woman. They simply have no idea how they’re going to manage it.

Note: This is a crossover between the Maddie Graves and Rowan Gray series. It is set after the completion of both series.

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everafter songEVERAFTER SONG (THE EVERMORE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Emily R King

There’s a price on Everley Donovan’s head. Fleeing from the queen’s false accusation of murder and sorcery, the girl with the clock heart knows there’s only one way to prove her innocence. Everley must catch Killian Markham, the fugitive prince guilty of the crimes for which she’s been condemned. To do that, Everley must follow him into the towering realm of the Silver-Clouded Plain. It’s where flesh-eating behemoths thrive, long-lost gods hide, and an artifact of destructive force awaits the death grip of the immortal prince.

Haunted by visions of burning Everwoods and bloody battlefields, Everley is beset with rising fears. Because the elusive relic threatens more than the very power that drives her clock heart. In Killian’s hands, it can lead to the dismantling of the seven worlds. With everything—and everyone—Everley loves at stake, she must depend on Killian’s one weakness to outwit him: in his mad ambitions, Killian has underestimated her once again. For Everley is the Time Bearer. This is her destiny. The time of reckoning is at hand.

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pine hills innTHE PINE HILL INN (ELLA DANIELS MYSTERY BOOK 1) 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. The family matriarch, Aunt Jin, has agreed to allow a journalist to do a story on their business, Green Hill Investigations. When the man accompanies Ella to a centuries-old inn to try to help a ghost cross-over, they stumble over the body of a dead man in the garden.
Who killed him? Why? Will more bodies pile up? With the help of her brother, sister, and a black cat named Raisin, will Ella and her family find the killer before he or she strikes again?

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dragons nanny kayla wolfDRAGON’S NANNY (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Kayla Wolf

I never believed in mates. Until I met her. My daughter’s nanny. My hands, demanding and possessive, want to pull her close. My dragon, raw and instinctive, wants to mark her as mine. But I’m her boss and I need to keep things professional. How am I supposed to resist her intoxicating scent when we live together? The battle inside my head is brutal, but my body has already decided. She’s my mate. She can stop me from having my way with her. But she can’t stop me from protecting what’s mine. I’ll utterly destroy any obstacle that stands between us. And I’ll show her what it means to love a dragon.

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hanged man k d edwardsTHE HANGED MAN (THE TAROT SEQUENCE BOOK 2) by K D Edwards

The last member of a murdered House tries to protect his ward from forced marriage to a monster while uncovering clues to his own tortured past. The Tarot Sequence imagines a modern-day Atlantis off the coast of Massachusetts, governed by powerful Courts based on the traditional Tarot deck. Rune Saint John, last child of the fallen Sun Throne, is backed into a fight of high court magic and political appetites in a desperate bid to protect his ward, Max, from a forced marital alliance with the Hanged Man. Rune’s resistance will take him to the island’s dankest corners, including a red light district made of moored ghost ships; a surreal skyscraper farm; and the floor of the ruling Convocation, where a gathering of Arcana will change Rune’s life forever.

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christmas and the princeCHRISTMAS AND THE PRINCE (MODERN CHRISTMAS FAIRY TALES BOOK 2) by Lexi Ostrow

Lucille needed a Christmas getaway more than she would ever let on. Hard work to open her own pastry shop in the elusive French Quarter drove a wedge between her and her fiancé. A female shaped wedge that ended with Lucille kicking him out December first with a Christmas vacation to Europe booked and no way to refund the tickets.

Henri wanted nothing to rule his Father’s kingdom on his terms, when he deemed himself ready. Life as a prince suited him well. However, the only way to stay powerless was to prove his thoughts were entangled elsewhere by courting a woman, least he jeopardize his country by listening to his heart more than his head. So when he spies a beautiful woman kiss a frog by the palace lake he did the only thing he could, invited her to be a princess in exchange for her dream.

Swept up by the offer,  Lucille didn’t hesitate. It was all fun and games for the holidays, wasn’t it? Time off work wasn’t in the cards, but quitting to live the good life and get her dream proved too good to ignore. In his world, they learn from each other, growing closer until Lucille’s ex shows up, ready to apologize and bring her home – offering her everything she wanted before she met Henri. One hardworking woman, one down on his luck prince, and one lucky frog meet the magic of the Christmas season and blend two worlds into one.

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dirty deedsDIRTY DEEDS (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 3) by Cate Corvin

Things I’ve won in Libra Academy: An expensive education. A vampire sworn to me forever. An incubus on a leash. A man who’d give up everything to save me.
Things I’ve lost: My dignity. My honor. My mortality.

My blacklist has been narrowed down to two: the king of the vampires, and the slayer who helped him. I’m no longer welcome as a student in Libra Academy, but I can’t leave New York until I save my new home: the Clouded Court. I’ve promised my stalwart knight I’d do anything to destroy his Maker, and I’ve got plans to put a new queen on the throne. I have Cael. My new sisters. A demonic Prince’s infernal spy. And the son of a man who might have a far darker soul than I ever imagined. We’re a crew of misfits, but sometimes that’s who you need for dirty deeds. And against all odds, those deeds might just be the way to my newly-immortal heart.

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kiras warriorsKIRA’S WARRIORS (RAVENS OF WAR BOOK 4) by Elle Boon

VS note: A re-release. Author states there’s new content.

SHE’D LOST IT ALL ONCE…Kira knew what people saw when they looked at her; the pampered princess. What they didn’t see was the lonely girl she kept hidden behind the cold façade. A mask that she found slipping each time she encountered the two men tasked to protect her from a crazy stalker.
THEY WERE RAVENS, THEY WEREN’T MEANT FOR HER…Thane and Garrick knew who Kira was to them the moment her sassy mouth opens. Fates aligned to give them a female that matches them in temperament, only to try and take her away with the other hand. What the fickle beasts don’t realize is neither of them was willing to let her go without one hell of a fight. One that will change the course of all their lives…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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killian harmony rainesKILLIAN (SILVERBACK REDEMPTION BOOK 3) by Harmony Raines

Killian didn’t care if his mate already had a child. All that mattered, was that one day he would win her heart and shower her with love. However, Killian soon finds that the one thing his mate, Petra, really seeks is loyalty. As a bear shifter, love and loyalty came naturally, he simply needs to convince Petra’s teenage son, Shane, he is not a threat to his relationship with his mom. Killian intends to be there for them both. No matter what life throws their way.

Petra came to Bear Creek to start over after her husband, and the father of her child, dumped them both. Feeling like a failure, she isn’t interested in a new relationship. Instead, she intends to focus on supporting Shane and helping her Uncle Arthur keep his farm. Then Killian walks into her life. Petra was raised by shifters and knows her mate will be there for her and Shane. However, before she can commit to a new life with Killian, someone threatens her happy ever after. But Petra won’t be blackmailed. No matter what the cost.

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dragon markedDRAGON MARKED (SUPERNATURAL PRISON BOOK 1) by Jaymin Eve

VS note: A re-release.

Jessa Lebron doesn’t have a lot to complain about. Her father is the alpha of their wolf pack, she lives in Stratford, a protected supernatural prison town, and her best friends, the Compass quads, are the strongest dudes of the four races: shifter, vampire, fey, and magic user. Yep, life is pretty much exactly how she wants it. Until the fateful day, just after her twenty-second birthday, when the mother who abandoned her, returns to the pack bearing secrets that change everything. The biggest secret of all: Jessa is dragon marked, a designation that places her in grave danger.

For a thousand years, every supernatural child born with the mark was eliminated to prevent the rise of the dragon king, a fearsome ancient warmonger. In a bid to learn more about her fate and how to avoid the hunters, Jessa finds herself locked in Vanguard, the notorious supernatural prison. Thankfully she’s not alone. Braxton Compass, the most feared of the dragon shifters, is right there with her. Together they’ll have to survive long enough to free themselves and the other dragon marked. Before the king rises.

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school of broken dreamsSCHOOL OF BROKEN DREAMS: ACADEMY OF SOULS BOOK 3 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Raven Academy has dark secrets and Adeline Jones is going to discover them all.

 Since starting at Raven Academy, I’ve seen my fair share of strangeness, things I can’t explain, things that shouldn’t exist, but this…this is a new level of terrifying. 
I no longer know who I am, but one thing’s for sure.  I love  my guys.   But my love might get us all killed.

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bones of the witchBONES OF THE WITCH (EARTH MAGIC RISES BOOK 1) by A L Knorr

On the cusp of womanhood, Georjie longs to unlock the full force of her fae-given powers. So when she’s invited to Scotland, she’s eager to explore the Highlands’ famed fairy realm hoping to find a mentor. But instead of unearthing a teacher, she discovers a mummified body within the walls of a seventeenth-century ruin.

Teaming up with a handsome amateur historian, she uses her earth-elemental gift to overturn the secrets hidden deep in the soil. But never far from the trail of clues lurks a shadowy creature on the hunt for prey. And Georjie fears it may have found its first target when a local girl vanishes, only to be discovered in an open grave with her life slipping away…Can Georjie break the curse before ancient evil claims an innocent victim?

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well of magicWELL OF MAGIC (ROSIE O’GRADY’S PARANORMAL BAR AND GRILL BOOK 4) by BR Kingsolver

When the ley lines—the orderly rivers of magical energy that circle the globe—went wild, chaos ensued. Magic hid in the shadows for hundreds of years, but then a secret order took control of one of the world’s largest religions. Their goal is to rule the world, and the first step is to control the ley lines and magic users. I didn’t escape the Illuminati just to become a slave to the Knights Magica. If they want me, they’re going to have a fight on their hands.

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jerry takes chargeJERRY TAKES CHARGE: AN AISLING GRIMLOCK SHORT by Amanda M Lee

Jeremiah “Jerry” Collins has never fit in. He’s always stood out. That’s exactly how he likes it. Now, as the owner of his own business who is trying to branch out and become the go-to caterer for the rich and entitled in Southeastern Michigan, he’s got his nose to the grindstone and is focused on his job. There’s just one little problem. Aisling Grimlock, his best friend, is going through an existential crisis after a near-death experience. Her husband asks Jerry to take her with him, make sure she has fun, and keep her entertained. Jerry can’t say no, so that means his job is on the line. On top of that, Aisling is convinced the house they’re working in is haunted.

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academy of the elites fated matesACADEMY OF THE ELITES: FATED MAGIC by Alexis Calder

You’d think that with the magic thief gone and my magic back, things would get easier. So.Not.True. Spring semester means it’s time for the trials. And since I passed the practice trials guess who gets to take the real ones. This girl.  That would be bad enough on its own but then throw in the fact that someone used time magic at the Academy. And it wasn’t me. Try telling that to my parole officer who’s breathing down my neck. The one good thing? I found out that my magic gets stronger with each mating bond I make. And things are heating up in my private classes with Matt.

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winter witchTHE WINTER WITCH by Karpov Kinrade and Heather Hildenbrand

In the remote village of Willowdale there lives a people haunted by an ancient curse. Once a prosperous and lush land, for thousands of years the kingdom has suffered under perpetual winter. Crops refuse to grow, poverty and hunger spread. People die. Their only chance of survival depends on trade. But the one road between the lands passes through the treacherous Ice Mountains, where the cursed and banished prince lives. The prince who holds his kingdom in an icy grip. To keep the trade path open, the prince demands a sacrifice. Once a year, a villager is chosen and must trek to the peak of the Ice Mountains to offer their life in exchange for safe passage between lands.

This year, I’m the sacrifice. There’s one big difference, however. I’m not an ordinary villager being sent to die. I’m a powerful winter witch, the first born to our village in over a thousand years, and I’ve been sent to kill. But when the banished prince saves me from imminent death, everything changes. He’s not the monster I believed him to be, and his tenderness and keen intelligence grips my heart and makes me question everything I once thought true. Now I must decide the impossible. Do I kill him to save my kingdom? Or let what is growing between us save us both, thus damning everyone I love in the process?

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VS: Still time to explore all the books in this special BookFunnel! My Badari Warriors boxed set (books 1-3) is included at only $.99! The Link!   Authors include Tana Stone, Miranda Martin, Pauline Baird Jones, Sky MacKinnon, Alana Khan, Lea Kirk, Starr Huntress, Carol Van Natta and more!

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Just a gentle reminder of my WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM holiday fantasy novella with a Cinderella theme! The rewards waiting for Halvor, the hero, if he marries a highborn lady. (The king has candidates.) Of course heroine Nadelma is the castle’s cook…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

December 11

December 4

November 27

November 20

November 13

The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  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 DEC 11

pennys protectorAs 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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PENNY’S PROTECTOR (ICEHOME BOOK 10) by Ruby Dixon

S’bren doesn’t realize what a mess he’s stepping in when he steals me away. He just wants to resonate. Sweet, right? But his methods are all wrong and resonance doesn’t look as if it’s happening anytime soon for either of us. So I’m going to use this time away from the camp as an opportunity. We’re going to go exploring and not return to the beach camp until I’m good and ready. It’s one part punishment for him – being my guide – and one part adventure for me. We’ll have fun, swing from some vines in the fruit cave, and then return to Icehome when we’re good and ready. What’s not part of the plan? Falling in love. Matters of the heart are tricky when the khui gets the final say…and mine is totally silent.

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untamed hungerUNTAMED HUNGER (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: One clicked this! An intriguing series…

It should have been an easy job—deliver the ID chip, get paid, and get out. But when Drakkal sees a beautiful human in his client’s private zoo and instantly recognizes her as his mate, the situation gets complicated. The motto he’s long lived by—don’t be stupid—is cast aside as the beast in him demands he take this female and make her his no matter what he must do. And when she runs from him, the hunt is on.

After being impregnated by her dirtbag ex-boyfriend, abducted, and sold to be a breeder in a rich alien’s basement menagerie, Shay has to admit things aren’t looking great. But she’s determined to give her unborn child a decent life. Her first opportunity appears in the form of a gruff but insanely attractive azhera who forces Shay’s owner to sell her to him. Refusing to trade one alien master for another, she escapes him at her first chance. Yet Shay can’t forget the intense azhera and his heated stare—and soon realizes that he’s not going to forget her, either.

But Shay’s former owner also remembers, and he’s determined to retrieve his prized possession—and have his revenge on the azhera who took her.

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pirate thronePIRATE THRONE (TELEPATHIC SPACE PIRATES BOOK 3) by Carysa Locke

Soldiers. Assassins. Pirates. Saviors.

The monarchy has fallen. The Alpha Queen has made her first move, and the peace and stability that ruled the galaxy for four generations is in ashes. Chaos reigns as old feuds and new conflicts plunge the Commonwealth to the brink of civil war.

Into this maelstrom is exactly where Mercy must go. If she has any hope of defending her people against the Alpha Queen and her forces, she must search out the origins of the Talented. Accompanied by a trusted few, she will go to the heart of the Commonwealth looking for answers. But Mercy’s enemies will not sit back and wait for her to find them, and she isn’t the only one searching for long buried secrets. She will battle mercenaries and slavers, corporations and Warlords looking to profit off of her people.
And most dangerous of all, a Wraith Squad hunts her, an assassination unit with one goal: to kill the last pirate Queen.

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deal breakerDEAL BREAKER (HEART OF THE NEBULA BOOK 2) by Heather Long and Rebecca Royce

Destiny declared I would be queen of a world I’d never known. Have you ever fallen for four perfect guys only to find out they were aliens and, wait for it, newsflash, so are you? Yeah, me neither. At least until I did. Just when I decided I’d rather skip the ride to the stars for life on Earth, my best friend died in my arms and I went a little crazy. I woke to darkness. I used to think getting up to go to work every day and paying my bills was hard work, but nothing could have prepared me for the challenges ahead. While my heart had chosen Reese, Briggs, Goran, and Dalton, vengeance consumed my mind. Vengeance for my best friend, vengeance for the men I loved and vengeance for me—because I hadn’t wanted this fight.
Destiny said I’d be queen? Fine, then destiny can bite my enemies in the ass.

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jingled tana stoneJINGLED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Tana Stone

Naughty or nice? For the women abducted from Earth and claimed as tribute brides for the Drexian warriors, being on the naughty list isn’t so bad. Not when being naughty is so tempting. It’s Christmas on the Drexian space station, and the abducted Earth women are in the mood for some holiday fun. They may have been taken from their homes and mated to bad-ass alien warriors, but that’s no reason they can’t throw a holiday party to make them feel like they’re back on Earth.

With the help of the station’s colorful wedding planners and stylists, the tribute brides are decking the halls and jingling the bells. And when it comes to their Drexians mates, the stockings aren’t the only things that are hung. Six steamy Drexian-human couples are all eager to steal more than a few kisses under the mistletoe. And they might even get to do some merry matchmaking while they’re at it!

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guarded by themGUARDED BY THEM: PLANET ATHION SERIES (BETWEEN REBELS BOOK 2) by Skye MacKinnon

I never expected to be stranded on an asteroid with four aliens. It’s a miracle we survived, but just because we’re still alive after the crash doesn’t mean it will stay that way. One of the Athions almost killed me. I don’t trust him and I don’t think I ever will.
The other Athion seems nice, but every time I look at him, I’m reminded of what his kind did to me. And the two Trads… well, things are confusing. I think I like them. A lot. But I’m not supposed to fall in love with the enemy. It would have been easier to have died in the crash. But now I’m determined to survive, no matter the cost.

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alien chiefs bargained brideTHE ALIEN CHIEF’S BARGAINED BRIDE (THE HAASJI SETTLEMENT BRIDES BOOK 1) by Dominica Bolden

VS note: Some reviews mention this is short and also some mention an abrupt ending.

Mallory Delour would do anything for her little sister, Stephanie. So when a genetic disease threatens her sister’s life, Mallory is left with only two options:
She can go into crippling medical debt to delay the inevitable, or she can become an alien’s bride with the assurance that Stephanie will receive life-altering gene therapy.
For Mallory, the choice is easy….But for Alek’dar, it isn’t. When the humans approached him, he’d been wary. But, by taking them up on their offer, he can kill two birds with one stone—a bride for him and an alliance with the humans. Happiness hasn’t been factored into their decision but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t find it. Unless someone, or something, stands in their way.

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serpent of the abyssSERPENT OF THE ABYSS (SHADOWED DREAMS EROTICA BOOK 2) by S J Sanders

VS Note: Listed as erotica.

A new job was exactly what Lori needed, especially after breaking up with her boyfriend. It gave her not only desperately needed funds but a chance to get away. When she signed on with Darvel Explorations, imagined luxurious, exotic alien worlds. Instead she ends up working as a laborer in a mine on what appeared to be a barren rock of a planet. She hates her job. More than anything she is becoming increasingly afraid.
The workers whisper that the new mining equipment disturbed something in the depths of the caverns, something that is attacking miners. When an accident leaves her to the mercy of one such creature, she has to decide if she can accept a monster from the depths.

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very arcav christmasA VERY ARCAV CHRISTMAS (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 6) by Hope Hart

For the human women on Arcavia, there’s plenty to celebrate during the holidays. Sure, the Grivath are a constant threat, but with a surprise wedding to plan, a baby on the way, and even a visit from Santa, the first Arcav Christmas is sure to be incredible. This sci-fi romance holiday novella features four couples from the previous five Arcav Alien Invasion books. You’ll love this novella if you’re looking for more from Harlow and Varian, Jaret and Amanda, Methi and Meghan, and Eve and Korva.  This novella is not intended as a stand-alone and will only make sense if you’ve read the other books in the series.

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down among the deadDOWN AMONG THE DEAD (THE FARIAN WAR BOOK 2) by K B Wagers

VS Note: Not a romance but a December release of note. Has been optioned for a TV series as I understand it.

In a surprise attack that killed many of her dearest subjects, Hail Bristol, empress of Indrana, has been captured by the Shen — the most ruthless and fearsome aliens humanity has ever encountered. As she plots her escape, the centuries-long war between her captors and the Farians, their mortal enemies and Indrana’s oldest allies, finally comes to a head. When her captors reveal a shocking vision of the future, Hail must make the unexpectedly difficult decision she’s been avoiding: whether to back the Shen or the Farians. Staying neutral is no longer an option. Will Hail fight? Or will she fall?

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precious cargoPRECIOUS CARGO (FORGOTTEN CARGO BOOK 1) by Beva John

SYLVIA – I was abducted from Earth in 1969 and I’ve been in a stasis pod for over six hundred years until I was purchased by yellow lizard-like aliens.
RAAN – As First Merchandising Officer, my job is clear. I am to find the highest bidders for the abandoned cargo – seven vintage Human females – which are hot property in the Intergalactic Cooperative. I find the task distasteful, but there is one fascinating female I refuse to sell – the one with long straight hair and green eyes, wearing a short skirt and a strange blouse that is no more than two tiny triangles of cloth. Because she is MINE.
I will pay everything for her and fight anyone who tries to take her from me.

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tal amunTAL-AMUN (THE NOVA FORCE: CHAMPIONS OF AARU BOOK 1) by Vivienne Savage

Exarch Tal-Amun is royalty among the Lexar, a race of giant, genetically superior humans charged with protecting the universe. When another alien species attacks an unauthorized human research base, the alien commander goes down personally to rescue the survivors.With them comes a human researcher with the body of a goddess and the stubborn soul of a female Lexar. She’s the woman he’s spent his entire life searching for, and earning her trust won’t be easy.

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trick mikayla laneTRICK (SECOND WAVE BOOK 7) by Mikayla Lane

Finally taken into the confidence of the Dranovians, Trick fle’ te’ Brazar is thrilled to be helping them find the most vulnerable of their lost brethren. He never expected his first try to net him more than another Dranovian for the coming war.
Lisa Edmonds had never been anything more than a throwaway foster child struggling to exist in a world that never wanted her. The moment she met the beautiful fairy-man, Lisa knew her world would never be the same again.
Fighting to be allowed to train with the Dranovians, Trick will battle the guardian of war and a host of daemons to keep his mate safe. But it will be something closer to home that will tear apart the new life Trick and Lisa are trying to forge. It will take everything within Trick, and the new family he welcomes, to save what matters most to him.

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alien barbarians mateALIEN BARBARIANS’ MATE (PURPLE PLANET BOOK 2) by Zara Starr

The strange storms that have been raging all over the world have only intensified in the past months. Some say the end of the world is coming, but Mikaela doesn’t believe in such nonsense. Although she’d like nothing more than to curl up in front of the TV when it rains, she has her small dog to take care of. Taking Tremor out for a walk, a lightning suddenly strikes her. She wakes up in a completely different world with hulky, purple alien barbarians. When one of them tries to grab poor Tremor, she fights back. Hell no, they’re not taking her dog! And she definitely isn’t staying here! Not even if the guys are kind of hot and all seem to want her.

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hope in a time of warHOPE IN A TIME OF WAR by Athena Storm

I claimed her by force. And yet she saved me… An angel who brought peace. I revel in war. In conflict. Death. And destruction. I fight for vengeance. In hopes it will soothe the sadness of my soul. At first I think nothing when I capture Faith Jorelle. But then I realize there is more to her. Her beauty – ethereal and fragile. Her spirit – passionate and free.
She enraptures me. And the predator becomes the prey…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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captured by the alien captainCAPTURED BY AN ALIEN CAPTAIN (THE NOVANS BOOK 6) by Ashlyn Hawkes

Captain Stox is far too busy to even look at the human females, so when Overlord Nestrol insists Stox find one, Stox captures the first one he sees. He’s in for a rude awakening. Lara Barnes is a captain herself and is only on Kuria to oversee how the females are being treated. She is not going to tolerate BS. Will the two find a way to put aside their differences to perform their duties? Can love save them from killing each other?

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vilkas servantTHE VILKA’S SERVANT: THE SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 1 by Pearl Foxx

Vera is the sole female engineer in her department aboard the Zynthar International Space Station. When alien shapeshifters take her and a group of women hostage, it’s a battle between life and death. Vera and the women are forced into servitude on an unknown planet full of shape-shifting alien wolves called Vilkas. Vera will do anything to escape, but the Vilka she works for is protective and loyal … and far too attractive.

Rayner is Beta of Clan Vilka on Kladuu. It’s a position he puts before all other aspects of his life, including love. But the more he gets to know his beautiful human servant, the more he recognizes the flaws in his clan’s way of life. Amidst the stirrings of a servant uprising, another serious threat lurks in the shadows, waiting to destroy all Rayner holds dear—including Vera. When Rayner’s duties to his clan and his Alpha fall in direct opposition to protecting Vera—to protecting his mate—he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Even if the cost is betraying his people. Even if the cost is his life.

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warriors brideTHE WARRIOR’S BRIDE (WARRIORS OF VALKRED BOOK 3) by Roxie Ray

I’ll stop the traitor to protect my people … and my mate. When a traitor enslaves a peaceful ally, it’s my job to see them rescued and the turncoat brought to justice. I never thought liberating Valkredian allies would lead me to my mate. By the looks of it, Judy doesn’t belong among the Macurians, but the little human was raised from infancy by the King and Queen and she’s just as royal as any of them. The soul of a warrior beats within her and she’ll stop at nothing to save her people.

Nothing could make me want to leave … until I meet him. Dhimurs shows up like a conquering hero to save Macura from a traitor. Though I’ll sacrifice anything to save my people, I alone am not enough. This Valkredian warrior is just the person I need … on the battlefield and off of it. But as the bond between us grows stronger I’ll have to decide where I truly belong: with the Macurians who accepted me or the alien warrior who saved me. What will become of a human raised an alien princess if she leaves her kingdom for a chance at true love?

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QUEEN OF CHAOS (LORDS OF SIDHE BOOK 2) by May Sage queen of chaos

The new regents’ rules have only just started, but none are likely to keep a crown on their heads—or a head on their shoulders—if they don’t forge lasting alliances.

Mel should have heeded her captor’s advice: never keep an enemy alive. She didn’t expect her friends would pay the price for her actions.
When the two women she loves most are taken by the fae, Mel has to carve a place among the savage lords of Sidhe and prove herself as brutal as any of them.
Even Caim. Caim’s darker instincts want him to tease, toy with, and own every part of the goddess fate has thrown in his arms, but to give in might mean losing her. To deny his nature would be losing himself. Surrounded by enemies, they have to work together.
Or divide and conquer.

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shifters stormSHIFTER’S STORM (ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Carol Van Natta

VS note: I can’t wait to read this! Pre-ordered. I love Carol’s books!

In a dying fairy fantasyland, can two shifters tell if the magic between them is real? 
While volunteering for hurricane cleanup, sheriff’s deputy and leopard shifter Chantal Hammond stumbles across two escapees from a fairy fantasyland. Unfortunately, when she tries to help, she ends up trapped. She quickly discovers she’s lost in a mini-world of trouble, and more captives need rescuing.

Prehistoric sloth shifter Dauro de Mar and his friends have cruelly been imprisoned in their animal forms for years. His plan to lead the escape is mostly wishful thinking until an intoxicating and magical leopard shifter arrives still in her human form. She’s their game changer.

It’s going to take Chantal’s and Dauro’s combined skills, magic, and courage to evade evil hunters and greedy fairies, and get everyone out of this mess. Especially since the fairy fantasyland is disintegrating. Can they fight off danger—and their sizzling attraction—long enough to win their freedom? Or will they be destroyed by the mother of all storms when this magical land dies?

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darkest assassinTHE DARKEST ASSASSIN: A LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Gena Showalter

Fox is a demon-possessed immortal with many talents. –Ability to open portals—check
–Power to kill the most dangerous Sent Ones—check –Scare away any man who might want to date her—mate Now, the keeper of Distrust has been marked for death, a winged assassin with rainbow-colored eyes tracking her every move, determined to avenge the males she accidentally decimated. If only she could control the desire to rip off his clothes…
Bjorn is a fierce warrior with many complications. –Tragic, torture-filled past—check
–A wife he was forced to wed, who is draining his life force—check –Ever-intensifying desire for the enigmatic Fox—mate Never has he hesitated to exterminate an evil being. Until now. The sharp-tongued female with a shockingly vulnerable heart tempts him in ways no one else ever has, threatening his iron control.
But, as Fate itself seems to conspire against the unlikely pair, both old and new enemies emerge. And Fox and Bjorn must fight to survive. And learn to love.

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dragon with benefitsDRAGON WITH BENEFITS (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Terry Bolryder

Trevor is used to simple pleasures. Like a gigantic mansion. Or expensive sushi. But when he’s caught on video doing something ridiculous that a powerful gold dragon such as himself shouldn’t have been doing, he hopes it will all just blow over. Instead, it puts him face to face with the most beautiful, frustrating woman in the world. One that may just be his mate.

Petra didn’t know what to expect of the gorgeous, bronze-haired man from the video on the website she works for. But it’s definitely not the arrogant, standoffish welcome she receives when trying to get an interview. But hottie or not, the sexy jerk stands between Petra and her promotion. And even if she wants to kiss him more than she wants to interview him, she’ll do whatever it takes.

To Petra’s amazement, Trevor isn’t all he seems at first impression. He’s thoughtful, romantic, sensual…and making life complicated again. Meanwhile, Trevor is aware that his world says he can’t take a mate for his own, but he could never let Petra belong to anyone else.  Because even though he’s a double dragon, there’s only one single person in the world that he’ll ever want.

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charmed im sureCHARMED I’M SURE (THE DEVIL YOU KNOW BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Allan D’Alessandro thought he had his ticket out of Hell secured. Until his alleged “soul mate” bailed, leaving him only three weeks — three weeks — to lose his heart and be loved in return. For real. Or for real he can kiss the Hollywood glamor, the hilltop house, the Tesla roadster goodbye. And say hello to his old job as Asmodeus, object of his fellow demons’ eternal derision.

But there’s that aquamarine-eyed wedding planner who pulled off Lucifer’s nuptials without a hitch. She’s all about romance, right? Wooing her should be a piece of cake. Wedding cake, if he plays his cards right.

Belinda Carson has had to get used to letting men walk out of her life. She has no choice — any man who falls in love with a Carson witch is guaranteed a gruesome fate. So she uses her magic to create perfect weddings…just not her own. But surely there’s no harm in indulging in a harmless holiday fling with the sandy-haired Hollywood agent whose megawatt smile lights up her world. After New Year’s, they’ll go their separate ways. They’ve agreed. It’s all set. Except he’s dismantled all her defenses. And this time, her heart isn’t letting go.

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cursed fae kingTHE CURSED FAE KING (THE CURSED KINGDOMS SERIES BOOK  2) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey

Curses and crowns. That’s what it takes to make a crumbling kingdom. And the Northern Kingdom, it’ll soon be an empire of dusty remains if we can’t find our enemies hiding in plain sight. King Iri isn’t exactly my ally in all of this either. The prophecy and our marriage are all he’s focused on. It’s all he thinks he needs to keep his kingdom’s faith.
Faith isn’t strong enough for what we need though. It won’t stop whoever is behind all this from spreading death across his lands like wildfire. We don’t need faith at all. We need revenge.

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last vampire book 6THE LAST VAMPIRE: BOOK 6 by R A Steffan and Jaelynn Woolf

Unfortunately, running away from your problems only works for so long. Since I got pulled into the secret underworld of demons, Fae, and vampires, it’s been one crisis after another. I’ve been dodging and ducking, rather than hitting back. Reacting instead of acting. Ransley Thorpe and I have been gradually backed into a corner, and we’re about to take the offensive. We may be punching way above our weight class, it’s true. But if the alternative is death or captivity at the hands of our enemies, do we really have anything to lose? The good news is, the soul-bond I share with my vampire lover means we can never be parted from each other—not even in death. With that reassurance in mind, it’s time to make sure Hell and Dhuinne come to regret the day they ever decided to take us on.
So… yeah. A half-crazy vampire and an ex-waitress are about to go up against the toughest the paranormal world has to offer. I figure it’ll either be totally badass… or the most epic smackdown in history.

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emeraldEMERALD (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 9) by Jade Waltz

They say good things come in threes…. and for those who wait. Emerald used to believe that until her thirty-third birthday, when her life got turned upside down. Her pet Godzilla dies, she loses her job and to top it all off, her car breaks down in this weird town called Silver Springs. One sip from a pumpkin spice latte at the local cafe, Emerald is surrounded by three gorgeous males – Chryso, Maw, and Vesuv – who state they want to help and won’t take no for an answer.  Something about them calls to her but Emerald is afraid to explore what – especially when she was having the worst day of her life.
Will she stick around long enough to figure out what is going on between them? Or will she find a way home and never return to Silver Springs ever again?

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night wolfNIGHT WOLF (WOLVES OF EVERGREEN BOOK 4) by Suzanne Roslyn

It was his job to help protect the pack until he found the one that would be his undoing. He found her beaten and left for dead in the woods. His woods, the one where his wolf pack patroled, and his spirit could be free. Trey never planned to shift back into man, not until he found her.

She called herself Jane Doe, claiming to have no memories of her life before coming to Evergreen, but Trey knows she is hiding something.  She’s connected to those woods as much as he is connected to her. Jane can’t risk anyone finding out her true identity, especially the man who claims they are meant to be together. While her heart disagrees, Jane must find her brother and save the members of her clan outside the shifter reservation.

She was his the moment he found her, but there is some else out there hunting for her. While the tracks take Trey on a chase for answers, his heart and his soul war to do what is right. Having to stand up for herself, Jane will risk everything when the truth is revealed. But will it be enough for Trey to hold on to Jane and protect her from the one she thought to escape?

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harley merlin 14HARLEY MERLIN 14: FINCH MERLIN AND THE FORGOTTENC KINGDOM by Bella Forrest

Finch is in deep, with no surface in sight. He hadn’t expected a welcoming party when they whirlpooled into Atlantis—although “welcoming” isn’t exactly the right word. More like “mildly hostile.” As descendants of the powerful Primus Anglicus, the Atlanteans are not to be trifled with. But Erebus isn’t leaving until he gets what he wants—and neither is Davin. Caught in the midst of a political battle royale, Finch can only ride out the waves. And he knows he’ll be lucky to escape this underwater prison without leaving anyone behind. For Melody, being trapped in an ancient, unfamiliar city is a dream come true. She hungers to fill the gaps in her knowledge, and Atlantis is a delicious buffet, from love potions and Death Day celebrations to beautiful and dangerous creatures.
Navigating this new world isn’t so scary with her trusty bodyguard by her side, though she must protect her own heart. History has shown that the Librarian isn’t supposed to fall in love… but what if it’s already too late?

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bringer of nightBRINGER OF NIGHT (SPECTR SERIES 3 BOOK 2) by Jordan L Hawk

The vampire spirit Gray and his human host Caleb have sworn never to drink from a human again. But when a woman from one of Caleb’s tour groups is murdered by what appears to be a vampire, Caleb is arrested as the prime suspect. Not only does she have a bite mark on her throat, but security camera footage reveals her murderer looks exactly like Caleb, down to the clothes he was wearing that night.
Can Caleb and Gray clear their names, not only to the police but to John? Or will the new life they’ve built in New Orleans come crashing down around them?

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day in the deathA DAY IN THE DEATH OF WALTER ZOWISLAK: A LOVE STORY by Molly O’Keefe

VS note: I have no idea if this has a happy ending, not listed as a romance, but had an intriguing plot.

If, at the end of your life, you got to pick one day to relive, what day would you pick?
Walter Zawislak wants none of it. Not a day to relive, not a trip down memory lane through a life he wasted. His wife, Rosie, died twenty years ago, and without her he hasn’t done much living. So if it’s lights out for him, then just turn them off already and let him get some peace and quiet.

But Peter, the mysterious young man in charge of Walter’s afterlife, isn’t listening to Walter. In Peter’s eyes there is beauty in every day, even the bad ones. Even the really bad ones. Of which Water has had more than a few. But there are also days of bravery and heroism. Selflessness and grace. And Rosie…there are lots of days of Rosie.
Before it’s too late for both of them, Peter has to remind Walter that there’s more to life than dying.

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tuffy clausTUFFY CLAUS by Linda Mooney

It’s another night on the job for Deputy Sheriff Barbara Mero, giving chase to a suspect in a stolen vehicle. But when someone beats her to the perp, she’s not sure whether to step in or not. Before she can stop him, a sledgehammer-wielding bearded biker on a red Harley delivers his own punishment, but with his parting words, Babs isn’t so sure he’s another bad guy.

After further investigation, Babs knows this vigilante “Santa” meant well, but there’s no proof he was even there. And after a few more run-ins with the red-cloaked badass, she’s torn between duty and justice, but in her heart she knows he’s the real deal.

You see, there’s a side of the story of Santa that doesn’t get told, and that’s where Dominik comes in. Being the twin to Kris, Dom’s job isn’t near as merry, though still necessary, answering the letters from the kids who want more than just toys. Those who want a better, safer life, food, and shelter. Basic needs a kid shouldn’t have to wish for on Christmas. Alhough he’s accepted his own lot in life, Dominik still has one regret. It’s a lonely life. There’s another side to jolly old Saint Nick, and he ain’t a saint.

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rescued by the faeRESCUED BY THE FAE (MATED TO A FAE BOOK 3) by Maia Starr

I have her trapped inside the Golden Prison. Aurelia’s life is on the line and saving her would mean betraying my king. …but I’m her prison guard! I have to keep reminding myself of that. My obsession with taking her innocence only grows with each passing day. She’s a dragon/human hybrid. It’s why the Fae King wants her in his possession.
Her blood would help him produce more Divine Faes. Aurelia is my fated mate.
It’s painful to watch her trapped in here. But it won’t be for too long. I’ll defeat my king by myself if that’s what it takes to save her life.

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his unexpected mateHIS UNEXPECTED MATE by T L West

Living in a small wooden cabin at the edge of a forest and working to solve the mystery of recent murders, young Eli Bright learns the locals believe a man-beast is responsible.
As an outsider, he is watched very closely as he works with the young local sheriff, Stanley Blake. But Eli knows there has to be a proper explanation. Paranormal creatures don’t exist, right?

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sea monsters mateTHE SEA MONSTER’S MATE by Delaney Rain

VS Note: A November release.

Eric Baird made the decision to abandon modern conveniences and his prejudiced family for a simple island life. He has a small cabin and a lagoon all to himself and, though he’s sometimes lonely, he’s mostly relieved that he can finally be free. But one lazy afternoon swim takes a dangerous turn when a cramp has Eric struggling not to drown. Suddenly, someone saves him, and he’s ever so grateful…until he sees who it is.

Tyfodorus is a Cecaelia who has a rather human upper body and a definitely squid lower half. As if a mersquid in his lagoon isn’t enough to knock the socks off Eric, Ty lets him know they’re here to breed. Would Eric be the host to Ty’s six eggs? Pretty please?

Eric gets to know Ty and agrees, resulting in some amazing sex and six little highly intelligent, totally adorable hatchlings. As they adjust to living as a family in the lagoon, they also have to understand just how genetically compatible they are, deal with a shipwreck survivor, and make plans for their future together.

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elemental faithELEMENTAL FAITH (WARLOCKS BOOK 3) by L M Somerton

When you’re a warlock, proving your worth can be fatal. Evrain Brookes had thought that being a warlock was about genetics—a freak offshoot of evolution that somehow allowed him to manipulate the elements. So when his godfather explains there’s a deeper purpose for warlocks being around, one that stretches back into the reaches of time, Evrain is intrigued.

Warlocks have been using their abilities to tweak the course of history for the better since records began but before Evrain can be allowed to fulfill his destiny, he has to pass a test. This challenge takes him and his life partner, Dominic Castine, back to Scotland, to the Isle of Skye. What they both face there will determine the course of their future.  Evrain has no way of knowing if he will prevail, but both their lives depend on it.

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her prophecyHER PROPHECY (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Alice Wilde

VS Note: A late November release.

Three shifter armies lost. A world descending into darkness. One woman to save them all…Time is running short in more ways than one, and we’ve lost nearly as much as we’ve gained… if not more. Black magic has already spread, slowly sinking its claws into the darkness and calling forth evil. If we don’t find a way to defeat Damien soon, the world and all its unsuspecting inhabitants will soon be in his grasp. The problem is, no one seems to believe me or, if they do, willing to help. Now that we’ve lost our human armies, we only have one creature left to turn to… a dragon.

Danger, betrayal, and heartache lie in wait for us at every turn, and even I am beginning to lose hope that we’ll ever make it back alive, let alone to save my kingdom. But I have to try, no matter the cost. I have to do it for them…My men. Their future. Our kingdom.

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to kill a kingTO KILL A KING (HOLLOWCLIFF DETECTIVES BOOK 2) by C S Wilde

The Night King is dead, and his killer is on the loose. When Mera Maurea goes to Lunor Insul to investigate the Night King’s murder, she knows bringing her partner Sebastian Dhay is a mistake, mostly because he’s the victim’s freaking son. Things would be a lot easier if Bast’s relationship with his four brothers wasn’t so… explosive. As the culprit keeps attacking the Night Court, Mera and Bast will have to catch him before all remaining Dhays are dead. Everything is connected, and solving this case might just bring Mera closer to Poseidon.

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together bound book 2TOGETHER BOUND (SENTRIES BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Noble

VS Note: From November

Todd Ruger is a sentry, a very good one, some might say the best. He was eleven when he and Nick were bound as master and slave. Todd spent the years Nick lived in the slave village waiting for the day Nick could leave and they’d be together, bit by bit building a life for both of them. He took his role of master seriously. It was his responsibility to provide for Nick, protect him and along the way he learned to love him. Todd loved Nick deeply and completely. They were more than a pair of sentries. Todd and Nick were friends, lovers, mates.

Eighteen months ago, Nick left the small village where he’d spent his entire life being raised and trained as a slave. Blessed with a unique skill set, Nick became a sentry. He took his place beside his master, Todd Ruger, defending society against the many paranormal threats that abound. They became more than master and slave, they became mates. Nick had found a home with Todd and together they became a family. Eventually, Nick’s special abilities and skills attract the attention of the second most powerful man in New Colorado Protectorate’s government, Vice Chancellor Clarke. Or, maybe certain people knew of Nick all along and just now had cause to use him. He believes Nick might be the answer to explaining Chancellor Shaffer’s sudden, unusual behavior.

Forced to go undercover the Chancellor’s Estate, Todd and Nick discover an ancient and deadly creature preying on residents of the estate. The same creature that is radically effecting Chancellor Shaffer. A creature only Nick can see in its true form. It hunts using specialized skills and has Todd and Nick in its crosshairs. Even if they defeat the creature and survive, they still face the possibility of being torn from each other when their lives are thrown into chaos by the thing they’re hunting.

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wolfs dutyWOLF’S DUTY (TEXAS RANCH WOLF PACK SERIES BOOK 12) by Lynn Nodima

VS note: From late November.

Beware the King’s rage. Nate thinks the danger to his pack is over and all he has to worry about is the president’s invitation to the State of the Union address and officiating upcoming pack weddings. But when a Huntsman infiltrates the ranch, threatening his pack with destruction, Nate’s fury reaches new levels. The Progenitors warned Nate an Alpha’s anger kills. They didn’t tell him the King’s anger destroys.

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claimed by the dragon kingCLAIMED BY THE DRAGON KING by Riley Storm

As the newest member of the Mage Council, Kyla Langston is sent on a mission to House Draconis to find out why the shifters have united. She’s not looking forward to spending any time with the savage brutes until she meets the Dragon King. He challenges everything she’s ever been told about his kind. Instead of running away from him, she wants to run right into his arms instead. Torn between two worlds, she doesn’t know how to honor the Council’s wishes while also honoring her heart’s desire.

Galen never asked to be King of House Draconis. As if dealing with the vampire menace isn’t enough, he’s also stuck contending with a gorgeous, but bristly, mage. Kyla is unlike anyone he’s ever known. She’s smart, cunning, and possesses all of the qualities he’d want in a mate. But he’ll never cross that line with her. Years ago, he promised himself he’d never forgive the mages for what they did, and nothing she can do will make him change his mind.

As the tension between the mages and shifters comes to a head, they must navigate generations of hatred and mistrust to come together to save their people. They barely trust each other, but as they work together to fight the vampires, their fiery relationship might be exactly what they need to save themselves from extinction.

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freeing oberonFREEING OBERON (TUNDRA WOLVES BOOK 6) by Maggie Walsh

Oberon is a vampire living in the frozen Tundra with a pack of wolves that have treated him better than anyone ever before in his life, including his own family, but the move has been causing chaos, not only with his feedings and his sleep, but with his desires. Living with a pack of wolves who embrace their dominant and submissive sides is hard on a man who, deep down, craves submission, but is always forced to be the one on top.

While Oberon tries to deal with a dark past filled with torture, pain, and rejection, he has a hard time ignoring his dark desires when the sexy beta, Legion, is near. Legion does things to him that make Oberon feel ashamed, but the man pushes every button for him, causing Oberon to have to fight his cravings even harder…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shadow reaper ann gimpelSHADOW REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

The dead are restless, and a whole lot less cooperative than they have been. That was true even before I drew the short straw and ended up with Vampire duty.
Since then, Reaping has taken way more time. So much, I’m worried I’ll lose all the clients from the career that actually feeds me. I run a small private pilot school. It pays most of the bills and means I don’t have to keep regular hours. Death wants me to remain in one piece. She’s bailed me out often enough, she’s all but ordered me to find other employment. I just smile and nod after our little talks, and then I climb back into a cockpit. Our last toe-to-toe didn’t go so well. She went and assigned Vampires to me. That’s when Reaping turned into a million-hour-a-week job. I can almost hear the Reaper who was stuck with them before, laughing his head off.

I shepherd souls to the other side. Vampires have zero interest in leaving, but I have a quota to fill. Means I have to trick them, but it didn’t work for long. They’re onto me. Damn Death, anyway. She painted a target on my back, and now the Vamps are out for blood. In more ways than one.

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christmas with the soldier dragonCHRISTMAS WITH THE SOLDIER DRAGON (SHIFTER NATION SPECIAL OPS SHIFTERS) by Meg Ripley

Being the only shifter of his kind, Special Forces Engineer Sergeant Garrison Stokes has never known the sense of family that comes with being part of a clan. With the holidays fast approaching, the dragon sees the rest of his Special Ops Shifter Force comrades getting ready to celebrate Christmas with their mates, and that only magnifies the issue.

So when he’s presented with a mission to investigate a mysterious case of shifter disappearances around Lake Tahoe, he jumps at the chance to get away from it all. But when he arrives, his inner dragon can’t pull himself away from what’s drawing him to the depths of the chilly lake.

The last of Maren Stone’s clan died off ages ago, and with no other dragons shifters left in the world, she’s lived in relative solitude. Protecting her territory on Lake Tahoe has been getting more difficult over the years, thanks to the sprawl of tourism. Now, rumors of the lake monster the humans believe her to be are growing, and she’s in more danger than ever before.  But one night, when she comes face to face with another dragon in the lake…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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guppy princeTHE GUPPY PRINCE (THE SILVER ISLES BOOK 1) by C W Gray

VS Note: From November

Dover Rees is a guppy tailed merman and the youngest child of the King of the Southern Silver Isles. Despite the lofty title, he fits in better with the other guppy tailed working class than with his royal siblings. Dover spends his days secluded in his creek, successfully avoiding the King’s court and all the judgmental nobles there. Then, the most wonderous and horrible thing happens. He hears the mating call and knows his alpha is waiting for him.
Ben Elliot is just a human trying to get by in a small tourist beach town. He has his art and a few good friends, and that should be enough, right? Wrong. Coming home to a quiet house and an empty bed starts to wear on him, but none of the omegas he knows appeal to him. Until a storm knocks him off his fishing boat and he’s rescued by a mysterious, blue-haired omega.
Together, Dover and Ben forge a bond strong enough to stand against the storm of corrupt lords, court politics, and a cursed king.

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savage prideSAVAGE PRIDE (LION HEARTS BOOK 1) by Cecelia Lane

Running from a devastating betrayal, Hailey’s wound is salted when car trouble strands her in the path of a snarly lion shifter with a chip on his shoulder the size of Pride Rock.
She can’t decide what’s worse—his snarky, human hating attitude, or the fact that her judgement sucks and she is falling in love with the devil in sexy blue jeans. But refusing to trust will cost her more than her future happiness… it could cost her life.

Alpha lion Trent has no one but his pride, a group of misfits holding onto control by a claw under his leadership. He doesn’t need the complication of a stubborn, mouthy, human woman who looks him in the eye and sets off every instinct to claim.
Especially since his uncle is threatening to solve Trent’s Hailey problem with violence.
For Trent isn’t the only one who wants to see all humans kicked out of town and lions back at the top of the food chain. He’s just the only one who is starting to change his mind…the only one who realizes that the love of a mate is worth fighting, dying, and forgiving for.

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samsonSAMSON – PRINCE OF TIGERS by Kathi S Barton

Allison Sheppard had come back to town to bury her siblings. Allie’s sister and two brothers had robbed the local bank. Samson Prince had killed two of them to protect the innocent people in the bank, her baby brother was sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial. Allie wanted to wash her hands of all of them.

It didn’t take Allie but a moment to realize that the entire town looked on her as a pariah, like she was responsible for what her siblings did. Not that she could blame them, but the silent accusations did hurt. The sooner she was finished with this mess, the better. She would leave this town and good riddance.

Samson only wanted to make the woman understand that they weren’t monsters, and he had no choice in the bank, but from the moment he was within two feet of her, her scent overwhelmed him. Allie was his mate, and this changed everything.

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dragon embracedDRAGON EMBRACED (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 8) by Viola Grace

Zzara has been learning magic forbidden to dragons. When the mage guild catches on to what her tutor has been showing her, they are both in trouble. Helping a dragon to learn magic is a high crime. If the dragon wasn’t the child of Magus Warrok, the dragon wasn’t allowed spellwork.
Zzara has few choices. Either she can remain in her friend’s home and put her in danger, or she can leave with the knowledge she already has mastered. It is a choice that forces her to make decisions she wanted to leave for another year.
Emory guards the blood dragon. He has been waiting for this moment for years. The moment the call came out for guards, he got clearance from the elders and made his way to the capital.
The blood dragon was shorter than he had imagined, but she had an intelligence and a will that never failed to surprise him. He had to remain on his toes when she was around, and keeping an air of mystery was his first line of defense.

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conquer the darknessCONQUER THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 15) by Alexandra Ivy

On the edge of the Mojave desert, out of the lights of Las Vegas, even a werewolf can expect a share of peace and solitude. For Ulric, the last surviving member of a pack hunted through centuries, it’s one of few places he’s willing to drop his guard. Until he spots Brigette, a beautiful wolf-woman he thought dead long ago. When he gives chase, he loses her—and discovers he’s being followed himself.

His pursuer is a zephyr sprite, Rainn, on the trail of a frightening prophecy she can’t predict or understand. All she knows is that Ulric is at its center. If he’s determined to find Brigette, she’ll do what she must to keep him with her.
When the search leads them to a place where Ulric’s ghosts and Rainn’s portents intertwine, a lurking evil waits to swallow them both. But as they fight for survival, their need for each other will become impossible to deny.

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capturing a unicornCAPTURING A UNICORN (CHIMERA SECRETS BOOK 5) by Eve Langlais

Will he betray or save the world’s only unicorn? Oliver is on a mission to expose the secrets of a clinic that dared to perform illegal experiments on humans. Against all laws and morals, there are doctors making monsters, and it has to stop. Humanity itself is at stake, which is why he must destroy the knowledge of their creation and eliminate any living threats.

Then Oliver meets Emma, a former patient, living within the ruins of the clinic. She’s sweet and gentle, pretty, too—despite the horn projecting from her forehead. It seems Oliver has found one of the monsters, and she’s like nothing he imagined. Will he go through with his plan to eradicate those changed by Chimera’s secret, or save Emma for love?

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