The Story Behind the Story: Why I Wrote My #Scifi Rock Star Romance

pets2In case you haven’t heard me making lots of noise and throwing confetti, Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2 made the USA Today Best Seller List this week!

I thought it would be a good time to re-blog this post I wrote for my co-organizer on the anthology, Pauline B Jones, about why I wrote this particular story. Pauline loves to have authors come visit and spill the beans on the stories behind the story. I’ll give you the beginning of the post here and then you can jump over and read the rest on Pauline’s blog.

Here’s how I began the post:

“It’s always such a pleasure to visit your blog and explain the influences that contributed to how I wrote a newly released book or story! In fact, this process is so much fun I sometimes find myself thinking while writing a book, “Oh, I’ll have to tell Pauline about this.”

I’ve always wanted to write a rock star romance because I LOVE the genre but if I sit down to write anything, it inevitably becomes science fiction. So when you and I decided to do Pets In Space 2, I thought, here’s my chance to involve a rock star. Among my favorites are Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series, J T Geissinger, Liora Blake…plus movies such as “The Bodyguard” and “Beyond the Lights”.  I had also recently read that there are cruises nowadays where bands are featured and do concerts and fan events during the cruise. So that part of the story worked fine if I set this Pets In Space story on board my interstellar luxury cruise liner, the Nebula Dream.

The next question was who would the hero be? I love to write Sectors Special Forces heroes, or recently retired service members from that branch, so I decided Grant would fall into that category and be a security officer on the ship. In that job assignment, it was logical that he’d cross paths with a high profile passenger like a rock star.

As far as a pet….”(and now you can find the rest  of the post here, including an excerpt: http://www.paulinebjones.com/why-star-cruise-songbird  )

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday October 18

unexpected pippaAs 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).

UNEXPECTED: AN ALIEN ROMANCE by Pippa Jay

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new book from Pip!

When an injured alien crashes on her planet, Soraya follows her instinct to repair and restore it despite the challenge of their differing physiology. But as she gets closer to her patient and he recovers, Soraya confronts a whole new form of existence…and a desire that could destroy her completely.

Yoran chose exile in order to release the woman he thought his soulmate from a marriage contract she had no wish to fulfill, and almost paid for it with his life. Now he finds himself drawn to his alien savior. But how can he ask her to give up the only existence she knows when he’s already suffered the consequences of such a sacrifice himself?

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other worldsOTHER WORLDS by Various

21 award-winning and best-selling authors bring you the best of PARANORMAL and SCI-FI ROMANCE in this enticing boxed set of 20 exclusive epic adventures.

Dark vampire lords, supernatural hunters, crafty hackers, uncompromising alien alphas, fearless shifters, rogue spaceship captains, and MORE await in this highly sought-after collection including BRAND NEW romantic, otherworldly tales!

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conan tashaCONAN STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #8 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

​Brooke Singleton is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combat trainer for the police academy. The cadets respect her, her friends adore her and her dream of running her own gym is coming true. But Brooke’s charmed life is fraying at the edges. Her nights are dogged by terrible nightmares of her military service. And a handsome stranger from another planet has arrived, stirring up her emotions with his every heated glance. And he isn’t satisfied with haunting her days, he’s taken to showing up in her dreams as well.

Conan wants only one thing – for brave, beautiful Brooke Singleton to be his mate. But Brooke denies him at every turn. If it weren’t for the nights he visits her dreams, he wouldn’t even know that she craves him more than her next breath. And that would be a pity, because fulfilling Brooke’s wildest desires is all he can think about.

When outside forces threaten Brooke’s home and gym, she and Conan must work together to protect the life she and her friends have built. Brooke will need a hand facing her fears if she wants to preserve what matters most. But can the broken warrior open her heart to let Conan help her?

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princess of dragaPRINCESS OF DRAGA (DRAGA COURT BOOK 1) by Emma Dean

Will Princess Adelina sacrifice everything for the chance at love?

In a galaxy far from ours, in the distant future Princess Adelina is a submissive among dominants, a sheep among wolves, until war arrives on the doorstep of the Draga galaxy.

Prince Nash managed to escape the monstrous horde that devoured his own galaxy and now he asks for sanctuary. Adelina feels indescribably drawn to him, but he’s forbidden to her. Will she risk it all to find out if Nash is her true love?

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alien captainALIEN CAPTAIN by Ariel Jade

Xaviara is a human diplomat for the Sol Alliance Coalition who’s determined to prove herself to her superiors. Nicholen is the sexy alien captain of the guard sent to escort her team to his homeworld to complete negotiations of an important treaty.

When a spaceship carrying his prince crash lands on a wild, abandoned planet terraformed centuries ago, they uncover a sinister plot that could shatter the peace. Despite rules against interspecies relationships between the diplomatic teams prior to the treaty’s signing, Xaviara finds herself drawn to Nicholen’s commanding presence.

Can they resist one another long enough to catch the saboteur and mount a rescue before the planet’s dangers turn deadly?

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wanted by the werewolf princeWANTED  BY THE WEREWOLF PRINCE (SPACE SHIFTERS CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Kara Lockharte

Captain Skye Daring is a space fighter pilot without equal. Rescuing a foreign werewolf prince and his sister from behind enemy lines should be a breeze.

Prince Ral doesn’t take orders from impudent humans. He’s determined to save not only his sister and but his people they left behind. The only thing in his way is a sexy pilot too stubborn to acknowledge his authority.

Stuck in a crippled ship and hunted by tiger shifters, Skye and Ral must stop fighting each other and battle the enemy — together. Will the prince and pilot drop their guards long enough to conquer their dislike…and desire?

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HAVEN AND THE ALIEN MECHANIC (INTERGALACTIC BRIDES #13) by Jessica Coulter Smith

VS Note: Not a fan of the cover art even if he is purple.

When the IRS claimed her parents’ home and all of their possessions, Haven lost everything and was plunged into an unforgiving world she’d never been prepared for. Pregnant and alone, she’s not sure how much more she can handle, when her car breaks down in a parking lot. Good thing for her it’s a car repair shop.

Dryden has always wanted one thing. A mate. When the brides being sent to his world barely spared him a glance, he moved to Earth to see if he could find a mate on his own. Little did he realize that the perfect woman would fall into his lap. Her rotten luck was the best thing that ever happened to him.

When certain things come to light about the baby Haven is carrying, her world is turned upside down once more. But with Dryden by her side, she knows anything is possible… even true love and a happily-ever-after.

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tour de forceDIVISION ONE: TOUR DE FORCE by Stephanie Osborn

Alpha One is participating in Omega’s very first First Contact diplomatic operation. Unfortunately, it’s going to split up the team—the Cortians, a race from the Sagittarius Dwarf Galaxy, have stringent requirements, and that narrows down the list of “candidate exchange students” to…Echo. ONLY Echo. PGLEIA’s top Division One Agent, the man being groomed to be the next Director…and Omega’s partner. A plum assignment, for the pick of the crop.

But Omega doesn’t see it that way, though she can’t—or won’t—explain why. She is determined to stop the mission from going forward. At any cost…(more)..

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through the neverTHROUGH THE NEVER (AN SF&F COLLECTION): by Various

VS Note: Not sure how much romance content is in here but recognized some of the author names so…

Forge the journey. Blaze the path. Seize the adventure.

If you’re ready to risk everything and follow powerful but flawed characters to new worlds, then this Fantasy and Science Fiction Anthology will leave you breathless with the thrill of the journey.

Get ready to travel to travel THROUGH THE NEVER with brave characters who break free from familiar confines and launch themselves into the dangerous unknown as they seek new lives and race down pathways from which there is no return.
From Earth to far-off galaxies to fantastic new realms, embark on fourteen exciting adventures in science fiction and fantasy where dangerous new worlds, epic quests, and heart-pounding adventures await.

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27 hours27 HOURS (THE NIGHTSIDE SAGA) by Tristina Wright

VS Note: YA but sounds good

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.

But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.

Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with her best friend, Dahlia. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn his colony’s darkest secret.

To save everyone they love, they’ll both have to commit treason.

During one twenty-seven-hour night, these four runaways must stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, or the things they fear most will be all that’s left.

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punishing their matePUNISHING THEIR MATE: A DARK ALIEN ROMANCE NOVELLA (THERAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 3) by Kallista Dane

She’s been rescued by hot alien twins. Taken back to their home planet. Now she’s about to discover what being their Mate REALLY means!

Cass Randall gave up command of the starship Luna to experience life on the alien world of Tharon, where every male is born with an identical twin. Under Tharan law, females are required to be submissive and each one must take a pair of dominant brothers as her mates…(much more)…

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alien explorers loveTHE ALIEN EXPLORER’S LOVE by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells

For Jaranak, the visit to Earth at the dawn of the 20th century isn’t going well. Here to rescue another shipwrecked alien, he and his crew crashed – and now they’re trapped themselves. Blending in won’t be easy with their blue skin, but they have no choice if they’re going to complete their mission.

He might have gotten away with his disguise if he hadn’t met Lilly. The human female may be lovely but her annoying questions are far too clever, and she won’t leave him alone. Worst of all, Jaranak isn’t sure he wants her to. There’s something about the sassy woman that draws him in irresistibly.

All her life Lilly dreamed of following in her parents’ footsteps and exploring the South Seas, but a childhood illness left her unable to do more than read about it. When Jaranak turns up pretending to be from an undiscovered island, she knows that the tall, gorgeous man is lying. But finding out where he’s really from will give her more than she’s bargained for.

Lilly isn’t the only human interested in Jaranak’s secrets, and the others are far more dangerous. When they come after him and his ship, can he keep Lilly out of the line of fire without losing her forever?

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venomous cravingVENOMOUS CRAVING by Mary Auclair

In a world where humanity has been hunted to near extinction, Rose is captured and on her way to be sold on the lucrative black market. Seizing her only chance, she escapes and finds fate waiting for her in the form of another captive of terrifying strength: a legendary Eok warrior.
Together, Rose and the Eok warrior Karian  fight for their survival – and ultimately for the fate of the entire human race. During that fight, a dangerous attraction is born.
Karian, the unyielding Commander in Chief of the Eok armies, feels his control fading a little more every time he looks at the fragile but headstrong human. Soon, the call to make her his mate torments his body, turning his desires into an imperious craving. She seems to want him, too, but she has no idea of the consequences for her should he claim her.
Will Rose accept him as her bloodmate and seal both their destinies, before everything is lost?
draekon heartDRAEKON HEART (EXILED TO THE PRISON PLANET) (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 3) by Lee Savino and Lili Sander
Back on Earth is a man who wants to kill me.
Back on Earth, I slept with a knife under my pillow to be safe.
There’s no coffee on the prison planet. No pizza. No chocolate.
I should be thrilled that there might be a way back home.
Except I don’t want to return.
Here, I feel safe.
Because Mike isn’t here.
And because Thrax and Zorux are. …(more)…

 

 

her rogue matesHER ROGUE MATES (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES ROGUE 1 BOOK 5) by Grace Goodwin

An Earth member of the medical recovery team on Transport Station Zenith, Harper meets two mysterious strangers from an unknown world. With intense eyes and even more intense desires, it’s easy for the two sexy-as-sin aliens to prove how good it can be with them.

Styx, a leader from Rogue 5, knows Harper is destined to belong to him and his most trusted enforcer, Blade. But when Styx is betrayed by one of his own kind, she’s caught in the deadly crossfire. Her mates must tread carefully, for even if they win the battle on the lawless outer moon, they might lose the most important battle of all, the one for Harper’s heart.

vadirVADIR (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes

Vadir has a business empire to run and no time to spare on frivolous endeavors. So how did he wind up on the far side of the galaxy to claim a mate he never signed up for? A matchmaking queen and a royal decree, that’s how.

His plan is simple: meet the female, negotiate terms, and leave the primitive planet of Earth as fast as he can. What could possibly go wrong?

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evlonEVLON by Maia Starr
Miranda is on a mission, and the entire human race is relying on her. The ruthless aliens,
the Zenkians, have been attacking earth, but now they are allowing her to enter their
planet for talks of making peace. When the Zenkian leader makes her treat an injured
Zenkian soldier in order to establish trust, she knows that she cannot say no, but the
injured soldier wants her to massage more than just his injury…Evlon is a ruthless Zenkian soldier, second in command, and victor of the Zenkian war
games. Now, while preparing for the next war games, he is appointed to keep the newly
arrived humans distracted from his leaders devious plans. But when he feels Miranda’s
healing touch, he knows that he must have her, and he will not stop until she begs him to
take her.

He carries the secret that she has secretly been abducted and is a prisoner.

Will the soldier get everything he wants? War Games victory… and the human.

artistry of loveTHE ARTISTRY OF LOVE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 2) by C J Scarlett

For Jives, work always came first. As an alpha alien, a man in charge of the future of the planet, he didn’t have time for relationships. But, when he meets Tracey, everything changes.

Tracey is a woman stuck in a shitty relationship, but also wants to break free. She doesn’t know if she could ever date an alien, but she grows closer to Jives, who helps her through some tough times. Soon, passions start to arise, and lust forms.

But, behind all of that is an evil lurking. A figure from the past ready to cause trouble. Jives realizes who this is, and it’s someone very close to his past, a skeleton in the closet that he would rather not acknowledge. Of course, it was only a matter of time before things started to change. Will Jives take care of the problem before it spells curtains for not only the people of Earth, but Klanden as well?

trentTRENT (ZENKIAN WARRIORS) by Maia Starr
Samantha must escape from the hands of her ruthless alien abductor, a Zenkian
Commander known as Jenku Vade. But when she does she finds herself desolate in the
outlands, only to be rescued by Zenkian rebel Commander Trent Qoln, Jenku’s enemy.
She falls for Trent’s heroic and kind nature, but must keep her pregnancy a secret because
she bares the child of his enemy.Trent Qoln is a Zenkian rebel commander. He is a skilled hero. The blue skinned,
extraordinarily tall soldier lives by the rules of his people – do not interact with humans.
But when he finds a stranded delicate human female named Samantha, he knows that he
can’t abandon her and rescues her in secret. All of the rules that he has been loyal to
suddenly mean nothing compared to his desire of the human female.

He knows that he will eventually be faced with a choice, his loyalty or his desire.

bambis alien abductionBAMBI’S ALIEN ABDUCTION (EARTH GIRL’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING AN ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 1)  by Aubrey Cara

I’ve been abducted by Amish aliens, and hand to God, I’m so over it.

Don’t get me wrong. Their leader is super hot despite his likely shared ancestry with Godzilla. But he’s all about sexing me up and implanting his eggs in my you know where. And yes, I said eggs.

If that’s not bad enough, my besties have been abducted, too, but by entirely different aliens and are on an entirely different planet. I’ve got to get out of here…(more)…

caught beast mateCAUGHT BEAST MATE (BEAST MATES BOOK 4)  by Milana Jacks

VS Note: OK, this is my do-over. I meant to list this book last week but somehow got distracted and listed the first book in the series instead, which released a year ago! Sorry if I confused people.

Her protector, her nemesis. His once-in-a-lifetime second chance.

Kidnapped and taken from her home, Sienna is stuck in a beast community without the resources to find her way back. But she’s a survivor. Just like the wounded, bone-thin beast she finds in the desert.

Torrent was warned never to steal a human woman—especially if she’s his pair. He didn’t listen. Captured, beaten, starved by Men of Earth, he’s as near death as he can get without tipping into the void.

When her familiar scent brings him back to consciousness, recognition slams his gut. But there’s no answering light in her blue eyes. It’s just as well. If she remembered him, she’d know to run from the beast who once took her.

Although the spark of attraction burns bright between them, there’s danger in the heat. Because even if his crippled body had something to offer her, the forces arrayed against them are determined to snuff out their love before it catches flame.

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tourmalineTOURMALINE (AWAKENED SEA DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Kai, formerly a powerful storm dragon, can’t seem to stop causing chaos wherever he goes, despite being collared in human form. Now he’s been sent out to an island to take a vacation and not come back without a mate. Which is hard when he’s better at rescuing humans than getting along with them. Until he sees curvy Renee, a sexy goddess that makes his dragon take notice. Now all bets are off, and the storm dragon is going to get what the storm dragon wants.

Renee is used to being overlooked, so when the hottest guy at the beach strolls right up to tell her she wants her, she almost falls off her stool. ..(more)..

eventide hourTHE EVENTIDE HOUR by Ursula Sinclair and C O Sin

My name is A’eron. I am Aos Si. Some might call me dark fae. But what I am is a prince without a kingdom, a man without a home. Stripped of my lands and title, I was banished to earth and to a place called Las Vegas. City of Sin. I can find my place here. What I did not expect was to be denied the Vampire I claimed as mine own. I’ve already lost everything. There is nothing else they can take from me. I will not give her up. No one tells me what to do.

My name is Tempest, Temp to my friends. Yeah, I’ve got a bit of a temper. It’s tough being kinkind, a blood Vampire whose uncle leads one of the most powerful Fractions in Vegas. He’s got enemies and since they can’t get to his daughter, they’ve targeted me. Thinking I’m the weaker target. Oh how wrong they are. But they will learn. I’m in a fight for my existence, but to my shock, I don’t fight alone.

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opal bladeTHE OPAL BLADE (THE ASHEN TOUCH TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kristy Nicolle

When Sephy Sinclair is forced to sign a contract taking over her father’s business empire, she’s not happy. What she doesn’t know though, is that in having her Father’s legacy thrust upon her, she’s about to discover the secret lives of her parents, and most importantly that her lineage is steeped far deeper in ancient myth and magic than she ever anticipated.

Journey, with Sephy, through The Hollow and find yourself among the sinners of Mortaria, The Underworldian City ruled by a council of Gods made mortal. Here, she will seek sanctuary beneath a purple sun and vermillion sky, ruled by Haedes, a man broken beyond repair by an incident far too close to home.

Unfortunately for Sephy, it is Haedes alone who can teach her how to wield her newfound powers. Will he overcome his personal loss in time to save Sephy as she is hunted by the Demon Lords of Ancient, or will Sephy be used as a bargaining chip to bring Mortaria to its knees?

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ghostedGHOSTED (MY SHATTERED SOUL SAGA BOOK 1) by Kristine Schwartz

It was supposed to be the last party of the summer––not of Blaire’s life.

When Blaire Stevens is thrust into an unknown realm, she must relearn everything she thought she knew. With a forgotten past, and no hope of unlocking those stolen memories, will Blaire be able to discover the truth… before it’s too late? Will her emerald-eyed wallflower be able to shield her heart and soul? Or will she be doomed to repeat a past she can’t even remember?

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seenSEEN: AN OMEGAVERSE STORY (BREAKING FREE Book 2) by A M Arthur

Hell is a six-by-six jail cell and no hope for the future.

Kell Iverson has never raised his hand against another person in his entire life—and yet somehow he’s been arrested and charged with the murder of his alpha mate Krause. Sure, Krause brutalized him on a daily basis, and Kell hated his mate, but he never wanted the man dead. Not fighting the charge and accepting his fate is the easiest path—except Kell doesn’t think he’ll survive a week in prison, and he doesn’t want to disappoint his younger brother Braun by giving up. He also doesn’t expect to recognize the lawyer who shows up to defend him.

Ronin Cross was barely eighteen when he felt the mating bond with then-fourteen-year-old Kell, but his family moved away before Ronin could decide what to do…(much more)..

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blood tenderlyBLOOD TENDERLY by Linda Mooney writing as Gail Smith

With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.

The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares. So she’s determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life?

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forbidden instinctFORBIDDEN INSTINCT (FORBIDDEN KNIGHTS BOOK 1) by Cassandra Chandler

Miranda Lennox knows to trust her instincts no matter what. Her gut feelings aren’t just intuition—she can see the future. Her visions have driven her to keep everyone at a distance, even Darren, the gorgeous, raven-haired guy who shows up every night at the restaurant where she works. Then a vision drives her to risk her own life, throwing the two of them together.

Darren Calverton was waiting for the right moment to make a move on the sweet waitress who captured his heart the first time they spoke. He had no idea that move would be to pull her out of the wreckage of her car, or that it would happen right before he’d be fired from a private security firm when an important package is stolen.

Tracking down the thief leads him into a head-on encounter with a werewolf that leaves Darren questioning his perception of reality—and saddled with a very real curse. Only Miranda’s touch can ease the rage building within him as the full moon approaches.

Dodging a homicidal elf, an ex-fairy fighter who isn’t as retired as he seems, and a Fairy Lord bent on destroying the world isn’t the best way to start a relationship, but they have to rely on each other if they—or anyone else—are going to survive.

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halloween to rememberA HALLOWEEN TO REMEMBER: BOOK 9 OF THE RUNNING IN FEAR SERIES by Trinity Blacio

In A Halloween to Remember, Book Nine in #1 best-selling Amazon Romance writer Trinity Blacio’s futuristic Running in Fear series, Halloween was supposed to be about monsters, treats and fun, but Shelly Glassgo has had enough of monsters to last her a lifetime. You would think that the threat of war around the corner would bring people together, but that was not the case. How could a big cat love a small wolf?

Bo was tired, with the move, settling his people—and the new ones that were joining their den—it had all kept him to busy. He didn’t see his Little Wolf’s need and for that he would never forgive himself. But Bo was bound and determined to make sure her Halloween was filled with treats—three big ones—Argo, Buck and White Eagle.

All Hallows’ Eve came early for them: their marriage and mating would be one to remember, but it would seem the monsters have been awakened and were getting ready for the attack.

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fall of the kingTHE FALL OF THE KING (LIGHTNESS SAGA BOOK 3) by Stacey Marie Brown

VS Note: The author says this one isn’t meant to be read first.

There is nothing the Unseelie king doesn’t acquire.

That was until he meets Fionna Cathbad.

A fierce druid, who won’t bow to anyone. Especially Lars. The demon king has every right to kill her, her treasonous acts against the crown are undisputable. But, she is the key to the one thing he wants more than anything. The cauldron of dagda. A powerful treasure that no fae should possess.

To get what he wants, he finds the very thing that forces her to help him, leading them down a dangerous path.

Because it’s not only Fionna who is deceiving him. His own mind is starting to turn on him, twisting his sanity, and releasing the demon he keeps pinned up.

As old ghosts and new foes step up into this game, Lars needs to find the cauldron before all is lost. His kingdom and himself.

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freeing the beastFREEING THE BEAST by Tina Donahue

For Becca Salt being a witch isn’t all magic. Too curvy and lonely, she spends her nights running a makeover service for demons, vamps, weres and zombies who want to project a more human, normal side. Their goal? To get the babes without the authorities hunting them down like rabid dogs. Once Becca suppresses the worst of their beast, they’re on the hunt and gone.

Dating has been a definite bitch for Eric Diletto. Although he’s hot and hung, he’s also one of Cupid’s descendants—a god born to believe in courtship, courtesy and all that other junk. Tired of women dumping him for the bad boys, Eric hires Becca to release his inner beast. Grrrr.

Two potions later, they’re crawling all over each other. With Eric’s newfound dominance, he’s definitely the man. And the god, who intends to take Becca here, there and everywhere. Who said sorcery and love wasn’t fun?

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shifters solaceONE TRUE MATE: SHIFTER’S SOLACE by Georgette St. Clair

Bear shifter Rory’s whole life is Firehouse 206. He knows it will probably be the death of him, too. But what really hurts is that he’s fated to die alone. The wolf shiften are all finding their true mates and pairing off, but the bear shiften seem to have been left behind – aching for their soul mates and cursed never to find them. Until one day, he hears a woman’s voice crying out for help. Too bad the voice is only in his head, and the odds of finding her in time are next to none.

Ivy grew up in the system, so even under the best of circumstances she doesn’t trust easily. Throw in a scorching-hot firefighter who can turn into a bear and says she’s his…and the only sane thing to do is run for the hills. But one other thing about Ivy – she’s not sane. She’s having visions that clearly prove she’s crazy.

But Rory feels like home, and Firehouse 206 offers her a chance at the sweet, smart-mouthed family she’s never had. Can Rory break down the walls around her guarded heart before the dark forces that are pursuing her claim her for good? Or will his newfound love literally go up in flames?

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mating needsMATING NEEDS (AN ALFA NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

A cougar shifter meets his mate and match in this latest sexy paranormal adventure in the A.L.F.A. series as another Alpha League Federal Agent finds love and passion in the midst of danger by the New York Times bestselling author of Elemental Mating.

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once hunted twice shyONCE HUNTED, TWICE SHY (THE HAPPY EVERLASTING SERIES BOOK 2) by Mandy M Roth

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Wolf-shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breathtaking beauty runs him over (literally), he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.

Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. …(more)…

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master of magicMASTER OF MAGIC by Angela Knight

Olivia Flynn finds herself on the brink of death, unable to call upon her Sidhe magic, when a handsome stranger rescues her. But this male is no ordinary human, and Olivia wants nothing to do with him. The foreign magic boiling around him is far beyond the power of even the Sidhe.

Rhys Kincade has never been able to explain his magical abilities. Olivia is the first person he’s encountered who shares his gifts. But before he can ask her about them, they find themselves under attack by a pack of werewolf assassins. An even deadlier threat follows, and the pair is forced to rely on each other as they fight unknown enemies—and an ever-growing attraction between them.

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bayou bornBAYOU BORN by Hailey Edwards

Deep in the humid Mississippi bayou, a half-wild child is dragged from the murky waters. She has no memories, no family and is covered in mysterious markings. Adopted by the policeman who rescued her, Luce Boudreau follows him onto the force, determined to prove herself in the eyes of those who are still suspicious.

However, there’s more of a battle ahead than Luce could possibly imagine. She may be an orphan without a past, but no one – including Luce herself – could ever be prepared for the truth of her dark, powerful destiny.

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eternal brothersETERNAL BROTHERS (DALAKIS PASSION BOOK 4) by N J Walters

When an anonymous late-night tip sends reporter Sophia Daring to the cemetery, she isn’t prepared for what she finds there—a grisly murder scene and the body of a woman completely drained of blood. Sophia’s never been scared off a story before, but this time all the clues point to one disturbing conclusion: this was the work of the mysterious and dangerous Dalakis brothers. And just as unsettling for the fiercely independent Sophia is the irresistible pull of the stranger also working the case, the sensually compelling Zane York.

A ex-cop, Zane has made it his personal mission to prove that the secretive Dalakis family are powerful vampires and ruthless killers. But when his investigation takes him to New Orleans and their latest victim, he begins to suspect that the Dalakis are being framed by an enemy as dark and mysterious as they are. And even as he struggles with his doubts about the family, there’s no doubt about his hungry response to the hauntingly beautiful Sophia. He knows he must make her his own, whatever the cost.

As the smoldering chemistry between Sophia and Zane ignites in a delirious haze of passion, they will find themselves immersed in the Dalakis family secrets and the trail of murder that leads to their door. And as their fears and suspicions war with an unquenchable desire, she and Zane will discover that a secret from the past may pose the deadliest threat yet.

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sleeperSLEEPER (HUNTER: A THIEVES SERIES BOOK 3) by Lexi Blake

When Neil’s past catches up to him, Kelsey must choose between her new family and an old love…

With tensions rising between the Council and demonkind, Kelsey finds herself investigating a series of murders that threaten the fragile truce between them. If she can’t stop these killings soon, they could ignite a fire sure to burn the supernatural world down.

Unfortunately for her, Kelsey’s problems don’t stop with a pile of dead halflings. Her connection with Marcus is frayed at best, and Gray hasn’t been heard from in months. Her only semblance of peace comes from a new man in her life. When Gray storms back into the picture, her love life goes from incredibly complicated to apocalyptic.

Just as Kelsey begins to unravel the mystery, the forces of Heaven decide to take an interest in her actions. Outclassed with these powers in play, Kelsey knows that one misstep could leave the human and supernatural worlds in ashes.

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bound by dreamsBOUND BY DREAMS (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 5) by Piper Davenport

Aspiring actress Charlotte Whitmore has been plagued by bizarre recurring dreams for years. But now she’s hearing a strange voice when she’s awake. To make matters worse, her Hollywood ambitions have flat lined. After one rejection too many, she moves home to press the reset button on her life.

World-renowned drummer Niall MacMillan’s world has been rocked by his brother’s betrayal. Still struggling to distinguish fact from fiction, he welcomes the distraction offered by the beautiful woman pulling him into her dreams.

When Niall and Charlotte finally meet face-to-face, she is unwilling to believe he’s her destiny. And when Charlotte’s dreams suddenly materialize into reality, Niall finds himself defending her against an ancient and powerful, yet all-too-familiar enemy.

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pets2And just another mention for EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 if you haven’t gotten your copy yet :)! We’ve gotten over 80 reviews so far – whee!!! This was one of my favorites for my scifi rock star romance in the anthology (if you’ll excuse my squeeing!):

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 11

October 4

September 27

September 20

September 13

September 6

August 30

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

 

Laurie A Green on the Mystery of Flashpoint EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2

pets2LargeIn Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, the tale of Courting Disaster includes some nifty Faster Than Light (FTL) travel that is reached via “flashpoint.” It’s a series-wide concept explored in Inherit the Stars, StarDog and Farewell Andromeda that allows specialized ships to “slip the bonds of 3D” and enter another dimension—the Dark Energy Dimension or DEDspace—as an almost instantaneous way of traveling from point A to point Z in our galaxy.

You could think of flashpoint as a sort of a high tech shortcut around the stars.

In the here and now, scientists aren’t 100% sure that Dark Energy and Dark Matter exist, they only have theories that they must in order for the universe to function the way that it does. Something is keeping the galaxies from spinning apart. The problem is, neither Dark Energy nor Dark Matter can be seen or sensed. And so far, there’s been no proof that either is really out there. All scientists know is that, mathematically, the universe can’t behave as it does without this pair of forces.

Here’s a surprise. Based on scientific calculations, we can only see a little over 4% of our actual universe, with the dark and mysterious components accounting for almost 96%. That’s a whole lot of big and scary nothing!

4 Laurie A Green FlashpointWhen I started researching possible FTL travel, I wanted to avoid using jump gates or hyperspace or any of a number of ideas that had already been explored in science fiction. I needed to create something new. The concept that made the most sense to me is that Dark Energy combined with Dark Matter actually exist in another unknown dimension.  That I could get my head around. (And better yet, my muse seemed to love the idea, too!)

Though up to nine dimensions (or more!) might mathematically exist, our tangible bodies are programmed to function in only three–height, width, depth. Or maybe four, if you consider time itself a dimension. So what if the combined elements of Dark Energy and Dark Matter exist in one of these other, unknown dimensions and it’s a place we could actually enter if we found a means to do so? And once we’ve entered this ‘flashpoint portal’ we might be able to span huge distances in normal space, almost instantaneously.

4 Laurie A Green StarshipFTLflashpointThat’s the science fiction behind the prototype starships in my series. The DEDspace drive was invented by a man named Zaviar Mennelsohn, who is frequently mentioned in the series, and his discovery is touched on in Courting Disaster here:

“…The first ship to prove his theories that DEDspace existed. The first vessel to cross the flashpoint barrier. That was some thirty calendars ago, right here in the Rift.” If Jagger’s memory served, Drea’s father had had some crazy notion that the charged particles in the Bradley Rift interacted with Dark Energy Dimension space. But it was a crazy idea that had proven to be right.

So DEDspace drive capability is a huge advantage. But to balance the laws of nature, there has to be a huge tradeoff. And so there is.

The excerpt:

“I don’t know much about DEDspace…except that it hurts,” Ket remarked.

Jagger turned his head back to the stars. “The price we pay for slipping the bonds of 3D.”

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Flashpoint is not fun. In fact, it’s terrifying. It alters the senses and perceptions and distorts time, space and reality, so it’s downright tortuous for crew and passengers to experience. It even drives some unfortunate souls completely insane. So it’s not a practical way to jump around the cosmos, even if it is a necessary and advantageous method for a select few.

Like every “superpower,” this rare ability comes at a price.

 

Laurie’s story – Courting Disaster: StarDog2

A commander of a spaceship faces the toughest decision of his life when he vows to protect the woman and her StarDog that he is escorting through a dangerous section of space.

About the Author

Laurie A. Green is a three-time RWA Golden Heart® finalist, an award-winning author, and a science fiction romance enthusiast who founded the SFR Brigade community of writers, which is now over 1,000 members strong.

She confesses to being an Andromeda Galaxy groupie and would someday love to own a vacation home on Mars or Titan. She’s enthused to be a part of this wonderful anthology mash-up of two of her favorite things–pets and space.

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Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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Write You Into a Song Weekend Writing Warriors

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

The snippet is from my new novella Star Cruise: Songbird, from the EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology, which released on October 10th.

This will be the final snippet I’ll share from the novella. Grant has taken Karissa the singer to the security office while they wait for an unruly crowd of fans to disperse. Grant has been checking the wall chrono anxiously and Karissa asked if she was keeping him from a date…

The excerpt:

Reluctantly he said, “Not a date. I have a—a pet, who requires exercise.”

“A pet on board the ship? I never expected that answer.  So Fido needs a walk, does he? Let’s go—I could use some exercise.”

“It’s not that simple,” he said.

“Is the pet exercising area open to passengers?”

“Not the one I use.” He admitted. “But—”

“This office is boring,” she said, “Now I’m not a Socialite who’d probably die of boredom if you kept me here, but you can’t dangle a chance to take a pet for its walk in front of me and then yank it away. Too cruel, Officer Barton – be mean to me and I might have to write you into a song.”

pets2The story:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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Carol Van Natta on Lions, Tigers and Cybernetic Snow Leopards PETS IN SPACE 2

pets2LargeI have cats. More accurately, I’m owned by cats who find me useful because I have opposable thumbs and know how to open doors and work the can opener. I’ve always thought it would be fabulous to legitimately have one of the big cats for a pet, but that’s fraught with difficulties, not the least of which is the ethics. They’re wild animals, not pets, and would be miserable, regardless of how well I cared for them.

In “Pet Trade,” my novella in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, I took the opportunity to explore a hidden facet of the civilization in my Central Galactic Concordance space opera-action-romance series. Whereas CGC has strict laws and harsh penalties against tinkering with human genetics and DNA, animals aren’t so lucky. Even reputable pet trade researchers, genetic designers, bio-engineers, and dealers put profit over compassion. Shadier, cut-throat companies operate in hidden facilities and smuggle their wares past customs inspectors. Think of the worst of pet traders as a cross between negligent backyard breeders and the ruthless smugglers who sell endangered wild animals to wealthy collectors.

In the CGC, foundation and cornerstone animal species are protected by laws and enforcement. Ordinary companion and domesticated animals—cats, dogs, foxes, birds, cattle, sheep, buffalo, etc.—are protected against pet-trade intellectual property claims. The real money in the pet trade industry is in recreations of extinct species, genetically engineered creatures from imagination and mythology, and enhanced versions of domestic animals. The pet trade likes to take credit as the saviors of endangered species, but the truth is murkier. For example, snow leopards, a protected foundation species, were extinct long before the first successful interstellar flight. So-called “natural” snow leopards on any settled planet in the Concordance trace their lineage to a genetic line recreated in the lab.

carol snow leopard

This is the backdrop for “Pet Trade,” where Bethnee Bakonin, a veterinarian who escaped the worst of the industry, must confront her dark past if she’s to help Axur Tragon, an ex-elite forces Jumper with cybernetic limbs and secrets of his own, fend off greedy mercenaries who are raiding the town. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Pets in Space story without pets. Bethnee, with a high-level mental talent that allows her to connect with and heal mammals and birds, loves all her companions, but her snow leopard, Jynx, holds a special place in her heart. Jynx has a cybernetic front leg, making her a magnet for thieves who recognize her worth to the right researchers. When Jynx gets injured, Bethnee asks Axur, with his training in cybernetic repair, to help fix the problem.

The excerpt:

Axur would bet hard credit that he and Bethnee were the only two people in the galaxy who had ever seen a cybernetic snow leopard and a formidable dire wolf play tag in the deep snow.

Bethnee laughed when Jynx made an astonishing six-meter leap onto a boulder to avoid Serena’s lunge. He snuck a glance at Bethnee, enjoying her happiness. “Are you helping them get along?” He tapped his temple, to indicate her enviable minder talent.

“A little. Mostly Jynx, because this isn’t her territory.”

He checked his internal chrono. “We better start collecting your gear. I’ll send Trouble out to keep an eye on these two.” Axur had yet to be able to crack the encryption on the e-dog’s command processor that Bethnee had told him about, but he kept trying.

Inside, he found Bethnee leaning against the kitchen counter, holding her small veterinary surgical suite . “I’d like to try removing your tracers.”

He blinked in surprise. “Now? Are you sure?”

“Hell, no, but it’ll be worse if I give myself time to think about it.” She searched his face. “Unless you don’t trust me?”

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Read more in “Pet Trade,” one of twelve stories in the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, out  NOW! http://author.carolvannatta.com/news/its-pets-pets-in-spa-a-a-a-a-ce/

Carol Van Natta is a science fiction and fantasy author who is owned by multiple cats in Fort Collins, CO.

Pets In Space website: http://www.petsinspaceantho.com/

Author website: http://Author.CarolVanNatta.com

Carol on Facebook: https://facebook.com/CarolVanNattaAuthor

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy Links:  

Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   Amazon FR

Amazon DE   Amazon JP   iBooks    B&N   Kobo   Google Play

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy for Wednesday October 11

pets2As 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).

VS Note: OK I am ALL EXCITED because Pets In Space 2 released this week!!! Pardon me while I squee. My rock star romance is included! And there’s a new GRIM story 🙂 among other treats.

EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 by SE Smith, M K Eidem, Susan Grant & More

he pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! …(more)…

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

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cosmic cabaretCOSMIC CABARET by Kerry Adrienne & SFR Shooting Stars Authors

VS Note: So far I’ve read 5 of the 13 stories and enjoyed…(Note: For full disclosure, I received an ARC to review the book for Heroes & Heartbreakers). Great fun to have two good SFR anthologies out in one week!

Join us aboard Blue Star Line’s crown jewel, the LS Quantum. Thirteen USA Today, Amazon best-selling, award-winning speculative fiction romance authors deliver their twists on tales set in the dance halls and clubs of this luxury starship as it travels through space and time.

Follow princes, sultans, rock stars, scientists, cirque artists, and dancers as they solve murders, track thieves, fight bullies, plan heists and fall in love.

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freeing the prsionerFREEING THE PRISONER (A KINDRED TALES NOVEL) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: One clicked this book ASAP.

Kyron is a Touch Kindred, able to physically touch others with the power of his mind and Touch sense, but he has sworn a solemn vow to use his power only for good. When he is captured and held prisoner on the small planet of Goshan Prime, his resolve is sorely tested. He’s beaten, starved, and kept constantly chained. There’s only one bright spot–a girl who slips into his cell because she’s curious.

Dannella is a Princess of the Blood. Raised to be a proper lady, she knows that one day she will be given in marriage to a male who will act as both her husband and owner. Females aren’t valued in Goshan society and she has little control over her own life. Despite her restrictive upbringing, Dani rebels and finds her way into the cell occupied by the strange new warrior, a Kindred so huge he dwarfs every other male she’s ever known…(more)…

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rakes kissTHE INTERSTELLAR RAKE’S IRRESISTIBLE KISS (BLACK HOLE BRIDES #2 INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Elsa Jade

Imprisoned on an abandoned space station orbiting a black hole, Trixie Boudreaux prayed for just one chance to escape…and she failed. When she and the other Black Hole Brides are rescued, she’s left adrift between the coward she was and the new universe ahead of her. If only she had a guide she could trust…

Nor irThorkonos paid good galactic credits for his captain’s commission on the flagship dreadnaught, and how many erstwhile interplanetary pirates have come as far? If he has a secret that the Azthrnos nobles mustn’t discover, well, certainly one skittish Earther girl won’t be the one to find him out.

But when interstellar imprisonment can’t hold an old evil, Trixie and Nor must save not only the worlds of Azthronos but each other.

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renallRENALL (REVANT WARRIORS)  by Celeste Raye

VS Note: Brought to my attention by reader Merry.

Clara Waters is aboard a supposed brideship headed to a planet far from her home
world, it’s her punishment for being a carder and carrying currency on a world ruled by
an oppressive and dangerous government that often lets its poor citizens starve.

The ship is taken over by wreckers headed up by four brothers, none of whom know
that there are brides aboard as the ship is listed as a mere non-life-form carrying cargo
ship. When the wreckers attack to strip the ship Renall, the eldest, finds himself face to
face with Clara, who is not about to go down without a fight.

Clara does not want to be attracted to Renall…(more)..

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heart is a universeTHE HEART IS A UNIVERSE by Sherry Thomas

VS Note: Author Vivien J made sure on twitter that I saw this one.

On the remote planet of Pax Cara lies the greatest secret of the universe. Once every generation, the inhabitants must offer up an exceptional young person—the Chosen One–who sacrifices his or her own life for the sake of that secret, and the planet itself.

But Vitalis, the current Chosen One, is desperate to break free of the yoke of destiny. An unexpected invitation to an aristocratic courtship summit seems to be the perfect opportunity for her escape. As soon as she arrives, however, she receives a proposal of marriage from the most eligible prince in existence.

Eleian of Terra Illustrata can have any woman he wants. Why has he set his sight on Vitalis, who, unless she manages to flee, will die in sixteen standard days? Is it as simple as he declares, “To know you as I’ve always wanted to, but never had the chance?” Or is he hiding an ulterior motive, one that could put her plans, her life, and her heart in jeopardy?

And can Vitalis truly say no to the man she has secretly loved all her life?

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triadTRIAD (TRIAD SERIES BOOK 6) by Kate Pearce

VS Note: Missed this in September. I love her writing so this went onto my TBR List.

Captain Jay Roberts knows his mission to infiltrate the isolated province of Neveks is dangerous, but the future of Planet Pavlovan depends on his success. As a telepathic super-soldier, he doesn’t expect the banished Neveks female, Rain Datta—his passport into Neveks—to cause him too much trouble. But Rain’s not playing by his rules, and Jay is in for one hell of a life-changing ride.

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alien zookeepers abductionALIEN ZOOKEEPER’S ABDUCTION by Zara Zenia and Juno Wells

Jewel is a tomboy who was eventually discharged from the military because she struggled to get along with others and couldn’t adjust to the military’s restricted lifestyle.

After a scandal that disrupted the social order back home, Kay is banished to a zoological research vessel, where he acts as Curator. He struggles to prove himself, trying to earn his place in the order again so that he can end his exile and return to his normal life.

But when it turns out that Jewel was abducted from home and placed in an alien zoo, with Kay as the only other being around, she questions his intentions. He didn’t know that her species was an intelligent life form, and he tries to learn more about her…(more)…

Amazon

blind beast mateBLIND BEAST MATE (DYSTOPIAN ADULT ROMANCE BEAST MATES BOOK 1) by Milana Jacks

Since the day Rey’s defiance earned her a blinding blow to the head, fear has hovered as close as the guide dog that clings to her side. But the terror that grips her now is almost beyond description.

Like her sister before her, Rey has been sold to satisfy the lusts of one of the alien Beasts that now rule the Earth. If the towering, leather-clad Alpha discovers his prize can’t see, he could kill her with a flick of his claw. Or worse, send her home—where the only mercy she’ll get is a bullet.

From the moment the Alpha Beast spotted Rey smiling tenderly at her flowers, his desire to own her, body and soul, roared louder than his bike’s throaty engine. But the only smiles his new pair aims his way are forced—and oddly off target. She is liquid heat in his arms, yet ignores the notes and gifts he leaves for her.

If he can’t win her over, he can’t trust her with his own truth. And the combined weight of their secrets could destroy everything.

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aliens backTHE ALIEN’S BACK (UORIA MATES V BOOK 1) by Ruth Anne Scott

When Aubrey comes home with a story from work about a colleague who once explored a factory owned by the Orion Corporation and discovered strange rooms and other odd happenings, Jonah knows that he has to keep digging. A return to the medical ward reveals something that turns everything that he thought he knew upside down and he and Aubrey must decide what is the most important and what they should do next…(much more)…

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misadventures with superheroMISADVENTURES WITH A SUPERHERO by Angel Payne

Working the night shift at a five-star hotel in downtown Los Angeles, I get my fair share of weirdos. But none of them prepared me for the night I met Bolt. He saved my life.

Now, he’s my super hero—the hunk I’m yearning to thank in more creative ways than a damn kiss on the cheek. Too bad he’s actually Reece Richards, my full-on nerd of a real-life boss.

He’s got some commitment issues thanks to his evil ex and global empire—and from having to save the city from a maniac out to destroy everything he loves.

But there’s something that just may interfere with all those plans. My heart.

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carolina pearlCAROLINA PEARL by Sela Carson

Conn Lucas is the illegitimate son who inherited the family home on the Congaree Swamp in Culford, South Carolina. Now he has to deal with his cousin sabotaging him, his ancestors haunting him, and his gorgeous neighbor distracting him.

Blair Moreau knows Conn is her mate, but he’s proving to be difficult to convince that they’re a fated pair. If only the stubborn man would let her help, all his problems would be solved.

It takes a wild night with a nail gun before they find they work better together than they ever can apart.

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incuabriTHE INCUABRI: TAKEN PART TWO (WOMEN OF DOR NYE BOOK 3)  by Poppy Rhys

Captured. Imprisoned. Trapped. When Tosh wakes to a strange room with pieces of the previous night missing from her memory, she’s confused and disoriented.

But she’s not alone.

Caged in an elegant prison with a creature composed of her deepest nightmares, Tosh begins to wonder if something bigger is at play… and if the creature is the only one who can free her.

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hexed on bourbon streetHEXED ON BOURBON STREET by Deanna Chase

Between enjoying her first pregnancy and helping her two besties plan their weddings, Jade Calhoun’s life is just about perfect. But when two novice magical TV stars walk into her life, suddenly her magic goes haywire. Is the pregnancy causing her power to fizzle or is it something else?

Now with her empath abilities on the fritz, a newbie TV witch in need of instruction, and a sinister evil lurking in the background, Jade must find a way to navigate her new and unusual powers, keep her unborn child safe, and somehow save everyone she loves and the city of New Orleans… again.

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djinn city of the endless nightTALES OF THE DJINN: THE CITY OF THE ENDLESS NIGHT by Emma Holly

When your boyfriend is a real live angel other men can’t compete.

Amateur magician Georgie swears this is true . . . until she and Connor leave everything they know to help the genie world. That’s where she discovers angels don’t have a monopoly on sex appeal.

Sultan Iksander would rather lose his smoke than fall for Georgie, no matter how smart and brave she is. The human race are rivals to genie kind—and angels are just traitors! Rescuing his people is what’s important, not getting tangled up in love triangles.

Only Connor believes in their chances for happiness. This angel knows love is worth fighting for, whatever form it takes.

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out foxxedOUT FOXXE’D (THE ADVENTURES OF ROSIE PEAKS BOOK 5) by Madison Sevier

Markus Foxxe is in Eriewood for one reason. His boss wants Rosie Peaks. He doesn’t know why and he shouldn’t care, but after meeting her, there’s no way Markus will hand her over to the highest bidder.

Rosie Peaks left DuFour, Indiana two years ago and found a safe haven away from all things paranormal. Working at Mulcahy’s Pub has been fairly uneventful. Until Markus Foxxe rolled into town in his silk suits with a primal sex appeal that makes her want to spend every night with him banging like a screen door in a hurricane. The only problem is, Rosie isn’t looking for a commitment and Markus seems as though he’s a one-mate kind of guy.

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evil speaks softlyEVIL SPEAKS SOFTLY by Maureen Bonatch

They were never supposed to meet.

Fame came easy for Liv by following in the footsteps of the female writers in her family. The cycle repeated for decades…until Liv changed the story. Her villain doesn’t like the revision—and he isn’t a fictional character. In his story, the bad guy always wins.

They were never supposed to find love.

Liv never questioned her demanding nocturnal muse, or the strange incidents in her old, family home until she met Gage. His job was to watch her from afar, not reveal the truth about the curse and the stories of the dead.

They’ve broken all the rules.

Together they unravel secrets as they strive to stop the cycle. Liv’s ability to find love, and protect her loved ones, hangs on the fickle whims of the dead—and they’ve got nothing to lose.

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witchs questTHE WITCH’S QUEST (THE DECADENT DAMES) by Michelle Hauf

Kelyn Saint-Pierre always had a bit of a thing for Valor Hearst. But after he makes a harrowing sacrifice to save the tomboyish witch from a gruesome death, Kelyn’s certain that any spark between them is gone forever.

Valor wishes she’d known about Kelyn’s crush before she ruined everything. There may be a way she can repay her smoking-hot champion…but it won’t be easy. Circling the globe on a dangerous mission that pits them against deadly magics and dark creatures, Kelyn and Valor are pushed scorchingly close together. But surrendering to passion may only further bind them in pain.

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dawn of the dragonsDAWN OF THE DRAGONS (EXILED DRAGONS BOOK 10)  by Sarah J Stone

Times have changed considerably since it was grounds for exile if a dragon shifter took a mate not of their own kind. The small dragon village in the Mourne Mountains where a secluded group of dragon shifters live has changed as well. Now, with dragon shifters, tiger shifters, and even multi-shifters in their midst, one would think a mere half human, half dragon shifter would be the least of their concerns.

It is this very kind – the young Dawn McCord – that begins to rise among the ranks with powers like no one has seen in centuries. By her side, as always, is her friend, Liam Donnelly. As time goes on and their childhood passes into youth and matters of the heart, will they stand the test of time, or will they find themselves on the wrong side of history?

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magic and alphasMAGIC AND ALPHAS by Scarlett Dawn and Various

Paranormal Romance blazes hot in Magic & Alphas. And it became even sexier More dangerousScandalous.  These 8 full-length, first in series books have NEVER BEEN READ BEFORE. Each has brand new content, brand new worlds.
Everything is totally unique and fresh. Perfect for romance and paranormal addicts alike.

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wolves of wrathWOLVES OF WRATH by Quinn Loftus

Long ago, during the Great Purge, the witches that had grown too many in number and too powerful, were destroyed. The high fae council saw that the balance of good and evil had been tipped too far in one direction and it had to be rectified. So they killed all of the witches, and their creator…or so they thought. But they were wrong. Volcan, the high fae, who had once been a member of their council, until he decided he wanted to be all powerful and created the witches, had bided his time, hiding in the Dark Forest.
Now he’s back and hell bent on rebuilding his army of witches…(more)…

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finding the dragonFINDING THE DRAGON (STONEFIRE BRITISH DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Jessie Donovan

VS Note: Not a standalone per note on Amazon, author advises to read Book #5 first)

On the day Jane Hartley’s online video series finally launches, she and Kai receive word that his younger half-sister, Delia, is missing. Gaining permission to search for her in Wales, Kai and Jane work together to find the teenage dragon-shifter before she winds up in the hands of the dragon hunters, or worse.

As the danger amps up, Kai and Jane’s relationship is put to the ultimate test. Will Kai and his dragon choose Jane above all? Or, will a ghost from Kai’s past end up tearing them apart?

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midnight unleashedMIDNIGHT UNLEASHED: A MIDNIGHT BREED NOVELLA by Lara Adrian

For Breed vampire Trygg, a menacing former assassin and the ultimate loner, duty is everything…until his solo mission to destroy a powerful enemy earns him an unwanted partner in the form of Tamisia, a beautiful, ice-hot immortal who ignites a flame in his cold heart, and his blood.

Banished from her Atlantean colony, disgraced immortal Tamisia longs for a chance to redeem herself and return home where she belongs. Her work at a Rome women’s shelter has given Sia purpose, but when a break-in results in a brutal killing, her quest for answers puts her in the middle of the hunt for a dangerous enemy of the Order–and brings her up against one of the deadliest of their Breed warrior members, the Gen One vampire, Trygg….(more)…

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book of swordsBOOK OF SWORDS by George R R Martin and Various

VS Note: Not romance but I know we have a lot of Game of Thrones fans in our community.

New epic fantasy in the grand tradition—including a never-before-published Song of Ice and Fire story by George R. R. Martin!

Fantasy fiction has produced some of the most unforgettable heroes ever conjured onto the page: Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniboné, Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Classic characters like these made sword and sorcery a storytelling sensation, a cornerstone of fantasy fiction—and an inspiration for a new generation of writers, spinning their own outsize tales of magic and swashbuckling adventure.

Now, in The Book of Swords, acclaimed editor and bestselling author Gardner Dozois presents an all-new anthology of original epic tales by a stellar cast of award-winning modern masters—many of them set in their authors’ best-loved worlds. Join today’s finest tellers of fantastic tales, including George R. R. Martin, K. J. Parker, Robin Hobb, Scott Lynch, Ken Liu, C. J. Cherryh, Daniel Abraham, Lavie Tidhar, Ellen Kushner, and more on action-packed journeys into the outer realms of dark enchantment and intrepid derring-do, featuring a stunning assortment of fearless swordsmen and warrior women who face down danger and death at every turn with courage, cunning, and cold steel.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 4

September 27

September 20

September 13

September 6

August 30

August 23

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

 

SE Smith On Writing For Charity EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2

4 SE Smith Pet SketchThe single greatest gift for me is to be able to give to others. I am honored to share my talents to bring joy and offer support through the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 Project. ~ Susan

Writing for a charity is perhaps one of the greatest compliments an author can be asked to participate in. I consider being able to use my talents to help others as a way to pay it forward. Not only am I giving something special to help a worthy cause, but so are the readers.

Last year, I was asked to participate in Pets in Space. This very special group of authors came together with a unique focus – to write a themed group of stories focusing on pets in space and give to a special charity called HeroDogs.org. With the success of Pets in Space, came this year’s collection of original stories by twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors – Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2.

It is not always easy for an author to fit a story into their already packed schedule. What makes this anthology so special is not only are we writing about pets; not only are they all original stories; but more important the authors are focused as one on providing the best possible stories at the best possible price to make the biggest impact for HeroDogs.org. With over 800 pages of amazing adventures, readers will fly across the star systems and discover worlds, characters, and pets that will make them laugh, cry, and fall in love with Science Fiction Romance while helping a worthy cause.

My story Pearl’s Dragon: A Dragon Lords of Valdier story, gives Pearl St. Claire – aka Grandma Pearl – her story at last. This romantic, adventurous, and humorous story will show that you are never too old to fall in love and find your own Happily Ever After!

Excerpt from Pearl’s Dragon:

Asim held his breath when the woman turned to face him. The moment their eyes connected, his dark golden with her vivid blue ones, he knew he was lost. Her expression quickly turned from surprised interest to a dark scowl. Dread swelled inside Asim and a sense of panic began to rise up, threatening to choke him.

“Who the hell are you?” the woman demanded, gazing back at him with an intense look.

“Asim,” he automatically replied.

She doesn’t like what she sees, he thought in dismay.

You think too much. She like us. She say she love man who make leather look good. You a man and you wearing leather, his dragon sighed in exasperation.

That doesn’t mean she likes the rest of me! Asim snapped in irritation.

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S.E. Smith is an Internationally Acclaimed, Award-Winning, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary works for adults, young adults, and children. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Readers can join her at:

http://sesmithfl.com/embrace-the-romance-pets-in-space-2/

http://sesmithfl.com/?s=newsletter

https://www.facebook.com/se.smith.5

https://twitter.com/sesmithfl

http://www.pinterest.com/sesmithfl/

http://sesmithfl.com/blog/

http://www.sesmithromance.com/forum/

pets2LargeBlurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy Links:  

Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   Amazon FR

Amazon DE   Amazon JP   iBooks    B&N   Kobo   Google Play

 

 

Keeping You From Something Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revised(If you’re looking for the October SFRB Showcase, that post is here.)

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

The snippet is from my new novella Star Cruise: Songbird, which is coming out in the EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology on October 10th (but can be pre-ordered). Only a few more days!!! (Can you tell I’m excited?)

I’ve skipped ahead a bit from last week’s excerpt. Grant has taken Karissa to his boss’s office to wait until the coast is clear to get her safely back to her own cabin. The excerpt is edited a bit to fit the rules here.

The excerpt: 

Still holding her drink, she rose and made a slow tour of the office, examining the few knickknacks and holos on display. Over her shoulder, she said, “You’re not a fan, I gather?”

“Fan?”

“Of my music,” she laughed, “I must sound conceited but most people would be thrilled to have a one on one session with me – you haven’t even asked for an autograph.”

“I’m sure your music is wonderful. I’ve been downrange for the last few years so I’m not up on popular culture,” He checked the time again and looked up to see her frowning at him.  “Means I’ve been outside the Sectors, in places I can’t talk about.”

She nodded, “Am I making you nervous? Or am I keeping you from something, a date maybe?” Karissa pointed at the shiptime indicator on the wall, “You keep checking.”

We’ll find out what Grant is anxious about in the next excerpt. Or if you buy the book, you can read the entire novella on the 10th. I’ll probably only do one more excerpt from this book after it’s been released and then move on to my next planned new release, which is an ancient Egyptian paranormal romance. It’s been too long since I wrote one of those!

pets2LargeThe story:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy Links:  

Amazon US   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   Amazon FR   Amazon DE

Amazon JP   iBooks  B&N   Kobo   Google Play

We have a free coloring book to download while you wait – it’s on our website here!

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SFR Brigade Presents Star Cruise Songbird Rock Concert

SFRB ShowcaseOnce a month the SFR Brigade does a blog hop where authors share excerpts, cover reveals or other fun posts related to their scifi romances. Check here for the list of all the participants this month.

We’re about five days away from the release of Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, so I thought I’d share an excerpt from my novella in the anthology, STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD. The story blurb and more about the anthology itself  are below the excerpt! We’re doing pre-orders this time…

pets2LargeThe excerpt: 

When the singer emerged from the room where she’d been getting ready, he was astounded. She looked as if she’d stepped straight from a trideo, her sexy costume elaborate and glittering in the lights, her multicolored hair caught up in coils by all manner of elaborate, bejeweled accessories. Even he could tell her shoes were works of art, with heels designed to resemble stacked planets, standing six inches high. She smiled, obviously enjoying his reaction. “Well?”

Pirouetting on those absurd heels, she laughed and held out her hand. “Escort me,” she said like a queen.

He did so, surrounded by her team, including the backup singers and the six dancers, all of whom joined Karissa when she reached the backstage area. Gently she let go of Grant’s arm and stepped away, gathering her team around her for a pep talk. He stayed alert, watching everyone else in the area, ready to challenge anyone acting suspicious.

The show was already going on at full volume. Karissa’s was the final set of the evening and when she ran onstage, her dancers bouncing and doing acrobatics around her, the roar was astounding. Grant stood in the wings, as close to the stage as he could, and watched the performance. Karissa strutted, she danced, she teased, she brought a child on stage for a brief chat, she sang full throated. The crowd loved it all. He had a hard time keeping his eye on the audience, watching for problems, because she was so riveting.

“First time at a show?” asked an older woman standing next to him. “This is nothing compared to what she’ll do at the big concert on Calillia next week. There’ll be multiple costume changes and aerial components. And maybe some new songs, although she’s been quiet about that. She doesn’t want Ted getting the rights to any more of her stuff if she can help it. Things are really sour between them now.” She laughed self-consciously and held out her hand. “I’m  Desdusan, by the way, her chief makeup artist. Chief busybody too. I try to look out for her as much as I can. Been with Karissa for nine years, ever since she hit the bigtime with ‘Twisted Comets’. She’ll probably sing that for the encore.”

“I hate to admit it but I’ve never heard her music before—it’s all new to me,” he said as they shook.

The woman did a double take. “Really? You’re probably the only person in the Sectors who hasn’t heard at least one Karissa song.”

“I have now,” he pointed out, annoyed to feel so defensive

As expected, Karissa left the stage briefly at the end of her set and returned to deafening applause to sing the encore. Then she waved to the crowd and danced off. Grant followed her as Desdusan gave her a bottle of water and the two women headed for the dressing room. “Did you like it?” Karissa asked him over her shoulder.

“Full of energy and feeling,” he said. “Clearly I missed a lot while I was on active duty.”

The story:

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

Blurb for Embrace the Romance: Pets In Space 2:

The pets are back! Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2, featuring twelve of today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors brings you a dozen original stories written just for you! Join in the fun, from the Dragon Lords of Valdier to a trip aboard award-winning author, Veronica Scott’s Nebula Zephyr to journeying back to Luda where Grim is King, for stories that will take you out of this world! Join New York Times, USA TODAY, and Award-winning authors S.E. Smith, M.K. Eidem, Susan Grant, Michelle Howard, Cara Bristol, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Sabine Priestley, Jessica E. Subject, Carol Van Natta, and Alexis Glynn Latner as they share stories and help out Hero-Dogs.org, a charity that supports our veterans!

10% of the first months profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

Buy Links:  

Amazon US    Amazon CA   Amazon UK    Amazon AU   Amazon FR    Amazon DE

Amazon JP   iBooks   B&N   Kobo   Google Play

We have a free coloring book to download while you wait – it’s on our website here!

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday October 4

ash hell squadAs 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)

ASH (HELL SQUAD BOOK 14) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Readers – including me! – never get enough of this kickass series. One-clicked of course.

Computer genius Marin Mitchell is doing her part to help humanity survive the raptor invasion, working tirelessly to decrypt alien data. She spends her days working and drooling over a certain tattooed, biker berserker from Squad Three. But Marin knows the rules: geeks do not snag sexy bad boys. She spends her nights playing her favorite computer game where she is a kick-butt badass, and a match for her mysterious online fight partner, SuperSoldier3.

A member of the Squad Three berserkers, Ash Connors knows that whenever he reaches for something good, life slaps him back down. He gave up on his dreams a long time ago, and instead, focused on running his motorcycle club with his best friend. But after the alien invasion, he does what he does best, fight and take down the aliens. When cute, smart, and sweet Marin catches his eye, he tries to steer clear, but can’t seem to stay away…online or in real life.

When Marin discovers information about a central alien data hub, her skills are needed to hack into the system. That means a deadly mission deep underground, right into the heart of alien territory. That throws her right into Ash’s tattooed arms. As the sexy berserker fights to keep her safe, he also vows to show Marin that while she might follow the rules, he likes to break them.

Amazon

seeking vectorSEEKING VECTOR (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 10)  by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: Another autobuy for me! Been waiting for this one…

A cyborg with a secret… A female seeking the truth…

Vector, the C Model captain of the Freedom, is a cyborg many warriors wish to emulate. He fights fiercely, leads with honor, has earned the respect and loyalty of his crew. But no being, not even a cyborg, is perfect. Since arriving at the Homeland, Vector has been hiding a dark truth about his past. If his secret is exposed, he could lose everything – his position, his ship, and his life.

Kasia excels at uncovering secrets. Half a lifespan ago, her curiosity placed her on the Humanoid Alliance’s kill list. Now she has accessed information the cyborg council would prefer remain hidden. Their warriors are hunting her and won’t rest until she’s dead.

When Vector arrives on her battle station, all grim determination, gray skin, and bulging muscles, Kasia knows he has been sent to kill her. That doesn’t stop her from wanting the dominant cyborg. She senses the savage nature under the male’s controlled exterior, sees the mysteries in his brilliant blue eyes, craves the roughness of his touch. She will risk all she has to experience his embrace.

Kasia braved the cyborg council’s ire for a reason. If she doesn’t convince Vector to act on the information she uncovered, the enemy could destroy his home planet and render every cyborg in the universe immobile.

Can a doubting C Model warrior learn to trust and to love before it is too late?

Amazon     iBooks

ace of clubsTHE ACE OF CLUBS: PART 3 OF THE RED DOG CONSPIRACY by Patricia Loofbourrow

After financial disaster and the zeppelin bombing, the far future domed neo-Victorian city of Bridges is reeling. Three of the four Families are implicated, and an inquest is called to investigate.

After her failure to prove Jack Diamond’s guilt in David Bryce’s kidnapping and the murders of her informants, private eye and mobster’s moll Jacqueline Spadros has had enough. While she and her former lover Joseph Kerr try to learn who killed their family friend, they also begin making plans to leave the city.

Her tormentors, however, are just getting started. As their web of lies and forgery draws ever tighter, Jacqui begins to see how deep the conspiracy against her and the Spadros Family really goes.

When she’s called as a witness in the inquest, the secrets Jacqui has kept over the years come back to cause her serious trouble. Will she be able to escape Bridges? Or will she be forced to face the terrible consequences of her lies and trickery once and for all?

Amazon     iBooks

fawksFAWKS (DRAGONS OF KRATAK) by Ruth Anne Scott

VS Note: From September

Team 2 of the Allies research mission flies over Planet Kratak on their way to Assan Keep for their year-long stay studying these rugged and unknown people. Sheena pilots the shuttle in to land when a huge white dragon swoops over the landscape and collides with their shuttle. Disabled and plummeting toward the planet’s surface at terminal velocity, Sheena struggles to make an emergency landing in the forgotten reaches of an uncharted forest.

Little does Sheena know she’s about to get sucked into an overpowering vortex of passion, self-discovery, and insatiable desire. Fawks Ulasso steps out of the forest to save the team from certain death… (more)…

Amazon

apolloAPOLLO DRAGON WARRIOR by Jamie Phoenix

VS Note: Another one with a really short, to the point blurb! Also from September. Love the purple in the cover…

A Standalone Scifi Alien Dragon Shifter Romance

Amazon

 

 

 

provenancePROVENANCE  by Ann Leckie

VS Note: Hard scifi so I’m guessing the romance either isn’t there or…

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned.
Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray’s future, her family, and her world, before they are lost to her for good.
Amazon     iBooks
atone by treatyATONE BY TREATY (QUI TREATY COLLECTION BOOK 8) by Kayla Stonor

Oltu’s a sadistic son of a bitch. You should—” Stay away. Gabrielle guessed the unspoken words, heeded the warning, until the shapeshifting First Lord of the Qui swooped in and rescued her from enemy territory. Running is not only dangerous, it’s provocative. Oltu wants her, craves her, and his seductive pheromones are near impossible to resist. He also desires her submission.

No way.

Skal. Save her, seduce, ravish, master—whatever works to quench his lust for this human female. Oltu’s mission had clarity until the moment he learns Gabrielle cannot enjoy intimacy without control. Now he has a problem. His ferocious mating instinct inspires a need to protect and the president’s daughter arouses savage lust and noble instincts in equal measure. To win Gabrielle’s heart, he needs a new strategy.

One major obstacle; she despises everything he stands for.

Amazon

alien convictALIEN CONVICT (BUREAU OF TALON ALIEN AFFAIRS BOOK 1) by T J Quinn and A J Daniels

VS Note: Amazon does list TJ Quinn as the co-author.

Alone in the world with his two small daughters, Andrew never thought he would face prosecution for something that is considered commonplace for his kind on every world spinning. Every world, except Earth, that is. Only when law enforcement forced the door of his private residence open and unthinkable happens does it become real for him. Locked behind bars in a human jail for a crime he didn’t commit is nothing short of infuriating. Seeing no way out, the fury slowly turns to hopelessness.

All young, hungry attorneys are looking to make a name for themselves. None more fiercely than the woman who’s thrown herself, full force into the alien rights movement. ..(more)..

Amazon

seeranSEERAN (WARRIORS OF SANGRIN BOOK 6) by Nancey Cummings and Starr Huntress

Responsible for the security of his clan and warlord, he couldn’t afford distraction or attachment. Then, on a Terran beach, he stumbled upon a male assaulting a female. The ice that ran through his veins turned to fire. The frightened female is his mate.

Whatever control he’d possessed snapped in a moment of recklessness, and he hoped that was all he’d lost.

Hazel shouldn’t desire the terrifying alien. She’d just escaped a disastrous marriage with a violent man, so how could she fall for a growling soldier who punched first and asked questions later? Why did his arms feel like the safest place in the universe?

Amazon

apollo academyTHE APOLLO ACADEMY by Kimberly P Chase

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants — clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.

Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy and the paparazzi are banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, except for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom.

Amazon     iBooks

shark biteSHARK BITE (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK  3) by Naomi Lucas

Netto was a Cyborg, a protector, and a contracted mercenary. His specialty was the water: shallows, salt water, and open oceans across the universe. He was also a freak forged from the DNA of a bull shark—blue-grey skin, a body built with power, and a double-set of razor-sharp teeth. His nomadic lifestyle came to a halt when his old employer, the Earthian Planetary Exploration Division, offered him his old job back.

Rylie was born and raised on the planet Kepler, on an agri-lot that farmed jewels from the sea. But something was happening to her family’s lots and people were disappearing.

When a giant Cyborg showed up at her settlement and struck a deal with her father, she was forced to follow the stranger out onto the water, into the dangers of the alien deep, and far beyond the sight of land.

She feared the Cyborg.
She feared his teeth.
But she feared the monsters in the water more.

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red sky in the morningRED SKY IN THE MORNING (THE COVENANT OF THE RAINBOW BOOK 1) by Elana Brooks

Psychics battle aliens for the future of Earth—and love will determine the victor.

Adrian Marshall is a recruiter for the Covenant of the Rainbow, a millennia-old secret society dedicated to defending Earth against hostile aliens. He runs covert screening sessions, seeking people with psychic abilities. They’ll be trained to use their gifts of telepathy, telekinesis, and astral projection to repel the coming invasion. Though his own gifts are modest, he’s deeply committed to the Covenant’s cause and determined to contribute to the best of his ability.

Life has taught Beverly Jones not to believe in anything she can’t see, or to depend on anyone besides herself. When a simple exercise class takes a bizarre turn and the handsome instructor tells her she’s the most powerful psychic he’s ever discovered, she knows it’s only a dream…(more)..

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pyrePYRE (VERIAN MATES) by Stella Sky

Dr. Ariel Landon is brave, beautiful, and intelligent, but her search for knowledge gets her into trouble. It means everything to her, so when she is abducted by the Verians, she is more concerned about leaving her work unfinished than she is about herself. That is, until she sets eyes on the sexy, powerful man who abducted her.

As head of the opposition, Commander Pyre Juno has his hands full. He’s strong, strategic, and fearless; coveted by both teams. It is his job to do whatever it takes to succeed, but things get complicated when he abducts the human doctor, who, despite it all, can help him get ahead. She awakens a need in him unlike anything he’s ever known. It’s all he can do to focus on the task at hand.

When Ariel is targeted by Pyre’s allies in the opposition, things go from bad to worse. Pyre has to make a decision. He may be able to save the human, but saving himself and denying his claim may prove to be more difficul

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vampires soulVAMPIRE’S SOUL: A VAMPIRE QUEEN NOVEL by Joey W Hill

VS Note: She’s on my autobuy list and I stopped everything to read this when it hit my kindle. Her Vampire Queen world is dark and very VERY twisty sexy…I’ve reread it once already. I LOVED Rand, the shifter…

Loss left them only rage…Until they found each other…

Cai doesn’t want to be with anyone. He doesn’t want a damn servant, he doesn’t want to be associated with damn vampires. Rand just wants to forget his human side, stay in his wolf form and find a satisfying and hopefully violent, bloody way to bring it all to an end.

But when a young female vampire’s life is at stake, the Vampire Council drafts Cai to enter a dark world he never wanted to visit again. Rand is too honorable to let him go alone, and the only way that can work is if he’s Cai’s fully marked servant, bound to the vampire for all eternity.

So fate decides these two lost souls need each other. Even if they have to tear each other apart to figure it out.

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forsaken by nightFORSAKEN BY NIGHT (MOON BOUND  CLAN VAMPIRES BOOK 3) by Larissa Ione

After accidentally shifting into a wolf—and getting stuck—Tehya, herself a vampire, has spent the last twelve years as the pet of Lobo, another vampire who has the unique gift of communicating with wolves.

When Lobo found Tehya starving and nearly frozen to death, he took her in and nursed her back to health, all the while completely unaware that she was really a fellow vampire. But there was always something special about her, and he finds out exactly how special after she’s injured and returned to her true form. Desire collides with danger as he soon finds that he must protect not only Tehya but also himself.

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dreaming of a white wolf christmasDREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS by Terry Spear

Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life—until an accidental bite from a werewolf puppy turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. She’s forced to isolate herself in the wilderness to cope with her unpredictable shifting while she works on her deadlines. After all, for Candice, Christmas is just another day.

Enter private investigator Owen Nottingham, a wolf shifter hired to find Candice so she can collect her inheritance. They have a real problem: she must arrive home in human form, and that’s not happening during the full moon. Besides, Owen has a new mission: to convince the pretty she-wolf her best move is to join his pack in time for Christmas…and to prove he’s the only wolf for her.

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finngarrickFINNGARICK (ORDER OF THE BLACK SWAN, D.I.T. BOOK 2) by Victoria Danaan

When ex vampire hunting knight, Sir Torrent Finngarick, is hired by D.I.T., he’s partnered with one of a pair of near-feral, New Forest elf twins who also happens to be his mate. Unfortunately Sher O’Malley made a pact with her twin when they were children that they would never accept a mate.

After rigorous training with Black-Swan-friendly demons and Black Swan knights emeritus, they’re assigned to Dublin because there’s an interdimensional stream portal somewhere in the vicinity of Trinity College and Temple Bar that’s been causing havoc for centuries.

Just when Sher is succumbing to the inevitable pull of mating, she and Torn chase a trespasser through the portal underneath St. Patrick’s. The wild redheaded beauty catches the demon’s eye.  And disappears.
bearistaBEARISTA by Zoe Chant

Tough as nails and hard as steel, Derek Ruger has spent his life in dangerous parts of the world, and has the scars (emotional and physical) to show for it. But this is his most difficult assignment yet: going undercover in a coffee shop to protect a curvy witness, who happens to be his fated mate!

Single mom Gaby Diaz is just trying to make ends meet, working as a coffee shop barista while taking night classes, caring for her 5-year-old son, and supporting her widowed mother. Then she witnesses an armed robbery, and now she’s being hunted by an assassin and protected by a hot, gruff bodyguard who just might be able to coax Gaby into opening up the heart she’s been sheltering for years.

drop dead gorgeousDROP DEAD GORGEOUS (BITE NIGHTS BOOK 2) by Juliet Lyons

Mila Hart’s first experience with the hot new vampire dating site is a complete disaster. Turns out, her date is wanted for murder! But things turn around when she’s rescued by dashing vampire cop Vincent Ferrer. Dangerous and drop dead gorgeous, he’s just the vampire hottie Mila was hoping for.

Haunted by his past, Vincent can’t risk falling in love again, even if Mila charms him more than anyone he’s ever met. But when the killer from Mila’s first date seeks her out, Vincent is the only one who can protect her. Protecting his heart is a different story.

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dark wolfTHE DARK WOLF (SHAPES OF AUTUMN BOOK 4) by Veronica Blade

Zack and Autumn still don’t know how to deal with being different species. After all, a shape-shifter falling in love with a werewolf is usually a one-way ticket to death. Their only chance for all supernaturals to live in peace is to join forces with a dream team of rebel werewolves, shape-shifters and vampires to take down the werewolf king.

But first, they must get past his number one henchman, an ancient werewolf of almost unimaginable power who has left a trail of dead supernaturals in his wake.

In a secret underground sanctuary they train ferociously for the upcoming battle. When members of their crew disappear or die, they don’t know who in their midst are traitors or if the enemy has breached their fortress. How can Zack and Autumn combat an enemy who’s practically a ghost, and still make it out alive?

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jackalopesJACKALOPES AND WOOFEN-POOFS by Angel Martinez

All Animal Control Officer Jason Shen ever wanted was a quiet life of rescuing lost kittens and helping animals in need. Having a paranormal cop boyfriend guarantees an end to the quiet part. What at first seems like a random encounter with jackalopes in the park might be more than chance and when State Paranormal sends a handsome, charming vampire to consult with the Seventy-Seventh, he finds his relationship with Alex on shaky ground.

Officer Alex Wolf hoped his humaning skills were improving but now he can’t unravel the strange politics at State Paranormal or why Jason’s family seems to hate him. There’s no time to puzzle things out, either. Bizarre animals are loose in the city, Jason’s acting strange—and is the vampire captain from State flirting with him? Wolf’s going to have to keep his head in the game if he’s going to have any chance of putting the pieces together and keeping the city safe from the strange critters terrorizing its streets.

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deathDEATH (THE KEEPER SERIES) by Madhuri Pavamani

 am Death. I run this show. I have many at my command, people love and fear me in equal measure. But I am almost out of time.

Juma Landry and Dutch Mathew have a love that is strong and sharp, wild and soothing. They would go to the ends of the earth—and beyond—to save each other from the hell of this world. To put a smile on each others’ face day after day. But danger is coming, dark forces that will push Juma to her capacity, evil that will rip away her lives.

One. By. One.

I know Dutch can’t bear to lose this woman—the darkness that always lives inside him will swallow him whole. But I’ve got plans for Juma. She’s always been my favorite, my sweet, my beautiful, my light. And now, I need her more than ever, one last time.

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all for connorALL FOR CONNOR (THE LONE WOLF DEFENDERS BOOK 3) by Alice Montgomery

Connor is the wrongest wrong guy in existence. He’s a Lycan shifter, for one. And he’s rude, anti-social and has never said a kind word to Evie.

Yet, there’s something about him she can’t resist. Maybe it’s the brooding, bad boy vibe. Her feet say run away.  …(lots more)…

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catnipCATNIP (AGE OF NIGHT BOOK 3) by May Sage

Coveney has been wrongly accused of a crime he’d never commit, and it’s changed him, turning him into a cold, indifferent version of his former self. He lives for his position in the Wyvern Pride: protecting their territory, and serving his Alpha as Head Enforcer. Nothing else matters.
Then, she appears out of nowhere.

Ava is tired of running, but what choice does she have? With her former flock high on her heels, stopping means dying, and her death may not just be her own.

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hexslayerHEXSLAYER (HEXWORLD BOOK 3) by Jordan L Hawk

Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.

Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.

Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in Cuba missing part of a leg and most of his heart. After his former lover becomes one of the killer’s victims, Jamie will do anything to solve the case.

Nick comes to Jamie with a proposal: after making a temporary bond, they will work together to stop the murders. Once the killer is caught, they walk away and never see one another again.

It sounds simple enough. But the passion that flares between the two men won’t be so easily extinguished. And if Nick can’t learn to trust his witch, he stands to lose everything—including his life.

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accidental mermaidTHE ACCIDENTAL MERMAID (ACCIDENTALLY PARANORMAL SERIES BOOK 16) by Dakota Cassidy

Esther Williams Sanchez is busy living her life the way she’s always done. Spending time with her pets, working as a divorce mediator, and enjoying her newly renovated cottage on the beach.

She’s also decided it’s high time she learn how to swim to prepare for an upcoming cruise. It’s time to let go of a horrible past experience and take some lessons.
So at thirty-two, Esther enrolls in the only class at the Y with a spot left. A Mommy and Me class—which seems quite tame, considering her oldest classmate aside from her is three-years-old.

Learn to swim with a bunch of babies and toddlers? Easy-squeezy, right? Er, no. As Esther leaves the pool after her very first lesson, she sprouts a magnificent tail and fins. Oh, and hair the color of a rainbow. Lots and lots of luscious hair.

Lucky for her, the OOPS girls are on site, and as they set about finding out how this happened to Esther, they run into a hunky Australian merman named Tucker Pearson who happens to be the key to Esther’s problem. But Tucker has problems of his own, and they include being kicked out of his family’s bottled water company, booted from his pod, and accused of embezzling over a million bucks.

Oh, and killing someone… OOPS, here we go again!

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bearly shiftedBEARLY SHIFTED (MATES OF BEAR PAW RIVER BOOK 1) by Everleigh Clark

Nissa Alexander returns to Bear Paw River ten pounds and one boyfriend lighter with an attitude screaming ‘Leave me the hell alone’. The last thing she needs is her older brother, the Alpha, lecturing her about settling down and true mates. Hell, he doesn’t even have his own mate, so he has no right to talk.

And then, there’s the hunky bad boy, who’s working a missing person’s case in her neck of the woods. ..(more)…

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border townBORDER TOWN (SLICE AGENCY BOOK 1) by Louise Bacio

VS Note: Sounds good…on my TBR List.

A thin line exists between reality and the paranormal, between one country and the next. Lucia grew up stuck between cultures on the border of Texas and Mexico and the wavy lines of reality. With the help of her two sisters, she runs the family ranch, or what’s left of it. A hurricane shifted the river, with land ending up on the other side of the Rio Grande. Mother Nature unleashed more than land wars. A prophecy foretells a supernatural beast slaughtering the livestock every seven years. When the carcasses of goats show up drained of blood, she reaches out for help.

Shaw McDiamond doesn’t want to be stuck in a hick town that’s dry and humid, chasing after the legend of the chupacabra. ..(more)..

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last chance kaganLAST CHANCE: ROYAL KAGAN SERIES BOOK 7  by Nancy Corrigan

Xander, alpha of the Royal Winchester pack, has chased his true mate through the centuries. And screwed things up with her each time their paths have crossed. She’s always been too soft, too innocent, too perfect. He’s not. He’s wicked, dominant, and demanding…especially in bed.

The moment he sees Gwen, though, he realizes he’s been given another chance to make things right. That’s exactly what he’s going to do too. He has a plan–earn her forgiveness, unleash her sexuality, win her love. Simple. Or maybe not. His best friend claims Gwen belongs to him too.

Vlad has made a mistake. Instead of claiming his true mate in this lifetime, he slept with Gwen’s sister. Then dozens of women after her. And when Gwen needed him most, he failed her. Now her virginity is being offered up to the best hunter.

Rescuing Gwen is the easy part. Saving her friend from captivity, proving their three-way relationship is worth fighting for, and staying alive long enough to soul-bond are not. But when faced with their last chance at happiness, Xander and Vlad will stop at nothing to win.

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heiress of darknessHEIRESS OF DARKNESS (REBORN MAGIC BOOK 2) by Ashlyn Allbrook

Charlotte of Capthian has only known hardship. It’s not easy being the only daughter of a widowed healer, but when her mother’s chronic takes a turn for the worse, her mother tells her there’s a tree root five days’ journey south. Eager to cure her mother, Charlotte’s willing to make the journey alone, but then the five sons of Bartow the trapper insist Charlotte let them escort her while checking their traps. It’s the ideal solution, only there’s one problem: she likes all five of brothers. How will she keep her feelings to herself?

Soon they happen upon an abandoned temple in the mountains where a goddess appears and tells Charlotte that she’s the Heiress of Darkness. She has a part to play in the rebirth of magic, and she has five days to get to the temple in Pereta… or she will die.

Oh, and there’s one small catch. She must sleep with all five brothers to bring her five elements of magic to life… or she dies.

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grigoriGRIGORI (AS ROYAL DRAGON ROMANCE BROTHERS OF ASH AND FIRE) by Lauren Smith

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. ..(more)…

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next generationTHE NEXT GENERATION (CONVERSION BOOK 4)  by S C Stephens

Fitting in can be hard for anyone. But for Julian and Nika Adams, it’s especially challenging. Born as partial vampires, a rare offshoot of pureblood vampires, the twins have had to deceive people their entire lives—distancing themselves from their peers.

Nika desperately wants a hero, a soulmate, someone she can trust with every fiber of her soul—someone as amazing as her father. The boys at her high school aren’t impressing her, but, luckily for Nika, Hunter Evans has moved into the neighborhood.

Julian desperately wishes he could sever the empathic bond he has with his sister. While it was fun to experience each other’s emotions when they were kids, now that Julian finds himself pining for a girl he can’t have, sharing his feelings is the last thing he wants to do.

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cinderella and wolf princeCINDERELLA AND THE WOLF PRINCE (SIREN’S TALES) by Siren Allen

Wulf St. Jamison is a cursed prince who’s finally found his princess. Or, at least, he thought he had. After spending one night in his masked female’s arms, he awakes to find her missing from his bed and from his life. No one seems to know who she is or where she came from. Was she real or just a creature his broken mind conjured up?

Cinderella Dupont only has two more months of servitude before she’s free to claim her inheritance and leave her hateful stepfamily behind. After playing the role of obedient daughter for so long, she craves one night of pleasure. She finds that in the arms of a handsome stranger, only to find out later that he’s the prince.
When he shows up at her door, she assumes he’s figured out that she’s the female behind the mask. That’s not the case. He’s there to hire her, the most powerful tracker witch in the land, to help him find his mate.

Unable to say no to the prince, she pretends to help him search for the female he claims he’s unable to let go. Working by his side, day after day, she finds herself falling for him and toying with the idea of telling him who she really is. As dark forces descend upon them, will he forgive her for her deception? Or will her stepmother’s vile declarations turn him against her forever?

Especially since everything her stepmother says about her is true.

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drogons medieval adventureA DROGON’S MEDIEVAL ADVENTURE (CHIMERA DRAK MATES BOOK 1)  by T J Quinn

The Drogon homeworld is on the verge of destruction, which forces the whole species into unknown adventures to find a new homeworld. Four vessels depart the dying planet when the wave of a planetary explosion sends all the ships in different directions.
This is the story of Cuyler the drogon’s king and his journey to find a new homeworld, only to discover most of the female population was abroad one of the missing ships.
In their search for women, the drogons arrive in medieval England and after a few adventures, they are able to go back home with their soulmates and the promise of getting more females for their people.

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inheritance of the bloodINHERITANCE OF THE BLOOD  by Imogene Nix

In the darkness evil waits…

As a young bride Kira was whisked away from everything and everyone she knew, including her new husband and became Christina, an operative of the Displaced Persons Unit.

As the danger grows she sees an opportunity to save her husband Vasya and sister Serina. But nothing is the same. Serina is grown up—married and pregnant.

Vasya too is older and darkly forbidding. Trusting Christina doesn’t come easily until a catastrophic event takes place. Now, knowing the truth everything he thought he knew is changed. But at a very high cost.

The four must work together to defeat the Demon, Zuor and the stakes are higher than they imagined and all could be lost.

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star warsAnd finally a Star Wars book that I found intriguing and fun. always wanted the POV of that trash compactor creature, didn’t you?:

STAR WARS FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the fortieth anniversary, more than forty contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the forty short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by bestselling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

• Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
• Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
• Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
• Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
• Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star.
• Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.

And more.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

September 27

September 20

September 13

September 6

August 30

August 23

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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