New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 21

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

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DEFENDERS (GALACTIC GLADIATORS: HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 2) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: And of course I one clicked this!

Astrophysicist Dr. Jayna Lennox’s life imploded the day her ship was attacked by aliens. Through months of captivity, she’s survived by shutting down and not feeling. Then she’s freed by the House of Rone cyborgs and finds herself in the arms of huge, tough Mace. Struggling to heal, Mace is the only thing that makes her feel safe. The only person who makes her feel like she isn’t broken. But there are more of her crew members imprisoned in Carthago’s desert, and Jayna will have to delve into her darkest memories to help save them.

Born to fight and bred for rage, Mace barely survived his gang-ridden homeworld. Thanks to Imperator Magnus Rone, he’s found a place at the House of Rone. Unlike the other cyborgs, he feels, but only anger and annoyance. When a small, wounded human woman works her way under his skin, Mace finds himself feeling things he’s never felt before…along with a powerful need to keep her safe.

Jayna vows to help find her fellow humans, even if it means revisiting her nightmares and being part of a dangerous mission into the desert. But as the passion between her and Mace explodes, she finds herself with two battles on her hands: the battle to free the humans from their captors, and the war to win Mace’s scarred heart.

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fractured soulsFRACTURED SOULS (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 3) by Anna Carven

VS Note: I one clicked this as soon as it appeared. I love her Kordolians.

Alexis Carter is a long way from home, and she doesn’t quite understand how she got here. All she knows is that she died once, and now she’s alive.
She’s woken into a nightmare, trapped on a dark ship full of terrifying aliens. With their silver skin and fire-colored eyes, they look a lot like the monsters that once attacked her on Earth.
One Kordolian in particular stands out… he’s huge, he doesn’t talk much, and his job is to guard her.
From what, exactly?
The voices inside her head?

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alien breederALIEN BREEDER (ALIEN INVASION BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips

When Sarah is imprisoned for violating one of the alien invaders’ laws, she discovers that there is more at stake than just her freedom. By accepting a breeding contract with one of the aliens, Sarah will not only gain her freedom but she will have a chance at the one thing her deceased husband couldn’t give her – a child.

Life has taught Sarah that happiness doesn’t last. Everyone she has ever loved has been taken from her but she is determined to take this chance, even though her heart aches for an absent alien warrior…

Six months ago, T’gana felt an instant bond with a quiet Earth female. Unable to claim her, he transferred to a battle position. Now, wounded inside and out, he returns to claim his female, even if thirty days of happiness is all he is allowed. After all, how can he expect her to accept a broken warrior?

Just as Sarah and T’gana start to break down the barriers between them, outside forces threaten to destroy their second chance. Can they overcome not only their own fears, but a world determined to tear them apart?

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radek suki sRADEK (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 3) by Suki Selborne

My family thought a space cruise was just what I needed to take my mind off my college stress. But I never expected this to happen.
Five arrogant Dark Star Princes invaded our ship. Oh, and that’s not all. Prince Radek’s says he’s taking me home with him.
The prince demands an heir. He wants me to provide it.
But disaster is about to strike the Dark Star empire, and the Emperor too. Not even Prince Radek could plan for that.
And now? Things are really getting crazy.

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star pilots heroA STAR PILOT’S HERO (ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY BOOK 2) by Eva Delaney and Vivi Clarke

My cocky pilot is the love of my life, so why does my heart flutter every time I’m near the shy techie, gorgeous doctor, and mysterious bounty hunter?
The men on my spaceship are fighting over me, and my boyfriend is having none of it. If that’s not enough, I’m stuck with a gruff soldier who’s refusing to follow my orders—and refusing to wear pants.
Trapped on a cramped ship, there’s no escaping their smoldering looks and sizzling touches. There’s also no escaping my growing feelings for all five of them.
When my greatest enemy returns, I need to hold this crew together and keep my feelings in check to fight for our lives and for the future of the galaxy.
Can I navigate the stars as well as my own heart to save the universe?

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devoloseDEVOLOSE: BOOK 4 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan

Devolose and Tawny have been rescued after three years together in the emperor’s dungeon. Every day he was forced to inflict pain on the Earth woman he only wanted to protect. How could he not develop feelings for her when they’re connected in so many ways?

But how can they trust feelings forged in captivity? The more he pushes her away to protect her, the more determined she is to stay at his side. After decades of slavery, the emperor took far more than his soul. Can half a male satisfy a complete woman?

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prison princessPRISON PRINCESS (HAREM STATIONS BOOK 5) by J A Huss

Valor joined up with Tray after Beauty’s sacrifice because he knew Luck was destined to be with Princess Nyleena. There was no room in that relationship for a third wheel. But when he teamed up with Tray he had no idea that he’d be the third wheel in that partnership too.

Tray has been keeping ALCOR’s secrets since the day he arrived on Harem Station. Not just one or two… ALL of them. But he’s also been keeping one of his own.

His secret is a girl. Not a Cygnian girl. An Akeelian girl. A beautiful, mysterious, scheming secret girl that Tray has been in love with ever since she first turned up in his Pleasure Prison virtual reality asking him for help. Except she’s not virtual. She’s real. She’s in danger. And before Valor came along all he wanted to do was break her out of her prison and keep her for himself. But now… he might have to learn to share.

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trapped in timeTRAPPED IN TIME (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world–a world that seems stuck in the past, around the time of the Victorian era.

Now Caroline must deal with hoop skirts and elaborate etiquette, not to mention all the dangers of the past. It’s a minefield of antiquated social mores and poisons used as medicines and cosmetics. But perhaps the most perplexing problem is the husband she has somehow acquired–a tall, dark Blood Kindred named Richard who claims she is his wife and refuses to let her go. For in this universe, the Kindred arrived 200 years earlier than in her own time and they have made their way into polite society…as Richard seems determined to make his way into Caroline’s heart.

Will Caroline ever find her way back to her own time and universe? Will she succumb to Richard’s charms and give in to the big Blood Kindred who claims her as his own? And what about the scheming mother she has in this world who is determined that she will leave Richard for a Viscount of questionable morals? Caroline doesn’t know what to do, she only knows that if she cannot somehow open another window into her own world she will be forever…Trapped in Time.

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their hybridTHEIR HYBRID (STEAMPUNK REVERSE HAREM by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: A re-release

She was born to serve. Pity she doesn’t want to. DX-4, also known as Dex, is a hybrid: not quite human, not quite machine. She spends her days running errands for her three masters, until one day she ends up in a bit of a pickle. Meaning she could be killed for what she did.

Her masters try everything they can to help her, but will it be enough? And is her heart human enough to return their love?

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echoes in the voidECHOES IN THE VOID (SHADOWED SOL BOIOK 1) by Liberty Speidel

When Tamryn shows up in the office of down-on-his-luck detective Bridger Heidemann, he’s eager to take the case. A paycheck coming from the city’s wealthiest woman? Who could turn that down? The case of Tamryn’s missing best friend Cora shouldn’t be difficult, despite the fact she went off planet. But when lead after lead hits a dead end, Bridger is forced to leave Earth to find his quarry.
There’s just one catch:
Tamryn insists on coming with him, and she’s sexy as hell.
She’s also bound and determined to get Bridger to break his number one rule about clients: he won’t sleep with them.
With trouble following them to every space station, Bridger’s main concern should be tracking down Cora, not staying out of Tamryn’s bed.
As the flight to finding Cora gets more dangerous, will the pressure force Bridger to succumb to Tamryn’s feminine wiles?

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threadbareTHREADBARE (STORM FRONTS BOOK 1) by Elle E Ire

All cybernetic soldier Vick Corren wanted was to be human again. Now all she wants is Kelly. But machines can’t love. Can they? With the computerized implants that replaced most of her brain, Vick views herself as more machine than human. She’s lost her memory, but worse, can no longer control her emotions, though with the help of empath Kelly LaSalle, she’s holding the threads of her fraying sanity together.

Vick is smarter, faster, impervious to pain… the best mercenary in the Fighting Storm, until odd flashbacks show Vick a life she can’t remember and a romantic relationship with Kelly that Vick never knew existed. But investigating that must wait until Vick and her team rescue the Storm’s kidnapped leader.

Someone from within the organization is working against them, threatening Kelly’s freedom. To save her, Vick will have to sacrifice what she values most: the last of her humanity. Before the mission is over, either Vick or Kelly will forfeit the life she once knew.

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neon viceNEON VICE by Jessica Marting

It’s going to be the road trip from hell.

An embarrassing incident at a corporate dinner party has Josh Hawthorne scrambling to find a replacement android companion for his sociopath of a boss. Unfortunately, that model has been discontinued and the only way to find a new one is to scavenge the long-abandoned factories of the derelict Eastern Badlands. To get there and back safely, he needs help, and he finds it in the sketchiest part of Mission City.

Electronics dealer Madeline Atwood jumps at the chance to help Josh and take enough of his money to start her life over. His boss being the man responsible for her mother’s death gives her the chance to exact some very expensive payback, all the better to tweak the nose of his stuffy assistant.

But once on the road, there’s only so much they can argue over whose turn it is to drive. Working as a team to look for a vintage android that may not exist anymore has a way of bringing people together, even when they’re total opposites. And what they say about opposites attracting isn’t far from either of their minds.

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catalyst jody wallaceCATALYST: CAT SHIP (OBSIDIAN RIM BOOK 8) by Jody Wallace

Dance teacher Wil Tango, adopted by a cat who needs to make use of his opposable thumbs, knows all too well the primary rule of their arrangement: never reveal the cat is a genius. Their clever scheme to win all the jackpots on Gizem Station works until a bigwig gets suspicious, and he finds himself stuffed in a stasis box and shipped to Garbage Planet. At least he’s got the cat for company.

Sulari Abfall, scrapyard picker extraordinaire, thinks she’s scored when she earns access to the latest offload from Gizem Station. Their trash is her treasure, and the profits from her recycling program should provide more than enough to upgrade her clunky garbage scow into a clunky tow ship, a huge step up in trash hierarchy. When she’s drawn to a hazardous waste container, she finds more than she ever bargained for. A naked man. And a sentient cat.

But unsealing the stasis pod sends an interspace signal back to Gizem Station—and the vengeful VIP who thought Wil was dead. It will take all the wits of a lovely garbage scow captain, a down on his luck dance instructor, and a brave orange feline to defeat a gang intent on mayhem, murder, and a galactic catnapping that could change the course of the future for the entire Obsidian Rim.

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alien king crashesALIEN KING CRASHES THE WEDDING (LUMERIAN NIGHTS BOOK 1) by Becca Brayden 

Art dealer Sasha Montgomery is both nervous and thrilled to be invited to the Caldorian Earth Base for her best friend’s wedding to an alien warrior. One, she’s never seen an alien up close, and two, she made a promise to be there, no matter how much the idea of being surrounded by hundreds of huge alien warriors frightened her.
She thinks she’s got it all under control, until Dagan, the groom’s best friend, crashes the wedding. He’s smoking hot—way too hot to be an alien—and determined to seduce her.
Sasha gives in to passion with unexpected consequences. Ancient power rises in response to their new-found bond, and the once innocent Sasha discovers that Dagan has been keeping secrets. He’s not just another warrior, he’s a king, and the power rising between them hasn’t been seen in a millennium.
Sasha must learn to control the force clawing its way through her body…or destroy them all.

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striking freedomSTRIKING FREEDOM (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Lacey had grown up with privilege, but she learned early exactly how deals got made. She used to use her skills to get Adaptation Station their hard-to-come-by supplies, but after the blast, the family that she had been gaining was pulled from her.
Lacey was transported across the stars where she sat at the side of her grandfather while he bargained away the human race. When she objected, she became a test subject that the Splice took apart.
Wallowing in depression lasted for a while, but when she got back on her feet and stood tall, she realized that she had work to do, and no one was going to do it for her. Time to get a plan into position and get her band back together.

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scavenger princessSCAVENGER PRINCESS (SWAG STORIES BOOK 2) by Carysa Locke

An escaped corporate slave, Andromeda Jones will do anything to remain free, even if it means living as a junker, surviving in the lower cities on the waste of her former owners, Laripim Shipyards.

She spends her days hiding the telekinetic Talent that makes her so coveted, and searching for anything she can salvage among the dangerous mountains of waste the shipyards produce. She spends her nights dreaming an impossible future with three pirate princes she’s never met, but who feel tantalizingly close.

Then she stumbles on a secret that will destroy her hard won anonymity. To save herself, she’ll have to embrace the Talent she’s ignored for years, sparking betrayal from friends, the notice of her enemies, and most dangerous of all, it will call her three princes to her. Are they her salvation, or just one more prison to avoid?

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xulXUL (CAPTURED BY ALIENS BOOK 1) by A G Wilde

Athena wakes up in hell. Well…it’s an alien slave ship, but it might as well be hell because she only has three choices. Mate. Become a sex slave. Or be killed. Great options. Desperate for freedom, a chance for survival is presented in the handsome rogue alien called Xul.

But Xul is caught up in problems of his own and a mission he cannot afford to let fail—one that could be easily compromised if he dared open his heart. That doesn’t leave her with many options and it doesn’t help that she finds him utterly frustrating……and strong, hot, irresistible…She shouldn’t really be thinking about him like that. Should she?

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worldship files leviathanWORLDSHIP FILES: LEVIATHAN by Erik Schubach

When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape shifters, Vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete one thousand years later.

Lotteries are held and only twelve million souls are selected to make the ten thousand year journey to the new world aboard the multi-generational starship.

The Worldship Files follow the cases of Knith Shade, a human law enforcement officer of the Enforcers Brigade aboard the Leviathan, five thousand years into her journey.

Knith must investigate a series of grisly murders, where the victims organs are harvested in the back halls of the bulkhead decks of the massive habitation rings of the Leviathan. Where others have failed, she has discovered leads that lead her to the unthinkable, when all signs point to a Fae Lady, and not just any lady, but the daughter of Queen Mab herself.

Driven to solve the murders and bring the perpetrator to justice, even though she knows that merely even suggesting a Fae could have anything to do with the crimes would cause retaliation against Knith’s habitation ring, as the magic of the Fae is what is keeping everyone alive on the Worldship. It could be more than simply career suicide.

Enforcer Shade finds herself almost irresistible drawn to her main suspect, the Winter Maiden, Princess Aurora herself. Secrets are revealed and treachery uncovered, while even more mysteries and questions are unearthed.

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dragons prize milly t aidenDRAGON’S PRIZE (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Milly Taiden

Reagan Brooks hopes that being a surrogate on planet Daeria will end the violence in her life. Earth gave her nothing but pain and she needed a fresh start. Except, now that she’s there, she questions if this was the right decision for her. She doubted the massive alphas were the right men for her. Too late to change her mind. Time to sink or swim.

Ryse and Brazen, dragon shifter enforcers for the king, want a mate they can love and cherish and are willing to wait forever for her. When Ryse comes home with Reagan in tow, Brazen is caught off guard and wary. She’s beautiful and perfect, but haunted. She’s closed off her heart and refuses to trust. He’s not sure they’ll ever reach her.

Ryse and Brazen do their best to show Reagan they love her and will never hurt her. But her past won’t let her accept their love, no matter how hard she tries to put it behind her. When her mates are taken from her, it’s time for Reagan to fight or lose the love she dreamed of. A love she never truly believed she’d find in a planet full of predators

aliens seductionTHE ALIEN’S SEDUCTION (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 7) by Zoey Draven

After a dark relationship in her past, Crystal Lee avoids men like the plague, especially dominant, physically strong, overbearing ones—everything that reminds her of her ex. So, it’s just her luck that she’s stuck on a planet surrounded by them. Only they’re not men. They’re massive, battle-worn alien warriors. And when one steals her from the safety of her new home, into the wild lands of Luxiria, she never expects him to come to her rescue.

Ambassador Cruxan likes two things: a plethora of females warming his furs and a good, satisfying fight at the training pits. As the leader of the roughest outpost on Luxiria, he’s known for fixing messy situations, for getting the hard jobs done. So, when the Prime Leader tasks him with tracking and retrieving a human female, he does it, no questions asked. There’s only one problem: that human female turns out to be his fated mate, a fated mate he never thought he wanted.

When they’re both stranded together in the wild lands, days away from civilization, Crystal quickly realizes that she needs to keep her distance from the devastatingly passionate and handsome male. But Cruxan awakens desires she has long thought dead…and soon, she fears that he has the power to break her heart if she’s not careful with it.

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selected by the alien scientistSELECTED BY THE ALIEN SCIENTIST (THE NOVANS BOOK 2) by Ashlyn Hawkes

Johanna Oldenberg is a scientist, working to ensure that the Novans and their chosen female cohorts can produce children. Scientifically, it should work, and it soon does for Lisa and her alien lover, Commander Brax. All of the other couples, though, are failing.
Pressure is mounting to find a solution. Otherwise, the Novans will die out.
Soon, they make a breakthrough. It seems the secret might lie in a woman’s pleasure, and one of the alien scientists is more than willing to test that theory on Johanna.

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pets in space 4PETS IN SPACE® 4 – PRE-ORDER! – by Various including SE Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts and more!

VS Note: I don’t normally cover pre-orders here but Pauline B. Jones and I are the co-founders of PETS IN SPACE® and we both have stories in the volume and it releases on my birthday (Oct 8)… so here’s a heads up!

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports Hero-Dogs.org, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of Hero-Dogs.org, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past two years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. ..

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khyrons claimKHYRON’S CLAIM (KETAURRAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Rayna Taylor

Now that the mission to save the ruler of Ketaurrios is over, Celeste and her friends have been ordered to remain as guests in his home until the antidote they’d obtained purges the deadly toxin from his system.

After days of waiting, Celeste is impatient to return to the human settlement and decides a visit to his quarters, a quick thank you, and an even shorter good-bye to the man she’s never met should be all she needs to appease him and be on her way. What she didn’t expect to find is the man who stole her heart, the one she thought she could trust to protect her family during the war—a broken promise which resulted in their deaths.

Khyron is a warrior and the leader of his people. The war might be over but the past, in the form of a beautiful human female with flowing dark hair, haunts his thoughts and his dreams. Soon after waking from a healing induced sleep, he discovers Celeste is still alive and, once she realized who he was, fled the city.

He doesn’t care if his life is in danger from those who would do anything to keep him from uniting the humans and his people, or that leaving the protection of his home is inadvisable. He is determined to find Celeste and make amends for his mistakes, then claim the only female on the planet who makes his tail twitch and bears the intoxicating scent of his mate.

When a new threat stalks Khyron and Celeste, can they overcome their past and reunite in order to fight for their future?

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warehouse rob hartTHE WAREHOUSE: A NOVEL by Rob Hart

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note. I put it on my TBR list, intriguing concept.

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering.

Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.
As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.
Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.

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red s j sandersRED: A DYSTOPIAN WORLD ALIEN ROMANCE by S J Sanders

There were certain truths everyone knew. Never wear red or any other bright color. Make as little sound as possible if one had to be outside the protection of the sanctuary settlements. And never, ever, go out in the wild places alone. The Ragoru, an alien species set down to live among them, dwell within the forests and everyone knows that they crave all things red.
Arie’s life has always been one of playing by the rules. She doesn’t draw attention to herself. She doesn’t leave her home without her hood that conceals her bright red hair. It is a secret from everyone, and her hood protects her secret so that she may continue to live safely within the village until one day that secret comes to light. Absconding into the woods soon becomes her only safety, and she will risk her very life into the care of the very dreaded beings that all people fear, the Ragoru, in hope of making it to her grandmother’s house in the citadel at the other side of the great forest.
When circumstances reveal them to not be the monsters of human imagination, but that they stir the ravenous beast within her, Arie finds that she is willing to risk far more to find a way to be with them forever. Even if that means severing ties with her grandmother, rejecting the human comforts of the citadel, and facing the horror of the Order of the Huntsmen.

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my area 51 alien prizeMY AREA 51 ALIEN PRIZE by Lucee Joie

‘Storm Area 51,’ they said.‘They can’t stop all of us,’ they said. What they failed to mention was how much fun my alien prize would turn out to be!

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mermaids wishMERMAID’S WISH (DARK SEA ACADEMY BOOK 3) by Stacy Claflin

This is the third part of the Dark Sea Academy trilogy, and if you haven’t read Mermaid’s Song, you’ll want to do that first. The following description contains spoilers for the first books… Every other princess prepares to rule her kingdom after her father’s death. Me? I have to get ready to rule all underwater kingdoms—after killing my father.
I already fulfilled the prophecy once. Kind of. I have no interest in killing again.
But no one asked what I want.
It’s this stupid Queen Sirena prophecy. My father—my real, biological father—is obsessed. And he’s the king, so he gets what he wants. Namely me, embracing a destiny I fear.
As I come to terms with my new reality, I find myself alone, cut off from my best friend and boyfriend and unable to convince my parents this is all a terrible idea.
My father, the king, wants me to kill him. He’s set plans in motion to make it happen.
I’m too weak to refuse. And hopefully too strong to succeed.

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into the hourglassINTO THE HOURGLASS (THE EVERMOR CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Emily R King

Everley Donovan’s mission: retrieve the hallowed sword of Avelyn stolen by the wicked Prince Killian, who slayed her family and left her for dead. Should she fail, the seven worlds will come to an end, as could time itself. And no one treasures time more than Everley, whose lifesaving clock heart cannot beat forever. She has set sail with a rogue crew for the otherworlds, where the key to dethroning the prince lies deep within the Land Under the Wave.

But passage through these unknown seas—where horrors lurk and pirates rove—proves a treacherous gamble. The Land Under the Wave was not made for humans, particularly one with a fragile clock heart. Here, Everley’s tragic past resurfaces unsolved questions. Here, too, the prince has hidden secrets more precious than pearls, secrets that could fracture the future forevermore. Everley must take back her sword and break free from this watery world before her time runs out…or so will everyone else’s.

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higher groundHIGHER GROUND (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 7) by Christine Pope

Who knew being a witch could be so…boring? Ava Castillo dutifully got her college degree, but now what? She itches to get out of Santa Fe and find adventure like her big brother, Tony. Find some use for her magical talent. Find love. Who knew she’d find excitement standing right on her own doorstep?

Gabriel Escobar stood up to his evil older brother to help Tony and Cassandra Castillo, and paid a heavy price. Stripped of his magic and banished from his clan, there’s only one place he can think of to go — to the Castillo clan, in the hope that they can help him regain his powers. Who knew he’d find magic standing right on the other side of Tony’s door?

Together, Ava and Gabriel embark on a quest to find the spell that will restore his magical gifts. A journey that takes them from the streets of Santa Fe to the darkest corners of old New Orleans to a hidden village in El Salvador, where the answers they desperately need wait for them…along with a threat that could strip them of everything……including their lives.

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death of darknessDEATH OF DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 9) by Dianne Duvall

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

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tricksters stringsTHE TRICKSTER’S STRINGS: A SUPERHERO ADVENTURE ROMANCE (GODSONGS BOOK 2) by Jax Garren

VS Note: Author’s note mentions cliffhangers. This is a 5 part series evidently.

Rock star Rafael Marquez is making good on a promise to get his degree. The magic has been missing from his music, and he’s hungry for so much more than the hard lifestyle he’d adopted. The godstone of Huehuecoyotl couldn’t have come to him at a better time. Even better, it gave him the chance work with Freyja, his goddess-crush, and he’s thrilled to make a difference by her side.

When Freyja’s banished to the underworld without him, though, the trickster will need all the allies he can find to go after her. He’s determined to show the jaded woman that she can count on him. If he doesn’t…she may not survive the growing forces that threaten them, and that’s an outcome he can’t live with.

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bachelor in troubleBACHELOR IN TROUBLE (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 6) by Shai August

Six months before, the Tenth Wonder of the World, Samson was dumped unceremoniously on international television for a rich and famous rugby star. To make matters worse after competing for months, no one thought he deserved the girl he wanted to give his mind, body and heart too.
The show however must go on and now it’s Samson’s turn to do the dumping as he’s the next bachelor on the newest dating sensation, The Shifter Bachelor. Hopefully he’ll find a mate who will love him unconditionally.
Which of the Flirty Dozen contestants will be the first to catch his eye and keep it? The singer whose haunting voice reaches the very corners of his heart. Can the former spelling bee champion, letter a new path to happiness? The Olympic gold medalist with more than gold up her sleeve? This Bachelor is in deep trouble and his future is uncertain if he choses wrong.

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sea lordsSEA LORDS (DEITIES BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

The earth is being destroyed, and the mortal population decimated, all in an attempt for the old gods to become relevant again. Eons ago, Zeus and the gods captured the four demi-gods of the elements—air, earth, fire and water. Now the minor gods have been let loose and are being forced to wreak havoc on the planet.

Meris, half-god of the water, doesn’t enjoy throwing tsunamis and flooding coastal towns and villages, destroying islands and taking lives, but he and his brothers must do as they’re told or risk being imprisoned again, possibly forever. Which none of them would survive a second time.

The life of a teacher isn’t full of glamour and world travels, so when offered a free trip to Hawaii in exchange for Maid of Honor duties for her best friend, Roby McDaniel jumps at the chance. What was supposed to be an elegant dinner cruise full of wine and fine dining quickly ends in tragedy when a giant wave appears from out of nowhere and capsizes the boat. Roby manages to stay afloat, unable to comprehend the destruction happening in front of her eyes, but the giant rising out of the ocean? That she really has trouble wrapping her head around.

Normally unseen by mortals unless he wills it, Meris is surprised when Roby calls out to him, and he cannot turn his back on the mortal begging to be saved. She’s beautiful, brave, special, and meant for him. But after causing the deaths of her friends, can he convince her he’s not the heartless monster she thinks he is?

With Poseidon missing, the remaining gods are biding their time until they can trap the Primordials again, but now they need to locate the god of the sea. They are certain that capturing and torturing the mortal women Meris and his brothers are protecting will give them the answers they seek.

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absolutionABSOLUTION: A DOMINION NOVEL by Lissa Kasey

Sam is used to being the bad guy. So when he becomes the undead, he doesn’t understand why it pisses him off. Sure guys throw themselves at him, and he’s strong enough to toss a car across a room, but he’s friends with two of the four pillars of Dominion power and mentored by one of the most powerful vampires in the world. Things that put a damper on his whole ‘scourge of darkness’ vibe.

For months he’s been letting a little red-eyed monster out to play and feeding on the dangerous instead of on the willing. If it weren’t for his endless desire to take a nibble from his sexy and tattooed roommate, Constantine, he’d still be stalking the night looking for human monsters to devour. Instead he’s taking on a cibo, a regular blood donor, in the form of Luca, a dhampir.

With Luca and his profound knowledge of undead politics in his life, Sam begins to realize he doesn’t know as much as he thought, and maybe that’s not his fault. His mentor’s sanity is slipping, the world is changing, and vampires are beginning to lose control. Will Sam fall into the darkness too, or can Luca and Con drag him back from the abyss?

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immortal oathIMMORTAL OATH (VAMPIRE MATES) by Corinne O’Flynn

The destruction of my coven and the bloodbath of vengeance that followed put me on the radar of every vampire hunter in Europe. Now I find myself in Las Vegas, Nevada where vampires roam among humans and the dark side never sleeps.
I feel her before I see her—Penelope is my mate, the one who makes my heart beat after centuries of stillness. But taking her means making even more enemies… just as the hunters are closing in.
On the run is no place to fall in love, but tell that to my beating heart.

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immortal awakeningIMMORTAL AWAKENING (VAMPIRE MATES) by Renea Mason

When Lillie Preston and her best friend, Colin, took their band on the road, they knew things would be challenging, but Lillie’s newfound thirst for blood came as a bit of a surprise.
After an attack leaves Lillie with more questions than answers, she and Colin scour vampire clubs, goth raves, and fetish parties only to realize real vampires would never set foot in such places.
With a change in strategy, they make the fortunate acquaintance of Baron McCaffrey, Vampire Lord of the Underworld, who’s more than happy to oblige Lillie’s curiosity, but in the end, she finds the truth does anything but set her free.

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fire on the moonFIRE ON THE MOON (DECORAH SECURITY BOOK 19) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gillyflower for mentioning this one!

When Francesca Turner visits her estranged uncle’s estate in Florida, she doesn’t know she’s stepping into a death trap. Only the cunning strategies of werewolf Zane Marshall can save her. But as the two of them are hunted down, they must fight for survival and the happily ever after they both desire.

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spells and shenanigansSPELLS AND SHENANIGANS (SLEEPY HOLLOW ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Zara Zenia

This young witch just can’t seem to catch a break.
Since arriving at Sleepy Hollow University, dead bodies are as numerous as my suitors.
When one of the men vying for my affections is accused of using mind control to commit murder, I’m thrown into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Hunters intent on destroying supernaturals.
Navigating school politics and learning to control my magic is hard enough without juggling growing feelings for four different men and dodging real threats lying in wait in the shadows.
What’s a girl got to do to find a little normalcy? Maybe that’s impossible in Sleepy Hollow.

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fever sara fieldsFEVER (THE OMEGABORN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Sara Fields

I thought I was in control. I was wrong. I’ve led the Omegaborn for years, but the moment these brutes arrived from beyond the wall I knew everything was about to change. These beasts aren’t here to take orders from me, they’re here to take me the way I was meant to be taken, no matter how desperately I resist what I need. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bears chosen mateTHE BEAR’S CHOSEN MATE (BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 1) by Vivian Arend

Get mated—or else!
When their meddling, match-making family patriarch lays down the law, Giles Borealis’ three polar bear shifter grandsons agree to follow his edict. Only James, Alex and Cooper each have a vastly different plan in mind to deal with their impending mating fevers. Will any of them be able to fight fate?
Spoiler: not likely!
First up: James, the youngest of the brothers….He’s going to accept his fate—but only with the woman he chooses!
Youngest brother James Borealis figures if he has to get mated, it should be with someone he already knows and cares about—his best friend Kaylee. But when the mating fever hits, she’s still stuck in friendshipland while he’s ready to move all the way to true love and forever.
Kaylee has heard about polar bear mating fever, but while James has held the starring role in her fantasies for a long time, she’s not about to leap into a permanent relationship that’s all wrong for him. He’s the PR powerhouse for Borealis Gems while she’s a quiet bobcat shifter with massive family baggage. He loves the spotlight; she wants to hide in quiet corners.
But mating fever knows best, and when the storm settles, there’s no use in arguing with a polar bear’s choice.

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neocromancers loveA NEOCROMANCER’S LOVE (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK WARLOCKS BOOK 6) by Marie-Claude Bourque

A loyal necromancer harnessing powers from the dead…Son of a daemon and Celtic priestess, lethal necromancer Malcolm Dunsmuir is keeping the Seattle streets free of shadows out of fierce loyalty for his brother-in-arms, Warlock of the Black Oak, Knightley Morgan, now fighting the same fight on the other side of the country. But as vampires descend on his city, Malcolm can’t hide from the darkness of his demon side, especially when an enticing human is trying her very best to bring him to the light.

A fun-loving curvy blogger searching for her cursed brother…Life-loving Harper Grant has always believed in the inherent goodness of people, and when her little brother is turned into a vampire, she is determined to save him from his curse. As her chase for his salvation lands her in Seattle, she must team up with the deadliest man she has ever met in order to save her sibling. But as darkness descends upon her, will her positive outlook on life be enough to save both men, especially as she falls hard for the darkest of all?

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grumpy old gods volume 2GRUMPY OLD GODS VOL 2 by Various

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance…

The Grumpy Old Gods are back in this second installment of mythical fun. Join us for 13 new tales of deities that are retired, reborn, waning, or AWOL from their assigned posts as they hilariously navigate life, death, and everything in between.

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blades battleBLADE’S BATTLE (BROKEN SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Julie K Cohen

Hundreds of wolf shifters have died.
From the shifter virus she created.
But she calms his wolf.
Blade cannot—will not—let her go. The WSSO stole her work, her husband’s life.
Now they want her dead.
One wolf shifter stands in their way.
Opening her heart to another?
No, not again, not in a million years. Fortunately, Blade is a very persistent shifter.

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royally charmedROYALLY CHARMED by Lea Jade

Caleb – I’ve been accused of murder. One I didn’t commit. And now the alluring, human witch investigating the crime has my Lion dying to claim her. The one female who is off limits to me. I’m Alpha of the Pride, heir to the Lion Throne. I can have any Lioness for my queen, so why am I so hungry for a taste of the forbidden priestess? That she challenges me only makes me want her more. But now she’s missing. Another witch, taken by the murderer. I will do everything in my power to find her and protect her from him. She’s mine now.

Haile – Lion shifters are the worst. They act like women are possessions to be captured, broken and bred. The only reason I allowed him close was a case of mistaken identity.
I thought he was a friend but find out he’s the enemy…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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loved by the beastLOVED BY THE BEAST (ALCYRAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Anya Summers

Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide.

Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

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first girl childTHE FIRST GIRL CHILD by Amy Harmon

Bayr of Saylok, bastard son of a powerful and jealous chieftain, is haunted by the curse once leveled by his dying mother. Bartered, abandoned, and rarely loved, she plagued the land with her words: From this day forward, there will be no daughters in Saylok.

Raised among the Keepers at Temple Hill, Bayr is gifted with inhuman strength. But he’s also blessed with an all-too-human heart that beats with one purpose: to protect Alba, the first girl child born in nearly two decades and the salvation for a country at risk.

Now the fate of Saylok lies with Alba and Bayr, whose bond grows deeper with every whisper of coming chaos. Charged with battling the enemies of their people, both within and without, Bayr is fueled further by the love of a girl who has defied the scourge of Saylok.

What Bayr and Alba don’t know is that they each threaten the king, a greedy man who built his throne on lies, murder, and betrayal. There is only one way to defend their land from the corruption that has overtaken it. By breaking the curse, they could defeat the king…but they could also destroy themselves.

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heart of the dragonsHEART OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Anna doesn’t know if she just got rescued or kidnapped or both. Snatched up in the middle of a violent dragon fight, she’s now staying with two dragons who seem the worst of any in the Blur. Cocky, conceited Byron (the gold dragon) and mysterious, ruthless Van (the purple dragon). Now Griffin, Seth and Rainier will have to figure out what’s most important: fighting each other or rescuing Anna. Meanwhile, Anna will have to figure out how to resist the allure of two utterly beautiful, dangerous dragons. That is, if she wants to.
Black, silver, red, gold, purple and blue. Six fallen dragons have to find a way to reclaim their roles as protectors of mankind, and one human woman is the key. A reverse harem fantasy romance.

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fortune academyFORTUNE ACADEMY YEAR ONE by J R Thorn

The last thing I remember is arriving at the massive gates with a Bounty Hunter staring me down. I have a feeling he was supposed to take me to the monster holding arena to fight and die. Instead, I’m Fortune Academy’s newest student.

I can relate to the monsters in ways the other students can’t. My mentor, who is way too hot for his own good, tells me my behavior is the result of my memory loss and that I’m just trying to identify with a past pain that I’ve buried too far to feel. I think he’s wrong. I think the reason I can’t relate to any of the students is because I’m one of the monsters they’re trained to kill.

I don’t fit into any of the supernatural cliques, but that doesn’t stop me from collecting bullies. A brawny alpha shifter, a moody dark mage, and a playboy demi-god have decided to break me. They think I don’t have any powers and that I was recruited by mistake. It’ll be their funeral if they push me too far, because this girl isn’t taking any of their shit.

My name is Lily Fallen, but don’t let my pretty face fool you. I’m a monster in a school uniform and it’s only a matter of time before I teach my bullies a lesson they won’t forget.

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mountain wolfs curseMOUNTAIN WOLF’S CURSE: DADDY WOLVES OF THE WILD by Serena Meadows

Jake doesn’t smile at strangers. He doesn’t stop to appreciate sunsets, or coo over fluffy puppies. Those small fleeting moments of happiness are reserved solely for his daughter, Stella. The single dad has made plenty of mistakes, but come hell or high water he will love and protect his girl. Especially from people like her mother.

When an artist comes to restore the murals at his family’s summer camp, Jake immediately smells a rat. The young woman is nervous, secretive, and worst of all, attractive. He’s been down this road before; Marley may as well be wearing a red flag and a pair of devil horns. There is no way he’s letting her into their lives. That is, until the unthinkable happens. The desperate father suddenly finds himself way out of his depth, and the very person he swore not to trust might be the only one who can help him.

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quicksilver dragonQUICKSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

City planner Lindsay never expected to find a dying dragon on her local beach. (She was just trying to pick up some litter!) And she really never expected its final breath to change her life forever… and make her a killer’s next target.

But it’s the best thing to ever happen to her. Because despite this dangerous new world, she’s no longer alone…One minute, artist Boone could just cross his fingers and hope the curvy, funny woman he met on the beach could be the start of something special. But one magical dragon breath later, he KNOWS she is. And he knows he’ll protect her with every skill he learned as a soldier—and with all his newfound powers. (Whatever those might be. He’s working on it.)
When the dragon’s dying wish transforms Boone and Lindsay into shifters, they’re plunged into a magical world neither ever suspected existed. With a powerful dragon-hunter hot on their tails, time is running out for them to figure out their new gifts… and their unexpected bond.
A dragon prophecy says they could end a centuries-old supernatural war. But what if saving the world means losing each other?

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dreaming of his omegaDREAMING OF HIS OMEGA (VALE VALLEY SEASON 3 BOOK 14) by Kallie Frost

Traviel the Elf lives an idyllic life in Vale Valley with his true mate, Elarian. They spend their days communing with nature and exploring the wonders of their town. After finding out Elarian is expecting their first child, everything seems perfect.
Except it’s not real.

Struggling to make ends meet, aspiring author Travis finds solace writing about the adventures of his fictional elven counterpart. Traviel blissfully leads the life Travis wishes he could. But ever since he saved a stranger from an oncoming bus, Travis has started to have vivid dreams about his fictional world. After someone mistakenly calls him Traviel, Travis becomes convinced that Vale Valley is real. If that’s true, then Elarian could be there, waiting for his mate to find him.
And that’s exactly what Elarian is doing… some of the time.

Traviel has been randomly vanishing, only to reappear hours later, with no memory of where he was. As his pregnancy advances, Elarian becomes increasingly afraid that one of these days his alpha will disappear for good. And then, a human comes to town, weaving an incredible tale. But when he vanishes and Traviel takes his place, Elarian is forced to believe the impossible.

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beware the darknessBEWARE THE DARKNESS (GUARDIANS OF ETERNITY BOOK 14) by Alexandra Ivy

There is only one thing more precious to vampire Tarak than his newfound freedom after five centuries of captivity, and that’s the promise of revenge. At last, he can destroy Riven, the merman who has drained his power in order to make himself king. But at the very moment when justice is a fang’s breadth away, Tarak’s quest is complicated by the beautiful mermaid princess who kept him sane and fed during his ordeal.

Waverly hoped that once Tarak escaped, he’d return to his own kind and enjoy the rest of his immortal life. She also hoped she might one day stop dreaming about the darkly handsome vampire. Instead, Tarak’s return draws Waverly into an unlikely alliance—and a passion that eclipses all her fantasies.

Hatred for Riven has sustained Tarak this long. But only Waverly’s love can give him the strength to claim eternity with her.

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dark pactDARK PACT (HER DARK GUARDIANS BOOK 1) by Alana Serra

Forced into an unholy exchange, Rhia must surrender her freedom to save her best friend. Assuming the title of Dark Lady, her wildest dreams are made reality in the form of powerful magic and three sexy but dangerous men tasked with serving her every whim.
Despite all the seduction darkness has to offer, Rhia still harbors her human goodness. And she refuses to give it up.
To avoid being corrupted by the lure of Evil, Rhia will have to be nimble, cunning, and willing to trust a conniving warlock, an oathbreaking paladin, and a brutish half-orc.

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uncommon echoesECHO IN ONYX (UNCOMMON ECHOES BOOK 1) by Sharon Shinn

Brianna loves her new job as maid to Lady Marguerite. Like many high nobles, Marguerite is attended by echoes, silent creatures who look exactly like her and move in perfect synchronicity. News soon comes that Marguerite has been invited to the royal city as a potential bride for the crown prince. Brianna is delighted to accompany Marguerite to the city—and perhaps get a chance to continue her own flirtation with Nico, one of the king’s inquisitors.

Then, disaster strikes on the road when they come under attack. The brutal assault forces Marguerite and Brianna to concoct a desperate plan. Their subterfuge just might work—but only if Brianna can keep Nico from learning the truth. And only if Marguerite can give up her own secret, doomed romance.
And all that’s at stake—is the very future of the kingdom.

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sixth senseSIXTH SENSE (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 6) by Jacquelyn Faye

You inherit a lot of things from your parents. Eye color, hair color, bits and snippets of your personality. Some things you want to inherit. Good looks, metabolism. Their vast fortune when they die. Unfortunately, there are those things you don’t want to inherit. Diabetes, addictions. Your father’s godly powers…
Trust me when I say to you, that last one is the worst. I would rather have ended up with my mother’s ass. That, I might be able to control.
I thought things were calming down and getting back to normal. After a foray into the elven lands to rescue my friend from the nefarious clutches of the dark elves, I’d been looking forward to spending a nice quiet holiday in Cedar Falls with the people I love. Especially the guys. We deserved a break and some alone time. But I should have known better than that. Instead of Jingle Bells, spiked eggnog, and date nights, I’m faced with angry ghosts, rotten zombies, witch-hating locals, a pissed off vampire lord, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Now it’s up to the witch to save Christmas, Yule, and the town. I would have been happy just keeping everyone from getting eaten by one thing or another, but since most (maybe all) of it was my fault…I might as well go for the Christmas miracle.

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ill willILL WILL (BONDS OF BLOOD BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin

Marrying into the famous Godalming slayer-clan was supposed to be my family’s big break. Our clan is fractured, my brother is dead, and my mother’s spirit was broken by the ordeal. I’d do anything to make her proud and see her truly smile again.

I’d even spend a year in the snobby, prestigious Libra Academy with Lord Godalming’s gorgeous son.

I don’t know what I did to earn Will Godalming’s seething hatred, but he’ll do anything to get rid of me for good, even if he sometimes seems like the only one who understands me. Sura Enver is almost irresistible with a cruel streak a mile wide, but he’s hiding dark secrets under those knockout looks. And when I put a dying vampire out of her misery, I end up at the very top of an ancient warrior’s hit list. No sane slayer angers Càel the White Wolf, the fiercest knight of the vampires’ Clouded Court.

They’re unstoppable. Wicked. Malignant. And each wants to make me suffer. Between the torment of Libra’s eat-or-be-eaten rules and the rising threat of a new vampire king, enemies prowl on all sides. But they’re messing with the wrong slayer.

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sold to the prince of the meldaniansSOLD TO THE PRINCE OF THE MELDANIANS by Hollie Hutchins

Great. Now I’m ready to become a dragon’s next meal.
Along with my clothes, he also took my wallet and my ID.
Once I’m sold, they will do whatever they want with me.
They will own me.

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hex of blackbriar academyTHE HEX OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

Each new term at Blackbriar Academy is a new beginning—but this year, my new beginning could be the end of everything I love. I’m settling into my new routine, and everything in my second year at Blackbriar seems great—until it is very suddenly not.

What’s supposed to be a fun school-wide trip ends up being a huge betrayal by my own flesh and blood. I barely escape with my life. Now I’m out for revenge. The bloody kind.

The Order is close—and they’re watching my every move. They want the very magic that courses through my blood. They won’t stop until they have it all: my magic, my power, my meteorite. And they’ll kill anyone that stands in their way. But I won’t go down without a fight. They don’t know who they’re messing with. And when I’m backed into a corner, I’m deadly.

They say blood is thicker than water. Whoever “they” are, they never met my family.
With my men by my side, I’ll fight until my last breath to keep what’s mine. And if they dare touch the ones I love—there will be a bloody reckoning.  I’m done playing nice. If the Order wants a war, I’ll give them one.

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maidenMAIDEN (FRACTURED FAIRY TALES BOOK 1) by Erin Ashley Tanner

VS Note: apparently there’s a cliffhanger.

Katania Avnaughn dreams of a day when she is no longer at the mercy of her manipulative mother and the taunts of her beautiful stepsister, Ella. A chance meeting with a journeying Prince makes Katania reconsider her hopes for the future. But then an unexpected death changes her life forever. Years later, abused and penniless, Katania thinks her life cannot get any worse until she is forced to entertain a cruel suitor.On a rare trip into town, Katania finds herself at the mercy of an attacker and is rescued by the returning Prince of Ortesia, Valentin.

Known to each other from their previous meeting, the attraction between them is renewed and even more powerful than before. But Katania has a suitor and the Prince is all but betrothed to someone else, until a twist of fate has the chance to change everything.When Katania receives an invitation to a royal masquerade ball, she knows that there is more at stake than a simple welcome home for the Prince. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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avenged by an aNGELAVENGED BY AN ANGEL (ETERNAL MATES PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 16 ) by Felicity Heaton

Duty should mean everything to the Fourth Commander of the Echelon angels. It did before he met her. Now, the only demon he wants to slay is the one that haunts the enchanting mortal huntress, and the temptation to hunt him in Hell, a realm that might kill him, is becoming impossible to resist.

Held captive by a dragon shifter in Hell, Emelia survived a torment that changed her in ways she hates. She wants her strength back. Her life back. To do that, she needs closure. To get that, she might have to trust not only a man again, but an immortal.

But when the price of vengeance is the soul of the angel bringing her back to life, will Emelia be willing to pay it?

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obssessionsOBSSESSIONS (CHIMERA PROJECT BOOK 2) by K Swanson

The mall shooting that outed Haylie and her guys has left its mark. Two weeks have passed, and while her foster dad was able to quell the media for now, it’s only a matter of time before the world discovers their abilities.

To make matters worse, the institute has now set their sights on not only Haylie but also her guys. Amid nightmares and growing powers, will they have what it takes to escape the clutches of the tracker again? And when the tracker threatens the life of those she cares about, will Haylie be able to learn how blood bonds work before it’s too late?

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i am the storm karpovI AM THE STORM (THE NIGHT FIRM BOOK 2) by Karpov Kinrade

In I Am the Storm, crimes will be committed, mysteries will be investigated, secrets will be unearthed, and Eve’s loyalty to the men she cares about will be tested in the most unexpected way. Are you ready for it?

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turning darkness into lightTURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT by Marie Brennan

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

As the renowned granddaughter of Isabella Camherst (Lady Trent, of the riveting and daring Draconic adventure memoirs) Audrey Camherst has always known she, too, would want to make her scholarly mark upon a chosen field of study.

When Lord Gleinheigh recruits Audrey to decipher a series of ancient tablets holding the secrets of the ancient Draconean civilization, she has no idea that her research will plunge her into an intricate conspiracy, one meant to incite rebellion and invoke war. Alongside dearest childhood friend and fellow archeologist Kudshayn, Audrey must find proof of the conspiracy before it’s too late.

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rain of fireRAIN OF FIRE (STAR CROSSED ACADEMY BOOK 6) by Wendy Knight

Following her heart was the worst mistake she’s ever made.
Aquis was born at Vitolas Academy. It was there that she worked to become the legend she was meant to be.
It was there that she met her two best friends, and it was there that love threatened to tear them all apart.
She was raised to think, not feel. But sometimes her heart speaks louder than her head, and when it does…Chaos rules.

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myst academyLURKING IN SHADOWS (MYST ACADEMY BOOK 1 PRELUDE) by Imani L Hawkins

Death is only the beginning…He was darkness
Deception
Cruelty
Everything Cory had hoped she’d left behind at a school where humans’ hatred for Mysts showed in the cruelty they projected onto her near daily. But she’d never expected to be thrown into a class where the professor was human and despised her just as much as the students at her previous school.
Ignoring him was hard. Staying away from him? Even harder as she finds him lurking about, everywhere she is.
Her powers over life and death may be her only salvation, or it may be the very thing he’d wanted all along.

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heavenly designHEAVENLY DESIGN (FATED TOUCH BOOK 4) by Mac Flynn

Jane and her companions decide to enjoy the Shifting World for once, and find themselves fortunate to arrive in time for the Festival of Gad, a joyous time of celebration held every four years in honor of the prime deity of the world. Unfortunately, their vacation plans are burned to ashes when one of the ceremonies is lit aflame under suspicious circumstances.

Worse still, Jane keeps seeing a man dressed not the plain clothes of the Shifting World, but in dark attire worn in our realm. He looks straight at her without blinking, and she has a creeping feeling that he can see more than what’s on the surface.

When she’s confronted about the truth of his identity, her world gets a little more complicated, and dangerous. Now Jane and her companions must help stop a dark plan to lay waste to the festival, or die trying.

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tides of timeTIDES OF TIME (THE LEGACY BOOK 1)by Luna Joya

A witchy good girl hiding secrets from her family…Cami yearns for a regular, ho hum, average life. Or at least as normal as she can get in a family of witches. But she can’t tell her sisters about her violent ex. Or that she broke the first rule of magic to “harm none.” Yet, when her youngest sister asks for help unraveling the death of a 1930’s star abused by loved ones, Cami can’t refuse.

A reformed bad boy who doesn’t know his family’s hidden secrets…Sam lives for his restaurant and the intrigue of digging into Hollywood history. He avoids the entanglements of relationships since even his own parents didn’t want him. But when the enchanting Cami needs his help to crack an unsolved mystery, he can’t resist. The closer they come to finding the killer, the more they crave each other. But someone is determined to stop them. Can they solve the mystery before history repeats itself?

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sparrowhawkSPARROWHAWK by Delilah Dawson

VS Note: A release of note, not romance…

As the illegitimate daughter of a Naval Captain, Artemisia has never fit in with her father’s family, nor the high class world to which they belong. However, when she is targeted by the Faerie Queen and pulled into another realm, she has no choice but to fight her way back home, amongst evil fairies who want her head, and untrustworthy allies that claim solidarity but have ulterior motives. New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Star Wars: Phasma) and illustrator Matias Basla (The Claw and Fang) present a gripping dark fantasy tale of a young woman claiming her time and her agency.

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star cruise songbirdVS: Since I mentioned the pre-order for Pets In Space® 4 above, I’ll highlight STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD for my backlist title today. I originally wrote the story for Pets In Space® 2 and had so much fun writing a genuine rock star romance with a scifi twist! 

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?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 14

August  7

July 31

July 24

July 17

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

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

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

 

 

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Not Bad At All Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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

The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together. I’ve skipped ahead to the day after the snakebite incident:

In the morning, Camron was as good as his word and used his formidable talons to strip bark from several young trees near their informal camp. He filled a leaf bowl with orange-and-brown grubs and brought them to Gemma, “These are good eating.”

Despite her brave words of the night before, she eyed the squiggling creatures with trepidation. Each was as long as her middle finger and fat, “Do you swallow them while they’re alive?”

Laughing, he plucked several long thin branches from the pile of wood they’d gathered, stripped off any remaining leaves and proceeded to spit the grubs. He handed her a stick full for herself and held the two remaining ones over the fire, “Takes just a few minutes. Keep turning them or you’ll have one side burnt to a crisp and the other side raw. I wish we had spice or a sauce, but at least these are protein.”

Gemma heaved a deep sigh and took the first bite of her serving. She was pleasantly surprised to find the skin crispy, the inner consistency a bit like barely scrambled eggs and the flavor slightly nutty. “Not bad at all.” She had to pace herself on consuming the others because once her stomach realized she was eating, she was ravenous. “Are there any more?” Licking her fingers, she tried not to eye the ones Camron had left on his second skewer.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote Priestess of the Nile and Magic of the Nile

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So why, you may ask, did I come to write novels set in ancient Egypt? Especially when the majority of my novels are scifi romance, not paranormal romances set thousands of years ago.

In the summer of 2011 I’d been working hard on my craft as a writer and I wanted to submit something to a publisher but hadn’t decided what to write. Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin, put out a general call for Ancient World romances. I’d always loved ancient Egypt, since first reading Eloise Jarvis McGraw’s Young Adult novel Mara, Daughter of the Nile when I was in elementary school. I’d also enjoyed Andre Norton’s Shadow Hawk. And I had been to the King Tut exhibit in the late 1970’s and been totally enthralled by what a different world ancient Egypt was from ours. (My employer at the time was a sponsor and I got an hour in the exhibit prior to the general admission so I was privileged to see the items up close.)

So in 2011 I decided I could try my hand at a story set in ancient Egypt for Carina, but of course me being me, there had to be a mystical element involved. I was fascinated by the idea of a god and a human falling in love, because there really isn’t discussion of that in Egyptian mythology (not like the Greek god Zeus and his many escapades) and I thought it would be a fresh concept. I decided the main male character would be Sobek the Crocodile god. Sobek is always depicted in paintings and statues as either crocodile or half man/half crocodile. The key to the story hit me one day when I realized he was a shifter, to use our paranormal terminology. Obviously, he could shift all the way and take human form if he wanted to. The ancient Egyptians just never saw him do it!

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Sobek goes through quite an emotional and personal growth arc in Priestess of the Nile, which is an immensely appealing challenge to a writer. At one time, he was unthinkably powerful, according to the Egyptian legends, but by 1500BC, he pretty much just tends to the Nile, keeping it flowing smoothly, flooding on schedule. Other gods have come along and are above him in power, like Isis and Osiris. As a writer, I found him and his backstory intriguing.  He’s been around since the universe was created yet never felt true love and doesn’t relate to humans until he meets the right woman! Which puts his immortal heart in serious jeopardy of being shattered…

I had to ask myself what kind of woman would appeal to a Crocodile God in his human form and could send him falling into love for the first time ever. During my research I found out crocodiles are very sensitive to sound, so I knew Merys must have a beautiful singing voice. Hearing her sing would be what first attracts him, sight unseen, as well as the fact she knows the traditional songs he hasn’t heard in a long time. The opening scene in the book almost wrote itself after that.  Descended from a long line of priestesses, Merys isn’t afraid of Sobek. She keeps the abandoned temple in some kind of order, which he appreciates, having been pushed aside by newer gods Then as he gets to know her, and what is important to her, he starts to understand the feelings of a human heart…

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My wonderful editor at Carina at the time, Allison Dasho, encouraged me to make the supporting character of the younger sister Tyema more substantial. When it came time to write a sequel, Magic of the Nile, I was so glad Allison had suggested I do that because it was only natural to take the elements of Tyema’s early life I’d already established and build her character as an adult, now in charge of the rebuilt and re-energized temple. This also allows me to have Sobek appear in the book at several key times.

And there might be a glimpse or two of Merys…just saying, no spoilers from me.

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Tyema was the victim of an enemy attack on her village when she was young. When I first started working on the book I felt it would be unrealistic for her to have reached adulthood with no aftereffects from the terrible ordeal,  even though she grew up to take over the temple and runs its complex business affairs at the god’s direct command.  She’s structured her life to be in control at all times, as much as possible, to avoid triggering or even revealing the symptoms of her malady. The coping plan works for her until Sahure, a handsome, noble warrior, is sent by Pharaoh on assignment to her remote province. Complications for Tyema – good and bad – spiral from there.

There were descriptions of anxiety symptoms noted as long ago as 1900 BCE, although the physicians of the time lumped together anxiety-related problems like difficulty breathing and chest pain with unrelated things like seizures and called it all hysteria. It took about 4000 years for the physical symptoms of an anxiety attack to become a recognized medical diagnosis of its own. “Generalized anxiety disorder” didn’t appear in medical handbooks until 1980 CE.

Although Tyema’s anxiety is only one aspect of the book’s plot, I knew from my own experiences over the years what kind of challenges anxiety can entail, and that’s with access to modern medicine, plus tons of books and self-help articles to read. The ancient Egyptians wouldn’t have understood an anxiety attack the way we do today, and they certainly had no idea how to effectively deal with it. “Cures” tended to be heavily based in magic and some fundamentally misguided theories of anatomy.  Even Sobek, who takes care of the Nile and is a force of nature, doesn’t understand the struggles of his priestess. She knows I watch over her – why isn’t that enough? the god asks in the novel.

Well, folks, I’m here to tell you, it helps to have sympathetic people (or Crocodile Gods) around you, but unless you’ve had an anxiety attack yourself, I’m sure it’s difficult to fully understand what the sufferer is going through, or to grasp how little control an individual has over the escalating, overwhelming symptoms and feeling of impending personal doom. I’m not my character and she isn’t me, but I did draw on my experiences to some extent.

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Magic of the Nile allowed me to do all kind of research and weave the strands of what I learned through the novel. From chariots to birthing bricks to what a parade featuring Pharaoh might look like and more, I love adding the details to the story to create the feeling of the time.

I also enjoyed writing the scenes with Tyema and Pharaoh and some very conceited high priests of Sobek in Thebes. She does run her own very prosperous temple, thank you very much and takes no guff.

I think I developed something of a crush on Sahure, the noble military officer with whom Tyema falls in love. He’s dashing and a bit hot headed at times, but was fun to write and he really comes through when he’s needed most. He has his own growth arc in the novel, as well as several encounters with the goddess Sekhmet.

I’ve written a total of eight stories set in ancient Egypt and am about to embark on the ninth, a sequel to Dancer of the Nile. I’ll always be grateful to Carina Press and Angela James for not only making me a published author but setting me on the path to write romances set in the ancient era I love so much.

Science fiction romance is my main genre but I relish ‘traveling’ to 1550 BCE Egypt on occasion to spin tales of adventure and love along the Nile.

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I have a page on the blog where I discuss the general reading order although all the books do stand alone.

Note: Portions of this post may have appeared previously on other blogs.

We Can Keep Going Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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

The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together and stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move. Last week he rescued her from a poisonous reptile but was bitten.

The bite was ugly, swollen, with red and black lines climbing his veins but, even as she watched, the colors receded and his skin blurred in front of her eyes as the deep wounds from the fangs closed. “That’s one hell of a physiology you’ve got, buddy.”

Camron laughed, although the sound was choked, “My people paid a high price for the gifts. I should be able to stand and walk in a few more minutes and we can keep going.”

“I think we both need shelter and rest but you’re right, this spot is too open,” She glanced at the berry thicket and shuddered, her stomach threatening to heave up its contents remembering the gliddern.

“I’m sorry,” he said softly, “For placing you in danger. I should have checked the thicket myself, first. It’s late in the season for gliddern to be nesting but there’s always a risk—I didn’t think.”

She rested her hand on his arm, “No apologies necessary. You saved my life just now. Seeing the bite wound and what it did to you, with your magic metabolism, I’m sure I would have died, probably a genuinely nasty death. Thank you.”

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote Star Cruise Outbreak #SciFi

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500I’ve always been fascinated by epidemics and the measures that the medical profession must take in order to deal with an outbreak. My Dad had cholera as a kid and I believe was the only person in the entire state of New York that year to have it, and eventually the epidemiologist  tracked the source to an apple he’d eaten, from a tree near an infected water source. Hearing my father talk about this incident inspired me to read a book on epidemiology, with fascinating stories of doctors locating Patient Zero, or the first person to come down with the disease in question, and trying to figure out where that person acquired the illness, among other things.

I love movies like “Outbreak” and “Contagion.” There’s a 1992 TV movie entitled “Black Death” with Kate Jackson, about the plague breaking out in New York City that I particularly enjoy. Of course these fictional tales have a happy ending, and the cure is found. Very reassuring.

I also enjoy apocalyptic stories where the bird flu or the genetically engineered virus or plague goes totally out of control and nothing works to save the vast majority of human beings…but since  I write romances with  Happy Ever After endings, I took the more cheerful route in my own story.

WRECK_canva_plainSo long story short, I always wanted to write a plague story. At the same time, I also wanted to write more novels about interstellar cruise liners. I created a wonderful starship for Wreck of the Nebula Dream and then of course had to destroy her, but as time went on, I kept thinking of intriguing stories I could tell on a cruise ship sailing the stars. I loved the idea of using the ship as my “village”, with a recurring cast of characters. The two ideas came together, in Star Cruise: Outbreak, partially inspired by a run of news stories about noroviruses on ocean-going cruise ships. I pondered what would happen if a seemingly benign-but-unpleasant bug hit an interstellar cruise ship and was really the start of a much more serious outbreak, harbinger of something never seen before.

I’ve used the design and details I developed for the Nebula Dream to create a newer, upgraded liner named the Nebula Zephyr, and staffed her with a crew and passengers who have to deal with this outbreak.  After a lot of research into various earthly diseases, I came up with an alien ailment that combines deadly aspects of several real viruses and conditions. I decided my main characters would be Emily the ship’s new doctor and Jake, the head of security. Both are military veterans and suffering from varying degrees of PTSD, so that’s an added complication for them to work through on their way to romance, as they handle the outbreak.

I also brought back Meg and Red from Star Cruise: Marooned as secondary characters in this novel.  Many of the characters (and pets) in Outbreak appear in the other Star Cruise stories.

I’ve since utilized the Nebula Zephyr as a setting for other novels and novellas and each year try to write at least one story happening on board the ship. This year’s will be in the Pets In Space® 4 anthology, releasing on my birthday, October 8th (coincidentally). There’s no pre-order yet but we do have a free reader magnet available for a little while longer, which includes a really quick short story from me that’s a precursor to Star Cruise: Mystery Idol. Here’s a link to get a copy of the free Reader magnet.

Here’s the story for Star Cruise: Outbreak:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 7

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

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DRAGON’S PROTECTION (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 16) by Miranda Martin

Victoria – I was stupid. Scared and stupid when I followed the racist leader of the anti-Zmaj into the desert. We were exiled from the rest of the human survivors but hey, at least I was getting away from the huge and intimidating, dragon-like Zmaj warriors. A plus right?

Then I was kidnapped by alien space pirates, stolen from the planet and forced to be their slave. Now I’m scared and alone, but I’m surviving. Somehow. I would never in a million years have imagined missing the desert hell-hole Tajss, the ruined planet that became humanity’s home after our generation ship crashed. But I do miss it.

When the pirates finally return to Tajss, a hint of the one thing I’ve denied myself blossoms. Hope. There are other humans here. Others like me. Could I escape?

Before I can act on the idea I’m kidnapped. Again.

This time it’s not the creepy space pirates. No, it’s worse. This time it’s one of the primitive, domineering alien-dragons. He’s massive and scarier than any pirate. He steals me from them and makes off into the desert with me.

I’m scared and confused to discover that the man I thought was a brutish alien is actually confident and kind. The way the light shimmers on his scales is utterly fascinating and he’s dedicated to taking care of me. The longer I’m with him the less I’m worried about surviving. Now I have to worry about losing my heart to a Zmaj…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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fractured by deceitFRACTURED BY DECEIT: PSY IV TEAMS BOOK 4 by Jami Gray

Hunted by a faceless enemy, she turns to him for help…Megan Rouser survived six months at the hands of a brutal telepath only to emerge with fractured memories and a terrifying premonition of impending danger. Determined to regain control of her life, she turns to the one man who held her together and brought her out of hell…Bishop.

But who’ll protect him from her…Jacob Archer, aka Bishop, has spent his life protecting others, and as part of the off-the-books psychic ex-military team known as PSY-IV, it’s a skill he’s mastered. Rescuing the determined and intriguing Megan triggers all his white knight tendencies, despite lingering suspicions about her kidnapping. But what happens when the threat he should be watching for, is her?

As Megan and Bishop delve deeper into the twisted mind of a madman, will they find a way to survive unseen threats or be torn apart by the most intimate of betrayals?

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baitBAIT: THE PLANET ATHION SERIES (THE TRADRYCH STRAIN BOOK 2) by Melissa Farrar

The discovery that two of the alien Trads, Nad and Miko, and the slave Athion, Diarus, are part of a rebel group came as a shock. Even more of a shock is discovering I have feelings for each of them, and, it seems, they feel the same way about me. Now I’ll do anything to help them, including handing myself over to the most dangerous Trad in the area, Polityk Borys. I’m offering myself up as bait, and there’s a good chance he’ll take the bite.

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SEIZED (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Tana Stone

Snatched from Earth to be a bride for a bad-ass race of warriors, Bridget has barely gotten used to her new life on the high-tech Drexian space station when she’s abducted again. This time the aliens are vicious and bloodthirsty, and they have very different plans for the pretty human.

Bridget has no doubt the Drexians will send a rescue party, but she’s never been one to play the damsel in distress. And no way is she sticking around to be a part of some creepy alien experiments.

Kax has a mission. Get the tribute bride back safely.

The highly-trained Drexian warrior knows that if anyone can do it, he can. But sneaking into enemy territory and getting Bridget out won’t be the hardest part of his mission. Denying his attraction to her will be the real test.

The Drexian has a secret no one can know. A secret that means he can never take a bride. Can he ignore his heart and give her up to another Drexian?

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dredgeDREDGE: BOOK ONE IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION ALIEN ABDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk

Samantha awakens to discover she is the property of Galactic Continuity, an intergalactic company specializing in breeding programs for species who are nearing extinction. At the Hub, a strange humanoid creature aggressively bids for her, and wins. Samantha knows what the alien wants, and she’s not relinquishing her body without a fight.

Ruler of the planet Brillar, Dredge is one of the only remaining Glims in the universe. This pale, dull oddity before him — this human — is his species’ best hope for surviving the disease that is wreaking havoc on his planet. There is only one problem — she is non-compliant, combative, and worst of all: she is missing her shine.

When the virus that killed most of his species begins devouring Dredge’s body as well, will he be able to convince the human Samantha to breed before his light dies out?

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in the arms of an androidIN THE ARMS OF AN ANDROID by Tracy Lauren

Just as Andrea’s life was set to begin, everything was ripped away. Her last memories were of the year 2019, but upon waking, she discovers nearly 2,000 years have passed. Her kidnappers are long gone, her home, her life, her family… it’s all just gone.

Struggling to cope in a new century, she leans on the only person she feels a connection to–the man who rescued her. Only he isn’t really a man and he isn’t really a person either. He’s an android. And somehow, he seems just as drawn to her as she is to him.

Healing from her loss, Andrea finds solace in the last place she ever expected to—IN THE ARMS OF AN ANDROID.

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rogues returnROGUE’S RETURN (ROGUE STAR BOOK 10) by Ava York 

To stop the Dominion, the crew must go to the last place they ever expected.
Home.

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guarded by the alienGUARDED BY THE ALIEN (ALIEN PROTECTOR BOOK 2) by Dena Christy

Liana Drake’s life is spiraling out of control. Her beloved father is gone, her ex-husband has started turning up everywhere she goes, and she feels like someone is watching her. The last straw comes when she suspects someone has broken into her apartment and the authorities don’t believe her. Her only choice is to turn to her brother for help. His solution is to send her a Thonaxian bodyguard for protection.

Cale Arkon has been on Arrann Prime for two years as a bodyguard, and those years have been less than exciting. He leaps at the change to protect someone who might actually need protection. But he is unprepared for the attraction he feels toward Liana when he arrives at her home. It could be her beauty, it could be her vulnerability, but something about her is drawing him to her despite the professional distance he tries to keep.

When the crimes against Liana escalate, they have no choice other than to flee. But the person stalking her knows her as well as she knows herself and seems to anticipate what moves she will take. The only advantage Liana has is Cale, the alien bodyguard she is slowly falling in love with. And she hopes it will be enough to save them both.

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love in an undead ageLOVE IN AN UNDEAD AGE by A M Geever

Surviving the zombie apocalypse was hard but saving the human race might be fatal.

Ten years after the zombie apocalypse a good man is still hard to find… just ask Miranda Tucci. Most are ill-equipped to breach Miranda’s emotional defenses, and even in San Jose, California, the most technologically advanced outpost of civilization left on the planet, there’s no app for mending a broken heart. But when Connor MacGuire turns up at nearby Santa Clara University, even Miranda begins to wonder if she has finally found someone she can trust.

The Jesuit priests who lead the community at Santa Clara University are the only counter-balance to the ruthless City Council that rules Silicon Valley. They have hatched a scheme…(more blurb in ebook seller page…)

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hope joy fosterHOPE (THE SPACE CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Joy Foster

VS Note: Listed as Erotica

Betrayal is on the horizon. In what might be the final book in a series that makes you warm everywhere you wish for it. We find the four are going to go up against challenges and obstacles like never before encountered. Who will be with whom by the end? What love will be left, guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat? Ryan and his new body seem to have no limitations and Stone does something royal of his own.

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space rodeoSPACE RODEO (INTERSTELLAR SPACE BOOK 2) by Jenny Schwartz

On the galactic frontier, the Federation’s wildest (and most scientific) citizens have gathered to ride in the Space Rodeo. The Navy’s in charge—of the arena. But beyond the naval perimeter, there is only Interstellar Sheriff Max Smith to keep the peace. Fortunately, he has some extraordinary allies. And enemies. And then, there is his girlfriend.

Thelma Bach attracts trouble like the bunyaphi attract feuds.
She should have been safe, riding for an urself inventor in the Space Rodeo. So how did she end up in the middle of a mercenary corporation’s devious designs for galactic war?

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omega academyOMEGA ACADEMY by Lily Archer

Drawing, my online clan, and planning my escape from my mother–these are priorities. Or, at least they were, until three huge alien males came to abduct me and take me to their planet. But it’s not just a simple process of probing and then releasing me back to Earth. All those movies are lies. These three males keep me. And I’m suddenly a cadet at an Omega Academy where I’m supposed to learn how to serve the Gretar Fleet. None of this makes any sense to begin with, nevermind the three males I can’t seem to avoid. But they say we have a connection, that we’re a circle, whatever that means. And my body seems to agree, because anytime they’re near, I can’t seem to think of anything except Kyte’s horns, Jeren’s smirk, and Ceredes’s long, hard … sword. Focusing on class is almost impossible, and the Omega Academy isn’t for the faint of heart. I have to learn who my enemies are, how to make friends, and how I fit with the three males I can’t stop thinking about. All doable, right? No. Not right, especially when I discover the fleet has other plans for me. The bond with my three males may be the only thing that can keep me safe, but that means we need to consummate our circle. Yeah, you read that right, consummate. Deep. Breaths.

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new kingTHE NEW KING (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 5) by Erin Raegan

Mona – It’s been a long time since I felt safe. Too long. You would think after all I’ve been through at the hands of an alien monster it would be difficult for me to live near them.
That it would be difficult to live under their roof. To sleep near them. To eat their food. To talk to them. The Dahk may not be the Juldo, but they are still alien to me. They are frightening and different from me. They look, talk, and move differently than me. They are monsters in their own way. But I’ve lived through horrors, both outside of my world and inside it.
For the first time in my life, I’m starting to feel safe. I’m living amongst an alien race on a frozen world, lightyears away from my old home. But I can breathe without wanting to hold it in. I can open my eyes without wanting to claw them out. I can live without terror clawing at my heels. And that is because of the Dahk.
Their king is arrogant and infuriating, and I can’t stand him. But he would never raise a hand to me. He would never lock me away in a cage.
We may not be able to speak to each other without shouting. Or look at each other without a glare. But he is safety and comfort and it’s not long before I need him. It’s not long before I’m running to him faster than I ever ran from him. It not long before he is my world, and I am his.
It’s not long at all.

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fierce cyborgFIERCE CYBORG (BOUND BY HER BOOK 4) by Nellie C Lind 

Can’t find Mr. Right? Why not create him? MedAct is the company that can make all your dreams come true! Just give them a call and let them create the perfect man for you. But remember, you can never give him up. It will kill him, literally.

Jade Silva, the CEO of MedAct, the medical and scientific company that creates cyborgs, knows something fishy is going on behind her back. She doesn’t know what, but she suspects one of her own doctors is involved.

Confronting the doctor might not be one of her brightest ideas, but she does it anyway, only to end up in the hands of the Fighters–the dangerous and damaged cyborgs who survived the deaths of their bound ones. Not only that, they want her to save Nightmare’s life, their leader, but also her enemy … and the love of her life.

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threesomes guideTHREESOME’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 3) by Dane Griggs

Ever since avoiding death at the hands of a mad scientist, Chelsea has been hiding in the ductwork of an alien space station. When two new victims are brought in, Chelsea sees her chance to escape. Should she take this opportunity to get away or attempt to rescue the two sexy aliens from the scientist’s clutches? What’s a girl to do?

Take a journey with Chelsea, D’Rett and L’Tarne as they attempt to flee and return to Earth. Their mission is to escape and get vital information to their people. They have a beat-up space ship, bad guys on their tail, new planets to explore and a mutual attraction they are trying to resist.

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bride program honeymoonTHE BRIDE PROGRAM HONEYMOON (SAVING CERASTE BOOK 4) by Dane Griggs

I’m getting married to my dream alien!!!
Okay, I’m really choosing L’Arc in the Presenting Ceremony, but that doesn’t have the same ring to it. Either way, this is the start to the rest of my life with my mate. I am madly in love, and we get to go on a honeymoon on a lush tropical paradise in another galaxy! The Cerasteans have been crazy-busy, so it’s nice we can get away for a week. Several of my bride volunteers friends are joining us on the trip to Xerini—the dulci home world. I can’t wait to hit the beaches with Maya, Serena, Chelsea and our Cerastean mates. I’ll be sure we have plenty of alone time too. It’s going to be the best trip ever!

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moon struck guerreMOON STRUCK (SCAEVEN MATES BOOK 2) by Heather Guerre

After leaving the military, former battlefield medic and military surgeon Hadiza Moreau just wants a quiet, peaceful life where she can leave the war behind. Instead, she finds herself captive aboard an alien vessel, along with twenty other women who are going to be auctioned off as mates for the male-only alien species. The aliens are bigger, stronger, and more technologically advanced than their human captives have any hope of fighting against. And fighting is pointless when the aliens have a toxin in their saliva that leaves even the strongest fighter helpless with sexual desire. Just when Hadiza’s resigned herself to a life of enslavement, hope appears in the form of one of the very creatures who are holding her captive.

Errol Sin-Haros is a Scaeven Enforcer. He’s dedicated his life to protecting innocent creatures from the brutal nature of his own race. Raised to detest every cruel and conquering instinct within himself, he keeps himself tightly leashed. Until her. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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gene born hunters choiceGENE BORN: HUNTER’S CHOICE (THE KOCI HYBRID SERIES BOOK 4) by Lily Griffin

The government used us to improve the human genome through gene modification and controlled us through a computer AI placed in our brains. Earth was dying, and they needed humans to be stronger, faster, and harder to kill while traveling through space in their search for a new home. They were successful. They made us stronger, faster, and harder to kill. Then, they took it even further when an alien species called the Koci, who’d been shot down right before the last exodus ships were to leave earth and used this foreign DNA to changes us even further. We are now part Koci and part human, a hybrid. We sought our freedom from being controlled by the government only to find ourselves in the hands of pirates when we awoke from cryo-stasis.
Then, the pirates sold us to the Mxint Combine to fight in their gladiator games against other aliens and monsters. We went. We kicked ass. We gained our freedom, but at what cost and will it be short-lived. We chose a planet chock full of predators that we must survive for three weeks before rescue can arrive. Will it be the Findo Alliance Investigators, will it be the Torgerian’s battle group, will it be the Koci battle group, or worst of all will it be the Mxint Combine that finds us first. It’s Hunter’s Choice. We are finally free, but for how long? Our goal— continued freedom,
our objective— find a new home, our ambition— explore this new galaxy we find ourselves in. Will we give up? Never!

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reticenceRETICENCE (CUSTARD PROTOCOL BOOK 4) by Gail Carriger

Percival Tunstell loves that his sister and her best friend are building themselves a family of misfits aboard their airship, the Spotted Custard. Of course, he’d never admit that he belongs among them. He’s always been on the outside – dispassionate, aloof, and hatless. But accidental spies, a trip to Japan, and one smart and beautiful doctor may have him renegotiating his whole philosophy on life.
Except hats. He’s done with hats. Thank you very much.
hollow kingdomHOLLOW KINGDOM by Kira Jane Buxton
VS Note: You know me and post apocalyptic books. Not a romance but told entirely from the viewpoint of a pet crow evidently! And there’s a dog… Had to list this as a release of note for the week…it’s on my TBR.
S.T., a domesticated crow, is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots), and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos ®.

Then Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, and S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t quite right. His most tried-and-true remedies–from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of Big Jim’s loyal but dim-witted dog, Dennis–fail to cure Big Jim’s debilitating malady. S.T. is left with no choice but to abandon his old life and venture out into a wild and frightening new world with his trusty steed Dennis, where he discovers that the neighbors are devouring each other and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumors of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle. Humanity’s extinction has seemingly arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow whose knowledge of the world around him comes from his TV-watching education.

perfect wifeTHE PERFECT WIFE: A NOVEL by JP Delaney
VS note: Scifi with no romance and apparently includes some autism intervention strategies used on one character that may be problematic. I found the book’s overall description intriguing though and put it on my TBR list. A release of note.
Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss.

She is a miracle of science.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins to question her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

Beware the man who calls you . . .THE PERFECT WIFE

audacityTHE AUDACITY (THE AUDACITY SERIES BOOK 1) by Laura Loup

May’s humdrum life gets flung into hyperdrive when she’s abducted, but not all aliens are out to probe her. She’s inadvertently rescued by Xan who’s been orbiting Earth in a day-glo orange rocket ship, watching re-runs of “I Love Lucy”.

Seizing the opportunity for a better life, May learns how to race the Audacity and pilots her way into interstellar infamy. Finally, she has a job she likes and a friend to share her winnings with—until the Goddess of Chaos screws the whole thing up, and Xan’s unmentionable past makes a booty call.

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fire in her eyesFIRE IN HER EYES: A POST APOCALYPTIC DRAGONSHIFTER ROMANCE (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 7) by Ruby Dixon

For months, I’ve been chased by a red dragon. They’re the females of the dragon shifter invaders, fierce and vicious and as ruthless as they are wild. She hunts me wherever I go, and I’m not safe even behind the walls of a fort. There’s only one thing I can do to stop her…

…And that’s to take her as my mate.

But to win the heart of a female dragon, I have to conquer her first. Not so easy for a human man…but Teva’s worth the challenge.

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forgettable miss frenchTHE FORGETTABLE MISS FRENCH (SHADOWVALE BOOK 3) by Kristen Painter
Shadowvale isn’t your typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.
Werewolf Virginia “Ginny” French’s curse means no one can remember her. Not even for as long as it takes to ring up her groceries or make her favorite iced coffee. And being that forgettable has turned her life into an incredibly lonely existence. So much so, she’s thinking about doing something really wild just to entertain herself.
Werewolf Ezekiel “Easy” Grayle loved his life until he got struck by lightning and lost control of his shifting abilities. It’s led to some uncomfortable situations – and the decision to move to a town where the unpredictable is acceptable.
He didn’t realize just how acceptable until he catches his hot but maybe-crazy neighbor sneaking out of his pool in a barely-there bikini. He’s too busy unpacking to pursue her, but when she comes knocking, all bets are off.
Can a forgettable woman ever find love or is her curse too much for even the most determined man to overcome?
kiss of the dragonsKISS OF THE DRAGONS (BAD DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Lee has one shot at redeeming himself and the five lost dragons who fell years ago. There’s just one person who can bring everyone together, and she happens to be an average human named Anna, who will do anything to help her comatose sister. As the blue dragon, Lee offers Anna the chance of a lifetime: change everything that’s hurting her by going into a strange world to help his friends.

As Anna explores the Blur, she realizes two things: 1. She shouldn’t trust bad dragons, and 2. She might have no choice.  As everything in the misty fantasy world seems to want to harm her or claim her, she’ll need the strength of the dragons if she wants to escape. There’s just one problem: the dragons won’t cooperate with each other, let alone a human. And it only gets more heated as the dragons get closer to Anna, and begin to burn for more.

Black, silver, red, gold, purple and blue. Six fallen dragons have to find a way to reclaim their roles as protectors of mankind, and one human woman is the key. A reverse harem fantasy romance. Cliffhanger ending.

feast of the motherFEAST OF THE MOTHER (WITCH OF THE LAKE BOOK 1) by Miranda Honfleur

Beneath the murky waters of the lake, an ancient being slumbers, and Brygida is its servant. Kept sheltered in the woods by her mothers from the nearby village, Brygida has never had so much as a friend—until the day she meets a charming stranger painting by the lake. He invites her to the village’s harvest feast, but her taste of the forbidden ends with a murder.

Called into service for the first time, Brygida must take up her ancestral duty as Reaper of Death and solve the murder within three days. If she brings the murderer to the lake on the third day, the being she serves will be sated. If she fails, Brygida herself will be drawn beneath the murky waters, and the village massacred. There’s only one problem: the main suspect is her charming painter, Kaspian.

As Brygida investigates, the dangers are many and answers few. The village and her family stand against her, and with time running short, the lake demands a price. Brygida believes Kaspian is innocent, but can she stake her life on it, when failure means condemning the rest of the village, and being dragged into the deep…?

captive of the drgonsCAPTIVE OF THE DRAGONS (A BONFIRE FALLS PARANORMAL ROMANCE) by Liv Brywood

Ariadne’s terrified when war breaks out in Bonfire Falls. Even with the ability to control fire, she’s out matched by vengeful witches and hostile shifters. Desperate for help, she travels up the mountain to the dragon enclave where she’s held by three intimidating, yet irresistible dragon shifters. Now’s not the time to fall in love, but to save her town, she’ll have to risk her heart.

Blaze, Copper, and Ember want nothing to do with the war between witches and shifters. They’re content to live high up the mountain in harmony with the other dragons. But Ariadne’s cast a spell over their hearts. They’re willing to wage war to protect their love, but will it be enough to bring peace to Bonfire Falls, and win Ariadne’s heart forever?

unicorn truthUNICORN TRUTH (VALENTINE PRIDE BOOK 3) by Laura Greenwood and L A Boruff

Leola thought she had the answers to her past, but soon discovers that’s not the case.

When mysterious presents keep showing up, Leola and her mates know that something isn’t right. But the truth behind the situation turns out to be even stranger than they originally thought. Leola will do everything she can to protect her family, especially now they have a cub of their own.

Can she figure out who is behind the perceived threats? Or is it too late.

sorcery layla heartSORCERY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 5) by Layla Heart

When Litha finally saw her parents again, they brought with them information about the prophecy that had been mis-interpreted for nearly two decades, changing everything Litha, Phoenix and the princes thought they knew about their fate.

Rune and Bane are getting worse and worse, the venom from the fae blades shutting their bodies down as they’re waiting for an antidote to stop and hopefully reverse the damage.

Everyone’s emotions are running high, the trauma and stress from the last days pushing them to their limits. Will the antidote be on time? Will their love and friendship survive even more strain?

purrrPURRR (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

Five signs a cat is in heat:

  • Rubs against anything male
  • Coos over kittens
  • Presents her assets as often as possible
  • Gets easily distracted
  • Loses interest in assassinations

Kill me now. This is going to be hell.

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control of fiveCONTROL OF FIVE (ORIGINS OF THE SEX SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce and Aleera Anaya Ceres

What’s more dangerous than dark magic?
Deadly secrets.
And The Academy of Six is hiding both within its ancient walls.
A History of Magic sends Izara on a literal trip down memory lane. She uncovers that there’s more than what the students think they know about the supernatural school in the middle of New York City. It’s mysterious past, as well as her own, are twisting together in a destructive way.
She always knew the Academy was created to stop a reckless power.
And she’s just now realizing that if her and her friends can’t contain the monster within her, history is bound to repeat itself.

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fraughtFRAUGHT (ALPHABITS BOOK 7) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

Finn O’Toole is an omega in an alpha’s world. He’s done everything he can to make sure that doesn’t interrupt his ability to get his job done, and it never has. Until him.

Antonio Montoya is the notorious leader of the vigilante group STAHP, and stands for everything Finn despises. When the powerful alpha discovers that the Alphabits’ only omega is his mate? It doesn’t matter how far Finn runs… Antonio always gets what he’s after.

Thankfully, Antonio has information that the Alphabits need, and the perfect excuse to prove to his feisty, reluctant mate that even dangerous men can have good hearts. There’s still that little argument about eating the bad guys, though.

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hidden rebecca royceHIDDEN (THE SWAMP BOOK 1) by Rebecca Royce

Lost, groggy, and utterly devastated, MacKenzie Harper woke in the back of a truck with a kind man giving her a ride to safety. Her memory fuzzy, her senses on high alert, and her world teetering precariously on chaos, she has no idea who to trust but her nose says she can trust him.

When her savior delivers her to Ranier, Preston, Jarret, and Anton Lejeune, Kenzie recognizes them as the sons of the most famous werewolf family in Louisiana. They have to hide her, because Kenzie did the forbidden—she shifted. Werewolves are forbidden from shifting due to the Accords, and she’s always been good at playing human. So why did she shift?

That’s a question she’d like answered, but there’s more to Kenzie than even she knows and being around the Lejeune brothers rouses old instincts and desperate desires that will pull her four mates to her and together, they’ll face every challenge coming for them—even the ones they can’t see.

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freaky reapersFREAKY REAPERS (A MYSTIC CARAVAN BOOK 8) by Amanda M Lee

Poet Parker put the past behind her. At least she thought she did.
Life on the streets wasn’t what she had in mind for her forever and she jumped at the chance to join Mystic Caravan Circus when an invitation was extended. She didn’t look back.
That was ten years ago, and now Poet is going back to the exact area she used to haunt … and she’s nervous.
The friends she left behind are scattered. Some are dead. Some have moved on to other things. Some turned out to be something else entirely. Others simply disappeared into the wind.
Unfortunately for Parker, forgetting isn’t easy … especially when a group of banshees start infringing on Mystic Caravan’s territory and the creatures seemingly have ties to the people Poet left behind.
Between the reapers also working the case – a crazy family called the Grimlocks who can’t stay out of trouble – and the guilt weighing Poet down given the way she fled, she has her hands full.
Someone is controlling the banshees, stealing girls from the streets and creating a merry band of monsters. It’s up to Poet to find out who and protect two street girls who remind her of herself.
Poet doesn’t want to look back but she has no choice … what she finds might be more evil than she ever imagined.

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scent of betrayalSCENT OF BETRAYAL (SHIFTERS OF RISHARD BOOK 2) by Denise Carbo

Wolf shifter, Davis Campbell is on a mission. His job is to babysit a woman from a rival clan. He believes all he has to do is get her back to Scotland. What he doesn’t figure on is her possibly being his mate.
Bethany Leitner, an owl shifter, has been betrayed, attacked, framed, and left for dead. Trust in herself and others is hard to find. So when her self-appointed guardian begins to bark orders, she is ready to show her talons.

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marked princeTHE MARKED PRINCE (THE DARKEST COURT BOOK 2) by M A Grant

The Summer Court is nothing like Sebastian remembers. The oppressed lower classes are drained of their magick, and around every corner political intrigues threaten an already unstable regime. Sebastian’s only hope of surviving the Court and bringing home Prince Lyne’s traitorous brother lies with Duine, a magickless Unseelie servant desperate to win his freedom. A servant for whom Sebastian, an estranged Seelie royal himself, is developing a dangerous and deepening affection.

But behind the mask Duine wears are secrets as dangerous as what’s smoldering between them. And the more Duine helps Sebastian navigate Court life, the more it becomes clear the servant is not who he appears to be. How he came to be the whipping boy of one of the most powerful and corrupt faeries in the Summer Court is a truth Sebastian is determined to uncover, even if it puts him at odds with the very people who can lead him to the missing Unseelie prince.

When a powerful enemy steps from the shadows, it could spell the end not just for the Unseelie, but for both faerie Courts. Sebastian must choose: complete the mission and earn his place among the Unseelie who took him in, or risk his very life to ensure freedom for the man he loves.

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mrs morris and the ghostMRS MORRIS AND THE GHOST (A SALEM B&B MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Traci Wilton

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start—so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore—and explains that he used to live here—when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her.

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beau tyBEAU TY: HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Donna Mercer

Beau Ty’s crazy Uncle Bentley has gone missing while out hunting for the animal-people he swore lived on the Morrison Dog Rescue and Animal Preserve. Beau Ty must find him before he gets into trouble.

Out of the limelight is how Ji’nyah Morrison liked things. She lives her cursed life in peace. No public appearances. No unscheduled visitors. She is content with her boring unexciting life running her dog rescue. That is until a crazy human shows up on her doorstep. To make matters worse, his nephew comes to rescue him. His crazy HOT and very SEXY nephew.

Beau Ty never expected to find the one person that he had been searching for all of his adult life, in the woods surrounding Happily Ever After. He would do everything in his power to hold onto her.

Ji’nyah didn’t know how to deal with her world being turned upside down by a man.

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ninth elixirTHE NINTH ELIXIR by Pelaam

Crevyn is a student of the College of Mystic Arts with an affinity to animals, especially those with magical properties of their own. He is one of a chosen few to undertake a quest for the Ninth Elixir. The finder’s reward is to be claimed by one of the arcane Masters.

But Crevyn’s opponent is a man used to winning, who will use any means at his disposal to ensure he brings back the Ninth Elixir.

At the risk of losing to Garvit, Crevyn still take time to help those in need. But even if he’s successful in finding the elixir, the trick will be surviving the challenge.

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nanny for the mountain lionNANNY FOR THE MOUNTAIN LION (ALPHA MATES OF SALEM) by Maia Starr

Brianna’s life is in danger because of me. She’s the nanny that looks after my two boys. And I can’t stop lusting after her in the house. I was left shattered not too long ago. After my ex-wife’s death, Love seemed impossible before I met her. An alpha mountain lion cannot be without a mate. I need her more than anything. But Brianna is too innocent. It’s my job to shield her from the danger that consumed my ex-wife. And I’d do anything to protect my baby growing inside her. 
Even if she hates the way I have to do it.

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ryan sons of crosbyRYAN: THE SONS OF CROSBY by Kathi S Barton

Melody Harmony had had a rough start. Mel had lost her parents young, and she fell in love hard and fast only to lose both her new husband and her unborn child to a drunk driver. As a result, Mel didn’t have much use for many people.

Mel loved kayaking on the river. On her morning run she found a floater and called it into her friend at the sheriff’s office. The mayor showed up instead and cut the body loose and proceeded to fire her and her friend for their troubles.

Ryan Crosby was one of the two remaining Crosby brothers who hadn’t found their mates. When good friend and family, Jamie Nash, told Ryan his friend Mel was in need of a good attorney, Ryan was more than happy to help.

But when Mel showed up for the meeting, expecting to get things underway with the attorney, she was floored when his handshake nearly took her to her knees. The man uttered several times that they were mates. She wasn’t entirely sure what that entailed, but she was sure she wanted no part of it.

With the mayor harassing her daily, and a new mate sniffing around, Mel had some decisions to make fast. The only problem was, it might be too late to do anything about either one of them.

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enchanted ever afterENCHANTED EVER AFTER (ENCHANTED INC BOOK 9) by Shanna Swendson

Katie Chandler’s wedding day is coming soon, and she and Owen Palmer have a lot to do to make sure the event is magical. That makes this a very bad time for rumors about magic to be hitting the general public, even the television news.

The secret about magic has been safe for centuries, but can it survive an era of cell phone cameras and the Internet? As Katie delves deeper into an online anti-magic underground movement, she starts to suspect that there’s something more going on. Someone in the magical world is trying to expose magic to ordinary people. The fallout for the magical world could be devastating, and without the restrictions to keep magic out of the public eye, unscrupulous wizards might run amok. Worst of all, the culprit is trying to pin it all on Owen, who makes a handy scapegoat.

Katie’s got to track down and stop the plot—and fast. Otherwise, society will be forever altered, and Katie’s wedding may be missing a groom.

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blood brute ginger rootBLOOD & BRUTE & GINGER ROOT (BAD MEDICINE BOOK 1) by Melissa Wright

Diana Coulton doesn’t have time for love. She’s got Bad Medicine—the family herb & book shop—to take care of, not to mention her chaotic sisters and censorious cat. No matter what Diana might want, romance is on the backburner for this Coulton sister.

Until the night well-meaning Bernadette decides to fix all that. Bernie knows better. Magic used to spur romance has a tendency to go haywire, all witches know that. She’s going to have to stop it.

If she can only remember how.

Before long, the local fire marshal shows up on Diana’s front step. But he’s not there to inspect the shop. He’s been caught in Bernie’s spell, and worse, he doesn’t even believe magic exists. Miles tries to get away from Bad Medicine, but he’s bewitched, and providence is not on his side.

Forces of nature conspire to throw Miles and Diana together, and time is running out to cure the enchantment. If they can’t figure out how to undo the magic hexing them, Diana could lose everything. But if they do, she might lose Miles.

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his forbidden omegaHIS FORBIDDEN OMEGA (THE ROYAL OMEGAS BOOK 1) by Kristen Strassel and P Jameson

Sneaking into the royal party is punishable by death, but if something doesn’t change in the Badlands, we’re going to die anyway. I only hoped to woo a beta wolf, someone who would overlook my lowly status and help my friends and I have a better life.
Instead, I catch the attention of King Adalai. He’s notorious for being ruthless with omega justice.
Maybe there’s no harm in one dance. In one hot kiss…
When I go into heat, there’s no ignoring what I am. Especially what I can’t have. But the King won’t be denied, and he follows me back to the Badlands.
If he breaks his own rules for me, will it bring our people together or start a revolution?

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dark alphas redemptionDARK ALPHA’S REDEMPTION (REAPERS BOOK 8) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…

My duty to Death drives me forward. I’ve never once strayed from my path – not even when the future seemed uncertain. However, Maeve’s intelligence, cunning and determination challenges me in ways I never imagined. Finding out what she knows is the key to learning how to conquer our enemy. The Dark Fae breathes new life into me unlike anything I’ve ever known. For Maeve, I will risk trusting the Dark. For her…I will battle darkness itself.

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fevered carnal court1FEVERED (THE CARNAL COURT BOOK 1) by Devyn Sinclair

Kari was a rising ballet star until a blown-out knee ensures she’ll never dance again, and she’s forced to rely on something she never expected—magic. She might be more used to pirouettes than potions, but she’s learning to love her new shop, her customers, and handsome New York cop Kent.

But using magic is dangerous. Kari is attacked and left to die—a curse devouring what’s left of her. Until three gorgeous Fae appear, swearing to keep her alive even as their touch leaves her breathless and wanting.

Kari’s best chance for survival is in the Fae realm, but she might not make it. Her only choice to keep the curse at bay is the carnal magic of her Fae saviors. It flows from physical pleasure—something Kari desperately wants and they’re more than willing to provide. Their touch washes away the pain, and Kari finds herself surrendering to the bond that’s pulling them closer together.

Brae, Verys, Aeric, and Kent won’t leave her side until she’s healed, but leaving the human world didn’t mean leaving Kari’s mysterious enemies behind. They swore to keep Kari safe, but will their touch be enough to save her, and will their strength be enough to protect her from the enemy who hunts her across realms?

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immortal secretsIMMORTAL SECRETS (ROYAL GLASS HEARTS BOOK 1) by Renae Wright

t should’ve been as simple as Kira laying low and not drawing attention to herself at the academy. But laying low when your mother is the infamous Cinderella, and you’re supposed to be one of the last sirens, is harder than it sounds. Especially when you accidentally reveal your secret to four intimidating and handsome males, and when you’re drawn to your unattainable and mysterious professor.

As far as the seven kingdoms are concerned, Kira’s an immortal princess. And she’ll do anything to keep it that way.

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searching for homeSEARCHING FOR HOME (HARRINGTON HILLS BOOK 5) by Megan Linden

Patrick Donnelly was cast out from his pack after admitting to his father—his Alpha—that he is gay. Now he’s trying to start over in Harrington Hills, but he is struggling, not only with the new power balance but also with his own demons.

Ollie Tomilson had gotten used to being the odd one out—a kid in the system, a lone human in the werewolf pack and a man who is always just temporarily visiting in a town where people put down deep roots.

While Patrick and Ollie seem different in many ways, what unites them is that neither fits into the Harrington Hills mold. But maybe—just maybe—they can find what they are searching for in each other.

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disdainDISDAIN (TALES OF CINDER BOOK 2) by M J Haag

Eloise knows the name of her mother’s murderer, but she cannot speak it. A curse keeps her silent and locked in the tattered remains of her once charming life. Though magic holds her tongue, it doesn’t quell the smoldering spark of her anger or her need to learn the reason behind her mother’s death.

However, games of magic have dire consequences. Desperate to keep those she loves safe from the repercussions of her actions, Eloise must make a bold gamble with her safety that could win her everything or destroy her forever.

Two lives hang in the balance. For, if Cinder fails, Snow will fall, too.

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magical collisionMAGICAL COLLISION (BIOMYSTIC SECURITY BOOK 5) by Jalizia A Burwell

Between learning to control her powers, and trying to fit in a date with all her guys before her twentieth birthday, you’d think Dr. Laila Porter’s hands were full. If that was all she had to worry about, she’d be a happy woman. But something is brewing in the shifter community and Laila being Laila, finds herself in the middle of it.
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dead mans quillDEAD MAN’S QUILL (THE ABC’S OF SPELLCRAFT BOOK 4) by Jordan Castillo Price

Dixon has been dying to introduce Yuri to Uncle Fonzo, the Hand of his family, and now he’ll finally get that chance. All they need to do is meet him at a traveling carnival with an unused piece of Spellcraft.
Easy peasy, right?
Not even a little. And even worse, they might encounter a clown.

Uncle Fonzo has left a trail of magical destruction in his wake, but he claims he’s been helping people. Spellcrafters are a slippery bunch, and it’s hard to say if he’s stretching the truth or telling an outright lie. One thing’s for sure, he’s between a rock and a hard place now, and if he doesn’t deliver an outrageous ransom to Strange Manor by midnight, all deals are off.

From a lackluster carnival with a booby-trapped tour bus to the decrepit mausoleum behind an old mental asylum, the Spellcraft leads Dixon and Yuri on a goose chase that’s not only wild…but deadly.

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crown of blood dg swankCROWN OF BLOOD (BOOK SINDAL 3) by D G Swank and Alessandra Thomas

Since the tender age of four, Celeste Whelan has known her duty—use her powers to defeat the Dark Force, a group of mages who are intent on overthrowing the Valerian government. Her erratic expression magic and her inability to master it give her the perfect excuse to seek help from the Dark Set. It also makes her the perfect martyr.

What Celeste doesn’t expect is for the Dark Set to set her up with another expression mage, Zane Chambers. He wants nothing to do with Celeste, and the feeling is mutual. But there’s no denying Zane he has answers about her magic, answers that will help her steal the magic abilities from all the members of the Dark Set.

But the Book of Sindal—the book of evil spells the Whelan family has guarded for centuries—is offering Celeste the Crown of Blood, an offer that is becoming harder to resist. Celeste has a mission to fulfill, and she’ll do anything to do it.

Even if it means giving up everything she loves.

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house of salt and shadowsHOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin A Craig

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last–the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge–and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who–or what–are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family–before it claims her next. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away.

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all hail the kingALL HAIL THE KING (CELESTRA FOREVER BOOK 6) by Addison Moore

An angel. A devil. Their crooked love story. The entire world in the balance. Everything I once believed has disintegrated. It is all over. But this is not the end. Paragon awaits.

The world, once young and bright, has lost its vigor, the borders of which have become grievous and tenebrous. There is no greater ache, no sharper deception than to see the one who holds your heart—holds the blade with which to kill you. It is a nightmare within a nightmare to learn the soul you melded over your own is the one who looks to destroy everything you hold near and dear. There is no greater agony than to have the scales fall from your eyes and reveal the one you grafted your life to has been the one to fear all along.

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sea witch risingSEA WITCH RISING by Sarah Henning

Runa will not let her twin sister die. Alia traded her voice to the Sea Witch for a shot at happiness with a prince who doesn’t love her. And his rejection will literally kill her—unless Runa intervenes.

Under the sea, Evie craves her own freedom—but liberation from her role as Sea Witch will require an exchange she may not be willing to make. With their hearts’ desires at odds, what will Runa and Evie be willing to sacrifice to save their worlds?

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alpha daddy bearALPHA DADDY BEAR (BRIDGE HOLLOW SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Samantha Leal

When Amanda finds herself on a six week break, the last thing she ever thought she would do is throw caution to the wind and head off on a random road trip with her best friend to the mysterious town of Bridge Hollow.

Bridge Hollow is famous for its strange happenings and shifter legends, but skeptic Amanda just wants to chill out for the summer and hopefully find some inner peace for a change.

When on the first day in town, she almost mows down the handsome and complicated alpha Dean, she has no idea what is waiting for her, or what an impact a man like him will have on her life.

Because Dean is not like other men… and their connection is not like other relationships. When Amanda and Dean collide, the stars align and their fates are sealed – whether either one of them is ready or not…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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gossamer mageTHE GOSSAMER MAGE by Julie E Czernada

VS Note: Not a romance but a fantasy relase of note this week. Seemed to have some intriguing elements.

Only in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic.

Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage.

For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die.

To end this terrible toll, the greatest mage in Tananen vows to find and destroy Her. He has yet to learn She is all that protects Tananen from what waits outside. And all that keeps magic alive.

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fashionable fiascoA FASHIONABLE FIASCO: BOOK 12, THE HOT DAMNED SERIES by Robyn Peterman

This is simply not my week. Finding out I can’t cook is appalling. My luncheon with the big-boned Immortal socialites went to Hell in a handbasket. I’ve been hoping to join the Fearsome Five and make it the Psycho Six. However, the chances of that happening now are looking slim. Of course, I could force my way in since I’m Mother freakin’ Nature, but I want to be accepted for being me and—because I’m fabulous.

It’s bad enough my two sons, God and Satan, are driving me to crazy town while my best friend, Mr. Rogers, is riding in the backseat having a breakdown. It’s definitely not a beautiful day in the neighborhood of Purgatory…

God has taken up softball and is impossible to get ahold of just when I need to chat with him about the impending end of the world.

And Satan. Satan has agreed to grocery shop with me so I don’t show up at his next poker game in Hell and pole dance. See I’m certain if I find the famous chef Betsy Cocker and learn to cook I can halt the end times. According to the Internet, she resides in aisle three.

What I really want is to be left alone with Bill—the love of my Immortal life. And for the world to not come to a cataclysmic and fiery end because that is unacceptable. God tells me the end times aren’t on his schedule, but the strange days afoot and the physical changes in Bill tell me otherwise.

And I would know. Normally, I create all the strange days.

There is no storm strong enough to defeat me. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Mother Nature. I am the mother humpin’ storm.

And it’s not over until I say it’s over.

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vow of thievesVOW OF THIEVES (DANCE OF THIEVES BOOK 2) by Mary E Pearson

Kazi and Jase have survived, stronger and more in love than ever. Their new life now lies before them―the Ballengers will be outlaws no longer, Tor’s Watch will be a kingdom, and Kazi and Jase will meet all challenges side by side, together at last.

But an ominous warning mars their journey back, and they soon find themselves captured in a tangled web of deceit woven by their greatest enemies and unlikeliest allies, a place where betrayals run deeper and more deadly than either had thought possible, and where timeless ambitions threaten to destroy them both.

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immortal promiseIMMORTAL PROMISE (VAMPIRE MATES) by Kim Loraine

It happened without warning. My vampire heart began beating as her human one stilled and she slipped away. I didn’t know her, but everything in me demanded I save her.
She was my mate. I couldn’t let her go. So, I turned her rather than let her die, and we’ve been fighting ever since.
They say love-at-first-sight is magic. But what happens when the one you’re bound to for eternity wants nothing to do with you?
Claire is nothing like the woman I thought would be my match. Now to convince her she belongs with me before she ends up killing us both.

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drop of magicA DROP OF MAGIC (THE MAGICSMITH BOOK 1) by L R Braden

The war isn’t over . . .With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.

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beasts of the frozen sunBEASTS OF THE FROZEN SUN (FROZEN SUN SAGA BOOK 1) by Jill Criswill

Burn brightly. Love fiercely. For all else is dust.

Every child of Glasnith learns the last words of Aillira, the god-gifted mortal whose doomed love affair sparked a war of gods and men, and Lira of clan Stone knows the story better than most. As a descendant of Aillira and god-gifted in her own right, she has the power to read people’s souls, to see someone’s true essence with only a touch of her hand.

When a golden-haired warrior washes up on the shores of her homeland—one of the fearful marauders from the land of the Frozen Sun—Lira helps the wounded man instead of turning him in. After reading his soul, she realizes Reyker is different than his brethren who attack the coasts of Glasnith. He confides in her that he’s been cursed with what his people call battle-madness, forced to fight for the warlord known as the Dragon, a powerful tyrant determined to reignite the ancient war that Aillira started.

As Lira and Reyker form a bond forbidden by both their clans, the wrath of the Dragon falls upon them and all of Glasnith, and Lira finds herself facing the same tragic fate as her ancestor. The battle for Lira’s life, for Reyker’s soul, and for their peoples’ freedom has only just begun.

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tequila and tigersTEQUILA AND TIGERS: BAD ALPHA DADS (SHIFTERS AND SINS BOOK 2) by Cecelia Lane

Wyatt – Wolf shifter Wyatt tried to do the right thing—protect and mate the girl he loved. Instead he was framed for murder and run out of town by Alanna’s powerful tiger shifter father.

Thirteen years later Wyatt returns, struggling to control his wolf while simmering in a dark emotional hell. A hell for which he’ll make his enemy pay.

But blind vengeance will have to wait. The mate he was forced to leave had his baby—a defiant boy now in danger from his own grandfather. And Wyatt will be damned if his son suffers the same fate as his old man.

Alanna – He was dead. That was the lie told to Alanna years ago. A lie now storming into town, the torment in his eyes wild enough almost nothing was left of the boy she’d loved.

She’ll have to dig through the ashes and find a spark of the real man. A struggling single mom, she’s determined to prevent their son from following his father’s self-destructive path. And when word spreads Wyatt is back, she needs his protection from the dark fate decreed by her father.

Wyatt must fight to stay sane long enough to save his mate, his son, and himself from a death sentence he now has a reason to escape.

Keep your woman close and your enemy closer? Yeah, **ck that. This time he’s keeping the woman plus child, and running the enemy out of town—and out of life.

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StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500VS: This week’s backlist highlight is STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK – trapped on an interstellar cruise liner when a deadly epidemic breaks out!

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 31

July 24

July 17

July 10

July 3

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

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

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

Too Good to Be True Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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

The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped a crashed, burning flyer. Now they’re on the run together and stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move. Last week he rescued her from a poisonous reptile.

He carried her probably a hundred yards away before she remembered she had to order him to stop. Then he set her down, and staggered a bit as he did so. Gemma turned to look behind her and saw a sinuous body slithering back under the bushes.

“Would you tell me to sit?” he asked, voice quieter than usual, “Please.”

“Did it bite you? Seven hells, sit down immediately,” She rose to help him as he sank onto the moss underfoot, “What can I do?” She was wearing a one piece prison jumpsuit but she tried to tear a strip from the hem of the pants leg, “Tourniquet. Maybe we can stop the venom from spreading, keep the nerve damage localized.”

With a visible effort, muscle in his clenched jaw jumping from stress, he touched her arm, “Don’t worry about me. We Badari were bred to be immune to all poisons, venoms and diseases. My body is neutralizing the active ingredients in the venom now and repairing the nerve damage. “

It sounded too good to be true to Gemma, especially as he looked haggard and in pain.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote STAR CRUISE: MAROONED #SciFi

MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700Today I’m revisiting my scifi romance disaster novel Star Cruise: Marooned and what influenced me to write this book.

I was fascinated by the BRAVO reality show called “Below Deck”, in its first few seasons (2013 and 2014). The show followed the crew of a luxury charter yacht in the Caribbean as they sailed with different guests. You can imagine there were a lot of soap opera-like goings-on since this was reality TV after all. Although I have no idea how true to life the program truly is, I get hooked occasionally on these things. Not so much the “Real Housewives” type program, but the ones like “Say Yes ToThe Dress” or “Project Runway.”  I like seeing behind the scenes of a situation.

The concept of the small scale luxury charter cruises stayed with me but of course being a science fiction romance author, I kept thinking “what if” this were set in the far future, in the Sectors, which is the galactic civilization where my SFR novels occur. I’d already written about the interstellar liner Nebula Dream, and the sad end to her maiden cruise, which was inspired by the real life Titanic. I was busy working on the first book of a new series about a huge luxury liner that wouldn’t come to a disastrous end. (STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK is book one about this other ship, the Nebula Zephyr.)

But this TV show made me think about a smaller framework and a different subset of crew and passengers. On the program, the crew often had to take the guests ashore for a beach party or an excursion. I was intrigued by the idea of my luxury space yacht taking parties of rich, bored guests to scenic wonders in their area of the galaxy. As Meg, the cruise staffer says,   “We specialize in conveying our passengers on a tour of exotic natural wonders. This part of Sector Thirty is full of amazing sights on so many planets.”

But what if the situation wasn’t as expected on the planet? What if the ranger station was deserted? What if things slowly start going wrong and the crew and guests don’t get picked on time up by their ship? Which of course is what happens at the beginning of Star Cruise: Marooned. I’m always most fascinated in the early stages of a disaster movie or novel, when you know there’s going to be a huge problem and the little signs pile up and slowly get worse. I’m always asking myself if I would have realized what trouble we were getting into if I saw such and such so it was fun to write the scenario and to portray the crew trying to keep the passengers from panicking all the while knowing the situation is BAD, going to WORSE.

Because then the Shemdylann pirates arrive! It was also a fun challenge for me to explore these deadly aliens in a bit more detail.

book qw relax canvaAnother aspect of  the “Below Deck” environment I found interesting was how the crew members went from ship to ship, depending on who was hiring, who else was working on what vessel – very few of them seemed to remain on the same boat over time, but they all knew each other. I liked the idea of crew mobility, which allowed me to have my hero Simon ‘Red’  Thomsill join the crew for this one cruise, while on his way to a much better berth on a bigger ship, which just happens to be the Nebula Zephyr.

Being a seat of the pants style writer, I started with that concept and let the story unfold for me. I woke up one morning with the entire plot pretty much laid out in my head and then the book “wrote itself” as we sometimes say. No spoilers, because I always have a Happy Ever After ending, but Meg and Red later appear as secondary characters in the rest of the Star Cruise series.

This book was my first breakout big selling title, which was gratifying. I give the cover by Fiona Jayde a lot of credit because I thought it was very attention grabbing and the stock model heroine pretty much exactly embodied Meg. She seems very appealing to me on the cover, dedicated to trying to save her passengers but in way over her head. Not to minimize the stock photo image for hero Red, but Meg just draws you in and makes you want to know her story.

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

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

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

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

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Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

Note: Portions of this post first appeared on Pauline Baird Jones’s blog.

What Do I Do Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, one of my recent scifi romance releases…(BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY is actually the most recent).

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!)

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

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

The excerpt – Gemma and Camron have escaped the crashed, burning flyer, after he does indeed obey the dying Khagrish scientist’s order to kill her (she was hopelessly trapped). Now they’re on the run together and have stopped to pick some berries because they’re starving. Suddenly Camron tells Gemma not to move. He’s still under the influence of the Khagrish drug, requiring a direct order before he can move.

“There’s a gliddern coiled under the bushes,” he said, “A reptile, highly poisonous. If you’re bitten there won’t be anything we can do to save your life, not out here in the forest.”

A chill ran through her body as if he’d poured ice water over her. Snakes were one of her biggest phobias. Voice shaky, she whispered, “What do I do? Will it bite me if I step away from it?”

“Order me to extract you from the thicket as fast as possible,” he said, “Use those exact words.”

She bit her lip as the buzzing continued and grew louder. Sweat popped out on her forehead and she debated the wisdom of what Camron was proposing to do.

“What are you waiting for?” he asked, voice harsh, “The gliddern is growing agitated.  Give me the command so I can move.”

“Ex-extract me from the thicket as fast as possible,” she said, struggling to form the words. I can’t stay here.

Next moment a scream was torn from her throat as she was snatched from the center of the berry branches, thorns scraping her skin as Camron lifted her into his arms, pivoted and retreated faster than she’d have thought anyone could possibly move. The buzzing from the gliddern was angry and insistent.

VS: Ah, but did they escape unscathed?

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo     Nook

 

Why I Wrote My Alien Empath #SciFi Romance Novels

ALIEN EMPATH SCIFI ROMANCE SERIES!

Today I’m going to talk about why I wrote the four books in my alien empath series, starting with Star Cruise: Stowaway, which was originally written for the first Pets in Space™  anthology (and is now available separately).

stowawayFrom the beginning I knew I was going to place my Pets story in the Sectors, an interstellar civilization where most of my scifi romances occur. What kind of pet would be logical in a spacefaring world? Of course –  cats go anywhere, any time, right? Not to mention that my own Jake the Cat is a strong advocate for more feline presence in my stories LOL.

I also wanted to have an alien pet involved, just for fun.

At the time I was writing Star Cruise: Outbreak and had a scene take place in the cargo hold. It occurred to me that even on a spaceship there might well be vermin, so I gave Moby the white rescue cat to the Cargo Master, Owen Embersson.  Since he had the pet, Officer Embersson would have to be the romantic hero of the short story. What kind of a woman could he naturally become involved with? How could I write a plot for them that involved more than just everybody enjoying cats, feeding cats and playing with cat toys? Owen wouldn’t normally interact with the Nebula Zephyr’s passengers and I felt I’d done enough ‘crew member falls in love with another crew member’ stories for now…but he’d be the first person to interact with a stowaway!

Once I knew Tyrelle the heroine was going to be a stowaway, the rest of the plot elements fell into place for me.

star trek the empathI was always fascinated by the Star Trek episode “The Empath,’ and although my story goes off in its own direction completely, that was the original moment when I started thinking about a heroine who had this set of abilities. The Urban Dictionary defines empath as “a person who is capable of feeling the emotions of others despite the fact that they themselves are not going through the same situation.” Of course Tyrelle can do so much more, including forcing unsuspecting people to act on feelings they may not even realize they harbor. But there’s a cost to her…

I also enjoy the way Nalini Singh writes and uses Empaths in her Psy-Changeling series – my favorite book in the series is Shield of Winter, where Ivy Jane and the other empaths play a large role in saving their civilization. (No spoilers.)

Plenty of room in the creative universe for each of us to write our own version of empathy as a gift/curse/power/temptation!

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Artist Nyssa Juneau

Star Cruise: Outbreak features an alien pet, Midorri, who is kind of a cross between a tribble and a red tailed panda (my favorite animal after cats). I decided to keep her on board the Nebula Zephyr after the events of Outbreak so she could be involved in this Stowaway adventure too, and then as pets and secondary characters often do, she kept becoming more and more integral to the plot and revealing new capabilities I didn’t know about before. I got really fond of my furry little green friend with the six legs!

I realized after I finished the Star Cruise: Stowaway novella that I wasn’t done with the subject of these beautiful, empathic women and their predicament with the Sectors’ organized crime syndicate. I decided to tell a much longer story for Miriell, who is the sister of the Stowaway heroine. For Danger in the Stars I put her in the heart of the Amarotu Combine operation, at the mercy of her violent ‘controller’, and when I asked myself who would be her hero, Conor Stewart appeared. (To be clear, Conor is not the controller.)

DangerInTheStarsFinalShe sees good in him, well hidden under the façade of the dangerous hitman and crime boss. He goes out of his way to help her when he can and cautious attraction blossoms between them. Not to give spoilers but there’s much more to Conor than meets the eye. He is a hero!

I made great efforts to ensure I didn’t stray into Stockholm Syndrome territory – where a victim may start to feel affection or emotion toward the captors as a psychological survival strategy. I tried to ensure that both Miriell and Conor stayed clear headed and genuine at all times about what the situation was and that their emotion was trustworthy true love, not an outgrowth of her captivity. Miriell was a high ranking priestess on her own planet and remains pragmatic at all times about those who hold her prisoner, including Conor. But her powers tell her he’s keeping secrets and she can’t help but wonder if her god Thuun has sent him to help her.

It’s not my usual Sectors spaceships and blasters scifi story (although there certainly are some of both elements in the action scenes) but I was really intrigued with telling this tale and exploring a few things about both the empathic priestess (which brings in my element of mysticism that I always like to incorporate) and the stone cold mob hitman, who has to fight his deepest instincts to preserve and protect. When it comes to Miriell, he can’t stand by and let her remain a pawn of the Combine. This is a romance, so the Happily Ever After ending is guaranteed, even if perilous for my couple to attain.

TwoAgainstTheStarsFinalFor the next book, Two Against the Stars, I thought it would be interesting to write about one of these captive empaths who manages to get free of the crime syndicate on her own and then is on the run from them and the authorities. I wondered what she’d do if confronted with a situation that required her to risk her own hard-won freedom. Of course that begged the question what the dire situation could be, and it had to involve a hero in jeopardy, since I’m writing romance.

Here’s the description of the eventual story (more about why I wrote certain parts below):

Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon.

Notice in the description that eventually the couple flees to a cabin deep in the woods? When I was a kid, we lived in upstate New York and my family had a vacation place on a lake nearby. The cabin was built from scratch by my grandfather and some of my best childhood memories center around that cabin and the lake, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. I can even remember bits and pieces of when there was no cabin or even a road at all on our land – we had to hike in through the forest and sleep in tents. (I was really little then.)  So I decided to write a version of the cabin into the book, as a safe haven for Carialle and Marcus. The real family cabin was only accessible via a very rough, unpaved road added later, so I exaggerated that situation a bit for the book. And of course my grandfather wasn’t a Special Forces veteran. Actually he worked for Nestle International at that point in time as an executive and wow did he get great gift baskets at the holidays! Despite being in an office nine to five, he had mad skills as a builder and wilderness scout and all round capable guy.

But the cabin, Marcus’s memories and some of the events that transpire there are my tribute to a very happy part of my own childhood. Of course a lot of what’s in the book is purely fictional LOL. To my knowledge our cabin lacked an Artificial Intelligence, a force shield and any subterranean facilities!

TheFatedStarsFinalWhen it was time to write the fourth book, The Fated Stars, I wanted a really unique situation. I always feel I owe it to my readers to write a different take on each novel, not just repeat the same setup every time. I started pondering what would have happened to a male empathic priest from their planet of Tulavarra if he’d been kidnapped and forced into working for the crime bosses. My daughters have been challenging me to write a female soldier for several years now and I thought this book was my golden opportunity to write a really kick ass woman mercenary.

Cover artist Fiona Jayde created an alien carnival for me, although you have to look closely to see it on the cover, but I thought that was a fun touch…when I was little we used to go to the county fair and the volunteer firemen’s field days and I especially loved the merry go round. I pulled on those memories a bit when writing about the place where Samell is held prisoner. Of course I never met any aliens – to my knowledge! – at any of the rural fairs I attended as a kid (we did bring home a live duck named Cleveland once but that’s another story), but it was a fun concept to translate to the far future and the rim worlds of civilized space. Very different than anything I’d ever written before.

Writing Larissa, the tough heroine, was exciting because up to that point my major military characters had always been guys. There’s a unique fight scene in the book where she takes on one of the alien Shemdylann in hand to hand combat – no spoilers – and that was a lot of creative fun to think through. I’ve made the Shemdylann so imposing and invulnerable (except to blasters) in all the Sectors novels that now I had the challenge of saying “yes, but Larissa can win this fight because…” and make it believable.

There’s also an interlude where she and Samell have an encounter with an ancient, sentient tree (and its pets, the Amusing Ones) and I drew a bit on how I felt many years ago when my late husband and I took a vacation amidst the giant Sequoias.

I don’t know if I’ll feel the call to write another empath novel but never say never. I do have a plot in mind thanks to my busy Muse…

For the full blurbs and all the buy links, here’s my blog page for the series 

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Note: Portions of this post appeared previously on the Whiskey With My Book Blog and Pauline Baird Jones’s blog.