What Do They Care Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

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.

I can’t share too much more from DARIK without getting into serious spoilers. TIMTUR went to the editor but there’s some time before it’ll be ready to release. I may circle back to the first book in the series and share a few excerpts from it to tide us over. We’ll see!

I’ve jumped ahead from last week, going to when Nicolle has been taken inside the alien lab and put into a cell.

The excerpt: 

Nicolle sank onto the hard mattress, feet braced on the bed frame’s side rails and cupped her elbows with her hands. Rocking back and forth, she realized this was worse than the first lab already – at least there the humans had been allowed to stay together in a communal cell. Of course, at the second lab she’d been isolated, but the cell hadn’t been so bleak. Nor underground. Thinking about the millions of tons of rock and soil above her head right now made her nauseous.  Her chest constricted as if the weight of the earth was pressing directly down on her.

A sudden hissing attracted her attention and, fixing her attention on a grate in the ceiling, she saw a pink mist flowing into the room. Nicolle held her breath as long as she could, but then her screaming lungs forced her to inhale deeply, followed by a sneeze. The mist had an institutionally pleasant floral smell. Air freshener? Why do the people running this place care if our air is faux fresh?

darik_Veronica_ScottThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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

claimed by an alien warriorAs 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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CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR: BBW ALIEN ROMANCE by Tiffany Roberts

VS note: I read this over the weekend and LOVED it. Really good.

After losing her job, apartment, and boyfriend in one afternoon, Zoey doesn’t think things can get any worse. Then an uninvited passenger — green, four-armed, and sexy as sin — proves her wrong by dragging her into his frantic escape. Helping Rendash is the right thing to do, but it means becoming a fugitive and risking the only things she has left — her life, and her heart.

Weakened by years of captivity and torture, Rendash, an elite aligarii warrior, seizes his only opportunity to escape. Alone in an alien wasteland, he seeks the aid of a human — one of the very species that imprisoned him. But he finds himself inexplicably drawn to Zoey, and his need to protect her soon wars with his mission — return to his homeworld.

With a shadowy government agency pursuing them, Zoey and Rendash must race across the country before he is recaptured, and she is thrown in a dark cell as a traitor to her kind. But their greatest obstacle may be the most unlikely — their insatiable attraction to one another.

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deceiving the corsairDECEIVING THE CORSAIR (CORSAIRS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: On my TBR list.

The crew of the pirate ship the Lovesick Fool are worried about their navigator, Sentorr. He’s obsessed with working, spending all his time on the bridge. It’s not work the big blue alien is truly obsessed with, though.

It’s a female.

Sentorr’s convinced that Zoey, a female navigator on another pirate ship, is his mate. She won’t show him her face, though, or agree to meet him. She’s happy to have steamy, late-night conversations with him over comm channels, though.

He’s determined to find her and claim her, no matter what it takes. But when he does locate her and discovers that she’s been lying to him about who – and what – she is, will he still love her?

Or is the fact that Zoey’s human too much for this blue-skinned male?

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imprisonedIMPRISONED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 22 by Evangeline Anderson

VS NOTE: And another for my TBR list!

Lady Arianna Blackthorn is a woman on a mission–she intends to rescue her brother, Jak, from the infamous BleakHall prison. BleakHall is a Triple Max Penitentiary where only the worst of the worst are sent–a males-only facility where not even female prison guards are allowed. So how can Ari infiltrate this fortress? With the use of a holo-projector that makes her look male (the important parts anyway) she’s determined to get in and she has a foolproof plan for getting both herself and Jak out…or so she thinks.

Commander Lathe is a Blood Kindred who lost his younger brother to the horrors of BleakHall. He is on a mission to go undercover and collect evidence against the cruel and ruthless prison guards who run it and the Yonnite Mistresses who own it. He also has a plan to get out but it’s going to take some time and while he’s waiting, a strange new inmate comes to BleakHall–a boy called Ari.

Ari is in over her head from the minute she steps through the prison gates. She is immediately singled out by Tapper, BleakHall’s most ruthless sexual predator, as his next conquest. Only Lathe’s timely intervention saves her from a fate worse than death…and death itself. Lathe moves Ari into his cell to keep her safe but he has no idea she is really a female and Ari doesn’t dare to tell him.

Can Ari keep her secret from the big Kindred? Can Lathe sort through his confusing feelings for the “boy” he has taken under his wing? (Why does he smell like a female? Why can’t Lathe stop thinking about him…stop wanting to touch him?) Can the two of them rescue Ari’s brother and escape from the maze of sadistic guards, psychopathic prisoners, and ravenous lashers–the huge carnivorous snake-cats that roam the corridors of BleakHall at night waiting to devour any inmates attempting to get away?

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the beast jenny fosterTHE BEAST (BRETANIA BREED BOOK 0) by Jenny Foster

His name is Ar’Van.
He is the best hunter money can buy.
Tall, dangerous, non-human – and the last of his kind.

When a new assignment brings him to Earth, he doesn’t expect much resistance. The women he is supposed to deliver to the warlord of the Qua’Hathri are easy targets. He could outwit the earth men that protect them, with his eyes closed.

But every plan can go wrong.

Not because he is careless. He just hadn’t expected his worst enemy and best accomplice to feel drawn to one of them. Inside of him lives a powerful beast.

Until now, he has been able to keep it in check.

But in the presence of that female human, his dark side starts to show itself. The monster wants to own her—as does he. When a murderer starts his bloody work in the confines of his spaceship, Ar’Van has only one choice: He must save her life.

At any cost. Even if it means letting the beast come to light.

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kissed cyborgKISSED CYBORG (BOUND BY HER BOOK 3) by Nellie C Lind

Faye never intended to bind the Fighter, Silver. She kissed him to save her best friend’s cyborg, but the contact initiated the bond. When they come face to face again, she wants to be set free. She never wanted a cyborg, and nothing will change her mind, not even Silver’s attractive appearance and charming personality.

The last thing Silver wants is to be bound to the feisty and annoying little Faye. He hates her for kissing him, but the bond gives him no choice but to love her. Unless the Fighters figure out how to remove the bond, he’s stuck with her for the rest of his life, and he refuses to accept the bond–or Faye.

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caveman aliens trapCAVEMAN ALIEN’S TRAP (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 5) by Calista Skye

VS note: I read one of the earlier books in the series and it was a fun romp.

Caroline: I’m trapped. Not just stranded on this lethal dinosaur planet. But actually trapped. As in, there’s a crude net all around me and I can’t move.The guy who trapped me is right in front of me, just staring at me through the net like he’s never seen a woman before.Which he hasn’t. The cavemen on this alien planet don’t have women of their own.So they like to abduct Earth girls and then get them pregnant. And the way this guy is looking at me, I think that’s exactly what he’s planning.But if that’s what he thinks will happen, he’ll be disappointed. I’d rather die.

Xark’on: This is not what I thought I’d catch. It’s a woman. Even I can see that. She’s round and smooth and small. And her scent is so alluring it makes my head spin. My crotch swells uncontrollably at the sight of her. I’ve never felt anything like it. I caught her, so I can do with her as I please. And I know exactly what I’ll do.

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euphoriaEUPHORIA  by Jayne Lockwood

With a stressful job, his boss breathing down his neck for profitable results, and an estranged wife and daughter, scientist Kurt Lomax doesn’t think life can get much harder. Until a nonbinary extraterrestrial with an otherworldly beauty, captivating elegance, and a wicked sense of humor inconveniently shows up at his apartment.

Vardam watched the destruction of their own world, and they don’t want to see the same thing happen on Earth. They are lonely, and feelings soon develop between them and the supposedly straight scientist—feelings Kurt reciprocates, much to his confusion.

The arrival of cheery interpreter Tom Soames—whose Goth appearance belies a gentle heart—is like a ray of sunshine in the somber lab. He acts as matchmaker for man and tentacled extraterrestrial, unwittingly instigating a national crisis when the news breaks out.

But will a misunderstanding ruin Kurt and Vardam’s chances for happiness together—along with the hope for peace between humanity and the Var?

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rebel without a pulseREBEL WITHOUT A PULSE (CITY OF RUINS BOOK 1) by Odessa Gillespie Black

Nerdy, high school senior, Willie Hatcher’s mundane life is forever changed when Cherryville’s water supply is contaminated with a lethal virus that revives the dead. After a fatal bite, Willie’s corpse arises fortified with corded muscle, increased stamina, and enhanced senses. The only downfall: he’s a carrier with the animalistic urge to devour human flesh. To salvage any humanity he has left, Willie becomes Will, leaving all evidence of his previous life behind. He’s successful until he crosses paths with Kaylee, an old friend who not only threatens to reveal his monstrous secret, but steal his heart, a devotion in which his devastating affliction leaves him incapable.

Two years after the catastrophic event, Kaylee resides alone in an abandoned home. Her semi-peaceful life comes to a crashing halt when a human-trafficking ring abducts her and tosses her into nightmarish repopulation attempt. Freed by the strangely-familiar, smoking-hot Will, she notices uncanny similarities between her vigilante and a nerdy, but cute class mate she once knew as Willie. Kaylee’s attraction is obviously reciprocated, but Will rejects her at every turn. With such a devastating and dangerous secret between them, how can Will and Kaylee build a future together?

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belleweatherBELLEWEATHER by Susanna Kearsley

It’s late summer, war is raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. In this complex and dangerous time, a young French Canadian lieutenant is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, an unwilling and unwelcome guest. As he begins to pitch in with the never-ending household tasks and farm chores, Jean-Philippe de Sabran finds himself drawn to the daughter of the house. Slowly, Lydia Wilde comes to lean on Jean-Philippe, true soldier and gentleman, until their lives become inextricably intertwined. Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

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raging onesTHE RAGING ONES by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie

VS Note: YA

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space—against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

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krols goddessKROL’S GODDESS (RUTH & GRON BOOK 5) by V C Lancaster

Krol doesn’t trust females. His brother’s Queen tried to kill their son, and killed him when Krol escaped with the baby. Then she caught up with him and beat him almost to death, leaving him scarred and maimed. But Krol survived, and has been raising his nephew by himself in hiding for three years. Unlike the rest of his kind, Krol can see Bonding for what it really is, nothing more than a way for selfish, unscrupulous females to enslave the men around them. He is determined that will never happen to him, nor to his nephew, Ryll, who is the only thing keeping him from losing what’s left of his mind out in the wilds.

Naomi is a Scout leader, so she’s not too worried when she finds herself in a strange jungle. She knows how to survive. What she doesn’t know is where she is or how she got there. Nevertheless, she’s determined to put a brave face on things, until she discovers Krol and Ryll, who she thinks are Bigfoot! A misunderstanding leads Krol to attack her, but when torrential rain hits the area, they are forced to take shelter together in the same cave… (more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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dragon heart cobalt dragons book 2DRAGON HEART (COBALT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

What better way to improve morale on a military base than a talent show?

Sergeant Linny Cantor never expected to participate, but now she’s dusting off her old box of tricks for a chance to win her choice of grand prize options. A month’s paid leave is as good as hers, if she can just keep a meddling dragon shifter out of her practice area and her pants. He’s deliciously hot and says all the right things, but her focus has to be on winning that prize. Oh, and did she mention that he’s competing against her?

Rokk, a cobalt dragon, is in a great mood. He’s going to win the talent show and take his choice of the grand prize: twenty-five thousand dollars of his fellow dragon’s money. The fact that along the way he’s found his mate and is going to win the bet with his twin brother is making it even sweeter. The treasure pile he’s going to spoil his mate with is growing larger by the day.

Caught red-handed trying to spy on his primary competition, Rokk is also accused of sabotaging some of her equipment. When it happens again though, it’s become clear—someone is targeting Linny, and only Rokk’s dragon powers can keep her alive. With the threat of Outsiders from one direction, and a traitor from within, the pair must work together to defeat their enemies, learn the truth, and ultimately, win the talent show and each other.

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claimed by the aliens maia starrCLAIMED BY THE ALIENS by Maia Starr

Reena was captured and taken to the virgin camps.
She knew she would have to marry four alien men, the Dains.
But she was tough and could do what was necessary to survive.
She had loved and lost, just as all humans on Earth had.
The invasion of the Dains took everything from them.
They caused the apocalypse.

But her new alien husbands are not what she expected. They are kind. Each Dain intrigues her
for more than just their sexy looks. There’s Keara, the one who first laid eyes on her and treats
her like royalty. Arin who is forceful, strong and primal in bed. Bryne and Lokin make her laugh
and feel safe. Every day she begins to trust them, to care for them.

But there is a secret that could cost her, her life.

She is pregnant with a human child.
This is forbidden.
Will Reena be able to keep her baby a secret from her new alien husbands until she can figure out an escape? Or is she doomed from the start?

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sky full of mysteriesSKY FULL OF MYSTERIES by Rick R Reed

What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?

That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.

Where has Rory been all this time? Has he time-traveled? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into outer space? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.

Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.

Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars.

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love from aboveLOVE FROM ABOVE (YEARNING BOOK 1) by Stella Casey

Alyssa: The tiger followed me home. Talk about things you never expect to admit but that’s how it all started: the tiger followed me home. …Except he wasn’t a tiger. It turns out, the zoo’s tiger is some kind of shapeshifter from another planet.

And I think I might be in love. Being a single mother with two full-time jobs is hard enough–I don’t have time for love! I can barely keep a roof over our heads as it is.

What even is my life these days? I’m just a veterinarian. What do I know about aliens? Until yesterday I didn’t even believe in them but he’s just so… fascinating.

Lii’thoou : Exiled from my home world, branded a criminal, it was easier to find a place with free meals than it was to try to fit in with these humans. I’ve watched for her through the glass since the first day I spotted her. There’s just something about her that makes me hold my breath for that extra second when her hips twitch with those high heels and-

I’m not supposed to reveal myself while I’m here but who’s going to find out if I do? I’m sure I can convince her to keep quiet and she has a darling little girl. I’ve always loved children.

Sure, she doesn’t realize she’s got someone special purring after her every move but how would she know? Humans don’t often talk to shapeshifters lounging on earth as tigers.

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heaven for toastersA HEAVEN FOR TOASTERS by Nicholas C Rossis

A souvlaki and some sun. That is all Detective Mika Pensive wanted from her fun weekend away on the Greek islands. Instead, she finds herself caught up in a sinister plot, hatched by a reclusive billionaire with a penchant for illegal genetic engineering. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she has to put up with her new partner, Leo. Leo is an android—or toaster, as people scornfully call his kind. The only thing that could make things even worse would be for the headstrong Mika to fall for Leo. But people don’t fall for toasters—do they?

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to see the sunTO SEE THE SUN by Kelly Jensen

Life can be harsh and lonely in the outer colonies, but miner-turned-farmer Abraham Bauer is living his dream, cultivating crops that will one day turn the unforgiving world of Alkirak into paradise. He wants more, though. A companion — someone quiet like him. Someone to share his days, his bed, and his heart.

Gael Sonnen has never seen the sky, let alone the sun. He’s spent his whole life locked in the undercity beneath Zhemosen, running from one desperate situation to another. For a chance to get out, he’ll do just about anything — even travel to the far end of the galaxy as a mail-order husband. But no plan of Gael’s has ever gone smoothly, and his new start on Alkirak is no exception. Things go wrong from the moment he steps off the shuttle.

Although Gael arrives with unexpected complications, Abraham is prepared to make their relationship work—until Gael’s past catches up with them, threatening Abraham’s livelihood, the freedom Gael gave everything for, and the love neither man ever hoped to find.

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you only love twiceYOU ONLY LOVE TWICE (LONDON STEAMPUNK: THE BLUE BLOOD CONSPIRACY BOOK 3) by Bec McMaster

Five years ago, Gemma Townsend learned the hard way what happens when you break this rule. She lost everything. Her mentor’s trust. The man she loved. And almost her life. Love is a weakness she can never afford again.

When offered a chance at redemption, the seductive spy is determined to complete her assigned task: to track down a dangerous assassin known as the Chameleon, a mysterious killer sent after the queen, whose identity seems to constantly change.

But as her investigation leads Gemma into a trap, she’s rescued by a shadowy figure she thought was dead—the double agent who once stole her heart.

A man with few memories, all Obsidian knows is Gemma betrayed him, and he wants revenge. But one kiss ignites the unextinguished passion between them, and he can’t bring himself to kill her.

Can Obsidian ever trust her again? Or is history doomed to repeat itself? Because it soon becomes clear the Chameleon might be closer than either of them realized… and this time Gemma is in the line of fire.

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stars unchartedSTARS UNCHARTED by S K Dunstall

VS Note: Recommended by Riley at the Whiskey with My Book Blog who says basically not a lot of romance but “worth the time spent reading”. Put it on my TBR list.

Captain Hammond Roystan is a simple cargo runner who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime: the Hassim, a disabled exploration ship–and its valuable record of unexplored worlds.

His junior engineer, Josune Arriola, said her last assignment was in the uncharted rim. But she is decked out in high-level bioware that belies her humble backstory.

A renowned body-modification artist, Nika Rik Terri has run afoul of clients who will not take no for an answer. She has to flee off-world, and she is dragging along a rookie modder, who seems all too experienced in weapons and war . . .

Together this mismatched crew will end up on one ship, hurtling through the lawless reaches of deep space with Roystan at the helm. Trailed by nefarious company men, they will race to find the most famous lost world of all–and riches beyond their wildest dreams.

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22302230: THE PERFECT YEAR by C M Corett

Alex Coulson spends his days as a lowly laboratory assistant. At night, he watches movies in his lonely apartment and dreams of exciting adventures and handsome leading men.

When an electrical fire breaks out in the lab, an experimental machine malfunctions and Alex is caught in the explosion. He awakens, injured and confused, to learn he has traveled two hundred years into the future—to the year 2230. Under the care of the gorgeous Doctor Baylin Davies (a definite contender for a leading man) Alex recovers quickly, and his feelings for Baylin deepen each day. Baylin is handsome, sexy, caring, and a verified genius—everything Alex could ever dream of. Add in the whole concept of living in the future, and Alex soon decides the year 2230 is the perfect year to begin his new life.

But then there’s the major…

Whenever the intimidating military man, Major Marcais, is near, a strange power overcomes Alex’s senses, clouding his mind and weakening his desire to be with Baylin.

When the major reveals he is an alien and declares Alex to be his life mate, Alex must find the strength to resist him. And while fighting for the man he truly desires, Alex just might discover he’s the leading man in his own adventure.

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mission her protectionMISSION: HER PROTECTION (TEAM 52 BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: A new series, has touches of scifi at least but is listed as a military romance. I always love her books, in all genres!

When Rowan’s Arctic research team pulls a strange object out of the ice in Northern Canada, things start to go wrong…very, very wrong. Rescued by a covert, black ops team, she finds herself in the powerful arms of a man with scary gold eyes. A man who vows to do everything and anything to protect her…

Dr. Rowan Schafer has learned it’s best to do things herself and not depend on anyone else. Her cold, academic parents taught her that lesson. She loves the challenge of running a research base, until the day her scientists discover the object in a retreating glacier. Under attack, Rowan finds herself fighting to survive…until the mysterious Team 52 arrives.

Former special forces Marine Lachlan Hunter’s military career ended in blood and screams, until he was recruited to lead a special team. A team tasked with a top-secret mission—to secure and safeguard pieces of powerful ancient technology. Married to his job, he’s done too much and seen too much to risk inflicting his demons on a woman. But when his team arrives in the Arctic, he uncovers both an unexplained artifact, and a young girl from his past, now all grown up. A woman who ignites emotions inside him like never before.

But as Team 52 heads back to their base in Nevada, other hostile forces are after the artifact. Rowan finds herself under attack, and as the bullets fly, Lachlan vows to protect her at all costs. But in the face of danger like they’ve never seen before, will it be enough to keep her alive.

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warrior queen emily r kingTHE WARRIOR QUEEN (THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN BOOK 4) by Emily R King

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far—mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before.

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mistys mayhemMISTY’S MAYHEM: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 3 by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: Did you read my USA Today/HEA post on mermaid romance, interviewing Robyn and 9 other authors? You’ll want to read about her childhood alter ego ‘Swimmy’…this is a really long blurb but I couldn’t figure out where to logically truncate it!

Misty: What’s love got to do with it? If you’re Cupid, everything. If you’re me, not a thing in the sea. I don’t believe in love.

Poseidon is smoking some bad seaweed if he expects me to take the one job I’m obviously not qualified for. Rumor has it, Cupid is a chubby baby with a bad attitude. That’s all I need. A pissed off porcine toddler with love arrows gunning for my tail because I took his job.

On top of that, the idiot I’m kind of seeing who shall remain nameless—mostly because I don’t know his name… don’t judge—left red and silver magic all over my skin and hair last time we… umm…went on a date. And guess what? It doesn’t wash off.

Poseidon saw me sparkling away and now I’m freakin’ Cupid. Getting to the bottom of this abyss means finding what’s his name and thrashing his fine, smexy behind with my fin.

Why does this send shivers of delight all the way to the tip of my tail you might ask? I have no clue and no time to figure it out. Don’t judge.

I’m about to give love a bad name.

Cupid: Love is a fool’s game. Or at least I thought so for the past millennium.

Getting fired by a slightly inebriated God of the Sea isn’t so bad as long as you can find your way past the slurring of his words. Finding out Poseidon’s replacing me with the Mermaid I’ve been seeing for the past fifty years is an arrow straight to the heart. And not the good kind.

No big deal, right? I’ll just go to her and explain the job is mine. End of story.
Of course, it could get a bit awkward since we never actually exchanged names.

I’m Cupid and will always be Cupid. Sure, I may have slacked off a little and caused a tear in the abyss that may have possibly let some Demons through to this plane. I mean, who doesn’t let that happen every now and again? But the word around Mt. Olympus is that said Demons are coming for Cupid. And if she’s Cupid and I’m not, then they’re coming for my Mermaid. Unacceptable.

It might be a battlefield—but in the name of love, I’ll fight for this crazy little thing.

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the prince 1001 dark nightsTHE PRINCE: A WICKED NOVELLA by Jennifer L Armentrout

She’s everything he wants….Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for.

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dionnas rangerDIONNA’S RANGER (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 4) by Ruby Ryan

Desperate to avoid the Archon’s demands—and his inevitable wrath at Dionna’s unwillingness to share her secret tying runemagic ability—Field Marshall Tyronix sends them on a dangerous mission: traveling behind enemy lines to the Daggerscar Canyon, where the Hivemind has erected a hive dedicated to producing the Silithik wasps which have been plaguing the western front. Dionna’s Quint must sneak into the canyon, destroy the hive with their superweapon, and find a way to escape.

But Tyronix isn’t sending them alone. A unit of Archenon archers is reassigned to escort them to the canyon, and to guard them from the constant wasp attacks. A simple duty, until they overhear one of the runemessages from the Archon accusing Dionna’s Quint of treason…

Can Dionna and her Quintmates complete the mission and escape the canyon alive? And more importantly: will it buy Tyronix enough time to convince the Archon of their loyalty?

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denied cathy clampDENIED A NOVEL OF THE SAZI (LUNA LAKE) by Cathy Clamp

Anica Petrovic used to be human, until she was kidnapped and turned into a shapeshifter with the ability to become a bear. Political strife in Serbia led Anica, her father, and her brother to settle in the Pacific Northwest, in a shifter community where all are welcome.

The town is rocked by a series of brutal murders which appear to have been committed by a bear. Anica and her family are all bears, but she knows they are all innocent. Not so innocent is newcomer bear shifter Tristan. Anica’s sensitive nose tells her he’s hiding something, but she can’t believe he’s a killer.

She’s wrong. Tristan has killed—though he’s innocent of the murders in Luna Lake. He’s tracked an ancient evil to Anica’s home town, and he’ll do whatever is necessary to find that evil and destroy it.

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mind gamesMIND GAMES: A PARANORMAL EROTIC THRILLER by Cecelia Tan

VS note: From July

Ever since she foresaw the death of her parents, Wren has suppressed her latent psychic abilities. Avoiding strong emotions, Wren leads a placid but lonely life until her quiet is shattered by her sister Abby going missing… and the private investigator searching for her.

Derek Chapman isn’t what Wren expects. He’s young, handsome, and surprisingly sensitive. Wren is attracted to him immediately, but fears that deepening any connection with Derek—emotional, spiritual, or sexual—will open the floodgates locked in her mind.

A mystery man appears in Wrens dreams, dealing pain and pleasure. Is Wren’s subconscious warning her away from Derek, or longing for him? When the search for Abby leads to a secret sex club, it seems fate is pulling Wren into Derek’s arms, whether she is ready or not.

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bloodlust by midnightBLOODLUST BY MIDNIGHT (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 2) by Deanna Chase

Being a badass witch isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Vampire Hunter Phoebe Kilsen’s world is falling apart. Her shifter partner has been drugged and is in danger of turning rabid, and her brother has disappeared into thin air… literally.

Just as Phoebe is on the verge of making a major breakthrough on finding her long-lost brother, a new drug is introduced into New Orleans’s black market. It’s Phoebe’s job to find out who is responsible and neutralize them before New Orleans is overrun with rabid wolves. With Eadric Allcot as her number one suspect, she finds herself once again facing down the most powerful vampire in New Orleans. But when her partner Dax is viscously attacked with the drug, she needs Allcot’s help to save him. Now she’s forced to make a choice between defying orders and saving the one she loves. The decision is an easy one for Phoebe. She’s willing to break all the rules to save Dax… and if luck is on her side, she might even find her brother.

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wild hungerWILD HUNGER (AN HEIRS OF CHICAGOLAND NOVEL) by Chloe Neill

As the only vampire child ever born, some believed Elisa Sullivan had all the luck. But the magic that helped bring her into the world left her with a dark secret. Shifter Connor Keene, the only son of North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene, is the only one she trusts with it. But she’s a vampire and the daughter of a Master and a Sentinel, and he’s prince of the Pack and its future king.

When the assassination of a diplomat brings old feuds to the fore again, Elisa and Connor must choose between love and family, between honor and obligation, before Chicago disappears forever.

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bewitching the beastBEWITCHING THE BEAST by Tamara Hughes

Ethan Lockwood hates what he’s become—a slave to a parasitic monster whose victims’ names pepper the obituaries. He’s possessed by The Beast, a dragon who feeds off human spiritual energy. After a year of fighting The Beast’s demands, Ethan is losing the battle. The creature is taking over his mind, body, and soul. When he spies Tess, he can relate to her weary look and the sadness in her eyes, but her aura shines like a beacon, attracting The Beast. Ethan is forced to drain her energy, but for a split second, she subdues the creature inside him, compelling the spirit to slumber. How? Can she somehow free him from The Beast? Ethan chases after her. He can’t afford to let Tess die.

Since her fiancé’s death, Tess Edwards struggles to find new meaning in life. She doesn’t expect that new meaning to involve a sexy photographer who says he’s possessed by an energy-stealing beast. He claims she’s in danger and that he’s the only one who can save her. Great. He’s a nut job—cute, but delusional. She doesn’t believe in dragon spirits and magic, not until she finds her grandmother’s Book of Shadows. She’s descended from witches, and the book warns her of her fate. Although the beast inside Ethan needs her alive, he isn’t the only one of his kind. There’s another, and he wants Tess dead.

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midnight prophecyMIDNIGHT PROPHECY (DAUGHTERS OF MIDNIGHT BOOK 3) by Ellen Dugan

Camilla (Cammy) Midnight is the youngest sister of the daughters of Midnight. Organized and confident, the pink-haired wise woman has her future all neatly mapped out. She is on the brink of launching her own business, and Camilla has no time for distractions or romance.
Camilla meets Jacob, the landscaper in charge of redesigning the gardens of the old haunted house on the cliffs. The rugged, single father is unquestionably attractive, and his five-year old son is absolutely adorable. Despite herself, Camilla is smitten, until she realizes that the landscaper is a skeptic. While Jake has been captivated by Cammy and her edgy style, she tries to dismiss him and his narrow-minded attitude. What he assumes is all a joke, for Camilla is an essential part of who she is. Nevertheless, something keeps pulling the two of them together.
Destiny, it seems cannot be denied. .. (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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shifting aurasSHIFTING AURAS (UNIVERSE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Clare Davon

VS note: From July

Maya Wingfield was raised to trust no one—least of all the dueling U.S. and Russian paranormal agencies, Universe and Night Stars, who’d love to harness her mind-reading gift.

She thought Richmond a safe place to escape their influence and hide from a rising psychic malevolence that drove her out of San Diego. But when she gets yet another call to retrieve her drunken roommate, her mind shows her an amber-eyed Universe operative with an impenetrable net around his deepest secret—and a voice that sends shock waves of awareness down her nerve endings.

Maya’s curves and aquamarine eyes aren’t the only things that jolt Ian Sanderson’s mental shields, bringing sexual tension thrumming back to life. It’s a power his Universe-trained mind knows he shouldn’t trust. And a vulnerability that makes his telekinetic power burn in his palms to protect her.

But to Universe, she is just one of too many unanswered questions. A target for Whisper, a shadowy new group of paranormals with powers beyond anything Universe has ever seen. Once before, Ian failed to protect a sensitive from a brain-scrambling attack. He will not fail again . . . even if it means using his talent—or his body—to stop a bullet.

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unrewarded loveUNREWARDED LOVE: MAGIC AND HEARTACHE BOOK 2 by E L Roux

What was I supposed to do when my sick mother asked me to help her finish prepping for her fashion show? I wanted to say no, because it meant working with Kyla, a man I detest, but when no one else can help, I have to step up.

Except I don’t trust Kyla. I know he’s pretending to want me for unrestricted access to my mother’s clothing line. But as the week goes by, I have to admit, he’s been more help than hindrance. I hope he doesn’t betray my building attraction for him with deceit, I don’t think my heart can take the pain.

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crimson tamela milesCRIMSON by Tamela Miles

Delilah McDade has born the brunt of responsibility of her younger brother, Declan’s wild lifestyle for years, until the night she learns it’s come back to bite both of them in the form of vampire Ash Lockler. Delilah has a prim exterior but she dreams of hot vampires and other nocturnal creatures to give her a break from her life that, while satisfying, is lonely. Ash is tempting but she knows that she could never be a part of his life lived in the shadows.

Ash Lockler lives his undead life as part of the seedy underworld with a stone cold heart. That doesn’t stop him from helping damsel-in-distress, Delilah, but he’s intent on keeping things all business and ending their association as soon as possible. The problem is that he can’t seem to get his body – and heart – to agree with his reasoning when he and Delilah are thrown together in a deadly situation that may get her killed and cost him his freedom.

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born into chaosBORN INTO CHAOS by Lily Lamb

Many hundreds of years ago, he was born into a world of chaos. Shunned by the gods and the humans because of his lineage. He lived in isolation, filled with resentment and shame for not fitting in anywhere. As his resentment built, he no longer cared for anyone but living by his own rules that nearly destroyed him.
One night, a feeling of wonderment crept into his heart, reaching every cell within his body. Although he beamed from ear to ear, he didn’t know why he felt such elation, until he sensed the gentle, rhythmic beat which would beckon him…giving him the will to wake up from a deep sleep, curiosity in tow, his last chance at reparation for his misdeeds. It will lead to a deceptive fight for his sanity and future. Living has never been more deadly and costly… or fulfilling.

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ford terra wolfeFORD (CANYON HOLLOW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Terra Wolfe and Meredith Clark

Ford Pearce is the Alpha of the Canyon Hollow Shifter Clan. The fight with the coyote pack has gone on long enough. There is too much at stake, and he isn’t willing to lose anyone if it comes to a fight. The only thing he can do is ask another Alpha for help. But what the other Alpha wants in return? Ford to marry his daughter.

Enter Amelia Evans, next in line to take over the Canyon Hollow Wolf Pack. She has always known that her parents would eventually arrange a marriage for her. After all, her parent’s marriage was arranged and they have one of the most loving relationships she has ever seen. But still, she has reservations.

Ford has to convince Amelia that he’s worth her time if he wants to save his clan. But how is he supposed to marry Amelia if she won’t even speak to him?

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her cougar cowboyHER COUGAR COWBOY (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY) by Moxie North

Genevieve Mason has the job she’s always wanted. As a buyer for Saks’ exclusive plus-size fashion line… she gets paid to shop, and there’s nothing she’d change about her life. Except maybe one thing. On a whim, she decides to reach out to Gerri at the Paranormal Dating Agency. At worst she’d have a few dates with some hot shifters, and if her luck was really good, she might wind up with something completely unexpected – a mate.

Brooks Alder wasn’t looking for love. Sure, every shifter was on the hunt for their mate, but he was busy enough with his ranch to be able to forget what was missing in his life…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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flower in the palaceFLOWER IN THE PALACE by Jordan Silver

Prince Jai of Zihan was soon to be named Crown Prince once his father ascended the throne. At seventeen he was an accomplished young man who had learned at his father and grandfather’s knees the ways of an emperor.
There was no doubt that he would one day be a formidable ruler. But now there was a great struggle about to unfold, the fight for the position of Crown Princess Consort.
She would one day become the Empress to rule at her husband’s side and the vying political factions were willing to go to any lengths to get their preferred noble daughter on the throne.
By chance prince Jai, when he was still a young man came upon a beauty unlike any other he’d ever seen before…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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wicked faeWICKED FAE (MAGIC AND DREAMS BOOK 1) by Helene Gadot

Vivid dreams have always plagued Ginevra, and they constantly star the same four magical people. She spent her childhood in and out of therapy until she learned to lie and hide the invisible friends who grew up with her and played with her every night.
But lately, the dreams begin to bleed into her waking hours – talking to her, calling to her, teasing her.
She just wants to focus on her career as a cellist, but she’s losing the line between sleeping and waking and they refuse to leave her alone.
They tell her she chose them.
They tell her they need her.
They tell her they’re coming for her.

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bakra brideBAKRA BRIDE (TAPESTRIES SERIES BOOK 2) by N J Walters

VS note: Listed as erotica

After witnessing a gruesome murder, Jane Smith has watched her life crumble around her. Her only solace is the stunning and mysterious tapestry she discovered at a thrift store. When the image stitched into the tapestry magically comes to life one night, Jane finds herself transported to a mystical Medieval world, where two massive warriors declare their intentions to cater to her every sensual desire.

Zaren and Bador are stunned to realize that the prophecy of the tapestry has come true and brought Jane to them. The brothers willingly accept their duty to indulge her in every possible form of passion. But Jane’s arrival has also attracted the attention of rival warriors, who will go to any lengths to steal her from the Bakra brothers and claim her as their own.

As Jane adjusts to this frightening but enthralling world, Zaren and Bador risk all to protect her—even as they use all their sexual skill, separately and together, to take her to unimagined sensual heights. Because the time for Jane to choose is drawing near, and the Bakra brothers must convince her to abandon her former life—and take one of them as her loving husband for all time.

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wolfs banditTHE WOLF’S BANDIT by Milly Taiden

Robyn Loxley is determined to save every homeless child she can find, even if she has to break the law to do it. Since the royal foundation rudely turned her down, her target has become their crown jewels. She needs only one more job before she’s done for good.

Wolf shifter Aitan Hansen is the crown prince of a small country where he runs his royal foundation and takes care of his shifter town. He comes to the U.S. to find who has been stealing his family heirlooms. He’s completely unprepared to meet his mate, especially when he suspects her of being the thief.

With the opportunity to score a lucrative piece of artwork, Robyn jumps at the chance. The problem is Aitan isn’t the only one interested in her night job. Her black-market dealer doesn’t want to share profits any longer and he’ll do whatever needed to get her latest heist, even taking her with the merchandise.

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phoenix and the wolfPHOENIX AND THE WOLF (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 2) by Bianca D’arc

Diana doesn’t understand what’s happening to her. She feels drawn to the sun and dreams of flying under her own power, but her commitments in the real world—and the grandmother who depends on her—keep her grounded. Then her car breaks down in front of a high-end repair yard and she meets a man who makes her want to forget all her responsibilities and take a walk on the wild side…with him.

Stone’s enchanted by the redheaded damsel. He’s charmed by the way she talks to her grandma on the phone. And he’s totally ensnared by the idea that she might actually be his mate. But there’s something about her… Something intensely magical and a bit too familiar. Could she be another of the near-mythical phoenix shifters? Or is she something else entirely?

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soul of the packSOUL OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

Wolf expert Maddox “Ripp” Rippington knows nothing about her past and has only ever felt at home among her wolves at Willow Creek Wolf Sanctuary. When the Sanctuary is shut down, she’s lost. The only clue to her past is a birth certificate with the name Ansel Wolfgang on it, but she has never been brave enough to track her father down. Until now.

Kindergarten teacher Kyra Wolfgang is more than attracted to the mysterious human who arrives in Wolfgang County, a human as dominant and confident as any wolf she has ever met. For the first time in her life, Kyra knows the passion she has always longed for. But with the Wolfgang Alpha and Second distrustful of Ripp’s sudden appearance and her claim of a connection to the pack, does Kyra and Ripp’s love stand a chance?

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a gift of graceA GIFT OF GRACE (TASSAMARA BOOK 4) by Sarah Wynde

For Noah Blake, pretending to be normal is getting harder by the day. A brush with death in Iraq has left him suffering from chronic auditory hallucinations. Ignoring the voices he hears isn’t always easy, but Noah knows it’s better than the alternatives.

Yet when a mysterious redhead hands him a seemingly innocuous business card, a new voice — that of a teenage boy — becomes too insistent to deny. It wants him to go to Tassamara. It swears he’ll find help there.
It’s bad enough to have hallucinations, but doing what they say is bound to lead to disaster.
Isn’t it?

In the quirky small town of Tassamara, Florida, everyone’s got psychic abilities. Or almost everyone. Grace Latimer is the only one in her family who doesn’t.

But she doesn’t need them: she’s got compassion, common sense, and courage, and that’s all it will take to help Noah, a handsome stranger with a serious ghost problem. Well, that, and a little assistance from the rest of the town.

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touch of goldA TOUCH OF GOLD by Annie Sullivan

VS note: Not sure how much actual romance there is but I was intrigued by the idea of a daughter of King Midas. YA

King Midas once had the ability to turn all he touched into gold. But after his gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, Midas relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.

Kora spends her days locked in the palace, concealed behind gloves and veils, trying to ignore the stares and gossip of courtiers. It isn’t until a charming young duke arrives that Kora realizes there may be someone out there who doesn’t fear her or her curse. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals precious items from the kingdom, leaving the treasury depleted and King Midas vulnerable. Thanks to her unique ability to sense gold, Kora is the only one who can track the thief down. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not thieves, not pirates, and not even curses. She quickly discovers that gold—and the power it brings—is more dangerous than she’d ever believed.

Midas learned his lesson at a price. What will Kora’s journey cost?

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blackoutBLACKOUT (CROSSBREED SERIES BOOK 5) by Dannika Dark

After what was supposed to be a simple job, Raven and Christian uncover a sinister plot against the higher authority, and the stakes are as high as the body count. The assassins are merciless, with anyone who stands in their way becoming collateral damage. Meanwhile, Raven is still struggling to make sense of her feelings for Christian following a memory wipe.

During a blackout, the city erupts into chaos. With Breed on the brink of war, Keystone has only twenty-four hours to complete a secret mission. Raven seeks help from the most unlikely of places, but at what cost?

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hunter huntedHUNTER HUNTED (THE LIZZIE GRACE SERIES BOOK 3) by Keri Arthur

VS Note: Urban Fantasy so not sure how much romance there is.

Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one.

But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break.

Then werewolves begin to turn up dead—skinned.
As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town.
One that is determined to claim the reservation—and the wild magic—for his own.

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VERONICA NOTE: Featuring two connected books from my backlist (although they can be read as standalones):

PULSE POUNDING SECTORS SPECIAL FORCES SCIFI ROMANCE

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

Doomed to Fail Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

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.

The excerpt – Darik is arguing with MARL12, his Artificial Intelligence (AI) sidekick, who refused to assist him in taking down a force field barrier and rescuing Nicolle. from a large predator (Nicolle has left the spot to rejoin the other humans.)

“I thought I was going to watch her get eaten by that beast,” he said to his AI, clenching his hand on the pulse rifle’s stock, “If you ever deny a request from me in such a way again, you and I are through, and I’ll do my best to destroy you.”

“Rescuing the humans is not a mission parameter,” MARL12 floated at what he probably calculated was a safe distance.

Swallowing hard, Darik took a moment to master his anger, “Well, saving them should be. ” He reflected the need for his report at the end of this mission to contain a few harsh comments about the MARL subunit’s inability to respond to changes in the operation in the field, on the fly.

“If I had interrupted the force barrier to allow you to rescue the woman, the Khagrish would have been alerted. There wasn’t a sufficient chance of success in extracting the entire group of humans and conveying them to safety at this time. Neither you nor I can communicate with those in the sanctuary valley headquarters except at the specific times when MARL primary will be listening for my short burst signal.”

“I’m done talking about it,” Darik hated to admit the AI had even a small kernel of rationality on which to hang its argument.

He wracked his brain for a way to free her if MARL12 continued to refuse to provide assistance, but there was no way known to the Badari to break through a Khagrish force field. He could do a frontal assault on the Khagrish lab itself, of course, but a one-man attack was doomed to fail.

darik_Veronica_ScottThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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#Fantasy Romance Authors Talk #Mermaids and Why We Love Them

claimed_mila_youngI did a special post this week for USA Today Happy Ever After blog, on the timeless allure of mermaids, and why we love to read about them so much. I asked ten fantasy romance authors what appealed to them so much, regarding these sirens of the seas, and why they felt readers enjoyed the genre. The answers were fun and fascinating, from Robyn Peterman’s recounting of her own pretend childhood character “Swimmy” to  comments from others on the sense of danger, the magic, the challenge of creating an undersea kingdom…

I’ll share a bit from the post here and then invite you to hop on over to USAT/HEA to read the entire set in interviews and fun insights!

ariels_antics_robyn_petermanRobyn Peterman, author of
Ariel’s Antics (Sea Shenanigans #2)

My mother can corroborate this story … LOL. When I was little, I spent hours upon hours in the pool pretending to be a mermaid! My name was Swimmy and I saved Barbies and Little Kiddle dolls from sea monsters. I was very successful — not a single doll was eaten by a monster. Sooooo, naturally I would eventually write about them. However, I have chosen far better names than Swimmy.

I write comedic paranormal romance. I have a vampire series, a witch series and a werewolf series. The only thing missing was mermaids, and I have now remedied that. It delights me to no end to write the Sea Shenanigans Series and let my inner Swimmy out.

I suppose the readers enjoy mermaids so much for the same reasons I do. They’re fun, sassy, sexy and they can swim with the dolphins! My mermaids have tail colors that change with their moods and are kick-butt warriors. Living on a sun-drenched island, wearing a bikini top and saving the world one bad sea monster at a time is a fine way to live! Oh, and they always get the hot guy. LOL.

And here’s one more:

crosscurrent_catherine_jones_payneCatherine Jones Payne, author of
Crosscurrent (Broken Tides #2)

Mermaids are endlessly fascinating. They’re beautiful and elegant, but there’s an edge to them — a sense of danger, if you will — that keeps you from getting too comfortable. You never quite know if they’re going to fall in love with a handsome prince or eat him. I write about political intrigue, romance and murder, and there’s no better background for that sort of story than a mermaid waterworld.

 

 

For eight more thoughtful discussions by the other authors, including Melanie Karsak, Mila Young, Emma Hamm and more, please visit the post on USAT/HEA!

 

Author K G Stutts Visits the Blog

stutts banner2Veronica: My SFR Brigade friend author K G Stutts is having a birthday this week and put all of her books on sale to celebrate! Here’s her post about the books:

KG:  …will be celebrating her 36th birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate, she’s putting all eight of her sci-fi romance books on sale for $.99 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! Find your new sci-fi addiction with the Mirror trilogy or Amethyst Chronicles.

mirror imageMirror Image: 1st book in the YA trilogy. Madison Mackenzie Rhodes has a comfortable life with a daily routine. When her life is disrupted by an unexpected stranger, she learns there is nothing typical. Her entire world is turned upside down when she finds out that she is a clone, created to hide the secret that we are not alone in this galaxy. Her counterpart, going by the nickname Mack, works for the Intergalactic Security Commission, which works with a coalition of other planets that protect each other and create technology. As if that wasn’t enough, she can’t stop thinking about John Brooks, one of Mack’s teammates. When an enemy rises from within the ISC that targets both Maddie and Mack, they must work together to save their lives as well as the planet.

With everything changing, and now with her heart involved, saving the world might be the easiest part of it all.

Get it at Amazon or download for free at Barnes and Noble.

mirror shatteredMirror Shattered: 2nd book in the series. It’s been two years since Maddie discovered the truth of her origins. No longer living the ‘comfortable life’ she has become a valued member of the Intergalactic Security Commission surpassing all expectations. Life isn’t easy as the ISC struggles under new leadership. Adding to the adjustment, the new leadership uncovers details that shake Mack and Maddie to their core.

Amid the chaos of what has become, Mack, Maddie and their team are sent off world on a mission that eventually fails, as they narrowly escape with their lives. En route to home their most trusted ally, the Isgurd, delivers more bad news. The team is left with the knowledge that the ISC never existed and the option to repair damage done by the time altering Synth.

Returning to 1965 is the easiest decision they face.

(VS Note: Yeah, that wouldn’t be MY easiest decision LOL!)

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MirrorReformedMirror Reformed: Final book in the trilogy! The ISC’s most dangerous foe, the Synth, is threatening Earth.

Mack, Maddie, and their team scramble to come up with a plan to defeat them once and for all. As the planet’s safety is in jeopardy, the team will have to put it all on the line, or give their lives in the process.

When the dust settles the world will stand together in support of those who are lost.

Find it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble 

Learn about how it all started with the A Mirrors Beginning short story series. Book one, John Brooks, and book two, Seth and Logan Brooks. Coming soon: Jackson Gray

Winter’s Kiss: Book one in this NA series! Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The team gets their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and has frozen Washington, DC and the west coast of the United States.

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is completely under ice?

Get it on Amazon or download for free at Barnes and Noble.

Croceus Poison: Book Two: Ember lost it all when she lost Amethyst.

Now, as she recovers physically she must come to terms with her new reality. The struggle to find herself again will push those who care the most away even the men who love her.

In time, an opportunity to recreate her transformation presents itself. Will she risk herself to find what she had? Is it worth her team? Her heart?…

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Past Reflections: Recently released third book in this series! An accident sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!

Amethyst was on a mission to recover a time travel device when it accidentally turned on and sent Ember back to the year 2017. She comes face-to-face with the ISC legends who shaped the future: Dr. Maddie Brooks, Dr. Mack Rhodes, and their families. Ember was expecting to lay low and get to know the men and women she has idolized since she was a child. However, destiny has other plans. While trying to figure out how to get Ember home, the team learn she is the only one who can protect a heavily pregnant Maddie from a threat. Shawn Silvers, the leader of Caeruleus team from Ember’s time has also traveled with plans on changing the future.

For so long, she has kept her heart out of her missions, except this time it might not be possible. The more time Ember spends with the legendary group, the more she feels connected with them. Especially with Logan Brooks, the handsome, enigmatic warrior who is as fascinated with her as she is with him. Her new goal is clear: protect Maddie from Silvers and return to 3018. However, how much of her heart is she willing to leave behind when she goes home, if she returns at all?

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All eight books will be $.99 for ONE WEEK ONLY! Love among the stars was never as exciting.

About the author: Growing up in Texas and later South Carolina as the youngest in a house full of science-fiction fans, KG Stutts had her natural curiosity and imagination nurtured since birth by family movie nights where they would watch Star Wars, Indiana Jones and even timeless Disney favorites. A prolific writer of sci-fi, romance and mystery, KG draws much of her inspiration from those amazing works that gave her an appreciation for telling rich, compelling, character-driven stories for all audiences. Find her on her blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com or on her website at kgstutts.webs.com Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter!

We Must Retreat Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedWelcome to my weekly excerpt from DARIK, my best selling new scifi romance action adventure novel!

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!)

Sharing now from my newest, just released scifi romance  Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4.

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

Last week we left Darik and Nicolle staring across a force barrier at each other. She’s inside. He’s outside and refused to rescue her in the last excerpt. The floating orb is an alien Artificial Intelligence named MARL12, assigned to Darik for this expedition. More of MARL12 later…

The excerpt:

“We must retreat,” said his metallic companion in a warbling birdlike voice, moving side to side as if nervous, “The other humans approach and we must not be detected.”

“I have to go,” the man said, slinging the pulse rifle over his shoulder, “Promise not to mention me to anyone. I’ll see what I can do about calling in a rescue, but it’s complicated. The Khagrish can’t know I’m here, so you can’t even tell the other prisoners. Not all humans can be trusted.”

She ignored his slur on humans’ integrity, “I swear not to talk about you, but please, please help us. These aliens conduct experiments—”

“I know all about what the Khagrish do.” He seemed reluctant to abandon her, taking two steps in the direction his metal companion had gone but then turning to face her.

Hoping knowing her name might make her plight more difficult for him to ignore, she said, “I’m Nicolle, by the way.”

DarikBookPromoThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday August 1

alien assassins convenient wifeMany many great new books today!

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

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THE ALIEN ASSASSIN’S CONVENIENT WIFE: AN ‘IN THE STARS’ ROMANCE NOVELLA by Ruby Dixon

One half of an intergalactic assassin team, Jadzion heads to New Mexico for his target while his brother Heriot heads to California. They’ve traveled millions of miles and through star systems to find their targets, who are gun-runners on a galactic scale. Now, though, Jadzion has a problem. He’s waited until the last minute to go planetside, and his target’s at a couples retreat.
Jadzion is solo.
The solution is obvious – Jadzion needs a wife. Just for the weekend, of course.
Using a thing called a ‘dating app’ he finds a woman named Jenna. He tells her he needs to marry her, right away. Jenna, naturally, is confused. But the longer she’s around Jadzion, the more she thinks he’s not from around here…and that he just might be the one for her.

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alien assassins stolen brideTHE ALIEN ASSASSIN’S STOLEN BRIDE: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Michelle Mills

Hannah’s having a bad day. Her friends have ditched her, and she’s stuck going on a tour of Hearst Castle. And she ends up seated next to a muscle-bound, dangerous-looking man dressed all in black, with pearly-white skin and silver eyes.

Heriot is an assassin known for his one hundred percent kill rate…and his grim disposition. He’s all work and no fun, according to his brother and partner, Jadzion. And he’s all business as he tracks down his latest target on some filthy backwater planet called Earth. He’s got two diurnal cycles to take out his target, so there’s not a lot of time for shenanigans.

He didn’t expect to find his true mate during the middle of this hit. He didn’t expect her to be a stunning human female who could gentle his stern demands. And he didn’t expect to be reduced to a raging, rutting beast on this mission. Can he convince his innocent mate to return with him to his home planet before his time is up, or will he be forced to steal her?

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edge of nowhereEDGE OF NOWHERE by Felicia Davin

VS Note: I received an ARC of this book last month and LOVED it. Can’t wait for the sequel. (There is a satisfying HFN, no cliffhanger.)

Kit Jackson has two talents in life. He can navigate the void known as the Nowhere to teleport himself across long distances and he can keep his mouth shut. These talents have earned him a reputation as a discreet, reliable Nowhere runner—he’ll smuggle anything for the right price—and that’s how Kit likes it. Morals don’t earn money, and neither do friends. When the private research firm Quint Services makes Kit an astounding offer for a mystery delivery, he says yes.

The parcel turns out to be an unconscious man, and even for Kit, that raises questions. When something monstrous attacks them in the Nowhere and throws them into an unknown wilderness, Kit and this stranger, a man named Emil, have to rely on each other. Kit just wants to make his delivery and get paid, but he finds himself increasingly entangled in Quint Services’ dangerous research—and his own attraction to Emil.

Emil Singh left his career in the Orbit Guard to work at Quint Services Facility 17, a base hidden in an asteroid, to prepare a team to cross the Nowhere into other worlds. It’s the chance of a lifetime and he can’t wait to explore the universe. But then Emil witnesses a terrible accident in a Facility 17 lab and gets sent to Earth for questioning. Something isn’t right, but before Emil can investigate, he and the Nowhere runner hired to transport him are knocked off course. Is the monster that attacks them a creation of Quint Services? What else is the corporation hiding? He has to get back to Facility 17 to protect his team and he needs Kit’s help. Can he trust the cynical young smuggler?

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shattered silenceSHATTERED SILENCE (DARKSTAR MERCENARIES BOOK 2) by Anna Carven

VS note: Oh yesss. One clicked this.

Enki Zakanin just wants peace and quiet. He’s completed his mission, and on the journey back to the Kordolian Fleet Station, he’d prefer to be left alone so he can manage the literal demon inside his head.

Alone.

So when a strange distress call breaks the silence, his first instinct is to ignore the signal. Why would anyone be foolish enough to broadcast an open signal in the Ninth?

My name is Layla dela Cruz. I need your help.
A human? What in Kaiin’s Hells is she doing this far into Sector Nine?
Now, somehow, he has to go and get her.
After all, he’s given her his word.

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alien intentionALIEN INTENTION (ALIEN MATE BOOK 3) by Cara Bristol

VS note: This has been a fun series so far and I one clicked. I didn’t like Romando in the last book (you weren’t supposed to!) so it’ll be interesting to see how Cara redeems him.

I’m Stormy Weathers. My love life on Earth is one natural disaster after the other. I’m attracted to bad boys, rebels, commitment-phobes. In a crowd of choirboys, I’ll manage to find the jerk. All I want is a man who’ll love me and my young son, so I’m going to an icy planet to become an alien’s mail-order bride. This time will be different! The chemistry I feel with Romando is electric. It doesn’t matter what my sister or her mate or their tribe says, mutual attraction this strong can’t be wrong, so I’ll do anything to get him…

I’m Romando, an outcast in my own tribe. One rash, angry act turned me into a pariah and almost got me banished. But what everyone resents the most is that I’m one of the lucky few who’ll be getting a mate. The instant Stormy Weathers blows into Dakon with the other Earth females, my horns tingle. She is meant for me, but I resist the instinct to claim her. You see, she’s related to my nemesis responsible for my outcast state. Honor and pride dictate that I reject her as a suitable mate before she undermines my good intentions. If only I could get her out of my mind.

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taken alison aimesTAKEN (THE CONDEMNED SERIES BOOK 2) by Alison Aimes

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in this series. One clicked this.

Run-away breeder Ava Davies only wanted to live life on her own terms. Now she’s captive in a labor camp deep within Dragath25’s core, a sweltering maze of caves overrun by brutal prisoners-turned-slaves. Her only chance for survival? Appeasing the leader of the most powerful subterranean gang: a man from her past with his own score to settle.

Two years ago, resistance fighter Hunter Valdus’s and his men were sentenced by the Council to live and die as slaves. Now a beautiful, desperate female from his past has landed in his grasp. A woman who just might be the key to his crew’s escape and his revenge. All he has to do is keep her alive and at a distance until he can use her for his own dark purposes.

But raw, blood-pounding lust is a potent force. Forgiveness and love even stronger. And the best-laid plans can be laid to waste, especially on Dragath25.

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true lightTRUE LIGHT (FROM THE STARS BOOK 1) by G Bailey

My new neighbor is an arrogant jerk.
Oh, he’s also an alien who claims we share a soul, and he wants me as far away from him as possible…
Ura didn’t want to move, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbor from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house, Ura finds out there is more than just the true light to be frightened of.
When light appears, so does darkness…

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hunted katieran primeHUNTED: KATIERAN PRIME by KD Jones

CristOF is a renowned tracker for the Kiljorn Nation. There isn’t anything that he couldn’t find. So when he is tasked with investigating suspicious activity on the far side of Kiljor, he took the mission without question. He faced battles, dangerous creatures while hunting but nothing could prepare him for the most risky adventure yet, falling in love.

Tera Kincaid is a elementary school science teacher fascinated with other worlds. She heads up the new school system on Kiljor that will incorporate the children expected to come from the new Foster program that Katiera and Kiljor were starting. Her adventure takes a turn when she meets a sexy alien tracker who makes her heart race and her body roar with need.

Danger surrounds them and only working together can they survive being HUNTED.

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captive dark cyborg romanceCAPTIVE (A DARK CYBORG ROMANCE) by Loki Renard

I was there the moment he awakened. I saw the pain and rage in his eyes as they experimented on him. Now he is free, and he has come to claim me, to use me, and to breed me.

He has no concept of boundaries or limits. He will not be gentle. He will take me hard and savagely, over and over, and if I resist he will punish me as shamefully as he sees fit.

He is going to make me beg for mercy… and then he is going to make me beg for more.

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cathianCATHIAN (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: An expanded, updated re-release but I one clicked because I never read it in the original anthology.

When Nara Barns and her tiny crew find themselves with a choice between jail or the sex-slave auction block, it’s an easy choice. Especially when they plan to escape their buyers as soon as possible, anyway. Even better, Nara’s buyer wants her for just six days, long enough to get him through his heat until women from his planet can come to his aid.

Six days and then freedom? Sign her up.

However, Nara’s completely unprepared for the impact Captain Cathian Vellar has on her body. To survive his heat, the Tryleskian must feed—and Nara is his favorite meal. Her body can barely withstand the rapture. Soon, her heart is just as engaged. But enduring the pinnacle of Cathian’s heat he could kill Nara, and he refuses to risk her life.

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dagogs dilemmaDAGOG’S DILEMMA (FIRST WAVE BOOK 12) by Mikayla Lane

Destroyer of worlds. Evil incarnate. Soulless bastard. Dagog T’Alq had not only spent his life reveling in the names he’d been called but ensuring that he epitomized each and every one with pride. He regretted nothing about his life.

Until he met her.

Now, with Dagog’s plans unraveling before his eyes and the once powerful legion of Relians in disarray, Dagog will be forced to take the greatest risk of all to protect those he’d come to love.

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kaidenKAIDEN (THE NOVA FORCE BOOK 2) by Vivienne Savage

VS Note: Put this on my TBR List.

Years after the abduction that turned him into a cyborg, Kaiden remains broken in heart and body. Then the queen assigns him an investigation into more disappearances like his own, and he hopes to find the closure he needs. He should be focused on the mission. Nothing else should matter. But the spy working along with him is infuriatingly distracting.

Nisrine has trained years to become one of the navy’s best intelligence agents. In Kaiden, she finds a reliable partner with a quick wit and deadlier aim, the perfect counterbalance to her psychic prowess. Working alongside him should be easy, until suddenly it isn’t. She’s a sucker for a damaged soul, and she can’t resist his gorgeous, if rare, smiles.

But their attraction will have to be placed on hold, because the enemy will do anything to make Kaiden disappear one more time… forever.

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darrDARR (EARTH RESISTANCE BOOK 3) by Theresa Beachman

Violet was one of the British army’s top snipers when the insectoid Chittrix invaded Earth. She almost died in the first wave.

Traumatized, she takes refuge with a small group of survivors in an underground bunker near London, struggling to find a reason to live beyond waging guerilla warfare against the hated insects. Vengeance is not enough to make up for her losses, but it’s all she has.

Darr, always a lone wolf even before the invasion, lives with a secret that threatens to destroy him both mentally and physically. For the safety of everyone around him, he leaves the survivor’s community and avoids all human contact.

Living with the threat of death hanging over his head takes its toll. But going back is not an option.

When a Chittrix ambush traps Darr in close quarters with Violet, they band together to survive. With his abilities and her accuracy, they make a formidable team as bullets and sparks fly.

But the secret between them is a constant threat and soon, it will explode.

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hotbloods8HOT BLOODS 8: STARGAZERS by Bella Forrest

“The Stargazers might have been the stuff of mythology, but they were the only ones who could end this madness. If they were really out there, we were going to find them…”

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free fallFREE FALL (FLY ME TO THE MOON BOOK 5) by Emma Barry and Genvieve Turner

VS note: Not exactly scifi but the series sounds fun and this early Space Program era is a hot one right now so…

Houston, Texas, 1965
When an accident rocks the American Space Department, threatening the race to the moon, the agency is determined to eliminate distractions, including those in the bedroom.

Astronaut Dean Garland, on track to become the first man to walk in space, is fine with putting a temporary hold on his love life. Except the directive comes too late to prevent the biggest distraction of all: Vivian Muller… Garland. But now that he’s married, Dean is determined to follow the rules until he makes history with his spacewalk…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
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krinars obssessionTHE KRINAR’S OBSESSION (KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by Melody Dawn 

When Ralen, a Krinar Guardian, is tasked with guarding Jessie Lin against the Resistance, protection turns into obsession, and he continues to watch her long after the assignment ends.
Nothing will stop him from taking Jessie for his own—not the risk of being expelled from the Guardians, not Jessie’s human boyfriend, Edgar, and not even Jessie herself.
Once Jessie takes the step to deepen her relationship with Edgar by introducing him to her extremely traditional Chinese-American parents, Ralen crosses the line and claims her for his own.
Will Jessie forgive the unforgivable? Can love grow from obsession?

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submission gamesSUBMISSION GAMES (A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by  Francesca Baez

Noelle Keene tries to stay away from the Krinar. Even after her best friend fell head-over-heels for one of the mysterious aliens, Noelle doesn’t trust the lethal invaders, especially since her small town upbringing has taught her to fear the worst. Besides, alpha males just aren’t her type. But when a handsome one-night-stand follows her from New York to West Virginia, there’s only one way to protect her family from the dangerous K. Noelle strikes a simple deal: one month. She’ll be all his for one month, and then he’ll leave her alone forever. But this isn’t a game, this is a hunt, and nothing will stay simple for long. With unrest brewing and Noelle caught in the middle, will her plan to save everyone cost her everything?

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krinar solaceKRINAR SOLACE: A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA by  Heather Hiestand

When young Krinar scientist Tomek’s forest experiment goes horribly wrong, he crashes under a tree. Badly wounded in the accident, he’s found by mushroom hunter Keziah Roark, who doesn’t recognize him as an alien male. She attempts to drive him to a hospital, assuming he is a fellow hunter, but he refuses to go before losing consciousness. Following the independent code of the circuit pickers, she nurses him in her Washington State cabin in the hopes he’ll recover his memory as he heals.

After Tomek wakes, he knows nothing but hunger for the delicious female he assumes is his mate. Keziah is a virgin but is too aroused to resist the darkly sexy male. Taking him to Ellet, the Krinar’s human biology expert, for medical attention, seems the right thing for Keziah to do, but the consequences of learning Tomek isn’t human might break both their hearts.

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krinars baneTHE KRINAR’S BANE (A KRINAR WORLD NOVELLA) by May Sage

People say Eva’s a little ditzy, when they want to be nice. Truth is, she’s a magnet for trouble and she wouldn’t know what caution looks like if she bumped into it.
But even she knows the delicious hunk she meets at the club is dangerous; he might have saved her once, but he could as easily destroy her and no one could do a thing about it. His kind is above reproach, above the laws, above humanity.
She should stay away.
She won’t.

After thousands upon thousands of years, seeing empires rise and fall, Zarken is indifferent to everything, and entirely focused on his work.
Until her.

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bolt saga 6BOLT SAGA 6 by Angel Payne

When a night of celebration goes horrifyingly awry, Reece Richards has to call upon a team of elite operatives to help him chase down the bastards who have taken his woman—and ripped out his heart.

But this ops mission is anything but one of their ordinary runs. The woman who holds Emmalina in her clutches also holds the key to a big chunk of Reece’s mysterious past—a hell he must face again in his bargain for Emma’s life. Only by latching his heart to Emma’s, and trusting in the connection of their love, will he be able to get her out of the ordeal alive—a demand that takes its toll on him in ways he hasn’t experienced.

What happens when Reece and Emma’s most frightening challenge is no longer those who are hunting them? What can a superhero do when he’s the biggest danger to the woman he loves? And what will that woman do to save them both from that hell?

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CARTHAGECARTHAGE (AEON 14 BUILDING NEW CANAAN) by M D Cooper and J J Greene

VS note: Not romance as far as I know?  but a strong heroine.

It’s taken nearly two centuries to reach the New Canaan System. Four beautiful, pristine new worlds await the colonists, but there’s trouble in paradise.

Upon arrival, Governor Richards gives Erin a special mission: to build secret shipyards in the outer system, hidden within moons and safe from prying eyes.

Yet while Erin makes good progress in space, construction efforts on the planet of Carthage falter, causing the governor to call her down to the colony world to get things back on track.

To speed things up, Erin uses the colony’s most valuable tool: their picotech. But a sinister agent attempts to steal a picotech module, and the colonists realize their past troubles have returned to haunt them.

Now she’s in a race to identify the perpetrator and keep New Canaan’s picotech out of the hands of the colonists’ enemies, who would use it to destroy them.

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impactIMPACT: QUEER SCIFI’S FIFTH ANNUAL FLASH FICTION CONTEST by J Scott Coatsworth, Cynthia Kimball, Joshua Ian and Sally Bend

VS Note: Not romance but I thought the idea of 110 ‘ficlits’ sounded fun

IM * PACT
(noun)

1) One object colliding with another
2) An impinging of something upon something else
3) An influence or effect on something or someone
4) The force of a new idea, concept, technology or ideology

Four definitions to inspire writers around the world, and an unlimited number of possible stories to tell. Here are 110 of our favorites.

A difficult choice to be made. An object hurtling recklessly through space. A new invention that will change the world. So many things can impact a life, a society, or a planet.

Impact features 300 word speculative fiction ficlets from across the queer spectrum from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

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arabella the traitor of marsARABELLA THE TRAITOR OF MARS (THE ADVENTURES OF ARABELLA ASHBY) by David D Levine

The tyrant, Napoleon, has been defeated with Arabella and the crew of the Diana leading the final charge. But, victory has come at a tremendous cost. Britain’s savior, Lord Nelson, has not survived the final battle and the good people of the Diana must now return to London as both heroes and pallbearers.

At last husband and wife, Arabella and Captain Singh seem to have earned the attention of great men, ones who have new uses in mind for the Mars Company captain and his young wife. Both Company and Crown have decided that it is time to bring Mars into the folds of Empire, and they think Singh is the perfect man to do it.

Now, Arabella must decide between staying loyal to the man she loves and the country of her father or betraying all that she has known to fight alongside the Martians in a hopeless resistance against the Galaxy’s last remaining superpower.

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FOX DOG KINGTHE FOX, THE DOG AND THE KING (THE CASSIE TAM FILES BOOK 2)  by Matt Doyle

VS Note: Definition of a ‘tech shifter’ from the blurb for book 1 of the series: “Tech Shifter, someone who uses a metal exoskeleton to roleplay as an animal.” It all sounded cyber punk intriguing. 

New Hopeland City may have been built to be the centerpiece of the technological age, but some remnants of the old world still linger. The tools of the trade have changed, but the corruption remains the same, even in the criminal underworld …

When PI Cassie Tam and her girlfriend Lori try to make up for their recent busy schedules with a night out at the theatre to watch the Tech Shift performer Kitsune, the last thing they expected was for Cassie to get a job offer. But some people are never off the clock, and by the end of the evening, Cassie has been drawn into a mundane but highly paid missing pet case. Unfortunately, in New Hopeland City, even something as simple as little lost dog can lead you down some dark paths.

Until now, Cassie wasn’t aware that there even was a rabbit hole, let alone how far down it goes.

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craved by an alienCRAVED BY AN ALIEN by Amanda Milo

I was abducted by aliens and auctioned to a positively lovely bleak place called the Underwater Pleasure Dome. An amphibious alien with hands like bug zappers helped spring me, and if you’ve followed my friends’ adventures, you know Dohrein and I teamed up because we’re both equally stellar, and awesome attracts awesome.
This is the story of what happened *after* abduction life.
The good part.
The part where we settle in and build brand new lives on this brand new planet.
I just need to have tea with my Alien-in-law and convince her to set her pet humans free.
No biggie.
*Wish me luck.*

**NOTE: Is this a Standalone? Not really. A few brave booksouls who started the series with this story jumped right in and enjoyed, so it’s *possible,* but I also created a Cast List Recap that will patch you through if you want a bit of a guide to this world.

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vestas clockwork companionsVESTA’S CLOCKWORK COMPANIONS by Juli D Revezzo

When Vesta Bartlett, a wealthy alchemist and inventor, arrives in England to finalize an arranged marriage and help overhaul a family friend’s outdated ironworks, she never expects to find the family so secretive, nor to develop feelings for her fiancé’s younger brother, Henry.

But the growing attraction between Vesta and Henry is just the beginning of their troubles. Things really heat up when they’re drawn into a secret project for Queen Victoria’s military, one that requires Vesta’s knowledge of clockwork and Henry’s iron.

An epidemic has wiped out all the dogs in Britain, and beyond. If the military fail in their effort to restore the species, a clockwork creation may be all that stands in the way of a world without canine companionship.

Are Vesta and Henry up to the challenge?

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planetsidePLANETSIDE by Michael Mammay

VS note: A scifi murder mystery, military style. No romance. I read the ‘Look Inside’ and was intrigued enough to one click.

War heroes aren’t usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it’s something big—and he’s not being told the whole story. A high councilor’s son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there’s no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won’t come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive.

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brantBRANT (ENGIMA SERIES BOOK 11) by Ditter Kellen

VS note: From Author’s note on Amazon page: “Enigma revolves around aquatic beings that evolved beneath the Ocean thousands of years ago. Armed with hidden fangs and poisonous barbs, they pose a threat to the humans known as the land walkers. This series takes you through their struggles, their deep love for those they choose as mates and the deadly virus now sweeping through the land. On the run from the government, they will do anything to protect those they love…even if it means their life.”

Blurb: Syrina awakens after a devastating plane crash only to find herself in the clutches of the Cuban government. Worse still, Brant is injured and on the verge of death. Her Bracadyte blood is his only chance for survival, even though it means bonding with him for life…

Former Marine, Brant Henderson despises weakness in any form, yet that is exactly the position he finds himself him in. He’s injured, bleeding out, and on the verge of certain death. Until the blood of a beautiful, forbidden Bracadyte enters his veins. Her life force holds the power to heal his body, even when he’s in danger of losing his heart.

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nightfallNIGHTFALL (NIGHTMARE DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

Despite his beautiful, charming facade, Dare Lancaster is a walking abomination. Doomed to live in the shadows alone, Dare has survived on his hatred of humans and a desperate wish to find out more about who he is. Now there’s only one human who can help him do that, and though he tries to stay distant, he can’t help being possessive and protective, far greater than usual. And something inside him is waking up and saying, mine.

Sasha Harrington knows the dark secret of the Lancasters, ever since she was kidnapped by one of them but not harmed. When the monster whose lonely eyes she still thinks of shows up at her library, cocky and handsome and nothing like she remembers, she isn’t sure what to say. She knows she should run from him, until he offers her something she can’t turn down: help finding the love that has so far eluded her.

As Dare and Sasha travel deeper into the shifter underground, danger lurks around every corner. And as they work together, electric sparks quickly ignite into passionate flames. Soon, Dare is forced to face the truth about Sasha. He wants her, and he can’t possibly deserve her, as long as he has a monster inside.

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divine giftDIVINE GIFT (FALLEN REVELATIONS BOOK 1) by Miranda Martin

The world wasn’t ready when the war in Heaven came to Earth and the Horsemen rode free, leaving devastation in their wake.

Aviella was orphaned when the Third Trumpet of the Revelations sounded. Alone, she makes her way in the remnants of society. When she meets four mages her feet are set on a path, but her destiny truly calls when necroseer Efram saves her from a would-be robber. Soon after she gathers the demon Rafe and the angel Nathaniel.

All of them are drawn to her, connected by power and destiny. They’ll guide her, train her, and prepare her, all while protecting her from the Shadow Powers that try to destroy her. In order to escape, they’ll have to travel outside the bunkers where only fools go. Into the blasted lands, filled with undead creatures and experimental monstrosities.

When she comes up against the powerful Dragons, the Horsemen themselves, even her protectors might not be enough.

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becoming briarBECOMING BRIAR (RUMPLE’S CURSE: A REVERSE HAREM FAIRY TALE RETELLING BOOK 2) by Erin West and Nicolle Kelley

Thrown into the supernatural world, Rose must learn to adapt to her new identity. But learning the truth about her reality, turns out to be much more than she thought. Determined to protect herself, she begins training for the battle ahead. One of her mates could be the key to her success or failure.

Surrounded by the dark, Rose must venture on a dangerous journey leading her places she never could have imagined. As decisions are made, new facts emerge and her relationships are tested. The result will set the stage for the course of her life.

With growing expectations, Rose’s destiny looms closer as she discovers which side to fight for. The fate of her realm rests on her shoulders.

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claimed by her cougarCLAIMED BY HER COUGAR (COUGAR CREEK MATES SHIFTER ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Felicity Heaton

Having lost his parents and mate in a brutal attack on his cougar shifter pride by a hunter organisation, Rath burns with a need to keep humans off his land and out of his life. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect his pride from them, but when a lone female wanders into his territory, it isn’t a burning need to drive her away he’s feeling and it isn’t his pride that needs protecting—it’s his heart.

Down on her luck, Ivy follows a lead to a spot where she hopes to photograph black bears, but what she discovers there is a mountain of a man who lacks manners and seems determined to drive her off his property—a man who stirs unbidden fire in her veins and a strange sense of home.

With a pride gathering on the verge of happening at Cougar Creek and the air charged with a mating heat, the last thing Rath needs is a human on his land, especially one as beautiful and alluring as Ivy, one who rouses a fierce need to fight for her, but he can’t convince himself to let her go… and that proves dangerous for them both.

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ashes jessica aspenASHES (TALES OF THE CRIMSON COURT BOOK 1) by Jessica Aspen

Princess Ellasin has been living a life of drudgery in her own castle working for her step-mother, the Crimson Queen. When sexy, devil-may-care Finn Aduain breaks in and invites her to take a walk on the wild side, instead of danger—Ella sees opportunity.
Disgraced prince turned charming thief— Finn has his own secrets. But when he meets the charmingly innocent ash-girl, he’s intrigued. Seducing Ella into leaving the life she’s always known becomes his new mission.
Desperate to for power, the queen has decreed a ball for Ella’s step-sisters to find husbands and Ella decides—this is the perfect night to escape. With the assistance of Finn, the castle ghost, and her own surprisingly strong magic, Ella finally discovers freedom. But freedom comes at a price. Ella learns that her step-mother drained Ella’s father of his life and his magic—and now intends to drain her too. Ella vows to take back her throne and put an end to her step-mother, once and for all.

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between silk and sandBETWEEN SILK AND SAND by Marissa Doyle

Seventeen-year-old Saraid of Thekla is on her way to marry the ruler of far-off Mauburni. But she’s not sobbing into her silk-curtained litter at the thought of leaving home, because she has plans—and The Book. She’s studied this ancient treatise on the art of kingship for months to make herself the ideal queen for her adopted country. Once her new husband sees that, he’ll fall madly in love with her. It will all be perfect. She knows it.

But The Book is silent on what to do when one’s journey across a cursed desert wasteland is halted by a mysterious young warlord. Cadel has plans of his own—plans that don’t include her going to Mauburni. As she begins to unravel his secrets, Saraid will have to lay aside The Book and trust her own wisdom—and her heart—to navigate the treacherous shoals of politics and power and become the queen she yearns to be.

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bride of fireBRIDE OF FIRE by Jane Burrelli

A princess sent to die.
A forbidding Lord.
A desire that cannot be extinguished.

She can’t help the attraction.
It’s instantaneous and undeniable.
She must do all she can to keep her secret.
But when he and his people discover the truth,
What will become of her?
Will this forbidden love destroy them both?

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diadem of blood and bonesDIADEM OF BLOOD AND BONES: MIDNIGHT’S CROWN Book 3 by Ripley Proserpina

Sacrifice….
Transformation…
It all comes down to the final battle…
Forced to choose between her life and the lives of the vampires she loves, Briar made the ultimate sacrifice. For her, a world without Marcus, Hudson, Sylvain, and Valen was inconceivable.

But her vampires didn’t accept her decision, and at the last moment, transformed her from woman to immortal.

Awakened to a new, utterly different life, the sun can finally shine on Briar Hale. With eternity in front of her, all she sees is love and hope.

So when the creatures of darkness threaten everything she holds dear, Briar will not surrender. She’s stronger now and she has a vampire inside her ready to go to war.

Can Briar hold onto herself while protecting those she loves? Or will she give into her new power, and become her worst nightmare?

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aimless witchAIMLESS WITCH (QUESTING WITCH SERIES BOOK 1)  by Shannon Mayer

“My name is Pamela, and I am a witch who has no equal.”
Or so I thought.

It has been three years since the Destroyer sundered our world. The land is no longer whole, but broken into pieces, most technology gone, and the continents shattered into an unrecognizable place.

New monsters have risen from the depths, adding danger on top of danger. Through it all the humans fight to survive as they compete not only with the supernaturals for food and resources, but their own kind as well.

And me? The caravans of humans I pass, they look to me to save them.

Only I am not the witch I once was. Bound by those who fear my power and my bloodline, I’m lucky if I can light a match with my magic, never mind protect anyone but myself.

Now, the darkness in me rises, offering me all that I want. Freedom from the chains I wear, and the power to make everything right. But if I embrace the darkness I will face a cost I could never have imagined.

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magic pussyMAGIC PUSSY (AGE OF NIGHT BOOK 5)  by May Sage

Rain’s family has summoned her and if she doesn’t turn up, they intend to use her little sister in a dangerous ritual.
Rain know she can handle the magic. The problem is extracting herself from New Orleans afterwards.
Luckily, the alpha female of the Wyvern Pride owes her a favour or ten.
When Luke is sent to Nola as one of Rain’s bodyguard, his instincts tell him that the witch is far more powerful than she appears to be.
One ritual goes wrong, showing him just how right he was.

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below the surfaceBELOW THE SURFACE: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) BY P A Vachon

Heartbroken and trying to get her life back together, Ophelia Langley comes to Aurora Falls at the urging of her best friend to seek peace from her recent troubles. She finds a distraction in the town listening to the tales of magic surrounding the lake. Fantastic stories that could never be true because life has taught her that love doesn’t win.
Trapped by a curse, Tait Olafsson spends most of his time deep beneath Sapphire Lake hoping for his mate to arrive and release him from his decades-long prison. Until she comes, he is cursed to spend his time searching for Labradorite and re-living the same day over. To be disappointed again and again when he doesn’t find his heart’s desire.
But what happens when Ophelia’s past comes face to face with her possible future?

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girl immortalGIRL, IMMORTAL (GIRL, IMMORTAL BOOK 3) by Graceley Knox and D D Miers

Sasha Keleterina is one of the few vampires who have survived the deadly sickness spreading through vampires like wildfire. And now that she’s back at full strength, she’s determined to end this war, once and for all. Just as soon as Arsen convinces her that they’re meant to be together for all of eternity.

Nikolai has other plans, including keeping Sasha all to himself, even if it means the end of his rule over the Baetal. As Sasha and Arsen follow him across the country, cleaning up his disasters one after the other, tensions rise between Jackson and the vampires they’re trying to save, making distributing the cure, that much harder.

When Nikolai threatens the life of one of Sasha’s allies, it’s up to her to make things right.
Even if that means sacrificing herself.

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leyakLEYAK (THE UNSEEN BOOK 2) by L A Boruff

Several months after the heartbreaking events in the ruins of the Isla Del Sol, all Riley wants is to resolve her complicated past and move on with life. Pregnant, married, and safe, she never expects to be kidnapped while on vacation with her husbands.
Her kidnappers open her eyes to a dangerous threat to her baby’s entire existence. Her children’s safety is her top priority, and Riley will stop at nothing to achieve it. Is she strong enough to save her family?

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ghosts dilemmaGHOST’S DILEMMA (WITCH’S APPRENTICE BOOK 2) by Morwen Navarre

Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.

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shadows baneSHADOW’S BANE (DORINA BASARAB) by Karen Chance

Dorina Basarab is a dhampir–half-human, half-vampire. As one of the Vampire Senate’s newest members, Dory already has a lot on her plate. But then a relative of one of Dory’s fey friends goes missing. They fear he’s been sold to a slaver who arranges fights–sometimes to the death–between different types of fey.

As Dory investigates, she and her friends learn the slavers are into something much bigger than a fight club. With the Vampire Senate gearing up for war with Faerie, it’ll take everything she has to defeat the slavers–and deal with the entirely too attractive master vampire Louis-Cesare.

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pale as deathPALE AS DEATH (KREWE OF HUNTERS) by Heather Graham

The crime scene is horrific: the corpse of a young actress, drained of blood and cut in two. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning’s new case is high-profile and difficult—there’s no evidence to work with. And it’s a disturbing echo of the infamous Black Dahlia killing. Sophie is burning the candle at both ends, desperate to catch the murderer before he strikes again, when she starts to experience inexplicable visits…from ghosts.

Bruce McFadden has a particular talent that can help Sophie—he can speak with the dead. As a consultant for the FBI’s paranormal team, the Krewe of Hunters, he’s been tasked with Sophie’s case and they’re forced to partner up. But Sophie doesn’t want his help, and she doesn’t want to share his peculiar skill. And she certainly isn’t ready for love, despite Bruce’s attentions.

As the killer taunts the police, Sophie and Bruce will discover that the threat is closer to home than they’d ever realized. Working side by side is the only way they’ll stop this deadly sequel.

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a wolf apartA WOLF APART (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES) by Martha Vale

Thea Villalobos has long since given up trying to be what others expect of her. So in Elijah Sorensson she can see through the man of the world to a man who is passionate to the point of heartbreak. But something inside him is dying…

Elijah Sorensson has all kinds of outward success: bespoke suits, designer New York City apartment, women clamoring for his attention. Except Elijah despises the human life he’s forced to endure. He’s Alpha of his generation of the Great North Pack, and the wolf inside him will no longer be restrained.

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selkies seductionSELKIE’S SEDUCTION by Anne Kane

When Nikki’s sister sends a modern day Druid to warn her about impending danger, the attraction is instant and mutual, but the Selkie is having none of his silly talk about destined mates. Her animal form is a free-spirited otter, and she fears the call of the wild might be too strong to allow her to settle down and raise a family. Her greatest fear is that the call of the ocean will lure her away from her family, and her children will suffer as she did when her own mother deserted her.

But when the danger becomes all too real, Nikki’s link with the sexy Druid is her only comfort, and she realizes some risks just might be worth taking.

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claimed by nightCLAIMED BY NIGHT (THE QUEEN’S CONSORTS BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

Now the wait is over. The Queen of the Night Court has been assassinated, and the ship has arrived to ferry Liana back to her birthplace and claim her throne.

But not everyone at Court wants Liana to rule.

To make matters worse, she worries her ancestors haven’t graced her with magic, and an ungraced Queen could never keep her crown. Overwhelmed and filled with self-doubt, Liana finds solace and protection in the arms of four Fae warriors.

Charming, devoted, and maddeningly eager to please–it’s clear the males crave more than just royal favor. They want her… and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Can Liana’s warriors help her claim her rightful place as Queen, or will she fall to the denizens of Night?

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dragons womanTHE DRAGON’S WOMAN (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 3) by Alix Nichols

In those rare moments when he can think clearly, he loathes himself for the murders he abetted. Except, the victims survived, and they forgave him. But Geru’s foggy mind cannot fathom that.

Nor can it see his best friend Lady Marye Atiz for who she really is—his dragon’s true mate.

She’s the one who awakened his dormant power. The one he flies to at night, consumed by the need to hold her, to claim her. The one who loves him with all her heart.

But when Geru is captured and turned into a weapon of war, Marye must risk everything to pierce the dragon’s madness.

Will Geru find the clarity to fight for them and for all he holds dear before it’s too late? And will the ardor of their bond be their salvation or their undoing?

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storm haremSTORM HAREM (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 5) by Scarlett Grove

Real estate broker Krista Wilder has dedicated her life to her career. After a bad break up, she realizes it’s no longer enough. When three mysterious, sexy men hire her to find them a multi-million dollar mansion, she knows the job is just what she needs to take her mind off her loneliness. Too bad she can’t stop imagining doing the naughtiest things with all three of them.

When the dragons of the House of Storms awaken, clever Yuki, diplomatic Akash, and warrior Ragnar are tasked with buying the crew a new home. After their first meeting with curvy Krista, they are each convinced she is the one.

After the Storms profess their feelings, Krista agrees to date all three. Getting to know them as they wine and dine her, Krista starts to fall for all three.
Before she can admit her growing affection, she is rudely awakened to the truth of her dragon mates and the vampire threat that lurks in the shadows.
Even if Krista can accept her new reality, will it be possible to choose just one mate?

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shimmering chaosSHIMMERING CHAOS (ENCHANTED CHAOS SERIES BOOK 2) by Jessica Sorensen

Skylin’s life is quickly turning into a chaotic mess the longer she stays with the Everettsons. Not only is something as simple as going to school dangerous, but her dreams of darkness are becoming more frequent and intense.

Fortunately, she has Foster and his brothers to help her, along with the link between them. That is until an incident at school alters the link.

Things start to get really complicated then, and only get worse when the wall around Skylin begins to dissolve, revealing the secrets hidden behind it.

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panthers passionPANTHER’S PASSION (VETERAN SHIFTERS Book 3) by Zoe Chant

Stella Davidson is caught in a trap. She wants a stable life and a good future for her teenaged daughter—but her old home near Glacier National Park isn’t safe. Her ex-boyfriend is stalking her. Once upon a time, she would’ve just quit her job, pulled up stakes, and left, but she has too many responsibilities now. Which way to turn?

Panther shifter Nate Sanders has dedicated his life to protecting people. First in the Marines, and now running his security company—he wants to keep the world safe. All along, he’s been sure that he had everything he needed, sure that families were for other people and casual dating was enough. But slowly, he’s realizing that his life feels empty.

When Nate is called in to protect Stella, his world turns upside-down. Suddenly, he understands why a man would do anything to hold on to his family. But how will these two people bring their different worlds and passions together? And what will happen when the stalker takes things too far?

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royal magicROYAL MAGIC (THE ELVES OF LESSA BOOK 2 ) by K M Shea

Gwendafyn is slowly suffocating.

As the second princess of the elves of Lessa she is the acting regent of her people and is expected to behave with the serene grace and poise of a model elf. But that is not who she is. Instead, her very character is constantly criticized as being too passionate, too fiery, and overall “too much”.

The former Crown Prince of the human country of Calnor, Benjimir’s disinheritance has permanently altered his future and place in court. It gets worse. He is forced to watch as the woman he has secretly loved his whole life narrows down her marriage prospects…(MUCH more blurb on ebook seller page)…

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hungry for her wolvesHUNGRY FOR HER WOLVES by Tara West

Amara was content to live as a lone wolf, the only one of her kind—or so she’d thought. Her world was flipped on its head when a strange man with a familiar scent showed up at her work, demanding a private meeting.

Desperate to find the mate Luc had scented from four hundred miles away, he was shocked to find her living as a lone wolf. Amaroki women were to be cherished and protected. What had happened to her family? More importantly, how was he going to convince her to return to the reservation with him? And how would his possessive brothers react when they found him with Amara?

Amara couldn’t deny her attraction to the wolf-shifter named Luc, but she wasn’t about to give up her career to mate with him and his three brothers, no matter how hot and bothered he made her. When his brothers arrived—tall, tanned, and virile—she could no longer deny her savage hunger for these shifters.

But how could she satisfy her desire and still maintain her independence with four overbearing wolves around? And how would she bond and adapt to their lifestyle when she couldn’t shake her dark memories? More importantly, how would her mates react when they learned of her past? Would they reject her, or would they risk their lives to seek vengeance on those who’ve dishonored her?

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kiss the skyKISS THE SKY (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Briggs

I’m done hiding. I’ve stopped running. And I’ve finally accepted my destiny—to take four dragon shifters as my mates so I can become the next Black Dragon, the wielder of all the elements.

I’ve already bonded with Jasin, my smoldering soldier, and soon I’ll be getting intimate with Auric, my lofty prince, Slade, my grounded blacksmith, and Reven, my frosty assassin. Only then can we become powerful enough to stop the current Dragons, the overlords of our world.

But as we continue our journey, secrets are uncovered about my mates that make me question everything, even as things heat up between us. Yet the greatest secret of all lies in my own past—and it might destroy us completely.

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enticed by the gargoyleENTICED BY THE GARGOYLE (STONE SENTRIES BOSTON BOOK 2)  by Lisa Carlisle

Larissa, a Boston police officer, encountered the red-winged monsters during their rampage. The chaotic aftermath prevents rest any time soon. And a question remains unanswered—how was she able to combat demons using nothing but her hands?

Her new lover, Roman, a gargoyle shifter, believes it’s because she’s she’s a witch. Ridiculous, right? She’s a cop, like her dad. But, normal cops don’t shoot bolts of energy at demons…

When she glimpses another supernatural threat, Larissa struggles with the vision. Is it her imagination tormenting her? Or worse—another premonition?

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devil on a hot tin roofDEVIL ON A HOT TIN ROOF (MADDER THAN HELL BOOK 2) by Renee George

Ex-ghost, Charlotte Madder, and her sisters can’t catch a break when it comes to their demon-sized problems. Charlotte’s made a deal with an egomaniacal demon lord named Kobal, the self-proclaimed Entertainment Director for Hell, and he is always on the lookout for talented souls. When Kobal calls on Charlotte to do his bidding, she can’t say no. Literally.

Charlotte, in her new flesh and blood body, tracks Kobal’s target, Aloysius the Magnificent, a magician, to Branson, Missouri. On her mission, she meets sexy-hunka-hunka Jared Jackson—a man with deep, soul-binding ties to Aloysius, and their attraction is immediate. But she soon discovers that in order to do Kobal’s bidding, it might mean sending this new man in her life straight to Hell. Charlotte is torn between two masters—her demon boss and her heart.

Charlotte and Jared’s attraction intensifies as they fight a common enemy while trying to keep Charlotte out of jail. Treacherous lesser demons, a wily old magician, and a double-dealing soul stealing demon lord are about to learn Hell hath no fury like a Madder than Hell sister!

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bullied by the alphaBULLIED BY THE ALPHA (THE ALPHA SHIFTER COLLECTION BOOK 9) by Sam Crescent

Abused and expelled from her pack for being fat, Cassie has to find a new alpha, one that is willing to take her with her flaws. She has heard of Abel, an alpha with a bad temper, who was expelled from his original pack and created his own in some mysterious way. She can only hope he will accept her.

Every person Abel takes into his pack has some flaw that has been rejected by others, but he doesn’t see flaws, just beauty. When he first sees Cassie, he knows he wants her. He senses the darkness and the strength inside her, and he has no choice but to use every single means possible to make her crack, so that she can use the strength that now terrifies her. Only by pushing her is he able to get under her skin and unleash the power that Cassie holds.

But Abel’s needs come flooding him. He’s the alpha, meant to be strong. No woman has ever been able to handle him. Has he found that woman in Cassie? Can she handle his brand of control? His need to protect?

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dont stop bewitchingDON’T STOP BEWITCHING (BEWITCHINGLY EVER AFTER BOOK 1) by Mandy M Roth

Cat-shifter Curt Warrick doesn’t want to take a road trip with five other guys but when his best friend leaves him no choice, he finds himself in a van, stuffed full of men, headed to Louisiana. It should come as no surprise when everything that could go wrong on the trip does. That’s okay though, Curt is used to the weird and wacky, after all, he was born and raised in a town that is the epitome of it all. There is a bright side. The trip will give him a chance to expand his enterprise.

There is nothing Missi (Mississippi) Peugeot hates more than rich men who think they can throw money around to get what they want. Okay, that’s a lie. She hates change. That’s why she’s happy to stay in her tiny hometown of Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana. Protected by magic, the town has kept its quaint, cozy feel–that is until a flashy, yet fetching, stranger shows up in a van that screams “flower power,” announcing he’s looking to buy property and begin developing the town. Missi’s grandmother always warned her that her words had consequences. When she speaks out of anger, the magic in her rises to the challenge, putting a curse on Curt. Not that the man needed any help in the cursed department, seeing as how he already has a spell of chaos cast over him. By who, they don’t know.

Now Missi just has to keep Mr. Flashy alive long enough to get him back up north where he belongs before her words come back to haunt him. There is only one slight hiccup with her plan: every second she tries to keep mishap from befalling Curt leaves her one step closer to wanting him to stay.

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blackstone she bearTHE BLACKSTONE SHE-BEAR: BLACKSTONE MOUNTAIN BOOK 7 by Alicia Montgomery

Amelia Walker is finally coming home to Blackstone. Few people know the real reason why she left – her heart and her bear had been broken when her mate, polar bear shifter Mason Grimes, suddenly left her after their whirlwind romance. When she finds out that Mason is back in town too, she does her best to avoid him.

Leaving Amelia was the worst mistake of Mason’s life. But, Blackstone is his salvation, the only way he can right the wrongs of the past and provide for his daughter, Cassie, after his ex-wife abandons her. He doesn’t have time for love, but when he finds out that he’s the reason Amelia is broken, he vows to make it right.

Amelia doesn’t want to risk getting her heart broken all over again and she knows that Mason has other priorities. But, she can’t resist the pull of the mating call, but she knows she must stay away, for everyone’s sake.

Will the pain of the past keep them apart or is the pull of fated mates stronger? Find out by reading this heart-wrenching paranormal romance.

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beloved by the bearBELOVED BY THE BEAR (MYSTIC BEAR BOOK 3) by Isadora Montrose

BBW mermaid longs for chance-met bear shifter. Anton Benoit discovers that the magical town of Mystic Bay on the beautiful island of West Haven calls to his inner bear. After one glance at curvy mermaid Serena Merryman, this burly veteran knows his mate hunt is over.

But what are the odds that a rainbow-haired mermaid is a bear’s destined mate? Can he find bliss with an athletic female who can swim rings around his bear? Anton has his work cut out to persuade Serena and her family that they are made for each other…(much more blurb on e book seller’s page)…

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dragons of the templeDRAGONS OF THE TEMPLE (WINTER COURT CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Stephany Wallace

For Avra, Son of Zunyth, being the Dragon Lord and protector of the realms comes at a price, one he has willingly paid.
But when friends turn to enemies, Avra will be forced to do whatever necessary in order to protect Kalithdor—the Fae realm. Even go against his own race.
Yet his vow to the Goddess may be the one thing keeping him from his true destiny, and from a love that could one day save them all.

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sea wirch sarah henningSEA WITCH by Sarah Henning

VS note: I feel like I have to list this one for the gorgeous cover alone, plus it being a twist on the little mermaid story…but I have no idea if there’s an HEA or even an HFN ending. If someone here reads it, let us know, ok?! The reviews seemed positive but unclear re the romance aspect.

Ever since her best friend Anna died, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Hiding her talents, mourning her loss, drowning in her guilt.

Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears on the shore, and the two girls catch the eyes of two charming princes. Suddenly Evie feels like she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But magic isn’t kind, and her new friend harbors secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad—or on two legs—without Evie’s help. And when Evie reaches deep into the power of her magic to save her friend’s humanity—and her prince’s heart—she discovers, too late, what she’s bargained away.

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VS Note: Have you read my Alien Empaths scifi romance series? The books take place in the Sectors and are loosely connected to the STAR CRUISE series.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

 

Not Today Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest, just released scifi romance  Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4.

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

Last week we left Darik and Nicolle staring across a force barrier at each other. She’s inside. The floating orb is an alien Artificial Intelligence named MARL12, assigned to Darik for this expedition. More of MARL12 later…

The excerpt: 

Granted, he was incredibly tall and well built under his camouflage uniform, but there was nothing about him to suggest the ability to utterly terrify a creature like the one recently slavering to eat her. Had the beast been frightened off by the sight of his lethal pulse rifle? But then who or what had been roaring?  “Thank you,” she said, her vocal cords barely working, “Who are you?”

“A friend.”

Thank the Lords of Space—he speaks Basic.

He looked her up and down critically, “Are you ok?”

She dropped the stick into the water, wrapping her arms around herself in an effort not to shake so hard, “Just scared. Can you—can you get us out of here?” Nicolle sank onto the nearest boulder as her legs gave way from reaction to the danger so recently averted.

Brow furrowed, he glanced at the oddly colorful small orb floating in the air beside him and shook his head, “Not today.”

VS note: He has a good reason….

darik_Veronica_ScottThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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One Man Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newest, just released scifi romance  Darik (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4.

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

Last week we left Nicolle facing off against the giant predator. Today we continue from there.

The excerpt:

A roar sounded from behind her, across the water, maybe even from outside the force barrier. Startled, she screamed and slipped on the mossy rocks, barely keeping her footing. The animal in front of her rose to its full height again, bellowing and displaying an impressive array of sharp teeth, as well as yellowed claws on its massive front paws. Nicolle cowered, but the beast wasn’t paying any attention to her now. All its attention was on whatever was beyond the stream.

The next roar from behind her was even more impressive. It sounded almost…human?

Ears flattened, the beast pivoted, dropped to all fours, and scrambled away from Nicolle as fast as it could go, bushy tail tucked away between its legs.

Breathing shakily, she steeled herself to turn, hoping this new threat was outside the force barrier and couldn’t get in.

Having wheeled to face the other direction, at first she couldn’t believe her eyes. Nothing but one man stood across the force barrier from her.

VS Note: And of course the guy is Darik…

darik_Veronica_ScottThe blurb: 

Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.

Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.

Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?

Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

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Veronica Found a New Quiz to Tackle

Quiz Red Button Word Test Evaluation ExamI love to do quizzes! This past weekend I found one in US Weekly, where they asked the current Bachelorette some romance-y type questions and I thought it would be a perfect one for me too. Hey, she does romance on TV and I write it in books!

I’ve watched one season of ‘The Bachelor,’ back when it was a new concept and I couldn’t imagine how it would work out. I have to say I didn’t care much for it. I’ve watched one season of ‘The Bachelorette,’ as well. I think it was a year the network had managed to stir up extra drama – maybe she was a rejected rose getter from ‘The Bachelor’ or someone really lied about why he was there. I honestly can’t remember, which is no diss on either program. I know millions of people do enjoy the seasonal drama, but it all seems the same to me, and kinda obvious from how few actual marriages have resulted (what, one?) or even really long term relationships, that the concept works great to garner people the special instant ‘fame’ that comes from being on TV and gives some their fifteen minutes or so to be in the national consciousness, and maybe get on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (which is a reality show I DO love)…and that’s it.

No Happy Ever After and the Happy For Now is short on those shows. And you endorse a lot of products.

I watched one season of Lifetime’s ‘Unreal’, a fictionalized bachelor/bachelorette type reality show and it was hilarious and cynical and probably pretty darn close to the truth.

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Many years ago – no, I wasn’t on a reality show, hold your horses! – my toddler daughter and I were invited to be on a PBS documentary on working women with access to child care onsite, which we had at my day job. I got my taste of how ‘real’ TV worked when they filmed me going to be with my daughter at lunchtime, which I did regularly. I cut up an apple, which she loved, and gave her the pieces and she was happily munching when the director said “Cut. Now take the fruit away from the kid and let’s shoot it again and make these blah blah blah changes.” And I just stared at him. You do NOT take food away from a happy, hungry baby. And if you do take food away from a happy hungry baby, you wind up with an unhappy hungry baby throwing an actually well-deserved LOUD tantrum. I told him no and hell no, and that was the end of us filming. I think we got maybe 3 seconds in the resulting documentary. (And here I’d daydreamed getting invited to be on ‘Oprah’ and other cheery fun things as a result of how scintillating my daughter and I were going to be in the PBS special.) So in my opinion no version of TV, other than maybe hard news filmed as it happens, is ‘real.’

OK, on to the quiz!

My first kiss was…oh yeah, all that, Disney magic happened, WONDERFUL.  Married him actually.

My biggest deal breaker is…rudeness. Also being handsy with me on a first date.

De LoreanMy worst date was…ok, he had a DeLorean. But when he came to the door to pick me up and I saw the heavy gold chain lying on his chest fur and the tight pants and cheap polyester shirt with too many buttons open, yeah, I knew I was in trouble and should have shut the door again. But mutual friends had arranged the double date and were supposed to meet us at the restaurant. I figured, how bad can it be? They cancelled, which I didn’t learn till we were at the restaurant…downhill from there. And DeLoreans aren’t comfortable to ride in or get in and out of. We did not time travel. And there was no second date because I Am Not Stupid.

Splitting the check on the first date is…perfectly fine with me. (And here the Bachelorette and I agreed!) I do like the guy to open the doors for me and be chivalrous. Maybe I’ve been too steeped in romance novels all my life? Yes, I can open them myself but I like that little gesture. I don’t hold it against a guy if he doesn’t open the doors though.

Disneyland2014altMy ideal date is…I suppose a day at Disneyland is too expensive LOL? Actually I like the dinner and a good movie kind of date. I’m shy, I’m introverted, I don’t always guess what’s the best outfit to wear, I’m not athletically gifted… so don’t give me extra things to stress over on a first date (like playing miniature golf or taking me to a comedy club where they mercilessly pick on the audience members, which, yes, did happen to me once. See Mr. DeLorean Car above.)

My first celebrity crush was…ok, this takes explanation. It was either Leslie Nielson in ‘Forbidden Planet,” Johnny Weismuller in ‘Tarzan’ or Buster Crabbe in ‘Flash Gordon.’ No, I am NOT several centuries old. The rural area where I grew up was served by very limited TV (ok, so my childhood does predate cable and satellite in remote areas) and what channels there were served up a LOT of cheap fare from olden days, like B movies and serials. But as a little kid, I had no idea how old they were. I think I mostly fell for the adventure anyway, and the idea of a strong heroine and a strong hero. I know Jane, Dale and Altaira weren’t exactly strong on the Ripley scale of things but they had their moments and they kept up with the heroes in all the adventures.

My current crush is…it depends what movie or TV show I watched recently. I think Dwayne  ‘The Rock’ Johnson is pretty reliably on my list though. Although ‘Baywatch’ nearly got him permanently X’ed off. (I stuck through about 5 minutes of that, OMG BAD.)

calm and serious womanA celebrity couple who inspires me is…oh the pressure! Because you know if I name one, they’ll probably break up tomorrow, given our tabloid world. Who can ever know the reality inside someone else’s relationship? The Bachelorette picked Chuck and Joanna Gaines BTW, who I don’t think are going to break up. Well, let’s see. The first names that came to mind for me were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, for their passion. Also for playing Cleopatra and Marc Antony. Then Prince Harry and Megan Markle for their sheer romancelandia-ness of ‘playboy soldier prince marries biracial divorced actress’. Yes, I did get up at some horrendous pre-dawn hour and watch the entire wedding coverage, much to Jake the Cat’s confusion. Sorry, no easy answers here from me. I’ll have to get back to you on this one!

My biggest turn on is…oh, you mean PG-rated? Whew! Didn’t want to share those sekrits here.  I’ll go with a healthy sense of humor. I’m also very attracted to a guy’s hands, his eyes and his voice.

Clothing-wise, I’d rather be…casual, although it’s fun to dress up on occasion.

My dream honeymoon would be…lots of just us time in a very comfortably appointed hotel room, with side trips to museums and interesting local points of interest. Good memories! In point of actual fact, since he was a lance corporal in the USMC and we were broke, we had a 3 day honeymoon in the apartment which was actually EXCELLENT and then on our first anniversary we went to see the Sequoias and stayed in a cabin in the forest with wasps and bears. The trees were very nice. (I’m not too outdoorsy, can you tell?)

In 10 years I’ll be…pretty much the same as I am now, believing in love and romance and happy ever afters. And writing them, albeit in scifi romance and ancient Egypt.

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