Past the Safety Margin Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – last week we had the hero, Gabe. This week a glimpse of the heroine, Keshara:

Keshara had made good time hiking into the mountains since she escaped the Retreat in the pre-dawn hours. She’d seen no evidence of pursuit, although she couldn’t imagine the Director would allow her to go so easily. Never doubt there are people on your trail. Her self-admonishment was stern because over confidence could be her downfall. The storm had been fortuitous indeed, however, and Keshara kept hiking as long as she could, well past the margin of safety and prudent time to find shelter.  The howling wind drove the rain like needles into her body, despite the thick jacket and hood she wore. Her all weather pants kept her lower body warm and the boots were essential to avoid frostbite. But even as motivated as she was to escape what had been her home, Keshara had to abandon the trek and admit the need for protection from the elements.

Finally, she’d been forced, despite her desperation, to hole up in an abandoned furbana den—one of the large, thatched structures the group-based creatures built from branches and vines to house their colonies in the high meadows. Stumbling across the sturdy lair, she thanked the goddess for her good luck.

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Yes, Gabe and Keshara are going to meet shortly when he falls from the sky…

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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A Reckless Pilot Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series.

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

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

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

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

The excerpt:

Gabe worked the controls to send the flyer diving as close to the ground as he dared to go at this speed. Proximity alarms blared, warning him of both the terrain underneath and the three flyers on his tail.

Three! Where the seven hells had the Khagrish gotten three armed flyers?

He zigged left as a bolt of energy sizzled past his wing. Making a dramatic move straight up before jinking to the left again, he did a tight loop and banked in the opposite direction. No way was he leading the enemy to the valley where his friends and allies were hidden. He wished he had weapons, but his stolen flyer wasn’t equipped for combat.

Good thing I’m a reckless pilot. He grinned as he executed another daring maneuver. A towering front of gray and black storm clouds loomed ahead, and if he could just get into the maelstrom, he could lose the Khagrish chasing him – the lightning playing across the tops of the anvil shaped clouds didn’t deter him.

gabe badari warriorsThe blurb for GABE: Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Buy Links for GABE:

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A note by the way – although I’m very sad that USA Today is closing the Happy Ever After blog at the end of December, I’ll still be writing for my own blog here, including doing the weekly New Releases reports, and also at Amazing Stories Magazine’s blog and the Love in Panels site. I LOVED writing for HEA and really appreciated their support for scifi romance. HEA will be sorely missed!

 

Get Help! Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE, the next book in the series, actually released earlier in November so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it next week.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – Lily and her stalker Vattan were alone in her office when Yonn, one of the young students interrupted them. I’ve skipped ahead a bit. Vattan ordered Yonn to leave and shoved him, slashing his arm with his talons in the process.

“Please, let the boy go,” Lily said, afraid of what Vattan might do next in his aggressive state, “You and I can talk about tonight once he’s gone.” Over her shoulder she said to Yonn, “Thank you for your help, now go and have the cut on your arm treated.” And get help. Not for the first time Lily wished she had the ability to speak to the Badari mind to mind as they spoke to each other. Surely the cub would summon assistance for her? But first he needed to get out of here.

Unfortunately, Yonn wasn’t ready to abandon his self-appointed role as her protector. He placed himself between the door and the adults, in an imitation of the defensive stance a warrior would assume in combat, “I’m not leaving you alone with him.” His words were spoken in a child’s treble, but the clear menace to Vattan was that of an adult twice his age.

Lily remembered again the Badari had been created by the alien scientists to be fearsome warriors and trained mercilessly for battle from a young age – surely Vattan wouldn’t harm a cub, would he?

timturThe blurb: 

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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gabe badari warriorsAnd the blurb for my new release, Gabe

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

Amazon      Apple Books    Nook     Kobo     Google Play

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday November 28

raff laurann dohnerAs 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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RAFF (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 4) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: WHEE! I’m enjoying this series so I had to one click the next book!

Lilly left Earth seeking adventure, and learning about aliens sounded cool. She just didn’t expect to meet any in person—until her ship is attacked by alien pirates. Now she’s meeting plenty of them. Scary ones who want to do very bad things to her.

Fighting for survival since childhood, Raff Vellar is more intimately familiar with knives and bloodshed than women. Then, during a trip to his home planet, a tiny human literally falls at his feet. When he learns she’s been forced into slavery, a fierce need to protect the human overcomes him. A feeling that quickly turns into a deep need to keep her forever.

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dragons giftDRAGON’S GIFT (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 12) by Miranda Martin

Maeve doesn’t believe in fate and certainly not one that involves her and Padraig, the enormous and domineering alien dragon. His overly protective and possessive nature rubs her the wrong way.

Padraig is certain the fiercely independent human female is the only one for him. His inner dragon has decided and the burly smith knows fate’s hand when he feels it. Maeve may not, but the harsh deserts of Tajss force the two together, giving the hot-head Zmaj an opportunity.

When the human females plan a new tradition of gift giving, Padraig realizes if he can find his treasure the perfect present, he’ll win her heart. The only gift he wants.

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vengeance seasonTHE VENGEANCE SEASON: BOOK 3 OF THE COVALENT SERIES by Libby Doyle

After the explosive events at the winter solstice, Zan is content to sink back into her job with the FBI. She could have guessed her normal times wouldn’t last. Barakiel loves her, and Lucifer—his ruthless father—knows it.

With the help of Zan and the traveler adept Pellus, Barakiel learns his father is searching for a way to travel through the dark veins of the cosmos. If he succeeds, Zan will be in grave danger. Lucifer could appear at any moment in the Earthly Realm, or on the manicured terraces of Covalent City.

The solution is clear. Barakiel and his allies must convince the Covalent leadership to march on the Destructive Realm. They must take the war to Lucifer’s Keep.

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roxys warriorsROXY’S WARRIORS (BOND MATES BOOK 4) by Ann Mayburn

As a highly decorated soldier in the US Army, Roxy had always accepted that her job was dangerous. And she understood that someday she might make the ultimate sacrifice for her country and never come home. But little did she know that she should have been keeping her sights focused on the sky, not the battlefield, for the real threat. Kidnapped by intergalactic slavers, Roxy and her fellow soldiers find themselves sold to a cruel and heartless owner who plans on using them as gladiators in an underground fighting ring in the Bel’Tan Galaxy.

Kadothian Warriors Cormac and Nosa have searched their entire lives for their Matriarch. She’s the one woman born to love them, the only woman that can save their souls from the madness. When they find out that Roxy is their bride they begin a slow seduction of the prickly Earth woman. Roxy was betrayed by her ex-husband in the worst way, and refuses to even consider a relationship with not only one man, but two. When they discover their alyah has been taken by slavers, Cormac and Nosa will do anything to save her. Even if it means infiltrating the fighting ring deep in enemy territory holding Roxy captive.

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progenitorPROGENITOR (THE BLADES OF JANUS BOOK 2) by Cassandra Chandler

The Blades of Janus protect both humans and dwellers, working to find a way to coexist peacefully with the alien beings who have integrated with Earth’s myriad life forms. Most of these elite warriors don’t realize just how personal a mission this is for their leader, or the various sets of “twins” who run each Blades base.

Lost and alone, Meg jumped at the chance to join a pack of werewolves as a child. She soon discovered they weren’t the loving family she’d hoped—especially after the Blade known as Dexter entered the picture. Her mission is to destroy him and all of the Blades of Janus, and to bring Marcus and Tessa into the pack, where they truly belong. The only way to do that is to find the man who founded the Blades and end him once and for all.

But the Blades’ leader carries darker secrets than she ever could have imagined, and when she finally gets her chance for revenge, she can’t decide whether to kill him or take him as her mate.

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escapee ed hESCAPEE (REPELLING THE INVASION BOOK 2) by Ed Hoornaert

VS Note: A re-release, which author states has some new content as well.

A Disillusioned Soldier – Hector Dukelsky, an upper-class career officer, yearns to fight a righteous war instead of defending corporate interests on Banff, an isolated mining moon. That dream seems dead when his entire command is slaughtered while he’s on leave. He returns to smoldering rubble, with no chance to survive let alone strike back at the enemy.

A Pilot with a Chip on Her Shoulder- -Catt Sayer, a working-class fugitive from the law, earns a meager income carrying supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won career vanishes when invaders capture Banff. While searching for survivors, she rescues Hector and flies him to safety. But he doesn’t want safety. He wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack the enemy headquarters.

A Dying Moon – Catt is sure Banff will kill them long before the enemy can, yet she agrees to Hector’s mad scheme, certain he’ll quit after experiencing one of the moon’s eruptions or ferocious storms. But he doesn’t quit, and his noble dream—and his love—conquer her heart. She pits her life and love against Banff’s lethal environment, even though the only reward for success will be the opportunity to face 10,000 enemy warriors.

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tordan immortal angelTORDAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Immortal Angel 

A cyborg with no past. An elf with no magic. Together, their love can save their world.

Tordan woke from his chip to find out he’s a Cyborg. Filled with rage and confusion, he has no memories of his past or who he is, and no idea what freed him. But he feels a powerful, unexplainable connection to the elven prisoner in the last cell.

Deprived of her magic, princess Aielle willingly faces death to keep her people’s secrets. The last thing she expects is to be rescued by one of the sexy and lethal cyborgs enslaved by them.

Now they’re fugitives, and the secrets they are hiding are the keys to freedom for them both. Can they trust each other enough to save the world?

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fuse volume 4FUSE: BOLT SAGA VOLUME FOUR, PARTS 10, 11, 12 by Angel Payne

The storm is here. Will it rip apart their fated fusion?
Now that Reece Richards and Emmalina Crist have exposed the Consortium to the globe, they’re bracing for the organization’s full reprisal, undoubtedly led by Faline Garand. The woman, infamously obsessed with Reece, can’t be happy about the lovers’ worldwide announcement.
But an engagement doesn’t mean instant plans of white lace and roses for Bolt and his lady, especially when a key member of Team Bolt goes rogue and destroys half of downtown LA. Taking down his former friend is a harrowing nightmare for Reece, worsened by a shocking discovery that takes its toll in sickening ripples…
Including Reece’s own psyche.
With her man lost in a fathomless darkness, Emma can no longer stand on the sidelines. Pushing past her fears, she takes the fight straight to Faline’s turf—but the risk is huge, and so are the consequences.
There’s no turning back. The storm has broken, and the landscape of Reece and Emma’s relationship will be forever transformed. Can they fuse once more, coming together in love to survive the blast?

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neron risingNERON RISING by Keary Taylor

In the Eon galaxy, Dominion controls any planet with solid Neron deposits, and Nova just found out they’re coming for hers. Korpillion isn’t supposed to have any Neron—the galaxy’s purest form of energy—but Nova Ainsley has been working with the owner of a secret mine for months, building highly illegal weapons that can wield Neron. She wants off Korpillion, and selling these weapons will buy her and her father a ticket to another planet in the galaxy.

Neron is incredible on its own, but there are those who can wield it to their will, granting them the ability to read minds, see the future, and destroy worlds—the Nero. But this is a galaxy where they are ceasing to exist, and Dominion owns the last one in the known universe, using him to take over and destroy billions of lives.

An encounter with the last Nero shows Nova her future: it’s with him. She will stand by his side one day, her fingers laced through his, love and adoration in both their eyes, a dark queen to his evil, pawn king.

Fate or destiny, Nova will do whatever it takes to change their future, and that of the galaxy. The Neron Rising Saga is a series of episodes. Episode One is 30,000 words. Neron Rising is a slow-burn space-fantasy romance.

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traveler equinox book 1TRAVELER PLANET ATHION SERIES (EQUINOX BOOK 1) by Lily Harlem

After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she’s one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion.

Some might say it’s a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn’t for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix—human and alien—a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she’ll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can’t…there’s nowhere to run.

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors.

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omegas deceptionOMEGA’S DECEPTION (OMEGAS OF PANDORA BOOK 1) by Lillian Sable

Ianthe keeps her freedom because her dynamic is a carefully guarded secret. Omegas are rare and highly prized, but they have no rights. An Omega is the property of whatever Alpha is strong enough to claim her. Ianthe toils in the slums, pretending to be Beta, so she can hide from a world that wants to make her a pet in a gilded cage. Legion, the Alpha and brutal cartel boss, believes her to be Beta. When he discovers her deception, nothing will stop him from claiming her.

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their winter miracleTHEIR WINTER MIRACLE (A WINTER STARR BOOK 3) by Cara Wylde and Starr Huntress

After a string of bad luck and rather poor choices, curvy Pippa Steele lands on an alien planet, in an unknown galaxy, where winter seems to reign supreme. When three handsome aliens save her from freezing to death, she hopes it won’t be that hard to convince them to give her a ride back to Earth. But first, she has to make them understand that no, she’s not an escaped slave, and they should definitely not return her to the slave trader who’d tricked her into boarding his ship.

Kayvor, Trevkon, and Ashtar form a triad, but they’re too busy to concern themselves with taking a mate. The only one who suggests they keep Pippa as a wife is Ash, but he’s always been the reckless one. As a diplomat, Kay knows the best course of action is to take the Terran woman back to her master. Trev, on the other hand, insists that she’s the key to ending the eternal winter on their planet. Whatever they decide to do with her, one thing’s for sure: the curvy Terran is nothing but trouble.

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alien pleasuresALIEN PLEASURES by Sinistre Ange

Desperate to escape Earth and the overbearing chieftan who wants to make her one of his miserable wives, Shansa’s only option is to flee with the Torians who visit her village regularly. The alien traders are willing to do just about anything for the right price, and Shansa’s in no position to bargain over their terms.

Fortunately for Shansa, working off her transport debt in a luxury pleasure house turns out to be anything but a hardship. Every alien she meets has some new and fantastic way to drive her wild with ecstasy. It’s not long before she begins to see herself living this life long after the Torians are repaid.

But when Shansa meets an alien who wants her all to himself, he threatens a lot more than just her very enjoyable gig.

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dragons jewelDRAGONS JEWEL (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Gianna Harris doesn’t think twice when joining a program seeking surrogates for an alien shifter planet whose female population was decimated during war. It’s better than grieving a mother who doesn’t remember her. With tears, Gianna says her goodbyes then travels to planet Daeria where she meets not one, but two sexy dragons who claim she’s their mate.

As the dragon king and leader of the shifter council, Voss has a duty to rebuild the planet after a shifter war destroyed everything. The surrogate program was supposed to be simple. The female volunteers are assigned to the shifter species they want and are not forced to do anything they don’t want.

When Voss caught the scent of one of the first females to arrive at the spaceport, he and his best friend, Azar, break a few rules to claim their true mate. They steal her away from the wolves she was assigned to. And a particular wolf wants her badly enough to start another war if she isn’t turned over.

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donners fated mateDONNER’S FATED MATE (ARCTIC SHIFTERS BOOK 7) by R E Butler

Jack, a quad shifter from North Pole City, has come to the human world on the advice of Mrs. Claus, who is certain he’ll meet his fated mate at a small-town bar.

Ivy Donovan just wants to write music and sing, feeling most at home with her beloved guitar on her knee and a song in her heart. After parting ways with her bandmates on less than friendly terms, she’s been the Holly’s Bar house band all by herself.

When Jack takes a job at the bar, he can’t keep his eyes off Ivy. She calls to his beasts, and he knows in his heart that she’s his fated mate. He takes her to a remote cabin to get her away from the toxic mess her former band created. A walk in the woods takes a terrifying turn, and he’s forced to change forms in front of her to protect her.

In the snowy dark night, Ivy has to make a choice – run away, or stay with the only man who has ever truly touched her heart.
Can she lay her heart on the line for a man who has a larger-than-life secret, or will this be the last time she has a chance at love.

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canyon road christmasA CANYON ROAD CHRISTMAS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 4)  by Christine Pope

Rafe and Miranda Castillo already had everything they wanted for Christmas…each other. But with the clan pushing for a “proper” wedding ceremony, what was supposed to be a quiet, romantic Christmas has quickly morphed into a whirlwind of frantic activity.

In between squeezing in a pre-holiday booking at the Cathedral in Santa Fe, searching for a wedding dress, and dealing with inter-clan etiquette, Rafe and Miranda manage to sneak in a few intimate moments.

But when Rafe’s cousin Sophia calls, he finds himself with an unexpected loose end to tie up. If it’s not properly sealed and locked away, it could come back to throw a shadow on the clan’s future.

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vampire with benefitsVAMPIRE WITH BENEFITS by E J Russell

Silent film actor Casimir Moreau had imagined that life as a vampire would be freewheeling and glamorous. Instead, he’s plunged into a restrictive society whose rules he runs afoul of at every turn. To “rehabilitate” him, the vampire council orders him mated to an incubus with impeccable breeding who’ll mold Cas into the upstanding vampire he ought to be. Or else.

As an inactive beaver shifter, construction engineer Rusty Johnson has fought—and overcome—bias and disrespect his entire life. But when his longtime boyfriend leaves him for political reasons, Rusty is ready to call it a day. Next stop? Supernatural Selection and his guaranteed perfect mate, a bear shifter living far away from Rusty’s disapproving clan.

But then a spell snafu at Supernatural Selection robs both men of their intended husbands. Rusty can’t face returning to his clan, and Cas needs somebody on his arm to keep the council happy, so they agree to pretend to be married. Nobody needs to know their relationship is fake—especially since it’s starting to feel suspiciously like the real thing.

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arms of the archanARMS OF THE ARCHAN by Various

Warrior Awakening A broken winged warrior rises from the sea to battle for his throne. An heiress flees Earth to reclaim her life. She alone can temper his violent power… but can he find sanity in time to save her from her dark past?
Warrior Enflamed A sultry lounge singer in debt to the mob. A winged warrior determined to claim his Muse. He will seduce her to his will—he will kill to keep her in his power. But the Mob has other ideas. Perrine owes them a debt—and now it’s time to pay up, or pay the price. Warrior Avenged: NEW RELEASE!
Defeat the enemy. Claim his only daughter as forfeit. Guard his heart from temptation. . . Reclusive warrior Deshua demands vengeance for the murder of his Wolves, claiming possession of his enemy’s only daughter in recompense. He intends she pay for her father’s sins—no Archan’s daughter is innocent, after all.

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ravage charity parkersonRAVAGE (HELLISH BOOK 8) by Charity Parkerson

Everything began with a stupid accident. As usual, Shepherd hadn’t been paying attention when he sliced Raff’s skin. His unwitting move left Raff scarred and revealed Shepherd’s fate as the southeast pack leader’s mate. It’s a position he doesn’t want.

Raff and Dante have been a couple for over fifty years. Despite knowing they aren’t each other’s fated mate, their love is strong and real. Until fate shows its hand, tearing them apart. Raff puts his foot down and refuses to claim Shepherd. Shepherd wants no part of being claimed. Meanwhile, Dante is trying his damnedest to lick his wounds and accept his loss. No one is coming out the winner in their standoff.

But when a demon comes calling, offering Shepherd a way to fix the damage he’s caused, someone will have to break. Otherwise, they all might end up doomed.

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blood for the spillingBLOOD FOR THE SPILLING (STUDIES IN DEMONOLOGY BOOK 3) by TJ Nichols

Sheets of ice are spreading across the human world, ushering in an ice age as the magic drained from Demonside turns that world into a desert. Angus and reluctant warlock Terrance have defected from Vinland to the Mayan Empire–a land of dark and potent magic. But the Mayans aren’t offering sanctuary for free.

Nor is the world willing to stand back as Vinland attacks, and the backlash will affect all magic users.

Mage Saka has no tribe. He is now just another refugee fleeing the dying Demonside. He knows the conflict brewing now will be worse than the first demon war. Countries are banding together–not just against Vinland, but against all magic. Where will the powerful Mayan Empire stand?

Angus might have the power to fight Vinland and the Warlock College, but the cost will be terrible. Saka is torn between helping Angus and stopping him. And Terrance would do anything for Angus, but he’s terrified of the man Angus is becoming, even as Saka is warming to the idea of a relationship between the three of them.

No matter what choice they make, victory will be bittersweet, and when the ash settles and the snow melts, nothing will be the same.

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nemesisNEMESIS (IMMORTELLE BOOK 1) by Elle Cross

I have been called many names in my long life.
Kali. Hel. Santa Muerta.
To the Cabal, I am simply Immortelle.

As the daughter of Nyx and sister to the Furies, I was used to being an ever-living weapon to the Powers That Be that run the Cabal.
As the mistress to War, Death gloried in the carnage I wrought as I danced with Mischief and Strife.
Until one day, I fell in love with a mortal human who called me by other names.
Lover. Partner. Wife.

He gifted me with love and peace, and I thought I could be happy.
And then too soon, he died.
I mourned his death for one year and one day.
On the next day, they came for me. Like I knew they would.
War. Death. Mischief. Strife.
Except they didn’t come to recruit me back. They came to tell me how my husband truly died.
Now, I have taken on another name… an older name… one that I hadn’t worn in a long, long time…
Nemesis.

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all foxed upALL FOXED UP (THE CHAOS OF FOXES BOOK 2) by Emma Dean

Kenzie made a deal with the foxes to live with them for six months in exchange for the potion that saved her sister’s life. What she didn’t expect was how much it felt like home, more than the house she’d lived in her entire life. But this agreement doesn’t change the one she made with the Alpha of the West Coast Pride – and it isn’t humans breaking into his warehouses, but something much, much worse.

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push mountain bears book 1PUSH (MOUNTAIN BEARS BOOK 1) by Becca Fanning

Jake Billings is too dangerous to love.

The Zenith Paranormal Organization is the last line of offense against the drug cartels.
This elite crew of Shifters will do whatever is necessary to bring these criminals to justice.

Jake Billings is a man transformed. This is literal when his Inner Bear comes forth to destroy his enemies, but it’s also true of what his time in the USMC did to him. The things he saw and did hardened him into what he is now: a ZPO operative. Losing his mother to an overdose gives him a drive unmatched by more mundane law enforcement. Hot on the trail of the vermin poisoning this small West Virginia town, he is thrown a curve-ball when he has to become protector instead of hunter. Who is this young lady that makes him feel like no one ever has before?

Stephanie Simmons is living a life according to her plan. As a very successful paralegal, she gets to focus on the work that has come to take up her life, and that’s just fine with her. Who needs men, anyway? Their needs, their demands, their jealousy…it’s just not part of her plan. But after a terrifying night where she loses consciousness, she realizes that she can’t do it all alone and she should be open to what the world throws at her.
To hell with her plan. Life is for living.

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winter wonderlandWINTER WONDERLAND: A NOCTURNE FALLS COLLECTION by Various

This Nocturne Falls Universe Christmas quartet contains four stories of holiday goodness.

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happy howlidaysHAPPY HOWLIDAYS SHIFTERS IN LIVE by Various

VS note: No blurb given for the collection, 11 individual blurbs on ebook seller page.

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drakons tearDRAKON’S TEAR (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON BOOK 6) by NJ Walters

Dying isn’t an option. I’ve survived a kidnapping and now I’m on the run from the Knights of the Dragon who want my gift. I’m Abigail Owens and I can sense gemstones. There’s nothing a dragon loves more than treasure. But when I find a beautiful stone at a tiny shop in Moscow, I have no idea it’s a drakon tear, or that I’ve just put myself in the middle of a war between the Knights and a Drakon.

I guess I’m just lucky like that.

The only person I trust even a little is Vasili Zima, which is weird since I’m not sure if he wants to kill me or protect me. I’m drawn to him in a way I hadn’t thought possible, and he feels the same way, or he wouldn’t be risking his life to help me. He’s wanted by the bad guys just as much as I am, and staying with me, well, there’s a hundred percent chance I’m about to get us both killed. But I will not be going down without a fight.

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unexpected giftsUNEXPECTED GIFTS (THE CHATTANOOGA SUPERNATURALS BOOK 9) by Candace Blevins

Polly was nearly killed in a vampire battle near the end of the American Civil War. Her body needed time to heal, but she awakens into a startling future no one in the eighteen hundreds could’ve possibly dreamed of. To further complicate things, Polly wakes a week before Thanksgiving, so she’ll have to navigate the craziness of modern day Christmas on top of everything else.

Jayce is an ancient vampire who’s taking it easy while he lives under this identity. He was a famous physicist in the roaring twenties, but he’s currently a bartender, where everyone knows him as Ace. Abbott assigns the super-genius to teach Polly about this world she’s awakened to — with cars, airplanes, indoor plumbing, and smartphones with a camera in every human’s hand.

Cole is a bear shifter, and is Jayce’s partner. Lover. Whatever. Cole is a physics professor and doesn’t have time for silly labels — nor is he thrilled with the prospect of having a seven hundred year old former Queen of England living in their home. If she thinks he’s bowing to her, she’ll be sorely disappointed.

Sergei was abducted from foster care by an evil vampire as a child, and turned into a werewolf. Abbott rescued him when he took over Maryland, and he’s living with Jayce and Cole, employed as their house manager, but he wants to be so much more to them.

Two vampires, a grizzly bear, and a werewolf. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but these four living under one roof is serious business. Follow them through an extraordinary Christmas season as they each find ways to offer Unexpected Gifts.

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tigers claimTIGER’S CLAIM (SHIFTER ROGUES BOOK 2) by Celia Kyle

Jaguar shifter Stella Moore has one thing on her mind – to take down the anti-shifter organization that destroyed her family. Her plans are going perfectly until a sexy-as-sin stranger throws off her game and decides the only way they can both avoid getting caught is to claim her as his girlfriend. Wait! What?Now she has to fly to a tropical island and play along because the alternative is…deadly.
Most people know Cole Turner as an uber-wealthy playboy – not as a tiger shifter who’s part of a special ops team to protect his kind. Now his undercover mission has been compromised by a redheaded bombshell, and every animal instinct he has is screaming mate. To survive among so many enemies, they’ll have to keep up their romantic act, find their intel… and absolutely not fall in love along the way.
dragon vip peridotDRAGON VIP: PERIDOT (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES (BOOK 8) by Starla Night

Disgraced. Damaged. Dull. Dragon-shifter Peridot has been called all that and more. Exiled to Earth, he will prove himself and answer his boss’s question: What is the mysterious “spirit” of Christmas?

One enticing woman can give him that answer. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to forget his past and taste her forbidden sweetness…

Curvy. Klutzy. Cinnamon-scented.Karmel knows all about silent longing. She’s the queen of falling — on her face, usually, in front of the guy she most wants to impress. But when a little Christmas magic turns Peridot into her rescuer, she discovers the ice-cold business dragon conceals a hot-blooded male. And he makes her sugar plums dance the cha-cha.

Except for one little thing…
Can Karmel teach Peridot the true meaning of Christmas, or are they both about to get burned?

mercenaries of the stolen moonTHE MERCENARIES OF THE STOLEN MOON (TALES OF THE HIGH COURT BOOK 4) by Megan Derr
For twenty years Myra has served the High King, so familiar, respected, and envied the rest of the palace calls him the High Secretary. For twenty years he has kept his secrets buried, and after so long he dares to believe he has left his past behind. But during the Festival of Harmony, tragedy strikes, and Myra’s past is dragged into the present.

Once third in command of Fathoms Deep, Charlaine is used to shadows and secrets, but even he is shocked to learn what his best friend, and the man he secretly loves, has been hiding all these years. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, he doesn’t know what to do—except whatever it takes to help his friends.

Though Jac is a member of the Three-headed Dragons and primary bodyguard to the High Consort, she is used to being overlooked and underestimated. But she didn’t earn her spurs by backing down, and she’s not about to do so now—even if she must defy the High Throne itself to save the man she’s falling in love with.

ash bearASH BEAR (DAUGHTER OF BEASTS BOOK 3) by T S Joyce
Grim is the reluctant Alpha of the Rogue Pride Crew, and just trying to get from one day to the next without maiming his Crew. Controlling one animal is hard enough for shifters, but Grim is the only one in existence with two animals—a good lion and a monstrous lion named the Reaper. His life has been turned upside down after he fled his old Pride, and landed in a trailer park of lumberjacks in the heart of dragon territory. He’s Grim during the day and the Reaper at night, and life can’t get much more complicated. That is until he runs into a shy, blue-haired, curvy stunner named Ashlynn Kane. Ash might be just the distraction Grim needs to keep his inner Reaper from tearing his new Crew apart, but the closer he gets to her, the more he starts to believe in a bigger future for himself. And the more he believes, the more turmoil finds him and his new Crew.

Ash Kane is a simple girl who got left behind. Her best friends have joined a new Rogue Pride Crew, and no one calls anymore. Her life has become routine, and quiet, and lonely. That is, until her friends come back for a short visit and bring one monstrous, dual-personality Alpha lion shifter named Grim. She’s submissive, and he’s about as dominant as they come, and they shouldn’t be a good match, but she’s not scared of him, and here’s why. Her instincts are screaming that deep down, that trouble-makin’ man has good in him. She’s falling hard for him, but Grim is being hunted and haunted by a ghost from his past that could annihilate them both and ignite a war in Damon’s Mountains.

Good lion, bad lion, good lion, bad lion.
Half of Grim is salvageable, but always beware of the Reaper.

griffin for christmasA GRIFFIN FOR CHRISTMAS by Zoe Chant
Emilia Lopez has hated the holiday season ever since she got her heart broken on Christmas Eve. Now, she relies only on herself as she cares for the rescue dogs she’s taken in. There’s no room in her busy life for anyone else – until the hottest guy she’s ever seen crashes through her shed roof in the middle of a snowstorm.

As an agent of the elite Shifter Patrol Corps, griffin shifter Rowan Stanton doesn’t take days off. How can he, when there are shifter criminals to bring to justice? But in hot pursuit of his latest foe, a raging snowstorm and an unfortunate encounter with a roof send him tumbling into the arms of the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen… who just happens to be his fated mate.

Sizzling attraction flares into white-hot romance – but with a dangerous criminal closing in, how can Rowan protect the stubbornly independent Emilia? He might have destroyed her shed, but can he break down the walls she’s built around her heart?

swordheartSWORDHEART by T Kingfisher
VS Note: Unclear how much romance there is.
Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle’s estate… and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws… and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all.
mate for sethA MATE FOR SETH (FORBIDDEN SHIFTERS) by Selena Scott
Seth Durant and his alpha brothers don’t have a lot of incentive to tell anyone they’re wolf shifters. As unregistered shifters living in secrecy, their very existence is technically illegal. Keeping that secret at all costs has been the number one rule the Durant brothers have lived by for nearly their entire lives.

As soon as he sees the beautiful, goofy, messy former Olympian, straight-laced Seth knows he’s met someone who just might change his life forever. Determined to get closer to Sarah while also determined to keep his family’s secret, Seth has to balance the life of being a human man with the life of being a wolf shifter in an inhospitable world.

Sarah, as drawn to Seth as he is to her, can’t understand why the kind, generous hottie next door is so secretive. She’s never known someone to be so desperate to know her while also throwing up so many roadblocks. With a complicated family history of her own, Sarah has to decide whether Seth is worth all the secrets. And when his secret is blown, she has to decide if she’ll be able to live outside the law with the love of her life.

court of alphasCOURT OF ALPHAS (THRONE OF  WOLVES BOOK 2) by River Ramsey
Me? A princess?
Royal ballgowns and I don’t mix, especially not when you throw in a bunch of stuffy old bureaucrats. I’m struggling to come to terms with my life in the royal palace, my newly reunited twin brother, and the alphas who’ve sworn their allegiance to me.

If my traitorous “father” gets his way, I’m gonna need all the help I can get, but that doesn’t make sorting out my feelings for Christopher, Rowan and James easy. Then there’s Mace, who’s turned double dealing into an art form.

No one ever said being a royal was easy. I just never thought it would be this bloody.

alpha bornALPHA BORN: A MOORE WORLD NOVEL BOOK 02 by D R Rosier
Nick Stanton is an alpha wolf shifter. He’s also a rogue, and had lost his pack almost forty years ago due to treachery. He lives a quiet life, and has to uproot and move every few years. He avoids the cities and anywhere fae might be found, and lives his life by his morals and honor his father taught. His world is about to become rather complicated, as a gang of rogue shifters won’t let him be.

Kalia Moore is a black tiger shifter, and then some, though her family doesn’t know about her other gift yet. Unchosen by the male cat shifters of her generation, she’s doomed to live a life without a mate, and children. The sexy cat shifters don’t have it easy, when the males of their kind pass them over. She loves her pride, and the cat shifter sisters in her life, but when she hears her Nephilim brother found love with an angel, and there was some inter-species breeding going on in his new home and refuge for rogues, she decided to take a chance. What did she have to lose?

synergySYNERGY (THE ETHER BOOK 1) by Belle Roberts
Running. Hiding. Nightmares. For the past five years, that’s all I’ve known, which was why escaping to Olsen Bay was supposed to be a new start. A safe haven we could call home… A place I could finally be free.

But Fate had other plans. Four beautiful, tall, handsome and broad-shouldered men with crystal clear eyes walk into my life, and I’m captivated.

They’re mysterious and intriguing, and something about them has me gravitating in their direction until things start to happen that I can’t explain. Suddenly, everything I thought I knew about myself, my parents, and the world around me is thrown into jeopardy.

Who are they? What do they want from me? And why? Between them, the pendant, and unexplainable magic happenings, I’m about to make a startling discovery. One that could change the course of my life for good. Or, could it be bad?

My name is Ella Anderson, and with the help of my Guardians, this is how I saved our world.

dragon knight of khothDRAGON KNIGHT OF KHOTH (DRAGON WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 17) by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka
Lorne is a dragon knight to his core. He joined the Khoth Maahes as a young dragon and quickly rose to second Lieutenant. His days are spent fighting the Unseelie and guarding the royal family. When the Cuelebre King assigns Lorne to play bodyguard to Cambree, the realm’s hottest commodity, he is insulted. His skills are better suited for battle, not following a dragon-breeder around town. His arrogance results in Cambree being attacked, and the female adds insult to injury by firing him. Determined to earn her trust and respect, Lorne sets out to ensure her ongoing safety, but finds himself undeniably drawn to the female. Their passion burns hotter than his dragon fire, but Lorne isnt the only male vying for her attention. He’s prepared to go down in flames to win her heart, but if he isn’t careful, that’s exactly what will happen.

Cambree enjoys her quiet life. Too shy for her own good, she prefers to melt in the shadows where she’s lived her entire life. When the king returns to Khoth, and resumes the ancient ceremony identifying fertile females, Cambree is shocked when she is chosen. She’s never been on a single date and is suddenly the focus of every male on Khoth. The irrisistible, sexy knight assigned to protect Cambree stirs a desire she’s never felt before, but when she needs Lorne the most, he’s nowhere to be found. Then Cambree draws the attention of the most dangerous creature in the realm, and becomes the target of a sinister plan that could rob the Cuelebre dragons of their ability to procreate.

Will Lorne and Cambree find their happily ever after, or will the entire dragon species burn away like embers of a fire?

crystal casters mirror realmCRYSTAL CASTERS: MIRROR REALM (THE CRYSTAL CASTERS SERIES BOOK 2) by Jenn Nixon
Zorin had hoped Mergan’s imprisonment in the Mirror Realm would set him free, but her presence pervades everything, even his mind. Every day that passes, her taunts and control strengthen, testing his newly realized feelings for Cyndra. Although the island has been a refuge, he must convince Cyndra and Rune to leave, once again, to find the remaining casters on the mainland before it’s too late.

Cyndra’s growing elemental powers continue to test her bond with Zorin, making it difficult to stay on their mission to save everyone stuck in the mirror. Old friends and new memories help Cyndra come to terms with her traumatic past, but when Zorin is trapped in the very prison he has protected for twenty-five years, Cyndra will sacrifice everything to save him and heal the world.

sweet clematisSWEET CLEMATIS (BEING(S) IN LOVE BOOK 9 ) by R Cooper
Clematis works hard to embody every fairy stereotype. He can be a sulky prince or a submissive flirt, slutty and arrogant or silly and soft. He makes himself into whatever causes someone to want him. Combine that with beauty that’s incredible even for a fairy, and everyone wants him sooner or later… just not for long.

Well, everyone except the fairy Clematis secretly adores. But then, he’s never expected happily ever after, not when he’s spent years burying his emotions and making himself unlovable to push people away and protect his heart.

But his curse changes all that, and Clematis can no longer prevent his feelings from rising to the surface. He’s terrified that when his few friends see him for who he really is, they’ll abandon him, just like his parents did.

It’s hard to imagine friends who see past his act to the sweet person within, but maybe happiness has been in front of him the entire time, waiting for the real Clematis to break free and blossom.

mortal wordTHE MORTAL WORD (THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY BOOK 5) by Genevieve Cogman
VS Note: Not a romance but the series sounded intriguing.
When Irene returns to London after a relatively straightforward book theft in Germany, Bradamant informs her that there is a top secret dragon-Fae peace conference in progress that the Library is mediating, and that the second-in-command dragon has been stabbed to death. Tasked with solving the case, Vale and Irene immediately go to 1890s Paris to start their investigation.

Once they arrive, they find evidence suggesting that the murder victim might have uncovered proof of treachery by one or more Librarians. But to ensure the peace of the conference, some Librarians are being held as hostages in the dragon and Fae courts. To save the captives, including her parents, Irene must get to the bottom of this murder–but was it a dragon, a Fae, or even a Librarian who committed the crime?

waking the godsWAKING THE GODS (THEIR DARK VALKYRIE BOOK 4) by Eva Chase
There’s no peace for this recently resurrected valkyrie. Asgard’s greatest enemy intends to claim both the realm of the gods and the realm of humans for himself, and with the army he’s amassed, the odds aren’t on our side.

Even worse? It turns out the gods aren’t so immortal after all. If this power-hungry giant gets his way, my four new lovers will lose not just their home but their lives as well.

As we gather more gods to join the fight, old tensions flare up. I’m starting to think there isn’t strength in numbers, only a whole lot of arguing. How can I help save the realms when the divine newcomers see me as nothing more than a servant of Valhalla?

In this final battle, we either win or lose everything. But I’m Aria Watson, and I’ll die all over again before I let a giant destroy both my worlds.

mr darcys enchantmentMR DARCY’S ENCHANTMENT: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION by Abigail Reynolds
In a Regency England where magic and faeries are real…

Fitzwilliam Darcy is a powerful magician who controls fire, water, and wind. What he cannot control is his growing feelings for Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

Elizabeth’s sentiments towards Darcy are quite different. She detests his arrogance, and she fears he will expose her use of forbidden magic – forbidden to women, that is. He is the last man in the world she would choose to help her on a difficult and dangerous task.

But when a magical war looms between the land of Faerie and their world, a Lord of Faerie demands that Darcy and Elizabeth serve together as his emissaries to make peace with the other mortals. That mission throws them into the middle of a chaotic power struggle between magicians whose power dwarfs their own, and everything Elizabeth has ever believed about her family, her friends, and her enemies will be called into question.

hidden depthsHIDDEN DEPTHS (MERMEN AND MAGIC BOOK 5) by L M Brown

Jake Seabrook, a human descendant of Medina, the Atlantean Goddess of Love, never asked for magical powers. Unfortunately, not only does he have them, but they are also growing stronger as more of the Atlantean gods wake from their long slumber.

When Jake develops the power to hear the thoughts of anyone thinking about love, lust or sex, it is strange and embarrassing, but also reveals cracks in his relationship with his mermen lovers, Kyle and Finn. If they are going to continue to live as a ménage, they will have to learn to be honest with each other.

With Jake’s powers out of control and their relationship on shaky ground, the last thing any of them need is a crisis in the sunken city.

The Atlantean gods want to regain the powers they lost when the Atlantean people were banished from the city, but the solution will leave the mer who live in the city no choice but to evacuate and search for a new home or risk exposing the existence of the mer to the whole world.

Kyle and Finn return to Atlantis to help with the evacuation and insure the safety of their families, but time is not on their side. When Atlantis rises, the consequences could tear apart their ménage forever.

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rowankindROWANKIND by Jacey Bedford
VS note: Not romance but looked good. I must be in the mood for intriguing fantasy series with romantic elements today!
What do you do with a feral wolf shapechanger who won’t face up to his responsibilities? How do you contain magical creatures accidentally loosed into Britain’s countryside? How do you convince a crew of barely-reformed pirates to go straight when there’s smuggling to be done? How do you find a lost notebook full of deadly spells while keeping out of the clutches of its former owner? How do you mediate between a mad king and the seven lords of the Fae?

Ross and Corwen, she a witch and he a shapechanger, have several problems to solve but they all add up to the same thing. How do you make Britain safe for magic users?

It’s 1802. A tenuous peace with France is making everyone jumpy. The Fae, and therefore Ross and Corwen at their behest, have unfinished business with Mad King George, who may not be as mad as everyone thinks–or if he is, he’s mad in a magical way. The Fae have left mankind alone up to now because they don’t care to get involved with mortals, but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re harmless.

choices mercedes lackeyCHOICES (VALDEMAR) by Mercedes Lackey and Others
VS note: Fantasy. I used to love when Andre Norton would invite others to ‘play’ in her Witch World, so I was attracted to this anthology.
The twelfth anthology of short stories set in the beloved Valdemar universe, featuring stories by debut and established authors and a brand-new story from Lackey herself.

The Heralds of Valdemar are the kingdom’s ancient order of protectors. They are drawn from all across the land, from all walks of life, and at all ages–and all are Gifted with abilities beyond those of normal men and women. They are Mindspeakers, FarSeers, Empaths, ForeSeers, Firestarters, FarSpeakers, and more. These inborn talents–combined with training as emissaries, spies, judges, diplomats, scouts, counselors, warriors, and more–make them indispensable to their monarch and realm. Sought and Chosen by mysterious horse-like Companions, they are bonded for life to these telepathic, enigmatic creatures. The Heralds of Valdemar and their Companions ride circuit throughout the kingdom, protecting the peace and, when necessary, defending their land and monarch.

Now, twenty-three authors ride with Mercedes Lackey to her magical land of Valdemar, adding their own unique voices to the Heralds, Bards, Healers, and other heroes of this beloved fantasy realm.

black future monthHOW LONG ‘TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH?: STORIES by N K Jemisin
VS Note: Not romance but of note this week.
Three-time Hugo Award winner N. K. Jemisin’s first collection of short fiction challenges and enchants with breathtaking stories of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.
Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.
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VS Note: Highlighting my Alien Empath scifi romance series! Kidnapped by the interstellar crime syndicate, fighting for freedom, each falling in love with a human…at all major ebook sellers! Can be read in any order…
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 21

November 14

November 7

October 31

October 24

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…

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

Are You Scaring Her Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE, the next book in the series, actually released this past week so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it in December.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – Lily is alone in her office with Vattan, who has been stalking her.

Vattan reached out and snagged one of the long red strands of her hair with his talons, pulling her carefully controlled hairstyle into messy disarray, “So pretty – like fire in the sunshine.”

Footsteps sounded outside, and she hoped for a rescue, although the encounter was bound to be embarrassing for her. She was terrified if no one interrupted him, Vattan was going to overpower her and assault her right here in the office.

A young cub burst into the room, clutching an armful of handhelds, “I’m sorry I’m late, Miss Lily.”

It was Yonn, chosen earlier, before classes, for the honor of being her teacher’s aide today. Delivering the devices was his final duty of the day. He skidded to a halt, eyes narrowed, “What’s going on? Do you need help?”

Moving away from her slightly, Vattan wheeled, his fangs and talons appearing, and he snarled at the boy, advancing on him, “This is none of your business, cub; Get out and keep your mouth shut.”

Yonn stood his ground, dropping the handhelds and deploying his own childish claws and small fangs, “Miss Lily smells scared, like prey. Are you scaring her?”

TimturFinalThe blurb: 

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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gabe badari warriorsAnd the blurb for my new release, Gabe

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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An Unwelcome Guest Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE, the next book in the series, actually released this past week so I’ll be switching to excerpts from it soon.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – Lily is alone in her office at the school after hours when an unwelcome guest arrives:

The door creaked open, the perpetually stuck hinge protesting as it always did and she glanced up with a cheerful expression to greet the unexpected guest. Good mood immediately fading, she rose from her chair instinctively as Vattan, the alpha-born future leader of the ninth generation of Badari crossed the floor toward her.  She’d been hoping for Timtur to drop by, not this arrogant man.

The hair on the back of her neck rose as ancient instincts whispered of danger. Vattan frightened her for no reason she could state, other than his general predatory air.

“I want you to go with me to the Alpha’s gathering tonight,” The Badari soldier stood much too close to her, crowding her against the desk.

Being alone with this aggressive warrior in the office this late in the afternoon gave her a bad feeling. No one was likely to come to her rescue. Lily tried to sidestep, and he put one arm out to keep her in place, boxed in between his massive body and the wall. “Thank you, but I’m already going with my sisters,” she said, trying to control her breathing, “And I’m expecting to meet a friend there.”

timturThe blurb: 

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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gabe badari warriorsAnd the blurb for my new release, Gabe

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

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Why I Wrote GABE: A Badari Warriors#SciFi Romance Novel

gabe badari warriorsRecently I was a guest on my friend Pauline Baird Jones’s blog, discussing why I wrote GABE my latest novel in the Badari Warrior scifi romance series…here’s part of the post and you can hop over to her blog to read the short excerpt I shared with her…

Gabe’s been an important supporting character since the first book in the series. He’s fun to write, since he’s an ex-Special Forces soldier from the Sectors and also a daredevil pilot. I always knew he’d have his own book at some point and relish his time to be completely in the spotlight. I don’t plot in advance, although I do have the overall series arc in my head. I try to make sure each novel supports the series arc and with this novel I’ve thrown in a new factor and a complication. I usually start a novel knowing the hero, the heroine, the beginning, the ending and a few events in between, which is how I wrote GABE. The book flows for me once I sit down to write.

Teeny tiny spoiler for the major plot development that gets revealed really early in the first chapter – Gabe’s lady love isn’t human. She’s something everyone on the planet believes doesn’t exist, which if you’ve been reading the series will probably give you a huge clue.

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SPOILER: Keshara is a female Badari.

I always knew I was going to write at least a few female Badari into the series plot somehow. They were an irresistible development to me and who better to have a mate bond with than my dashing human,  Gabe? So when the time came as I was writing this latest book, I had to really ponder under what circumstances a small pack of these women might have been created by a Khagrish scientist despite the fact their alien customers didn’t want any females to be in existence. I even had two senior Khagrish scientists talk a little bit in MATEER (book two) about the rumor there might have been female Badari and dismiss it with a laugh.

I needed to know why there was absolutely no hint anywhere that Badari females did exist, or were even possible, and that set up some intriguing stuff for me about the scientist in charge of this particular experiment and the whys and wherefores. I also had some fun with the fact these ladies are more like Generation One or Two, and hence aren’t exactly like the Generation Eight Badari males who are the heroes in the other books. Aydarr, Mateer and the others are the result of eight generations of heavy experimentation by the Khagrish scientists whereas Keshara and her sisters come from much earlier in the process.

An author must have her challenges!

Fiona Jayde gave me her usual gorgeous cover and I have to say that inspired me – I think Gabe on the cover is an excellent embodiment of my sexy hero.

Here’s the blurb:

Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments.  Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.

Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.

His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.

Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.

This is the sixth book in the Badari Warriors world (and the fifth book in the series) and each novel has a satisfying Happy for Now ending for the hero and heroine, not a cliffhanger. Some overarching issues do remain unresolved in each book since this is an ongoing series but romance always wins the day in my novels!

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No Shared History Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week.  (GABE just went to the formatter so it’ll be out soon, by the way.)

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

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

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

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

The alien scientists never bothered to create female Badari.

The excerpt – The pack Alpha, who is mated to a human, tries to answer Timtur’s question from last week about whether it’s possible to balance his duties with having a mate:

“I refuse to believe the goddess would send the human women to this planet at the very time, the first time in eight hundred years we’ve been able to enter into pair bonds as free men, and then expect you, of all people, to resist her gift. The Great Mother, as I understand her, isn’t a jealous or a capricious deity. I think she wants us to live. And mating and having children is the essence of life. She may even be counting on you to help show the way for others. A balance in all things is called for, true, but serving the needs of the pack and being a fully committed mate can be done.”

“Those are my hopes as well, but I take my duty to the pack so deeply,” Timtur remembered the interrupted picnic, when he’d left Lily and rushed off to care for the injured Badari soldiers. He still believed that was the right action at the time but now he could see he should have paused to reassure Lily he wanted to continue their conversation as soon as he could return to her. They had so little shared history, no deep understanding of each other’s life experiences, which he now saw was a lack he needed to rectify – the human life in the Sectors and his existence as a captive in the labs were so removed from each other that of course she had no instinctive comprehension of his pack bonds.

The Badari had no mating rituals and he’d no idea what courting behaviors a human woman might expect.

TimturFinalThe blurb: 

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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Heavy Responsibilities Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m switching to my newly released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) this week. (The first book in the series, AYDARR, just won the I Heart Indie contest for SciFi & Fantasy by the way!)

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

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

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

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

Lily and Timtur are having a hard time moving from being friends to a deeper relationship. Here Timtur talks to Aydarr, the pack’s Alpha about his misgivings and seeks advice. Aydarr has a human mate.

The excerpt:

Pulling vulnerable emotions out of his heart and putting words to them was like standing naked and declawed in a vermore pit while the poisonous creatures crawled over him.  Talking about his deepest emotions and vulnerabilities wasn’t something he was used to doing at all. Even as he had the thought, he took himself to task. Lily wouldn’t hurt him by being cruel, even if she didn’t accept his proposal to be mates. But if he worked up the courage to ask her his question and she said no, he didn’t know how he’d go on. She was as essential to him as air to breathe.

He fell back on the primary issue confusing him—duty to his pack and to the goddess. Timtur decided to keep the emotional jeopardy he felt in broaching the topic with Lily in reserve. Maybe he wouldn’t have to explain himself on that score, depending what Aydarr counseled. “You said it yourself, earlier: I’m the one in our generation who speaks to the goddess, keeps the traditions aligned, carries the messages of the ancestral memory to those who follow.”

“Heavy responsibilities…”

timturThe blurb: 

Far from her home in the human Sectors after the mass kidnapping, teacher Lily Garrison is making a niche for herself in the valley by running a school for the Badari young. Although she yearns for Timtur, the pack’s healer, another Badari male has his eye on her and won’t take no for an answer.

Timtur feels the weight and responsibility of being the pack’s only healer, constantly on call as the soldiers fight ferocious battles against the alien scientists and their troops. With scarcely a moment to himself, he’s drawn to the gentle Lily but worries he won’t be able to juggle his duties, his loyalty to the pack and a relationship with a human woman.

When Lily’s stalker takes direct action to kidnap her and steal her from the safety of the valley, she’s forced to reach deep inside to find the strength to battle for her life. Timtur realizes too late how foolish he’s been to resist the bond with his fated mate and leads the rescue effort.

Before this situation can be resolved both will have to put their lives on the line and decide what really matters in a dangerous world ruled by the enemy.

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Ghost of the Nile Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedIn honor of Halloween coming this week, I’m going to my award winning Ghost of the Nile from 2015for today’s excerpt. It’s an unusual ghost story!

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!)

I’ll switch to my newly released scifi romance Timtur: The Teacher’s Alien Healer (Badari Warriors) next week.

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

The excerpt – my hero gets bad news in the afterlife from the goddess Ma’at, who is speaking as the excerpt starts:

“I’m also a seeker of justice and balance, one who rights wrongs. I’m the goddess of second chances for the human race,” She raised her elegant eyebrows, “Although such chances are few and far between.”

Despite the warmth of the brightly lit room, a shiver worked its way down Periseneb’s spine, “You wish to right the wrong of my murder? Bring my murderer to account for the crime?”

She shook her head, the golden beads in her wig chiming like little bells, “Your death is done, past, woven into the fabric of life in the upper world these two-hundred years and more.”

He staggered, locking one hand on the edge of the table to steady himself, “So long?”

“Time here and time there run differently, warrior. Only the Nile remains unchanging.” She moved to the black-and-gold chair, seating herself and leaning against the richly decorated back, “Yet, your death is connected in a way to events now.” Ma’at nodded her head as if some decision had been reached, “I need a champion.”

GhostOfTheNile_highresThe story: 

1550 BCE

Betrayed, murdered, and buried without proper ceremony, Egyptian warrior Periseneb is doomed to roam the gray deserts of the dead as a ghost for all eternity.

But then the goddess of truth offers him a bargain: return to the world of the living as her champion for 30 days. If he completes his mission, he’ll be guaranteed entry into Paradise. Periseneb agrees to the bargain but, when he returns to the living world, two hundred years have passed and nothing is quite as he expected.

Neithamun is a woman fighting to hang onto her family’s estate against an unscrupulous nobleman who desires the land as well as the lady. All seems lost until a mysterious yet appealing ex-soldier, Periseneb, appears out of nowhere to help her fight off the noble’s repeated attacks.

Meanwhile, Periseneb’s thirty days are rushing by, and he’s powerless against the growing attraction between himself and Neithamun. But their love can never be. For his Fate is to return to the Afterlife, and Death cannot wed with Life…

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