New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 23

jadrianAs 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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JADRIAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 1) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: I’m EXCITED! WHEE! My new book is available today!

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

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solo tasha blackSOLO: ALIEN STARGAZER BRIDES  #12 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: The books in this series are always fun reading. On my TBR List.

Cecily Page makes movie magic with special effects and make-up. Her wild creations and fun-loving personality give her a sought-after status in the movie industry, and a rock & roll lifestyle that has her traveling nearly every day of the year – just the way she likes it.

Solo has arrived on Earth with only one mission. He must use his movie star good looks and skills in bed to win a human woman as his life mate. But although he lost his heart to Cecily the moment before he met her, he can see she is determined not to abandon her independent lifestyle, in spite of their intense attraction.

When Solo learns of a mystery in Cecily’s past, their road trip to the Glacier City Comic Con turns into a race to unravel the threads of a riddle that will land them with information neither of them could have imagined.

When the truth comes out, will Cecily be ready to open her heart? Or will Solo be so lonely forever?

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LOVING A STRANGERLOVING A STRANGER: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

Reeve J’lorn is an M-Switch Kindred. Their ability to jump into and control the body of another male for a limited period of time has gotten them the derisive nickname, “Snatchers” and they are not trusted by the other branches of the Kindred. Nevertheless, it is to Reeve, an acknowledged pirate and Snatcher, that the Kindred must turn with a top secret mission–to snatch the body of a high ranking enemy and destroy a secret weapon which threatens the entire universe. And so, Reeve steps into the body of his enemy…and into a whole different world.

When Nallah Parokk’s husband goes into a coma, she secretly hopes he will never awaken. Harryx is cruel and cold to her, beating her often and using her like a whore. Her existence is nearly unbearable but she knows it could be worse if her husband decides to throw her out on the street. Then he wakes up and suddenly he’s…different. He’s kind and loving in a way he never was before, so much so that Nallah is almost ready to forgive his past behavior. But what is behind her husband’s sudden transformation? And will this change for the better last?

Though he tries not to, Reeve is falling in love with his enemy’s wife. But the beautiful little female with wide golden eyes is so wary around him, he wonders what the real Harryx did to her. When he begins to find out, he is horrified. How can he ever get Nallah to love him back when he is inhabiting the body of a monster–her jailer and abuser? He knows he has to tell her the truth about who he is but how can he make her understand? And if he does, will she ever be able to trust again after she finds out she has been…Loving a Stranger?

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claimed by the vikensCLAIMED BY THE VIKENS (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 14) by Grace Goodwin

The only thing former Coalition warriors Calder, Zed and Axon have in common are long years spent battling the Hive, and their eagerness to claim their personal reward—their own Interstellar Bride.
When news arrives on Viken that each of the warriors has been matched, they gather at the transport station only to receive two unwelcome surprises.

First, they are all matched to the same woman, and not one of them is inclined to share.
Second, their mate has refused them.
She won’t leave Earth and transport to Viken.
Won’t give any of them a chance to win her heart.

But these warriors will not back down from a challenge…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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found skye mckFOUND (THE MARS DIARIES BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

We thought everything was perfect. We had our own planet, the freedom to do whatever we wanted, the resources to survive. And our family. My six men and me. Unconventional, strange, and utterly amazing. I never thought I could feel this much love without exploding, but it worked.

For the first time in forever, I was happy.

There was no news from Earth, but we thought we didn’t need them anymore. We’d made it for six months without contact.

But of course, happiness never lasts.

And when happiness disappears on Mars, disaster strikes.

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venomous hungerVENOMOUS HUNGER (EOK WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Mary Auclair

After being left for dead by her people, Aliena wakes up under the care of alien pirates. She escapes, only to be captured by a creature straight from her darkest nightmares, bent on the destruction of everything she holds dear.

An Eok warrior turned outlaw, Kamal is one to be reckoned with. He is on a mission for the Eok nation, and his only goal is to find and save the humans before he can return to his old life. He has no intention of allowing a headstrong human female to get in his way.

As Aliena embarks on a mission to rescue her uncle from Minister Knut’s clutches, Kamal is at a crossroads. If he chooses help the human, the price might well be his own life.

When the Mating Venom unleashes its torment, Kamal has to decide. Will he change his ways and claim Aliena’s heart, or is the life of an outlaw too hard to leave behind?

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tribeTRIBE: PART ONE (CHOSEN SERIES BOOK 2) by Stacy Jones

Despite being dumped on a primitive alien world, Lily is adapting to life there, with the help of Frrar, Tor, and Arruk. But they can’t stay in the safety of the caves forever. The flood waters have receded and it’s time to join the rest of the tribe…

While traveling, their group meets a familiar face from Arruk’s past – a man half feral and covered in vicious scars. Something about him draws Lily in, despite those who already hold her heart. But that isn’t her biggest concern.

Can Lily keep the Tribe Mother from discovering just how much being with her has changed her new mates? Will the tribe accept her, a stranger in their lands? Or will Lily have to fight the very people who were supposed to offer her safety and a home?

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dragon desireDRAGON DESIRE (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Amelia Jade

Things have gone south for Lilly Jordan, and fast. A one-time fairytale romance has turned black and blue. It’s time to go, for her sake, and for the unborn life growing inside her. In desperation she reaches out to her best friend for help. Expecting a ride, or maybe money, Lilly is completely unprepared when the front door breaks down to reveal her Prince Charming instead. It would have been perfect timing for true love… if she weren’t in the middle of fleeing a relationship.

Forced to return to living amongst the humans yet again by the dragon elders, Torran is anything but excited to be where he is. That changes upon arrival though, when a fellow dragon tells him they’re off to save a damsel in distress. One broken door and a frantic escape through a hail of gunfire later, and that damsel is now looking exactly like his mate. The only problem is she’s human, an eventuality Torran never prepared himself for…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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aliens dreamTHE ALIEN’S DREAM (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 5) by Zoey Draven

Ever since Taylor Glass was rescued by strong, hulking Luxirians, nothing has been the same. Even worse, she can’t stop having sexy, vivid dreams starring one of her rescuers, a panty-melting alien male with mesmerizing gray eyes and the fiercest scowl she’s ever seen. Outside of her dream world, he clearly wants nothing to do with her and that fits perfectly with Taylor’s well-laid plan of getting back to Earth as soon as possible, no distractions needed. Too bad fate has other plans.

Ambassador Vikan has been loyal to his past lover since the day a tragedy ripped her away. But when his Instinct awakens for a human female under his protection, the Luxirian warrior fights against the undeniably pull with everything in him, torn between loyalty and lust, cursing her generous curves and soft lips that make him crazed. When his will fails him however, Vikan does what any sane warrior would do: steal the female away before she can leave for Earth.

Determined to get back home, Taylor fights against the intense attraction she has towards her alien captor. But when it becomes difficult to distinguish her too real dreams from reality, Taylor begins to fear that she might not leave Luxiria in one piece after all and that she might be forced to leave her heart behind.

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maxxusMAXXUS (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Maxxus has become the new king of Talonia. He must earn the trust of his people. It will be difficult, because his brother, the former king, was loved by all. Making matters worse, the planet is losing it’s paradise status. Volcanoes aren’t just dormant; they’re dead. The waterfalls are dull and losing their energy restoring powers. Soon, the citizens, who look to him for answers, will be starving. He must ask for help from the one place he would rather not, Earth.

Josie’s father once saved Earth from destruction and it is to her that the other scientists turn when Maxxus calls for help. Eager to prove herself as valuable as her father, she accepts the challenge. Gathering a crew, one who has already been to Talonia, she sets out to save the mighty weredragons. She becomes involved in a battle of wits with the stubborn, hard headed king, who is wary of humans. She sees inside his tough shell and can’t help feeling drawn to his soul.

Maxxus finds himself confiding his deepest feelings to a stranger, a human. It is disconcerting, to say the least. How could he be closer to a stranger than his own family? As the planet begins to lose it’s battle, Maxxus finds his heart melting. A few random words, heard by accident may ruin his life.

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aidenAIDEN: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 3) by  Scarlett Grove

Winnifred Parker is a survivor. She’s been on her own since she was sixteen. But when stranded on an island with nothing but her paint set, she has new obstacles to overcome. Not the least of which is the sexy, tattooed musician she’s marooned with.

Aiden’s inner dragon knows Winnifred is his mate, and he’ll do anything to be near her. Abandoned on the island together, he has the chance to impress Winnie with his guitar riffs. But winning her heart will require more sincerity than this mysterious rogue is ready to reveal.

When vampires arrive, Aiden can no longer conceal his dragon nature. He whisks Winnie away, but her rescue comes at a terrible price. Winnifred wants nothing to do with him! Will Aiden ever come out of hiding again? And if he does, can the self-sufficient painter admit she needs love, not only to the secretive warrior, but to herself?

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time gypsyTHE TIME GYPSY by Cara Carnes

Amira is the best airship pilot in the galaxies and can bend the time slips within the Gypsy Nebula better than anyone, which means she only takes the jobs she wants. She’s sacrificed a lot for the freedom to pick her jobs, live free. A Gypsy can never love an outsider. It is forbidden. She walked away from the loves of her life once. Now they’re back, demanding her help to save the galaxies. Walking away again isn’t an option, but neither is giving her loves the second chance they are demanding.

The fate of the galaxies hangs on Mikel and Nivel completing one assignment—hire a Gypsy to slipstream them to where the survivors of the Tezan empire were placed and bring them home. Only one pilot knows where they are—the woman who they’d once intended to claim for their mate. She walked away from them once, vowed to have nothing to do with them again. They aren’t about to let her walk away from them again.

They must set aside their personal differences and work together to resurrect the Tezan Empire. Failure is not an option. But the journey to the Ancient Earth slipstream is a perilous one rife with danger. Finding the Tezan survivors within Victorian London might prove impossible.

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medusas touchMEDUSA’S TOUCH by Emily L Byrne

Medusa Pilot Captain TiCara X273, ex-street kid and former bondslave, thought she wanted nothing more than to be captain of her own starship. Or, at least, that was all that she thought she wanted until Sherin Khan came back into her life. A bar singer turned corporate rep, Sherin is now working for Ser Trin Vahn, one of TiCara’s best clients and head of Vahn Corp.

Once they are thrown together on TiCara’s ship, TiCara and Sherin can no longer deny their simmering attraction to each other. A simple mission to transport the ailing Vahn to the legendary asteroid, Electra 12, for medical treatments turns dark and dangerous as betrayal leads to betrayal. TiCara’s greatest enemy is pursuing them, there’s a traitor on her crew and Sherin has a secret that can tear them apart. Can they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

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raydnRAYDN (THE FORCE SERIES BOOK 2) by Mira Maxwell

Willow can’t remember what it’s like to be free. She spends her days working under the watchful gaze of her alien captor and dreams of returning to Earth. She tries to keep hope alive, but part of her knows the likelihood of rescue fades with each passing day.

Respectability is everything to Raydn. The battle-hardened alien only cares about the mission at hand, the men under his command, and the rules that keep them all safe in an unpredictable world. Until his latest assignment leads him to a fragile Earth woman held captive on a distant planet. He falls for her, hard, and he’s determined to win her over.

Willow isn’t so sure. She cares for Raydn, but she’s struggling with the after-effects of captivity and can’t see a future for herself in his world.

Will he be able to convince Willow that her home is by his side?

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dirty liesDIRTY LIES (PRISON PLANET BOOK 4) by Emmy Chandler

Rayla Shaw has spent her entire life restricted to Station Alpha, orbiting the prison planet Rhodon, an unspoken exception to the “no children” policy. Now grown, Rayla discovers that her father, Warden Shaw, has been lying to her for her entire life, and the only person who can tell her why is one of the prisoners.

Armed with supplies, weapons, and a bodyguard, Rayla sneaks onto the planet disguised as an inmate, determined to find answers. But when her shuttle crashes, killing Rayla’s bodyguard, she is stranded alone on a planet crawling with violent criminals.

A zone four loner, Jai sees a shuttle go down in the woods and he races toward it, intending to salvage what he can. To his surprise, the only survivor is a female prisoner who emerges from the wreckage with an unrestricted gun—easily the most valuable thing in all of zone four. His plan is to seduce the gorgeous new inmate and steal the gun once she’s fallen for him.
But before long, Jai realizes he’s falling for his prey—and that Rayla may be the only woman on the entire planet he can never have.

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in the requiemIN THE REQUIEM (METAHUMAN FILES BOOK 5) by Hailey Turner 

Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.

Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.

The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.

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HER COLD BLOODED PROTECTORHER COLD-BLOODED PROTECTOR (LEVEKK INVADERS BOOK 1) by Lea Linnett

It’s not easy being human when Earth is run by aliens.

Lena has been locked up, imprisoned in a multi-species penitentiary on Earth, and all she wants is to get back to what she’s good at: keeping her sister safe.

Kormak is a levekk—a member of the same cold-blooded, alien species that enslaved her planet—and he is the key to her escape.

Kormak hates humans, and he’s not afraid to show it. They burn hot and bright but are snuffed out quickly, and the last thing he wants is a human slowing him down.

But she needs a protector, and he’s drawn to her flame. When an accident derails their escape and strands them in the wintry wilderness, just who will end up saving whom?

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krakens mateTHE KRAKEN’S MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 2) by Susan Tromblay

A desperate escape from a prison cell inside an alien research facility leaves Joanie in the clutches of an alien with a handsome face, a great body, and tentacles that could have come out of a horror movie. Her life back on Earth is a mess, but nowhere near as complicated as her new situation becomes when the alien test subject named Nemon decides that she’s his mate.

Nemon knows that Joanie is the mate he’s hoping for as soon as Thrax hands her to him, but he can also see that she’s frightened and traumatized. He must win a battle against his own body—which has a mind of its own—to maintain control, so he can win her trust and avoid frightening her further. His newfound friends warn him that Joanie will need time to accept him, and Nemon is willing to wait, but they all may have underestimated Joanie.

They have escaped their fate as Iriduan test subjects, but Nemon and Joanie can’t escape the legacy left behind by their captors. A legacy that brings them together—a legacy that also threatens to tear them apart.

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spacebergSPACEBERG (SPACE SQUAD 51) by M Pax

Spaceberg arrives without warning. The size of Jupiter, it hits with deadly consequences, taking out ships and colonies in the outer solar system.

Orbital Rescue Squad 51 is first on the scene with the most decorated first responder in the Sol. Nikili Echols battles the mega disaster to save her family, everyone in trouble, and entire worlds. With time running short, she’s forced to team up with her ex-husband in order to rescue their daughter and to save what remains of the solar system. His superstitions irk her like gas, but luck and organic plastic is what her plan needs to prevail.

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mating sightMATING SIGHT (PRAESIDIO BOOK 2) by Ava Ryant

VS Note: From April

So…Earth was invaded by Aliens. That happened. I’m not joking. Fortunately for us, Humans developed latent abilities that enabled us to defend and protect our planet. We call ourselves the Praesidio. Years later the world is not the same. We know we are not alone in the universe. There are dangerous things lingering in the darkness.

Kidnapped by an Alien after getting attacked by Space Pirates on her way to a new Planet. Yeah…Anabel wasn’t having a good day. Fortunately for her she was a glass half-filled, spunky kinda-girl and she ends up roaming free on a trading planet where things get weird…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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war kim faulksWAR (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 2)  by Kim Faulks

She’s got Pestilence in her basement.
He’s bound, gagged. His blood slick on her hands.
His touch warm on her body.
And he’s calling the others…the three riders she’s hunting.
War is coming and she’s not ready…She doesn’t think she’ll ever be ready.
But she’s been given a mission—a Calling to her tainted soul.
Lamb, Pestilence calls her.
But she’s no Lamb.
She’s a Lion.
Her name is Harlow Morgan, and she’s the last hope a dying world has left.

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hellfire and handbasketsHELLFIRE AND HANDBASKETS (A TIME TRAVELER’S JOURNEY BOOK 2) by Kathryn Hills

It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.

Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?

What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.

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dragon warriors heartDRAGON WARRIOR’S HEART (DRAGONS OF MARS BOOK 5) by Leslie Chase and Juno Wells

Ashley Warren knows she’s in trouble as soon as she sees Kosar. The tall, powerful dragon shifter has a body to kill for, a smile that makes her heart race, and eyes that look straight into her soul. If only she could listen to what her body wants, she’d forget about her mission and throw herself at him.

The trouble is, she’s on Mars to steal from him. Worse, the people who sent her aren’t the forgiving type — and they have her brother as a hostage. If she doesn’t bring them the information they want, he’ll pay the price.

Kosar is a dragon warrior, a defender of the most precious artifact the Dragon Empire possesses. The stardrive that brought the dragon shifters to Mars is his to guard while its secrets are studied, and he will not allow thieves to take it.

His duty is simple until he meets Ashley. The moment he looks into the human female’s eyes, he knows they belong together. She’s his mate, chosen by fate to be by his side, and he would give anything to protect her. But as evidence mounts that she’s planning to steal the secrets he’s guarding, he’s torn between his duty to the Empire and his feelings for his mate.

Caught between their conflicting obligations, can Kosar and Ashley find a way to be together? Or will duty pull them apart?

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game of liesGAME OF LIES (MESSENGER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Pippa DaCosta

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver’s touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she’s not sure she’s ready for.

When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow’s human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is… Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she’s fought for will be lost forever, including her men.

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her savage mateHER SAVAGE MATE by Kallista Dane

VS Note: The author states: “Her Savage Mate is based on the characters in my story in the USA TODAY bestselling box set Alien Alphas. I’ve added lots of steamy hot new scenes to make it a full-length standalone novel. “

Except I don’t have a choice. Not really. The High Priest threatens to put my entire crew to death unless I agree. So I make him a deal. I’ll mate with the future king and give him an heir – in exchange for their freedom.

Turns out my new mate is a mouth-watering, seven foot tall bronze hunk. He’s so hot he could be the star of one of the tacky romance novels I’m secretly addicted to.

Unfortunately this planet requires females to obey their mates or be disciplined. I’m not the submissive type, so I get punished by my new mate. A lot. But I’m determined this alien alpha will never break me. Night after night I defy him.

As time goes on, his stern discipline and passionate lovemaking are awakening dark desires in me. Wicked desires I’ve never felt before.

I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

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tiger stripedTIGER STRIPED: SHIFTERS UNBOUND by Jennifer Ashley

Tiger …

The call he must answer …

Tiger wakes in the night, knowing something is wrong. Carly, mate of his heart, is next to him, and he hears his son’s breathing. They are safe.

But someone, someone cries out with a despair he can’t ignore …

Carly won’t let Tiger go alone, and neither will Connor, the cub who will become one of the greatest Shifters of them all—Tiger knows. He sees.

He can’t ignore the call. Tiger and Carly take Dylan’s truck and head into the night, on what proves to be the most important mission of their lives.

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phoenix rising lick of firePHOENIX RISING: TALES OF THE WERE (LICK OF FIRE BOOK 8) by Bianca D’Arc

Lance doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He’s just a regular guy who owns a high-end engine shop on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. But lately, he’s been drawn to the desert in inexplicable ways, and has troubled dreams of flying…to the sun.

Tina remembers him – her high school crush. But that was long ago and they’re both very different now. Lance still has that aura of magic about him, though, and she’s grown into her powers, gaining strength and hopefully, wisdom, over the intervening years. When she gets stuck on the side of the road out in the desert, it’s Fate that sends Lance – of all people – to her rescue.

Sparks fly as they reunite and rekindle the flame that had never quite extinguished between them. When Lance’s business is targeted, Tina helps him defend his place and the odd assortment of shifters who have gathered around him. Lance is a bit clueless about the unseen world, but Tina is there to fill in the blanks and help him discover what he was always meant to be.

But Lance is in a dangerous position. Most shifters of his kind don’t survive their first shift. Tina believes she can help him through it and perhaps…just perhaps…she can be the one to ground him. She wants to believe she could be the reason he comes back down to Earth – if their love is strong enough.

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abyssABYSS (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 5) by Bethany Adams

After five hundred years as a magic teacher, Selia thought she’d seen everything. But nothing prepared her for the chaos of her assignment at Braelyn. Assassins, rogue princes, and a grown, half-human student—all had caught her off guard. Now, things have settled down, and her life has begun to take on a sense of normalcy. Until her seemingly dead husband reappears astride a dragon with a dire warning about Earth.

For seven years, Aris was held captive on the isle of dragons, hidden so well that only his captor knew of his presence. But when a dragon claims him as her rider and flies him away on an urgent mission, Aris isn’t certain he wants to return home. Tortured and scarred, not even thoughts of his lost family renew his desire for life. Unfortunately, death isn’t on the table—not with danger threatening multiple worlds.

Life might have settled on Moranaia after Prince Kien’s death, but the rogue prince hadn’t gone to his death as quietly as his people believed. As poison seeps into a crack in Earth’s energy field, a greater catastrophe looms. Now a dragon, a broken adventurer, and an uncertain mage are the only ones who stand in the way of disaster.

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vampires thirst ivanA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: IVAN by Marissa Farrar

Russian vampire Ivan Sokolov is suffering from a bad case of the guilts and has high hopes of apologising to his ex—the half-breed daughter of the werewolf Deacon Thorn.

He tracks her down to the eerie and remote Dartmoor when he is struck down by the Thirst. His hunger all but consumes him, and he awakens to a nightmare; covered in blood with no recollection of what happened.

Panic and dread overcomes him. He takes the only way out and tries to make a run for it when he’s hit by a most wondrous scent.

The only problem is the scent belongs to a police officer, one sent to find out who’s responsible for the bloody corpse found on the moors the previous night. And to add to that … she’s his Bloodmate.

Is Ivan the one responsible? Or will the truth lie in the ancient myths surrounding the local moors…?

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crossroadsCROSSROADS (AFTERLIFE BOOK 1) by Desni Dantone

Alec Sierra has been given a second chance at life. This one, he will not screw up. He is off to a great start with a nice apartment, a flashy car, an amazing group of friends, and in four years he’ll have the college diploma he never thought possible to obtain. The only thing missing? The love he never knew he wanted.

When the sexy and challenging Jemi moves into the vacant apartment across the hall, Alec sets his sights determinedly on her, but his plan to wear her down with his charm ends up being harder than he bargained for. Not only is Jemi immune to his lady-killer grin and stellar whit, but the god of the underworld has plans for him.

He thinks he has left the supernatural world behind. He is wrong. For him, it has only begun.

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healer rise of the prideTHE HEALER (RISE OF THE PRIDE BOOK 7) by Teresa Hissong

Harold Blackwell, the pride’s healer, never imagined he’d be working to save the enemy. He took an oath the day he graduated from human medical school; to learn how to care for the sick and injured, but he never planned on saving a wolf.

Luna Ray was scared and alone when she was rescued from the labs that studied shifters. Her family had been slaughtered by the Community, but her life was spared when she was saved by a panther. Being the only white wolf shifter in the world, she must learn to live with the pride who believes she is dangerous.

Harold doesn’t want to have feelings for the wolf, but his panther demands he do everything in his power to heal Luna inside and out. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to accept fate when he touches her for the first time.

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winter queenWINTER QUEEN (DAUGHTER OF WINTER BOOK 3) by Skye McKinnon

The Morrigan needs to die, no question about that. But first, Wyn and her Guardians need to find her.

While the Realm prepares for war, allies arrive from unexpected places. But there are enemies hiding in plain sight that could stop the war before it’s even begun.

Can Wyn destroy the Morrigan without sacrificing the lives of her loved ones?

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stoking the flames twoSTOKING THE FLAMES II: TALES OF LEGENDS, LORE  & EVERLASTING LOVE by Various

Find everlasting love in the clouds. Go back in time. Spring into the future. Soar on the wings of magic. Discover Legends of Fate, Destiny, True Mates, and Forever Love that’s written in the Stars.

Take flight with fifteen amazingly talented bestselling authors as they bring these special Dragons to life. In each life-changing journey you will see that the heart gets what the heart wants, happily ever after is so much more than simple words at the end of a Fairy Tale, and Dragons prevail no matter the time, place, or obstacle.

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guardian spiritsGUARDIAN SPIRITS by Jordan L Hawk

Psychic medium Vincent Night and his lover Henry Strauss have spent months striving to uncover the dark secret harbored by Vincent’s dead mentor, James Dunne. Their only clue comes from a journal: Dunne was seeking to restore the Grand Harmonium, an artifact meant to breach the walls between life and death.

Fate seems to intervene when Henry and Vincent are offered a job investigating the haunted orphanage where Dunne lived as a youth. But the ghosts of the orphanage don’t rest easily, and the lovers soon find themselves in a battle to locate the Grand Harmonium before it falls into the wrong hands—and unleashes evil upon the world.

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CHARMED BONESCHARMED BONES: A SARA DELANEY BOOTH MYSTERY BY Carolyn Haines

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

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dragon familyTHE DRAGON FAMILY by Jessie Donovan

For Finlay Stewart, being a dragon-shifter clan leader is easy compared to managing his family…

Finn is trying his best to work and protect his clan on little sleep; having triplets is his toughest challenge to date. But with his mate, Arabella, at his side, he finds a way to manage. However, as things start to spiral out of control with a pregnant cousin, another cousin constantly containing a mate-claim frenzy, and another driving his eight-months’-pregnant mate crazy, Finn’s next mission is to find a way to ensure everyone behaves and toes the line. The only problem is that the MacKenzies are a stubborn lot and Finn may be in over his head.

However, as Finn soon finds out, his wild cousins are nothing compared to the latest surprise to show up on his doorstep. It’s going to take every bit of wit and charm he possesses to keep his family safe and together. Failure simply isn’t an option.

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darker pathsDARKER PATHS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

Cruelly dumped at the altar by the man she loves, Miranda McAllister turns her back on Santa Fe and takes off with Simon Gutierrez, who promises to help her develop her newly awakened magical powers…even though her logical self warns against acting on impulse so soon after her humiliation at Rafe Castillo’s hands.

Under Simon’s patient guidance, Miranda discovers the astounding depth and breadth of her gifts. Yet too many unanswered questions leave her uneasy, especially when Simon indicates he’d like to move them out of the friend zone.

Rafe Castillo still can’t figure out what the hell happened the day of his wedding. A powerful spell forced him to spew those spiteful words at Miranda…and whoever cast that spell has covered their tracks so thoroughly, no trace remains — to Rafe’s human form, at least. His coyote alter ego can track fainter wisps of magic, magic as dark and hateful as the things he said that fateful day at the church.

Intent on finding Miranda no matter what, Rafe relentlessly follows a twisting, turning, increasingly deadly trail. But by the time he learns the truth, the race to save her from an unspeakable evil may already be lost.

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amethyst gryphonAMETHYST GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 5)  by Ruby Ryan

Andy is in complete denial.

The owner of six Los Angeles nightclubs, Andrew Fischer is ignoring all phone calls and text messages from his friends. What they’re telling him is impossible. It’s downright crazy.

They can’t be right… can they?

Leslie is the accountant at Andy’s newest club, the Cheshire Cat. But she has a secret of her own, and it has nothing to do with the pulsing totem he’s started carrying everywhere. Her mission is far more delicate.

A mission that requires she put aside her feelings for her boss.

As their separate secrets begin to unravel, Andy and Leslie are going to have to find a way to escape the men stalking them–even if it means telling each other the truth. Can they learn to trust one another in order to survive the fury of five dragons? Or will their growing attraction be destroyed in a flash of acrid smoke?

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haunting hephaestusHAUNTING HEPHAESTUS (GODS OF OLYMPUS BOOK 9) by Annalise Nixon

VS Note: From April

Once upon a time, the Greek God Hephaestus was distrustful, detached, and unhappy. Guess what? Not much has changed, except his name and location.

Now he’s known as Vulcan, and he’s waited two thousand years to exact revenge on the human woman whose betrayal nearly destroyed him. Haunted by her honeyed lies and cruel treachery, he waits for the opportunity to strike.

That time is now.

But just his luck, her soul has been reborn into the body of the only woman in Jackson, Wyoming who has ever made him laugh. It sucks that this shy, curvy gallery owner will have to suffer for the sin of another, but… Oh well.

Of all the eligible men in Jackson to fall in lust with, why did Destiny have to choose the sullen and not-altogether-human Vulcan? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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mages and mechanismsMAGES AND MECHANISMS by Devin Harnois

Leander Weatherford doesn’t want a mage, but he needs one. Enchanted mechanical animals are all the rage among the upper classes and selling them will save his struggling family business. Enter Jak, whose enchanting ability is second only to his talent for flirting. It’s dangerous to keep such a tempting man close, but Leander can’t resist—in more ways than one.

Jak needs money to continue his aimless life of running. A partnership with Leander provides both income and a lovely diversion. Their masterful creations catch the attention of an eccentric baroness, who offers them a huge sum for an ambitious project—a full scale mechanical dragon.

Swept up into a life rubbing elbows with nobility, Leander is pleased but overwhelmed. Spending both work days and evenings with Jak, he finds himself drawing closer to the charming mage.

But Jak is hiding a dangerous secret, and the truth could tear them apart.

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third throne angel of distrustTHE THIRD THRONE (ANGEL OF DISTRUST) by Tabitha Barret

What if loving someone brought you such joy that you couldn’t wait to see them, but also brought you indescribable pain because you knew they would die in your arms? How far would you go to forget them…for eternity?

Anjali has been tasked by Lucifer to find, Celaeno, the last Harpy in existence, before Hades can use her to overthrow Hell. During her search for the Harpy, she is captured by an unknown assailant. Waking up on a deserted island, she finds that her powers have been bound, leaving her helpless to fight multiple enemies trying to kill her. Who can she trust to help her escape?

Haydn, the Angel of Distrust, not only wants to be free from his duties as a Harbinger to the Bringer of the Apocalypse, but he wants to free the others under her control before finally ridding the world of Anjali. Once a Celestial Warrior sworn to protect God’s creatures, can he complete his mission and kill Anjali?

Viktor Every is a man destroyed by love. Desperate to escape his tragic past and bleak future, he will make a deal with the last person, or creature, he ever expected. All he has to do is find the love of his life and hand her over to a demon claiming to have the ability to take away all memories of his lover. It should be a simple task, yet it is the hardest thing he will ever do. Is he willing to give her up so that he can be free of her forever?

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trapped in the dragons bedTRAPPED IN THE DRAGON’S BED (THE CRIMINAL PROPERTY DRAGONS’ SERIES BOOK 1)  by Hollie Hutchins

This wasn’t my first choice of career. Lurking around shifter establishments in their state, trying to pull in Richard Forge. I could have been back at college, finishing my courses, so I could finally become a Profiler. But instead, my boss yanked me right out of there.
And why? Because I’m “immune.” Immune to shifter’s hypnotic powers. An object of desire. And it seems that Richard’s very, very interested in me.
I know I have to do this. The senator’s daughter is missing, and Richard’s a suspect. Everyone wants to know what happened, but not everyone can make it to Richard Forge’s bed.
But what I didn’t expect was the other man Richard had struck a deal with. A man called Tarren Vale. Crawling straight out of the underworld, binding us both together… calling to the darkness inside us.

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dragon marshals treasureTHE DRAGON MARSHAL’S TREASURE by Zoe Chant

Curvy, practical Jillian has spent her life trying to distance herself from her father. But now he’s disappeared, leaving her saddled with his stolen millions, the world’s most terrifying nutcracker collection, and a US Marshal knocking on her door. A US Marshal with a strange courtly manner and deep green eyes that make Jillian wish he’d strip away more than just her unwanted inheritance…

As a dragon shifter from a reclusive, traditional clan, US Marshal Theo St. Vincent is baffled by many things in the outside world. Vending machines. Fairy tales where knights aren’t vicious monsters. Not ravishing your one true mate the instant you lay eyes on her…

Theo’s old-fashioned charm and rock-hard body soon have Jillian fully complying with his investigation. But the US Marshals aren’t the only ones interested in her father’s ill-gotten gains. With Jillian in danger, Theo has to protect his mate…even if it means breaking all the rules.

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hope of a crowFOR THE HOPE OF A CROW (RED DEAD MAYHEM BOOK 1)  by T S Joyce

Ramsey Hunt is caught in a spiral no one can save him from, and he’s taking his entire Clan of crow shifters down with him. A broken mating bond has him going insane, and all he can do is try to hold onto his Alpha position as long as possible. But when a spirited beauty comes waltzing into his MC’s clubhouse demanding an audience with him, he can’t help but think he’s dreaming her up. She’s got paperwork saying he’s her mate, and this shifter has one serious stubborn streak in her. All he wants to do is go insane in peace, but she isn’t having it. And now the real work begins. He’s got to sever one mating bond completely if he wants a shot at survival. And if this crazy plan works, he might just have a second shot at happiness too.

Vina wants a crow. She doesn’t care who they are, as long as their shifter animal is a crow. They mate for life and she’s tired of being pushed around by the men she dates. So when a crow comes up on the shifter matchmaking service she applied for three years ago, she has a good feeling her stars are about to change. That is, until she meets Ramsey. The half-crazed Alpha of the biggest, baddest Clan of crow shifters in existence isn’t going to make pairing up easy. And the more Vina gets to know him, the more she thinks it wasn’t him who signed up for a mate after all.

And now Vina has two choices—cut and run from the storm coming for the Red Dead Mayhem Clan, or dig her heels in and rip that old mating bond out of Ramsey. Up until now, no one has appreciated her, but what if…just what if…she could be the one to save the crows?

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owned by the berserkersOWNED BY THE BERSERKERS (BERSERKER BRIDES BOOK 5) by Lee Savino

My life changed the night the Berserkers took me. Dagg and Svein cared for me like no other–until the Corpse King attacked and the battle rage took their minds.

Now I’m alone. My mates are lost to madness, and my visions are growing worse. My nightmares, my only companions–unless I can defy the pack and save my warriors. I must trek into the wilderness and claim them for my own–or die in the attempt.

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crown of embersCROWN OF EMBERS (THE CHOSEN BOOK 3) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene may have gotten her Mate back, but that was just the beginning. The battle lines have been drawn and her nemesis has already struck the first blow.

Surrounded by her Circle, Helena’s power continues to grow. However, this time power alone will not be enough. To save the Chosen Helena must seek out the Forsaken to forge new alliances with those long forgotten by her kind.

But will they be friend or foe? After centuries of neglect is it too late to mend the wounds of time?

“The Circle must be broken.”

Rowena will stop at nothing to prove that Elysia and the Chosen are hers. With Elysia on the brink of destruction, it’s time for all of the Chosen to remember who, and what, they are.

Their fate depends on it.

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sinlessSINLESS (DEADLY OMEN BOOK 1)  by Jenica Saren

I’m Ria, don’t ask for my last name, because I don’t want to talk about it. Twenty-three years old, and living the glamorous life of my dreams, with the perfect fiancé, nice car, gorgeous house, and the job I love. Excuse the minor detail of the job I love being taking my clothes off.I had everything I wanted, when suddenly shit hit the fan, and and the fantasy life I had built went up in flames.

Now I find myself living in a tiny town, in a not-so-tiny house, with six insanely hot–and just straight up insane–roommates. With everything going all kinds of crazy in this little town, Eliam, Gatlin, Kellan, Gray, Beck, and Rafe seem to think that I am just the girl to help them set everything straight.

The Severin brothers are getting me all involved and in danger, and I’m truthfully terrified – not of the danger stuff, but these guys. There’s something different about the six of them, something I swear I’m going to figure out.

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rebel brideREBEL BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 4) by Ava Sinclair

I am Thera the Healer, and I blame the Drakoryans for the death of my husband and father. They were killed before our dragon lord rulers resettled us in the Drakoryan Valley ahead of war with the ShadowFell.
Now they seek to recruit village men into their army to fight the enemy. But I seek to convince my people that the enemy is not some black dragon we have never seen, but the one who keeps us.
Now the Drakoryans are accusing me of sedition, and seek to neutralize my influence in a manner I will not accept. They seek to wed me to five Drakoryan lords tasked with keeping order in my village.
They won’t get what they want without a fight.

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priestess unleashedPRIESTESS UNLEASHED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 3) by Lidiya Foxglove

They have been branded as mountain bandits, but they are the descendants of the ancient attendants of the priestess. Long buried secrets lie in this remote land. Phoebe will uncover the devastating truth as she comes into her powers. She’s ready to fight, but is she ready to bear the hopes and dreams of the entire realm on her shoulders? And will she be able to perform the Grand Quintet when one of her guardians is the enemy of the rest?

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crave to claimCRAVE TO CLAIM by Zoey Ellis

The unknown fate of his Omega sends Drocco into unfamiliar emotional territory. Uncertain if their connection can ever be repaired, he sets himself on a collision course to fulfill his vow as Emperor, knowing he may lose Cailyn in all the ways that truly matter if he succeeds.

Her determination to have the truth laid bare has cost her deeply; the protection of her Omega sisters and the Alpha who would have once died for her. Without knowing how to tame him, the fierce warrior who comes for her could become a man she is unable to recognize… and everything she had once considered for her future, would be lost.

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furybornFURYBORN (THE IMPIRIUM TRILOGY) by Claire LeGrand

VS note: Cool concept.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.

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ALL THE EVER AFTERSALL THE EVER AFTERS:  THE UNTOLD STORY OF CINDERELLA’S STEPMOTHER by Danielle Teller

VS Note: Not a romance but sounded interesting.

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

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MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I’m highlighting STAR CRUISE: MAROONED from my backlist. This was the first in the STAR CRUISE series, introducing Meg and Red. I think the cover by Fiona Jayde is still one of my favorites!

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The story:

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 16

May 9

May 2

April 25

April 18

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.  

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Cover Reveal: JADRIAN Sectors New Allies Book 3 #SCiFi Romance Excerpt

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]It’s time to share the gorgeous Fiona Jayde cover with you!

The blurb:

Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.

The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many powerful reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.

Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.

As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.

When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?

This is the third book in a new scifi romance 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!

The excerpt:

Taura crouched in the corner of her small cell, fists clenched, ready to attack the next person who came into her space, be it Khagrish scientist, lab tech or security guard. Today was her breaking point – she felt the emotion viscerally. She couldn’t endure another procedure or test. No more physical or psychological pain at the hands of the uncaring aliens. She glanced at the black bracelet affixed to her wrist and snarled in rage, like the penned animal she’d become under their torture. Maybe this time she could force them to kill her, and her awful existence would finally end.

Where were her captors? Why wasn’t anyone coming to drag her off to the next horrific ordeal? Now that she was ready to fight them to the death? To relieve her tension and unkink her muscles as she waited, Taura rose and paced the none too generous length of the cell. Movement helped her manage the tension but her mood remained on the knife edge of panic.

Gradually, she became aware of strange noises outside her cell, loud booms and the sound of pulse rifles firing in staccato bursts. As grey smoke drifted down from the vent above her head, she moved cautiously along the wall to the edge of the force barrier confining her. There was nothing to be seen in the corridor, other than eddies of smoke. An alarm blared but cut off suddenly.

Was the facility under attack? Had the Sectors finally come to the rescue of their kidnapped citizen? Not likely. Maybe her enemies had their own enemies, though, which might work to her advantage.

Coughing, she covered her face with her arm and croaked out a plea for help. “Here, I’m here!”

Death by fire was a terrifying idea. Her heart raced and her breath came in short gasps, as she couldn’t pull enough air into her chest.

Her head swam from panic and the lack of oxygen.  How ironic, to die with help possibly now at hand. My timing always sucked.

Shapes moved in the corridor, obscured by the smoke which had grown thicker. Her vision swam, blacking in and out.

Taura found herself face down on the cold cell floor.  I must have passed out for a few minutes.

Rising to her knees shakily, one hand on the wall for support, she opened her mouth to yell at whoever was passing by. Surely even the Khagrish wouldn’t be so cruel as to leave her here, trapped in a burning building?

“Please,” she said, inaudible even to herself as she collapsed to the floor.

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As a toughened combat veteran, Jadrian of the Badari wasn’t subject to anxiety, but he had to admit moving through a Khagrish lab, and even worse a Khagrish prison block, brought up bad memories. He’d spent time as a younger man undergoing their tortures, kept in isolation from his pack, and the experience had left its scars on him.

The smoke bothered his eyes and lungs less than it might other beings, but it didn’t make for a pleasant environment. He and his teammates swept hastily through the place. The records indicated no human prisoners were kept here, and the force barrier doors had gone down, so it was a quick step into each cell space, checking the corners for any occupant then moving on. Purely an effort to be thorough.

Two Khagrish guards charged into the corridor from the far end, and Jadrian and his teammates scattered, taking cover where they could, returning fire. A cut off scream from the direction of the enemy indicated Jadrian or his compatriots had hit their targets. He grinned fiercely. The Khagrish bred the Badari to possess uncannily powerful vision, even in obscured environments, and now the aliens’ cleverness was coming full circle to bite them.

“Cover me.” Darik, the team leader, sprinted ahead, laying down suppressing fire just in case. “All clear, both dead,” he yelled a moment later. “We’re done here, time to regroup with the others and blow the place.”

“One more cell to check.” Jadrian turned to the right.

“Hurry it up, there’s no one here, just as the records indicated.” Darik’s clipped tone indicated his impatience to rejoin the rest of the strike force and complete the assault on the installation.

I can’t take the chance of leaving anyone behind. Even his leader’s annoyance couldn’t keep Jadrian from making sure there were no prisoners.

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In the meantime, here are the first two books (all are standalone):

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Will He Do That? 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 scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish. Walt is another human prisoner.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan had a chat at the end of a long day in their outdoor enclosure, and she was complaining about bug bites. Mateer goes off on patrol and when he returns much later, in the middle of the night, is informed Megan has become very ill. Walt is a fellow prisoner who’s been a friend to Mateer and Megan. Mateer plans to take Megan to the alien scientist in charge of the lab to have her treated.

This snippet follows directly after last week’s.

The excerpt: 

“Will he do that for her?” Walt asked.

“He wants a certain concession from me – I’ll make him cure her,” Mateer paused, “Take care of your people. I may not be coming back any time soon.” He debated how much he could say to Walt but, of all the humans other than Megan, this man was the person he trusted most and had found the most in common with. Lowering his voice further, he said, “Be prepared. Things could change drastically in the next few days.”

Eyes narrowed, Walt displayed no surprise and asked no awkward questions, “Message understood – I’ll be ready.” He looked at Megan, limp in Mateer’s arms, “You better get going.”

Without another word, Mateer broke into a steady, efficient run, heading toward the lab, guided by the moonlight and his own unerring sense of direction. As he sprinted, he prayed to the Great Mother to grant him the chance to obtain help for Megan.

Not many more excerpts from MATEER coming as I got JADRIAN back from the editor and will release it in about ten days…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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Guest Author Liza O’Connor ARRIVAL: TITAN Excerpt

Arrival Titan bannerVS Note: My guest today is scifi romance author Liza O’Connor, here to share an excerpt from her new release, ARRIVAL: TITAN.

Liza: Sometimes, it doesn’t matter.

Sometimes it does.

Drake wants to land in the dried sea bed, far away from all the lakes. Nix That!

A few of the scientists were leaning towards going to the south pole. While they didn’t know for certain whether the lake there was methane or ethane or something else, it would be warmer, and the sun would make it a bit brighter than the north pole, which was the darkest and coldest place on Titan at -295 degrees.

Fortunately, the majority of the scientist kept their heads screwed on.

Titan has no temperature that will be considered ‘warm’ for humans. That’s why they worked so hard to make their suits so they could survive in  -295 F weather. Going to the warmer south pole so the temp would be -250 makes no sense at all. In either case: with the suit they can survive, without the suit they freeze to death.

Fortunately, the students argued against the south pole since the lake is smaller and they have no idea if it holds methane. Scarlett, the AI, agreed with them.

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Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space near Titan.

Captain Drake has his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the students being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and students are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. They also learn that the moon, Pan, is actually a ship called the Death Star, mining minerals in the outer rings of Saturn. Even more shocking—Jupiter is not a planet, but a disguised ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

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“If we are going to land on the north pole, this would be the appropriate action. But would you rather not land where the probe did. That land was very flat.”

Ben spoke up at once. “Beg your pardon, sir, but if you recall, based on the pictures, there were hills and the winds played havoc upon the probe.”

“But more importantly, we need to land very close to a methane lake, so we have the ability to create fuel, water, and oxygen at once. What we brought with us won’t last long. I know the gravity is only one-fourteenth of Earth’s, but that could still consume more fuel than we have if later we need to move for some reason. Landing on the north pole is our best bet to survive.”

Lancaster spoke, “Sounds logical, can I get feedback from my other scientists?”

Victor spoke up. “The majority agrees. Three of us would prefer the South Pole, given there is slightly more sun and it’s slightly warmer. However, that does make the winds stronger, and there is only one lake, which has never been tested. It is probably methane, but it could be some other liquid as well.”

“I like the warmer and more sun part,” Lancaster admitted.

Anthony spoke up. “Honestly, sir. I don’t think you’d be able to tell the difference between warm and cold on Titan. We’d freeze to death in either case within a second. So, in my opinion sunshine, nor temperature should be considered in the matter. Our critical need to survive is methane. We know for a fact that one of the lakes in the north pole is a methane lake.”

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Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 16

alien attraction alien mate2As 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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ALIEN ATTRACTION (ALIEN MATE 2) by Cara Bristol

VS note: I was fortunate enough to have an ARC of this novel and enjoyed it, especially the reality show aspects!

How insane is it to marry an alien as a publicity stunt?

I’m Sunny Weathers. You probably recognize me from my reality show, Sunny Weathers’ Excellent Adventures. I’ve had to perform a lot of crazy stunts in my career, but this one takes the cake! The producers are sending me to another planet to become an alien’s mail order bride. I’m not allowed to tell anybody it’s a gimmick, and as soon my contract is up, I’ll be leaving planet Dakon. Unfortunately, I hadn’t counted on my attraction to Mr. Tall, “Darq,” and Handsome…

I’m Darq. The moment I laid eyes on the female with pretty mud-colored hair and a sunny smile, I knew she was mine. Competition for females is fierce, and I was determined to claim a mate from the latest shipment from Earth, so I broke the rules. If anyone finds out, my own brother would banish me to the icy wilderness, and I’d lose my mate. I will do anything to keep her.

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no limitNO LIMIT (THE DRIFT BOOK 5) by Susan Hayes

yran Varosa and Braxon Torr are on a mission. Find an inhabitable planet. Start a new colony. Escape the archaic rules and traditions of the Vardarian homeworld. They never expected to find their mate along the way, and they never imagined she’d be a diminutive human female with pink hair and a warrior’s spirit.

Phaedra Kari has been called a lot of things in her life: trouble, cyber-jockey, lunatic, hacker, but never someone’s mate – not until an alien prince and his best friend arrive at the Drift. She’s got plans of her own, and they don’t include mating anyone, not even a pair of gorgeous aliens whose every touch tempts her to say yes.

When corporate backstabbing progresses to real-life murder, these three will need to come together to ensure the survival of their plans, their friends, and each other.

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his earth maidenHIS EARTH MAIDEN:  A QURILIXEN WORLD NOVEL (SPACELORDS BOOK 4) by  Michelle M Pillow

Former elite Federation soldier, now turned space pirate, Jackson Burke has done his best to turn his life around—for the better. He isn’t prepared when fate leaves a woman’s safety totally in his hands. Since heroes don’t leave a damsel in distress—and despite being outlaw pirates, the crew considers themselves the good guys—Jackson assumes responsibility for the beauty. It’s enough that his ship is held together by rust and sheer will, now he’s got to keep this good guy thing straight and not give into the urges the sassy female brings out in him. Raisa is everything a man could want and for some reason she seems to like him, rough edges and all, but he’s on the Federation’s wanted list and they aren’t known to back down.

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adored by the alien assassinADORED BY THE ALIEN ASSASSIN (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 5) by Mina Carter

The Emperor’s Shadow, Xaandryn, is not a warrior. He’s something else, whatever else, the Emperor needs him to be. An assassin, and, it seems… now he’s a delivery boy. Sent to earth to retrieve the Lady Jessica’s sick sister, he’s anticipating an easy trip and, if he spends a little time getting to know the local culture… well, that’s just a perk of the job. Right?

Human women though are endlessly fascinating, especially Jac Wright, the sick lady’s nurse. He’d thought the warriors who’d fallen for human women had defective genes, that there was something wrong in their makeup that allowed them to fall prey to their human mates. But Jac is… something else. Tiny. Delicate. Beautiful.

When his mission goes sideways, and an attack puts a couple of them in danger, he escapes earth with not one, but two human women in his care. After all… she’s only one tiny little woman. What could possibly go wrong? (…more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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angel mineANGEL MINE (AZURA CHRONICLES BOOK 1)  by Vijaya Schartz

What in the frozen hells of Laxxar prompted Fianna to pursue her quarry to this forbidden blue planet? Well, she needs the credits… badly. But as if crashing in the jungle wasn’t bad enough, none of her high-tech weapons work. She’ll have to go native, after the most wanted felon in five galaxies. It’s not just her job. It’s personal.

Acielon has never seen an outworlder like this fascinating female, strangely beautiful, and fierce, like the feline predator loping at her side. He always dreamed of exploring the universe, despite the legends… and the interdiction. Is it truly a hellish place of violence, lies and suffering? If it spawned this intriguing creature, it must also be a place of wonders, adventure and excitement.

Fianna’s instincts tell her someone is watching. Sheba, her telepathic feline partner, doesn’t seem worried… yet, something on Azura isn’t quite right.

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cyborgs claimCYBORGS’ CLAIM  by Michele Mills

Three outlaw Cyborgs. One human female…
Axel, Steel and Gage.
Merciless supersoldiers. Forbidden cybernetic experiments gone awry. They escaped from their Hurlian programmers and now live hidden in a desolate area of space where few enter and none leave.
They crave one female to claim, one who will satisfy all their desires. But Cyborgs are illegal, so finding a mate has proven difficult.
Until Megan.
As a survivor of horrific abuse at the hands of her alien captors, this tiny female from the original planet is both strong and fierce. Her white-hot desire brings all three men to their knees.

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sarazens huntSARAZEN’S HUNT ( SARAZEN SAGA NOVEL BOOK 4) by Isabel Wroth

Newly-appointed Commander Kalix has been tasked with a crucial mission for the Sarazen race: discover the fates of the remaining human starships, and bring home the survivors—if there are any left, that is…
His crew come upon the wrecked remains of the Sestrenka, and the chattering captain’s logs set them on the trail of a human colony established over twenty years ago.
Moika, the hope of the starbound human race.
But as Kalix and his warriors grow closer in their search, the distress signals show there is something terribly wrong on Moika.
Something deathly wrong.

Alec, Firstborn Moika, is a hardened young woman and the defacto leader of the colony on Moika—because all that remain are she, her sister, and a ragtag band of Moika-born children.
The hostile natives who dwell in the water, known only as “Scylla,” have decimated the colony’s population.
When all hope seems lost, the Sarazen appear and offer the survivors sanctuary: an end to their suffering, an end to the running, and an end to the killings.
A return to civilization.
But for Alec, who spent most of her life herding and protecting the colony, it’s a bittersweet rescue. All she’s known is fighting but suddenly the gauzy promise of peace is dangled in front of her. Will the deep anger she feels at being an outsider ever subside?

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antidoteANTIDOTE : LOVE AND WAR BOOK 1 by R A Steffan

VS Note: From April. sounds good, on my TBR.

Skye Chantrell has just escaped a war zone.
She’s carrying the stolen antidote to a deadly bioweapon.

When her damaged shuttle crashes on a remote lunar outpost, she’s captured by the leader of a rogue group of barbaric aliens. Now her people’s fate—not to mention her own—rests in the hands of the Seven Systems’ most feared and hated criminal.

A man with the face of a brutal thug, and the eyes of an angel.
Hunter Tarthasian has every reason to hate the Regime.

He and his comrades have gone rogue, vowing to use every means at their disposal to bring down the evil Premiere. Now, they’re wanted and on the run, holed up in an abandoned outpost while they plan their next move. The last thing Hunter needs is a female human civvy with a terrible secret crash-landing on his doorstep. Especially when she starts to awaken feelings in him that have no place in his life as a rebel leader.

Feelings that could very easily get all of them killed.

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SE Smith’s Magic, NM Kindle World

VS Note: New releases in this Kindle World. (Yes, I did mention one of them last week but I’m catching up on all of them now.) On a side note, Amazon has announced the closing of the entire Kindle Worlds program. I’m assuming books on your kindle would remain but as I understand the situation secondhand (I don’t have any books in Kindle Worlds) there won’t be any new ones that aren’t already in the pipeline and at a certain point in time all KW books will be taken off sale. The KW world author-owners will have to decide how to go forward, as far as republishing or??? The world of indie publishing is always changing, for sure!

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Amazon link for TOUCH OF DANGER. You can see the other titles in the Also Bought list there.

earth ground xenoEARTH-GROUND: A XENO SAPIENS NOVEL (GENETICALLY ALTERED HUMANS BOOK 2) by Rena Marks

When futuristic Earth finds alien DNA and creates a new species of hybrids in hidden labs, Dr. Robyn Saraven helps the “creatures” escape. She uses her connections to establish their own city on Earth-Ground, where they can learn, grow, and avoid the corruption and greed that created them.

But peace doesn’t come easy. The new beings have memories that rise to the surface, along with the unknown traits of their ancestors. All the while, Earth watches and leaks information to the press.

Unfortunately, some secrets are best left unknown.

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ruthlessRUTHLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

Toran NaLosen has no future and no hope. His path is bleak: die at thirty or sacrifice his emotions to survive a few more years. Stranded on Earth and far from home, the last person he expects to meet is the one woman meant for him, his denya.

Iris Mason protects the Earth in her own way by investigating threats and reporting on them to the Sol Defense Agency. At work she’s thriving, but personally the past year has ground her down and tested her resolve. Still recovering from the implosion of her last relationship, she doesn’t want the risk that comes with a new man. But when her job puts her on a collision course with Toran, a lightning bolt of desire hits her and has her questioning everything.

These adversaries must forge an alliance if any bond between them stands a chance, but it may not just be their hearts at stake. An ancient foe of the Detyen race lurks wherever they look and he has a new target in his sights: Earth.

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3013 allegiance3013 ALLEGIANCE (3013 THE SERIES BOOK 15) by Laurie Roma

Dragon Warrior Amari Nazira has lived amongst the stars for centuries, traveling the universe and keeping watch over the known galaxies. She has lived her life for the greater good, but her true desire has always been far beyond her reach. Now, taking her destiny into her own hands, she must find the one male who can tame her wild heart.

After losing everything, Regent Roman Newgate dedicated his life to the Alliance. He thought duty was all he needed, but the moment he meets Amari, everything changes. She is like a flame, beautiful and deadly, yet the heat of one touch is all it takes to know she owns his heart. Their love may be fated, but they need to let go of their painful pasts before they can have a future together. However, time might not be on their side.

When a peaceful meeting of the races on the Delta Station is attacked, allegiances will be tested. Can Amari and Roman defeat the enemy before a war begins, or will everything the Alliance stands for be destroyed?

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karn my single alien3KARN (MY SINGLE ALIEN BOOK 3) by Arcadia Shield

Karn is a smooth-talking Forka, a hired gun, happy to work for whoever pays him. He’s free, single and not looking for anything serious. His work is dangerous and life is unpredictable. Then Ivy Blain knocks him off his feet and Karn’s focus changes. Can a cocksure, arrogant alien with a penchant for supertight bodysuits really change his ways when love finds him?

Ivy Blain is the PR whiz at My Single Alien. With a jaded heart and a bad habit of hiding her feelings, she finds being around all the happy couples matched at the agency exhausting. It also highlights her own loneliness and brings out her mean side. Although tempted to go on a few dates with the charming, ever so slightly smug Karn, she doesn’t trust him. She doesn’t trust anyone. No matter how gorgeous Karn is, Ivy does not believe in true love.

Karn risks his life and his heart when an old love comes to claim Ivy. Can he save her from making the biggest mistake of her life or will his habit of looking after himself first, second, and third stop them finding true love?

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taken by the xenshiTAKEN BY THE XENSHI (XENSHI MATES BOOK 2) by Aria Bell

Kidnapped from Earth by alien slavers, Sophi and the other female captives have crash-landed on Xenshar. But their arrival was only the beginning. The seven-foot-tall Xenshi warriors, packed with muscle and skin the color of a sunset, see the human women as their salvation. In times past, a great fire killed many of their clan and only a few elderly females survived. The Xenshi are going extinct. But these young, healthy females mean the Xenshi will live—and can once again give birth to a new generation. And that’s exactly what the powerful Xenshi males plan to do.

After being captured and nearly eaten by a monstrous vriax, Sophi wants no part of being anyone’s mate. All she wants is for her flashbacks of being captured by the vriax to go away. So when a mating-crazed Xenshi named Naxar takes her captive, she is determined to escape. And maybe, if she’s lucky, she won’t have to do it alone. Maybe Rin—the handsome Xenshi with the big green eyes and the absolute certainty that she’s his mate—will come to her rescue. But only if he can reach her before the crazed Naxar mates with her first.

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fukusha model eightFUKUSHA MODEL EIGHT (THE HIKOBOSHI SERIES BOOK 3) by S J Pajonas

Yumi is pretty sure someone’s trying to kill her… and she can’t remember who. Undercover and alone in one of the most dangerous cities on the Southern Continent, she’s struggling to live through every day until she can find her new allies and get back to Rin. But when the mission goes wrong and Rin is kidnapped and held for ransom, Yumi must act fast. Not only are the yakuza on her tail, but the fearsome Fukusha Model Eight androids are after her too. With her short-term memory failing and war just around the corner, she can only stay alive by determining who’s telling the truth and who will do anything to lie to her and steal everything she has, including her life.

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shifter mate magicSHIFTER MATE MAGIC (ICE AGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: I love Carol’s scifi romance books so I’ve one clicked this and can’t wait to read it!

Pregnant Jackie Breton just escaped from a corrupt feline pack intent on selling her half-shifter baby to the highest bidder. She’s smart, independent, and has a desperate plan to keep her baby safe: Get away from the pride as fast and far as possible.

Trevor Hammond, prehistoric bear shifter, has been rejected by everyone in his life for… being born, basically. Well, except for the beloved aunt who raised him. He’s built a career as an independent trucker, but life would be much better with someone he can hold in his arms and claim as his own.

When Jackie meets Trevor at a truck stop, his bear demands he help her. His aunt even calls with a dire warning: Get Jackie to the magical sanctuary town in Wyoming before she’s killed.
Jackie thinks he’s sexy as hell, but too good to be true. She doesn’t trust shifters. With the feline pride hot on her trail, however, Trevor and the quirky town of Kotoyeesinay might be her only chance for survival. Even Trevor’s indomitable bear may be no match for the dangerous enemy seeking retribution.

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harvest songHARVEST SONG (OTHERWORLD BOOK 20) by Yasmine Galenorn

We’re the D’Artigo sisters: savvy half-human, half-Fae agents of the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is the Queen of Dusk and Twilight. Menolly is now a vampire princess. And me? I’m Delilah, a two-faced werecat and the Autumn Lord’s only living Death Maiden. Even as Trytian’s father maintains the Daemon front raging against him, Shadow Wing is seeking greater power by draining his own armies of their lives. His necromancer Telazhar is dead, but the Demon Lord has found a new threat to move against us, putting my fiancé, Shade, in the most dangerous situation of his life…

Shadow Wing sends Yerghan the Blade after us. The warrior led the battle alongside Telazhar during the Scorching Wars, and was banished to the Sub-Realms along with the ancient necromancer. Now, his new mission: kill my sisters and me. When Yerghan attacks my home, Shade finds himself fighting for his life. Deep in a coma, he’s lost in the Realm of Wandering Souls. My sisters and I must journey there to find him and bring him back. But in order to do so, we must face our darkest fears, or forever risk losing my love among the mists of limbo.

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PLANET DRAGOSPLANET DRAGOS: A NOVELLA OF THE ELDER RACES by Thea Harrison

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.

From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.

But the Great Beast has other plans.

On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up.

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how to marry a werewolfHOW TO MARRY A WEREWOLF: A COURTSHIP & CLAW NOVELLA by Gail Carriger

WEREWOLVES
The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they’re her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge.

But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be.

AMERICANS
Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there’s something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women.

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive?

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knight of swordsKNIGHT OF SWORDS (KNIGHTS OF THE TAROT BOOK 4) by Nina Mason

Finn MacKnight, a womanizing bartender in New Orleans, has no clue how the blood-red moon that appears in the sky one night (while he’s having yet another meaningless sexual encounter) is about to change his life in unbelievable ways. Then, the creepy-yet-caring uncle who adopted him as a baby, reveals the astonishing truth: Finn is a faery—an Avalonian drone, to be precise—and is to lead a rebellion in another world—against the wicked faery sorceress Morgan Le Fay.

In the thrilling adventure that follows, Finn meets Wella Lyon, who teaches him the ways of the ancient Celtic warriors, how to call forth his inner wolf, and the true meaning of love and intimacy.

But will the lessons Finn learns from Wella, the Druids of Brocaliande, and the knights from the previous books in this magical series prepare him to lead a coup d’état against Queen Morgan and her army of vampires? Only time…and an ancient prophecy…will tell.

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haunted ingrid st johnHAUNTED by Ingrid St John

Camille Isaacs has all that Hollywood devours – likeability, looks, talent, and mass appeal. Her career is on the verge of stardom until a savage attack leaves Camille scarred and uncertain of her future in Hollywood. Now on the mend and getting her life and career back on track, Camille finds herself prey to a predator as she is faced with another demented attacker. Camille has a choice to make. Take her life back, or succumb to the perils that have been thrusted in front of her yet again. Is the attacker coming for revenge, or is it a copycat? It’s survival of the direst circumstance. Can she make it out a second time?

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sanctumSANCTUM (SAVING SETORA BOOK 2) by  Raven Dark and Petra J Knox

Once again, I find myself in a dangerous predicament.

Kidnapped by enemies of the Dark Legion, barbarians far more dangerous than my road warrior masters, escape remains out of reach. Even if I did get away, how would I survive, alone in the desert with Damien’s men still searching for me?

With the barbarian crew preparing to take me to a distant icy land I know nothing about, I can’t help but think of the masters I left behind—the road warrior pirates in leather cuts I shouldn’t want. I know I’ll never see them again. And even if they were to free me, what then? Would I want them as my masters?

Then at the last moment, I’m presented with something no slave has ever been given—a choice. A choice that could change my entire destiny and those of everyone around me or bring me headlong into a life I should never have trusted. I have a feeling everything is about to change, but will I survive long enough to see it?

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moon blood2MOON BLOOD 2 (THE FIRST BLOOD SON) by Carol McKibbon

Hybrid-wolf “Moon” and her human master, Kane, fight for their lives against a stalking shifter network out to destroy them. Each battle may be their last as vampires and werewolves edge ever closer to war.

While Kane and Moon work to unravel the looming threat, more and more questions surface. But one thing is sure, the real motives behind the werewolves’ plot against them include destroying the vampire race.

Only an act of bravery and trust will stop the werewolf species from destroying what Kane and Moon love the most. Vampire teeth flash and wolf claws clash as supernatural beings fight for life, love and family.

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sassy ever afterSASSY EVER AFTER: SASSY SWITCH (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Tina Donahue

Eternity was looking damn grim, until a sexy witch breezed into his life…

Doomed to an endless existence seeking blood, Roman dreads forever-after until he chances upon Wren at a Las Vegas strip club. Gawd, her curves. Damn, her welcoming kiss for a newly turned vampire no less. She offers warmth and comfort regarding his predicament, plus carnal temptation he’s not about to resist.

Color her happy about that. Not only is he a good man, but also drool-worthy. So different from the vile warlock who’s been determined to make her his, even if his dark lust kills her.

It just might. When she refuses to go along with his program, he punishes her and Roman by switching their paranormal states. Now, Roman’s saddled with magic he doesn’t know how to use, while she thirsts for blood that only the warlock can satisfy…to tie her to him forever. Ew, ew, ew.

As all hell breaks loose, Roman and Wren are faced with conjuring they don’t understand, the lust for blood she has to deny, and discovering what two yearning souls truly need to turn their disturbing future into a shared paradise.

If they can do so at all.

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into the mysticINTO THE MYSTIC VOLUME 3 by Various

Nine lesbian/bisexual paranormal short stories.

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gregoriGREGORI: DRAGOFIN MATED BOOK 4 by Mychal Daniels

She’s a vixen on a mission determined to prove her worth. He’s a reserved guardian in need of his mate, not a seductive fling.

Unhealed hurts and unspoken misunderstandings have wedged a gulf between them. Now, she’s in Alice, Texas while he’s in Atlanta, Georgia. They’ve suffered so many false starts that this mating is in jeopardy of going off the rails.

Will they lose out on the one chance to walk the mated journey of a lifetime together?

Life-crisis is just a word until it sets up residence in yours…(MUCH more blurb – wow- on ebook seller site…)

 

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dark operative book 19DARK OPERATIVE: DAWN OF LOVE (CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 19) by I T Lucas

VS Note: There was no blurb. 62 Reviews, 4.9 average

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big alpha in townTHE BIG ALPHA IN TOWN by Various

Three hot stories about three sexy shifters from a trio of today’s hottest paranormal romance authors, headlined by bestselling authors Eve Langlais and Milly Taiden!

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death by sceanceDEATH BY SEANCE (GHOST & ABBY MYSTERY BOOK 3) by Jo-Ann Carson

VS Note: No idea how much romance if any there might be.

Single Mom Abby Jenkins hunts for a murderer in Sunset Cove, the small Pacific Northwest town famous for all things that go bump in the night.
Abby is the night janitor in the haunted teahouse and only private detective in town. She’s also a reluctant witch with major man-trouble. Blackmailed into attending a séance, she expects to wrestle with a cranky ghost or two, but instead finds herself in the middle of a murder.
Seven people attend the event; some human, some not so much. They have one thing in common: a murky past.
After Abby washes blood off her hands, she’s left with her first whodunit. With the help of her partners in crime: Eric, the Viking ghost with existential issues; Dante, the local Casanova-man-witch; and Sparky, her snarky familiar, she digs into the secrets of the cove.
Will she survive to tell the tale?

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wisdom of foolsTHE WISDOM OF FOOLS (THE TALE OF REMNAS BOOK 5) by Genevieve St Yves

VS Note: Thanks to Tiffany Roberts for this heads up…

A scholar on a mission travels far from her home in the frozen north of Remnas to the ogre stronghold, the River Kingdoms, in search of the Magefolk’s lost spells. Disgraced by scandal and cast out of magician society, Johenna’s heart is as bitter as the icy winds that blow through her country. Pushed on by the certainty she has found clues leading to the forgotten workshop of a legendary mage, she braves the perils of the road alone. The dangers posed by bandits are nothing next to the darkness brewing in her heart. But a chance meeting grants her a protector willing to battle her enemies. Those within and without.

Brave to the point of recklessness, Vyke is a man with simple needs. Shunning riches and titles, the ogre warrior is happy with his lot so long as he has a battle to fight and a woman in his bed. Given the task by the Ogre King to hunt the outlaws that prey on travelers, he comes to the beautiful mage’s rescue just as she falls into their clutches. ..(more blurb on ebook seller site…)

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branded by flamesBRANDED BY FLAMES (THE DRAGON SOUL SERIES BOOK 1) by Sean Michael

For years, dragon-shifter-slash-firefighter Jake has been searching for his mate, but he’s beginning to tire of the search. Maybe soul mates are only for the lucky few.

Then he meets Shae.

A former navy welder, Shae is handsome, talented, into power play and rough sex, and covered in dragon tattoos. All of this suits the shape-shifting dragon just fine—until he finds out that Shae literally has Jake’s family crest already tattooed on him. A coincidence? Or something more…

Jake must convince Shae to trust him as a man and as a Dom before the heat between them burns out of control. Becoming a dragon’s mate is not without danger, and Shae will need Jake’s guidance—and love—if he’s going to make it through alive.

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plastic magicianTHE PLASTIC MAGICIAN (A PAPER MAGICIAN NOVEL) by Charlie N Holmberg

Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking—the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery.

Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

Alvie’s enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor’s work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.

To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair.

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oathsOATHS (DRAGON BLOOD BOOK 8) by Lindsay Buroker

General Ridgewalker Zirkander is getting married.

Sardelle—the woman who’s battled dragons, shamans, and countless enemy soldiers at his side—has accepted his proposal, and it’s the perfect time for a wedding. It’s been two months since any dragons or sorceresses attacked the city, the Cofah haven’t come after their kidnapped emperor, and King Angulus has stopped yelling at Ridge for his inadvertent role in destroying the castle.

Yes, it’s the perfect time for a wedding.

Never mind that the resident dragon who thinks he’s a god is pressuring Ridge to build a temple for him, or that the pirate-turned-scientist Tolemek has disappeared. Or that Ridge’s mother is on the verge of discovering that magic exists and her future daughter-in-law is a sorceress. These are small hiccups, and the wedding will go smoothly. Ridge is sure of it. Really.

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song of shadowsA SONG OF SHADOWS (OTHERWORLD ACADEMY BOOK 2)  by Jenna Wolfhart

My new life at Otherworld Academy went from not-so-normal to downright-crazy fast. My best friend got turned into a shapeshifting beast, the Autumn Court tried to launch an assassination on the changelings, and I can somehow tap into the powers of all four courts.

And that’s not including my insanely attractive fae instructors who make me feel like the temperature has gone up a thousand degrees.

But even though things were crazy before, it was nothing on how they are now. Danger lurks in every corner, new threats are closing in, and the storms are only growing larger. Now, I must learn to harness my powers with my four fae instructors, not only to save the changelings but the entirety of the faerie realm.

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syeniteDRAGON VIP: SYENITE (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES) by Starla Night

Disgraced dragon shifter Syenite “Syen” Pyroxene craves a mate. But the plain, impassive bodyguard will never catch the attention of a female. Especially one covered in the bold, exotic rainbow colors dragons find irresistible — like her.

Eva is big-hearted, big-boned, and big everything. Her sparkle obsession? Just one more barrier guys can’t get past to see the passionate woman within.

Until Syen.

The huge, hard-bodied male makes her look like a delicate pixie. He’s unreadable except when he’s kissing her senseless.

Can she trust his desire when he won’t even take off his shades?

These two wounded souls won’t easily risk their hearts — but they must. Dark forces from Syen’s past are circling Earth’s atmosphere, and Eva’s the only one who can save him.

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dragon equinoxDRAGON EQUINOX (IMMORTAL DRAGONS BOOK 6) by Ophelia Bell

As their ancient enemy brings destruction to their doorstep, the higher races must take drastic measures to stop her once and for all. Numa, the only immortal dragon who remains unmated, is the only one among them who can wield the power necessary to open a portal and usher in their armies, and their last hope.

She’ll need a partner, one powerful enough to handle the taxing nature of the ritual. Unfortunately, Fate has not made this an easy task.

With no dreams of her soul mates to guide her, Numa has been made a prize in a contest that will attract immortal heroes and legendary gods. Whosoever wins shall have her as their partner, leaving little room for love.

Unless she happens to fall for all five men at once, of course.

To defy Fate’s design might bring annihilation to her people, but what is a dragon to do when faced with an impossible choice? And can the last of Fate’s daughters truly find love in a time of war?

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god killerTHE GOD KILLER (THE UNDERCITY CHRONICLES OF BABYLONIA JONES, P.I. BOOK 5) by A M Griffin

I finally know what I am and who my father is. I officially hit the parental jackpot and all those Undercity bullies can suck it! Zaid, the love of my life, is by my side. I finally have my own territory. And Hermes, my grandfather is absolutely adorable. The problem? The guilt of old mistakes haunt me, and the path ahead is anything but clear. With all the Houses trying to trick me into alliances I’m not ready to consider, I have to be cautious.
My solution? Get in good my new Pantheon. Even if it kills me.
When Hermes convinces Zeus that I’m the best P.I. to solve a string of murders on Mt. Olympus, ego and pride push me to see the case through to the bitter end. History tells me that all it will take is a little bit of luck, trickery, smarts, and a strong will to live to solve this case.
But it’ll take a whole lot more to save me and Mt. Olympus from The God Killer.

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compassion be damnedCOMPASSION BE DAMNED (LAST HOPE BOOK 4) by Rebecca Royce

It is the end of days…

Krystal has spent years locked in isolation, enduring torture day after day. It might drive a lesser woman mad. Her sudden freedom leads to a journey across the forbidding landscape. Unexpected allies appear, and new challenges block their path. Embracing every opportunity as a chance, Krystal must trust these five lost souls, her wild ability to heal, and most of all—herself.

They owe a debt they cannot pay…

Titus, Paden, Zeke, Ryland, and Jett spent years in bespelled servitude. Slaves to the unforgivable, they seek to atone for misdeeds beyond their power. Discovering a Sister alone in the woods, they pledge themselves to her service. Saving Krystal is more than a means to an end, though, as one by one she restores their hope, love, and faith. They will need all of their strength and hers. Loving her saved them, but losing her may save the world.

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dark captiveDARK CAPTIVE (SPIRIT WILD BOOK 6) by Kate Douglas

Stolen from her mother when she was still a tiny cub, the snow leopard Asha has spent her entire life in captivity, being traded from one owner to another through an illegal trafficking ring. But Asha also feels trapped in a much more profound way: as a Chanku with no access to the Tibetan grasses that would allow her to shift, she’s confined to her animal form, yearning for a part of herself she’s forever unable to reach. Until a merciful savior sets her free . . . and Leo Cheval comes into her life.

When word of Asha’s rescue from the animal trafficking ring reaches the Chanku, Leo is sent in to help her recover and bring her into the pack. As a leopard shifter himself, he’s uniquely qualified to connect with her and assess her trauma. What he never anticipated was the overwhelming chemistry their meeting would spark and the deep sensual need she would stir in him.

But even as Leo’s touch guides her body to feelings she never imagined, his deeply ingrained controlling streak threatens to crush the very desire he has awakened. And as their passion grows and a deep bond forms between them, Leo and Asha realize that only by submitting to her can he save them both.

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Star Survivor by Veronica ScottVS Note: This week I’m featuring my STAR SURVIVOR, which was the standalone sequel to WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM. I thought it’d be fascinating to see what happened to survivors of a major catastrophe when they went back to normal life. AND this was the sequel I had more requests for from readers than any other.

They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.

Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?

D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.

But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer…

Only One Thing To Do 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 scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish. Walt is another human prisoner.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan had a chat at the end of a long day in their outdoor enclosure, and she was complaining about bug bites. Mateer goes off on patrol and when he returns much later, in the middle of the night, is informed Megan has become very ill.

The excerpt: 

Mateer eyed Megan’s arm, where the biggest of the red bumps had been and was appalled to see it swollen twice normal size, with red streaks running under the skin. Walt whistled as he caught sight of the symptoms in the firelight.

“Not good,” The human shook his head, “I’m no medic but that’s blood poisoning maybe. Takes strong meds to combat – you got any home grown remedies for a bug bite gone bad?”

With despair, Mateer knew he didn’t. As he’d told Megan earlier, the Badari weren’t bothered by the insects. “There’s only one thing to do,” he said, gathering Megan into his arms, careful not to put pressure on her swollen extremity. Her breathing sounded labored to him and her whole body was like a living flame, everywhere they touched each other. There isn’t much time.

“And your plan is?” Walt kept pace with him as he headed for the cave opening.

“Take her to the lab and persuade Lampergg to treat her.”

How is Mateer going to persuade the scientist holding them captive to help Megan? Tune in next week! 

Not many more excerpts from MATEER coming as I got JADRIAN back from the editor and will release it in about two weeks…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 9

manuAs 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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MANU (HELL SQUAD BOOK 16) by Anna Hackett

VS note: Always a new twist with this series. On my TBR List.

When former berserker Manu Rahia lost his leg on a mission, he was forced to leave his squad. He knows his new role as head of the Enclave’s firing range and armory is important, but hates that he isn’t still out there fighting face to face against the aliens and protecting his brothers’ backs. But then one woman catches his eye. A no-nonsense woman dedicated to her job as head of security. A woman who seems cool on the surface, but who Manu is convinced is hiding more under her business-like exterior.

Captain Kate Scott dedicated her life to her career in the Army. Now she works hard taking care of security for the Enclave and its residents. She learned a long time ago that she isn’t a passionate woman, and that she’s better off sticking to her work. But seeing one big, bronze-skinned, muscled man at the range every day has her hormones going into overdrive. She’s never felt like this and she’s determined to get herself under control.

But when the aliens launch a viscous new attack, right on the Enclave’s doorstep, Kate and Manu must join forces to stop the raptors before more people get hurt. Kate will fight fiercely to protect her team and the base, as well as her heart. But Manu Rahia is a man who knows what he wants, will walk through fire to get it, and what he wants is Kate.

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twist of fateTWIST OF FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 4) by Regine Abel

For her, he would endure a lifetime of agony.

First Officer Ghan has entered the final stages of the Taint, the deadly disease that kills most Xelixian males by the age of forty. He is determined to bring an elusive foe to justice before his body shuts down completely.

When tragedy strikes a close ally, he finds his soulmate in an unexpected twist of fate. If only she had revealed herself sooner, she could have cured him. Now, she can only keep him in limbo. Is it too late for them or will fate deal them a new hand?

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arrival titanARRIVAL: TITAN (LEAVING EARTH BOOK 2) by Liza O’Connor

Dangers continue even as the crew of soldiers, scientists, and brilliant teens quantum leap to space nearby Titan. Captain Drake had his own agenda, and it doesn’t include Colonel Lancaster, or the children being alive for much longer. Fortunately, the scientists and children are a formidable group to go against. The attempted takeover is stopped with only one death.

When Scarlett lands the ship on the north pole near the methane lake, they discover several sentient life forms. In short time, they learn there’s a ship called the Death Star mining minerals on the outer rings of Saturn and even more shocking—that Jupiter is not a planet, but an ‘eye in the sky’ watching over the mining interests of a superior sentient planet.

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ashes and metalASHES AND METAL (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 5) by Naomi Lucas

No one messed with Gunner. No one.

He was the Jackal, living chaos, the infamous Cyborg banned from civilized society. He was also the only Monster Hunter for the EPED who took the hard jobs, the under-the-table work. Jobs that often left a trail of blood and bones in their wake. When a pirate commandeers his ship, Gunner takes it upon himself to exact a revenge that will ignite a wildfire of rage, death, and torment upon those who made the mistake of taking what was rightfully his.

Elodie has spent most of her life pretending to be a boy to remain alongside her father in space. He’s the only family she has left. When the ship they worked on is attacked, she’s taken prisoner. Every day, she feared that her secret would be discovered—that she’s a woman alone amongst men. When a strange man is dragged into the cell next to hers, she realizes she was living on borrowed time.

He stared at her as if he knew her secret.

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artificial conditionARTIFICIAL CONDITION: THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells

VS Note: I can’t recommend this series highly enough. The first one ALL SYSTEMS RED was so good – I really love the main character, the Murderbot. These are scifi not romance. I had this one pre-ordered and could not wait but I would recommend reading the  first book and then the second, to have a better feel for the main character.

It has a dark past—one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

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gaslights_and_graves_variousGASLIGHTS AND GRAVES: A COLLECTION OF PARANORMAL STEAMPUNK ADVENTURES by Various

VS Note: I interviewed the authors last week for USA Today/HEA.

SIX paranormal steampunk adventures from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors. There’s something for every steampunk lover in the collection of mad science, twisted fairytales, myths, ghosts, vampires, shifters, magic, techno-fantasy with settings such as gothic romance, urban fantasy, Victorian, and so much more.

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hesherHESHER (TALONIAN WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Lydia, captain of the Earth vessel Outreach II, and her crew were sent to explore the vastness of deep space to find inhabited worlds. The trip was the culmination of her childhood dreams. Plans are changed when trouble with the spaceship causes them to go off course and crash on a unknown planet in an uncharted star system. Most of them survive and soon discover they’re not alone. The perfect planet is occupied with intelligent life, the kind you only read about in books.

Hesher’s been alone for most of his life. It’s never bothered him before, for he’s been busy as the commander of Talonia’s military. But, seeing all his friends fall in love and choose mates has him taking a closer look at his lonely life. His musings are interrupted when a strange ship full of humans falls from the sky. The weredragons have been discovered and it brings chaos to his world in more ways than he ever imagined.

Finding himself attracted to Lydia is enough of a problem as they are both stubborn and opinionated, but there is more to the story. Earth is in trouble and they need help. The weredragons are their only hope of survival. They have the only weapon that is capable of defeating Earth’s attackers. Will they give up their anonymity to save the humans or let them be taken as slaves? Hesher is pulled in so many directions his soul is almost torn.

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for a pixie in blueFOR A PIXIE IN BLUE (THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE FAUST BOOK 4) by Cecelia Randall

Blue Faust is trapped, and there are no good choices. Does she remain on Padilra, giving up her own dreams, or rebel and risk starting a war? How is a person supposed to make a choice like that anyway?
Forrest and Mo’ata are by her side, of course, and the others insist on accompanying her as well.

She’ll need to learn to navigate the politics of an entire Alliance, as well as the culture of a people who have isolated themselves for a very good reason.

And what do you do when you find out that the monster you are guarding isn’t the scariest thing around you…?

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aerdanAERDAN (ZHEKAN MATES BOOK 1) by Emma James

Angelica’s adult life had started so fast – great education, top of her class, dream job out of school – and then, it all sort of stalled. What began as exciting quickly turned into the morass of routine and Angelica was left wondering what was left to look forward to?

Aerdan Covendane is the crown prince of Zheka. His talents as a legendary warrior are only matched by his talents for bedding the eager women of Zheka.

By all accounts, Aerdan should have been happy. But, the superficial titles, ceremonies and women all served as a reminder that so little of what Aerdan had achieved had truly been earned. He longed to find a mate that would match him as his equal.

Ancient magic brings Angelica and Aerdan together, and they soon find themselves locked in a passionate battle against tradition as the kingdoms of Zheka resist their union.

Will their relationship withstand the jealousy and rage of those who stand to lose the most? Or will they be torn apart by those who seek the throne for themselves?

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machine metal magicMACHINE METAL MAGIC (MIND + MACHINE BOOK 1) by Hannah Dare

The galaxy’s a dangerous place. Best not to travel it alone.

It’s been over a century since the AIs rose up and attacked, driving humans from Earth and leaving them scattered across the galaxy. Humanity survives, but always fearful of the technology that allows them travel among the stars, never knowing when it may turn against them once more.

An interstellar fugitive.

For Jaime Bashir, born with the ability to communicate telepathically with computers, his gifts are more of a curse. They also make him a target. On the run, he finds himself among a starship crew, one transporting a mysterious cargo. Even more intriguing is Rylan, the muscled guard watching his every move. Jaime has no reason to trust him, but nowhere else to turn.

A disgraced ex-soldier.

Rylan Slate is looking to leave his past behind. Joining a crew of smugglers is one way to do it. But capturing Jaime is both an opportunity and a danger. He starts out as a prisoner, but then becomes something more, testing loyalties in ways Rylan never expected. Will regaining his honor mean betraying Jaime?

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lokaLOKA by Arcadia Shield

Loka came to Prodigy to make a name for himself and become an eminent scientist in the Picar community. Tasked with the enormous job of mapping the Milky Way, he can afford no distractions. Then the cute, smart, and quirky human, Heather Roberts, enters his life and everything changes.

Heather happily makes matches for lonely human females and horny aliens in need of a mate at My Single Alien. Although tempted by the gorgeous alien specimens, she’s never distracted from her dream of buying her own piece of space heaven. Then Loka comes to her rescue and suddenly a life without him seems cold. She can’t give up her dream, not for a hot alien with horns and a fondness for giving her gifts of coal.

When disaster strikes the station and the security cyborgs attack humans, Heather and Loka are thrown together. They must figure out what’s happening to the station before it blows up while avoiding their growing attraction and the increasing likelihood of death by angry cyborg.

Can their dreams and reality join together? Will Loka and Heather survive to find out?

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dragon passionDRAGON PASSION (EMERALD DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Amelia Jade

When her family farm falls into Sandy Talbert’s lap, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Her life in the city was over. She needed a change, and more importantly, she needed the solitude. Running a farm by herself is harder than it seems, and three years later she’s on the verge of being forced to sell to her jerk of a neighbor. The only thing standing between her and defeat is the odd offer made to her by a gorgeous stranger she barely knows.

Palin never expected to find his mate. He was on a mission, assigned to figure out if this war the humans were talking about was truly as serious as they claimed. Knowing how pathetic humans were, he highly doubted it. But an emergency stop for food at a local farmers market has thrown all his plans into disarray. Leaving his comrades behind, he ventures into the world of farms, famine, and intrigue beyond anything he could imagine. She needs his help, but Palin doesn’t know one end of a hoe from the other!

Determined to help her out, Palin agrees to plow her fields. It’s not what Sandy signed up for, but she can’t deny that he’s helpful—and hunky. If she can convince him to stay, she could finally turn a profit and stick it to her nasty neighbor. Can she do that while still maintaining her policy of not letting anyone into her life? And what about her neighbor? How will he react when he finds out his designs on her farm won’t ever come to fruition?

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RED AT NIGHTMAGIC NEW MEXICO: RED AT NIGHT (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Jody Wallace

She rescued him from death, but can he trust her with his life?

Alliah Red has one last duty before she can be truly free of the wizard who enchained her. She must guide the dragons in her master’s stable to the world of Earth. She’s the one who killed him, making them vulnerable to other wizards. Worse wizards. She just didn’t count on Leopold Crystal, the mysterious dragon from the dungeon, tangling her simple mission into a dangerous snarl.

Leo doesn’t trust the proud woman who barges into his cell claiming she killed their master, but he does believe that the pack of greedy wizards on their tails will stop at nothing to possess them. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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death doesnt bargainDEATH DOESN’T BARGAIN: A DEADMAN’S CROSS NOVEL by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Deadmen are back…

But so are the demons who have broken free of their eternal prison and are bent on mankind’s destruction. The worst of the lot is Vine, determined to claim their lives for taking hers. She will see the world burn…and has the perfect lure to destroy them all. One of their own.

Kalder Dupree has never known a day of mercy. Born to the cruelest of mer-races, he sacrificed himself for his crew and is in Vine’s hands. He expects no mercy or rescue.

Yet Cameron Jack is determined to set Kalder free. As a Hellchaser, it’s her calling, and she cannot allow even a not-so-innocent to be tortured for an act of kindness that spared her damnation.

To defeat evil, it sometimes takes an even worse evil, and Cameron is willing to do whatever she must to make this right. If Vine thought she had her hands full before, she hasn’t seen anything nearly as powerful as Cameron’s resolve.

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sea witchs redemptionTHE SEA WITCH’S REDEMPTION: SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 4 by SE Smith

VS Note: An expansion of a previously published story.

Magna’s existence was once filled with laughter, love and joy. Her life changes in a single night when a mysterious object falls from the sky into the ocean and she wakes to find herself held captive in her own body. As the centuries pass, she becomes known as the Sea Witch—a creature who is feared and reviled. Her efforts to save the Seven Kingdoms and destroy the alien creature living inside her should have ended both their lives—instead, Magna wakes to find herself in a strange, new realm.
Gabe Lightfoot and his best friend, Kane Field, have stood side by side through thick and thin. Brothers by circumstance, they have seen the darker side of life and lived to remember it. When Gabe rescues a wounded woman in the waters off the coast of Oregon, they have no idea what’s in store for them.

It doesn’t take long for Magna to learn that she is no safer in this new world than she was in her own. Fearful of endangering the two men who have taken her under their wing, Magna is torn between trying to return to her world or staying in this one.
The choice may be decided for her when strangers come to town searching for clues regarding a series of strange disappearances. Can Gabe and Kane protect her from those who would lock her up to study her, or will the curse of the Sea Witch destroy them as well?

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renegade valkyrieRENEGADE VALKYRIE by Stacy Claflin

She’s an angel of death, but her life is in danger.

Soleil is a Valkyrie, cursed to obey the laws of Valhalla—laws she’s been skirting for centuries. But when she uses her sword to protect a friend rather than to eliminate her assigned target, she crosses that fine line. Now her species is coming for her. Compounding problems, she’s also in the crosshairs of a powerful, vindictive witch who wants retribution for the murder of her sister.

It’s the worst possible time for her emotions to surface, so of course they do. While dealing with danger, she struggles with moving past the death of her fiancé and budding feelings for her best friend, Titan. Soleil already stays away from her former pack to protect them, now she feels she should leave Titan too, to keep him safe. But she can’t bear to do it.

Now she’s put him in danger, as well as some of her old allies and new friends. It would be in everyone’s best interest if she ran. But she can’t. She won’t. And her fate comes down to an epic battle between supernatural forces—a battle she’s ill-equipped to win.

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once upon a twisted timeONCE UPON A TWISTED TIME, A TWISTED FAIRY TALE COLLECTION by Various

From the days of old, with the twist of new, these fairytales are just for you.

Drawing from a well of myth and legend, each of these 16 USA Today and NYT Best Selling Authors, has put their own twist on a story from childhood.

Modernized tales of love, war, oaths, and curses, uncover the secrets in Once Upon a Twisted Time. We promise you a Happily Ever After.

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kelleyKELLEY (WERE ZOO BOOK 6) by R E Butler

Kelley London has been taking care of the non-shifting animals at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park since he was a teenager. As an elephant shifter, he has a unique take on what it means to be an animal in the zoo, gawked at by humans, and he does his best to make sure that the animals are happy and well taken care of. He’s not sure that the VIP tours are going to bring his soulmate to him, but he’s hopeful that someday he’ll find the one female meant to be his.

Rhapsody Caine is the last surviving member of her panther shifter pride. Before her aunt passed away, she told Rhapsody about a shifter zoo in New Jersey, and urged her to find other shifters to live with. She’d never been around other types of shifters, and was wary of just waltzing in the front gates and announcing herself to the zoo’s inhabitants, so she signed up for a VIP tour of the safari. What she didn’t expect was to be staring at her soulmate through a chain link fence, or for him to be an elephant.

Rhapsody breaks all the rules and climbs the fence during the tour to be with Kelley, but the big male doesn’t care that she’s impetuous. The only thing he cares about is that she’s the new center of his universe, and because she’s all alone in the world, he wants to become her family. When a panther male shows up at the zoo claiming to be Rhapsody’s arranged mate, Kelley is willing to do anything to keep Rhapsody safe and keep her with him forever.

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queen and kingsmenQUEEN AND THE KINGSMEN (DARK FANTASY BOOK 3) by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
Captured and imprisoned.
They seek to break my curse by breaking me.
They want to know what I did to Briar Rose, but I will never tell
And I will not submit, no matter what tortures they have planned.
I am stronger than the Kingsmen.
Not just one man, but four.
For I am the powerful and feared Queen.
My curse will stand.

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debriefing the deadDEBRIEFING THE DEAD by Kerry Blaisdell

The only thing Hyacinth wants is her life back. Literally. She and her sister were murdered by Demons, leaving her young nephew, Geordi, to his father’s family in the brutal Sicilian Mob. Then Archangel Michael offers her a deal: recapture a powerful rock the Demons stole, and she can live long enough to find Geordi a safe home. Refuse, and she’ll continue up (or down) to the Afterlife.

So, slightly more alive than dead, she heads for Turkey and the Demons, taking Geordi, her mysterious neighbor Jason, and a sexy dead guy only she can see with her. But the hardest part won’t be battling Demons, meeting Satan, or dodging Middle Eastern customs—it will be later, when Geordi is settled, and Michael rips her away again. How can she abandon her nephew? Or can she outwit the Angel of Death himself, and stay with Geordi forever?

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fire to dragonFIRE TO DRAGON (RED SLAVES BOOK 3) by Tonya Cannariato

Born as a human in America, Anne Crosby discovered something new inside herself when she traveled to Russia: she’s a dragon. And not any ordinary fire-breathing beast, but the next queen of the Russian dragons. A queen without her court.

Magic transformed her into a dragon and gave her the right to rule, but Magic forgot to give her a guide book for the new world she’s living in.

Anne made dangerous enemies when she stole the power of the dragons from the Russian government. The FSB is hunting her. Allies have been turned into traitors. And her tenuous grip on power depends on her finding the missing people who complete her court. If she can find them in time, there is a promise of immortal joy. If she can’t, then the dragons will once again become slaves.

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stroke the flameSTROKE THE FLAME (HER ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Briggs

I’ve spent my entire life running from my past and staying out of trouble. That’s how I’ve kept alive ever since my parents were killed by the Black Dragon, who’s ruled the world under her oppressive talons for as long as anyone can remember.

But it’s hard to keep a low profile when four handsome strangers turn up in your village claiming you’re destined to save the world. According to them, they’ve been chosen by the gods to become elemental dragons—and I’m their mate.

Which means one day I’ll be the most powerful dragon of all, able to control all four elements. Assuming I can unlock my powers first…by getting intimate with each of my sexy mates.

Auric, the clever prince. Jasin, the cocky soldier. Slade, the protective blacksmith. Reven, the mysterious assassin. And me. We’re the only ones who can bring balance to the world and overthrow the Black Dragon—if she doesn’t tear us to shreds first.

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queen takes rookQUEEN TAKES ROOK (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 4) by Joely Sue Burkhart

The epic showdown between the last Isador queen and House Skye begins.

Strengthened by her new queen sib, Shara Isador plans to return to her mansion-in-progress for some much needed rest. She especially wants to get to know her new twin Blood and fears she may have made a mistake in taking them. She does not love them. Yet.

However, the sun god and the queen of New York City have other plans.

The snares are set to capture the young but extremely powerful vampire queen. Someone inside Zaniyah’s nest has betrayed them, and Shara’s trusted butler calls to inform her that a large package has arrived-from Marne Ceresa, the queen of Rome. A trap, surely. Or could the unknown gift be an olive branch from the feared Triune queen?

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a dragon pairA DRAGON PAIR (THE PALADIN DRAGONS BOOK 10) by Dahlia Rose

As the Shen try to wage their final violent stand for the earth realm and Paladin, the dragon warriors have something else to worry about. Dr. Daphne Jordan and the discovery she made in the Sierra Nevada… dragon bones. With their secret in jeopardy, the king dispatched the twins, Iarl and Skard to retrieve a long lost brother of the dragon court. Neither expected that the beautiful aerologist would be there to defend her find from anyone trying to steal it. Nor did they expect their dragons to purr in pleasure at her scent and choose her to be their mate. From birth they were connected mind, body and soul, even moving in unison as they fought. This bond would be no less in sharing a mate, if she would have them. The Shen still lurked in the shadows and their king also sees the potential in Daphne, one that could get him what he wants.

Ok so dragons may have existed, that was Daphne’s thought when she first found the bones. The knowledge went from excitement to fear when two fierce red dragons confronted her at her dig site. They chased her away from her find, but that only fueled the fire in her to know more. When she saw them again, the two dragons chased from above, down the beach. Two dragons transformed into very tall, sexy, redheaded males. They told her she was in danger, that she was being hunted. Yet when they looked at her, she felt as if she was the prey. The twins wanted more than to protect her, and their touch was like the heat of a dragon’s breath on her skin. Iarl and Skard was a package deal and in between learning of a world no one would believe existed. Daphne wondered if she was woman to be loved in more ways than one, by a dragon pair.

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specter of the marshSPECTER OF THE MARSH (SUBWOOFERS BOOK 5) by Linda Mooney

Alligator, Bear, Cougar, Deer, Eagle
They found each other by accident. They became a team for life.

When a string of small campsite robberies hits close to home, Ray Thomas “Art” Crawford, of Bag It and Tag It Excursions, is asked to help FBI Agent and friend, Billie Crowne, investigate the possibility of drug runners. At the most recent site, it doesn’t take Art long to spot something suspicious–paw prints. Big ones.

Soon, reports of a black leopard on the loose reaches the group. Could the prints Art saw belong to the big cat? The guys take it upon themselves to find the animal before it gets hurt, or hurts someone.

Being on the run most of her life, Rikki Leonard isn’t quick to trust anyone. Growing up cursed as she was, she’d quickly learned to keep her secrets to herself, or risk pain, torture, and ridicule. Cornered in the swamp, can she trust the guys surrounding her?

She soon realizes she’s not alone in the world, and for the first time in her life, Rikki begins to feel safe. Cared for. But when her past tracks her down, she can’t risk bringing danger to the lodge, so she does what she knows how to do best–run.

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hell on the heartHELL ON THE HEART (MAGICAL FORCES SERIES BOOK 2) by Hope Daniels and Alicia Dawn

As a witch with power over water, Anna wants her secrets to stay in the past where they belong. All she desires is to enjoy the present, but what she thought was buried long ago, has found a nasty way of coming back to bite her. So hold on tight. Not only is her big bad secret back, but it’s hungry and Anna looks like the perfect entree for dinner.

Pete has secrets of his own. As a Djinn, he is skilled and powerful enough to cajole Anna to tell him hers, although he knows he may have to confess up some of his own deep dark nightmares. When she learns his secrets will she still look at him the same way? Or will she take a chance on what could be? Not that it matters. Pete isn’t ready to let her go. She is his soulmate whether she is ready to admit it or not. One way or another, he will make her realize they are meant to be together, even if he has to follow her to hell to do so.

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born of no manBORN OF NO MAN by Tracey Cooper Posey

VS Note: Not exactly fantasy and yet…fantasy elements maybe? I don’t know. Anyway, I love the author’s scifi romances so here you go…

Lynette, companion to Princess Vivian, has learned to trust the princess’ visions and so, guards the dark and powerful secret of the man in the cave.

Cadfael the Black, battle commander to High King Vortigern, lives only to kill Saxons, to avenge the brutal murder of his family at their hands. At the court of King Gwilym, the very heart of Roman Britain, he meets the beautiful Lynette, a woman who could thaw his frozen heart.

When duty thrusts them together, Lynette’s secret clashes with Cadfael’s suspicious nature and threatens to tear them and the entire kingdom asunder. But, Lynette must keep her secret at all costs to protect Princess Vivian’s unborn child. A child who would become known as…

MERLIN.

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kings spinster brideTHE KING’S SPINSTER BRIDE BY Ruby Dixon

Sixteen years ago, Princess Halla of Yshrem saved the life of an eight-year-old barbarian boy and watched her kingdom fall to ruin, all on the same day. Now, she is a forgotten spinster in a quiet temple, living her days out in solitude. The last of her line, she exists in the hope that she has been forgotten, for to be remembered by the enemy is to be certain death.

One person has not forgotten her. Mathior, now twenty-four, is the fierce warrior king of the Cyclopae. Yshrem is in turmoil and his advisors have a suggestion – kill the last remaining member of the royal line, and there will be no rivals for the throne.

Mathior has a different idea. He’s loved Halla for sixteen long years, and it’s time he claimed her as his wife. But a barbarian’s wedding customs are unlike any other.

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imagine dragonIMAGINE DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD BOOK 32) by Julia Mills

All the planning in the world can’t beat dumb luck.
Even if your dad just happens to be Lugh, the Celtic God of the Sun, and you’re one of the most powerful Guardsmen to ever walk the earth. No matter how hard he tries, Destiny always seems to drop a steamy pile of Dragon crap right in his path…leaving him to clean up the mess and clean up the mess.
But then he found her.
Ancient, mysterious, and completely irresistible…She flew into his life, poured light into his soul, and dropped the old jokester to his knees with little more than a wide-eyed glance and a flick of her tail feathers.

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mated to the ocean dragonMATED TO THE OCEAN DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant 

There’s war looming in the dragon world.

As the last of the three elemental dragons to find his mate, ocean dragon Timothy is racing a clock, trying to find his mate before the enemy dragons find her first, and destroy the world—along with his chance at happiness.

Curvy Liana is a thirty-year-old geek, spending her days working on a children’s computer game about dragons, and her nights dreaming of adventures that are real instead of scripted. And then a man with eyes like the sea crashes into her average life, sweeps her away in a tide of desire, and tells her that the fate of the world rests in her hands…

The fire dragons are ready to wreck the world’s fragile balance of humans and shifters—and all that’s standing in their way is the love of a charismatic billionaire shifter and his geeky mate.

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deaths providenceDEATH’S PROVIDENCE by Wendie Nordgren

It wasn’t until she died that she started living.

On the night she lost all hope, she found salvation. On the night she died, he found love.

Now, Ferren, priestess of Thanatos, brings solace to the god who is feared and despised by both mortals and immortals. However, their love ignites more than a burning passion, it gives rise to magic in the mortal realm, and the results are dire.

In order to save the souls who are at rest in the Underworld, they must seek out a powerful book of spells which has fallen into the wrong hands. The necromancers will soon learn to fear the wrath of the god of Death.

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mermaid's escapeTHE MERMAID’S ESCAPE (THE SIREN SERIES BOOK 1)  by Kellie McAllen

Destined to marry the gorgeous, high-ranking Kai and inherit the throne from her grandfather, Princess Coral is the envy of every mermaid in the shoal. But all she really wants is the freedom to decide her own fate.

When Coral runs away from her own wedding and escapes to the land, she knows the clock is ticking. She has five days before her human body will succumb to the curse that binds all mermaids to the sea. Overwhelmed by the harshness of a deserted island, Coral is ready to accept her fate and return to the shoal, but with the arrival of four shipwrecked divers, Coral starts to understand why her mother was lured away by the human world.

When Coral is given the choice she always wanted, will she make peace with her destiny, or risk everything to forge her own path in a whole new world?

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abraham'ABRAHAM (THE JOHNSON CLAN BOOK 2) by Terra Wolf

Hotel mogul and all around alpha ahole, Abraham is on the prowl. The public doesn’t exactly know he’s a bear shifter and when he meets the beautiful lounge singer, Summer, she definitely has no idea. He’s built up walls around himself and his empire for so long, but slowly Summer breaks them all down. Fate has intervened, whether Abraham is ready or not.

Summer just wants to keep her apartment out of the hands of the Shyft hotel investors. They’ll make it so expensive that she, and her neighbors, will be out on the street. She has to convince the owner to make a change. What she doesn’t know is the evil hotel mogul is also the guy she’s falling in love with.

When secrets are revealed, will Summer and Abraham both be able to get past the deception? Or did fate have it wrong this time?

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vampires thirst gunnerA VAMPIRE’S THIRST: GUNNER by Elaine Barris

Sentenced to 500 years in prison for a rash of murders he didn’t commit, Gunner is granted a miracle: a month of freedom to prove his innocence.

Though desperate to find evidence to clear his good name, his plans go awry when he’s struck by a Thirst he can’t quench soon after scenting the sweet ambrosia of his Bloodmate.

With an underlying strength that shows through her gentleness, Imogen is the perfect balance to Gunner’s world of blood, bullets, and incriminations. Her connection to him is immediate, passionate, and full of promise.

Catastrophe strikes when Imogen is abducted, sending Gunner into the throes of the debilitating and insatiable Thirst which renders him incapable of controlling his craving for blood.

With so many lives on the line, the stakes have never been higher.

Will Gunner rescue Imogen in time, or will the Thirst drive him to insanity… and ultimately to his death?

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knock down dragon outKNOCK DOWN DRAGON OUT (SOULMATE SHIFTERS IN MYSTERY, ALASKA BOOK 1) by Kristal Shannan

Unable to save his family from murdering traitors, Col has a mission: to kill the dragons who murdered the royal house of Li’Vhram. When a cute, curvy woman needs rescuing, though, his senses go on high alert. And her soul is calling directly to him. That only happens…

…with soulmates.

But Col made a vow. He must avenge his family. He can’t fall in love with her, no matter how much his inner dragon roars “mate” every five minutes.

An overwhelming need to get away from life—from grief—sent Naomi on a trek through Alaska. Even though she was expecting to photograph some unique wildlife, she was NOT expecting a dragon.

Those don’t exist, right?

And a dragon who turns into a human? Even more unlikely. A hot dragon prince… yeah, she’s totally hallucinating. And when he won’t leave her side, and their chemistry is off the charts, suddenly, it’s a whole-new-world of fantasy and excitement, until danger finds her.

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STONE CURSEDSTONE CURSED; A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE: TAURUS (HIGHLAND GARGOYLES BOOK 6) by Lisa Carlisle

Locked in stone. On his night off from sentry duty, gargoyle shifter Alec heads out for a night flight. When he spots a strange green light, he soars closer to investigate.

And is caught by Medusa’s curse…Veda has had doubts about Kai since they left their coven to seek ley lines in the Scottish Highlands. When he resorts to dark magic to capture a gargoyle, she’s forced to act. How can she free the gargoyle from his stone prison without invoking Kai’s notorious wrath?

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wolf undauntedWOLF UNDAUNTED by Shannon Curtis

When his spirit is separated from his body, werewolf Zane Wilder is invisible to everyone—except Vivianne Marchetta. A vampire who has good reason to loathe all lycans, Vivianne is eager to be rid of her shifter shadow. But the spell that should sever the connection between this mismatched pair only deepens their bond. Can they trust each other enough to survive this transformation, or will it destroy them both?

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witch's furyWITCH’S FURY by Deborah LeBlanc

When magical creatures start being killed, the Francois sisters, all witches, must protect themselves. But Abigail “Gilly” Francois doesn’t count on finding undeniable passion in the process. She’s irresistibly drawn to brave, sexy Gavril Hyland, but she is forbidden to love a human. As they hunt down their elusive enemies threatening everything they love, can Gilly and Gavril save their friends—and their hearts?

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Hostage ToTheStarsFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I’m highlighting HOSTAGE TO THE STARS from my backlist. Johnny is one of my favorite characters 🙂 Here’s the short version of the blurb:

He rescued her from space pirates … but can he keep them both safe from the far greater evil stalking a deserted planet?

Space travel without Kidnap & Ransom insurance? Not a good idea. University instructor and researcher Sara Bridges can’t afford it, so when pirates board her cruise liner, she’s taken captive along with the mistress of a wealthy man, and brought to a deserted planet. When a military extraction team sent to rescue the mistress refuses to take Sara too, she’s left to the mercies of a retired Special Forces soldier, along as consultant.

Reluctantly reactivated and coerced into signing up for the rescue operation to the planet Farduccir where he once was deployed,  Sgt. Johnny Danver just wants to get the job done. But when the team leader leaves one captured woman behind, he breaks away to rescue her himself… (more on ebook seller site)…

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

May 2

April 25

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

 

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.  

Maybe Tomorrow 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 scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve moved ahead. The humans are living in the nature preserve attached to the alien lab. Mateer has recovered and is helping them survive.

(The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish.)

Punctuation wonky to comply with our guidelines here. Edited a bit from published version.

Mateer and Megan have a chat at the end of a long day. Mateer speaks first.

The excerpt: 

“What did you do with your day?”

“Checked on my two patients, which is about all I can do out here in the wilderness. After I did my so-called rounds, I picked berries. And swatted insects. There are a few varieties which regard human blood as a delicious new treat – see?” She extended her arm and he saw a scattering of tiny red bumps, “Know anything local to stop the itching?”

“We Badari don’t have this problem,” He wracked his brain for anything a healer like Timtur might suggest, “There’s a special mud soothing to the skin. One of our warriors had a problem after getting a certain plant’s pollen on his body and now I recall the mud helped him – I can go get you some.”

She put her hand on his arm, “It’s too late in the day now. Don’t worry about it. – I can cope. But thank you for the thought. Maybe tomorrow if the bites are still bothering me, we can go find this mud together.”

VS Note: Things are going to go badly from here…

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday May 2

buck tashaAs 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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BUCK: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDE BOOK #11 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black

VS Note: I love her fun scifirom romps!

Beatrix eats, sleeps and dreams graphic novels. And her latest creation is about to be made into a movie. But Bea’s new-found fame keeps putting her in the spotlight in social situations when she’d rather be curled up with her sketches. Worse, an incredibly sexy interstellar hunk is distracting her from putting the finishing touches on her fundraising efforts.

Buck is the ultimate extrovert. From the instant he wakes up until his head hits the pillow at night he applies himself to interacting with the captivating inhabitants of the strange new world that is now his home. The only one who doesn’t respond to his efforts is the beautiful Beatrix. The reserved artist has a sharp tongue and an unmatched ability to resist Buck’s alien magnetism.

When a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Bea at Comic Con turns into an insurmountable battle for her dreams she’ll have to rely on the hunky alien to help her embrace her emerging celebrity status. But will she be able to resist the mate bond that draws them inexorably together?

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enverENVER (CYN CITY CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Pearl Foxx

Enver dedicated his life and body to the Trans Atlantic war, but when the battle ended, he was left to navigate Cyn City alone and haunted. He’s made a life for himself as a medic for Cyborgs hurt on the Deluge and in the underground cyborg cage fights at the Ball & Joint. It’s a lonely but useful existence until the maddening Imogen moves in, determined to break every rule.

Love got Imogen banished from her home. Her relationship with a local boy went against the Ecovangalit laws of arranged marriage and now she’s landed in Cyn City living at a makeshift hospital for cyborgs and working as a nurse. The shining light of her days is tinkering with the machines she collects from the abandoned buildings in the deadlands. She has an uncanny ability to understand the intricate cybernetics of the patients in the ward. Why call a cynker when she can fix them herself? Little does she know the trouble she will cause.

Imogen spends most of a month with the enigmatic cyborg medic Enver who runs the Ward. But his erratic personality and hot and cold treatment leaves her with nothing but questions. When Imogen runs into the love she thought she’d lost forever, is her connection with Enver enough to keep her in Cyn City?

And can Enver open his heart and let himself feel ever again?

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bridging the distanceBRIDGING THE DISTANCE: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I enjoy Evangeline’s world building and her off the charts steamy scenes.

Lorelei Daniels is having a terrible day–her self-driving car repossesses itself, she loses her job, and she’s about to get kicked out of her apartment. What else could happen? How about a visit from a huge Kindred warrior begging her to come help him rescue his twin brother who has been turned into a Cyborg?

Bound Tight is a Light Twin of a Twin Kindred pair. Bound’s brother, Torn Deep, is the Dark Twin and his other half–without him, Bound is incomplete. He desperately needs help to get Torn back–but will the beautiful little Earth female he needs to seal the deal help him rescue his twin?

Because of her advanced degree in Artificial Intelligence Psychology, Lorelei is uniquely qualified to help with the Cyborg problem. But no matter how handsome Bound is, she’s determined this is just a business transaction. However, when they rescue Torn, he has lost all memory of his past. It’s up to Lorelei to try and bring the brothers back together in the only way she can–by using her body as a bridge between them.

Can Lorelei keep things businesslike as she brings the two brother back together? Or will she end up losing her heart as she is Bridging the Distance between the estranged Bound and Torn?

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galvanzing solGALVANIZING SOL by Amanda Milo and Poppy Rhys

VS Note: A new novella in the VALOS OF SONHADRA series!

‘d been assigned to visit Earth’s Interstellar Penitentiary System, Concord, where my girls were imprisoned.
Stick to the plan, SolI tried to tell myself. That went to hell when the prison ship crashed. Well, a little before then. See, the ship wasn’t just holding prisoners–they were being used for experiments.
They were torturing them.
They were torturing my girls.
I consider myself a level-headed man, but when I found that out, I lost my sh*t.Had we not wrecked, I’d have lost a whole lot more.
I knew they were still alive–they had to be.
Somewhere, on this planet where everything wanted to eat you, were the only two women in the universe that I had left. That I loved.
Until her.

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defying the generalDEFYING THE GENERAL (PRIMARIAN MATES BOOK 4) by Maddie Taylor

With one look he stirs something deep inside her.
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul.

She has a mission.
He has a duty.

He is her captor.
She is his destiny.

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming their happily forever after?

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ceph sectorTHE CEPH SECTOR (SHAMANS AND SHIFTERS SPACE OPERA BOOK 5) by Jenny Schwartz

The legendary Ceph have been in stasis for forty two millennia. In a century, they’ll wake. History remembers them as an unstoppable force, employing a mysterious power to decimate sentient life on the planets they attacked.

Jaya’s first mission as a new Shaman Justice is to lead an expedition into the perilous Ceph Sector. If she can learn how to contain or fight the sha-energy-using Ceph, Galaxy Proper might let them live. If not, destroying the Ceph’s home world, with all of them on it, will prevent the Ceph from ever waking.

Jaya will do anything to avoid the annihilation of an entire sentient species. But she has no idea what her compassionate instincts will cost her. She has a century in which to save the Ceph—unless they wake early.

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alien generals weddingTHE ALIEN GENERAL’S WEDDING (IN THE STARS ROMANCE) by Luna Hunter

VS Note: Short story

Zoey’s life is thrown for a loop when her cousin Nora gets in touch with her. To say she has big news is an understatement..

Nora drops these bombshells on her:

1) Nora is getting married to a seven foot tall, alien warlord called Torin.
2) The wedding is next weekend.
3) Oh yeah, it’s doubling as an Intergalactic Peace Summit as well, to smooth relations between humans and Zorans after the narrowly avoided inter-species war.
4) Will you be my maid of honor?
5) Also, that means you’ll have to do the opening dance, in front of the whole intergalactic elite, with the gorgeous, brooding Zoran warrior named Kage. No problem, right?

When Zoey sees Kage, a towering mass of purple muscle with teal eyes that make her weak at the knees, she realizes that she might be in over her head.

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a shift in the skyA SHIFT IN THE SKY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Suki Selborne

Curvy space courier Corby lives hand to mouth in the Galactic Empire. Rules don’t mean much to her. Survival is all that matters, and she’s been lucky.

But her luck just ran out.

When she’s hauled onto the Imperial Order Starship, Corby comes face to face with Prince Jalton – the handsome lion shifter who will decide her future.  Since she stole information that incriminates the Imperial Order royal family, Corby’s certain he’ll sign her death warrant. Or even kill her himself. If she gets out of this alive, it’ll be a miracle.

Prince Jalton isn’t used to working amongst the grubby criminal class. He only came to the Imperial Starship Prison because he lost a bet with his brother. Now he has to spend the day with cutthroats, thugs and ruffians.

The last thing he expects to see is…her.

Corby’s dragged before him, certain she’ll meet a violent end as payment for her crimes. She’s terrified, as she should be. And yet, she’s full of back talk and bravado. The girl makes his lion stir and snarl.

Her bluster pleases him. And the lush curves under her tunic do more than please him. He’d like to steal her away from the rough prisoners. He wants to keep her and shelter her from danger. He can’t wait to wrap her wild auburn hair around his fist, tilt her head back, and kiss the sass from her berry lips.

And slowly and leisurely, he’ll show that fiery girl that she’s his.

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wife code banksTHE WIFE CODE: BANKS (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 4) by Charlie Banks and Chantel Seabrook

Banks and Tia haven’t consummated their marriage. He’s done waiting. But he isn’t like her other husbands. And while they both have a love for learning, Tia is about to get an entirely new sort of education.

Banks is ready to teach his wife a few things about his dark desires.
The world outside their bedroom though, is darker still.
She has to get pregnant to stay in Alaska, but carrying a child is a death sentence.
Finding a cure is all that matters.
And time is running out for Tia.
For everyone.
It’s time to crack the code.

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dash cyborg chroniclesDASH (THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Kelsey Nicole Price

When the Global Allegiance terminated all Cyborgs, rumors were rampant that they still existed, either hidden away with wealthy collectors or—even more scandalous—part of the Cyborg Rebellion.
Iris
I collect stuff. Some call me a hoarder. I prefer the term treasure hunter. In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d find a cyborg but maybe my dreams should have been wilder because that’s exactly what I find.
Big, blue and now mine, I take him home promising him that he is now free.
I can’t help the fact he is sexy as hell…and that blue is my favorite color.

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I have been kept locked in a box, hidden away and forgotten.
Then I am pulled from my box by a strange human female who calls herself Iris.
Iris gives me a name and promises that I am no longer just a possession.
That my job is no longer only to serve.
The thought is terrifying but for the first time I feel hope.
Maybe this human is truly different.
One thing I know for sure is that Iris is fascinating and…tempting.

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ahunter 4 rightaHUNTER4RIGHT (aHUNTER4HIRE BOOK 8) by Cynthia A Clement

VS Note: This title nomenclature makes my head hurt, no offense to the author! It is unique and does stand out…

Jehon is an elite alien warrior who lives by a strict code of honor. He vows to protect Aashi after preventing her kidnapping. He defends her against a secret world organization determined to profit by destroying the planet. As he fights the evil forces bent on annihilation, an attraction develops between him and Aashi. Can he save the world and protect the woman he has bonded with?

Aashi’s world revolves around plants and her research lab. One minute her life is predictable and safe, and the next she is dodging bullets and kidnappers. The only constant throughout her ordeal is Jehon. He is honorable, protective, and trustworthy. Dare she hope that a future with him is possible?

As the two struggle to stay alive and stop the impending apocalypse, the attraction between them grows. Can they defeat the forces threatening the planet? Or will they die fighting?

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curious invasionA CURIOUS INVASION (THE ADVENTURES OF SMITH AND JONES Book 1) by Marie Andreas

In an Alternative Victorian London, England has a new queen–she just happens to be undead.

Dr. Nettie Jones is a new agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. Being half-vampire is an added complication.

The Society doesn’t yet appreciate Nettie but fate steps in when invaders from a dying planet begin following her the same day Queen Victoria chooses to be turned into a vampire.

Things become dangerously interwoven when Nettie discovers that a supposed accident was in fact an act of betrayal by one of the agents of the Society. The first shot in a larger conspiracy

Nettie and her fellow Society agents must pull together to thwart the alien invaders, fight off the vampire infestation, and rescue the Queen from becoming the longest ruling undead monarch, even if that rescue is against her will.

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star feverSTAR FEVER: A SCIENCE FICTION REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE COLLECTION by Various

These heroines aim for the stars—and find whole galaxies of love. For a limited time only, this reverse harem science fiction romance anthology from New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors brings you sweet and sexy stories of love through space and time–and these heroines never have to choose only one hero!

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song of blood and stoneSONG OF BLOOD & STONE: EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES, BOOK 1 by L Penelope

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save the land and to uncover the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

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at blades edgeAT BLADE’S EDGE (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

Though she’d hoped the deadly events in Venice would end the threat to The Treaty she is sworn to protect, Rowan found evidence of a grander conspiracy to destroy the fragile peace that holds humans, Vampires and those with magic back from war. A war that would only hurt the weakest and destabilize the world as we know it.

It’s not so much that someone ordered her assassination that makes her angry—people try to kill her all the time—as it is the risks those she cares for, especially her new husband, now face. Clive Stewart has never tried to pen Rowan in or control her choices. He has his own fires to put out now that he’s married to the most powerful non-Vampire in their world, and Rowan knows it’s a challenge to support her the way she needs while not being too much or not enough.

The organization that gave her a purpose, a home, roots and a path when she’d run from The Keep at seventeen has betrayed her. Now, instead of on a much-anticipated honeymoon, Rowan is in London gathering her allies and the evidence necessary to drive out the rot within Hunter Corp. and expose whoever is at the top.

Rowan is a predator and this threat is prey. She’ll burn it down and salt the earth afterward. On her terms.

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alls fair in love and wolfALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WOLF (SILVER TOWN WOLF) by Terry Spear

Wolf shifter Sarandon Silver’s in trouble with the law, and bounty hunter she-wolf Jenna St. James is determined to bring him in for trial.

Lucky for Sarandon, the entire Silver Town pack is ready to fight for his innocence. But until the case is solved, Jenna’s sticking to Sarandon like glue.

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golden basiliskTHE GOLDEN BASILISK (THE GOLDEN ANCIENTS BOOK 5) by Marie Andreas

VS note: Yes, this author had two new releases this week, in two genres.

A long-lost elven kingdom, body-swapping ghosts, walking weapons of mass destruction… Archaeologist and part-time bounty hunter Taryn St. Giles has had a Very. Bad. Year. Ever since she and her trio of singing, drunken faeries started digging into the mysteries of a certain handsome elven lord, she’s been up to her nose in explosions, slavering monsters, and assorted other dangers. Now Taryn and Alric, their friends and more than a few enemies are racing across the desert to find the last pieces of a lethal relic so they can save their world and finally share a quiet pint of beer.

But some secrets are buried deeper than a millennia, and this time, Taryn might not escape unscathed. Actually, she might not even be Taryn anymore.

marked by destructionMARKED BY DESTRUCTION (THE MARKED SERIES BOOK 3) by G Bailey and CeCe Rose

Mackenzie Crowe is lost. Not lost emotionally, or even lost somewhere she can find a map. She’s lost in a whole different world, one she never even believed in.

Luckily she has Enzo at her side, but will she be able to the find the others when they’re all lost? Is getting back to earth and stopping her father even possible anymore?

With no marks, no magic, and in a world she doesn’t understand, how can Kenzie possibly survive in a world marked by destruction?

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dionnas warriorDIONNA’S WARRIOR (DRAGON ORIGINS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

Jaxon is an elite Warrior who has lost the most precious thing in the world.

Dionna is an average Pyromancer—a fire-wielding sorceress—hoping only to pass her Academy Assessment.

But all of Dionna’s concerns become trivial when the Academy is attacked by the Silithik Hivemind: a race of monstrous insects that kill most of her fellow students in a savage sneak attack.

As one of the few survivors, Dionna is thrust into a Dragon Quintelaide, an elite fighting unit made up of each of the fighting professions. She knows she’s not ready for such a drastic promotion—and the men she’s with, led by the massive Warrior Jaxon, know it too.

Yet Jaxon feels strongly protective of Dionna. And he can’t shake the feeling…

As the war against the Silithik is reignited, Dionna needs to convince her Quintmates to trust her… while first learning to trust herself. Can she prove her worth as a Pyromancer? Or will Jaxon and the others abandon her for their own selfish mission?

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falling for the reaperFALLING FOR THE REAPER (ENTWINED DESTINIES BOOK 1) by Adrienne Ruvalcaba

He had seen death before, but never like this…

Powerful sorcerer, Viggo Brønlund, decides to face his greatest fear to save his only friend. But, after coming face to face with the unexpected, he finds himself entangled in the impossible…

He is in love with the reaper, but to possess her, he must first free her.

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into the grayINTO THE GRAY by Margaret Killjoy

VS note: Apparently a short story? No idea if there’s romance but sounded intriguing.

“You’re using me,” I said.

“That might be true, but I also love you.”

One is the Lady of the Waking Waters, an immortal mermaid. The other is a thief, who steals lives until a wish can be fulfilled, and a life-changing choice must be made.

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beasts and beautiesOF BEASTS AND BEAUTIES by Various

Five novels retell the classic story of Beauty and the Beast, each with its own twist. Meet a dark-elf prince, a dragonian princess, a brooding vigilante, mighty superheroes, and futuristic guards, and watch as Beast meets Beauty, falling in love across fantasy, science fiction, and romantic suspense.

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witch wants foreverWITCH WANTS FOREVER (WITCHES OF WIMBERLEY BOOK 2) by Victoria Danaan

Rachel can’t imagine life without Dashiell Fonteneau. They were the kind of couple who believed they were destined to find each other eons before they were born. Married people, but forever lovers.

When Dash goes to Denver on a business trip that was supposed to last for three days and doesn’t come home, Rachel finds herself in conflict with the community at Wimberley over what to do.

The entire enclave is in agreement when they decide she can’t use magic to bring him back. They’re sympathetic, but say she’ll have to learn to live without him.

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dark queenDARK QUEEN (JANE YELLOWROCK) by Faith Hunter

As Enforcer to the vampire Master of the City of New Orleans, Jane Yellowrock stakes her reputation and her life on keeping her territory safe. But Leo has been issued a blood challenge by the emperor of the European vampires, who seeks to usurp all of his power and possessions. If Leo loses the match to the death, the city will be forfeit, and the people of New Orleans will suffer the consequences. Jane can’t let that happen.

Preparing for the duel requires all of Jane’s focus, but with so much supernatural power in play, nothing goes according to plan. She has to rely on herself and the very few people she knows she can trust to stand and fight. Only two things are guaranteed: nothing is sacred, and no one is safe.

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daxDAX: HOUSE OF FLAMES (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by Scarlett Grove

Aria Sparks has always known she is different… her singing can heal the sick and wounded. She’d kept her magic hidden all her life, but when a coven of vampires snatches her for her potent blood, it only confirms she must keep her secret to herself.

Dax is convinced Aria is his mate, and he will stop at nothing to save her from the vampires’ clutches. But winning her trust will require more patience than this burly warrior knows how to muster.

When Dax discovers Aria’s secret, his graceless ways could ruin everything. Can a gentle songstress trust the brash warrior with not only her magic but her heart? And when it all seems lost, can Aria find her inner strength and discover the true extent of her power?

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spy snow leopardSPY SNOW LEOPARD (PROTECTION INC., BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Justin can’t feel anything. Literally.

Kidnapped, tortured, and turned into a beast by a secret black ops agency, his emotions were ripped out to make him the perfect assassin. Now he uses his superpowers to hunt down the scientists who broke him. He doesn’t care that his mission will mean his death. He can’t care.

Until he meets her.

Snow leopard shifter Fiona is the perfect spy…because she has to be. She can’t ever let her guard drop, not even with her closest friends. No one can learn her terrible secret. Especially not the wounded, mysterious hero her leopard insists is her one true mate…

When their paths cross during a perilous mission, Fiona can’t leave Justin to face danger alone – he can handle any threat, but he won’t take care of himself. And pretending to be a honeymooning couple is the perfect cover story for their dangerous game of cat-and-mouse at the glamorous Carnival of Venice.

But as they protect each other from deadly foes, it’s not only Justin at risk of starting to feel again.

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women of the wild the dryadWOMEN OF THE WILD: THE DRYAD by Misty Vixen

Seth Baker has fantasized for years about leaving his little village, getting out from beneath his parent’s overbearing influence, and living his life for himself. And the day has finally come when fantasy can become reality. He’s trained, he’s prepared, he’s scrounged together enough gold to buy the bare basics necessary to survive the dangerous world of monsters and magic that lies beyond the walls of his simple village. (At least he hopes so.)

But Seth isn’t delusion about his chances of survival, or how hard it’s going to be to live out there in the wilderness, traveling between towns and trying to make it with his chosen profession of a traveling herbalist, providing rare and unique potions. So he’s decided to test himself: he will travel to the Redwood Forest, one of the largest woodlands in the land, and gather five unique plants in order to make a rare potion.

While he expected to run into dangerous situations, into difficulties and hardships, into monsters and giant spiders, Seth did not at all expect to run into a beautiful dryad woman named Rain, who takes an immediate and intimate interest in him.

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callies guardianCALLIE’S GUARDIAN:WHITE TIGERS OF BRIGANTIA (BOOK 1) by Lisa Daniels

As much as Callie cares about the village where she lives, the past few years have seemed more like being trapped in a loop. She had always wanted to travel, but in Sumaria, only the top echelons get to choose their paths in life. She wants more, but as the only village apothecary, she can’t forsake the people she has grown to love. Not until circumstance forces her to flee.

Caden has spent nearly two decades protecting Callie from the shadows. His guilt at never being able to act without emotion result in his putting Callie’s happiness over his duty. When faced with the inevitable, he finally reveals himself. Willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to help her escape, Caden isn’t ready for her final decision.

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benjamin a single dadBENJAMIN: A SINGLE DAD SHIFTER ROMANCE (THE JOHNSON CLAN BOOK 1) by Terra Wolf

Billionaire playboy and bear shifter Benjamin is the oldest of the Johnson Clan. But definitely not the most responsible. He’s all about the party, not yet ready to settle down and have cubs of his own. But when his sister’s daughter, Harper, becomes his responsibility, suddenly family life doesn’t seem so bad.

Lia dreams of being more than a private preschool teacher, but she sticks around for her favorite student; a little half-shifter named Harper. When Harper’s world is turned upside down, Lia will do anything to protect the little cub. Only she realizes she doesn’t need to protect Harper, she needs to protect herself. From Harper’s uncle. The deliciously attractive Benjamin Johnson.

Lia gives her heart away to Benjamin, against her better judgement. Can this playboy bear shifter finally settle down?

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witchs familiarsTHE WITCH’S FAMILIARS (HAREM OF BABYLON BOOK 1)  by G A Rael

A reluctant witch and her five infernal consorts have to band together to save the world…from her.

One renegade angel.
One werewolf heartbreaker.
One unseelie outcast.
One hotblooded undead.

And one wickedly seductive demon who’s convinced that never-been-kissed Jordan is none other than the what of Babylon?

Jordan’s attempt to start a new life in a quiet town just got a whole lot more complicated. From preacher’s daughter to the harbinger of the apocalypse, taming her newfound power is the easy part. The hard part? Taming the five monstrous men who will stop at nothing to protect her… even if it means coexisting with each other.

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mercys destinyMERCY’S DESTINY (MERCY ASHBY BOOK 2) by A M Hardin

One enemy after Mercy down, even more to go.

After finding out why she’s been attacked for nearly her whole life for simply existing, Mercy doesn’t know whether to believe it or not.

She discovers yet more lies, more secrets. Along with those secrets and lies, comes new faces, new friends, and even worse; new enemies.

When someone close to her protectors betrays them, Mercy comes to realize that maybe her destiny might just be written in stone after all.

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cadence of ciarCADENCE OF CIAR (THE FATE CALLER SERIES BOOK 1)  by  Zoe Parker

Magic and Mayhem

Both go together in my opinion because if you have one the other is always present. Ciar is the epitome of both and in some ways my furry arch-nemesis. He’s been with me since I was a child. Now he’s followed me to the Menagerie. Except he’s no longer in his canine form, Ciar is now 100% Fae male.

Which I’m not prepared for. Not that I’m prepared for this place at all either. I don’t want to be here. This school is a hen-house for the rich and powerful to reach in and pluck the special people out like fat hens while the rest are fed to the wolves.

Well, except this time there’s one of the big bad ones IN the hen-house. Ciar.
He’s the bane of my existence and theirs. Yet, in a roundabout way, he’s also my best friend, and even though he looks at me like I’m dinner, I’m not afraid.

I’m pretty sure I look at him exactly the same way.

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cats and dogsCATS AND DOGS (AGE OF NIGHT BOOK 4) by May Sage

The enemies targeting their pride are going to attack any moment. As the only submissive amongst the Wyverns, Christine knows they’ll come at her first, believing she’s their weakness.
Their mistake.

Hunter Hart, ex-Head Enforcer of the Vergas pack, lives on borrowed time. After betraying his family, he needs to get out of the continent, or die. But there’s one thing he intends to do, dangerous as it is.
Meet his god-daughter, Lola.

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spell crafting 501SPELL CRAFTING 501 (HELL KITTEN CHRONICLES) by Viola Grace

The final classes have begun and the only thing standing in Imara’s way is an ancient and deadly enemy…of her kitten.

Imara’s life is going according to her plans. She has her boyfriend, her kitten, and is about to earn her degree in Magecraft and graduate. Once she has that degree, she has the right to request an application for a commercial magic license. It is the goal she has been working toward all along.
A shadow begins to haunt her during the day and stalk her when she is away from the college. She doesn’t know what it wants, but it follows her with a purpose she can’t fathom until she finds the identity of her stalker.
By the time she learns that it is Mr. E the stalker is after and not her, the trap has already closed.

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its a charmed life grimmIT’S A CHARMED LIFE (GRIMM FILES BOOK 1) by Selene Charles

VS Note: Not sure there’s any romance but sounds good.

My name’s Elle. Princess Arielle, for those who know my history. Cursed by my own father and banished to Grimm, I’m a siren, a killer, and one of the best damned cold-case detectives in the hundred realms. I don’t stop until I uncover the truth, no matter where that truth leads.

After discovering a bloodstained ribbon and a poison-tipped cat’s claw at a cold-case crime scene at the Charmings’s castle, I’m sent to Wonderland to investigate. Wonderland is a harrowing place full of madness and dark secrets. I’d rather be landlocked than step foot on that twisted soil, but I don’t have a choice. My insatiable thirst for truth reveals a conspiracy that will not only rock the Grimm world but also my own.

No one ever walks away from Wonderland unscathed… no one.

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magick run amokMAGICK RUN AMOK (AN ABRACADABRA MYSTERY) by Sharon Pape

VS Note: No idea how much romance there is but sounded fun. Part of a cosy mystery series.

November in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wilde’s shop, Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions, and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers don’t know is that the proprietor has some unusual powers—and unusual friends, including the renowned magician Merlin, who’s been transported into the modern world. All of which comes in handy when there’s a murder to be solved . . .

Investigative journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel, and his friend, Travis, suspects foul play—especially when the reporter’s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead men’s names. Kailyn wants to help, but she’s also got her hands full with the curmudgeonly Merlin, who’s not exactly maintaining a low profile. Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies that work like magic, she’ll have to tap into her many talents to figure out a killer’s fatal formula.

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dragons soulTHE DRAGON’S SOUL: XAN by Calissa Wayne

Remunada Summers is a simple healer in a small backwater town leading a quiet life. Until the day the King’s guard drag her from her home and across the continent by “request” of the King to help Prince Anaxandros Minos. Upon arriving at the castle, she faces not only a dragon, but the shocking secrets the Royal Houses have kept hidden for centuries. What can a simple healer do to help the mighty Royal House of Minos? More than you’d expect, since the royals aren’t the only ones with secrets… Prince Anaxandros “Xan” Minos is in need of help, but only his True One can help him. After his dragon rejects several royal women presented to him as possible mates, he fears for the safety of the entire kingdom if he cannot find his True One in time. Then she arrives, a Healer, outspoken in defense of others, her scent driving his dragon to distraction while her overly large curves tempt the man beyond reason. Forced to deal not only with his problems–trying to convince Remi she is his True One and that they need to mate as quickly as possible–Xan must also address the enemies of the crown who move against his family. He may be First Born and Heir, but how much can a poor princely dragon juggle? ** A Siren Erotic Romance

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blackstone lionTHE BLACKSTONE LION: BLACKSTONE MOUNTAIN BOOK 5 by Alicia Montgomery

Luke Lennox knows he doesn’t deserve happiness. After tearing his family apart, he’s been punishing himself by living a solitary life. But when he sees Georgina Mills, the animal inside him knows: she’s his mate. His lonely heart yearns for her, but he knows that it could only end up badly for them both.

After being rescued from the clutches of an evil anti-shifter organization, Georgina Mills has finally settled in Blackstone with her young bear shifter son. She’s got a job, a home, and Grayson is finally around people like him. Now, if only the handsome, golden-eyed lion shifter who rescued them would notice her … but she’s knows she’s not exactly a catch. Besides, keeping Grayson safe is her priority for now, so her heart will have to take a backseat.

As their enemies advance on Blackstone, Luke must do everything he can to protect his home. He must also deny his growing attraction to Georgina, though he can only fight for so long before he must give in to his desires.

But Georgina is keeping a secret – one that’s so terrible and unforgivable and she doesn’t know if she can keep it under wraps for long.

When the truth is finally revealed, can Luke and Georgina’s love keep them together? Or will it destroy them, along with Blackstone?

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netherfield rogue dragonNETHERFIELD ROGUE DRAGON: A PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION (JANE AUSTEN’S DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Maria Grace

Elizabeth Bennet thought she was prepared to do anything to make the Dragon Conclave accept her beloved young dragon Pemberley into the Blue Order, but she had not anticipated it would leave her banished from her ancestral home and betrothed to none other than Mr. Darcy. But before Elizabeth and Darcy wed, they must find a dangerous rogue dragon before it provokes a war amongst the dragons and brings the fragile peace between dragons and mankind to a catastrophic end.

Nothing written in the annals of dragon lore has prepared Elizabeth to manage a dragon not governed by the Blue Order. Dragons have always loved her, but this one finds her arrogant, selfish and insensitive to others. With only her instincts to guide her, she must convince the rogue of her good intentions before the Blue Order loses patience and decides on more drastic measures.

Called away to the other side of the kingdom, trying to settle the dragons’ unrest, Darcy learns the nature of the force poisoning the rogue dragon against Elizabeth. One nearer and dearer than they could have imagined.

Can Elizabeth and Darcy convince with rogue dragon to cooperate before darker forces turn it against them, without destroying the fragile bonds uniting the couple?

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phillipePHILLIPE (BIG EASY BEARS BOOK 5) by Rebecca Fanning

A few more months. That’s all Phillipe needs in order to save enough money and get out of town, start over in Montana with his best friend. But what Phillipe didn’t plan on was falling in love with his best friend’s younger sister. The more Phillipe gets closer to Brigid, the more complex his life becomes. And his life is already very complex.

All Phillipe wants is a fresh start, a place where everything he does and sees doesn’t remind him of his horrible childhood, how his parents condemned him as being cursed instead of recognizing what he was. A werebear. And his best friend Patrick has always been there for him, as equally a black sheep in his family. But what makes their friendship even more interesting is that Patrick is a werewolf. For ten years they had made this plan to leave town together, but now Phillipe wonders if he can really leave Brigid behind.

Both lovers have things they are hiding as they get closer to each other. But Phillipe wonders if Brigid has a drug problem as he finds needles in her trash can and overhears her on the phone with someone who needs more money from her. Since Phillipe knew the relationship wouldn’t last, he pushes Brigid away and soon she finds herself in danger. It takes Brigid being sent to the hospital for the two to finally discover their love for each other, and the truth behind all the secrets they’ve been hiding.

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charmed life of alex mooreTHE CHARMED LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Molly Flatt

How would you feel if everything in your life suddenly started to go . . . right? Six months ago, Alex Moore was stuck in a dead-end job, feeling her potential quietly slip away. Then, seemingly overnight, she launched her dream start-up and became one of London’s fastest rising tech stars. At thirty-one, her life has just begun. But Alex’s transformation isn’t easy for those around her. Her friends are struggling to accept her rapid success, her parents worry she’s burning out and her fiancé is getting cold feet.

Then weird things start to happen. Muggings, stalkers – even a wild claim that she murdered a stranger. But when Alex visits the Orkney Islands to recharge, weird turns into WTF. Because there she discovers the world’s oldest secret – and it’s a secret that Alex’s stratospheric rise has royally messed up.

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VS sez: I’m featuring my four book Alien empath series for your consideration today – 3 women and one man kidnapped by the interstellar crime combine…can any of them hope to escape their forced servitude and find love? The books are standalone but follow a general timeline starting with STOWAWAY  and finishing with FATED STARS. (My daughters wanted me to write a female mercenary so I did, and made her the heroine of FATED STARS.) My Amazon Author page (books are also at other major ebook sellers)

all 4 books in series

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 25

April 18

April 11

April 4

March 28

March 21

March 14

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.  

 

Taking the Fight to the Enemy 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 scifi romance Mateer (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 2. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

This excerpt follows directly from last week’s.

The Khagrish are the evil alien scientists holding kidnapped human prisoners for experimentation. Dr. Lampergg is the head of the lab. Mateer is a bioengineeered warrior created by the Khagrish.

The ‘Jill’ they’re talking about was the heroine of book #1, AYDARR.

Punctuation a bit wonky to meet our rules – sorry! Slight differences from the published version, to fit the rules here.

Mateer is speaking.

The excerpt:

“I admire your courageous attitude, given the perilous situation,” he said, face lighting up in a grin for a moment, “All right, since you insist on details, both of your sisters are fine and free in a safe place, but whatever you do, don’t mention you’re related to Jill.”

Megan literally couldn’t breathe and her heart thumped extra hard at the welcome but unexpected news her siblings weren’t prisoners, weren’t being tortured or experimented on. Thank the Lords of Space.  His odd, blunt warning caught her attention next, “Why ever not? What do the Khagrish care who my sisters are?”

Mateer settled back, “She escaped by assaulting the scientist in charge of the labs. Lampergg, the Khagrish directing the operation here, was like a son to Gahzhing, who ran the lab where we were held captive. Gahzhing might even be dead for all I know. Lampergg would be likely to take his anger at Jill out on you.”

That’s my big sister all right, take the fight to the enemy.

mateerThe Blurb:

Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.

Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.

As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.

Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?

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