Veronica Takes a New Quiz

Depositphotos_50887641_l-2015 gold and white nightstand

DepositPhoto – I always wanted the gold and white bedroom furniture when I was a kid. Maybe without the candelabra! (I have cherry veneer wood right now.)

Found a fun new ‘quiz’ in last month’s COSMO magazine, where they ask celebrities questions about their nightstand. Seemed to lend itself to some fun answers so here goes…

My overall nightstand vibe:  Messy (and there are dust bunnies underneath it)…

Got any snacks? I don’t usually eat in bed but occasionally I’ll have a sliced Granny Smith apple (love the tart taste!).

What’s currently on top: My kindle, my phone, my iPod, two pairs of reading glasses, the TV remote, a pink sparkly peacock and a little music box that plays Papageno’s song from The Magic Flute. (My Dad sang that part once in an amateur opera production.)

Sleep mask: No.

I wouldn’t want my Mom to find: Well, I am a romance author and I do write steamy scenes for my characters so I have some interesting research materials stacked to the side…

The product I always have: Cherry flavored Chapstick, TheraTears eye drops for dry eyes and a Clinique face cream.

jake contoertionistBooks by my bed: The kindle is stuffed with scifi romance, Regency romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, science fiction, nonfiction…there’s also a towering stack of ancient Egyptian research books because I write novels set in 1550 BCE as well. And a big pile of laundry to put away at the foot of the bed, and of course Jake the Cat is wherever he wants to be….

My alarm sitch: When I left the old day job so I could be a fulltime writer I swore not to EVER wake up to the alarm again, unless I had a plane to catch. So, no alarm set. I do keep a clock by the bed.

Adding to the magazine’s questions, in the nightstand drawers, I have: Top drawer – kind of a junk drawer, with extra reading glasses, batteries, hair clips, a combination pulse/blood oxygen fingertip monitor (When I have an anxiety attack I’m always concerned I can’t breathe and the blood O2 reading helps me keep control that yes, I can. The pulse measurement is handy if I think I’m having an AFIB incident), pens, pads of paper for writing down those middle of the night ideas I won’t remember in the morning…Bottom drawer: SOCKS! Of all kinds and colors and patterns.

red pandas2 better shotAnd extra bonus, on a nearby set of drawers, I keep these red pandas and a red panda-inspired dragon (his wings are kind of obscured – sorry), both of which my DD2 gave me because I looove red pandas. And my Dad gave me the small wooden box after a business trip to Spain when I was about eight. Inside I keep one tiny tail feather from a baby bird we rescued that same summer.

Happy Friday to you!

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

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

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

VS Note: And of course I one clicked this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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devoloseDEVOLOSE: BOOK 4 IN THE GALAXY GLADIATORS by Alana Khan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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their hybridTHEIR HYBRID (STEAMPUNK REVERSE HAREM by Skye MacKinnon

VS note: A re-release

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

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

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

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

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threadbareTHREADBARE (STORM FRONTS BOOK 1) by Elle E Ire

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

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

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

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neon viceNEON VICE by Jessica Marting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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worldship files leviathanWORLDSHIP FILES: LEVIATHAN by Erik Schubach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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warehouse rob hartTHE WAREHOUSE: A NOVEL by Rob Hart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sea lordsSEA LORDS (DEITIES BOOK 2) by Linda Mooney

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

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

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

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

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

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absolutionABSOLUTION: A DOMINION NOVEL by Lissa Kasey

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

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

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

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

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

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immortal awakeningIMMORTAL AWAKENING (VAMPIRE MATES) by Renea Mason

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: Not sure there’s romance…

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

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

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

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royally charmedROYALLY CHARMED by Lea Jade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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first girl childTHE FIRST GIRL CHILD by Amy Harmon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fortune academyFORTUNE ACADEMY YEAR ONE by J R Thorn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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quicksilver dragonQUICKSILVER DRAGON by Zoe Chant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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hex of blackbriar academyTHE HEX OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: apparently there’s a cliffhanger.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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obssessionsOBSSESSIONS (CHIMERA PROJECT BOOK 2) by K Swanson

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

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

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

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

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turning darkness into lightTURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT by Marie Brennan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sparrowhawkSPARROWHAWK by Delilah Dawson

VS Note: A release of note, not romance…

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

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 14

August  7

July 31

July 24

July 17

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

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

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

 

 

Not Bad At All Weekend Writing Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

camronThe blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amazon     Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     Google

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

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

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

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Cover by Fiona Jayde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cover by Frauke of Croco Designs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday August 14

knight protectorAs 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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KNIGHT PROTECTOR by Lindsay Buroker

As one of the sultan’s fourteen daughters, and a successful businesswoman who puts money in the family’s coffers, Princess Nalini thought she would escape an arranged marriage.
She thought wrong.
Her father insists that an alliance with the savage and ambitious Star Kingdom is the only way to avoid a war at home, and for some reason, Prince Jorg—a man she’s never met—wants to marry her.
As if that weren’t bad enough, her father believes the betrothal may make her a target and is assigning her a bodyguard, the victor of one of his odious gladiator matches. She doesn’t want some brutish stranger intruding on her privacy.
But her new protector—Tristan—is not the brute she expected. He has a quick wit, a sexy smile, and even sexier things under the smile.
Unfortunately, Nalini can’t let herself fall in love with Tristan, not when she’s soon to be betrothed to another man. As her father’s daughter, it’s her duty to help her people by cementing this alliance. No matter how much she wishes otherwise…

As Tristan grew up on the streets, his father a convict and his mother a drug addict, all he ever wanted was to become one of the Star Kingdom’s elite knights, something that very few commoners ever achieve. After Tristan labors for years as a squire, the king is ready to appoint him a knight… if he accomplishes one simple task. He must infiltrate the sultan’s palace, gain the trust of Princess Nalini, and make sure she doesn’t run away from her marriage with Prince Jorg.
There’s just one problem.
Nalini isn’t the spoiled rich brat he expected—she spends her days working as hard as he does—and he soon develops feelings for her. With her betrothal looming, and the career he’s worked his whole life for at stake, Tristan can’t let himself act on those feelings.
But can he stand back while a man who doesn’t deserve her claims her for his wife?

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takarTAKAR (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 11) by Elin Wyn

Nosy, undisciplined humans aren’t high on his list. Not until a brilliant, beautiful doctor sets all his senses on fire. Living with his brother Rokul and his human mate Tella was quite enough for Takar. A life in the military taught him to be controlled. Restrained.  Rules were there for a reason, even if the humans never seemed to understand. But when a curious human woman bursts into his duty station, he can’t get escape his thoughts of her. And when she plunges into danger, he’ll ignore his own rules to keep his mate safe.

Scientist Daphne is terrible with mysteries. She wants to know everything about, well, everything. The world is filled with questions, and she wants the answers. When Takar is sent to retrieve her from a slightly unauthorized research trip, she’s beyond annoyed. But when they’re trapped in the tunnels, she realizes she has just as many questions about the gruff Skotan warrior. Who is he, really? How does his touch send heat through her belly? And why does she want to run her hands across his broad chest…and more?

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shaynSHAYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 7) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

Shayn NaZade is looking for answers…A Detyen father and Oscavian mother have left Shayn wondering whether he and his brothers will be forced to pay the Denya Price. Unmated Detyens die on their thirtieth birthdays, but will that hold true for someone with Oscavian blood? His question brings him to Oscavia where he finds his mate… and a whole lot of trouble.

Naomi’s a psychic, but she didn’t see this one coming…Orphaned as a child and raised by scientists, Naomi’s mind is opened to all the secrets of the universe. But she can’t see the lies and betrayals standing right in front of her, and when experiments to control her powers take a dark turn she knows she’ll have to run. It’s just her luck that her instincts push her towards a charming blue alien.

A dangerous escape, a daring rescue, and scorching heat send Shayn and Naomi tumbling together as the denya bond ties them ever closer. But when the forces against them get too close, that bond will be tested to the breaking point.

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twisting sanityTWISTING SANITY (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

When her body isn’t hers to command, Windy has to find ways to defend herself.
Windy broke her spine in the attack, and she was taken from Adaptation Station and sold to the Splice. Her destiny was to act as their communication conduit. She hated the idea of destiny.
When Alphy sent a hunter to come get her, he is shocked by her condition. They come up with a plan to extract her from the communication array, but it is going to take some time and a lot of patience.
Unable to simply use nanites for the procedure, Windy faces a slow and uphill battle to get control of her body again. It is just the beginning of a wild ride.

Amazon     Apple Books

commanders bondCOMMANDER’S BOND (COMMANDERS OF THE ITI BOOK 3) by Diana Logan

Katy thinks she knows where she stands, not only with the alien of her dreams, Royal Commander Grix, but also with the people he rules. But then a new ship of Iti arrives, and it changes everything they thought they knew.

There will be no peace in the galaxy, and certainly no happy ending for Grix and Katy, unless they confront the Pain Priests who murdered his family. Can Katy trust their promises to each other in the face of a…COMMANDER’S BOND.

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captured and claimedCAPTURED AND CLAIMED (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Jude Gray

Grabbed from the street in broad daylight, Briony is soon sold to a cruel alien leader who needs human women for a very specific purpose.
They must “recharge” the vicious warriors he forces to fight in his arena.
Given to the best fighter in the section, she finds she has arrived in the middle of a secret escape plan.
She is surprised to find herself attaching to the handsome alien fighter, and puts everything she can into their risky run for freedom.
Will she make it out alive?
Maybe.
Will she make it out unchanged?
Absolutely not.

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altered vicki stiefelALTERED: THE MADE ONES SAGA BOOK 1 by Vicki Stiefel

The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.

Amazon     Apple Books

owned by his alienOWNED BY HIS ALIEN (BALROV MATES BOOK 3) by Tempest Luna

Once, he was a proud, strong male. Until the Sypians came. Now, Sarl is no more than a slave. Chained and punished for the slightest infraction. Nyx was once proud to be Sypian. But then the Supreme Ruler came to power. As a doctor, Nyx is afforded luxuries and freedoms to be envied, but all he wants is Sarl. A slave he cannot have. Will the chance for love give Nyx the courage to stand up for what’s right? Or will he lose the only male he’s let see his heart?

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darkness that defines usTHE DARKNESS THAT DEFINES US (THE DARK DIMENSION BOOK 2) by Brooke Hodge

VS Note: From July

Anais just wanted to be free. Now she’s found herself in the middle of a war that’s been millennia in the making. With her battle scars fresh on her mind, she and her friends must travel to the farthest reaches of her known world to find the answers that will help her save everything.
But in the birthplace of humankind, she finds much more than she bargained for.
Leaving Kai was the hardest thing she’s had to do yet…until she meets a handsome Captain tasked with protecting the last humans left on Earth. Now she’s questioning her heart and everything she ever knew about love.
With her enemies growing in number every day, Anais must once again choose between her heart and what she knows is right.
No matter which choice she makes, someone she loves is going to pay the price.

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red leopardRED LEOPARD (CHRONICLES OF KASSOUK BOOK 2) by Vijaya Schartz

In charge of the Kassouk fortress in the king’s absence, what is Terek to do when a Goddian spacecraft lands in his medieval backyard, carrying tall aliens and their striking ice princess?

Galya, the woman in charge of the geologic expedition, is searching for an extraordinary crystal with hyper-conductor properties. The futile defiance of a handsome Human chief, nicknamed Red Leopard like the infernal feline that follows him everywhere, isn’t going to stop her.

Terek must defend his people’s freedom, but an old prophecy surfaces, carrying a new threat. When political intrigues, greed, murder and betrayal tip the scales, whom can Galya trust? Her fellow Goddians? The Mutants bred to serve her race? Or her primitive Human enemy?

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bann jessie rose caseBANN EXPLOSIVE: GALACTIC CYBORG HEAT SERIES by Jessie Rose Case

VS note: From July. I excerpted a piece of the blurb…more on ebook seller page…

She didn’t do messy. Kate Hudson, smart, intelligent and so not looking for permanent. She liked her life just how it was. Interesting and free. Cyborgs had been a blast from the past until she’d seen the Ad. Suddenly, something new and exciting ticked all her wish list and she was gone. And what a revelation it had been. The Space Station offered so much candy, in such a big candy store…. Muscles in every direction….. it was enough to make a girl drool….. Now if she could only get that eight pack to look in her direction ….. Hot, simply didn’t do him justice….. So much to admire…. So much to explore… All her girly bits were lighting up like Christmas and that was one present she looked forward to unwrapping. Only one problem, she just needed to convince that Alpha stud, his ass was hers!

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fire in the heartFIRE IN THE HEART: A METAHUMAN FILES: CLASSIFIED NOVEL by Hailey Turner

Surrender to vows. Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin has come a long way since being turned into a metahuman, and all he wants to do is marry the man he loves. A wedding is easy, but it’s the honeymoon where his past unexpectedly catches up with him.

A future together.  All Agent Sean Delaney wanted was a romantic honeymoon with his new husband. When he and Alexei stumble into a fellow operative’s mission on the luxury gambling resort island Fortuna-sur-mer, they get more than they bargained for in their newly-minted civilian lives.

Destined to burn. Forced to choose between staying and joining the mission or leaving to stay safe and postpone their honeymoon, Alexei and Sean make the only decision they can—to fight.

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signal boostSIGNAL BOOST (OFF THE GRID) by Alyssa Cole

VS Note: A re-release

When technology stopped working, the world as they knew it ended.
In a secluded cabin, John and his loved ones have survived. He should feel grateful. But his family is in his face 24/7, he has to watch his best friend, Arden, and brother, Gabriel, flaunt their love, and as a techie in a Luddite world he’s pretty much useless. The cabin is brimming with people, but he feels utterly alone.

Until he catches Mr. Tall, Blond and Gorgeous raiding their garden. Mykhail is an astrophysics student, he makes John’s gaydar ping like crazy and he thinks he knows what caused the devastation. He’s on a journey to his university to find answers, and John invites himself along. Partly to get out of the house, and partly because he can’t let Mykhail go without acting on the mutual attraction that’s so obvious even John’s mom is playing matchmaker.

The closer they get to campus, the more Mykhail lets down his walls. But with answers come secrets both devastating and deadly, and before they can save the world, they’ll have to save themselves.

Amazon     Apple Books

star fantasy book 2STAR DREAM: STAR FANTASY (FANTASY ISLAND BOOK 7) by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn

Alisa Davis is living the dream. The starship Galaxy Explorer exceeded her imagination. Her television crush, Science Officer Tojait J’all is her soulmate, and they’re expecting their first child. The only serpent in her paradise is the nosy Dr. Jack Abernathy. Stepping into the life of another person without revealing the truth proves more difficult than anticipated. When reality rears its ugly head, will Alisa keep dreaming or be rudely awakened?

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ajax olivia hutchinsonAJAX (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 1) by Olivia Hutchinson

Ajax fell from the sky the same day my entire world shifted on its axis. The little safety I had was ripped away in a single morning, leaving me alone and destitute on an alien moon. Agreeing to go with the not-quite-human male wasn’t the wisest decision I ever made, but it was the only choice I had.

I have one goal: stick by Ajax’s side until we find my missing friend and her father, even if that means giving myself over to him after he bellows loud enough for everyone in the galaxy to know I’m his. What he doesn’t know is that I’ll never belong to him. I’ll never belong to anyone but myself.

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first time outFIRST TIME OUT (COURSE FOR ADVENTURE BOOK 1) by Cassandra Logan

Year, 2419. The planet, Earth.
Aggie is dying. Diagnosed with an incurable disease, she is hoping for a miracle. Her obsession with ancient Earth movies and TV shows has taught her that anything can happen. Nearing the end of her life, she’s joining her best friends on a once in a lifetime galactic cruise. Friends she has yet to tell about her imminent death.
Grown in a lab, experimented on, and tortured, Finn finally has his freedom. As much machine as man, he and his fellow escapees have secured passage on the Galactic Princess in an attempt to reach Vende and the promised aid that awaits there. They just have to avoid the bounty hunters that are attempting to capture them at every turn.
A chance meeting and an instant attraction have Aggie and Finn both wishing for a different future. With so much in their way, is a happily ever after even worth thinking about? Always.

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geeky reaperGEEKY REAPER (NEW LIFE BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

The universe out there is much bigger than anyone knows. To control this, a great and powerful people long ago created what humans call the Grim Reapers. But to us and others, we are known as New Life Givers, sending others to their new destinies. No one knows who will be chosen to hold one of these honored jobs. This person won’t know until they reach the destined age to reveal what and who they are, getting a crash course on the job and their own species.
Twelve brothers, the Grim Reapers, but to them, they were the ones that took them from their old lives to start a new life, journey. Harry Turns was one such man, but little did he know his chosen one was the one and same girl he had wanted in high school, so long ago.
One glance at her twenty-some years later and Harry knew she was his. Would she allow his claim? To show her what it was truly to love someone, who would give their life for her? Would Tiara Franken choose to start over with a life totally different from what she knew, for eternity?

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ethrielETHRIEL (KANOSIAN WARRIORS BOOK 4) by C R Corbin

Miranda – My first impression of him was that he’s an arrogant, domineering, muscle-bound brute that was infuriatingly sexy.  Now he’s my only hope after our ship is taken over by bandits, leaving us stranded on a rugged, cold, and inhospitable planet with a litany of dangerous animals and no clear way out.  And the more he protects me, the more time we spend together in search of our salvation, it all pushes me to change my mind about being his.

Ethriel – Bandits have taken over our ship, we have only the burning wreckage of an escape pod as our source of tech, and I’m stuck with a human that hates me, the same human that I tried to claim.  Needless to say, the circumstances aren’t the best.
That’s why we were dragging ourselves through cold mountains and rivers in search of a crashed spacecraft, that’s why she was even speaking to me. She was curvy, soft, an example of perfection. I want to claim her, to have that body and to bend her to my will, yet she resists. But I have to admit that I think she’s starting to change her mind about me and that’s why I was determined to save the two of us and to claim her once and for all.

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ithadens slaveTHE ITHADEN’S SLAVE by Daniella Wright

I’M 12 WEEKS PREGNANT AND CAN’T REMEMBER WHO’S THE FATHER OF MY CHILD.
“You were gone for 8 months and were clearly abducted.”
If there was ever any love in my heart for the father of this child, it is now gone, along with all my memories.
It is time for me to make a decision.
I keep getting bright white flashes.
I remember being cold.
Bars blurring my view.
Weird instruments, like from some kind of lab.
I feel scared, very scared.
Since I got back I’ve been feeling someone is watching me.
PTSD, maybe?
But the fact that I know this mysterious stranger probably doesn’t exist, makes me want to go running after him…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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knaves over queensKNAVES OVER QUEENS: A WILD CARDS NOVEL by Wild Cards trust and George R R Martin (Editor)

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

Developed by aliens and field-tested on Earth, the virus known as Xenovirus Takis-A was released in New York in 1946, changing the course of human history forever. Most of those infected die — and a tiny percentage become deformed beings known as jokers. A lucky few survivors become aces: superhumans gifted with amazing powers. Now the virus has reached Britain.

There, Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, gifted with extraordinary longevity, together with the Enigma ace Alan Turing, set up a special organization named the Order of the Silver Helix. They will need all of the wild cards they can find if they are to deal with the terrifying mutations spawned by the virus.

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warningTHE WARNING by James Patterson and Robison Wells (Contributor)

A small southern town was evacuated after a freak power-plant accident. As the first anniversary of the mishap approaches, some residents are allowed to return past the national guard roadblocks.
Mount Hope natives Maggie and Jordan quickly discover that their hometown is not as it was before. Downed cellular networks fail to resume service. Animals savagely attack humans. And the damaged power plant, where Jordan’s father is an engineer, is under military lockdown.
As friends and family morph into terrifying strangers, the Maggie and Jordan increasingly turn to each other. Their determination to discover who–or what–has taken control of Mount Hope soon has them in the cross-hairs of a presence more sinister than any they could have imagined.

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last hopeTHE LAST HOPE: A RAGING ONES NOVEL by Kristie Richie and Becca Ritchie

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

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priestess of the nilePRIESTESS OF THE NILE (THE GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

VS Note: A re-release of the first book I ever published and the first story in my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance connected series. A new cover. Carina/HQN still has the audiobook rights and kept the original cover art.

1550 BCE
This is a lightly re-edited re-release of PRIESTESS OF THE NILE. No new material has been added.
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile one evening by the notes of a half forgotten, sacred song, Sobek the Crocodile God is unable to resist Merys, the beautiful singer who innocently summons him. Appearing to her as a man and concealing his true identity, he’s captivated by this descendant of his last priestess.
Treated by her family as a servant, denied a dowry and with no prospects for anything but a life of drudgery, Merys is happy to steal away to spend time with the handsome stranger.
Their mutual attraction burns hot but Sobek is forbidden to pursue a human woman and can offer Merys nothing beyond a few hours snatched from his duties tending the Nile.
Then Egypt’s enemies attack the peaceful village. Can the love between Merys and the Crocodile God survive the ultimate test of the gods?

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blood truthBLOOD TRUTH (BLACK DAGGER LEGACY BOOK 4) by J R Ward

As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests—and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort—and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female…who changes his life forever.

Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not—and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?

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dragons callDRAGON’S CALL (DRAGON HEIR BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel

After the Breaking, not much was left. I assumed it was a case of magic gone bad—until I discovered my goddess mother had broken the world. She didn’t like it that I’d turned my back on the pantheon. My long tenure among witches rubbed salt into the wound.

After a confrontation where Mommy Dearest fessed up—and lacked the decency to bat an eyelash about the widespread destruction she’d caused—I was digesting what to do next when a dragon showed up.
Yes. A dragon.
The beast didn’t talk with me or anything, but it flew overhead wreaking havoc on a goblin horde. Witches are old souls with kind hearts, but they’re not particularly strong magically, so I was grateful for the help.

And suspicious as hell. Why a dragon? Why here and why now? More importantly, why was he—she?—helping me? Part of me didn’t want to know, and another part was certain I’d find out anyway.

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ice crownICE CROWN (THE ELEMENTS OF KAMDARIA BOOK 1) by Kay L Moody

Talise can manipulate the elements with ease; water, air, earth, and fire all bend to her will. As a citizen of the Storm—a crime-laden land where death is the only constant—her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper.

A competition for the position takes place at the end of her training years. If she wins, she would live in the palace, work for the emperor, and escape her inevitable death in the Storm. But she’s not the only one with a chance to win.

Aaden is another talented student. As a citizen of the Crown, he was born with unlimited privilege and resources. When someone from the Crown wants to win, they do. End of story. And his shaping is unlike anything Talise has ever seen.

Complicating matters, Talise’s loved one in the Storm gives her reason to abandon the competition altogether, forcing her to make an impossible choice. Torn between duty and freedom, she must learn that clinging to the past, might destroy her future.

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spirit bearSPIRIT BEAR (GRIZZLY COVE BOOK 14) by Bianca D’Arc

Rescued alive, but not whole…Laura is a white wolf shifter far from home and out of her element. She’s been held prisoner for years by those who would use her power for their evil purposes, but she’s held strong against them and lived to tell the tale. But she’s lost everything in the process—her mate, her baby girl, her zeal for living. He baby is a grown woman now, and Laura is overjoyed to be reunited with her only child, but questions remain.

Is he her friend, or warden? Tasked by the Alpha of his Clan to watch over Laura’s recovery, Gus feels especially drawn to the injured woman. He is a rare spirit bear shifter who walks the shaman’s path. Considered spooky by most of his friends, Gus finds acceptance and welcome from Laura that he cannot resist. The questions bothers him – and his Alpha – was her escape too easy? Has she been delivered into their midst as some kind of living Trojan Horse?

How can he be her true mate? Laura begins to realize that the so-called mate she’d had years ago may not have been her one, true mate. Her attraction to Gus is too strong to be denied ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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blaze of wrathBLAZE OF WRATH (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 5) by Harper Wylde

Politics are a deadly game, and things are heating up. As winter sets in, my mates and I are in a careful dance as we try to avoid the Council’s suspicions and gain acceptance into the rebellion. Every secret we uncover is more deadly than the last, as the truth of the Council is brought to light. It’s not just the Council we have to watch – the rebellion is hiding secrets of their own, and the challenges they set may be enough to break our family to pieces. Will we be able to make it through the trials whole, or will we go up in a Blaze of Wrath?

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magic and mayhemMAGIC AND MAYHEM by Various including L A Boruff

We’re pleased to inform you that you’ve been accepted into the Magic and Mayhem Academy. Pack your bags and ready your wands for the beginning of a new term.
Packed with witches, shifters, and more, this collection of paranormal and fantasy academies has something for everyone. School was hard enough with the mean girls and exams, now there’s wayward spells and fantastic creatures to contend with.
Get ready for some Magic and Mayhem.

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school of broken heartsSCHOOL OF BROKEN HEARTS: ACADEMY OF SOULS BOOK 2 by C R Jane and Mila Young

Adeline Jones expected a fancy prep school to be different than what she was used to, but what she found at Raven Academy changed her world forever. And leaving is out of the question.
All Adeline wants is to forget about the guys that broke her heart. But the death of her classmate means that won’t be an option for her. To make things worse, an old flame from her past starts at the Academy and his intentions carry the deepest of betrayal.
Danger lies behind every corner, a killer walks among them, and Adeline soon discovers that she shouldn’t trust anyone at Raven Academy. Not even the four guys who insist she is theirs. And of course there’s the matter of the off limits Professor who tempts her like no one else.

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beauty loves the beastBEAUTY LOVES THE BEAST: A WYLDE PARANORMAL LOVE STORY by Robyn Peterman

VS Note: One review suggests this may be a re-release. I always try to give a heads up about that if I’m aware but I don’t know the previous status of this book.

Carter – Avoidance had become my norm. After too many tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, I’d checked out—on everyone and everything—on life. Ex-navy SEAL. Totally broken man. I’d hit rock bottom so many times, I was sure I was about to fall straight to hell. It would be a welcome reprieve.
Then she found me. Beautiful, insane and more broken than I was. She needed my help. I needed her humanity.
How she found me was anyone’s guess. But she had. She needed rescuing. She needed a hero. I was none of those things.
But for the first time in many years, I wanted to be. I wanted to be her hero.

Georgia – Becoming an undercover agent for the CIA had been my dream until everything went wrong—wildly wrong. Trapped in a cage with nothing to do but anticipate more torture from the ones I was supposed to trust, I had no choice but to escape—again. This time I’d succeed or die trying.
They’d turned me into a beast and it was time to show them exactly what I could do.
Finding the beautiful man who could help me end my pain was something I’d never expected—or wanted.
It was a complication for normal people. I wasn’t normal. I would never be normal.
Could two broken pieces make a whole? Could we truly disappear with the government hunting us down like animals?
He was Beauty and I was the Beast. Happily ever afters didn’t happen for people like us.
Or did they?

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lapis lazuliLAPIS LAZULI: FORGOTTEN AND REMEMBERED (THE STONES OF POWER BOOK 7) by M D Grimm

A bond they thought couldn’t be broken…Lord Morgorth, Dark Mage of the North, has never felt so far away from his precious mate as he does now. Still reeling from the events of a month before, Aishe struggles to come to grips with what the dream demon did to him while pretending to be Morgorth. For his part, Morgorth is haunted by the chilling vision the Mother sent him while he traversed Dreamworld—a vision where he kills the one most precious to him. Due to that knowledge, he knows he must choose his magick or his mate.

A choice with devastating consequences…When Morgorth goes missing, Aishe must search for him, frightened that he has lost his mage forever. In his heart he knows they were meant for each other and refuses to allow his own horrid memories to tear them apart. But when he finds Morgorth he is stunned to realize that Morgorth doesn’t remember him. In fact, in Morgorth’s mind, he is a young lad named Lazur.

Sometimes the most well-known truth is the greatest lie…For his entire life, Morgorth always knew his destiny was to become the Destroyer of his home world. His birthright as the third seventh son of a seventh son guaranteed such an outcome. Everyone told him so—except his mentor, Master Ulezander. Morgorth will learn that his mentor has been keeping the greatest secret of all: his true destiny.

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irish magicIRISH MAGIC by Susan B James

What do you do when everything goes wrong?
Make a wish on a four-leaf clover, right?
There’s no other logical way out of it!
But a clover wish is a heart wish. Everyone knows that.
When part leprechaun Bradley Flynn is charged with finding Kate’s true love, he calls on retired matchmaker Essie O’Callaghan who happens to have a mission of her own.
Dr. Michael Walshe had a ring in his pocket when he walked in on his girlfriend sleeping with her costar. He wants no part of Essie’s plan to find him a wife.
Fate—or something more leprechaun-shaped—has Kate and the doctor both heading to Cluhalaugh, home to Ireland’s most famous matchmaking festival. And somehow their paths keep crossing. The more they see of each other the harder it is to resist exploring their reluctant attraction.
Will Kate realize that Michael could be far more than the cure to her writer’s block?

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magic and darknessMAGIC AND DARKNESS (FATED MAGIC SERIES BOOK 4) by Ally Summers

I’m not the only one with a destiny.
The problem is his might destroy us.
Someone is terrorizing and kidnapping women in New Orleans. I need Finn to get it together, but he’s distracted. After years, he finally has the one element he needs to complete his quest.
Was trusting him again the biggest mistake of my life?

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millie on a missionMILLIE ON A MISSION: A CHARLES RHODES COZY MYSTERY SHORT by Amanda M Lee

Millie Watson doesn’t often take initiative when it comes to work but when an old friend – or, rather, acquaintance she can’t stand – wants to hire her to solve a potential haunting at her upscale home, Millie jumps at the chance.
In truth, Millie doesn’t care about finding a ghost. She does have a specific form of payment in mind, though, and it’s something she’s itching to collect on.
Since Millie can’t actually see ghosts, she calls in the only person she knows who can … Charlie Rhodes. Unfortunately for Millie, Charlie is a bit distracted with relationship issues of her own. Still, the gregarious psychic volunteers to pitch in.
Before she found freedom, Millie was in a high-class world full of snooty and entitled people. That’s full on display now when she tries to track down the source of the ghostly disturbances … and comes up with a litany of human transgressions instead.
Millie is determined to find answers, although not because she wants to help a friend. She wants payment, and she’s not going to stop until she gets it. She just needs to avoid trouble – which is easier said than done – while she’s searching for answers.

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no rest for the wickedNO REST FOR THE WICKED (UNIVERSITY OF MORGANA: ACADEMY OF ENCHANTMENTS AND WITCHCRAFT BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

Mika knew the Council of Paranormals would suspect her, which is why they assigned a raven to ‘guard’ her. But there is a ‘we’ behind the killer and she has no idea if that they are still out there, or worse, still on the island of Morgana waiting for the right opportunity to strike again.
With Malachi being distant, Ethan, Lucien, and Audrey have to work without her to follow the dangling strings, while Mika tries to win the assassin to her side. Will the raven help her unlock the secrets of her magic, or will he turn her in and be the end of everything she knows and loves?
bright starBRIGHT STAR by Erin Swan

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land—or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.

A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.

Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion—a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes—and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

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tactical bearTACTICAL BEAR (P.O.L.A.R. BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers

Parker is fighting extinction—Of her own shifter species!  She’d already be mated.
If not for those bullying polar bears.  They’ve scared away all decent prospects.Maxim has met the one But, she’s an activist with silly notions.  And she wants nothing to do with him.  As a Tactical Bear, he’ll need all his strategic skills.  Not for military advancements, But to win over his mate!
hidden shadowsHIDDEN SHADOWS: REALMS OF THE COURT BOOK 1 by Shelly Koob
VS Note: From July
Lycidias is a lone wolf, in more ways than one. His mother died during his birth, and his father hated him for it. Left with a drunken gambling-addicted father and a group of loyal friends, he barely maintains his sanity keeping his realm safe and guarding the gateway.
Shaylee is a powerful and strong single woman, she doesn’t take any crap from anyone, except occasionally her best friend Joss. She’s the one in charge, all the time. Orphaned and alone, she learns new information that can and will change her life forever, but will it be for the best?
Kenneth is a regular man’s man, who wants nothing more than to be more than he is, looking for ways out of his own life filled with boredom, he meets a new woman. Will this woman lead him out of the town, or down the path to evil?
Shaylee’s world is about to collide with Lycidias’. Will they band together and figure out their worlds, or will the Realms be left forever in nefarious hands?
one enchanted scottish knightONE ENCHANTED SCOTTISH KNIGHT by Laura Strickland

From a young age, Tansy Bellrose Gant has been getting into trouble and wanting what she should not have. Just because she can make certain things happen by wishing doesn’t mean she’s a witch. But when she rashly curses a neighbor, her fellow villagers tie her to a stake at the crossroads and threaten to send her to the Royal Commission for trial.

Malcolm Montgomery is a man carrying an unbearable burden of guilt and obligation. The last thing he needs is an encounter with a troublesome wee lassie who just might be a witch. But once rescued, she won’t go away. In fact, she insists on involving herself in his quest to ransom his brother, and she charms her way into his bed, as well.

Has Tansy merely enchanted him, or has she claimed his heart? When she faces the ultimate danger, how will love be enough to save her?

absolute heartABSOLUTE HEART by Michael Vance Gurley

As the British Empire builds power based on new clockwork and steam technology, Ireland draws its might from its potent magical traditions. Only two boys with little in common can end the fighting between the two nations and prevent a terrible worldwide war.

Gavin Haveland’s dreams are in the sky with the airships, while his reality as a High Councilman’s son means hiding secrets that will get him executed if revealed.

Orion of Oberon is not just a powerful mage, he’s the nephew of the Irish queen, and the one she’s sent him on a quest for the ancient Dragon Stones that will bolster her fading power. In the process, he might restore his family to their rightful place in society.

With enemies determined to stop them by any means necessary and war or peace hinging on their success, Gavin and Orion must find a way to work together, despite the centuries of mistrust between their nations.

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wish upon a vikingTO WISH UPON A VIKING (TO WISH UPON AN ANCIENT BOOK 3) by Ishabelle Torry

After Dr. Lana Clarke’s parents die in a tragic drowning, she’s determined to finish their work and discover the ancient Viking settlement of Finlr. Problem is, Finlr never existed. At least not according to any historical records. Despite her colleagues’ ridicule, Lana sets out to clear her family’s name. She never imagined the trail would sweep her across time to the 10th century, and into the arms of an ancient Viking god.

Baldur the Beautiful is tired of the mundane task appointed him by Frigg and Odin to watch over Idun’s garden. It’s the same dull existence, and another midwinter come to pass. That is, until Loki arrives bearing gifts. Lana is the perfect solution to Baldur’s loneliness, an escape from the everyday he dreads. But he’s no fool. Her presence can mean only one thing…Loki’s scheming to steal the golden apples. Again. And it’s Baldur’s duty to keep the frost giant at bay. No matter how tempting the future time’s woman be.Desire and duty collide as Baldur and Lana are forced to face off against the trickster god.

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kingmakerKINGMAKER (THE DRAGON CORSAIRS BOOK 3) by Margaret Weiss and Robert Krammes
VS note: I have no idea how much romance if any there is.
n this exciting adventure, Kate and Sophia and their dragon Dalgren form a desperate plan to free Phillip from prison. Thomas is crowned king and discovers a plot by King Ullr to invade Freya. And Henry is forced to flee to the Aligoes where he makes a discovery that could change the fortunes of his beleaguered nation.
grim assistantTHE GRIM ASSISTANT (TALES FROM THE GRIM BOOK 1) by Jodi Hutchins

Postal carrier and amateur surfer, Samantha Diaz, lives an uncomplicated life. Well, other than helping her sister with childcare, crushing on her unavailable customer, Lauren Brennan, and catching as many waves as possible before hurricane season begins. Suffice to say, she isn’t looking for much more, but when Lauren invites her to a monthly game night at her house, Sam happily agrees.

When Sam sets out on an early morning surf, the last thing she expects to do is die, but a sudden thunderstorm thrashes offshore, creating a riptide that steals Sam’s life. She awakens to a snarky woman named Margo speaking cryptic nonsense. Not only does she claim to be one of the many Grim Reapers, or Grims, in the world, Margo makes Sam an offer: she’ll bring Sam back from the dead, as long as she becomes Margo’s temporary assistant. Sam accepts but soon realizes the deal was too good to be true, and the consequences she faces may be worse than the death she dodged.

royal alphaROYAL ALPHA (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

All her life, Heather has lived with the knowledge that at any moment, she might lose control and turn into a murderous beast. The Loup-Garou virus lives in all female shifters and can manifest at any time before their thirty-first birthday—which is still a year away. Only thanks to her family’s protection is she living a life free, instead of behind bars. So when her mother cons the new King of their House into mating her off to a political rival, Heather feels little choice but to agree. Even if that man is the complete opposite of the person she truly longs for…

Logan has led the rebels of House Canis in their long struggle for freedom, and now that they’ve ousted the former Tyrant King from their ancestral home of Moonshadow Manor, his followers have all but anointed him their ruler. The position is tenuous at best until the official coronation ceremony, however, and a string of bad decisions leaves him vulnerable to several political figures. He must focus on keeping his House united, which means giving his blessing for the only woman he’s ever cared about to be mated to someone else…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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destined duchessTHE DESTINED DUCHESS (THE BOOK CLUB 16) by Janelle Daniels
VS Note: Time travel.

Dukes make the best heroes. Fiercely protective? Powerful? Hunky? Check.

After a lifetime of scraping by, Rory’s afraid to leave everything she’s worked for behind and travel to the past to meet her soulmate. But she risks it, knowing happiness is possible—with help from a gorgeous, purple-haired matchmaker.

When she agrees to attend a house party under false pretenses, she realizes the man she wants is the only one she can’t have.

He’s tired of games. Alaric needs to marry. As the Duke of Newbury, it’s a duty he’s been dreading—until he finds the girl of his dreams. But not everything is as it appears.
When he learns the truth of who she really is, will he still want her—or will she return to the future heartbroken and alone?

marked by the dragonMARKED BY THE DRAGON (DRAGON VALLEY BOOK 6) by Kayla Wolf

When dragon shifter David is told that he has a mate somewhere and that he must protect her from grave danger, he thinks someone’s messing with him. But when his mad quest leads him to the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen, he knows instantly what to do: mark her as his own and punch down anyone who gets in the way. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Quinn is ready for revenge. She wants to finally re-claim the land that was taken from her family by a bunch of green-eyed dragons years ago. But she gets just a little distracted when a gorgeous shifter drops out of the sky, right onto her doorstep.
She quite enjoys hearing the sound of her name in that low, resonant voice of his and seeing that sweaty, powerful body move…But… wait. Aren’t his eyes… green?
Is he her worst enemy? Does he hold the key to the lost land… or to her heart?

heavens furyHEAVEN’S FURY (PANDORAX ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Ember Hollis
Life at Pandorax Academy for Supernaturals isn’t for the weak.
Luckily for me, I’m angel-blooded. But what does that mean when the one who should protect me, turns out to be one of my worst enemies? It’s harder than ever to know what I am, let alone who I should be.
The one thing I’m sure of is that Christian, Malek, Knox, and Bane want me to leave. But when Bacchanalia comes around and members of the Four try to seduce me, I wonder if this is yet another one of their tricks.
After all, what can one expect, from a festival of Wild Hunts and debauchery? But I’m done with their games and their tricks and lies.
There’s more to this girl than a pretty face, or an angel’s lineage… and it’s time to let it all fly.
van helsing legacyTHE VAN HELSING LEGACY: WE SHALL NOT SLEEP by M R Graham

Meg van Helsing grew up with a book in one hand and a wooden stake in the other, a crucifix always around her neck. But the world has changed, and the monsters she hunts with her friends are less frightening than gas burns and shell shock. The ghost of the War looms darker than Dracula’s shadow.

Until the night one of her friends disappears.

Now, they are under constant attack, beset by the blood-hungry corpses of un-dead soldiers at exactly the moment another monster appears: an incubus, lethally attractive. The young man offers help, and Meg wants to believe him. If only she could convince her friends she is immune to his spell.

Someone wants them dead at any cost. The answer lies in old books, dark sorcery, and a secret kept for twenty-five years, written in blood. If Meg wants her friends to live, she’ll have to open her eyes.

guardians desireA GUARDIAN’S DESIRE (THE GUARDIAN SERIES BOOK 1) by Mya Lairis

When bounty hunter Freya Daniels attends a pageant for werewolf debutantes and suitors, she’s far too busy enjoying the perks of wealth and ceremony to realize she’s being watched. Then she meets the submissive wolf, Rayne, and she cannot believe her luck. The androgynous male is just perfect for her sexual appetites. But she’s not expecting the beta wolf to come with a very dominant and powerful Alpha, Fenris.

Fenris is every bit the warrior Freya is and twice the brute. While she would normally never consider dating a bull like Fenris, there is something different about the Alpha, something even she can’t deny: the attraction between wolf-mates. Together Rayne and Fenris are not only more than she can handle, but all the guardian could ever desire…if only she could admit that to herself.

defender cave bearDEFENDER CAVE BEAR (PROTECTION INC.: DEFENDERS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant
Tirzah hacked into a shady agency’s computers to get proof of their evil deeds…and uncovered a secret so wild it can’t possibly be real.
Shapeshifting supersoldiers on the run from their creators? A lab studying captive mythical creatures? It has to be some bored employee’s fantasy novel. Right?
Then the flying kitten turns up. And the assassins. And the gargoyles.
But just because Tirzah uses a wheelchair doesn’t mean she’s helpless. Okay, so some secret organization is gunning for her? She’s going to gun right back… and she knows exactly who can help her. If she can track him down…Pete was once a Recon Marine. That was before he was abducted and turned into a monster. Now he’s escaped his prison… but in his heart, he’s still in chains.  It’s not just his ferocious cave bear he has to hide. For the safety of everyone – his team of misfit shifters, his family, and especially his thirteen-year-old daughter – no one can discover what his captors did to him. He can’t let himself get close to anyone.
Until the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen hacks her way through all his defenses, to offer him a job he can’t refuse.

dragon brothers brideTHE DRAGON BROTHER’S BRIDE (THE FATE OF THE DRAGONS SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Abby has had a rough couple of months; after all, she just discovered she is more than just human. In fact, she is a dragon that has been through so many lives it’s hard to keep track. So when her father comes to claim her, Luc and his brother Ty have something to say about it.

Will the brothers be enough to stop Abby’s dad from taking her away from them? Or will Abby find the heart to let them go? But as Abby struggles with the knowledge of who her father is, she finds herself drifting away from her soul mate Luc and into the arms of his brother Ty. But neither one of them is going down without a fight.

blood of the packBLOOD OF THE PACK by Jenny Frame

As the new Alpha of the Scottish Wulver pack, Kenrick Wulver has a bright future ahead. All she needs is her destined mate to share it with. Zaria Lupa isn’t looking for love. She’s been on the run from Leroux, Alpha of the American Lupa pack, ever since Leroux killed her sister.

When the Lupa wolves find Zaria, she runs to Wolfgang County for protection, where Kenrick is visiting her friend Dante. Kenrick takes Zaria under her wing, showing her the care and attention she’s never experienced. Zaria refuses to believe she is Kenrick’s destined mate. To her, mating is just an excuse for abuse and control, no matter how kind Kenrick may seem.

When Kenrick convinces Zaria to come to Scotland to visit the Wulver pack, she hopes for a fresh start. But the Lupa wolves aren’t finished with Zaria, and their revenge may destroy any chance at love.

more than mortalMORE THAN MORTAL by Abbie Zanders

Ceri always knew she was different. Seeing people’s auras and being able to change the weather with her moods just isn’t normal, nor does she understand why simply being around others saps her of her strength. There’s no one she can turn to; who she is and where she comes from are the biggest mysteries of all.

Settled into a small college town, she immerses herself in studies of the supernatural and lives a solitary existence. Until he crosses her path and comes to her rescue.

After earning his master’s in criminal justice, there’s no plausible reason for Edan to stick around campus. There’s only a feeling. A feeling of destiny and purpose that calls to his ancient Highland ancestry and keeps him right where he is.
When he meets her, his purpose becomes clear. He can’t explain it, but she needs him, and he’ll go to great lengths to protect her.

In their search for answers, Ceri and Edan learn there’s a lot more to the world than either of them ever imagined. The lines between reality and myth blur as they discover ancient magic, hidden realms, and the truth about who – and what – they really are: pawns in a game that’s been played for millennia.

Will Ceri and Edan embrace the destinies that have already been written for them? Or will they sacrifice everything to be together?

spirits spells wedding bellsSPIRITS, SPELLS AND WEDDING BELLS (PYPER RAYNE BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase
It’s three weeks until Pyper Rayne and her fiancé Julius tie the knot. All she wants to do is enjoy her risqué bridal shower, complete the final details of her wedding, and find time to enjoy the holidays. But when Charlie, the manager of Wicked, is arrested for a murder she didn’t commit, Pyper puts her medium skills to the test in order to find the real killer before Charlie takes the fall. With help from her friends, a couple of shih tzus, and more than a few ghosts, can Pyper save the day and get her happily-ever-after?
auroras betrayalAURORA’S BETRAYAL (THE LOST COVEN BOOK 2) by K A Knight

Cut off from my body, I live in the home of a god who’s willing to train me, to help me fully embrace my powers, both as a witch and as a reaper. But while I lay in a coma, the men I left behind suffer, desperate to find a way to bring me back.

I want to return to them, but our family is not complete. One is missing, a member of the coven who was lost before they found me. And I must go on a quest to Purgatory and bring him back, or we’ll forever be incomplete. I’m coming home to my men, to my family, but will my return bring relief or doom us all?

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wrecked intelWRECKED INTEL: AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL (IMMORTAL OUTCASTS BOOK 4) by Mandy M Roth

Operative: Cody Livingston (Shark-Shifter) – Wereshark and former Immortal Op Cody Livingston has spent decades keeping his head down and staying off the grid. Ever since he volunteered to be part of a test group when the government attempted to create super soldiers, he’s been in a fight for his life and those of the men he sees as brothers—fellow Outcasts. You see, his own government turned against him when the DNA manipulation attempts didn’t go as planned.

Now Cody spends his days trying to right the wrongs left in the wake of the experiments and protecting any innocents caught in the crossfire. This is easier said than done when he’s had to escape the clutches of a madman hell-bent on possessing Cody’s healing gifts and longevity. As old foes resurface, the stakes get even higher when Cody realizes he not only has a mate but that she’s in the crosshairs of the enemy as well.

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immortal hunterIMMORTAL HUNTER (VAMPIRE MATES) by Patricia D Eddy

His entire life, he was trained to do one thing. Kill vampires.Until he had to make an impossible choice and run from the very people he used to call family. In St. John’s, he found a place he could settle down. A place the Hunters would never find him.  But his haven turns out to be anything but safe when a beautiful shield maiden walks into the pub where he’s slinging drinks. Now, evil threatens the entire world and the local coven likes to interfere—with everyone and everything. And it’s really too bad that shield maiden is a vampire. Or…is it?

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immortal bloodlinesIMMORTAL BLOODLINES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Jessica Cage

Love is a thing that chooses us. We are at best victims to it.
No matter how much we may want to convince ourselves otherwise. Noah never gave it a second thought until he met her.
The Johnston vampire bloodline must remain pure. Liam, Noah’s father has made that perfectly clear. But the woman who captured Noah’s heart is far from his father’s list of approved mates. Unfortunately for Noah, walking away from Skye isn’t a simple thing. When a vampire finds his mate, it’s a bond that lasts forever.
As next in line to lead his nest, Noah must decide if he is willing to risk losing it all for love.

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imortal hexesIMMORTAL HEXES (VAMPIRE MATES) by Amelia Hutchins

One vampire.
One witch.
A love that should have survived the ages.
Avery lived by three simple rules. Never be outside after dusk. Never give up fighting to survive. Never give in to the one man who ruled her heart and shattered everything they shared when he walked away from her.
Conner has one mission: to capture the witch who killed his father and make her pay for her crimes. The problem is she’s the only woman he’s ever loved. The same witch whose innocent kiss made his immortal heart quicken with her freely given love. He walked away to save her life, and in return, she took everything from him. She left his world in ruins, and his heart a shattered mess.
Can he ignore the attraction that still burns between them and get justice for those she murdered in cold blood? Or will her past be enough to convince him to forgive her?

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immortal biteIMMORTAL BITE (VAMPIRE MATES) by Andie M Long

Since his turning, Caleb lives in his remote country estate with a skeleton staff. His beloved rose garden occupies his time; a tribute to his past lost love, along with a sharp reminder that the thorns that would scratch a human leave no lasting mark on a vampire.
Artist Vivienne dreams of a garden and a stranger, feeling compelled to sketch roses over and over. When the name Tetburn Manor whispers on the edge of waking, she finds the house and gardens that match her dreams and sets off to sketch them, wondering if the house can lift her constant melancholia.
Caleb watches Vivienne as she herself blooms while she paints his garden standing outside of his estate. Should he listen to his heart and let her in?

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gone rogueSHADOWLIGHT ACADEMY 3: GONE ROGUE by Kailin Gow

Unlike many high school heroines in fantasy books, I always knew I was not ordinary. Far from it.
Since I was two, I have been seeing angels and demons. Given the gift of battle as a warrior, my role as a slayer often interferes with my role as a normal girl. So no, I was never a typical girl who had just found out she was heir to some magical family or something like that. I’ve been “gifted” practically all my life.
So when my ordinary family moved us to San Francisco to a new school where my father teaches, I didn’t think much of the school. Shadowlight Academy, the most exclusive and posh prep academy for the super rich. I thought I would be there to slay the evil like an undercover superhero amongst the ordinary.
I just didn’t think the ordinary would all be extremely unordinary. Especially the three most popular kids in school, known as the Beautiful Ones. Then there’s the hot brooding rebel boy who didn’t seem to fit in, too. Everyone here has secrets, and I am determined to find out what, before it kills me…the entire Academy and even the world.

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prickedPRICKED by Scott Mooney

Briar Pryce has the power to change the emotions of others by handing them a rose. It is a talent that has done surprisingly little for her, besides landing her a dead-end enchantment delivery job and killing any chance she had with her childhood-crush-turned-roommate. Worst of all, her ability might be responsible for getting her best friend transformed into a cat via a cursed muffin basket. Needless to say, Briar is nowhere near happily-ever-after. But that’s just life as a twentysomething in the Poisoned Apple, New York City’s lost borough of fairy-tale wonder and rent-controlled magic.

When Briar reluctantly agrees to help find a princess’s kidnapped boyfriend in exchange for reversing the curse on her friend, she gets the heroic quest she never really wanted. Unfortunately, the life of a noble heroine is not all it’s cracked up­­ to be – the hours blow, and Briar suspects that the Royal family employing her might be evil, Republican, or both. To complete the suckage, a killer smoke magician is stalking Briar as she searches both the Poisoned Apple and Manhattan for the missing boy. As tensions between the Poisoned Apple royalty ignite and civil war looms, Briar must figure out how to write her own happy ending–or she’ll just be ending.

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of ice and shadowsOF ICE AND SHADOWS (OF FIRE AND STARS BOOK 2) by Audrey Coulthurst

Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers. Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.

But just as Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town in Mynaria changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: she must quickly broker an alliance with the queen of Zumorda to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms; it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers Denna a place among her elite trainees—an opportunity that would force her to choose between her magic and Mare.

As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare struggles to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. By making unconventional friends, her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grow, and so too do her suspicions about who is truly behind the attacks on Zumorda and her homeland.

As rising tensions and unexpected betrayals put Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerge on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?

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midnight beautiesMIDNIGHT BEAUTIES (GRIM LOVELIES BOOK 2) by Megan Shepherd

Ever since she discovered her affinity for magic, seventeen-year-old Anouk has been desperate to become a witch. It’s the only way to save her friends who, like Anouk, are beasties: animals enchanted into humans. But unlike Anouk, the other beasties didn’t make it out of the battle at Montélimar in one piece.

With her friends now trapped in their animal forms, Anouk is forced into a sinister deal involving a political marriage with her sworn enemy, a wicked plot to overthrow London’s fiercest coven of witches, and a deadly trial of fire to become a witch. The price for power has always been steep in the world of the Haute. Now, it will cost Anouk everything.

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magic of the nileVS Note: For my backlist feature this week, I’m highlighting MAGIC OF THE NILE, which is the sequel to my newly re-released PRIESTESS OF THE NILE.  MAGIC tells the story of the grown up Tyema (a supporting character in PRIESTESS) and I really enjoyed writing this one, complete with appearances from Sobek the Crocodile God. I think I developed a slight crush on my own charioteer hero Sahure!
The blurb:She’s a priestess, he’s a proud warrior … is love enough to bridge their differences?
When the high priestess of an Egyptian temple falls in love with a captain of the royal guard, their bond is tested by the intrigue and peril of their duties to the gods and Pharaoh.Tyema serves Sobek the Crocodile God as High Priestess of his Nile river temple. But despite her beauty, grace, and the power she wields, the shy priestess lives as a recluse in the remote temple grounds. For though Sobek rescued her from a childhood of abuse and neglect, and healed her crippled foot, her dark past haunts her still.
When Sahure, a dashing captain of Pharaoh’s guard, arrives to ask her help for Pharaoh, Tyema’s wounded heart blossoms. The captain is captivated as by her well … until Pharaoh orders him to the dangerous frontier, far from Tyema. He rides away, bound by duty and honor, leaving Tyema with even more secrets to bear.Heart-broken, Tyema returns to her lonely life … until the Crocodile God reveals other plans for his priestess. For Pharaoh’s life is threatened with black magic, and only one who wields the power of a god can unmask the sorcerer. Tyema must brave court life, and somehow withstand the pressures of swirling gossip, intrigue and danger. And she must hurry, before ancient evils overcome all her efforts.

But when Sahure returns, is he there to help or to hinder? Will love lead them to common ground, and a future together … or will their differences tear them apart forever? Find out in this exciting sequel to PRIESTESS OF THE NILE!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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

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

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

We Can Keep Going Weekend Writing Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

camronThe blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why I Wrote Star Cruise Outbreak #SciFi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s the story for Star Cruise: Outbreak:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: Listed as Erotica

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

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

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

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

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omega academyOMEGA ACADEMY by Lily Archer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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reticenceRETICENCE (CUSTARD PROTOCOL BOOK 4) by Gail Carriger

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

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

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

She is a miracle of science.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

…And that’s to take her as my mate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

purrrPURRR (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 3) by Skye MacKinnon

Five signs a cat is in heat:

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

Kill me now. This is going to be hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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beau tyBEAU TY: HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Donna Mercer

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

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

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

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

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ninth elixirTHE NINTH ELIXIR by Pelaam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If she can only remember how.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even if it means giving up everything she loves.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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sea witch risingSEA WITCH RISING by Sarah Henning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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immortal promiseIMMORTAL PROMISE (VAMPIRE MATES) by Kim Loraine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

July 31

July 24

July 17

July 10

July 3

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

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

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

Too Good to Be True Weekend Writing Warriors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

camronThe blurb:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Why I Wrote STAR CRUISE: MAROONED #SciFi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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