New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday February 7

dark strengthAs 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).

By the way, yes, sometimes I do truncate the book blurb, but if you click on the buy link you can read the rest of it on the ebook seller’s site.

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DARK STRENGTH (REFUGE BOOK 3) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: An immediate one click for me! I love her books and the Refuge series has been really interesting (dark like all her stories but oh so good!).

Balvan, the Refuge’s Gatekeeper, is huge, green, and has a reputation for crushing skulls. He’s a modified humanoid, genetically designed to be the ultimate warrior. One of a kind and considered monstrous by many, he never expects to find his mate, the one female meant for him.

Elyce, snatched from her home half a solar cycle ago, has finally escaped her brutal captors. She arrives at the Refuge barely alive. Only a blood transfusion from the largest male she has ever seen will save her life. But it will also bind her to him forever. Staring up, up, up at him, she wonders why she wants to be free. His gentle touch revives yearnings she thought dead. His lips set her skin ablaze. His massive muscles make her feel safe.

That feeling could be an illusion. Elyce’s captors want their slave back and they won’t stop until they have her. To give his mate her freedom, Balvan might be forced to give up everything he has – his role as the Gatekeeper, Elyce’s love, and his life.

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wicked attractionWICKED ATTRACTION (THE PROTECTOR) by Megan Hart

Ewan Donahue has made a lot of mistakes, but making Nina Bronson want to leave him has been the worst. With the initial threats on his life out of the way, he doesn’t really need her protection, but hiring her to take care of him again is the only way to get her back in his life. When Nina shows up ready to work —and nothing else — Ewan’s determined to win her back. If he can break through the walls his earlier betrayal built, maybe they can have another shot at love. When it turns out that this time, it’s Nina who’s being targeted for danger and possibly death, Ewan’s the one who has to keep her safe.

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destination titanDESTINATION TITAN (LEAVING EARTH BOOK 1) by Liza O’Connor

With Earth destined for a new ice-age, seven scientists and twenty-two brilliant teenagers are gathered in a compound deep within a mountain. There they struggle to come together as a group and complete the projects needed for their survival in the inhospitable environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. However, certain factions on Earth have no intention of letting Project Einstein succeed. Keeping the group alive and productive is the hardest task Colonel Lancaster and his soldiers have ever had, but they are determined to succeed no matter how well the saboteurs have planned. The continuation of the human race depends upon it.

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not of this worldNOT OF THIS WORLD (WARRIORS OF RISNAR) by Tracy St John

Jeannie Gardner escapes from her captors’ clutches only to find herself trapped on a planet far from Earth. When she is discovered by a muscle-bound warrior, she must prove to him, and the Council of Elders, that she is not a creature set free from a lab, but a sentient being from another planet.

If she succeeds, they will send her home. If she fails, she will be executed.

Risnar warrior Kren Bolep is duty bound to protect his village from the Monsuda and their creations. But this small pink-skinned female is different, special. As the bond between them grows, Jeannie’s vulnerability invokes Kren’s protective instincts, and he vows to uncover the truth and secure her future.

But there is a bigger threat looming. The Monsuda are coming to get Jeannie, and they’ll use whatever means necessary. When Jeannie is taken, Kren is forced to choose—disobey the Elders and place his people in danger, or lose the only person who makes him feel whole.

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breeder carinaTHE BREEDER by Lynne Silver

VS Note: OK, I one clicked this.

In a world where fertility is a rare and treasured thing, Jane—the breeder for Windy City—is ready to fulfill her destiny and repopulate the earth, with the help of the one man strong enough to have her. The man she’s dreamed of for as long as she can remember.

One fight. One winner. One month of uninhibited pleasure. For Ethan, losing Jane isn’t an option. He’s spent years preparing for this battle, for his woman, but marriage and family are a thing of the past, and happily-ever-afters don’t come easy.

No matter the temptation, they can’t stay lost in each other’s bodies forever. The clock is ticking, and Ethan means to keep Jane for always. No matter what it takes.

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kragenKRAGEN (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 1) by Chloe Cox

Andromeda Knowles has always been a fighter. But when the ex who ruined her life and his drunken buddies confront her about working for the new Leonid-human Mating Service — the only job she’s been able to get after what her ex did to her — she knows she doesn’t stand a chance. Until a huge, powerful, sexy Leonid Dominant shows up and puts his life on the line to save her.

Kragen is everything Andie said she’d never touch: a criminal, an alien warrior, and too damn Dominant for her own good. But he’s also wounded, and Andie can’t bring herself to leave his side — or disobey his orders.

Which is good, because he’s not letting her go anywhere. Technically, he’s kidnapping her. Because he says they’re mates. Like actual, fated mates. And the more time Andie spends with Kragen, the more he gets under her skin–and her clothes. Andie sees a side of Kragen no one has ever seen before, and she starts to fall for the noble heart underneath Kragen’s rough, Dom exterior…

But when she discovers the secret that Kragen has locked up in his basement, Andie learns that her alien savior has a dark side — and that there’s a freaking reason he’s on the run from both the Leonids and the Earth Alliance. One thing is clear: Kragen is a rebel with no plans to change. And he will never allow anyone to take his mate–even if it means taking on the whole world.
But when the Alliance finds them and takes Andie prisoner, Kragen must decide: will he choose his cause, or his mate?

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savage alien stella skySAVAGE ALIEN (VITHOHN WARRIORS) by Stella Sky

Trained by a headstrong leader, a robot, and a group of sarcastic gunslingers, Sidney Cunningham thought she’d learned everything there was to know about outsmarting the blindly aggressive Vithohn who took over her planet… Until she met one face to face. Unable to run or fight, Sidney must come up with a new plan, and meeting the sexy, muscular, pierced alien has her willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Tessoul is a warrior of the Vithohn. His race believes the humans have been extinguished and that the Earth belongs to them… until a human woman sneaks into his base and seduces his leader. Now, more than ever, Tessoul believes the human militia must be exterminated. But, when he runs into the sensual, impish redhead named Sidney, he learns that the humans are ready to fight back with every trick in the book.

Sidney believes she has a plan for how to move forward with her newly awakened lust for the brooding alien, but she soon realizes that when she invited Tessoul into her life… he didn’t come alone.

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madness unleashedMADNESS UNLEASHED (DRAGONS OF ZALARA BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Damon is in love with the queen of the dragon warriors and the only way to get close to her is to be her personal guard. But the Fates are against him. Instead of wooing the queen, he’s forced to go to Earth to steal his destined human mate.

Three months ago, Hera Athans woke up in a park with no memory of who she is, where she lives, or what she does for a living. Now, she’s in survival mode. Two months behind on her rent she’s one step away from being homeless—again. She didn’t think things could get any worse. But she’s wrong.

Kidnapped by an alien and held captive on board the spaceship Orion only Hera has the power to soothe his savage beast. She must mate with a dragon shifter to save both their worlds and unleash a love that will shake the stars…or lose both Earth and Zalara forever.

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into the fireINTO THE FIRE by Elizabeth Moon

VS Note: NOT a romance but military scifi with a strong heroine.

Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet’s government itself.

With their base of operations breached, the plotters have no choice but to gamble everything on an audacious throw of the dice. Even so, the odds are stacked against Ky. When her official report on the crash and its aftermath goes missing—along with the men and women she rescued—Ky realizes that her mysterious enemies are more powerful and dangerous than she imagined.

Now, targeted by faceless assassins, Ky and her family—along with her fiancé, Rafe—must battle to reclaim the upper hand and unmask the lethal cabal closing in on them with murderous intent.

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dirty sexy spaceDIRTY SEXY SPACE VOLUMES 1-9 by Mel Teshco, Shona Husk and Denise Rossetti

FORMERLY THE E S SIREN SERIES: the starship Earth Ship Siren, heading off to the colony world Solitaire. An SFR continuity series…

VS Note: I don’t normally cover re-releases but many readers have asked about this series and when it would be available again. As of February 5th all nine books have been re-released. I’m linking to volume 1, YOURS TO UNCOVER. Here’s an interview I did with the 3 authors when the first 3 books originally released: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2014/10/09/scifi-encounters-veronica-scott-husk-teshco-rossetti/ 

Blurb for Book #1: He’s a hardened criminal … and her biggest ally.

It’s the year 2202. Earth is grossly overpopulated and seriously polluted. Rita Songworth has spent half her twenty-two years trying to escape the dying planet. It’s taken the last five of those years to realize making it in the hard-ass infantry is her only way out, via space transporter Earth Ship Siren.

But the journey to Unity, the new colony, isn’t easy. Rita has to resist an attraction to hard, brutish prisoner, Tristan MacFallan, whose masterful hands create more than the beautiful art he’s been assigned to make. His forbidden touch affects her profoundly and he sees things in her no man ever has before. But obeying Zane, her ex-lover and malicious lieutenant, who is appointed to keeping the prisoners under guard, comes at a high price.

Is she willing to sacrifice everything to keep her secret and her lover safe?

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arsenic dragonARSENIC DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Arsenic, second in command of the Drakkaris dragon guard and legendary assassin, knows that he’s not worthy of a mate. How could a professional killer possibly find love? And yet, when a dangerous mission to save an imprisoned human leads to the task of being her personal bodyguard, the stand-offish dragon just might have to reconsider everything he knows (or thinks he knows) about love.

Farrah hates shifters. After being captured by wolves, taken to a remote island, and used for horrible experiments, she is ready to give up. But just when she’s about to lose hope, she’s rescued in the nick of time by incredible men with incredible powers. And one in particular, with bright green eyes and an indelible intensity, offers to protect her while she gets back to her normal life at home. But life is anything but normal with a man like Arsenic around.

Despite her reservations, Arsenic ends up being a much kinder (and much sexier) protector than Farrah could have possibly imagined. But with the possibility of having her memory erased, Farrah must weigh if the horror of the past outweighs the possibility of a future with a man she doesn’t think she could ever forget. And time is running out, because there are horrors from Farrah’s past that are more than just a memory.

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born of embersBORN OF EMBERS: PHOENIX RISING BOOK ONE  by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden – to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares – and dreams – were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I’m drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I’m trying to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me.

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chasing thunderbirdCHASING THUNDERBIRD by J Leigh Bailey

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.

When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him.

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archerARCHER by Amelia Hartley

Archer had no plans to return home. Not after the dramatic exit he’d made. An arranged marriage to settle the feud between two packs sounded alright on the surface, but he’d be damned if he were to be mated to someone he didn’t love. When Archer and his brothers left home they didn’t plan on ever going back… That is until he received a call from a familiar voice years later urging him to return home to fix a problem that could destroy them all.

Joanna loved him. When she found out she was going to be mated to Archer, she couldn’t contain her excitement. He was the most kind, generous and sexy man she’d ever met. It was like a dream come true. Until he crushed her heart on the day of the ceremony. She was broken and had never really recovered from the betrayal. And now the bastard had the balls to return to Stonefall all these years later?

Who was she kidding, she couldn’t stay mad at him. If she was honest with herself, she’d admit that Archer was and always will be the only man to occupy her thoughts… and hopefully her bed.

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kingdom of stormsKINGDOM OF STORMS (THE LEGEND OF TARIEL BOOK ONE) by Jasmine Walt

As a half-breed with no family name and illicit magic singing in her veins, Tariel has spent her entire life trying to hide who she is and fighting the forbidden desires in her heart.

But when Tariel’s warden tries to foist her onto a man with a reputation for killing his wives, she realizes that all her efforts have been for naught. If she is to survive, she will have to embrace her magic and fight for her freedom–two things women in Fjordland have always been forbidden from.

Thankfully, Tariel is not alone. With a desert spirit to guide her, a fierce knight to protect her, and a handsome scholar to advise her, she might just have what it takes to escape death and seize her destiny.

That is, if they can find a way to defeat the deadliest witch hunter in history.

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chosen collectionCHOSEN: A FANTASY COLLECTION by Various

Four fantasy authors. Four complete novelettes. All new content.

A bard with the power to bring his tales to life. A Victorian-era protectoress of the Lost Ways to Faerieland. A Korean War vet who becomes Mallworld Gatekeeper after dragons attack. A vision walker who is forced into a portal to another world to save her queen.

Four new stories. Four chances to escape to another world.

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that killer smileTHAT KILLER SMILE (BITE NIGHTS) by Juliette Lyons

THERE WILL BE HEAT…Vampire Catherine Adair gave up trying to find her perfect match ages ago. But that didn’t stop her from founding London’s super successful vampire dating site. When a smoldering vampire overlord from her past launches an interspecies speed-dating service, Catherine vows to crush the competition….

WHEN THESE TWO COMPETE – Ronin’s new venture is purely about getting Catherine’s attention. He hasn’t stopped thinking about her ever since the night she gave him the cold shoulder. Nobody gets away from Ronin McDermott that easily.

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dragon fire phoenix ashDRAGON FIRE AND PHOENIX ASH (DRAGON’S COUNCIL) by J Thompson and Mina Carter

VS Note: One clicked this.

Alone. Caged. Her only freedom will be in death…Captured as a chick, Sula can barely remember life outside her cage. Her tears, feathers and blood have been stolen until she’s a pale shadow of the Phoenix she’s meant to be. She prays for the sweet release of death, expecting it when her owner’s warehouse is attacked.

What she doesn’t expect is the big male with the midnight eyes who rescues her, taking her home thinking she’s a pet bird, or her reaction to his gentle touch and the scent of his dragon. After so many years, can she trust another… and reveal the truth about herself in the process?

A dragon on a mission, he’ll stop at nothing to destroy the slavers plaguing shifter society…And they don’t come more in need than the little bird Damian discovers huddled in a box on his latest mission. A black dragon, he’s responsible for the protection of dragonkind and by extension, all shifters, and he hates those who trade in paranormal artefacts with a passion.

He’s never taken any of them home, but the wide, golden eyes of the little bird hit him on a soul-deep level. The need to care for her and nurse her back to health overwhelm both him and his dragon, a need he doesn’t understand until he finds a naked woman in his kitchen. A naked woman with very familiar golden eyes…

But Sula’s masters haven’t given up on the profit she’ll bring them and they track her down to Damian’s apartment. When they take her, can he get to her in time, or will he lose his fated mate before they have a chance at their happily ever after?

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snowSNOW by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

Snow T’ylan doesn’t believe in fairy tales or a prince to make your soul whole. She tried the happy ever after before and it failed. Now all she wanted was some peace from her meddling brothers who felt she needed to find a new prince to make her happy. It was an illusion that there was some great love for everyone. She didn’t have time to think of that now. She had to handle her father being taken by the one woman who already tried to kill her. This time Snow knew one of them was not walking away. She should have known it wouldn’t be that easy. Fate had a warped sense of humor and she had Snow in her sights. When you run into a man who was gorgeous, determined and set your soul aflame…well you don’t have any choice but to go with what is destined for you.

Kyrian J’lim is really good at what he does. His task to find the missing man wasn’t going to be easy but he was up to it. Finding a woman who was his, was fate. Now he was on two hunts—one to save someone and the other to save himself…(more on ebook seller site)…

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making wavesMAKING WAVES (LORDS OF THE ABYSS BOOK 5) by Michelle M Pillow

When Demon, a merman tasked with patrolling the ocean for humans in distress, comes across a woman anchored to the bottom of the sea, he’s sure his dreams have come true. After all, she’s stunning, single, and makes his body burn with need. She’s also impetuous, being hunted by his enemies, and seriously conflicted on whether or not he’s a good guy. It’s his duty to not only protect her, but to win her heart—because this lonely merman is sure she’s the one for him. Now he just has to convince her of as much.

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spirits diamonds drive thruSPIRITS, DIAMONDS AND A DRIVE THRU DAIQUIRI STAND (PYPER RAINE BOOK 4) by Deanna Chase

Pyper and Julius are getting married. There’s a wedding to plan, dresses to order, and daiquiris to consume. But when an old curse rears its ugly head and ends in a murder, Pyper’s younger brother Bo is suddenly in danger of being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

Now Pyper and her friends are racing against time to clear Bo’s name and neutralize the curse before it claims another life. With a little help from the ghosts of New Orleans, Pyper’s determined to save the day… and still find her perfect wedding dress.

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captivated by the shewolfCAPTIVATED BY THE SHE-WOLF by Kristal Hollis

Ronni Lyles and her son are just settling into their new pack when her dead husband’s brother comes to claim them. Bodie Gryffon is looking for a safe place to raise his daughter—a raven-shifter, just like him. What begins as a purely practical alliance turns passionate. But Ronni senses that Bodie has a secret—one that could force him to make a painful choice.

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darkest of dreamsTHE DARKEST OF DREAMS (THE ANNIKA BRISBY SERIES BOOK 4) by Emigh Cannaday

Darkness has fallen on the Marinossian family, leaving ruined lives in its blood-stained wake and leaving Annika to pick up the pieces. With a deadly doppelgänger still loose and most likely in deadly pursuit, she’s escorted back home to wait out the storm and heal her broken heart…however long that may be. But when she makes a shocking discovery, she’ll do whatever it takes to make things right.

A world away, Talvi has been dragged to the desolate prison on Bleakmoor Island where he awaits trial for murder. His time in solitary confinement has pushed him to the brink of madness. He starts seeing spirits in the shadows and an angel with red hair. The only thing keeping him from completely losing his mind is the mysterious outlaw in the cell across from him. He’s one of the Näkki–the dark elves who were banished from his country for seducing demons to gain their powers…(more on ebook seller sites)…

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devil take meDEVIL TAKE ME (A DEMON HUNTRESS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Karilyn Bentley

Reeling from a personal tragedy and abandoned by all she loves, the world’s newest demon huntress, Gin Crawford, sinks into a deep despair.
She’s forced back to reality by news of a large number of people committing suicide, all on the same night. Suspecting demon involvement, Gin must work with her sexy but estranged mentor Aidan Smythe to track who, or what, is behind the deaths.

Leads to a new discovery…As they come closer to finding the culprit, they realize their employer, the Agency, is hiding its own secret, one which threatens Gin’s very existence. New discoveries reveal that even those dedicated to eradicating evil can be bought. Can Gin and Smythe forgive each other and work together or will they fall under the demon’s thrall?

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devourerTHE DEVOURER:  A REVERSE HAREM FANTASY (AIRSHAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Nhys Glover

They’d found the key that would return the newly released Devourer back to the underworld. They’d forged a bond of love and respect between five powerful but very different mages. They’d even begun to explore the incredible powers that bond has given them, which would help them defeat the primordial evil intent on drowning the world in another global flood. What they didn’t seem to be able to do was keep that hastily formed bond from unravelling and undermining everything they’d achieved. And not even the Goddess of All Creation could tell Flame if she’d survive long enough to enjoy the love of four very attractive men. That was the problem with being a Champion of the Goddess- no job security!

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last wolfTHE LAST WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES) by Maria Vale

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…
Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves.

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dragon solsticeDRAGON SOLSTICE: A POWYRWORLD URBAN FANTASY by Anna Morgan

VS Note: From January.

Her future has been decided…As a child, Desrea was sent away from the dragon isle to learn about the world, and maybe find a mate. As an adult, she returns home but with no mate in tow. Winter solstice is the perfect time to fix that, except her mother has other plans—an arranged marriage to a man she’s never met. She needs to take some drastic action to get out of it; even if it means faking a true mating with another dragon.

He’s never allowed fate to rule him…Ryker’s the black sheep of his family. A biker, a bad boy, and the only one of his siblings left a virgin. He’s never felt the mating heat, but he figures winter solstice and the magic of ancestry will fix that. And when the most stunning bachelorette on the island drags him into her own revenge-relationship plot, he’s more than willing to play along.

Now a legacy is at stake…Lorren’s been raised to take over the mantle of leadership in his family and now, with his mother’s health on the decline, and he approaching fifty, it’s time for the next step—an arranged marriage to a suitable bride, chosen from one of the oldest and most respected families on the island. It’s his duty to provide an heir to carry on the family legacy. Except his arranged mate is twenty years younger than him, and carrying on with the most hot-headed fledgling he’s ever met.

And their hearts will guide the way…Lorren needs to scare off his competition, but Desrea is having none of it, and Ryker sees every insult as a challenge. Desrea didn’t intend to pit the two alphas against each other, though. Worse, this fake relationship might be real, and the arranged one might not be such a bad match. How can these three resolve their differences with solstice only four days away?

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fallen angelFALLEN ANGEL (THE WICKEDEST WITCH BOOK 3) by Meg Xuemei X

The Wickedest Witch and her captain rescued me from the supernatural prison of the Vampire Tower. To return the favor and get them off the doomed planet, I made a pact with the Furies, only to be tricked into separating from my mate.

When I finally return to my witch, she’s become the empire’s most desired bachelorette, with an army of suitors outside her royal palace.

I’m Archangel Gabriel. I won’t allow anyone, man or monster, to take my fated mate from me.

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threes a charmTHREE’S A CHARM: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Just when everything is right in my life, something has to go wrong—times three. Number one: an unknown evil force wants to steal my power. Now, instead of protecting and healing the whacked out inhabitants of Assjacket, my power has wonked out on me and I’ve blasted ginormous holes all over town. Not to mention Roger the Rabbit is now sporting a pentagon of penii thanks to me and is keen on contacting the Guinness Book of World Records.

Unacceptable.

Armed with questionable voodoo skills and seriously frayed nerves, I’m Two: gonna do what any partially-sane, potty-mouthed, witch would do… I’m calling in the semi-evil, butt-ugly Bermangoggleshitz to train me. The warlock’s penchant for push-ups makes me hate him with the fire of a thousand suns, but if I can’t control my dark magic, it will control me.

Way unacceptable.

With Sassy and Cookie Witch by my side, I’ll Three: get a handle on my dark voodoo—or doodoo as I’ve renamed it—so Assjacket won’t end up as one massive crater. And I need all the help I can get. An evil like we’ve never seen is gunning for us—specifically me.

Wildly unacceptable.

We’ll be the Three Amigos. The Three Musketeers. The Three Stooges. Whatever. As the saying goes…three’s a crowd, three’s company, three’s a party.

Nope. Three’s a charm. And I’m gonna turn it on for all I’m worth.

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enchanter redeemedENCHANTER REDEEMED by Sharon Ashwood

In the last battle for Camelot, Merlin had to make a terrible choice. Now he must pay the price. When a demon from his past reappears, she wants nothing more than to destroy the wizard. Now to reap her vengeance as a lover scorned, the demon occupies the body of Clary—the apprentice who is capturing his heart—and has the innocent behaving in uncharacteristic ways. Ways that push the forbidden desire Clary and Merlin share into heated play.

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And finally:

celta catsCELTA CATS by Robin D Owens

VS Note: Something different I just came across. These short stories aren’t romances – it’s meant to be a children’s book perhaps, from the categories it was listed in! But apparently these are mostly snippets, vignettes and deleted scenes from various of her CELTA novels. Mixed reviews.

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Book Update from ME: I expect to be releasing MATEER (Sectors New Allies Series Book 2) next week – yay! Here’s a quick quote from Book 1 in case you haven’t happened to grab it yet LOL:

canva scififri lost

Engineered by alien scientists to be Sectors humans’ worst nightmare, can he save the woman he’s claimed for his mate?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

January 3

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

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What I Did on My Day Off From the Internet

Clock and Calendar PagesI had a tumultuous month of December, including an unexpected move and right in the middle of that were the big brush fires, which resulted in one daughter, her husband, the grandbaby and their cat moving in with me (and my cat) for a week. The apartment I was moving to was also inside the area at most risk for burning to the ground. So…we did celebrate Christmas on the day itself but I never got out one ornament, much less trimmed a tree. Happy ending to all the fire stuff though – the wonderful firefighters were able to contain the particular gigantic brushfire after a week and neither my family’s apartment nor my new one burned.

I only wish everyone in the fire zones had been so fortunate…

And I was working hard to finish book two in my new series and get it released. Or at least to the editor.

So, long story short, I’m in my new place, still unpacking, but I’d been feeling a bit overwhelmed (gee, I wonder WHY???) and stressed, and one of my best friends suggested I just take an entire day OFF. No internet, no e mail, no writing. I added for myself: no TV news. I love MSNBC and regularly listen to the news and commentary but with all that’s going on in the world today, the events – especially in Washington DC – at times can be a bit too much and anxiety inducing.

Friday the 2nd was The Vacation Day.

It was a weird experience. Usually the first thing I do upon waking up is grab my cell phone and check my e mail from overnight, my Facebook notifications and the NYT and DailySkimm news updates. Even my cat knows he has to wait for breakfast until I’ve caught up on all of that. (It doesn’t take long and he’s NOT starving, I promise.) I don’t try to deal with any of it until after breakfast, but at least I know what’s out there, waiting for me. Usually. Well, not Friday. I’d put my phone face down on top of the bureau so I wouldn’t automatically take it from the nightstand and check it.

Breakfast was also odd because I usually have MSNBC, local news or ‘The Today Show’ on to keep me company while I eat. Nope. No news TV.

365 days of the year I turn on the computer immediately after breakfast and start dealing with the e mail, the Facebook, twitter, blog posts – all the stuff I do as part of my life and author life. Not Friday. I never turned it on at all.

egyptiana shelvesI ran errands that I’d been wanting to do for quite a while. I found a lovely, cheap floral print for one blank wall of the apartment (I abhor blank walls.) I assembled a bookcase. I arranged the most breakable portion of my collection of ‘Egyptiana’ on its shelves and earthquake puttied everything down. I did a tiny bit of gardening (because all I have in this new place is a tiny sliver of ground outside my door – no balcony anymore 😦  I petted Jake the cat. He, by the way, was quite unsettled by these changes in my routine. He’s a creature of habit too and knows for example when I’ll be at my computer desk and need his supervision from the chair next to it. If you call it supervision for him to be curled up sound asleep LOL. But he’s ready to waken and spring into action!

I caught up on episodes of three of my favorite TV series – ‘Top Chef,’ ‘Project Runway All Stars’, and a two parter of ‘The Brave.”

I sang in the car while driving the freeways in pursuit of my fun errands.

shape of waterI went to a MOVIE. Now I very rarely do that anymore. I prefer the comfort and ease of watching movies at home, usually on my Kindle. But I took myself to “The Shape of Water” and enjoyed it very much. I did worry for a nanosecond that I was breaking my own rules for the day, and being “Veronica the Author” because I’m working on trying to get an interview with someone connected to the movie right now, which may or may not happen, so no one hold their breath. (UPDATE: Just got word the interview is NOT happening but hey, no harm in doing the pitch, right? I still loved the movie!) But then I decided I was going to the movie mostly to see it, and be transported out of my daily world, not to develop interview questions, so it qualified for my vacation day off. Yes, I do tend to overanalyze things – why do you ask?

The movie was great, many layers, needs to be seen again…

I treated myself to dinner out.

I resisted the temptation to watch ‘Rachel Maddow’ at 6PM. (I did console myself I could catch up with the show on Saturday on their web page, if I ‘needed’ to.)

I took a nap. Jake the Cat approved.

I watched two old, beloved scifi movies on blu-ray, one right after the other.

I went to sleep and had good, wildly imaginative scifi dreams, at least the ones I can remember…

So what was my overall assessment of the experiment?

It reminded me a bit of what it’s like to be a new parent and you finally get a real date night with your equally tired husband and all you can talk about at the restaurant is…the baby. Especially in the first half of the day I found my mind wandering off to various author tasks and puzzling over things I have to tackle and/or resolve.

But as the day progressed, I left that behind and was more in the moment of my ‘vacation’ activities. By the afternoon I found myself having a lot of fun book plot ideas, both for the series I’m writing now and for new books.

I was super tempted to sneak a peek at my e mail at least twice…it and social media really are addictive! But I didn’t.

I also realized in the midmorning that I’d put wayyyy too much on my wish list of what I wanted to get done, as far as making the new apartment more organized and unpacking more boxes. Too many tasks, not enough time. There’s a lesson for myself buried in there somewhere. But I’m happy I did decide to say the heck with it and go to the movie for the bulk of the afternoon. What I did get done was satisfying and I didn’t have to feel guilty that I “should have been” at my desk instead.

Will I do it again? Maybe. Possibly I’ll just try to be less intense and laser focused on my everyday routine and build in more time on a daily basis to do other things. I do feel much less stressed and wrapped around various axles today, which is a good thing.

And I do drop everything very happily if I get invited out to lunch by a friend or a chance arises to go see the grandbaby…see, so I’m not a total workaholic, right?

As far as Saturday morning, I didn’t like the feeling of not knowing what  I missed but turned out there was nothing cataclysmic or impossible to be resolved if it marinated for 24 hours. After all, I’m dealing with scifi romance these days, not NASA missions to Mars as with the old day job. Hey, maybe I can be less intense! Concept…

And my family knows to text me if they need to get an immediate response. I kept an eye out for that on my vacation. Other than a text request from my teen age grandson for some Lego superhero minifigs, all was quiet.

I like juggling a lot of demands and I do it well as a rule, but apparently brushfires, moving and the holidays can overwhelm even me.

So there’s my report on the one day internet vacation, which all in all was restorative!

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(NOTE: Images other than movie poster are either Author’s own or purchased from Depositphoto)

Am I Free To Go? Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Aydarr (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

I’ve skipped ahead a bit from the last excerpt. Jill nearly died from the poisonous bite she received while in the pit. Aydarr and his men took her to their shelter, had their healer treat her bite wound and then he personally nursed her through the after effects of the bite. Now she’s feeling better and wildly curious to know more about the planet she’s suddenly been dumped on. And about Aydarr. Jill is speaking.

A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

“Am I free to go then?”

Aydarr eyed her, “Why would you wish to venture into the Preserve unarmed and unaware of the dangers here? After what you just went through?”

“Merely testing the limits of your hospitality.”

“I would have to risk my men to save you again. You’re in my territory, I’ve declared you mine, you will stay safe with the pack.”

Eyeing his muscular frame and undeniably handsome face, she thought maybe in another time and place she might not have minded meeting his possessive claim. The two of them could have battled this out until they got a few things straight between them and most likely ended up in the bedroom because he was flat-out hot. But the situation here wasn’t like anything she’d ever encountered. It felt like she was in an adventure trideo, and she had to walk carefully, “I belong to myself, for your information.”

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]The book blurb:  

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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Good news – I sent the second book in the series, MATEER, to the formatter last week, so it should be released SOON!

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 31

leviLOTS of good new books this week!

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

By the way, yes, sometimes I do truncate the book blurb, but if you click on the buy link you can read the rest of it on the ebook seller’s site.

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LEVI (HELL SQUAD BOOK 15) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Oh yeah, one-clicked. This is such a fun series – I devour them! She keeps the stories fresh, even with such a long running series.

Levi King has always lived rough. Raised by a biker dad, he fought for everything he had–including being president of the Iron Kings motorcycle club. But when the aliens invaded, he lost it all. Now he wades through the muck with his fellow berserkers, fighting to protect the last of the human survivors. He fights hard and parties harder, and follows no one’s rules but his own. But then he finds himself fascinated by a mouthy, auburn-haired mechanic who isn’t afraid to give him a piece of her mind.

Chrissy Hagan survived months of alien captivity and now she’s found a purpose at the Enclave–as mechanic in charge of the armored Hunter vehicles. She keeps her babies purring…and hates every scratch the soldiers put on them, especially when a certain arrogant, cocky, and annoying biker is responsible. Did she mention annoying? What about tattooed, man-bunned, and far too sexy? Chrissy and Levi do more than strike sparks of each other…they start full blown infernos, and she isn’t afraid to use her wrench on his hard head when required.

But then a vital mission requires Chrissy to step out of the safety of the Enclave, and sabotage and steal an alien vehicle. Working side by side, desire burns white-hot. Levi discovers he will give everything he’s got to keep Chrissy safe and claim her as his…if they both get through the deadly mission alive.

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integrityINTEGRITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 12) by Eva Caye

These three novellas in the To Be Sinclair series cover the safety of the Imperial Family’s stargate scientists, the extent to which they owe obedience to their Emperor, and the influence the Imperials hold over the Royals.

Fearless: Prince Ricky has had few relationships due to his depression, but amazingly, he finds a lady who understands how to deal with it. Unfortunately, does his acceptance of death define his relationship with his mother, the director of the Stargate Institute?

Deliver Us from Evil: Prince Roman and Prince David are taken to task for their inability to commit to a lady. As stargate professionals, though, they must be extra careful in starting relationships. How do Roman and his cousin David come to an acceptance of their duties, and what happens when the Emperor provokes them beyond all reason?

Evolve with Resolve: Princess Kayla Pierson-Sinclair longs for a lover, as well as a future beyond her currently dull but important position as the Emperor’s social director. Just before the wedding of her long-time friend, Lady Elisha Wooldridge, Kayla meets Elisha’s brother, Lord Graham, whose autism has been given as the excuse for him to be cut out of the Wooldridge succession….(much more)…

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operation phoenixOPERATION PHOENIX (NOVA FORCE BOOK 1) by Susan Hayes

Nova Force – an elite team of soldiers whose mission is to maintain the power balance between the galaxy’s governments and the formidable corporations. Their commander, Dax Rossi lives by one rule: mission first. That code holds until a new case and an old flame put his rule to the test.

Lieutenant Trinity West wants answers. Someone’s been stealing DNA from her top-secret research base, and she wants to know who, and how. Her investigation into the thefts is cut short by the arrival of Nova Force and Dax Rossi—the only man to ever break her heart.

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karak warriorKARAK WARRIOR (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Ruby Ryan

Something in my brain broke the day I learned of the Karak.

It’s been two weeks since the Karak made first contact on earth, and the town of Elijah, Wyoming will never be the same. Now inundated with UFO hunters and conspiracy theorists, Leslie doesn’t know how she’s going to keep the peace as the town’s only police officer.

So in the end, she doesn’t.

But sneaking aboard Jerix’s spacecraft has widespread consequences Leslie could never have predicted. Jerix faces a devastating punishment for bringing back a live human to the Karak homeworld: three rounds of shifter-fighting in the Karak Sunken Pit!
As Jerix shifts from dragon to wolf to human in a desperate attempt to survive his sentence, Leslie’s affection quickly grows—fueled by the graceful, yet brutal, manner in which Jerix fights in the Pit. Will her Karak Warrior be able to stay alive for three bloody rounds?

And of course, the deeper question haunting Leslie: what will they do if he does survive?

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kaylebKAYLEB (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 6) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

Unmated Detyens die at thirty, so why is Kayleb NaMoren still alive?He came to Earth to find his mate, but on the eve of Kayleb’s birthday, he knows that time is up. Heartfelt goodbyes and one final night with his brother are all he has left… until he wakes up the next morning, alive and unmated. Or so he thinks.
An injury on his journey to Earth has left him with gaps in his memory, but he couldn’t ever forget his denya. Could he?

She’s escaped from pirates and is running out of time…Tessa Greely didn’t leave her position as a medic on a space ship willingly. Sure, she wanted a change of scenery after a disastrous relationship, but captured by pirates to be sold into slavery was not her idea of a fun vacation. There’s only one person she wants to see less than the pirates who are hunting her down: Kayleb NaMoren.
Only problem? He might be the only guy who can keep her alive.

A second chance at a first impression…He doesn’t remember her, but he’ll do anything to save her. She wants him gone, but she can’t run forever. Together, they just might find that they’re all each other need.

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dungari riseDUNGARI RISE (ALIEN ALPHAS OF PILATHNA #1) by Nikki Landis

VS Note: From December

Synika has hidden from the dominant alien race that conquered Earth 100 years ago in search of fertile females. She’s a strong-willed and headstrong woman who knows what she wants and it isn’t belonging to some Dungari male and auctioned off at the annual Choosing. When she meets Tuvari and their worlds collide, Synika is forced to confront her prejudices and decide if the Dungari male is her friend, foe . . . or maybe more.

Tuvari helped establish the first colony on Earth and works with the Dungari Bureau of Human Affairs. He’s a soldier and a warrior with a reputation, determined to keep his race from extinction. Strong, charismatic, confident, and sexy as sin he’s used to getting his way and exactly what he wants . . . until he meets Synika. Tuvari has always believed his one true mate existed but could he dare to fall for a human?

Is it love, lust, or something more that draws the two together? In a world torn apart and ravaged by lies, can Tuvari and Synika move past the betrayal of a nation and find common ground?

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cravedCRAVED (STAR BREED BOOK 5) by Elin Wynn

Geir: I run advance reconnaissance, collecting intel the Pack needs to execute our operations. In and out, hard and fast.And I don’t need help.So when a gorgeous woman saves my life, I’m knocked more than a bit off my game. That’s all it is. Not the shy smile I hunger to coax from her lips, not the sweet body she keeps hidden. Not the mysteries that haunt her eyes. And certainly not the bewitching scent that stirs me in ways no mission ever has. I crave her like nothing I’ve found before. Even if she’s the enemy, I’ll make her mine.

Valrea: He can’t save me.The secrets of the Compound are too tangled. The nightmares in my blood can never be erased.But his touch sends me reeling, thirsting for what I can’t have. What harm could one night do?

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qaiyaanRESCUED BY QAIYAAN (GALACTIC PIRATE BRIDES BOOK 1)  by Tamsin Ley

Wanted by the black market cartel, Lisa has come out of hiding to find her missing twin brother. She’s been implanted with top-secret biotechnology that has both the cartel and the corporation hot on her tail, and her only hope for escape is a sexy alien pirate with a grudge.

Yet one scorching kiss from this copper-skinned captain could lead to disaster…

Captain Qaiyaan’s species is doomed. The evil galactic corporation destroyed his home world, and with no females left, his fleet has turned to piracy and revenge. The last thing he expects to find on a derelict passenger ship is an alluring human female carrying a solution to his race’s salvation, and he definitely never expected the feisty ex-con to worm her way into his heart.

Together, they fight to stay out of both cartel and corporate hands, but when the biotechnology Lisa carries becomes unstable, she must make a drastic choice about her future.

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wendigo uprisingWENDIGO UPRISING by Wendie Nordgren

In the post-apocalyptic Republic of Texas, orphaned Rozene York tries to make a life for herself on the surface, but it isn’t going as she had hoped. Desperate for something better, she answers a summons from her deceased grandfather’s executor and travels to Silver Springs only to find that her true inheritance is a secret legacy that has been passed on for generations involving her family land.

As the last of her line, Rozene is the only one who can save the six brothers who are cursed to endure forever and driven to feed on the living. They are Wendigoag, soul eaters, and without Rozene they will lose their centuries long battle against the demon who cursed them.

The Wendigoag are not the only ancient secret left exposed by a civilization left in ruins. When another war begins among the two-natured, Rozene is caught between the deadly territorial battles of werewolves and bear shifters.

However, another battle rages within Rozene’s heart between a sexy cowboy, an infuriating chief, and a cursed one who needs her as much as she needs him.

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pestilencePESTILENCE (THE CALLING SERIES BOOK 1) by Kim Faulkes

Four riders are hunting a fallen woman…
One that will seal this world’s fate.
And they’ll leave behind utter devastation in their wake.
…Pestilence, War, Famine, Death.
Harlow Morgan is lost in a dying world, desperate to find a reason to live.
She finds that reason in a filthy bathroom stall, with the rush of Nirvana in her veins, and the whisper of God in her ear.
A Calling she cannot shake.
Armed with a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, Harlow won’t wait for the Horsemen to find her.
She’s coming after them with the wrath of God on her side.
She’ll defeat them any way she can…body, mind, and soul.
All in the name of salvation.

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dragon devotionDRAGON DEVOTION (CRIMSON DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Amelia Jade

Harlow Quinn Ryder only ever wanted to bring joy to kids. That’s why she spent her inheritance on a parade float company, hoping to recreate the magic for others she once felt as a child. An unfortunate accident with a giant hunky stranger may have just put her out of business though, ending her dream forever.

When newly awakened dragon shifter Vanek is told he has two weeks left to prove the worth of all dragons, time starts ticking. He needs to get out there, find his mate, and kill an Outsider. No easy task. Until he steps foot out of his building and right into the path of his mate. Literally.

One ruined float, cancelled contract, and makeup dinner date later, Vanek knows he’s found the one. But she’s used to the nomad life, and it’s more than just the call of the unknown that keeps her on the move. Can the fire-breathing dragon convince her to give love one final chance before the countdown expires, or will he be ripped away from her forever?

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sieferSIEFER: WARRIORS OF MILISARIA by Celeste Raye

Destiney was honored to be the new king’s wife. It was a privilege she hadn’t imagined
upon leaving Earth to marry an alien. However, King Siefer’s duties take him from her and
their infant son for long periods of time. A handsome, young colonist gives her all the
attention she craves. Should a queen find solace for her lonely heart?

King Siefer fears letting down the Milisarians who made him king. He devotes his time to
repairing the damage of the former ruler. His human bride is left behind far too often.
He loves her still, but can not reach a balance between his job and family.

While King Siefer is traveling across the universe, Destiney is feeling ignored. She finds
friendship and more with a returning colonist. He is not as he appears. There is trouble
brewing behind his handsome facade. Meanwhile, the other human wives are dying in
childbirth without explanation. It is up to the queen’s friend, Alexis, to find a way to save
them, including herself.

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abductionABDUCTION by Lisa Lace

Bethany didn’t apply to be a mail-order bride.
All she wanted was someone devoted to her.
The slavers didn’t care.
She’d heard rumors about the aliens. They were supposed to be rough. Selfish. Big, strong, and mean.
Now one is consumed by Bethany and will do anything to claim her.

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black moon risingBLACK MOON RISING by Frankie Rose

Jass has been the Construct’s creature for years. A sinister prince. A man of shadows and fear. People cower at his feet. They cater to his every dark desire. Who would dare defy the most dangerous man ever created?

No one…

Except for her.

Reza’s been on the run for seven years. She’s found peace on her hidden planet. Managed to build some semblance of a life for herself there. But when the man she fears most in all the galaxy finally learns of her location, she must face him in order to escape his wrath once and for all.

A sea of stars separates them, but even that won’t keep them apart.

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apparent brightnessAPPARENT BRIGHTNESS (THE SECTOR FLEET BOOK 2) by Nicola Claire

Working as the Chief Engineer onboard the ESAS Chariot out of Europe, Commander Camille Rey expected her position to be somewhat challenging on occasion.

She did not expect to be fighting for her and her fellow crewmen’s lives immediately after take-off.

Teaming up with the very proper, and very English Captain Noah Vaughan to combat a desperate saboteur onboard their vessel, Camille discovers that not all the malfunctions the Chariot is experiencing are human-related.

Secrets and desires are exposed amongst the stars and plasma fire, but can the captain and the chief overcome their cultural differences?

And can any of them hope to survive the treacherous voyage to New Earth unscathed?

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elixir of flightELIXIR OF FLIGHT (FLYER CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Alina Popescu

When flyers Michael and Samandriel set out to find the elusive Ishtahr sanctuary, the truths they uncover about the origin of their race threaten the very foundation of the Intergalactic Alliance. If exposed, the alliance’s revered overseers might lose their rule over the galaxies and their ultimate military force, the flyers.

Desperate to protect Adam, his lover, Michael will go against anyone who threatens the human’s life….(more)…

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chosen oneCHOSEN ONE: STRANGE WORLDS: BOOK 3 by Kim Knox

VS Note: I don’t normally cover re-releases but this one sounds HOT! (Which Kim writes so very well.) And is in the erotica categories so….

Ceta Lars doesn’t want to be chosen.

Chained to the dark perfection of the sovereign’s paladin, the chosen one is taken aboard her alien master’s vast, living ship.

And Ceta’s fear of this unknown is edged with her attraction to the mysterious paladin. For years, her brief glimpses of him have tantalised her, stolen into her dreams, filled her thoughts with…want.

But he’s the one man she can’t have. Not…legally.

Now Ceta must stand with the other candidates on the temple stones not knowing what the future holds as the paladin strides towards her.

She only knows one fact.

None of the chosen ever return.

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a witchs touch seA WITCH’S TOUCH: A SEVEN KINGDOMS TALE 3 by S E Smith

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new SE Smith book!

Marina Fae never considered herself a powerful witch or dreamed that she would one day be a warrior fighting to save her people. Her life changes when the Sea Witch’s dark magic sweeps across the Isle of Magic, turning those who resist or cannot escape to stone. Finding refuge in the dense mountain forest, Marina fights to protect the children left behind by Magna’s wave of destruction.
Detective Mike Hallbrook’s search for two women who disappeared in Yachats State Park takes an unexpected turn. He soon finds himself on an unfamiliar beach after rescuing a woman being attacked by a creature straight out of a horror movie. Stunned by the wild tale she tells him and the evidence surrounding them, he soon learns that everything she says is true—magic does exist—and that he is no longer on Earth. Marina’s pleas for help are impossible for Mike to ignore, and he knows he will do whatever he can to help save her people.
Marina and Mike must work together to save the Isle of Magic. As the Sea Witch’s evil spreads, they know they cannot stop her alone. With the help of the Dragon King and the King of the Sea People, they will confront the Sea Witch once and for all. But, what happens when they discover a darker entity hidden beneath—an entity that can only be stopped by the person they are trying to kill?

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january in atlantisJANUARY IN ATLANTIS (POSEIDON’S WARRIORS) by Alyssa Day

When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors . . .. . whether they like it or not. 

Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive —welcome to 2018! And welcome to:

A Year in Atlantis

Warning: This book contains magic, Atlantis, matchmaking, Poseidon, pirates, a king and queen, sibling rivalry, hot hunky guys, unicorns, a secret baby, a black sheep, bad boys, warriors, paranormal romance, fantasy, shapeshifters, dragons, romance, kisses, and a happily ever after. Read at your own risk!

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thanks fur last nightTHANKS FUR LAST NIGHT by Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden Kate Baxter

Bearing His Sin: Cole should have killed Anja the moment he realized she was his mate. Instead, he let her live and now they’re on the hunt, chasing the morons who think they can force her to marry another man. Like hell. And while this shapeshifting bear might have his share of sins, he’s not going to let little things like murder and mayhem prevent him from having the woman meant to be the keeper of his heart.

Bought by the Bear: Josilyn Martinez just needed the money to help raise her nephew. That’s it. There’s no other reason she would take a job posing as a shifter’s mate so he can assure his grandmother he’s settled down. There’s no reason to stay at his place so they learn “more about each other.” And there’s definitely no good reason she should get involved with the hard, hot, and handsome shifter that’s hired her….(more)…

The Alpha and I: Devon Kincaid is happy with her new life in Lowman, Idaho. Her little bar on the outskirts of the tiny, isolated town is doing well, and she’s not even interested in finding a man. But when she finds a bleeding man—a hot, hard, handsome, naked bleeding man—in the snow one night, Devon brings him home to care for him. He’s definitely not like any man she’s ever met before, but what she doesn’t realize is that he’s not just a man…(more)…

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drakons pastDRAKON’S PAST (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON BOOK 4) by N J Walters

Constance Owens has a gift for finding unique items in the most unlikely places, which comes in handy since she buys and sells artifacts and antiques for a living. When she purchases a set of four dragon statues, she has no idea just how unique they are, or that finding them will thrust her into a world of secret societies, men who think nothing of kidnapping and murder to get what they want, and dragon shifters.

Nic hasn’t survived for four thousand years by letting his guard down, and he doesn’t trust anyone except his drakon brothers. The loneliness haunting him has been getting worse since all his brothers have found their mates. And when he finds the woman his drakon recognizes instantly as his fated mate, he doubts he’ll ever have what his brothers have, because it seems she’s involved with the secret society of hunters who have been hunting and capturing his kind for hundreds of years.

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emeralkd lilyTHE EMERALD LILY (VAMPIRE BLOOD BOOK 4) by Juliette Cross

When Princess Vilhelmina Dragomir is awakened from her hellish sleep with a blood kiss from a handsome stranger, she learns that much has changed while she’s been away. The armies of the Black Lily and the vampire Crown have amassed and are on the brink of war.

No romantic entanglements, no family. Mikhail Romanov, Captain of the Bloodguard, took a vow when he joined the Bloodguard. But he never planned for the gut-punching attraction he would feel for the untouchable princess. He must keep his focus, though. In order to avenge his family, it’s essential he help Mina claim her crown and keep his damn hands off of her.

But Mina sets her heart on the elusive captain, and keeping his focus on the great battle ahead becomes harder and harder. While they’re making plans, the evil King Dominik has been making some of his own. This time, he will show no mercy to the Princess.

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lose you notHAVENWOOD FALLS: LOSE YOU NOT by Kristie Cook

With her past memories mostly restored, Michaela Petran begins to pick up the pieces and resettle into life in Havenwood Falls. But resuming where she left off with the man she loves and the plans they’d made is no simple matter. As sudden head of the family and leader of the moroi vampires, she faces an onslaught of unexpected obligations, making her feel like she has no choices in her own life. And even if she could have everything she wants, she can’t help but fear it’ll all be ripped away from her once again.

For five years, Xandru Roca ached for Michaela to return, but never believed it would actually happen. Now that he has a second chance with her, he’s afraid he’ll blow it by hanging on too tightly. But if he’s not careful, she might again vanish from his life.

As they try to bridge the chasm between them, family matters demand their attention, pulling them apart. After all, there’s still a strigoi curse, dictates of the supernatural Court, and dark magic wreaking havoc on their siblings. Family and love always come first, but while they try to save one, they risk losing the other.

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krakens preyKRAKEN’S PREY by Echo Ishii

Pirate Aristad, Captain of the Night Witch, is always on the lookout for treasure. Knowing where his former captor, Black Death Joe, hid his loot makes it all the easier. An abandoned manor holds a secret stash, but Aristad knows it comes with a price — the treasure is guarded by a creature that is half man and half beast. It is the Kraken in one of his many forms.

Aristad can’t resist the Kraken’s pull — he gives into sexual cravings that only the Kraken can fulfill, but he knows once his first mate, Delacroix, discovers his secret, mutiny will follow. Has he made too many mistakes to return to the life he left behind, and follow Kraken into the sea?

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hells bellHELL’S BELL (A LIZZIE GRACE NOVEL BOOK 2) by Keri Arthur

When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes…

Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation—one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters—including ranger Aiden O’Connor, who once hated all things witch—Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction.

But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which—when left unprotected—quickly becomes a draw to those who walk the darker paths…(more)….

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baby im howling for youBABY I’M HOWLING FOR YOU (ALPHAVILLE) by Christine Warren

Renny Landry is a wolf on the run. Pursued by a shapeshifting stalker and his slobbering pack of killer coyotes, she is forced to flee her job as a librarian to find sanctuary in the wooded hills of Alpha, Washington. A well-secluded safe space for troubled shifters, Alpha is Renny’s last hope. But the first person she meets there is a gorgeous alpha male with fiery eyes, fierce tattoos, and one ferocious appetite—for her…

Mick Fischer thought he left his past behind when he moved to Alpha. But fate has a way of biting him in the tail when a female wolf shows up on his property. Wounded, desperate—and disarmingly hot—Renny brings out the snarling, protective alpha beast in Mick like no other woman he’s known. Can these two haunted, hunted wolves manage to mate for life…even as the deadliest past demons howl at their heels?

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goddess of forgetfulnessGODDESS OF FORGETFULNESS (IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS, INC SERIES BOOK 4) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Goddess of Forgetfulness has spent seventy thousand years wishing for a man to remember her for more than five seconds. But when her wish is finally granted, she’s appalled. Távas is cocky, handsome, and seven feet of rude muscled man. He can’t possibly be her mate! But all signs are pointing to yes. Okay, at least a strong maybe.

Is this some sort of cosmic dating error? She darn well hopes so.

Determined to discover the truth, she agrees to one date. Just one! But the night is about to reveal that his real identity is crazier and more alluring than she ever imagined.

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burned spyTHE BURNED SPY (THE IMMORTAL SPY BOOK 1) by K A Krantz

VS Note: Not sure of the romance element but sounds good…

When Bix the Gatekeeper is summoned from exile a hundred and seventy years early by the goddess of the Norse Under World, the former Dark Ops agent knows there’s a catch. On the surface, the terms of the deal are simple. Someone attacked the pantheon’s ambassador to the Mid Worlds and left the ambassador in a coma. In exchange for early parole, Bix must identify the perpetrator and drag their soul to Hel.

It’d be a sweet contract, if not for the details. The ambassador is Bix’s ex-girlfriend, the lead suspect is the key witness from Bix’s trial, and the organization leading the official investigation is the same intelligence guild that disavowed Bix when a covert op went pear-shaped. Undeterred, Bix returns to her old stomping grounds …(more)…

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heart of the warmakerFOR THE HEART OF THE WARMAKER (OUTLAW SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by T S Joyce

Karis Dunway’s instincts are screaming that there is a storm brewing around Two Claws Ranch. With the odds stacking against them, she and the Clan are in a race to save the ranch. A trail ride for a family of tourists could mean a turnaround for her people, but there is a new threat coming out of the woodwork, and they will have to work together to keep the ride on track. The only problem? She and Colt are having some serious issues with their inner bears. And the timing couldn’t be worse if they tried.

Colton Dorset has two goals in life. Make his mate, Karis, happy and keep her safe. But the deeper they ride into the wilderness, the more at risk she is. He’s tired of taking hits from every angle and he’s willing to risk going against his own Alpha to take matters into his own hands. Because one thing is for sure and for certain—the Peacemaker inside of him is dead, and now it’s time for the rise of the Warmaker.

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love the seaLOVE THE SEA (SAVED BY PIRATES BOOK 2) by G Bailey

Cassandra’s life has never been simple because of her mark, but for a second she believed she had everything, she had her pirates. When she is kidnapped and ripped away from everything she loves, she has no choice but to fight to survive. Cassandra is taken to the King, and secrets she never could have expected come out.
When the King does something impossible and pain is all that is left, will her pirates be able to save her?
Will the Sea God, who whispers promises, be able to help her?

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priestess awakenedPRIESTESS AWAKENED (GUARDIANS OF SKY AND SHADOW BOOK 1) by Lidaya Foxglove

My world isn’t safe. The northern gate lies open and monsters roam the land. Once, a fated priestess bound to her four guardians kept the gate sealed with magic, but there hasn’t been a priestess in over a century…or so I thought.

When a monster attacks me within the walls of my village, I am saved by Sir Forrest–the quiet, grouchy former soldier who came to Istim three years ago. Is there such a thing as a hottie hermit? That’s him.

Turns out, he’s been watching me. Waiting for my powers to awaken…for the day when I would be ready to belong to him.

I am the priestess.

And this is only the beginning. Sir Forrest is driven by his sacred mission to help me find my other three guardians–including two sexy shadow guardians, who might be monsters themselves–before the Emperor finds us.
To close the gate and save the world, my four guardians must claim me and the powers I hold in the Grand Quintet, a ritual that…well, let’s just say that any letters I write home will leave out a lot of details. I’ve always liked attention…but this might be pushing it.
nephilims journeyNEPHILIM’S JOURNEY: MOORE WORLD NOVEL 1 by D R Rosier

Jason Moore is a Nephilim. Half human, and half angel. He’s considered to be an abomination by some, and far too powerful and dangerous by even more. He’s trained, strong, and ready to enter the world and find his own place. But what kind of place, and will he find someone to share it with? He doesn’t really fit in anywhere, and although powerful and immune to aging, he could still be killed. He’d been warned of course, to never cross an angel, or even meet one if he could help it, most of them hunted his kind.

Portia is an angel. Immortal, ageless, and on this world with a mission and one task. Keep the secret of the supernatural races from humanity. She spends most of her time hunting down rogues that are too sloppy, and endanger the secret. In her spare time, she does what her passion and conscience moves her to do, and protects a small town of rogue supernatural beings with nowhere else to go. She wonders if she’ll ever find a mate, after a billion years, and ten thousand years on Earth, she highly doubts it.

anubisANUBIS (GUARDIAN SECURITY SHADOW WORLD BOOK 1) by Kris Michaels

In the Shadow World, he was the God of Death, and he was called many names. The monsters he hunted called him Anubis. Those who saw his face died. To Guardian Security, he was a number, a surgical weapon they wielded against monstrous evil. One woman called him Kaeden Lang. Anubis never meant her to be anything except an interlude, a moment of light in the darkness of his life, a one-time escape from the ever-present haze of death. He committed an unforgivable sin—he saw her again—and again—and again. She held back the shadows that threatened to consume him.

Sky Meyers made a grave mistake six years ago. She fell in love—only to have the man she knew as Kaeden Lang disappear. Now, his daughter needed him to save her life. …(more)…

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wolfman lioness and the wolfWOLFMAN: LIONESS AND THE WOLF: BOOK 7 SUPERNATURAL ENFORCERS AGENCY by E A Price

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a well-meaning if somewhat clumsy vigilante called Wolfman. Nerdy comic book store owner by day, Winston Strong, thought all his dreams came true when he took on his heroic alter ego – Wolfman. That is until he saved a beautiful lioness from getting mugged and fell head over heels. Now, the wolf shifter just wants to spend as much time as he can with the goddess of a woman before she finds out the truth about the allergy prone, glasses wearing, reluctant momma’s boy underneath the thirty-pound costume.

Lion shifter and Supernatural Enforcer Agent, Avery spends her days investigating the kidnapping of a doctor while dodging her nutty sisters, and her nights dreaming of her masked savior. Disappointed by past boyfriends who couldn’t stand to be with a woman who could beat them in an arm wrestling match, could Wolfman be the man she and her inner beast have been searching for?

Can Winston get away from his smothering mother? Can Avery withstand the attacks of her crazy family? Can the two of them work out why people have been disappearing and find their own happy ever after?

heat donna grantHEAT (DARK KINGS BOOK 12) by Donna Grant

Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude. . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikolai’s whole world goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like a stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart…

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stealth magic 401STEALTH MAGIC 401 (HELLKITTEN CHRONICLES)  by Viola Grace

Imara wants nothing more than to find a different course, but Stealth Magic gives her the credits she needs to stay on track and there aren’t any other options rearing their heads.

Stealth Magic is not what she thought it would be, and the idea of breaking into a home to rob an ancient artifact for her final exam was a little daunting. Luckily, Imara has friends who are going to help her through training, some old and some new.
Through some work with the XIA, she finds a tutor for her training, and a place to do it. Ritual Space offers her a welcome and the inhabitants set themselves to the monumental task of her training. The exam is getting closer and time is a factor.
Mr. E just likes chasing the enchanted bunnies of Ritual Space.
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SFR Galaxy AwardVS NOTE: The 2017 SFR Galaxy Awards are being announced today. I was so proud to have my first scifi romance WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM, be an inaugural recipient, back when the awards started in 2012! Really encouraged me to continue writing SFR. Congratulations to all this year’s honorees!
_Titanic in space...._
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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 24

January 17

January 10

January 3

December 27

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…(you can always read the entire blurb at your favorite ebook seller.)

Can’t Fight Them Off Forever Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Aydarr (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

Continuing on directly from last week’s excerpt. A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

As the unseen predator made a stinging bite on her calf, Jill nearly toppled over. Unable to see below the surface of the roiling water, she hurled her handful of rocks a foot or so away from her body, hoping to drive away this new menace.

Before she could find more rocks to use as weapons, another man lowered himself into the pit on a rope, reaching for her and speaking urgently in Basic as he gestured, “He can’t fight them off forever – we need to get out of here. More beasts will arrive soon, attracted by the vibrations signaling prey.”

Figuring whatever might happen later, getting out of the trap was the best plan in the short term, she stepped closer. The newcomer grabbed her by the waist, and unseen comrades above hauled the two of them out of the hole at a surprising speed. Her second rescuer handed her off to another man and hastened back into the pit.

She sank to the wet grass, shaking in reaction and feeling the pain now from her cut foot, the mysterious bite, and the effects of the fall. With a fresh rush of fear, she glanced at the strange men surrounding her.

The book blurb:  

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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DangerInTheStarsFinalMy alien empath novel Danger in the Stars, is still on sale for $.99!

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 24

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

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SHADOW WARRIOR (SKY RAIDERS BOOK 3) by Michelle Diener

VS Note: YAY! The 3rd in this terrific new series. One-clicked this of course!

Taya and Garek have survived the worst of what the sky raiders and their own fellow Illians have thrown at them. But now, they’ll have to deal with both their enemies working together.

As three of the Illian states close in on what they see as the weakness of West Lathor, Garek and Taya have to shore up their defences, call in favors, and forge friendships with whoever they can to protect their friends and family. When the signs that there is an alliance between an Illian liege and the sky raiders becomes harder to ignore, they have to face the fact that they may be defeated.

The arrival of a new group of sky raiders, looking for information and help, opens up a new possibility. Garek sees no choice but to make a deal with the devil, but the gamble is, will the enemy of their enemy help them, or betray them?

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dark demiseDARK DEMISE (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 7) by Rebecca Royce

Time isn’t kind…

Waverly Sandler is nothing like her mad father. She’s a nurse. She takes care of people. She is fighting to live down her name. She’s also a sister, a friend, and someday, if the universe is kind, she hopes to be a lover and a wife.

Life at The Farm is one of constant activity, because freedom exacts a high price. When Waverly is tapped for a special assignment, she’s eager to rise to the task of being useful, but the last thing she expected was the attention of four of the strongest, most united group of men she’s ever met.

Ari, the doctor who sees things.
Jackson, the man determined to live down his past.
Rohan, the Super Soldier who longs to be a person.
Canyon, the Super Soldier who sees the possibilities of a better life.

They need her more than she could ever know, and will change her life in ways she could never anticipate.

All they have to do is survive war, disease, and time…

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wicked captorWICKED CAPTOR (WARRIORS OF ROZUN BOOK 1) by Zoey Draven

Getting abducted by aliens wasn’t exactly on Cara Call’s bucket list…and while her imprisonment threatened to break her, it didn’t extinguish her fight—it made her stronger. So, when she’s taken captive again by a massive, overbearing alien warrior, she comes out with fists blazing. Too bad her new captor is about as wicked and delicious as they come…nipple piercings, scars, and all.

Devix was once a proud warrior of Luxiria—impossibly strong, universally feared, and full of carnal lusts and desires befitting his race. Until he was exiled, punished for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, working as a ruthless mercenary in the Quadrants, his final job is delivering a feisty human pleasure mate to his employer. But when he realizes the female is his fated mate, with her lush curves and sharp tongue, he risks everything to keep her.

Trapped on a small spaceship and alone with an alien who awakens her darkest lusts, Cara begins to realize her strange attraction to her captor might be the least of her problems…especially with vengeful aliens hot on their tail.

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jexJEX (WERE DRAGONS OF TUVISO) by Maia Starr

Hannah Maven is in a crisis! Her twin sister Helen was abducted by the Clenok
cyborgs while on a supply mission and no one will volunteer to help Helen bring her
sister home. So when strong aliens known as the Veruka show up unexpectedly she
knows that these strong weredragon soldiers are the key to bringing her sister
home. But what Captain Jex Kailen asks for in return is absolutely inappropriate!

Captain Jex Kailen will do as his King ordered. He will go on a mission to spread the
virus that can bring down the Clenok cyborgs. But while he is on this mission he
might as well undergo his own mission – find a human female to mate with. Mating
with a human female will protect him from the Blackness plague that is making the
rounds and killing Veruka. ..(much more)…

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rawnRAWN (DRAGONS OF THE UNIVERSE BOOK 2) by Bonnie Burrows

Dragon Super Knight, Sir Rawn, had been genetically enhanced to make him stronger, smarter and SEXIER than any dragon that had ever walked on to the planet of Lacerta before.

However, in all his time as the number one weredragon bachelor in the universe he never found a mate.

And time was ticking.

Rawn’s super genes were beginning to deteriorate and the only woman that could help him to survive was Joanna Way.

But whilst Joanna wanted to keep their relationship strictly professional, Rawn was more interested in making her the mate he had been searching for all of his life.

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coramCORAM (PLANET OF DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Bonnie Burrows

With a strong jaw and chiseled abs, WereDragon Coram was impossibly attractive.

And he knew it.

So when he joined cute and curvy Leanna Shire on a mission to the planet of Lacerta he immediately sensed her attraction for him.

With one eye on the task at hand, Coram was never going to pass up the chance to sleep with an attractive human woman.

However, the consequences of his actions would be both a surprise and a SHOCK for the most handsome weredragon in the universe.

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touch of iceTOUCH OF ICE (DAWN OF DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Mary Auclair

When Endora is faced with her daughter’s terminal illness, she takes the only chance she’s got. She braves the potential risks and signs a mating contract with the Delradon Draekon Lords, intent on using the payment to buy the aliens’ cure to save her daughter’s life.

Lord Aldric Darragon rules over his land with an iron fist until one day the only woman who is genetically compatible with him agrees to his offer of mating. As his all-consuming passion for Endora explodes, an ancient threat looms heavy over humans and Delradons alike. With the lives of everyone he cares about hanging in the balance, Aldric has to fight the demons of his past if he wants to defeat the enemies of the present.

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aeon warAEON WAR (SENSUAL ABDUCTION SERIES BOOK 3) by Amelia Wilson

Sarah is from Earth, but she hasn’t been there for months. She’s found a friend and lover in Gar, and handsome Zaytarian who has helped her out of more scrapes and dangerous situations than she can remember.

The Aeon’s are a psychic race of aliens who thrive on domination and driving other species to extinction, and they have their sights set on the Zaytarian’s. The only hope Gar and his people have is a small crystal Sarah has worn around her neck since childhood, a gift from her Geologist father. The crystal is the key to a doomsday weapon, one the Aeon’s hope to use soon. But under Sarah’s guidance, the key might be able to destroy the weapon, and the threat of Aeon rule for good.

Will Sarah and Gar reach the weapon in time? Can anything stop the Aeon threat? And when it’s all over, is Sarah ever going to be able to leave the alien she’s fallen for, and return to Earth so she can lead a normal life?

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shalias diary book 12SHALIA’S DIARY BOOK 12 by Tracy St John

n the final, definitive chapter of Shalia’s adventure, she faces her greatest challenge of all…a danger that threatens life and soul.

Shalia’s happily-ever-after is in full swing, and life couldn’t be better. Fulfilled in career, success, and love, she imagines the dark days are behind her. Then a message arrives, a message that could have come from only one man. Despite the combined resources of Shalia’s protective clan and Kalquor’s best law enforcement, there is no guarantee she and her infant daughter Anrel will come out all right in the end.

Shalia has readied for this moment, but she’s still taken by surprise when her past nemesis shows up to steal her happy ending. Love and affection denied turns into violence and hatred…both for Shalia and the enemy who would destroy everything in his obsessive need to possess her.

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accelerating universeACCELERATING UNIVERSE by Nicola Claire

Fleeing from a past that almost killed her and a present that promises she’ll only burn, pay-for-passage passenger Ana Kereama boards the Sector Two lead vessel Pavo with only survival in mind.

What she finds is a reason to live, and it has nothing to do with New Earth.

Teaming up with the sexy and commanding Captain John Jameson to protect those on board their ship, Ana fights not only for her vessel’s survival but the intelligent being emerging within its gel coated walls.

Love and trust are born amongst the stars and plasma fire, but is it possible for a captain to be involved with a second lieutenant?

And can any of them hope to survive the treacherous voyage unscathed?

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kovosTHE ALIEN PRINCE: KOVOS (CLANS OF THE ENNOI BOOK 2) by Delia Roan

Prince Kovos of the Ennoi knows a loveless, but politically advantageous marriage will end the decades of bloodshed his people have endured. Kovos’s plans for peace go awry when a human woman interrupts his betrothal ceremony – by declaring she’s already his Bonded mate! At the sight of her enticing beauty, logic leaves Kovos. He can’t focus on petty diplomacy or his boring duties when all he wants to do is claim what is his.

Years ago, Kovos saved nine-year-old Jenna Harlock from human trafficking mercenaries. By re-entering his life, she jeopardizes his fragile peace accord. Despite her fear of aliens, Jenna’s childhood crush blooms into something she ran from her whole life: love. But she can’t give her heart to Kovos. His enemies have her sister. If Jenna doesn’t assassinate the prince, her sister dies.

Jenna has to trust her alien prince if they are to have any hope of unraveling the sinister plot threatening everything Kovos has built. If they fail, they will lose more than just their happiness – they’ll lose their lives.

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stellar affairSTELLAR AFFAIR by Laurel Richards

VS Note: I don’t normally cover reissues here but I like her writing and she states this has been revised and re-edited since Samhain originally published it. On my TBR list, since I missed it the first time around.

As two groups of human colonists fight over territory, Ardra is caught in the middle. She is captured by Roimiran soldiers who are convinced she has been programmed with Tetch military intelligence. They turn her over to Jackson Deimos, a telepath trained in interrogation. He’s very good at slipping in and out of other people’s memories, but he isn’t prepared for Ardra. Although it’s his duty to break her and find out what information she’s carrying, he finds it impossible not to fall for the beautiful captive. Jack begins to question his loyalties, while Ardra confronts the fact that the life she remembers might be a lie. Will their attraction save them or tear them apart?

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rika triumphantRIKA TRIUMPHANT: A TALE OF MERCENARIES, CYBORGS AND MECHANIZED INFANTRY (AEON 14, RIKA’S MARAUDERS BOOK 3) by M D Cooper

VS Note: NOT romance as far as I know but seems to be a series with a very kickass heroine.

* Survive war with Nietzschea – CHECK
* Deal with trauma of being sold at auction – CHECK
* Stop an assassination – CHECK
* Conquer the discipline chip in her head – CHECK
* Topple the Politica – CHECK
* Save the woman who once saved her – CHECK

Rika’s demons have been put to rest, and she’s been given command of a new company within the Marauders. A company composed entirely of mechs…

* Deliver unprecedented levels of ass kicking to Nietzschean Empire – COMMENCING

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lady in the towerLADY IN THE TOWER (RAPUNZEL TANGLED TALES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Rose

Rapunzel de Bar is one of seven siblings cursed by the evil witch, Hecuba. She has been kidnapped by the old woman and kept in a tower that has one window and no doors. When she tires of waiting for her brothers to rescue her, Rapunzel decides to escape on her own.

One stormy night while the witch is away, Rapunzel uses her braid to lower herself out the tower window. She cuts her braid and falls atop a rider passing by below.

Marco Drago del Rossi III is on the tail of a man he’s been chasing when a woman drops from the sky and knocks him off his horse. She is beautiful, but he is furious that now he’s lost his bounty as well as his steed. The woman asks for his help to escape her prison, but her curse and an old witch make the matter complicated.

Can a Dragon Lord in training and a cursed lady find love amongst all the turmoil that magic has placed in their lives? And is escape even an option for Rapunzel with a curse so dark that Marco is forced to push his past aside and risk everything for the girl he loves?

Love knows no bounds, and sometimes a prison is not physical . . . but self-made.

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knight magicKNIGHT MAGIC (OTHERWORLD) by Yasmine Galenorn

Camille journeys to Otherworld on a quest to find the last member of the Keraastar Knights. There, she must face one of the ancient Fae Lords who stands between her and the key to fulfilling her destiny. And there, she also discovers that her past has come full circle to meet her future.

This novelette takes place between Moon Shimmers, book 19 of the Otherworld Series, and the upcoming Harvest Song, book 20.

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watcher untetheredWATCHER UNTETHERED: DARK ANGELS PARANORMAL ROMANCE (WATCHERS OF THE GRAY BOOK 1) by J L Madore

n the shadowed streets of Toronto, there exists a garrison of soldiers like no other—nine immortal warriors, half-Archangel/half-human, living unknown amongst the city, defending humanity from the Daemons of the Hell realm.

Wounded in battle, Zander wakes in a daemon feeding ground, bound to a human female. The origins of the restraints are unknown, the woman – Austin – a risk for Otherworld exposure. In the midst of human corpses, and with relationships punishable by death, Austin tempts a part of him he’s locked down his entire existence. His beast, however, the part of him that consumes every dark soul he’s ever dispatched, pulls at its tether, fighting to claim what can never be.

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custodianCUSTODIAN (ELEMENTAL PALADINS BOOK 5) by Montana Ash

Max has finally found everything she never dared dream of; family, friends, and love with a man who does terrifying things to her independence. She has more to lose than ever before. With lines being drawn in the sand and sides being chosen, the future from her nightmares seems set in motion. Max is terrified – feeling the weight of her Order’s lives on her shoulders. But she’s also resolute, because she’s calling do-over on their entire society!

Ryker had been a miserable bastard for years before Max stumbled into his life and turned his whole world upside down. Months ago, she arrived and offered him everything he swore he would never want or need. Now there was no question; he was blissfully whipped. But who would have thought that winning Max’s heart wasn’t the real fight?

With the rot at the centre of their society uncovered and the hidden threat identified, Max and Ryker must unite all – wardens, paladins, rangers, and chades – if they are to defeat their common enemy.

But hey, with a Goddess on their side, how hard can it be?

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greek fireGREEK FIRE (THE GUARDIANS BOOK 2) by S Lawrence

Emma Connolly, just wanted to see her best friend get married. Instead, she wakes up locked in a cell. Taken by an evil Order, with one goal, steal the power of the gods. She had meant to surprise Aislin and that means no one is looking for her. She is thrown into a world of magic, myths, and ancient beings. As she fights for her freedom, she meets someone determined to get his revenge.

She is the key to his revenge.

Jason, is a science project, a guardian created by the gods to search and destroy. He loves Aislin and vows to find Emma. The girl with the beautiful voice, in it he hears things he has never dared to dream of. Cursed by someone who hates him, someone he knew nothing about, he is locked inside himself.

Thousands of years ago the Fates foretold Jason’s destiny.

She is his key.

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men of the north seducerTHE SEDUCER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 4) by Elin Peer

Chosen to be a priestess from childhood, Athena knows everything about aligning her energy with the universe and spreading hope, healing, and wisdom to people. But her inner balance is disturbed when Finn shows up on her doorstep.

The large, annoyingly flirtatious man kept her imprisoned in the past and now demands she lift the spell she cast on him. Rather than explain to him that the spell wasn’t real, Athena sees her chance of teaching him a lesson in karma and makes demands of her own. Finn will allow her full power over him for five full days or live with the curse forever.

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through a dark glassTHROUGH A DARK GLASS (A DARK GLASS NOVEL) by Barb Hendee

VS Note: May be a bit YA and from reviews the romance isn’t the central point here but I thought it sounded fascinating. Put it on my TBR.

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord’s three sons she weds:

~ Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?

~ Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?

~ Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed .

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spiritedSPIRITED: A REVERSE HAREM FANTASY ROMANCE (THE ACADEMY OF SPIRITS AND SHADOWS BOOK 1) BY C M Stunich

Brynn of Haversey is a spirit whisperer—a person blessed with the ability to see and speak to the dead. In the country of Amerin, she’s one of a select few with magical gifts known as whisperers.

Every year, the Royal College accepts a small number of new students, all magically inclined, all whisperers. Competition is brutal and the classes, nearly impossible to pass for a half-breed angel with two left feet and a massive pair of black feathered wings.

Oh, and especially if she brings her six ghostly boyfriends with her to the academy (including the recently deceased crown prince, a master thief hanged for his crimes, and a former student of the Royal College). What kind of spirit whisperer is Brynn of Haversey if she can’t exorcise her own soulmates? But Brynn isn’t attending the most prestigious academy in the world to become a better exorcist—she’s searching for a way to bring her lovers back to life.

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alpha of dragonsELIZABETH, ALPHA OF DRAGONS (RH FATED ALPHA BOOK 4) by Ava Mason

Elizabeth prepares to win her dragons. Finally. She vows to wrest her men from Sophia’s clutches even if it means battling one of the strongest dragons of the race. Even if she must fight as a human.

Sophia has left her no choice.

The battle lines are drawn.

During her preparations, her protective shifters desperately search for any weaknesses to shift the balance of power in Elizabeth’s favor. What they discover may be the darkest secret of them all.

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markoMARKO (SKIN WALKERS BOOK 16) by Susan Bliler

VS Note: From December

Thea Kinsey is pregnant with a Skin Walker child and on the run. Worse, how does she explain to the father that she shot him by accident? There’ll be no explaining. He’s vowed retribution and Thea has no choice but to run fast and hard to keep from being caught.

Marko Storm is as messed up as they come. Having been captured by Skin Walker enemies years ago, he’s never been able to fully control his shifts or abilities. Things get even worse when Thea’s injected with some strange drug that has him unable to resist her. When Thea disappears from the Estate, Marko goes on the hunt, and when he finds Thea, the affliction hits with a powerful blast that’s almost as painful as the bullet she shoots into him. Thea doesn’t know that since their coupling, Marko’s completely lost the ability to shift, but that won’t keep him from hunting her. He knows she’s carrying his baby and once he finds Thea, he plans to capture and to keep.

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dark sideDARK SIDE (SHIFTING CROSSROADS BOOK 46) by Zenina Masters

Elly’s exposure as a half-fey was a shock to all around her. Her attempts to hide her ears and the change in her reality were foiled by class bullies. The next thing she knew she was being whisked away to a private school that catered exclusively to the half-breeds left behind by fey who travelled in the human world. On her first day at the school, she learns what she is and what kind of magic runs in her family. It will take a while before she actually meets her family.

Years later, she has completed her training, and she has not only learned what she is capable of, but she has learned what she can withstand and her personal strengths. She will need them all as she goes from being a master musician to the court’s main entertainment. After five more years, she is sent out on loan to the Crossroads, but leaving the court is dangerous. Five years’ worth of cursed nightmares are following Elly, and she will be lucky to make it out alive.

Eric is in charge of the nightmares and their discharge of their duties. A clerical anomaly points him in the direction of the Crossroads, and it is a point of honour that he will keep Elenora alive. He will hold her hand through the terror and help her to the other side. Perhaps then, they can grab a burger.

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dark glitterDARK GLITTER: A DARK FAE REVERSE HAREM ROMANCE (THE WILD HUNT MOTORCYCLE CLUB BOOK 1) by C M Stunich and Tate James

Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.

Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.

When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

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spirits and spellsSPIRITS AND SPELLS (WARLOCKS MACGREGOR BOOK 5) by Michelle M Pillow

Charlotte Carver is going insane—suffering with everything from memory loss, to hallucinations, to phantom conversations she can’t recall having. Something tells her it’s not a coincidence that it all started when the MacGregor family moved to town, and the one person who knows what’s going on is the last person Charlotte would ask for help. Her new landlord, Niall MacGregor, is not the most approachable man but that hasn’t stopped the brooding Scottish biker from invading her dreams.

Motorcycle riding werewolf, Niall MacGregor is the longtime supernatural enforcer for his warlock family. He has regretted more than a few things he’s done in the name of duty, but taking Charlotte’s memories is the biggest. It was necessary, to both protect the family and save Charlotte’s sanity. But the intimate glimpse into her mind has only made him want things he can never have—including the gorgeous, brave woman herself.

When luck finds Charlotte’s memories returning, her attraction to Niall explodes, thrusting her into a magickal world. There is little time to adjust as another of Niall’s past regrets has come back to threaten everything they hold dear.

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fallen for shameFALLEN FOR SHAME (THE GLACIAL BLOOD BOOK 3) by Anna Edwards

Teagan Holland left her old pack under a cloud of prejudice. Her breed, an Asiatic wild dog, considered nothing but vermin. But as the Glacial Blood Pack are about to find out she is one the kindest people they will ever meet. The accident prone dog also has a strength within her that will be needed to help stave off the now homeless Nuka Lincoln’s attempts at revenge. Will she regret taking this job?

Tyler Quinn has been a fighter for the pack since he was eighteen. He is mysterious, and nobody knows that much about why he joined them. All they do know is that he is a fantastic cook and a bit of a computer geek. Behind the man he portrays is a secret that threatens to send him on a path that he thought he had left behind. Will the white powder be his downfall?

Fallen for Shame is the third book in the highly recommended Glacial Blood Series by the author Anna Edwards. It is set in a paranormal world full of drama, suspense and great love affairs. Plus it features a secret that must never be told for fear of the consequences.

A family isn’t always blood; it’s the people that accept you for who you are.

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judgment roadJUDGMENT ROAD (TORPEDO INK) by Christine Feehan

VS Note: I LOVED the original Sea Haven series, with the seven Drake sisters. I got lost about halfway through the related follow-on series Sea Haven – Sisters of the Heart. I can only take so much Russian mob type violence and Prakenski siblings showing up one after the other (if you’ve read the books, you’ll probably know what I mean) etc. Although I will say WATER BOUND, book 1 in that series, is still a favorite of mine, very different. I loved that one. But so, I’ll probably give this new series a try. It’s on my TBR anyway…

As the enforcer of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club, Reaper lives for riding and fighting. He’s a stone-cold killer who turns his wrath on those who deserve it. Feelings are a weakness he can’t afford–until a gorgeous bartender gets under his skin…

Near Sea Haven, the small town of Caspar has given Anya Rafferty a new lease on life. And she’s desperate to hold on to her job at the biker bar, even if the scariest member of the club seems to have it out for her. But Reaper’s imposing presence and smoldering looks just ratchet up the heat.

Anya’s touch is everything Reaper doesn’t want–and it brands him to the bone. But when her secrets catch up to her, Reaper will have to choose between Anya and his club–his heart and his soul.

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texas shifters mateTHE TEXAS SHIFTER’S MATE by Karen Whiddon

When Zach Cantrell’s mermaid sister disappears, he goes looking for answers. What he finds instead is Shayla Dover, a mermaid princess moonlighting as a paranormal investigator. Even for a mermaid, she’s mesmerizingly gorgeous… Not that it should matter to Zach. His marriage has already been arranged. Shayla has her own reasons to keep her distance from this sexy shifter.

But, after an attack on Shayla’s life, their undeniable attraction quickly grows into something much deeper. Soon they find themselves pitted in a race against time amid a sea of lies, betrayal and an enemy that threatens them both.

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claimed in shadowsCLAIMED IN SHADOWS: THE MIDNIGHT BREED SERIES BOOK 15 by Lara Adrian

As the son of a formidable Breed warrior, Aric Chase has been devoted to the Order all his life. With his training completed, all he needs is one successful mission before he can join the fight to destroy the Order’s chief nemesis, Opus Nostrum. His rare ability to daywalk lands Aric an assignment in Montreal, where he learns he’s to be teamed with another new recruit, a beautiful, but tough-as-nails Breedmate named Kaya Laurent.

Independent and driven, Kaya wants nothing more than to become a full-fledged member of the Order. Having grown up in squalor and neglect on the streets of Montreal, she longs for the close-knit family she’s found during her training to be a warrior. Eager to prove herself, she is thrilled to be given the chance at a key operation—even if she must share the mission with an arrogant, far-too-seductive Breed male who’s practically Order royalty.

Their unwanted partnership soon erupts into a desire neither of them can resist. But when Kaya’s past reaches out from the shadows to call her back, she must decide between protecting a dark alliance that could shatter her dreams of joining the team and a truth that could not only forfeit Aric’s faith in her, but bring the enemy right to the Order’s door.

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crush jayelleCRUSH (ELEMENTAL HEARTS BOOK 3) by Jayelle Morgan

For Micah, an Earth Elemental, there is too much noise, too much chaos down in the mortal world. He prefers solitude. This mission in the mountains is perfect for him, until a lovely human prospector shows up, and now he can’t stay away. He must guard the enemy portal while trying to keep her safe, and trying to keep his hands off her. Because each encounter, each touch, awakens urges he’s been denying for decades. But she knows nothing of his kind, the enemy that threatens to destroy the world, or the powers in her own blood.

Jade McNally will never fall for a mining partner again, especially not while she’s working herself to the bone trying to mine enough gemstones to pay for her mother’s care. She doesn’t have time to notice the huge muscles, sexy tattoos, or tender heart of the quiet man she’s hired to keep away claim jumpers. She notices anyway, and the closer she gets to her mysterious security guard, the more she realizes he has secrets; big ones.
However, it turns out the most earth-shattering secret could be inside her.

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the defiantTHE DEFIANT (VALIANT) by Leslie Livingston

VS Note: OK, maybe not a romance but hey who can skip that cover, plus gladiatrixes, Amazons…ancient Rome…

Be brave, gladiatrix… And be wary. Once you win Caesar’s love, you’ll earn his enemies’ hate.

Fallon was warned.

Now she is about to pay the price for winning the love of the Roman people as Caesar’s victorious gladiatrix.

In this highly anticipated sequel to THE VALIANT, Fallon and her warrior sisters find themselves thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon’s heart – and her love for Roman soldier Cai – but the very heart of the ancient Roman Empire.

When dark treachery and vicious power struggles threaten her hard-won freedom, the only thing that might help the girl known as Victrix save herself and her sisters is a tribe of long-forgotten mythic Amazon warriors.

The only trouble is, they might just kill her themselves first.

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My own DANGER IN THE STARS is still on sale for $.99! A standalone book in my alien empath series…the newest release in the series was THE FATED STARS, by the way.

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

January 3

December 27

December 20

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

More Creatures On The Way Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Aydarr (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

Continuing on directly from last week’s excerpt. A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

Jill moved along the pit wall as the man and the beast fought. Mud dripped from the sloping side of the hole. Resting her palm on the damp dirt, she felt vibrations. There’s another one tunneling towards us. No matter how brave and strong this guy was, he couldn’t defeat two of the animals. Frantically, she searched for more rocks, trying to pry a likely candidate out of the wall with her fingernails.

                “Incoming – there’s another one about to pop out of the wall,” she yelled. Hefting the rock she’d dug from the muck, she took a few steps forward, waited for the right moment and threw the stone at the first beast’s remaining eye, striking a glancing blow on the brow ridge above the glowing orb. The warrior took advantage of the animal’s distraction to open more gaping wounds along its upper body with the lethal claws he bore.

Something in the rapidly rising water brushed against her leg. She jumped sideways, but not fast enough.

The book blurb:  

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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And a sale running over at Carol Van Natta’s website which includes my DANGER IN THE STARS for $.99, as well as a book from Anna Hackett, one from Ruby Lionsdrake and more!

 

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 17

degrees of separationAs 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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DEGREES OF SEPARATION (ADVENTURES IN THE LIADEN UNIVERSE BOOK 27) by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

Life. Luck. Love. Lowport.

Life, so the wags tell us, is what happens while we’re making other plans.

Luck. . .or, as some have it, chance. . .Luck is what makes Life interesting; introducing spicy bits of chaos – good, bad, and neutral. Without Luck, there is no savor – no adventure – in Life.

Love. Ah, Love. The yeast of Life, Love expands our horizons, deepens our understanding, and opens our eyes. Love makes us daring.

And Lowport? Lowport tries and tests Life, and Luck. And, most especially, Love.

So here is small tale of Lives in progress, plans made and altered – and altered again. A tale of bread, and Luck, and Love . . . and Lowport.

We start with two people – a baker, Don Eyr; Serana, a captain of the Watch. Two people who have not much in common, until Luck brings them together, and they see each other.

What, you say? There are no adventures here?

Are you certain? Remember that Luck is involved.

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alien alphasALIEN ALPHAS by Various including Cynthia Sax!

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this boxed set 🙂

Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.

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vanishedVANISHED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 21 by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I really enjoy her books – she mixes detailed worldbuilding with some really steamy scenes and lots of romance. This went onto my TBR for sure.

Harper Wilde is sitting on the beach, minding her own business when a huge, muscular Kindred warrior with black hair and blazing white eyes demands that she accompany him into the future. Harper has no choice–she is dragged against her will into a dystopian nightmare–the world as it might become if something isn’t changed.

And that something that needs changing is Harper herself.

As a ten’sora, she is of special interest to the Hive, an insectile race of beings bent on taking over the Earth. By using her, they can conquer both the Mother Ship and the human race. Unless Harper is altered so the Hive cannot make use of her, the grim future she finds herself in will become reality.

Shad is a Shadow Twin–a Kindred male destined always to walk alone with very little chance of forming a bond with a female. Yet, he alone is able to make use of the looper–a time travel device which allows him to move back and forth between the past and the future to try and save Harper. Falling in love with her isn’t part of the plan but the big Kindred can’t help himself. But he knows he must put his feelings aside and do what is necessary to change the past…unless he wants the future to Vanish forever.

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vengeanceVENGEANCE (WARSHIPS OF THE SPIRE BOOK 1) by Lisa Blackwood and S M Schmitz

When rogue AIs steal everything that matters most, the only thing left is vengeance.

As the flagship of the Spire Empire, Vengeance is a legendary AI whose broken heart has proven his greatest battle yet. But his new telepathic link, a little girl named Hayley, finally teaches him to love again—until rogue AIs attack her planet and level her home in a storm of fire and destruction. Vengeance is left with only one hope in his potentially immortal existence: the chance to avenge his innocent link.

Twenty years later, a young engineer joins his crew, and he’s inextricably drawn to her. But the closer he tries to get to her, the harder she pushes him away. Olivia Hawthorne risks everything—her friendship with her telepathic sisters and even her life—to assume a new identity so she can serve aboard Vengeance. After suffering at the hands of rogue AIs, she should be wary of trusting one again, even her old friend. And yet, she can’t seem to stay away from him. But when rogues raid Spire colonies, Vengeance and Liv must learn to overcome the fears shackling them to the past. Because if they want to survive, they’ll have to seek vengeance together.

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muttMUTT (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Naomi Lucas

Clara was confused when she encountered the sign outside the Cyborg breeding facility. She wanted a child and nothing would stand in her way. But she didn’t heed the sign’s warning—she had more important things on her mind—and once she understood, it was too late. Her heart was already on the line.

Reid was the ultimate protector, the perfect bodyguard, his loyalty embedded in his DNA. The animal his creators chose for him was a favorite, a downright blessing, and an ongoing nightmare. He found the perfect reprieve after the Great Galactic War: Division Head of the last Cyborg breeding facility on Earth. The empty halls offered more than silence—they offered him sanctuary.

Territory.

When a woman walked through his door, begged to join the program, and wouldn’t take no for an answer, her delicate features and desperation awakened a behavior that had long lain dormant—his need to claim.

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heirTHE HEIR (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Jessie Donovan

Twenty-three years ago, Azalyn Rippak Sulani had the misfortune of falling in love with a prince. It wasn’t long before she was chased away and forced to live a quiet life, working for a merchant family and trying her best to start over. However, after a group of aliens kidnap her and knock her unconscious, Azalyn wakes up in the Kelderan palace and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart. Because of certain circumstances, she has no choice but to stay in the palace. But to protect her heart and those she loves, she’s determined to find ways to resist the powerful prince and his secrets.

Prince Keltor tro el Vallen is heir to the Kelderan throne and must put duty above all else. Social connections, especially those with love involved, are dangerous. So when the only female who ever treated him as a man instead of a prince comes storming back into his life, it takes everything Keltor has to keep his distance and resist the lively, straightforward woman. Otherwise, he might start to wish for what he can’t have.

As Keltor and Azalyn start to realize that they fit better together now than in the past, they face a bigger problem. Namely, if a prince marries a commoner, there could be war. Can they find a way to recapture their love and start over? Or, will Keltor’s duty to Keldera trump all?

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solar stormSOLAR STORM by Mina Carter

A decade after her rich-girl life fell apart, Devin’s a changed woman—her name, her face, and her attitude. Fast-talking, and as hard-as-nails as any sailor, she navigates the most dangerous solar roads in the universe. Times are tough, but she gets the job done. Always. The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor she has no choice. The law of the roads demands she rescue him… even if he is the last man in the universe she ever wanted to see again. The husband she fell for, but ran from before their wedding night…

Kelwin Sayeed is a super-soldier without a war and with money to burn. His latest and most ambitious project, the solar flyer Artemis, was supposed to prove him worthy of the famously reclusive Solar Sailors, but instead a catastrophic computer failure has him at the mercy of the most hazardous road of all;…(much more)…
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alien explosionsALIEN EXPLOSIONS (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 12) by Sadie Carter

Humans were inferior and troublesome creatures, and unlike his fellow warriors, Moroco had no intention of ever mating one.
Trust a female again? Never. Not when he knew how easily they could betray you.
So why did he care so much about a certain prickly, irritating female who seemed to take great delight in rousing his temper?
And his need.

Saffron hadn’t come to Zerconia to find a mate among these overbearing, overprotective aliens. All she cared about was keeping her sister safe, and now that Sophie had found her mate, well, it was probably time to leave.
Except, she couldn’t leave without seeing Moroco once more.

If only to tell him exactly what she thought of him. Only problem was she didn’t know whether she was going to tell him that she disliked him…Or desired him.

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jennifer and the alien badassJENNIFER AND THE ALIEN BADASS (INTERGALACTIC BRIDES 15) by Jessica Coulter Smith

Jennifer Montgomery has never needed anyone in her life except her daughter. A single mom of a now eighteen year old, her entire life has revolved around Lila. But when Lila goes missing, Jennifer is devastated and determines to do whatever it takes to find her. She just never expected her search to lead her to the Terran Station and their bride program. Or to learn that her daughter isn’t who Jennifer thought she was.

Siril, Captain of the Herack, is revered on his world for his tireless pursuit of the space pirates infesting the galaxy. The best of the best, as they say. If killing people were an art, he’d be da Vinci. But all the blood is starting to wear on him. There are only so many heads you can lop off before it grows old. At fifty, he’s ready for a break, but when he agreed to a vacation on Earth, he never expected to meet his perfect match, someone he’d decided didn’t exist. Who would ever want a battered and broken old warrior like him? But Jennifer is fierce, sexy as hell, and he wants to make her his.

As the two come together, and sparks become a blazing inferno, Jennifer realizes that maybe it’s okay to live her life and do something completely selfish — like fall in love.

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the dragons heroTHE DRAGON’S HERO (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 6) by Pearl Foxx

Kinyi has trained her entire life to be the strongest, most lethal rider on Kladuu. She’s ready to soar through the skies on the back of a shifted Draqon. The only problem is that all the unmated males are intimidated by her and she refuses to be bound to a man who isn’t her equal. When she’s sent to a crumbling Earth to track down the White Horn and bring him home to fight, she thinks it’s a fool’s errand—until she comes face to face with the legend himself.

Tane spends his life running from the myth of the White Horn. On Earth, he’s known as Tane, the manager of an underground cyborg fight club. But when a beautiful Draqon female from the other side of the universe hunts him down and demands he save Kladuu from a war with the humans, he’s forced to confront his true nature to save his people.

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nabvanNABVAN (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

Alexis Fisher wanted to work for NASA, but she wasn’t treated as an equal due
to her young age and gender. In a desperate act of defiance, she became a mail
order bride for an alien species. On Arkani, a peaceful planet, there might have
been a chance to show her scientific skills. All bets were off when her spaceship
was captured by the warriors of Milisaria and the king chose her as a mate.

Nabvan was the king’s second in command. He felt dishonored by the king’s order
to act as a simple guard for the human female. Humans only interested him as
allies in war. But, this one began to get under his skin. She withstood cruelty and
pain in order to uphold her self-respect. In doing so, she gained his as well.

Alexis didn’t want to marry the king. He had far too many concubines already.
Her defiance brought out King Shene’s cruel side. He had her beaten and starved.
Nabvan couldn’t afford to show his displeasure to the king, but he also couldn’t
allow the human to suffer.

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zorans touchTHE ZORAN’S TOUCH by Luna Hunter

Miah Dorsey spends her days slaving away for the Onyx Corporation. She’s trying to put her sister through college, and to do that, she desperately needs a promotion. Instead, she’s transferred to a desolate, ice-covered planet. Her day goes from bad to worse when her transport ship is attacked and crashes on an alien planet. The only other survivor? An arrogant, imposing, emerald-green alien warrior.

Beast is an extremely dangerous Zoran alpha warrior. The only thing he hates more than humans is humans who work for Onyx. Until he meets Miah. Never before has he met a human like her. Her shapely curves drive him mad with lust, and her defiant attitude humors the growly warrior.

Stranded on an alien planet, the two enemies have to rely on each other to survive. Will Beast be the protector Miah needs? Or will he give into temptation?

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captive betaniaTHE CAPTIVE (BETANIA BREED BOOK 1) by Jenny Foster

His name is Khazaar Drasurq. He’s unlike any man she’s known. He is dangerous. He is unpredictable.

To Cassie, he is the most desirable man she’s ever laid eyes on.

For the mighty Khazaar, on the other hand, the Earth women exists only to secure the survival of his race. She is a small cog in the big plan the merciless Alien Lord is following.

As Cassie is thrown into his dangerous world, she soon comes to understand just how desperately she needs something only he can give her – his protection.

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thraxTHRAX (DRAGONS OF THE UNVERSE BOOK 1) BY Bonnie Burrows

Dragon Knight Sir Thrax was one of the finest males on the planet of Lacerta.

In fact he was PERFECT.  So perfect that demand to be his mate was so high that entering into a lottery was the only way to decide which lucky woman would bear his babies.

That lucky woman was Agena Morrow. However, Agena was set to get more than she bargained for. Especially when it became apparent that whilst Thrax was happy to participate in the act of making a baby, he had no true intention of ever producing one.

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karakKARAK CONTACT (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

A mysterious satellite crash. A late-night car accident. And a stranger who looks shockingly identical to the man on the front of Joanna’s book.

After hitting Eric with her truck in the middle of the Wyoming wilderness, Joanna has no choice but to take him back to her cabin. But his wounds heal suspiciously fast, and she begins to suspect his concussion is covering up some deeper secret.

She never would have guessed the truth.

When she discovers the man she’s taken to bed is actually Arix, a shapeshifter alien from the Karak Dominion of Planets, it’s all she can do not to run away in terror. But UFO hunters who witnessed the spacecraft crash begin snooping around her cabin, forcing Joanna and Arix to find a solution that keeps them both safe—which leads to them making an impossible, and downright crazy, decision.

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conspiracy of whispersA CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS by Ada Harper

For Olivia Shaw, the danger of her assignments as a deadly Whisper agent is matched only by that of her hidden status: Liv is one of the caricae, extremely rare women capable of bearing children and therefore controlled by the Syndicate’s government. When her handler sends her into the Quillian Empire, her mission is complicated by stumbling upon a kidnapping in progress.

Liv is drawn deep into political upheaval when her hostage is revealed to be the infamous Red Wolf, Galen De Corvus, brother of the Quillian Empress. Worse yet, he is an altus, more sensitive than most to the pheromones of caricae. If he realizes what she is, he could expose her secret to either government and doom her to a life as breeding stock.

Quillian nobleman turned operative Galen never planned to involve himself with a citizen of the cold, cruel Syn, but Olivia entices him more than she should. As they work together to protect his royal sister from a violent coup, the passionate bond between them proves to be more than mere biology. And Liv must decide if that bond is worth dropping her guard for both an enemy and an altus.

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serengeti valorSERENGETI VALOR: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 5 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti

Ruthless, devious, and ambitious, Lucius Mercio has elevated the Serengeti Group to the third wealthiest cartel in the Twelve Systems, cementing his place among the twelve most powerful members of the ruling warrior class. With Lucius’ rise, his enemies increase in both number and subtlety. Few will dare to attack Lucius directly, instead they will move in secret, targeting the most vulnerable aspects of his empire including his disgraced and reviled apprentice, Lilian.

As Lilian begins the third and final year of her trial by ordeal, she is more determined than ever to survive and repay Lucius’ protection and trust with loyalty and diligence. Expecting only the meager assignments reserved for apprentices, Lilian was stunned to receive the conservatorship of a valuable Vistrite Crevasse—an honor reserved for proven and trusted warriors. When a lethal disaster strikes Desperation Mine and Refinery and imperils Lilian’s conservatorship, hidden adversaries seize the opportunity to plot the downfall of Serengeti.

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crush thisCRUSH THIS (300 MOONS #7) by Tasha Black

Lucy Wren is a junior director at Glacier City’s premiere casting firm. She spends her days teasing brilliant performances out of the actors she auditions. And she spends her nights fantasizing about her mentor, tall, dark and handsome Adrian Harkness.

When a business trip leaves the two of them in closer quarters than planned, Adrian’s animal magnetism will put her determination to hide her feelings to the test.

Adrian Harkness has been under a spell that granted him reprieve from shifting into a massive wild panther. But the magic that held his animal in check for 300 moons is lifting on the very weekend he’s accompanying his brilliant young protégé on the casting trip of a lifetime. Lucy is talented, hardworking, stunningly sexy and one hundred percent off-limits. It doesn’t matter that Adrian is half in love with her. Or that he can tell she’s attracted to him too. She’s a young woman. For her it’s just a crush… And the panther doesn’t respect limits. Or believe in crushes.

When things go sideways, will Adrian unleash his panther to protect the woman he loves? Or will violence crush this romance before it can blossom?

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fire in his furyFIRE IN HIS FURY (FIREBLOOD DRAGONS BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon

Just like Rapunzel from the fairy tales, dreamy, romantic Amy lives a hidden life. She’s kept locked away in a tower for her own safety, with her sister as protector. Amy knows it’s for her own good. If a dragon catches her scent, she’ll be carried away and forced to become a drakoni’s mate.

But Amy has a secret – she desperately wants to be stolen. She would love to be rescued from her life of idleness and the thought of a devoted drakoni male charging in and saving her from her boredom sounds perfect to her. Of course, she wants a romantic, loving male who will adore her.

What she gets is Rast.

He’s not kind. Not romantic. Definitely not gentle. But he is utterly and completely obsessed with Amy and he’ll stop at nothing to make the delicate female his.

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kenya callingKENYA CALLING (SHIFTER HUNTERS LTD BOOK 1) by Tori Knightwood

Ryenne Cavanagh is a kick-ass shifter hunter in a world where most shifters are law-abiding, but rogues like to make trouble. Successful in a male-dominated field, Ryenne doesn’t take shit from anyone. Especially not from shifters.

When a rich Kenyan businessman hires Ryenne to protect him and his entire village from a rogue leopard shifter, she soon finds herself the target of the most cunning rogue she’s ever faced. Worse still, her new client forces her into competition against a sexy French shifter hunter with a dangerous secret. She needs to solve the case first or lose her fee. Despite their rivalry, the French hottie is breaking down the protective walls built around her heart since she lost her brother and father.

Will she uncover the identity of the rogue first or lose her heart along with her fee? More importantly, will she bring the rogue to justice before she becomes his next victim?

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wild princeWILD PRINCE (TAKHINI SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Vivian Arend

Wolf shifter Cole Masterson has been waiting impatiently for his future to arrive. The prophecy declared at his birth seems like pure gibberish, but he’s still spent the past thirty-three years trying to prepare for whatever’s coming. When his mate finally arrives, her appearance—on a skidoo stolen from him, no less—triggers a cascade of events he’s not sure he’s ready for.

Dani Neville thought the covert training offered by the leader of an ultra-secret shifter association was her only escape from being stuck forever on an isolated island with her bear-shifter clan. But when her first assignment goes awry, and she ends up being chased through the wilderness by the sexiest, growliest wolf she’s ever met, Dani begins to wonder if her goals were big enough.

Suddenly Cole’s got to deal with the most delectable thief he’s ever had the misfortune to meet—a woman who’s also his fated mate, and years younger than him. Dani’s got to figure out if being a ninja wannabe is her true desire, or if the chance to stay with her growly wolf is worth fighting for. Meanwhile, a prophecy that’s been waiting for years steamrollers them toward their ultimate destiny.

Not everything is as it appears…not even fated love.

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Indulge in a darkly decadent and sinfully sensual world.

A world where vampires are real, rich and hungry, a world where Blood Courtesans satisfy all their needs.

Come, let fangs slip into your throat and awaken you to a whole new life.

A boxed set of BRAND NEW stories in this popular series.

Warning: This isn’t your momma’s vampire romance. It’s not Twilight or the Shade, either. It’s Blood Courtesans: Luxury, fast cars, adventure, whirlwind romance and cold, hard fangs. Got blood?

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for the heart of an outlawFOR THE HEART OF AN OUTLAW (OUTLAW SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by T S Joyce

Karis Dunway is looking for a complete overhaul of her life. On the tail-end of a heartbreak, she makes a desperate move and applies to be a part of a matchmaking program for big predator shifters. Colt seems charming and sweet over messages, but meeting the scar-faced man in person sets Karis’s life on a path she can’t escape from. And the more she gets to know her potential future mate, the more she thinks she doesn’t want to escape. But Colt has a nickname that sends up big red flags. His friends and enemies call him the Warmaker, and pretty soon she will figure out exactly what that means. And it could cost her more than she could’ve ever imagined.

Colton Dorset, aka the Peacemaker, aka the Warmaker, is hunting for something to tame his bear. He’s on a tear sabotaging Trigger’s ranch, and now his options are slim: find someone who can settle him down, or leave the life he has worked so hard to build. But Karis isn’t what he imagined, and on top of that, she is hiding an animal that gets his inner grizzly all riled up, instead of settling him. If he could figure out what kind of shifter she is, he might be able to navigate this new arranged match, but Karis keeps him guessing at every turn. And as life at the ranch spirals out of control, he will have to figure out if her animal is a help, or a huge hindrance.

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lone enforcerLONE ENFORCER (WOLF ENFORCERS BOOK 2) by Jessica Aspen

Armed with her best friend’s last known location, Natalie Fisher heads out into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. When the trail leads to private property, Natalie doesn’t hesitate. But her dangerous search for clues only leads her to a blood soaked piece of land, and a trip down a rocky ravine.
Volunteer pack enforcer and full-time ranch hand, Luca Weylyn has been a loner his entire life. When riding fences he finds Natalie trapped and injured near what could be a murder site–her big brown eyes and determined attitude finally give him a reason to break free from his lonely cowboy’s life. But Natalie is human, and Luca is a wolf shifter. Can there be any future for Luca with a woman if he can never share his secrets?
When Natalie’s insistence on hunting down the truth conflicts with the pack’s needs, will Luca reveal his secrets in order to keep her? Or will the other enforcers insist that Natalie’s life be sacrificed for the good of the pack?

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house of artificeHOUSE OF ARTIFICE (POISONED HOUSES BOOK 2) by Lyn Forester

When political unrest uproots Caitlyn once again, will she be able to find her feet in an ever changing world of intrigue?

Just as Caitlyn begins to dream of a future with Declan, Connor, and Felix, she’s called back to the Lonette Manor to act as proxy for her father. Returned to the gilded cage of her family, Caitlyn attempts to hold her own in a sea of political maneuvering. Floundering and cut off from the support of her guys, she finds herself bereft all over again.

When Caitlyn is presented with choices for her future secretary, she begins to see how complicated life can become. In the Lonette family, the secretary fulfills all of their councillor’s needs, both professional and private. Faced with those trained in seduction, will Caitlyn be able to resist their proposals?

Whispers of her guys ill intentions only furthers her doubts as Caitlyn struggles to choose her path: accept the approved support of her secretary, or continue to fight for the more risky proposition of her guys?

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angel eyesANGEL EYES (THE SOUL SERIES BOOK 1) by D S O’Neill

My name is Ria. Like Leah, but with an R? My life is pretty normal, I guess. I’m a waitress at the one and only Mexican restaurant in my tiny little no-Starbuck’s town, I live in a fairly typical studio apartment, and I people watch at the local bar in my spare time.

Well, I guess normal isn’t quite the right word. After all, normal people can’t control other people’s emotions with just a touch. Tantalizing pleasure, exhilarating joy, even paralyzing fear—I can make you feel it all, or I can take it all away. Drain you of every single emotion.

I try really hard not to, though. Normal, remember?

But things start to go from almost normal to straight-up bizarre when not one, but four insanely gorgeous men stumble into my life. And if you thought I wasn’t normal, these guys have me beat any day.

They aren’t even human.

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open your eyesOPEN YOUR EYES (CHOSEN BY FATE SERIES BOOK 1) by Aspen Winters

Gods are vanishing; their only salvation is bonding to a human soul.

My name is Clara Daniels. I was your average New Yorker with a degree in business and a need for a job. Everything in my life was normal; well, as normal as it could be with an overbearing mother obsessed with the Lord and trying to find me a man. Not to mention, dealing with the many chauvanistic men that dominate the business world of New York.

Then one day, I ran into Fate – literally – and my entire world was changed. Now, my normal is being the human soul for four, overpowering, disturbingly hot gods. Think Zeus, Aries, Hades – see where I’m going with this. Turns out all that mythology was true. Now, I’m the only chance these four gods have to continue to live and soon they’ll become my only chance.

Unfortunately, there’s a group of people that don’t agree with this and I just became their next target.

Can I trust them to protect me? Or will they let me down like so many others before them? Only Fate knows…and she’s not telling.

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reign of ashREIGN OF ASH (THE CHOSEN BOOK 2) by Meg Anne

Kiri Helena Solene thought her trial was over. She was wrong. Prophesied to be the strongest of her kind, Helena is still coming to terms with the depth of her power and what it means to rule.

Unfortunately, there’s little time to learn.

As her soul mate, Von is Helena’s balance. Too bad he’s missing. When he disappears, her tenuous hold on her magic begins to slip. Helena must find Von, and soon, or risk losing control completely.

If only she knew where to look.

A malevolent force has risen; threatening the lives of Helena and those in her Circle. What they don’t realize is that without Von she will become the thing they most fear. How do you choose between the people you’ve vowed to protect and the one person you can’t live without?

How do you choose when there’s no choice at all?

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dragons treasured mateTHE DRAGON’S TREASURED MATE (UNCONTROLLABLE SHIFT BOOK 2) by R E Butler

When dragon shifter, Torrence, develops a life-threatening allergy to his people’s mating fruit, no female within a thousand miles will mate him. Heading to his father’s homestead in the Tomb Mountains, he finds himself at odds with the local wolf pack, and facing a lonely future.

Cecily Houseman has never been happier. She’s finally able to open her own shop, Cecily’s Donuts. Although she grew up in Tomb, as a human among wolves, she’s always felt on the outside of things. The alpha’s son is interested in being her mate, but he’s not the right one for her. She’s waiting for that spark to knock her off her feet.

Torrence wakes one morning with a single thought: go to town. The nearer he gets, the stronger his beast rails in his head. As he comes to a donut shop, his beast forces a shift so fast and hard that he rips the door off the shop and takes out the town gazebo with his tail. The alpha wolf wants him gone because he’s dangerous, but Cecily takes one look into his golden eyes and knows that he’s the one for her.

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dangerous matingDANGEROUS MATING (AN A.L.F.A. NOVEL) by Milly Taiden

The Alpha League Federal Agency’s sworn duty is to protect humanity from the worst of the paranormal universe. Wolf-shifter Agent Bryon Day has been deep undercover for more than a year, investigating a human trafficking ring, when he goes MIA. Since A.L.F.A. never leaves an agent behind, a team is sent to save him—or bring his body home.

FBI agent and ace cryptographer Kari Tomlin is selected for the rescue task force. Under the ruse of a ditsy tourist, she searches an ancient European city for Agent Day. When she learns he’s locked up in the palace’s dungeon, she plans a covert jailbreak. Together they risk the dangerous, booby-trapped tunnels below the city for freedom…and a chance to discover if this really is a mate bond growing between them.

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jaguar bodyguardTHE JAGUAR BODYGUARD (TALES OF THE WERE JAGUAR ISLAND BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc

Sworn to protect his Clan, Nick Balam heads to Hollywood to keep an eye on a rising star who has seen too much for her own good. She saw a young jaguar shifter transforming and may have damning evidence that could expose them all to the world. It’s up to Nick, as head of security for the Jaguar Clan to assess the situation and take care of the problem.

Unexpected fame has made a circus of Sullivan Lane’s life, but when decapitated squirrels show up on her doorstep, she knows she needs professional help. Nick is able to insinuate himself into her security team. The only problem is… once he gets close to her, he realizes she might very well be his mate. And she’s in danger. His mission expands to keeping her safe, catching her stalker and then figuring out what she intends to do about her newfound knowledge of shifters. And if she has proof – he’s going to have to destroy it, which could destroy any trust between them.

Sparks fly and passions rise. Can he keep her safe and prevent her from revealing what she knows? Or will he have to forsake his Clan to find true happiness with a woman of rare beauty and…magic?

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awakened by flamesAWAKENED BY FLAMES (HIDDEN REALMS OF SILVER LAKE BOOK 1) by Vella Day

The only thing between this werewolf and his destined mate is a portal to a different world.

It’s crazy. Finn McKinnon knows dreams can’t be real. So why does his wolf shifter side have the overwhelming urge to step through a portal into a mysterious new realm? Is Kaleena Sinclair his mate or just a figment of his overactive imagination?
For years, Kaleena has known that Fate has designated the deliciously hot man from Earth as hers, but she can’t reveal she’s a dragon shifter—at least not yet. Dream-walking has been her only connection to him, but damn, Finn still thinks she doesn’t exist. So what’s a girl to do — especially when Finn is her sole chance at survival?

Before he knows it, Finn is thrust into a dangerous journey—a journey so unique and sensual that the life he’s known ceases to exist. The clock is ticking, and Finn must survive impossible odds if he is to save his future mate. But how in the world can they fulfill their destiny as fated mates if some ruthless force is hell-bent on keeping them apart?

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darktideDARKTIDE (THE WITCHES OF CLEOPATRA HILL BOOK 14) by Christine Pope 

When Angela McAllister and Connor Wilcox are asked to help find out who — or what — killed a de la Paz clan private investigator, Angela agrees with only a slight hesitation. After all, with Connor at her side, she and her unborn child should be safe.

They quickly learn the entity haunting the Tucson crime scene is stronger than anyone anticipated, with uncanny powers they can barely fend off, much less identify. Only Levi McAllister, with his otherworldly origins, has a chance of figuring out what they’re up against…but he insists on going alone, and only after Angela and Connor’s twins are hidden away.

But when Levi vanishes, and news comes to light that a pair of old enemies have died simultaneously, Angela and Connor realize their clans are being set up for destruction.

The days of choosing whose unique powers best fit a given situation are over. Only by joining forces and combining powers — and learning to control dangerous new ones — can they defeat their deadliest enemy.

Once and for all.

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myth manifestationTHE MYTH MANIFESTATION (SPI FILES BOOK 5) by Lisa Shearin

The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.

New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.

I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape.

We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves.

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hope and honorHOPE AND HONOR (THE SOUL SEEKERS SERIES BOOK 3) by Marilee Brothers

Life is becoming more complicated for soul reader Honor Melanie ‘Mel” Sullivan. Her boss needs help with his rebellious teen daughter who believes rules are made to be broken and her current boyfriend Homeland Security agent Mick Petrov is becoming an absentee lover, dropping hints about a major decision he faces. To make it worse, Mel’s ex, 3 Peaks detective ‘Billy the Kid’ McCarty wants her back. And those aren’t the only challenges…

When a paramilitary group called New Dawn wants her soul-reading skills, Mel meets five-year-old twins who steal her heart. Unwilling to abandon the motherless children, she strikes a deal with the compound’s charismatic leader. Drawn deeper and deeper into New Dawn’s twisted agenda, Mel must figure out a way to save the twins and herself before it’s too late.

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beneath this maskBENEATH THIS MASK (ENHANCED WORLD BOOK 3) by Victoria Sue

Gael Peterson has spent years hiding behind the enhanced abilities he wears like a mask, even though he is an important, confident member of the FBI’s exclusive H.E.R.O. team. The hurt and betrayal of his mom’s abandonment and his father’s fists are secrets buried deep beneath the ugly scars on his face, and he doesn’t trust Jake, his new regular human partner, with any of them. In a world where those with special abilities like Gael’s are regarded as freaks and monsters, it won’t be easy for him to rely on Jake to have his back, especially when the abilities of a vulnerable nonspeaking enhanced child make that child a murder suspect.

Tempers rise and loyalties are challenged, and when the serial killer targeting the enhanced finally sets his sights on Gael, not only will Gael have to trust Jake with his secrets, he might have to trust him to save his life.

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treacherous curseA TREACHEROUS CURSE (A VERONICA SPEEDWELL MYSTERY) by Deanna Rayburn

VS Note: A mystery not scifi or fantasy but touches on ancient Egypt. I have these books on my TBR List – I guess I’m always hoping to find another series as good as Amelia Peabody. Has anyone read these? (Plus of course I love the heroine’s name LOL.)

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

But the perils of an ancient curse are not the only challenges Veronica must face as sordid details and malevolent enemies emerge from Stoker’s past. Caught in a tangle of conspiracies and threats—and thrust into the public eye by an enterprising new foe—Veronica must separate facts from fantasy to unravel a web of duplicity that threatens to cost Stoker everything.

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interference and insurgencyVS Note: I don’t usually cover re-releases but for something from Michelle Diener, I will!  I wasn’t sure if both were re-releases or if the second story was totally new. At any rate, I put it on my TBR list since I love her books.

INTERFERENCE AND INSURGENCY (The Verdant String Series)

The seven planets of the Verdant String, the green, fecund sources of life spanning five solar systems, comprise the Verdant String Coalition. This is the setting for a new science fiction romance series from award-winning science fiction romance novelist Michelle Diener. While the people of the Verdant String know they have a common ancestor, a group of explorers who colonised the planets at the same time a thousand or more years ago, the mysteries of who they were, and where they came from, persist.

Interference (A 25,000 word novella introducing the world of the Verdant String)

Insurgency (Insurgency is a 45,000 word short novel set in the Verdant String series)

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DangerInTheStarsFinalMy own DANGER IN THE STARS is currently on sale for $.99! A standalone book in my alien empath series…

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

Also, I may include only the beginning of the book blurb…

 

Were Those Talons? Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Sharing now from my newly released scifi romance Aydarr (A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel): Sectors New Allies Series Book 1. Yup, a mouthful LOL!

Continuing on directly from last week’s excerpt. A little creative editing and punctuation have been done to fit our rules.

The excerpt:

The creature watched her and moved forward a bit from the tunnel, the front segment of its body sinking onto the ground, while the rest remained in the tunnel. The segmented body expanded like a child’s toy as the predator closed the space between them. Opening an outsize mouth, revealing a yellow, forked tongue, the animal hissed and reared as if preparing to charge at her.

Jill shouted defiance in a combination of rage and fear, and threw the rock hard, striking one glowing eye in the center, shattering the facets. She dodged as the predator made a high pitched sound like an exploding generator and lunged toward where she’d been. As she scrambled in the slick muddy water at the bottom of the trap, she searched for another rock, finding only small ones. She gathered a handful of them as better than nothing and spun around as the half-blind animal tried to locate her.

With a hoarse yell, a man jumped into the pit from above and landed between her and the predator. He didn’t seem to have a weapon but, as the lightning flashed, briefly illuminating the scene in stark white light, Jill gaped. Were those talons? He glanced over his shoulder at her briefly as if to see how she was doing then made a dash at the animal, slashing its neck before dancing away.

The book blurb:  

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate to prevent her death at the hands of the Khagrish.

Can he continue to protect her from the experiments already underway? Will his claiming her put his pack in jeopardy from their alien masters?

As Jill searches for a way to rescue her fellow humans and get them all to safety, she finds herself falling for Aydarr, despite the secrets he’s keeping. She has a few of her own.

The situation becomes dire when Aydarr and his pack are sent offplanet on a mission, leaving Jill unprotected, prey for the senior scientist. Can she escape the experiments he has in mind for her? Will she be able to thwart the Khagrish plans and liberate humans and Badari alike? How will she and Aydarr reunite?

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Adyarr: A Badari Warriors Scifi Romance Novel – Review x2

So thrilled to have TWO in depth reviews of my latest book!

Whiskey With My Book

There are two fans of Veronica Scott that review books for Whiskey With My Book.  So when she introduces a new series, what do you think happens?  Two reviews!

About Aydarr

Jill Garrison, a maintenance tech at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown stranded in the middle of a forest on an unknown world. There’s no time to think as she’s stalked by carnivorous predators and rescued by genetically engineered warriors calling themselves the Badari. Turns out they and she, along with her whole colony, are now prisoners of the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.

Aydarr, the Badari alpha, isn’t sure he can trust Jill but his attraction to her is undeniable. He impulsively claims her as his mate…

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