A new release from yours truly this week – book #5 in the Badari Warriors!
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).
GABE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 5) by Veronica Scott
Gabe Carter, hotshot pilot and ex-Special Forces soldier, is far from his home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Shot down by the enemy over desolate territory far from his Badari allies and gravely injured, Gabe’s only hope is a mysterious woman on the run herself.
Keshara has to decide whether to abandon the human to die of his injuries on a windswept mountain top or give up her own quest for freedom and take him to a place he can be helped. The undeniable spark between them complicates matters.
His attraction to her is off the charts but when she betrays him to the Khagrish enemy, Gabe doesn’t know what to believe. Trapped inside an alien lab bursting with mysteries and lies, his only hope may be to trust her…again.
Because the renegade alien scientist running her own private experiments wants to use him to accomplish her goals and perpetuate the evil, no matter what she has to do to ensure his compliance. Keshara’s life hangs in the balance and Gabe has to make a choice.
DARK CURE (REFUGE BOOK 6) by Cynthia Sax
VS note: I’m one of the avid readers of these REFUGE series books who pestered Cynthia to give the medic her own story so you know I had this one pre-ordered!
A warrior seeking forever faces a medic living in the moment.
Gisella, the Refuge’s medic, is dedicated to her role. She doesn’t have the space in her lifespan for love, a mate, or children. Healing is her entire focus.
But she’s also a female in her prime. She has needs, wants, cravings…especially for a scarred, long-haired barbarian warrior temporarily residing in the settlement. One fierce, soul-blasting, passion-filled encounter is all she is willing to give him before she returns to her duties.
Oghul, a Chamele Warlord’s Second-In-Command, has waited his entire lifespan to find his gerel, the being fated to be his. He’s thrilled to discover she wants him as savagely as he yearns for her.
His little human medic appeals to his primitive possessive side. Greatly. He wants to stamp his ownership all over her bountiful curves, take her back to his home planet, claim his fiery female permanently.
When Carinae E’s solitary sun rises, two determined beings with very different desires find their lifespans entwined. Their battle for emotional supremacy will span systems and alter destinies.
The universe will never be the same.
THE KRINAR EXPOSE by Anna Zaires and Hettie Ivers
What happens in an alien sex club stays in an alien sex club, right?
Well… not if you pen an exposé on the place. And certainly not if you omit the fact that the experiences in the article are your own.
Or if the Krinar you’ve hooked up with is the club’s owner, whose many kinks involve blackmail and mind games.
For a young journalist out to prove herself, it’s all about landing the next big story.
Until it becomes all about landing in a possessive alien’s penthouse bed.
NOTE: This full-length novel combines two previously published works—The X-Club, a short story by Anna Zaires, and Vair, the sequel written by Hettie Ivers. It also contains an all-new, expanded ending and an epilogue featuring Mia & Korum.
ASCENSION SAGA (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES) BOOKS 3, 4 & 5 by Grace Goodwin
VS Note: All 3 books come out on NOV 15 – here’s the blurb and link for Book 3:
Although Trinity grew up on Earth, she’s Aleran. She’s been chosen by the artificial intelligence that bestows special gifts upon those deemed worthy. She’s been chosen to rule. To lead the planet and avoid the rising tides of war.
Leo is hers. She feels the truth every time he touches her. But enemies hunt them, her sisters are off on dangerous missions of their own, the queen is still missing, and in the royal court, nothing is what is seems.
FROST: QURILIXEN WORLD NOVELLA (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) (GALAXY MAIL ORDER ALIEN BRIDES BOOK 5) by Michelle M Pillow
Alpha male alien Edur (aka Frost Chaos) will do anything to escape his ice tundra of a home planet. He’ll even convince his brothers to jump onboard a bride procurement spaceship bound for Earth… which to be honest he should have vetted a little better.
Galaxy Brides promises a land of untold beauties just waiting for strong alien men to come and abduct them away.
Galaxy Brides promises a lot of things they can’t deliver. Galaxy Brides should maybe not be in business.
Journalist Meg Taylor had no problem leaving her big city life behind to come home to care for her sick father, but she does miss the excitement of chasing a story. When rumors of a blue hockey player surface in her small town, she can’t resist. But following Frost home will give her more story than she bargained for–dangerous mercenaries, spaceships, intrigue, and a sexy blue-skinned alien looking for more than a one night stand.
SHARING A MATE: A KINDRED TALES M/F/M NOVEL (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
Dr. Kayla Smith is a strong, independent woman with several prestigious degrees in Xenobiology and Chemistry. She lives and works on the Mother Ship and shares a lab with her two best friends, Dr. Bron–a huge Beast Kindred who is also a decorated microbiologist and Dr. Sorin, a Blood Kindred and award-winning virologist. The three of them work and play together but Kayla is afraid to act on her feelings for either Kindred because she knows that picking one means losing the other.
Then comes the Great Needing.
When Xi-46, a virulent aphrodisiac, is introduced into the Kindred Mother Ship through the air vents, Kayla is one of the women affected. Her desperate need can only be slaked with the help of a male and she gets help from both of her friends. Afterwards, they expect her to choose between them…but Kayla can’t–she loves them both.
Now they must go on a desperate mission to find the source of Xi-46 and try to create an antidote. But the further they go, the more Kayla realizes she needs both men in her life…and they need each other as well, though neither one wants to admit it.
Can Bron and Sorin learn to share a mate?
Can Kayla convince them that the three of them belong together?
Or will the horrors they suffer at the house of Mother Pain tear them apart?
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BLIND FALL (STOLEN BY AN ALIEN BOOK 5) by Amanda Milo
I was gifted as a slave-bride to an alien giant.
That’s the start of my day. At least I have my guide dog, Kota, with me. I’d be lost without her… literally.
Yes. I’m blind.
And our new alien owner is kind enough that he’s not holding me to the wife or slave deal even though that’s what I was intended for. We’ve basically been dropped into a scene from Little House on the Alien Prairie, complete with his one-room cabin, and he’s been the perfect gentleman. He’s pretty great, and I’m actually starting to wish I could take him home with me.
He doesn’t know it yet, but the threat of him going into ‘rut’ is no longer a deterrent.
DISTANT MEMORY (SOLUM SERIES BOOK 3) by Colleen S Myers
The E’mani kidnapped her friend, her former lover, and Elizabeth Camden vowed to get him back. In the process, she learns the truth about herself, the full truth, and finally has her revenge.
Elizabeth “Beta” Camden is a survivor and she remembers everything.
CAVEMAN ALIEN’S SECRET (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 6) by Calista Skye
VS Note: I’ve read a couple of these and enjoyed them.
Delyah: I’ve abducted a caveman.
Usually they are the ones that abduct us Earth girls here on prehistoric planet Xren. And then they impregnate them.
But I was never the most conventional girl. So I’m pointing my crossbow right at this guy’s striking, alien face.
He’s seven feet tall, has huge muscles, vibrates with immense power and could snap my spine using two of his fingers. And he makes me tingle like crazy.
But I can’t follow my instincts now.
Because I think this man holds the secret to how the other girls and I can go home to Earth.
Brax’tant’s a woman! So round and soft and small and enticing.
She claims to be The Woman, the legendary, divine creature from the ancient myths. And there is fire in her dark eyes.
But there is also fear.
I could rip her ridiculous weapon out of her hands. But I want to be near her. Her whole being calls to me. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THEIR INVASION: PLANET ATHION SERIES (DARKEST SKIES BOOK 1) by Marissa Farrar
I, Camille Harran, a planetary scientist at one of the world’s numerous Observatories, should have predicted it.
Together with my team of men—head of security, Aleandro, studious meteorologist, Casey, and tattooed, dark haired Mike, who is head of communications—we do everything we can to figure out what’s behind the attack on our planet.
But when the government decides the Observatories are best for coordinating their teams, we find ourselves having to deal with strangers as well. They’re army men, and government officials, and among them are men more beautiful than I’ve ever seen.
What secrets do they hide, and will I, or those I love, survive their invasion?
THE BAYLIAN CHRONICLES: RAZE by Ella Blake
Who knew a hike in the woods would lead to a gorgeous alien warrior scooping her off her feet? Sofia Lorenz is overwhelmed by Raze’s size and strength, but the lust she feels for him has to be an alien mind trick! When she and Raze are abducted by human agents and locked together in a forced breeding facility, certain truth about their attraction come to light. Sofia will have to decide if she can accept Raze and the changes that come with being a Baylan warrior’s mate.
Despite a peace agreement in place between Baylans and humans, a dark and well-funded group is determined to imprison every Baylan on Earth in secret testing facilities. Raze Lux-Raal is trying to evade agents of this group in woods belonging to the lovely and spirited Sofia Lorenz. He initially mistakes her for an agent, but when attraction explodes between them, and her touch triggers a new soul mark on his chest, he recognizes that Sofia is his destined mate. But, when the two are captured and forced into a human—Baylan breeding program, the only thing harder than finding an escape is resisting the urge to claim his mate.
Will the two biological mates be able to hold off their desires until they find freedom, or be forced to submit to their passion as captive research subjects?
ARGAN (DRAGONS OF PREOR BOOK 10) by Celia Kyle w/a Erin Tate
Liquid Knot—hacker extraordinaire—has made mistakes in her life, but none so big as getting an alien warrior sentenced to death. His head is on the chopping block and the Preor leader is determined to follow the letter of the law. Now, there’s only one thing she can do to prevent his death: claim the sun-colored, sexy, delicious winged male as her mate.
Argan sen Izz’bara does not regret defending Liquid Knot—his dragon’s heart would not allow him to remain silent—he regrets that she condemns herself to a mating in name only. Yet as they spend time together, it becomes clear there is more than friendship between them. Attraction. Passion. Need. Argan did not experience the Knowing the first time he met Liquid Knot so there is no way they could be mates. Right?
Before the question can be answered, someone in the shadows makes his displeasure known. Argan was supposed to die. Now his enemy is intent on destroying Argan and Lily both.
KISS ACROSS TOMORROW (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 8) by Tracey Cooper-Posey
After 900 years together, Brody declares he’s leaving…While everyone is mapping alternative worlds, meeting new friends and exploring ways to use time-travel instead of being terrified by it, Brody tells Veris and Taylor their marriage is over—with no room for negotiations or compromise.
Shattered, Taylor and Veris must pick up the broken pieces of their lives and go on. Only…can they? Or was Brody the linchpin and without him, everything unravels, including Veris’ love for Taylor?
Time and time-travel become their tools, as they struggle to resolve the heartache and destruction Brody has left behind.
TIME AND REMEMBRANCE (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 7.1) by Tracey Cooper-Posey, a special story
On the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day, Jesse Hall, United States Marine and unsung hero, finds herself among a group of time-traveling vampires. She has been directed there by a century-old letter from her great-grandfather, instructing her to introduce herself with the phrase: “I’m not wearing a red shirt.”
So begins a dash through time to save a man in the very last minutes of the Great War, which in turn will save eight million other lives.
IVAR’S PRIZE by Amy Pennza
Nadia Green has everything—power, prestige, and a fiancé. That all ends when she’s sentenced to life on the prison planet Tolbos. Within hours of landing, Nadia finds herself captured, stripped, and placed on an auction block, where she’s purchased by Ivar Holok, a brutal warlord with golden eyes and an ability to wield kaptum with a mastery unlike anyone she’s ever seen.
Ivar is instantly attracted to the beautiful slave, but he suspects her presence on Tolbos has sinister implications. The Council wants him dead, and what better way to achieve its goal than by planting an irresistible assassin in his bed? No matter how much he wants to trust her, Ivar has to protect his people—even if it means denying Nadia her freedom. He vows to keep her enslaved and at his mercy until she confesses her involvement in the Council’s schemes, but he didn’t count on the slave enthralling her master.
CYBEREVOLUTION AFTERMATH: HERCULES 500 by Kaitlyn O’Connor
In the decade Anika has waited to be called up, she hasn’t managed to land a mate/husband/domestic partner or have the children she desperately wants, but she isn’t the kind of person to give up. When she finally gets the call she’s been waiting for, she takes the money she’s saved and locates a ‘lifelike’ robotic domestic, model Hercules 500 and then heads to the black market for ‘seedlings’—her future family to implant once she gets to the new world.
Things start to go sideways almost immediately.
While acquiring her ‘seedlings’ on the black market, she gets caught up in a sting operation to capture the dealer and only manages to escape capture because of the robot she’s named Chance—for good luck.
And the domestic, Chance, is way more lifelike than she’d expected.
She’d had no clue the Hercules series was so realistic!
Because they weren’t.
She’s now the proud owner of a rogue cyborg soldier. She has a cop on her tail that she can’t shake loose. And the god-like security guard she meets onboard ship is another rogue on the run.
INTO THE DREAM (THE ARCADIANS BOOK 1) by Laurie Roma
VS Note: Author states this is a re-release, “revised and extended”.
Allison Summers is having the mother of all bad days. As a surgeon, Allie is strong, smart, and confident, but as a woman, she still struggles to overcome a difficult past. She tries to make the best of her situation, though her life takes an unexpected turn when she is struck by lightning and finds herself transported to a strange, alien world.
Arcadian Princes Tynan, Cael, and Ryder Dracor have been searching for the mate who will complete their souls, but they fear that day will never come. Born in a world stripped of magic and out of favor with the gods, their very existence is in peril, though everything changes the moment a fair-haired goddess suddenly appears. They have no clue who she is or where she came from…but they immediately know she belongs to them.
When wills clash and legacies are unveiled, they discover more is at risk than just their hearts. Their love may be fated, but is it enough for Allie to forget everything she’s ever known and truly embrace being an Arcadian?
SACAREN (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Sadie Carter
Frankie Ricci grew up in a household of men. She could change her own tire, fix a leaking faucet and she wasn’t afraid of squishing a spider, so what did she need a man for? Well, sure there was that. But so far, Frankie had never found someone she was interested in enough to do that.
Nope. She was happy with her life just the way it was.
Sacaren wasn’t happy. He’d always believed his pack would share a mate. Having six of them watch over one mate meant she’d always be guarded, safe. Now, the idea of having to take care of a mate on his own…it made him feel a little ill.
Especially when these human females were so fragile, so easily harmed. How was he supposed to keep one safe?
Well, at least they were small. He’d just have to find a submissive, obedient one and ensure that he kept her tightly under his protection at all time. That would be simple.
THE ALIEN’S WINTER GIFT (A WINTER STARR) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress
Molly Janson is busy planning the winter party on Honora Station, but when she meets Tav, a sexy Detyen ship captain, sparks fly and all of her plans are thrown off balance. They’ll have to work together to make winter on Honora Station a reality, even as someone on the ship seems determined to ruin the new holiday.
CHILD THIEF FOUR: LITTLE LIES by Bella Forrest
“I’ve got orders to take you in, immediately!”Reunite with Robin, Jace, and their team, as they dive deeper into Nathan’s complex plan.
CAM AND THE CONQUEROR (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips
Torn from her quiet life on Earth, Cam doesn’t expect to end up enslaved to an alien ruler. But even as he trains her to submit to him, she begins to see through her master’s cold facade. While her body learns to surrender, her heart learns to love.
Exiled by his people, Kievan Rus has fought to establish his place in the galaxy. The space station he rules with icy control is the outward symbol of his success and it means everything to him – until a beautiful woman challenges his restraint…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
BEAUTY’S ALIEN BEAST by Linda Mooney
VS Note: Author states this is a re-release, re-edited and with 7k words added.
As an intergalactic cop gifted with psionic abilities, Maurra instinctively went to the Ellinod’s defense when she saw the immense and bestial-looking alien being attacked by a group of vicious Kronners. Little did she know what the Kronners had planned for her and the Ellinod until she woke up naked in a cell inside their ship. And it wasn’t long before she found out a translation device had been implanted against her spine, debilitating her and making her helpless with pain whenever she tried to use her psi powers.
Neither she nor the Ellinod had any idea how twisted their captors were, but they soon discovered that she and the beast were at the mercy of someone who expected them to “entertain” his “customers”, and entertain them well regardless of the consequences.
VARIANT LOST (THE EVELYN MAYNARD TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Kaydence Snow
When Evelyn Maynard receives a scholarship to the exclusive Bradford Hills Institute, she’s determined to make a fresh start. The Institute is world renowned for educating and training Variants – the 18% of the population fortunate enough to have superhuman abilities. As a human, she’s lucky to be admitted.
She’s done with fake identities, running and lying but once again she finds herself surrounded by secrets.
Some she’s been keeping her whole life.
Some have been kept from her.
Some she finds herself dragged into…
Ethan, Josh, Tyler and Alec have some of the rarest Variant abilities Evelyn has ever seen. They fascinate, intrigue and attract her, but is it their abilities, their own secrets or something more that Evelyn can’t seem to stay away from? The secrets they keep could drag Evelyn so deep into their dangerous and exciting world that she’ll never be the same.
And the answers she finds could get them all killed.
ECHO (FORGOTTEN WORLDS BOOK 2) by Prudence MacLeod
Echoes from the past ripple through to the present as the last humans search for a new home. A close fly over shows a planet that was colonized once before but had since been abandoned. Who was here and why did they leave? More importantly, what might they have left behind? Despite her misgivings, the Reacher’s captain agrees to investigate further.
DRAGON’S FLAME (RED PLANET DRAGONS OF TAJSS BOOK 11) by Miranda Martin
Piercing hammers inside my skull remind me of last night’s binge. I wish someone would just knock me out and put me out of my misery.
Opening my eyes, I frown, looking around the unfamiliar cave.
If this isn’t my cave…
Swallowing thickly, I slowly turn to look down at the bed. Oh. Shit.
Arawn is fast asleep, his tanned, well-muscled form taking up more than half of the pallet.
OMG Fallon, what have you done? Exactly how much did I have to drink that this sounded like a good idea?
I try to slip away, leaving behind the gorgeous alien-dragon, but I’m not kidding anyone, including myself. I make my time-honored and traditional Walk of Shame.
Too bad the fiercely possessive and cocky Arawn isn’t going to let me go that easy.
SEASONS OF SORCERY by Jennifer Estep, Amanda Bouchet, Grace Draven and Jeffe Kennedy
VS note: I received an ARC of this one and LOVED it. All great stories, cannot recommend this highly enough if you love fantasy romance!
WINTER’S WEB BY JENNIFER ESTEP
An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .
A WILDERNESS OF GLASS BY GRACE DRAVEN
The stretch of sea known as the Gray rules the lives of those in the village of Ancilar, including widow Brida Gazi. In the aftermath of an autumn storm, Brida discovers one of the sea’s secrets cast onto the shore—a discovery that will change her world, mend her soul, and put her in the greatest danger she’s ever faced.
A CURSE FOR SPRING BY AMANDA BOUCHET
A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.
THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER BY JEFFE KENNEDY
As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women.
VAMPIRE’S EMBRACE: A VAMPIRE QUEEN SERIES NOVEL by Joey W Hill
VS Note: I love this author’s dark and twisty, sexy Vampire Queen series. Had this pre-ordered!
Nina’s twin sister Sher has been groomed to be an Inherited Servant since she was six years old. At twenty-eight, she will be given to a vampire of the Council’s choosing and serve him up to 300 years. While Sher insists that Nina is no less service-oriented than herself, Nina does not see any correlation between her own desire to pursue a career as a nurse and her sister’s to be the slave of a blue-blooded vampire, where she is allowed no will or dreams of her own.
It’s 1941 and Nina signs up to serve with the Australian Army Nurses Service in Singapore. What happens to her when the city falls to the Japanese will shatter Nina all the way to the soul. But fate seems determined to give her more than she can bear. When her sister dies in a car crash, Nina is informed that she must take her place as an InhServ. She will be given to Lord Alistair, a vampire who sees Nina as his property, to do with as he pleases.
Even as she rages against her fate, she is baffled at Alistair’s insistence on having her as his servant. Especially when the Council offers the Queensland Region Master the option of another InhServ with all the proper training to support his political needs. But that’s not the most confusing thing about her new Master. The ways in which he commands her surrender to him leads her to a terrifyingly different understanding of her will and her dreams. By binding herself to him, can she become whole again, but in a way she never expected?
HELL’S KING (HELL’S SON BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais
In order to be king, Lucifer must die.
The Antichrist is supposed to rule the world, but Chris kind of told the ghost of his father-in-law he’d rather have the love of his wife.
And he’d meant it…at the time.
However, Chris was born with a destiny. He is the prince in waiting. The Destroyer of Nations.
A failure with no magic, no armies, and, now, no longer even a psychotic mother he can call upon.
Is he destined for a mundane life?
Good thing fate has other plans. Plans that include him becoming Hell’s King.
FASHIONABLY FABULOUS: BOOK ELEVEN, THE HOT DAMNED SERIES by Robyn Peterman
Once upon a time there lived a Fairy.
And not just your run of the mill kind of Fairy. The reincarnated Fairy Queen of Zanthia. The Queen. She was a modern woman—a human no less. Armed with a potty mouth, a firm grasp of every note in Michael Jackson’s song catalogue, and some friends in very high places, she was set. Yet this Queenwasn’t exactly sure she wanted the job.
I’ve been happily human for thirty years. Now I’m discovering I’m the reincarnated Fairy Queen over a land chock-full of freaks who want me dead. Awesome. However, I’ll admit the perks are pretty cool. I definitely have more magic in my little pinky than should be allowed by law in any universe. Not to mention, the love of my life is a Fairy so smokin’ hot, he makes Hell look like a Winter Wonderland.
Problem is, my hotter than Hades Fairy is imprisoned in Zanthia for nefarious reasons I won’t go into, but now I must head back to that crap hole where I’m the Queen, and save the damn day.
I won’t go alone. Nope. I’m packing a narcissistic Mini Elf, two ancient singing Vampyres who couldn’t carry a tune if their undead lives depended on it, and the sister of my imprisoned love, The Kev. For him, I vow to discover my truth. Consequently, I’m unsure if this truth is meant to save or destroy. What I do know? The alternative is unacceptable.
Fairy tales are meant to have happy endings. I’m determined to make that a reality.
Ready or not… here comes the freakin’ Fairy Queen.
PAIN (CURSE OF THE GODS BOOK 5) by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
Sometimes history lies, and the tales of Minatsol and Topia are no different. Since the birth of Topia, Staviti has woven a web of deceit around the truth of Creation, striving only to maintain his power while destroying anything that gets in his way. Now, Willa and the Abcurses are determined to strip back the layers, to uncover the truth, and to understand the true nature of the two worlds before it’s too late.
The only problem?
Any wrong step in their quest to restore balance might have terrible repercussions. Every single being—living or dead—might have to pay the price.
SCALES AND FLAMES by Various
Only the strong can withstand the flames.
Enter 9 unique fantasy worlds and enjoy epic tales of mysterious dragons and tough-as-nails characters.
Crusade with draconian pirates, fly with dragons in a parallel world, and scale temples with dragons hungry for power-enhancing artifacts.
WINGS OF DRAGCA (PROTECTED BY DRAGONS BOOK 5) by G Bailey
Isola and her dragon guards are shaken after the events that forced them into hiding in Dragca Academy.
With the queen of the supernaturals on earth offering Isola, and what is left of her people, a permanent home…will Isola leave Dragca to save the dragon she loves?
Or will the last dragon Ice queen rise…and kill her enemy, even if means losing her heart?
Death has always been a curse on Dragca, and someone has to pay the price of fate.
DEADLY GAME by G Bailey and Coralee June
VS Note: From Oct 31
Once a year, the bridge between the living and the dead is opened and witches compete in The Deadly Games for a chance to speak with those that have crossed over. Each coven needs a human to participate, and this year I’m forced to help the Hex Coven, a group of sexy witches mourning the loss of their brother. They’re determined to find his killer, curses and evil covens be damned.
Humans rarely survive the games, and I’ve accepted that I won’t make it to morning. Deciding to live this night like it’s my last, I enjoy all the pleasures that the Hex Coven has to offer.
Because to speak to the dead, first you must die.
EMPIRE OF SAND (THE BOOKS OF AMBHA) by Tasha Suri
Locke Casey is a twenty something year old creative writing student, funding her way through college with a questionable occupation. When some scorned chump calls through, asking her about love, what’s there to say? It sucks. Told she’s perfect, she’s imbued with the powers of Eros, and thrown into a world she’s unprepared for. A world full of sexy avatars, each with unique godly abilities. Like Mads, the cunning and charming embodiment of Hermes, who’s allure she can’t resist. Or Rane, the intense, secretive and broody soldier, personifying Ares, that she can’t keep her hands off.
Unlike the avatars, Locke has somehow inherited the full power of Eros, who has mysteriously gone missing, and without his stabilizing influence, the gods are going crazy. Rane and Mads must get Locke to Olympus before it and Earth are thrown into chaos. But the closer she gets to the city of Gods, it seems the two avatars have secrets of their own, leaving Locke unsure who to trust.
…a stunning tale of love, loss and revenge, against a powerful backdrop of adventure on the high seas, and drama on the land. The Blue Salt Road balances passion and loss, love and violence and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless, wild young man.
Passion drew him to a new world, and trickery has kept him there – without his memories, separated from his own people. But as he finds his way in this dangerous new way of life, so he learns that his notions of home, and your people, might not be as fixed as he believed.
THE DRAGON’S INNAMORATA (DRAGON CLAN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Clare
VS Note: From OCT 31
Serenity has been forced to hide away from a world where supernaturals, dragon shifters specifically, now rule, and the human population have been forced into subjugation.
Nothing has more value in this new world order than being a human female of mating age. Supernaturals want them, and human families want the riches that come from their daughters being claimed.
Driven out of hiding to survive, Serenity meets her worst nightmare in the form of the Praetor clan of dragons, who discover her and claim she is their Innamorata.
But that’s not all, she soon realises there are dark forces at play and dangerous whispers among her fellow humans.
Will Serenity be able to keep the freedom that she values the most, and deny the soul deep connection to five of the most possessive and determined dragon men in existence? Or, when secrets are revealed, will she choose them and with their help, save the world from plunging once more into darkness?
THIS SMALL CORNER OF TIME: THE AFTER CILMERI SERIES COMPANION by Sarah Woodbury
VS note: A nonfiction companion book.
Open a door to the world of the After Cilmeri series! With chapters on historical context, the Welsh language, characters, places in the books, and the writing process, and including hundreds of full-color photographs, maps, timelines, and family trees, this guide highlights the characters, places, and worlds brought to life by the series’ first fifteen novels.
QUINTEN (FAIRPLAY SHIFTERS) by Serena Meadows
Up until her brother lost his mind and married a witch, Penny had been perfectly happy with her life, now everything is turned upside down. Suddenly head of the family, she’s been given the task of escorting one of the most annoying, but attractive, men she’s ever met around the Rocky Mountains in the dead of winter. When what she thought would be a quick trip suddenly turns deadly, Penny discovers that love is stronger than magic.
For most of his life, Quinten has had one focus, becoming Grand Inquisitor of the witch’s council. When he’s called by the council to investigate the use of black magic, he’s sure that he’d uncovered far more, possibly even a conspiracy. Determined to pursue his hunch, he follows Penny Brooks to the Rocky Mountains. There he discovers that nothing is black and white, and that love sometimes requires a sacrifice.
DRAGON ASTRAY (THE COVERT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Viola Grace
Trin has trained to be stealthy, trained to defend herself, but when a bounty on her head threatens the safety of her friends, she has to get out of town.
Visiting a friend and mixing business with her escape, she learns that dragons mixing their bloodlines may be more common than anyone thought.
She spends enough time in Breaker City ordering tea and ceramics to figure out what she wants to do next, and what she wants to do is find out who and where she came from.
Learning the details of her family tree leaves her shaken, but nothing can hold her back when it comes to following her instincts. Not even the very folk she came to meet.
STALKING HIS MATE: LEAGUE OF GALLIZE SHIFTERS by Dianna Love
Having spent her life as a captive, Siofra escapes when her power surfaces to save her from an attack, which exposes her as a nonhuman. All she wants to do is find her brother who is also being hunted, then vanish to live free from shifters. That was the plan and it would have worked if a golden-eyed jaguar shifter hadn’t stepped between her and a dangerous jackal, throwing a major kink in her escape when she falls for the sexy protector.
Rory didn’t choose to be a jaguar shifter and is determined to not mate even though he faces death from the Gallize mating curse if he doesn’t. The end may come sooner than he expects when his jaguar loses the ability to heal them, but that doesn’t prevent Rory from racing in to save a young woman from a vicious predator. The moment Siofra is in his arms and his power reaches out to hers, he struggles against the primal pull of the one woman he’s drawn to as a mate. Even if he didn’t feel the need to end his bloodline, she hates shifters.
None of that will matter if Rory fails to stop the deadly Black River Pack from using Siofra in a grisly experiment when she’s caught in a trap.
RISING MOON (THE SUCCUBUS MOON BOOK 3) by Cailee Francis
VS Note: From OCT
Life in Bellasford is seldom peaceful for succubus, Rose. A fun night out to celebrate her girlfriend’s birthday takes a sinister turn as a mutual friend is found near-dead, drained of her life energy: the hallmarks of a succubus feeding.
With the Succubus Moon drawing near, suspicion falls on Rose and her long-missing mother, Ella. Investigation leads to more victims drained of energy and no clear suspect in sight.
Racing against time, Rose, Lisa and their friends Alexis and Jamie seek to unravel the mystery before more innocents are attacked or something worse happens. They know the energy is being taken for a reason and could place a great deal of power at their adversary’s fingertips.
UNTAMED DADDY (MOUNTAIN MEN OF BEAR VALLEY BOOK 3) by Chantal Seabrook and Frankie Love
My daughter Finley takes after me: stubborn, untamed, and wild. But seven year old girls can’t just roam free — not when we live in bear country.
She’s new in town, sweet as honey, and can somehow manage to wrangle my little girl.
And somehow she’s wrangled me, too.
One night with her and I’m smitten — more than that — this woman is my mate.
But I have a past that has my heart closed up, and the last thing I want to do is hurt a woman as precious as her.
Kate has baggage of her own…she came to this valley to heal her wounds.
And if I’m not careful, they might turn to scars.
PIRATE’S PASSION (SENTINELS OF SAVANNAH BOOK 2) by Lisa Kessler
Samuel Keegan used to man the wheel of the Sea Dog over 200 years ago, but these days he’s the front man of a southern rock band. Rum and women are plentiful, but his world is changing rapidly now that his crew is back together searching for the Holy Grail to break their curse. But the quest leads him to a historian with raven hair and a wicked smile. She holds all the answers, but she could also spell death for them all.
Dr. Charlotte Sinclair works for the Maritime Museum in Savannah, an expert on ancient pirate wrecks. When a government agent requests her help in a top-secret investigation, she discovers not only is the Holy Grail real, but the lead singer of her favorite band is actually the immortal pilot of the Sea Dog crew.
The search for the Grail opens some dark secrets better left hidden, and Charlotte’s life might depend on one Pirate’s Passion.
SHADOWS AND SPELLCRAFT by Various
VS note: From OCT
Dive into FIFTEEN amazing worlds full of action, adventure, magic and mayhem brought to you by some of the freshest voices in urban fantasy.
Want angels? Demons? Fairies? Witches? Supernatural assassins? Vampires? Whatever you’re after, you’re bound to find it in this incredible collection jam-packed with page-turning adventure.
This bundle features 8 full length novels, 4 short novels and 3 novellas…
IRRESISTIBLE INDIGO (D’VAIRE BOOK 9) by Jessamyn Kingley
Since arriving at the Draconis Court of D’Vaire at the age of sixteen, Idris has done everything he can think of to make his new family proud of him. After five years of challenging work, he is finally poised to reach the highest rank within the Spectra Wizardry. The only glaring thing missing is his mate. While he may be young, Idris wants to share his heart with his other half, so he asks Fate to send him a nice dragon who will be kind to him and his familiar. He does not want to be demanding but Idris knows without him he won’t be complete.
Duke Macardle “Mac” Stenetdraconis’s days are centered around his amazing grandparents who raised him. When his grandfather suggests he apply for a new duke position at Court D’Vaire, he is intrigued. It is a place that has opened its doors as a sanctuary and he’s drawn to the idea of helping others. When he arrives, he finds himself with a small dragon familiar on his lap. Minutes later, the owner of that familiar saunters through the door and Mac’s heart is instantly hooked on the irresistible wizard. Determined to make Idris his, the pair soon find themselves tested by life. Their love turns out to the anchor Mac cannot do without while Idris opens the door to a new future for his family.
DRAGON BILLIONAIRE’S BARGAIN (DRAGON’S COUNCIL BOOK 6) by Mina Carter
He’s chased her for years. Now, she might just let him catch her.
The only female on the Dragon’s council and one of only a few female blacks in existence, Adra is used to being the odd one out. The one never picked for games as a kid. The unpopular one. So handsome playboy Nik Waldek’s attention is unsettling. He’s exactly the sort of man her mother warned her about. The slick charmer who would get her pregnant then leave her when he’s had his fun.
Conned into parading herself in front of his business associates for the weekend, Adra begins to see a different side to Nik. The problem is, how does she know if that’s the real Nik or whether it’s just an act to get her to let down her guard as she so desperately wants to…
He’s wanted her for years. But she won’t give him the time of day…
Nikolai Waldek has been in love with Adra since the first day he met her. Both black dragons and council members, they live together, train together and fight together… but she brushes off every advance he makes and try as he might, he can’t get past the dragoness’s iron-clad guard. So much so, he’s beginning to think she’s more ice-dragon than black dragon and is losing hope of the happily-ever-after he craves with her.
In a last ditch attempt, he makes a gamble on a game of cards. His prize for winning? Her as his ‘girlfriend’ for the weekend. Once away from the court, can he finally make her see he’s the perfect dragon for her?
BLOOD AND STONE: MADDOX by Thea Atkinson
VS Note: From OCT
Maddox has spent a lifetime ridding the fifth world of demons. He has sacrificed his virility, his family, even risked his life.
But it isn’t enough.
Now the stone that holds Lilith at bay is cracked. And the magic is waning. With dark magic threatening the worlds, Maddox is offered immortality.
He just has to do one thing:
He has to go to Hell.
HOLIDAY MAGIC AN ISABELL HUSH CHRISTMAS STORY by Thea Atkinson
When Maddox lures Isabella out of the house on December 24 with promiseof a job, she relents and gets dressed to work. She doesn’t realize it will beat a Christmas party, and that the festivities are in the Shadow Bazaar.
She finds herself in the middle of a group of Kindred on the cusp of their most sacred and savage time of year.
She shouldn’t be there.
It’s not for humans.
But what kind of power waits for her within the sliver of portal known as Scourge?
Can she claim it before the things in the bazaar descends into chaos?
Or will the risk she takes to help Maddox keep her from winning everything that
Beth Carter is starting to get used to having four gorgeous demigods walking around her office. Especially now that she knows they’re not going to drag her down to the underworld.
But she has a new case to investigate before telling her gods of death that she was nearly killed by a train that fateful night. Someone has hacked into Interlync Communications, a fast-growing new telecommunications company, compromising the data of millions of users.
The strangest part? Interlync requests Beth by name to investigate, despite her having zero experience in digital espionage.
As she goes down the rabbit hole of data warehouses and suspicious shell companies, Beth begins to realize she’s in over her head. Can she utilize Thanatos, Anubis, Mictlantecuhtli, and Morrigan to help solve the case? Or will she end up failing her client… while falling for her four gods of death?
Michael trusted no one. It was not his nature, especially after the betrayal by one of his own kind. Left for true death, he had no one to depend on other than himself. So he survived to seek his revenge. Yet, there was a voice in the deep recesses of his mind that whispered to him. He was not alone. Which he ignored. He’d learned the hard way, trust no one.
Arrigo Giancarlo’s friends think he’s a rich young man with the unusual job of paranormal investigator, working with his psychic assistant in Las Vegas. In truth he’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and member of the Chiaroscuro, a group of Supernaturals dedicated to keeping humanity safe from the more dangerous of their kind. He’s also openly bisexual… but alone.
When he spots Luc St. John in a bar, Arrigo is intrigued. What begins as an effort to repay the kindness shown to him in the past quickly turns into much deeper feelings for the suffering and displaced Cajun. For Luc’s part, he feels too poor, too uneducated, and too bound to his hateful family to ever be worthy of elegant and cultured Arrigo.
An old enemy, Eleni, blames Arrigo for murdering her true love. On the anniversary of that death, she’s back to take revenge. As Arrigo’s closest friends fall victim to savage attacks, he fears nothing will keep Luc safe. Should he break both their hearts and let Luc go, or is it too late? If Luc’s already in Eleni’s sights, Arrigo knows that like most things in Vegas, the odds are against him.
P.S. I’M A WOLF by Ellie Valentina
Janine Ellison was a college girl who dreamed of meeting the man of her dreams and falling head over heels in love.
And it seemed as if all her dreams were coming true when she met the handsome Kip Ardelean.
A stunningly beautiful man with rock hard abs and a charming personality to match.
But whilst Kip seemed perfect for her on the outside, there was a dark, furry secret lurking on the inside of him.
The secret was that he was a shapeshifting werewolf but that was NOTHING compared to the other secrets he had.
A CHOICE OF SECRETS (DARK GLASS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Barb Hendee
Ever since raiders from the north began attacking villages, Lady Nicole Montagna has known that defending her people would come at a cost. The betrothal of her sister Chloe to a neighboring lord seems the perfect solution, forging a powerful alliance. But shortly before the wedding, Nicole is shocked to discover that her sister is with child—and not by her husband-to-be. Now she must make a choice. She has just hours to decide . . .
~Should she tell her soldier brother—who will take swift, ruthless action to ensure the family’s safety?
~Should she hold her tongue, let her sister deceive her husband into believing the child is his—and then hope Chloe can get away with the lie?
~Should she tell her family, hoping they will know the right thing to do?
With the help of a magic mirror, Nicole lives out each path, fighting to protect herself and those she loves with the weapons she has: wits, herbs, and fortitude. But no matter her cleverness, neither she nor her family can escape unscathed—for there are repercussions she could never have foreseen, involving her own heart.
HANISH: HOUSE OF STORMS (DRAGON GUARDIANS BOOK 6) by Scarlett Grove
An English Nanny Prim and proper JoJo Morris needs a new position. As one of the world’s greatest nannies, she has plenty of options. But the sexy, American captain makes her an offer she can’t refuse.
A Dad in Need Captain Hanish needs a nanny, but only the best will do. When the austere little woman arrives, he gets much more than he bargained for. She might be the most infuriating woman he’s ever met, but that doesn’t stop his inner dragon from screaming that she’s his mate.
A Perfect Match Falling hard for JoJo, Hanish still hesitates to tell her the truth of his origins. But when vampires attack, Hanish finds out JoJo has secrets of her own. When an old relationship comes back to haunt her, she is determined to leave it in the past. But Hanish decides to take matters into his own hands. Can a bossy nanny and a cocky captain work together or will their differences tear them apart?
WATER (FOUR WORLDS BOOK 1) by Helen Scott
The world is ending. Everyone knows it. What they don’t realize is that the culprit won’t be an asteroid, or global warming, or even the sun turning into a red giant. No, the world is going to end because there are four other worlds just like it trying to exist in the same space.
I can either save the world or end it, the choice is mine, at least according to the four weird guys that I keep running into. They keep telling me that demons are after me, and that they want me to save the world. All I know is that I’m drawn to all four of them, and the only demon I know of is my art history professor.
Strange things are happening all around me though, and I’m starting to think their theories and warnings might be true. Either that or I’m finally starting to lose my mind.
My name is Tessa Morningstar and apparently I’m the Key, with a capital K, to this whole shebang. Now, let’s hope I don’t accidentally make the wrong choice and doom us all.
A MONSTER FOR TWO BEARS (BEAR MOUNTAIN BOOK 21) by Kelex
Sent away for their own safety, Kai and Lane have lived away from Bear Mountain for nearly a decade. Calls from home finally bring them back for an extended visit. Lane’s papa is ill… and Kai needs to confront the demons of his past—namely the death of his father, Gregor, and his brother’s part in it.
Declan is happy his younger brothers have finally come home and now is his chance to convince them to stay. Only it’s more difficult than he expected it to be. His brothers are happy with the new lives they’ve built for themselves and they don’t want to return to the valley.
Only Kai and Lane come face to face with a true reason to stay, a broken, battered male—one of the freed Zed victims who’s struggling to find his way in a new world.
Turi’s struggle for mental health makes him skittish at best. The instinct to surrender is at war with his own inner demons. He pushes Kai and Lane away, refusing to accept himself as worthy of love.
Will he push them all the way out of Bear Mountain—or can they help him find the peace he needs to heal before it’s too late?
GOOD GIRL (THE SIREN ISLAND SERIES BOOK 1) by Tricia O’Malley
FROSTBOUND THRONE: SONG OF WINTER (COURT OF SIN BOOK 2) by May Sage
They’ve escaped the destruction of the Court of Night, only to find greater perils awaiting them.
A demon has long watched in the shadows, biding his time. Now he’s ready to strike, and the likelihood that Devi and Vale can stop him is close to nil.
There is only one hope.
LURED BY DARKNESS by Amalia Altman
When antiquities expert Nora Watters travels to the small town of Wells, Oregon, to visit her sister, she believes she’s in for a relaxing two weeks. Everything seems to go as planned… until she meets a mysterious, overly attractive man named Luther DeLaurent. His pale skin, long black hair, and eyes the color of emeralds, make her attraction to him undeniable.
When a strange amulet comes to her hands, Luther appears to find it familiar, yet he doesn’t reveal much about it. Without her realizing, Nora finds herself hopelessly entangled in a world of vampires, demons, and supernatural forces, that she would never even dream of existing…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
WRANGLED FATE (BLACK CLAW RANCH BOOK 1) by Cecelia Lane
Desperate to find her missing brother, Tansey Nichols journeys to Montana’s Black Claw Ranch. She intends to question the owner, Ethan Ashford. Ethan’s her last hope, but the tall, rugged bear shifter claims he doesn’t know her brother. Never met him. Tansey’s sure the smooth-talking cowboy knows more than he’s letting on.
Good thing she brought a gun.
Ethan’s sultry smile suggests he’s imagining a hundred dirty things…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
SUCH VIOLENT DELIGHTS by Various
Eleven all new stories from twelve top paranormal romance authors. From Heaven to Hell, fae worlds, superheroes, and even through the looking glass, these holiday themed short stories bring a whole new meaning to the 12 days of Christmas.
TROPICAL CHRISTMAS STAG (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 7) by Zoe Chant
Irish elk shifter Conall Wright loved Christmas… when he could still hear the music that brought him joy and fame. Then a fateful car accident stripped him of his hearing and brought his classical music career to a halt. Now, he’s looking for a place for the holiday that isn’t full of silver bells and singing Santas to remind him of everything he’s lost, and Shifting Sands Resort looks like it might be just the tropical escape he’s hoping for.
At least there won’t be snow.
Gizelle doesn’t know who she is or where she came from before she was rescued from the clutches of a madman who kept her caged in a shifter menagerie. She only knows that the world is a strange and frightening place, and as much as she wants to belong, it’s much easier simply to be a gazelle and run away. Meeting her mate is just another way she fails at every attempt to be normal.
In love with a woman who won’t let him touch her, Conall has to choose between the business that he built following the onset of his deafness and an unpredictable life in a quirky place full of mysteries and unexpected friendships. Can he win Gizelle’s trust… and her heart? Can he convince her she doesn’t have to sleep in the shower?
And can either of them ever truly stop running?
DRAGON VALLEY (RIDERS OF DRAGON VALLEY BOOK 1) by Crystal Ash
As a Dragon Rider, Nadiyah loves the sky, thirsts for adventure, and breaks all the rules. Not even sparks flying with Azel, the Chief’s son, will make her submit to dragon clan traditions.
Her dragon’s flames are ready to incinerate the army marching on their sacred valley. But this army doesn’t demand war. Instead, they need powerful allies.
Nadiyah finally has a chance to explore with the help of Caden, a handsome lieutenant. But, scarred by civil war, the world outside Dragon Valley may be more than what she bargained for.
The true battleground is in her heart. Azel may die in the gruesome trial to become the next Chief. Caden will never be accepted by her people.
Now, Nadiyah only wants the impossible: to keep the men she loves, and unite the army and dragon clans against a common enemy hellbent on destroying them all.
THE STORYTELLER (THE READER BOOK 3) by Traci Chee
Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard’s clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy–Archer–and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her–especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book’s prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard’s will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart.
FANTASTIC BEASTS – THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD Original Screenplay by J K Rowling
VS Note: Not romance but of note this week.
At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided Wizarding World.
This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shaped the Wizarding World, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.
VS Note: I’m really excited to have GABE available now! Don’t miss any of the previous books in this award winning scifi romance series! Available at the major ebook retailers…
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.