New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 20

kierceAs 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).

LOTS of exciting new books this week, including one from me! WOOT! My latest Badari Warrior novel. I’ve been one clicking away on everyone else’s books too of course…

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KIERCE: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 6) by Veronica Scott

Elianna McNamee, spaceship engineer, is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with all her shipmates to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

Her captors decide to toss her in a cell with a ferocious predator, expecting him to kill her…but Kierce, the Badari warrior in question, has too much honor to mistreat a human woman. The trouble is, he’s trapped in a form drastically different from his own as a result of twisted genetic meddling and hiding dark secrets to save other Badari lives.

Able to become a man again briefly with Elianna‘s help, he and Elianna bond over their mutual hatred for the enemy but when rescuers finally arrive, the pair are separated by well-meaning Badari authorities.

Kierce struggles to overcome flashbacks from the torture and drugs the alien scientists inflicted on him. He and Elianna despair over whether he’ll ever be able to regain his rightful place as a man and a soldier in the pack, much less be ready to claim a mate.

Elianna accepts a risky but essential assignment far away from where Kierce is being held, working with another man who’s more than professionally interested in her. Her heart belongs to Kierce and she can’t forget their two nights of shared passion but will that be enough to lead them to a happy reunion?

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barbarians seductionBARBARIAN’S SEDUCTION (ICE PLANET BARBARIANS BOOK 20) by Ruby Dixon

VS Note: Who can resist a new one in this series? 

Marlene’s not like the other humans. They weep while she smiles. They look at us with fear, while she entices me with a come-hither look.

I…have no idea why such a bold female resonated to a male like me. I am the most reticent of all the sa-khui tribe, a hunter that never expected to have a family of my own. But resonance chooses, and it has chosen her for me. And Marlene is quite determined to seduce me…and who can say no to such a woman?

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choosing chucklesCHOOSING CHUCKLES (CYBORG SPACE EXPLORATION BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this one. Nobody does sizzling cyborgs like Cynthia and it’s exciting that she’s doing a spinoff series. Had this on pre-order!

Chuckles hates all humans. In the past, humans betrayed him. That treachery caused permanent damage to his muscular form, resulting in a lifespan of pain.

When the primitive D Model cyborg answers a distress call sent by a pink-and-blue haired, sparkly human female, he knows it’s a trap. He still has to respond to her fake cry for help. She belongs to him, is the one being genetically fabricated for him. But he plans to be her captor, not her captive.

Bettina, aka Bait, works with a team of females, snaring sexual predators in space, seizing their ships and transporting them to primitive planets. As soon as she speaks with Chuckles, she knows he’s not like the others. He has honor, is a being worthy of respect, of caring.

But she can’t let him go. She has to trap him. His dominance thrills her. His deep voice evokes desires she’d never experienced in the past. She’ll risk it all, breaking every rule for one wild encounter with the male she calls Sir.

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fallen from the starsFALLEN FROM THE STARS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 6) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Once I read the teaser for this latest novel in the series, I couldn’t wait to read it. One click!

Vasil has spent his life serving the needs of his people, denying his own desires — until a star falls from the sky. He follows its fiery trail and finds the unexpected: a mysterious human female. She is his chance at having the mate, the family for which he’s longed. But when he discovers her connection to the organization that created and enslaved his ancestors, he must decide if claiming his happiness is worth the risk of exposing the kraken.

Stranded on an unknown planet, Theodora Velenti has limited supplies and no way to call for help. Hopeless, the arrival of a half-man, half-octopus alien doesn’t seem like an improvement. But despite his differences, Theo finds herself drawn to him. Giving in to Vasil’s advances means accepting that the life she knew is gone forever. Can she give up a chance of rescue or is what she and Vasil feel for each other real?

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gorison traveler incidentTHE GORISON TRAVELER INCIDENT (VESLOR MATES BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Laurann’s been talking about this new series on Facebook and since I’m a huge fan of hers, I was super eager to get my hands on it!

Vivian is a cultural specialist on the United Earth fleet ship Gorison Traveler. It’s the perfect job for someone who wants to learn everything about aliens. The only problem? The commander won’t let her anywhere near the visiting Ke’ters aboard the ship. The only way she gets a peek at the lizard-like race is when her brother opens a live camera feed during a meeting—a meeting that turns tragic when the Ke’ters attack the crew.

She’s horrified. Scared. The Ke’ters are murdering her people. Rushing from her quarters to get help from a control center, Vivian finds the station abandoned. It’s all on her to try to rescue the crew.

Brassi is a Veslor trader who picks up a distress signal from a nearby space vessel. The attractive female who contacts him looks terrified, and needs his help. He’ll board the Gorison Traveler with his crewmates, and fight the Ke’ters, but the longer he spends on the huge Earth vessel, the greater distraction Vivian becomes. Brassi will do whatever it takes to save her…and to discover if Vivian’s his mate.

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griff hell squad 17GRIFF (HELL SQUAD BOOK 17) by Anna Hackett

VS note: I’m continually impressed at how Anna keeps adding new twists and depth to this long running series. Another one click for me!

Squad Three berserker Griff lived through hell long before the alien invasion. Once, he’d been a dedicated cop, but then in a gut-wrenching betrayal, he ended up behind bars in a supermax prison. After the aliens invaded, he managed to escape and join the soldiers fighting back…and came face to face with his best friend’s little sister–the bold, vibrant, off-limits woman he’s always wanted. Now the beautiful, tattooed Indy is his squad’s comms officer…and she hates his guts.

Indy Bennett lost her parents and brother in the alien attack, and every day, she vows to suck the marrow out of life. She’s also doing her bit in the fight, as Squad Three’s comms officer, even if it means seeing the man who broke her young heart. Griff was once her brother’s best friend, a boy she adored, but now she knows she needs to steer clear of the hard-edged man who still draws her like a moth to a flame.

Griff vows to claim Indy as his. The only problem is, Indy is having none of it. As their fiery attraction explodes, they find themselves embroiled in the hunt for the aliens’ unexplained octagon weapon, and a mysterious survivor town where all is not what it seems. Both Griff and Indy will have to learn to let go of the hurts of the past if they have any chance of not just surviving, but having a future.

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trapped on vkaniTRAPPED ON VKANI ( ATRAPAKO ON EDEN BOOK 3) by Aurora Springer

VS Note: I’ve been enjoying the snippets she’s shared from this book. Nobody does worldbuilding details as well as she does!

Maya Pandita spent years preparing for an expedition to the Deadlands. But her dreams of unearthing ancient artifacts are shattered when her shuttle is buried by a violent sandstorm, and her team is abducted by the scaled inhabitants of the planet. Maya and her companions must try to outwit their blue captor and call for help before they die in the toxic atmosphere.
Sa Vittaran has a problem in his claws. Along with treasures from the ruins, he has retrieved three smooth-skinned foreigners. He cannot leave them to die in the desert. Yet the puny creatures have little value as workers, except perhaps for the impudent woman who claims to be their leader. Her knowledge of the ancient script will be an asset if she can survive the long trek to his house.
An attack by marauders forces Maya and the Blue leader into a wary alliance. They must work together to thwart the bandits and reunite their company. Can Maya convince Sa Vittaran to help her team? If she fails, they are doomed to a short unpleasant life on the desolate, war-torn planet.

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reunion nhys gloverREUNION (THE DANANS BOOK 3) by Nhys Glover

Sometimes Biology can make you; sometimes it can break you.
For Jade, living with a sweet old couple and volunteering at an animal shelter is a world away from living on the streets like a beaten dog. She knows the eighteen months of her life she lost must have been horrific, if her mind made her forget them. But when she meets five returned vets living rough in the forest and starts seeing weird things, she has to wonder if her lost memory and the men are somehow connected.
It is unheard for Danan warriors to find their podmate before the age of thirty, so when a pod of five young Danans meets Jade, the youngest human captive rescued from the Lyations, they don’t understand what is happening to them. But before they can properly find out, Jade is sent back to Earth and her memory of her time on an alien planet light-years from home wiped, supposedly forever.
Driven by their biology, the young alien warriors follow her to Earth against orders. And when poachers try to abduct Jade once again, her pod has no choice but to save her and go on the run from both the poachers and the Confederacy. Because, when a podmate is found, no matter their age, nothing can be allowed to keep them apart.

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rogue aliens womanROGUE ALIEN’S WOMAN (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 2) by Kate Rudolph

Out of the frying pan, and into the fire…Andie Munster never expected to leave Earth, but one abduction and six years of servitude later, she knows that life can take a girl places she never meant to go. After a daring escape from a planet that held her hostage for more than half a decade, Andie is having trouble telling if her situation just got worse. She doesn’t think she’s cut out for the life of an outlaw, and with her former rescuer running hot and cold, she isn’t sure that she has any reason to remain with his crew.

Prison was the least of his worries…Out of prison and back on his ship things should be going great for Xandr. Instead he’s been stripped of his position as captain, his crew is questioning his decisions, and he can’t keep his eyes off the human he rescued from Ixilta. Demons from his past mean that romance isn’t something he can offer, but every time Andie gets close he can’t think of anything else.

When a job comes up that’s too lucrative to miss, Xandr and his crew will risk everything to pull it off. But is Xandr willing to risk the one woman who makes him want more than the life he’s carved out for himself?

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dragons saviorDRAGONS’ SAVIOR (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Milly Taiden

When the courts end Dr. Vanessa Bryant’s career, she’s contacted by a secret government facility to work as a doctor—on another planet. Having no other option, she agrees. On planet Daeria, she finds her two escorts are sexier than sin. She’s going to have problems keeping her hands off them and staying professional.

Madden and Kian, dragon-shifters from Daeria, have been closer than brothers all their lives. Sharing one surrogate is more than ideal to them. They are overjoyed with the idea of becoming parents to help repopulate their planet. The problem is their female isn’t part of the program.

Vanessa is there as a healer, not their surrogate. Plus, not everyone’s happy about her presence. In fact, they’d kill to have her gone. When Vanessa disappears, Madden and Kian learn they need to save more than her life alone. It’s a race against time to convince her they’re her perfect mates and creating a family isn’t impossible.

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fight like a womanFIGHT LIKE A WOMAN by J S Frankel

VS Note: From February

Meet Kyle Sorton, teen, orphan, living a life of no purpose on a space station. Occupation: janitor. Future prospects: none. His only dream is to be someone. Anyone will do.
Wish granted–sort of. An accident aboard his space station forces his flight, and his ship crash lands on an unknown world. Mortally wounded, he uses an experimental healing device called a Clavator to transfer his consciousness to the body of an alien woman. When he awakens, he discovers that this woman not only has special abilities, but that parts of her consciousness still exist. Even more surprising to him is the fact that his new host, named Rinarra, is married to Merat, another woman. She is understandably upset over losing her wife, and initially rejects the new Rinnara.
Confusion reigns, and compounding his problem of understanding his new form is the existence of a hostile alien force known as the Droogs. Large, purple, and utterly evil, Droogs care not about any lives other than their own. Kyle, who slowly begins to not only identify as Rinnara but also to fall in love with Merat, decides to fight the invaders. Windeeri has become a home, and she’ll defend it, even at the cost of her own life.

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his battle lords curseHIS BATTLE LORD’S CURSE (THE BATTLE LORD SAGA BOOK 8) by Linda Mooney

Things seem to have settled down among the people of Alta Novis. Normals and Mutah are working together, and families are thriving. The compound is filled to capacity and brimming with new life, but their good fortune can only last for so long.

Winter is setting in, and the surrounding countryside is being plagued by unexpected swarms of wild animals. In addition, a horde of rats is contaminating the food supplies and destroying goods, but why? Where are all these creatures coming from? And why is it happening now? It all seems to point to one man – a sorcer who shows up at the compound and demands obedience, or else he’ll bring down a devastating curse upon them all. A curse that threatens to take away all Yulen D’Jacques holds dear.

The Battle Lord finds himself at odds between fact and fiction, but he’ll stop at nothing to save his family, as well as his dynasty. But sometimes the real enemy can’t be seen, making it an almost impossible battle to fight, much less win.

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time takenTIME TAKEN (OUT OF TIME BOOK 3) by C B Lewis

Time travel is a precarious business at the best of times, but when Qasim El-Fahkri’s mission to the past ends in violence, it has a ripple effect through every level of the Temporal Research Institute.

Rhys Griffiths finds himself caught in the wake of the disastrous jump, his own career uncertain. With the Supervisory Board breathing down his neck, operatives demanding answers to baffling questions, and life outside of work bearing down on him, his only respite comes from Qasim’s company. As the professional slowly becomes the personal, they must confront the echoes of their own pasts to try and move forward in the future.

But another past is waiting for Qasim, and there may be no coming back from this one.

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model scribeMODEL: SCRIBE (MODEL HUMANS BOOK 2) by Nix Whittaker

Is death his only escape?
Kynaston is the prisoner of the Scribes. Forgotten, he is on the edge of taking the ultimate escape.
Sorcha is the apple of her daddy’s eye. Including walking in his footsteps of watching the stars. But he wouldn’t be pleased with her choice when she discovers something in the telescope that could change everything.

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alien generals sassy captiveTHE ALIEN GENERAL’S SASSY CAPTIVE by Evey Embers

VS Note: I read the Look Inside and the book held my attention, put it on my TBR List.

Sirah might be the hot-tempered, unruly girl trying to band together her human army and stop the invaders… but that won’t matter much when the strict alien general, Ronan, gets his hands on her.

He’s not supposed to lust for, let alone love any of the Earth women – but the way Sirah looks into his eyes has a way of forcing him to tear down his walls. And for her part, Sirah definitely knows that these aliens are bad news. Yet, she feels herself being pulled in by this virile Alien General’s seductive, unstoppable force.

Will he risk it all to tame his headstrong captive? And can she even handle all that he’s got to offer?

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prison moon stone dragonPRISON MOON STONE DRAGON by Alexandra Marell 

Called by a fiery dragon, but does he offer freedom or death?
Abducted from Earth for her gifts as a healer and seer, Claudia Galrese hears the dragon’s desperate call the moment the alien transport comes within orbit of Prison Moon One. He needs her and she can’t rest until she finds out why. Taken in a hunt they call the Chase, she’s nothing more than a slave, forced to bleed her talents dry for a greedy warlord. When she realises she won’t survive another year in his camp, Claudia risks it all and makes a discovery even her powers didn’t see coming.

She’s his only hope of survival, but it might be at the cost of his saviour’s life.
After his brave but futile attempt to save the female dragons during the mining wars, General Tharius Dra’Kathis is left clinging to life. With no hope remaining, he’s laid to rest to await death and transition to the Otherworld plains. But after two hundred years, and with his mortal dragon body turned to stone, he still awaits the pleasure of the gods. When they agree he will return, he wonders if they are playing with him yet.

One touch of a female dragon’s flesh. That’s all he needs to bring him back.
But if the females of his race are all dead, who out there is left with the power to bring this dragon back to life?

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my savage alien rescuerMY SAVAGE ALIEN RESCUER (PARALLEL DIMENSIONS BOOK 1) by Josie Walker

Christina’s life is going according to plan until she falls off a dumpster and into another dimension.

Now she’s being courted by a hunky blue alien. Too bad she can’t understand a word he’s saying! It’s going to take this crafty YouTube star a lot more than thread and a needle to mend the mess she’s gotten herself into . . . and there’s no WiFi so she can’t even look on Google for a tutorial!

It’s a wild and dangerous world! As love begins to kindle inside her and her savage rescuer, she can’t help but wonder if she will ever find her way home again . . . or if she even wants to anymore. Can indoor toilets and cell phones compete with passion so hot it threatens to set the sheets, or rather the animal hides, on fire? Is it worth losing everything she had in order to gain everything she’s always wanted?

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inspectionINSPECTION: A NOVEL by Josh Malerman

VS Note: Not a romance, kind of dystopian maybe? This is the author of BIRD BOX so it’s a release of note.

J is a student at a school deep in a forest far away from the rest of the world.

J is one of only twenty-six students, all of whom think of the school’s enigmatic founder as their father. J’s peers are the only family he has ever had. The students are being trained to be prodigies of art, science, and athletics, and their life at the school is all they know—and all they are allowed to know.

But J suspects that there is something out there, beyond the pines, that the founder does not want him to see, and he’s beginning to ask questions. What is the real purpose of this place? Why can the students never leave? And what secrets is their father hiding from them?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the forest, in a school very much like J’s, a girl named K is asking the same questions. J has never seen a girl, and K has never seen a boy. As K and J work to investigate the secrets of their two strange schools, they come to discover something even more mysterious: each other.

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owned by the alien princeOWNED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Zara Zenia and Starr Huntress

Lucy has never been comfortable in her own curvy body, but she believes her life on Earth is perfect. When she’s abducted by the Xicret to become a personal slave, she fights her captors and refuses to give in to her new reality.

The moment Harkzak see’s Lucy on the auction block, he knows he has to have her. After bidding an astronomical amount to win her, he’s distressed to find her unreceptive to his advances.

Harkzak is desperate for a way to win Lucy’s compliance and heart, so he provides her with a device that allows her to see what’s happening on Earth since she’s been gone. What she sees makes her realize no one on Earth truly cared for her, and it makes her appreciate Harkzak so much more.

When the two finally come together, it becomes clear there are deep feelings involved.
But Harkzak is living with the weight of a lie, one that could send Lucy back to Earth for good.
If Harkzak comes clean, will he lose Lucy forever, or can the bond they’ve formed survive?

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critical exposureCRITICAL EXPOSURE (SECURITY BREACH 2) by Ann Voss Peterson

An explosion in a secret defense lab changes the lives of three men forever. 

Echo Sloane doesn’t like Detective Rand McClellan’s insistence that her brother caused the Cranesbrook lab explosion. But when her baby is kidnapped and the ransom demanded is her missing brother, she must turn to Rand for help. Danger closes in on them when they encounter another man who lived through the lab explosion. He’s determined to use the power he acquired to destroy anyone–including Rand and Echo–standing in his way.

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envyENVY (THE DEADLY SEVEN BOOK 1) by Lana Pecherzyk

Crime rages in Cardinal City. The fanatical Syndicate’s answer is to be judge, jury and executioner, even if that means destroying half the world to eradicate sin. The only thing standing in their way is a family of fearless vigilantes known as the Deadly Seven.
Created in a lab with his brothers and sisters, Evan Lazarus can sense deadly levels of envy. But when he’s blamed for a mass tragedy, it tears him and his heroic family apart. As the Deadly Seven self destruct, Evan loses himself in the city’s ruthless cage-fighting scene, slowly falling prey to the sin he was created to fight. His only hope is to find balance in a partner who embodies his sin’s opposing virtue, the last thing he expects to find is his soulmate…

Doctor Grace Go almost died in the blast that killed her parents, and learned a valuable lesson: envy eats nothing but its own heart. So she forged a life filled with purpose and now seeks justice for the survivors. When she crosses paths with a fiercely protective but damaged hero, a desire she thought long gone is ignited. But Grace is wary of risking her brittle heart on a disgraced hero, even if she can’t seem to stay away from him.

When a figure from Evan’s past emerges, in league with the Syndicate, their evil scheme threatens to destroy everything Evan holds dear. Pushed to the limits, he will have to pull his family from the brink of oblivion and become the hero the city needs, or will envy drive him to destroy Grace and his only chance at love and redemption forever?

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first contactFIRST CONTACT: BOOK ONE IN THE DEEPENING SERIES (A SPACE ROCK OPERA ROMANCE ADVENTURE) by Kelly Brewer

An ex-Marine-turned-rock-god thought his group was skyrocketing to off-planet glory. … Notsomuch.

Things started out well for Kyle Supplantis, the first rock star in history to entertain anyone other than Earthlings. Unfortunately, his groundbreaking tour of the inhabited solar system, circa A.D. 2492, ends in an unexpected fashion:

At the final sold-out show orbiting Neptune, Kyle is serenading Mercy, his brand-new beautiful wife, the daughter of a Jupiter billionaire … when he is suddenly faced with a deadly choice for him and his new family.

The question becomes: Can a rock star save humanity from complete annihilation?Can he and his crew complete their raucous journey as a series of horrific events lead to a shocking revelation that will change humanity forever? And could they be more brilliant, bombastic and bedazzling while they do it? That’s one question we can answer, at least: No. No, they could not.

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lonens reignLONEN’S REIGN: SORCEROUS MOONS 6 by Jeffe Kennedy

VS Note: I am a HUGE fan of Jeffe’s fantasy romance novels!

A Looming Threat – The sorceress Oria has finally come into her own—able to wield the power of her birthright and secure in the marriage she once believed would bring her only misery. But the past she escaped still chases her, and the certainty of war promises to destroy everything she’s fought to have.

An Impossible War – Once before Lonen led an army in a desperate attempt to stop the powerfully murderous sorcerers of Bára—and he nearly lost everything. Now he must return to the battlefield that took the lives of so many of his people. Only this time he has more to risk than ever.

The Final Conflict – With guile, determination—and unexpected allies—Oria and Lonen return to the place where it all began… and only hope that it won’t also be the end of them.

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bonded to the dragonBONDED TO THE DRAGON by Kara Lockharte

I’m not supposed to be alive. But I am. Living and breathing. I thought it would be the worst thing that could happen to me.

I was wrong. Now I’m immortally bound to serve the whims of a fairy queen.

When a white dragon lays siege to the fairy queen, I know he’s my chance to escape, but this insanely sculpted rock of a man – I mean dragonshifter – has other plans for me.

If I help him get his revenge, he’ll grant me what I want; an end to this life of servitude. But his smoldering eyes, his heated touch, and the curve of his dangerous smile, makes me question.

No, there are some things I know, I was never ever meant to have. Even if I wish it were otherwise.

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from breath and ruinFROM BREATH AND RUIN (ELEMENTS OF FIVE BOOK 1) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.

Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.

War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.

For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.

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name like karmaA NAME LIKE KARMA (THE SECRET GODS SERIES BOOK 1)  by G Bailey

My name is Karma…and yes, it’s my job too.
Since I was eighteen, I have used my powers to deliver karma to those in need like my other family does.
Only they are much better at it. 
I deliver much needed karma to both good and bad humans, but mainly the bad as it’s more fun.
The only rule of the job? 
Don’t talk to the other gods, especially not the powerful ones, and definitely don’t accidentally kill one of them… Whoops.
Now the twin gods of justice are after me, and not even my family can save me now.
If I’m caught, it will be a one-way ticket pass to the gods’ correctional prison. It’s a place where more than mere gods are locked up and no one ever escapes.
Even gods can’t escape their fate…but they sure can try to run. 

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vampire 73A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 73: A SEARCH FOR DEATH by Bella Forrest

It’s the question of the century. Perhaps even the millennium. Because the Hermessi are growing dangerously close to completing their catastrophic ritual, and if Death can’t stop them, no one will.
GASP has heard she’s holed herself up on a far-flung planet called Mortis, but finding it — and her — will prove to be only the first challenge in gaining her favor, as Taeral and his team will soon discover.

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curse of the trollCURSE OF THE TROLL: AN EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON RETELLING (OTHERWORLD BOOK 6) by Emma Hamm

Elva was once a faerie princess, bound to the Seelie King and renowned throughout the land. Until that was all stripped from her in a single moment. Now, she has recreated herself as a warrior woman. Fierce and strong, she is sent to the Ice Mountain where a beast reigns. Watch him, kill him if necessary, but do not fall in love.

Donnacha was once a dwarven noble, until the Troll Queen saw him. She curses him into the form of a bear. The only way to break the curse is to marry her daughter. But when a certain faerie princess enters the picture, he realizes there might be another way to free him.

Determined to hate each other, they quickly realize there’s more to people than just appearances. When the Troll Queen steals him away, breaking her part of the deal, Elva must follow the bear she fell in love with east of the sun and west of the moon. To save him, she would give up everything.

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fate foretoldFATE FORETOLD (GIFTED ANOMALIES BOOK 1) by Jalizia A Burwell

For two years Adalyn Kabos has avoided death.
Among the gifted, she’s different, and a powerful man knows this. As Adalyn uses her Seer gift to stay ahead of her enemies, she runs into the arms of four men. While she should rejoice that they’re more than willing to help, there’s only one problem.
They’ll die too.
Now it’s a race against Fate as Adalyn pushes her gift further. Will she be able to prevent the deaths of her new friends, or will all of them fall victim to those filled with greed?

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bite of winterBITE OF WINTER (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 3) by Lily Archer

The Red Plains are hot. But my fae king? Even hotter. So, we kind of got captured by a warlike clan of Vundi warriors. Sounds bad, right? But they treat us as guests, and I’m coming to like them despite the ongoing threat of me being shipped off to the king beyond the mountain. I still endeavor to reach the winter kingdom and find a way back home … until the Vundi high priestess reveals that I may have more ties to the fae world than I ever imagined. On top of that, Leander knows just what buttons to press to get me naked, in a tub, and panting for him. My resolve is failing on all fronts, but worse than that, I discover danger is even closer than I realized.

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how not to acquire a castleHOW NOT TO ACQUIRE A CASTLE (KADITEOS BOOK 1) by Amy Laurens

Evil Overlord in training? Check.
Successfully hidden the true depths of her powers for four years so no one kills her? Check.
Graduating at the top of her class from the Evil Overlord Academy so she can acquire her castle? …Uncertain. And Mercury loathes uncertainty.
If that smarmy git Deviran beats her for first place, Mercury needs to rethink her plans. Because the Tumul Tuos castle belongs to her. No matter what it takes to convince everyone else.

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who let the wolves outWHO LET THE WOLVES OUT? (PECULIAR MYSTERIES BOOK 9) by Renee George

When a pack of werewolves move into her hometown of Peculiar, Missouri, good girl Dakota Thompson finds bad-boy werewolf Cal Rivers irresistible. The problem? She’s a deer shifter. Who ever heard of a prey animal falling for a predator? Good girls avoid bad boys. Right?

Cal Rivers wants to make a real go in the Ozarks shifter community, but most folks are deeply suspicious of the werewolves—with one exception. The beautiful doe shifter Dakota Thompson. Cal finds himself drawn to the gorgeous and smart Dakota. In a mate kind of a way. But then he gets into it with Dakota’s overprotective ex-boyfriend, which doesn’t make him any new friends.

After a full moon, when everyone in town shifts and spends the night in their animal forms, Dakota wakes up next to the dead, mutilated body of her ex. The tense situation between the werewolves and the town’s shifters go from precarious to catastrophic as Cal becomes one of the prime suspects in the murder. Together, Dakota and Cal work to find the real murderer to prevent an all-out war between predators and prey. Unfortunately, the killer isn’t done yet.

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wicked a c arthurWICKED: THE DESIRABLE WITCHES by A C Arthur

VS Note: Author’s note says some of these stories are re-releases from an older pen name, with additional material added. See note on ebook seller page. From February.

Touch Me, Please Me – Novelist, Cedric Compton is in the town of Mystic for one purpose only—to meet his second extended deadline. The key to making that happen is completing his research on the myth of the Desirable Witches. But when he knocks on the door of one of the reputed witches and the beautiful Sahara answers, the last thing on Cedric’s mind is work.

Sahara Baker takes her role as protector of the Mystic vector very seriously. She’s also not ashamed of acting on the insatiable desire bestowed upon her kind, so inviting the handsome writer into her bed is natural—keeping him out of her world and her heart is a little more complicated.

Tease Me, Take Me – Kitaka “Kit” Valentine is a Desirable witch with the power of vision. When she receives a premonition of danger that warns “they will come in twos,” she’s ready to act. She had no way of knowing that the two she hunted would introduce her to the two that would be her salvation.

Jack and Rad are business partners and best friends. Meeting Kit opens a door to more than just a magical world neither of them knew existed; it breaches the surface of the deep, dark sexual hunger that could destroy them all.

Teach Me, Love Me – Melody McCain is about to learn she cannot run from her destiny—whether that’s acknowledging she’s part of a powerful group of witches, or accepting that she’s part of a relationship more passionate and rewarding than she could have ever imagined.

Terrell Chase is game for joining his friend and teammate, Sean Brinkley for a week-long getaway, especially when Sean informs Terrell that his girlfriend, Melody, will be there too. What begins as a road to seduction quickly shifts into a battle to save not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vector left unguarded by a Desirable witch.

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lost in shadowLOST IN SHADOW: SHADOWBORN SERIES BOOK 2 by Erin O’Kane

To save the ones she loves, Ari drew on her Shadowborn powers at great cost to herself, making the ultimate sacrifice for those who have become like family to her.

With attacks increasing on shifters, and strange disappearances happening around the city, everyone is on alert. Tensions between the shifter packs and the magical community start to build as traces of magic are found at the crime scenes.

With Ari’s mind trapped in the mysterious shadow realm, but her body left behind in the real world with the men who love her, she needs to find a way back. Ari has always rejected her Shadowborn powers so this is easier said than done. Until a mysterious man arrives in the shadow realm claiming he can help her.
Will Ari trust the stranger and finally embrace her powers, or will she truly become Lost in Shadow?

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restorationRESTORATION: WOLVES OF GYPSUM CREEK by Serena Meadows

Get a degree and get the hell out of Gypsum Creek. Natalie has muttered those words most of her young life, and now she’s finally going to leave this town in the dust of her squealing tires. She. Can’t. Wait. But first, she has to renovate a crumbling old shop and get enough cash to move onto bigger and better things.

Dillion would love to start a new life, but that’s impossible on the run. Gypsum Creek might be the perfect sanctuary to disappear for a while, but a man like him can’t put down roots, or risk falling in love. Nothing good could come of it.

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sea secretSEA SECRET (THE LUNAFRIYA CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Elise H Ford

VS Note: From January

Cora is a girl who likes simple pleasures, reading her books and swimming in the local Michigan lakes. She has no idea who she really is. She falls hard for Jett, there’s just one problem. Jett is a guardian of the Halcyon mer-tribe. His job is to find a Lunafriya. A magical mermaid warrior. He thinks he’s found one…Cora. She has no idea what she really is. Now he has to tell her a secret her father never told her. She is a mermaid!

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courage of the witchCOURAGE OF THE WITCH (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 5) by Deanna Chase

After Hanna Pelsh lost her sister over a decade ago, she vowed to live her life to the fullest. And she does just that. When she’s not running the family coffee shop and volunteering her body to research for the mysterious disease that took her sister, Hanna dives head first into every adventure she can find. The only problem? The man she’s loved since she was fifteen doesn’t seem able to commit.

Rhys Silver has his dream job working at the Keating Hollow brewery. The only thing missing is a partner by his side. He’s known who he wants for as long as he can remember. He also knows he’s no good for her. But when the worst happens, he has a choice to make… overcome his fears or lose her forever.

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all souls near and nighALL SOULS NEAR AND NIGH (SOULBOUND BOOK 2) by Hailey Turner

Special Agent Patrick Collins has been reassigned by the Supernatural Operations Agency to New York City. Navigating his new relationship with Jonothon de Vere, the werewolf he’s now soulbound to, is nothing compared to dealing with territorial disputes between the vampires and werecreatures who call the five boroughs home. But the delicate treaties that have kept the preternatural world in check are fraying at the edges, and the fallout is spilling into the mundane world.

Manhattan’s club scene is overrun with the vampire drug known as shine and the subways have become a dumping ground for bodies. When the dead are revealed as missing werecreatures, Patrick and Jono find themselves entangled in pack politics twisted by vampire machinations.

Learning to trust each other comes with problems for both of them, and the gods with a stake in Patrick’s soul debt aren’t finished with him yet. Bound by promises they can’t break, Patrick and Jono must find a way to survive a threat that takes no prisoners and is stalking them relentlessly through the city streets.

Old and new betrayals are coming home to roost but the truth—buried in blood—is more poisonous than the lies being spun. Trying to outrun death is a nightmare—one Patrick may never wake up from.

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draft of dragonsDRAFT OF DRAGONS (THE FEDERAL WITCH BOOK 9) by T S Paul

Suspended for political reasons Agatha and her team have returned to her home to rest and recuperate. But still another war looms on the horizon. The Draconic Empire is making it’s move towards earth. They’ve worked behind the scenes to disrupt any and all that stand before them. But Agatha is still alive and she and the Blackmore Coven are prepared. Whatever comes through the Garden Gate will trigger a war. Is America and Earth ready for it?

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DEAD FAE WALKING (PARANORMAL PI FILES BOOK 2) by Jenna Wolfhart

As a new investigator and guard of the Crimson Court, I’ve got a lot to prove. Like, I need to show that my mind-reading powers are actually useful.

So, when Balor, my alluring fae prince, wants to team up on a case, I jump at the chance. Only problem is, he’s still digging into my past. If he finds out the truth, he’ll banish me into the darkness. And away from his side.

Worse, a sorcerer is transforming humans into bloodthirsty members of the walking dead. The culprit is hell-bent on destroying London, no matter what the cost. If we don’t stop him–and fast–the dead will kill us all.

If Balor doesn’t discover the truth about me first.

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stealing his heartSTEALING HIS HEART (NOX BAY PACK BOOK 1) by Connor Crowe

Felix is on a mission: steal a priceless artifact from the most dangerous wolves in the land. The reward? Freedom at last from the criminal syndicate that raised him and other orphaned omegas. When he stops to save a man in peril, the guards close in. Getting captured wasn’t part of the plan. Neither was meeting the intimidatingly sexy Pack Alpha. Soon, he finds himself questioning if he really wants to leave…

As the Alpha of Nox Bay, Markus is bound by duty to protect his land and his people. So when a thieving fox appears in their territory, it’s his job to punish him. Except…this fox is different than the others. He smells suspiciously like Markus’s fated mate. But can true love blossom between sworn enemies?

When Felix’s crime family come to reclaim their ‘investment’, both men must make a choice. A choice that will set both their futures in motion—and the future of the little one growing inside Felix.

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blood bearonBLOOD BEARON (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 5) by Riley Storm

When the Sheriff assigns Rachel Corningstone to solve the greatest crime spree in Plymouth Falls history, she knows this is her shot. The former big-city detective will finally prove to her new peers that she’s more than just a pretty face. When a civilian consultant is forced upon her as a partner though, it might just be more than she can handle. Rachel doesn’t want a partner. Not after the last time.

Sent to the town of Plymouth Falls, bear shifter Khove has one mission: to find the traitor to House Ursa and kill him. It’s not as easy as it sounds, and despite the gorgeous police detective’s help, the traitor is burning down more of their businesses every night. It’s a race against time, and Khove can’t afford any distractions, but how is he supposed to stop himself from claiming his mate?

Oblivious to the raging desires of her beyond-handsome partner, Rachel is hot to tackle the case at hand. What she isn’t aware of, is just how out of the normal it is, or who she’s really up against. While Khove will go to any length to protect his mate, the one thing he can’t do is let the traitor survive—even at the expense of his own happiness. Can Rachel come to grips with the rules of the shifter world, or will her sense of justice prevent her from understanding why Khove must kill?

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fools errandFOOL’S ERRAND (FATE’S FOOLS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone. In my case that was literal – I had Ozzie West’s soul and didn’t know it, but now it’s been torn from me and him along with it. I’m afraid I will never get him back.
My heart is broken.
My three mates may try to fill that void, but they don’t understand what he meant to me. They can’t see the memories unlocked by Fate.
Only one man can help, but he’s the one man I’m afraid I can never trust again.

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white omegaTHE WHITE OMEGA (HELL’S BEARS MC BOOK 2) by J L Wilder

ll my life I’ve been told I need to stay inside, stay protected. As an omega polar bear, i’m an object of lust to shifter men, and the outside world is not safe.

When my pack’s alpha claims he has imprinted on me, I know it’s a lie. I know the outside world is the only one I can trust. Even if I get kidnapped, and delivered to the doorstep of the infamous Hell’s Bears MC.

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spell of loveSPELL OF LOVE (THE DARK ORCHID BOOK 3)  by Auryn Hadley

All Jade wanted was her own happily ever after. Unfortunately, it’s never that easy. Being a woman and a mage complicates things. Falling for three men at the same time? At least that’s working out.
Everything else is a mess.

And it’s all the Spider’s fault. That man just can’t help himself. He wants power, and Xel is the best source he’s ever found. To fuel his own addiction, the Spider will destroy everything in his path – including the quiet little village of pirates and whores that Jade has claimed as her own.

But everyone has a price. For Jade and her men, it’s the people they care about. For the first time, they’ve found a family, and the Spider wants to destroy that too. After all, his goal is pain. He doesn’t even care whose.

The only way to stop this is to go for the source. If the Sultan is this desperate to have his mage wars, then she’ll play. After all, Jade has mastered the one weapon these men won’t even consider.
Love – it cuts both ways.
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her wolf silver shifterHER WOLF (SILVER SHIFTER BOOK 1) by Katherine Bogle and Alexa B James

From one master to the next, she hasn’t known kindness since her parents were alive, and even then, she never belonged to herself. When a handsome werewolf saves her from the fighting pits, Ariana’s life is turned upside down.

Thrown into a brand new world, Ariana discovers she’s not only a wolf, but the Silver Shifter, a being born every hundred years, and she’s supposed to be the last. But her hot new alpha is hiding more than he’s telling, including the alphas of the other New York packs.

Wolves. Dragons. Bears. Panthers. Each pack is holding back a secret from her, like why Ariana feels an unnatural pull to each.

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reign of dragonsREIGN OF DRAGONS (DRAGON DOJO BROTHERHOOD BOOK 1) by Olivia Ash

No one screws with my family.
My sister and I are human orphans raised by the world’s best assassin, taught to steal and kill our way through the dragonlands under her watchful eye. Grown men fear us, and no one knows we’re coming until it’s too late to run.

Irena and I—we’re good. The best. In a dog-eat-dragon kind of world, we have to be. But someone betrayed us. Someone we trusted with our lives.

Irena is missing. My mentor is gone. And as for me… the man responsible for this mess thought he killed me. He kicked me into a pit, and he left me to die.
But I don’t give up that easy.

In the darkness, facing death itself, I fused with dragons. I had no choice. This is ancient magic, and dangerous people want it. They want me, dead or alive, and they’ll start a war if that’s what it takes to control me.
The magic I discovered—the magic these brutal people want—it’s mine, plain and simple. No one can take it from me. And I’m coming back from the dead.
For blood. For vengeance.
For Irena.

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adrianADRIAN: THE WHITFIELD RANCHER – TIGER SHAPESHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton

Mason Jane Barnhart had nothing left to live for. She was dying and there was nothing anyone could do about it. Rather than suffer a long agonizing death, she wanted it to be on her terms. She’d let the icy water claim her, and if she was lucky, she wouldn’t suffer.

Oliver Whitfield had been watching the girl. He couldn’t believe that anything could be so bad as to want to take her own life. But when she jumped from the bridge he had to go in after her. His tiger, bigger and stronger, would have to save her. When they got her to shore, Evan said that changing her was the only thing that would save her. Oliver didn’t want to, but he couldn’t let her die. He had a strange feeling that she was supposed to be the mate to one of his sons.

Adrian wasn’t sure he was ready for a mate. The timing wasn’t right. He still had so much left to do while running for public office, and if word got out that she tried to take her own life, he’d have that scandal to deal with too. But when he caught her scent, he knew, she was his and all thoughts of not being ready for a mate fled his mind.

When Mason opened her eyes, she was fit to be tied. She wasn’t supposed to be here, she was supposed to be dead. That’s what she wanted. What had those meddling Whitfields done now?

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my soul to keepMY SOUL TO KEEP by Jackie May

All Kinsey wants is a steady relationship with a decent man who will love her and treat her right. It seems an impossible goal. After getting dumped via a Post-it note, she’s fed up with her love life and ready to swear off men forever. While drowning her sorrows at the local bar, Kinsey accidentally sells her soul for a forever relationship and ends up in the Netherworld with the three lords of the afterlife.

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azure secretsAZURE SECRETS (CRYSTAL MAGIC BOOK 5) by Patricia Rice

After a childhood of being tossed from foster homes for claiming she can detect liars by their scent, Fiona Malcolm McDonald does her best to conceal her secret these days. But when she sniffs a wrongdoer and drives him off with jalapeño cheesecake, she loses still another cooking job and is homeless again. She places her last hope on her mentor in Hillvale, a town as weird as she is.

Mayor Monty Kennedy has a secret too. He owns most of Hillvale but hasn’t the cash to repair the only empty cabin. Still, even in his desperation, he refuses to repeat his father’s sins by throwing people out of their jobs and houses just so he can have his own space.

Before either of them can find a solid roof for their heads, Fiona’s mentor dies—and it isn’t accidental. Determined to discover who wanted a good woman dead, Fiona camps out in Monty’s cabin, setting her on a collision course with the mayor—and a killer. With the secret help of the town’s spiritualists, Monty and Fiona must cooperate to solve a puzzle with only a dog, a ghost, and a seemingly useless key as clues to stop a murderous gang who stink of corruption.
If they survive, perhaps a hot chef and a cool mayor might learn to share a roof.

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vengeance rebecca zanettiVENGEANCE: A DARK PROTECTORS/REBELS NOVELLA by Rebecca Zanetti

Vengeance and revenge are the only forces driving vampire soldier Noah Siosal since losing his brother to an enemy he’s been unable to find. He’s searched every corner of the globe, going through adversaries and piling up bodies until finally getting a lead. The last place he wants to be is in a ridiculous anger management group with people expressing feelings instead of taking action. Until one fragile human, a green-eyed sweetheart being stalked by danger, catches his eye. One touch, and he realizes vengeance can’t be anywhere near her.

Anger and self-preservation are the only motivations Abby Miller needs or wants right now. Falsely accused of attacking the man who’s terrorized her for years, she’s forced as a plea bargain to attend an anger management counseling group with people with some serious rage issues, while learning true self defense on the side. Yet a man, one more primal than any she’s ever met, draws her in a way and into a world deadlier than she’s ever imagined. He offers her protection, but she finds the fight is really for his heart, and she’s ready to battle.

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devil and the dancerDEVIL AND THE DANCER: AN ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLA (ELEMENTAL LEGACY NOVELLAS BOOK 4) by Elizabeth Hunter

Sometimes falling is the safest step to take.
Chloe Reardon has a problem, and his name is Gavin Wallace.

Okay, Gavin isn’t exactly a problem, unless you consider a highly attractive wind vampire with dubious intentions a problem. Especially if that vampire is your boss. With an affinity for kilts and excellent taste in music.

But none of that matters because Chloe Reardon has had enough of dangerous men. Danger is overrated. Danger is the opposite of sexy. So Gavin is the last man—or vampire—on earth she needs to let into her heart.
Except what if the most dangerous man you knew was also the one who made you feel the strongest?

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taming her mateTAMING HER MATE (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD BOOK 6) by Kathy Lyons

Detective Ryan Kennedy doesn’t have time for distractions. As the only bear shifter on the police force, he’s responsible for investigating the cause of the mysterious flu-like illness that’s ravaging the citizens of Detroit. But when the beautiful daughter of a rival clan’s alpha asks for his help, Ryan realizes that she may hold the key to stopping the virus. If only he can focus on the case and not on how much he wants to kiss the enemy.

Francesca Wolf knows who’s poisoning the city, and she has a plan to take him down, but it will only work if Ryan follows her lead. Frankie’s strong, passionate spirit makes her slow to ask for help, but time is running out and the sexy-as-sin cop won’t submit to her demands. Instead, he’s giving her orders and firing up her passions just when she needs to stay calm. They’ll have to work together-as equals-to save the city, to keep each other alive, and to contain a hunger that might just burn the whole city to the ground.

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werelion and the catTHE WERELION AND THE CAT (PARANORMAL PROTECTION AGENCY BOOK 11) by Mina Carter

VS Note: A re-release

Tall, blond and handsome has been tailing her for months. But born a warlock and trained by a demon, Beth Roark isn’t a woman to be put off her game by a pretty face, not even when he almost catches her on her last job, the last job, the one that will fund her retirement from a life of crime. One soul-stealing kiss and she’s gone, but he’s not that easy to get rid of. And neither are the bully-boy wolves who first hired her to steal for them and now want her head on a platter.

She’s mysterious, beautiful and a professional thief. Werelion Alex Sullivan is the best at what he does, tracking people who don’t want to be found, but even with his skills, bringing in infamous antiquities thief ‘The Cat’ is proving to be somewhat difficult. She’s as good at not being caught as he is at catching people. When he gets the drop on her, he realizes why. She’s a magic user. And his mate. Just one problem, the people who own the artefact she just stole want it back… and her dead.
He needs to find her before they do, or risk losing his mate before he can make her his.

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witchs kindTHE WITCH’S KIND by Louisa Morgan

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

Barrie Anne Blythe and her aunt Charlotte have always known that the other residents of their small coastal community find them peculiar — two women living alone on the outskirts of town. It is the price of concealing their strange and dangerous family secret.
But two events threaten to upend their lives forever. The first is the arrival of a mysterious abandoned baby with a hint of power like their own. The second is the sudden reappearance of Barrie Anne’s long-lost husband — who is not quite the man she thought she married.
Together, Barrie Anne and Charlotte must decide how far they are willing to go to protect themselves — and the child they think of as their own — from suspicious neighbors, the government, and even their own family…
rikkis awakeningRIKKI’S AWAKENING (RARE BOOK 7) by Dawn Sullivan
 

Barely escaping death after her last battle against the General, Rikki Diamond spent the past five months in a coma. Five months of pain, despair, darkness, and most of all… anger. Now that she’s finally returned to the land of the living, she has an uncontrollable rage building inside of her, urging her wolf to take over. Feeling abandoned by her mate when she needed him most, Rikki must fight to keep her emotions in check. A battle she is beginning to feel she will lose. Her mate… her team… no one is safe.

After the General’s men got to his mate, Jeremiah Black decided he was finished watching from the outside and took matters into his own hands. Having gone undercover while his mate lay in a hospital bed, he began working his way up in the ranks, getting deeper and deeper into the General’s organization. He has one goal in mind, and not even the changing circumstances will keep him from completing his mission; destroying the General’s entire organization, even if he has to pick them off one by one.

The tides are changing with the shift of power. Will Rikki and Jeremiah be able to make it out alive? Or will Jeremiah walk into a trap on his first solo mission, leaving Rikki to the anger raging inside of her?

unbound spiritsUNBOUND SPIRITS (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 2) by Christine Pope

With the troubling aftermath of Project Demon Hunters’ first investigation still heavy on his mind, Michael Covenant awaits Audrey Barrett’s arrival in Tucson to film the second episode.

Except she never shows up.

Michael’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when his psychic gift pinpoints the exact spot outside the airport terminal where her panic and terror have left an indelible impression. Someone has taken her against her will, and it’s anyone’s guess where she is now.

Audrey can’t believe her eyes. Her kidnapper is a demon wearing a dead man’s face — a demon furious that she and Michael closed the portal he’d been using as a direct connection to hell…a demon who’ll stop at nothing to take his revenge.

Like a homing beacon, Audrey’s very soul reaches out for the man who broke her trust but still holds her heart — Michael, who fears that even if he reaches her in time, their fight with this particular demon has only just begun.

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forbidden for two bearsFORBIDDEN FOR TWO BEARS (BEAR MOUNTAIN BOOK 22) by Kelex

Life seems to have it out for Zachary Duchamps. He’s gone from foster home to foster home, until he works his ass off to get into the University of Chicago—hopeful to change his circumstances. But when a side job brings him face-to-face with the paranormal, he’s abducted and sold to the highest bidder. Finally able to escape years later, fate brings him from one nightmare to another.

When the battered, exhausted human shows up at their door, bear shifters Chase and LJ rush to protect Zach from whatever demons are chasing him. They immediately scent the man is theirs, but after all he’s been through, they hold back the instinctual need roaring in their blood.

Zach’s finally safe in Bear Mountain—but there are two shifters outside the walls, demanding they are the human’s mates and that he be returned to them.
Can Chase and LJ—with the help of a whole community—keep Zach safe from harm and prove to him that not all shifters are monsters?
And can Zach let go of his past and embrace his future?

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deepest blueTHE DEEPEST BLUE: TALES OF RENTHIA by Sarah Beth Durst

VS Note: Not billed as a romance, although there seem to be some romantic elements…

Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the island’s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force.

To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queen’s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her.

They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aid the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying place—an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.

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raining magicRAINING MAGIC: MESSING UP MAGIC BOOK 3 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO 43) by Winnie Winkle, Foreword by SE Smith

Their spirits are free… but their town is under siege.

Tashi, a dazzling firebird-moon elf, packs a lot of magical power in her punch. Her discovery that Magic, New Mexico is in trouble sends her winging to the town with a dire warning of doom. It also sets her on a collision course with a super hot warlock.

Zac takes one look and knows he has to have Tashi. He’s spent a lifetime turning away from his dark side; now he’s ready to capture this little free-spirited hedonist living her life in wild abandon. Feisty and fearless, she belongs to no one. Zac is determined to make Tashi his, regardless of the cost.

Tashi and Zac face three different enemies, each resolved to steal away or destroy the town’s magical residents. In a battle of wits, unusual spells, and bewitching ingenuity, Tashi and Zac’s future together depends on the resilience of love in a world out of kilter. They take their stand against allies once considered friends, a cruel alien race bent on their enslavement, and a vengeful Djinn with a god complex.

In a life flipped upside down, what could go right?

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dragon guard charlene hartnadyDRAGON GUARD (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Charlene Hartnady

When Mountain catches the human he’s been tracking, his excitement turns instantly to shock. She’s not who he thought she would be. Not even close. She’s not even one of the females taking part in the hunt. This female is something else entirely.

He needs to get her back to his lair for questioning. His people will be interested in all she has to say. At least, that would be the logical, responsible thing to do. Only, he’s not feeling particularly logical at the moment. Not when looking into her blue eyes, or taking in her curvy body. Nope! Screw being responsible! He’s going to try and win her. The only problem is, this particular female isn’t looking for a mate. His superiors won’t be happy with his choice either, but he’s going for it anyway.

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fairer hexTHE FAIRER HEX (A WITCH AMONG WARLOCKS BOOK 1) by Lidiya Foxglove

So apparently my mom was a witch. And not just a witch, but a witch who turned bad. My poor, sweet, normal dad wanted me to have a good college experience. Instead I get a magical offer I literally can’t refuse, from the world’s most elite school for warlocks.

WARLOCKS. As in GUY WITCHES.

Even though I definitely have lady parts, somehow I ended up at a warlock school to learn the gentlemanly arts (which are a lot more badass than, ahem, lady magic). Did I mention the witch world is stuck in the 19th century? Unmarried witches and warlocks barely see each other outside of society balls, which are still a thing.

No one knows how I ended up here. I’m thrown into a whole new world where I am outcast and friendless, except for:

—Firian, the enigmatic fox shifter who has been watching over me since I was born.
—Alec, my new roommate, a sexy-as-sin incubus enchanted not to lay a hand on me. For safety. Or cruel and unusual punishment.
—Montague, the black sheep of the school since he got turned into a vampire on spring break.
—Harris, an arrogant ass from the most elite of all magical families. Okay, he’s not my friend but he’s Montague’s. I’ll work on him.

My existence here breaks all the rules. Am I here for the right reasons? Or am I the pawn meant to destroy the very world I’m starting to love? When my magic proves stronger than anyone expects, and the school is attacked by a demon, I’ll need help from the four gorgeous magical men who are willing to break a few rules with me. They’re each forbidden to me in their own way, and the greatest danger of all might not be demons, but falling for them. All of them.

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star cruise songbirdVS Note: I had my scifi rock star romance on the mind. Entertainment Weekly put out a list of their top 23 ‘fake’ songs from movies and TV shows and I was wishing someone would write the songs for my futuristic rock diva LOL. STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD:

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

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.

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Too Bad for Him Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the formatter, who is apparently swamped right now, so it may not make it  to release until the end of next week.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt follows directly from last week’s – 

Keshara ignored the startled glance Gabe gave her. He probably took her comment as a betrayal, but Keshara was desperate to obtain help for him. Worry about the consequences later.

First Daughter Ashla frowned, looking from her to the man on the litter, “Perhaps you’re right on this count. Certainly the Director will want to know of these humans, to question him if he survives. But you’re very much guilty of breaking the rules and must pay the price,” She gestured to the other Badari, “Bind her wrists and let us return to the Retreat.”

Keshara offered no resistance, only said from her kneeling position, “You will give him medical care?”

Ashla grunted and pointed at Raeblin, who was a trained medic, “Give him whatever we have in the medical kit that will keep him alive for now. ”

Raeblin pulled equipment from her pack and hastened to Gabe, doing a cursory scan, “He may not be able to tolerate our drugs.”

“Too bad for him then.”

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Ashla’s not the sympathetic type…

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

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

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

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 13

reviving oliviaAs 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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REVIVING OLIVIA (PROJECT DEEP BOOK 7) by Becca Jameson

Olivia. Cryonically preserved for ten years without her knowledge.
Holds the mysterious key that could free everyone.
Living on the run with two very tempting men, while hoping more than anything that her past doesn’t compromise her future.

Spencer.Computer hacker who escaped the enemy.
A skill set that could save the entire DEEP team.
Lacking confidence could be his undoing, especially when it comes to the two people he cares about most.

Damon.Cryonicist who revived twenty-four souls.
Protector of the two lives in his care.
Hopeful that he can convince them to be his, and scared to death he might not be enough for them.

An unconventional relationship born under duress, in isolation.
Can their bond hold true when the dust settles?

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toxic gameTOXIC GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL BOOK 15) by Christine Feehan

VS Note: I loved this series initially, then drifted away from it – book #8 confused me and the series was getting too violent for me at the time; came back for VIPER GAME and SPIDER GAME….but I’m going to read this one and see how I feel. I still reread some of the older novels in the series on occasion. One clicked.

On a rescue mission in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, Dr. Draden Freeman and his GhostWalker team need to extract the wounded as quickly as possible—or risk spreading a deadly virus unleashed by a terrorist cell. When Draden gets infected, he forces his team to leave him behind. He won’t risk exposing anyone else. He intends to find the ones responsible and go out in a blaze of glory….

Shylah Cosmos’s mission is to track the virus and remain unseen. Her enhanced senses tell her that the gorgeous man eradicating the terrorists one by one is a GhostWalker—and his lethal precision takes her breath away. When he’s hit by a lucky shot, she can’t stop herself from stepping in, not knowing that by saving his life she’s exposed herself to the virus.

There’s no telling how much time Draden and Shylah have left. Racing to find a cure, they quickly realize that they’ve found their perfect partner just in time to lose everything. But even as the virus threatens to consume their bodies, they’ve never felt more alive.

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valdjanVALDJAN (CYBORG WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Immortal Angel

Valdjan is facing the biggest challenge of his life. He’s been selected as the champion who must face the Elven tests, to gain the power of the Crystal Cave before it’s too late.

Ithyll has been waiting for a champion, and time has never been an issue until now. An enemy has found her Crystal Cave and she is no longer safe. So when Valdjan falls from the sky, she prays to the gods that he’s the one to pass the tests. That he will free her from her duty.

But the Elven tests are not for the faint of heart. And though they believe there is only one champion, they will have to discover the greatness inside them both to succeed.

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ensign probusENSIGN PROBUS (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 8) by Wendie Nordgren

Just when Princess Teagan and her husbands had decided to have no more secrets, lies, or prevarications between them, the Galaxic Government has other ideas, and it leaves some of them on opposite sides.

After being brought to the cusp of interstellar war, the Parvac Empire participates in a deadly race to uncover the source of technology far too advanced to have been created within the known galaxies. The discovery would put a government or criminal faction at a major militaristic advantage, and there are those who will kill whoever gets in the way along with anyone who might serve as a witness.

Ordered to discover the source of the alien technology, Ensign Probus and her team put the skills which they’ve learned at the Inquisitors Academy to use. Their search takes them from the Laconian Sector and across Galaxic space. However, they aren’t alone in their mission. It seems as though a subtle consciousness draws them forward, but is it an alien consciousness or the work of the Mad Ones?

Teagan’s husbands decide to facilitate her sense of power and personal self-worth by teaching her what they know and treating their beloved Imperial Princess like as much of an equal as they can…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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demanded by the alienDEMANDED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 4) by Sabrina Kade

Nothing in Dolan’s life is going well. He knows to the depths of his alien hearts that Layla is his Chosen mate. But the sarcastic, opinionated human woman doesn’t seem to realize how lucky she is to have caught his attention. Worse, his older brother Azan is driving him insane, treating him like a child rather than the warrior he knows he can be—despite being desperate to hide his one debilitating weakness.

Layla’s only goal is making enough money to care for her brother—even though she’s sure the money she sends isn’t reaching him. Annoyingly, the arrogant, frivolous alien Dolan keeps trying to convince her she’s his mate. She doesn’t have time for his antics. He’s no different from all the other people who have let her down.

But when bad weather traps them together overnight, Layla realizes Dolan’s cocky attitude hides more vulnerability than she ever imagined. Perhaps Layla can’t save everyone. But maybe she can find her own happiness by simply saving herself—with a little help from Dolan.

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winter worldWINTER WORLD (THE LONG WINTER BOOK 1) by A G Riddle

VS Note: From February. Not a romance although there were romantic elements, but a release of note. I one clicked. I enjoyed the book, good solid scifi, looking forward to the sequel.

Each month, Earth grows colder. Snow falls in summer. Glaciers trample cities across North America, Europe, and Asia. The new ice age shows no signs of ending.
Chaos erupts. Around the world, people abandon their homes, fleeing the cold, flocking to regions where they can survive.
Nations prepare to go to war for the world’s last habitable zones.

NASA and other scientific organizations race to discover why the world is cooling. They send probes into the solar system to collect readings, and out there, in the dark expanse of space, they find something no one expected: a mysterious object, drifting toward the sun. Could it be responsible for the new ice age? And if so, can we stop it? Or is the artifact merely an observer? Or neither? Could it be a relic from a long-extinct civilization? One thing is certain: investigating the object is humanity’s best hope of survival.

As the ice age claims more lives and the world slides into anarchy, an international consortium launches a mission into space to study the object and make contact. But the first contact mission doesn’t go as planned. What the crew discovers out there is beyond anyone’s imagination.

Two members of the first contact mission may hold the keys to humanity’s salvation.

Dr. Emma Matthews is the commander aboard the International Space Station. For months, she has watched the world below freeze and civilization unravel. The headlines tell only half of the story. The messages from her sister tell the rest, of a world witnessing mass migrations, fighting for survival, struggling to provide a future for their children. When a catastrophe strikes the ISS, Emma faces her own fight for survival.

Dr. James Sinclair is one of the greatest scientists alive. A mind before his time…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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naxNAX (SKY WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Sadie Carter

Between work and caring for her sick mother, Crista didn’t have much time for a social life, let alone a man.
And certainly not for a man like him.
So what if he was sexy, gorgeous and had the lead role in all her late-night fantasies? He was also rude, weird and just way too much man for her.
She couldn’t even please her asshole boss, how would she ever please a man like Nax?

Nax didn’t like humans. He didn’t like talkative females or loud females, and he definitely did not like tearful females. He hated this planet they were forced to live on while they searched for their mates.
Yet against all odds he found himself intrigued by her.
Aroused by her. Wanting her.

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deep jaine diamondDEEP: AN EROTIC MILITARY ROMANCE (DEEP BOOK 1) by Jaine Diamond

VS Note: Set on a space station. 

Top cadet Lana Marsden lives by the rules. The most important rule of all: no messing around with an officer. She learned that one the hard way.

Now her only desire is to survive the grueling DEEP Training program and leave that scandalous past behind.

When she reports to Station Six amid wild rumors of erotic hazing rituals and sadomasochistic games, she’s not prepared for any of the rumors to be true—or for her insatiable attraction to Sergeant “Catch” Durant, her tattooed rebel of a trainer.

One touch from Catch, and Lana knows she’s in trouble. One night of white-hot ecstasy, and the rules melt away.

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deeper jaine diamondDEEPER (DEEP 2) by Jaine Diamond

For months, Sergeant “Catch” Durant has scraped out an existence without her. Cadet Lana Marsden. The girl of his kink-fueled dreams. Sweet. Submissive. And utterly in control.

The girl who used the safeword and walked away.

For months, Lana’s tried to carry on with her duty—her mission into the deep. She’s tried to let Catch go… and failed.

When a state of emergency forces their paths to collide, there’s only so long Lana can resist the man who brought her to her knees. Only so long Catch can hold himself back from all he really wants.

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rogue huntROGUE HUNT (ROGUE STAR BOOK 2) by Elin Wyn and Ava York

I just wanted to save the cute little critter…
Cute, little alien critter, but still.
It needed my help getting out of that awful cage.
If surly, growly Aavat didn’t want to help, all he had to do was shrug those broad, bronze shoulders. Surely there’d be nothing one little human could do to encourage him, right?
How was I supposed to know how much trouble it would lead to?

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deliriumDELIRIUM (ATOM AND EVIL BOOK 1) by Myra Danvers

VS note: No blurb provided, just a quote from the book. Dystopian SFR apparently, from the reviews. 33 reviews on amazon, 4.8 average

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dragon unearthedDRAGON UNEARTHED (DRAKKONIAN WARS BOOK 1) by Ishabelle Torry

Dr. Jemma Flannigan – There’s nothing like a new dig to get my heart pumping. An endless desert of possibility awaits. Ancient bones. Pottery. Cave art…a dragon?He’s huge. Stark-naked. Covered in scales.And he says I’m his mate.I don’t know what’s more terrifying—the fact he’s an alien, or that his very presence muddles my senses, and his touch leaves me a quaking mess.

Kai – After crash landing on this foreign blue planet thousands of years ago, the last thing I expect is to be struck by the sweet scent of the Nocktam. It beckons to me, rousing me from hibernation, away from the safety of the cave I’ve called home for centuries. Her essence draws me like no other, and I can’t deny the primal need to claim her as mine. She’s beautiful. Vibrant. Spirited. And in grave danger…These humans have no idea their very existence hangs in the balance of an age-old galactic war. But I’ll protect my mate at all costs. Even if it means I have to sacrifice an entire planet.

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lieutenants mate c w grayTHE LIEUTENANT’S MATE (BLUE SOLACE BOOK 4) by C W Gray

Sebastian Dolarnio has a past. His parents sold him into indentured servitude when he was seventeen which led him to enforced prostitution. Fortunately, with the help of some very good friends, him and his daughter are safe and have a home – a beautiful, accepting place with more family than he ever dreamed of having. Then there’s his mate. A handsome, wonderful man calls Sebastian “mate” and Sebastian knows he doesn’t deserve him. He has to find a way to be worthy of his new home and his new mate. A strange Crellic book provides him with the answer to his problems, but it comes with complications of its own.

Alois has been dreaming of finding his life-mate since he was a kid. He knows that Sebastian is a dream come true, but how can he convince his mate of that plus fight the baggage he carries from his own past? When Sebastian begins a strange, wonderful journey, Alois knows that he has to be the loving and supportive mate that Sebastian deserves.

The two men build a life together and learn to love one another, but the galaxy is in turmoil and Charybdis Station is in the middle of it all.

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metal dragonMETAL DRAGON (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 2) by Lauren Esker

Meri is a widow, consumed by grief for the husband she lost ten years ago. She never expected to be stranded on an alien planet full of vicious dinosaur-like wildlife … let alone with a tormented, silver-eyed dragon prince. He says he’s rescuing her. He’s definitely the only person who can protect her from this world’s monsters. But there’s no one to save her from her own treacherous heart, after she believed she would never love again …

As a slave to the Galatean Empire, dragon shifter Lyr lost everyone he ever loved, and walled up his heart in self-defense. Protecting Meri doesn’t have to mean falling in love with her. Even if she’s brave and beautiful, and everything that Lyr and his dragon could have wanted in a mate.
But it’s just the two of them. No one is going to know.

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otherworldlyOTHERWORLDLY: KASSIEN AND CALYPSO’S SONG by C F Rabbiosi and C A Rabbiosi

Two worlds: HERS the species of origin, and HIS from her darkest nightmares. Will she be the one to save his entire warrior race, or will their love tear the entire world apart?
Calypso:
“You destroyed our world… We are nothing now! Nothing but the old leather-bound classics that tell us who we WERE. So dominant, so advanced… You think you know love: Chemicals that explain your PERFECT science. Endorphins… none of it real: Animalistic.

Well I am HUMAN. And we are not just science. Just because you have broken down these precious elements, the ingredients of the potion… It doesn’t make the spell any less potent.”

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abundanceABUNDANCE by Emmalynn Spark

Alex is part of Earth’s last hope: a crew member on a ship sent out from a dying planet, wishing for a second chance. He wakes from his cryo pod to find destruction. Their mission has failed, he and his commander, Luke Belka, are the only ones to survive the journey.

Luke insists that help must be coming, that one of the other ships on the mission must also have reached this planet. Whether or not he’s right, they will need to survive on this lush alien planet. And maybe find happiness along the way.

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inheriting warINHERITING WAR (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 6) by Viola Grace

Remi is the first human-Rrassic hybrid, and she leaves the creche to return to Imrahl with her nearest four siblings. All of them have been trained to fight, spy, and make themselves useful to the war effort.

Hiding her existence from the unmated humans hadn’t occurred to her, and she is soon without a proper place and in a holding pattern. A job as a bodyguard is a great distraction.

Kromir is the Mrek-Rrassic who has been sent to examine the exotic new human-Saya. His bodyguard is one of the new species and therefore out of his grasp until he finds out that she isn’t, and she isn’t.

She leads him to the creche, and he sees the army that is rising around them, her brothers and sisters, and as she calls them, her cousins. He needs to report back to the council, but he needs proof. Remi is an excellent specimen, so he takes her along… for science.

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time travelers guide to modern romanceTIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO MODERN ROMANCE by Madeline J Reynolds

Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?

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winters wedWINTER’S WEB: AN ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN NOVELLA by Jennifer Estep

VS Note: A re-release, previously in an anthology. I enjoyed this one and it was my introduction to her series. (I received an ARC when the anthology came out.) Plus, who can resist a RenFaire???

An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re the Spider . . .

I might be Gin Blanco, aka the assassin the Spider, but even I need a break from the bad guys every now and then. So when Owen Grayson, my significant other, suggests a trip to the Winter’s Web Renaissance Faire, it sounds like a perfect distraction from all my problems.

The faire starts off innocently enough, but something seems slightly off about the cheery atmosphere and costumed characters. Maybe I’m being paranoid, but I can’t help but feel like I’m trapped in someone else’s icy web—and that they don’t want me to leave the faire alive.

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bloodleafBLOODLEAF (THE BLOODLEAF TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Crystal Smith

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

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vaudeville runawayVAUDEVILLE RUNAWAY: A STANDALONE REVERSE HAREM CIRCUS SHIFTER ROMANCE by Emma Dean

Kitty is just a normal girl trying to find her way in the world when she runs into some trouble that brings her right to a traveling circus. Then three insanely hot guys take her in and give her a safe place, and soon she realizes the Circus of Night is far more than it appears.

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jakes djinnJAKE’S DJINN: CARDINAL WITCHES by Alyssa Day

VS NOTE: Short story.

When Jake, brilliant scholar and full-fledged member of the crazy Cardinal Witches family, meets the djinn of his dreams, at first he doesn’t even realize it. But after she punches him in the face, helps him survive the birth of his niece, and confides the deeply guarded secret of her true name, will Jake be the one to grant Donya’s wish?

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bitten by the earlBITTEN BY THE EARL (LORDS OF THE NIGHT BOOK 2) by Sandra Sookoo

He loves her but can’t convince her… Rafe Andrew Edward Astley, Twelfth Earl of Devon, toils beneath an ancient curse as a vampire. He has made peace with that side of him long ago, except if he cannot banish his beast, he’ll never win the one woman he can never forget, the woman he fell for years ago when he stole that which he hadn’t a right. Yet this Christmastide season holds promise.

She fears his beast but wants the man… Lady Elizabeth Sinclair, sister to the Duke of Manchester, is content with her life and her charity work, but she longs for something more. Older and wiser since the last time she fell in love, she puts herself on the Marriage Mart, where she tangles with the one man she fears, the man who took her blood and her innocence eleven years before, the man she still craves. But horror of what he is keeps her wary, despite romance in the offing.

A sweetly tempestuous love affair that captivates them… Rafe and Elizabeth conduct a clandestine courtship, despite the pitfalls facing them. Caught up in the thrill, understanding and compassion are the key to unlocking the fear she clings to as well as the depression he battles, but when the time to break the curse arrives, everything goes awry. Unexpected danger stalks them, and it doesn’t stem from a creature of the night. Only the ultimate sacrifice can see them through the darkness to grasp their own fairytale ending.

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shiny dancerSHINY DANCER: MOUNTAIN MERMAIDS (SAPPHIRE LAKE) by Desiree Lafawn

Three days a month is not enough time to find love for a normal person, and Kristofer hasn’t been normal for over eight hundred years. If he wants to find his one true love, the woman who can free him from the prison that is Sapphire Lake, then he’s going to have to get . . . creative.The only person that can see a mate mark is a mate. That small patch of scales that stays on the cursed ones at all times, even during their land time. All of them have it–Kristofer’s is just in a really inconvenient place. No matter. There is no room for pride or prudence when it comes to finding “the one.” Desperate times call for desperate measures, and if the mate mark is the only foolproof way to be sure, he’ll show it off.

He’ll show it all.

Charli didn’t want to come home to Aurora Falls. This town and everything in it reminds her of things she’d rather not think about. If it wasn’t for her sister’s wedding, Charli wouldn’t come back at all. But at the bachelorette party, something flashy catches her eye, and the girl who always wished she could blend into the background finds that she can’t look away. There’s something about Kristofer that commands her attention-and annoyance. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bite of frostA BITE OF FROST: PARANORMAL ANTHOLOGY by Various

A collection of Paranormal themed short stories that take us to magical realms, on heroic quests and deep into the heart of winter.
This collection has a multitude of sub-genres. Ranging from Reverse harem, Urban Fantasy, Shifters and a bit of old gods.

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dude with a cool carDUDE WITH A COOL CAR (CONCRETE ANGELS mc BOOK 2) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed the snippets Siobhan has shared and I love her books in general. Have this one on my TBR.

Cooper DeVille, US Marshal – Being undercover has its perks. I get to do stuff the day-to-day me would never experience. Like infiltrating the Concrete Angels Motorcycle Club and meeting Karma, the gorgeous Enforcer of the MC. Being handcuffed to her bed is a dream, but that’s the problem with undercover work. Everything I’m doing here is only half true. The Concrete Angels—and Karma—are connected to Backlog, a shadow organization infiltrating law enforcement. The Fed undercover here before me was Backlog’s bitch, and now he’s dead. I have to determine which side of this fight the Concrete Angels are on… before Karma comes to bite me in ways I won’t enjoy.

Karma, Concrete Angels’ Enforcer – You bet your ass, I’m that karma, the one people pray never catches up to them. But my own karma has found me, seeing as the hunky P.I. who drove into the MC compound with his cool car is my Goddess-chosen true mate. But as my luck—and the Goddess’ sense of humor—would have it, Cooper’s an undercover US Marshal trying to ferret out our connection to a group called Backlog. Would’ve been nice to know before I took him to bed and discovered he’s the best damn submissive this Madam could want, because I don’t deal well with liars. And no one’s happy when Karma’s pissed. But Backlog has Cooper in its sights, and to survive… my mate might just have to die.

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dragon vanquishedDRAGON VANQUISHED (DRAGON GLADIATORS BOOK 4) by Zara Stark

Locked in an immortal prison with the scariest creatures of legend, I’ve got no choice but to team up with a few former enemies if I hope to make it out alive. With no cards and no dice, I’m as good as dead if I can’t convince them to team up with me. I have to because somewhere out there are my four dragons terrorizing the ancient world as mindless beasts because of the Concilium. If I can’t bring them back to the intelligent, thoughtful men I know they are then I’m going to have to kill them. One human against four fully-powered elemental dragons, I’m as good as dead myself. For the first time, I have to embrace the dangerous, seductive power of tarot cards if I have any chance of pulling through. Wish me luck.

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felyns curseFELYN’S CURSE (THE WITCH KING BOOK 2) by Nancy Holland

When Felyn was a young, defenseless witch, she was cursed to live as a shape shifter—a deadly panther. She might have been rescued and raised by a noble and powerful leader, but she lives in fear she will hurt those she loves in her animal form so each full moon she hides deep in the forest. But how can she refuse her adoptive father’s plea for an arranged marriage with a new ally? After all, it’s temporary and in name only…

Varz agrees to an arranged marriage reluctantly because he needs the military and diplomatic alliance. He has secrets and a growing power struggle back home. He’s relieved he need only marry the young witch for a year until he meets his bride. Felyn is beautiful and intelligent and not easy to ignore, but Varz is a man of his word. His vow to leave his bride untouched will be the hardest one he has had to keep.

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shifting alliancesSHIFTING ALLIANCES (HIGH HOUSE URSA BOOK 4) by Riley Storm

VS Note: From February

Working at a dive bar on the outskirts of Plymouth Falls, Amber Ferlund can’t fall any further. But when the darkness inside her rears its head yet again, driving her out into the cold darkness of a northern winter, she realizes there’s always one more level of hell. Having abandoned herself, she waits for death to free her from looming insanity. What she doesn’t expect is that her savior will appear dressed in black, his sword stopping a hair from her throat. Nor that he will be so good looking.

Kasperi is on the hunt. He and his fellow bear shifters have been dispatched to investigate reports of magic being used in Plymouth Falls. Now, hot on the heels of the rogue mage, he readies his weapon and prepares to rid the world of yet another enemy, before they can kill more of his friends. But he stays his hand at the sight of the beautiful but beleaguered woman, alone in the forest, moments from freezing to death. She’s no threat to him, is she?

His fellow shifters disagree, but Kasperi knows they’re wrong. This woman needs aid, not the blade of his sword. Together, they must teach her how to control her gifts, to use them for good before they corrupt her completely. Nearby wait his former fellows, ready to take her head for the slightest mistake, and deeper in the shadows lurks a stronger enemy, one who recognizes Amber’s true potential. But, if anyone wants to get to Amber, they’ll have to go through Kasperi first, because he’ll protect his mate at all costs.

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bearly tamed grizzlyTHE BEARLY TAMED GRIZZLY (BEAR CLAN, 3) by Jenika Snow

Oli -I didn’t know her, what she looked like, where she was, but I knew my mate was out there. And it was that truth that had me saving myself for her. Only her. If I couldn’t fully give myself over to my fated mate, what kind of worthy male was I?
But staying in town, hidden deep within the forest, wouldn’t bring my mate to me. I had to go and find her.
I had to make her mine.

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 – As a former foster child, I never had real family, no roots. I’d always felt like something was missing, so I worked hard on helping others. My mobile medical van was where my passion lay. It’s how I made sure no one else felt helpless.

But when my van was broken into, and my safety compromised, it was a big bear shifting male who came to the rescue.

Oli said I was his. He claimed I was his mate. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hidden powersHIDDEN POWERS (SUPERORDINARY SOCIETY BOOK 1) by Tara Lain

Jazz Vanessen is weird—and not just because he’s a werewolf. For most of his life, he’s felt different from his alpha male brothers and friends. Since he’s adopted, he can’t even blame it on family.

Now eighteen, Jazz meets his idol, the social activist Lysandra Mason, and her breathtaking nephew, Dash Mercury. When Dash is around, even stranger things start to happen, including Jazz falling hopelessly in lust. Not only is Jazz having visions, making people disappear, and somehow turning invisible, but somebody’s following him and threatening to reveal his pack’s secrets to the world.

Together with Dash and Jazz’s equally amazing friends—Carla, BeBop, Khadija, and Fatima—they discover the danger is even more lethal than they thought, and Jazz’s weirdness may save all their lives.

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red dragons babyTHE RED DRAGON’S BABY (SHIFTER DADS BOOK 1) by Zoe Chant

Single mom Katie Miller has left everything behind. Unable to handle the idea of her six-month-old son being raised by her dangerous ex, she pulled up her life and escaped. Now she’s alone with her baby, road tripping into the unknown with a little money and a lot of determination.

Dragon shifter Ronan Reinhardt escaped his own violent past years ago. Now, he lives deep in the woods, on the outskirts of a quiet shifter community, keeping himself to himself. Until Katie stumbles—literally—onto his doorstep. Ronan finds himself captivated, and drawn to protect her and her baby son.

Both Katie and Ronan are used to lives of desperation and struggle. Now, they’re each experiencing a depth of love and comfort that they’ve never known. Can they learn to accept the love and safety a family brings? And when Katie’s past catches up with her, can the sleepy little town come together and help Ronan defend his mate and baby?

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her keeper bearHER KEEPER BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS) by Cynthia Wilde

When Cindy Lowell leaves her cushy job in New York City and returns to her childhood home, she thinks it’s to care for her elderly grandmother, but something deeper is calling her. Despite her attempts to stay focused on her “fresh start”, one charismatic stand-offish jerk named Chase Martin is making that near impossible. The attraction is burning and electric, but she can’t help the feeling he is hiding something from her…something big.

Chase cannot help his immediate animal attraction to “New-Girl-In-Town”, Cindy Lowell. Trouble is she’s a bit too curious about her new home. His job as leader of the bear clan is to protect the town and its citizens, at all costs. Their secrets are meant to stay just that: secret…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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heart audrey fayeHEART (GHOST MOUNTAIN WOLF SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Audrey Faye

VS Note: Author’s note says series should be read in order.

Lissa chose to stay, to stand with the tattered remnants of her pack as they try to make themselves whole again. She somehow didn’t expect it to try her patience quite so much.
Which means it might be time for a meek bookkeeper to take matters into her own hands.
Before her wolf does.

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prince of persuasionPRINCE OF PERSUASION (THE NOVI NOVARRO CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Emigh Cannaday

Created when they intermingled with demons, the dark elves of Sinaryos have come to rely on humans to keep their race alive. The royal family is no exception, with a king on the verge of death, a court riddled with spies, and a broken line of succession. Despite everything working against him, Prince Fallon Blackwood has met all the demands of the crown for nearly a hundred years…except for one.

After avoiding this obligation for too long, the time has come for him to take a harem and prove that he’s capable of continuing his family’s bloodline and ensuring their control of the throne. But underneath his cool and calm exterior, Fallon secretly yearns for a much different life than the one he was born into.

Novi Navarro is a working-class barmaid who’s used to running her tavern and running her mouth. When she gets assigned to Prince Fallon’s harem by mistake, she thinks it’s a complete joke. She makes a deal with Fallon for them to both get what they want from this administrative oversight. But when members of the Blackwood Court discover her true identity, she quickly learns that she must beat them at their game…or die.

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mated to the bear mia wolfeMATED TO THE BEAR (BEAR CAVES BOOK 1) by Mia Wolf

Jessica has hit rock bottom. With no home and no job, she has no idea what to do. So when a guy from a dating website offers her to come and stay at his place to think things over, she does something insane: she accepts.

But how on earth is she going to think things over while being shut up with a guy who has a rock solid chest, a lethal look, and a disheveled mess of brown hair? She’s ready to obey any of his orders.

Alpha Joshua is facing pressure from his bear clan: he needs to take a mate. But his tortured soul doesn’t want one. When his clan signs him up for a dating website that matches him with Jessica, his bear suddenly rages protectively and invites her to his home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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prince of deathPRINCE OF DEATH (LORDS OF THE UNDERWORLD BOOK ) by Sam Burns and W M Fawkes

Gifted power over life and death, Lysandros has spent millennia in the underworld, listless and alone. The youngest child of Hades and Persephone, he’s been sheltered from the threats in the world above.

Theo Ward hasn’t been so lucky. After watching his mother wither away, he’d do almost anything to have her back. When a messenger appears at the Banneker College of Magic and offers the young professor a chance to save her, Theo can’t pass it up, even if it means going straight into the underworld and dragging her home. But Theo gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with the prince of Hades.

Set against the king of Olympus, they must shed their past burdens and learn to trust in each other, so they can face down a storm that threatens to wipe the nation’s capital off the map.

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fireweed and brimstoneFIREWEED AND BRIMSTONE (THE GRIM REALITY SERIES BOOK 3) by Boone Brux

It seems rather fitting that I’m a grim reaper who happens to be a widow. In fact, my husband’s death ignited a chain of events that shook my life and landed me as GRS’s newest grim reaper. He’s been dead for over a year, but I can’t shake the feeling that the circumstances surrounding his car accident aren’t what they appear.

My suspicions are confirmed when I find a receipt for a storage locker rented in his name. Of course, I have to investigate, but what will I find? Was he leading a double life, cheating on me? If only. What I find makes me wish another family in Ohio was all he’d been mixed up in.

As pieces of the puzzle surrounding my husband’s death fall into place, I discover a scheme so diabolical, it could change the face of death as we know it—and not in a good way. Using our mad reaper skills, my partner Nate and I skirt the edge of ethereal rules, call on some old friends to help, and learn there’s a lot more to being a grim reaper than we ever imagined—or wanted to know.

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wolf trapWOLF TRAP (WOLF MOONS BOOK 2) by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

Miami. Dr. Parker Madison, new to the cult of the werewolf, is compelled to help Chloe Tyler work through her own accidental brush with a pair of razor-sharp claws as the next full moon approaches, shape-shifts are imminent, and the Miami PD is hot on their trail.

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shadows on the borderSHADOWS ON THE BORDER (LOST IN TIME BOOK 2) by A L Lester

Newspaper reporter Lew Tyler and his lover, Detective Alec Carter, are working out the parameters of their new relationship. Meanwhile, time traveler Lew is trying to decide whether he wants to stay in the 1920s or find a way to get back to 2016, and Alec doesn’t know if he can bear the vulnerability of being in love with someone who uses such dangerous magic.

Fenn is a Hunter from the Outlands, come through the Border to search for the murderous Creature and its offspring at the behest of the Ternants, who maintain the balance between Fenn’s world and ours. Fenn strikes a bond with Sergeant Will Grant, Alec’s second in command, who is keen to learn more about his own magical abilities. As time goes on, Will grows keen to learn more about Fenn, as well.

Fenn has their own painful secret, and when they appear to have betrayed the team and goes missing in London, Will is devastated. He has to choose between following his heart or following his duty.

Moving through the contrasting rich and poor areas of post-First World War London from West End hotels to the London docklands, the men need to work together to capture the Creature … and choose who – and what — is important enough to hold on to and what they may need to give up to make that happen.

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drawn by dragonbloodDRAWN BY DRAGONBLOOD by Lynn Burke

Elijah Tolzman has accepted he may be the only dragonblood shifter left on earth. Alone for close to ten years, he holds no hope of finding even one, let alone the two fated mates needed to keep his kind from extinction.

When he catches the scent of his female deep in the White Mountains, he soars the skies, his heart and mind filled with hope as he goes to claim his destiny. However, he finds her in another man’s arms. His conscience might balk over tearing the lovers apart, but the dragon inside, the darkness he tries to suppress, demands he takes what belongs to him—regardless of the cost…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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if cats disappearedIF CATS DISAPPEARED FROM THE WORLD by Genki Kawamura, translated by Eric Selland

VS Note: Not a romance but this sounded so different and so intriguing, I thought I’d list it.

The postman’s days are numbered. Estranged from his family, living alone with only his cat Cabbage to keep him company, he was unprepared for the doctor’s diagnosis that he has only months to live. But before he can tackle his bucket list, the Devil appears to make him an offer: In exchange for making one thing in the world disappear, our narrator will get one extra day of life. And so begins a very bizarre week…

With each object that disappears the postman reflects on the life he’s lived, his joys and regrets, and the people he’s loved and lost.

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splintering realitySPLINTERING REALITY (BREAKING ORDER SERIES BOOK 2) by Catherine Kopf

When Ambert gets a hold of a notebook containing The Regime’s fatal flaw, all eyes lie on him as he searches for an answer to stop Dreamers and The Regime from war. If he wishes to keep his friends safe, he can’t let them discover his secrets — including his past with the elusive Commander. He’s not the only misfit in the crowd. Branded as an oracle, Calista has nowhere to hide. Her dreams predict the future, and they now might be the only key to saving Wes’ sister and protecting the growing rebellion. If she can learn to trust the rebel lurking inside her.One false move won’t just get them killed; it’ll fracture the growing resistance. Ambert and Calista must find the truth lurking in their creativity-centered world before The Commander splits apart their friendship — and with it, the rebellion itself.

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true queenTHE TRUE QUEEN (A SORCEROR TO THE CROWN NOVEL BOOK 2) by Zen Cho

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first book in this series.

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high society, and trick the English magicians into believing she is a magical prodigy. As she’s drawn into their intrigues, she must uncover the secrets of her past, and journey into a world with more magic than she had ever dreamed.

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bane of winterBANE OF WINTER (HEART OF DARKNESS BOOK 2) by Debbie Cassidy

Tainted creatures hunt me and death haunts my every turn, but my Raven keeps me safe. Together we must navigate the Winter Lands and find the Winter King because only he can aid me in my quest. Only he can help me unite the Tuatha and cut off Oblivion’s power.If only quests were that simple.

Nothing is what it should be, and suddenly the only plan is survival. I will do whatever it takes to live, whatever it takes to protect those I care about. I will be whomever I need to be, even if it means losing myself. I will use the warrior inside me, and when the time comes, I will roar.

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leviathans riseLEVIATHAN’S RISE (KEEPERS ON NEW HAVEN BOOK 2) by Bokerah Brumley

Trapped in his human form for one hundred and sixty years, Lev has let the world pass him by. He can’t remember what happened to his family, but he mourns for them anyway. He waits in the underside of the church, baking bread and tempering the more volatile members of the Keepers.

Someday he will remember. Someday he will find what happened to his son. But he fears he can never answer the call of the sea, and will be a human until the end of his days.

Then a beautiful woman who reminds him of his long lost wife appears on the doorstep to the church, bearing a clue about his missing son. Lev’s boy might still be alive, and this woman Mara could help find him. All his inertia vanishes, and he feels like a young whale again. A whale in love, despite how little he knows about Mara or her past.

Mara’s fins are stolen, bound by malevolent magic. The sea calls for her, but she only has two legs like a human…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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VS Note: Quite a few new scifi romance goodies coming next week, including one of mine. My next Badari Warriors novel, KIERCE, will be out in a few days…in the meantime, there are six other standalone novels in this award winning series…

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Here are the buy links for AYDARR, book one of the series:

Amazon      B&N  Google   Kobo     iBooks

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 6

February 27

February 20

February 13

February 6

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.

Immediate Execution Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is off to the formatter in a few days.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt, which follows directly after last week’s–

“He was being chased by the Khagrish in a flyer,” Keshara added when it was plain Gabe struggled to form further words because of his worsening injuries.

“You bring them down on our heads as well?” Ashla stood over him, balancing her knife, “Immediate execution for you both should be the penalty. And I’m happy to act as executioner of those who threaten our peace and safety.”

Keshara’s blood ran cold but the threat was idle, at least for now. The Director wouldn’t forgive Ashla killing another Badari woman without a direct command to do so, and she held the First Daughter’s figurative leash tight.

Gabe choked out what he obviously hoped were extenuating details, “Wait a minute, lost them in the storm. No sign of them since.”

“I believed it was best to bring this matter—and him—to the Director,” Keshara said truthfully, “These humans are unknown to us but, as you hear, he speaks our secret language, he knows some of our customs. We need to understand this new development and if he could be useful to the Director and her research.”

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Has Keshara betrayed Gabe into the hands of the  enemy?

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

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

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

Buy Links for GABE:

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday March 6

trailblazerAs 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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TRAILBLAZER (VERDANT STRING) by Michelle Diener

VS Note: Always so exciting to have a new book from Michelle! I’ve just barely started this one but very much enjoying the story so far, love the heroine. I did receive an ARC.

He’s on a mission . . .
She’s running for her life . . .
And if they get off-planet alive, she’ll have to trust he won’t reveal her darkest secret.

Tally Riva is not what she seems, and even she’s not happy about it. Infected, invaded, she’s not quite sure how to describe it, but on a disastrous mission to a ghost ship, something burrowed its way into her body. Into her mind.

When her commander decides the best cure for what he thinks is Tally’s trauma is to send her on the famous Veltos Trail, Tally goes without revealing what’s really behind her mental anguish. Anything to be seen as normal again, anything to ignore what she’s afraid is happening to her.

But Veltos isn’t the safe place it seems. The chosen military personnel lucky enough to be offered the chance to walk the Trail are supposed to be the only people on Veltos. But Ben Guthrie, a captain in Arkhoran Special Forces, knows they’re not. He and his team have been on Veltos for a month already, tracking suspicious enemy activity, and he’s gone undercover on the Trail in search of a satellite his superiors are sure has been shot down.

When Ben’s worst fears become reality, and they find themselves hunted by a cunning enemy through the thick forests of Veltos, Tally and Ben fight together to survive. And Tally has to decide if accepting the changes inside her will save them both, or be her doom.

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export dutyEXPORT DUTY (THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 9) by Cassandra Chandler

Lily’s main priority is to steer her family’s import/export company toward altruistic pursuits. That is, until her Nana starts talking about doing yoga with a little lizard person from outer space. Lily’s new goal is to help her Nana see through her delusions. But then, the alien in question actually shows up in the green-scaled flesh, dragging along a doctor that Lily would love to have examine her.

As field medic for the Coalition soldiers stationed at the Earth base in Florida, Rin is pretty non-essential. His job is to smile and distract people while med-tech takes care of whatever issue they’re having. So why is a Vegan—the creators of that technology—coming to him for help?

Throw in some desperate Antareans wanting to start a trade agreement with Lily, and an attack by dozens of fanged, furred Earth-monsters called “cats”, and Rin’s going to need some of that med-tech for himself. Or maybe he’ll just let Lily tend to his wounds Earth-style.

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under fyre prequelUNDER FYRE PREQUEL (ALIEN DRAGON SHIFTERS) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: Cara is giving this prequel away free on Book Funnel (link below).

The alien dragon shifters who discover Earth come in peace—at first. Then, inexplicably, they threaten to attack. In an attempt to show goodwill and appease the dragons, Earth sends a human woman to become a concubine to one of the Draconian king’s sons, Prince K’ev.

K’ev would sooner give up his ability to breathe fire than accept a human, but when he meets Rhianna, sparks fly, and his dragon realizes she’s his mate.

Rhianna falls for the hot-blooded prince, unaware she’s a key link in a desperate scheme to defeat the dragons, a strike that could backfire with devastating consequences. Will she figure out what Earth has planned in time to save her dragon mate? And if she does, will K’ev be able to save her planet from an angry king’s retaliation?

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escape from shar burkESCAPE FROM SHAR BURK (MORGAN SELWOOD BOOK 5) by Greta van der Rol

When Chet, Toreni, and Jirra rescue Marisa, mistress of Shar Burk’s brutal governor Soldar, from certain death they think they’re just helping a fellow woman to a new life. But what did Marisa do to earn a death sentence? Is it just a couple of dictators flexing their muscles? Or something much more dangerous? They set off to follow a tenuous trail where Marisa discovers there’s a whole new world off Shar Burk space station and men much nicer than Soldar.

But by taking in Marisa, the team has been noticed by Soldar. Helped by a traitor in Fleet Intelligence, he’s on their trail before they discover his plans. And he wants them all dead.

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rogue mateROGUE MATE (ROGUE STAR BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn

Before I even had the chance to move into my office as the new, if unwilling, commander of Persephone Station, the entire complex is destroyed in a freak accident.Or an attack.
No one knows, or is admitting anything.
Our rescuers are a group of pirates. Or smugglers. They’re not exactly answering questions, either.
More importantly, they’re giant, golden skinned aliens…
And their rogue of a captain seems very interested in the little human commander.
Me.

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sarazens furySARAZEN’S FURY (A SARAZEN SAGA NOBEL BOOK 5) by Isobel Wroth

With Tarek away on a hunting trip, and T’mai gone off to round up more of the uncovered conspirators, Brennaugh is the only one qualified to provide assistance when an entire squadron of his best men go missing on S4.
Four days. He should have only been gone for four days. He gave his word.

Tara awakens from a nightmare to discover her worst fears have come true. The rescue party has been ambushed, and Brennaugh has been captured by their enemy.
Tara knows Brennaugh is still alive—she can feel him—but all she can sense through their bond is white hot primal fear and anger.
Ignoring all protests about concerns for her safety, Tara joins the reinforcements on S4, determined to find her mate and bring him home.

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buccaneerBUCCANEER! (ROGUES OF THE LAWLESS GALAXY BOOK 2) by Genevieve St-Yves

It was supposed to be a routine mission. Smart-mouthed smuggler Jack Buccaneer plans to unload his contraband, pick up new cargo, and jet off to the next corner of the galaxy. But that gets shot to hell when he rescues Emora, the princess of the Space Vampires, from a ruthless pirate.

Hunted by both the authorities and fellow space outlaws for harboring one of humanity’s greatest enemies, Buck wants Emora off his ship. Fast. But she’s got other plans. Deprived of her throne, Emora must return to the Vympyrion Empire to discover the shocking truth behind the coup that threatens to upend her society. And she wants Buck to take her there.

After experiencing the electrifying pleasure of Emora’s bite, he can’t refuse her orders. Not when she holds him in psychic thrall. He’s determined to resist her charms and her demands. But when the vulnerable yet sensual seductress gets under his skin, he’ll do anything for her.

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unexpected annalise alexisUNEXPECTED (HER ILLUSIAN WARRIOR BOOK 1) by Annalise Alexis

Jayla – You know that saying, “You get what you deserve”? Well, I told the universe I was bored, and the universe decided to give me the middle finger.

As a medic aboard an out-of-date space station in the middle of nowhere, my life is a string of lonely nights and predictable days. Until a race of beings that’s supposed to be extinct shows up on our virtual doorstep asking for asylum.

The station’s crew hates me for letting them in. The UCom general in charge wants to blackmail me into spying on them.

And the race’s leader? He’s only the most perfect creature I’ve ever seen.

Aren of Illusia – For half a century, I have kept my people safe. Out of the hands of those who want to destroy us. Until a surprise attack forces us to flee to a human space station…and an infuriating female I cannot ignore.

Through a web of violence, deceit, and betrayal, Jayla stays by my side. Fighting. Risking everything. And driving me mad.

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rules of redemptionRULES OF REDEMPTION (THE FIREBIRD CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by T A White

Kira Forrest is a survivor. She’s risen above the pain of her beginnings to become a war hero only to leave it all behind in the pursuit of a simple life. Now a salvager, she makes a living sifting through the wreckage of dead alien ships from a war that nearly brought humanity to its knees.

After her ship takes damage, she’s forced to re-route to a space station where her past and present collide with dangerous consequences.

Kira’s existence holds the key to a faltering peace treaty with the Tuann—a technologically advanced alien race who dislikes and distrusts all humans. Winning her freedom should be easy, but a powerful and relentless Tuann warrior stands in her way. Deceiving him seems impossible, especially when he strays dangerously close to secrets she struggles to hide.

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resisting humanityRESISTING DESIRE (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 4) by Viola Grace

Niiva used to be a farmer’s daughter with every stereotype that went along with it. Her hormones raged out of control, and her body usually followed.

Now, she is on Imrahl, one of thousands of humans abducted to work with the Rrassic in their war efforts, and she has been kept away from the eligible warriors in a bid to keep her doing what she does best, farming.

One night after working late on a shipment, she finds herself facing a drunk human and a few of the leonine Regiz-Rrassic. They mistake her for a male and begin to get aggressive when another of their kind steps in to break it up. Argo takes notice of her, and it spells the end of her life as a harvester and a fast track into the Breeder compound.
Resistance is no longer a priority.

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companions dilemmaCOMPANION’S DILEMMA (BRACE FOR HUMANITY BOOK 5) by Viola Grace

Sarah has been a master of the service industry most of her life. When she wakes on Imrahl, she is assigned to a position in a teashop with extra privileges as a courier. Six months of steady events go by, and then, her best friend and boss has a moment of evolution and lashes out.

Sarah wakes in the med centre and the minor empathy that had aided her all her life is now full-blow telepathy, and her mind is in danger.

Lekorh the Saya-Rrassic is the telepath of the colony, and he takes her under his care and, eventually, into his bed. She should have seen him coming, but she is a telepath, not a psychic.

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horizon pointsHORIZON POINTS (THE GALACTIC CAPTAINS BOOK 3) by Harry F Rey

The problems of the Outer Verge are stacking up for Ales, now a commander of the Union fleet. From rebellious priests on Jansen to terrifying rips in space sucking matter out into the unknown, not to mention jealous lovers scattered across space, Ales is pulled in infinite directions. Disrupting the Galactic Balance isn’t so simple, and Admiral Turo is also a hard man to please.

While trying to secure a crucial trade deal on the heterosapien world of Nelu, Ales struggles to ignore the stark inequalities cutting through life in the galaxy. If he’s not fighting for a future free from the horrors that blighted his past, what’s the point of living?
With the Outer Verge bitterly divided and factions readying for war, the new horizons Ales dreamed of feel galaxies away.

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star wars queens shadowSTAR WARS: QUEEN’S SHADOW (STAR WARS DISNEY) by E K Johnston

VS Note: Not romance but a release of note.

When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

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seduced by the alien princeSEDUCED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE by Kym Dillon

Dr. Nikki Maddox, professor of astrophysics, is used to being ridiculed about her assertion that extraterrestrial life exists.
She’s heard the not-so-subtle snickers
And the not-so-quiet whispers
Not to mention the pranks…
No wonder she’s skeptical when a stranger confesses he’s an alien hunted by the US government.
Mmm Hmm… Right…  Okie Dokie.
Prince Ha’aden O’Rion is not just royalty. He’s the crown prince of an entire galaxy.
How did a galactic crown prince end up on an obscure planet running for his life?
His damned council—and those vapid, boring beauty queens they want him to breed with.
He’s come to Earth on a mission—to find himself a smart, sassy female who charges his libido and challenges his intellect then claim her as his bride.
The moment he meets Nikki—mission accomplished.
Now, to seduce his reluctant bride.

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frost isabelle adlerFROST by Isabelle Adler

The end of the world as they knew it had come and gone, and the remnants of mankind struggle to survive in a barren landscape. Twenty-three-year-old Finn sets out on a desperate mission to scavenge for the much-needed medicine to help his sister. He knows better than to trust anyone, but when a total stranger saves him from a vicious gang, the unexpected act of kindness rekindles Finn’s lost faith in humanity.

The tentative friendship with his rescuer, Spencer, gradually turns into something more, and for the first time in years, Finn lets himself yearn for joy and hope in the dead of nuclear winter—right until Spencer goes missing.

They say love is the greatest power of all, but it seems it would take nothing short of a miracle to overcome the dangers that threaten to destroy Finn’s only chance for happiness and the lives of his loved ones.

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samurais loverTHE SAMURAI’S LOVER (KEEPERS OF XEREILL BOOK 4) by Alix Nichols

Samurai Iyatt Martenn is a devout man with a history of violence.

His painful past has shaped his present. Iyatt leads an ascetic life of a martial arts teacher and fights his demons as best he can.

Haysi, a belly dancer, is a shameless hedonist if Iyatt ever saw one.

When she isn’t swaying her hips for strangers, she can be found in her shop, inking tattoos on harlots. Worse, she even enjoys their company.

Under normal circumstances, Iyatt would’ve never spoken to a woman like her. But Haysi has a gift—she can talk to spirits. For Iyatt, she channels his deceased fiancée, who asks for their help in a delicate matter.

Forced to work together, Iyatt and Haysi soon find themselves drawn to each other…
resisting their attraction…
yielding to it.
But that doesn’t change what Iyatt thinks of Haysi’s job or her views. He knows he can fight his sinful passion by denying his body.
The question is, can he deny his heart?

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new horizonsNEW HORIZONS: A METAHUMAN FILES: CLASSIFIED NOVELLA by Hailey Turner

First do no harm.
Trevor Sanchez left behind a life of war with Alpha Team for a future in medicine. Pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor, Trevor doesn’t have much time for anything other than studying for the next exam in his accelerated medical school. When the Sons of Adam attack the teaching hospital he attends, Trevor can’t stand by and do nothing, especially not when someone’s life is in danger. When that life involves a gorgeous, funny paramedic, Trevor knows he’s in trouble.

Tread with care.
Paramedic Brendan Kane never thought rescuing a patient’s life would put his own at risk. Being targeted by a terrorist group was never covered in his medical training. When his security detail comes with a former member of Alpha Team, Brendan discovers a silver-lining to the situation. Trevor is hot like fire and oh so sexy, taking up space in Brendan’s life in unexpected ways that he’s reluctant to give up.

Never break an oath.
Trevor and Brendan must navigate their way through danger and a searing connection that leaves them both wanting more. If they hope to give the spark burning between them a chance to ignite, they’ll have to outlast the enemy first.

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escape nhys gloverESCAPE (THE DANANS BOOK 2) by Nhys Glover

Savannah is used to escaping difficult circumstances, so she’s quite prepared to fight to escape the aliens who abducted her for a warrior breeding program. But when she’s rescued, it feels more like she’s jumped out of the frying pan into a sizzling firestorm of desire. Because this time it’s her own heart, and its traitorous longing for three traumatized Danans, she’s up against.
Many years ago, an enemy raid destroyed most of their pod and left one brother physically and emotionally damaged, seemingly beyond repair. Now the surviving brothers live in isolation, defending those on the borderlands. They have no desire for a podmate. But when fate brings Savannah to them, they have no choice but to claim the feisty human, whether she, or they, like the idea or not.
This stand-alone romantic adventure continues the story of the warrior Danans and the human women destined to be their podmates.

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lins challengeLIN’S CHALLENGE (INTERGALACTIC OFFICERS) by Mara Jaye

I don’t want to die.

Once upon a time, I lived on Earth. I had a good job, a decent boyfriend, and a good life until I woke up in a vast cargo hold — adults of all ages and races dumped into a cage with automatic functions. Also, if anyone in storage caused problems within in the herd? Guns muzzles dropped from the ceiling and shot indiscriminately until the fights stopped.
None of us knew anything, and the machines policing us weren’t talking.

Now, we live underground with millions of humanoids of all kinds. The machines gave us a smack on the back of the neck, and since then, I’m living in a dubbed movie 24/7. Only worse, since the killings continue to happen for the smallest infraction.

I keep to myself. Wake up when the tone sounds, bust rock, stop when the next shift comes in and go to whatever bed I can find.

Day after day, until I meet him.
Who’s he? Literally, a bronze god come to life. I can’t help but stare at him, yet can’t say a word. Every time he sees me, he scowls. I’m afraid he’ll break me in two.
So, my choices in this hellhole are to die by laser shot or by being torn apart. I’ve got to avoid both.

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falling for a dragonFALLING FOR A DRAGON (COSMIC DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Susan de Niim

When Kiara, a bookish scientist, is stranded on an asteroid with a brutish Drakthan warrior, she is determined to watch for any chance of escape. Imminent disaster forces them together, but Kiara is left with two questions that cut right to her core. Can she trust the dragon that saved her? And what does he truly want from her?

Jag’iin is the last of his race, the final child born before virus bombs made every woman of his race infertile. It was an accident that brought him into contact with Kiara, but from the moment he sees her, he knows the truth. She is a compatible mate, the future of his entire people. Jag’iin is desperate to gain the glory that would come with finding a cure for his people’s infertility, but he is caught in a dilemma. He can feel himself falling for the human woman, but his society would never allow it. Will he use Kiara as a mate, or will he risk everything to follow his hearts?

Love brings a human and a Drakthan together, but will it be enough to build an alliance between their warring races? There isn’t much time to find out, for a hidden foe moves in the darkness, waiting to destroy all life in the galaxy. Will Kiara be able to ignore generations of hatred and fall for a dragon? And will Jag’iin be able to look past Kiara’s body and find the woman he’s always been searching for?

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ancestral nightANCESTRAL NIGHT (WHITE SPACE BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Bear

VS Note: Scifi space opera not romance.

Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law…usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence—with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big—just once—to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about an alien species that has been long thought dead, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into full-out war.

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child thief 6THE CHILD THIEF 6: ZERO HOUR by Bella Forrest

Everything Robin has fought for hangs in the balance, and she no longer knows who to trust. But when hiding is no longer an option for Little John, Nathan must put his decades-old plan into motion… whether they are prepared or not.

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steampunk cyborgSTEAMPUNK CYBORG (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais

When a friend drags Agatha “Aggie” Bowles to a romance convention, all she wants to do is find some new authors and a quiet spot to read. Instead of relaxing with a book, she ends up kidnapped by a steampunk cyborg.

Which is as exciting as it sounds.

Except for the fact he’s more interested in the cog hanging around her neck than Aggie herself. He’ll do anything to get his hands on it. Problem is other people want it, too.
Can this cyborg relinquish a priceless treasure for love?

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hell boundHELL BOUND: THE END IS NEAR by Kathy Dinisi

VS Note: From February

Three years after the apocalypse Sam and her three kids continue their life in the safe haven. Well,as safe as they can be. The military is at a constant battle to keep the walls standing but the zombie herd just keeps growing stronger by each passing day and finding there way into the compound that once protected everyone.

Supplies are running low, weapons are far and few. Now Sam must help a group of soldiers find weapons and food. Her journey continues with her fighting to save the only home she has left and the only family still living.

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the last 8THE LAST 8 by Laura Pohl

VS note: Not sure if there’s a romance but you know me and post apocalyptic books! Put this one on my TBR.

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the reason she isn’t among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

Clover is convinced she’s the only one left until she hears a voice on the radio urging her to go to the former Area 51. When she arrives, she’s greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren’t the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The seven strangers seem more interested in pretending the world didn’t end than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But when she finds a hidden spaceship within the walls of the compound, she doesn’t know what to believe…or who to trust.

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fever kingTHE FEVER KING (FEVER WAKE BOOK 1) by Victoria Lee

In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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mahimataMAHIMATA (BOOK 2 OF ASIANA) by Mati Mehrotra

Kyra has returned to the caves of Kali, but her homecoming is bittersweet. She no longer knows what her place is. Her beloved teacher is dead and her best friend Nineth is missing. And gone, too, is Rustan, the Marksman who helped her train for the duel with Tamsyn–and became far more than a teacher and friend.

Shaken by his feelings for Kyra and the truth about his parentage, Rustan has set off on a quest for answers. His odyssey leads him to the descendants of an ancient sect tied to the alien Ones–and the realization that the answers he seeks come with a price.

Yet fate has plans to bring Kyra and Rustan together again. Kai Tau, the man who slaughtered Kyra’s family, wages war on the Orders of Asiana. Hungering for justice, Kyra readies herself for battle, aided by her new companions: the wyr-wolves, who are so much more than what they seem. And determined to keep the woman he loves safe, Rustan joins the fight to ride by her side.

But will this final confrontation ultimately cost them their love . . . and their lives?

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wild countryWILD COUNTRY (WORLD OF THE OTHERS, THE BOOK 2) by Anne Bishop

VS note: I have SO been waiting for this book! Had it on pre-order forever. I LOVED her series about The Others, as well as her first spin off book. Her concept is such a new take on shifters, vampires and elementals…there was a verrryy slow burn but satisfying romance in The Others series and a hint of romance in her previous standalone but these are not romances per se.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.

But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the outlaw Blackstone Clan will either unite Others and humans…or bury them all.

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that aint witchcraftTHAT AIN’T WITCHCRAFT (INCRYPTID BOOK 8) by Seanan McGuire

VS Note: Not romance but a Hugo- nominated series. A release of note…

Antimony Price has never done well without a support system. As the youngest of her generation, she has always been able to depend on her parents, siblings, and cousins to help her out when she’s in a pinch—until now. After fleeing from the Covenant of St. George, she’s found herself in debt to the crossroads and running for her life. No family. No mice. No way out.

Lucky for her, she’s always been resourceful, and she’s been gathering allies as she travels: Sam, fūri trapeze artist turned boyfriend; Cylia, jink roller derby captain and designated driver; Fern, sylph friend, confidant, and maker of breakfasts; even Mary, ghost babysitter to the Price family. Annie’s actually starting to feel like they might be able to figure things out—which is probably why things start going wrong again.

New Gravesend, Maine is a nice place to raise a family…or make a binding contract with the crossroads. For James Smith, whose best friend disappeared when she tried to do precisely that, it’s also an excellent place to plot revenge. Now the crossroads want him dead and they want Annie to do the dirty deed. She owes them, after all.

And that’s before Leonard Cunningham, aka, “the next leader of the Covenant,” shows up…
It’s going to take everything Annie has and a little bit more to get out of this one. If she succeeds, she gets to go home. If she fails, she becomes one more cautionary tale about the dangers of bargaining with the crossroads.
But no pressure.

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gold and shadowsGOLD AND SHADOWS (AGE OF GOLD BOOK 4) by May Sage

Vivien has roamed the lands of men, elves and dragons alone for twenty lifetimes.
Her dark twin is almost all powerful, but Vivien has two weapons in the form of the dashing elven princes at her side: her fated mate, and her sister’s.
No one said it had to be a fair fight.

Turin and Argon think they understand the agenda of the aether goddess tied to their dreams and nightmares. They have no idea what they’re up against, or what their companion is capable of doing for the greater good.

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prism cloudPRISM CLOUD (HARBINGER BOOK 4) by Jeff Wheeler

When the emperor is assassinated, Sera Fitzempress is the noble most eligible to inherit the empire. Her upcoming marriage to the prince would cement her position. And as a champion for peace, Sera is the only promise of hope for staving off war between the worlds of Kingfountain and Muirwood. But standing between her and her enemies is just one devastating secret.

Sera’s best friend, Cettie, a girl born of a lower class, has made a shattering discovery: her entire existence has been a lie. Now Cettie must give up the only life she’s known and fought for and leave behind the man she loves to stop Sera’s wedding. For this discovery could bring the whole of Kingfountain to ruin.

As Cettie struggles to determine her true loyalties and loves, her allies fall to wicked plots, and she becomes increasingly alone on her journey to a destiny she never wanted—one that could ignite an unstoppable war.

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shadowmancerSHADOWMANCER (PALADIN CHARM BOOK 1) by Devin Harnois

Marius Everhart is something even mages fear — a shadowmancer. His power marks him as cursed, a creature belonging to the Queen of Shadows. Marius escaped her realm with his memories corrupted and his sanity in tatters, managing to live a fragile, lonely existence at the edges of society.

Some might call Ayodele Sauveterre delusional. He prefers the term “optimistic”. With his homeland in danger from invasion, Ayodele will do anything to protect it, even recruit a shadowmancer. Marius’s incredible power and gentle nature make him a perfect addition to Paladin Charm, a new mage guild dedicated to helping rather than exploiting the non-magical populace. The fact that handsome Marius also warms Ayodele’s bed is a wonderful bonus.

With support from Ayodele and his new friends in the guild, Marius begins to heal. He’s also quickly falling for the alluring mage, but Ayodele struggles with what’s forming between them. Past experience left Ayodele flippant but guarded, and Marius’s open honesty unnerves him.

As they grow closer, Paladin Charm prepares for a battle with impossible odds. And in the darkness, the Queen of Shadows waits to reclaim Marius and drag him back into a nightmare.

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witchlingWITCHLING: A COLLECTION OF ZORAIDA GRAY SHORT STORIES by Sorchia DuBois

VS Note: From February

​​​​​​​Before the events depicted in the Zoraida Grey Trilogy, Zoraida was a small town fortuneteller. Her magical journey begins with a murderous presence in her hometown. As a young woman, she finds ghosts in the strangest places. PLUS a tale about Castle Logan and how it got its dark reputation.

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primal shiftersPRIMAL SHIFTERS by Kira Shayde

VS note: She also has a “tame” version of the box set, as she refers to it.

Three novella-length paranormal romances in one overarching story of sociopolitical conflict.
BANE OF HER DESIRE – When Holly Ainran’s brother goes AWOL from an elite military force in Tanzania, she confronts Commander Bane Ojore, a rare melanistic lion shifter. Sparks ignite, but Holly finds a challenge in taming this brooding, hostile beast. Bane does not expect the daughter of a high-ranking parliamentary executive to be a smart, code-breaking expert adamant about abolishing the lion caste hierarchy and ending the lion-hyena conflict. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
DESIRES AT WAR – Months as a POW leaves lion shifter Fix Ainran struggling to recover, but he can’t get the curvaceous Caryn Plumar out of his mind. Yet the beautiful daughter of the hyena chairman only torments the disabled former soldier with heated trysts before pulling away. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
COOL BLUE DESIRE – When Alina Van der Stel agrees to spring an imprisoned lion shifter in southern Africa and hand him over to the rebels in return for information about her birth parents, she doesn’t expect the man to capture her mind as much as he does her body. Falsely accused of conspiracy, Kipper Lumbwi has no intention of allowing the icy blonde to sell him to the very traitors who landed him a stint in prison…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dragon heart stephanie burkeDRAGON HEART (DRAGON 3) by Stephanie Burke

Vulwin and Iffear know who was responsible for the attempts on their lives and how these attacks were carried out; they now only need to discover why. Seeking revenge could shatter the tentative peace and reignite the war between two Fae factions, but blood spilled in hate demands justice. How far will they go to fulfill a blood oath and see the Dragon Stones laid to rest once and for all?

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chasing his polar bearCHASING HIS POLAR BEAR (BIG BAD BUNNIES BOOK 4) by Golden Angel

Once upon a time, when she was betrothed and in love, Sheila Slater believed in soul mates, fairy tales, and happy endings. Now, one big heartbreak later, she’s a self-rescuing princess, kick butt fighter, and undercover extraordinaire.

But to save the shifter world from the evil designs of Aiden Mansfield, she’ll be forced to reunite with her ex-fiance: Aiden’s twin brother, Eli.

And when Sheila appears in Eli’s office, as stunning as ever and with all of the information needed to take down Aiden, Eli can barely control himself. She’s gorgeous, determined, and deadly. Her very presence tempts his bear, and he can’t stop thinking about indulging in a bite of her.
What happens when these two put aside their past for the benefit of everyone’s future?

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gingerbreadGINGERBREAD: A NOVEL by Helen Oyeyemi

VS Note: Sounds VERY different, not a romance but intriguing.

Perdita Lee may appear to be your average British schoolgirl; Harriet Lee may seem just a working mother trying to penetrate the school social hierarchy; but there are signs that they might not be as normal as they think they are. For one thing, they share a gold-painted, seventh-floor walk-up apartment with some surprisingly verbal vegetation. And then there’s the gingerbread they make. Londoners may find themselves able to take or leave it, but it’s very popular in Druhástrana, the far-away (or, according to many sources, non-existent) land of Harriet Lee’s early youth. The world’s truest lover of the Lee family gingerbread, however, is Harriet’s charismatic childhood friend Gretel Kercheval —a figure who seems to have had a hand in everything (good or bad) that has happened to Harriet since they met.

Decades later, when teenaged Perdita sets out to find her mother’s long-lost friend, it prompts a new telling of Harriet’s story. As the book follows the Lees through encounters with jealousy, ambition, family grudges, work, wealth, and real estate, gingerbread seems to be the one thing that reliably holds a constant value.

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everlasting roseTHE EVERLASTING ROSE (BELLES BOOK 2) by Dhonielle Clayton

In this sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller, Camille, her sister Edel, and her guard and new love Remy must race against time to find Princess Charlotte. Sophia’s Imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep the rebels from returning Charlotte to the castle and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called The Iron Ladies—a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely—and the backing of alternative newspaper The Spider’s Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and restore peace to Orleans.

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softly say goodbyeSOFTLY SAY GOODBYE (REDEMPTION’S PRICE BOOK 3) by Rachel Leigh Smith

VS note: From early February

Snow leopard shifter Blair Kincade has spent a lifetime using football to fill the gaping hole in his soul. Being an alpha without a pride sucks. As does being lied to about it his entire life by none other than the one he should’ve been able to trust: his adopted father. Meeting a visiting Russian snow leopard turns into finding the last survivors of his destroyed pride. And the possibility of a mate bond with a woman strong enough to stand by him.

Ballerina Oksana Bukovskaya has come to Colorado with one goal in mind: to save her adopted father, who’s slowly losing his memory. There have been one too many attempts on his life, and she’s not leaving until he’s safe in the Boulder pride lands. Falling for an alpha she thought dead is an unexpected complication.

Uncovering the pieces of what happened to their pride reveals Ares’s fingerprints all over a slaughter no one remembers. Plus he’s sent one of his assassins after the only man who could’ve stopped it. Finding the answers–and the killer–is the only way Blair can protect his pride.

There’s just one problem. It might cost him his mate.

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wolfs succubusTHE WOLF’S SUCCUBUS (GODS AND CONCUBINES BOOK 3) by Erin St Charles

Eric – Life hasn’t been the same since an injury ended my football dreams—and could have ended my life. The last glimpse I had of my hometown was in my truck’s rear rear-view mirror. I hadn’t planned to come back at all—even ten years feels too soon—but I came back for homecoming and then the longer I stayed in town, the more I fell under the spell of the Jane Guzmán, the shy, bookish innkeeper who sets my blood boiling.
Now I can’t walk away from the need to claim her. She intrigues me like no other woman—not even the mysterious seductress who has haunted my dreams since the night of my devastating accident.
Jane – Everyone in Perdition thinks I’m a quiet, shy innkeeper, not the sex demon I really am. It’s better that I keep my urges under wraps—no telling what would happen if I lost control. I spend my days renovating the bed and breakfast my late father left me as his legacy. My nights are another story. As a result, I’m probably the oldest virgin succubus in North America. Well, maybe the oldest one in Texas. But trust me, it’s better this way. If I keep to myself, I can’t hurt anyone with my out-of-control powers. This has worked for the past ten years… until he showed up.
Eric Andrews. Perdition’s former golden boy. The boy who triggered my first succubus dreams. The boy I used to love. Except he’s not a boy anymore.
He’s back in town, and he’s all grown up.
He’s coming for me.
He just doesn’t know it yet.

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burke and the vampireBURKE AND THE VAMPIRE by Edward Kendrick

What would you do if you awoke from a coma to discover you could sense vampires? Burke didn’t believe such creatures existed until it happened to him. Horrified, but accepting what he now knew was the truth, he vowed to eliminate them, destroying any who he could tell were not benign.

Vampire Reynaud has been charged by his King to find the person they’ve dubbed The Hunter and end his existence before he kills more of their kind. The problem is, how can he find one human in the masses living in New Orleans? It turned out to be easier than he anticipated, although he didn’t know it until events transpired that revealed his new, human, friend was the also The Hunter.

Will the saying opposites attract prove true, or will these two men who have begun to care for each other be torn apart by their differences?

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shadow of the hookSHADOW OF THE HOOK (URBAN FAIRY TALES BOOK 10) by Erik Schubach

VS Note: From February

Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.

Everything we know about Pan, the Hook, and the Lost Boys gets all turned around. After a daring rescue, our heroines learn that time is up and the Elders have started their march.

With new allies, they need to find a way back home to join their fellow Avatars as they prepare for the most important confrontation in the history of mankind.

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games of genusGAMES OF GENUS (BAKER STREET ARCHIVES BOOK 1) by C J Strange

For the acclaimed sleuth Sherlock Holmes, life is simple, sweet, dull. Until a curious invitation to a once-in-a-lifetime event has rumors of vampirism, three different cases of it, swirling about her. Can she discover the secrets behind this new, dangerous mystery? And what do these men, some new, some old friends and enemies, have to do with it? Dr. Jonathan Watson, her roommate. PC Gavin Lestrade, the well-meaning cop, and James Moriarty, a sinister-seeming mathematics professor who’s hiding more than he’s revealing…

And then an old foe comes back to town. Isaac Adler, the only man who’s ever captured Sherlock’s heart, returns.

Science and deductive logic aren’t enough to disprove the paranormal, so Sherlock needs to turn to alternative sources to get at the truth.
Hot men, dangerous situations, and a crime to be solved.

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belle and the beastBELLE AND THE BEAST (FAIRELLE BOOK 5) by Rebekah R Ganiere

Belle has spent years being abused by Klaus. But no more. Grabbing her little girl Chloe, she flees into the night, praying to find safety for herself and her daughter.

Werebear Dax had spent years tirelessly searching for the memories taken from him. Back in the castle where he was once held prisoner and tortured, he has all but lost hope. Until the moment he hears a child’s scream in the woods and his entire world changes. In an effort to keep Chloe and Belle safe the group flees through a magick mirror and ending up in the one place Dax feared he’d never see again. His home.

As Dax’s old and new lives collide he is caught between his duty, and his heart. And Belle must decide which she wants more, to protect her daughter, or stay with the man who has threaded his way into her very soul.

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smoke and wishesSMOKE AND WISHES (BEST WISHES BOOK 1) by A J Macey

I just found out that I’m a supernatural and now I’m attending Redwood Supernatural University. With its magic and mix of beings from myth and legend, I’m definitely not in the human world anymore.

But not everything is picture perfect. I have the Bitch Crew that are determined to get rid of me, a guy that’s hell-bent on teaching me a lesson, and my past haunting me in my dreams.

It’s not all bad though; I have my quirky roommate Sadie and six guys who seem intent on keeping me around.
I got this…hopefully.

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third charmTHIRD CHARM (LOVIN’ THE COVEN BOOK 3) by Jacqueline Faye

Want to know how to ruin a holiday?
Have the guy you gave your virginity to, and then dumped you to move to another country, show up. Not kidding, it definitely puts a damper on the holiday festivities. Especially when your current boyfriends take an instant seething dislike to him. What’s a girl to do? Get falling-down drunk, that’s what. At least there was plenty of pie.
On a good note, ex-boyfriends are a much smaller problem to deal with than angry hungry demons. I had that going for me, too. Somebody stole the Blackwell family grimoires from back home and decided to open a roaming portal to hell in Cedar Falls. Of course, demons don’t find anything yummier than a smorgasbord of local residents… Now I have to find the witch who did it, and find a way to seal the doorway to hell, before we run out of food. I mean people.
It’s a damn good thing I have a coven that loves me.
I didn’t mean it that way. Get your mind out of the gutter.

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blood moon magicBLOOD MOON MAGIC (ELEMENTS OF TWILIGHT BOOK 1) by Isobel Carmichael

The shifters are dying
And it’s up to me to save them
even if it means going to extremes.
I’m the future alpha.
Duty is the code I live by.
And now it’s time to make a choice.
Crossbreed or die.
I agreed to the Claiming ceremony
but under my own terms.
With an insatiable hunger,
My raging wolf has ideas of her own.
And five, sexy, dragon mates are what she craves.
Each is delicious and irresistible.
Why choose one mate
When all five make me yearn for more?
After all, the fate of the race lies in my hands,
And I plan to keep those hands very busy.

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dark gatesDARK GATES (ADELMAN ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Shan Marin

I grew up in the shadow of Adelman Academy, knowing I could never set foot in the school for elite magic users. A long-established family pact forbade it.

We should have listened. When my sister and I snuck onto the grounds, it ended in tragedy.

But on my eighteenth birthday, I face the gates of Adelman again. This time, I’m not looking for adventure. I’m seeking sanctuary from my arranged betrothal to a powerful mage. His dark magic makes my skin crawl, and only the Academy can protect me.

Only they can protect me. The headmaster’s sons – Stern Jacen, flirty Kylan and thoughtful Tamas.

They offer me a taste of a life I never dreamed could be mine, but I cannot be theirs. I belong to another.The mage marked me for his own sinister purposes, and my presence at the Academy awakens an ancient evil. One that threatens everyone within the school.And I, Seora Pairel, am the key to stopping it.

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lonely lionessLONELY LIONESS (THE LIONESS’S HAREM BOOK 1) by Catherine Banks

For Ainsley, turning eighteen means finding a mate – and fast. When she runs into an old acquaintance, it seems as though everything is falling smoothly into place.

But it’s not.

When the wolves begin growing more bold and aggressive, a tremendous truth, hidden from her by her parents, is revealed and Ainsley will be forced to make a decision for the good of herself and her people.
The kind of truth that affects not only the present, but the future. The kind that changes everything.

Ainsley is a Sekhmet, a lioness descended from the Goddess, and with that knowledge and power comes great responsibility.

The only question she has left to ask herself is: can she do what’s right?

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moonlight whispersMOONLIGHT WHISPERS (THE WITCH AND WOLF PACK BOOK 8) by K R Alexander

I’ve never been so scared for the lives of my pack. At the same time, we’ve never been so close to solving this mystery. We have to push on, danger or not, and we have to succeed to save them. This time, though, we’ve tempted fate once too often. We face sharp ice and a black Moon, as they say, and the blood on my hands isn’t from our enemies. Moon save us.

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dragon of new orleansTHE DRAGON OF NEW ORLEANS (TREASURE OF PARAGON BOOK 1) by Genevieve Jack

A deadly curse….For 300 years, Gabriel Blakemore has survived in New Orleans after a coup in his native realm of Paragon scattered him and his dragon siblings across the globe. Now a jealous suitor’s voodoo curse threatens to end his immortal existence. His only hope is to find an antidote, one that may rest in a mortal woman.

A lifesaving gift...After five years of unsuccessful treatment for her brain cancer, death is a welcome end for Raven Tanglewood. Her illness has become a prison her adventurous spirit cannot abide. Salvation comes in the form of Gabriel, who uses dragon magic to save her.

A harrowing price…To Raven, the bond that results from Gabriel’s gift is another kind of captivity. Can Gabriel win Raven’s love and trust in time to awaken the life-saving magic within her? Or will his fiery personality and possessive ways drive her from his side and seal his fate?

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demon lord of californiaTHE DEMON LORD OF CALIFORNIA (INFINITY 8 BOOK 1) by Jeanne Marcella

LGBT fantasy fiction. Stripped of his psychic powers, Calico Winghorse barely made it to 19th century Earth via his interdimensional portal. As a mixed-blood phoenix concealing himself in human form, he opens a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and quietly licks his wounds. But the unique method of his escape has drawn the unwanted attention of Infinity Corporation.

Representing this angelic-run company is Agustín Chávez de la Cruz, the Demon Lord of California. Even though Agustín is the corporation’s heir, he finds himself demoted from his daily duties for a new assignment: take absolute control of the portal.

​As Agustín formulates a more gracious avenue of acquiring Calico’s gateway, the demanding head of IC interferes, further complicating matters. From this unexpected interlude, Calico and Agustín realize they both wish to establish more than a mere business arrangement. So negotiations stumble along, all the while Calico ensures that the good people of the city are getting their fill of baked goods.

Yet due to Calico’s injuries, the portal remains vulnerable to the darker forces that want it at any cost. Agustín will have to push both his angelic heritage, and his own psychic powers to the very limits to mend someone who not only bears celestial blood, but who is also the god of space and time.

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bad moon shyla coltBAD MOON (BAD DUOLOGY BOOK 2) by Shyla Colt

What would you do to save the one you loved?
Werewolf, Joss Weber has played the role of Moon Maiden for the White Creek Pack since she was nine. Bullied, belittled, and forced to obey their strange practices, she’d endured to keep her mother alive. As the dawn of a new era approaches, the needs of the many begin to outweigh her own desires.
An apocalypse is looming, and her choices will determine the end of the world or the re-birth of the supernatural hierarchy. Bound to her mate, vampire elder Kazimir, and pack member Isiah Eberstark, she’s trapped in a perpetual tug-o-war. Sacrifices must be made, and the costs are higher than she ever imagined.

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black wolfs weddingTHE BLACK WOLF’S WEDDING by Dahlia Rose

Ivy Bellefonte lived her life not knowing the truth of her legacy. As an artist in San Francisco with latent wolf abilities, she didn’t know about. She thought she, her brother and father were safe since they lived and worked under the laws of the five wolf packs that separated the city. As long as they knew on whose ground they stood, life was simple and good. All that changed the night of her gallery opening when she was attacked and the black wolf saved her life. Everyone knew Lazarus Vale’s wolf. He was the alpha of his pack and all the other district alphas answered to him. And her gallery opening was in his territory. He was arrogant and egotistical; the man kissed like a dream and made her want more.

Lazarus formally asked for her hand to be his mate and her father accepted. What? Little did Ivy know that long before she was born, the blood that ran through her veins caused her mother’s death. And her latent wolf may only have been sleeping until her true mate broke it free of its bonds. As secrets are revealed, Ivy doesn’t know who to trust not even in her family. She saw the wicked games that could be played and she was caught in the middle. Could she even trust Lazarus, the black wolf that drove her mad with desire? Was having her as his mate… his love, the only agenda he had?

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witchbloodWITCHBLOOD (KITSUNE CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Lissa Casey

Sebastian Volkov, a fox shifter raised among werewolves, ran from everything he ever loved after a brutal attack that left him fearing his own shadow. That night a single kiss saved his life and left him with fantasies of a man whose face he couldn’t remember. When Sebastian’s car breaks down in a small Washington town, he meets an Alpha werewolf who reminds him vaguely of a stranger’s kiss.

A year ago Liam Ulrich, Alpha of the Northern Cascade’s Pack, shared a magic filled kiss with a virtual stranger, the infamous Witchblood child of the most powerful werewolf in the world. Since that night, Liam has been waiting for Sebastian to find his way home. Liam knows that Sebastian doesn’t trust easily, or at all, so he’s going to have to give his prickly mate time and space.

The past Sebastian tried to escape still stalks him and slowing down gives it time to catch up.
When the werewolves’ ultimate enemy rises up to cast its shadow over them all, Sebastian realizes he will have to stop running or risk losing everything…. including his hope of a future with Liam.

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gray magic and forbidden loveGRAY MAGIC AND FORBIDDEN LOVE (GRAY WITCH 3) by CeCe Rose

VS note: No blurb available at the time I put together this post.

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bitten at daybreakBITTEN AT DAYBREAK (LAST WITCH STANDING BOOK 3) by Deanna Chase

Badass witch Phoebe Kilsen has spent years looking for her brother. Now that she’s found him, her world is turned upside down and everything she has ever known to be true appears to be false. Cut off from everyone except her brother, can she find a way back to her partner Dax, her best friend Willow, and her life’s work with the Void? Or will she be destined to live a lie with a vampire she’s never trusted?

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day of the dragonDAY OF THE DRAGON (DRAGON HUNTER BOOK 2) by Katie MacAlister

With dragons like him, who needs enemies?
Real scholars know that supernatural beings don’t exist. But the moment I meet Archer Andras of the Storm Dragons, all my academic training goes out the window. Thanks to Mr. Tall, Dark, And Infuriating, I’m learning that I really should worry about those things that go bump in the night. . . and that dragons like Archer are 100 percent pure trouble.

Now I’m caught in the middle of a war. On one side is Archer. On the other is his twin brother. And I am the key to translating an ancient text that could bring balance-or deadly ruin-to our world. But none of that is as dangerous as the seriously sexy sparks between Archer and me. He’s too tempting to be real. Too gorgeous to trust. And when it comes to dragons, there’s no smoke without deadly fire.

Includes the novel WOLF’S MATE by Celia Kyle: When Abby Carter is threatened by an anti-shifter organization, werewolf shifter Declan Reed will have to convince her that there’s no safer place in the world than in the arms of a big bad werewolf.

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demon nightDEMON NIGHT (THE RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 6) by M J Haag 

Every secret has a price.
It’s a truth that Angel knows too well. Since the hellhounds and infected started to roam, Angel has guarded her secret carefully. But, she’s growing weaker by the day and needs help. In this new plague-ravaged world, the weak don’t survive long, and the useless are quickly abandoned. That’s why Angel’s secret needs to stay secret. If anyone found out about the baby she carried, they’d ditch her in a heartbeat to save themselves.
To make herself an asset, she offers her services as a relationship expert to one of the dark fey, who rose with the hellhounds, in exchange for food. Shax is eager to win over Hannah, and if Angel can help make that happen, just maybe she won’t be kicked out when she has the baby.
Falling for her “client” was never in her plans.

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ever strangeEVER STRANGE (LEGAL MAGICK BOOK 1)  by Alisa Woods

ZANE WALKER—FBI, Magickal Crimes Division – There’s a reason the bureau sends me undercover with the worst drug cartels in the world—my magick is as illegal and dirty as the enhancers they peddle. Just the kind that “Pennies” Machnik—Dziki crime lord—likes to use on his enemies. Being his enforcer lets me keep my own monster locked up while I build a case against him. If I can bring Pennies in, maybe I can finally put the stigma of what I am behind me. But when people start overdosing on his street drugs, a beautiful witch storms in, making demands she thinks she can back up with magick. I have to make a split second choice… and the monster comes raging out.

EVER STRANGE—CEO, Strange Medical Technologies – Someone has killed my father. They made it look like an overdose, but Asher Strange, the world-renown researcher of medical magick, never took an illegal drug in his life… much less tawdry magick enhancers. I run the family empire, but no one was more proud of the Strange family name than my father. A long line of us stretches back to the first days of High Magick—no way he would throw that away chasing a quick high. But before I can get an autopsy, my father’s body disappears… and being a Level One mage and one of the richest women in the city means I will get answers.

Someone’s putting deadly magick into street drugs… and it’s killing people all over ChicagoZane’s magick is monstrous, and Ever’s power brings out his beast. But she insists on finding her father; and keeping her safe has suddenly become his job—on top of stopping an epidemic of overdoses that just might be cover for a serial killer. Together, they work to stop the dark magick that’s stalking the streets of Chicago… and try to keep their own secrets from consuming them both.

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lady from the black lagoonTHE LADY FROM THE BLACK LAGOON: HOLLYWOOD MONSTERS AND THE LOST LEGACY OF MILICENT PATRICK by Mallory O’Meara

VS note: I don’t usually cover nonfiction but who can resist that title? As a fan of old scifi movies and special effects, etc., I thought this book might be worth mentioning this week. I haven’t read it but it’s on my TBR.

As a teenager, Mallory O’Meara was thrilled to discover that one of her favorite movies, Creature from the Black Lagoon, featured a monster designed by a woman, Milicent Patrick. But for someone who should have been hailed as a pioneer in the genre, there was little information available. For, as O’Meara soon discovered, Patrick’s contribution had been claimed by a jealous male colleague, her career had been cut short and she soon after had disappeared from film history. No one even knew if she was still alive.

As a young woman working in the horror film industry, O’Meara set out to right the wrong, and in the process discovered the full, fascinating story of an ambitious, artistic woman ahead of her time. Patrick’s contribution to special effects proved to be just the latest chapter in a remarkable, unconventional life, from her youth growing up in the shadow of Hearst Castle, to her career as one of Disney’s first female animators. And at last, O’Meara discovered what really had happened to Patrick after The Creature’s success, and where she went.

A true-life detective story and a celebration of a forgotten feminist trailblazer, Mallory O’Meara’s The Lady from the Black Lagoon establishes Patrick in her rightful place in film history while calling out a Hollywood culture where little has changed since.

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Lady of the Star WindFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS Note: This week I picked one of my older standalone books to mention: LADY OF THE STAR WIND. I had fun writing it – you can see my Egyptian influences peeking through in the plot, as well as the scifi, a bit of time travel and a portal. The action does begin in the Sectors.. Someday I’d like to return to the world and tell a sequel or two!

Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil Queen.

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land.  Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior … and this time, will their love survive the test?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 27

February 20

February 13

February 6

January 30

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.

What Is He Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way but I might have it back to work on by Monday…then off to the formatter in a few days thereafter.)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt –

Reminding herself the whole point of her return to the Retreat was to obtain help for the human, Keshara forced herself not to rise, “I know I’m in the wrong and will take whatever punishment is declared, but I ask help for my companion.”

Eyes glowing golden, shot through with angry red, Ashla pointed at her, “You risked the safety of us all. If you’d been taken by the others who dwell outside the Retreat, the Director herself could have been imperiled. You know this, we reiterate the risks endlessly in training.”

“The Great Mother called me to leave the Retreat and be in the right place to assist Gabe,” Keshara said. Not only did she believe this in the core of her own being, she knew Ashla was a devout believer in the goddess and her commands, although if Keshara was pressed on the point, she feared Ashla placed the Director above the Great Mother.

“Gabe?” Ashla stalked to the litter and stood staring at him, “Who is he? What is he?”

“Human,” he said with difficulty, obviously uncomfortable at facing a threat from a prone position but unable to rise.

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

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

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

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday February 27

heart of the catAs 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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HEART OF THE CAT (SARAFIN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by SE Smith

VS Note: The re-release of SE’s story from the Pets In SpaceR   3 anthology!

Prince Walkyr d’Rojah’s mission is to find an ancient artifact known as the Heart of the Cat–a powerful gem that connects his people, its magic woven through the Sarafin like his predatory cat is woven into himself. Walkyr’s only clues are an ancient scroll and the legends passed down through generations. However, he isn’t the only one searching for it. A sect determined to overthrow the royal families of the Sarafin, the Curizan, and the Valdier wants the gem for themselves. They are more than willing to do whatever it takes to obtain it.

Trescina Bukov’s affinity with large cats has taken her all over the world, but this time a frantic call from a rescue group compels her to fly to Wyoming in the United States. A new species of leopard was discovered near death, she’s told, and this “”new species”” sounds enough like a shape-shifter that Trescina hurries to examine this cat.

Their first meeting is explosive, and Walkyr is shocked when the human female connects with his leopard–recognizing what he is and what his weaknesses are, and this is only the beginning of how his mission has gone wrong!

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operation arkOPERATION ARK: A PROJECT ENTERPRISE STORY by Pauline B Jones

VS Note: The re-release of Pauline’s story from the Pets In SpaceR   3 anthology!

She’s a USMC Sergeant deployed to the Garradian Galaxy.
He was raised by the robots who freed him from slavery.
It’s a match made nowhere anyone can figure out.

They clashed as enemies but joined forces to defeat a common foe. Now they’re tasked with returning some freed prisoners to their home worlds. In the next galaxy. With an alien, a robot, and a caticorn. It was a bar joke without a punch line, though Carolina City has a feeling it is out there—like the truth.

Kraye isn’t eager to return to his galaxy where the dark secret of his past lays in wait, but he’s willing to risk it in hopes that Caro can teach him what the robots couldn’t: how to be human.

Together they must face a dangerous journey, a lethal enemy with a score to settle, their unexpected desire, and an uncertain future if they make it out alive.

Can Caro and Kraye navigate the minefields—both emotional and space based—to land a happy homecoming for the sentient animals in their care? Can the man raised by robots learn how to kiss the girl while the starchy Marine decides if she is willing to bend the rules for a happy ever after? Don’t miss Pauline Baird Jones’ newest Project Enterprise story!

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ella and the emperorELLA AND THE EMPEROR (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 5) by Honey Phillips

Captured by aliens as a child, Ella was raised as the beloved pet of a kind alien couple. One night of blood and terror destroyed her sheltered life and shattered her voice. Now she’s a slave in the emperor’s palace.

Alone in a terrifying new world, she clings to the person who saves her – the dashing young emperor. But the handsome alien also arouses unfamiliar longings in her heart.

When Emperor Karthajin rescues a silent female from an attack, he does not expect to become an object of worship to the enchanting little creature.

New to the throne, surrounded by smiling faces and hidden enemies, he finds unexpected comfort in the innocent human who trusts him so completely. But as his feelings grow stronger, so does his reluctance to expose her to the viciousness of the Imperial Court.

Can an emperor lose his heart to a human slave? And will his empire ever accept such a match?

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blind betBLIND BET (THE DRIFT BOOK 7) by Susan Hayes

VS Note: A re-release

Layla Corbin loves her life as a technician on the deep space asteroid-mining ship, Kessel Queen. Great job, great companions, great money. Perfect, except she wants all four of her sexy crewmates. The rules of the ship state she can only have one – an impossible choice.

When Mace issued that order, he did it to protect his crew. He never imagined that they’d all fall for Layla.

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project adapt foundPROJECT ADAPT: FOUND by Jade Waltz

Selena’s life has been filled with far too much torture, betrayal and distrust… and far too little love. But as she gains a tenuous freedom for herself, she also discovers the one man she’d let herself love gifted her with children of her own.

Along the way, she finds herself picked up by a scouting ship and thrust into the hands of a group of males who want nothing but to support her–that is, if she allows herself to trust them. 

Desperate to avoid being forced back into a life of experimentation and manipulation, for herself and her babies, Selena realizes she must dedicate herself to protecting them… or die trying.

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empire of lightEMPIRE OF LIGHT (VOYANCE BOOK 1) by Alex Harrow

Damian Nettoyer is the Empire’s go-to gun. He kills whoever they want him to kill. In exchange, he and his rag-tag gang of crooks get to live, and Damian’s psychokinetic partner and lover, Aris, isn’t issued a one-way ticket to an Empire-sanctioned lobotomy.

Then Damian’s latest mark, a suave revolutionary named Raeyn, kicks his ass and demands his help. The first item on the new agenda: take out Damian’s old boss—or Raeyn will take out Damian’s crew.

To protect his friends and save his own skin, Damian teams up with Raeyn to make his revolution work. As Aris slips away from Damian and his control over his powers crumbles, the Watch catches on. Damian gets way too close to Raeyn, torn between the need to shoot him one minute and kiss him the next.

With the Empire, Damian had two policies: shoot first and don’t ask questions. But to save the guy he loves, he’ll set the world on fire.

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starburst alyssa rose ivySTARBURST (HALF LIGHT BOOK 4) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Noah doesn’t like pressure. Too bad he has been tasked with saving the universe. Right now the only thing he can think about is finding Rachel and figuring out more about what being a starmate really means.

Rachel wants nothing to do with Caspian or his starmate, but she has no choice. Finding Versaka is the only way she can have the life she dreams of with Noah.
Angie doesn’t want to desire Kelby, but can she help the growing feelings between them? The problem is, he seems to want her too and turning back seems all but impossible.
Caspian will do anything to protect his people and his planet, but his biggest challenge might be accepting that Rachel is in love with someone else.

With so much on the line, will they be able to put their feelings and hearts to the side long enough to fill the roles they were born for?

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severedSEVERED (PRECINCT 1 BOOK 1) by Shona Husk

Halle Ish, one of Velli’s elite police Arrows, is shot down during a Precinct One riot. Wounded and unable to fly, she tries to hide and avoid capture, knowing that if she is found by the razor gangs or Clipper Sect they will sever her wings. She needs to get out of Precinct One.

Avin Lent was once a promising medical student, but he started sniffing Mumble to beat the stress and is now the doctor to one of the biggest gangs in Precinct One—while not part of the Clipper Sect, they are just as dangerous. He knows he is only as useful as his next surgery and they would have no qualms about killing him. Only Jarro is keeping him safe.

Jarro Coblic is deep under cover and has been for a year. Immersed in the gang, he suspects his hands will never be clean again. When he finds the wounded Arrow, he knows he can’t turn her over even though everyone is looking for her. With his lover’s help, they hide her and heal her wing. All the while, falling for her. He prays Avin will not crumble and reveal their secret as Jarro tries to figure out a way to get them all out of Precinct One before the Sect and the gangs bring the full wrath of Velli on Precinct One. Tearing the place down can’t come soon enough, but there will be blood before the slate can be washed clean.

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never ashamedNEVER ASHAMED (CHOSEN NARRATIVES BOOK 3) by Sabrina Kade

Having finally accepted Chimase as her mate, Hollis believes she can relax into their life together. But she didn’t count on family ties almost undoing their love.

Hollis realizes that their relationship must undergo one final test when she finally meets Chimase’s father. She offers to play the role of a normal human slave, but Chimase refuses to agree to her plan—even when it leads to Chimase’s father demanding Hollis’s death.

Now Chimase must choose between a life with his own kind or loving Hollis in exile. If they’re to stay together, he may have to make his promise real: that he will be with her to the ends of the galaxy.

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old mediaOLD MEDIA by Annalee Newitz

VS note: Listed as a short read, no reviews, I have no idea if there’s an actual romance…the concept is intriguing. I have not read this.

The story of a freed slave and a robot professor, trying to figure out what it means to be in love while they watch old anime from the 21st century.

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alpha knotsALPHA KNOTS (ALPHA HORDE BOOK 3) by Milana Jacks

Officer Samantha Noell – In the blink of an eye, I’m head-first in a snowdrift, rescued by the biggest, greenest—man?—I’ve ever seen. Whatever he is, he turns my take-no-crap attitude into need. I should escape, but I’ve got a hunch that I’m close to solving a cold case involving several women who disappeared into thin air.

Vemlox – My plan is foolproof. Fetch the Omega and hand her over to Montar, thus sealing Loven’s alliance between Guardians and Horde. Thanks to a glitchy space gate, I’m stuck in a freezing cave with something that’s turned the simple delivery into a suicide mission. An Omega I must not want and can never have.

Unfortunately, she’s going into heat. And Serpent help me, I will betray the Horde and starve on a pole if only to keep her.

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alien giantALIEN GIANT (VAXXLIAN MATES BOOK 3) by Sue Mercury and Sue Lyndon

Diana is a survivor. It’s all she knows. But she has big plans once she escapes the dangerous outpost where she’s been stranded for the last ten years. Plans that involve buying a ship of her very own and traveling to a sparsely populated planet to live out the rest of her days in the sun. No more crowds, no more recirculated air, and no more cage fights. She certainly doesn’t plan on being “rescued” by a sexy alien giant with glowing green eyes who wants to make babies with her.

Kirn is enchanted by the fierce little human he’s stolen away from the outpost. Ah, what a beauty she is–and strong. She resists his advances at first, but he’s confident she will agree to become his mate soon. He’s a highly respected Vaxxlian warrior. How could she not want him? Mindful of his enormous size, he promises to be as gentle as possible when he finally mates with her. But as he’s about to discover, claiming a human female never goes as planned.

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sold to the alien outlawsSOLD TO THE ALIEN OUTLAWS (ROGUE AURELIANS BOOK 1) by Corin Cain

We declared independence from the Aurelian Empire. Now, we will pay for it. The moment the all-male species leaves, the ravening hordes of the universe attack. The Scorp descend on our little planet without mercy. Pinching claws rend. Darting tails poison. Blood fills the streets.

With the arrogant warrior species of aliens gone, we have no hope.

Until three seven-foot tall aliens break away from their Empire to save us. They will be branded as deserters by their Empire. They will lose everything, and yet they come for us. Like Greek Gods, they stand. Like angels of death, they war.

Raka. Raekon. Leon. – Under their hungry eyes, it’s impossible to feel out of place like I do alongside the willowy, elegant noblewomen. All of my imperfections wash away under their eyes. When they look at me, they drink up my curves, and for the first time in my life I feel small… and helpless.
They are violence incarnate. They are a whirlwind of death. They threw away their future to save us. In return…They demand everything. (more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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bonded to the alien centurionBONDED TO THE ALIEN CENTURION (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 7) by Mina Carter

Behind ‘enemy lines’ the last thing she expects is a sexy alien warrior determined to make her his…When things screw up in diplomatic talks with the Lathar Dani Black finds herself lined up for the one thing every dyed in the wool soldier dreads… a diplomatic function. Alone on the Lathar ship without backup, she must play nice, rescue a VIP and somehow get them both back to her own ship without causing a diplomatic incident that could result in the annihilation of the human race.

The problem is one sexy as hell alien warrior. Tall, silver-haired and handsome, he’s her escort for the evening and makes her want things she certainly shouldn’t want from an alien, no matter how sexy he is. But then a conversation goes bad, and she finds herself in an alien challenge circle fighting for her freedom. It’s all going well, until her sexy alien steps into the ring…

The moment he saw her, he swore he’d make the beautiful human woman his mate.
Sardaan is the envy of his shipmates when he’s assigned by the emperor to escort a visiting human dignitary for a diplomatic function. But that’s not all he’s been assigned to do… under orders to seduce the beautiful human woman at any costs, Sardaan is more than happy to do his duty…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
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cat sandra r neeleyCAT by Sandra R Neeley

VS note: A scifi romance short story under 10K words.

Orlgo was one of the last of a unique breed. He’d been exiled, for nothing more than existing. His species was feared and ostracized. He needed a host – required one in order to live, thrive. Because of that, most other species considered his people parasitic. He supposed in a way, maybe they were – but there was so much more to it than that. He’d given up hope – intentionally left on an abandoned space station near the outer reaches of the universe, there was no chance for him to find a host. No chance for him to survive…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dysastersTHE DYSASTERS by P C Cast and Kristin Cast

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

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legacy chroniclesTHE LEGACY CHRONICLES:RAISING MONSTERS by Pittacus Lore

Contrary to what the government would have the world believe, not all of the Mogadorians are safely imprisoned. A small contingent of the alien invaders has been in hiding, working on a vicious plan for revenge and foiling Six and Sam’s every move. Even the couple’s failed attempt to rescue Ghost was nothing but a trap, and now they’ve been abducted by their old foes.

Held captive in an impenetrable underground bunker, they’ll have to find each other and then somehow find a way out if they’re going to have any hope of survival. But with their Legacies still on the fritz and Mogs out for blood it may be nearly impossible. Luckily, Six and Sam have more than a few allies with powers of their own who can help…if they’re not too late.

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adamant eveADAMANT EVE (GEMMA-HYDROX BOOK 2) by L J Vickery

Marek Stasky isn’t sure about this trip to Gemma-Hydrox, but he has no choice. He signed an agreement with Gerri Wilder, the Galaxy’s foremost matchmaker, before he knew the particulars of the inhabitants. Now he’s just confused. Since he doesn’t follow the, uh, proclivities of the natives, why exactly has Ms. Wilder recruited him? As the planet’s twin suns appear on the horizon, he knows he’ll soon find out. But that’s as far as it will go. No one can force a new lifestyle on him. No siree.
Eve doesn’t understand why she’s been assigned to take care of the luscious visitor from earth, but she knows she likes the way he looks and acts, way too much. Cautiously she allows herself to study him. But if she lets her interest show, and the lords find out, punishment will be dire. As she stands ready to serve, she judiciously keeps her head down and her mouth shut…until the human asks her a question.

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holding honorHOLDING HONOR (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 9) by R E Butler

Mountain lion shifter Honor Parkins is in trouble. After a meeting in the woods with sexy brothers Holden and Jackson, the ancient curse all female mountain lions are under has been broken. She knows that they’re her mates. When her all-female pride discovers she’s not like them anymore, they keep her locked up. Missing her mates is driving her and her mountain lion crazy.

Holden and Jackson Whitman never expected to find the leader of the female pride in the woods on the full moon; now the only thing they care about is finding her again. The problem? The females live in secrecy in Canada, and no one knows where. Their niece, Melody, is finally able to narrow down the area where she thinks they live, and after seven long months the brothers are finally on their way to find their mate. Freeing Honor is only half of the battle.

Can Holden and Jackson help her come to terms with all she’s lost because of the curse? Will returning to King be the best choice they ever made, or the worst decision in history?

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demon on the down lowDEMON ON THE DOWN-LOW (SUPERNATURAL SELECTION BOOK 3) by E J Russell

Lovelorn kangaroo shifter Hamish Mulherne, drummer for the mega-hit rock band Hunter’s Moon, waited years for the band’s jaguar shifter bassist to notice him. Instead, she’s just gotten married and is in a thriving poly relationship. How is Hamish supposed to compete with that? But with everyone else in the band mated and revoltingly happy, he needs somebody. Since he can’t expect true love to strike twice, he signs up with Supernatural Selection. Because what the hell.

When Zeke Oz was placed at Supernatural Selection through the Sheol work-release program, he thought he was the luckiest demon alive. But when he seems responsible for several massive matchmaking errors, he’s put on notice: find the perfect match for Hamish, or get booted back to Sheol for good. The only catch? He has to do it without the agency’s matchmaking spells, and Hamish simply will not engage.

But Zeke starts to believe that the reason all of Hamish’s dates fizzle is because nobody in the database is good enough for him. And Hamish realizes that his perfect match might be the cute demon who’s trying so hard to make him happy.

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magical seclusionMAGICAL SECLUSION (BIOMYSTIC SECURITY BOOK 3) by Jalizia A Burwell

Dr. Laila Porter is ready to jump into her relationship with her men. They butted into her life, made their intentions known, and she’s more than willing to take them up on it. As they find a balance in their budding relationship, emotions run high, and Laila questions if it’ll last. Instead of facing these unfamiliar emotions, she throws herself into her current project, a toy with both wonderful and dangerous possibilities.

While the guys prove that they are all in, a new dangerous plot slowly circles Biomystic Security, and this time, they aren’t so sure it’s something they will be able to get out of. Especially if this new danger threatens who they’re fighting for: Laila Porter

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what the foxWHAT THE FOX (THE CHAOS OF FOXES BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

Kenzie is a void witch. Only a handful have ever existed. And now she’s trying to find out where she belongs in the paranormal world. Thankfully her mates have never cared about her witch status. They love her for her – even if one of them is playing hard to get. Kenzie plans to make Hunter beg.

Meanwhile they still have to bring down Bradley Davis. But there are complications to their plans no one could have foreseen. Will Kenzie be able to handle her newly discovered abilities and any threat until she can master them? Will they be able to take down the jerk who cursed her sister after finding out what he’s really after?

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dawn of cobalt shadowsDAWN OF COBALT SHADOWS (BURNING EMPIRE BOOK 2) by Emma Hamm

Loose from her cage, Sigrid of Wildewyn returns to her homeland with a heavy heart. An army of Beastkin await her orders in a new kingdom made out of animals and forgotten rules. When she begins to lose faith in herself, she embarks on a journey to find her history and that of all the Beastkin.

Far in the desert, Nadir tightens his control over his kingdom. For a time, he’s the Sultan they’ve all waited for. Until an assassin arrives in his palace declaring a legendary warrior has summoned him. A warrior who claims to be his mother.
Both struggle to discover their own history, while remaining tied to each other regardless of distance. But a war brews between the kingdoms. Sigrid and Nadir must once again choose between each other, or their people. Only this time, they aren’t certain what they’ll choose.

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sustainingSUSTAINING (TO TAME A SHIFTER BOOK 4) by A K Koonce

There’s something just slightly more terrifying than dark magic.
And that’s going home.
The beautiful coastal village is too small and it’s impossible to hide when you’re a target. They know I’m different. They knew when I was a young girl and they know now. They’re just waiting for the proof. They’re all waiting for me to screw up like I always do.

What they don’t know is, I’m not staying. I’ll take my scowling shifters—hopefully before they literally rip into one of the many hateful villagers—and I’ll find the Solstice Queen.
I’ll find that mysteriously dangerous mage again if it’s the last thing I do.

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boat banshee breakdownA BOAT, A BANSHEE AND A BREAKDOWN: DEANNA OSCAR PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 10 by CC Dragon

A gator hunting bayou family all hear the cry of a banshee while on their lucky boat–who will be the next to die?

Deanna Oscar and friends are back to solve the spooky and paranormal problems in the Big Easy. A banshee returns every five years and kills at least one (or as many as five) members of a particular family. The family asks Deanna to help them end the curse or stop the wrath of this vengeful spirit.

Newly married and juggling a lot of upheaval in her social circles, De is happy to help but the banshee isn’t cooperating or communicating. Is it a vengeful dead woman or a demon playing tricks?
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harley merlin 6HARLEY MERLIN AND THE CULT OF ERIS 6 by Bella Forrest

Harley has a game plan to stop the third ritual: infiltrate the Cult of Eris and steal back her mother’s soul. But her only way in is through her devious half-brother Finch—the same guy who was Katherine’s most devoted bootlicker not too long ago.

Joining a cult counts as sibling bonding time, right?

Left with no choice but to break Finch out of prison, Harley must play the part of a loyal cultist. Within Katherine’s inner circle, deadly initiation trials and watchful enemies make every moment a battle for survival.

Harley hasn’t forgotten that Finch once belonged to the cult himself, and she wonders if she’ll end up with a valuable new ally… or a knife in the back.

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thornboundTHORNBOUND: VOLUME II OF THE HARWOOD SPELLBOOK by Stephanie Burgis

Cassandra Harwood scandalized her nation when she became the first woman magician in Angland. Now, she’s ready to teach a whole new generation of bright young women at her radical new school, the Thornfell College of Magic…

Until a sinister fey altar is discovered in the school library, the ruling Boudiccate sends a delegation to shut down Thornfell, and Cassandra’s own husband is torn away from her.

As malevolent vines slither in from the forest and ruthless politicians scheme against her, Cassandra must fight the greatest battle of her life to save her love, her school, and the future of the young women of Angland.

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hardest fallHARDEST FALL (DOMINION BOOK 3) by Juliette Cross

The tattooed demoness, Bone, doesn’t like anything except the magical weapons she makes. But she has hidden talents few know about. When I was brought to her near death, she used her Seraph song to manipulate flesh and bone to heal me. But she wasn’t happy about it.

Now I must return the favor. Even though she refuses to take sides in the apocalypse, there’s one job she’s not willing to do for the demon prince Rook. If she doesn’t, her head will end up on a spike. Of course, there’s a good chance we’re all going to die anyway, but I will do anything to protect this fierce woman—and not just because she saved me.

So, we’re both off to kill a demon—or three—and possibly save the world.

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demon kings destinyTHE DEMON KING’S DESTINY (FATE OF THE IMPERIUM BOOK 3) by C A Worley

When Marrok, the Demon King of Sundari, meets his fated mate in the dreamworld, he ignores the pull of the saatus bond. He has no desire to make a life with the female, not with his past being what it is. Unable to deny the bond for long, Marrok accepts his demon spirit’s need for its mate. He plans to use their connection to prevent him from turning rogue, while keeping his heart safely buried in the past.

Since the age of six, Evelyn has been dreaming of the Demon King. When she starts having visions of his past, old betrayals are brought to light, including an ancient brotherhood who has been working against the pair for decades. Knowing Marrok may never love her in the way she loves him, Evelyn chooses to fight for their future anyway. She’ll protect everyone she loves from the insidious group—or die trying.

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mist metal ashMIST, METAL AND ASH (INK, IRON AND GLASS BOOK 2) by Gwendolyn Clare

VS note: Reviews seem to indicate the series needs to be read in order. not sure how much romance there may be.

In an alternate 19th-century Italy, Elsa has an incredible gift: she can craft new worlds with precise lines of script written in books. But political extremists have stolen the most dangerous book ever scribed—one that can rewrite the Earth itself.

Now Elsa must track down the friend who betrayed her and recover the book before its destructive power is unleashed. Can she handle the secrets she’ll uncover along the way—including the ones hiding in her own heart?

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ghosts of rushton courtTHE GHOSTS OF RUSHTON COURT by Blair Bancroft

VS Note: From January.

The widowed Lady Marian Talbot is keeping a low profile as her exquisitely lovely sister, Vanessa, makes her come-out. Yet somehow it is Marian who attracts the attention of the most eligible bachelor London society has seen in a decade, a marquess who has spent the last dozen years in India. After a whirlwind courtship, Marian—now the Marchioness of Rushton—arrives at her new home, only to discover she is expected to solve the challenges of dealing with her husband’s hostile brother and sister, his illegitimate young son, and a staff at war with itself. And, as if that weren’t enough, Marian must also adjust to a panoply of ghosts, all supposedly benign, but that becomes doubtful as someone—or some thing—makes repeated attempts to kill both the marquess and his new bride.

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sedona sinSEDONA SIN by Lisa Kessler

Asher Mateo’s future was stolen the night the Sedona Pack Alpha marked him to be bitten. Drafted into the werewolf Pack, Asher was forced to become a man he hardly recognized. After heading up a rebellion to overthrow their Alpha, Asher can’t wash the sins from his hands and yearns for a fresh start. But he can’t bring himself to leave Naomi and her twin boys. Without a strong Alpha to lead the Pack, all their lives are at risk from a new threat who will stop at nothing to expose shifters to the world as blood thirsty killers.

Naomi Rossi used to be a graphic designer with a black belt in karate and deadly aim with ninja stars, but under a full moon a wolf bite left her changed forever. Now she’s a single mom to her twin boys, and doing her best to help her friend Asher see himself the way she does, as a leader. But a passing touch, threatens all of her plans as her wolf recognizes this man is destined to be much more than a friend.

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of wolves and witchesOF WOLVES AND WITCHES (ARCANE ARTS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Elena Lawson

Before I could catch my breath, my simple gypsy life of peddling potions with my guardians is wrenched away. I’m forcibly enrolled into the prestigious and supremely snotty Arcane Arts Academy, given shackles under the guise of mercy for my crimes.

As if that weren’t enough, my volatile magic bound me to two infuriatingly overbearing shifters in the woods near campus, making me an instant pariah.

At least the history teacher is helpful—not to mention insanely gorgeous. And besides giving me a dangerous distraction, there’s something else he can provide—a way to finally find out more about my father and unravel the dark mystery surrounding his death… but some secrets have claws, and if I’m not careful, knowing the truth could get me killed.

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outrushOUTRUSH (THE MER CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Errin Stevens

Maya’s headlong rush into marriage isn’t working out… and it isn’t the only collision course she’s on these days. Her saltwater distractions aside, her father-in-law wants her gunned down for reasons unknown, and her pesky bodyguard – when he’s around – seems intent on drowning her in want and regret.

Maya is desperate to hold onto any small part of herself she understands. When escape becomes her only option, she finds herself in a race against a past – and a man – she can’t outrun.

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unquiet soulsUNQUIET SOULS (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

On the surface, psychologist Audrey Barrett is the perfect co-host for Michael Covenant’s new cable series, Project Demon Hunters. She’s smart, articulate, and photogenic as hell.

There’s just one problem. Michael has made it his mission to stay out of her orbit. Thanks to his producer’s stubborn insistence, however, there’s no avoiding her — which means Michael will have to bury his secrets even deeper.

After the tragedy that took her parents more than ten years earlier, Audrey has kept herself on the fringe of the paranormal world. But with her small therapy practice floundering, the money the show’s offering is too good to pass up.

From the moment they step inside a rundown mansion, things start flying: sparks between Audrey and Michael, not to mention furniture hurled by something determined to make sure their investigation fails. Worse, evil seems to have followed Audrey home — and she discovers why the man at her side on camera is the last man she can trust in real life.

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suspects and scalesSUSPECTS AND SCALES (STALLION RIDGE BOOK 3) by Maz Maddox

Deputy Cody Moore is shattered.

The murder of someone dear to him has pushed him to a breaking point and awakened the monster sleeping inside him. While the young man is no stranger to tragedy and death, having someone slaughtered under his watch has left him rattled with heartache.

In the wake of the devastation, a mysterious shadow of a man is dispatched to Stallion Ridge to track down the murderer. Even with his heart in pieces and a coiling monster inside him, Cody refuses to leave the investigation to this mystifying man.

Cody knew his life was forever changed after what happened at the river, but he never expected the powerful current that is the dark and charismatic Quellin.

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faes captiveFAE’S CAPTIVE by Lily Archer

My college roommate is the worst. Cecile steals my food, brings guys over at all hours, and parties instead of studying. But those quirks pale in comparison to what she does next. She drugs me, and I wake up imprisoned in an alternate universe full of terrifying creatures. Now, the biggest and scariest creature of all–a fae king–believes I’m his mate. He’s freed me from the dungeon but keeps me close. So close, in fact, that I’m beginning to like his wintery gaze and ice-chiseled body. But secrets and villains lurk throughout this new world, and I don’t know if I’ll survive long enough to figure out how to get back home.

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road to winterROAD TO WINTER (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 2) by Lily Archer

The fae king is growing on me. Every touch, look, and night spent in his arms is slowly melting my resistance. When his feral side takes over, something inside me wants to let go and give him everything. With each passing day, the pull is getting harder to deny. But the road to the winter realm is full of danger, and I need to concentrate on finding my way home, not on the promises of pleasure Leander whispers in my ear at night. Even so, how long can I resist the intoxicating kiss of winter?
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tenth wishTHE TENTH WISH by David Zeltserman

Emily Mignon recently moved to New York and finds herself frustrated romantically, professionally, and financially. When she comes into possession of a genie’s lamp, she’s tempted to wish for her biggest dream to be fulfilled, but she knows from literature that a genie’s wish can be maliciously twisted. Even the genie—who is quite handsome and looks like a young lawyer dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit and black leather oxfords—admits to her how disastrously some of his previous masters’ wishes turned out. He seems sincere when he promises her that this time will be different and she wants to believe him. Except there’s a warning engraved on the bottom of the lamp. Do not trust him.

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claiming his mateCLAIMING HIS MATE (ALPHA PROTECTORS) by Juniper Hart

My whole life, I wanted to be someone.
I left the drudgery of my small-town life for a coveted job in New York City.
But the past has a way of catching up with you.
If I want to prove myself, I need to go back to Salem and wrap up some business.
Running into Marcel Forrester wasn’t part of the plan, and bittersweet memories of the past have left me both frightened and intrigued.
His big blues eyes, powerful position, and strong presence make me feel safe.
But I can’t get involved with someone like him.
He has sworn to protect me against a force I didn’t even know existed.
However, the powerful Alpha can’t save me if I don’t want to be saved.
He can’t convince me that something so perfect can last forever.

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sold to a dragonSOLD TO A DRAGON (DRAGON SHIFTER ISLAND) by Maia Starr

Axel – My dragon consumes me, forcing me to shift day and night, and other clans are questioning my leadership. I was starting to go insane and on the brink of losing everything I have worked for. That was until I met Sam at the bar, a gorgeous dancer that I cant keep my eyes off nor keep my dragon within from claiming her as my own. As I saw her being abused by a raving lunatic, I could not take this any longer and had to do something before my dragon erupted fire. I offered him cash on the spot for his mate and never looked back. My body craves every ounce of her, and she is making it harder each day to stay in control especially when the man that sold her thinks he can walk in and take her back like nothing. But I am keeping a secret from her that may ruin everything and spiral my dragon out of control…

Sam – When I fell in love, I got more than I bargained for; a man who turned into a nightmare from hell. Now, I find myself bought and sold to a mysterious, mouth-watering hunk of a beast with rippling muscles and a sweet side that makes me melt like never before. Learning from my past, I know I cant trust him nor give him my heart. I need to be strong and firmly say no. However we have one problem, the animal that sold me wants me back and he wont give up until he gets his way. The more I need to be protected, the more my body yearns and aches for Axel’s presence both in and out of bed. I know I have to risk it all, even if that means him finding out my secret that might ruin everything and putting me back in the hell that I came from.

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stained egosSTAINED EGOS (SALSANG CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Helen Scott and Serena Akeroyd

She’s everything they never knew they wanted, but more than one overly ambitious student wants to win the final place in their brotherhood. It’s up to Cade, Raven, Barclay, Keiran, and Gideon to make sure they pick the best person for their team, after all, the brotherhoods are the only thing stopping the magic world and the human world from crashing into each other.

When things start to go sideways can the guys still trust that they will pick the best candidate for the position, or will it end up being a political game of cat and mouse, as powers out of their control manipulate the future?

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rileys prideRILEY’S PRIDE by Sandra R Neeley

There’s a new Alpha in town. He’s tried for too long to make a life in a place with more than its share of Alphas. His Panther has decided enough is enough. His Mate has renounced him as a result of a grave misunderstanding, and he’s struck out on his own, forging a new future and a new Pride that will welcome all who have struggled to find their place. He will be their Alpha — they will live by his rules. Together they will make a new life in the hills and mountains of Missouri. They’ll build a life to be proud of, a life that will welcome all their Mates, if they are lucky enough to find them. A life his own estranged Mate will hopefully be drawn to. It will be dangerous because the shifters that have struggled to find a place are usually the most unpredictable, those that never fit anywhere else. But that’s what makes life interesting isn’t it — danger, unpredictability and love?

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dandelion seasonDANDELION SEASON (GREEN VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

Tawny Summers has her retirement all planned out: catch up on her books, work on her garden, and teach piano lessons to children in the sleepy town of Green Valley.
Her plan doesn’t include a gorgeous city billionaire with piercing silver eyes who is determined to upend her quiet life and frighten her cats.

Lion shifter Damien Powell gave his family up for hopelessly broken decades ago. Now he finds himself drawn to a tiny country town to try to mend fences with his son and build a relationship with his precocious lion shifter grandson… and meets his mate at the worst party of his life.
Suddenly, he’s faced with book clubs and nosy neighbors instead of board rooms and lawsuits, and stubborn, set-in-her-ways Tawny refuses his gifts and challenges his expectations at every turn.
Can a city lion find a home with a country spinster? Can he convince her that it’s not too late for true love?

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four heirsFOUR HEIRS (THE ROTHHAVEN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by C J Pinard and Cassie Alexandra

With the curse still not broken in Syracuse, the people of the country begin to grow impatient. The burden mounts on the royals to break it, but nobody is feeling the pressure more than Mariselle. Frustrated with the way the four kings seem to be making decisions for her, she finally puts her foot down and tells them she’s going to do what she wants. Things seem to be going fine until King Zackary takes a trip to the village… and doesn’t return.

Griffin and Alexander decide to leave the West Haven and look for him, leaving the youngest Rothhaven, Mathias, alone at the castle to look after Mariselle. With them both worried about the missing King, they turn to each other for comfort. Mariselle begins to fall for Mathias, and quickly realizes she is now hopelessly in love with all the brothers…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ember ophelia sextonEMBER (BEARPAW RIDGE FIREFIGHTERS BOOK 9) by Ophelia Sexton

Bear shifter Margaret Einarsson Swanson never thought that love would find her again after her mate Ryan was killed. The curvy widow has spent years raising her children and running the Grizzly Creek Ranch’s bed-and-breakfast operation.

Then professional chef Daniel Langlais shows up seeking sanctuary at the ranch. He’s wounded, on the run with his young nephew, and big trouble is hot on his heels. Margaret knows that falling for this devastatingly attractive silver-haired sabertooth shifter will make all hell break loose within the Swanson family.

But even knowing all that, her bear can’t resist his scent, the mouthwatering meals he dishes up for her, or his smooth Louisiana drawl.

Sometimes, grabbing the chance for happiness means taking big risks. Is Margaret willing to defy her clan for a second chance at love with a mate who seems so wrong but feels so right?

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goldie and the bearsGOLDIE AND THE BEARS by Milly Taiden

Ash Goldenlochs hasn’t touched another person in years. Her gift–or curse, as she thinks of it–forces her to experience the past of anything against her hands. When she meets two of the most gorgeous men she’s ever seen, she wants to rip her gloves off and let her fingers do the walking.

Bear shifters, Spencer Hartz and Chaz Coco, are partners in a trio who couldn’t be more opposite. When their coworker is murdered, they will take help in any form, including a cute blonde who happens to be their mate.

Using her ability, she sees the murderer but doesn’t know who it is. When the killer recognizes her, her tragic past may repeat itself and it’s all the guys can do to keep her alive.

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spelledSPELLED: TOXIC BITCHCRAFT BOOK 2 by K B Everly

Christi Craft is the name, and being witchy is probably not as much of my game as I lead you to believe…I thought my troubles were as bad as they could get. I was so wrong.
-I was hexed by my mother.
-I accidentally put an annoying, fae ghost named Button (okay, his name is Beauregard) into a woman’s body.
-Orrin, my sexy and not so ex Incubus lover, knows more about why my magic is so finicky than he’s letting on AND seems to be in cahoots with my mother about it all.
-And Milo, the ever sweet Warden Warlock, isn’t backing down now that we’ve slept together.
But things are about to get a lot more complicated when secrets start to unravel, lies continue to be told, and hearts are put to the test.
Life might be at least a little bit easier if Shakes would just stop talking.

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wyatt drakeWYATT DRAKE (AURUM COURT DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Emilia Hartley

Kennedy Mortensen has been drifting for years, travelling and food blogging. It’s a good life, but something’s missing. When she gets to a little hamlet in the mountains of Colorado that isn’t even on the maps, she wonders if she’s found that something—and she’s sure it includes the forceful, but gentle, and oh-so-gorgeous man who runs off a couple of creeps who are bothering her. She can’t get him out of her mind even though he doesn’t seem interested in her. It’s like pulling eye teeth even to get him to give her his name.

Wyatt Drake has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend, a woman he’d expected to marry, and a relationship is the last thing he wants. But his dragon is sniffing around a tourist in his hometown—a tourist who discovers more about him in days than his girlfriend did in years—and who seems to like him despite all that, or maybe even because of it. Still, Wyatt isn’t sure he’s ready for another relationship. He doesn’t want a one-night-stand or a short-term rebound girl. He’s looking for commitment. And what kind of stability can he get from a travelling food-blogger he just met?

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prince of air and darknessPRINCE OF AIR AND DARKNESS (THE DARKEST COURT BOOK 1) by M A Grant

The only human student at Mather’s School of Magick, Phineas Smith has a target on his back. Born with the rare ability to tap into unlimited magick, he finds both Faerie Courts want his allegiance—and will do anything to get it.

They don’t realize he can’t levitate a feather, much less defend the Faerie Realm as it slips into civil war.

Unseelie Prince Roark Lyne, Phineas’s roommate—and self-proclaimed arch nemesis—is beautiful and brave and a pain in the ass. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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hell hounds redemptionHELL HOUND’S REDEMPTION: FAE OF THE NORTH SHORE by A S Green

Declan MacConall can barely keep his hound in check when Rowan McNeely is around. She’s beautiful, smart, devastatingly sexy. . .and also completely off limits. As a hell hound from the outskirts of town, Declan would never live up to the high standards of Rowan’s family, especially after he hit rock bottom following the murder of his parents.

Rowan McNeely has spent her entire life doing exactly what her parents ask of her. She’s a part of the highest class of fae society and as such, is expected to be the perfect wife to the husband of her parents’ choosing.

Then she’s assigned to be Declan’s nurse. Her father would have a coronary if he knew she were associating with a ‘dog’ but the more she gets to know Declan, the more she starts to question everything she thought she knew.

As things begin to heat up between them, an old enemy that’s plagued the fae for centuries arrives in town and puts Rowan in their sights. Declan can’t keep his hound leashed any longer. He must set aside his old wounds and find the strength to fight for the only woman who could ever make him whole again.

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raven towerTHE RAVEN TOWER by Ann Leckie

VS note: Not a romance but a book of note this week.

For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s watch, the city flourishes.
But the power of the Raven is weakening. A usurper has claimed the throne. The kingdom borders are tested by invaders who long for the prosperity that Vastai boasts. And they have made their own alliances with other gods.
It is into this unrest that the warrior Eolo–aide to Mawat, the true Lease–arrives. And in seeking to help Mawat reclaim his city, Eolo discovers that the Raven’s Tower holds a secret. Its foundations conceal a dark history that has been waiting to reveal itself…and to set in motion a chain of events that could destroy Iraden forever.
merciful bleedMERCIFUL BLEED (SERPENTINE VAMPIRES BOOK 1) by J Hali Steele

Paladin Bodine, called a Bleeder, is serpentine. He’s paid to extinguish unmanageable vampires and even end the lifecycle of those old and tired of existing. He cheats, lies and skulks, whatever it takes for his serpents to deliver. Paladin is damn good at what he does until he meets a vampire who turns his slithering world upside down.

Braid Calderon means to stop the individual hired to end his sire’s life at any cost. He follows the murderous man whose strangeness entices and delights Braid from a distance and he fails to consider his body’s reaction when he meets the killer face to face.

Both cold and distant, one hot coming together changes their lives forever!

their wicked wolfTHEIR WICKED WOLF (MYSTIC WOLVES BOOK 6) by Elle Boon
Sky … knew what it meant to hurt thanks to a sadistic alpha, but what she went through at the hands of a madman had her welcoming death, instead of suffering anymore pain. .
They’d do anything to save their mate. .
Raydon and River…thought they’d never find a mate that would love them both, until they found Sky. Not even death would keep them from the one woman who completes them. .
There’s beauty in everything, even pain. ..Finding the strength to rise above the hurt and trust in each other is hard, but Sky realizes that true love is exactly what she’s found within the Mystic Pack. Will these three be able to keep the peace they’ve found, or will secrets long buried tear them apart forever? Amazon     Apple Books

you had me at jaguarYOU HAD ME AT JAGUAR by Terry Spear

The United Shifter Force gives jaguar agent Howard Armstrong an impossible task—to protect fierce she-jaguar Valerie Chambers, when the last thing she wants is protecting. They’re going international to take down a killer and he can guard Valerie all day long. But guard his heart? He doesn’t stand a chance.

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everybody wants to rune the worldEVERYBODY WANTS TO RUNE THE WORLD (BEWITCHINGLY EVER AFTER BOOK 2) by Mandy M Roth

Welcome to Hedgewitch Cove, Louisiana, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Sigmund Bails ran from his past straight to a supernatural Louisiana town after coming into his shifting abilities later than most, to dire consequences. With help from the colorful locals, the were-kraken has been working hard to gain some semblance of control. Unfortunately, the dead bodies turning up around tiny Hedgewitch Cove seem to point to the fact his kraken side is running wild again. It’s bad enough he has to hide from a part of himself; since moving down south, he’s also been avoiding the one person every shifter hopes to find—his true mate.

Despite being part witch, part siren and part hunter, Virginia Peugeot has shied away from her supernatural side ever since a frightening childhood incident. Which gives her plenty in common with Sigmund. Their sizzling attraction is just icing on the cake…or would be, if the man didn’t make an Olympic sport out of sprinting in the opposite direction every time he sees Virginia coming. There’s only so long a woman can wait, especially when she’s caught the interest of another eligible alpha male in town.

If Sigmund won’t make the first move, maybe his kraken will. If an old enemy doesn’t claim his mate first.

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wolf by raseyWOLF (SONS OF SANGUE BOOK 7) by Patricia A Rasey

Grigore “Wolf” Lupei left his past behind and for good reason. Staying with Caitlyn Summers would have held her back, would have stifled her dreams and her beautiful voice that deserved to be shared on a world stage. Instead, Wolf’s stayed away while her career flourishes, convincing himself he’s content to watch Caitlyn from the sidelines despite knowing she’ll never forgive him for walking out. Wolf can’t let her know the truth. He’s not the man she used to love–no longer a man at all, but a creature of the darkness. A lethal vampire and member of the Sons of Sangue MC. But when he learns someone has threatened Caitlyn’s life, nothing will stop him from keeping her safe.

Caitlyn Summers is at the height of her career, performing sold-out shows all over the world. When a death threat comes, she refuses to cancel her tour, reluctantly agreeing to a hire a bodyguard. She never dreamed the one man who broke her heart would come walking back into her life to protect her. She’s never gotten over Wolf, but putting her life in his hands is the last thing Caitlyn wants–especially when she realizes what he’s become. But there’s no denying her desire for the dangerous man, and as the spotlight thrusts her into a killer’s reach, Wolf will have to prove that Caitlyn can not only trust him with her life, but with her heart as well.

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thunder rollingTHUNDER ROLLING (THE STORM BOOK 2) by Ripley Proserpina and Rebecca Royce

The world around Whitney Lake keeps changing, but with John, Isaiah, Nick, Brandon, Dante, and Carson by her side, her foundation has never been stronger. Together, they are building a sanctuary for the survivors of Roanoke—the living and the newly Uncontrolled.

Still figuring out their newfound powers, and the connection which binds them all together, the guys don’t hesitate to do everything they can to protect the woman they love.

Whitney may have brought her guys to life, but when she falls ill, they are left scrambling. Will her men pay any price to save her, or will the storm that brought them together, tear them apart?

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martys horribleMARTY’S HORRIBLE TERRIBLE VERY BAD DAY (ACCIDENTALLY PARANORMAL SERIES BOOK 17) by Dakota Cassidy

For Roxanne McNally, being a grim reaper has never been easy. Now she hates her job more than usual, because she’s been charged with reaping the soul of a legend—werewolf Marty Andrews Flaherty. Marty, together with her equally iconic friends Nina and Wanda, are Rocky’s idols. To say she’s an OOPs fangirl is putting it mildly. No way is she willing to deal with eons of hate Tweets for taking the soul of a paranormal superstar. Reaping supernaturals isn’t even her gig. She’s strictly human-only. No. There must be some mistake with the list, and she’ll get to the bottom of it…if she can just ignore the distracting reappearance of a certain hunky doctor in her life.

Hudson Kahlil—frequently known as Dr. Sexypants among besotted patients and staff—could swear he knows Roxanne from somewhere. As a phoenix who’s regularly reincarnated with no previous knowledge of his past lives, he’s not surprised he can’t place her. Though he’d love to reacquaint himself…and he may get the chance, since they’re both temporarily staying at Marty Flaherty’s home, protecting her while racing to find an unknown threat.

Nina, Wanda and their assorted framily may be able to save Marty’s immortal soul from an enemy who’s plan is still unclear…but they can’t save Rocky from the backlash when her secret past connection to Hudson is finally revealed.

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immortal desiresIMMORTAL DESIRES by Various

Immortals last all night…
So do their desires…
Dive into this wickedly sexy boxed set, packed with thrilling and steamy romances from some of your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestsellers.
We’ve brought the heat with paranormal bad boys who will leave you begging for more. If you love vampires, dragons, shifters, ghosts, and other hotties that go bump in the night, this is a limited time charity boxed set you don’t want to miss out on!

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rekindled magicREKINDLED MAGIC (THE THORNE WITCHES BOOK 5) by T M Cromer

Until now, Holly Thorne has resisted all romantic overtures from her self-appointed bodyguard, Quentin Buchanan. Believing he’s betrayed her, she feigns animosity to protect her vulnerable heart. Unfortunately, now it’s her turn to retrieve the final piece of the puzzle to revive her mother, and she needs Quentin’s help to do it.

From the first moment he set eyes on Holly, Quentin was lovestruck, and she’s held his heart ever since. With a hurtful misunderstanding lying between them, he sets out to convince her that he’s the only man for her. Determined to help in Holly’s quest, he leaves to retrieve an ancient scroll with the magic spell to bring Holly’s mother back from the brink of death.

While in Greece, Holly and Quentin find history repeating itself. Holly must put aside her old hurts forever or risk losing the one man who would cross the boundaries of time to save her.

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elizabeth and her baby dragonELIZABETH AND HER BABY DRAGON (FATED ALPHA BOOK 8) by Ava Mason

Elizabeth and her guys, finally together and having their happily ever after, discover that happiness comes with a price. Their baby, still unborn, is more powerful than ever, and beings from the supernatural world rush to be the one to control her.
Lizzy and her men must do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it comes with a heavy cost.

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jaxson's justiceJAXSON’S JUSTICE (RARE BOOK 6) by Dawn Sullivan

As the technology expert for RARE, Jaxson Lahey spends most of his time on a computer, hunting down everything he can on the team’s enemy, the General. Focused on the mission, he doesn’t have time for anything else, which is fine with him. All he cares about is finding justice for the people he considers his family after the hell they’d been through. Until she enters his dreams.

A prisoner of a man she considers the devil himself for the past year, Raven Dreher has almost given up hope of ever seeing the light of day again. She lives in fear, with constant pain beating at her, but she refuses to give into what the General wants. She would rather pass on into the next life than give up her people. All she can do is pray her suffering will come to an end soon. Then, she hears his voice.

Jaxson is driven by an uncontrollable need to find the woman in his dreams and save her. Raven is hoping her prayers have been answered by the voice promising he is coming for her. Will Jaxson be able to find Raven before the General makes his move, or is it truly time for Raven to see what the next life has in store for her?

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bantamweightBANTAMWEIGHT (HALLOW BROTHERS BOOK 5) by Tricia Andersen

Abraham Hallow would do just about anything to get out from under his oldest brother, Josiah’s, thumb. That includes performing as the Luchador in the local semi-professional wrestling circuit. He gets more than he bargained for when he hooks up with a woman with multicolored hair. The draw to her is undeniable. He wakes up the following morning with the ancient mark of his ancestors, mating him to the mystery woman he met the night before.
It was a simple mission—find the infamous Hallow brothers, kill them, and bring back the amulet. Kai’s plans get derailed after one night of hot, crazy sex with a mask wrestler. When she finds out the wrestler was none other than Abraham Hallow, the youngest of the Hallow brothers, she is exiled from the mermaid kingdom. Yet the orders from her king still stand. Can she deny her ever-growing love for Abraham, or will she fulfill her duties of killing him?

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hallowed huntTHE HALLOWED HUNT (WILD HUNT BOOK 5) by Yasmine Galenorn

It’s October, and with Samhain approaching, Ember must enter the Cruharach to face the darkest night of her life. As she gives herself over to the Autumn Stalkers and the Leannan Sidhe, she is plunged deep into the shadows of Annwn to face Cernunnos and the test of the Hallowed Hunt.

Meanwhile, the Wild Hunt is trying to contain collateral damage throughout the city. A Fae hate group is terrorizing Seattle, going after shifters and humans alike. In the middle of investigating the deadly cult, Herne takes on a new case.

A frantic wolf-shifter mother begs them for help. Her three-year old daughter has been kidnapped. With three other young girls already dead at the hands of a serial killer dubbed the Angel of Mercy, Herne and Ember find themselves in a desperate race to find the girl before the Angel of Mercy claims another victim.

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circle of the moonCIRCLE OF THE MOON (A SOULWOOD NOVEL BOOK 4) by Faith Hunter

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psy-Law Enforcement Division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned–and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank–he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

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warrior of the wildWARRIOR OF THE WILD by Tricia Levenseller

VS Note: Not a romance but I was caught by description of the kick ass heroine. Put it on my TBR.

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

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immortals salvationTHE IMMORTAL’S SALVATION (BLOODWITE BOOK 2) by Cecelia Mecca

Lawrence Derrickson never wanted to be a chief, let alone a vampire, but fate has always been a fickle beast…callous to the inner-workings of a man’s heart.

Seven hundred years after he was turned, he’s still chief of Clan Karyn, although his clan now consists of only his three siblings. With no more castle to protect and defend, they are dedicated to only one cause—protecting the Cheld—their superhuman descendants.

Lawrence longs for a different life—a life of his own passions, desires, and dreams—but duty drives him further from that with each passing century of protecting the Cheld. Until their mission brings him to Stone Haven. In saving a fledgling Cheld, Alessandra Fiore, he meets her best friend, Toni O’Neill, a human woman who seems to understand him better than anyone has in over ten lifetimes. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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priory of the orange treeTHE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

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lost soulsLOST SOULS (SOUL CHARMER BOOK 3) by Chelsea Mueller

Callie’s magic is finally her own. She and Derek dispatched Ford. They should have been able to breathe, but layers of sin run deep beneath Gem City. Another mob boss quickly rises, and his sights are firmly set on Callie–and her family.

Mobile soul rental shops begin to bite at the Soul Charmer’s business. His retribution is wicked, but the blowback threatens to crush Callie. If she can’t maintain the tenuous balance of souls in Gem City, more lives will be lost.

Only the more magic she uses, the more danger finds her. A break-in, pools of blood, and bare shelves at the Soul Charmer’s store force Callie to choose the fates of others. But which can she live with? Losing her city, her love, her family …or her very soul?

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OKAMIOKAMI: A LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD RETELLING (TALES OF THE AKATSUKI BOOK 3) by Nicolette Andrews

A prisoner seeking his freedom. A woman chosen by the gods. To break himself of his centuries long bondage he must capture her.
Shin gave everything up for love. Uncaring whether he lives or dies, when he catches a spy in his master’s land, he lets her escape. What he hadn’t been counting on was just how cruel his master can be. Now he must catch the spy or be locked away for eternity in darkness.
Pretending to be a woman, he infiltrates a woman’s only temple. Akane, the spy is head strong and determined to not trust him. But when fate sets them on a quest to save a kidnapped girl, they’re drawn together. As he falls for her, Shin finds a new reason to live. But fail to bring her back to his master and he’ll never see the light of day again.

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bonds of the mazzaBONDS OF THE MAZZA (MAZZA SERIES BOOK 2) by Blake Blessing

Bonded. Kidnapped. Attacked.
What just freaking happened?
Since I jumped into an Uber full of hot men, I’ve discovered I am this fated Mazza that was revered and feared among the Fennin people. Bonded, kidnapped and attacked. I’m navigating a new world with enemies everywhere, and everyone is suspect. This isn’t exactly the life I saw for myself, but I can’t quite bring myself to regret it.

Now my Lusty Legion and I are heading into Fennina to discover exactly who is behind the mysterious attacks. Only, there’s no evidence; only dead ends.

To keep everyone safe, I need to complete my bonds. The one thing I’m asking for myself is that my bonds be formed out of love. But what happens when that may not be an option anymore? To keep everyone safe, I just might have to bond out of necessity. But who?

With the fate of both realms hanging in the balance, I’m trying and failing to make progress with my Lusty Legion. The only hope for our people is to play the game better than everyone else.
Hopefully, it won’t tear us apart in the process.

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VS Note: NEWS! We’ve announced the next Pets In SpaceR     anthology and author lineup in our Facebook reader group. (Feel free to come join us LOL.) The collection will release on my birthday this year, October 8. No pre-order yet…

A number of the authors from 2018’s PISA3 have now released their stories as standalones now, including yours truly. ..

star cruise mystery dancerSTAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER

A scifi romance take on the Anastasia legend…

Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. She needs to get off the planet in a hurry when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. One thing Tassia can do is dance.

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps?

And what’s the story with the three eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. F’rrh the alien cat is the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate.

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VS: I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with the #copypastecris plagiarism scandal in Romancelandia, where a woman who may or may not even be a real person, could be a group of people, has plagiarized 34 authors so far including Nora Roberts and Diana Gabaldon!!! She’s reportedly plagiarized Nalini Singh, Michelle M Pillow, Laurann Dohner and Carmen DeSousa among our scifi romance community.

The Kindle Unlimited (KU) program, Amazon scammers, use of ghostwriters, rapid release, free and $.99 books are all among the topics now being discussed hotly. The issues are complex although obviously plagiarizing is WRONG WRONG WRONG. Aside from that, there are perfectly legitimate indie and hybrid authors who use KU, free books and $.99 prices as tools to attract readers to the rest of their backlist. I have two permafree books myself, one each in my SFR and my Egyptian PNR, to give readers a sample of my writing. I have priced other titles at $.99 on occasion for a special sale.

I have never nor would I ever use a ghostwriter. Every book with my name on it is written by ME. And only me. I write and release approximately 4-7 books a year.

Ghostwriting is a legitimate profession but I think people had no idea how much it’s currently allegedly being used in Romancelandia. My personal opinion: I feel if an author uses ghostwriters they should credit the person, not claim the book is all theirs and certainly not enter it into a writing contest as theirs…

There are authors who write extremely fast on their own. Authors who stockpile books for years and then release them all at once. Authors who write a series in its entirety and then do rapid release. There are also scammers who do rapid release of ghost written or re-packaged material or change pen names and re-release the same books again. It’s kind of a ‘readers be aware’ situation…

I’ve never been in KU myself – I prefer to be ‘wide’ on all platforms to reach more readers. I do list KU books in this weekly report. Unless I have proof an author is a scammer or have other reason to feel the newly released book doesn’t belong on my report (bad reviews for example), I lean toward being inclusive. Hence my “check it out carefully” note at the start every week! Everyone has to decide for themselves what to buy and read.

Nora Roberts has been positively eloquent and fierce on the #copypastecris scandal so check out her blog for more (she has 4 posts on it to date). Her 1st post: http://fallintothestory.com/plagiarism-then-and-now/ 

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 20

February 13

February 6

January 30

January 23

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.

 

Too Stubborn Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way…)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt –  I’ve skipped over some of Gabe and Keshara’s journey toward her home, known as the Retreat. Now they’ve run into the people sent to bring her home.

Be warned – the First Daughter is very angry. The message whispered in her head, sent by Palinna, her closest friend among the sisterhood.

Stomach in knots, Keshara set the front end of the litter down and squatted to check Gabe’s pulse. Thinking he’d lost consciousness, she brushed his hair off his forehead and sighed,“Hang on.”

His eyes flickered open for a heartbeat, “You’re too stubborn to let me die.”

She squeezed his hand and rose to greet the newcomers.

First Daughter Ashla walked up to her and slapped her across the face with so much force Keshara fell to her knees. No resistance, she told herself, touching her bleeding lip gingerly – Ashla was addicted to beating others into submission but, if no resistance to her blows was offered by the victim, she was less likely to fall into a frenzy. For the first time, Keshara found herself seriously considering what the outcome would be if she challenged the First Daughter to a fight, instead of meekly accepting whatever discipline the other woman meted out.  The concept was so novel, she caught her breath and dodged Ashla’s next blow.

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

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

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

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday February 20

bond proofAs 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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BOND PROOF: THE APPRENTICE VOLUME 7 (THE TWELVE SYSTEMS CHRONICLES) by E G Manetti

In defiance of the odds, Lilian is within a month of proving her bond, driving desperate Odds Managers to ever increasing bounties on her life—every step beyond the security of the cartel is perilous. Within the cartel, she must put aside her fear, giving all her attention to her duty and the decorum demanded of an apprentice.

The success of the Nightingale launch has brought Lucius and Serengeti into the center of Twelve Systems commerce. As the Nightingale Command Crew is gathers on Metricelli Prime to prepare for the dangerous voyage to the Thirteenth System, whispers of pirates emerge from the Eleventh and Twelfth Systems. A decade before, pirates almost to toppled Serengeti, their reemergence so close to the Nightingale launch endangers all Lucius has achieved. When a group of free-traders arrive from those distant systems, they threaten to resurrect an ancient Mercio scandal that could undermine the honor of Blooded Dagger and Serengeti, and imperil all Lucius’ values.

In the final days of Lilian’s apprenticeship, danger lurks in every shadow. It will require all Lucius’ power and Lilian’s courage to achieve her bond proof.

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cyborg next doorTHE CYBORG NEXT DOOR: IN THE STARS by Bianca D’arc

Chiron is a cyborg – a man who has been turned into a machine after tragedy. Common wisdom says he’s just a robot now, with no feelings and no memory of his past life, but his next-door neighbor, Roxy, is starting to suspect that’s not exactly true. He looks at her with desire in his eyes, and she knows there’s a man inside that muscular frame, who feels a very mutual attraction.

She’s trying to earn enough as a mechanic for passage back to Earth, but it’s a long way home and war is on the horizon. When aliens attack the station, the leadership flees, leaving the cyborgs and a bunch of women and children to the not-so-tender mercies of the alien warriors. But the cyborgs have a crazy plan and they won’t leave the innocent behind.

With Roxy’s help, they’ll try to fix the last viable ship and head out for parts unknown. Their journey is fraught with hazards, but if they work together, the humans and cyborgs might just find a way home. Roxy and Chiron will have to put it all on the line to save the others—their safety, their lives…and their hearts.

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heart of stone regine abelHEART OF STONE (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Regine Abel

When death nearly claims Brianna at the tender age of eight, a being that shouldn’t exist saves her. Twenty years later, she becomes an architect specialized in historic buildings, still searching for evidence that the one who saved her—the one who haunts her increasingly wild dreams—truly exists. When a mystery man hires her for a major project in the catacombs of an old church turned exclusive, gothic nightclub, Brianna believes she may have her chance at long last.

Alkor has grown weary of this era. Forced to hide in plain sight, forbidden from ever claiming the only woman to have stirred his mating instincts, he considers going back into hibernation rather than pining for her from afar. But the sudden activation of the beacon changes everything. Rescue is on the way! With his only means of reaching the rendezvous point trapped in the catacombs, Alkor hires Brianna to help recover his treasure. However, his lost sigil isn’t the only thing he intends to take back home with him.

Time is running out, and the evil forces conspiring to capture him will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, even using Brianna. Did Alkor save his true mate only to lose her now that they might have a chance at a future together?———-
Heart of Stone is a standalone novel part of the collaborative series the Khargals of Duras.
A thousand years ago, a Khargal scouting party left Duras, only to crash on a planet called Earth…(more explanation on ebook seller page…)

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gravel and gritGRAVEL AND GRIT: KHARGALS OF DURAS by Stacy Jones

Zaek is losing hope after waiting centuries for rescue, but the time has finally arrived. The lost emergency beacon has fallen from orbit and gone active. All he needs to do to get off this damn planet named Earth is find it and get to the pick up location in time. The problem? The beacon comes with an addictively confounding, Earthian female who makes his mating gland swell, marking her as his true mate. Zaek hasn’t been around a human who didn’t run away screaming monster in a millennium, so how the hell is he supposed to convince this smart, beautiful, sarcastic female to give him the opportunity to win her heart before he loses his chance forever?

Mira has always been obsessed with all things alien, but when one breaks into her lab at Area 51, first contact doesn’t go how she planned. Kidnapped and running for her life with a gruff gargoyle that definitely isn’t made of stone and has more than his share of quirks, Mira learns that sometimes plans are made to be thrown out the window.

With a black ops team hot on their heels, determined to kill or capture them both, time is running out and their fumbling romance isn’t the only thing standing in their way to happiness.

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hard as rockHARD AS ROCK: KHARGALS OF DURAS by Stephanie West

After the loss of her parents, Meline scrapes together the cash to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Armed with her great-grandfather’s journal, retracing her heritage should be exciting, yet she can’t shake the frightening feeling someone’s been watching her from the moment she arrived in the old city. Then Roc shows up just when she needs him, offering to help. He’s sexy-as-sin, wealthy, and well-connected, but there’s something he’s hiding.

Roc needs to locate his Khargal sire’s lost sigil before all hell breaks loose, and Meline holds a journal with the answers. After centuries of “liberating” art, he’s never thought twice about lying or stealing, but when the captivating woman appears at the site where his father’s buried, he hesitates. Something about her has gotten underneath his stoney exterior, and he doesn’t know what to do.

When a clandestine group hunting the sigil emerges, Roc and Meline must face them together before the sigil turns everything to ash. Yet the challenge may not be finding the sigil so much as breaking down the wall guarding Roc’s heart.

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sticks and stonesSTICKS AND STONES: KHARGALS OF DURAS BOOK 4 by Tamsin Ley

Angie’s made it her mission to hold onto the home that is last piece of her heritage. But when a mysterious man makes an offer on the life-sized gargoyle in her garden, she quickly discovers her property holds more than sentimental heirlooms. Beneath its stony facade hides a world where legends are more than mythology, and ancient stories have roots from beyond the stars. The stone sentinel that’s guarded her family for generations is not only alive—

He’s a sexy-as-hell alien who can’t leave well enough alone.

Sten’s ship crashed on Earth centuries ago, and he has watched Angie’s family for generations, sworn to protect his deceased friend’s bloodline. He never understood what could drive a Khargal to break the Prime Directive and fall in love with a human, let alone procreate, but Angie makes Sten consider things beyond mere duty…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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etched in stone abigail mystETCHED IN STONE KHARGALS OF DURAS by Abigail Myst

Frelinray knows duty. He’s been protecting the same family for over 80 years. Now the call home has finally arrived. He must choose between serving his people, the Khargals, or the human woman he desires above all others. Which promise should he break?

Jesse has the hots for a stone statue. Ridiculous, but true. She is an artist, and he’s her muse, but a girl has to draw a line somewhere. Or so she thinks, until he swoops in to rescue her. Can a relationship between a girl and a gargoyle really work, especially when forces beyond their control are finally calling him home?

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taken for graniteTAKEN FOR GRANITE (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Nancey Cummings

Captured, starved and blinded, Tas hates humans. For eighty agonizing years, he’s plotted all the gruesome ways to exact his vengeance. Then one day his captors to make a fatal mistake. When the door to his cage opens, he’s ready to destroy the human on the other side.But a different instinct takes over when he scents the female. His mouth waters and his fangs ache, demanding he make the fearless female his.A single mom, desperate to save her kid.Juniper owes a lot of money to a very bad man and unless she does what he wants, he’ll hurt her kid.To clear her debt, all she has to do is drive a van and not ask questions. But when she hears a voice in the back, she realizes she may not only be a thief but also a kidnapper, and that’s where she draws the line.

What she finds in the back isn’t the loot she expected, but it also isn’t a person.It’s a gargoyle… who intends to claim her as his mate.

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rock my worldROCK MY WORLD (KHARGALS OF DURAS) by Zara Zenia

The gargoyles who fell to Earth have perched and secretly observed humans, but the Rose Syndicate’s threat to use garg technology to create super weapons means the gargs must act before humans pays the price.

Mogul has suffered for years, both at the hands of his fellow gargs and with the losses of the humans he has let into his heart. Never again. With the help of his only two friends, Mogul is determined to take down the Rose Syndicate and get off this planet. The last thing he needs is emotional entanglements, and his injured wings prevent him from injecting the mating serum even if he wanted to.

Kira is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the objects found at the archeological dig near her childhood home…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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honor boundHONOR BOUND (HONORS BOOK 2) by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

Zara Cole was a thief back on Earth, but she’s been recently upgraded to intergalactic fugitive. On the run after a bloody battle in a covert war that she never expected to be fighting, Zara, her co-pilot Beatriz, and their Leviathan ship Nadim barely escaped the carnage with their lives.

Now Zara and her crew of Honors need a safe haven, far from the creatures who want to annihilate them. But they’ll have to settle for the Sliver: a wild, dangerous warren of alien criminals. The secrets of the Sliver may have the power to turn the tide of the war they left behind—but in the wrong direction.

Soon Zara will have to make a choice: run from the ultimate evil—or stand and fight.

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escape from ixiltaESCAPE FROM IXILTA (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 1) by Kate Rudolph

Six years after being abducted from Earth, Andie Munster has carved out a life for herself on her new home planet of Ixilta. Not the life she wanted, not the life she’d choose, but it’s better than being sold into slavery. Or so she tells herself every day. But when a dashing purple alien named Xandr smashes her carefully constructed existence to pieces, she’ll need to make a choice: remain trapped on a planet where freedom is little more than an illusion, or reach for something greater and risk everything.

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ithaniITHANI (THE OBERON CYCLE BOOK 3) by J Scott Coatsworth

After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson, and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani—the aliens who broke the world—have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos.

The ithani plans, laid a hundred thousand years before, are finally coming to pass, and they threaten all life on Erro. Venin and Alix go on a desperate search for their missing friend and find more than they bargained for. And Quince, Robin, and Jessa discover a secret as old as the skythane themselves.

Will alien technology, unexpected help from the distant past, destiny, and some good old-fashioned firepower be enough to defeat an enemy with the ability to split a world? The final battle of the epic science fiction adventure that began in Skythane will decide the fate of lander and skythane alike. And in the north, the ithani rise.

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bad pantherBAD PANTHER (ALIEN GUARDIANS OF EARTH BOOK 1) by Donna McDonald

Dr. Sugar Jennings is an Archaeologist and an Ancient Earth Historian. She’s also the host of a very old, very ancient artifact of enormous power. Everyone wants Sugar dead because of it. They want the power she possesses, but she can’t let them get it. Desperation drives her to seek help but no one is willing to risk their own life in the job of protecting hers. Or no one did until a mercenary Panther Shifter decided she might be worth the trouble. Now all she has to do is convince the ancient artifact she carries not to kill Axel for trying to help her.

Axel Rodu is a rogue Panther Shifter and heir to Lyran throne on Earth. His work for the agency is special contract only but even their toughest problems barely keep his boredom at bay. Has he earned the name Bad Panther? Depends on who you ask so long as you don’t ask his newest client. Ironically though, Axel has no intentions of using Dr. Sugar Jennings to worsen his reputation. He has one job to do concerning the archaeologist and one job only. By order of his queen, whatever it takes, he must make sure Dr. Jennings stays alive until the artifact is done with her.

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revolutionREVOLUTION (THE ELEMENTAL PALADINS SERIES BOOK 6) by Montana Ash

With the battle against the chades over, and the evil at the centre of their world eliminated, balance has finally been restored to nature. Too bad the same can’t be said for their society.

Beyden is trying to support his fellow paladins as they work to restore order after the upheaval caused by the Revolution. But with his leg injured beyond repair and pain his constant companion, Beyden is struggling with his new reality. Max, the one person in the world who could possibly help him, is drowning in her own problems. So Beyden turns to someone he never thought he would need; a human.

Jasminka is used to being the odd one out. The only child of wealthy, stoic parents who demanded nothing short of perfection, she never really fit in anywhere. But being the only human in a magical society of elemental beings and modern-day knights is perhaps taking things a little too far. So why does she feel so at home? Could it be the crazy self-made family, filled with love, laughter, and strays? Or perhaps it’s the gentle giant with the pain-filled, amber eyes? Either way, as a doctor, Jasminka is determined to heal all their hurts … and just maybe, be healed in return.

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sci regency 4SCI-REGENCY 4: DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS by J L Langley

Dalton Fairfax, Lord Ashbourne, has always flaunted the rules of Regelence high society. Despite being the heir to the Marquess of Ravensburg and cousin to the Townsend princes, Dalton found his calling in the military, first in the Intergalactic Navy and now the Regelence Special Regiment. Finally home, in the same city as the parents he seeks to avoid along with a painful past, Dalton jumps at the chance to help his planet by taking on the role of bodyguard to the heir of the Duke of Eversleigh.

Blaise Thompson, Viscount Redding, strives to prove himself worthy of carrying on the Eversleigh legacy as the next Regelence IN council member. Maintaining his stellar reputation isn’t easy for Blaise, especially while keeping his outrageous younger brother in line and foiling his rival’s personal attacks. Ever conscious of living up to his responsibilities, Blaise has no time for romance, not even with a lusty special forces soldier.

But opposites don’t just attract… they sizzle. And when the only way to stop a scandal that threatens them both is to compromise their principles, Blaise and Dalton are forced to confront the risk of losing everything… even each other.

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havocHAVOC: AFTER THE FEVER by Miranda Bailey

VS Note: From January. A re-release.

Jess knows the world has ended, she’s had to endure unbearable losses that prove that, but she has one final wish, if this is the end for humanity. She just wants to see Savannah one more time, to smell the ocean, and to die in a place she used to dream of living in. She hadn’t counted on meeting a woman named Havoc, or the way the woman lives up to her name.
In the old world, Jess wasn’t supposed to find Havoc so interesting. She wasn’t supposed to want her either, but this is a new world, and the old rules don’t apply. Right?

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talenTALEN by Shay Savage

In a world plagued by constant earthquakes and volcanic debris, people in the valley struggle to survive while those on top of the hill want for nothing.
This is where I come in.
I spend my nights plundering supplies in the walled city of Hilltop, and I trade them to the valley people below. I’m not a thief. I prefer to be known as the head of Lost and Found.
When I discover a beautiful but dangerous competitor in my territory, I also learn she knows more about me than she should. Is she a spy sent by my father, or is she a rebel like me? I don’t trust her, but together we’ll discover secrets that may destroy what’s left of our world.
There have always been those with wealth and those without.
My name is Talen, and I’m here to even the score.

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dangers fateDANGER’S FATE (HOLLY DANGER BOOK 6) by Amanda Carlson

VS Note: Not a romance, might have romantic elements. Most of the reviews state the series should be read in order.

The floating city exists…
Upon receiving the urgent missive, confirming the existence of the Flotilla, there’s nothing left for Holly to do but rush to their aid. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives are at stake. But the government, now run by her crew, are holding back their efforts. Betraying them could mean the start of a bitter feud, just when the dark city has a chance to regain its lost resources.

Alaria Bancroft is in the fight of her life—against her father and his trusted followers. After cutting the hydro-farms loose, they’re in jeopardy of being lost at sea. To complicate matters, the biospheres are broken beyond repair and food stores are rapidly dwindling. If help doesn’t arrive soon, they all die.

Ari’s only option is to sneak back into the floating city, in one last attempt to save as many as she can. When Holly arrives, the two have to work together, but it might be too late.

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ostakisOSTAKIS by Angelica Primm

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees the arrival of Kaj as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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kain seductionKAIN SEDUCTION (HER ALIEN SCOUTS BOOK 2) by E M Moore

Ready for more otherworldly experiences?
Lia certainly is. Who wouldn’t be with three sexy aliens by her side to fulfill her every whim and wanting nothing more than to protect her?
Unfortunately, Lia may be getting too many experiences to handle. If it isn’t Kain itself, it’s Lia’s government, and now? Now they encounter the worst threat of all: the Mordrons.
This warrior alien race is trying to take everything they have away from them. The Mordrons are bigger, stronger, and skilled in ways the peaceful Kains never thought necessary. However, the Kains have one thing the Mordrons don’t have: a reason to fight.
But will the Kains’ determination to fight be enough? Or will the Mordrons obliterate everything they now hold dear?

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alien invaders preyALIEN INVADER’S PREY: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Calista Skye

Althea – He’s a giant alien who just invaded my colony on Mars. And then he hunted me down and put a collar around my neck. Okay, so maybe I shot him first. But he’s too shimmering blue and too heart-stoppingly gorgeous to miss. He’s an overbearing jerk with some kind of superiority complex. He demands obedience. And still he turns me on like nobody has ever done. But he wants to know my secret.And that’s a secret that I’d rather die than tell him.

Brox – She shot me, and I must punish her for it. She’s small and soft and has a defiant spark in her dark eyes. That is very dangerous for her. The galaxy can be ruthless to small, disobedient females. I can, too. She tempts me with her scandalous shape. She brings out the worst in me. I want all of her. But I also want her secret.And I always get my way.

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breath of chaosBREATH OF CHAOS by Merry Ravenell

Civil engineer Helena didn’t intend to get mixed up with her smoldering-hot ex, Auryn. But an expired passport, a typhoon, and some corrupt government officials (and maybe the cosmos itself) had something to say about that.
She especially did not intend to get mixed up with dying alien space dragons living under the sea.
They’re a nice enough bunch. Except they want her dead.
To survive, she’ll have to prove that she’s destined to be there… by spinning water into air.
This is gonna call for more duct tape.

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ragnar alien vikingRAGNAR (CLAIMED BY THE ALIEN VIKING) by Molly Rowland

As a member of a prestigious security team on Earth, joining a warrior Viking clan isn’t as scary for me as it is for some. I have a solid set of skills and I can handle myself. But ultimately, I can’t afford to turn this opportunity down.

I meet Ragnar by chance, thrown together by fate and chaos. From the moment his eyes lock onto mine, an inevitable connection is formed. He doesn’t follow the rules and I know I should stay far away from him…but he has other ideas.

We find ourselves setting sail across the sea with orders to put an end to the conflict that follows Ragnar and his crew and threatens the peace of the Isle. In the end, we get more than we bargained for.

Even if we make it out alive, our future together is uncertain. Are the lies and deceit too much to over come? Is a life together possible or are our demons too strong?

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alien princes bloodmateALIEN PRINCE’S BLOODMATE (ALIEN WARRIOR BRIDES BOOK 8) by Taylor Neptune

Andar is the deposed Adesran prince and head of a small clan of royalists; he is also one of the last honorable vampires on the planet. He has mastered his blood hunger, in stark contrast to the usurper Valock. Without a throne, he and his clan try to fight against Valock’s cruelty. But when Valock hears a prophecy, he begins to steal Mashek moon daughters. Andar must unseat Valock once and for all.

He doesn’t expect one of the moon daughters to be his fated blood mate. Now they’re on a journey to defeat Valock and restore the planet to the way that it should be.

Kana lived in a hidden valley with her Mashek family until the day that the Rippers came and stole her from her home. Now she must fight to survive Valock’s plans for her to be the mother of the first hybrid Adesran-Mashek baby, the child prophesied to bring peace to the planet at last.

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lunaLUNA: THE CELESTION CHRONICLES 2 by Miranda Masey

After an ancient pyramid is discovered on the distant planet Osara, Dr. Lux Tiefer joins her colleague and nemesis, Alon Takalis, on an expedition to catalogue the remains of an extinct alien race. When a powerful alien warrior demands that she leave the blacklisted planet immediately, Lux digs in her heels. She doesn’t know who this seven-foot-tall musclebound Celestion thinks he is, but there is one thing she knows for certain: she’s not going anywhere before she unravels the ancient mystery, even if the surly warrior does claim to be destined for her. It shouldn’t be that difficult to resist him… but Ven has a way of breaking down her resolve.

Celestion Ven has intercepted a broadcast from Osara, and it falls on him to roust a team of Sovereign University scientists from the restricted quadrant. Unfortunately the stubborn lead archaeologist not only rejects the mate bond between them, but refuses to leave her discovery behind. He agrees to protect her for six days, determined to win Lux over, but she’s ready to resist the power of the bond with every fiber of her being.

The secrets contained in the ancient pyramid only grow more sinister as the team digs into the past, and a deadly secret hidden for millennia threatens to come to light and devour them all.

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concord coalitionTHE CONCORD COALITION (CONCLAVE WORLDS BOOK 2) by Kenley Davidson

As heir to Earth’s most powerful corporation, Phillip Linden had the world—and most of explored space—under the heel of his very expensive boot. But that was before his ambitions and a handful of determined rebels rose up and kicked him in the teeth. Now, after a galactic-sized screw up, he’s been branded a failure and kicked out—of his family, his home, his job…even his planet.

Living under an assumed name on the fringes of human civilization, Phillip is adrift, drowning in his bitterness and loss until he stumbles over a discovery so monumental, it could change the course of humanity’s future.  For Phillip, it could be the key to regaining what he’s lost. Or it could be the new beginning he never knew he needed.

Persephone is running away—from her family, their expectations, and the destruction of her hopes for a new life on Daragh. Trouble is, she has no idea what she really wants, except her freedom. Now homeless and jobless, she’s stuck on Concord Five, the busiest space station in a rapidly expanding galaxy, hoping to find work. What she finds instead is a bitter, compelling man in search of redemption, and a mystery that could be their undoing—or their salvation.

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skylineSKYLINE: THE CAPTAIN, THE BILLIONAIRE BOAT AND THE DRAGON CRUSADER by Kennedy King

Dawn Redding. An Admiral of the World Crisis Committee, she stands on the threshold of the life she gave everything for. She only needs to bring in the galaxy’s first outerworld outlaw.
Howard Carver. The legacy left behind by his family holds the key to facing humanity’s greatest threat, the far-flung lifeforms known as Dragons.
Rick Miller. A retired Captain with the ship to take them both to the outerworlds, where the outlaw Drogan lurks.
These three come together aboard the ageing Arcadia, a ship equipped with an AI named Alice, who is capable of self-piloting. Dawn, naturally feels useless. With or without the use of her greatest skill, she discovers her purpose as a leader when the group comes face-to-face with the being between man and Dragon himself. Drogan.
The astral road to him, the SkyLine, launches Dawn and the crew of the Arcadia from Mars to Neptune, and past the edge. Companions in loathing and love, they fight to level the cosmic scales. Through it all watches Alice, inside the Billionaire Boat, the Arcadia. More closely than anyone, she watches Dawn.

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prince of icePRINCE OF ICE (FROZEN DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Luka, the last unmated ice dragon, knows exactly how to win over the sassy, sweet scientist he fell for at first sight. He’s going to take it slow, let her warm up, and show her how hot an ice dragon’s kiss can be. All while hiding his identity. But when someone breaks into Iris’s lab, Luka’s careful plans are ruined, and it’ll take all his strength just to keep the dragon in him from unleashing on whoever is threatening his mate.

Iris Jensen has worked hard to become a renowned scientist in her field. Now that she’s about to get tenure, and the financial security she’s always longed for, nothing can distract her. Except maybe a man with beautiful, icy eyes that seem to stare into her soul and hands that are just perfect for holding her. But with someone threatening everything she’s worked for, she can’t let herself fall into Luka’s arms just yet.

Even though Luka wants to take things slow with his mate, the dragon in him knows he has to hurry if he wants to protect her from outside forces. Because Iris may be close to losing everything, and in the modern world there are some things even ice dragons have to fear.

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written in waterWRITTEN IN WATER (HEIR TO THE FIRST BORN BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Schechter

Out of the dreams of the Mother Goddess came the four tribes of Adavar, each born from of the elements. And since the beginning, the tribes of Adavar have been ruled by the Firstborn, the descendants of Axia, the firstborn daughter of the Mother Goddess. And as Axia had her four companions by her side throughout her life, so to does the Firstborn have their Companions, chosen one from each tribe, so that each tribe has a voice. On the day that the Firstborn takes the throne, their Heir is chosen by the Mother Goddess herself, and no one would dare to challenge that divine choice

Until the usurper Mannon turns on Firstborn Tirine, her Council, and Milon, her Heir, stealing the throne of Adavar and throwing the world into chaos.

Twenty-five years later, Waterborn Aleia and her mate, Earthborn Jehan, survive alone far out at sea, maintaining little contact with the Water tribe. It is the only life their son, Aven, has ever known.

Then the storm comes, driving a storm-damaged ship into the deep waters. The only survivor on the deserted ship? A girl with wings, who Jehan and Aven discover unconscious and imprisoned in the hold. When she wakes, she knows Aleia and Jehan on sight, and what she tells them turns Aven’s life upside down.

Her name is Aria.
She is Milon’s daughter.
She is the Heir to the Firstborn, charged by the Goddess to take back what was stolen.
And Aven is her first Companion.

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sea of flamesSEA OF FLAMES (STAR  CROSSED ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Wendy Knight

He’s loved her since he was five years old. And he will never feel her touch.
Adara is literally fire, and Beck is ice. Even the barest hint of touch burns them both.
He loves her with everything he has. Which is why he has to let her go.
Beck and Adara were raised together at Vitolas Academy, an elite boarding school for elementals. They learned to add, subtract, read, and harness the powers flowing through them.
They learned to fight.
To become soldiers.
Warriors.
Hunters.
But never lovers. It would hurt too much.
It takes everything Beck has to keep Adara at arms’ length. She deserves a life with physical affection, and that’s a life he can’t give her. Not without a miracle.
A miracle that might come from the last source he expects–the monsters that he’s spent his whole life learning to fight. The monsters that threaten his whole world.
The monsters that hold the key to Adara’s heart and soul.

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sorcerors nightA SORCERER’S NIGHT (THE ORDER OF THE BLACK OAK – WARLOCKS BOOK 2) by Marie Claude Bourquet

THE SORCERESS: Celeste Stanford is determined to reclaim her independence, despite her protective family—modern-day warlocks drawing powers from an ancient legacy—and her overbearing panther shifter boyfriend. She will no longer hide from the aftermath of her horrific abduction by a rogue dark mage and will fight anyone preventing her from true recovery.

THE PANTHER SHIFTER: Even though the mage who kidnapped his girlfriend has been defeated, powerful sorcerer and shifter Sinclair Clarke is still haunted by the memory of his mother’s murder at the hand of the very same evil spell-caster, and has vowed to protect his soul mate from darkness at all cost. Even if it means going against her will.

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a grave perilA GRAVE PERIL (BODIES OF EVIDENCE BOOK 3) by Wendy Roberts

VS Note: From January. Heroine uses dousing rods.

Julie Hall’s job is to find bodies. For the sake of her sanity, she’s taking a much-needed break—but the dead don’t wait. With bodies piling up alongside her guilt, she knows she has to dive back in, despite pushback from her FBI boyfriend, Garrett Pierce. But Garrett is working a troubling case of his own and no longer seems like the man she fell in love with.

Despite his warnings—or maybe because of them—when Garrett goes missing, Julie has no choice but to use her skills to find where the cartel buries their victims…before he becomes part of the body count.

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calamitys curseCALAMITY’S CURSE: COWBOYS AND MAGES by Shaye Marlow

Rory the Crazy, Rory the Cunning… Rory the Cowardly. I fear many things, not the least of which is one little old lady: Dotty, who is much more than she appears.

One thing I don’t shrink from? Brainstorming with my smut-writing sister. Tentacle monsters, ruthless Amazon women, trolls, fairies, honey-trap witches. But what if… some of these things actually exist? Not just in my imagination, and not here, in this universe, but in one Dotty has access to.

One she shoves me into.

Hypothetically, if this were to happen, and I were to meet a vertically-challenged cursed woman named Calamity… If we were to brave monsters and settle feuds and destroy towns… If I were to find out I had a grand fate, that I was the prophesized one, the one who’d change everything…

And assuming you’re strangely attracted to hypotheticals, and crave fun and fire and fantasy, and romantic tales of heroism that bards will sing about for ages, then…

Dude, hold my beer, and let me tell you a story.

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blood lustBLOOD LUST  by L E Royal

For Rayne Kennedy, the only Hybrid in Vires, a walled Vampire city in Vermont, life is almost over. Despite the new family and temporary happiness she’s found, her vampire girlfriend, Scarlett Pearce, has been given ninety days by the mysterious city government to turn her into a vampire. She’s sure her days as a human are numbered.

Scarlett fights to find a way to avoid Rayne’s death when her father and society have decreed it must happen. Between new relationships formed, old ones reshaped, and a bloody romp through the city’s darkness, Rayne must decide if she trusts Scarlett not to give in to her blood lust. Thrown into the center of an unexpected revolution, Rayne tries to save herself and Scarlett, unsure if her days as a human, and their time being blood bound, are truly coming to an end.

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assassins bondASSASSIN’S BOND (CHAINS OF HONOR BOOK 3) by Lindsay Buroker

Yanko and his friends must escape a Turgonian prison and find passage back home before their enemies claim an advantage that could change the world. And not for the good of the Nurian people.

But even more trouble awaits at home. Civil war has broken out, Yanko’s family is in danger, and the man who sent him on his mission has disappeared.

If Yanko can’t find Prince Zirabo, he’ll forever remain a criminal and be hunted down by his own people. Worse, his only chance to survive and redeem his honor may be to rely on the one person who’s been trying to kill him since his adventure began.

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dusks revengeDUSK’S REVENGE (SILENT WINGS BOOK 3) by A W Exley

Elijah Seton steps into the world in pursuit of a ghost ship and those who murdered his father. He thought he knew his enemy, and he would do anything to see them fall. But he was wrong. Elijah’s world is turned upside down when he finds a rare woman that his heart demands should fly free.
Beatrice Hamilton lives with wealth and ease in her gilded cage. Until a new mill worker rattles her bars and gives her a glimpse of the freedom beyond. As the two work together, centuries of hate and anger are revealed that keep them apart.
Can they set aside old feuds to forge a new future?
beasts heartTHE BEAST’S HEART: A NOVEL OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Leife Shallcross

He is a broken, wild thing, his heart’s nature exposed by his beastly form. Long ago cursed with a wretched existence, the Beast prowls the dusty hallways of his ruined château with only magical, unseen servants to keep him company—until a weary traveler disturbs his isolation.

Bewitched by the man’s dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the château. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father’s life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau’s love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse.

peony lanternsPEONY LANTERNS: A NOVELLA by Patricia Correll

Mitsu has been Shiro’s personal servant and best friend since they were both six years old, and he’s been in love with him for nearly that long. While Shiro takes lovers of both sexes, the gulf between their social classes is so vast that Mitsu has never spoken his feelings aloud.

When Shiro meets the beautiful Lady Keiko, he’s instantly infatuated. His affection soon turns to obsession, and Mitsu resigns himself to a life of unrequited love.

But as Mitsu looks deeper into Keiko and her motives, he realizes that Shiro is in grave danger. He will need all his courage– and some help from a master of the occult– to save the life of the man he loves.

potions popstars and murderPOTIONS, POPSTARS & MURDER (LITTLE SHOP OF SPELLS BOOK 3) by Janni Nell

When small-town witch Maddie Goodcharm attends the opening of a new nightclub, she doesn’t expect to find the body of a famous singer. Maddie suspects foul play, but the authorities are convinced the death is accidental. Case closed.

Maddie decides to follow her instincts and dig deeper, but life doesn’t stop simply because she has a murder to solve. She also has to run her shop, mix potions, and rehabilitate Jason, who is suffering the aftereffects of a spell gone wrong.

Keeping all those balls in the air won’t be easy. Especially when her investigation uncovers old secrets and lies that put her life in danger. Can she catch the killer before the killer catches her?

wolf on the jobWOLF ON THE JOB: A COVENANT COLLEGE SHORT by Amanda M Lee
Aric Winters has a full and happy life, including a magical wife who can’t stay out of a trouble and an eight-year-old daughter who is following in her footsteps. Despite that, he’s content.
That is until things come to a head in his professional and personal lives and things threaten to careen out of control.
As a shifter, Aric has certain responsibilities in the wolf hierarchy. His father makes that clear when he brings a bigwig for a visit and expects Aric to entertain him. Unfortunately for Aric, his daughter Sami is out of school for the day so he has to take her along for the ride.
Sami is special, of course. She’s more than a wolf thanks to her mother’s mage background. That power is put on display when a member of the wolf council goes missing and Sami is expected to track him through the woods.
Instead of finding a living wolf, though, Aric finds a dead one … and it’s not the one he’s looking for. What follows is a race against the clock to find a murderer and keep his family safe.
Is Aric up to the task? He’s the top wolf on the job, and he’s about to find out.
unleashed valkyrieUNLEASHED VALKYRIE (VALHALLA’S CURSE BOOK 5) by Stacy Claflin
VS note: From January

Soleil wants nothing more than to live with her family, free from the rules governing her kind. But with Valhalla on the brink of civil war, even retired valkyries are called back to service. Even though she’s a master at skirting the rules, there’s no avoiding her destiny this time. Especially since she’s accidentally volunteered to lead Valhalla’s opposition on Earth—and with two of her least favorite valkyries, no less.

As though a war with traditional valkyries isn’t enough, there’s been a resurgence of hunters. Even the help of the supernaturals on Earth may not be enough to assure victory. Not when she’s fighting a war on two fronts. There’s one supernatural who might be strong enough to turn the tide, but she’d never ask. She’s also not strong enough to keep him from entering the fray.

The fate of two worlds hang in the balance. Soleil wants nothing more than to flee with her family, but she’s honor-bound to stay and fight. The question is, how will the war end? With her people free? With two worlds destroyed? Or will she even survive to witness the outcome?

queen of swordsQUEEN OF SWORDS (THE BANISHED GODS SERIES BOOK 1) by L A McGinnis
My mother always told me that someday, there’d be hell to pay. I never believed her. Then I died.
Morgane Burke is a survivor. Returning to Chicago to fight the monsters who killed her family might not bring them back, but it would go a long way in balancing the scales. Finally, those scales are beginning to tip in her favor. But a far bigger war is brewing on the shores of Lake Michigan, a war poised to sweep her up in its deadly grasp. Can she find the strength she needs to battle the demons within her, as well as the ones coming to claim her soul?
fire breathing remyFIRE BREATHING REMY (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 4) by Candace Ayers
It’s the night before Lennox Ledoux’s wedding.
The most exciting day of her life, right?
Why is she envisioning the steel bars of a cage slamming shut?
When a huge, red creature crashes to the ground a few feet away, she’s the only witness.
When it transforms into a hot, naked guy, she’s still the only witness.
Remy swears he and Lennox belong together.
And, boy, does she want to believe him.
But he’s clearly drunk and delusional.
Besides, she can’t get out of the wedding now.
Not with guests in town and the entire event paid for.
Can she?
bounty hunter mackBOUNTY HUNTER MACK (THE CLAYTON ROCK BOUNTY HUNTERS OF REDEMPTION CREEK BOOK 4) by Kim Fox
Mack Harris wants revenge. He wants to kill everyone responsible for the death of the young lion shifter who was under his protection and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his vengeance.

Kara Griffin has just escaped from a military facility that has been keeping her prisoner, but instead of fleeing as far away as she can get, she wants to return to save the rest of her family who are still trapped inside.

When the two unlikely pair connect, sparks fly and Mack will have to make an impossible choice between vengeance or his new love. But when old enemies come back to settle the score, there might not be a choice left to make.

let me be your bearLET ME BE YOUR BEAR (TALL, DARK AND SHIFTER BOOK 1) by Amber Belmont

When three sorority sisters make a pact not to settle down unless he’s tall, dark, and shifter, you just know sparks are going to fly!

Alyssa has everything a woman could want. Money, a promising career, and friends who’d do anything for her. The only thing missing is a good man, but she’s not sure if she’s interested in dating, let alone settling down. So when her sorority sister and best friend Brianna suggests they agree not to date anyone who isn’t tall, dark, and shifter, Alyssa is more than happy to make a pact to do just that.

Despite her vow, when Sean walks into her life, all Alyssa’s promises are forgotten. He might not be a shifter, but he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met. Two out of three can’t be bad, right?

But when Alyssa is caught up in an attempted kidnapping, secrets come to light, secrets that could change everything. As more lies are uncovered, Alyssa wonders whether she can trust anyone or if she’s better off alone.

What was meant to be a fun way of finding the man of her dreams threatens to become a nightmare. Are shifters really the way to go or should Alyssa give up on men altogether?

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tropical leopards longingTROPICAL LEOPARD’S LONGING (SHIFTING SANDS RESORT BOOK 8) by Zoe Chant

Snow leopard shifter and heiress Darla Grant thought that marrying her best friend would be the solution to all of her problems: it would shelter her from a persistent and unwelcome suitor, unlock her inheritance to save the bankrupt shifter retirement home where she volunteers, and free her from her controlling society mother.

Then she meets her fated mate at the tropical luxury resort reserved for her wedding, and her perfect plan turns into perfect torture.

Leopard shifter and waiter Breck is everything her mother despises: poor, common, and openly bisexual. No matter that he’s also charming, funny, and kind—even if Darla could switch grooms, her mother would never give her blessing to the match and the suitor she was trying to escape isn’t going to give up her fortune without a fight.

But there’s more to Breck than a ready smile and thoughtful service.
And he’s always been up for a challenge.

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houndedHOUNDED (FAE HELLHOUNDS OF THE NORTH SHORE) by A S Green

For over fifteen centuries, St. Patrick’s disciples have hunted the faerie kingdoms of Ireland nearly to extinction. Cormac MacConall—a cú sídhe, or “hell hound” from the faerie realm—escaped with his family and found refuge on the north shore of Lake Superior.

But when the enemy tracked them there, killing his parents, the hell hound reclaimed his nature, turning vicious hunter, seeking blood and vengeance.

Enter Meghan Walsh. Beautiful. Sexy. But human. An untouchable. And yet…he can’t help but touch her. She’s small. Naive. And yet…formidable. And worst of all: his anamachara. His fated mate.

Could she be the key to what he seeks? Or could she be the enemy’s most lethal weapon yet?

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queen of the vampsQUEEN OF THE VAMPS (FOURWINDS SERIES BOOK 1) by Serena Akeroyd

LYSSA COULDN’T be normal if she tried, and when she met billionaire businessman Nikolai, he embraced her quirks and made her fall for him.
But Niko is no regular entrepreneur. He has secrets, secrets that are tied up with his partner, Dmitry.
Lyssa never wanted to be the Queen of the Vamps, but the King had other ideas.
She didn’t want two husbands, either, but the King and his Alpha mate were bound to her in ways her human sensibilities could never understand.
In less than a day, Lyssa’s whole world shifts.
Literally.

With her life in flux, and suddenly in danger, Lyssa clings to the two males who brought the chaos to her, but who are the only ones who can keep her safe.
Or so she believes.
A third male is waiting in the wings, ready to embrace his new mates, his new life, his new world order.

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my alpha mr darcyMY ALPHA MR DARCY: A DARK PRIDE AND PREJUDICE VARIATION by Caitlin Marie Carrington

VS Note: If you aren’t familiar with the Omegaverse romance niche, and the alpha/beta/omega setup, these romances tend to go quite dark. Nothing wrong with that if it’s your cup of tea. “A savage sensual variation,” as the author says. As always, I recommend sampling the Look Inside and decide for yourself. I have not read this book.

Once upon a time, Elizabeth Bennet read a fairy tale that broke down the world into three kinds of people: the normal, everyday Betas; the proud and arrogant Alphas; and the meek, submissive Omegas, whose only goal in life was to please their growling Alpha mates.

Lizzy never forgot that tale—even though it wasn’t real.
Or was it?

When terrible pains overcome Elizabeth while tending to her sister Jane, Lizzy knows she must escape Netherfield—and Mr. Darcy. Because he tells her that he is an Alpha, she is an Omega, and that her body will be his.

But she knows she will never submit to any man, especially one as proud, demanding—and tempting—as Mr. Darcy.

But what if Mr. Darcy is telling the truth? What if she is an Omega and—should she run from him—she risks letting any Alpha who finds her, conquer and take her? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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awakening bethany adamsAWAKENING (RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 6) by Bethany Adams

For three hundred years, Princess Dria has avoided the drama of the royal court by training as a battle mage. When her father summons her back to court just as she begins to rise up the ranks, she’s furious. Even worse, she must work with her estranged brother Ralan on a mission to Earth. But as soon as Dria arrives at Moranaia’s new outpost, her brother drops the leadership of the entire place into her hands. Now she’s in charge of fortifying a new outpost on a planet she’s never even visited.

An abhorrent task – Prince Vek of the Unseelie has spent millennia as his father’s enforcer, working in the shadows to eliminate evil, but after sparing his nephew Fen from the king’s judgement, Vek must tread carefully. One false move, and he will lose the king’s trust—and Fen’s life. But when the king gives Vek a new, more sinister task, Fen becomes the least of his worries. The Moranaians have a new colony on Earth, and King Torek wants the energy source that’s contained within. Vek must retrieve that power—even if he has to kill the Moranaian leader to get it.

A threat unknown – From the moment she catches Vek sneaking into the cavern, Dria knows the truth—the dark and mysterious prince is her soulbonded. But she’s certain he’s up to no good, and although she’s drawn to him, there is no way she can trust him. His reputation, and that of the Unseelie in general, precedes him. Unfortunately, more than desire is awakening. As they dance around their budding attraction, Dria and Vek uncover a deathly illness lurking among the fae—and a sinister plot that will damage both their worlds.

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apple boyTHE APPLE BOY (THE QUIET WORK BOOK 1) by  Isobel Starling

After a traumatic event, Winter Aeling finds himself destitute and penniless in the backwater town of Mallowick. He needs to travel to the city of Serein and impart grave news that will bring war to the Empire, but without a horse, money, and with not a soul willing to help him, he has no choice but to line up with the common folk seeking paid work on the harvest.

As wagons roll into the market square and farmers choose day laborers, Winter is singled out for abuse by a brute of a farmer. The only man who stands up for him is the farmer’s beguiling son, Adam, and on locking eyes with the swarthy young man Winter feels the immediate spark of attraction.

Winter soon realizes there is a reason he has been drawn to Blackdown Farm. The farmer possesses a precious item that was stolen long ago from Winter’s family, and he determines to retrieve it. He also cannot take his eyes off Adam, and as the young man opens up Winter can’t help wondering if Adam is just kind or his kind!

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tobieTOBIE (FINDING THE WARRIOR’S HEART BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

Sometimes to win the battle, you have to put your heart on the line.
Tobie Wareson had a special gift that felt anything but special.
Wolf Carf knew something was missing in his life.
A single book, a psychic vampire, and two hearts that are at stake of being broken are on the line. Can Tobie and Wolf survive the upcoming battle?

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dragons and mayhemDRAGONS AND MAYHEM (DRAGON’S DEN CASINO BOOK 2) by Blair Babylon and Poppy Wolfe

Arawn, Duke Tiamat, absolutely, positively, definitely isn’t falling into a mating fever, and that’s the problem. A year ago, Arawn met the most bewitching woman, Willow Sage, and they hit it off. Within six months, they’d moved in together.

And six months after that, Arawn still was showing no signs of mating fever.

He didn’t tell her he was a dragon shifter, of course. Natural people have such strong reactions to learning about the hidden supernatural world, so supernatural people don’t admit anything unless they’re engaged.

And they weren’t engaged because, obviously, Willow wasn’t Arawn’s fated mate.

So, on the advice of everyone, Arawn broke it off and broke both their hearts. His fated mate was waiting for him somewhere, and when she walked into his life, he would be helpless to resist the mating fever anyway.

But now, Arawn has been blackmailed into returning to Las Vegas to take over the soft opening of the Dragon’s Den Casino. When he walks into the Human Resources division to meet the new witch who’s going to take care of the sickly sea serpents in the fountain out in front of the casino, it’s Willow Sage.

Willow Sage, the love of his life but not his fated mate, and she’s a witch.

They try to work together to care for the sickly serpents, but their attraction and lingering love is just too strong. Within hours, he wants to spend time with her. Within weeks, he’s hopelessly in love with her again.

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tarot marissa kennersonTAROT by Marissa Kennerson

VS Note: I find the concept of living in a tarot deck kind of fascinating!

Born of a forbidden union between the Queen and the tyrannical King’s archnemesis, Anna is forced to live out her days isolated in the Tower, with only her mentors and friends the Hermit, the Fool, and the Magician to keep her company. To pass the time, Anna imagines unique worlds populated by creatives and dreamers–the exact opposite of the King’s land of fixed fates and rigid rules–and weaves them into four glorious tapestries.

But on the eve of her sixteenth birthday and her promised release from the Tower, Anna discovers her true lineage: She’s the daughter of Marco, a powerful magician, and the King is worried that his magical gifts are starting to surface in Anna. Fearing for her life, Anna flees the Tower and finds herself in Cups, a lush, tropical land full of all the adventure, free-spiritedness, and creativity she imagined while weaving.

Anna thinks she’s found paradise in this world of beachside parties, endless food and drink, and exhilarating romance. But when the fabric of Cups begins to unravel, Anna discovers that her tapestries are more than just forbidden expression. They’re the foundation for a new world that she is destined to create–as long as the terrors from the old world don’t catch up with her first.

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bewitched dragon matesBEWITCHED DRAGON MATES: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE (CAPRICORN HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON MATE) by Melissa Thomas

Witch BJ MacClamity signed on to bake enchanted cupcakes, only to wind up stranded on an alien world with her skunk familiar. Born under the Capricorn sign, this curvy woman is an overachiever with a control complex a mile wide. Things can’t get any whackier… or can they? Horny dragon-shifters are fighting over her. These misguided males must be nuts!

Dragon-shifters Jael and Asher have been without their fated mate too long. For centuries these warriors yearned for the queen who will complete their trinity… a dragon rider in the truest sense. Discovering a voluptuous goddess alone in the woods is a dream come true. They combat an ancient rival to claim her for themselves.

Between dodging lightning bolts and tripping off cliffs, who has time to tutor a pair of kilt-clad virgins in the finer points of the art de l’amour?

Life is so very hard… and so are they.

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court of liesCOURT OF LIES (FORBIDDEN QUEEN BOOK 3) by Dyan Chick

Queen’s Trial begins, and the competition turns deadly fast. There’s danger behind every turn, and it’s not just the competition that wants Cassia dead.

To make matters worse, Tristan, the Winter Prince, has a plan of his own. He takes Cassia to the Winter Court where she’ll have to compete without the Princes she’s come to depend on. Will things stay ice-cold in the Winter Court or will she succumb to the steamy bad boy Prince with his own agenda?

Things aren’t always what they seem, though. Cassia might have the magic to become Queen, and the love of her Princes. But with that target on her back, will she survive to get the chance?

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VS Note: this week I’m featuring my alien empath series. I had a great time writing romantic suspense type plots set in my scifi romance universe:

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My books are available wide on all the ebook platforms – here’s my Amazon Author Page,  if you want a quick look at all my backlist titles in one spot!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 13

February 6

January 30

January 23

January 16

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.

 

Gabe Makes a Choice Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedI’m taking snippets from my most recently released scifi romance GABE: A Badari Warriors SciFi Romance Novel, the next book in the award winning series. (KIERCE, the next book in the series, is at the editor by the way…)

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

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

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

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

The excerpt – follows right after last week’s. The goddess said: “Perhaps my daughter and I hold you here temporarily between life and death.”

“To make my choice?” There was no answer to his question and he made an impatient sound, striding away from where Keshara slept on. The closer he came to plunging into the mist between the trees, the stronger the desire to hurry onward became. Gabe thought he saw a bright white light in the distance beyond the fog and was anxious to reach the safety the light seemed to promise. He hesitated, unable to resist a last look at Keshara. His heart skipped a beat and settled into a jangled, thumping rhythm as his gaze lingered – there was a pull here as well, drawing him to her side and away from the beckoning bright light.

He wished the voice would give him guidance or permission or something. Gabe wasn’t used to being less than decisive about any required action or decision but in this moment he felt truly torn. The closer he came to where Keshara lay, the more his heartbeat smoothed out and also the stronger his inclination to remain here in the peaceful grove, sit and watch her sleep, perhaps hold her hand—

The ground rocked underneath him and Gabe awoke with a gasp, as if he’d stopped breathing for a time.

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

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

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

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