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

guardian anna hAs 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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GUARDIAN (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 9) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: One clicked. Always a happy day when Anna has a new release!

Dayna Caplan has dedicated her life to protecting others…and now that she’s no longer a captive at the desert arena of Zaabha, she desperately wants to help find the last of the other human women who were abducted by the Thraxians. But now she has to deal with the intense hunger and powerful new abilities the alien living inside grants her…and the person forcing her to confront her new reality is the cool, enigmatic, and far-too-attractive Rillian.

Rillian has wheeled and dealed his way to the top of the food chain on the lawless desert world of Carthago. He lets no one close and keeps iron-clad control on his life…which is vital to keeping the lethal power within him in check. But one human woman–tough, stubborn, and fascinating Dayna–works her way under his skin, and he finds himself obsessed with protecting her. But as dead bodies start appearing in his casino as a deadly warning, dangers are closing in on them.

With their allies, the gladiators from the House of Galen, Rillian and Dayna find themselves fighting for survival on every front. On the hunt to find Zaabha and the lost humans, they will face murderers, slavers, and the deadliest of all challenges…the aliens living within them.

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shape of waterTHE SHAPE OF WATER by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

VS Note: Supposedly not just a novelization of the movie, although I’d enjoy that too. It’s on my TBR.

Visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus combine their estimable talent in this haunting, heartbreaking love story.

It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.

Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.

But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.

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forbidden strangerFORBIDDEN STRANGER (THE PROTECTOR BOOK 3) by Megan Hart

Nina Bronson and Ewan Donahue have put their love to its limits. To Ewan, she’s the only woman he wants to be with for the rest of his life. To Nina, whose memories have been ripped out of her, Ewan is her kind and generous boss who’s helping her recover after an accident she also can’t remember. The more time they spend together, the more she begins to feel for him, but Ewan knows the truth — she loved him once. As Ewan tries to do whatever it takes to get Nina back to herself without putting her in danger, the two of them have to build a brand new relationship from the ground up. Sometimes, a lie isn’t a betrayal, it’s a lifesaver. Can Nina forgive Ewan for not telling her the truth about why she lost so much of her memories, or are they doomed to never be together again?

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sensateSENSATE (ALIEN ATTACHMENTS) by Sabine Priestley

VS note: This is a re-release of the novella Sabine wrote for the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology.

Marco Dar’s position as an Earth Protector means he spends an incredible amount of time alone in space. His only company is with the talkative com unit. It isn’t until he stops at the Galaxy Spinner restaurant that he discovers his com has become sentient – and it wants a physical form!

Dr. Zara Mancini hasn’t seen Marco Dar in over eleven years. As far as she is concerned, that still isn’t long enough. When Marco approaches her with an unusual request, she is torn between her fascination with the project, and wanting to leave him eating her space dust.

Marco is quickly falling all over again for Zara’s beautiful smile and gorgeous lips. Young and foolish, he sabotaged their relationship years ago. Now he has a second chance. Can he convince Zara to help his AI, and prove to her that he is a different man?

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oath forger book 2OATH FORGER BOOK 2 by Nia Mars

There’s a saying on Earth: “Fake it till you make it.” Sadly, I’m no longer on Earth. My motto is: “Fake it till you get caught.”

I’m trying to settle into being the Oath Forger, trying to resist the advances of the five most powerful kings in the galaxy (it’s going about as well as you’d think), expecting my lies to catch up with me at any second.

Except, the freaking space pirates catch up with me first.

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offered to the cyborgOFFERED TO THE CYBORG (CY-CON BOOK 2) by Jessie Coulter Smith

When the Zelranian cyborg’s ship The Sphinx is attacked by a reptilian race called the Meori, Wrylack is the only cyborg left standing. Forced onto the Meori vessel, his skills as a medic are demanded in exchange for his life. But any plans Wrylack may have had to escape died the moment he laid eyes on Shaylee, the human female slave in the Meori med bay. Even injured, she’s the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen. And when the Meori realize they can use her to control Wrylack, they are only too pleased to give her to him.

Shaylee has only known pain and suffering all her life. First on Earth, passed around the foster care system, and later as a slave to one alien after another. No one has ever touched her with kindness, has ever cared what happened to her. When the sexy purple cyborg with the strange eyes and gentle touch says she’s his, Shaylee is almost scared to hope that her life is changing. But the big male isn’t interested in owning her as a slave. He wants a mate!

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jasmine of dragaJASMINE OF DRAGA (DRAGA COURT SERIES BOOK 3) by Emma Dean

The Neprijat monsters have attacked the Draga Galaxy and millions have died. Prince Nash has left to save what’s left of his people. Adelina has a plan to save Draga, but first she must convince Raena to allow her to meet with the Drakesthai dragons and ask for aid before it’s too late while Varan, the Prince of Thieves makes an official request for her hand in marriage.

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prison moon ice heartPRISON MOON – ICE HEART by Alexandra Marell

Kidnapped by aliens, now her best hope is the very man who betrayed her. It was bad enough losing her tearoom in Devon, England to her thieving partner who took everything, but now Janie Roberts has been kidnapped by aliens who call her by a name she doesn’t know and say she’s been convicted of murder.
Now she’s in a cage and en route to Prison Moon One, home to some of the worst scum in the galaxy, with the very man who betrayed her. If you can call the mountain of muscle with a chip in his head and armour welded to his body a man. Janie knows she won’t survive alone. She needs to trust this man who might be her enemy, but seems so determined to protect her.
He’s big, he’s scary looking, but right now he’s her only hope of survival.

He helped betray an innocent woman, but now his obedience chip is failing and he’ll do anything to keep her safe. His name is Gladiator Kelskar Vespasian, chipped to obey, to kill without question and with a past he can’t remember. But with his obedience chip failing, memories of a more noble man in a past life are returning. The beast they made him into betrayed an innocent woman. The man he was before wants to right that wrong and save her, even at the cost of his own freedom.

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last cityTHE LAST CITY (THE COLONY BOOK 2) by R M Gilmour

A battle approaches Threa – a war of wills, one driven to control it, and the other to destroy it.

While immersed in their history, Lydia learns of the overwhelming threat to the planet and its people. And even though she was brought to Threa by her soulmate Jordan, it has come to be her home. And she will not let it go…(more on ebook seller site)…
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draekon destinyDRAEKON DESTINY (DRAGONS IN EXILE BOOK 5) by Lili Zander and Lee Savino 

Stuck on an alien planet? I can deal.
Abducted by rogue prisoners? No problem.
Mated to two powerful, sexy Draekons? Let’s be real. It’s not a hardship.
After three months on the prison planet, I think I’m finally free of my demons. I’m far away from home. I can start over. Here, there’s no one to hold me back. No one to sabotage my happiness.
But my mates have been plotting to escape the prison planet.
Without me.
I thought I could trust them. I thought they loved me. I was wrong. 
Can we heal our shattered bond?

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reign strands of starfireREIGN (STRANDS OF STARFIRE BOOK 1) by May Sage

Darkness almost destroyed the galaxy a thousand years ago. He’s reborn; and Nalini just saved his life.

A captive at the mercy of the Warlord of their multi-world kingdom, Nalini has learned to hide under a mask, a lie. As far as her master sees, she’s his obedient little puppet.
Then, she meets him. The male who can obliterate the entire Galaxy.
Her world ends that day.

In the eyes of a young Seer, Kai discovers who he’s meant to be. His future is blood and death; but there’s a female by his side. A female he’d gladly destroy stars for.
If his destiny is ruling over ruins with her, so be it.

Two souls, worlds apart, under different skies. One destiny.

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wife lotteryTHE WIFE LOTTERY: FALLON (SIX MEN OF ALASKA BOOK 1)  by  Charlie Hart and Chantel Seabrook

n a world where women are seen as a commodity to barter, Alaska promised a sanctuary. But to stay, I have to enter the wife lottery.

Six men, one wife. And I have no say in who those men will be. It’s more than a game of chance–it’s my life falling into the hands of strangers.

But the men who win my hand are ruggedly handsome and promise to protect me until death do us part.

Fallon and his strong will.
Giles and his protective streak.
Salinger and his easy smile.
Banks and his intellect.
Emerson and his faith.
Huxley and his charm.

I want them all, each for a different reason. My body is awake, my heart beats wild. But I’m also a woman running from a past that’s catching up. Fast. My father is coming for me and he’ll make my husbands pay–and that’s not a gamble.
That’s a guarantee.

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alicronALICRON (ALIENS OF XEION) by Maia Starr

Vicki is a smart and busy Hollywood agent forced to go on a yoga retreat with her friend
in order to take some time for herself. She is resistant to go, but knows that she needs to
make a change in her lifestyle, especially in the romance department.

Alicron is an alien on a mission. He needs to bring human females back to his home
planet to mate with the males in order to save his species. It’s a heavy mission to bare.

When Vicki is abducted, she is angry and hates the aliens that have taken her and a group
of other human females. Her hate is focused on Alicron, but her body is betraying her.

Alicron is intrigued with the strong human female, and plans to make her his mate. But
then all goes wrong when his ship crash-lands on a cyborg planet.

Now he will need to save her from the cyborgs that have taken her from him, even if she
does hate him. She is his.

But will rescuing her make her change her feelings of hate to feelings of desire? Or will
she continue to despise him for what he has done to her?

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barbarians of the dying sunBARBARIANS OF THE DYING SUN by Aya Morningstar

I was abducted. Taken. Claimed.

He’s a teal-skinned alien who thought he was rescuing me–of all things–but on his brutal and unforgiving world, rescuing me means he owns me. To make things worse, his claim on me is the only thing keeping me alive.

No one is stronger or fiercer than my new alien owner. He wears nothing but a loincloth, which barely covers his muscular body. His weapon of choice is a “skullspear,” which he uses to poke through the skulls of any male he tries to touch me. I don’t know exactly what he’s packing underneath that loincloth, but he’s not at all shy about letting me know what he’d like to do to me with it.

As frustrating and overbearing as he can be, I need his protection. The sun is dying, and the whole world with it. ..(more on ebook seller site)…

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lake silenceLAKE SILENCE (WORLD OF THE OTHERS) by Anne Bishop

VS Note: I LOVE this world and have one clicked the book (yes, even at the trad price for an ebook – ouch! – but the author doesn’t set the price). As soon as I finish writing this post I’m disappearing to read. She created such a different world (although very dark sometimes) – I never got enough of it in the previous series.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shape-shifters, and even deadlier paranormal beings. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget….

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns such as Vicki’s don’t have any distance from the Others, the dominant predators who rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what is out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shape-shifting Others–discovers a murdered man, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, ancient forces are roused by the disturbance in their domain. They have rules that must not be broken–and all the destructive powers of nature at their command.

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burn brightBURN BRIGHT (ALPHA AND OMEGA) by Patricia Briggs

VS Note: OK, one clicked and now I’m in a pickle because I LOVE this series with a wild passion too, so I guess I’ll have to flip a coin for which book to read first today – Bishop’s or Briggs’! For sure I won’t get anything else done for a day or two.

They are the wild and the broken. The werewolves too damaged to live safely among their own kind. For their own good, they have been exiled to the outskirts of Aspen Creek, Montana. Close enough to the Marrok’s pack to have its support; far enough away to not cause any harm.

With their Alpha out of the country, Charles and Anna are on call when an SOS comes in from the fae mate of one such wildling. Heading into the mountainous wilderness, they interrupt the abduction of the wolf–but can’t stop blood from being shed. Now Charles and Anna must use their skills–his as enforcer, hers as peacemaker–to track down the attackers, reopening a painful chapter in the past that springs from the darkest magic of the witchborn.

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silver stagTHE SILVER STAG (THE WILD HUNT BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Life isn’t easy when you bear the mark of the Silver Stag.

Caught between the worlds of Light and Dark Fae, Ember Kearney was born with the mark of the Silver Stag. Rejected by both her bloodlines, she’s turned her back on her people to become a freelance investigator, hiring herself to take care of common problems like hen-stealing goblins.

When Ember’s best friend asks for her help, it leads them both into a glittering world of conspiracy and danger. Angel’s little brother has vanished, and Ember must race against time to save his life. But when Ember discovers what’s happened to DJ, both she and Angel find themselves recruited into Herne’s elite squad of bounty hunters. Now, Ember must not only face her heritage, but she’s bound to preserve the balance between the Fae Courts, for if order isn’t maintained, war and chaos will spill out into the mortal realm.

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merman kingTHE MERMAN KING (LORDS OF THE ABYSS BOOK 6) by Michelle M Pillow

Lucius, King of the Mermen, and ruler of the city of Atlantes, shoulders the guilt for his people’s curse. After being trapped under the sea for two millennia, the time has come for his people to possibly surface and breathe air. He’s ready to be the first to test the theory, but things do not go as expected when a captivating beauty seemingly falls into his lap—and his ocean.

Is Olivette a present from the gods, or a warning to stay punished beneath the waves where his people belong?

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high voltageHIGH VOLTAGE (FEVER) by Karen Marie Moning

There is no action without consequence. Dani O’Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known.

There is no power without price. When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences—and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth.

There is no future without sacrifice. With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one—not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her—can save her this time.

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unforgivable loverUNFORGIVABLE LOVER (WARRIORS OF LEMURIA BOOK 5) by Rosalie Redd

The deepest scars are on the inside.

Who would’ve thought shape-shifters were real? Certainly not Nikki, not, at least, until she’s attacked by a creature right out of her nightmares then rescued by a man straight from her dreams. Gaetan is a tall, mysterious shifter whose deep, sexy voice, gorgeous aquamarine eyes, and smooth, sensual touch calls to her on a level she doesn’t fully understand. Drawn into his fantastical world, she becomes part of an elaborate war, and as the final battle roars, if either is to survive, she must face her fears and trust him despite the scars marring her heart.

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ruby gryphonRUBY GRYPHON (GRYPHONS VS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Ruby Ryan

Roland is an Irish bare-knuckle boxer with an attitude and a shadowy past.

Harriet is an MIT graduate student about to embark on a research expedition to Mozambique.

They never planned on their lives becoming irreversibly intertwined.

The third gryphon to unleash his inner beast, Roland is struggling to cope with his newly discovered shifter power. But aircraft are mysteriously crashing in Mozambique, and despite what scientists think it has nothing to do with the eruption of Monte Muambe. When Roland learns that Harriet is in jeopardy from the bloody Ruby Dragon, he chooses to abandon his friends to save her.

Even though it means tracking her across the African plain.

Can he reach his new mate in time to protect her—and learn about the dragons’ sinister motives in the process? Or will the Ruby Dragon’s crimson flame be too powerful to withstand?

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hollow moonHOLLOW MOON (DECORAH SECURITY SERIES BOOK 17 ) by Rebecca York

VS Note: Thanks to reader Gill K for mentioning this one!

Did she save his life only to betray him?

Werewolf detective Knox Marshall makes a near-fatal mistake when he tries to get the goods on a drug lab in isolated Western Maryland. Captured and used as a test subject in a diabolical experiment, he manages to escape. After nurse Maggie Leland finds him naked and wounded in the woods, she patches him up; but she’s hardly prepared for the drug flashbacks that spin his mind out of control or the side effects that turn him on. She and Knox get close quickly. He thinks he’s found his lifemate—until it looks like Maggie is working with the drug dealers. When he realizes he’s wrong, is it, too late to save her life?

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worlds collide magitechWORLDS COLLIDE (MAGITECH BOOK 1) by Serena Lindahl

The country is divided, separate, and segregated. In the West, techies with amazing technical aptitude are feared and hated; in the East, mages with spectacular supernatural powers are regulated and permitted. Caught between these two worlds, non-magical, non-technical mundanes try to survive from day to day.

When innocent mages are targeted as victims of brutal hate crimes, two sisters are hired to find the killers. Fleeing events in the West, Jenira, the feisty mercenary, and Cat, the tech genius, become a secret and powerful team in an attempt to keep their small family together despite their different natures. What they don’t plan on is teaming up with a Magitech – a man with the rare ability to manipulate both magic and technology. His existence could change everything – the future, the foundation of their society, and maybe even Jenira’s heart.

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the devil inside.PNGTHE DEVIL INSIDE (HELL’S GATE BOOK 2) by Jane Hinchey

God is missing…And Heaven is dying. And if that weren’t bad enough, I’m in a showdown with my brothers. I don’t care if they’re family—they pissed off the wrong sister. Those Arch Angels are going to pay the price for getting my lover, Levi Forrester dragged into another dimension by a vicious soul stealer.

Retrieving Levi won’t be easy, but I’m Hellbent on taking back what’s mine. After all, when you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

Now, with God disappearing, lost souls multiplying, and a new threat on the loose, it’s up to me to make things right.

I’m Lucy, the CEO of Hell, and come Hell or high water, I will get my way.

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sword of judgmentSWORD OF JUDGMENT (CRIMSON REALM CHRONICLES BOOK 4 ) by Taryn Jameson and Gabriella Bradley

Betrayed by several members of her crew, Erica now finds herself in a race to beat the clock. A rare poison injected into the king’s blood from the blade of her sword, threatens his life.

Erica joins her lifemate, Laro, and the rest of the team, on a mission rife with danger to search for the antidote to save the king. With an angry god bent on destroying the royal line by any means possible, the team doesn’t know who to trust or what Zohmes will do next.

Can Erica find a way to prove the innocence of her crewmembers before the blade of judgement falls?

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hooked on a phoenixHOOKED ON A PHOENIX (PHOENIX BROTHERS) by Ashlyn Chase

Misty Carlisle works as a bank teller in Boston’s financial district. She’s had more rotten luck in her life than most, except when her childhood crush shows up to cash his paycheck. Then her heart races and her mouth goes dry.

Gabe Fierro is a firefighter—and a phoenix. Like his brothers, his biggest challenge is finding a woman open-minded enough to accept a shapeshifter into her life. When his boyhood friend asks him to watch over his little sister Misty, he reluctantly agrees. But when the bank where she works gets held up, Gabe does everything he can to protect her. The two of them end up locked in the bank’s vault…where things get steamier than either of them ever imagined.

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hopeless kingdomHOPELESS KINGDOM (THE HOPELESS SERIES BOOK 2) by A K Koonce

What’s more powerful than magic?
Revenge.

King Tristan wasn’t prepared for a prisoner quite like Zakara Storm. The three beautiful fae men led her to her imprisonment and it’s hard to see who is friend and who is foe in the dangerous and destructive kingdom.

A savior is all the humans want. Freedom is what the fae seek. Survival is all Zakara knows.

She’ll survive, even if she has to watch the whole world burn to ash.

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mated to the earth dragonMATED TO THE EARTH DRAGON (ELEMENTAL MATES BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Curvy Autumn Carter is a sheltered travel agent who has never traveled. But after planning her trip of a lifetime to Iceland down to the last hotel and landmark, she’s forced to throw all her plans out the window when a hot-as-blazes dragon shifter and a bunch of homicidal fire dragons crash her vacation!

Damon Drago is the powerful Dragon of the Earth, member of the Council of Elements. On the trail of dangerous fire dragons in Iceland, he instead finds what he least expected – his mate. Her luscious curves kindle a passion hot enough to melt the ice and make him want to forget all about his duty – but the fire dragons have other plans. Now his mate is in deadly danger and only Damon can protect her, by whisking her away to a secret shifter town hidden in the mountains.

But when the fire dragons attack the seat of the Council of Elements itself, nowhere is safe. Is the power of Damon’s element strong enough to protect his mate? Or will dragon’s fire burn hotter than their love?

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flight of the white wolfFLIGHT OF THE WHITE WOLF by Terry Spear

Gavin Summerfield—an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying—has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect—where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start…again.

Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn’t entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn’t discover the secret she’s been keeping…she knows he could never forgive her.

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shifters embraceTHE SHIFTER’S EMBRACE (SHIFTERS OF THE SEVENTH MOON BOOK 2) by Selena Scott

Celia Lamplighter was not the typical kind of woman that football star Jean Luc LaTour would ever be interested in. Or at least that’s what she told herself a hundred times a day as she attempted to get her crush on him under control.

On the outside, they couldn’t have been more different. He was famous, athletic, desired by anyone with a pulse. She was a reclusive, curvy, tatted up librarian. In the real world, there was no chance they’d ever find one another or ever fall in love.

But they aren’t living in the real world. They, along with five new friends, are on the adventure of a lifetime, racing the full moon and attempting to save all seven of their souls. With a demon on their tails,
the group finds themselves in the spooky swamps of the Everglades, fighting for their lives. Jean Luc and Celia find themselves fighting their unlikely desire for one another, fearful of a love that will change both of them irrevocably.

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hidden giftsHIDDEN GIFTS (THE WITCHES OF CANYON ROAD BOOK 1) by Christine Pope

Life as Rafael Castillo knows it is about to come to an end. Twenty-one years ago, his grandmother, then head witch of the Castillo clan, helped the McAllister clan defeat a dark wizard…for a price. The payment, Miranda McAllister, is now on her way to be his bride. A medieval arrangement, but there’s no naysaying Rafe’s mother, who is intent on carrying out his grandmother’s wishes.

Miranda’s parents tried everything — even revealing her lack of magical gifts — to break this unholy bargain, to no avail. As her Halloween birthday approaches, she journeys to Santa Fe, where the betrothed she’s never seen awaits.

Their first meeting is more like Beauty clashing with Beast than Cinderella dancing away with Prince Charming. But their first kiss is electric, triggering a storm of emotions and odd experiences that make Miranda wonder if her long-dormant magic is finally bursting from its shell.

However, even as Rafe and Miranda begin to grow closer, threads of dark magic are weaving a spell that could destroy their clans’ alliance…and any chance for love.

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dark alphas nightDARK ALPHA’S NIGHT (A REAPER NOVEL) by Donna Grant

To some Fae, I am their worst nightmare. For I do Death’s bidding. But for all our strength and skill, a powerful enemy has risen up. Finding Ettie could change everything. The Half-Fae is our one chance. She’s sharp and strong and fierce. She steals my breath every time I’m near her. And looking into her eyes is like a bolt of lightning right through me. She’s what I’ve been waiting for my long, dark existence. But for us to be together, we must first stay alive.

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an american witch in parisAN AMERICAN WITCH IN PARIS by Michele Hauf

Tired of his desk job, Ethan Pierce decides it’s time for a more exciting occupation. This straitlaced vampire may be ready for demons and blood magic, but nothing can prepare him for Tuesday Knightsbridge. She’s brash, she’s bold and she’s the sexiest woman he’s ever met. She also happens to be a witch…and the key to saving the world.

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switch of fate prequelSWITCH OF FATE PREQUEL by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Growler and Anna begin their lives at the cosh, a place with only one rule: A switch may not favor only one shifter, because it makes her weak. This is a rule Anna has no choice but to break, as Growler steals her heart again and again.

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as you wishAS YOU WISH (A SUMMERHOUSE NOVEL) by Jude Devereaux

One fateful summer, three very different women find themselves together in Summer Hill, Virginia, where they find they have much more in common than they realized…

Sixty-year-old Olivia’s first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she’s always truly loved—even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren’t for one problem: He’s passionately in love with someone else! Twenty-something Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.

Though each of them wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reason, it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to right the wrongs of their past—all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.

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NECROMANCERS SMILETHE NECROMANCER’S SMILE by Lisa Oliver

Detective Dakar Rhodes is an alpha wolf shifter who’s short on sleep and patience. Called to yet another crime scene, definitely the work of a serial killer, he’s shocked to learn the Pedace Police Department has a Necromancer as a consultant. Considering he’d moved to Pedace because of the lack of a coven in the area, he wasn’t pleased with the new development. His previous dealings with magic users never ended well. But when ordered to show the consultant the respect befitting his position, Dakar bites his tongue and longs for a swift conclusion to the case.

Necromancer Prince Sebastian York, or Sy to his friends, has a real issue with people. He doesn’t like or trust them, but because of his position, he has to deal with them. Dead people are so much easier – at least they don’t want anything from him. But Sy has been raised to do his duty and when he’s called to a crime scene, he doesn’t expect anything much to happen beyond talking to a few spirits. The last thing he thought he’d find is a wolf shifter claiming to be his mate.

One short meeting has a wealth of repercussions. Finding a serial killer is easy; coping with relationships is anything but. Demons, journalists, long held grudges and a familiar with loyalty issues all combine to make for a hectic time. It’s a case of one step forward, two steps back for Dakar and Sy, but when evil comes calling will they be able to rely on each other for a chance at an HEA?

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awakening the shifterAWAKENING THE SHIFTER by Jane Godman

Rock star Khan hides his shifter status behind his bad-boy reputation. But the weretiger is floored by the combined beauty and talent of singer Sarange Tsedev…who doesn’t know she’s a wolf! Their chemistry is potent, but tigers and wolves don’t mix. Still, Khan’s and Sarange’s past and present are linked; it will take their combined magical abilities to create a future together.

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highland dragon masterHIGHLAND DRAGON MASTER (DAWN OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON) by Isabel Cooper

The war for Scottish independence rages on, but it’s only a matter of time before England is victorious. Exhausted and battle-weary, Highland dragon Erik MacAlasdair will face unknown seas to seek the Templar stronghold and claim a power so great it could free his beloved homeland forever.

If only that kind of power didn’t come with such a terrible price.

Daughter of a mortal woman and an ancient dragon, Toinette has never forgotten the proud Scot who once stole her young heart—she’ll gladly fight at his side. But when dark forces leave them stranded on a cursed island, it will take everything they have to defy their fate…and trust the passion that burns within the heart of every dragon.

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switch of fate 2SWITCH OF FATE 2 by Grace Quillen and Lisa Ladew

Flint Gibson is ready to lay down his life for The Cause, just so long as doing so results in a ton of dead vampires. He’s been planning a kamikaze mission for decades, not-so-patiently waiting for news about the vampires who killed his family. Because all vampires must die. Especially those vampires. The organized resistance building in the forests of North Carolina is interesting, but he doesn’t have time to romance a switch.

Until a glowing green woman slams into him, stealing his heart with a confused but passionate kiss.

Goldie Peletier has always been a good girl, prim and proper. She counted on following the rules to keep her safe in life. But she has a secret, one she hides deep in the darkest corners of her soul and has never told anyone. So when a massive bear of a man draws out her passion, telling her things that threaten to bring her secret into the light, she prepares to cut and run. Again.

If Flint and Goldie manage to join hearts, the strength they add to The Cause could make them an unstoppable team. But things have never worked out “just right” for our Goldie, and once vampires show up in her world, she only spins further out of control.

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bad moon risingBAD MOON RISING:  A LOUP GAROU WORLD NOVEL (TEMPTING FATE BOOK 2) by Mandy M Roth

Gina, a natural-born slayer with a little something special, has been looking for love in all the wrong places. She’s not holding out for Prince Charming and for some strange reason, she can’t stop having feelings she shouldn’t for a man she considers just a friend. Sure, he’s hot, but he’s an alpha male shifter. Shifters and slayers don’t mix. It’s just the way of it. Plus, he’s been friend zoned.

Detective Jay Gonzales is so in love with the spitfire redheaded slayer he can’t see straight. She keeps him at arm’s length and he can’t blame her. He’s got a history as a ladies’ man and he’s not what her slayer buddies would consider a catch. He doesn’t care. She means something to him, and this alpha wolf shifter isn’t about to take no for an answer, especially since he’s sure she’s his mate. Breaking the news to his pack, and keeping her safe from a rising dark threat in the city, are just two more obstacles he has to overcome to make Gina his forever.

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from the dark placesFROM THE DARK PLACES by Margaret L Carter

VS Note: From February. Normally I wouldn’t list a book with only one two-star review but that reviewer seemed to focus largely on a discussion of opinion re Cthulhu and Lovecraft mythos etc., with a few comments on the book itself. I looked at the “Look Inside” sample and the prose flowed pretty well, so here it is. As always, sample and decide for yourself! I have not read this book. I did express to the author that I would include the book in this week’s post but with basically this note and she was fine with that.

When Father Michel Emeric and Dr. Ray Benson warn young widow Kate Jacobs of occult danger stalking her, she dismisses them as deranged fanatics. The eerie disappearance of her four-year-old daughter, Sara, changes her mind. Ray and Father Mike rescue Kate’s child, but the fight has only begun. Dark powers from beyond our world want to destroy Kate and Sara and prevent the birth of a future child foretold to have extraordinary psychic powers and a destiny as a great warrior against evil. Kate must develop her latent wild talents and allow Sara to do the same, in a universe weirder–and more dangerous–than she’s ever imagined.

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VS Note: And just in case you missed my scifi rock star romance last week:

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

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

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

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

Life. Luck. Love. Lowport.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What, you say? There are no adventures here?

Are you certain? Remember that Luck is involved.

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alien alphasALIEN ALPHAS by Various including Cynthia Sax!

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

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

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vanishedVANISHED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 21 by Evangeline Anderson

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

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

And that something that needs changing is Harper herself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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muttMUTT (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Naomi Lucas

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

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

Territory.

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

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

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

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

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

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solar stormSOLAR STORM by Mina Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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nabvanNABVAN (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

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

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

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

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zorans touchTHE ZORAN’S TOUCH by Luna Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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karakKARAK CONTACT (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

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

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

She never would have guessed the truth.

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

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conspiracy of whispersA CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS by Ada Harper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What she gets is Rast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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blood courtesansBLOOD COURTESANS BOXED SET by Various

Indulge in a darkly decadent and sinfully sensual world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They aren’t even human.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unfortunately, there’s little time to learn.

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

If only she knew where to look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once and for all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERFERENCE AND INSURGENCY (The Verdant String Series)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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