New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 22

Freefall_Team_Prism_Elsa_JadeAs 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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VS Note: The rest of the novels in The Great Space Race Collection released this week (and are my first four entries here.). I also did an interview this week with the authors for USA Today Happy Ever After.

FREEFALL: TEAM PRISM by Elsa Jade

Scarred by life and scared by it, Amy Long finally found peace in quiet Sunset Falls, Montana…until a malfunctioning popcorn popper transports her across the universe.

She arrives accidentally—and nekkidly—on the honeymoon cruiser Blissed where the widely viewed and wildly entertaining Great Space Race is already in progress. Now if she ever wants to return to Earth, she has to pretend to be the famous intergalactic explorer who was supposed to be half of Team Prism, searching for the legendary Firestorm Queen’s Prism.

Can this unsuspecting Earther wrap her head around a universe of aliens and adventure? While she’s at it, maybe she’s gonna wrap her arms around the uptight but sexy drakling male who is her teammate.

Luc Amaveo of the Flamewalker Clan just needs a treasure. Any treasure, even the imaginary ones teased by the Great Space Race. ..(more)..

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flare_team_corona_JC_HayFLARE: TEAM CORONA by JC Hay

They could go all the way, if they don’t go straight to hell

All Kayana wants is respect. Jilted by her fiancée, turned out by her family, and rejected by her crew – esteem is in short supply. When she hears about the cash prize for winning the Great Space Race, she realizes it’s more than enough money to get her old life back. Or buy herself an asteroid someplace where she won’t care what people think.

Ax Turner just needs to hide, and the Race gives him the best opportunity to do so. In plain sight. Surely the thugs and criminals he’s ripped off won’t come after him while cameras are rolling on the galaxy’s most popular reality game show. And if they do, well, having a partner who’s able to fight and looks like a devil seems like a win.

They’re on the run –  from the past, from the lethal challenges of the Great Race, from their feelings, and straight into each other. They’ve got more than their share of problems, and those secrets could drive them apart, or be the key to winning the biggest prize of all: each other.

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orions_gate_sabine_priestleyORION’S GATE: TEAM GALAXY RIDERS by Sabine Priestley

The emotions evoked by the passionate alien empath could kill them both…

Trapped in another galaxy and forced into a deadly contest, Armond Nolde wants one thing: Win so he can return home and continue his life’s work as an Earth Protector creating portals.
His assigned partner, Vin, is large, passionate and overly talkative. She’s everything Armond is not. An Empath, Vin is fascinated by the emotionless albino. He’s easy on the eyes and cold as space—or so it seems.
Armond soon learns that Vin possesses an intelligence that rivals his own. When he is forced to connect with his psi to save Vin’s life, she discovers his deadly secret. More powerful than any psi before him, his control is slipping. Threatening to unleash a deadly force.
If they bond it could destroy them both.

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ceasefireCEASEFIRE: TEAM ORION NEBULA by Kayla Stonor

VS Note: These Qui books are HOT. This one is on my TBR for sure.

Qui are the enemy. Kill them all. Save the human genome! Sworn to destroy the shapeshifting alien warlords who invaded Earth, Ahnna Sokovik must now partner with her nemesis in a nightmare reality show, the GREAT SPACE RACE. To survive deadly challenges—entertainment for trillions of fans—Ahnna must befriend her adversary and pray he doesn’t murder her in her sleep.

Fanatic, terrorist, xenophobe maniac… Ahnna cannot be reasoned with! Tierc Marcel, a Qui-human half breed, is faced with an impossible task, live alongside Ahnna, the gorgeous femme fatale who nearly slit his throat. Bound by her suppression cuffs, Tierc cannot use his Qui strength to win the race and his freedom. He fights a losing battle against Ahnna’s prejudice, while the alluring assassin tempts him with her every move. Her pheromones scream for mating, and yet she defies their magnetic attraction.

She wants him dead. He wants her in bed.

If Ahnna would only set aside her enmity, she’d see the noble Qui considers Ahnna a finer prize than even freedom.

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VS Note: And now moving on from The Great Space Race – not sure when CJ Cade’s book in that series will release…other new releases for the week:

shattered earthSHATTERED EARTH by Jenny Schwartz

The scum of the galaxy are using Earth as a nuclear winter death camp. It outrages pirate captain Kohia Jekyll’s sense of justice. No one deserves to die agonizingly of radiation poisoning, especially not on the planet humanity had to evacuate seven generations ago. So Kohia intends to close the prison camp down.

She didn’t count on an infuriating shaman healer hitching a ride aboard her starship.

Nairo Bloodstone isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He learned the hard way that when you’re a healer, doing your best for people is never enough. One miracle leads them to demand another and another. Heroes die exhausted and alone, and the galaxy continues with billions of people still clamoring for a miracle-worker to save them.

No, Nairo isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He intends to change what it means to be human.

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snowed in with the alien dragonSNOWED IN WITH THE ALIEN DRAGON by Starr Huntress and Sonia Nova

A Christmas without warmth…Rachel hates her life in Alaska. She hates the weather, but even more, she hates her job which requires her to stay in the sodden state even for the holidays! Instead of going to visit her family in sunny California, she will be spending the holidays alone in the cold north. But when she encounters an unconscious, golden alien on the way home from work – amidst a massive snowstorm to top it all off – it looks like the holidays might not end up as boring as she’d thought after all!

A dragon paralyzed by cold…Captain Erro of Traag never thought to go down in a battle. Even less did he think to find his mate on the surface of the planet he crashes on! Trapped in the planet’s frozen wasteland, Erro can hardly function in the cold climate. He’s a dragon, for heaven’s sake! He needs some heat! And yet, despite the icy weather seeping into his bones, every time the strangely beautiful alien female smiles at him, his inner flame burns stronger than ever. She is his mate, there is no question about that.

Now, if only he could understand what the hell she was saying.

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valenceVALENCE (CONFLUENCE BOOK 4) by Janet Foehner Wells

VS Note: I really enjoyed the earlier books – this series is scifi with some romantic elements. Have not read book 3 or this one but since I enjoyed the first two, I’ll include this newest one.

Earth’s days are numbered.

Two very different women race to prepare for the battle to come. The future of Earth is in their hands.

One struggles to resurrect her ruined ship so she can navigate the politics at the galactic core in a desperate bid to recruit allies.

The other strives to master alien technology to supply the forces of Earth with the tools needed to defend themselves against the ravenous Swarm.

Between them, Jane and Zara offer humanity its best chance at survival, but the odds are stacked against them and their best may not be good enough.

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chaos in kadoma wardCHAOS IN KADOMA WARD (THE HIKOBOSHI SERIES BOOK 2) by S J Pajonas

Forced into a new life on the planet Hikari, she has two objectives: find a job and get along with Rin, the man holding her life in his hands. But with her occupation missing from this planet and her enemies looking for her, she must intrude on the kindness of reluctant strangers to stay out of harm’s way. Rin’s ex-wife wants Yumi gone, and a judge threatens to deport her if he catches her loitering about town with no job. Her desire to bolt grows stronger daily.

But Rin won’t let her go. He’s fascinated with the stories she brings from home, stories that promise to save him from the madness they all live in, a meritocracy with low birth rates and malfunctioning androids. As they build a tenuous friendship, and something more, Yumi has to face her fears, her inadequacies, and her lack of control. A headstrong journalist, she’s pushing her luck on Hikari every day as the society turns bored, restless, and finally rebellious. War is coming, and Yumi and Rin are right in the middle of it.

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space dragonSPACE DRAGON (BRIDES OF DRAXOS BOOK 2) by Scarlett Grove

MIT robotics student Freda Hayes is forced to abandon her research when the Archon Empire’s cyborgs attack earth. With her little sister Lottie, she takes refuge in a secluded cabin.

News that the dragon shifters of Draxos have defended the planet from the cyborgs leaves Lottie the Draxos’ biggest fan — and Freda skeptical. When Admiral Sysko D’Fray, leader of the Draxos army, lands right outside her cabin, she’s downright suspicious.

Sysko has been defending the galaxy from the Archon for decades. But he has another, even more, urgent battle to fight: the one to save his people from extinction. And human DNA, which includes a rare recessive gene making them compatible with Draxos, is the key to their survival.

Freda isn’t just any human; the curvy scientist is Sysko’s fated mate…(more)..

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jevalJEVAL (REVANT WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Jeval has the Dark Gift, a gift so rare that he is the only one born in the universe who
has survived it. He’s determined to never mate with a creature capable of having childrenfor fear of passing that darkness on.

Margie’s a woman who grew up under the unfair class system that allowed her father to
sell her off to pay his debts. She’s determined to never be under the rule of a male again.
So why does she seem to keep ending up way too close to the Revant, Jeval?

The rebellion has grown to a point where it is war or nothing and Jeval knows that now is the time to use that gift, and when he’s given a mission that is sheer suicide, even with his abilities he knows he has to take it, even though it means leaving behind Margie, the human that holds his heart—and body.

Will Margie let him go it alone, even if it means her life?

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dance of loveDANCE OF LOVE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 3) by C J Scarlett

Sarah is a dancer who never really got the nice end of things. She never believed in love, in a person saving her, or even getting out of her borderline slavery that she kept as a job. For Sarah, everything seemed to only go one way: to the shit. That’s how her life was, and that’s how it’s always been.

That is, until he showed up.

Landon is an alien, and a frequent customer of the club. When the gritty alpha alien meets the alluring Sarah, immediately sparks fly. They fall for one another, but of course, they don’t know what they’re getting into. With Sarah embroiled in a crime ring and Landon working one of the head aliens, both of them know for a fact that this is it, that they need to figure out what they want fast.

Not to mention, Landon is also a trust fund child looking for a future wife.

Will they manage to work this out? Or will it be too good to be real?

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mastering their mateMASTERING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 4) by Kallista Dane

When Saige joined an all-female crew on the Luna, she never dreamed the ship would be hijacked by space pirates. Now she’s been sold as a Consort to the Rapture Dome, forced to entertain alien males from the farthest corners of the galaxy who work in the mines on the Girra Sola asteroid.

Tharan twins Keir and Khaun are on an undercover mission on Girra Sola and they need information from the little human. But they’ve been warned that getting close to the pheromones of a female from Earth will stir their gyron, awakening a powerful need to dominate her and claim her as their Mate…(more)…

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endlessENDLESS (DRAGON WARS BOOK 5) by Rebecca Royce

August Owens came home from the Dragon Wars a changed Wolf. He isn’t done with the war—not until every Dragon left on the planet is dead. But when one nearly kills him and he wakes up to the face of his mate everything will change.

Clarissa Knox is a damaged Wolf. Even she can’t believe the poor choices she’s made and she has no idea how to get out of the mess she’s made for herself. But when she finds her mate, who was reported dead during the war, she will fight with everything she has to give them both a future.

The war might be over—but the battle for their future is just beginning.

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bound by lightBOUND BY LIGHT (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 7) by Piper Davenport

Thane Allen is the biggest movie star on the planet. He has money, status, and the ability to make people do what he tells them to with just a word. But he’s without his mate and is losing hope that he will ever find her.

Sydney Warren has lost both her parents and makes a daring choice to move to London to live with her cousin. A chance encounter puts her in the path of what she considers nothing more than a fantasy, until that fantasy pursues her.

Will Thane be able to convince her he’s genuine?

When a threat no one saw coming threatens Sydney’s life, will Thane be able to save her?

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consumption of magicTHE CONSUMPTION OF MAGIC (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 3) by TJ Klune

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

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not his vampireNOT HIS VAMPIRE (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 3) by Annie Nicholas

Magic is real. Shifters exist. Trixie Russell know this. Everyone does. But no one told her about the monster lurking in the basement of the dragon’s castle. Not until it was too late.

Victor Petrov is ancient, and vampires his age should not lose control of their hunger. And yet, thanks to the dragon who chained him in a dungeon to protect the citizens of New Port, that’s exactly his problem. Then in walks a human female with cotton candy hair who smells like sunshine incarnate, her pulse a melody in his parched ears, and the fragile thread of his control snaps.

Like it or not, Trixie is now tied to Viktor’s, and he seems short a few marbles. She plans on making his eternity a misery until he reveals they have an enemy in common. Trixie is totally on board with helping him escape so she could get her revenge. After that, she’s done. They’re over. She wouldn’t be his vampire.

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eversongEVERSONG (THE KINDRED BOOK 1) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Unparalleled in beauty and daring, Leoma has been raised with a single-minded focus—to wipe out corrupt witches. But when her new target leads her to a discovery that unveils a graver plan from the Coven, she doesn’t hesitate to follow. Yet, she’s not the only one on the hunt. And the sexy, infuriating man who crosses her path could prove to be a distraction—something she’s never encountered before.

Honor and family mean everything to Braith. When his life is turned upside down by the murder of his ward and heir without cause or reason, he has no choice but to turn to vengeance. Until a stunning, dangerous woman continues to thwart his efforts at every turn. Now, he must battle not only his need for revenge but his desire for the female, as well.

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beneath the skinBENEATH THE SKIN (DE LA VEGA CATS) by Lauren Dane

Mia Porter came home to Boston to recover, but her military reflexes kick in when a fellow jaguar is gunned down only inches away. Getting the handsome stranger to safety and removing the bullets is the easy part…discovering she’s saved a member of the very family hers has been at war with for half a century makes things tricky.

Nor is she pleased her cat finds his to be quite an attractive specimen.

Gibson de La Vega, Bringer of Justice, enforces his Alpha’s law and defends de La Vega territory against all. But even he’s not immune to silver bullets. That Gibson feels the same burning desire for Mia only complicates matters.

Negotiating an end to an epic familial feud is nothing compared to the violence sparked by the attack on Gibson. As heat and need build between them, Mia and Gibson will fight together to protect their families from a danger far closer to home than anyone expects.

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blood and tempestBLOOD AND TEMPEST (THE EMPIRE OF STORMS BOOK 3) by Jon Skovron

Still reeling from the events at Dawn’s Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.
Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he’s been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.
Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.

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ten lows a leapingTEN LOWS A LEAPING: AN IMP WORLD STORY by Debra Dunbar

Beatrix has to work on Christmas Day.

There are no holiday’s off for a Guardian Angel tasked with ensuring demons don’t crossover from the Gates to Hel, even when you’ve got PTSD and are subject to panic attacks from that time last year when a psychotic demon slaughtered two angels in front of you, destroyed the mall where the Gate to Hel was located, and left you pinned to the rubble with a steel beam through your wings.

The only way Beatrix is managing to get through each day is the little gifts someone keeps leaving for her. The countdown to Christmas is on, there’s no telling what gift her Secret Santa will leave when the number reaches one.

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warrior foreverWARRIOR FOREVER by Amber Bardan

The most likely conclusion to my current predicament is psychosis.
Much more likely than actual alien abduction.
Significantly more likely than impending forced nuptials with a giant primitive alien whose society never evolved a sense of humor.
But life in a horny space-barbarian’s cave isn’t all bad…
Did I mention he vibrates?

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stranger magicsSTRANGER MAGICS by Ash Fitzsimmons

VS: I liked the book’s description, not sure if there’s romance…

All Colin Leffee wants is to be left alone: to run his used bookstore in peace, and to quietly drink himself to sleep every night in an attempt to drown out the memories of eight-hundred-plus years of existence.

Unfortunately, when a sullen teenage changeling is flung out of Faerie and onto his doorstep, the long-suffering, wayward son of Titania knows his dreams of solitude are dust. Colin—or Lord Coileán, as he is known to the Faerie court—must track down Meggy, the love of his life, and figure out how her child ended up in Titania’s clutches to begin with.

But with family, it’s never simple. He finds Meggy, only to see her yanked into Faerie—and the doors between the realms slammed and locked behind her. Now, it’s not just her life at stake . . . but the fate of magic itself.

Always the loner, Colin reluctantly joins forces with an intensely stubborn wizard, a young priest-in-training who fancies himself a knight, and his half brother Robin (the last most definitely not by choice) on a quest to reopen the doors and restore the balance between the realms. And with exiled queen Mab plotting in the shadows to take Titania’s throne, and the wizards of the governing Arcanum hiding their own agenda, Colin can’t be sure whom to trust—or whether he’ll live long enough to see the mission through.

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stoneSTONE by Linda Mooney

Garenth had been awakened to retrieve an ancient artifact that was crucial to his well-being. He had few memories of what his life had been like when he had been a man. What memories that were left were filled with blood and excruciating pain.

That part of him was over now. The talisman had been taken from its sacred burial place, and it had to be returned as quickly as possible. It was up to him to follow through with his mission so he could return to another thousand years of sleep.

Brielle Van de Camp knew an extraordinary find when she saw it. The small clay figure was the key to a potentially earth‑shattering revelation about a previously unknown time in man’s ancestry. She would bet her life on it.

Unfortunately, others had gotten wind of the talisman, and they were equally determined to claim its promise for themselves. If Brielle wasn’t willing to part with the figurine, they had no compunction about prying it from her dead fingers.

They never counted on having to face the guardian of the statuette, who turned out to be more than a creature of mythology.

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trial by flameTRIAL BY FLAME by M K Eidem and Michelle Howard

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new book from MK and Michelle!

Autumn thought she knew who she was then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for.

Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He’d never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he’d been taught to believe.

Together they will face challenges neither of them expected. With their mating threatened and everything Kirall holds dear in jeopardy, it’s up to Autumn to show who really is the baddest Dragoon of them all.

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highland moon enchantmentA HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT ( A TALE FROM THE ORDER OF THE DRAGON KNIGHTS) by Mary Morgan 

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

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maid of ice shonaMAID OF ICE (BLOOD & SILVER) by Shona Husk

For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer.

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lure of oblivionLURE OF OBLIVION (MERCURY PACK BOOK 3) by Suzanne Wright

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

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alphabetALPHA BET by Milly Taiden

Nerd Queen, Aliya Grey, has been picked on her entire life for being different. She is done with shifter society. When the chance comes to leave the pack, she jumps for joy. But she didn’t expect that during the exchange of power ceremony, the super-hot and totally lickable, incoming Alpha would tell her he wants her. That doesn’t happen to Ali. Nope. Never.

Marcus and his wolf know Aliya is the one. Giving up his playboy lifestyle attests to how badly he wants her. Ali might be a half-breed, but that doesn’t matter. No way is he letting her leave. A little stalking, a bit of seduction and a whole lot of time together will get her to change her mind. He’s confident.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as romancing her. Ali’s done with the pack from hell and no matter how sexy Marcus is, she’s out of there. But first she needs to see him naked. He’s so big and strong and that grin…but she’s not staying. It takes an attack on Ali’s life for Marcus to see his pack has big issues he needs to fix or lose Ali for good.

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pinerock bears christmasA PINEROCK BEAR CHRISTMAS (BEARS OF PINEROCK COUNTY BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Gloria Munson thinks she’s about to have the worst Christmas of all time when her car breaks down during a blizzard in rural Pinerock County. But then she’s rescued by a very special bear shifter clan who invite her to share their rural ranch Christmas …

With no family to welcome him for the holidays, Deputy Jaron Holbrook is invited out to the ranch for Christmas by his boss, Sheriff Axl Tanner. Jaron knows that every woman on the ranch is already mated, so it comes as a total shock when Jaron and his bear recognize their fated mate in the Pinerock clan’s Christmas houseguest!

With five mated couples to play matchmaker, what could possibly go wrong?

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dark angels seductionDARK ANGEL’S SEDUCTION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 15) by I T Lucas

Brundar is fighting a losing battle. Calypso is slowly chipping away his icy armor from the outside, while his need for her is melting it from the inside.
He can’t allow it to happen. Calypso is a human with none of the Dormant indicators. There is no way he can keep her for more than a few weeks.

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beautyv and mountain manBEAUTY AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN by Frankie Love

The moment I saw her she woke something buried deep inside of me. A wild need.
A desperate desire. She’s stranded and alone, needing shelter from the storm.
And I’ll do more than keep her warm. I’ll make her mine. Some say there’s no such thing as happily ever after. But that changes tonight. I will show her I’m more than a mountain man. 
I am her beast.

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snow leopards christmasA SNOW LEOPARD’S CHRISTMAS (GLACIER LEOPARDS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Lillian Lowell has a problem. She’s newly mated to the Glacier leopards’ pack leader, snow leopard shifter Cal Westland, which makes her the…she’s not sure what. Den mother? Whatever her job title is, she wants to live up to it, so she’s throwing the best Christmas party she can plan. But she’s two months pregnant, and suddenly even the simplest tasks seem impossible. She needs help–but she doesn’t want to admit it. And for some reason, Cal is making himself scarce.

Alethia Landin has a different problem. She wants to have a merry Christmas, and enjoy the time with her pack–but she can barely look at Lillian right now, because all she’s wanted for over a year is a baby, and it’s not happening. Every month with no good news brings her and her mate, Grey, down further into the dumps. She’s not proud of how jealous she is of Lillian, but it’s hard to overcome. Will this ruin Christmas?

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy. Can the Glacier pack come together and help each other through their problems? Does someone really mean it when they say they don’t want a present? How many Pinterest decorations is too many? And will someone get a baby for Christmas?

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mate for the christmas dragonA MATE FOR THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Jasper is a dragon on a mission. If he doesn’t find his mate by his twenty-fifth birthday, he’ll lose his ability to shift, and be stuck as either a human or a dragon forever. Luckily, his birthday is on Christmas Day. What woman could resist the spark of romance during the most wonderful time of the year?

Most wonderful time of the year? Curvy Abigail learned long ago what a lie that is. She hates the fake snow, the cheesy carols, the hordes of shoppers that save their Christmas cheer for everyone except shop workers—and most of all, she hates going home to her empty apartment on Christmas Eve.

Jasper knows Abigail’s the one for him the moment he sees her. But can the Christmas dragon win his mate’s heart, when Christmas is the one thing she hates the most?

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VS Note: I don’t usually mention re-releases but this one was a bit intriguing, partly because it originally came out in 1992 – I wonder how much revising she’s had to do?!!! It does seem to end on a cliffhanger, per the reviews.

betrayedBETRAYED (HIDDEN WORLDS BOOK 1)  by Bethany Burke

Originally published in 1992, this sci-fi classic has not been available for twenty-five years. Before there was an Internet, before there was Amazon, Bethany Burke had penned Hidden Worlds, the original kink classic. It’s been expanded into a three book trilogy, available to modern readers for the very first time!

Four hundred years in the future, life on Earth is perfect. The genders are equal. War is non-existent. Everything is clean, safe, and wonderful, due to one cause: In the early years of the twenty-second century, over 90% of the Earth’s population was relocated by force to colony planets spread over the galaxy.

Jen Marin has a gift for languages. When she’s slotted at the last minute into an off-Earth expedition to study the linguistics of a colony planet, she never questions the assignment. It’s a perfect opportunity to get an advantage over her fellow academics on Earth. She, along with her companion Christy, also never questions a recreational trip to an isolated area of the planet’s surface, that is until they go back to the space craft – and it’s gone.

As impossible as it seems, they’ve been abandoned. But why? And to what? Jen’s new reality is a world where her body is not her own, filled with heavy handed warriors, cruel Matrons whose sole purpose is “training” young women for their marriages, a prince who wants Jen for his own, and mysteries that seemingly have no answer.

It has to be a mistake, right? …(much more)…

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VS Note: Going to mention my own newest scifi romance release once more:

If you’ve been waiting for a badass female space mercenary, here she is!

Buy Links:  Amazon     Kobo     B&N     iBooks     Google

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 15

November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

October 11

October 4

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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…

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday August 23

barrenAs 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).

THE BARREN (KELDERAN RUNIC WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Jessie Donovan

VS Note: I enjoyed the first book in the series and have been looking forward to this one. Pre-ordered it. Releases on the 24th.

Vala Yarlen is one of the Barren—an infertile female ostracized from the rest of Kelderan society with others of her kind. So when she’s given the opportunity to join the new colony on a human-occupied planet, she jumps at the chance for a fresh start. The only downside is that she has to serve General Thorin Jarrell for the duration of the journey. The cool, distant male goes out of his way to show his disdain of her. But for the chance at freedom, Vala endeavors to endure.

Thorin Jarrell is the general in command of the Kelderan colony transport ship. After years of concealing his true parentage and working his way through the ranks of the army, Thorin will do anything to make his mission a success. What he didn’t count on was to find the female assigned to clean his quarters unconscious on the floor. The reason why throws his life into disarray.

Yet as Thorin tries to help Vala recover, the ship encounters trouble. Will they ever reach Jasvar alive? And if so, will Thorin and Vala find a way to be together despite the mountain of obstacles standing in their way?

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commanders mateFARSEEK – COMMANDER’S MATE (FARSEEK MERCENARY SERIES) by Clarissa Lake

VS Note: Sounds GOOD. On my TBR List.

While they were fighting the Consortium’s war against the Sargus Empire far from their home world, the Sargus Empire attacked Farseek, leaving mass destruction in its wake. Only about a dozen survivors remained to tell what happened—a dozen of over a million. Those who weren’t killed were taken to become slaves of the Empire. As the story opens, Commander General Zared Maktu has found the piles of wreckage that is all that’s left of his family’s neighborhood.

Nothing the Consortium has to offer can compensate what was lost. Time for the company of Farseek Dreadnought One to make a new plan. They must find those who were taken alive and bring them home. After terminating their contract with the Consortium, they take a job to rescue a governor’s daughter stolen to be sold into slavery.

Commander Maktu doesn’t just rescue the Governor’s daughter and her companion. He and his company take all the 100 abductees from the auction house. Only two are from Farseek, but there are four unusual females from a planet called Earth—and one of them is his fated mate Harper Avery. Things heat up from there.

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kiss across worldsKISS ACROSS WORLDS (KISS ACROSS TIME BOOK 7) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

VS note: I’m a huge fan of Tracey’s books!

To save Veris’ and Brody’s son Aran from sex traffickers, Neven Zoric must step into the life of his alter ego in this timeline.  Kristijan Zoric is a hardened crime boss Neven doesn’t understand.  Worse, Neven must fool Kristjan’s lethal, ruthless lieutenant, Remi De Sauveterre, a vampire who survived the French Revolution and now gives no quarter.

Then Kristjan’s estranged, bitter wife arrives in Serbia.  London McCallum wants nothing but her freedom from the vile tyrant that rules her life–except he’s not as hateful as she remembers.

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destiny foundDESTINY FOUND  by Beth Valentine

Earth has been dying for years, but it has reached a critical point and they are running out of time. They now have the task of looking for a new home for Earth.

When Natalie White signed up to become a pilot with the Intergalactic Forces, a specialized branch of the Armed Forces, she never thought she’d be volunteering for a solo mission into space. But after the death of her family a year prior, that’s exactly what she does. She is tasked with searching for a new home for all humanity.
But no one expected there to be an anomaly that would lead to an inhabited galaxy.

Taavi Larn, Captain of the Elite Warriors of Tarlon, doesn’t need anything to distract him from fighting his peoples’ enemies, the Nezleans, so when he boards their ship, he’s surprised to find….(more…)

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taming the cyborgTAMING THE CYBORG by Anne Kane

Although he doesn’t understand why his brother chose to bond with a human female, Noah agrees to be the official cyborg witness at the birth of the cyborg/human couple’s first son. When he arrives on the human space station, he finds himself face to face with a female pilot, an unheard of occupation for a female on the cyborg home world of Terras Five. Hailey’s cute, she’s sassy, she’s sexy and she doesn’t automatically defer to him just because he’s male. Noah finds that combination irresistible.

After a night of amazing sex, Hailey heads off on a reconnaissance mission with her squadron, and Noah arranges to spend a little more time in the human world to get the sassy redhead out of his system. But when her ship goes missing, it’s up to Noah to use all the tricks of his cyborg heritage to track her down and rescue her.

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kiss my asteroidKISS MY ASTEROID by Milly Taiden

Ivy Grimaldi can’t stand change. Ever. But change is something she’s had to deal with a lot lately. Like when her cousin Cassandra moved away to start a new life, baby and all. That all changes when Gerri Wilder shows up at her door with a letter from her cousin. Cassie wants her to come visit. Sure, why not? There’s just one problem. Cassie lives on another planet. A far-the-heck-away planet, with her hotter than hell shifter mate.

Vander Kasval, King of the shifter warrior planet Galaxa, has his own problems with change. A lead by example kind of a king, he’s between a rock and a hard place. He needs to find a mate to help put an end to a brewing civil war. None of this would be happening if not for a plague affecting only the females of his planet. His warriors and the men of the Palladian Capitol are ready to riot. Vander reluctantly agrees to send for matchmaker, Gerri Wilder. If she can find a match for him and his men, then his world might be saved.

Ivy agrees to go, if only to make sure Cassie’s okay. Oh, alright, and to maybe find an intergalactic hookup for herself in the process. In a planet full of big, bad, sexy shifters, anything’s possible, right? Ivy’s in for the time of her life in a planet of unimaginable beauty and dangers she had no idea existed. But Ivy isn’t one to sit idly by and let something happen. With two new friends, they’re about to take Galaxa by storm.

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dominion risingDOMINION RISING  by Various

VS Note: Actually released August 8th, wasn’t sure how much romance in the 23 stories but apparently some!

Whether it’s alien invasion or dark fairytales, heart-pounding galactic adventures or cyberpunk romance, Dominion Rising will satisfy with a thrilling mix of 23 BRAND NEW novels set in fantastical realms. Sword and sorcery, far-flung galactic empires, alternative history, epic magic, slipstream futures: this collection of carefully selected, exclusive novels is sure to please and delight readers of speculative fiction.

Over five thousand pages packed with aliens, faeries, vampires, gargoyles, warriors, telepaths, space pirates, starship captains, hapless mercenaries, street urchins, robots, cyber-enhanced humans, badass heroines, and lost princesses.

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men of the northTHE RULER (MEN OF THE NORTH BOOK 2) by Elin Peer

Four hundred years in the future, women control the world but Khan Aurelius, ruler of the last free men, is determined to take back the power that has been denied men for centuries. Outnumbered by far, he knows that women need to give up their power willingly and with one of their councilwomen as a hostage, he’s certain he can influence her with his superior male intellect. She is justa soft woman, after all.

Councilwoman Pearl has sacrificed herself to save an innocent priestess. Trapped in the Northlands, her soft voice and sugar-coated view of the world doesn’t impress Khan, who constantly challenges her by playing his mind games to corrupt her and see things his way. It’s a battle of words and wills when the two intelligent rulers clash. Will Pearl succeed in bringing enlightenment and democracy to the primitive Nmen or will Khan corrupt her with his charm first?

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diplomacy of loveDIPLOMACY OF LOVE by C J Scarlett

Remi is an alien ruler, looking for a mate to marry. Audrey is a young human girl, ready to finally find the one that she wants. When the two of them meet, at first, they gravitate towards one another for diplomatic reasons, but as Remi goes through and meets other girls, he knows that Audrey is for him.

But of course, there is trouble in paradise. While falling in love is easy, dealing with troublesome alien exes and maintaining diplomacy is quite hard. Will the two of them work it out before it’s too late? Or will the fate of the galaxy be torn apart before the diplomacy even starts?

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simon saysSIMON SAYS ORDER OF THE BLACK SWAN (DIT BOOK 1) by Victoria Danaan

Rosie Storm is about to get the chance to head up a new Black Swan unit, D.I.T. The Department of Interdimensional Trespass.

Twenty years ago Sir Simon was a vampire hunter. He took three month’s bereavement leave to go wild camping in the far north of Scotland following the death of his team leader. He expected solitude and fresh air to clear his mind and heart. He did not expect to fall in love. While wild camping on the stark landscape of the Orkney Islands, she disappeared into the standing stones. She faded into nothingness, a look of panic frozen on her face. As she reached out and silently called his name, he lunged to grab her an instant too late.

Her memory has haunted him every hour since.

Simon channeled his sorrow and loneliness into work until he eventually rose to the most powerful position ever held by an ex Black Swan knight. With tireless dedication, he built a congregation of talented misfits, watching and waiting for the one who could find Sorcha.

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dragon foretoldDRAGON FORETOLD (DRAGON POINT BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

He’s big, bad and golden. Also a jerk.

Sue-Ellen can’ t believe the golden-haired boy she fell in love with is acting so cold. She gave up everything for him; her freedom, her family. But it’s become clear Samael will never do the same.
He is the golden dragon the world has been waiting for. The one foretold.

What the world doesn’t know is Samael plans to conquer humanity—unless someone stops him, and she might have just found the only weapon that can.

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deal with the devilDEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Evangeline Anderson

Luz Velez is a shapeshifter who can’t shift. Every time she tries to summon her inner wolf, she has a massive panic attack. Worse, her anxiety extends to the rest of her life. At twenty-seven, she’s still a virgin because attempting to have sex sends her into lockdown mode. She’s miserable and stuck—until Jude Jacobson comes along.

Tall, blond and dangerous, Jude is the most feared vampire in town and the minute he sees her, he wants Luz. Vampires and shapeshifters don’t date but he makes her an offer she can’t refuse—a blood exchange that will help her control her panic attacks and give her the life she’s always wanted.

Luz is desperate—she takes Jude up on his offer. But she doesn’t expect to fall for the darkly seductive vampire—or to be plunged into danger when her past comes calling. When Jude’s own dark secret comes to light, she begins to question her deal with the devil and wonder if she and Jude can make it…or if they’ll die trying.

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when dawn comesWHEN DAWN COMES: CITY OF SIN by Ursula Sinclair

Aaliyah: I’m the daughter of a daemon lord of hell. And one of his best soldiers in Vegas. I’ve spent my life doing his bidding and gathering souls. The more souls gathered, the greater the daemon powers. I took great pleasure in stealing a soul from beneath the nose of the damn guardian angels. That was the only life I knew, and I excelled at it. Until one day, I tried to steal a dying soul that didn’t belong in hell and an angel came to stop me. In doing so, he showed me the world I knew was a lie.

Micah: My human life ended to save the woman I love. My reward was to become one of heaven’s angels, a guardian of souls. I didn’t want to leave her, but I thought eventually we’d be reunited. For decades I’ve waited and searched for her but never found her. Then one day, to my shock, the soul I’d been sent to save was being taken by a daemon.

I finally found Aaliyah, only now I have a fight before me. She has no memory of us, but I know I have to save her soul. And if I have to give up heaven to do it, so be it.

We have a daemon lord to kill.

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enemy of magicENEMY OF MAGIC (DRAGON’S GIFT THE PROTECTOR BOOK 4)  by Linsey Hall

My enemy Drakon is on the hunt for dragons, and I’m on the hunt for him. Problem is, he’s a step ahead of me every time. Worse, I’m a pawn in chess game only he understands.

When Drakon puts my hometown under a horrifying freezing spell, I get the first terrifying clue to his plan. My family is trapped, slowly wasting away. I must break the spell before it’s too late, but the task might kill me.

Though I’ve got my friends at my back, I’m the only one who can stop Drakon. And I’m not sure my magic is strong enough to do the job.

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agent of darknessAGENT OF DARKNESS (DARK FAE FBI BOOK 3) by C N Crawford and Alex Rivers

There’s a dark power growing within me. And I’m not sure I can control it.

The fae king wants me dead. His assassins tracked me down and nearly killed me— now they’re the ones lying lifeless in a pool of blood. But the price I’ve paid is too high. They hurt someone I love, and I burn for revenge.

I’m done watching from the sidelines. Following the seductive fae Roan, I join the rebels but find myself surrounded by suspicion at every turn. But with the strange new magic in my blood, no one trusts me anymore.

It’s the magic of fear, of terror, of nightmares. The king’s minions have given me another name: Mistress of Dread. My power is unstable and deadly, and to get my vengeance, I must learn to control it. Yet with fury boiling in my blood and desire for Roan kindling my heart, it seems like an impossible task.

FBI Agent, Pixie, Terror Leech, Mistress of Dread. Will I become a King Killer as well?

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her fairytale wolfHER FAIRY TALE WOLF by Milly Taiden and Marianne Morea

Isabel Lassiter knows with the right opportunity, her custom couture could rule Tinsel Town. Instead, she’s tied to a boss she both hates and pities, waiting for her chance shine. Lonely, she waits for the right someone to notice and sweep her off her feet.

Zander Petrov has Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles at his feet. Still, he’s never forgotten his shifter roots or his duty to his clan. He knows he has to mate, but in his glittering world a genuine mate is hard to find. The search continues until the day he meets Isabel in this modern twist on a favorite fairytale.

A chance meeting opens the door for everything this Cinderella wants and more, but jealousy and betrayal nearly snatch the happily ever after from her hands. What they didn’t count on was a Prince Charming with a bite.

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playing cat and mousePLAYING CAT AND MOUSE: ZODIAC SHIFTERS LEO by T L Reeve

A lion prince who likes to party…

Wilhelm must take a mate by his thirty-fifth birthday, or his status as Alpha-apparent will pass to his twin brother, Christoph. Motivated to find his bride, he throws a Wag festival to attract the most eligible bachelorettes of the realm. Little does he suspect, the woman of his dreams is more than one man can handle… alone.

A bored cat-goddess in disguise…

As a prominent lawyer, Samiyah Lisimba acts as champion for the poor and the powerless. Being a champion, however, fails to satisfy her most primal needs. When she receives an invitation to the Wag festival, curiosity leads her astray. Wilhelm is as delicious as he is arrogant… but his twin brother is also a sinful temptation. Why should a goddess have to choose?

A game of cat and mouse…

Christoph would do anything for his brother, including one final blowout for their birthday. With the stakes running high, he sets out to help his brother select a worthy mate, never expecting to find the perfect woman is also his fated mate.

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turos fated mateTURO’S FATED MATE IRON WOLVES MC by Elle Boon

A LONE WOLF…Turo has searched for centuries for the one female to complete him. The Iron Wolves seemed like home to him, but after fifteen years, he’s thinking about moving on, until he finds her.

A LOVE WORTH ANYTHING…Jozlyn isn’t your average human and knew it would take a special man to accept her as she was. However, she hadn’t counted on a man like Turo.

TESTING THE BONDS…As Turo and Jozlyn’s love grows, a creature from their worst nightmares will do anything to destroy them. Will they be able to survive the coming battle, or will fate be give them what they’d always craved…true love?

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scattered flamesSCATTERED FLAMES (DRAGON QUEEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Yvonne Nicholas

Rayne, the Dragon Queen, is out for blood!

Her guardian, Blaze, has been abducted by a demon witch and a warlock, two powerful minions who are under the command of Satan’s spawn, Lucius. Demetri Bithanos, Rayne’s consort, is being held prisoner by a creature forged in the bowels of the demon realm.

Rayne and her team of battle angels share a spiritual bond with Blaze, a bond that can be exploited. When they make an attempt to rescue Blaze from her captors, they come face to face with another powerful foe.

During the assault, Rayne finds herself drawing closer to the demonic side of her nature. With her sanity hanging in the balance, Rayne may be forced to abandon her humanity and succumb to the monster inside of her.

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desires unknownDESIRES KNOWN by Lilith Saintcrow

To accountant Emily Spencer, the junky thrift-store ring is perfect for her Halloween costume. A few too many drinks, a slip of the tongue, and all of a sudden, there’s a guy calling her mistress and demanding to know her desires. If she just ignores the weirdness, it’ll go away, right?

Wrong. Hal is a creature of almost limitless power, eternally bound to serve the owner of the ring. Though modern technology is puzzling, he has no difficulty deciding he likes being out in the world again. Even if he has to train a reluctant but undeniably attractive new mistress.

Unfortunately, the man who lost Hal’s ring so long ago is still around—rich, unscrupulous, and more than a little insane. He’ll try anything—deceit, treachery, torture—to regain control of Hal. Anything at all.

Including murder.

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dragon burn 1001 dark nightsDRAGON BURN: 1001 DARK NIGHTS (A DARK KINGS NOVELLA) by Donna Grant

A promise made eons ago sends Sebastian to Italy on the hunt to find an enemy. His quarry proves difficult to locate, but there is someone who can point him in the right direction – a woman as frigid as the north. Using every seductive skill he’s acquired over his immortal life, his seduction begins. Until he discovers that the passion he stirs within her makes him burn for more…

Gianna Santini has one love in her life – work. A disastrous failed marriage was evidence enough to realize she was better off on her own. That is until a handsome Scot strolled into her life and literally swept her off her feet. She is unprepared for the blazing passion between them or the truth he exposes. But as her world begins to unravel, she realizes the only one she can depend on is the very one destroying everything – a Dragon King.

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marked by darknessMARKED BY DARKNESS (DARK FAE HOLLOW 8) by Lia Davis et al

Crystal Hollow used to be a magical winter wonderland. Now it’s a wasteland of frozen death ruled by an evil Ice Princess.

As the last ice fae, Roshia’s the only one with the power to save her world. When her family is destroyed by the queen’s demonic army, she flees to the North Mountains, hoping to join the rebels rumored to live there.

But she discovers more than just the rebel camp.

She finds three men determined to help her learn to love again–and in them, the key both to her heart and to reversing the evil spell poisoning the Hollow.

If only they can convince her she can do it.

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untraveledUNTRAVELED  (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 5) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: Not a scifi romance but I love her books in all genres so I’m including it!

After a mission gone terribly wrong, former Navy SEAL Hale Carter has made a good career for himself at Treasure Hunter Security. He gets to use his engineering skills designing new gadgets, his SEAL skills providing security for exciting expeditions and treasure hunts, and he enjoys a variety of ladies on his downtime. He might still be plagued by nightmares, but all in all, life is good. Then he volunteers for a dangerous undercover mission into the Kalahari Desert, alongside a cool, attractive FBI agent who challenges him at every turn.

Special Agent Elin Alexander is driven to bring down the deadly black-market antiquities ring Silk Road. She’s experienced firsthand how they destroy lives and she’s vowed to end their greed and killing. After months of undercover work, she’s eager for the mission to find the Lost City of the Kalahari. What she wasn’t expecting was six-feet-three inches of former Navy SEAL as her partner. Hale is too handsome, too sexy, and isn’t inclined to follow orders.

As the pair infiltrate the Silk Road hunt, Hale and Elin find themselves fighting a scorching attraction as they work to discover just what the lost city is hiding. But stuck in the bowels of a legendary ancient mine, Hale and Elin must put their trust in each other, to not only save the day, but to get out alive.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

August 16

August 9

August 2

July 26

July 19

July 12

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday July 26

found girlAs 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).

FOUND GIRL : PROJECT ENTERPRISE 6 by Pauline Baird Jones

VS Note: Been eagerly awaiting this one, always good to have a new book from her!

She likes being lost…
He needs to be found…

Arian Teraz would be perfectly happy if she never returned to her cheerless, hopeless world. Her life changes when her ship is damaged. Rescued by a handsome alien from a distant galaxy, Arian longs to find a place with him and his people.

Hotshot USAF pilot, Captain Jackson “Coop” Cooper knew the risks of boldly going somewhere before he signed up for the Project Enterprise expedition. When an anomaly sends his ship into a mysterious, no-exit sanctuary about to be invaded by a deadly adversary, he is forced to trust the unusual woman who might be his only ticket out.

With an invasion threatening the sanctuary and enemies emerging from Arian’s past, Arian and Coop must combine forces to seize an uncertain future together. Can they save each other as they battle the forces trying to rip them apart, or will the secret Arian’s ship carries – along with those seeking to exploit her – separate them forever?

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skinwalkers baneSKINWALKER’S BANE (THE ENDURANCE BOOK 6) by Tracey Cooper-Posey

VS Note: I have this one pre-ordered (releases the 27th). I LOVE this series about a generation ship on its way to the stars.

Devin Bronson has climbed from an abject childhood, determined to reach the pinnacle of the Endurance: the Captain’s chair. Association with the wrong people could destroy her hopes.

Adam Wary is a typical skinwalker, living hard and fast, for life can be short. When his friend Lincoln dies and leaves a message for Adam to give to a woman called Devin, Adam tries to deliver, to Devin’s horror. Lincoln’s message threatens Devin’s career and pulls Adam into the dark underbelly of the Endurance in search of the truth. (more…)

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south seas salvationSOUTH SEAS SALVATION (CORPORATE SERVICES BOOK 3) by J C Hay

She’d sacrifice everything for the score of a lifetime…
…He’d sacrifice himself to settle one.

Yashilla lives in her head. She’d much prefer the digital realities that she controls like a maestro to the messy one outside her door. And the last thing she wants is a babysitter, even if she can’t keep her eyes – or her mind – off of him.

Zar’s only looking for two things: revenge and a meaningful death. To get a chance at both, he’ll have to bodyguard an impulsive hacker with the keys he needs to strike his enemy’s heart. He never expected she might give him a reason to live instead.

As their virtual and physical words collide, passion and sparks threaten the walls they’ve built. But lowering their defenses increases the danger; without trust, they both might get exactly what they were looking for, and nothing that they want.

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here there be dragonsHERE THERE BE DRAGONS (SUNSCAPES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Michelle O’Leary

While investigating the Shays, Federated Planetary Alliance Inspector Nick Givliani discovers their employee Cassie Draegen is more than she seems. Brilliant, inventive, and much too sexy for his peace of mind, she soon becomes his top suspect.

As the Shays’ resident genius, Cassie is the secret weapon in their struggle to save the galaxy. The last thing she needs is an FPA inspector breathing down her neck. Avoiding Nick would be the smart thing to do, but he’s as persistent as he is gorgeous. If she’s not careful, his relentless pursuit and her growing attraction might upset all their plans.

As Nick draws closer to the truth, intrigue and desire bind them together in a complicated knot. Will Cassie be able to complete her work with the Shays, or will Nick bring it crashing down upon their heads?

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vanguardVANGUARD (THE RAZORLAND TRILOGY) by Ann Aguirre

VS Note: I know we have a lot of Aguirre fans here so even though this is YA, thought I’d include it. Not much of a blurb on Amazon!

The companion fourth book in the New York Timesbestselling Razorland YA series sees beloved characters reunited and features an unexpected new romance.

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DEKARIO (DRAGONS OF KELON) by Maia Starr

VS Note: Mentioned by Reader Merry in the FB SciFi Romance Group.

Reena Rhodes is furious with the Draqua aliens. They have saved her and her crew, but dekarioat
the cost of her freedom. The Draqua intend to make her a mate for their dying race of
dragon shifters, but she is a scientist and she is too good to be used for mating. No
Draqua will change her mind, not even the attractive rogue Lieutenant Dekario Dundra.

Or so she thought, but then his touch seduced her…

Lieutenant Dekario Dundra is an arrogant dragon shifter that gets what he wants when hewants, even if he has to defy his Commander to get it. ..

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renegades rewardTHE RENEGADES’ REWARD by Maddie Tayler

Hired to rescue a rich man’s daughter, mercenaries Jaylin and Malik Sin-Naysir, are captivated by the auburn haired, green-eyed innocent they are duty-bound to protect. Although determined to bring her home untouched, their desire for her is intense, the connection undeniable. Could it be she has the power to heal their wounded hearts?

Daniella Alltryp lives in the lap of luxury, but under the thumb of her dictatorial father her life is a cold, isolated existence. That ends in two weeks when she turns twenty-five and gains control of her trust fund. She’s counting the minutes until she’s free!

Her father has other plans, including an arranged marriage to an alien prince, using her to further line his pockets. Daniella will have none of it…

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oltarinOLTARIN (THE HORSE CLANS COLONY) by Christine Myers

Hankura and Chelle continue their life together joining the crew of the Searching Star, an exploration ship with a mission to find new worlds for colonization and reconnect with lost colonies. Their lives are on an intersecting course with the horse clans of Oltarin a lost colony in the midsts of a 500 year old blood feud primarily between the mountain clans and the lake clans. Their society devolved from space faring into rival clans who rode horses and fought each other with swords, knives, and crossbows.

On his way to send the message from the ancient shuttle, Brandt McKell, son of the Mountain clans’ chieftain rides to help a lone rider being chased by four renegades. He can hardly believe his luck when that rider turns out to be the daughter of the Lake clans’ chieftain—his deadly enemy. It’s not exactly love at first sight, but sparks fly and passion ignites. It’s up to the crew of the Searching Star to determine if these people can settle their differences and claim their rightful place in the Federation.

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entry visaENTRY VISA (DEPARTMENT OF HOMEWORLD SECURITY BOOK 5) by Cassandra Chandler

When Henry’s parents died unexpectedly, he dealt with his grief the way any healthy biologist would—by moving into their cabin to begin searching for Bigfoot. He never dreamed one would save his life, or that the four-armed Space-Sasquatch and his mate would imprint with Henry and become out-of-this-world foster parents—no matter how much Henry tries to explain that he’s an adult.

As if that’s not enough to process, the woman Henry fell head-over-heels for on Christmas Eve shows up on his doorstep—and she has to leave again in three days.

Vay has the least military experience among the Sadirian soldiers working with the Department of Homeworld Security, but still volunteered to track the dangerous Scorpiian bounty hunter running loose on Earth. Its trail leads right by Henry’s cabin, and she knew it was the only chance she’d get to see the Earthling who stole her heart.

But Henry has fallen in with the wrong crowd—a pair of Lyrians who have claimed him as their nestling—and that Vay is duty-bound to arrest for trespassing on Earth.

When they discover what has brought the Scorpiian to Henry’s woods, they’ll have to work together not just to form an odd new family, but to survive.

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her viken matesHER VIKEN MATES (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 11) by Grace Goodwin

sabella Martinez was always good at rebelling, against her parents, her school, her boyfriends. She had needs no one could meet, desires so dark no one could tame her. When her wild side gets her in trouble with the law, she doesn’t think twice when given a choice between prison or transport to a new world as an Interstellar Bride. Alone on Earth, the decision was easy. But when she arrives on Viken, she learns she’s been matched to not one fierce, alien brute, but three—and their desires, their needs, their demands are far darker and more demanding than her own. As enemies plot to destroy Viken’s place in the Coalition Fleet, Bella will have to learn to trust, or lose everything. Her mates will feed the hunger inside her no others ever could. But their secrets will either break her heart…or set her free forever.

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alien princes mateALIEN PRINCE’S MATE: AN AUXEM NOVEL by Lisa Lace

Ever since the virus took our women, we’ve been searching.
Searching for their magical gift to create new life.
Searching for the fire in their eyes when they scream our names in the heat of passion.

So when I find Priya, a curvy, dark-eyed human stowaway, there’s only one thing on my mind. Do I care if I’m royalty and she’s a fugitive? Do I care if mating with her could risk everything?

Of course not…(more…)

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davids debtDAVID’S DEBT (FIRST WAVE BOOK 11)  by Mikayla Lane

VS Note: Recommendation from Reader Elizabeth N.

Lt. David Jacobs thought he’d done an excellent job of putting his past behind him. With only the Sibiox, Gibly knowing his darkest of secrets, he believed the pain of the past was finally left where it belonged. In the past. It only took one urgent phone call to bring all his nightmares into the light of day.

Now he’s going to cross the country and head towards what he believes is going to be the finality of his nightmares, the end of a promise he never should have made and the repayment of a debt he never should have owed.

But David will quickly discover that the years of nightmares were of his own making, and he’s got one last chance to make things right. This time there’s more at stake than he ever could have imagined, but if he succeeds he may find it’s the one debt, he’ll gladly spend forever repaying.

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wildfireWILDFIRE (A HIDDEN LEGACY NOVEL) by Ilona Andrews

VS Note: Of COURSE I’ve been waiting for this book! I’m a huge fan of their writing…

Nevada Baylor can’t decide which is more frustrating—harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor “Mad” Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she’s become a crucial player—and sometimes a pawn—but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared, and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

Rogan faces his own challenges, too, as Nevada’s magical rank has made her a desirable match for other Primes. Controlling his immense powers is child’s play next to controlling his conflicting emotions. And now he and Nevada are confronted by a new threat within her own family. Can they face this together? Or is their world about to go up in smoke?

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wildfires heartWILDFIRE’S HEART (ELEMENTALS BOOK 1) by Siobhan Muir

VS Note: I’ve been eagerly waiting for this one after reading snippets on the Sunday Snippet hop. I love the concept and am very fond of Siobhan’s books in general. One clicked!

Hot Shot Saif al Nar is a natural when it comes to fighting fires. As an Ifrit—a fire djinn—there’s no one better. But he doesn’t anticipate the local residents being suspicious and afraid of his ethnicity when his crew comes into town from the fire line for some R&R. Add some unexpected backup in the form of a lovely djinn and Saif is ready to set the town on fire.

A djinn might get burned…

Raihana Nejem retired from being a genie in a lamp centuries ago and now works for the U.S. Forest Service. Fires are devastating her field area, but the sexy firefighter djinn might just be more dangerous. Her people believe Ifrits to be evil demons and Raihana can’t be sure Saif isn’t responsible for the arson fires cropping up in town.

Or they could set the night on fire…

Is Saif behind the arson or is something darker and more dangerous going on? With hearts and lives on the line, Raihana must decide if she can stand the heat that comes with loving a man like Saif.

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counterfeit cupidDALLAS FIRE & RESCUE: COUNTERFEIT CUPID (MOUNT OLYMPUS EMPLOYMENT AGENCY BOOK 2) by R L Naquin

Josh is a horrible Cupid. The matches he makes are sloppy and fall apart by the third date, and he tends to forget his wings and his bow and arrow in the back seat of his car instead of bringing them into the office.

The truth is, Josh doesn’t actually believe in love.

Annie believes in love with all her heart. She watches it happen every day at the hotel where she works. Unfortunately, true love hasn’t come calling for Annie yet.

The truth is, Annie believes so much, nobody can live up to her dream.

When Josh shows up in Dallas with a special assignment to save true love, Annie is stunned to discover Cupids are real. She’s certain this one doesn’t deserve the title or the tools of the trade. But an untrained believer with sticky fingers may be every bit as bad as a Cupid who doesn’t care.

Between them, they may have everything they need to save true love. But only if they work together.

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death by starlightDEATH BY STARLIGHT (EDGE OF NIGHT BOOK 2) by Alexis Duran

VS Note: Alexis is another author whose snippets I read on the Weekend Writing Warriors hop, and she writes very smoothly. Have enjoyed the excerpts she shared so this is on my TBR List.

In Betwixt and Between,Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, just when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave. But it’s too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust for each other to the utmost.

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venom and vampiresVENOM & VAMPIRES by Various

“Prepare to sink your teeth into 23 Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy stories featuring vampires, shifters, witches, demons, chimeras, and more from today’s NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, and internationally best-selling and award-winning authors!”

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dragons playlistTHE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST by Laura Bickle

VS Note: A recommendation from the Whiskey With MY Book Blog. From June.

Di fled rural West Virginia to study music and pursue a bright future as a violinist. But when a mining accident nearly kills her father, she is summoned back home to support her family. Old ghosts and an old flame emerge from the past. When Di gets a job as a bookkeeper at the same mine where her father worked, she is drawn into a conflict pitting neighbor against neighbor as the mine plans an expansion to an untouched mountain.

If the mining company’s operation goes forward, there will be more at stake than livelihoods or the pollution of the land: Di has discovered a dragon lives deep within Sawtooth Mountain, and he is not happy with this encroachment upon his lair. When catastrophe strikes, Di must choose between her family’s best interests and protecting the dragon – the last surviving bit of magic in Di’s shrinking world.

In every fight, sides are chosen. And there can be no yearning for what has been left behind.

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accidental sireACCIDENTAL SIRE (HALF MOON HOLLOW SERIES BOOK 14) by Molly Harper

In Molly Harper’s newest paranormal romantic comedy, Ben, Gigi’s old boyfriend, must find a way to save his new love after a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident. But will she want to live after she finds out how Ben had to save her?

In this exciting addition to Molly Harper’s beloved Half-Moon Hollow series, the focus is on Gigi’s ex-boyfriend Ben. When his new girlfriend is killed in a freak Ultimate Frisbee accident, he’s determined to save her, no matter the cost, even if it means bringing her into the darkness of vampire life!

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waking up wolfWAKING UP WOLF  (SHIFTING HEARTS DATING AGENCY BOOK 2) by Erzabet Bishop

Joanie’s dream has always been to give something back. Shubert, the kitty cat love of her life was her first rescue, and she was bound and determined to make volunteering at the Saving Furry Lives Shelter part of her reality. Joanie rescues a wolf pup and it bites her, setting off a chain of events she doesn’t anticipate. Appearances can be deceiving and some bites are much worse than their bark.

Dr. Royce Buchanan is a doctor tired of the dating scene. While the women he’s met through Shifting Hearts Dating Agency are lovely, he wants a mate to settle down with…

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binding curseBINDING CURSE (DARK FAE HOLLOW 4) by T F Walsh

A terrifying darkness has risen and is sweeping Kutia Hollow, leaving dead bodies in its wake. Luna Vale, a fae militia lieutenant in post-apocalyptic Moscow, discovers evidence that a criminal holds the answer to stopping the murders. Except those in charge at the precinct are corrupt. She’s determined to protect everyone from extinction and breaks Axel out of prison.

Devastated to be on the run from her former friends and colleagues, she must now work together with Axel before the killers close in on them. But time is running out, and falling for Axel only heightens the dangers. To survive, Luna must find strength in her arcane powers and confront the cursed creatures whose malevolence knows no bounds. Failure isn’t an option. Not when it means losing her family, her job, and her life.

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veiled path to destinyTHE VEILED PATH TO DESTINY by Jolanthe Aleksander

If she had never been at a crossroad before, Daria found herself at one now.

With one foot in the distant past, the other remains firmly entrenched in the present. Daria tries to come to terms with the memories of her previous life as they inundate her mind on an endless loop. Can she deal with the past and find a way to walk the path that is laid out for her future? Is she brave enough to face her destiny, or will she walk away?

Iauron has his Queen back…or does he? His is aware of Daria’s lingering doubts about him as she tries to retain her humanity in the face of remembering and accepting who she once was. Though the main threat to her life is temporarily incapacitated, he knows it cannot, and will not, remain that way forever.

Not fully Verisiel nor Daria, is she strong enough to meet the coming threat head on? Can she come into her powers and stand by his side? Can he let her go if she cannot accept the whole truth of her situation?

Big questions remain with few answers in sight, and time is running out.

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son of the cursed bearSON OF THE CURSED BEAR (SONS OF BEASTS BOOK 1) by T S Joyce

Bounty Hunter, Nox Fuller, has been challenged to do the impossible. He’s supposed to bring the Red Dragon in for a year long stint in shifter prison, but this job could be the death of him. His focus should be on the hunt, but when he meets a shy shifter named Nevada, he can’t help but be distracted by the curvy beauty. He doesn’t care that she has trouble speaking to people. He’s different too. But as he finds out exactly what kind of shifter he’s falling for, he realizes he’s in way over his head. Stuck between a war with the local crew, and the fire-breathing Red Dragon, Nox has to tread very carefully. Too bad he’s the least careful bear shifter in existence. It’s not just his safety at risk as he hunts Vyr though. The closer he gets to the dragon, the more danger he and Nevada are both in.

Nevada Foxburg has a life full of secrets. One chance meeting with a feral grizzly shifter from Damon’s Mountains puts not only her at risk, but her people too…

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master of seductionMASTER OF SEDUCTION by Angela Knight

All her life, Sheriff’s Deputy Rachel Kent has dreamed of becoming one of the immortal Magekind witches who protect humanity from itself. But first she must prove herself to the handsome vampire whose job is to decide whether she’ll become a danger to those she’s supposed to save.

Nathaniel Alard is a Court Seducer who has been sent to trigger Rachel’s witchy transformation by making love to her three times. The problem is, gaining such incredible powers may drive Rachel insane and force Nathaniel to kill her. Otherwise she may kill him — and anyone else who gets in her way.

Nate vows he’ll only agree to complete Rachel’s transformation if she proves she can be trusted with the powers she’ll gain. But as he tests her — and makes love to her with every test she passes — mutual lust becomes something more. Will love be enough to save Rachel’s sanity?

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not his werewolfNOT HIS WEREWOLF (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 2) by Annie Nicholas

After being disowned and labelled human because she can’t shift, Betty Newman rescues unwanted dogs to fulfill her need for pack. Being rejected by her birth pack was enough pain for a lifetime and she’ll do anything to avoid subjecting herself to their prejudices.

Things change when Ken Birch wakes in her kennel still in wolf form and declares she’s his soul mate. His presence wakes her feral heart and makes her long for a life she can’t have. Old wounds are opened and she refuses to listen to instinct.

But only a shifter can be a soul mate and now her life is in danger by New Port’s pack. Either Betty learns to shift or she dies. Problem is the only one willing to help is Ken, the last person she wants.

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betrayed by bloodBETRAYED BY BLOOD (MARK OF THE MOON) by Beth Dranoff

There are definite perks to being a shifter. Sharp claws, soft fur, sexy creature-friends-with-benefits…but other things aren’t so great. Like, say, being dragged into an apocalyptic war between the species, waged by a she-demon who wants to end the world.

Meanwhile, things are getting hot and heavy between me and Sam Harding, lieutenant in the local shifter pack. Sam is definitely the commitment type—if only I could be sure that I am, too. I don’t want to lose him, but am I ready for forever?

Yeah, when this is over, I will absolutely get my life—love and otherwise—together. That is, if I manage to live through this mess.

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moon struckMOON STRUCK (LA RUE BOOK 3) by Donna Grant

Years ago, Solomon LaRue’s life was ripped apart when his fiancée was taken from him brutally and without cause. After, he vowed to never love again and put all of his energy into defending New Orleans from the evil Voodoo priestess out to destroy everything he held dear. Until a beautiful and maddening witch from the Quarter comes into his life and shakes everything up. Now, he thinks of nothing but her, and despite the dangers surrounding his family, he can’t help but alter his plans to make sure she stays safe. At all costs.

For most of her life, Minka Verdin thought she was nothing more than a gifted fortune teller until a life-altering experience brought her into her powers…

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shifters magicSHIFTER’S MAGIC (THE WOLVERS BOOK 8) by Jacqueline Rhoades

For Olivia Dawson, there’s nothing magic about the holidays. They’re only a convenient excuse to return home to her wolver pack where she can lick her wounds before she moves on. She won’t have to admit the truth. She won’t have to ask for the forgiveness she doesn’t deserve. She’s made so many mistakes, but the worst was leaving the wolver who shared her heart. That’s a mistake that can’t be fixed. Love lost can never be reclaimed.
As far as Brad Seaward is concerned, Livvy Dawson can’t move on soon enough. It doesn’t matter if his wolf comes alive at the sight of her. Once burned, twice shy is Brad’s motto and that hot little wolver burned his dreams to ash. ..

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marked for themMARKED FOR THEM (WITCHES OF ROSE LAKE BOOK 1) by Lia Davis

Hiding out in a mental institution isn’t glamorous. I call it surviving.

I’m blissfully unaware of the world outside the walls—and spell—that hides me. Until the ghost shows up with talks about his friends being marked by a demon. Oh, but not just any demon. The same one who has marked me and wants me dead.

My Father.

Fearful daddy dearest would be my next uninvited guess, I make the choice to follow the ghost to his four, very alive friends. To my relief they want my father dead as much as I do. One thing I’m not prepared for is finding out that Zane—the alpha wolf shifter—is my mate, and the demon mark links the five of us—ghost included—together on a deeper level than I thought.

Teaming up and facing the demon stirs up passion and dark secrets none of us are ready to face.

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monster among the rosesMONSTER AMONG THE ROSES (FAIRY TALE QUARTET BOOK 1)by Linda Kage

Shaw Hollander is desperate.
Broke, unemployed, and determined to help his ailing mother, he falls on the good graces of a wealthy benefactor who is willing to give Shaw a job at his mansion in order to pay off his mother’s debts. Suddenly finding himself surrounded by lavish riches, he has no idea what his duties truly entail until he’s sent to the rose garden and meets the tragically mutilated Isobel.

This Beauty and the Beast story holds true to the core of the fable while shaking off the element of fantasy and dragging it into present-day reality. Shaw and Isobel are ready to let you climb into their four-wheel-drive pickup and take a ride with them into their version of happily ever after, but only if you first dare to gaze upon the monster among the roses.

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zodiac passionate roarPASSIONATE ROAR: A ZODIAC SHIFTERS PARANORMAL ROMANCE: LEO by Solease M Barner

Landon King works hard, never makes mistakes, prides himself on always being fair, is honest to a fault, and owns one of the most successful companies in the world. After receiving a message stating he must return to the pride and take a mate to retain his title as King, Landon is, understandably, upset. How dare they send such a preposterous edict to him, their King. Landon feels disrespected and has no intention of being forced to take a mate. Yet, he decides to make the journey so he can inform his people in person of his refusal, letting them know exactly where he stands. He, simply, will not be forced into a mating – by anyone. During his trip, he meets Davina Golden, a rogue lioness with no respect for the laws of the pride and even less for him, a lion-shifter king…(more)…

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his commandHIS COMMAND: A PLAYBOY GENIE ROMANCE by Sophie H Morgan

He’s a genie. She’s a mortal.
He’s a flirt. She’s definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.
What happens when this playboy runs across the one woman who doesn’t fall under his spell?
Magic of course.

Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she’ll get the promotion she’s been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend. Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she’ll get everything she’s ever wished for.

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the painted queenVS Note: And a special note because I was a HUGE Elizabeth Peters fan…her friend author Joan Hess has finished the final Amelia Peabody novel that Ms. Peters left unfinished when she passed away.

THE PAINTED QUEEN A NOVEL (AMELIA PEABODY SERIES) by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess

Egypt, 1912—Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti and Amelia finds herself the target of assassins in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters’ bestselling, beloved mystery series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word—”Murder”—before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia’s name and room number, and a curious piece of pasteboard the size of a calling card bearing one word: “Judas.” Most peculiarly, the stranger was wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone saved Amelia from a would-be assassin—someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid Englishwoman. Discovering a terse note clearly meant for Emerson—Where were you?”—pushed under their door, there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Amarna, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic Nefertiti bust. In 1345 B.C. the sculptor Thutmose crafted the piece in tribute to the great beauty of this queen who was also the chief consort of Pharaoh Akhenaten and stepmother to King Tutankhamun.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 19

rogue princeAs 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).

TWO BOOKS FROM LINDSAY BUROKER, spin off from her Fallen Empire series. I loved that series and it’s fun to catch up with the folks from those stories. I don’t get the feeling there’s romance here (Lindsay does like to do a slow build over many books) but I want to list the books for those who love her fiction as much as I do:

THE ROGUE PRINCE (SKY FULL OF STARS BOOK 1)

Starseer, pilot, and animal lover Jelena Marchenko wants to prove to her parents that she’s ready to captain her own freighter and help run the family business. When she finally talks them into getting a second ship and letting her fly it, it doesn’t faze her that the craft is decades old and looks like a turtle. This is the chance she’s craved for years.

But it’s not long before the opportunity to rescue mistreated lab animals lures her from her parentally approved cargo run and embroils her in a battle between warring corporations. To further complicate matters, her childhood friend Thorian, prince of the now defunct Sarellian Empire, is in trouble with Alliance law and needs her help.

Torn between her duty to her family and doing what she believes is honorable, Jelena is about to learn that right and wrong are never as simple as they appear and that following your heart can get you killed.

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angle of truthANGLE OF TRUTH (SKY FULL OF STARS BOOK 2) by Lindsay Buroker

When Jelena Marchenko learns that her parents have incurred a huge debt due to her previous actions, she’s determined to find a way to pay it off. But running cargo doesn’t pay anything off quickly. She comes up with a scheme to turn herself and her eclectic crewmates into mercenaries, at least for long enough to make some money.

Unfortunately, Jelena has no interest in maiming, killing, or otherwise tormenting people, the typical things mercenaries are hired to do. She’s relieved when, with Prince Thorian’s help, she finds a mission that seems perfectly suited to her team: rescuing prisoners of war.

But what was supposed to be a quick way to earn money soon turns into something devastating and deadly. Caught between two sides in a war fueled by centuries of resentment, Jelena must choose between her needs and the needs of a planet. No matter which choice she makes, she risks her ship and the lives of her team. Does she truly have what it takes to be a mercenary?

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escaping fateESCAPING FATE (VEREDIAN CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by Regine Abel

Born and raised on a slaver’s ship, Amalia is a survivor of a race believed to have been extinguished in a planetary disaster. For three generations, her family has been the prized property of Gruuk. In the next few days, she will be forced to participate in her master’s psi talent breeding program. Escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like most Xelixian males, cousins Khel and Lhor are Tainted. They are shunned by their own people because of the disease that mars their bodies and ensures a painful early death. It can only be reversed by mating. Xelixian females are rare. Pearls, the females that produce the curative chemical, are even more so. The chances of finding two Pearls, of any species, willing to accept heavily Tainted males, are virtually non-existent. Despite their status and wealth, the cousins are running out of time.

Between Gruuk’s dogged pursuit, deadly rivalries, assassins and corrupted nobles, can they keep Amalia safe or will their respective feelings for her tear them apart?

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nakedNAKED (PHOENIX RISING Book 1) BY Alexandra Christian

Librarian Phoebe Addison has lived her entire life within a seventy-five mile radius of her small Louisiana town, but when she receives a strange medallion from her adventurous, off-world sister, reality tilts toward the bizarre. Everything Phoe thought she knew is…well, wrong. Dead wrong. But bone-numbing fear has no place in this brave new world—nor by the side of the dangerous, exquisite man who saves her life.

…AND INTO THE FIRE

Following the tragic slaughter of his family, operative Macijah “Cage” St. John understands evil in a way no man ever should. He traded happiness for a magnificent and terrible power, and fate isn’t done with him yet. He wasn’t looking for comfort. He didn’t need tenderness. But today he’ll play hero to a damsel in distress, and his quest will deliver him to the uncanny Martian colony of New London—and his heart to the demure Phoebe Addison. The bookish beauty’s hidden talents and deep abiding love just might save Cage from himself.

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drakanDRAKAN (GALACTIC MATES) by Luna Hunter

Hannah Kingsley has more than enough on her plate. The full-figured blonde delivers intergalactic packages for a living on her trusty spaceship with her best friend Evelyn, trying to save up enough money to send her little brother to a school for the gifted. Her carefully made plans are thrown for a loop when she meets a tall, sexy alien warrior who claims she is the key to stopping a war that threatens all life.

General Drakan has trained for this moment his entire life. War is brewing, and protecting the Zoran homeworld is this growly warrior’s number one priority. And then he meets Hannah, and everything changes. He struggles to resist the curvy, sassy human female, but even the strong warrior can’t deny fate.

The evil Tyk’ix are about to unleash hell on the galaxy, and the unlikely pair must work together to save the Zoran homeworld. Having the weight of the entire universe on her shoulders is the last thing Hannah needs, but the alpha alien warrior won’t take no for an answer…

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his human rebelHIS HUMAN REBEL (ZANDIAN MASTERS BOOK 4) by Renee Rose

Cambry doesn’t believe the aliens’ propaganda for one minute. The Zandians may have saved her from one death, but they planned to send her to another. She bides her time, waiting for her chance to get away and find her brother, enslaved by a different species. The only thing she didn’t count on was Lundric, the tempting Zandian warrior who, for some reason, decided she was his female.

Lundric knew the fierce little rebel Cambry belonged to him the moment he saw her toss that auburn hair in defiance. He knows she hasn’t accepted him or the Zandian’s cause, but he vows to win her, no matter what it takes. But when Cambry steals a ship and attempts to escape, even his harshest punishment may not restore the trust between them.

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saving the space pirateSAVING THE SPACE PIRATE (RUBY ROBBINS’ SEXY SPACE ODYSSEY BOOK 2) by Nina Croft

A few days ago, in a galaxy right here…

The earth faces total annihilation and one young woman signs up for a mission to rescue humanity. Only she ends up getting rescued herself, by a gorgeous space pirate. And the sex is out of this world!

Killian Sharpe, is in over his head. One minute, he’s a notorious space pirate with a price on his head. And now, he’s suddenly become one of the good guys. How did that happen? He can only think of one reason – sexy, spunky Ruby Robbins.

Ruby is thrilled that her mission is almost over. Not only will she have saved her planet, but she’ll finally be able to live happily ever after with the space pirate of her dreams.

But a tragic twist suddenly puts everything into jeopardy. And it’s up to Ruby, with Killian at her side, to change to world for good this time. She can only hope they both survive the ordeal.

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dastardly miss lizzieTHE DASTARDLY MISS LIZZIE (AN ELECTRIC EMPIRE NOVEL) by Viola Carr

Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman who’s targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers, terrorizing the city with dark magic, in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H. G. Wells’s classic, The Time Machine.

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope…

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veiled menaceVEILED MENACE by Deborah Blake

Since Witches came out of the broom closet in the early twenty-first century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous.

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dark alphas loverDARK ALPHA’S LOVER (REAPERS) by Donna Grant

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

I answer to no one but Death. I am impenetrable, impervious, immortal. I exist to do Death’s bidding and no one–not Reaper nor human nor Fae–can stand in my way. Except for the bewitching half-Fae, Catriona. She swears the magic in her family passed her by, but I know better. This woman is strong. This woman is powerful. And when her abilities surge forth, no one will be able to stop the Dark Fae from coming for her. Except for me. I want to keep her close. I want to keep her safe. I want lose myself to her, again and again…

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me and you and a ghost named booME AND YOU AND A GHOST NAMED BOO (SOUTHERN VAMPIRE DETECTIVE BOOK 2) by Selene Charles 

My name is Scarlett Smith. And I’m a vampire who was raised by a pack of wolves. Little crazy, I know. But let’s not get hung up on semantics here. Because I’ve got a story to tell.

There’s something inside of me. A darkness. And she’s really starting to make herself known, think Harley Quinn on ’roids and you might get the picture. She’s powerful and definitely unhinged, but I don’t have time to focus on that right now because I’ve got bigger fish to fry.

From the Alpha shifter on trial for breaking the unbreakable oath to a local vampire clan wanting me to party like it’s 1699, I’m in neck deep—pun intended. Have no fear though. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeves and some unexpected allies in my corner. Sure, there are bound to be a few surprises along the way, and I’m guessing they aren’t all good. But, no one ever said being dead would be easy.

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lost in lala landLOST IN LA LA LAND by Tara Brown

What if you could enter the world created inside of your favorite novel?
Close your eyes and live for a day as Elizabeth Bennet or Harry Potter?
Experience every magical sentence ever written, first hand?
Escape the ordinary and live the extraordinary!

That’s the sales pitch for Dr. Emma Hartley’s dream machine, Lucid Fantasies.
The fantastical machine transports people into their favorite novels or movies, for a day.
It allows them to live as their beloved characters did, savoring the slow kisses, frightening vampires, or magic as if it were real.
Letting them forget their worries and get lost in a world of fiction.

But that wasn’t why it was created.
The dark purpose of it lies within Dr. Hartley herself.
A secret, a flaw in the machine. One that she keeps hidden away.
For some people, your greatest fantasies are also your worst nightmares.
And the line between them is finer than we think.

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ironIRON (RENT-A-DRAGON BOOK 2) by Terry Bolryder

A Dragon Mechanic? Unheard of. Unless you’re Magnus Ironside, a metal dragon who just awakened in the modern world and happens to be obsessed with cars and their inner workings. Add in the fact that his mate just walked in to hire him to work at her auto shop, and Magnus is one happy dragon. Now he just has to flex his pecs, show her his huge ‘axe’, and everything will work out, right? Wrong.

Lindy Dunn doesn’t have time for a relationship, not while she’s working herself to the bone trying to make ends meet. She doesn’t have time to notice the huge muscles or gorgeous, jade-green eyes of the oddly sexy handyman she just hired…

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make me yoursMAKE ME YOURS (ISLAND OF THE FORGOTTEN BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

An angel haunted by the past… After battling the forces of shadow for millennia, Gaelin struggles to hold the fragile threads of his mind together. His only salvation from the encroaching darkness is in finding his mate. But when the other half of his soul is presented to him, she is not what he expected.

A woman he’s waited a lifetime for…Banished to a magical island prison with her twin brother, Mayra finds herself free of their dark master for the first time in centuries. ..

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shifter vampire fae barA SHIFTER A VAMPIRE & A FAE WALK INTO A BAR by Thianna D

Jillian Michaels has had some strange things happen in her life. She’s met angels and demons, fought zombies and battled Elvis’s ghost. But nothing prepares her for running into three strange men one night. She’s the only one who can see or hear them and they won’t let her out of their sight.

For 157 years, Mavik has been stuck in between due to a curse and has been looking for someone to break him out. The only problem is the witch he’s found does not want to release him from his spell. Not ready to give up, he and his companions, Casper and Brinnian, stick to Jillian like glue.

When she tries to help them, things go from bad to worse when the council over psychic and paranormal phenomena take a stance and send Mavik to another realm and her in between with Casper and Brinnian. Time is running out for Mavik and unwittingly Jillian makes a deal with a demon for his release.

With a vengeful council on their tails and love brewing between human and shifter, who knew a deal with a demon would be the least of their worries?

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fractured silenceFRACTURED SILENCE (TALON PACK BOOK 5) by Carrie Ann Ryan

VS Note: I first ‘met’ this author on the old Six Sentence Sunday snippet hop, and always enjoyed her tales. She’s a delight in person too!

The Talon Pack continues with a dark secret that could shatter the future of the Packs, or save them all.

Parker Jamenson is the son of three Packs, the sole mediator between every Pack in the United States and Europe, and…he’s dying. He knows he doesn’t have much left in him and is in desperate need of a mate. But with the new and unyielding changes thanks to the Moon Goddess, he might not have as much time as he thinks.

Brandon Brentwood is the Omega of the Talon Pack and the youngest of his family. He’s not only one of the famed triplets; he’s also the most secretive. There’s a good reason for that, however, and when a shocking revelation meshes the past and present in a very unexpected way, he’ll look to not only Parker but also a disgraced human to save them all.

Avery Montag knows she’s the daughter of a traitor and doesn’t have much to give the wolves in the way of atonement. But she’ll do everything she can to pay for her father’s sins and find a way to end the war between the humans and the wolves.

When the three turn to each other in a time of unrest and for vastly different reasons, temptation burns and seduction beckons. Only, the past, present, and future are never as solid as they seem, and the path the trio thought to travel may just vanish before they’re ready.

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dragons desireA DRAGON’S DESIRE (DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Tina Glasneck

Although Jaz is a dragon, the fact that the paranormal exists hasn’t made life any easier. The Norse gods are a little too active in her life, and her lover, Erich, the necromancer, a Viking and demigod, is acting distant. His going from extremely hot to cold has her second guessing everything, and wondering if his proclamation of love was just simple manipulation, and if their relationship has lost its like new car smell.

When trouble comes, it comes in heaps, and right at Jaz’s feet. This trouble happens to send her back to 1799 to Étretat, France. The political upheaval combined with Napoleon’s forces and the threat of the Reign of Terror leaves her wondering who she can trust — one wrong move and she’ll lose more than her dragon head.

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witches and warriorsWITCHES AND WARRIORS by Various

“Epic fantasy at its finest! Satisfy your craving for adventure and magic with 6 novels written by USA Today and International best-selling authors.

Mystery and intrigue, enchanted weapons and inhuman allies, magic and epic battles. Dive into these fantastic realms of dangerous creatures and rich characters and discover engrossing stories of friendship, adversity, and hope.”

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jager thunderJAGER THUNDER: A STORY OF BLACK POWDER AND PANAMINDORA (REFUGEES BOOK 2) by Abigail Hilton

While the crew of the Scarlet Albatross struggles to survive her harrowing voyage, Gerard is busy keeping his promise to his father. He and Silveo return to Holovarus for a brief farewell visit. However, chaos is threatening to overwhelm the Great Islands, and even little Holovarus will not be spared. Gerard’s father and brother are facing difficult decisions, and they need help. Gerard feels torn between his old kingdom and his new family. The situation only grows more complicated when the crew of the Scarlet Albatross limps into port, bringing old enemies and a child Silveo didn’t know existed.

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grizzly mountainGRIZZLY MOUNTAIN by Becca Jameson

Heather Simmons is excited to start a new job in Alberta, Canada, as a glaciologist. But when a minor accident leaves her trapped on a hiking trail overnight, she finds herself facing a burly mountain man and a pair of grizzly bears. From that moment forward, things could not get weirder.

Isaiah Arthur knows instinctively that Heather is his mate the moment he scents her clothing before heading up the mountain to rescue her. The sensation is confusing since she is obviously human, and converting a human to his species is strictly forbidden.

A rogue shifter takes Heather’s transition out of Isaiah’s hands, however. Isaiah is left with no choice but to take her home and find a way to inform her of her unintended fate, while fighting the intense need to make her his as soon as possible.

The North American governing body, the Arcadian Council, is not amused by the rare turning of a human, and chaos ensues as Isaiah races against the clock to bind his mate to him forever before someone steps in the way and takes the opportunity out of his hands.

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northern lightsNORTHERN LIGHTS (AN IMP WORLD NOVEL) by Debra Dunbar

Raphael is an Angel of Order. . . sort of. His affinity for chaos makes him the perfect choice to investigate the trespass in Alaska of supernatural creatures not seen in eons. But the locals in Juneau have been keeping a secret for thousands of years –the disgraceful offspring of an angel and a demon. Raphael should execute her on the spot, or at the very least throw her into Hel with the rest of her kind, but Raphael has never been one to follow the rules.

Ahia has lived for thousands of years with the Alaskan natives and werewolves, told that she’s a Nephilim and must stay hidden lest the angels find and kill her. But when interdimensional rifts begin opening up throughout Alaska, swallowing humans and spitting out dangerous monsters, the angels are the only beings who can help.

Of course the angel they send is smoking hot, and demands she assist him in closing the rifts. Far from the stern, enforcer of rules, this angel is fun and flirty, tempting Ahia to drag this project out far longer than she should.

But when one of the rifts takes the local Alpha as well as a group of humans, the situation becomes urgent. Ahia will need to risk everything – her life, her heart, and all she’s believed true to bring them home, because whatever the angels might call her, she won’t abandon those who trust her to keep them safe.

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mountain kingTHE MOUNTAIN KING (DRAGON STONE AND STEAM BOOK 1) by Emma Alisyn

VS Note: Thanks to reader Elizabeth N for bringing this February release to my attention! I love the cover…

It wasn’t easy raising three girls with Fae blood in the Outlands. If Kailigh wasn’t busy chasing them out of the local taverns, she was busy teaching them to hunt, shoot and kill- to fight against flesh traffickers from the Cities, prowling town for girls to send to rich patrons.

And now, with the youngest shot and fighting for her life, Kailigh has no choice but to petition for the help of the Dragon Lord Maddugh, King of Coal and Mountain.
Only he’s no fool- he knows right away Kai isn’t quite human. And three girls of courting age? He’s not about to let them slip through his fingers when his men are wanting for mates with even a drop of magical blood. So she’ll have to strike a bargain. He’ll save her daughter’s life, and help her hunt the man responsible, but he has a price.
A price he demands Kailigh pay in flesh.

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pallasPALLAS (VANGUARD ELITE BOOK 5) by Annie Nicholas

Pallas comes from the deadliest vampire clan that ever existed.
Spent centuries transforming wolf shifters into warriors.
People trembled at his name.
Now, he runs a boot camp for misfit werewolves.
Everything is coming together. His life, the pack, and their community.
Then the police finds a corpse on his land.
Drained of blood.
His only hope of proving his innocence is the sheriff.
The woman of his dreams with a warrior’s heart.
But she hates him.

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royal guard tigerROYAL GUARD TIGER (SHIFTER KINGDOM BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Tiger shifter Tristan of the Royal Guard of Valtyra has been sent out on a mission to find Miss Poppy Zlotsky, sister of Valtyra’s new Crown Princess. The mission would be challenging enough if it were only a matter of finding the footloose Poppy, but he’s also been told to lure her back to Valtyra without spilling too many secrets about shifters, magic, and her sister’s newfound royal status. On top of all of that, as soon as he meets Poppy he realizes that she’s his mate. He just has to woo her before all those secrets come out and scare her away…

Poppy Zlotsky has been wandering the world for more than a year, but she’s starting to get tired of the endless traveling–and even more tired of being alone…

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beauty in autumnBEAUTY IN AUTUMN by Ruby Dixon

For years untold, there has always been a beast in the cursed forest. Every year at the Harvest Festival, a new bride is sent to him…never to return. But when Willow is chosen to be the newest bride, she seeks out the help of the local wise woman.

Willow might be able to break the curse, but to do so, she must refrain from looking at the beast entirely. It sounds easy enough, but as things get heated between them, can she keep her promise? Or will she need to see who – and what – she’s bedding first?

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

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