New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday March 14

corsairs bedAs 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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IN THE CORSAIR’S BED (CORSAIRS BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

As a pirate, I tend to hang out with unsavory outcasts at the edges of the known universe. I’m used to running into thieves, assassins and fugitives. It shouldn’t surprise me to see a forbidden human female for sale in the tunnels of the space station, but I hate it. When I see she’s near death, I have to act.

I buy her.

She spits in my face.

It’s love at first sight.

At least, it’s love at first sight on my end. I know it can never be, though, because I’m an ugly beast of an alien to her. The enemy. If only she knew just how many laws I’d be willing to break for one taste of her lips.

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chanceCHANCE (CYN CITY CYBORGS BOOK 1) by Pearl Foxx

A cyborg with a mysterious and dangerous past.
A naive girl fleeing the dying farmlands to forge her own future.

Chance has fought his entire life, first for survival in the streets of Cyn City and later for money and prestige in the underground Cyborg Fight League. His fists and cybernetic arm have solved almost every problem he’s ever faced, except for love. After losing the love of his life, he never thought he’d find someone again.

Verity left behind everything she knows to start a new future in Cyn City. But her Ecovangalit upbringing left her unprepared for the hard realities of life amongst the criminals and cyborgs. When a dangerous cyborg with a bad reputation proves to be the only person she can trust, can she lower her walls enough to let him in?

As Verity finds herself in debt to the wrong kind of man who will sell her body as fast as he will sell her soul, Chance is the only one who can clear her ledger, but only if he’ll fight in the Cyborg Underground Circuit again.

Is Chance strong enough to win the only fight that ever mattered?

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the preyTHE PREY (BETANIA BREED BOOK 2) by Jenny Foster

I am a cyborg. Half human, half machine.
My creator optimized me until I was exactly what he wanted. I have turned into an elite bounty hunter. My orders are simple. Anyone who endangers the certain survival of the human race is my prey.
The word failure is not part of my vocabulary.
Compassion is nothing more than a phrase.
My mechanical heart does not recognize feelings.
Until an assignment leads me straight to Mara. My creator’s beautiful daughter.
To her, cyborgs are nothing more than henchmen who quietly take care of anything that humans shy away from. When my eyes catch hers, I feel an unexplainable connection. Mara awakens something in me that I can neither hunt, nor kill.
*She* becomes my prey.
The most impossible hunt of my life.

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rescued by the cyborg cara bRESCUED BY THE CYBORG (CY OPS SCIFI ROMANCE) by Cara Bristol

VS Note: This is a re-release of Cara’s story from the Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 anthology, which is no longer on sale.

A cyborg with haunted past, a woman with a clouded future…
Battered and broken, hostage and sole survivor Solia waits for death at the hands of vicious predatory aliens when Cy-Ops agent Guy Roarke disobeys orders, charges in, and rescues her. A former medic, he initiates emergency medical procedures before rushing her to Cybermed, in hopes of saving her wing so she can fly again. He’s taken with the delicate, brave Faria, but his best intentions result in unfortunate consequences that place her in greater jeopardy. Can he overcome the guilt of past mistakes in time to save her life?

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night of the zandiansNIGHT OF THE ZANDIANS (ZANDIAN BRIDES) by Renee Rose and Rebel West

The Zandians have taken back their planet. Now they need brides.
All human females have been assigned to mates. Yes, mates, multiple.
I’ve been given to three handsome males–cousins. Huge, purple and horned, they act like they want to eat me for breakfast.
After what I’ve been through with previous slave masters, I don’t know how I’ll survive this. But I have to. It’s adapt or be sent off-planet, which would mean my death, considering I’m wanted for murder.

My mates cannot find out I’m not able to reproduce. I need to keep my secret, figure out a way to survive, stay focused. But when the Zandian warriors claim me, they make me forget my past and scream with pleasure.
I can’t let myself fall for them.
If they learn my secret, I’ll lose more than my life.
I’ll lose my heart.

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warrior mineWARRIOR MINE (DESTINATION LOST BOOK 3) by Missy Welsh

A routine mission from the Mars Colony to Earth ends in the five-man crew of the Swallowtail having been transported to the other side of the galaxy. Met with hostility, captured, and tortured simply for being Human, the three survivors hold little hope for their futures.

Charles Dunkirk is far away from the offices of Aviation Corporation now. Pressed into service as a sex slave on a space ship full of lion-like aliens, Charlie’s simply trying to stay sane. When he’s offered a chance at protection, there’s not much left he won’t do to survive.

Captain Makull Ihara has slowly discovered he chose to fight for the wrong side. Already looking to change his path, he receives further proof of the right course when fate hands him a Human mate. Their only choice now is to surrender.

Meanwhile, thousands of Humans are suffering throughout the galaxy and what Makull knows might be their only salvation. Will Makull and Charlie join forces to save them?

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oath forger book 3OATH FORGER (BOOK 3) by Nia Mars

Still faking being the Oath Forger. Yeah, I know. Stupid. You know what’s stupider? Falling for The Five.

The five hottest, most powerful rulers in the galaxy all want to be my first. Who am I choosing? I’m not stupid enough to spill that in a blurb!

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OUR DARK STARS by Audrey Gray and Krystal Wade

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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thanemongerTHANEMONGER (THE LADYSHIPS BOOK 1) by Bex McLynn

She won’t give up. He’ll never surrender. Will their need for each other overcome their determination?

Zver is on a rampage. A rival thane has kidnapped his son and sabotaged his work for the Dominion. But he won’t fail. He won’t fall. They call him Thanemonger for a reason. Not only will he retrieve his son, but he’ll seize the battleship he’s wanted for years and cement his superior status in the Dominion. Just as he executes his ruthless plan, an alluring human woman appears and changes everything.

Seph survived being abducted by aliens, and now she’s determined to get home to her young son. Her plan: find a spaceship, return to Earth. Simple, but then she meets the domineering Thanemonger. He offers her sanctuary, but only if she complies with his demands. Now Seph must find a way to fall in line without falling for the sexy alien who has sworn to see her safely home.

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lost chaptersTHE LOST CHAPTERS (CLONE BOOK 3) by Paxton Summers

Iia Danner, a robotic bee keeper, is brilliant, beautiful and prey in a twisted game of monkey in the middle. Wanted because she holds the key to the demise of a society, she finds herself in rebel hands and on the wrong side of the law.

Life was great before she met Eli. Now she’s begun to question everything she knows. Is she really being hunted? Or is what she’s been told, what she sees, all an illusion to gain her cooperation? She can’t get over the feeling she’s being manipulated, but she’s grown to trust and care for the rebel leader and chooses to take his side. He wouldn’t lie to her, would he?

When a swarm or robotic bees attack, Iia must make a decision that will affect every man, woman and child on the island chain she lives on, and until she lands on an alien shore months later, she doesn’t question what she’s done. On what used to be the coast of California, hidden truths come to the surface and Iia realizes she hasn’t reached the end of her story.

No, her tale is just getting started, and if she’s going to fix what’s she’s done, she needs to figure out who is friend and who is foe.

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empress capsuleTHE EMPRESS CAPSULE (AUDACITY SAGA BOOK 1) by R K Thorne

At 22, Commander Ellen Ryu is a little young to be “retired.” Yet she’s planned—and bled in—more battles than veterans twice her age. And, well, she didn’t exactly retire so much as desert. Betrayed by her superiors, turned into a science experiment, and nearly driven insane, Ellen seized the chance for freedom when a shadowy organization offered her a ship of her own and an elite, all-female crew. She’s got a new mission now: get revenge on the scientist who almost destroyed her. Nobody is going to get in her way this time. Especially not the merc who’s just shown up at her cargo hatch, looking to hitch a ride.

In the middle of an op gone wrong, cyborg mercenary Kael Sidassian gets stuck with a mission he can’t refuse: carry a capsule to safety, the contents of which would bring the galaxy down on his head if anyone knew what was inside. But he’s also got damaged hardware in his head and a plan to escape from the barbaric merc company that forcibly conscripted him over a decade ago. So when a humanitarian ship grants him passage, he thanks his lucky stars for a job that’ll solve all his problems at once. That is, if the attachment he’s forming to the ship’s commander—one that goes way beyond duty and loyalty—doesn’t get in the way.

As a new threat rises, the prodigy and the renegade discover far more in common than they ever thought possible. Now both their missions will have to wait, because if they aren’t audacious enough to work together, they’ll never survive what’s coming for them.

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srathSRATH: WARRIORS OF MILISARIA  by Celeste Raye

Nancy Fisher was an advocate of equal rights, both for humans and aliens. She was
disgusted by the news of hidden experimental labs all over Earth. Riots were rampant as
the tortured aliens were discovered. Nancy had to find a way to help the injured and stop
their planets from retaliating. She looked to her sister, Alexis, and Milisaria for aid.

Srath was a rebel warrior. He preferred the past king’s violent way of ruling over King
Siefer’s more intellectual views. There was not enough fighting to satisfy his needs. Srath
also followed the past king’s example of womanizing. One female was not enough to
satisfy his needs. He hoped to find war and women on the mission to Earth.

Humans and aliens were fighting among themselves over alien rights. Both sides were
divided and riots abounded all over the planet. Alien planets demanded that Earth change
its ways or it could be destroyed. The other species were tired of being treated as lesser
beings. The President of the United States was determined to keep peace among all
nations and planets. She allied herself with Milisaria.

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barbarian bloodBARBARIAN BLOOD by Abella Ward

Tara Dawson is sick and tired of her life. Abused, sold and shattered, she is a human clone who knows nothing but slavery.

But her life is about to change when she meets a huge, demanding and sexy Klai wanderer. She knows the Klai cannot be trusted, but when he saves her life, she is soon forced to see the gorgeous guy through different eyes.

Rydel Deijeon is a space pirate, a proud and deadly Klai. When he finally returns home after years of travelling, he is in for a shock. His people are infected with a lethal virus, and he has to find an ancient scroll to save them.

Rydel doesn’t believe in stupid scrolls, but his beliefs are to be tested when his quest leads him to a woman with the scroll’s symbol on her wrist.

He instantly knows she is mate. So he does what he knows best: Take what he wants and bring her with him. But the road ahead is full of obstacles…

Can Rydel prove himself worthy of Tara’s love?
Can Tara learn to trust him?
Can they find the scroll that will save the Klai, and find love along the way?

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alien healers babyALIEN HEALER’S BABY (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 4) by Mina Carter

Laarn, Lord Healer of the Lathar, is about to become something unique among his people. He’s about to become a father… of a little girl. The first female child born for a generation. He’s studied childbirth, he’s confident that he has everything planned.

Unfortunately, as any human woman could tell him, having a baby doesn’t always go to plan…

This short story is set in the WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR world and is not a stand alone. It should be read after PREGNANT BY THE ALIEN HEALER and is a little bite of life story for those who fell in love with the Lathar and their mates.

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soullessSOULLESS (DETYEN WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Starr Huntress and Kate Rudolph

A warrior without a soul…Raze NaFeen has sacrificed everything in service of his people. Otherwise cursed to die at thirty without a mate, Raze has taken drastic action, destroying his soul and killing his emotions to prolong his life. He feels nothing. No love, no hate, no fear. Until he meets Sierra.

A spy on a mission…Sierra Alvarez has a lot to live up to. As the daughter of a celebrated general, she’s expected to follow in his militaristic footsteps, except Sierra is no soldier. Her talents are best used for sneaking and subterfuge. When an off planet mission gets out of hand, she’ll need to use every skill she has and work with a mysterious, sexy warrior who awakens an unquenchable desire within her.

Two worlds collide…Raze and Sierra shouldn’t fit, but every minute spent together singes them with a chemistry too hot to ignore. They’ll need to fight pirates, their people, and the vast distances of space to find a way for two lost souls to become one whole. Can a man without a soul find his mate? And is that bond enough to heal wounds that run deep?

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korkhs brideKORJH’S BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR MATCHMAKING BOOK 1) by Clarissa Lake and TJ Quinn

Zara Maples wants to escape her lackluster life and find her soulmate, so she applies to the interstellar Narovian Matchmaking Service which finds people’s soulmates based on genetics. Korjh a Narovian cyborg retired from battle, once a full human, longs a family of his own like the one he lost as a boy in an alien invasion.

Retired to a backwater colony of Modonne where he can’t get a date because he is cyborg, he applies to the Matchmaking service to find his genetic complement, his soulmate, because unlike Narovian felines he cannot recognize his fated mate. After two years they find him a mate on that “dirt” planet recently that recently joined the Alliance.

Cyborgs are dangerous, aren’t they? Only an ignorant human from a planet called Earth (translated as dirt) would come across two sectors to Modonne to mate with a cyborg. But to her he seems warm and caring and so attractive as they correspond. Of course, it can’t be quite that easy. While Korjh can be sweet and considerate, he can also be scary and aggressive.
Was he the man of her dreams or nightmares?

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dearest ivieDEAREST IVIE: A NOVELLA SET IN THE BLACK DAGGER WORLD (BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD) by J R Ward

The last place Ivie expects to be approached by a devastatingly handsome male is in a crowded, smoky cigar bar rarely frequented by vampires—yet here he stands. Silas is flirtatious, gallant, and, above all, mysterious. Ivie is anything but. A nurse at the healer’s clinic and the daughter of a biker, Ivie is accustomed to speaking her mind. So she does. Since aristocrats rarely pick up females of her class, Ivie asks Silas just what kind of game he thinks he’s playing.

Despite her guarded exterior, Ivie surrenders to the fierce desire she feels for Silas. And yet, just as their courtship is heating up, he reveals that it cannot last, for he is bound to return to the Old Country. Their bond only deepens as they make the most of their precious time together. But when she learns the truth, Ivie must find a saving grace—before all is lost.

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wolf lordTHE WOLF LORD (ARS NUMINA BOOK 3) by Ann Aguirre

Roguish. Reckless. Unreliable.
Raff Pineda has a certain reputation among the Animari. He’s the one to call if there’s a party starting, not the man to rely on when all hell breaks loose. Though he’s nominally the leader of the Pine Ridge pack, he defers to his second on the tough calls. Raff prefers to live fast and hard and keep his heart hidden, but a certain Eldritch princess won’t fall for his usual tricks, and their contract political marriage may be anything but convenient.

Ambitious. Elegant. Isolated.
Princess Thalia Talfayen may not have been raised by a witch in a tower, but she’s spent the last few decades locked up for a failed insurrection. Plotting and scheming come naturally to her; personal connections do not. Since she’s come this far in her unstoppable quest to claim the silver throne, she won’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to unite her people, even if that means giving herself to the big bad wolf.

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snows of windrovenTHE SNOWS OF WINDROVEN (UNCHARTED REALMS) by Jeffe Kennedy

VS note: I LOVE Jeffe’s Uncharted Realms stories. This is a re-release of a novella from a previous anthology. And despite the official blurb it is ALL about Lady Veronica. No, really. Well, ok, actually it’s NOT about her but she does appear and Jeffe grants her a wish I’ve had for a long time about what the entirely fictional character Lady V needs in her life LOL. Jeffe is one of my dearest friends in the author world – we go way back…OK, so here’s the actual story summary:

A new power is at work in the Twelve Kingdoms, unbalancing the fragile peace. For the High Queen and her sisters, it might mean a new alliance—or the end of the love of a lifetime…
As a howling blizzard batters the mountain keep of Windroven, Ami, Queen of Avonlidgh, and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Their passion saved them from despair, but Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. He’s been bracing himself for the end since their liaison began. When it finally comes, the shattering of his heart is almost a relief.
With a man haunted by nightmares and silent as stone, Ami knows only that Ash’s wounds are his own to hide or reveal. She can’t command trust. But just as they are moving apart, a vicious attack confines them together, snowbound and isolated with an ancient force awakening within Windroven itself. If they truly mean to break their bond, Ami and Ash must first burn through a midwinter that will test every instinct—and bring temptation all too near.

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hunters watch brigade initiationHUNTER’S WATCH BRIGADE: INITIATION by Paula Millhouse

Demigod Samantha Silverton, a full-time monster hunter in the Hunters’ Watch Brigade, is on a mission with her familiar, Max, to hunt down a scorned mermaid when she finds out she has bigger fish to fry. Her mother—a powerful witch—has been abducted. And the most likely villain is her mother’s enemy, Francesca Rosencratz.

Being a familiar to a sexy monster hunter has its perks, but Max wants more. He might look like a cat, but he’s also Sam’s best friend . . . and the man who loves her. But in order to defeat Francesca, he’ll have to shift into his human form, something he’s avoided. Because once he’s officially a shifter, he’ll have to join the Brigade. And that could take him away from Sam for good.

But Francesca’s becoming increasingly dangerous. She and a mysterious ally are working to take down the Brigade, and take over the paranormal community. Sam will have to dig deep if she’s going to save her mom. But Max will have to risk even more . . . to save Sam.

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february in atlantisFEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS:  POSEIDON’S WARRIORS PARANORMAL ROMANCE  by Alyssa Day

VS Note: The cliffhanger warning is part of the author’s official blurb. I left it in bold print as she had it.

WARNING: CLIFFHANGER!!! This book has a MAJOR cliffhanger that is wrapped up in March in Atlantis! If you don’t like cliffhangers, wait till March in Atlantis and read both!!

Poseidon’s Warrior Jake spent years exploring the world and developing a cool, laid-back exterior to mask the turmoil of emotion he’s fighting so hard to control. But when he rescues what his boat-mates think is a mermaid (she’s a Sea Fae; mermaids don’t exist) and Poseidon himself hurls him into the middle of missions to protect humanity, Jake’s surfer-boy disguise won’t last for long.

And when he meets human-turned-falcon-shifter Savannah in the middle of a deadly hostage situation, the protective instincts–and perhaps the madness–that Jake has held bottled up for so long is about to explode.

Fighting his own instincts, his soul’s longing for his mate, and a dangerous group of human nationalists who want to destroy everything–and everyone–supernatural, Jake will have to discover what is most important to him. And he’ll have to do all of this–while falling in love– in FEBRUARY IN ATLANTIS.

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guardians bondGUARDIAN’S BOND (ANCIENT INK) by Rhenna Morgan

Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild.

Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival.

Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions and with his body.

Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.

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source of magicTHE SOURCE OF MAGIC by Clare Solomon

When Elliot Rivers, a Homo Sapiens, becomes friends with Barve, a Nean (Neanderthal) on their first day at university he has no idea of the conflict and fury it will cause among the students and staff, as well as within his family. To make matters more difficult, Barve’s argumentative brother, Farlden, hates Elliot.

Elliot and Farlden both possess the rare gift of magic. The discovery that it becomes stronger when they combine their abilities creates a connection between them and, against their will, it draws them closer together, slowly changing animosity to something far more dangerous.

The Nean brothers are keeping an extraordinary secret, though, one that could shatter their complex relationships with Elliot and change all their lives.

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autumns kissAUTUMN’S KISS by M K Eidem

VS note: Previously released in Trial by Flame.

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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heart of iceHEART OF ICE (SNOW QUEEN) (TANGLED TALES SERIES BOOK 7) by Elizabeth Rose

MacKay is the last of the de Bar siblings to be cursed by the evil witch, Hecuba. In an attempt to stop her, he breaks her magic mirror. But when a piece of it embeds into his chest, strange things begin to happen. Hecuba has banished him to an island with a wicked ruler, Lady Eira Koldottir, known as the Snow Queen. In this frozen land, because of the shard of dark magic stuck in his heart, MacKay sees all that is good as evil, and all that is evil looks good.

Eira has been betrayed one too many times in her life. After losing her family, she is not about to lose her castle and land as well. She prepares her army for the attack of a man who was once her betrothed. Vengeance and hatred fill her heart. Eira doesn’t want to be close to anyone. But once a stranger appears on her island she starts to change her mind. The meaner she is to MacKay, the more the man seems to like her. It makes her furious, but at the same time she finds herself intrigued by the handsome Sir MacKay de Bar.

It takes a cursed man to make Eira realize just how lonely she really is. Will her heart of ice melt with the attention and compliments coming from MacKay who is attracted to her dark side? Can love save them and fill the void of loneliness before dark magic dooms them both to lives they will someday regret?

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dark wine at sunriseDARK WINE AT SUNRISE (A HILL VAMPIRE NOVEL BOOK 2) by Jenna Barwin

Research scientist Cerissa Patel has only one desire: to feel her lover’s fangs slip into her neck for the very first time. Once they become blood mates, no one can keep them apart.

But it’s never that easy.

Cerissa’s relationship with vampire Henry Bautista violates a centuries-old law, and the town council wants her banned from their secret community. If they have their way, she’ll be separated from Henry forever.

As if that isn’t enough, Henry is still in danger. The would-be assassin lies in a coma, and Cerissa is no closer to knowing who targeted Henry—or why.

To make matters worse, her own people forbid her from becoming a vampire’s mate. They aren’t sure what Henry’s bite will do to her and want her focused on her original mission: tracking down the vampires behind a ruthless movement to enslave mortals.

Against these odds, Cerissa must find a way to bond with the man who holds her heart, and do so without paying the ultimate price – the loss of her wings forever.

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blade to the keepBLADE TO THE KEEP (GODDESS WITH A BLADE) by Lauren Dane

Canny and ferocious, with the power of an ancient Goddess in her belly, Rowan Summerwaite is the only person who can renegotiate the fragile Treaty between the Vampire Nation and the Hunter Corporation, the last line of defense for humanity. A meeting of this Joint Tribunal, as well as her new status as Liaison, sends Rowan straight to the last place on earth she wants to be, the childhood home she’d escaped so many years before—The First’s Keep.

Raised at the knee of The First—the oldest Vampire and leader of the Vampire Nation—honed into a weapon by the Hunter Corporation, wielding ancient knowledge from the Goddess within, Rowan must navigate bloodthirsty Vampires and Hunters alike. And she’s got to do it while managing a politically awkward but undeniably deepened romance with Scion Clive Stewart. Failure in her role as Liaison could mean all-out war, with humankind in the crosshairs. No pressure.

Walking the path between her two lives has already made Rowan a pariah. The choices she’ll have to make will mean she becomes something even more Other and as a result she may lose those last shreds of home she has left.

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sahariels awakeningSAHARIEL’S AWAKENING  (A SERIES OF ANGELS BOOK 4) by Joel Crofoot

Sahariel’s radiant skin was a beacon to all the demons in hell, so in effort to hide, he locked himself inside a coma, leaving his physical body in the care of his fellow fallen angel, Barakel. But even though they have been released from hell, his slumber continues. All of that changes when a young woman wanders into his dreamscaped sanctuary, but how did she find him?
Heather is a psychologist now residing with the angels since they rescued her from a demon attack, and she has been having nightmares about it until one night, in her dreams, a man with luminous skin saves her. She chalks it up to a dream until she discovers the man in a coma living in the back house. How could she have dreamt about someone she’s never met?

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shamrockedSHAMROCKED: AN ANTHOLOGY OF IRISH SHENANIGANS by Various

Join authors Cecilia Randell, Joely Sue Burkhart, Tabitha Barret, Serena Lindahl and C.A. Storm as they take you through tales of Irish love and folklore for St. Patrick’s day. There will be gods, immortals, gargoyles, creepy castles, ancient legends and, of course, a leprechaun or two.

Shamrocked is a collection of romantic, sexy, and funny stories that might leave you longing for your own trip to the magical Isle.

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alpha unleashedALPHA UNLEASHED (GRIZZLIES GONE WILD) by Kathy Lyons

Alyssa Nelson doesn’t actually believe that Simon Gold is a shape-shifting grizzly bear—until she sees it firsthand. Aaaaand the award for Totally Surprising Changes goes to Simon Gold. But Alyssa doesn’t have time to deal with the fact that her ruggedly hot, long-time secret crush is a shifter . . . not when her brother has turned into one, too.

After ten months in bear form, Simon is struggling. He’s not ready to deal with anyone, let alone the bold and gorgeous Alyssa. Mine, whispers his bear. But all hell has broken loose in the Detroit shifter community, and it’s spreading to humans. Now Simon must face the darkest place of all: where bear and man become one. And the only way he can make it back to his humanity is by finding—and claiming—his mate.

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gold dragonGOLD DRAGON (HERITAGE OF POWER BOOK 5) by Lindsay Buroker

Now that Trip’s siblings are safely back in the capital, he would like it if life got back to normal. As normal as possible for a half-dragon army officer learning to use his magical powers when he isn’t busy piloting with Wolf Squadron.

But trouble keeps popping up, and the capital isn’t the safe haven Trip had hoped. More and more dragons are working together, with attacks growing frequent as they scheme to claim the country for themselves. Equally daunting, Rysha wants to introduce Trip to her parents, parents who want a proper nobleman for their daughter, not some odd commoner sired by a dragon.

If Trip is to have any chance of bringing peace to the country—and impressing Rysha’s parents—he’ll have to finally and fully embrace what he is and what he can do. Before time runs out.

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bearly rescuedBEARLY RESCUED by Everleigh Clark

Isabella Werner – Wolf shifter. Princess. Vegetarian…Prisoner. She’s fighting for her life and her freedom.

Caleb Alexander – Bear shifter. Running from a haunted past…Undercover guard. His job is simple. Get the information so they can take down the assholes testing on shifters. There’s only one problem. His mate is one of the prisoners, and his bear is about to lose control…again.

Who rescues who?

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voodoo knightsVOODOO KNIGHTS by Amanda Rose

Four dark and dangerous spirits haunt me.
They’re black magic manipulators, voodoo masters—and they say they’re here to be my teachers.
But can I really trust a man who turns into a cat? A motorcycle riding jerk with a bag of souls? How about his top hat wearing friend or the weirdo that lives in the tree in my backyard?

Don’t think so.

Then again, I might have little choice but to accept their help.

Somebody murdered my grandma and now that same somebody wants me dead, too.
These four guardians borrow their powers from mine:
Kriminal LaCoste. Samuel Baron. Sebastian GranBois. Zandor Red.
If I reject them, I’ll be left alone in a world of monsters, magic, and madness.

My destiny is within reach … as long as I don’t die before I get there.

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snow and the seven huntsmenSNOW AND THE SEVEN HUNTSMEN by Zoe Blake and Alta Hensley

This is no fairytale…
They’ve been sent to break me.
Not one, but seven.
They plan to steal my beauty, my innocence.
Seven Hunters to track me down and claim me as theirs.
I try to run, but it is hopeless.
They have caught me.
I am their prey, their prize, to do with as they please.
But I will capture something far more precious… the Huntsmen’s hearts.

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song of smoke and fireSONG OF SMOKE AND FIRE (SONG OF DRAGONFIRE BOOK 1) by Megan Linski

Fliss is a slave, and bound to fulfill the king’s every whim. When a local dragon demands payment, Fliss is offered by the king as a sacrifice. She has no choice in the matter.

Yet what the dragon wants is more than Fliss expects. A curse has been cast upon him by a beautiful enchantress, and only one pure of soul can end it. If Fliss breaks the curse upon him, he will grant her freedom.

But there’s a man behind the monster, and as Fliss unveils the mystery that surrounds the dragon’s hidden past, she finds herself falling in love— despite it being forbidden.

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fire brideFIRE BRIDE (DRAKORYAN BRIDES BOOK 2) by Ava Sinclair

War is coming. After hundreds of years of sleep, the ShadowFell Dragons seeks revenge on the Drakoryans, the shifter race that drove them far from the Drakoryan Empire. And this time, the huge night dragons have their sights set on a prize they must not be allowed to claim. They covet the Drakoryan’s humanity, and seek the deep magic, and with it, the key to victory.

My mates seek to protect me from the awful reality, from what’s coming. They urge me to focus on running the household, on pleasing their insatiable sexual appetites. They tell me that war is of no concern for a woman.

But I am no ordinary woman. I am a Fire Bride, and when I learn that human villages are coming under attack, the protectiveness of my mates threatens our bond. I was never supposed to return to the village, but not even an army of dragon lords can stop me from saving those I love.

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fashionably foreverFASHIONABLY FOREVER AFTER by Robyn Peterman

…As much as I can’t see anyone playing me but me, I have far more important issues on my agenda—like finding the woman who stole my soul. Well, not exactly stole… I might have made the switch and taken hers, but the Siren, Elle Rinoa, has my soul nonetheless. ..Fate and I are on a crash course with destiny looking for the one woman who can change both of our lives—mine for the better—Fate’s for the worse. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think the Devil could have a happily ever after, but now I have hope….(much more and complete blurb will be found on the ebook seller’s page)…

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forevermoreFOREVERMORE (BLOOD AND BONE BOOK 3) by C C Wood

Ava Amaris is a witch with no past. Not one that she can remember anyway.

She is cursed. For lifetimes, she’s walked the earth with no knowledge of where she came from or who she once was.

Despite the loss of her memories, Ava forges a life. She has a home, a career, and friends. Yet her heart remains shielded and cold. There is no room for love within her. Her relationships are short and casual, very rarely inspiring more than mild affection.

Until she meets Macgrath, the first man to crack the stone around her heart.

Ewan Macgrath is a vampire with no future. Not without Ava by his side…(more on the ebook seller’s page…)

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banningBANNING (DRAGON GUARD BERSERKERS BOOK 1) by Julia Mills

One simple coin, thrown into a fountain.
A wish made from the heart.
Tides will turn.
Futures will change.
His wish – to escape a prison of his own making…
Her wish – to save her mother…
Destiny intervenes.
Two worlds collide.
To save himself, he must first save her.
If you only had one wish… would you use it to save the one you love?

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breaker of chainsBREAKER OF CHAINS (SPECTR SERIES TWO BOOK 4) by Jordan L Hawk

Big changes are afoot at SPECTR. John Starkweather, once a hotshot field agent, is now benched. Instead of chasing down demons during Charleston’s biggest outbreak, he’s stuck interviewing exorcists about a previous case. But what at first seems like a busywork assignment takes a darker turn, as John begins to suspect the increase in possessions might not be coincidence, but part of an unseen conspiracy.

The vampire spirit Gray was made to hunt demons and drink their blood. He and his human host, Caleb Jansen, ought to be at the forefront of SPECTR’s field team. But their new partners refuse to let Gray use any of his abilities, let alone actually hunt and fight.

Fortunately, Caleb and Gray have allies outside of SPECTR: the only other living drakul, Drugoy and his host Yuri Azarov. Yuri and Dru live by no mortal’s rules, and they can show Caleb and Gray how to do the same…depending on how far they’re willing to go.

Because breaking the rules comes with a cost, and the price of Caleb and Gray’s freedom may be the life of the man they love.

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soul of the witchSOUL OF THE WITCH  (WITCHES OF KEATING HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase

Welcome to Keating Hollow, the village full of love, magic, and cupcakes, and where nothing is more important than family.

At age eighteen, after a potion tragically backfired, Abby Townsend left Keating Hollow and her magic behind to find redemption. Ten years later, after being summoned by her family, she’s back. As soon as she drives into town, she’s already plotting her inevitable exit, but she can’t quite escape the pull of the tightly knit magical community or the soulful gaze of the one man she’s never forgotten. And when an eight-year old witch not only leads her back to her magic, but also steals her heart, Abby’s about to learn what it means to embrace the soul of a witch.

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crown of bloodCROWN OF BLOOD by Keary Taylor

This is not the first time Logan has died. This is not the first time she has fallen in love with Cyrus. Logan is not even the first name she has been given.

Logan fell irreversibly in love with Cyrus, but she needs time to cope with the ramifications of his choice, one made thousands of years ago. She needs time alone to piece herself together. She has to face the woman who brought her into this immortal world. And the feeble attempt on Cyrus life doesn’t sit right with her. She wants answers—who tried to kill him and why?

Past sins are never easy to forgive, but as memories surface, staying away from Cyrus begins to feel impossible. There are a million reasons she’s fallen for him, over and over. Through everything, Cyrus has fought for her, death after death.

A love like this has never been seen before. And love has never been this complicated.

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VS Note: Since we’re about a month away from the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, thought I’d mention my award winning Wreck of the Nebula Dream, a scifi romance loosely inspired by the events of Titanic, but set in the far future aboard a luxury spaceliner.

_Titanic in space...._Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks    Google Play   Kobo

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

March 7

February 28

February 21

February 14

February 7

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

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

Life. Luck. Love. Lowport.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What, you say? There are no adventures here?

Are you certain? Remember that Luck is involved.

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alien alphasALIEN ALPHAS by Various including Cynthia Sax!

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

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

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vanishedVANISHED: BRIDES OF THE KINDRED 21 by Evangeline Anderson

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

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

And that something that needs changing is Harper herself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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muttMUTT (CYBORG SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Naomi Lucas

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

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

Territory.

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

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

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

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

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

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solar stormSOLAR STORM by Mina Carter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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nabvanNABVAN (WARRIORS OF MILISARIA) by Celeste Raye

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

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

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

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zorans touchTHE ZORAN’S TOUCH by Luna Hunter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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karakKARAK CONTACT (ALIEN SHAPESHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Ruby Ryan

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

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

She never would have guessed the truth.

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

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conspiracy of whispersA CONSPIRACY OF WHISPERS by Ada Harper

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What she gets is Rast.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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blood courtesansBLOOD COURTESANS BOXED SET by Various

Indulge in a darkly decadent and sinfully sensual world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They aren’t even human.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unfortunately, there’s little time to learn.

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

If only she knew where to look.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Once and for all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INTERFERENCE AND INSURGENCY (The Verdant String Series)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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