Did Anyone Notice Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Continuing on with excerpts from my newly released paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt…Lady of the Nile. Next week I’ll switch to excerpts from The Fated Stars, my new scifi romance (which is already out there but formally releases on the 13th).

Going on with the vision Tuya has, where the goddess Mut reveals a truth to her about the life she’s chosen.  Tuya speaks first.  The excerpt (please excuse the edited punctuation to fit our rules here):

“I was needed!”

“The Royal Wife has fifty ladies-in-waiting, with dozens more who’d relish the chance for the appointment for a year or two.”

“I also serve the goddess at the temple.”

The woman laughed, “As one of a hundred – did anyone other than the goddess notice when you stopped singing today?”

Feeling a chill, and a bit frightened at her unknown companion’s knowledge, Tuya searched again for a path to the river. A low wall surrounded the spot where she stood, and she got goosebumps when she realized there was no break, no exit. She could step over the rows of nearly laid bricks but fear made her pause.

“Where are they all going?” she asked.

“They travel the road of life,” the woman said, “With all the experiences, good and bad, you’ve chosen to shield yourself from – the highs and the lows of a life lived. Not merely observed, not simply drifted through, like a ship caught in the backwaters of the Nile. You chart a safe course going nowhere except the tomb.”

lady of the nileHere’s the story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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How do I Get There? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revised(If you’re here for the SFR Brigade excerpt blog hop, which is from Star Cruise: Songbird,  go here.)

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

Continuing on with excerpts from my newly released paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt…Lady of the Nile.

I’ve skipped a bit from the first excerpt. This is from the beginning of a vision Tuya has, where the goddess Mut reveals a truth to her. The excerpt (please excuse the edited punctuation to fit our rules here):

She stood on a hill, in the shade of a beautiful palm tree, watching groups of people walk along a path across the river from her. They danced and laughed and kissed and talked amongst themselves, as if going to a wonderful festival or special event. Men and women strolled hand in hand, oblivious to anything but each other. Families traveled in little groups, the babies in adult arms, toddlers and young children skipping and running ahead, only to rejoin their parents.

“How do I get over there?” Shielding her eyes with her hand, she searched for a path leading away from where she stood, or a bridge to cross the river.

“But you positioned yourself here, why do you now want to leave?”

Surprised, Tuya turned to the woman standing beside her whose presence she hadn’t noticed before, being so intent on the parade across the way. She seemed familiar, but no name came to Tuya’s tongue, “I didn’t choose to stand here.”

“Indeed you did –  you worked hard and cleverly to achieve this elevated role. Don’t you remember all the times you chose the path of service over more demanding—and perhaps frightening—opportunities?”

lady of the nileHere’s the story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 1

lady of the nileAs 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).

I usually start with the scifi romance – and we’ll get there in a moment – but I have a new release in my paranormal Gods of Egypt series so if you’ll allow me a moment to squee, here it is! (More Fantasy and Paranormal Romances after the SciFi Romances…)

LADY OF THE NILE (GODS OF EGYPT) by Veronica Scott

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires.

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home.

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily.

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

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beastBEAST (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 7) by Anna Hackett

VS Note: OOH have I been waiting for this one! One clicked immediately. Might disappear for the day and read LOL.

Rescued by gladiators on the alien world of Carthago, Mia is working to find other abducted humans who are still lost. But someone else also needs her help–the untamed alien who’s saved her twice. Rescued from vicious fight rings he’s fought in since he was a child, Vek is prone to losing control in aggressive fits of rage…and Mia discovers that she is the only who can calm him. As she finds herself drawn to the man beneath the beast, she knows that with his enhanced senses, Vek can help her find her friends.

For years, all Vek’ker has known is death, darkness, and killing. Despite his newfound freedom, he is struggling to control his rages and withdrawal from the drugs his captors used on him. Only one scent soothes him, one voice calms him, and one woman is his light in the dark. Vek will do anything to protect Mia and make her happy…including vowing to find her friends.

With the gladiators from the House of Galen, Vek and Mia follow mysterious clues into a dangerous part of the desert on the trail of the missing humans. They are drawn closer together but as they enter the deadly Illusion Mountains, they have no idea of the dangers lying in wait for them, or how far they will both be pushed to their limits in order to survive.

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baby soldiers in spaceBABY SOLDIERS IN SPACE (PURPLE PEOPLE BOOK 2) by Rena Marks

Helian Six has it made. Their own planet, lifemates, and kids. Not bad for a species who were born in vats—to emerge full grown with designated careers dependent upon specifically implanted personality traits.

What used to be friendly competition has turned into jealousy, and everyone is scrambling to be accepted onto their planet to live the good life. Now, the Helian Six crew, with their updated promotions, can afford to be picky.

However, a personal request from the Supreme Commander has all but ordered acceptance of a new breed of female. ..(more)…

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teks dreamTEK’S DREAM (CHAETDORIAN MATES BOOK 6) by E M Reders

Many centuries ago, the planet Chaetdor was destroyed and the survivors of that planet set out on a mission to find themselves a new home. Earth was never part of the plan; a primitive world with little technology and a sun that was harmful to the Chaetdorian body. When there was a fault with the ship they had no choice but to land on the foreign planet and hope that they could fix the problem quickly so they could continue on their journey. But that didnit happen….(more)…

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neogeishaNEOGEISHA (PHOENIX RISING BOOK 2) by Alexandra Christian

Macijah “Cage” St. John’ didn’t want the spy life anymore. He would have been thrilled to spend every morning lying in the field behind Phoe’s home in smalltown Louisiana watching the clouds roll by. But his Miss Addison wanted to spread her wings, literally. So Cage accepted a mission that teamed him up with his lady love. If only he had trusted her…(more)…

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royal protectorROYAL PROTECTOR  (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 8) by Marla Therron

VS Note: From September, a find from reader Merry.

Terrorised by a ruthless regime and defeated in a long and brutal war with the alpha warriors of Zodia, Earth must rebuild itself and begin a new era of peace. For sexy, curvy nurse Kayla, this is easier said than done.

Worn down by the fighting and facing an uncertain future, she fears she’ll never be happy again. That all changes though, after she meets the sexy and powerful Alien Prince Leos…(more)…

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canva burokeralt

VS Note: I didn’t know that Lindsay Buroker had set up a Kindle World for her fabulous Fallen Empire series universe but here are three new entries in the KW:

FALLEN EMPIRE: SPACE CLAN BOOGALOO (THE WEDDING FEUD BOOK 1) by Dylan Keefer  Amazon

FALLEN EMPIRE: DISCOVERY AND FLIGHT (CHOI AND WATSON BOOK 2) by Matthew Quinn  Amazon

FALLEN EMPIRE: A STAND FOR FREEDOM by Jeffery H Haskell    

Imperial Cyborg Cole and Alliance Pilot Brisa, have evaded the cruel mobster in their hellish prison. Now what? With the help of two other inmates, they might just manage an escape. That is unless the Alliance has anything to say about it!  Amazon

taken alien enslavedTAKEN (ALIEN ENSLAVED BOOK 5) by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS Note: I did notice the only review so far was 2 stars (which of course is just one reader’s opinion) so as always sample before you buy.

Cara had only planned to take her co-worker’s Great Dane, Duke, for a quick walk before bed. What occurred next happened so fast she didn’t have time to fully grasp it, or even kiss her butt goodbye!
She woke up cold, naked, and staring into the fierce face of a giant, yellow-skinned barbarian on a world not just light years removed from Earth in space, but removed in time, as well.
When modern day Earth women meet uncivilized barbarians—The Hirachi warrior, Niles, didn’t know what hit him, but he knows what he wants—Cara—and what he won’t allow is his second, Kaen, walking off with his prize!

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lincolnLINCOLN (THE EMBER QUEST BOOK 3) by Arcadia Shield

Lincoln Ember is a lover and a fighter. Driven by a determined need never to be hurt again, he fights with his brothers, and a growing band of resistance fighters, to figure out just who in the hell the State are, and how to stop them in their merciless rule. As an ace sniper and former Marine, he’s known for never missing a target. And when he’s on a mission to infiltrate and bring down a dragon hybrid trafficking ring, he won’t stop until the hybrids are safe. But he has a problem. A fiery, jaded, spiky redhead type of problem. And she’s fighting right alongside him.

Former slave of the State, talented dragon hybrid Anastasia Firestar, is adjusting to life in the underground bunker the Ember brothers run. Plagued with disturbing memories of her time forced to work for the State in order to protect her sister, she has her own vengeance mission and powerful internal demons to battle…(more)…

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khajalKHAJAL: A CYBORG FIGHTING MACHINE’S FIRST AND ONLY MATE (THE CYBORGS REBORN) by TJ Quinn

VS Note: I did notice that on previous books there were a number of reviews citing lack of editing and grammar errors; no Look Inside offered on this one (at least not when I was on the page earlier).

Planet Earth was invaded by an alien race, the Taucets.
Humans fought back, especially with their cyborgs, warriors conceived to fight tirelessly against their alien enemies. Unfortunately, humans decided cyborgs should be considered machines enslaved to their masters and forgotten they were mostly humans.
In no time this new race was struggling to free themselves from human’s yoke this is the story of Khajal, a fugitive cyborg.

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yashYASH (WARRIORS OF ZELENIAN BOOK 1) by Danielle Fin

When disasters strike, who can she trust? Her own villagers that she has known all her life? Or the human she has just known but came to love? Yash never cared for the males in her village—hell, she only cared about protecting her village. Then, they came. Humans. And her world was turned upside down.

By a tall, sexy human soldier. Maximus always followed the rules. Well, almost always, but it is hard to resist a beautiful creature when she throws her sexually charged self into him. Now he would do anything to protect her…and please her.

There is just one…big…problem. An ancient prophecy is set in motion and Max must work with Yash to figure out who the prophecy child could be.

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name among the starsA NAME AMONG THE STARS by Mark Henwick

Offer no weakness; suffer no wound.

When Zara narrowly escapes with her life from her home world, she hopes that she’s found safety on the planet Kernow. But the sinister conspiracy that murdered her family has spread. Zara must risk her own life to help expose the plot, or another world will fall, and people she’s come to love will die.

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sunsingerSUNSINGER (CY’REN RISING BOOK 3 ) by Robyn Bachar

The sole survivor of the Sunsinger massacre, Lord Degalen Fairren spends his days reading tales of the family he never knew. When a rival house threatens to enslave Cyprena, Galen is forced to pull his nose out of his books and enter into an alliance with House Morningstar, and a dangerous mission to save his world.

The covert assassin. Lady Andelynn Harrow isn’t House Morningstar’s eldest or prettiest daughter, but she is the deadliest. After her father’s murder, Andee must defend her new house and mate—the shy, reluctant Galen—but every battle risks revealing her terrible secret.

The escaped slave. Malcolm gets his first taste of freedom when the Cy’ren recruit him to locate the cure to a deadly virus—and feels the burn of desire for Galen, the lord he can never have, and for Andee, who awakens memories of a long-lost first love.

The danger they face fuels the heat between them, but with Cyprena’s fate hanging in the balance, the race to find the cure could come with devastating costs.

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rift frequencyTHE RIFT FREQUENCY by Amy S Foster

She didn’t mean to, but…

Teenage super-solider Ryn Whittaker started an uprising.

For three years Ryn was stationed at The Battle Ground Rift site—one of the fourteen mysterious and unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths—and then she met Ezra Massad.

Falling in love and becoming a rebel Citadel wasn’t part of Ryn’s life plan, but with Ezra there asking all the right questions, they began to decode what’s really going on with the Allied Rift Coalition, and what they discovered was enough to start a civil war…(more)…

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neroNERO  by Luna Hunter

It was supposed to be a routine flight. Circle Earth and be back home in time for dinner. Easy peasy for astronaut Victoria Snow.

Until Nero Octavius shows up. The powerful alien warrior boards her ship, and from that point on nothing will ever be the same again. With his smoldering eyes and rippling muscles, the headstrong alien is hard to resist, try as Victoria might.

Nero is a wanted man, harboring a dark secret. Everyone he gets close to is in permanent danger. He won’t allow anyone into his life… but he makes an exception for the curvy human female. She awakens something inside him, a power greater than he knew existed…

Will it be the end for them both?

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dragons queenTHE DRAGON’S QUEEN (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 4) by Pearl Foxx

Niva returned to Kladuu for the Alpha of Clan Vilka, but when he took another mate, her heart shattered. To pick up the pieces, she travels to the Draqons’ hive with their menacing, gruff leader. But behind his black eyes lies the one man who may be able to put her pieces back together.

Years ago, Zayd lost his Queen in a battle that left him scarred and full of self-loathing. But when a beautiful young human comes to live at his hive high in the snow-capped mountains on Kladuu, his heart begins to thaw. Flying in his Draqon form has always been about harnessing his rage, but with Niva on his back, he finds a freedom he never felt, even with his Queen.

When Kladuu is threatened, Zayd must face his fear over Niva’s safety and accept her as his rider and new Queen, or it might mean the end of the planet they both call home.

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korzaks mateKORZAK’S MATE (TARNEN WARRIOR MATES BOOK 1) by Vixa Moon

Olivia’s life wasn’t exactly going as she’d planned. And being kidnapped by aliens was the last thing she needed.

Her alien captors are vicious and cruel. Only one man, or alien, can save her.

Korzak is willing to do anything to find his mate. He’s climbed the icy peaks of Mount Kavkor, just to discover her identity. Now he’s raced across the galaxies, only to find that she’s been abducted.

Will Korzak be able to get to Olivia, his fated mate, in time? He’s a skilled and ferocious warrior, but her abductors are no easy match.

And what’s going to happen even if he can save her? Olivia isn’t exactly open to the idea of a fated mate, and she certainly wasn’t expecting that her next lover would be a massive alien from another world.

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aliens touchTHE ALIEN’S TOUCH ( WARRIORS OF OF LUXIRIA BOOK 4) by Zoey Draven

Cecelia has always rolled with life’s punches. Growing up in a broken home? Check. Cancer? Check. Getting rescued from a human trafficking ring by massive, horned alien warriors and getting transported to their planet? Triple check. But when her cancer returns, light years away from Earth, Cecelia knows that she needs her rescuers’ help—except that help comes in the form a sexy, pierced, ruthless warrior who thinks she’s his…

Ambassador Rixavox, one of the fiercest war generals on Luxiria, is no stranger to the carnal delights of females. Many, many females. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he could settle for just one…but that’s before his animalistic Instinct awakens for Cecelia, recognizing her for who she truly is: his fated mate.

As they journey to his territory in the harsh northern lands of Luxiria, his female tempts him to madness, fueling his own wicked desires, even when it is forbidden to touch her or claim her the way he craves. In his care, they must resist the mating call that runs between them…or risk everything.

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sea kingTHE SEA KING (WEATHER MAGES OF MYSTRAL BOOK 2)  by C L Wilson

Seafaring prince Dilys Merimydion has been invited to court the three magical princesses of Summerlea. To eradicate the pirates threatening Calberna and to secure the power of the Sea Throne, Dilys vows to return home with a fierce warrior-queen as his bride. But politics has nothing to do with unexpected temptation.

She didn’t dare wed him…

A weathermage like her sisters, Gabriella Coruscate’s gentleness exemplifies the qualities of her season name, Summer. Yet her quiet poise conceals dangerous powers she cannot begin to wield. Better to live without excitement, she reasons, than risk her heart and lose control—until an irresistible Sealord jolts her awake with a thunderclap of raw desire.

Until evil threatens everything they hold dear…

When pirates kidnap Summer and her sisters, Dilys begins a desperate quest to save the woman he loves. Only by combining his command of the seas with the unleashed fury of Summer’s formidable gifts can they defeat their brutal enemies and claim the most priceless victory of all: true love.

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ironboundIRONBOUND (PORTLAND AFTER DARK BOOK 2) by Mel Sterling

VS Note: Sounds SO good!

The Master of the Wild Hunt – In a single cataclysm of magic shattering a centuries-old bond of servitude, the Unseelie Queen of Forest Park loses her fiercest huntsman. Now Hunter is free to abscond with half her court and the Wild Hunt is his to command. Yet between the Queen’s deadly incursions and a mysterious sickness spreading through his followers, Hunter’s rebellion is doomed unless he turns to an even deadlier poison–mortal iron, and hands capable of shaping it.

The Mistress of Cold Iron – Dove Paisley ekes out a living as a modern-day blacksmith and office cleaner. Accidentally swept up in the Wild Hunt, Dove finds herself prisoner in a plague-stricken fae mound and forced to confront Hunter, the harsh, forbidding King in the East. Dove must drive the hardest bargain of her life: her freedom in exchange for forging the weapons that can turn the tide in a supernatural war.

But fae bargains twist on those who make them. The Master of the Hunt may have met his match, and if he isn’t careful he’ll be bound to a human woman by more than her iron sorcery. Together, the fae huntsman and the mortal blacksmith must break the Queen’s malevolent enchantments before she binds them all forever in Death’s cold hands.

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queen of thornsQUEEN OF THORNS (TALES OF THE BLACK COURT BOOK 5) by Jessica Aspen

When Sleeping Beauty is really the Evil Queen, what prince would dare to wake her?

Ardan is desperate. If he doesn’t return soon with the head of the Black Queen he’ll lose everything…including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.
Waking from her magical sleep, the only thing Aeval remembers is her name. But soon she realizes—even a little knowledge is dangerous. So she becomes Thorn and sets off with the man whose mission is to kill the Black Queen.
When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will falling in love be enough to stop him from killing? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

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book of the hiddenBOOK OF THE HIDDEN by Jeri Westerson

To get a fresh start away from a bad relationship, Kylie Strange moves across the country to open a shop in a seemingly quiet town in rural Maine. During renovations on Strange Herbs & Teas, she discovers a peculiar and ancient codex, The Booke of the Hidden, bricked into the wall. Every small town has its legends and unusual histories, and this artifact sends Kylie right into the center of Moody Bog’s biggest secret.

While puzzling over the tome’s oddly blank pages, Kylie gets an unexpected visitor—Erasmus Dark, an inscrutable stranger who claims to be a demon, knows she has the book, and warns her that she has opened a portal to the netherworld. Kylie brushes off this nonsense, until a series of bizarre murders put her, the newcomer, at the center. With the help of the demon and a coven of witches she befriends while dodging the handsome but sharp-eyed sheriff, Kylie hunts for a killer—that might not be human.

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scorched anthoSCORCHED: 13 DRAGON SHIFTER PARANORMAL ROMANCE STANDALONES by Various

Grab these thirteen new, exclusive dragon-shifter paranormal romances from NYT, USA Today and other bestselling authors!

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blood choiceBLOOD CHOICE (DEATHLESS NIGHT SERIES BOOK 6) by L E Wilson

Happy to be back in Seattle, Shea Bennet wants nothing more than to forget about the enigmatic warlock who saved her from a fate worse than death. But his topaz eyes haunt her, and his wicked scent makes her crave something she will never be able to have, something more than his blood — his touch. Though she feels his presence everywhere she goes, she is taken off guard when he suddenly appears as she is hunting, and Shea finds the tables have turned, and it is she who is the prey.

A warlock determined to break the curse.

Ever since he let her leave, Jesse Moss finds he is the one possessed — with the memory of a vampire he felt compelled to protect for reasons he can’t explain. ..(more)…

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air witch's dragonTHE AIR WITCH’S DRAGON (DRAGONS OF WUSHIN BOOK 1) by Severine Wolfe

When Ryluth personally invited Sofia to visit his world with an eye towards staying, he had no idea what to expect, but he had felt so much relief when he saw her step through the portal.
Sofia had known that she didn’t fit on either world she’d been on, but she was reluctant to leave the familiar and her friends, but she takes the chance to visit Wushin. She wants to explore and discover new things and forget her wretched past on the Demonworld and the only way she can do that is by leaving everything she knows behind.
The two of them take a huge leap of faith and try to break the curse the Dragons have labored under for so long. Meanwhile, someone would rather they didn’t.
Ryluth not only has to deal with his reaction to Sofia, but the fact that his Dragons want the women she’s brought with her. They have never surrendered their honor under the curse, but the moment six females step out of a portal, it’s a very near thing. Everyone wants a mate, but doesn’t want her to die. So, they must work together to solve the curse.

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trouble with twelfth graveTHE TROUBLE WITH TWELFTH GRAVE by Darynda Jones

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?

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savage heartsSAVAGE HEARTS: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY by Various

Dracula, Quasimodo, Dr. Jekyll…they are the monsters that stalk your nightmares. Haunting the pages of books for centuries, they are the embodiment of all that emerges from the shadows when you close your eyes. They are the deformed, the hated and the incomprehensible, fated to walk in the darkness alone forever.

Or are they?

From twelve amazing authors, come twelve new tales, stories that go beyond the blighted surface to see into the heart of the beast. They are stories of acceptance and redemption, love and passion… and chance encounters that forge the love of a lifetime.

Stop running. Stop hiding. See past the monster. Look into the face of fear and you might just find the soul of a man.

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once upon a princessONCE UPON A PRINCESS, HEART OF STONE by Deborah A Bailey

In the ruins of a country destroyed by a curse. Princess Leesa goes looking for a way to help her people. Desperate to find an item of value to trade for supplies, she trespasses into an abandoned palace.

There, she finds more than she bargained for when she encounters a lonely Gargoyle who offers to provide her with everything she needs, for a price.

If she’s willing to pay it, she may find the love she’s been looking for. Or she may lose it, forever.

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searedSEARED (THE RETURN OF THE ELVES BOOK 4) by Bethany Adams

After more than three hundred years on Earth, Prince Ralan has finally returned to Moranaia. But with his wicked brother Kien on the loose, the homecoming is a short one. A dire vision sends Ralan back to Earth to save his soulbonded from his dark brother. The problem? Ralan’s Sight grows more erratic by the moment even as danger closes in on every side.

A woman far from home – Ever since a failed alliance ruined her family, Cora has lived on Earth. Far from discontent, her days are spent running her clothing shop and helping newly arrived fae adapt to mundane life. Then a golden-eyed prince strides into her store, trouble stalking his heels. Big trouble.

A fate foretold –  Ralan’s Sight might be broken, but one thing remains clear—stopping Kien will mean Ralan’s death. So how could the Gods choose now to introduce his soulbonded? As Ralan and Cora search for Kien, their relationship grows stronger. Unfortunately, so does the threat. Now Ralan must choose between his own life and the fate of all their worlds.

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first fireFIRST FIRE (THE FIRST GUARDIAN NOVELLA) by S Lawrence

VS Note: From September

Sometimes, the magic knows just what you need!

Daughter of a Celtic Goddess and a Viking Berserker, Ylva has the power to spare. She is beautiful and gentle, fierce when it is needed. She controls both the magic and the rage that runs through her body. But, beware of her icy blue eyes.

Asger, Berserker blood course through his veins. Chosen to be a guardian, because of his ferociousness in battle, loyalty, and heart. Who knew she would claim it all. But is he strong enough to stand withstand her rage.

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lady of thornsLADY OF THORNS by Nicola M Cameron

Love was never supposed to be part of the deal…

Lady Amelie de Clerq’s prickly demeanor and earth mage abilities have earned her the nickname “Lady of Thorns,” keeping potential suitors at bay and making her the butt of the nobility’s jokes. Determined to attract a husband who will love her for herself rather than her fortune, she decides to embark on a journey of sensual self-discovery.

Alain LaPorte, wily lawyer and toast of the capital’s social set, has been summoned to Lierdhe to oversee business negotiations with a neighboring earl. When Amelie asks Alain to tutor her in the bedroom arts, he agrees to introduce the virgin mage to pleasure. But lessons in lovemaking soon turn into a matter of the heart, forcing both Amelie and Alain to confront their fears about intimacy, loyalty, and love.

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haunting magicHAUNTING MAGIC by Neely Powell

Fiona Burns, a witch who sees dead people, meets Hollywood producer Bailey Powers, who sees her as the next cable star—and a fake. Even so, she’s tempted by the dynamic producer in more ways than one. But she has a big distraction—a vicious curse on her family coven.

The ghosts of New Mourne warn of the return of the Woman in White, a vengeful spirit who claims the life of a Connelly witch from every generation. During the battle, Fiona unwittingly fuels the demonic forces, and black magic brings death and heartbreak to her family.

Initially a skeptic, Bailey is soon caught up in her supernatural battle with forces of evil. He’s also beginning to think Fiona can help him escape his haunting past.

With magic and mayhem at war and survival on the line, the Witches of New Mourne face a new challenge from their ancient foe. They discover that not all dark deeds are borne of the Woman but a demon who is bent on gaining the Woman’s powers for his own. Will another generation fall? Or does the curse end here?

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escape the seaESCAPE THE SEA by G Bailey

Seven towns. Seven seas. The seven council. The seven words every person lives by.

The sea is lost, pirates are death.

Cassandra should have been killed at birth, like all the other children who have powers like her. The changed ones. The ones who started the war, lost the seas and killed millions with their gifts.

Lucky for Cassandra, her father is on the council. One of the seven rulers of her large town and has kept her hidden her entire life.hen she is seen for the first time, she has no choice but to run and the only place she can go is to the sea. To the pirates and a certain death.

At least that is what she thinks. When she meets six handsome pirates and they take her on board their ship, she learns about a whole new world. If only she can protect her heart when they all desire to own it.

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relentlessRELENTLESS by D B Reynolds

It’s been months since the powerful French vampire Mathilde used Raphael’s arrogance against him and nearly succeeded in taking his life. His fury has grown stronger with every day since, fed by new bloody incursions onto North American soil by the Europeans, while vampire politicking has forced him to wait. But no longer. Someone has attacked his home, killing vampires, threatening Cyn. They’ve taken it one step too far, and Raphael’s tired of waiting. His enemies are about to discover that revenge can taste damn good when it’s hot, too.

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ghost in a bottleGHOST IN A BOTTLE by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne

Ophelia Hunt travels to her family’s ancestral home in Savannah, Georgia, to help her beloved grandmother get her affairs in order. To destress, she spends the day shopping, ending up at an antique store near the river. A hand-blown glass jar, shoved behind other trinkets and baubles, catches her eye. Unable to shake the strong feeling she’s meant to have the old jar, she buys it and sets it on her grandmother’s mantel.

As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, strange things begin to happen. Objects move on their own, doors open and slam closed, and a man’s whispers call out in the darkness. Are Gram’s old stories of family curses and ghosts real, or is Ophelia cracking under the stress of dealing with her grandmother’s finances and last wishes?

Anatoli La Croix has spent the last century cursed to exist in spirit form, locked inside a glass jar. When the beautiful and magickal Ophelia purchases the jar, he discovers he’s able to escape his confinement for short periods. For the first time in a century, he has hope. Could the beautiful witch be the one to break his curse? Or will she provoke the evil spirit that imprisoned him and bring dark magick’s wrath down on them both?

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arctic burnARCTIC BURN (62 DEGREES NORTH BOOK 1) by Amy Ruttan

He’d been burned once by her love…

Bryant Quill left the airforce after his tour of duty. He came north to work for his old airforce buddy as a bush pilot in Yellowknife and to find the one who got away. The one who not only left a mark on his soul, but on his skin.

Lexie Nevue has learned to hide. Growing up as a strong telekinetic, she was shamed into keeping her abilities secret, but it’s not so much the telekinesis that bothers her, but the fact that when she feels any strong emotion her world literally burns down. After hurting the only man she ever loved, she fled back to her roots in northern Canada.

She’s hiding from Bryant, from the Lotus Circle and now she’s hiding from a terrorist organization that wants to use her telekinetic abilities to recover something deep beneath the permafrost. Something that can bring about the end of the world.

When Bryant is contacted by Mike D’Antoni of the mysterious Phoenix Agency, his mission is clear, to save the world he has to risk being burned again.

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witchful thinkingWITCHFUL THINKING (HAPPILY EVERLASTING SERIES BOOK 4) by Kristen Painter

Charlotte Fenchurch knows that, which is why she’s not that surprised when a very special book of magic falls into her hands at the library where she works. As a fledgling witch, owning her own grimoire is a dream come true. But there’s something…mysterious about the book she just can’t figure out.

Leopard shifter Walker Black knows what’s odd about the book. It’s full of black magic and so dangerous that it could destroy the world. Good thing the Fraternal Order of Light has sent him to Everlasting to recover it and put it into safe storage. If he has to, he’ll even take the witch who owns it into custody.

That is until he meets Charlotte and realizes she’s not out to watch the world burn. She’s sweet and kind and wonderful. Suddenly protecting her is all he wants to do. Well, that and kiss her some more. But dark forces seem determined to get their hands on the book, making Charlotte their target, and Walker worries that he won’t be able to protect her from them – or the organization he works for.

Can Walker and Charlotte survive the onslaught of danger? Or is that just witchful thinking?

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hard breakerHARD BREAKER: A BEAUTY AND BEAST NOVEL (GARGOYLES NOVEL) by Christine Warren 

Ivy Beckett ‘s gift feels more like a curse. She can hear things happening in distant locations, which is how she knows the very instant her family is killed by servants of the Darkness. Furious, she joins the fight to save the world – but the losses are mounting up. She thinks only a miracle can save them—but she doesn’t expect the miracle to come in the form of a handsome gargoyle.

Baen is a fearsome Guardian, but when he awakes, even his surprised by war that is going on. But what’s even more distracting is beautiful Ivy. Driven by passion, she’s ready to charge head-first into battle. But Baen’s primal instincts to protect what’s his rise within him, and Ivy is dangerously attracted to him. Can she and her gargoyle warrior save the world…and fall in love?

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warlocks sonWARLOCK’S SON: AN ANDREW MOORE NOVEL by D B Rosier

Andrew Stewart was having a bad morning.  His girlfriend, the love of his life, dumped him, he has a hangover, and then some people attack him.  Bad morning really doesn’t do it justice.

He’s just a college student, with no idea what’s going on, or that magic and the supernatural is real, and very deadly.  He’s been targeted by his father’s enemies.  Enemies which he had no idea even existed.

He doesn’t even know his father’s name, or what he truly is, but he’d better figure it out quick.  He’s a hidden heir, a warlock, a Moore warlock, and someone wants him dead.

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shades if memorySHADES OF MEMORY (THE DIAMOND CITY MAGIC NOVELS) by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Riley’s lost the last damned thing she’s willing to lose. She’s declaring war and prisoners are optional.

After escaping the FBI, Riley and her family have become fugitives, and not just from the law. Every bad guy on the planet wants a piece of Riley. Gregg has been kidnapped. Worse than that, Price’s newly discovered magic is dangerously out of control, and her own is trying to kill her. She has little time to worry about any of that before all hell breaks loose in Diamond City, and she finds herself smack dab in the crossfire.

With the clock ticking down, Riley gathers her friends and family to execute a Hail Mary plan that will pit them against seven of the most dangerous thugs in Diamond City, a serial killer, Riley’s psychopath father, and a mysterious billionaire with plans of his own. If she succeeds, she makes herself an even bigger target. If she fails, everybody she cares about dies.

But the shadows hold danger even Riley will never see coming.

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siren's songSIREN’S SONG (BEWITCHING BEDLAM BOOK 3) by Yasmine Galenorn

When the fog rolls in from the sea, sometimes ghosts from the past follow it…

Sandy’s under attack. First, she’s almost mowed down at the supermarket, then her new shore-front burger stand is destroyed on its grand opening day. But when she’s found in a coma, the danger heats up. As she falls into a coma, parts of her dreaming world escape into reality. Now, Maddy, Aegis, and Max must find the cure for the mysterious disease Sandy is suffering from, before she’s permanently trapped in the realm of dreams.

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VS Note: Over at Here Be Magic we’re doing a giveaway.

Here Be Magic giveaway

And if you enjoy paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt, I do have 6 other books in the connected series, which can be read in any order.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

October 25

October 18

October 11

October 4

September 27

September 20

September 13

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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.  

(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…

Dig In and Fight Weekend Writing Warriors

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

I was excited to do a cover reveal this week for my next paranormal romance, set in ancient Egypt. I hadn’t written one in quite a while and it was fun to dive back into my version of 1550 BCE! (I also have a new scifi romance coming in November – more on that next week.)

Captain Khian and his men are in front of Pharaoh, to receive honors for heroism. Lady Tuya is in the audience and this is her POV. The excerpt (edited for punctuation to fit our rules):

Pharaoh leaned forward to speak to the solider, “My general tells me your men held off the enemy at the Meribe Pass long enough for him to bring up reinforcements and turn the tide of battle – well done.” He took the gold of valor, a heavy necklace of golden flies, from the scribe and looped it over the captain’s neck.

“It was either dig in and fight or jump off the cliffs at our back, Great One.” This Khian’s voice was deep, his smile engaging, “I didn’t see much choice in the moment, frankly. So we made a wall of our shields and dared the Hyksos to overrun us.”

Tuya held her fan still, waiting to see how the ruler would react to being addressed. Normally, the recipients of honors merely saluted and murmured their brief, awed thanks.

But Pharaoh was a former military man and in a good mood. He laughed, “Sometimes the best strategy is just to survive and fight like hell, captain, I quite agree.”

LadyoftheNileFinalHere’s the story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires. 

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home. 

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily. 

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

 

 

Cover Reveal LADY OF THE NILE

I realized it had been far too long since I visited ancient Egypt to tell a paranormal romance, so I’ve got a new book releasing next week (exact date TBD as it’s still with the formatter)!

Here’s my gorgeous cover, from Fiona Jayde:

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Here’s the story:

Tuya, a high ranking lady-in-waiting at Pharaoh’s court, lives a life of luxury, pageantry and boredom. Khian, a brave and honorable officer from the provinces temporarily re-assigned to Thebes, catches her eye at a gold of valor ceremony. As the pair are thrown together by circumstances, she finds herself unaccountably attracted to this man so unlike the haughty nobles she’s used to. But a life with Khian would mean leaving the court and giving up all that she’s worked so hard to attain. As she goes about her duties, Tuya struggles with her heart’s desires.

When Tuya is lured into a dangerous part of Thebes by her disgraced half-brother and kidnapped by unknown enemies of Egypt, Khian becomes her only hope. Pharaoh assigns him to bring the lady home.

Aided by the gods, Khian races into the desert on the trail of the elusive kidnappers, hoping to find Tuya before it’s too late. Neither of them has any idea of the dark forces arrayed against them, nor the obstacles to be faced. An ancient evil from the long gone past wants to claim Tuya for its own purposes and won’t relinquish her easily.

Can Khian find her in time? Will he and his uncanny allies be able to prevent her death? And if the couple escapes and reaches safety, what of their fledgling romance?

The excerpt:

Facing down the attacking Hyksos hordes at the Meribe Pass had been easier in many ways than preparing to meet a grateful Pharaoh to receive the reward for not accepting defeat. Captain Khian walked the line of his small troop murmuring encouragement, straightening a sword here and making a joke there, anything to lighten the men’s tension as they waited outside the ceremonial chamber for their moments under Pharaoh’s eye. It wasn’t often that common soldiers had the chance to stand in front of the Living God who ruled Egypt. The idea was terrifying.

At last the scribe touched his elbow. “You can march in now, captain.”

He nodded, gave his soldiers one final, critical inspection. “We’ll do the Jackal Nome proud, men.”

Khian set the pace, walking behind the young scribe, keeping his proud military bearing, not looking to the right or the left but focusing on the glittering dais where Pharaoh’s golden throne sat and the Great One himself waited to honor them. He might be only a landholder, commissioned to fight in the war against the invaders, rather than one of the career officers, and his men might be farmers in their daily lives, but by the gods, they’d held that damned pass and saved the day for Egypt. Pride for what his troops had accomplished in battle filled his heart and pushed aside trepidation over being in a completely foreign environment now. He just wanted to get through the ceremony without disgracing himself or his men in front of the ruler.

The scribe had them line up off to the side, awaiting their moment with Pharaoh, who was still speaking with a group of ambassadors. “Your name will be called and then move forward in front of the throne. Salute and stand at attention.”

“We’ll do as you instruct.” Khian clenched his hand on the hilt of his sword. He gazed across the chamber while he waited, taking in the crowd of courtiers attending the audience. For the most part the nobles, officers and functionaries were a blur of painted faces, fine clothes and elaborate jewelry but one woman caught his attention. She sat near the queen, so was obviously high ranking, but her expression was sweet rather than haughty and she stared at him as if trying to give him encouragement. Could she tell he was nervous about committing an inadvertent error of royal protocol? The lady smiled, plying her ostrich feather fan flirtatiously. He made a slight bow to her, before he abruptly remembered where he was.

Ridiculous as it might seem, he felt as if he had a friend here.

Boredom had been weighing on Tuya all afternoon. She’d sat through many audiences at the court of Pharaoh Nat-re-Akhte and this one was no different—newly arrived dignitaries to greet, a few issues needing  Pharaoh’s judgment, gold of valor to be awarded to a deserving soldier or two. In her five years as chief lady-in-waiting to the Royal Wife, Tuya had seen all variations.

Pharaoh would present the gold of valor next, and Tuya found herself glancing at the assembled soldiers. The officer captured her attention instantly. Something about his face drew her gaze. He had the look of a man going into combat and she guessed his unfamiliarity with royal protocol and the customs at court might lie at the heart of his tension. Or he was worried for his men that they’d manage the moments under Pharaoh’s scrutiny with honor. Direct attention from the living god was a frightening thing to most people.  She wished she could take the officer aside for a moment and reassure him that Pharaoh was a kind man, a soldier himself in fact, and would most likely be tolerant of any minor breaches in protocol from overawed rural troops.

The captain was looking at the crowd now, as he waited, and when his attention turned to her, she smiled and tried to project encouraging thoughts for him. It doesn’t matter how the court perceives you, only Pharaoh’s opinion counts with the gods.