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

dark strengthAs 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).

By the way, yes, sometimes I do truncate the book blurb, but if you click on the buy link you can read the rest of it on the ebook seller’s site.

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DARK STRENGTH (REFUGE BOOK 3) by Cynthia Sax

VS Note: An immediate one click for me! I love her books and the Refuge series has been really interesting (dark like all her stories but oh so good!).

Balvan, the Refuge’s Gatekeeper, is huge, green, and has a reputation for crushing skulls. He’s a modified humanoid, genetically designed to be the ultimate warrior. One of a kind and considered monstrous by many, he never expects to find his mate, the one female meant for him.

Elyce, snatched from her home half a solar cycle ago, has finally escaped her brutal captors. She arrives at the Refuge barely alive. Only a blood transfusion from the largest male she has ever seen will save her life. But it will also bind her to him forever. Staring up, up, up at him, she wonders why she wants to be free. His gentle touch revives yearnings she thought dead. His lips set her skin ablaze. His massive muscles make her feel safe.

That feeling could be an illusion. Elyce’s captors want their slave back and they won’t stop until they have her. To give his mate her freedom, Balvan might be forced to give up everything he has – his role as the Gatekeeper, Elyce’s love, and his life.

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wicked attractionWICKED ATTRACTION (THE PROTECTOR) by Megan Hart

Ewan Donahue has made a lot of mistakes, but making Nina Bronson want to leave him has been the worst. With the initial threats on his life out of the way, he doesn’t really need her protection, but hiring her to take care of him again is the only way to get her back in his life. When Nina shows up ready to work —and nothing else — Ewan’s determined to win her back. If he can break through the walls his earlier betrayal built, maybe they can have another shot at love. When it turns out that this time, it’s Nina who’s being targeted for danger and possibly death, Ewan’s the one who has to keep her safe.

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destination titanDESTINATION TITAN (LEAVING EARTH BOOK 1) by Liza O’Connor

With Earth destined for a new ice-age, seven scientists and twenty-two brilliant teenagers are gathered in a compound deep within a mountain. There they struggle to come together as a group and complete the projects needed for their survival in the inhospitable environment of Titan, one of Saturn’s moons. However, certain factions on Earth have no intention of letting Project Einstein succeed. Keeping the group alive and productive is the hardest task Colonel Lancaster and his soldiers have ever had, but they are determined to succeed no matter how well the saboteurs have planned. The continuation of the human race depends upon it.

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not of this worldNOT OF THIS WORLD (WARRIORS OF RISNAR) by Tracy St John

Jeannie Gardner escapes from her captors’ clutches only to find herself trapped on a planet far from Earth. When she is discovered by a muscle-bound warrior, she must prove to him, and the Council of Elders, that she is not a creature set free from a lab, but a sentient being from another planet.

If she succeeds, they will send her home. If she fails, she will be executed.

Risnar warrior Kren Bolep is duty bound to protect his village from the Monsuda and their creations. But this small pink-skinned female is different, special. As the bond between them grows, Jeannie’s vulnerability invokes Kren’s protective instincts, and he vows to uncover the truth and secure her future.

But there is a bigger threat looming. The Monsuda are coming to get Jeannie, and they’ll use whatever means necessary. When Jeannie is taken, Kren is forced to choose—disobey the Elders and place his people in danger, or lose the only person who makes him feel whole.

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breeder carinaTHE BREEDER by Lynne Silver

VS Note: OK, I one clicked this.

In a world where fertility is a rare and treasured thing, Jane—the breeder for Windy City—is ready to fulfill her destiny and repopulate the earth, with the help of the one man strong enough to have her. The man she’s dreamed of for as long as she can remember.

One fight. One winner. One month of uninhibited pleasure. For Ethan, losing Jane isn’t an option. He’s spent years preparing for this battle, for his woman, but marriage and family are a thing of the past, and happily-ever-afters don’t come easy.

No matter the temptation, they can’t stay lost in each other’s bodies forever. The clock is ticking, and Ethan means to keep Jane for always. No matter what it takes.

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kragenKRAGEN (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 1) by Chloe Cox

Andromeda Knowles has always been a fighter. But when the ex who ruined her life and his drunken buddies confront her about working for the new Leonid-human Mating Service — the only job she’s been able to get after what her ex did to her — she knows she doesn’t stand a chance. Until a huge, powerful, sexy Leonid Dominant shows up and puts his life on the line to save her.

Kragen is everything Andie said she’d never touch: a criminal, an alien warrior, and too damn Dominant for her own good. But he’s also wounded, and Andie can’t bring herself to leave his side — or disobey his orders.

Which is good, because he’s not letting her go anywhere. Technically, he’s kidnapping her. Because he says they’re mates. Like actual, fated mates. And the more time Andie spends with Kragen, the more he gets under her skin–and her clothes. Andie sees a side of Kragen no one has ever seen before, and she starts to fall for the noble heart underneath Kragen’s rough, Dom exterior…

But when she discovers the secret that Kragen has locked up in his basement, Andie learns that her alien savior has a dark side — and that there’s a freaking reason he’s on the run from both the Leonids and the Earth Alliance. One thing is clear: Kragen is a rebel with no plans to change. And he will never allow anyone to take his mate–even if it means taking on the whole world.
But when the Alliance finds them and takes Andie prisoner, Kragen must decide: will he choose his cause, or his mate?

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savage alien stella skySAVAGE ALIEN (VITHOHN WARRIORS) by Stella Sky

Trained by a headstrong leader, a robot, and a group of sarcastic gunslingers, Sidney Cunningham thought she’d learned everything there was to know about outsmarting the blindly aggressive Vithohn who took over her planet… Until she met one face to face. Unable to run or fight, Sidney must come up with a new plan, and meeting the sexy, muscular, pierced alien has her willing to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Tessoul is a warrior of the Vithohn. His race believes the humans have been extinguished and that the Earth belongs to them… until a human woman sneaks into his base and seduces his leader. Now, more than ever, Tessoul believes the human militia must be exterminated. But, when he runs into the sensual, impish redhead named Sidney, he learns that the humans are ready to fight back with every trick in the book.

Sidney believes she has a plan for how to move forward with her newly awakened lust for the brooding alien, but she soon realizes that when she invited Tessoul into her life… he didn’t come alone.

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madness unleashedMADNESS UNLEASHED (DRAGONS OF ZALARA BOOK 1) by M L Guida

Damon is in love with the queen of the dragon warriors and the only way to get close to her is to be her personal guard. But the Fates are against him. Instead of wooing the queen, he’s forced to go to Earth to steal his destined human mate.

Three months ago, Hera Athans woke up in a park with no memory of who she is, where she lives, or what she does for a living. Now, she’s in survival mode. Two months behind on her rent she’s one step away from being homeless—again. She didn’t think things could get any worse. But she’s wrong.

Kidnapped by an alien and held captive on board the spaceship Orion only Hera has the power to soothe his savage beast. She must mate with a dragon shifter to save both their worlds and unleash a love that will shake the stars…or lose both Earth and Zalara forever.

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into the fireINTO THE FIRE by Elizabeth Moon

VS Note: NOT a romance but military scifi with a strong heroine.

Ky beats sabotage, betrayal, and the unforgiving elements to lead a ragtag group of crash survivors to safety on a remote arctic island. And she cheats death after uncovering secrets someone is hell-bent on protecting. But the worst is far from over when Ky discovers the headquarters of a vast conspiracy against her family and the heart of the planet’s government itself.

With their base of operations breached, the plotters have no choice but to gamble everything on an audacious throw of the dice. Even so, the odds are stacked against Ky. When her official report on the crash and its aftermath goes missing—along with the men and women she rescued—Ky realizes that her mysterious enemies are more powerful and dangerous than she imagined.

Now, targeted by faceless assassins, Ky and her family—along with her fiancé, Rafe—must battle to reclaim the upper hand and unmask the lethal cabal closing in on them with murderous intent.

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dirty sexy spaceDIRTY SEXY SPACE VOLUMES 1-9 by Mel Teshco, Shona Husk and Denise Rossetti

FORMERLY THE E S SIREN SERIES: the starship Earth Ship Siren, heading off to the colony world Solitaire. An SFR continuity series…

VS Note: I don’t normally cover re-releases but many readers have asked about this series and when it would be available again. As of February 5th all nine books have been re-released. I’m linking to volume 1, YOURS TO UNCOVER. Here’s an interview I did with the 3 authors when the first 3 books originally released: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2014/10/09/scifi-encounters-veronica-scott-husk-teshco-rossetti/ 

Blurb for Book #1: He’s a hardened criminal … and her biggest ally.

It’s the year 2202. Earth is grossly overpopulated and seriously polluted. Rita Songworth has spent half her twenty-two years trying to escape the dying planet. It’s taken the last five of those years to realize making it in the hard-ass infantry is her only way out, via space transporter Earth Ship Siren.

But the journey to Unity, the new colony, isn’t easy. Rita has to resist an attraction to hard, brutish prisoner, Tristan MacFallan, whose masterful hands create more than the beautiful art he’s been assigned to make. His forbidden touch affects her profoundly and he sees things in her no man ever has before. But obeying Zane, her ex-lover and malicious lieutenant, who is appointed to keeping the prisoners under guard, comes at a high price.

Is she willing to sacrifice everything to keep her secret and her lover safe?

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arsenic dragonARSENIC DRAGON (DRAGON GUARD OF DRAKKARIS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder

Arsenic, second in command of the Drakkaris dragon guard and legendary assassin, knows that he’s not worthy of a mate. How could a professional killer possibly find love? And yet, when a dangerous mission to save an imprisoned human leads to the task of being her personal bodyguard, the stand-offish dragon just might have to reconsider everything he knows (or thinks he knows) about love.

Farrah hates shifters. After being captured by wolves, taken to a remote island, and used for horrible experiments, she is ready to give up. But just when she’s about to lose hope, she’s rescued in the nick of time by incredible men with incredible powers. And one in particular, with bright green eyes and an indelible intensity, offers to protect her while she gets back to her normal life at home. But life is anything but normal with a man like Arsenic around.

Despite her reservations, Arsenic ends up being a much kinder (and much sexier) protector than Farrah could have possibly imagined. But with the possibility of having her memory erased, Farrah must weigh if the horror of the past outweighs the possibility of a future with a man she doesn’t think she could ever forget. And time is running out, because there are horrors from Farrah’s past that are more than just a memory.

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born of embersBORN OF EMBERS: PHOENIX RISING BOOK ONE  by Harper Wylde and Quinn Arthurs

I always knew I was different. I’d thought it had to be hidden – to stay a secret. I didn’t know my secret would become the key to my survival. Turning eighteen and getting accepted into college brings me everything I need to escape from the nightmares of my past but I never could have imagined my nightmares – and dreams – were just beginning. Finding myself thrown into a world of fantasy, politics, friendships, and rules that are nearly impossible to understand, I feel like I’m drowning in a world of shifters I never knew existed. As I struggle to find my place and prevent my nightmares from tearing me apart, I find myself surrounded by an unusual group of sexy men. With Hiro, Killian, Theo, Damien, and Ryder I’m trying to become the woman I’ve always wanted to be, if my past, and my future, will let me.

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chasing thunderbirdCHASING THUNDERBIRD by J Leigh Bailey

Ornithology professor Simon Coleman’s reputation is at risk, and the only way to save his name is to prove thunderbirds are more than creatures of Native American myth. Grad student and part-time barista Ford Whitney has a lot on his plate, but it’s also his duty to make sure the resident bird nerd doesn’t discover shape-shifters—like himself—live on campus.

When a series of incidents related to Simon’s search put him in harm’s way, Ford’s instincts kick in, and they become closer than is strictly proper for student and teacher. Ford is forced to reveal his secrets to Simon, and their relationship is put to the test—Simon must choose between salvaging his reputation and protecting the man who protected him.

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archerARCHER by Amelia Hartley

Archer had no plans to return home. Not after the dramatic exit he’d made. An arranged marriage to settle the feud between two packs sounded alright on the surface, but he’d be damned if he were to be mated to someone he didn’t love. When Archer and his brothers left home they didn’t plan on ever going back… That is until he received a call from a familiar voice years later urging him to return home to fix a problem that could destroy them all.

Joanna loved him. When she found out she was going to be mated to Archer, she couldn’t contain her excitement. He was the most kind, generous and sexy man she’d ever met. It was like a dream come true. Until he crushed her heart on the day of the ceremony. She was broken and had never really recovered from the betrayal. And now the bastard had the balls to return to Stonefall all these years later?

Who was she kidding, she couldn’t stay mad at him. If she was honest with herself, she’d admit that Archer was and always will be the only man to occupy her thoughts… and hopefully her bed.

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kingdom of stormsKINGDOM OF STORMS (THE LEGEND OF TARIEL BOOK ONE) by Jasmine Walt

As a half-breed with no family name and illicit magic singing in her veins, Tariel has spent her entire life trying to hide who she is and fighting the forbidden desires in her heart.

But when Tariel’s warden tries to foist her onto a man with a reputation for killing his wives, she realizes that all her efforts have been for naught. If she is to survive, she will have to embrace her magic and fight for her freedom–two things women in Fjordland have always been forbidden from.

Thankfully, Tariel is not alone. With a desert spirit to guide her, a fierce knight to protect her, and a handsome scholar to advise her, she might just have what it takes to escape death and seize her destiny.

That is, if they can find a way to defeat the deadliest witch hunter in history.

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chosen collectionCHOSEN: A FANTASY COLLECTION by Various

Four fantasy authors. Four complete novelettes. All new content.

A bard with the power to bring his tales to life. A Victorian-era protectoress of the Lost Ways to Faerieland. A Korean War vet who becomes Mallworld Gatekeeper after dragons attack. A vision walker who is forced into a portal to another world to save her queen.

Four new stories. Four chances to escape to another world.

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that killer smileTHAT KILLER SMILE (BITE NIGHTS) by Juliette Lyons

THERE WILL BE HEAT…Vampire Catherine Adair gave up trying to find her perfect match ages ago. But that didn’t stop her from founding London’s super successful vampire dating site. When a smoldering vampire overlord from her past launches an interspecies speed-dating service, Catherine vows to crush the competition….

WHEN THESE TWO COMPETE – Ronin’s new venture is purely about getting Catherine’s attention. He hasn’t stopped thinking about her ever since the night she gave him the cold shoulder. Nobody gets away from Ronin McDermott that easily.

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dragon fire phoenix ashDRAGON FIRE AND PHOENIX ASH (DRAGON’S COUNCIL) by J Thompson and Mina Carter

VS Note: One clicked this.

Alone. Caged. Her only freedom will be in death…Captured as a chick, Sula can barely remember life outside her cage. Her tears, feathers and blood have been stolen until she’s a pale shadow of the Phoenix she’s meant to be. She prays for the sweet release of death, expecting it when her owner’s warehouse is attacked.

What she doesn’t expect is the big male with the midnight eyes who rescues her, taking her home thinking she’s a pet bird, or her reaction to his gentle touch and the scent of his dragon. After so many years, can she trust another… and reveal the truth about herself in the process?

A dragon on a mission, he’ll stop at nothing to destroy the slavers plaguing shifter society…And they don’t come more in need than the little bird Damian discovers huddled in a box on his latest mission. A black dragon, he’s responsible for the protection of dragonkind and by extension, all shifters, and he hates those who trade in paranormal artefacts with a passion.

He’s never taken any of them home, but the wide, golden eyes of the little bird hit him on a soul-deep level. The need to care for her and nurse her back to health overwhelm both him and his dragon, a need he doesn’t understand until he finds a naked woman in his kitchen. A naked woman with very familiar golden eyes…

But Sula’s masters haven’t given up on the profit she’ll bring them and they track her down to Damian’s apartment. When they take her, can he get to her in time, or will he lose his fated mate before they have a chance at their happily ever after?

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snowSNOW by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

Snow T’ylan doesn’t believe in fairy tales or a prince to make your soul whole. She tried the happy ever after before and it failed. Now all she wanted was some peace from her meddling brothers who felt she needed to find a new prince to make her happy. It was an illusion that there was some great love for everyone. She didn’t have time to think of that now. She had to handle her father being taken by the one woman who already tried to kill her. This time Snow knew one of them was not walking away. She should have known it wouldn’t be that easy. Fate had a warped sense of humor and she had Snow in her sights. When you run into a man who was gorgeous, determined and set your soul aflame…well you don’t have any choice but to go with what is destined for you.

Kyrian J’lim is really good at what he does. His task to find the missing man wasn’t going to be easy but he was up to it. Finding a woman who was his, was fate. Now he was on two hunts—one to save someone and the other to save himself…(more on ebook seller site)…

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making wavesMAKING WAVES (LORDS OF THE ABYSS BOOK 5) by Michelle M Pillow

When Demon, a merman tasked with patrolling the ocean for humans in distress, comes across a woman anchored to the bottom of the sea, he’s sure his dreams have come true. After all, she’s stunning, single, and makes his body burn with need. She’s also impetuous, being hunted by his enemies, and seriously conflicted on whether or not he’s a good guy. It’s his duty to not only protect her, but to win her heart—because this lonely merman is sure she’s the one for him. Now he just has to convince her of as much.

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spirits diamonds drive thruSPIRITS, DIAMONDS AND A DRIVE THRU DAIQUIRI STAND (PYPER RAINE BOOK 4) by Deanna Chase

Pyper and Julius are getting married. There’s a wedding to plan, dresses to order, and daiquiris to consume. But when an old curse rears its ugly head and ends in a murder, Pyper’s younger brother Bo is suddenly in danger of being charged with a crime he didn’t commit.

Now Pyper and her friends are racing against time to clear Bo’s name and neutralize the curse before it claims another life. With a little help from the ghosts of New Orleans, Pyper’s determined to save the day… and still find her perfect wedding dress.

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captivated by the shewolfCAPTIVATED BY THE SHE-WOLF by Kristal Hollis

Ronni Lyles and her son are just settling into their new pack when her dead husband’s brother comes to claim them. Bodie Gryffon is looking for a safe place to raise his daughter—a raven-shifter, just like him. What begins as a purely practical alliance turns passionate. But Ronni senses that Bodie has a secret—one that could force him to make a painful choice.

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darkest of dreamsTHE DARKEST OF DREAMS (THE ANNIKA BRISBY SERIES BOOK 4) by Emigh Cannaday

Darkness has fallen on the Marinossian family, leaving ruined lives in its blood-stained wake and leaving Annika to pick up the pieces. With a deadly doppelgänger still loose and most likely in deadly pursuit, she’s escorted back home to wait out the storm and heal her broken heart…however long that may be. But when she makes a shocking discovery, she’ll do whatever it takes to make things right.

A world away, Talvi has been dragged to the desolate prison on Bleakmoor Island where he awaits trial for murder. His time in solitary confinement has pushed him to the brink of madness. He starts seeing spirits in the shadows and an angel with red hair. The only thing keeping him from completely losing his mind is the mysterious outlaw in the cell across from him. He’s one of the Näkki–the dark elves who were banished from his country for seducing demons to gain their powers…(more on ebook seller sites)…

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devil take meDEVIL TAKE ME (A DEMON HUNTRESS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Karilyn Bentley

Reeling from a personal tragedy and abandoned by all she loves, the world’s newest demon huntress, Gin Crawford, sinks into a deep despair.
She’s forced back to reality by news of a large number of people committing suicide, all on the same night. Suspecting demon involvement, Gin must work with her sexy but estranged mentor Aidan Smythe to track who, or what, is behind the deaths.

Leads to a new discovery…As they come closer to finding the culprit, they realize their employer, the Agency, is hiding its own secret, one which threatens Gin’s very existence. New discoveries reveal that even those dedicated to eradicating evil can be bought. Can Gin and Smythe forgive each other and work together or will they fall under the demon’s thrall?

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devourerTHE DEVOURER:  A REVERSE HAREM FANTASY (AIRSHAN CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Nhys Glover

They’d found the key that would return the newly released Devourer back to the underworld. They’d forged a bond of love and respect between five powerful but very different mages. They’d even begun to explore the incredible powers that bond has given them, which would help them defeat the primordial evil intent on drowning the world in another global flood. What they didn’t seem to be able to do was keep that hastily formed bond from unravelling and undermining everything they’d achieved. And not even the Goddess of All Creation could tell Flame if she’d survive long enough to enjoy the love of four very attractive men. That was the problem with being a Champion of the Goddess- no job security!

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last wolfTHE LAST WOLF (THE LEGEND OF ALL WOLVES) by Maria Vale

If she returns to her Pack, the stranger will die.
But if she stays…
Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack’s social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until the day a stranger stumbles into their territory, wounded and beaten, and Silver decides to risk everything on Tiberius Leveraux. But Tiberius isn’t all he seems, and in the fragile balance of the Pack and wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves.

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dragon solsticeDRAGON SOLSTICE: A POWYRWORLD URBAN FANTASY by Anna Morgan

VS Note: From January.

Her future has been decided…As a child, Desrea was sent away from the dragon isle to learn about the world, and maybe find a mate. As an adult, she returns home but with no mate in tow. Winter solstice is the perfect time to fix that, except her mother has other plans—an arranged marriage to a man she’s never met. She needs to take some drastic action to get out of it; even if it means faking a true mating with another dragon.

He’s never allowed fate to rule him…Ryker’s the black sheep of his family. A biker, a bad boy, and the only one of his siblings left a virgin. He’s never felt the mating heat, but he figures winter solstice and the magic of ancestry will fix that. And when the most stunning bachelorette on the island drags him into her own revenge-relationship plot, he’s more than willing to play along.

Now a legacy is at stake…Lorren’s been raised to take over the mantle of leadership in his family and now, with his mother’s health on the decline, and he approaching fifty, it’s time for the next step—an arranged marriage to a suitable bride, chosen from one of the oldest and most respected families on the island. It’s his duty to provide an heir to carry on the family legacy. Except his arranged mate is twenty years younger than him, and carrying on with the most hot-headed fledgling he’s ever met.

And their hearts will guide the way…Lorren needs to scare off his competition, but Desrea is having none of it, and Ryker sees every insult as a challenge. Desrea didn’t intend to pit the two alphas against each other, though. Worse, this fake relationship might be real, and the arranged one might not be such a bad match. How can these three resolve their differences with solstice only four days away?

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fallen angelFALLEN ANGEL (THE WICKEDEST WITCH BOOK 3) by Meg Xuemei X

The Wickedest Witch and her captain rescued me from the supernatural prison of the Vampire Tower. To return the favor and get them off the doomed planet, I made a pact with the Furies, only to be tricked into separating from my mate.

When I finally return to my witch, she’s become the empire’s most desired bachelorette, with an army of suitors outside her royal palace.

I’m Archangel Gabriel. I won’t allow anyone, man or monster, to take my fated mate from me.

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threes a charmTHREE’S A CHARM: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Just when everything is right in my life, something has to go wrong—times three. Number one: an unknown evil force wants to steal my power. Now, instead of protecting and healing the whacked out inhabitants of Assjacket, my power has wonked out on me and I’ve blasted ginormous holes all over town. Not to mention Roger the Rabbit is now sporting a pentagon of penii thanks to me and is keen on contacting the Guinness Book of World Records.

Unacceptable.

Armed with questionable voodoo skills and seriously frayed nerves, I’m Two: gonna do what any partially-sane, potty-mouthed, witch would do… I’m calling in the semi-evil, butt-ugly Bermangoggleshitz to train me. The warlock’s penchant for push-ups makes me hate him with the fire of a thousand suns, but if I can’t control my dark magic, it will control me.

Way unacceptable.

With Sassy and Cookie Witch by my side, I’ll Three: get a handle on my dark voodoo—or doodoo as I’ve renamed it—so Assjacket won’t end up as one massive crater. And I need all the help I can get. An evil like we’ve never seen is gunning for us—specifically me.

Wildly unacceptable.

We’ll be the Three Amigos. The Three Musketeers. The Three Stooges. Whatever. As the saying goes…three’s a crowd, three’s company, three’s a party.

Nope. Three’s a charm. And I’m gonna turn it on for all I’m worth.

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enchanter redeemedENCHANTER REDEEMED by Sharon Ashwood

In the last battle for Camelot, Merlin had to make a terrible choice. Now he must pay the price. When a demon from his past reappears, she wants nothing more than to destroy the wizard. Now to reap her vengeance as a lover scorned, the demon occupies the body of Clary—the apprentice who is capturing his heart—and has the innocent behaving in uncharacteristic ways. Ways that push the forbidden desire Clary and Merlin share into heated play.

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And finally:

celta catsCELTA CATS by Robin D Owens

VS Note: Something different I just came across. These short stories aren’t romances – it’s meant to be a children’s book perhaps, from the categories it was listed in! But apparently these are mostly snippets, vignettes and deleted scenes from various of her CELTA novels. Mixed reviews.

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Book Update from ME: I expect to be releasing MATEER (Sectors New Allies Series Book 2) next week – yay! Here’s a quick quote from Book 1 in case you haven’t happened to grab it yet LOL:

canva scififri lost

Engineered by alien scientists to be Sectors humans’ worst nightmare, can he save the woman he’s claimed for his mate?

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

January 3

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday September 20

As 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).

loboLOBO: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES Book 7) by Tasha Black

VS NOTE: Awww, the heroine is named Veronica….purely a coincidence LOL!

After a bad break-up with a long-term boyfriend Veronica can finally devote herself fully to training search and rescue dogs for the local police department. The only problem is that she has to train the humans too, and they’re not as much fun as the K-9 officers.

Until Lobo…

Lobo has arrived on Earth with nothing but the brand-new human body he inhabits and the mission to find a mate and annihilate her with pleasure until she accepts him. Although nearly every Earth female he meets seems most eager to get to know him better, Lobo finds himself drawn only to Veronica. And she refuses to acknowledge their mutual attraction. The only way to her heart is through the dogs.

When one of the K-9s is in trouble, it’s up to Veronica to help him but there’s only one problem – dogs can’t talk. And while the rest of the department is ready to give up on the canine, Lobo offers to help solve the mystery and save Veronica’s best friend.
Can Veronica accept Lobo’s help while hanging onto her feelings? Or will the sexy alien bring her heart to heel?

Veronica will have to be one sly dog to avoid Lobo teaching her new tricks.

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BODIES in motionBODIES IN MOTION (NEWTON’S LAWS BOOK 1) by Liana Brooks

Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.

When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.

In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

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alien stolenALIEN STOLEN by Rena Marks

VS Note: Somehow missed this in August.

Our world is different from anything we’ve ever known. Years ago, aliens came to live among us. They claim to be the good guys, and yet every day, humans go missing—never to be heard from again.

Sian and her family resist the leadership of the new regime, along with dozens of other factions across the world. However, without electricity, they’re at a loss as to how to communicate with each other to band together for strength in numbers. For that reason, they fight alone. When her father and best friend are captured by the military, she pretends to be a pleasure worker to infiltrate the base. Unbeknownst to her, a pleasure worker has been summoned to service a new breed of alien—one with a known weakness. Sex drains his strength.

None of the militia realizes that when a Nisibian comes across his mate, he doesn’t lose his power…but instead transfers it to her.

Drunk on the power of being a female Rambo, Sian decides to steal the massive alien for herself. This much power at her fingertips could tip the scales in the resistance fight for humans.

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seeing with the heartSEEING WITH THE HEART: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL by Evangeline Anderson

VS Note: I love her books and this one sounds good! Put it on my TBR.

A warrior with a tragic past who has scars on both his face…and his heart
A beautiful woman, blind from the age of sixteen.
When they meet, the attraction is sizzling but when Molly regains her sight, will Braxx turn away from her? Or can she convince him she isn’t looking with her eyes…but Seeing with her Heart?

Braxx is a Beast Kindred with a painful past. A traumatic crash stole his brother and his bride from him and left half of his face horribly scarred. Desperate to avoid the pitying and disgusted looks he gets whenever he goes out, he takes a job as a scout, travelling across the universe to find new trade partners and power sources for the Kindred. He thinks he’ll never love again until he comes back to Earth and meets Molly.

Dr. Molly Reynaud has a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology. She’s also completely blind and has been since a car accident stole both her parents and her sight at the age of sixteen. Chosen to do a field study on the elusive Tal’ossi people from Tal’os Trenta, she doesn’t expect to have feelings for the Kindred warrior who is supposed to guard her there. But she can’t seem to help the instant connection she feels to Braxx and she knows he feels the same for her.

But he’s scarred on the inside too and he tells himself such a perfect female isn’t for him.
Then the unthinkable happens–Molly is kidnapped by the Deep Dwellers of Tal’ossi and taken down to the subterranean depths as a bride for their leader. Braxx must go after her and suddenly the idea of claiming turns from a wish to a necessity.

Can Braxx overcome his tragic past and save the woman he loves? And can Molly convince him they belong together? Both of them will have to practice Seeing with the Heart or they will be parted forever.

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heros brideHERO’S BRIDE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 7) by C J Scarlett   

Being abducted and sold into slavery with aliens wasn’t as farfetched as it might seem at first glance. With Earth’s ozone layer depleted a solar flare made the surface of the planet uninhabitable for the missions that survived the tragic event. The newly formed Earth Gov had welcomed the alien traders with open arms.
The thing that Tara couldn’t get over was being abducted by her own kind. The first push into deep space by a small group of former soldiers was launched with the intent to sell over a hundred abductees to any alien with enough credits for the purchase…(a LOT more!)…

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psion factorPSION FACTOR by Christine Meyers

The story opens with the introduction of Captain Otian and his crew, forced to land on the backwater planet of Oltarin because of a blown star drive with no funds to replace it. Enter Hankura, who needs passage for himself and his family to Velran to help their son who’s been in a catatonic state since his psionic powers started dawning. No other starship will take them because their children are both dawning psions. Otian and his crew are leery but agree to take the chance in exchange for funds to repair their ship.

Meanwhile, their friend Delmran from Hankura’s childhood with whom they served on the Searching Star arrives on Velran to become Security Chief of the Federation Embassy there. On arrival, Delmran meets Lishaad, a covert agent for the Federation operating as the Emperor’s mistress…(more)…

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vilkas captiveTHE VILKA’S CAPTIVE (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 3) by Pearl Foxx

Refusing to believe her sister died during her Falconer Elite flight exam, Linnea Quincy infiltrates a flesh trading ring and is hand-delivered to an enemy camp on Kladuu. But she’s not the only captive there. Her cell-mate happens to be tall, dark, and brooding … and the son of the enemy.

Nestan hasn’t seen his people in six months. Trapped in his father’s new pack of rebel Vilkas, he is beaten, starved, and ridiculed for his loyalty to the Alpha his father murdered. All the best parts of him are stripped away, and he is becoming more beast than man. Until a human woman arrives to camp with beautiful curves and a constant smile. Before she is sold to another clan, they escape into the wilderness of Kladuu with enemies at their heels, and the only home Nestan has ever known far, far away.

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craving maulCRAVING MAUL (STAR JOINED BOOK 1)  by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty

I went into space looking for my sister, what I found is an alien claiming I’m his.

Five years ago, Earth made contact with the Twenty-Three Tribunal, a government of twenty-three superior alien races that rule over the known universe. Deemed too primitive to protect ourselves, the Tribunal slapped a ‘Protected’ status on Earth, declaring us off-limits to the more advanced races that would exploit or enslave us.

Someone has been violating the status.

Last year, like so many others before her, my sister Isla disappeared without a trace. And with the Tribunal unwilling, or simply unable to help us, I’ll do anything, even something really crazy, to get her back.

With the help of my best friend and an alien smuggler I’ve captured, I’ve got a crazy plan. A plan that involves a neurotransmitter, a one-way ticket off of Earth, and a very powerful drug that will help me infiltrate an illegal alien slave market…(more)…

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VS Note: SE Smith’s new Magic, New Mexico Kindle World Books are out today – here are the pretty covers! A Buy Link to the first book, going alphabetically by author (so to Aidy Award’s book and you can hop from there hopefully): Amazon  Or a link to the Amazon listing of all the MNMKW titles, including these (this is the third wave of releases): Amazon

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taron invasionTARON INVASION (TARON INVASION SERIES BOOK 1) by T J Quinn and A J Daniels

VS Note: Amazon lists TJ Quinn as the co-author even though the name doesn’t appear on the cover.

Born and raised aboard a Taron mother ship, Tham burns for the freedom he’s never known. Walking with his feet planted on the ground, a breeze blowing gently through his hair and his little one free of the alien slave collar around her neck. That was a dream worth surviving the dark times to see. Freedom for his little one was even worth dying for, in Tham’s humble opinion. Waiting for months, he bided his time. When the resistance gave the signal for them to move, his small resistance cell made their escape to the world below. Earth was a strange name for such a beautiful world, where the sky was blue, the oceans lapped against the shore and beautiful women lined up to feed the Vampiere. It was so strange that he couldn’t quite get his mind around it. Nor did he have to worry about such things, for the Taron invasion fleet was at their backs.

Pulling core samples in the Painted Desert, Charlene saw what appeared to be a meteor going down in the distance. Intrigued, she raced to the crash site, only to discover it wasn’t a meteor. It looked like some sort of strange shuttle craft. The creatures hiding nearby, we nothing like what she expected aliens to be. ..(more)…

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adaptationADAPTATION Book 2 by Pepper Pace

VS Note: Wasn’t sure whether to list this one but looking at the reviews for the first book in this series, readers seemed to like it and found it to be a very different scifi romance. So here’s the new one…

Carmella was still a teen when the Motherships first appeared dotting the skies over the Earth. For years the world tried to normalize while the silent Motherships hovered. And then they arrived, promising that they meant no harm. But within 10 years, 80% of the world’s population would be wiped out.
Including everyone that Carmella loved.
In book one Carmella comes face to face with one of the blobs. He does an impetuous act of kindness by impregnating her with a child to help ease her loneliness. But now the risks are grave as Bilal cannot imagine leaving her and his child behind–yet the Centaurians have other ideas.
In book two Bilal has been granted five years by the Centaurians to study his human mate and child, but each day he only falls deeper in love with his family and life as a human. As Bilal’s time on earth comes to a close he will need to fight against everything that he thought he knew about life in order to live the life that he’s always desired.

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beautys beastsBEAUTY’S BEASTS (POISON COURTS BOOK 1) by L C Hibbett

Izzy doesn’t suffer fools and she doesn’t take prisoners, so when one of the local mobs takes her father captive, she’ll stop at nothing to free him.
Even if that means taking on the mysterious men of Blackwood Forest herself.

But when Izzy enters the lair of the beasts, she discovers saving her father isn’t as simple as it seemed, and saving herself from Alexander Blackwood and his pack is going to be even harder…(more)…

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elementalsELEMENTALS  by Various

Elemental Magic has never been so terrifying.

What do you get when 14 Kick-Ass Urban Fantasy Elementals are set to face a horde of Bad-Ass villains with enough magic to end life as they know it?

14 spell-binding, earth-shattering, electrifying tales of magical mayhem and destructive power from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling authors.

Each one of the brand new, exclusive stories in this anthology transforms the elements into something magical…and more than a little frightening.

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snow leopards packTHE SNOW LEOPARD’S PACK (GLACIER LEOPARDS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Divorced, broke, and living at home: Lillian Lowell has given up hope. Ever since her ex-husband left her with a monstrous debt, she’s focused on making her life as small as possible so she can pay it off. Even so, it’s going to take years, and she’s already in her mid-thirties. Any thoughts of a family and a future have already slipped away.

Snow leopard shifter Cal Westland is married to his job. In the ten years since he left the Marines, he’s dedicated his life to being head ranger at Glacier National Park. Now that there’s a snow leopard pack living there, though, he’s become their alpha, as well as their boss. He loves being a ranger—but he’s a natural loner, and leading a pack full of twentysomethings doesn’t come easily to a middle-aged man who’d rather mind his own business.

But when Lillian is threatened by a group of mountain lion shifters, suddenly his solitude doesn’t seem so important. Cal is determined to protect Lillian—both from her present, and from her past. Can Cal keep Lillian safe, and show her she has a future after all? And can Lillian show Cal that being true pack leader doesn’t mean being alone?

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alphas honorTHE ALPHA’S HONOR by R E Butler

He only cares about becoming alpha…
There’s only one thing standing in the way of Duke Fairborn taking over his pride as alpha, and that’s choosing a mate. According to pride law, matings must be among their own kind, and only a mated male can become alpha. Mating an outsider means facing exile. Giving the pride matchmaker the go-ahead, he soon finds himself betrothed to a lioness, with a mating ceremony scheduled for the following weekend. Now, everything is falling into place in his life and he couldn’t be happier. Right?

Her broken heart doesn’t trust easily…
Memory Hendrix isn’t interested in dating, and doesn’t even believe in happily-ever-afters. After one too many broken hearts, Ree knows that the only person she can trust is herself. ..(more)…

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ancient loveANCIENT LOVE by Liza O’Connor

Alice has no idea that a deadly danger follows her through every life she lives. All she knows is for the first time in this life, she is happy and with a purpose working in a quaint museum located in an ancient castle. Only Rainier, a ghost from the past, knows the complete truth, and a curse prevents him from warning her of the dangers that will end her life, as it has ended all her lives before. But this time, a man of his bloodline has entered the battle, so Rainier is not alone in his fight to keep Alice alive and well from the demon of their past.

An intriguing tale that pits everlasting love against a deadly curse that has followed the heroine through all her lives. A ghost from her past and a good man in her current life risk everything to keep her.

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alphas of dangerALPHAS OF DANGER by Various

VS Note: Benefits 4 Paws for Ability charity.

Danger…When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.

Lust…When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.

Love…It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward.

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witches handbookWITCHES HANDBOOK TO HUNTING VAMPIRES (SOUTHERN SINGLE MOM PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 1) by Amy Boyles

Andie Taylor is your average single mom. She’s got a beautiful toddler, a great job at the local preschool, a neurotic best friend and one huge secret—she used to hunt vampires. Now retired, Andie would much rather be wiping kid snot off her clothes than stalking the undead.

But after a meteor rips through her small town, strange things start happening—like the school janitor is found dead with fang marks in his neck.

Andie’s retired, it’s not her problem.

Until vampires attack Andie on her front lawn. Now she has to figure out who the head bloodsucker is and stop him from taking any more victims—all while juggling single motherhood, a crazy great aunt and Andie’s own lust for a fallen angel. Can she solve the mystery before the vampires claim someone else? Or will she become the next target of the bloodsuckers?

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new reality paradoxNEW REALITY PARADOX (DEMONWORLD BOOK 7) by Severine Wolfe

Ripped away…
Helen is removed from an unacceptable reality that her ex-husband had made for her and her daughters and set into a fantasy world full of beings from fairy tales and cautionary stories to make children behave.
On this world, she discovers new things and new depths to herself. She’s so happy to be safe and that her daughters are safe, she doesn’t consider much beyond that.
Vadch was taken from this world as a child, and returned to it only recently. He does his job and not much else as he has no idea what he can do. When he’s ordered to guard the Human female and her two young females he realizes he needs to be able to offer them more than a guard can provide.
Together they will face their new reality and plan a glorious future. However, the gods of their world may have different plans.

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savage biteSAVAGE BITE (SAVAGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden

Zuri Primrose hasn’t been on a date since her divorce over a year ago. About to turn the big 4-0, she’s living the life of a hermit without any sex. Her mother isn’t going to let her daughter stay single for long. She’s gotten Zuri an invite to a shifter ball where she hopes Zuri will find the man who’s going to screw her into a pretzel and give her a dozen babies. Zuri’s sure her mom didn’t expect for a shifter to up and toss her over his shoulder and run out. Nope. Mom so did not see that coming.

Savage McKane doesn’t do parties. Or people. And he certainly doesn’t do fancy clothing. But when his friend, the town sheriff, asks him to help as security for the event, he shows up despite his lack of desire to be there. He didn’t expect to find his mate, nor the inability to control his animal, and run off with her…(more)…

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forgotten beasts of eldTHE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia McKillip

VS Note: A reissue, although apparently the first time it’s been in ebook. I love the cover! RITA Award-winning author Jeffe Kennedy mentioned this book as an influence (and dedicated a book to Ms. McKillip) when I interviewed her for USA Today/HEA not long ago.

Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.

But Sybel’s solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit, and the temptations of vast power.

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nightmare risingNIGHTMARE RISING by Cari Silverwood and Nicolette Hugo

Our nightmares and dreams have torn their way into our real world and they yearn to be inside us, where they can bask in the immoralities of our flesh.
Zara has always hidden from danger, until the day she’s possessed by the remnants of a woman called the Cucitrice.
The street-smart nobody girl is now the girl with paranormal powers and the knife that stitches nightmares and dreams into skin. She sets out on a path of vengeance. Valor, badass, gun-toting CIA agent – tags along with her and they become lovers.
But inside Valor is the Nightmare King.
The Nightmare King wants the knife, he wants Zara, and he wants out.
And as he would say: You can’t make an omelette without killing someone.
Two lovers with enemies inside them – if they can survive, maybe they can save us all.
his mossy boyHIS MOSSY BOY (BEINGS IN LOVE BOOK 8) by R Cooper

Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s a mess, but someone—or something—always seems to take care of him, usually a tall, sarcastic deputy by the name of Ian Forrester.

No one knows much about Ian, which is how he and his family prefer it. Ian has resigned himself to a lonely life keeping his secrets and guarding his forest. It’s safe to dream of Martin, because Martin never remembers Ian helping him. Besides, Martin barely speaks to Ian, so nothing can ever grow between them. Right?

But with the dragons—and the magic—back in Everlasting, suddenly anything seems possible, even a happily ever after for two men who never expected one.

grizzly promiseGRIZZLY PROMISE (Arcadian Bears Book 4) by Becca Jameson

When grizzly shifter Wyatt Arthur arrives in Calgary, Alberta, for a business trip, he finds himself blindsided by the shy, skittish woman he is certain will be his mate. In a peculiar turn of events, she already has a boyfriend—a man Wyatt is confident is not interested in women. With no other options, he returns home, hoping his mate will eventually come to her senses and give him a chance.

After suffering a traumatizing experience as a teenager, Paige Osborn doesn’t date. Ever. In fact, she keeps men at bay by pretending to be in a committed relationship with her human best friend, Gavin Wright. There’s just one problem. Gavin is gay…(more)..

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werebikerWerebiker by Paige Cuccaro
Years after she thought she left town for good, Jillian is back and has enlisted the help of her older brother’s ex-best friend (and the man who broke her heart), Jack, to track down her sister-in-law, who’s fallen in with a rival biker gang—but Jack knows they’re werewolves, and that he has to protect Jillian at any cost, even if she hates him.
blade of darknessBLADE OF DARKNESS (IMMORTAL GUARDIANS BOOK 7) by Dianne Duvall

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed…(more)…

demon hunting with sexy exDEMON HUNTING WITH A SEXY EX by Lexi George
Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He’s got a body to die for—which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day—and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. Give him another chance to break her heart? Witch, please. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart—to a whole new world of unearthly delights .
bound by songBOUND BY SONG (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 4) by Piper Davenport
VS Note: Apparently this is a paranormal romance.

Maximilian MacMillan is brooding, mysterious, and drop-dead gorgeous. He’s also the lead singer of the most popular and successful band in the world. His ability to weave a fantasy in lyrics offers him anything he desires. When he meets his mate backstage at one of his concerts, he expects she will fall into his arms and thank him for being hers. She doesn’t.

After a family vacation to Scotland, Grace Wilson returns to the United States just in time to lose her job and break up with her boyfriend. When the lead singer of a famous band sends her an invitation to their concert…all expenses paid and V.I.P. treatment all the way…she is unprepared for the lengths the man will go to in order to meet her…or how much he keeps hidden from her.

As Max works to prove his devotion to Grace, will she put aside the rumors and gossip that surround him, and trust him?
Will Max come to terms with his past and finally open up to Grace?

VS Note: And finally a new one from Anna Hackett, not scifi but always good adventure:

unmappedUNMAPPED (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 6) by Anna Hackett

Former Navy SEAL and CIA agent Ronin Cooper is used to living his life in the darkness. A loner by nature, he enjoys his work at Treasure Hunter Security, stays busy on the road, and never lets anyone too close. That is until he notices a mystery redheaded woman spying on him and his colleagues. Then he finds himself sucked into a dangerous rescue mission to Antarctica with a fiery, outspoken woman who pushes every one of his buttons.

Peri Butler will do anything to save her sister. ..(more)…

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And a hard scifi, no idea if there’s even a hint of romance, but sounded like a good cyberpunk tale:

autonomousAUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz

When anything can be owned, how can we be free?

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

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Another little teaser from me for STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK

Buy Links:  Apple iBooks   Amazon     Kobo      Barnes & Noble

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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…

 

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday April 12

dangerinthestarsfinalAs 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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And one from me – DANGER IN THE STARS has finally been released!

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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alien mateALIEN MATE by Cara Bristol

VS Note: I’ve been reading snippets of this one and was so impatient for it to release! And now it’s on my kindle – whee!

I’m Starr Elizabeth Conner. Earth’s government falsely convicted me of a crime, packed me on a ship with other female felons, and sent us to Dakon, a primitive, frozen wasteland of a planet. Why? Earth needs minerals, and Dakon is desperate for females.

But I’m no barbarian’s ‘mail order bride,’ even if he is super tall, muscular, and the chief of his tribe. He doesn’t want a BBW blonde, either–it’s written all over his chiseled face. He’ll be truly angry if he ever learns what my ‘crime’ was….

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last chanceLAST CHANCE (SUNSCAPES TRILOGY) by Michelle O’Leary

Trapped in the criminal mega-corporation, Quasicore, Del tries to escape only to become entangled with the dazzling, dangerous Shays. Sinsudee Shay’s offer of protection and employment seems too good to be true. He has to find out if Shay Enterprises is a rival of the Core or a partner in crime.

Sin needs a pilot for her courier service. Rescuing Del from the Core is an added bonus, but he’s more than she bargained for….

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WILD AT HEART A FLIPPED FAIRY TALE by Starla Huchton

wild at heartOnce upon a time, I wandered between worlds. Part of both, but all of none, my heart longed to find its place, and I turned my back on those I loved.

Once upon a time, I spoke my greatest wish aloud. I found the peace I longed for, but the cost was too high, the price no less than everything I was.

Once upon a time, I chased down myths and legends. In a land as wild as I was, a lesson in love and friendship called to me, asking a single question: what did it truly mean to be human?

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LEGENDS OF THE DAMNED Box Set by Various

23 New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors bring you 21 novelslegends of the damned of magic, adventure, suspense, and romance.

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OZ (THE TELOREX PACT BOOK 1) by Phoebe Hawkes and Starr Huntress

ozThe last thing Ozien Gace, engineer of the finest ship in the Mahdfel fleet, needs is a woman on board distracting him. He’s on a secret mission to save his mother’s planet and will go to any length to succeed.

Then his match, Molly, arrives and she’s everything he never wanted, and the only thing he can think about….

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STORM ROAD (OLD SCHOOL BOOK 3) by Jenny Schwartz

When a woman with secrets saves a man hunted by a ghoul, the choice is stark: salvation or damnation.

Major Dean Fortescue, JAG lawyer and former Marine, enters the Southern Appalachian storm roadMountains to find his aunt, who has gone missing. He discovers her house burned down, a ghoul in residence, and a mysterious woman who claims to control the weather.

Beulah Morgan is a weathermage, home after months away on a scientific research vessel in the Southern Ocean…

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RESURRECTION OF ARTEMIS by Izzy Szyn

resurrection of artemisOnce known as the infamous hacker Artemis, Amy Wilson now works in a coffee shop. With only months until the end of her probation from working in the technological industry that she loves, Amy is determined to keep Artemis dead and buried.
When incidents similar to the ones Amy did start occurring all fingers start pointing in Artemis’ direction, and three people that want Artemis to come out of retirement.
Quail City’s super heroes Dark Master and Calypso aka as multi-billionaire Noah Adams and his assistant Vanessa London know Amy’s secret, and also know that she is being set up. Having spent months in a flirtmance with Amy, they are tired of waiting and want both her and Artemis in their bed.
Hinderer wants to hold technology hostage, but in order to do that he needs Artemis’ assistance, and he will use any methods necessary to gain her cooperation.

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ANGEL UNLEASHED by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

angel unleashedAs an immortal Blood Knight, Rhys de Troyes is familiar with quests. It’s obvious that the ethereal beauty who just arrived in London is on one of her own. But Avery Arcadia Quinn seems intent on keeping her secrets, even as Rhys strips away all her defenses.

A grounded angel, Avery seeks to recover the wings stolen from her centuries ago when the Knights were created from her suffering and pain. She swore vengeance, but her burning connection with Rhys threatens to consume her anger, her mission…and even her vow to destroy him.

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DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray

VS Note: This is YA & Teen but I’ve seen some comparisons to ‘The 100’, which I loved, and the premise sounds good, so here goes:

defy the starsShe’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything–including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

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ragnarRAGNAR DRAGON LORD OF WYE by Nancey Cummings and Juno Wells

Ragnar needs some time away: no security, no women, just the quiet of space.
Holing up here seems like the best thing to do while he tries to figure out what to do.

Pretending to be a prince hasn’t gotten him any closer to what he needs. Then he sees her, like a dream out of some old dragon story. And he must have her. He must possess her before the mating fever overtakes him.

Priya’s desperate. She’s got her wits and her spaceship, but how much good will that do her when her father can’t stay out debt? [more…]

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Scavenger vanishes 6 400SCAVENGER VANISHES (THE SKYRYDERS BOOK 3)  by Liza O’Connor

Stationed on opposite coasts, Alisha and Logan must each face their own demons and challenges. On the West Coast, Alisha loses her rank for butting heads with General Powell and soon discovers the life of a private can be utter hell. On the East Coast, newly promoted General Logan discovers his soldiers do not recognize his authority to command. In an effort to retake control of the East Coast Corps, Logan authorizes unthinkable actions. When Alisha faces a life-threatening crisis, will Logan rise above his own troubles, or will she discover love and rescue with her best friend Jack?

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small medium at largeDIVISION ONE: A SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE by Stephanie Osborn

What if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was right all along, and Harry Houdini really DID do his illusions, not through sleight of hand, but via noncorporeal means? More, what if he could do this because…he wasn’t human?

Ari Ho’d’ni, Glu’g’ik son of the Special Steward of the Royal House of Va’du’sha’ā, better known to modern humans as an alien Gray from the ninth planet of Zeta Reticuli A, fled his homeworld with the rest of his family during a time of impending global civil war…

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THE SEVEN SINS OF RUBY LOVE by Erin Quinn

seven sins of ruby loveRuby thought she was the ordinary sister in the Love clan—that is, until her dead brother searches her out and begs for her help. Along with him come others—not just other dead, but demons, too—and they are terrifying enough to alarm even someone with Ruby’s eerie family history. She turns to John Cassian, a successful-but-sketchy businessman who seems to know more about demons than is good for either of them. He agrees to help her save her brother’s soul, but Ruby knows he has motives of his own. He is too compelling, too sensual to resist, but even as he seduces Ruby’s body, she fears the consequences of trusting him. John is seeking revenge, but who or what has he targeted? And how can she love a man who frightens even the stuff of nightmares?

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THE IMMORTAL’S UNREQUITED BRIDE by Kelli Ireland

immortals unrequited brideEthan Kemp is a healer, not an assassin. But he’s found an unexpected home in the Irish stronghold that houses the Assassin’s Arcanum—men who will kill to protect their Druid brethren. Too bad there’s a ghost that won’t give him peace…

Centuries in the grave, Isibéal Cannavan has longed to be reunited with her beloved. Finally, he’s returned to her. She’d recognize Lachlan anywhere, even as an American warlock called Ethan. But her path to reuniting with him in the land of the living runs through hell itself, and she’ll have to take Ethan with her.

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RECLAIMING THEIR LOVE (WINGS OF ARTEMIS BOOK 4) by Rebecca Royce

reclaiming their loveDiana Mallory lost everything when her five husbands were taken from her on the other side of the galaxy.

Back on the Milky Way side of the black hole, she’s deep into the war for Mars Station. Diana will do anything for her family, but every day is a living hell without the loves of her life. She assumes she’ll never see them again. But, Damian, Sterling, Cash, Lewis and Judge are on their way to her. When they find her they won’t let war, allegiance, or time differentials keep them from reclaiming their love.

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FIRE IN HIS KISS A POST APOCALYPTIC DRAGON ROMANCE (FIRE BLOOD DRAGON BOOK 2) by Ruby Dixon

Bloodlust and insanity rule my existence. As a fierce drakoni warrior, this strange new world I find myself in eats at my mind until there is nothing left. There is no light or clarity…until she arrives. I save her life, plucking her from the sky.

fire in his kissFrom that point on, she is mine.

But the human I have chosen for my mate – Sasha – is fragile and wounded. She does not trust me and fears my presence. I will not give up, though. I will do anything to give her my fires and bond us both in body and spirit. How can I convince her that I want nothing more than her happiness if she will not let me touch her?

How does a dragon woo a human?

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MATING FEVER (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES BOOK 10) by Grace Goodwin

Megan Simmons is a soldier sent into space to protect Earth as a member of the Coalitionmating fever Fleet. After eighteen months of ruthless fighting on a Hive controlled planet, she is separated from her unit, lost and trapped behind enemy lines.

Nyko of Atlan never hesitates to charge into battle against Hive scum. Seeing a soldier in trouble, he follows routine, ripping his enemies to shreds to save the human. When that warrior turns out to be a beautiful and curvy female, the beast he’s been fighting suddenly breaks free and growls one simple demand…MINE.

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REX ALBATERRA by Ashley L. Hunt 

rexRex The Tribal Elder of Campestria, one of eleven kingdoms on the planet Albaterra. His blue skin, fierce warrior prowess, and dedication to his race are all in keeping with the A’li-uud species, but his free-thinking ideals have others on the Elder Council wondering if he is capable as a leader.

Tabitha A young, talented chef aboard the Paragon. She is at a point in her life where she just wants to escape Earth and start over, and the space exploration mission was the answer to her prayers. Behind her quiet exterior, she is a feisty, strong-willed soul, and she quickly finds out that those traits will be the ones to save her life. [more…]

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OH MY DRAGON (THE I LIKE BIG DRAGONS SERIES BOOK 3) by Lani Lynn Vale

oh my dragonThe reclusive Ian barely participates in life, only doing so when his powers demand that he use them or pay the consequences. It seems that there’s not a single person on this planet who doesn’t want something from him, but the pain and suffering of others is nearly unbearable at times, leaving him no choice but to act.

That is until Wink unwittingly walks into his life, completely unaware that she’s stepped straight into the dragon’s den.
Wink is just trying to get home after a long day of work….

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COLLISION COURSE (DIMENSIONS SERIES BOOK 3) by Seven Steps

VS Note: From March

collision courseSorcha and Ivan are told to find Roan, a powerful jumper who can help them in their battle against Mega-Corp. But Roan has more important problems to solve. A coded message has gone out to every Nadir in the universe, and more and more of them are arriving on Planet Kip by the second. With space running out, agents closing in, bounty hunters tracking their every move, and a mysterious man with a veiled past hiding in a below ground bunker, Sorcha and Roan must work together to figure out how to whip this new rag-tag bunch into an army powerful enough to stop Mega-Corp.

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BINDING BRINLEY (CAPTIVE OF PRA’KIR BOOK 1) by Maren Smith

binding brinleyThe only member of the SS Reconnaissance not to reach the shuttle in time, Brinley Lawson never thought she’d survive the crash. Nobody expected her to survive the healing process either, but now, in the home of the same magistrate who tried and found her guilty of crimes against Pra’kir, Brinley knows only that she can’t stay any more than she can leave. However, if he thinks she’ll blindly obey any command he makes, then he can think again….

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STEEL: RENT-A-DRAGON by Terry Bolryder

A dragon as a handyman? Ridiculous. At least Liam Steel thinks so. Sure, he and his crew of newly-awakened metal dragons are experts at steelbuilding things, but after being sunk at the bottom of a frozen ocean, all they want is to find the mates they were sailing in search of in the first place, and Liam isn’t sure how that can happen while he’s playing in the dirt. Until he meets his first client, a sweet, curvy, no-nonsense business-woman busy taking care of everyone but herself. His heart screams ‘mate’, and he’s ready to get his hands on more than her yard.

Kate Hinton doesn’t know what to make of the beefcake Rent-A-Dragon sent over to help with her yard…

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wardanceWARDANCE by Elizabeth Dawn

Spring returns to the Plains, and with it, the Time of the Challenges, when warrior fights warrior in a contest for rank and status. For Simus of the Hawk, now is the time to raise his challenge banner, to fight for the chance to finally become Warlord.

But his deadliest challenge does not come from other warriors, or even the sundered Council of Elders. For on the first night of the Challenges, a mysterious and deadly pillar of white light scorches the night sky—instantly changing everything for the People of the Plains.

Now a warrior-priestess, Snowfall, stands before Simus, who dares to speak of peace, of reconciliation. Her knives are sharp, her tattoos alluring, and her cool grey eyes can look through Simus and see…everything.

Now Simus and Snowfall must solve the mystery of the pillar of white light, and protect their people from all the destruction and chaos it brings….

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semi brokenSEMI BROKEN (HARPER HALL INVESTIGATIONS BOOK 4) by Isabel Jordan

Wolf shifter Lucas Cooper is usually up for any wild mission Harper Hall throws his way. But impersonating a doctor and breaking a woman out of the psych ward at a supernatural prison? That’s a little crazy even for him. Until he sees her. One look into her haunted blue eyes and every protective instinct he has flares to life. He’ll do anything to save her. Not that it’ll be easy. Break her out of prison? No problem. Convince her she’s not broken, undeserving of love, and incapable of redemption? That might be trickier.

She’s 754821 and she’s a perfect killing machine….

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razrRAZR: A DEMONICA UNDERWORLD NOVELLA by Larissa Ione

A fallen angel with a secret.
An otherworldly elf with an insatiable hunger she doesn’t understand.
An enchanted gem.
Meet mortal enemies Razr and Jedda…and the priceless diamond that threatens to destroy them both even as it bonds them together with sizzling passion.
Welcome back to the Demonica Underworld, where enemies find love…if they’re strong enough to survive.

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ISOLATED MANEUVER (AN IMMORTAL OPS WORLD NOVEL IMMORTAL OUTCATS SERIES BOOK 3) BY Mandy Roth

isolated maneuverAlpha gorilla shifter and former Immortal Operative, Bane Antonov, has spent years learning to master his beast side. But his temper is tested when two blasts from the not-so-distant past show up, claiming to want to help him find his mate. He’s never believed in destiny, or that the Fates have anything great planned for him. All he knows is that his hard-earned control shatters the minute he crosses paths with Galiena—a petite succubus who makes the alpha in him want to shout “mine”. She has the ability to break his calm exterior and the heart he’s spent decades hardening. Hunted by a mad man who wants to own her body, her powers, and her soul, Galiena needs his protection. Bane has to learn to set his beast free if he wants to keep his mate safe.

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ZODIAC SHIFTERS TEARS OF THE DRAGON ARIES by Cara Wylde

tears of the dragonShe seeks the Golden Fleece…
As a researcher and professor of Mythology and Folklore at Harvard University, Aileen Callas wants to do much more than tell her students some old, barely authentic stories. She wants to prove the myths are real. After all, one of these ancient myths saved her life as a child. A dark prophecy warns against prying. Undeterred, Aileen assembles a team of investigators and sets on a journey in pursuit of the truth.

Cursed to guard an ancient treasure…
Isolated in the mountains, bound to an old, powerful object, Drakon has lost all sense of time and space….

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WYVERN AWAKENING (MAGE CHRONICLES #1) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

VS Note: Apparently no romance whatsoever

wyvern awakeningWhen her parents were murdered eleven years ago, leaving her physically scarred during the event, dragon shifter Astri never learned the identity of their killer. That is until he appears to her in a nightmare.
The powerful Duke Jorgen not only rules the city of Rivenna where she lives, he is also responsible for her parents’ death and for the disability she’s had to bear most of her life. When the chance arises for her to compete to become Duke’s assistant, she realises this is her opportunity for revenge.
But everything in Astri’s world comes with a price. Can she overcome her disability and make Duke pay?

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CENTRAL GALACTIC CONCORDANCE COLLECTION (BOOKS 1-3) by Carol Van Natta

VS Note: Ordinarily I don’t list reissues or box set compilations but here’s one – I enjoyed the books!

galactic concordanceThe Central Galactic Concordance government boasts 500 member planets and 200 years of prosperity, thanks to the sprawling Citizen Protection Service. The agency uses any means necessary to keep the peace, from allying with giant pharma corporations and political maneuvering, to secret black-box projects with darker purposes.

The CPS also employs minders–people with telepathic and telekinetic talents–for service and security, and covert operations….$5.99 until April 20th

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

April 5th

March 28

March 22

March 15

March 8

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

 

Guest Author Liza O’Connor SAVING CASEY

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Happy to have author Liza O’Connor as my guest today and she’s going to talk about a piece of her worldbulding for SAVING CASEY, which involves answering the question: How can Connecticut not have a Walmart?

Take it away, Liza!

Liza: It’s a foundational requirement of civilization.

Actually, there are 32 Walmarts in Connecticut.

However, they aren’t any Walmarts in the Eastern Gold Coast communities of Darien, Greenwich or New Canaan. But then those towns aren’t your normal typical seaside communities. They are uber rich seaside homes with quick access to NYC.

Welcome to Darien

Today, I’d like to share some interesting facts about Darien, Connecticut.

First off, you are almost certainly mispronouncing the name of the town. By not pronouncing their town correctly, they can identify a poser at once. Darien is pronounced like “Dairy Ann” emphasis on Ann.

Darien has a population of about 20,000 with about 6,600 homes in its 13,000 square miles. The household median income is about $188,000. And while that is high, (7th in the nation) it clearly indicates that more than millionaires live here, because a $22 million house should come with a billionaire or a mega millionaire. (Oddly, there are only two billionaires.) And the lesser $4 to $10 million houses should come with a multi to mega-millionaire. However, it is possible that our current tax codes allow them not to recognize most of their income so their ‘federal tax’ income is much less than their real income.

When I checked out the houses for sale, I discovered most of them were in what one might call the middleclass (2,000-3,000 sq. ft) & lower middle class (900-1500 sq ft) living except for the price. To buy your middleclass normal sized home, you’ll need $1-2 million. And to buy a lower middle class small home, you’ll need $500K to a $900K.

Clearly, real poor people can’t afford to buy a house and live there, and honestly the towns around aren’t much cheaper. Thus, explaining why Darien has only 2% citizens living below poverty line. (You’re considered in poverty if you only make $11,670 as a single person. BTW, CT has 25% of its population below poverty, so 2% is incredibly low).  Honestly, I’m surprised they have any who are that poor. I must presume they are the young or old and must depend on the socialite charity efforts to survive. The town has a great deal of philanthropic efforts.

And how did these smaller houses come to be? After the Civil War, the mega-rich began building summer homes in Greenwich, Darien and New Canaan. Naturally, they required servants, so a ‘poor section’ of homes formed around the railroad tracks in the early 1900 to serve the great mansions on the Gold Coast. And this explains the existence of tiny homes and moderate homes. It also suggests how a poor person could still afford to live in Darien, if the house had been passed down each generation and they receive relief on their property taxes. Darien also has senior care homes.

96% of residents are white with a sprinkle of Asians, Black, Indian and Pacific Islanders. While Darien High School is ranked #1 in Connecticut, many of the uber rich appear to still send their children to private schools outside of Darien.

Darien has over 20 boutique shops (that won’t let my character Cass buy anything), 9 country clubs, 11 parks or bench areas, and 5 harbors.

I considered driving up there to walk through the town with Cass’s eyes, but the one time I was in Darien, I got horribly lost in the hills. I finally found a normal home and a guy who told me how to get back to the turnpike before I ran out of gas. I honestly felt like I had entered the Twilight Zone of mansions.

Speaking of horror films, both versions (1975 & 2004) of “The Stepford Wives” movie were filmed in Darien. Which indicates they might have a sense of humor. Otherwise, why would they allow them to film in their town?

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Book 1 of the Requires Rescue Series – Contemporary Suspense

The Story:

When 80 year old Cass Goldman learns she has inoperable cancer, she decides to end her life, peacefully on her terms. So imagine her horror when she wakes to find herself in a hospital with strange rich people staring at her. It’s not until the doctor arrives to examine her that she realizes she’s no longer old. She’s in the body of a seventeen year old teen named Casey.

Unfortunately, her new body comes with some serious baggage. First of all, the kid has burned every bridge imaginable. Secondly, those ‘people’ in her room are her outrageously rich parents and while the Dad seems friendly, the mother wants nothing to do with her. The moment they take her home to a horrifically huge mansion, which she dubs Tara, she’s abandoned to the care of the butler.

While Cass is determined to turn this train wreck of a life around, doing so is far harder than she expected. In fact, without help, she’ll end up dead just like the last occupant of this body. Thankfully, her dad has his hunky head of security become her body guard. Between her eighty years of life lessons and hunky Troy’s help, she just might live long enough not to be jail bait.

EXCERPT

A moment later, a knock sounded on the door. “Come in,” Cass yelled.

A curly-haired young man, wearing a black suit, entered and smiled at her.

Damn if her body didn’t warm by twenty degrees. “And you are…?”

“Jason. The car awaits you for your outing.” He lowered his lids in a sultry ‘come hither’ look.

She dropped her book as arms and legs tangled in the simple act of getting off the couch.

For Godsakes, calm down! It’s just a driver under the age of fifty, not Justin Beaver…Beamer, or whatever the hell his name is!

Her nerve endings didn’t listen. The mere sight of a young man sent them pinging.

She had a great desire to whack herself on the head, but resisted, fearing it might frighten away the driver.

Finally getting vertical, she stared about the room as she tried to get her brain to rein in her sexual overdrive. What did she need to successfully go shopping? Money.

“Do you have the credit card?”

He smiled and nodded.

“Then I guess we’re ready to go.”

He frowned.

“What?”

“You might want to fix your hair.”

She hurried to a mirror to see what her hair could possibly be up to. Seriously, how much trouble could two-inch stubs get into?

Wow! The back half stood straight up as if frozen in a giant tsunami.

Three minutes under a sopping wet brush and the black stubble finally settled down. She turned to the young man. “Ready.”

His eyes rounded in horror, as he gave her a slight shake of his head.

“What now?”

He focused on her sweats.

“It’s all I have.”

“I don’t think they’ll let you in the store to buy anything.”

“Then we’ll go to Walmart. They not only let people wearing sweats enter their store, some old person will even smile and greet the poorly dressed slob.”

“We don’t have one of those.”

She was about to counter that she was a shoe in for the role of town slob, but then realized he meant something even worse.

How can a town not have a Walmart? It’s a foundational requirement of American Civilization. “Let’s just go. I’m sure we can find someplace willing to let me in.” 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (written BY the author – I’d never call a friend who was visiting a ‘nut’ LOL):

Liza O’Connor is a nut.

Not a real nut, but she is prone to being a smart ass at times, and not surprisingly her heroines say odd and inappropriate things in her book, as well. So even in a suspense novel you can expect to laugh along the way. That’s because Liza loves to see humor in the crazy world around her.

Saving Casey was actually the first book Liza published. Having recently reclaimed her rights to the book, she is happily re-publishing it as her 18th book. And because her books sell better when in a series, she using Saving Casey to kick off a new series called Requires Rescue. It will be different from her other series where the same characters show up in each book. This series will be about strong women who are trying to go it alone, only when help is offered, they have the good sense to accept the helping hand, because in all of our lives, there will come a time you need someone else to help you. Being strong doesn’t make us invincible. Book 1 is Casey/Cass’ story. Book 2 will be about an entirely different young woman who desperately needs help before she’s murdered on the streets of NYC. Book 3, well the plot is super unique, and more books will follow.

You’ll be able to read the series in any order you want, but in each case, you’ll have a strong young woman, a guy stepping up to help when no one else does, and danger galore with humor stuffed in anywhere I can.

I hope you’ll come along with me so you can laugh, love, and get revenge. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIZA O’CONNOR:

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