New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday September 13

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

THE KRINAR CHRONICLES: KRINAR’S DESIRE (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) by Cara Bristol

He’ll never let her go…

Pretending she works for the mayor’s office, investigative journalist Caitlyn Meadows goes undercover at a K company intending to expose the Krinar and show the world the dark side of the powerful, mesmerizing aliens who have invaded Earth.

Arak, a Krinar, prefers to avoid the weak, technologically backward humans, but the moment he meets Caitlyn, he wants her. Getting her to submit to his dark desires consumes him, and he sets out to seduce her.
Falling under Arak’s spell, Caitlyn begins to doubt her beliefs and her mission. She doesn’t know who to trust–her colleagues at Viral News who warn she’s becoming too close to a dangerous alien—or her own heart that urges her to get even closer by becoming Arak’s mate.

Making the wrong choice could mean her life.

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duel citizenshipDUEL CITIZENSHIP (THE DEPARTMENT OF HOME WORLD SECURITY BOOK 7) by Cassandra Chandler

VS note: Yes, there is a duel…

Living in a treehouse restaurant in Florida, Sarah expects to encounter plenty of wildlife. But the huge lizards who suddenly show up in her tree aren’t the health conscious clientele she was hoping to attract when she expanded her menu to be vegan-friendly. She also didn’t expect one of the lizards to be determined to kill her.

Disguised as a tourist, the Sadirian soldier Ari is investigating strange readings coming from a huge oak tree in Florida—a tree with an Earthling living in it. The Department of Homeworld Security has sent him to find out if something extraterrestrial is going on, and with the Coalition looking to bring Earth into the fold before humanity is ready, he doesn’t have much time to sort things out.

Ari has been warned about the temptations of Earth, but nothing could prepare him for the full sensory overload he experiences with Sarah. From the first encounter with the most sensual meal he’s ever shared, Ari’s mission becomes more complicated. And when she’s pulled into an alien duel, he finds that if he can’t help Sarah navigate the mystery of her new reptilian companions, Earth will be in more trouble than he thought.

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corsairs captiveTHE CORSAIR’S CAPTIVE by Ruby Dixon

A pirate doesn’t ask for permission – he takes.
When I see the delicate human female collared and enslaved by the smuggler I’m about to swindle, I do what any male would do.
I take her from him. It’s what I do best, after all.
Now Fran’s mine, and I’m never giving her up. On board my spaceship, she’ll be safe. She’ll wear my clothes, eat my food, and sleep in my bed. I’ll keep her safe from a galaxy that wishes her harm. But my sweet Fran wants nothing more than to return to Earth. How can I take her home when she holds my heart in her dainty, five-fingered hands?

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his virgin brideHIS VIRGIN BRIDE (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE VIRGINS BOOK 2) by Grace Goodwin

After a life on the streets, Katie chooses the Interstellar Brides Program for a chance at a new life, a new identity. But when she arrives on Everis, her Marked Mate refuses to claim her. As an Elite Hunter, Bryn has to travel to Hyperion, a known world of gangs and vicious evil to bring an assassin to justice, and leave her behind.

She might be innocent in body, but Katie knows her honorable mate is walking into a foreign world, a world she knows all too well. If she must seduce him, she will. If she must steal away on his ship and follow him to another world, she will. And if she must seduce the sexy-as-sin leader of the criminal legions they meet to save her mate? Well then, her innocence is a weapon, and she’s not afraid to use it.

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blood vengeanceBLOOD VENGEANCE (BEWITCHING BEDLAM NOVELLA) by Yasmine Galenorn
When Maddy and Aegis go on vacation, a blast from the past threatens to destroy them both.

Maddy and Aegis need to relax after opening the Bewitching Bedlam B&B, so they go on a post-New Year’s trip up to a mountain chalet. But what neither realizes, is that a dark cloud from the past is shadowing them both, and a resulting avalanche holds them hostage, at the mercy of a menace from Maddy’s past, who is ready to destroy Mad Mauldin and all she holds dear.

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TORMENT (ORIGIN BOOK 3) by Scarlett Dawn

torment…an electrifying new tale that dives into the underbelly of New City. In the ravaged future when goodwill is vital, trickery and vice lurk in the darkest corners.

Megan Marshall is well acquainted with torment. Her father’s sick ‘experiments’ on his only daughter wrecked any sense of normalcy she ever dreamt of. Her life is one trial after another to stay ahead of him—and his mind games.

Enter Rune Mason…He’s a wicked, playful beast. But don’t judge him. He enjoys his carnal pleasures and bloody battles, with equal delight. The day he meets the sassy Megan Marshall, he knows his world’s screwed—in the best way.

He wants her. He’ll do anything to have her. Including taking on her father whose never been beaten at his own games.

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kill for youKILL FOR YOU (CATASTROPHE SERIES BOOK 2) by Michelle Mills

A virus swept the globe killing almost all of humanity and crushing civilization to the ground, leaving Trevor Mason in the enviable position of being able to strut out of his wide-open death row cell, a free man. Now he’s trying to find redemption by helping to rebuild a ruined and empty world.

Rebel Case was a box office phenomenon, but after the apocalypse she’s just a survivor like anyone else. When passion explodes between her and a tattooed, sexy-as-hell bad boy who says he wants forever, will Rebel risk her future, her safety, on a man with an inexcusable past?

But can an ex con really leave his past behind, when it refuses to stay gone?

And how far will Trevor go to keep his woman safe?

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given to the wolfGIVEN TO THE WOLF (THE WOLVES OF THE DAEDALUS BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn and Emma Gale

Kara knows how to survive in the domed city of Ghelphi. Keep her head down, her tithes paid to the syndicate, and her friends close.

But when a heist goes wrong, she’s given to a ruthless enforcer as punishment.

Davien has one focus – do whatever is necessary until he has the credits to get back into space.

The last thing he wants is a smart mouthed thief – even if she does have the clue he needs to hunt down whoever attacked the floating lab he and his brothers called home.

Tossed between an unstoppable enemy and an underground rebellion, Kara and Davien discover they have more to risk than ever before – and the price has never been higher.

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cavemans alien mateCAVEMAN’S ALIEN MATE by Calista Skye

I thought only virgins got sacrificed.
So why the heck is this crazy priest in a tribe of alien cavemen about to plunge a dagger into me as a sacrifice to his gods?

But nothing really surprises me on this weird, jurassic planet where I and five other girls were dumped after we were abducted from Earth. Giant, deadly dinosaurs walk around like they own the place, and even the insects are the size of basketballs.

My only hope to get out of being sacrificed is another caveman alien. His name is Ar’ox, and he’s the hottest man I’ve ever laid eyes on. He has muscles everywhere, his eyes have a passionate fire in them and his body has some… unusual features.

Oh, and he thinks I’m his Mate, as foretold by some old prophecy. He’s really into mating with me. Which I guess isn’t too surprising, since this planet has no women at all.

But if he rescues me now, I guess I’ll have to do as he wants and become his fated mate for life.

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zorans fatedTHE ZORAN’S FATED by Luna Hunter

Lilith Rose is having one very, very bad day. The courier is delivering a package to a Federation spaceship when it promptly takes off — with her on board! She unwillingly travels to the alien world of New Exon, where the ship is attacked by ferocious alien barbarians. One of the rugged alien warriors saves her life, but his brooding eyes tell her he wants more than a ‘thank you’…

Daruk is a Zoran Warrior. The best of his tribe. The golden-skinned, imposingly tall warrior has it all — except a mate. His tribe is building a new life on this alien world, far away from Earth’s influence. When the humans arrive, his tribe attacks… but when his eyes land on Lilith, his entire world changes.

All his tribe’s laws mean nothing compared to what he feels for the curvy human female.

The warrior is faced with a choice: His tribe… or his mate.

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altered designALTERED DESIGN (MECHANICAL ADVANTAGE BOOK 2) by Viola Grace

Alphy needs a guide, a pilot, and a companion. Who knew that Lexo could fit all requirements?

Alone on a station with only the voices in her head, Alphy needs to get in touch with the humans who are left out in space, and that means moving her ship. The trouble that she has is that the station was never designed to be flown by someone who didn’t even have a driving license.
Lexo has only been out of stasis for less than a week, but he jumps at the chance to leave his sister and her lover behind to seek out the bliss of the stars once again. Programmed to rage against the enemy, he must work to keep himself calm when confronted with a woman who activates his nervous system on sight. Lust has to take a back seat to the flight of the station; he just needs to find out what the huge ship is actually designed to do.
When Alphy finds out that there have been changes made to her systems, she must face being a freak among cyborgs with her altered design.

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cyborg warriorCYBORG WARRIOR by Lisa Lace

Melissa is learning the world isn’t what she thought it was. When she meets a group of Liberators who oppose the Cyborg Eradication Project, she agrees to join an expedition set on freeing a group of cyborgs.

Thunder wants to free his cyborg brothers too. He takes Melissa prisoner, only to find that she stirs strange new feelings in him – primal, powerful urges he has neither the ability nor the desire to control.

Melissa can’t fight her attraction to the massive soldier-cyborg holding her captive. But soon they’re surrounded by Purity Force, and their chances of survival are slim. Can she and Thunder find a way to escape? If they do, will humans and cyborgs tear them apart?

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sweet sacrificeSWEET SACRIFICE  (SOUL MATE TREE BOOK 9) by L D Rose

Former Navy SEAL Sebastian “Bash” Lockard died in Afghanistan after leaping on a grenade to save his comrades. Little did he know his act of heroism would grant him a ticket into Heaven’s elite army as one of the few and powerful Archangels. Struggling with his new existence, Bash still retains his human memories, leaving behind a wife he loves with all of his heart. Although he’s forbidden to see her, he can’t resist her lure, or the mortal desires he harbors for her.

As a young widow and nurse, Irene Lockard still mourns her husband two years after his untimely death. His absence is everywhere, and when her best friend weds, she hits an emotional rock bottom. As if summoned from the skies above, Sebastian appears before her, and they share an unforgettable night. But when he once again vanishes, she wonders if she’s truly gone mad with grief.

The only way Sebastian can remain with Irene is if he makes the ultimate sacrifice. But will she overcome her fear of losing him again to another war?

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zirconZIRCON (AWAKENED SEA DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder

Seaton Zircon, formerly a powerful sea dragon who once kept the oceans in balance, has just awakened along with his two dragon siblings. Now they’re trapped on a beach with no way to take their true form, no knowledge of the modern world, and no way to get in touch with others of their kind. Just when they’re ready to lose hope, a kindhearted human woman offers to take them in. The only problem? Seaton’s sure he has just found his mate.

Jenny Reed runs a small restaurant frequented by beachside visitors and, with a few exceptions, life is simple and quiet. That is, until a towering, sexy, shirtless man walks in, asking for help and looking like he’s just survived a shipwreck. ..(more)…

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fire and fantasyFIRE AND FANTASY by Various

Burn the Earth and revenge is yours!
Set the world ablaze for the one you love!
Unleash Magic, Fire, and Fantasy!

These 20+ full length Fantasy novels are packed with daring quests, bewitching legends, and dark magic. Embark on wild adventures alongside fiery dragons, demons, mutant vampires, and sword-wielding heroes!

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mated to the strom dragonMATED TO THE STORM DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Curvy Naomi Edwardson is working two jobs just to make ends meet. She has given up on her dream of being an artist – until she gets a life-changing offer for one of her paintings. There’s only one catch: the mysterious billionaire wants to meet her in person.

Gregory Drago is a dragon shifter who’s quickly running out of time. If he doesn’t find his mate soon, he’ll lose control over his dragon’s storm power – and he’ll lose his mind, or worse. That’s when he comes across a mysterious painting of his dragon in a gallery. And not only is the artist the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen, but his dragon immediately recognizes her as his mate…(more)…

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blood guardBLOOD GUARD: A MISSION NOVEL by Megan Erickson

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

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wolfs dream mateTHE WOLF’S DREAM MATE by Milly Taiden and Marianne Morea

Nicknamed the big bad wolf, Dr. Paxton Noble is a sexy shifter notorious for his bedside manner and nocturnal activities. When an unidentified woman is rushed through the emergency room doors, his life is turned upside down. Something about her scent stirs more than just his libido. She stirs his wolf. She’s unconscious and now he’s compelled to figure out why and wake the sleeping beauty.

Evelyn Grisham is no princess, but the unsuspecting woman is a pawn in a game that’s left her comatose. Attacked in the park, this feisty cat isn’t taken down by a pricked finger on a spinning wheel, but a syringe filled with venom. Now, Evie is stuck in a dream world that only Pax can enter.

Pax wants to do more than wake Evie. She’s his mate. He has to figure out how to bring her back. The twist? An unexpected connection that brings reality into dreams with a lot of paranormal steam comes to the rescue. He’ll have to use all his smarts to wake his beauty, before dreams are the only communication they have.

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feel the heatFEEL THE HEAT (THE PHOENIX AGENCY BOOK 5) by Desiree Holt

Summer Cahill lives as quietly as she can, protecting her ability as a psychic healer. But danger brings Troy Arsenault into her life—along with scorching nights and intense emotions. Resisting him isn’t even a question, in or out of the bedroom. He protects her from the evil stalking her even as he takes her beyond the physical boundaries of anything she’s ever experienced. When Summer is kidnapped, Troy’s world is turned upside down and he employs all the resources of The Phoenix Agency to rescue her. He won’t rest until she’s back safely in his life—and in his bed— for the rest of their lives.

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secret legendsSECRET LEGENDS by Various

Looking for the perfect escape? When you dare to venture into the romantically-charged pages of SECRET LEGENDS, you’ll get lost in stories from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors.

This must-read paranormal romance and urban fantasy boxed set is filled with tales of vampires, aliens, angels, witches, ghosts, shifters, sirens, and more, containing over one hundred hours of page-turning reads that will leave your heart pounding and your pulse racing.

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treasured by a tigerTREASURED BY A TIGER by Felicity Heaton

Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.

Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.

When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart?

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taming the saberTAMING HIS SABER (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA)  by Rebekah Ganiere

rincess Affina of the Saber Mountain clan spent the first twenty years of her life in the safe comfort of her father’s palace. But after being forced from their home by another saber clan and having been on the run for over a year, her father pushes her through a portal to Earth, stranding her on the strange new planet full of too many people, too many sights, and too many temptations. But Gerri Wilder has the perfect way to fix Affina’s problems. Put her in the care of fellow sabertooth Mr. Razor Edge.

Raze grew up a slave in the Saber Mountain clan, paying for the sins of his parents and fighting to gain his place. But on the night the pack was attacked Affina’s father handed him a chest full of jewels and sent him to secure a new domicile…(more)…

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ghost gracen millerGHOST (KINDLE WORLDS NOVELLA) (GRIM RIDERS MC BOOK 1) by Gracen Miller

Everyone knows monsters lurk in shadows.

Nala Drakki is a dark fairy shifter with a sinister past. After witnessing her mother’s murder, she barely escaped to earth with her life. As the displaced queen of Icyerian, she’s committed to avoiding a repeat of family history. Wanting no part of ruling her people, she’s content with her ordinary life as a glassmaker. With a malevolent past haunting her present, she’s dubious of the matchmaker her alpha hires to aid the Phoenix pack.

Sometimes they hide in plain sight.

Kairo “Ghost” Snarl is alpha of the Grim Riders MC. Starring as the fabled monster in bedtime stories he has no regrets killing shifters who merit a death sentence. ..(more)..

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jaguar tycoonTHE JAGUAR TYCOON (TALES OF THE WERE) by Bianca D’Arc

Mark is the larger-than-life billionaire Alpha of the secretive Jaguar Clan. Business tycoon and man about town, he’s the guest of honor at a huge society dinner in lower Manhattan. Shelly is at the dinner to network and possibly find some clients for her architectural design business. She comes from old money, but her family has fallen on hard times in recent decades and she likes to work for her living…(more)…

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DESTINY DISGRACED (TALON PACK BOOK 6) by Carrie Ann Ryan

VS note: We used to do the old Six Sentence Sunday snippet hop together, always enjoyed her books.

destiny disgracedThe Talon Pack continues with a new twist to the Packs and a revelation no one was prepared for.
Mitchell Brentwood is aware that others think he’s the harsh taskmaster Beta trying to keep his Pack alive, but they only see what he wants them to know. He’d once thought he had his path laid out before him, but when his future was violently ripped away, he vowed he’d never let anyone close again—especially not a young wolf from a traitorous Pack.
Dawn Levin may be younger than the war that destroyed her people, but she knows she must still pay for their sins. She’s ready to find her way in this new world where wolves and humans blend as one, but first, she needs to fight her attraction to the dark wolf that stands in her way.
While the two struggle with their feelings and burning attraction for each other, they can’t ignore the world that shakes beneath their feet. There is a new enemy on the horizon, one with revenge and the unknown on their minds. An adversary that might be closer than they realize.

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cimmerian shadeCIMMERIAN SHADE by Various

Dare to discover what lurks in the shadows in **New & Exclusive** paranormal and urban fantasy stories from your favorite NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors.

Under moonlit skies, witches, werewolves, vampires, demons, dragons, and more, battle not only for their mates, but to stay alive…

Fall for the alphas who play by their own rules despite the odds, whether century-old curses or forbidden love, or worse. For them, what lies in the darkness is worth the fight when it comes to romance.

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dark wishDARK WISH (STARLIGHT GODS SERIES BOOK 1) by Yumoyori Wilson

My name is Makoto Heart and I’ve always wished for a chance at freedom. Every day, I prayed before the Starlight gods, asking for their divine assistance in accomplishing such a difficult task.

Being an experiment for as long as I can remember, my hopes of obtaining freedom have diminished, drastically. The disappointment haunted me, as myself and my spirits struggled to survive. I had no hope left, believing my final plea fell upon deaf ears, yet again.

But what happens when my prayers are finally answered? I’m thrust into fulfilling a destiny, with the help of six star knights. Suddenly, I am no longer experiment 555, but the stolen princess of Heila.

Freedom, how you have teased my troubled soul. May the Starlight gods guide me and my knights, on this path towards the unknown.

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harem of magicHAREM OF MAGIC (STAIRWAY TO HAREM BOOK 3) by Emma Dawn

As the younger sister of a famous author, Dominque is used to staying out of the limelight. She doesn’t like to be the center of attention, and living a quiet life suits her just fine.

That is until she starts dreaming about men who make her want to peel off her clothes and throw herself at them . . . at ALL of them. This quiet girl is suddenly ravenous to feel their hands on her bare skin, and their mouths as they kiss their way along her spine.

But these warlocks made for battle, trained and hardened against the flames of conflict are not real—they are just figments of her imagination.

She knows that. Yet, these four men who haunt her dreams stretch that believability.

And when her best friend is in a car accident and the men from her dreams show up in real life, offering to help she has a choice to make.

Can she save her friend, and have the men she’s literally been dreaming of? Or will she wake and find herself living in a nightmare where she loses everything she loves?

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dreams of distant shoresDREAMS OF DISTANT SHORES by Patricia A McKillip

VS Note: 3 new (previously unpublished) stories and some older ones, I infer.

Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.

Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work, Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate.

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devils revolverTHE DEVIL’S REVOLVER  by V S McGrath

VS Note: YA, no idea if there’s any hint of romance, but I thought the concept sounded interesting.

She is Hettie Alabama — unlikely, scarred, single-minded, and blood bound to a revolver forged by a demon.

The first book in an epic, magic-clad series featuring the Wild West reimagined as a crosscultural stereoscope of interdimensional magic and hardship, The Devil’s Revolver opens with a shooting competition and takes off across the landscape after a brutal double murder and kidnapping — to which revenge is the only answer. Hettie Alabama, only seventeen years old, leads her crew of underdogs with her father’s cursed revolver, magicked to take a year off her life each time she fires it. It’s no way for a ranch girl to grow up, but grow up she does, her scars and determination to rescue her vulnerable younger sister deepening with every year of life she loses.

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a castle to keepA CASTLE TO KEEP (MILITESS & MAGE Book 2) by Monica Enderle Pierce

VS Note: From August

Militess Halina has claimed numerous victories for her king and country. Now she’s under siege inside her own castle, held by enemies determined to start a war and condemn her lover as both a king-killer and a child-slayer…(more)…

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pets2LargeEMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 is up for pre-orders! And if you haven’t downloaded our free coloring book yet, it’s not too late.

Embrace the Romance with Pets in Space 2 anthology. Chock-a-block full of original, never before published science fiction romance stories from 12 leading Sci-Fi Romance authors. Hot sexy aliens, heroines who know how to take care of themselves, and the pets who bring them together.

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And STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK is still on sale for $.99!

Buy Links:  Apple iBooks   Amazon     Kobo      Barnes & Noble

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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August 30

August 23

August 16

August 9

August 2

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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…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday August 16

temporary duty assignmentAs 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).

TEMPORARY DUTY ASSIGNMENT by A E Ash

Samantha Gao is an elite Metro soldier, dedicated to the job and to her team. But following a devastating mission, Sam is handed a new temporary duty assignment. On paper, she’s supposed to babysit a Metro tech-inspector during a routine evaluation of Greenerhouse seed colony’s corporate sponsor. Sam expects to be on duty at all times, ready for whatever comes. But what she didn’t expect was to see him—Caleb—again.

Caleb Estes is an engineer at Greenerhouse and cannot believe his luck when his first love, Samantha Gao, walks into his lab—and back into his life. It’s enough to make him believe in second chances after all.

But Sam and Caleb’s reconciliation will have to wait when the routine bodyguard job goes sideways, and the future of the seed colony itself is at stake.

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accidental bountyACCIDENTAL BOUNTY (INTER-GALACTIC BOUNTY HUNTER BOOK 4) by KD Jones

Drake Miller owed his two bosses a debt. To repay them, he agreed to train the newest bounty hunter. He thought a few days out in the field with the newbie would be a piece of cake. That was until he met the trainee: a pretty woman named Jinx with rainbow-colored hair. She was cute but not his type. Jinx was a walking accident waiting to happen. He should hand her off to someone else to deal with, but his pride refused to let a small slip of a woman bring him down. All he had to do was train her, set her out on her own, and walk away. How hard could it be?

Jane Jean “Jinx” Alexander started out as a troublesome teenager on the wrong path in life. Then she met two bounty hunters who helped her change her life for the better. Now she wanted to work for them as a bounty hunter in hopes of maybe helping someone else turn their lives around. The only obstacle in her way was Drake Miller, the well-built bounty hunter who was her trainer. He was gorgeous and sexy, but not her usual type. She was determined to stop him or anyone else from holding her back from her dreams. Jinx knew she could do this; all she had to do was ignore the sexy Drake and keep her eyes on her perps. How hard could that be?

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new guyTHE NEW GUY (OFFICE ALIENS BOOK 2) by VC Lancaster

VS Note: Found by reader Merry.

Maggie works in Enquiries at DETI (The Department of Extra-Terrestrial Immigration) and they’re a little under-staffed. She’s confused but grateful when a handful of Teissian refugees fresh off the spaceship are allocated to her department. She is put in charge of training Ro, a charming, scaled alien with a sexy voice, cute dimples, and a lot of secrets.

She knows office romances are a bad idea, but she just can’t resist after spending every day sitting opposite him. As the two get closer, however, questions arise that threaten their relationship. Why does his friend seem to hate her so much? What is he hiding about his life on his home planet?

Can Maggie get Ro to open up before it’s too late? Or will his secrets overwhelm them both?

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colbornCOLBORN DROGON HEALER (A DROGON’S FATE SERIES BOOK 5) by  T J Quinn

Gil Ra looked around trying to put on a good face and a bright smile.

This was supposed to be a second chance in life. But she couldn’t stop thinking about the past and what she had left behind.

Being abducted by aliens sounded so much like the title of a cheap sci-fi movie, and yet it had happened to her. That night, when she had decided she couldn’t take it any longer, the mocking, the loneliness and the feeling she had failed the only person that depended on her completely had become overwhelming, and that night she had decided to end it all.

She had left everything ready, no unfinished matters, no one to worry about her and surely no one to mourn her. And so, she had walked in the middle of the night, to the highest bridge she was able to find near the tiny room, she had been living in.

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vilkas mateTHE VILKA’S MATE (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 2) by Pearl Foxx

During her final flight exam to become the first female Falconer Elite, Jude Quincy crashes through a wormhole onto an unknown planet. Before she can catch her breath, a massive shape-shifting alien thunders onto her crash site in all his sexy, infuriating glory. He’s rude and bossy, but when a rival clan threatens Jude’s safety, the alien marries her in a hasty ceremony to save her life.

Gerrit never wanted a mate. He has enough on his mind after his father’s recent death and his new role as Alpha of Clan Vilka. Except Jude isn’t like anyone he has ever met, and the more time he spends with her, the more their fake marriage starts to feel real. Stranded in another clan’s territory, Gerrit must negotiate the turbulent political waters to get him and Jude out alive.

But when Gerrit is attacked, Jude will have to make a life or death decision between returning home or saving the husband she never wanted.

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zorans babyTHE ZORAN’S BABY (BARBARIAN BRIDES) by Luna Hunter

Aria Winters is on a mission to rescue Grace, her little sister. The Nezdek came from the skies and took her, and she won’t rest until Grace is safe. Aria talks her way onto a Zoran ship set to explore a distant planet, but she didn’t expect to fall for the ship’s brooding, tall, imposing alien commander. She tries to resist the growly warrior, but he has his radiant eyes set on her. And what a Zoran wants, he takes…

Dost is a Zoran general. A deadly warrior. Seven feet of pure muscle. His mission is to find a new home for his kind, but when sees the curvy human, everything changes. He never thought he’d lust for a human, but he can’t deny what his body is telling him. She is his fated. His true mate.

She will be his.

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phoenix warriorTHE PHOENIX WARRIOR: SPACE GRIT TWO: BOOK ONE (THE PHOENIX CYCLE 1) by Ella Drake

VS Note: I like Ella Drake’s style. On my TBR List.

In the outer reaches, facing the imminent destruction of her ship, Captain Anna Voron accepts help from newly-discovered, space-faring phoenix shifters. Their leader awakens dark memories and makes trust impossible but she’s out of choices.

Piotr dom Raven lives for duty. And that duty has two goals: become a full phoenix with reincarnation abilities and win a decades-long war threatening to destroy their kind. The intriguing captain of a derelict ship changes everything. His phoenix wants her, but mating a human means permanent death and deserting his command.

The enemy of old has Anna in his sights and Piotr can’t stop the years in the diabolical plans set in motion. If Anna can face her past and Piotr can follow his phoenix instincts, they stand a chance to save the endangered crew. But will they find the key to survival in time?

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zuranZURAN (ALBATERRA MATES BOOK 6) by Ashley L Hunt

As a nurse, Phoebe has spent her career helping people. She knows it’s her calling and throws herself into tending to her patients heart and soul. In the city of Ka-lik’et, she is considered one of the best attendants amongst those in the human colony. When she loses the most important patient she’s ever had, though, a fuse is ignited that sends her spiraling into a course of events she never could have imagined.

Zuran is the Interplanetary Affairs Officer for the Albaterran kingdom of Dhal’at. He is also a reformed criminal, but he walked away from that life in pursuit of something better. When he meets the curvaceous and intelligent Phoebe, it’s in the midst of a crisis, and he realizes he has never met someone so genuinely good. He soon discovers walking the straight-and-narrow is not the only unexpected change in himself as he finds himself captivated by the compassionate, beautiful human.

Albaterra has been playing host to a colony of Novai for many months, but they are suddenly stricken with a mysterious disease neither A’li-uud nor humans have seen before. Suddenly, Zuran and Phoebe are thrown into the race against time to cure the disease before it kills the Novai colonists or spreads to the other beings who call Albaterra home. (more…)

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rhavosRHAVOS (WARRIORS OF THE KARUVAR BOOK 3) by Alana Serra and Juno Wells

VS Note: I’ve enjoyed other books in this series! So this is on my TBR List.

Ren Alvarez doesn’t remember the last five years of her life. Taken hostage by an anti-alien terrorist organization and forced to write malicious code to target the Karuvar, she hasn’t been in control of her own destiny–or even her own mind–for a long time. When a massive, brutish, sexy-as-hell Karuvar warlord storms the base where she’s being held, she doesn’t know her salvation has arrived. After all, as far as he’s concerned, she’s the enemy. It doesn’t matter that he keeps saying she’s his mate.

As Conqueror, Rhavos has spent his life eliminating threats to the Karuvar and bringing other, lesser species to heel. A group of rebel humans should be an easy problem to solve, but when he finds his mate among them, Rhavos does the one thing he swore he’d never do: He hesitates.  (more…)

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krayterKRAYTER (MATED TO THE ALIEN Book 5) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

When his brethren begin to discover human mates, Krayter knows his best chance at surviving the Denya Price is to journey to Earth and find the woman he’s been waiting for. Otherwise, he’ll waste away and die by the age of thirty like most other Detyens. But when his speeder crashes in a hostile human settlement, a mate is the last thing on his mind. Until he sees his salvation. (more…)

Abandoned. Neglected. In trouble. 

Penny will do anything to protect her two sisters, even if it means remaining in Highland Settlement, the anti-alien town that her father rules with an iron fist. But when an alien crash lands near her house, she knows that she can’t let her father’s men find him. Something about the intriguing blue man calls to her and she will not let him die.

A journey into something more. 

The pull of the alien stranger is so strong that Penny has only one choice: kiss him or go mad. Krayter will do anything to earn his mate’s trust and her love… (more…)

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unseenUNSEEN by Lucy Felthouse

Medical scientist Rory is working in his top secret underground laboratory in Central London when a procedure has unexpected results. Far from curing his patient, a monkey called Arnold, of an unpleasant disease, he manages to turn the animal invisible! In his panic, Rory accidentally gets some of the serum he injected Arnold with into his own bloodstream, rendering himself invisible, too.

With disbelief and confusion filling his brain, Rory finds it impossible to think straight, much less to figure out what precisely happened, and what on earth he’s going to do about it. So, after stripping off his clothes—which remain visible and therefore would give him away—he heads out into the London night for a walk to try to clear his head…(more…)

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fire in his embraceFIRE IN HIS EMBRACE (FIREBLOOD DRAGON BOOK 3) by Ruby Dixon

There’s only one way to tame a dragon.

Emma Arroyo knows this. She also knows that the big golden dragon captured by her brother’s biker gang is in trouble, and it’s all her fault. He followed her scent, and now his life is in danger.

She has to fix this, somehow. If she could talk to the dragon, they could form a plan to escape, both of them. But the dragon’s mind is wild and full of uncontrollable, killing rage. There’s no reasoning with him. There’s certainly no freeing him, not when he’s like this. But Emma can’t leave without him.

There’s only one way to solve this problem – a mating. When Emma approaches Zohr to claim him as hers, she realizes just what it means to be a dragon’s mate, and how much she’s in over her head…

And she learns how fiercely possessive a drakoni male can be.

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rage to adoreRAGE TO ADORE (WARRIORS OF CHAOS BOOK 2) by Cara Lake

To realign The Balance and save the universe from destruction Tanith must form an intimate bond with a dangerous man who is her complete opposite.
Like Tanith, he is a warrior, but the similarity ends there. She holds the essence of Love and he of Hate. In a world where he has known only betrayal and violence, he fights to resist his burning attraction to this woman who offers him comfort. He knows if he surrenders, his heart will only be broken again, and this time it could cost him his life.
Slaves to destiny, two warriors must battle the dark forces threatening to consume love and compassion in a galaxy threatened by chaos. If they want to survive the darkness, they must negotiate the blurred lines between love and hate—together.

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taming the lionTAMING THE LION (SHIFTER WARS Book 3) by Kerry Adrienne

For Marco, heir to the lions’ throne, seizing control of the Cave of Whispers from the bear clan is more than just a quest—it’s fulfilling the legacy of his breed. But the latest crusade has left Marco gravely wounded in enemy territory and in the hands of Alicia, healer for the bears. An irresistibly sensuous adversary, Alicia presents a serious problem. She carries the scent of a mate.

Drawn to this dominant master of his den, Alicia knows her allegiance has been compromised. His brooding sexuality is testing her defenses, but falling in love with Marco means falling in league with a rival shifter. And turning her back on the bears in a time of war is a lethal move.

Two breeds united by destiny could inspire a peaceful new future for their opposing clans—or ignite the fiercest battle yet and destroy all of Deep Creek forever.

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citrineCITRINE (DATE-A-DRAGON) by Terry Bolryder

Citrine Vanderguard has searched tirelessly for his mate. And now, hundreds of miles later, he’s found her. She’s on the brink of mating someone she can’t possibly love, all for the sake of responsibility. So he does the only thing he can to win over the curvy, confident woman that makes the dragon inside him roar with approval: challenge the jerk that would be her mate to a fight for her hand.

Robbie can’t believe her eyes when Citrine, her former coworker in Seattle who she felt an irresistible attraction to, shows up on her doorstep out of nowhere. What’s more, he’s here to challenge her fiancé. But in spite of the audacious overture, the tall, muscular man with dark brown hair and amber eyes that are warm like a sunset still has the same effect on her body and heart.

As time ticks by leading up to the fight that will determine her destiny, subtle attraction blazes into pure fire. Though Citrine knows he’ll do anything for Robbie, she will have to make the ultimate choice between familial responsibility and personal happiness. And whispers of a big, bad wolf in the mountains of Robbie’s home may be more than just a fairy tale.

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MALEFICAMALEFICA BENEFICUS: THE BEGINNING by  Katie H Weill

VS Note: From July, sounds NA, not sure how much romance…had good reviews, I think.

Claudia Matthews turns 18 tomorrow – as long as she can make it through the first day of classes at Oakley High School. It’s more than her inherent strangeness that keeps her from fitting in. Her ill-tempered service dog, Luca, isn’t winning her friends and her class schedule is even less welcoming, dropping her into the government- mandated, “The History of Witches.”
They are real; she’s been told. They are powerful, and evil – yet Claudia wants to know if that’s actually a universal truth. Are all witches really that bad?
When a mysterious gift appears, dark secrets are cast into the light, and the world as she knows it may change forever. Now armed with questions, Claudia will need to figure out if it’s truly worth finding the truth when textbooks don’t hold all the answers. Drawn into a world of hidden covens and regulated magic, she may learn more than she bargained for. Now Claudia has to fight the lure of power and a temptation much more passionate…or lose herself to both. The truth could set her free… or damn her forever.

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carolina wolfCAROLINA WOLF by Sela Carson

All it takes is a spark of Grrrrl power to set the swamp on fire!

Debra Henry is living the meek librarian cliche, except for the teeny hint of magic in her blood. As the keeper of magical knowledge passed down from her ancestors, she’s content with her quiet existence in the tiny town of Culford, South Carolina. But a monstrous attack could reveal her secret and end her life.

Maddox Moreau was a happy lone wolf until the day he spotted pretty, bewitching Debra along the trails of the Congaree Swamp. When he saves her, his fate is bound up in hers, and they have to learn to work together in a hurry to defeat the spread of evil.

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abandonABANDON (HALFBLOOD CLUB BOOK 3) by Viola Grace

Graylin Treel is on a deadline. With only a few hours to go, she needs to put herself in the path of the dragon that she has chosen as a mate. The problem is, he thinks she is a pathetic human. When the glamour drops and their senses are aroused, can any structure of man take the heat of two dragons in the throes of passion?

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sacrificeTHE SACRIFICE: A REVERSE HAREM FANTASY (THE AIRLUDS TRILOGY BOOK 1) by Nhys Glover

Having grown up in a harem as the favourite, if not dutiful, daughter of the ruling Godling, Airsha knew what it was for a powerful man to have more than one wife. But for her to have more than one husband, when she would have preferred none at all, felt like just one more way her fate was being taken over by a vengeful goddess.
Rescued by four legendary airling trainers when she escapes the harem, Airsha finds herself drawn into an uprising that has rebels planning to replace the Godling with the Goddess’ Chosen One: Airsha herself.
But having hidden her magic to avoid being castrated, sneaked out of the harem dressed as her twin brother to learn to fight, refused to become her father’s human sacrifice, and broken society’s rules by falling in love with not just one unsuitable man but four, Airsha was never going to willingly follow the destiny someone else laid out for her. Not even if that someone was the Goddess of all Creation.

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hired bearHIRED BEAR (BEARS OF PINEROCK COUNTY BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant

Curvy Crystal Martinez didn’t think anything could bring her back to rural Pinerock County, but if the family legend of a hidden treasure on her grandfather’s old farm is true, it could get her whole family out of debt. And she never suspected she’d want to stay, with her friends, her job, and her entire life back in the city. But that was before she met the red-hot rancher next door, with electric blue eyes and a body to die for. She doesn’t dare get attached (no matter what her betraying body thinks about his kisses) but she does need help if she’s going to find her family’s treasure before her time in Pinerock County runs out. It’s strictly a business arrangement … with a few fringe benefits … right?

Grizzly shifter Cody Hayes has watched his clan brothers find their mates, one by one. As the peacemaker in his rowdy clan, Cody has almost given up on finding love, until Crystal moves in next door. In one glance, Cody and his bear know this stubborn city girl with curves in all the right places is the mate they’ve been waiting for.

Even though she’s falling for both Cody and the rural beauty of her family’s old farm, Crystal is determined to make her time in Pinerock County short. As the search for her family’s lost treasure brings them together, Cody must show this commitment-shy city girl that Pinerock County is where she belongs—or risk losing the only treasure that matters to him!

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foxling soldatiTHE FOXLING SOLDATI (SOLDATI HEARTS BOOK 2) by Charlie Cochet

Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.

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her billionaire lionHER BILLIONAIRE LION: ZODIAC SHIFTERS: LEO by Dominique Eastwick

When Kalista’s father suffers a stroke just hours before making an important payment on a loan, she rushes to Greece to make amends before the billionaire tycoon swoops in to take the family business. She is convinced if she gives him the check in person, all will be fine and she can return to help her father on his long road to recovery. She did not anticipate Leonidas Karatasos.

This is not the first time Mr. Vidal has missed a payment, but it would be the last. Leonidas would let no one take advantage of him or his family, but when he steps off the boat on his family’s island, his mate is waiting for him check in hand. Kalista Vidal is everything he wanted and nothing he expected.

With the moon rising into the reign of Leo, Leonidas has one month to woo and bond with Kalista, or he must wait until the next Leo cycle. But with the world’s prides convening on the island for the month, he must deal with dangers his mate could never imagine. All the while figuring out how to let his lion out of the bag.

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pretty kittenPRETTY KITTEN by May Sage

Out of every kind of paranormal out there, shifters are incontestably the least frightening; until now.
It’s a closely guarded secret that some shifters are born with the ability to change ordinary human beings, and there are plenty of dangerous Alphas would kill to keep it under wrap.

A few months ago, Daunte’s biggest problem was hiding his attraction to the human woman he doesn’t want to destroy; now that she’s turned, those who don’t want her dead want to lock her in a lab, and worse yet, get their hands on the shifter who did it to her.
His newborn nephew.

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ritualsRITUALS: THE CAINSVILLE SERIES by Kelley Armstrong

VS note: Not familiar with this series, not sure there’s romance…but the books seems to get good reviews.

When Olivia Taylor-Jones found out she was not actually the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers, her life exploded. Running from the fall-out, she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois, but she couldn’t resist trying to dig out the truth about her birth parents’ crimes. She began working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer who also had links to the town; their investigation soon revealed Celtic mysteries at work in Cainsville, and also entangled Olivia in a tense love triangle with the calculating Gabriel and her charming biker boyfriend, Ricky. Worse, troubling visions revealed to Olivia that the three of them were reenacting an ancient drama pitting the elders of Cainsville against the mysterious Huntsmen with Olivia as the prize.

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stone skyTHE STONE SKY (THE BROKEN EARTH BOOK 3) by N K Jemison

VS Note: Not a romance but has been much awaited by many readers.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.
Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.
For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.
PISA2 coverDOWNLOAD A FREE SAMPLER OF THE FIRST CHAPTERS OF ALL 12 STORIES IN PETS IN SPACE: EMBRACE THE ROMANCE while you wait for our October 10th release date! (I wrote a rock star romance…)
VS Note: We’re also going to make this anthology available in print. Pre-orders for the paperback at Amazon and the ebook everywhere…
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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday August 2

twoAs 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).

VS Note: I have a New Release!!!!

TWO AGAINST THE STARS by Veronica Scott

Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon

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space babiesSPACE BABIES by Rena Marks

An antiquated ship, rotating through the galaxy of a deserted planet, bears immediate investigation.

Helian Six boards the abandoned vessel to find the long-lost inhabitants in a state of stasis. But the systems are failing, and half a dozen have woken up. The planet below shows long dead bodies, poisoned by the scum of space, a species known as Gorgians.

Strangely, the few who have awakened are much smaller than their planetary predecessors. And not very intelligent.
Determined to believe the cute, tiny beings are not pets, the crew of Helian Six decides to train the small warriors to defend the planet. They become the laughingstock of patrol, however, after they commit and realize it will take twenty-two cycles to “rear” the inhabitants.

So they do what any intelligent males would do. Kidnap teachers. And if the females can’t manage to avert their eyes from their buff physiques, well, score!

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breaking the admiralBREAKING THE ADMIRAL (SPACE GRIT BOOK 7) by Ella Drake

When her personal ad for a husband is answered with a deal to secure the position of the alien Scoriah, Admiral Lucinda Ryan takes it. All she wants is a marriage of convenience: a man in her bed, her ex unable to claim legal hold on her family, and a trained killer to protect her daughter. If he growls while she makes him burn, all the better–as long as all that heat stays in her cabin where it belongs.

Tay Bronson sacrifices himself to keep his family safe. If he has to have intimate relations with a human who can’t tell him and his brothers apart, at least he can make her beg for her pleasure. Or at least, that’s the plan. But when she introduces him to his insta-daughter whose sleep is disturbed nightly by what she claims is a ghost, he gets more than he bargained for. Keeping his family safe now means facing monsters he never saw coming.

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moraxMORAX (THE TELLOX BOOK 2) by Kelly Lucille

VS Note: Recommended by Reader Elizabeth N

Morax is a Tellox, built for the sole purpose of battle and the hunt. An assassin during the great wars, he has lived most of his life in the shadows. Even among his own kind he is feared.

Creeg made a place for him among his chosen men and, along with a handful of others, they have formed the only family Morax has known. Now a blood mate has been found among the humans of Earth, and that family is threatened…

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queen killerQUEEN KILLER (LEGACY HUNTER BOOK 1) by Chris Heinicke and Kate Reedwood

Stardrives.
Powerful, beautiful, bio-mimetic energy in its purest form. A benevolent gift meant to launch humanity into a new age of space travel. They were the hope for the future. The key to the next stage in human discovery.
But every gift has its price.

Nearly a thousand years after Earth took its place in the network of galactic commerce, the planet is depleted of resources and on the edge of collapse. Can stardrive technology bring the Earth back to life? Adventurer Axel Ryan is betting his life that it can. But there aren’t any stardrives left to be found on Earth, and ships capable of interstellar travel are hard to come by. His only choice is to enlist the aid of mercenary pirates to steal one. With the stakes high, and the future of Earth on the line, does it matter he’ll have to betray the love of his life?

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer has always been Element Cruz’s motto. And it couldn’t be more true with Axel Ryan. Drugged, abandoned, and her ship stolen, she’s more than ready to let the price on his head kill him. Except Axel holds the key to saving humanity. And if there’s one thing Ellie can’t refuse, it’s the chance to win.

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alien awakeningALIEN AWAKENING (ALIEN MINE SERIES BOOK 2) by Sandra Harris

VS Note: This was recommended by a reader but  frankly the reviews are pretty mixed. I have not read this or the first book. As always, please decide for yourself!

Stranded on the far side of the Galaxy, psychologist Kathryn Holden has done her best to help her fellow abductees—both human and non-human—adjust to their new life in an alien civilisation. Setting out to explore her new home and search for that last elusive fragment of her own peace of mind, she discovers a perfectly preserved underground city with no evidence of a population . . . and an Artificially Sentient Intelligence bent on protecting her from anything or anyone.

T’Hargen Mhartak, sector head for covert operations for the Angrigan, Magran & Legolopanth Alliance, once deluded himself that the human woman, Kathryn Holden, held the key to lighting the darkness shrouding his soul…

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raidRAID by K S Merbeth

VS Note: Not clear to me if there’s romance but apparently the heroine is very kickass.

Clementine is a bounty hunter in a world gone mad.

Bound and gagged in her passenger seat is the most revered and reviled raider king in the eastern wastes. She can’t cash him in and she can’t let him go, so together they cross the wasteworld, following a dying road and dodging bloodthirsty raiders who either want to free Jedediah or claim him as their own.

And in a world where lawlessness reigns, a tyrant worse than they could have ever imagined emerges to take the throne.

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domikuDOMIKU (SEDUCED BY THE GLADIATOR BOOK 3) by Margo Bond Collins

Earth-2 envoy Hannah James wanted to go off-planet to gain new experiences. She didn’t anticipate falling in love with not one, but three, of Lurra’s gladiators.

But now that she’s decided to stay to be with them, she might never get the chance—outside forces working against them might end their romances before she ever gets to tell the three men how she feels.

And if they all survive, they could spark a change that will echo throughout the entire galaxy.

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mine to keepMINE TO KEEP by Jenika Snow

No one would stop me from keeping her as mine.

OTTO: The world that was once known is gone. In its place is a society where the rich rule, and the female population are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

I am more primitive than most, living off the grid and surviving on my own. I am a loner, a man who has needs and desires, and I am about to do something about it.

I may not be wealthy enough to purchase a female for myself, but I’ll have one as mine regardless.

And anyone who tries to stop me will see exactly the type of man I am, and the lengths I’ll go to claim a woman as my own.

SANSA: I lost the only two people I loved, my parent who hid me away from a barbaric society that wanted nothing more than to sell my body.

Being alone was consuming, and I didn’t know how much more I could take.

Then I found myself injured, on the verge of unconsciousness, and in the middle of nowhere. When I wake I’m in a strange cabin, and the man who is just feet from me looks at me as if he owns me.

He’s big, strong and muscular, and seems more animal than human.

And he’s told me I’m his now.

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alien prices pregnant fake fianceeALIEN PRINCE’S PREGNANT FAKE FIANCEE by Desiree Hunt

VS Note: I kid you not on that title.

Volex needs a girlfriend, fast. His mother, tired of his scandalous behavior, has given him an ultimatum: Pick a bride at the ball she’s holding in his honor the next evening, or lose his privileges as a crown prince of Vertar forever.

Volex has no intention of settling down, and especially not with one of the power-hungry princesses his mother has lined up. However, he also doesn’t want to lose his privileges. What he needs is a woman who can pose as his fiancée for a few days…and she needs to be convincing.

Enter Celestial Mates! All he needs to do is get the infamous dating agency to find him that special someone to accompany him to the ball, and then he can beam her back home. It’s a perfect plan, except…

He doesn’t expect the woman they pair him with to be so attractive.
He doesn’t expect to fall in love.
And he really doesn’t expect to get her pregnant.

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vega fallingVEGA FALLING (TETHERED WINGS BOOK 2) by Sabine Priestley

VS Note: I really enjoyed book 1 in this series so this is definitely on my TBR List.

Vega grows stronger the more sensari use it as their sanctum from the brutal caste system of Mandori. And leader Damon Forester will stop at nothing to keep it safe from their enemies.

Until Tara Newton, a hacker with a troubled past, stumbles upon some of his measures. No human should have been able to breach his shifter’s protective essence and locate the code hidden in Vega’s financial systems.

That makes her a dangerous oddity–one his other half demands more of.

As Mandori ups its game, threatening the entire sensari population of Vega, Damon loses his presidency, and possibly the woman his shifter has claimed for mate.

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dragonswornDRAGONSWORN (DARK HUNTER NOVELS) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

There is nothing in the universe the cursed dragon, Falcyn, hates more than humanity . . . except Greek humans. In a war he wanted no part of, they systematically destroyed everything he’d ever cared for. Now he waits for the day when evolution will finally rid him of the human vermin.

Medea was born the granddaughter of the Greek god Apollo, and among the first of his people that he cursed to die. But she will not let anyone rule her life. Not even her notorious grandfather. And when Apollo sends a new plague to destroy what remains of her people, she refuses to stand by and watch him take everything she loves from her again.

This time, she knows of a secret weapon that can stop the ancient god and his army of demons. Once and for all. However, said device is in the hands of a dragon who wants nothing to do with politics, the gods, humanity, demons or Apollites. And especially not her. He is the immovable object.

She is the unstoppable force . . .

When Apollo makes a strategic move that backfires, he forces Falcyn back into play. Now Medea either has the weapon she needs to save her people, or she’s unleashed total Armageddon. If she can’t find some way to control the dragon before it’s too late, Falcyn will be an even worse plague on the world than the one Apollo has set loose. But how can anyone control a demonic dragon whose sole birthright is world annihilation?

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stone cold foxSTONE COLD FOX (COUGARVILLE) by Evangeline Anderson

Cougarville’s mechanic, and resident Alpha fox, shelters a mysterious woman who ignites his protective animal instincts when evil forces try to tear them apart.

Jo Ferrell has been cast out of her home for reasons she doesn’t understand. The grey streak in her hair is gone, her body is younger, and there’s an ominous shadow chasing her. With nowhere else to go, Jo finds shelter in a shed whose owner she wants nothing to do with—but he’s too much to resist.

Reese Cooper has never felt a pull towards a woman like he does towards Jo and his Fox is desperate to claim her as their mate. After offering her a place to stay, Reese finds it difficult to resist his beautiful new roommate. But when dark magic threatens their happiness, Reese will use all of his strength to protect the woman he loves…if he’s not too late.

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breath takingBREATH TAKING (ST LEASING BOOK 2) by L P Maxa

VS Note: Apparently a shifter romance.

From the minute he saw Molly Page, Keller Byrne sensed the beautiful yoga instructor was his forever. But he didn’t want the forever life, and he damn sure wasn’t good enough for Molly even if he did. Plan A? Keep his hands to himself and mind his manners. But Fate has other ideas. So plan B is to make her his.

Molly Page doesn’t play games. She’s into Keller, and she could swear the sexy St. Leasing baseball coach is into her, too. But he’s never touched her and is the perfect Southern gentleman–until one of the FBI agents investigating the school makes a move on her. Then, hoo-boy, the alpha comes out. Now Keller can’t keep his hands off her, and, apparently, that has consequences that last a lifetime. Which is all Molly ever wanted.

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alpha bears magicianTHE ALPHA BEAR’S MAGICIAN by Jasmine Wylder

Mandy Hicks is an earth mage who has been unlucky in love. Her controlling, possessive father stopped her from having normal relationships with boys as she grew up, and she doesn’t think she’ll ever find true love…until Daniel Andrews steps into her life.

Daniel Andrews has a reputation, and not a good one. After the death of his father, he became alpha of his bear clan and was determined to serve them to the best of his ability. Unfortunately, his less-than-perfect teenage years left a black stain that he is constantly trying to move past. Meeting Mandy, with her thick curves, turns his world up-side down. That emotional and physical attraction…a mage…his mate…no way.

Before either of them can do anything about it, an ancient vampire with the ability to enthrall people resurrects from her grave and threatens to destroy all they love. With the world at stake, romance has to go on the back burner… but passion refuses to be denied. Daniel and Mandy have to find a way to defeat her before all is lost. Will they? Find out.

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star witchSTAR WITCH (THE LAZY GIRL’S GUIDE TO MAGIC BOOK 2) by Helen Harper

VS Note: Reader Elizabeth N suggested this series…

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That’s not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can’t be hard … or dangerous … right?

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huenHUEN (ZHEKAN MATES BOOK 2) by E A James

Aine’s life was little more than insignificant. She was orphaned at a young age in the neighboring kingdom of Glasule and adopted out of convenience by a Zhekan peasant family who needed another pair of hands to help around the home. Aine’s days were tedious and uneventful.

Until…

Huen Covendane is a royal cousin of the Zhekan monarchy and he despises his place among his own. The men of Zheka are meant to be warriors, bathed in blood. Huen’s lifelong pursuit of knowledge has made him an outcast in his own family and they continue to pressure him to wed and take his place alongside the great warriors of Zheka.

Huen’s rebellion against his station not only threatens his own life, but perhaps the lives of the entire kingdom of Zheka. But when Aine Brevenswood comes into his life he must fight to win her affection and save their lives…

Will their forbidden love tear the kingdom apart? Or will they triumph and overcome against all odds?

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every memory of youEVERY MEMORY OF YOU by Linda Mooney

VS Note: An elephant shifter story…

Traveling with the circus since he was twelve, the carny life was all Toby Pach knew, the only place he fit in. From strong man to clean-up crew, he had many jobs, but he spent most of his time working with the elephants, who he had more in common with than most people knew.

When Toby sees the newest act and member of the family, a dark-haired beauty named Kai, he’s enamored. Could she be the one who will accept him, both sides of him?

Kai Omanpang, one half of a knife-throwing act, is tired of traveling from one Big Top to another. She’s ready to settle down, ready to put down some roots, but she can’t convince her father of that. Maybe this circus will be different, and they will be part of the main event after all. When she meets Tobias the Mighty, she’s intrigued by the gentle giant, but he has secrets.

With an unexpected onslaught of protestors, shootings, and a string of bad luck, something’s got to give. Is it the newcomers’ fault? Or is it time to hang up the ringmaster hat once and for all? Circuses are a dying pastime, but the memories they incur will last a lifetime.

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seal wolf undercoverSEAL WOLF UNDERCOVER by Terry Spear

Never be so foolish as to fall for the enemy…
Special wolf agent Jillian Matthews has joined the jaguar-run United Shifter Force to track down a deadly criminal. She’s even willing to work with PI Vaughn Greystroke—until the hot, growly SEAL wolf makes the mistake of getting in her way. Naturally, she shoots him. Who could blame her?

Vaughn Greystroke has always worked alone. But when a string of attempted murders puts him in the crosshairs, teaming up with the Shifter Force begins to sound like a good idea. Even if he has to work with alluring—and potentially treacherous—Jillian Matthews. Vaughn is a trained SEAL, after all. He can surely keep his distance from Jillian…no matter how much she’s getting under his skin.

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wolfs mateWOLF’S MATE (SHIFTER ROGUES) by Celia Kyle

Cougar shifter Abby Carter always plays it safe. That’s why she’s an accountant–no excitement, no danger, and no cocky alpha males. She loves her quiet life, but fate has other plans. When Abby uncovers the shady dealings of an anti-shifter organization, she’ll have to trust the too-sexy-for-her-peace-of-mind werewolf Declan Reed… or end up six feet under.
Declan Reed is starting over. After two years with Shifter Operations Command, it’s time to put his past behind him. Now Declan is the only thing standing between the gorgeous Abby and an early grave, and if he’s going to have any chance of keeping her alive, he’ll have to embrace the darkness he’s fought to keep at bay. But first he has to convince Abby that there’s no safer place in the world than the arms of a big bad werewolf.
never dare a dragonNEVER DARE A DRAGON (BOSTON DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Ashlyn Chase

You think it’s tough being a dragon? It’s a piece of cake compared to being a phoenix shifter. Dragon shifters just have to worry about accidentally setting their stuff (or a loved one) on fire. A phoenix can rise from the ashes, but then they have to start over…as if growing up once wasn’t tough enough..

Meet Lt. Jayce Fierro of the Boston Fire Department, and Kristine Scott of the FDNY. A long distance relationship could never work—especially not with the secrets they’re keeping. But when Kristine lands herself in a blaze of trouble, she’s in no position to turn down Jayce’s help. Even if it means letting down their guards…and giving in to their sizzling attraction.

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billionwere needs a mate

THE BILLION-WERE NEEDS A MATE by Georgette St. Clair

Werewolf. Billionaire. Bastard. Husband? There’s no way that Taylor Stockdale is marrying her rude, arrogant, sexy boss. Unfortunately, billionaire CEO Cliff Bronson’s not the kind of man who takes no for an answer. He holds the fate of Taylor’s best friend in his hands – and he’s willing to bargain for Taylor’s hand in marriage. But he’s openly avoided her for the past year, so why is he suddenly demanding a wedding – before the next full moon? And why did he call her his “mate”? And why does everyone in the little town of Hidden Hills act so weird once a month?
Cliff Bronson has made a terrible mistake. He’d been long-distance lusting after the curvy secretary for the past year – he likes her smart mouth as much as her full figure. The second he met Taylor in person, he knew that she was his, and he knew she was a werewolf – he smelled it on her. So, as was his right, he demanded that she be his mate. Unfortunately, it turns out that Taylor has no idea of what she is, and the first rule of being a werewolf is, nobody talks about being a werewolf. Now it’s a race against time to convince her that she’s his one and only – before his pack enacts their terrible and ancient law calling for the death of any human who learns of their existence.

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harem of chaosHAREM OF CHAOS by Mia Church

As the daughter of Chaos, I expect a bit of upheaval in my life. But I fled my mother’s realm, tired of being a pawn in her games, and seeking peace. What I found was a trap.

The demigods my mother sent to bring me back are all so delicious in their own way, part of me wants to go with them. But I know what awaits me.

Can I convince them to stay on earth with me? All of them? And if I do, how will I keep them safe when Chaos rains down upon us?

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sanctuarySANCTUARY by Teresa Gabelman

Drowning in debt, the owner of Stone’s Wolf Sanctuary, Gemma Stone, is as exhausted as she is determined. Not only does she have to win over frightened, injured wolves daily, but she’s tired of those threatening to close her sanctuary down.

It’s not until Eric Jackson walked into her life that she sees a light at the end of the lonely tunnel she’s been traveling. To the surprise of both, they have more in common than either could have ever imagined.

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heiress of lightHEIRESS OF LIGHT by Ashlyn Allbrook 

Born into a dying kingdom, Princess Elena of Garius is certain her intelligence and compassion would make her a better ruler than Prince Leonardo, the man her father insists she marry to rule in her stead… a man rumored to have a cruel steak as deep as his father’s pockets.

As Elena tries to find a way to protect herself and her kingdom, she learns she is the key to the rebirth of magic into the Kingdom of Light. And her five guards have been preordained to help her—with the touch of their bodies to hers.

Magic has been dead so long that most people believe it’s a myth. But there’s no denying the ache in Elena’s chest or the feelings that consume her whenever her guards are near. Wicked feelings no princess should feel for one man, let alone five.

The cure for this strange madness is days away. And while her guards have sworn to protect her—even to their deaths—Prince Leonardo isn’t so quick to let her go. Not when he believes Elena is the mother of magic.

And he wants to claim her as his own.

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tamed by a tigerTAMED BY A TIGER (ETERNAL MATES SERIES BOOK 13) by Felicity Heaton

A snow leopard shifter in the prime of his life, the last thing on August’s mind is tying himself to one female. He welcomes a different one to his bed each night, or at least he had until five months ago when he became alpha. The duties and pressures of running his pride have his libido dead on arrival—until a trip to London to discuss business with the former alpha lands him in the path of a beautiful, bewitching tigress who awakens a passion in him that flares white hot and a need of her that consumes his every moment.

Promised at birth to a male she has never met, Maya has left her pride behind to go to the tiger alpha who is to be her mate, but she can’t leave without saying goodbye to her older brother, Talon. A stop in London at Underworld to see him one last time turns out far different, and far more dangerous, than how she had imagined it when she sets eyes on an alluring crimson-haired stranger who stirs new, unbidden feelings in her, desires that rouse her fiercest and most frightening instincts and demand she stake a claim on him—her fated mate.

Will Maya be strong enough to place her pride and her family’s safety before the desires of her own heart? And will August unravel his feelings for the black-haired beauty before it’s too late and he loses her forever?

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ride the stormRIDE THE STORM  by Karen Chance

Ever since being stuck with the job of pythia, the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up to the lifetime’s worth of training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the fabled pythian court. Catch up to the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her more than a little burned.

But now she realizes that all that was the just the warm up for the real race. Ancient forces that once terrorized the world are trying to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

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lost vampireTHE LOST VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

Once one of the oldest dhampirs in existence, Saeed now faces a treacherously uncertain future as a vampire. He believes that the only thing that can restore his position within his coven and tether his lost soul is the flame-haired fae who is destined to be his mate.

Cerys Bain is a soul thief. She is feared by those who dwell in the supernatural realm—and hopelessly bound to the ruthless mage Rinieri de Rege. The raw, sensual vampire who enters her world is both a threat and an intoxicating temptation: No one has ever made Cerys feel the way Saeed does. But to claim their fate as soulmates, Saeed must first find a way to free Cerys from Rin. Is their desire worth the risk of certain destruction—and eternal doom?

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dragon rebelDRAGON REBEL by Ophelia Bell

If Assana looked up the word “nymphomaniac” in the dictionary, she might expect to find her own image in place of the definition, especially after meeting the immortal red dragon, Gavra. The timing couldn’t be worse for her to discover the mate that Fate intended—the one she’d be willing to let go of her tightly bound hold on her deepest sexual desires for—the one who literally drives her mad with lust. Now that she needs her sanity more than anything to regain control of her race’s home from her insane mother, she’s faced with the inconvenient desire to lose control and be that primal nymph she keeps locked inside.

Thank Gaia for Silas. The handsome young ursa male is blessed with magic that can calm the lust-filled madness threatening to consume Assana’s mind. She needs him more than ever now that she has no choice but to spend her days in close proximity to the dragon she desires, yet doesn’t dare touch lest she give in to that ancient, primal need all nymphaea are born with.

For red dragon Gavra, he can only put off having the beautiful nymph maiden for so long, or the ursa male who Fate has promised him. Once Assana’s crazy mother is out of the way, nothing will stop Gavra from claiming and marking them both as his.

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wicked biteWICKED BITE (REALM ENFORCERS) by Rebecca Zanetti

As she hunts for a drug lord killing her fellow witches, all Nessa Lansa’s instincts point to the Grizzly motorcycle club. That might be because their leader, Bear, is the strong, silent shifter type: warm brown eyes and more muscle and alpha male than any woman can ignore. Which makes Nessa’s plan to seduce and betray him all the more dangerous . . .

Bear doesn’t trust the curvy, blue-eyed witch. But Nessa can heal the injuries that sap his strength. And since he can’t stop thinking of her lush body and teasing smile, her plan to mate him to reclaim her own power is highly tempting. Just one problem. Once a desire this wild is loose, no one will ever control it.

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storm and seductionSTORM & SEDUCTION WARRIORS OF THE WIND BOOK 2 by Anna Hackett

VS Note: I don’t normally cover re-releases in this post but I love Anna Hackett’s books. I do make exceptions! I also one clicked as I’d missed these whenever they originally came out.

The Warriors of the Wind are the only thing protecting humans from a centuries-old evil, but with their potential mates, the Aurae, long gone, these alpha warriors are in danger of becoming the very evil they hunt.

Note: Re-release. Storm and Seduction contains two short, sexy novellas. These are re-released stories originally published as Taken by the South Wind and Tempting the West Wind. They have been updated and have new scenes and/or extended scenes added.

Storm: the last thing he expects on his hunt is an alluring assassin out to kill him.

Seduction: trapped, naked, and chained with a beautiful woman who can never be his.

(More blurb on Amazon…)

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VS Note: EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 is  coming October 10th! We have preorders ( Amazon  and links to more ebook sellers on our webpage  – scroll down!) and we have a coloring book in FREE to Download and also available now as a coloring book paperback from Amazon here.

I’ve always wanted to write a rock star romance and so for this anthology I DID! But as a scifi romance of course LOL.

Jake the Cat Approves coloring Book

My cat Jake feels he should have been included in the coloring book!

LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

FOUND GIRL : PROJECT ENTERPRISE 6 by Pauline Baird Jones

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

She likes being lost…
He needs to be found…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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vanguardVANGUARD (THE RAZORLAND TRILOGY) by Ann Aguirre

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

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

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DEKARIO (DRAGONS OF KELON) by Maia Starr

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

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

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

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

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renegades rewardTHE RENEGADES’ REWARD by Maddie Tayler

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

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

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

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oltarinOLTARIN (THE HORSE CLANS COLONY) by Christine Myers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course not…(more…)

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

VS Note: Recommendation from Reader Elizabeth N.

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

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

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

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wildfireWILDFIRE (A HIDDEN LEGACY NOVEL) by Ilona Andrews

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

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

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

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

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

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

A djinn might get burned…

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

Or they could set the night on fire…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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venom and vampiresVENOM & VAMPIRES by Various

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

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dragons playlistTHE DRAGON’S PLAYLIST by Laura Bickle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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veiled path to destinyTHE VEILED PATH TO DESTINY by Jolanthe Aleksander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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master of seductionMASTER OF SEDUCTION by Angela Knight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Father.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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VS: And a special deal, get your  FREE EMBRACE THE ROMANCE: PETS IN SPACE 2 COLORING BOOK while you wait for our exciting all new anthology to release on October 10th!

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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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…

 

Not In The Mood Weekend Writing Warriors

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

Here’s the next snippet from Star Cruise: Stowaway (blurb below). ‘She’ refers to Moby the cat:

Purring, she came to his steel-tipped work shoes but evaded his effort to pick her up, moving just out of range the way felines did, as if cats could teleport. Moby scampered toward the towering stacks of cargo then turned. Seeing he’d failed to chase her, she sat, tail twitching, head tilted, eyeing him.

“What‘s the matter with you? I’m not in the mood to throw cat toys and retrieve them right now,” Embersson headed toward the gravlift. Moby regarded the entire ship as her territory and could find his cabin for her dinner when she was hungry.

In the next minute, he nearly tripped as she rubbed his ankles, nipping at one in passing. Swearing, he caught himself with a hand to the bulkhead, “What in the seven hells is wrong with you tonight? Giving me a concussion won’t get you fed.”

Moby yowled at him and ran toward the stacked cargo again.

stowawayThe story:

I’m really excited to release three Sectors stories that have only been available previously in anthologies, none of which are available currently. (I know many of you purchased the Pets In Space anthology, which first contained STAR CRUISE STOWAWAY and thank you so much!) Along with STOWAWAY, I’ve really been wanting to get the other two stories out there for you, especially THE GOLDEN TOKEN, which was only in the  limited edition paperback we handed out at last year’s RT Booklovers Conference. So I’ve bundled them ALL into one book with the lengthy title STAR CRUISE A NOVELLA: STOWAWAY WITH RESCUE AND GOLDEN TOKEN SHORT STORIES.

Here are the story descriptions:

Star Cruise: Stowaway: A novella of 22K words, previously in the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology.
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

Star Cruise: Rescue: A short story of 9K words, previously in the ‘Romancing the Stars’ anthology.
When a shore leave excursion goes terribly wrong for Mira Gage, a member of the Nebula Zephyr’s crew, Security Officer Clint Miltan races the clock to find her before the ship leaves orbit and abandons Mira to her fate. Clint’s got more than a professional interest in Mira, but will he be able to save her from the aliens holding her prisoner?

The Golden Token: A short story of 13K words, previously in the limited edition ‘Dealer’s Choice’ paperback anthology handed out at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention Interstellar Bar & Grille event.
Sectors Special Forces operator Charlie McBrire had a few days to kill on a layover at Space Station 47. He never expected to find himself in the middle of a miners’ rebellion, fighting to save the life of a casino dancer he just met but can’t imagine living without.

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Guest Author Susan Grant Talks Foxbat the Soul Kitty and PETS IN SPACE

PETS_In_Space_cover_artVeronica: NY Times Best Selling and RITA Award winning Susan Grant is one of those author names you always hear mentioned in the science fiction romance world, usually on a “Best of…” list. Many people began their enjoyment of SFR with one of her novels! When my friend, author Pauline B. Jones and I decided to put together the Pets In Space anthology, Susan was one of the first people we wanted to invite. As you’ll read in her blog post, Susan is a veteran and a pet lover, as well as a pilot and and an SFR author and….well, read for yourself!

Susan Grant:

I have always loved dogs and cats. But for someone who wanted pet dogs or cats so badly, the path to having some of my own was a strangely long and rocky road.

“Doggie” was one of my first words. “Kitty” soon followed. As soon as I could string together a sentence, I asked for a pet of my own. My mom gave me a toy dog on a leash. It had batteries that allowed it to bark and bounce, just like a real living, breathing, warm and cuddly puppy. Hmmm… Does this face look convinced to you?

me-toddler-toy-dogNext came a stray cat named Alice. I was around 7 years old. I set out food and water for her every day and gave her all the love a kitty could want. But she wasn’t allowed in the house. I had allergies, and my allergist told my parents that if I got a cat, I would die. Or, at least this was the reason they gave me. Not wanting to die, I accepted this, and loved Alice with all my heart until she disappreared one day after about a year. My mom told me that a band of hippies stole her and drove off with her in their car. (Or, in my imagination, a baby blue VW bus) However, I recently learned, some four decades after the fact, that Mom actually dropped Alice off at the pound. I hope from there Alice found her forever home, hippies or no.

I’m nothing if not persistent. And so I didn’t give up asking to have a dog or cat. I was allowed to have fish and even, incredibly, a parakeet named Pepper that I loved to pieces, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I was finally permitted my first mammal—a bunny. Elsie lived in a pen in the backyard. The neighbor’s dog ate her within the year. We built a better pen, and this time I got two bunnies, easier, now that the mammal-barrier at home had been broken. Or, maybe, my parents just felt bad for me. Either way, I lovingly raised Peter and Elsie 2 until I left home to attend college at the US Air Force Academy.

Four more years, no pets. Because—wait for it—pets were not allowed. But then, I graduated! As a newly commissioned second lieutenant about to start USAF pilot training, I dropped my moving boxes in my rental house in Del Rio, Texas, and wasted no time getting to the local pet shop, where a basket of kittens from a nearby ranch had just been dropped off.  That’s when my soul kitty came into my life. I named her Foxbat after the infamous Russian MiG-25 fighter jet. It was, after all, in the middle of the Cold War. How better to neutralize a threat than by making it seem cute and cuddly? Here she is, not much bigger than my car keys:

baby-foxbat-on-bedFoxbat was so little when I brought her home that she slept in my slipper. I had a few sniffles at first, but they passed, and I proved my childhood allergist wrong—cat ownership did not in fact kill me. Foxbat attended all the pilot parties at our house, was partial to Cheetos, and was known to lick the mouths of empty beer bottles, and stayed up until all hours; she made many a military move to new duty stations, and then some.

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me-in-front-of-t-38-2Foxbat was no ordinary cat. I might have had to wait my entire life for her, but she was worth every moment. She used up every one of her nine lives, surviving even a rattlesnake bite, somehow making it home before she collapsed, miraculously making it to the vet before she stopped breathing. She bounced back better than ever, and went on to live nineteen adventurous years, until a devastating disease called FIV took her down. (There is a vaccination for FIV now, but there wasn’t then.)

Since Foxbat, many other pets have padded into my life and snuggled into my heart. My home has contained as many as seven dogs and cats at a time. But I still miss Foxbat. She will was and will always be my soul kitty.

me-in-t-43-cockpitA good pet is behind the smile of many a military veteran:

This is why supporting Hero Dogs via my new anthology Pets in Space means so much

When I wrote Stray, my novella in Pets in Space, I tried to capture the essence of the unique and powerful human-pet bond. In this excerpt, Lt. Lukas Frank has just received bad news about his fiancée, Captain Carlynn Riga. Even a tough Marine needs the support of a good dog.

Excerpt:

Bang-Bang waited by the doors, holding a sitting position where Lukas had left him during the briefing. The white tip of the dog’s tail batted against the floor, slowing as his yellowish, old-soul eyes zeroed in on the turmoil inside Lukas that the station’s staff could not see.

Lukas halted, his breath stuttering. The only other living thing capable of breaching his defenses and rendering him so transparent was Carlynn. Her eyes, the color of black coffee, had brought him to his knees more than once, turned him inside out, and showed him what love looked like when viewed in someone’s gaze.

He bent down on one knee, and Bang-Bang’s paw hooked over his forearm. “She’s missing.” He managed to get the words out. Inconceivable words. It seemed surreal that he might never see Carlynn again. Might never hold her…

The softest of sorrowful, high-pitched whines exited Bang-Bang’s throat, and Lukas almost lost it. He pressed his cheek to Bang-Bang’s. Kindred spirits. Their bond had been there from the moment they crashed into each other on the streets of Barésh, the filthy, overpopulated domed mining world around which Bezos Station orbited.

BANG BANG—two loud booms diverted his attention that night on patrol about a year ago. He had swung his weapon around, sweeping for threats, his heart racing way too fast, before he backed off and let out a shaky breath. Not Glenn-Musk. Not the attack. Not dozens of bodies tumbling into the vacuum of space, Lukas helpless to save them. No, the double bang was only a backfire from one of the rattletrap mining vehicles the Baréshtis drove. Then a street dog flew out from under a parked vehicle, headed right for him, two freakishly intelligent eyes broadcasting sheer terror. Lukas opened his hands like a pair of catcher’s mitts and caught him. The way the dog pressed close, trusting that Lukas would protect him even as his skinny body shivered and revealed his panic, got to him. Yeah, got to him good. A brush of coarse whiskers, a wet nose, and that was that. They were a team from then on.

The Blurb for “Stray”:

Interplanetary Marine Lt. Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Capt. Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender — his heart. Lukas’s struggles with PTSD threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Can a scarred marine and his unlikely canine partner find Carlynn and bring her home, or will he lose everything he’s finally found worth fighting for?

The Blurb for Pets In Space:

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

10% of the first month’s profits go to Hero-Dogs.org. Hero Dogs raises and trains service dogs and places them free of charge with US Veterans to improve quality of life and restore independence.

The book releases October 11th! Pre-order links:

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pets-in-space/id1160010182…

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-petsinspace-212756…

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/…/…/details/S_E_Smith_Pets_in_Space…

 

 

What Does The Cat Know? Weekend Writing Warriors

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

I’m very excited about my new story Star Cruise: Stowaway, which is releasing in the PETS IN SPACE anthology on October 11th. So now we’re switching gears to excerpts from this new story!

The excerpt is from the beginning, when Cargo Master Owen Embersson knocks off work for the day and leaves his tiny office on the Nebula Zephyr.

Stepping onto the echoing deck, he called for Moby. She spent most of her evenings hunting vermin lurking among the monstrous crates and containers, but she usually passed the first part of the night in his cabin, eating the incredibly expensive cat food he had the ship’s AI keep in stock. Not much else to spend his salary on. “Come on, cat, I want my dinner even if you don’t,” he said to the elegant vision in white fur who trotted from the murky recesses of the deck. How she stayed clean when she spent her days prowling the cargo deck, he’d never know.

            Purring, she came to his steel-tipped work shoes but evaded his effort to pick her up, moving just out of range the way felines did, as if cats could teleport. Moby scampered toward the towering stacks of cargo then turned. Seeing he’d failed to chase her, she sat, tail twitching, head tilted, eyeing him.

            “What‘s the matter with you? I’m not in the mood to throw cat toys and retrieve them right now.”

The blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

PETS_In_Space_cover_artThe blurb for the PETS IN SPACE anthology:

Even an alien needs a pet…

Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?

New York Times, USA TODAY, Award Winning, and Best selling authors have eight original, never-released stories and one expanded story giving readers nine amazing adventures that will capture your imagination and help a worthy charity. Come join us as we take you on nine amazing adventures that will change the way you look at your pet!

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