As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
LOBO: ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES Book 7) by Tasha Black
VS NOTE: Awww, the heroine is named Veronica….purely a coincidence LOL!
After a bad break-up with a long-term boyfriend Veronica can finally devote herself fully to training search and rescue dogs for the local police department. The only problem is that she has to train the humans too, and they’re not as much fun as the K-9 officers.
Lobo has arrived on Earth with nothing but the brand-new human body he inhabits and the mission to find a mate and annihilate her with pleasure until she accepts him. Although nearly every Earth female he meets seems most eager to get to know him better, Lobo finds himself drawn only to Veronica. And she refuses to acknowledge their mutual attraction. The only way to her heart is through the dogs.
When one of the K-9s is in trouble, it’s up to Veronica to help him but there’s only one problem – dogs can’t talk. And while the rest of the department is ready to give up on the canine, Lobo offers to help solve the mystery and save Veronica’s best friend.
Can Veronica accept Lobo’s help while hanging onto her feelings? Or will the sexy alien bring her heart to heel?
Veronica will have to be one sly dog to avoid Lobo teaching her new tricks.
BODIES IN MOTION (NEWTON’S LAWS BOOK 1) by Liana Brooks
Selena Caryll lost everything in the war: her ship, her crew, her family. The only thing keeping her going is the hope that somehow the feuding, ground-bound settlers and the fuelless space fleet can set aside their differences. But getting the politically-fractured fleet moving again is more than she can manage alone. For now, she has to settle for working undercover with the planetary police force.
When someone tries to reignite conflict between the planet-siders and the fleet, there’s only one person who has the rank and ability to help Selena protect the fleet: Titan Sciarra, Fleet Guardian—the one man she’s tried hardest to avoid since the war destroyed her life.
In a world where the stagnant weight of tradition can be as deadly as any knife, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
ALIEN STOLEN by Rena Marks
VS Note: Somehow missed this in August.
Our world is different from anything we’ve ever known. Years ago, aliens came to live among us. They claim to be the good guys, and yet every day, humans go missing—never to be heard from again.
Sian and her family resist the leadership of the new regime, along with dozens of other factions across the world. However, without electricity, they’re at a loss as to how to communicate with each other to band together for strength in numbers. For that reason, they fight alone. When her father and best friend are captured by the military, she pretends to be a pleasure worker to infiltrate the base. Unbeknownst to her, a pleasure worker has been summoned to service a new breed of alien—one with a known weakness. Sex drains his strength.
None of the militia realizes that when a Nisibian comes across his mate, he doesn’t lose his power…but instead transfers it to her.
Drunk on the power of being a female Rambo, Sian decides to steal the massive alien for herself. This much power at her fingertips could tip the scales in the resistance fight for humans.
SEEING WITH THE HEART: A KINDRED TALES NOVEL by Evangeline Anderson
VS Note: I love her books and this one sounds good! Put it on my TBR.
A warrior with a tragic past who has scars on both his face…and his heart
A beautiful woman, blind from the age of sixteen.
When they meet, the attraction is sizzling but when Molly regains her sight, will Braxx turn away from her? Or can she convince him she isn’t looking with her eyes…but Seeing with her Heart?
Braxx is a Beast Kindred with a painful past. A traumatic crash stole his brother and his bride from him and left half of his face horribly scarred. Desperate to avoid the pitying and disgusted looks he gets whenever he goes out, he takes a job as a scout, travelling across the universe to find new trade partners and power sources for the Kindred. He thinks he’ll never love again until he comes back to Earth and meets Molly.
Dr. Molly Reynaud has a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology. She’s also completely blind and has been since a car accident stole both her parents and her sight at the age of sixteen. Chosen to do a field study on the elusive Tal’ossi people from Tal’os Trenta, she doesn’t expect to have feelings for the Kindred warrior who is supposed to guard her there. But she can’t seem to help the instant connection she feels to Braxx and she knows he feels the same for her.
But he’s scarred on the inside too and he tells himself such a perfect female isn’t for him.
Then the unthinkable happens–Molly is kidnapped by the Deep Dwellers of Tal’ossi and taken down to the subterranean depths as a bride for their leader. Braxx must go after her and suddenly the idea of claiming turns from a wish to a necessity.
Can Braxx overcome his tragic past and save the woman he loves? And can Molly convince him they belong together? Both of them will have to practice Seeing with the Heart or they will be parted forever.
HERO’S BRIDE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 7) by C J Scarlett
Being abducted and sold into slavery with aliens wasn’t as farfetched as it might seem at first glance. With Earth’s ozone layer depleted a solar flare made the surface of the planet uninhabitable for the missions that survived the tragic event. The newly formed Earth Gov had welcomed the alien traders with open arms.
The thing that Tara couldn’t get over was being abducted by her own kind. The first push into deep space by a small group of former soldiers was launched with the intent to sell over a hundred abductees to any alien with enough credits for the purchase…(a LOT more!)…
PSION FACTOR by Christine Meyers
The story opens with the introduction of Captain Otian and his crew, forced to land on the backwater planet of Oltarin because of a blown star drive with no funds to replace it. Enter Hankura, who needs passage for himself and his family to Velran to help their son who’s been in a catatonic state since his psionic powers started dawning. No other starship will take them because their children are both dawning psions. Otian and his crew are leery but agree to take the chance in exchange for funds to repair their ship.
Meanwhile, their friend Delmran from Hankura’s childhood with whom they served on the Searching Star arrives on Velran to become Security Chief of the Federation Embassy there. On arrival, Delmran meets Lishaad, a covert agent for the Federation operating as the Emperor’s mistress…(more)…
THE VILKA’S CAPTIVE (SHIFTERS OF KLADUU BOOK 3) by Pearl Foxx
Refusing to believe her sister died during her Falconer Elite flight exam, Linnea Quincy infiltrates a flesh trading ring and is hand-delivered to an enemy camp on Kladuu. But she’s not the only captive there. Her cell-mate happens to be tall, dark, and brooding … and the son of the enemy.
Nestan hasn’t seen his people in six months. Trapped in his father’s new pack of rebel Vilkas, he is beaten, starved, and ridiculed for his loyalty to the Alpha his father murdered. All the best parts of him are stripped away, and he is becoming more beast than man. Until a human woman arrives to camp with beautiful curves and a constant smile. Before she is sold to another clan, they escape into the wilderness of Kladuu with enemies at their heels, and the only home Nestan has ever known far, far away.
CRAVING MAUL (STAR JOINED BOOK 1) by Sara Page and Sean Moriarty
I went into space looking for my sister, what I found is an alien claiming I’m his.
Five years ago, Earth made contact with the Twenty-Three Tribunal, a government of twenty-three superior alien races that rule over the known universe. Deemed too primitive to protect ourselves, the Tribunal slapped a ‘Protected’ status on Earth, declaring us off-limits to the more advanced races that would exploit or enslave us.
Someone has been violating the status.
Last year, like so many others before her, my sister Isla disappeared without a trace. And with the Tribunal unwilling, or simply unable to help us, I’ll do anything, even something really crazy, to get her back.
With the help of my best friend and an alien smuggler I’ve captured, I’ve got a crazy plan. A plan that involves a neurotransmitter, a one-way ticket off of Earth, and a very powerful drug that will help me infiltrate an illegal alien slave market…(more)…
VS Note: SE Smith’s new Magic, New Mexico Kindle World Books are out today – here are the pretty covers! A Buy Link to the first book, going alphabetically by author (so to Aidy Award’s book and you can hop from there hopefully): Amazon Or a link to the Amazon listing of all the MNMKW titles, including these (this is the third wave of releases): Amazon
And of course SE’s own new MAGIC NM book, Alexandru’s Kiss, came out earlier this month and was featured on this post then. Amazon
TARON INVASION (TARON INVASION SERIES BOOK 1) by T J Quinn and A J Daniels
VS Note: Amazon lists TJ Quinn as the co-author even though the name doesn’t appear on the cover.
Born and raised aboard a Taron mother ship, Tham burns for the freedom he’s never known. Walking with his feet planted on the ground, a breeze blowing gently through his hair and his little one free of the alien slave collar around her neck. That was a dream worth surviving the dark times to see. Freedom for his little one was even worth dying for, in Tham’s humble opinion. Waiting for months, he bided his time. When the resistance gave the signal for them to move, his small resistance cell made their escape to the world below. Earth was a strange name for such a beautiful world, where the sky was blue, the oceans lapped against the shore and beautiful women lined up to feed the Vampiere. It was so strange that he couldn’t quite get his mind around it. Nor did he have to worry about such things, for the Taron invasion fleet was at their backs.
Pulling core samples in the Painted Desert, Charlene saw what appeared to be a meteor going down in the distance. Intrigued, she raced to the crash site, only to discover it wasn’t a meteor. It looked like some sort of strange shuttle craft. The creatures hiding nearby, we nothing like what she expected aliens to be. ..(more)…
ADAPTATION Book 2 by Pepper Pace
VS Note: Wasn’t sure whether to list this one but looking at the reviews for the first book in this series, readers seemed to like it and found it to be a very different scifi romance. So here’s the new one…
Carmella was still a teen when the Motherships first appeared dotting the skies over the Earth. For years the world tried to normalize while the silent Motherships hovered. And then they arrived, promising that they meant no harm. But within 10 years, 80% of the world’s population would be wiped out.
Including everyone that Carmella loved.
In book one Carmella comes face to face with one of the blobs. He does an impetuous act of kindness by impregnating her with a child to help ease her loneliness. But now the risks are grave as Bilal cannot imagine leaving her and his child behind–yet the Centaurians have other ideas.
In book two Bilal has been granted five years by the Centaurians to study his human mate and child, but each day he only falls deeper in love with his family and life as a human. As Bilal’s time on earth comes to a close he will need to fight against everything that he thought he knew about life in order to live the life that he’s always desired.
BEAUTY’S BEASTS (POISON COURTS BOOK 1) by L C Hibbett
Izzy doesn’t suffer fools and she doesn’t take prisoners, so when one of the local mobs takes her father captive, she’ll stop at nothing to free him.
Even if that means taking on the mysterious men of Blackwood Forest herself.
But when Izzy enters the lair of the beasts, she discovers saving her father isn’t as simple as it seemed, and saving herself from Alexander Blackwood and his pack is going to be even harder…(more)…
ELEMENTALS by Various
Elemental Magic has never been so terrifying.
What do you get when 14 Kick-Ass Urban Fantasy Elementals are set to face a horde of Bad-Ass villains with enough magic to end life as they know it?
14 spell-binding, earth-shattering, electrifying tales of magical mayhem and destructive power from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling authors.
Each one of the brand new, exclusive stories in this anthology transforms the elements into something magical…and more than a little frightening.
THE SNOW LEOPARD’S PACK (GLACIER LEOPARDS BOOK 5) by Zoe Chant
Divorced, broke, and living at home: Lillian Lowell has given up hope. Ever since her ex-husband left her with a monstrous debt, she’s focused on making her life as small as possible so she can pay it off. Even so, it’s going to take years, and she’s already in her mid-thirties. Any thoughts of a family and a future have already slipped away.
Snow leopard shifter Cal Westland is married to his job. In the ten years since he left the Marines, he’s dedicated his life to being head ranger at Glacier National Park. Now that there’s a snow leopard pack living there, though, he’s become their alpha, as well as their boss. He loves being a ranger—but he’s a natural loner, and leading a pack full of twentysomethings doesn’t come easily to a middle-aged man who’d rather mind his own business.
But when Lillian is threatened by a group of mountain lion shifters, suddenly his solitude doesn’t seem so important. Cal is determined to protect Lillian—both from her present, and from her past. Can Cal keep Lillian safe, and show her she has a future after all? And can Lillian show Cal that being true pack leader doesn’t mean being alone?
THE ALPHA’S HONOR by R E Butler
He only cares about becoming alpha…
There’s only one thing standing in the way of Duke Fairborn taking over his pride as alpha, and that’s choosing a mate. According to pride law, matings must be among their own kind, and only a mated male can become alpha. Mating an outsider means facing exile. Giving the pride matchmaker the go-ahead, he soon finds himself betrothed to a lioness, with a mating ceremony scheduled for the following weekend. Now, everything is falling into place in his life and he couldn’t be happier. Right?
Her broken heart doesn’t trust easily…
Memory Hendrix isn’t interested in dating, and doesn’t even believe in happily-ever-afters. After one too many broken hearts, Ree knows that the only person she can trust is herself. ..(more)…
ANCIENT LOVE by Liza O’Connor
Alice has no idea that a deadly danger follows her through every life she lives. All she knows is for the first time in this life, she is happy and with a purpose working in a quaint museum located in an ancient castle. Only Rainier, a ghost from the past, knows the complete truth, and a curse prevents him from warning her of the dangers that will end her life, as it has ended all her lives before. But this time, a man of his bloodline has entered the battle, so Rainier is not alone in his fight to keep Alice alive and well from the demon of their past.
An intriguing tale that pits everlasting love against a deadly curse that has followed the heroine through all her lives. A ghost from her past and a good man in her current life risk everything to keep her.
ALPHAS OF DANGER by Various
VS Note: Benefits 4 Paws for Ability charity.
Danger…When a man has beaten it, he becomes a hero.
Lust…When a woman tastes it, she is helpless to resist his pull.
Love…It won’t come easily, especially between alpha men and their headstrong women. Threats lurk in the shadows, and the price for passion is often exacted with a bullet or a blade…but the sacrifice is worth it when devotion is the reward.
WITCHES HANDBOOK TO HUNTING VAMPIRES (SOUTHERN SINGLE MOM PARANORMAL MYSTERIES BOOK 1) by Amy Boyles
Andie Taylor is your average single mom. She’s got a beautiful toddler, a great job at the local preschool, a neurotic best friend and one huge secret—she used to hunt vampires. Now retired, Andie would much rather be wiping kid snot off her clothes than stalking the undead.
But after a meteor rips through her small town, strange things start happening—like the school janitor is found dead with fang marks in his neck.
Andie’s retired, it’s not her problem.
Until vampires attack Andie on her front lawn. Now she has to figure out who the head bloodsucker is and stop him from taking any more victims—all while juggling single motherhood, a crazy great aunt and Andie’s own lust for a fallen angel. Can she solve the mystery before the vampires claim someone else? Or will she become the next target of the bloodsuckers?
NEW REALITY PARADOX (DEMONWORLD BOOK 7) by Severine Wolfe
Helen is removed from an unacceptable reality that her ex-husband had made for her and her daughters and set into a fantasy world full of beings from fairy tales and cautionary stories to make children behave.
On this world, she discovers new things and new depths to herself. She’s so happy to be safe and that her daughters are safe, she doesn’t consider much beyond that.
Vadch was taken from this world as a child, and returned to it only recently. He does his job and not much else as he has no idea what he can do. When he’s ordered to guard the Human female and her two young females he realizes he needs to be able to offer them more than a guard can provide.
Together they will face their new reality and plan a glorious future. However, the gods of their world may have different plans.
SAVAGE BITE (SAVAGE SHIFTERS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden
Zuri Primrose hasn’t been on a date since her divorce over a year ago. About to turn the big 4-0, she’s living the life of a hermit without any sex. Her mother isn’t going to let her daughter stay single for long. She’s gotten Zuri an invite to a shifter ball where she hopes Zuri will find the man who’s going to screw her into a pretzel and give her a dozen babies. Zuri’s sure her mom didn’t expect for a shifter to up and toss her over his shoulder and run out. Nope. Mom so did not see that coming.
Savage McKane doesn’t do parties. Or people. And he certainly doesn’t do fancy clothing. But when his friend, the town sheriff, asks him to help as security for the event, he shows up despite his lack of desire to be there. He didn’t expect to find his mate, nor the inability to control his animal, and run off with her…(more)…
THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia McKillip
VS Note: A reissue, although apparently the first time it’s been in ebook. I love the cover! RITA Award-winning author Jeffe Kennedy mentioned this book as an influence (and dedicated a book to Ms. McKillip) when I interviewed her for USA Today/HEA not long ago.
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.
But Sybel’s solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit, and the temptations of vast power.
NIGHTMARE RISING by Cari Silverwood and Nicolette Hugo
Years ago, a very intoxicated Martin nearly died in the woods outside Everlasting, and a beautiful creature saved him, although Martin’s done his best to forget it. He spends his time in a haze of weed as he avoids his emotionally abusive mother—and the way he feels about men. Martin is already a weirdo in his isolated small town; he doesn’t need a sexuality crisis too. He’s a mess, but someone—or something—always seems to take care of him, usually a tall, sarcastic deputy by the name of Ian Forrester.
No one knows much about Ian, which is how he and his family prefer it. Ian has resigned himself to a lonely life keeping his secrets and guarding his forest. It’s safe to dream of Martin, because Martin never remembers Ian helping him. Besides, Martin barely speaks to Ian, so nothing can ever grow between them. Right?
But with the dragons—and the magic—back in Everlasting, suddenly anything seems possible, even a happily ever after for two men who never expected one.
When grizzly shifter Wyatt Arthur arrives in Calgary, Alberta, for a business trip, he finds himself blindsided by the shy, skittish woman he is certain will be his mate. In a peculiar turn of events, she already has a boyfriend—a man Wyatt is confident is not interested in women. With no other options, he returns home, hoping his mate will eventually come to her senses and give him a chance.
After suffering a traumatizing experience as a teenager, Paige Osborn doesn’t date. Ever. In fact, she keeps men at bay by pretending to be in a committed relationship with her human best friend, Gavin Wright. There’s just one problem. Gavin is gay…(more)..
Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.
Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed…(more)…
Maximilian MacMillan is brooding, mysterious, and drop-dead gorgeous. He’s also the lead singer of the most popular and successful band in the world. His ability to weave a fantasy in lyrics offers him anything he desires. When he meets his mate backstage at one of his concerts, he expects she will fall into his arms and thank him for being hers. She doesn’t.
After a family vacation to Scotland, Grace Wilson returns to the United States just in time to lose her job and break up with her boyfriend. When the lead singer of a famous band sends her an invitation to their concert…all expenses paid and V.I.P. treatment all the way…she is unprepared for the lengths the man will go to in order to meet her…or how much he keeps hidden from her.
As Max works to prove his devotion to Grace, will she put aside the rumors and gossip that surround him, and trust him?
Will Max come to terms with his past and finally open up to Grace?
VS Note: And finally a new one from Anna Hackett, not scifi but always good adventure:
UNMAPPED (TREASURE HUNTER SECURITY BOOK 6) by Anna Hackett
Former Navy SEAL and CIA agent Ronin Cooper is used to living his life in the darkness. A loner by nature, he enjoys his work at Treasure Hunter Security, stays busy on the road, and never lets anyone too close. That is until he notices a mystery redheaded woman spying on him and his colleagues. Then he finds himself sucked into a dangerous rescue mission to Antarctica with a fiery, outspoken woman who pushes every one of his buttons.
Peri Butler will do anything to save her sister. ..(more)…
And a hard scifi, no idea if there’s even a hint of romance, but sounded like a good cyberpunk tale:
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
When anything can be owned, how can we be free?
Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.
And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?
Another little teaser from me for STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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…