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

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

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

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DARK STRENGTH (REFUGE BOOK 3) by Cynthia Sax

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

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

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

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

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wicked attractionWICKED ATTRACTION (THE PROTECTOR) by Megan Hart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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breeder carinaTHE BREEDER by Lynne Silver

VS Note: OK, I one clicked this.

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

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

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

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kragenKRAGEN (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 1) by Chloe Cox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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into the fireINTO THE FIRE by Elizabeth Moon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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chasing thunderbirdCHASING THUNDERBIRD by J Leigh Bailey

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

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

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archerARCHER by Amelia Hartley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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chosen collectionCHOSEN: A FANTASY COLLECTION by Various

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VS Note: One clicked this.

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

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

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

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

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

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snowSNOW by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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dragon solsticeDRAGON SOLSTICE: A POWYRWORLD URBAN FANTASY by Anna Morgan

VS Note: From January.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unacceptable.

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

Way unacceptable.

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

Wildly unacceptable.

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

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

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enchanter redeemedENCHANTER REDEEMED by Sharon Ashwood

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

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And finally:

celta catsCELTA CATS by Robin D Owens

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

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

canva scififri lost

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

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

January 17

January 10

January 3

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday November 22

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

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VS Note: The rest of the novels in The Great Space Race Collection released this week (and are my first four entries here.). I also did an interview this week with the authors for USA Today Happy Ever After.

FREEFALL: TEAM PRISM by Elsa Jade

Scarred by life and scared by it, Amy Long finally found peace in quiet Sunset Falls, Montana…until a malfunctioning popcorn popper transports her across the universe.

She arrives accidentally—and nekkidly—on the honeymoon cruiser Blissed where the widely viewed and wildly entertaining Great Space Race is already in progress. Now if she ever wants to return to Earth, she has to pretend to be the famous intergalactic explorer who was supposed to be half of Team Prism, searching for the legendary Firestorm Queen’s Prism.

Can this unsuspecting Earther wrap her head around a universe of aliens and adventure? While she’s at it, maybe she’s gonna wrap her arms around the uptight but sexy drakling male who is her teammate.

Luc Amaveo of the Flamewalker Clan just needs a treasure. Any treasure, even the imaginary ones teased by the Great Space Race. ..(more)..

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flare_team_corona_JC_HayFLARE: TEAM CORONA by JC Hay

They could go all the way, if they don’t go straight to hell

All Kayana wants is respect. Jilted by her fiancée, turned out by her family, and rejected by her crew – esteem is in short supply. When she hears about the cash prize for winning the Great Space Race, she realizes it’s more than enough money to get her old life back. Or buy herself an asteroid someplace where she won’t care what people think.

Ax Turner just needs to hide, and the Race gives him the best opportunity to do so. In plain sight. Surely the thugs and criminals he’s ripped off won’t come after him while cameras are rolling on the galaxy’s most popular reality game show. And if they do, well, having a partner who’s able to fight and looks like a devil seems like a win.

They’re on the run –  from the past, from the lethal challenges of the Great Race, from their feelings, and straight into each other. They’ve got more than their share of problems, and those secrets could drive them apart, or be the key to winning the biggest prize of all: each other.

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orions_gate_sabine_priestleyORION’S GATE: TEAM GALAXY RIDERS by Sabine Priestley

The emotions evoked by the passionate alien empath could kill them both…

Trapped in another galaxy and forced into a deadly contest, Armond Nolde wants one thing: Win so he can return home and continue his life’s work as an Earth Protector creating portals.
His assigned partner, Vin, is large, passionate and overly talkative. She’s everything Armond is not. An Empath, Vin is fascinated by the emotionless albino. He’s easy on the eyes and cold as space—or so it seems.
Armond soon learns that Vin possesses an intelligence that rivals his own. When he is forced to connect with his psi to save Vin’s life, she discovers his deadly secret. More powerful than any psi before him, his control is slipping. Threatening to unleash a deadly force.
If they bond it could destroy them both.

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ceasefireCEASEFIRE: TEAM ORION NEBULA by Kayla Stonor

VS Note: These Qui books are HOT. This one is on my TBR for sure.

Qui are the enemy. Kill them all. Save the human genome! Sworn to destroy the shapeshifting alien warlords who invaded Earth, Ahnna Sokovik must now partner with her nemesis in a nightmare reality show, the GREAT SPACE RACE. To survive deadly challenges—entertainment for trillions of fans—Ahnna must befriend her adversary and pray he doesn’t murder her in her sleep.

Fanatic, terrorist, xenophobe maniac… Ahnna cannot be reasoned with! Tierc Marcel, a Qui-human half breed, is faced with an impossible task, live alongside Ahnna, the gorgeous femme fatale who nearly slit his throat. Bound by her suppression cuffs, Tierc cannot use his Qui strength to win the race and his freedom. He fights a losing battle against Ahnna’s prejudice, while the alluring assassin tempts him with her every move. Her pheromones scream for mating, and yet she defies their magnetic attraction.

She wants him dead. He wants her in bed.

If Ahnna would only set aside her enmity, she’d see the noble Qui considers Ahnna a finer prize than even freedom.

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VS Note: And now moving on from The Great Space Race – not sure when CJ Cade’s book in that series will release…other new releases for the week:

shattered earthSHATTERED EARTH by Jenny Schwartz

The scum of the galaxy are using Earth as a nuclear winter death camp. It outrages pirate captain Kohia Jekyll’s sense of justice. No one deserves to die agonizingly of radiation poisoning, especially not on the planet humanity had to evacuate seven generations ago. So Kohia intends to close the prison camp down.

She didn’t count on an infuriating shaman healer hitching a ride aboard her starship.

Nairo Bloodstone isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He learned the hard way that when you’re a healer, doing your best for people is never enough. One miracle leads them to demand another and another. Heroes die exhausted and alone, and the galaxy continues with billions of people still clamoring for a miracle-worker to save them.

No, Nairo isn’t going to Earth to be a hero. He intends to change what it means to be human.

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snowed in with the alien dragonSNOWED IN WITH THE ALIEN DRAGON by Starr Huntress and Sonia Nova

A Christmas without warmth…Rachel hates her life in Alaska. She hates the weather, but even more, she hates her job which requires her to stay in the sodden state even for the holidays! Instead of going to visit her family in sunny California, she will be spending the holidays alone in the cold north. But when she encounters an unconscious, golden alien on the way home from work – amidst a massive snowstorm to top it all off – it looks like the holidays might not end up as boring as she’d thought after all!

A dragon paralyzed by cold…Captain Erro of Traag never thought to go down in a battle. Even less did he think to find his mate on the surface of the planet he crashes on! Trapped in the planet’s frozen wasteland, Erro can hardly function in the cold climate. He’s a dragon, for heaven’s sake! He needs some heat! And yet, despite the icy weather seeping into his bones, every time the strangely beautiful alien female smiles at him, his inner flame burns stronger than ever. She is his mate, there is no question about that.

Now, if only he could understand what the hell she was saying.

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valenceVALENCE (CONFLUENCE BOOK 4) by Janet Foehner Wells

VS Note: I really enjoyed the earlier books – this series is scifi with some romantic elements. Have not read book 3 or this one but since I enjoyed the first two, I’ll include this newest one.

Earth’s days are numbered.

Two very different women race to prepare for the battle to come. The future of Earth is in their hands.

One struggles to resurrect her ruined ship so she can navigate the politics at the galactic core in a desperate bid to recruit allies.

The other strives to master alien technology to supply the forces of Earth with the tools needed to defend themselves against the ravenous Swarm.

Between them, Jane and Zara offer humanity its best chance at survival, but the odds are stacked against them and their best may not be good enough.

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chaos in kadoma wardCHAOS IN KADOMA WARD (THE HIKOBOSHI SERIES BOOK 2) by S J Pajonas

Forced into a new life on the planet Hikari, she has two objectives: find a job and get along with Rin, the man holding her life in his hands. But with her occupation missing from this planet and her enemies looking for her, she must intrude on the kindness of reluctant strangers to stay out of harm’s way. Rin’s ex-wife wants Yumi gone, and a judge threatens to deport her if he catches her loitering about town with no job. Her desire to bolt grows stronger daily.

But Rin won’t let her go. He’s fascinated with the stories she brings from home, stories that promise to save him from the madness they all live in, a meritocracy with low birth rates and malfunctioning androids. As they build a tenuous friendship, and something more, Yumi has to face her fears, her inadequacies, and her lack of control. A headstrong journalist, she’s pushing her luck on Hikari every day as the society turns bored, restless, and finally rebellious. War is coming, and Yumi and Rin are right in the middle of it.

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space dragonSPACE DRAGON (BRIDES OF DRAXOS BOOK 2) by Scarlett Grove

MIT robotics student Freda Hayes is forced to abandon her research when the Archon Empire’s cyborgs attack earth. With her little sister Lottie, she takes refuge in a secluded cabin.

News that the dragon shifters of Draxos have defended the planet from the cyborgs leaves Lottie the Draxos’ biggest fan — and Freda skeptical. When Admiral Sysko D’Fray, leader of the Draxos army, lands right outside her cabin, she’s downright suspicious.

Sysko has been defending the galaxy from the Archon for decades. But he has another, even more, urgent battle to fight: the one to save his people from extinction. And human DNA, which includes a rare recessive gene making them compatible with Draxos, is the key to their survival.

Freda isn’t just any human; the curvy scientist is Sysko’s fated mate…(more)..

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jevalJEVAL (REVANT WARRIORS) by Celeste Raye

Jeval has the Dark Gift, a gift so rare that he is the only one born in the universe who
has survived it. He’s determined to never mate with a creature capable of having childrenfor fear of passing that darkness on.

Margie’s a woman who grew up under the unfair class system that allowed her father to
sell her off to pay his debts. She’s determined to never be under the rule of a male again.
So why does she seem to keep ending up way too close to the Revant, Jeval?

The rebellion has grown to a point where it is war or nothing and Jeval knows that now is the time to use that gift, and when he’s given a mission that is sheer suicide, even with his abilities he knows he has to take it, even though it means leaving behind Margie, the human that holds his heart—and body.

Will Margie let him go it alone, even if it means her life?

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dance of loveDANCE OF LOVE (CELESTIAL MATES BOOK 3) by C J Scarlett

Sarah is a dancer who never really got the nice end of things. She never believed in love, in a person saving her, or even getting out of her borderline slavery that she kept as a job. For Sarah, everything seemed to only go one way: to the shit. That’s how her life was, and that’s how it’s always been.

That is, until he showed up.

Landon is an alien, and a frequent customer of the club. When the gritty alpha alien meets the alluring Sarah, immediately sparks fly. They fall for one another, but of course, they don’t know what they’re getting into. With Sarah embroiled in a crime ring and Landon working one of the head aliens, both of them know for a fact that this is it, that they need to figure out what they want fast.

Not to mention, Landon is also a trust fund child looking for a future wife.

Will they manage to work this out? Or will it be too good to be real?

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mastering their mateMASTERING THEIR MATE (THARAN WARRIOR MENAGE BOOK 4) by Kallista Dane

When Saige joined an all-female crew on the Luna, she never dreamed the ship would be hijacked by space pirates. Now she’s been sold as a Consort to the Rapture Dome, forced to entertain alien males from the farthest corners of the galaxy who work in the mines on the Girra Sola asteroid.

Tharan twins Keir and Khaun are on an undercover mission on Girra Sola and they need information from the little human. But they’ve been warned that getting close to the pheromones of a female from Earth will stir their gyron, awakening a powerful need to dominate her and claim her as their Mate…(more)…

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endlessENDLESS (DRAGON WARS BOOK 5) by Rebecca Royce

August Owens came home from the Dragon Wars a changed Wolf. He isn’t done with the war—not until every Dragon left on the planet is dead. But when one nearly kills him and he wakes up to the face of his mate everything will change.

Clarissa Knox is a damaged Wolf. Even she can’t believe the poor choices she’s made and she has no idea how to get out of the mess she’s made for herself. But when she finds her mate, who was reported dead during the war, she will fight with everything she has to give them both a future.

The war might be over—but the battle for their future is just beginning.

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bound by lightBOUND BY LIGHT (CAULD ANE SERIES BOOK 7) by Piper Davenport

Thane Allen is the biggest movie star on the planet. He has money, status, and the ability to make people do what he tells them to with just a word. But he’s without his mate and is losing hope that he will ever find her.

Sydney Warren has lost both her parents and makes a daring choice to move to London to live with her cousin. A chance encounter puts her in the path of what she considers nothing more than a fantasy, until that fantasy pursues her.

Will Thane be able to convince her he’s genuine?

When a threat no one saw coming threatens Sydney’s life, will Thane be able to save her?

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consumption of magicTHE CONSUMPTION OF MAGIC (TALES FROM VERANIA BOOK 3) by TJ Klune

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse.

It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be.

Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania.

With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits—the unicorn Gary, the half-giant Tiggy, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart, and the dragon known as Kevin—must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. Along the way, Sam learns secrets of the past that will forever change the course of the future.

A reckoning is coming for Sam of Wilds, and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

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not his vampireNOT HIS VAMPIRE (NOT THIS SERIES BOOK 3) by Annie Nicholas

Magic is real. Shifters exist. Trixie Russell know this. Everyone does. But no one told her about the monster lurking in the basement of the dragon’s castle. Not until it was too late.

Victor Petrov is ancient, and vampires his age should not lose control of their hunger. And yet, thanks to the dragon who chained him in a dungeon to protect the citizens of New Port, that’s exactly his problem. Then in walks a human female with cotton candy hair who smells like sunshine incarnate, her pulse a melody in his parched ears, and the fragile thread of his control snaps.

Like it or not, Trixie is now tied to Viktor’s, and he seems short a few marbles. She plans on making his eternity a misery until he reveals they have an enemy in common. Trixie is totally on board with helping him escape so she could get her revenge. After that, she’s done. They’re over. She wouldn’t be his vampire.

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eversongEVERSONG (THE KINDRED BOOK 1) by Donna Grant

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Unparalleled in beauty and daring, Leoma has been raised with a single-minded focus—to wipe out corrupt witches. But when her new target leads her to a discovery that unveils a graver plan from the Coven, she doesn’t hesitate to follow. Yet, she’s not the only one on the hunt. And the sexy, infuriating man who crosses her path could prove to be a distraction—something she’s never encountered before.

Honor and family mean everything to Braith. When his life is turned upside down by the murder of his ward and heir without cause or reason, he has no choice but to turn to vengeance. Until a stunning, dangerous woman continues to thwart his efforts at every turn. Now, he must battle not only his need for revenge but his desire for the female, as well.

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beneath the skinBENEATH THE SKIN (DE LA VEGA CATS) by Lauren Dane

Mia Porter came home to Boston to recover, but her military reflexes kick in when a fellow jaguar is gunned down only inches away. Getting the handsome stranger to safety and removing the bullets is the easy part…discovering she’s saved a member of the very family hers has been at war with for half a century makes things tricky.

Nor is she pleased her cat finds his to be quite an attractive specimen.

Gibson de La Vega, Bringer of Justice, enforces his Alpha’s law and defends de La Vega territory against all. But even he’s not immune to silver bullets. That Gibson feels the same burning desire for Mia only complicates matters.

Negotiating an end to an epic familial feud is nothing compared to the violence sparked by the attack on Gibson. As heat and need build between them, Mia and Gibson will fight together to protect their families from a danger far closer to home than anyone expects.

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blood and tempestBLOOD AND TEMPEST (THE EMPIRE OF STORMS BOOK 3) by Jon Skovron

Still reeling from the events at Dawn’s Light, Hope struggles to understand what it means to be a warrior who has vowed to never again take up a sword.
Red is enjoying his new role as imperial spy. Perhaps a bit too much. But his loyalties will be tested when his employer, Lady Hempist, relents and assigns him the one task he’s been begging for all along: recruiting Hope and Brigga Lin to help rid the empire of biomancery once and for all.
Fate brought them together; it will tear their empire apart.

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ten lows a leapingTEN LOWS A LEAPING: AN IMP WORLD STORY by Debra Dunbar

Beatrix has to work on Christmas Day.

There are no holiday’s off for a Guardian Angel tasked with ensuring demons don’t crossover from the Gates to Hel, even when you’ve got PTSD and are subject to panic attacks from that time last year when a psychotic demon slaughtered two angels in front of you, destroyed the mall where the Gate to Hel was located, and left you pinned to the rubble with a steel beam through your wings.

The only way Beatrix is managing to get through each day is the little gifts someone keeps leaving for her. The countdown to Christmas is on, there’s no telling what gift her Secret Santa will leave when the number reaches one.

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warrior foreverWARRIOR FOREVER by Amber Bardan

The most likely conclusion to my current predicament is psychosis.
Much more likely than actual alien abduction.
Significantly more likely than impending forced nuptials with a giant primitive alien whose society never evolved a sense of humor.
But life in a horny space-barbarian’s cave isn’t all bad…
Did I mention he vibrates?

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stranger magicsSTRANGER MAGICS by Ash Fitzsimmons

VS: I liked the book’s description, not sure if there’s romance…

All Colin Leffee wants is to be left alone: to run his used bookstore in peace, and to quietly drink himself to sleep every night in an attempt to drown out the memories of eight-hundred-plus years of existence.

Unfortunately, when a sullen teenage changeling is flung out of Faerie and onto his doorstep, the long-suffering, wayward son of Titania knows his dreams of solitude are dust. Colin—or Lord Coileán, as he is known to the Faerie court—must track down Meggy, the love of his life, and figure out how her child ended up in Titania’s clutches to begin with.

But with family, it’s never simple. He finds Meggy, only to see her yanked into Faerie—and the doors between the realms slammed and locked behind her. Now, it’s not just her life at stake . . . but the fate of magic itself.

Always the loner, Colin reluctantly joins forces with an intensely stubborn wizard, a young priest-in-training who fancies himself a knight, and his half brother Robin (the last most definitely not by choice) on a quest to reopen the doors and restore the balance between the realms. And with exiled queen Mab plotting in the shadows to take Titania’s throne, and the wizards of the governing Arcanum hiding their own agenda, Colin can’t be sure whom to trust—or whether he’ll live long enough to see the mission through.

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stoneSTONE by Linda Mooney

Garenth had been awakened to retrieve an ancient artifact that was crucial to his well-being. He had few memories of what his life had been like when he had been a man. What memories that were left were filled with blood and excruciating pain.

That part of him was over now. The talisman had been taken from its sacred burial place, and it had to be returned as quickly as possible. It was up to him to follow through with his mission so he could return to another thousand years of sleep.

Brielle Van de Camp knew an extraordinary find when she saw it. The small clay figure was the key to a potentially earth‑shattering revelation about a previously unknown time in man’s ancestry. She would bet her life on it.

Unfortunately, others had gotten wind of the talisman, and they were equally determined to claim its promise for themselves. If Brielle wasn’t willing to part with the figurine, they had no compunction about prying it from her dead fingers.

They never counted on having to face the guardian of the statuette, who turned out to be more than a creature of mythology.

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trial by flameTRIAL BY FLAME by M K Eidem and Michelle Howard

VS Note: Always exciting to have a new book from MK and Michelle!

Autumn thought she knew who she was then she discovered she was a rare type of dragon shifter called a Supreme Dragoon. Now she is heading to her new mate’s home world to meet more of their kind. Nerves were to be expected, but Autumn is about to get more than she bargained for.

Kirall always knew who he was, a Prime Dragoon, one of the strongest of his kind. He’d never doubted who he was or his place until he traveled to Earth and met her. Autumn descended from a line of Dragoon thought to have died out many millennia ago. Their mating changed all he’d been taught to believe.

Together they will face challenges neither of them expected. With their mating threatened and everything Kirall holds dear in jeopardy, it’s up to Autumn to show who really is the baddest Dragoon of them all.

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highland moon enchantmentA HIGHLAND MOON ENCHANTMENT ( A TALE FROM THE ORDER OF THE DRAGON KNIGHTS) by Mary Morgan 

Irish warrior, Desmond O’Quinlan has never surrendered his heart to any woman. He has no wish to have his soul tortured by love. Yet, the moment he locks gazes with Ailsa, his fate is destined for an adventure he never fathomed. He may have battled alongside a Dragon Knight, but his greatest challenge will come from within his own heart.

Ailsa MacDuff, a warrior among her clan, has no desire to have a man chain her to a life of obedience. However, that is before she meets Desmond. The temptation to allow this warrior inside her heart is a risk she dares to take, but one that could lead to a future of emptiness and sorrow.

When betrayal looms from within, the battleground of love is no match for these two warriors. Can the power of a Highland full moon be strong enough to unite or destroy them?

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maid of ice shonaMAID OF ICE (BLOOD & SILVER) by Shona Husk

For Finlay Ryder, danger means playing a racecar driver on a daytime soap. That is, until he’s forced to reckon with his true identity as an Albah, a magical ancient race, by one of his own kind. Someone wants him dead. And worse, an ancient vampire is on the prowl, drawing blood left and right. Now, Finlay has no choice but to hunt enemies with unspeakable powers—or risk being hunted himself . . .

Ice skater Alina Nyx is using her broken wrist as an excuse for a career change. And when she falls for handsome Finlay, Albah drama feels like her new full-time job. Learning about magic and vampires is exciting, until her life is threatened. Now, as she begins to uncover her own mysterious powers, she must combine forces with Finlay to eradicate their foes for good, or all Albah will suffer.

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lure of oblivionLURE OF OBLIVION (MERCURY PACK BOOK 3) by Suzanne Wright

Gwen Miller may be a human, but she has no problem taking a stand against her own kind. She’s going to testify against the teenage boy she saw viciously assault a lone shifter female—and no amount of pressure from the boy’s wealthy family will make her back down. But when the harassment turns violent, help comes in the form of a lean, toned wolf with winter-gray eyes.

As a guest at Gwen’s inn, shifter enforcer Zander Devlin can’t help but notice that the fierce and leggy brunette is in serious trouble. Since she’s putting herself at risk for one of his kind, keeping her safe is the least he can do. That’s not the only reason Zander wants her close. He desires her, even as the wolf inside him backs away from her. But his feral instincts are hard to keep down, and as they take shape, they’re harder for Gwen to resist. Then again, embracing them could be the only thing that could save her life.

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alphabetALPHA BET by Milly Taiden

Nerd Queen, Aliya Grey, has been picked on her entire life for being different. She is done with shifter society. When the chance comes to leave the pack, she jumps for joy. But she didn’t expect that during the exchange of power ceremony, the super-hot and totally lickable, incoming Alpha would tell her he wants her. That doesn’t happen to Ali. Nope. Never.

Marcus and his wolf know Aliya is the one. Giving up his playboy lifestyle attests to how badly he wants her. Ali might be a half-breed, but that doesn’t matter. No way is he letting her leave. A little stalking, a bit of seduction and a whole lot of time together will get her to change her mind. He’s confident.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as romancing her. Ali’s done with the pack from hell and no matter how sexy Marcus is, she’s out of there. But first she needs to see him naked. He’s so big and strong and that grin…but she’s not staying. It takes an attack on Ali’s life for Marcus to see his pack has big issues he needs to fix or lose Ali for good.

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pinerock bears christmasA PINEROCK BEAR CHRISTMAS (BEARS OF PINEROCK COUNTY BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Gloria Munson thinks she’s about to have the worst Christmas of all time when her car breaks down during a blizzard in rural Pinerock County. But then she’s rescued by a very special bear shifter clan who invite her to share their rural ranch Christmas …

With no family to welcome him for the holidays, Deputy Jaron Holbrook is invited out to the ranch for Christmas by his boss, Sheriff Axl Tanner. Jaron knows that every woman on the ranch is already mated, so it comes as a total shock when Jaron and his bear recognize their fated mate in the Pinerock clan’s Christmas houseguest!

With five mated couples to play matchmaker, what could possibly go wrong?

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dark angels seductionDARK ANGEL’S SEDUCTION (THE CHILDREN OF THE GODS PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 15) by I T Lucas

Brundar is fighting a losing battle. Calypso is slowly chipping away his icy armor from the outside, while his need for her is melting it from the inside.
He can’t allow it to happen. Calypso is a human with none of the Dormant indicators. There is no way he can keep her for more than a few weeks.

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beautyv and mountain manBEAUTY AND THE MOUNTAIN MAN by Frankie Love

The moment I saw her she woke something buried deep inside of me. A wild need.
A desperate desire. She’s stranded and alone, needing shelter from the storm.
And I’ll do more than keep her warm. I’ll make her mine. Some say there’s no such thing as happily ever after. But that changes tonight. I will show her I’m more than a mountain man. 
I am her beast.

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snow leopards christmasA SNOW LEOPARD’S CHRISTMAS (GLACIER LEOPARDS BOOK 6) by Zoe Chant

Lillian Lowell has a problem. She’s newly mated to the Glacier leopards’ pack leader, snow leopard shifter Cal Westland, which makes her the…she’s not sure what. Den mother? Whatever her job title is, she wants to live up to it, so she’s throwing the best Christmas party she can plan. But she’s two months pregnant, and suddenly even the simplest tasks seem impossible. She needs help–but she doesn’t want to admit it. And for some reason, Cal is making himself scarce.

Alethia Landin has a different problem. She wants to have a merry Christmas, and enjoy the time with her pack–but she can barely look at Lillian right now, because all she’s wanted for over a year is a baby, and it’s not happening. Every month with no good news brings her and her mate, Grey, down further into the dumps. She’s not proud of how jealous she is of Lillian, but it’s hard to overcome. Will this ruin Christmas?

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy. Can the Glacier pack come together and help each other through their problems? Does someone really mean it when they say they don’t want a present? How many Pinterest decorations is too many? And will someone get a baby for Christmas?

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mate for the christmas dragonA MATE FOR THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON by Zoe Chant

Jasper is a dragon on a mission. If he doesn’t find his mate by his twenty-fifth birthday, he’ll lose his ability to shift, and be stuck as either a human or a dragon forever. Luckily, his birthday is on Christmas Day. What woman could resist the spark of romance during the most wonderful time of the year?

Most wonderful time of the year? Curvy Abigail learned long ago what a lie that is. She hates the fake snow, the cheesy carols, the hordes of shoppers that save their Christmas cheer for everyone except shop workers—and most of all, she hates going home to her empty apartment on Christmas Eve.

Jasper knows Abigail’s the one for him the moment he sees her. But can the Christmas dragon win his mate’s heart, when Christmas is the one thing she hates the most?

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VS Note: I don’t usually mention re-releases but this one was a bit intriguing, partly because it originally came out in 1992 – I wonder how much revising she’s had to do?!!! It does seem to end on a cliffhanger, per the reviews.

betrayedBETRAYED (HIDDEN WORLDS BOOK 1)  by Bethany Burke

Originally published in 1992, this sci-fi classic has not been available for twenty-five years. Before there was an Internet, before there was Amazon, Bethany Burke had penned Hidden Worlds, the original kink classic. It’s been expanded into a three book trilogy, available to modern readers for the very first time!

Four hundred years in the future, life on Earth is perfect. The genders are equal. War is non-existent. Everything is clean, safe, and wonderful, due to one cause: In the early years of the twenty-second century, over 90% of the Earth’s population was relocated by force to colony planets spread over the galaxy.

Jen Marin has a gift for languages. When she’s slotted at the last minute into an off-Earth expedition to study the linguistics of a colony planet, she never questions the assignment. It’s a perfect opportunity to get an advantage over her fellow academics on Earth. She, along with her companion Christy, also never questions a recreational trip to an isolated area of the planet’s surface, that is until they go back to the space craft – and it’s gone.

As impossible as it seems, they’ve been abandoned. But why? And to what? Jen’s new reality is a world where her body is not her own, filled with heavy handed warriors, cruel Matrons whose sole purpose is “training” young women for their marriages, a prince who wants Jen for his own, and mysteries that seemingly have no answer.

It has to be a mistake, right? …(much more)…

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VS Note: Going to mention my own newest scifi romance release once more:

If you’ve been waiting for a badass female space mercenary, here she is!

Buy Links:  Amazon     Kobo     B&N     iBooks     Google

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

November 15

November 8

November 1

October 25

October 18

October 11

October 4

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

I don’t ordinarily list re-releases…

(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 September 6

zakotaAs 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).

Lots of late August releases to add here this week…

ZAKOTA (STAR GUARDIANS BOOK 5) by Ruby Lionsdrake

VS Note: I’ve really enjoyed this series from Ruby so of course I one-clicked.

Katie Saunders isn’t used to sitting on her butt, but she’s been stuck doing exactly that as the Star Guardians fly all over the galaxy, trying to get her and the other kidnapped women back home. Now it looks like they have to engage in a battle against evil aliens before making the final flight to Earth. Since they’ve captured an extra ship and are short on pilots, Katie wants to help.

She flew jets during her time in the Navy, and she’s been training on the spaceship’s flight simulator, so she knows she can be useful. Because the captain won’t listen to her, she turns her focus onto the ship’s helm officer, Zakota. He’s an odd man who apparently believes he’s a shaman, but maybe she can convince him she can fly.

Wheeling and dealing with Zakota reveals a couple of unexpected things. First off, he’s super hot under that uniform, and second, he’s not quite as kooky as she thought. As a fellow pilot, he gets her, far better than she expected anyone out here would, and he’s quick to see her worth in the cockpit.

The problem? There’s not time for them to get to know each other better or much of anything else. They’re headed into a battle against a superior foe with superior numbers, and the odds are against them making it out alive.

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alexandrus kissALEXANDRU’S KISS (MAGIC NM BOOK 3) by SE Smith

VS Note: An entry in SE’s Kindle World, more in this KW by other authors will be released later in September.

Alexandru Carson has a major problem and it isn’t with the woman who captured him – it is the fact that he can’t remember anything but his name. Confused by his inability to remember, he doesn’t know where he is or how he ended up in the middle of a forest that feels bizarrely alien to him. If being lost wasn’t bad enough, his fascination with and attraction to his captor is making the situation even more frustrating as he tries to unravel the mystery of what happened.
Ka’ya Stargazer is an outcast among her tribe. Born with the mark of the Huntress, she is feared for her ability as a warrior even while she is a prisoner to the tribe who shuns her. When she discovers an injured man on a scouting trip, she is forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.
Alexandru’s kiss leaves Ka’ya craving for more than her life as a warrior. Yet, even as they grow closer, there are powerful forces threatening to rip them apart. Will Alexandru accept Ka’ya’s claim on him, or will she lose him forever when he regains his memory and discovers he does not belong in her world?

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for the greater goodFOR THE GREATER GOOD: PUSS IN SPACE (DRYDEN UNIVERSE) by Greta van der Rol

A Human settlement is destroyed and all signs point to an Yrmak raid as Imperial agents Tian Axmar and Brent Walker scour the site for clues. One thing they never expected to find was a survivor, a rare alien feline with unusual talents.

As tensions between Humans and Yrmaks ratchet to the point of no return, Tian and Brent must bring all their cyborg skills to bear as they follow a dangerous trail of deception and misdirection.

The feline, now dubbed Puss and strongly bonded to Tian, holds the key to many of the questions driving the investigation. Unfortunately, that bond drives a wedge between Brent and Tian’s working relationship, leaving Brent with second thoughts about his decision to become a cyborg…(more)…
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secrets in deathSECRETS IN DEATH: AN EVE DALLAS NOVEL (IN DEATH BOOK 45) by J D Robb

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer…(more)…

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yielding of roseTHE YIELDING OF ROSE (TERRAN CAPTIVES BOOK 2) by Trent Evans

Rose had always dreamed of finding the “one.” But she’d never dreamed he’d find her first — and promptly spirit her away from everything she’d ever known. Alone, adrift, and seemingly lost on Earth, the young woman had exchanged a life of youthful rebelliousness for a life of strict, trained obedience, painful consequences, and the dark depths of pleasure unlike any she’d ever imagined. But there was a small problem: she hadn’t chosen that exchange. The muscled, glowering, Alpha male from another planet had chosen it for her — whether she wanted it or not.

The dazzling red-headed beauty with the spitfire personality and the dramatic curves to match was a danger to Lieutenant Kosha, an officer of the Yaanfahr Survey Corps assigned to observe the emerging human civilization on the planet Terra…(more)..

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zaineZAINE (VERIAN MATES) by Stella Sky

Regan Lawrence is fearless, outspoken, and smart, but all of those things just make life during wartime more difficult. She’s used to being unpopular, so when she is abducted by the enemy race, she isn’t sure whether it’s a good or a bad thing. That is, until she lays eyes on the fiercely sexy Verian enemy who abducts her.

As head of the prison, Zaine Volaire is the strongest men left in his race. He’s well-known for his discipline and drive to help his species win the war against humans…(more)…

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ALIEN COMMANDER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS BOOK 11) by Sadie Carter

VS Note: From late August

alien commanderShe’s not searching for a mate, just a place to feel safe…
Sophie came to Zerconia under false pretences. She doesn’t want a mate. She has crap judgement in men. And really, what does she need a man for?
Mind-blowing orgasms? She’ll buy a vibrator.
Someone to take care of any creepy-crawlies? She’ll get a really good buy spray.
The feeling of protection and safety that comes from being held in a man’s strong arms? Okay, that might be a bit harder to find, but Sophie has never known that sort of protection before anyway. Her father abandoned her as a child, and her last boyfriend was an asshole who used her for sex.
Nope, she doesn’t need a man.
Even sexy, gorgeous, oh-so-serious Toriq with his huge muscles and his careful, quiet nature. All right, so she needed someone to fantasize and he was every fantasy come to life.
Toriq lives in the shadow of his father’s memory. He keeps a distance from most people, especially tiny human females, knowing they must fear his size. But staying away from Sophie is more difficult than he anticipated. Particularly when she finds herself in trouble.
Protecting the tiny blonde female suddenly becomes his top priority. Even if that means protecting her from himself.

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cerikCERIK (DRAGONS OF KELON) by Maia Starr

VS Note: Another late August entry

Maria feels burned by her boyfriend after she found out he had been cheating on
her. When she goes to the desert with her friend for a girl’s weekend, she finds
herself at the mercy of an attractive alien dragon shifter. But when they are
captured in space she has to rely on him to save her, or her life will change forever.

Cerik is on a mission to save the Draqua race, and that includes using a human
female as bait. But he never thought he would actually fall hard for this bait. Now he
has to save her from the Opposition enemies. But when she learns the truth about
him and his mission, he knows that she will never trust him again, and for her – trust
is everything. Will he be able to win her trust?

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alien and the wedding plannerALIEN AND THE WEDDING PLANNER by Lizzie Lynn Lee

VS Note: From August

It was just one of those days…After catering a particularly difficult bridezilla, successful wedding planner Alana Watson can’t wait for the wedding season to be over. Or at least, she hopes to get a reasonable client. That is why she’s excited when a pair of insanely gorgeous men come to her shop for a consultation. But no, they aren’t a couple and they ask weird questions. Things escalate when one of them decides to kidnap her and bring her to his home planet . . .

This alien feeling in the alien’s heart…Lord Ice Silverkiller is a renowned scientist on his home planet, Crimea. His planet is dying and it seems his people don’t want to procreate. His emperor orders him to find a solution. Ice and his crew then embark on the first expedition to Earth. They want to know the secret behind the humans’ explosive population growth. But when he sees Alana, science is the farthest thing in his mind…(more…

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shalias diarySHALIA’S DIARY BOOK 11 by Tracy St. John

VS Note: From August

Shalia’s happily-ever-after is shattered when her daughter is kidnapped.

Shalia has at last found the love she’s risked her life to win. She’s got everything she could wish for—an amazing career and a wonderful home for herself and her baby Anrel. Better still, she’s the Matara to the best possible mates she could wish for in Clan Seot.

Yet desperation spurs someone to commit an unthinkable act. When Anrel is stolen in broad daylight, Shalia and her clan will do anything to get her back. The kidnapping sets Shalia in a direction she never anticipated going—and affects all the Mataras of Kalquor.

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white queenTHE WHITE QUEEN (QUEENS OF DRAXOS BOOK 1) by Scarlett Grove

VS Note: Here’s the Amazon note from the author: “The White Queen is a reverse harem short read serial. Each installment is 10k words long and will be released once a week.” I would suppose eventually it’ll all be gathered into one book? Personally I’m not patient enough to read serials weekly but that’s just me…also not entirely clear to me if it’s SFR or Fantasy. But undoubtedly HOT – I get that vibe LOL

Ice dragon scientist, Joon D’fray, is desperately searching for a cure for the plague that crippled the female birth rate of the Draxos race. Her life is about to get very complicated, times five, after the tournament to find her fated mate on her twenty-first birthday.

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servant of the forestSERVANT OF THE FOREST: A Fairy Tale Retelling by Shona Husk

Remember to be wild,” Orabella’s mother would say.
But her mother is dead and Orabella’s days are taken up with chores for the small estate that barely keeps her stepmother and stepsisters fed.
Then an invitation arrives. The King is throwing a three day party for the Prince, a last attempt to find a cure for the curse that will claim him on his twentieth birthday. The witch who saves Gauthier will get his hand in marriage and will eventually become queen.
Orabella is forbidden from going to the party even though everyone is invited. She wants to see the castle and the Cursed Prince. This time she refuses to obey her stepmother.
As Orabella discovers the secrets of her past and the truth about her mother and the prince’s curse, she learns that no one is to be trusted and not everyone wants the prince to survive.

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highland dragon warriorHIGHLAND DRAGON WARRIOR (DAWN OF THE HIGHLAND DRAGON BOOK 1) by Isabel Cooper

The war may be over, but so long as English magic controls the Highlands, not even a dragon laird can keep his clan safe. What Cathal MacAlasdair needs is a warrior fierce enough to risk everything, yet gifted enough to outwit an enemy more monster than man.

What he needs is Sophia.

Alchemist Sophia Metzger traveled to Loch Arach in search of knowledge. She never dreamed she’d learn to do battle, ride through the stars on the back of a dragon, or catch the eye of a Highland laird. But as her quest turns to sizzling chemistry and inescapable danger, she’ll soon discover the thrill of being caught in a dragon’s claws.

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so i married a sorcerorSO I MARRIED A SORCEROR by Kerrelyn Sparks

VS Note: Late August

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embraced—even if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half-brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her. . .

Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer. He’s spent most of his life plotting revenge on the evil king—and Rupert believes that Brigitta could be the key to finally destroying his enemy. But what begins as a kidnapping of the innocent beauty escalates into something deeper, and more passionate, than either captor or captive could have imagined. Rupert soon vows to protect Brigitta against the king—but will they survive long enough to find their happily-ever-after. . .or does fate have something else in store?

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my angelMY ANGEL by Alanea Alder

Vivian Mercy has been running from the past for so long she doesn’t know any other way of life. When a panicked call comes from one of her only friends she finds herself returning to the city of her nightmares where her dedication as a doctor and resolve to help others is put to the test.

Etain Vi’Aerlin has been watching over Noctem Falls for centuries. Sent by his queen he became a silent sentinel in the shadows helping Magnus whenever he could. While the sickness around him claims more lives he discovers what it feels like to be helpless, as an ancient warrior he doesn’t have the skills to fight this unseen enemy.

At any other time finding a mate would be cause for celebration, but Etain wants Vivian as far from Noctem Falls as possible, unfortunately, as the only doctor with an intimate knowledge of diseases she has to stay in the city, and finds herself working tirelessly to discover a cure in the middle of the deadly chaos sweeping the levels.

As Vivian’s past is revealed she finds herself not only combating the terrible virus but also the rebellious faction of the Founding Families. Etain vows to stand by her, even if it means abandoning the post assigned by his queen.

It’s a race against time to unravel the lethal secrets the virus is hiding before the city itself is lost forever.

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furyFURY: DEVIL’S POINT WOLVES BOOK 6 by Eliza Gayle

Sawyer didn’t make it out of the destruction of Club Diablo without scars. Lots of them. They criss cross his body from head to toe. His pack is trying to help him recover, but between the smothering and the whispers, he’s not interested. Once again his life has been destroyed by hunters and this time he doesn’t want to start over. He wants revenge. He definitely doesn’t want to babysit some Fed, no matter how many of his buttons she pushes.

Penelope Bishop has always wanted to prove herself as one of the top profilers for the FBI, but she’s had to struggle to get out of her father’s infamous shadow. Finally, she’s been given a chance to show she can handle a high-profile case on her own. She’s sent to Devils Point Island to profile the suspect who planted an explosive in a strip club. Except what she finds doesn’t fit any profile she’s ever seen and the local assigned to help her is more interested in the chip on his shoulder and what color panties she wears.

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johns yearningJOHN’S YEARNING (SCANGUARDS VAMPIRES BOOK 12) by Tina Folsom

Emotionally scarred by the death of his blood-bonded mate and unborn child several years earlier, vampire and Scanguards bodyguard John Grant avoids women at all costs, desperate to prevent another heartbreak. But when single mother Savannah Rice begs him for help finding her kidnapped daughter Buffy, he can’t help but feel drawn to her and the passion that lies dormant behind her blue eyes.

As they work to uncover a child trafficking ring leading all the way to Russia, John and Savannah allow themselves to find love and support in each other’s arms. In doing so, they are forced to confront their mutual guilt and fear while fighting to rescue Savannah’s daughter and the other girls who have fallen into the hands of an unscrupulous villain.

But even if they can destroy the trafficking ring, and save the girls, will Savannah be strong enough to love John once he reveals that he is a vampire who craves her blood?

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switch of fateSWITCH OF FATE 1 by Lisa Ladew and Grace Quillen

Jameson Montreat is a lonely wolf shifter who had one job that was essential to the protection of the human species. A job he was unable to do. Now, with more vampires throwing their hat into the political ring every day, he can’t stop it. He can’t kill vampires, none of the shifters can. Only a switch can kill a vampire, and they died out a hundred years ago. But then an impossibly captivating switch walks right into the anti-vampire meeting, turning every shifter head in the place. She is not meant for him, as much as he might need her to be.

Coralie Hamilton is a normal woman, living a normal life, waiting for something big. What that something is, she has no idea, but when some base part of her brain causes her to go temporarily insane and try to stab a politician in the throat with a fountain pen, her future suddenly becomes crystal clear. She’s a natural born killer, and the only thing that can calm her killing instincts in the moment is the love of a shifter male who is strong enough to handle her.

Yesterday, she didn’t believe in shifters. Today, she’s got to choose the one who will keep her sane.

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sunderSUNDER (DARK SOUL BOOK 1) by Lexi Ander

If Sūnder Alārd was born female he would have been cherished for being faeborn—born with magick—and his birth celebrated. Instead, his L’fÿn mother insisted on his death. Only his Panthrÿn father’s desperate escape through the forest saved him.

With most Chándariāns uneasy in his presence due to rumors he is doomed to become a darksoul, and unlikely to find a mate because of it, Sūnder has nevertheless carved out an honorable existence as a warrior and commander. Serving as a bodyguard and chaperone, Sūnder accompanies the Chándariān prince to the annual mating festival on Earth, and when the prince is injured, he can’t help but be fascinated by the tongue-tied nurse who attends them at the hospital.

At sixteen years of age, Gabriel St. Baptista came home to discover his parents had taken off into space, leaving him behind to look after himself. Gabe never recovered from the unexpected desertion, and keeps everyone at arm’s length to avoid the pain of being abandoned again. However, after meeting Sūnder, Gabe finds himself unable to resist the bond between them and breaks his carefully crafted rules to spend time with the Chándariāns, regardless of the fact that Sūnder will soon leave. Scared by what he feels for Sūnder, Gabe can only hope his heart won’t be too broken when Sūnder returns to Chándaria.

But deceit and treachery surrounds them both, and when Gabe saves Sūnder’s life, it sets off a chain of events that could either tear Gabe and Sūnder apart… or give them both exactly what they want.

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rescued by the wolfRESCUED BY THE WOLF by Sasha Summers

Mal wants one thing in life—vengeance against those that deserted him and those who tortured him. But rescuing a wounded girl from their captors, one that wreaks of innocence and fear, makes Mal put his plan on hold. Temporarily. He’ll do what he needs to keep her alive and safe, even if it changes both of their lives forever.

Being stabbed and held in a dark cell wasn’t on Olivia’s top ten list. Her savior isn’t exactly hero material. Angry, scarred, and pissed at the world, he seems to resent being saddled with her. But the longer they’re together, the more firmly a connection forms between them. A connection that binds her to him, his pack, and his world. But that connection may just lead to her death.

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dragon in distressDRAGON IN DISTRESS (ZODIAC SHIFTERS VIRGO) by Crystal Dawn

Sophie needed to find her fated mate to avoid being forced to mate someone of her Uncle’s choosing. Her cousin spells for her fated one, but an angry dragon shows up. This wasn’t at all what she expected.
Knossos wakes up and he’s not in his lair anymore. Someone has dared to summon him out of his slumber. The guilty party turns out to be his fated mate, so he can’t burn her to a crisp. He wasn’t really ready for this, so what’s a dragon to do?

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her dark halfHER DARK HALF (X-OPS BOOK 7) by Paige Tyler

Coyote shifter Trevor Maxwell is teamed up with CIA agent Alina Bosch to catch a killer. But when the mission becomes much more dangerous than they expected, they’re going to have to ignore the attraction between them and learn how to trust one another to come out on the other side.

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creole nightsCREOLE NIGHTS by Various

Ten original sexy tales from ten bestselling authors. When the sun goes down in New Orleans the heat will rise. Take a sensual exploration of those Creole nights with our hosts of humans, witches, vampires, shifters, wolves, sorcerer, ghost, reapers, voodoo priestess, warlocks, demons, priests and angels. Find out who lives, who dies, who loves for once in a lifetime. Read their sides of the story.

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ashes rebornASHES REBORN (A SOULS OF FIRE NOVEL)  by Keri Arthur

The clock is ticking as Emberly—a phoenix capable of taking human form—races to take revenge against the sadistic and mysterious Rinaldo. The elusive rebel leader threatens to keep killing until he is given all of the research about a plaguelike virus derived from vampire blood.

Forced to reach out to the Paranormal Investigations Team for help, Emberly and her partner, Jackson, must decide who to trust as they follow the trail of dead bodies. When classified information is leaked and their safe house is ambushed, Emberly’s suspicions are confirmed—someone at PIT has betrayed them.

A final battle looms and Emberly will need to command all her powers—or watch the world turn to ash.

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dark legacyDARK LEGACY (A CARPATHIAN NOVEL) by Christine Feehan

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her…that calls to her in the dark…that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm…

For her beauty is irresistible to the vampires, her psychic ability like a drug. Whipped into a frenzy, they’ll never stop coming for her. And only the taste of one Carpathian warrior—the rush of his blood—can save her.

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kingpin of camelotTHE KINGPIN OF CAMELOT ( A KINDA FAIRY TALE BOOK 3) by Cassandra Gannon

VS Note: From the end of July. This sounded so different, I thought I really had to include it!

The Queen: Guinevere must save Camelot. Ever since Arthur died, the evil Scarecrow has been trying to marry her and gain the crown. If she and her daughter are going to survive his mad schemes, Gwen needs to find Merlyn’s wand. Fast. Unfortunately, the only man strong enough to help her on her quest is Kingpin Midas, a flashy, uneducated mobster dealing with a curse. Gwen is a logical, rational woman, though, and she can draft one hell of a contract. She’s pretty sure she can come up with an offer not even the kingdom’s greatest villain can refuse.

The Kingpin: Anything Midas touches turns to gold. Literally. The curse has helped him to rule Camelot’s underworld with an iron fist. He has more money and more power than anyone else in the kingdom. He’s convinced there’s nothing he can’t buy. One look at Gwen and Midas knows that he’s about to make his most brilliant purchase, yet. He’s about to own the one woman in the world he would give anything to possess. All he has to do to claim her is somehow win a war against the smartest man in Camelot, hide his growing feelings from Gwen, deal with his overprotective bodyguard’s paranoia about the queen’s hidden motivations, and adjust to a five year old demanding bedtime stories from a gangster. Simple, right?

The Contract: Gwen’s deal is simple: If Midas marries her, she’ll make him King of Camelot. It’s a fair bargain. Midas will keep her enemies away and she’ll give him the respectability that money can’t buy. She never expects Midas to agree so quickly. Or for their practical business arrangement to feel so… complicated. Midas isn’t the tawdry, feral animal that Arthur railed against. He’s a kind and gentle man, who clearly needs Gwen’s help just as much as she needs his. In fact, the longer she’s around Midas the more Gwen realizes that their “fake marriage” might be more real than she ever imagined.

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star heroAnd finally – I don’t usually cover re-releases but this is Susan Grant! with an expanded version of her Pets In Space 1 story (PETS IN SPACE 2 out October 10th):

STAR HERO: A STAR SERIES NOVELLA

A Marine serving in the galactic frontier, Lieutenant 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 Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender–his heart. Lukas’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing threatens them more than when Carlynn goes missing in action. Now the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.

(Expanded from the novella “Stray”, originally published in the Pets in Space 1 Anthology)

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And I have an award winning SFR novel on sale – STAR CRUISE: OUTBREAK

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

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My standard Notes and Caveats:

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

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

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

New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday June 21

kolAs 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).

KOL (ALIEN RAIDERS BRIDES BOOK 3) by Vi Voxley

Jackie Hooper is all out of time. An incurable illness at her side, she’s trying to make the best of the opportunities she has left. Getting abducted by a Nayanor warlord was not on that list of things to do. But then again, spending your last moments with the hottest man in the universe can’t be all bad… right?

Kol-Eresh has found what he has been looking for – the perfect mate. Or so he thought. Her death is not something that he will allow, yet options are slim for the alien lord. Good thing he’s known for making something out of any decent apocalypse.

With the Eternals on the hunt, the Nayanor elders obsessed with curing the land of the weak, Kol has more to worry about than just losing Jackie to a disease. He has too much to fight, too much to overcome, but then again, he’s always been at his best when things are impossible.

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orionORION: STAR GUARDIANS BOOK 1 by Ruby Lionsdrake

Tattooed, muscled, and fierce, they look like felons, but these highly trained agents are humanity’s protectors, the only ones standing between Earth and the threats of the galaxy. They are the Star Guardians.

A born geek, Juanita has dreamed of exploring the stars for as long as she can remember. Getting kidnapped by slavers from another planet? Not so much. If she’s lucky, she might be able to convince the hot guy protecting her from the others to help her escape.

A bounty hunter allied with the Star Guardians, Orion is undercover on the slavers’ ship, plotting to end their kidnapping trips to Earth. He didn’t expect to meet someone as funny, sexy, and determined as Juanita among the victims. He wants to protect her from the thugs molesting her, but that could blow his cover and jeopardize his mission. He must choose between keeping her safe and dooming Earth to be a target for slavers forever.

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treyjonTREYJON: STAR GUARDIANS BOOK 2 by Ruby Lionsdrake

VS Note: Somehow I got behind on Ruby’s releases so I have two from her. This one was out on the 14th and Orion was the 15th, per Amazon.  Hmmm. Not that I’m complaining – I LOVE her books.

Angela left her parents’ lavender farm with dreams of becoming a professional dog trainer. Getting kidnapped by slavers from outer space was not part of the plan.

Fortunately, Angela and a few dozen other women were rescued by Star Guardians. She isn’t quite sure how she’s going to get back to Earth, but these Star Guardians aren’t looking too shabby, especially a hunky one named Treyjon. He trains svenkars, four-hundred-pound predators that make pit bulls look like squeak toys. Angela is curious about the animals–and about him. The problem? He doesn’t seem to know she exists.

For Treyjon, the women staying as guests aboard the Star Guardian ship are off limits. The captain has made that clear, so he hasn’t allowed himself to admire their feminine assets. But when one of them shows an interest in the powerful predators he trains, animals that scare most women out of the room, he’s intrigued. When she proves a knack for working with one of the creatures, he’s more than intrigued. He starts wondering how he’s ever going to let her go home.

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cover_fire_jess_anastasiCOVER FIRE (VALIANT KNOX) by Jess Anastasi

VS Note: I interviewed Jess this week for US Today/HEA.

If the assignment is crazy, dangerous, or a little of both, Sub-Lieutenant Sebastian Rayne can’t help but take on the challenge. So when Command Intelligence tags him to fly one of their agents behind enemy lines, it seems like just another routine death-defying mission. Crash landing on the planet was a piece of cake, but the gorgeous agent he delivered safely to her meeting is now believed dead and he must return to retrieve her body.

After Agent Jenna Maxwell realizes her own people attempted to have her killed, she enlists the hot stick jockey’s help. His new mission? Sneak her back onto his ship to ferret out who wanted to get rid of her and why. But she fears her growing feelings for Seb have blinded her to his reckless insistence on helping her stay alive, and his rash behavior will cause them both to lose their lives.

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when darkness whispersWHEN DARKNESS WHISPERS by Lisa Carlisle

Haunted by an unclear past, biologically enhanced Marine, Eva Montreaux, can’t be distracted from her mission. With American troops being brutally murdered on the island of Okinawa, it’s more than priority. It’s critical. But when her investigation brings her face to face with Marcos Delacruz, it triggers memories. Ones she lost. Memories that somehow include him.

Marcos Delacruz has tried to forget the woman who left him with nothing but empty promises…

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CYBORG SEDUCTION (INTERSTELLAR BRIDES THE COLONY BOOK 3) by Grace Goodwin

VS Note: I really enjoyed the first two books in the series so I one-clicked this.

cyborg seductionSingle mother Lindsey Walters is a blogger and the love of her life is her four-year-old son, Wyatt. When a nearly fatal accident costs Wyatt dearly, Lindsey will do anything to save her son, even take the craziest assignment of her life–sneak aboard a freighter bound for the terrifying alien prison planet known as The Colony and find out the truth about what’s happening to Earth’s brave soldiers.

A Hunter from Everis, Kiel was captured and tortured by the Hive before his banishment to the Colony. When it’s discovered the Hive have a presence on his new home world, Kiel’s existence narrows to the Hunt leaving no room for hope, or love. But when his mark awakens and he shares dreams with an unknown woman, everything changes. When he finds her offered as the prize in the Colony’s brutal fighting pits, he must fight for her with every ounce of strength he possesses, or risk losing her to another.

Yet no matter how quickly Kiel claims her, seduces her and makes her his, Lindsey has secrets, and a bond in her heart that’s even stronger than her desire for him. Lindsey knows she must break Kiel’s heart or risk the life of her child. Her decision to leave will challenge everything Kiel knows about love and loss, family and forever.

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aliens loverTHE ALIEN’S LOVER (WARRIORS OF LUXIRIA BOOK 3) by Zoey Draven

Beks Bridgett’s mission in life is to try everything at least once. Some call her fearless. Others, reckless. While her bucket list includes things like skydiving and kissing random strangers, getting kidnapped by aliens and sold to an intergalactic fight club definitely isn’t. That is, until a fierce, intimidating, and panty-meltingly hot alien warrior springs her from her caged prison.

Ambassador Lihvan, one of the deadliest War Generals of Luxiria, is known for his unshakable drive and intense ferocity in battle. He is a warrior of few words and even fewer needs…but many, many secret, dirty desires. When he rescues a human woman who delights in teasing him to an inch of his infamous control, the powerful Luxirian fears that she will be the one to finally bring him to his knees.

After a rescue mission goes awry, Beks and Lihvan find themselves stranded on a dangerous and ever-changing planet, alone. Nestled in a small shelter, not only are they trying to survive the elements, but also the lust and desire that runs between them.

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asgarASGAR: DROGON GENERAL by T J Quinn 

The Drogans search many worlds to find females as the birthrate for females of their race dwindles. Then they learn of a slave auction, hosted by the Slythonians who are known to capture the best female breeders in the galaxy.

Drogan General Asgar buys all the women the Slythonians have abducted from Earth a second time….

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forbidden alien princeFORBIDDEN ALIEN PRINCE by Miranda Martin

Drevakin Lo’ara, prince of a minor noble house, is desperate. He goes to the Celestial Mates dating agency in the hopes of fulfilling his dreams of finding his fated mate. The only problem is, unknown to everyone, the Celestial Mates agency has agreed that if a match is found, she goes to the prince of a major house. He has no idea that Clara Rivera is his match when a chance encounter leaves him begging to touch her luscious curves.

Clara Rivera lost everything when her fiance was killed in the line of duty. In a last ditch effort to escape the empty void of loneliness, Clara is convinced by her support group bestie to try out Celestial Mates….

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korvenKOR’VEN (WARRIORS OF THE KARUVAR BOOK 2) by Alana Serra and Juno Wells

VS Note: I loved and raved about Verkiir, book 1 in the series, so of course I had to buy this one.

Addison Monroe has dedicated her life to studying the Karuvar, striving to bridge the gap between their longevity and that of her fellows humans. Work has always been her focus, and she refuses to let love come before scientific achievement the way her mother once did.

But when she’s unable to place a life-sustaining implant in the first child born to human and Karuvar, Addison is forced to rely on the expertise of the most arrogant, infuriating Karuvar she’s ever met… who also happens to be her mate.

Kor’ven is no stranger to the pitfalls of Karuvar science, and he has spent his life trying to make up for the costly mistakes of the past. Once involved in a flagship project to manipulate Karuvar genes, he’s spent every waking hour trying to prove that the Karuvar’s greatest strength–their ability to adapt–may be slowly killing them.

The last thing he needs is the passionate, driven human scientist he so desperately wants to claim as his own.

The force between them is magnetic, and collision is inevitable. But with time running out, Addison is forced to make a desperate choice between the future of Karuvar and humans… and her future with Kor’ven.

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loved cyborgLOVED CYBORG by Nellie C. Lind

VS Note: From May. Suggested by reader Merry.

Can’t find Mr. Right? Why not create him? MedAct is the company that can make all your dreams come true! Just give them a call and let them create the perfect man for you. But remember, you can never give him up. It will kill him, literally.

For as long as Celise has known the cyborg Wind, she’s been in love with him, but he’s bound to another. A relationship between them is impossible, and the last thing she wants is to ruin her friendship with him, or his bound one, Diane.

But there’s a problem. Diane is sick, and if she dies, Wind will die with her, or end up with the Fighters, the dangerous and unbound cyborgs who care about nothing but themselves.

Celise’s entire life is thrown into chaos when she’s propositioned in a way she never saw coming. Diane wants Celise to take her place, but if Wind can’t accept her as his new bound one, there will be more at stake than her heart.

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alien to die forAN ALIEN TO DIE FOR by Sadie Carter

Desperately wanting to escape her life on Earth, Alice boards a transporter set for Zerconia. The idea of a hunky Zerconian warrior of her very own is both tempting and scary. Clumsy, sweet and slightly naïve, Alice wasn’t prepared for hunky, sexy, commanding Jaxan.
Jaxan had almost lost hope of finding his mate when he rescues Alice…

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THE ALEDAN PSION (ALEDAN SERIES BOOK 1) by Christine Myers and TJ Quinn

When Michelle Marlow, a latent telepath, first touched Hankura Narcaza’s mind when psionthey were children, he barely knew what psi-mates were. But as an adult he could no longer deny their connection. When she is nearly killed in a street fight on the dystopian Earth of the distant future, Hankura knows he must go there and find her for his soul to ever know peace, no matter that it could very well cost him his life

Compelled by his family to return to Aledus, Hankura takes Michell with him. Life on Aledus is complicated by family dynamics and discriminatory laws against psions. Life on Aledus for the psi-mates is more difficult than they ever dreamed.

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boxed inBOXED IN (DECORAH SECURITY SERIES BOOK #16) by Rebecca York

Olivia Weston is sure her boss has imported a shipment of stolen antiques. And when Decorah agent Luke Garner handles one of the items, an ornate puzzle box, the spirit of a warrior, locked away for centuries, takes possession of his body. Zabastian, the guardian of the box, forces Luke to help him return the object of power to its rightful owners. As Olivia sees Luke change before her eyes, his transformation both frightens and arouses her. And both men who inhabit Luke’s body want her. But they must also learn to work together to protect the mysterious artifact from a trio of murderous thieves who will risk anything to steal the prize. And in the end, will the warrior allow Luke and Olivia their happily ever after?

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warrior of fireWARRIOR OF FIRE (BLOOD AND SILVER) by Shona Husk

For Leira Venn, her future is a given foretold by the oracle of the Albah, the ancient people she was born to. Which is why she knows from the moment she meets Dr. Julian Ryder that he is fated to be hers. But nothing else about the prophecy feels right. For the handsome doctor is shrouded by darkness, and intimately involved with a woman who seems intent on killing Leira . . .

Sorrow has shadowed Julian Ryder for as long as he can remember. But from the moment he meets lovely Leira, his heart is filled with hope for the future—a future that is as combustible as the powerful attraction between them. For Leira is marked for death by the very forces who killed his mother. The very darkness that stole everything he held most dear. Only this time, Julian is stronger, more in control of his powers than ever. But will it be enough to save Leira from those who would destroy her?

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lillyLILLY DRAGON CLAN by Skye Jones

When a lonely young woman finds that she’s destined to be the mate of two ancient and battle hardened dragons, life as she knows it is about to change.
Lilly has led an opulent but lonely life with her wealthy adopted parents. She’s never really fit into their world. She finds out why when her biological sister comes looking for her, telling her she’s not quite human. When Lilly meets two huge and ancient dragon shifters who claim she is theirs, she runs scared.
Rhyndor is one of only a few warrior dragons left who have survived centuries on earth. He’s battle-scarred, and full of guilt about something he did many years ago. He’s alive but not living. Drifting through the world on autopilot; until he meets Lilly. She re-awakens the protector within, and he must have her.
Callum is about to get everything he wants. The female he craves is within their grasp, and even better, she’s brought out the warrior spirit within his bonded male, Rhyndor. But then she runs from them, and Rhyndor gets the crazy idea he needs to atone for his sins.
Instead of getting everything he wants, Callum might be about to lose it all.

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forbidden biteFORBIDDEN BITE by Cynthia Eden

Werewolf Griffin Romeo has new prey—a sexy female vamp named Isabella has been hunting in Sin City, and it’s Griffin’s job to stop her. Tracking Isabella is easy work for an alpha wolf, but once he gets close to gorgeous Isabella…Griffin’s careful plans go straight to hell. Because with one bite, he’s absolutely hooked on her, lost…mated.

Vamps and werewolves are supposed to be sworn enemies. They aren’t supposed to feel a white-hot attraction that burns soul deep. Now that he’s found his mate, Griffin isn’t about to let Isabella go, especially not when he learns that Isabella isn’t the killer who is attacking humans in Vegas…

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veiled in moonlightVEILED IN MOONLIGHT by C J Archer

When a young gentleman is murdered by a shape shifter, Charlie and Lincoln interrogate their contacts and uncover a plot with links to the royal family—and links to more than one member of the ministry’s committee. At the heart of the mystery is a sinister love triangle, corruption, lies, and treason.

As they close in on their suspects, the dangers close in on them, and Lincoln’s protective instincts come to the fore, setting Charlie on edge. The last time he worried this much, he sent her away from her home and the people she loved.

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stone warriorsTHE STONE WARRIORS: KATO by D B Reynolds

VS Note: Sounds GOOD. On my To Be Read List.

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until . . .

Kato Amadi . . . born of darkest sorcery, unstoppable on the battlefield, his magic is as deadly as his blade. But not even magic could save him from vicious betrayal. Trapped for millennia in darkness and silence, he is freed at last, only to find himself in the middle of a battle against the very beasts of hell he was created to destroy.

Grace Van Allen is a scholar of ancient languages who toils in the dim recesses of a museum basement with only a beautiful stone warrior to keep her company. But when Grace calls upon her silent warrior to help her translate an obscure new language, she breaks the ancient curse holding him prisoner . . . and frees three deadly demons to rampage through her city.

Tracking demons is what Kato was born to do, but he’ll need Grace’s help. And when they discover that Kato’s enemy is still alive and still plotting against him, their hunt takes a dangerous turn, one that might just prove fatal for both of them.

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dragon unleashedDRAGON UNLEASHED (DRAGON POINT BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Every dragon hoard starts with something…or someone.

Tomas hates scientists, especially since they abused him in such vile ways. And yet, there is something about the doctor that calms his inner beast.

Tomas craves her, even if she’s human. A treasure for his collection, but can he convince her to stay in his secret aerie?

Chandra is frightened by the dragon keeping her prisoner in his rocky tower. After what he’s been through who can blame him for the madness within? However behind the arrogance and anger, she sees a glimmer of goodness too. Can he open his heart enough to let her in, or will he unleash his fury upon those who wronged him?

Humanity is learning dragons don’t just exist in fairytales, and a prophecy about a golden dragon rising is gaining momentum. A war is brewing and the dragons must choose sides.

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red lillyTHE RED LILY by Juliette Cross

The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.

Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.

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new moonNEW MOON (MOON SERIES BOOK 8) by Lisa Kessler

Jaguar shifter Sebastian Severino is an enigma. He lives alone, works alone, and will die alone. But the night he’s attacked by a female werewolf, nothing will ever be the same. And when his young niece is kidnapped, Sebastian, the deadliest assassin Nero has ever produced, will be forced to choose a side…

Isabelle Wood has never taken the easy path. As a bounty hunter and now a bitten werewolf without a mate, she’s searching for answers to her father’s disappearance while helping to lead an Alphaless Pack. The night she gets the opportunity to take out their enemy, with her blade at his throat, her wolf discovers her mate in the last person she can be with.

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demon emberDEMON EMBER (RESURRECTION CHRONICLES BOOK 1) by M J Haag and Becca Vincenza

VS Note: Sounds intriguing. Put it on my TBR.

Mya’s world is falling apart. After a series of earthquakes, deadly animals with glowing red eyes begin attacking people and start the spread of a zombie-like plague. Safety is just a memory as she tries to make her way home. When a different creature attacks the people helping her reach Oklahoma City, Mya is sure she’ll never see the light of another day.

Despite his eerie yellow eyes and very sharp teeth, the grey-skinned creature is more intelligent and humanlike than he first appears. He’s determined to keep Mya by his side and protect her from the new world’s dangers. When his path starts taking her further away from home, she must choose between safety and her family.

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tale of two witchesA TALE OF TWO WITCHES: MAGIC AND MAYHEM BOOK 5 by Robyn Peterman

Avoiding the truth has been working out just fine for most of my life.

I’m finally happy. I have friends and a kangaroo shifter who adores me. Never in my twenty-nine witchy years did I think I would have a place to call home with people who truly cared.

Now my BFF, Zelda, wants to have a chat. Can’t crappy news wait? (more…)

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VS Note: I don’t usually cover re-releases here but a few notable ones:

breederBREEDER by Cara Bristol – I loved this whole series, which I believe was Cara’s first foray into scifi romance although she’d written a number of other novels.

She was only meant to be the Alpha Commander’s slave…but she became his everything.

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BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breeder-cara-bristol/1117315745

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/breeder-17

 

MAGNETISM (PLANETARY PASSIONS BOOK 1)  by Kimmagnetism Knox – she’ll be releasing her entire catalog of EC and Samhain books over the summer so FYI if you love her books. Amazon     iBooks

 

 

 

And a reminder, June is Audiobook Month and I do have 5 scifi romance audiobooks available. (Plus two ancient Egypt paranormal romances Carina Press made audiobooks of.)  Samples and buy links.

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LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:

June 14

June 7

May 31

May 24th

May 17th

May 10th

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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…

 

 

Earth Ship Siren – New SciFi Romance Continuity Series

es siren1Over at USA Today/HEA, I’m interviewing a trio of Australian science fiction romance authors who had an inspired idea for an SFR continuity series. All three novella-length stories are set on the same ship, heading for the same colony planet.  My friend Shona Husk, who I’ve known since my days as fellow authors at Carina Press, had the original idea, and invited Mel Teshco and Denise Rossetti to play along with her.

The books are best read in order and here are the summaries (courtesy of Momentum):

Yours To Uncover: ES Siren 1, Mel Teshco: It’s the year 2202. Earth is grossly overpopulated and seriously polluted. Rita Songworth has spent half her twenty-two years trying to escape the dying planet. But the journey to Unity, the new colony, isn’t easy. Rita has to resist an attraction to hard, brutish prisoner, Tristan MacFallan, whose masterful hands create more than the beautiful art he’s been assigned to make. But obeying Kane, her ex-lover and malicious lieutenant, appointed to keeping the prisoners under guard, comes at a high price. Is Rita willing to sacrifice everything to keep her secret and her lover safe?

Yours to Command: ES Siren 2, Shona Husk:  Corporal Sienna Jade wasn’t given a choice about joining the mission to Unity. Alex Tariel knew his only chance to get a place on ES Siren was as a prisoner, so he stole water rations. Becoming Sienna’s ship husband puts Alex between her and the lieutenant who tried to kill her for kicks on Earth. While Sienna tries to keep control of her feelings for Alex, Alex would do anything to protect her, if only she’d let him.

essiren2Yours to Desire: ES Siren 3, Denise Rossetti: On board ES Siren, the brilliant Doctor Lily Kwan has worked in secret to develop an antidote for the aphrodisiac rape drug, sexmeth. The antidote has no effect on her extraordinary reaction to Connor Madison, the Siren‘s tough quartermaster. A former gang rat from the slums of a dying world, Con came up the hard way, so when geeky Doctor Kwan tops his hit list of possible drug runners, nothing’s going to save her—not her family’s money, nor her clever mind. Not even the smile in her eyes.

A few Q&A we ran out of room for over at USAT:

Veronica: Do you have a favorite line from Yours To Command?

Shona: Only one? I’m going to cheat and say these three.

He was pretty sure they weren’t just talking about the fruit. If they were, he’d just gotten his first peach-driven hard-on. It didn’t feel entirely wrong.

Veronica: What’s on your Bucket List?

Shona: I don’t think I really have one. I have a list of stories that I want to write a mile long and I want to travel and perfect my macarons (I keep trying and they keep failing–not so badly they are inedible though). I’d also like to develop super powers at some stage…however that is unlikely (I may have watched too many X-men cartoons as a kid)

es siren3Mel: Travel! I want badly to tour Europe. But I also want to see more of Australia. Though I’ve moved over twenty times in my life, I’ve only ever lived on the East Coast and haven’t even explored that side of Australia fully. When I travel I get to write too, so it’s great knowing I can combine both loves.

Denise:  I’d love to go on safari and see big cats and elephants and rhinos in the wild. Sometimes, I think about sky-diving. Then I stop.

There’s much more about the books, the authors and the characters over on my SciFi Encounters column.

 

 

New from Shona Husk RUBY’S GHOST

Today I’m very pleased to have Shona Husk as my guest, talking about her newest book, RUBY’S GHOST, out from Samhain Publishing today as a matter of fact. I’ve been hooked on Shona’s novels since THE GOBLIN KING in 2011, so a new story from her is always cause for celebration on my part. Now I’ll gracefully sit down and let Shona have the floor LOL:

RubysCaught between two worlds

I didn’t set out to write a New Adult ghost romance, but I wanted someone who was caught between life and death. Echoing that transition from teen to adult seemed to fit with the story and the characters. There are choices to be made, friendships are kept or broken and not everyone grows up at the same pace. Sometimes you out grow people and you drift apart.

Tate, the hero of Ruby’s Ghost, realizes this at the start of the story. He also realizes that he is no longer in love with his girlfriend Ruby and hasn’t been for months. They’d stayed together because it was safe and familiar, but he wants out.

Unfortunately she doesn’t.

One accident changes what might have been a messy break up into a battle that crosses life and death and Tate is literally caught between two worlds. If he screws up and makes the wrong the wrong choice, he’ll die.

While Tate is fighting for life, Ruby, who died in the accident, is fighting to hold onto what she knows. Which is Tate. It takes her a long time to realize that she is better off without him if he doesn’t love her. She held on too long.

But Ruby isn’t the heroine of the story, Eloise is. Eloise is young and alive and busy moving on with her life, getting mixed up in Tate and Ruby’s dilemma was unplanned, but she is stable and becomes a focus point for Tate. However does she really want to get involved with a guy who might never wake up, and who may not remember her if he does?

Is it a love triangle when Tate has to choose between Ruby and Eloise, when one is life and the other is death?

I don’t think so, as his relationship with Ruby was over in his heart and mind. It is her that won’t let go as she remains in limbo unable to cross over and unable to live again. The story is as much about Tate trying to survive as it is about Ruby learning to let go.

And Eloise?

She has to learn to take a chance and stop playing it safe.

Do you hold on when you should let go like Ruby, or are you more like Eloise and needing to take a chance?

Here’s the story synopsis for Ruby’s Ghost:

Breaking up is hard to survive.

One moment, Tate Cooper is giving his ex-girlfriend a lift home on his motorcycle. The next, his soul is suspended between life and death, wandering in confusion between the accident scene and the house he grew up in.

Except it’s not his home anymore. In his old bedroom sleeps a beautiful young woman, the only person who can see him. And the only person who can keep him from succumbing to the temptation to escape the horrific pain awaiting him in his mortal body.

Eloise Jones should be studying for her college exams, but it’s tough to stay focused when a lost soul keeps appearing in her room. She figures it must have something to do with sirens she heard screaming in the night, but she’s helpless to assist—and helpless to resist.

As Eloise tries to help Tate unravel the tangled facts surrounding the accident, longing and desire grow into an almost tangible bond between them. But then a second spirit appears, one with a darker intent that could separate them before love draws its first breath…

Warning: Contains a vengeful ex and a romance that crosses the boundary between life and death.

Buy links:

<a href=”http://www.amazon.com/Shona-Husk/e/B003O781E8/” target=”_blank”>Amazon</a> |

<a href=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rubys-ghost/id592680366?mt=11″ target=”_blank”>iTunes</a> |

<a href=”http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rubys-ghost-shona-husk/1114192609?ean=9781619214408″>Barnes & Noble</a>

A little bit about Shona herself:

Three time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren’t afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com

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