Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for September 28

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

I put them in the order in which they come to me from authors or I find them myself in the previous week, so it’s a mix of the genres…(usually giving priority to the books brought to my attention by the authors.) Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. And I 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.)

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

NOTE: I see a TON of new releases coming up to be listed next week!


Dare Phoenix runs his convoy with absolute control. In uncharted space, lives depend on it. When one plain, dowdy woman comes aboard, his gut tells him that something is off about her. Soon there are assassins on his ship, sabotage, and people dying, and Dare discovers his drab passenger is definitely not what she seems. Instead, he uncovers a smart-mouthed scam artist who defies him at every turn.

Dakota Jones is a survivor. Life has taught her that if you don’t grab what you want, someone else will snatch it away. Tired of having nothing, she’s stolen a map to the location of an immense lost treasure from Earth and she’s going to find it….

Amazon     iBooks

claimedCLAIMED (PROJECT DESTINY BOOK 1) by Lee-Ann Wallace

After fighting Earth’s government for fifty years, the Coalition has succeeded in its plan of bringing Human females into space, and Tina Graham can finally live her dream. Assigned as a medic on Deranti Station, she has everything she has ever wanted until an unknown alien male rips it all away during a raid. With her dream destroyed and her life forever changed by an alien she’s only met once, Tina must fight to keep her dream alive.

Sorvar, Third Prince of Morgath, wants a mate who is different from the submissive females his people usually steal, and Tina’s just the sort of female he’s been looking for….

Amazon     Other Links

packPACK (THE BLADES OF JANUS BOOK 1) by Cassandra Chandler

VS NOTE: Had quite a discussion with Cassandra about the scifi content of the story! The werewolves and other creatures of legend are aliens…

The monsters of legend are not what we think—their origins much more distant. Dwellers are among us. A flitting shadow seen from the corner of your eye. An animal that’s not quite natural. Even a normal-seeming human you pass on the street. But for these alien organisms to make Earth their home, they need a host.

The greatest danger lurks beneath their skin.

Tessa has been as good as dead for seven years—ever since the dweller that killed her family decided to turn her into one of its kind. She’s kept the infection at bay while taking out as many dwellers as possible, but knows her time is almost up. Going out fighting was always her plan, until she meets a man with golden eyes and a touch that makes her want to change her destiny. A touch surely too gentle to belong to a werewolf…

Marcus has dedicated his life to the Blades of Janus, hoping to build peace between humans and dwellers and find a place for himself in the process…..

Amazon     Kobo     All Romance eBooks

shadow-silenceSHADOW SILENCE (WHISPER HOLLOW) by Yasmine Galenorn

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Lake Crescent in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater, and I’m a spirit shaman. It’s my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don’t always stay buried.

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake, and the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Bryan—my guardian and mate—and I work to break the hex, we uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to guard—even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.

Amazon    iBooks


VS NOTE: I have the feeling one might want to go back and read the first two books before tackling Book 3. This is also listed in some YA categories. Not sure about the romance element but seemed worth mentioning this series. Plus dragons! This book released in August.

When Julius overthrew his mother and took control of his clan, he thought he was doing right by everyone. But sharing power isn’t part of any proper dragon’s vocabulary, and with one seat still open on the new ruling Council, all of Heartstriker is ready to do whatever it takes to get their claws on it, including killing the Nice Dragon who got them into this mess in the first place.

To keep his clan together and his skin intact, Julius is going to have to find a way to make his bloodthirsty siblings play fair. But there’s more going on in Heartstriker Mountain than politics. Every family has its secrets, but the skeletons in Bethesda’s closet are dragon sized, and with Algonquin’s war looming over them all, breaking his clan wide open might just be the only hope Julius has of saving it…


silver-wolfSILVER WOLF RISING (WOLVES OF FENRIR bOOK 3) by Sela Carsen

VS NOTE: BTW, Sela was just a guest on Here Be Magic where she shared some of the creative process on how she came up with the characters, plus an excerpt.

Fate couldn’t have picked a worse moment to bring two lonely souls together.

Berserker warrior and drill sergeant Niall is being forced to retire from the Fenrir Army he’s faithfully served for most of his life. Miserable and bitter, he’s on the pack ship, waiting for a transport back to his home planet to be a farmer. Until trouble steps right on his prosthetic foot just as all Hel breaks loose.

Widowed Dagny is on the pack ship waiting for a transport down to Earth, searching for a new purpose in this next phase of her life — one that isn’t centered around her grown children. But her new plans definitely don’t involve following a cranky old soldier into the dark to survive….

Amazon     Amazon UK     iBooks     Barnes & Noble

a-shadow-brightA SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING (KINGDOM ON FIRE BOOK 1) by Jessica Cluess

VS NOTE: Listed as YA/Teen, not sure how much romance there may be.

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one….

Amazon     iBooks

witches-ruleWITCHES RULE (DEMON ASSASSINS BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel

Jenna’s a special witch, sort of, when her magic works, which it often doesn’t. One of three remaining demon assassins, she and her sister witches, Roz and Colleen, are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. On the heels of Roz’s and Colleen’s weddings, Jenna is headed for the U.K. when a demon confronts her. Any other witch could teleport out of the plane, but not her. Frustration about her limited power eats at her. It would be pathetic to get killed for lack of skills a teenager could master.

Tristan is a Sidhe warrior, but his primary gift is attunement to others’ emotions. He fell hard for Jenna, but hasn’t had an opportunity to act on their attraction beyond a few kisses because she returned to Alaska, and he’s been in the field fighting demons….

Amazon     iBooks


kierras-threadVS NOTE: Was originally released in 2006 by Amber Quill Press.

Kierra Andromeda and Jarek Bakari discovered an unexpected path to love and sanity when sold into captivity to the masochistic Tribunal Leader Odon to serve at his compound on Argadia. Saved from certain death by Eluria Zydon, they became part of the Freelion Rebellion, fighting to save Argadia from the stranglehold of the power-hungry Tribunal. Yet the scars of the past continue to haunt them.

Although Jarek, a Serionese Mindwanderer, was able to protect Kierra’s mind from complete destruction during their time in captivity, she is unable to physically withstand the touch of another, including Jarek. Jarek carries his own hidden scars. How much of Jarek’s soul did he barter to save Kierra from certain death before they were rescued?  (more)…



VS NOTE: Because who can resist haunted castles and romance???

Five Scottish Castles
Five Restless Ghosts
Five Tales of Love….

Amazon     iBooks

ALIEN FORMER by Ashley L. Hunt

VS Note: Found for today’s list by wonderful SFR Reader Meredith Gurr

alien-formerJoanna Angeles is ready for anything. Sent to Chalice, an alien world, with state-of-the-art equipment and a ten-year time limit, she is determined to change the harsh environment of her new world into a welcoming home for the hundred-thousand colonists that are depending on her. How will she survive the most brutal environment she has ever faced? Can her Artificial Intelligence companion, Bardas, truly be the perfect lover? Can she succeed in her mission when her new home seems to be determined to kill her? (more)…



The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is black-jadenow at full strength — but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.

But will the kingdom ever be the same again?

Amazon     iBooks


VS NOTE: Listed in YA/Teen, no idea whether there’s an HEA or HFN but the concept is intriguing to me.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

bright-smoke-cold-fireThe heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Amazon     iBooks


Paris had lost her parents at a young age and instead of going into the foster system, she ended up on the streets. Sure, life was tough for a 17 year old girl with no one to turn to, but she made her way on the streets of Los Angeles for years. That is, until one day when she was no longer on the streets.

Commander Venay of the V’Zenian Empire was a man on a mission. It was his responsibility to ensure a good lot of human slaves made it back to his planet each year. But this time it was different, he saw her across a field and knew he had to have her, at all costs. ….



change-of-tidesVS NOTE: Liza O’Connor said on her blog and on FB that Book #1 in the series was a “complex dark story with a cliffhanger.” Some of the plot elements mentioned in her review of Book #1 were pretty grim! No idea about this Book #2.

With nowhere else to go and separated from their friends, Avery and Clesandra head into the dark mist with Commander Smith hot on their trail. Endless are the rumors about the mist, what lies within it, and its shrouded secrets. Avery cannot worry about those rumors. Other problems plague his mind.

Where is Jace? Is he safe? Where are the others? How will they find them without getting lost themselves? Will he and Clesandra live long enough to see their child born?

Hints and whispers about Daniel’s past and his whereabouts have now surfaced and are troubling Avery….


the-gender-gameTHE GENDER GAME by Bella Forrest

VS NOTE: YA; Cliffhanger apparently, going by reader reviews.

A toxic river divides nineteen-year-old Violet Bates’s world by gender.

Women rule the East. Men rule the West.

Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus.

Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet’s life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes….
trapped-in-the-starsTRAPPED IN THE STARS by Lynn Red
Elizabeth Monroe is the captain of an Alliance starship—the biggest and best one they have—but she’s not entirely at ease. The leader of the Alliance’s military, the ancient and ambitious Admiral Kotma, has it out for her. On top of that, she’s started wondering what the point of all these years of loneliness has been.

All that goes out the window in one split-second.

Amazon Best Seller Lists can change hourly so this is a snapshot of one point in time.




10 comments on “Wednesday New Releases in SciFi and Fantasy Romance for September 28

  1. Dear Veronica,

    “No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished” sounds like it would fit right in here at the Rocket Ranch.

    We miss you.

    All the best,


  2. Thanks for including “Pack” and adding the note. A huge chunk of the fun of writing this series is re-imagining fairy tale legends as aliens or alien-human/animal hybrids 🙂 That and werewolves on hoverbikes…

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