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Warriors logo revisedTaking excerpts from CAMRON, my latest scifi romance release…

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

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – continuing on from where we left off, inside the crashed flyer, where Gemma goes to help another prisoner who survived the crash:

She climbed on the debris where his litter sat precariously and worked on the clamps restraining him, “Are you okay? No pain anywhere?”

“I think there may be internal injuries but I’ll heal,” He sounded so eerily calm she assumed he was in shock.

She got the clamps to retract and stood back, waiting for him to rise, “Well, come on.”

He grimaced and she noticed his eyes were blazing pools of light in the dim, smoky cabin, “I can’t move.”

She stepped closer and ran her hands over his limbs, assessing the bones. Not unexpectedly his pulse was fast, but strong.  “I’m not finding anything obviously wrong. Do you have sensation in your extremities? Are you paralyzed?” Sparks flew from a panel between her and the only way out of the flyer and she cringed but continued her rapid exam, “There’s no blood, reflexes seem in order—”

“Drugged – I can’t do anything unless I’m ordered to do so.”

Gemma pushed her hair out of her eyes, noticing a bad scratch on her lower arm, “I don’t understand.”

“Lady, we don’t have time to chitchat – order me to get to my feet and then tell me to get you out of here.”


But Gemma isn’t ready to leave the flyer yet….

Note: It’s been well established in the series that the Khagrish have an insidious drug which robs the Badari of the power to move independently and can drive them insane if overused. Camron was injected with this drug by the Khagrish scientist earlier in the book to render him compliant.

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Why I Wrote DANGER IN THE STARS #Scifi Romantic Suspense

DangerInTheStarsFinalWhen Pauline B. Jones and I were putting together the first Pets In Space anthology in 2016, I wrote a story for the volume about a kidnapped alien empathic priestess, who was found as a stowaway on my interstellar cruise ship, the Nebula Zephyr, and her adventures fighting her way free of the Combine (Star Cruise: Stowaway). She escaped the villains almost by accident, because she had help from my spaceship crew (and the pets).

I realized after I finished that novella that I wasn’t done with the subject of these beautiful, empathic women and their predicament with the Sectors’ organized crime syndicate. I decided to tell a much longer story for Miriell, sister of the original heroine, putting her in the heart of the operation, at the mercy of her violent ‘controller’, and when I asked myself who would be her hero, Conor Stewart appeared. Those were the beginnings of Danger in the Stars.

She sees good in him, well hidden under the façade of the dangerous hitman and crime boss. He goes out of his way to help her when he can and cautious attraction blossoms between them. Not to give spoilers but there’s much more to Conor than meets the eye. He is a hero!

I used to be a huge reader of romantic suspense novels – still am on occasion! – and it was fun to be writing along those lines myself, but with the science fiction elements firmly in place.

Readers had been asking when they were going to learn more about the Mawreg, who are the apex enemies of humanity in my Sectors universe, and in this book Miriell meets one. I also was able to expand a bit more on my Shemdylann pirates, since Miriell also has an uncomfortable encounter with one of their high ranking females.

A word about the title – it’s a little wink from me to the late, great Andre Norton, who had all those short and snappy scifi titles for her books. The first science fiction book I ever read was her Catseye and I still have all my battered Ace paperback books by her.

Danger in the Stars isn’t my usual Sectors spaceships and blasters scifi story (although there certainly are some of both elements in the action scenes) but I was really intrigued with telling this tale and exploring a few things about both the empathic priestess (which brings in my element of mysticism that I always like to incorporate) and the stone cold mob hitman, who has to fight his deepest instincts to preserve and protect. When it comes to Miriell, he can’t stand by and let her remain a pawn of the Combine. This is a romance, so the Happily Ever After ending is guaranteed, even if perilous for my couple to attain.

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The blurb:

Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a group of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.

Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.

The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?

A quick excerpt:

The nausea was always the worst part of emerging from cryo sleep. Miriell fought her confused thoughts and the incipient headache, trying not to throw up. She curled into a ball on her side, hands fisted on her unhappy stomach and bit her lip to avoid moaning.

A rough hand on her shoulder, shaking her. “Come on, you know we don’t have time for this sick act of yours. Snap out of it, the client’s waiting so see what you can do.” Jarek’s voice changed, became more congenial, placating almost. Clearly he was no longer speaking to her. “These exotics don’t do well with cryo sleep, but she’ll be on her feet in a minute or two, I promise. Then we can be on our way.”

“Good. The boss is getting impatient, waiting in the limo. She doesn’t spend much time in cargo warehouses.”

The new voice was deep and although the tone was rough and the words clipped, Miriell felt as if a warm blanket had been placed over her shoulders. Intrigued by her own reaction, she forced herself to sit up on the floor, bracing herself against the cargo container that had been her prison. Blinking to focus, she turned her head, searching for the owner of the new voice.

Jareck grabbed her elbow in a bruising grip and yanked her to her feet. He must have removed the shackles while she was still unconscious. Giving her a shake, he said, “I swear, every time we travel for a job, you act as if your sweet time asleep in the cryo unit was torture.”

Maybe because for me it is. Swaying, balance still off, she couldn’t resist Jareck as he tugged her close to him, the smell of his cheap cologne another assault on her overloaded senses. Her stomach heaved and she had to make a conscious effort not to throw up all over him, slapping her free hand over her mouth.

“Do I have to carry you?” His voice was low and she knew it was a threat. He’d make her pay later.

With painful effort, she straightened her spine and stepped away, brushing one hand down her plain gray tunic in a vain attempt to smooth out the wrinkles. “I can walk.”

“You don’t look like it.”

Their new companion was no one she’d ever met before, tall, broad shoulders, heavily muscled, with black hair and gray eyes that were almost silver. She was mesmerized by his eyes. Miriell wished she dared to engage her gifts, get a sense of this person, maybe figure out why he made her feel safe, when clearly she was anything but. Jareck stopped to pick up his kit bag, never releasing his hold on her.

“Conor’s right, we’ve got to be going. You’re ready to behave, right?”

Submissively she nodded, bottling up her anger and hatred. Someday I’ll get my chance and you will die.

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*Portions of this post appeared previously on Pauline B Jones’s blog…

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday June 26

pretty humanAs 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).



Varrik va’Rin is the lord of an ancient noble house. On Homeworld Kes, his bloodlines are unparalleled and he wields an incredible amount of political and social clout. He’s used to getting what he wants.

So when he sees the strange, delicate human known as Milly, he decides he wants her. And he’ll do anything to have her, reputation be damned.


vendettaVENDETTA (PROJECT VETUS BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler

Having escaped the lab where they were altered with alien DNA, Vaughn Coleman and his fellow super-soldiers answer an ad for a ship capable of getting them far from the prison planet they’ve just fled. Meshach Larsen, autocrat of a notorious isolationist planet, is willing to accept payment in services rendered, rather than credits.

The job? Find and return a mysterious crate that was stolen during shipping. But their mission is complicated minutes after accepting the job when Vaughn finds a beautiful, sheltered stowaway on their already crowded short-range shuttle.

Grace can’t remember how she got from the secluded convent where she was raised to the planet Gebose, where women aren’t to be seen or heard. Where she will soon be forced into service as a concubine. All she knows for sure is that the shuttle leaving to run an errand for Meshach offers her best chance at escape.

But Grace has no way of knowing that the man who discovers her onboard isn’t exactly human. That alien urges and instincts Vaughn can’t quite control—collectively known as his beast—are insisting she is his mate. That he must claim, love, and defend her at any cost. Even if protecting her from Meshach means sacrificing the crew’s best chance to settle their vendetta with the ruthless corporation that turned them into monsters.


claimed by the alien guardCLAIMED BY THE ALIEN GUARD (REBELS OF SIDYTH SPINOFF) by Sabrina Kade

The rule is crystal clear: never say no to a male’s advances…but I did.

After that nightmarish evening I find myself in an alien prison with a feeling of impending doom as I hear whispers of the hunt. It’s clear that something much worse than rotting in a cell awaits me. But one of the prison guards looks familiar. He says his name is Lokahn and though he was silent the night of my arrest, now he’s saying he’ll help me escape. His reasons for helping me are his own, and though I’m not sure I trust him – I have no choice.


hunted by the alien princeHUNTED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (THE HUNT BOOK 2) by A M Griffin

The Hunter. Prince Themba bu Kumkani has spent his whole life putting family and kingdom above his own wants and needs. With his impending bonding ceremony on the horizon, he’s gifted a coveted spot in The Hunt. His catch and release strategy is forgotten once he lays eyes on the human female. Their hide and seek game is fuel to the fire raging out of control for her. He’s staked his claim on a mate he cannot have, but can’t live without.
Now Themba has to choose between love or family. One choice will bring happiness while the other will cost him his homeworld and title.
The Prey. With an ex who didn’t want to be an ex, and an impending divorce hanging over her head, Payton Cole already thought her life had gone to hell in a handbasket. Then she woke up in an alien survival of the fittest game. Her top priority is to keep herself and her dog alive until the end. Winning The Hunt means gaining her freedom, but returning to Earth isn’t a high priority.
She doesn’t know where she’ll go or what she’ll do, but one thing’s for sure—she doesn’t intend to be anyone’s property.

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abducted rena marksABDUCTED (BLUE BARBARIAN SERIES BOOK 1) by Rena Marks

Alien abductions are real. I was the third female awakened aboard the spacecraft that specialized in kidnapping females. Their mission? To sell us to other galaxies.

Human female Numbers One and Two didn’t make it, but I was lucky. I was able to comprehend instructions in an alien language from Drakar, a caged abductee from the planet Blaedonia. Together we formulate a plan to escape for both us and the ten other unawakened Earthlings.
Lucky for Drakar, the spaceship crash-lands back on his planet. Unlucky for the Earthlings, we’ll never be able to travel back home.
We’ll have to learn to adapt.


his to stealHIS TO STEAL by Taylor Vaughn, Eve Vaughan and Theodora Taylor

I’ve grown up my whole life knowing that after a woman turns twenty-one in my settlement, she must submit to being mated by our alien overlords, the Xalthurians. Running from the mating ceremony means punishment…or worse.
But I’m the freak. The one nearly everyone else in our struggling human settlement either makes fun of or pities. To help my only true friend in the village, I try to escape my fate. I run.
One alien warrior finds me though. And as it turns, out resistance is very, very futile.
You see, my alien overlord is huge, golden, and determined to keep what he’s stolen. Me.


alpha hungerALPHA HUNGER (ALPHA HORDESMEN BOOK 1) by Milana Jacks

They came. They didn’t do much sightseeing before they conquered and marked the human Omegas. They call themselves the Regha Horde. We call them the Hordesmen.
And Hunger is my new boss.



VS Note: Scifi with romantic elements. I enjoyed the first book in the series so this one is on my TBR. A release of note…

After the Long Winter, Emma Matthews and James Sinclair hoped life would get back to normal. They’ve settled down in Camp Seven and welcomed their first child, a daughter. And they have waited and watched the sky for any signs of the grid’s return.

When NASA discovers that several asteroids have broken from the Kuiper Belt and are headed for Earth, James instantly realizes the truth: the grid is back. And this battle will be one to the very end.

As he and his team prepare for humanity’s last stand in space and on the ground, Emma makes a discovery closer to home, one that will change life for her and James once again.

With war raging around them, Emma and James fight to keep their family alive. In the cold darkness, humanity splinters. New alliances emerge. At every turn, Emma and James face new dangers—and question whom to trust.

Just when it seems that all hope is lost, James uncovers what may be the key to humanity’s survival. But it comes with enormous risks. To implement his plan, he and Emma will have to survive the grid and another, even more deadly enemy. One thing is certain: their gambit will change the future of the human race forever.



Starship captain Zala Lei’s bid to bring a dangerous criminal to Justice leads her to Omicron 5 and Xander Lodai, a man even more dangerous than the one she’s chasing. She can only hope that Xander will help her stop evil in its tracks before she becomes the next victim. But can she save her heart from Xander?



Khalil and his elite team of Alpha warriors are strong, honorable, and completely bored babysitting their princess on a peacekeeping mission. Although the disobedient, sassy female Zahara does make things interesting for Khalil – until everything goes wrong.

Attacked. Abducted from their spaceship. Caged.

The Trakonians are the most vile and dangerous males in the galaxy, and they have developed their greatest weapon, a drug called Fragment with multiple devious forms. One that brings insanity, one that freezes you in place with pain… and the worst of all, ‘heat.’

This time the enemy doesn’t just want to kill them, they want to use Khalil’s team of Alphas for entertainment. Driven into a crazed rut by the chemical heat, there is no way to resist, no way to be honorable, and the vulnerable females from their ship are going to suffer.


unexpected commanderUNEXPECTED COMMANDER (UNEXPECTED SERIES BOOK 3) by Layla Stone

Yon’s past hardened him to the point that he speaks the raw truth without thinking about the consequences. He’s always been that way, but if he’s not careful he’s going lose more than the sweetest female he’s ever known, he’s going to lose a potential mate.

Yelena’s past conditioned her to be obedient and silent. She’s always been a loner, but when she meets Yon in the cages of Brica, she’s drawn to him and his strength. If only he’d notice she’s not as weak as he thinks she is.

Yelena has a chance to help find the Numan who turned her skin luminescent. During the mission something goes wrong and she has to rely on Yon once more… or is it Yon who has to rely on her?


stealing dmitriSTEALING DMITRI by Nicola Cameron

Rory MacLellan, AKA the Highlander, may be the most successful interstellar art thief in the Known Worlds, but he still has a conscience. So when he runs into a suicidal museum worker during his latest job, he has no choice but to stun the man and rescue him from certain death.

Dr. Dmitri Grigoryev was an up-and-coming exoarchaeologist until a disastrous dig left his career in tatters. Hungry, broke, and desperate, the last thing he expected was a dashing thief to come along and save his life.

Thrown together by accident and with interstellar police on their tail, Rory and Dmitri reluctantly join forces for a major heist. But will their simmering attraction get in the way, or prove that they were meant to be together?


watcher paulina woodsTHE WATCHER by Paulina Woods

This title has been back through edits.
Ava was tired of others deciding her fate and so she stole a ship and set off to find a remote planet to build a home on. She hadn’t planned on trespassing or being taken prisoner by an alien who turned her body on like no other. Was she stepping from the pan into the fire?


savage luna hunterSAVAGE (WARRIORS OF KAIZON BOOK 3) by Luna Hunter

JOAN – I didn’t think aliens were real. Until Surlok saved my life.
He’s a towering mass of muscle, with huge horns and sharp claws. The alien warrior cuts my attackers down, and then the savage beast turns his hungry gaze my way.
have to save my friends, but Surlok has different plans.
Every muscle in his alien body throbs… for me.
SURLOK – My king says human mates are our future.
I don’t see how the weak creatures could be of any use to us indomitable warriors.
Until I saw her. Joan. Perfection made flesh. My two hearts quicken at the mere sight of her, and her scent sends me into a frenzy.
I must have her.
No matter what.
Even if it means sacrificing everything.


stolen momentsSTOLEN MOMENTS (A WORLD BEYOND BOOK 8) by Michelle Howard

Three stories of love, action and romance which takes place in the A World Beyond universe. Follow Kyele as danger threatens Joni. See Torkel’s earlier years and learn more of Shaya and Marlin’s love. Lindsey once more shows how strong she is as she faces issues with her husbands. All in one book.

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starrella and the lost girlSTARRELLA AND THE LOST GIRL (SECRET SUPERS BOOK 4) by Aurora Springer

Estelle and her flying mare join Toby and the Secret Supers to search for a missing girl, seven-year old Juliana. A short story starring the Secret Supers.

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hidden gemHIDDEN GEM by Lissa Kasey

VS Note: A re-release.

The sparkling jewel of the Hidden Gem, City M’s most renowned brothel, Misaki “Aki” Ito is living the good life. He’s not subjected to torture for his psi abilities, he has a roof over his head, food to eat, and all the sparkly shoes he could dream about. He also has one particular regular he can’t get enough of, Shane McNaughton, even if Shane occasionally asks for Aki’s help on a case.

Shane is a cop specializing in missing persons. He’s good at finding people, not just because of his years as a seasoned detective, but because he survived the Third World War and resulting plague with a few supernatural abilities himself. Mutated by the virus that wiped out two thirds of the world’s population, Shane no longer considers himself human. Which is why he limits his visits to a very breakable psi companion when not working a case, no matter how much he might want Aki.

When a high ranking official’s daughter goes missing and feared dead, Shane has no choice but to ask Aki to use his abilities to help him track down the kidnapper. The case opens a door to a past Aki thought he had escaped. Will Shane’s love be enough to save them all when something dark is awakened inside of Aki?

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bound by chaosBOUND BY CHAOS (BREATH OF CHAOS BOOK 2) by Merry Ravenell

Helena didn’t want a consort—now she has three. It’s anything but a good time. Her bond to Auryn is painfully diseased, Keon wants a divorce, and Akoni is well… Akoni. And he might have tried to murder her. Maybe. Just saying. His father definitely tried to set her on fire.

The magnetar’s traversal is about to complete, and time is running out to find a lost ship. Helena’s father has flagged her passport, her consorts won’t stop fighting, there’s a murder investigation, a lack of coffee, and enough stress and heartbreak she’s coming apart at the seams.

The Queen of Kludges will need all the duct tape and paperclips at her disposal to salvage this, except it’s not her imagination the strain is tearing her apart.
She’s a geode, and the hammer has fallen.


return to zeroRETURN TO ZERO (LORIEN LEGACIES REBORN BOOK 3) by Pittacus Lore

VS note: Not a romance but a release of note.

After the battle in Switzerland, the Fugitive Six find their allegiances torn, dividing them into two factions. Taylor, Kopano, and Nigel return to the Academy with Nine, but nothing is the same. As fear and resentment of the Human Garde continues to grow, the United Nations decrees that all humans with Legacies must be implanted with inhibitors. So our heroes will have no choice but to rebel.

And with the Foundation still at large, Isabela, Caleb, and Ran have decided to join forces with their former foes Einar and Five to hunt them down. But when a new threat is revealed, the group may find itself painfully outmatched. Facing capture or annihilation from all sides, the only hope the Human Garde have for survival is to stand together once and for all to fight back against their true enemies.

Return to Zero is the epic conclusion to the story of the Garde that began with the worldwide phenomenon I Am Number Four.

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aliens bad intentionTHE ALIEN’S BAD INTENTION (TEDOLARANS BOOK 3) by Nova Edwin

Tegan – Sneaking through strange alien forests isn’t my favorite pastime. But I’m looking for evidence that it wasn’t the human delegation that had brought the deadly parasite from Jittania Prime to New Terran.
I already know where to find the much-needed proof when someone sneaks up on me and captures me.

Gordan – Being a warrior for so long has heightened my senses. When I smell a female on my land, I immediately know that it’s a trap. It has to be.
I’m famous for being the best kloshlu brewer in the entire galaxy. My kloshlu is strong and cheap. But the competition doesn’t sleep. I can’t believe that they would send a human female to spy on me and, even worse, to steal my recipe. Do they really think I would let their little pet leave after I’ve had my taste?


rogues playROGUE’S PLAY (ROGUE STAR BOOK 8) by Ava York

I’m more comfortable behind a keyboard. Code is my battlefield.
But I don’t need to hack into his systems to know a certain Shein warrior has a dark past. When death brushes by us on a mission, we’re thrown into each other’s arms. More than my world is rocked and in his strong bronze arms, I’m safer than I’ve ever been. His kisses burn away every ghost of my past, his touch enough to bring me to my knees.But when we’re back on the Rogue Star, does it mean anything? And in the face of the dangers coming, should we let it?


aliens captive c f harrisALIEN’S CAPTIVE by C F Harris

Dalia was a woman on a mission. Track down the aliens who were slowly pushing humanity away from the stars, and teach them what it meant to mess with the Fleet! The only problem? The moment she runs into the mysterious aliens she gets captured and thrown into a strange gladiatorial arena as first prize for the winners!

Kir used to have it all. A good ship. A fearsome reputation. Until he was captured and it was all taken away. Now he’s forced to fight in an arena for the amusement of his alien captors, knowing it’s only a matter of time before he dies in the arena or is killed by the cruel aliens. Then he saw a strange new alien woman from a species he’s never known, and everything changes.

Two captives held in the clutches of a deadly alien species. Two fierce warriors forced to come together to defy the stars and save themselves. Two lovers who need to learn to work together, or die!


midnight starMIDNIGHT STAR (AURORA CHAMPIONS BOOK 4) by Ophelia Bell

Astra Garrick, the Midnight Star, is the Nova Aurora Arena League’s reigning solo champion. As the late Ebon Claw’s younger sister, she has quite the reputation to uphold—especially when a title-hungry opponent attacks her using the same drug that killed her brother.

The close call has put her on a quest to uncover the source of the toxin responsible for crippling or killing dozens of Nova Aurora’s champions. She just never imagined the enigmatic matchmaker, Gerri Wilder, would send her childhood crush along with her, not to mention a former champion with a tainted past.

Now the three of them are on a collision course with Earth, where lies the devastating truth they’ve long been seeking—and a love that might compromise them all.


hunted by the alien dena christyHUNTED BY THE ALIEN (ALIEN PROTECTOR BOOK 1) by Dena Christy

On the planet of Arrann Prime, stolen secrets are worth a lot of money, and the dealing in stolen information is Cheria Warder’s chosen profession. Her time commands a high price and she has covered her tracks well for the past ten years. But what was supposed to be a routine meeting with a new client turns deadly and sends her running from a killer.

Rone Tazo is a Thonaxian warrior, who has been a bounty hunter on Arrann Prime for five years. A simple job is assigned to him, one that will make him enough money to finally go home. All he has to do is pick up Cheria and take her to the bounty holder in another city. It seems simple enough, until she gets away from him and leads him on a chase across the city…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


girl who could moveTHE GIRL WHO COULD MOVE SH*T WITH HER MIND by Jackson Ford

VS note: From the reviews a cyberpunk superheroine sort of story, no romance apparently.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers — a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.
But then a body turns up at the site of her last job — murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name – and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding.


After a disastrous laboratory accident, exobotanist Dr. ShaylaRam Gomez is desperate to redeem herself in the eyes of the scientific community, and more importantly, her beloved father. But now, with her carefully nurtured study of new black bean seeds in tatters, Shayla is banished to a dishonorable tour of the Obsidian Rim worlds with the man responsible for destroying her reputation – the brawny farmerfrom some backwater planetoid, Dr. Rahim Xie.
The people who freed Rahim from a lifetime of slavery are struggling under crushing debt to the Earth’s Conservatory, and Rahim has vowed to save these destitute Prithvi and Rim farmers. He’ll even steal classified research on sustainable crops from his irascible mentor Grumpy Gomez. When he discovers that meticulous Shayla has a hidden maverick streak, Rahim is tempted to enlist her aid. He needs more than her secrets; he needs her and her brilliant mind to help his cause. But how can he ask Shayla to join a revolution that will pit her against her own father – a man known for his political ruthlessness?
Forced together with their dogbot and humanoid companions, they’ll travel to the edges of a decaying galaxy to fight the corporate greed that is slowly starving the worlds of the Rim. Are these scientists planting the seeds of their own destruction — or will their reluctant collaboration blossom into something beyond mere coexistence?

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gamer girlGAMER GIRL by Mia Archer

I had everything she’d ever hoped and dreamed for, and my life was a living hell.

Attending the Orbital Academy was supposed to be the solution to all my problems. I busted my ass to get a full ride to the prestigious school located just outside earth’s atmosphere on one of four space elevators that were humanity’s gateway to the stars.

Down on the surface I was special, but at the Academy I was nothing but a filthy rizon. Short for horizon. A girl from the planet surface looked down on by all the sons and daughters of the rich and powerful who controlled the planet from the heights of the elevator.
There’s a new escape: Etherea Online. A brand new fully immersive roleplaying game that puts the player in the game world by beaming that game world directly into the player’s brain. And it just so happens that the Orbital Academy has a brand new Etherea lab where I can get early access.
Etherea is a chance to escape the hell of my daily existence. A chance to be somebody. A chance to let loose and have a little fun for the first time in years.
The only problem? A series of mishaps in the game has me firmly in the crosshairs of some of the most powerful people in the game, and I’m going to have to use all the street smarts I got down on the surface to get out of this one, and maybe find love along the way!


nero kingdomNERO KINGDOM (THE NERON RISING SAGA BOOK 7) by Keary Taylor

It’s been rumored about in bedtime stories for decades. Nova has seen it in her visions. It’s too dangerous to get within a league of. But those aboard Deliverance have arrived at Glorra Quin Lune, the planet Cyrillius stole Nova from.

Everything is uncertain. How will they land on a planet entirely engulfed in Neron? How could anyone survive that blast? What will they find if they make their way to the surface? And will it change everything Nova knows about herself? It’s time for her to confront the past she was too young to remember, and try to save the family she can’t recall.

Cyrillius has now lost two Nero and he made the mistake of telling Nova his plan. He’s on his way to the Frozen Kingdom to come claim a new child. It’s time to take care of him once and for all. Justice is going to taste sweet.

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stranded with the alienSTRANDED WITH THE ALIEN by Juno Wells

Autumn – Earth is a mess, wrecked by the excesses of the generations that came before me but we’ve been given a second chance.
New Earth.
Our new home, whether you want it or not. Every newborn is assigned a number and when you reach it, you’re going to be shoved into a tiny “pod” and launched into space. Great if you don’t mind being ripped away from everything you’ve ever known including friends and family.
Which I do, but what choice am I given? None, is the answer. So I’m “lucky”. I get to wait until I’m eighteen to go. Except when I do something goes wrong. So damn wrong.

My pod doesn’t make it to New Earth, not even close. I end up on an alien planet in the hands of a warlike race that doesn’t like humans. It only gets worse and as I’m sure I’m about to be killed, he rescues me.

Blue skin, strong shoulders, long black hair and huge black eyes that go on and on. He’s alien and I hate to admit it but sexy as hell…. I’m in for something, the only question is what?

Olven – Humans are the cockroaches of the universe. Spreading everywhere with no concern for those they displace, no respect, and an attitude of being the only intelligent creatures in existence. Arrogant, full of themselves, an infestation that the galaxy is better off without.
Or so I always thought, until I met her.
Autumn is beautiful. Beautiful in a take my breath away kind of way. She’s nothing like I’ve been taught to believe humans are. She isn’t full of herself or arrogant. She’s kind and sweet and she’s working her way into my heart in a way that I’m totally unprepared to handle.
She’s bringing change, ready or not, and I don’t think my people are ready for her any more than I am. One way or another, I’m going to make her mine.


something oldSOMETHING OLD (IMMORTALS BOOK 13) by L J Vickery

Four hundred years ago Ishkur, god of fire, married a human female who inevitably ascended to the overworld. He’s long since come to grips with his loss, but taking an unwanted trip to Plimoth Plantation, facing a world so similar to the one where he’d been happy, will certainly rub salt in old wounds. When he steps foot in the village, however, it isn’t sadness that grabs him, it’s anxiety after meeting a god-talking, native woman. What the hell? Every one of his immortal-senses claws at his spine and urges him to flee. Too bad running isn’t an option for a god.
Koni knows danger, and it’s found her where she works. She’s not sure if it comes from her ex-boyfriend, or the powerful stranger who takes her by surprise one night after the plantation has closed. Only one thing is certain. Those two threats―compounded by the spirit walkers she’s discovered in the woods―make it way past time to pack up and get the hell out of town. She just needs to outmaneuver the lunatic who seems determined to claim her.


captive of the bear clanCAPTIVE OF THE BEAR CLAN: A BONFIRE FALLS PARANORMAL ROMANCE by Liv Brywood and Aria Hunt

On her twenty-first birthday, Minerva’s magic spirals out of control. Unable to hide the extent of her power, dangerous enemies attempt to steal her soul. She tries to fight them, but she can’t do it alone. Three bear shifters vow to defend her, but in exchange for their protection, they want something she’s not ready to give—her love.

Kaval, Draven, and Stone will do whatever it takes to claim the only woman they could ever love. Fighting is in their blood, but they’ve never battled dark magic. It’s unlike anything they’ve ever faced, but they’re determined to protect Minerva, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.


past and present loveA PAST AND PRESENT LOVE (EMERGENCY BOOK 10) by Bobby Hutchinson

After a life they can’t remember comes a love they can’t forget.
Annie meets David at a magic show where he’s performing complicated illusions. It’s his hobby; he’s actually a talented surgeon.
Annie knows him through and through, although they’ve never met, and David knows she’s the one he’s waited for.
Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes just be an illusion.
How can Annie and David tell the difference?
By exploring the past, and the love they shared in another life, will they finally be free to love completely in the present?


primal icePRIMAL ICE (ICE DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Ann Gimpel

As the life he’s known for millennia hovers on the brink of ruin, the dragon prince, Konstantin, gathers allies. He would have liked to be better prepared for all-out war, but time grows short. Waiting is no longer an option. Working with his twin sister, a seer, he unearths a shocking sequence of prophecies. Visions that shake the foundations of everything he believed was true.

Newly created dragon shifters, Johan and Erin, are on a supernatural fast-track. No longer human, they have yet to fully embrace their magical sides. Knowledge can only be gained so fast, but if they don’t ditch their reservations, they’ll be swallowed by darkness.

Seduced by a madman, driven by greed, wicked creatures have become bold. Shifters, Sidhe, and land-linked magic are determined to crush the threat eager to steal their power, but even their combined forces might not be enough to bail them out.

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Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are real. Except, fairy tales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.

Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real-life fairy-tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control, Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As the prophecy unfolds, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?

The battle between good and evil is on.

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vampires cursed kissTHE VAMPIRE’S CURSED KISS (SHADOWVALE BOOK 2) by Kristen Painter

Shadowvale isn’t your typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse.
Vampire Constantin Thibodeaux was cured of his sun “allergy” when he moved to Shadowvale. Now he runs the local bookstore, which is really just a sideline to filling his own library. Books, unlike people, are far more forgiving of his prickly nature. But he doesn’t care if people don’t like him. He is who he is. And he’s happy. Well, he’s content. Okay, he’s…fine.
Sprite and all around party girl Andromeda Merriweather loves her carefree life – or at least she did until her sister cursed her into a magical time out. Thankfully, she’s just been set free by a totally hot, but kind of grumpy vampire. Too bad this handsome grouch now holds the key to her freedom, something she’ll only get if he agrees to abide by the rules of her curse.
Constantin isn’t interested in the terms and conditions Andromeda gives him, until he needs her to be his temporary girlfriend to shut his brother up. Then Constantin agrees. But what happens after a surprisingly fun evening creates brand new problems for both of them. Sure, two opposites can attract, but will that attraction last? Or are they both too cursed to give love a chance?

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My name is NOT Seratis.
I am Queen Meha. The rightful ruler of the Kingdom of Egypt. A scientist. Human.
I was never her. Seratis, the evil Goddess of Sleep who puts men under her spell to compel them to do whatever she commands.
It was all a lie. A myth my half-brother created to make my own people hate me so he could usurp my throne.

Lucky for me, I’ve found a way to preserve the living like my ancestors did with the dead. To escape the war my brother has waged on me, I enter my tomb to be mummified, alive, for a hundred years. With my guard, my apprentice and my maid. Only to wake when my half-brother is long gone and forgotten.

But when we wake up, reality as we know it crashes down around us. Instead of rising after a hundred years, it was a thousand. We haven’t aged a day, and we now possess inhumanly senses, strength and healing powers…among other things.
As if that is not shocking enough, now I know my half-brother isn’t dead yet, and he’s going to wake just like us.

This time I won’t escape. I will fight. And I must find a way to win the war I’ve lost before. Dead or alive.


time for the clanTIME FOR THE CLAN: DUNSKY CASTLE BOOK 15 by Jane Stain

Ashley worries the faeries are about to kill her. She has to escape and warn Connell, or his Highland clan could be separated by time forever. Can they make the druid curse help them?



drakons knightDRAKON’S KNIGHT (BLOOD OF THE DRAKON BOOK 7) by N J Walters

Drakon Jericho Drake, the child of a pure-blood dragon and human, has a simple plan: Kill the leader of the Knights of the Dragon and start a war. Except, when he meets his target, Karina Azarov, she can’t remember who she is. Worst of all––he can’t kill her. His dragon side has just claimed the dangerous woman as his mate.

Karina has no idea why these Drakon’s have taken her to their home. And she most certainly does not understand why she’s so drawn to her captor. Maybe because he’s strong, intelligent, and caring, in his enigmatic sort of way. One thing she knows, he’s not going to hurt her. If only she could remember something from her past that would explain why these Drakon’s hate her so much.

But if her memory returns, mated or not, he may get his war.. And one of them will die.

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dragon whelpsDRAGON WHELPS (EARTH DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Charlene Hartnady

Shale is blindsided by a pregnant female who claims the baby she is carrying is his. It is a distinct possibility, although he can’t be sure, right then, if she is telling the truth. There are a couple of things this female doesn’t know. Firstly, if he is the father, it is twins. Secondly, the infants won’t be human. There is a third and even more worrying fact to consider. He needs to get to the bottom of this before it’s too late.


warrior in loveWARRIOR IN LOVE (ODIN’S BASTARDS BOOK 3) by Sheryl Nantus

Special Agent Trace Dyson races around the world, retrieving priceless artifacts from criminals. But his one dream is to recover a spear, stolen from The Valkyrie’s Tomb. It’s his family’s White Whale, his father and grandfather’s unfulfilled mission—and when he sees a beautiful and mysterious woman steal a bracelet from the tomb’s exhibit, he’s intrigued. Before he takes her to jail, he has a few questions.

Laila Nyland is a Valkyrie on the edge—worn out from her duties, her final mission is to come to Midgard and find a mystical spear lost centuries ago. Forced into a partnership with Trace, she can’t help but be attracted to the hardcore treasure hunter even if he drives her up a wall. The more she learns about him—the harder it is to lie to him about her mission.

Before their secrets rip them apart, these two will be responsible for saving the world—that is if they can trust each other longer than two minutes.

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fall into darknessFALL INTO DARKNESS (FIRE AND SHADOW #2) by Skylar Andra

I am the Archangel Jophiel, the last of Heaven’s warriors. The last ray of hope in this diminishing world. I’ve loved and I’ve lost. But I must not lose faith. Not when Lucifer is stealing the grace of the angels, amassing a power no angel should have. A power that could see us fail.

With the archangel Uriel on our team, a light in this dark world, we have strength in numbers. Despite this, the world grows darker by the day, and we must find Raphael and the other angels before it is too late. Before I lose myself to the darkness infecting me. Before I fall for these angels and lose sight of my mission. Before Lucifer’s darkness destroys us all.


dragons rebelTHE DRAGON’S REBEL by Jacqueline Rohrbach

Cheron, former rebel leader and newly crowned king, comes to Wren Gardens on a holy mission to free his goddess from exile and bring peace to his kingdom, but he’s distracted by an unholy and very beautiful concubine, Ekos.

Ekos may be more than a simple love slave, though. The King of Wren Gardens seems afraid of the strange and often blasphemous concubine and swears the man is cursed. Cheron agrees, especially when Ekos mocks and taunts Cheron’s sense of honor. But the urge to distance himself from Ekos can’t compete with the desire to remain close. Nor is it as strong as the urges in his body—urges he hasn’t felt in years.

As Cheron tries to refocus on his mission, Ekos throws him off again—this time by offering to help him in his holy quest. Cheron knows he shouldn’t trust a man who’s in the employ of a rival king, particularly not one who seems to know all Cheron’s deepest secrets. But he can’t ignore the signs from the goddess telling him to entwine his fate with this tricky, captivating man.

He prays the signs aren’t simply wishful thinking, manifestations of his very unholy desires. Time is running out, and Cheron is falling deeper for Ekos—and deeper into danger of another betrayal. One that could cost him his life.

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love voodooLOVE VOODOO by BL Morticia

Burned out and in need of a vacation, online sensation Cayden is drawn to New Orleans, with its rich history and paranormal lore. A cynic and a pessimist, Cayden nonetheless hopes to experience some of the legendary city’s magic.

Trent grew up on the streets and wouldn’t have survived without the kindness of the local community. Now he’s embraced his eccentricities in a place that appreciates them. He works at a voodoo shop and guides ghost tours for extra cash, but he also volunteers at the local LGBT youth center, helping lost souls find their way.

When Cayden and Trent lock eyes across the shop, something happens… and it isn’t just Cayden’s flirtation or the mutual attraction drawing them together. It’s something even a skeptic like Cayden agrees is a little unearthly… and could lead to something extraordinary.


slaves necklaceTHE SLAVE’S NECKLACE (TOUCHING TIME BOOK 3) by Amanda Roberts

Kill the Empress, save China. That is what people from all sides are telling Jiayi. She not only has the power to kill the empress, but to set up a new future for China. Jiayi has spent her life as a palace slave. Freedom for China could mean a lifetime of servitude for her.

And Jiayi is tired of living for everyone else. As Jiayi’s powers grow, she finds herself living more and more in the past, even as the future is barreling toward her.
Zhihao’s past is catching up with him, leaving death and heartache in its wake. Zhihao is going to have to make a choice, but he isn’t sure he can do it alone.
Jiayi and Zhihao stand on the precipice of a new world. But they will only survive if they can overcome the past and stand together, no matter how much it hurts.


accidental prophetACCIDENTAL PROPHET by Bud Gundy

Intelligent, handsome, and struggling to make his rent, thirty-year-old Drew Morten loses his only meaningful relationship when his grandmother dies. A famous television anchor, Claudia Trenton, leaves Drew the legacy of her secret memoir. From the fate of a vanished medieval prince to a top-secret NASA study about a mystifying space object, her unreported discoveries hum with wonder.

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priestess l a mcginnisTHE PRIESTESS: THE BANISHED GODS BOOK 3 by L A McGinnis

Sydney Barrows makes a living out of digging up the dead. Well, not a living, exactly, but a very small stipend. When the world crashes down around her, she didn’t expect to be caught right in the middle of it. Now she’s moved from digging up the dead to worrying about becoming one of them.

Locked away in a stone fortress on the edge of Chicago, a band of immortal gods hold the key to defeating an evil intent on total destruction. When Sydney and Mir’s paths collide, the sexy God of Wisdom awakens her powers in ways she didn’t dream possible. Together, they race against time to uncover the truth about Sydney’s past before it destroys her and everything she loves.

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wolf coveWOLF COVE by Tracey H Kitts

Supernatural creatures aren’t new, but those who are strictly human are still getting used to them living out in the open. Some go so far as to deny that any “creatures of the night” are living in Wolf Cove, but that is certainly not the case.

Between her sociopathic ex-husband and a vampire stalker, Olivia has her hands full. So, when a sexy private investigator says he can help, she decides to take him up on the offer. Only, he might be more than she bargained for. That’s not always a bad thing, right?


delugeTHE DELUGE (THE STORM BOOK 3) by Riley Proserpina and Rebecca Royce

A deluge is coming…A year of searching has passed. A year of getting stronger. Harder. Angrier. Whitney never thought she’d survive without her guys, but she did. They’re out there. She just has to claim them. Now, it’s time to go to war.


unspoken christine popeUNSPOKEN (THE DJINN WARS BOOK 12) by Christine Pope

Two years after the Dying, Amber McCoy is still living rough, foraging in the ruins of the world to survive. The pickings are slim, but not as slim as the dating pool. She’s the last living soul in San Marino, California.

Except for them. Angels? Devils? All she knows is, one of them attacked her. And another one saved her, piercing her with night-black eyes and growling a single word — run. Since doing just that, she’s been utterly alone.

Idris, a djinn elder, is inspecting the lush, green grounds of his new estate when he encounters the young woman he saved, still impossibly fragile-looking and skittish as a wild doe. Luring her with the promise of comforts she’s been denied for too long, he begins the delicate process of convincing her that she has nothing to fear from him.

As these two lonely creatures spend more time together, each touch strengthening the current of desire humming between them, Idris is acutely aware that this idyllic time can’t last. Soon Amber will be forced to choose between two paths…neither of which can ever lead to his arms.

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guild masterGUILD MASTER (DARK WARRIOR ALLIANCE BOOK 19) by Brenda Trim and Tami Julka

When the deadly drug Angel’s Kiss returns to the Tehrex Realm, Evzen Raziel, Guild Master of the sorcerers, makes it his mission to destroy those responsible. The drug threatens to expose his world to humans and is destroying countless lives of the supernatural. He would rather meet his own demise than allow that to happen. Incensed that one of his own is responsible, Evzen leaves the safety net of his non-violent cocoon and strategizes to execute the guilty. His plan fails miserably when he, along with fellow Dark Warriors and trainees, are injured and captured. Ultimately, the loss they suffer is irreparable and grievous. His female captor, Braelynn, stirs anything but the loathing he should feel toward her. Despite the danger the female poses, Evzen convinces Braelynn to set him and the warriors free, and brings her into the midst of the Dark Warrior Alliance, ignoring the warning signs that indicate she’s fulfilling her evil mother’s agenda.

Braelynn, sole heir to a despicable sorceress, is forced to choose between her mother’s legacy and an unknown life within a realm where she’s hated from day one. It should be an easy decision, after all, since she’s accused of consorting with demons by her new ‘friends’. After the death of a revered warrior, Braelynn decides to help the irresistible Evzen held prisoner in her mother’s dungeon. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


intersectINTERSECT (THE PARALLEL DUET BOOK 2) by Elizabeth O’Roark

Someone has torn them apart in the past, and she plans to do it again…As Nick and Quinn piece together the truth about the life they once shared, they discover it was much deeper and darker than they ever imagined. In order to keep history from repeating, Quinn will need to master her unusual gifts—but that means admitting to herself and to Nick why she stopped using them in the first place.
He may never forgive her when he learns the truth, but Quinn is running out of options—because the clock is ticking, and it’s no longer just her life that hangs in the balance.


bazaarTHE BAZAAR (FAE’S CAPTIVE BOOK 6) by Lily Archer

Keeping Beth by my side is turning out to be far harder than I planned. After all, I couldn’t escape her when we were traveling with Leander and Taylor. She dogged my steps, flitted through my dreams, and took up all my waking thoughts. Now? She’s disappeared like smoke through my fingers. But I will always find her. Nothing can keep me from the one my soul is tethered to, not even this pit of a city, Cranthum. The slavers control everything, and they’re on the verge of the biggest market of the year. The Bazaar. With Beth at my side—along with a few more surprising allies—we will light a spark that will change Cranthum, and the summer realm, forever. But freedom always comes at a cost, and the price is often paid in blood.


dragons flame serena meadowsDRAGON’S FLAME: DRAGONS SECRET SOCIETY by Serena Meadows

Taylor isn’t tempted by power or glory, but he’s ready to give his life for his family and their small community of shifters; a group that have been fighting for survival against Lucas Davenport and his demonic followers for most of Taylor’s existence. So when his older brother asks him to snatch one of Davenport’s witches from a blistering inferno, the young shifter leaps at the chance to do his part. He’s expecting a dangerous, satanic enemy—instead he finds a captive, her delicate wrists bound as flames lick at her hair and clothes. Willow’s jade green eyes are wide with terror and something else that tugs at unspeakable feelings deep within Taylor. Even so, there is no room for empathy in this war, and no good ever came of a shifter befriending a witch—especially one who’s spilt the blood of his people.

But far beyond their bitter feud, a prophecy is unfolding that could change everything. Taylor is torn between his shameful attraction and iron-clad loyalty, but he’ll soon discover that his self-control is no match for what’s written in the stars.


hidden charmHIDDEN CHARM: A FATES UNIVERSE NOVEL by Kristine Grayson

When a Charming Prince named Sonny rescues Rapunzel from her tower prison, she rides off with him and gets on with her life—her real life in the Greater World. They set up a home in Los Angeles, and she begins to discover the strength of her magic.But when Sonny disappears, Rapunzel needs help finding him. Enter Henry, the Frog Prince, who works the front desk of the Archetype Place. Only Henry can help Rapunzel find her husband because of the vast power it took to conquer Sonny. But Henry wants nothing to do with Rapunzel or her problem. He fights enough of his own.

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traveling teacherTHE TRAVELING TEACHER (THE BOOK CLUB 9) by Kirsten Osbourne

When a strange purple-haired matchmaker starts coming to her book club meetings claiming she can grant wishes, Taylor takes her up on her offer and requests to be sent back to Regency, England. She goes to the next meeting completely prepared to go back in time, but she still isn’t quite convinced that is what will happen.

Lord Harry Twig is amazed when he finds a beautiful woman lying on the grounds of his country estate. He’s excited to find out that she is a teacher and willing to be a governess for his sons. It doesn’t take him long to realize she’s the woman he needs in his life to both help with his sons, but also to be his wife. Will he be able to convince her that they belong together? And what about her claims of being from the future?



I am Zara Wolf, the heir to the throne of all the packs.
I’m also in possession of a stolen faerie treasure used to tap my people’s magic for decades.
The witches want it back; the fae want it returned.
But I had no idea I was getting involved in a war between the faerie courts.

There are seven men who hold my heart, who make up my own personal pack.
But there’s only one human: my best friend, Faith Cassidy.
She’s the one link I have to my humanity, the thing that keeps the wolf in me at bay.
If the Seelie Prince wants her, he’ll have to kill me first.

War is on the horizon, but we fight my way, with cunning instead of brute force.
Even if one of my boys is a traitor, it’s not his fault.
Even if he fights for their side, I’ll win him back.
Because nobody gets between the Silver Wolf and her mates … and lives to tell the tale.


silver foxSILVER FOX (SILVER SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Zoe Chant

Sensible Aunt Doris. That’s what Doris Lebowitz’s family thinks of her. And she really can’t argue. At age 62, she’s resigned to being the level-headed one in her sprawling, boisterous family. A state of permanent spinsterhood suits her just fine.

Until Joey Hu waltzes into her life, with his warm golden eyes and too-hot-to-handle body … but she has no idea how much of a silver fox he really is. All she knows is, she’s not about to throw away the sensible habits of a lifetime on a moment’s infatuation, no matter how sexy.

As a nine-tailed fox shifter, Joey has a special talent for helping troubled lovers. But his gifts can’t bring him a mate of his own, and at his age, he’s starting to wonder if there’s no true love for him. And then Joey and his fox catch sight of Doris, and discover that love knows no age limits.

Now all he has to do is convince Doris that she’s as much of a catch as Joey already knows she is. Snowed in with Doris’s enormous nosy family, finding time to be alone together is as hard as resisting a third helping of Granny Z’s pastries. But maybe a whole houseful of eager matchmakers can help them learn that you’re never too old for a happily ever after.



It is spring on Nantucket and time for the Daffodil Festival. When Lin and her family and friends are enjoying a picnic by the ocean in Siasconset , Robert Snow asks a favor of her. He has a friend whose son has moved to the island to an antique Colonial house where there is an unusual piece of furniture and Robert would like Lin to come and see it. Using a parlor game from the mid-1800s to investigate the old table, Lin and her cousin, Viv, discover a ghost is using it to send messages, and as usual, the ghost’s communication is difficult to understand.

Can Lin and her cousin, Viv, discover the links between two ghosts who are trying to find each other while attempting to help two new island residents uncover what they’re looking for? Will the Nantucket sleuths be able to figure out what the spirits of the living and the dead need before it is too late?


fire breathing ovideFIRE BREATHING OVIDE (DRAGONS OF THE BAYOU BOOK 6) by Candace Ayers

Ovide lost his mate years ago. Now, he’s just biding time until his own demise which, thankfully, will come soon. The eclipse leading him to a slow descent into sweet oblivion is just around the corner.

Margo has never found a man who was worth the risk of heartbreak. No problem, because her caustic demeanor and sharp tongue scare away even the most persistent suitors.

When an accidentally-on-purpose claiming mark links them for all of eternity, both will have to rethink their plans for the future. But with the protective walls these two have constructed around their hearts, can they even expect to have a future together?


tempting treasureTEMPTING TREASURE (ASHLAND PRIDE BOOK 10) by R E Butler

Dragonfae hybrid Treasure has two things on her mind – her upcoming mating ceremony to her two mates, Brian and Kevin, and the cursed female mountain lions. Before she gets her happily ever after, she wants to figure out how to break the curse that has shadowed the mountain lion shifters for eons. To do that, she knows she needs to sneak into the fae realm and find the library in her parents’ home, where she’s certain she recalls seeing books about gods and goddesses.

Brian and Kevin Fallon have loved Treasure since the moment they saw her. She’s not only funny, sweet, and gorgeous, but she’s also a powerful hybrid – part dragon shifter and part fairy. When they learn from her adoptive parents that she’s disappeared in the middle of the night, they’re frantic to find her. After she returns from the fae realm with books from her parents’ library, they’re furious she left without them, but thankful she’s safe.

What Treasure doesn’t know is that the dragon king in the fae realm protected his entire territory, including her parents’ home, with a spell to ensure that anyone who entered the lands was magically tagged. The king believes Treasure is meant to be under his rule, and demands that she join their clan. Brian and Kevin aren’t about to let anyone take Treasure from them, but the temptation to be with her own kind may be too great for her to ignore. Will she stay in Ashland with the two males who have captured her heart, or join her own kind in the fae realm?

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atlass forbidden wolfATLAS’S FORBIDDEN WOLF (MYSTIC WOLVES BOOK 7) by Elle Boon

Joni’s...wolf has been beaten out of her. Her friends have all found truemates. Mystic no longer feels like home, and to top it off, the shifter she knows is her mate has turned tail and ran from her. She’s tired of being the one left behind, this time, she’s going to be the one to leave and find her own destiny even if that means being alone for the rest of her life. However, she finds a crew who not only takes her in, they show her just what it means to stand and fight for herself.

Atlas…has always known his destiny was to become the alpha of the White Bear Clan. At the age of seven he’d not only lost his father; his bear became a beast that his entire family feared. For years, he searched for his truemate, finding her in a tiny package that was sure to set his clan on its ears. By the time he returned to claim her, she was gone.

When Atlas finds Joni with a menagerie of shifters, he’s ready to battle them all, until he realizes they’ve taken her in as one of hers. As his troubles follow him, her new pack fight alongside Atlas and Joni. But when the last shifter falls, will they still have the bond that brought them together?

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outlaw wolvesOUTLAW WOLVES (WOLVES OF WILLOWBEND BOOK 13) by Heather Long

She doesn’t seem to be anyone’s favorite wolf…Luciana Esposito Barrows never imagined her dream of uniting the Lone Wolves and giving them a home could go so terribly awry. First, her brother rejected her, repudiating her from Seven Hills and leaving her without a powerful ally. Then the U.S. packs put her on notice, monitoring their movements, keeping them contained…then the Russians came. The last person in the world she expected to turn on her, was her own mate.

She was everything to him…Rayne Barrows never thought of himself as much of a romantic. In his heart, he was a soldier and had always risen to the task where he was needed. Born in the heart of the Delta Crescent pack, he’d grown up alongside a future Alpha and willingly served her father as a faithful Hound. When the battles for ascension began, he couldn’t face those he loved in combat. He chose a solitary path instead. Journeying around the world, he found himself in Italy…and discovered a wolf he could love. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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VS Note: A re-release

Lady Rhiannon’s beauty is distracting suitors from her older sister and ruining her chances at marriage, so her father has her locked her away in a tower. Believing she is going crazy from the isolation, Rhiannon hears a frightful voice. The next thing she knows, she wakes up in a strange forest pursued by mythical wolf men. And, worst of all, their leader is taking her home with him.

Ilar is irritated to discover an enchanted female—a human, their ancient hunters—disrupting his Lycan Guards. One sniff of this mortal’s enchantment and the men go insane, trying to kill each other for her hand. Ilar has no choice but to break the spell by claiming the female as his own. But who knows what will happen when Cupid’s Enchantment is broken?

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Gannon Wilson is cursed. Although he’s not sure how or why, everyone believes his curse killed his beloved wife, Gilmore, just after she gave birth to their beautiful little girl, Emmie. Even Gannon believes he might have caused her exceptionally untimely demise, if inadvertently. So, although he’s a single father—functioning on lack of sleep, exhaustion, and otherwise pretty frazzled most of the time—he’s not looking for a witch girlfriend to ease his troubles. Anything but, in fact. Gannon only dates humans… because he’s scared of what the curse might do if he dared love another witch.

Henrietta Fannyfartle is on a mission. She learned of the tragic tale of Gilmore and Gannon through the witchy grapevine, but she doesn’t think the Taradiddle curse is what ended Gilmore’s life. Since she’s working on her thesis—magical university is such a drag, amirite?—she needs evidence to support her suppositions, and there’s only one way to get it.

Henri needs to get close to Gannon and his daughter to verify her theory is correct, so she can write her paper, and then go on to be one of the leading witch professors among her contemporaries. One problem? Gannon is wary of witches, which is wise. What’s a witch to do but pretend to be a human in the middle of nowhere West Virginia so she can get the story of a lifetime.

Wait… one more problem. The one thing the clever little witch didn’t count on was love.

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witchin upon a wolfs heartWITCHIN UPON A WOLF’S HEART: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Isabel Michaels

For five years, Carlie has been on the run. In a failed attempt to save the witches who belong to the Coven of the Moon and Mountains, she now finds herself being held captive in a dark, filthy dungeon. Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, except her powers are non-existent. And if that weren’t bad enough, she doesn’t remember how she got there.

Jacob fell in love with Carlie the minute he laid eyes on her. Unfortunately, he was dating her sister at the time. When Carlie disappears from his life, he’s left rejected and heartbroken until she suddenly reappears needing his help.

Barabbas has one goal in mind… to become King of the Shifters. His chosen namesake rose from the ashes once and now he’s trying to do the same. When their worlds collide, will Carlie and Jacob find their Happily Ever After, or will a murderer rise from the ashes and become King?

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Ahmed is leaving and people are escaping the magic pokey. Carol—aka the Baba Yaga—is winging it the best she can in this new light paranormal installment of the Baba Yaga Adventures.

She’s got a jailbreak at the magical pokey to deal with and two persistent men wanting to take her bed. The warlock geezer guarding the jail thinks he saw a dragon. Carol thinks it’s an old enemy come back to seek revenge. Sorting out her love life? That’s going to have to wait.

How did any of her predecessors ever do this job without zapping everyone in sight? Carol has no freaking idea but now she’s under orders from the former Jezibaba to pick a warlock posse before her familiar leaves. Ahmed’s sentence has been served and he’s done. Her goose is cooked if she has to drag warlocks along to do her work. Why can’t people just back off and let her do the job her way?

Turns out everyone’s time is up, including hers.

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blissfully wickedBLISSFULLY WICKED: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Teresa Gabelman

Pregnant with twins Wicked is trying to adjust to her new life. Her magic is unpredictable so she is weary of using it to make herself more comfortable. Even her passion of tattooing has been put on hold.

Having nothing to occupy her time as she waits for the birth of her precious babes, Wicked is more aware of what is going around her.With her mate, Thorne, keeping secrets and her familiar, Bruce, driving her insane, Wicked is on the edge. Skinning a panther shifter is the same as skinning a cat….right?

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hyenas hopeTHE HYENA’S HOPE (BEASTS BOOK 2) by Emilia Hartley

When Lily catches her boyfriend of six years cheating on her, she kicks him to the curb and holes up in her apartment. To her chagrin, her friends won’t let her wallow. They drag her down to the local shifter bar, where she meets Roderigo, a gorgeous and thoughtful shifter who could almost be torn from the pages of one of her favorite romance novels. The trouble is, just when she’s beginning to think there might be something between them, he disappears on her.

When Roderigo meets Lily, he feels peace for the first time since he’s been changed. Before long, he’s sure that she’s his mate. But something evil is preying on his pack, and whatever it is threatens to hurt Lily if he doesn’t stop investigating. He knows he can’t fail his pack, but he can’t put her in danger, either.
He wants her.
He wants her to be safe even more.
He’ll do whatever it takes to make her safe.
Even break both their hearts.


under the harvest moonUNDER THE HARVEST MOON by Robin Hale

Laurel Pearson is ready for adventure. The sort of adventure that means finding your people and discovering yourself and — well, it turns out that her adventure mostly looks like a studio apartment in a new city, a job at a quirky little bookshop, and humiliating herself in front of the most gorgeous woman she’s ever seen.
But Laurel can’t shake the feeling that there’s more going on. The bookshop sells silver amulets and dried herbs alongside their truly impressive poetry section, and that gorgeous woman crackles with secrets. And the bookclub? It might be a coven.

There’s something coming. Something changing. And Laurel would swear that Rhea Barnes — the gruff, hot gardener with the intriguing scars — is the key to understanding all of it.
Can Laurel convince Rhea to take a chance on her and find out what’s pulling them together?

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As the son of the most dangerous male on the planet, Lokan lives by three rules:
Don’t trust a soul.
Don’t show emotions.
And don’t get attached.
Will one extraordinary woman make him break all three?


leanderLEANDER (IMMORTAL CODEX BOOK 2) by Cheri Lasota

I am Leander. A Scot. A warrior. A murderer. A vampire. But strength beyond imagining means nothing if it could not save the one I love. And, by God, I did love her. Now my maker has tasked me to find another soul to claim for her army. A nun in Venice, a woman lost and afraid. The need for the life draw of my maker is as strong as the need to protect. Yet soon I will have to make an impossible choice. If she does not join us… I will be forced to take her life.


alphas promiseALPHA’S PROMISE (DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 10) by Rebecca Zanetti

Though he has vampire, demon, and Viking blood rushing through his veins, Ivar Kjeidsen’s soul-crushing trip to hell broke him in ways he can barely fathom.  One vow keeps the deadly immortal standing: To rescue the vampire brother who had sacrificed freedom for him.  To do that, Ivar needs the help of a brilliant physicist with wary brown eyes, fierce brilliance, and skin that’s way too soft.

Dr. Promise Williams understands the underpinnings of the universe but has never figured out the human beings inhabiting it.   Her function is to think—and not feel—until she’s touched by a vampire who’s nowhere near human. The primal hunger in his eyes awakens feelings in her that defy calculation. As she shows him the way to step between worlds, he brands her with a pleasure that could last more than a lifetime.

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wolf instinctWOLF INSTINCT (SWAT BOOK 9) by Paige Tylor

SWAT werewolf Zane Kendrick will do whatever it takes to take down the man who attacked his pack. His search takes him to Los Angeles, but when he meets Alyssa, the smart, sexy agent who comes to his aid, he’s immediately interested in pursuing more than just the next lead. All his wolf instincts tell him that she’s The One.

FBI agent Alyssa Carson has investigated some weird stuff lately, and finding missing people drained of their blood definitely falls into that category. When following a clue leads her to Zane, she agrees to work with him and his team. She’s attracted to the gorgeous Brit, but she doesn’t have time for anything but finding answers.

When Zane and Alyssa discover the sinister truth, it’ll take everything they have to make it out of this mission with their lives—and hearts—intact.

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Mika’s first semester at Morgana hasn’t been going well. She nearly killed the boy she likes, and found out she has a rare specialty that will put her life at risk if anyone finds out what it is. Not only is her basic magic still blocked, but she managed to stumble across a sacrificial killing in the forest.

Finding out who killed the student and why is the only way she can keep her friends safe. Ethan, Lucien, Audrey, and a surprising addition agree to help her find out the killer and what they’re up to.

But none of them had any idea what was lurking under the school, or what the search would force them to discover.



Sophia –Orenda Academy has changed. Familiars are going missing, and a mysterious plague has taken over the school. Someone in the castle is behind it, but the culprit is out of reach.
I don’t even know who I am anymore. To find out, I’ve started searching for the family I never knew. Finding myself is the only way to continue this journey.
Lives have already been lost. If we don’t find the next piece of the prophecy soon, it’ll be impossible to save the tribe.

Liam – Last semester, I was betrayed by everyone I love. Months have gone by, and I still don’t know who to trust.
Sophia and I are both broken. There’s no fixing the damage that was done. Friends have become enemies, and enemies have become major threats. Now our relationship is being put to the ultimate test.
If the Elders find us guilty, we’ll fail to stop what’s coming. Answers to the prophecy are just out of reach, and we’re running out of time to change the future.


tricksters drumTHE TRICKSTER’S DRUM (GODSONGS BOOK 1) by Jax Garren

College freshman Giselle Ryder only knew a life of loneliness and loss—until she inherited her mother’s Freyja godstone. Now she must keep her identity secret as she channels Freyja’s powers to right her dead parents’ wrongs.

When she fumbles a simple mission, she’s aided by newbie channeler Coyote, who’s handsome, generous, and determined to be her sidekick. If she accepts his proposal, she’s stuck training a bard who’s too happy-go-lucky for his own good—and too flirty for hers.

If she doesn’t, they’re on their own with a trio of Irish battle goddesses wreaking havoc in town… and a buried secret from her parents’ past that’s about to explode.


amuletTHE AMULET by Pelaam

When Shaw misses his connection, it opens a doorway to a world he never knew existed. Not only does he discover mythological creatures aren’t just myths, but he learns he, his mother, and his sister share a family secret.

Given an amulet by the handsome but enigmatic Drake, Shaw plunges unprepared into this new world. The amulet is the key to protecting the portal between worlds, and some will do anything to possess it.
When danger threatens, Shaw needs to protect those he loves, including his mate.

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chases fireCHASE’S FIRE (SEVENOAKS GUARDIAN BOOK 2) by Casey Wyatt

Druid in training, Chase Rockwell, has had his fill of the supernatural after a harrowing demon possession. Unfortunately, as a SevenOaks Guardian, laying low isn’t part of the job description. But when a sexy, thoughtful, and irresistible librarian moves into Haven Falls, it isn’t long before trouble finds them both.

Alice Carver is on a mission to locate antique books for an enigmatic employer to pay for her ailing sister’s medical treatments. The only problem: Alice is a magnet for chaos. No matter how careful she is, her knack for knowing the truth causes unintended consequences. She’d hate for Chase, the town’s bad boy, to learn about her “quirk” and run like everyone else.

After a volatile ghost terrorizes innocent citizens, Chase and Alice are the only ones who know the truth. A malevolent force has set up shop in their sleepy town and it won’t rest without a fight. Trust doesn’t come easy for either of them, but if they can’t work together, not only are they risking their hearts, but Haven Falls will never be the same.


rein bex mclynnREIN: A TIDEFALL NOVEL by Bex McLynn

Nikolas has sheathed his claws. After centuries of hunting and exterminating his own people–wolf shifters cursed with Madness–all he wants is oblivion. Fortunately, a relentless huntress has targeted him, and he gladly welcomes his end by her hand.
In truth, death has never looked so lovely.

Oliviana wants her revenge, yet immortal beings who know her deadly secret have waylaid her hunt. Forced to follow Nikolas into dangerous territory, she hears whispers about an end to Madness. A ‘too-little-too-late’ cure that hinges on Nikolas being alive and well–and mated.
The gods must find endless amusement in her misery.
As their anger and grief are replaced by understanding and passion, Nikolas and Oliviana are still parted by their duty. Will sacrificing their hearts’ desire be enough to save their people?


its a ghosts lifeIT’S A GHOST’S LIFE (MURDER BY DESIGN BOOK 5) by Erin McCarthy

When the bitterly cold days of January descend on Cleveland, Bailey Burke finds her “Put It Where?” home staging business is as frozen as her toes. The only bright spot is the return of her friend Ryan after his, ahem, eviction from heaven. Especially since no other dead people seem to be harassing her in recent weeks.

Yet when her grandmother’s bingo buddy turns up frozen solid in a stranger’s back yard, Bailey is the only one who finds the death suspicious. Bailey knows fashion and she knows Vera, a one-time film star, would not be caught dead, literally, in a stained nightgown and cheetah-print boots. Determined it prove it is homicide and not dementia, she enlists Ryan’s help to investigate, despite his ghostly limitations.

This time Bailey is ready to play it smart, solve the crime, have the bad guy do the time… only all is fair game when it comes to eccentric backstabbing biddies at bingo.

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I’ve never been the normal girl. No matter how much I wanted to pretend I was.

I know why my mom moved us around every three months and acted like we were on the most-wanted list. We’ve been running from the man that should have protected us, a man that decided he wanted my mother to himself and all the power that came with her. A man that is probably my father.

Keeping me a secret from the Infinity community can’t last much longer. I’ve already bonded with half of my Infinity. Our lives are changing, my powers are growing as is my acceptance of who I really am.

Though nothing is ever simple. One of our group is reluctant to take his place beside me. I don’t know why he’s pushing me away, but I won’t be kept in the dark anymore. Not form my Infinity, not from anyone.


bewitched and betrothedBEWITCHED AND BETROTHED (WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY BOOK 10) by Juliet Blackwell

When Lily Ivory stumbles on the uniform of a former prisoner from Alcatraz and SFPD inspector Carlos Romero’s cousin is kidnapped, Lily suspects something dangerous has been unleashed on the ghost-ridden island of Alcatraz. She’ll have to sleuth out the culprit—when she’s not busy entertaining her visiting relatives and resolving romantic conflicts as her wedding date approaches. Could recent omens be pointing to the magical threat in her adopted city? If so, she’ll have to line up her allies to change the fate of the Bay Area. Because no matter what, Lily’s determined to celebrate her marriage with her friends by her side—even if it means battling a demonic foe before she can make it to the altar.

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unveiledUNVEILED (SUOJA GUILD BOOK 3) by AJ Anders

Pulled deeper into the world of the Surmata, Evie works hard to prove she belongs. Evie must navigate her way through her growing feelings for the men of the Shadewolf Kaveri while dealing with her supernatural classes, new friendships, resistance members, and the ever-growing violence with her father’s right hand, Dominick.

When revelations of secrets long kept come to light, will Evie be able to forgive those who have kept her in the dark? Or, will her inability to trust in those around her, break the fragile bonds she has made at the Suoja Guild.


predatoryPREDATORY (PORT LEWIS WITCHES BOOK 3) by Brooklyn Ray

Donovan Quinn is faced with the impossible: unleashing the wild energy inside him. In the aftermath of a rushed, thoughtless sacrifice, his circle mates brainstorm a plan to appease the Queen of Water. Meanwhile, Donovan desperately tries to find a way to access the lonely Earth magic hiding inside him.

​But with his heart reaching for Tyler, the aggressive and volatile head witch of his circle, and friendships being tested at every turn, Donovan is at a standstill with his magic. Saving his friends, his circle, and his heart becomes far more complicated than he ever thought.

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grave l h whitlockGRAVE (THE SANCTUARY SERIES BOOK 1) by L H Whitlock

Pregnant and running for her life, Nora flees for the sanctuary known as Morala, an all-female asylum. Instead, she finds herself on Kilton, a sanctuary for criminals running from their sentencing. Now Nora must adapt to her new home, and do so quickly before her baby arrives and deal the ever-present reality that if she’s found, her fate could be worse than what she ran away from.

Grave, an ex-gladiator who fled captivity many years ago, built the sanctuary known as Kilton along with two others. Feared by all and unable to control his demons, Grave finds himself growing further away from civilization. Despite his self-isolation, anyone seeking asylum must be granted access by Grave, and when he steps out into a storm to greet their newest arrival, instead of the usual hardened criminal, he is surprised to see a purple-haired pixie at his gates.

Not knowing what Nora runs from, Grave grants her the asylum she seeks, but something about this pixie is different from anyone he has ever met. When he discovers the secret Nora hides behind her clothes, will Grave push her away like he has everyone else, or will he fight her battles and his own to find happiness?


cowboy in wolf's clothingCOWBOY IN WOLF’S CLOTHING (SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Kait Ballenger

Born a cowboy and bred a warrior…High Commander Colt Cavanaugh has spent his life defending his pack and its sprawling ranchlands. But the hardened Grey Wolf soldier has a dark secret that could destroy his life forever.

Belle Beaumont is a wanted woman, on the run from the wolf pack that kidnapped her. When fate brings her face-to-face with the Grey Wolf High Commander himself, rivalry becomes passion, and suddenly more than just her freedom is at stake. Colt will fight to the death for the healing Belle brings to his battle—worn heart—and for this cowboy wolf, all’s fair in love and war.

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demons esther e schmidtDEMONS (DEATH BY REAPER MC #3) by Esther E Schmidt

Held captive by the same Demon who took her sister, Tria doesn’t have any other option than to agree to Vike’s terms; accept him as her true mate in return for her sister’s freedom. But her sister might have stumbled onto something else to save herself.

As the president of The Demon charter, Vike has been fighting a battle to save his brother and the world all by himself. While other Paranormals turned their backs on him, he stands strong while risking it all. When help is finally offered Vike trusts no one, a downside which could cost him his life along with unleashing an apocalypse.

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kingdom of exilesKINGDOM OF EXILES (THE BEAST CHARMER BOOK 1) by Maxym M Martineau

Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts-an offense punishable by death-and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena’s terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin’s oath will eventually force him to choose between Leena’s continued survival…and his own.

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mated to the enforcerMATED TO THE ENFORCER (MAFIA WOLF SHIFTERS) (ENCANTADO SHIFTERS BOOK 2) by Georgette St Clair and Teisha Newton

Kalinda Thorton is having a bad day. A big bad wolf offering to eat her, facing death-by-lion, and creating lustful thoughts with her magic were not her idea of maintaining the carefully crafted reputation of Kalinda’s Katering. To make matters worse, her magic has put her on the radar of the Trinity Council—Encantado’s crème de la crème of the Mage Society.

Romano Moretti—big bad wolf—is set to protect the woman he knows belongs to him. The Trinity Council offers her a choice: them or death. Romano is going to save her by any means necessary. It’s a race against the clock to save Kalinda from execution, rout the Viscount Lion Pride, and keep his strong and determined mate.

Kalinda isn’t ready to give up without a fight—not to the Council, the lions, and most especially not to Romano’s scorching touch and fierce protection. Except she doesn’t have a choice. Everyone has a stake in this game, and the outcome may bring about the destruction of Encantado as they know it.

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iron dragons motherTHE IRON DRAGON’S MOTHER by Michael Swanwick

VS Note: Not romance but sounded interesting. A release of note…

Caitlin of House Sans Merci is the young half-human pilot of a sentient mechanical dragon. Returning from her first soul-stealing raid, she discovers an unwanted hitchhiker. When Caitlin is framed for the murder of her brother, to save herself she must disappear into Industrialized Faerie, looking for the one person who can clear her. Unfortunately, the stakes are higher than she knows. Her deeds will change her world forever.

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wicked foxWICKED FOX by Kat Cho

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl–he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to men. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous and reignite a generations-old feud . . . forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

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blood and magicBLOOD AND MAGIC by R L Weeks

Kate Bathory has spent the last three months in a state of numbness following her father’s death. Her nights are filled with endless nightmares of an abandoned house, a coven of dead witches, and a mysterious boy. Something called out to her in her dreams–a calling she couldn’t ignore. With the start of senior year, Kate is forced to deal with reality. She can’t ignore her friends forever, but with problems at home, and unyielding magic inside of her, Kate is drawn to the one person she never liked–Nicholas Nightshade–the school’s bad boy that everyone loves to hate–and he has plenty of secrets of his own.

There’s a Supernatural World Order and Kate’s a part of it. With her trauma bringing out dark and light magic inside of her, she is forced to choose between two covens. One, practicing white and the other black magic, but nothing in their new-found world is ever straightforward. Kate is enlightened with an impossible truth–She and Nicholas didn’t come together by accident and their very being together will cause untold destruction.
With an endless list of loved ones, the only way Kate can protect everyone she loves is to embrace the darkness that could swallow her whole. With students dying in freak accidents, two covens playing a tug of war with Nicholas and Kate’s souls, and difficult choices to be made, nothing in her life will be the same again.

… After all, all magic must be paid in blood.



badari warriors babyVeronica: Just a reminder of  my latest scifi romance, BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY!

Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalThere’s a series box set too, for the first 3 books! Including MATEER, where he and Megan met…

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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.

Save Yourself Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedGoing back to excerpts from CAMRON after briefly switching the BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY for Father’s Day last week…

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

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – Here’s where we left off:

Coughing from the acrid smoke drifting in the air, she stared at the flyer’s cabin. “We’re on fire,” she said, feeling stupid and slow and incapable of motion.

New excerpt: 

“Not yet,” the man in the litter said, “But soon. Get yourself loose or die, lady.”

Gemma stared at him, trying to process the words. Her mind was fuzzy. He was still strapped into the antigrav litter, which must have saved his life by countering the effects of the crash to some extent. Wondering why he wasn’t fighting to get himself loose, she fumbled with the buckles, too woozy to remember how the mechanism worked until by sheer accident she hit the right place on the latch and fell with a jarring thud to the floor, which had been the ceiling. Checking on the women who’d been seated next to her, she saw at a glance the first was dead, eyes wide and staring, her neck at an impossible angle. There was no sign of the guard but the back end of the shuttle was missing, the remainder a contorted  tangle of metal and wires.

Moaning sounded from the front of the shuttle, where the cockpit had been, and she took a step toward the flyer’s bow.

“Save yourself,” the man in the litter said, “The Khagrish wouldn’t help you if the situation was reversed.”

camronThe blurb:

Dr. Gemma Madarian is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped along with hundreds of other humans to be used for horrifying experiments conducted on a remote planet by alien scientists.

She and another prisoner, Camron of the Badari, are the only survivors of a deadly crash landing. She’s paired up with the genetically engineered soldier by their mutual enemies and sent fleeing through rough country, hunted for pleasure by an enemy officer and his ferocious trackers.

The enemy wants a triumphant kill. Gemma and Camron want to survive.

Camron never dreamt of having a mate but Gemma shatters his preconceptions and makes him desperate to do everything in his power to save her life and claim her for his.

There’s no help or refuge to be had in the desert where they’re fleeing for their lives.
Or is there?

Will Camron and Gemma live to fight another day and explore the growing attraction between them, or will ancient secrets and bitter rivalries end their bid for freedom?

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BadariWarriorsBoxSetFinalNew to my award winning Badari Warriors series? There’s a box set of the first 3 books!

There’s no new material included, other than a brief recap of why I wrote each book (which appeared in previous blog posts) But I thought it was time to put the books together!

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Guest Author Pauline B Jones and MAESTRA RISING Excerpt

maestra risingVeronica: Pauline is one of my dearest friends and I love her Project Enterprise series, so I was excited to have her as a guest, to talk about her newest scifi romance release and share an exclusive excerpt!

Pauline: I’d like to thank Veronica for inviting me by her blog today to share a little about Maestra Rising: Project Enterprise 8! I love this blog, so it is a treat to get to visit!

I was only five when the Disney movie The Swiss Family Robinson debuted in theaters. I remember wanting that treehouse. I think my brothers did, too, because they tried to build one. It did not go well. I also loved the movie because it had danger, adventures, pirates, and a gentle romance. Apparently, I’ve always been a sucker for a romance.

Did you know that Lost in Space is loosely based on the original Swiss Family Robinson? I liked the television show (hey, I was ten!), but I could never understand how anyone could EVER trust Dr. Smith! The TV show also gave my young heart a hint of romance between Judy and Major Don West. It was pretty much the only possible romance because they were…lost in space. Lol

And then there was Star Trek Voyager. The franchise opened a new Trek universe—by getting lost in space. A Lost in Space movie (not going to comment on it or the recent TV show. Lol)

While I enjoyed the various entries—some more than others—I came to also appreciate the challenges of being lost in space. I think it is interesting that in each entry into the lost in space trope, there are strong elements of unintended consequences coming back to bite them on the tush. The characters made choices hoping to get what they wanted (hint: home) and it usually made things worse.

Throwing the lost story line into outer space opened up a lot more story possibilities. While you can have many encounters with alien species and yes, romance, there is still that longing for closure—for the characters to finally get home.

I avoided lost in space stories in my books for that very reason: closure. Despite this, one crept up on me despite my best efforts to avoid it (kind of like I keep trying to avoid time travel in my books…sigh).

found girlSo (spoiler alert again), Found Girl is a book about being lost. They face dangers, adventure, unintended consequences of their actions, and there is romance. But I knew I wasn’t going to leave them lost out there forever. My readers needed closure. I needed closure! The next book, Lost Valyr, did not provide this for me or my readers, but it did lay the foundation for an attempt to made (and triggered some unintended consequences — haha).

Maestra Rising wasn’t an easy book to write. Getting people and ships lost is easy. Getting them found? Not so much. And it takes a lot of words. Just so you know, long book! And it wasn’t just my characters dealing with the unexpected or unintended consequences of their choices. I did, too! You think you have a cool idea and then you realize that it needs further explanation. Tangrams and Urclocks, oh my.

But Maestra Rising is not just about trying to get home (or find a new home), it is also story about trying to do the right thing and having it circle around and bite you on the tush. It’s about keeping faith with friends and your comrades-in-arms. It’s about finding love in unexpected places. And it is about being careful what you ask for. Because you might get it.

Pauline-MRAnd in the spirit of unintended consequences, I’d like like to share an exclusive excerpt with your visitors:

“The tangram,” Doc repeated. “A special key?”

“Yes.” Nivi paused, not eager for this next part.

“She activated the Urclock for this purpose,” Valyr said. “Nivi was the only one who could pull the data from the Urclocks.”

“The data?” Halliwell asked.

“The data to locate your ship,” Valyr added.

There was a stir around the table at these words.

Nivi pulled up a picture of the Urclock from the control room. As it spun slowly in front of them, silence fell.

“And what did you learn?” Halliwell asked, the sudden grimness in his tone telling her he knew the news was not all good.

“The Urclocks—” Nivi began.

“There are more of those…things?” Halliwell interrupted. He appeared to find the Urclock unsettling, if his expression were any indication.

Nivi half smiled. “There are—”

“Seven,” Doc finished.


“You do know that’s a little…odd, don’t you?” she asked.

Giddioni shifted and placed his hand over Doc’s, but Nivi just smiled and made a wry shrug.

“Once we began, it was…difficult to stop,” she admitted. “We were young,” she added.

“Giddy young,” Doc said, dryly.

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and will enjoy reading Maestra Rising as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Thanks again for letting me visit!

Perilously yours,



USA Today Bestselling author Pauline Baird Jones never liked reality, so she writes books. She likes to wander among the genres, rampaging like Godzilla, because she does love peril mixed in her romance. Loves chocolate, bacon, flamingoes, and mid-century modern anything.

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She’s a gifted scientist. He’s a robot with a human mind. Can they save a lost ship and find love among the stars?

Nivi awakes from cryosleep plagued by guilt. The scientific genius had hoped her people would avoid war if she went into cold sleep, but she learns her sacrifice was in vain. And now a vicious enemy approaches a stranded Earth spaceship. Desperate to reactivate the technology she needs for the rescue, Nivi enlists the help of an attractive robot with a human consciousness and wisdom beyond his years…

Moose survived slavery but never forgot the feeling of worthlessness it forced upon him. After living in the body of a robot for years, he sees an opportunity to help the brilliant Nivi if he becomes human once again. In a new body with new dangers, he worries that the genius scientist will never see him as more than the robot he once was.

Outnumbered by a relentless foe, Nivi and Moose attempt to put their desires on hold to ensure humanity’s survival.

With time running out, can they defeat the enemy and enjoy a future filled with love?

Maestra Rising is the eighth novel in the epic Project Enterprise sci-fi romance series. If you like gripping adventures, captivating characters, and emotional out-of-this-world encounters, then you’ll love Pauline Baird Jones’ thrilling saga.

Buy Maestra Rising to take an interstellar adventure today!

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday June 19

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



VS Note: I love this series and had this book pre-ordered forever. Can’t wait to read it!

Nivi awakes from cryosleep plagued by guilt. The scientific genius had hoped her people would avoid war if she went into cold sleep, but she learns her sacrifice was in vain. And now a vicious enemy approaches a stranded Earth spaceship. Desperate to reactivate the technology she needs for the rescue, Nivi enlists the help of an attractive robot with a human consciousness and wisdom beyond his years…

Moose survived slavery but never forgot the feeling of worthlessness it forced upon him. After living in the body of a robot for years, he sees an opportunity to help the brilliant Nivi if he becomes human once again. In a new body with new dangers, he worries that the genius scientist will never see him as more than the robot he once was.

Outnumbered by a relentless foe, Nivi and Moose attempt to put their desires on hold to ensure humanity’s survival.

With time running out, can they defeat the enemy and enjoy a future filled with love?

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hell squad domDOM (HELL SQUAD BOOK 18)by Anna Hackett

VS note: Always a good day when there’s a new Hell Squad story! One clicked…

Squad Three berserker Dom Santora has an ugly past he can’t forget. Born and raised in the darkness, he spent his life before the alien invasion as a Mafia enforcer. He’s found some meaning fighting against the aliens with his fellow berserkers, but he knows his soul is too stained to ever find redemption. And there is no way he’ll ever deserve the quiet beauty of a woman like Arden Carlisle.

When the raptors invaded, Arden lost her husband and children in the first horrible, bloody wave of the attack. Since that terrible night, she’s survived, but she hasn’t been living. Hollowed out by her grief, she’s found a way to keep going as the comms officer for Squad Nine. But lately, color has started to seep back into her world, and the person she sees most clearly is the dark, handsome, and lethal Dom.

Dom and Arden are two damaged souls who find each other in the darkness. But the Gizzida are putting the final pieces of their endgame into place. The aliens want the Earth and to wipe out the human survivors once and for all. As Dom, Arden, and the berserkers work to find a deadly alien bomb, they uncover the true horror of the aliens’ plans. To have any chance at love, life, and survival, Dom and Arden will have to fight harder than ever before.


loving kitLOVING KIT by L M Brown

VS note: A re-release

Logan McRae never expected to see two aliens when he woke from cryogenic sleep. He has lost his ship and his people and he questions whether he has lost his mind. As he gets to know Halor and Kit he realises he might just lose his heart as well.

Logan expected to wake on the spacecraft Mercury, ready to pilot the ship down to New Earth. Instead he comes out of cryogenic stasis to find he is on another ship with two alien beings, neither of whom can understand anything he says. Unfortunately, they are all the help he has if he wants to find his people and resume his journey.

Kit doesn’t know what sort of creature he has accidentally purchased, but it is definitely male and isn’t so very different from him and his lover, Halor. The language barrier might be a problem, but Kit knows the language of love doesn’t always need words.

Prince Halor of the Hawk Clan has always been reluctant to expand his nest beyond himself and Kit, but it is obvious from the start that his feline lover is attracted to their unexpected guest. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


hitched to the alien generalHITCHED TO THE ALIEN GENERAL (WARRIORS OF THE LATHAR BOOK 8) by Mina Carter

VS Note: I’ve been waiting for this one!

Her perfect man is a big, scarred alien war hero. Pity he only see’s her as a warrior, not a woman…Kenna Reynolds loves life in the Imperial Court. The latharian culture fascinates her, and she values the friendships she’s made amongst the sentinel women, most bonded to Latharian males, and a few with babies on the way. She wants that, but the male she wants—Xaandril, the emperor’s champion—barely seems to notice her as a woman. As a warrior yes, but she’s begun to lose all hope that he’ll ever see her as a woman…

She was his the moment he saw her. But how can he claim her when he’s less than half a warrior? After losing his family years ago Xaandril, the emperor’s champion, never thought he’d find love again. When the first humans are discovered to be compatible, Xaan decides to leave finding a mate among them to younger males. But one of the humans, Kenna, won’t give up on him, not even when he’s grievously inured in battle.

It takes seeing her dancing with another warrior to get his ass into gear, but before he can claim her unusual readings in a far flung terran system have them heading on on a mission for the Emperor himself.

What they find is a disturbing debris field, a colony with more secrets than members and a hidden enemy. Can Xaan beat them all to save the woman he loves, or will he lose everything, including his heart, once again?

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this is how you lose the time warTHIS IS HOW YOU LOSE THE TIME WAR by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading. 

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hellbent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

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beths stableBETH’S STABLE (STOLEN BY AN ALIEN BOOK 6) by Amanda Milo

They say that in space, no one can hear you…
(Yeah, you know what I’m quoting.)
But there are lots of places you can still scream and be heard. Especially if you suddenly find yourself on a ship traveling through space.
I’ve been abducted by aliens and auctioned to an alien pirate.
My epic love of movies sort of comes in handy, what with all the sci-fi suddenly in my face. Therefore, I don’t completely lose my mind when my new owner takes me to his ship where I learn I’m under the control of not one, but *five* space pirates.
(…And it’s not scary at all when I only meet four of them, and everyone warns me away from the mystery fifth alien.)
Luckily, they’re not deterred by the fact that I’ve come to them carrying a passenger.
I’m pregnant.
Last I saw my ex, he was hell-bent on giving me another beating I wouldn’t forget. But with my new ‘owners,’ I’m safe for the first time in a long time–and so is my little girl. Not that everything is all raindrops on roses, and innocent kittens: they’re pirates. They’ve got a real addiction to plundering, and a passion for purloining.
I’m pretty fond of the former, but when it comes to the thieving, I’m afraid they’re going to take more than my body.
…Piece by piece, all five of my pirates are stealing my *heart.*


roarks babyROARK’S BABY (COMPATIBLES BOOK 3) by Hannah Davenport

VS Note: It seems to me you might need to read Roark’s Bondmate first. I haven’t read either of these.

It was supposed to be a normal day, just two girlfriends going out to shop for baby clothes. Instead it became some wacko adventure, we’re being chased by some creepy guy named Ardak who just so happens to want to kill us…. And now I’ve gone into labor far away from medical and projected it to Roark…as if I don’t have enough to worry about, wondering what the first Human/Ulayian baby is going to look like and whether or not I can handle giving birth…Will Roark get here in time? Can he manage the pain? Can I actually do this? Why does everything have to be so damn complicated?



Cassandra – He certainly didn’t make a good first impression.
Who was he? An arrogant, aggressive, and muscle-bound Kanosian warrior that’s dead set on claiming me as his mate.
Now I have no choice but to be alone with him after we’re trapped inside the caverns of Medama, caverns that are beginning to make some pretty strange and harrowing noises.
And as we’re finding our way out i’m a bit ashamed to say that i’m beginning to come around on the idea of him…claiming me.

Anthriel – She would be my mate, it was only a matter of time …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)



We are the last survivors of a damned mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. I am a fertility doctor with one task: keep the species from going extinct. We are just six months away from our destination. What could go wrong? One by one, the lights burn out. Our engines die. The entire space shuttle sways from a breach. There is an intruder, and he wants me. I’m left quivering in his arms, broken and entirely his. He demands I be his mate for life. He tells me I am an… omega. In space, no one can hear you scream. No one – except him.


kraseKRASE (EARTH STRANDED BOOK 1) by Aurelia Skye and Kit Tunstall

Olivia Devlin leads a quiet life with her dog. She spends her time searching the stars for alien life until the night it crashes on Earth. She goes looking for the aliens and finds Krase, the sexy captain of a Coalition transport ship. Meeting him is exciting but finding out what his ship was transporting—some of the galaxies’ most dangerous prisoners—is terrifying. They’ve escaped, and everyone is in danger.

She helps Krase, and they’re drawn to each other. Coalition rules make their union forbidden, but they have far bigger issues to face with the ship incapacitated and long-range communications disabled due to a saboteur. Division Nine, the clandestine group for which her father used to work, is onto them as well. Agent Gray Hamilton is relentless, but he’s nothing compared to the most brutal escaped convict, Naspar, who must be recaptured before he leaves a trail of carnage in his wake.

Krase and his team are hunting the alien convicts, but will they find them in time? If he and Olivia both survive, can they find a way to be together?


acerACER (THE CYBORG CHRONICLES BOOK 3) by Kelsey Nicole Price

Marley – Cyborgs were my life but there was only one that had captured my heart.
No one saw his worth.
No one but me.
A cruel twist of fate ripped him away and stole years of my life.
Locked in a cell, I could only see him in my dreams.
Then he found me and my dreams became reality.
Forever by his side was now within my grasp.
Acer is the cyborg of my dreams. He just needs to believe it.

Acer – I’m an abomination.
An unfinished prototype who hated everyone except for her.
My processors refused to stop searching for her until the day I found her and carried her home.
My fabricated heart shouldn’t long for forever. My incomplete frame shouldn’t want to hold her and never let go.
Still there is no denying my desire to belong to her.
But I am hiding secrets and I know it’s only a matter of time before they tear us apart.
I should walk away but I can’t give up the only person who looks at me like I’m whole.
I desperately want to be the cyborg of her dreams but what if I am destined to be the cyborg of her nightmares?


empress of foreverEMPRESS OF FOREVER: A NOVEL by Max Gladstone

VS note: Scifi not a romance but a release of note…

A wildly successful innovator to rival Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, Vivian Liao is prone to radical thinking, quick decision-making, and reckless action. On the eve of her greatest achievement, she tries to outrun people who are trying to steal her success.

In the chilly darkness of a Boston server farm, Viv sets her ultimate plan into motion. A terrifying instant later, Vivian Liao is catapulted through space and time to a far future where she confronts a destiny stranger and more deadly than she could ever imagine.

The end of time is ruled by an ancient, powerful Empress who blesses or blasts entire planets with a single thought. Rebellion is literally impossible to consider–until Vivian Liao arrives. Trapped between the Pride—a ravening horde of sentient machines—and a fanatical sect of warrior monks who call themselves the Mirrorfaith, Viv must rally a strange group of allies to confront the Empress and find a way back to the world and life she left behind.

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raven storm shadowRAVEN, STORM AND SHADOW: A TOUCH OF TRUTH BOOK 3 by Nita Round

The state funeral of Princess Olivia at Port Ruth marks the end of the Mistress of the night. Yet, as Lucinda, Magda and Ascara attend this grand ceremony, a storm of secrets and lies emerge from the shadows, and threaten to destroy them all.Even when they make their way home, peace and safety are still not theirs. Malice and betrayal, hidden and out of sight, finds them. The shadows reach out and engulf them in a storm of darkness and pain. For the trinity of Raven, Fire and Ice, there can be only one way forward, but at what price?


rogue aliens legacyROGUE ALIEN’S LEGACY (ALIEN OUTLAWS BOOK 4) by Kate Rudolph

Secrets revealed and a crew in danger…With two little words, all of Xandr’s lies and omissions come crashing down and leave his entire crew wondering whether they can ever trust him again. Andie’s faith is shaken and she wonders if the alien captain in her bed is the man she thought he was or if she has been cozying up to a stranger.

But she’ll need to put those doubts aside if the crew of the Seventh is going to get out of its biggest mess next. Xandr’s past has come back to haunt them all, and if they don’t find a way to work together, they’ll all end up rotting in an Oscavian prison… or worse.

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blue streakBLUE STREAK: DRAGONS OF TARAKONA (MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 46) by DB Sieders, Foreward by SE Smith

In this race, love is the ultimate prize.

Tatiana Blue is a fast-flying water dragonshifter of impeccable breeding and high social standing with a wizard to match. She’s the perfect contender for the race that will win her a spot on the elite Blue Guard. Until, that is, another blue dragon enters the competition, a handsome bad boy from the slums of Valiant City. But these rivals will have to become allies when they land in hostile territory…on another planet.

Ranvie Blue appears to be a carefree rogue, member of a wizard-run dragon gang that dominates the human warrens. But looks can be deceiving. When the race catapults him and his alluring rival out of their dimension and to Earth, the two blue dragons must team up to save themselves and the enchanted town of Magic, New Mexico, from a magical anti-immigrant group that seeks to destroy enchanted creatures from other worlds or dimensions.

Can an uptown lady dragon find common ground and passion with a dragon from the streets, or will their differences lead them and the citizens of Magic down the path of destruction?

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team alphaPLANET SEEKERS: TEAM ALPHA by Tonya Cannariato

Escaping Earth is only step one.
Dr. Marina Spitzer, botanist extraordinaire, is on a mission to save humanity—which is faltering on the edge of extinction after the nuclear fallout of WWIII decimated half of the Earth.
If she can work with the small team of space explorers searching for a new home for the survivors, she’ll have helped ensure her nieces and nephews are able to have a future.
Geologist Dr. Leonardo Federici is no less ambitious, even if his chosen field makes Rina suspect he has rocks rolling through his head. Especially once he makes it clear that he’s attracted to her—physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
But the team only has three days on TaoRuti 3 to determine whether to recommend the planet for colonization. There’s no time for emotional distractions as planetary instabilities catch everyone off-guard, with fatal results.
If they can survive this mission, Rina might have a future with Leo, but first they have to weather a planet that’s fighting dirty.

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Rita Randall, a celebrated film noir actress in 1948, leaves LA after a fatal confrontation. Clint West is a best-selling author in 2019, struggling to move on after the death of his wife. Rita and Clint travel to Long Island, New York and occupy the same beach house—seventy-one years apart.
When Rita appears in the background of Clint’s recent cell phone photos, he’s mystified. When Clint appears in Rita’s photos, she’s troubled and confused.

Clint investigates and learns about secret time travel experiments that were conducted in the area during the 1940s. Clint meets Oscar, a 95-year-old physicist, who had worked for the military in the 1940s and who had time traveled himself, using time portals.

During a thunderstorm, Rita wanders the beach. When she sees a rolling blue, misty wave charging toward her, she pivots and darts away. But there is no escape and she is swallowed, tossed and propelled forward into the future—to 2019.
Rita and Clint meet face-to-face, and their lives are changed forever.



Every woman around the world wants one thing: To love and to be loved.
In futuristic Earth, it’s never okay to be singled out and given favors. In futuristic Earth, we blend. Nothing stands out and everything’s the same.
Until a giant, sexy, green-skinned Xeno Sapien begins showering you with gifts and attention.
In a perfect world, it’d be romance. Young, budding love. And sex. Lots and lots of exploratory sex.
On Earth-Ground, it’s a death sentence. Especially for a hidden felon like Everly.


made viola graceMADe (TEAM EIGHT: ORIGINS BOOK 1) by Viola Grace

VS Note: Author says “no romance but lots of fun…”

Venda was having a nice lunch with a friend when her life took a wrong turn. She and her friend were held hostage, and when the payoff didn’t arrive in time, she put herself between her friend and harm. Dying wasn’t pleasant, but waking up in a mainframe took some getting used to.

Venda uses her connection to the data stream to learn how she died and who was responsible. Once that little task was accomplished, she set out to gain revenge on the ones who had killed her in such a vile and public manner.

Her little revenge adventures gain attention, and soon, there are members of the cluster hero teams standing in front of her mainframe, asking if she would like a pardon in exchange for a little light espionage. How can she resist?
She can have a body again if she joins Team Eight.

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sol majesticTHE SOL MAJESTIC by Ferrett Steinmetz

VS Note: Scifi not a romance but a release of note from last week; sounds fun.

Kenna, an aspirational teen guru, wanders destitute across the stars as he tries to achieve his parents’ ambition to advise the celestial elite.

Everything changes when Kenna wins a free dinner at The Sol Majestic, the galaxy’s most renowned restaurant, giving him access to the cosmos’s one-percent. His dream is jeopardized, however, when he learns his highly-publicized “free meal” risks putting The Sol Majestic into financial ruin. Kenna and a motley gang of newfound friends—including a teleporting celebrity chef, a trust-fund adrenaline junkie, an inept apprentice, and a brilliant mistress of disguise—must concoct an extravagant scheme to save everything they cherish. In doing so, Kenna may sacrifice his ideals—or learn even greater lessons about wisdom, friendship, and love.

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tempting tabithaTEMPTING TABITHA (MAGIC NEW MEXICO #48/ZOLON WARRIORS BOOK 4) by Tianna Xander, Foreward by SE Smith

She was purrfectly content until he came into her life.
Tabitha Campbell has lived most of her life as a cat. For the last few years, she’s been posing as her long-lost sister’s pet. She is perfectly content being her sister’s protector and avoiding having to deal with the headaches of being a human. Life was going well until he showed up and ruined everything.
He was having the time of his life, tomcatting around until she came into his life.
Deno Brewerigeron, formerly of the faraway planet Zolon, has always been the happy-go-lucky twin. He was certain he would always be a raider since he loves women—all kinds of women—he refused to think about settling down with just one and evolving into a shapeshifting warrior until he met her.
Tabitha is at her wit’s end. Her identity has been revealed, and she has a sexy alien shapeshifter from outer space who is trying to convince her that being normal is highly overrated. What’s a girl to do when life suddenly no longer makes sense?


girl in redTHE GIRL IN RED by Christina Henry

VS Note: Apparently no romance but you know me and post apocalyptic stories!

It’s not safe for anyone  alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn’t look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there’s something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn’t like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn’t about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods.

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touch of the dragonTHE TOUCH OF THE DRAGON (MAGIC NEW MEXICO/MAGICAL SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by  ML Guida, Foreward by SE Smith

Sunshine was only born five years ago. Her boundless power aged her almost overnight to a beautiful young woman. Only she can control the time travel amulet that will lead her to save three dragon eggs that possess the powers of the Fates.

But her enemy is pursuing her.

Rhain is a Bravian dragon and bent on stealing the amulet for his father. But his father’s growing obsession is wearing down on him. He wants to escape, but being flung through time isn’t what he expected.Can the enemies to lovers open their hearts or will their past tear them apart?


eve of manEVE OF MAN by Giovanna Fletcher and Tom Fletcher

VS Note: Not a romance. I was intrigued by the plot and the ‘look inside’ feature. I put it on my TBR list…a release of note.

On the first day, no one really noticed. All those babies wrapped in blue blankets–not a pink one in sight. On the third day, people were scared–a statistic-defying abundance of blue. Not just entire hospitals, not only entire countries, but the entire world. Boys. Only boys.

Until Eve. The only girl born in fifty years. The savior of mankind. Kept protected, towering above a ruined world under a glass dome of safety until she is ready to renew the human race.

But when the time comes to find a suitor, Eve and Bram–a young man whose job is to prepare Eve for this moment–begin to question the plan they’ve known all along. Eve doesn’t only want safety, and she doesn’t only want protection. She wants the truth. She wants freedom.

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Devi holds the power of all elements in her grasp. Vale can manipulate the minds of those who oppose him.
They won’t be enough.
The bastard son of the last overking has moved to take the throne ruling over the entire Isle, and no army, no power can hope to win against his forces.
They have but one option: claim the frostbound throne.


war michelleWAR (HOUSE OF WAR BOOK 8) by Michelle West

VS note: I haven’t read this series but wow, this book sounds good. No idea if there’s any romance.

When the Sleepers wake.
Once, that phrase meant: never. The Sleepers were a myth, part of a story told to children. But in truth, the Sleepers, ancient princes in the court of the Winter Queen, were imprisoned in slumber by the gods themselves—in the cold, dark ruins of the ancient city that lies buried beneath the capitol of the Empire. And that prison is fraying, at last.

They are waking.
The gods no longer walk the world. There is no power that can stand against the princes when they wake—and the city that has been Jewel’s home for her entire life will be destroyed when the Sleepers walk. There is only one person to whom they owe allegiance, only one chance to halt them before they destroy everything in their ancient rage.

But that person is the Winter Queen; she is not, and has never been mortal. Jewel carries the last of the surviving saplings that might usher in a new Summer age—but all of the roads that lead to the court of the Queen are closed.

Jewel ATerafin has faced the Oracle’s test. She has control of the prophetic powers that she once considered a curse and a burden. She will find her way to the Winter Queen, and she will ask—or beg—the Winter Queen to intervene to save her kind, her House, and everything she loves.

But she is mortal, and time has never been her friend. The demons are waiting to bar her way, bringing battle to the hidden ancient paths on which she must travel. To win, she must face the true meaning of the Oracle’s test, and risk sanity and life to make the choice that has always lurked at the heart of the firstborn’s test.

And even then, it might be too late.

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her warrior alice wildeHER WARRIOR (THE ROYAL SHIFTERS BOOK 4) by Alice Wilde

VS Note: Author states books 1-3 need to be read first.

t seems as though the whole world is turning against me…Now that Ero is gone and Roan is barely able to look me in the eye, my heart is broken. I would have jumped ship long ago if it weren’t for Li.

Upon arriving in China, I soon realize that this kingdom may prove to be the most daunting of challenges yet. Suspicion and stares seem to follow us wherever we go, and we are sure to be noticed…and not just by those who wish to help. With my life and honor at stake, I don’t know how I’m going to convince one of the greatest kingdoms on earth to join us, but this is my last chance.

Can I persuade the Emperor to help us or will he see Li as a threat to the throne?
Li. My violet-eyed leopard. My soul comforter. My Warrior.



From the moment that Edane mag Raith rescues Nellie from a pursuing Sluath, he is smitten. But while he’s certain that she is the woman from his dreams, she doesn’t seem so sure.

Nellie Quinn doesn’t mind spending time with the handsome highlander, but that goes for his entire clan. Shamelessly, she flirts with them all, even as she plots her escape. Her instincts say to run fast and far, and that’s exactly what she intends to do.

While the clan contends with her, and the Sluath hunt her, the mysterious occupant of the castle watches her. When he realizes her unique gift is a lethal threat, he decides to be lethal in return.


time after timeTIME AFTER TIME: A NOVEL by Lisa Grunwald

On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing, pearl earrings, and talk of the Roaring Twenties don’t seem to match the bleak mood of Depression-era New York. Captivated by Nora from her first electric touch, Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears. Finding her again—and again—will become the focus of his love and his life.

Nora, a fiercely independent aspiring artist, is shocked to find she’s somehow been trapped, her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom. It isn’t until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her, and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge, when the sun rises or sets between the city’s skyscrapers, aligned perfectly with the streets below.

As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined. With infinite love in a finite space, they take full advantage of the “Terminal City” within a city, dining at the Oyster Bar, visiting the Whispering Gallery, and making a home at the Biltmore Hotel. But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and love.

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carrie and defiant dragonsCARRIE AND THE DEFIANT DRAGONS (DARK FATED MATES BOOK 2) by Ava Mason

Tallon is offering me something I could never take for myself. I hated him for loving Carrie, almost as much as I hated myself. And yet, she was a temptation even I couldn’t resist. I would f*ck her and then betray her, only in the way that I do best.


parallel oroarkPARALLEL (THE PARALLEL DUET BOOK 1) by Elizabeth O’Roark

Quinn Stewart has been seeing Nick Reilly in dreams her entire life, but it’s only on the cusp of her wedding that she discovers he is real…and has been dreaming about her too. Slowly they begin to recall their past, and a love unlike anything they’ve ever known—but it is Quinn alone who remembers the tragic end.
What is clear: Quinn and Nick share an attraction they can’t deny, one that has destroyed them before, and will destroy them again.
And this time there will be no second chances.


summer solsticeSUMMER SOLSTICE by Various

Fill yourself with the heat of summer with these paranormal and fantasy reads.
From shifters to goddesses, vampires to aliens, there’s something for everyone within these pages. Look no further for sizzling romances and thrilling adventures that are bound to leave you desperate for a cool down.

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riptideRIPTIDE (KISMET COVE BOOK 1) by Susan Hayes

VS note: A re-release

A letter from her dead mother sends Jessica Martin across the country to the wilds of the west coast in search of answers. Instead, she finds two gorgeous men who want her in their lives, and in their bed.
Rory Frazier’s birthright is to lead a secret colony of mythical shifters known as selkies, but only if he and his blood brother, Evan Sinclair, can find their mate.
Fate brought them together, but uncovering the colony’s dark past might just tear them apart.

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Batrice Reyard has everything she’s ever wanted—a fabulous job, an understanding mentor, and the freedom to be herself. Or so she thought…

Suddenly, she’s being sent off to visit her ailing grandmother for the sake of keeping up appearances. Her grandmother is the last person she wishes to visit, especially with a collection of strange companions in tow. But she does love an adventure, so she sets off into the woods determined to find some excitement.

She never bargained on the excitement finding her. Mysterious accidents, thefts, and disappearances dog their path, until Batrice is certain they are being stalked by a criminal with a sinister agenda.

But what will she find at the end of their road? The satisfaction of catching a thief? Or the sting of betrayal when she learns their pursuer’s identity?


lion on the jobLION ON THE JOB (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 21) by Milly Taiden

Remy Leandros is busting his fur to make the Lakeside Pride stronger than ever. It’s as easy as one, two, three. Or so he thought. He’s afraid if something doesn’t change soon, their numbers may decrease. What he doesn’t count on is his mate coming to his rescue. Wait. Mate? He doesn’t want a sexy, sensual, smart mate staying in his guest room. Much less saving his ass.

Genevieve Monroe’s stage play stars lion shifters. What better way to learn about these big felines than from real shifters? With help from Gerri Wilder, she and her crew are staying a couple weeks with the pride. And Gen herself is about to get up close and real personal with the big, sexy alpha of the pride. An alpha so hot, she wants to strip naked and purr like a cat in heat.

As a producer, Gen’s used to drama, but the performance playing out in the pride is beyond her expertise, especially when she’s personally threatened. Remy tries to protect his mate, but she’s determined to do what she wants, how she wants. But when she goes missing, it’s up to Remy to find her before the curtain closes.


skydanceSKYDANCE (THE ELEMENTAL DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Katherine Rhodes

The sky is a vast, lonely place. Maximillian Czerkanowicz knows. As Pine Valley’s air dragon, he’s flown alone for years. Over a century old, he’s the self-appointed guardian of the University’s prized telescope. Several doctorates and dozens of friends keep Max happy, even if he is alone.

The dreamworld is frightening, lawless place. Amy Hogan helps to keep the peace. Keeping her abilities, and her association with the Sectorum Esse, quiet, she rushed to Pine Valley to help find her missing friend. She didn’t realize she would find a part of herself she couldn’t live without.

Amy is everything Max needs, but she isn’t ready. Immortality is frightening and Amy needs time, but something is wrong in Pine Valley. The magical residents are losing their powers, and no one can figure out why. With Amy and the Sectorum Esse’s help, the answer is in their grasp, but time may not be on their side.


two of swordsTWO OF SWORDS (MOIRA CHASE BOOK 2) by Colleen Vanderlinden

All she wanted was a quiet life. A bakery, a new life focusing on nothing more exciting than kitchen magic. Moira paid her dues during her time as a supernatural bounty hunter in Detroit. She’s retired and more than ready to leave the chaos of her past behind.

With her bakery, wonderful friends, and the beginning of the kind of love she’s only thought was possible in dreams, it feels like her life is finally starting to come together.

That is, until an old contact from her bounty hunting days insists on her help with a case that’s right up her alley. And until the man she loves finds himself in the middle of a turf war he never asked for.
Moira has a choice to make, and the lives of those she loves most hangs in the balance.


alpha bossALPHA BOSS by Zoe Ray

Samantha Davis was only looking for a job, but she ended up finding much more. The moment she stepped into the lobby at ASC she knew she belonged there, and the moment Preston Jacobs stepped into her life she knew she’d never be the same. His massive frame towers over her. His presence is intimidating, and he is the sexiest man she’s ever seen. He exudes power, and Samantha can’t explain the raw animalistic attraction she feels. Sam is determined to push thoughts of the boss out of her mind, but the connection is too powerful.

Preston Jacobs is a hard-headed wolf shifter, and as CEO of ASC and leader of his pack, he hasn’t had time to worry about people’s feelings. Everything changed when he met Samantha. He knew she was his mate the moment he laid eyes on her in the elevator of his building. His thoughts become consumed with taking his mate and marking her, and he’s going to pull out all the stops to make her trust him and show her that she is his forever.

When members of the pack become rebellious and trouble arises Preston must face a new challenge. Can he convince Samantha to accept her fate as his mate and help him lead the pack? Or will uncertain danger cause her to run away with her tail tucked between her legs?



When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change.

Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them.

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portentsPORTENTS by Ruth Redd

VS note: From May

Moya is a young Alpha on the verge of Manifesting, but all he can think about is the beautiful boy he grew up with, the Omega he desires above all else.
Aeryn is Moya’s best friend, but both of them crave the day when they are old enough to take their relationship further, when their love may go beyond the precious gift of a heated kiss.
Moya must experience his first Rut, a traditional ceremony he dreads with all his heart because he wants Aeryn to be the one. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


surviving the shadowsSURVIVING THE SHADOWS (THE BEARER OF TRUTH BOOK 2) by Miranda Turner

Gabriel has been gone longer than predicted, and Evander is growing increasingly worried each day that passes without his return. Confounded by their leaders’ lack of answers, Evander and the team begin to fear the worst.

In the midst of fruitlessly searching Miami for clues to the Daemon Abaddon’s whereabouts, Evander begins to have disturbingly vivid dreams. With a little help from a newly returned and empty-handed Michael and Barabbas, Evander discovers Gabriel has been calling out for help across their nascent bond, and they set off to rescue Gabriel from the depths of the Underworld.

Gabriel is old friends with torture, and his captors haven’t been gentle. Despite growing weaker every day, Gabriel resolves to survive long enough for rescue, or to die fighting, until a Dark Seer begins to dredge up the terror of Gabriel’s horrific childhood, threatening to destroy his mind and soul. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


vampire brides to have and to holdVAMPIRE BRIDES: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD by Yvonne Robertson

Sierra Adams is still reeling from the death of her beloved Grandmother Rachel, six months earlier. Rachel, a vibrant, loving woman, had raised her since she was a baby. Now Sierra was left completely alone and drowning in medical bills and her job as a waitress at the local diner isn’t making a dent in them.

She has been taking huge comfort in the form of her gorgeous dream lover, who comes to her every night when she is asleep and invades her mind, body and soul. She is shocked but when she finds out he is actually very real and he is a two hundred-year-old vampire. Sierra is inexplicably drawn to him.

Luca Van Buren Hendrik and Violette’s eldest son and the heir to the House of Van Buren. He has some magical ability, learned from his mother, a centuries old witch, turned vampire and his father, the undisputed ruler of their House. Luca knows Sierra is his mate, his soul bonded, he just has to convince her. He also helps her to uncover the truth about herself and the wonderful gifts that have been hidden, dormant inside her, her entire life.

He also has to protect her from their enemies who would not want to see her join their supernatural world and will stop at nothing to prevent it.


shadow spell academy cullingSHADOWSPELL ACADEMY: THE CULLING TRIALS BOOK 3 by K F Breene and Shannon Mayer

The last of the Culling Trials is here. I foolishly thought I’d survived the worst.
My team is falling to pieces around me and my heart is shattered for the losses I’ve endured. But I can’t stop when I’m so close to the end. There are too many people depending on me.
I foolishly thought there wasn’t much more I could lose…until the nature of my bloodline comes to light.
I’m not what I thought I was. Not what anyone thought I was.
But to tell people the truth would be to kill us all.
To fail the trials will mean death, but to succeed might damn me for life.


wands have more funWANDS HAVE MORE FUN (WIDOW’S BAY BOOK 4) by Rebecca Regnier

After a judge for the inaugural Miss (Or Mister) Vernal Equinox Pageant is found murdered, town reporter, Marzie Nowak, is pressed into service to judge the event. It’s the last place she wants to be, not only is the murder unsolved, but there’s also a vampire with a dad bod trying to suck the life out of patrons of the local microbrewery. Marzie’s magic plate is spilling over. It seems Marzie and the Widow’s Bay Witches have to figure out how to use wands, fast, if they want to protect their town from evil.

Then there’s the ancient undead but still handsome as sin billionaire with a crush on her. Dating a supernatural being at her age? What would she even wear for that? Marzie just wants to do her job and report the news of Widow’s Bay. And now there’s trouble on that front too, Marzie’s getting scooped on every story she covers. With a blizzard bearing down on the town, an unsolved murder, and wand making 101, Marzie just might melt down. Thank goodness her cat Agnes and her sister witches in the coven are there to pick up the pieces!


her secret baby bearHER SECRET BABY BEAR (BURNING FALLS SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Cynthia Wilde

Jenny Hayes is no stranger to the school of hard knocks. So when a one night stand with a hottie from Burning Falls leaves her expecting, she knows she can only rely on herself. Would a successful, dependable…and rich man like him ever believe her pregnancy was just an accident? Fat chance. With the odds of another rejection high, it seems better to just run now. And the more she learns about Burning Falls, the more that seems like a good idea, despite the inexplicable magnetic pull she feels for the mysterious damaged ex-soldier, Derek…

Derek Patterson has always felt like he has had to prove himself to the rest of his pack. Haunted by the death of a fellow soldier on the battlefield, for which he blames himself, he struggles to find inner peace. A one night stand is a welcome, if uncommon distraction for him. But what he is not prepared for is the way she has stayed in his heart. Unable to surrender to his mating instinct and torn by his past, he may just drive away the one thing that could truly heal him…

Between their own past and present secrets, and an outside threat pushing in on Burning Falls, do these two have any chance of beating the odds and forging a lasting bond?


king of bloodKING OF BLOOD (THE MASKS OF UNDER BOOK 4) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The blood of my friend is on Aon’s hands, a King who would do anything to protect me. He believes his actions are justified because of a prophecy by the Ancients predicting my undoing by the hands of a friend.

I refuse to accept it. Nothing can justify what Aon did, what he took from me.

But as one threat is buried, another arises. The other Kings and Queens of Under are waking up from their crypts, and a war among us is imminent. The need for revenge and power is driving immortals to the brink of madness.

While the other Kings and Queens of Under are blinded by their own selfish conquests, something big and more dangerous than anything we’ve ever faced is about to shake Under to its core.

There’s one King who seems to hold the key to it all, the answers to our fate. A white-winged angel, a legion whose mind is made of a thousand souls with magic strong enough to hold the Ancients captive at the bottom of the pool.
The King of Blood.
I just need to determine whether he’s an ally…or the worst enemy Under has ever seen.


twisted flamesTWISTED FLAMES (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 1) by Aster North

Shiny Blades. Scorching Fire. Falling Feathers.
That’s me, Everly Banks, the original supernatural. After being betrayed by The Council and given to a madman, I burned it all to the ground. Now all I want is to stay hidden, protecting those who need it from the shadows.
When four hunters show up on my doorstep asking for my help and trying to drag me back into the light, I send them and their secrets packing. Did I mention they work for The Council?
I may not have a choice. An army of demons is amassing and innocents are getting caught up in its net. My only friend may be next. Trusting them may burn me, but I’ve always played with fire.


moonlight brideMOONLIGHT BRIDE (HIGH HOUSE CANIS BOOK 3) by Riley Storm

Chloe goes to warn them of the giant wolf roaming around, fully expecting to go home alone. When she accidentally lets slip that her tractor is broken, however, the handsome new neighbor insists on coming to help. Overwhelmed since leaving the city and her past behind, Chloe accepts his offer. Maybe with his help, she can find a way to stop her other jerk of a neighbor from forcing her to sell the farm.

Truthfully, Linden Canis knows nothing about tractors. He’s a wolf shifter living on a farm, after all. Still, he needs to see more of her. It’s only good luck that she found him, after he stumbled across her when in his animal form. Now he doesn’t want to let her out of his sight. There’s something about her that calls to him. But he has other duties he can’t let slide…

The farm is home to all the rebellious members of House Canis, home of the werewolves. They’re fighting a secret war against their Tyrant-King, and it’s Linden’s job to ensure the perimeter security. With Chloe struggling to run her farm, however, he begins to devote more and more time to seeing her succeed. Too much time. When disaster strikes, it leaves nothing untouched. Not even Chloe.


affair of the mysterious letterTHE AFFAIR OF THE MYSTERIOUS LETTER by Alexis Hall

Upon returning to the city of Khelathra-Ven after five years fighting a war in another universe, Captain John Wyndham finds himself looking for somewhere to live, and expediency forces him to take lodgings at 221b Martyrs Walk. His new housemate is Ms. Shaharazad Haas, a consulting sorceress of mercurial temperament and dark reputation.

When Ms. Haas is enlisted to solve a case of blackmail against one of her former lovers, Miss Eirene Viola, Captain Wyndham is drawn into a mystery that leads him from the salons of the literary set to the drowned back-alleys of Ven and even to a prison cell in lost Carcosa. Along the way he is beset by criminals, menaced by pirates, molested by vampires, almost devoured by mad gods, and called upon to punch a shark.

But the further the companions go in pursuit of the elusive blackmailer, the more impossible the case appears. Then again, in Khelathra-Ven reality is flexible, and the impossible is Ms. Haas’ stock-in-trade.

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kissed by moonlightKISSED BY MOONLIGHT (THE CIMMERIAN CAGE BOOK 2) by Cate Corvin

I’m Lu Darke, student, prisoner, and wielder of the rare magic wildfire. The Headmistress of the Cimmerian Reform Academy is definitely up to something sinister, but I’m not escaping the Cage until I’ve unraveled its mysteries. A mysterious ghost is following me, a new Divination professor is taking my nemesis under her wing, and Holly’s sketchbook promises a grim future.
I’m not going down without a fight.

Roman Frost ripped my heart open and he’s back for more, but there’s no way I’m letting him in again.
Shane is my pillar and champion, but the territorial need to mark me is driving him mad, and his visions grow darker by the day.
Professor Steele has promised me his heart, but whatever he’s hiding might be an insurmountable obstacle between us.
And Locke has finally ventured from the depths of Cimmerian. It hurts him to be so close to my blood without a taste, and he can’t fight his true nature forever.

Cimmerian’s secrets are much darker than I ever could have believed, and they threaten to destroy us all- but one of my protectors might be the key.


forbidden matingA FORBIDDEN MATING (UNFORGIVEN COUNTRY BOOK 2) by Jenika Snow and Jordan Marie

I’m a shifter.
We have our own rules, customs.
At least we’re supposed to.
When my father went against tradition and arranged a mating for me—one he said would better the pack, I did the only thing I could.
I ran.
I want to choose who I love, who I mate.
But my fleeing has me stranded in Unforgiven … face to face with my fated mate.
A wolf who refuses to let me go.
And I don’t want him to.
I don’t want to deny either of us what comes naturally … being together in every conceivable way.
But what happens when my father and betrothed mate find me? Will it start an all-out war? Or can they see I’m finally happy, finally where I’m supposed to be?


magical redemptionMAGICAL REDEMPTION (BIOMYSTIC SECURITY BOOK 4) by Jalizia A Burwell

Dr. Laila Porter never knew what grief meant until Biomystic Security was attacked. Now that it’s over, the company is on its way to healing, but as truths come out, it proves harder to do. Padraig is back and he’s determined to reach his goal, no matter who he has to hurt to do it. When the team finds out, it becomes a race against the clock before thousands of lives are lost.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the only thing troubling Laila. Her magic is on the fritz and she’s still healing from her last meeting with Padraig. Risking to push herself beyond her limits, Laila decides it’s time for him to pay. Defying orders, Laila makes a dangerous choice that will change her life forever. Will Laila survive this new world she finds herself surrounded by, or will she come out on top as the person she was meant to be all along?

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He wanted me for my blood…Living on the run was all I’d ever known. My life was unstable, but at least I wasn’t alone. That all changed when my mother was murdered.

I ran from the unknown creatures she’d always feared. Until the day I stopped being afraid.
That was my first mistake.

Cashel Blackthorne took me as his captive, but more than that, he opened my eyes to the terrible truth of the world. Vampires exist, and I am the key to their salvation.

The Blackthorne vampires need my blood but their prince desires more—me.
There’s something between us neither of us can deny.
He is my captor, but I’ll be his ruin.


power of attractionPOWER OF ATTRACTION (BLACKSTONE HAVEN BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw

VS Note: A re-release

A man will come to you in the darkest moon. The trees will shade and protect your union of the soul. Before the final step to merge your body is taken, a choice must be made. 

Peyton Blackstone, a natural born witch, knew from the prophecy that accompanied her birth that a man would come to her. Yet, when the man who is set to be her ‘arrives, Peyton isn’t ready for him or the ramifications his coming will cause. This man who deals with reality has a few secrets of his own–secrets that could very well destroy them both.

Wesley McCarty believes the woman he meets under the moonlight is not real. Suffering from unexplained blackouts, he believes he is losing his mind. When he sees her again, he realizes not only is his fantasy woman real, but she is within his reach. He must have her, no matter the cost. Nothing will stop him. Not his blackouts, or any legacies or prophecies. He will have this woman who sets his blood on fire and completes his soul.
Legacies, destiny, and prophecy cannot withstand this power of attraction.

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long lost magicLONG LOST MAGIC (THE THORNE WITCHES BOOK 6) by T M Cromer

Alastair Thorne has only ever loved one woman, and he’s determined that nothing and no one will keep him from the woman he calls his own. After twenty years searching for the magical means to revive Rorie from her stasis, he resorts to forbidden magic. But the hard-edged stranger he’s brought back bears no resemblance to the woman he once loved, and Alastair finds himself at a loss as to how to resurrect the love of a lifetime.

Aurora Gillespie-Thorne wakes to find the world has moved on in the years she’s been asleep. Nothing is familiar, and the man she once called lover seems cold and withdrawn. With her brother Jace missing, presumed dead in the fire that destroyed her ancestral home, Rorie is determined to discover the truth.

Now, Alastair assigns himself to the task of finding Jace. What he unearths puts himself and Rorie in the crosshairs of his greatest enemy once more.

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librarians vampire assistant 3THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT BOOK 3 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOUR BOSS JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college student.)

In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. (She is, after all, his biggest weakness.)

With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic frightens her.)

With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her. Without her knowing. )
Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?

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seasons in the abyssSEASONS IN THE ABYSS (THE DANK COURTS BOOK 1) by Dagmar Avery, K Margaret and Stella Price

Gobeth Argos, Princess of the Dank Courts, Queen of the Wild Hunt and acting Sovereign of the Sluagh has her hands full now that shes back from High Court. Set on implementing Queen Verity’s new decrees, and bringing her courts further into the 21st century, she is determined to ensure a fruitful future for everyone.

But Faerie has other plans for her, and they manifest in the form of dreams. Erotic, vivid, detailed dreams of tentacles, and the feeling once they are done that something is missing. Having only the dreams, and the words of an old seer to go by, Gogo begins a journey of both self discovery and wonder.

And when tragedy strikes, she is left with questions, concerns and ultimatums.

Because Faerie has given her a quest, and through heartache, laughter, anger and sadness, she will rise to the challenge.

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ruby jenna leeRUBY (THE SILVIA SAGA BOOK 3) by Jenna Lee

It takes courage to stand tall and embrace your destiny.
Dara and her warriors have faced evil at every turn, and all attempts at reclaiming what’s rightfully hers have been met with unwavering resistance from her uncle.
With Emerald and Topaz claimed, Dara enters her hardest battle yet as she searches for Ruby, the last stone in their quest to overthrow her uncle and restore Silvia to its original beauty.
Does Dara have the inner strength to trust her instincts, and the courage to overcome everything she’s been through? Or will her uncle defeat her once and for all?



I thought there was nothing worse than being a succubus born to angels. But the night I’m convicted of a crime I don’t remember committing, I’m sentenced to an unbearable fate—I’ve been enrolled in the Magic Academy for Troubled Monsters.

Without so much as a goodbye, I’m shipped off to the haunted old campus in Upstate New York and stripped of all contact with the outside world.

But I don’t belong here. I’m not a monster. And despite badass students, a weirdly cool atmosphere, and a trio of gorgeous, wildly different boys that are inexplicably interested in me? I can’t stay here. And there’s only one way out—the Vile Trials.

Wickedly difficult, totally unpredictable, and grossly public, the Trials are the only hope I have of returning to my normal life. And if I want to pass them, I have to push away the fear of my power, and learn to embrace it.Even if that means opening myself up to danger, daring, and most frightening of all—love.



It’s not like lion shifter Shelley Powell hates children. She just doesn’t know what to do with them… or anything that doesn’t already have a place in her seemingly well-ordered life. But her new mate starter-pack apparently comes with not only an active little boy, but also a droolly dog… and an ex-wife who is everything she isn’t.

Bear shifter Dean James knows there’s more to the gorgeous lion shifter that waltzed into his auto shop than her perfect hair and stunning silver eyes. He can see past her fashionable facade straight to the hungry heart beneath and he knows that his is just the family to complete her.

Can he convince her that Green Valley, with its nosy neighbors and noisy kids, is the right place for a lonely city lioness?


sould of the swordSOUL OF THE SWORD (SHADOW OF THE FOX BOOK 2) by Julie Kagawa

VS Note: Apparently there’s not much romance.

Kitsune shapeshifter Yumeko has one task: to take her piece of the ancient and powerful Scroll of a Thousand Prayers to the Steel Feather temple in order to prevent the summoning of the Harbinger of Change, the great Kami Dragon who will grant one wish to whomever holds the scroll. But she has a new enemy now, more dangerous than any she has yet faced. The demon Hakaimono is free at last, and he has possessed the very person Yumeko trusted to protect her from the evil at her heels, Kage Tatsumi of the Shadow Clan.

Hakaimono has only one goal: to break the curse of the sword and set himself free to rain chaos and destruction over the land forevermore. To do so, he will need the scroll. And Yumeko is the only one standing in his way.

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broke in magicBROKE IN MAGIC BOOK 1 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO #45) by Winnie Winkle, Foreward by SE Smith

If she killed him, it’d be worth it.

After his car breaks down in Magic, New Mexico, Jasper touches Melia’s fingertips… and she knocks him out cold. He awakens in a red, raging lust, determined to get with her. There’s one little snag, but it’s a doozy. His demon daddy plans to turn him darker than Hades. Holding the line with Jasper are his two best friends, who think running is the answer.

Melia, a gorgeous, ethereal Muse and a badass balancer of evil, is equally struck by lust’s lightning. She’ll take Jasper out, but in her heart, she’d rather be taken by this sexy, clueless warlock. If Jasper explodes from the protections his witch mother cast to hide him from his magic, Melia has no choice but to kill him. Used to working alone, she makes an unlikely alliance, desperate to keep Jasper in the light, in her life, and take him as her fated forever lover.

Will Big Daddy and his demon minions prevail, forcing Melia to shred her own heart and kill the man she believes is her one true love? Can Jasper survive his birthright fate? A raging chase across the New Mexican desert turns into a good vs evil free-for-all, forcing each to respond to the internal questions of balance, darkness, and love’s light.

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shifters yearningA SHIFTER’S YEARNING: THE SHIFTERS OF ECLIPSE: BOOK #2 (MAGIC NEW MEXICO BOOK 49) by Evelyn Lederman, Foreward by SE Smith

An enchanted troll is cursed to fall in love with unattainable women…

Horse shifter Elle Thomas arrives in Magic, New Mexico to confront her late husband’s mistress. She’s distracted by a man whose soulful eyes are his only feature she can recall. Although she’s warned he’s dangerous, Elle’s helplessly drawn to him.

Billings Montana’s latest vision foresees his death or transformation. The presence of a new arrival activates the curse again, but she could also bring about its end. Nothing and no one will separate him from the woman who could be his salvation.

Will they fall victim to the curse or forge a new beginning?

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star cruise songbirdVS: Highlighting my one and only rock star romance for the backlist title today! (I love reading them…) Of course there’s a scifi romance twist. A novella…STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD

Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.


Something Is Amiss Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedIn honor of Father’s Day (USA) I’m taking a break from CAMRON and giving an excerpt from BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY: MEGAN AND MATEER (BADARI WARRIORS). We’ll get back to CAMRON and that burning shuttle next week, I promise.

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

Punctuation may be wonky to comply with our guidelines here. May be edited a bit from published version.

If you haven’t read any of my Badari Warriors books, here’s the background:

Genetically engineered soldiers of the far future, the Badari were created by alien enemies to fight humans. But then the scientists kidnapped an entire human colony from the Sectors to use as subjects in twisted experiments…the Badari and the humans made common cause, rebelled and escaped the labs. Now they live side by side in a sanctuary valley protected by a powerful Artificial Intelligence, and wage unceasing war on the aliens. 

The excerpt – Megan is close to her due date for giving birth to the first ever Badari child, but things are never simple on this planet – Mateer is in a meeting and she’s seeing patients at the valley’s tiny hospital. Mateer and his unborn child share a telepathic connection.

“If we go forward with this council, I will have veto power over any candidate,” Aydarr said, voice flat, “Certain humans have proven themselves to be untrustworthy. I refuse to deal with such individuals or give them higher status.”

Mateer opened his mouth to chime in on this point, since he had definite opinions about a few names, when he was hit with a wave of green suffusing his mind’s eye and the scent of Spring flowers and new growth filled his nostrils.  Why is the baby reaching out to me? Without realizing he’d done so, he shoved back his chair and was on his feet, talons deployed.  Under the beautiful fragrance there was a sense of unease. Something was wrong in the baby’s perception of her world right now, which meant something amiss with Megan. His daughter was seeking her father as the other source of comfort in her limited awareness.

Everyone was staring at him.

“Megan needs help now,” he said with a snarl in his voice and sprinted from the room, heading for the hospital as fast as he could run.

In his head he heard Aydarr issuing an alert to the entire pack wherever they were in the valley and then the Alpha was right behind him, coming to assist. Mateer tried to send calm reassurance to the child that he was on his way. Frustration over the baby’s inability to communicate in words ate at him, even as he recognized the ridiculousness of his expecting an unborn child to parse sentences.

badari warriors babyThe blurb: Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

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STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER #SciFi Take on Anastasia Legend

I was beaming this week when a reader recommended Star Cruise: Mystery Dancer to her followers on BookBub. I’m always thrilled when someone enjoys one of my books and is generous enough to take the time to leave a review or a recommendation. Thank you! It also made me think this week’s Friday post should share more about this particular book!

This was my 2018 story for the third annual Pets In Space anthology (PISA), which Pauline B. Jones and I co-created to benefit the Hero-Dogs, Inc., charity which provides service dogs to veterans in need. After the anthology has run its course, then I always republish my story on its own.

I love going back to revisit my interstellar cruise liner, the Nebula Dream, for these PISA stories, as the ship cruises through the futuristic human civilization known as The Sectors.  I’ve written a number of books and novellas centered on events aboard the ship now and find the whole cruise setup lends itself to telling a good scifi romance adventure tale. Readers new to my world don’t need to know a lot of backstory to enjoy the events, and for those who have read others in the series, it’s a nice return to see some favorite characters (I hope!). I’m writing my story for this year’s PISA right now in fact.


As usual, for DANCER I started with the concept of the pet because that drives my plot for these PISA adventures. For some reason I kept seeing a mental picture of a Siamese cat, but with a third eye. But I’ve done a cat and a catlike alien before, for PISA1, Star Cruise: Stowaway, although Midorri, the alien pet there actually is kind of a cross between a red panda and a tribble who acts like a cat. So I wanted something very different and I started thinking about what if the cat wasn’t actually a real animal at all? I ended up making F’rrh a ‘jenfellini’, which is something like a genie, living in a beautiful lacquered box. Visualize the gorgeous painted boxes that come from Russia.

Then, the tenuous link to Russia reminded me of the whole tragic story of the last Tsar and his family, and how they were murdered but for years rumors persisted one of the children might have survived. Various individuals claimed to be ‘Anastasia’ or another of the siblings, and of course there have been movies and plays written with that theme. I always flash back to the version with Yul Brynner (such an intense actor) and Ingrid Bergman because that movie was one of my mother’s favorites and also left the answer to the question of “Is she or is she not Anastasia?” somewhat open at the end. My daughters loved the animated fantasy version of the tale, with the voices of Meg Ryan and John Cusack, when they were growing up.

So I had the heroine – a possible princess on the run – but how could she fit into the Nebula Zephyr? Since the hero would be one of the former Special Forces soldiers who make up the ship’s security force, I had to be able to make the two interact and fall in love in a situation fraught with danger and suspicion.

I’ve wanted to do a story about the Comettes dance troupe which performs aboard the cruise liners since I wrote my very first published scifi romance, Wreck of the Nebula Dream (a sister ship of sorts to the one I write about nowadays). Dancing is a skill a maybe princess might have at a high level, right? So let her be a new member of the ship’s dance company. I’m a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and the Rockettes and othe precision dance teams, so I was able to draw upon my years of watching the reality show “Making the Team” and other documentaries and features on dance teams (plus some imagination of course) to write up Tassia’s audition experiences. Tassia brings her own special knowledge, training and interpretations to what the Comettes do and the audiences love it.

Throw in a fabulous jewel and there was the story…

I also made it clear at the end whether my “Anastasia” was or was not the real deal.

Cover by Fiona Jayde.

A 41K word novel.


The Blurb:  Tassia Megg is a woman on the run after the death of her elderly guardian. Her search to get off the planet in a hurry comes when chance directs her to an open dance audition for the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr’s resident troupe. If there is one thing Tassia can do, it is dance!

Security Officer Liam Austin is suspicious of the newest performer to join the Comettes. She shows all the signs of being a woman on the run and seems to fit the Sectors-wide broadcast description of a missing thief, accused of stealing priceless artifacts. As he gets to know Tassia during the cruise, he starts to wonder if she’s something more – a long vanished princess in hiding from deadly political enemies of her family perhaps? And what’s the story with the three-eyed feline companion other crew members swear Tassia brought aboard the ship? Does the animal even exist?

As the ship approaches its next port of call, all the issues come to a boil and Liam must decide if he’ll step in to help Tassia or betray her. Life is about to get very interesting aboard the Nebula Zephyr as Liam tries to uncover the truth. Could F’rrh, the peculiar alien cat he has been hearing about, be the key to the mystery and Tassia’s fate?

The excerpt as Tassia auditions for the Comettes:

Her green leotard looked ludicrously cheap in the sea of elaborate, colorful dance costumes. I can’t do anything about my clothing. Holding her head high, she stretched and danced a few steps of the folk dance she’d learned most recently. She heard a couple of women nearby snicker and, although she was blushing, she finished the sequence then did more stretching.

Soon enough, the applicants were called to line up by the numbers, and Tassia stood on tiptoe to see the judges.

“Good morning, I’m Riall Cartajj, director and choreographer for the Comettes, and I want to welcome you today.” The no-nonsense woman speaking was dressed in a clearly expensive, flowing skirt with a matching top and coordinating jacket, subtly made-up, not a hair out of place, and consummately professional head to toe. “Let me run through the agenda. First, we’ll do two minutes of free style in groups of ten. Then I’ll announce those who need to remain for the next round, which will be a two minute solo routine of your choice. If any candidates from round two appear to be still in the running, then my assistant Syadana will teach you a portion of a Comettes’ routine, and I’ll decide if you’d fit in with my troupe or not. I need five dancers and possibly an alternate or two, but I won’t hire anyone today if the fit isn’t there. Questions?”

There were no questions. Tassia hung onto her backpack tightly, a bit intimidated at the way the women surrounding her seemed so comfortable with the audition process. One probably didn’t start a career as a professional dancer in the Sectors by auditioning for a premiere troupe. She felt her muscles tightening the more she considered the daunting odds of her making it all the way to selection. Taking a deep breath, she reminded herself sternly there were no other options for her so she’d simply have to be good enough to force the Comettes to want her in their ranks.

Tassia wanted to inquire who the other judges were—several women and one man, but she decided it didn’t matter. The director was the one who did the hiring and who had to be impressed.

As the first ten girls lined up on the specified area of the floor, Tassia was suddenly glad her number placed her in the tenth group. She’d have time to see what other people did for their freestyle to attempt to impress Ms. Cartajj. And a solo, if she got that far.

What she realized as she watched the dancers take the floor was people were highlighting what they did best. For some it was leaps or turns. For others apparently it was gymnastic moves, although for many the skill being showcased involved a lot of precise steps accented with shimmying and hip swivels. A number of the women had obviously pre-choreographed sets of steps they repeated as long as the music was on.

By the time her turn came, Tassia decided to do a sequential series of rapid steps, pirouettes and showy poses requiring supremely good balance, which she could fit to the music being provided. It was her observation from watching the judges that dancers who showed technical skills appeared to make more of a favorable impression than the ones who did flashy, sexy moves. She walked confidently to her designated spot on the temporary wooden dance floor, assumed the opening pose and launched into her routine as the first notes sounded. Remembering to smile as if her audience was composed of her best friends, she had no clear memory of the two minutes when she finished with a graceful final pose. As she walked from the space, she believed she’d done well.

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NOTE: Portions of this post were previously published on Pauline B. Jones’s blog

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday June 12

alien conquest honey phliipsAs 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).



When the Yehrin arrive on Earth, Emily Rogers is more intrigued than scared – intrigued enough to work for them on the United Worlds project. But in a single night, everything changes. Sabotage destroys the project and kills the alien male she trusted. Now the gentle Yehrin scholars are replaced by fierce Yehrin fighters.

Frightened and alone, Emily runs home to her small North Carolina town – only to be followed by one of the massive horned warriors.

Commander T’lan is a Yehrin male of unquestioned honor. Investigating the destruction, he discovers his mate in a delicate human female. But she is pregnant by another, and her pregnancy may be the hope his species so desperately needs.

Will the need to protect his race destroy T’lan’s relationship with the one person he has spent his life searching for? After being betrayed by one alien, can Emily learn to trust another?


traitors touchTHE TRAITOR’S TOUCH (MINDWIPED BOOK 1) by Julie K Cohen

Pilot Kira Jensen simply wanted to avoid being mindwiped by her own people. Developing feelings for Commander Tal Kaegen—the enemy she’d shot down—well, that was a complication she didn’t need.

When she tried to convince him to divulge the Net codes, Tal offered her his name. His name! There is nothing more sacred in Serrissian culture, and he offered it to her … a Deridian pilot he didn’t know, a woman with a history so heinous he’d never understand let alone look at her with desire again. Kira had no choice but to run—from the responsibility of that offering and her past, but mostly from the man who captivated her.

Now, her superiors are forcing her to spy on Tal, on an isolationist, military-run world with outdated notions toward women and technology. No one wants her there, except one very frustrating and handsome Commander who tempts her beyond all reason. Tal trusts her implicitly—even though he shouldn’t. When assassinations, infighting and a mole threaten his command, Kira puts everything on the line for him. She has nothing to lose, except her heart, the one part of her she’s determined to keep as far from Tal as possible.



After a five year assignment on an alternate Earth, General Mark Holden accepts a posting as Commander in Chief of Phoenix City; taking his wife Julia and their two sons back to the only place which truly feels like home. But all is not as it appears. When their children are threatened, the storm of frustration and desire for revenge may well tear Mark and Julia apart forever.

Meanwhile, in Dragonus Galaxy, the tide is shifting. For the first time in the history of Arcadia, a lowly technician is now Grand Chancellor. More deranged than his predecessor, Ediixii will stop at nothing to stake his claim as supreme galactic ruler. His X2 hybrids number in the tens-of-thousands. But two pieces of Ediixii’s grand plan remain elusive.

Will Phoenix City, and her allies, free Dragonus from the Arcadian scourge once and for all? Can Mark and Julia remain united against seemingly insurmountable odds?


mad leiutenantTHE MAD LIEUTENANT (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 3) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

Her voice brought me back from the darkness, but I don’t want the sweet relief she promises. Unlike the rest of the morts on my planet, I don’t want a mate. Especially not her.
She’s loud, boisterous, and doesn’t take no for an answer.
Unlike the rest of the alien females my brothers have woken from cryosleep, Molly doesn’t find my growls intimidating. The more I try to ignore her, the more she tries to befriend me.
I’d been taken captive once by the virus that nearly killed me. I bear its scars, not only on my body, but in my thoughts. No woman, not even one as beautiful as Molly, can heal me.
I don’t want her, but she needs me.


broken veilBROKEN VEIL (HARBINGER BOOK 5) by Jeff Wheeler

Rescued from a world of poverty, Cettie Pratt has avoided a bleak destiny—until now. Deceived and manipulated, she has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal: to destroy her best friend and stop peace from uniting two war-torn worlds. Her path leads her to a mysterious underworld where appearances can be deceiving.

Sera Fitzempress knows the value she has to her enemies. As heir to the empire, she must keep her foes at bay and prevent them from unleashing a being of unspeakable evil upon the world while fighting a brutal war. But her enemies are more cunning than Sera expects, and the key to their plans is none other than her best friend.

Neither woman knows what to believe. Neither one knows if she can trust the other. Both Cettie and Sera have made decisions that have irrevocably changed them. But the decisions they have yet to make will determine the fate of their world.


mother elementTHE MOTHER ELEMENT (THE GLASS AND IRON SERIES BOOK 2) by Monica Enderle Pierce

Terran medic Rachel Pryne was designed by the Ohnenrai to destroy their pursuing foe before all life in the known galaxy and beyond falls prey to its aggression.

Ohnenrai leader Ehtishem Mahle was tasked with deploying Rachel into their deadly enemy’s path. Falling in love with her wasn’t part of the plan, but now he desperately needs a way to wield this weapon without ending her life.

The only possible solution to galactic extinction lies with Rachel and Ehtishem, but all they want is to survive and be together. Everyone else can go straight to hell.


house of silenceHOUSE OF SILENCE (POISONED HOUSES BOOK 3) by Lyn Forester

Inside my family’s house, I’m demi-Councilor Lonette, heir to the First Councilor position of Leton city. All powerful, with few who can claim to be my equal. And all it will cost me is my dreams.

At the Academia for Planetary Alliance, a finishing school for the elite, I’m Sparks, former disc-bike racer and thrill seeker. My former racing competitors are now my allies, but our relationship hinges on secrets and silence.

The safeguards I built around my emotions are cracking, the silence becoming too much. The war for who I’ll be is breaking me apart. Can those I long to be with accept the real me? Do I even know who the real me is?


zar alana khanZAR by Alana Khan

Kidnapped from Earth, aboard a slave ship, Anya is thrown in a cell with Zar, a handsome half-lion gladiator, and forced to breed or be killed.

Zar’s life is an unbroken nightmare consisting of sleep, eat, fight, repeat. He’s not interested in helping Anya, and he’s definitely not interested in love. Except she’s the first female to ever touch his heart—or remind him he has a soul.


to serve my alien manTO SERVE MY ALIEN MAN: REBELS OF SIDYTH by Sabrina Kade

Layla’s always loved her curvy body. But being curvy and pregnant has taken a toll on her confidence. Her mate Dolan says she’s as beautiful as ever, but Layla’s unsure. The stretchmarks? The weight gain? There’s no way he still finds her sexy.

Can Dolan show her she’s never been more desirable? This is a slice of life story in the Rebels of Sidyth series and does not stand alone. ..


trunkTHE TRUNK by Linda Mooney

In the not too distant future, the human population is nearly wiped out by an alien invasion. Six years after the initial attack, Emlee Dow isn’t too worried about the continuing alien presence any longer. It’s the few humans left who pose a greater threat. Food and supplies are hard to come by, making survival an ever increasing struggle. Luckily, she finds refuge in an undiscovered basement room, containing enough supplies to last weeks.

Feeling full and relatively safe, Emlee decides to rest while she can. She wasn’t expecting her world to be turned upside down when she woke. Or for the already upside down world to be flipped right side up, pre-destruction. Thrown into the past, she meets Mykail, and has only days to convince him she’s not crazy before history repeats itself…or is it the future?

In these difficult and trying times, it’s hard to know who to trust. Just when you find someone, they’re lost just as quickly. Can love be found again in the future? Or is it a thing of the past?

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baby for the alien invaderBABY FOR THE ALIEN INVADER by Juno Wells

Isobel – Isobel’s just a self proclaimed geek. A computer nerd trying to get her dream job with the CIA when the alien invaders appear. It happens too fast. One moment she’s taking a call and the next she’s in a cell being ogled by a brutish green alien who’s claiming her as his own.

Scared silly, but determined to fight, Isobel is thankfully rescued when an even bigger, more muscular alien male walks in. The green god is still covered in blood when he lays his claim on her. She was ready to struggle against the brute but is unexpectedly drawn to this newcomer.

Reamous – Reamous is a warrior, ruthlessly participating in the invasion of the stupid little planet Earth with the silly, weak aliens who call themselves humans. Against all odds, one of them manages to badly damage his leg and he’s excused from service, forced to take work as a private contractor.

As a consolation prize he gets his pick of the captive females to take as his war bride. When he walks into the holding cells and finds Isobel, he know she’s the one.

She’s supposed to be a mate, just breeding material, but Isobel is so much more. She has secrets, ones Reamous desperately wants to know. Along the way of discovering those secrets, he also discovers he’ll do anything for his new human female. No matter the stakes he’ll claim, protect and defend.


alien bond tracy laurenALIEN BOND (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 5) by Tracy Lauren

My life on Earth was falling apart. I had just lost my mother to a short and sudden battle with cancer and was still struggling to recover when my husband decided to inform me that he was leaving me for another woman. Couldn’t get much worse than that, right?

Wrong. Because then I was abducted by aliens.

I got lucky though, my story had a happy ending. Me and the other girls, we got rescued and taken to a beautiful planet to live deep in an uninhabited rainforest. As far as alien abductions go, it was all fairly picturesque. And that’s how I got a fresh start in life. Fresh except for my baggage, of course. But I’m an optimist and this time around I’m determined to get things right, to find my own happiness in life… Hell, maybe I’ll even find a little romance.

When one sexy, golden alien takes notice of me I think I’ve found what I’m looking for. But then his brother becomes smitten as well and that’s when things start to get messy. I’m not looking to enter a love triangle. I know the pain of a broken heart and I refuse to be the cause of one—or two, as the case may be. The only thing? Sharing my affection doesn’t seem to bother these guys. As a matter of fact, sharing seems to be their goal.


hardyHARDY (EARTH RESISTANCE BOOK 4) by Theresa Beachman

Big, rough, untamed.
Ryan Hardy is lost.
Freefalling after a violent childhood, he navigates life with his fists.
It serves him well, till he’s floored by a feisty nurse. Literally.
Georgina Haldon is smart, tenacious, laser focused.
Savage men have abducted Janie—the sister she raised as her own, and Georgina is traveling to to the wilds of Scotland to find her.
But when unexpected events make their worlds collide, it becomes clear there may darker forces at work. Forced to band together, Georgina and Hardy find themselves swept into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, where not only their lives are at stake, but their hearts too.



Trix is one of many felines who sells his body on the Pleasure Station, a space station devoted to entertainment, gambling, and the pleasures of the flesh. He’d never intended to spend his life there, but the place offers him security, regular cream, and over time it has become his home.

As a dual-gendered feline, Trix knows the risk of pregnancy is high, and sets his prices equally high to discourage customers. Trix never imagines that Delta, a canine with credits to spare will call his bluff.

When Delta pays for himself and Farron, a naïve avian from the swan clan, to spend the night with Trix, the three of them forge an unexpected bond, one that leaves Trix pregnant.

As a swan avian, Farron is incapable of being unfaithful to his mate, even when the bond is only partially formed. To complete the mating ritual, Farron must find Trix before the babies are born, or the bond will break forever, and Farron will be forced to live a life of celibacy.

When the Pleasure Station falls under new ownership, and the humans ban prostitution, Trix is left homeless. Upon hearing about this, Delta too races back to find Trix.

Both Farron and Delta arrive too late. Trix has vanished and the race is on to find him before he gives birth. Only then will they know if the bond they formed on their first night is strong enough to last a lifetime.



One heated kiss. It doesn’t mean anything. She won’t let it. Dr. Tella Briar lives for field work. Has no interest in being tied down. But when Strike Team Two member Rokul “rescues” her from the grip of a deadly vine, the attraction that flares between them can’t be denied. They’ll have to work together to figure out what’s happening to the planet around them. They can keep it professional, right?

Rokul lives for battle. And this stubborn, brilliant woman is going to make him fight to keep her. She’s worth it. She’s worth anything. But when the danger underground reaches out to trap them, can he win the fight to make her stay?


live for youLIVE FOR YOU (CATASTROPHE SERIES BOOK 3) by Michele Mills

The world ended and nothing was the same, and in this new order he’d changed his name to Raider—because he took what he wanted.

Women were scarce in post-apocalyptic California and if you found one you wanted, you had to immediately claim what was yours. So when a desperate beauty with striking green eyes and legs that went on for miles stepped into the dangerous all-male compound, he wasn’t above tying her up for her own safety in his isolated mountain cabin, until she realized the truth of their bond. And him getting his seed in her and swelling her up with his kid? Perfect.
She’d see he was doing this all for her.



The fun doesn’t stop when the world ends.
Slip between the sheets, or anywhere else that’s a flat surface, with these tales of seduction and destruction.
Ruined Between the Sheets is full of ultra steamy complete reads. The characters may or may not be familiar, but the story won’t leave you wanting.


breeder planet athionBREEDER: PLANET ATHION SERIES (THE TRADRYCH STRAIN BOOK 1) by Marissa Farrrar

Sent in a worldwide asteroid strike, the alien race, the Trads, sneaked onto Earth to steal women away to repopulate their own planet. I, Tara Chase, am one of those women. I believed my lover to be a gorgeous human man, only to be shown the most terrible of truths…He’s anything but.

Now I’m on his planet of Tradrych, and after a three month stint in cryostasis, I’ve woken to find myself a prisoneron the verge of birthing his child. And I’m not the only one.

I share the facility with numerous other women, all close to giving birth. The aliens who tend to us look like handsome demons, with scales, horns and even a tail. There are multiple Trads to every human woman, and I know once this baby is out of me, I’ll be handed back to them to impregnate again. I see the way the Trad males working at the facility look at me—with hunger in their flame-filled eyes.

When the time comes for us women to give birth to the aliens inside us, we’re taken away and never seen again. My time is close now, but I won’t give up without a fight.


velocity weaponVELOCITY WEAPON (THE PROTECTORATE BOOK 1) by Megan E O’Keefe

VS note: Scifi not romance but a release of note. I was intrigued by the ‘look inside’ and put it on my TBR list.

Sanda and Biran Greeve were siblings destined for greatness. A high-flying sergeant, Sanda has the skills to take down any enemy combatant. Biran is a savvy politician who aims to use his new political position to prevent conflict from escalating to total destruction.
However, on a routine maneuver, Sanda loses consciousness when her gunship is blown out of the sky. Instead of finding herself in friendly hands, she awakens 230 years later on a deserted enemy warship controlled by an AI who calls himself Bero. The war is lost. The star system is dead. Ada Prime and its rival Icarion have wiped each other from the universe.
Now, separated by time and space, Sanda and Biran must fight to put things right.

salvation saving setoraSALVATION: SAVING SETORA BOOK 7 by  Raven Dark and Petra J Knox

Our heroes and violet-haired heroine find themselves torn apart in the darkest time the Legion has ever faced. Will they be able to stand strong together in time to destroy an enemy the world isn’t prepared for? Or will their struggles prove too much for them and keep them forever apart?

“Salvation is the seventh and FINAL book of the Saving Setora series, a dark, dystopian Reverse Harem romance with biker tones. ..”


surrendering to her generalSURRENDERING TO HER GENERAL (THE RISE OF THE SADECS BOOK 1) by Sadie Marks

Kenzi was a submissive who’d never quite worked up the courage to tell any of her lovers about her fantasies. She’d never dared to explore her need to be disciplined and dominated, but all that changed when the aliens arrived. Now submissives and masochists of all kinds are a premium product that can be traded to the sadistic Sadec race in exchange for their incredibly advanced technology.

Her life will benefit the entire planet, and her sacrifice will be rewarded in numerous ways. In return, all she has to do is surrender, giving up all freedom and choice for five long years. No safewords, no escape, no changing her mind – once she signs the paperwork, she belongs to whomever buys her.

Tal never intended to keep Kenzi for himself, but once he tastes her sweet submission, he finds that he can’t let her be auctioned off to just any crew member on his ship. He’ll share her with others, whether she likes it or not, but she will belong only to him. His woman. His pet. And if he has his way, she won’t be returning to Earth at the end of five years.


tales from ardulumTALES FROM ARDULUM by J S Fields

One year after saving the Neek homeworld and redefining the people’s religion, the crew of the Scarlet Lucidity returns to the Charted Systems for a much-needed break. For Nicholas and Yorden, the Systems will always be home, but for Emn and Atalant, too many memories compound with Emn’s strange new illness to provide much relaxation.

TALES FROM ARDULUM continues the journey of Atalant, Emn, Yorden, Nicholas, and Salice as they try to define their place in a galaxy that no longer needs them while battling the artifacts of Ardulan colonization. Other stories include Yorden’s acquisition of the Mercy’s Pledge (and his grudge against the galaxy), Atalant’s exile from her homeworld, Ekimet and Savath’s romance, and many others.

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VS Note: The cover was a bit hot for my blog and also half the title LOL.

All Jimmy wants is a booster shot of DNA scrambler so he never has to find his one-true soul mate. But life rarely goes the way you plan it.

After dropping Xyla off on Blue Sand Beach for a little vacay with her sexbot girlfriends the Big D*cker has to make an emergency landing on the demon-themed Mighty Minions Resort. Picture hordes of exasperated parents, sticky, crying kids, and a park AI that seems determined to suck every credit out of his Harem Station bank account.

The only good thing about Mighty Minions from Jimmy’s perspective–it’s not the place you meet your soul mate.
Until outlaw Cygnian princess, Delphi, shows up and shatters all his best-laid plans.
But Delphi isn’t there to fall in love with Jimmy.
She’s there to kidnap him and take him back to her boss, the Loathsome One.


tamed by the alien overlordsTAMED BY THE ALIEN OVERLORDS by Renee Bond

I fought the Domann invaders all my life.
Then three of them claimed me as their mate.
I was captured. Imprisoned. Punished, when my captors deemed it necessary.
But then a funny thing happened.
They showed me that they weren’t the tyrants I always thought they were.

Don’t get me wrong.
They’re utterly dominant. Freakishly strong. Nearly all-powerful.
But they’re also gentle. Caring. Loving.
Oh, and out-of-this-world gorgeous.
I can already feel myself giving in. Becoming theirs.
They always said they would tame my heart.
Now, the question isn’t whether or not they can.
It’s… do I even want to resist?



Melissa – Being imprisoned in some gladiatorial arena for a Kasorian crime lord wasn’t at the top of my to-do list when I got an internship with the ambassador.
Being imprisoned and partnered with a stoic, cynical, and muscle-bound Jorathian warrior that won’t stop staring at me with those crimson eyes? Also unexpected.
And the most surprising part of it all? I’m beginning to like the attention.

Yagrax – I’ve been imprisoned here for as long as I could remember and during my time here i’ve come to understand that whoever is imprisoned with me is mere fodder.
Today, however, they have offered me a human female. A curvaceous, naive, and absolutely sexy human female, a female that I instantly realize is my mate.
And I will stop at nothing to protect and claim her, even if it means fighting my way through every single round of this cursed arena.


wrath of the goddessWRATH OF THE GODDESS (GODDESS WITH A BLADE BOOK 5) by Lauren Dane

Rowan Summerwaite, elite hunter and human vessel to the goddess Brigid, has returned home to Las Vegas—and she’s mad as hell. It seems someone thought they could eliminate Rowan and everyone she holds dear.

That someone was dead wrong.

With tensions between paranormal factions at an all-time high, Rowan and her crew, along with her sexy Vampire Scion husband, Clive Stewart, have their work cut out for them. The Vampire Nation has at least one traitor in their midst, leaving them extremely vulnerable…but if it’s a war they want, Rowan’s prepared to bring the pain like never before.

Rowan knows her duty is to those she’s sworn to protect, but it seems the harder she fights, the more barriers she hits…and the more friends she loses.

With even her closest alliances in question, Rowan will have to accept that sometimes the path toward the greater good means making heartrending sacrifices along the way.

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little pink psychic shopTHE LITTLE PINK PSYCHIC SHOP by A K Shelley

VS Note: From May

When Jordan, a shadowy college student, encounters a dark force residing within an innocuous-appearing psychic shop, she discovers that to free herself from the Bone Rattler within, she must help a local witch free her six captive sisters from the necromancer’s caverns.


penance sharon salaPENANCE by Sharon Sala

VS Note:  Evidently has “hints of paranormal”. A re-release.

Nicole Masters is trying to rebuild her life after surviving a random attack in which she was shot in the head. Her physical symptoms are challenging, but then she starts to experience startling visions of the future. When she “sees” the violent kidnapping of a celebrity’s daughter, Nicole realizes that she, along with her boyfriend, Dom, may be the only person who can help save the little girl.

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touch of classA TOUCH OF CLASS: TALES OF THE WERE by Bianca D’Arc

New town. New job. New Pack. Shane is a dominant werewolf. Too dominant to stay in his old, struggling Pack. Leaving for the good of his best friend, who is trying to control a group of misfits, Shane seeks a new position in Big Wolf, Texas, as the Big Wolf Pack’s new sheriff and enforcer.

There’s just one complication…Maria knows about the werewolves who populate the town. Her eccentric Aunt Lulu told her all about them before she passed away, leaving her lovely old house on the edge of town to Maria. The sexy new sheriff has got to be one of the shapeshifters she’s been trying to learn more about, but they’re very secretive and she has to tread carefully.

A trap laid, and sprung…When Maria stumbles into a trap set for her by unscrupulous members of the Pack, it’s Shane who comes to her rescue. The thing is, can they keep their hands off each other long enough to figure out what’s going on and why Maria was targeted? Or will passion cloud their judgment, leaving them both vulnerable to a group of werewolves intent on killing somebody?

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trials of blackbriar academyTHE TALES OF BLACKBRIAR ACADEMY by Olivia Ash

Blackbriar Academy is an enchanted school on a magical island, and everyone wants in. It’s a home away from home for the most advanced mages in the world—and only the absolute best of the best are given an invitation.
By some freak accident, I managed to get one.
If I pass the trials, I get to stay. With nowhere else to go, Blackbriar is my one shot at having a real life, and I won’t let anyone take this from me.
But there’s a catch.
It turns out the people on this island are being trained to hunt the darkness—basically, they’re being trained to hunt me.
To survive, I have to hide what I am. …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


covens end jillianCOVEN’S END: JILLIAN by L A Boruff and Lia Davis

I’m not your typical princess. Don’t expect me to rule from afar, but I’ve only just met my mates. I’d like some time to spend with them before taking on the rule of every Lycan on Earth. My vampire offers me an escape from the rules. He’s my forbidden pleasure.

My broken sentry keeps me grounded and reminds me not to take anything for granted.My best friend, by my side since I was born, protects me and reminds me of the rewards of leadership and pack family. But nothing, not even my mates, prepared me for our final fight. The Vampire Council doesn’t approve of our nontraditional relationship. They’ll stop at nothing to prevent the merge of the Vampire Coven and the Lycan Pack.The Lycan Council resists my every move. Is love enough to end this war?
betraying her vikingsBETRAYING HER VIKINGS (NORSEMEN AVCADEMY BOOK 5) by Skye MacKinnon

Finally reunited, Hjalmar and Lainie could be the perfect couple, if only there weren’t Asger and the Archivist as well. She needs to make a decision, but how coul she ever decide between these men? One thing is for sure, with all three of them vying for her attention, focusing on her studies will be a an impossible challenge.

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bridal faireBRIDAL FAIRE (REALMS OF GLISTER BOOK 2) by Melisse Aires

Adler, a griffintaur, with the wings and feet of a griffin, is a student wizard. His father demands he find a bride at the country’s spring Bridal Faire.

This comes as a surprise to Adler, who still has a year of school left. But he dutifully makes the journey to the Faire.

He is terrible at wife wooing. The only girl he can talk to is the fruit seller, Ayperi. She is from a distant land, wears a turban and has a thick accent.

Then he sees her hag-like employer beating her. Why not ask her to be his wife?

Ayperi knows she must get away from the old woman and her evil son, who own her. They reek of dark magic, and she fears they have wicked plans for her. But she is a slave in a faraway land, working in an orchard and selling fruit in the city. She barely understands the language and has no resources or help to run away. She doesn’t even own shoes.

When the Bridal Faire brings young people from all over the country to town, Ayperi meets an intriguing young man with huge golden wings. His name is Adler, and he is in town to find a wife. When he rescues her during a beating from wicked Changa, she jumps at the chance to marry this stranger.

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burn keri arthurBURN (KINGDOMS OF EARTH AND AIR BOOK 3) by Keri Arthur

Nara Velez wakes in a prison pod with no idea how she got there. She quickly learns that things have drastically changed during the time she can’t remember—and not just with her situation. The Mareritt—an ancient enemy—now control most of Arleeon and treat her people little better than slaves.

Worse still, the Mareritt also control the drakkons.

Nara has no choice but to work with Kaiden Silva, the warrior she’s been chained to and a man who distrusts her deeply. But escaping the Mareritt is only the first of their problems; they soon discover their enemy is working on a brand-new weapon—one with the power to wipe out the last remaining free city in Arleeon, just as they’d wiped out the drakkon warriors of yesteryear.

If Nara is to have any hope of freeing Arleeon, she must first regain her memories and determine why they were restricted.

But in doing so, she might just unleash hell on the very people she is trying to save.

Because there is magic in her mind… and its source is Mareritt.

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druids portalDRUID’S PORTAL: THE SECOND JOURNEY by Cindy Tomamichel

Ethan—latest guardian of the Arwen pendant—finds his heritage of time travel a burden he can scarcely endure. Rowena—last of the line of Daman—is a soldier in the Celtic army, forced to perform deeds that haunt her. Both tormented by visions of the other, separated by barriers of time.

A time that should not exist.

Rowena flees the catastrophic end of her time but is trapped by an ancient family pact with an evil goddess. Desperate to save her, Ethan crosses over into her timeline, where his parents never met, and Daman—their greatest enemy—rules.
The past is ruled by a man who knows the future.

Thirty days to stop a goddess taking over her body. Thirty days to save his timeline. Together they will fight their way through an altered history to the dark past of Stonehenge.

But time is running out—for everyone.


haunting of ghostsA HAUNTING OF GHOSTS (GHOSTLY INVESTIGATIONS BOOK 4) by Edward Kendrick

When Van and Gene, partners in life as well as in their writing, are murdered in what looks like a drive-by shooting, it’s up to Mike and Sage, as well as their four ghostie friends, to discover who was responsible.

Van and Gene had been researching two cold cases for their newest book at the time of their deaths. One was eleven years old, with three potential suspects for a girl’s murder. The other was more recent, involving the death of Jon Watts, one of their ghostie friends.

Can Mike, Sage, and the ghosts learn who killed Van and Gene so they can move on? And, more to the point, can Van and Gene help the others solve Jon’s murder? If they do, will Jon and his lover Brody finally move on, or will they remain with their friends, both ghost and human?

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half blood academy magic trialsHALF-BLOOD ACADEMY 1: MAGIC TRIALS by Meg Xuemei X

Rule #1: keep your head down and don’t mess with the four gorgeous demigods who rule the school.
But they messed with me first. They expected me to bow down like all the other mortals, and when I didn’t, they tried to make me pay.
Rule #2: When the demigods try to kill you, lie down and die.
But I never was good at following the rules. And when my forbidden power awakens, I’ll make them regret they tried to make me their bitch.


gift of jacinthA GIFT OF JACINTH (WISHES AND DREAMS BOOK 2) by Allie McCormack

Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss considered himself an ordinary kinda guy with an ordinary kinda life. He had no idea why he’d bought the old silver teapot, and when a young woman appeared before him claiming to be a genie, he almost wished he hadn’t. If only she wasn’t so damned cute.

Ebullient and cheerful, Jacinth loved granting wishes and helping people. So she was thrilled when her teapot’s new owner, a single father with custody of two young children, asked her to stay until he could find a nanny. The problem was, the longer she stayed, the more she was attracted to Douglas, and she was certainly not willing to turn over care of Ben and little Molly to just anybody. But she was a 900 year old genie, and had no intention of falling in love with a mortal man. None whatsoever.


enchantment unleashedENCHANTMENT UNLEASHED by Margaret L Carter

VS note: From mid May

When Vicki takes in a stray Saint Bernard, she has no way of knowing he is really a man under a dark spell. Stefan Rigatos was changed into a dog by a vengeful witch, to teach him a lesson about casually seducing women. Despite the curse, he finds affection he’s never experienced before—as Vicki’s temporary pet. But, for a few hours each night, Stefan reverts to human form and sets out to seduce Vicki. During their nights of passion and days of discovery, they develop deeper feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the witch who cursed him wants him back under her control, threatening to destroy Stefan and his newfound capacity for love.



As leader of the Fenian Warriors, Aidan Kerrigan’s accolades are many and his loyalty to the Fae unwavering. When an unexpected mission sends him to the human world and a chance encounter with Rose MacLaren, he’s tempted for the first time in his existence to discard duty and claim what is forbidden.

Rose MacLaren, a Society of the Thistle member, yearns to expand her botanical knowledge with her love of history. After her rescue by a handsome stranger, she is compelled to look beyond what her rational mind comprehends and unravel the secret of the standing stones, as well as the man who captivates her.

In a mystical world ruled by ancient laws and edicts, can a fierce warrior choose a path destined for love? And will a woman honoring the ways of the land believe in a myth only spoken of in legends? If they do, will their love be enough to defy death’s punishment?

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When warlock Tony Castillo picks up Cassandra Sandoval at the airport, the copper-haired witch brings his restless, aimless life into razor-sharp focus…and triggers a wince-inducing case of foot-in-mouth disease. Luckily, her cool, hazel-green gaze betrays not a flicker of answering attraction. Nope, Cassandra is all business. Which Tony can understand, given the magnitude of her task.

Cassandra has one job: retrieve the de la Paz grimoires from the heavily warded hiding place at Tony’s family home, conceal them with her unique shielding power, and immediately return them to her clan’s territory. Easy. Quick. No time for anything to go wrong, to give in to the temptation of a too-handsome warlock.

They find Tony’s mother unconscious and the grimoires missing, the only clue a slimy residue reeking of Escobar magic. As they race to get the dangerous books out of the wrong hands, Cassandra and Tony cross a few boundaries, break a few more rules, and find something neither expected — love. But if they fail, nothing will shield them, or the world as they know it, from unrelenting evil.

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prophecy layla heartPROPHECY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Layla Heart

Before her vital first cup of coffee in the morning, Litha finds out she’s a witch and is suddenly transported to a magical world she didn’t know existed. As if that wasn’t strange enough, it turns out that she’s prophesied to be queen and her parents only took her to the human world to protect her from those who want her dead. But now she’s at Lughnasadh Elite Academy and face to face with her four potential… kings?

It doesn’t help that all four princes are sexy and hot and make her insides squirm when she catches sight of them. There is Bane, the werewolf prince, all broody and with hair sticking up like he just got out of bed. Kit, the incubus prince, whose wicked smile melts anyone’s unmentionables. Rune, the dragon prince, protective and with muscles like he’s a moving mountain. And last, but definitely not least, Finn, the fae prince, quiet but intense, with eyes like a summer forest.

According to the prophecy, Litha will marry the true ruler of the four kingdoms. But having grown up human, in the human world, she has no idea where to start making sense of all of it, and the four princes pursuing her really don’t help with trying to figure it all out.

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curiousity layla heartCURIOUSITY (LUGHNASADH ELITE ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Layla Heart

As if being sent to a magical world she has no knowledge of wasn’t bad enough for Litha, she finds out that her parents have gone into hiding and that all the documents about her prophecy have been stolen.

The four princes, Bane, Kit, Rune and Finn, have sworn to protect her at all costs, but it seems that those costs may be higher than they expected, especially when some of them have their own battles to fight.

A trip to the headmaster’s office in the dead of night, followed by a very special breakfast is only the start of their new adventure together.

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Eleanor woke up naked, alone, and surrounded by fire weeks after opening the final gate and reconnecting Earth and Fae Plane. She quickly learns that although the bond she shares with Raj is still present, he hasn’t been seen since Finn staked him.

Her first priority is to find her lover, but Florence reminds her of the pledge she’d made when they’d met a year ago: to enter the Fae Plane to find the witch’s kidnapped and enslaved sister. They make their way to the Light Court, the throne of the man who claims to be Eleanor’s father. The Court proves more helpful and more treacherous than they could’ve imagined.

It’s impossible to determine where loyalties lie in a land where everyone must tell the truth. Will double-dealings and mistrust force Eleanor into a confrontation with the Dark Queen before she’s ready?

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sol and luneSOL AND LUNE BOOK 1 by Kathryn Moon

Born into a war almost as old as Sol and Lune themselves, Lumen, Lady of Fenn Manor has watched her family sacrifice for years at the altar of her country’s ambitions.

Alone and unprotected when the enemy army arrives on her doorstep, she faces two impossible choices: run north to her countrymen, or protect her home and bear the company of the temperamental General Westbrook.

As the army’s stay stretches on, Lumen learns what she’s willing to sacrifice and what cannot be surrendered. Westbrook isn’t the only man in the company interested in Lumen. There is Healer Brink who hides secrets as fiercely as feelings, and Gideon Jones who fights as fiercely as he loves.

Can Lumen survive the onslaught against her home, her honor, her heart? Only Mother Lune knows.



Vampires are often irresistibly sexy, powerful and misunderstood. Enthrall is all of those, and more. Being the leader of Whispers — a community of paranormals hidden deep within the south Louisiana swamps — is a difficult and lonely existence. He’s waited centuries to find his love, his mate. Then finally, when he’s all but given up, she’s there. Intelligent, beautiful and independent, she’s all he ever dreamed she’d be. He’s determined to sway her plans for the future, ensure that he’s the focus. There are just a couple of small problems. She has no idea he’s not human. And she’s dying, but she doesn’t even know it.

Felicity is an attorney at the top of her game. She’s fought her way to the top of a male-dominated profession and is proud to have finally achieved all her dreams. Along with that comes an executorship over Clara’s House — a shelter for women in need. She shares that position with the most alluring man she’s ever met. Despite her attempts to focus on her career, he haunts her dreams, steals her attention from anything other than himself. She’s decided she can have both. Until one evening she watches him from afar as he disappears before her eyes. He’s got secrets, and now she’s determined to find out what they are…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


tragic magicTRAGIC MAGIC (WARDS AND WANDS BOOK 3) by Rebecca Royce

Melanie Syed has seen a lot of things over the years from ancient witch possessions to man-stealing curses and wild magic coming alive, but she’s never actually gone head to head with her own path until it—or rather he calls her for her services as an attorney.

Elliot Boothe is the last scion of the Cursed family. His ancestors have all gone blind and mad, one by one, and now it’s his turn. Determined to end the curse with him, he’s avoided relationships and complications, but Melanie is the one thing he’s desperately needed—a friend.

It’s going to take a lot of legal and spell footwork for Melanie to get the answers Elliot needs, especially when she finds herself the target of assassination and Elliot offers her sanctuary. Can they save each other or was their love tragically cursed from the first?



Life as a young witch isn’t easy, especially when the rest of your family is human.
Sleepy Hollow University is the place I can learn to control my powers and be among other supernaturals.
But academic competition isn’t the only kind I face.
With a fae, a vampire, a shifter, and a warlock who should be my enemy all vying for my attention, it’s hard to keep my head on academics.
I’m as inexperienced with matters of the heart as I am with magic.
And when one of my suitors is accused of murder, being afraid of what goes bump in the night takes on a whole new meaning.



I’m only in this small Montana town until the mechanic fixes my car.
That’s my plan, but apparently, the muscular naked guy outside has a different plan for me.
His dark eyes are full of possession as he stares down at me like I belong to him.
It’s like I fell into an alternate reality. It feels like I’m in Alice In Wonderland, the porno version.
He seems to be completely transfixed with my curves.
And he’s becoming more than a little obsessed with my body.
The body that has turned against me. It’s a traitor. It’s on Everett’s side now…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)


Ddragons bountyRAGON’S BOUNTY (NIGHTFLAME DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Milly Taiden

Choosing to be a surrogate for an alien race wasn’t a hard decision for Katrina Paxton. Framed for a murder she didn’t commit, the former FBI agent had a choice between prison and becoming a mom. Helping to repopulate a dying planet sounded ideal to her.

Best friends for eons, the idea of sharing a female seemed perfectly natural to Daven and Shade. When they met Katrina, it was nothing short of miraculous. When horrible accusations from a past Daven doesn’t remember and can’t dispute threaten their hard-fought happily ever after, can Katrina convince him to let her in?

With his fate hanging in the balance and their bright future quickly becoming a distant memory, Katrina and Shade race against the clock to clear their stubborn, sullen alpha’s name or lose everything. And Katrina refuses to lose again.


piece of merPIECE OF MER (HARET CHRONICLES: QILIN BOOK 5) by Laurel Chase

Time is running out to find the Qilin. We were thrown into Haret without a plan, and we have a lot of ground to cover. Allies would be nice, but not everyone is happy to see my team return. We’re finding more secrets than intel. Plus, I’m not allowed to shank my new mother-in-law, who definitely deserves a horn to the heart.

My guys are eager to share their home with me, but darkness seeps in everywhere we go. I’m ready for some serious sugar, as soon as we open the Path and save the two worlds.

Good thing I work best on my feet – all four of them. The problem is, we’re heading under the sea – where a tail is more useful than wings or hooves. This girl has a few more tricks to play, though.


quarterback werebearQUARTERBACK WEREBEAR (JACKSON VALLEY SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers and Kim Dyllon

Growing up on her dad’s ranch, Wesley Reed always regarded Chloe as a kid sister.
Until he didn’t.
One fateful night, he learned two terrifying facts—first, he is bear shifter, and second, Chloe is his mate.
Determined not to reveal either to her for fear of ruining her promising future, Wesley left Jackson Valley. For good.

Chloe Holt has had a crush on her dad’s ranch hand, Wesley, since she was eight years old. In her eyes, there has never been any boy that has even come close to Wesley.
She always hoped that one day she’d catch his eye—that one day he’d see her not as a girl, but as a woman.
That day never came. Instead, he disappeared—gone without so much as a goodbye.

Now, all these years later, fate has caused Chloe and Wesley to cross paths.
Will they finally get a chance to find happiness with one another?



Five minutes ago it was just Jensen, a cheap drink, and the start of a brawl with members of a rival motorcycle gang intent on murdering him. He’s happy to let them try—until a former one night stand, Noelle, walks into the bar and pins him with a look of death, revealing they have a daughter.

A little girl with eyes like his, peering at him from behind her mother’s legs.

Five minutes ago he was a single wolf shifter. Now he has to sober up, alpha up, and protect the woman and child who are now a weapon his enemies can use to run him out of town.

It’s hard enough being a single mom, but a single mom to a growing wolf?
Her child’s father is back, an alpha wolf shifter with a bad boy edge. All she needs is for him to teach their daughter how to control her shifter nature. He’s nothing Noelle should want in a man—but everything she craves.

Only she didn’t know throwing down the gauntlet in a local bar would mean becoming the targets of the local motorcycle gang. Didn’t know their sizzling chemistry would morph into something deeper, something worth fighting for.

Jensen’s dog days are over. If he can’t shield his mate and daughter from the heat, they’ll all burn.



Elliot Allen has known nothing but loss in her life. Becoming an orphan twice over, she has no one and fills her lonely days living vicariously through the adventurous stories of love in the historical romance novels she adores. Little does she know that a trip to visit the Scandinavian lands once occupied by Vikings would catapult her back nearly one-thousand years in the past like a heroine in one of her favorite books.

Thorin is the newest chieftain of his clan after the unexpected death of his eldest brother. Used to life as the baby brother, he’s done nothing but chase skirts and glory in battle. Is he really ready to lead an entire village? And would anyone try to challenge his seat as the leader of the richest clan on Iceland?

Just as Thorin attempts to find his way as the chieftain, a mysterious woman with skin of bronze and hair as dark as night is dragged before him. Now as his captive, her beauty sets his blood on fire. Her spirit challenges him at every turn. And his weakness for her threatens his precarious place as chieftain.

Ellie’s fear of losing those she loves, jealousy and danger lurking around every corner, and being from two different worlds could rip them apart.

Will Ellie stay? Or will she be forced to return to her own time?


cursed lisa carlisleCURSED (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 0) by Lisa Carlisle

Never cross a witch.
Gargoyle shifter Lucan is finding that out the hard way. What he thought was a fling turns out to be the mistake of a lifetime when he discovers she’s bats**t crazy.
And has cursed him with dark magic.
Not only Lucan, but his brothers, Danton and Mattias as well. The vengeful witch locks them in stone and clouds their memories.
She has stolen their free will. How will they cope with the curse?



In the shadowed streets of Toronto, there exists a garrison of soldiers like no other—nine immortal warriors, half-Archangel/half-human, living unknown amongst the city, defending humanity from the Daemons of the Hell realm. After millennia of death and violence, Lady Divinity has granted them reward for their servitude, a gift that makes her mighty warriors stronger than ever—Love.

Brennus, the ancient Celt, is living the life, thankful that his sexual preference gives him a pass on the whole Nephilim mating madness. His mistake is thinking Lady Divinity defines love. His reward is finding out what true courage is—allowing two hearts to become one.

Amazon     Apple Books

love of magickLOVE OF MAGICK: THE PENTAMOROUS KEY BOOK 3 by Trillian Black

Just as I’m falling in love, everything else is falling apart. The Pentamorous Spell—the ancient magick that will bind four amazing men to me for eternity, and endow us all with incredible powers—can’t be completed yet. One of my mates is missing, and the rest of us are being hunted across time and dimensions by an incomparable evil, determined to destroy any chance we have at happiness.

But, I won’t let that happen. I don’t care what risks I have to take, or what sacrifices must be made. I’ll pay the ultimate price if I have to, to keep the men I love safe.


malachiteMALACHITE (THE BROTHERHOOD OF OMARR BPOOK 4) by Michelle Notaro and Sammi Cee

Malachite~I have a wonderful life. I have no room to complain; between my brothers and their new mates, this is the most alive our home has felt since my parents died. Unfortunately, all of them being mated is making me miserable. When it was just the four of us, it was us against the world. Now they’re paired up and it’s only me and my dragon, Kesia. Until I happen to walk into the Overlord’s Lair and I see him: Quentin. Mine. Mate. As much as I want to win him over without telling him I’m a dragon rider and we’re mates—which I know he’d love—I’m not sure I can. The minute I’m around him I act like an idiot.

Quentin~Every time the goofy guy walks into my store, he brightens my day, and I look forward to his daily visits. There’s just something about him that draws me to him, to the point he leaves me pining after him the moment he’s gone. But the thing is, I can tell he’s hiding something, and my wild imagination is coming up with the craziest explanations of the secrets he’s keeping. Maybe he’s a vampire that’s come to whisk me away—ridiculous, right? But a guy can dream. And I’ve definitely been dreaming of that big, muscular man wrapping me in his arms at night.


storm and furySTORM AND FURY (THE HARBINGER SERIES BOOK 1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Eighteen-year-old Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes. Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed.

Amazon     Apple Books

any witch way but goodeANY WITCH WAY BUT GOODE (UNLUCKY VALLEY BOOK 2) by Michelle M Pillow

The Garden Gnome Bed and Breakfast might be a new kooky weekend getaway spot, but for Lily Goode the inheritance represents the promise of a stable future for her and her siblings. Unfortunately, the house isn’t the only thing she inherited. The Bed and Breakfast also comes equipped with witchy Aunt Polly, troublesome garden gnomes, a town that hates her, newfound magical powers that misfire, and a werewolf boyfriend she shouldn’t have asked to move in with her.

When a guest is found dead during her grand opening, Lily knows she has to solve the mystery of what happened before the B&B is closed forever.

Lucky for her Aunt Polly is here to help save the day.

Amazon      Apple Books

rise ellen goodlettRISE (RULE BOOK 2) by Ellen Goodlett

Sisters Akeylah, Ren, and Zofi are all a step closer to their dying father’s throne, a step closer to the crown that will allow one of them to rule over Kolonya. But the sisters’ pasts continue to haunt them. Each hides a secret marked with blood and betrayal, and now their blackmailer is holding nothing back. When King Andros discovers the sisters’ traitorous pasts, the consequences will shake the entire kingdom to its core.
As Kolonya’s greatest threat stalks closer and closer, weaving a web of fear and deceit around Ren, Zofi, and Akeylah, even the people they love are under suspicion. If the sisters are going to survive, they’ll have to learn to trust each other above all else and work together, not only to save themselves, but to protect everyone and everything they hold dear.
a name like justiceA NAME LIKE JUSTICE (THE SECRET GODS SERIES) by G Bailey
Karma isn’t just my name, it’s also my job
Only, my job got me into a lot of trouble which ended up with me in prison, and now no one can save me.
Turns out there is a few secrets that I didn’t know… 
Now all the secrets are out, and the world as I know it is changed forever.
The higher gods take me as their prisoner, and it’s not just me they take to play games with.
My family, my best friend and my gods are all on the line. I’ve already lost one friend, I won’t lose another.
If I don’t win the games, everyone I love dies.
So, I will not lose. 


badari warriors babyVS: Reminder of my latest release: BADARI WARRIOR’S BABY:MEGAN AND MATEER (SECTORS NEW ALLIES SERIES BOOK 8) 

Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.

Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?

A 25K word novella…

Amazon     Apple Books       Nook     Kobo    Google



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The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  And I may mention ‘special items’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post  but after that I’m not responsible.



SciFi Romance Reads for the Ripped Bodice Bookstore Summer BINGO

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The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in SoCal is conducting their third annual Summer Romance Bingo. I thought it would be fun to take their bingo card of categories again this year and identify scifi romance titles that would satisfy the requirements for readers. I asked the members of The SciFi Romance Brigade on Facebook to recommend books and definitely allowed authors to recommend their own titles. I said I’d take the first three to five books to be suggested in each category, which I’ve pretty much stuck to, although some categories were hard to fulfill and others were wayyy popular!

As the Ripped Bodice notes on their rules, “You can interpret the categories however you want” so we did take a bit of license on a few to fit scifi romance.

To be clear, we’re NOT playing bingo here, merely providing a list of suggestions! Hope over to the Ripped Bodice site if you want to enter their contest, which runs through August 31, 2019.

And I certainly included a few of my own titles!

Many of the books were suggested for more than one category; however I only listed each title in one category to keep the list as unique as possible.

It makes for a fun reading list. I’ve included the Amazon links (to book 1 if an entire series is involved) but many of the books are also available on other ebook platforms. I only have so much time in my life to chase down links LOL.

Happy Summer Reading to All!

treasure of the abyssBeach on the cover:

DEVI’S DISTRACTION (ICEHOME BOOK 7) by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

STAR CRUISE: MAROONED by Veronica Scott     Amazon

TREASURE OF THE ABYSS (THE KRAKEN BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

VS: (Actually all the Kraken Series books pretty much have a beach on the cover)

FANTASY ISLAND: STAR FANTASY by Kioni Hall and Zena Wynn     Amazon



CHIMERA’S GIFT (INTO THE DEADFALL BOOK 4) by Susan Trombley     Amazon

drago_tasha_blackNext door neighbor:


ALIEN ADORATION (ALIEN NEXT DOOR BOOK 1) by Jessica E Subject     Amazon

VS: Note: This is a 3 book series so she has two more next door neighbor titles plus this one:


DRAGO: STARGAZER ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES #13 (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Tasha Black.      Amazon  Also BURTON, book #14, and RIGGS, book #15 in the series.


VS: The characters were kind of neighbors…

passion seasonOn the page atheist (I totally left this category up to authors to interpret):

TRAPPED ON TALONQUE by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: The heroine is worshipped as a goddess, much to her dismay because she knows she isn’t one!

STRANDED WITH THE CYBORG by Cara Bristol     Amazon

Cara states “…the entire Psy-Ops series is an atheist one.”

BREEDER by Cara Bristol     Amazon

OVEROAD FLUX: GALACTIC CONCORDANCE BOOK 1 by Carol Van Natta, who states “…all the major characters in my space opera series are atheists.”     Amazon

THE PASSION SEASON by Libby Doyle, who states “One of the series concepts is that aliens visited humans when they were primitive, giving rise to world religious mythology.  No gods, only aliens.”     Amazon

star cruise mystery dancerShow Business:

STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD by Veronica Scott     Amazon

STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER by Veronica Scott     Amazon


MARS HO! (MARS ADVENTURE ROMANCE SERIES BOOK 1) by Jennifer Willis      Amazon

CHAMPION (PRISON PLANET BOOK 3) by Emmy Chandler     Amazon


ALIEN ATTRACTION (ALIEN Mate 2) by Cara Bristol     Amazon



VS: There’s a whole connected series by various authors for the Great Space Race

VORDOL’S VOW (RISING SONS BOOK 2) by Dena Garson     Amazon

rescued alphabitsLGBTQ Paranormal (or SFR):


THE 5TH GENDER by Gail Carriger     Amazon

NO QUARTER (BOUNTY BOOK 1) by Christine d’Abo     Amazon

HERS TO COMMAND (CYBORG SIZZLE BOOK 8) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon




HELL AND HIGH WATER (THIRDS BOOK 1) by Charlie Cochet     Amazon

RESCUED (ALPHABITS BOOK 1) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown      Amazon 


ACES OVER QUEEN (THE DRIFT BOOK 8) by Susan Hayes      Amazon

overload flux new coverAssassins:

SILENT LUCIDITY (THE INFINITE CITY BOOK 1) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

STAR SURVIVOR by Veronica Scott     Amazon








mission to mahjundarEloping:

MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: Ok, so the hero is escorting her to her arranged marriage but when they arrive, things are not as they were supposed to be, the two of them are in love and they flee…so, kind of elopement! This category was hard for SFR!

darkness within usTakes Place in Multiple Countries (or on multiple planets for SFR):

EDGE OF NOWHERE by Felicia Davin     Amazon




GRIM (TORNIANS BOOK 1) by M K Eidem     Amazon

THE FATED STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon


pearls dragonSassy Grandparent (or as close as we could come):


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

VS : A sassy Aunt!


WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: The elder person here is Lady Damais, who isn’t actually related to any of the other characters but does take a grandmotherly role to two children at risk


VS: OK so the character I’m thinking of is actually the heroine’s mother but I LOVED her. Bold and spirited! This is book 1 in a series.

violet soulsHeroine Smells Like a Flower:




VS: In this series, the Badari males smell a floral scent when they find their fated mate

DANGER IN THE STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon

VS: In this series, the Tulavarran empathic priestesses actually grow tiny purple flowers in their hair (briefly) when they fall into true love

gails familyBoth leads over 50:

GAIL’S FAMILY (ICEHOME BOOK 4) by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

DELTA-V intergalactic dating agency (cyborg cowboys of carbon county book 2) by Elsa Jade     Amazon


aydarrTitle includes character’s name:

VS: In the series listed below, the authors typically use their characters’ names in the titles so I’ve pretty much listed book  #1 in each series .



VREHX (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 1) by Elin Wynn     Amazon

RAVEN (XIAN WARRIORS BOOK 2) by Regine Abel     Amazon


MARCUS (HELL SQUAD BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett     Amazon


FURY (NEW SPECIES BOOK 1) by Laurann Dohner     Amazon

RUNNER’S MOON: CHALLA by Linda Mooney    Amazon

VS: The other titles in the RUNNER’s MOON series also contain the characters’ names.

cyborg galactic gladiatorHappily Ever After:

UNDYING (VALOS OF SONHADRA BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

INTO THE BLACK (TALES FROM THE EDGE BOOK 1) by Sheryl Nantus     Amazon

MAMA AND THE ALIEN WARRIOR: TREASURED BY THE ALIEN by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn     Amazon

CYBORG (GALACTIC GLADIATORS BOOK 10) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

HEARTMATE (CELTA SERIES BOOK 1) by Robin D. Owens Amazon

DARK HORSE (CLASS 5 SERIES BOOK 1) by Michelle Diener     Amazon

MAESTRA RISING by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon

under fyreDragons:







A TASTE OF DRAGONFIRE by K B Wheelock     Amazon

warlord skyKilts:



YA Historical:

specters in the storm pbjVS: For this one we decided to try for steampunk, YA or NA if possible…



SPECTERS IN THE STORM by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon



salvation lea kirkWine & Spirits:

VS: We settled on books where drinking of substances took place…





DARK THOUGHTS (REFUGE BOOK 1) by Cynthia Sax     Amazon

RELEASING THE DRAGON (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson     Amazon

mach oneCowboys:


MINE UNTIL MIDNIGHT by Linda Mooney     Amazon



claimed by an alien warriorRoadtrip:

VS: We tried to go for a roadtrip across a planet…

CLAIMED BY AN ALIEN WARRIOR by Tiffany Roberts     Amazon

HOSTAGE TO THE STARS by Veronica Scott     Amazon

NOBODY’S HERO (THE BURNED LANDS BOOK 1) by Bec McMaster     Amazon

DARK PLANET WARRIORS by Anna Carven     Amazon

EDGE OF EON (EON WARRIORS BOOK 1) by Anna Hackett     Amazon

ICE PLANET BARBARIANS by Ruby Dixon     Amazon

VS: In many of the books there are journeys across the planet…

HUNTER (PRISON PLANET BOOK 2) by Emmy Chandler     Amazon

TRAPPED ON VKANI (ATRAPAKO ON EDEN BOOK 3)  by Aurora Springer     Amazon

clara dreamingEpistolary:

VS: We decided to do our best to find a book or two where chunks of the plot were told through e mails, texts, letters, etc.

ILLUMINAE (THE ILLUMINAE FILES BOOK 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff     Amazon



dignity eva cayeRoyalty:

DIGNITY (TO BE SINCLAIR BOOK 1) by Eva Caye     Amazon


STRAVON (DARK STAR PRINCES BOOK 1) by Suki Selborne     Amazon

A SHIFT IN THE SKY: IN THE STARS ROMANCE by Suki Selborne     Amazon

STAR PRINCE (STAR SERIES BOOK 2) by Susan Grant     Amazon

SCANDAL: SCIONS OF THE STAR EMPIRE #1 by Aurora Springer     Amazon


star king susan grantTarot (or other fortune telling):

THE STAR KING by Susan Grant     Amazon

THE RULE OF LUCK (A FELICIA SEVIGNY NOVEL BOOK 1) by Catherine Cerveny     Amazon

cyborg pool boySomeone wears a costume:




CYBORG POOL BOY by Naomi Lucas     Amazon

intergalactic dukeProm (or other big elaborate dance/event):



GIRL GONE NOVA: PROJECT ENTERPRISE BOOK 2 by Pauline Baird Jones     Amazon

ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE  by Veronica Scott     Amazon


star pirate mia archerF/F Contemporary (we decided to try for near future SFR if possible or PNR):


RULEBREAKER by Cathy Pegau     Amazon

DEPTHS OF BLUE by Lisa MacTague     Amazon

THE LILY AND THE CROWN by Roslyn Sinclair     Amazon

RECOMBINANT LOVE by K’Anne Meinel     Amazon

RESCUE HER HEART by KC Luck     Amazon

STAR PIRATE by Mia Archer     Amazon

A TREASON OF TRUTHS by Ada Harper     Amazon


My thanks to everyone who participated in suggesting books…

Feel free to tell us in the comments about any we missed!

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