Warning for your wallet – As you might expect in these genres, a week with Halloween in it brings out a TON of New Releases! I think this might be my longest post ever…
As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
HAUNTED ALIEN HONEYMOON: STARGAZER ALIEN REALITY SHOW BRIDES #3 by Tasha Black
Wayne is still new to this planet, but he is already wildly in love with reality show host Olivia Fontaine. He spends plenty of time with her, since she’s hosting a series of shows about his brothers’ double wedding and honeymoon – but he can never seem to get her alone to tell her how he feels. The big, hunky alien is determined to keep his secret powers under wraps and stay on Olivia’s good side so that he won’t miss his chance to win her over.
Olivia Fontaine has spent most of her career in front of the camera, when what she really wants is to get behind it. She’s finally on the production team of her current project, and she couldn’t be happier. If only her personal life were as rosy. Her two best friends already married alien brothers on the shows she’s hosted, and it feels like everyone’s waiting for Olivia and brother number three to get together. But she can’t let herself fall for Wayne when she’s so close to fulfilling her dreams. If only the big alien weren’t so unbelievably sexy…
When their on-location honeymoon shoot in beautiful Costa Rica seems to be under siege from paranormal forces, Olivia is eager for support from any source. Will she let Wayne get close enough to help her make her dreams come true? Or will they both be haunted by what could have been?
ALIEN REDEEMED (ZYRGIN WARRIORS BOOK 7) by Marie Dry
On a harsh alien planet, in a faraway galaxy, Sarah, a gentle human woman, is determined to start a new life, far away from the hardship she endured on Earth and the pitying glances of her friends.
Once on Zyrgin, Sarah finds that, instead of being the empress and helpmeet at the side of the Zyrgin leader, she is merely his breeder. She is trapped in a gilded cage, not allowed to go out and interact with the other women on the planet, until she’s proven her loyalty to the empire by birthing Zaar’s child. After her traumatic experiences in the raider camps, and the resultant PTSD, Sarah doubts she could ever make love to her Zyrgin warrior.
Zaar assures her he has a superior plan to cure her of her problem. But is he able to reach through all the barriers Sarah has erected against true intimacy?
FORBIDDEN (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Tana Stone
Ella is one of the few human females who rejected her Drexian warrior match. Sent to live with the other “rejects” in a special part of the high-tech space station, she has no desire to have her life dictated by a bunch of alphas on steroids. And no way would she ever be charmed by an alien playboy.
Not only is Dakar a member of Inferno Force, which means he’s bigger, tougher, and more dangerous than other Drexian warriors, he’s also known throughout the galaxy for his ability to sweet-talk almost any female out of her panties. He’s the last warrior to desire a tribute bride, but his name has been moved to the top of the list.
When he meets the beautiful and independent Ella, he’s startled by his own feelings for her. Too bad she’s not interested in taking a mate, and he’s got a bride on the way. He knows that as a tribute reject, she’s off-limits, but he can’t seem to stay away. Can he win her over or will he need to give her up forever to fulfill his duty?
CYNDAR: BOOK 4 IN THE GALACTIC SEDUCTION SERIES by Lula Monk
Felicity already knows she is going to hate the cocky alien asshole who won her body on the auction block in the Hub. When he comes to collect his prize, she sees the ruined flesh that covers his face and arms as well as the flames still burning beneath the surface. Her hatred turns to fear as she confronts the reality of mating with that ball of fire.
Cyndar knows the Earth woman wants him. He can see the wide-eyed glares and sneers she’s giving him, all mating signals in his species, the Smolds. Yet when he goes to lie with the human, he finds her unwilling and combative. His duty is to repopulate his home planet of Brucia, and he is determined to do so at any cost. But he feels the flames within him rage when she is near, and he wants her to want him in return.
Will Cyndar learn how to appeal to Felicity before her contract is nullified and she is forced to go back to the auction block? Will Felicity discover that there is more to Cyndar than his burnt exterior and eyes of coal?
VYKOR: STAR CROSSED ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Hayes
Born without a dragon’s spirit, Vykor has no magic, no clan, and no reason to stay on his home planet of Romak. He’s come to Earth to research old legends – and maybe even find acceptance.
CORIOLUS: INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY: BIG SKY ALIEN MAIL ORDER BRIDES (MERMAIDS OF MONTANA BOOK 2) by Elsa Jade
With her allergy to water — water, that keeps everything on Earth alive — getting worse every day, reclusive billionaire heiress Marisol Wavercrest assumes she is going to die. So when she’s offered one chance to survive, she has to take it. Except that chance will take her to another world that’s nearly 100% covered by water in the company of an alien merman…who claims she is his fated mate.
As commander of the western fleet on Tritona, Coriolis Kelyre fought long and hard against the cruel land-dwellers who poisoned the seas. When he’s given one last task after the war — to take an alien bride to help save his world — he’ll do what he’s told, just as he’s always done, even if the bride he’s sent to retrieve makes him question everything he’s sacrificed.
Their predestined union is supposed to save a fragile planet, but a perfect storm is brewing between the enemies seeking to tear them apart and the tidal wave of their rising desire.
JALOK (CONQUERED WORLD BOOK 14) by Elin Wyn
Jalok might have a teeny bit of an anger management problem. But that’s alright. He’s here for the battle. Xathi, walking trees, rioting mobs. He’s ready to fight against anything, no matter the consequences. Until suddenly, he has someone to fight for.
Dottie loves her quiet life in Kaster. She has friends, her great-great-something grandfather’s bicycle. A killer recipe for chili chocolate brownies. And a new best friend who happens to be a planet-sized plant. Entity. Whatever. When Jalok is assigned to protect her, sparks fly. He can protect her from anything. But will they be safe from each other?
THE ARCAV GENERAL’S WOMAN (ARCAV ALIEN INVASION BOOK 4) by Hope Hart
Harmless, fun Methi, can always be counted on to get into trouble. But the cocky Arcav with a heart of gold is slowly being replaced with a cold, bitter male who fights his demons at every turn. Some Arcav can wait for their mates for centuries before risking insanity. But others can’t. Methi knows who is mate is. Seeing her is like ripping his guts out. And he’s getting harder and more violent every day. Taking her would mean breaking his word and losing his honor. In his position as Guard for the Arcav Queen, Methi has risked his life again and again. But nothing is as difficult as being near the woman who should be his. The only answer? A mission far from temptation.
Since leaving Earth for Arcavia, Meghan has had one constant in her life. Methi. He’s her best friend, her shoulder to cry on, and the most honorable man she knows. Until he changes without warning. What do you do when your best friend suddenly leaves? Pretend it doesn’t hurt and try to move on with your life. Meghan’s used to being abandoned. If Methi thinks he can come crawling back after ditching her without warning, he couldn’t be more wrong. She’ll pick up the pieces of her life and move on.
But when Methi’s spaceship disappears, Meghan realizes she’ll do anything to get him back- even if it means breaking her own heart.With danger and betrayal on the horizon, will Methi and Meghan risk it all? Or with they say goodbye… forever?
HUNTED (PREDATOR PLANET BOOK 1) by Theresa Beachman
Isa’s life is falling apart. She’s lost her job and discovered her husband in bed with another woman all on the same day. It can’t get any worse…until it does. Abducted against her will, she wakes in the wreckage of a star freighter on Resu, a planetary game reserve created to test the fiercest hunters.
Desperate for money to pay for his sick mother’s care, Heath carries illegal contraband across the galaxies for the highest bidder. No questions asked. But his choices come back to haunt him when a magnetic storm wrecks his ship and maroons him on Resu.
Discovering his cargo was human, Heath has to make some tough decisions. All he has to do is keep her safe and not fall in love. Easy right? Only if the truth stays hidden.
COLDHEARTED GUARDIAN (ASRAI ASSASSINS BOOK 2) by Juno Wells and Alana Serra
Alexis has spent most of her life on the run, but it’s impossible for an empath to avoid forming attachments. There’s no way she can abandon her friends, even if her loyalty means putting herself in danger. The solution? Hire protection in the form of a coldhearted killer.
By Asrai standards, Zedrik is defective. His people feel nothing, yet he’s always had the stirrings of emotion and enough curiosity to wonder what if. So far, he’s kept it under control. But when he’s suddenly faced with a determined, fiery empath who’s willing to sacrifice herself to protect her friends, he can’t say no.
With the Federation after them both, Alexis will have to trust someone to save her for a change. But is an “unfeeling” assassin the man to do it? If he turns his back on his feelings, he could finally secure a place among his people.
All it will cost is the empath he’s learning to love.
ALIEN CONTACT FOR AN ENHANCED NUTCRACKER (ALIEN CONTACT FOR IDIOTS BOOK 6) by Ed Hoornaert
Holly Jansen, a young orchestra conductor down on her luck, is secretly hired by an alien king to conduct The Nutcracker on Kwadra Island as a Christmas present for his American wife. This big break seems like a Christmas miracle, but after she meets the lead dancer, she wonders if it’s a curse, instead . . .. . . because the Kwadran queen has secretly ordered star dancer Rafael Sekwa to produce a potlatch dance honoring her husband’s ancestors—on the same date, time, and stage as The Nutcracker. The stubborn genius is determined to do so, no matter what, and Holly finds her ambition melting in the face of her growing admiration…and love.
FREEING EDEN by G S Kenney
VS note: From May. I don’t usually go that far back but this one sounded intriguing and was a 2018 RWA Golden Heart Finalist. I missed its release in May 2019 and thought it deserved a mention.
All trader Zara wanted was to help Kell, a clone, retrieve his maker’s memories and discover who he really is. The conflict-torn planet Eden was supposed to be just a stop en route, but Kell begins recalling fragments of memories from Swifthammer, Eden’s now-deceased resistance leader. Despite Zara’s misgivings, Kell assumes Swifthammer’s role, opposing the planet’s foreign warlord Reuel.
But Reuel’s schemes take a dangerous turn when it becomes clear he has tampered with Kell’s programming. Could the memories Kell now begins to experience be . . . Reuel’s?
Kell struggles to bring peace to Eden by uniting his maker’s heritage with that of the planet’s oppressor, but Zara fears she may be losing her heart to the man who is poised to become Eden’s next and most terrible warlord. Can she help Kell find an identity all his own–and a future they can share together?
ONYX DRAGONS: AMBER (7 VIRGIN BRIDES FOR 7 WEREDRAGON BILLIONAIRES) by Starla Night
I’m a calm dragon shifter until someone brings out my inner monster. Darcy is fearless. His charm drives me crazy. But he teases me like there would be no consequences. As the CFO of an alien corporation, I can’t afford to make mistakes.
Mistakes that would kill my family and lead to planetary destruction. Now, the time has come to prove that I have control over my temper. The treaty between dragons and humans has been threatened. The fate of this Earth is riding on my shoulders.
I can’t let the fire crackle from my hair. Not now. And the only thing that’s coming in the way of my victory?
The man of my dreams… and my biggest nemesis.
THE LAST SANCTUARY (THE SANCTUARY SERIES BOOK 3) by Nikita Slater
Sanctuary is on fire, and we’re on the brink of destruction. I am a descendant of the Great Fall, the apocalypse. But my survival is by no means certain. I cling to the edge of this nightmare, an inferno surrounding me, and yet, I have no choice but to crawl towards the promise of death. My heart lies behind me, but I must flee to protect my unborn child.
We are surrounded by enemies, both inside and out. Our world has shattered, an explosion of uncertainty hurtles us toward the end. Our future hangs in the balance, any wrong turn will result in death. As we fight to keep our home, the Last Sanctuary, we face the greatest and worst challenges of our lives.
THE TRANS SPACE OCTOPUS CONGREGATION by Bogi Takacs
VS Note: Not romance but a release of note. From September.
Lethe Press is excited to be releasing the debut short story collection by Bogi Takács. Takács may be known more for their recent editorial efforts, winning a Lambda Literary Award for Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Themed Speculative Fiction. But Takács is a talented storyteller and poet. An uplifted octopus finds a strange capsule in the water and wonders if one of the long-vanished humans might be found inside; a team of scientists perform some reverse-engineering on a space station and shapeshifting becomes political; and other tales of AI, hybrids, and the far future.
KESIVOR (THE LEVIATHO BOOK 2) by Miranda Martin and Juno Wells
Macie – I left Earth behind along with the rest of the Corsairs. We’re a mercenary crew and damn proud of it. We detected an anomaly. What should have been nothing more than a quick check turned into a run in with a ship full of Salitan. One in particular, Kesivor, is cool, calm and collected. Not to mention sexy as hell with his massive height, four arms and teal skin.
Kesivor – My Commander is going mad. We are at war. Our race is doomed, our home is destroyed, and there are only a handful of us left. We’re running and fighting for the survival of my race. I can’t fall in love. Especially not now. Except my heart wants what my heart wants, and it wants the feisty human female Macie. Will I have to turn on my Commander to claim my love?
AN ALIEN’S GUIDE TO ABDUCTING A BRIDE by D L Jackson
Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent female. Finding the perfect bride should be easy.
Confirmed bachelor, Tribus leader and bastard prince, Darius of the Malamagnus is ordered to Earth to procure a wife. He’s found what he’s looking for packaged in the five foot ten inches of sexy, jaded medical examiner—Doctor Elizabeth LaRue. Armed with an erotica novel he believes is a guide to Terran romance, Darius decides to use this instruction manual to woo her, instead of going with the standard alien abduction.
Elizabeth has her own issues. A body to autopsy with concrete mob connections. A sleazy homicide detective, who doesn’t know the meaning of no, and her eccentric grandmother who’s escaped the nursing home. Again. When Darius strolls into her autopsy, Elizabeth adds one more problem to the list—a hot, mouth-watering stranger. She soon discovers her grandmother really is acquainted with aliens, but it seems dementia is contagious. Now, Elizabeth is not only seeing them, she’s somehow managed to marry one.
Darius is confused. All should be going as planned. Travel to Earth, find a woman and fly home. But, when Russian Mob boss Kazimir Volkov abducts Elizabeth first, Darius finds himself scrambling to her rescue. From hijacked busloads of bingo-playing senior citizens, to shady arms dealers and cops in donut shops, Darius learns first hand why Earth is the insane asylum of the universe. Now, it’s a race against time. Darius needs to find his bride and get off Earth before he creates an intergalactic incident.
Earth. Population 6.6 billion. Approximately fifty percent crazy. Escaping should be easy.
HIS TO TAKE: A POST APOCALYPTIC ALIEN OVERLORD ROMANCE (NEW EARTH BOOK 1) by Selina Coffey and Summer Cooper
Ann is alive. So is Rex. She’ll be forever grateful for her father’s bunker. They would never have made it otherwise. There might only be one man her age left in this world…
And she’s lucky that it was Rex. Her high school crush, the man she’s loved for such a long time. She couldn’t help but giggle at the thought that they might have to repopulate the human race.
The thing is, Rex isn’t completely human anymore. Her sweet Rex has an animal side now – a wolf side. He can be dangerous, vicious, violent. Ann wants to love him, unconditionally. Besides, who else could love her back? Then he came to her, in her dreams… the man with the orange eyes.
PYTHEN BLESSING (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 6) by Erin Raegan
Lydia – My life is unrecognizable. I live on an alien planet. I talk to aliens. They’re my friends, my protectors. There is no familiarity to home. The landscape is alien. The sky is alien. Everywhere I look reminds me that I am an impossible distance away from everything I’ve ever known. But I’m safe here. Safer here than I would be anywhere else.
Safe still, even though there are those that would see me dead before they accepted me into their world. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
ALIEN GODDESS: SARAH: MAKAEN WARRIORS BOOK 1 by Zina Wes
Free-spirited Sarah is anything but diplomatic. But to end the war between humans and an alien race called the Makaen, she’s persuaded to accept the position of ambassador, which requires bonding to a Makaen warrior and living with him on his planet. Sarah is far from enthusiastic about marrying a dominant sex-crazed brute. Furthermore, a bonded female is supposed to be demure and obedient. Words that definitely aren’t in her translator.
Kealen Bakan, commander of the most powerful warship of the Makaen’s military, agrees to bond to one of his former enemies out of a sense of duty. His hate for her species burns deep inside, but after touching her he knows one thing for sure: the human female belongs to him, and he’s never going to let her go. He soon experiences that fighting in a war might be less dangerous than handling this stubborn female.
Their first contact is electrifying- literally, and raises the question of whether they were brought together by divine intervention.
CONSORTS OF THE RED KING by Eden Winters
In deepest space the ruthless Federation lays waste to one rebel colony after another, leaving comrades-in-arms Van Orskey and Tayn Kassik without family, without a home, and without hope. With nothing left but each other, they run contraband and smuggle fugitives from the safety of their ship, the Cormorant—with the occasional clandestine mission for the rival Coalition thrown in. Their heists have not gone unnoticed, though even the bounty on their heads doesn’t prevent them from being a thorn in the enemy’s side at every opportunity.
Pissing them off? Big mistake.
From the day of his birth Prince Jorvik of Akiak learned duty, wisdom, and honor from his father, leaving him ill-equipped to withstand betrayal by his Federation-puppet uncle. He has no love for the greedy off-worlders who plunder his world’s natural resources and enslave his people. To defeat his foe, he needs the cunning, fearlessness, and touch of treachery only outlaws can offer.
Two off-world mercenaries make unlikely partners in Jorvik’s quest for vengeance, but the more he learns of them, the more common ground he discovers. In each other’s arms they find passion, heat, and maybe, a reason for living—until their common enemy threatens to tear them apart. To survive, they must take on the corrupt Federation. And win.
CADMUS (THE SOBEKIAN PROJECT BOOK 2) by Olivia Hutchinson
It’s been a decade since Cadmus told everyone I was his. The entire galaxy separated us, and I never thought I would see him again. He was nothing but a distant memory from a happier time. There are no happy times anymore. After I’m taken from my home and sold like a piece of cattle, he’s the last person I expect to save me. Time changed him and it changed me, but it didn’t change one thing: he still thinks I’m his. And this time, he’ll stop at nothing to keep me.
KISS OF DARKNESS: ALIEN VAMPIRE HUNTER by Sheri-Lynn Marean
Earthlings are owned and off limits …… every alien in the universe is aware. To set foot on the planet is punishable by death, and to touch a human? Now that’s cause for war. So when a daring pack of werewolf shifters called Weren head to Earth, Captain Kade and the crew of the Sentinally are discreetly asked to hunt them down. Not a problem for a bunch of fierce space warriors, right? It wouldn’t be if humans didn’t have the richest blood of any being, and these hunters weren’t hungry vampires.
PAIRING WITH THE PROTECTOR (BRIDES OF THE KINDRED) by Evangeline Anderson
Dr. Whitney Washington is a Xeno-zoologist living on the Kindred Mother Ship and she has a big problem–she has a crush on her bodyguard. Unfortunately, the big Beast Kindred who comes with her to dangerous planets to protect her clearly doesn’t return her interest…or does he?
Rafe is a warrior with a past–a bad one. He has been hurt before when dealing with females and he doesn’t intend to repeat the experience. But it’s hard to ignore Whitney’s beauty and bubbly personality. Still, he’s determined to try until an unexpected turn in their latest trip to a new planet for research changes everything.
Forced to land on an unknown world, Whitney and Rafe find themselves among a group of feral humanoids who seem to be about as smart as house cats. Soon they are mistaken for pets by the huge aliens who live on the planet and taken into captivity as a “mating pair.” But what will happen when Rafe and Whitney actually have to mate in order to escape?
BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL (SAVAGE WARRIORS BOOK 5) by Jude Gray
As I walk across the parking lot, my mind on another day of teaching third-graders, I’m taken. Abducted by nonhumans. Aliens. Monsters, one might call them. I certainly do.
When I’m taken again–from aliens by aliens–my dire circumstances are worsened by an immensely irritating male named Jax. He is brutal, crude, arrogant, and obnoxious. Everything I dislike in a man. Apparently, he is also quite broken, and he thinks I’m beautiful. Me. How on earth am I supposed to resist him? I suppose on Earth, I could.
But we’re not on Earth anymore, and all bets are off.
VORTEX (ADVENTURE IN THE OUTER WEBS BOOK 1) by Joanne Ganci and C A Higgins
Life in the Interwebs was nice and routine. I did my job at The Exchange and kept my head down. Well until I encountered a bug in the code, that turned into a tornado.
Just a baby one. No big deal, right?
How was I supposed to know it would drop me in the Outerwebs? Let alone that two of my colleagues would get sucked in behind me?
Now we’re stranded here, no job to do, no clue what’s going on and no idea how to get back.
The only thing that makes sense right now is the men around me, not only my co-workers, but the two Outers that took us in.
I have a growing need to protect them. Relationships like this don’t exist where I’m from, and I’m not letting them go now. If you knew them, you wouldn’t either.
STARDOG: THE INHERITED STARS SERIES by Laurie A Green
VS note: A re-release of the author’s previous Pets In Space® 2 story but “greatly expanded”.
Navigator Taro Shall’s captain assigns him an unexpected mission–find a way to eradicate deadly vipers that have infested starship Calypso. He never expects to find the solution to his problem in the hands of Adini, a charming street vendor. But the bio-engineered StarDog he acquires turns out to be a galactic hot potato, and both Taro and Adini are soon fugitives on the run.
Adini Kemm can’t deny her fascination for the honor-bound navigator, though his past and her present seem to null any chance at a shared future. Until her father’s capture as a spy catapults both her and Taro into a desperate bid to save him…and straight into the clutches of a brewing insurrection.
As Taro’s bond with Adini grows, so does their jeopardy. Determined not to draw Calypso or his captain into the fray, Taro must rely on his wits to keep both Adini and his secrets safe from the renegade leader who takes them prisoner.
RELEASE (THE TANDRO SERIES BOOK 1) by Naomi E Lloyd
In the new world of Tandro, in the year 2065, sexual energy is currency and love connections are forbidden. Advanced sensory abilities that drive her emotional energies to the limit make Tiegal more valuable than diamonds. If her ruler finds out, he will hunt her down. She must keep her passion hidden. Yet she yearns to unleash her powerful desires, explore the intimacy she craves, and find love. And then she finds it. When an incredible release of energy transports her into the arms of Johannes, the passionate and romantic man she has been dreaming of. The only problem is, he exists on Earth in the year 1865. And, she has no idea how long she can stay there with him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
ALYANDRA’S SHADOW (ALIENS OF ATLANTIC BOOK 3) by JL Madore
Resistance is futile.
When Shadow wakes from a life-threatening injury he sustained defending the Defiant’s human refugees, he’s stunned at how much has changed: time has passed, his people aren’t his anymore, and his sister is building a new life with her alien lover in the underwater city of Atlantis. Seriously?
Alyandra knows better than to cross the lines of propriety with Shadow. He’s her patient, her best friend’s brother, and a Navy SEAL warrior with unnatural anger and violence brewing within. But when evil descends and survival instincts take over, propriety ceases to hold importance.
ENTICED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SIDYTH BOOK 10) by Sabrina Kade
After Dakota’s mate suffers a head injury, he can’t remember Choosing her – in fact he can’t remember her at all. She tries to help him work through his amnesia, but in the face of Cade’s endless questions about their relationship she finds herself hiding the truth of their rocky start.
Cade can’t deny that Dakota is the sexiest little alien he’s ever seen – even if he can’t recall the first thing about her. It seems like their relationship was complicated, but there is one thing he knows for sure – from her first touch it’s clear that their bodies are still well-acquainted.
BLAZE: A SUPERHERO ROMANCE (HEARTTHROB HEROES BOOK 1) by Christa Tomlinson
Blaze. St. Louis’s elusive superhero. In the dark of night, he wages war against the city’s criminal masterminds. Once the sun rises, he’s Jordan Wells, quiet custom body shop owner. Jordan has accepted that it’s his destiny to walk alone in the shadows… until the night he meets Daniel. The sweet, untrained submissive seeks a Dom, and Jordan would love to take on the role.
Jordan dreams of dominating the young man, of finding respite from his harsh life as a lone vigilante by losing himself in Danny’s softness. Unfortunately, past trauma has taught the superhero that letting others into his world leads to tragedy. Jordan knows he should let Danny go, but he can’t seem to tear himself away from the submissive’s gentle smiles and soft kisses. Can Jordan risk a relationship with Danny when his life as Blaze is rife with danger?
CALICO DESCENDING (JUPITER UNRAVELING BOOK 2) by Keri Lake
I was fourteen when I was sold to the men in black uniforms. Too young to understand I served a purpose beyond that of the other girls they’d taken. For the greater good.
Now, after four years in Calico, I’ve seen more death and suffering than during my days of surviving out in the Deadlands against the threat of Ragers and famine. I didn’t think this world could get any bleaker. Didn’t think it could take any more from me than it already had. Not until I finally learned my purpose.
That same day, I walked the dark halls in the bowels of this hell, where the suffering is in silence, and ghosts of the dead whisper through the walls. A place where nightmares are real. A place where I met my Champion—the most revered Alpha in S-Block—locked away in his dark cell. For the greater good. He’s their weapon, their only line of defense against the mistakes of the past: the mutations that could wipe out all of what’s left of us.
Me, I’m his whipping girl. His reward for good behavior. And his punishment for acts of defiance.
RED AWAKENING (RED ZONE BOOK 2) by Janet Elizabeth Henderson
VS Note: Sounds good. Put it on my TBR list.
In a future where corporations and nanotech implants run the world, Mace Armstrong is in the wrong place at the wrong time… Literally.
The mission is simple: find a way into CommTECH’s state-of-the-art compound, bug the lead scientist of their bio-engineering team before they release an implant that will kill millions, get out without anyone knowing he’s there. For an ex-army ranger, even one out of his element by a century, it should be a walk in the park. Right? Wrong.
Because Mace isn’t the only one who breaks into the secure facility. With the building overrun with terrorists, he has to find a way out before he compromises himself and the entire Red Zone team to the enemy.
But there’s no leaving without the woman who inadvertently helped him get into the building in the first place: Keiko Sato, CommTECH’s press secretary. She’s brilliant, beautiful, and knows how to hold a grudge. Against him. She has no idea what secrets he and his team are harboring, or that she’s calling to the animal that’s been locked inside of him for a century. Even as she argues with him about everything, Mace is determined to protect her. He got her into this mess, and he owes it to her to get her out of it. Whether she wants him to or not.
THE RUNAWAY JEWEL by M Garnet
The Enforcer tried to do his job, but a sexy female thief and an illegal too smart robot who mistakenly adopted him made his life hell.
A MATE FOR OIGR (THE MATE INDEX BOOK 8) by S J Sanders
Join the crew of The Lady’s Fortune once again for another Mate Index holiday novella.Oigr spent the last twenty-five years as the caretaker of an Indivi orphan. He gave up his future on Vrol, the chance for a mate and family, and everything he knew. Now that Nazzek is mated with a youngling on the way, Oigr must adjust to a new future that he’s not prepared for. What does a male do when his sole purpose in life shifts?Deena is a witch who has felt that love has passed by her by. As her fortieth birthday draws near, feeling the weight of it looming over her, she casts a spell to draw love to her. When she feels a connection to a lonely Vrooduk male and unwittingly enters into a series of courtship rituals, nothing prepares her for being whisked away to another world on Halloween. Together they discover the power of love and a little bit of Halloween magic.
BEAUTY AND THE ALIEN BEAST (MARAUDER MATES BOOK 4) by Athena Storm
Whoever said Earth girls were easy never met Fenix Black. She knew she was mine as soon as she laid eyes on me. As soon as I had her scent, I knew she was my mate. Oh, but it’s never so simple, is it? She’s not just your average everyday fated mate. No. This tiny, sassy woman has her own sense of independence. I tell her to stay in one place while I go fight the bad guys. But she ignores me and follows along. I pick her up and sit her back down and the moment I turn my back, she’s right by my side. How am I supposed to protect her if she won’t stay in one place? Always following me, pulling on my sleeve, and wanting to talk about my feelings. Asking me what I’m thinking after I bash in an Odex warrior’s skull. That’s when I look at her. And I realize that all I can ever think about is…her. My mate. Forever.
ALIEN SKIES (WAKANREO BOOK 3) by Carmen Webster Buxton
Kamuhi Hailoaka’s desire to see other worlds led him to Wakanreo, the only world in the galaxy where the dominant species mates for life. Kamuhi met and married half-human, half-Wakanrean Yulayan Bellaire. After the Third Confederation of Planets rescued Yulayan from Inchauro Perduay, the man she found herself mated to, Kamuhi enlisted in ThreeCon. Now constrained by their rules and regulations, he and Yulayan work at being married and raising a child. Kamuhi has always excelled at academic subjects, but simultaneously navigating the pitfalls of bureaucracy, interspecies politics, marriage, and fatherhood at the same time is more of a challenge. Once he is assigned back to Wakanreo, the challenge becomes not only harder but more dangerous. For one thing, Inchauro Perduay still sees Yulayan as his mate.
SHATTERED (NIGHTWING PACK BOOK 2) by Kele Moon and Laurann Dohner
Betrayed by the love of her life at sixteen, causing her to flee her home, Amber Daniels’ taste in men hasn’t improved over time. With a bitter divorce under her belt, she returns home to support her sisters and dying mother. It takes one day before she finds herself in trouble with the local werewolves—and being rescued by her childhood crush. One hot look and the pain returns…overshadowed only by the desire. But Amber’s older, wiser, and unwilling to be burned yet again.
Desmon Nightwind was an angry youth the night his world exploded and he lost his mate. Now pack alpha, he’s no longer an untried teen, but still wholly unprepared for Amber’s return to Hollow Mountain. He lost her once. No amount of pack politics, family strife, or alpha obligations will make him let her go a second time. He’ll do whatever it takes to claim and protect his human mate. Even battle neighboring wolves using anything at their disposal to start a war.
They don’t fight fair…and neither will Desmon.
FEVER: A DARK KINGS NOVEL by Donna Grant
For centuries, the Dragon Kings have lived among mortals, forsaking their true selves. But for Kelton, hiding in the realm of shadows—and existing only in the world of dreams—is no longer an option. A human woman claims to know that he, like other dark warriors of his kind, is real. That the legends about these powerful, seductive men with hearts ablaze are true. And that, with just one embrace, Kelton could destroy her…or love her until the end of time.
Bernadette Davies is an anthropologist who knows better than to fall into the arms of a Dragon King. But how can she resist Kelton when he’s so willing to share his secrets and bare his soul? He hasn’t met a beautiful, trustworthy woman like Bernadette in…forever. But once they give into their mutual desire, their worlds will never be the same. Soon Bernadette must face her dilemma: Should she expose the truth about Kelton in the name of science? Or join him in his battle with the dark forces—in the name of love?
GUARDIAN OF THE BLACKBIRD INN by Kerry Adrienne
VS Note: an “expanded” Gothic romance re-release
When Sophia Yates takes on a research project involving the famed and haunted Blackbird Inn, she’ll be forced to visit the landmark to thoroughly investigate its history. Together with the mysterious innkeeper, Garren Amsel, Sophia will do what she can to protect the property from government seizure, and in the process she will discover the truth behind its biggest mystery and why Garren can’t bear to let the place go. But the deeper she digs, the darker the story becomes. Will saving the Blackbird Inn and protecting Garren cost Sophia her life?
HISSS (CATNIP ASSASSINS BOOK 4) by Skye MacKinnon
Kat’s world has changed dramatically. Her home is gone, her business destroyed, her confidence frayed.
She’s used to dealing with problems (mostly by killing them), but trying to cope with her newfound siblings, mysterious enemies, and three yummy smelling men is a little too much even for Kat.
It’s time to polish those claws and prepare to forge out a new life – with a little bit of murder, obviously.
CRIMSON HUNTER (FAIRY TALE FATALE BOOK 1) by N D Jones
The War of Eternal Hunger freed witches from the rule of werewolves, ending a patriarchy only to create a matriarchy. A thousand years later, Oriana, Matriarch of Steelcross and Crimson Hunter, is a young, untried ruler who seeks to bridge the divide between witches and werewolves. But how can witches trust werewolves not to hurt them when Rage Disrupter collars are needed to control their lust for witch’s blood and magic? And how can werewolves trust witches to treat them as equals when they’ve built metal cities and armed themselves, literally, with iron weapons of werewolf destruction?
Marrok is a Clan of the Black Moon werewolf. When he meets and falls in love with Oriana, he knows action must be taken to stave off his lust for her blood and magic. But witches are the warm sun to werewolves’ cold moon. Is it possible for them to share the same sky? Or will Marrok betray Oriana—his bloodlust stronger than his love?
SCORCH (UNDERGROUND ENCOUNTERS BOOK 10) by Lisa Carlisle
It’s every demon for herself. After I escape hunters and arrive in good Ol’ Witch City, Salem, Massachusetts, I head to a gothic club to feed. But, the dumb-as-rock gargoyle bouncers kick me out. They’ve confused my scent with another demon’s. But, I thought I was the last of my kind. Not good. We can’t both hunt in the same territory, especially with his dangerous cavalier style. I track the incubus, but when I find him, Daron’s irresistibly devilish nature makes me rethink my plan. For just one night…Will he want to play? Or consider me prey?
FIRE AND ICE by Various
Fire and Ice… they are two of the most powerful elements known to man. From the tiniest of sparks to a blazing inferno, fire is an intense energy that can consume anything in its path. Ice is it’s unrelenting and frigid counterpart that can startle your senses
and make you shiver. When put together, you’ll find a force that is stronger than anything you’ll ever encounter. If you love the paranormal and can’t get enough of romance, then this set is exactly what you need in your library.
With mythical creatures, vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural of all kinds, you’re sure to find something that will awaken your senses and set your soul on fire as you tremble with delight.
FIRST MAGIC (FAERENE APOCALYPSE BOOK 4) by Jenny Schwartz
Amy’s father is alive, but can she trust him? His human allies are the same militia who want to control Amy and use her magic against the Faerene. Meantime, Faerene are vanishing. Five are dead in mysterious and isolated circumstances, and Rory is called to investigate. With threats everywhere, Amy’s adopted human family would be safest in Justice, but that would require them to live surrounded by the Faerene. Their future would change as radically as Amy’s.
However, everyone’s future is changing, whether they want it to or not, because prior to the Migration through the Rift the Faerene made some big assumptions about Earth and its creatures, and those assumptions are about to prove spectacularly flawed.
Amy’s newly learned magic will be put to the test with cataclysmic results.
BACHELORETTE ON A MISSION (THE RARE AND UNKNOWN BOOK 7) by Shai August
Something is wrong with Corvanna Orkins. Majorly wrong, and the Alpha of Australia and New Zealand knows it. Either she’s going insane or her animal is, either way she needs to find a mate before her flirtation with insanity becomes a permanent date.
A dozen shifters have assembled to win her heart and drive the darkness from her mind, but the bright spot light of the show may prove too much for her to handle. Will one of the men be the one to help Corvanna settle her mind, body and soul?
MUSIC FOR A MERMAN (SEA OF LOVE BOOK 2) by Alice Renaud
“Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape-shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble, especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.”
Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Find out as much as possible about the mainland humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Clan. It should be easy.
Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?
RUTHLESS IDOLS (GIFTED ACADEMY BOOK 2) by Michelle Hercules
I knew being the only Norm at Gifted Academy would be hard and dangerous, but I didn’t expect to be tossed out of a window. Also didn’t expect to be saved by one of the Magnificent Four. Bryce brought me back from the brink of death, but he did more than heal my broken bones. He weakened my defenses and carved a place in my heart.
He’s not the only one vying for my attention. Rufio, Phoenix, and Morpheus have all changed their attitudes toward me, and recklessly, I want to know where it will lead.
But a complicated romance with four ruthless Idols should be the least of my worries. Powerful players are closing in, getting ready to either use or destroy me. I don’t know which one is worse.
ILLICIT CONNECTIONS (ILLICIT MINDS BOOK 2) by Rebecca Royce
VS note: Author states this was published before under a different title and series name.
Anomalies. Abnormals. Curiosities. Freaks. Threats. The Conditioned bear many labels, heavy restrictions, intolerable scorn, and unforgiving laws. For thirty years they have been consigned to regulation behind the walls of safe houses and camps. The Conditioned have no rights. They are not people. They are the damned.
Attorney Ben Lavelle, a widowed father of twin girls, has a ghost problem. It bangs through the houses in his neighborhood, terrorizes his kids, and is generally creating havoc. Turning to his brother Gene who has ties to organized crime, he asks for his help—for the girls. Never having dealt with a Conditioned before, Ben has no idea what to expect but Seven is definitely not anything he imagined.
Seven-Two-Four is a Ghost Talker, she can manipulate the energy malignant and otherwise. Isolated in the Institutions, Seven’s lived a harsh existence where even the simple luxuries like sleeping in a bed are denied to her. When the job with Ben and his family buys her a few more days before her scheduled euthanasia, Seven experiences life as a person for the first time.
When tragedy strikes, Ben turns his legal prowess on the Institutions dehumanizing the Conditioned in the first place. Can he and Seven survive when even the memory of their love threatens everything they hold dear?
DARKLIGHT 2: DARKTHIRST by Bella Forrest
“Without us, evil will continue to grow. In the end, it will consume everything. Everyone.”
KEEPER OF THE FLAME: ORRICK (SECOND IN COMMAND SERIES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Rose
An old sorcerer is how everyone knows him, but Orrick Pendragon has only chosen to shapeshift into the image an old man because of his painful past. When he stole the Eternal Flame over a hundred years ago, he had no idea of the consequences of his action. Being immortal and also married, he had to watch as his loving wife grew old and died while he stayed young and continued to live forever. Heartbroken, he swore, he would never fall in love again. But when Lady Hope appears at his tower door seeking his assistance to find the Eternal Flame, he’s intrigued and strangely attracted to her. Against his better judgment, he finds himself shapeshifting back into his young and handsome form of Sir Rick.
Lady Hope Threston arrives at Blake Castle as Lord Corbett’s ward. However, it is only a ploy on her part to get what she wants. She’s been betrothed to Lord Irwin, a blackhearted, greedy man. In order to convince him to break the betrothal, she agrees to help him find the Eternal Flame. However, she needs the assistance of the old sorcerer to do it. Lord Irwin wants to be powerful, invincible, and immortal, but all she wants is to be free. Then she meets the handsome Sir Rick and magically, everything changes.
Can an immortal man who is destined to live forever, find love again with a mortal woman who is bound to die?
SWORD OF STORMS BOOK 2 (STONES OF AMARIA) by Tara Brown
Ilenia Ailling has lost two important people to the sea. But that is the least of her worries, for she is in dire straits. The death of the king and a vision of who killed him, has Lenny scrambling to keep her head above water. As the mysterious magic she has claimed fills her, Lenny realizes she has but one choice. Embrace the magic and solve the murder before the killer catches up with her. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems, and Lenny isn’t alone. Someone is haunting her dreams. And that someone wants Lenny for himself.
KISSES AND KISMET: A THIRSTY HEARTS MAGICAL ROMANCE by Kris Jayne
Kisses & Kismet is a delicious enemies-to-lovers tale with a touch of magic.A psychic. A ghost. A hero with a sly secret…Lilith Carver will do anything to help her estranged foster sister, Kali, and prove her loyalty–despite a past that has kept them apart. With Kali’s lover dead and her sister facing eviction, Lilith will even tap into her repressed mystical gifts to find out what the man’s son is hiding. She’s on a mission, and she won’t let Jamie’s magnetism–or dark inklings about her sister–keep her from winning.
Jamie Wylde has a chance to right the wrongs of his father and send the man’s mistress packing. With one clandestine maneuver, he can exclude the homewrecker from the Wylde fortune and reinstate his mother in their family home. He knows how to handle Kali, but her provocative sister is another story. Somehow, Lilith senses the truth, and she’s on a crusade to stop him…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE PRICE FOR PEACE (ROYAL FACTIONS BOOK 1) by W J May
When sixteen-year-old Elise is ripped from her home and taken to the royal palace as a permanent ‘guest’, she thinks her life is over. Little does she know it has only just begun…After befriending a group of other captives, including the headstrong Will, Elise finds herself swept away to a world she never knew existed—polished, sculpted, and refined until she can hardly recognize her own reflection. She should be happy to have escaped the poverty of her former life. But she knows a dark truth.
The palace is a dream on the surface, but a nightmare underneath.
With a dwindling population, the royals have imprisoned the teenagers to marry and breed. Only seven days remain of freedom before they will be selected by a courtier and forever claimed. Danger lurks around every corner. The only chance of escape is death.
But when the day of the claiming finally arrives…the world will never be the same.
THE FATE OF WOLVES (LEGENDS OF THE PALE BOOK 2) by Tarrant Smith
Deegan Volkov is a werewolf—a direct descendant of the first dark soul who’d committed the vile crime for which his ancestor and the other four had been cursed. It was his fate to suffer. The monster that dwelt inside Deegan had always taken far more than it ever gave. So, when he was faced with yet another impossible choice, Deegan had known no other way. No other path had been open to him. But this last agonizing loss had been too much for his heart to bear, and he’d howled his pain and despair to an uncaring moon never expecting a miracle—or her.
How could Eva Azoulf exist? She was a female werewolf in a world where all the cursed were men and the very last of a bloodline reported to have died out nearly a century ago. She was an impossibility, one that Deegan’s wolf was set on claiming for himself. But the man in Deegan craved more than just her body. To heal his torn and tattered soul, he yearned to find a way to win her heart.
RUDY AND KRIS: NORTH POLE UNLIMITED 4 by Elle Rush
Baker Kris Singleton’s hands are full as she covers for her sick aunt at the family bakery. Then she’s asked to take her place on a local children’s Christmas party committee. Kris has no time for a romance with a former beau who’s decided it’s time to make up for missed opportunities.
Chief Christmas party planner Rudy Gillespie knows if he can get Kris’s attention again, she’ll realize they were always meant to be together. When his plans for the holiday event of the season fall apart, he desperately needs her help to save it from utter disaster. Can two mismatched elves come together to save Christmas? Only Santa knows.
PURE MAGNETISM: A NOVEL OF THE PURE ONES #4 (PURE/DARK ONES BOOK #11) by Aja James
A lost king…Goya is a rare magical being: a royal Beast. And not just any animal shifter, but the king of the earthly realm–the great white tiger. But now he is a king without a home, cut off from his kin, and trapped in a human body against his will.
A single mother…Maddie Peterson is a career-minded single mother who has a fundamental distrust (and often, dislike) of men, especially in light of her cheating ex-husband and manipulative co-worker. But, then, she’s never met a male like Goya before.
Opposite worlds collide…When Maddie welcomes the silent stranger into her home, there is no denying their animal attraction. She teaches him how to be human, and he teaches her how to be wild. But when he gives his heart and soul to her, the pure spirit of the noblest of Beasts, is she brave enough to accept him as a partner into her life, as well as step into his fantastical, dangerous world?
HAVOC OF SOULS by S J Sanders
The world went silent when the mist came. Following a sonic blast heard around the world as the gates of Aites were thrown open, the mist clung to the mortal world, but it was not empty. Creatures dwelled within the mist, and when the mist left, they remained.
Yet, with the ravagers another came forth. The gatekeeper, Charu strode across the land in hunt of his quarry, those spirits which had broken through the barrier. With his lamp of souls, he moves over the world capturing the spirits and bringing death to those driven to madness, infected by exposure to their miasmatic taint. He will stop at nothing to accomplish his task.
The ravagers brought civilization to its knees, hiding out as an infestation within the city. Meredith was one of handfuls of people left in Ashton, barely clinging to survival as resources ran low. When a shift in power dynamics brings the people under the yoke of the ravagers, Meredith knows that her time may soon be up. She doesn’t anticipate being saved by a dangerous spirit bent on destruction.
Can love bloom and flourish between a grim spirit and a human woman with spirits running in havoc around them, and will their magic together be enough to save humanity from a crippling fate?
THE LANTERN: SHADOWED DREAMS EROTICA by S J Sanders
A lantern lit at night keeps the spirits at bay, especially on Halloween night when the spirits roam free between the worlds. When Misty turns down a dark road and gets caught in another world, she finds herself face to face with a creature of the woods that has its sight set on her as the object of his desire. There is no escaping him, nowhere to run. Not from him…and not from herself.
BOOK ONE: ADMISSION (CREATURE CARETAKER ACADEMY 1) by Bokerah Brumley
Her family has been in hiding for as long as she can remember, and she’s going to be the one to blow their cover. When Jess’s best friend, Rase Flannigan, receives a scholarship to a prestigious private school, Jess knows she won’t be able to tolerate the mean girls back at Bayburgh High without him. On the first day back, she accidentally sets her backpack on fire. As punishment, she’s held late for detention and sent to the high school basement. There, she discovers a troll, feasting on a tribe of miniature primates. Jess knows she has to protect them, but she nearly burns down the school in the process.
VAMPROMANCE (RELUCTANT NECROMANCER BOOK 2) by Kaye Draper
Reluctant necromancer Esper Jones had a quiet life, hidden away with her freak looks, and her freak powers, in her freaky old witch’s house. But her beautiful, ghost-whispering boyfriend Toma has destroyed her carefully crafted, people-free life.
Now she’s hearing voices in her head, monsters are running amok in Hellsfork, and there’s this vampire she can’t seem to shake. Somewhere between the black witches, hungry ghouls, and cowboy vampire hunters, Esper finds herself with a growing circle of people who actually seem to care for her (for some weird reason). Now, if she can just keep them all alive, when death is really more her thing.
CLAIMING MARCUS (LORDS OF DISCORD BOOK 1) by Jocelynn Drake
Vampires slaughtered my family. No one believed me until I met some new friends, who promised to help me get justice. But nothing prepared me for Marcus Varik. Tall, dark, and mind-numbingly sexy. But he’s also shy, protective, and adorably eccentric. Oh God, I should have never agreed to betray him. Hopefully, it’s not too late to fix my mistake before I lose more people I love.
A WITCHIN’ HALLOWS EVE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVRSE (MAGIC AND CHAOS BOOK 10) by Isabel Micheals
Paimon is back and he’s out for blood. He was promised a soul, so now it’s time to pay the Piper. There’s only one problem, no one’s willing to join him in Hell for all eternity. Brittney regrets summoning the right-hand man of Lucifer. It wasn’t one of her finest moments, but love can make a woman do crazy things like lose her ever-loving mind… at least that’s what she keeps telling herself. She’s had plenty of time to think about all the trouble she’s caused the small town of Bass Ackwards, Tennessee. But at least she’s not a murderer. When Paimon returns for her former nemesis, she’s shocked the Baba Yaga releases her from the Pokey and orders her to send him back to Hell. There’s only one little hitch in their plan, she’s doesn’t know how.
10 WAYS TO COERCE A STUBBORN CURSE: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE (THE CURSED QUARTET) by Virginia Nelson
Jackie Wilson was born cursed, but her curse changed somewhere along the way. When she became a siren, forced to feed off the very thoughts of those who were her prey, she also ended up with a soul mate—one perfectly designed by the universe to fulfil her every need without hurting anyone. But it never seemed fair to Jackie—why was he trapped in a soul mate bond he’d never asked for? So, while solving various disasters and taking on local monsters, she’s trying to find a way to free her soul mate and save her town. If any witch can find a way around an unbreakable curse, it has got to be Jackie, right?
TREE’S COMPANY: MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE by Rebecca Poole
Sybil – What’s a cursed tree nymph with a candy addiction to do when her abode goes rogue and snatches a rockstar Shifter for her entertainment? First, kick his ass for eating her candy and second, try desperately not to fall in love.
Wren -Running from groupies, he ends up trapped with the one woman who won’t chase him. Which is made of suck, since the curvy nymph just so happens to be his mate. Rebellious foliage, an interfering furry mafia, and a bumpy road to happily ever after make love one sweet treat they can’t deny.
SUMMER’S SPLASH by Various
Summer is a time of vacations and playing in the sun. The days are longer and magic can be found in the cooling breeze or the salty ocean water. Featuring 19 stories, this book is full of summertime fun that explores the magic of the season be it fairies, goddesses, or mermaids!
PERIDOT (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 3) by M Sinclair
VS Note: Author’s note references “Hot fae men.”
Live with your three best guy friends, they said! It won’t drive you crazy, they said! Lies! They are driving me crazy… but mostly because I have a big secret. I’m crazy about them. So what the heck am I going to do about it?
CONVICTED: A BUREAU STORY (THE BUREAU 5) by Kim Fielding
VS Note: I’ve developed quite an addiction to her Bureau series.
Vietnam veteran Kurt Powell’s addiction almost cost him everything, but a job as federal agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs helped him find sobriety and purpose. Now he tracks down dangerous paranormal creatures as well as humans who abuse their magical powers in illegal ways.
Sent from Belfast to the United States as a boy, Desmond Hughes later fell into a disastrous relationship that led to horrific murders. He’s spent seventeen years in a bleak prison with few comforts and no hope of release.
A new mission throws Kurt and Des together in a desperate attempt to prevent disaster. Sometimes what’s long been lost can still be found, but the road to redemption is never easy—and a mutual attraction may not ease the way.
KISS OF DEATH (HELL ON EARTHBOOK 3) by Brenda K Davies
Aisling – Volunteering to work at the wall wasn’t my life’s goal, but in this new world, the dreams of old are things of the past… especially when I discover I’m part demon. I embraced my demon side and the freedom it offered—until it led me straight to Hawk. Now I find myself bound to a man I don’t even know. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to process this new development before the horsemen and angels tear my world apart.
Hawk – It was only supposed to be a quick trip to the wall before returning to the Wilds… but meeting Aisling changed everything. On the hunt for our enemies, I have no choice but to bring her with me into the Wilds. However, I wasn’t expecting our pursuit to lead us straight into the minotaur’s trap. Now that we’re the hunted, can we escape its labyrinth and destroy the horsemen, or will we be lost in the maze forever?
RAISE THE DEAD (THE WRAITH FILES BOOK 3) by C C Wood
I’ve found my calling. I help the spirits of murder victims find peace. I have a boyfriend and friends, old and new. I’m finally getting everything I’ve ever wanted. Until I discover the depths of my magic. It’s a death sentence for me and anyone close to me. When the truth is revealed, my friends will become enemies or targets. Everyone I love will be in danger. To protect them, I’m prepared to take my secret to the grave. But there is someone waiting in the shadows, more than willing to bury me in it.
IMMORTAL LUST by Various
As vampires, the entire world is at our disposal. We’re blessed with the one thing that others crave – immortality. While life may be eternal, love doesn’t come so easy. In this anthology you’ll go on various journeys with characters who are on their own paths to find their mate, something they crave more than anything else in this world.
***Immortal Lust features a collection of short stories from various authors who have written in time frames from the eighteenth century to modern times. Steam levels vary depending on author and story line.
RELIC SEEKER (THE PRIESTESS CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Fiona Tarr
VS Note: Not a romance.
This isn’t the Priestess Ariela’s first trip through time, but now she has friends along for the journey. When she arrives, she is alone, dressed as a servant, yet surrounded by opulence. Her guide and mentor, the Angel Raziel hasn’t given her a clue about her quest and she quickly finds herself serving a deadly enemy from her past.
Ariela realises that keeping her magical powers secret isn’t going to be easy. She is being hunted by a powerful magic wielder who is determined to destroy her and change history forever. In the midst of a violent and intense battle to protect the ancient relic Brísingamen, once worn by the goddess Freya, Ariela calls upon the strengths and powers of her friends and a group of strangers.
As Ariela gathers her allies, she realises her powerful adversary isn’t the only threat. She has been betrayed by someone she thought she could trust.
FORGED IN FIRE (HEIR TO THE FIRSTBORN BOOK 2) by Elizabeth Schechter
Having slipped through Mannon’s fingers, Heir to the Firstborn Aria and her two Companions – Waterborn Aven and Fireborn Owyn – have left Forge behind and are on the road to the Earth tribe lands. There they’ll find the heart of the resistance. At least, that’s what they’ve been told by Memfis, Owyn’s adoptive father and Companion to Aria’s father, Heir to the Firstborn Milon. They will also find Aria’s Earthborn Companion, and take another step toward fulfilling the cryptic Vision of the Dove.
The Earth tribe lands are nothing like they were led to believe. The Healing centers have been destroyed, and Mannon’s men are out in force, with orders to bring the Waterborn to Mannon. To evade the guards, Aria, Aven, Owyn and Memfis follow a young healer back to her home – a healing center hidden in the cliffs overlooking the sea. There, they find the surviving healers, the Chieftess of the Earth tribe, and the Senior Healer. They are offered sanctuary, and the Senior Healer offers to complete Aven’s training as a healer. The Chieftess offers Owyn more – a link to his unknown past.
But not everything is what it seems, and their safe haven may not be as safe as they thought. Memfis goes off to seek visions, and doesn’t return. Then, in an instant, Aria and Aven both vanish, leaving Owyn racing against treachery and time to find them and uncover the truth….A truth that might destroy their hopes for a future.
ASHEN FEATHERS (THE ANOMALY SERIES BOOK 3) by Aster North
My name is Everly Banks, assassin, creator, and loner. Or I was until four hunters pushed their way into my life. Add in a cursed goat, sassy fox, and stubborn witch, and I have a whole circus following me. That’s the least of my problems though. I have promises to keep and enemies to slaughter. Two innocents are caught in the center of a battle I’d failed to finish long ago. I won’t let them pay for my mistakes.
We will have to rescue them while dodging a bounty on my head and preparing for war. As if that wasn’t enough, whispers of my past are colliding with my present, and I’m not sure I’m strong enough to handle them. Unfortunately, life isn’t waiting on me to get myself together. My own personal hell is coming whether I like it or not. But it’s not only my future at stake if I lose. My nightmare has come to haunt me and if he succeeds, the world will fall at his feet.
So, if you’re unlucky enough to see the clash between the creator and the destroyer, look for me beneath the falling ashen feathers. I’ll be the one who duct taped herself back together again.
HOT AND HAUNTED (WAKEMAN GRIMOIRE BOOK 1) by Viola Grace
Hecate knew she was never supposed to walk in the world. She hadn’t been an afterthought. She was an act of desperation. Growing up in a small town was rough, but having her family pretend that she didn’t see ghosts made things harder. As soon as she had enough money, she bought a place out of town and got to work. All day, every day, she had her phone on, and she waited for the call that would summon her to someone whose deceased loved one was draining them or terrifying them. Each one called for separate techniques, and she got very good, very quickly.
Her sister’s engagement complicates Hecate’s life as she is suddenly visible to the paranormal society at large with her introductory visit to Oak Point Way. The Nexus Guard is friendly, the gnomes are frisky, and the pixies are a flying menace. Ghosts were a breeze next to the paranormal.
DARK ONE’S BRIDE (DARK ONES TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Aldria Alien
VS note: Listed as a Gothic romance.
It has been five months since Clarabelle Weaver saved the life of the infamous Great Lord and happily accepted his unexpected marriage proposal. With their wedding less than a week away, she is finally stepping into the unfamiliar world beyond her village to face nobility she never knew existed. But it’s not only them who are interested in her presence.
The enemy is also stirring for this historic occasion. Their focus not on the man they see as their reviled “Dark Lord”, but on her as the young woman who supposedly carries his heir. Clara must weave a path through attempted assassinations and poisonings whilst also proving to the court that she’s suitable to become their ruler’s Great Lady… all before taking their vows. But has her training prepared her for an attack that could send the kingdom into war?
BEAR IN MIND (PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 23) by Milly Taiden
Private Investigator, Summer Delgado hopes Gerri can find her twin sister a man. If anyone needs a happily ever after, it’s Winter. But not Summer. She’s got no time for romance. Even if it’s wrapped in smoking-hot shifter muscles. She’s got to focus on the break-in at Gerri Wilder’s apartment. Who needs a sexy, grumpy bear stomping around? Not Summer. Nope. Gerri has other plans, of course.
As the alpha of his den, Quinn Teddy isn’t interested in finding a mate. He’s got other things to worry about. Like getting Gerri Wilder’s recipes and helping his ailing father. He’s also got a missing mother and twin brother to find. When he collides into Summer, his bear reacts. Both man and animal want to bask in her sunny presence. But Teddy knows he shouldn’t have time for the sassy beauty. Even if she does have curves in all the right places. But he can’t stay away.
Thankfully, Summer’s a gifted private investigator and agrees to help Quinn. Together, they‘ll follow a new trail of clues to recover the missing Teddy family members. The quest will test their budding relationship and put Summer’s life on the line. Quinn has already lost so much. He’ll do anything to keep her safe from the dangers of his past.
LAST NIGHT IN HELL by Dia Cole
A night she’ll never forget – Sophie planned for missing guests and a venue change, but never in her wildest dreams did she foresee the apocalypse happening just days before her wedding. Thankfully, her best men and a dangerous former hitman keep her safe.
Then the unthinkable happens…Now, Sophie has only hours to live and a decision to make. Will she stay true to her long-lost groom or let her sexy companions give her the wedding night of her dreams?
VS Note: 5 new releases in Milly Taiden’s Federal Paranormal Unit world:
GET KRAKEN: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT (SEA SHIFTER PROTECTORS) by Mandy Rosko
Olivia is a kraken shifter, the only one of her kind. She’s used to how freaked-out people get when they find out what she is… her kind is rare and rumored to be monstrous. But when bodies start popping up with marks that appear to be made from a kraken, Olivia knows she needs to do whatever she can to clear her name and catch the person doing it. That starts with going to the Federal Paranormal Unit (FPU) and volunteering to help with the case.
Mike is a goblin shark shifter, an agent of the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, a division of the FPU. He’s not pleased when the FPU sends Chase, a harpy shifter, to be his communications man, and he’s even less pleased when he learns that Olivia, an untrained civilian, will be completing the team. It only gets worse when Mike finds out that not only is he Olivia’s mate… Chase is too!
Can the team figure out how to deal with two men mated to the same woman? And can they accept using her as bait to lure out a dangerous killer before it’s too late?
THE WILL’OW RESCUE: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Renee Hewett
Willow Baldwin is a member of the Federal Paranormal Unit’s (FPU) Aquaterrestrial Task Force. As a zebra moray, her assignments frequently take place in the deep sea where it’s impractical for the land shifters. She’s not thrilled with her next job—investigating some missing fish. But that changes when she discovers the job is near Ursanis, an underwater domed city in the Arctic, off-limits to outsiders.
Graham Auman, prince of Ursanis, is in the middle of his multi-year trip from his home to the land-dwelling world to find a mate. But really, what woman would give up their land life to live underwater with him forever? Learning that trouble is brewing at home, he takes the opportunity to return, without a mate. Oh right, he’ll have to check in with the FPU before he flies north. Life has a funny way of throwing at you what you need when you least expect it.
At their first meeting, Willow and Graham know they are mates, but that takes second seat to the mission. They have to stop a cult from stealing the fish keeping an Old One asleep, because if the ancient monster wakes, it could mean the end of the world.
AWAKENED: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Jodi Kendrick
An ancient ocean legend, Lirikai has awakened. She must discover if she is the last of her kind and if she can adapt and find her place in this new world.
Carson is called in by the Aquaterrestrial Task Force, the water division of the Federal Paranormal Unit, to investigate murder victims left on the beach, punctured with mysterious bite marks.
When Lirikai rolls out of the ocean surf asking after the Goddess in the ancient language, Carson questions whether she is connected to his case or if she was sent to him by his lost Goddess. After centuries alone, can they overcome their ingrained sense of duty and purpose and find common ground?
THE KELPIE’S REDEMPTION: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Alexa Gregory
What was thought to be lost to history has now reappeared, and will leave death in its wake…Sorcha Ross is happy living a happy quiet life in Scotland. After centuries used as an unwilling assassin, she finally feels free of her master’s command. Until the day she wakes up on unfamiliar shores, next to the body of a drowned man. The seaweed around him confirms that he’s been killed by a kelpie… and Sorcha is the only kelpie around.
Agent Fitzroy Yarrow needs to prove himself to the FPU. No one believes a naiad can harness their impulsivity enough to be a serious agent, but Fitz is determined to show them otherwise. It’s going to be an uphill challenge, though. While he’s trying to focus on a mysterious drowning case, his naiad side is captivated by glistening waters and a certain sexy red-head.
But what will Fitz do when he learns that the object of his desire is hiding a secret that can compromise his position in the FPU? Can Sorcha break through centuries of mistrust and open her heart to this man who is doing everything to show her that he’s different than all the others who harmed her? Will they win the race against time to find the person controlling Sorcha before they make her kill again?
ANCIENT PROTECTOR: FEDERAL PARANORMAL UNIT by Savannah Verte
Supervisory Special Agent Fedya Afanasi has a problem, and a secret. Unfortunately, he can’t solve his problem without revealing the secret, which could cost him his position, if not his job. Solving the case of the mystery plants and the explosion in the Back Bay Channel is only one piece of the picture. He’s hoping a survivor of the blast can offer some answers to what happened, and the solution to his problem, but she’s not talking.
Marietta Gomez has a problem and secrets of her own. She might be able to aid the investigation, but she’s on the run and not sharing information. When her plan to escape is thwarted, she finds herself back where it all began.
The stakes are high and climbing as the second mini-mystery in Making Waves reveals allies who aren’t and new adversaries to be investigated. Can the team find the answers they need, or are there too many questions yet to solve the puzzle? The best lead they have is beyond their reach and ready to weigh anchor for unknown waters. Time is running out.
THROUGH THE DOORS OF OBLIVION: FROM THE SHADOW COUNCIL ARCHIVES (SERVANT/SOVEREIGN BOOK 1) by Michael G Williams
Wedged between real estate speculators, startup bros, and gentrified neighborhoods, it’s gotten hard to get by in San Francisco and it’s getting even harder all the time. Now two witches have decided the time has come to do something about it.
Using all their arcane skills, Iria – tall, dark, and genderqueer – and their partner and mentor, Madge – the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and a powerful magician – have summoned back to the world of the living one of San Francisco’s greatest eccentric heroes: Joshua Norton, self-declared Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In the 19th century he issued imperial proclamations intended to combat prejudice and advance the interests of the destitute and downtrodden. Binding him to themselves and to the city, Iria and Madge need Norton’s charisma and tireless dedication to the city to help them save the city from a demon of greed.
With an exciting combination of spell-slinging and derring-do, Norton and his modern-day patrons embark on a series of adventures across San Francisco’s past and present in search of the keys to the city: objects from its past they can use in the present to save the city’s future from a demon of greed and his tireless efforts to rob San Francisco of its soul forever!
WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE (ACADEMY OF BROKEN DREAMS BOOK 21) by Rose Alexander and K N Thompson
Nightmares. Bad dreams are all they are, right? That’s what I thought too, until recently that is. Turns out there’s so much more out there that we can’t see. Maybe the monster under the bed isn’t just a myth. I never really fit in anywhere, not in my family, not in school but something happened on my seventeenth birthday that changed everything.
Now I’m scrambling to learn what I am, and how I fit into this new life. Will this be a fresh start where people understand me? Or will I always be an outcast?
COUGAR HALLOWEEN MISCHIEF: A NOVELLA (HEART OF THE COUGAR) by Terry Spear
Ricky Jones is looking forward to his first day on the job as a deputy sheriff in the cougar-run town of Yuma Town, but he doesn’t expect to run into his former girlfriend while he’s wearing his cougar coat. Now he wants her back in the worst way, but he’s sure she’s going to be even madder at him for dumping her three years back.
Mandy Richards is on her way to an interview at a hospital north of Yuma Town for the position of a Licensed Practical Nurse when she hits a cougar in the thick foggy night, a full moon silhouetted in the gloom on Friday, the thirteenth. Checking on the wounded cougar changes her world forever.
But her most recent ex-boyfriend isn’t going along with Ricky’s plans to renew his relationship and things are bound to turn deadly.
SIDONE (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 3) by Milana Jacks
He’s half my age. He cooks. He fusses over my bad sleeping habits, and knows how to handle a gun. Our little reprieve during a mission can only mean one thing: my guard is down. And the enemy I hunt is watching me, waiting for the perfect time to strike.
The time is now.
WINGS by Sandra R Neeley
Rufus Jamisey Claremont, Jaime for short, is the brooding image of a man most women dream of. He’s never known anything other than being alone. Deserted as a child, he’s always felt not even good enough to give away, just thrown away. Raised by his aunt, he’s struggled to keep himself on the right path. That path being one that would keep him far and away from an ancient family prophecy that speaks of fire and flame. And he’s done a pretty good job of it — until now. Now, after all these years, a girl with flaming red hair, a scathing dose of sarcasm, and a body that calls to him on a cellular level comes sauntering into town. Despite his undeniable attraction to her, Jaime just wants her to leave. The wildlife in his hometown is more than a fable, and it can make people disappear. It’s better for all concerned if she just goes.
Ruby Anastasia Parker has only a few months to complete her dissertation and turn it in, then she’s done with grad school and on to the next adventure. She fears nothing and no one. She’s come to a small town in the middle of nowhere to research the local fables and wildlife. She’s alone, and prefers to keep it that way. Her parents managed to keep their distance from her entire life — as a result she’s developed a fear of commitment and setting down roots of any kind. She lives her life out of her suitcase. She spies a tanned, dark-curly haired, muscled up mechanic at the auto repair shop on the outskirts of town. If she’s lucky, she’ll get to spend a night or two with more than one type of local wildlife before she’s on her way again.
For years there’s been a rumor of huge, human-sized bats that nest in the hills of Calabasas, New Mexico. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
DRAGON FAE PROPHECY (THE ELUSTRIA FAE CHRONICLES: DRAGON FAE BOOK 1) by Caethes Faron
My entire life I’ve been an assassin, but after a botched job, I’m the most wanted sorceress in the world. I lie low, taking whatever jobs I’m given. When I’m assigned a new partner, a dragon shifter named Deacon, he strides into my life like he belongs, whether I want him or not.
When the fae court declares I’ve fulfilled an ancient prophecy, they anoint me the Dragon Fae, the mythical savior of our people. That explains Deacon’s presence. He’s the Dragon Fae’s fated mate. Problem is, the fae court is manipulating this sacred legend. Lies may be my trade, but I can’t take part in this deception.
So I cut a deal. If Deacon and I can stop a terrorist plot, I can go back to lying low. If we fail, they’ll make me the Dragon Fae. I was raised on this myth, and the most memorable part? The Dragon Fae dies young and alone—and the fae court has shown they’ll do whatever it takes to make the prophecy come true.
REIGN OF ANGELS 1: REVELATION by L G Castillo
Sneaking off to Vegas was supposed to be fun and exciting. Nothing more than a getaway with my best friend to celebrate surviving high school. But I can’t shake the feeling someone’s watching. Determined to enjoy my newfound freedom, we hit the strip and meet Tristan, a wildly popular magician who’s worshipped by adoring fans. Burned by guys like him before, I resist his advances. Yet, his smoldering blue eyes compel me, and I can’t help falling under his spell.
When the world erupts in chaos, and Tristan’s magic act turns out to be more than just an illusion, my entire life changes. Suddenly, I’m catapulted into a world where angels walk among us, and Tristan is one of them. Some are out to destroy us. Some will protect us. The real question is, which side is Tristan on?
SHADOWS: A BAYOU MAGIC NOVEL by Kristen Proby
I am never alone. Not even when I am alone. I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter. They can’t move on, and I can’t stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It’s the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it. Open myself up to Cassian. If I do, it could spell his death. But if I don’t, it’s mine.
LYNXED: A LYNX SHIFTER MENAGE by Brynn Paulin
A plane crash delivers destiny! Lynx shifters, Mika Andu and Bar Ra, have long awaited one thing: a woman who will complete their cluster and suit them perfectly, in bed and out. They never expected her to fall from the sky. Literally.
Summer was on her way to document life in a far-north Alaskan settlement when her plane went down. She’s stunned when she wakes, naked and in the bed of two strangers. Not only has she survived the crash but two mouth-watering men claim she’s their mate. She’s not so sure about that, but a torrid night of sex with them sounds perfect.
That’s not all they’ve planned, and now, she stuck between two hard chests. And it might just be forever.
QUEEN OF THE ASSASSINS (AN ACADEMY OF ASSASSINS NOVEL BOOK 4) by Stacey Brutger
A cold case. A coven gone dark. Morgan and her men decide to take some time away from the Academy to cement their bonds and investigate the mysterious disappearance. Unfortunately, what should’ve been a routine mission quickly goes sideways when they’re attacked, turning their intimate vacation into a nightmare.
The weakening wards around the coven are the only thing keeping the evil from spilling into the human world…and holding the Assassins captive. Escaping would mean leaving one of her own behind to battle the ancient evil alone. Not happening.
Which means they need to discover a way to send the beasts that escaped from hell back to where they belong…before Morgan and her men become monsters themselves.
WARLOCK AND THE BEAR (BANFORD BEAUTY BEARS BOOK 4) by Mina Carter
He’s wanted Lilly Braun since the moment he saw her, but she won’t give him the time of day. Morgan Jones, ex-soldier and warlock extraordinaire, is hiding a secret. And it’s not his awesome abilities in the sack… It’s the fact he’s had the hots for the Beauty Clan’s head enforcer, Lilly Braun, since he met her. The chances of the luscious lady bear letting him anywhere near her though? Absolute zero. Until matestrike hits one of the other bears, and he’s her only hope. The problem is… Morgan doesn’t let anyone get close because his feelings for Lilly aren’t the only ones he’s been keeping…
Morgan Jones is an absolute son of a bedstead, and she wants nothing to do with him. But *hell* can the guy kiss…Lilly’s life plan was simple. Become a clan enforcer. Find a nice bear male to mate and have some cubs. Easy… yeah right. Her bear isn’t interested in any male in the clan, apart from the warlock, Morgan Jones. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
A TORN PAIGE (HIDDEN KINGDOM TRILOGY BOOK 1) by L Rose
One, two, things are changing for you. Three, four, monsters at your door. Five, six, no one could predict. Seven, eight, you learn they’re your mates. Nine, ten, it’s time to fight again. Paige Alice has changed, but she’s not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.
Four annoying and different types of men, who she trusts with her life. A scary but faithful sidekick, and of course, her crazy family.
The bad. …Everything else.
COLD QUEEN: A DARK RETELLING by K Webster
In a cold, empty castle, a young queen is dying. Weak. Fragile. Disgraced. But Queen Whitestone is not alone in her final days. She has her beloved sister. Until a wicked king rides onto her land. Arrogant. Insufferable. Demanding. King Bloodsun has come with an offer…peace in trade for a bride. He wants the princess. The fiery king won’t take no for an answer. He vows to keep the cold queen captive until she gives in to his demands.
A queen bows for no one, though. Not even when she’s frail and fading away. She’ll tap into her strength, protecting the only family she has left. The king is about to learn why they call her the cruel one.
A WITCH FOR MR HOLIDAY (WITCHES OF CHRISTMAS GROVE BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase
Welcome to Christmas Grove, where holiday magic and matchmaking is in the air.
When Rex Holiday walks into the charming town of Christmas Grove, all he plans to do is to spend the season helping out at his buddy’s Christmas tree farm. What he doesn’t expect is for an overzealous matchmaker to slip a love potion into his cider. But the joke’s on the resident matchmaker, because not even a potent love spell can break through the walls he’s built around his heart. But when the girl next door catches his eye, some of his barriers start to crumble. Still, Rex Holiday’s time in Christmas Grove is only temporary. He can’t afford to fall in love. Or can he?
Holly Reineer is a powerful spirit witch who can see the future for everyone. Everyone but herself that is. And when Rex Holiday walks into her life, she sees his, too. He’s destined for a big corporate job all the way across the country. So when he starts to show interest in her, she knows it’s only temporary, and Holly’s not interested in a fling. She wants her happily-ever-after. But he’s very hard to resist… Can a love spell rewrite the future? If so, Holly will need to learn to follow her heart and, for once, trust what she can’t see.
SHATTERED BONDS (JANE YELLOWROCK BOOK 13) by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock is vampire-killer-for-hire, but her last battle with an ancient arcane enemy has brought her low. She seeks retreat in the Appalachian Mountains to grieve the loss of her friends, and to heal—or to die—from the disease brought on by her magic.
But malevolent elements in the paranormal community still seek to destroy Jane, and a terrifying foe stalks her, even into the safety of the hills. With nowhere to run and her body failing, the rogue-vampire hunter and her inner Beast must discover a way to defeat this new threat, and find a form that gives her a chance to fight another day.
VS: Just a reminder of my new release from last week: WINTER SOLSTICE DREAM!
Torn from her home in the Dales as a child, Nadelma has made a place for herself as the head cook in the Witch Queen of Azrimar’s castle. She stays in the background of the busy court and uses her gentle magic gifts sparingly to help others. More or less content, she’s made peace with the hard facts of her life. Romance, marriage, a family – all beyond her dreams any longer.
Then Halvor, an ambitious Dales lord rides into the city, bringing his mercenaries to serve the king, with the promise of a rich reward, including a title and an estate. The only catch? He has to marry a highborn Azrimaran noblewoman to seal the treaty.
Fate conspires to throw Nadelma and Halvor into each other’s company and the connection is instant and deep but both resist the attraction. She knows she can never have him for herself. He must fulfill the treaty to secure a safe place for his people to live, since their holding in the Dales was destroyed by the black magic of the Shadow. Marriage to a noble damsel of the king’s choice is his fate.
Until he met Nadelma he thought his heart was frozen by the loss of all he cared for, back in the Dales. Now he knows better but his people must come first.
The situation is hopeless…or is it? For the king declares the city will celebrate Winter Solstice and hold a ball, where wishes and dreams just might come true.
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
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 by hand 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.