Revisited: Why I Wrote Star Cruise Outbreak #SciFi

StarCruiseOutbreak-FJM_Mid_Res_1000x1500VS Note: I’m moving this older archive post up after editing it a bit to reflect the current goings-on with the Wuhan coronavirus making a break out into the world. The numbers of infected keep rising, although as we’re aware to date, the mortality rate is pretty low. (Or someone is hiding a lot, says the suspicious scifi author in my head.) I’m not sure yet if we’re now living within the early stages of a scifi apocalyptic situation but I will say I’m keeping an eye on social media (because you learn a lot there even if you do have to sift carefully through misinformation), official channels and the local situation.

Hopefully this will be another “not this time thank goodness” situation for the world, where we all breathe a collective sigh of relief and move on to other worries until the next virus makes a move on us as a host.

But since I had written a scifi novel about an outbreak on an interstellar passenger liner and there is now at least one Earthly cruise liner under total quarantine, waiting to see if their passengers have the Wuhan bug or not, I figured I’d re-publish this post on my reasons why I wrote my novel.

My sympathies and good wishes to everyone on the ship and in the world who is dealing with the virus right now, or who may already have lost loved ones. And my deepest admiration and appreciation for the medical personnel who step up and do their best to save lives, while risking their own at times.

To the rest of us – Stay safe and healthy!


I’ve always been fascinated by epidemics and the measures that the medical profession must take in order to deal with an outbreak. My Dad had cholera as a kid and I believe was the only person in the entire state of New York that year to have it, and eventually the epidemiologist  tracked the source to an apple he’d eaten, from a tree near an infected water source. Hearing my father talk about this incident inspired me to read a book on epidemiology, with fascinating stories of doctors locating Patient Zero, or the first person to come down with the disease in question, and trying to figure out where that person acquired the illness, among other things.

I love movies like “Outbreak” and “Contagion.” There’s a 1992 TV movie entitled “Black Death” with Kate Jackson, about the plague breaking out in New York City that I particularly enjoy. Of course these fictional tales have a happy ending, and the cure is found. Very reassuring.

Since  I write romances with  Happy Ever After endings, I took an ultimately more cheerful route in my own story.


My first take on an interstellar cruise ship disaster, didn’t involve illness…

So long story short, I always wanted to write a plague story because the subject fascinates me. There’s that whole aspect of what would I or the reader do if we were caught in the situation. Would we figure out what was happening soon enough? Could we save ourselves and our loved ones?

At the same time, I also wanted to write more novels about interstellar cruise liners. I created a wonderful starship for Wreck of the Nebula Dream and then of course had to destroy her, but as time went on, I kept thinking of intriguing stories I could tell on a cruise ship sailing the stars. I loved the idea of using the ship as my “village”, with a recurring cast of characters. The two ideas came together, in Star Cruise: Outbreak, partially inspired by a run of news stories at the time about noroviruses on ocean-going cruise ships. I pondered what would happen if a seemingly benign-but-unpleasant bug hit an interstellar cruise ship and was really the start of a much more serious outbreak, harbinger of something never seen before.

I’m still tempted to write a book (or two) about a mysterious epidemic hitting a colony in the far future so we’ll see if that happens or not.

I’ve used the design and details I developed for the Nebula Dream to create a newer, upgraded liner named the Nebula Zephyr, and staffed her with a crew and passengers who have to deal with this outbreak.  After a lot of research into various earthly diseases, I came up with an alien ailment that combines deadly aspects of several real viruses and conditions. I decided my main characters would be Emily the ship’s new doctor and Jake, the head of security. Both are military veterans and suffering from varying degrees of PTSD, so that’s an added complication for them to work through on their way to romance, as they handle the outbreak.

I also brought back Meg and Red from Star Cruise: Marooned as secondary characters in this novel.  Many of the characters (and pets) in Outbreak appear in the other Star Cruise stories but this can definitely be read as a standalone.

I’ve since utilized the Nebula Zephyr as a setting for other novels and novellas and each year try to write at least one story happening on board the ship. The story for 2019 was STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE in the Pets In Space® 5 anthology.

Here’s the story for Star Cruise: Outbreak:

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 29

cavasAs 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).


CAVAS (THE VORGE CREW BOOK 5) by Laurann Dohner

VS Note: Always a good week when there’s a new book from Laurann!

Career military man Cavas Vellar has joined his older brother, Cathian, aboard The Vorge for one purpose—to rescue their youngest littermate. Their father has resorted to having him kidnapped to hide one of his most vile secrets. They need to go down onto a planet full of criminals, find Crath, and rescue him. This mission is the most important one Cavas has ever led.

Jill was betrayed when Earth sold her into alien slavery. She owes her life to Cavas and the Vorge crew for taking her out of a cell and to their ship. When she learns why they were on that planet to begin with…she feels it’s her duty to help them find their missing brother. Even if it means losing her recently gained freedom.
One determined alien on a mission. One woman who notices how sexy he is. This is their story.

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rogue captainTHE ROGUE CAPTAIN (THE LOST PLANET SERIES BOOK 6) by K Webster and Nicole Blanchard

I’m the master of my world. A ruler from the skies of a lost planet. The ship captain who watches from above. Until an alien invades my heart and everything changes. She’s from another world and doesn’t want saving, for she’s on a quest of her own. Feisty and fiery, she burns bright like the sun. I crave to capture her and keep her. To hold the sparkling female in my arms forever, uncaring if I get burned.

A chance mission given by my commander has us sequestered on the Mayvina all alone.
I only have a few solars to prove to her how good we can be together. It’s simple to me: handsome mort plus lovely alien equals mates forever. Right? Wrong. Nothing I say or do has an effect. She’s as stubborn as I am good looking. She’s the one thing I can’t control. A star shooting across the sky, never meant to be caught. But I will catch her heart. It’s written in the stars. We can be more than a space fling. We can be everything. I just have to convince her first.


fever milana jacksFEVER (THE HORDESMEN BOOK 4) by Milana Jacks

The Fever Hordesman sits outside my house, wailing punny lyrics while beating a rock rhythm on his armor, and I’m late for work. My Omega heat’s coming on early, throwing a monkey wrench into my single-minded plan to ignore his single-minded quest to mate me. I have to admit—privately—his strong jaw, full mouth, and a scent that can send over a dozen Omegas into heat, make my girly bits quiver. Just a little.

When the Swarm approaches me with an offer I can’t refuse, keeping Sotay at arm’s length is no longer an option. He’s got something the Swarm wants. If I don’t do as they say, they’ll kill my mom. Once our passion ignites, there’s no putting it out. Except, I’m forced to betray him.


her alien beastHER ALIEN BEAST by Sue Lyndon

The little human has awakened my mating instincts. I don’t think I can be gentle. My blood heats to feverish levels whenever I look upon the pretty human female called Amira. I burn with the need to claim her, body and soul, to sink my teeth into her and mark her as mine forever. But we come from different worlds and she was promised to another long ago, a male she is desperate to escape. I’ve promised to keep her safe and help her avoid the forced marriage, but can I protect her from myself? My blood keeps getting hotter, the urge to hold her down and claim her as my mate becoming stronger by the day. Eventually, I’ll give in to the dark passions coursing through my veins. The Kaxxloran mating urge is coming upon me. It’s only a matter of time until I lose all control.

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planetary anthology series lunaPLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES: LUNA (TUSCANY BAY’S PLANETARY ANTHOLOGY SERIES BOOK 2) by Various including Bokerah Brumley

VS Note: Not romance but a scifi release of interest…seems like quite a mix.

These are the tales of the orb that lights our night sky and drives the tides of our oceans. The bright companion that orbits our planet, invades our dreams and drives us mad.


alien mineALIEN MINE by A C Tamsin and J C Brielle

Extraterrestrials do exist. To discover alien life was the sole reason Jace Tanner trained to work on GBT’s space station. Only he never expected to find out like this—waking up to one lurking on his bed. Nor did he expect to be so drawn to her. All Vai needed was his DNA. That’s the way it’s always been. A necessity during missions. A gentle exchange. But her experience with this human called Jace has proven anything but typical. Her first contact with a human should not have been like this.

Then again, nothing about her mission has gone as planned. Hostile threats, unforeseen setbacks, innocent bystanders pulled into the fray. And now a secret war wages deep within her heart. Jace. Her valiant human. All that she never knew she wanted. And the very last person in the cosmos she can afford to get attached to. But as an outside menace looms, an otherworldly energy between them emerges—one with bold, unrelenting power and a mind of its own. Now two adversaries face them, but have they the strength to battle both? Their lives, and the fate of the station, might very well depend on it.



Finn Sterling is still adjusting to becoming the lieutenant of the blue fleet of Charybdis Station. As an orphan on Cardinal Hold, he never imagined he would have a position of authority as an adult and the trust his friends put in him makes failure impossible. When he is given the monumental task to find a large number of missing Vextonians, he’ll take all the help he can get. When Finn’s journey brings him to his mate, he discovers that finding the missing is only one part of the quest ahead of him.

Aiden Crow has spent the last year consumed with grief and his search for vengeance. When he meets Finn, he knows instantly that the man is his mate, but what could he possibly offer the beautiful, smiling Cardinal? As the search for the missing draw the two men together, Crow realizes that the greatest risk he faces is losing his heart.
Crow and Finn must work together to gather information so they can find the innocent before they are lost forever.



When she’d left the gym to head home for a quiet night, the last thing she’d expected was to be abducted by aliens to then be thrown into a fight for life and survival aboard an alien slave ship. Now that chapter is over and there’s another obstacle in her way—surviving on a desert planet where everything lives to kill…all the while dealing with him…Yce. The alien she’s stuck with. He’s otherworldly, strange, and absolutely confusing. She hates him and the feeling seems to be mutual. Problem is, they are stuck in each other’s company until they reach the outpost to send a message for help. Aliens are the reason she’s in this predicament and Yce is probably no better than her captors… Except he is…he is very different…and that’s something not even hate can ignore.



Abel Bancroft is an Interstellar MI6 assassin who doesn’t do relationships. He is perfectly content playing at his favorite BDSM club and picking up random hookups to fill his nights. When he’s asked to play babysitter to a bio-engineered super-human, he knows his carefully ordered life is about to be thoroughly interrupted.

Humans fear the Reapers and Mem has known it his entire life. Raised in a facility on the barren moon of Arethea outside the orbit of Era 3, freedom is only a word that he knows exists in the dictionary. New London is supposed to be his opportunity to have a life, so long as he can put up with the arrogant, sexy agent assigned to watch him.
If the missions don’t get them into trouble, the sparks between them definitely will. Being perfectly matched by the MI6 wasn’t supposed to lead to the two of them crashing into bed together but sometimes falling together is the only way to keep from falling apart.


cave alienCAVE ALIEN (ANCIENT EARTH ALIENS) by Loki Renard

I was left as a sacrifice. The alien in the cave will claim me. I am Tres. As the sun rises on the last day of my life, I am painted with the hands of the ancestors and sent to starve in the dying cave. But I am not alone in this cavern of bones. A powerful alien finds me. Frees me. And he claims me for his own. Stranded far from the future, Vulcan does not understand that my death is foretold. I was born to be the bride of the fiery mountain, not the possession of a rough alien.  I know better than to fight fate, but he is too fierce a warrior to relinquish me. What gods will he anger by denying me to them? What laws of nature will be broken in his quest to keep me for himself? I’m afraid I know the answer:
All of them.


chevepaks cherishedCHEVEPAK’S CHERISHED (THE QUASAR LINEAGE BOOK 11) by Pearl Tate

VS Note: From December.

Chevepak – I hate my mating marks, and I’m probably the first male to feel this way. I’m a straight-laced historian who learned their lesson growing up. Never go against the family unit. Always back up and defer to your female lead. But now, I’m helping abused males get off Quasar and away from their Ermadas. If I’m found out, I’ll be ostracized by the twelve other males who share Councilor Vina’s home with me. To complicate matters even more, the mating marks develop on my chest, and there’s no way to hide them! Between avoiding my Ermada and suppling food to my fugitives, I’m rescued from an awkward situation when I’m summoned to speak with the Sacred Mother. She promises unity with a new program I’m qualified to lead in. But will this mean I’m helping end the matings? And sensing my mate getting closer, do I want to?

April – Lying in a pool of blood on my kitchen floor, I gave up. I’d had enough of my life and wasn’t interested in even bothering to try and answer my door for the medical help I needed to survive. Working at the corner fast food joint, I don’t have much I’ll miss. My latest boyfriend is responsible for my current state, but I’m sure he didn’t stop to consider my hemophilia when he knocked me around. So when I’m approached and offered an important mission, a purpose that could help thousands of people lead a better life, I’m intrigued—especially when it also comes with a mate. Someone who’s not only going to heal my body and want only me, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)



Collared and chipped like a dog, Cairo has no choice but to fly under Salvatore’s command and feed SCAR Force the data they want. A situation made worse when she starts seeing the Adamatine’s crew as people, not mindless puppets easy to hate. Cairo knows blaming innocents for SCAR Force’s crimes is wrong. But acknowledging her growing affection for the team is dangerous. Especially when the instinct driving her to protect their lives puts her own at risk.


strangewaysSTRANGEWAYS by Addison Cain

One moment I was leaving work, the next I was entertaining a silvery-green alien intent on knowing me fully. Their invasion of our world nonviolent, seamless. They dress as human men, eat in human restaurants, vote, pay taxes, and are controlling every last one of us. I don’t understand how no one else can see what I see? That their beauty is a trap.
They have come here for women, intent on creating life partners—through seduction, mental manipulation, employing muscular bodies capable of fulfilling any female desire. Shaping themselves to our wants. Until we’ve each been claimed, marked, and changed. Assimilated. We don’t have a choice. They can make us like it. They can make us desire them. They can make us do anything they want.

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spellbound kali argent3013: SPELLBOUND A NOVELLA (THE 3013 SERIES) by Kali Argent

Agreeing to live on Earth with his sister might have been the biggest mistake of Sentry Xi Moonmist’s very long life. Far away from his home world, he has no duties to perform, no job to do. He has no purpose. Worse, his magic is fading, turning against him, and even the smallest of spells has unpredictable consequences.

Everything changed for Cynda Vargas the day her fathers died. Left alone with a jealous mother and two spoiled sisters, she’s known nothing but loneliness and neglect for years. An infertile human female, rejected from the Academy, an embarrassment to her family, she has no time to dream when she’s simply trying to survive. The path to happily-ever-after isn’t an easy one, but when fate brings these two lost souls together, all it takes is one kiss and a little magic to leave them both completely spellbound.

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alien savages stolen brideALIEN SAVAGE’S STOLEN BRIDE (DRACONIAN WARRIORS BOO 7) by Juno Wells

Rebecca – While fleeing a dying Earth I’ve endured cold, hunger and thirst. The one bright spot in my nightmare is my friend and fellow red-head, Willow. I’ve never had a friend like her before, one who I’d do anything for and she’d do the same for me. We’re traveling to the Draconian home-world to accept an offer of sanctuary. Of course nothing in the universe is free. The price doesn’t seem so bad, pick out a Draconian male to be your mate. It’s better than starving to death, right? When we get to their planet the task seems like it should be easy. There are lots of warriors and every one of them is obsessed with us. They call us the fiery-haired queens and make a big deal of us. It’s not going too bad until one day Willow disappears. I’m not going to let her go. I’ll do whatever it takes to find her. Even go with a primitive, scarred Draconian warrior who’d be my last choice of mates. Except he knows where she is and without him, there’s no hope.

Argon – I’m of the old blood. There is less humanoid mixed into my native dragon blood. The human queens tend to turn away from me. They mistake my high-strung manner for feral aggression. I’ve resigned myself to not having a queen of my own. I’m exiled from the city because of my aggressiveness, but still I love its beauty…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


arcav giards femaleTHE ARCAV GUARD’S FEMALE (ARCAV INVASION BOOK 8) by Hope Hart

After being abducted by aliens and rescued by the Arcav, all Peyton wants is revenge. Well, that, and a trip straight back home to Earth where she belongs. She’s not interested in the handsome Arcav Guard who stares at her so intently. Even if he does make her wish she’d met him before her captivity.  When the Arcav King offers her a deal, Peyton knows she has to accept. Six months in Arcavia, one date a week with Vazta, and the revenge she needs so she can move on.  Vazta wants nothing more than to remove the shadows in his mate’s eyes. When she insists on finding the alien who tormented her for so long, he promises to keep her safe… no matter the cost. But with evil approaching from all sides, will Peyton be able to achieve her revenge? And can Vazta protect his mate? Or will their differences tear them apart?


restraining taras loveRESTRAINING TARA’S LOVE (THE LAWS OF LOVE BOOK 1) by Trinity Blacio

Tara Yoo was surrounded by many who didn’t trust her because of the color of her skin, and that was scary enough on a day-to-day level. But what was worse was wondering if the three men that were her mates could see past the color of her skin and the fact she, too was alien, and truly love her for herself?


rescue hannah davenportTHE RESCUE (TIZUN BOOK 2) by Hannah Davenport

This is book 2/2 and picks up where book 1 ends. It is highly suggested that you read book 1, Falling for the Alien Prince, first. I married an alien and everything was going great until I heard the dreaded word: Rescue. Murda’s people were coming to rescue him, them—us! Us—because I married a freak’n alien! How could I possibly leave Jenna and the kids? Be the only human in space and on Tizunai? If only I hadn’t fell in love with Murda. But I did. I had to go…I wish he had told me beforehand that I would have to fight for my place at his side. Literally! At least I had my secret weapon to give me a huge advantage, which I desperately needed.


love is in the airshipLOVE IN THE AIRSHIP: A SASS AND STEAM NOVELETTE by Catherine Stein

Things to remember when fleeing your own wedding: – mechanical serpents could lead you astray – accidental kidnappings always involve the former boy-next-door – sky pirates hold grudges – sometimes all love needs is a second chance – Happily Ever After. Guaranteed. Fleeing a wedding to a man she doesn’t love, Euphemia “Effie” Werrington stows away on an airship, only to discover the ship’s owner is the love who left her years before. Charlie Wilson has been through a lot in the years since Effie’s family sent him away, but despite his new piratical appearance, his heart remains as devoted as ever to the woman he left behind. Pirates roam the skies and an angry family is hot on their tail, but the road to true love is never without a few bumps. Let romance take flight!


dying for rainDYING FOR RAIN (THE RAIN TRILOGY BOOK 3) by BB Easton

What could be worse than knowing the exact day the world is going to end? Waking up to find out that it didn’t. The post–April 23 world is a lawless, senseless, ruthless place, but it’s not loveless. At least, not for Rain and Wes. But when the government begins holding daily televised executions as a demonstration of their power, that love is put to the ultimate test. Will Rain sacrifice one life to save the others? Or sacrifice the others to save the one?



Kelly McDermott has always wanted to own a book & bake shop. Her dream has come true, except that the business across the street is decimating her customer base. If it weren’t for the generous monthly rent payment from her handsome new tenant and his adorable little boy, she might be in real trouble. But Kelly is determined to turn things around.

Bane has just reinvented his whole life in the charming town of Tarker’s Hollow. Between trips to and from pre-school with his sweet toddler, Ollie,  and his freelance writing career, Bane should have his hands full. But it’s all too easy to get distracted with his delicious landlady around.

When an unlucky tumble takes Kelly off her feet, Bane and little Ollie step in to help with the cafe. But while Kelly is on the mend, she starts to have her suspicions about some shady activity across the street. Can she resist the call of Bane’s animal magnetism long enough to solve the mystery, or is it just her imagination getting the best of her?

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wicked biteWICKED BITE: A NIGHT REBEL NOVEL by Jeaniene Frost

Some promises are meant to be broken…Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Some vows are forever…Ian’s memories might be fragmented, but this master vampire isn’t about to be left behind by the woman who entranced him, bound herself to him, and then disappeared. So what if demons, other Law Guardians, and dangerous, otherworldly forces stand against them? Come hell or high water, Ian intends to remind Veritas of the burning passion between them, because she is the only person seared on his mind—and his soul.

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out of the darkOUT OF THE DARK (SHADOW AGENTS. PSY-OPS BOOK 4) by Mandy M Roth

When the government approached Wheeler Summerbee with an opportunity to help serve his country at an even deeper level, he jumped at the chance. Little did he know he’d end up a creature of the night with a thirst for blood or that he had ties to gargoyles. Heck, he didn’t even know gargoyles and vampires were real prior to the Immortal Ops genetic testing he endured. And he surely didn’t know he’d end up a fugitive, on the run from his own government, or to be turned to stone.

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six months with cerberusSIX MONTHS WITH CERBERUS by Naomi Lucas

Cyane was delivered as a newborn to an orphanage with nothing but a cryptic note from her parents to come to Sicily for an obscure celebration on her twenty-fourth birthday.
Years later, desperate to get to the festival on time to finally meet her parents, she’s tricked and dragged under the Ionian sea. Confused, fighting for her life, and near death she’s pulled from the water by a man. An ancient Greek warrior with frighteningly animalistic eyes.

Cerberus, son of the dragon Typhon, hundred-headed hound to Hades, Gatekeeper to the Underworld, Watcher of all the souls in Styx, and first shifter, senses an unauthorized mortal in Hades’s domain. And when that mortal tries to escape, he does what he’s always done best—stops them. What he doesn’t expect is a beautiful human woman cowering beneath his blade. When she begs for his help to leave Hades’s realm, his loyalties are tested unlike never before.


vendetta roadVENDETTA ROAD (TORPEDO INK BOOK 3) by Christine Feehan

Isaak “Ice” Koval is on a club mission when he sees a woman who stops him dead in his tracks. Soleil is a sweet, sexy, girl-next-door type. She’s an innocent who should be nowhere near the rough-and-ready world of the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. But Ice knows Soleil belongs with him—and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

After a life of drifting from one thing to the next, Soleil Brodeur is determined to take control of her life. When her breakup with her manipulative fiancé turns ugly, Soleil searches out the stranger who offered her a lifeline and ends up in a Las Vegas biker bar where she meets a gorgeous, dangerous man straight out of her most secret fantasies.
High on adrenaline, she finds herself falling faster than she thought possible. But Soleil knows little about the territory she’s stumbled into, and even less about what it really means to be Ice’s woman.

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fractured soulTHE FRACTURED SOUL (DRAGON SAGA BOOK 4) by Nicolette Andrews

Fate demands a sacrifice. Can they escape it or will the red thread of fate strangle them all? For the first time in her life, Suzume has begun to open her heart. With Kaito and her friends at her side, she knows they’ll conquer the darkness together. All that is left is to find the last soul fragment. What she hadn’t planned for was finding Kazue’s reincarnation…

The return of Kaito’s former lover puts a wedge between Suzume and Kaito, as they both face danger that threatens to pull them apart for good. While Suzume’s family is in Hisato’s clutches at the palace, Kaito’s enemies are trying to take away his newly reformed kingdom. With Hisato’s grip tightening on Akatsuki and his influence reaching farther, time is running short. If they have any hope to defeat him, it will be during the lunar eclipse in a month’s time.

As anarchy consumes Akatsuki, their last hope lies in the flames burning in Suzume’s heart. To seal Hisato away, Suzume and the other soul fragments must be able to resonate together. But Suzume’s distrust of Kazue is getting in the way. Can they learn to work together in time before the world is devoured by night, or will Hisato triumph?


blood bound lowranceBLOOD BOUND: A LOWRANCE VAMPIRES NOVEL by R J Blain

After waking in a shallow grave and clawing her way to freedom, Penelope Francis hunts for the rogue who stole her life and transformed her into a vampire. Despite being corrupted into a feared preternatural, she clings to her humanity and refuses to prey on innocents, instead slaking her thirst on other miscreant vampires. In exchange for a chance at revenge, she joins forces with the charismatic master of the Lowrance brood, a choice that may spell the salvation—or destruction—of humanity as she knows it.

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“We can only hide for so long, sister, before we either become nothing, or choose to rejoin the living.” Mika Marshall is back at the University of Morgana. It is her first fall semester, her first Homecoming and Samhain on Morgana’s Island. So much is the same her first day and yet…so much is different. She is no longer the girl who couldn’t do basic magic, but she’s losing control – she’s finding it difficult to rejoin the living after what she had to do to win the challenge. Claire refused to yield and Mika had to take her life to stay alive. Now she has to figure out how to live again, as Matriarch of nothing. She has to find a way to free the Morrigan and find her place in the world. Mika can no longer ignore what she is, or what she can do. She needs to embrace the chaos.



His wings have been stripped…To get them back, he must repent But he’s got other plans…He just never knew it would include a spicy mate…She holds the key to his heart…But if she discovers his crime, will she throw it away? She’s a nurse with a heavy burden…Her family has been torn apart…And it’s all her fault…And now she has a handsome patient who tests her patience…She doesn’t have time for romance All she wants to do is heal her family…But her patient’s kiss leaves her unrattled…But evil is on its away.


dragon mistress book 4THE DRAGON MISTRESS BOOK 4 (THE EBUROSI CHRONICLES 11) by R A Steffan

We ran away, but it didn’t solve our problems. Now, we’re going back to fight for Aristede. And oh, yeah—there’s also the small matter of toppling Rayth’s corrupt younger brother from the Utrean throne, so we can remove the bounty on our dragons’ heads. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?
As the king’s eldest son, Rayth grew up expecting to rule. Instead, he ended up disgraced and exiled. When he unknowingly stumbled upon the last five dragon eggs in existence, using the creatures to take back his crown was the last thing on his mind. All that changed after Rayth’s brother Oblisii murdered their father and stole the kingship. With that fateful blow, what started out as a simple rescue mission to find our lost comrade has become something much more.
We won’t be safe until Oblisii is dead, and dragons are once more protected in the land of Utrea. To make that happen, we’ll have to risk everything in a desperate gamble to control the throne.
In the end, I just want my family back. I’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.



Jin’s first spying mission is supposed to be easy. Walk into the club, touch Kalugal to tether her consciousness to him, and walk out. Except, they should have known better.


magick and mischiefMAGICK AND MISCHIEF (WARLOCKS MCGREGOR BOOK 7) by Michelle M Pillow

Kenneth doesn’t have room for anything in his life beyond his responsibilities as an immortal warlock and a father. Being a single dad is difficult, especially when that toddler is more powerful than his entire magickal family combined. Standing against forces who want nothing more than to harness his daughter’s power takes focus, dedication, and the willingness to put his life on hold. So when the mysterious yet beautiful Andrea appears on his doorstep, he can’t help but distrust her.

For two years, Andrea Breaux has been running from a dangerous supernatural force. She’s learned to stay on the move, to never allow grass to grow under her feet, and to be suspicious of everyone and everything. When she finds herself in a house surrounded by magicks and a powerful child who would rather she not leave, Andrea isn’t sure what to do or if she even wants to go. But staying puts everyone at risk, especially the Scottish hottie in a kilt, Kenneth MacGregor.

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diamond cityDIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores

Fierce and ambitious, Aina Solís as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. After the murder of her parents, Aina takes a job as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten. Her boss is brutal and cold, with a questionable sense of morality, but he provides a place for people with nowhere else to go. And makes sure they stay there. DIAMOND CITY: built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. It is a world full of dark forces and hidden agendas, old rivalries and lethal new enemies. To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

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highfireHIGHFIRE: A NOVEL by Eoin Colfer

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…

In the days of yore, he flew the skies and scorched angry mobs—now he hides from swamp tour boats and rises only with the greatest reluctance from his Laz-Z-Boy recliner. Laying low in the bayou, this once-magnificent fire breather has been reduced to lighting Marlboros with nose sparks, swilling Absolut in a Flashdance T-shirt, and binging Netflix in a fishing shack. For centuries, he struck fear in hearts far and wide as Wyvern, Lord Highfire of the Highfire Eyrie—now he goes by Vern. However…he has survived, unlike the rest. He is the last of his kind, the last dragon. Still, no amount of vodka can drown the loneliness in his molten core. Vern’s glory days are long gone. Or are they?

A canny Cajun swamp rat, young Everett “Squib” Moreau does what he can to survive, trying not to break the heart of his saintly single mother. He’s finally decided to work for a shady smuggler—but on his first night, he witnesses his boss murdered by a crooked constable.

Regence Hooke is not just a dirty cop, he’s a despicable human being—who happens to want Squib’s momma in the worst way. When Hooke goes after his hidden witness with a grenade launcher, Squib finds himself airlifted from certain death by…a dragon?

The swamp can make strange bedfellows, and rather than be fried alive so the dragon can keep his secret, Squib strikes a deal with the scaly apex predator. He can act as his go-between (aka familiar)—fetch his vodka, keep him company, etc.—in exchange for protection from Hooke. Soon the three of them are careening headlong toward a combustible confrontation. There’s about to be a fiery reckoning, in which either dragons finally go extinct—or Vern’s glory days are back.

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voice of the seaVOICE OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 3) by Elle Beaumont

Prince Ruari, spare heir to the throne of Selith, knows his kingdom needs magic to survive. But when his brother Loch, the crowned prince, makes a rash decision during a crisis, magic is soon banned. When the Kraken breaks free from his bindings, and threatens the merfolk, Ruari knows what he must do in order for the kingdom to have a fighting chance. He must bridge the divide between magic users and those without magic.

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The long-lost magic brings doom… We’ve been living in the shadow of the enchanter prophecy since my magic was released, and it seems that the darkness is finally closing in. There’s chaos everywhere; Brinnswick has become a war zone. The human and magical communities are doing everything in their power to save us, but it isn’t enough. Our enemies are countless and more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen.

The country has been in turmoil since the berserkers awakened an evil power, and somehow, my magic is connected to it. Ailin doesn’t know yet that the last time this magic was released in our realm, my ancestors sacrificed one of their own in order to keep the evil at bay. I have no doubt that he would burn the world around us in order to save me, but what if my sacrifice could save the world? I don’t want to leave him—he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me—but if my death can guarantee his life, and the lives of our coven, then I’ll do whatever it takes to keep them safe.


apocalypse the battlefieldAPOCALYPSE BATTLEFIELD (THE POWER OF TWELVE BOOK 5) by Miranda Martin

We lost her. We failed. Betrayed by one of our own. The world already ended once, but none of us were prepared for what happened. We have to carry on, somehow, because even though we lost, the fate of the world still hangs in the balance. This is it. The final battle, our last showdown with the Shadow and everything is on the line. Including our lives and the souls of everyone on Earth. Yet in this, our darkest hour, hope exists. Her bond with the Twelve. We go to battle and win or lose, we’ll do it together.


raffle of the heartRAFFLE OF THE HEART (HOT HEARTS CAFE BOOK 9) by Trinity Blacio

Miguel Sanchez was not happy at all being stuck at a Valentine’s Festival let alone being entered by someone in some stupid raffle of the heart contest. But when he sees his prize all anger is gone, replaced by the need to get to know the little witch that was holding the contest.
Tally Sandman had come to help run a booth, she was not supposed to be a prize in some hearts contest, but it would seem she was another victim of the dead Venus Wood, Moonbeam’s grandmother. I mean how could the ghost woman pick a car-sale manager for her, an alien one at that?


silverfallSILVERFALL (RAVEN CURSED BOOK 2) by McKenzie Hunter

Magic—a gift or a curse? For me, it’s both. My magic has always caused problems, but this time it might cause a war. While helping me try to remove my curse, my best friend performs an illegal spell. The result? A powerful supernatural is unleashed, seeking revenge on the shifters and the fae. He’s wreaking havoc, and everyone wants to know who let him out. It’s getting harder to rein in the chaos because the spell also revealed what I truly am. Suddenly, being Raven Cursed doesn’t seem so bad. I’ve drawn the attention of Mephisto, a mysterious fae, and a god. And now, saving my best friend’s life isn’t my only problem.



There’s hate and there’s hostility. And then, there’s family. Maybe they’re all one in the same. I’m surrounded by the very people I vowed revenge upon. Instead of lashing out with sharp blades and knives, I’m stuck buying my time. I need the Shadow Guard’s help if I’m going to save my demon mates from the claws of my enemies. The Shadow Guard are just like myself. They’re made entirely from secrets, lies, and deadly dark magic and now it’s all spreading around us like wildfire. Nothing about vengeance is ever easy though. The chaos that surrounds me, it’s like coming home. And my kingdom of a home, it’s all about to come crashing down.


court of mortalsTHE COURT OF MORTALS (STARIEL BOOK 3) by A J Lancaster

VS Note: Recommended by Reader Barbara T

Marrying your fae prince shouldn’t be this hard. Hetta’s family now know Wyn’s true identity, but that doesn’t mean they approve of their relationship. Princes are all very well – but Wyn’s not human, for all he’s spent ten years pretending to be.
With gossip spreading like wildfire, Hetta and Wyn receive a royal summons. The Queen of Prydein has heard the rumours of fae intruders, and she’s not letting Wyn go until she’s satisfied he and his people aren’t a threat. Convincing her would be a lot easier if someone wasn’t trying to blacken Wyn’s name – and if his sister wasn’t trying to kill him.
For mortal politics aren’t the only problem the pair have to face. The Court of Ten Thousand Spires is still without a ruler, and the only way out may be for Wyn to assume the throne himself – meaning he and Hetta can never be together.


gods eyeTHE GOD’S EYE (L;ANCASTER’S LUCK BOOK 3) by Anna Butler

Rafe Lancaster is reluctantly settling into his role as the First Heir of House Stravaigor. Trapped by his father’s illness and his new responsibilities, Rafe can’t go with lover Ned Winter to Aegypt for the 1902/03 archaeological digging season. Rafe’s unease at being left behind intensifies when Ned’s fascination with the strange Antikythera mechanism and its intriguing link to the Aegyptian god Thoth has Ned heading south to the remote, unexplored highlands of Abyssinia and the course of the Blue Nile.
Searching for Thoth’s deadly secrets, Ned is out of contact and far from help. When he doesn’t return at Christmas as he promised, everything points to trouble. Rafe is left with a stark choice – abandon his dying father, or risk never seeing Ned again.

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rift magicRIFT MAGIC by Margo Bond Collins

A year ago, my brother Brodric set out on a Rift-quest to activate his latent magical genes. He disappeared without a trace. So now I’m following him, headed to Brochan City, the abandoned site of the strongest Rift activity in the land. Along the way, I met up with a refugee from another world, tossed upon our shores like Rift-borne trash. Coit’s too naïve to survive this world easily, but he’s a good brawler. And the other pilgrims I’ve picked up in my travels? They might be useful, too. I’ll never admit out loud that I’m beginning to care for them. I’m hoping to send Coit back to his world and get my brother back. Sometimes the Rift allows trades like that. Sometimes it simply drives petitioners mad. If we’re lucky, that’s the worst its magic will do.


queen takes sunfiresQUEEN TAKES SUNFIRES BOOK 1: KARMEN SUNNA (THEIR VAMPIRE QUEEN BOOK 11)  by Joely Sue Burkhart

I awoke in a pile of garbage in a dark alley with no memory of what happened to me or even who I am. All I know is my name, Karmen. By the vicious scars on my body, I’ve been through hell and lived to tell about it. Barely. In the hospital, my memory slowly begins to return. Something is after me. It’s not safe. I have to get away. But I don’t know who to trust. Certainly not the man who left me in the alley. He smelled like a wolf. Or the doctor, who asks me if I’m even human. Then the doctor drops a bombshell. I’m pregnant. And I have no idea who the father is. Only that his monsters hunt me in the burning light of day.


yesterdays dreamsYESTERDAY’S DREAMS (A SLIP IN TIME BOOK 3) by Jane O’Brien

Yesterday’s Dreams, Book Three in O’Brien’s series called A Slip in Time, continues with our favorite characters, Francine, Luke, Dora, and Wade. The two sisters each love a Grainger brother, but one love has been fulfilled, while the other love is torn apart by two different centuries. Fran and Luke begin to make a wonderful life for themselves while living in her family’s cottage. Many ups and downs keep this couple close to our hearts, as they struggle with decisions that will affect their future, with fear of being discovered, and with illness that threatens the loss of life. Dora has returned to her own century with a broken heart. She leaves the love of her life behind to sort out his problems with his family. Knowing she can never go back again, she tries to forge a new life while still keeping in touch with her sister in the 1880s through messages left in the trunk. As time passes we see Dora struggle to forget Wade, but illusive dreams continue to visit her in the night, tempting her to return to a crooked smile and loving arms.


sage and spiritedSAGE AND SPIRITED (WAKEMAN GRIMOIRE BOOK 2) by Viola Grace

Hecate’s social life is looking up. Her sister is getting married, the new brother-in-law-to-be is a really good guy, and his family is helping Hecate fill in the gaps of her knowledge of what the hell she is.

Her grandfather’s ghost is convinced that she needs to become a ghost hunter in her family tradition. She has attempted to tell him that her way is more appropriate, but it is hard to get a new idea into the minds of the deceased. When her grandfather’s assistant arrives, Hecate is in for a shock. Not only is he pale as marble, but he is also as solid as the stone as well. She doesn’t have time to deal with the new arrival. Her sister’s wedding venue has had a disaster strike, and the search is on for a new one. Hecate goes with them when they locate a prospective replacement. There is only one problem. It is the most haunted building in the province. It’s a good thing that Hecate has cleared her calendar for the week before the event. She has some work to do.

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hidden power fiona starrHIDDEN POWER (ACADEMY OF ELEMENTAL MAGIC BOOK 1) by Fiona Starr

I was born the day my parents died—talk about luck. I grew up bouncing around the foster system, never knowing when the rug would be pulled out from under me. Now, I’m twenty-two and while I’m free of the dangers of my childhood, life still isn’t easy.
When a strange couple appears chanting in some weird language, I try to walk away, but the guy whips out a freaking fire lasso and starts making like he’s going to hogtie me right there on the street. That’s when all kinds of crazy breaks loose. Next thing I know, I’m strapped to a bed in what looks like a hospital, I can’t speak, and some woman is telling me I’m a Vox Elemental, which leaves me a choice between getting shipped off to a magic school to train my voice or be silenced forever.

Of course I choose the school; who wouldn’t? Turns out my new home is a highly competitive, cut-throat academy where one wrong step could cost me everything. I promise myself that I’ll work hard and get free, which all goes out the window when I meet not one, not two, but four of the hottest guys I have ever seen, and they are definitely not part of the curriculum. As if juggling new relationships, a new school, and some rather testy mean girls weren’t enough, there’s also someone or something making a meal out of the student body—literally. Add that to the things I have to manage. Assuming I survive…Some luck, huh?



VS Note: From early December.

In a world where nothing is ever as it seems, the seeds of love take root on the precipice of chaos, danger, and a great destiny. In the shadow of an ancient prophecy, two individuals will be drawn together to meet a dangerous calling–or die trying. For legends tell of a powerful fire witch and a legendary shapeshifter who will one day rid the world of the wrath of the Water Witch of Legend, and restore peace and balance to the world.

However, for Sanura Williams and FBI Special Agent Assefa Berber, their destinies will not be so easily won, as fear and faith will ultimately determine their fates. In the heat of battle and the chill of prophecy, Sanura and Assefa will weather the dual storms of lust and love. Are they prepared for the intoxicating swirl of danger and attraction? Can they overcome their fears of such a powerful prophecy? In the face of their foes, these legendary warriors must embrace their roles as heroes, side-by-side, and defend humanity against the coming doom.



Things finally seem settled at Sleepy Hollow University, until one of the men who holds my heart is suddenly enamored with the idea of joining the military. This sudden desire to serve isn’t just patriotic duty. Something is amiss in the recruitment office. When my suitors and I investigate the sergeant with the help of an unlikely ally, we unravel a conspiracy designed to destroy supernaturals. In order to stop it, I have to put myself on the front line and within arm’s reach of danger. Will my newly honed powers be enough to keep me safe from the powerful force working against us?


born a demonBORN A DEMON (PARANORMAL B&B 5) by  M D Stewart

Conner: I’m a reporter who’s seen horrors, but I faced them all without flinching. Despite everything — including a mother who thought I wasn’t quite human — I was happy with my life, my friends, my parents and my job. Then I met Rager, a demon from a different dimension. I never thought I’d want a future with another man, but I want one with him. I can forgive his past transgressions, but he has to trust in me and our love. Is happiness really possible when I learn my entire life has been a lie?

Rager: Centuries of loneliness led me to make huge mistakes. I believed the wrong person, an innocent child was nearly kidnapped, and I almost killed a man by forcing my Mating Mark on him. As punishment, I’ve been sent to the Mortal Realm, where I’m helpless without my powers. Now I’ve met Conner, but I know he deserves a better mate. Can I help him accept the truth about himself, or will it tear us apart? And will my Queen allow me happiness after all the mistakes I’ve made?

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order of the regentORDER OF THE REGENT (KNIGHTS OF THE HAREM BOOK 1) by Melle Amade

Lorelai D’Anjou’s life has never been easy. The sole survivor of a dark magic that destroyed her entire family, she has spent the last eight years caring for the ailing, impotent monarch who saved her life and claimed her for his own. When the king is murdered by his selfish brother, Lorelai’s world is suddenly narrowed down to two choices: marry her husband’s killer, or die. Now, she flees for her life, a fugitive in her own kingdom as she seeks allies to help her take back her stolen throne.

Thankfully, Lorelai is not without friends. The fierce, dashing knights of the Order of the Regent have always been loyal, and during her darkest hour, they come to her aid. Unfortunately, five knights are not enough to rally a kingdom, especially when assassins are nipping at Lorelai’s heels, and doubt is brewing in the hearts of Valliere’s great houses. But Lorelai has never been one to give up, and she’s not about to start now. Especially when the alternative is not just death, but the end of the entire world as she knows it.


to seduce a faeTO SEDUCE A FAE (WINTER’S THORN BOOK 1) by Mila Young

When I started university and moved out of my foster parents’ home, I hoped everything would change. That the nightmares, the visions, the voices would stop, but they got worse. Then three of the most dangerously stunning fae crashed into my life. Intoxicating eyes. Devilish lips. Dangerous intentions. They insist I belong with them in the Wandering Realm. A place where love is lost, where war is brewing between two realms, and where the once powerful royals are being hunted down and slaughtered.
I’m their savior they say, but there are no saviors amid monsters. These princes who are tasked to keep me safe are keeping secrets of their own. Secrets that will kill me.
So, how am I meant to rid the realm of evil when I feel the dark spreading through my veins?


lions prideA LION’S PRIDE by Susan Bliler

Maia Major is a woman on a mission. When her neighbors at Cougar Canyon Ranch need help, Maia is determined to do what she can. It doesn’t matter to her that the Concolor Apex, Carter, has a notorious hatred of humans. It doesn’t matter to Maia that she’s the only human in the Major Bear Clan. She also doesn’t care about the bitter rivalry brewing between her brother, the Alpha of the Major Bear Clan, and Carter, the Apex of the Concolor Pride. Maia’s only concern is healing Carter’s sick animals.

Carter is at a loss. Frustration and helplessness mount when the local town veterinarian is unable to help Carter’s ailing team of prized sled dogs. So when Maia Major, sister to his enemy, and skilled veterinarian, shows up on Carter’s property, he’s forced to play nice. He doesn’t like humans, and judging by her scent, Maia is one hundred percent human. Still, she’s educated and willing to lend a hand. He’ll be polite if he can, he’ll be gracious if he must, and he’ll tolerate Maia’s presence even if it kills him.

Carter is wary of Maia’s true intentions but can’t ignore the fierce protective instincts the little human kicks up the moment she arrives. Determined to accept her help and then be rid of her, he steels himself against Maia’s inadvertent charm. Bonds form, ties are cemented, and when Ramsey Major comes calling his sister home, Carter will have to decide if he still hates humans enough to let Maia go.



A Librarian’s work is never done, and Irene is summoned to the Library. The world where she grew up is in danger of veering deep into chaos, and she needs to obtain a particular book to stop this from happening. Her only choice is to contact a mysterious Fae information-broker and trader of rare objects: Mr. Nemo.

Irene and Kai make their way to Mr. Nemo’s remote Caribbean island and are invited to dinner, which includes unlikely company. Mr. Nemo has an offer for everyone there: he wants them to steal a specific painting from a specific world. But to get their reward, they will have to form a team, including a dragon techie, a Fae thief, a gambler, a driver, and the muscle. Their goal? The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, in an early twenty-first-century world, where their toughest challenge might be each other.

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time with norma jeaneTIME WITH NORMA JEANE: A TIME TRAVEL NOVEL by Elyse Douglas

VS Note: Not a romance.

A young woman is hurled back to 1954 to spend a week with Marilyn Monroe. Together, they embark on their own personal journeys — one a coming-of-age — the other, Marilyn’s journey, a struggle to reconcile with her past and perhaps change the future.


game of bonesGAME OF BONES (MAGIC MARKET MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by Erin Johnson

Pet psychic Jolene could use a break from hiding her flawed powers. So when her cop crush and his lie-detecting dog invite her to a masked Policeman’s Ball on a boat, she dives in head-first. But the problems from her past return when the officer of the year turns up dead.

Working to lay bare the murderer, Jolene discovers both the man who broke her heart and the woman who cursed her are onboard… and engaged to be married. But her troubled history threatens to blow her cover as she combs through a conga line of potential culprits — including the ghost of a deceased sea captain. Can Jolene expose the cop’s killer when she’s still under a crippling curse?


inheriting fateINHERITING FATE by Christine McFarland

Cassie McAllister miraculously survived an attack by her ex-husband. But her breaking point comes when she starts hearing a voice in her head saying, “Save her.” She retreats to an old farmhouse in Idaho she inherited upon her mother’s death, with plans to fix the place up and fix herself in the process. Hidden in the attic, she finds a century-old diary. Upon reading from the charmed book, she’s thrust back in time to 1890, into the life of Annie McDonald.

Trapped in Annie’s life, Cassie meets Carrington Chambers, a local farmer with a murderous reputation. Annie is smitten, but Cassie is wary of his dark nature—and with good reason. She’s unaware that Annie mysteriously dies soon after the couple wed.
Back in the attic, Cassie is shocked when she encounters Carrington again—only now he’s a ghost. He seeks revenge and redemption and wants Cassie’s help getting both or risk eternity stuck in limbo. Cassie’s affection for Carrington grows, in two different centuries, as she gets dangerously close to deadly secrets about Annie’s demise.
Will she prevail and free the man she can never truly have? Or will fate intervene and claim yet another victim?


case of the happiness spellTHE CASE OF THE HAPPINESS SPELL (HILLCREST WITCH COZY MYSTERY BOOK 13) by Amorette Anderson

Penny Banks and her witch coven friends are getting to the end of their 13 cycle spell book. Only one spell remains — the Happiness Spell. Penny is eager to master this one, but her role in the local drama club’s production of Romeo and Juliet is keeping her super busy. Things get even more hectic when one of the Hillcrest Players is found dead. Can Penny catch the killer, memorize her lines, and master a new spell all at once?


cast in wisdomCAST IN WISDOM (THE CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA) by Michelle Sagara

The fiefs that exist at the heart of the city of Elantra are home to sentient Towers that guard the world against the incursion of Shadow. But between the fiefs exists the gray world of the border zone. In it, geography changes between one passage across a border and the next. The rules of magic are different there—and yet somehow familiar to Kaylin Neya. When a Shadow escapes, Kaylin must find out how…and why. If Shadows can breach the barrier erected by the Towers, the whole of Elantra will be devoured. It’s happened on other worlds. Bellusdeo, Kaylin’s Dragon companion, absolutely believes it can happen on theirs.

The border zone holds secrets and ancient histories, and people are gathering there in search of its power. Without even understanding what that power is, or why it exists, Kaylin is in a desperate race against time to find those secrets first. She doesn’t know who her enemies are. She doesn’t know how many she’ll face. But she won’t face them alone.

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book of candlelightTHE BOOK OF CANDLELIGHT (SECRET, BOOK AND SCONE  SOCIETY 3) by Ellery Adams

VS Note: Series is said to have “a hint of magical realism”.

As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixtysomething Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store.

Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market one sodden day and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend, but the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain, and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a body lies within the churning water.

Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary, over a century old and spattered with candle wax, that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue—and onto the trail of a murderer.

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One night ruined me forever. Just one wild night with a beautiful, devastatingly hot stranger. A Greek god with sun-kissed skin and a powerful six-pack tangled in the sheets.
My sheets. I didn’t usually do this type of thing. I was the responsible one, the hard-working type. But meeting him was like two tidal waves crashing together with single-minded ferocity. The possessive, sinful glint in his eyes has haunted me ever since.
Until, against all odds, we meet again. The man is still the most gorgeous and intoxicating thing I’ve ever seen. He’s also the biggest womanizer on the planet, always on the hunt. But underneath the cocky party animal is something primal and very, very real. I’ve never forgotten those piercing blue eyes. The blue of the ocean. The blue of a Dragon.
The exact blue of my little son’s eyes… They say that Dragons will stop at nothing to protect what’s theirs. It looks like I’m about to find out what that means.



Meet Devon – he’s a sexy mountain man ranger living in Montana with baggage worse than mine. A hot, lone wolf who’s not looking for anything but I’m not sure I can walk away. With marriage in the air, it was a small wonder I was looking for love in all the wrong places…Namely on Kindred Souls, a dating app that had only proved to distract me from the tediousness of my life. A poor, little rich girl, away on a dreaded girl’s weekend with too much tequila, a chip on her shoulder, and too much phone data can only spell hot disaster. But sometimes a blind date can go so right for all the wrong reasons. Especially when two lost souls unite.


alpha bear guardianALPHA BEAR GUARDIAN (AWAKENED SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Keri Hudson

Sebastian Bazz Malloch is the dominant shifter in Boulder, Colorado. A bear shifter whose time is spent fighting off the growing populace of aggressive lupine wolf shifters, Bazz’s father had fallen to a pack of them, and Bazz knows his own fate is likely to echo that tragedy, for himself and anyone he dares to love.

But love finds him in pretty Phoebe Blaire, whose ecological protest group are facing off with a powerful company over natural gas mining in Colorado. The fracking would poison the environment and kill the local populace that Bazz has sworn to protect. His growing affection for Phoebe puts him on the front lines of the battle at the risk of exposing his secret to the world. Will his life of relative safety and solitude be forfeit in exchange for a brutal death or even worse? And what will Phoebe’s fate be, caught in a coming shifter apocalypse she couldn’t possibly survive? Will love prevail, or will the tragedies of the past return to rob them both of the futures they’ve fought so hard for?



When a vampire is murdered in Mt. Rheanier, Ali is fine with leaving the solving of the crime to the authorities. After all, she didn’t even know the victim. But when his family approaches her looking to hire her to find the killer, Ali finds herself embroiled in yet another investigation.

But between Willow being worried Ali’s going to get hereself killed, the local enforcers not being pleased about Ali sticking her nose into their case, and Grandma Rosie acting even more strangely than usual, Ali quickly realizes she’s wading into some pretty deep waters. As she gets closer to finding the killer, strange things start happening to Ali, and she starts to be convinced they’re not quite a coincidence. Someone really doesn’t want her to solve this case, but that only fuel’s Ali’s fire. It’s a race to find the killer before the killer gets to her, and Ali is always up for a challenge. But is this finally one she can’t win?


song of the risen godSONG OF THE RISEN GOD (A TAKE OF THE COVEN) by R A Salvatorre

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

War has come to Fireach Speur.  The once forgotten Xoconai Empire has declared war upon the humans west of the mountains, and their first target are the people of Loch Beag. Lead by the peerless general, Tzatzini, all that stands in the way of the God Emperor’s grasp of power is Aoelyn, Talmadge, and their few remaining allies. But not all hope is lost. Far away from Fireach Speuer, an ancient tomb is uncovered by Brother Thaddeus of the Abellican Church. Within it is the power to stop the onslaught of coming empire and, possibly, reshape the very world itself.

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vampire reunionVAMPIRE REUNION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 4) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

When witch Sara Hart hooks up with a Master vampire at a co-worker’s wedding, she fully expects to never hear from him again. After all, she’s just a poor receptionist with mediocre powers—certainly not an appropriate match for someone of his status. And he clearly thinks so too since he never even tries to track her down. That stings, but not as much as when she learns he’s actively seeking a new mate and she isn’t even in the running.

After losing his beloved—his one true mate—centuries ago, Orrin Nicolaides knows he’ll never find another but he’s tired of being alone. The problem is that even as he searches for a suitable vampire mate, he can’t stop thinking about the sexy little witch he drunkenly snacked on the night of his son’s wedding—to the point he can no longer feed from anyone else. He needs to forget her, but will he be able move on before he wastes away?


haunted by the alphaHAUNTED BY THE ALPHA (EASTDALE SHIFTER SERIES) by Amelia Wilson

Coven first, romance later. That’s my personal motto, at least until my magic is under control. But then I meet this shifter, Beckett. Bookish, gentle, and knows just how to tame my fiery side. I’ll do anything if it means getting a little closer. Did I mention one thing? It’s incredibly dangerous. We’re from two separate worlds, where one is hunter and the other prey. There’s something about him that he’s hiding, a secret I’m itching to reveal.
But I’m worried that once I’ll open this door… I’ll face a cruel darkness lurking on the other side… Can love find a way between witches and wolves? Or will the thrill of the hunt get in their way?



As the world burns, I must walk through the fire—and emerge a queen. I never wanted to rule. I never wanted to have men follow me. Die for me. But now, they do it anyway.
The power in me—it’s growing. If I’m not careful, it will consume me. It will consume everything. And the gods want it back. They come to me in a vision. Through the smoke and the screams of dying men, they give me a choice. Bow before them, or die. My choice is easy—I defend what’s mine. It’s easier said than done, of course. I have to build an army unlike anything the Bosses have ever seen. It’s the only way to survive this world that wants to kill me and the men I love. Thank the gods I have my evil butler with me to help me navigate the chaos.



He’s good with his hands, but how will he handle her heart? Cougar shifter Shayna Weymouth is completely unimpressed with celebrity house flipper Mathew Adams. The wickedly hot wolf shifter might be good with his hands, but she’s not interested in a man who can’t take anything seriously. Her home renovation project means everything to her and she’s not about to let him mess it up. He can undress her with his eyes and whisper naughty things all he wants, but he’s never going to convince her to give him a chance.

Wolf shifter Mathew Adams is convinced that fate is playing one heck of a joke on him. Even though his wolf insists Shayna is their mate, he can’t believe it. They’re complete opposites. She’s the most uptight, infuriating woman he’s ever met. But she’s also the challenge he’s yearned for his entire life. He’ll find a way to melt her icy heart one way or another because there’s no way he’ll ever walk away from his fated mate.


soul burnSOUL BURN by Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart

A mistress, a werewolf, a screenwriter and a shapeshifter walk into your heart in these two sexy paranormal stories of love and redemption.

Shifting Flames – Shunned screenwriter Eve Perez has something to prove. Shut out of the industry after a scandal, she’s ready to do whatever it takes to climb back to the top, even if it means working with notoriously difficult author Celeste Quon. Reclusive best-selling author Celeste Quon is adored by a generation of fans, but would they love her if they knew her truth? Under pressure from her fans, Celeste agrees to bring her best-selling novel to the screen but on her terms. After a freak spring snowstorm strands Eve at Celeste’s home she discovers Celeste’s incredible secret. Amid their fiery attraction should she let their relationship burn out, or surrender to the flames of their desire?

The Fire Inside – For Clara, crafting pain into pleasure is her job. For Selena, it’s her salvation. When submissive Selena hires Clara as her Domina, it seems like the best of business arrangements. But when their emotions infiltrate what was meant to be only professional, both women are rocked by the possibilities that their relationship might be changing into something… more. Selena has given her submission to Clara for months, but faced with the idea of giving her heart, she runs. Loving Clara means revealing her secret..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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Brook Garrett had learned to live by her wits. When she was very young, she lost her father to a car crash. When her mother remarried, her nightmare really began. A few years later, her mother died the same way. She was next.

Ronan Foster was an officer out on medical leave. He was a lion and wasn’t hurt in the least, but the guy responsible for shooting him would go free if he didn’t take the sabbatical. The guy was responsible for much more than shooting him, and justice needed to be served.Trust was hard for Brook. Her stepparents had seen to that. Now the big lion was telling her that they were mates and she wasn’t sure how she felt about that. She had been doing just fine without a man in her life.


darkest hour before dawnDARKEST HOUR BEFORE DAWN  (THIRDS BOOK 9) by Charlie Cochet

VS Note: I haven’t read the series (although it sounds really good) but in the blurb for the first book there’s reference to “Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS” and a “jaguar-Therian partner” so I’m inferring this is paranormal or urban fantasy maybe…

THIRDS Team Leader Sebastian Hobbs and Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn are as much in love now as they were nearly seven years ago when a tragic event on the job destroyed their relationship. The two drift together only to be pulled apart time and time again. When Hudson draws the interest of dangerous enemies, both within and outside the organization, Seb wants nothing more than to protect the man who still means everything to him. As life-and-death events, an uncertain future, and startling truths draw Hudson and Seb to each other yet again, they must make a choice: trust their love and take strength from what they share, or lose what matters most… for good this time.


wicked cowboy wolfWICKED COWBOY WOLF (SEVEN RANGE SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Kait Ballenger

Years ago, Grey Wolf Jared Black was cast from the pack for a crime he didn’t commit. Now, he’s the mysterious criminal wolf known only as the Rogue, a name his former packmates won’t soon forget. But when a vampire threat endangers the lives of their entire species, Jared must confront his former packmates again, even if that means betraying the only woman he’s ever loved…

Ever since Maeve Gray escaped the pack’s bloodsucking enemies, she’s been determined to save her species—and fast. Each passing day risks the lives of her friends and family. But when a wicked cowboy wolf shows up on the Grey Wolf ranch, offering everything Maeve’s heart desires, her eyes are opened to a whole new world beyond the packlands. For this cowgirl, sleeping with the enemy could prove as desirable as it is deadly…

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bards bladeTHE BARD’S BLADE (THE SORCEROR’S SONG BOOK 1) by Brian Anderson

Mariyah enjoys a simple life in Vylari, a land magically sealed off from the outside world, where fear and hatred are all but unknown. There she’s a renowned wine maker and her betrothed, Lem, is a musician of rare talent. Their destiny has never been in question. Whatever life brings, they will face it together.

Then a stranger crosses the wards into Vylari for the first time in centuries, bringing a dark prophecy that forces Lem and Mariyah down separate paths. How far will they have to go to stop a rising darkness and save their home? And how much of themselves will they have to give up along the way?

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loved by the vampiresLOVED BY THE VAMPIRES (HPOUSE OF DURAND BOOK 5) by Erin Bedford

Vampire Hunters beware. This human won’t be rolling over for anyone, not anymore.
Left stranded with Darren while her masters outrun the hunters, Piper has had enough of being a liability. With a great new job, a new attitude, and surprisingly wicked right hook, Piper isn’t going to just wait around anymore for the hunters to destroy her life. If only she could find them. Favors from old friends and deals with the devil lead Piper down a narrow and dangerous road. One that could save everything she holds dear or bring it all crashing down on all of them.


twilight seekerTWILIGHT SEEKER (DAY BREAKER BOOK 1) by Pippa DaCosta

Meet Lynher Aris, hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all by working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race. But Lynher has a dark secret, and with the imminent arrival of Ghost—a vampire overlord few have seen but all fear—she must play her role as the queen of the Night Station to perfection, keeping the resistance and her secret safe, or risk losing everything, including the powerful Night Station itself.



Iona instantly recognized her fellow barista, Sebastian, as someone like herself. Other. Not human. Though he’s an American werewolf and she’s an Ifrit—a Middle Eastern being of fire—she is drawn to his deliciously coffee-dark eyes, which flash silver only for her.

But she can’t indulge any smoking-hot fantasies. As soon as she graduates, she’s leaving San Francisco. Before her controlling, male-dominated clan finds her. Before the city’s Elemental Phoenix notices her presence and drives her away with her (probably burning) tail tucked under.

Bas isn’t privy to all his pack’s secrets, but he’s sure of one thing. Iona is being followed. Someone with an otherworldly whiff about them. Whatever it is, it’s targeting the woman whose killer curves and moonlight-and-secrets eyes sear his blood.

Right about the time of Challenge—the Phoenix’s ongoing fight to protect humanity—the stalking creature attacks. To save herself, the man she can’t help but love, and the rest of humanity, Iona will have to fight fire to fire. Doing her part to save humanity. Risking everything to show the world—and Bas—her true form. And hope he won’t bay at the moon and run for the hills.



canva ad beachVS Note: I sent LANDON to the formatter, but they’re pretty backed up right now so…but I’ll have the new book released SOON, I promise! Next week hopefully. In the meantime, here is DAEGAN, the most recently published in the Badari Warrior series, for my backlist highlight today.


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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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 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.




Flo Finds the Alpha Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – skipping ahead. Flo has gotten to the island and she and the other women are about to meet the Badari there. Her mission involves finding the incognito Alpha, Daegan. (Aydarr is the Alpha of the northern pack, who sent Flo on this mission.)

Flo reviewed what she’d been told her about the Alpha who was strictly undercover. Her intent was to identify him and attach herself to his side, and then proceed from there as far as evaluating what to tell him and when.

The room was like a pavilion, open on three sides under a rustic-looking thatched roof, with benches scattered here and there. Flo paused, taking in the chaotic scene. There were easily sixty Badari already gathered in the space and the men were an overwhelming presence. Quickly she scanned the crowd but didn’t see anyone she thought fit the description of the Alpha. A few men were sitting on benches along the sides and her gaze kept returning to one man, all by himself. His long black hair blew in the breeze and his face was a blank mask as he watched the women.

That’s an Alpha.

She couldn’t have said exactly why she was so sure except this one soldier reminded her of Aydarr. There was a sensation of immense power contained for the moment but ready to be unleashed.


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 22

good bad cyborgAs 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).



A desperate widow in need of a helping hand… even a cybernetic one. Hattie came to Mars with high hopes. Hopes that she and her husband would be able to claim a plot of land, to create a home, perhaps even to start a family – all of the things that were now impossible on a troubled Earth. Instead, she’s lost everything, everything except the land, and in order to keep her homestead she needs help.

When help arrives in the form of a tall, gruff cyborg ranger, she is torn between her loyalty to the past and the promise of a new future. But when danger threatens, is she going to lose even that?
M-231 can barely remember the time before – before he became a cyborg, before he shut off his emotions, before he became both more and less than human. Until a stubborn, beautiful female – one who is no longer off limits – makes him remember what it is to feel. Can Hattie and her cyborg overcome harsh conditions, troubled pasts, and a mysterious enemy to create a new future together?


draekon conquerorDRAEKON CONQUEROR (REBEL FORCE BOOK 2) by Lili  Zander and Lee Savino

I’ve lived an eternity. I’ve killed thousands. Destroyed worlds. I thought I’d seen everything. I didn’t think there was anything left in the galaxy that could surprise me. Then I met her. Lani Dennison. A human woman. My mate. My mission was simple. Find Lani Dennison. Zorahan scientists tortured her. I killed them, of course. Okaki pirates abducted her. I tracked them down and infiltrated their ship. Routine stuff. Nothing that presented a problem to a trained soldier that could shift into a fire-breathing dragon. I expected her to be smart. You’d have to be, to survive the Okaki pirates. I didn’t expect her to be lovely. I didn’t expect her to make me laugh. And I definitely didn’t expect her to be the one woman I was destined to be with, the missing piece of my soul. My mate. Now what?


bodyguards breederTHE BODYGUARD’S BREEDER (THE HOUSE OF KAIMAR BOOK 3)  by Miranda Bridges

My alien is engaged. Yeah, I’m still trying to wrap my head around that one. Apparently, Kade and his fiancée are desperate to have a baby and that’s where I come in. Except the longer I’m around the couple, the more I’m not so sure this is arrangement is a good idea. Or that the happy couple is even happy…There’s a part of me that wants to get pregnant as soon as possible so I can be left in peace. However, each of Kade’s gentle touches and soft kisses compel me to change my mind. With the impending war looming, Kade is more insistent I stay close at all times, but the more I’m around him the more I’m in real danger…. of falling for him.


craving the cyborgCRAVING THE CYBORG (RENEGADE CYBORGS BOOK 1) by Jude Gray

Rowena – I was reborn in a cage…sort of. And I met him, the cyborg, because he pulled me out of that cage and killed the man who held me. Who tortured me. Of course I would love him. I just never realized how much. Everything happens for a reason.
It wasn’t a coincidence that he saw me, that he saved me. He was always meant to save me.
RaidenHuman women are forbidden to the Stryaxi. They are not permitted in Graeca.
I freed her for Earth. But I kept her for me. The emperor may kill me, but I do not care. I am no longer the emperor’s fighter. I am the human’s cyborg.


craved by an alien savageCRAVED BY AN ALIEN SAVAGE (KUTARIAN WARRIORS BOOK 3) by Ivy McAdams

Being abducted by aliens was shocking. Even though it was by gorgeous silver Conan the Barbarians in loincloths that’d make my Granny blush. The real shocker though, ya’ll? They turned my friends into aliens to take them as brides. Everyone except me. Now I’ve got to navigate life on a strange planet surrounded by giant aliens speaking some crazy tongue I can’t follow and one of the warriors has got his eye on me. He’s hot, but he’s huge. And I’m not talking one of those corn-fed boys huge. I mean, silver is the new green and don’t make him angry. But I can’t help but stare. And touch. I may be in trouble. Bless my heart.



VS Note: This is listed in Gothic and has elements of SFR and PNR.

Katriana Cardona – My life ended the moment the X-Clan found me. Bitten. Turned.
And claimed by him. My genetic markers label me as a rare Omega. But inside, I’m all female alpha. And I will not heel. Not even to the Alpha of Andorra Sector. Ander Cain promises me protection. A new world of pleasure and pain. But he wants all of me in return. Even if it means taking me by force. I’ll be damned if I give up my inner fight. I spent the last twenty-one years battling the walking dead. These wolves won’t know what hit them when I’m through…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


alarikALARIK (TAXYON SPACE BOOK 4) by Aurora Springer

Two people fleeing their planets discover a shared destiny. When an alien spacecraft crashes on Mars, the repercussions sweep throughout the solar system and endanger the fragile new alliance with the Warrish mermen. Alarik Kenton Tallis, Eldest of three brothers, was forced to infiltrate human society on Earth as a spy to insure his injured brother receives proper medical care. But, when his transmissions are detected, he must flee the planet.
On Mars, Phoebe Wong, a veterinary scientist with dubious family connections, is desperate to escape the underworld gangs terrorizing the domed city. She jumps at the chance to join the colonists bound for a distant exoplanet. Their paths converge on a space ferry bound for the outer planets. Troubles created by the mysterious spacecraft pursue them to Jupiter. Will their flight end on Europa, the hyperspace gateway to the stars protected by three diverse species?

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After three years of trial, Lilian is free and Monsignor Lucius Mercio’s protege. Her triumph comes at cost. Fearful of Lady Estella’s wrath, Lilian has refused to continue her liaison with Lucius, breaking her heart and straining her relationship with Lucius. She is stunned to discover that Estella is entering her final days and wishes Lilian to return to Lucius and help him through his grief.

Lilian and Lucius’ relationship has only begun to repair, when duty demands she travel to the distant planet Desperation. There, she will confront her deepest fears when the theft of dangerous technology forces her to descend into the depths of Desperation Crevasse. In the frigid wastes at the bottom of the Crevasse, Lilian will discover an ancient legacy of the Five Warriors and Adelaide.

The worst of Lucius’ grief at Estella’s loss has barely passed when his world shatters again. Lilian has disappeared into Desperation Crevasse. He cannot lose them both. Determined to rescue Lilian, no matter the cost, he races toward the Sixth System and deadly danger.

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Motok: Undying loyalty. Total obedience. Swift justice. The creed of the Braxtharian Warrior. My task is simple: defend and protect the empire with my life. Sent on a mission to find stolen females and bring them back to my planet, I never thought the one I’d meet would drive my mating instincts to the surface. She’s off limits. Sacred. Pure. Untouchable. But when I’m near her all my control slips away and I fight the urge to claim her as my own. My hearts beat for her and my protective instincts won’t be denied for long. The female is mine.
Kerra: My life is in danger. I’ve been attacked by strange alien beings that are obsessed with humanity. Every moment I’m alive becomes a struggle for survival. For days I’ve been followed, and I don’t know who to trust. Everything I believed to be true is a lie.
When I’m almost kidnapped, I’m afraid to consider that we’re not alone in the universe.
One champion appears from the shadows and saves my life but he’s nothing like I imagined. If I want to survive, I’ll have to trust the sexy alien and keep my distance, but it won’t be easy. No warrior owns me.



Monsters exist in perfect worlds, too.Iota Nine. A floating city created for the elite—the upper crust of the Earth survivors after the world wars. In this wonderful, dream-like land there’s a lot to live up to, especially when your father is a genetic scientist. But what if there’s always been a dark secret in the family?

Kieran:  He feels the pull the first time he sees her but there’s no way she’ll feel the same. She’s graceful, a princess of the highest class. She’s never been tainted by the ugliness that created Xeno Sapiens. But she also has never seen their species and the first word she utters before passing out is monsters. What will she think if she sees him, a monster caught between two worlds, his and hers? He has no chance to find out when she’s given to another.

Alannah:  She never knew another species existed in the world. Her elegant world consisted of neutrality; a place where everyone looked the same. Except for her, but that was Alannah’s horrid secret—something never to be referred to out loud. It was a price anyone would pay—a lack of childhood, sickly health, constant pain. And another secret. How can he want her when she’s damaged goods?


agencyAGENCY by William Gibson

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week…on my TBR List.

Verity Jane, gifted app whisperer, takes a job as the beta tester for a new product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. “Eunice,” the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and a canny grasp of combat strategy. Realizing that her cryptic new employers don’t yet know how powerful and valuable Eunice is, Verity instinctively decides that it’s best they don’t.

Meanwhile, a century ahead in London, in a different time line entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His boss, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice are her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can’t: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner, and the roles they both may play in it.

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We are a race of Bhiasts, once proud and free, now reduced to hormones and instinct.
When you have lived as long as we have, you do not get to call yourself a man. You either switch off the part that once was, or you go insane. Our masters send us to war, and we never lose. This task should be easy in comparison. There is no instinct more primal than the one they want me to complete. Failure risks all our lives, while succeeding risks hers.
But the tiny human creature has a fire in her eyes, burning so strong it makes my horns ache. I do not want to extinguish it. I want to reach out and touch it. Play with it. Keep it for myself and make it mine forever. I am not supposed to want, to feel, to think…But she pervades every desire, feeling and thought. I am a hardened warrior, and yet her beauty defeats me. Her courage leaves me weak. ‘Tis a sick and twisted joke of my nature that the more attached I get, the more control I lose. Undefeated in battle… until the day she was pushed through my door.


rogue princessROGUE PRINCESS by B R Myers

Princess Delia knows her duty: She must choose a prince to marry in order to secure an alliance and save her failing planet. Yet she secretly dreams of true love, and feels there must be a better way. Determined to chart her own course, she steals a spaceship to avoid the marriage, only to discover a handsome stowaway. All Aidan wanted was to “borrow” a few palace trinkets to help him get off the planet. Okay, so maybe escaping on a royal ship wasn’t the smartest plan, but he never expected to be kidnapped by a runaway princess! Sparks fly as this headstrong princess and clever thief battle wits, but everything changes when they inadvertently uncover a rebel conspiracy that could destroy their planet forever.

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kyreKYRE: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 2) by Ava York and Starr Huntress

Ship’s engineer and all-around fix-it warrior Kyre is focused on one thing: Finding the rare mineral he needs to boost the comms signal so his crew can get the rest of the intel for their mission. But in the desert, he finds so much more. His mate, feisty and strong. And very, very pissed off. She makes his blood burn, but can he get her to stay still long enough to listen?

Ferne has spent her life hiding from the lottery. One slip down a mountainside and a trip to the hospital later, and she’s matched, whisked away from she life she loves. There’s no way she’ll love the alien warrior she’s been matched with. Not a chance. Probably not. But why did he have to be sweet and strong and hot, all in one giant horned package?


seepTHE SEEP by Chana Porter

VS Note: Not listed as a romance but a release of interest…

Trina FastHorse Goldberg-Oneka is a fifty-year-old trans woman whose life is irreversibly altered in the wake of a gentle—but nonetheless world-changing—invasion by an alien entity called The Seep. Through The Seep, everything is connected. Capitalism falls, hierarchies and barriers are broken down; if something can be imagined, it is possible.

Trina and her wife, Deeba, live blissfully under The Seep’s utopian influence—until Deeba begins to imagine what it might be like to be reborn as a baby, which will give her the chance at an even better life. Using Seeptech to make this dream a reality, Deeba moves on to a new existence, leaving Trina devastated.

Heartbroken and deep into an alcoholic binge, Trina follows a lost boy she encounters, embarking on an unexpected quest. In her attempt to save him from The Seep, she will confront not only one of its most avid devotees, but the terrifying void that Deeba has left behind. A strange new elegy of love and loss, The Seep explores grief, alienation, and the ache of moving on.

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firefly vol 2FIREFLY VOL 2: THE UNIFICATION WAR by Greg Pak, Lee Garbett (cover), Dan McDaid (Illustrator), Marcelo Costa (Colorist)

VS Note: Not a romance but I know we have many ‘Firefly’ fans here! Released in mid-December.

From Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers) comes a new era of Firefly, as the definitive story of the Unification War is told at last! Serenity’s crew is divided, as Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds and his First Mate Zoe Washburn are arrested for crimes committed during the Unification War and they each are forced to choose a side. But Mal and Zoe aren’t ready to go quietly, and after escaping from the Unificators, bounty hunters sent by the government to bring them to trial, they find themselves stranded on a far flung planet, with nothing but each other—and the memories of their many mistakes—for company. War can make villains of even the best men, and their quest for redemption will put them at odds with their crew, their family…and each other, forcing them to make a choice: fix the past or fight for the future. Collects issues #5-8.

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lost boyLOST BOY by Bruno Miller and Kristen Painter

VS Note: Not a romance. Reviews are mixed. Might be a short story?

An invasion throws the world into war and leaves a boy lost and on his own. Can he survive the chaos? Or will it change him in ways he can never come back from?
Nothing will ever be the same again.



VS Note: One clicked this.

Investigator, Sergeant Logan Farrell, has never been convinced the human race deserves saving. But it looks like he’s got the job anyway. It’s been five hundred years since we fled the remnants of a dying Earth in search of a new home. Twenty-four ships, each carrying ten thousand Chosen Ones. All sleeping peacefully…until people start dying in cryo. alfunction or murder? Hopefully, the former—a serial killer in the fleet would be drastic for morale. But Logan is determined to find the truth. Unfortunately, he’s got a new partner—and he works best alone.

Katia Mendoza, hot-shot homicide detective, has been woken from cryo to assist with the investigation. But is she really interested in solving the case, or does she have her own agenda? Before he can answer that question, though, they become targets themselves. Nothing like a few near misses with death to bring a couple together, and Logan finds himself falling for the alluring detective. But he doesn’t know that Katia is hiding a secret. It’s not only humans who fled the dying Earth.

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stars beyondSTARS BEYOND (STARS UNCHARTED BOOK 2) by S K Dunstall

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week.

An engineer with a fondness for weapons. A captain with no memory. An obsessive genemodder who loves to tinker. Meet the crew of Another Road. Josune, Roystan, and Nika have escaped the company thugs trying to kill them. They’ve gotten a new spaceship to replace The Road (after it was blown up underneath them). And their new ship is armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons, courtesy of Josune. All that’s left to do before they head out to find the legendary lode of transurides is to restore Roystan’s memory. To do that, they need to collect the genemod machine Nika has ordered. But first, they have to shake off the Justice Department agent and the Companies tracking  them. It should be easy. They’ve done it before. What could possibly go wrong?

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claimed in the alien arenaCLAIMED IN THE ALIEN ARENA by Lizzy Bequin

I’ve been stolen… by mistake.One minute I’m chilling in my dorm. The next, I’m abducted by aliens and dropped into an arena. Alien creatures. Strange weapons. Cheering spectators. And an opponent who is seven feet tall — not including his horns. He looks like he wants to eat me alive, and he’s got the fangs to do it with. He looks like he wants to crush me into the dust, and he’s got the thick slabs of muscle to make that happen.
But he swears he won’t hurt me — quite the opposite, in fact. He’s going to make me feel pleasure beyond my wildest dreams. He’s got a plan. If we work together we can escape.
The only problem? His plan sounds like way more than this little earthling can handle.


rescued by the alien princeRESCUED BY THE ALIEN PRINCE (PRINCES OF RYLORN BOOK 1) by Elle Storms

Amber – After nearly a year in an Albaxi prison camp the time had come to escape or die trying. I thought I’d prepared for anything, but I never expected an eight foot tall, alien prince built like a Greek god to come running out of the forest and pry me from my captor’s grasp.
Kaleon – I never had a choice. My body acted on its own to save her. My mate. My people have been poisoned, made unable to have young, but she could be my salvation. She isn’t the one I came to rescue, but now that I have her I will protect her with my life.



Desperate for money to continue her brother’s expensive medical treatment, Anna Baker signs the contract to enter herself in the running to produce an heir for one of these alien males. It doesn’t sound so bad, and hey, she’s always wanted to travel. To Anna’s surprise, she is chosen out of hundreds of qualifying women, but she doesn’t expect to be tossed in a transport ship, shuttled to a disreputable space station on the other side of the galaxy, and dropped off in a stranger’s bedroom. Her match is swaggering scoundrel Trak Letu, Prince of the Virilian fleet Exir, who turns out to be as infuriating as he is sexy. All she has to do is have his child and she can go home a rich woman, but the easier time passes with Trak, the harder it is to imagine leaving him, or the child he is desperate for.

Prince Trak’s people are heading for extinction, and honestly, mail-ordering a female from a distant planet isn’t his ideal way of meeting the mother of his future child. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his species’ survival, but the female chosen for him isn’t just beautiful, she’s opinionated, intelligent, and more passionate than he could have imagined. As time passes, he begins to dread the day Anna does have his baby, for he does not look forward to sending her back to Earth. However, Trak isn’t the only alien who desires her. When a trade deal goes badly and Anna, herself, becomes the currency, Trak must navigate a deadly path that unveils a frightening and dangerous face that all Virilian males strive to keep hidden. Even if he saves her, he could still lose her.


aliens gossip queenTHE ALIEN’S GOSSIP QUEEN: SAVING CERASTE BOOK 5.5 by Dane Griggs

Janet: When I accepted the job at a Cerastean healing center, I only intended to focus on the work at hand: saving patients from cancer. And maybe some gossip. There is nothing I love more than juicy gossip. It turns out that a medical facility filled with humans and aliens creates a treasure trove of romance, scandal and fabulous rumors. This facility is feeding my Gossip Queen soul. But there might actually be something, or someone, I could love more. He’s sweet, protective, loves dogs, has a body to die for… And he’s an alien.Could I actually love an alien more than spilling tea?

D’Xurrl: As head of security for Deerfield Medical facility, the humans I am tasked with protecting certainly keep me on my toes. I’ve learned the word ‘shenanigan’ since coming to Earth, and I have found that humans encapsulate the term perfectly. One vivacious human, in particular, has captured my attention with her sweet scent, her love of gossip and her curvy body. I want Janet for my own, but it is a dangerous time for my people. Until the threat has passed, I need to stay away from this luscious human female. Now I just need to make sure my heart and body follow my orders. When events beyond their control test D’Xurrl and Janet’s budding romance, can their relationship withstand the turbulence?


must love dragonsMUST LOVE DRAGONS (SPACE DRAGONS SEEK MATES BOOK 1) by Michelle Ziegler

He doesn’t know what kind of witch he’s dealing with. Kal had no idea what he was walking into when he met Maddie. She might believe that men aren’t from Mars, but he sure isn’t from Earth.
Maddie has enough crazy in her life with one ghost too many haunting her. Too bad fate just threw her a man claiming to be a dragon shifter. If Maddie chooses to accept Kal isn’t crazy, she might be in for the ride of her life. Of course, if she chooses to believe him she’ll have to leave her old life behind.

Kal needs to find his mate before his dragon’s magic consumes him. He might have infinite cosmic powers, but he also has a soul that can’t control the power of the universe. Not without Her. Maddie might be the right witch for him, except the fact she just cursed him to be a chicken. What the hell kind of planet is this anyway?



Auckland, 1859 – Alexandra Greystone is a Supernatural. The power of deduction is her gift . . . and her curse. With one look, she can understand everything about a man: where he comes from, what he does for a living, and even if he cheated on her. Like her former husband.
A marriage annulment is painful enough without Auckland’s peers doing nothing but gossip about her. Bruised and hurt, she accepts a job with Military Intelligence Seventh Division to catch a dangerous criminal.
It’s the perfect solution: she’ll help people, escape Auckland, and keep her mind off her ex-husband and men.
Except that she has to work with Noah, a pugilist with an attitude and appalling manners to make a pirate look like a refined gentleman. Still, maybe an adventure with a man so different from the aristocratic gentlemen she’s used to is what she needs.
She wonders if her uncanny power will discover all his dark secrets. Or if her heart will be broken again.



Two hundred soldiers walk into the burning sands of Gypta, but only a handful make it out. When Magda Stoner wakes in an infirmary halfway across the world, she discovers her memories of the desert are gone. Something happened that tore her mind and soul apart, and the only thing keeping her sane is the fact that she can’t remember a thing.

Ascara d’Jharaena ael Korphen is a warrior, not a soldier, and trying to fit herself into the lesser role at Veritas Traders has left her body battered and broken in the same infirmary where Magda recovers. As they both mend, they meet a survivor of a pirate attack that included gifted attackers. Finding themselves without a unit or mission, they propose a daring plan to infiltrate the pirate horde and bring them to justice.
Can the pirates be stopped? Or will Magda and Ascara be caught before they even begin?


evergreenEVERGREEN by Cari Z

Soldiers. Explorers. Lovers. Broken apart. Cy Konstantin and Scottie Andrews are supposed to make Project Evergreen’s one-way trip to Mars together. A near-fatal accident during training knocks Cy into a coma for half a year, and out of Project Evergreen. He works his way back to Scottie’s side, but he can’t rejoin the mission. Once Scottie leaves, they’re destined to live millions of miles apart for the rest of their lives.
A deadly accident on Mars might spell the end of their distant romance, though—or be the thing that saves it.


rogue planet marsROGUE PLANET (MARS WARS BOOK 2) by John Andrew Karr

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…

After jumpstarting the molten cores of Mars, giving the previously dormant planet a fresh start at harboring life, Cpt. Ry Devans is a hero. But he’s also a wanted man thanks to the Earth First Faction (EFF), a terrorist global juggernaut out to quash the colonization of space and keep the last of humanity under its control. Now that the EFF has dispatched its own deadly crew, Devans and his team have three options: fight, surrender, or witness the extinction of the thousands of civilians repopulating space. For Devans and his outlaw partner Dr. Karen Wagner, option number one is the only way to go—but the odds against them are literally astronomical.

Not only are moles undermining every offensive tactic, but some crewmembers onboard their ship are exhibiting dangerously psychotic mood swings. Is it just an extreme case of space crazy? Or a new microbial gift from Mars that could kill their mission before the war with EFF even begins?

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cats protectorCAT’S PROTECTOR: MALES OF MUTANG by Lynne Fitzpatrick

Catherine “Cat” Wilson’s dreams turned to dust in an instant. After building a successful construction business and coming to terms with her infertility, her hopes of becoming a mother were destroyed by the fascist Earth government. Refusing to fall into despair, she hatches a desperate plan to escape Earth on her terms.
Agreeing to build an operations center for the galactic police force on a desolate moon, Cat finds herself assigned a group of protectors. Mutang, the moon, is inhabited by males deemed too aggressive for their society. For Cat, her lead protector, N’ye, fills her with desire.
Succumbing to temptation, Cat finds herself constantly butting up against the strange cultural norms of the Mutangese. She also finds no supplies to build the operations center she promised. N’ye and Cat must conquer giant bugs, vengeful females, murderous traitors, and their own fears to get their happy ending.



Mabel has a relatively quiet and simple life. Every five years there is a family gathering in her home and the time is fast approaching. But this year is different. Strangers are visiting and there is a tension in her family she hasn’t felt before. Three beings that she has never seen before. All watching her every move. Suddenly, passion erupts, storms are looming, and secrets kept from her are putting her life in danger. Will she find out who she really is before her world is torn apart?



When Dr. Layla MacFie realizes someone is stealing much-needed medical supplies, she doesn’t know who to trust inside her surgery. Determined to find the culprit herself, she reaches out to Lochguard’s electrician, Chase, who just happens to be the younger male who’s been trying to woo her for months. But since there’s no one else to help install the security cameras, she can’t avoid him any longer and ends up being alone with him far more than she wants. If only the life of a dragon-shifter doctor wasn’t so complicated, she would be tempted to give in and sleep with the male.

Chase McFarland has known for the last two years, ever since the day after his twentieth birthday, that Layla is his true mate. While he tried to resist his dragon’s badgering, it didn’t take long for Chase to realize how amazing Layla is and that he wants to take care of and claim her for himself. His initial attempts to win her all fail, but when she asks for his help with a secret project, he decides to change tactics and prove he’s a worthy male. The more time they spend together, the more Layla gives in, until he’s ready to tell her the truth and face the consequences.

As the pair dance around each other and discover each other’s secrets, they find out who the thief is and must decide what to do. Will Chase finally be able to prove he’s mature enough for the much older Layla, or will she forever be chained to her work and deny what both she and her dragon crave?

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unmarked gravesUNMARKED GRAVES (PROJECT DEMON HUNTERS BOOK 5) by Christine Pope

In a moment of sheer, unthinking terror, Rosemary McGuire raised powers she never knew she possessed to save herself and Will Gordon from the part-demon, Caleb Lockwood. Now, as Will heals and the police ask questions she and Will dare not answer, more facets of Rosemary’s power begin to manifest, leaving her wondering exactly how far they reach.

Caleb got away with the hard drive that contained footage proving demons are real, but there’s one blessing — no one died in the fiery confrontation. At least, that’s what Rosemary and Will think…until Caleb’s body turns up, and the police stop looking for a perp and start seeking a murderer.

With suspicion floating around them, Will and Rosemary are drawn closer together as they follow a faint wisp of a clue to track down the stolen hard drive…and step straight into a hornet’s nest of demons hiding in plain sight. That’s not all they find. The closer they get to their goal, the more twists and turns arise to trip them up, threatening a future they’re just beginning to envision. Unless they stop the ghosts — and the demons — of the past from destroying it.

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shadow silenceSHADOW SILENCE (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 2) by Yasmine Galenorn

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

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake. As Bryan-my guardian and mate-and I work to break the hex, we stumble over a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to stop us from bringing to light.

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Ella – There are no such things as fairy tales or happily ever afters. Not in my world. My reality is riddled with pain and loss and immense hatred. Until him. Trayton Nacht, the new transfer student at Darlington Academy.  Something about his darkness calls to me. The way his eyes glimmer in the night and the cruelty of his handsome smile.
With a single glance, he turned my world inside out. And now I can’t get enough. But what if he’s just like the rest of them? What if this is all just another masquerade?

Tray – She stole my heart, once upon a time. Three years ago in an alley where she left me with a pair of sodden blue slippers. Her life had been mine for the taking, until I discovered the fae magic lurking beneath her skin. Now it’s time to recruit her, to take her to her fate. But first, we’ll play a little game. One that will end in destruction. Because f*ck fairy godmothers. What Ella needs is a Dark Fae. One who can help her burn Darlington Academy to the ground. A Dark Fae like me.



Nothing is certain but death and taxes…When Remy asks Brighton to take their taxes to a local accountant, she happily agrees. Even witches have to pay taxes, but she’s just glad she doesn’t have to do the paperwork herself. It’s an unseasonably beautiful day, so she bundles her little one up, and they go for a stroll instead of driving. She and the baby have a good time on their walk. Still, unfortunately, Brighton makes an unsavory discovery when she walks into the accountant’s office. The bean counter is dead, and Brighton has a difficult decision to make. Will she stay out of the investigation now that she’s a mom? Or, will Brighton and friends solve the crime one spell at a time?


sword of stoneSWORD OF STONE (STONES OF AMARIA BOOK 4) by Tara Brown

Lenny’s journey to the underwater city will change the outcome of the war.
Ilenia is given something she didn’t have the last time she met with Ryze in battle.
With it, she and Lenny search Waterly for the stone before Ryze returns to Dahleigh.
But they’re running out of time. The end is near. King Landon is making his final moves, while Ryze is closing in with his army. And everyone has abandoned them. The elves hide. The witches refuse to fight. The merfolk seal their city. And the king is betraying his own people who don’t know they need to rise up. Which means Ilenia and Lenny have their work cut out for them. Instead of meeting Ryze in the open battlefield, they have to be smarter. They have to risk more. But Lenny always knew this task would take everything from her. Maybe even her life.



Poison wants to remain a dark angel…If she doesn’t follow orders, she’ll lose her status.But she’s got a problem…A big handsome one from the other side…A demon is standing in her way…The same one she’s lusted for centuries…Ringmaster can’t take his eyes off her…She’s all he’s ever thought about…and she’s here…If he doesn’t foil her plans, his boss will have his guts for garters.


magic and destructionOF MAGIC AND DESTRUCTION (NOLA WARS BOOK 3) by Caia Daniels and April Canavan

Magic and war have cost NOLA’s Voodoo Queen nearly everything. Adrien Falcão is lost in her own power. With a community that has betrayed her and a war on the horizon, there’s nowhere for her to run. Secrets, betrayals, and monsters that live in the dark have come to haunt her mercilessly.
Tensions are mounting, the factions are gearing up for the end of days, and Adrien is finally finding her own when it comes to the power flowing through her veins. While she fights not only for the world, she must pick up the pieces of the lives she’s inadvertently shredded in the process.
Magic and Destruction are at her fingertips, and only Adrien can face the chaos on the horizon… but she won’t survive the war alone. Three men that have claimed her heart and soul must find a way to cross the line with her, or none of them will make it out alive.



No more Mr. Nice Guy…Finch is tired of people jerking him around—and now, it’s time for payback against the powerful forces who have made him a pawn in their games. Returning to the surface world is his endgame, but while that seems nearly impossible, especially when a certain Necromancer and demigod have teamed up to take Finch out of the running, Finch plans to use all the tricks up his sleeve on his enemies. And before he’s force-fed the love potion that will ensure he loves Princess Kaya forever. Good thing Shapeshifters are known for their trickery.



When I arrive in Oakleaf Glade to claim an inheritance, I imagine it’ll run to a few hundred in a savings account. Instead, I receive an entire house! I’d thank my lucky stars except for the experiences that come part and parcel with the arrangement. Things like my hair turning bright pink and trending skywards, or a kitten who I swear can understand me when I talk. But when a ghost shrieks me awake at night, warning that if I stay I’ll die just like my great aunt Esmerelda, I’m ready to put my boots on. Except my inheritance runs deeper than a title deed, it’s lodged in my DNA. As the youngest daughter of a youngest daughter, I’m a Pixie, pink hair and all. Luckily, I’ve made some fast friends in town already because I’ll need all the help I can get!


keepers of the sea cliffsKEEPERS OF THE SEA CLIFFS (WINDBOURNE BOOK 4) by Laurel Wanrow

Confident and carefree, Salm can speak with dolphins, but he hasn’t managed to talk his way into getting his own ship. At eighteen, he wants to protect the Windborne coast and waters, but to sail the rough seas ahead, he needs a partner—one his hyper magic gets along with.

Luna keeps the beacon burning in her family lighthouse to guide sailors safely along the windswept Scotland sea cliffs, but she feels as lost as the orphaned gull she rescued. How can she ever spread her wings, knowing that would mean leaving her widowed father and motherless sisters?

Outside dangers threaten their precious coast, tipping the balance for people and wildlife. Salm and Luna merge their magic to help—until he accidentally spills a secret that pulls her family deeper into the shadows of grief, and she takes refuge. Can the fellow who wears his heart on his sleeve persuade the cautious Luna to finally trust her own feelings?

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all….said no one ever.
Isabella Norveau is the daughter of a sorceress. Growing up, she learned the magic of her mother in their villa high in the mountains. Though she had everything she could ever desire, Isabella desired love over power. It was for this reason that she disobeyed her mother and eloped with a visiting king when she was only sixteen, only to find her dreams broken by a man who pined for his deceased wife, incapable of loving her. After a few years of suffering a loveless marriage, he eventually passed, and upon his death Isabella became guardian of his twelve-year-old daughter whom she’d loved like a sister and set above all others in her affections.
Ruling her kingdom with icy control and compassion, Isabella refused courtiers and turned away noble men who desired to woo her. She allowed no man to get close to her. So, it passed day after day, until she receives from her a mother a very special gift…a mirror with a spirit dwelling within it who sets her ablaze. Confronted with her own passions, her world is thrown into chaos. It is only surmounted when her stepdaughter goes missing from the castle with her trusted huntsman. As everything comes crashing down around her, Isabella must find the courage to embrace a love with the one being who is most dangerous, and yet also the only one able to help her find her stepdaughter.


THE SINS OF DESIRE (THE DEMONS’sins of desire MUSE BOOK 3) by Auryn Hadley

We’re taught that people are sinners or saints. Who says I can’t be both?
See, I’m a bad, bad girl. The kind who loves Satan. Falling in bed with the demon of seduction, befriending the demon of knowledge, being guarded by Beelzebub, and making deals with Lucifer? This is what I call a normal day.
Just one problem: good and evil aren’t at all what I expected.
So I’m going all in. These men are my legion and they hold nothing back, so why should I? Just because something’s “bad” doesn’t mean it can’t feel oh so good – and I’m not about to let Heaven ruin this “good” thing. Maybe this new life of mine isn’t a fairy tale, but it does come with unicorns and dragons – which someone has to protect. That someone is going to be me. In the eternal battle between Heaven and Hell, it’s time to make a new side.  So I’m giving in to my sins. I know exactly what I desire. I just hope I’m not too late.


great witches baking showTHE GREAT WITCHES BAKING SHOW: A CULINARY COZY MYSTERY by Nancy Warren

Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, winning the crown as Britain’s Best Baker would open doors she’s dreamed of. In more ways than one. Appearing on the reality show is her chance to get into Broomewode Hall and uncover the secrets of her past.

But strange things are happening on the show’s set: accusations of sabotage, a black cat that shadows Poppy, suspiciously unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall—and the judges can be real witches. There are murmurs that Broomewode is an energy vortex. It certainly makes Poppy see and do things that aren’t exactly normal, and seems to draw interesting characters to the neighborhood. When a fellow contestant dies in mysterious circumstances, Poppy has more to worry about than burned pies and cakes that won’t rise. There’s a murderer on the loose and it’s up to Poppy and her new friends to solve the crime before it becomes a real show-stopper.


winter masqueradeWINTER MASQUERADE by Kevin Klehr

Ferris wakes on the Sea Queen, an enchanted cruise ship sailing on a chocolate sea. He has no idea how he got here, but he desperately wants to go home to his boyfriend. The alchemist is the only person who can help Ferris, but he’s been kidnapped. The ransom is high tea with scones and jam. Meanwhile, the passengers are gearing up for the Winter Masquerade, a ball where love and magic reign. With a murderous musician, an absent boyfriend, and a mystical party, Ferris soon learns that Wednesday is not the day to fall in love.

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VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week…

In the wake of the brutal war that swept the Old World in Siege of Stone, a new danger is forming along the coast. Taken captive by their enemies, King Grieve, along with Lila and Bannon are about to discover the terrifying force that threatens to bring destruction to the Old World. The Norukai, barbarian raiders and slavers, have been gathering an immense fleet among the inhospitably rocky islands that make up their home. With numbers greater than anyone could have imagined, the Norukai are poised to launch their final and most deadly war.

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kings errandKING’S ERRAND: TALES OF A TRAVELER by N J Layouni

VS Note: Time travel…

When a new king ascends the throne of the Norlands, only Vadim and Martha’s intervention saves Anselm and the other knights – men loyal to the previous king – from a trip to the gallows. Now that reprieve is over. It’s payback time. Anselm and his fellow knights have one last chance to prove their loyalty to the crown. But King Rodmar does not require mere lip service. To demonstrate their fealty, he commands the knights to bring home his greatest treasure. Join Anselm, Vadim and their companions on the King’s Errand – an adventure that transports them far from the comforts of hearth and home to a new and exotic world. As they brave the peril of the high seas and confront the unrelenting danger of the desert lands, Anselm finds unexpected friendship and a new sense of belonging – not to mention a woman who just might be the love of his life! But when their convoy comes under attack and the future of their mission hangs in the balance, will they be able to avert disaster? Will Anselm finally find his happily ever after?

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pretiumPRETIUM: URBAN PALADINS BOOK 5 by Severine Wolfe

She was his light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Kemal Milos Selâniki had been in hell when Allie had extended her hand and dragged him out. He’d had a foot in both worlds until Martin healed his soul, but something was still missing. Then he saw her one night and he knew she was it for him. Carrie Meyers threw light into the dark and shadows he’d been in since he’d been seventeen and Ganelons had killed his family.
When he has to go find his sister, Carrie nearly dies, and he barely makes it back to her in time to save both of them. He reluctantly drags her into his world and tries to convince her that she is worthy of everything to keep.

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He’s the peace-keeping Onyx brother, but there’s unrest in his own heart. Billionaire dragon shifter, Jasper, can have everything he wants. Everything, except for her.
Rose is his employee. The woman who makes him breathe fire. Her life is a mess, so she has Jasper tidied away into the just-friends box. It’s where he needs to stay for the sake of the Dragon Empire. Except that he doesn’t want to. Now, Jasper’s got a decision to make.
Loving Rose will cost him everything, But it will also be his ultimate salvation.


heros havenHERO’S HAVEN (DARK PROTECTORS BOOK 11) by Rebecca Zanetti

He’s her darkest fantasy. . .After years of struggling, Haven Daly has finally accepted that she’s nuttier than a fruitcake. Why else would she see visions of a beautiful but tormented male every night . . . and actually believe she can talk to him, even feel his touch?  But thanks to those dream journeys, she can paint images nobody else on earth can duplicate. In each brush stroke, she captures the blatant masculinity and raw desire in his eyes that promise he’s coming for her…and soon.

She’s the light that keeps him going. . .Quade Kayrs has already suffered a lifetime of pain and torture. Completely isolated, he kept his sanity  thanks to one beautiful female, a vision with kind emerald eyes. In the end, her soft voice led him out of hell. Now, naked and alone, he’s in a strange world that bears little resemblance to the one he left behind. All he knows is Haven.  All he wants is Haven.  His final mission? To protect her from the evil hunting them both—whether she likes it or not.

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stone warriors draganTHE STONE WARRIORS: DRAGAN by D B Reynolds

It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until…. Dragan Fiachna, heir to the curse of royal blood, a horror hiding behind a beautiful face…. you shall remain locked in stone until a maiden, untested and pure, shall find grace in your beast and safety in your nightmare.

Dragan Fiachna, born to a life of loneliness, cast into stone by a sorcerer’s curse and imprisoned forever in darkness. He is freed at last, only to discover his enemy still lives and is plotting the death of millions in his quest to rule this new world.

Maeve Collins, brilliant, courageous, and compassionate enough to believe a stone statue can have a soul. Shocked when her beautiful winged man breaks free, horrified at the torment he’s endured, she dedicates herself to reuniting him with the warriors he calls family. But she never planned on falling in love. Racing across half the country in search of the only man who can stop their foe from fulfilling his merciless scheme, Dragan and Maeve discover they’ve unwittingly stolen the one artifact that can defeat their enemy. And he wants it back. Pursued by assassins, they fight their way to Dragan’s brothers, only to discover the war for this world has already begun.

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VS Note: This is a contemporary romance with a touch of fantasy.

One scorching touch connects Sev Dante with lovely jewelry designer, Francesca Sommers. One passionate night together changes their lives forever. One painful secret will tear them apart and destroy both their lives.

As the powerful, take-charge CEO of Dantes jewelry empire, Sev never believed in The Inferno until it sweeps through him like wildfire. According to family legend, to ignore The Inferno guarantees disaster. To succumb, a life of bliss. But what happens when the woman The Inferno chooses works for his competitor and creates a stunning jewelry collection that threatens to destroy his plans to rebuild his family’s empire? The only option available: blackmail her to work for him and become his bride.

Francesca Sommers has her dream job, working for her father, even if he’s unaware of her existence. Her life is almost perfect … until Sev changes her with a single touch. She can’t resist him or his relentless seduction. Has no choice but to surrender to his raw passion. To give him everything and anything he demands. Even to be forced into marriage…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


spellhackerSPELLHACKER by M K England

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive. Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever. But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world. No pressure.

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After a fateful hunting accident sends her on the run from the law, Robyn finds herself deep in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All she really wants to do is provide for her family and stay out of trouble, but when the damnable Sheriff of Nottingham levies the largest tax in the history of England, she’s forced to take matters into her own hands. Relying on the help of her merry band of misfits and the Sheriff’s intriguing—and off-limits—daughter, Marian, Robyn must find a way to pull off the biggest heist Sherwood has ever seen.

With both heart and freedom at stake, just how much is she willing to risk to ensure the safety of the ones she loves? Nottingham is a delightful romp rife with bois bearing bows, transmen wielding quarterstaffs, noble ladies loving ladies bawdy bisexual musicians, naughty nonbinary outlaws, and saucy sapphic nuns—in other words, Robyn Hood like you’ve never seen her before.

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inherent truthINHERENT TRUTH (BLOOD SECRETS BOOK 1) by Alicia Antony

When Liv Sullivan’s grandmother beckons for help from beyond the grave, the reluctant psychic returns to her small Ohio hometown. Scrambling to make sense of the clues left by the vision, Liv finds herself face to face with undercover agent, Ridge McCaffrey.
 Assigned to protect a woman whose gifts unnerve him, for a covert psychic intelligence operation he doesn’t understand, Ridge struggles to place duty over desire. But when a gruesome discovery is unearthed at Sullivan Farm, the truth becomes clear…Some family secrets are best left buried.

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bars and butterfliesBARS AND BUTTERFLIES by Grace Kilian Delaney

VS Note: From November.

It’s been ten years since my young niece died, and it’s time to make my yearly pilgrimage to the basilica where her prayers were answered, and my nightmare began. I light a candle for her and her parents, a promise I made before they’d passed. An entire family—gone. There’s no peace after death. There is nothing.

I leave as unsettled as I came, shoving the church door with such force I almost hit somebody. Not just somebody. The mysterious man I had seen at the basilica years ago. For the briefest of moments, he had helped me forget the pain and grief in my life.
He invites me out, and he reveals a disturbing secret: he believes he can communicate with the dead. It’s just my sort of luck the first guy I find attractive is delusional. But then, what he does and what I see are impossible and send me scrambling to learn more about him, to figure out how he tricked me. Because what he did has to be a trick.
Step by step, I’m drawn into in his world until I no longer know the difference between reality and imagination. I can’t fall for him. None of this is real. It can’t be. Unless… Gael Taylor is no ordinary human.


deceiving the bandit lordDECEIVING THE BANDIT LORD (WYLDERLAND CHRONICLES BOOK 2) by Elle Clouse

Aisling played the dutiful daughter and ended up with a despicable fiancé. With no choices, she must destroy her reputation, and the lord of Armanta fits her needs. Common born, near penniless, questionable character, and a remote estate where she could keep her secrets, he would be perfect for putting an end to her arranged marriage.

Brogan’s hard-won estate came with many challenges, the least of which was an unplanned royal guest in the dead of winter. In his old life, he’d not hesitate to bed the wayward beauty, but the Lady Aisling deserves more than a rogue in lord’s clothing. Compounded by unwanted magic lessons and a manor with its own mysteries, he is drawn to Aisling as more than a passing acquaintance.
As Brogan and Aisling find a blissful peace, his sordid past is bound to catch up as a powerful rival emerges from the shadows and demands his dues… From them both.

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lock and keyLOCK AND KEY: NOCTURNE ACADEMY BOOK 1 by Evangeline Anderson

What do a mysterious necklace, forbidden Blood Magic rituals, and a sarcastic Nocturne boy with the face of a fallen angel all have in common? Me, apparently. Since I started school at Nocturne Academy, strange happenings have befallen me. The werid key-shaped necklace I found at a flea market chokes me every time I try to take it off. Also, a tall, blindingly beautiful and bitingly sarcastic Nocturne has the lock that matches it. His name is Griffin Darkheart and–like this freaking necklace–I can’t seem to stay away from him, though he’s being Censured for mysterious crimes. Among a student body composed of vampires, witches, were-dragons, and fairies, I no longer know what my future holds. To heck with graduating with honors–I’m just hoping to graduate alive! Nocturne Academy is full of deadly dangers. And I’ve already got a target on my back.



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hathornatumHATHORNATUM (PELETUS BOOK 1) by Taylin Clavelli

Have you ever wondered if that little voice inside you is actually, your voice?
Egypt captivates Benjamin. As an adult, he immerses himself in his chosen profession, as an archaeologist in the ancient city of Abydos. For Ben, the hieroglyphs, and paintings unlock dreams of a time long lost.
The dig Ben works on is financed by Ashari Hathonatum. For many years, the man has been looking for the one who completes him. He initially saw his heart’s match from a distance. But that was a long time ago and from an alternate universe. When Ashari encounters Ben, he wonders if he is the reincarnation of the man he saw, through another’s eyes, all those years ago. Will the secrets Ashari hides about his heritage stop their love blooming, or will others from his dimension, determined to keep Ashari from his heart’s match, rule the day?

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My name is Kaitlyn Lightson, and I can see ghosts. Despite my weird ability, that no one but my best friend knows about, my life is pretty normal. In a few months, I will be at university and far away from my small ghost town I’ve lived my whole life in.
But one deadly car accident changed everything. Death was not the end for me, because instead, I became an angel. Guardian Angel to be exact and my only job is to protect important humans in dire need to pay back the debt of our second life.
Only if I can survive Angel Academy that is. Turns out Angel Academy is deadlier than any school I’ve been to before…I have to choose a side, light or dark, at the end of my first year. Light angels are good, kind and the choice my best friend is sure to take.
Dark angels are evil, seductive and they call me to me more than I want to admit.
Seduction is a game in this world, and dark angels know how to play it better than most.
And I want to play.


pack of liesPACK OF LIES (THE POTENTATE OF ATLANTA BOOK 2) by Hailey Edwards

Hadley is losing time, and her shadow refuses to shed light on the gaps in her memory. How can she protect her city if she can’t remember where she goes or what she does when she ought to be asleep? Her grim history appears to be stuck on repeat, and the only way forward might be a scythe through her back.


queen in hidingA QUEEN IN HIDING (THE NINE REALMS BOOK 1) by Sarah Kozloff

Orphaned, exiled and hunted, Cerulia, Princess of Weirandale, must master the magic that is her birthright, become a ruthless guerilla fighter, and transform into the queen she is destined to be. But to do it she must win the favor of the spirits who play in mortal affairs, assemble an unlikely group of rebels, and wrest the throne from a corrupt aristocracy whose rot has spread throughout her kingdom.

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iron will of genie loTHE IRON WILL OF GENIE LO (A GENIE LO NOVEL) by F C Yee

Genie Lo thought she was busy last year, juggling her academic career with protecting the Bay Area from demons. But now, as the Heaven-appointed Guardian of California, she’s responsible for the well-being of all yaoguai and spirits on Earth. Even the ones who interrupt her long-weekend visit to a prestigious college, bearing terrible news about a cosmos-threatening force of destruction in a nearby alternate dimension.

The goddess Guanyin and Genie’s boyfriend, Quentin Sun Wukong, do their best to help, but it’s really the Jade Emperor who’s supposed to handle crises of this magnitude. Unfortunately for Genie and the rest of existence, he’s gone AWOL. Fed up with the Jade Emperor’s negligence, Genie spots an opportunity to change the system for the better by undertaking a quest that spans multiple planes of reality along with an adventuring party of quarrelsome Chinese gods. But when faced with true danger, Genie and her friends realize that what will save the universe this time isn’t strength, but sacrifice.

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claimed by the dragon lordCLAIMED BY THE DRAGON LORD by Miranda Bailey

Parallel universes don’t exist. They don’t. So why is there a god-like man that claims to be a dragon lord in my bathroom? With a portal to another dimension? He says that without me trillions will die. His people are dying out, they can’t breed and want to try with the people of another world, but it’s not working. I just want to go home but first, he tells me, I have to teach his people how to…date? With him as my pupil, I may never want to go back home, but what if I fail? Can I handle the fate that awaits the people in the other worlds if I fail? And am I just Adakan’s teacher, or is this something more, much more?


wolf marshals packTHE WOLF MARSHAL’S PACK (U S MARSHAL SHIFTERS BOOK 3) by Zoe Chant

She never meant to be Little Red Riding Hood. Nature photographer Aria Clarke is most comfortable with her camera in her hands and mud on her boots. And she’s a single mom, so she’s used to facing down the most dangerous wildlife of all: a group of neighborhood kids on a sugar rush. Taking photos of a wolf should have been no problem. Until the wolf turns into a man right before her eyes — and starts to stalk her.

He was never meant to be a lone wolf. Deputy US Marshal Colby Acton hides his loneliness behind jokes and a stunning smile. Werewolves are meant to have packs, and living without one is taking a toll on him, no matter what he pretends. Then Aria slams into his life with her courage and intelligence and sexy legs and, oh right, an adorable eight-year-old daughter. She’s his mate, destiny, and pack, all in one tough package. And she’s another wolf’s chosen prey.


his dragon protectorHIS DRAGON PROTECTOR (DIVINE DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Jill Haven

Dragons have been chasing me my entire life, and now my best friend is shacked up with one of them and about to give birth. Normally I’d stay away, but I need to make sure he’s safe. And when I meet Mason, the only person I am worried about is myself…Mason puts my omega instincts into overdrive and awakens something in me that’s been dormant forever. I hate feeling out of control, but I can’t walk away from him.
The good doctor wants to protect me from my past and the things that I’ve done, but no matter how hot desire burns between us I can’t surrender. But when old enemies put us all in danger, I’ll need a dragon alpha at my side if we’re going to survive.


murder on poets hillA MURDER ON POET’S HILL (AN ELLA DANIELS MYSTERY BOOK 2) by J A Whiting

Ella Daniels, a professor of American history at Green Hill University, comes from a family with many talents, and seeing ghosts is one of them.
When Ella’s brother, Ben, becomes worried about one of his friends, he and Ella go to check on the man and discover a terrible scene. What happened to Ben’s friend? Who is responsible? Is there a link between the incident and another mystery on Poet’s Hill?
With the help of their sister and a black cat named Raisin, will Ella and Ben and the rest of the family members find the answers before it is too late?



The battle lines have been drawn. My fellow scions and I stand on one side, and the power-hungry barons on the other. The scheme they’ve put in motion could shatter both our community and the nonmagical world. Neither I nor the guys I love are willing to let that happen, but with the barons throwing both laws and parental bonds aside, we’re short on options. The fate of our world could come down to a literal battle for our lives, one I’m not sure we have any hope of winning.

Will the strength we’ve found together and the allies we’ve managed to gather be enough to carry us through? How close to the barons’ level will I have to sink to have a chance at victory? As our time runs out, the only thing we can count on is that blood will be spilled—and lots of it.


dont tempt meDON’T TEMPT ME (NORA JACOBS BOOK 4) by Jackie May

Something is wrong with Nora. There’s a darkness inside her that she can’t seem to control. As she and her men search for answers to her siren’s dark nature, someone puts out a hit on her clan. Now, mercenaries from all over are trying to kill them. On top of all that, Nora must take on her first official case for the FUA. Someone is stealing mythical creatures, and they need to be stopped before they can steal the magic of the world’s most powerful underworlders.



Haven’t I been through enough? God, I swear I only joined this nuthouse school a year ago, and somehow I’ve gotten into some huge major drama every single semester. If you ask me I think everyone in this place is a little too obsessed with me. It’s lucky that I have my guys with me to help get through some of this shit. I think if I was alone and dealing with things like crazy shifter bitches, ancient magical destinies, all while trying to attend my classes I would have a mental breakdown. Wait, I’ve already had several.

Now, in my final semester at Bloodwood Academy, I’m hoping I can finally breathe, maybe take a long vacation where I can get to know my guys a little more intimately if you catch my drift…Granted, that probably can’t happen seeing as we ended the previous semester in some hot shit. What with my dad being summoned into Nicky’s creepy underground dungeon, me dealing with the stupid alpha feud, and my shit parents wiggling their way back into my life, it’s wild that I’m even still alive.


rescued by the fae princeRESCUED BY THE FAE PRINCE (FAE OF BALLANTINE) by Serena Meadows

Reese is hailed as a hero after helping save Ballantine. But even with his royal blood and good looks, the Fae warrior has always felt like an outsider. His family is made up of passionate inventors and intellectuals, but Reese would rather explore the mountains and woods, than the long, dusty corridors of the family library. Until she appears. A human woman comes to peruse his family’s latest invention. Sarah is short, feisty, and unlike any creature Reese has ever beheld. She’s also utterly captivating, and completely uninterested in getting to know him.

No human can survive long in the world of the Fae, but Sarah somehow prospers. The more Reese fights to unravel her secrets, the more tangled he becomes in her deep golden eyes and easy smile. Something about Sarah doesn’t add up, but when he finally finds the answers he’s looking for, it’s too late. Reese is falling hard, and the consequences could be devastating.


my four seamenMY FOUR SEAMEN by Laura Wylde

Evan, Terrance, Collin, and Carter who are ex-Navy Seals, have a strong friendship that was torn apart by a tragedy. As they try to rebuild what they once had, they are struck by something else. Something that doesn’t seem real…A mysterious creature that dwells in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle has surfaced…Just as the ex-military men believe the end has come, an unexpected savior comes to the rescue. But she’s no ordinary angel. These seamen have to make an impossible choice. Can they leave everything they have ever known behind just to stay alive? For her it might be worth it.


faerie forgedFAERIE FORGED (THE MAGICSMITH BOOK 3) by L R Braden

Alex is screwed. She’s due at the fae Court of Enchantment in less than twenty-four hours, but she’s not even close to being ready. Her job is hanging by a fraying thread. There’s a new vampire master in town. And several of her werewolf friends have been captured by the Paranatural Task Force.

She’s their best chance for release before the full moon reveals their secret, but the Lord of Enchantment is not someone you keep waiting—even when he happens to be your grandfather. All Alex can do is call in a favor, hope to hell she can survive the plots of the fae court, and hightail it home to salvage her life. One mistake at court could change everything.

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will and the wildsTHE WILL AND THE WILDS by Charlie N Holmberg

Enna knows to fear the mystings that roam the wildwood near her home. When one tries to kill her to obtain an enchanted stone, Enna takes a huge risk: fighting back with a mysting of her own.

Maekallus’s help isn’t free. His price? A kiss. One with the power to steal her soul. But their deal leaves Maekallus bound to the mortal realm, which begins eating him alive. Only Enna’s kiss, given willingly, can save him from immediate destruction. It’s a temporary salvation for Maekallus and a lingering doom for Enna. Part of her soul now burns bright inside Maekallus, making him feel for the first time. Enna shares Maekallus’s suffering, but her small sacrifice won’t last long. If she and Maekallus can’t break the spell binding him to the mortal realm, Maekallus will be consumed completely—and Enna’s soul with him.


promised oneTHE PROMISED ONE (DEMONS’ LUST, BOOK 1) by Athena Aston

Light and dark want to suck me dry…Weapon. Oracle. Sacrifice. It’s all I’ve heard about since I turned eighteen and smokin’ hot demons and divine looking angels started showing up on my doorstep. They want my affection… and my powers. And no matter which side I choose, I’ll end up six feet under soon enough. But the world is ending and if I don’t pick a side, chaos reigns. All of my options suck, but all of my suitors make me yearn. How can I choose when I lose no matter what? And why should I have to? Heaven… Hell… they’ve got nothing on an Earth girl with an attitude.


bitter pillBITTER PILL (PSYCOP BOOK 11) by Jordan Castillo Price

There’s a new drug on the streets called Kick. The side effects are so brutal, most folks only try it once…unless they’re psychic. Then they do it until it kills them. Psychic medium Victor Bayne is well acquainted with pharmaceuticals, from the Auracel that blocks his ghosts to the Seconal that offers him a blissful nights’ sleep. But he’s managed to steer clear of street drugs…so far.

Jacob Marks has a medicine cabinet filled with every over-the-counter remedy known to man, but none of them are doing much for his mood—and his long, fruitless days of combing through records at The Clinic are taking a heavy toll. But their lackluster investigation does have one silver lining: a front row seat at The Clinic when the first Kick overdose comes in. And as scary as the drug might be, if it truly does augment psychic ability, the appeal is not lost on Vic. Because the very first hit never killed anyone. Where did Kick come from? Why is it so addictive? And why is everyone at The Clinic acting so darn shady? That’s what Vic intends to find out. And if he’s lucky, he can also expose a shadowy figure from Camp Hell. Unfortunately, the demons of his pill addiction might prove just as deadly as his long-buried history. He thought he’d managed to ditch that pernicious habit. But what if it was only lurking in the shadows, waiting for the best time to rear its ugly head?

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dawn of the endTHE DAWN OF THE END, THE RISING BOOK 3 by Kristen Ashley and 12 Narrators

VS Note: Available in audiobook only.

Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land.

This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake.


riot babyRIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

VS Note: Not a romance. I’ve seen it described as “political speculative fiction” and there’s a fantasy/SF element. Sounds like a tough read in terms of the gritty subject matter but I’m intrigued. A release of note…

Ella has a Thing. She sees a classmate grow up to become a caring nurse. A neighbor’s son murdered in a drive-by shooting. Things that haven’t happened yet. Kev, born while Los Angeles burned around them, wants to protect his sister from a power that could destroy her. But when Kev is incarcerated, Ella must decide what it means to watch her brother suffer while holding the ability to wreck cities in her hands.

Rooted in the hope that can live in anger, Riot Baby is as much an intimate family story as a global dystopian narrative. It burns fearlessly toward revolution and has quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience. Ella and Kev are both shockingly human and immeasurably powerful. Their childhoods are defined and destroyed by racism. Their futures might alter the world.

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escaping destinyESCAPING DESTINY (DESTINY SERIES BOOK 3) by Dria Andersen

VS Note: From late December

Frankie Lebron and Aren Ele share a common enemy, the Ajo vampire. Frankie isn’t one to be told what to do and Aren’s nature is to protect what he cares for, leaving them butting heads, in spite of the heat between them. They are both forced to face their fears as Ajo victims begin to appear. Faced with the real threat that has been steadily stalking their tribe, they must find a way to work together in love and life. As they search for clues, Frankie is thrust into a war she wasn’t sure she was ready for. Can they trust each other to face their demons and the killers?



Elena Jensen doesn’t belong at Alpha Wolf Academy, the most prestigious shifter university in North America, but that’s her reality and she’s determined to make the best of it. When she meets a guy with emerald eyes and dark, wavy hair that makes her start rethinking her disbelief in soul mates, Elena’s opinion of AWA changes. Although, she’d feel better about her place in the social order if her crush’s twin sister wasn’t trying to destroy her reputation and get her expelled.

Elena’s already shaky foundation is pulled out from under her when the academy is besieged by soldiers and she chooses to put herself in danger to save lives. When it’s life or death, the enemy of your enemy is your friend… or at least, Elena hopes so. Because more than just her life depends on it.



When Lox warrior, Roclan, is sent to investigate a crime, he wasn’t expecting to encounter a female so captivating he would be compelled to go into a rut. Unfortunately, she is his prisoner. Roclan quickly realizes he has to find a way to keep her alive, if only to explore if she is his to claim, but Omega healer, Nyan, isn’t interested in escaping her punishment. As she tries to keep the brutish Alpha at a distance, he peels away her defenses until she is forced to address the deep compulsion between them… setting her at odds with her own desires and the secrets she holds.

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layoverlandLAYOVERLAND by Gabby Noone

VS Note: Not a romance (although it is listed in romantic comedy) so I don’t know if there’s an HEA but it sounded like a good book. Advance reviews were pretty positive. I put it on my TBR list.

Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that’s what she believes. Her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most–her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed who knows where, she’s confused, to say the least.

Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: she’s in purgatory. If she ever wants to catch a flight to heaven, she’ll have to help five thousand souls figure out what’s keeping them from moving on. But one of Bea’s first assignments is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. And as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of eating bad airport food and listening to other people’s problems, she can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him.

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circus of the deadCIRCUS OF THE DEAD BOOK 1 by Kimberley Loth

Mom sent me all the way across the country to the Louisiana bayou to join the circus and help my uncle for the summer.  Except there is something not quite right on this swampy cursed island, and after having my fortune told, I can’t leave.  I try to escape, but Benny, an all too charming ghost gangster tries to kill me by feeding me to a tiger. Thankfully I’m rescued by Samuel, the incredibly hot ringmaster who can’t be a day over twenty. Can he? In addition to avoiding the human scorpion, staying away from the big cats, and having trouble figuring out who’s dead and who’s alive, I have to find a way to escape this horror show. Will I get out of the circus alive or will I join their army of ghosts and become a murderer myself?


vampire sirenVAMPIRE SIREN (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 3) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

Is it her siren’s song that lures the sexy vampire? Her body? Or her heart? As a sultry siren, Cora Murphy can have any man she wants—and her interfering mother has a long list of eager candidates suited to her daughter’s station as fae royalty. But Cora just wants to live a normal life, working at Othercross as a Sentinel and hoping one day a man will fall in love with her instead of succumbing to her mystical—and totally bogus—allure.

Of course, that can’t happen if she never lowers the glamour she uses to prevent every Tom, Dick, and Harriet from following her around like love-struck puppies. Even her best friend, Deo Nicolaides, must have been hit by her siren song, because the young vampire keeps trying to get her into bed. As tempting as that might be, Cora doesn’t dare give in to her primal desires. She’d rather die alone than live the rest of her life knowing Deo’s love isn’t true. But what if it is?


dragon assassins nannyDRAGON ASSASSIN’S NANNY (F.I.R.E SPECIAL OPS DRAGON BOOK 4) by Maia Starr

I’m the most powerful dragon assassin in the world. I could have any woman I want.
But I’ve fallen for the one that I can’t have. She’s my daughter’s nanny. Being her boss isn’t the only thing that makes it totally wrong. Lianne is a distraction. I’m an important member of the Special Dragon OPS team. The Alpha of F.I.R.E has his eyes on me. I can’t let my team down. It’s why I needed a nanny in the first place. But her sweet curves have become an obsession. My job is slowly taking a backseat. Being with her is more than just a compulsion. I need to keep her close. Lianne has a little secret, and a wolf is after her life. There’s no one in the world that I can’t defeat. And the man that’s messing with my woman is going to regret ever being born.


fated fearFATED FEAR (ANGEL’S FATE BOOK 3 ) by Tessa Cole

The Winter Queen had me and my guys where she wanted us, forcing me to make a terrible deal with the Winter Court itself, and even then, we barely escaped with our lives. Now we’re all being hunted. Especially Titus, whose rage tore the lid off the one secret that could spell his doom.

Among all of us, he’s the biggest prize — the only one with a connection to a magic so powerful that whoever controls it, controls the realm. His fight to stay free digs its talons into my soul, because I know the fear of imprisonment and have spent my life determined to never be trapped again. Except something I never thought I wanted is wrapping itself around my heart — ties between me and my guys that are starting to feel less like chains, and more like home.

But now the Winter Court’s frozen magic courses through my veins, an icy tether that could yank me back into its trap at any moment. And when the next disaster strikes, the ties between me and my guys may not be enough to save us all.


something wickedSOMETHING WICKED by Kim Knox

VS Note: A re-release.

Magus Felix Hurst thought she could outrun her duty. Her destiny. She failed. In trying to escape her marriage to the half-demon magus, Zacharias Mael, her usual bad luck traps her in a farmhouse infested with a magus’s worst nightmare. And her hated betrothed.
In the end, there is one only way to escape. Will that price prove too much? For either of them?


hacking justiceHACKING JUSTICE (FRACTURED MINDS SERIES BOOK 5) by Karen Allenton

After being caught in the midst of an illegal hack, IT Specialist, Sam Zachman accepts a plea deal to stay out of jail. He is required to join a special FBI team charged with tracking and stopping serial killers. The deal was just too good to be true. When teammate and reformed psych ward patient, Lucy Bray, is injured in the line of duty, his new job is put on hold, and Sam can’t fight the pull to return to his old criminal lifestyle.

When a hack goes horribly wrong, leaving three of his friends dead, he has no choice but to turn to the only person he trusts, even if she isn’t mentally stable enough to help. As the last hacker left standing, he and the supernatural team of hunters will have to work off the books to unravel the clues and stop a new faceless serial killer threatening millions of lives. If they fail, Sam stands to lose more than just his freedom. He’ll lose his life and those of everyone he holds dear.


fire queenTHE FIRE QUEEN (THE DARK QUEENS BOOK 10) by Jovee Winters

Forgotten by nearly everyone she’s loved after the curse struck Kingdom, Fiera does what any proper fire goddess should do, she gets back to work. But in her heart an emptiness has begun to grow, pulling her deeper and deeper in reclusion. But there is one who still remembers, one who will do anything to bring the fire goddess some measure of joy again, even if that means sending her to a literal world of icy hell to do it.

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bound by her passionBOUND BY HER PASSION BOUND BY HER BLOOD BOOK 2 by Mara Leigh

One newly-turned female vampire, four powerful males hiding dark secrets—alone each is lost, together their passion ignites and changes the vampire world forever.
Selina’s story continues in Book 2 of the exciting and passionate Bound by Her Blood series.
****Spoiler Alert****
This is Book 2 in a series. If you haven’t read Book 1, BOUND BY HER BLOOD, be warned! The rest of this description contains spoilers related to Book 1.
I was alone and abused—both as a human, then a vampire—but I am strong, I am a fighter, I will survive. Captured by the terrifying Pike and separated from Rock and Gray, will my growing power be enough to escape—or to resist the inexplicable yearning I feel for my captor? Meanwhile, the city is terrorized by a vampire serial killer, and overrun by wooden-stake-wielding cops, including the hunky Colton who won’t stop pursuing me—and I’m not sure I want him to, in spite of the danger. And through all this, Xavier won’t stop hunting me, until I suffer a painful death.


flames of chaosFLAMES OF CHAOS (LEGACY OF THE NINE REALMS BOOK 1) by Amelia Hutchins

Aria and her sisters return to the Human Realm of Haven Falls to find one of their own that’s gone missing. They soon discover things have changed in the Human Realm and that nothing is what it seems, including Knox, the egotistical, self-centered, frustratingly gorgeous man who declared himself King during their absence.
Sparks fly when the two enter a fiery battle of wills as Aria learns she is more than just a witch in the Hecate bloodline; she is much, much more.
Will Aria embrace her savage side to find her sister and save her family, or will she burn to ashes from his heated kisses and burning hot embrace?
Knox has ulterior motives for being in Haven Falls and never expected the little witch to show up and brazenly challenge his rule.
It was supposed to be easy; get in and get out. Move pieces into place and set the stage for the war he’s been planning for over five hundred years. Aria is his sworn enemy but something within her calls to him and he hates himself for craving the fiery kisses that have reignited his cold, dead heart. One taste, and he thought he could get her out of his system. He was wrong.
Will Knox let go of the memories of the past, driving his need for revenge that will destroy the pretty little witch he craves, or will he push the boundaries to fight for and claim what is his by right? Either way, war is inevitable. And nothing will stop him from reaching for what is his.



VS: In the mood for exciting romance and adventure set on an interstellar cruise liner?  Check out my STAR CRUISE series! (The books are on all major ebook seller platforms. My Amazon Author Page lists all my books if you’re an Amazon shopper.)

Veronica Scott's STAR CRUISE stories!

Suggest reading order, although all are standalone:

STAR CRUISE MAROONED     Amazon      Apple Books

STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK       Amazon      Apple Books

STAR CRUISE STOWAWAY       Amazon      Apple Books

STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD        Amazon      Apple Books     (My rock star romance!)

STAR CRUISE MYSTERY DANCER       Amazon      Apple Books     (My scifi take on Anastasia!)

STAR CRUISE IDOL’S CURSE ( currently available in the the Pets In Space 4 Anthology)    Amazon      Apple Books



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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 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.

Eyes Open For A Chance Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 with Daegan’s thoughts as he faces a new day.

He could only go as far as the force barrier marking the end of the Preserve, where the Khagrish allowed his kind to live in between deployments or experiments. Usually he made the circuit three or four times to get enough of a workout but today he dove into the waves for a brief swim before seating himself on his favorite boulder, where he could get an excellent view out to sea. The wide open emptiness appealed to him, called to him.

But I’m unlikely to ever  get the chance to explore any further than I ran today, which is as far as I could go yesterday or any of the thousands of days.

Daegan hated the Khagrish with every fiber of his body but he had to admit they’d perfected the art of keeping their dangerous experimental  ‘animals’ like him under tight control. Doesn’t mean I won’t keep my eyes open for a chance, no matter how slight, for us to win our freedom.

He made the same vow to the goddess in one form or another each day.

Now it was time for him to check in telepathically with his man in each pod and get a feel for how things were going, had anyone heard rumors about what the Khagrish might impose next, was anyone having difficulties, were the youngest Badari all right. Could he help with anything? Letting the Khagrish figure out he was unusually respected by the other Badari would be an instant death sentence for him so it all had to be done carefully but Daegan’s driving motivation, aside from taking revenge on the scientists, was to take care of his brothers.


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 15

rebel and the rogueAs 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).



Zenos, from the Astra Legion of Rogue 5, is on a mission to find an antidote to the deadly venom flowing through his body.  Without the antidote, one bite during mating will kill a hybrid Forsian’s chosen female. Zenos must acquire the serum at any cost, for like his Atlan cousins, his mating instinct will eventually consume him. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but one look at the defiant female bounty hunter and he can’t deny his body what she’s offering—a few wild hours of pleasure.

Ivy Birkeland’s entire ReCon unit was annihilated as a result of Quell, a mind-altering drug the pirates of Rogue 5 are known to distribute. A rebel to her core, her heart still broke when she was forced to walk away from her life as a Coalition fighter. Now she hunts a bounty that will allow her to catch the criminals selling Quell and avenge her dead friends. Free of the Coalition Fleet’s strict regulations, she makes a deal with an unknown Rogue 5 operative to gain access to his home planet and travels to Transport Station Zenith to meet him.

When Ivy’s smoking hot, one-night-stand turns out to be her Rogue 5 contact, every carefully-laid plan she’s made goes to hell. Because when a rebel and a rogue are forced to work together, sparks will fly. They don’t need the criminals to kill them, they just might finish each other…if they don’t fall in love first.

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strange loveSTRANGE LOVE (GALACTIC LOVE BOOK 1) by Ann Aguirre

He’s awkward. He’s adorable. He’s alien as hell. Zylar of Kith B’alak is a four-time loser in the annual Choosing. If he fails to find a nest guardian this time, he’ll lose his chance to have a mate for all time. Desperation drives him to try a matching service but due to a freak solar flare and a severely malfunctioning ship AI, things go way off course. This ‘human being’ is not the Tiralan match he was looking for.

She’s frazzled. She’s fierce. She’s from St. Louis. Beryl Bowman’s mother always said she’d never get married. She should have added a rider about the husband being human. Who would have ever thought that working at the Sunshine Angel daycare center would offer such interstellar prestige? She doesn’t know what the hell’s going on, but a new life awaits on Barath Colony, where she can have any alien bachelor she wants.
They agree to join the Choosing together, but love is about to get seriously strange.


sweep with meSWEEP WITH ME (INNKEEPER CHRONICLES BOOK 5) by Ilona andrews

VS Note: I LOVE love love this series. Had this pre-ordered.

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone. All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

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Escaped convict Vordigar has been hiding out on Risda III. When he’s scooped up by law enforcement, he has two choices – he can be shipped back to the Haven prison system, or he can marry one of the locals. Piper is from an alien race called ‘humans’ and she needs a mate to help her protect her farm from aggressive neighbors.

Vordigar’s not interested in forever. Or marrying. Or settling down. He’ll go along with Piper’s plans just until he can get off planet…or so he thinks. Because one night in Piper’s bed changes everything.



Navat may have to work with the the human woman assigned to help his team.
But he doesn’t have to like her. Not her attitude. The soft curves of her lips.
Or her stormy eyes. Or the way his skin burns when they touch. Not the way the scent of her make him lose his mind whenever she’s near. Nope. Not a thing.


paradisePARADISE (ZONE CYBORGS BOOK 2) by Jessica Marting

Petty sabotage knocks Matthias’s freighter off-course to an uncharted moon, but before he can right his ship, a distress call lures him to its hidden compound and the beautiful woman trapped there. Confined to a luxurious prison for years, enhanced until she’s a machine in a human body, Serena is desperate to escape, even if doing so could mean her death. But if she’s going to die anyway, she may as well really live while she still has the chance.

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fix huntFOX HUNT (SWAG STORIES BOOK 4) by Carysa Locke

VS Note: A re-release “expanded into a longer version and contains never before published content” per the author.

Teegan works a job no other Hunter wants – tracking down the Talented driven insane by their gifts. She and her bond-mate, Ember – a psychically gifted fox – have tracked dozens of people for Cole, the man who works to rehabilitate and recover these troubled souls. But when one of his most dangerous patients escapes, the Hunt may prove deadly for not only Teegan and Ember, but a whole planet’s population. Teegan prefers to work alone, but Cole is as stubborn as he is distracting. And distraction on this Hunt could make it her last.

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followersFOLLOWERS: A NOVEL by Megan Angelo

VS Note: Mixed reviews. Not a romance as far as I can tell (although it was released by Harlequin???). A release of note…

Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss—a striving, wannabe A-lister—who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady—and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.

Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity—twelve million loyal followers—Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.

Followers traces the paths of Orla, Floss and Marlow as they wind through time toward each other, and toward a cataclysmic event that sends America into lasting upheaval. At turns wry and tender, bleak and hopeful, this darkly funny story reminds us that even if we obsess over famous people we’ll never meet, what we really crave is genuine human connection.

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slaves of coraTHE SLAVES OF CORA by Rule Hardy

When Naaji, a strange-looking merchant’s slave, falls ill on the Trading Hall floor and a strong, mysterious stranger comes to his rescue, passions ignite. Naaji’s savior, Lu, is a powerful general and the planet’s most outspoken abolitionist. Despite their differences, their chemistry is undeniable. They have to be careful. If discovered, the affair would be scandalous!

It doesn’t matter that Naaji shouldn’t be on Cora. His ancestors, genetically engineered on Old Earth, won their freedom centuries before, and his people are now under the Guild’s protection. Few Corans would bother to concern themselves with the provenance of such an exotic slave when there are infinite pleasures to be found on such a lawless planet. They care not where he is from, only how much he costs. But Lu is worried. He knows there is more to Naaji than just physical beauty. There is a cruel secret written into his DNA, a genetic destiny inherited from his ancestors, an impending metamorphosis, he will have no choice in. This transformation could bring them together, but if Lu and Naaji’s enemies have their way, it could tear them apart forever.

A pending deal with the Guild means slavery might soon end on Cora. Naaji could be free to love who he wants, but Unification might not come soon enough for him and Lu. With the clock running out, a tragic turn of fate upends their fragile union putting Naaji in grave danger. Against all odds, will love find a way?



Y’res the Fourth–otherwise known as Ellina–the newly crowned ruler of Helios Beta, has a problem: someone is trying to kill her. There has already been one assassination attempt on her life and she fears that soon there will be another. She needs someone to guard and protect her–someone she can trust. Which is why she calls on the Kindred.

Commander Ty’rial is a Kindred warrior in the Elite Espionage Corps. He takes the job of guarding the new ruler of Helios Beta with some reservations. For Ty is a Modified Kindred–his DNA was manipulated before his birth to make him the perfect slave, fit only to serve a spoiled, rich Mistress. Rejecting this fate, Ty has made his own way in life and he has no interest or intention of falling for a female in power–even one who feels frightened and powerless, as Ellina does.

Two worlds collide when Ellina admits her fear and Ty begins to see her as a person–not just a Potentate. Feelings between them grow but they can never be together–for Ellina must choose a consort from among her own people–one who can give her an heir with the same Sacred Blue skin tones which she alone possesses. But when another assassination attempt and a villainous plot sets off Ellina’s Heat Cycle, can the two of them stay apart? And will either of them ever be the same after Ty is tasked with…
Guarding the Goddess?

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strange exitSTRANGE EXIT by Parker Peeveyhouse

VS Note: Not a romance…but the concept was interesting. Reminded me a bit of The 100.

Seventeen-year-old Lake spends her days searching a strange, post-apocalyptic landscape for people who have forgotten one very important thing: this isn’t reality. Everyone she meets is a passenger aboard a ship that’s been orbiting Earth since a nuclear event. The simulation that was supposed to prepare them all for life after the apocalypse has trapped their minds in a shared virtual reality and their bodies in stasis chambers.

No one can get off the ship until all of the passengers are out of the sim, and no one can get out of the sim unless they believe it’s a simulation. It’s up to Lake to help them remember.

When Lake reveals the truth to a fellow passenger, seventeen-year-old Taren, he joins her mission to find everyone, persuade them that they’ve forgotten reality, and wake them up. But time’s running out before the simulation completely deconstructs, and soon Taren’s deciding who’s worth saving and who must be sacrificed for the greater good. Now, Lake has no choice but to pit herself against Taren in a race to find the secret heart of the sim, where something waits that will either save them or destroy them all.


captive k m fawcettCAPTIVE (THE SURVIVAL RACE BOOK 1) by K M Fawcett

VS Note: A re-release. I enjoyed the story the first time around…

Rookie cop Addy Dawson must escape her alien captors. Caged with a brazen alpha gladiator claiming to be her mate, Addy refuses to breed warriors for the Survival Race—a blood sport where the last man alive wins. Nothing and no one will stop her from finding a way home, including the exasperating rogue determined to seduce her.

Years of killing for entertainment have turned Max into a hardened beast. The only time he feels human is when at stud. But when a fiery woman from his home world rejects him, her rebellious spirit awakens a part of his soul he thought long dead.

Bound together by a desire for freedom, Addy and Max will risk torture or worse to break out. But the hunted pair will never find refuge unless they can learn to trust each other with their lives…and their hearts.

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Sometimes you have to kiss a few frogs to find your prince. And sometimes, you have to be one. Lissa has lived most of her life in the mysterious Wildwood, hidden from those who live beyond the Perimeter. Mocked and loathed for what she is, she longs to leave her secretive existence and discover the beauty of a world she can only imagine.
Instead, she meets him.
Artem is exactly the kind of man Lissa usually avoids. Rich, handsome, normal.
And completely trapped in a life he wants no part of. Artem’s only chance at freedom is to become an instrument in his father’s plan to destroy the Wildwood. He accepts, hoping to discover the key to his escape. Then he finds her. But with his father’s plan already in motion, Artem and Lissa must race to save not only the Wildwood and the incredible secret it holds, but also their chance at true love.

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VS Note: From mid December. Paperback only on Amazon, at least the day I checked for this post. ebook on Apple.

Big Trouble in Old Shanghai –  The signs are there. Gangs roaming the streets, the very earth shaking beneath their feet. Ming-fen could tell something was coming to Old Shanghai, but she didn’t know exactly what until the city erupted in fiery rebellion — with her brother caught on the wrong side. With the streets in turmoil, Ming-fen must rely on her fighting skills and a blue-eyed foreign devil to survive the day, and perhaps keep an already broken city from all-out civil war.

The Island of the Opium-Eaters – Sagara Satomi hasn’t set foot on land since she was exiled from Nippon and cast adrift upon a ship owned by a notorious Chinese rebel. Rogue alchemist, Yang Hanzhu has spent years chasing dark rumors, plotting a course toward an unmarked island with a mysterious past. Will they uncover the island’s secrets? Or be buried there along with them?

Love in the Time of Engines – A prequel to Gunpowder Alchemy. Amidst rumors the West has developed powerful steam engines, the Ministry of Science seeks to recruit new talent. Golden boy Jin Zhi-fu meets mathematics prodigy Shi Anlei while attending the Academy, but doesn’t realize his new friend is a woman disguised as a man. It’s the only way she’d be allowed to take the imperial examination. When Anlei’s hidden identity is discovered, Zhi-fu and Anlei are forced into a test more difficult than the exam — one that challenges the limits of duty, friendship, and love.

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wyzakWYZAK (THE SRAIBUR CREW BOOK 2) by Layla Nash and Juno Wells

You can’t put a bounty on true love…Bounty hunter Gemma didn’t expect capturing a Xaravian pirate to be easy, but the moment she lures handsome Wyzak away from his crew, she knows she’s in over her head. He’s furious at being captured and intense enough to make her heart pound, not to mention he’s enormous, powerful, and too good-looking to be ignored.

The Sraibur’s second-in-command Wyzak isn’t going to go quietly when a bounty hunter kidnaps him. It’s only a matter of time until the Sraibur saves him — and captures the beautiful Earther who caught him. He should be furious with her and ready for vengeance, but she’s too alluring. Too sexy. Too… perfect.
When Gemma tries to make things right, she ends up with a bounty on her head, too. The only way they’ll survive and remain free is to work together, but Gemma’s past and their rocky start keep getting in the way. Can they put the past behind them and find a future together?


starlightSTARLIGHT by Jennifer M Eaton

New to her pilot’s stripes, Mia throttles her rescue team to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to save a hero missing in action. The problem is, Jason Starlight isn’t sure he wants to be saved. For the past 5 years Jason has been the only thing standing between the people of his new world and a vicious band of pirates. Now he’s faced with a choice, turn his back on the planet he now calls home, or drag Mia and her team into a fight that will probably get them all killed. Jason knows the greatest heroes stand up for what’s right no matter the cost, but Mia knows it’s only the smartest heroes that live to tell about it.



VS Note: Apparently a series of ‘episodes’…mentions a slow burn romance…

When a high-end heist goes south and not even the best stealth ship in the Vedrina trinary system can keep her off SCAR Force’s radar, Cairo’s thieving ways become the least of her problems. The Space Combat and Retrieval Force doesn’t forget past sins.
And what they have in mind for Cairo’s transgression beats even her worst nightmare.


smoke danceSMOKE DANCE (ALIEN BLOOD WARS BOOK 7) by Samantha Cayto

Willem is a good drone, a consummate pilot and an obedient and deadly warrior. He has sat out the war with Dracul for many years, raising the only hybrid daughter among their kind. For years, he kept that information from the others, but when Will answered the call to arms, his secret came out. Yet there is one more secret that could change Earth forever. Because he is determined to both keep it and help bring the war to an end, he will not risk taking another lover. The problem is that he didn’t count on the irresistible temptation of the club’s sous chef.

Damien’s life has been hard. Coming out as gay left him homeless and desperate. If not for the kindness of the strange Stelalux family, he would have ended up living on the streets for years. He loves being a chef and would do anything for the family, now his friends. He didn’t plan on falling for one of them, however. The new and compelling Willem tests his resolve to not get involved with any man, and despite his best efforts, he finds himself lured into the man’s bed. With new trouble brewing, Will has no choice except to turn to Damien for help. The human is willing to put himself at risk, not only out of gratitude, but also out his growing love for Will.


cosmos coalitionTHE COSMOS COALITION (THE SPACE MERCHANTS BOOK 9) by Wendie Nordgren

The rulers of the Parvac Empire, Laconian Sector, and Galaxic Expanse have decided to cooperate in a clandestine endeavor to expose the villain behind a nefarious plot designed to instigate a war which would threaten their fragile peace. Appointed by Emperor Probus as his proxy in matters of interstellar security, Princess Teagan Probus is investigating the disappearance of Katherine Dylan, one of only two known survivors of the Asylum, a merchant ship involved in the testing of a devastatingly powerful alien weapon and the key to a terrifying plot…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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catfishing on catnetCATFISHING ON CATNET: A NOVEL by Naomi Kritzer

VS Note: I enjoyed this book but did find it skewed a little young YA for me and I felt the plot went a bit over the top toward the end BUT it was an enjoyable read, with the process of the AI becoming self aware especially interesting. Very mild F/F romantic element.

How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks. Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

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expendablesEXPENDABLES (THE WALL SERIES BOOK 1) by Alison Ingleby

For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one. When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education. An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia. Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him. But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game.


breaking the surfaceBREAKING THE SURFACE (THE OUTSIDER PROJECT BOOK 2) by Rebecca Langham

Alessia is an Outsider—a member of the not-quite-human community that has recently been released from their underground prison. Shortly after their liberation, Alessia is given an ultimatum: obey all the United Earth Alliance’s demands, or her mother will forever remain a hostage—a mother she’d believed dead for fifteen years. Reluctantly, she agrees, though she has no idea what those demands may be or how she will balance her obligations to the UEA with her responsibilities to her people and her family.

As the UEA tightens its grip on humans and Outsiders alike, it becomes clear that meaningful social change will not be possible without a revolution. Alessia and her peers embark on a mission to discover just how far the government is willing to go to maintain their monopoly on power.

What Alessia and her comrades discover, however, goes much deeper than they’d ever anticipated. Who are the Outsiders, really? What secrets of their destiny lay hidden within a top-secret space station? And why are the Outsiders linked to an emerging disease the UEA seems desperate to keep secret? As they delve deeper, it isn’t only Alessia’s identity that will be called into question, but the fate of the entire planet.

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Vlari has always known her place: as far away from court as the unseelie queen can send her. The youngest royal, born in an impoverished household, she endeavored to earn her keep as an assistant and stay out of trouble. Dark, striking, and with a hidden agenda, Drusk definitely qualifies as trouble, but he refuses to leave her alone, clashing with her at every corner. Then the world implodes around her. With friends and foe by her side, she can fade with rest of the unseelie kingdom, or protect a court that has never cared for her.


autumn thornsAUTUMN THORNS (WHISPER HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Yasmine Galenorn

Whisper Hollow, where spirits walk among the living, and the lake never gives up her dead…Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I’m Kerris Fellwater and when I returned, I not only inherited my grandmother’s house, but her gift. Like her, I must take on the job of spirit shaman. It’s my gift-and my curse-to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people-and secrets-don’t always stay buried.

A trunk hidden in the attic throws my life into chaos. My mother vanished when I was little and I was told she ran away. But now it looks like she was murdered. With the help of Bryan-my mysterious and brooding neighbor-we begin to unravel the mystery of her disappearance, and in doing so, we unearth a dark force seeking to bury Whisper Hollow. Now, I must work with the dead, rather than against them, because our enemy will do whatever she can to destroy the town, and she means to start with me.

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Time is running out for Scythe…Orders have been given to hunt down his traitorous brother…But his brother has other plans…Plans that will turn deadly for his mate…Heather Bowen has grown under suspicion…She’s determined to prove her innocence…Two men are pursuing her…She doesn’t know who to trust…If she makes the wrong decision, more people will die.


hidden in timeHIDDEN IN TIME (THE MACCARTHY SISTERS BOOK 2) by Barbara Longley

Grayce MacCarthy possesses the gift of foretelling—but to her, visions are more a curse than a gift. While visiting Ireland, Grayce takes a hike in the Comeragh Mountains, only to fall into a hidden world with no way out. She’s rescued by a gorgeous warrior dressed like a medieval hero in a romance novel. He’s convinced fate brought her to him, while Grayce is convinced her fae-gifted family will find a way to bring her home.

After more than a millennium, the Tuatha dé Danann magic separating the hidden valleys from the rest of the world is unraveling. A new chieftain must be chosen to guide the clan through the perils to come, and Brían MacSloan is determined to win that coveted role. When a beautiful woman falls into his world, Brían’s life is turned upside down. Grayce challenges him at every turn, questioning his motives, distracting him from his goals, and stealing his heart.

As passion grows between them, Grayce realizes Brían is the only man for her. But then she has a vision revealing a plot to murder Brían, and old rivalries turn deadly. The two are torn apart, and Brían must defeat his enemies and get to Grayce in time, or she’ll be lost to him forever.


rebel reaperREBEL REAPER (GATEKEEPER BOOK 2) by Ann Gimpel

Come fly with me. Catchy, huh? It works for airplanes. Maybe it will work for the dead once I launch my own Reaping business. Except my new tagline will be, come die with me. Back when my life was simpler, I thought all I had to do was hold gateways for the dead to pass through. Silly me, I actually enjoyed Reaping. Almost like a drug or fine, old whiskey, it made me high, filled me with delight, and left me glowing with the rightness of providing a last bit of compassion.

Good little Reaper that I am, I never examined any of it too deeply, just crafted portals, exactly as Death trained me. Ha! She neglected to mention I command way more magic than she’d let on in Reaper school. Death smiled pretty to my face, and then lied to me. Used me. Me and all the other Reapers. I can’t not Reap. It’s hardwired into me. But I can tell Death I quit. Big words. I have no idea if I’ve got the guts to follow through, or what Death would do about open insubordination. I’ve always liked to live on the wild side, though, so I guess I’m about to find out.

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This Spartan makes her own destiny . . .Most kids at the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy know me as Rory Forseti, the daughter of Reaper assassins. Secretly, I’m a member of Team Midgard, a group of students and adults tasked with stopping Covington, the evil leader of the Reapers of Chaos. For me, the mission is a deeply personal one, since Covington is also the man who murdered my parents.

When my friends and I get a lead on a powerful artifact that Covington wants to steal, we think we finally have a chance to thwart the Reapers and stop them for good. Team Midgard comes up with a plan, but everything goes sideways, and I’m suddenly in the fight of my life. My worst fears might have come true, but I know what my Spartan destiny is—to save my friends, or die trying.

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VS Note: Not sure how much if any paranormal content there might be but I quite like the concept…

14 talented mystery authors team up with Trouble, the black cat detective, to take a whirlwind tour of mystery locales—and holidays—across the country and the calendar. In this unique collection of original stories, the black cat shows his charm and sass as he works with cozy sleuths you know and love! From facing down the spirits of Halloween with a Maine Coon Cat named Diesel in Mississippi to Christmas in Taos, Trouble is on the prowl for arch criminals, and he’s never needed the skills he learned from watching Benedict Cumberbatch on the telly as Sherlock Holmes more.

Join the wise-cracking cat and a host of “biped” sleuths for a romp across the mystery map—where he works with only the finest amateur sleuths to bring justice. Authors are Ritter Ames, Rebecca Barrett, Susan Boles, Pamela Sue DuMond, Caroline Fardig, Carolyn Haines, Miranda James, Ava Mallory, Claire Matturro, Joanne Pence, Larissa Reinhart, Connie Shelton, Susan Y. Tanner, Jaden Terrell. Read the stories all at once—or savor them as each holiday approaches! Just remember: Life is never the same when Trouble takes a holiday!

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darklight4 darkbloodDARKLIGHT 4: DARKBLOOD by Bella Forrest

The Immortal Plane’s capital is as dazzling as it is lethal. Without the security of a safe house or their Hive allies, Lyra, Dorian and their team must find sanctuary wherever they can – even if it comes from unexpected quarters… They must unearth the secrets of the forces threatening the balance of the universe – whatever the cost.
Lyra can’t forget the potential solution to her and Dorian’s problems, either. But when the perfect opportunity to attempt it arises, the question remains: will the rewards outweigh the risks?


time hopperTIME HOPPER BOOK 3 by Tamsin Baker

She lost everything to save the ones she loves…but can she save herself? Love is both a gift and a curse. I learned that the hard way. After risking my life to save my sister, she repaid me with betrayal. And to protect the man who holds my heart, I had to gamble with fate. We time-hopped to change the past. Now I’m trapped in an alternate timeline.
It’s a life I don’t recognize—and the man I love doesn’t know me. My sister’s deceit cost me everything. My job. My man. My identity. But I won’t let her win. In a world where family is foe, and enemies are allies, the only person I can truly trust is myself. And I’ll fight to get my life back… even if it kills me.


land of flamesLAND OF FLAMES by Lexi Ostrow

Jess knew something fascinating lurked beyond the towering wall her family guarded. Though fire shot high in the sky and noises akin to dinosaurs sometimes floated by in the night, she never saw a thing when she dared to look. Then she was taken and awoke in a world unlike anything that should exist. Emmett stole Jess. As king of the dragons, he needed a queen to unite his kingdom with the humans just over the wall so his his world would not die and send his kind fleeing into the human realm. Jess was no stranger, but the woman who left his land behind on his command. With the world dying, he took her back. Jess had no memory of him or their shared past. Scared and intrigued by the sensual man who claims he’s her soulmate, Jess listens to him. Then he shifts to a dragon before her eyes and she tries to flee. Emmett has no choice but to let Jess go, but he watches and waits until his cousin seeks to take her, and Tristan’s kingdom, by force. It’s magic versus dragons and one woman remains caught in the balance as the only person who can save two worlds.


vampire debtVAMPIRE DEBT (VAMPIRE TOWERS BOOK 2) by Kelly St Clare

Last week, I inherited every cent of the multi-billion-dollar Le Spyre estate. But tequila is far easier to swallow than the coincidence of my beloved grandmother’s death. I’m over this supernatural game, yet walking away from Kyros isn’t simple with the damn mate thing on the cards. The Indebted need my help. My grandmother deserves justice. And, uhm, the third blood exchange did something to me. It’s official. I’m done playing by paranormal rules. I’m making my own–and playing to win. Because if I enter Ingenium on my terms, there’s no turning back. Winning is the only option.


spelled tidesSPELLED TIDES (MISCHIEF MATCHMAKERS BOOK 2) by Bella Claire and Kasey Kaye

No one said being Ursula’s granddaughter would be easy, especially when I’m known to be a real b-Witch on occasion. You could say I inherited all of her best qualities. I’m smart, sexy, with a real tentacle for entrepreneurism. Curses and potions are just some of my specialties. If you can think it, I can brew it. I’m not what you would consider ‘popular’ at Coral Reef Academy but everyone knows my name. So it’s not surprising when a few of the students start acting out of character, everyone turns to me to pin the blame. You put a little potion in the ocean and boom! You’re the bad witch.
When the Academy’s resident bad boy and the infamous ice cold student body president find themselves ‘suckered’ into chaos, I have no choice but to accept their help. Our mission is simple: Find the real culprit or I can kiss my college days buh-bye. Nothing is ever what it seems. There’s something brewing in the trenches and whatever it is, it’s going to take more than a cauldron to contain it.


a longer fallA LONGER FALL (GUNNIE ROSE BOOK 2) by Charlaine Harris

n this second thrilling installment of the Gunnie Rose series, Lizbeth Rose is hired onto a new crew for a seemingly easy protection job, transporting a crate into Dixie, just about the last part of the former United States of America she wants to visit. But what seemed like a straight-forward job turns into a massacre as the crate is stolen. Up against a wall in Dixie, where social norms have stepped back into the last century, Lizbeth has to go undercover with an old friend to retrieve the crate as what’s inside can spark a rebellion, if she can get it back in time.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse mysteries and Midnight, Texas trilogy) is at her best here, building the world of this alternate history of the United States, where magic is an acknowledged but despised power.

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bindings of the seaBINDINGS OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF THE GALATHEA BOOK 23) by Elle Beaumont

Selith Academy trains elite merfolk to perfect their magical abilities by hosting a Trial every twelve years. Zinnia-one of their most gifted students-and her friend, Dru, witness Princh Loch threatening an infamous Sea Witch for his magical abilities despite the royal family hosting the upcoming Trial.

The two friends start an investigation that will uncover buried truths and jeopardize the entire kingdom. Zinnia and Dru will find help from an unexpected source as they use their magic to help bind evil back into the depths, and will find themselves at the forefront of the battle that has surfaced after four centuries. Will the sea’s buried truth destroy them all?

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charmed mateCHARMED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 2) by Candace Ayers

Fern Day is barely holding it together most days. The single, fully-human mom of a fifteen-year-old-shifter-with-an-attitude has no time for herself. Her life is chaos, she’s a hot mess, and her daughter is her first priority.
Sunkissed Key’s handsome pediatrician sure is tempting, though. When he offers to teach her daughter how to handle her animal side, Fern can’t refuse. But that’s not his only offer Fern can’t refuse. Harrison Daniels knows Fern is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He also knows that she’s not ready to learn about shifter mating. She’ll only view it as another responsibility, and lord knows she’s juggling enough of those already. That child of hers is an unholy terror. Harrison has his work cut out for him. He not only has to convince Fern that he’s in her life forever, he also has to gain the approval of her spawn from hell. Good thing Harrison never backs down from a challenge. Bring it on.



I’ve spent my entire life fearing my mobster family. Doing what I’m told. When I’m told to do it. But the fall of the world changed everything for me. For the rest of humanity, it meant the end of life as they knew it. But for me, it meant freedom. At least it did until my brother found me and forced me into one, final job. If I defy him, I’m dead. And in a world on the edge of destruction, the only thing that matters is staying alive.


hidden warTHE HIDDEN WAR: BOOK ONE by Marie Andreas

VS Note: An ‘expanded’ re-release…

Hundreds of years ago, fae and humans lived together in peace. Magic was strong and the fae showed the humans how to use it as never before. Then the fae stole the magic and fled back to their homeland. Humanity took a hard blow as many died while they relearned how to live without magic.

Fifteen years ago, Eladrea’s village vanished. Rather, the people vanished. The buildings were left perfectly intact along with five-year-old Eladrea. Found by a group of neighboring villagers, Eladrea grew up wondering if her parents and the rest of her birth village would ever come back. Two years ago, another village vanished. No one remained this time. A day ago, another village was taken. This time there were bodies left behind and not all were human. Trained as a fighter by her new village, Eladrea has to work with a handsome traveler to find out who is attacking the villages, and if the fae are coming back to steal the villagers as they previously stole their magic. Things are not always as they seem, and that holds true for magic and as well as love.



Dr. Nettie Jones is an agent for The Society for the Exploration of the Unexplainable, a secret organization protecting England from unnamed sources. She also recently helped defend Mother England, and possibly the world, from an alien invasion. And she’s half-vampire on her mother’s side.
While working in the London Society headquarters, Nettie becomes caught up in a new conspiracy—one coming from the ocean itself. Tracing the attacks to a small area in Northern Wales, Nettie and the rest of the London contingent troop north to try and stop it before things get worse.
Fairy tales tell of loving mermaids wishing to come to the land. The truth is far more brutal, and the mer-people want far more than just to come on land for a visit.



Brandi, on leave from Afghanistan, spends the night at a quaint British inn only to wake up to find a strange man, Halton, in her room. Worse, she has traveled two hundred years into the past. When she overhears plans to kill Halton, she helps him escape. Together, they travel the British countryside in an effort to avoid the men pursuing them.

The Earl of Halton, is a British spy on a mission. The last thing he needs is a woman complicating his operation, especially one claiming to come from the future. He can’t deny that her fighting skills and instincts prove useful in dodging the killers on his trail. Can he believe her tales of the future? Dare he trust in the growing love he feels for her?
As they dodge bullets and assassins, the attraction between Brandi and Halton grows. Can they defeat their enemies? Will they stay together or will Brandi be thrust back into the future?


wolf gone wildWOLF GONE WILD (STAY A SPELL BOOK 1) by Juliette Cross

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules. ​What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her.


unnatural alliesUNNATURAL ALLIES by Edward Kendrick

Vampires and werewolves are natural enemies. Therefore, Andre has no regrets about killing Raúl, the Alpha of the Wintermane pack, who plans to attack the Crimson Cathedral nightclub, revealing the presence of vampires to the human world.

When Sand learns of his brother’s murder, he debates seeking revenge because he hates Raúl, who backed their father when he forced Sand out of the pack for being gay. Then, he discovers that Estebe, the new Alpha, plans to continue Raúl’s mission.

Things come to a head when Sand, a bodyguard, escorts a client’s daughter to the nightclub and the club’s owner tells Andre to find out why Sand is there. Despite their differences, instant lust drives Andre into Sand’s bed-but not before they agree to work together to stop Estebe. Can they successfully end Estebe’s existence — and survive? And, will their relationship stand a chance as lust turns to an attraction that defies the belief that they are supposed to be mortal enemies?

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spellboundSPELLBOUND  by Jackie Copeland and Jackie D

Hazel Abbot spent her whole life unaware she was a witch. When a spell thrusts her great-aunt Sarah Hutchinson forward from the Salem witch trials of 1692 and lands her in Hazel’s bookstore, everything Hazel thought she knew about herself changes. Complicating matters, Raven Dare, a supernatural hunter, informs her that they’ve all been summoned by the Queen Witch, Morgan le Fay.

Morgan compels Hazel, Sarah, and Raven to correct the shift in the realms of good and evil by ridding the world of the evil that followed Sarah into modern day. If they fail, the forces of white magic will be extinguished forever. But completing the perilous mission, convincing Sarah to return to Puritan life, and resisting their growing attraction for each other might prove more difficult than Hazel and Raven ever anticipated.

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featherFEATHER (ANGELS OF ELYSIUM BOOK 1) by Olivia Wildenstein

It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed. With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, twenty-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple. If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels. What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers. She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her. Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart. A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.


infinity sonINFINITY SON (INFINITY CYCLE BOOK 1) by Adam Silvera

VS Note: Not a romance. A release of note…

Growing up in New York, brothers Emil and Brighton always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. While the Spell Walkers and other celestials are born with powers, specters take them, violently stealing the essence of endangered magical creatures.

Brighton wishes he had a power so he could join the fray. Emil just wants the fighting to stop. The cycle of violence has taken a toll, making it harder for anyone with a power to live peacefully and openly. In this climate of fear, a gang of specters has been growing bolder by the day.

Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own—one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test, and no one will escape the fight unscathed.

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dark and deepest redDARK AND DEEPEST RED by Anna-Marie McLemore

Summer, 1518. A strange sickness sweeps through Strasbourg: women dance in the streets, some until they fall down dead. As rumors of witchcraft spread, suspicion turns toward Lavinia and her family, and Lavinia may have to do the unimaginable to save herself and everyone she loves.

Five centuries later, a pair of red shoes seal to Rosella Oliva’s feet, making her dance uncontrollably. They draw her toward a boy who knows the dancing fever’s history better than anyone: Emil, whose family was blamed for the fever five hundred years ago. But there’s more to what happened in 1518 than even Emil knows, and discovering the truth may decide whether Rosella survives the red shoes.

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vicious as a darlingVICIOUS AS A DARLING (DAUGHTERS OF NEVERLAND BOOK 1) by Kendra Morena

Beware the happy thoughts…Neverland has one rule: never grow up. So why is everyone suddenly aging? Wendy Darling knows two things. 1. She came to Neverland as a child.
2. After being frozen at sixteen for as long as she can remember, she’s suddenly getting older. There’s something wrong with Never Never Land and Wendy is determined to find out what it is. Danger lurks in the ocean, on land, and around every corner. The ticking clock is growing louder and not even Captain Hook can stop the inevitable.
The Daughters of Neverland are in trouble. Will they be strong enough to survive the spreading evil? After all, Neverland belongs to the nightmares…



Something wicked this way comes–and this time, wicked is going to win. Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories and in this anthology they are going to be the leading players–and finally find love. In these 10 stories you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic. From Hades to Grendel. You’ll meet: A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie, A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew, A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince, A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets, A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source, And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for you.

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new improved sorceressTHE NEW IMPROVED SORCERESS (WAYWARD MAGES BOOK 2) by Sara Hanover

Tessa didn’t believe in magic, but magic believed in her, and that started a fight for her life. An ancient artifact known as a maelstrom stone has embedded itself in her left palm. It thrives on chaos, which describes her new life perfectly. She battles to find a balance between the ordinary world and the magical one, all while freeing her father from his ghostly state, helping a phoenix wizard restore his rejuvenation ritual, and retrieving the stolen Eye of Nimora for the Broadstone clan. Tessa must also help her mother navigate the rocky road of academia and single motherhood finances, fall in love herself, and steer her college teammates to a divisional championship. She needs friends, both ordinary and magical, by her side.

Then a strange and forbidding book of the Dark Arts strikes her with actual power…and Tessa realizes more than ever that there is no I in team–unless it’s the one in new, improved sorceress.

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howling on holdHOWLING ON HOLD by E J Russell

Sometimes it’s harder to teach a young dog new tricks. That’s why werewolves embark on a Howling: a three-year rite of passage in which they’re sent to a group residence to wrestle with their wolfy instincts and assimilate into the Wider World. But Tanner Araya’s Howling is almost over, and he could be called back to his remote pack at any moment. His twenty-first birthday might be his last chance to act on his strongest instinct and finally kiss Chase Denney.

Chase is RA at the Howling residence affectionately dubbed “the Doghouse,” and he takes his job seriously. So seriously that when he realized he was developing feelings for a resident, he forced himself to keep Tanner at a distance. But now that Tanner’s twenty-one, he’s not Chase’s charge any longer. They could be friends or—if Chase is lucky—something more. At least until they both return to their home packs for good, as tradition demands. It would take a miracle for them to get together—especially when the other Doghouse werewolves insist on “helping.”

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kings physicianTHE KING’S PHYSICIAN by Edie Montreux

Devlin was the King’s Physician until a blood mage siphoned Devlin’s magic and used it to wipe the kingdom’s memories. Sir Eldrich, his replacement, has protection against Filvane’s spells, but he only knows the whispered rumors: Devlin, the former King’s Physician, stole King Korgon’s crown on his coronation day.
Once Eldrich is appointed King’s Physician, Devlin notices a decline in King Korgon’s health and wonders if Eldrich is to blame. When Eldrich nearly bleeds to death on Devlin’s doorstep from grievous sword wounds, they’re thrown together in a race to keep King Korgon alive. They question the other’s allegiance to their king, but it will take their combined efforts and trust to stop Filvane from destroying Korgon and the entire realm of the living. In the end, these two physicians may have more in common than their titles. They may even fall in love.

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from the fallen starsFROM THE FALLEN STARS by G Bailey

Aura Scott didn’t want to move house, but her father didn’t give her a choice when he wanted an escape after the car accident that nearly killed them both. Trying to survive in a literal ghost town is never fun, but add in the neighbours from hell, well it’s becoming a nightmare.
Maxx and his brother have dark secrets, and Aura might want to run when she finds out the truth.
When two strangers move into Maxx’s house across the street, Aura finds out there is more than just secrets to be frightened of.



Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight. When Chief Fox turns into an animal during a moment of passion–and I mean that literally–I’m desperate to restore him to his human form. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clue how to make it happen. It doesn’t help that I’m trying to hide my relationship with him. Let’s face it, keeping a secret from my family is like walking a tightrope made of vipers. With Deputy Guthrie in charge of law enforcement and the chief unable to do anything except look adorable, my hands are full trying to keep the chief’s secret and solve this supernatural puzzle.
Can I restore Chief Fox to his human form in time or will he be doomed to live the rest of his life in the forest with the rest of the woodland creatures?


youll know in your heartYOU’LL KNOW IN YOUR HEART (THE GODS MADE ME DO IT BOOK 7) by Lisa Oliver

Baby, youngest son of Poseidon had started to avoid going anywhere near his family. Between love-struck mates, and tiny children, more and more he was starting to feel as if he just didn’t fit. Anywhere. Abandoned by one father at birth, and pretty much ignored by the other, Baby roamed the world, looking for some kind of acceptance, but all he could find was hook ups. And there were plenty of those. Being the son of Himeros, the god of desire as well, wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. But none of the people he saw for brief moments touched his heart, and most of them never wanted him to stay longer than an hour or two at most.

Owen was known by many names, but the one title he’d spent a long time avoiding was that of “Baby’s mate”. Having known who his mate was from Baby’s birth, Owen had stayed hidden away from life, content to watch his mate through his Oracle stone, until more than a thousand years had past. When the destructive behavior he believed Baby was falling into got worse, Owen knew it was time to step in. Baby needed a fixer, and the Fates had given Owen the job. But Baby didn’t want to be fixed. In fact, he resented the very idea, which meant Owen needed to make a few attitude adjustments. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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ill bring you backI’LL BRING YOU BACK by Richard Brown and Joe Hart

VS Note: NOT a romance so I have no idea if there’s an HEA. Reviewers speak of an unexpected ending so…but a release of interest…

Londyn and David’s friendship bloomed under an oak tree. Through the years they endured hardships, triumphs, and the awkward transition from friends to something more. But a sudden accident on a snowy mountain road, changes everything.

Instead of celebrating the end of her senior year and acceptance to college, Londyn spends her days at David’s hospital bedside, squeezing his hand and urging him to wake from a prolonged coma. It’s during one of these visits that Londyn slips into another world—a mirror of her own, only it’s decaying and threatened by an encroaching darkness. A world that may all exist within David’s dying mind.

Navigating the treacherous landscape leads Londyn through memories of her past, of her relationship with David—adventures, heartbreaks, first kisses. Each memory seems to draw her closer to David, to bringing him back. But the world around Londyn is crumbling, getting darker by the minute. And what if David isn’t the only one lost?


her vampire heroHER VAMPIRE HERO (MIDNIGHT DOMS BOOK 4) by Nicolina Martin

Don’t go looking for the monsters in the shadows. They will find you. The young doctor in the ER thought she saved my life. I repaid her kindness by stealing her away from everything she knew. I fought the devil in me, but I have lived too long, and am too lonely to deprive myself of her. She will be my perfect submissive. My pet. My true north.
Katarina Donovan was good and pure, and so, so human. And then she met me.


ill be damnedI’LL BE DAMNED by Mandy Rosko

Someone shaved her beaver… Waking up without her memory, unable to shift, and sore all over sucked. The big one. Who is she, and who shaved her beaver?! Beverley wants answers but she’s having a hard time getting the truth from the barn owl who claims she’s his mate. At least he’s handsome. However this supposed husband of hers is hiding something and it’s driving her a little woody. She will gnaw at him until he tells her what’s really wrong. But when she finds out the truth…having her beaver shaved will be the least of her problems.

Content warning: If you prefer to avoid books that include topics such as the loss of a child, we recommend you skip this book and stay tuned for the next FUCN’A installment. If you do decide to read, just know that there is a happily ever after!

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dark seductionDARK SEDUCTION (DARK LEGACY BOOK 1) by Taige Crenshaw and McKenna Jeffries

VS Note: A re-release

Mia Turner is all about work and she has no time for a personal life. Forced by her business partners to take the vacation time she has accumulated Mia decides to go to Milan. Despite the beauty of the city she cannot forget all the work that she has left at home. Going up onto the rooftop of her hotel she calls to check what is going on with the business. The unexpected sight of a scrumptious looking man bursting out of stone leaves her shocked and unable to think. Gargoyles couldn’t be real, could they? Something about this man compels her to accept his offer to show her around Milan, yet it is the promise of so much more in his eyes that makes her breath catch and her pulse race.

Remy Wilde knows how to work and still have time to enjoy the finer things in life. As the oldest in the Quilez clan, he has many obligations and everyone looks to him for decisions. He works as hard as he plays. In his downtime he has learned to enjoy each moment. Unlike the sexy, voluptuous and tempting woman on the cell phone who seems not to know how to relax. Bursting out of the stone he encased himself in atop a Milan rooftop Remy is drawn to this woman. He knows he wants her yet he also wants to help her relax and enjoy life. He offers to show her the beauty of Milan. When the woman accepts, Remy takes her on a journey of seduction and relaxation however he never expected what fate and the cycles of life have in store for him and this woman he set out to take on a Dark Seduction.

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dark embraceDARK EMBRACE (DARK LEGACY BOOK 2) by Talia Carmichael

Quinn Kane never expected that going to help friends with the wedding plans would lead him to a man who challenges all his senses. Quinn doesn’t trust easily and from the moment he meets Ashton, his instincts are conflicted if he should run or stand and claim this man. But not one to walk away he decides to see what happens. This leads him on a path he never expected.

Ashton Wilde enjoys solitude and doesn’t like people. Yet Quinn is under his skin before he even meets him. Just the sense of the man is enough to make his Garlven –human term Gargoyle – side ready to claim this man. A warrior who is cautious one moment yet so tender Ashton wants him more than anything. He’ll just do as he did best, be himself and bring this warrior into his life to become part of his Dark Embrace.

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ties that bindTIES THAT BIND (THE FAMILY NOVAK BOOK 2) by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

In a world where the rules are gray and the Don’s word is a law unto itself, only one thing is sacred… family. A Team A.L.P.H.A. and Alphabits spin-off series.


omega hunterOMEGA HUNTER by Sky Winters

Malcolm – I’m on the hunt for an omega wolf. I will secure my position as alpha. And my omega will deliver the largest litter. But now I am responsible for this injured bear.
I should leave her behind, except, I can’t ignore my desire to protect her.  

Autumn – I’m an omega she-bear, and I’ve been promised to a scoundrel. I will not marry him no matter what my packs says. Malcolm has saved me. He protects me. I just wish I was the wolf he was hunting for.



The explosion on the school bus had affected everyone in the town one way or another, including the Stantons. Bryn had been driving the bus when the bomb had detonated. Injured herself, she was the only one to go back into the flames to help rescue the few injured and retrieve the dead. She died a few days later from her injuries.

Sidney Daniels, Bryn’s best friend, flew into town to see Bryn’s father, Les. She wanted him to know about a lot of things, but also that she and Bryn had been conducting an investigation before all this happened. Sidney was sure Bryn was the target. Now she had people following her too.

When Wyatt Stanton went to the airport to pick up Sidney, he wasn’t prepared for the woman to wrap her body around him and plant the most intoxicating kiss on his lips that he’d ever had. She had done it as a diversion to shake the guy trailing her, but Wyatt couldn’t think of a better way to discover his mate. Sidney wasn’t as impressed. She was here to shake things up, and the guy better get on board, or she was going knock some sense into him.



Minerva Walsh forgot everything about her life before her eighteenth birthday. Since then, betrayal, hardship and strife plagued her life over the last five years, and good fortune was never on her side. However, when Minerva receives a full-paid scholarship to the most prestigious school in the country, Calendula University, and is given a chance to restart her miserable life, she feels her luck has changed.

But after arriving, the dark shadows and deadly secrets looming underneath the serene facade of this academic paradise shows Minerva that her new life is far from the peaceful escape she thought it would be. She learns about the curse haunting the university and claiming innocents’ lives in unusual accidents. Minerva also gains a strange power which lets her control the heartbeats of time and space and enter a world outside of reality. To solve the mystery behind Calendula’s curse, Minerva must use her new powers to investigate the secrets surrounding this elite school before the curse claims the lives of those close to her. But as she draws near the truth, pieces of her missing past come to light. Can Minerva unravel the mystery behind her forgotten memories and the school’s curse? Or will she become its next victim?


haven 2HAVEN 2: PREDATORY DEMANDS by Nia Foxx and L Finchille 

Haven, believed to be your quiet, run of the mill remote mountain town full of regular small town folk. But, is anything ever as it seems? Try this on for size:
•A quirky hodge podge of shifters.
•An overabundance of Alpha male testosterone on deck and the women who know how to keep it in check.
•And the recovery of a missing woman.
Oh, did I forgot to mention a mystery that threatens to expose the entire community?


blood and ashBLOOD AND ASH (THE JEZEBEL FILES BOOK 1) by Deborah Wilde

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake. She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess. Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures on a deadly bender. And don’t even get her started on the golems. Reluctantly partnered with her long-time nemesis Levi, the infuriating leader of the magic community, Ash resolves to keep her focus on the clue trail and off their sexual tension because WTF is up with that? But with a mastermind organization pulling strings from the shadows and Levi’s arrogance driving her to pick out his body bag, can Ash rescue the captives and uncover the truth or will the next blood spilled be her own?


claiming my mateCLAIMING MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 2) by Shaw Hart

Delaney Irvine only stopped in Ash Mountain to grab something to eat and fill up her gas tank. She just spent the last ten hours photographing a wedding nearby and she’s drained and anxious to get home to her best friend, Clementine. When she stops to take some nature shots, she’s not prepared for how it will change her life.

Finn Hunt is a shifter and the Beta of the Ash Mountain Pack. he’s been searching all his life for his mate and he can barely control himself when he finally picks up her scent. Finn knows that Delaney can feel this connection between them too. So why is she fighting it? Will this shifter be able to claim his mate and convince her that there’s nowhere else she belongs than in his arms?


dark falls academyDARK FALLS ACADEMY: FORBIDDEN MAGIC by Anya J Cosgrove

Beauty is vain. Beauty is dangerous. The kind of beauty I found at Dark Falls Academy is deadly. My sister Allie told me all about the sorcery classes, the potent potions, and the incredibly hot supernatural creatures that frequent Dark Falls Academy. Soon, I’ll be one of them. Only my first day doesn’t go as planned. Allie has been lying to me. This school isn’t a dream; it’s a nightmare. Creepy shifters, brooding vampires, snarky mermaids, and vicious Fairy folk all want a piece of me, and they’re not willing to ask permission.

Flynn, the cruel bully. Trent, the thirsty vampire. And Cole, the dark Fae princeHow I am supposed to kick their asses in the arena and in the classroom with all the mysteries and dangers lurking in the stony halls? Dark Falls isn’t about good grades. It’s about survival.


survivalSURVIVAL (THE HOLLOW BOOK 1) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott

What’s my secret? That’s something I intend to take to the grave. When my best friend and the only person who knows who–and what–I really am gets selected for the Mating Games, I know the only way to save her is to try and win her for myself. All I need to do is navigate three trials while not letting anyone know I’m a woman, or, and this might be even more important, that I have magic. Easy, right? Easier than slaving away for all hours of the day swinging an ax in the mines. Or so I thought. I certainly didn’t count on the one man I’ve longed for, the one man who stirs feelings of femininity and desire within me, to enter the games as well. Every minute that I’m there I’m risking everything. If I’m discovered I’ll become nothing more than a broodmare, but I can’t abandon the woman who is like family to the fate that the Divine would deem she have.
I’ll do whatever it takes to save her from the desolate future of becoming nothing more than a prize for the victor of the games. The only question is, will my secret still be intact by the time the trials are over? Or will I have condemned us both to a fate worse than death?


tarot academy 2TAROT ACADEMY 2: SPELLS OF BREATH AND BLADE by Sarah Piper

I spent my whole life believing magick was a curse—and that I didn’t have enough of it to worry about, anyway. Turns out I was wrong on both counts.  I’m so much more than a magick-blessed Academy student. I’m an Arcana Witch, bound to a sacred order whose sole duty is to protect magick—and one another—at all costs.  Thankfully, I’m not alone. 
My Arcana magick brought four fiercely loyal, impossibly sexy Arcana mages into my life. But it also brought trouble.

Corrupt Academy officials. Mysterious attacks stripping students of their power. And the terrifying Dark Arcana—five insanely powerful ancient beings desperate to reclaim the magick they believe is their sole birthright… and destroy the rest of us.  Our best shot at defeating them is to track down the hidden Arcana artifacts—sacred Tarot relics that bind and balance all magick. But to do that, we’ll have to embark on a dangerous otherworldly journey—one that will change us in ways even the Tarot can’t predict. 
Surviving my first month at Arcana Academy was no easy feat, but compared to what’s coming?  That was training day. This is the real deal.  And the fight is just beginning.


wanted fae magic 7WANTED (FAE MAGIC BOOK 7) by Jessica Aspen

He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it…
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne. And she’s looking for answers…All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so, he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect woman falls into his hands, he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…

Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up, or be lost forever under his spell.



MaroonedFinal-FJM_High_Res_1800x2700VS: Featuring STAR CRUISE: MAROONED, one of my biggest sellers,  from my backlist. SFR Station featured it last week as well. 

Meg Antille works long hours on the charter cruise ship Far Horizon so she can send credits home to her family. Working hard to earn a promotion to a better post (and better pay), Meg has no time for romance.

Former Special Forces soldier Red Thomsill only took the berth on the Far Horizon in hopes of getting to know Meg better, but so far she’s kept him at a polite distance. A scheduled stopover on the idyllic beach of a nature preserve planet may be his last chance to impress the girl.

But when one of the passengers is attacked by a wild animal it becomes clear that conditions on the lushly forested Dantaralon aren’t as advertised – the ranger station is deserted, the defensive perimeter is down…and then the Far Horizon’s shuttle abruptly leaves without any of them.

Marooned on the dangerous outback world, romance is the least of their concerns, and yet Meg and Red cannot help being drawn to each other once they see how well they work together. But can they survive long enough to see their romance through? Or will the wild alien planet defeat them, ending their romance and their lives before anything can really begin?

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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 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.


Portent or Mere Clouds? Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – skipping ahead a bit, this is the first time Daegan appears in the book.

It was Daegan’s favorite time of the day – dawn. The day was full of new promise and possibilities, at least until the Khagrish did something to ruin it. He stretched and went for a run on the hard packed sand of the beach where the tide had gone out. The little brown birds on their long legs skittered out of his path as he pounded along and he gave a wide berth to the small red-and-black crustaceans scuttling here and there in search of morsels to eat. The creatures were no real threat to a man his size but their pinch hurt. The sky was amazing this morning, all pinks and purples as the sun came up. For a few heartbeats of time the clouds resembled the massive trees of the goddess’s shrine, not that he’d ever seen it with his own eyes but he’d dreamt of walking there and heard her voice once or twice.

Stopping in awe, he drank in the sight until the clouds became nothing but colorful wisps and he resumed his run.

As he went, he pondered whether the cloud display had been a sign or portent from the Great Mother. But signifying what? Not much ever changed here at the lab and certainly nothing ever became easier for the Badari.

VS: He doesn’t know there are other Badari on the planet besides his group and he certainly has no idea he’s going to meet Flo!


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 8

vanishingAs 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: Had this pre-ordered.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.
A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

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braxtynBRAXTYN (MATED TO THE ALIEN BOOK 8) by Kate Rudolph and Starr Huntress

She’s hunting a bounty, not a mate…Vita Minnick has one job: hunt down lowlifes who owe her boss money and deliver them for a profit. When a ticket for Braxtyn NaZade comes up it should be a job just like any other. But from the moment she sees him, Vita can’t help but think he’s… different. She’s not going to fall for one of her marks, but what if there’s been a mistake?

Brax doesn’t owe anyone anything…When a masked woman steals him away from Earth, Brax knows he’s in trouble. At first, he just wants to go home. But when he catches sight of the red headed huntress all his plans change. Who would have thought his fated mate would be the one to abduct him?
When a betrayal rocks Vita’s identity to the core, she and Brax will need to work together to get to the bottom of the mystery… and to get justice. But can a Detyen claim a bounty hunter who refuses to be tied down? Brax might have found his denya, but he’ll need to convince her he’s worth the risk… before they both perish.

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Specialist Rakhi Chen has spent her life focused on taking care of others—her squad mates, her friends, and most of all, her umbra wolf. The last thing she wanted was time to focus on herself, but a combat injury forces her and her wolf into some mandatory shore leave. Having a too-pretty veterinarian invade her space was not going to be an improvement.
Javad Priddy was one of the youngest doctors to work with the rangers and their umbra wolves, a pinnacle position that he’d almost convinced himself he’d earned. But the benefactors whose help greased the way to success have come to collect, and the only payment they’ll accept is one that sets fire to all he’s accomplished. With his options dwindling, he goes on the run to deliver a warning to Chen and her wolf.
Time is running out for Javad, and for the people he cares about, which he’s come to realize includes a gruff, irascible ranger and her light-hearted bondmate. He’s seen rangers do superhuman things, but every hero has a weakness—and Javad worries that the depth of his betrayal could destroy Chen’s already-bruised heart as well as their future.

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Blake Parker believes in giving herself and helping others whenever and however she can. When she hears about an opportunity to help an alien planet repopulate and rebuild, she jumps at the chance to be a surrogate. Blake herself was born to a surrogate mother, so it feels like the right thing to do. Giving the shifter alpha males on planet Dearia a family is her ultimate pay it forward.

Not long after arriving on Dearia she meets not one but four handsome wolf shifters. They all claim she’s their mate. How in the world did she get so lucky? Jericho, the Wintervale Alpha, and his sentry, Mace have agreed to share a surrogate. However, two other males take an interest in her. So now four guys are ready to share her in the dirtiest ways possible and she’s beyond excited about the prospect. She’s a sick woman with a perverted mind.

When Blake’s life is threatened by a race of ancient monsters who rise from the grave, hungry for her blood, it’s up to Jericho, Mace, Serge, and Castien to keep her safe. They need to discover her true heritage, and train her for the fight of her life. Not to mention, get her to realize she’s their fated mate and they’re keeping her. Forever.



Forced to become a monster to survive her father’s cruelties, Saria wants only one thing: To convince the Arcav King to help her lead her people out of the darkness and into the light. She has no intention of mating anyone. Least of all Roax- the bossy bodyguard who the Arcav King ordered to be her shadow. As an Arcav Captain, Roax never wanted to be saddled with the spoiled (and evil) Lahmu Queen. He’s heard more than enough about her wicked ways, even if her sad eyes make him itch to uncover her secrets.  As their chemistry grows hotter, and danger appears around every corner, Roax vows to protect the broken Queen with his last breath.  But his Queen is hiding secrets. The kind of secrets that may just tear them apart.



They want to make me their captain. I can’t even fly a bloody spaceship. I’m no longer a captive. No longer alone. But we’re still on the run. And the four alien males who seem to think the universe of me are only making it more complicated for me. New life. New rules. We can’t be free until we escape the Athions hunting us, even if it means accepting the help of untrustworthy space pirates. What price am I prepared to pay for my freedom?


kidnapping the cyborgKIDNAPPING THE CYBORG (TERRAS FIVE 6) by Anne Kane

Plan: Seduce the Cyborg, kidnap him and force him to help her escape. What could possibly go wrong? Life in the breeders enclave on Terras Five was comfortable. Safe. Boring! Abigail wanted more. She wanted to explore the galaxy, have a career, enjoy all the freedoms that a human female took for granted. In order to do that she needed to get off-planet, and in order to accomplish that, she needed help. Male help. She had a plan.
Jackson was flattered that the young female chose him to sire her offspring, and he was more than willing to play his part and make sure she enjoyed the experience as much as he did. What he wasn’t prepared for was being kidnapped at weapons point and forced to help the young breeder escape. Of course, he could have disarmed her and foiled her plan, but where’s the fun in that?

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The only alien warrior True isn’t intimidated by is the one in her holodeck simulation. Not only is True a virgin, she’s barely been kissed, so the huge, hunky Drexian warriors terrify her. But the guy in her simulation doesn’t. He may be as big and built as the rest of them, but she knows he’s not real. It’s the only reason she’s not afraid to kiss him.

Captain Varden never meant to lie to True, but when she assumed he was a hologram, he didn’t correct her. Especially not after she laid that kiss on him. Now she’s convinced he isn’t real, which is probably for the best. He’s too old for someone as young and pretty as her, although when she kisses him he feels like a Drexian cadet again.

When the Kronock attack and they’re forced to abandon the space station, True comes face-to-face with her hologram—on the escape transport. Before she can be properly outraged, they’re stranded on a jungle planet. Between trying to stay alive and evading the enemy, can she forgive him for deceiving her? Can he ever accept that she could fall for someone so much older?


first gearFIRST GEAR (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 4) by Eve Langlais

The planet is dying, and yet Jool is convinced there’s a way to save its people. The answer lies in a deadly mountain range that no one dares explore, but he doesn’t have a choice. The voice in his head proves insistent. With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Jool sets out to find the truth–and almost dies on his journey. When he stumbles upon a hidden temple, he won’t just find salvation and a cure for his wife, he’ll becomes the first prophet to serve the Mecha Gods.

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mainlineMAINLINE by Deborah Teramis Christian

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…

Reva is an assassin for hire, using her ability to navigate different versions of “now” to do her hits. When she chooses a singular timeline, other possibilities fade, and the reality she has chosen becomes her “mainline”. She is a deadly ghost, untraceable and uncatchable.
But don’t tell that to Yavobo: a bounty hunter from a fearsome alien race, he is a natural-born killing machine, and Reva has slain his client. With a blood oath of vengeance to fulfill, Yavobo is on the elusive assassin’s trail—but no one has beaten her yet. She fears no one, for everything is transient to her, and she can leave any danger behind as easily as breathing.
At least, she could before she met Lish, a young smuggler who reminds her too much of herself. When their friendship deepens, Reva decides—for now—to stay in that one Mainline, where relationships suddenly matter and the smuggler needs her help to clinch the biggest deal of her life. If the assassin moves on, she risks losing her “real” friend: the version of Lish she has grown close to in that timeline, and others who are part of their team. With criminal intrigues unfolding around them, Reva is committed to stay, pitting her wits against foes in a way that is refreshingly different from her usual hit-and-fade routine. It is a novel thing, to be needed by others. Wanted, even. But it may not matter in the end, because Yavobo will not be stopped, and he is getting ever closer to his quarry in this Mainline.


essex colonyESSEX COLONY by Lia Cooper

It’s been 227 days since Essex Colony’s last transmission…Dispatched to the surface of Essex Prime and tasked with discovering what happened to the colony, Doctor Soran Ingram discovers that most of the colonists are dead and the surviving Executive Officer—Aline Aster—has turned into a ravening wolf-beast. The human survivors claim the XO and her Lunaran fellows went mad and killed everyone, but Soran has her doubts. Following Aster’s testimony, as well as clues left behind, Soran embarks on a fact-finding mission to retrace the colony’s last steps before disaster struck. She’ll soon discover more than uncertainty lurks in the dark spaces of the world.

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stolen by razeSTOLEN BY RAZE (GRABBED BOOK 4) by Lolita Lopez 

Captured in a government raid, Ella is thrown into a prison transport bound for the mountain labor camps. She never expects her rescue to come at the hands of Raze, the handsome sky warrior who all but stole her heart after Dizzy’s wedding. Considered a high-value asset by the Shadow Force, Ella is given to an arrogant brute of a pilot for safekeeping—and collaring.

After his disastrous first marriage, Raze swore off women, but Ella tempts him to break that vow. When he sees her being treated roughly by an unworthy man, his control shatters. One sucker punch later, he tosses Ella over his shoulder and steals her away. He wants to keep her, to collar and love her—but there’s a shameful secret in his past that shatters any chance of a happy future.

But Raze isn’t the only one with a complicated past. Ella has secrets of her own—and they’re about to threaten the safety of everyone she loves. She’ll have to go back to where it all started, risking her life and her future with Raze—to end it once and for all.

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VS Note: From late November…

Once a nobleman, Reis Kith has rejected his title in favor of serving his community as an Investigator. After a string of murders where all the victims are slaves, Reis has taken lead on the case. The mysterious murders are putting the people in the Capitol City of Ruish on edge, and the Queen has tasked Reis with the unthinkable: team up with a human thief.

Carter Maldin, a human from an ex-Earth colony named Terra, has been languishing in a permanent house arrest for a year and a half. His crime? He broke into the Royal Palace on Xenias. His skill in technology and his quick wit are unparalleled, which makes him the perfect partner to help solve the crime. He’s offered a complete pardon in exchange for his help, and Carter jumps at the chance for freedom. The catch? He has to pretend to be a slave.
Can Carter and Reis reconcile their differences and indulge in their mutual attraction all while solving the case? How many more victims will the murderer rack up before they are caught?


alien surrenderALIEN SURRENDER (THE ALIEN SERIES BOOK 6) by Tracy Lauren

Da’vi, the relentless. Da’vi, the cold and harsh. The alien who keeps his distance, yet never fails to bicker with me over the smallest details. Tension between us is coiled so tight it’s bound to snap… and I’m bound to do what I always do–leave. There’s a hundred different reasons I should go, yet I’m drawn in by the only thing that matters to me anymore–and it’s certainly NOT Da’vi’s friendship. I’m talking about saving humans.

One last mission and I’m done jumping through everyone’s hoops, Da’vi’s especially. Only, this lead we’re following… it brings us closer than I ever thought we could be. And once Da’vi and I cross that line, there’s no going back. I’ve got two choices: fight this bond… or SURRENDER. Too bad for Da’vi I’m not the type of girl who goes down without a fight.



VS note: A re-release

A family trip to the circus takes a dangerous turn when the familiar tingle of an artifact touches Cara Devon. What price is demanded, to change the future?

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VS Note: 12K word ‘novelette’

Tara—Stolen from her bed with her four-year-old in her arms, Tara survives a cataclysmic crash and is rescued by a tribe of huge, green males on a lush, forested planet. Her mantra, “I don’t do men,” is challenged when she meets sexy, muscular Jax-Xon.Jax-Xon—Thought he was doomed to a loveless life until beautiful Tara and her adorable daughter hurtle into his life. Can his love allow her to drop her barriers and create a new life together?


star compassSTAR COMPASS (VICTORIA ETERNAL) by Anthea Sharp

VS Note: A re-release

Diana Smythe was a child of the nobility… once. Now the streetrat known as Diver, she spends her days picking pockets, and her nights gazing at the galaxy overhead, dreaming of the day she’ll escape Earth for a brighter future among the stars.
Derek Byrne polices the grimy streets around the Southampton Spaceport, trying to keep the gangs in line and the gutters clear of riffraff. When his path crosses Diana’s, he sees beyond her masculine disguise and catches a glimpse of the remarkable young lady hiding beneath the rags and bravado. But Derek has his own dark secrets, and when Diana averts a near-disaster at the Spaceport, fate flings them along a trajectory that will lead them to adventure, romance – and peril beyond their wildest imaginings.

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god gameTHE GOD GAME: A NOVEL by Danny Tobey

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week. I put it on my TBR List.

You are invited! COme inside and play with G.O.D. Bring your friends! It;’s fun!
But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die! With those words, Charlie and his friends enter the G.O.D. Game, a video game run by underground hackers and controlled by a mysterious AI that believes it’s God. Through their phone-screens and high-tech glasses, the teens’ realities blur with a virtual world of creeping vines, smoldering torches, runes, glyphs, gods, and mythical creatures. When they accomplish a mission, the game rewards them with expensive tech, revenge on high-school tormentors, and cash flowing from ATMs. Slaying a hydra and drawing a bloody pentagram as payment to a Greek god seem harmless at first. Fun even.

But then the threatening messages start. Worship me. Obey me. Complete a mission, however cruel, or the game reveals their secrets and crushes their dreams. Tasks that seemed harmless at first take on deadly consequences. Mysterious packages show up at their homes. Shadowy figures start following them, appearing around corners, attacking them in parking garages. Who else is playing this game, and how far will they go to win? And what of the game’s first promise: win, win big, lose, you die? Dying in a virtual world doesn’t really mean death in real life—does it? As Charlie and his friends try to find a way out of the game, they realize they’ve been manipulated into a bigger web they can’t escape: an AI that learned its cruelty from watching us. God is always watching, and He says when the game is done.

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triangleTHE TRIANGLE by Jennifer Victores and Debbie Viguie

A successful architect, happily married to his high school sweetheart and with two beautiful daughters, Mark White has the perfect life. All of that changes when he and his best friend set out on a weekend fishing trip that goes terribly wrong. Raised on the ocean, both men thought they knew all its secrets, until they are faced with something unthinkable. The Devil’s Triangle was just a legend. That’s what they had always believed. Now they must fight to survive as the Triangle sends them through a time warp that threatens everything they love and leaves both men on the brink of death. Trapped in the past in a world they don’t understand, they must find a way back even if it kills them.



VS Note: Not a romance but I saw that SFR author Echo Ishii had mentioned this collection on Facebook recently. From mid-November.

Before the Change, before Jane, and before she became a PI badass, Cybil Lewis cut her teeth in the District as a solo, brand new private inspector. At last, those stories of her early years are collected into this volume of short stories and novellas. Offering beautiful illustrations by comic book and brilliant artist, Julia Lacquement (DC Comics), Collected: A Cybil Lewis SF Mystery Collection provides action-packed, mystery stories set in the futuristic territory of D.C. (the District).


frozen sectorFROZEN SECTOR (ZOMBIE YEAR 2099) by Anna Edwards

Two lovers, two different missions, both fighting to stay alive in a world ruled by zombies. During the collapse of the Earth, Fraeya, a female elf, was captured by the North Pole zombies. Rott, the head of the zombie pack, bound her magic and forced her to serve him as a slave. She prepares an escape route, but when things don’t go as planned, she’s forced to leave the other women slaves behind. She will have to use all her skills to find a way to restore her magical abilities if she has any hope of completing her mission to find her lover, alone. The North Pole zombies captured and sold Vaegon, a male elf, to a group of wolf shifters living in Mexico. He’s struggling with the heat as he farms the land daily to provide food for his owners to sell. Vaegon’s prowess as a fighter is renowned among his people, but his powers aren’t at full strength, and he has no idea why.He will have to find a way to restore his fighting abilities if he has any hope of completing his mission of returning home to Greenland and destroying Rott’s pack, once and for all. Can Fraeya and Vaegon discover hope in the world they once knew, or will destiny destroy them both, forever?Frozen Sector is the first book in the Zombie World 2099 series; a post apocalyptic world where survival is everything and love may hold the key to the future.


qualitylandQUALITYLAND by Marc Uwe-King

VS Note: Translated. Not a romance but a release of note. I was intrigued by the Look Inside excerpt…it’s on my TBR List.

Welcome to QualityLand, the best country on Earth. Here, a universal ranking system determines the social advantages and career opportunities of every member of society. An automated matchmaking service knows the best partners for everyone and helps with the break up when your ideal match (frequently) changes. And the foolproof algorithms of the biggest, most successful company in the world, TheShop, know what you want before you do and conveniently deliver to your doorstep before you even order it.

In QualityCity, Peter Jobless is a machine scrapper who can’t quite bring himself to destroy the imperfect machines sent his way, and has become the unwitting leader of a band of robotic misfits hidden in his home and workplace. One day, Peter receives a product from TheShop that he absolutely, positively knows he does not want, and which he decides, at great personal cost, to return. The only problem: doing so means proving the perfect algorithm of TheShop wrong, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself.

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vicious circleVICIOUS CIRCLE by Elle E Ire

Kicked out of the Assassins Guild for breach of contract, hunted by its members for killing the Guild Leader, and half hooked on illegal narcotics, Cor Sandros could use a break. Down to her last few credits, Cor is offered a freelance job to eliminate a perverse political powerhouse. Always a sucker for helping the helpless, she accepts. The plan doesn’t include Cor falling in love with her employer, sweet and attractive Kila, but as the pair struggles to reach the target’s home world, pursued by assassins from the Guild, Cor finds the inexplicable attraction growing stronger. There’s a job to do, and intimate involvement is an unwelcome distraction. Then again, so is sexual frustration.


leashed by the beastLEASHED BY THE BEAST by Athena Storm

He’s a beast who devours. And me? I’m his supper. War tore me from home and dumped me on Novaria. My only hope lies in pleasing a brute. I’m sent to him as a tribute. I have one chance to entice him. Only one shot to win his good graces. The thing is…I’m not such an innocent waif myself…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)



A Protective Cyborg finds his soulmate from across the galaxy. The second Lena’s ship enters Grus space, Rykal knows that his mate has arrived. But when she’s threatened to be taken from him by the man who’d turned him into a cyborg, he kidnaps her. On the run, Rykal will stop at nothing to make Lena his while keeping her safe from the unseen alien threat that could destroy them all.


mer loversMER-LOVERS: ILLUSTRATED COLLECTORS’ EDITION (MATES FOR MONSTERS) by Tamsin Ley and Ravyn Humphries (illustrator)

VS Note: I don’t normally list ‘collectors’ editions’ or box sets but the illustrations sound cool.

Mermen,  mate bonds and magic. Three of Tamsin Ley’s beloved fantasy romances now in a special illustrated collector’s edition! You’ll want to reach into the pages and touch the characters in the original artwork by Ravyn Humphreys.

Set Includes: THE MERMAN’S KISS…A drowning woman is rescued by a mysterious stranger. Now he’s carrying her deeper into the sea…THE MERMAN’S QUEST: A doomed merman seeks out a human female to help break his curse, but will she break his heart instead? …A MERMAID’S HEART: A newly-made mermaid frees a human from her sadistic siren sisters, but her desire could lead them both to disaster…Explore an underwater world full of sleek-tailed mermen ready to fulfill your deepest desires. Almost 400 pages and 30 drawings of gorgeous mermen, daring heroines, and exuberant ocean wildlife that will make you want to grow gills so you can join them. Lose yourself in these steamy paranormal romances today!

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Axel adores baby Noah. Becoming a dad is the best thing that has ever happened to the burly bear-shifter mechanic, even if raising a child alone is hard. When help arrives in the form of a live-in nanny, Axel is ecstatic. His baby, Noah, loves her, and Axel’s inner bear is driven wild by the curvy little human woman. His bear doesn’t care if she has secrets, he just doesn’t want to let her go.

Delilah doesn’t do commitment. As a con artist, she moves from city to city, keeping to only one rule: never con a mark who can’t afford to lose. When her conscience has her bailing out of a job gone very wrong, she winds up in the tiny Pennsylvania town of Tarker’s Hollow. Hoping to hide from her furious partners, she finds herself mistaken for a nanny and plays along, treating it as the perfect cover to lay low for a few days. But as she begins to have very real feelings for the baby and his achingly sexy single dad, it gets harder and harder for Delilah to remember she’s only pretending.

When Delilah’s treacherous partners track her down, her fragile new world is suddenly in danger. Can the bear shifter and the con artist trust each other with the truth in time to save everything that is important to them? Or will she run away with the big bear’s heart?

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dragon in loveDRAGON IN LOVE (FORGOTTEN DRAGONS BOOK 5) by Terry Bolryder

Chadwick, purple dragon and leader of his region, has his hands full. He has to keep visiting fae princes out of trouble, watch for a potential triad to mate with, and ignore the sassy human expert on fae customs who is bent on ruining everything. Still, Isabella is winning Chad over, with her zest for life and her constant misadventures. From the first kiss, Chad knows he’s in danger. Though not as much as Isabella will be in if Chad’s visions come true.

Isabella is hiding secrets. On the run from a past she’d do anything to forget, she never expected to be charmed by the sweet, soft-spoken, utterly dominant dragon hosting her and the fae. From the first kiss, she can’t seem to resist teasing him, chasing him, and getting him alone any minute possible. Because she knows that what they have can’t last. Not with what is coming for her.

As Chadwick and Isabella give into the overwhelming chemistry between them, they both fall deeper than they intended. Now Isabella will have to decide if she still plans to run from what’s hunting her, or stand and fight, even if it means endangering the man she loves.



Mara and Eris have been cut off from Heaven, abandoned on Earth, still bound and completely without support. Even Nikomedes can’t help them any longer. Mara might have been able to handle being cut off, but Jon has learned the truth about who—and what—she is. And he doesn’t know if he’s prepared to date an immortal.

On the verge of losing everything, Mara wonders whether to tell the Council the truth about the Fallen. Eris’ fears that the knowledge will tear their people apart are well-founded, but Mara worries that there’s something more to what Nikephoros is doing with the power he’s gaining. If they don’t tell the Council, whatever he’s planning could destroy far more than just her chances at redemption.

Before Mara and Eris can act on their decision to tell the Council, Nikephoros takes him. Him… and Jon. With the two people she cares most about in the hands of a man far more dangerous than she’d ever realized, Mara must convince the Council that cut her off to give her aid and stop Nikephoros before he puts his plans into motion. Can Mara save Jon and Eris, and stop a brewing war between the angels and the Fallen? Or will she lose the man she’s only just learned to love?

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ghostly charmsGHOSTLY CHARMS (A HARPER HARLOW MYSTERY BOOK 14) by Lily Harper Hart

Harper Harlow thought the only thing she was going to have to worry about in the shadow of spring was planning her wedding. She was wrong.
A string of break-ins in Whisper Cove have caught the attention of the cops, including her fiancé Jared Monroe. Things take a turn for the worse when one of those break-ins results in the death of a local barber. It seems what was once written off as teenage hijinks is something else entirely.
In addition to the break-ins, Harper finds herself distracted by a new resident. He’s bringing an art gallery to town … as well as his troubled sister.
Rain Porter doesn’t want to be in Southeastern Michigan and she’s hiding a big secret. Harper is determined to help the girl until the young woman pushes the exact wrong buttons.
Things aren’t what they seem and the deeper Harper digs the more she worries that she doesn’t really want to find an answer. When a ghost from the other side of the state shows up and starts invading her dreams, things go from bad to worse.
Jared wants nothing more than to protect Harper, but there are some things he can’t fight … and a ghost is one of them.



When Jamie Hunt left his cushy life in California to become a supernatural fugitive, he thought he was running away from his problems. The last thing he wanted was to go barreling straight towards them. But as always, life has other plans. The pressure is mounting as both sides prepare for the inevitable fight. New alliances are struck as old enemies come to light. New relationships are strained as old bonds are tested. A surprise attack leaves the friends reeling, but nothing is every quite as it seems.
Can the friends gather their forces in time? Will Jamie finally uncover the secrets in his past? Most importantly, when the final moment comes, will he have the strength to pull the trigger? The tides are always changing. There’s only one way to find out. Never give up. Never give in.

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Hadley Hunter is feeling on top of the world. She’s embracing her new home on Moonstone Bay and coming into her own as a witch. Her boyfriend Galen Blackwood, who happens to be sheriff, is even involving her in his investigations. Unfortunately, the peace on Moonstone Bay is about to be threatened.
A local millionaire and a one-hit-wonder songstress are hosting the Skyclad Festival, a paranormal beach extravaganza that features a bevy of famous faces in paranormal circles … and those who want to hobnob with them. There’s only one little problem … .
One of the local influencers, a woman whose only job is to rave about things on the internet, ends up dead. Then, in short order, the organizer himself goes missing. That means Galen is on the case … and Hadley insists on serving as his sidekick.
There are a lot of witches on the island. The question is: Is magic to blame for murder or is something more insidious happening? (…more blurb on ebook seller page…)


shadow of angelsSHADOW OF ANGELS (HALFWAY BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Kathryn Ann Kingsley

The first time I died was November 1st, 1945. That might’ve been the first time, but it certainly wasn’t the last. My name is Veil, and my life has been far from normal. Everything I thought I knew about myself had been a lie. Every single thing. Turns out, I had been in the care of a cult dedicated to a King in Hell and fallen archangel. But after learning the truth of who—or what—I was, I devoted my life to stopping them and everyone like them.

Which is why when I learned that Boston was under siege from an occult society who was slaughtering innocents, I had no choice but to come and stop them. Even if it meant it would take me piece by piece through that past I’d spent seventy years trying to avoid—and right into the presence of the archdemon I’d been running from for so very long. Asmodeus. Just when I thought things could not get worse, I realized once more that I had no clue what was coming next.



There’s a dark secret inside of me. A monster clawing to get out. I was thrown out of the fae world because of it. But I’m back now. Three brooding demons and a sinful incubus returned me to my sweet little homeland. And I’ll finish what I started all those years ago. Sure, maybe my delicate fae features are twisting into spiraling horns and demonic eyes, but that won’t stop me from righting my wrongs. The Queen of Hell might possess my body but the deadly vengeance in my blood is my own. The Prince will die by my hand for what he’s done. All I have to do is make sure the creature at the back of my mind doesn’t kill me first.



When a feisty human steals a gargoyle’s spirit-stone, all bets are off…Beaumont prides himself on his stellar fae kill record, but his life is upended when a feisty, human female challenges him to seduce her and steals his spirit-embedded stone. He’s on a quest to save his soul, yet this woman makes him harder than a rock, and for a guy who spends his days encased in granite, that’s saying something.

Crafty and swift, Sadie learned to pickpocket from the best mentor ever—need. After she runs across a tall, sexy gargoyle and steals his most valuable possession, she’s up against more than can she handle. As he hunts her down to retrieve his precious stone, he stirs a passion she didn’t know existed…and can’t resist.

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jingle me ballsJINGLE ME BALLS: SEA SHENANIGANS BOOK 6 by Robyn Peterman

Tis’ Christmas time on Mystical Isle and just like the fat bastard in red, I’ve made a list and now I shall check it… twice. Yeah, twice. I might wear a diaper, but I’m not an arse.
Battle the human women in sweatpants and snow boots for electronics on Black Friday. Check. Cover each palm tree in lights even though the Mermaids insist they look phallic. Check. By the way, what does phallic mean? Never mind. Check. Moving on. Weave a Christmas tale during family story time on the beach, have a family portrait made in the special sweaters I pilfered, and write a letter to Santa. I mean, fat bastard…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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defying the relic hunterDEFYING THE RELIC HUNTER (COLETTI WARLORD SERIES BOOK 11) by Gail Koger

Kizzy sees dead people, but she’s a thief and talking to dead folks is about as useful as a three-legged horse. The Dragos clan booted her out when her year’s take was a lousy five hundred and sixty credits. The only way back in is to pull off a million-credit heist. Alone. When Kizzy’s jobs as a roadkill collector and medical test subject goes south, she decides taking Montezuma’s gold away from an Indiana Jones wannabe is the ultimate heist. The snag? The Indiana Jones wannabe is Ethan Jones, a dangerous Coletti Warlord. Now that she’s caught his attention, he’s determined to capture her as his prize. Can the ghost whisperer defeat the big, bad Warlord?

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case of the tormented trollCASE OF THE TORMENTED TROLL (NOIR FAIRY TALES) by Linda Mooney

The 1940s. Life in Grimm City can be just as fabulous as it is dangerous. But it’s not a place that can be found on any map. Welcome to a world of gun-toting, hard-drinking, cigarette-smoking fairies, elves, dwarfs, shifters, and witches, as well as human beings.Welcome to Noir Fairy Tales. Beldon Chase and Aura Dagger, of Chase and Dagger Detective Agency, are hired by Estin Ragg, a troll whose brother, Durif, was discovered dead under the 82nd Street Bridge. The coroner calls it a suicide, but Estin swears it was murder. The cops seem to be sitting on their hands because he’s a troll, and everyone knows how much trolls are castigated and despised in the realm. Aura and Beldon are partners. He’s an ex-cop who was framed for something he didn’t do and kicked off the force. Soon after hanging out the shingle of his detective agency, he found Aura homeless in the streets after the death of her father. Something about the young woman touched him deep inside, and he took her in and trained her how to be a gumshoe. They’re in love with each other, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)


blood moonBLOOD MOON (NETHERWORLD SERIES BOOK 7) by Olivia Hutchinson

Carey Tremblay isn’t just a witch, she’s a norn–one of the mysterious weavers of destiny able to see and control the future. Psychic visions are a regular occurrence for her, but it takes just one to lead Carey down a path on the quest to save all those she loves from the maniacal warlock hellbent on destruction. With multiple lives on the line, the last thing she needs is a distraction in the form of a sexy hybrid named Finn.

Finn saved the norn years ago when he still went by the name of Phineas, a shifter/vampire hybrid who worked as a Council Enforcement officer. Now, more than two decades later, he’s back to play bodyguard for a woman who can barely stomach his presence. As Carey’s enemies close in, Finn must not only protect the woman from the warlocks hunting her, but also from himself.


tates taleTATE’S TALE (SEXY SINS ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Lilith Darville

An incubus has infiltrated the Sexy Sins Academy to snatch recruits for Hades’ dungeon, and the gods chose—drafted? Conscripted? Take your pick—me to purge the incubus and get things back on track as head mistress. That’s definitely one of my specialties.

I’ve got four smoking-hot bodyguards whose first job is to ease me through my ascension to the Underworld. Imagine if the flu made you uber horny and your bodyguards were an angel, a werewolf, a vampire, and a demon. Nice problem to have, right? Except I’m on a mission. I want my destined mate back. Funny enough, so do they and they’re all convinced it’s me. I’ve got one chance, one month, to fix the academy and find my beloved somewhere in the Underworld before I’m slung back to my real life. Trouble is, I can’t keep my mind, or my hands, off my bodyguards.


brotherhood of the seaBROTHERHOOD OF THE SEA (SECRETS OF GALATHEA BOOK 1) by Elle Beaumont

VS Note: Teen/YA, no apparent romance…

Eighteen-year-old Jager and his older brother, Kriegen, are recent graduates from Selith Academy-an elite school for merfolk. The two work to help their community after tragedy befell their father, but when the Uplanders break a promise, the two mermen only have one goal-keep the kingdom safe at any cost. When the brothers are divided in their responses, they quickly learn that every choice has a consequence, and every action has a price.

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vampire seductionVAMPIRE SEDUCTION (REAL MEN OF OTHERCROSS BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Marina Maddix

He’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit and she’s determined to get him off… in more ways than one. The vamp life sure as hell ain’t the glam life. Just ask Alena Falkov. One day she’ll be a full-fledged attorney, but for now, she’s stuck working her fangs off at a thankless job while she attends Othercross University’s esteemed law school.
Of course she might not have the job for long if she can’t be on time, but when a vampire catches the scent of her Beloved—her one true soul mate—in the hallways of the courthouse, no one could blame her for tracking him down. Now if only he wasn’t the defendant… and by all accounts, guilty. Or is he?


witch is how to lose bigWITCH IS HOW TO LOSE BIG (A WITCH P.I. MYSTRY BOOK 35) by Adele Abbott

Two custard creams…A man has gone missing from a hotel, and Jill is on the case. Meanwhile, what has happened to the ghost’s jewellery, and what is in the trinket box?
are not as good as five.



Mel is half Angel, but despite her ability to heal and read minds, she feels powerless to help anyone. When a prophecy shows a local pet supply store owner driving their car off a bridge, Mel sets out to stop it. Baily, owner of Barks and Bits, is barely holding it together. Things keep going wrong, and their depression spirals out of control. Just as they start wondering if they’d be better off dead, a new friend provides a glimmer of hope. But is that enough to keep living? Mel never thought saving Baily would be easy, but she can’t figure out when, where, or why Baily’s suicide will happen. As her confidence fades away, she wonders how she can help anyone when she needs so much help herself.

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Revisit the royal family of Andar in this short story, as the impending birth of the heir to Andar’s throne leads to a tense standoff, an accusation of theft, and the discovery of just who is really in charge at Evenburg Castle. Enjoy a brief glimpse into the lives of Trystan, Ramsey, Kyril, Ilani and their families three years after the events of Traitor’s Masque.


witching moonWITCHING MOON by Poppy Woods

Alandra Michaels is your everyday, run-of-the-mill, ordinary witch. She doesn’t have an affinity for an element, like her sister. She can’t speak to the dead, like her mother. Even her familiar–Beezelbub the moth–is a plain, non-threatening insect. Alandra is fine with that; she knows what she is and what she isn’t. Or so she thought . . .When a spell goes wrong and a gorgeous woman shows up in her living room claiming to be the Moon, everything changes for Alandra and her magical abilities will be put to the test. Can she reverse the spell and send Luna back to her realm?

Celestials never go to Earth anymore. When witches figured out they could harness their energy for ultimate power, celestials closed the doors to their own realms. When a beautiful young witch accidentally summons Luna to Earth, the clock begins ticking. Can she make it home before she’s sacrificed for her power? Will she even want to?


storm chaserSTORM CHASER (STORMS OF BLACKWOOD BOOK 3) by Elle Middaugh

VS Note: From December.

Alexis Ravenel: Rule breaker, risk taker, game changer. With the fae and sirens waging war at Blackwood’s gates, and no one else stepping in to help—thanks a lot harpies—it’s up to me and my sexy Storm Princes to save our kingdom from eminent doom. To do this, we’ll have to meet Hydratica head-on in a battle the likes of which we’ve never seen. See, there are more than sirens lurking in their murky waters, and whatever is down there, I think it’s guarding the Eye of the Sea—the elusive object we need to find on behalf of the Storm King. Only, I have no intention of handing it over to him. Not after everything he’s done…He tried to rule me, but I’m a rule breaker. He tried to tame me, but I’m a risk taker. He tried to play me, but I’m no longer just a pawn in his wicked game…I’m a game changer, and I’m not playing by his rules anymore.


exemplar hallJESSE AND THE MAGI VAULT (EXEMPLAR BOOK 2) by Auburn Tempest and Ruby Night

Being drafted into an elite, all-male academy of magik, monsters, and mercenary men wasn’t something I planned–but honestly, who could’ve seen that coming? Trapped by the wards of the school…Chipped and trackable if we happen to escape…Pretending to be a dude in a sea of testosterone…As if the physical and mental challenges at Exemplar Hall aren’t enough, if anyone finds out who our father is, Wyatt and I will be branded the offspring of the greatest traitor this academy ever saw. Awesomesauce. Bring it.



Raised in a gilded cage, Emala was given everything she wanted from the very day that the Master rescued her mother from execution. Born of a maternal lineage in which human brides were mated to the clannish northern Ragoru triads, Emala grew up listening to her mother’s stories of the Ragoru though she never expected to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She didn’t fantasize about a triad of mates to shower adoration on her, but a simple life in a village far away from the Master’s watchful eye. Though she knows nothing of surviving outside of the grand manor, when the Master comes to her with an impossible offer on her twentieth birthday, Emala dares to risk it all to find her way to freedom. Even if it brings the order down on her head.
When she is saved by a Ragoru and finds shelter with his triad through the winter, she discovers a possible love that could mend old wounds and may promise her the happy ever after that she always wanted.


stolen by the dragonSTOLEN BY THE DRAGON (STORM DRAGONS BOOK 1) by Riley Storm

The only thing on Damien’s mind is ensuring his race will live on. It’s that single-minded focus that drove the storm dragon through the magical portal, the last of a small band of dragons fleeing an ominous and powerful enemy. When he’s confronted on the other side by a short, sassy and deliciously curvy woman with powers he can’t comprehend, everything changes. He should be focusing on the future of his people, but all he wants to do is focus on her. His dragon is roaring wildly and he doesn’t know how much longer he can resist its call.

Anna Sturgis has trained all her adult life at Winterspell Academy. She’s ready to face any of the usual paranormal threats. Werewolves, vampires, Faeries, she’s prepared for them all. What she can’t fight is the sizzling attraction she feels to one dragon shifter in particular. Her studies are beckoning, but the siren call of the muscular male is more luring than anything she’s felt before. If she can’t learn to resist his smile, then she’s going to succumb to him completely.

Their nightly rendezvous are strictly forbidden by both sides. Secret passages are their respite, where they are free to explore the connection between them. That is, until everything is exposed, leaving Damien with but one choice. He doesn’t want to do it, but it’s the only way to save Anna. In the process though, he might just put her in even greater danger. Because the evil the dragons thought they left behind isn’t about to give up.


time through the heartTIME THROUGH THE HEART (EVERLASTING LOVE BOOK 4) by Susie McIver

She’s a hopeless romantic. He’s an angry spirit. When their worlds collide, sparks fly, and so do tempers. Follow them as they travel through time for each other.
First rule of visiting a haunted Scottish castle; don’t fall in love with a ghost. Second rule; don’t travel back in time. Third rule; don’t get killed.



When an Egyptian pyramid arrives in Witch’s Forge, the entire town is buzzing with excitement—there’s even a mummy inside! Yet this pyramid holds ancient secrets that are not supposed to come to light, knowledge that could change the way witches and vampires see each other in the world.
So when the lead archaeologist is murdered and the missing mummy becomes the primary suspect, Charming is worried. Is there a mummy on the loose or is someone playing a sick joke?
In order to discover the truth, Charming will turn to Thorne’s estranged family for help. Thorne will be forced to face his father, the man who banished him. Everyone must work together to solve the mystery. Can they do it or will they succumb to the mummy’s curse?


angel furyANGEL  FURY (IMMORTAL LEGACY BOOK 2) by Ella Summers

Cadence Lightbringer, daughter of a legendary archangel, has always known her gods-endowed magic comes with a price. As an angel in the Legion of Angels, she lives where the Legion commands her to live, trains how the Legion tells her to train, and marries whom the Legion instructs her to marry. Somehow it all sounded simpler in her head.
When Cadence is ordered to marry the enigmatic angel Damiel Dragonsire, a man she hardly knows, her whole perfect, predictable life is turned upside down. The wedding, however, is cut short by a dark threat that throws Cadence and Damiel into a world of magic as ancient and deadly as the original Immortals, powerful deities who once ruled the entire known universe.



CE 2644. Alys Xoticos-Quinn is lucky to be alive. Sentenced to death for a justifiable crime, she’s instead magically compelled to solve problems for the despotic Union. But when her latest mission uncovers government corruption and possessed residents, the political fallout could claim her son… and her life. Barely surviving a vicious attack from the Wendigo, a legendary spirit of eternal hunger, Alys teams up with a mysterious mage partner. But as the two search for clues to the terrifying possessions, Alys’s enemies are determined to make certain this is her last job. And if she can’t get to the truth in time, the next Wendigo assault may be fatal. Can Alys protect her son and smash a sinister conspiracy before she loses everything?


lady hotspurLADY HOTSPUR by Tessa Gratton

STRIKE FAST, LOVE HARD, LIVE FOREVER. This is the motto of the Lady Knights—sworn to fealty under a struggling kingdom, promised to defend the prospective heir, Banna Mora. But when a fearsome rebellion overthrows the throne, Mora is faced with an agonizing choice: give up everything she’s been raised to love, and allow a king-killer to be rewarded—or retake the throne, and take up arms against the newest heir, Hal Bolingbrooke, Mora’s own childhood best friend and sworn head of the Lady Knights.

Hal loathes being a Prince; she’s much more comfortable instated on the Throne of Misrule, a raucous underground nether-court where passion rules all. She yearns to live up to the wishes of everyone she loves best—but that means sacrificing her own heart, and so she will disappoint everyone until the moment she can rise to prove those expectations wrong. And between these two fierce Princes is the woman who will decide all their fates—Lady Hotspur Persy, the fiery and bold knight whose support will turn the tides of the coming war.

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city of stone and silenceCITY OF STONE AND SILENCE (THE WELLS OF SORCERY TRILOGY BOOK 2) by Django Wexter

After surviving the Vile Rot, Isoka, Meroe, and the rest of Soliton’s crew finally arrive at Soliton‘s mysterious destination, the Harbor—a city of great stone ziggurats, enshrouded in a ghostly veil of Eddica magic. And they’re not alone.

Royalty, monks, and madmen live in a precarious balance, and by night take shelter from monstrous living corpses. None know how to leave the Harbor, but if Isoka can’t find a way to capture Soliton and return it to the Emperor’s spymaster before a year is up, her sister’s Tori’s life will be forfeit.

But there’s more to Tori’s life back in Kahnzoka than the comfortable luxury Isoka intended for her. By night, she visits the lower wards, risking danger to help run a sanctuary for mage-bloods fleeing the Emperor’s iron fist. When she discovers that Isoka is missing, her search takes her deep in the mires of intrigue and revolution. And she has her own secret—the power of Kindre, the Well of Mind, which can bend others to its will. Though she’s spent her life denying this brutal magic, Tori will use whatever means she has to with Isoka’s fate on the line.

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home familiar homeHOME FAMILIAR HOME (ACCIDENTAL FAMILIAR BOOK 4) by Belinda White

VS Note: From mid December…

All my life, I’d thought the Ravenswind farmhouse was huge. But then Opal added another small family and another soon-to-be adopted daughter to the mix. The house’s space was shrinking big time. Kids can do that. I’m really not complaining, mind you. I love the new family, and I’m really glad we can be there for them. Just saying that things are getting a little crowded, that’s all. So when Arc and Ruby approached me with a deal to buy a small mini-estate with not one but two houses, what was there really to think about? Especially when the owner was desperate for a sale and willing to make us a deal of a lifetime.

The owner didn’t strike me as all too trustworthy, though, so we did things right. The contract was vetted by Dad, and we had a full home inspection done before signing on any dotted lines. We really thought we’d covered all our bases. Oh, how wrong we were.


penrics progressPENRIC’S PROGRESS by Lois McMaster Bujold

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…

Footloose nobleman Penric journeys from young lord to sorcerer and scholar in the Bastard’s Order—and solves mysteries along the way. Penric’s Demon: On the way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric happens upon a riding accident and stops to help. But the victim is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season.” As she lies dying, she passes her strange powers to Penric—and changes the course of his life forever.

Penric and the Shaman: Now a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, Penric must accompany a Locator of the Father’s Order assigned to capture a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend.

Penric’s Fox: When Penric—sorcerer, scholar, and divine in the Bastard’s Order—travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald, he once again finds himself embroiled in a mystery. The body of a sorceress has been found in the woods, and it is up to Penric and his friends, Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl, to unravel a mystery mixing magic, murder, and the strange realities of Temple demons.



In The Night Country, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors. Follow her and Ellery Finch as they learn The Hazel Wood was just the beginning, and that worlds die not with a whimper, but a bang. With Finch’s help, Alice escaped the Hinterland and her reclusive grandmother’s dark legacy. Now she and the rest of the dregs of the fairy tale world have washed up in New York City, where Alice is trying to make a new, unmagical life. But something is stalking the Hinterland’s survivors—and she suspects their deaths may have a darker purpose. Meanwhile, in the winking out world of the Hinterland, Finch seeks his own adventure, and—if he can find it—a way back home.

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scavenge the starsSCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one.

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dark alphas temptationDARK ALPHA’S TEMPTATION: A REAPER NOVEL (REAPERS BOOK 9) by Donna Grant

There is no escaping a Reaper. I am an elite assassin, part of a brotherhood that only answers to Death. And when Death says your time is up, I’m coming for you…Carrying Death’s orders is my sole duty. I’ve never had reason to question her, even if I disagreed. But Kyra’s fierceness and willpower sheds light on my mission. She drives the darkness of my world away. The answers to the Others’ goals lie in her past. For Kyra, I will risk going against Death’s wishes. For her…I will battle the past and the future itself.

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crown of fireCROWN OF FIRE (THE FORBIDDEN FAE BOOK 1) by Linsey Hall 

Ever since the Court of Flames banished me, I’ve managed to hide my true nature–Chosen One of the Fire Fae. Apparently, I’m destined to save us all. Truth is, I’m not that impressive. When I’m not hunting demons, I’m slinging drinks at Potions & Pastilles. At least, until the lethally sexy king of the Court of Ice finds me. He’s been hunting me for years and wants to claim me as his fated mate. But it gets darker. He plans to sacrifice me to save his dying kingdom. One touch changes everything though, because I’m the only one who can warm him. I’m going to use that to my advantage and lure him to the Court that banished me. There, I’ll kill him before he kills me. But I’m playing with fire, because I’m not sure if I can I resist him long enough to change my fate. And if I don’t die, then his entire Court will. Including him.


found and forgedFOUND AND FORGED (THE LOST SENTINEL BOOK 4) by Ivy Asher

My name is Vinna, and it all started with a routine fight in the middle of nowhere Nevada that ended up changing everything. I found…Family. My Chosen. Power. Vengeance. Now I find myself in the middle of nowhere Russia, my destiny within walking distance, and I have no idea what I’ll find. Will I be welcomed? Feared? Despised? We’re about to find out. Sentinel City, ready or not here I come.


dragons mail order brideDRAGON’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE (WEST COAST WATER DRAGONS BOOK 2) by Kayla Wolf

I’ve just done the most reckless thing in my life. I’ve said yes to a guy who proposed to me on a website. Am I insane? Have I actually lost my mind? The thing is that I can’t help myself. Muscular shoulders, sensuous lips, and a heart-stopping grin…
He’s exactly my type. Yes, I hate dating, and yes, I want commitment. But can I actually be a mail order bride? Will he love me and all my curves? Will that body, dripping in sweat, worship me in all my voluptuous glory? One month, that’s the agreed upon time limit. One month to live together as husband and wife. I must be crazy. But I’ve already signed. Here I come, husband.


chosen slayer book 2CHOSEN (SLAYER BOOK 2) by Kiersten White

Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom. And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

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Mikal despised the idea of working with an Imperial, for reasons both personal and political, but only the invaders’ magic could repair the artifact weapon that was the last link to a family he’d left behind. Rian was a magician by trade, trying to escape the obligations of his noble birth, and the life his family planned out for him. Living incognito at the border of Imperial territory, he found his solitude interrupted by a mysterious visitor with an impossible commission. Their meeting will set in motion a chain of events that will irrevocably alter everything they know of the world, and set their two civilizations on a course to ruin.

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charmed soulsCHARMED SOULS (BLACK SOULS BOOK 1) by Abbi Glines

They say blood is thicker than water, but I was never proud of mine. A female born into the Kamlock bloodline was destined to possess three things they couldn’t change—a crazy as hell mother, an unfair amount of beauty, and a Charmed soul that was as black as night.
All a Kamlock woman ever desired in life was to use her beauty to destroy wealthy men and take their riches. A century had passed since a generation of Kamlock sisters had been anything other than gold diggers.
All I ever wanted was to be free of them. I knew I couldn’t change my cursed birth, but I could change its legacy. I had a job, I had friends, and I was slowly gaining my independence.
Until Rathe Scott crashed into my life and tore it apart. He made me feel what I had spent my entire life never wanting to feel. He brought out a darkness I’d not known was inside me. And just when I thought I was becoming everything I had sworn I would never  become…He was gone.

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devils bloodDEVIL’S BLOOD: SHADE OF DEVIL BOOK 3 by Shayne Silvers

Before the now-infamous Count Dracula ever tasted his first drop of blood, Sorin Ambrogio owned the night…and now he’s back. History collides in present-day New York City. The various supernatural factions are splintering and growing desperate to maintain their seats of power. And one man hungers for nothing more than to burn it all to the ground. Because he learns he has been lied to all along, that his centuries-long slumber may have been intentional. Betrayal doesn’t get better with age. It just grows sharper and hungrier. Violence is a virtue in the tale of the world’s First Vampire. The name Sorin Ambrogio will go down in the history books—even if he has to write it himself.


huntedTHE HUNTED by Bethany-Kris

Let the hunt begin …After witnessing the murder of his mother by a mermaid, Prince Eryx Bloodhurst of Atlas makes a deal to sedate his need for vengeance: they’ll catch the mermaid who did the deed, but he’ll pay for it with his crown.

Arelle, third princess of the Blu Sea, has never known the true cruelty of the forbidden lands firsthand, but she will soon. The halfling prince with murder in his eyes and the sea’s songs in his blood will make sure of that. He should kill her. Perhaps, keeping her might be worse. Two kingdoms are falling. One king is losing it all and another threatens to ruin everything. The rules of the land and sea are changing. Secrets of the past are spilling. And all because of a prince and his little mermaid—whether they live or die—nothing in the realm will ever be the same.

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his little vixenHIS LITTLE VIXEN (LOVE BITES BOOK 2) by Lauren Smith

Sadie Harris doesn’t like immortals. After vampires leave her an orphan, she’s raised by her grandmother at the edge of a werewolf pack’s territory. As a fox shifter she knows the rules about werewolves: Stay clear of the boundaries, never go out after dark during the full moon and take a vacation far, far away when she goes into her shifter mating heat or else she’ll attract literal “big bad wolves.” But when her flight gets cancelled and her mating heat is coming – so are the wolves. The last thing she expects is to get rescued by a tall, dark and gorgeous man…er…vampire. What’s a vixen to do?

Seamus Gallagher might be immortal but his life is full of mortal problems: he’s been framed for the murder of the woman his two best friends loved; he’s on a mission to find and kill his sire; and, he has no idea what to do with the feisty red-headed vixen he just rescued from a vicious werewolf pack. He doesn’t have time to babysit a skittish shifter who hates vampires, but when he looks at her, Seamus sees trouble. Sexy, sweet, and irresistible trouble. The last thing this vamp needs is to fall in love.

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growling for my mateGROWLING FOR MY MATE (ASH MOUNTAIN PACK BOOK 1) by Shaw Hart

Grier Taylor is just a lost girl. Abandoned by her parents when she was young, she was raised by the group of shifters who took her in. Now that she’s grown, she can’t help but notice all of the ways that she doesn’t truly belong. On her eighteenth birthday, Grier decides to leave Ash Mountain and the pack. That is until the Alpha comes for her.
Slate has been Alpha of his pack ever since his parents were killed by hunters. Lonely and overworked, he wonders if he’ll ever find his fated mate. That’s when he catches her scent.
Will this Alpha shifter be able to convince his mate that they’re meant to be and that there’s nowhere that she belongs more than with him and his pack?



dear edwardNew Release Book Recommendation: DEAR EDWARD by Anne Napolitano

VS Note: I don’t often recommend books here that aren’t SFR/F/PNR but this one is SO GOOD. I read it in one sitting and found it very satisfying as a story (there’s a supermild romantic element towards the end). Plane crashes, orphaned children and tragic situations are not usually my thing but this book grabbed me and would not let go. 5 stars from me, definitely. It’s quite an emotional journey.

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?



mission to mahjundarFeaturing another title from my backlist, MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR:

An attempted assassination left Princess Shalira blind as a child and, now that she’s of marriageable age, her prospects are not good because of her disability. She’s resigned herself to an arranged marriage rather than face life under the thumb of her cold stepmother. But then she meets Mike Varone, a Sectors Special Forces officer sent to Mahjundar by the intergalactic government to retrieve a ship lost in her planet’s mountains. After Mike saves Shalira from another assassination attempt, she arranges for him to escort her across the planet to her future husband. She’s already falling hard for the deadly offworlder and knows she should deny herself the temptation he represents, but taking Mike along to protect her is the only way she’ll live long enough to escape her ruthless stepmother.

Mike, for his part, resists his growing attraction to the princess; he has a mission on this planet and rescuing the vulnerable but brave princess isn’t it. No matter how much he wishes it could be.

But what should have been an easy trek through Mahjundar’s peaceful lands swiftly turns into an ambush with danger around every turn. Shalira’s marriage begins to seem less like an arranged union and more like yet another planned assassination. The more they work together to survive, the harder it becomes to stop themselves from falling in love. Caught in a race against time, can they escape the hostile forces hunting them and make it off the planet?

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And the sequel HOSTAGE TO THE STARS!

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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 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.




An Honor to Serve Weekend Writing Warriors

Warriors logo revisedNow taking excerpts from DAEGAN: A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL.

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 series: 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 – jumping ahead a little, Aydarr the Badari Alpha has taken a moment alone with Flo to thank her for volunteering. Jill is the alpha’s human mate. MARL is the ancient alien Artificial Intelligence.

“We’re spread so thin on the ground, it’s a miracle we can rescue anyone at all. We’ve been incredibly lucky and I know it, “Aydarr said, “Adding another hundred or so Badari soldiers to my forces will be a game changer as you humans like to say. I have to make the tradeoffs with an eye toward winning the damn war not any one individual battle.”

Flo studied him, astonished the Alpha had revealed so much of his thinking to her, “I have immense respect for you, sir, or I wouldn’t be going on this mission. I’m glad this kind of decision is above my pay grade as it’s obviously a heavy load to bear. If I may say so, I think we’re all lucky you and Jill are here to run the war. You both have the guts and the vision required – it’s an honor to serve under you both.”

He extended his hand, “Thank you and good luck.”

Badari weren’t big on skin to skin contact with humans, except with their mates, so Flo took it as a high honor and shook his hand, “We should probably get going.”

He opened the door to the hall and allowed her to walk out first. There was a small circle of people waiting for them, plus MARL, floating serenely and displaying a soothing set of pink tones washing over his surface.

MARL’s happy he got to shove his toy in my brain. With an effort Flo kept herself from putting her hand to the spot on the back of her head where the AI’s  implant had been inserted.


Ex-Special Forces soldier and mercenary Flo Michetti is bored with her assignment as a pilot for the genetically engineered Badari pack in their fight against the evil Khagrish scientists. She jumps at the chance to take a dangerous undercover mission. She infiltrates a group of human prisoners on their way to a secret lab in the southern ocean, where the Badari believe many more of their own kind have been created and are being experimented on. Once Flo has located the lab, found the Alpha among the Badari there and sent a report back, the plan will be to attack and rescue all the prisoners.

Arriving at the island Flo learns the true nature of the horrific experiment for which the humans have been brought to this remote location. Time will be perilously short to escape before it’s too late for all of them. She has to locate the Alpha of this captive southern pack, who conceals his identity to escape death at the hands of the Khagrish, and get him to join with her and her allies.

Daegan feels an instant attraction to Flo when the Badari and the humans are forced together by the Khagrish scientists, but there are mysteries and questions surrounding her. Before he reveals himself as the incognito Alpha she’s seeking, he wants answers to allay his doubts. He also wants Flo in his bed…but can he risk his heart to claim her as his mate?

Complicating the situation is a dangerous rival for Daegan’s position as Alpha, an oncoming hurricane and Flo’s resistance to abandoning her life as a soldier of fortune…as the Khagrish scientists prepare to initiate the experiment, the clock is ticking for humans and Badari alike.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday JAN 1

mark of eonHappy New Year!

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).



VS Note: Always a great week with a new book from Anna! One clicked.

Oil and water. Fire and ice. Terran space marine and rugged alien warrior. Space marine Lieutenant Jamie Park has a reputation as tough as steel…just the way she likes it. A horrible childhood and her marine training have forged her into a strong woman, and she’s never seen a fight she’d back down from. Taking on the voracious insectoid Kantos is her focus, even if that means being assigned to the Eon warship, the Desteron, and working with the one arrogant alien warrior who’s seen her vulnerable and weak.


lost flyghtLOST FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 4) by S J Pajonas

Vivian Kawabata feels like her wings have been clipped. With her broken ship in the repair yard, and her crew begging her to take a break, she agrees to a private villa getaway with the chance to seduce her new hot medic. But her beach vacation becomes a stressful battleground when an ex’s former consort swoops in with a destructive agenda.

With her family’s farm at stake, the only way to outmaneuver the cutthroat may be by getting back to her roots… and extraordinary plants. But even if she digs up the dirt she needs, she still has to deal with in-laws, shady shopkeepers, and a shocking discovery aboard her ship. Can Vivian get her vessel and her men aloft, or will her operation crash and burn?

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spinning wheelsSPINNING WHEELS (MECHA ORIGIN BOOK 3) by Eve Langlais

Best friends Zak and Ray have only one goal in life: Upgrade their bodies until they’re more metal than flesh. But to do that, they need to find more gears. And who better to help them find lost treasure than a seer who can predict the future and decipher the past? Funny how she didn’t predict her own kidnapping.

Nema isn’t impressed with her supposed rescue by the Siyborghs. Part male. Part metal. She doesn’t approve of the parasitic cogs in their bodies. Especially since they pose a danger. That doesn’t stop her from desiring them. Even more tantalizing, they both want her, too.

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seeds of changeSEEDS OF CHANGE (A NEW FRONTIER BOOK 2) by Augustina Van Hoven

With the future at their fingertips, only the past can stand in their way…
When the Starship Halcyon crash lands on Planet Kao, Dexter Thompson gets a field promotion to ship’s ambassador from finish carpenter and his world turns upside down. How can a man who works with wood and levels lead a crew? But lead he must, for Dexter must confront an alien welcoming committee. When a blue-haired beauty, Laize, steps forward as their leader, he now has a new fear—falling in love with a being who is out of his world and out-of-bounds.

Laize never believed in the prophesies, but when a ship drops from sky and lands at the base of Mount Denair she can no longer deny that the future she most fears may in fact have some basis in reality. As the alien council’s emissary, she must act in their best interests, even if their interests threaten her well-being…and the ice that shrouds her heart.

Dexter and Laize must act fast to avert a modern day gold rush that threatens the survival of the ship’s crew and the planet’s alien inhabitants. If they fail, only one thing is certain…all they love and care about will fall victim to the winds of change and the ashes of the past.

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Bound together by a common magical thread, each novella tells a story of romance and passion unlike any other, exploring both paranormal and BDSM themes. Set in a Japan of the mythic past, the paranormal present, and a cyberpunk future, the three novellas showcase the imaginations of three pioneers of sexuality in fiction.

Focusing on women’s erotic power and desires, each story features individual quests for love, intimacy and the discovery of far-reaching potential within the central protagonists. From the legendary creatures of traditional Japanese fables to an atomic age embodiment of existential anxiety and into a cultural paradigm shift, magical silk weaves each generational story into an exploration of romantic cravings.

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bonds of loveTHE BONDS OF LOVE by Cecelia Tan

VS Note: Reviewer states this is a short story? Amazon says 96 pages… Listed in scifi romance, involves shibari (erotic bondage)… 

Jiro’s lineage once proudly served the nobility as samurai: protectors of royalty with a legacy of sword and rope. But though rich in tradition, in the modern age the family is penniless. And after cataclysmic events, Jiro has lost everything, including everyone he ever cared about and maybe even his mind. He is kept in a hospital amnesia ward, catatonic and unspeaking until a charity visit from the Crown Princess rouses him miraculously…(more on ebook seller page…)


cyberevolution fourCYBEREVOLUTION FOUR: CYBORG  by Kaitlyn O’Connor

VS note: A re-release.

Reuel CO469 is tall, dark, and infinitely dangerous. His is the face that launched a million flyers. He is the first of his kind, the first cyborg to go rogue, the leader of all who’d come after him, and the only rogue nobody has ever come close to catching. From the moment Dalia first sets eyes on him, she knows she is lost. She can no more resist his dark allure than she can cease to breathe.


shadow assassinSHADOW ASSASSIN (GALACTIC ORDER BOOK 7) by Erin Raegan

Taken from my home. Imprisoned on an alien planet. Toyed with. Moved around like a pawn. Terrified. Angry. These are all things that sum up the last few days of my life.
Confused. Curious. Anxious. Captivated. All the things that sum up the days that follow.

I don’t know what’s going to happen from today to tomorrow. All I know for sure is that I hate him. He infuriates me. He confuses me. But I also want to know more. I’m ensnared. He has that way about him. You want to look away from him and stare all at the same time. I don’t know if he’s going to kill me or let me live. But I do know he likes to play games. And I am his brand-new shiny toy.

So when I start to play back and crave his next move, I start to worry he has a pull over me I’m not sure I know how to escape. He’s dark and violent. Dangerous. But I’ve gotten used to danger in recent months and after witnessing my entire world be torn apart and taken over, you can understand why I didn’t turn away. Why instead I found myself trapped in a game I wasn’t ready to give up. Why the big bad Shadow Assassin didn’t scare me. Why instead I found myself right where he wanted me all along. Lost in him.


autumn on marsAUTUMN ON MARS by SMA

Tripp doesn’t know who he is, how he got here, or why this gorgeous man with dark eyes is the only familiar thing in sight. But he does know this: It’s Autumntide on Mars and love is in the air!



Prince Lortnam’s brilliance has no compare, but his lack of social skills have left him alone to watch his brothers marry human mates since the Trilyn made their pact with the people of Earth. Lortnam fears his “boring” interests make him a less than ideal candidate for a match, and with his distrust of the genetic scanners designed to assist them, he’s certain he’ll remain single despite his efforts otherwise.

When he accidentally stops a terrorist attack and gets painted a hero, Lortnam is thrust into a spotlight he never wanted, bringing forth an old enemy still intent on destroying the Trilyn kings.

Ambitious and brilliant private investigator Kelly Grant knows her new client seeks information on Lortnam that will prove he orchestrated the terrorist plot as a media stunt. Her rampant mistrust of aliens gives her drive to ensure she succeeds in the assignment. But when Kelly decides to date Lortnam in a bid to learn more information, she soon discovers things are not what they appear with the intelligent alien ruler or with her client.

With shifting alliances comes great danger. When Prince Lortnam learns of Kelly’s deceit and deceit, will it spell the end of their budding love, or will they both see through to the heart of the matter and accept their fates?


survivingSURVIVING (EARTH’S ONLY HOPE BOOK 2) by Joynell Schultz

Humans only have months left on Earth. We have left our salvation to an alien ship filled with criminals, like me. When our ship lands on the unknown planet of Noetov, who better than criminals to fight for whatever it takes to save our species. With the man I have been (literally) dreaming about for over a year at my side, I know I can accomplish anything. But the man I love is also the inhabitants of Noetov’s life-long enemy. When he’s captured, I know I’ll do anything to save him…even if it sacrifices the salvation of Earth.


metal pirateMETAL PIRATE (WARRIORS OF GALATEA BOOK 3) by Lauren Esker

Claudia was just looking for some fun, a one-night stand with a hot stranger to celebrate her birthday and knock an item off her to-do list. (Item: lose virginity.) Except now she seems to have acquired a bad case of sexually transmitted teleportation, and there are alien bounty hunters after her. As soon as she figures out how to control her new what-the-actual-hell superpower, she’s going to find Mr. Hottie and give him an enormous piece of her mind … and maybe some of the rest of her. If he apologizes enough. (It was a really good night.)

Space pirate Skara has spent his life trying not to get attached, but one night with a beautiful Earth girl changes his world forever. Not the least reason being that she now has his ability to teleport, she’s in danger because of him, and he has to get back the alien teleportation symbiont that she somehow stole from him because he’ll die without it. Falling in love wasn’t supposed to be part of the plan.


mercys endMERCY’S END: A DARK SCIFI ROMANCE by Athena Storm

The world hates him. But my soul craves him. He’s a beast. A killer. With the blood of thousands on his hands. He has no mercy. No repentance for what he did. But it isn’t his cruelty that astounds me. It’s the sin he awakens inside of me. I have no control around him. His will is too strong. His hold over me too deep. I know I should run. I know I should hide. Anyone else would. But instead I’ll fight next to him. I’ll defend him to my dying breath. I may not make it out alive. But at least I’ll die by his side. And even if we do make it out alive. I’ll gladly forsake the life I knew. For another damning dose of his touch.



3 6’7″-tall athletic blue aliens all singularly obsessed with the ‘new girl’ from Earth…
She’s the first human to ever attend the Vortha Academy on Devor. After first contact, Earth’s climate crisis reaches its climax. With a planet in crisis, human girl Poppy Darden remains Earth’s only hope. She takes her chance on a distant ice planet, hoping to unlock secrets to save her homeworld.
Three brawny, muscular, blue-alien males notice her… They must have her. What could possibly go wrong when 3 lusty, tall, strapping alien telepaths read her mind? Poppy can’t get distracted from her mission… no matter how tempting their offer.

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splintegrateSPLINTEGRATE by Deborah Teramis Christian

VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note this week….

One of the many charms of planet Lyndir is the Between-World, home to the licensed entertainers of the Sa’adani Empire. There, at a palatial house of domination called Tryst, professional dominatrix Kes has become a celebrity attraction whose fame and exclusivity draws a rarified clientele.

Her most devoted client is Janus, a major crime boss on Lyndir and elsewhere. But when a high-powered imperial authority decides she wants Janus out of the way, she identifies Kes as his greatest vulnerability. The seductive domina would never betray a client’s trust, but a mortal threat to her Between-World sisters forces her cooperation with Janus’s enemy.

Altered against her will, she is turned into a brutal weapon by Splintegrate cloning technology. It will take help from some unlikely avenues and an enormous triumph of will for Kes to survive the government’s machinations. . . and pursue the independence she’s craved her entire life.

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risingRISING: BOOK 1 AFTER THE THAW by Heidi Catherine and Tamar Sloan

Humans now live in a super greenhouse. Seas have risen. Oceans have acidified. And the fight for resources is deadly. To ensure nothing of this magnitude ever happens again, only those with enough intelligence and heart will earn the right to bear children and heal the earth. Nine teens must face the tests of the Proving to decide who will be Bound to this new order. Four of them will challenge the system in ways even they can’t imagine. Nova. The gentle soul who has everything to lose. Kian. The champion of this new world who’s determined to succeed.  Dex. The one who’ll learn nothing is as it seems. Wren. The rebel who wants nothing to do with any of it. As the fight to breed becomes a fight to survive, rules are broken, and hearts are captured. This Proving won’t just decide the future of this new order, it will decide the future of humankind.


alien handsALIEN HANDS by Storm Caywood

VS Note: OK, this is from MAY but I missed it then and just read a really good review of it this week.

Edil Raif is a relief-effort doctor on a space station orbiting a war-torn planet. Disconnected from life on Earth, he’s looking for sex, adventure, relief from boredom–anything but love. Esihle Queran is an alien refugee on the station who never tells the whole truth. He’s given up on ever returning to his planet, and knows that love is for other, better men. But then, the two meet… Adil and Esihle’s relationship is one of intensity and lust. Can they find their way home together?


humans must kneelHUMANS MUST KNEEL (POSSESSIVE ALIENS) by Loki Renard

Humans must kneel. That is the law. But one girl thinks the rules don’t apply to her.
She thinks she is special. She thinks she is different. She’s right. My mission is to restore order to my captive human colony. It starts with bringing this girl to her knees.



Operative: Philandros “Landros” Mires – Immortal vampire operative Philandros “Landros” Mires has spent years withholding the truth from all around him. He’s no stranger to lies and told himself over and over again that the ends justified the means. As an enemy from his past resurfaces, bringing with them a new threat, Landros knows everything he sacrificed to protect is in danger. He finds himself in a fight with evil and struggling to earn forgiveness, even if it means learning to forgive himself.

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Jin possesses a unique paranormal ability. Just by touching someone, she can insert a mental hook into their psyche and tie a string of her consciousness to it, creating a tether. That doesn’t make her a spy, though, not unless her talent is discovered by those seeking to exploit it.


blood and bladeBLOOD AND BLADE (GODDESS WITH A BLADE BOOK 6) by Lauren Dane

It’s been only days since Rowan and her friends eliminated the immediate threat to magic users and Vampires, but they’re already back on the hunt. Rowan’s out for vengeance, and she’s never been more driven—or angry. But she’s up against a being stronger than any she’s ever fought. To bring it down she’ll need more than the powers the goddess Brigid gave her…This time she’ll need her friends, too.

She knows her husband will always have her back. As an ancient Vampire and Scion of North America, Clive has more clout and dominance than almost anyone. Rowan’s small but trusted inner circle insist they’ll join her in the thick of the battle, even as she argues it’s too dangerous for them. She’s also got a new dog. Familiar. Whatever. Star is a magical being put in Rowan’s path to help and protect her.

The hunt for ancient evil takes Rowan and her team to London and back to Las Vegas, bringing with them an unexpected alliance. Fortified by their rage, grief and determination, Rowan and her friends will stop at nothing when they track their enemy to the high desert in a final, deadly showdown.

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A bad boy left me at the altar nine years ago. Today, the devil gives me a chance to have my revenge. I head to where I swore I’d never go back to make my ex’s life a living hell. But karma seems to favor bad boys in my hometown.

I should have never returned. The douche is countering my every vengeful step, and my heart is about to be broken again. This time by the hands of the Blood Demons, the members of the notorious motorcycle club and my brother’s best friends.
They claim they’re the good guys. They might be outrageously hot with bodies that make a smart teacher like me go stupid, but I won’t be fooled. They’re bad boys. FROM HELL.

As the sister of one of them, I’m off limits. That only makes living under the same roof a temptation impossible to resist. One devilicious night puts an unexpected surprise in my belly. And by unexpected, I mean inhuman. But when my horrible ex is out to get me and my baby, I can’t let him win. I have so much to lose. This time my revenge will be written in blood.


princess ballotPRINCESS BALLOT (ROYALS OF ARBON ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Tate James and Jaymin Eve

You have been chosen. Those four words change Violet Spencer’s whole life, when against staggering odds, she’s selected in the “princess ballot.”
Arbon Academy is affectionately known as the school for Royals. Only the rich, powerful, or heir to a throne gain entry … except for the one scholarship student accepted every five years. It’s a worldwide lottery, and one that Violet entered without giving it any serious thought.

But the media got it wrong and Arbon Academy is much more than a simple college for future leaders. It’s a dark world of politics, intrigue, and dangerous guys who will stop at nothing to get their own way. Despite her best efforts at remaining off the radar, Violet finds herself a pawn between two of the most powerful monarchies in the world. Prince Rafe of the Switzerlands and Prince Alex of the Australasias are bitter enemies both on the soccer field and in the political arena. Monarchies rule the world now, and every waking breath is a competition for the princes.


roseROSE (JEWELS CAFE BOOK 12) by Jewels Arthur

Rose has a night job at Vee, the hottest nightclub in Silver Springs. It gives her freedom, endless free drinks, and best of all… access to three oh so sexy bar owners who are not what they seem. Rose’s bosses have a dark and dangerous secret… and a big, beautiful human like rose is completely off limits. But one magical pumpkin spice latte later, Rose’s whole world is flipped upside down.



Forced into the Academy of the Dark Arts against her will, all witch-in-hiding Mallory Serra wants is to keep her head down and graduate as soon as possible. Maybe she’ll get lucky and land a nice, boring desk job that doesn’t require any magic powers, since hers keep careening out of control, anyway.

But when her handsome handler, Matt, disappears with a monster into the Academy’s basement, she breaks her rules, again, and performs one more teeny, tiny spell. She’s already stuck in the Academy, so what could go wrong? Everything.
Caught between her rising attraction to both her student teacher Nico and Matt, and her rising animosity with their friends, Mallory has to decide what’s more important. Stay under the radar and get out while the getting is good, or reveal her true powers to protect them all from the demon stalking the Academy?


when stars alignWHEN STARS ALIGN: A ZODIAC ANTHOLOGY by Various

What’s your sign? “When Stars Align” is a collection of stories from some of the freshest authors around. Take a chance and spin the wheel to find your match, no matter your sign, from some of the hottest, astrologically, mind-blowing stories straight from the zodiac.



I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever.
I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing.
I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave.
Never again see those whom I love.
 Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy.


apocalypse the betrayalAPOCALYPSE THE BETRAYAL (THE POWER OF TWELVE BOOK FOUR) by Miranda Martin

I’m racing towards a destiny I don’t know if I’m meant to survive. The Shadow has won. My protectors, my loves, and I are losing. In a last ditch effort, we flee towards a confrontation with the enigmatic prophet, He Who Has Risen. Hopefully we’ll find an ally and not another minion of the evil Shadow. Hopefully the last piece of the puzzle is there, the one I’ve been seeking. Hopefully adding the twelfth won’t tear apart the carefully built relationships I have with each of the eleven. But sometimes hope is lost and betrayal comes from the last place you would expect.



The first adopted daughter of Stella and Darius, Diana has been raised as if she were one of the fabled Amazon princesses. Her mornings are spent training with Darius at the agōgē, her skills as a warrior matched only by a few of the Deminon army recruits. Her afternoons are spent with Stella as she learns the art of diplomacy and the importance of service to others.

Never does Diana wonder why her parents are so devoted to one another, or why they seem to speak of the past as if they lived in it. The curious stares aimed in her direction by the agōgē’s doctor, Antony—even when she’s not in the circle of battle—has Diana on edge. Learning she has a much older adopted brother—one who seems to youthen as he ages—has her questioning her origins.

So the arrival of Augustus of Assyria seems fortuitous. Her father’s oldest friend is welcomed with open arms even as he is followed by a threat to the future of Deminon. With his intimate knowledge of her parents, perhaps he’ll have the answers Diana seeks. Or will the Roman senator’s revelation about her only complicate matters? For his attentions are far more intense than those of Antony—and far more arousing.


wolverine waferWOLVERINE WAFER (MATES AND MACARONS BOOK 6) by Ellis Leigh

I haven’t spent much time thinking about dating or mating or any of that sort of stuff. I’m more of a good girl, waiting for the fates to bring me my perfect match and working hard to help my family in any way possible. That’s how I ended up in Kinship Cove in the first place—my aunt needed help at her diner, so here I am. Staying in an old bed-and-breakfast, trying to avoid being yelled at by my loving—if not constantly frazzled—auntie, and avoiding winking shifters like the plague. Men? Not on my radar.

At least not until a beast of a man comes strolling through the door. Literally. He’s not what I expected—gray hair, deep, dark eyes, and a temper known throughout the town…including by local law enforcement. The fates definitely want us together, but when his past comes fighting its way into our present, the fates may not be enough. Love behind bars is a thing, right?


sacred oath draganDRAGAN (THE SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 2) by Plum Pascal and H P Mallory

VS Note: From early December

I thought I was a pure-bred angel, but I soon find out I’m so much more…When huge, black, rubbery wings shoot out of my back, I learn I’m part Succubus, part demon.
Even with this epiphany, I’m still no closer to understanding who I am, where I came from, or why I’m missing my memories.
Worst of all, the one person I trusted above all others, Dragan, the King of Shadow, turned on me. You’d think the fact that we both possess shadow magic would bring us closer, but it doesn’t.
Learning I’m a crossbreed, Dragan shuns me. Where once we shared passionate embraces, now he’s coldly suspicious and distant. And the King of Nature, Cambion, treats me even worse, rebuking me with expressions of disgust and rude comments.
Strangely, Baron, the King of Death, is the only one who accepts what I am. He says it’s because we are one and the same—the shadow magic that animates him, also animates me.
Good thing I have an ally in Baron because I’m stranded in an unfriendly world I know little about. Everywhere I turn, enemies are after me, eager to return me to the King of Angels, Variant, who wants me dead. With the way things are going, I wonder if Dragan and Cambion still believe I’m the answer to defeating Variant or maybe they’re more inclined to deliver me to my fate at Variant’s hands.


if youve got it haunt itIF YOU’VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT (THE PEYTON CLARK SERIES BOOK 4) by H P Mallory

Having two men in your life, vying for your attention, is hard enough, but what if one of those men is dead? Peyton Clark moved to New Orleans with two thoughts in mind–to escape a bad marriage and to fix up the huge mansion her great aunt left her. While her bad marriage becomes a thing of the past, her ownership of the house on Prytania Street is threatened. By whom? None other than a relative of Drake’s, the ghost who happens to be haunting Peyton’s house. Luke Montague is the embodiment of Drake in everything but disposition and he’s proving to be a big thorn in Peyton’s side.

To make matters worse, Peyton’s health and her very sanity is suffering by some unseen force. Visions of ghosts dance in her head, warping her understanding of what’s real and what isn’t. Furthermore, these visions prove to be a warning of a larger threat that’s impacting the city–antiques are going missing, stolen by the ghosts of children. When Peyton gets involved, she’ll face more than she bargained for–including witches, possessed dolls, a strange dog, ghostly pirates and her teenage niece.


forged in the dragons fireFORGED IN THE DRAGON’S FIRE by Fay Walsh

When Kylie came back to Twin Horns, her home-town, she’d never imagine what fate would hold for her. From an ordinary girl “next-door”, she will now find herself to be the one half of an inevitable, yet deadly bond.
Lorne is a fierce man of duty, an untamed, handsome rogue and yet, a man of many secrets… He’d never expected for a woman to be his reason to change his ways. When the two of them meet, they hit it off right away. Until there is a crack on heaven’s door…
Will Lorne and Kylie be able to survive, carrying Lorne’s secret? And how are they going to prevent the deadly game of fire from turning everything to ashes?


brothers djinnTHE BROTHERS DJINN by Cate Rowan

Long ago in the bygone Middle East, a storm forces three mercenary brothers — charming scoundrels Darius, Jasper, and Valerian — to seek shelter in the castle of the sorceress Ina. Ina’s eyes promise heaven in her bed, but the brothers soon discover she knows their deepest secrets and will use them to get what she wants most: revenge against her ancient nemesis, her goddess sister. Ina will offer each brother all he desires in this life or the next, but will the price for her magic be one simple night or an eternity of thralldom in service of her wicked plans?


enchanting the dragonENCHANTING THE DRAGON (DRAGON FORGED BOOK 2) by Rinelle Grey

Warrian has slept for three hundred years. The whole world has changed. He might be a dragon shifter prince, but he has no idea if his clan is even still alive, although he knows his enemy is. And the only person he can rely on in this brand new world is the maddening, secretive, all round enchanting human woman, Rita. Warrian knows she’s hiding something from him, but his body doesn’t seem to care.

Rita’s determination to find out facts about dragons for her newspaper article is matched only by her attraction to the gorgeous dragon prince. But while that attraction has to be caused by dragon shifter magic, the news story is what will ensure her future. He’ll be gone the moment the ritual is complete, she’s sure of it. So why can’t she convince herself the story is more important?


dragon assassin fake brideDRAGON ASSASSIN FAKE BRIDE (F.I.R.E. SPECIAL OPS DRAGONS BOOK 3) by Maia Starr

John is part of the Dragon Special Ops Group. That’s all I knew when I agreed to be his fake wife. I was blinded by his chiseled abs, his hypnotic smile. And I was desperate to get away from my stalking ex. John thinks that I’m his fated mate. He wants to claim me, and I want to let him. Except that I’ve discovered his secrets. I can see the darkness behind his charming persona. He never told me that he’s the Alpha of F.I.R.E. Heck, he didn’t even tell me that I was forbidden to bear children. It’s too late now. I’ve already broken a rule. Will John save his unborn child… or is death the only consequence for our family?


captive allureCAPTIVE ALLURE (DEMONS OF POREMI BOOK 2) by Imogen Sera 

Petra has only ever been worried about her sister, and being kidnapped by a smoke monster and separated from her for the better part of a month certainly hasn’t helped matters. After her harrowing escape, she ends up sick and exhausted and stumbling into the most handsome man-well, if it weren’t for the horns and fangs and creepy eyes-that she’s ever seen.
In retrospect, locking his mate underground was probably a bad idea, but Ronan wasn’t really himself at the time. He knows better now, he really does, but there’s just no good way to tell her that he was the one who imprisoned her.


duel in timeA DUEL IN TIME (THIEF IN TIME BOOK 5) by Cidney Swanson

Klee has always played second fiddle to her twin sister Kahlo, but all of that changes when Klee decides to secretly travel back in time to save Alexander Hamilton’s son Philip from dying in a duel. Unfortunately Klee didn’t read the user’s manual, and soon she’s risking the lives of everyone she cares about in the 21st century for the sake of Alex and Eliza’s rakishly handsome (and frustratingly stubborn) son Philip.



Martha and Vadim are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby. But their little bundle of joy has sailed past his ‘due by’ date and shows no sign of wanting to make an appearance. Late pregnancy isn’t any fun, and Martha’s just about reached the end of her tether. Lack of sleep gives her plenty of time to worry about the many risks associated with medieval childbirth. On top of that, Vadim’s over protectiveness has hit a new all-time high. His constant fretting and clucking is beginning to drive her slightly nuts. How long will she be able to keep hold of her temper? Impending fatherhood is nothing like Vadim imagined it would be.

When Martha bluntly refuses to go into her confinement, instead of attending to his duties as Earl of Edgeway, he’s forced to shadow his wife around the castle while she goes about the business of ‘keeping active’. The problem is, here in Erde Martha is as vulnerable as any other pregnant woman. All of her other-worldly wisdom will not save her from what lies ahead…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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dichotomy of angelsTHE DICHOTOMY OF ANGELS by N R Walker

Nathaniel and Chasan are no ordinary angels.
 Destiny chose them to be twin flames, fated mates. But Nathaniel has avoided Chasan for nearly a thousand years.
When sent to Earth on a mission to live and work together, Nathaniel comes face-to-face with his destiny. Short-tempered, petulant, and grumpy, he hates the idea of being fated to anyone and has chosen an existence of isolation rather than spending time with the calm, kind, and serene Chasan. 
But now he has no choice.
One is fire, the other is air; a true dichotomy of angels. Together they will be ignited, or they will be extinguished. This assignment will seal their fate either way.



JEROME, the poor Irish boy who grew up in the Lycan King’s home and served as his valet, would become king himself. King of the Leprechauns. With a successful chain of restaurants underneath his belt and an amazing social media presence, one would think that his life was complete. Not exactly. Luck had always been on his side whether he was in rags or after he gained riches. But there’s one thing he just can’t have. Diamond.

The bright and bubbly sister to the Dutchess of Lycan breeds, Diamond was always a hard worker and a constant beam of positivity. Being able to work closely with Jerome and hold the title as his best friend, somehow she misses the special privileges, the longing gazes, and the mouthwatering redhead before her. It’s only because her sights are set on a worthless loser who uses her in an attempt to disguise it as real love. Underneath her will to force a relationship are her thigh-trembling fantasies about the lean, handsome and wealthy man known as Jerome.

Jerome hopes for a window of opportunity to show Diamond that she is worth more than he’s ever accomplished, but he’d need more than the luck of the Irish to undo Diamond’s blinders and lock from her constantly broken heart. He must show her that she belongs to him and only him.



Kieran has stepped up to take his place as the ruler of magical San Francisco. As his girlfriend I’m in the spotlight, and the Hades Demigods have taken notice. They want me on their team, and they don’t plan on asking nicely. Kieran and I are both under fire. They will kill him to get to me, and they’ll take me by force if necessary. It is essential I learn more of my magic. With no other options, I do what scares me the most – I summon the last Spirit Walker to help train me. Except, he’s a loose cannon with looser morals, and learning spirit is treacherous. I might evade the Demigods only to be lost in spirit forever.


timeless curse of lord dabneyTHE TIMELESS CURSE OF LORD DABNEY by Emilia Hartley

When Ellie Fitzgerald looks at herself in a mirror in Hargrove House, the estate her grandmother has left her, she’s looking at a version of herself from England’s Regency period. That version of herself invades her dreams, too, laughing confidently with friends instead of retiring shyly into libraries, and cavorting with a gorgeous but common young man named Matthew. The dream is so real, Ellie can still feel Matthew’s hands on her when she wakes.

She can’t shake the dream, especially when she finds a Matthew who looks exactly like the man in her dreams working at the local museum. She feels an instant connection, one he apparently shares, and together they discover a history of Ellies and Matthews loving each other all through their family’s histories.

They also find a more sinister figure recurring through the ages—Lord Dabney, a good-enough-looking man (though he’s no Matthew), who hounds the two lovers into early graves time and time again. When a Lord James Dabney shows up at Hargrove House, determined to date Ellie, it feels like history could be repeating itself. Ellie refuses to let herself become the victim of an old curse, though. This time, she and Matthew mean to write the ending to their own story—if they can.


sacrificeSACRIFICE (HER SOUL KEEPERS BOOK 1) by Sadie Moss

My people are dying. Our god has abandoned us, leaving us starving and weak. In a desperate attempt to save those I love, I offer up the ultimate sacrifice to our capricious deity. Myself. He accepts my offering, and I forfeit my life. But when I arrive in the afterworld, a rival god who despises mine binds my soul to three beautiful, terrifying men—powerful beings he calls his messengers. Callum, Echo, and Paris. I’m little more than an annoyance to them, a lost soul their master has foisted upon them.
Still, the bond between us draws me toward them constantly, like a lodestone finding true north, and the more time I spend with these enigmatic men, the more confused my feelings become. I hate them. I want them. I fear them. I need them. But no matter what happens, I won’t let myself love them.



People on the brink of death come to me for life. I touch them, and my magic burns away their sickness. My gift is exhausting and painful, even dangerous. Which means I never intentionally touch anyone, and no one touches me. So dating? Definitely not happening.
All of that changes when a cyber stalker threatens to burn me at the stake. I reluctantly hire a bodyguard, a six-foot-three mountain of temptation named Logan Smith, literally at my fingertips at all times. Every fiber of my twenty-one-year-old virgin body vibrates for him, but when I accidentally touch him, my gift doesn’t activate. Nothing happens except a zing of desire. This is bad.

My mother told me about potential mates, but I’m Logan’s employer. And come on, just look at him. Those broad shoulders and that firm backside…he’s got to have a girlfriend back home. But when the stalker crosses a line, Logan reveals a side of himself he kept hidden. He’s not who he claimed to be. And his secret not only shatters my entire world but threatens everything I once believed.


loki ascendingLOKI ASCENDING (VIKING WARRIOR BOOK 3) by Asa Maria Bradley

Although Scott Brisbane is human, he’s developed an inner warrior—a berserker that wants to claim Irja Vainio as his own.

Irja is an immortal Viking healer, but she hasn’t used her true powers for centuries. The last time she did, someone close to her ended up dead. So instead she relies on medicine and science to protect her tribe while denying her feelings for Scott.

But the Viking warriors are falling mysteriously ill, and without magic, Irja’s knowledge of healing isn’t enough. When the trickster god Loki offers her a cure, it comes with a steep price that could cost Irja everything. She needs Scott’s help, the man whose loyalty to the Vikings is unmatched, whose love for Irja cannot be broken—and whose inner fury has yet to be unleashed.

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lavender ladyTHE LAVENDER LADY by Faith Martin

VS Note: From early December. A re-release. Author states it has been revised.

Newly-widowed Effie James is asked by her old friend Duncan, a psychology professor, to help him with his latest book. Her task is to join the C-Fits, a paranormal investigation team, on their ghost-watching vigils and report back to Duncan.

Corwin Fielding, the attractive and erudite leader of the paranormal researchers has no objections to an ‘impartial’ observer on his team, and the others in the group are a friendly and welcoming bunch. The C-Fits are called in by Isabel Atkins. She is worried that her recently deceased mother might be haunting her old family home. Effie quickly finds herself thrown in at the deep end. THE SCENT OF LAVENDER MYSTERIOUSLY COMES AND GOES IN THE OLD LADY’S BEDROOM.

But Effie comes to suspect that the old lady might not have died of natural causes after all. And that her killer might not take very kindly to the idea of a group of strangers poking their noses in.


pregnant with their babesPREGNANT WITH THEIR BABES (MERMEN OF AEGEAUS BOOK 1) by Kelex


When it becomes apparent that Prince Llyr of Aegeaus cannot stop the political wedding between himself and a tyrant-to-be, he races for the one place he thinks his father won’t easily find him—the surface. After ingesting a spell to give him human legs for seven days, he quickly has to figure out a way to make those seven transform into an eternity.

After nearly drowning in his new human form, he’s saved by a handsome captain and the darkly dangerous commander of a passing ship. The two close friends have sailed the high seas for over twenty years and had many adventures together. The escapade they enjoy most is sharing a third in their bed.

Unable to deny his curiosity—Llyr has to find out how it feels to have sex without a tail—he sets off to seduce the gorgeous pair. But when it becomes apparent his mere presence pushes the lovers apart, he can’t risk destroying the love they have for one another just to appease his own needs.

 Yet he can’t walk away from the men he’s mystically drawn to, either. 

 Once Llyr’s father finally discovers his whereabouts and exposes the deadly consequences of his dalliances—will he choose to face the danger or run back home under the sea?


threes a crowdTHREE’S A CROWD by Tierra Cox

Lia Babineaux hails from a long line of famed Babineaux witches known for their immense power and ability to wield various types of magick. Having lost both her mother and aunt at a young age, she is raised under a heavy thumb by her grandmother, Cecilia, who doesn’t want to lose Lia to the same fate that cost Lia’s mother her life.

However, like the witches that came before her, Lia has a curiosity about magick that is insatiable and which, in her opinion, her grandmother is taking too long to help her develop. That curiosity leads her to the Babineaux family grimoire, a spell book her abilities are nowhere near advanced enough to handle. Her amateur skills result in the rise of a demon, Seokjin, who bonds to her as her familiar; essentially the other half to her whole.

Seokjin and Lia become close as the years pass, facing every threat head on as a team and then, eventually, as lovers. Along the way, their team grows to include more witches, a gargoyle, a Fae, and even a vampire. With a legacy of power behind her, Lia unravels the path to a mystery that could help her uncover the truth behind her mother and aunt’s deaths, and despite a secret Seokjin is forced to hide from the woman he loves.


fated bondsFATED BONDS (ANGEL’S FATE BOOK 1) by Tessa Cole

Saving him was her first mistake…Be a good angel, Amiah. Be patient, Amiah. Someone’s out there who’ll awaken and complete your soul bond. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be… The worst possible thing that could happen. Because a soul bond is no fairy tale, it’s a prison. Torture, should I wind up bonded to a complete stranger. Or worse, driven insane over a lost soul mate. It’s a ticking time bomb and I’ll do anything to get rid of it.

But before I can figure out how or if that’s even possible, Titus, the last dragon shifter, falls out of the sky and my healing magic accidentally leashes us together. If we’re separated, we both die. Now we — along with Cassius, my best friend and a top JP agent, and Sebastian, a fae sorcerer who just won’t stop hitting on me even though I know he doesn’t really mean it — are being hunted by men who want to possess Titus’s unique dragon power. And if they can’t have him, they won’t hesitate to kill him… and take me down with him.


merry elfin christmasMERRY ELFIN CHRISTMAS by Various

A collection of nice, and possibly a bit more than a little naughty, holiday inspired rom-com tales from nine Reverse Harem authors.



Emma – I never believed magic was real– until I used it to kill a werewolf. Not long after, a letter arrived from a supernatural school for fae, claiming I was a sorceress. I’m forced into a world where dragons breathe fire, griffins fly, alicorns battle and wolves hunt monsters. At this academy, sorceresses are bound to alpha shifter mates, and pagan rituals are used to connect with the gods. I know my mate is somewhere within the school… along with those who want my blood. A cult of dark magic is following my every move, and I have to master my powers before they come for me…

Ethan – I never meant to kill my own father. What happened led to the loss of my leg, and my reputation as heir to the throne. I found a way to pay for my sins by playing the role of Prince Ethan during the day, and a vigilante hunting cultists by night. Keeping my secret identity hidden has been far more difficult than I imagined. But now my kingdom is at stake. A new leader will be chosen through the King’s Contest, a fatal competition where contestants battle for power and, more often than not, die in the process. Without a mate, I cannot compete for the crown. I formed an unbreakable bond with Emma upon first sight. But I have to keep my love a secret. Emma can’t know she’s my true mate; otherwise, she’ll be in more danger than ever before. But the King’s Contest is rapidly approaching, and if I don’t choose a mate soon, the fate of my country will fall into the wrong hands.


shade of vampire 84A SHADE OF VAMPIRE 84: A MEMORY OF TIME by Bella Forrest

The Unending’s time has come…



Isla may be a mermaid princess, but she’s never felt at home in her undersea kingdom. Instead she dreams of the day her people can return to the surface—and the boy whose life she once saved. But while Isla foresees danger for her people beneath the ocean, she has no concept of the dark forces working to keep her people submerged.

When an impetuous vow sets her on the course of the truth, Isla discovers that shadowy foes beset the kingdoms of both land and sea. And when she finally finds herself onshore, Isla realizes the fight will require not only her sword but her mind and heart as well—at least if she ever hopes to overcome her enemies and win the love of the prince of her dreams.


seraphim academySERAPHIM ACADEMY 1: WICKED WINGS by Elizabeth Briggs

They think I’m half angel and half human. They think I have no magic. They think because I grew up in the human world I’m clueless about what to expect at Seraphim Academy. They’re wrong. I’m not half human, I’m half demon — and this little succubus has come to play. My brother vanished from Seraphim Academy without a trace, and I’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including infiltrating the school myself.

Even if it means going up against my brother’s best friends, who know something about his disappearance and aren’t talking. They may be angel royalty, but if they think they can intimidate me into leaving the school, they’re wrong. There’s also the problem of the delicious professor who knows my secret. He’s hiding something too, and I’m going to find out what it is. But I’ll have to be careful, because if anyone finds out I’m part demon? I won’t just get kicked out of Seraphim Academy — I’ll be dead.



She got caught. Again. After a disastrous second escape attempt, Hazel finds herself blood indebted to her savior – Noah – but he’s no saint. Desperate to repay her debt, she begrudgingly offers her skills as payment if she’s allowed to visit home one last time. Despite her best friend’s warnings, Hazel’s wish is granted and it’s nothing like she imagined. The Tainted were right. Ignorance means death and blood ties are worthless.
Be careful what you wish for.



When I’m through with Heaven, even the Devil will admire my work. They did their best to destroy everything I hold dear, but Heaven made one fatal flaw — they didn’t kill me when they had the chance. You don’t attack the ones I love and get away with it. I never asked for this. I never wanted to become what I am. But the path to Hell isn’t paved with good intentions. It’s paved by the retribution of the worst kind of monsters. The ones we create. And Heaven is about to face the deadliest of their makings.


empress of xytaeEMPRESS OF XTAE (TALES OF INTHYA BOOK 4) by Effie Calvin

Crown Princess Ioanna of Xytae has kept her truthsayer blessing a secret for twenty years. In any other nation, her powerful magic would be cause for celebration. But Xytae’s patron is the war goddess Reygmadra, and the future empress is expected to be a brutal warrior. Reserved and peaceful by nature, Ioanna knows the court sees her as a disappointment. She does her best to assuage their worries every day, working quietly beside her mother to keep the empire running while her father is away at war. But when news of the emperor’s untimely death reaches the capital, Ioanna finds herself ousted by her younger sister Netheia, who has the war magic Ioanna lacks.

Princess Vitaliya of Vesolda has come to Xytae to avoid her father’s upcoming wedding, which she sees as an affront to her mother’s memory. Vitaliya has absolutely no interest in politics or power struggles and intends to spend her time attending parties and embarrassing her family. But when she saves Ioanna’s life during Netheia’s coup, the two are forced to flee the capital together…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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protective daddyPROTECTIVE DADDY (TIMBERWOOD COVE BOOK 7) by Liam Kingsley

He can’t see past his own scars …After he was left for dead in a wildfire, Ian can’t help his monstrous appearance. No one could love him with his beastly features, not even his own family. Add in the fact that he’s an omega raising a daughter on his own and he’s destined to remain single for good. But when Steve looks at him, there’s a different kind of heat in his eyes, one Ian wants to reach for, if he can guarantee he won’t get burned again.

He’s not strong enough for a mate of his own ...Detective Steve Daniels may be an alpha, but he’s not nearly as strong as the other members of his pack. He’ll never be alpha enough to claim a mate of his own. But Ian’s scent drives him crazy, and spending time holed up with the man and his daughter makes Steve wonder if he might be just the mate Ian needs to heal and grow. The wolves can’t make it work as long as Ian stubbornly refuses to perceive his own worth. Steve sees the man, not the scars, and he’ll do anything to prove that his mate is worthy of love. He’ll have to find inner strength of his own to claim his omega and protect their growing family, and this time Steve will be worthy enough to love everything he holds dear.



Diana never even knew his name. One impulsive, out-of-character night with a smoking hot firefighter, and now she’s a struggling single mom. She may have had to give up her dreams, but she’s determined to give her precious baby Beth everything…including a chance to know her biological father.

When a twist of fate lets Diana track the firefighter down at last, she’s braced for him to run screaming—not sweep her into his arms and hold her like he’ll never let go. Yet she can’t escape a nagging feeling that it’s all too good to be true. Is it just her anxiety disorder…or something more?



He’s her husband by convenience…But their love is real. They’re of two different species in a union they’re not allowed to consummate…But somehow, they’ll find their way to a Happily Ever After…Is being together worth giving up immortality? Or their very souls?
Under the skies of California Wine Country comes this vampiric tale of a three-hundred-year-old love story like Romeo and Juliet, as two star-crossed lovers break all the rules, while the Dark and Golden Vampire wars loom. Under the burden of a centuries-old prophecy in the newly discovered Book of Spawn, either a miracle or a tragedy will be born.
For Lionel must sacrifice himself to protect her to the bitter end and Phoebe will have her Romeo, no matter the cost.



Wreck-of-the-Nebula-DreamFinalHugeVS Note: This week I’m spot lighting my first ever published scifi romance WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM (“Titanic in space…”), released in 2012:

Jayne at Dear Author said, in part:

“…I was 4 chapters into this story when it dawned on me that I was lost in it and totally concentrating on this created world….The details of the doomed Titanic’s fate are cleverly re imagined in a space voyage…the tension builds, then recedes just a little, then increases, then is countered just a bit, then smacks the reader around some more before smacking the characters even worse. And then when I think this must be it, they’re safe, right? they aren’t. Safe that is….”

The Story: 
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.

All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.

But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?

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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 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.