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).
WARLORD REUNITED (CHAMELE BARBARIAN WARLORDS BOOK 4) by Cynthia Sax
VS Note: Author states “based on a much shorter story sharing the same title.” Personally, I always have to one click a new book from Ms. Sax!
Solar cycles ago, Berke, a savage Chamele Warlord, found his gerel, the one being he is destined to be with for all time…except he couldn’t embrace that fate. He was fighting a series of brutal wars. To protect his little human female, he conveyed her far from the Chamele sector. He then returned to the endless battles, concealing his pain, his anguish, his need, under a thick layer of ice. His gerel was safe. That was all that mattered to him.
When Elle was a young bounty hunter, she bonded with an arrogant warrior on a distant planet. She was deliriously happy…for a while. Then he dumped her in a strange settlement far from his home and left, never to return. Their parting caused her excruciating pain—both physical and emotional. She endured it, earned the esteemed role of head bounty hunter of an academy, salvaged a bit of a life from the disaster her primitive warrior had made of it. Now, two of her bounty hunters have made the same terrible mistake. Elle is determined to rescue her friends and break their connections with their Chamele Warlords. While she is in the sector, she plans to kill the warrior she’d once considered hers. Elle is ending her relationship with Berke…permanently.
LOVER FROM THE WAVES (THE KRAKEN BOOK 7) by Tiffany Roberts
VS Note: I’ve really loved this series! One clicked…
Long ago, the sea took Kathryn’s husband. She never thought it would give anything back. But now that her children are grown with little ones of their own, she finds her eyes drawn more and more to those restless waters—and she sees part of herself reflected in them. Something out there calls to her.
She yearns to discover what it is.
What she didn’t expect was the attention of a kraken with golden eyes, sculpted muscles, and a heated stare that makes her melt. Ector reawakens a passion in Kathryn she’d thought long gone. When he accompanies her on her journey into the unknown, she can’t help but wonder if what she wanted—and needed—is right in front of her.
CEDROC: WARLORD BRIDES (WARRIORS OF VAZNIK BOOK 3) by Ava York and Starr Huntress
Cedroc has lost too much to risk his heart again. The brilliant pilot has never expected to survive. Finding his fated mate? Not a chance. Until suddenly, there she is. Soft and luscious, setting his blood on fire. Threatening every wall he’s put up. He shouldn’t allow it. Should keep her out. But when the Suhilk war comes too close to his mate, there’s only one option. Protect her. Claim her. And destroy everything that threatens her.
TAMED BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 2) by Miranda Bridges
I hate this place. Not that my life on Najarie was great, but at least I didn’t have a beastly alien trying to sex me up all the time. And when I say all the time, I mean all the freaking time. I haven’t forgotten Earth or the loved ones I’ve left behind. In fact, I’m willing to use any means necessary to get back to them. However, when the alien that claimed me offers to help in exchange for my body I find myself torn. Either I’m nothing more than a breeder to him or he’s trying to find a way to persuade me to stay. And I’ll just say if that’s the case, his method is working.
THRONE TAKER (HEART OF THE NEBULA BOOK 3) by Rebecca Royce
Everything has come down to this…Everything in Khloe with a K’s life changed when she crashed into the side of a food truck. Now with Earth in the rearview mirror, her future lies with Briggs, Goran, Reese, and Dalton. Forging their bonds was only the first step, but will it be enough to sustain them in the face of new challenges? A new world. A new life.
A new choice. The stunning conclusion to the Heart of the Nebula trilogy.
MERCY (FLASHPOINT BOOK 6) by Tara Ellis and Mike Kraus
VS Note: Not a romance. I’ve been reading the series and am up to book 3 at the moment. It’s been well done and I really like some of the characters so I plan to keep going up through this final book.
Half of the earth’s population has been wiped out. Impossible to predict or stop, the Gamma Ray Burst tore through the Earth like a bullet, its radiation wave killing hundreds of millions and the aftereffects ensuring the deaths of billions more.
Now, as the world crumbles around them, a ragtag group of survivors make for the only home they know – the small town of Mercy. Spared the worst of the GRB’s effects, the town is isolated, safe and self-sufficient – for now. The flash hasn’t just decimated the Earth’s population, though. It’s brought out the worst in many of those who are still alive.
Survival in this new world doesn’t just depend on preparedness – it depends on strength.
ALIEN BREED by Penelope Woods
When I arrive on Planet Avalon, I have every reason to believe we will succeed our mission. Boy, was I wrong. Darkness surrounds the planet. At night, the savage alien takes me. From the beginning, this mission was a lie. I’m alone with the most brutal alien in the universe, but he promises to take me home on one condition…It’s mating season, and he’s not letting me go until I have his baby.
HINT OF HOPE: TOWERS OF THE EARTH NOVELLA by Nita Round
A notorious slaver has acquired the latest in airship design, an Imperial Condor Class transporter. This is a ship designed to change the world and if the slaver transforms it into a warship then no one will be safe. Anywhere.
Magda and Ascara have travelled the world as pirates. An attempt on their lives brings into question who can be trusted. Who is a friend? And who are their foes? With only themselves to rely upon they set out on a daring mission. They join forces with the pirates to stop the largest sale of slaves and gifted ones. Can they rescue the slaves? Will they stop the creation of a super warship? And will their friendship be enough to survive against the odds?
COMPELLED BY THE ALIEN (REBELS OF SYDYTH BOOK 11) by Sabrina Kade
Kansas needs to find how much her big, overbearing alien wants a submissive mate outside of the bedroom. When she volunteers to help confront dissident aliens he demands that she stand down for her safety, but Kansas wonders if this is about love or dominance. Dash is surprised by his mate’s sudden rebellion. Her half-baked plan is foolish and is far too risky. Kansas says he only cares about controlling her, but how can Dash prove he truly cares for this volatile female without pushing her away?
A SECRET LIFE: SUPERHERO ROMANCE SUPER SERIES (BOOK 3) (THUNDER CITY) by Debra Jess
Secrets, like sharks, can kill. Gillian Sands prefers to swim beneath the surface of Mystic Bay, rather than live on land where no one sees her as human because of her gills. However, vengeance for the dead refugees after the latest terrorist attack on Thunder City brings her out of the water. Despite working with the Thunder City defenders, she’s willing to break the law to get justice, and not even playboy superhero, Evan Blackwood, can stop her.
Evan Blackwood has had his sights on Gillian for years because of her renegade spirit, killer body, and passion for life. When Gillian asks for his help with her investigation, he jumps at the opportunity to prove he’s more than just the womanizer everyone sees in the newspapers.
As their investigation brings them closer to danger, Gillian begins to see underneath the façade Evan shows the world. When morals are tested and desire burns bright between them, can Evan stop Gillian from breaking the law, or will he lose her forever to the depths of Mystic Bay?
RESCUED BY THE ALIEN PIRATE (THE KILGARI BOOK 1) by Celia Kyle and Athena Storm
I woke from cryostasis a prisoner. My crime? I have no idea. I was stuck with a hundred other women, all headed to who knows where. Captive in a dank, dirty cargo hold. Then, out of the darkness, came Solair. A handsome alien. Golden skinned. Horned. The dashing captain of a pirate ship. They rescued us–he gave my people food, shelter, and promised us safety. In exchange? He took me for himself. But the people who captured us, haven’t given up. They want us back. They’re powerful and will do whatever it takes to find us. The only thing stopping them? Solair. He wants me. And what he takes…He keeps.
THIRST by Addison Cain
VS Note: Listed in erotica.
Human, fragile, available……should I pay the exorbitant price the insectoid flesh dealer demands. Pretty even in her strangeness. The alien creature is everything I require to satiate my seeding frenzy. Her protected species engineered to survive my needs. Built to serve them again and again. One look at her trapped in containment, and alreadymy tentacles display. Skin warming from the blue of calm, straight to red. I will feed her. Bathe her. Keep her warm in thefreezing halls of my ship. Seed her. Spawn an empire.
And, according the human manual, she will love me for it.
GALACTIC BURN (ALIEN HUNGER BOOK 1) by Mel Teshco
VS Note: A re-release
Humans have been almost wiped out. All the males are gone and only a few hundred females worldwide survived the devastation. The same deadly virus annihilated the female population of a mighty alien nation, and their three kings—Dar, Ezra and Maddox—are looking for one special female, Lillian, to capture and seduce.
Though Lillian survived, she has no memory and struggles with the fact that three alien men have become her lovers. One by one, they take her, make her burn for release and satisfy her every sexual need. She craves their touches, their kisses, their comforting embraces while forming strong emotional bonds with each. Lillian is falling for her sexy aliens and agrees to become their life mate in a special ceremony—her three males will make love to Lillian as all the surviving alien males watch. But, as the ceremony nears, Lillian begins to remember. The aliens lied and covered up the horrible truth. Their happy, new life together might not be possible after all.
CAVEMAN ALIEN’S KILLER (CAVEMAN ALIENS BOOK 11) by Calista Skye
Eleanor – There are two dead cavemen on the ground. Standing over them is a dragon, his clawed hands dripping with their blood. He’s huge, green and heart-stoppingly eautiful. Two rows of dagger-like spikes run down his back. The cavemen were supposed to be my escort through this alien jungle, but this dragon is obviously much more deadly than the dinosaurs ever were. His smile freezes my blood, and his blue eyes are as intense as welding flames. But I mostly notice the twitching bulge in his leathery pants. He clearly has plans with me. And I’m not sure he cares what I think about those…
Aragadon – The little female trembles, and I can’t help but smile. I did not expect to find someone like that on this planet. She’s clearly an inferior being, but she’s round and small and alluring. My crotch swells at the sight of her. She might provide me with some entertainment on this desolate planet before I Change back to my dragon form and kill all the living beings I can find.
AN UNFORTUNATE HEIR by Viola Grace
She’s toxic, he’s fascinated. Putting herself in his path is the easy part. Not taking advantage of their mutual attraction is going to be tough. Shan has arrived on Athon with one purpose, to take part in her friend’s wedding. When things get complicated, she ends up splitting her attention between the bride and the newly landed General Zaber.
Zaber is the end of his line. His father was an idiot and all of his half-siblings have followed their father to the grave. Raised by his mother on Kadura, Zaber had a good upbringing that ended abruptly when he was conscripted to take his father’s place in the Athon military. A decade and a half later, he has his father’s rank and no intention on continuing the family line. He is done with bloodlines, but the government of Athon wants to keep his line alive, and they are willing to kidnap members of the populace to ensure it.
Shan has already met Zaber, and when the guards interrupt her friend’s engagement party, she is more than irritated but goes with them anyway. When she learns that it was not his idea to kidnap a few dozen women, she steps up and volunteers to take him on as a lover. After all, she is a bridal attendant, isn’t she supposed to be a little reckless with her virtue?
TAKEN BY THE ALIEN WARRIOR (WARRIORS OF AGRON BOOK 1) by Hope Hart
The Grivath have sold us on Gule- a planet known for dealing in human flesh.
The women who are being held captive with me are in high demand and they all look like models. Me? I’m 5’2 shy, curvy, and a kindergarten teacher. Maybe they really meant to take my pageant queen sister? If that’s not bad enough, our ship has crashed and half of the women are missing. Did I mention the locals want to eat us? Insert the tall, sexy warrior aliens, who saved us. Things are looking up, except that one of them is eyeing me like a snack, and not in a cannibalistic way– if you catch my drift.
Terex is rough, fierce, and bossy, and doesn’t seem to understand that I can’t stay and be his snuggle bunny. I’m not quite sure why he isn’t chasing after one of the other women when every man I’ve ever known has overlooked me. But not Terex. When he looks at me, he doesn’t seem to see chubby, awkward Ellie. And his gaze burns brighter instead of shifting away. Now, I’ve just got to convince him to help me find the other women and get back to Earth. Should be a piece of cake… Right?
HAVEN 2: REDEMPTION by Sandra R Neeley
Cast aside and forced to live apart from his family as a child, Rokai ahl has become insolent, resentful, angry, borderline criminal, and a general outcast as an adult. He has managed to build a life for himself in which he answers to no one and nothing. His loyalty lies with only himself. Having been captured, and threatened with execution as a thief and smuggler, he is surprised when the Consortium delivers him into the hands of a certain male. The very male he has resented since he was old enough to understand, that because of this male, he would never be enough. He stalks the corridors of Command Warship 1, on lockdown, arrogantly daring any and all to challenge him. But of course, none do. Until a golden skinned, curvy, human female dares to go toe-to-toe with him — to take from him, and leave him wanting. Who is this fiery little female? Why does she not fear him as all others do? Intrigued, he will not stop until he knows all there is to know about her.
Growing up on the streets of New York has made her hard and street smart. She ran with her own crew, doing whatever was necessary to survive. Though nothing prepared her for waking up on an alien ship, her lungs filled with viscous fluid, her body and choices no longer her own. But she’s alive — she survived, and in order to move past it all, she’s decided to write off the horrors she’s endured as payment for that survival. Rosalita is not a weak female, but she’s lost confidence. She needs to regain control…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
THE FRACTURED MATE (IRIDUAN TEST SUBJECTS BOOK 6) by Susan Trombley
As a captive of aliens, Paisley is forced to work as an engineering assistant on an ancient wrecker starship. She knows she has to keep her head down and her behavior humble in order to survive. When the crew responds to an automated distress call from an Akrellian warship that shouldn’t be malfunctioning, she senses a threat, but she knows no one will listen to her warnings. Paisley realizes that her days of avoiding danger are over when, among the rescued passengers, trouble with a capital “T” is escorted onto her ship—in chains for bringing an apocalypse to Earth that resulted in millions of deaths.
Something about the prisoner makes it impossible for her to look away from him, and it isn’t just the fact that he’s the most handsome alien she’s ever seen. Yet, when he meets her eyes, there’s a darkness in his intense gaze that makes her think his captors might be telling the truth about him, despite his claims of innocence. Caught between two greedy groups seeking wealth and power, Paisley soon discovers that far more lies behind the mystery surrounding the Iriduan prisoner they call Halian. He might be stealing her heart, but she can’t keep him in chains, because he could be the key to saving the galaxy—or destroying it.
GLITCH KINGDOM by Sheena Boekweg
Ryo was the golden boy, the prankster prince, but with one stroke of a pen he has lost everything. Dagney and Grigfen were happy as minor members of the court, but when their father, the king’s executioner, is branded a traitor, they each must deal in death in order to survive.. McKenna, queen of the enemy realm, has inherited a mission of conquest by assassination, but worries she’s not up to the role.
But behind the crowns and masks hides a secret… All of these teens are actually players in the newest, shiniest, most immersive virtual reality video game, competing against each other for a highly coveted internship with a prestigious game developer. But now this life-changing opportunity has suddenly become a deadly trap. A glitch in the software has locked the players inside the game, and they’ll need to escape before the fantasy world corrupts around them. The only way out is to win.
THE BEAR’S FOREVER MATE (THE BOREALIS BEARS BOOK 3) by Vivian Arend
Cooper Borealis is fully on board with the concept of fated mates. Except mating the woman he wants–his tempting, complicated, human secretary–is not an option. Or not yet anyway. So he’ll use a loophole to keep the vow he made to his brothers, mating fever be damned. He’ll be with Amber Myawayan at the place and time of his choosing.
Amber has spent the past two years in the north looking for her missing brother–and falling in love with the big, growly polar bear at the helm of Borealis Gems. More than once, she’s caught him looking at her with hungry shifter eyes. But getting him to admit it? Ha! Luckily, mating fever is a thing, and she’s happy to get involved as nature forces the issue to the forefront.
But when their mating bond is unexpectedly blocked, Amber and Cooper find themselves in a race against time. She needs to track down her brother while somehow proving she’s tough enough to be with her favourite bear. Cooper plans to protect her at all costs, even if it means secretly stifling his stubborn shifter side.
Somewhere in the wilderness, they’ll find the answer…or lose their chance at forever.
CHASE: SINGLE DADDY SHIFTERS BOOK 3 by Tasha Black
Izzy Pearson is back in her old hometown after a string of bad luck. With her relationship and her business both in ruins, she doesn’t have a lot to get excited about, until her childhood crush walks in the door… with a baby.
Chase Bowman is the All-American boy next door, except for the part where he turns into a giant wolf every time the moon is full. He works at the local college and takes care of his adorable nephew a few days a week. And he’s head over heels for his neighbor, the brave, beautiful woman he’s been in love with since they were kids. There’s only one problem – she just happens to be his best friend’s little sister, and he’s made a promise to never get involved with her.
With Izzy back in town, and Chase helping her get a new business venture up and running, the two of them end up spending a whole lot of time together and sparks inevitably start to fly. But after her recent breakup, Izzy is worried about letting someone get too close. And Chase has no idea how she’ll react when she learns his secret, or how her brother will react if he finds out about the two of them. Can Chase keep his promise about staying away from Izzy, or will the primal pull be too much for him to overcome?
FOUND BY FROST (WINGS, WANDS AND SOUL BONDS BOOK 1) by Terry Bolryder
Boreas Everfrost, now known as “Brett” in the human world, has finally found his soul bond. The only problem? She has no clue he’s a powerful fae ice prince from another world. Nor does she know that she’s really a fae princess, with gifts and strength far beyond what she comprehends. Which is why Brett will stop at nothing to protect the independent, secretive woman upstairs from the forces of chaos that seek to capture her before her true power awakens.
Avery Williams doesn’t know why she was born with incredible physical strength. But that won’t stop her from using it to protect those who can’t protect themselves in an ever-worsening world. But when four beautiful, mysterious men move into the apartment downstairs, Avery starts to feel something for one of them that she’s never felt before. Attraction. Desire. Need. Too bad it’s the stubborn one with ice-blue eyes that seems obsessed with her from the start.
Even though Brett comes across as proud or imperious, Avery quickly finds out that he’s the kind of man that would defend her to his last breath and do the dishes without asking. And for all of his bravado, he’s sweet and deeply empathetic. But a powerful figure is watching from the shadows, getting closer with every breath, and even a powerful ice prince might not be able to stop him.
SPELLBOUND IN SALEM (CASTERS AND CLAWS BOOK 1) by Milly Taiden
Raven Bishop doesn’t need the help of a man, no matter how hot he is. So when an alluring stranger walks into her magic supply shop Gemstones, Raven ignores his advice. He might be a police officer, but she knows she can take care of herself.
Sheriff and wolf shifter Zane Cross has one mission: get the Bishop women away from the order of witch hunters. He doesn’t have time to deal with his inner wolf howling that they’ve finally met their mate. Especially since the woman in question refuses to follow him to safety. Until she’s attacked.
In a secluded cabin, far away from the threat of death, the grumpy sheriff and headstrong witch will have to find common ground in order to survive. Can Raven put her pride aside and let love save the day?
LET IT ALL BURN: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (FROM THE ASHES BOOK 1) by Denise Grover Swank
Darcie Weatherby has a full plate—a preteen and sixteen-year-old twins, a wayward grandmother, a nightmare boss, and a manipulative ex-husband. The last thing she needs are hot flashes. Especially ones that start fires. But like most single mothers, Darcie sucks it up and deals with it, because what else can she do? The kids need to be fed, her grandmother needs supervising, and her demanding boss needs placating. Burning her boss’s house down was a total accident. Honest.
It doesn’t take long before Darcie realizes she’s running on borrowed time. Unless she figures out a way to get these hot flashes under control, there’s a very good chance she’ll spontaneously combust at the Founder’s Day Masquerade Ball and leave her children motherless. There’s no way in hell—or Perry’s Fall, Ohio—Darcie will let that happen. Never underestimate the determination of a mother. Especially a smokin’ hot one.
SECOND CHANCE MAGIC: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (ORDER OF MAGIC BOOK 1) by Michelle M Pillow
So far, Lorna Addams’ forties are not what she expected. After a very public embarrassment, she finds it difficult to trust her judgment when it comes to new friendships and dating. She might be willing to give love a second chance when she meets the attractive William Warrick, if only she could come to terms with what her husband did to her and leave it in the past. How is a humiliated empty nest widow supposed to move on with her life? It’s not like she can develop a sixth sense, séance her ex back, force him to tell her why and give her closure. Or can she?
IT’S A WONDERFUL MIDLIFE CRISIS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL: GOOD TO THE LAST DEATH BOOK 1) by Robyn Peterman
Whoever said life begins at forty must have been heavily medicated, drunk, or delusional. Thirty-nine was a fantastic year. I was married to the man I loved. I had a body that worked without creaking. My grandma, who raised me, was still healthy, and life was pretty damned good. But as they say, all good things come to an end. I’d honestly love to know who ’they’ are and rip them a new one.
One year later, I’m a widow. My joints are starting to ache. Gram is in the nursing home, and dead people think my home is some kind of supernatural bed and breakfast. Gluing body parts onto semi-transparent people has become a side job—deceased people I’m not even sure are actually there. I think they need my help, but since I don’t speak dead, we’re having a few issues. To add to the heap of trouble, there’s a new dangerously smokin’ hot lawyer at the firm who won’t stop giving me the eye. My BFF is
thrilled with her new frozen face, thanks to her plastic surgeon, her alimony check, and the miracle of Botox. And then there’s the little conundrum that I’m becoming way too attached to my ghostly squatters… Like Cher, I’d like to turn back time. Now. No can do.
Whatever. I have wine, good friends, and an industrial sized box of superglue. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, apparently. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a wonderful midlife crisis.
HALFWAY THERE: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (MIDLIFE MULLIGAN BOOK 1) by Eve Langlais
I never expected I’d be one of those people who had a midlife crisis. Sure, I’m over forty, and married, but my kids are grown and moved out. Life is steady, if predictably boring.
That all changes when my husband asks for a divorce and my whole world crashes. Everything I thought I knew, everything I am, gone in an instant. But I am not about to give up. After all, at my age, technically, I’m only halfway there. I am ready to tackle my do-over; my chance to become the me I’ve always dreamed of. Starting with moving into my late grandma’s cottage and adopting a new kitten. However, my new life is a little odder than expected. Old books suddenly appearing in my house. Neighbors going missing. A supposed lake monster, and a strange man who likes to skulk around with an axe. I’m going to need to lean on my friends, new and old, to help me navigate my midlife crisis. Together maybe we will find a way to beat the family curse ruining my second chance at life.
MAGICAL MIDLIFE MADNESS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (LEVELING UP BOOK 1) by K F Breene
“Happily Ever After” wasn’t supposed to come with a do-over option. But when my husband of twenty years packs up and heads for greener pastures and my son leaves for college, that’s exactly what my life becomes. Do-over. This time, though, I plan to do things differently. Age is just a number, after all, and at forty I’m ready to carve my own path. Eager for a fresh start, I make a somewhat unorthodox decision and move to a tiny town in the Sierra foothills. I’ll be taking care of a centuries old house that called to me when I was a kid. It’s just temporary, I tell myself. It’ll just be for a while. That is, until I learn what the house really is, something I never could’ve imagined. Thankfully forty isn’t too old to start an adventure, because that’s exactly what I do. A very dangerous adventure that will change my life forever. I have a chance to start again, and this time, I make the rules.
GRAVE MAGIC BOUNTY: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (FORTY PROOF SERIES BOOK 1) by Shannon Mayer
One day I’m married, living in Seattle, and magic isn’t real. The next, I’m divorced and living in the guest room of my ex’s hotter- than-sin cousin’s place in Savannah . . . and talking to an animated skeleton named Robert. I have to admit, Robert isn’t my worst date. At forty-one, I didn’t think I’d be starting over. But I’ll be damned if my ex thinks I’m down and out because he pulled a fast one on me. When a job comes my way that offers me a chance to use my childhood training in the shadow world, I take it—I need the money more than I care about my sanity. It’s dangerous. I have to embrace the magic and dark of my past. And I need Advil to keep me going. So those who’d hold me back better sit up and take notice, because a new woman is in town, and she’s not about to be counted out by anyone. Even if she does groan when she rolls out of bed in the morning.
WRONG SIDE OF FORTY: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (MARINA AT MIDLIFE BOOK 1) by Jana DeLeon
It was a day like any other day for Marina Trahan…until she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Before that eye-opening wake-up call, Marina would have described her life as average or uneventful, maybe even boring. But now, chaos and confusion reign supreme. She’d expected to slide through midlife with her unwanted extra pounds, chin hair, and hot flashes and move somewhat gracefully into elastic waist pants and having no verbal filter. But with a wayward husband, a high-maintenance daughter, a lackluster career, and a crazy mother all weighing her down, Marina is ready to wave the white flag of surrender.
Then an intriguing stranger named Alexios shows up out of nowhere and insists she is descended from a goddess and is the only person who can save the world from certain destruction. She has roughly a week to do it. Solving a centuries-old mystery seems like a more interesting proposition than the other situations Marina is facing, so she accepts his challenge. But her search for a magical item of power reveals far more about Marina than she ever knew. Maybe enough to save the world. And even herself.
WITCHING FOR GRACE: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (PREMONITION POINTE BOOK 1) by Deanna Chase
Welcome to Premonition Pointe, where witches take care of their own. Grace Valentine had the perfect marriage and a great career managing her husband’s real estate office. Or so she thought until three months ago when she was served with divorce papers. Thanks to her philandering ex, not only is she out of a husband, she’s out of a job, too. At the age of forty-five with the help of her coven, Grace is ready to pick up the pieces and move on. But her only job prospect is at the rival real estate office, and it’s only for a trial run. She’ll need to prove that she can sell the haunted properties of Premonition Pointe before she’s hired permanently. But who has time to deal with haunted houses when she’s testing out every anti-perspirant on the market to combat her escalating hot flashes, trying not to succumb to the advances of the hot thirty-four-year-old in her office, and ignoring the urges to hex her ex with erectile disfunction? Okay, maybe she doesn’t ignore the urges. She might be a witch, but she’s only human. Can Grace prove to herself and her new boss she has the magical touch to sell the impossible and find the courage get her groove back… even if her new love interest is a decade younger?
SUCKS TO BE ME: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (FIRST FANGS CLUB BOOK 1) by Kristen Painter
When 49-year-old Belladonna Barrone’s mobbed up husband does her the favor of dying in a car accident, she thinks she’s finally free of the crime family she unwittingly married into. Then the boss tells her that she has to complete her husband’s last job before that freedom is truly hers. No big deal, she figures. Until things go south in ways she never imagined. Suddenly she’s thrust into a whole new world that makes the mob look like kindergarten. Vampires and werewolves are real? How is that freaking possible?
Her dreams of a new life disappear faster than wine at book club as more problems arise from her husband’s dark dealings and the unbelievable complications caused by her supernatural entanglements. Only her strength and determination (and some wild new friends) will see her through this next chapter, but the odds are against her.
How much more can her life suck? She’s about to find out.
SUDDENLY PSYCHIC: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (GLIMMER LAKE BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Hunter
Every woman goes through changes in their forties. Just not… these changes. Robin Brannon was a normal wife, mom, and antique-shop owner until a brush with death turned her day-to-day life upside down. Now she and her two best friends are seeing things that belong in a fantasy novel. Ghosts. Visions. Omens of doom. Nothing that belongs in the peaceful mountain town they call home. Added to that, Robin’s marriage is on the rocks, her grandmother’s health is failing, her mother is driving away the customers at her shop, her teenage daughter refuses to get her driver’s license, and her left knee aches every darn morning. Robin doesn’t have the time, energy, or knees to unearth the secrets buried at the bottom of Glimmer Lake, but fate doesn’t seem to care. Some secrets are just dying to be exposed.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF WITCHCRAFT: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (GRIMM COVE BOOK 1) by Mandy M Roth
On the eve of my fortieth birthday, Fate has given me a second chance at the happiness I once knew in the odd Southern town of Grimm Cove. But only if I can come to terms with some rather eye-opening revelations. Supernaturals are a real thing. I’m a witch. My high school sweetheart, who happens to be the Chief of Police in Grimm Cove, is my fated mate and a wolf-shifter. Ghosts exist and can be very nosy and meddlesome. Someone is murdering witches left and right. And last but not least, my ex-husband’s barely legal arm candy is taking fatal attraction to new levels of Hell. I’m no shrinking violet, and with the help of my best friends, I’m going to live life on my terms–come Hell, high water, or magikal mishaps.
BETWIXT: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (BETWIXT AND BETWEEN BOOK 1) by Darynda Jones
Divorced, desperate, and destitute, former restaurateur Defiance Dayne finds out she has been bequeathed a house by a complete stranger. She is surprised, to say the least, and her curiosity gets the better of her. She leaves her beloved Phoenix and heads to one of the most infamous towns in America: Salem, Massachusetts. She’s only there to find out why a woman she’s never met would leave her a house. A veritable castle that has seen better days. She couldn’t possibly accept it, but the lawyer assigned to the case practically begs her to take it off her hands, mostly because she’s scared of it. The house. The inanimate structure that, as far as Dephne can tell, has never hurt a fly. Though it does come with some baggage. A pesky neighbor who wants her gone. A scruffy cat who’s a bit of a jerk. And a handyman bathed ink who could moonlight as a supermodel for GQ. She decides to give it three days, and not because of the model. She feels at home in Salem. Safe. But even that comes to a screeching halt when people begin knocking on her door day and night, begging for her help to locate their lost objects. Come to find out, they think she’s a witch. And after a few mysterious mishaps, Dephne is beginning to wonder if they’re right.
WRITING WRONGS: A PARANORMAL WOMEN’S FICTION NOVEL (CROW’S FEET COVEN BOOK 1) by Christine Gael
Cricket Hawthorne’s marriage may have been on life support for the past two decades, but finally pulling the plug and starting over at forty-eight is tougher than she’d imagined. Especially when she winds up back in her hometown of Rocky Knoll living in her Mee-maw’s basement and working at her cousin’s bakery for grocery money. Not exactly the life she’d dreamed of… Just when she wonders if she’s made a terrible mistake, she comes across an antique typewriter that gets her creative juices flowing. But when her fantastical stories become reality, she realizes her love life is the least of her problems. Something insidious is afoot in Rocky Knoll, and it’s up to her to figure out what it is, or her marriage won’t be the only thing without a heartbeat.
CHASED MATE (CYBERMATES BOOK 3) by Candace Ayers
Arden Richardson has no excuse. It’s a total lapse in judgement. The comatose man isn’t even her patient. But….Her stolen kiss awakens the sleeping giant. Flynn Bennett has a shady past. It extends back almost to the cradle. He’s trouble with a capital T. But…One kiss is all it takes. The bad boy. The ex-con. The bootlegger. Vows to be a better man—for her… The beauty. The nurse. His mate.
STORM FROM THE EAST (GLASS ALLIANCE BOOK 2) by Joanna Hathaway
War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away. Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.
When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.
SENSATIONAL (SPECTACLE BOOK 2) by Jody Lynn Zdrok
Paris, 1889. When the Exposition Universelle opens in Paris, Nathalie welcomes a much-needed break from the heartache of her friend’s murder. The fair is full of sensational innovations, cultural displays, and marvelous inventions from around the world. But someone is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the guillotine with a gruesome display of their own: beheaded victims in some of the Exposition’s most popular exhibits. Haunted by the past and burdened with new secrets, Nathalie struggles to use her wits and her gift. Yet she and her friends must stop the killer before the macabre display features one of them.
MY MADDIE (HADES HANGMEN BOOK 8) by Tillie Cole
Not even love can conquer the demons of our pasts…Flame and Maddie have found solace and safety in one another’s arms, two fractured souls beginning to heal. But no matter how strong their love grows, it can never completely vanquish the demons of their pasts. These demons are dormant, not defeated.
Now a new enemy threatens the Hangmen, and a new revelation threatens the peace Maddie and Flame hold so dear. Flame is fighting a multitude of wars – against the club’s new foe, against the horrors of his past, and against his fears – but the fire in his blood may be the only victor.
As Flame begins to spiral into his own personal hell, it is up to Maddie to bring her husband back into her heart. To remind him that, together, they can face any obstacle standing in their way. To show him that no one and nothing can tear them apart again.
His Maddie. Her Flame. The fight for their forever.
SHATTER THE EARTH (CASSANDRA PALMER SERIES BOOK 10) by Karen Chance
Ironically for the time traveling, chief seer of the supernatural world, time has never been on Cassie Palmer’s side. There has always seemed to be too much to learn, too much to master, and never enough hours in a day. But the tables have now turned, and the fluctuating timelines of Earth and Faerie are diverging, slowing time in Faerie relative to Earth, and giving humans an advantage for the first time in their war with the fey. It is one they desperately need, for a literal war of the worlds is about to take place. To win, or even to survive, Cassie and her allies, the powerful vampire senator Mircea Basarab and the formidable war mage John Pritkin, will have to pull off their greatest feat yet. And find a way to become more than the sum of their parts.
AWAKENING (LEGION BOOK 3) by AD STarling
Several months after discovering the real reason behind his mother’s confinement to a psychiatric hospital and her eventual death, Otis Boone is at a crossroads. With the Vatican’s experts still unable to translate her journals, he goes on a desperate search for someone who can help him decipher the hidden code in her writings. After hearing a rumor about a mysterious collector, Otis persuades Artemus Steele and his group of unearthly housemates to accompany him to Salem. But the arcane bookstore owner they meet is even more mystifying than they expected.
Sebastian Lancaster has spent the last two centuries trying to forget the awful night a monster invaded his home and slaughtered his family. When Artemus and his allies break into his bookstore and inadvertently bring a horde of demons with them, Sebastian finds himself thrust into an adventure he never wanted. Fate comes calling when he crosses path with an enigmatic Theology professor and events unfold that neither he nor Artemus could have anticipated. As they race against time to save one of their own, Artemus and Sebastian must put aside their differences and work together to track down a demon hideout in England. But Sebastian is hiding a secret. One that has the potential to bring Hell to Earth.
CAMBION (SACRED OATH SERIES BOOK 4) by Plum Pascal and H P Mallory
Darkness is winning. I can feel my control slipping away. Little by little, my angel lightness is dying and the succubus is taking over…And my companions realize it as well—my white hair and blue eyes are turning black. Even though I love Dragan and Baron, I need Cambion’s light in order to balance the darkness within me. But, Cambion hates me and always has. Yet, he’s the only creature of the light strong enough to survive my feeding from him. Well, there is one more who could survive it… Variant. But Variant is under the control of a powerful entity who plays him like a puppet. That means, Variant still wants me dead…To make matters worse, Morrigan, The Midnight Queen, doesn’t appear to be the savior we thought her to be. And when Cambion’s brother, Theren, brings his Unseelie army into the sanctity of The Veil, all hell will break loose. Literally.
THE CHAMPION: A VAMPIRE ROMANCE (BRYN AND SINJIN SERIES BOOK 7) by H P Mallory
When Bryn finds out she’s pregnant, she’ll have to deal with the fact that Sinjin doesn’t believe the baby is his—how could it be? He’s a vampire, after all, and incapable of reproducing. At least that’s what everyone thought…As if dealing with Sinjin isn’t enough, Bryn and Dureau have decided to move forward with their plan to contact Luce’s tribespeople through their dreams. Bryn and Dureau both hope to enlighten Luce’s people that they’ve been fed nothing but lies and that a better future awaits them if they agree to join Jolie’s court. But, that plan doesn’t exactly go as Bryn and Dureau hoped it would…How will Dureau respond when he finds out Bryn’s pregnant? And what happens when Bryn and Dureau are forced to accept the help of Monsieur D? And will Sinjin ever believe he’s the father of Bryn’s child?
EDGE OF THE BREACH (RIFT CYCLE BOOK 1) by Halo Scot
VS Note: From the reviews it appears this is a very dark story, yet most readers seemed to find it compelling. So I decided to include it this week…I have not read it. Not a romance as far as I can tell.
We all become monsters at the edge of the breach. In a post-apocalyptic world where season of birth determines power — spring healers, summer mages, fall shapeshifters, and winter shields — a man and a woman emerge from tragic childhoods to lead humanity on opposite sides of an interrealm war.
There is a hole in the sky. They call it the Rift. A portal to the gods. The scar of a suffering world. Through it, the gods rule the last scraps of civilization, harkening war. As chaos beckons, two leaders emerge from the ashes of a dying planet.
Julian Kyder is the son of an abusive rape victim who compensates for his abandonment through psychopathy. Sira Rune is a cancer survivor who dedicates her life to living free and fearless while experiencing the taboo and the unorthodox. Rune is the only one unafraid of Kyder, and that terrifies him, because he only knows how to function through fear. Even though she gives him more chances than he deserves, how much violence can she forgive? When is a person beyond redemption? While he struggles to control his demons and she struggles to find purpose, the gods drag the ruined world into war.
A TIGER FOR TWO (SHIFTERS OF ASHWOOD FALLS BOOK 12) by Lia Davis
Former Shield Special Ops Agent, Jonathan Colemen spent his career tracking down shifters until the fateful day he suffered severe burns from an explosion at the rogue Onyx Pack den. He wakes from his coma to discover he’s half tiger and unable to resist a certain male wolf and female Healer.
Wolf Sentry, Tanner Raines is more like his father than he will admit. He holds in his anger for what the male did to his mother, anger that keeps his wolf on edge. He focuses on killing rogues without becoming one himself. That means never claiming his mates, keeping them at a distance.
Wolf Healer, Sasha Brooks has known Tanner is her mate since childhood, and she’s growing tired of waiting for him to claim her. When Jonathan comes into the Ashwood Falls medical center, her wolf goes wild. Two mates! While her wolf is all for claiming both males, her human heart is confused. When Tanner’s mom—the wolf Pack Alpha—is kidnapped, it takes all his focus and control to not kill everyone in sight to get to her. The two people he’s avoided and pushed away may be the only ones who can help him hold it together. And they need to work together. Because if they fail, his mom’s life isn’t the only one on the line. Evil is brewing and threatens to destroy everyone involved, including his mates and the Pack.
CLAIMING HER MATES: BOOK 3 by Dia Cole
For us to live, she must die…The happy-ever-after I’m seeking seems farther away than ever. Nathan refuses to accept my other mates and the secret I’m keeping may destroy any possible future between the five of us. Even worse, Tasha’s arrival puts us all in grave danger. No one takes what is hers and lives. Our only chance for survival is to defeat the psychotic Alpha female. But how can we kill an immortal?
FUTURE PAST (GIFT OF THE ANCIENTS BOOK 2) by Bianca D’Arc
They can see the future, but can they outrun the past? Rose has had the gift of prophecy most of her life and has found ways to cope with the flashes of foresight that plague her. Jeff has only had the ability for a few months and he needs Rose’s help to harness it. He sees her in his future, and puts his plan into action, knowing that an enemy is coming for them both.
An explosive situation, and a dangerous man…Jeff is tall, sexy and has an air of mystery about him. She doesn’t need her prophetic gifts to know that spells trouble. Of course, he’s just the sort of trouble she’s been craving in her life. When he shows up at her workplace, she agrees to meet him for coffee, but when bad guys start shooting up the local mall to get to them, she follows her instincts and takes the escape he offers…straight into his waiting arms.
A secret base, and a secret unit…Rose discovers all sorts of things she had never dreamed of before. Whisked away, under fire, to a secret military base, she’s offered a job where she’s supposed to help Jeff learn more about his newly acquired gift. But, when the enemy attacks the island base, she wonders if she’s there to help Jeff, or is it really the other way around? Either way, she discovers a deep and dangerous love for the soldier who stole her heart almost at first sight. Can they fight through to a place where their love can blossom, or are they doomed even before they start? Even Rose can’t see that future.
POPCORN AND POLTERGEISTS: A LUCY SWIFT PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERY (VAMPIRE KNITTING CLUB BOOK 10) by Nancy Warren
When an Oxford caretaker is killed by a fall down the library stairs, and a professor attacked, rumors fly that it’s the work of a poltergeist who’s been causing havoc at the college. The prof is a knitter, and a customer at Lucy Swift’s shop, Cardinal Woolsey’s. But Lucy thinks a very human killer is shifting the blame onto a ghost who can’t defend themselves and she’s determined to trap the real killer and get justice for the dead man.
However, danger lurks at the college where old secrets and new crimes collide. Vampire and old book expert Rafe Crosyer has been called in to value the college’s literary collection, and he witnesses first hand how angry the ghost really is. Furious enough to kill? Or is there something else the tantrum-throwing spirit is trying to tell them? And will they decipher the message before it’s too late?
THE RECKONING – THE HUNDRED BOOK 3 by Vanessa Nelson
Nine-year-old girls are missing from across the lands. Yvonne has promised to find them, and she always keeps her promises. Even when she doesn’t know where to start looking.
There’s more trouble around. Mercenaries are disappearing. The ancient enemy has risen, more dangerous than anything she has encountered before. And an old ally wants her help. Before she can set out to look for the girls, Yvonne has to survive the goblin court, where a wrong word could mean death.
TETHERED PAIR (SENTRIES BOOK 5) by Elizabeth Noble
Wars are fought on many fronts. A battle is raging across New Colorado Protectorate with both human and demonic players. Todd and Nick Ruger are sentries with an arsenal of talents and training to combat threats from a variety of enemies. Todd and Nick are given a mission to find and stop weapons smugglers by going undercover on the riverboat, Annabelle. These aren’t typical arms dealers, they’re demons and they’re not afraid of a pair of sentries. The Rugers will have to use all their skills and their most powerful weapon, the bond between them, just to stay alive. Stopping the supply of illegal weapons turns to trying, and failing, to thwart an assassination. Todd and Nick have each other, but will they be able to keep their love intact?
THE SUM OF LOVE by Olivia Lark
Faith and Hollis live 125 years apart – brilliant Faith languishing on a farm in 1895, and Hollis, a wisecracking bike messenger in 2020. How Hollis lands in Faith’s uncle’s cow pasture, and how to get home – if she even wants to go home – might be among the deepest puzzles that the universe has to offer. To be torn apart would be unbearable, but there might be rules about staying in one century or the other, rules about changing things in the past. Between Faith’s genius and Hollis’s wit, how long can they hold onto each other in defiance of the laws of physics?
LOVE BEYOND BOUNDARIES (A SCOTTISH TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE): BOOK 12 (MORNA’S LEGACY SERIES) by Bethany Claire
With a thriving physical therapy practice, it’s easy for Allanah to lose herself in her work. But when the sudden death of her best friend sends her reeling, she is forced to rethink her priorities. Guilted into a blind date by her best friend’s widower, she never suspects for a moment how much one meal will change her life. Quickly romanced by the handsome Scot, Allanah easily lets him into her life. But as her feelings grow, so does her fear. For her new love holds a secret. One she knows she must learn before she can ever really know him.
Plagued by his past, Ross knows that he will never love another again. But when a date he never wanted takes him by surprise, his plans for his life take a turn. It doesn’t take long for the lass to soften his scarred heart, but as new love blossoms, so do the memories of his past. Desperate to hold on to her, Ross vows to keep his secret from her, unaware of how much she already sees. Will Allanah’s love be enough to make Ross trust her? Will Ross’ past remain in the past? Or will history repeat itself, causing them both to lose yet another person they love?
SEDUCTION (THE HOLLOW BOOK 2) by Ellabee Andrews and Helen Scott
Some secrets are meant to be broken— the rewards outweighing the consequences. Some, however, bring about a change unlike any ever imagined. The Mating Games challenged me; not only physically, but mentally, and the emotional toll it wreaked was the hardest part. Yet, I was starting to realize that the worst… and best… was yet to come.
Joining the Resistance opened up possibilities for me I’d never considered, but just like anything else worth having, the price was steep. The question I struggled with, was that cost worth it? I thought seeing Izzy safe would be enough to make me answer yes, but with my emotions strung as tight as a coil between the men who had found their way into my life, I had to face the fact that the dreams I always had were no longer part of the future I envisioned. There was one thing for certain though, no matter what path I chose, somebody was going to wind up hurt. And by the Stones, all signs were pointing to that somebody being me.
A BONE TO PIXIE (NEWBORN PIXIE COZY MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Willow Mason
A ghost train turns into a nightmare when a passenger is sucked into a mysterious vortex mid-ride. I soon stumble across his body, stabbed through the heart by a wooden stake. Every supernatural in town is a suspect when it turns out the mysterious stranger is actually Blake Stone, Monster Hunter. His prey—any member of the paranormal community, fair or foul. With mounting fear his hunter buddies might soon arrive in town to avenge the death, we’re all hard at work to solve the case. However, my potential boyfriend Lucas is out for the count. He’s developed a severe case of supernatural memory loss—an affliction that means our fledgling relationship might be over before it’s started. Add in a mysterious vampire with a tea addiction and a group of pranking teenagers and it’ll take a lot of pixie dust to untangle the clues and find the killer before they strike again.
WHOLE LATTE MAGIC (ENCHANTED ENCLAVE MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Samantha Silver
Eliza is settling nicely into her new life on Enchanted Enclave. That is, until she and Leanne come across a woman who’s been stabbed. Attempted murders have a way of shaking things up a bit. Leanne feels guilty about how they came across the victim, however, and Eliza isn’t about to let her go around solving a stabbing on her own. With Kaillie joining in, the cousins start their own investigation, but it turns out there’s more to the victim’s life than they initially thought. With the help of some new friends from Western Woods, Eliza and her cousins quickly hone in on a few suspects. But the stakes are higher than they realize when an attempt is made on their lives as well. Will they be able to solve the case before the attempted murderer is finally successful?
THE DEMIGOD COMPLEX by Abigail Owen
VS Note: A re-release but author states it’s been revised and re-edited.
When Lyleia Naiad was head-hunted by Brimstone, Inc., for her job as Executive Assistant to a high-powered billionaire demigod, she was given one directive—do NOT fall in love with Castor Dioskouri. Doesn’t matter if he’s the son of Zeus and can electrify a room with a single glance. As an ex-nymph, she possesses a unique ability—a gift from the goddesses to protect nymphs from the randy gods—to resist her boss’s charms. Or so she thought. He insists she accompany him to an alpha wolf shifter mating ceremony, an event where the pheromones fly, and so do clothes…and inhibitions. Goddesses save her, because Castor has stolen into Lyleia’s heart, and she’s not so sure she can hold out much longer.
THE PRINCE AND HIS CAPTIVATING CARPENTER (PARANORMAL PRINCES BOOK 2) by Charlie Cochet
PRINCE BERND – As Prince of the Bear Shifters, I knew the time would come for me to prove myself worthy of my crown. I expected my quest to be perilous. What I didn’t expect was for it to take me up into Espen Mountain, a place that’s brought me nothing but grief and terrible nightmares. Not only must I find the five magical ingredients, but I have to do so alongside Saer, a mysterious and charming shifter coyote summoned by the king to be my guide. But who is Saer, and why do I feel as if we’ve met before?
SAER – Crushing on Prince Bernd from afar was one thing. Being given the responsibility of saving the prince and his kingdom was a whole other story. Banished from my kingdom by my own prince years ago, I never imagined I would be summoned to help Bernd. What could I possibly offer a prince? How was I supposed to save him? I was no one. A shifter with no place to call home. What I did know was that I would do everything in my power to help Bernd succeed on his quest. All I had to do was stop crushing on the guy, find the magical ingredients hidden up a dangerous mountain, and save his heart. What could go wrong?
SWORD OF FIRE (THE JUSTICE WARS BOOK 1) by Katharine Kerr
The bards are the people’s voice–and their sword. All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances.
Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars’ collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret’s own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges. To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever–or end it.
MONSTERS UNDER THE MAGNOLIA (WITCH HAZE LANE MYSTERIES BOOK 3) by J L Collins
Former Vegas star and witch in hiding, Birdie Devaine is ready for a vacation away from all of the stresses of an ongoing (and haunted) house renovation. Lucky for her she’s got a first-class ticket aboard one of the swankiest cruise ships in the world. Along with her best friends, Birdie’s ready to set sail through the warm Caribbean waters, soak up some much needed sun and sip on some much needed fruity drinks…But a trip to paradise comes with a price. And on a ship full of magical beings, the price is steep. Murders. Kidnappings. Something fishy is going on aboard the Magnolia On Water, and Birdie isn’t willing to let her wishes for a relaxing vacation get in the way of finding the killer. Or killers. And with an old friend in danger, Birdie is determined to get to the bottom of this string of murders… before she ends up at the bottom of the ocean.
OF CURSES AND KISSES (ST. ROSETTA’S ACADEMY BOOK 1) by Sandhya Menon
VS Note: Not sure exactly how much paranormal or fantasy element if any there actually is but sounds good…
Will the princess save the beast? For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.
BEST WISHES (HOW TO BE THE BEST DAMN FAERY GODMOTHER IN THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING BOOK 4) by Helen Harper
Saffron Sawyer is on her own. She’s no longer part of the Office of Faery Godmothers – in fact, she’s no longer part of anything, even if her magic is stronger now than she could have ever dreamed possible. Thwarted at every turn and stalked by monsters in the streets, her life feels like it’s falling apart. But Saffron isn’t going to give up hope. She’s sworn revenge on the Director and she can’t forget about Jasper and the way he makes her feel. And when some familiar faces come knocking at her door, she might just have found the answers she’s been looking for.
DEATHLESS DIVIDE (DREAD NATION) by Justina Ireland
After the fall of Summerland, Jane McKeene hoped her life would get simpler: Get out of town, stay alive, and head west to California to find her mother. But nothing is easy when you’re a girl trained in putting down the restless dead, and a devastating loss on the road to a protected village called Nicodemus has Jane questioning everything she thought she knew about surviving in 1880s America. What’s more, this safe haven is not what it appears—as Jane discovers when she sees familiar faces from Summerland amid this new society. Caught between mysteries and lies, the undead, and her own inner demons, Jane soon finds herself on a dark path of blood and violence that threatens to consume her. But she won’t be in it alone.
Katherine Deveraux never expected to be allied with Jane McKeene. But after the hell she has endured, she knows friends are hard to come by—and that Jane needs her too, whether Jane wants to admit it or not. Watching Jane’s back, however, is more than she bargained for, and when they both reach a breaking point, it’s up to Katherine to keep hope alive—even as she begins to fear that there is no happily-ever-after for girls like her.
TAMING HER BEARS by Jade Alters
Drugged and captured, Natalia found herself stranded on an island with the wrong type of people. With no experience surviving in the wild, she was ready to accept her inevitable fate. Until.. A team of four gorgeous bear shifters come to her rescue. From the moment they lay eyes on her, they become vulnerable and at risk in more ways than imaginable. Now confronted with a new set of life-threatening challenges, Natalia and her rescue team find themselves needing each other more than ever.
BEWITCH HER (DESCENDED FROM A WITCH BOOK 1) by Atlas Rose
Three Hexers hunt the most dangerous creatures on earth…now they’re coming for me. Paid by a cruel King to track me down, they’ll stop at nothing to take my powers…my purpose…and my will. But I have a destiny. One hidden from me for my entire life. My future lies in the darkness and the untapped power in my blood. I will kill who I have to. I will bring this battle to the King’s door. So why do I find myself falling when these Hexers are near? Why do I find myself longing for more than their bed? I’m more than my desires. I will take from them, and I will leave. Even if leaving is killing me…For I am descended from the Witch.
SHADOW WOLF: TRUE MATES GENERATIONS BOOK 7 by Alicia Montgomery
When tragedy took away everything she loved, Mika Westbrooke hardened her heart and focused her energy on defeating her clan’s enemies. However, when a charming Cajun worms his way into the New York clan, her instincts and her wolf go haywire and she suspects that he may be the one fate intended for her–her True Mate. But Mika doesn’t want a mate or to love again. But he can give her one thing she does want … a child of her own, to love and cherish and fill in the void in her heart.
One fateful night, Marc Delacroix calls in a favor from one of the most powerful Betas in the world, and finally escapes the nightmare he’s been living for decades. All he has to do now is keep his head down and serve the New York Lycan clan for the next five years then he can be truly free to live his life. But he didn’t expect to meet Mika Westbrooke or that his inner wolf would be so fixed on the green-eyed beauty. He knows he needs to focus on his goal, but Mika’s proving to be a distraction–an alluring one, but a distraction nonetheless. Then she gives him an offer he can’t refuse … one night with her sweet body, in exchange for giving her the pup she desperately wants.
They strike a bargain, but keeping things casual is harder than they think, and when someone tries to hurt Mika, his protective instincts kick in. Are the mages out to kill her or is it Delacroix’s past, coming back to haunt him?
POWER IN DARKNESS (SUPERNATURAL COMMUNITY BOOK 2) by Krista Street
Turns out, I’m not the only supernatural in the world… My new werewolf boyfriend, Logan Smith, wants to introduce me to the supernatural community—a secret society of magical species that live in hiding in the human world. But my introduction doesn’t go as planned. On the night before my arrival, a terrifying event births a new power inside me. It’s cold, powerful, and worst of all, I lose my livelihood overnight since I can’t touch anyone now without killing them. Now as I enter the community, while terrified of hurting innocents, I learn that to stop the dark power I must dig into my family’s past to uncover the truth of who I really am. Thankfully, I have Logan to help me along the way. Not only is he sinfully delicious, but he’s loyal, trustworthy, and is committed to staying at my side. Or so I thought.
THE MAGIC QUEST (THE ADVENTURES OF MAGGIE PARKER BOOK 4) by Martha Carr and Michael Anderle
And so the Quest Begins. The four Elementals are united behind Maggie Parker and Bernie the Gnome. They stand at the gateway into the heart of the ship. What awaits them on the final quest to save the world? The ship’s maze of passages have been dormant for centuries and it will take a leap of faith to complete the trials. Puzzles have never been this dangerous. One wrong move too many, and there will be no more chances. Giant boulders chasing after them. Neon dinosaurs. Apelike creatures. Goblins. Would you be brave enough to keep going? What happens if they fail? Maggie learns the truth of just how powerful her Elemental magic can be. But is using it to save her friends worth the price?
BELEGA: THE KARTHAGANS BOOK 1 by Dianne Hartsock
The Karthagans have regained their ancient powers of manipulating nature, but at the price of madness. In their lust for control they’ve destroyed their island and most of their race. They come now to Belega where one of them, Camron, seeks domination over the known world. The Mage has come from the northern continent of Sennia to bring peace, but finding his strength no match for the coming struggle, he passes his abilities on to Natan, who only desires a simple life. Now only Natan has the ability to stop Camron, but the personal cost is more than he imagines. It is only with the combined strength of his friends, his Karthagan lover, Kavi, and his deep desire to bring peace to the earth, that he finds the courage to overcome Camron and restore balance to the world. The power of the mind is immense. In this world, mankind has learned to gather the energies of creation to use at their whim. But absolute power corrupts absolutely.
ECHO OF BONE (TARA KNIGHTLEY SERIES BOOK 2) by Jayne Faith
Will a deal with the devil set Tara free? Tara Knightley has made a deal with Isaac O’Malley, the only one who might help her break free of her blood oath to the Fae mafia.
If it backfires, her family will be in grave danger. They’re on board with the risk, willing to let her try for her freedom. The problem is, there’s a much larger battle brewing. When Tara finally sees the full picture, it may be too late.
A FINAL PAIGE (HIDDEN KINGDOM TRILOGY BOOK 3) by Lila Rose
One, two, learning what’s new. Three, four, it’s time to set the score. Five, six, things just might get nixed. Seven, eight, there is so much hate. Nine, ten, it’s time to live again. Dark days filled with pain are still present in Paige’s life. If it wasn’t for her men, she would have given up a while ago. Even with the looming visit to the council, who she’s sure want to see her destroyed, she can easily take them on because she has her guys at her side. And as long as they aren’t harmed, then she won’t have to kill anyone. For now.
SIREN CONDEMNED: PARANORMAL PRISON SERIES by C R Jane
The sirens have been hunted for so long that we no longer remember our pasts…Our songs have been stolen, the source of all our power, and it’s been made punishable by death to use it. They’ve taken everything from us. The vampires. I’ve been sent to the darkest of all places, Nightmare Penitentiary for my next assignment. But I’ve promised myself this assignment will be my last… no matter the cost. I’ll do whatever it takes to free my people, even if I end up shattering the hearts of three captivating men who have the power to change my future forever. One will sacrifice himself for me. One will shatter my soul. And one will kill me to save me.
THE SUN DOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James
VS Note: Not a romance, listed as horror and/or a ghost story. I’m kind of intrigued by it. A release of note.
Upstate New York, 1982. Viv Delaney wants to move to New York City, and to help pay for it she takes a job as the night clerk at the Sun Down Motel in Fell, New York. But something isnʼt right at the motel, something haunting and scary.
Upstate New York, 2017. Carly Kirk has never been able to let go of the story of her aunt Viv, who mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down before she was born. She decides to move to Fell and visit the motel, where she quickly learns that nothing has changed since 1982. And she soon finds herself ensnared in the same mysteries that claimed her aunt.
THE QUEEN OF RAIDERS (THE NINE REALMS BOOK 2) by Sarah Kozloff
The soldiers of Oromondo have invaded the Free States, leaving a wake of misery and death. Thalen, a young scholar, survives and gathers a small cadre of guerilla fighters for a one-way mission into the heart of an enemy land. Unconsciously guided by the elemental Spirits of Ennea Mon, Cerulia is drawn to the Land of the Fire Mountains to join Thelan’s Raiders, where she will learn the price of war.
BEHIND THE SUN, ABOVE THE MOON by Various
A Queer anthology inspired by magic and the cosmos, a vast and beautiful place where planets, stars, comets—entire galaxies, even—live without borders, specifications or binaries. Stories span science fiction, science fantasy, contemporary, fabulism and magical realism, and celebrate Non-binary and Transgender characters.
VS Note: Another special effort by authors to support Australia. ONLY volume 3 IS “PNR/HORROR/SF”. A worthy cause. There are THREE volumes of stories available, sold separately.
AUSTRALIA BURNS VOLUME 1 by Various
Stories in this collection are contributed by authors who care about Australia and the relief efforts from the devastating bushfires. All profits from the book will be donated to charities involved with the recovery efforts. The publisher and authors are not affiliated with the charities. They simply want to show Australia their love and support.
AUSTRALIA BURNS VOLUME 3 Amazon No Apple Listing at the time of this post
VS Note: Since viruses are on the mind right now, here’s a book from my backlist where the enemy was attempting to engineer a deadly plague. But against who? Can be read as a standalone. This book is my nod to Alien, The Andromeda Strain and Outbreak…
DARIK (A BADARI WARRIORS SCIFI ROMANCE NOVEL): Sectors New Allies Series Book 4
Nicolle James is far from her home in the human Sectors, kidnapped by alien scientists to be the subject of horrifying experiments. Her only hope might be a mysterious soldier she’d glimpsed outside the laboratory fence. She’d managed to sneak a few words of conversation with him when her captors weren’t watching but now the aliens were taking her inside the lab to begin the experiments.
Darik, a warrior of the genetically engineered Badari pack, is on a solo recon mission to check out a mysterious new lab high in the mountains. His orders are strict – do not engage. But when he has a chance meeting with the woman who might be his mate, he vows not to abandon her, orders or no orders.
Can he get inside an underground lab, find Nicolle and rescue her without getting captured himself? And when he learns the lab’s deadly secrets, can he get word to his pack about the new dangers?
Because the ruthless alien scientist running the experiments wants to get her hands on him too and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals.
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
The term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…
I check and verify all the buy links at the time I create the post but after that I’m not responsible.