I hope wherever you live there’s good news on the pandemic situation…sending positive thoughts and best wishes to you and those you love, for safety and health.
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).
GUARD (GALACTIC GLADIATORS HOUSE OF RONE BOOK 5) by Anna Hackett
VS: One clicked immediately of course, love her books. This contains two novellas. One is a re-release of Anna’s Pets In Space® 4 novella and the other is a brand new story! Plus a new short story…full details of each novella on ebook seller page.
From the dangerous desert sands to the deadly glitz of the city, the lawless desert planet of Carthago is filled with lethal cyborg gladiators risking it all for the women who capture their hearts. GUARD contains two novellas and one short story all set in the Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone series. Dark Guard: lethal cyborg Zaden will do whatever it takes to guard and protect beautiful, sweet Calla from mysterious attackers. Cyborg Guard: on a dangerous mission into the desert, female cyborg loner Seren must act as bodyguard for champion gladiator Xias—a man who pushes every one of her buttons. Includes the short story – House of Rone: Beginnings
CHANGE OF MOMENTUM (FLEET OF MAILK) by Liana Brooks
Rowena Lee lost the man she was supposed to marry and with him any hope for a happy future in the war. Now, five years later, with a suspicious kind of peace brokered between the sides, Rowena lives a half-life in emotional isolation. Neither her former enemies nor her crew have any use for her, and her only joy comes from her new job training cadets—something made difficult lately by Commander Silar’s constant, irritating presence. If he got out of her way for just THREE SECONDS, she could actually DO her job.
Commander Hollis Silar came out of the war a hero, the golden boy who could do no wrong. Romance came easily too: easy come, and easy go. But Rowena? Challenging. Like trying to flirt with a rock. Especially since he shouldn’t associate with her in the first place. As politics heat up on Malik IV and factions begin to draw battle lines, an unknown enemy forces Rowena and Hollis into an uneasy partnership. Love is a battlefield, and on Malik IV, war is in the air.
SILENT FLYGHT (THE FLYGHT SERIES BOOK 5) by S J Pajonas
Vivian Kawabata has finally reached her breaking point. The plucky starship captain is doing everything she can to ensure her treasured family land isn’t stolen. But she’s shocked to learn they will auction the property in only two weeks, and she doesn’t have enough credits to compete.
Scrambling to forge a revised plan to save her inheritance, Vivian’s convinced the only solution is to add a new benefactor to her sexy stable of suitors. But with a rival sabotaging her business at every turn, she fears even a wealthy man’s help will come too late. Can Vivian preserve her birthright before it’s snatched away for good?
STOLEN (TRIBUTE BRIDES OF THE DREXIAN WARRIORS BOOK 9) by Tana Stone
When they told her she’d been abducted from Earth as a tribute bride for a badass alien warrior, Hope thought it was the craziest thing she’d ever heard. That was before she was kidnapped by space pirates.
Hope didn’t buy the idea of being a tribute bride. After all, she’d never been into commitment. But when she sees the Drexian who’s come to rescue her, she’s more impressed than she wants to admit. Not only is he gorgeous and built, but he seems willing to do anything to keep her safe. Too bad she has no intention of going anywhere but back to Earth.
Kos has always been a loyal and driven Drexian warrior, rising in the ranks to become first officer of the space station. He’s never spent much time with human women, but how complicated could they be? When he rescues Hope from the pirates, he figures the hard part is over. Now he only has to get her back to Drexian space and formalize his mating claim on her. What could possibly go wrong? Only everything.
BONDS OF BRASS: BOOK ONE OF THE BLOODRIGHT TRILOGY by Emily Skrutskie
Ettian’s life was shattered when the merciless Umber Empire invaded his world. He’s spent seven years putting himself back together under its rule, joining an Umber military academy and becoming the best pilot in his class. Even better, he’s met Gal—his exasperating and infuriatingly enticing roommate who’s made the academy feel like a new home.
But when dozens of classmates spring an assassination plot on Gal, a devastating secret comes to light: Gal is the heir to the Umber Empire. Ettian barely manages to save his best friend and flee the compromised academy unscathed, rattled that Gal stands to inherit the empire that broke him, and that there are still people willing to fight back against Umber rule.
As they piece together a way to deliver Gal safely to his throne, Ettian finds himself torn in half by an impossible choice. Does he save the man who’s won his heart and trust that Gal’s goodness could transform the empire? Or does he throw his lot in with the brewing rebellion and fight to take back what’s rightfully theirs?
THE BOOK OF KOLI (THE RAMPART TRILOGY BOOK 1) by M R Carey
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note this week…
Everything that lives hates us…Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will. Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.
TAKEN TO VORAXIA (XIVERI MATES BOOK 1) by Elizabeth Stephens
Miari – Here’s what I know: aliens invade our colony every three years, hunt and claim the most beautiful of our women, then leave. Here’s what I don’t know: why the king of them is here this time, and why his black, glittering eyes are trained on me.
A hybrid with red alien skin and brown human eyes, I’m not pretty. I’ve got no family and no plans to ever have one – least of all with this monster of a male. I’m an inventor, a mechanic, a tinkerer. The alien king wants me for reasons I can only guess at, but I’m not about to be taken for a slave and his response to me is something I know I can engineer my way out of. He plans to come back for me when I’m of age, but he’ll have to find me first. Our little colony is a scary, desperate place and I’m less afraid to face it, than to face him or the strange, alien sensations he stirs…
Raku – She is my Xiveri mate, yet she runs from me – straight into the horrors of her small, savage moon colony. Slaughtering in her defense is easy, while gaining her trust will be the true challenge. She fears my kind ..(mre blurb on ebook seller page…)
ALIEN GLADIATOR’S CLAIM (STAR GLADIATORS BOOK 1) by Zara Starr
Once a wealthy heiress. Now a human slave. Tanya’s life has always been eventful. After inheriting one of the biggest companies on Earth, she’s had her hands full. But even she didn’t expect to be abducted by aliens! Before she knows what’s hit her, she finds herself at the center of an intergalactic gladiator tournament – as the prize. She knows what she must do, but life is different in this strange world. Her status and wealth mean nothing. Her only saving grace may come in the form of a big, intimidating alien gladiator. Mal is bright blue, deadly in a fight, and irresistibly sexy. Could he be her chance to escape?
He wants to possess her. Even if it’s forbidden.As a Karzem, fighting is all Mal has ever known. He’s served many Saithin Masters in the gladiator tournaments, and his new Master counts on him to win. Mal is determined not to disappoint him, but when he sees the grand prize of the tournament, his instincts fail him. The female is unlike anyone he’s ever seen. Her strong spirit intrigues him and now, more than ever, he wants to win. There’s just one major problem. If he wins, she will belong to his Master. He can’t let that happen. Tanya is his.
FARSEEKER by Joanna Starr
VS Note: From late March. Not sure there’s a romance…but has positive reviews.
Earth, 50,000 years ago before the magic vanished. Invaded by aliens posing as gods, advanced civilisations crumbled. Now, these powerful off-worlders war for control of the planet, and the people who remain no longer remember what they once were. Seduced then enslaved, humanity has fallen. Beneath the destroyed remains of an ancient temple, Thaya discovers a relic and a scroll written by the last of an advanced civilisation. The scroll contains a message and a vision of a forgotten world. The relic unlocks a memory about her own past that she should not have forgotten. The truth sets her free but it comes at a great cost, and now she must flee. In the ashes of her ancestors, Thaya fights to stay alive, but hers is not the only race beleaguered, and her survival is inextricably tied to the fate of an other-worldly being. In a journey that takes her to different times, alien worlds and across dimensions, Thaya must lose everything to find her own salvation.
NOW THEN AND EVERYWHEN by Rysa Walker
When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline? In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.
In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows. As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?
SECONDS TO ACT: A TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE (CURATOR SERIES BOOK 1) by Stephanie Flynn
College drop-out April McCall hates two things–country music and blood. Despite this, she works at her brother’s veterinary clinic patching leaky veins, while her accountant boyfriend drags her to country music gigs at the local casino. One night he proposes at a concert, and she freezes in public humiliation. He gives her until morning to decide. Her roommate offers her extra time by participating in her graduate research project on dreams. There’s one caveat: April must prevent an Irish immigrant’s arrest in 1852, otherwise he will be murdered. Unable to say no to a friend in need, she accepts the study’s unusual terms.
In 1852, blacksmith Sam Hartley is the face of an extortion ring, coerced into compliance with the murder of his wife. So far, he’s been unable to hatch a plan to dispatch his boss while keeping the people he loves safe. When a woman named April comes asking for him, his suspicion of her and his boss’s escalating threat force him to keep her close. Perhaps too close. After April fails her first attempt to prevent Sam’s arrest, she must decide between staying in the present, giving her boyfriend an answer she isn’t ready for, and returning to 1852, risking her life for the fiery blacksmith that stole her heart.
MATE ABDUCTION (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 9) by Eve Langlais
Sometimes love comes with a tail. Clarabelle might have been kidnapped from Earth years ago but she never forgot her roots. Her restlessness leads to her embarking on a quest to find a human colony. Instead, she encounters an alien dude who insists she’s his mate. Ha. As if she’s going to settle down. Clarabelle isn’t about to take orders from anyone. Not even the alien hottie who has a disturbing tendency of shifting into a giant lizardman. Her idea of a happily ever after doesn’t include a tail or glowing yellow eyes.
What will it take for her to accept his love and become his fated mate?
CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH (ANTI HEROES BOOK 3) by Megan Derr
VS Note: Superheroes. G.O.D. = Grand Order of Defenders
Leland has always lived a life apart, never willing to get too close to anyone for fear of what might happen should the wrong people learn just how powerful he really is. Then his own reputation led to a friend paying the price, and he’ll do anything to get her back.
Even if it means breaking all his rules to align himself with exactly the kind of troublemakers he’s always avoided as strenuously as he’s avoided the G.O.D. Even if it means sharing space with Byron Valentine, the beautiful, mysterious leader of the group fighting to destroy the G.O.D., a man who makes Leland wish he could have the normal life his own abilities have always denied him.
CULTURE SHOCK: A FIRST CONTACT MYSTERY THRILLER (THE GUNN FILES BOOK 1) by M G Herron
VS Note: Not a romance but sounded kind of fun…
Aliens are among us, and Austin, Texas just got a whole lot weirder. When smart-aleck, down-on-his-luck bounty hunter Anderson Gunn snags his next job, he’s just happy to get the gig. The target he’s chasing may be wanted for murder, but his bills aren’t going to pay themselves. As it turns out, he probably should’ve been more selective. When he tracks down Cameron Kovak, the wanted man turns out to be no man at all. Gunn finds himself face to face with a tentacled creature out of Ridley Scott’s worst nightmare – a baby Cthulhu, wearing his target’s skin like a onesie. And that’s just the start of it. Aliens have their eyes on us, and Gunn finds himself swept up in their mysterious plans.
FAITH IN A TIME OF FURY (SOLDIERS OF HOPE BOOK 3) by Athena Storm
I’m a Soldier of Hope. I’ve been taught to kill, and even die, for peace. But what if I want a chance to live for love? I am a natural born killer. A super soldier bathed in blood. An incomparable alien legend, even in a time of beasts and brutes. Who knew my fate would be altered by a tiny slip of a human woman? This is the story of how my beloved mate made life worth living. Her name is Arashi. We met when I rescued her on the fields of battle. I sought to teach her the dictates of war. But alas, she taught me the ways of peace. It was hard to learn. I resisted mastering it. But then Arashi taught me one final lesson. Loving a woman isn’t enough. It never is. You have to learn to trust them, too. To dare to hope for the future. If you can’t do that, then you’ll never really be able to be the man that they need you to be. And thus, despite the furies of war…I found my faith.
BARTERED BY THE ALIEN BUILDER (THE NOVANS BOOK 10) by Ashlyn Hawkes
A builder. Maybe the second most important job after breeder but who says he can’t be both? Drols loves his job, but at night, he’s tired of being alone, so why won’t he jump at the chance to barter a house for a female? When Zoe Perry learns he bartered for her, will she flee or stay? Will the builder burrow a way to her heart or lose her and his coveted position?
TITAN’S DAY: THE CARTER ARCHIVES BOOK 2 by Dan Stout
VS Note: Not a romance but a gritty detective story set on an alien world. A release of note.
The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to “stabilize the situation”.
Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders’ true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But in death, she’s found a champion.
Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he’s forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan’s Day.
THE LAST EMPEROX (THE INTERDEPENDENCY BOOK 3) by John Scalzi
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
The collapse of The Flow, the interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, has accelerated. Entire star systems—and billions of people—are becoming cut off from the rest of human civilization. This collapse was foretold through scientific prediction . . . and yet, even as the evidence is obvious and insurmountable, many still try to rationalize, delay and profit from, these final days of one of the greatest empires humanity has ever known.
Emperox Grayland II has finally wrested control of her empire from those who oppose her and who deny the reality of this collapse. But “control” is a slippery thing, and even as Grayland strives to save as many of her people form impoverished isolation, the forces opposing her rule will make a final, desperate push to topple her from her throne and power, by any means necessary. Grayland and her thinning list of allies must use every tool at their disposal to save themselves, and all of humanity. And yet it may not be enough. Will Grayland become the savior of her civilization . . . or the last emperox to wear the crown?
REBEL RISING (CAGE OF LIES BOOK 1) by Susanne Valenti and Carolyn Peckham
No one knows what lurks beyond The Wall. Only criminals are sent into the wastelands to face the Lawless Trialsand I never thought I’d find myself fighting amongst the ruthless convicts who live in the shadows of society. But the more rules I break, the more secrets I unveil.Like the fact that not everyone beyond The Wall was killed by the contamination a hundred years ago. Some of them became something…else. I got too close to the truth and now I have no choice but to play theirtwisted gamesor else risk the contamination beyond the borders of the arena. So when a wild man offers me the possibility of a new life in the ravished world, I have to take it. Coal Carson is like no man I’ve ever met. He’s strong, savage, fierce and the freedom that shines in his dark eyes calls to me like nothing I’ve ever known. A life with him is wrought with danger, but also hope…and maybe even love. But the Guardians won’t let me run for long. They’re coming to destroy me before I uncover the truth they’ve spent so long disguising. And I’ll do whatever it takes to stay ahead of them. But with the full force of the city coming for me, I might just have to find a way to fight back.
LIKE THE FIRST MOON LANDING (ROCHE LIMIT BOOK 1) by Matthew J Metzger
Stranded and injured in deep space, Maggie McLean has one chance at survival—the ship drifting off her starboard side, refusing to answer her distress calls. The ship the whole universe has been looking for. Maggie most of all. The Swift vanished without so much as a cry for help. There have been endless conspiracy theories, from aliens to government corruption to wormholes leading to other dimensions, but one thing was certain. She was gone, with all two hundred and thirty-six crew members on board. Including Maggie’s wife. Maggie’s going to figure out what happened come hell or high water—but she might not like what she finds.
TAKEN BY A BEAST (HEARTS OF STONE BOOK 4) by Miranda Bridges
He’s a thief. And what did he steal? Yours truly. I get it that women are a hot commodity on this planet, but why me? It’s not like there weren’t others to choose from. Besides, I’ve just found my sister and I have no desire to be away from her. But this alien doesn’t take no for an answer – in English or in his language. So now I’m stuck in a new village with a bunch of Boraq who would rather see me dead than mated to their Masse. However, the more time I spend with the infuriating male, the harder it is to plan my escape. If only I could find a way to stay alive and be his… Assuming he will stop touching me long enough for me to properly think.
AN ALIEN EASTER (ZERCONIAN WARRIORS) by Sadie Carter
It’s Easter time… But like all things on Zerconia, holidays are never simple. There’s mayhem and danger. Chocolate and mystery. And Jack dressed as a giant rabbit.
Please note: This is not a standalone. To fully enjoy this novella you need to have read the previous books in this bestselling series. Some storylines in this book continue on in Alien Conquest.
PAUSED (TIME CAPTIVE BOOK 1) by Heather Long
Their lives are on hold…
Dr. Valda Bashan wakes to the inexplicable—a biosphere where she and four others are the only occupants. Before this place, she possessed a life and a career. A computerized voice welcomes her to the biosphere and the job she’s apparently accepted. The terms are clear, she and her companions have to survive there for a year, and only when the time is up, will they be free.
Her companions trouble her on a deeply personal level…
Andreas, Hatch, Oz, and Dirk couldn’t be more different. Each man seems to be in the same predicament as her. No one remembers agreeing to the project or what task they have to complete. If they can’t work together, they may never be able to escape. The first order of business: learn to get along. Though that task may be the most impossible of all, because everyone seems to be hiding secrets.
DANTE’S CIRCLE REBORN by Carrie Ann Ryan
VS Note: Four never before published stories…
FALLEN FOR ALPHAS – Liam and Alec watched their Pack fall from grace and fought with tooth and claw to make it rise from the ashes again for the Alpha. Once from rival families and now true packmates, they’ve fought their attraction for longer than they should have. Now, as they leave the den in search of a rogue wolf, they’ll finally have a chance to entice their wolves—if they can overcome their struggles and survive what lurks in the darkness.
AT LAST SIGHT – Jonah assumed he’d seen everything there was to see throughout his long life. He battled dragons, lions, and anything else that came across his path. Now, it’s his job to protect the cubs under his care—something far more dangerous than anyone ever counted on. But when he comes to face to face with Dante’s sexy new bartender, everything changes. From his first look into those silver eyes, he was lost. But they’re eyes that can kill if the world isn’t careful, and some want them for their own.
BLOOD’S FIRST KISS – Calypso’s position as a representative on the Conclave for all mermaids is in jeopardy if she can’t uncover the true lineage of a mysterious stranger. Especially since his mere presence seems to rock the already shaky foundation of their people. Micha knows exactly what he is: the one supernatural being that everyone claims cannot exist. And he’s been searching eons for his mate. Now that he’s found her, all bets are off. But he must keep his past a secret, no matter the consequences.
REAPER’S SONG – He remembers his death. Even remembers parts of his life. But as a newly made reaper, he must do the one thing he knows he cannot: reap his soul mate. No matter that she can see death coming.
HELD BY HEAT (WINGS, WANDS AND SOUL BONDS BOOK 3) by Terry Bolryder
When a fire prince falls for a woman he can’t have, the whole world may just go up in flames…Flynn, a notorious fire fae who always has some hungry princess on his tail, doesn’t think love exists. At least, not for him. But when a chance encounter with an intrepid woman who asks him the unthinkable turns into the most unexpected night of his life, the warrior prince realizes he may have just found his match.
Callie has always been a good judge of character. So when she asks sexy, surly, overprotective Flynn to do the one thing she’s never had the courage to do before—and he says yes—Callie can feel a magnetic pull between them that defies logic or even common sense. But even if she knows there’s something different about Flynn, he’s not the only one hiding secrets in the dark.
Callie may be the only person Flynn has ever wanted in his life, but the secret of her true nature may mean that he has no right to ever be with her. And while Flynn has to fight a lifetime of prejudice, Callie knows they’re meant to be together. Even if it means going up against the most powerful opposition the fae princes have ever encountered before.
OWL OR NOTHING: A BEECHDALE PARANORMAL COZY (A VERY SHIFTY MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Willow Mason
There I was, keeping a low profile, until a ghost showed up at work. As an Owl Shifter forced to take refuge in the small mountain town of Beechdale, I’ve got enough trouble on my plate. But when my fellow barmaid is murdered, I feel compelled to investigate. While police pursue my boss as the main suspect, I team up with a handsome journalist who’s a few pies short of a picnic. Soon, we’re uncovering secrets and eavesdropping on evidential conversations all over town. With the help of wolf-friend Silvana and mouse-flatmate Dee, we sniff out a multitude of suspects. But until our rag-tag crew can narrow them down to a single killer, the true culprit is free to strike again.
THE AGE OF WITCHES: A NOVEL by Louisa Morgan
In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged as a witch. Two hundred years later, her legacy lives on in the scions of two very different lines: one dedicated to using their powers to heal and help women in need; the other, determined to grasp power for themselves by whatever means necessary.
This clash will play out in the fate of Annis, a young woman in Gilded Age New York who finds herself a pawn in the family struggle for supremacy. She’ll need to claim her own power to save herself-and resist succumbing to the darkness that threatens to overcome them all.
DARKNESS RISING: FANTASY AND URBAN FANTASY COLLECTION by Various
Few can survive the rising dark. Join unimaginable paranormal creatures in epic battles or enjoy a heart-stopping romance that will take your breath away. In this collection of paranormal romance and fantasy novels, witches, wolves, demons, and demigods haunt the pages as they fight against the pull of darkness. But will they succeed?
HARLEY MERLIN 17: FINCH MERLIN AND THE LEGEND OF THE LUMINARY by Bella Forrest
An invisible city rises from the depths, led by a new savior…Prepare to expect the unexpected.
TO TARGET THE HEART (SPELLSTER SERIES BOOK 2) by Aldrea Alien
Prince Hamish has no interest in fulfilling his duty of marrying. Not to a woman, at least. That doesn’t stop his mother, Queen Fiona, from presenting him with every eligible noblewoman that enters their castle. He’s certain it’ll be no different with the representative of the Udynea Empire.
So when they do arrive, Hamish is relieved the imperial prince, Darshan, is not the woman everyone expected. Until the man kisses him and Hamish is confronted by the very emotions he has been forced to conceal or be punished for. Emotions he is eager to explore. But the kiss proves to be a little too public and leads his mother to take drastic measures to ensure Hamish adheres to her family vision. The contest of arms will force Hamish to make a choice: give up his happiness for convention’s sake or send the kingdom spiralling into civil war for the right to love his own way.
HARSH LINE (CATACLYSM BOOK 1) by Ann Gimpel
My very existence is under attack. I’ve kept a low profile, told myself the craziness sweeping the world would pass me by. Yeah, it was wishful thinking, actually an outright lie, but it’s kept me sane. I’ve been hiding out forever in one guise or another. Currently, I run a nightclub. Ascent is an “ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies” haven. For everybody. I’m a Vampire. Far be it from me to judge. My closest ally is a shapeshifting dire wolf. I adopted him when he was a scrawny puppy, but I’m getting ahead of my tale.
The fragile détente between supernaturals and humans has crashed and burned. I can’t avoid the truth any longer. Lucky for me, mortals don’t know exactly what I am. When I moved to Seattle, some vampiric sixth sense urged me to play my cards close to my vest, but I’m done burying my secrets. And my power. It’s past time for supernaturals to get over their stupid infighting. Meh. So what if Witches hate Druids? Or Fae never deal with Sorcerers? We have to pull together, or we’ll have no chance at all. Not that it’s likely, but if any mortals see the light and sign up for our side, we’d damn well better welcome them.
I’m Ariana Hawke. No more skulking in the shadows for me.
THIS MAGIC MARMOT (AN ABRACADABRA MYSTERY BOOK 5) by Sharon Pape
Kailyn Wilde, owner of the Abracadabra potion shop, feels some dread anticipating her ten-year high school reunion at the new hotel in New Camel—but it turns out even worse than she feared. Running into her very first boyfriend is pleasant enough. Chatting with Ashley—who still can’t let go of a tragedy that happened on prom night—is a bit more uncomfortable. But the worst part comes when one of Kailyn’s oldest friends is found dead in the ladies’ room.
Soon this upstate New York town is in an uproar. And with some help from time-traveling wizard Merlin—who has adopted an unusual and alluring creature as his familiar—it’s up to Kailyn to identify the alumnus most likely to commit murder.
MATTHEW – HOUSE OF WILKSHIRE PARANORMAL DRAGON SHIFTER ROMANCE by Kathi S Barton
Matthew St. James was the Earl of Green Gables, and Lord of Lilac Castle. A dragon of great title and magic, but little wealth. Only one other knew what his true dragon was, and Devon, King of the Dragons, wasn’t telling anyone.
Aisling was a rare white warrior dragon. She had been in slumber several hundred years, healing from a near fatal blow in a great war. She felt betrayed when, Dak, her personal faerie, had been sharing information about her with Lord Connor. Now, she had to go talk to him to determine what kind of payment he would extract from her for his protection while she slept. She had no coin. Not knowing what type of payment he would demand from her had her heart twisted in torment. Aisling didn’t trust anyone. Too many had betrayed her. And when she refused to speak with the king, Devon ordered her to go to his castle. He would make her listen to reason. Matt arrived at the castle before Devon, but what he wasn’t expecting to find was his mate. And because of his title, he couldn’t get her to rise from groveling on the ground at his feet to even talk to her. When his dragon realized his mate was in front of him, the Earth dragon bypassed the man and bonded with the white dragon. The joining was both painful and spectacular. In pain, Aisling’s dragon, no longer white, took flight. When Matt finally found her, Aisling was no longer timid. She was mad as hell and out for blood.
SOARING IN FLAMES (REBORN BOOK 2) by M Sinclair
My father is back from the dead. He won’t leave town without me and no one can figure out why. Is it because of what I am? Does he want to use me as part of his religious cult? My mates are furious and I can’t help but feel like I have brought this trouble on them. The supernatural community is upset by the light I’ve brought on them with the rightful murder of my mother and Jed. My classmates have been swayed by the cruel rumors that my bully has put out. Worst of all? The boys keep saying I can shift but I have had no luck. And what is this about a possibly mating heat? I don’t miss the basement but it sure as heck was less complicated than this.
UNFORGIVABLE (THEIR SHIFTER ACADEMY BOOK 4) by May Dawson
Would you make someone hate you… if it would save their life? That’s the decision I have to make when the Alpha Council assigns me a secret undercover mission to join the dangerous coven, The Day. After all, I’m the only wolf shifter around who’s also a witch. No one likes me much—except for my men—but at least I’m useful. There’s just one problem with my new assignment. Because there are spies at our school, I have to keep my mission a secret, or Dean Clearborn will yank me back to the academy before I have the chance to save the packs. But those protective, fated mates of mine will follow me anywhere. So I weave a spell before I leave to destroy their love for me, and mark my men in blood and ash and regret. Then I surrender myself to the Day, only to find I’m not entirely alone here. A handsome man with a stranger’s face but some oddly familiar mannerisms says he’s on my side. But can I trust him? Sometimes, he’s my friend. Sometimes, he’s my tormentor. And if I survive my time in the Day, will I be able to come home to my men and restore their love? Or is what I’ve done…Unforgivable?
THE ANCESTOR: A NOVEL by Danielle Trussoni
It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta ”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta Montebianco” at her Hudson Valley, New York, home that claims she’s inherited a noble title, money, and a castle in Italy. While Bert is more than a little skeptical, the mystery of her aristocratic family’s past, and the chance to escape her stressful life for a luxury holiday in Italy, is too good to pass up.
At first, her inheritance seems like a dream come true: a champagne-drenched trip on a private jet to Turin, Italy; lawyers with lists of artwork and jewels bequeathed to Bert; a helicopter ride to an ancestral castle nestled in the Italian Alps below Mont Blanc; a portrait gallery of ancestors Bert never knew existed; and a cellar of expensive vintage wine for Bert to drink. But her ancestry has a dark side, and Bert soon learns that her family history is particularly complicated. As Bert begins to unravel the Montebianco secrets, she begins to realize her true inheritance lies not in a legacy of ancestral treasures, but in her very genes.
SINFULLY DELICIOUS (A TWO BROOMSTICKS GAS & GRILL WITCH COZY MYSTERY BOOK 1) by Amanda M Lee
Stormy Morgan left her hometown of Shadow Hills, Michigan, with one goal: to write the great American novel and strike it rich. She sold her novel not long after college, did relatively well, and then fell off a cliff into obscurity. Now, without a book contract, she’s back at her family restaurant in a one-stoplight town … and she’s convinced things couldn’t possibly get worse.
That feeling only lasts until her first shift, when on a trip to the storage building behind the restaurant, she literally trips over a body.
Roy Axe, Shadow Hills most hated “Axehole,” died a hard death only feet from the restaurant (and the second-floor apartment Stormy currently resides in). The detective on the case is none other than Hunter Ryan, Stormy’s high school boyfriend, and the man who occasionally still calls to her in dreams. Hunter only cares about solving a mystery – nothing else – so their reunion is tense…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
HEART OF THE MAGE (TWYST ACADEMY BOOK 3) by D D Chance
I never thought I’d miss being a janitor, but at least I knew what I was doing in that job. Now I’m a great and mighty war mage trying to help a team of college wizards win a magic competition, and I’m desperately afraid of screwing up. To make matters worse, my four gorgeous, powerful teammates totally believe in me, none more so than dangerously sexy, unnervingly intense Marcus Winter. Marcus knows he can make me stronger…but only if I’m willing to let him unlock my deepest desires. Um…k.
Marcus has his own reasons for wanting to win the Mage Trials. Three years ago, he lost his cousins to the game. Now there’s the faintest hint they might be alive—but to find them, we’ll have to pull out all the stops. Marcus is willing to do whatever it takes to level me up…And I might just let him. Gulp.
PRISON PRINCESS: PARANORMAL PRISON by CoraLee June and Rebecca Royce
Imprisoned, tormented and forgotten…I’ve never seen the outside of these four walls. I was born in Nightmare Penitentiary, and I’ll probably die here too. Or so I thought.
When an assassin captures me, I realize I’m far more powerful than anyone knows. I’m a princess. A Druid. The last of my kind. I command the earth and the moon speaks to me. There is royal blood running through these veins.
Tasked with bringing me back to my family, my captor is stuck by my side. The more time we spend together, the more I learn about the birthright stolen from me and the enemy who stole it. And the longer I’m with my assassin, the more my heart softens.
I never imagined that a harsh, lonely man would bring help. I never thought that leaving Nightmare would put me on a much different path. A path full of hope. Of freedom. Of love. A path that leads to accepting my birthright, with an assassin by my side.
But the future is blurry. There are two roads. One leads to happiness—to love. The other leads to demise. And even I can’t see which one wins.
THE KING OF NEXT WEEK by E C Ambrose
VS Note: Not a romance. One review alludes to “a bit of romance” for example. A historical fantasy.
When a captain trades his cargo of ice to bring home a djinn bride, his life in coastal Maine will never be the same.
BOUND TO CHANGE: SPRING SHIFTER ROMANCE COLLECTION by Various
These shifters will defy tradition, tragedy, and fate to find their true loves. Through ominous prophecies and quests of glory, they’re bound to change—and bound to each other. And if there’s anything a shifter knows for sure, it’s that there’s no way to outrun their animal sides. Whether they transform with the pull of the moon or at will, through a curse or a gift, or simply because of evolution, you’ll adore the shifters in this limited edition spring collection brought to you by New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling authors.
BROKEN LOYALTY (JACKY LEON BOOK 3) by K N Banet
Jacky Leon is a member of the strongest werecat family alive; a family that commands the loyalty of every werecat that walks the face of the earth. Her family is the definition of power and none have dared challenge that for millennia. It’s not a legacy she’s comfortable with but it’s the one she’s been given and Jacky is resolved to do her best with her new responsibilities.
When rogue werecats begin to test Jacky’s territory, paranoia mounts as questions go unanswered and lives are potentially at stake. The greatest werecat family of all time is about learn a valuable lesson, and Jacky is going to have to suffer the most before it’s through with them. Loyalty is worthless when it’s broken.
CADENCE AND THE PEARL by K L Noone
Once upon a time, on a rocky island with enchantment under the ocean …Cadence Bell left the windswept Northern Isles and his parents’ inn for the theaters and royal masques and glitter of Londre, swearing he’d make his fortune as a playwright and poet, trading fish stew and rain for fame and adoration and a place at the Queen’s Court. Now his parents are gone and Cade’s inheritance brings him back home, where he’d never wanted to return. But magic lurks beneath the waves, a stray pearl might be a key to another world, and even the quiet local schoolteacher has secrets of his own.
Jeremiah Carver never meant to hide secrets. But he promised to tell no one about the other world he’s seen, and he keeps his word. Even if that means concealing magic from Cadence Bell. Which is difficult, since Cade’s not only a dazzling literary success, but also the person Jeremiah’s loved from afar since their years-ago childhood. And he’s afraid he’s falling for Cade all over again now. When Cadence falls under the siren spell of the ocean’s magic, Jeremiah has to make a choice and return to a world he’s left behind once before to rescue his heart from the sea.
LOYAL WOLF (WHITE WOLVES BOOK 3) by Julie K Cohen
Exiled. Into a world of humans. She has no survival skills. No knowledge of humans.
She’s never even met a human before. Her one hope…A shifter who’s loyal…To the alpha who exiled her. He intends to drag her back Against her will. The alpha has plans for her.
So does the hunter who captured her.
CLEAR SIGHT (PSIONS OF SPIRE BOOK 4) by Alex Silver
When the slightest touch triggers visions of horror, you learn not to let anyone close.
After more than a decade hiding from society, Seth Albright is sheltered. His visions make it a necessary evil. After a precocious emergence as a seer when he was eight, his mother took him to live in the woods. To protect him.
When he can’t take another day of isolation, Seth turns to SPIRE. There, he gets partnered with Roy Merchant as his anchor. Enough inexperienced psions have burned Roy by using him as a stepping stone to last a lifetime. Roy has seen scandals come and go in his time with SPIRE. Seth has seen atrocities most people couldn’t imagine. But neither of them has seen anything like what’s coming for them next.
GUARDIAN OF MAGICK (CAMBREXIAN REALM BOOK 2) by Jessica Wayne
Captured. Tortured. Persecuted. Sienna isn’t sure how much longer she can hang on to the shred of humanity left within her. Not when her only chance at escape would be to destroy what is left of her soul. Daxon is hell-bent on tearing apart the realm in order to find the Sage who has saved his life more times than he can count. But as the journey grows more perilous each and every day, Daxon is forced to confront the very real possibility that they may never recover the Sienna they once knew. As these two fight to find their way back to each other, they are faced with decisions that will determine the fate of the realm, and all those who live within it.
BORN OF MIST AND LEGEND (HIGHLAND LEGENDS BOOK 3) by Kat Bastion
Dark angel, outcast of his kind—lone angelic guardian of time itself—Skorpius receives a bewildering dual directive. Protect a human female. And end her.
Once bright and innocent, sister to the laird of the mysterious Clan Brodie, Brigid awakens to incredible magick within her. And the ability to sense a foreign energy: Another stalks her, a beast hunting its prey. On a quest to protect her clan and save humankind, Brigid forges beyond the only home she’s ever known into the wilds of Scotland. Her destiny—to battle an ancient lurking menace—beckons her. She braves her task with fierce determination, even though she’s a mere novice among masters.
Upholding his vow to protect time against any threat, Skorpius is duty-bound to guard the female, with or without her consent. For he alone presides as judge and executioner.
As unprecedented danger to the fabric of time looms, the two beleaguered souls walk a tightrope between cure and cause. Yet while the destiny of every realm hangs in the balance, they are all that stand between salvation and destruction. But against insurmountable odds…will they both survive?
EMPIRE OF EMPTY WARS (SERPENTS AND KINGS BOOK 3) by S M Gaither
Death. Betrayal. Destruction. This was Alaya’s destiny, written in the stars on the night she was born. She should have been killed because of it. She wasn’t. The once crown prince of the highest throne in Sundolia is now the high king, and all of his advisors agree on one thing: He should have destroyed that dangerous Dragon woman when he had the chance. He didn’t. Now war spreads like a wildfire from the southern kingdom. The empire is burning. The day of prophecy is arriving. Alaya still lives, her power more dangerous and unpredictable than ever. And the stars, it seems, told no lies. Or did they?
VEIL OF HONOR (SEVEN DEADLY VEILS BOOK 7) by Diana Marik
VS Note: Vampires apparently…
When his former mentor, Lord Huay, lays dying, Remare is summoned back to Japan. While there, Huay exacts a risky promise from his protégé: See to it that his final wishes for his successor are carried out, a task Remare will find more complex than he could have imagined and extends his stay in Japan indefinitely. Huay’s two sons will fight to the death for the chance to rule their empire, even if that means challenging Remare to a competition he can’t possibly win.
Meanwhile, Miranda grows restless waiting for Remare to return. It’s been weeks since he left for the funeral of a friend. How many ceremonies and formal banquets must he attend? Learning Huay’s court is rife with dangerous politics and former allies who can’t be trusted, she suspects Remare is being held against his will and requests the help of Lord Valadon to get Remare back. Valadon agrees, but at a cost. A high one as the honor of both houses is now at stake.
A MATE TO BELIEVE IN (DRAGONS OF AETERNA BOOK 2) by Riley Storm
Deputy Carla Frazer has been looking for a bust that will get her promoted for years. Now she has it. Catching a member of The Five red-handed should be more than enough, despite the hatred the fop of a Sheriff holds for her. Now, all she has to do is prove his guilt. His good looks, endless money and disarming charm won’t be enough to save him from jail time. Not on her watch.
Pace Aterna is more of a numbers sort of guy—well, dragon. That’s why he was put in charge of Clan Aterna’s bank accounts. All of them. So when someone tries to steal them from right under his nose, he’s the logical choice to hunt them down and bring them to justice. Dragon-style justice, not human. Now, all he has to do is find the culprit. For that though, he’s going to need help. Her help. Human help.
Carla is ready to take him in, but her boss has ordered her to drop the case. Something smells fishy, and the only place she’s going to get answers…is from her prime suspect. What Carla expected to find was a seedy criminal underworld that she could take down. Instead, she’s got a hunky dragon shifter trying to claim her, a dead body, and a whole world of paranormal trouble doing its very best to kill her. But to get to Carla, they’re going to have to go through Pace first. It’s time this number-cruncher shows his enemies that his fire burns just as hot as that of his brothers. Because nothing will stop him from being there when his mate needs him most.
WOUNDED: DELIGHT BOOK 3 by Jennae Vale
Small town romance meets time travel in California’s Sierra Nevada. Payton Fletcher is a grieving widower who has lost his wife and child in eighteenth-century Scotland. Time traveling to present day Delight, California hasn’t helped him move past his grief. He spends his days and nights working to avoid the painful memories that he can’t seem to keep at bay. His only escape is hiking the rugged trails that surround his new home. The solitude of the hikes brings him relief from the good intentions of his brothers and the people of Delight, but keeps him locked in the prison of emotions he seems unable to escape.
Crystal Stone has had a loss of her own. After her husband’s death, she and her daughter move back to Delight to live with her mother. Crystal is a psychic and believes there is someone nearby who needs her help. She thinks it might be Payton, but there is a very real possibility it could be someone or something else that is calling to her for help. Crystal has an almost immediate attraction to Payton, but he has vowed to love only one woman and he will not betray his vows. Will Payton and Crystal be able to abandon their grief, or will they remain tethered to their pasts? If the people of Delight have their way, anything could be possible.
A MESS OF SIRENS (LOST SOUTHERN MAGIC BOOK 3) by Amy Boyles
When Blake Calhoun sets out to steal the heart fire, the object that makes the town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, magical, his plan backfires. The heart isn’t stolen, instead it breaks into four pieces and scatters across the state. Now, newly married Pepper and Axel Reign must work to track down each piece. Lucky for them, when a person finds a piece, they are bestowed with strange abilities.
This is book three in the Lost Southern Magic series. In this story, Pepper’s search will take her to Silver Springs, where she will team up with Dylan Bane and meet a mess of sirens, who seem to be up to no good. Will Dylan and Pepper be able to find the piece of heart, or will Blake Calhoun beat them to it?
Lost Southern Magic is a four book limited crossover series. Over the span of these books, Pepper Reign with unite with ghosthunter Blissful Breneaux (of Southern Ghost Wranglers), witchy matchmaker Charming Calhoun (of Southern Belles and Spells Matchmakers) and Dylan Bane (of Bless Your Witch). These books will have witchy meet-ups and pit grandmother against grandmother. Each book will show Pepper’s perspective as well as surprise perspectives from Axel, and even Betty.
WITCH CONFIDENTIAL (A SUPERNATURAL SPEAKEASY COZY MYSTERY BOOK 2) by Lily Harper Hart
The Big Easy is about to be buried in big trouble. Again. For Ofelia Archer, that means she’s knee-deep in an investigation … even though she’s not quite sure how she got there.
Zach Sully thinks he’s in for an easy night at Ofelia’s speakeasy – maybe a little flirting as a lead-up to a date included – when a scream in a neighboring abandoned building draws his attention. Upon further investigation, he finds a young woman dead and a real estate developer traumatized.
The dead girl is a street performer who lived on the edge. That’s bad enough, but when voices from the past cause Ofelia to break open a wall, they find more bodies … and a mystery more than ten years in the making. The new murder mimics the old deaths, but who are the girls in the wall? Ofelia was a child when stories of street girls going missing were prevalent … and then Hurricane Katrina hit and people forgot their fear in the face of a life-changing storm.
Now, all these years later, Ofelia and Sully are determined to uncover what happened then, tie it to what’s happening today, and find vengeance for all of the victims in the here and now. That’s easier said than done. There’s a malevolent force stalking the French Quarter and Ofelia suddenly finds herself in the killer’s path. Someone wants to keep a secret, and he or she is willing to kill to make sure that the past stays buried.
Can Ofelia and Sully evade a killer and uncover the truth? It will be a race to the finish to find out.
BEHIND THE BEGINNING (BECOMING THE WOLF 1) by T S Joyce
VS Note: A re-release
Greyson Crawford means well when he comes to the rescue of a stranger in the woods, but even the best intentions can backfire. One chance meeting out in the middle of nowhere gets him bitten by a monster and his life is altered forever. Being a werewolf is hard enough, but being the vessel for a black-hearted beast like Wolf is nearly impossible. Grey’s life is circling the drain when he runs into the woman he saved a year ago. He isn’t the same man he was back then. In fact, he isn’t a man at all, but Morgan doesn’t seem to mind, and for the first time in a long time, Grey feels like he just might be redeemable. His redemption will come at a steep cost though.
Morgan has a fate that is so much bigger than she ever expected. She’s nothing special—a graphic designer and warden to her little niece, and right now, she’s just trying to get by. But a chain of events will change her destiny. There is no shot at a boring life when she is thrust into a culture she had no idea even existed—werewolves. There is nothing safe about this life, but she just can’t stay away from the mysterious, snarly man who saved her all those months ago. If she’s brave enough, and strong enough, she just might find a love story for the ages. Or she could get dragged down a path that will change the destiny of two wolf packs, and the entire race of werewolves forever. She has no idea what she is yet, or how important she is to a brewing war…but behind her beginning is a Silver Wolf waiting to reign.
HOLD STEADY (BECOMING THE WOLF BOOK 2) by T S Joyce
VS Note: A re-release
Morgan Crawford has everything made. A great man, thriving business, sweet niece, and a pack of growly new friends. Life is good but as a newly Turned werewolf, she has no idea what she’s in for as her new world discovers she is a one-of-a-kind Silver Wolf. Thrust into danger at every turn, she has to depend on the demon wolf himself, Grey, to protect her. But when she tries to go back to an old and familiar life, she figures out being Silver Wolf isn’t a blessing at all. It’s a terrible curse.
Greyson Crawford needs a lot to keep his monstrous wolf steady, and when the woman he has his heart on steps out of his protection range, he spirals bad. The other packs are beginning to find out what Morgan is, and with werewolves, any attention is bad attention. If he doesn’t learn to work with a local pack, he may lose everything he cares about. Too bad Wolf doesn’t play well with others.
JUMPING THE BULL by Jenn Burke
Ben Beaufort, badass bison – Everyone who looks at Ben and sees his six-foot-plus, muscular build assumes he’s in construction. Or the military. Or something that requires brawn over brains. In truth, he’s a mild-mannered human resources professional—or at least he was, until he got laid off. Now he’s looking for a second career as a Furry United Coalition agent, to discover how truly badass he can be. Oliver Zuraw, whoop-ass whooping crane – Oliver’s enjoying a second career too, from exotic dancer to the FUC Academy’s yoga instructor. Big, badass men like Ben are totally his type—but he’s sworn them off, because they’re never good news. Except Ben is defying all of Oliver’s preconceived notions and making him wonder if maybe this bison is just the right type of badass for him. A simple undercover mission that turns out to be not so simple.
When an undercover mission needs a bison shifter, Ben jumps at the chance to put his training to use. A twist of events forces Oliver and Ben to pretend to be married…which leads to an invitation to work for the bad guy on his bad guy ranch doing bad guy things. There’s no way they can pass up the opportunity to infiltrate the criminal operation. ven if they’re a recruit and a civilian instructor who barely know what they’re doing. And even if there’s only one bed waiting for them.
FOR THE HELL OF IT (RAISING HELL BOOK 1) by Cate Corvin
When I’m captured by demons and forced into the fighting pits of the Seventh Circle of Hell, I need to stay alive long enough to claw my way back to Heaven and destroy the archangels who betrayed me. Four dangerous men stand between me and my vengeance. A deadly Nephilim in self-imposed exile. Hunger incarnate, ravenous for an angel. The heir to Satan’s sinful throne. And the prince who bound my soul to his until I win my freedom. They think I’m still pure. They think I’m innocent. They think they’ll enjoy corrupting me. Joke’s on them. This angel’s no saint. If Heaven doesn’t want me, I’ll be bad for the Hell of it.
THE BEAR’S SECRET BABY (WEREBEAR RNACH BOOK 1) by Layla Silver
They call me the infamous womanizer, always stealing away with all the hotties. And it’s true. Once upon a time, I took a new girl home almost every night. Until I met her. Half the fun is gone when all I can think about is her, even though two years have passed since. Two years of tossing and turning in my bed, not able to escape her eyes. But I don’t even know her name…My world turns upside down when she’s suddenly right in front of me. She needs me to fix her car. I need her for other reasons entirely. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
DEFUSE (INFERNAL COUNCIL BOOK 2) by Maya Nicole
The odds are stacked against me. The Infernal Council wants me out of the picture, and those that I thought I could trust are making me question everything. To make matters worse, a new threat might end us all. If we survive, can I overcome the new obstacles in my life, or will they destroy me?
DRAGON REBEL (DRAECUS CLAN BOOK 3) by Alexis Pierce
Serenity and her mates have narrowly escaped death. With the Draecus Clan shattered and the queen in hiding, there’s not much Serenity and her mates can do. The rebels’ takeover and increase in Hunter activity has them against a corner. But what happens when a man keeps appearing in Serenity’s dreams? An assassin who says he’s meant to kill her? Will this unlikely ally help save Draecus Clan? Or will dragons go extinct?
BOBCAT (ROLLING THUNDER BIRMINGHAM MC BOOK 2) by Candace Blevins
Bobcat is good at managing the workin’ girls in Chattanooga. When the Birmingham chapter is decimated during battle, they put out a call for help, and Bobcat is sent to manage their strip club. It turns out, the dancers are divas and the waitresses are angry, and managing a titty bar is nothing like managing the RTMC Motor Hotel back home.
Tess McKnight is a highly-successful, tough-as-nails criminal attorney. She doesn’t have time for fools or idiots, but the RTMC is one of her biggest legal clients, so she has to spend time with the new manager of Blaze to make sure he doesn’t screw everything up.
She’s a mongoose and he’s a cat. These kinds of sparks aren’t supposed to fly between them.
ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost
Elysium, Oklahoma, is a town like any other. Respectable. God-fearing. Praying for an end to the Dust Bowl. Until the day the people of Elysium are chosen by two sisters: Life and Death. And the Sisters like to gamble against each other with things like time, and space, and human lives. Elysium is to become the gameboard in a ruthless competition between the goddesses. The Dust Soldiers will return in ten years’ time, and if the people of Elysium have not proved themselves worthy, all will be slain.
Nearly ten years later, seventeen-year-old Sal Wilkinson is called upon to lead Elysium as it prepares for the end of the game. But then an outsider named Asa arrives at Elysium’s gates with nothing more than a sharp smile and a bag of magic tricks, and they trigger a terrible accident that gets both Sal and Asa exiled into the brutal Desert of Dust and Steel. There Sal and Asa stumble upon a gang of girls headed by another exile: a young witch everyone in Elysium believes to be dead. As the apocalypse looms, they must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor — only by reinventing the rules can they beat Life and Death at their own game in this exciting fantasy debut.
HOW TO ELUDE A VAMPIRE (VRC: VAMPIRE RELATED CRIMES BOOK 2) by Alice Winters
Finn – When the vampire stalking me sent me a letter, I was prepared for my new life with the man I love to get thrown into chaos. But as the days stretch on and nothing happens, I become determined not to allow that monster to rule my life, and decide that Marcus and I will move on. We can’t always allow the past to haunt us. If that includes pestering Marcus and harassing my fellow detectives, they’d better learn to love it, because I’m not going anywhere even if they like to remind me I’m the only human working in a department filled with vampires. But Marcus loves me for who I am, even if he’s not crazy about the cute pet names I call him like McBitey. Being with him is more than I could have dreamed, and even with the trials thrown in our way, he never fails to make me smile.
Marcus – When Finn joined the VRC, I never expected how everything would change. Now that he’s the brightest part of my days, I’m unsure of how I existed without him. Before Finn and I can settle into our new life together, we’re called in as lead detectives when a body is found in the river, and the case soon hits closer to home than we anticipated. I want to be by Finn’s side to keep him safe, but at the same time, Finn’s fighting for the freedom he’s always wanted after being forced to live a life of fear. What I do know is that my future is with Finn, no matter what happens.
BROKEN JUSTICE (FRACTURED MIND SERIES BOOK 6) by Kate Allenton
When FBI Special Agent Noah Roth recruited Lucy from a psych ward, he didn’t think she was crazy. She was something much more dangerous: An accomplished stalker. And those skills will be handy when it’s time to get back to basics.
Lucy’s current prey, a psychotic killer who left a terrifying blood bond in her mind, is hunting too close to home. Lucy knows there is only one way to get him out. Taking his life would make Lucy normal again, as normal as can be expected, but would killing her prey leave her whole again? She’s a government experiment gone wrong. She’s screwed with only one way out. She needs to kill a killer to eliminate his memories from her head. Not that she will… but she might. Maybe.
BOUND IN DARKNESS (MISPLACED HALOES BOOK 3) by Nicole Edwards
Heaven refers to them as Misplaced Halos. Humans don’t even know they exist. Like angels, vampires have been protecting humans from demons while keeping to the shadows, lurking in the darkness. In return, they’ve asked for nothing. Until now.
After the heinous slaughter of his father, the Alpha Vampire, Kaj Courtenay finds himself taking on the role of the most powerful vampire in existence. He’s up against traitors out to topple him, demons bent on eliminating the vampire race entirely, and an archangel who has other plans for them. It’s all Kaj can do to maintain his focus, but he knows it would be easier with the female who owns him, heart, body, and soul at his side. Problem is convincing her.
Acadia only knows a life of subservience. She has spent fifteen hundred years bound to the Angels of Darkness, her race used as their life source to maintain their existence on Earth. Living out eternity at their mercy is her destiny, beyond her control. It has never been something she questioned. Not until Kaj appeared in her life and gave her something to live for, made her question her very existence. Acadia knows resisting the powerful vampire is futile. He holds her heart. Problem is, it isn’t hers to give.
Kaj and Acadia must break the chains that have bound them to their pasts so they can embrace the future and conquer the enormous obstacles and ridiculous odds standing in their way. And for the sake of all, they must do it together.
PURRFECTLY TRAPPED: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY (A MAVERICK PRIDE TALE BOOK 3) by C D Gorri
Gretchen has searched for love her entire life, but what happens when the only man she wants thinks he’s a Tiger? Gretchen has finally done it! Cut It Out, her new salon, has officially opened for business. Of course, her first client is six-feet of gorgeousness in need of a serious trim and shave. As the only employee at the moment, she takes care of Mr. Sexy herself. If only she could stop staring at his acres of muscles and focus on his thick and shiny, but totally uneven, locks instead.
Reg has been so busy trying to make amends for past mistakes that he’s neglected to take care of other stuff, like his hair and beard. Not a good look on one of the select Tiger Shifters chosen to guard the Nari of the Maverick Pride. When Gerri Wilder comes in for a visit she orders him to the new salon in town for a quick haircut and a shave. Reg is willing to suffer for his Pride, but what’s a Tiger to do when he meets his mate in a hairstylist who doesn’t know Shifters exist? He won’t rest until his fiery little brunette is purrfectly trapped.
DRAGON RIGHTS: PARANORMAL DATING AGENCY BOOK 25 by Milly Taiden
Clarke Indiana, antisocial artist, needs an adventure. She wants to live. She wants to love. And Gerri Wilder can make it happen. But like all Gerri matches, Clarke isn’t even a little ready for two sexy shifters that want her for a mate. They might be ice dragons, but they’re hot enough to melt away her resistance.
Sleet and Hale are ice dragon alpha and beta on planet Aurora. They’ve begged Gerri to help them find their mate to complete their triad. Without this special woman, they will never be the rulers their clan needs them to be. Once they meet her, they know Clarke is the mate for them. She’s funny, sassy and those lips are driving them crazy.
When Clarke learns the clan’s secret, she invests more than just her time with them. After innocent lives are put into danger, Clarke goes all superwoman on them to get the precious ones back, no matter the cost. And it will take everything both dragons have to keep her alive long enough to succeed.
DEI EX MACHINA by Kim Fielding
VS Note: I always enjoy her books. A re-release.
Captured young and enslaved by the Romans, Sabbio died while building Diocletian’s palace. For seventeen hundred years he has haunted the city of Split, watching and listening as people pass through the old palace; but he is always alone. One afternoon he spies a handsome but sad man at a café, and Sabbio is intrigued.
Eight months earlier, landscaper Mason Gould’s husband was randomly murdered. In an attempt to comfort him, friends and family take him on a trip to Croatia. A local woman offers to help him contact his husband’s spirit, but they connect to Sabbio instead. Mason and Sabbio quickly make an emotional connection. But Sabbio is a ghost and Mason must return to California. For two men centuries apart, it’s going to take a miracle to make love work.
ACOLYTE (TEMPRIS BOOK 2) by Stephanie Fisher
How far is too far when it comes to love? In a matter of moments, everything Taly ever thought she knew came crashing down around her. Her mother’s spells were broken, her powers unleashed. She’s no longer mortal but fey, and every day serves as a reminder that her entire life has been a lie.
To make matters worse, Taly has been captured and imprisoned by a woman claiming to be the Time Queen. Her only way home is to play the Queen’s game and train in the art of time magic. The Queen has commanded that she become an Acolyte — a task that could take years to complete.
Meanwhile, Skye is left as the last line of defense to protect Tempris from an invading horde of walking dead. He still doesn’t have a name or a face to put to his enemy, and there are traitors inside the city. Everyone keeps saying that Taly is dead, but he can’t accept it. He won’t. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back — even if it costs him everything. A renegade queen, forbidden magic, and a love that reaches across time and space — Taly and Skye will be tested, their loyalties pushed to the point of breaking, as war looms on the horizon.
MAGIC UNLEASHED (HALL OF BLOOD AND MERCY BOOK 3) by K M Shea
Ever had ex-housemates you can’t get rid of? When Killian and the rest of the Drake vampires kicked me out of their mansion without any explanation, I felt beyond betrayed…I was livid! But I refused to waste my energy thinking about them. Thanks to all the free training I got while living with vampires, I had the skills I needed to finally free my family. I even got my house back! Best yet, I can pass on the magic techniques and fighting skills I’ve learned to all the wizards in our group. As long as I ignore the rotating vampires standing watch on the corner across the street, life is normal again…until the fae risk injuring hundreds of supernaturals just to stage a surprise attack on Killian. There’s no way I’m going to let the fae get away with this. I may be furious with Killian, but I hate bullies even more.
But, big surprise, my good deed won’t go unpunished. I knew I’d face a fallout for saving the most feared and lethal vampire in the Midwest—I just never imaged the lengths Killian would go through to protect me and win me back.
VS Note: Sent back to the world for 30 days by the Goddess of Second Chances 200 years after his murder, the GHOST OF THE NILE seeks revenge and finds love…
VS: Titanic sank 108 years ago this week, yet it still fascinates us today. Here’s the scifi romance novel I wrote which was loosely inspired by the Titanic tragedy…
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
“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.