A big release this week of MAGIC AND MAYHEM UNIVERSE BOOKS…
DAUGHTER OF THE ALIEN WARRIOR (TREASURED BY THE ALIEN BOOK 3) by Honey Phillips and Bex McLynn
Can a grieving alien warrior and a desperate mother overcome their painful pasts through the shared love of a child?
One year ago, Jade’s husband was killed and the baby she had wanted for so long disappeared. She has been searching for her daughter ever since. Nothing – not even being abducted by aliens – is going to stop her. She doesn’t expect to find a daughter who doesn’t know her; one who clings to a huge, green alien instead. Despite her own attraction to the older warrior, she will do whatever it takes to get her daughter back. Inzen lost his wife and daughter many years ago in the terrible plague that threatened to destroy the Cire race. When his ship rescued a group of abducted women and infants, he willingly took on the care of one of the children. Then a luscious human female appears, demanding the return of her daughter and he is faced with once again losing a child. When danger threatens, can Jade and Inzen come together for the sake of the child they both love?
He wants to save me. Braxton is a physician and I’m sure that the feeling of wanting to heal people comes naturally to him. Too bad I’m not interested. All I want is to make sure my friend is safe and to find out what is going on with me physically. Braxton can help me with that, but from the heated glances thrown my way, I’m sure he wants to do more than examine me. His medical discovery will shock us both and I’ll find myself in the exact place I never expected – trusting him. Can he find a remedy to heal my wounded soul or will I push him away before he can actually see how broken I am?
VS Note: This is a cute series!
She’s sure that aliens aren’t real—until she falls for one. Sabrina knows that aliens don’t exist, even if her grandpa keeps telling people stories about his best friend, Craig—the giant, white-furred, four-armed Lyrian. If one more person mentions the “Space-Sasquatch,” she’s going to start throwing things—even if that person is a gorgeous, mysterious guy skulking around her pet parlor late at night. With his pet iguana. Oh, and by the way, he says they’re both aliens, too. Yeah, right.
When Len volunteered to help Cyan, the Vegan’s xenobiologist, collect DNA samples from Earth cats, he had no idea it would be such a dangerous mission. He thinks he’s lucked out when the human who catches them turns out to be the granddaughter of their contact on Earth—until she starts throwing things. Who knew she’d be so sensitive about her grandpa’s friendship with a Lyrian? But their quest for cat DNA has caught the attention of another alien hanging around Sabrina’s home town—and this one isn’t looking to make friends. Can Len and Sabrina keep the people and pets of Harbor safe?
There’s always a morning after …When we last saw spacer Tiger Thomas and the anthropomorphic vixen, Amber, they’d found shelter at the home of Tiger’s old flame, Lulah Carter. But dawn has come, and none of their troubles have disappeared. They’re still fugitives on the run, wanted by the law, a family of vengeance-seeking backwoods criminals and worst of all, a relentless bounty hunter, who’s made this all personal. Tiger knows their only chance is to get out of Huntsville and disappear into the endless black void of space. Unfortunately, his spaceship has been impounded, his trusty Pegasus rocket truck crashed, and it’s only a matter of time before his enemies figure out Lulah was once his lover, putting her and her family in mortal danger. With time and options running out, Tiger desperately gambles on a far-fetched plan of escape that may be more dangerous than anything he’s faced so far. Around him, the Rocket City is exploding as his adversaries, old and new, driven by greed, revenge and brutality, will stop at nothing to get what they want.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. Review mentions “an ambiguous ending”…but also said it could be setting up for more sequels so…
Like many Americans in the middle of the 21st century, aspiring actress Kira Clark is in debt. She financed her drama education with loans secured by a “lifetime services contract.” If she defaults, her creditors will control every aspect of her life. Behind on her payments and facing foreclosure, Kira reluctantly accepts a large signing bonus to become a corporate gunfighter for TKC Insurance. After a year of training, she will take her place on the dueling fields that have become the final, lethal stop in the American legal system.
Putting her MFA in acting to work, Kira takes on the persona of a cold, intimidating gunslinger known as “Death’s Angel.” But just as she becomes the most feared gunfighter in TKC’s stable, she’s severely wounded during a duel on live video, shattering her aura of invincibility. A series of devastating setbacks follow, forcing Kira to face the truth about her life and what she’s become. When the opportunity to fight another professional for a huge purse arises, Kira sees it as a chance to buy a new life . . . or die trying.
Khocin has been fighting the Yinean his whole adult life, so it sucks when he’s taken captive and wakes up on their ship. His plan to escape is complicated by his fellow captive – a human woman handcuffed to him. She’s the prettiest thing he’s ever seen, but she’ll only slow him down, and he needs to get back to his brothers.
Leah was barely coping with life on Earth, thanks to her strict upbringing, but everything really went to shit when she was kidnapped. She’s completely ill-prepared for life in her new surroundings and the alien warrior is her only hope. He wants to ditch her, and she can’t let that happen. The only thing worse than being taken from her home is being left behind to fend for herself. Khocin is determined to get Leah home safe so he can go back to hunting those who wronged his tribe long ago. Back to his life the way it was before she came along. When it comes time, will he be able to cut her loose and move on? Or has she become the calm to his chaos?
An intolerable order. A desperate charade. A deadly secret…. Before Commander Torek Renaar can return to active duty, he’s ordered to purchase an animal companion to help relieve his PTSD symptoms. But having been a caretaker for and lost a loved one, keeping even one little human alive is a challenge he feels doomed to fail. It doesn’t help that his animal companion is the newest, most exotic breed on the market, demanding constant attention, daily grooming, and delicate handling. If she doesn’t die first in his incompetent care, she’ll be the death of him.
After witnessing the murder of her domestication specialist, Delaney McCormick allows her new owner to treat her like the pet he believes her to be. If anyone suspects she’s more intelligent than a golden retriever, her murder would be next. She endures the humiliation of being washed, the tediousness of being trained to “sit” and “come,” and the intrigue of hearing private conversations. But in Torek’s care, she finds something unexpected on this antarctic planet, something she never had in all her years on Earth while house-hopping between foster families: a home.
As companionship grows to love, must Delaney continue the charade, acting like an animal and hiding from the murderer waiting on her misstep? Or can she trust Torek with her secrets, even if the truth threatens everything he holds dear—and both their lives?
VS Note: Sounded intriguing and the sample read well so I one clicked. Horror maybe? Although listed in SF&F too…
Stella thought she’d made up a lie on the spot, asking her childhood friend if he remembered the strange public broadcast TV show with the unsettling host she and all the neighborhood kids appeared on years ago. But he does remember. And so does her mom. So why doesn’t Stella? The more she investigates the show and the grip it has on her hometown, the eerier the mystery grows.
VS Note: Not a romance, hard scifi but sounds so good. Put it on my TBR List…
Hella is a planet where everything is oversized—especially the ambitions of the colonists. The trees are mile-high, the dinosaur herds are huge, and the weather is extreme—so extreme, the colonists have to migrate twice a year to escape the blistering heat of summer and the atmosphere-freezing cold of winter. Kyle is a neuro-atypical young man, emotionally challenged, but with an implant that gives him real-time access to the colony’s computer network, making him a very misunderstood savant. When an overburdened starship arrives, he becomes the link between the established colonists and the refugees from a ravaged Earth. The Hella colony is barely self-sufficient. Can it stand the strain of a thousand new arrivals, bringing with them the same kinds of problems they thought they were fleeing? Despite the dangers to himself and his family, Kyle is in the middle of everything—in possession of the most dangerous secret of all. Will he be caught in a growing political conspiracy? Will his reawakened emotions overwhelm his rationality? Or will he be able to use his unique ability to prevent disaster?
Marta Kowalczyk should be on the Olympia with her friends. Instead, she’s babysitting her father, who’s fresh out of prison and resisting Marta’s attempts to keep him on the straight and narrow. She could do without any other frustrations in her life, including helping the grumpy head of Station security, Tarkken, who, for some reason, can’t stand the sight of her. Tarkken H’Arran would love to put violent anti-Intergalactic Community extremist, Nick Gillespie, behind bars before everyone returns from the Olympia. But to do it, he’s going to need Marta’s help. The only problem? Marta’s emotions project far louder than everyone else’s and play havoc with Tarkken’s Empathy. Being around her is almost intolerable. So why can’t he get her off his mind?
A dying planet. A conquered mate. I came to this godforsaken planet to uncover a dark secret. Nothing could have prepared me for what I actually found. Now, betrayed and stranded in an unforgiving wasteland, I can feel my life slipping away with each breath of poisonous air. Death is certain. Until the aliens find me. Horned warriors with glowing green eyes. They say they will save my life. The power to do so lies within their hard, savagely muscled bodies. But if I give in to their demands, I will be changed forever. Transformed. I will become one of them. There will be no going back. The aliens will dominate me. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
VS Note: A spinoff of the BLUE SOLACE series…
Welcome to Charybdis Station! Dr. Verion Morrick is complicated. No, really. Not too long ago, Verion was simply a divorced research scientist on Frost Veil that wanted to reconnect with his estranged son. Now, a few years and one death and resurrection later, Verion is a new person – both Death the Crellic Element and Verion Morrick. One being that helped protect the galaxy from an insidious evil. With the war over, Verion isn’t sure where he belongs, but there is one thing he is sure of. His fated life mate is an adorable gentle giant named Valentine Philbert.
Val isn’t a complicated man. He spends his days working in maintenance and taking care of his teenage son. He has his friends and his family, and never thought to want more. He believed his chance at a lasting love died along with his wife years ago. Then he met Verion and knew the delicious scent of his mate immediately. In the midst of a galactic war, Val had to put their happiness on hold, but now the war is over, and Val wants his mate. Unfortunately, the path to happiness isn’t always easy. The citizens of Charybdis Station aren’t quite sure what to make of Death now that they don’t need him anymore. Can a weapon of war and a gentle maintenance man find their happily ever after?
Half-Lyqa and half-Yuk, Qim has the best of both worlds—the brute strength of his father’s people and the kind, compassionate nature of his mother’s. He also has a First heart, which identifies his biological mate, Cris, while he visits Earth. After a traumatic first introduction, he finally sees her again, only to have a lurking danger force them back to Lyqa and the waiting judgement of his fight first ask questions later older brother, who has always wished Qim was less Lyqa and more Yuk. Faced with the pressure to protect his lehti, Qim has to decide which part of him will keep her safe without driving her away.
This is book five of the Lyqa Planet Lovers Series. Read the others first, or enjoy this one on its own.
VS Note: Although there’s no mention of a romance in the blurb, it’s listed in SFR and at least one review references a romance.
Their primary mission was over. The majority of the Relian scourge had been defeated, and all that remained were pockets of survivors hiding on Earth. Hundreds of hybrids had been rescued, and the survival of the Valendrans had been assured. The T’Alq brothers had all made terrible sacrifices to mitigate their guilt over who had bred them, and though Traze and Dagog still fought alongside the Dranovians, peace seemed to reign for Grai and Koda. Until their world is shattered by a betrayal so deep, it will call the brothers back to battle together again. Four brothers will stand against a force so dark, none will be left unscathed. Three will betray everyone the brother’s love, and all they hold dear. Two will not survive the final battle for the peace so dearly longed for. One will be the only hope to save their future. Witness the final First Wave. Nothing is ever as it seems – Grai T’Alq
When my cousin Katie comes to visit from planet Etwan, I beg her to take me with her. I need a change. A break.
Instead, I find myself facing the same fate as my cousins and a truth I never expected. Two vampires and two alien dragon shifters claiming me as their mates. They need me to help save their planet, and I need them to help heal the wounds in my heart. But can I give myself over completely to these four incredible men? Or will the call to return home to Earth be too loud to ignore?
I escaped cruelty and torture…with a beast. He would think twice before eating me. Everything else is fair game though. Worse, I think I want to belong to this feral male. Our story is so sick and twisted, it truly belongs in this galaxy. Me, a human woman. Him, a Reaper warrior. Together, we fall in love in our rust bucket of a ship.
It’s basically us against the galaxy and all those civilized people who think we’re trash. To survive, we’ll have to loot and plunder. We’ll have to kill and embrace the violence of the Reapers. But the more violence we indulge in
The hotter things get between us. It’s like a drug. An aphrodisiac in a galaxy filled with war. We might be sneered at.
Called unrefined. Even labeled monsters. If so, then Karviss is my monster. And I’m his. Together, we shall live the Reaper code. Reap. But do not sow.
Mercenary looking for a future. An escaped slave fleeing from the past. Their love will reshape worlds. When Alethia is kidnapped while trying to free slaves, it seems her deepest nightmares are coming true. Her ‘rescue’ by Thanesh, leader of the Protectorate, a group of hardened mercenaries, is short-lived when the past catches up to the mysterious alien leader, revealing things about both of them which will change their future forever. Thanesh and Alethia must now fight side-by-side or face the horrifying consequences.
Robert is a pet, a human pleasure slave, and well past his prime. So when teenage Duke Thomar of Aylian buys him via mail order, Robert first suspects a dreadful misunderstanding. The duke is young, handsome and headstrong, and the very last thing he needs while struggling to secure his reign over his planet is an aging bargain bin pet by his side. Only, the more time Robert spends with Thomar, the more he learns that the young duke rarely makes mistakes. Unless, of course, Thomar dashes off on one of his mad adventures, which Robert increasingly becomes a part of.
Eden’s lifelong dream to join an off-planet archaeological expedition turns into a living nightmare when her vessel gets boarded by Makaen—the alien race humans have been at war with for more than a decade. She’s hunted down and taken prisoner by one seriously pissed-off and fierce-looking Makaen. To make matters worse, he even dares to accuse her of belonging to a smuggling ring. Okay, she was holding a stolen relic when they met, but that was nothing more than a big misunderstanding. It’s evident the alien doesn’t think much of her species. At all. Yet, there’s some kind of weird connection between them even her hyper-rational mind can’t explain, but it’s driving her crazy. The stoic alien has the ability to switch her brain off with just one smoldering gaze. And even though he’s doing his utmost to fight it, his eyes and actions tell her it’s affecting him too.
Damaen Bakan, governor of one of the Makaen colonies, lost the most important thing in his life by a cowardly act committed by humans. Lacking both empathy and compassion, he has no scruples about making every human he encounters pay. Until Eden crosses his path. The female is unlike any other human he has captured and interrogated. Damaen’s trying to withstand her gravitational pull, but it’s so incredibly strong he fears he might not be able to resist her for long. And that’s bad. Very bad. After all, aside from being human, she’s also a criminal of the worst kind. Two very good reasons to avoid her. The last thing he wants is for the female to revive something inside him he assumed was long dead and buried. And then there is the small matter of her possibly being a gift to him from his deity. Yes, the gods must surely hate him.
Marissa – I’m in the hellhole known as Gerr’ a prison moon, light years away from home. My crime? Being abducted by an alien race who then deemed me useless. I might be small, but I am not fragile. When my cellmates threaten me, I fight back with fists blazing. But after the fight goes bad, the punishment I face is even worse…I am shackled and thrust into a cell with him — Kon, a killer given the moniker “Beast” by the other criminals. He’s big and intimidating, a predator everyone fears. I should despise him. I became a cop to put people like him away. Too bad he is also irresistibly hot and the more time I spend with him the more attached I’m becoming. Is this love?
Kon – One look at her small quivering body and I know she doesn’t belong here. It’s called a prison, but Gerr’ a is a kill or be killed game. All for alien entertainment. The more ruthless we are, the more points we get. She is completely at my mercy. Should I end her miserable life, or should I protect Marissa even if this means I risk everything? But as I enjoy my power over her, her power over me grows just as strong. I need to snap out of it. Now.
But can I?
VS Note: Not exactly scifi but close…sounded good. N J Croft = Nina Croft
A woman with a rare genetic illness must uncover her connection to a terrorist group before their next attack in this exciting new bio-thriller from the author of Disease X. Lucas Grafton has spent the last ten years hunting the Conclave, a secret organization who took everything from him, including his very identity. Now he has a lead—an imminent terrorist attack on London—code-named “Descartes”. But he can’t connect the dots until a seemingly innocent woman appears during his stakeout. Jenna Young can’t believe she was attacked and barely escaped with her life. Now she’s on the run with a stranger…and racing against the clock. With only a note left by her father after his death, telling her to use the code-word “Descartes” to get the pills that slow the progression of her illness, Jenna has only days before her body will start to rapidly deteriorate. Lucas and Jenna must piece together why she’s wanted by a terrorist group she’s never heard of. And why, despite her claims that she needs an unknown and presumably illegal drug to stay alive, she seems to be getting stronger by the day.
The tribes have been dying beneath the desert sun for as long as they can remember. With fewer and fewer males birthed, there is little hope of survival. Humanity is doomed. The yearly blooming is a season of fertility and new life—and the time when the males choose new brides. But Elliya has no desire to become another wife amongst many to a spoiled man. She longs for more. She longs for love. When the Red Star appears in the sky on the night she is to be chosen, Elliya knows it is her chance to make her own choice. She ventures out beneath the blood moon to prove the old legends true—to claim a dragon as her mate. But even if she can forge the legendary bond with her dragon, can she win the most important prize of all? Can she conquer the dragon’s heart?
I eat curses for breakfast. No, really. I’ve been cursed more than a thousand times and here I am facing another one. My twin sister ditched out on a cursed client and he’s definitely not happy. So now I’m stuck playing twin switch in the Kitchen Witch Academy, and I can’t cook. No really, I burn water. The curse isn’t like anything I’ve seen before, and neither is this crazy magical world I’ve been plunged into. I’m a cubicle queen, a meeting manager in the mundane world, not a witch. I don’t even have a familiar. Scratch that. It looks like Baba Yaga decided I needed one to keep me out of trouble. I’m out of my element, but I know one thing for sure. No curse or distraction will keep me from getting back to my regular life. Well, okay, maybe one distraction. The handsome cursed client and CEO of a big deal Kitchen Witch family might play that role. I’ll have to use all my skills to navigate enemy territory and avoid my twin sister’s evil familiar while I’m at it. I know one thing. Once this is over, I’m due for a long vacation at a sunny beach, margaritas and brooding Kitchen Witch CEO’s welcome.
Twins, a sexy panther Shifter, a Rock n’ Roll cat with major issues, a tattoo shop and now add a bakery in the works means Wicked is a little on edge. The last thing she needs is a past, she thought had forgotten her, coming to Assjacket with one thing on its mind. Taking her back to what she ran from so very long ago, but the residents of Assjacket have a more wicked plan. Welcome back to the town of Assjacket for more wickedly hilarious mixtures of paranormal personalities.
It doesn’t matter where you came from or where you’re headed. What matters is that you’ve always got a place with the Wilder Crew. Thadd’s so much more than meets the eye…After witnessing the death of his mother along with the betrayal of his pride that nearly broke him, he fled his native home. Now, ten years later, he’s found a sort of peace and a crew of misfits that’s more family than his old pride. Yet he yearns for more. Torrance isn’t your average shifter...She’s happy with her life and with her Pride, but she knows her mate isn’t among the males she’s met. However, she’s aware it’s only a matter of time before she either finds a mate, or has to tell her alpha and adopted brother, the truth about what she really is. Figuring out how to explain to her pride the truth about her nature is harder than she thought. When a lion meets his mate…Thadd isn’t one to ignore fate, especially when he dreams of a female night after night. Of course, the dreams aren’t lovey dovey sexy dreams, but nightmares he’s determined to prevent from happening, if he can just figure out who the gorgeous woman happens to be. If Fate sends you a beast…Torrance feels the pull to the male and knows nothing and nobody will stop him from claiming her. Not that she’s planning on pumping the brakes either. Now she just needs to ensure her Pride doesn’t kill the huge shifter before she claims him as hers. Can these two shifters who are more than meets the eye get their happily ever after, or will a demon from Thadd’s past destroy them before they get a chance to find true happiness?
Jezibaba—aka Elenora the reluctant Dragoness—is tucked into her beach house and enjoying her retirement. After hundreds of years of protecting the nutbag magical community, she deserves a little peace and quiet. Right? Wrong…What she doesn’t deserve is her dragon lover announcing their mating to all of dragonkind. Those crazy flying freaks consider her to be Damien’s pet human which is really not working for her. The least he could have done was warn her they were about to be summoned before the Council of Dragons to explain themselves. She also doesn’t deserve to have to worry about the wicked firebird mage, Zenos, trying to bed Damien’s mother. You’d think a couple of millennial-old creatures would keep their embarrassing wooing to themselves. Damien’s breathing fire over it and Goddess only knows what’s going to happen when the Council of Dragons finds out. The chaos she calls her life has her all fired up again. Retirement will have to wait. Something has to be done before her inner dragon decides to get involved and the witch hits the fan.
Savannah Snickersnee might prefer quiet country life, but she loves her sister enough to brave the city to swap places after a desperate plea from her twin. Once in Seattle, the bookish witch finds herself tangled with the two men her sister left behind. When both humans express interest in the dislocated Savannah, she needs to figure out what sent her sister running back to Assjacket with her proverbial tail tucked—and fast. If she doesn’t hurry, and she’s not careful, she might fall for one of the men Sadie left behind… but does he love her or the twin she’s impersonating? And what about the catastrophic cluster$%&* that is shaking the entire western seaboard, spilling puddles of random magic throughout Seattle and causing no end of mystical chaos? It might take more than one witch to solve this problem, but luckily for the universe… Snickersnees come in twos.
All she wanted was one more chance to get it right. Gemma Marolinia is a witch with regrets. Heir to the Linwynian throne, she has also been trained as an assassin. Gemma is blamed for an assassination attempt on her father the King, and she sees no way to clear her name. As a rule, when conflict arises, she believes in the flight philosophy. She who fights and runs away lives to fight another day. Now, her past has caught up to her, and she can no longer run. She must face her fears and trust others, especially an attractive hunter who has been sent to bring her to justice. It’s time to right the wrongs of her past with a spell that will send her back in time. Maverick Waraxe promised the King he would find the princess and bring her home. Yet, Gemma refuses to come peacefully. He agrees to help her find the book of spells, but only if she comes with him to answer for her crimes. Of course, the more time they spend together, the more he falls for the dangerous beauty who surprises him with her capacity to care for others. She is a walking paradox, and if she gets her way, she might just unravel the very fabric of time. Sometimes you wish you could go back in time to change the things you did wrong, but you better only Spell Me Once because you might not get another chance.
She thinks she’s ordinary. He thinks his assignment is temporary. Sometimes, two wrongs can make everything right. Exploding cupcakes and an unexpected birthday present send Breeze back to a place she can barely remember – home. Her mission: Take her place as the protector of Wyrding Way and unravel the mystery of her parents’ death. Her allies: A kleptomaniac raccoon and a hot as hell selkie secret agent whose smile could melt the panties off a saint. Her enemies: A flock of seagull Shifters with mayhem on their minds and a shadowy figure with no fashion sense. Her plan: Defend the town., decode the clues, and do not, under any circumstances, fall for the sexy Shifter, even if he does look amazing in a kilt.
What’s a witch to do when her Aussie slang talking wombat familiar leads her straight into the arms of a stinking hot Berserker warrior? One claiming to be her mate. She freaks out. Trust me, I totally freaked out, but then got down to business. There’s no time to weigh my options. It’s a matter of life or death. Not my life exactly, but still… I don’t want the death of the last Kangaroo shifter on my hands when all I need to do to save him is bond with a sexy as sin warrior and kick a Drop Bear’s butt. Choices, choices.
What’s a bar-owning witch to do when a ghost with a grudge starts messing with her happy? Not to mention, messing with the love of her life over an ancestor everyone hates. She calls on her half-demon BFF, and a secret weapon she didn’t know she had—The Baba Yaga, a.k.a. the most powerful witch in the world. Tabitha Morgan is in for the fight of her life…well, for the life of her fiancée, when he’s taken over and taken hostage by a hostile witch ghost. History runs amok in this sorcerer’s suspense, set in the witchiest place on earth and the home of the magical pokey. Take a ride in a hail of purple smoke and rainbow sparkles, and the worst fashion sense since disco fever died, and see how this ragtag group works magic they didn’t know they had to save the day.
Cougar Shifter Gooper Pollitt left her home in West Virginia five years ago for the Big City, but a call from her brother has her racing back. Big Daddy is ill, and no matter how prickly things were when she left, family is family. When she returns, G finds that everything in the town and on the mountain is the same as when she left, except there’s a hot new man in town—a warlock who brews up a magical latte and makes donuts to die for. G’s family might have the vapors over her dating a warlock, but their attitudes toward Dev quickly change when he divines that Big Daddy isn’t ill—he’s been cursed. Can G and Dev find time for love while hunting for a would-be killer?
Jenny Von Zuzle is a fabulous witch with a sweet personality and—oh yeah, a fear of using her most powerful skill in her arsenal of magic. Joshua Englewoodie is a warlock who was raised to blend in with mortals, living the high life along with some of the most rich and famous. Yet, he’s bored out of his mind. Opposites are supposed to attract, but complete polar opposites? It is definitely going to take some outside help and a little bit of witchcraft to get these two on the same page. Thank the Goddess above for the town of Assjacket and good friends who aren’t afraid of a little challenge.
I now pronounce you bat and bride!Margo West is finally marrying the batty beau of her dreams. After breaking a century-old family curse, laying ghosts to rest, discovering her power over the sky cauldron, and defeating a dirty dog Shifter, a wedding sounds like a piece of cake. Until their mothers arrive. Nessa West is not thrilled about her daughter’s plans to marry a fruit bat Shifter. Not when there are so many eligible warlocks waiting back in Kansas. The arrival of Dylan’s mother is no walk through the poppies either. Hermosa Hernández lost her husband and eldest son to a witch’s curse, and she’s convinced that Margo is much too wicked for her precious cachorro. With their mothers stirring the cauldron at every turn, Margo and Dylan find themselves at odds and wondering if their love will survive the weekend. Some things just can’t be fixed with one of Mama Ellie’s sexy backyard rituals, but if they can’t get their mothers under control, Margo fears her and Dylan’s nights of making magic under the pawpaw trees will soon be over.
Dr. Matilda Schmidt is used to handling the paranormal world’s most twisted cases. So when the Baba Yaga asks her to fill in for Roger the rabbit Shifter while he’s in wank-flick rehab, she’s more than happy to oblige. With her super mega genius seven-year-old daughter in tow, Matilda packs her bags and heads to Assjacket, where she learns that there’s a rogue Hexer hanging around town, and a series of attacks has the locals worried. When Matilda’s inaugural session with Zorro the fainting goat Shifter is interrupted by a leather wearing, white-haired, amber-eyed—and really hot—stranger, she’s shocked to learn that he’s been transported from another realm to hunt the Hexer. Together, they’ll have to uncover the real reason the Hexer has targeted Assjacket, even if it means confronting the troubling truth about Matilda’s own daughter.
When my parents confessed they’d sold me in service to Satan, I expected the Prince of Darkness to walk through the door when the clock struck twelve. Instead I got a hexed Dragon Shifter with a grudge against my mother and my newly purchased contract in hand. That sexy as sin Dragon might own me for the next twelve months, but I’m not falling for him no matter how many Twinkies he buys me. Throw in the Motherhumper of all Demons who wants me dead, a skunk Shifter with a loose stink trigger, a glorified outhouse to call Home Sweet Home–and I’m beginning to think I might as well be in Hell!
Murder, magic, and…a dragon? Oh my! There’s a new witch in town–she just doesn’t know it yet. Life just took a sharp up yours for Clea Fukuro. As one of the few humans in Assjacket, WV, Clea thought she knew who–and what–she was. Until she’s accused of murder by the guy claiming to be her mate.
Take…One mysterious package covered in bright blue cartoon wrapping paper delivered by an Armadillo on a twenty-speed Schwinn racing by at a high rate of speed. Add…Forty-eight hours to save my friends, my momma, and Gram-Gram from a revenant relative returned from the grave. A seventeen-hour road trip to get help from the Almighty Shifter Wanker with my Queen-in-her-own-mind Eagle critiquing my choice in music and my inability to carry a tune in a bucket with a lid. One essential, crucial, and had-to-happen trip to Buck’s Stop-N-Go for cheesy puffs, black licorice, and a forty-four-ounce soda. A super sexy Mule who comes to the rescue, saves my bootay from inevitable demise, and steals my heart. And…You’ve got the life of Edna Easterwing, aka me. All I wanted was a quiet day with my coffee, paperwork, and the Sanity-Challenged Shifters of Bailmore Hall – Instead…I’m Feathered, Cursed, and Mated to an Ass…Midnight Margaritas, anyone? All I can say is buckle up, Buttercup, it’s time to get FLOCKED’cause that’s how we roll in Tallulu Parish!
Welcome to the Dark Forest, where an evil King resides, Dark Fae rule the land, and an unsuspecting witch is itching to say, ‘I Do’. Five years ago in the human realm, Camille walked away from the love of her life, or so she thought. They say hindsight is twenty-twenty, and if that’s true, then she’s about to get a rude awakening from a dream demon determined to make her life a living hell… literally. Prince of the Dark Fae, Kallan is next in line to be King. There’s only one problem, he’s missing a Queen. So imagine his surprise when she unexpectedly lands on his doorstep. Of course, that’s after he hijacks her dream in order to save her life. When the human and Faery Realms collide, all Hell breaks loose. An Evil Djinn escapes to wreak havoc on both worlds, a selfish King seeks retribution, and an evil ex-wife is out for revenge. Did I forget to mention said ex-wife belongs to the Prince of Darkness, who has wiped his hands clean of the situation? Either way, it’s time for our hero and heroine to step up their game or die trying.
She’s a Jewel…but that has its challenges. The witches of the Jewel line often have problems with their magic, and Tarana is no different. Her magic only comes out when she’s highly emotional, and then it has a mind of its own. Her cousins have come into theirs when they found their special men, but either her ex wasn’t special enough, or she just won’t ever be a full witch. With a new trophy girlfriend in her ex’s bed and a new job managing an apartment building whose tenants are all supernaturals, thanks to Zelda the Shifter Whisperer, Tarana is ready to start again. No more men. It isn’t worth it even if it did trigger her marriage. Giff is a demon on a mission. His escort service brings a whole new meaning to “service,” since his employees are either sex demons or trained by them. He is living in the penthouse of a building he designed a century ago on his last visit to Earth, and it’s killing him to see the effects of a hundred years of neglect. Getting stuck in an elevator with a witch is the last straw. Or maybe the first moment of a new beginning. Sparks fly and attraction charges the air, but Tarana’s not looking for a relationship anytime soon…or ever. Maybe it can just be physical? Or maybe she’s the mate he’s been told to wait patiently for.
Maeve Hummingbird Moonchild is the worst witch in her coven and struggles with even the smallest spell. With no friends but a pigeon, her life in London goes from bad to rock bottom when she is kicked out of her coven and forced to get a job. When a Help Wanted ad leads her to a new life, she heads off with nothing but her sass and her winged friend. What else can she do? And Kracken’s Hole can’t be that bad—right?
Newly mated Layla and Garrett are diligently practicing their baby-making skills—until Baba Yaga pops in with a dire warning. A magical storm is brewing, and when it causes a supernatural communication breakdown, the water witch and her alpha mate will have to defeat ghosts from their past, their own insecurities, and a childhood nightmare come to life.
Taze Malone has known for two years that Calla Marshall was his mate, but her brother is a problem. Malaki does everything in his power to keep them apart, but that won’t stop Taze from getting answers to why she vanished from her fight training. Her sorry attempt at an excuse doesn’t add up.
Calla Marshall dives into her studies and job at a human attorney’s office. She distances herself from the pride to keep her mind off of touching a male after she turned twenty. Her reasons for getting her law degree are valid, but the secret she and her brother keep weighs heavy on her mind when her panther finally realizes Taze is to be her destined mate.
While the war against the Gadaí continues, Taze is thrust into his role, protecting humans against the dangers of rogue packs of werewolves. Females are being turned, and it is his job to help the others capture them to be sent to a new home where they can be reformed. His need to be close to Calla stirs up a renewed friendship and understanding. She’s not ready for a mate. But when he finds out the secret she’s been hiding since being rescued by the Shaw pride, Taze will do everything in his power to help her heal. It’ll be a long ride of uncertainty and growth, but will Calla finally return to the female he fell in love with in the training facility all those years ago?
Thrust back in time to 1854, she’s on a mission to save a good man turned bandit. Falling for him wasn’t part of the plan and neither was joining the notorious outlaws. Veterinary assistant Becca Wagner drowns in romance novels on her lunch break, someday hoping to find what she had lost: a family. When her soon-to-be ex-husband arrives with a new woman on his arm and a cute puppy needing shots, Becca quits. While packing her house to restart her life, Becca’s co-worker offers her an escape—a dream study for her master’s degree with promises of healing from the pain. Becca doesn’t hesitate. Before drifting off to sleep, she is given a mission: Becca must convince a farmer to accept a crooked sheriff’s deal, otherwise the farmer will be killed. Amused by the chance to participate in a romantic adventure novel of her own, Becca eagerly accepts the terms.
In 1854, farmer Jonathan Arris turned bandit for his own reasons, no matter how much his little brother complains. The sheriff in town makes Jonathan an offer to go undercover for him in exchange for immunity from his crimes. Despite Jonathan’s better judgment—the bandits are a bigger threat than the sheriff—he accepts. But soon it’s clear the sheriff’s deal isn’t going to keep Jonathan alive, and the strange woman from the future quickly captures his heart. Becca must decide between two futures—the present, where she’s jobless but safe, or the past, where she has to risk her life to follow her heart.
Zahru has long dreamed of leaving the kingdom of Orkena and having the kinds of adventures she’s only ever heard about in stories. But as a lowly Whisperer, her power to commune with animals means that her place is serving in the royal stables until the day her magic runs dry. All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes the Crossing. A death-defying race across the desert, in which the first of his heirs to finish–and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey’s end–will ascend to the throne. With all of the kingdom abuzz, Zahru leaps at the chance to change her fate if just for a night by sneaking into the palace for a taste of the revelry. But the minor indiscretion turns into a deadly mistake when she gets caught up in a feud between the heirs and is forced to become the Crossing’s human sacrifice. Now Zahru’s only hope for survival hinges on the impossible: somehow figuring out how to overcome the most dangerous people in the world.
’d spent my entire life voiceless. Ignored. Put to the side. All because I couldn’t communicate with the humans that I was surrounded by. All because I wasn’t surrounded by my own kind, my parents subjected me to the worst type of loneliness because of their own bias and history. That all changed when I turned eighteen though. The day that I decided to pick up and move to Willowdale Village. A place that signified the exact opposite of my upbringing. A place where I found my best friend. A place where I opened up my own business, a small ballet studio where I didn’t have to worry about whether I could talk to others or not. A place where people understood why I couldn’t talk. A place where everyone was different. A place where I met the Graves brothers, a family of wolf shifters, that planned on changing my life forever. A place I now called home.
But what happens when my parents come to visit with an unexpected guest? One that not only wants to bring me back to where I grew up but place a very unwanted ring on my finger? I have a feeling that no one is going to be happy about this, least of all me, and the reaction of the Graves brothers is nothing to be happy about either.
A lost little girl is just about the last thing Private Investigator Sarah Booth Delaney expects to see while horseback riding one evening in the woods, and her concern deepens when she reads the note pinned to the girl’s outfit: it says she is cursed, and has consequently been abandoned. Filled with concern for the child, Sarah Booth gets to work tracing her origins. The quest takes her and her partner, Tinkie, to a small nomadic community on the Mississippi River, where the answers to their questions lie. Sarah Booth must tread carefully, however, for danger awaits her there as well.
When the Hallowed Gates prove not to be the safe haven Khara was promised, she flees to Detroit only to learn that not all is well there, either. The Dark Ones have taken their revenge for her broken promise and one of Khara’s many enemies has orchestrated her mother’s disappearance. Khara must work quickly to find her, a difficult task with Phobos lurking in the shadows. And when a mysterious stranger offers a solution to both finding her mother and eliminating her greatest enemy, Khara isn’t certain she can—or should—pay his price. Because deals with the devil only end one way. Even for the princess of the Underworld.
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo. And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life. Unveiled as the first soulguide in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a soulguide can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.
My son just vanished into thin air… from a commercial jet cruising at 30,000 feet. The forces that took him aren’t of this world. I’ve barely recovered from the revelations that my boss is a vampire and magic is real. Now my child has been kidnapped by Fae who want to rule humanity, and I’ve acquired powers I can’t control. Blowing doors off their hinges and starting fires with the power of my mind won’t help me find Jace. For that, I’ll have to trust a man—a vampire—with emotional walls as tall and thick as Fort Knox. The answers I need won’t be found on Earth—but to save my son, I’m ready to brave a realm that drives humans mad. I’ve been set adrift in a terrifying new world of monsters and magic. Adrift, but not alone. Somehow, I’ve gained a misfit family among the living and undead.
Just as well, because at this rate, it looks like I’m going to need them.
A tornado of chaos is tearing through Reality and in its path is the newest House, a bleak and forbidding fortress built of magic and grief by the most unlikely of sorcerers, a human. A reckless act of compassion costs Dr. Kira Aist her family and her future on Earth. To escape her enemies, she calls on her heritage as a descendant of Baba Yaga and walks between worlds. As Kira roams the paths of Reality, strangers are drawn to her House. Some seek refuge, some seek power, and one just wants kitty treats. With the fate of multiple worlds hanging in the balance, Kira must discover what it means to be a sorcerer and the keeper of a House.
For centuries, humans descended on shifters’ lands, killing and claiming. They devoured all in their path–gold, God, and glory their battle cries. From the flames of destruction on the Zafeo continent, two nations emerged–the human territory of Vumaris and the feline nation of Shona. No more wars. No more bloodshed. Eight decades of peace.
For eighteen-year-old Asha, traveling to Vumaris with her parents, lion alphas of the Kingdom of Shona, should’ve been a simple matter. Recommitting to an eighty-year-old peace treaty between their countries should’ve been easier still. Yet, greed and corruption know no boundaries of time and place. So when a group of mercenaries converges on Sanctum Hotel, hellbent on kidnapping Asha and assassinating her parents, her family trip turns into the bloodiest night of her life. Will Asha lose those closest to her heart–her parents and Ekon, a young bodyguard she loves. If so, will she forgive her enemies or seek divine retribution? Only time will tell, and it’s running out for Princess Asha of the Kingdom of Shona.
Through magic gone totally wrong, Wren and her cousins wind up on Gecire, sister dimension to the Crystal Kingdom. Wren McClure, journalist by day, romance writer by night, has a hard time facing the world’s ever-increasing responsibilities. Her life is already pretty messy. She doesn’t have time to think of falling in love, but she has no say in matters of her heart. Not when a big, sexy shifter decides she’s his.
Xenos Woodsky, alpha of the Gnoleon fae, has endured over three hundred years of self-induced solitude for a mistake that killed many in his tribe. When his mate portals into his reclusive life, he’s forced into taking action. It’s time to return to his people. It’s time to claim the woman he wants. Old enemies come back and the tribe is forced to move. They need everyone’s help, especially Xenos. Xenos has to decide if he’s going to face up for past actions with his people and save the day, or lose his mate and his tribe.
Evil comes in all forms … and sometimes it wears a human mask. When the body of a newlywed is discovered on the reservation, Lizzie Grace throws herself into the investigation, needing a distraction from what she fears is coming not only for her but also Belle—her best friend and witch familiar. But as the body count grows and a desperate race begins to track down a supernatural entity capable of powerful magic, it becomes evident another deadly game has begun—one they may not win. Because the past—and the man—they ran from thirteen years ago has finally caught up with them. And he’s out for revenge.
Doyle Witch Lenore has one job…Destroy a magical book that threatens to devastate the world. But try to tell that to her small-town sheriff. When a decade’s old corpse turns up in the hollow of a haunted oak, Sheriff McCourt drafts Lenore into service. Since the coroner can’t identify the body, why not ask a shamanic witch who can see the dead?Little does the sheriff know how dangerous the spirits of Middle World can be. And once they have Lenore in their sights, she can only keep moving forward – into a cold case at a local winery that threatens her sanity, and her life.
VS Note: A re-release of which the author says “Previously published as Winter Shift. This is an expanded, updated, and extended version.”
He’s not just an alpha grizzly shifter. He’s got more bite than that. Bear shifter Gavin Perry sent his people to safety from the blood hunters, but danger threatens him at every curve. He dwells in the deep woods biding his time until he can find the man responsible for the disappearance of his King. But the corrupted hunters keep coming, delaying his mission and forcing Gavin to unleash his shifter-vampire hybrid bite. He trusts no one. He needs no one. So when the sister of his best friend shows up, begging for his help, Gavin has his suspicions. The bear and the vampire inside him awaken with her scent. The man inside him demands he send her away. But, he’ll test her intentions…push her boundaries while he tastes her sweet kiss. And, he might just keep her because she might just be his fated mate. Isla Lindsburg is a fugitive with a secret. She didn’t come to Gavin for friendship—or anything else. She came here to die. Yet, his wild touch unleashes something within her that she didn’t know existed. It could be the key to saving everything Gavin’s worked to protect. But will their fated bond be enough to save her?
When ghosts cry out, Dan and Chad heed their call. Daniel and Chad are on the road to Hawk Lake, Maine, to investigate rumors of a haunting. With his new role in Daniel’s life, Chad feels like he has something to prove. He is determined to make the Hawk Lake haunting videos the best Hauntastic Haunts has ever aired. Daniel gets sidetracked when he realizes that he might have gotten in over his head with his long distance apprenticeship to a genuine medium. Old insecurities rear their heads and threaten the budding relationship between Dan and Chad.
Neither member of the Hauntastic Haunts crew is ready for what they uncover when they discover the truth behind the ghost ship haunting Hawk Lake. Secrets and lies that threaten to tear apart a community that is still healing from their grief might be better left buried. Daniel and Chad have to decide which is more important, telling the stories of the living or preserving the memories of a handful of ghosts.
What secrets are hidden in ‘the Leftovers’? Lyra and Dorian managed to end the meld that threatened every plane of existence, but there was a cost. Parts of the world have been changed forever. America is riddled with Leftovers: portions of unsettling wilderness where unknown creatures have been thrust into the Mortal Plane, and whole human cities have vanished. Among the missing are Lyra’s own parents. To find them, Lyra, Dorian, and Bryce take on a dangerous mission: investigating the Leftovers, where trees move and nothing is as it seems. “The man sitting in front of me is nothing compared to the vampire I lost.” In the wake of the disaster, Roxy’s finally been promoted to captain in the Occult Bureau’s new monster-hunting department. Between jealous subordinates, her two hellraising siblings being put under her command, and protecting civilians from rampaging monsters, she didn’t think her new job could get any more stressful. And then she starts hearing voices in her head. Specifically, one voice: Kane, the obnoxiously hot vampire she thought she’d never see again. When Lyra’s mission is derailed unexpectedly, the two teams are thrust together again. The Leftovers reveal more of their secrets. Kane’s voice might drive Roxy crazy and ruin their chances of survival—or their connection might be able to save them.
Have you inherited a creepy old house that needs updated bathroom tiles, a new kitchen, and an exorcism? Call me: Helena Nicolescu, the best house flipper witch on the east coast. But I have to admit, I might be in over my head this time. I bought “Lockwood House” at an auction, and the magical community definitely knew something was up, because my rivals were all in on it, including Jake and Jasper, the infuriating wolf shifter twins who think they’re so much better at renovations than me. I overpaid and now I’m stuck with a mess. Floors caving in, 70s carpeting, and…the ghost of an incubus who won’t stop flirting with me while I’m trying to demo.
That’s not the only problem. The former owner’s son seems to be drawn to the place against his own will. My witch radar is going off big time, telling me he has demon blood coursing through his own veins. And the wolves must smell trouble in the air, because they keep sniffing around too. I’ll definitely never tell them that I keep uncovering disconcerting artifacts throughout the house. And more than anything, I won’t admit that they both look pretty good in a tool belt. Why does this house seem like it’s calling trouble to the doorstep? I have eight weeks to get this done and then I’m putting this mansion on the market and moving on.
For Ben Vecchio, everything has changed. His eyes. His diet. His new aversion to sunlight. But after a long sojourn in China, Ben realizes that the world he left behind hasn’t changed as much as he feared. He wants to leave his old life in the past, there’s one job remaining that just won’t leave him alone. Radu’s mystery is too interesting—and too profitable—to ignore. The problem? Taking on this commission puts Ben in the path of his old partner, the one woman he’s spent years avoiding. Tenzin has been following Ben at a distance, hoping his ire might wane, but when he heads to Romania, her patience runs out. Ben is a new power in their world, and more than one vampire will be eager to test him. Ben and Tenzin need to work together if they want to find the truth behind Radu, his mysterious clan, and the treasure at the heart of the Dawn Caravan. One last job, then it’s finished between them. Right?
This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting. In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent. Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.
The first time Lyric heard Shivaun’s name he knew he’d kidnapped the wrong O’Malley twin. The first time Shivaun saw Lyric, she wished he’d taken her instead of her sister. The epic saga of Black Swan and all the lives it touches, human and otherwise, continues with Lyric’s desperate courtship of newly minted demon, Shivaun O’Malley.Meanwhile, Black Swan is discovering that the creation of demons, accidental or otherwise, may interfere with the natural order of things in disastrous ways. Particularly when those demons are female! From Hunter’s Abbey, Edinburgh, Scotia in present times to the Monterey Music Festival of 1967, this tale weaves a time travel adventure that will have you wishing you could catch the eye of a music demon and be part of the Summer of Love.
Roksana, heiress to the vampire slayer throne, has performance anxiety. She’s supposed to kill Elias, but so far she’s only succeeded in maxing out his credit card. Now her failure to stake the brooding vampire has sent her back to Moscow in disgrace to face her mother’s wrath. Expecting punishment by death, she’s given a rare reprieve. She now has three tasks to complete, the last of which is to finally kill Elias. She will not fail this time. If only the memories of one magical evening–back when Elias was human–would stop holding her back. He claims to have forgotten that night. Why can’t she?
Three years ago, Elias was a SWAT team member on a guys’ weekend in Vegas. Playing poker and minding his own business, his life changed forever when a captivating blonde strolled past his table in a light-up bra. He followed Roksana as if compelled, his very bones demanding he do so, his soul resonating with the belief she would be important to him. Always. That turned out to be a vast understatement–and nothing has changed. Roksana embarks on her mission, determined to win back her mother’s approval, but when an astonishing truth emerges in the eleventh hour, will her stake pierce the very heart that beats in her honor? Or will love triumph over duty?
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And they say you can never go home again…When the past tries to rewrite itself, Lacey has to return to the town where the darkness was born. Together with her guys, she’ll face the troubled present, and try to secure her future.
But she never could have foreseen that the cost to her and the men she loves would be so impossibly high.
To save them all, Lacey will have to embrace who she is, and trust her guys—no matter how they might change.
After a decade, it’s time to come home. And this time, Lacey, Oliver, Colton, Thorn, and Aaron will destroy anything that threatens it.
VS Note: From May
Augustus Ambrose never planned to return to the United States after graduation. His mother’s final letter, with its dire threats about what would await if he did, had been more than enough to keep him away. But when his Aunt Grace dies unexpectedly and leaves him her ranch in the New Mexico Territory, he can’t ignore it. Grace gave him everything, and he can’t let her legacy suffer for his childish fear of his mother.
Griffith Taylor doesn’t want much. Quiet nights on the range, a big blue sky, and no rattlesnakes in his boots. He definitely doesn’t want to travel to Boston to take care of his late boss’s heir. When he lays eyes on his charge, everything changes. Not just because Augie is the best looking greenhorn he’s ever clapped eyes on, oh no.
Someone wants Griff’s new boss dead, and they’re not afraid to use forbidden magic to get the job done. Griff can handle himself in a fight, but this job might be more than he’s prepared for.
There’s no trial, no evidence, nothing to tie me to the crime of the magical century. The death of the head master of Magical Hunters Academy. Did I do it? Yes. But the reason why is important, so important my life is in danger. I have to break into Magical Prison. Yes, break into. Because I’m not the one condemned to live the rest of my life there. My sister is. So, yes, I’m going to break in. It’s the only way to save her. The only way to save us both.
VS Note: From late May
Fast cars. Outlaw country boys. Snarky werewolves, vengeful ghosts, and menacing monsters. Dawson King’s family has been hunting things that go bump in the night in Transylvania County, North Carolina, since before the Revolutionary War. Dawson was never happier than when he was racing his souped-up Mustang along winding mountain roads and hunting monsters with his best friend, Grady. Then Grady fell in love with him, which should have been perfect since Dawson had already fallen hard for Grady. But Grady was only seventeen, and Dawson feared that sooner or later, Grady would realize his feelings were just a first crush, and then he’d be gone, leaving Dawson devastated. They both needed space to figure things out. So Dawson joined the army, while Grady stayed on the mountain.
Four years later, Dawson is coming home. He’s more sure than ever Grady is his forever love, and they’ve both agreed to begin this new aspect of their relationship as soon as Dawson gets back. Then Grady’s father is killed in a werewolf hunt gone wrong. Grady is devastated, and he’s throwing mixed signals about moving forward. Dawson knows he needs to hold off on this new thing between them until Grady has time to grieve. But monsters never sleep, and one hunt after another throws Dawson and Grady into constant danger, while tension and unresolved feelings ripple between them. Making it even harder, Dawson’s got a secret. He’s dreamed of death omens—which point to something stalking Grady. Can Dawson figure out who’s trying to kill Grady, save his life, and win back his heart?
Happily ever after is just another beginning. Five years after the birth of her children, Queen Seren Firethorn is enjoying life as a wife to four amazing men and a mother to four beautiful children. But this fairy queen was never meant to sit idly on a throne. Her work may be done with the Goddess Danu, but Seren is part human and as such, she’s also bound Danu’s twin brother, Anu. The God of Earth is far from done with the Twilight Princess. Anu calls upon the ex-Ambassador to take up her sword again and fight for his people. A thief has stolen a Fey relic, one that grants wishes, but only a pure soul can use it properly. Every wrong wish will have terrible consequences. Seren must find this thief and retrieve the relic but can she do it before his careless wishes destroy the entire world?
One night of passion. Two secrets revealed. Three lives changed forever. Dragons do it better. At least, that’s Thrett Lacerta’s motto—at work and at play. The Wildridge Security specialist has a stellar reputation as a trusted member of a small team that maintains peace within the Los Angeles shifter community, but in his personal life he’s earned a nickname that’s both accurate and disheartening: The King of One-Night Stands. Rylan Wilson is just a human. One that’s raising a half-dragon son, the product of a single night of incredible passion. Despite the challenges, she’s not only learned how to raise a shifter child, but to teach them as well. And as the principal of an elite shifter school, it’s her responsibility to keep the kids safe. So when a possible threat emerges, she calls in the best: Wildridge Security.
When the two meet for the first time in eight years, Thrett struggles to understand his bond with the sexy, curvy human, while Rylan tries to find a way to tell the ultimate bachelor that he’s a daddy. Can they find their way back to each other, or will outside forces destroy the very thing that links them?
When my father, the King of Neverra, forced my hand into the Cauldron to cement a political alliance with the Farrows, I thought my night couldn’t get any worse. But lo and behold, it did. On top of being engaged to Remo Farrow, the rudest fae in my kingdom, I now have to repay a bargain I struck to get out of trouble. A bargain that sends me hurtling into a world of trouble. A world I didn’t even know existed, unwelcoming and wicked, and forever changing; a world where my powers—all of them—fail me. The worst part is, I don’t land in supernatural jail alone. Who should follow me through the damned portal but the bane of my existence . . . my new fiancé. Here I was, worrying how I’d save my life, but suddenly, it’s my sanity I’m more concerned about.
VS Note: A re-release…
London, 1851 – former thief Jovan Davenport is the black sheep in a family of powerful sorcerers. But when his dying father—head of the League of Illusion—reaches out for help, Jovan has no choice but to accept. He must find his older brother Sebastian and stop the power-hungry Hawthorne family from taking control of the council. If only they had appointed someone other than Skylar Vanguard to help him in his quest. Skylar, a druid and accomplished tracker, has spent the last three years trying to forget her past, especially Jovan Davenport. Once in love, she left Jovan when she found out about his betrayal. She wants nothing to do with him or his family, but must obey the council’s will by accompanying Jovan and reporting back on his progress. Forced to work alongside each other, neither of them expects their passion to return so quickly. But as the conspiracy deepens in a steam-powered world of dirigibles and mechanical golems, will their secrets stand in the way of their mission…and their love?
One night stands should stay that way…They definitely should not come waltzing into Kristin’s shop several days later. Still, she can’t stop thinking about his fiery hot touch, or the way he felt on top of her. It’s hard for her to turn him away, especially when he wants to buy something. That doesn’t mean she’s about to believe him when he says it’s a coincidence he’s there. No way. He wants something…but what is it?
Blede is a dragon shifter. Unimaginable power rests at his fingertips. Yet the sheer thought of her makes him weak. He needs more, needs to see her, talk with her, be with her. He can’t control himself around her, and it’s only a matter of time before he caves in to his desires. Time that he might not have…Kristin is intent on selling her shop and leaving town. Blede knows he can’t let her do it. So he hatches a plan, one that he hopes will ensure she doesn’t make the biggest mistake of her life. Not that Kristin sees it that way, and his fumbling attempts only push her away from him and into the arms of the dragon underworld. They’ve been watching and waiting for a moment like this. But their plan doesn’t stop with Kristin. It’s much, much bigger.
Bahamas, 1718. Captain James “Prince” Barrow is tired of being a pirate and wants to settle down. As a noble, he never envisioned the life of an outlaw as his own and wants to appease his treasure-hungry crew before they mutiny him due to their lack of patience. Luckily, James has two clues that will lead him to treasure his fellow pirate captain buried on his behalf. In order to attain the third one, James must attend a fancy ball he is sure to be recognized at. He needs a companion – one who will help him blend in with high society. Bahamas, 2020. As a New York executive, vacation is not in Samantha Gilbert’s vocabulary. Not that her best friend cares. Samantha is dragged to Nassau, Bahamas after a nasty breakup and visits a pirate museum. The tour guide shares a tragic tale of a pirate who died before finding his long-lost treasure. andHe insists on Samantha trying on a jade necklace from that very treasure. Once the cool metal touches her skin, Samantha is taken back through time – straight into the arms of the pirate himself. The two strike a bargain: if she helps him find the third clue, he’ll allow her to put on the jade necklace from the treasure and get her back to the twenty-first century. With the English hot on their trail and death a near certainty, both are forced to work together not only to uphold their bargain, but to survive. And with time running out, both could very well lose the thing they desire most: each other.
“…a widow cursed with immortality vows to spend eternity alone rather than risk love with another mortal. The Black Rose Chronicles are fiction and fantasy with a modern twist, populated by mortals and fiends who are all too human. A new kind of romance complete with captivating historical characters and a time-traveling vampire…The Black Rose Chronicles includes: Forever and The Night, For All Eternity, Time Without End and Tonight and Always.
Only one woman knows how to save the universe from certain doom. And she isn’t talking…The Dark Lord Samael is a writhing mass of tentacles who can crack a planet with his beak and suck the magma from its lifeless husk. And his appetite for death is infinite…The Lizard King is grooming a traitor prince to become a new lord of death as he leads an army of orcs against his own people…An elf princess flees her palace to escape a marriage she does not want, and throws her lot in with a brash new rebellion…The summoner Osia must use all his powers to gather a representative from each of the bright races—elves, dwarfs, men, and werebears—to a grand council to decide the fate of their worlds…The Dark Field is the second book in the Red Horn Saga, an epic fantasy that skillfully blends high fantasy, steampunk, Cthulu, and space opera. The magic is unpredictable, the spaceships run on coal, and no power known to dwarf, elf, or man can stop the carnage. Only a hero small enough can save us now.
He was imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. His fated mate? The gorgeous U.S. Marshal transporting him …Once, Cooper was a U.S. Marshal with a distinguished career. Now he’s a prisoner, accused of murder, with his inner griffin suppressed and maybe even dead. He’s being transported across the country in leg chains. This isn’t how he planned on meeting the woman of his dreams. Gretchen is used to not fitting in. She’s a quirk of nature: the one human in a family of lynx shifters. Now she’s a U.S. Marshal who shares an office with a dragon, a pegasus, and a wolf. This is just one more prisoner transport, right? … wrong.
By law, he’s her prisoner. By fate, he’s her partner … and so much more. Being moved to another prison gives Cooper the perfect chance to escape. But it could cost Gretchen her career, and leave her to deal alone with the supernatural killers on their heels and the winter blizzard roaring down on them. Gretchen is beautiful, funny, and tough as nails—she could even be enough to bring his griffin back to life. And he can’t protect her in chains. All the rules say nothing can happen between them. But Cooper’s done following the rules. Some things are more important. Like Gretchen’s life. And no one ever said true love was easy.
Her only hope for redemption lays in a land so wild and merciless only alphas dare call it home. No woman willingly travels to the Boundarylands. It’s where they are—the Alphas. They keep to themselves in the wilderness, and beta civilization knows to keep its distance. Especially beta women…for fear they may not be a beta after all. The only way to know your true nature is to feel the touch of an Alpha. Omegas may be rare, but every woman knows their fates are hellish—held captive, broken, mated, knotted, and bred. After killing in self-defense, Darcy is on the run for both her freedom and her life, hunted by corrupt cops, she hides in the only place every beta fears—the Boundarylands. But her gambit misfires when Darcy discovers the land she’s hiding on belongs to an Alpha whose feral nature calls to her in ways she doesn’t understand.
A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose. Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.
He’s going to teach you how to be a good little omega. Alpha Professor – I’m a professor at Omega University. Rules in my class are stringent. If you’re found to be in violation of any of them, my punishment can be severe. This rebellious omega thinks she can challenge my authority. She’s trying to seduce me and get me fired. But I know how to make this little wolf heel. Omega Wolf – I was trying to hide my true self. I snuck into Shifter University, posing as a beta, But they found me out, and sent me across the road. Now I’m stuck in this omega prison. They’re trying to teach me to obey. They’re trying to teach me to accept I have no choices. But it’s not my job to please an alpha, And I’ll show them who has the true power.
My buddies and I just moved into a ridiculously expensive mansion. It’s what we do; we’re loaded. We’re all billionaires. We do what we want. We take what we want. And what I want is the neighbor girl. Unfortunately, she gets mad at me all the time. She’s hot when she’s mad. I like it. A lot. Her cheeks go all rosy, making me imagine other things that make her go rosy. But if I want a chance at trying for that, I need to behave. So behave I will. No matter how badly my Dragon wants her, I’ll be a gentleman. All I need is one window of opportunity. And when I get that, I won’t waste it. I’ll claim all of her. And I’ll make myself very clear. She is mine and mine alone. I wanted her from the minute I saw her. And I always get what I want.
“I have been given many names. I’ve gone from a slave with only a number to identify me, to a Lady, a friend, and most recently… a saviour. They think I am soft, not a threat. However, they’ve awoken a part of me I didn’t know existed, and I’m keen to repay them for the years of cruelty they gave me. Soon, they will call me by a different name.” Clarissa and Vaeril managed to escape the massacre at the castle, but the fight is only just the beginning.
The tainted priests and the cruel King have plans for the Kingdom of Arhaven. Clarissa has a decision to make.
Stay and risk her life, or flee with her enemy. Either way, she is sure to stoke the fires of treason.
VS Note: Author of SORCEROR TO THE CROWN, which I greatly enjoyed.
Zen Cho returns with The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of history. A bandit walks into a coffeehouse, and it all goes downhill from there. Guet Imm, a young votary of the Order of the Pure Moon, joins up with an eclectic group of thieves (whether they like it or not) in order to protect a sacred object, and finds herself in a far more complicated situation than she could have ever imagined.
Evan Luck is a dragon rider with no dragon. Five years ago, his dragon gave her life defending the monster-ridden remnants of Marble, and ever since, his ability to connect empathically to another dragon had been as broken as his heart. Now he spends his days dodging his disappointed mayor, crafting arrows, fighting off the not-as-legendary-as-they-should-be beasts that’ve overrun America, and just trying to get by in the city of Forge.
But when he meets newcomer Lee Caldwell, Evan thinks his lonely luck might be changing. Lee is the only person in the city who doesn’t blame Evan for his dragon’s death, and he welcomes Evan into his own little family. There’s more to Lee than meets the eye, though, and between his refusal to talk about himself, pressure from the mayor to split them up, and a monster attacking the city’s foundations, Evan isn’t sure he’ll live long enough to learn the truth.
But not learning the truth will almost certainly be fatal, both to Evan and Lee’s budding relationship, and to the entire city.
John Smyth has survived mutinous pirate crews, wars, and the passage of centuries by keeping his life as he did his ships, organized and well stocked. But when his crew is tasked with stealing Pandora’s Box for the government, it opens a door to destruction, and her name is Harmony Andrews. A risk-taking investment broker by day, and a thief by night, Harmony is a member of the underground Digi Robins crew. Stealing relics to sell on the dark web, they donate the money to people without insurance who need life-saving medical treatments. What she doesn’t realize is the box she just stole is the very one her boss is looking for––the boss who just happens to be an immortal pirate. And as their adventure heads into the danger zone, she doesn’t know what’s more dangerous: the risk to her life or the risk to her heart.
Jane Farrington is a witch on the run. She’d been running for centuries until two witches, Zoey and Slade, defeated the evil Alexander allowing the witches to gather safely in Moonshine Hollow, Tennessee. So when the evil from Jane’s past finds her, she makes a run straight for Moonshine Hollow.
Galen Sinclair is the new doctor in the small mountain town of Moonshine Hollow. He doesn’t know witches surround him until he falls in love with one. Now it seems his meeting with Jane Farrington wasn’t just chance, but fate. And fate isn’t done with her surprises.
Zoey and Slade are getting married. It’s the first witch wedding in four hundred years. To say everyone is excited is an understatement. But while being inundated with wedding planning, Zoey feels a shift in the magic around Moonshine Hollow when Jane Farrington arrives. Zoey had thought evil had been defeated, but could this be just the beginning?
A decade in captivity tore away all hope. But Margery never lost her resolve to help the sick. The village she’d hoped to serve as banfasa, caring for the ill and injured, is long gone. Humans captured the young shifters and killed the adults. Finally rescued, she has a chance at her dreams—at least for meaningful work. With her leg crippled and her face scarred, she knows she has no hope of ever finding love.
Tynan is ready to find their mate. After years away from his littermate as a police officer among humans, Tynan is finally home, a beta in the wolf pack, and serving his people as a law officer. Assigned as Margery’s mentor in the pack, he patiently works to earn the skittish little wolf’s trust. Her captivity has left her with problems, including a fear of uniforms. But he’s a fixer at heart—and he’s starting to want more from the gentle female than just friendship.
Donal has no intention of making a family. Separated from his littermate for years, Donal has remained unmated, devoting his energies to healing. Believing ugly rumors about their new neighbor—a banfasa—he won’t have her in his clinic or his life—no matter what his newly returned brother wants. But a feral shifter’s attack on Tynan shows Margery in a whole different light. She’s levelheaded, compassionate, sweet—and far too appealing. What male could resist her? But even as the brothers work to win their mate, cruel forces move to crush their entire clan.
He thought he wanted his freedom and his solitude more than anything else in the world… until he met her.
Xavier Salazar lives the life that he wants. He has his friends and his home carved into Mystic Mountain. It’s his retreat, his refuge. When a gorgeous woman shows up in town to help make the resort’s bar a brilliant success, he’s torn. Xavier is determined to drive her away, but his panther wants to touch her all over, hide her away in their den, and add to the family that he was slowly creating around himself. Oh, he was going to fight… hard. And yet, even he knew he was probably fighting a losing battle.
True Sinclair is at the top of her profession. Being a world class mixologist means she knows how to blend all kinds of things together. She just can’t fathom why Xavier treats her like he’s oil and she’s water. There was no doubt that he was combustible around her. At first, he can’t seem to force himself to be civil or even make an effort to share the same town, but she finds herself drawn to the dichotomy warring inside of him. True knows what he is and she knows what she wants, but she won’t wait around forever if the man who makes her blind with love and drunk with passion won’t even meet her halfway.
Rafe Navarro, a panther shifter, rancher, and newly appointed Alpha Regent over the state of Florida has spent nearly a year consumed with seeking revenge on the people who murdered his brother and sister-in-law and left his seven-year-old nephew, Dex, an orphan and in his care. So the last thing on his mind is finding his Destined Mate when he seeks out an art therapist to help Dex deal with his trauma. But that’s exactly who he finds when she rushes through the classroom door.
Aubrey Simmons has a heart for children, and uses her artistic talents and psychology degree to help those who have been through traumatic events work through their feelings using art. But sometimes her big heart overrules her head when it comes to taking money for her work, so she’s moonlighting as a waitress at a local BDSM club, The Covenant, to make ends meet. But good thing for her she has a new client—one with an uncle who has her tingling in all the right places and invading her dreams of a panther and the man he turns into. Will Aubrey realize Rafe is truly the man from her dreams, or will the evil intents of an organization bent on destroying shifters and their human mates succeed in tearing them apart? Forever.
This book is part of Samantha A. Cole’s Suspenseful Seduction World.
VS Note: I’m busy writing my next Badari Warriors novel IVOKK (coming in July) and Darik appears in the books so I thought I’d feature his book today from my backlist. All the Badari novels can be read as standalones.
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:
“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.