IZZIE AND THE ICE BEAST (ALIEN ABDUCTION BOOK 9) by Honey Phillips
A jaded alien gladiator. A heroine who won’t give in. A battle worth winning. After a fatal mistake drives Baralt away from his world, he has to rely on his fighting skills to survive. Despite his success in the arena, he grows increasingly tired of violence – until a soft, beautiful human female gives him a reason to fight. With no one but herself to rely on, Izzie has managed to overcome all of the obstacles life has thrown at her. But being abducted and sold by aliens may be the one challenge she can’t defeat. When a massive, furred alien comes to her rescue, she has no reason to trust him. And yet this strangely appealing warrior could be her only hope. Determined to protect Izzie, Baralt is forced to return to the one place he vowed never to go – his home planet – only to find it facing its own threat. Can Baralt and Izzie work together to help his people, make peace with the past, and find the home they both want?
Just when I thought my life couldn’t get worse, I was abducted by aliens. Now, I’m pretty sure I must be dying. Because only a vicious head injury could make me believe I’m actually flying through the air, trapped between a dragon’s claws. Oh, and the dragon? He can talk. And he has all kinds of arrogant, ludicrous, and deranged things to say. Like the fact that he thinks he may just keep me. But this dragon? he doesn’t know what type of woman he’s messing with. Cause I’ve already made a vow to never again end up trapped by a man. Even if that man swears he would give up his wings for me.
I’m at an alien auction. But I’m the one being sold. When I woke up and took in my surroundings, I knew I was in deep trouble. From the way the aliens eyed me, to the silks draped on everything, including me, it wasn’t hard to believe I was in a brothel. What I didn’t count on was it being upscale. Apparently, there is a high demand for entertainment across the galaxies and humans are rare. I would think that’s a good thing, but it’s not. As the bidding price goes higher and higher, so does my anxiety levels. Who knows what my buyer is going to expect from me, but I can guarantee it’s nothing I’d do willingly. Until I meet Castien. Not only does he save me, but he promises to reunite me with my friends. The only problem is that he makes no apology as he tries to seduce me. Now, all the things required of me at the brothel are coming to the forefront of my mind and it’s not hard to play the part as his lover.
I just need to make sure that I’m still acting by the time we part ways or I’ll belong to him. And the currency in which he buys me with won’t be money this time. It will be my heart.
VS Note: Not romance.
Mars. The Red Planet. Bringer of war, the God of war itself. The planet that gave birth to the modern era of science fiction when H.G. Wells gazed upon the red light in the night sky and envisioned an army gathering upon its plains to invade our world. These are the stories of Mars. Stories of adventure, conflict and war.
They never expected to rescue a human from a terrible fate. And she never expected her life to be shanghaied by alien pirates and pregnancy…They most certainly weren’t supposed to fall in love! Polly always dreamed of a simple life. A job she enjoyed, and a loving family to call her own. But when she wakes in a lab, pregnant and surrounded by terrifying viktoids, her dreams turn to nightmares. It’s obvious her captors want something from her. Time is running out and she needs to escape…but how? Cal’ek and Va’naar, love fighting greed and corruption one raid at a time, but soon it will all be over. Their lives are promised to another. An arranged mating contract leaves them legally bound to a greedy, self-centered female. Unhappy with their future mate, they delay their trip home for one final attack on a galactic enemy; the viktoids. Retrieving the life saving serum for a dying colony was part of the plan, finding a pregnant female aboard was not. Ca’lek and Va’naar can’t admit the sweet female entices their mating heats, not when giving in to their desires would spell disaster for their entire family. But the powerful tension between the trio is rising. If only they had met sooner. Living with pirates is more frustrating than Polly expected. The handsome males claim they are promised to another, yet the heat in their eyes says otherwise. Why did it take an abduction to find the males her heart desires?
A warrior-priest is the only one who can heal a failing empire…Newly crowned Emperor of all jit’suku, Tigh has come back from self-imposed exile as a warrior monk on the sacred mountain. He had given up his claim to the throne in favor of his beloved brother, and turned his back on worldly things. Tigh would never know what had driven his brother to the madness of releasing a biological weapon on the humans, but the fact that it turned on its creators and came back to the jit’suku to deal out untold death, mostly among their precious female population, would forever stain Tigh’s memories of his twin.
A starship captain with famous ancestry and a killer reputation…They call her Valkyrie for the way she swoops into battle and usually saves the day. After losing her beloved ship in an ambush that almost cost the Valkyrie and her crew their lives, Captain Gineva Starbridge is cooling her heels at headquarters, waiting for a new assignment, when the Emperor shows up, in person, looking to broker peace.
For every warrior, there is only one woman who is his true mate… When Tigh sees Ginny across the crowded audience chamber where he has come to make an unorthodox proposal to unite their two ravaged peoples, he can scarcely believe his fortune. Could she be the one woman meant for him? He had come before the human Council, on his knees, to offer his hand in marriage to any human female that would help him in his quest to forge a lasting peace. But, when he sees Ginny, he knows she is the only woman who will do. Can they navigate a rocky road, with enemies on both sides plotting against them, to unite two warring cultures, into one lasting peace?
VS Note: Of course I one clicked this one…
Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment.
Welcome to the Boundarylands. A place where 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. Emily believed every word of that warning. She gave up on happiness months ago when a silly game turned into a life sentence as a violent alpha’s mate. Now the best she can hope for is a quick end to her suffering.
But then a chance encounter changes everything. Suddenly, there’s an alpha who is willing to fight for her—Cade.
He says he wants her just the way she is. That he’s willing to battle all her demons—real and imagined—if it means he can claim the title of her alpha. But, deep down, Emily can’t help but wonder if she’s just trading one nightmare for another, even though the fire that Cade’s touch ignites makes her feel more alive than ever before.
The second collapse changed the world forever. Cris has spent her entire life in her Tribe. Safe from the pollution that still clings to more populated areas, they grow crops to sell in the Cities, they hunt for their meat, and they take care of their own. Their rural way of life ensures the politics of the Cities doesn’t reach them. Until one day, it does. Like all orphans, Love Ward was conscripted into the Venus Guard as a child. She has done her best to take the opportunity and make it into a career, something she can be proud of. The Venus Guard is her family. But the New Republic has secrets, the kind of secrets that can get a low-ranking officer like Love reassigned and even killed if she’s not careful.
When chaos erupts around them, the two women find themselves at odds but with only each other to rely on. Their shared past and the growing attraction between them can only serve as a distraction as they fight for their lives. Can a guard from the Cities and a girl from the Tribes expose the New Republic’s dirty secrets? Can they change their world without losing their lives—or their hearts?
Kumi Ito has her mission, as does Carmichael Snow, but are their objectives compatible? Kumi Ito is a woman with a problem. Since assuming the role of head of the Commerce Department, she’s found discrepancies…the kind that could cause anarchy if the truth got out. When Carmichael Snow, the commander of the Emancipation, comes across intelligence that someone has placed a hit on Kumi, he has to save her. His plan? Hide her and find the assassin. As they dodge the killer, a passion ignites between them that runs from simmering all the way to steamy. But will the actions of one snatch away their happiness before they can accept what is growing between them?
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. I have this series on my TBR List.
Deep in the heart of an alien mountain range, I.C.C. has lain dormant, its ships silent, for eons. Now, after one hundred thousand years, the AI is awakening. Someone is roaming the convoy’s halls—someone that isn’t human. This planet, Noumenon—created by the megastructure known as the Web—is too young and brutal to have evolved intelligent life. Its surface is bombarded by unusual meteors. Crystal trees abruptly and violently arise from its bedrock. Its solar system is surrounded by a frightening space-time anomaly. So where did these visitors come from? What do they want? And do the people of Earth, whose ancestors launched Convoy Seven, know they are here? I.C.C. reaches out to the descendants of its convoy crew to help decipher this primordial riddle. Noumenon was created and seeded by ancient aliens, and clearly their plans for it are unfinished. Together, the AI, the new lifeforms who have awakened it, and the humans will embark on an epic adventure of discovery billions of years in the making.
700lbs of protective, possessive Cyborg with one need. Keep me safe – whether I like it or not. You don’t make your way to the top of the biggest law firm in the universe by being weak – Alana: I never let my guard down. Every movement is calculated. You have to be on all the time if you want to make it to the top. I go to trillion-dollar meetings with two nine-foot-tall Sentinels at my back. Only, there’s been a hack. The boss assigns me a new bodyguard. One that’s less machine and more… man. I’ve got rules. Don’t trust anyone. Do anything it takes to get to the top. Especially don’t trust men. Fragile masculinity is challenged by a powerful woman. It turns sickly. I know what the men I beat in the boardroom call me behind my backs, and I ignore it. It just shows their insecurities. This… this isn’t any man. He’s a 6’8, 700-pound Alien-Cyborg, and he’s got one goal – keep me safe. I’m not thrilled. He’s a little too protective. A little too possessive. With two huge robots at my back, I look strong. With this man? I’m worried I’ll look weak. I look so small next to him. My carefully crafted reputation could be torn down in a second. That’s not the only thing that worries me…When I’m around him? He makes me want to let down my guard. He makes me want to let go, just for a moment. To feel small, and safe, and protected. He just better be good at following orders…Or we’re going to have a big problem.
A smuggler seeking to change his destiny. An enslaved trader desperate to go home. Can they survive the forces determined to drive them apart? When Rhona is taken from Mars orbit by the infamous alien slave ship The Crucible, she knows she’ll never see her family again. After three hundred years of stolen humans, she has every reason to hate aliens, but when she meets a sexy, horned Kathen, all of her assumptions are overturned. Makios is a male on a mission, or he would be if he hadn’t been taken by slavers. When the beautiful human female he’s falling for is sold to a sadistic Amaran, Makios must save the girl, get on with his mission and help to reshape the their whole sector of space. But with Rhona’s owner determined to recapture his property, can Makios keep the woman he loves safe?
He says I’m his mate. I say he’s an animal. And to that he just says…”Roar!” Our ship crash landed on an alien planet and for the last three months the surviving humans have been living with alien brutes known as the Drokan. One of these cave-dwelling alien savages seems to think I’m his fated mate. He’s got the horns, the swagger, and a pack of seriously redonk abs. I want to resist just how good this alien beast looks. If I give him any lip, he just lifts me up and throws me over his shoulder to take me where he wants us to go. He’s brave, courageous, and willing to fight for me.
He fights anyone that tries to mess with me. He hunts and keeps me fed. At night he keeps me warm. Then at night…in front of the fire, I wiggle up against him. And that’s when the real fun begins. What can I say? He may be an animal….But this cave beast knows how to bring out the woman in me.
After many years of endless missions, I have been assigned a task that tests my loyalty. My brother is missing, leaving me to hunt for our master’s Nova while I battle against my own heart. I’ve been rejecting Qraniebi’s advances for years. Now, I refuse to believe the feathered male who has always been by our side has betrayed us by orchestrating our friend’s kidnapping. Has my denial to mate with him forced his hand in revenge? Can I prove his innocence once and for all? Will he even want me after he finds out the secret reason for my rejection? In a universe filled with betrayals and secrets, there is no room for love without pain. Bird of Prey is the first novella in a companion side series to Project: Adapt, following along its timeline and does NOT stand alone. Each story will feature a different heroine finding love where they least expect it and enhance the overall universe timeline.
When Red, the Cat Burglar of Bedlam, breaks into an estate, things don’t go as planned. A man from the sky falls to the ground and begs for help. But more’s at stake than mercy, and Bedlam is soon turned upside down–all for a pair of carpet slippers.
Averie – I hate this cage. It’s small and cold and it zaps me if I touch the bars. My captor is staring at me from the outside. He’s huge, red and so alien it makes my skin creep. Especially those snake-like scales he has. He looks at me with icy, penetrating eyes. Like I’m a specimen in a lab. There is definitely movement in his pants. I know why. Aliens really like to get Earth girls pregnant. I hate the cage. But I hate that alien freak even more. If he gives me just a tiny opening, I’ll try to kill him. I can be freaky, too. Zaroc – She’s tiny and round and irresistible. Her frightened scent makes me dizzy. I’m glad I caught her. I can put her to good use. My own species is almost extinct. I will bring it back, using this alien female. It will be a great pleasure. She’s mine now.
An assassin…sold into slavery…forged into a gladiator…Isana. Her name was once whispered in fear throughout the galaxy. Until she was betrayed. Betrayed and beaten…forced under their control…As an assassin, she showed no mercy. As a slave, she refused to bow to her oppressors. As a gladiator, she dominated her opponents. Securing her freedom…seeking vengeance…to earn her redemption…Freed from her enslavement, she vows to destroy those who foolishly thought to own her. With the help of four sinful mercenaries, will Isana succeed in her quest for vengeance? Or will she falter in her pursuit of redemption?
Being a superhero is not all it’s cracked up to be – Saving the day is sometimes the last thing Greer Glenanne wants to do. But as her city’s official superhero, she really doesn’t have much of a choice. It doesn’t matter that she’s forty-six, grumpy, and annoyed by most of the population. She’ll catch whatever criminals she needs to catch because that’s the gig. Next up on her to-catch list? Killian Morgan. He’s stupid-hot, way too charming for her liking, a decade younger than her, potentially a supervillain…and he flirts with her mercilessly. How’s a superhero supposed to do her job when she can’t seem to keep her mind (and hands) off the bad guy?
VS Note: Not a romance but seemed like a very different concept. From June.
t’s 1916, in the heart of World War I. The eve of the Battle of the Somme. During a perilous night mission in No Man’s Land, Lieutenant Rafael Forrester witnesses a peculiar light followed by a vast explosion. Wounded and delirious, Forrester finds himself shipped home to England, to the country house hospital of Sherston, where he learns he may face a court-martial for the deaths of the men under his command. Yet in the strange environs of Sherston, where any act of rebellion seems impossible, Forrester soon comes to fear for more than his freedom: haunted by hallucinatory dreams of his time at the front, he suspects he may be losing his mind. Little does he realize that Sherston conceals its own incredible secrets. Ones with the potential to change not only the course of the war, but all of human history. Don’t miss this remarkable story of conflict, military service, discovery, and of a force beyond human comprehension. To End All Wars is an otherworldly thriller set during WWI. A mixture between 1917, Shutter Island, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Arrival.
Max doesn’t need anyone. Not human, nor his own kind, Xeno Sapiens. After all, it was his human mate who dropped him for another. And his Xeno Sapien brother who stabbed him in the back to get her. He certainly doesn’t want to need the flea-infested ragamuffin who wants his help to find his mom. Elena: Sexy Maximus Xeno Sapien is grumpy, muscled, and large as life. But he saves her from her ex, saves her children—and after being exposed to a dangerous chemical—for a brief, lustful night is hers. Only to forget the next day. But when the drug cycles through his body again, she takes advantage of his crazed desire and makes him hers again. The only thing Elena doesn’t realize is Max doesn’t forget.
VS Note: A re-release, new title.
It’s just virtual sex. That’s nothing like the real thing, though… right? Detective Sergeant Dixie Green is on an assignment—to infiltrate Dorsett House, the playboy Virtual adventure playground, have sex in her dreams with a complete stranger, and let it be recorded so she can find out who’s blackmailing the Commissioner of Police. Easy, right? Wrong. Dixie may be sexually frustrated but she’s completely opposed to Virtual sex. However, if she doesn’t accept the assignment, Riley Hannigan, the arrogant Detective Senior Sergeant who stole her promotion and who’s also on the mission, will take all the credit. Dorsett House matches up the customers using its innovative WHISTLE program. It’s only dream sex, Dixie tells herself on the big night. But when her partner turns out to be sexy Riley himself, she realizes she’s about to find out how advanced this new technology is.
VS Note: Not romances but I know there are many fans of steampunk here.
Curiosities returns with new steampunk stories of mysterious machines, curios contraptions, mannerly magicks, and tea. Ever so much tea.
A man is the last thing I need in my life, even an intense alien cyborg who sweeps in to help me in a fight. Blue skin, muscles to die for, steely gaze — it doesn’t matter. I don’t want the complications. As the security officer on the Ladies’ Choice, I fight my own battles. I shouldn’t be inviting more trouble in, even if Trouble is a badass with a rock-hard six pack, sexy scars, and a tail that does amazing things to me. Okay, Mykor is tempting. Enough that I consider making an exception for him. Everything about him fits me perfectly… until I discover his implants are forcing him into a mission and will kill him if he fails. A mission to kill a member of my crew. I won’t let him succeed. I can’t let him fail. And Mykor cannot step aside. Somehow, we have to find another option. The only thing we can think of is stupid, risky, and our best hope is that it’s so crazy no one will see it coming. But if it works, we’ll be together. Forever.
Isabelle and Jean-Claude undertake an airship expedition to recover a fabled treasure and claim a hitherto undiscovered craton for l’Empire Celeste. But Isabelle, as a result from a previous attack that tried to subsume her body and soul, suffers from increasingly disturbing and disruptive hallucinations. Disasters are compounded when the ship is sabotaged by an enemy agent, and Jean-Claude is separated from the expedition. In a race against time, Isabelle must figure out how to ward off her ailment before it destroys her and reunite with Jean-Claude to seek the fabled treasure as ancient secrets and a royal conspiracy threaten to undo the entire realm.
VS Note: From July
When Marsha’s broken teleporter sends her to Earth, her only priority is to get back to civilization. Unfortunately, she has no way to get off this primitive planet or even contact home. Since she’s stuck here indefinitely, she’ll have to make the best of it.
Sophie is surprisingly calm when the beautiful woman wandering the streets says she’s from outer space. Having often felt like an alien herself, she’s determined to help Marsha however possible – even if that means letting the complete stranger move in with her. As Marsha tries to settle in on Earth, Sophie realizes she’s unique in the universe. It’s not just Marsha’s unearthly good looks; Sophie is drawn to her kind and curious nature. Meanwhile, Marsha realizes that even a backwards planet can be home to intelligent life – and that the life form called Sophie is also downright sexy. Will Marsha find her way home? Or will her heart convince her to change her plans?
The location of the glymera’s notorious prison camp was lost after the raids. When a freak accident provides Nyx clues to where her sister may still be doing time, she becomes determined to find the secret subterranean labyrinth. Embarking on a journey under the earth, she learns a terrible truth—and meets a male who changes everything forever. The Jackal has been in the camp for so long he cannot recall anything of the freedom he once knew. Trapped by circumstances out of his control, he helps Nyx because he cannot help himself. After she discovers what happened to her sister, getting her back out becomes a deadly mission for them both. United by a passion they can’t deny, they work together on an escape plan for Nyx—even though their destiny is to be forever apart. And as the Black Dagger Brotherhood is called upon for help, and Rhage discovers he has a half-brother who’s falsely imprisoned, a devious warden plots the deaths of them all…even the Brothers.
Seven names. Seven families of royal vampires on Night Hill. One stands above all. After centuries of freedom, no one is happy to kneel to a new Eirikrson. Diana intended to stop by Oldcrest for a pit stop. Catch up with her brother, meet his mate, maybe convince them to name their firstborn after her. She’ll soon learn, as a Helsing, she must pick a side. Before one is picked for her. Mikar has spent centuries following Levi, to thank him for saving his life, but when all hell breaks loose, he has to decide: get the freedom he’s earned, or die with the rest of his friends. Was there even a choice?
I’ve devoted my life to helping lonely men and women find their perfect match. I know what true love looks like. I know because I experienced it—in all its tingling, pure, imperfect bliss. And then it was ripped away. Now mer shifters have emerged from the oceans. Critically endangered, they seek human brides to save their race. This is my calling. The job ought to be easier than it is. The mer can see souls, and they know when a woman is their mate. The catch? Convincing the women that there isn’t one. It’s okay to embrace their heart’s desire and chase their wildest dreams. Until a warrior says I’m his. But I can’t be. Tingling awareness doesn’t course through my body. I don’t hang on every word that drops from his sensual lips. The steady strength in his bulging biceps doesn’t entice me to swoon into his arms. I definitely don’t see patience, kindness, and empathy in his iridescent green-and-coffee-brown irises.
I’ve already met my soul mate. Met, married, and mourned him. If something happened to my warrior…No. I can’t go through that again. My dreams were forgotten for a reason. There is no second chance for one true love.
A hybrid dragon and his new fae partner will have to face their heart-wrenching past together if their love is to survive. Ryder swore he’d escaped his past of pain and anguish the day he woke up in the human world. But while he’s waiting for his mate to appear, he’s been assigned to a unique mission. One that will put him face to face with a past he doesn’t remember, forcing him into an unlikely alliance with a woman he would have never imagined.
Kira wants to help people just as badly as she wants to make up for the things that happened long ago that she couldn’t control. But when her new dragon partner is actually the only man she ever loved, who she long thought dead, it appears fate has given the unlucky couple a second chance. Ryder’s distrust of all fae quickly melts as he realizes Kira is the most wonderful, amazing woman he’s ever met. And when their love rekindles in the heat of an impassioned moment, he’ll realize that maybe she really is the one. But Kira is carrying all the secrets Ryder doesn’t know he’s forgotten. And if he can’t confront the truth of what he is and what they once were as a couple, then the enemies they’ve both tried so hard to escape may soon be their undoing.
She’s feeling the heat. Or it might be a hot flash. Sometimes it’s really hard to tell. It’s been four years since Monica lost the love of her life to a sudden and devastating heart attack. She’s held her family together and picked herself up with the love and help of her two best friends. Now Monica has a new business, a new wardrobe, and a new vision for the future. As in actual psychic visions. Dreams that manifest in reality? Monica’s still not sure why or how it happened, but she’s been seeing everything from unexpected visitors to visions of fire and destruction. Separating premonitions from morbid imagination is proving harder than Monica expected, and no one can tell her if these new, violent visions will become a reality. Added to that, there’s a new fire investigator in town, and he’s more than a little suspicious about the anonymous and frighteningly accurate tips someone is calling in. Monica is feeling the heat… or is that a hot flash? Is their town about to feel the burn of a serial arsonist, or can Monica, Robin, and Val figure out the dangerous secret smoldering at the heart of Glimmer Lake?
My name is Nora Black. I’m turning fifty-two, but I don’t feel a day over thirty-nine. That is, when I can find my glasses, my feet don’t hurt, and my scent-induced psychic ability isn’t showing me crimes. For my birthday, my best friends Gilly and Pippa signed us up for a weekend at the Central Midwest Spa Convention. Yay. Massages, fine dining, maid service, and best of all, as long as we attend a few workshops, the weekend is a tax write-off. It should be all sunshine and roses, right? Wrong. My former intern at Belliza Beauty aka the Job Stealer, Carmen Carraway, is a featured presenter. Yuck. Throw in an ex-boyfriend, a number one fan, a brewing scandal, and a dead body, and my relaxing birthday weekend is DOA. I’ll need all my senses, along with my friends, if I want to stop a killer from striking once again.
Reed’s time as Alpha of his pack should be over. Didn’t a six-hundred-year-old wolf deserve to retire? But life doesn’t always work out the way a wolf wants. Some mad scientist used him and his potent werewolf blood to turn three human females. Now he has two packs instead of one, but none among them are stepping up to take his place.
Too many secrets among his children have all but destroyed his original family. Now with the deaths of both his Alpha grandsons haunting the pack, there’s no one left in his gene pool to lead. Duty and a healthy fear of the agencies his grandson Travis told about the pack requires that Reed lead them until a new alpha can be found, no matter how much he wishes otherwise. While Ariel’s nanotechnology blood transfusion returned some of his physical youth, science did not change his mental age or negate the weariness he feels in his very bones. The only bright spot is the Russian werewolf his grandson abducted and fortunately failed to keep. Katarina Volkov is so full of fire—so full of herself. The touchy wolf makes him feel things he hasn’t felt in years. Too bad he isn’t free to enjoy her.
Pop-diva Penny Wallace is loved across the world. When one fan’s unshakable obsession crosses the line, her personal security detail receives an inevitable upgrade from one handsome hunk to two irresistible hotties trailing her at all times. Her sexy bodyguards are more than enough to make her wish she hadn’t sworn off men forever.
Gabby Gellar is a fire elementalist with an attitude. She has been told so many times by her parents that she’s worthless she no longer questions that truth. Pushed away by the only people she’s ever loved, Gabby shuts everyone out. Friends, acquaintances, buddies, chums, and especially romantic relationships, are kept at arm’s length, or further if she can help it. Gabby knows she could never be good enough to be anyone’s girlfriend, much less someone’s soulbonded. So why does the thought of a certain water elementalist have her out of bed well past midnight, pacing and cursing, trying to deny the part of her that’s silently calling to him, reaching for his magic, thirsting for it like a dying man in the desert. Dammit!
To Liam Nash, life is merely a joke, something to laugh at and enjoy. An endless stream of amusements made even more amusing by the water magic he uses to manipulate the world around him. Liam never thought he’d actually have a soulbounded. He was content to be unattached, a flirt, a perpetual bachelor … but that was before he met Gabby. Now, he was certain she was his soulbonded, as sure as the sun would rise tomorrow.
Unfortunately, the sun’s rising is no longer a sure thing. With half of the royal elementalists imprisoned in the underworld, the earth’s climate has been thrown into chaos. Temperatures are steadily dropping, volcanoes are spontaneously erupting, and earthquakes are becoming commonplace. If the light elementalists have any hope of rescuing the planet from the dark forces seeking to destroy it, the elemental academies will have to work together. That means an overeager water elementalist and a reluctant fire-wielder are about to be thrown together and asked to save the world. Could the bond between Liam and Gabby be the very thing needed to rally the forces of light to victory?
Despite the recent loss of his parents, Ash Woodhart is content living with his siblings, deep in the southern countryside of his family’s domain. Ren, an aloof boy with no home and no family, is an intrusion forced on Ash by his eldest brother. Ash dislikes Ren on sight, but as the years pass and the two come to understand each other, his feelings for Ren gradually morph into something more. However, Ren shows no sign of reciprocating those feelings—and as Ash’s recklessness leads him into danger, the truth may come too late.
Dragons, bonded mates, and irreversible decisions. After a car accident left my only parent – my father in the hospital, I was swept away to the Dragon Born Academy by my estranged grandmother. If I had to be there, I’d be an observer of this place with its rituals and superstitions… After all, everyone’s made it clear I don’t belong. But then it happened…and Ashe Carrick – my impossibly irresistible bond-mate happened. Being Cracked Open changed everything… Who I thought I was, WHAT I thought I was…DRAGON BORN. The words alone bring to mind monsters and princesses in castles. I am the princess and the monster they locked away. However, my story has no damsels in distress, waiting to be rescued. It’s self-rescue time, and I’m done playing nice.
Sold to whoremasters by her own husband, Tysha flees into the night with pursuers hot on her trail. For once in her life, the gods show mercy and deliver her to Erik the Tempered, a man as wild as he is noble. With him, Tysha’s long-dormant heart awakens, helplessly drawn to the quiet, enigmatic man who seems content to keep his distance. Obligated to choose a bride for himself, Erik has spent weeks in half-hearted pursuit of a woman. Any woman will do, so long as he can easily say goodbye. However, fate brings him an unexpected bride, as nervous as she is lovely. With each passing day, Erik realizes his timid bride conceals the heart of a lion and finds it harder to turn from her sweet touch and haunting green eyes. But loving her comes with a great price: his family, his home, his purpose. Soon Erik and Tysha will discover both the reward and cost of unconditional love.
Mina Tiller has just moved to the paranormal world, but her first potions lesson goes horribly wrong when she ends up on the bad side of a local witch, and that same witch shows up murdered a few hours later. With Mina and Scarlett both prime suspects, the two of them decide their only choice is to solve yet another murder. But between navigating magic lessons, Pawdrey Hepburn deciding to use up all her nine lives at once and discovering things she never knew about her family, Mina’s wondering if she’s going to be able to keep it all together and solve the case before she finds her new life is actually going to be spent behind bars.
A happily ever after isn’t as easy as the fairy tales…At the behest of her fairy grandmother, Cindi Ella Lass immerses herself in the hidden, magical world of Paris, Texas. Cindi can’t figure out how to cast the simplest of spells, and, in the midst of her failure, her romance with the pauper-prince next door fizzles. When an evil queen descends upon the small Texas town, determined to re-take the magic crystal mirror stolen from her hundreds of years earlier, it’s up to Cindi Ella to protect her fairy grandmother, rescue the mouse kingdom, and save her pauper-prince from an enchantment that could consume Cindi’s life. C indi must dodge seven foul dwarves, a host of mythical creatures, and a bevy of sentient poisoned apples before she can face down the wicked Snow White Queen.
No one can save me. I have to save myself. My mates can’t find me. My wolf doesn’t sense them anywhere near. Rattlecreek finally got what they wanted, the healer right in their hands. And they aren’t planning to let me go alive. If they can’t have me, nobody can. They’ve already robbed me of the ability to walk—again. Not for long. They’ve underestimated me, though, and soon they will know by how much. Because my mates, my house, my great-grandmother, and my life are all waiting for me outside. A future. With or without the ability to run. And I won’t let them or myself down. I am more than my legs. More than my gift even, but I owe the use of that gift to my pack. It, and I, will not be held for long. Two of my mates have yet to mate and mark me. I will not be denied the life that is my destiny. Now if I could just wake up.
Life as a bodyguard and driver for the rich, famous, and powerful is dangerous on a good day, and after sustaining a crippling injury while on duty, Janette’s left with few options. Having signed a ‘for life’ contract but unable to work, she uses her skills to disappear. Her new life as a librarian suits her. Nobody cares she limps and sometimes requires a cane to walk. She’s wanted for her knowledge, not her lethal magic. She’s surrounded by books, a woman’s best friend. But when her former employer’s best friend is murdered on the steps of her library, old loyalties and secrets might destroy her—or set her free. Teaming up with her co-workers to find the killer might keep her from being booked for murder, but unless she’s careful, she’ll find out exactly how far her ex-boss will go to reclaim what is rightfully his. Her. For life.
Lexi Winters thought she’d experienced loss and heartache before, but nothing prepares her for the raw pain at being separated from Ashor Clave—the demon she is soulbound with. Nor does she expect the strange darkness that awakens inside her. The Queen of Darkness has not given up on her plan to conquer the underworld, an epically bad idea on so many levels. If the queen succeeds, a rift will be created in the barrier between worlds, allowing demons to walk freely. Her first attempt might have been thwarted by Lexi’s escape, but the queen is ancient and patient. She has a bargaining chip—Ashor. Lexi wants only to save her mate, which involves breaking him out of the underworld, but there are so many complications she never sees coming. Lexi never thought she would ever go back to Hell, but for Ashor, she is willing to risk more than just her life. Because when you are dealing with the queens of Hell, your soul is on the line.
Who knew one small mistake—that just happened to go viral—would result in being exiled from my family and shunned by my coven? Not me. Yet here I am, in nowhere, Alaska, armed only with a laptop and my Pomeranian. But even witch magic can’t prepare a girl for the freezing temperatures, murderous moose, or the abundance of hot men. Jack, Ty, and Aiden walked straight out of the freezing ocean like some mythical gods, water sluicing from their broad shoulders. What starts as burning attraction quickly turns into searing kisses and hot nights between the sheets. But something isn’t right in this tiny Alaskan village. There aren’t any tourists. There’s no internet, and the locals shoo their children away when I walk past in the streets. There are secrets here I long to uncover. But not if that means the risk of exposing my own.
Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself? With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.
Reunited with Hofund, and with Bolmsö safe from its enemies, Hervor takes her place as jarl. But the All-Father has bigger plans for his favorite shield-maiden. When Hervor learns that Jarl Bjartmar has vowed vengeance on Leif, she knows she must stand by her cousin. To free Dalr, they must enlist the help of old allies, former enemies, and a warrior-priest called the Reindeer King. Together, they will fight to free Dalr.
Melody Manes, the one hit wonder. Over forty, childless, never been married. Mel can’t decide which of those epithets is worse. At least she has a boyfriend……to whom she can’t fully commit……from whom she needs a vacation. When she tries to help a stray cat, she lands herself up a tree. Ironically, Mac, the firefighter who rescues her, sets her panties aflame. Mel doesn’t know whether to be flirtatious or mortified. Yes she does. Mortified. Definitely mortified.
Mac and Mel can each come up with a hundred reasons to stay the hell away from each other. And only one reason not to. But when it comes to shifter mating. These two have little choice. Love will conquer, and fate will rule.
Dragon shifter, Zulema Garcia, has been trained as a fierce fighter from an early age. All is well until the day she’s captured by the Zon, a group of powerful warlocks and witches. Their demand? To keep her family safe, Zulema must kill Bevon Forrester–a powerful Fey. Zulema is willing to do it–until she realizes Bevon is her one and only mate. Now what is she supposed to do? Bevon is thrilled that his older brother is next in line to become the Feyrion king, since freely roaming both Tarradon and Feyrion suits Bevon just fine. Only a broken heart could dampen his spirits.
Life is great until an assassin shows up–in the form of a sexy, female dragon shifter. Oh, this should be fun. He can’t be killed by the usual methods, so Bevon decides to have some fun with Zulema Garcia. Let the games begin!
Hrista’s endless rage now endangers not just The Shade, but the entirety of planet Earth and beyond. Will the Shadians, First Tenners, and their Purgatory allies be able to stand in her way? Or will the Valkyrie prove that her magic-fueled wrath truly is unstoppable?
VS Note: A release of note this week, middle grade market…she’s such an amazing writer.
Nnamdi’s father was a good chief of police, perhaps the best Kalaria had ever had. He was determined to root out the criminals that had invaded the town. But then he was murdered, and most people believed the Chief of Chiefs, most powerful of the criminals, was responsible. Nnamdi has vowed to avenge his father, but he wonders what a twelve-year-old boy can do. Until a mysterious nighttime meeting, the gift of a magical object that enables super powers, and a charge to use those powers for good changes his life forever. How can he fulfill his mission? How will he learn to control his newfound powers?
Award-winning Nnedi Okorafor, acclaimed for her Akata novels, introduces a new and engaging hero in her first novel for middle grade readers set against a richly textured background of contemporary Nigeria.
Secret societies. Magical boarding schools. Supernatural beings…What could go wrong? I’m Millie Brix and apparently, I’m a supernatural shifter. Funny eighteenth birthday present, right? Chosen for Supernatural Shifter Academy, I have to learn which shifter clan I belong to and how to use my powers that are slowly growing out of control. Supernatural Shifter Academy only has five hundred places and if I’m not strong enough to survive, I won’t get to walk away. The Sirens lure you in, the Wolves bite first and ask questions later, the Dragons only care for themselves, the Vampires plan to own the world and the Witches will do whatever it takes to win. I’m not going to let the academy or its students beat me, that’s for sure. With a prince of the Vampires seducing me, a secretive Siren dead set on making me his, a gorgeous Wolf shifter who wants to claim my heart and an alpha Dragon who sees me as a prize he wants to keep… the academy is far more dangerous than it looks. In this academy, secrets are the only thing you can trade with and I’m right in the middle of the biggest secret the academy has. And when the truth comes out…the academy will fall.
Everyone knows vampires and werewolves hate each other. It’s been that way for thousands and thousands of years.
But I have a secret. I, a vampire, may be falling for one. The more tempers flare at Blood Haven Academy, the fever-pitch of hatred growing for our rivals at Moonstone Academy, the more I long to sneak away, to see my Julian. Do I dare to take that final step and love a werewolf? And if I do, what fate will befall our academies?
After the events of Wicked Fox, Somin is ready to help her friends pick up the pieces of their broken lives and heal. But Jihoon is still grieving the loss of his grandmother, and Miyoung is distant as she grieves over her mother’s death and learns to live without her fox bead. The only one who seems ready to move forward is their not-so-favorite dokkaebi, Junu.
Somin and Junu didn’t exactly hit it off when they first met. Somin thought he was an arrogant self-serving, conman. Junu was, at first, amused by her hostility toward him until he found himself inexplicably drawn to her. Somin couldn’t deny the heat of their attraction. But as the two try to figure out what could be between them, they discover their troubles aren’t over after all. The loss of Miyoung’s fox bead has caused a tear between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and ghosts are suddenly flooding the streets of Seoul. The only way to repair the breach is to find the missing fox bead or for Miyoung to pay with her life. With few options remaining, Junu has an idea but it might require the ultimate sacrifice. In usual fashion, Somin may have a thing or two to say about that.
The war is finally over. And we were victorious! With the aide of my allies we take back my ancestral home and crown a new king. With the last of my enemies fallen by my talons we can finally be free. Vladimirs crimes against my people and the wounds he caused his people may never heal. With my blood I swear to make right all of the wrongs that I can. Finally, I’ll be able to call all of my people home.
Prince Jaxx’s inner dragon-shifter is at war with his human side. He knows what is right and what is prudent, and those two impulses rarely line up. With so many people in need and the planet in chaos, how can he even think about finding a mate? But when he helps to rescue the alluring Fiora from her captors, something inside him shifts, and all he can think about is winning her love.
When a country is held in thrall to a vicious, despotic king, it’s up to one woman to take him down. Long ago, Queen Mirantha vanished. King Karolje claimed it was an assassination by a neighboring king, but everyone knew it was a lie. He had Disappeared her himself. But after finding the missing queen’s diary, Anza—impassioned by her father’s unjust execution and inspired by Mirantha’s words—joins the resistance group to overthrow the king. When an encounter with Prince Esvar thrusts her into a dangerous game of court politics, one misstep could lead to a fate worse than death. Esvar is the second son to an evil king. Trapped under his thumb and desperate for a way out, a chance meeting with Anza gives him the opportunity to join the resistance. Together, they might have the leverage to move against the king—but if they fail, their deaths could mean a total loss of freedom for generations to follow. Set in a world where resistance is as dangerous as it is important, The Vanished Queen is a tale of the courage and sacrifice it requires to take on a tyrant.
Welcome to Wicked, the paranormal sixth borough of New York. The end is near. Detective Danielle DeMarco is challenged with her most intense case yet, and along with it, she inherits a host of personal problems. When a sorcerer is found dead in The Emporium, a spell shop brimming with magical potions, elixirs, and tinctures, Dani and her new tagalong, Primrose, are on the case. However, work turns personal when someone close to Dani is poisoned. To make matters worse, another of Detective DeMarco’s closest friends vanishes, her boyfriend is hiding something, and there is a new threat to the borough more dangerous than any in history. For Dani, it’s no longer about simply wrapping up any single case. If she doesn’t find out what’s going on behind the scenes—and fast—there will be no more Wicked to defend.
The small town of Canyon Springs, Colorado, is filled with warm, welcoming people and breathtaking views. Is that why visitors often decide to stay for the rest of their lives? Or is it something else? Layla doesn’t believe any of the nonsense her grandmother filled her head with growing up. There’s no way shifters have the ability to entice humans into their world through some sort of coercion. The woman was simply prejudice. The concept is nonsense. So, Layla isn’t concerned about making the trip to Canyon Springs to settle her estranged aunt’s estate. In fact, she’s hoping to meet her first shifter and find out if they really are larger, sexier, and more tempting. The truth is that Layla is a starving actress, and she needs a change. She’s not, however, prepared to meet Hunter and put all her beliefs to the test. He’s everything she hoped for and then some. It would seem he’s also doing exactly what her grandmother warned her about—luring her into his lair. Her libido is on overdrive. Her heart is in danger
AJ Moore has a score to settle, and with her future at stake, she’s ready to walk back into the fog in search of the only person who can make her whole.
AJ has come a long way from the simple reporter caught up in the mystery of the stones. She’s a warrior who refuses to leave a man behind—particularly the one who has captured her heart.
There’s more at stake than finding one man. Their enemy has discovered the magic of the Heart Stone. And if AJ and Finn are to ever meet, they must see the Heart Stone is once again safe in the hands of the Keepers. And the only way to protect the Heart Stone, and secure their future, is to seek the help of the one person who everyone else believes betrayed them.
In her father’s magical crystal-and-steel palace, ensconced in a beautiful tower, Lana dreams of adventure and romance, and admires the handsome man who drives past her window every week. She never dreamed he’d climb the tower to meet her or that he would demand a kiss. Suddenly she’s living her dream, having an adventure, only to find that the exciting and dangerous man she’s falling in love with is a vampire.
Cora, who has newly discovered she is a powerful mage, and her boyfriend and most notorious antihero and soul-eating greed-demon Valerian, travel to China, where Cora is supposed to learn everything there is to learn about being a mage. Yet they have barely set foot on the ground when they attract unwanted attention. Jirou, fleeing from family obligations, is reeled in by the looks of the pretty couple. Bastien has much darker intentions: a long-held grudge against Valerian makes him want to steal Cora and make her his. Figuring out why they have suddenly become a target halfway around the world leaves Cora and Valerian to discover all the strangeness of Beijing in this fast-paced tale of creatures, mages, and magic.
She’s never been an object of lust, but can this nerdy, curvy girl tempt her smoking hot protector into doing more than just his job? Larimar Wessex is bored. Dead bored. Like seriously. With his brother newly mated, and his father on the mend, there is nothing for him to do but wait for his next assignment. Of course, he should’ve been more careful with what he wished for. Recently returned from an archeological dig in Giza, Kimberley Scott is the first one blamed when the priceless artifacts she brought back go missing. When she is attacked during routine questioning by an FPU agent, he makes the decision to call in some backup. Larimar Wessex knows upon seeing her photograph that Kim is his fated mate, and she needs help. But the theft is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a deeper, more sinister plot afoot, and Kim finds herself at the mercy of a man who is prepared to do the unimaginable to get what he wants. Will he be able to save his tempting mate before time runs out?
Enemies are sprouting up everywhere, But the biggest one may be within myself. Anyone know the best way to bury a monster? I’m back, but I’m no longer Elite Grim Reaper Zella Healani. No, things are changing in my small corner of Delon. And very few of those changes are good. Yes, even Grim Reapers get stressed out. With a new title, new responsibilities, and an entire world to reap, I’ve been handed an impossible job. One that comes with dire consequences for failure. To complicate matters, someone seems determined to end everything before the ridiculous deadline comes to pass. That’s not all, either. My monster is becoming more unruly and demanding, causing strife in my tenuous relationships. An Angel is forced into my circle, putting me on edge. Accidents follow me, threatening my life and the lives of those around me. Favors and threats become my mantra, casting me as my father’s daughter. Those around me reveal hidden secrets, leaving me off-kilter. Of course, I’ll survive, but I’m not sure how much of myself will remain intact. With my monster attempting to take over, Grim Grouping Mannix trying to change me, and everyone else working to destroy me, I’m in for a pot licking time. I suppose I’ll let you find that out for yourself. Go on. Open the pages to find out how truly difficult it was to be the savior of an entire universe.
When Cara meets the charismatic George; her ultimate soul mate, they are irresistibly drawn to one another, and their worlds are turned upside down. The chance meeting unlocks Cara’s ability to time travel. It sparks a sequence of unstoppable events, transporting her from present day York to Henry VIII’s and Anne Boleyn’s treacherous Tudor court where she is blissfully married to George until they are falsely accused of treason and go on the run with a price on their noble heads.
Meanwhile, in present day York, George and Cara are stuck in joyless relationships and struggle to be together or apart. Will George find the courage to do what it takes to fulfil their Twin Flame destiny, and will Cara reveal to George that she is a time traveller, and they have been lovers through five centuries? In a failed time travel experiment, Cara disrupts the timeline and returns to find George no longer exists. Will she succeed to turn back time and rescue George from the Tower of London before he’s executed in 1536, or will the timeline reset so he will never have lived at all?
Bring on the cakes, balloons, cakes, gifts, cakes, and…well…cakes. It’s time for Grier’s baby shower! Grier is ready to smile for the cameras, rip open the presents, and finally taste that lemon chiffon cake, but it’s just not meant to be. The Grande Dame is MIA, which turns the big event into an even bigger search party. And that delicious cake? It’s going right back in the fridge. While Grier doesn’t have the best relationship with her mother-in-law, she’s determined her child will grow up with one living grandparent or else. Even if it means wiggling into maternity jeans, putting on actual shoes, and waddling over to Lawson Manor to investigate the potential kidnapping. Just as the investigation turns a corner, Grier pays the price for her stress. The baby wants out ahead of schedule, and it has a unique way of making its desires known. Unique and terrifying. Now the race is on to find the Grande Dame before the baby makes his or her first appearance. What do you get when you cross a goddess-touched necromancer with an Eidolon? Linus and Grier are about to find out firsthand. Now they just have to survive parenthood.
What if you could be young again? Would it be a dream come true or truly a nightmare? That’s the startling reality retired circus trapeze artist Breena Balážová awakens on the world of Eleutia in her own re-engineered younger body. For a woman whose death on Earth was inches away, it seems like a second chance at life. But in this parallel world, where horses fly and animals and humans are symbionts, Bree is intended as breeding stock to balance the plummeting female birthrate. As she searches for her missing sisters, who were pulled to Eleutia with her, Bree also must survive assassination attempts, the growing threat of war, and her unexpected attraction to the arrogant animal Clan Alpha, Gato, a man with terrible burdens and secrets. The animal Clans join forces to combat a dark conspiracy that will shake the foundations of their world, even as Bree’s search for her sisters grows more desperate and dangerous. If Bree has any hope of finding her sisters and fulfilling￼ her own destiny, she and Gato must carry out a perilous deception, their success or failure deciding not only their own fate, but that of all Eleutia.
VS Note: From February, “…a coming of age ace/gay fantasy” sez the Queer SciFi twitter feed…
If ultimate power corrupts, how does one learn to be incorruptible? I’m Aliyah Morgenstern. All of my life, I grew up on tales of my great-grandfather’s magic bringing light and healing to the world. Then, I bonded with my dragonet Ember on my sixteenth birthday, which means I’ll be scary powerful someday. There’s one problem. Mom’s kept secrets that everyone at my new school seems to know. Turns out, I’ve got an infamously criminal uncle and now everyone’s waiting for me to do something evil. After my first horrible day at school I’m convinced I’m going to do something evil. My biggest challenge this year isn’t history, math, Gym, or even the dreaded Magiscience Lab. No, it’s keeping a devastating secret from almost everyone, including my own family. I’m an extramagus. Is evil really my destiny, or can I fight it somehow?
VS Note: From June…
The only way to stop a threat is to destroy it……And last year, we discovered an enormous one. Temperance Fairbanks: the most powerful and sadistic water magus ever to set foot on campus. Hawthorn Academy will host a series of extramural challenges. That means we’re hosting shifters, changelings, psychics, and even a vampire. Temperance vowed to hurt them any way she can, and she’s already got help. My roommate Grace has a plan. Social warfare, breaking reputations and hearts, including her own. And she wants me to be her muscle. Last year I almost burned the school down. But this time, I might just be sitting on a powder keg.
All curvy girl Elle Masters wants to do is open her own bakery. She’s been saving for years, but when her brother dies unexpectedly, the inheritance he leaves behind means her dream is closer than ever. Unfortunately, the money is only hers if she fulfills one—tiny—little stipulation.
Grizzly bear shifter, Liam Rivers, is shocked to learn that his friend is dead, but even more shocking is the man’s last wish, because his friend knew exactly how messed up he is on the inside. Elle is soft, and beautiful, and everything he isn’t, and she deserves a husband—even a fake one—who isn’t broken. Elle doesn’t understand her brother’s motives for forcing her to marry his friend, especially when it’s obvious she’s not his type, but she trusted her late sibling more than anyone, and she wants the money he left her. Liam knows he doesn’t deserve a bride, not even a fake one, but he owes his friend a great debt, and having Elle by his side for the next two years won’t be a hardship. Instead, the real challenge will be staying far enough away so that no one gets hurt when the contract is over.
7 years ago, Ellie was rejected by her mate. Under the threat of death, she was forced to flee with her mate’s child still growing inside her. Left heartbroken and hunted, she ran from the world she was forced out of and created a new one. But, when an attack on her new pack threatens the lives of both her and her child, she has to turn to the one man she swore she would never come back to. Will her mate be her savior, or will he kill her on sight?
Axton is the Alpha of the Black Stone Pack. 7 years ago, he found his soulmate, the one that was supposed to be with him forever. After months of being together, she is taken from him without a trace of who did it. Left heartbroken, he searched every corner of the world for his lost mate, but she was no where to be found. Now, he has become cold and distant from everyone in his pack, feared by all for his ruthlessness. His heart broke the day his mate disappeared, but could it be mended when she finds her way back to him with the child he didn’t know about.
7 years ago, something happened that changed the lives of these two mates. Now, will they be able to end up together?
VS Note: A re-release
Would you risk everything to save a heartbroken ghost? Scarlett King moves into her dream house with her dream man, but the euphoria is short-lived. Within days she meets Fleur, a pretty ghost, trapped in the old ballroom since 1946. To free the sweet ghost’s spirit, Scarlett must discover what happened to Fleur’s fiance — an up-and-coming actor. And, worse, uncover the details of some grizzly 1940s murders in the house next door. But Fleur’s ballroom is due for demolition. What will happen to her if Scarlett doesn’t act fast? Should Scarlett visit 1940s England and 1950s Hollywood to help, or should she leave well alone? She’s happy with her new man, so should she risk everything for Fleur?
Sixteen year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. The light is dangerous, according to Queen Iyzabel, an evil witch who has shrouded the kingdom in shadow. Siria has always hated the darkness and revels in the stories of the light-filled old days that she hears from her best friend and his grandfather. Besides them, nobody else understands her fascination with the sun, especially not her strict and demanding parents. Siria’s need to please them is greater than her fear of the dark, and so she heads to the royal city—the very center of the darkness—for a chance at a place in Queen Iyzabel’s court. But what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball will send her on a quest that could bring back the Light—or doom the kingdom to shadow forever. Accompanied by a ragtag group of rebels, she sets her course for the North, toward the last vestiges of the sun.
Marla Gawama is the new detective of Gales Haven. She knows nothing about sleuthing, but her nan assigned her the job, and what Bessie Gawama wants, she gets. Marla does her best to carry out her new detective doo-ties. She even dons her comfortable running shoes and sets out to get ’er done. But when some bumbling bumpkins show up in town, and Haveners start losing their marbles left and right, it becomes clear she’s not cut out for the job. That never stopped a Gawama witch before. And she isn’t going to let it stop her now. One thing the Gawamas know how to do is ride with the crazy.
Over 600 PAGES of original stories! In a castle adorned with gems, coated in gold, and dusted with luxury, the youngest of the Constantine Family will be introduced to the elite of New York. But the party isn’t all glamor. Villains lurk in dark corners, evil deals are struck, and starcrossed loves are born. Welcome to the world of Midnight Dynasty.
Attend the ball, wear a red cloak, lose your shoe, spin straw to gold, or fall prey to a witch. In these fairytale retellings from bestselling authors, you will find a prince, but you might choose your happily ever after with the beast.
You’re never too old for a second chance. What would you do if the love of your life, who vanished without a trace sixty years ago, walked into the cafe where you’re peacefully having tea with your friends, as handsome as ever and calling you his long-lost darling? If you’re Godiva, you throw a custard pie at him. The course of true love never did run smooth. Godiva gave up on love … but love hasn’t given up on her. Basilisk shifter Rigo found and lost his mate when they both were young. After a lifetime of searching for the tough, beautiful, black-haired girl he loved, he’s finally found her. He doesn’t care that now her hair is white. She’s still the same woman he fell in love with… and this time he’ll make sure they never part again. All he needs to do is explain why he disappeared, tell her he can turn into a basilisk, and gain her trust again. After cleaning the custard off his face. And shirt. And car. It may take driving on a cross-country road trip, solving a sixty-year-old mystery, and defeating an angry dragon and his army of not-exactly-zombies to get Rigo and Godiva back together. But anything worth having is worth fighting for.
Drowned Country is the stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh’s lush, folkloric debut. This second volume of the Greenhollow duology once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known. Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea—a missing girl, a monster on the loose, or, worst of all, Tobias Finch, who loves him.
The Circle’s best bounty hunter just met her match. Victoria Monroe doesn’t have time to waste. She has a bounty to collect and a death sentence on her head if she fails. Condemned to a life of slavery, she’s at the Mage Circle’s mercy, forced to carry out their orders for as long as she lives. Then the Circle’s best bounty hunter meets Lucas Grey, an immortal blessed with magic and a big chip on his shoulder. Lucas has known nothing but the life of a warrior for over two hundred years, protecting the human race from Hel’s demons. But when a bounty hunter comes after his twin, Luc uses her to even his score with the corrupt organization who tortured his brother. As their worlds collide, they discover the cost of revenge might be too high a price to pay.
My passion in life? Saving animals. I’m the person they call when a cat has kittens under their shed or a stray dog shows up with no collar and tags. Be it dark or rain or foggy night, I’m there for friends of fur, scale, and feather alike. I just never expected one of my rescue calls to be a werewolf pup. Not like I knew it when I showed up, but something was definitely different about him. His snout was too round, his ears too pointed, and I’d thought he was a coydog; one of those dog-coyote mixes that showed up now and then. That was before he bit me. And even an alpha pup can change an innocent mortal like me into a shapeshifting powerhouse. Flung into a new world where submission might mean death and pack politics rule the secret supernatural society, I’m lost but not alone. With the pup’s father, Hudson, and his packmates leading me through this strange environment, I feel as though I could take on the world. They have everything I need; confidence, power, money. And I’m everything they could ever want. But how do we come to terms with the fact that it feels as if we’ve always been together? As if we all belong as a group? I haven’t been on a date in years, now I have four gorgeous, rich werewolves chasing me. What’s a girl to do?
Bad enough the big old house Charlie Muir inherits is next door to Ian Gregg, the most gorgeous guy he’s ever seen—it also happens to be occupied by Rachel, the ghost who keeps running off his dates. It’s impossible to get any loving when the bed starts shaking…and not because you’re having fun in it. When Ian helps Charlie search for the source of strange noises in his house, they stumble upon a stack of photographs hiding century-old secrets. Curious of the friendship between the two men pictured, Charlie and Ian set off to solve the mystery of their relationship. With the help of the meddling ghost, a magical mirror, and a way too Smart TV, they find answers…and more.
And as things heat up between Charlie and Ian, they begin to wonder if Rachel’s meddling has gone too far.
Doesn’t Rachel know Ian is straight? Or is he? That kiss they shared the other night sure didn’t seem like it. Or the one after that.
VS Backlist Note: Ready to try something different in paranormal romance? I write a series set in ancient Egypt, but with the same pulse pounding elements of adventure, action and romance featured in my scifi romances….why not try the first novella in the award winning series and see what you think?
PRIESTESS OF THE NILE (THE GODS OF EGYPT)
This is a lightly re-edited re-release of PRIESTESS OF THE NILE. No new material has been added.
Drawn to his abandoned temple on the banks of the Nile one evening by the notes of a half forgotten, sacred song, Sobek the Crocodile God is unable to resist Merys, the beautiful singer who innocently summons him. Appearing to her as a man and concealing his true identity, he’s captivated by this descendant of his last priestess.
Treated by her family as a servant, denied a dowry and with no prospects for anything but a life of drudgery, Merys is happy to steal away to spend time with the handsome stranger.
Their mutual attraction burns hot but Sobek is forbidden to pursue a human woman and can offer Merys nothing beyond a few hours snatched from his duties tending the Nile.
Then Egypt’s enemies attack the peaceful village. Can the love between Merys and the Crocodile God survive the ultimate test of the gods?
A 21,000 word novella of ancient Egypt…
Suggested reading order for the Gods of Egypt series (although the books can be read standalone):
PRIESTESS OF THE NILE
WARRIOR OF THE NILE
DANCER OF THE NILE
MAGIC OF THE NILE (a sequel to PRIESTESS)
GHOST OF THE NILE
HEALER OF THE NILE
LADY OF THE NILE
SONG OF THE NILE (a sequel to LADY)
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.