HAWK: SKY MATES (INTERGALACTIC DATING AGENCY) by Susan Grant
In a small town in Texas, a woman on a mission meets a big alien warrior with a tender heart…They were the match no one expected—especially them.
Commander of the fierce air warriors of Sky’s End, Hakkim “Hawk” comes to Earth for business, not pleasure. The future of his remote world depends on his squadron finding their perfect matches and flying partners. With responsibility for the mission’s success resting on his shoulders, finding his own mate never occurs to him—until he crosses paths with the Terran pilot assigned to work with him on Project Sky Mates.
Fighter pilot Captain Kelly “Crackers” Ritz has always been better at flying than dating. Jets can be dangerous, but they’ll never break your heart. Avoiding love has been easy—until she’s selected to be the liaison for a team of mysterious alien pilots. She feels an instant connection with their part-cyborg leader. But she’s supposed to work with him, not fall for him…isn’t she?
Stranded on war-torn Earth with her young daughter, Belle is devastated to learn she has a terminal illness. Who will take care of her daughter after she’s gone? When she discovers Vaxxlians possess the technology to save her, she doesn’t hesitate to sign up for Vaxxlian Mail Order Brides–even if she does view the powerful aliens as the enemy. She only wishes her matched mate, a muscle-bound warrior named Khann, wasn’t so kind and handsome. She doesn’t want to lose her heart to the enemy, but it’s difficult to think coherently when his passionate kisses leave her breathless with desire.
Khann longs for a mate and a family. When he meets the beautiful human female named Belle and her talkative daughter, Amie, he feels a warmth he hasn’t experienced in ages. Surely, they must be the answer to his prayers. He’s eager to mate with Belle and bring his new family back to New Vaxx, but Belle hesitates to leave Earth right away and insists they postpone their mating until they are better acquainted. Khann sets about romancing the human female as best he can. But not long after their first mating, he learns a terrible secret about her past loyalties, one which jeopardizes their future as a family.
The day her starship crashed, Bianca’s life began. En route to life saving surgery, Bianca’s ship plummeted from the stars to a primitive planet far beyond the reaches of the Union and all she’s ever known. Surviving was just the first miracle. Being found by a race of what her education says are savages–but who her damaged heart and sharp mind embraces as loving, passionate, and kind–challenges everything she’s ever believed about herself. Nox, Torrin, Mattis, Astor The one who finds her. The one who claims her. The one who wants her. The one who needs her. Leaders among their people, they couldn’t be more alike or more different. But they are in agreement on one thing: she’s going to be theirs and they will fight to keep her. On the day she fell from the sky, their world changed forever.
Bewitched by her scent, can he discover the truth behind the secrets of the past? Spy and scout Jormoi must prevent a secret document from falling into the hands of the sworn enemy of his brothers – who has already befriended the book’s beautiful keeper. But the shy, lovely Rhela is hiding more than he realized. The longer they spend together, the more he craves her touch, needs to claim her, possess her. Can he win her trust, as well as her heart?
Rosalie isn’t really a heroine. She isn’t brave like Freddie, or smart like Julia, or badass like Nia. She’s just… Rosalie: a too-curvy girl with a hopeless desire to be loved. She had hoped that when she volunteered to come to Beshtast, she would find a place of her own, but all of her friends pair-bonded with Xalke warriors around her, leaving her just as alone as before. Still, when she decided to come to the Pallasan Trading Post, she had no idea she would meet anyone like Sebarriel. His stormy demeanor and strange perspective on the universe leave her speechless… And his interest in her pleasure is too tempting to resist. But with anti-human rhetoric in the air, and Sebarriel’s right-hand man continuing to promote it, can she really respect herself if she stays with this brash, raw alpha alien? Rosalie will have to make a choice between the affection she craves and her loyalty to her species… and she really isn’t sure which one to pick.
Sebarriel hasn’t been able to connect with the Goddess since he and Reger fled Beshtast. At first, he assumes it is punishment for letting Reger take the lead in getting rid of the humans. But then he meets Rosalie;. She is gorgeous and kind, thoughtful and smart. And her curves are far too luscious to resist. When he is with her, he starts to feel the world opening up again. But as Reger reminds him every day, Rosalie is human. Using her to connect with the Goddess is one thing; feeling affection for her is quite another.
Top 3 Reasons I should stay away from Danek: He’s on a super-secret, important mission for the Rebellion. He’ll be undercover on a hostile planet, surrounded by people that want to kill him. He’s gorgeous. Entirely unattainable. Way, way out of my league. I’m forty, but I’m supposed to pose as his fake fiancée. And he’s a really, really good actor, because when he kisses me, it feels real. When he wraps his arms around me, I want to stay in his embrace forever. (Okay, fine, that’s four reasons.) This mission hasn’t even started, and it’s already a disaster. Top 3 Reasons I should stay away from Naomi: I’m on a super-secret, important mission for the Rebellion. I’ll be undercover on a hostile planet, and I might not be able to protect her. This isn’t the time for a pretend-relationship. With Naomi as my fake wife. There’s nothing fake about my feelings for her. She’s so beautiful. And strong. And we can’t keep our hands off each other…This is a bad idea. I know it is. But the first time we touched, I knew Naomi was my mate. No matter what happens on the mission, I cannot let her go.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note…
Most days, Masha Maximow was sure she’d chosen the winning side. In her day job as a counterterrorism wizard for an transnational cybersecurity firm, she made the hacks that allowed repressive regimes to spy on dissidents, and manipulate their every move. The perks were fantastic, and the pay was obscene. Just for fun, and to piss off her masters, Masha sometimes used her mad skills to help those same troublemakers evade detection, if their cause was just. It was a dangerous game and a hell of a rush. But seriously self-destructive. And unsustainable. When her targets were strangers in faraway police states, it was easy to compartmentalize, to ignore the collateral damage of murder, rape, and torture. But when it hits close to home, and the hacks and exploits she’s devised are directed at her friends and family–including boy wonder Marcus Yallow, her old crush and archrival, and his entourage of naïve idealists–Masha realizes she has to choose. And whatever choice she makes, someone is going to get hurt.
What if the mirror does reflect what’s inside? Mercenary Vick Corren is steadfast in her love for empath Kelly LaSalle. When it comes to her love of herself, not so much. After an acidic-lake dunking on a distant moon shows Vick what’s really beneath her synthetic skin, it doesn’t matter that she heals. All she can see is the metallic shell of the soldier she once was. It’s a cruel reminder that she’s a cyborg. An AI. Less than human. And that’s not Vick’s biggest problem. Her clone, the sadistic VC2, is on the loose and on the hunt. Her mission? Eliminate Vick and make Kelly her own. Can Vick resolve her crippling identity crisis in time to defeat VC2—a terrifying version of herself that she might have been if not for Kelly’s love?
I’m leaving Earth to live in the colony planet Draxon because I need an escape. To start a new life and leave Chicago – and my broken heart – behind. But on the way there, something goes wrong. Before we can land safely, the cockpit doors fly open to screams. The cabin lights flicker, and passengers flee to the escape pods as the ship hurtles through the atmosphere. Somehow I survive the crash. But when I wake, I’m surrounded by howling predators, and there is no way to escape. Using all of my energy, I shoot my last flare into the sky and pray for rescue. As the light dies, I see the outline of something horrific. Standing in front of me is an alien barbarian, naked. His body is monolithic. As he steps forward, something big swings across his thigh. My heart is racing. Am I turned on? Not exactly…He is a monster. And I don’t want to know what he can do with that… thing. When he takes me, he’s not gentle. He’s rough, demanding, and possessive. And when I try to run, he shows me a bond as tough as steel. He believes I’m his fated mate sent from the stars. And though I want to correct him, there’s something else about this place that won’t let me leave. Something terribly wrong.
Meg Daltry isn’t interested in falling in love and certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship, even though she can’t quite forget about Lane Boyd, a vacation fling she left behind in London. When Lane arrives in Provincetown hoping to win Meg back, she isn’t expecting a town in perpetual dusk. Or the hordes of zombies overrunning it. Now she’s not only fighting for Meg, she’s fighting for her life. An ancient Viking grave has been disturbed and its treasures stolen. Something wants back what was taken, and it won’t rest until everyone in Provincetown is destroyed. Forced to work together to stay alive, Meg and Lane must find the centuries-old treasure before the zombies find them first.
VS Note: Not a romance…
In a demilitarized zone on the border of human space, long range spy satellites are mysteriously going quiet, and no one knows why. Captain Susan Kamala and her crew are dispatched to figure out what’s going on and solve the problem. That problem, however, is a mysterious, bleeding edge alien ship that no human vessel could hope to match in open conflict. But, it’s not spoiling for a fight. Now, the Captain and her Crew must figure out how to navigate a complicated game of diplomacy, balancing the needs of their corporate overlords, and the honest desire for a lasting peace between the two races, all without letting a long standing cold war turn hot.
I’m running away.Away from my indentured servitude contract, away from the abuse, away from a life trapped inside a tiny bubble, just waiting for something to go wrong. I have just enough oxygen in my tank to get to the next city, the next bastion of safety that protects us normal humans from the Martian atmosphere. I have to cross Alpha territory to get there. There is only one problem. Alphas love to chase women who run.
VS Note: Put this on my TBR List. Not listed as a romance…
No touching today for a healthy tomorrow. For fifty years, the Key Corporation has defended humanity against a deadly virus that spreads through touch. Lovers don’t kiss, or even hold hands. Personal boundaries are valued above all. Break the laws, and you’ll face execution. Elodie, a talented young nurse, believes in the mission of the Key and has never questioned the laws that control her life. But Elodie is forced to break the rules when she sets out in search of a terminal patient who goes missing while under her care. From the outside, it seems like Aiden was given everything he could want from the Key—a purpose, an education, and a future. But Aiden knows more than he’s letting on, and the dark secrets he’s keeping could tear the Key’s strict society apart. When Elodie and Aiden’s lives collide, the fallout will be devastating. What do you do when the brutal system that once kept you safe hunts you down?
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past. Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm. Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
VS Note: Not a romance but a release of note…
A series of brutal murders has the homicide division of San Francisco’s Hub 9 working overtime. But as the bodies mount, they begin to question whether the attacks are random or somehow connected. When one of their own falls victim, Detective Salvi Brentt and the Hub 9 homicide team join forces with the narcotics and cyber divisions to track down those responsible. They soon discover a volatile new drug-tech experience, involving black market neural implants, has hit the streets, causing the epidemic of violence and missing persons. With the clock ticking and the bodies piling up, Salvi must go deep undercover in the seedy Sensation club scene to find out who is behind it. But in the secretive playgrounds of the rich and powerful, some will stop at nothing to protect their empire.
A stoic Vikir warrior meets his match in a spunky Earth woman determined to show him what he’s been missing. After she’s kidnapped on her way to the planet, Crakair, Mila’s not sure she’ll ever meet her arranged mail-order alien match. Until Kral falls–literally–on top of her during his heroic rescue mission. Who wouldn’t be attracted to a gruff, scaly green alien doing all he can to save her from the bad guys? But with space stations and ships exploding around them, it soon becomes clear someone is determined to make sure she and Kral never reach Crakair.
Kral has settled into his role as Kral the enforcer and Kral the loner, the person he had to become after his father was killed and he was forced to assume leadership of his clan. He signs up for the Selection, never expecting to develop feelings for his Earthling female match. Despite the danger they’re in, she makes him laugh and shows him that life doesn’t always have to be serious. But with an enemy chasing them across the galaxy, Kral will have to tap his Vikir warrior skills to protect his Earthling bride.
As a history scholar and courier for the secretive Circle of Thales, Rene Laurent is a man of many talents – none of them lending themselves much to a life of adventure. But when a chance meeting with a young, idealistic Belligra priest drags him into a wild quest to keep a dangerous mutagen off the streets of Floor, his curiosity gets the better of him. Between monsters both human and man-made, he realises that maybe fieldwork is more of his game than he had ever thought possible…Written by Rainbow-Award-winning authors Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus, ‘The PV-3 Mutagen’ is a colourful non-romance sci-fi adventure set in the wildly diverse ‘Virasana Empire’, and the first novel of the ‘Doctor Laurent’ series.
Abducted by her one night stand. Confined on a ship. Stalked by a traitor. She wanted a prince, but it just *ucking figured Shira Perez’s alien baby daddy turned out to be an intergalactic pirate. Slick, amoral, hot as hell, Malko thinks just because his DNA helped create her son that she is his genetic fated mate, and permission is a pesky detail.
Shira’s no pushover, and even when Malko’s bonding marks begin to spark, she fights for her independence. But with a traitor on board, everything isn’t as it seems, and underneath Malko’s dark side is a streak of honor. His armor may be tarnished, but just maybe he’s still a knight.
Welcome to Shika-One City, humanity’s final home. Nations have come together. Gender and race are petty concerns of the past. But not everything is well in Shika-One. Humanity can no longer procreate and has to synthesize future generations. But there aren’t many genetic templates to go around and meeting yourself on the street is a daily occurrence. With so many people wearing the same face, the synths of Shika-One strive for individuality in a world where stepping out of line can lead to the shredder. In this pulsing neon world lives Xev and eir friends, all hard-working synths who maintain their designations to earn the XP to live and hope to afford the holographic shams that cover up their similarities. That is, until a new synth makes Xev start to ask big questions that might upset the status quo. In Shika-One, life is cheap. Xev is about to discover what e’s worth.
What did Michael Jordan like to put on his toast for breakfast? Space Jam. But even those aliens have nothing on Myrdok. Standing at over 7 feet tall, with abs for days and muscles the size of my legs, this red-scaled monster rescues me and tells me I’m his fated mate. Girl, please. Fated mate? I’m a modern woman. I don’t want no scrubs.
But then the Grolgath savages come after me and Myrdok shows me just how non-scrub he is. Who knew there were aliens living among us? They have American Express platinum cards and big Rocky Mountain bases and holo disguises. A girl could get used to this. No lie. I’ve been heartbroken before. And I’m not going to say oops if I do it again. Especially if its to a rich, handsome, barbarian brute like Myrdok of Vakutan. But even he needs one thing to be a perfect man for the 90s. What is it? An AOL account!
Galvez is unapproachable, grumpy. He’s always a team player, but a loner when not on assignment. His philosophy? Get in, get it done, get out. But the individuals in this particular case aren’t making things easy. Several have gotten under his skin, and the mission is beginning to feel uncomfortably personal. One, brilliant, compelling woman in particular has him rethinking his reclusiveness, propelling him toward making the biggest reveal of his life.
Bambu’s existence has been turned upside-down. She’s forced to work for her evil brother, caretake her five-year-old sister, and babysit a galaxial menagerie. She’s barely taken all that in stride when the enigmatic Galvez is thrust into her solar system. What’s she to do when he offers her hope and the potential for a strong partnership…strings attached?
I’m not falling for an alien…I’ve got every reason to want to go home after a year in space. My family back home needs me. I’ve watched my friends fall for the smokin’ hot aliens all around us, but so far I’ve been able to resist. King S’oraj promises that he’ll send us home… just as soon as he can figure out how to get us past the evil Raxians who abducted us in the first place. I’m not holding my breath. And I’m not buying the fated mate crap that my friends have fallen for. I don’t need an alien male. Especially not an alpha warrior king who makes my heart beat way too fast. I must send her home… I made a promise to send the abducted humans back home, and a good king keeps his word. But to send the humans home, I must win a war first. There’s another battle going on in my heart. I must marry to secure a political alliance. I can’t follow my heart or find my true mate. But Becky makes me want something I can never have. The tiny human is full of fire and she lights me up inside. Keeping her could put my kingdom in danger. But how can I ever let her go?
Lost in a timeline that was never theirs…Thrust into a world they barely comprehend, two time travelers are forced to survive with only each other as allies. Claire Finch, the kind, bubbly scientist, has sacrificed her hidden dreams for the cause: to prevent the apocalypse and save the world. Cyrus Montgomery, a tough, stoic soldier weary from the battle scars of war and barren dystopia. Together, they traverse the unfamiliar circumstances, both fighting and denying their mutual attraction. But destiny can be manipulated by unseen forces, and as they navigate the uncharted timeline, they discover a united strength they never possessed apart…and learn that true love ultimately prevails if the warnings of the past are heeded with caution and diligence. The Prevent the Past series is best read in order. After all, it’s a time travel series that is already pretty complex!
One Planet, Two Predators. Mechanical Engineer Pattee Crow Flies knows trouble when she sees it. As her EEP is crashing, she’s mentally preparing for permanent residence on the jade-green planet visible through her viewport. All she has to do is make camp, find fresh water, and survive. Simple. Hivelt left his favorite sword behind when he decided to fake his demise. On the hunting grounds known as Certain Death, he is home. With a future free of distasteful pandering to the queen Ikma, Hivelt looks forward to fishing, building a homestead, and enjoying life for once, but when he approaches the peaceful glade where he hopes to live out his days, he realizes one of the Soft Traveler’s people beat him to it. For Pattee, survival is the goal. Hivelt just wants peace. Too bad for them, this is Predator Planet and survival is nearly impossible, let alone doing it peacefully.
Trinh: Several months ago, I was lying in a hospital bed, dying of cancer, when a man showed up to offer me a deal. An alien race called the Cerasteans had lost all of their women and were in danger of dying out. It turns out that they are compatible with human women. Lucky us! If I agreed to join their Bride Program, the aliens could use their technology to save my life. Now I am on an alien spaceship living my best life. What can I say? They made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I vowed to live every day to the fullest and love living carefree on an alien spaceship. Each day is filled with amazing new friends and plenty of adventure. The only dark spot in my days is a stick-in-the-mud, rule-loving alien who’s always out to restrict my plans. What’s wrong with wanting to take care of my girls and have a little fun along the way?
L’Corte: As the Director of the Bride Program, it is my duty to make sure the human bride volunteers on our ship are safe, secure, and thriving in their new lives. It is a job I take very seriously. Everyone respects my authority on the ship. Everyone, except for one bride volunteer who believes that rules are made to be broken, and regulations are easily defeated obstacles. How can Trinh not understand that regulations are vital to a smoothly operating system?
With war on the horizon, will Trinh and L’Corte be able to find common ground in order to plan a massive wedding? As they find a new understanding of one another through the shared goal of helping their people, sparks start to fly.
Hannah: One minute I’m walking to a friend’s house, and the next I’m onboard an Alien ship headed to a world I don’t know. The huge red musclebound Alien Warlord wants me to be his personal human pet, But I’m not going to just lie down and accept it. When the Goddess helps me escape, the fierce Alien Prince comes after me and brings me back to his domain. But now I find myself with an unexpected problem –I think I’m falling in love with this dangerous man..He says I was made for him, and it seems that he could be right… Meki: I have found her at last –My Nura, my Soulmate, and now I will not let her go. I will do as the Goddess asks and prove to the curvy & beautiful Hannah that I love her with all my being. There is no way I will fail, and when I have claimed Hannah and made her the mother of my babies, all of my enemies will fall before me. We shall rule all of Yalania as the High King and High Queen! All hail Queen Hannah!
As doctor for the last known Dilarian warriors, Evander’s job on the ship is never ending. He’s seen carnage, death, and suffered more despair than he can stomach. When the queen of a nearby planet sends out a distress beacon, he jumps at the chance to stop the spread of a deadly disease. Rather than working alone, though, the queen assigns him an assistant. A human. Caroline is a curvy goddess who teases his curiosity and eases the stress of trying to find a cure. He’s completely enamored with Caroline. All he can think about when he’s with her is “MINE”. When the queen swears the human female to his care, Evander almost hopes she will become his mate, after all. She’s skittish after everything she’s been through, but he’s determined to be patient and wait her out. When they’re attacked by the same alien race that destroyed his home planet, Evander will do anything to keep her safe. And if they survive, he vows to make her his forever.
A mutant tortured and barely alive. A woman restrained by a society she no longer trusts. When Khalisa first sets eyes on the barely conscious mutant, Zielle, she isn’t prepared for the anguish within at seeing firsthand what the scientists in the Dome’s facility are doing to the ‘monsters’ who live outside the air-cleansed compound. But then she’s always rebelled against the rules. Always questioned and defied everything she’s been told since she and her brother, Dwight, were captured and saved from outside, where the chemical fallout would have turned them mutant too.
What she and her brother don’t know is that they are dormant mutants whose powers are yet to be triggered. They are also the last hope of saving a mutant clan, whose leader, Zielle, volunteers to be captured by the evil humans so that he can find and rescue the mutant siblings. But it’s only Khalisa he can free, and on the run from the humans who’d do anything possible to recapture them, he has to convince Khalisa that he’s on her side…and that the sizzling chemistry between them is just an added bonus.
It’s Mabon and Llewellyn’s friends–Marigold and Rain–are running a harvest festival on their farm. Llewellyn and Raven open a vendor’s booth to join in the fun. But Raven soon discovers the farm has deadly past. When she encounters the spirit of a teenaged girl who was thought to have been a runaway, she quickly discovers the girl was killed. As she attempts to prove the girl was the victim of a deadly ritual gone awry, a series of terrifying paranormal events begins to occur. Raven soon realizes that the spirit of the killer is still lurking on the land, and a race is on. Raven must prove that the girl was murdered before the killer’s ghost strikes again, because he’s willing to sacrifice anyone and anything who threatens to reveal the secrets of his past.
VS Note: Been too long since I had a new one from her to read!
The fairy court is restored. Who will win the game of crowns? In the aftermath of Ireland’s battle with her ancient enemies, Queen Isolde orders her cousin, smuggler Duncan O’Malley, to assume the throne of fairy as King Finvara. He’s a fish out of water when it comes to nurturing the alliance between Ireland’s mortal and fairy peoples. And the queen wants him to wed the daughter of Ireland’s enemy, the king of Icelandic shadow elves, to help keep the peace. But the Irish think of the elves as goblins, and Finvara refuses.
Elven princess Koli, affronted by the king’s rejection–along with his decision to bring her to court as little more than a captive–vows vengeance. Shortly after her arrival, she uncovers a plot that would bring swift satisfaction. A dark and powerful fairy lord, Far Dorocha, wants to take Finvara’s crown and lead both the fairy and elven people to war against the Irish. And he wants Koli to help him.
It’s the perfect setup for revenge, but Koli soon discovers that Finvara’s not the haughty lord she believed him to be. And as she navigates treacherous waters inside the court, she gets glimpses of the magic and passion that have been slumbering inside her. She must choose a side in the new battle for Ireland–will it be the fearsome father she has served for nearly a century, or the fairy king who has helped awaken her to herself?
Duty—or desire? Vampire soldier Adare O’Cearbhaill’s default setting is cranky. Or irritated. Or down-right hostile. Still, as a Highlander of honor and duty, he stepped up to save an enhanced and special human female by mating her—with merely a bite and a brand. The last person he wants in his life is a fragile human, yet he can’t get her out of his mind as she regains her strength before taking off for parts unknown. And when he discovers she is in danger, nothing can stop him from hunting her down—whether she likes it or not.
There’s only one way to find out . . .Photographer Grace Cooper has had it with vampires, demons, and the rest of an immortal world she was happier not knowing about. She also doesn’t believe she’s destined for some great battle because of an old birthmark. Forget the fact that her mate is the sexiest thing on two stubborn feet, or that her brand is fading along with her health. She’ll handle things on her own—until an old enemy reappears and she learns the only way to stay alive is to actually mate, wild sex and all, with that ripped and dangerous Adare—a powerful, captivating Highlander who demands nothing less than everything.
Vampire apocalypse? Check. Three mysterious hotties? Check. Prophecy about being the ‘chosen one’? That, too. Avery is more interested in keeping herself fed – and supplied with toilet paper – during the vampire apocalypse than she is in saving the world. But when three mysterious hotties show up and proclaim her to be the long lost descendent of a famous siren, Avery is thrust into the very adventure she didn’t know she needed. She didn’t want a quest. She didn’t want an entourage of preternatural being – a vampire, a werewolf, and a faerie lord. And she certainly didn’t want to fall in love. It’s the end of the world…but what if the end of this one heralds the beginning of something new?
A god will return When the earth and sky converge Under the black sun…In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.
Lilah McClure may be mouthy, bossy, and overly bold, but she knows what’s fair and hates injustice of any kind. When she and her cousins are captured by the mountain fae, she learns they’re living in the freakin’ stone age. Equality between genders? Nope, not even as a joke. The female fae need a champion to stand up for them against their king, show them how their lives should be free from oppression. Lilah is more than willing to take on that job. There’s just one big, sexy, problem. Ferrus.
Ferrus sees no issues with how things have been for centuries. His beautiful, strong, independent woman is making him question the norms and traditions he’s known all his life and wonder if maybe their society is in need of an update. He isn’t sure what to believe, but he’s fallen for this strange little human, so he’ll do his best to keep her from being thrown into the dungeon, or eaten by wild forest creatures. Lilah has to negotiate with a cold-hearted king for the future freedom of generations of females and show the fae she loves that his ways are barbaric and must change. We can’t forget that some guy wielding dark magic is after her and her cousins, wanting his own revenge on the Crystal Kingdom.
VS Note: From Mid-September…
Peronelle Beck longs for nothing more than to leave behind her thieving ways and pursue a life of honest work. But when her father lands himself neck-deep in debt, Nelle must take on a dangerous job if she hopes to save his life . . . a job that brings her to the shores of Roseward Isle. For fifteen years, Soran Silveri has fought to suppress the nightmarish monster stalking Roseward. His weapons are few and running low, and the curse placed upon him cripples his once unmatched power. Isolation has driven him to the brink of madness, and he knows he won’t be able to hold on much longer. When a sharp-tongued, uncouth, and undeniably beautiful young woman shows up on his shore, Soran resolves to drive her away. He won’t be responsible for another death! But Nelle is equally determined not to be frightened off by the hideously scarred mage. Not until she gets what she came for.
The only witch in the world? It might feel like it to Stormy Morgan but she knows better.
Twenty minutes away, in a town called Hemlock Cove, witches have taken over. Sure, the bulk of the town is made up of frauds looking to shore up their tourism industry, but there are real witches, too. There’s a family, last name of Winchester, and they’re notorious. Stormy wants to meet them but she has a myriad of problems darkening her doorstep.
The first is Hunter Ryan, her childhood love who is back in her life and ready to take the next step, which is formal dating … just as soon as he’s given proper respect to his previous relationship. While Stormy is waiting for that to happen, she runs to the aid of customer at the family diner when the older woman collapses as she’s leaving after breakfast. Before Stormy can offer even a dollop of help, though, the woman is dead and there are more questions than answers.
When the cause of death is determined to be poison, Stormy and Hunter have to follow a tangled trail of clues … and it leads them straight to the senior center. It seems the victim was a regular visitor there, and one of the better euchre players at the lauded weekly tournaments. Is that a motive for murder, though?
Stormy has her hands full with out-of-control euchre madness, magic she is trying to control, and hormones that are threatening to run rampant. When she finally makes it to Hemlock Cove, her nerves threaten to get the best of her.
She needs help. This is a world she doesn’t understand. The truth has to come out, but is she ready? It might not matter because a murderer has marked Stormy for death. It’s up to her and her motley crew of friends and family to save the day … if they can all come together as a team.That will be easier said than done.
eatrice Clayborn is a sorceress who practices magic in secret, terrified of the day she will be locked into a marital collar that will cut off her powers to protect her unborn children. She dreams of becoming a full-fledged Magus and pursuing magic as her calling as men do, but her family has staked everything to equip her for Bargaining Season, when young men and women of means descend upon the city to negotiate the best marriages. The Clayborns are in severe debt, and only she can save them, by securing an advantageous match before their creditors come calling.
In a stroke of luck, Beatrice finds a grimoire that contains the key to becoming a Magus, but before she can purchase it, a rival sorceress swindles the book right out of her hands. Beatrice summons a spirit to help her get it back, but her new ally exacts a price: Beatrice’s first kiss . . . with her adversary’s brother, the handsome, compassionate, and fabulously wealthy Ianthe Lavan.
The more Beatrice is entangled with the Lavan siblings, the harder her decision becomes: If she casts the spell to become a Magus, she will devastate her family and lose the only man to ever see her for who she is; but if she marries—even for love—she will sacrifice her magic, her identity, and her dreams. But how can she choose just one, knowing she will forever regret the path not taken?
Their death-marked love…Wedding bells should be ringing, not death chimes. Julian and I are wed, but hope seems nearly lost. Death is creeping toward us, demanding far more of us than we are willing to give. If one of us should fall, will the other? Whose blood will be spilled? Is it possible for the vampires and werewolves to have be at peace?
Considering a war has started, peace seems unlikely. Then again, a vampire and a werewolf found love… even if that love might be marked for death.
It’s that time again! The Monster community is abuzz with whispers of the most anticipated party of the year. This deliciously exclusive event has tongues wagging even amongst the who’s who of the monster community. It will once again be held at an undisclosed location on All Hallows Eve. Don’t worry all you underprivileged socialites, The Monster Ball isn’t just for vampires, witches, and werewolves. Other creatures of the night have as much of a chance to attend. Watch for your ticket but not in the mail. The silvery slip of parchment is said to appear in your hand by the light of the moon. If you find yourself a fortunate recipient best to keep it to yourself. There are some who would kill for the chance to attend. Because as every good monster knows… what happens at the ball, stays at the ball.
Paranormal romance author Trinity Jeremiah loves to write about bad boy alpha wolf shifters and the women who love them. When she attends her first book signing, a fan begs Trinity to write a story redeeming her series’ most popular villain, Wrath. When Trinity refuses, the reader gives her a parting gift of a necklace that – when she puts it on – sends her into a realm that mirrors the stories she’s written.
Wrath Valentine, alpha of the Blood Wolves, has been dreaming about a curvy brunette for years. Despite being the best hunter and most powerful male around, he’s never been able to find his true mate, the female he’s certain haunts his dreams. The endless nights without his true mate have filled him with blood lust, and he spends his days trying to destroy the other alphas and take over the realm.
When Trinity wakes up in Wrath’s bed sporting the bonding tattoo that matches his, she isn’t interested in getting to know the alluring man who haunted her dreams – she wants to get back to reality. Discovering that the reader who cursed her into her book’s reality is a character she wrote about in a story, Trinity learns that she’s definitely not dreaming and the stories she wrote about actually happened – in another realm. Trinity will be faced with the toughest decision of her life – leave Wrath behind and return to her own world or stay in his forever.
I’ve found allies in the unlikeliest of places…I didn’t choose the Protectors Academy, it chose me. And that’s despite who and what I am. My magic has bonded with two of the most beautiful men I’ve ever seen and I’ve found friends through a secret underground group helping my kind. Yet, I’m hunted. Keeping ahead of my pursuers is taking a toll on me and my men, who risk losing their place among the ruling families. As our magic-bonded group expands, unseen forces attempt to rip us apart. The preparations for the first years’ battle trial have begun and while training has been going well, I’m surrounded by enemies. The only thing keeping me going is the knowledge that my men and I have chosen each other and together we’re going to face whatever comes. No matter what.
Sometimes the voices in your head are real…All her life, Joleen has been hearing voices. Coming from a religiously devout family, she learned to ignore them, until one stormy night when the screaming wouldn’t stop. Thankfully, this time she listened and wound up directly into the arms of a stranger. Now they will have to rely on one another to escape the horrors of the shadowy world that she has been trying to avoid her entire life. Mason was on a mission to find the cause of all the strange animal behavior surrounding a small town in Georgia. As a scientist, he believes in what he can prove. But after meeting Joleen, and seeing the powers she holds, everything in his life will change.
When the prey becomes the hunter – Miranda Fletcher lives in a glittering world of aeronauts and artists, dance cards and dandies, but terror lurks outside the city walls. The countryside is infested with hungry abominations called the Unseen, and a single crack in the capital’s magical defenses invites disaster and death. When Miranda witnesses a murder, she learns the city walls aren’t as secure as the Conclave—the city’s magical protector—claims. But despite a string of bloody deaths, no one is foolhardy enough to question the Conclave, much less battle the Unseen. Except Miranda. When tragedy shatters her home, she refuses to turn the other cheek. Sometimes the smallest creature carries the deadliest sting.
Most nights, I dance and laugh with friends till the morning birds start to sing. But then disaster strikes. A sinfully sexy angel strides in to my favorite dance hall and compels me to work for him–in Hades Castle. Sure, I always wanted to see the inside of the ancient fortress that looms over the city. But the fallen angel is a brutal tyrant–and I think he killed my sister. Now, he wants me to pretend to be his wife. Instead, I plan to assassinate him. Too bad the only way to kill an angel is to seduce him. And the sensual charms of the fallen will make it hard to stay on task.
But this is a battle, and he’s my beautiful enemy. We are fighting with weapons of desire, and we’re both at risk of losing ourselves in this war.
Strange bedfellows rock worlds. Reluctant recruit to the nines, I became Faery’s regent by default. Sure, I was next in line for the throne, but I never believed Oberon and Titania were gone for good until first a decade rolled by, and then two, and then ten. They’ll never be back, and the land is mourning. Or pissed. It’s hard to tell which, and I’m not sure what difference it makes. I split my time between Faery and Earth searching for a way to mend the rift that’s killing my realm. I haven’t made much progress. Time is running through the glass, mocking my paltry efforts.
A sultry Witch is barely a blip on the radar. So what if she counts cards in the casino I run on Earth and makes my pit boss a little nuts? Out of the blue, she spits out the unbelievable, and I discover she’s not a Witch after all. A glamour hid her Fae-Sidhe blood so well, she’d fooled me. Her mixed blood is an affront. By rights, I should haul her before the Court to face justice. She understood the chance she took revealing herself to me, and her offer to join forces is tempting, but it could cost me my throne.
She’s on the run from the law; he is the law. When the sheriff falls for the fugitive. A fake marriage romance.
Welcome to Rattlesnake Canyon, a sleepy western town where nothing is as it seems. Bizarre, quirky, outlandish, and those are just the townsfolk!
Some legends are told, but that doesn’t mean they’re true…After narrowly escaping the Tower of London, Stassi, Charles, Molly, and Gaige travel from 1553 England to 1919 New Orleans. With nothing more than an address to go on, they start their search for Edward and Richard, the two English princes once imprisoned in very same Tower room where the foursome nearly lost their lives. But like all things involving time travel, finding answers isn’t that simple.
Instead of the princes, Stassi and the gang find the dynamic Elizebeth Werlein. Fearless and progressive, Elizebeth has never shied away from danger or intrigue–not even when it comes in the form of a serial killer or an off-book mission for the syndicates. Elizebeth is eager to help them on their journey for the truth in the Big Easy.
The eventual discovery of the lost royals, now young men, only creates more questions and an even bigger mystery. Who jumped Edward and Richard through time? Why those boys? Why wasn’t there disruption in the timeline? And what is it about the five-leaf clover that connects Stassi and Charles to the York princes?
Set against the backdrop of a city rich with culture, secrets, and purported vampires, DUST INTO GOLD will bring Stassi one step closer to learning the truth about who she really is.
There’s a first time for everything. When these shifters come of age, shifting for their first time into their true form, you never know what will happen. Is that love in the air, or just mating rituals handed down from one generation to another? Pick up this exciting boxset with new to you authors and some old favorites. It’s sure to please and give you hours of reading pleasure. Including JS Bright, Melissa E Costa, Nicole Dennis, Kelly Fox, Jessie G, Miski Harris, Katey Hawthorne, Kris Jacen, Jacki James, Kim Katil, K-Lee Klein, Lynn Michaels, Megs Prichard, Victoria Sue, TL Travis, Sara York
A dark god rises, and a queen to meet him…As librarian in the most gorgeous library in the world, I’m living my book nerd dreams. The hallowed halls are my haven, until the specter of a dark god begins to haunt my days and nights.
When he kidnaps me, the lethally beautiful god gains a name: Hades. That should make me Persephone, but I’m no goddess. I barely have any magic. So why does he want me? The mystery deepns at his fortress, where I must learn my neglected magic. I’ll do whatever it takes to foil his deadly plans and escape, including seducing the brooding dark god. But there’s more to him than I realized. More to us. Despite the cracks that I put in his armor, he still wants me for a darker purpose–something that would bring about the end of the world. It’s up to me to stop him. And maybe, to save him.
What does a traitor look like to you? The desperately needed Mid World defense system is nearing launch, but a quality control test reveals a fatal flaw in the build. When the Consortium tries to silence the whistleblowers, it’s up to Bix and her team to identify the problem and devise a patch before more mortals die. It’s not going to be easy. Nothing and no one is what they seem. Enemies are wearing the bodies of allies. Allies are under government attack. Angels have gone rogue. Gods are missing. Native magic is corrupted. With a World on the edge of collapse, Bix must defy powers that could destroy the entire collective…or herself. No illusion can withstand the truths of the exposed spy.
Mocha Memoirs Press is proud to present SLAY: Stories of the Vampire Noire — a revolutionary anthology celebrating vampires of the African Diaspora. SLAY is a groundbreaking unique collection and will be a must-have for vampire lovers all over the world. SLAY aims to be the first anthology of its kind. Few creatures in contemporary horror are as compelling as the vampire, who manages to captivate us in a simultaneous state of fear and desire. Drawing from a variety of cultural and mythological backgrounds, SLAY dares to imagine a world of horror and wonder where Black protagonists take center stage — as vampires, as hunters, as heroes. From immortal African deities to resistance fighters; matriarchal vampire broods to monster hunting fathers; coming of age stories to end of life stories, SLAY is a groundbreaking Afrocentric vampire anthology celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the African Diaspora.
Clíodhna has three children and a missing husband, and now finds herself in the middle of growing quarrels with the new church. When she encounters a strange man in the woods near her house, she discovers a kindred soul, someone to teach her to harness her own innate talents and powers. At the new church, she develops a friendship with one of the monks, and shares many conversations with him about life, philosophy, and theology. For once, it seems her life is becoming a thing to be savored rather than a thing to simply survive. Her new teacher, however, clashes with the ideals of the church. Her relationship with the monk is another source of conflict when a new church leader arrives. A few rash decisions means she must now change her own fate. That means choosing between her happiness—perhaps even her life—and her family. It might be better for all involved if she leaves her children with a trusted friend and disappears into another world. Can she flee a bad situation, leaving her children to the mercies of fate? Or does she have the power and ability to face the danger herself?
VS Note: Listed in erotica…
Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs: Here to satisfy the intimate needs of every paranormal. Kira Stone — Breakwater: A bird and a fish may fall in love, but where will they build a home? Emma Ray Garrett — The Keythong’s Blaze: Can Branimir and Viktor prove to Okibi that they’re interested in an equal relationship? Stephanie Burke — The Darkness: Manx finds his soul’s ease in Mayleen, but will the Darkness bring madness or refuge? Kira Stone — Monster Mash: When an entire batch of Mash is ruined, only one act will pacify the Dark Elf’s ire. Jade Buchanan — Faun of a Time: Some secrets are meant to be uncovered. Lacey Savage — Pixie’s Prisoner: Nathan vowed to never again be experimented upon. Not even in delicious, erotic ways… well, maybe….(more story details on ebook seller’s page..)
Emanuela Ragno always gets what she wants. With her daring mind and socialite schemes, she refuses to be the demure young lady everyone wants her to be. In her most ambitious move yet, she’s about to marry Alessandro Morandi, her childhood best friend and the heir to the wealthiest house in Occhia. Emanuela doesn’t care that she and her groom are both gay, because she doesn’t want a love match. She wants power, and through Ale, she’ll have it all.
But Emanuela has a secret that could shatter her plans. In the city of Occhia, the only source of water is the watercrea, a mysterious being who uses magic to make water from blood. When their first bruise-like omen appears on their skin, all Occhians must surrender themselves to the watercrea to be drained of life. Everyone throughout history has given themselves up for the greater good. Everyone except Emanuela. She’s kept the tiny omen on her hip out of sight for years.
When the watercrea exposes Emanuela during her wedding ceremony and takes her to be sacrificed, Emanuela fights back . . . and kills her. Now Occhia has no one to make their water and no idea how to get more. In a race against time, Emanuela and Ale must travel through the mysterious, blood-red veil that surrounds their city to uncover the secrets of the watercrea’s magic and find a way to save their people — no matter what it takes.
Multiple races carefully navigate the City of Elantra under the Dragon Emperor’s wing. His Imperial Wolves are executioners, the smallest group to serve in the Halls of Law. The populace calls them assassins. Every wolf candidate must consent to a full examination by the Tha’alani, one of the most feared and distrusted races in Elantra for their ability to read minds. Most candidates don’t finish their job interviews. Severn Handred, the newest potential recruit, is determined to face and pass this final test—even if by doing so he’s exposing secrets he has never shared. When an interrogation uncovers the connections to a two-decade-old series of murders of the Tha’alani, the Wolves are commanded to hunt. Severn’s first job will be joining the chase. From the High Halls to the Tha’alani quarter, from the Oracles to the Emperor, secrets are uncovered, tensions are raised and justice just might be done…if Severn can survive.
Thea Hope longs to be an alchemist out of the shadow of her famous mother. The two of them are close to creating the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—whose properties include immortality and can turn any metal into gold—but just when the promise of the Stone’s riches is in their grasp, Thea’s mother destroys the Stone in a sudden fit of violent madness. While combing through her mother’s notes, Thea learns that there’s a curse on the Stone that causes anyone who tries to make it to lose their sanity. With the threat of a revolution looming, Thea is sent to live with the father who doesn’t know she exists. But there are alchemists after the Stone who don’t believe Thea’s warning about the curse—instead, they’ll stop at nothing to steal Thea’s knowledge of how to create the Stone. But Thea can only run for so long, and soon she will have to choose: create the Stone and sacrifice her sanity, or let the people she loves die.
In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in a Hugo award-winning author’s powerful novel of magic amid the suffragette movement. In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive. There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Not all magicians go to schools of magic. Adam Binder has the Sight. It’s a power that runs in his bloodline: the ability to see beyond this world and into another, a realm of magic populated by elves, gnomes, and spirits of every kind. But for much of Adam’s life, that power has been a curse, hindering friendships, worrying his backwoods family, and fueling his abusive father’s rage. Years after his brother, Bobby, had him committed to a psych ward, Adam is ready to come to grips with who he is, to live his life on his terms, to find love, and maybe even use his magic to do some good. Hoping to track down his missing father, Adam follows a trail of cursed artifacts to Denver, only to discover that an ancient and horrifying spirit has taken possession of Bobby’s wife. It isn’t long before Adam becomes the spirit’s next target. To survive the confrontation, save his sister-in-law, and learn the truth about his father, Adam will have to risk bargaining with very dangerous beings … including his first love.
Hopper isn’t looking for redemption. He’s a thief, an ex-con, and the kind of man who walked out on the love of his life, even if it was for her own good. Until a last-minute stop at a mysterious, mountain Christmas shop changes all that, and two magical hillbillies give him a chance to go back in time—and back into the red-hot welcome of his lost love’s arms. When Lila walked into Stuckey’s Christmas Outpost, all she wanted was a fresh-cut wreath for her condo and some new holiday traditions that didn’t rely on any man. She didn’t know she’d be tripping a time warp and forced to relive her Christmases past. Especially the ones she’d spent with Hopper—the man who’d broken her heart beyond repair, so many Christmases ago. What she learns on this sexy trip down memory lane makes her question everything she thought she knew about Hopper, her family, and her whole young life. Yet, when the magic ends, can they learn to love the different people they’ve become? Because this crazy, beautiful adventure may have given them the ride of their lives—but the best gift of all just might be a second chance.
On a sabbatical from his Stanford teaching position, Professor David Levinson finally has time to write the sci-fi novel he’s been thinking about for years. The phenomena of past life memories and near-death experiences are too controversial to include in his formal psychiatric research, while fiction is the perfect outlet for his esoteric ideas.
Hoping that a change of pace will provide the inspiration he needs, David accepts a friend’s invitation to an old Scottish castle. Except, what he finds there is more fantastical than his most outlandish theories. The castle is home to a clan of immortals, their leader is a stunning demigoddess, and even more shockingly, it might be precisely where he belongs.
Mimsey Goddess lives a simple life, chatting with Nim, her pet sloth, scaring a robber or two, saving the occasional life…you know, normal things for a demi-goddess. For centuries she’s enjoyed this life, scratching the sexual itch when she feels it, moving on when the need arises. But when she meets Silas, he brings up feelings she’s never felt before.
A routine stop at the market for Silas Barnett turns into anything but when he helps stop a robbery, and he’s intrigued by the old lady brave enough to take on the crook. Never having much of a family of his own, he’d always wanted a feisty grandmother like her, and he can’t help but want to spend time with her. Though as much as he likes her, Silas doesn’t exactly see Mimsey in the same light as she wants him to, so she introduces him to Maude—young, beautiful, yet another lady throwing Silas for a loop, and after one date she has him completely under her spell. Still, she’s not what he’s looking for, and Mimsey feels guilty for forcing it. When a jealous tattletale sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, Mimsey must answer to the higher powers. For she’s committed the ultimate crime according to the gods and goddesses—she’d fallen in love with a mortal. And she must pay with his life.
Kiko Takai has a stack of romance novels—true stories she wrote from a century of matchmaking through time. After her old boss drops her into the year of her choice—1995—as a reward for fulfilling her contract, Kiko’s quest to find a publisher lands her in her best friend’s lap, and sparks reignite.
Eric Woodson is the vice president of finance at his father’s trade publishing house and success follows him everywhere, except in love. Eric is still fixated on what he forged and lost with Kiko, who vanished seven years ago, so his jealous wife tosses him divorce papers. The one woman he could never have reappears, and when they bump into the man who killed his best friend—her husband, Eric will stop at nothing to keep her safe. She’s not the only one who needs rescuing, because the enemy is ready to reclaim what’s his at any cost. Just like the scheme she orchestrated for her matches over a century, Kiko has three tries to get it right or lose him forever.
Cherry is gutted when her friend Liza disappears, presumed drowned. She has no time to mourn, however, since she must keep Liza’s daughter safe from Liza’s ex. Cherry sneaks away to Holy Island, where she meets a big, sexy, tattooed man washed up on the beach. A big, sexy, deluded man since he insists he’s a dragon. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Martinos has escaped the dungeon only to wash up on the mainland. Returning to the Dragon Isles is not his most immediate problem, though, since his dragon is bound, and he cannot shift. Unlucky in love, Cherry is surprised when Martinos returns her growing lust and camaraderie. While the man has a flawed mind, he’s excellent with Liza’s daughter and not one of Cherry’s internal alarms ping. With Martinos, her life is stimulating, and she’s falling for him. Then, everything she thought she understood about dragons pops like a balloon, and her real adventure begins.
I am queen in naught but name. Long kept sheltered and hidden from my kingdom, encouraged to spend my days surrounded by dusty old spell books which awaken nothing but dread in me. The women of my family have long carried powers in their bloodline, but as the generations pass, the magic dwindles and by my reign, well, I may as well have none at all. All that changes when I’m faced with having to choose between the hordes of men who come to win my favour, and with the final five decided, I must whittle them down to only one. Choosing the wrong man will lead to my death, as it did to my mother and grandmother before me. Armed with a fistful of letters from my dead mother, and with my five men forming alliances to help me, I must uncover the deception which restrains my power before it is too late.
Hades and his army are out for blood. Too bad I’m their target….I hope you’re prepared because your favorite alpha fae is back and ready for action, and this time it’s personal. Warden Blackwater has far from given up. I guess she didn’t like the fact that I had four handsome friends willing to help me escape. Because now she’s upped the stakes, putting a price on my head and on my men as well. And Hades is all too eager to claim the prize for himself. If that wasn’t bad enough, now my brother is at the center of a millennia old family curse. And Blackwater plans to sacrifice him to subdue the curse. I wish I could say that my team was ready and rearing to battle it out with her and help me save my brother. But all isn’t well between me and my men. Alexandros and Broderick straight up killed me in a past life and now they expect me to just get over it like it never happened? While my sweet Jaime, or should I say Zero’s better half, plans to stay in prison forever just to keep me safe from him? And Drake? He claims to have had a change of heart and now he says he’s in love with me. No way, I don’t trust that crafty dragon as far as I can throw him. With Blackwater and Hades’s army out to get us, will they even need to destroy us or will we sabotage ourselves first?
He loves me…Not anymore. That was twenty years ago. I hardly think of Nick now. Seriously. I’m too busy training horses and trying to keep a roof over my head. They say I never met a horse, or a man, I couldn’t ride, which is a little catty but mostly true. Until I do. When Napoleon, a rangy gelding with a bad reputation, tosses me to the ground, my life literally flashes before my eyes. I swear the tangled knot of regrets and missed opportunities go parading past me like thoroughbreds at auction. When I come to, I’m shocked to discover I’m dressed in a fancy riding habit, and a corset, and I’m eighteen—again. But when Lord Nicholas Stanhope walks in the room looking like my Nick, dressed and sounding like he just stepped out of a Jane Austen novel… I’m on a mission. I don’t care if this is a dream, or painkillers, or-or reincarnation. I won’t give up on this second chance. I won’t stop until…he loves me.
My family’s secrets are devastating, dangerous — especially for a dragon. To keep him safe, I have to destroy us, but that will destroy me. I don’t want him to save me. I can’t have him save me. But he will save me. Because that’s who he is. My dragon mate.
AUTUMN – One moment, I’m dreamingly swiping at dating apps. The next, I’m running from my criminal ex.
When the Shifter Dating App tells me they’ve found my mate, I think he’s the light at the end of the tunnel. My lifesaver. He’ll save me. He’ll protect me. But… Will he love me too? CALLUM – She’s everything both my bear and I have ever wanted. My body craves her curves. But she doesn’t need my possessive, obsessive love now. And I don’t think she’ll ever want it once she learns the truth about my past.
Pippa is a daring, self-made success at National Geographic. At 42, she wants final closure with her wealthy, but estranged father residing in Scotland. Unfortunately, she hasn’t outgrown her rebellious streak, and it lands her in trouble with the local Kilt Brigade. Compared to gorillas and poachers, facing down a few Scots doesn’t scare her. Except for that one…Giver has a life of crime to make amends for, which means he has no time for women, especially one as troublesome as Pippa. Since it is partly his fault she’s in trouble, he should protect her from his own, but those pesky vows get in the way—those vows that are designed to save his soul.
Shelby Nichols needs some time off, but for a mind-reader with ties to the police and the mob, is that even possible? Her kids want the dog she’s promised them, the police need her to talk to a counselor, and Uncle Joey has unexpected news that could change her life. Is Shelby up to the task? Let’s hope so, because solving a murder might be easier than granting a dying wish.
I am prey. An Omega prey that our dreaded enemy, the Blighten, search for. I am a prize One that noble lords vie for. I don’t want to become a lord’s prize anymore than I want to become the Blighten’s prey. One would be a swift death. And one would be slow. That I must marry soon is not a decision for today, though, but a decision for tomorrow. Only tomorrow’s choices never come. For tonight brings outlaws who remind me that I am prey.
Charlotte…Charlotte D’Amico never met a safe she couldn’t crack, a penthouse she couldn’t case, or a stuck-up rich guy she couldn’t deceive. So when the crime boss who runs her life orders her to spy on yet another reclusive billionaire, Charley’s not worried. Smile pretty, keep the boss happy, keep her sister safe. That’s how it works. But Dorian Redthorne is no ordinary mark. He’s charming, funny, and sinfully hot, with a whiskey-smooth British accent that leaves her aching for more. He’s also dark, dangerous, and definitely hiding secrets… Secrets that might just get her killed. Dorian…Vampire king Dorian Redthorne has more responsibilities than he can count. Keep New York’s supernaturals in line. Protect what’s left of his family. And above all, bury his dead father’s secrets… before their enemies discover the royal family’s greatest weakness. Charlotte D’Amico is a complication he doesn’t need. But the scent of her blood is intoxicating, her heartbeat a siren call he can’t resist. One stolen kiss, and Dorian knows how this ends: He claims her, or he bleeds her dry. Unfortunately, his pretty little con woman is as treacherous as his enemies. The question is… Which will destroy him first?
When Mum died, I inherited a lot more than a pack of lies. I landed a $410,000 debt. Discovered her previous surname. And her real place of birth. Desperate to uncover the truth, I drive to a tiny dot on the map called Deception Valley. Coincidental name? Nope. There, I find her secret family—because she had one of those too.
How many lies are we at? Honestly, I’ve lost count, but local gossip captures my attention. Apparently, Mum’s other family play laser tag every Wednesday. Not even joking. Laser tag. What the hell is this place? In hindsight, the massive guy with honey irises was my first major clue. Unusual eyes for a human, right? Perfect eyes for a werewolf.
But sexy supernaturals, thongs, and mounting financial strain aside, Mum’s past is buried somewhere in this valley, and I need to dig up the truth or find a way to live with her lies. What do you do when neither option will leave you unscathed?
Welcome to Chipping Cheddar, where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight……Well, maybe not all supernaturals. I tend to avoid using my fury traits, but when I reluctantly use my power of invisibility and then can’t undo it, I don’t know whether the gods are punishing me–or someone else is. At first my condition isn’t so bad. I can play well-deserved pranks on my family and aid Chief Fox as a silent observer in town. As time passes, however, it becomes clear that the longer I’m sight unseen, the more clear and present danger I’m in. Can I find my way back to corporeal form or am I destined to become a ghost of my former self for eternity?
How do you thrive when you’re an unwanted, worthless, human female? Simple: alter your reality by switching sides.
During the day, I’m William De Luca, the only ‘son’ of Roberto De Luca, the king of the NYC mafia and Alpha of the deadliest wolf pack — one this city doesn’t mess with. At night, I’m Willow De Luca , cage fighter champion with a slight temper problem. Regardless of which role I’m playing, I’m plagued by the inability to shift, a condition that has Papa Dearest deeming me a ‘mistake.’ All the same, it’s worth enduring my double life if it means staying out of my father’s business and ignoring the growing legacy that’s waiting for me to claim. Unfortunately, no matter how rich and powerful you are, the universe isn’t going to grant you everything you want. In Father’s case, it was having a son. In mine? Finding a mate. Without an inner wolf of my own, meeting a wolf shifter who’s connected to me is essentially impossible. It’s a forbidden dream I’d all but given up on. Then my carefully balanced life is disrupted by the arrival of a new pack that intends to make me the target of a power play to take the De Luca territory. However, one glimpse of Dimitris, Neo, Saint, and Jayce is all it takes — I want to make them mine. I’m willing to bet everything on a dangerous gamble, because maybe being a wealthy boy by day and lethal girl at night is the double-play I need to earn the grand prize.
A fourteen year-old boy is struck by a car and left to die in a derelict section of town. He is the latest victim in a rash of deadly accidents spoiling a hot California summer. Artemis Andronikos, a beautiful attorney with a teenage of her own, knows the deaths are not the unrelated mishaps the authorities assume. The victims are Harbinger children gifted with extraordinary perceptive abilities. It has been seven years since the Harbinger suddenly appeared enabling people to foresee traumatic events. The new sense has proved most dramatic in young children. Now the prescient children are becoming adolescents. And the world’s power centers are becoming alarmed.
Artemis and her partner Lucy Breem, put aside their comfortable Maui lifestyle to investigate who or what is luring the children to their deaths. What they discover shocks the conscience. The ancients left a warning for future generations. The future of mankind has been wrested in the hands of the Harbinger children. And someone unexpected wants the power back.
We hope you’ll join us as Avaleigh’s Boys prepare to celebrate Halloween. Come see the changes that have taken place since the last time we visited with them. Kids have gotten older, there are new members of the clan to meet, and new accomplishments to cheer. It’s always been said that life is what happens while you’re busy making plans, and this applies even to the members of Kaid’s mix-matched clan of shifters. In this novella, lovers of Avaleigh’s Boys will find a slice of life from each character and their families. Are you ready to visit with some old friends for a little while?
Clementine’s adventures continue in Demolition Premonition. Clementine Cooke has a lot of stuff to figure out. Not only has Malene dropped a bombshell of a reveal, but Clem is also processing her feelings for Rufus, who is bound and determined to make her a Spellhunter. But when a new home designer moves into town, she starts stealing all of Clem’s clients. Clem is ticked, and rightfully so. Things heat up in Peachwood when the interloper is found murdered and of course, Clem is the primary suspect. Can Clem clear her name, accept Malene’s new role in her life, and finally tell Rufus the truth? Or will she fall short in more ways than one and find herself at the mercy of the Peachwood murderer?
VS Note: Per the Author – “This series has been revised, renamed, and republished from its original series The Mortals and Mystics which was published in 2017.”
He’s a deadly creature of ancient story books. A monster! A nightmare! The thing is, locked behind those bars, the quiet, mysterious man doesn’t seem so different from myself…I can steal this vampire away from the unjust prison of a life he’s been sedated in for far too long. I can hide him away from those who would rather use him or see him dead. I can protect him…But if I do, who will protect me from him?
Working in a niche market was not her intent, but the community has need of her. No one can clear a house like she can. Hannah’s life has taken a weird turn. She has survived an attack by an ancient entity, gotten transformed into a dark elf, and shacked up with the first guy to possess her mind. It has been a really odd few weeks.
Now that she is stable and settled in, she finds herself in XIA custody, more or less. Neekil moved in.
With one dark elf on the surface, Neekil’s family asks him to guide his brothers into the modern world. Getting a place for them to stay is easy. They have volunteered to replace the enchanted mantlepiece at the mansion, and it is rather uncomfortable to watch them work.
Hannah has to adapt to new circumstances again when the mayor requests her help in clearing uninhabited homes. The problem is, their inhabitants aren’t human or extranatural; they are something else entirely.
She had better get started.
Aradia Galatas is wanted for crimes she didn’t commit, and the punishment is a fate worse than death. The king’s mages are skilled in the worst kind of torture. After taking refuge in the library, she stumbles through a portal to a hidden kingdom—and straight into the arms of a tall, dark, and incredibly rude male named Yuto, who calls himself the Lord of Dragons. He claims to be trapped but won’t tell her why. And he thinks Aradia is his key to freedom—if only she’ll take him back through the portal. But Aradia can’t return to her homeland, not without risking her own neck. She can’t stay with Yuto either. He’s so dangerous that his touch ignites fire. As Aradia plots her escape, passion sparks. But if she gives in, she risks more than just her heart. They could both lose themselves in the flames.
Rhys is a disaster: too violent for his old pride, and more accustomed to using his fists instead of his words. He’s managed to carve out a place among the Crowley lions, but his temper still rides him hard. The only balm is Sage, a shattered woman with a core of fire. He wants to bring it out of her. Can he avoid getting burned?
She’s tired of living under her father’s thumb…Sage narrowly escaped a forced mating, but she can’t quite manage to pick up the pieces. Except when she’s around Rhys. The rumbly lion makes her ache for something more. But good things don’t last for Sage, and her father’s demand she return to the man who bought her cuts her to her core. Can a broken woman find redemption in the arms of her disaster of a mate? Or will old wounds and enemies be too strong for even the toughest lions to overcome?
Everything is different now—including me. Turns out I’m not a witch after all. I’m shadow touched, a rare breed of supernatural with the ability to fight off demons and keep the mundane world safe. And the cherry on top? The fate of the mortal realm lies solely in my hands. I’m the veil keeper, the only person who can stop whoever is determined to open the gate to the shadow realm and unleash hell on earth. No big deal. Add in the six men that are meant to be mine—whether they want to be or not—and my life is just peachy. But learning to shift and figuring out how to control my magick are the least of my concerns, because being the veil keeper has put a target on my back and a bounty on my head. Overnight, I’ve become the supernatural world’s Most Wanted, and my allies will only get me so far. The only thing keeping me alive right now are my mates, but if they don’t all come around and decide to claim me soon, I’ll end up dead… or worse, trapped in the veil to be tortured by shades. Between the attempts to kill me, shades whispering warnings in my sleep, and the missing grimoire, the increasing threats are stacking the deck against me, but I wasn’t raised to be a quitter. I’ll fight until my dying breath to save the ones I love… I just hope that’s not anytime soon.
Before our wedding bells stopped ringing, my bride disappeared without a trace. I was on a special ops training exercise in Thailand. But the moment I sensed her, I broke out of formation and bolted toward the forest. Her shy, sassy sun bear captivated my body and soul in an instant. And right then, I knew I’d found my one true mate. We tied the knot here in L.A., ready to begin our happily ever after. But our wedding quickly turned into a dangerous hunt for my kidnapped bride. I vowed to honor and protect her, ’til death do us part. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. My bear won’t stop until she’s safe in my arms again. Even if I have to tear apart L.A.’s dark shifter underworld to find her
The other princesses all have their worries. But not me. Not really. I see a man. I take him. Until I met a hot bad boy wolf shifter named Mateo. He’s stubborn. He’s intelligent. He’s impossible. I would do nearly anything to make him mine. I would even consider becoming his bride.
Earning trust and love is easy, keeping it is harder. Sam has no doubt in his mind that he will whatever it takes to keep his daughters safe. If that means giving custody to his ex-wife, he will do it; although, the girls are not fully grown, so no one knows if they are shifters and that puts them in danger. Even more, the girls are attached to their babysitter, and it might just break everyone’s heart if Sam’s ex wins this battle.
AnnaLee has found her life filled with satisfaction when she is watching Emma and Jose, Sam’s twin girls. They are spunky and fill a part in AnnaLee that she never thought she would get to have. That one doctor’s note has always haunted her, and now the custody papers she finds on the kitchen counter haunt her even more. The history Sam has with his ex-wife is dangerous and filled with secrets. The hope and love that swells like tidal wives between AnnaLee and Sam is addicting and nearly overpowers any reservations they might have. Both of them are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the family they are becoming together. More than one heart, one family, is on the line, and they are willing to risk it all.
The battle for Kimmery is brewing…The peace Princess Bryony and her Chosen enjoyed in the north is broken, disturbed by the arrival of her family to the Winter Palace. Camellia is crueler than Bryony ever imagined, and her grandmother’s faith is hard won. Nothing will come easily, not even with her men at her side, their affections growing deeper. When Bryony’s most reluctant Chosen, Aric – King of Thieves, learns of her Hunger, it all fractures. There is more to the magic of the queen’s line than anyone imagined, and Bryony is losing the grip on her own control. As the weather turns colder, obstacles rise from every direction, even from within the Winter Palace’s own residents. Bryony must master her magic and her passions in order to protect herself and her Chosen from the enemies that circle closer every day. If she falls, so will Kimmery.
Heiress Molly needs to shake up her life, so she decides to ditch her security guards and head out for a night on the town. Needless to say, getting kidnapped and held at a secluded mansion on the top of a mountain in a distant town was not what she had in mind for her “naughty little adventure.”. But when she meets the man who has taken her, the handsome and complicated Sawyer, she is in for even more of a surprise. Not only is she falling for him hard and fast, but she finds that she is being dragged into a terrifying battle to save the town of Lone Reach. Sawyer isn’t just anyone… he is a powerful dragon shifter, and the fate of Lone Reach hangs in the balance unless he and Molly can save the day. But can he they overcome their not insignificant issues first, perhaps starting with “so why did you feel the need to kidnap me anyway?” Can they stop the vampire mob from attacking the sleepy little mountain town… and will their love survive the coming war? Only one thing is certain… dragons, bears, wolves and vampires collide for an epic showdown! And the fate of Molly, Sawyer and Lone Reach will be sealed forever – one way…or the other.
I am a dragon who hates dragons. The dragons murdered my family. The dragons stole me. The fae purchased me. My mates saved me. My mates imprisoned me. They think they’re keeping me safe. They think they know what I need. What all delicate, feminine, gold dragons need. A comfortable den. A well-stocked pantry. Twenty children.
That’s not what this gold dragon needs. This gold dragon needs blood. This gold dragon needs revenge.
Cameron wants to make it clear that he did not go into the festival to find a dragon mate. Germany is supposed to be an escape. With a new mechanical engineering degree, a new job looming, and a whole life planned out that isn’t his, Germany seems like the best place to find himself. So, how does he end up discovering his lost magic heritage, running from bad guys with a secret agenda, and being adopted by the not-so-extinct Fire Dragon clan? Cameron blames tall, dark, and sexy Alric, King of the Fire Dragons. His fated mate. Because of course he is, and mates are meant to take the blame, right? It may take a hot second, but as Cameron learns more about the scarred Alric and the life he’s landed in, Cameron realizes that perhaps this is where he’s meant to be, magic and mates and kidnapping and all. Turns out coming to Germany wasn’t an escape but his awakening.
Kieran Bancroft has spent almost a thousand years saving humans from evil vampires. Protecting potential consorts from nightwalkers gave Kieran something to focus on other than his dwindling hope that he’d ever find the one who was meant to be his.
Thana Fernsby had no idea vampires existed. Not until her aunt sprung an arranged marriage on her, and she went running into the night. Thana ended up at the door of a daywalker–the good kind of vampire that had been born instead of bitten. Kieran would help any damsel in distress. But when he touched Thana and discovered she was his destined consort, the fight became personal.
For a decade, I’ve hated the supernaturals who owned my world. I hunted them. I killed them. And now, in the most grand twist of fate—I am bonded to one of them. Oh, the irony. Being a supernatural bounty hunter isn’t exactly a popular job. But after the magic wars, there aren’t many things a human can do that will put food on the table. Thankfully anything my right hook can’t handle, my guns can. Or so I thought. When a demon summoning runs awry, the being that comes into this world changes everything. I’m not sure if he’s truly a demon or a god, but one thing I do know is that he’s after me. I’d like to see him try. I’ve got a promise to fulfill, and I’m not backing down. The only way out of this is his death or mine, and I’ll do anything to survive. Even if that means making a deal with the devil.
Ten years ago, half-Fae, half human Kerrigan Argon was discreetly dropped off onto the steps of Draco Mountain with nothing but a note. Her life changes completely as she’s swept into the care of the House of Dragons—an elite training program for gifted Fae. On the year of her seventeenth name day, each student will be chosen by one of the twelve tribes of Alandria to enter society. Everyone is chosen, except Kerrigan. So, she strikes a bargain with the Dragon Society: convince a tribe to select her or give up her birthright forever. With the unlikeliest of allies—Fordham Ollivier, the cursed Fae prince, who escaped his dark throne—she has to chart her own destiny to reshape the world.
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Trevor Hanson is a security officer aboard the cruise liner Nebula Zephyr with his own traumatic past as a former Special Forces soldier and prisoner of war. He’s assigned to provide personal protection to Gianna during her time aboard the ship but soon finds his interest turning from professional to romantic.
Onboard the Nebula Zephyr, powerful enemies are watching Gianna and making plans to seize this rare opportunity to gain access to her and the secrets they believe she’s still keeping about the wreck. Can Trevor overcome his personal demons and rise to the occasion to save Gianna from the danger waiting on his ship, or will she slip through his fingers and suffer a terrible fate deferred from her last disastrous voyage?
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