VS SPECIAL Note before we begin: In response to recent questions about Kobo, Nook and GooglePlay availability – Generally speaking, if a book is listed below as being on Amazon and Apple, the odds are good it is also available on the other platforms. But not always…
In response to reader feedback, going forward I’ll label the Amazon Kindle Unlimited (KU) titles, which are Amazon only.
Some authors aren’t in KU but still don’t list books with Apple or other platforms. This report is very time consuming to prepare so I’ve always had to limit myself and cannot go and look up every book on all the platforms. If an author gives me their other buy links, I include them here but generally I develop the post on my own, not from author-supplied information. I curate and prepare this post individually every week to help connect readers/books/authors and I have to be very careful not to give it so much time as an activity that I don’t write my own novels! Thanks for the feedback and happy reading!
As an experiment, in response to reader feedback, I am also adding Kobo links this week where available, to see how much time it adds to my total process. Let me know if this enhancement is one you’d vote for!
THE OUTLAW CYBORG (CYBORGS ON MARS BOOK 5) by Honey Phillips
Can a cyborg ranger save Mars – and the woman who won’t admit she needs him? Everything Serena Gatling ever wanted was taken away from her by a single horrific act of betrayal. Determined never to fall victim again, she closes her heart and dedicates her life to a cold-blooded quest to regain the one thing that still matters to her.
Sent to Mars by the ruthless corporation for which she works, Serena is finally within sight of her goal. The last thing she needs is a man distracting her. But the massive cyborg warrior who seems to know all of her hidden secrets awakens feelings she thought had died long ago.
J-100 has never fit in – not as an orphan, not as a soldier, and definitely not as a cyborg. So when he is asked to take on an impossible mission with little chance of success, he has nothing to lose. Until he meets a beautiful woman and recognizes the pain hidden behind her icy exterior – and now the stakes couldn’t be higher. Evil forces are conspiring against the Martian colonists. Can Serena and J-100 work together to save the colony, even if it costs them everything?
VS Note: Yay, a new series from Tiffany!
An undercover alien. A curvy human female he’s desperate to claim. One month to make her his. Tabitha Mathews has never had much luck with men. Her past relationships only left her heart aching and her self-esteem beaten down. But who needs them? She’s doing just fine on her own. She has a booming home business, an adorable, mischievous dog, and she just became a first-time homeowner…right next door to the hottest man she’s ever seen. Oh, did she mention that he happens to be an alien? An alien with dreamy, glowing eyes, wicked fangs and claws, and a tail. But she’s not supposed to know that, and only finds out after her wonderfully considerate dog leaves a big, odorous gift in her neighbor’s back yard—which promptly results in her being kidnapped. Now she’s tied to the alien’s bed, because of course he’s come to Earth in search of a mate—and he wants Tabitha to fill that role. More specifically, he wants her to carry his baby. Saying he’s moving fast seems like a bit of an understatement. Is Tabitha willing to accept her alien abductor as a mate? Is she ready to be a mother? And he’s generous enough to give her four whole weeks to decide. It’s not like it’s the biggest decision of her life or anything…right?
Happily ever after didn’t work out. After her divorce, Meryl Faulkner decides to embrace all the best life has to offer: family, friends, and retirement. She never expected a sexy winged alien to divebomb into her quiet, orderly life. And he seems to think he’s her mate! Deemed un-mateable from birth. Years ago, Rol Raptorclaw came to terms with the solitary life society thrust upon him. Serving his monarchs keeps him too busy to be lonely—mostly. So how is it that one maddening human female has inserted herself into his unworthy heart? Rol is determined to convince Meryl he is not a flight risk, but can he do so before the trade negotiations with Earth wrap up and he must return home?
Natalie West loves her job serving the public as part of the Stargazer police force. But with Violet Locke’s detective agency interfering in her work, and a murder case on her hands that she’s barred from investigating, she’s starting to feel like an outsider in her own town. The sad truth is, she may need Locke’s help to solve the case. If only that didn’t also involve spending time with Spenser, the hunky alien who sends Natalie’s heart into a tailspin every time he’s near.
Spenser has watched both his brothers find mates since they arrived on Earth. But the big alien prefers solving puzzles to meddling with humans. Until he meets Natalie West. The beautiful officer is as courageous as she is disdainful of their small detective agency. Spenser is determined to prove she is wrong about him, and claim her as his mate. When a murder investigation sends Natalie to Spenser’s side, the two are forced to work together to get to the truth. If they succeed, will Natalie want to go back to the way things were? Or will Spenser find a way to capture her heart as well as their suspect?
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note and I know many are eagerly awaiting the new DUNE movie…
Leto Atreides, Duke of Caladan and father of the Muad’Dib. While all know of his fall and the rise of his son, little is known about the quiet ruler of Caladan and his partner Jessica. Or how a Duke of an inconsequential planet earned an emperor’s favor, the ire of House Harkonnen, and set himself on a collision course with his own death. This is the story. Through patience and loyalty, Leto serves the Golden Lion Throne. Where others scheme, the Duke of Caladan acts. But Leto’s powerful enemies are starting to feel that he is rising beyond his station, and House Atreides rises too high. With unseen enemies circling, Leto must decide if the twin burdens of duty and honor are worth the price of his life, family, and love.
The sea might be his mistress, but Shereen is the queen of his heart. Known as the Iron Pirate, Darius has been sailing the treacherous seas for a decade now. It might be time to settle down before the monsters he’s been fending off finally get their tentacles on him. But any plans for a quiet retirement walk the plank when he discovers the Princess Shereen has stowed away aboard his ship. A pretty princess with a price on her head. A woman who has only one dangerous choice if she wants to be free. If Shereen can prove she inherited her father’s power, she might just survive. Problem is, what’s a pirate to do when she asks him to be her king?
I’m in my birthday suit, but I’m not ready to party. When I wake up on a strange planet, my first thought is not to go streaking. Actually, it’s to find some clothes and avoid the local natives. Too bad they find me first. Instead of probing me like a normal alien, they make me their prized possession. Yay, right? Nope. Turns out they have intentions for me that are not conducive to my plan to live long and prosper. So I run like Forrest Gump. And smack right into another alien. Except this one is hot. Like fuego. However, he’s not interested in me at all. I take much umbrage and decide to seduce him to scratch an itch, as well as stay close to him so I don’t die. I like sex, but I like breathing more. Just a little. Anyway, the warrior is as welcoming as a cactus, but I can sense what he’s trying to hide and it draws me to him. Will I be able to keep from probing him emotionally without getting in too deep myself? (Sexual pun intended) Only one way to find out.
Clark – Sometimes you meet people in life that draw you in like a magnet. The two of you align so perfectly there isn’t anything you can do to stop the attraction. That’s what it was like for me and Tennir. Only, this is an attraction that isn’t meant to be and now I must do everything in my power to fight those feelings, because unfortunately, he’s the one alien I can’t fall in love with.
Tennir – I don’t know when it happened, but it happened nonetheless. I fell for a human. One day in the lab our eyes met and it dawned on me: she’d become my best friend in the world. I realized right then that I wanted more. I wanted all of her. But what is there to do if she fights the attraction we both feel? I have to find a way to convince Clark that no matter what world we’re on, she and I belong together.
VS Note: Not listed as a romance…
200 TONS OF STEAM-POWERED ALIEN SUPER-TECH. Three daring women with a thirst for adventure. The railroads of Mars better raise that speed limit. “It’s BUFFY meets FIREFLY on Mars with trains. Awesome.”
A thief running from his mistakes. A woman racing toward her destiny. Together they have one chance to save her crew. Zoe is astronavigator on the Earth ship Endurance; their mission: to submit Earth’s application to the Intergalactic Council, make the trade of human slaves illegal and in so-doing save the Sol system from malevolent alien forces. But when the ship is boarded by slavers and her crew taken, Zoe finds herself the possession of a male who claims her as his own. Can she ever allow herself to find happiness with him?
When Daris takes a job, ‘no questions asked’ he doesn’t expect to find himself on The Crucible slave ship. He also doesn’t expect to find his mate. When his actions place her in danger, he has to use every trick at his disposal to get both of them to safety. Only then can he bring news of her ships fate to Earth’s allies and in so-doing, gain the trust of the only female he could ever want. But can they escape the enraged Fedhith slaver and save the crew of Endurance?
VS Note: Listed in erotica…
Top on the list of “things I didn’t expect to happen this weekend” is: — Surprise sex with an alien-cyborg commander, which means I’m now the lady-mate in a weird marriage triangle with him and his legionnaire –Though being taken to, and promptly busted out of, Area 51 by the aforementioned aliens is definitely a close second.I also didn’t really bargain for how much I’d fall for these two extraterrestrial men. There are more than a few on this rig who find our relationship a violation of nature, though. Unfortunately they don’t seem content to just judge us silently from afar. No, these Turukai are more than willing to voice their disagreements. And when they threaten not just my happy little threesome, but all of humanity as well?I might be forced to make one hell of a drastic decision.
I may have almost died on this planet , but it hasn’t broken me yet. At least, I’m working real hard to toughen up and become the kind of woman who’ll be ready to board that spaceship and kick some Grivath a**. But, thanks to the way the overprotective warrior at my side insists on hovering, you’d be forgiven for thinking I’m fragile. I thought my biggest problem was figuring out how to make Tagiz see me as more than just the dying woman he had to rescue. But that was until we got the news. Because the aliens who came for us? They’re not all dead. And the ones who survived? They want two things: Revenge, and the ship we’re planning to use to leave Agron. Can we prevent them from taking our only ride off this planet? And if we can, will I be able to leave the warrior who saved me from certain death?
In the deepest reaches of space, romance can turn dark. From space stations to star ships to distant planets, wherever humans go, romance follows. But it’s not always all hearts and flowers. Sometimes intergalactic love comes from much darker sources than the stars that light the way. In this limited edition collection of amazing new stories, New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors bring you a whole new galaxy of dark science fiction romance.
Nikkia “Niks” Rison thinks she has it all: A great career as a nurse, a steady boyfriend, and a life traveling the stars. That is until a medical experiment goes wrong and she’s tethered to the mind of Rex, a gorgeous – and dangerous – telepath who uses her unusual talents to unleash her clients’ desires. Caught in the middle of the intergalactic war against the telepaths, Niks faces her greatest fears as Rex is captured by the military and sentenced to a fate worse than death. Will Niks abandon everything she knows to save the one she loves?
I’ve devoted my life to healing. So why does this alien warrior’s touch make my pulse race? General Troko is a huge, scarred D’tali warrior. Every time he comes into my makeshift infirmary, my thoughts scatter and my body betrays me. Now a mission has gone terribly wrong and we’re on the run for our lives — and any resistance I ever dreamed I had is dangerously weakened. And surrendering to him is the only option.
Change your life today. That’s what the ad offered. And when I applied for the job, I really, really needed a change, but maybe I should have paid a little more attention. Because I didn’t expect to be whisked across the universe, into the arms of a huge teal and purple alien. Who thinks I’m his mate. Oops?
My alien concubine refuses to please me. That gruff, muscled Vandalar saikh I bought myself keeps running away. So I do what every lonely woman in her thirties would: I cuff him to my bed until he comes to his senses. At least now I don’t have to chase behind him in high heels, and can concentrate on starting my mail-order-saikh business. What could possibly go wrong? I tell you what: he frees himself. Of course, he does. Now I’m the one tied to the bed while he threatens punishment. I really should freak out about this, having so much work to do building myself a new existence and all — but I’m just happy he’s finally showing some initiative.
~ Where duty and passion collide. ~Within days of being rescued from Desperation Crevasse, Lilian must return at Lucius’ side as his shield bearer. Together with their guild allies, they will confront the Despoilers and end their threat to Blooded Dagger and the cartel. In the savage battle, Lucius is injured leaving Lilian to protect her him, Blooded Dagger, and the cartel. Stranded on Desperation until he recovers, Lucius gathers his allies to protect his interests from rivals determined to exploit his weakness. With the aid of ancient guild lore, he and Lilian will seek to uncover the remaining Despoilers and penetrate the mystery of an ancient prophecy. Before he can return to Crevasse City and his center of power, one if his inner circle will challenge his preeminence and threaten Lilian’s survival. It will take all his cunning and Lilian’s courage to counter the betrayal before it endangers the Nightingale’s voyage to the Thirteenth System. Across the Twelve Systems, from Desperation to Metricelli Prime, and Fortuna, Lilian and Lucius will battle to protect their love and forge a future for themselves, Blooded Dagger, Serengeti, and the Twelve Systems.
As a small-town girl, all Olivia wants is a happy life, a comfy couch, and binge-watching reality TV shows. Unfortunately for her, she gets to be in one. Abducted by aliens, she is forced to take part in a brutal reality survival show on an alien planet, only she isn’t one of the contestants. She’s the goal. The moment Prince Fero sets eyes on her, he knows. She is the one he has waited for his entire life. Yet she doesn’t even know who he is. His heart knows her. No matter how many warriors he must fight, no matter what he has to do, he will protect her, he will claim her as his own. What if she doesn’t want to be claimed?
At Bijoux de L’Etoile, the high-end casino orbiting Earth, anything can happen. It’s a quiet day for L’Étoile lead investigator, Janey McCallister, until a young woman runs screaming past the blackjack tables. She looks like a victim of abuse, but when her boyfriend turns up dead the next day, she becomes the prime suspect. Determined to investigate every angle, Janey searches for clues and uncovers a world of high-priced escorts and human trafficking—a world just like the one that took the life of her best friend long ago. When Orlando Valdez, inspector for Sol Unified Planets, shows up with a new suspect, Janey isn’t sure she can trust the mercurial man who stopped returning her calls. But as the threats escalate and she unravels a deeper conspiracy, Janey and her team will need all the help they can get. If they fail, it could be the end of everyone on L’Étoile.
He refuses to die…The Hunter. When Bounty Hunter Fanian Uldri is contracted to hunt a human female for a wealthy client in a game called The Hunt, he believes it will be the easiest credits he’s ever made. An ordinary human wouldn’t stand a chance against him. Easy, right? Wrong. The human he has in mind is proving to be more than he anticipated. In a game of will and wit, he finds himself enjoying the challenges with the female. Will he be able to turn this worthy adversary over to a male who won’t appreciate her, or will he defy his own rules and keep her for himself? She refuses to give up…The Prey. As a struggling single mother of two, Miranda Murphey thought her life couldn’t get any worse. Then she woke on an alien planet trapped in a dangerous game that could mean life or death for her small family. Miranda knows her chances of winning and returning to Earth are slim but she refuses to give up. All she has to do is elude the hunter who intends to sell her and make her way to the finish line. With their lives on the line and the children’s safety at stake, Miranda has to trust the last person she’d ever thought she would—an alien who refuses to die no matter how many times she kills him.
Caught in a war, I meet an alien bad boy with fangs and claws. His name is Scratch, and he lives to break rules.
Scratch rubs me the wrong way. Scratch gets under my skin. Scratch gives me every reason to hate him, but I can’t stop giving myself to him. Every time he claims me, I fall a little bit further into what I hope isn’t love. Please, don’t let me fall in love.
He’s possessive. He’s demanding. He breathes fire. My first mistake was venturing into the wasteland all alone. I thought my weapons could save me. I was wrong. Attacked. Captured. Chained to an altar. Now I’m a sacrifice. An offering. A morsel for a dragon to devour. But this dragon isn’t what you think. Seven feet of ripped muscles and raw power. Sapphire blue eyes that ignite a shameful desire in my belly. His fire breath isn’t the only thing that’s hot about him. He says I’m his atma. His fated mate. He says I will bear his brood. But I don’t have time for all that. I have a mission to complete. My second mistake is defying him. It’s not wise to make a dragon angry. He’s going to punish my defiance, and he’s going to be very thorough. The kind of punishment that leaves a girl gasping and begging for more. Now I’m on the verge of making my third mistake. Giving in to the dragon’s every demand.
I gave up everything to save my loved ones. Now I belong to a brutal alien race who only see me as a fertile womb.
I’m claimed by the Prince of the Khuvex, a devastatingly handsome colossus with blue skin and rippling muscles. I should be terrified. I should be planning my escape. But without Prince Tacien’s claim, I’d be snapped up in an instant—claimed, bred, used, and thrown away. What’s worse is I’m not even sure I want to run. Prince Tacien is fiercely protective. I’m unsure what my future holds with him, but I know he’d kill before he let anyone lay a hand on me. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m starting to think he’d do anything for me. But before he can secure his claim over me as his mate for life, his vicious brother intervenes. He challenges Tacien for his title and all of his holdings. Including me.
If both of the terrifying aliens kill each other, I might have a chance at freedom. So why do I find myself desperately wishing Tacien will win the right to claim me? To breed me.
Unlike the rest of Zombie Royalty, Raeni Clarke hasn’t revealed her identity to the world, so when she rocks up at Gower College, ready to start her new, ‘normal’ life, she’s not expecting to be recognised by anyone. But someone knows who she is. There’s no mistaking the haunting eyes of Zombie_Royalty_Princess01. Camr’yn. The moment she stepped foot in my English class, I knew who she was. Those captivating eyes only caught mine for the briefest of seconds, but even that was enough to shift my focus from dance, to her. The entire world knows what the Clarke family did for us, and their protected status reminds everyone of the laws they had made demanding everyone leave them be.
But screw the law and her attempts to avoid me.I can’t leave her alone. Raeni. – Camr’yn’s figured out who I am, but even though he hasn’t outed me, I still avoid him. I have to, at least until I can figure out if I can trust him.
I thought being human would make my life easier, but if anything, things are even harder, and more complicated.
But maybe this voice that I keep hearing inside my head will help me figure things out.
Nancy was conflicted. Fragmented. We’d been working on it for years. And now, time was running short. We were getting old. Replicated Rejuvenation Replacement, or R-3, took a person’s consciousness and transferred it to a new body that didn’t have a consciousness of its own. The idea was that the super-rich, or super-important, could have a new body cloned from themselves and grown to a young mature age and then be copied into it. That would give them another full lifespan. The experimental team working on it, and having great success so far, was interested in Nancy because true Identity Dissociation was very rare. Nancy had done a lot of work and was aware of her other selves and the researchers thought that she could be a great candidate for a new field of study. What they wanted to do was to try separating each of Nancy’s selves into their own bodies. Integration wasn’t possible but perhaps separation was. I asked her therapist, “Rochelle, how will that help? What will happen to Nancy? The um, real Nancy? I know that there isn’t one real Nancy and the others aren’t fake or whatever, but what happens to her?”
In the end, Nancy and I both agreed that we desperately wanted to try it.
He might be an alien warrior from the future. But I have a weapon he’s powerless to fight. What is it?
Victoria’s Secret. Val Dorn is huge. With muscles the size of tree trunks. And an accent he claims is Estonian.
It’s like he came out of the movie Terminator. And moved in right next door. At first I’m excited. I mean, hello. My window faces his shower. But then I realize that Val’s arrival might herald some really scary stuff coming my way.
And he’s the only thing that’s protecting me. Somewhere along the line, I get close to the big fella.
And he starts sniffing me. Then kissing me. Then telling me I’m his fated mate. I mean, what do they teach the men over in “Estonia”? But there’s just something off about Val. Maybe it’s the ease with which he lifted my truck off the ground. Or how much he eats in one sitting. Or his fancy ray gun looking things that he says are movie props. I’m not sure. Because he’s hot and all. But…I think my neighbor is an alien.
It was supposed to be a basic supply run. But the thrill of racing is too hard to resist, and Arnet ends up crashing in enemy territory. When he comes to, he finds himself in deep trouble. Surrounded by aliens who want nothing to do with a Dilarian warrior. All except one. A human. There’s no doubt she’s his mate. She wants to claim him, but they both know it’s only for one night. No matter the outcome, the next morning, battling the great beast will change everything, tear apart everything he wants. If the beast wins, he loses his mate forever. But if he lives, he’ll have to walk away from the empire and the woman he’s always wanted. Neither of them are willing to give up so easily, and she’ll do whatever it takes for him to call her “Mine”.
Just out of curiosity I stepped into the Starlight Matchmaking Agency, you know, just to see if the legends were true. My friends dared me to do it and I never back down from a dare. Yet I find myself on a spaceship and the smoking hot purple alien telling me he paid for the matchmaking. I didn’t sign up for this! I only wanted to meet the sexy alien, on Earth. They didn’t tell me they’d kidnap me and take me from my home and friends. I’m pissed, yet I can’t help the attraction I feel for him, and his purple scars. I beg him to take me back to Earth and promise to get to know him on my turf. I want to go back home, but instead I’m heading to a star system on the other side of the galaxy. I’m not sure I want to say no to this savage alien who is determined to have his way.
VS Note: Re-releases
The dead have arisen, and all they want is their old lives back. Can love eternal exist for those who are dead but not gone? It takes a brave zombie to find out.
As Serious as the Grave: Tyler was only dead for a couple of hours before he reanimated, and he’s still handsome and drop dead sexy. What makes his unnatural life worth living? Daniel, a big hunk who just might be the special person Tyler’s spent his life looking for. Will his chance for a lifetime of love with Daniel be taken away before they even get started?
Lights, Camera, Zombies! Jericho’s never been one to shy away from the facts of life… and death… and re-life. Not everyone gets the memo that Zombies are humans with rights, however. When his life is threatened on the set of a new movie, Jericho and his lover, Dex, must decide which is more important, their Zombie pride or their lives.
Destination Dead: When Cal and Holden open Afterlife, a tropical island resort for zombies, not everyone is thrilled. Guests begin to arrive for the grand opening, and trouble arrives with them. It’s a race against time for Cal and Holden to find and stop whoever is trying to destroy their resort and send them back into their graves for good.
The Earth’s been alien-occupied for five years now, and Ella’s just fine with that. She loves her job as a Handler at the local research facility where she helps aliens navigate life on Earth. But when she’s assigned a brand-new team of alien warrior scientists that use tech to suppress their natural hormones, she realizes she’s going to have her work cut out for her. These silver-skinned hotties are here to study reproduction, but they are seriously clueless about sex…
Kila’s on an important mission to find a solution that will cure the dangerous drop in Kar’Kali birth rates. If they ever want to win the war in Sector 5, Kila and his team will need to study human mating techniques. But when he cannot take his eyes off their new human Handler, he starts to worry that the feelings she gives him are a result of a serious malfunction to his brain chip. It’s not long before Kila is sure he’s turning into a lustful Alpha-male monster, just like the ancestors he’s always been taught to hate.
He is the darkest star. She is the burning shadow. And together, they will bring about the brightest night.
Less than a year ago, Evelyn Dasher was a normal girl, living a safe, rather unremarkable life—a life that was a total lie. Now she’s learned the truth about who she was and what she is. Hidden within Zone 3, she knows that if she loses control of her dangerous abilities again, she not only puts everyone in the secret community at risk, but also the beautiful, deadly inhuman Luc. He will do anything to keep her safe. Lie. Barter. Beg. Kill. But there are truths that not even Luc can prepare for, and as Evie’s abilities evolve, the consequences of everything he’s done turn devastating. Luc is stepping into the darkness. But Evie might already be lost to the shadows.
Every cloud has a silver lining…even in matters of the heart. I can see and hear the dead. I can also talk to animals. As a natural-born witch and medium, I can do a lot of odd things. In most people’s eyes, that makes me a loon. I like to think of it as being unique and eccentric. Plus, now that destiny has brought me back to the town I was born in, I’m not all that different from the supernatural residents of Grimm Cove. When I find myself being hunted by a dark entity, I turn to the only person who can really help. Too bad he dislikes people in general, would rather keep to himself, and is positive my elevator doesn’t stop at all floors. Plus, he’s not a fan of squirrels which does put a kink in things considering my familiar is one. Should make for an interesting adventure seeing as how he’s my mate and we’re destined for one another.
They made a deal to conceive a child then go their separate ways. Falling in love wasn’t part of the contract.
Centuries after siring a cub with the dragon-goddess Hel, Ares still can’t get her off his mind. Every war has been fought in her honor, every enemy slain in her name. When he’s invited to the secluded hills of northern California for prime hunting with his adult son, he’s surprised to find the dragoness who got away is already a guest. This time, she won’t escape him. Hel doesn’t need anyone, least of all the fire dragon who fathered her only son. He’s brash, crude, and…. he’s absolutely delightful in bed. Resisting him should be easy, but he is the dragon-god of war, and there’s never been a battle he couldn’t win.
Northrop has gone to the ghosts. I’m Elise Marybell Marple, owner of the magic shop Wicked Ways. When Lucy Littman, resident Realtor of Northrop shows up at the shop begging me to exorcise the spirits at an upscale property she’s trying to sell, how could I say no? After all, real hauntings are rare, even for a supernatural town like Northrop. The minute Shelly and I get involved – Wicked Ways inherits a spectral visitor of its own. Now, the Wicked Ways crew and I must get to the bottom of the hauntings before our big Halloween event, or risk losing Wicked Ways to the ghosts.
She was the hunter. Now, she’s the prey. Detective Rainey Astor has run headfirst into danger for as long as she can remember. Her trip to Salem was no different, and although she and Elijah are back in Billings, nothing could have prepared them for the repercussions they will face upon their return home. Determined to get back to normal despite the fact that everything’s changed, Rainey dives back into work at the same time bodies of dead witches start popping up all over town. Their ritualistic style murders scream sacrifice, but there’s something darker at work, something far more sinister than Rainey or Elijah could have anticipated. As someone begins beckoning to Rainey from the shadows, drawing her closer and closer into their web, she unearths a horrible truth that will alter her irrevocably. And soon she will discover, not even Elijah can shield her from what’s to come. Picking up from Blood Hunt’s explosive cliffhanger ending, Blood Captive turns the tables for Rainey and Elijah as they go from being the hunters to the hunted.
I’m Anastasia Noble, and shortly after moving to college, my life changed forever. I became a familiar, bonded to a wolf for life and arrested simply for existing. I woke up in the famous Familiar Empire community where I have to learn to bond with my wolf, or I can never leave. Never again see those whom I love. Bonding is my only option, if you could even call it an option, but add in familiars going missing every week, plus being stuck in a cabin with three mysterious, attractive, male familiars and their maddening animals…this is not going to be easy.
The Academy is chasing us and if we are found, none of us will get out of this alive. After escaping the academy and the secrets they found out, Millie and her guys find themselves needing to make new alliances to survive in the human world. But trusting strangers has never been easy for Millie or her guys. With a face from Millie’s past coming back, tension building between Millie and the guys, everything just became a little more complicated. How can Millie protect herself when her heart is torn between more than one of her closest friends?
Mates and Mayhem includes 12 true mate love stories from New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling paranormal romance authors. These romances will capture your heart and keep you reading long into the night.
She’s innocent, wicked with magic, and off limits… Just his type. It’s almost Christmas and Cyra Mane’s landed her first solo mission to cleanse a haunted house. Easy. After all, she’s keen to make a good impression with the demon hunting company that hired her. But when Gunn, a seasoned hunter she’s desired for weeks, shows up, the seemingly simple cleansing task turns dangerous. And why’s he there when he’s ignored her for months?
Gunn’s kept his distance for a dark reason that’s followed him for years. And he sure as hell doesn’t intend to drag sweet Cyra into his mess, even if he can’t stop fantasizing about her. Besides, he’s there as a favor to her brother.
But when Cyra’s spell goes horribly wrong, not only are they imprisoned in the house, but they discover a portal to Hell in the attic. Can Cyra keep her mind off the brooding hunter and on protecting the elderly home owners before the demon hunting them turns them into Christmas dinner?
The hopeless romantic believes that a soulmate exists for each of us. That there is one person who makes us feel how good it is to love them. For some couples, things trigger them to push that love away. They find out too late they’ve lost true-love. Sometimes genuine love deserves a second-chance at the happy ending that eluded them the first time. Desire Me Again is an eclectic assortment of short stories exploring a second-chance at love. The collection is as diverse as the authors who wrote them. Here’s a chance to read the work of talented writers you may not have read before. Within these pages, there are blends of tender, often moving and thought-provoking stories.
Fall in love with shapeshifters in the autumn! While the air turns colder, the leaves start to fall, and the world prepares for winter, these shifters are busy finding their mates and falling in love. More than 20 amazing shapeshifter stories from the hottest New York Times, USA Today, and bestselling authors to keep you warm this fall!
Giants and fairies and murder, oh, my! Life on the Enchanted Coast just got a whole lot more interesting. With expansions to the resort that include a wing for larger species – giants, to be exact – and a forest complete with fairy pools and cottages to attract woodland species, witch Destiny Maganti is facing a whole new influx of paranormal guests. When a mysterious woman is murdered during the official grand opening and a fairy loved by all is accused, she has her hands full. For the first time ever, the resort is divided, and it’s all she can do to hold it together. On top of solving a murder, she’s also tasked with finding a replacement manager for the tiki. From stuffy professor types to lackadaisical surfers, her applicant pool is as frustrating as it entertaining, but something’s gotta give. After all, she’s a witch, not a superhero.
Looking for a great spooky story? Want a little romance and a little edge of the seat excitement? Love You to Death offers a haunted house, lost souls, ghosts, shifters, the devil’s daughter, and more. Seven stories to scare and thrill you from eight authors.
Becoming a vampire was the worst thing to ever happen to Garnet Conners. But does she have to become a monster, too? Garnet had a beautiful life…and it was stolen from her when she was turned into a vampire against her will. Once a successful trauma surgeon with good friends, she now finds herself hiding out in the basement of a coven house governed by hostile witches. Struggling with her vampiric urges, she despairs of ever returning to her former life. Garnet’s discovered that she’s an incarnation of the legendary Morrigan. She dreams in blood, of the Morrigan’s other bloodthirsty incarnations over the centuries. Garnet’s dreams reveal her previous existence as Erzebet Bathory, and Garnet fears becoming that monster once again. With the help of the witches, she attempts to learn to use her magical powers to control her vampiric nature…an experiment that ends in disaster. When her sister and friend go missing, Garnet knows she’s being hunted by vampires who will stop at nothing to bring her back into their fold. Merrel, the vampire who turned her, offers her a bargain. He will return the abducted women, but Garnet must agree to spend three nights with him, training as a vampire. Garnet reluctantly accepts, but she fears giving in to her vampire nature and becoming the killer of the previous lifetime she’s reliving in her dreams.
Jenna – I’ve always seen things; monsters that stalk the shadows. If I keep my head down, I don’t see their luminous gold eyes. Then I make a mistake and a dog-like pack of them chases me. I’m going to die…Lorcan – I sense the breach from faery and ride hard to stop the monsters before they kill. I don’t expect to see the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever laid eyes on running for her life. When I grab her and draw her onto my bike, I’m determined to never let her go. She’s mine.
Ottilie Kingsford’s perception of her world has changed rapidly since Loki and Thor fell into her life. With the nine realms in danger and schemes of vengeful Gods coming to light, she found the adventure she always longed for, but it comes at a price. London is falling beneath the constant waves of chaos. With Ragnarӧk raging across the nine realms unchecked and all attempts to stop it a failure, Tillie, Thor, and Loki are facing dangers they never saw coming. The gears of Ragnarӧk keep turning unhindered, but someone is controlling the levers. Tillie promised to spill blood for her gods, and she has her targets in sight. Tillie will knock down the thrones of old gods as retribution for their sins. The nine realms burn to ash as the real monsters reveal themselves. Ragnarӧk cannot be stopped, but Tillie will not back down. If it takes her dying breath, the favored will fall.
Lions and tigers and… black cats? OH MY! Picture a chilly fall night spent curled up in your favorite armchair with a purring cat on your lap and a mug of steaming cider in your hand… Are you cozy? Good. Now imagine how much more cozy you’ll feel when you add a book to the scene. BLACK CAT CROSSING offers the perfect finishing touch for all that autumnal bliss. This collection of 11 all new, never-before-read cozy mysteries is thrilling without being terrifying—yup, it’s just what the witch doctor ordered. From talking pet detectives to strays harboring magical secrets, friendly ghosts in need of aid, vampires who don’t bite, and even poison apples intended for costumed princesses, come celebrate Halloween with ten sweet and delicious stories that will keep you up well past your bedtime.
VS Note: She also writes as Cynthia Sax…
They’re primitive and possessive and they love with all the passion in their big dragon hearts. Four dragon-shifting warriors rule their medieval kingdoms with might and fire and steel. They are searching for their fated mates, and when they find them, they will do anything to claim them, protect them, love them. Their ladies need little protecting. Their bravery matches their warriors’. They seek adventure and belonging and caring. Some wield swords. Others conquer their enemies with kindness. All will ride their dragons and find their destinies.
Queen Seren Firethorn is once again Ambassador Sloan, working for the Human Council, and she has just received her second assignment. Seren and two of her husbands are sent to investigate the suspicious deaths of humans in Kansas City. The humans appear to have died from a drug overdose but it was no ordinary drug that killed them. This drug was made with magic—fairy magic. Seren’s investigation draws her into a web of complicated lies and beautiful glamours so tangled that the truth seems impossible to unravel. As the body count rises, Ambassador Sloan scrambles to find the mastermind behind the magic drugs but this may be one enchantment that even the Twilight Princess is unable to resist.
The final installment of the bestselling Kitty Norville series showcases the paranormal escapades of Carrie Vaughn’s fan-favorite werewolf talk-show host. This engaging short fiction collection—with its own soundtrack for each tale—is sure to delight both existing Kitty fans and anyone who enjoys urban fantasy at its grittiest and best. Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble—of the supernatural kind. Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or will be lucky to newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s werewolf husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the ever-villainous Dux Bellorum. These irresistible tales are full of unpredictable twists and turns: lupines experimenting with astronomy, a cheating boxer with preternatural strength, vampires arriving from the Philippines.
Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
A fierce host rides across the winter sky at night
In wild pursuit of whoever crosses their path
Peals of thunder follow the horses as they gallop through the clouds
Fire flashing from their hooves
The baying of the hounds echoes across the sky
Their sharp teeth glinting in the light of the moon
The Huntsman blows his horn, and the Fae ride behind him
Their faces both beautiful and terrible to behold
When the nights are long and the winter winds howl, stay inside
Lest you cross the path of the Hunt…and become their prey
The Wild Hunt contains thirteen stories based on the wide and varied folklore of the Wild Hunt. In some tales, the leader of the hunt is Odin; in others it’s King Arthur, Herodias, or Herne the Hunter. Sometimes the riders are Fae; sometimes they are specters, or skeletons, or strange beasts never before seen by mortal eyes. But no matter who the hunters are, you definitely don’t want to be the one they’re after…Let the Wild Hunt begin!
Our story begins in 1902, at the Brookhants School for Girls. Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To show their devotion to Mary, the girls establish their own private club and call it the Plain Bad Heroine Society. They meet in secret in a nearby apple orchard, the setting of their wildest happiness and, ultimately, of their macabre deaths. This is where their bodies are later discovered with a copy of Mary’s book splayed beside them, the victims of a swarm of stinging, angry yellow jackets. Less than five years later, the Brookhants School for Girls closes its doors forever—but not before three more people mysteriously die on the property, each in a most troubling way.
Over a century later, the now abandoned and crumbling Brookhants is back in the news when wunderkind writer Merritt Emmons publishes a breakout book celebrating the queer, feminist history surrounding the “haunted and cursed” Gilded Age institution. Her bestselling book inspires a controversial horror film adaptation starring celebrity actor and lesbian it girl Harper Harper playing the ill-fated heroine Flo, opposite B-list actress and former child star Audrey Wells as Clara. But as Brookhants opens its gates once again, and our three modern heroines arrive on set to begin filming, past and present become grimly entangled—or perhaps just grimly exploited—and soon it’s impossible to tell where the curse leaves off and Hollywood begins.
Someone’s going to have to deal with the spirit of the season…Web comic artist Eliza is happy to see the end of fall. The season brought her love in the form of sexy, competent, adorable security expert, Joey, but the “negatives” column was a little too full: almost murdered by a haunted house; almost murdered by an axe-wielding pervert; almost lost her beloved cat; almost ended up homeless and jobless. Winter sounds like a great change of pace.
Which is why, instead of dragging her feet about attending the winter solstice craft festival at her mother’s art colony, Quail Gulch Camp, she happily signs up for the potluck and reserves a vendor spot to sell cat toys based on her web comic. She’s going to make winter everything fall wasn’t: fun, sociable, cozy, cheerful. Unfortunately, beneath the handmade garlands, incense, and home-brew mead, a present-day lovers’ quarrel and a long-forgotten betrayal threaten Quail Gulch. With another epic storm bearing down on the town of Dos Alamos, and the local spirit of the season stirring up mayhem, can Eliza and Joey keep the craft festival from disaster and the artists’ home off the auction block?
All Erabus ever wanted was to stay out of his brother’s way, to let him become king after their father, and spend his life hunting in the forest outside the kingdom. That all changes when he uncovers the plot to kill his father. Erabus will do whatever it takes to save him, even forming an alliance with a strange ally named Xicuz—an incredibly gorgeous satyr he met in the forest. If things aren’t complicated enough, Erabus soon finds himself tangled up in a deal with a devil that puts the lives of the people closest to him in danger. He learns that sometimes you have to fight fire with fire and makes a deal of his own—one that will save the love of his life, but forfeit half of his own to do so.
Ruby tells the story of Ruby Castle told in snapshots and fleeting glimpses and secret histories, in tales repeated and reinvented by those who fall under the horror film actress’s spell: her childhood sweetheart, an antiquarian bookseller with a passion for magical artifacts, the mistress of the poet who was once Castle’s lover, a young girl in a future Russia who dreams of the stars. Worlds collide, and the boundaries between the real and the fantastic begin to break down. Is Ruby Castle a living person or a collective fantasy? By the end, the world that Castle created through her films has become dangerously indistinguishable from our own.
The Library of the Unwritten in Hell was saved from total devastation, but hundreds of potential books were destroyed. Former librarian Claire and Brevity the muse feel the loss of those stories, and are trying to adjust to their new roles within the Arcane Wing and Library, respectively. But when the remains of those books begin to leak a strange ink, Claire realizes that the Library has kept secrets from Hell–and from its own librarians.
Claire and Brevity are immediately at odds in their approach to the ink, and the potential power that it represents has not gone unnoticed. When a representative from the Muses Corps arrives at the Library to advise Brevity, the angel Rami and the erstwhile Hero hunt for answers in other realms. The true nature of the ink could fundamentally alter the afterlife for good or ill, but it entirely depends on who is left to hold the pen.
The veil is thin. Darkness calls. Will you answer? Halloween curses plague the daring heroes and spunky heroines in this spirited collection of tales. A Cursed All Hallows’ Eve brings you 20+ stories stuffed with everything from dark gods to brooding shifters, delivering hours of decadent, pleasure-filled reading from bestselling and award winning urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors. If you can’t get enough of those supernatural creatures—vampires, ghosts, witches, demons, and fae—this limited edition collection will alternately thrill you with the spicy and tempt you with the sweet. Delve into these worlds where the living haunt the dead and the undead tempt the breathing. Answer the call, because this Halloween, not all the costumes are disguises.
Luke Johnson is not having a good day. Not because of his job. He likes being a cop, even if he spends all day sitting in his police car. The biggest problem he has… is that his best friend, co-worker, is about to “devour” a woman who might have to be arrested. How complicated is it to be friends with a lycan! However, his problems would continue because… What if he is the one who is hunted by a big bad wolf? He will soon find out… when he comes face to face with the Alpha of the lycan pack, a man who doesn’t accept that his mate walks away from him.
VS Note: More Groundhog Day style holiday romance…yup, I pre-ordered it
What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life? Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas? When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again? The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.
Everything I thought I knew was a lie. Roman isn’t the rightful ruler of this realm. The Night Witch and her followers were never our allies. And the beast that lives inside of me is far deadlier than I ever could have imagined. We just have to hide my shifter for a little longer. We just have to make it through the cruel tests of the hell fae. My men and I just have to prove our loyalty to the crown while that very same crown tries to break us day in and day out. It all comes down to if we can survive this new kingdom now… unless that beast inside me decides it’s done playing their games. And kills them all.
I dreamed up a sexy fantasy man. And the iron fae prince has somehow become a chaotic reality. College and exams are a thing of the past and cruel Queens and dark magic are now trying to kill me on the daily. All because a seer says a true heir to the crown exists: A lost child. A girl. Just like me. That makes me a target. A threat. A dead woman walking. Unluckily for me, the asshole iron fae prince is more than happy to risk my fragile soul it seems. He plays a deadly game with my life and all he gives in return is a heartbreaking smile and a touch that blazes sparks right to my core. His games can’t be played forever. It’ll all come crashing down eventually. Because soon he’ll see I’m either just a college girl lost in this royal mess of a kingdom…Or I’m the rightful Mortal Queen.
VS Note: From August…
Their leap of faith could unleash magic — or plunge them into darkness. Henry Thorn has worked at Larkin’s since graduating high school. He likes it — especially when he can use his secret skill of hiding inside shadows so his boss can’t find them. Without that talent, he would never had survived growing up different. When a hire enters the store, Henry’s other latent talent kicks in. He can smell an emotional response even before he lays eyes on the redhead.
Jamey Currey came out, and his conservative parents promptly kicked him out. He, too, is different — he senses Henry’s attraction the moment they met. The first time they kiss, torrential rains fall from skies split by lightning.
Their kiss also awakens the Watchers, diabolical hunters who will stop at nothing — even extermination — to keep magic suppressed. With the help of a friendly coven of friendly witches, the boys embark on a quest to discover an ancient key to restoring magic to the world, and to understand mysteries of their own hearts. The question is, will this quest cost them their lives?
All Souls’ Night is an anthology of nine BRAND NEW vampire romance novellas by Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Alexis Alvarez, Arial Burnz, RJ Gray, Ines Johnson, Vivian Murdoch, Lesli Richardson, Brenda Trim and Zara Zenia. Each story standsalone. Happily ever after guaranteed!
Masterful psychic cat detective Mr. Poe is cunning enough to solve any mystery Haven throws at him. When his mentor, the zombie sheriff Gwyneth Gresham, fails to return from a trip to her ranch, Mr. Poe is the only one who suspects foul play. With only the help of his protege, a kitten named Louisa May, Mr. Poe must discover Gwyn’s whereabouts—and rescue her from dangers of her own making.
Noel’s got issues. Like, he doesn’t know what to call his lover. Are they boyfriends? A fling that got out of control? Something more? Even worse, he may sometimes get waylaid by a random ghost or two. Or else he’s losing his mind. Now Adam? He’s stable and solid and warm; the kind of guy Noel never knew he wanted. He’s also the historian on Haunts and Hoaxes, which gives him a professional interest in Noel’s “special talent”. When the ghosthunting crew turns up something weirder than normal at a Louisiana plantation, Adam convinces Noel to check it out. Instead of finding a haunt, they uncover a mystery. Noel used to be a cop and he grabs the chance to investigate something real. DNA is evidence. No matter what Adam says, the ghosts don’t prove anything. But the past is done hiding and the spirits are going to have their say. Noel better figure out how to listen, because Adam’s job, their relationship, and even his sanity are at risk.
Freja, named after her Norse ancestors and raised by her brothers after the death of her parents, is pulled across a magical barrier to another world by unseen powers. Landing in a world that she would expect to read about in story books, she finds herself in the middle of a war. One filled with magic. A magic that she suddenly holds in the palm of her hands.
Andrei prides himself as leader of the elite unit of warriors called the Vidar. Leading his brothers in arms has always been fulfilling, but now, war is at hand and the lives of many are at stake if he fails.
When a strange woman is brought before him, he doesn’t know what to make of her. She’s not from this world, and she carries with her magic that has been absent from their world for many years. He wants to deny her, wants to hate her, but there is something there that forces him to look deeper. Trusting her might be the only way to save his world, but can he set aside the emotions she stirs in him to focus on the war and not the way his heart and body react when she’s around?
With an enemy that moves in shadows and appears at will coming after them, and evil descending on their world, he finds Freja is the good that will counter the bad, and with her magic, her goodness, and her love, she might be just what they need to win the war and possibly, heal his heart.
Together with his team and friends made along the way, they head off to try to save Pomastia and save it from destruction.
St. Louis, 1829. Hannah Poole is desperate to escape her unwanted suitor. Determined to get away after he threatens her, she attempts to flee back to the Twenty-First Century she knew as a child. But when the blue crystal sends her instead to the 1904 World’s Fair, she finds herself unexpectedly captivated by a handsome actor. Driven Troy Fischer knows better than to take a chance on love. But when a gorgeous woman and her remarkable pet bird upstage his comedy act, the promising young performer’s heart skips several beats. Enraptured by her unique personality, he feels the walls around his emotions begin to crumble. Thinking this new era and charming man might be what she’s looking for, Hannah is devastated to discover her possessive Nineteenth-Century beau has pursued her through time. And when blackmail and poison muddy the waters, Troy is torn between his ambition… and his dream girl. Can the star-crossed pair conquer their troubles and claim a life together?
VS Note: From September…
It’s the monster you invite into your bed that you should fear. Zara has always hidden from danger, until the day she’s possessed by the remnants of a woman known only as the Cucitrice. Now she’s the girl with paranormal powers and
a knife that stitches nightmares and dreams into skin. Creatures that should have stayed in myth and legend have torn their way into our world. They want to be inside us where they can bask in the immoralities of the flesh…which
is exactly what Zara wants when she looks at Valor. If the man has morals, they’re buried way down deep but she’s willing to search his jeans to find them. Valor Lacroix. Badass, gun-toting CIA agent, and man unlucky enough to have the Nightmare King inside him. Valor wants Zara, the King wants the knife, and Zara just wants to figure out who the hell has been tormenting her and stalking her for most of her life. Two lovers with enemies inside them – if they can survive, maybe they can save us all. If you don’t know where dark romance can go, this might not be the book for you.
A Dark Tale of Vengeance and Romance – Wolfgang’s lover has been dragged into the sea by something that should not exist. Stalking the beaches with night-vision goggles yields the answer to the mystery – a mermaid. He traps her and plans to dissect and kill her. Conflicted by unexpected morals, he releases her into his pool then leans on the glass to watch her swim. The undulations of her body fascinate him. When he takes her in his arms and she shifts to human form, revenge slips away…Raffaela is the captive of a man who evokes a passion she thought lost to loneliness centuries ago. Can this truly be love? Yet nothing is what it seems to be. Wolfgang is not an innocent. He has done bad things. Many. Bad. Things. When the Ravening calls and her craving to kill returns, which of them will prove to be the real monster?
After Elizabeth Bennet rejects his proposal, Mr. Darcy wants a do-over. Fortunately for Darcy, his father gave him a magical watch on his deathbed. With this watch, Darcy can go back in time to repair the mistakes he has made.
Or can he? As Shakespeare once wrote: We know what we are, but know not what we may be. Mr. Darcy in Time is a Pride and Prejudice Variation based on Jane Austen’s iconic lovers and set in the Regency Era.
Bucking bull shifter, Dead of Winter, is desperately trying to hold onto one of the top three spots in the PBSRC. He’s coming off a shoulder injury though, and he’s looking for something to keep him motivated to put his body through the strain of bucking in rodeos every week. Hints about his past are making it into the public eye, and the pressure on him is bigger than ever, but when he sees a stranger in the crowd at a rodeo, she just might be the key to turning things around. Raven looks like a tough-girl, but her sweet demeanor has his bull paying attention. He’s falling way too hard, and way too fast, and he doesn’t know her intentions yet. She’s a Hagan, and those shifters are nothing to mess with. Their inner animals are territorial and ill-tempered to say the least, but that only adds to Raven’s mystery. She could be the motivation he needs…or his downfall. Only time will tell.
Raven has a plan: meet the bull shifter who can answer questions about her biological family, and ask him how she can control her animal. Meeting Dead of Winter isn’t easy. He’s in town for a rodeo and signing autographs after he bucks, and what starts as a VIP meet-and-greet turns into a week-long adventure of self-discovery, and falling hard for the man who is teaching her all about herself. Her animal isn’t like his, or any of the rest of the herd though. She’s a lean, mean, human-stomping machine and there’s no controlling her once she’s on the loose. Dead’s options are simple—see the animal and run, or see the potential and push her to be bigger than she ever imagined. Her life is taking a drastic turn, and it’s overwhelming and exhilarating. And now, she just needs to make sure Dead, and all the people he loves, survive her.
Sometimes you just need to hug your dervish. Like when he protects you from brownies. Or goes down into the scary basement with you because he’s proud to be your apprentice. Or when he saves the world. Kyra Greene, pest controller to the extraordinary is back with a new adventure! A Guardian is dead. Fae are missing. And someone has let a golem loose in town. Ride along with Kyra Greene, the only pest controller qualified to deal with the strange and wonderful creatures that come out of the shadows when magic flares.
Vasilisa’s father is dying. When her stepmother sends her to a witch for a cure, Vasilisa knows she must be brave. Rumors abound that the witch eats children, but Vasilisa would do anything to save the father she loves. Even if it means risking her own life.
Since he first began the Shannara saga in 1977, Terry Brooks has had a clear idea of how the series should end, and now that moment is at hand. As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion—spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own—our heroes must decide what they will risk to save the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world forever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape. Filled with twists and turns and epic feats of derring-do—not untouched by tragedy—this is vintage Terry Brooks, and a fitting end to a saga that has gathered generations of readers into its fold.
INNIE – Katherine shows her shifter husband the value of a good innie.
A BOTTLE OF LOVE – Fighting a full-blown cold, the last thing Marlow expected was a handmade gift from Liston..
THE COLOR OF ROSES – She may be a cyborg, but DeShay wants to experience what human women do…like painting her toenails.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Stacie and the rest of the spaceship’s crew teach Gallas how to celebrate.
THE SLOT MACHINE – Wendell wins his heart’s desire…whatever that is…(more blurb about the other stories on ebook seller page…)
She can kill with a thought. Gifted with an explosive psychic talent, Geneva Ericksen can’t risk letting Rolf Jorgensen in her life. If she does, she might accidentally kill him. But when Rolf’s sister goes missing, Geneva and her extraordinary abilities may be his only hope to find her.
He’s hiding a deadly secret. Rolf‘s not about to let Geneva slip away from him, even if it means protecting her from his dark gift. As Rolf and Geneva trail his sister, they soon uncover a life-threatening plot: someone is attempting to profit from stealing and trapping their power in crystals. To outsmart the enemy, it will take all their combined strength. But can they trust each other enough to survive?
Chief of Tribal Police Jacob Graywolf serves and protects his community on the reservation. When an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women hits home, he’s relieved the FBI gets involved. But something about the woman agent has him running scared.
FBI Special Agent Zena Adalwolf is certain Jacob is her soul mate. Their connection at first sight is immediate and urgent—a bond that transcends their professional relationship. If only the clueless hunk would realize they belong together! After more Native American women are killed, Zena and Jacob suspect they have a serial killer on their hands. To track down the unsub, they allow their inner wolves to come out and play. But with the ever-ticking clock going wild, will the killer find them first?
VS Note: From September
When Ash stepped into her office, Callie never thought the Fae who nabbed her heart held a secret darker than his soul! Once The King of Nightmares, Ashe lost everything when he was betrayed. Released from prison, he’s got one goal: Stay Free. To make that happen he’ll have to rescue the girl who stole his crown while saving the court he’d rather see burn. But he can’t do it alone. He needs Callie. Abused, neglected, and finally shunned by The Court of Light, Callie is done with court politics. It’s just too damned bad Ashe doesn’t care. He’s arrogant, manipulative, and dangerous. Everything she’s been taught to fear. It would be so easy to hate him, but the sadness in his gaze calls to her heart, and his touch awakens her own darkness. She has never wanted anyone more. Callie is Ashe’s darkest desire, but to earn his freedom and prevent the destruction of humanity, she must embrace the destiny that will keep them apart. But is the safety of the world worth losing the kind of love he’s only dreamed of?
I thought I could forget about the werewolf I loved…… Until I realized I was pregnant. I’ve been doing alright raising my werewolf pup on my own. I’m no longer tortured by memories of amazing sex with his father. I love my new life with my son…… even if it is lonely. Until strangers threaten my child. Strangers with supernatural powers. I need help getting my baby back. I turn to the only people I know who are strong enough to help. The Paranormal True Mate Dating Agency sent me two strong, sexy werewolves… … One is the asshole who abandoned me in the first place.
Now I want both wolves. But more importantly, I want my baby back. Will these werewolf bodyguards save the day…
…Or will they abandon my son and ravish me?
This time, they’re the ones who need saving. When Simon and Elizabeth’s daughter Charlotte makes a sudden appearance from fourteen years in the future to rescue them from an unexpected attack, they’re surprised to say the least. She’s been sent back in time by the Council to save them from an enemy who will stop at nothing to exact revenge. Joined by Jack Wells, the Crosses find themselves on the run and thrust into a race through time, where only the winners survive.
The fae abandoned this world to us. And the ones with power rule. Gold. Gold floors, gold walls, gold furniture, gold clothes. In Highbell, in the castle built into the frozen mountains, everything is made of gold. Even me. King Midas rescued me. Dug me out of the slums and placed me on a pedestal. I’m called his precious. His favored. I’m the woman he Gold-Touched to show everyone that I belong to him. To show how powerful he is. He gave me protection, and I gave him my heart. And even though I don’t leave the confines of the palace, I’m safe. Until war comes to the kingdom and a deal is struck. Suddenly, my trust is broken. My love is challenged. And I realize that everything I thought I knew about Midas might be wrong. Because these bars I’m kept in, no matter how gilded, are still just a cage. But the monsters on the other side might make me wish I’d never left.
’m a lion shifter and she’s the woman that I hadn’t been able to get out of my head. I gave up my whole life and moved to look after my family farm. I wasn’t expecting any surprises. But my whole life was turned upside down when I ended up at a single’s dating night. That’s where I saw her again. She was mesmerizing. All those memories came rushing back. But the reality was much different than before. She’d kept a secret from me. One that made us family… a baby. I was the protector of my family. It was my job to overcome danger. But what if…We never even gave our story the second chance that it deserved?
VS Note: A re-release…
When Lycan Kierland Scott and Morgan Cantrell are forced to work closely together for the first time in over a decade in order to save Kierland’s brother, the two Watchmen find themselves embarking on a dangerous journey through a land where one wrong move could lead to disaster. To survive, the longtime enemies must somehow find a way to set aside their past grievances and face their emotional demons, even as the primal hungers they’ve worked so hard to deny wreak havoc on their sanity. But when the ultimate sacrifice must be made in order to cheat death itself, they finally learn the most important lesson of all: that once love is fully embraced, it can heal even the deepest of wounds…and bind two broken hearts together in a wild, beautiful forever.
VS Note: A re-release…
Dark temptations lead to darker pleasures…Driven to make amends for his past mistakes, Watchman Kellan Scott is on a deadly mission to save the life of Chloe Harcourt, the beautiful young woman who’s been taken captive by the sadistic enemy Kellan and his friends are fighting to destroy. The sexy-as-hell Lycan will do anything for the half-witch, half-Merrick female who has stolen his heart…and awakened the dark, possessive hungers of his beast. That is, anything but promise her forever, because he paid the ultimate price to find her, and now his future is no longer his own.
Bastard’s Eve is a night of celebration for most residents in the canal city of Lodi — but not for sorcerer Learned Penric and his Temple demon Desdemona, who find themselves caught up in the affairs of a shiplost madman, a dangerous ascendant demon, and a very unexpected saint of the fifth god. This novella falls between “Penric’s Fox” and “Penric’s Mission” in the internal chronology of the Penric & Desdemona tales.
Her mom always told her that dragon shifters would burn her to death for her magic, and now the local dragon-clan leader is hunting her down. Nellie loves her small town, but ever since a rag-tag bunch of dragon shifters moved in and snapped up her friends as mates, she’s considered leaving. Even being in the presence of a dragon shifter can send her into a panic attack. That’s a problem since her best friend and coworker, Evangeline, has changed into one. To make matters worse, Evangeline is pushing Nellie to let her guard down around the hot but scary clan leader, Gavin. Never. Going. To. Happen. The trouble is, Gavin won’t stop looking for her, and Nellie has used up nearly all her magic trying to avoid him.
Gavin Masters knows he’s a monster, but that doesn’t stop him wishing Nellie would keep even one of the gifts he’s sent her. He can’t stop thinking about her sassy wit, her soft curves, and her silky hair. His obsession with her has almost completely driven out the wild pain he felt when the woman he thought was his mate left him, claiming to be afraid of him. Unfortunately, Nellie is afraid of him, too—with good reason, he learns. Many of her ancestors have been burned to death by dragons. Gavin would never let anyone do that to Nellie, but he understands why she could never trust him. Too bad he can’t convince his beast—or his heart—that pursuing her is a lost cause.
VS Note: From September…
Sherrine is traded to towering beast Narag. He has a tribal duty to produce an heir. But he wants to penetrate her mind as well as her body. Sherrine is cruelly bartered to an orc clan, becoming the mate of mighty Narag. He wants to know her in every way – desiring her heart as well as her flesh. She tells herself she’s doing what she must to survive . . . even if she enjoys it. Will she escape, or is being bonded to the dominant orc warrior exactly what she’s always craved?
They’re hungry, and only one thing will satisfy them. But getting access to the sweet blood of mortals can be… complicated. With Academy royals, vein-feeding bodyguards, soul-stealing shifters, and fated mates all desperate to slake their thirst, no gravestone is left unturned in this spine-tingling collection. Containing nine complete tales and covering the entire electrifying gamut from reverse harems to cruel fae, this anthology might be more than you can take in one bedroom session. Can you make it through the night without spilling a precious drop? Eternal Bite is an arousing box set of nine full-length novels from the very best in paranormal romance. If you like sensual supernatural seducers, steamy affairs, and hot characters just waiting for nightfall, then you’ll love sinking your teeth into this deliciously spicy treat.
I am not a good person. I’m definitely a liar and a murderer, but this time “justified” isn’t going to cover it. I will level the entire f*****g realm if I don’t get back what’s mine. The roller coaster that is my life has veered off course and is plummeting head first off a steep cliff. I can’t decide if I should keep my eyes open and watch my impending doom or shut them an hope for the best. With the Underworld split between Satan’s followers and Lucifer’s followers, Hell has never been more dangerous. There’s only two things I’m certain of: My demon and I give zero f**ks about Hell’s politics — they’re about to find that out the hard way — and…I’m Sloane f*****g King. The High Coven Mistress of Vampyre and the Druid’s Princess. But don’t let those titles fool you… I’m no damsel in distress.
After Titan’s entire clan was killed by rogue panthers, he tried to start a new life with the Wild Blood Crew. But he can’t let go of the past that haunts him—or the belief that one day his gods will make him pay for his failure. He just hopes he won’t take anyone else down with him. Mari Jiang carries a demon’s curse buried within her, like a ticking time bomb—and it’s about to count down to zero. She knows she can’t be saved, but there’s one shaman who has the power to guide her spirit to the realms of her gods before the demon can drag it down into hell. When she first went looking for him, she had no idea how much danger she’d put him in, or what her request would cost him. And she had no idea of the instant connection that would pull them together. Titan is wild, sexy, caring, funny, and carrying a heartbreaking burden of guilt. Everyone keeps telling them both that the mating bond carries the most powerful healing magic in the world—but for them, it’s also the biggest risk. And Mari will do anything to keep her mate safe. When the time comes to choose, Titan knows what he’ll do. But he’s afraid that just like before, giving everything he has still won’t be enough.
Rachel Daniels was in over her head, and it didn’t take a genius to see it either. Her niece and nephew had been through a lot, and it was up to her to take over where their mother had failed them. Now finding out that she was Sean Crosby’s mate had her head spinning. She was just getting used to the idea of being a mother. Taking on the role of being a mate to a vampire was another daunting matter. Sean Crosby had always been considered a loner. Now finding himself with a readymade family, Sean couldn’t be happier. Sandy Farley didn’t really want her kids back. She only wanted the benefits of having the kids gave her. And if it took ruining Rachel’s good name to make things go her way, she was all for that too. What did it matter if her lies sent Rachel to jail? She killed Rachel’s brother. She would kill her too.
Young love lost. Two hearts in limbo. An unbreakable bond. A love story for the ages.
Royal envoys Calarian and Benji embark on a quest in the alpine duchy of Tournel. Things go rapidly downhill when the duke plummets to his death from the tower wall. Whoops—that’s going to be hard to explain. And it’s not as though they can just grab the nearest human and make him the new duke. Or can they? Enter one Lars Melker, a slightly gullible cowherd built entirely of muscles and sunshine, who happily accepts their word when they tell him he’s the duke now. Soon Calarian and Benji are knee deep in teaching Lars how to fake it until he makes it. They’re also dealing with mountain trolls, a monster, a missing cow, and, most shocking of all, a growing realisation that their elves-with-benefits arrangement might be turning into something with feelings. Add in their mutual attraction to Lars, and suddenly the hills are alive with the sound of emotionally compromised collectivist anarchist elves. Also, what’s the deal with those leather shorts?
VS Note: From late September…
You’re pregnant, Graham.” Wow. Life has tossed Graham a lot of curveballs, but he never expected to hear those words. Then, just as Graham and his fated mate, Hyden, are getting used to that amazing news, someone from Graham’s past returns and kidnaps him, threatening the very future they want to build. Turns out Graham is an Oletti, a bloodline of wolf shifters that seems to be part of an ancient prophecy, one that speaks of a hidden magical spring of water that can restore the earth and all that is in it. A power some would kill to possess. Except, in the wrong hands, it can also turn humans and shifters totally away from what, and who, they truly love, tearing families and even fated mates apart.
Unfortunately, Hyden has been forced to drink this water so no one is coming to rescue Graham. It’s now up to him to not only save himself, his unborn child and his fated mate, but very possibly the world as they know it. But superhero capes are hard to come by and he never liked himself much in tights. Still, with the help of his Oletti powers, this should be something he can do, right? Oh, Great Wolf, let this be something I can do.
To protect her, a dragon-shifter professor must guard a virgin witch and shield her from their shared past.
The Virgin Witch – I am the daughter of a monster, A cruel witch who wanted me to follow in her footsteps. Fifteen years ago, my mother killed an entire clan of dragon shifters. As soon as I was able, I fled to escape her wrath, But another group of monsters imprisoned me. I was held captive for four long years. Now I’ve escaped, and I’m going to live as a human. At the university, my history professor is a gorgeous man, But he is not a human—my sexy professor is a dragon shifter. My mother killed his family. Now he’s chasing me. The handsome shifter says he can’t let me go.
I’m locked in his home. He watches my every move. I am his enemy. There’s only one problem—I’m falling in love with him.
The Irish Professor – Instead of fighting, I wanted to learn. I left my clan to attend university And broke my parents’ hearts. In my absence, a group of sadistic witches murdered every member of my clan. One of them even brainwashed me. Now I’m back home in Ireland, and I teach history at the university. Alone in the world, I live as a human, but witches are still my enemy. On the first day of class, there’s a beautiful young woman in the front row. Alarms go off in my head. She should not be there. This pretty young woman is a witch. I cannot allow her to live. I chase her down and lock her in my home. Despite her potent bloodline, this petite student is generous and enchanting. Without permission, this witch has stolen my heart.
Once upon a time, a girl named Sophie rode into the forest with the queen’s huntsman. Her lips were the color of ripe cherries, her skin as soft as new-fallen snow, her hair as dark as midnight. When they stopped to rest, the huntsman took out his knife . . . and took Sophie’s heart.
It shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Sophie had heard the rumors, the whispers. They said she was too kind and foolish to rule — a waste of a princess. A disaster of a future queen. And Sophie believed them. She believed everything she’d heard about herself, the poisonous words people use to keep girls like Sophie from becoming too powerful, too strong . . . With the help of seven mysterious strangers, Sophie manages to survive. But when she realizes that the jealous queen might not be to blame, Sophie must find the courage to face an even more terrifying enemy, proving that even the darkest magic can’t extinguish the fire burning inside every girl, and that kindness is the ultimate form of strength.
Lottie has realised that Roseville County isn’t what it first seemed like, and she’s aware that most of the citizens are wolf shifters, and the few who aren’t, are vampires. She’s met her mates, been reunited with her biological parents and learnt that she’s Luna to two extremely large packs. Who knew moving to a small town for a job opening, would lead to this? As a new wolf, Lottie is learning to balance her new instincts and her wolf’s feelings, whilst also attempting to run two – well, three, if you include her parents’ pack (which she does) – packs. One of her new instincts is causing some murderous feelings towards one of the people she loves most… Katie. Will Lottie be able to get a handle on her emotions, before someone else gets hurt? Add in the dead people turning up in the town, the stalker who’s running wild, and the appearance of the Wolf Council, will Lottie and her mates manage to keep things running smoothly in Roseville?
Cora has become a potent mage while away in China, but upon returning to her job as a PI’s assistant, she finds things have changed quite a bit. Her best friend has become engaged to a demon he summoned, her boss is taking a trip, and her favorite barista is one of the magical denizens of Fairview.
Valerian is just about ready to let life get comfortable around him. With his mage girlfriend Cora and their pretty and impressionable lover around him, that shouldn’t be a problem. But when Cora tells him she doesn’t love him and never did, comfort is the furthest thing from his mind. Will Fairview’s premier private investigator’s office ever be the same with the accountant marrying a demon? Will a trickster’s games ruin the happy reunion several people are looking forward to? And most importantly, will the desk ever be satisfied? The Fairview gang is ready to find out.
Corner a wolf and she will always fight back. I finally did it. I took that last step and it was everything I wanted. My relationship with my five mates has never been better. They’ve embraced not only me as a part of their lives, but also my daughter, and this feels like the family I always dreamed of. I don’t mean just myself and my mates, but the entire pack. They call me “Alpha.” No, I’m not the Alpha, but I’m learning how to step up. I got this. I’d better, since Wolf’s Run has thrown open our doors to more than just wolves, but it seems like my version of winging it is working for all of us. But not all shifters have packs. That doesn’t mean they don’t want them. These new neighbors might not be wolves, but everyone wants a community they can count on. The trick will be making sure ours doesn’t fall apart in the chaos. Or get taken from us. Between the antics of these teenagers, the insanity of so many changes happening at once, and the enemies my mates and I have already made, things are out of control. I feel like I’m chasing my tail. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few new tricks. Once, I was just the nice lady next door. Now, this is my pack, and I’ve become a real bitch.
Princess Amalia of Renove expected to find plague and death when she and Rhys entered the kingdom of Draegan, but she didn’t realize she’d find herself in a nest of lies and deception. Now the princess’s world is crumbling. She must learn to navigate a wicked court, where everyone wants something from her—including the one man she thought she could trust. And Amalia isn’t the only one struggling. Newly betrothed Cassia finds herself torn between family, duty, and love. One wrong decision, and the Draeganish princess’s world could come to an end. Time is running short for the two riven kingdoms. An army of darkness gathers, preparing to destroy the entire continent.
Little do any of the royals know there are more players behind the scenes. Whether they act for the good of the kingdoms, or their destruction, only time will tell.
VS: If you enjoyed my STAR CRUISE: RETURN VOYAGE in the Pets in Space 5 anthology and wanted more stories set on the Nebula Zephyr…here they are!
STAR CRUISE: SONGBIRD – Can there be a happily ever after for an interstellar rock star singer and the ship’s security officer assigned to guard her for a special cruise? My scifi rock star romance and one of my own personal most favorites! (Appeared in Pets in Space 2) Amazon Apple Books Kobo B&N GooglePlay
STAR CRUISE: MYSTERY DANCER – Is she a fabled princess on the run or an imposter? A desperate dancer auditions for an opening in the ship’s Comettes dance troupe. My scifi take on the Anastasia legend, set in the far future… (Appeared in Pets in Space 3) Amazon Apple Books Kobo Nook GooglePlay
STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE – Can Juli the Cruise Director return a cursed alien idol to its home before the ship is destroyed by the cursed rock? Can Third Officer Steve Aureli get between her and the escalating bad luck? Will their second attempt to kindle a romance succeed or will the curse affect that too? (Appeared in Pets in Space 4)
And if you’d like to see how Red and Meg met before they joined the Nebula Zephyr:
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