As always, I recommend sampling before you buy! I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL).
I have a re-release of one of my ancient Egyptian paranormal romances to report and a scifi romance re-release! AND a new book nearly written (the second book in the COLONY series)…WOOT!
Aria: Determined to overcome my scaredy-cat status, I make a dare-me checklist. First on the list? Sign up for the Driegon mail-order bride selection. I didn’t expect to be accepted or to fall for one of the Driegons–a seven-foot-tall, scaled alien with wings, claws, a tail, and a gruff voice that makes my knees go weak. But when one of my challenges results in Drace and I being captured by a rival alien clan, it’s going to take a big dash of bravery on my part to save us.
Drace: The moment I met Aria; I knew she was my fated mate. With heartspire blood roaring through my veins, I’m eager to join with her in the Torrent. But we’re captured and taken to a secret encampment far from the subterranean Driegon kingdom. There, I’m forced to battle for my life in a combat ritual older than time. If I win, we are free to leave. And if I lose? Death for me and another warrior will claim Aria as his bride.
VS Note: This was my novel in the 2020 Pets in Space 5 anthology, which is no lnoger on sale. There’s no new content. This story is the third in my “Titanic in Space” trilogy (with WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM and STAR SURVIVOR), although the books can easily be read as standalones.
Gianna Nadenoft is a reclusive survivor of one of the worst interstellar cruise ship disasters in the history of the Sectors. Now a renowned artist, she hasn’t left her home planet in decades, not since returning there after the wreck as a traumatized three year old. With her service animal at her side, she’s going to make the effort to travel across the star systems to attend her brother’s wedding and reunite with her fellow survivors.
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. The two share more in common than either of them realizes and their attraction grows as the voyage continues.
But powerful enemies including a conspiracy theory-obsessed fellow passenger and sinister individuals with hostile intentions 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 the day her last voyage came to a disastrous end?
Gammon survived a dying planet, being a fighting slave, serving the Federation, and months as a prisoner to the pirate queen. Life was cruel, and the only way to survive was to be just as savage. Of course, that was before an untrained pirate from the Maw…saved him. Amaree was not a pirate, neither was her cousin who captained the Maw, but the savage she rescued was under a different opinion. Then again, maybe the savage was a pirate too, because when the Maw and Gammon team up to kidnap a Kingling, neither one hesitates to take lives from those who get in their way. This was not what she agreed on when she offered to help, but now that she’s in the thick of it, she can’t see herself walking away from it either. Did that make her a pirate too?
In the span of a few months, I’ve been kidnapped, rescued, then kidnapped again. I was finally getting used to life on this prison planet… until a band of raiders attacked the Voxeran village and stole me away. When one of the Voxeran warriors tried to save me, he was captured too. Now it’s just the two of us joined together against terrible odds. As terrifying as it is to be held captive by vicious alien raiders, I’m grateful Kzuri is by my side. Although he’s barely ever said a word to me, he’s risked his life to protect me more than once. He may not be human, but he’s the bravest man I’ve ever met, and something about the way he looks at me makes my heart race. I can’t deny that I have feelings for him—but is it more than that? Could it be the mate bond? Will we even live long enough to find out?
A grumpy alien boss hires a curvy, adorable human female to organize his mess—and vows to never let her go! I’ve been engaged to the same aimless guy for four long years, and still, no wedding date in sight. Grr. I’m completely fed up with this sham, so I tell my “fiancé” I’m taking a job off planet, hoping this outrageous behavior will allow him to finally break off our ridiculous engagement. It doesn’t. So, I leave and become an organizing consultant to some scary alien.
My grumpy boss is Skoll Strikestone, a fire-breathing satanic-looking soldier with a deep scar bisecting his face. I’m doubting my own sanity in accepting this position, but this guy really, really needs help tidying up. He’s a gruff male taking military-mandated conflict resolution classes and he’s hired me to sort out the hoarding mess he’s created in his cabin in the woods. Whew. I soon begin to realize this hot-tempered demon has a soft marshmallow interior. And the hardest abs I’ve ever seen. Those long fangs, serrated claws and barbed tail are actually causing my heart to flutter! One big problem—I’m technically engaged to someone else, and so is Skoll. And since we’re each still committed to these former “fake” engagements, there can be nothing between us but heated glances and emotional conversations. *cries* Oh hell, I think I’m falling in love with a male I can’t have.
Mortifying! How else would you describe living with an adopted two-hundred-pound fighting canine for months only to discover there was a sentient male inside? A gorgeous male with a perfect body who would be only too happy to ‘ease’ your every need. Needs he is intimately acquainted with because he watched you take care of them yourself for three months. Willa – When I was thrown into a cell with a humongous fighting canine with two-inch-long fangs I was terrified. WarDog had other ideas, though. He nudged my hand for cuddles, nuzzled my neck, and demanded kisses, so of course we became best buddies. After he shifted to his humanoid form, though, being buddies was the furthest thing from my mind. He’s handsome, passionate, and makes no secret of his attraction. Although we haven’t even had a conversation yet, he knows my secrets. Every. Single. One. WarDog – I ached to claim the beautiful brown-haired Earther from the moment I returned to my humanoid form. She’s compassionate, kind, and tender. Not only do I need to conquer the hurdle of our awkward beginning, there’s the little detail of my mortal enemy to deal with. He destroyed my village, killed my pack, and locked me in my canine form for a decade. Must I make a choice between exacting revenge and seizing love?
When things are at their lowest ebb, chances are it’s going to get worse. For Erin McNally that includes working alongside David Villede. He’s the one man she wants and can never have. Too much separates them—position, money, and power are just the beginning. For David, Erin is the woman he dreams of and burns for. After she’s hurt in a horrible incident, his protective instincts kick into overdrive. But the times are dangerous. The genetically engineered warrior children are growing in power, there’s someone in the camp they trust who’s betraying them, and the tide of public acceptance could just as easily turn against them as in their direction. Success isn’t assured, and neither is their survival. Love may be their only hope.
VS Note: There was no cover image available at the time this p[ost was prepared.
The first time Elara laid eyes on Grayson was when he rescued her from the clutches of a madman and his scientists who were kidnapping humans and conducting horrific experiments on them. That was years ago. In spite of her attempts to deepen their relationship, they remained nothing more than close friends. Now Elara is a medic with the Admiralty, and she knows what she wants. It’s been Grayson since the beginning. When Elara is stationed on the Star of Ishtar, she arrives with a plan to further her career. But this time her plan has an added bonus—to finally get her man. Grayson’s spent years fighting the connection between himself and Elara. He’s certain it only exist because he saved her life. But his will is failing, and he fears he just might give in to temptation.
Kalista Foster is a fighter and a survivor—ready for any challenge that comes her way. That’s what life and serving in the military taught her. Getting abducted wasn’t high on her list of priorities, and when it happens, escaping becomes the most important thing she’ll ever do. But there’s a problem, or rather, three drop-dead gorgeous problems standing in her way to freedom. And it seems she’s not the only one in a bind. Her alien saviors need to overcome their own obstacles too, but they claim she’s the key to their survival and demand her surrender.
Given what she’s been through, trust isn’t something she offers freely, but if anyone can change her mind, it just might be them. That is, if they can work together long enough to outwit and outrun outside forces bend on separating the fated mates before they have a chance to establish their bond.
When the alien base is attacked by a rival tribe, she runs without looking back — only to end up stuck with a huge blue male who claims she belongs to him. Separated from their friends, they have to find a way to safety without getting captured by enemy soldiers or eaten by wild animals. And while she thinks he’s crazy to call her his mate so soon, and she only needs him for survival, her treacherous heart might have a different idea. It doesn’t help that the gorgeous alien warrior will go to great lengths to make Tiana his, body and soul. If the wilderness doesn’t kill her, his untamed passion might just finish the job.
Welcome to Madame Allegria’s, where your Krave will satisfy your every desire…Being brave? Valerie Browen doesn’t remember how to be brave, especially when she has an evil, corrupt aunt tracking her every movement, whose wealth and power extends across all the New Earth colonies. Even worse? Her aunt owns and runs an illegal brothel, where wealthy human women come to spend the night with an infamous Krave, highly desired alien lovers with certain—ahem—skills and non-human abilities between the sheets. Worst of all? Valerie’s in love with one of them and has been since the first moment she saw him. Dravka. With his opal eyes, dusky blue skin, and a wicked, secretive grin he saves just for her. Being with him makes her tremble with need and they’ve never even touched.
But with time suddenly running out between them, Valerie decides to give that bravery thing another shot…or else she might lose him forever.
All her life, Allara Ke’ta’nu has been raised and trained with one purpose in mind–to kill a member of the Kindred High Council and avenge the Blood Feud which has raged between her people, the Q’ess, and the Kindred for generations. But in order to do that, she must first get close enough to kill. And what better way to get close than to marry the enemy?
Brand is a Beast Kindred who has just become a provisional member of the High Council. When the Q’ess announce they will end the Blood Feud with a marriage of one of their maidens to a Kindred warrior, he agrees to take her as a wife, since he is the only unmated member of the Council. What he doesn’t expect is to fall in love…Raised on tales of Kindred cruelty, Allara believes that Brand will be rough with her on their wedding night. When, instead, he introduces her to the Kindred concept of the Claiming Period, a slow dance of seduction begins. Can Allara hold on to her sense of purpose and do her duty as mandated by her people? Or will she lose her heart to the gentle touch of her new husband?
VS Note: A re-release
Grumpy Boss Alert – She just needed a job. Not a grumpy six and a half foot alien boss. When his last employee quits on the spot, everything Daegry holds dear is put on the line. His home, his land and his precious gourd farming business. Acclaimed across the Galaxies or not, harvesting season is upon him and unfortunately for Daegry, he has far too much land to work alone, not to mention there’s a vexing human interfering with his phones. If he doesn’t get his shipment filled on time, this grumpy alien will NOT be happy. Fired from her job weeks before Halloween, Willa worries if she’ll ever be able to pay the rent, or worse, decorate her home for what is clearly the best holiday of the year. But all is not lost. A job posting for Gary’s Gourds catches her eye. She’s never worked on a farm before, but that’s no deterrent. What she does find deterring, however, is the imposing male in charge of the business. He’s tall, he’s grouchy, and he’s downright furious that she keeps interrupting his day.
All that stands between me and my future is a 10 million credit fee, a bounty, and her….I‘m a nyoswi on a mission, determined to buy a full stake in a new guild my fellow Mtoain bounty hunters are forming. But somehow the whim of the galaxy has put her in my path. Rene. Beautiful. Broken. Driven. All she wants is vengeance against the being who twisted her life upside down. I’m happy to help, just for a glimpse of her smile, the touch of her hand. I’ve got my own goals, my own reasons to take this target down. But even if we capture the prey, can she ever truly be free? And if she is, can I let her go?
VS Note: A re-release…
Marshal Annabelle “Cowgirl” Oakley is the best law enforcement officer in Interstellar Coalition Enforcement. With her wolf Tucker at her side, Belle is clearly the best man for the job. Unfortunately, the job comes with hazards, and one of those hazards comes in the shape of tall, mysterious Armand. Armand de le Croix is a werewolf with amnesia. He has no idea how he came to be living in Coalition space, he doesn’t know where his people are, or why his inky black hair is now snowy white. He just knows that the tall, dangerous redhead is all that he wants, and he means to have her regardless of what he must do to win. When they meet, it’s magic. When they part, it’s mayhem.
VS Note: Not a romance but I do like scifi mysteries. Put it on my TBR List.
Hester Marley used to have a plan for her life. But when a catastrophic attack left her injured, indebted, and stranded far from home, she was forced to take a dead-end security job with a powerful mining company in the asteroid belt. Now she spends her days investigating petty crimes to help her employer maximize its profits. She’s surprised to hear from an old friend and fellow victim of the terrorist attack that ruined her life—and that surprise quickly turns to suspicion when he claims to have discovered something shocking about their shared history and the tragedy that neither of them can leave behind. Before Hester can learn more, her friend is violently murdered at a remote asteroid mine. Hester joins the investigation to find the truth, both about her friend’s death and the information he believed he had uncovered. But catching a killer is only the beginning of Hester’s worries, and she soon realizes that everything she learns about her friend, his fellow miners, and the outpost they call home brings her closer to revealing secrets that very powerful and very dangerous people would rather keep hidden in the depths of space.
VS Note: This is an expanded (20,000 more words) re-release of the author’s Pets in Space 5 anthology story, which is no longer available.
Janelle’s life is defined by a crumbling, underground research base. Imprisoned for twenty years after the base was bombed, she and the few Creckel survivors are running out of time as the last of their resources are depleted. With no hope for rescue, Janelle and her companions wait for the dreaded Reaper to finish what the bombs missed.
Half-human, half-Kryptid, Reaper is part of the Vanguard—an elite peacekeeping force determined to help the survivors left behind by war. New intel leads him to a remote research base where he discovers Creckel survivors—and a lone human woman, the first to awaken his dormant mating glands. Janelle’s life hasn’t prepared her for the breathtakingly stunning, genetically engineered warrior. His words, filled with impossible promises, make her believe there is a happy place for her somewhere in the world—with him by her side. But is that world too vast? Too strange? Too terrifying… like the shady people that populate it?
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note (plus yu know me and these dystopian novels!). I pre-ordered it.
It was supposed to be fun. Six teenagers and their British captain aboard the ketch Crosscurrent Voyager, headed on a senior year summer cruise to excitement and adventure. Then the world as they knew it ended. A plague spread throughout the globe, killing millions and turning the survivors into cannibalistic rage monsters—zombies, in so many words. Only by putting aside their differences were the young crew able to survive. Now, they seek others like them, those fortunate souls who have made it through the zombie apocalypse. After all, maybe it’s not the end of the world so long as GPS can help survivors navigate deadly terrain, to link up, and maybe—just maybe—ensure the continuation of the human race. But the Earth’s GPS systems are failing. It falls to those aboard the Crosscurrent Voyager to keep the unthinkable from happening. In order to do so, they must traverse dangerous seas to a European Space Agency complex in French Guiana. And thousands of infected stand in the way. If they succeed, humankind has a chance of rebuilding. If they fail, humanity may well be at the end of its journey.
In the year 2124, the world’s population has been divided into two groups: infected and noninfected. Race, ethnicity, and nationality no longer matter. Pia Montgomery is one of the noninfected. She’s dedicated the last twenty-plus years of her life to being a surgical nurse. It’s time for a new chapter. She goes to the Match Mate Agency seeking a husband among the infected. Unlike others, she’s not afraid of their animalistic tendencies. In fact, she admires them.
However, Mate Match is no ordinary dating agency, and the infected do things differently. They hunt for their mates. Ready. Set. Go! It’s time for the Mate Run. A post-apocalyptic, futuristic romance
VS Note: A re-release from the 2016 Pets in Space 2 anthology…no one can do the twists of time travel as well as Pauline does! And I’m a huge fan of her Project Enterprise world… From JAN 31
Hiding in time is not as easy as you’d think…USAF Engineer Master Sergeant Briggs—only his mother called him by his first name—is not enjoying his birthday. A year older and ordered to recuperate on a quiet bay away from the Garradian outpost, he’s ready to mutiny and go back to his beloved engines. When his friends send him a gift from Area 51, he figures it will relieve his boredom for an hour or so. Until he turns it on and he gets his second present of the day. Madison, and her parrot partner, Sir Rupert, are on the track of a traitor to the Rebellion when they time travel into a trap. Their only way out is via an old transport pad, but instead of sending them somewhere, it sends them back in time. Straight into the arms of the one man who could kick her tires and light her fires. She would like to get to know the handsome engineer, but the trouble following her can get people erased from existence. The fact he’s a hero, like her lost brother, just makes her want to protect him more. Briggs doesn’t trust time travelers—with good reason—but now he has to work with the unlikely pair because trouble is coming. Trouble that puts an outpost filled with geeks and ancient technology at risk. It’s not the first time he’s worked with a woman to save the universe, but it’s the first time he’s wanted to keep her for himself. If only she were a little older…With a Time Service Interdiction Force on their heels, can the three craft a plan that will save a base full of geniuses and technology and get them the happy ending they deserve?
VS Note: This is the re-release of her story for the Pets in Space 5 anthology, which is no longer available. It’s a good one!
She’s a lady with a crazy story and a frog for a side-kick. He’s a general who has been waiting for his Picard moment for a long time. General John Halliwell, Commander of the Project Enterprise Earth Expedition, has spent most of his time in the Garradian Galaxy being shot at and shooting back. When a mysterious and intriguing lady arrives on Kikk asking for some non-shooting help, he is intrigued enough to listen. It doesn’t hurt that the lady’s easy on his eyes, close to his own age, and not under his command. He doesn’t mind a chance to show the galaxy that their expedition can do more than point and shoot. That it’s the closest to a holiday he’s going to get for a while, might have tipped the scales too. The problem is, he believes she believes, but her story is too unbelievable to believe. Or something like that. All Naxe has ever known is a life of hiding and providing, but with the end of the war, freedom feels further than ever. Why are they still hiding from the rest of the galaxy? Why aren’t the ships of Scoyfol finally going home? In a bid to break the stalemate gripping the ships’ company, she breaks all the rules and asks General Halliwell for help. It’s a bonus that he is the first man in her life to remind her she’s a woman, that life could be about more than endless scavenging runs to help feed her people. But when she brings the general and his team to the Scoyfol ships, something has gone terribly wrong. What is the true story of Scoyfol? As Halliwell and Naxe get closer and closer to the truth, he realizes he’s getting his Picard moment, but with shooting. Because shooting happens.
But if they can survive he might just get to kiss the lady.
Lane Lincoln is a reporter in a city that hosts three alien superheroes. Everyone loves them, except for Lane. She doesn’t like secrets, and she doesn’t trust that blindly. She has too many questions about the aliens to accept them just because they appear to rescue people now and then. Then the man she’s been seeing for the last two months saves her life, and she realises he’s one of them. She wants to expose him… so he takes her prisoner on his ship until she promises not to. As she learns more about the real him, she has to make a choice. Does she do the right thing and expose him to the world, breaking the story of a century? Or does she forgive him for lying to her, and maybe get the relationship she dreamt of?
What do I desire? What will I give? It’s a dream come true. The chance of a lifetime for an ethnobiologist. Traveling across the galaxy to an unexplored world, a Garden of Eden filled with new and exotic species. There’s a catch. To get here I had to join Chancellor Athene’s new program. Agree to become an intergalactic mail-order bride. I’ve never had time for men. They’re nothing but a distraction from my life’s work. Luckily I found a loophole in the contract. There’s a 30-day trial period. When it’s over I can cancel and come home with enough new discoveries to study for the rest of my life. I figured I could handle anything for a month, even mating with a seven-foot-tall gray-skinned warrior from another world. But he’s not what I expected. He’s really smart and totally hot. Being with him is awakening desires I never knew I had. Wild, wicked desires. And I find myself wanting to give whatever he asks of me. He’s dangerous.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note…
An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. Their failure will guarantee millions of deaths in an endless war. Their success might prevent Teixcalaan’s destruction—and allow the empire to continue its rapacious expansion. Or it might create something far stranger.
So I might’ve switched the test scores to get onto the Apollo shuttle. And I might be in a whole lot of trouble now because of it. Not that it matters after the shuttle malfunctions and crashes onto one of the most savage unexplored planets in the system: Delphi. And just like that, I’m kidnapped by lizard men. They intend to sell me, but I’m saved when a blue alien warrior with beastly horns claims me with the most passionate kiss I’ve ever had in my life. He takes me to his people, but his tribe has traditions, ones I must abide by if I’m to stay safe here. And these traditions… These acts aren’t something I ever thought a timid woman like me would ever do in public. And with a giant, brooding alien barbarian at that.
Edith is abducted from Earth by a massive, horned alien with teal and shimmering skin. Just before he beams her up to his ship, Tukahl promises he’ll protect her at all costs.She’s locked up inside a dark cell on an alien ship. When the door finally opens, Tukahl calls her his obedient little human and tells her that she needs to do exactly what he tells her…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
VS Note: Not a romance but sounds interesting. A scifi release of note…
Welcome to the end of time. It’s a perfect day. Nobody remembers how the Causality War started. Really, there’s no-one to remember, and nothing for them to remember if there were; that’s sort of the point. We were time warriors, and we broke time. I was the one who ended it. Ended the fighting, tidied up the damage as much as I could. Then I came here, to the end of it all, and gave myself a mission: to never let it happen again.
My exciting vacation gets a little too exciting when my ship blows up, and my escape pod lands on an alien planet filled with a predator species. They’re barely civilized, not a translator chip in sight, and there’s no mistaking the way they drool when they stalk me. I gravitate toward the one that seems to want to keep me safe. Impossibly huge, black hair, pale eyes. But tribal law decrees I’m the prize in a series of deadly games. To claim me, he must win. If he loses, I’m toast.
VS Note: From FEB 5. Not sure it’s a romance, despite being listed there. One reviewer mentioned “a hint of romance”…
In 1985, an executive was murdered in an Atlanta office building. Fifty years later, a powerful US Senator pressures a team of experts to use newly developed but limited Time Travel technology to investigate the cold case murder. Army officer Marc McKnight undertakes the mission, but he barely arrives in the past before he prevents an attractive young woman from meeting her future husband. With the help of his support team, McKnight races against time to set history back on the right track and solve the murder.
VS Note: From FEB 14
There is no way on Earth I’m letting these aliens drag me and match me as a mate. Well…that’s probably why I’m not on Earth anymore. There I was, just minding my own business, thinking I was agreeing to one interview. Not a galaxy wide thrill ride involving blue bunnies, strange aliens, a galactic talk show host who happens to be a chicken…and…
Oh yeah, a big giant alien warrior who says I’m his fated mate. I mean, I’ve never really gotten past the third date with anyone before and now I’m supposed to marry the guy? Sure, he’s easy on the eyes. And he could bench press me with one hand. But if he thinks I’m gonna bend to his rules, he’s got another thing coming. I’m just gonna get through this interview, and do whatever it takes to get back home in one piece. After we save the universe that is. SMH. Aliens.
Lana is thrilled to be on Xavren, even after everything they’ve endured at the human settlement. No one knows how bad it was for her at the religious compound where they lived on Earth. Not ever her sisters. She’s become so good at keeping secrets. Until she meets the barbarian with the searching brown eyes and quiet, watchful ways. With him, she can’t hide anymore. Dhacar is devoted to his clan and faithful to his leader. So when he’s put in charge while Brotak is away with his mate, he takes protection detail seriously. Especially of one particularly appealing human. He’s been warned to keep his distance. She’s too young, too fragile. But to him, she’s too tempting to resist. Somehow, he’ll find a way to claim her, breed her, and defend her from the dangers closing in on the clan.
VS Note: Not a romance exactly…I have no idea if there’s an HEA or HFN or what…a scifi release of note…
June is a brilliant but difficult girl with a gift for mechanical invention who leaves home to begin grueling astronaut training at the National Space Program. Younger by two years than her classmates at Peter Reed, the school on campus named for her uncle, she flourishes in her classes but struggles to make friends and find true intellectual peers. Six years later, she has gained a coveted post as an engineer on a space station—and a hard-won sense of belonging—but is haunted by the mystery of Inquiry, a revolutionary spacecraft powered by her beloved late uncle’s fuel cells. The spacecraft went missing when June was twelve years old, and while the rest of the world seems to have forgotten the crew, June alone has evidence that makes her believe they are still alive.
She seeks out James, her uncle’s former protégé, also brilliant, also difficult, who has been trying to discover why Inquiry’s fuel cells failed. James and June forge an intense intellectual bond that becomes an electric attraction. But the relationship that develops between them as they work to solve the fuel cell’s fatal flaw threatens to destroy everything they’ve worked so hard to create—and any chance of bringing the Inquiry crew home alive.
Elizabeth has spent her life exploring the world, visiting strangers, and learning all the customs she could. When the first Volunteer Project began, she had been in her fifties and out of the running. Now, at eighty-two, they offer to tune her up and send her to the stars. What world traveller could resist? She becomes taller, stronger, but her sense of humour remains the same. Her assignment is to collect memories from alien ancients who have been gathered on one world as a disconnected think tank. She needs to get them together, one at a time. She begins her journey there as a novice monk and works her way up to master. She deals with the indifferent man who greeted her and prepares to be charming with the other ancients until one goes too far, and she shows him what she is made of. Her mind is not his playground, and she has a strong right hook.
Amazon Note: Her other books are on Apple and Kobo so perhaps this one will get there
VS Note: From FEB 17
After being thrown into cages to pleasure brutal alien fighters, I’m broken—a mere shell of who I used to be. I’ll be used and forced to do the monsters’ bidding, it’s too much to expect a male to watch over me. Then the Beast claims me. When he touches me, I yearn for more. When he kisses me, I surrender in gratitude. When he undresses me, I ache to scream his name. And when he makes me fly, I soar higher than ever before. But there’s a problem. In exchange for my release, I’ve already made a deal with the warden to get impregnated with the Beast’s baby. How can he love me when I’m betraying his deepest wishes?
Jakkar – After losing all of our females, I hadn’t thought life could get any worse until I’m stripped of my crown and exiled by my very own twin brother. With my world in turmoil, my spirit mate crashed into my life when I needed her the most. She is not of Valose but a stranger from another world. Newly awakened, my ancillary heart beats for one reason only—to keep her safe. Now I must protect her from old enemies as well as new yet what came with her poses a unique danger that can’t be fought with swords. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. Unfortunately, what she wants the most will tear apart my very soul. Lily – I thought the abduction had been bad enough, but the crash landing nearly killed me. Stranded on an alien world, all I wanted was to find a way to get myself and the other girl’s home. When the solution presented itself in the form of a kilt-wearing, hopeless romantic with serious muscles, sexy elf ears, and the belief that soulmates truly exist…Well, I’m no longer in a huge rush to leave.
VS Note: Ends in a cliffhanger per the author.
With the world she once knew in chaos around her, reclusive shopkeeper Daphne Dubois is the epitome of done. Done with dating. Done with the politics that have driven the world mad. Done with people. That’s why she spends her days hawking obscure treasures in an antique shop that barely sells enough to keep the lights on… and her nights entertaining the feral cat that frequents the back porch. Though she dreams of a simpler time in a far away place, she’s content to live her lonely life of solitude until she gets a fateful phone call from the next city over. When the voice on the other end tells her that her brother has gone missing under mysterious circumstances, she begrudgingly travels to meet with the detective to find out what they’ve learned. The only clues that have been found are a shrine to Jack the Ripper and an antique pocket watch that stopped working ages ago. With one wind of the timepiece, everything she thought she knew is turned on its head as she’s thrust into the adventure of a lifetime… and a heart-pounding race to change history before she becomes the next victim of the nineteenth century’s most notorious killer.
There’s one place in the universe vampires can bask in full sunlight – a red star deep in open space. Solar Flare: The Lightning Girl will take vampires to the crimson star to experience the novelty of constant day. But Kristof is afraid to take that last step into the light — until Tomas takes his hand. Crimson Star: With the entire crew of Lightning Girl dead except for Ash and Trev, the hyperdrive down and the oxygen running out, Trev is determined to save his lover’s life — no matter what the cost. Emerald Earth: Ash and Trev were lovers when catastrophe befell the long-haul freighter Lightning Girl, but after twenty-five years of solitude and starvation, things may never be the same between them. Lightning Girl: Triss’s a type of gender-fluid vampire thought to be extinct. His intriguing nature piques Cal’s interest, but Cal’s not sure if it’s the journalist in him that wants to learn more about this enigmatic vampire or the man who wants to get to know him in every possible way. In the light of the Crimson Star, they’ll have to come to terms with their boundaries, their secrets, and the ultimate nature of love.
On the nameless world settled long ago by human colonists, humanity has spread out. Darius is seventeen and was born and lived all his life in a warm southern climate. Raised as a prince, he conceives the desire to a desire to see his maternal relations, who live in and rule a city-state a good distance north of his home. But when disaster strikes on the journey, Darius is forced to travel even farther north, where he discovers his very existence is a kind of riddle to which only a few people know the answer. As he struggles to cope with a new way of living, a man named Daniel the Wanderer befriends him, and a cousin he didn’t know he had teaches him that women are not always meek and well-behaved. All in all, life is very different in the North.
Twenty-year-old Darius is a man grown, but his childhood still haunts him. Raised as a prince in a distant southern city, he now lives in Castle Muir, a fiefdom in the far north of the nameless world. Having sworn an oath to remain in the fief and to obey the lord of it, his biological father, he still feels a sense of resentment at his circumstances. His friendship with Daniel the Wanderer remains strong, even when he finds out Daniel’s secret. When his cousin Bronwyn comes to live at Castle Muir, Darius’s oath of obedience is tested. Bronwyn is often rude to Darius, which makes it hard for him to treat her with the respect his father demands. But when his father speaks of Bronwyn becoming like a sister to Darius, he’s sure of one thing: When he looks at Bronwyn, he does not see his sister.
VS Note: I had such a thing for this series for a lonnng time and then it kinda went off the rails for me around the time of MURDER GAME and STREET GAME but I’ve drifted back to reading it. I pre-ordered this one so we’ll see…
GhostWalker Rubin Campo’s rough upbringing made him into the man he is today: strong, steadfast and wary of outsiders. When he and his brother return to their family’s homestead in the Appalachian Mountains, he can immediately sense that a stranger has taken up residence in their cabin—a woman who just happens to be a GhostWalker too.
Jonquille looks deceptively delicate but is clearly a fighter. She also doesn’t seem to care that Rubin could kill her where she stands. She sought him out, wanting to connect on their shared interest in electrical charges. As one of the first failed GhostWalker experiments, Jonquille can produce lightning with her body—but she can’t control it.
Their connection is magnetic, their abilities in sync. Rubin knows she’s his match, the answer to a lifetime of pain and intense loneliness. But Jonquille came to him with hidden intentions, ones that threaten to destroy their bond before it can truly begin.
A murder at a séance. In an age of rationalism and science, spiritualism has taken hold of the popular imagination. At the home of Lord and Lady Summerhayes, a séance ends in a horrific climax — a man is drowned in ectoplasm! Impossible! But there’s nothing Elizabeth Hunter-Payne and her Investigation Bureau like better than to investigate an impossible mystery. Victor Drake was at the table and tried to save the hapless victim. His smoldering good looks and irresistible allure take Elizabeth’s fancy, and her carnal desires are reciprocated. Together, can they solve the mystery? Another thrilling adventure set in a steampunk world of airships, steam-powered aircraft, and swords disguised as lavender umbrellas.
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VS Note: When the book was originally published here’s my favorite review: RT Book Reviews sez: “…you’re in for the most romantic desert story since Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra…”
This is a lightly re-edited version of the previously released novel. No new scenes were added.
Egypt, 1500 BCE – Adopted brother to Pharaoh, warrior Khenet is fiercely loyal and willing to undertake any mission, no matter how dangerous. Assigned as the bodyguard to Lady Tiya while she travels down the Nile to an arranged marriage with a provincial ruler, he soon finds himself caught between the gods of Egypt, the black magic of an enemy and undeniable feelings for the lady in question.
Chosen by the goddess Nephthys to assist in a scheme to defeat the sorcerer, Tiya knows she’s going to die but has been promised immediate entry to the fabled afterlife. During the river voyage, she discovers powerful reasons to regret her choices, including her growing love for Khenet. Life has never seemed so precious and her fate so bitter. Forbidden by the goddess to tell Khenet the truth about his own destined role in the battle against the forces of black magic, Tiya desperately seeks a way to save the man who has come to mean to much to her.
Can these two successfully circumvent the goddess’s plot while still working to save Egypt from the scheming enemy? Will their love be strong enough to bring them through the danger and let them find a future in this life together?
In exchange for some witchy powers, Ashley promised the Devil her firstborn, but when the time comes to pay her due, she has nothing to give. With Lucifer insisting that she fulfill the terms of her contract, Ashley turns to Grim Dating for help. There’s only one problem—they’re having a hard time finding her perfect match. Which is where Derrick comes in. He’s the company’s problem solver; however, even he has no idea how to get a prim and proper witch to let loose. Frustration leads to him kissing her, but he never meant to seduce her. …or fall in love. However, his witch isn’t interested in more than a one-night stand. And when an angel gets involved, the reaper realizes he’d best do a better job of sweeping Ashley off her feet. Or risk losing her forever.
To Daphne, marriage is loud arguing and slamming doors. Her divorced parents only showed her how to have an unhealthy relationship. Now that she’s found a man (blue fae, really) who makes her feel loved, she doesn’t know how to open up for fear of him leaving like her father. She has to learn how to communicate with her mate before he decides she’s not not worth the trouble. Anodon Hydiox, king of the winged fae, and his people are losing their home to the dark magic quickly taking over the dimension. He doesn’t know who this new powerful being is or how to stop them. But he’s found his queen and there’s nothing he won’t do to provide for her and keep her safe. If that means he ventures into the realm of dark magic to battle forces stronger than him, then so be it. Will love be enough to keep them together or will outside forces tear them apart?
Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.
But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace. Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek.
Jen is living two lives. By night, she lives out romantic fantasies with her gorgeous dream fae lover, Reve. By day, she’s a single mom to nine-year-old Joey, her whole world. Even though she’s struggling to pay bills and avoiding an abusive ex-husband, she doesn’t want her fairy prince to know. But she’s about to find out that when it comes to protecting his mate and family, a dream fae warrior can get deadly serious real quick.
Reve knows his sweet, fiery mate is holding back secrets, but he’s just so happy to have found her after a thousand years that he doesn’t mind. But when a chance encounter with her world leads to him whipping her ex-husband to within an inch of his life, he realizes he needs to get more hands-on in his mate’s real world. Joey needs help becoming a dream warrior. Jen needs help in daily life. And Reve needs to find a way to convince Jen to fully put her trust in him, if he wants to have any chance at protecting his new little family from the immense danger that is coming.
Be careful what you wish for…January Jaxson’s settling into her life in Moonshadow Bay, and her new relationship with wolf shifter Killian O’Connell. Her job with Conjure Ink is proving both fascinating as well as dangerous. But little does January realize that she’s about to let the actual genie out of the proverbial bottle. When she bought an old bottle in a thrift shop, January didn’t expect to be purchasing a guest for her home. Now, with a djinn on her hands, she finds herself promising to track down something for her unexpected houseguest so he can finally gain his freedom. At the same time, she’s thrown into one of the spookiest hauntings she’s ever experienced when a local restaurant suddenly falls prey to ghosts seeking revenge. Will she be able to get rid of her houseguest and keep the ghosts from killing their latest target, or will this job prove too much for January as she faces the big 4-1?
Nothing bothers Hetty and Benjy Rhodes more than a case where the answers, motives, and the murder itself feel a bit too neat. Raimond Duval, a victim of one of the many fires that have erupted recently in Philadelphia, is officially declared dead after the accident, but Hetty and Benjy’s investigation points to a powerful Fire Company known to let homes in the Black community burn to the ground. Before long, another death breathes new life into the Duval investigation: Raimond’s son, Valentine, is also found dead.
Finding themselves with the dubious honor of taking on Valentine Duval as their first major funeral, it becomes clear that his passing was intentional. Valentine and his father’s deaths are connected, and the recent fires plaguing the city might be more linked to recent community events than Hetty and Benji originally thought.
The aquatic Atlantis After Market only happens once a year. It is the major social event of the aquatic community like a combined Mardi Gras, the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby. So popular in fact is the happenings of the AM, that the couples united as a results of the battles spawn a series of side betting on the outcomes of the relationships for over a year and a day. Thea Theriault’s music career had just taken its death knell with her record company followed quickly by her boyfriend slash manager dropping her in the middle of her tour. She finds herself stranded on the island of Atlantis without a dime to her name and no way off the tropical prison. Trenton Baptiste’s time has run out. The jaws of the arranged marriage he has avoided for years have closed around him with the finality of a prison cell. A formal announcement has taken place, engraved invitations have been sent out, the date has been set for two weeks away, even his bachelor party has being planned to coincide with the main event of the year. Will these two strangers find a solution to both their problems, or will their trips to the After Market keep them trapped forever?
Humans have always treated shifters like pets and toys. But a prophecy claims that three shifter queens will bring peace and justice. When the stars align, the queens will find their three fated consorts and save the world, blah blah… Prophecies never get into the useful details, do they? I, Frankie Flanagan, am perfectly happy to stay in the shadows. I use my house cat charms as a spy, and fight with my trusty knives. My swoon-worthy wolf shifter childhood crush is a man now—and returning my feelings. If I’m a shifter queen, everyone will want a piece of me. Trading my freedom for power? No thanks. Luckily, only one person has ever witnessed my true power: my rival Waylon Silver, the trouble-making son of a smuggler. I unleashed on him by accident years ago and haven’t used any magic since. Uh, I also might have taken his eyesight and his memories in the process. Well, now Waylon’s back, all grown up. He’s studied magic, his memories are back, and if I don’t do what he says, he’ll expose me to the world and get his revenge. Did I mention he’s gotten really hot? Damnit. I don’t need nine lives. I’d just like to keep the one I’ve got.
We thought we had won the war, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. One bad guy down, except now I’ve got a demon of a boyfriend to rescue, and it’s going to be anything but easy.
Most orphans dream of their real parents coming to rescue them from the orphanage in long limousines…What was waiting for Kerri was something a bit more sinister. Determined to change her path, Kerri worked her ass off to get a full ride scholarship, working toward her goal to become a pediatrician. That was until she went to the wrong party, on the wrong night, and woke up in an alley with some kind of demon dog staring at her, whispering that he was meant to be hers…She is clearly going insane, thank gods this new guy, Grant, showed up. He seemed to get it, and he doesn’t think she’s crazy. Weird thing, though, he and that dog have the same eyes.
Lucy had everything. The perfect mate. The perfect pack. The perfect career. But one car ride on the wrong night took it all away from her in a flash of truck lights. Unable to face the pain of loss, Lucy heads back home to the Silver Moon Pack, content to hide behind a fake smile. Shifters rarely mate twice, which is why when she finds herself pursued by a tenacious male wolf she won’t even let hope enter into her mind. Except there is a problem. This guy has gotten himself into some trouble, and it’s going to take more than some therapy to save them both. Emmet always had a crush on the Alpha’s little sister, but when she is suddenly taken he finds himself brooding along with so many others. So many Silver Moons are angry over the change in leadership, and at first it feels good to let all that anger out. But when all of that anger starts to direct itself to something dangerous, Emmet might need some help or he is going to find himself in Lucy’s office for more than just therapy.
Totemic Wolves rule the north. Fenrir Wolves rule the west. And Lycans rule the east. As the lone Bitten fraction, we’re considered a dying race. Relegated to the dry south, we’re predicted to only last a few more years before complete annihilation. Until the three gangs that rule our city—unbeknownst to the humans—offer an ultimatum: me for our pack’s survival. I have ninety days to choose a husband from one of the very wolf packs that ridicule and kill us for sport. Ninety days to choose the man I wish to spend the rest of my life with. From the cold-blooded werewolf prince, to the playboy feral, to the aloof Lycan. These men…They think I’m prey—nothing more than a plaything for them to discard. They’re going to find out that I’m their queen, their alpha, and it’s time they bow to me.
Beast waves, Chaos cultists, new Primordials rising. The world has gone crazy. A tournament has been called to find new champions. Aiden and his team must compete in Craesti City, the capital of their kingdom, to earn the right to journey to Monster Island for a multinational competition. Can Aiden rise to become the true chosen one, or will he fall into obscurity and failure?
Scout Randall has lived her life in the shadows, always wondering who abandoned her when she was a child and where the magic she boasts came from. Finally, she is about to get some answers. It won’t be easy, though. After a wild fight that saw shifters and vampires joining together to battle under an eclipse, things in Hawthorne Hollow are relatively quiet. Scout’s newly-found sister is locked in a cell, her grandfather is laying low, and the enemy appears to be regrouping. That allows Scout and her boyfriend Gunner to make a trip to her childhood home. Upon their return, a shifter attacks and throws their world into a tailspin. He’s easily dispatched but appears to be suffering from a magical infection that has his body wasting and his mind collapsing. It’s up to Spell’s Angels to figure out what’s going on, and because nothing is ever easy for Scout, the investigation is going to be harder than she imagined.
It seems there’s a new top vampire in town, and his powers are extensive for a creature who wasn’t born into his legacy. On top of that, he’s crossed paths with Scout before and knows exactly how to push her buttons.
Scout is a fighter but the world is closing in on her. She’s going to need her new co-workers and the family she doesn’t know to help her out on this one … and even then nothing is a given. The road before her is winding but answers are finally here. Scout will finally know what she is. Whether she survives long enough to benefit from the knowledge is completely up in the air.
I thought I’d seen the last of Valentine… at least for a little while, but he’s found a way to get me back under his thrall. This time, I’m not resisting. But he’s the least of my problems. The deal I made with the devil has backfired.
If I don’t get the better of this bargain, I’m at risk of spending the rest of my days in hell.
I know I’m destined for a fairy tale romance and I’m done kissing frogs. Believe me, I’ve dated enough of them to know they never turn into Prince Charming. Wayne makes my heart race. And even though I almost screwed everything up between us, I think we have a chance at the fantasy romance I’ve always dreamed of. That’s if my creepy stalker ex doesn’t ruin everything first. But Wayne’s got one heck of a trick up his sleeve. Turns out I’ve traded in my frogs for a fire-breathing dragon, and he wants to claim me as his mate. My ex doesn’t stand a chance.
My ten-year high school reunion was supposed to be fun–seeing old friends and maybe even making a few new ones. And I was really looking forward to spending an evening with Jaxson’s brother, Drake, again. Too bad, when we entered the dance, one of Drake’s friends was lying dead on the floor covered in pink punch. Sure Kyle Covington was a very rich investor who’d made his share of enemies, but had any of them been at the reunion? Considering Drake’s connection with the deceased, what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t do some investigating? After all, I knew most of the suspects. Out of the blue, an unexpected arrival joins forces with Drake–one with magic. Was she involved in the murder or would she help solve the case?
Ali – I’m now the Empress of Vanaheim and leader of all Elves. It’s a lonely job, but the important thing is that the Night Elves are finally safe. At least until I learn of the invading draugr horde. I need Galin’s help, and I’m desperate to see him again, but the sorcerer has plans of his own. And when he tries to rewrite our fate, I may lose everything—including him. Galin – After I fell into the Well of Wyrd, the shades dragged my shattered body to Hel. Hela may have breathed life back into me, but I’ve found myself trapped. Oddly enough, when Hela closes the gates to Hel, I see opportunity to escape. A chance to rewrite my fate, to find glory again. But as I spend time with Ali my icy resolve starts to crack. I want to choose her, but it could mean being stuck in Hel for good.
Escape to worlds full of adventure and magic in the first-ever Terry Brooks short-story collection, featuring both new and fan-favorite stories from all three of his major literary worlds: Shannara, Magic Kingdom, and The Word and the Void. Here are heroes fighting new battles and struggling to conquer the ghosts of the past. Here are quests both small and far reaching; heroism both intimate and vast. Here we learn of Garet Jax’s childhood, see how Allanon first located Shea Ohmsford, and follow an old wing-rider at the end of his life. Here we see Knights of the Word fighting demons within and without, and witness Ben Holiday and his daughter each trying to overcome the unique challenges that Landover offers. This collection of eleven tales is a must-have addition to the Terry Brooks canon—a delightful way to spend time with favorite characters, and a wonderful reminder of what makes a Brooks story such a timeless classic.
For a hundred years, the once-prosperous kingdom of Perin Faye has suffered under the rule of the greedy and power-hungry Thungrave kings. Maralyth Graylaern, a vintner’s daughter, has no idea her hidden magical power is proof of a secret bloodline and claim to the throne. Alac Thungrave, the king’s second son, has always been uncomfortable with his position as the spare heir—and the dark, stolen magic that comes with ruling. When Maralyth becomes embroiled in a plot to murder the royal family and seize the throne, a cat-and-mouse chase ensues in an adventure of dark magic, court intrigue, and forbidden love.
Angels good. Demons bad. Things are supposed to be this simple. If only. In the midst of an ageless war between the more powerful creatures in the world, Roth should see Lily as a weapon he must hone. If she’s to accomplish his destiny, she’ll have to be placed in harm’s way. But every time they touch, their chemistry drives him mad.
Love or victory. They can’t possibly have both. In the clutches of the all-powerful ruler of Heaven, Raven has a choice: letting Ash risk his life for hers, or suffering the consequence of her betrayal. Everyone has lied to Lily, hiding her legacy, her duty. She’s the daughter of Lucifer and Lilith, the rightful heir of Hell, born thousands of years ago. But she also happens to be a twenty-something-year-old with barely enough training to keep herself alive, let alone rule anything. With her family in dire danger, she has to do whatever it takes to survive—and to protect Hell from Heaven’s wrath. Even if that means taking the Wicked Crown.
It’s been several weeks since the warlord Hrul Bonebreaker violated the peace treaty that first brought the elven prince Taegan and his half-orc husband Zorvut together, and orc armies march upon the elves once more. Zorvut has discovered his latent magical ability, but none of the warlocks in Aefraya have succeeded in teaching him anything beyond his first spark of power. So with the elven king’s blessing, they flee the elven capital in the night and travel toward human lands, following a rumor in hopes of finding the man who is really Zorvut’s father: Tomlin Whitmore, a retired bard. Will the human be able to help train Zorvut at all? And if he can, would he even want to? Taegan has his own doubts about Zorvut’s optimistic plan, but the thought of being apart is unbearable, so they make the journey through wilderness and rural villages to the beachside town where the bard was last spotted. To his surprise, when they find him, Tom is shocked but eager to help, and it seems like their luck has finally changed for the better. But even though they’re further from the war front, danger proves difficult to outrun, and discerning friend from foe is far less simple while surrounded by unfamiliar people in unfamiliar lands. After all, wars aren’t ended so easily, and betrayal can lurk unseen until it’s too late.
Jack Harker and his new wife Ivy have beaten the odds, and with that comes a little rest and relaxation. They have a two-week honeymoon planned, and the first leg involves a glamping trip down the river. Jack has never been one for camping, and the truth is, he would’ve preferred anything but what they’ve got planned. Ivy, however, is desperate to prove that camping can be fun. What Jack wants most is for Ivy to have everything, so he gives in. He may live to regret it. That is if he doesn’t die first. What should’ve been an idyllic kayaking trip down the river, complete with gourmet meals and glamorous tents, turns into a mystery when one of the other guests finds blood on the ground on the second day. Jack and Ivy are instantly suspicious … but they seem to be the only ones. There’s no body, so no reason to worry, and yet Ivy’s dreams won’t let her rest. Can you prove murder when there’s no body and nobody is missing? That’s the plan for Ivy and Jack, although the trip will have them questioning more than their fellow travel-goers. It will have them questioning their instincts, too. Strap in. Just because it’s a honeymoon, that doesn’t mean the ride won’t be bumpy.
Lilac’s birthright makes her the Queen of Renovia, and a forced marriage made her the Queen of Montrice. But being a ruler does not mean making the rules. For Lilac, taking the throne means giving up the opportunity to be with love of her life, the kingdom’s assassin, Caledon Holt. Worse, Cal is forced to leave the castle when a horrific set of magical attacks threatens Lilac’s sovereignty. Now Cal and Lilac will have to battle dark forces separately, even though being together is the only thing that’s ever saved them.
Life at Cardinal Woolsey’s knitting and yarn shop is about as smooth as shop owner Lucy’s knitting. In other words, lumpy, tangled and prone to disaster. Much like her spell-casting. But things get worse when her cousin and shop assistant Violet shows alarming symptoms of a hex. Who would do such a thing? Was it the guy from Witch Date she blew off? Or is Lucy the real target? Meanwhile, Lucy’s dating a much older man. Like five hundred years older. The gorgeous vampire Rafe wants to marry her, but there’s more keeping them apart than an age gap. Can they make a May-medieval marriage work? Or will they say goodbye forever. When someone dies, either the hex is to blame or there’s a murderer on the loose in Oxford.
VS Note: From JAN 16
Sparo Rising is a spinoff series from the Techromancy Scrolls. Each book features a standalone story of a different side character from the Techromancy Scrolls that readers wished to hear more about. This first book centers around Lady Verna of Wexbury, and her rise to Knighthood. Almost three thousand years after an extinction level event on Earth, mankind seeks to regain its former glory, in a new world where magic and technology collide. Verna had always dreamed of becoming a knight and protector ever since she was a child and a stranger gave his life to save her family from marauders. She and her best friend, Celeste, share the same dream and aspire to become Squires so that their dreams could be realized. After being passed by in the first choosing when she had been fifteen, both she and Celeste are chosen by knights the following year. The threat of an army of marauders calling themselves the Horde, under a man called the Reaper. casts a shadow upon their training over the years, until things come to a head and Wexbury answers the call for help from the realm of York… the Reaper is at the gates.
VS Note: From FEB 13
Reive, the mightiest undead ruler is now freed from the terrible curse and seeks to reclaim his throne and take revenge on the descendants of those who betrayed him. Angelina dreams only of keeping the details of her birth secret and becoming a real necromancer. Is this girl as simple as she seems? Will the Undead King help this unknown girl or will he use her mysterious blood to regain his own power and speed his way to the throne? What can they both do when passion begins to ruin all their plans, and dark desires call forth the worst poison? On that day it will become clear that the insane madness of the living can be more terrible than the bloody hunger of the undead…
Don’t miss this incredible dark saga of the Undead Overlord, already a bestseller in Russia, now finally available in English translation.
My name is Nora Black. I’m over fifty and loving it. I’ve embraced the aches and pains, the failing vision, and the new slightly odoriferous physic gift that seems to keep on giving. My latest smell-o-vision adventure includes a deadly snake, a high-drama baby shower, sibling secrets, and—surprise—a murder. With my two BFFs, my sweetie cop, and a whole bunch of nutty Garden Covians by my side, we’ll sniff out the killer. But if we’re not careful, we’ll come out smelling like…manure. Forget roses, honey. This aroma with a view is starting to stink.
VS Note: From JAN 30
No one in Oz remembers the Fisher King. The First Sentinels made sure of that. There are four of us. North, South, East, and West. I am Glinda, Sentinel of the South. We are all trying to figure out what to do about this Wizard who just landed here in a balloon, disposed of our king, and inserted himself as king of Oz while dealing with the ailing Sentinel in the North when the unthinkable happens. The same forgetting curse the first Sentinels used to make everyone forget the Fisher King is cast again. Except now, we are no longer Sentinels. I’m the Good Witch of the South, Azami is the Wicked Witch of the West, Adora is the Wicked Witch of the East, and Locasta is the Good Witch of the North. Two Sentinels had to have cast that spell. I know Azami and Adora didn’t do it, or they wouldn’t have gotten the short end of the stick. I know I didn’t do it. That leaves poor addled Locasta. Maybe she isn’t as cursed and soft as we all thought. But who helped her? Can I restore the Sentinels before Oz tears itself and my friends apart?
Things have escalated in Silverhold Detention Center for the Magically Delinquent. WAY too many people want me dead. Okay, maybe I regret a little. I refuse to accept Venus as Supreme Queen of the witches, but I doubt I have much say in the matter. All the witches in here seem like they are bowing down to her now. Except one. Wren wants vengeance and I can use that. We only need one witch on our side to break out of here. And the breakout is happening. Very soon. Our plans got escalated with that little prison assassination. We all know I’m next. Hauser keeps telling me to ask for Faust’s help, but I think it was an omen the alarms went off right when I was about to tell him my secret. I’m coming to care for him though. I’m coming to care for all of them. I can figure that out when Silverhold Detention Center for the Magically Delinquent is far in my taillights.
The last person Coreopsis expected to see upon disembarking in Alcudia was Rilla. Why is the most alluring, infuriating, and unforgettable person waiting on the docks for Core? Whatever Rilla wants, Core won’t run away again. Finding Rilla waiting on the docks at Alcudia Harbor brings back so many memories to Coreopsis, from the joy and innocent play as children to the awkwardness of unrequited crushes and a mortifying kiss in adolescence. Now a naval cadet with shore leave, Core finds Rilla still makes thon’s heart leap with delight and trepidation. Can eight days together mend the old misunderstandings and overcome the current obstacles their two very different worlds put between them?
My power could unite the summer fae… or tear them utterly apart. The truth is out. The whole Seelie realm now knows that the cure for their full moon curse lies in my blood. I thought the gamble of revealing that secret would put only my safety on the line. But when one of the arch-lords sets his sights on me, it soon becomes clear there’s so much more at stake. Claiming me is just one piece in a play for control over all Seelie kind. How can honorable men like my new lovers fight back when our enemies are willing to stoop so low? To save me and his pack, the lord who rescued me may have to turn into the thing he hates most. With awful secrets unearthed and betrayals among our own, can I find a way to be my lovers’ strength in this storm—or will I become their fatal weakness?
The most reckless of the six Monterrey brothers. I’d risk my life for an adrenaline rush. Getting into trouble with the authorities never bothered me. That is, until Charlie Colter came into the picture. I felt the need to protect the fragile little thing that she was. She’d come to work with hardened criminals including myself. And the distance that she maintained between us was insane. She was determined to keep me from kissing her. But things turned around once I saved her life. She caved in, and so did I. She had done what no one else could do. The woman had my heart in the palm of her hand. But she also had secrets, and enemies that were deadlier than mine.
Veterinarian Troy Shelton has no idea what he’s letting himself in for when he rescues a friend’s cat from the shelter after a dog attack. The friendly but demanding calico soon has Troy and his pregnant collie wrapped around her furry paw. But strange things begin happening in Troy’s home when he’s away, and he could almost think someone else was living there besides him.
Torn and hurting, Katerina appreciates Troy’s gentle care. She also appreciates his strong form and handsome face as much as the way he cuddles her. She’s trapped in her cat form until her wounds heal, but once she’s well again she finds herself oddly reluctant to resume her human form and life away from Troy. But someone else is interested in Troy, and that someone else has already tried to kill Cat once.
VS Note: I don’t cover horror generally but a new release from Stepen King is worthy of note. Sometimes I can read him and sometimes I can’t!
The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.
IN 1944 LONDON, Anne Billings is off to meet Ken, a dashing American bomber pilot, when she and her 4-year-old son, Tommy, get caught in an air raid. Anne clutches Tommy’s hand as they run for the nearest shelter. In a terrifying blast, Tommy is swept away and Anne is blown into the air… landing, near death, in New York’s Central Park. When she awakens in the hospital, she has no memory. It is 2008. The handsome Dr. Jon Miles falls for the mysterious Anne, and he attempts to help her as she begins to remember her true identity. When an aggressive CIA agent pursues her, determined to learn the truth, Anne struggles to escape and return to her own country and her own time.
The only mistake Lady Adelle Thornber ever made turned into a scandal that rocked London and saw her banished to Scotland, the reluctant bride of a reclusive baron. But Lord Henry MacAulay isn’t what she was expecting: he cares deeply for his barony and for her. As the sole heir to the Roseheath title and werewolf alpha, Henry knew that he had to take a mate someday. He just didn’t expect to find her in a disgraced noble’s daughter forced into marriage with him. As he falls more deeply in love with Adelle, he can’t bring himself to tell her what he really is. But if he doesn’t, it may not be his werewolf nature that could tear them apart.
Sending Medusa away to work in Athena’s temple was supposed to keep her safe. To shield her from wandering eyes, because her mother feared such beauty could bring her death. Soon, she would learn, that fear was indeed a prophecy. All it took was one glimpse for Poseidon to know he had to have her. One look. One fateful night. And life would never be the same again. Athena, furious about what happens that night between her priestess and her uncle, cares not that Medusa was an unwilling participant and curses her so that no man will ever want her again. But Alexios doesn’t care that Medusa is a monster. No matter how many women he encounters, he’s haunted by her memory. So he stands by her, a friend… until a hero requests he pledge his life to a son of Zeus. And in doing so, agrees to take a Gorgon’s head.. Now Alexios will stop at nothing to save his friend, his love, his life. Even if that means defying the Gods.
Lady Lilstrum’s fate was sealed long before she ever admitted her dreams of journeys into the unknown, flying the skies, and feeling the wind on her face. Danger sweeping through her world and life in a way she never expected gives her the chance to finally jump on an adventure. Armed with only a small amount of information, Ainsley must embark on a journey unlike any other. Killian Flynn is the Captain of the Phantom Saber. He looks out for himself, for his crew, and uses his charm to get what he needs. When Ainsley sweeps him off his feet by blasting him into a concrete wall, he decides to help her… For a price. With danger around every corner and on every ship they encounter, Ainsley must give this swashbuckling pirate a chance to prove himself. Not only that, but she must trust in her growing abilities and power in order to embrace a destiny written in the stars. If she can’t, the danger in the skies will destroy more than just her life.
In Burning Girls and Other Stories, Veronica Schanoes crosses borders and genres with stories of fierce women at the margins of society burning their way toward the center. This debut collection introduces readers to a fantasist in the vein of Karen Russell and Kelly Link, with a voice all her own. Emma Goldman—yes, that Emma Goldman—takes tea with the Baba Yaga and truths unfold inside of exquisitely crafted lies. In “Among the Thorns,” a young woman in seventeenth century Germany is intent on avenging the brutal murder of her peddler father, but discovers that vengeance may consume all that it touches. In the showstopping, awards finalist title story, “Burning Girls,” Schanoes invests the immigrant narrative with a fearsome fairytale quality that tells a story about America we may not want—but need—to hear. Dreamy, dangerous, and precise, with the weight of the very oldest tales we tell, Burning Girls and Other Stories introduces a writer pushing the boundaries of both fantasy and contemporary fiction.
First Time Train Wreck is one of the top bucking bull shifters in the world. He’s in the middle of a busy off-season. With his free time, he’s secretly hunting down the exact reason bull shifters are disappearing. He has no idea what kind of enemy he’s really facing, but he’s okay with that. The bigger the evil, the harder he will make it fall. At the root of all the disappearances, there’s a ranch with a very dark business, and they’ve hired on a new intern. She’s gorgeous, and smart, and the perfect target for Train Wreck. If he can charm her a little, perhaps she will betray her new job and feed him information. But the more he gets to know her, the more he sees her as more than a target. And with every second he draws her closer, he puts her in more danger. The hunt has consumed his life for months, but there’s an even bigger mystery in the woman he is accidentally falling for…(more blurb on ebook seller site…)
Tuff Enough Fast Burn is the son of the best bucking bull shifter in history. His career path took a hard right turn though, because he isn’t a bull, like his father. He inherited the wolf of his mother instead. Burning up the ranks as the best bronc rider in the world, Tuff is the circuits bad boy that everyone loves to hate. In the off-season, he melts into invisibility, so when a beautiful woman shows up at his ranch claiming to know him, he can’t help but feel suspicious. Luna turns out to be the biggest surprise of his life…he just has to figure out if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing.
Luna Hagan has watched Tuff grow up from afar. Feeling like he is a kindred spirit, the time has come to expose exactly who she is, and see where it could lead. She has a history with his herd that feels very important to her, but getting to know the real Tuff Enough Fast Burn could shatter the way she views her world. It’s a risk seeking out the reclusive werewolf, but one she has to take. If she’s going to connect with her past, Tuff is going to have to be the one who guides her through it.
When the death of Iron Queen Sarelin Brey fractures the realm of Elira, Lysande Prior, the palace scholar and the queen’s closest friend, is appointed Councillor. Publically, Lysande must choose the next monarch from amongst the city-rulers vying for the throne. Privately, she seeks to discover which ruler murdered the queen, suspecting the use of magic. Resourceful, analytical, and quiet, Lysande appears to embody the motto she was raised with: everything in its place. Yet while she hides her drug addiction from her new associates, she cannot hide her growing interest in power. She becomes locked in a game of strategy with the city-rulers – especially the erudite prince Luca Fontaine, who seems to shift between ally and rival. Further from home, an old enemy is stirring: the magic-wielding White Queen is on the move again, and her alliance with a traitor among the royal milieu poses a danger not just to the peace of the realm, but to the survival of everything that Lysande cares about. In a world where the low-born keep their heads down, Lysande must learn to fight an enemy who wears many guises… even as she wages her own battle between ambition and restraint.
Everly has her life all arranged. She just needs to put the right people into the appropriate slots. And one person out of place is her sister, at Oxford, whom she plans to bring home. What will she do when she learns people don’t fit in slots, and reality is nothing she thought it was? In a place as ancient as Oxford, England, there are things she’ll wish she’d never seen…Urban is determined to mind his own business and keep his new mortal life free of clutter and relationahips that will only end in pain. His sword arm is for hire, but not his heart. When he has to take care of some collateral damage–with delicious shoulders and hair that drives him wild–that heart is going to take a beating. His remedy, however, might require both of the to walk through Hell.
I am Françoise, Queen of the Vampires. I ran wild and free in Paris in the 1820s with my four delicious vampire lovers.
But alas, this was not to be. For, after hundreds of years, a new breed of vampire rose up and they were to bring me much misfortune. I woke up in London, in the year 2020, without knowledge of what had happened to me or how I had survived their deadly grasp. I only know I must seek revenge for my four lovers and I. I am weak now, after two hundred years of death, and confused with all the noise and strange things I see before me. But I want to learn, want to grow strong again. Will I find a new harem and the revenge I so desire? Or will I wither and die, like the many vampires that came before me?
The golden rule of shallow flings is not to get attached, right? Well, Havana Ramos broke it. Big time. There’s just something about Tate Devereaux that pulls at her. Assertive, compelling, and self-assured, the Alpha cat shifter pushes every one of her best buttons. Like really, really hard. Having overheard an enlightening conversation, she knows he won’t give her more than a fling—something, to be fair, he’d told her well in advance. If she doesn’t want her heart to get bruised, it’s time to end what little they have. It’s not like he’ll care or anything. Except … it turns out that he does.
Newly-appointed Alpha Tate Devereaux is never bothered when women walk away. He can’t exactly blame them, given his distrustful cat’s habit of withdrawing from relationships. But when lone shifter Havana ends their fling, everything within Tate rebels against it—including his cat. Even as she and Tate work together to crush the threat looming over her, Havana holds him at arms’ length. But if she thinks she can end their fling with no real explanation and that he’ll just tip his hat and walk away, she’s forgotten one very important thing—there’s nothing easy about shaking off an Alpha.
He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s a nun from a secretive order, on the trail of the raiders who burned her convent and kidnapped her sisters. When their paths cross at the point of a sword, Istvhan and Clara will be pitched headlong into each other’s quests, facing off against enemies both living and dead. But Clara has a secret that could jeopardize the growing trust between them, a secret that will lead them to the gladiatorial pits of a corrupt city, and beyond.
I am a wolf shifter cast into the hands of fate. Captive. Wrecked. Undone by a bond I never expected. Another wolf has me now, and I am his to ruin. Tristan Masters, the ruthless alpha whose destiny threatens to destroy him, has sworn to come for me. But if he does, he will put the lives of his entire pack at risk. I am the spark that could ignite Tristan’s fury, but I’m strong enough to resist. I will fight the pull of darkness that I sense growing inside me, my true nature that I’m only beginning to understand. This dark wolf will not break.
I am not a good person. I’m a serial killer, and I’m done lying to myself. The blood on my hands means nothing to me. F*ck the roller coaster of emotions, the stalkers, and the drug. The angel on my ass isn’t as troublesome as the insane exes trying to steal and kill my mates. I’m about to become the girlfriend of nightmares. Situations within the shifter hierarchy have never been more tense. I’ll make them worse before we can fix them together. There’s two things I’m sure of: These predators aren’t used to being the prey, and I’m Sloane f*****g King. The Third Devil of Hell, 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.
When it comes to surviving the frozen tundra, it pays to have a big protective partner. More than one, if you can get that lucky. The problem with being a single mother to a bear shifter cub is that paranormal creatures are pretty much all you can date. I’ve been alone since before she was born, and I need to cuddle with someone to keep me warm.
So I signed up to a paranormal dating website. All I want for Dahlia is to have someone she can look up to, someone like her. Seems that there are two contestants up for the job…and they might be willing to work together, to share. And here I thought the dating scene as a single mother with a human kid was complicated.
His job was to protect the pack. Instead, he tried to kill me, and now three of my mates are in danger. Will a new ally help me take back what I’ve lost or will I have to take matters into my own hands? There’s a storm coming and it has red hair and an appetite for more than just deer.
Ava’s stepped out of her own reality and into another world — a world where werewolves exist. She’s slowly coming to terms with Jasper and their mate bond, but now she has bigger problems. Whatever’s hunting the werewolves in her small town is still on the loose. Worse yet, her parents seem to have a vendetta against Jasper. With Jasper’s help, Ava’s embracing her Venator heritage. Good thing she has a hot werewolf to teach her everything she needs to know about fighting. But will she be strong enough for what comes next?
Eight years ago, Kyle Stafford had everything a seventeen-year-old kid could want — the latest gadgets, the best clothes, the newest sports car, and a palatial home. A single lapse in judgment changed everything. Now he’s lucky if he eats once a day. Taking refuge in a small cave to avoid a torrential downpour, he’s hoping for a safe place to sleep. What he gets is far from restful… and definitely not safe. Roen of House Vakeor takes his job as a guard very seriously. When his patrol leads him to one of the hidden portals to the humans’ side, he stumbles — quite literally — into a young human male sleeping right at his realm’s front door. Whether the human knows where the entrance is or not, Roen’s duty requires him to take the young man prisoner — back to House Vakeor.
I needed to get away from home. Desperately. So I took the first chance I got. I signed up to become a mail order bride. I’m getting married to a complete stranger. So now I’m here, staring at this absolutely unbelievable guy.
Muscular chest. Hard stomach. Fantastic kiss. Probably too good to be true. Is he? It’s like there’s a secret fire in him.
Something smokey, something more than just hot. Yes, probably too good to be true. And yet I want his secrets, no matter how dirty they are. Even if they burn me.
My clan’s alphas have been decimated, And they have elected me, an omega, to lead. It was an easy enough plan.
Seduce my enemy and tear him down. The fact that he was insanely hot was just a bonus. Except now he’s made a mess of me. And I don’t want him to stop. The imprint is too strong. I need to calm down. I need to remember he’s my enemy And I need to remember this baby inside of me…Can never be his.
I always knew I was different. From a young age, my mind has been plagued with things only I could see. Some hauntingly beautiful, others completely terrifying. Never knowing if these visions were real or just hallucinations, I learned how to lock them down and ignore them. I learned to take solace in the relative anonymity of city life and find peace in the rainy days my city of Seattle is known for. But just when I think my life is getting on track and my dreams are achievable, a moment of weakness causes me to learn a hard and fast lesson. My entire existence has been a lie. Now I’m faced with a new reality that’s as implausible as it is fantastical. Filled with realms and veils, light and dark, fae and daemons, gods and angels–things I don’t understand but am forced to acknowledge. It doesn’t help that the man teaching me about my unique gifts is the gorgeously handsome Carrick Byrne, one of Seattle’s richest and most powerful men. He intimidates, annoys, and intrigues me all at the same time. I don’t trust him and yet there’s no one else to help me. No longer certain who to put my faith in, what to believe, or how I fit into it all, one revelation is clear… The world as I know it will never be the same again.
I’m trapped in the wild with my bear boss. We’re both secret agents who work in a mysterious warehouse. A warehouse filled with magical artifacts varying from mild to forbidden. We store away cursed objects and make sure they’re kept out of the public eye. He and I went on a routine mission to Texas, but we were betrayed by the people we should have trusted. We were kidnapped and taken up a mountain, and only by luck did we break free. Now we have to find our way back, trekking through dangerous territory. Hunted by the enemy. The longer I spend with him, the more I wonder just who he is. And why I might be falling for him.
The plan was to hop a train to Oslo, hang out at a coffee shop, and connect my personal archive, Infinity, to the Internet. Yes, completely disregarding the well-established fact that magic and technology didn’t mix. At all. I was also hoping to browse as many bookstores as I could before my younger brother’s patience ran out. Unfortunately, the five-year-old fledgling dragon was better known for his exuberant — and ultimately destructive — tendencies rather than his attention span. I almost pulled it all off. Almost proved that my position as Archivist of the Modern World wasn’t just an empty title. Then I got summoned — by the most powerful beings in the magical world. And when the guardian dragons made a request, no one denied them. Not even a lesser dragon. Not even if it tore me away from everything I’d ever known — and the one person I couldn’t leave behind.
VS: Continuing on with my ancient Egyptian paranormal romance series backlist, as you can see in the main post above WARRIOR OF THE NILE finally got re-released! Next in line for me to highlight here is DANCER OF THE NILE. I had so much fun writing this one – Nima the dancer is a huge favorite heroine for me – she’s smart and determined and never at a loss – and the fact that Renenutet the Snake Goddess is her patron gave me some interesting twists. Kamin, the hero, has some surprises to reveal as well. This series is loosely connected, since all the books happen in the reign of the same Pharaoh but can be read in any order, although there is a sequel to this one, which I’ll cover next week.
DANCER OF THE NILE
Nima’s beauty and skill as a dancer leads an infatuated enemy to kidnap her after destroying an Egyptian border town. However, she’s not the only hostage in the enemy camp: Kamin, an Egyptian soldier on a secret mission for Pharaoh, has been taken as well. Working together to escape, the two of them embark on a desperate quest across the desert to carry word of the enemy’s invasion plans to Pharaoh’s people.
As they flee for their lives, these two strangers thrown together by misfortune have to trust in each other to survive. Nima suspects Kamin is more than the simple soldier he seems, but she finds it hard to resist the effect he has on her heart. Kamin has a duty to his Pharaoh to see his mission completed, but this clever and courageous dancer is claiming more of his loyalty and love by the moment. Kamin starts to worry, if it comes to a choice between saving Egypt or saving Nima’s life…what will he do?
Aided by the Egyptian god Horus and the Snake Goddess Renenutet, beset by the enemy’s black magic, can Nima and Kamin evade the enemy and reach the safety of the Nile in time to foil the planned attack?
Can there ever be a happy future together for the humble dancer and the brave Egyptian soldier who is so much more than he seems?
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