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’m ready for a new start on a new planet…Failed farm. Failed relationship. Failed family. I’m done with Earth and excited for a life with whatever alien will hire me. When I arrive on Macros and meet Urul, my attraction to him knocks the air out of my lungs. He’s everything I could possibly want, and the heat burns hot between us, but he’s keeping his distance. Is it because I can’t have children of my own? I want to be first in my mate’s heart. I won’t be with a woman who is hung up on another man. Rita gives me hope like I’ve never known before, her blonde hair and curves exciting my body and her sharp wit enticing my mind. Deep inside I know that she’s my fated mate. But with her ex-husband on the planet and despite all the odds, can I trust that I truly own her heart?
Can an alien warrior who has given up hope find a new future with the woman and child who need him? Joanna is snatched away from her peaceful academic life and sold to K’herr, a forbidding alien warlord. To her relief, he only wants her as a caretaker for his precocious daughter, Sultavi.
A year later, Lord K’herr is dead, and Joanna and Sultavi are on the run from his killers. Their only hope is to locate a down-on-his-luck mercenary who owes K’herr a debt of honor. Joanna doesn’t expect to find a massive green warrior with the saddest eyes she’s ever seen. Craxan lost his family and his future in the great plague that decimated the Cire race. Since then, he’s led a hollow life using his warrior skills for anyone who can pay. When the daughter of an old acquaintance appears, demanding his assistance, he reluctantly agrees to help her. But the delightful little girl – and the enchanting human female who accompanies her – quickly win him over. He promises to take them to safety, but the more time he spends with them, the more he is convinced that they belong with him. He finally has a cause worth fighting for – but even if he can keep them safe from their enemies, what does a worn-out warrior have to offer?
Weixler has a plan for everything. When people listen and do what he says, things always work out. Trapped on a shuttle with his mate, his uncontrollable urges to possess her, and a desperate man who needs their help, Weixler’s plan falls apart faster than his inability to keep his hands to himself.
Petra has spent her life rushing forward blindly, chasing the high that comes with embarking on a new adventure. Boarding the Kraken to unknown space was the next logical thing to do after running away from her broken marriage. Discovering she’s the fated mate of a cyborg security expert seems like the biggest adventure of all. That is until he starts to lose control and must rely on her to do the one thing she’s always feared – being reliable. As Weixler’s sexual inhibitor wears off, leaving his control in tatters, he and Petra must resist one another long enough to save the woman and win their freedom.
VS Note: Not romance but a scifi release of note.
Welcome to Earth. We know so much about our home planet, yet so very little. From the ancient astronomers who sought to figure out our place among the stars to the modern day scientists studying the deepest oceans to those who looking for life on other planets. In this anthology resides 18 stories of discovery and daring that exhibit the spirit of adventure that has led explorers to risk their lives trying to discover the mysteries and secrets of Earth.
Airship pirates, mysterious inventions, and a treasure beyond compare? All in a duke’s work. Chicago scrap metal mogul Clifford Kinsley has never encountered an obstacle he couldn’t dismantle. Until he inherits a dukedom burdened with mountains of debt, stifling rules, and people who want to ship his seven-year-old daughter off to boarding school. He’s stuck with the title for life. Which leaves only one solution: kill the duke. And for that, he’ll need the assistance of a professional. Sabine Diebin, the infamous pirate captain La Capitaine, has one final treasure to find before she settles down to a well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, the key to finding her prize is buried somewhere in the mess left behind by the late Duke of Hartleigh. To speed up her search, Sabine makes a deal with the oddly charming new duke-next-door. If he sorts through her clutter, she’ll help him disappear. Working together, Cliff and Sabine uncover a trail of clues that sends them on a world-wide search for a potentially life-changing device. With their combined skills, they can dodge murderous enemies and unravel baffling messages, but they can’t deny their growing bond or the desire sparking between them. Pirates don’t have partners. But if they dare to open their hearts, they might discover that the greatest treasures of all can’t be buried.
Alejandra is a survivor. So far, she’s lived through abduction, a near drowning, and being lost in an alien forest. She thought things were finally starting to go her way when the most intense, grumpy, and insanely tempting man she’s ever seen rescues her from a monster. But sadly, that’s just when everything gets even more complicated. Auzed has his orders. He is to find the missing human and deliver her to Tremanta. Getting caught trespassing in Sauven territory was not part of the plan. Neither was pretending to be the sexy beauty’s fiancé to protect her from forced marriage to a Sauven stranger…but here they are. Their relationship was supposed to be fake. But it’s not long before they start to wonder if true love and a happily ever after is possible for two star-crossed opposites. And if it is…just how far are they willing to go to claim it?
VS Note: Re-release. Author sez: “…recovered and titled, reedited, and minor plot points tweaked throughout. If you read this book before, nothing significant has changed.”
Rylan, Zarek, and Soran came from a planet of fire and stone. One known as hell itself. They were powerful warriors, feared by all in their galaxy, and born and trained to be killers. But the time had come for them to settle down. To take a mate. Grow a family. Share a woman between the three of them. With no females on their planet, they must purchase one at the intergalactic auction—not something they were proud of, but necessary, nonetheless. And once they had her, they’d be bound forever, dedicated only to her, and would protect her with their lives. Tessa was a human—an almost extinct race. After she was captured by slave traders, she was thrust upon an open market. A savage and barbaric auction. And when she was purchased it wasn’t by just one buyer… but three. She certainly isn’t on Earth anymore, not when she’s now claimed by three giants with fire-colored skin, eyes as black as the galaxy surrounding her, and massive onyx-tipped wings. Can Tessa accept her fate and the fact that the three alien males are intent on not only making her theirs… but ensuring she gets pregnant with their babies?
Emily does her best to fend for herself in what’s left of Earth, going to college and working to keep a roof over her head. Her life may not be glamorous, but it’s an honest living. Until one night when a hulking beast of a man kidnaps her from a party and takes her to his spaceship, claiming her as his. The leader of the breeding team of Neander Beasts sent to repopulate Earth, Crewz has no use for a virgin human female on his ship. Despite his vow to complete his mission to save his species, he’ll have to breed Emily and fight off a rival alien species if he wants to keep his ship.
VS Note: From April 21. I enjoy her books! Somehow I missed this…it’s apparently a reworked re-release of a 2006 Analog story and was also in a Pets in Space anthology.
Nia Courant is an interstellar lawyer with a shadowed past. Gyle Martan is an academic official who is not at all what he seems. Both are outsiders in the space-station city called Wendis. When an outing in the famous Zoned Park of Wendis turns into a dangerous game designed by unknown enemies, Nia and Martan become allies in danger and adversaries in love.
VS: From May 29. The sequel to the book directly above.
“The Most Dangerous Game’ is one of the Zoned Park’s deadlier designs,” Ambassador Hazy told her, “but I assure you that it’s not the most perilous game of all. The most dangerous game is what can happen at the intersection of religion and politics.” Nia Courant knows the truth of that. Years ago she fell into it on the other side of the stars, and it wrecked her life and ruined her career in interstellar law. She took refuge in the space-station city called Wendis. The city spins around an interstellar amusement park where Nia has learned how to play dangerous games. Now, to right an old wrong, she’s leaving Wendis to face the most dangerous game again—with stakes even higher than before. Not only is an interstellar empire exploiting religion for its political ends, but there’s a deranged god out there, one whose angels can meddle in politics anywhere—and who takes an ominous interest in Nia’s past. Fortunately, she has an extraordinary ally. Gyle Night Martan has his own shadowed past and enemies no one would want. He also has abilities that no one would guess. Nia and Martan set out across the stars together, intending to play the most dangerous game and win. Along the way—if they can stay free, unhurt, and alive—they hope to sort out their fraught romance and finally win at love as well.
When they rebuilt Xintari as a cyborg to save his life, he broke the mold. Not quite the subservient soldier they’d programmed, this resurrected alien warrior will follow his heart and not the rules. He doesn’t care that dating humans is against Alliance regulations, and will corrupt his own circuitry if that’s what it takes to be with me. He says I’m his fated mate, and it’s difficult to deny our overwhelming connection, but a forbidden romance would be much easier to keep secret if he didn’t glitch every time things heat up between us — major malfunctions in compromising positions can attract far too much attention! The beautiful fault in Xintari’s system is what allows us to come together. And it’s the exact same thing that could tear us apart.
VS Note: Not a romance. A scifi release of note. Sounded good to me so I pre-ordered it.
Misanthropic psychologist Dr. Grace Park is placed on the Deucalion, a survey ship headed to an icy planet in an unexplored galaxy. Her purpose is to observe the thirteen human crew members aboard the ship—all specialists in their own fields—as they assess the colonization potential of the planet, Eos. But frictions develop as Park befriends the androids of the ship, preferring their company over the baffling complexity of humans, while the rest of the crew treats them with suspicion and even outright hostility. Shortly after landing, the crew finds themselves trapped on the ship by a radiation storm, with no means of communication or escape until it passes—and that’s when things begin to fall apart. Park’s patients are falling prey to waking nightmares of helpless, tongueless insanity. The androids are behaving strangely. There are no windows aboard the ship. Paranoia is closing in, and soon Park is forced to confront the fact that nothing—neither her crew, nor their mission, nor the mysterious Eos itself—is as it seems.
VS Note: From JUNE 20
Tobias Ember is a loner. It’s easier that way. No one gets to see the mess in his head, or his struggle to get through each day. But with the dangers from the State growing daily, he must step up and deal with his issues. He’s become an expert at avoiding them, but there’s one headstrong, beautiful doctor who refuses to give up on him. Could she be the reason to keep the fight going? Sophia never gives up on a patient. Even when she wants to smack them around the head for being stubborn. And at the top of her list of stubborn patients is Tobias. He won’t seek her help, even though he’s spiraling. And damn it, if that warrior hasn’t gotten under her skin, even though she knows what happens when you let love in and lose it. When a mission goes wrong and they find themselves on their own with the resistance movement facing destruction, they must work together. Can they find the final missing pieces that’ll stop the State from destroying everything? And will they discover a way to love and defeat their inner demons?
All he wants is her. All she wants us to go home. Except the more time she spends with the hulking warrior, the more she has to wonder… what if home is at his side?Even Evelyn can’t deny their attraction. Every time she’s near him, her heart races, her skin tingles, and heat surges through her belly. But can she choose between her old dreams and this new future? Olath has been waiting for a mate his whole life. But when Evelyn arrives, sweetly curved, smart and stubborn, she wants nothing to do with him. She’s everything he’d ever dreamed of, and so much more. Her bright smile lights up every corner of his heart, and the urge to sweep her into his arms is enough to knock him to his knees. But when they’re drawn into a web of deceit, can he keep her safe?
I expected something to go wrong during this expedition… but I didn’t expect him. This planet was supposed to be unpopulated. Well, someone needs to be fired, because there are freaking barbarians here! And they aren’t exactly friendly. But then there’s Garath. He’s different from the rest. There’s something about his devilish horns, his striking tattoos, and his possessive stare that sets my body on fire. Problem is, his people are a bit hostile toward outsiders, and who can blame them? They’ve been hunted across the galaxy for years. But until I find my radio, I’m stuck here at their mercy. That typically doesn’t bode well for a single fertile female…Garath’s saved me from certain death before, but can he protect me from his own tribe? There’s only one way he can make sure nobody else touches me. He has to claim me for himself. He has to make me his queen.
Gylar’s people may have conquered my planet. But no way in hell is he making me his nanny! For fifty years the Kraaj have ruled. Now they come for me and tell me to be a nanny for a Kraaj warrior. He’s got two kids he’s taking care of as a promise to his dead comrade. Now this big bad soldier man has an enemy he can’t fight. Poopy diapers. Sure, I love children. But that doesn’t mean you can snatch me and tell me to take care of your kids. Even if this Kraaj warrior is…something else. He takes off that body armor and I can’t look away from that magnificent body. Those ripped abs. Those dragon wings. That tight torso. But you can’t just grab me and expect me to serve you. You certainly can’t go on to say I’m your fated mate. That you love me after you took me. And we’re all going to live happily ever after as a family. That is not what is going to happen here. Except, every waking moment…That’s all my heart is desiring.
Nothing is what it seems to be. When Tiffany signed up to do a foreign exchange year for college, she never thought she’d be kidnapped and put in some forced reality dating show featuring actors dressed up as aliens. She didn’t agree to any of it! So when one of the dashing actors offers her a way to escape, she jumps on the opportunity. The only problem is, he isn’t an actor, and those horns are not prosthetics. And that spaceship she just got on to? Well, it belongs to a pirate – an alien corsair. The goods that he is trafficking? She might just be one of them.
What do you do when three sexy aliens try to claim you as their mate? Dhara has always tried to make the best of her life aboard the SOS space station. She’s put her skills to good use and even opened a bakery that caters to aliens of all types. She’s successful and happy. What more could a human among aliens hope for, right? Then three aliens save her from being kidnapped, and now they claim she’s their mate. Despite feeling the connection, Dhara isn’t quick to give up her freedom and her shop to go live with them on a planet full of strangers. But her supposed mates aren’t that easy to get rid of it seems. From randomly watching her shop to attempting to woo a woman they’ve just met, it proves to be both difficult and as awkward as it sounds. When she finally gives in and agrees to give them a chance, she finds herself in a civilization that doesn’t know the first thing about being a community. When it’s every alien for himself, how can she help them rule? As she delves deeper into their planet’s problems, she realizes she may just be able to find a solution to their biggest issue. But when that solution requires breaking down every tradition they’ve clung to, she knows she’s got her work cut out for her.
All it takes is one disastrous space patrol for Trixa’s life to change forever. After an unfortunate injury and long medical grounding to the SOS Space Station, Captain Beatrixa Faust finally gets her next patrol. Filled with excitement, she sets out on her newest mission for the Orion Intergalactic Safety and Security Corp. But when things take a turn, she finds herself not only stranded on a strange planet, but a prisoner to the Carth Rowdu. Can Trixa convince the leader and his two brothers that she’s no threat to them and leave the planet’s surface or will one accidental touch and a curious set of glowing tattoos keep her within the brothers’ grasp?
VS note: Not romance. You know me and dystopian books! I one clicked after reading the sample.
A deadly virus. A group of students trapped in the mountains. Their survival depends on each other. Seventeen-year-old Jess Maddox leaves home excited and hopeful, certain the leadership camp she’s about to join will change her life forever. And she’s right. When a deadly virus outbreak makes the world too dangerous to return to, Jess and the other students are forced to flee to the mountains. As they learn to survive in the wilderness and live together as a community, Jess finds herself drawn to two of her friends. Torn by her feelings for both of them, she needs to make a choice, knowing it could damage the harmony of their group. As their community prepares for the onset of winter, Jess and her friends are faced with a new threat, and soon realise that the virus isn’t the most dangerous thing out there. Can Jess save her friends before it’s too late? Or will she lose everything in their attempt to survive?
VS Note: From JUNE 21
Alex knows her power in a world where she has none. She is an omega. Rare, coveted, controlled. The last real hope of re-populating a society decimated by war and disease. Body, mind, and soul, she belongs to her alpha. Or in her case, alphas. And yet, Alex is not afraid. Nor is she a victim. She is in control of her own fate. At least she thought so. Before him. Matthew lives to serve his family and fulfill his role in a legacy that he almost walked away from once. She is a burst of color in his colorless world. From their first meeting, she ignites something in him, something he thought lost forever. It soon becomes apparent that while he may own her on paper, it is she who is beginning to own him. If only she was his alone.
Sin is a very misunderstood male — and he couldn’t care less. He lives each day with the guilt of freedom hanging heavily about his shoulders. He’s free, while the males who were held captive with him are not, they’re still missing. The outlet he chooses for his frustration, anger, and guilt, comes naturally to him. Women. Women are his outlet. And his job as security escort for anyone needing to leave Alliance for appointments in the public sector allows him to meet a lot of them. His very appearance, his mannerisms, and even the look in his eyes, coupled with the fact that he makes no secret of not wanting more than a few hours with any female, make him the object of almost every woman’s attention. Every female who sees him, thinks she’ll be the one to change his ways. So he lets them try. He never lies to them, though, or leads them to believe he wants any more than he actually does. Just a few hours, then he’s on to the next conquest, and he makes it perfectly clear from the moment he says hello. It’s not his fault some take it as a challenge. Celia has no memory of her past. All she knows is the pain and torture of the facility she was held captive in. But now she’s free — more or less. The experimentation she endured has left her weak, and ill. Some days it’s even hard for her to take a deep breath…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
VS Note: From JUNE 25
Terror has never wanted a mate. He’s too damaged, too dark, to ever deserve a wife and family. At least, that’s what he tells himself until Maisie enters his life. Born deaf in a world that reviles the imperfect, Maisie has resigned herself to a life of loneliness. Until the day she’s thrust into Terror’s prison cell with orders to keep him alive, that is. Refusing to leave her behind, Terror mounts an off-the-books rescue and brings her back to the Valiant. Before he can collar and claim her, she’s arrested for crimes she never committed. Terror’s past sins have returned to haunt him, and now Maisie is in the crosshairs of the Shadow Force and the Splinters. Determined to save her life and prove her innocence, he takes her and runs. But Terror isn’t the only one with secrets. Maisie holds the key to a life-threatening conspiracy. As they crisscross the galaxy, they’ll have to decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice. They’ll have to choose between their love and their dreams of a future together and the lives of everyone they hold dear.
VS Note: RH
None of us expected to live more than a few days when our friends and family became the walking undead, consumed by the Mortem Mori virus. The zombie apocalypse came and went, and humans formed a new world in the chaos. The Bend is a law unto itself. A town on the edge of Haven City, and ruled by greed and fear. I might be a mercenary, but I’ll do anything to protect my people. Our ragtag community looks out for each other. We kill for each other. When a set of important blueprints goes missing, my boss wants the mess fixed pronto. The offer is too good to be true.
Find the plans, and he’ll buy my freedom. But there’s a catch. I have to work as part of a team. Four men chosen for their skills. Each one more dangerous than the last and I’ve had enough of dangerous men to last me a lifetime. I’ll do anything to protect the Bend. But what about protecting my heart?
Daisy. Daisy. Daisy. From the moment her name is spoken, it is all I can hear. Her frightened tears bring me anger. I vow to wipe them off her face and banish her fear. To make her my queen.
But I have to catch her first. I have to convince her to trust me. I have to show her she is safe. But only with ME. Because if any other naga male tries to take Daisy away from me, I will kill them.
And if she runs? She’ll find out there’s no escape. I’ve paid the price to mate her, and she needs to know a gilded nest is better than freedom in my world.
VS Note: STEPH’S OUTCAST by Ruby Dixon will be out on July 10th, so it’ll go into next week’s Report, but here’s the buy link if you wanted to pre-order: Amazon KU
VS note: She’s an autobuy for me (and not just because I love the heroine’s name LOL).
He wanted her with consuming passion… and so did the monster within. Lady Veronica Elal has been freed from her tower—and entered a life of servitude. It doesn’t matter that her wizard master has odd ideas about circumventing Convocation tradition and making their relationship equal. Nic prides herself on her practicality and that means not pretending her marriage is full of hearts and flowers. Besides she understands that, despite her new husband’s idealism, they face obstacles so great the pair of them could be crushed to nothing, even without dashing themselves brainless trying to fight the Convocation. Lord Gabriel Phel has come this far against impossible odds. He was born with powerful wizard magic, the first in his family in generations. He’s managed to begin the process of reinstating his fallen house. And—having staked his family’s meager fortune to win a familiar to amplify his magic, a highborn daughter to be mother to his children, his lady, and lover—he rescued Nic in a distant land, successfully bringing her home to House Phel. Though she’s cynical about their chances of success, he’s certain they can defy their enemies and flourish. Together. But, the more Gabriel discovers about working with the fiery Nic, attempting to learn the finer points of wizardry and marriage, the more illicit fantasies plague him. His need for Nic—and the dark cravings she stirs in his black wizard’s heart—grow daily. Though Nic has reconciled herself to being possessed by Gabriel—and indeed yearns for even more from her brooding and reluctant master—creating a new life for herself isn’t easy. Especially when Gabriel seems determined to subvert the foundation of her world. Starting with her father.
Gemma Ripley has a reputation for being a pampered princess who is more interested in pretty gowns, sparkling jewelry, and other frivolous things than learning how to rule the kingdom of Andvari. But her carefully crafted persona is just an act to hide the fact that Gemma is a powerful mind magier—and a spy. Gemma is undercover, trying to figure out who is stealing large amounts of tearstone from one of the Ripley royal mines when she encounters Prince Leonidas Morricone of Morta—her mortal enemy. Gemma tries to steer clear of the handsome prince, but when she finds herself behind enemy lines, she reluctantly joins forces with Leo. Also coming to Gemma’s aid is Grimley, her beloved gargoyle. Despite the fact that Andvari and Morta are old, bitter enemies, a dangerous attraction sparks between Gemma and Leo. Further complicating matters is Leo’s murderous family, especially Queen Maeven Morricone, the mastermind behind the infamous Seven Spire massacre. The closer Gemma gets to the stolen tearstone, the more deadly plots she uncovers. Everyone is trying to capture the crown, but only one queen can sit on the throne.
Tess Morrigan, my fated mate, is my mortal enemy. She’s been working for the monster I hate the most: Lucifer, my father. She won’t stop until she has my head on a golden platter. Each time we meet, her eyes spark with passion and dreams, and her lips taste like honey. Keep your enemies close. So I trap her in my embrace. Touching her. Desiring her. Until the day I strike first.
Orphaned. Trained to fight. Raised to fear the power of Underhill. Secretly in love with a man who doesn’t want me.I’m still just Alli, aka the half-human orphan fae, but my life is looking up for the first time. It only took me my whole 24 years. But when Underhill—the ancestral home of the fae—shatters, making it impossible for any fae to enter, I’m the only one who knows who did it. A secret that will be the death of me if I do nothing. A brutal madness spreads through the fae as they lose their connection to Underhill, and to save my people, my only choice is to leave all I have fought for and go on the run.Unless I figure out how the hell magic that has existed since the dawn of time was destroyed with a single touch, well, an entire life spent fighting to prove myself isn’t going to mean anything at all.I must find the answer to the riddle of Underhill’s shattering.Hunted by the very man I loved once upon a time.
When the gods turn bad……shifters come out to play. I’m Autumn, an Infernal reaper, and I’m bound to my sexy-as-hell rebel gods by their shifter spirits. When Hades, scorching hot King of the Underworld and savage hell hound, hunts me through the Eternal Forest, I’m caught in his dangerous spell. Why does my Soul whisper that he’s fated to be mine? He’s a giant of muscles and midnight black hair and the wickedest god of them all. But why has he forgotten that he’s the god of death? When a lethal threat, which should’ve stayed buried in the underworld, comes back to stalk Hades, can we survive the coming shadows? Yet each of my gods — Loki, Ra, and Hades — hide deadly secrets. My demon and kitsune lovers are magical rogues, who are equally as haunted by their perilous pasts. They’re my Guardians: the enemy, royalty, friend, virgin, and second chance. They’re also my obsession…and secret protectors. When the gods are rebels, the demons are wicked, and the shifters are savage, it’s lucky that I love bad boys.
THE PRINCESS BRIDE meets MONTY PYTHON in How to Break an Evil Curse, the first book in a fractured fairytale series about a princess who may be cursed to live in darkness, but refuses to let her curse define her life. The King of the Land of Fritillary has incurred the wrath of his ex-bestie, the evil wizard Farland Phelps. Farland curses the King’s firstborn to die if touched by sunlight, and just like that, Julianna must spend her life in the depths of a castle dungeon (emptied of prisoners and redecorated in the latest fashion, of course). A young woman of infinite resourcefulness, all she needs is a serving spoon, a loose rock in the wall, and eight years of digging, and Julianna is free to explore the city—just not while the sun is out! Warren Kensington is a member of a seafaring traveling theater troupe and the unwitting magical cure to the curse. When the pirate ship he’s sailing on is damaged in stormy seas, he goes ashore and bumps into Julianna…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
Witch’s Cove might have a rejected gargoyle familiar and a vandalized yarn shop, but even murder can’t stop this love story. As an amateur sleuth, who happens to be a witch, I, Glinda Goodall, eventually get to the bottom of the who-dun-its. But when a gargoyle goes missing from atop a church, I don’t know where to begin to look. If that wasn’t troublesome enough, a vandal has strung pink yarn across the French inspired yarn shop. Was it kids again? Or someone more nefarious? My only hope of figuring out this mystery is to join the women’s knitting group. I’m such a sucker for gossip. But me, knit? It won’t be pretty. Besides, do I really need a sweater in July—in Florida no less? Anyone willing to send me some tips on knitting, please do. I need all the help I can get on these cases.
Death. Morgan assumed death would be it for her, but it was only the beginning. She roamed the halls of her childhood home well after her parents left. She watched the dust build up and the mice run across the floor boards. It wasn’t until one fall afternoon when her afterlife changed forever. Amit, a gorgeous English man, moved into her home and Morgan was smitten. He got the scare of his life when Morgan appeared to him. but longing for human contact, Morgan wouldn’t leave him alone. Soon, a friendship developed and feelings grew deeper. Morgan was quickly falling in love with the man and he with the ghost that shouldn’t be there.
A masquerade ball has all of Glimmerspell a titter as the entire town congregates at Hyland Hall, where an art benefit is set to raise funds for the local university. But things take a dark turn when an artist turns up dead and I’m left holding the murder weapon. Not only will I have to clear my good name, but the local vampire coven has recruited me to help find a couple of missing women using my time-traveling abilities. They’ve got to be kidding, right? I can no more control those jaunts around the calendar than I can control the hot flashes that sponsor them. Here’s hoping I don’t end up dead or worse—staring a mastodon in the face. Glimmerspell is rumored to be home to vampires, werewolves, and fae, but those are just simply gimmicks to lure tourists to their snowy little town—aren’t they? Turns out, the rumors are true. Add a few paranormal creatures, one very hot vampire, my inability to control my romps around the time continuum, and a murder—and I’ve got more trouble than I know what to do with. Who said midlife was boring? Midlife in Glimmerspell can be a real killer.
Jack Harker says the honeymoon will never be over, but it’s back to reality for him and his wife Ivy. Unfortunately for them, that means murder is on the menu … and this newest body is dropped in Ivy’s nursery parking lot. Jack is a mess when he realizes a sniper took out a local woman. Ivy, although shocked because it happened right in front of her eyes, is also intrigued. When the duo starts digging, they find themselves drawn into an ugly underworld that’s happening right under their noses. Shadow Lake might be a quiet town but it has an ugly side … and apparently there are a group of people looking to profit. The harder Jack and Ivy look, the more ugliness they uncover.
Ivy’s abilities are growing by leaps and bounds but even she can’t fight off a bullet. When her busybody nature makes her a target, it’s going to take everything she has in her arsenal to fight off the inevitable. Jack loves his wife. Ivy will do whatever it takes to protect her husband. Will one of them have to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the other in the end? It’s a hot race to the finish, and Ivy’s magic will have a say in the outcome.
Jack is a tiger shifter and a private investigator. Tess can see how you’ll die from a single touch. When a fifty-year-old skeleton turns out to be their friend’s long-lost husband, they know their search for clues may take them back half a century. And the killer may be killing again today. An ogre who runs a gambling ring…may be the only suspect still alive to talk. Can a small-town girl and an ex-rebel soldier solve a mystery that’s older than they are? What if everybody confesses?
Cora’s visit with the elves proves to be more than she bargained for. She learns her parentage, but it’s the last thing she ever expected to hear. She came to the elves for help to defeat King Lux, to free the dragons still trapped in captivity, but she discovers a timeless place, where outside matters mean nothing. There’s little chance to convince them of anything, especially when her human heritage has permanently marked her as an outsider. Rush returns to Bridge to begin their plans, but there’s also a fear in the back of his mind. Is she safe? Flare shares the same concern. Will they hurt Pretty? Elven magic separates their borders, but perhaps the connection between Rush and Cora is enough to keep the channel open between them, to exchange thoughts and feelings, until she departs the forest and reunites with him once more. Forces are moving in the world, and they have to move quickly before King Lux finds them both–and destroys them.
Abigail Martin needs a miracle. After a crushing family secret stole her job, her apartment, and her future, she escapes her ruined life and risks a return to her hometown. Hints from a trusted friend that a mysterious bed and breakfast could grant her deepest desires lead her to rent a room. But when her former crush—a man she’s spent months avoiding—won’t leave her side, they both end up facing more than just the past she tried to escape. Evan Blake finally has a second chance to win his first love, and he won’t let a little thing like her refusal stand in his way. When Abigail’s insistence on staying at a weird inn dumps them in Colonial Boston on the doorstep of the Revolutionary War, suddenly finding a way to ask her out seems the least of his worries. Despite the bizarre and unimaginable challenges of the 1700s, he refuses to give up on capturing her heart. But will finding their way home mean losing her forever?
Hellhound shifter. Hardcore gamer. I’ve been in hellhound training with my brothers all my life. Now I’m ready to step outside of my bubble at the academy and actually implement my training for real—even if my boyfriend just broke up with me. Whatever. Time to level up! There are cracks in the world. Condemned souls are slipping out of Hell through those weak points, coming out to play in the realm of the living. As a hellhound shifter assigned the role of Protector, it’s my job to keep the streets safe. No problem. I’m happy to jump into the fray, even if it’ll be a real drain on the gaming time. Also, someone or something is trying to get into Hell. Weird. I mean, who would actually want to go there? Souls always want out, not in. Busy days ahead. Throw into the mix an extremely flirty human bartender I can’t get out of my head, along with a fellow hellhound setting my pulse racing, and the chances of ever getting my elf wizard to level 50 are slipping away.
Local veterinarian Mari Frost is happy for the first time in her adult life. It’s been three years since she divorced her jerk of a husband and she moved to Chaos Valley. However, like all things, even happiness comes to an end. Letters start to arrive at her home and the clinic. When the messages become less flirty and more demanding, she considers going to the Alpha of the Blackclaw Pack. But this isn’t pack business, and she doesn’t want to bother Lor Gentry with something the human authorities can handle. When she notices a wolf stalking her, she second guesses her decision not to tell Lor, the Alpha of the pack. She doesn’t get to report the crime to Lor before the Chaos starts—something that hasn’t happened in nine years—and a rogue wolf kidnaps her. Ward Hansen swears he isn’t behind the messages and that she is his fated mate. But that can’t be, because Lor has also claimed that she’s his. Mari isn’t ready to be in a relationship with one man. She definitely isn’t about to mate with two.
VS Note: From JUNE 19
As the eldest daughter of the Viking chieftain Alfarinn, Ótama’s duty was to honor their clan’s ways and prepare to lead. Demoralized by insidious rumors and simmering community distrust of her witch heritage, she fled. She may have planned to start a progressive new community in Greenland, but Fate, and Mother Nature, had another plan for her. Despite perishing during her voyage, she’s been allowed a second chance to build her dream. That means mending the rifts torn into her New World legacy and punishing the adversaries intent on destroying her descendants. While she’s focused on propping up her namesake tribe in New Mexico, unexpected distractions abound. The powerful fairy Lachlann Grant contends that she’s the fated partner he’s been waiting a thousand years for. Though he insists that their pairing is meant to right wrongs and balance them both, she’s wary. She didn’t claw her way back to the realm of the living to have her flame doused by yet another opinionated brute. But is he one? If she can’t trust that her fortune has finally turned for the better, not only will she spurn the rare partner capable of understanding her terrific magic, but she’ll cast herself as an outsider in the place where she was meant to be a queen.
Hadley Hunter thought she was getting a grip on the paranormal world she never knew existed until recently. She was wrong. In the shadow of a massive shifter retreat, she finds she knew absolutely nothing. Her live-in love Galen Blackwood has his hands full with the conference. Not only is his mother pressuring him to make his presence known but it’s also up to him to keep the not-so-friendly factions from going to war. Things only get stickier when a member of the Michigan wolf contingent ends up dead on the docks. Hadley wants to help Galen, as does his cousin Aric Winters, who has brought his magical mage wife Zoe and their daughter to the island at the behest of his father. Aric prefers distance when it comes to shifter politics but he’s happy to see his cousin, and be introduced to Hadley for the first time. Because they’re not shifters, Hadley and Zoe are considered outsiders. That allows them to join together to track down a murderer. Hadley is out of her element but she’s determined to help Galen by any means necessary. Unfortunately for her, the other wolves don’t like it … and decide to make it an issue worth dying for. A wolf war is brewing and Hadley is at the center of it. Not only that but she’s a target. It’s going to take all of her witchy energy – plus a little help from a new friend – to make it through to the other side.Somebody else has different plans … and they’re deadly. It might be the wolves warring, but Hadley is the one who might die on the battlefield.
VS Note: A re-release with “revised text”
In eighteenth-century Egypt, falcon shifter Con’s parents died attempting to keep powerful, ancient scrolls out of the hands of a monster. Now it falls to Con to keep the scrolls hidden and lead the hunter away so their sacrifice isn’t for nothing. But he isn’t quite fast enough, and he finds himself helpless in an unfamiliar English countryside village. That is, until an intriguing man with a limp carries Con to his manor to tend to his wounds. As an alpha wolf, Quincy’s compassion embarrasses his pack, which leads him to nurse the falcon in secret. A bond quickly forms between Quincy and the mysterious raptor, so he’s concerned at Con’s reaction to the arrival of another visitor, the Countess Devonshire. Now Con and Quincy are torn between duty and desire, and the consequences of their decisions could be the difference between life or death.
I ran away and I’m never going back. I don’t care how much money my parents have. They can’t control me. I don’t need an arranged marriage with a dragon shifter. I’m on my own and making decisions. But I’m learning the hard way, even as an adult, life is hard. Like, my one-night stand.
And just like that—I have a son named Rory. I hid my pregnancy…and the birth. I can’t stop crying.
I’m not even sure I love my baby. He’s my own flesh and blood…yet I feel like I’m not good enough. I desperately need help, but my parents aren’t an option. The one I really need is a therapist…The problem is I discover the therapist is the father of my child! But the last time I saw him, I made it clear I wasn’t interested in a relationship. Time is running out. I won’t survive if I don’t seek help.
Disabled and rejected in her community, Sersha has never had a best friend. Until one day, a phoenix enters her world, tied to her heart in a way no one can break. Now, this great fiery beast has adopted her as his best friend and he wants to take her away from the world she’s known until now. But Sersha’s village is in trouble and unless she can learn to work with her phoenix friend right now, they might both lose the future they were counting on. Will Sersha’s big heart be enough to forge a bond between them?
The Spirit Fae Realm awaits my newly magically awakened mates and I. But, unfortunately, so does war. With both the Fae and the vampires on Earth. With the new development of Talia’s magical blood giving their enemies a way to subdue her and the Moon Goddess, they must work to find a solution. Meanwhile, Talia has regained all of her memories. While her having her full power power returned was ideal, the even wider emotional gap it bridges between her and her mates poses the most difficult threat of all. Will they manage to trust each other enough now that they’re bonded? Or will discord tear their family, and the world along with it, apart?
Shiori’anma, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted. But it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother. A sorceress in her own right, Raikama banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes. She warns Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die. Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and uncovers a dark conspiracy to seize the throne. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in a paper bird, a mercurial dragon, and the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to forswear–no matter what the cost.
Hi, I’m Camille, a witch PI who can read minds and tell the past and future. Which didn’t help when I saw my ex cheating on me. He loved my powers but when I told him his business would go belly up and he’d find another woman, he wasn’t happy. And then it all came to pass. I’m better without him. My familiar is a calico kitty named Quentin. He’s an odd one who likes brandy in his milk. Oh and he can also connect with the dead. Hey there, I’m Anna, a witch who can alter my appearance. It comes in handy when a PI needs to get into certain areas that an ordinary looking middle aged woman can’t. I lost my husband in a tragic car accident. I morphed into an ER nurse and tried to save him but couldn’t. It haunts me to this day. My familiar is a round tabby kitty named Myrna. She can also shift as well, but she loves being a cat. Hello, I’m Jackie and I mix potions. My husband left me for a younger model. I considered brewing up a love potion to get him back, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
VS Note: From JUNE 8
Changes are coming… Changes that bring on so many opportunities. Princess Eira’s life is changing in so many positive ways. A trip to Icere Nor brings clarity and opportunity to get to know her people’s history in a way she never thought possible. A new guard will reveal themselves, one that she never thought she would have considering her heart being already full to brimming with the man that helped her break free. Things are falling into place. But challenges are coming. Her betrothal a point of contention, Eira must come to grips with what the choices she makes mean to not only herself but the whole of ice court and the future of her own projects. Tanner isn’t her choice, doesn’t live in her heart, and choosing anything but him come with consequences… consequences she’s willing to endure to pursue her happily ever after. With a Sithen to place, and a god to wake on the horizon, she will do everything in her power to hold on to the happy that shes finally found with those meant to keep her for always.
The best word for Jasmine Renard’s past year is a four-letter word. After years of concerts and increasing recognition, a rogue group of vampire hunters forced her into hiding. When the offer of a lifetime to perform again comes from the arrogant vampire she’s dreamed of shoving off a cliff, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. Including, Luca Martens. Luca has waited long enough to be onstage with Jasmine again. Their electrifying musical chemistry damn near blew his mind the last time they performed. To the point he mishandled what happened backstage after their last concert. He’d do anything to feel the spark again while playing, the one only she can ignite. But she hates him.
Science fiction conventions attract some strange people, but Sherri Hudson never expected to spend a con weekend helping a sexy man in a cape steal photos of a winged alien. When the photographer is murdered and Nigel Jamison reveals to Sherri that the “alien” is actually his sister, the situation gets intriguingly complicated. Unwillingly swept up in Nigel’s quest to rescue his sister, Sherri can’t help being fascinated with him. By the time she finds out he’s a vampire, the fascination has become mutual–and too strong to resist.
An alpha torn apart, his heart stitched back together by the gentle hands of one sweet doctor’s assistant…Dante Reid has never fit in with his pack of feral, dangerous alphas. He hates his own nature, and his monster of a father makes him question his very DNA. When the Reids leave him bleeding out at the edge of Grove pack lands, it’s their sweater-wearing leader who saves Dante’s life, but in the bright eyes of Doctor Grove’s assistant, Skye, he sees hope for his future, and a place he wishes he could belong. For all his life, Skye Johnson has been treated like he’s made of china. As the only omega in the Grove pack with a chronic case of the mysterious Condition, his pack is fiercely protective of him. When a strange new alpha arrives in the clinic, the pack circles to keep him safe, but Skye can see more in Dante Reid than his name. And for once, it seems like an alpha might see Skye clearly too, for all that he has to offer and not for his chronic illness. The condition has already torn apart Skye and Dante’s childhoods, but now the source of that threat rears its head, and wants to take what little they have left. Can they stop the Sterling Corporation and its master before it’s too late?
After returning from France, Robyn wants nothing more than to snuggle in the arms of her vampire husband and lover, Maxim. When Maxim, New Amsterdam’s vampire hunter, is called to work, Robyn finds a mummy has been added to the art collection she manages. While Maxim follows his case, Robyn decides to dive headfirst into yet another mummy mystery. Maxim has been working on a case that might involve a dark conspiracy, but more than anything, the case forces him to confront scars from the past. He can no longer hide how damaged he is from the woman he loves. He may have hidden the truth from her for too long already, and Maxim fears that Robyn will find him unworthy of her love and desire. In the aftermath of Maxim’s tumultuous case and the emotions it’s forced him to confront, the mummy turns out to be more murderous than anyone expected. It’s not a mummy’s curse that’s been triggered, but the beginnings of a conspiracy Maxim fears he and those he loves may not easily be rid of.
Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come–for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future. On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends–countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic. When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle.
As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change destiny–and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.
After a thousand years of political stability, the realm of The Sand and Sky is up for grabs. Four kingdoms, four rulers vying for the ultimate prize, sovereignty over the entire continent: A ruthless old king spinning webs, whose schemes encompass generations. A widowed queen whose only credo is all kings must die. A runaway queen whose unexpected return upends everyone’s plans. And a prince-in-waiting determined to wait no more. Standing against them are a dispossessed princess and her stable boy love with a surprising claim of his own. Their only hope in the face of unspeakable betrayals, enemies hidden in the shadows, and insurmountable odds is the power of true love.
VS Note: From JUNE 4
Jayden Sanders is a dead man. Jayden is trying to reach Cairns when his car dies on the highway and leaves him stranded in a caravan park in Innisfail. As the rain comes down and the crocodile-infested river rises, Jayden becomes fascinated by the strange man who lives across the river—Hapi. What Jayden doesn’t know is that Hapi has already marked him for his own. Hapi and his brothers, the sons of Horus, prepare the souls of the dead for their father, and each claim protection over a part of the body. When Hapi pulls Jayden from the flooded river, he claims Jayden’s lungs, and his breath, as his due. But what happens when he decides he wants more than that? Jayden refuses to believe it when Hapi tells him he’s dead, but his only hope of getting out of Innisfail alive is by playing along with Hapi’s delusions. And with Horus due to arrive any day, time is running out for Jayden. Or maybe it already has. Welcome to the dark world of Malicious Gods: Egypt. A collection of mm standalone modern tales, both magical and non-magical, featuring deities from Ancient Egypt. You’ll find reincarnated Gods, assassins, gangs, madness, and different realities.
VS Note: From JUNE 18
Petty crook and drug dealer Elijah Page’s plan was simple. Stay off the feuding crime-lords’ radar for long enough to make a quick buck in the city, and then get out. He couldn’t have been more naïve. Captured and beaten by McIntyre, he escapes death, only to find himself in the hands of McIntyre’s opponent. Shai is an enigma, a man as charming as he is twisted. And he’s set his sights on possessing Elijah—body and soul. Shai will stop at nothing until he’s ousted McIntyre. In the meantime, fate has provided him with an interesting distraction in the shape of the stubborn and rebellious Elijah. Elijah’s lips may say one thing, but his body says something else entirely. Elijah might think he has what it takes to go up against a man like Shai, but he’s wrong. He’s nothing but a fly in Shai’s web, and Shai will always be two steps ahead. A game ensues. One that Elijah may not even realize he’s playing, or just how big a pawn he is. Everything is at stake. Possibly even his heart and mind. By the time Shai has finished with him, there might not be anything left of the man he used to be. Let the games begin.
Kit Nelson was thrown into the world of demons and cults as a child. He’s learned to depend on no one, and to do all he can to keep himself safe from dark forces. He also knows he can’t trust anyone else with his life. He knows what the demons who hunt him have in mind for him, and he’ll fight it every step of the way. Tommy Smythe and his sister Lola have been fighting what they know is a rising tide of evil for years. They’re prepared with all their paranormal weaponry, including the assistance of an ancient god who has fought demons his whole existence. Tutu, the Egyptian god and Master of Demons has chosen Tommy to be his vessel and his sword when needed to destroy any and all demons. A new threat ripples through the dark underworld, one that will be felt across all mankind. A demon has chosen one whose body he will use to return to the land of the living. But only if Kit, Tommy, and Lola can’t stop him. Only Tutu has the power and knowledge to protect them from the demon Rerek, and he also knows even with his help, this is not going to be an easy battle.
Tau Shez is a complicated man. He was no longer the young man who had crouched at his father’s grave and wept, nor was he the young man who had left a broken hearted mother in tears. Tau was a man driven to reinvent himself in order to find what had been stolen from him, and he left everything behind for his cause. His pathway to hell was not so swift, neither was it painless, and years in the making. Nothing else mattered. Tau scoured the ends of the earth, walking dark streets, invisible to most. Slinking in the shadows, he’d wait until the time was right. With a khopesh in one hand, his heart in the other, Tau would deliver his deadly blow on the cusp of an affliction he had no desire to temper. Going back to Egypt changed the way Tau saw his life. Bruce Bensen is a simple man. He wasn’t looking for salvation, nor was he looking for a partner. He wanted a way to live his life without the constant nightmares plaguing his sleep. Finding Tau had been a beautiful coincidence. Among the sea of red clouding Tau’s vision, and a chord which simply just struck, Bruce thought he might have found salvation anyway. Answering Tau’s call changed the way Bruce saw his life. They were monsters in the dark, a terrifying alliance, searching for the same thing. They watched each other bleed, Bruce revelling in Tau’s depraved sense of morality, his sadistic mindset capturing Bruce and holding him fast. Bruce wasn’t willing to let Tau go. As one, they were formidable. Together they caused chaos. Their mutual goal? A Ghost.
A Human Princess with a Wish to Remain Invisible – Princess Olga Sova spent most of her life as the invisible sister, which suited her just fine. Unfortunately, her older brother, Ivan, is mucking up the kingdom now that he is king, and her older sister has gone off to marry her true love. With the balance of their family thrown off, Olga needs to help her Ivan find his place as king. She thinks the best way to do this is to find him a queen. Unfortunately, when she puts the idea in his head to throw a ball to find a suitable bride, he gets it in his own head that it would be the perfect setting to find her a husband. She always knew she would marry for politics, but with her two left feet, a ball is the last place she will catch a husband. A Fae King Separated from His Beloved Homeland – The novelty of ruling a human kingdom has worn off for King Nasir after more than a century. All he wants now is to return to the fae realm where he belongs. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)
Mark Stephenson came to Galapagos searching for his friend, Nate Adams. Instead, a mysterious naked woman appears. Mark instantly falls into lust, but could there be real feelings lurking under the surface? The rules of the Sisterhood allow Uma, a seal shapeshifter, one chance to mate with a human. Although she knows she must not bond with the man who will father her child, she wants Mark as her mate. But how will Mark deal with the fact she’s been lying to him?
After killing her abusive husband, Malah has no choice but to beg the king’s torturer for a favor–to get her far away, and safe from the king’s deadly vengeance. Crane agrees–if nothing else, entertained by the idea of such a fun and challenging job. But as time passes and the king’s fury begins to bleed out–and his feelings for Malah begin to darken into something that terrifies Crane–this professional torturer will have to decide how far he’ll go to keep his end of the promise. Even if it means KILLING A KING OR TWO.
The Iron City is a prison, a maze, an industrial blight. It is the result of a war that saw the goblins grind the fae beneath their collective boot heels. And tonight, it is also a city that churns with life. Tonight, a young fae is trying to make his fortune one drug deal at a time; a goblin princess is searching for a path between her own dreams and others’ expectations; her bodyguard is deciding who to kill first; an artist is hunting for his own voice; an old soldier is starting a new revolution; a young rebel is finding fresh ways to fight; and an old goblin is dreaming of reclaiming her power over them all. Tonight, all their stories are twisting together, wrapped up around a single bag of Dust—the only drug that can still fuel fae magic—and its fate and theirs will change the Iron City forever.
VS note: From JUNE 15
t’s a nightmare as old as time, creepy wraiths swirling in the shadows, waiting to strike unsuspecting humans. Following a disruption of their power, the vampires are more restless than ever and looking for one more fight. When a young witch in need of asylum shows up at the Beechwood Manor, Holly can’t turn her away. But when the trouble nipping at the witch’s heels follows her through the manor’s front door, she might be the last guest Holly and Adam ever check in. Will the battle between the vampires and the Haven Council prove to be the undoing of the magical world, or can Holly and her friends rise up and stop the vampires once and for all?
Lumi Northrop is having the best summer of her life. She’s earned the respect of the entire haven after her role in recovering Rudolph and saving Jack Frost, her family’s reindeer sanctuary is thriving, and she’s even got herself a date to the Summer Solstice Celebration. Life is sweeter than a bowl full of jelly. Right up until the beloved frost pixies start going full gremlins-after-midnight, wrecking havoc around the sanctuary, and threatening to invade the entire magical Christmas village. With no clue as to their sudden shift in attitude, Lumi and her boyfriend, the Frost Prince, are forced to go out into the wild woods searching for answers—but there are dangers far greater than a band of feral pixies lurking in the ancient forest. Can they save the pixies before they are lost forever? Grab your favorite beach towel and an iced cocoa with extra whipped cream, and dive into this sweet Summer Solstice story with magic, mystery, danger, and a pinch of romance!
Now in the Tennessee National Guard after serving in the military, Brix Rhodes and his team are called to assist the sheriff’s department and highway patrol after a sinkhole appears at the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Since losing his wife, Samra, in a car accident four months ago, he’s been left to raise their baby girl alone, but fortunately his dad is always there to help care for her while he’s away. Brix promises to return soon from this deployment, but he discovers that’s a promise he may not be able to keep. After another cave-in, Brix is sent down into the sinkhole to attempt a rescue, and soon finds himself being rescued by…himself. There’s another Brix Rhodes. A Brix who is similar, and yet different from himself. What’s more, his beloved Samra exists here as well. She’s not dead, but she belongs to the other Brix. Is he in a parallel universe or some alternate reality? What is happening? Is he dreaming or delusional? He has to get back to his own world and his baby daughter, but can he survive losing Samra a second time? His questions are answered when the other Brix makes that decision for him, and puts everyone’s lives at risk.
Ian is happy with his life in a remote Canadian fishing town, where he has only the sea and his fishing crew for company. People say being alone is terrible, but he’s never had any problems with it. Then his peaceful life is thrown into upheaval when he finds an injured merman washed up on the shore. With no idea what else to do, Ian takes the merman home and nurses him back to health. But as he helps S’mika heal, a bond begins to form, and Ian starts to wonder if maybe there is more to life than being alone.
For psychic Charlie Payne, gruesome visions of death are just a normal Tuesday—
but when she investigates the murders of two green witches, her usual methods lead nowhere. With her options to save the next victim dwindling, she must test a dangerous new form of astral projection to find the killer. Meanwhile, Charlie’s cousin Lisa has her own set of problems. When an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a garden center drops in her lap, it seems almost too good to be true. When her store manager dies in a mysterious accident after being stalked for months, that dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Now the stalker has turned his sights on Lisa, and it turns out the “lucky” plant left to her by the previous owner is anything but. As if that wasn’t bad enough when the threads of Charlie’s murder investigation tangle with Lisa’s growing list of troubles, both of their lives will be on the line.
Rawley isn’t the type to crush hard and fast on anyone, but he’s helpless when it comes to Reign, the new mail carrier. Even his bikes and his job as enforcer for a local motorcycle gang, the center of his world, don’t compare to his interest in Reign. Unfortunately, Reign doesn’t seem to be as interested—but secrets and magic have a way of turning everything upside down and Rawley discovers he not only loves one man, he loves four.
Remember that old line about how the only way out of the organization is in a pine box? Well, Rue Hollis spent ten years thinking she had escaped the Black Hat Bureau, no coffin required. Then her former partner had to go and shatter the illusion by showing up on her doorstep with grim tidings. As much as Rue wants to kick him to the curb, she agrees to hear him out for old times’ sake, and what he says chills her to the bone. The Silver Stag was the most notorious paranormal serial killer in modern history, and Rue brought him down. Now a copycat has picked up where the Stag left off, and the Bureau wants her on the case. She beat the Stag once. They think she can do it again. But they don’t know she’s given up black magic, and she’s not about to tell them. White witches are prey, and Rue is the hunter, not the hunted. Always. But can she take down the protégé of the man who almost beat her at her black witch best? If she wants to keep her new town, her new home, her new life, then she has no choice but to find out.
The bad boy dragon meets the good girl human. It’s a match made in heaven or maybe hell. A crazy twist of fate brought me to her bakery, The Cupcake Fairy, and I’m thanking my lucky stars. The first time I see her, the beauty steals my burning heart. The first time I breathe in her sweetness, my dragon roars “Mine,” and seals the deal. Now, I have my work cut out for me. My human mate is suspicious of my motives and decides to fight the pull between us. She fears I’m going to burn her. Things are about to heat up and I’m going to make sure my little love enjoys every second of it.
Last month, I was living out of my car. Now, I’m couch-surfing in Brooklyn. It’s about as glamorous as it sounds. All I’ve got are some bad memories, an empty bank account, and a pigeon I named Hendrix. So, when a mysterious, sinfully hot man offers me a deal, I have no choice but to accept. I’ll pretend to be his live-in girlfriend for a month. In exchange, he’ll give me a job at his exclusive club in Hell’s Kitchen. Only problem is, there’s way more to Asmodeus than meets the eye. He’s a literal demon. Like, from the underworld. He’s rude, dangerous, and probably a killer. But if I break my deal with him, I’ll lose my soul. Fortunately, it’s just a month. A month of heated stares and fake kisses that feel all too real. My soul—and my body—can totally survive this…right?
Never make a deal with a billionaire, particularly one who’s a vampire . . .The deal is simple: spend a month with a mysterious billionaire who is the owner of Louisiana’s La Petite Mort Casino, and he’ll forget my father’s gambling debts. If it means saving our family home and business, I’ll do anything.
With his strong, sexy, take charge arrogance, Nicolas Dupont is a mystery to me. But it doesn’t matter how hot he is. This is purely a business arrangement. Nic can have any woman he wants and it makes no sense that he’d be interested in a virgin like me. I’m certainly not about to fall for a guy who thinks he can own me. So I go hunting for a way to free myself. When I discover I’m the hunted, and there are those who want my blood, Nic claims he can protect me. But can I trust one of his kind? When this began, I thought I might lose everything. Now I’m not sure if I’ll make it out alive.
When I said I wanted an adventure, maybe I should’ve been a bit clearer…See, I imaged a Harry Potter or Disney-style adventure. You know, the kind that comes with plenty of fun, romance, and the promise of a happy ending. Instead, my adventure is looking like something out of Game of Thrones. My Shade-filled dreams have been replaced with a recurring nightmare, and there’s a random Banshee seemingly haunting mine and Willa’s house. Just when I think nothing else could happen, Shade literally drops through my roof with not-so-good news. The King Collector is here. And it turns out, this time, he’s coming for Willa and me.
An Orphan Girl. A Group of Wolves. A Destined Fate for War. Don’t you ever wish to find where you belong? A place where you can rest your head without worrying about being jumped or your possessions being taken from you? Not like I had much, to say the least. A pendant, an ancient blade, and a picture of my murdered family were all I had left when I was five years old. Foster homes to homeless shelters, I never found a place of refuge. I simply didn’t belong, and everyone made it their duty to remind me of my predicament. Until I finally came across a place that felt like home.
Sacred Moon Shelter for Endangered Wolves. I’d stumbled upon the sanctuary when I was near death, but I was miraculously saved. Since then, I’ve become a Wolf Tamer; the only one who can get close to touching the six rare breeds. When I’m with them, I feel safe and sometimes wish I could be like one of them and escape this cruel world. But such inhumanity strikes home, a group of hunters shows up, ready to take my wolves to an unknown place or murder them in cold blood. I won’t allow them to kill the only true family I’d ever known. My name is Harper Blake, and I vow to claim and protect my own.
In ancient times on earth, there lived a race called Dragonors. Following in a tradition to gain status and recognition in the village, those able would compete in rigorous games of cunning and abilities. Tournaments culminated into a weapon battle to the death or submission while riding a dragon; at its end, the winner was given status within the village. In this event, a blacksmith named Luken intended to win and gain the regard necessary to ask for Talulah’s hand in marriage from her father Ephenio, lord of the village, competed in the challenge. Luken, who had no dragon or experience dragon-riding or battling, had no choice but to win against all the other competitors for his love. The final contest pits him against the worthiest aggressor. He is fortunate to use the more aggressive dragon of his true love, Talulah, that carries the battle and allows him a most unlikely victory.
Over time the happiness of Luken and the Dragonor princess turned to despair as men invade their once pristine swamplands. The earthlings eventually caused the death of Talulah, and the great Lords of the Dragonors decide to leave the earth instead of destroying men…(ummm, a WHOLE lot more blurb on ebook seller page…)
What you can’t see could kill you. When Cecily arrives at her new home with her fiancé, Raf, she’s looking forward to a happy life with all her fears behind her. No longer a put-upon drudge, she is loved and free, ready to explore their new world. After a summer spent battling the forces of darkness, Raf’s happy to get back to the garden of his chaotic ancestral home. There are flowers to tend and vegetables to harvest and he’s determined to create a perfect sanctuary for Cecily to call her own. But when a demon made of glass escapes from an ancient church window, the peace of their idyllic village is shattered. Neighbour turns against neighbour, crops turn bad in the soil and flies blacken the air. As a child lingers between life and death, bewitched by the glass demon’s bite, Raf and Cecily must remind the villagers of what really matters and unite the community in a battle to send their infernal tormentor back to hell.
Judy desperately needs to find a home for her nineteen rescue horses. Waylon desperately needs to rein in his headstrong teenage daughter’s quest to tame a wild hellhorse. And what both of them need most desperately is love…Waylon, a bear shifter and veterinarian for magical animals, instantly recognizes Judy as his mate. But a few things stand between them and true love, namely…1. Waylon’s secret. 2. Waylon’s daughter Raelynn’s secret. 3. Judy’s “Save the Horses” Instagram campaign’s lack of likes. 4. The young hellhorse that starts wildfires every time it gets excited. 5. A dangerous beast shielded by its living armor. 6. A fire-breathing chicken. Coming together to make a new family isn’t easy. But Vets For All Pets–and the magical animals its shifter vets care for– has lots of practice at creating love against the odds.
Bookish librarians are totally capable of finding missing people in the Alaskan wilderness. Said no one. Ever. So why is Grace Tumbler jetting off to do just that? She doesn’t know. All she has are books and a somewhat positive attitude that she can survive her first-ever trip away from home. That is, until her plane crashes…Sawyer Agnor, snow fox alpha shifter and mayor of Winterland, has one wish. Meet his mate. He knows she will be just as adventurous as him. Together, they’ll hike active volcanoes and make love in the rainforest. At least, that’s what he thought until Grace literally fell out of the sky. Fate sent him the wrong mate at exactly the wrong time.With Winterland in danger, Grace will have to decide if she’ll spend the rest of her life living through her books or if she’ll join in the fight. Sawyer soon realizes that having a bookish mate might have been a hell of a lot better for his sanity. Because of Grace’s new and sudden adventurous streak? He hates it as much as he loves it. These fated mates are in for a bumpy ride on their way to each other.
Cinder Brady has big plans. She wants to use her platform as a social media influence to start her own brand of organic cosmetics. Nothing will stand in her way. Not the company that refuses to do business with her until she has a formal education. And definitely not the grumpy and drop-dead-handsome mathematics professor who is hired to teach her private lessons.Professor Forest Cooper might be a jaguar shifter, but he doesn’t need to find his mate to be happy. All he needs are a few math problems and teaching assistants who don’t cry when he gives orders. But when the dean threatens his tenure if Forest doesn’t lay off the grumpy, he strikes a deal. Tenure in exchange for private lessons for some famous lady. A fair deal until he discovered the maddening woman in the mini-skirt is his mate.The last thing the pair expect during their first lesson is a lion attack. In hiding, Cinder and Forest have to overcome some misconceptions harder to solve than his favorite impossible math problem. Caught up in an international and dangerous scheme, will love be the solution?
Jessa does not miss her grandma’s house or the things that transpired there. She wants to sell the house as quickly as she can, and move on in her career as a successful travel writer. Plans change and memories come bursting forth in full force, after people from her past appear, and one of them is her fated mate. Things go from bad to worse for Jessa, but she holds on to the new memories of gardens, one little girl, and the words “I am here.” For once, Holland doesn’t want to trust his senses. Jessa is back, and every nerve in his body wants to touch her and confirm she is real. When Mary, his daughter, becomes attached, he knows he has to be careful. Although ‘careful’ is quickly forgotten when his rival for alpha arrives, ready to finish what was started twenty years ago. Memories hound Jessa’s every step, and she needs to reconcile the past with the present. Ancient law and an alpha’s duty are calling Holland to stand up and prove he deserves his title. Together, Jessa and Holland will have to choose what future they want and how much they are willing to fight for it. Memories fade and haunt, but memories can be remade, and Jessa and Holland will remake them together.
I am not a good person. And I’ll prove it again. My body count is inconsequential to me. The angel poses a bigger problem than I thought he would. That f*****g roller coaster of emotions has derailed, leaving my sanity amongst the twists and turns. A massacre is going to befall Belfast, and I’ll paint the streets crimson when I join. Maybe I’ll find some truth under all the layers of lies. I’m coming for the mages’ guild, but A. Moore is still trying to stop me. He doesn’t seem to realize…I’m Sloane f*****g King. The Supreme Alpha, 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.
It is troubles that brought me to this custom-built mansion. Troubles that made me choose this last option. But now that I’m here…I have very different reasons for wanting to stay. He has a look of casual elegance about him. Refined, masculine features that draw me in right away. There is something about him that I can’t place. A curiosity that has been stifled by darkness. I want to lighten his darkness. I want his warmth and his secrets. I want him to whisper sweet nothings into my ear. To be in the wild with him, where he can be free. To see his inner animal before it kills both of us.
She has a crush on her boss, and just knows he’s a demon in the sack. She just has to wait until she can find out firsthand. Arcady has worked for Z-Tech long enough to apply to their sister company, the Blind Date Corporation. With a tech-based blindfold, she goes on dates with other actives whose powers are compatible with her own. She has had a crush on her boss since the day she met him, but it was only when she started spending a few nights each week with other powered beings that he filed his own application to become one of her dates. Their first night is magical, but it ends in disaster that brings them close far more quickly than either imagined. Dr. Krizt goes from scientist to lover, but no matter his role, one thing is certain. He wants her body.
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Things were looking up for Shifter City after Merrick took over as Alpha Male over the werewolves. But then the ruby shattered. And now it looks like he and I are the heart of the city. The war is officially over…But peace might end up costing us our lives. And maybe even each other.
Rejection bites . . .Cal and I were destined to be mates. Until he rejected me. Even though it’s been years, it still hurts like hell. But now Cal’s returned, and he says I’m the only who can help him. He’s convinced someone in my pack was responsible for his father’s death, and they’re endangering his mother. Unfortunately, my big brother isn’t pleased with our little reunion. He’s the pack’s new Alpha after our father died and he’s willing to throw me to the wolves to hold on to his throne. And he’s not the only one who is angry about Cal’s reappearance . . .Now there’s a horde of vicious wolves after Cal, ready to attack, and I’m caught in the middle. It’s time I proved to everyone I’m more than a rich party girl, and I’ll do anything to find answers. Except fall for Cal again. That’s the one thing I can’t do. I’ll need to trust him to survive, but I’ll be damned if I risk rejection a second time.
I met a wild dragon. Her name is Storm. She hatched in a hurricane. The wind tried to pull her away, but she was stronger. Somehow, that doesn’t surprise me. The way she emerged from the water left me breathless. Broad-shouldered, wide-hipped, a tattered dress clinging wetly to her frame.
Then she dove back in, leaving barely a ripple to indicate she’s been there at all. But she has. I know it from the way my pulse is thundering in my ears. From the way my dragon is roaring at me to give chase…From the way my skin is tingling with electricity from the lightning bolt of her kiss. She left me with one purpose and one purpose only: find her. And claim what’s mine.
The Human Demon Hunter – I was born to hunt – it’s in my blood. Seventy years ago, my great-grandmother was murdered by a demon. To cope with the pain, my great-grandfather learned how to defeat them. For generations, my family trained. Ridding the world of these monsters has been our only mission It’s not an easy life. But it is mine. After a battle, I ended up on the demons’ most-wanted list. My parents wanted me to cower and hide. But I refused to live in the shadows. Then I met my sexy new neighbor. He’s the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen. But there’s no point in falling for him. There is no future for the two of us; most of my life is a lie. Outside of the hunters, I can’t tell anyone who I really am. And being with me is dangerous. In spite of the danger, my handsome neighbor is hard to resist…But my gut tells me he’s hiding something. too. The Bodyguard Dragon Shifter – I learned early in life that I can only count on myself. My parents betrayed me, and so did my clan. I had no one to trust. But there was one thing I was good at — protecting others. I started with the Army, then I moved on to private security. Now I’ve been guarding other shifters. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
VS: Continuing on through my Badari Warriors scifi romance series, MATEER is the next book.
I think my biggest challenge for this second book in the series was to make Mateer his own man, differentiated from Aydarr, the Alpha in book one. I had to sit and ponder how growing up in the same harsh circumstances as every other Badari would result in his being a unique person, with his own take on life. I also had a bit of fun in the beginning as Mateer envies the Alpha and his mate (from book one’s events), and has some confusion about how the whole concept of finding and being a mate works. Not, mind you, the physical aspects, but how to know he’s met the one woman for him and how to impress on her that he’s the one man for her.
Megan Garrison, a doctor at the Sectors Amarcae 7 colony, goes to sleep one night as usual only to wake up in her nightgown, strapped to a table in an alien lab, destined to be the subject of terrifying experiments. Granted a brief reprieve, Megan and the other kidnapped humans are released in the middle of a forestlike enclosure on this unknown world and told to survive as best they can for now.
Her only hope is Mateer, the genetically engineered alien warrior imprisoned with the humans. He knows more than he’s sharing about this planet, their captors and the fate of other humans, including perhaps her own sisters. Turns out everyone from her colony has been kidnapped by the Khagrish, a ruthless race of alien scientists. Working for enemies of the human-led Sectors, the Khagrish have created the Badari to be super soldiers.
Mateer, a tough Badari enforcer, now a rebel, is captured while infiltrating the lab to help his pack bring it down. He’s also been ordered by his leaders to search for Megan and save her life at all costs. Tortured by the enemy, he’s offered one chance at survival – convince Megan to become his mate and assist the Khagrish with further experiments.
As the situation at the lab grows worse, Megan struggles against her deep attraction to Mateer, while she does her best to shield the other humans from the terrible Khagrish experiments. For his part, Mateer knows she really is his fated mate and despairs of being able to keep her safe, as the rebel attack is delayed and she fights the truth of their bond.
Will they be able to work together to defeat Khagrish plans and preserve human lives until the promised rescue happens? And what of their future together – will Megan accept Mateer as her true mate, or walk away if she’s freed?
VS: Have you seen my fun Badari Warrior Zodiac Matchup video on Tiktok? Which warrior would you get? (The dreamy music was a deliberate choice because it amused me when you consider the Badari are genetically engineered, fierce supersoldiers!)
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