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).
VS Note: I love this series and have been very impatiently waiting!
USAF Captain Hedy Quinton joined Project Enterprise so she could travel to a distant galaxy. Excited about her first command, she never expected the headaches that would go with it. She’s dealing with a lonely AI in her ship’s systems, a really cute deck officer who used to be a robot, a disgruntled ally who wants to be in command, and a passel of possibly dubious scientists. The only thing going for her is that none of them are named Dr. Smith. BoomerJ—known as Boom—is still getting used to his new human body. His new form feels and needs things that his robot body never did, especially when he is around his new commanding officer, Hedy Quinton. His new emotions also make him realize something else—that his new form is fragile compared to his old one. For Hedy, the pressures of command come into sharp conflict with the longings of her heart when Boom goes down to check out the weird happenings on an unknown planet. Things don’t go well down on the planet or up on the ship, making Hedy wonder if she should rethink her life’s choices. Can their love survive a cosmic event, betrayal, and the secret of Boom’s past, or will they be destined to be lost in space?
VS Note: Had this pre-ordered forever. She’s my favorite autobuy author and I looove this series.
Termed merciless by some, and a robotic sociopath by others, Payal Rao is the perfect Psy: cardinal telekinetic, CEO of a major conglomerate, beautiful—and emotionless. For Canto Mercant, family and loyalty are everything. A cardinal telepath deemed “imperfect” by his race due to a spinal injury, Canto cares for the opinions of very few—and ruthlessly protects those he claims as his own. Head of intel for the influential Mercant family, he prefers to remain a shadow in the Net, unknown and unseen. But Canto is also an anchor, part of a secretive designation whose task it is to stabilize the PsyNet. Now that critical psychic network is dying, threatening to collapse and kill the entire Psy race with it. To save those he loves, Canto needs the help of a woman bound to him by a dark past neither has been able to forget. A woman who is the most powerful anchor of them all: Payal Rao. Neither is ready for the violent inferno about to ignite in the PsyNet . . . or the passionate madness that threatens to destroy them both.
This alien warrior is roguish, charming, and way more experienced than I am. Maybe he’s exactly what I need. All the other women who were abducted from Earth have gotten to make a fresh start on Kalix, but with my overprotective sister always hovering nearby, I feel like I’m stuck in the past—still the naïve little girl Brielle has to look out for. But everything changes when a lost warrior named Zatir returns home. The mate bond sparks between us, and suddenly, my entire world is turned upside down. Brielle wants me to deny the bond. She warns me that it could be dangerous to fall in love too fast, and given my past mistakes, I know she has a point. Unfortunately, a warrior as fierce as Zatir has more enemies than he can count. When a bounty hunter tracks him down on Kalix, we’re thrust into a heart-pounding chase across the stars. As the two of us visit strange planets and evade new threats, I realize that this gorgeous warrior sees me in a way no one else ever has. With him, I can be the person I always wanted to be. If we manage to survive.
A Queen needs a doctor of River’s specialization—an ob-gyn, and a request is submitted to her hospital. She sees it as the perfect opportunity to break the monotony of her life, so she volunteers, assuming she’ll be heading to Dubai or Abu Dhabi or somewhere equally exotic. Not asking more questions is her first mistake, but it never crossed her mind that the Queen would be not of another country but of another planet. Falling for the two clearly non-human escorts might be her second, but as they crash land on an alien planet and manage to survive, she wants both of them to save her and not just from the alien enemies approaching. Now, if only the two males, who were complete opposites, stopped fighting long enough to see the woman standing in front of them, then maybe River would get her happily ever after.
When a genetically modified ex-pow is saved by a woman with secrets of her own, they must uncover his stolen memories before a new galactic war erupts, and they are torn apart forever. She’s the one person safe from his flames, but she’s set a new fire in his blood…Merren was created to be the perfect soldier. But the only way to recover his memories is to go rogue. And the only person he can trust is a women with secrets of her own. Sasha knows better than to trust anyone. But the sight of Merren stirs something in her, tempts her to risk one more time. When the shadows of his missing past rise up, they’ll have to gamble on each other to survive. But can they ignore the blaze that consumes them?
My Circuli nestmates require my constant presence in order to heal making it impossible to accomplish anything else. My ambassadors have moved into my villa, creating many changes to my growing extended family. And adding to my stress…The Citizens of Destima need me…The Assembly wants answers…The Aldawi demands to meet their new leaders…And all I want is to spend time alone with my clan, to heal and grow together as a family.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note…
Murder makes unlikely allies. On the eve of the planet Ileri’s historic vote to join the Commonwealth, the assassination of a government minister threatens to shatter everything. Private investigator Noo Okereke and spy Meiko Ogawa join forces with police chief Toiwa to investigate – and discover clues that point disturbingly toward a threat humanity thought they had escaped. A threat that could destroy Ileri and spark an interplanetary war… unless the disparate team can work together to solve the mystery.
Alana: I never let my guard down. Every movement is calculated. You have to be on all the time if you want to make it to the top. I go to trillion-dollar meetings with two nine-foot-tall Sentinels at my back. Only, there’s been a hack. The boss assigns me a new bodyguard. One that’s less machine and more… man. I’ve got rules. Don’t trust anyone. Do anything it takes to get to the top. Especially don’t trust men. Fragile masculinity is challenged by a powerful woman. It turns sickly. I know what the men I beat in the boardroom call me behind my backs, and I ignore it. It just shows their insecurities. This… this isn’t any man. He’s a 6’8, 700-pound Alien-Cyborg, and he’s got one goal – keep me safe. I’m not thrilled. He’s a little too protective. A little too possessive. With two huge robots at my back, I look strong. With this man? I’m worried I’ll look weak. I look so small next to him. My carefully crafted reputation could be torn down in a second. That’s not the only thing that worries me… When I’m around him? He makes me want to let down my guard. He makes me want to let go, just for a moment. To feel small, and safe, and protected. He just better be good at following orders… Or we’re going to have a big problem.
A former elite Iriduan soldier, Shulgi lives with many regrets…He’s determined to redeem himself by curing the mate imprinting affliction that affects Iriduan males. Unfortunately, the necessity for secrecy makes it difficult to spread the cure to those males in need of it most. He must hide his clinic in the corrupt, criminal city of Za’Kluth, a pirate and slaver hideout on a lava world clinging to the very edge of the CivilRim. When cargo he’s expecting is delivered to the wrong dock, bringing him into contact with a beautiful human slave named Molly, things get even more complicated. Her delicate appearance and incomparable grace impress him, but the attraction Shulgi feels towards the “dyed flower” of a notorious gang boss stems from something much deeper. He was cured of the mating affliction, but his desire for Molly cannot be denied. Knowing that she suffers in the clutches of a monster, he must seek and destroy her foul master and free her from her bonds—even if it means risking his own important mission. Molly has a dangerous secret—a subterfuge so bold and risky that she can’t allow anyone outside of her trusted circle to get too close to her, lest it be uncovered. When Shulgi is lured into her underworld to reclaim his property…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Imperial Princess Eleanor Bron wants to prove her worth. Though truly, what could she do, as a second child? She was not the heir to the Empire. She was merely the backup plan. While her sister Caoimhe never treated her as anything less, it was obvious that no one expected Eleanor to be more than bartering material for whatever merger the Emperor formed. The peace treaty with the Rhimodian cyborgs is the first time Eleanor has ever been sent on any sort of diplomatic mission, and she’s nervous. After all, their mother died on a diplomatic mission to create a peace treaty with the Rhimodians. What could happen to her? The spare? The unimportant one? Jedriek, the youngest in his unit, had initially been bored with the mission of escorting the Terran Ambassadors into the Sol system for the peace negotiations. He would much rather be out there fighting. At least, that’s how he felt about it, until he saw the picture of the Princesses. Unsure which one is which, Jedriek finds himself immediately drawn to the one with the bright blue eyes. When the Ambassador’s ship explodes, Jedriek finds himself face to face with that very princess..(more blurb on ebook seller page…) Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Geri McClintock – To think this all started with a breakup! I kicked Carl to the curb because of his gambling habits, but when I found out he’d forged my name to co-sign for a loan he took out and then didn’t repay? Well, I wanted to wring his scrawny neck! There was no time, though, as I had to grab what I could fit into a small backpack and run from the syndicate guys after me for the money.I’d only meant to hitch a ride to where ever the next ship was going. Okay, I was broke and hadn’t paid for my passage. Getting caught by the freighter captain and his crew was not part of my plan, needless to say. Thankfully, they might be rogues of a sort, but they’re rather gallant about it all. I get to work as a member of the crew until we decide to part ways. The complication? I’ve developed more than a little crush on all three of the guys, and the attraction seems to be mutual. Oh, space balls! Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire! This could end badly. Very, very badly– or maybe not.
VS note: There’s only two ratings on this book so far, no explanation for the one low score and Book One has 221 reviews/ratings at 4.1 average and she’s an award winning author so….not a romance but a scifi release of note.
The laws of physics acting on the planet of Jai have been forever upended; its surface completely altered, and its inhabitants permanently changed, causing chaos. Fearing heresy, the artificially intelligent Gods that once ruled the galaxy became the planet’s jailers. Tiv Hunt, who once trusted these Gods completely, spends her days helping the last remaining survivors of Jai. Everyone is fighting for their freedom and they call out for drastic action from their saviour, Tiv’s girlfriend Yasira. But Yasira has become deeply ill, debilitated by her Outside exposure, and is barely able to breathe, let alone lead a revolution. Hunted by the Gods and Akavi, the disgraced angel, Yasira and Tiv must delve further than ever before into the maddening mysteries of their fractured planet in order to save – or perhaps even destroy – their fading world.
Kiss me, damn it. I want you to kiss me, you grumpy pain in the ass who just saved me from a watery grave. All I need is one clue that I do anything other than irritate you…Nora has found a new life with the D’tali. A purpose. A path. But at the touch of one growly, overprotective alien with a dark past, and she’s beginning to question everything. But even as they grow closer, can he truly let her in?
As the biggest genius in France, I’ve been the hope of my nation since I was a child. I’m cherished and adored by all and get a free pick of beautiful women whenever I want. It should be enough to make any man happy, so why do I feel so lost? It’s a red flag to Victor when the only women to get his brief interest are those who look like Freya Aurelius. When did he develop a fetish for the most frustrating and unattainable woman in the world? Is his plan to work closely with Freya for the next five weeks a matter of masochism or the final proof that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity?
The greatest project of all time, possible first contact, is plagued by killers and a scientist that sees herself saving everyone, especially one of the killers. How can a great ship built with special funds to go out on the greatest of all scientific quests, first contact, go so wrong? It is loaded with thirty people and eighteen of them are the best scientists in the civilized system. The other twelve are made up of a hand picked crew. But things begin to go wrong the night before lift-off when Beth, one of the scientists, sees a special Lieutenant who is also a scientist killing the political man behind the project. Death after accident happens as the ship gets beyond help into the deep of space and Beth begins to doubt what she saw on that early evening. Alien items, constant risks to everyone and a thought that they might never be able to return with all the great news they have discovered, leaves the last survivors clinging to each other.
Serenity Ward is the golden girl of Kaycie. She never questioned her city’s status as the last dry land on earth. The Establishment takes care of its citizens…or so she thought. But now she’s seen the map! Why would they lie about other islands just beyond the horizon? In a city built on falsehood, figuring out who to trust is its own challenge, but Serenity pulls together a feisty group who all want the same thing—an end to the government which has hidden a world from them. Bram’s anger drives his own desire for revolution. Being from another island, he was selected to be a brainwashed marshal in service to Kaycie, but he knows what’s going on all too well. Hidden in plain sight, he is ready to draw blood to free the islands. Only dealing with Serenity is the one thing he wasn’t prepared for. Can two people who were never supposed to meet stop fighting each other long enough to remember who the enemy is?
VS Note: Saw Ruby Dixon recommend this on her FB page. From JUNE 29.
What would you do if first contact was made? As much as scientist Emeline Cameron would love to explore the possibilities of that intriguing question, indulging in her science fiction fantasies would have to wait. She and her team were the youngest scientists to be contracted by the government to find a solution to the solar flare disruptions that were affecting orbiting satellites. They dealt in facts, not wild conspiracy theories. But when strange anomalies start showing up in their data, Emeline and her friends might just need to take a closer look at the answer to that question. Science Director Nox, from the planet Delicia, was thrilled that his force field technology was a success. What didn’t thrill him was when the United Alliance of Planets assigned him to be the technical advisor to a secret military mission to help resolve an imminent threat to an obscure planet called Earth. As far as Nox knew, Earth was just discovering fire. Little did he know he would find a more advanced society and unexpected love.
Freedom is a double edged sword. My best friend Welo went from Battle Queen to Red Empress, when she very publicly declared our independence from the Central Galactic Worlds. Our planet, Ula Nui, used to be a slaver’s cesspool. She turned it into a jewel—a prize that the Central Worlds can’t have. As the head of Planetary Security, my job has only gotten harder. The influx of people to our free and independent world means we’re being flooded with new faces. Normally, I’d be the first to crack a joke and make everyone feel better, but powerful forces are circling our home. Raiders, pirates, spies, and who knows what else has their eyes on us. I’ve also got a persistent Rentok commander trying to worm his way into my life, or back into my pants. I’m down for the sexy times, but you keep those love cooties to yourself! We’ll see how long his persistence lasts when he realises I’ve already got some unique males in my life. A lady’s got needs after all. Amazon KU
Melyta is mine now. My mate. My wife. Bearing my name, with my mark on her neck. The symbol of my possession, my obsession, tattooed on her skin forever. But it’s not over. In the Dalax City Vostra, nothing ever is. And what I did to claim her can only be repaid in blood. Our enemies are closing in, ready to do whatever they can to hurt us. They’re going to find out just how far I’ll go to protect the woman I love. I’m going to run this city. With my mate at my side.
Aliens came to Earth to abduct our women, but it backfired. Now they’re returning them, and I’m in charge of shuttling women back from orbit. Ever since I first laid my eyes on the alien ship’s commander, I’ve had a crush him. Who can blame me? He’s tall and gorgeous, with skin the color of midnight. He has a voice that can purr or roar and seven long tails that he really knows how to use. I know I can’t have him. I’ve never even spoken to him. But when an incident renders the commander unconscious, I have no choice but to take him to my remote hunting cabin. Instead of cooperating, the commander thinks he’s been abducted. Now, I have a pissed-off alien on the loose in the Canadian wilderness wearing my Snuggie. I need to find him or risk losing my job and starting an interplanetary conflict—among other things. What I don’t know is that finding him will cost me my heart.
Through bravery, charm, and an alarming amount of enthusiasm, Nick landed himself the superhero boyfriend of his dreams. Now instead of just writing stories about him, Nick actually gets to kiss him. On the mouth. A lot. But having a superhero boyfriend isn’t everything Nick thought it would be—he’s still struggling to make peace with his own lack of extraordinary powers. When new Extraordinaries begin arriving in Nova City—siblings who can manipulate smoke and ice, a mysterious hero who can move objects with their mind, and a drag queen superhero with the best name and the most-sequined costume anyone has ever had—it’s up to Nick and his friends Seth, Gibby, and Jazz to determine who is virtuous and who is villainous. And new Extraordinaries aren’t the only things coming to light. Long-held secrets and neglected truths are surfacing that challenge everything Nick knows about justice, family, and being extraordinary. Which is a lot to handle when Nick really just wants to finish his self-insert bakery AU fanfic. Will it all come together in the end or will it all go down in flames?
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note…
The future is blue. Endless blue…except for a few small places that float across the hot, drowned world left behind by long-gone fossil fuel-guzzlers. One of those patches is a magical place called Garbagetown. Tetley Abednego is the most beloved girl in Garbagetown, but she’s the only one who knows it. She’s the only one who knows a lot of things: that Garbagetown is the most wonderful place in the world, that it’s full of hope, that you can love someone and 66% hate them all at the same time. But Earth is a terrible mess, hope is a fragile thing, and a lot of people are very angry with her. Then Tetley discovers a new friend, a terrible secret, and more to her world than she ever expected.
Archeologist Roslyn O’Neal was selected for a dangerous, terrifying mission—cross the gateway threshold into a worm hole that will take her and the rest of the science team across the universe to a world no human has ever seen—or have they? The soldiers sent as mission security seem unnervingly focused on her. She just doesn’t understand why—and that’s almost as confusing a puzzle as the mission itself—What was the ‘gift’ the aliens left mankind really about?
TELLA – One minute I’m in my bed, the next…I’m not on Earth anymore. Twin suns beat down and the sounds that creep from the forest tell me all I need to know. I’m on an alien planet, and I’m not alone…I’m being stalked by something terrifying and protected by someone who won’t show himself. I’m not sure what’s going to get me first, my shadowy guardian or the unnamed thing that haunts the night. Either way, I have to stay alive, which means I have to keep running, whether he protects me or not. TERX – I am an outcast from my own kind, roaming my ancestral lands searching for the truth. The human female was not what I expected to find out here in the wilderness, her delicate beauty entrances me. The creature that hunts her doesn’t stand a chance against me, but I’m just as dangerous. Mating her will be our downfall, no matter how fated it is. Our new enemy took my tribe, my family, and made me betray my Empire to save them. Then they killed them all anyway. My heart tells me that saving her will heal everything. My head tells me to stay away and she will live. The end of my species draws near…they might need me, but all I want is her.
VS Note: Not a romance – romantic elements maybe – but a release of note.
He chased his dreams of the ideal summer across a galaxy of thieves . . .Far in the glorious interstellar future, a time of riches and complex technologies, the stern but utilitarian Quinary guards and regulates the flourishing human-colonized galaxy. Under their business-like rule, a family may own a whole planet. And so two bloodlines—the Corvivios clan and the Soldavere clan—are in full possession of the lush and benign world of Verano. The youngest members of each family—Johrun Corvivios and Minka Soldavere—are slated to wed. All looks rosy for the joint family enterprises. But then the happy future is dramatically and tragically overturned! Circumstances separate the lovers and rob them of their places in the galaxy, and Johrun must undertake a desperate quest across the stars to reclaim his birthright. At first aided only by his devoted chimeric helper, the canny Lutramella, Johrun will face a thousand deadly challenges, from malign magicians to haughty outlaws. As his character is matured in fire, his dedication to Verano and his determination to return increase, and his group of friends and allies becomes stronger . . . but will the precious Summer Planet, and his bride-to-be, even be the same when—and if—he returns?
VS Note: Not a romance but a time travel release of note…
It’s 2036 and time travel experts are racing to stop a future plague capable of causing mass extinction in less than 40 years. But Marc McKnight and his team’s success depends on Rachel Patterson, an incarcerated time traveler from the future who is violently obsessed with him. Unbeknownst to McKnight, a dangerous female Operative has been dispatched from the future to rescue Rachel, regardless of the cost and potentially catastrophic impact on history. McKnight and his team must outsmart the Operative to prevent both the plague, and the political revolution tied to its malevolent inception.
VS Note: Steampunk
On the run, Solomand and what’s left of his crew formulate a plan to get back to the friends they left behind, before time runs out. But with the arrival of a new enemy—an old acquaintance of Ivan’s—they find themselves at the center of a twisted game with deadly stakes. Will Solomand be able to save everyone or will this Northerner out for revenge prove too formidable a foe? Win or lose, the cost could be more than any of them bargained for.
Mallory – As a reporter, I’ve seen firsthand what the Awaken virus does to people you love, turning them into mindless beasts intent on violence. That’s why I’m staying safe inside my apartment. Women are getting kidnapped right off the streets in broad daylight. Rumors say there’s a group of Awakened living under New York, and they’re responsible for the disappearances. The old me would have sniffed out that story, but post-apocalypse Mal is too scared to go digging for clues. Life apparently has other plans for me, however—cue an Awakened showing up at my damn door. He’s huge, imposing, with piercing gray eyes like a thunderstorm, and a mouth he insists he *needs* to put on me. He also claims they aren’t all the destructive beasts I’ve seen on the news. I’m not sure what to believe. When the captivating “enforcer” asks me to live in his compound for two weeks and report to the rest of the world how normal the men really are, I surprise us both by accepting his strange invitation. I shouldn’t have said yes, so why did I agree? My presence digs up something dark and primal in him though, and I’m terrified to find out if I’m his salvation, or complete downfall.
The problems begin when Rory and Longinus are summoned to the Assassins’ Guild. Longinus wants Rory to change into something more elegant – not going to happen. Rory can’t make Longinus stop calling her his assistant. Their problems get worse when the Guildmaster asks them both to investigate an attack against her and find out who is behind it. If they fail, the consequences will be….unpleasant. And it looks like the attempted assassination is mixed up in dangerous Guild politics. Between their arguments and making sure the assassins they’re investigating don’t kill them, it’s one hell of a challenge.
VS Note: From MAY 30, saw it mentioned on the Queer SciFi twitter feed…
Meet Rowland Hale: cyber-thief and captain of the Luck of the Draw, except his luck’s just run out. A sure-fire bet backfires and now his crew’s life is on the line as he faces first contact with two warring alien species locked in a death match to the end. Meet Toar Grithrawrscion: A big ol’ bear of a man, his tough exterior conceals a bruised soul. He had it all once – a family, a naval career, the accolades of his people – but that’s all been ripped away. Much like his home world, he is wounded, but he refuses to be beaten. When fate brings these two men together, they face challenges not just from without, but from deep within: an Allure that dare not be risked, but cannot be refused. If they give in, they fail – if they give up, they fail – and the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance.
VS Note: Steampunk
There’s not much left in the world of Baeno…With two Watchers dead and the third turned against the world she was supposed to protect, chaos reigns for near a decade as Skayla rules with the strange beasts called Drogans. And then there’s Baey. Rescued by the last act of The Watcher, Sven Mara, she now stays hidden in the mansion of Valdon, where the last Gifted of Baeno stand as a pitiful defense for the City of Kaedna. The last promise of The Creator says she–an Esmer(or one with wings)–will free Baeno from the grips of Skayla and the mysterious beasts that aid her. However, doubts haunt Baey, and even the others at Valdon seem to doubt her destiny. But one thing keeps her strong; the ring she was given by Sven Mara, a trinket no one but her can see. But when a stranger appears on Valdon’s doorsteps, everyone doubts his motives and the message he carries. Little do they know what he stole, and little do they know how close Valdon is to ruin.
The alien warlord is trouble. Dangerous, ambitious, deadly trouble. Worst of all, he’s smart. Between that and his rugged jaw, rippling muscles, and intense eyes, he makes me melt every time he looks my way. I should be planning my escape, finding a way back to the colony. Instead, all I can think about is what his blue skin will feel like. Tzaron may be the toughest, most handsome man within a thousand lightyears, but he’s still the barbarian warlord who captured me. He says he needs me for my technical skills, but I know better. Every smoldering glance, every touch of his skin, even the tone of his voice tells me he wants more. He wants me. And the worst thing is, the longer I’m his prisoner, the less I want to escape.
VS Note: From JUNE 25.
When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape shifters, Vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete one thousand years later. Captain Knith Shade of the Brigade Enforcers was trained to handle any contingency, and prepare for any challenge. There was one thing she found that she was never prepared for, and that was finding out that she had a half Fae daughter, Caitlyn, created using genetic materials stolen from her. As she finds the greatest joy she has ever known in that bright light that Cait brings into her life, a new threat to the Worldship arises, and this time not even the immense power of the Fae can help.
VS note: Charting in scifi romance.
For Princess Veracity, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, Dark has never given her any indication that he returns her affection. Even more unfortunately, she’s betrothed to marry a man she’s quickly growing to hate. She doesn’t want to disappoint her parents, but there’s a reason she’s known to be the rebellious daughter. If she gets her way, her wedding day will feature an entirely different groom. They call him a monster, an abomination. When he smiles, people run. Dark has wanted Veracity since the moment he laid eyes on her, but there are too many reasons why they can’t be together. She deserves better. Because the rumors are true. He is a monster. And he’s only growing stronger.
PETS IN SPACE 6 by Various, including moi. My story in this year;’s volume is STAR CRUISE: TIME LOOP and I finally wrote my own “Groundhog Day” style story. Here’s the anthology blurb: Pets in Space® is back for a new year of adventures! Join the incredible authors in this year’s Pets in Space 6 for another out-of-this-world adventure. This award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling anthology is packed full of your favorite Pets in Space®. Featuring 11 original, never-before-released stories from some of today’s bestselling science fiction romance and fantasy authors, Pets in Space 6 continues their vital support of Hero-Dogs.org, the non-profit charity that improves quality of life for veterans of the U.S. military and first-responders with disabilities. Don’t miss out on this limited-edition anthology before it’s too late! Pets in Space 6 is edited by Carol Van Natta. Contributing authors: S.E. Smith (NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author), Veronica Scott (USA TODAY bestselling author), Honey Phillips, Carol Van Natta (USA TODAY bestselling author), Cassandra Chandler (USA TODAY bestselling author), J.C. Hay (USA TODAY bestselling author), S.J. Pajonas (USA TODAY bestselling author), Greta van der Rol, Deborah A. Bailey, Melisse Aires, and Kyndra Hatch (USA TODAY Best Selling author).
Fated to love. Fated to die as enemies. The fae told her killing him was the only way to save the world. They lied. From one age to the next, the immortal King Arthur worked alongside his knighthood to protect the world from evil dragons—until a fellow knight betrayed him and a dark witch trapped his soul. Long ago, Camelot knew the Nimue as the Lady of the Lake. In modern day Manhattan, she’s the proprietress of Manhattan’s hottest paranormal lounge. For a fae, life couldn’t be more mundane, until a half-naked, reincarnated King Arthur stumbles out of the future and into her life again to prophesize the world’s end. They were once lovers. Now the faerie courts will want him dead for perverting destiny, and they’ll want her to carry out its will.
A whole new world of PDA is coming your way!
Anastasia – I’m dead. He’s demonic. It never would have worked…Getting dumped by the Demon of my dreams wasn’t exactly in the game plan. Game plans suck. Throwing caution to the wind is my new motto. I used to be a semi-happily single Vampyre. As the Princess of the Australian Dominion, I have an enormous palace, a fabulous wardrobe, I don’t look a day over thirty, and I have gobs of friends—most of whom would be happy to see me permanently deceased. However, they hide it well. In the violent world of the undead, I consider it a win. Getting kicked to the curb by my True Mate has turned my world upside-Down Under. Whatever. If the Demon doesn’t want me, fine. He can skip his butt right back to Hell. And if Levi thinks walking back into my life under the guise of ending the bad guy terrorizing my Dominion is gonna fly, he’s got a few electrocutions coming his way. He wants the bad guy. I want him. Game on. Levi – Falling for Anastasia is a damned disaster.I’m a Demon. She’s a Vampyre. I don’t do feelings or relationships. I’m a killing machine with a bounty on my head. I have nothing to offer her…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Orc Mountain needs a midwife. And this devious, deadly orc is determined to find one…In a world of recently warring orcs and men, Gwyn Garrett is a lord’s daughter on a mission — to escape her lord father, dump her cheating betrothed, and pursue her true calling as a plant-obsessed midwife. Until the night her brand-new house is invaded by an orc. A tall, taunting, treacherous monster, with sharp teeth, vicious claws, and gleaming black eyes. And worst of all, a blatant, brutal mission of his own…He’s come to court her. Claim her. Compromise her. But Gwyn is far too clever to fall for this sneaky orc’s schemes — right? Even if he moves like a graceful god, if his voice is sweet syrup in her ears. If his low, mocking laugh sparks something hot and reckless, deep in her soul…It’s hunger, it’s home, it’s everything Gwyn never knew she needed — but in its wake, there’s only devastation. Defeat. And the realization that she’s forever linked with this horrible orc, and his horrible plans…And with the war. The fates of hundreds of women like her. And the truth that Orc Mountain desperately needs her, and maybe this proud, lonely orc does too.
The Goblin King, also affectionally known as phlegm, has a problem. A big one. Kingdom is a land built on magick, fairy tales, and happily ever afters. But who wants a man with puke green skin as their partner? No one, that’s who. Not even in Kingdom and so he sets out to find himself in a place called Earth where he can be normal for once. Just one catch, Phelgm is discovering maybe the definition of normal isn’t normal at all. Especially when his cute neighbor greets him with a warm smile and laughing brown eyes. His very tall, very broad shouldered, and very masculine neighbor Joon.
Oops. This is awkward. You’re expecting a blurb here, but I haven’t written it yet.
Just know that this is the second book in the Heirs of Oz series and it’s going to be epic. Like super epic. Like blow your mind epic. There will be romance, adventure, drama, a scarecrow, and. . .more epicness. Fancy blurb coming soon! Beware the yellow brick road. . .
My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom. Something terrible has happened to someone I love and my family may never be the same. As if that wasn’t bad enough, a wedding reception goes awry when a corpse hits the dance floor with a blade in his back. And the ghost that comes back to help solve the homicide? It’s that troublemaker extraordinaire, Florenza Canelli. As if she didn’t wreak enough damage in our lives the first time around—something tells me she’s about to outdo herself in a grand manner. Here’s hoping we survive the horror. And then there’s that mob war. It’s all going down in Honey Hollow this summer. Here’s hoping we make it out alive. Lottie Lemon has a brand new bakery to tend to, a budding romance with perhaps one too many suitors, and she has the supernatural ability to see the dead—which are always harbingers for ominous things to come. Throw in a string of murders, and her insatiable thirst for justice, and you’ll have more chaos than you know what to do with. Living in Honey Hollow can be murder.
“I refuse to be nothing…” In a famine-stricken village on a dusty yellow plain, two children are given two fates. A boy, greatness. A girl, nothingness…In 1345, China lies under harsh Mongol rule. For the starving peasants of the Central Plains, greatness is something found only in stories. When the Zhu family’s eighth-born son, Zhu Chongba, is given a fate of greatness, everyone is mystified as to how it will come to pass. The fate of nothingness received by the family’s clever and capable second daughter, on the other hand, is only as expected. When a bandit attack orphans the two children, though, it is Zhu Chongba who succumbs to despair and dies. Desperate to escape her own fated death, the girl uses her brother’s identity to enter a monastery as a young male novice. There, propelled by her burning desire to survive, Zhu learns she is capable of doing whatever it takes, no matter how callous, to stay hidden from her fate. After her sanctuary is destroyed for supporting the rebellion against Mongol rule, Zhu takes the chance to claim another future altogether: her brother’s abandoned greatness.
I had no family, no friends. I was utterly alone and always had been. And once I aged out of the system that raised me, I decided to find out exactly who I was. Where did I come from? Who were my parents? What made me… me? It became the fire in my veins. My journey led me to Scotland, the Highlands, and for the first time in my life, I had this feeling of… belonging. What should have been a simple hike through the Scottish countryside led me to things far more mysterious than trying to find out who I was. There were other things—creatures—lurking in this world, ones who were stronger, fiercer. Ones who were not human. Everything I’d ever known seemed like a fable now. And what was once a fable was now true. It was one of those otherworldly creatures who stalked me—chased me. I knew I couldn’t outrun him. I couldn’t escape. He was bigger than any man I’d ever seen, stronger than anyone should be. His growls were feral, his fangs animalistic, and when he watched me, it was with glowing eyes. I found myself at his mercy, chained to a bed and alone with this man who wasn’t really a man at all. I asked him why I was there, why he took me, held me against my will. And all he said was… I was his mate. Amazon KU
It was just supposed to be a standard surveillance job for Lea, but as she falls deeper for her subject, she discovers secrets and darkness surrounding her job. In a world filled with angels, nephilim, and magic, can she keep the ones she cares for safe while running from something darker than any of them can imagine?
The search for the swords brings Douglas and Margaret back to England, where Mystere has hidden the sword Almace — his own sword. Four months pass with no signs of Mystere, and Douglas and Margaret start to make plans to go in search of him. Then they accidentally become the caretakers of an injured street urchin. The boy — a sweep’s apprentice — tells them that there is something invisible haunting the rooftops of London, preying on the children who make their living there. In the absence of Mystere, Margaret insists that they need to help, but Douglas refuses. Margaret defies him and goes anyway, only to discover that what lurks on the rooftops is far worse than she had imagined — Caedda has taken the rooftops of London as his domain. Worse, he has taken Mystere prisoner, he holds the sword Almace, and he knows that Margaret is there. Trapped on the roofs, unable to reach Douglas, Margaret has to rely on her wits and her memories in order to save Mystere, herself and her unborn child. Amazon KU
Mina Donovan is a woman of many talents. Fire elemental, psychic, Legacy witch, magical asset for an FBI paranormal task force…she does it all. Her latest struggle? Not crushing on her sexy best friend. Logically, she knows they can’t be together. Too bad her heart has never bothered with logic. The friend zone is the last place pyro expert Josh wants to be with Mina. Not that he has any choice in the matter. A witch hunter falling for a witch? Not smart. He’ll just have to learn to ignore his attraction to the gorgeous woman who already owns so much of his heart. If Mina and Josh have any hope of finding their way to happily ever after, they’ll have to banish an all-powerful demon and take down an evil magical organization. Oh, and they’ll also have to figure out how to stop the prophecy that warns a dragon will consume Mina. It’ll take more than magic to fix this supernatural dilemma. Amazon KU
Gyre hasn’t seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre’s sole focus is revenge, and he’s willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order.
Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn’t who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order’s cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.
Destiny trusts Pythia, her dog, and her instincts. Fresh from a breakup, Pythia leads her to a doorway which changes her life. Discovering the Sanctuary, Destiny discovers more than just a peaceful place to learn how to strengthen her ability to see into the future. She discovers not one but two men who excite and capture her heart. The Sanctuary has rules. Eamon hopes when Destiny steps into Sanctuary that she will be his but he’s scarred both physically and emotionally. Friedhelm wants Eamon and Destiny. He needs them both to be his but he won’t risk their lives for his need of them.
Will Destiny, Eamon and Friedhelm break the rules and risk their safety or will they let each other go for the greater good? Amazon KU
VS Note: From June 22.
Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more than revenge. Until she meets Emilie. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong. She’s been looking for a way to kill him—and keep him dead—ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson, Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on it. While unraveling a web of clues about her own past, Dani runs into the alluring Emilie Lockgrove, eldest daughter of a magical family inexplicably tied to Spectre. Emilie Lockgrove survived the catastrophic fire that killed her mother and hospitalized both her and her sister. Ten years later, she has returned to Dawson, expecting to confront the trauma of her past. Instead, she discovers magic is real, encountering actual ghosts like the necromancer hunting her family for 200 years. Dani intends to kill Spectre…or die trying. Emilie wants to reclaim her life. To survive, they’ll need to work together to confront their pasts, break the spell capturing Emilie’s magic, and destroy Spectre once and for all.
VS Note: Suggested by twitter user /author/reader/poet @TheLionMachine.
Second chances take many forms…Violetta Benedetti knows how to hide things. She spent years concealing herself behind the persona her father expected of her. Now she hides in the dark corners of Vermagna’s underworld, lying low to keep her father from using her magic in his unending quest for power. But her biggest secret is her love for her best friend, who only knew her as Mercurio Benedetti, not the woman she is today. Now he’s dead, and she’ll never be able to tell him the truth.
Tibario Gianbellicci was dead. And then…he wasn’t. Reborn as an immortal, he has powers he never imagined. Powers his crime boss mother wants to tap into to destroy their longtime rivals: House Benedetti. But Tibario is hiding something, too: his best friend is a Benedetti—and the love of his life. With a second chance at life, he’ll have to risk revealing his heart.
VS Note: From JUNE 10. I love her books but missed this one! One clicked.
Ravaged by a horrific experience, Oliver Webb flees the smog-bound city of Greynox for a quiet seaside village and the inheritance he’s never seen: a cottage called Farview. He discovers clear skies, friendly imps, and a charming storyteller named Felix Corbyn. With help from Felix’s tales, Oliver learns surprising secrets about his family history and discovers what home really means. But with Felix cursed, Oliver growing deathly ill, and an obligation in Greynox hanging heavy around his neck, it seems that not even wizards can save the day. Still, as Felix knows, stories are the best truths and the most powerful magic. Perhaps the right words might yet conjure a chance for happiness.
I’ve sworn to protect my town and my clan. As a wolf shifter and the sheriff, it’s my duty to keep the ship from sinking. Even if I have to do something that I could be punished for.Such as…Hiring a human to fill the ranks at the sheriff’s office. A beautiful woman at that. Maggie’s new job does not go over well with the clan council. They are not happy that I hired her. Maggie moved into town with her son to escape family drama. But she doesn’t know the story behind her late grandparents’ house that she’s living in. And I don’t want to be the one to reveal it. Maggie’s life is in danger and she has to know the painful truth. I can’t afford to lose her. Our working relationship has turned into something completely different. Keeping Maggie and her son in my life is non-negotiable, especially now that she’s pregnant with my baby. All secrets be damned… I will keep my family safe. Even if that means choosing between love and loyalty toward the clan.
Jilted at the altar a month before her fortieth birthday. Poor Hailey. Midlife really does have a crisis. Or is it that midlife is the crisis? Either way, it sucks. Hailey Whitfield can’t take anymore run-ins with her ex. It’s time for a big change. She’s never considered moving away, but it’s her best plan yet. Bonus – her bestie lives next door! However, her new neighbor is… weird, to say the least. Extremely hot, but odd. So are his friends. But Hailey will take strange neighbors over facing her lying, cheat, deadbeat ex-fiancé all day, any day. Finding a job in a new town is more challenging than she realizes. With her savings depleted from the move, Hailey has to suck it up and take what she gets. After taking a job as a private nurse for an injured bounty hunter, things start to look up. Then a skip falls into her lap. Okay, sure. She was being nosy and reading an incoming fax intended for her patient. But with a little encouragement, Hailey takes on the task of tracking down the skip. It’s easy money. Right? Wrong. This skip is far more than Hailey bargained for. And her life is about to change in a very bloody and pointy kind of way. What a bite in the… Well, you know. With the help of her witchy best friend and her new, very pale neighbor, Hailey is going to collect her bounty. Or die trying.
VS Note: From June 12.
Rose is the quiet one, the nervous girl who has trouble holding her skin when frightened. The women want to take care of her and the men keep their distance, thinking she might break. Most of what people see is an act. The truth is Rose has a lot more going on than anyone expects. When her secret comes out, the reaction isn’t what she is used to. Rose’s hidden life coming to the surface opens her and her pack up to a world of possibilities.
Amara loves her job as an enforcer. Having been chosen to represent her pack as one of three searching for the witches is an honor. Jenkins is rude and annoying, but River, from the Moon Valley Pack, quickly becomes the best friend she has ever had. River would make a great mate one day, just not her mate. Amara had originally seen this trip as a way to meet people and have some ‘fun’. The biggest obstacle to that ‘fun’ is she’s afraid to touch anyone, for fear it might tell her that she is their mate. Settling for the adventure of the trip northward, she just avoids all males. This mating thing has some serious drawbacks. It’s not like she doesn’t want a mate eventually. It’s the fear that he won’t want her. Even worse, she won’t want him. Concentrating on the mission is best. That is until the one man she actually wants to risk touching shows up in the middle of nowhere.
In the once male-dominated world of Seven Wells, women now control their own reproduction, but the battle for equality is far from over. Even with two thrones held by women, there are still those who cling to the old ways and are determined to bring them back. Now into this struggle comes a darker power. Delnamal, the former King of Aalwell, may have lost his battle to undo the spell that gave women reproductive control, but he has gained a terrible and deadly magic—and he uses these new abilities to raise an army the likes of which the world has never seen. Delnamal and his allies seem like an unstoppable force, destined to crush the fragile new balance between men and women. Yet sometimes it is possible for determined individuals to stem the tide, and it falls to a unique triad of women—maiden, mother, and crone—to risk everything . . . not only to preserve the advances they have won but to change the world one final time.
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VS Note: Usually I don;t cover horror by this is a release of note and about half the time I really enjoy his books (the scifi ones) and half the time I don’t. So here it is…
Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father—and has never told his family what happened there. Long ago, Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have—and is trying to remember that lost trauma by making haunting sculptures. Long ago, something sinister, something hungry, walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania. Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver. And now what happened long ago is happening again . . . and it is happening to Oliver. He meets a strange boy who becomes his best friend, a boy with secrets of his own and a taste for dark magic. This dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family—and perhaps for all of the world. But the Graves family has a secret weapon in this battle: their love for one another.
How do you survive time travel to 17th century France…while wearing a bathrobe…with nothing to help you but an iPhone? How do you avoid being burnt at the stake as a witch for possessing that ‘magical’ evil iPhone? Start by being rescued by 4 hot AF men. Accept that vampires and wolf shifters are real and then make peace with the fact that you can have them all. Eden Kelly’s life is in ruins. Traumatized and alone, she struggles to keep living every day until she stumbles through a magic mirror that sends her hurtling back in time to 1667. Sebastian, Luca, Finn and Cade are completely captivated by the woman that appears in front of them as they go into battle. Her modern ways, smart, sassy mouth and stunning beauty has them entranced and filled with desire. They recognize the damaged soul and anguish she tries to hide as they all have similar pain that they live with. It has them aching to tend, care and soothe her as she unknowingly does the same for them.
Can a modern woman find love and happiness with these men or will time end all things and suck her back to her desolate modern life?
Cora is beside herself when Sophie goes on the rampage after learning about her real parents. The information causes Sophie so much distress, her powers become destructive. Can Cora and Sir Jasper make her see that all is not lost? Or will they be victims of her wrath? When a pawn shop owner falls from her balcony to sudden death, many wonder if it was suicide or murder? The victim was arguing with a person the day before, but who was it? Her best friend seems distraught, but is she putting on a front? And the janitor who worked at the pawn shop tried to ask the victim out but was always rebuffed. Did she turn him down one too many times, or did she have something on him that he didn’t want exposed? Or is the culprit within the same blood line?
An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by Hod, a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, Hod is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend, but to Hod, the girl is much more. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see. Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance. Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Uncertain whom to trust, their bond strained by dangerous secrets and feuding loyalties, Ghisla and Hod must confront the prophecies that threaten Saylok while finding a way to save each other.
Tortured, diminished, encased in stone I rage, and suffer, and rage again. Through the sand and mud above my head I hear the muffled cries of my people fading away. The chisels fall silent on Trajan’s Kiosk when a roman pretends to be pharaoh. The prayers no longer come. Egypt is no more. I would mourn for my sweet Nile child but my heart is a shrivelled thing now, bitter in its bonds, persisting in pain. I sink into fantasies of revenge, and remembered pleasure, and revenge again. I hear him, betrayer, apostate, as he scratches through life after life, unfulfilled and needy. Trying and failing to make things right. We will meet again, immortality makes that inevitable, and then he will help me home. Back to the Nile, to the red sands and the black mud, the inundation and the reed beds, to the temple floored in silver, and the ceiling of painted stars. That dream keeps me almost sane. When this prison shatters around me, I will use him, and abuse him, and use him again. I will bind him to me with all the deviant acts he secretly desires. His soul cries out its need to atone, and with his guilt I will engineer my way back, to where the praises are singing and the sunlight will burn the degradation away. I will make it as though this never happened, it will all be just another blue lotus dream in the mind of a god.
Will dealing with the ghosts of the past threaten their future? Wolf shifter Jacob Tucker would love to claim the beautiful she-wolf as his destined mate, but the timing couldn’t be worse as news of his estranged twin reaches him. The same twin who might be under the enemy Fae Lord’s control.
Tucker knows he must find his brother before it’s too late but hunting him down will be dangerous. If he fails, he’ll lose more than his life. He’ll lose his future with Johnnie. Johnnie Long has always been drawn to Tucker, her instincts telling her the sexy alpha male is her fated mate. Yet her heart was wrong before. Just when she determines to prove to herself—and to Tucker—that they belong together, he tells her he’s leaving and might never return. Is she going to allow her stubborn shifter to go on some perilous journey alone? Hell no. Johnnie won’t give up on her happily ever after that easily. She has a plan. The stakes are high. Time is not on their side. Will saving his brother bring Tucker and Johnnie together or break them apart forever? They’re about to find out.
Ara has taken up her mantle as the Loresmith–but her journey is far from over. After suffering betrayals and losses, Ara, Nimhea, Lahvja, and Teth must try to come together and find the Loreknights across the kingdom. The Loreknights are their only hope in overthrowing the evil Vokkans and putting Nimhea on the throne for good. But their journey will put Ara and her companions in grave danger–from the endless pursuit of the Vokkans to perilous encounters with the gods, and the near impossible trials they face along the way–will they be able to survive long enough to help the rebellion? And through it all the Vokkans are expanding their reach throughout Saetlund, putting everyone Ara and her friends love at risk. Only Ara can forge a way forward, take up her powers, and fight to change the world–no matter what it costs.
Willow Knudson just inherited an English estate that she intends to sell. There are two problems. One, she’s unable to sign the contract, and two, she can’t even leave the property. She’s not superstitious by nature, but common sense tells her something strange is going on. In 1817, Julian Azazel, the Earl of Blackwell, went to his country estate to tend to his father’s funeral. That evening a missive came from a stranger warning him that when the clock struck midnight, he was going to be cursed to relive the same day. He laughed it off and threw the missive in the fire. Two centuries later, he’s no longer laughing. The curse is real. From before they were born, Willow and Julian were destined to meet on June 17, 1817. Willow had assumed wealthy and titled gentlemen would be snobs, but Julian turns out to be the kindest person she’s ever met. And even better, he’s more attractive in person than he was in his portrait. It’s enough of a temptation to convince her to stay in the past forever. At long last, the aching loneliness that has plagued Julian’s life for centuries is at an end. Not only is there someone who understands what he has been going through, but she’s far lovelier than he recalls any of the ladies in London being. But isn’t it selfish to ask a lady from another time to give up everything to live under a curse with him? The path to happy endings can get complicated, especially when magic is involved.
Grace Stewards has never been the same since her father passed away. Struggling daily to come to terms with her grief and guilt while living with her overprotective mother, Grace desperately yearns to break free and feel something other than pain. Four hundred years earlier, Caleb Dugdale is doing everything he can to protect his family and survive the deadly plague in London. With chaos all around him and danger dogging his every step, Caleb is fighting just to stay alive. In a shocking twist of fate, a girl out of time and a boy on the verge of losing hope find each other. Can they heal each other’s wounds and survive the test of time? Or will they be swept under by their life’s countless hardships?
It seemed that destiny had been kind to Grace Stewards after she astonishingly met the man of her dreams amid the chaos of 17th century London. Meanwhile, Caleb Dugdale felt blessed beyond measure when Grace appeared out of nowhere and brought sanity, hope, and healing into his dark life of struggle. In the midst of turmoil in a plague-riddled London, a devastating accident sends Grace back to her own world. Now, separated by four centuries from a young man she feels so much for, she is desperate to get back to him. But should she risk her life trying to travel back in time again? So much is uncertain.
The Concord has been broken, and a war of magic engulfs the world. In France, the brilliant tactician Napoléon Bonaparte has risen to power, and under his command, the army of the dead has all but conquered Europe. Britain fights back, but Wilberforce’s own battle to bring about free magic and abolition has met a dead end in the face of an increasingly repressive government. In Saint-Domingue, Fina aids Toussaint Louverture as he navigates these opposing forces to liberate the country. But there is another, even darker war being fought beneath the surface: the first vampire war in hundreds of years. The enemy blood magician who orchestrated Robespierre’s downfall is using the French Revolutionary Wars to bring about a return to dark magic. Across the world, only a few know of his existence, and the choices they make will shape the new age of magic.
VS Note: From JUNE 24…
Zephyr – I’ve got blood on my hands, a long past, and a lot of secrets. I came to London to escape, and make up for lost time with my little Beast. I’ve kept my distance for her protection, as well as my own.
But I’m not prepared for the woman she’s turned into. It’s as if I’ve been waiting my entire existence for this version of her. She’s clever, but that smart mouth of hers is going to get her in trouble.
We just have to remember our roles in this relationship But hell, she’d tempt a holy man and bring him to his knees. Despite all my sins, I almost think she could redeem me. If I’m not careful, she’s going to want me to share immortality with her. Forever comes at a cost, and I refuse to allow her to pay that price. Ever – It’s been three years, but I know better than to hope he’s back to stay.
Angel and I have been together most of my life. But he’s never really been there for me, spending most of his time living in the States. He doesn’t realize his absence isn’t good for either of us.
We’re always going to need one another. The more he denies it, the more wretched we’re going to become. But something’s wrong. He’s different. I care too much about him to let him suffer alone.
He tells me he’s a bad man, no good for me…that I should be careful. But I see what he doesn’t—what’s bad for both of us, is not being together.
Lucy Heron knew Los Angles was a little weird, but dangerous magic is upping the ante and making art 3D. At first, it was just one incident, but trouble never stops there. Graffiti is peeling itself off the walls and starting fights on the streets of L.A.. Paintings are coming to life and stepping out of their frames. Tucked at the bottom of the art is the only clue – the tag, VX. Can the Silver Griffin Agent tag the art back before humans start to notice it’s not part of a movie? And what is happening at a strange tattoo parlor? The Silver Griffins will need to cover the entire city to put a stop to it. Tracking down the mystery artist, organizing PTA fundraisers, keeping an eye on the Underfoots. It takes a magical mom and her family to juggle it all.
Emery – It all comes down to this. I should have known my freedom from Mercer would only last so long before my pack was hunted down and I was dragged back into it all. It’s suffocating being back in this place that twisted my shifter side forever and threatened to change who I am. But this time is different. Because I’m not alone. As threats to us and our pack pile up, I’m forced to rely on Graham, the overly protective shifter I feel a strange pull toward. We know we have to get away to warn the others of what’s to come, but with Mercer’s shifters breathing down our necks, we’re being thrust into a fight for our lives. We are determined to make it back to the pack and tear down the threat before it consumes all of us. Graham – I’ve literally never met a more stubborn man in my life than Emery, yet I can’t get him out of my head. He covers up his insecurities and concerns with snark and teasing, but I know that underneath it all is a man who just wants someone to give him a chance. And I’m prepared to be that person if we can fight our way through this. First, we have to escape the threat left behind by Mercer, but escaping isn’t enough. We need to destroy everything the group’s ever worked for to keep each other and our pack safe.
Lorcan and I continue to attempt a spell that will return his vampire “kiss” and return me to the witch I once was, but the spell keeps failing. To make matters worse, Lorcan is getting heat from the head vampire of his line, Rupert. Rupert wants Lorcan to either fully blood me or kill me. And while I’m not a fan of growing fangs, I’m really not a fan of growing worms. When a stranger, who introduces himself as ‘Dev’, walks into my shop, and I suddenly start acting like a lovesick schoolgirl, I’m fairly sure magic is to blame. Dev is definitely something supernatural, but I’m not sure what. All I do know is that he makes me feel alive in a very…carnal way. Soon, I’m having dreams that become a reality and I find myself getting more and more confused as to what’s real life and what isn’t.One thing I do know is that I have to get to the bottom of Dev’s appearance in Haven Hollow and, more specifically, what he wants from me. Because it’s becoming pretty apparent that if he doesn’t want something from me, then he definitely just wants me.
VS Note: The author actually released 5 ‘episodes’ on July 11th – books 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Here’s the blurb and link for book #8:
When I’m finally reunited with Tallis and Bill after our last harrowing escape from The Underground City, you’d think things would start getting back to normal. But, things are far from getting back to normal, as per usual. And in this episode of my life, I’m: — in danger of being sent to Shade for one hundred years — still the subject of Alaire’s fascination, only now he’s more determined than ever before to make me yield to his entreaties — returned to the Underground City, and more pointedly, the seventh circle, where I’ll have to survive amidst the battling Blood Plains — and last but not least, there’s a new character in town – the fabled Minotaur. And the Minotaur, otherwise known as Asterion, happens to spark something within me I don’t understand.
VS Note: Previously published as the Peyton Clark Series…
After agreeing to let the spirit of Drake Montague inhabit my body (probably not one of my better ideas), I soon discover the twentieth-century French policeman may be dead, but his lothario longings sure aren’t. Now I have to find a way to explain to my sweet, sexy, and very alive boyfriend, Ryan Kelly, that a spirit has taken up residence in my head, whispering French words of affection day and night. And, ahem, French is a pretty… sexy language. While I’m torn between my love for a living man and my growing affection for one deceased, supernatural activity in New Orleans is at an all-time high. Something wicked this way is definitely coming. With the help of my friends (and a little voodoo), I learn that the demonic spirit of the Axeman may still be dwelling in my house. Thanks a lot, realtor.com!
VS Note: Story blurbs on ebook seller page.
Let go of the mundane and escape reality with four tales of strange, wonderful magic by up-and-coming authors in the realm of queer romance.
VS Note: From JUNE 24.
When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her. For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel. Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife – and with it her way to return to her own time – this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs? As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason.
Welcome to Hawkwood Hollow, where the dead outnumber the living. Life as a ghost-hunting witch is never dull. When Maura’s date with Detective Drew Gardener is cut short after the body of a shifter shows up in a local park, she finds herself tasked with finding the shifter’s ghost. Unfortunately, things are never that simple. With tensions rising among factions of the local werewolf pack and the cause of death shrouded in mystery, Maura juggles solving the murder with her job at the inn, training a new co-worker and helping the local ghosts with their various problems. The slight issue is that her Reaper powers are acting up, and the pack has no confidence in her ability to help solve the crime. Worse, as the plot thickens, the detective’s life ends up under threat as well as their relationship. Can Maura fix the situation and catch a killer, or is this the end of her ghost-hunting ways?
The king of wolves was more beast than man, more tyrant than king, and so much more than he seemed. Raised to avenge his murdered parents, he’d been trained and conditioned until nothing but violence and hatred lined the walls of his dead heart. For nearly four years, I’d done all I could to help my kingdom as we faced the wolf king’s unconquerable evil—hardly anything at all. As the only heir to the Gracewood line, I’d been relegated to menial tasks that would keep me and my secrets safe. A chance to do more than fret behind our castle walls arrived when I breached them after overhearing my parents’ plans for my future. Fleeing, I unknowingly raced into a fate we’d all desperately hoped to avoid. By the time I saw him coming, it was far too late. For my family. For my kingdom. For my heart. Before I could staunch the bleeding, the king had me under his giant paw, and one wrong move after another caused those razor-sharp claws to sink deeper and deeper beneath my bruised skin. I might have been trapped, naïve, and furious, but I still had a kingdom to save—and a plan. Yet when we collided, the bloodshed, the fear, his atrocities… all of it dissolved like stardust upon the night sea. The stars had mapped out our destiny, but it didn’t matter what they or my heart wanted. I refused to see the enigmatic male, the heartless lost boy with a soul beneath the flesh of a monster. The savage king who’d destroyed everything I loved would fall—even if my heart fell with him. Inspired by Hades and Persephone, Rumpelstiltskin, and The Swan Princess, The Savage and the Swan is not connected to any other Ella Fields novel. It’s a full-length standalone romantic fantasy containing mature content.
I was a college history major just trying to graduate and live my life, but then I was kidnapped by a bunch of freaky cultists who tried to sacrifice me to their crazy moon god.
Except they were the ones who ended up dying when I shifted into a killer werepanther.
Now, I’ve been thrown into a secret paranormal world where my kind is the apex predator. Werepanthers can kill any other paranormal, but they also have other abilities, including the power to make babies with women fae, shifters, vampires, and demonesses…
I’m the most wanted shifter in the entire world, and I’m going to have to fight tooth and claw to survive and mate.
Ye screw with this lass, ye get put on yer ass. Magic, dragons, elves, and vampires are my new normal. At any point, I might get attacked by an angry book, be on the shit-list for forgetting to hook up my battle bear’s keg, or get called to investigate a gruesome magical murder. And how cool is that? Well… the investigating part, not so much the murder. When Garnet brings Team Trouble in to investigate a string of discarded bodies, none of us likes where the evidence points. My Spidey-sense says something isn’t right. In the human realm, the evidence doesn’t lie. In the empowered realm… nothing is as it seems. Join Fiona as she strikes off on another action-packed adventure in the ninth installment of the Chronicles of the Urban Druid.
Carly Cooper and her sister, Dana, live in the coastal town of Good Harbor, Maine where they belong to a small community quilting club. Only their “community” is a group of witches, warlocks, and a vampire who are terrible at magic. Maribeth Silvia, a non-magical friend of the sisters, is a world-renowned quilter and author who invites Carly and Dana to come to her house for tea so she can show them her newest quilt design. When they arrive, they find Maribeth on the floor, bleeding and unconscious from an attack, and the sisters are thrown into helping solve the crime. Will Carly, Hazel her pet raven, Dana, and their friends find clues to the criminal’s identity before he or she strikes again?
CLUB 669 (HOUSE OF WITCHES BOOK 1) by Amy Spector
VS Note: Not a fan of the cover.
Witch’s corpse. Witch’s ticket. Witch’s party. As a counter-boy at a high-end men’s boutique, Charlie Jessup’s life consists of little more than work and sleep. That, and enough flirting to help guarantee his commission on sales will pay his rent. So when a twist of fate—and some behavior unbecoming that of a Ganymede employee—leaves him in possession of a dead man’s pass to a mysterious Club 669, Charlie has no desire to waste it. Every seventeen years, the House of Witches throws a party like no other. It’s invitation-only, and for centuries it has helped ensure peace between the covens. It’s the last place Caspian wants to be, but with the death of Queen Avel, and his own imminent rise to the throne, it’s more important than ever that he attends. The stability of the House depends on it.
In four days a new king will be crowned, but when Charlie unintentionally crashes a gathering of the most secretive of all the Great Houses, he sets in motion a series of events that could disrupt the transition of power, and threaten the future of the House of Witches forever.
I thought surviving the Hawthorne alpha’s wrath would put an end to my trials. I was wrong. I’ve been marked, branded by mystical forces, and with no clue what’s about to happen I’m going in blind. All I know is that it will be a test of survival. All I want is to find a way out. But as the hours tick by and the Calling gets close, I’m forced to accept that maybe fate can’t always be thwarted. Sometimes the things we wish for, are the very things we should be running from.
Bishop Mercier has taken over and demands loyalty from the BGS agents. Those members willing to accept his rule are welcomed to stay with the organization. All others are choosing to step down. But the concerns of the BGS don’t end there. Those who remain find themselves under the scrutiny of the Supernatural Council, who are investigating the founding family of the BGS. Morgan Vladislav Broussard wants to focus on putting a stop to Bishop’s reign of cruelty once and for all. But how can she focus on the dastardly villain when her family and marriage are being ripped apart by long-buried secrets?
Welcome to Turnskin University…Hayden Raferty is ready for a fresh start. Leaving Window Rock to attend college in Colorado is as far away as she could get from her mate, Nico Lopez. In a single incident, he crushed all of her hopes and dreams of being with him. Now, years later, Hayden has decided to move on and start over. Nico Lopez knows he screwed up, but letting his mate walk away isn’t in his plans. It’s time to make his move. With a little help from his family, Nico obtains a spot in the Greek Shifter Games and is determined to show his mate there isn’t another wolf worthy of her.
Can Hayden forgive the man she gave her heart to all those years ago, or are some betrayals unmendable?
We took down the Night, but I’m not sure it was worth it, since it cost me two of my mates
Feeling Balfour and Foster ripped from our bond was horrifying, and now they don’t even know who I am. To get them back, the goddess has given us four tasks to complete before she can re-brand them, but what if we can’t get a hold of her? The goddess has been oddly distant, and my mates and I have a lot on our plates trying to sort out the council we’ve started leading. Can we find the time to make a triple bond before it’s too late? and what exactly will it take to make our world safe again?
What I wanted was a wife to continue my line. I am the last of the McWinter line and I need of a child to continue my legacy. Selene is the perfect candidate. She is from a fertile family and will be able to give me the child that I crave. That is until she crawls out of the window on our wedding day and disappears. Now I am searching the world for her. We had one passionate night before the wedding and I learned she is my true mate. Will Bran be able to find Selene and convince her that they are destined to be together? Or will Selene reject him and force him to find another to continue his line, without his true mate.
I’m the only one in the pack without a single wild gene. A she-wolf without the rough animal nature. A she-wolf without a destiny, without a mate. Because the kind of love I dream of doesn’t exist. But tonight I want to pretend. I want to go to the bar and be anyone but me. To wear the nice dress and have a real drink. To flirt with an absolute stranger. He smells like the outdoors, rich and heady and male. He looks like an angel or a god and is certainly too good to be real. He is stupidly rich and far too flawless to be an ordinary human. My own personal Prince Charming. If only for tonight.
Violet Savoie has a plan. A dream, rather. To open her own tattoo shop, which caters to supernaturals in need of permanent charms. As a powerful Seer, she has the potent magic to cast every kind of spell. Except the kind to give werewolves control over their beastly side. And her business partner Nico needs help in the worst kind of way. Nico Cruz has a secret. A motive, rather. To subtly stalk and seduce Violet until she finally recognizes they are fated to be together. Ever since their heated encounter in Austin on New Year’s Eve two years earlier, he’s been dying to get his hands—and his tongue—back on her body. He knows a woman like Violet can’t be courted in the usual way. Luckily, Nico has no scruples about misbehaving to get what he wants. But when his former pack roams into town, and an old friend is far too interested in Violet, his focus shifts to the threat venturing into his territory. Nico may come across as the quiet, broody one, but the intruders are about to regret stepping foot in New Orleans. And when Violet goes missing, no charm or spell can keep Nico’s wolf at bay.
An alpha knows the scent of his mate. I thought I could defy the most powerful mafia boss in the city, but as Lawson Clearwater rips off my nightgown and pins me to the bed..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Will war tear their family and their country apart? Ignius Lockden and their companion Kathely are ready for adventure. Joining Far Patrol was only going to be the beginning—they were right, but in all the wrong ways. Suddenly, there’s a war on the horizon and the two of them are stuck in the middle. Ignius wants to do what’s right, but it isn’t easy to tell what actions will lead to the correct ending. How is one young dragon supposed to change the course of history?
Needing a break from her nightmare boss, Ginger is more than ready for the Freeman sisters’ annual vacation. She loves being a preschool teacher. If only her supervisor would keep his comments about her weight to himself! This feisty redhead is sick and tired of having to eat in her car to avoid the man’s snide looks and rude comments. A weekend getaway with her siblings is just what she needs! With a pitcher of watermelon margs, some tasty bear claws from the hotel bakery, and plenty of beach time, Ginger is determined to enjoy her stay on Moongate Island. She might even meet a man or two for some no-complications fun! Misha Orson is a Kodiak Bear Shifter and the Alpha of his multi-Shifter Clan on Kodiak Island. Along with his Omega, Constantine Ross, a Roosevelt Elk Shifter, he oversees the health and safety of their small and tight knit community. Desperate to find their third, they travel to Moongate Island for a secret meeting of the Council of Triads. But they never expected to find her in the very same hotel. The beautiful human is exactly what they always wanted.
They just have to convince her she is theirs, forever and always.
We killed someone…Okay, not exactly the news I wanted to hear from my aunts. But here it was. Now, what the hell was I supposed to do with it? Just when I thought I could finally get a well-deserved break from the shitshow I’d been living for the past months, I get hit with this. To make matters worse, an investigator starts snooping around Hollow Cove, asking questions about my aunts. If they’re found guilty of this murder, it’s a one-way ticket to Grimway Citadel—the witch prison. Adding to my problems, something in the dark is hunting me. And unfortunately, it’s not a naked Marcus. If that isn’t bad enough, things between me and the chief are falling apart, literally, and I don’t think they can be fixed.
It’s done. The mating bond is sealed, and I’m Malone’s hybrid-witch. It’s not the happily ever after I’d always envisioned. The werewolves of the Brighton Pack are ready to do what their alpha couldn’t. They just have to get in line behind my own coven, who not only want to end the first ever hybrid-witch, – I understand why considering my magic has trebled, making me the strongest witch alive – they are hunting my brother, Drake, who is still in recovery after a breakdown. Malone has his own battles to fight, so he enlists my help to recruit runaway werewolves into his pack. We have to make it work in order to survive the onslaught that’s baring down on us. Can we grow together to stop everyone tearing us apart?
VS: Continuing on with the Badari Series backlist, next up is JADRIAN. His story was one where I woke up in the morning with the book in my head and so I just had to write it. The beginning, with Taura at the end of her psychological rope in a Khagrish cell was especially vivid to me. Additionally, this book introduces Sandara the chef, who became quite a reader favorite to the point I gave the character her own book in IVOKK!
The blurb: Taura Dancer has been pushed to her limits by alien torturers known as the Khagrish and is ready to die when suddenly the lab where she’s held as a prisoner is taken down by an armed force of soldiers.
The man who rescues her from a burning cell block is Jadrian of the Badari, a genetically engineered alien warrior with as many reasons to hate the Khagrish as Taura has. This set of shared past experiences and the circumstances of her rescue create an unusual bond between them.
Safe in the hidden base where Jadrian and his pack take her, Taura struggles to regain her lost memories and overcome constant flashbacks during which she lashes out at all who come near. Only Jadrian can recall her from the abyss of her visions and hallucinations.
As the war against the Khagrish continues, it becomes increasingly critical to find out who she really is and how she can help in the fight. Until she can control her terrors and trust her own impulses, Taura’s too afraid to pursue the promise of happiness a life with Jadrian as her mate might offer.
When he’s captured by the dreaded enemy, will she step forward to help save him, or will she remain a prisoner of her past?
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