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: Yay, a new Ruby Dixon series!
Crulden the Ruiner is the most dangerous gladiator in the galaxy. I’m his clone – equally ugly, equally dangerous, and just as feared. I’m also being held captive, since no one trusts a creature like me to be let loose. A curvy, determined human named Bee doesn’t think I’m a creature, though. In fact, she thinks I just need a guide. She’s got half the males on this planet eating out of her hand, and she’s confident she can do the same with me. The managing little female has no idea what she’s in for. I’m not some fool to be led around by my tail. But…the champion in me loves a challenge. A champion also wants to win a prize. So I tell Bee I’ll go along with her plans if she kisses me…right on my tusk-filled mouth. I never expected her to say yes. Amazon KU
Cassandra “Cass” Allen has spent years stealing and shagging her way across the galaxy, needing nothing but her ship, her sister, and the friends she’d taken under her wing. Her strategy is always foolproof. Knock out the crew, steal the loot, and get the hell out of dodge. But this time something goes wrong, and a security officer, Kou, chases her right onto her ship, demanding she return what she stole. Like that’s gonna happen. Before Cass can make her getaway, though, her ship is attacked by an unknown assailant, sending them crashing onto an uninhabited planet. Ship damaged, unable to call for help, and stranded with an uncooperative alien she very much wants to take for a test drive, the situation is far more serious than she’s willing to admit. Romantically or otherwise. Amazon KU
Blue-skinned, scaled aliens are settling on Earth, and Emily signed on to be a sponsor. Likir will work at her animal rescue, and she’ll help him transition into Earth society. But after her jerky ex cuts off her animal rescue funding right before Christmas, Emily’s scrambling to find donors. When Likir spontaneously offers to be her fake date to secure tickets to the annual Christmas Costume Ball where she’ll find donors galore, she accepts. Since their relationship is fake, can she keep her hands off this appealing Cu’zod warrior? Before Prince Likir moved to Earth, he ditched his royal status, determined to succeed on Earth under his own merits and not those of his illustrious family. He doesn’t expect to find his sponsor the most appealing female on the planet or to find himself pretending to be her boyfriend. The more he gets to know her, though, the harder he falls. Can he convince Emily to make their pretend romance real? Amazon KU
With solid virtues and a lack of pretense, Melissa Mason has never wished for impossible things. Even blessed with above-average intelligence, she has never sought to surpass her Tert status. But then she meets him—Oron A’Keni, the Emperor of the Kessar. And everything changes. Before, she believed in his lies. Now, she lives and breathes fury. He called her his most precious, then stabbed her in the back. Before, she thought him a victim. Broken and misguided. Now, she sees the truth.
Before, she dreamed about their bright, love-filled future. Now, she pictures the alien bastard’s face when her blow will come. Hiding from everyone and everything, Melissa couldn’t care less about the crisis Earth is facing, with the threat of extinction a hair’s breadth away. All she wants is revenge. And nothing is going to stop her. Not even the latest development, where she finds herself joining him on a trip—into the past. But to survive this unknown universe, she has to postpone her greatest wish and form a reluctant team with the only person capable of keeping her safe. Amazon KU
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
Captain Jaya Mill and her band of rebels have been on the run for a year, their following growing in the beleaguered outer colonies. But every encounter with the Union Navy leaves them licking their wounds, as the Union amasses a horde of enhanced marines. Tynan rushes to find the key to disrupting the virus that bestows superior abilities to the Union’s chosen soldiers, but he fears Jaya will become a casualty of their own weapon. Meanwhile, Mara has returned to her people, attempting to bring some relief to the suffering nareian underclasses even as the Empress and her rivals try to draw Mara into their scheming. When a young politician begins to agitate for democracy in the Empire, an unlikely alliance begins… but it may be too late to transform Narei without total collapse. And back on Argos, Luka is working undercover to infiltrate the Union Navy, until his identity is revealed. He abandons his life on Argos and searches for Jaya, seeking to unite the two prongs of the resistance. He’s not the only one looking for her among the stars. Augustus has a score to settle. But so does Jaya. Amazon KU
herif: Although my brother disappeared many cycles ago, I’ve never given up hope that he’s alive. I get word about a human who has seen him, but she’s evading me. When I finally come face to face with her, the situation becomes a whole lot more complicated, because I can’t deny the pull toward the female with the smart mouth. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’ll be by my side as I rule over my people. Zuri: I heard about the Kaluma looking for me, and I’m not interested. No way. It’s bad enough he knows I’m human, but if he finds out the reason I’m free from my captors, he’ll surely lop my head off with his deadly blades. But he’s hard to shake, and when we finally meet, I realize there’s a whole other problem—he’s claiming me as his mate, and I’m not sure I can resist. Amazon KU
There is no way in the nine hells that I’ll consent to being this alien king’s servant. That doesn’t mean it’ll stop him, unfortunately. He’s the king. And I’m just a common human healer. Yes, he has a sick younger sister that only I can help. But that doesn’t give him the right to swoop in and carry me off to his palace! To add insult to injury, now that I’m here I can’t get over how delicious this alien king is on the eyes. Seriously. They call him His Royal Highness? More like ‘His Royal Fine Ass’ if you ask me. And yeah, I see his stares. He’s sizing me up. Liking what he sees. But…no! I’m still mad at him for snatching me! He can’t sweep me off my feet with kindness after tearing me from my home. He can’t clothe me in silks and fine lace and claim that he loves me and that we’re fated mates and expect me to swoon. Except that’s what he does. And you know what gets me more than anything else? The fact that it’s working. Now I have to decide. Do I want to stay as a servant to this primal alien? Or do I want to be his Queen? Amazon KU
In a faraway galaxy on the edge of apocalypse, cyber samurai Kaia of Kryll is the daughter of a tyrant who’s worshipped as a god by billions. A prison sentence she’ll kill to escape, since women like Kaia are worshipped in chains. And she’s just become the prize five hundred testosterone-fueled suitors will lie, seduce, and slaughter to possess in a ritual contest for her bed. In the scramble to slip past her samurai defenses into her cybersuit, the only guys she wants are the three she can never trust. These four have a boatload of shared secrets and a shared passion so combustible it’s practically pyrophoric—breaking every dangerous rule on a world where lovers are crucified for unconventional unions. Their illicit heat will either end the war destroying all their races…Or get the four of them killed when a god unleashes a death warrant for their heads.
VS Note: Listed in Lesbian superheroes…
Everything’s different now. We’ve still got enemies everywhere, but we finally have the power to fight back. It’s time to change the world. No matter what it takes. “Amongst the killer fight scenes and nail-biting tension is a poignant and tender story of friendship, belonging, being accepted, and most of all loved exactly as you are.” – Melody Robinette, YA fantasy author
Skylar took a chance on a dating app — and ended up embroiled in an intergalactic war. It’s a long story. The Uttux are after her uterus. The only thing standing in their way? Vullar th’Rasda Di’ylian. A scarred, tatted, silver-skinned alien warrior who terrifies Skylar to her very core. His brooding gaze also rouses some different feelings. The type she’d rather ignore. The feeling is mutual — Vullar can’t take his eyes off the beautiful, curvy human. The warrior made a promise to his brother he quickly regrets: The female is not to be touched. A hard promise to keep, but Vullar manages on his ship, where she has her own quarters. That all goes out the window when they’re attacked and crash on an hostile, alien planet. No more separate rooms. No separate beds. Only their shared body-heat will allow them to survive this harsh planet. Amazon KU
Commander Ekhor has never known a universe without war. As a proud member of a warrior race, he has defended his people from the threat of the Rha’ku’tan Empire for his entire life, rising in the ranks of the Alliance military to become one of its most respected leaders. When a mission to a remote, enigmatic planet goes wrong, Ekhor finds himself stranded in an unfamiliar jungle, with no way to contact his people and little hope for survival. His only chance lies in a mysterious human woman with wild eyes and few words — a woman whose origins and intentions are yet unknown to him. With the Rha’ku’tan on his trail and a jungle full of predators ahead of him, he has no choice but to trust the small, feeble human to guide him to safety. But who is she? How did she end up on Ravia? And what is the strange pang he feels in his hearts every time she touches him? Every day is a fight to survive, but as Ekhor learns more about the woman who saved him, his feelings for her grow. He knows he must find a way to escape from Ravia, but one thing has become clear: He cannot leave without her. Amazon KU
VS note: Sounds good!
This is Jumanji meets Elder Scrolls meets medieval romance with a blacksmith Orc. Basically a fantasy union for the ages. It’d be downright perfect… Except for the fact that my new husband comes with a side of three other wives. I spend five bucks to play an old arcade game that promises adventurers a chance to choose their very own epic romance. I’m transported to another reality. A realm where three Orc women inform me that I’ve been added to their family, and I’m about to marry their husband. That’s right. They share a husband. These Orcs think I’m about to become their sisterwife. Obviously, I have to escape them. There’s absolutely no way anyone could be happy living like this forever… right? Note: This is a 78K story that tells the tale of a woman trapped in a wild game reality like Jumanji (and a bit like Zoltar from Big). Romance readers (and ’90s-era gamers and Skyrim fans) will find little easter eggs here and there! Amazon KU
VS Note: From SEPT 7. You know me and post apocalyptic stuff! I one clicked. Not romance.
A fresh post-apocalyptic anthology: the end of the world seen through the salvage and ruins. Featuring Emily St John Mandel, Carmen Maria Machado and more. WHAT WOULD YOU SAVE FROM THE FIRE?
In the moments when it all comes crashing down, what will we value the most, and how will we save it? Digging through the layers of ruined cities beneath your feet, living in the bombed-out husk of a city, hiding from the monsters on the other side of the wall, can we turn the cataclysm into an opportunity? Featuring new and exclusive stories, as well as classics of the genre, Grassmann takes us through the fall and beyond, to the things that are created after. Calling on the finest traditions of post-apocalyptic fiction, this anthology asks us what makes us human, and who we will be when we emerge out of the ruins?
Why does this grumpy, growly, giant blue gladiator make my heart pound every time we’re close? I’ve been ripped away from my home to an alien world, but nothing is going to stop me from getting out of here with my sister. Except maybe my partner in this stupid game. He’s rude, arrogant, and a walking slab of muscle. And unexpectedly sweet. And brave. And makes my knees weak in the craziest of ways. The further we progress in this game, the more I wonder… can I leave him behind?
Do I even want to? Amazon KU
VS NOTE: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
Alyssa Farshot never wanted to rule the empire. But to honor her uncle’s dying wish, she participated in the crownchase, a race across the empire’s 1,001 planets to find the royal seal and win the throne. Alyssa tried to help her friend, Coy, win the crownchase, but just as victory was within their grasp, Edgar Voles killed Coy—and claimed the seal for himself. Broken-hearted over her friend’s death, Alyssa is hell-bent on revenge. But Edgar is well protected in the kingship. Alyssa will have to rally rivals, friends, and foes from across the empire to take him down and change the course of the galaxy.
VS Note: A re-release.
Crescent is lamenting her rather mediocre birthday when a light streaks across the sky. Were the humans here early? The Scribes had sworn the humans would only be arriving in a few decades. When Crescent investigates she discovers that the humans have sent a human ahead of their main colony ship. If the Scribes get him, they would lock him up for the rest of his life. If she saves him, no one in her family will be safe. Amazon
I know a hundred ways to kill a man but have no memory of who I am. The only identity I have is the one my handlers have given me. Nova. Nova Freed is the third book of the Nova Prime series, which is set in the Legion universe. It has light omegaverse elements, fight scenes, and a slow-build romance where Nova won’t have to choose. Amazon KU
LEVE – I had purpose before the Terrans entered our lives. I kept my distance, until she came on board and everything turned upside down. Suddenly, the mission took on a different meaning, dictated by my twin hearts. AVANTI – I’ll be damned if I live as a slave to anyone. I thought joining with the Brazer would be the answer and a way out of life on the run. Boy, was I wrong. Oh yeah, they dropped my friends and me off. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. So why do I sit here and hope he comes back to rescue me? Why is the blue brute with the light eyes even in my thoughts? Why does my skin crave his touch? It doesn’t matter, he’s eons away by now. Amazon KU
VS Note: not a romance but a scifi release of note. I pre-ordered this.
973: a final, top-secret mission to the Moon. Three astronauts in a tiny spaceship, a quarter million miles from home. A quarter million miles from help. NASA is about to launch Apollo 18. While the mission has been billed as a scientific one, flight controller Kazimieras “Kaz” Zemeckis knows there is a darker objective. Intelligence has discovered a secret Soviet space station spying on America, and Apollo 18 may be the only chance to stop it. But even as Kaz races to keep the NASA crew one step ahead of their Russian rivals, a deadly accident reveals that not everyone involved is quite who they were thought to be. With political stakes stretched to the breaking point, the White House and the Kremlin can only watch as their astronauts collide on the lunar surface, far beyond the reach of law or rescue. Full of the fascinating technical detail that fans of The Martian loved, and reminiscent of the thrilling claustrophobia, twists, and tension of The Hunt for Red October, The Apollo Murders is a high-stakes thriller unlike any other. Chris Hadfield captures the fierce G-forces of launch, the frozen loneliness of space, and the fear of holding on to the outside of a spacecraft orbiting the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour as only someone who has experienced all of these things in real life can.
VS Note: Seems like it might be a re-release, given the “New” in the middle of the blurb but I don’t know for sure.
Security Chief Alayna Baptiste was investigating the disappearance of supplies critical to the fledgling colony when she was arrested for conspiracy to sabotage the Gateway under construction. Fortunately for her, the clan chief of the Kashon, Zorn, was there to witness and there to capture her when she had to flee into the alien wilderness. ***NEW**Set up to take the fall for the destruction of the gateway, neither of Alayna’s options are palatable choices. It’s too late to stop it by the time Security Chief Alayna Baptiste discovers the Supremists are behind the efforts to destroy the Gateway—too late to save herself from mob violence bound to target her since she’s setup as scapegoat. She can stay and die or escape into the alien wilderness and probably die anyway. She didn’t actually consider option three—being kidnapped by the Chief of the Kashon.
VS Note: says it’s a modern steampunk fantasy so I put it here in SFR.
He hasn’t been Aleksandr Sergeyevich Volonov, legendary monster-hunting assassin for ten years. Now, he is only Sasha, charming deckhand on a merchant airship so recently destroyed by pirates.
All he wants is to find another job and keep moving. But that simple plan is thwarted when his sister sends an assassin to murder him. His only choice is to return to Saint Petersburg and renounce his claim to his family’s title. Trapped by his late father’s machinations, Sasha finds himself surrounded by death threats, engaged to a brutal villainess, shadowed by his cheeky assassin, and forced to lead the organization bent on eliminating all supernatural creatures from the Russian Empire. As he struggles to keep hold on the man he is, Sasha must face who he used to be in this modern steampunk fantasy adventure full of folklore, banter, and artifice.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.
A world filled with magic, wizards and, enchanted beings—or the ashes of a highly advanced civilization? The truth is much more complicated. Zairoc, a dark wizard – Sir Francis, a benevolent wizard – Trick Mark, captain of the guard – and the construction robot CD-45. Their destinies will collide at the city of Bastion. But concealed from everyone, a young woman holds the key to each of their fates. Ondreeal has lived her whole life on the farm with her callous adoptive father. She longs to see the world and witness for herself the magical wonders that fill it—and she’ll soon get her wish, thrust into an adventure that carries her to heights she never dreamed possible, and to the depths of despair and loneliness. Ondreeal can never become the hero the world wants her to be. But will she become the hero it needs?
This is an Omegaverse origin story set in a scifi world. I am Isolde, female, and I’m a grocery store assistant who can shelve like a badass. Until the day I’m scooped up by a lionlike alien called a mauleon, and he has CLAWS, and FANGS. I should have fainted at those. Now I’m trapped on a humongous, fossilized starship. To my shame, I find myself craving his touch. I never asked to be an experiment, but we are mutating. His muscles bulge with new growth. Silver streaks mar his skin. And he wants to write “mine” on me, with his claws, probably. A galaxy-wide bureaucracy organized his mission, aiming to turn females into a new species, and no one knows why. Why is love always so complicated? And what is this heat…I’m on my knees and the world dissolves into a steamy, swaying fog. The panting, gasping, and probing of places seem endless, as do my tormented cries. I may need… help. Amazon KU
What if you could change the course of queer history, one story at a time? It’s the fall of 1986, the age of walkmans, mix tapes, floppy discs and Jolt Cola. Sean’s a twenty-five-year-old closeted gay sci-fi geek who runs a popular pulp ‘zine called Prolepsis. A geek with a crush on the cute guy named Jason who works at the post office. One day a pink envelope from an author named I.H. Tragitto arrives, with a gay sci-fi story that opens up new worlds of possibility in Sean’s head. A story his homophobic boss chews him out for publishing. Emboldened by the tale, Sean finally asks Jason out, and is thrilled when his crush says yes. When another story arrives from the mystery author, Sean is faced with a difficult choice. Defy his boss and publish it, and risk exposing his own secret, or stay safely in the closet and live a lie. And then there’s Jason, with whom Sean is slowly falling in love.
What should he do? And who in the world is I.H. Tragitto? Only time will tell. Amazon KU
VS Note: I went with the spelling of the name on the cover.
The Yatur sent a spaceship to Earth with a seemingly simple exchange. They would provide humans with advancements in technology for medical and scientific purposes, and the only thing humans had to give in return were women. When outdoor adventure blogger, Daliya Prince, is chosen to mate with an alien, she is ecstatic to begin this new chapter in her life. But an unexpected death made her face a harsh ultimatum. She had one month to find a new mate or one would be assigned to her. With a grumpy enforcer watching her back and strange calls from a stalker, Daliya must quickly decide who she wants to spend the rest of her life with. Despite not having the money and connections that his rich friends had, Cohn Achene has worked his way up in the Teague Security Agency to be a top enforcer. He always put duty above his own wants and needs, including taking a mate. When he’s given the task to watch over an unmated human female, he wonders what he could’ve done to deserve such a lowly assignment. The more time Cohn spends with Daliya, the more he enjoys her company. Can Cohn give her up to someone who isn’t deserving of her or will he find a way to keep Daliya as his own?
MANUMITTER – n. Someone who frees others from slavery or bondage. REID – If being my wife was something galactic women could apply for, they’d happily die for the opportunity. I am a Lyran Metamorph god. I am the God of Night. Shockingly, this human female only wants to return to Earth.
I fear she will not pass the three challenges to become my wife. I must woo her and inspire her. This human must succeed. If she fails, we both die. Our destinies are intertwined. We must be victorious.
IS THIS HUMAN FEMALE STRONG ENOUGH TO PASS THE LYRAN CHALLENGES? LIBBY – I was abducted while walking home from work in Michigan. Sold and then sold again to a galactic zoo.
Rescued by a Lyran Metamorph. My manumitter says I’m his wife, almost. He says if I return to Lyra Prime and marry him, he will set me free. The more I know of him, the more I fall in love with him,
and the more I question my own reality. This seems too good to be true. IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE AN ALIEN? Amazon KU
VS Note: From SEPT 6
t’s been ten years since Tasha’s partner double-crossed her, throwing her to the wolves and resulting in her exile to distant planet. When she meets Baz Vaughn, there’s only one thing on her mind: stealing her ex-partner’s fortune and getting back to her sister on the Jovian moon of Callisto. But desire soon consumes both Tasha and Baz, and they find it hard to resist one another as they put their plans in motion. Making matters more complicated is that Baz is a fugitive himself, and the prodigal son of an intergalactic crime family. As Baz and Tasha fall for each other, the stakes get higher–and when they ultimately return to Callisto, their love is put to the test. Amazon KU
VS: Special Item, not scifi but adjacent.
Brent Spiner’s explosive and hilarious novel is a personal look at the slightly askew relationship between a celebrity and his fans. If the Coen Brothers were to make a Star Trek movie, involving the complexity of fan obsession and sci-fi, this noir comedy might just be the one. Set in 1991, just as Star Trek: The Next Generation has rocketed the cast to global fame, the young and impressionable actor Brent Spiner receives a mysterious package and a series of disturbing letters, that take him on a terrifying and bizarre journey that enlists Paramount Security, the LAPD, and even the FBI in putting a stop to the danger that has his life and career hanging in the balance. Featuring a cast of characters from Patrick Stewart to Levar Burton to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, to some completely imagined, this is the fictional autobiography that takes readers into the life of Brent Spiner, and tells an amazing tale about the trappings of celebrity and the fear he has carried with him his entire life. Fan Fiction is a zany love letter to a world in which we all participate, the phenomenon of “Fandom.”
The latest threat uncovered, it is my honor and duty to oust those responsible for the slaughter of so many and make the Fae Others pay for their crimes. However, nothing could have prepared me for the stunning and curious female that crosses my path. She’s an enigma: equal parts strength and vulnerability. She quiets the rage I’ve carried within me for so long and makes me question Death’s directives for the first time ever. Her tragic, emotional story touches something deep within me, and her bravery is awe-inspiring—which makes it doubly hard to let her return to the enemy and the dangers that await. I never expected her, but I need her. She is everything to me, and I will do whatever it takes to make sure she’s safe and by my side. Forever.
Britain, A.D. 42—Boudica, second daughter of a Celtic king, has little concern for tribal tensions and political intrigues. Called by the gods and the stirrings of her own wild heart, she listens instead to whispers of the oaks. But Boudica would be wiser to heed the warning cries of eagles. Rumors abound that the Romans are amassing forces for another invasion. In an effort to consolidate power, Boudica’s father turns to Prasutagus, the formidable ruler of the Greater Iceni. To win Prasutagus’s aid, Boudica’s father must strike a bargain—a deal with implications beyond Boudica’s imagining. Amazon KU
I’m Mags McAllister, and I am an honest-to-goodness modern-day candlestick maker. I work in my family’s shop in the historic district of Larkhaven, Georgia, and also make a pretty penny from sharing videos of my process online.My life is simple, quiet, and all mine… until a white cat with mismatched eyes shows up outside my shop and refuses to leave. When I take him home, things get really weird. As in, I can now see things and people that were never there before.It gets even freakier when a voiceless spirit introduces herself to me via a handwritten letter. This specter claims that I share her name and will also share her fate if we can’t solve the mystery that’s haunted our town since 1781… and quickly, because she won’t be able to maintain her strength for much longer.Talk about a cold case! Can I actually find a way to free my eighteenth-century counterpart? Or has my new feline companion just signed my death warrant by opening my eyes to the secret supernatural plane in our otherwise sleepy small town?
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This is supposed to be a good year. With a new set of instructors – and ones I know well – I’m sure it will be. For once, things are finally starting to go my way. My mentors are proud, my family is closer than ever before, and I am happy. Unfortunately, the gods are tired of waiting. Every day, Zeal grows stronger, but Ambition, Inspiration, Perception, Compassion, and Intuition don’t. They’re fading, with no hope in sight. Except me. Piece by piece, my god has built me up, given me “weapons” to use, and made me into the kind of woman I can be proud of. He calls me his partner and that isn’t an empty title. It means more than just serving him. I can tell by the longing in his divine eyes. My success doesn’t go unnoticed, though. My haters want to destroy me…(more blurb on ebook seller page…) Amazon KU
Ten years ago this season, Gregory Maguire wrapped up the series he began with Wicked by giving us the fourth and final volume of the Wicked Years, his elegiac Out of Oz. But “out of Oz” isn’t “gone for good.” Maguire’s new series, Another Day, is here, twenty-five years after Wicked first flew into our lives. Volume one, The Brides of Maracoor, finds Elphaba’s granddaughter, Rain, washing ashore on a foreign island. Comatose from crashing into the sea, Rain is taken in by a community of single women committed to obscure devotional practices. As the mainland of Maracoor sustains an assault by a foreign navy, the island’s civil-servant overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and wellbeing of an entire nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for good or for ill? The trilogy Another Day will follow this green-skinned girl from the island outpost into the unmapped badlands of Maracoor before she learns how, and becomes ready, to turn her broom homeward, back to her family and her lover, back to Oz, which—in its beauty, suffering, mystery, injustice, and possibility—reminds us all too clearly of the troubled yet sacred terrain of our own lives.
One of the worlds biggest superstars has been murdered, causing a scandal big enough to rock the city. Now it’s Detective Isaac Taylor’s job to find the person responsible and bring them to justice. But with a second scandal brewing inside the police department, Ike knows things are about to get dicey.Sidney Taylor is loving married life. But she’s also committed to her mission of helping battered women find their power. Even if that means reaching out to a frightened woman right in front of her abuser. With Ike’s psychic abilities growing as fast as the massive media coverage, a surprising family scandal, and their own personal doubts to contend with, things seem bleak. But will Ike and Sid be able to keep their new marriage on track or will it all fall apart? Amazon KU
Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma, for the funeral of his mysterious and beloved aunt Sue, Adam Binder once again finds himself in the path of deadly magic when a dark druid begins to prey on members of Adam’s family. It all seems linked to the death of Adam’s father many years ago—a man who may have somehow survived as a warlock. Watched by the police, separated from the man who may be the love of his life, compelled to seek the truth about his connection to the druid, Adam learns more about his family and its troubled history than he ever bargained for, and finally comes face-to-face with the warlock he has vowed to stop. Meanwhile, beyond the Veil of the mortal world, Argent the Queen of Swords and Vic the Reaper undertake a dangerous journey to a secret meeting of the Council of Races . . . where the sea elves are calling for the destruction of humanity.
When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s worried she’s not going to fit in. To her surprise, she’s immediately adopted by the most popular girls in school. At first glance, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are perfect. But at a party under a full moon, Becca learns that they also have a big secret. Becca’s new friends are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls. Eager to be accepted, Becca allows her friends to turn her into a werewolf, and finally, for the first time in her life, she feels like she truly belongs. But then things get complicated. As their pack begins to buckle under the pressure, their moral high ground gets muddier and muddier—and Becca realizes that she might have feelings for one of her new best friends.
SOA Special Agent Patrick Collins has lived a life full of lies, and it has finally caught up with him. There’s no denying his past any longer, not after giving up the truth to save himself from a murder charge. But truth alone can’t set Patrick free, and time is running out to stop the Dominion Sect from turning his father into a god. Jonothon de Vere knows survival isn’t a guarantee, but he’s desperate to keep Patrick safe, even as hope slips through his fingers. With the future unknown, Jono will follow Patrick wherever he goes, even to Salem, where a family reunion reveals a bitter secret that was never going to stay buried. With New York City under control of their god pack, Patrick and Jono must fall back on every alliance they’ve brokered to fill the front lines of a war coming directly to the city streets. The veil is always thinnest on Samhain, and what awaits them on the other side is the stuff of nightmares. For when it tears, all hell will break loose, and the gods will be summoned to face a reckoning the world isn’t ready for. The stakes have never been higher, failure has never been so deadly, and the Fates have never been kind to heroes. Patrick knows that better than anyone—because everything has a price, every debt always comes due, and it’s finally time for Patrick to pay his. Amazon KU
VS Note: Genderfluid MC; bi MC
Perhaps you know the myths. Furious, benevolent Gods. A tree that binds nine realms. A hammer stronger than any weapon. And someday, the end of everything. But few have heard of me. Looking back, it’s easy to know what choices I might have made differently. At least it feels that way. I might have given up on my title. Told my father he was useless, king of Gods or no, and left Asgard. Made a life somewhere else. Maybe I would never have let Loki cross my path. Never have fallen in love.
But there’s no going back. We were happy once. And the price for that happiness was the end of everything.
Last Halloween she was as busy as a bat out of hell, but this year is about to drain the life out of her… literally. Rosemary Bell should be on top of the world. Her Mosswood family has expanded by one step-son, her new business venture is up and running, and she’s just received a proposal… until the Council of Witches has something to say about it. Rosie and Declan head to Salem, the witch capital of the world, to get the COW’s blessing for their engagement–but all is not as it seems. When an evil spell transports Rosie’s soul back in time, she’s confronted by a world that not only hunts witches, but hangs them too. In a time fraught with danger, Rosie must find a way back to the present–and her vulnerable family. She will need to escape from the dangers of history and make her way back before time runs out–or risk not having a future at all. Amazon KU
Teenage baker Syd sends ripples of heartbreak through Austin’s queer community when a batch of post-being-dumped brownies turns out to be magical—and makes everyone who eats them break up. What’s done is done.” Unless, of course, it was done by my brownies. Then it’s getting undone. Syd (no pronouns, please) has always dealt with big, hard-to-talk-about things by baking. Being dumped is no different, except now Syd is baking at the Proud Muffin, a queer bakery and community space in Austin. And everyone who eats Syd’s breakup brownies . . . breaks up. Even Vin and Alec, who own the Proud Muffin. And their breakup might take the bakery down with it. Being dumped is one thing; causing ripples of queer heartbreak through the community is another. But the cute bike delivery person, Harley (he or they, check the pronoun pin, it’s probably on the messenger bag), believes Syd about the magic baking. And Harley believes Syd’s magical baking can fix things, too—one recipe at a time.
How does lust turn into love? Slowly. And it might hurt. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t like feeding from humans because they taste like dirt. But I date them. They’re excellent for that. Vampires are demanding, arrogant and too focused on mating. I realize this sounds odd, considering I’m a vampire, but I like to explore. I need my freedom. Even if it means staying in this hellish situation orchestrated by my father. But lately, there’s a bright spot. My senses are pulling me toward a delicious human doctor. I don’t know what it is about him, but I’m intrigued. In a way that I haven’t been in a very long time… if ever. Amazon KU
The people of Feigh finally enjoy security and prosperity, but a new darkness threatens in The Stagsblood King, the second book of the dark gay fantasy Stagsblood Trilogy. Tel has begun to heal his kingdom in the six years since the civil war. His grief-stricken heart is another matter. He has committed all his love and energy to his country and Ofya, his adopted daughter. For the first time in centuries, the world is free of war. To celebrate this triumph, Tel and his Omelan friend, Turo, conceive of the Peace Games. All nations are invited to send their strongest and fastest to Feigh for a festival of friendly athletic competition. But a mysterious self-proclaimed king rises on the border of Feigh and Sheruck. He believes Tel plays a critical role in an ancient prophecy and will stop at nothing to see the foretelling through. Blindsided by the new monarch’s aggression, Tel finds himself in an impossible position. Stripped of his magic and facing an unstoppable enemy with powerful secrets, Tel must rely on the strengths of Caip, Dar, Bin, and Ofya to save Feigh. And he must rely on the strengths of Turo to save himself.
I’m now an (almost) fully accredited PI, hunting a small-time politician’s killer while the rest of the world thinks I murdered him. Same old, same old. As the small-time notoriety from my last endeavour fades from memory, I set my focus on expanding my investigation service. So, when a new client hires me to follow her husband and catch him “in flagrante,” I’m on board. Unfortunately, he soon turns up dead. Even worse, my fingerprints are on the murder weapon. Of course, there’s an innocent explanation, but getting the police to believe that is a Herculean task. With premature news reports painting me as public enemy number one, I’ll have to work hard to solve his murder if I want to keep my business (and myself) alive. Amazon KU
VS Note: Sapphic MC
Book 3 in the Witch of Empire series.In the aftermath of the war, Iona “Sully” Sullivan has lost everything; her job, her friends, her fiancé and even her magic. But when an old friend shows up on her doorstep, offering her the chance to undo one of her long litany of mistakes, there is still enough of the old Sully left to get her on the first boat to Hong Kong. A stranger in a strange land, Sully must navigate alien customs, werebear chefs, the blossoming criminal underworld, religious extremists, Mongol agents, vampire separatists, and every other freak, maniac or cosmic leftover with an iota of power as they all compete for a chance at the most valuable prize in all the world; a little sailor doll named Eugene, and the last wish on earth.
Welcome to Chipping Cheddar where supernaturals are hidden in plain sight. Federal Bureau of Magic Agent Eden Fury spends her days catching demons and returning them to Otherworld where they belong. Grandma spends her days catching Little Critters on her favorite game and never the twain shall meet. Until they do. When a spell goes awry and allows Little Critters to escape the game, Eden and her family are forced to team up and find them. The creatures might look adorable in the app, but Eden quickly learns they’re far more terrifying and dangerous in real life. Will Eden catch ‘em all or will it be game over for the residents of Chipping Cheddar? Amazon KU
A Standalone PDA Romance in the Haize world Amazon KU
Sophie Arundel is stranded in a parallel universe, stuck in a grand house in an alternate 1925 England. Thankfully, she has her faithful dog, Charlotte. Oh, and Hugo Harrington who is stranded too — and Sophie’s fallen for him, head over heels. Hugo’s entirely uninterested, but Sophie has bigger problems. As a revolution threatens the Manor and everyone in it, Sophie finds the hidden portal to the twenty-first century. When she opens it, one man’s deadly secret will be exposed. And he’ll kill to stop her. Amazon KU
There’s a prominent threat on the block … and he might just be sharing Stormy Morgan’s roof.
She’s a new witch but she has a big problem … and it talks. Her new roommate Krankle may look cute but he’s a huge pain in her posterior. He’s also hiding something. Before she can focus on that, however, the unthinkable happens. On the highway leading out of town, three vehicles are involved in an accident. One belongs to Harold Lautner, the former head of the senior center who went missing months before. He was presumed dead in a hunting accident, but now the truck he was driving at the time he fell off the face of the earth is front and center … and emergency crews say there’s nobody to save inside. Hunter Ryan, Stormy’s boyfriend and a police officer in Shadow Hills, is chasing lead after lead but …(more blueb on ebook seller’s page…) Amazon KU
Abigail Wilder’s father may be the Lord Sorcier of England, but that does not mean that society is willing to accept her as a magician. When a dark lord of faerie threatens London, however, Abigail is determined to uncover the truth and save Lord Longshadow’s victims—and neither good manners nor her father’s worries will stop her. Abigail is not the only one investigating the terrible events in London, though. A street rat named Mercy soon insists on joining her cause—and while Mercy’s own magic is strange and foreboding, she may well pose an even greater danger to Abigail’s heart.
Death is her destiny. Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami, Ren Scarborough has been collecting souls in the London streets for centuries. Expected to obey the harsh hierarchy of the Reapers who despise her, Ren conceals her emotions and avoids her tormentors as best she can.
When her failure to control her Shinigami abilities drives Ren out of London, she flees to Japan to seek the acceptance she’s never gotten from her fellow Reapers. Accompanied by her younger brother, the only being on earth to care for her, Ren enters the Japanese underworld to serve the Goddess of Death…only to learn that here, too, she must prove herself worthy. Determined to earn respect, Ren accepts an impossible task—find and eliminate three dangerous Yokai demons—and learns how far she’ll go to claim her place at Death’s side.
VS Note: From Sept 30.
After the death of my boyfriend, I’ve spent seven years hiding from bikers and atoning for my sins. Until my brother orders me to infiltrate our rival club and avenge our father’s death. Destroying my enemies from within won’t be the hard part. Hiding my identity will be. The Jackals are just like me, shifters with the power of Egyptian gods, and with Set, Osiris, Horus, and Thoth whispering in their ears, it won’t be long until they discover my secret. Until a cruel and sick twist of fate changes everything. The gods are cursed, and we as their servants, are bound as mates. Fucking fated mates. I’d rather die than lie with a Jackal. Hearts won’t be the only thing I’m breaking when my enemies declare me theirs. Amazon KU
Playing in the Blazewrath World Cup with Team Puerto Rico and the Sol de Noche dragons had been Lana Torres’s dream come true—until it turned into a nightmare. To rid the world of the dragon supremacists, Lana and her friends had to cancel the games forever. Without the sport that brought them together, the whole team returns to Puerto Rico to recover. But rest isn’t in the cards. Someone is kidnapping dragons and has set their sights on the Sol de Noches. To keep their dragons safe, Team Puerto Rico has to take down an underground cabal of evil magic users who are fighting stolen dragons to the death. But even if they join forces with Blazewrath-superstar-turned-international-fugitive Takeshi Endo, will they be able to stop the most powerful witch the world has ever seen?
For hundreds of years, the Van Helsing family has searched for the creature Dracula, a demon of the night that stalks the shadows for hapless prey. Freshly returned from service in the Great War, Van Helsing heir Jonathan Wakefield finds himself in the English countryside on a hunch that the creature has taken a new form: the Lady of Harker Heights, Bianca Ivyshade. Each year on All Hollow’s Eve, Bianca hosts an extravagant ball, and Jonathan has landed an invitation. He brings with him two other vampire hunters and his Great War compatriots: shy scientist Marcus Ryder and charming occultist Edward Shelley. When a storm confines the guests to the manor for the night, Jonathan, Marcus, and Edward find themselves irresistibly drawn to the beautiful Bianca. And they soon learn that there are secrets hidden at Harker Heights—and perhaps even a greater evil than the vampiress herself. Will the men escape with their lives? Or will they fall under the vampire’s thrall? AmazonKU
Ahn is no one, with no past and no family. Altan is a lost heir, his future stolen away as a child. When they meet, Altan sees in Ahn a path to reclaiming the throne. Ahn sees a way to finally unlock her past and understand her lethal magical abilities. But they may have to pay a far deadlier price than either could have imagined.
Your favorite character, Sheldon, here. If you’re an Immortal Guardians fan, I think you’re really going to enjoy this companion. Dianne has packed it with over a dozen deleted scenes that feature many of the characters you’ve come to know and love plus a bonus scene from Cliff’s Descent that you won’t want to miss. You’ll also find every character interview Dianne has ever written inside these pages. (Those of you who’ve encountered a few in the past know the ones I conduct are the best.) If you’ve never read one or you missed a few, then pick up a copy, sit back, and laugh while I interview Immortal Guardians and the loves of their lives for the network. Even Chris Reordon and Todd down at network headquarters get in on the action. I also interview Dianne and ply her with questions I thought you’d like to ask her. Throw in a couple of short stories, what inspired the Immortal Guardians series, and a brief Who Does What Now? list, and you’re bound to enjoy it.
Never stand down – Serena Moon treats life like a beach goer taking in the ocean’s tide. It’s all serene until you turn your back for a second, and an errant waves knocks you on your ass. Know when you’re in over you head – When she’s entrusted with the safekeeping of the child elven queen, she enlists the help of mysterious — complete understatement— Peder, leader of the shifter sea dragons. Serena’s not sure what’s happening off the coast of SoCal but he’s got his own tricks. It’s gotta be safe – It’ll take more than magic and mastery of the sea to take on the evil darkness determined to capture the world’s salvation. Serena and Peder must conquer unknown enemies and the complexity of love everlasting to save their hearts. Amazon KU
Ryxander, the Warden of Gloamingard, has failed. Unsealed by her blood, the Door hidden within the black tower has opened. Now, for the first time since the age of the Graces, demons walk the world.
As tensions grow between nations, all eyes—and daggers—are set on Morgrain, which has fallen under the Demon of Discord’s control. When an artifact with the power to wipe out all life in a domain is stolen, Ryx will do whatever it takes to save her home from destruction. But success may demand a larger sacrifice from Ryx than she could have imagined.
My whole life, I’ve been a goddess on the run—from my family, from my birthright, from my brother. Until a fateful concert in Silver Springs, when I get so angry I accidentally call on my ancient protectors and the warrior spirits body snatch some humans at the concert—a vain band member, a sweet-as-sugar policeman, and a dad-shoe-wearing concessions worker. Their presence puts me in all sorts of danger – the whole of the Greek pantheon would have heard that battle cry – but I can’t seem to get rid of them. They made a promise long ago that they’d protect me to the end, and there’s nothing sexier than a warrior’s promise. But if it does go sideways, these bodies aren’t for fighting, and I might end up protecting my protectors. So before my brother finds me, we need to get my spirit protectors out of these useless human bodies and into their own, and then we need to get gone. I can’t stop running now, when love’s finally knocking on my door.
Sometimes being the boss’s daughter has its perks. Other times…When I graduate college, I strike out on my own, wanting to make my own mark on the world. An entry level job at a boutique social media management firm is a perfect fit. Best of all, it’s separate from my Dad. Or so I think. A night out at a concert to relax gives me more than I bargained for–intoxicating music and three silver foxes who teach me more in one night than I’ve ever experienced in the bedroom. I’ve got it made. Then I meet my bosses… Who are also apparently my dad’s secret business partners. To make matters worse, I may have possibly called at least one of them Daddy during our heated passion. The attraction is undeniable, but so is their determination to keep me at arm’s length. And I’m fine with that. Who needs gorgeous, sexy hunks that make my body melt when I have my whole life before me? Me. Apparently.
Kai Merlin is heir to her mother’s throne in Atlantis, and she takes her duties seriously, but lately her mind has been on her fiancée Vivien Palmer. After a chance encounter when they were children, meeting again and falling in love proved to be fate, but melding their worlds as they plan their wedding isn’t going to be easy. Vivien has spent her life searching for the secrets she’d always known were hidden beneath the waves, but nothing prepared her for what Kai and her people had successfully kept hidden for eons. She finally has a sense of belonging, but unseen enemies will stop at nothing to conquer and destroy their world—including everything and everyone she holds dear.
Below turbulent waves, Kai and Vivien must fight for what is right as life and love hang in the balance.
When my father dies, I’m forced to return to the one place I swore I’d never go again—Fable, a town full of secrets and lies. It’s home to a dangerous wolf pack, if I’m being honest, who are mostly psychos. Upon my arrival, they insist I join their Wolf Games. If I don’t win, I’m to mate with the winner. See what I mean about psychotic? But then, I meet them. Two sexy, powerful shifters from rival packs, who are mountains of muscles, and may actually stand a chance at winning. First there’s Hunter, the scorching-hot, mysterious Moon Wolf who was also the first man I ever lusted after, like hard. Then there’s Ri, the brooding Irish Shadow Wolf, whose shady past haunts him. They are ruthless and fiercely determined to win for their packs, which means I’d become their prize. But despite how much my body craves theirs, I refuse to be anyone’s trophy because I have a secret of my own. I may have been forced to enter the games but I don’t plan on coming in last. Me and my wolf? We’re not just going to win, we’ll destroy the whole damn game. Amazon KU
Free will is a relic of the past. Souls have a prewritten path to heaven. If they miss it, they are doomed to roam the lost realm of limbo as splinters of their former selves or worse—as demons. Their only hope is the reaper Alames, whose own soul shattered when her celestial lover, Balthos, usurped their creators to make them gods. In her absence, he builds a pantheon of monsters and tricks the mortals, whom he blames for his grief, into worshiping him. But when a new generation defies Balthos’s law, Alames’s splinters appear among them. Brilliant physicist Ally longs for progress and innovation, but the Council controlling her nation strips the “Mad Princess” of power. Pregnant and uncertain, the unrivaled Captain Se’azana abandons her career for the false promises of love. The starving serf Richard makes a deal with a Fae demon to save his son. And teenage rebel Vana trades her guitar for a blade when faced with ruthless nobility. When worlds tear and hearts break, will they defy the gods’ narrative to create a brighter future or will they obey the lies preached and doom their soul forever?
Protective dragons. Conniving succubi, and desperate thieves. Fierce battles and talking marionettes. Inside the covers you will find stories with unique worldbuilding and gripping characters. Myths, Legends, and Dreams is a Speculative Fiction anthology featuring the works of the members of the Worldsmyths writing community. Founded in 2016, we wanted to do something BIG to celebrate our fifth anniversary, and this anthology was born!
A new city, a new job, a new home—things are definitely looking up for Oliver Foster. An aspiring young architect, embarking on a successful career in Baltimore, all he wants is to put the pain of a broken heart and broken trust behind him. The last thing he needs is another ill-advised romantic entanglement. But despite his best intentions, Oliver can’t help his growing fascination with Nym Brown, the mysterious owner of Lakeside Lodge. When Oliver rents an apartment in an old Victorian house overlooking Baltimore’s Druid Lake, he expects it to be quaint and shabbily charming. But as Halloween draws near and all things spooky come out to play, Oliver becomes convinced there is more going on at Lakeside Lodge than meets the eye, aside from the faulty plumbing. His neighbors are a whole new definition of quirky, and his enigmatic, gruff landlord is both intimidating and dangerously attractive. Dark and sinister secrets lurk behind the house on Druid Lake’s crumbling façade. Unearthing them might yet put Oliver’s future—and his heart—on the line.
Long before Charles Dickens and Henry James popularized the tradition of supernatural horror, the shadowy nights of winter have been a time for people to gather together by the flicker of candlelight and experience the intoxicating thrill of a spooky tale. Now nine bestselling, award-winning authors—all of them master storytellers of the sinister and the macabre—bring the tradition to vivid life in a spellbinding new collection of original spine-tingling tales. Taking you from the frosty fens of the English countryside, to the snow-covered grounds of a haunted estate, to a bustling London Christmas market, these mesmerizing stories will capture your imagination and serve as your indispensable companion to cold, dark nights. So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the ghostly spell of winters past.
Someone is killing omegas. Three bodies have been found so far, all within a short radius. That doesn’t bode well, and Sheriff Kelly Townsend has appealed to the Council for help hunting for the murderer before any more die. They agree but tell him that since the dead omegas were all killed at night, they have reached out to get him someone who does his best work at night. The thing is, his help is a vampire. An omega vampire.
VS Note: A re-release.
Can a loyal and sensual owl shifter couple woo a human mate who’s convinced he’s an ugly duckling? When socially awkward Dexter Fortis rescues an elf owl blown off course by a storm, he has no idea the bird is a shifter named Orion. Or that his life is about to change. Orion falls in love with the kind custodian, but he must convince his long-term partner, Talon, that Dexter is just who they’ve been searching for to establish a permanent ménage. Even if they can gently break down Dexter’s walls, they’ll have to contend with a dangerous cult rising in the shifter community and a hidden enemy determined to keep Dexter from them.
Sophie knows she shouldn’t run with the gorgeous Enforcer of a neighboring pack, but Tanner Burnett is too hard to resist. When an explosive battle between their fathers ends in violence, the now rival wolf packs vow vengeance and the two lovers are separated. Except Sophie is hiding a secret from everyone, until her brother forces the truth out of her. The new alphas of both packs decide there is only one path to ensure the packs’ safety. A wedding of convenience. Can Sophie and Tanner find their way to love when circumstances beyond their control bind them together? Amazon KU
Plagued by headaches and with an attitude to match, Surly — as she’s known to the odd-ball locals in her Oregon Coast community — stumbles across a murder victim while out for a stroll. Strange things are common in Naghatune Bay, but this is the first murder by magick, though the straight-laced deputy sheriff isn’t convinced. Suri assists with the investigation while juggling her teahouse and bookshop business, an arrogant spirit who’s not eager to cross over, and a displaced kitchen witch who’s just trying to help. But nothing goes according to plan, and then Suri finds herself in the killer’s sorcery sights.
A vampire princess. A human. One drop of blood changed their lives forever. Vampires had taken everything from Quinn Hogan during the war. She had spent her entire life hiding from them. The last thing Quinn wanted in life was to be matched to one. Each human was required by law to enter the draft. Her name was randomly picked for submitting her blood sample. Chances of being chosen? A million to one. Luck had never been on her side. Quinn matched with a vampire. Now she was being shipped off to some random vampire who would probably bleed her dry. Velika Riskel didn’t want a mate. As the warden of Northwest America, there was no time for her to take a mate. When the human arrived, she had planned to release her, but one look into Quinn’s hazel eyes and all of that changed. Velika and Quinn’s relationship was doomed from the start. Velika was a seasoned warrior who wasn’t afraid of challenges. The vampire princess was determined to win Quinn’s heart, defend her against a rival, and then claim her.
VS note: From SEPT 20
Imane –I lived alone in my small house in Jackal Park. Until one day, my straight neighbor was suddenly on my couch. His name was Alpha, and I’d be lying if I said he wasn’t hot. But the next time he was at my door to apologize, he killed a werewolf with his bare hands. What was he? He better not be an enemy of my best friend, Champ. Because I’ll do anything to look after my wolf-friend, even if it meant killing my hot neighbor. Alpha – I had a simple dream of starting my family and having kids. Although my girlfriend didn’t like the idea. If only my best friend was my fated mate, I wouldn’t have this problem. He would be the perfect wife for me. Ever since I was a little pup, I promised to keep him safe. Yet, I also had to juggle my time with work and the responsibility to protect my people. So if one day I was suddenly on his couch, I hoped he wouldn’t freak out. Amazon KU
If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer. The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread. For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya. Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built.
I can’t believe Logan’s been my partner for over a year. Actually, he’s been more than that for half as long. I know he’ll always have my back. But when a routine monster eviction goes horribly wrong, he’s furious that I didn’t run when I had the chance. What’s his deal? The way I see it, the FBI didn’t hire me to run away. They hired me to get the job done. Plus, I’m not the type to run from anything. I did it once when I was a kid and I’ve regretted it to this very day. I suppose that explains why I’m taking this latest case so personally. Funny how some things come around full circle…especially when you least expect it. Amazon KU
Lynn Taylor: After fifteen years of marriage, I’m out. I’m finally free while my ex-husband has moved on to greener pastures. I don’t have much to my name outside of a failing coffee shop I inherited and my cat, Casper, but I’m determined to make it a success, even if that means scouting a new location for it. The last thing I want or need is to be dragged cross-portal to attend a harvest festival put on my brutish orcs. I can’t say no to my very determined best friend. Throw in an opportunity too good to pass up and I might just have to take a chance on a new future I never dreamed of. Even if I have to dodge a flirtatious orc with a gaudy fashion sense and a promise of forever in his eyes. Bodi Ironclaw: As a bachelor orc in my prime, I can’t understand how it is that I’ve not found my mate. Surely it shouldn’t have been this hard to find my bloodbond? Sure, I have a few silvering hairs appearing, but I’m hearty as ever and determined to find my perfect one. With the harvest festival open to humans this year and bringing with it a delightful female with a passion for coffee who makes my blood sing, I’m starting to believe that this time things will turn around and I will be lucky in love. If only I can get my prickly female to see this warrior is the male meant for her. Amazon KU
VS Note: Seanan McGuire writing as…
After climbing Over the Woodward Wall and making their way across the forest, Avery and Zib found themselves acquiring some extraordinary friends in their journey through the Up-and-Under. After staying the night, uninvited, at a pirate queen’s cottage in the woods, the companions find themselves accountable to its owner, and reluctantly agree to work off their debt as her ship sets sail, bound for lands unknown. But the queen and her crew are not the only ones on board, and the monsters at sea aren’t all underwater. The friends will need to navigate the stormy seas of obligation and honor on their continuing journey along the improbable road.
The more clues emerge about Geraldine’s past, the more questions arise. Did she have a twin sister who drowned? Who is the mysterious benefactor in her hazy recollections? Did he have anything to do with her becoming immortal? Thankfully, she doesn’t have to find the answers alone. Cassandra and Onegus are there for her, and so is Shai, the immortal who sets her body on fire. As they work together to solve the mystery, the four of them stumble upon a millennia-old secret that could tip the balance of power between the clan and its enemies. Amazon KU
Say your prayers before you go to the sleep. Because the Final Harvest is here. Bastions between Heaven and Hell, Reapers are more than meets the eye. Angel or Demon. Good or bad. Are you ready to meet your reaper? Find your heaven or hell in the pages of Final Harvest, and anthology of grim and romantic reaper tales from 9 paranormal romance and urban fantasy authors. Gripping, tantalizing, and soul catching stories are waiting for you in these dark pages. Death is calling. And it wants you.
Deadly warlord Northaen has fought for millennia to preserve what’s left of his angelic dominion of Kalasder. On the hunt to locate one of the prophesized women who will help save his realm and take her back with him—or steal her if he had to—he comes face-to-face with a fiery female with the wounded eyes, one who threatens his iron-clad control and turns his world upside down. Cruelly betrayed, all Kataya Jamison wants is to lick her wounds someplace quiet, not clash with a maddening immortal who believes she possesses the mystical blood magic his world desperately requires. With her life falling apart, it’s the last complication she needs. But when rebels snatch her, and the intractable man comes to her rescue, the armor protecting her heart starts to slip. Together on his bleak realm, and despite her wariness, neither can resist the desire blazing between them. A passion that is intense as it is forbidden. And North will stop at nothing to claim her as his. When his enemies target Kataya, a powerful darkness rises, and their burgeoning bond is viciously tested. But the sacrifice required to defeat it may very well break them both. Amazon KU
Are you ready for A WICKED NIGHT? Prepare to fall under the spell of five paranormal romance stories of angels, fae, dragons, griffins, and more winged creatures! Set during Halloween night, this is sure to be one spooky and electrifying anthology! Each story in this limited edition anthology is new and exclusive, featuring unique magical abilities and spell-binding romance you won’t soon forget!
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Becoming Fae-mous was his Deadly Plan…Since learning that my killer biological father had set loose his army of dark fae into my city, Las Vegas, I made the painful decision to not take my rightful crown in the Faery Realm and to be with my 4 handsome and hot fae princes. So from the Fallen Fae Academy to FBI training, I went…to become a Fae B.I. But what I’m seeing in Vegas is far more deadlier than Dark Fae let loose…I didn’t think I would have to face my father like this, but then again, I didn’t expect that becoming Fae-mous was part of his plan for me, too….one that would help him destroy the world. Amazon KU
Decades in captivity and hundreds of fights in the arena have moulded Maverick into a bear with a bad attitude and a dark hunger for violence. Twenty years later and he’s still trying to let go of his past and move on, but a phone call sets him on a collision course with a female from his time at the compound—the one female he always wanted but could never have, and thought he would never see again—a beautiful bear who stirs desires best denied and wrecks his rigid control. When Bronwyn receives a video call from an Archangel huntress who has captured her brother, she’ll do anything to save him, even condemn another to suffer in the cages in his place. But when a familiar voice answers the number of the shifter she’s meant to bring in, hurling her back in time and rousing a fierce need that has only been growing in their years apart, can she lie to the only man she’s ever loved and lure him back into hell?
When I heard Pestilence—a horseman of the apocalypse—had been set free, I thought returning him to his crypt would be just another job. After all, that’s what watcher angels do—we protect humanity from the creatures that go bump in the night. Everything changed the instant I locked eyes with her. The fiery red hair rolling in waves down her back and the freckles scattered across her cheeks stole the air from my lungs. I’d been awed by Earth’s wonders before, but she was different. And not just because she is a witch. There was something about the way she looked at me with those bright blue eyes—as if she could see right through me, deep into my very soul. As much as I know I should walk away, that it’s forbidden for angels to become entangled with humans… I can’t. The longer I stay on Earth, the more I feel for the woman, the closer I come to giving in to my temptations. Every stolen glance leaves me more dissatisfied. I want more than just her body—I want her. First, I’ll have to save humanity, but after that, I’ll be forced to make a choice. Do I walk the path of a good angel? Or do I risk it all—including my grace—for a chance at loving her?
Hot flashes? They’re nothing when you have a Hellmouth to create...Demons are overrunning my hometown of Camden, but they’re messing with the wrong peri-menopausal witch. After twenty years with my ex, delivering supernatural smack-downs is my pleasure. But my to-do list is growing and I’ve more to tackle than just these demons. A ghoul needs my help, and I still have Objects of Power to locate. Ghostly invaders have taken over the private dimension my familiar needs to gather with her kind, and I promised my best friend she’d have a familiar of her own so I need to find a way to evict these wayward phantasms and keep my word. Oh, and my son arrives for a visit from college and discovers my secrets. And it turns out he has a whopper of his own. Then, just when I think I may never get a chance to cool off in front of my freezer ever again, a simple trip to the grocery store ends with me in the hospital fighting for my life. Do I miss my old, predictable life? Not for one second. I may be on the brink, but I’m still determined to own my new power. And I’m going to prove to everyone that Hattie didn’t make a mistake by naming me her heir. Amazon KU
Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime, demanding worship and tribute from their mortal subjects. Kayl lost her faith in them long ago, and now seeks to protect vulnerable and downtrodden mortals from their gods’ whims. But when Kayl discovers powers that she didn’t know she had—and destroys a mortal’s soul by accident—she becomes Chime’s most wanted. Quen’s job was to pursue sinners, until the visions started. Haunted by foreboding images of his beloved city’s destruction, Quen hunts soul-sucking creatures made of aether who prey on its citizens—and Kayl is his number one target. To ensure Chime’s future, Kayl and Quen must discover the truth of Kayl’s divine abilities before the gods take matters into their own hands. Amazon KU
A dangerous way to meet…Sent by her king to seek alliance with a reclusive enclave of fair folk living in the snow lands well north of her home, Lilly is nearly frozen to death in a blizzard before a blinding white presence comes to her rescue. A fabled, dazzling white snow dragon, Shilayla, drags her heartmate, Luc, out beyond the protections of their home to rescue the human caught out in the snow. An even more dangerous task ahead…Luc and Shilayla are tasked with returning with Lilly to her homeland with a message for her king, but they are being hindered by an unseen enemy. A magical whirlwind blows them far off course and in strange lands they encounter other dragons and warriors who help them get back on mission, with the addition of an intensely magical black dragon as guide. Missions thwarted. Missions completed. And new missions only they can take on…Returning triumphant to her king is something Lilly desperately wants, but …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Eve had one job. Kill Adam. But when her mark for the night turns out to be a gift-wrapped omega, Eve can’t resist delaying the job and enjoying the opportunity before her. One bite is all it takes. That’s what Adam is counting on. One bite and he might live till morning. Success is complicated and on the run for their lives, Eve and Adam need the one thing neither of them wants. A pack. Can three good men tame the killer and the con artist? Not if this bad alpha can help it. Amazon KU
Everything is going great in Magnolia Cove. Well, almost great. There’s a new sheriff in town and he’s more like a pirate than a law enforcement agent. He’s made it known that if folks don’t do as he says, well, they’re going to jail. Nobody likes that. Not one bit. So when a mysterious stag appears in Magnolia Cove, everyone is interested. Some only want to see the stag. Others want it for a trophy on their wall. All Pepper Reign wants to do is protect it, but not everyone feels the same way. With hunters, poachers, and animal right’s activists all vying for the stag’s being, it’s no surprise that someone winds up dead. And the new Sheriff Pirate is convinced that everyone is a suspect, but he particularly doesn’t like Pepper. To keep him off her tail, Pepper will have to go door-to-door to find the killer, all while managing her teething baby and attempting to keep Grandma Betty in line. Goodness knows, that’s impossible. But can Pepper do it? Or will this new Sheriff Pirate haul her into jail? Amazon KU
With a failed marriage and a daughter on the cusp of coming into her magic, Meredith is returning to Wishing Moon Bay and her family home. A home that holds secrets and sorrow. But Primrose Cottage also holds love and laughter. Just what a forty-something mother of two needs to avert a midlife crisis. All she has to do is deal an old high school adversary, who likes to remind Merri she is the only member of her family who has no magic, and heal her broken heart, while finding a new job. However, when magic starts to misbehave, Meredith wonders if this new start might not be a good idea after all. But she’s not ready to quit. Magic or no magic she will protect those she loves. Silas is a centuries old vampire who made a choice long ago to hide his true feelings from the only woman he’d ever loved. Why? Because he couldn’t give her the one thing she craved. But now she’s back.
However, his true love isn’t the only thing that’s back in Wishing Moon Bay. Something is stirring.
Something old. Something greedy. Something that lurks unseen in the shadows. Amazon KU
After the death of his parents, Anton Bereza works hard to provide for his younger siblings. Love has never been in the cards for him, especially after desperation forces Anton to sell himself for coin. And he has no idea that, beneath the city of Kedaf, lies a place called the Bone Valley. When Anton’s jealous client plots against him, he is cursed to spend eternity in a world where all that remains are broken bones. There, Anton meets Nahli Yan—a spirited woman who once tried to steal from him—and his cards begin to change. But as the spark between them ignites, so does their desire to escape. All that stands in their way is the deceitful Queen of the Dead, who is determined to wield her vicious magic to break Anton and Nahli apart. Forever.
When the orcs invaded the human dimension, no one could stop them. War raged for years, and now the monstrous beasts have agreed to peace on two conditions: one, the human scientists must rebuild the machine that brought them into this world; and two, they must be provided with fertile brides to bear them orc babies. Jenna Cole is done with her family, and the world of humans in general. She might as well become what they all say she is – an orc tribute. She doesn’t expect the brutish orcs to welcome her with open arms, especially after she’s had to escape from a horde once, but maybe she’ll have better luck this time. And as beastly as they are, if a captain chooses her as his bride, maybe he won’t betray her. Like her entire family did. Maybe he won’t shun her, maybe he’ll see her for who she really is. In the end, that’s all she wants: to be seen. Baruk the Cursed needs a nanny for his twins. His horde has no females, and the only woman he’s ever loved is gone. When he meets Jenna at the institute for orc brides, he thinks she looks motherly enough. The twins are suffering after their mother’s loss, and the blond, curvy human might just be able to soothe them. As for him… Baruk doesn’t need anyone. Not anymore. They call him the Cursed because he’s always had bad luck. He took a bride once, and now she is no more. He won’t risk having his heart torn from his chest a second time. Amazon KU
I crave my nightmares. I crave the shadows. I don’t want the light if it doesn’t include them…The human terror organization MAM has come to our doorstep—we just don’t know what they want. When a nightmare who resides in the high-security section of the institute tells us that this chaos, this hate that the humans feel is because of a god terror, we realize that the solution to our problems lies outside of the institute walls. Walls I’ve never left before… Something that is about to change. Traveling across the country in an RV with my nightmares? What could possibly go wrong? Apparently a lot, and when we find ourselves in a nightmare forest far from home, we realize that our problem is so much worse than we ever imagined. Will we be able to save the institute, or will chaos and hate reign supreme? Join Arabella and her possessive nightmares as one human woman finds the monster within herself to protect those that she loves. The ISS series is promised to feature terrifying monsters that include everything from the literal monster under the bed to Lucifer’s overbearing son, the prince of Hell. Amazon KU
After spending five centuries searching for his destined consort, Braeden Bancroft stumbled across her at his cousin’s birthday party. He couldn’t wait to start their lives together. Callidora Yellen wasn’t ready for her fate. She had goals she wanted to accomplish before settling down with an adoring, but overprotective, daywalker. Can Braeden convince Callie that her dreams are safe with him?
Revenant is what they call him. For centuries, Kye has not lived, he has merely existed. Moving from city to city, continent to continent, Kye is always searching for the one man who visited upon him the destruction of his family and the shattering of his soul. Tali is a woman with a mission of her own. Her objective, find the vampire Balthazar and, by any means, send what is left of his soul fleeing from this life. When two slayers meet, the results are bound to be… Violent. Explosive. And erotic. But if they both work together, they may overcome the insane odds stacked against them and, just possibly, come out alive.
Lady Penelope has never forgotten the story of Saint George defeating the dragon – Saint her a***But it’s just that… a story. It was a damn good PR job. She should know. She was there. Only a blast from her past brings back long-forgotten feelings and a reminder that dragons do, in fact, hold grudges. Can she let go of her anger long enough to let love back into her life? Or will the darkness of betrayal win? A story of love, hope, and a smidge of luck.
The Venators’ secrets are getting darker, but can Ava and Jasper’s love survive the truth?A demon has possessed Ava’s best friend in the pack. Jasper and Ava are fighting an unthinkable deadline to complete an impossible task. It’s Monica’s life against Ava’s in this race against the clock. But new secrets, new allies, and new mates within the pack turn even the most practical plans into the most dangerous. Werewolves, witches, and weddings make for a deadly combination.
KISS AND… RUN LIKE HELL – That’s the motto I was supposed to be living my life by. Supposed to, being the key phrase there. Because my friend-with-benefits is in love with me. And I think I’m in love with him too. Luckily my other friend decides to screw all of us over when she accidentally drags me into a fight with a crazy magical pack, giving me the perfect chance to escape Dominic, said friend-with-benefits. But he’s even better at tracking people than I am, and the wolf I share my body with?
She’s on his team. I can’t ignore my past anymore… or it’s going to destroy my future. Amazon KU
She’s always taken the path less traveled. They’ve always barreled through roadblocks. Can they find a way to be together without losing themselves? Lula’s a Fierce Dragon...She’s given bits of herself to others when she was sure she had no mate of her own, even knowing it would cost her life at some point. Atika and Abyle, Twins with A Purpose…They lived to protect their clan until their brother took over as alpha. Just as they think they can relax, they meet their truemate. A feisty dragon female who runs from them. The Triad Bond…Their beast won’t be denied but finding their little dragon proves harder than they’d anticipated. However, once they bond with her, there’s no denying the love they share. What they didn’t foresee was a stranger from Lula’s past coming for her and her mother. Will the trio have a chance at happily ever after, or will the Dragon King who lost his greatest treasures demand back, or kill who stands in his way?
At forty-eight, Jacqueline Finch has a nice, easy life with few responsibilities: she’s been a librarian in Chicago for twenty-five years, she doesn’t have a husband, children, or pets, and she’s just coasting along, enjoying her books and a small flower garden now that she’s over the hill. That is, until the Universe (helped by three old crones) has other ideas. All at once, Jacqueline’s staid (and boring) life is upended, and the next thing she knows, she’s heading off to Button Cove to start a new life as the owner of Three Tomes Bookshop. The bookstore is a darling place, and Jacqueline is almost ready to be excited about this new opportunity…until Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Danvers show up. Somehow, the literary characters of Sherlock Holmes’s landlady and Rebecca deWinter’s creepy and sardonic housekeeper are living persons who work at the bookshop (when they aren’t bickering with each other). Not only does Jacqueline have to contend with them—and the idea that people regularly eat pastries while reading books in her store!—but the morning after she arrives, the body of a dead man is found on her property. Things start to get even more strange …(more blurb on ebook seller page).
VS: The next book in my Badari Warriors backlist is HOLIDAY FOR THE ALPHA. I had so much fun figuring out the plot here and then researching the surfing of giant waves, among other things. I really enjoying writing these novellas in order to revisit a couple who has already had ‘their’ book.
Daegan, the Alpha of the South Seas pack, is under a lot of stress and a near disaster in the sanctuary valley pushes him to a breaking point. Flo, his ex-mercenary human mate, knows he needs rest and relaxation but what kind of a holiday can a Badari Warrior take? She thinks she’s found a solution extreme enough to satisfy even her intense mate if she can just get him to agree to step away from his duties for a few days. Will Daegan agree to the idea?
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
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