Veronica’s Choices for Most Memorable #SciFi/Fantasy/PNR Romance Covers of 2021

I see literally thousands of book covers in my chosen genres every year while putting together the weekly  New Releases Reports. Yet certain covers linger in my memory. Continuing my annual tradition, here are the most memorable-to-me covers for scifi romance, fantasy and paranormal romance, plus PNR cozies and steampunk for 2021. Presented in alphabetical order. Nothing scientific in my methodology! Just my personal opinion, based on whether the cover stood out to me and then remained fresh in my memory.

For Science Fiction Romance:

FANTASY – Please note that there’s a lot of overlap in whether books are classified by the authors in Fantasy or Paranormal. I went by the Amazon classifications primarily.




New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for DEC 29

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). 



Park Ranger Annie fled to the remote wilderness of Arizona to escape her abusive ex. But when she investigates “meteorites” that crash in her area, she comes face-to-face with three battered aliens and their damaged machines that look vaguely like motorcycles, bringing a whole other danger to her world. A decade ago, Crown Prince Garlin betrayed his father in order to free ten of his countrymen who had been sold into slavery. Now branded an outlaw and hunted by those he could have ruled, Garlin and his crew of Space Knights ride the shipping lanes—vigilant heroes to some, outlaws to others. Fleeing those sent to eliminate him and end his fight, Garlin finds himself on Earth with a beautiful human woman willing to help them…who also stirs things deep inside him. Soon, Annie’s attempts to guard their secret and bring them the supplies they need for repairs turns into a sizzling affair. But the search party is closing in on the crash site, and Garlin and his men must leave and rejoin the others. Will Annie give up her life on Earth for a new love, or will they be separated by different worlds and endless stars forever?                  Amazon KU


My body has been broken, but my soul has made a connection with my alien partner that I’d never imagined possible. He’s not just my partner, not anymore. There’s a word, circling at the edges of his mind. Mate. But he refuses to let me in. It all comes down to this. Can I expose the secrets of the game, find my sister, and rescue everyone? Or will we lose everything?           Amazon KU


I didn’t want to compete in the Alien Bride Games. But I would do anything to save my sister.
Hannah’s just a kid. Yeah, sure, she’s 21, old enough for her name to be drawn in The Alien Bride Lottery. But she’s got her whole life in front of her. I, on the other hand, have nothing left to live for. Not since my fiancé died in the car wreck that changed my life forever—almost a year ago, on the morning of our wedding day. So when Hannah is chosen in the Lottery, I volunteer to take her place.
Then I find out I’ve been matched to the biggest alpha-hole I’ve ever met. I saw how he acted during last year’s Bride Games. I want nothing to do with him—but Vos Klavoii, the games director, is determined to see me married off to him. aybe there is a fate worse than death. Then again, maybe this is his shot at redemption. And maybe it’s my chance to truly live again.     Amazon KU


I escaped the Vraxen breeding center unharmed. Now I’m lost in the Wastelands and running from an alien who claims I’m his mate. I hate rude awakenings, particularly when those waking me are massive blue aliens with rippling muscles, horns, and tails. Aliens who brought me to a breeding center. On another planet. I don’t appreciate them abducting me, and they don’t appreciate my lack of cooperation. The human women I’m with think I’m unhinged because I run my mouth around the guards. Keep my head down and hope for the best? Screw that; I’m going down fighting. When we escape to the Wastelands, another group of aliens find us, and I have a bigger fight on my hands. Zarex. This alien is larger than the others, with black stripes and horns sharpened to points. He’s impressed by my tattoos and warrior spirit—and Zarex has decided I belong to him. Nope. I’ve escaped once; nobody will take me again. Running from him and the other women who escaped the center wasn’t the best move. Now I’m stuck alone in an alien wilderness with a sharp metal piece from our crashed spaceship for a weapon and basic survival skills. I need to outrun Zarex before the creatures I hear at night find me first. But if I manage to escape the Wastelands, where the hell do I go? And if he finds me first, what will Zarex do to the human female he’s claimed as his?                Amazon KU


You know what’s worse than being abducted by aliens, poked and prodded, then dumped on a weird planet with nothing but a bag of food pellets and my backpack? Having to go through all this with Ethan. He’s the walking stereotype of a rich, privileged dude-bro, and it was the worst day of my life when the aliens grabbed him along with me. I need to learn how to survive, to find food and shelter and not get eaten by the monsters that roam this place. I need to figure out where I am, and why these aliens keep showing up to gawk and throw canned tuna at me. And I need a cup of coffee. I seriously need a cup of coffee. Most of all, I need to not kill Ethan, because although he’s a jerk, at least he’s a human jerk. Besides, I might need to trade him for a spaceship ride home.   Amazon KU


Klaw has lived in the treetops with his clan his whole life. While out hunting he sees a ship land—a first for Klaw, and he watches in fascination from the treetops as another species drags a strange female from their ship. They tie her to a post, offering her as bait to the deadly creatures that roam the lands below. Klaw only ever sets foot on the deadly grounds below to hunt, but a pull deep in his core urges him to help the female. He has just seconds to make his mind up to save her before she dies. Collette is studying for her PhD in languages and can’t believe her luck when she’s abducted by aliens on her way home from college. She’s tied to a post and screaming her lungs out while two creatures battle to see which one will eat her alive first. But just as she thought she was alien dino-dinner, a flash of pink takes down the creatures. Now, she’s flying through the treetops astride a humongous, weird alien-monkey creature with a hunk of an alien holding her a little too firmly for her liking. Pink has always been her safe colour, but something tells her this fluffy pink covered alien wants more than just a cuddle as payment for saving her. With a fear of heights, will Collette even be able to fight the alien off?                          Amazon KU

XUL (DARVERIUS HOUSE OF DAR BOOK 2) by Jennifer Julie Miller

Brittany – All my dreams and wants were stolen from me in the blink of an eye. Awakening in the middle of a nightmare, I realize I’m being sold like an animal to be studied and dissected in the name of science. Tragedy strikes, leaving me abandoned and sick. I am only moments from taking my last breath, when strong arms pull me from the darkness. I thought it was a blessing that he found me, the green man who had haunted my dreams. I let myself believe, for just one moment, I might find a small piece of happiness in this unknown world. But what is the old saying? ‘Don’t count your chickens until they hatch!’ A blood sucking parasite is eating me alive, literally, and no matter what, I’m not going to survive this horror story. My body is failing me. I beg him to let me go; I just want the pain to stop, but he won’t listen. He holds me down and I struggle weakly against his immense strength, choking as blood fills my lungs, when I can’t fight any more, Death opens its arms and invites me in.      XuL -My harsh, brutal features have deterred all females, no matter the species. I long for companionship and love. Then I find her, my Kismet, the only one made just for me. The one precious thing I would worship above all others. But …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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SQUARE3 by Mira Grant

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note.

We think we understand the laws of physics. We think reality is an immutable monolith, consistent from one end of the universe to the next. We think the square/cube law has actual relevance. We think a lot of things. It was perhaps inevitable that some of them would turn out to be wrong.
When the great incursion occurred, no one was prepared. How could they have been? Of all the things physicists had predicted, “the fabric of reality might rip open and giant monsters could come pouring through” had not made the list. But somehow, on a fine morning in May, that was precisely what happened. For sisters Susan and Katharine Black, the day of the incursion was the day they lost everything. Their home, their parents, their sense of normalcy…and each other, because when the rift opened, Susan was on one side and Katharine was on the other, and each sister was stranded in a separate form of reality. For Susan, it was science and study and the struggle to solve the mystery of the altered physics inside the zones transformed by the incursion. For Katharine, it was monsters and mayhem and the fight to stay alive in a world unlike the world of her birth. The world has changed. The laws of physics have changed. The girls have changed. And the one universal truth of all states of changed matter is that nothing can be completely restored to what it was originally, no matter how much you might wish it could be. Nothing goes back.

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Only one woman can free him from his affliction. She can help him remember. Unraveling their past could destroy their future. But the mate-bond just might be the only reason why they haven’t given up hope yet. Love will set them free.                   Amazon KU


Thanos is a scary monster. A huge Orc. And I’m his treat. His fame is well known. He lives for war. Women. And ale. His clan has conquered the humans in my bunker. He has chosen me to attend to him. In this shattered world, women are commodities to be used, bartered with, and fought over.
Just like grains or meat. I am his property. But he doesn’t know that I’m from the human resistance and I have a secret mission. It is to assassinate this savage Orc. I’m going to do it for my father, who died by their hand. For the women who have been treated as playthings. For the human race as a whole. I can do this. I can kill him. No matter how well he treats me, I must kill him. Even if he shows me kindness and love. I must carry out my mission! But then, why do I lay on Thanos and not feel hate for this Orc? Why do I instead only feel love?                  Amazon KU


It’s the holiday season! A time for friends, family, traditions, ugly sweater parties, and white elephant games. Evelyn is ready. Donning a Rudolph sweater, complete with pom poms and a jingle bell, she’s off to the party. That was her last memory of the year 2021. Upon waking, she discovers nearly 2,000 years have passed. Her kidnappers are gone, as is her home, her life, and family. All her plans for the future have been stolen. Struggling to cope in a new century, she leans on the only person she feels a connection to—an android, who seems just as drawn to her as she is to him. Healing from loss, Evelyn finds solace in the last place she expected to find it. Will Gaius’s embrace bring warmth to this ANDROID BLUE CHRISTMAS?                   Amazon KU


VS Note: Listed in Erotica.

That isn’t Santa Claus standing in my kitchen. He isn’t even human. I can’t comprehend the green scales, and pointed ears, let alone the throbbing mass between his legs. He is not of this world. But he is here, stealing my cookies, throwing me against the wall, and parting me open. Our sinful noises and visions of our destiny connect us. I never want it to stop. And then he is gone. I have been waiting five years for him. My heart and mind can’t take it anymore. But something is lurking in the darkness. Invisible eyes watching my pleasure reach new limits, and thoughts not of my own are plaguing my mind. They are claiming I am his and only his. A fated mate destined to be with him until the end of time. Maybe this Christmas, I can finally get what I want.            Amazon KU


After Jared’s parents pass away, things suddenly become tight. Jared finds himself in desperate need of cash if he wants to save the land he has grown up on from the bank, the government, and anyone who he owes debts to. However, he too is struggling with his own grief after losing his parents, and he can’t seem to find the energy to get things moving. Things seem to be going down the toilet, and it isn’t getting better. Then a meteor lands smack in the middle of his hard worked land. Jared rushes out to see what it is. And what he finds changes his life forever. As an alien crawls from the star that fell from the sky, Jared is left with a million questions: What is this? Who is this? Why is he here, and why is Jared so attracted to him?      Amazon KU


My fated mate thinks I’m a manservant. Emphasis on the word “man”. Lord Avin is a Kiphian who can’t keep a servant because of his demanding nature. But if I can get the job, the money I make can prevent starvation this winter. The job is for men only but I only need a month at it to make enough. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. First off, just cutting your hair, putting cardboard under your shirt, and rolling up a hand towel and putting it in your pants to dress like a man is harder than I thought. But more importantly, Lord Avin is freakin’ gorgeous. How am I going to dress him every day without giving in and touching his….you know? Thankfully he doesn’t know I’m a woman. I can tell he’s attracted to me. I see it whenever I dress him – you know when I’m buckling his pants? But he’s confused because his eyes see a man while his heart senses his fate mate. At some point I’ve got to fess up. Guess it’s time to “man up” and show him I’m a woman.                 Amazon KU


VS Note: I enjoyed this one because I liked the two main characters.  (Some of the plot was…ummm..not exactly believable but the H/h carried me along with them.) It ends on a HFN note but I have a feeling the next books in the series will be bringing them big problems to solve. It almost felt like a cliffhanger but it wasn’t specifically. I’ll definitely be reading book two whenever it comes out. Dystopian romance.

When the world ends, where will you be? It was a question Cora never thought she would have to answer. Thankfully, her uncle has been preparing for a moment like this for years. His bunker is loaded with gear and goods, and it’s secure and well-protected. …the problem is — she’s not the only one who knows about it, and the others will do anything to gain access.        Amazon KU


Commander Jax Trest is struggling with a secret pain he finds difficult to share with his friends. When his spaceship, the Padua, docks for repairs at StarStation 86, Trest is ordered to take time off and seek counselling. From his first encounter with Commander Zoagashta, Trest finds himself entranced by the empathic Asyran, and new possibilities for emotional connection open to him. But when a stalker hints Trest is the target of a Siwu pirate attack that endangers the station, Trest must find the strength to survive a harrowing kidnapping. Trapped in a deadly scenario where he can’t trust his own thoughts, will Trest learn to reach out to the person who offers him acceptance… or will he lose himself to the darkness of an enraged ship’s heart? Sanctity features asexual awakenings, discovery of one’s true self, sweet courtships, and grumpy/sunshine first loves, along with heart-pounding moments of courageous heroes and villainous pirates. This book is not a standalone and is best read after Entity.

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VS Note: Described to me as “queer scifi.” Stories sounded good. Not romance but a release of note.

In this upbeat, positive collection of SFF short stories from Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, author of So You Want to Be A Robot, you’ll find hope, humor, friendship—and of course, robots. Have you heard the one about… …a neural network who wants humans to drink more water…? …a person stranded on Mars with only an obsolete robotic toy…? …a cyborg caught in a time loop with a frightened ship…? …a self-aware mech who doesn’t want to be a weapon anymore… ?…an AI sent into the deepest part of the ocean where it finds a god…? You’ll also meet entrepreneurial barbarians, an astronaut making first contact, a boy who might have (accidentally) started Armageddon, magical birds, a bot who wants to tell jokes, and more. Whether you’re a robot or not, come make some new friends.

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When she embarks on a rescue mission in an abandoned lab, the last thing Kate Lewis expects is for a long dead Xian Warrior to rise from his ashes. Then he claims she’s his soulmate. Although she doesn’t doubt his sincerity, Kate cannot help but question the truth of his words. The mysterious and tortured man awakens an irresistible passion in her, but as the team’s Chief Medical Officer, she must keep her wits about her and remain professional. Who even knows what he is now? Xenon has risen from the endless nightmare of having a fractured soul. Now he realizes that six years have gone by and that the world has moved on without him. Worse still, he barely recognizes the man in the mirror, the experiments having desecrated his body with countless traits of the hated Kryptids. Kate’s fierceness and tender support keep him from giving in to madness. She doesn’t see him as a monster, but a man. Surrounded by danger, abominations, and traitors, the team must contend with the betrayal of former allies. Did Xenon return only to lose the one female who gave him a reason to live?                   Amazon KU


Finding the right romantic partner is always a challenge—especially when your first spouse turns out to be a greedy, business-obsessed hardass who winds up on her CEO office floor with a bullet through her brain. After the murder of her first wife, Elaine is ready for a vacation and a solid relationship with a woman who only has time for her. Thanks to some found alien technology, Elaine can get what she wants… sort of. Okay, so a computer-generated tangible holographic image of a twentieth-century film star is about as far from “solid” as it gets. But as her themed pleasure cruise on a passenger starliner progresses and an additional plot to murder Elaine reveals itself, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to her fantasy companion. Ricky might be the result of exceptional programming, but she proves to be more than the sum of her particles. She shows Elaine more affection, and eventually more protection, than any so-called “real” woman in her life ever has, leaving Elaine to wonder—are Ricky’s feelings for her truly artificial? Or is this REEL TO REAL LOVE?

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Some women aren’t meant to be tamed…Some men would rather love a wild woman…Trina’s been in love before and is done with all that nonsense. After a lifetime of not being able to count on anybody but herself, she’s happy with the life she’s created, thank you very much. She’ll love her fabrics, and dote on her grandchildren, but leave the romance to the young and foolish. Enter Captain Maikedon Cretus. He’s smart, sexy, and interested in more than Trina’s body… and very interested in that, too. Careful and patient, he’s laying siege to her heart until the walls she’s built start to crumble. He’s willing to wait as long as he has to in order to win his lady’s love, and it’s not looking like it’s going to be as long as she thought…Until the alien dress Trina is altering for the wedding of the century turns up questions and a story of betrayal. Can they work together to solve the mystery and lay to rest an Emperor’s dark past, or will the tangled web of woven lies and truth tear them apart?                    Amazon KU

ALL THE WRONG REASONS by Sebastian Hansen

The day after telekinetic supervillain (and billionaire philanthropist), Stetson Nadenheimer dies, he wakes up on the autopsy table and falls in lust with the man hired to cut his cold, dead corpse open. The problem is that the forensic pathologist is Doctor Julian Dandridge, the part-time superhero, Scatter. It’s probably a bad idea for a supervillain to get into bed with a superhero. Probably. Not that it stops him, but trying to start a relationship with a reluctant hero without getting caught turns out to be easier said than done. Between midnight meetings over games of checkers and kinky secrets, Stetson and Julian begin a tremulous romance. Unfortunately for them, there’s an actual villain watching from the shadows, waiting for Stetson to stumble.

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VS: Re-releases.

Eager fans have been clamoring for an all-in-one collection of #1 bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s hard-to-find short stories. At their enthusiastic behest, we have delivered this brand-new short story collection that includes stories from long out-of-print works and stories that appeared in several Horror Writers of America short story anthologies. In this collection, Sherrilyn Kenyon takes readers from the Dark-Hunters to witches to demons, and everything in between as she explores the darkest parts of human nature. Dangerous and exciting, each story is one thrill ride after the next, proving time and again how Sherrilyn has captivated millions of readers worldwide. Now, readers are invited to go deep into Kenyon’s rich and imaginative mind and experience the heart-racing moments that never stop coming!

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His responsibility is to his pack, his people—the territory of New Orleans. When the world devolved into chaos and fire, Alpha wolf King kept his territory from collapsing. Now, every day it seems there’s a new challenge—rogue witches, treacherous vampires, evil dragons. But his biggest threat is Aurora. Unique, magical, a female who sees him, the male, and not simply the Alpha in charge. But she’s thrown up so many walls that he’s afraid he’ll never be able to break through to the woman behind them. When the most dangerous threat they’ve ever faced ravages the city he’ll need her at his side—to defeat it, and then claim the woman who already owns him, body and soul. But she makes him want more. After being held captive for a year, Aurora has embraced her freedom. For the first time in her life she’s living away from her older sister in a new territory. A new world. She’s made friends and is helping New Orleans get back on its feet. But she’s far from the woman she used to be. Even so, she can’t fight her ever present and growing attraction to King. Except she’s afraid she’s broken, that she’ll never be able to have a normal relationship again—that she can’t handle being an Alpha’s mate. When an evil linked to his past threatens to tear them apart and destroy the city, she must set her fears aside and find the courage to follow her heart—and the wolf who’s already won it.

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Midlife dating is all fun and games until someone falls into the flambé and catches on fire…and your best friend’s ex-husband is accused of murder. When my BFF Gilly Martin requests my help in narrowing down her dance card from two great guys to one, I reluctantly agree to employ my psychic nose for the good of my bestie’s future. But who knew dating could be deadly? After Gilly’s ex-husband is arrested for murder, I am more than okay with my Detective Hottie boyfriend locking the meathead up and throwing away the key. However, being a jerk doesn’t make someone a killer, and the case smells fishy from the get-go. So, I’m putting my personal feelings aside and using my smell-o-vision to investigate.

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Gray wolf Becky Woolworth’s busy job as an heiress’s personal assistant leaves her with little time to date, but she can’t say no to her boss’s set-up without fear of losing her job. Becky just hopes her human employer isn’t getting into the business of matchmaking…Retired Navy SEAL Max Browning is a private investigator and a member of the Green Valley wolf pack. His mission? To go on a blind date. His pack leader insists. He never thought his connection with the fascinating she-wolf would be so strong, or that she’d be pulled into his investigation. But the heiress knows more than she should about the danger on the horizon, and Max and Becky will need to work quickly to save the wolf pack.

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A monster-hunting assassin teams up with a reluctant werewolf to take down the organization that employed her—assuming they don’t kill her first. Midnight is the poster child of The Organization.Or she would be if anyone outside The Organization knew about it.Ten years ago, The Organization plucked Ilsa Deverell out of the latest in a series of terrible foster homes, trained her up to become the perfect monster assassin, and gave her a code name. Ever since then, they’ve had Midnight’s complete loyalty.Until now. Faced with an assignment she can’t bring herself to complete, Midnight begins to question The Organization’s goals and motives—and her own role in fulfilling them. But no one leaves The Organization. Especially not their best monster-hunting assassin. In order to go up against the very people who trained her, she must reach out to the monsters she’s spent years hunting. Eventually, she will have to face the monster she’s become. Assuming she survives the assassins her former employer sends after her.For now, she’s in a race to uncover the one magical item that can take down The Organization—and she’s running out of time.           Amazon KU


A woman fighting to survive. Three fae males on a mission. Can love save their worlds from destruction? Or will hatred ensure their deaths? Eve lives an indentured life, controlled by her keeper, forced to fight for others’ gains. She thrives on combat because it’s all she knows … because she can win and to lose means her body is the victor’s prize. Drax, Priest and Fie are fae mercenaries on a mission to save their kind. When an unclear vision leads them to a mysterious woman who can hold her own in a fight with a man three times her size, they know they’ve found the one they’ve been searching for … and she’s nothing like they expected. This starved, unkempt, half-breed female is an enemy. The men will do whatever’s necessary to ensure her cooperation and, if she gives them any trouble, they’ll make her wish she had died in the fighting rings. She WILL help them succeed in their mission…Or she’ll die trying.                     Amazon KU


A bunny bit me on the finger and everything went sideways after that. That’s just the beginning of my insane life. The Fascinators, the local ladies’ club, suddenly are incredibly interested in having me join their next Bunco night, which is a thinly veiled excuse to drink and gossip. I’ve been dying to get into that group for years; why now? I’m over forty, my daughter is grown, and all I do is temp work. What’s so special about me? After I shift into a dragon, things become clearer. They’re not a Bunco group. The Fascinators are a pack of shifters. Yes, shifters. Like werewolves, except in this case, it’s weresquirrels and a wereskunk, among others. And my daughter? She wants to move home, suddenly and suspiciously. As excited as I am to have her home, why? She loves being on her own. It’s got something to do with a rough pack of predators, shifters who want to watch the world burn. I hope she’s not mixed up with the wrong crowd. There’s also a mysterious mountain man hanging around out of the blue. Where was he before the strange bunny bite? Nowhere near me, that’s for sure. Life is anything but boring. At this point, I’m just hoping that I’ll survive it all with my tail—literally—intact.                       Amazon KU


What once was lost…Maggie told me to leave, and I did. But that doesn’t mean I’ll let her keep me at a distance forever. If I have to make another deal with the Novians to get her back, then so be it. I’ll not be rejected by the one person who truly knows my heart. She may hate me now, but I’ll make her understand. Jacel did something stupid, again. Now I’m shitting bricks out in the wilderness, surrounded by monsters who want to drink me dry. But having his protection out here could be a good thing…Can I find my mother and sister? Is it possible they survived the attack, after all this time? Maybe not, but my heart won’t let me rest until I find out the truth. Besides, Jacel has a lot to make up for… and he’ll be doing so in more ways than one. Now is found.                  Amazon KU

SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL (SIN DEMONS) by Mila Young and Harper A Brooks

Four demons for Christmas? It pays to be naughty. Being the Queen of Hell has its perks… Like having four sexy demon lovers at your beck and call, and the power of the underworld at your fingertips. It has its downsides too, like everyone trying to kill you for your throne. And that includes Krampus. But when the winter demon steals someone close to me, my family and Christmas are thrown into the fire. Looks like it’s time to rain Hell on this Hallmark holiday. There’s a snowball’s chance in Hell I’ll let anyone take what’s mine.             Amazon KU


Everyone fears the God of the Underworld. Hades is a name only spoken of in scared and hushed whispers. My mother told me not to wander far from home, but I did not heed her warning. When one of the Olympians decides to pursue me, I’m forced to hide and take shelter in Hades’ Temple. I never expected him to come to my aid, much less to Claim me. The Lord of Shadows is far from what I expected, and I find myself drawn to him in ways that I do not fully understand. Despite what I feel, I hesitate to trust him. Hades carries a dark secret, and I am determined to find out what it is. Now I find myself wondering, what does it mean to be Claimed by the Lord of the Underworld?   Amazon KU


CAN YOU SKIP THE STORYBOOK BEGINNING…Novelist Juniper Blossom has romance down to a science in her bestselling books. But she’s not about to settle for just any man—a happy ending looks different for everyone, and she needs to find the guy whose idea of forever matches her own. Try telling that to her adorable, meddling grandmothers, though. If she doesn’t find a man soon, they’re going to find one for her. Which is why Juniper has prepared for a trip home to Ever After by fibbing that her sexy, smart, sweet best friend Tomas is her fiancé! He doesn’t believe in love at all, but that doesn’t matter if they’re just pretending…ON THE WAY TO THE HAPPY ENDING? Divorce attorney Tomas Rivera is as proud of Juniper’s authorial success as she is, but that doesn’t mean he buys into her books’ premise. His career is proof enough that true love is the real fairy tale—and everyone knows fairy tales aren’t real. But he can never say no to gorgeous Juniper, and an “engagement” might move him one legal brief closer to partner at his old-fashioned firm. Yet playing the part suddenly starts to mean feeling it, especially when a kiss just for show turns up the heat between them. Is happily ever after possible for two people who aren’t on the same page when it comes to love?

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6 years. I stopped fighting the darkness inside me and embraced it. Loss has kept me separate from the world, but it has also given me purpose: killing. I’m not who I was. That woman died along with the three people that saved my soul and changed my existence for the better. They taught me to trust myself—to become my darkness. The hukihuki, dark miasmic energy, whispers its secrets to me. It leads me to the worst of the worst. They can hide from everyone else, but they can’t hide from me. I’m one with the night, but I’ve picked up a couple of shadows on my trail. Henri Luca Serra has built a career on my exploits and those who think they’re as dangerous as me. One of the few joys left to me is messing with Interpol’s famous Chief Consulting Director of the Apex Supernaturals Division. Probably why Luca loathes my existence. Rek, whoever he is, has become my personal stalker. Everywhere I go he eventually shows up. One kiss and he was hooked. Too bad for him I’m not interested. I live to punish. To take out the untouchable or unseen evils that taint the world. What else could I live for when the only man I’ve ever loved is dead and I can’t join him?(This is a high steam, slow build why choose/poly/reverse harem involving a woman constantly teetering on the edge of insanity.) **Reader Heads Up: graphic sex, blood/gore, and mental health issues for the female lead. She deals with her situation and PTSD in her own way**                      Amazon KU


Holly the elf doesn’t normally enjoy the Christmas season, but all that changes when her flatmates insist on exchanging Secret Santa gifts. On her quest to find the perfect present, Holly meets a fellow elf who is determined to make sure she has some fun, no matter what it takes. As sparks start to fly between them, Holly finds herself looking forward to spending more time with Chris, even if it means celebrating the Holidays.

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Helena has known the man she’s going to marry for as long as she can remember, and can’t wait to leave for the wedding. There’s only one problem. On the way to finally being with him, her prophecy is supposed to come true, trapping her in the life of a goose girl before she can become Wilhelm’s wife. Can she escape her fate? Feathers Of Fate is an academy retelling of The Goose Girl and part of the Once Upon An Academy series, set at Grimm Academy

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These Rebels Without a Claus are aiming for the naughty list this year in a collection of holiday inspired, reverse harem stories…(story details on ebook seller page…)                  Amazon KU


The realms are out of control. I’m the new girl, but it’s my job to fix reality—and fast. I don’t even know what it means to be the Guardian of Magic, but my coworker—a grumpy old woman who calls herself Gran, and who thinks I’m a mistake—has already shown up on the doorstep of my brand-new castle. The Guardian of Planes is missing and it’s our job to find him. Preferably fast. It definitely doesn’t have anything to do with my decision to spare the demigod of chaos from going back to an eternal prison. Unless it does. Oops. The gods are still silent, and the only ones I could pray to are the exact ones that nobody wants showing up again. It’s up to me and my mates to keep Aviare from splitting apart at the seams… forever.                  Amazon KU


There is a cornucopia of cursed objects from one of the most dangerous cults ever headed my way and I’ve never been more excited. My twin sister, Ripley, says when your hot wolfy archaeologist exboyfriend, who likes to cosplay as Indiana Jones in the most non ironic way, shows up again, you do not add to cart. But he’s been doing digs in Norway and Ireland at the ruins of the site where one of the most dangerous cults ever met their end. He’s bringing me toys. Lots of nice, cursed toys. One of these items is the most curious puzzle box. There are layers of curses to unravel to get to what’s inside. Maybe I’m stupid, but I’m dying to know what was so important to the Cult of the Aether Sisters that they stuck it in this box behind this much protection and buried it under ground. Everyone is warning me not to. I should have listened.             Amazon KU


Five years ago, Kellam left to study magic at the big city university. He promised he’d write every day. He never did. But Farryn isn’t about to sit around crying her eyes out over the stupid boy who was once her best friend. She’s got burgeoning magic of her own, and she’s eager to learn how to use it. Surely a witch like Mother Ulla will be the perfect teacher, right? Wrong. Mother Ulla is delighted to have an apprentice around to scrub floors, weed the garden, make meals, and wash her many strange witchly implements. But this apprenticeship is not what Farryn had in mind. Frustrated, she begins to dabble in magic on her own . . . and accidentally attracts the attention of something living deep in Whispering Wood. Something ancient. And dangerous. Now it — he — is coming for Farryn.
Will this young witch-in-training be clever enough to save herself from the terrible being she’s brought to her doorstep? Or will she need the help of the boy she has definitely not been pining for these last five years?               Amazon KU


Craft Donuts is finally a reality for Kinsley. Laney is three, and she’s beginning magical preschool just in time for the donut shop’s grand opening. Hekate is happy to have grandma and grandpa all to herself for a few hours a day. Kinsley’s excitement over her restaurant is cut short when a body is found in the bathroom during the grand opening celebration. Of course, she’s not an official suspect, but when did that ever stop the small-town gossip train? Her new business is about to be deep-fried before it even opens.         Amazon KU


As Cole plunges into war against the rebellion in the Gloaming, his enemies aren’t the only things to fear on the battlefield. The Shadow Realms hold more monstrous secrets than Cole or Lexi ever knew, and some of them are about to break free. When allies become enemies and betrayals unfold, Lexi and Cole will learn who they can trust and who wants them dead. And through it all a new threat will rise… from someone they trust. Return to the Shadow Realms. A world where vampires feast, lycans love deeply, dark fae seduce, witches cast their spells, dragons rule the skies… and treachery lurks around every corner.

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The period of mourning for the great alphas, Vasile and Alina, is over. But some refuse to move on. The high fae, Perizada, vows never to experience the loss of her friends–her family–again. She knows the only way to do this is to take on the Order of the Burning Claw herself. But her mate would never allow it. So, she does the only thing she can, severing all ties with her allies. Peri’s decision could destroy her enemies, the Order, but it could also destroy everything she holds dear. The end of mourning also marks the beginning of challenges to the new alpha of alphas, Fane Lupei. Rogue wolves who desire to rule in his stead attempt to stake their claims. Though Fane abides by pack law when facing his opponents, others aren’t so honorable. Fane soon realizes the threats he faces aren’t just against him, but against his entire pack. Skender and the fae, Tenia, fight against the mate bond drawing them closer. They both know they cannot be together, but the bond is more powerful than either expected. Meanwhile, Skender has promised to keep Tenia’s son, Torion, safe–a promise he’s willing to die to keep. Skender soon finds out that there’s more to the boy than meets the eye, and Skender’s ability to keep the boy safe could be the key to saving them all.

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PLAGUE AND ASH by Sita Bethel

Sarah only went to Oreburn University of Incantations so her parents would stop asking her when she’d settle down. However, after a strange plague decimates her hometown, Sarah finds herself fleeing with the undead chasing her. As she escapes, she meets Brighid, a half orc noble, and together, they must reach Oreburn before the undead can overrun the city. Sarah discovers a decay sorcerer created the original curse, and only a wizard powerful enough to destroy him can end the plague. But now they have to find that wizard.

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When cool-headed scientist and inept witch Tabitha Lennox inherits her mother’s
mysterious amulet, she doesn’t expect to be hurled seven centuries into the past–directly
into the path of a surly but gorgeous knight on a quest for vengeance. Sir Colin of Ravenshaw finds himself beguiled by this strange woman who smells like baby shampoo and introduces him to the culinary delights of the Big Mac. Although he is honor-bound to burn her at the stake, Colin soon discovers it is his own heart that is aflame for this enchanting woman he must not love, but cannot live without.

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Irene is trying to learn the truth about Alberich-and the possibility that he’s her father. But when the Library orders her to kill him, and then Alberich himself offers to sign a truce, she has to discover why he originally betrayed the Library. With her allies endangered and her strongest loyalties under threat, she’ll have to trace his past across multiple worlds and into the depths of mythology and folklore, to find the truth at the heart of the Library, and why the Library was first created. 

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Once upon a time, there was a man with a purpose. Every morning, he woke up knowing who he was and what he needed to do. And then the shadows came… Alec Snow used to have dreams, a direction. Now he drifts through life, haunted by the last case from his cop days—a case that broke him. Yes, running his bookstore gives him a purpose, but it’s not enough. There’s something missing. A void that needs to be filled with, yeah, something. There are just so many somethings. Tristan Fox has a purpose. To be a slave to his wicked master, to kill, to spy, to be nothing but a tool for a bad man. But he wants more, wants a life outside of his rotten existence. That one night… That one night both men soothed their sorrow together as strangers in the woods. They’ve never forgotten that special moment, and now their worlds are about to collide once again. But when a prophecy points the spotlight on Alec, things take a fatal turn. Can there be hope in death, and love from the ashes of betrayal?         Amazon KU


VS Note: As far as I can tell these short stories are not re-releases.

What’s better than a magical Christmas mystery? Four, of course! This collection contains four witchy holiday mysteries sure to keep you guessing and make your heart grow three sizes. (…details of the four stories are on the ebook seller page…)                 Amazon KU


As if getting ready for a wedding isn’t bad enough, somebody had to go and kill the crazy uncle.
Noelle’s rushing back and forth trying to be the best maid of honor she can. The dress is fitted, the cake is ordered and the invitations are sent. Now all she has to do is plan the bachelorette party and await the big day, or so she thinks. Three days before the wedding, Anna Mae’s uncle, an eccentric, irritating man on the best of days, winds up dead. With Noelle’s favorite uncle at the top of the witness list, Noelle and crew have to work fast to figure out who really did it before the whole wedding ends up a wash.                         Amazon KU


Savin “Savage” Pajari is convinced he’s not worth a damn thing. He’s not like his brothers. He’s a sadistic monster, a killer—a man no woman could truly love. So it completely throws him when a stranger risks her life for his, pushing him out of the way and taking the hit that would have sent him six feet under. If he had any kind of sense, he’d leave her alone, but Savage can’t get the woman with a smart mouth and no sense of self-preservation out of his head. With one kiss, he’s lost. Seychelle Dubois has spent her entire life not feeling much of anything, until Savage comes along and sets her whole body on fire. Kissing him was a mistake. Letting him get close would be a catastrophe. He’s the most beautiful—and damaged—man she’s ever met. He has a way of getting under her skin, and what he’s offering is too tempting to resist. Seychelle knows so little about Savage or the dangerous world of Torpedo Ink, but his darkness draws her like a moth to a flame. Loving him could mean losing herself completely to his needs—needs she doesn’t understand but is eager to learn. But what Savage teaches her could destroy her.

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Mates were trouble. That’s why Damon must refuse his wolf. Pack enforcer Damon is reluctant to find his mate after his father went mad losing his. When Damon meets Sophie, the attraction is overwhelming, but he must let her go. And he regrets it. Later, he detects Sophie’s scent while on patrol at his pack’s ski mountain. She may be in trouble. He must follow her. But she’s stepped into another pack’s forbidden territory. If Damon crosses the boundary, he’ll break the treaty with their rivals. Mates weren’t just trouble, they could lead a shifter to spark a war.    Amazon KU


Life is complicated when you’re a simple maid by night who’s won some royal hearts… and a dragon shifter male knight by day, despised by those same royals. I’m in love with two brothers who are sworn enemies. The dragon shifter and heir to the throne, Jaik… and his disgraced brother Caldren, leader of the rebels. And possibly, I’m just a little bit in love with twin brothers who are my sworn enemies. But I don’t have time to unravel the tangled lies and knots of love surrounding us all, because we’ve been assigned to hunt down the Lord of the Scourge, the man leading the cursed masses who are destroying our kingdom. And all the while, these men I love are increasingly suspicious about who I really am… What will happen to us all when they discover the knight they treat so cruelly is also the woman they love?                     Amazon KU

OBSIDIAN THRONE (LOCHLANN FEUDS BOOK 4) by Robin D Mahle and Elle Madison

No matter how I had tried to avoid it, there was no escaping what we had: The kind of love you went to war for. And that’s exactly what I intended to do.               Amazon KU


In a snow-cloaked kingdom, two wicked rivals secretly compete for the pure heart of a prince, only to discover they might be falling for each other. Karnawa? season is a time for mischief and revelry. For the next few weeks, all will be wintry balls, glittery disguises, and nightly torch-lit sleigh-parties. Unbeknownst to the merrymakers, two uninvited girls join the fun. Zosia and Marynka are drawn to each other the moment they meet, until they discover they’re rivals, who both have their sights set on the prince’s heart. If one consumes a pure heart, she’ll gain immeasurable power. Marynka plans to bring the prince’s back to her patron in order to prove herself. While Zosia is determined to take his heart and its power for her own. Their ambition turns into a magical contest with both girls vying to keep the prince out of the other’s grasp, even as their attraction to one another grows. But their attempts on his life draws the attention of the city that would die for him, and suddenly their escalating rivalry might cost them not just their love for each other, but both their lives.

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MAGICALLY FATED by Milly Taiden and Kala Aster

Get 3 full stories and a post Happily Ever After in this collection of Magically Fated (Unruly Gods) Collection. After the Happily Ever After – In this short story, we get to revisit the couples in the series Magically Fated Unruly Gods. You get a slice of life from each of the couples and see them post mating. This After the Happily Ever After is going to pull it all together for you and help bring a smile to your face as you enjoy seeing the couples and the glimpse into their lives. (VS Note: Details on the oither stories in this volume are on ebook seller page..)                        Amazon KU

ALPHA GEEK: AXEL by Milly Taiden

After taking a job for the Shifter Protection Agency, Emily Jackson finds herself stepping into a laboratory to protect a brilliant science professor. Even though Axel Snell is scorching hot, he’s just a fragile human who she could break in the throes of passion. Besides, she’s already got her hands full protecting him from would-be assassins. Still, her lioness insist he’s her mate. Great way to start a new job. Axel can’t believe the twisted turn his life has taken. First, he’s being targeted for wanting to create a cure for diseases. Then, the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen is assigned to protect him. Just as he makes a note to himself to check the fraternization policy, everything changes for him—permanently and irreversibly. And now Emily is no longer off-limits. Now, she’s his. Emily wanted a job she could sink her teeth into, and Axel wanted to be part of changing the future of mankind. With danger at every turn and their romance just blooming, have they both bitten off more than they can chew?                                 Amazon KU


Morgan’s back… smack dab in the middle of all the drama and violence she once ran from. Despite renouncing pack life and leaving everything magical in her past, she’s ensnared by sensual dreams of a smoking-hot wolf shifter. She tries to ignore the dreams, but fate won’t be denied. When she sees her dream shifter in the flesh, her mind goes straight to the gutter. Clearly, there’s only one way to end her torment… bend her rule against fraternizing with shifters, just this once. That will get it all out of her system and free her from the sleeping fantasies… right? Quinn is lone wolf shifter with a dark secret and danger lurking everywhere he goes. When he meets Morgan, his life changes. She’s the mate he’s always wanted, the sassy, curvy woman who ignites a passion he thought long gone, and a complication he can’t afford. Quinn has no intentions of letting Morgan go, but the threats that follows him will put Morgan in peril. It’s time for Morgan and Quinn to stand together against the world and put an end to the challenges trying to break them down and break them up.

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Their scandalous pasts have left them wounded and unworthy—and hopelessly perfect together. ondon, 1925 – Sebastian de Leon is adjusting to life after three years spent enthralled by blood magic. The atrocities he committed under its control still weigh heavily on his conscience, but when he’s asked to investigate a series of mysterious murders, it feels like an opportunity to make amends. Until he realizes the killer’s next likely target is a man who witnessed Sebastian at his worst—the Viscount Fine. Lord Fine—known as Wesley to his friends, if he had any—is haunted by ghosts of his own after serving as a British army captain during the Great War. Jaded and untrusting, he’s tempted to turn Sebastian in, but there’s something undeniably captivating about the reformed paranormal, and after Sebastian risks his own life to save Wesley’s, they find common ground. Seeking sanctuary together at Wesley’s country estate in Yorkshire, the unlikely pair begins to unravel a mystery steeped in legend and folklore, the close quarters emboldening them to see past the other’s trauma to the person worth loving beneath. But with growing targets on their backs, they’ll have to move quickly if they want to catch a killer—and discover whether two wounded souls can help each other heal.

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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. Faith Bell is in need of a miracle. A Christmas miracle. And not for herself, either, but for the children at the orphanage where she works. She’s an orphan herself, she’s penniless, and after a life of being in service of others, at twenty-five, she doesn’t have much going on. Not that she’d have it any other way, but the orphanage is going under. Without funding, and with less and less people willing to work for smiles and hugs, the orphanage will surely close. When humans turn their backs on their own orphans, Faith sees only one way out. She becomes an orc tribute. Grimor the Joyless once had a different name. Back in the orc world, he inspired terror and awe. Now, in the world of humans, after so many years of meaningless peace, he can’t find his place. He’s lost his purpose. There is no word in his language to describe how he feels. There is a word in the humans’ language, but he’s forbidden his orcs from ever speaking it. His mage says he needs a bride. He’ll take one, if that means his horde will shut up about it and leave him be.    Amazon KU


Welcome to Golden Hope, where the whole town will cast you under its spell…When Holly’s boss is murdered, and she’s named as one of the prime suspects, the Witches Murder Club leaps back into action as they try to save one of their own. Storm is convinced there’s something strange going on, and as always, she refuses to let it go until she gets to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, she’s getting more answers about her family’s history, but it’s not necessarily what she wants to hear. Will the Witches Murder Club find the killer before the killer finds them?            Amazon KU

HYACINTH by Elle Porter

In this mythology reimagining of Hyacinthus and Apollo, a lighthouse keeper is afflicted with grisly nightmares after a mysterious yet charming shopkeeper arrives in a secluded coastal village. HYACINTH is an m+m speculative romance featuring supernatural horror elements and a trans love interest. Full trigger warnings are available in the front matter.



I’m back in the small town of my youth, to heal from my broken marriage. The grumpy, shirtless wolf fixing my roof doesn’t bring me the peace I want. Instead, he brings out hot feelings I thought I’d lost a long time ago. Feelings that I have to resist if I want to avoid another broken heart…But however I try to avoid him, his red eyes follow me everywhere. Something tells me he’s not a regular wolf, but something darker. And something inside of me wants to heal him, to heal his scars. To kiss away the pain and the worry that he hides behind those muscles. Nothing in this town is what it seems though… Not even the dating agency that someone supposedly signed me up for. Will I find what I am looking for here? Can a grumpy wolf give me what I secretly desire? A mate, and a baby?

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They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. I’m hoping that isn’t the case for me – I’m the spawn of darkness, and the news has spread, making me a target for forces designed to protect this world.
I can’t be a danger to the people I love. I need to fight. I need to master the power inside me and prove I’m not the monster they believe me to be. But when the tiniest slip can unleash the darkness, every choice matters. I just hope I make the right ones.                  Amazon KU


Cade Hunter is a lone bear shifter who’s given up on settling down – When he was still just a cub, Cade lost everything to a Christmas Eve fire. He arrives in Bearpaw Ridge for a new job as ranch foreman, but doesn’t let himself hope that this shifter town might be his forever home. He won’t be staying. He never does. Then he encounters a deliciously-curvy damsel in distress who cusses him out when he tries to rescue her. His beast immediately recognizes the gorgeous, feisty brunette as his fated mate. Things just got real interesting in this small town. Too bad that she’s his new boss’s daughter… and that she’s not impressed with him. At all. But that doesn’t stop Cade from vowing to claim her for his own, and to protect her, whether she wants protecting or not. Maggie Swanson can fix anyone’s romance…except her own – The bakery manager is Bearpaw Ridge’s resident problem-fixer and matchmaker. She suffers a massive romance fail when …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)      Amazon KU


It was the year 1932 when Johnny and Bobby played with their father’s pocket watch. They were shocked to discover they were mysteriously whisked away to the year 1882, where they found themselves on the boardwalk of the Twin Lake depot. When Duane London, the stationmaster, discovered them, he sent them home with Fran and Luke to be cared for until they could be reunited with their parents. As the Graingers try to figure out who these children are, Fran realizes that she has seen their behavior before. Extreme thirst and hunger, coupled with their style of dress and unusual use of slang words can only mean one thing. Is it possible they have traveled through space and time, as she and her sister Dora had done? If so, where did they come from, and how will she help them return? These questions are quickly solved, but what happens when two little boys go home? How do they explain their absence to their frantic parents? How does their time away affect their lives from that day forward? How will the historical events of the day interfere with their plans?

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You know that song by that famous singer? The one that goes almost like this: “He’s hot then he’s cold, he’s Yes then he’s No”? That’s exactly what it feels like to date this guy. One minute he’s my composed, efficient billionaire boss. The next he’s a hotheaded freedom fighter. One moment he likes to play and tease and be in full control. The next he drives on animalistic instinct and primal motivation. He’s hot as hell and absolutely cricking my neck. He almost has me thinking that he’s not one guy but two. Two guys with identical faces and identical yummy bodies. In fact, if I were crazy, I’d say I’m accidentally dating twins. But that’s just not true. Is it?               Amazon KU


My mates are the only people I can trust. Even my grandfather has to earn the loyalty he wants. But he’s right about us needing to get away from it all, some familiar faces from my mates’ past give us a place to lay low and regroup. Yet our group has never been more divided. Hopefully a nice holiday in the snowy alps is just what the doctor ordered. Nope. The doctor ordered a heavy dose of antipsychotics, and with the voices getting louder, I need to decide if I want to silence them. This is book 4 in the PHoenix ShiftARS, origionally published as Slay Bells, now a full length 70k novel.
While this book is based over the Christmas period, it is part of the series, which must be read in order. This book is for over 18s due to scenes of a graphic nature, and dealing with mental health issues.

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Trapped in a dungeon, three men with dark pasts vow their lives to protect me. Each of them is so different from the others–Ryker & Zuben, vampires who are night & day, and Axe, a bear shifter, who makes my heart stop. I crave these men. Without them, I’d be dead. To find escape, we must work together. Secrets slide around us like shadows in wait–some pull us together, while others threaten to tear us apart. Something powerful is building inside me, something I know is bigger than I ever imagined. My blood is only one reason I’m hunted, and the powerful vampire who runs this dungeon will stop at nothing to get me under her control.                       Amazon KU


Jakob Mercer hesitantly takes a job to retrieve a set of magical dice for an elderly woman with lots of money. She makes promises, but she also warns Jakob that the world he must enter to get them is over his head. Jakob has been all over the world searching for oddities. He doesn’t expect that an underground group of supernatural beings in Charleston to be a threat. That is until he realizes that he’s been sent there under false pretenses and more than one person wants to see him dead. In a secret society, even the secrets have secrets. Can Jakob retrieve the dice and survive?    Amazon KU


Tonight I meet my mate. I don’t know anything about him, including his name. According to fox shifter tradition, my parents chose him for me. For the next month we’ll be living together in a remote cabin. That’s how fox shifters form a bond. We burrow with our intended for a full month of winter. My mothers say my new mate is kind, and he won’t mind that I don’t look like other omegas. But I’m nervous. What if he’s disappointed? Or even worse, what if he’s someone I could never bring myself to love? Snuggle Season is a low angst MM romance with MPreg, knotting, and lots of cuddling. It’s set in the same world as Amy Bellows’ other shifter books, but it stands alone.           Amazon KU


VS Note: From DEC 7

When one of Santa’s reindeer meets a grisly end during the annual A Downtown Dickens Christmas Festival, Rue realizes her enemies are closing in on her location, and Samford will pay the price. But when one creature turns into two, and two into three, and then three into four, Rue knows the problem is bigger than a singular threat to her new hometown. And that’s before a holiday shopper strolls into Hollis Apothecary claiming to be a long-lost relative. Of her father’s. As old loyalties are tested and new relationships threaten to unravel the fabric of her identity, Rue must choose either the family she was born into or the one she created for herself, and the losing side might not survive her decision.                           Amazon KU


On September 30, 1994, Loring Air Force Base in Maine was officially closed. Unofficially, it remained open for a unique tactics team of some of the most elite forces offered by the Air Force. Project X-Force members were shifters. The team went into situations that were unsafe for humans. Since he lost his wife in a tragic accident, Staff Sergeant Andrew Fleming likes being in the field. He was quick to join Project X-Force to stay in the field and running into danger to keep his mind off the loneliness. Andrew and his team are sent to rescue kidnapped scientist Celeste Weaver. He is confused as to why he’s captivated by the photos of her.

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It started with a blinding white light and a silver ring that would change everything, but it seems never ending. These people should’ve been dead two hundred years ago when this Empire ceased to exist, yet here I am standing amongst them like I’ve always been here. Like I belong. I don’t. I’ve become an object of warped fixation for five men I know next to nothing about. Five men that are so clearly divided, two of them hate each other with enough passion to burn me alive right where I stand. Victor Ambrose, King of the Northern Kingdom, is a man so cold it sometimes pains me to look into his eyes. A man who somehow makes me feel protected still. A man that can cripple someone with his gaze alone. Matthias Carillion, King of the Southern Kingdom, is so opposite of everyone else, so gentle and caring that he makes me feel more capable of getting through anything, just by being in his presence…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)    Amazon KU


Eighteenth-century cowboys and twenty-first-century drag queens simply aren’t supposed to meet. So thinks Peter Johnson when he touches down for his annual visit to his small hometown, Big Timber, Montana. Adopted from China as a baby, he’s found freedom transforming into Phoenix di Milo every night in San Francisco. He shouldn’t be sitting here among cowboy hats and the horses he’s always feared, keeping up the life-long lie about who he really is. And he definitely shouldn’t be sneaking out of his house on Christmas morning, trekking through the snow in search of a mysterious light in the woods, like something is missing.                Amazon KU


“Santa lost my address a long time ago, Cupcake. The only present you’re getting tonight is my face between your—” Wolf shifter and former black ops mercenary Hawke Stevens doesn’t do Christmas—not anymore. And he absolutely doesn’t do damsels in distress crashing onto his property in the middle of a blizzard. Give her a ride? Hell no. With her innocent blue eyes and rail-me-senseless elf costume, that girl is nothing but trouble. Sweet, sexy trouble that leaves him aching for a taste of what’s hidden under those candy-cane-striped tights…Maddie Lockwood will not miss another Lockwood family Christmas—not after spending last year’s holiday season in the hospital. But a storm puts her travel plans on ice, stranding her at the secluded mountain cabin of a cocky, sexy-as-sin recluse who makes the Grinch look like a teddy bear. If only his filthy mouth didn’t make her so hot…As the blizzard rages on, all Hawke wants for Christmas is to wipe that good-girl smile off Maddie’s face. All Maddie wants is to punch Hawke in the snowballs. But Santa? He’s got something else in store for the naughty wolf and his nice little elf.                      Amazon KU


When Tawni finds an abandoned child in the woods, she’ll do anything to protect it, find where he belongs. After running away from her own pack, she’s hesitant to leave the boy with just anyone, she wants to find his family, and perhaps, find somewhere she can belong herself. As the years pass by, she doesn’t give up hope that they’ll find it. Maximus lost everything except his title and position as territory alpha six years ago when he lost his mate, their newborn child taken from him. He’s had his people searching but with no luck, until a young woman is attacked just outside his land. Learning what she’s been through, what she’s done to protect his son makes him determined to keep her safe, for his son’s sake. He lost one mother the day he was born, Max won’t let him lose the one that he now knows. The more Max learns about Tawni, the more he wants her as his. The more his wolf demands another mate, wants revenge against those that hurt her, sent her running. He’ll do anything to claim his family, the new one that he never anticipated wanting, needing this much. Nothing is going to stand in his way.                Amazon KU


After years of abuse for being different, Isa finally escaped his family by going to college. Or at least he thought he had until he realized even moving to another state wasn’t enough to leave them behind. Ultra-conservative, harsh, and extremely controlling, they were determined to force him to conform to their ideals. Even in public, he couldn’t escape their fundamentalist views, and they sought to end his private life. So, who was the silent giant who swept in and rescued Isa from being attacked by his sister? And why did he like to carry Isa around like his own, personal stuffed toy? Briar’s fascination with Isa was unusual, but so was the way their very souls seemed to communicate. The connection between them is so consuming, the pair are caught unaware when a meddling fairy decides to release a previously unknown spell binding Briar – causing unforeseeable -but fascinating – consequences. For a moment, Isa thought he had it all. Those few days of peace inspired the kind of hope he’d never allowed himself to hold on to, but with the return of his family, they could very well cost him the rest of his life.            Amazon KU


Rachel Hines is back, desperately trying to live a normal life, but haunted by her past adventures and a voice that calls to her from beyond time. A voice that calls for help. Veronica Wethers disappeared years ago at the site of the old Kings Heath station. To rescue her, Rachel must gather a misfit band of time travelers before the station is rebuilt and the portal sealed forever. With a gang of conspiracy theorists hot on their trail – her own father among them – they must enter the trap that once ensnared Rachel herself and face a dark enemy thought banished forever…In a gripping climax, Rachel and her ragbag team do battle with ghosts out of time before the chimes of midnight sound and all is lost. But just what is the secret of the station at the end of time? Who is the mysterious unknown soldier that haunts the platform? And what hidden history is key to unlocking this mystery?   Amazon KU


The Goddess of Life has sent Caelan to wake her brother, the Dead God. But crossing the reclusive country of Zastrad is even more treacherous when Caelan and his friends aren’t sure they can trust their guide. The four friends will be tested by violence, death, political intrigue, and secrets better left in the dark. When Caelan finally reaches the fractured godstone, he may have to give up everything to save the family he’s cobbled together. Wake the Dead is the third book in the six-book Godstone Saga fantasy series and is not a standalone. The story contains danger, secrets, bossy gods, stolen kisses, a new king finding his way, a possessive boyfriend, magic, and lots of delicious angst.    Amazon KU


Sadie Alden has discovered trouble in paradise. A group of strangers have convened at the very same luxury resort that Sadie and her friends are spending the weekend. The smiles on their faces do little to hide their rivalry with each other, and for one of them the competition is not just fierce, but fatal. Familiar faces make an appearance and Sadie fears that if the killer strikes again that she could lose someone she cares about. The resort immediately locked its gates for the safety of the guests, but this means that they are trapped in a dangerous situation. The impish spirits that haunt the island are being anything but helpful and her familiar is driving her to distraction with his constant talking. Rumors of a curse are spreading like wildfire and Sadie looks to be the next one to get burned.              Amazon KU


Just a little Love Bite: An angel’s assignment places him in the path of his hurting stella guida, leaving him wondering if he has the skills to help. When Nester joined Murdoch’s coven a couple of years back, Murdoch knew they weren’t beloveds. That didn’t stop him from falling hard and fast for the hazel-eyed vampire, who seems to return his affection. Bringing in a donor for threesomes happens often and keeps the spice in their relationship. Murdoch is ready for the next step—family—and Nester claims to be, too. They agree to a surrogate and artificial insemination. Except, then Murdoch ends up running late to an appointment to meet the surrogate at the facility and walks in on Nester banging the woman. His lover claims it’s no big deal, but it is to Murdoch. If Nester was willing to do that with their surrogate, who else had he been involved with behind his back? Murdoch takes a step back from Nester, trying to get some perspective, angering the other vampire. A guest at the dude ranch—Malakai—offers to listen to Murdoch and offer advice. Murdoch finds himself extremely attracted to the gorgeous male, although his lack of scent confuses him. An unexpected accident allows Murdoch to taste Malakai’s blood, revealing that not only is the male his beloved, but Malakai is also an angel. Can Murdoch come to grips with the revelation—and why Malakai had hidden their connection from him—before Nester figures out a way to sabotage any hope for their future?



One sunny day, the ground split open, and thick grey smoke spilled out, covering the world by nightfall and changing the earth forever. It happened so quickly that Senna didn’t have a chance to pause and react. Too soon, they realized the smoke wasn’t alone. Monsters clawed their way out of the crevice, screeching in the still air before darting after whatever unlucky person or animal caught their attention. Different species came crawling out, some were more animalistic than the others. They called them creatures, but the rest were similar to humans but with demonic features, such as horns, scales, wings, or fangs. More terrifying and dangerous than the creatures because they were after earth’s females… (more blurb on ebook seller page…)                   Amazon KU


When a little girl goes missing, it takes faith, love, and the help of a Christmas angel to guide her to safety.



After defeating a Fae fanatic set on closing the portal between earth and the magic realm, things are looking up for Sophie Feegle. She can finally relax, drink whiskey at her favorite ogre pub, and get back to the autopsy assistant job she loves. Maybe she’ll even go on a romantic date with a certain sexy fox shifter. Yeah, right. Things never seem to work out quite the way Sophie wants. When Sophie recognizes the body on her autopsy table from a dream, her world is shaken again. As more bodies end up in the morgue, Sophie realizes a serial killer is hunting San Francisco’s Mythicals. But why? And why does Sophie see the victims in her dreams? Hot on the trail of the killer, Sophie and her crew encounter Mythicals with strange powers. But as they wade through these dangerous waters, the question becomes: are Sophie and her friends the hunters, or are they the ones being hunted? Welcome back to Sophie’s San Francisco, where being in a serial killer’s sights may be new but being odd is still the norm.                 Amazon KU


Run. It’s all Caio knows how to do. Foxes run. And wolves… they hunt. Caio is being hunted, again. Since the war that left the shifter world fractured, he’s rarely felt safe. When he’s chased onto pack land, he thinks his luck has run out. Instead, the wolves take him in. He can’t help but be suspicious of their motives, especially those of their leader, Roman. Yet the dark-eyed alpha looks at him like he’s more than just prey. The love between a fox and a wolf hides in the shadow of the moon. Roman does whatever it takes to protect his pack and make their home a sanctuary from the outside world. And then Caio arrives on their doorstep. He doesn’t have the heart to turn away a scared, pregnant omega, even if he is a fox shifter. But trying to help Caio tangles them together in a way he isn’t prepared for. Caio can’t stay—there’s no place for a fox in a wolf pack—but Roman isn’t sure he can let him walk away.                    Amazon KU


Aurelia carries the most powerful weapon in the kingdom—she just can’t wield it – Stolen as a baby by an egotistical enchanter, Aurelia has spent her entire life locked in a tower, her impractically long hair serving as a vessel in which her captor can store his magic. Every day is predictable—at least, until Cyfrin’s manner and experiments take an inexplicable turn. Now Aurelia’s biggest challenge is convincing her fellow prisoner—the only mother she’s ever known—that she’s strong enough to handle the truth behind the enchanter’s strange behavior. The trouble is, she’ll first need to convince herself. Prince Amell might be known for his restlessness, but he’s grown out of his childish dreams of heroics…mostly. When a break out occurs at the prison containing all the continent’s criminal magic-users, he’s eager to join the manhunt. Little does he expect that, with the somewhat perplexing help of some dragons, he’ll find something else entirely, lying hidden in the heart of his kingdom. But the magic that holds Aurelia and her mother captive is like nothing Amell has seen before, and his failure to rescue them shows how far he actually is from the hero of his childhood fantasies. Both Aurelia and Amell will have to find a strength they didn’t know they had in order to overcome the dark schemes in which Aurelia has played an unwilling part. And if they fail, more futures than hers will be lost to the man who stole her past.               Amazon KU


Newton considered himself fairly adaptable, but he had one rule he absolutely lived by – do not get involved with assassins. He could overlook the one mated to his only brother. He would even help the four assassins to gain their freedom from the Council. That fell under the ‘favor to his brother’ category. But socializing with them, being friends with them – that was not going to happen. Tron couldn’t help his negative reputation. As the feared trainer for the ridiculous assassin program, he’d done his job, mourned the dead in private, and made sure the four remaining assassins could stay safe. He did one favor – just one tiny favor, and suddenly his world was upside down and turned inside out. Instincts aside, no one would’ve said this was meant to be an easy mating. But the Council weren’t finished with the assassins yet, and what they gave away with one hand, they took back with another. Then there’s the mysterious Master Kimble – wasn’t he supposed to be dead? And is there anything that can change Newton’s Laws?



Naya and Adam have nothing in common. Besides black wings. The same birthday. And fathers who are as close as brothers. But nothing else. Sweet, diligent Naya has always abided by the rules. Arrogant, uncivil Adam has made it his life’s mission to break each one. She is the beloved daughter of an archangel. He is the guilds’ resident bad boy . . . well, bad fletching. When Naya thrusts herself in Adam’s life to request a place on his clandestine team of guardians, he turns her away. The last thing his unsanctioned squad needs is an archangel’s attention, and the last thing he needs is a bubbly, blonde distraction with a sinful voice and soulful eyes. Problem is, Naya suddenly, and inexplicably, becomes the only thing he wants.                Amazon KU


VS Note: LGBTQ+ Urban Fantasy

All Qwyrk wanted was a few winter days of rest of and relaxation in the small town of Knettles in Yorkshire, but of course, it all goes wrong immediately. She wants to spend time and with her young human friend, Jilly, but Jilly and her not-so-imaginary friend blip have just met a remarkable boy named Lluck, who seems to be able to bend events to his favor. Lluck is on the run from some awful and obnoxious goblins. On top of that, Qwyrk meets a mysterious and beguiling woman, who’s also looking for the boy. And in the dark, something wants Lluck for itself, but why? Lluck is the second in a series of four novels about the comic misadventures of a group of misfits at the edge of normal reality in modern northern England, a world of shadows, Nighttime Nasties, witchy magic, remarkable Indian Fae, would-be superheroes, a lazy Komodo dragon, and even more elves…though they do continue to be a bit silly.

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After being exiled from Cairnnor, a traumatic event leaves Joron unable to directly communicate with his dragon. But his problems don’t stop there. He’s also lost his treasure, and his sister is missing.
Unfortunately, he has no memories of exactly what happened, and if his dragon does, he is keeping them to himself. When the old dragon lord is defeated and Joron returns home, he hopes that he might heal. And finally, remember the terrible events that robbed him of his sister and his treasure.
But so far, that’s not happening. So when he’s asked to go to Wishing Moon Bay, as a member of the dragon guard stationed there, he agrees. Perhaps a complete change might do him good. And if not, he’ll throw himself into his career and help keep other people safe from harm. Then he meets Dove. She’s an expert on helping animals heal. She also happens to be his mate. Surely fate has brought them together for a reason. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)        Amazon KU


Two days ago, Jack Siran’s biggest concerns were his impending arranged marriage and whether or not he would succeed in seducing his magical rival, Lord Silver, the object of his desire. But when Lord Silver finally does come calling, he isn’t alone. He brings with him a demon who murders everyone in its path and burns Jack’s estate to the ground. And now the demon wants Jack. Jack knows that even with his abilities, he is no match for a full-fledged demon, let alone the talented conjurer who summoned him. If Jack wants to survive and protect those he loves, he must sell his soul to Fire, a lady demon of ill-repute, in exchange for her powerful aid and protection.

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Sarah had been on the run her entire adult life. As soon as she found out she was pregnant, she faked her death to keep her children safe from the prick who’d fathered them. Now, nine years later, her twin boys were her entire world, and she was petrified he would find her. When she received the voicemail from Cass, she thought the end had finally come for both her and her boys. Cassidy Foster was only helping a client find his long-lost grandchildren when he contacted Sarah, but when a distress call came in from one of her boys, Cass told the boys to hide before Cass’s lion took him. It only took that split second for him to know the woman inside screaming was his mate. Would he be too late to save her?



Melanie – I loved Xavier more than anything. I thought he was mine forever. Never should I have left him at the altar. Only, I wasn’t left with much choice thanks to my father. Now my daughter is missing. No one is helping me, and again my father has taken control. I blame him for ruining my life.
Now I have to turn to Xavier for help. I still love him. I never stopped. He’s hurt after all this time. News flash, so am I. Then the web of lies around us come unraveled, and my defenses weaken.
I want him. Can he forgive me? Will we get our daughter back before it’s too late? Xavier – She broke my heart and didn’t have the decency to tell me I was a father. Now the little girl is missing, and she needs my help. Her betrayal is more than anyone should ever have to bear. Even after five years, I find myself attracted to her. Then lies became unraveled and the reasons behind her betrayal. The truth has me see her in a different light, and there is no denying I still love her. And the inevitable happened, we had sex. Not only was it hot, but I wanted her in my bed again. First things first, get our daughter back. I need to convince Melanie we’re good together. What will my friends and parents say if we give our love a second chance? More so, what will it take for me to prove to Melanie, I love her and our daughter?                    Amazon KU


Nora was an excellent administrative assistant until the day a business associate of her boss made an aggressive pass. She tells her boss, and he tells her to thicken her skin, having heard the other male’s version of the event. She can toughen up or quit. She chooses the option that will stop the pain of the dismissal. Sabin is shocked when he finds out she is leaving, and he’s devastated when he learns that it is her last day. He had enjoyed having her next to him, breathing in her scent all day every day and spent many hours trying to find a way around the whole employee-employer thing, but now, it was solved for him. A frantic kiss tells him what she tastes like at long last, and now, he has to find a way to get her back to his side. Nora ends up in a situation where she smells like a hot omega and is at a party full of alphas. Sabin is there and offers his help for the bargain price of one night.
That night spins into events that will echo through their lives, and defying families, a curse, and stalkers, they make their way to a family future.

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RAVENOUS by R Cooper

Those who come back from the mysterious place known as the Realm, if they come back, are changed. Some return haunted. Others with knowledge of themselves that they will not share, and the magic of the Realm at their disposal. The peculiari, as these few are called, are tolerated at best, feared at worst. Nicodemus isn’t anything like one of the exceptional, adventurous peculiari. For the most part, he’s content to keep house for the peculiari of the Arawn Agency and rarely ventures outside of the manor they all call home. As an asterion, one of the unwanted, monstrous children of the Realm, Nicodemus is human in appearance except for the ram’s horns growing from his head, and prefers the company of those who don’t judge him. There’s just one hitch in his otherwise safe and orderly world. One awkward, inconvenient, twice-a-year problem in which Nicodemus goes into what can humiliatingly only be called a rut. It’s a secret he keeps from the others. But this year, unable to stand the thought of spending his rut alone, he ventures out in search of company—only to run into Bel, the one person he hopes will never discover his secret…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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VS Note: Listed in Erotica.

It’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings – Fate sends me straight into the lion’s den. Or rather, the fox’s den. After my dad trespassed into a powerful fox demon’s territory, our family is struck with a powerful curse. Now, to remove it, I’ll have to appeal to the demon’s better nature. Easier said than done. That arrogant fox demon won’t be swayed by an apology basket full of treats. He does, however, need a fake mate for a week-long Winter Festival. Though I’d be a liar if I didn’t admit that our doting lovers’ act was becoming harder by the day. The more time I spent with Lucca, the more his irresistible charms get under my skin. Deep down, I know it’s all a game. But my heart just can’t seem to get the memo. When our week-long affair comes to a close, will I really be able to walk away?                  Amazon KU


I got Jai back, found Maeve’s stone and freed the female wolves of Harvest Grove, so that should be it, right? Of course not. Right as I’m trying to find a way to bring my pack together, a new danger emerges. The stone, the Institute, even my unborn children, they’re all part of a much bigger plan, one that could result in the world’s population being enslaved. I just want my children to be born healthy and safe, but it appears to make that happen, we need to save the world as well.

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Stephanie has been captured. Again. And with a broken leg her hope of escape is practically nonexistent. She is to be mated to Jack, the cruel and powerful panther clan leader. But for now, she still has her dreams and memories. Memories of a gorgeous man with light brown eyes filled with concern for her. A man she could easily see herself falling for and staying with, for more than a few weeks. Michael, her rescuer. And the star of her dreams, for as long as she can hold on to them.
The sight of Stephanie being manhandled by a couple of brutes has Michael storming off the train to get to her. But before he can reach them, they take off in a grey van. Ever since he found her up on the mountain with a broken leg, she has popped into his mind at odd times. He has no idea why, but for some reason he can’t seem to forget about her. Seeing her again only reinforces his need to find her. And he will find her, no matter the cost.                      Amazon KU


I am nothing. I am no one. I am Rogue. A shell of the man I once was, I’ve lost all memory of my life before I became this monster, alone and hungry, hunting my prey wherever I can find it. Until the night I am caught poaching another’s hunting grounds. And not just any vampire — I’ve stolen from Ramsey, a powerful member of the Vampire Council. I should have paid for my crimes with my life, but Ramsey has other plans for me. What begins as punishment for my sins erupts into a fiery passion filled with pain and pleasure in equal measure. But a dangerous secret lurks in the shadows of our world, one which threatens to tear me from the arms of the only being I’ve ever loved.   Amazon KU


VS: The next book in my STAR CRUISE series is STAR CRUISE SONGBIRD, which is my scifi rockstar romance., It’s a genre I absolutely love, so I had a great time writing my own. I did a ton of research watching documentaries about current pop stars and concerts to help me figure out my heroine Karissa Dawnstar. The hero is a nod from me to Andre Norton’s Beast Master, which is a book I adored – he’s retired Special Forces, with a trained war eagle from his home planet. Valkyr the eagle and Lully the songbird are an important part of the overall story. (This novella first appeared in the PETS IN SPACE 2 anthology.)  How these two disparate people come together on the luxury cruise liner Nebula Zephyr and what happens next was fun to write. 

Here’s the blurb: Grant Barton, a Security Officer on the Nebula Zephyr, is less than thrilled with his current assignment to guard an Interstellar singing sensation while she’s on board the ship. It doesn’t help that he and his military war bird Valkyr are dealing with their recent separation from the Sectors Special Forces and uncertainty over their future, with their own planet in ruins.

Karissa Dawnstar is on top of the charts and seemingly has it all – talent, fame, fortune and devoted fans, but behind her brave smile and upbeat lyrics she hides an aching heart. When a publicity stunt goes wrong, Karissa finds herself in the arms of the security officer assigned to protect her – and discovers a mutual attraction she can’t ignore.

Trouble continues to plague the pair, driving a wedge between them and leaving Grant certain that Karissa is in more danger than she realizes, from overzealous fans and her own management. Grant is determined to protect Karissa whether she wants his help or not. Can he discover the truth behind what’s going on before he loses Karissa or is there someone else plotting to keep them apart – permanently?

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I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

Some authors aren’t in KU but still don’t list books with Apple or other platforms. This report is very time consuming to prepare so I’ve always had to limit myself and cannot go and look up every book on all the platforms. If an author gives me their other buy links, I include them here but generally I develop the post on my own, not from author-supplied information. I curate and prepare this post individually every week to help connect readers/books/authors and I have to be very careful not to give it so much time as an activity that I don’t write my own novels! Thanks for the feedback and happy reading!

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Am I Boring You Weekend Writing Warriors

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate the holiday!

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

May be edited a bit from published version.

I’m Taking excerpts from my new release KYDEN: BADARI GLADIATORS SERIES BOOK ONE.

The excerpt, from the beginning of the book, after Kyden went to investigate an outcry in the gladiators’ assembly room and found two women who say their presence is a mistake. He takes the girls to his cell. As the top gladiator in the Five Systems, he has more of a room than most and a private bathroom. Continuing on from last week…

Elara Vasclavian was more dangerous to him than any gladiator or beast opponent. Emotions and feelings were stirring deep inside him, and longings he barely understood. He wanted this woman, not only physically but to be a part of his life. He wanted to sit and talk to her for hours, to walk with her, to dine with her… The ancestral memory, which he’d worked so hard to repress as part of his effort to remain sane out here in the Hinterlands of the galaxy, cut off from his pack, forced its way into the forefront of his mind and he realized with shock, Elara was his goddess-given mate. The Great Mother, who he was sure had abandoned him, chose now to present him with a potential mate? And the woman was so far above him in the strata of the Five Colonies they should never have met. Certainly he wouldn’t be able to see her again, much less have the chance to talk to her.

And no chance at all of ever claiming his mate.

“I’m sorry, am I boring you?” Elara asked, brows drawn together in a frown.

VS: Oh he’s not the least bit bored…


Kyden is the top ranked gladiator in the Five Systems but he’s hardly there by choice. Unscrupulous guards faked his death in the lab where he was created and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. He has no idea where his home is or how many years have passed since he was condemned to a life of endless combat. Kill or be killed is the rule and a Badari never gives up. He’ll fight to stay alive until the Badari goddess sees fit to decree his death.

Elara Vasclavian is the daughter of a senator, as far removed from the life of a gladiator as a noblewoman can be until through the machinations of a political enemy, she ends up in terrible jeopardy. Abducted and given to a group of drunken gladiators for their amusement the night before the games, Elara vows to put up a fight but there’s no real hope of saving herself. Until Kyden steps in, responding to the goddess’s commandment to protect those who are smaller and weaker. And discovers she’s his fated mate.

Rescued, Elara returns to her life of privilege but she can’t forget the man who saved her life. The gulf between their places in the Five Systems is unbridgeable, no matter how much Kyden longs for even a glimpse of her in the arena audience. No matter how much she feels the pull to be by his side. As matters stand, they cannot be together…Or can they?

KYDEN is the first book in a new series, spun off from my ongoing Badari Warriors series. Kyden is a Generation Five Badari whereas the main characters in the long running series are from a later time and are Generation Eight. This new series stands alone and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I couldn’t resist the temptation to tell a few other Badari stories, set in the galaxy’s Hinterlands, and who can resist gladiators?

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My Tiktok video about why I wrote KYDEN… here

Interview with #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance Author Michelle Diener

Note: This interview was originally onducted for AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE’s blog.

Michelle Diener has been one of my favorite science fiction romance and fantasy authors ever since I discovered her Class Five series a few years ago. She’s an autobuy for me so I was happy to have her new release The Threadbare Queen (The Rising Book 2) arriving this week. The new book also gave me the perfect opportunity to interview her about her various series.

Here’s the blurb for The Threadbare Queen:  A conqueror’s victory is never assured . . .

The Rising Wave may have taken control of Kassia, but hot on the heels of their victory, Luc receives word from one of his spies that the Jatan, emboldened by the Kassian army’s withdrawal, have crossed the border. More worryingly, they haven’t just moved into northern Kassia, but also east to Luc’s home region of Cervantes, and with all the Cervantes warriors with Luc in Kassia’s capital, Fernwell, cementing their hold on power, his home is vulnerable and defenceless. Luc has no choice but to leave securing Fernwell to Ava, gather forces, and head north, to try to push the Jatan back to their side of the mountains. 

A queen’s safety is never a given . . . 

Finally, after months of trying, a minion of the Speaker of Grimwalt’s court manages to snatch Ava from under the noses of her friends and allies, off the streets of Fernwell and onto the back roads to Grimwalt. Ava has to struggle against an insidious assault on her vitality and magic, fighting a power that isn’t just strong, but malevolent. 

Nothing is set in stone . . . 

As Ava tries to escape her captors and Luc races to defend his homeland, they draw closer and closer to each other, until finally their paths cross, as they always seem to do. As they once again face their enemies together, they will have to use all their strength to salvage the victory they’ve worked so hard to accomplish. 

Veronica Scott for Amazing Stories Magazine:  What was the inspiration for your new series?

MD: I started The Turncoat King as a kind of side project, something completely different to my scifi. I grew up reading epic fantasy, and have written a few fairytale-based fantasy romances, but this felt more like the epic fantasy I remembered reading long ago. It was a fun thing to do when I was stuck on my scifi plots, or needed a break from them. When I was about a quarter of the way in, I ended up writing the prequel novella, The Rising Wave, and then going back to finish The Turncoat King. I loved every minute of it.

ASM.: Do you have the entire series plotted out in your mind or do you ‘pantster’ as you go? 

MD: I have a vague idea, enough to give me direction, but not enough that I know what’s going to happen from scene to scene. I generally always know how it ends.

ASM.: Which character is your favorite to write (so far) and why? 

MD: I loved writing Ava. Her magic is very satisfying to me. I was taught how to knit by my grandmother when I was young and then rediscovered the joy of it while in lockdown for 6 weeks in 2020. I haven’t looked back since then, adding crochet to my craft list and getting braver and braver in what I tackle. Ava’s use of wool and silk to weave magic just appealed to me so much. I remembered someone saying we all leave a little of ourselves in whatever we make, and I extended that to create her magical ability.

ASM: How is it to jump back and forth from writing science fiction romance like the Class Five series  to fantasy? Do you find yourself writing any differently? Using a different ‘voice’? 

MD: I definitely use a different voice in my fantasy. My scifi tends to have a modern voice, and fantasy gives me permission to have my characters say things that are a little more portentous.

ASM.: If you could live in the ‘world’ of one of your series which one would you pick and why? 

MD: I think the Verdant String. I created a world that’s trying to make sure everyone has their basic needs met. The backstory is that when the planets of the Verdant String met up with each other again, and realized they were all the descendants of travelers from another part of the galaxy, they couldn’t justify any inequality. Everyone had helped to get the Verdant String to where it was. They don’t always get it right, but they are sincere in their attempts and no one goes hungry, or is worried about a roof over their head in the Verdant String world. To me, that’s the base line for a society to call itself advanced.

ASM.: I’m pretty fond of Verdant String as well! Do you find your readers follow you across the genres or do you have different sets of readers? 

MD: I have definitely gained some new readers with the Rising Wave series. I love that, and I hope those readers take a chance on my scifi novels. When I moved from historical novels to scifi right at the very beginning of my writing journey, I definitely picked up new readers, but a lot of my historical readers followed me. I think I’ve read a few times that romance readers are very broadminded in their reading tastes and are not afraid to try new genres, and I think I’ve seen that with my own readers.

ASM.: What’s next for you as an author? 

MD: I’ve got a huge year ahead of me. I’m planning on writing the last Class 5 novel in my Class 5 scifi series. Dark Class is the title and it’s next on my schedule to write. I also plan on another Verdant String novel and Fate’s Arrow, the third book in the Rising Wave series. I will be busy in 2022!

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15 Alien and Paranormal Romance Christmas Tales

NOTE: Portions of this post first appeared in the Roswell Daily Record.

Tis the season for scifi romance holiday tales involving alien Santas and the like! I’ve been seeing these titles coming for the last six weeks or so and here are a few of my favorites for your holiday reading pleasure.

A Gift for Nicholas (Horned Holidays) was a heartwarming tale from Honey Phillips. A single mother, a little girl who is convinced she’s found the real Santa and a crashlanded, horned alien who needs to get off the planet in a hurry, plus a major snowstorm all add up to a heartwarming tale. Additionally, I’m always fascinated by colonies on alien worlds who’ve regressed or forgotten their true origins. This is a sequel of sorts to last year’s Krampus and the Crone by Ms. Phillips, which makes it even more fun (but the two books do stand alone.)

Stolen by the Alien Santa from Sophia Sebell takes the standpoint that Santa is actually an alien. Here’s her plot: “He caught me when I wasn’t sleeping. He knew that I was awake. Santa Claus has come to town, and it’s me he chose to take. I saw Santa when I was younger. I’m not taking about the Santa you grew up believing in. I’ve seen the REAL Santa, the one with the green skin and big horns. Every Christmas after that, I always stayed up and hoped to get a peek again. I wanted to confirm to myself that I wasn’t crazy and I actually saw him. This year, I got a little more than I bargained for when not only did I see him, he saw me. Now, I know for sure Santa isn’t a jolly fat dude in a red coat. He’s an angry beefcake of an alien in a red coat who doesn’t take kindly to people catching him off guard. ..” and the adventure and romance flow from there.

Cherish (Barbarians of the Sand Planet Book 7) by Tana Stone is a fairly common trope from an author with an established scifi romance series wherein there are babies or children from couples featured in previous books in the series and now the holidays have arrived. Here’s her description: “The bounty hunter babes are ready to celebrate Christmas, but are they ready to return to the sand planet where they were marooned? “ And there’s much more, including an all-female crew of mercenaries.

Aurora Caine and Nova Edwins are spinning an entire series about an alien race known as the Tedolarens. The first book is A Tedolaren for Christmas and the authors promise: “Dark sci-fi romance with a Christmas theme. Over the top and utterly ridiculous. Contains holiday lights, candy canes, and a happy ending in front of a fireplace.”  Three books have been released so far, with a fourth to be released shortly. The plots center around the same group of heroines who encounter these aliens in the Colorado Rockies.

Christmas with the Klagan by Holly Hanzo is a scifi romance story with all the feels. The heroine is a human woman rescued by friendly aliens from other  aliens who abducted her. With no way to get back to Earth, she and the other rescued women try to make the best of things, including a holiday celebration. A Klagan warrior tries to help and of course the two of them come together in a ‘snowstorm’. There is even a dessert at stake here! How much more holidayish can an SFR novel get?

Unblessed by R. L. Olvitt takes two people with secrets – a human woman and an alien – and puts them together in a small town on Earth at the holidays. As the final portion of the book’s blurb sums it up: “Naomi and R’visth are from worlds apart, yet they’ve been searching for the same things. When they meet, they’ll get the chance to have it all: love, belonging, and family—but only if their enemies don’t stop them first. Not everyone is happy to have an alien in their midst, and some people will stop at nothing to get what they want.”

Earth Christmas for the Alien by C. Y. Croc is a short, light hearted tale about an alien with amnesia, a child who believes him to be Santa and the ensuing complicationsd. It’s on my To Be Read List for sure.

Kelley Armstrong’s A Stitch in Time series has been going strong for a while and this year she released Snowstorms & Sleigh Bells, a holiday novella. Here’s the plot: “It’s a Victorian Christmas at Thorne Manor, and Rosalind Courtenay is staying far, far away from the door that leads to the twenty-first century. It took her four years to get back home, and she’s never going near the time stitch again. But her five-year-old son has other plans, and Rosalind finds herself plunged back into the modern world, where she decides to face her fears and give her family the holiday gift of a lifetime. Once again, Fate has other ideas, sending a blizzard to derail Rosalind’s cautious planning and toss them all into a whirlwind of savage snowstorms, spectral sleigh bells and, perhaps, a Christmas ghost or two.”

The paranormal romance genre has its Christmas tales as well and A Christmas Witch by Juniper Kerry was a good, short read for the holiday. There’s an element of time travel as well.  Kim Fielding is one of my autobuy authors and her holiday tales are some of my favorites. A Very Genre Christmas was a delight and a good addition to my collection. Set in the 1950’s, the book’s main character is a private detective who has to cope with characters and beings from other times and places dropping into our world. It’s noirish and fun. One of my favorites, author Zoe Chant ,is an endlessly inventive author and her Unicorn for Christmas deals with an undercover unicorn shifter filling in for Santa and falling for a charming elf. And Eve Langlais spins a great story in Dear Satan (Welcome to Hell Book 11) where if you spell Santa‘s name wrong, guess who gets your Christmas list?

Additional titles which released after I’d done the post for the RDR:

Christmas Cookies in Space by Melisse Aires

Babs Claus by Linda Mooney

Home for the Holidays with GRR by Zeta Star

Chimera for Christmas by Ursa Dax

Wishing you Happy Holidays and many hours of reading enjoyment.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 22

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). 


BOUND (THE SPIDER’S MATE BOOK 3) by Tiffany Roberts

VS Note: Everyone including me has been waiting for this third book with bated breath!

Ketahn will protect his mate at any cost. Queen Zurvashi will not rest until everything Ketahn cares about is gone and he belongs to her. His sweet, compassionate Ivy, his sister, his friends, his new tribe of humans—all are in danger. He fears nowhere is far enough away to escape the queen’s wrath. But Ketahn will see the whole jungle burn before he lets any harm befall his mate. Even if he must stand against Zurvashi and her army, even if he must face every beast in the Tangle, even if he must defy the gods themselves, he will not surrender his female. Ketahn and Ivy are bound, and no force in the universe will sever the threads that connect them.                    Amazon KU


Can a desperate woman and a lonely alien shifter work together to defeat an unknown enemy? A new year should be a time for new hope, but this year, Meg finds it hard to be optimistic. Betrayal and bad luck threaten everything she has worked for. And although she would never admit it, she’s lonely on her isolated farm. During a last, desperate trip to find help, an old friend talks her into a blind date for the year end celebration. Despite her reluctance, the big, quiet alien sparks an almost forgotten desire, and she gives in for one reckless night. Roardon Is used to being alone. Other species regard his race with fear and suspicion. His brief encounter with a strong, beautiful female leaves him wanting more, but she disappears without a trace. Then she appears again at the auction for contract workers. When a lack of other options forces her to hire him, he’s delighted at the chance to spend more time with her, despite the suspicion he can see on her face. But Meg is in more trouble than she knows and the only way to save her may be to reveal his darkest secret – and lose her forever.                 Amazon KU


All Vanessa Williams wanted for the holidays was to escape the demands of her parents’ social schedules and comfortable place to work on her book. Having the opportunity to do so while enjoying the comforts of a cabin on an alien world seemed like the perfect way to pass the season. Plans change, however, when her shuttle crashes in the inhospitable mountains, and she finds herself waiting out the storm in an alien castle with a male whose burning gold eyes promise forbidden pleasures. Mating with an alien would be the ruin of her career and guarantee that she can never go home, and yet the more time she spends with him, the more she can’t imagine any other future.      Jor’ytal has waited many revolutions to feel the call of the a’talynal, the heartsong between himself and a compatible female. That it has happened so close to the Hashavnal, the Day of Joy, feels like destiny calling. His a’talyna is small and human, and although he dislikes the species who have colonized the southern continent of his world, he cannot help but to feel a need to protect her and desire to care for all her needs. With the storms keeping her within his estate it is the perfect opportunity to court his mate, even if he must evade her escort to do so. In mixing the human customs of Solstice with Hashavnal, and a solstice tree that goes terribly wrong, he is on the path to win her heart and not even a human delegation whose very presence can steal her away will deter him. This novel contains a bonus 14.5k short story Aturian Gifts of Yule         Amazon KU


I’m determined to have a child, which means one week in one bed. With an alien. According to the Xilan-Earth agreement, I’ll belong to Prince Vikar, a seven-foot-tall, scaly blue alien, for one week. In exchange for giving him whatever he needs, this cocky “prince” assures me I’ll return to Earth with a child on the way. But when the space station’s attacked and alien spiders try to steal me, Vikar and I must flee the station. Then he tells me that once we get away, he’s not sending me back.

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TAUCHE – I just want to finish the mission as it relates to Zorlox. After all, I’m a prince of Zorlox. That should be enough. Then why do I feel compelled to help her? The Terran who came into my life quite by accident and turned my life upside down. REISA – I don’t care what it costs, I will rescue my family. If these brutes won’t help, I’ll find someone who will, somehow. Yet, I can’t help but feel something toward the one. It’s as if he’s holding a magnet and my steely heart can’t resist.      Amazon KU


VS Note: Author states “Based on the previously published title The Warlord’s Daughter.”

The war is finally over, but hers is just beginning. Wren’s life is in tatters. The only living offspring of the notorious Drakken Warlord, she carries genes that could start a new dynasty of terror. And the Triad Alliance can’t have that. She alone holds the key to finding a legendary treasure. Having seen enough bloodshed, Wren vows to keep the treasure from falling into enemy hands—but she’ll need help. The warlord’s ruthless evil turned Battlelord Aral Mawndarr toward treason years ago. War is all he knows, until he finds passion and love in the most unlikely of women—the warlord’s daughter. But will trusting each other with their secrets risk not only their hearts, but their lives?      Amazon KU



VS Note: Excited for this anthology! Had it pre-ordered. Four of my personal favorites.

A midwinter holiday fantasy romance anthology…From Darynda Jones, a standalone novella set in a world where vampyres are hunted for sport. The only thing standing between them and total annihilation is Winter, a warrior bred to save them from extinction. Forbidden to fall in love, Winter cares only about her oaths… until she meets the devilish prince of the underworld. Of Fate and Fire by Amanda Bouchet – The Kingmaker Chronicles meets modern-day New York City! Piers, an exiled warrior from Thalyria, finds himself in the Big Apple just before the holidays. The world and everything in it might be utterly foreign to him, but that won’t stop Piers from helping to complete a vital mission for Athena and protect Sophie, a French teacher from Connecticut who’s suddenly knee-deep in inexplicable phenomena, danger, and henchmen after an Olympian treasure that should never have ended up in her hands—or remained on Earth after the Greek gods abandoned it.     The King of Hel by Grace Draven – A novella-length expansion of a stand-alone short story in which a cursed mage-king from a frozen kingdom is obligated to marry a woman of high-ranking nobility but meets his soulmate in a lowly scribe. Familiar Winter Magic by Jeffe Kennedy – It’s holiday time at Convocation Academy, but best friends Han and Iliana are finding it hard to celebrate. As a familiar, Iliana is facing her assignment to a life of servitude to a wizard, very soon. And Han… despite being tested by the oracle daily, he is still uncategorized. As Iliana and Han face being separated forever, they at last find the courage—or desperation—to break the rules and acknowledge their deeper feelings for each other. But it will take more than true love to save them from the laws of the Convocation.

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CURSED (NIGHTWIND PACK BOOK 3) by Kele Moon and Laurann Dohner

Alpha wolf Jazz Zendell lost his true mate as a teen and has no hope of finding another. Marcy was the only one. Betrayed by his own father, she was taken from him before they had a chance to seal their bond. Now his days are filled helping his best friend Desmon manage the Nightwind pack. The work is rewarding enough for a werewolf destined to be alone…until a mysterious werewolf hunter shows up. More intriguing, the hunter is a human woman with strange connections to his long-lost mate. Rather than seek revenge, Jazz sets out to find the mysterious human and protect her before the werewolf hunting gets her killed. Shawna Hensky has been hiding from her past for a long time. After a brutal attack at the hands of a werewolf, she has spent years hunting the worst shifters possible to protect others from the same horrible fate. She, more than anyone, knows not all weres are bad—since she was raised by werewolves. She even loved one once, in another life, before that dream was ripped from her. When she learns her brother was killed at the hands of a werewolf, Shawna’s hunt takes her to a territory fraught with bad blood and secrets—and directly into the arms of a wolf whose cursed past and uncertain future collide with her own.

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VS Note: I LOVED the first book in the series and am currently reading the second one. I received an Advance Review Copy from the Author. Michelle is an autobuy for me, whether in scifi romance or fantasy.

A conqueror’s victory is never assured . . .The Rising Wave may have taken control of Kassia, but hot on the heels of their victory, Luc receives word from one of his spies that the Jatan, emboldened by the Kassian army’s withdrawal, have crossed the border. More worryingly, they haven’t just moved into northern Kassia, but also east to Luc’s home region of Cervantes, and with all the Cervantes warriors with Luc in Kassia’s capital, Fernwell, cementing their hold on power, his home is vulnerable and defenceless. Luc has no choice but to leave securing Fernwell to Ava, gather forces, and head north, to try to push the Jatan back to their side of the mountains. A queen’s safety is never a given . . .Finally, after months of trying, a minion of the Speaker of Grimwalt’s court manages to snatch Ava from under the noses of her friends and allies, off the streets of Fernwell and onto the back roads to Grimwalt. Ava has to struggle against an insidious assault on her vitality and magic, fighting a power that isn’t just strong, but malevolent. Nothing is set in stone . . . As Ava tries to escape her captors and Luc races to defend his homeland, they draw closer and closer to each other, until finally their paths cross, as they always seem to do. As they once again face their enemies together, they will have to use all their strength to salvage the victory they’ve worked so hard to accomplish.                          Amazon KU


Jak and his allies venture through the portal in search of the longevity plant their king demands, but all Jak wants is to find the elder dragons. Some say they’re extinct. Some say they’re in hiding. If he can’t locate them, there won’t be anyone to teach his hatchling how to fly. Or to protect the dragon eggs preserved within a glacier on another world. Or to help him free his people from the tyrannical rule of the wizards. Jak has no choice. He must find the dragons. But some ancient secrets were buried for a reason. What he discovers may jeopardize not only Jak and his allies—the survival of the entire species of dragons may be at stake.                  Amazon KU

ZODIAC ACADEMY 7: HEARTLESS SKY by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

The winds of fate are shifting, and it finally seems like they’ve been twisted in our favour. On the run and cast out from society, we’ve been forced to hide from the mad man who stole our throne. But as more secrets come to light and my sister and I work harder than ever before to reach our potential and claim our birth right, the end is finally drawing closer. There is no turning from this path now. The curse chases on our heels as time rushes by and the blood drenched destiny of the man I love looms ever closer just like the monster who stole our throne. We must prepare for the final battle, but three things are clear now. The cards have already been dealt. Blood will spill for a new future to rise. And the stars themselves can’t help us. The fight for the throne is upon us. All hail the heartless sky.  Amazon KU


Every lore of every clan, across time and space, dreamed of dragons. Did you ever wonder why? Erebu and Sorin fought through countless lifetimes of trials and tribulations to find one another again. They even conquered death. But Ere’s rebirth requires a price: he must answer the Celestial Summons when it comes and faithfully complete each task the Jade Emperor sets before him. On the bright side, he doesn’t have to perform miracles alone. Sorin will be right there with him. One the not so bright side, his Fate, the Fate of all dragon Kind, and by extension, the Universal Balance, depend on the successful execution of each quest. No pressure. His second task is find and retrieve the Song of Destiny. Location: Unknown. Time travel will be required. Clues: Too few. But there may be a few harpies, a centaur, a giant Chinese Tibetan Mastiff and other mythical monsters along the way. Accompaniments: His beloved Sorin (who is all he needs!) A spoiled, vain, high maintenance she-dragon (who he doesn’t need). But whose enchantment spells have their uses from time to time. Timing: ASAP. Determined by an arbitrary Sandglass in the Jade Emperor’s possession. The end of the world may be just around the corner. Along the way, enemies may become lovers, reluctant friendships may form, and lots of hot, desperate, this-may-be-the-last-time-we-have-sex sex will definitely be had. And who knows, you too may fall under the enchantment of…SONG OF DRAGONS.

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WARNING: Do not proceed if you want a Cinderella tale with a beautiful prince charming. My tale is nothing of the sort. It’s downright despicable and dirty to many. Continue if you think that is your cup of tea. Everyone else? Go find a jewelry store and pearls to clutch. Picture this: It’s Christmas Eve.
There you are, drinking eggnog, minding your own business in your cozy apartment. The fireplace is lit and crackling, and the pine from your new Christmas tree is wafting through the air. Everything is perfect. Until your craft project turns horribly wrong, somehow creating a portal from the underworld into your apartment. Monsters that you would have feared lurking in the dark corners of your rooms at night come crawling out from the pits of Hell. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me. I’d say that it was a nightmare, but really it was the day my life changed for the better.  I learned about my deepest desires, finding out I had kinks that I’d never even dared to dream about, leaving my innocence behind. Refined and shy kindergarten teacher no longer.  They brought my needs to the surface with their dirty words and touches, and now I’d never want to be on the nice list again.
Not when being naughty felt so good. I’ll tell you what they did to me, but only if you think you can handle it.                     Amazon KU


Lucian Blackcrown wants the Pack Master role. He deserves it more so than his older brother, Killian. Now that Killian is the Alpha to another pack, this should leave doors wide open for Lucian, but things are not always that simple. Lucian would have killed his brother in order to obtain the Pack Master role, once upon a time. He had every intention of doing so, until he met Sarah Golden. There’s a darkness living inside Lucian that he longs to understand. This darkness though, it could split Lucian and Sarah apart, for good, if he’s not careful. As Alpha, he is the one on top, and runs with rules and discipline. But behind closed doors, Lucian longs to bend the knee to his fated mate and submit to her, wickedness and all. Sarah Golden knows all too well the power of forgiveness, but compassion and respect are earned, not something that is given freely. After witnessing the downfall of the Blackcrown pack and the man behind it all, there is no way she could allow Lucian to claim her as his mate. With a surprising turn of fate, Sarah finds herself in a position of power she never expected. Lucian will fight like hell to earn back Sarah’s trust, her love, and above all else, his fated mate, but will Sarah be able to forgive Lucian and accept the new life she’s been offered?

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For most of his five centuries of existence, Orion has walked the earth alone, searching for answers. Why is he immortal? Where did his powers come from? Is he the only one of his kind? When fate puts Orion face to face with the god who sired him, he learns the secret behind his immortality and that he might not be the only one. As the goddess’s eldest daughter and a mother of thirteen, Alena deserves the title of Clan Mother just as much as Annani, but she’s not interested in honorifics. Being her mother’s companion and keeping the mischievous goddess out of trouble is a rewarding, full-time job. Lately, though, Alena’s love for her mother and the clan’s gratitude is not enough. She craves adventure, excitement, and perhaps a true-love mate of her own. When Alena and Orion meet, sparks fly, but they both resist the pull. Alena could never bring herself to trust the powerful compeller, and Orion could never allow himself to fall in love again.         Amazon KU


Christian Anders loved his life. As Crown Prince of the smallest kingdom in Europe, his work was easy, but fulfilling. Being royal wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, but at Christmas time, he could help those in need. No one suffered in his kingdom, and no one found themselves without food and shelter. The holidays were no different. Emma Jelling’s life was far from perfect. Going from the girl everyone wants to be to paralyzed left her with little friends and plenty of enemies. Over the years, hatred turned to bitterness and jealousy left her heart as cold and dead as a winter forest. She didn’t do Christmas, and she didn’t help others.When Emma runs to a small country to escape, she finds herself the victim of a royal’s good will. Good will she doesn’t want. Christian can’t seem to warm up the woman in the wheelchair, but with Christmas in the air and a rose per day, he would do what it took to ensure all in his kingdom were happy.One chivalrous prince. One feisty heroine and one beautiful rose are all that stands in the way of a Christmas happily ever after.      Amazon


Eustace has always focused more on his job as a doctor than his role in the shifter community, especially when it comes to the witch distracting him at every turn. Being able to see the future has made it hard for Reagan to connect with anyone, especially when all people want is to find out what it has in store for them. But when she sees a disaster at a charity ball, she knows she has to do everything she can to stop it, even if it means turning to the man she’s trying to stay away from. Can the two of them work together to save the party? And will they give in to what’s growing between them in the process?

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Nut knows she shouldn’t spend all of her time with Geb, but she can’t help herself when she’s around him. When their forbidden relationship is discovered, the other gods take steps that Nut never thought possible and bans her from giving birth to the children she’s carrying. Can she find enough allies to reverse the decision and have her babies before it’s too late?

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FOX’S LADY by Clare Davon

Dakota lost everything the day her fox shifter family was driven out of town on a lie. Property, standing, all of it gone. Her secret friendship with Maddox, the eldest son—and heir to the clans—of the Shunokh family was abandoned as well, left behind in the ruins of their lives. Years later one risky chance lies before her. To present herself for consideration to become Maddox’s mate, to restore her family’s honor and their standing with the fox shifters. She does not admit that she has another reason—to see Maddox again. Maddox has a duty to perform—one he hates. He must marry a woman with pure red fox shifter blood in order to lead the Maine clans. None of the eligible foxes tempt him—until he sees his old teenage crush at the party. His split-second decision to leave with her is insanity, but one look into her eyes and he doesn’t care. It was only supposed to be one night. Yet neither can let go. With each passing day their doomed passion grows. His parents will never allow her to be his choice, yet the more they are together the deeper their bond gets. Maddox has to choose a mate to lead the clans, and it cannot be Dakota. Will they risk it all for love, or give each other up forever?

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FROST MATE (DEMONS OF FROSTERIA) by Elle Beaumont and Candace Robinson

Captain Korreth spends his days training Morozko’s Army, wanting nothing more than to quash the Changelings as they wreak havoc on Frosteria. But when a new trainee enters the barracks, he feels an inexplicable pull. New recruit Zira has one thing on her mind, and it’s taking out the Changelings that slaughtered her family. She’s full of vengeance, but she can’t deny how difficult it is to focus in the presence of the captain. With tensions rising in Frosteria and the mortal world, Korreth and Zira must work together, however, it will take the strongest of wills to ignore the call of a mate bond. That is, if they even wish to.



In Riona Dark’s twenty-second birthday, being kidnapped by strangers in the night was not the surprise party she was expecting. Riona is taken to the hidden world of vampires, a remote island called The Onyx, where being human means you are less than nothing. Riona is soon locked up with other humans and finds out that she will be sold at The Auction. When two vampire princes, with dark eyes and even darker souls, come to view her and the others, Riona knows the vampires here are just as dangerous as they are gorgeous. They are villains. Once sold, Riona is told that her life belongs to the vampires that own her. They will own her soul, mind and body. Resisting means only death. Riona won’t be sold without a fight, and the only power in The Onyx is blood, desire…and death.   Amazon KU


For her entire life, Nuawa has made herself a weapon to assassinate the Winter Queen. She failed. Her secrets are laid bare and she has lost everything. The queen keeps Nuawa as a tool, and soon a sacrifice as she brings her ultimate goal to fruition: to harness the divine power of her makers that’ll make her lover General Lussadh immortal. But Nuawa isn’t done fighting yet. She has one final chance―and she will take it, trading her soul to try one last time to end winter’s eternity… even if it means she must lose Lussadh forever.

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She’s looking for proof of the unknown. He’s looking for his mate. Does Santa take requests? Jonathan Leon has worked hard to be known as the king of cattle. But the world doesn’t know the secret he harbors within. Descended from a long line of legendary Chupacabras, Jonathan’s thirst for blood and hunt for his mate is always lurking beneath his suave exterior. With his inner beast anxious and out of sorts, he plans to spend the winter holidays incognito with his cousin. But he never thought he’d meet his mate in the city that never sleeps. Minna Bellamy works as a teachers’ aid at a local preschool while trying to earn a degree in cryptozoology. She’s always been attracted to the unknown, which is how she got roped into writing a letter to Santa Claus. Who knows? Maybe the big guy can help her find what she needs to finish her thesis. When an unexpected snowstorm hits the city, Minna seeks shelter in a local butcher shop and discovers Santa really does answer his mail. She just didn’t expect her proof to come in the shape of tall, dark, and handsome stranger. Will Minna and Jonathan discover the real meaning of Christmas together?

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Solstice is a time for miracles. Is Kurt ready to accept his? Kurt Lowell is partners with his brother at Macconwood Law Associates. He’s also one of the Macconwood Pack’s honored Wolf Guard. Known as the Pack clown, he’s managed to traverse life unscathed by relationships. A free spirit, what happens when his mate is revealed one winter’s night? With the biggest snowstorm of the year looming overhead, Kurt is depending on Crescent Moon Books to deliver the volumes he needs to finish the treaty he’s been drafting between the Macconwood Pack and the local Witch Coven. Scarred for life at the hands of a drunk-driver, Clara Crescent is perfectly content staying out of Pack affairs and running the bookstore she and her sister co-own. Life is boring, but good for the she-Wolf. She’s successfully avoided the man she secretly pines for but finds herself trapped in an elevator with the redheaded lawyer after delivering his order. Will this Winter Solstice deliver the happy ever after they so desperately want?

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When Dr. Carson Marlow washed ashore on a sandy beach, she had no memory of the last twenty-four hours. Lost, battered, and confused, she trekked a path along the shore into the woods, hoping to find help. Despite the cool November morning, Piers Bradley stood beneath Madison Falls washing off dust from days of horseback riding. He never expected to see a beautiful woman wandering alone through the dense forest summit. Neither believed in destiny…or time travel, but nothing short of kismet could describe their encounter. Can Carson and Piers discover who tried to murder her, save a young slave girl’s life, and unravel their mysterious connection in time ~ for Christmas?                    Amazon KU


It’s my duty to kill the Void Fae on behalf of all supernaturals, so why am I hesitating? Dragons are coveted at the top of the social latter, and I’m at the top of them. My family has a sworn duty to protect our world and lead them to a bright future, and I want to play my part. So when I was sent to find a prophesied demon, I knew what had to be done. But then there was that dream that told me otherwise. I came here to kill the harbinger of death, but I found a handsome fae who made my heart jump instead. Not only that, but it doesn’t seem he wants to hurt anyone. I know what I’ve been taught my whole life, but now that I’ve met him, something seems off. Protecting my kind is my job, and if this man is dangerous, I won’t hesitate. But what if my dream was right and I should stay by his side, and treat everything I know as a lie?                  Amazon KU


Shadowvale isn’t your typical small town America. The sun never shines, the gates decide who enters, magic abounds, and every resident bears some kind of curse. Most people think Nasha Black lives in Shadowvale because that’s where her father, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, lives. But Nasha has another reason for staying in Shadowvale and it’s not just the bakery she owns and operates. She has a devastating curse of her own. One she’s never told a soul about. Shadowvale has given chocolatier and dragon-shifter Charlie Ashborne a refuge from the reality of his cursed life. Until now. He’s been summoned to the dragon census, where all unmated dragons will be paired off. If he doesn’t show, the dragon council will come to him. His desire to protect Shadowvale means not only will he end up with a wife he doesn’t want, but the curse he’s kept hidden for so long will be exposed. Facing certain humiliation, Charlie is about to leave for the census when an attractive woman shows up at his house, desperate for more of the chocolates Charlie sells in his shop. Nasha needs to know what magic he puts in his chocolate. She’s never tasted anything like it, literally, and it’s changed her life. Discovering he’s headed out of town pushes her to make a crazy offer. She’ll pretend to be his wife in exchange for his recipe. Seems fair enough. Making a pact with a chocolate addict might not be the right move, but Charlie will do anything to avoid the dragon census mating games, so he jumps at the chance to claim Nasha as his wife for a week. It seems like the perfect plan, until they find out the rules have changed, leaving them no choice but to compete in the games. Unexpectedly, they begin to fall for each other, amazed by what a good team they make. But as competitors try to tear them apart Charlie and Nasha wonder if they will ever taste sweet victory, or just the bitter dregs of defeat?

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A basilisk with a secret, a wounded woman trying to protect the world and a ranch full of friends to help them…As a monster among monsters, Ajax is aware that most people are terrified of him. They should be. He’s a savage killer that makes no apologies for what he is. In spite of that, he still wants to find a mate. But all his research into dating and romance have resulted in one conclusion: he’s not what women are looking for in a partner. But nothing could have prepared him to meet a woman unlike any other. One that’s as beautiful as she is fierce, with a dangerous problem that he alone might be able to help her solve. Olivia is very familiar with shifters, having worked alongside them to maintain peace in the world for a long time. But Ajax, with his red eyes and mouthwatering physique, is wholly unique from the shifters she’s met before. And though she feels an instant attraction to him, she needs to stay focused and get his help tracking down a deadly substance that could cause havoc in the wrong hands. As Ajax and Olivia are forced into close contact and sent to Dragonclaw Ranch to investigate, the attraction between them pulls them together in ways they can’t resist. But it will take all the strength they can muster, including a secret Ajax has kept hidden his entire life, if they want to stand a chance at surviving the terrifying monster that could threaten not just their friends at Dragonclaw Ranch, but the entire world.                  Amazon KU


A lost love. A new threat. Secrets that could destroy. JAGGER… He’s sure the female before him is his Fated Mate, but he’s known nothing but chaos. As an alpha dealing with darkness, mayhem is to be expected. Not only is it inside of him, but it’s also hunting him. WILLOW… With her mate finally found, pretending their bond is severed is something Willow couldn’t do. Nothing is more important than saving her Fated Mate, but the circumstances surrounding his sudden disappearance throws her into a nightmare she might not escape. SECRETS & LIES… Dreams become nightmares, haunting Jagger’s every waking minute. He has to face his past or lose any chance at a future with Willow. When she discovers the truth behind the darkness, will she be able to love the male who was tempted by the forbidden, or will they both lose all they hold dearest?

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Tuffy Claus and Babs are back, and despite Dominik’s protests, his wife is coming along for the ride. Being previously in law enforcement, she won’t be playing the obedient housewife while waiting for him to get home. No, she’ll be out chasing the bad guys as well. But can she handle the heart-wrenching jobs she’ll have to take on? Their newest case tests Babs to her limits, making her wonder if she’s really cut out for this. Short answer? Yes. When it comes to the children, she’ll do whatever it takes. But when things quickly take a turn for the worst, leaving Babs on her own, she realizes how important her job really is. It’s then that a thought hits her, and Dominik and Kris realize there could be a whole group of kids that are being overlooked—those who can’t write a letter to Santa. Those who can’t ask for help. And they wonder how many children have suffered through the centuries because of their oversight? The Kringles know they can’t possibly save them all, but they’re gonna damn sure try.

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Two very special knights…Scott and Rik are getting used to working together as a specialized team of commandos within the Castle Lair when they are sent north on a desperate mission. The throne of the Northlands has long been in the hands of usurpers, but now that the rightful heiress has been found – the knights are searching for a way to oust the enemy and put Princess Isabelle on her late father’s throne. One very brave woman…Claire is living in a castle under siege, hiding within the secret passages to do her duty and protect the location of the all-important gate. After witnessing the death of her beloved parents, she has stepped up to take their places as guardian of the gate and protector of the kingdom’s knowledge. She’s saved what she could of the archives and has stepped into her father’s role as Gatekeeper, all while remaining hidden within the walls of the castle. Three who are destined to become one…Even in her isolation, Claire has found a way to make allies – just in time, since every day, the enemy draws nearer to discovering the secret she is guarding. When she meets the knights, the attraction is instantaneous, but the danger is even more imminent. When Claire is captured by the enemy, it’ll be up to Scott and Rik to storm the castle and free their lady love. They hope to claim her and make a family…if they all live through the perilous times ahead.

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When Aria and her friends find Dorian’s stronghold, they think they’ve finally caught up with him. But as usual, the man is always five steps ahead. Alone in Scotland they plan their next move, only to discover that the other side has gathered more people than they’d planned. A relationship is tested and Jason’s secret comes to light. Powers are stretched to the very limit, but a surprise visitor shifts the balance of the game. The board is set and the players are ready. The supernatural community is hanging in the balance. When the dust finally settles, who will be left standing at the end?

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VS Note: From NOV 29

Matheus never saw himself as a member of the dragon guard. Uniforms were never his thing. But when his father asks him to take on the job of helping police the dragons that visit Wishing Moon Bay, he can’t refuse. Not if it means his people will finally be free to leave their homeland and potentially find their mates. If only he could be so lucky. However, when his luck does change it comes with one problem. His mate is about to leave Wishing Moon Bay. For good. Where does his duty lie now? With his mate or with his people? There is no choice. His loyalty will always be to his mate and the child she’s raised as her own. Ellen has been living in Wishing Moon Bay on borrowed time. When her sister died, Ellen took on the role of mom to Beau, her nephew. She also learned a secret. One she has kept to herself for years. But now the dragons are coming and the secret she holds puts her nephew in danger. Ellen has no choice but to leave town. When Matheus unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep, he turns her world upside down. Perhaps she won’t need to run after all. However, the forces that threatened Beau are moving. Only it’s not just Beau that is in danger.               Amazon KU


Teagan was on her last nerve with men. The last kicked her out of her own apartment and fired her from the dream job. Now that she was nearing her mid-thirties, there was no way that she’d move back with her uncle. Once her 401K check came, she used it for the best condo she could afford in lower Manhattan. While in search of a new job, she found an unlikely perspective as an administrative assistant to one of New York’s richest moguls. Being a glorified secretary was the last thing this marketing executive wanted. But rent would come after the holidays, so she didn’t hesitate when Brooks handed her an employment contract. Once she reads the fine print of her contract, will she want to stay and cash in on the clause? As a bear shifter, Brooks had little patience for friends and less for love. His pet peeve was women throwing themselves at the thickness of his wallet. When Teagan walked into his office, he cast caution aside and hired her because his bear was smitten. But the richest man in New York couldn’t crack under pressure. So could a Christmas Clause in her employment contract change everything?

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HOW NOT TO DATE A DRAGON (HOW NOT TO 12) by Stephanie Burke

Ulvissar, the solitary black omega dragon, is tired of virgin sacrifices. Who even likes humans that way? However this sacrifice, Alita, is different. She’s brave, bold, and brash. So he decides he’ll keep her. After a few hundred years and countless women in his horde, he’s ready to finally accept the attentions of the Flame dragon, the long-suffering Nithe. But when the addition of the latest sacrifice brings an army to his doorstep, how is he to keep his hard-won peace, deal with his heat and his hungry mate, and help asexual Alita romance the troublesome princess running from her joke of a prince, all while defending them all from the armies coming to get his woman back? And you thought dating was hard.

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VS Note: From DEC 1

Abriette is a warrior, a winter elf fighting for the survival of her people on the dark side of Summerland. She has one mission, to cross the veil into the world of man and find the last true believer, the wisher who can restore their winter magic. According to legend, only his blood can save them, but he is nothing like she expects. His music threatens to melt her cold heart and the strange feelings he inspires might jeopardize everything. Darren Slater is down on his luck, way down, but not out, not yet. Unwilling to give up on his songwriting dream, he makes a desperate holiday wish that his music might make a difference. But magic doesn’t happen overnight, and he still has to eat, so he accepts a part time gig as a mall Santa in Los Angeles. He never expected to fall for one of his elves.

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VS Note: Put this on my TBR List.

It can safely be said that Lord Barnaby Greenwood is not having the best of Christmases. He’s penniless, up to his eyeballs in debt, and about to lose his estate. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that when a local property developer offers a lot of money to buy King’s Wood from him, Barnaby is very tempted. But his father had always impressed on him that the green wood was sacred and must be protected at all costs, so he finds himself saying no. He knows this will result in the loss of his home, but duty comes before everything. However, that fateful decision leads instead to a magical Christmas for Barnaby, complete with an old god who grants him a favour, and a beautiful statue that comes to life. Cosmo is perfect for him. He’s funny and kind and completely enraptured with Barnaby, and for the first time in his life, Barnaby falls in love. But how can this lead to anything but heartache, when on the last stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, Cosmo will go back to being a statue and take Barnaby’s heart with him?                Amazon KU


On the surface, Daisy’s life looks perfect. She’s living with the man of her dreams, tucked away in a charming mountain cottage with her two adorable kitties. She’s been chosen by the Goddess to serve on her coven’s council, and things are running well at her cat café. What more could a witch want? But then a fitness instructor winds up dead, and this time attractive police sergeant Corey, who she crushed on years ago, wants her help. Plus, she has yet to tell her mother that she and Gideon are together, let alone that he’s a demon. To make things even worse, there’s a new witch in town with her sights on Daisy’s man. It’s all enough to drive a witch to drink potions. When everything comes crashing down around Daisy, she’ll have to examine her heart in more ways than one. Midsummer has arrived, providing the best opportunity to pick a new path in life. Her choices could lead to happiness and a solved murder…or not. She won’t know until she chooses, but by then, it may be too late.            Amazon KU


VS Note: Time travel. The first book evidently ended on a big, unexpected cliffhanger so I have no idea how this one ends. Reviewers seemed to have liked book one overall.

Finding himself stranded in the water after a devastating plane crash, Chris Grace helplessly watches the raft which holds is wife float out of his reach. Clinging to a stewardess’s life-jacket to remain afloat, his life will be forever changed. When rescue comes in the form of an old wooden ship, he is forced to question the world around him, realizing over time that the storm that struck their airplane was no ordinary storm at all. Under the protection of the name she shares with a well-known duchess, Chris and Maria navigate their presence on the ship carefully while forming a plan to find his wife and return home. Adventure, mystery, and tragedy unfold as he sails the Pacific alongside an infamous world traveler. Along the way, he will have to face his inner demons and choose between the love he is bound to and the love he cannot control. Can he get them home? And if so, what will home mean after all they’d been through?                      Amazon KU


VS Note: Listed as time travel romance. I’m not convinced by the blurb or the reviews there’s actual time travel?

A forsaken friendship…During the golden years before the First World War, two boys run wild through the grounds of a Cornish manor house – until the arrival of the girl destined to change their lives forever. As the storm clouds of war gather over Europe, a chain of events is set in motion which will reach across the decades to haunt the neglected place once known as Oyster Shore. A lifetime of regrets…In the winter of 1964 one of the richest men in England lies dying. Alone and consumed by guilt, Gerald Snowe leaves behind the dark secrets which have driven him to despair and his last wish is that restitution might be made. But who will remain on Oyster Shore long enough to hear the past whispering? A lost story… Over fifty years later, broken-hearted writer Lowenna Scott seeks solace in a remote riverside hideaway. Swirling mists and ghostly tales soon draw her into a decades’ old mystery and the company of the enigmatic Noah Wilson. When a long-concealed betrayal unexpectedly comes to light, Lowenna and Noah must look to the past to uncover the truth behind a love affair that changed history, haunts Oyster Shore and possesses the power to alter their own future forever.         Amazon KU


Falling for the ghosts of murdered gangsters who were your imaginary friends once upon a time? I’ll admit it’s a little unusual. But they’re back and totally real, and it’s hard to argue with their admittedly obsessive level of devotion. Unfortunately, their violent dedication isn’t enough to bring down the powerful man who hurt my little sister. I have to take matters into my own hands. I just wish I had a better grip on this marshy magic I’ve discovered in myself. If that wasn’t enough to deal with, the guys are stirring up trouble both in their search for their long-ago murderers and the pasts of the hosts they’ve taken over. Trouble that’s arrived with guns blazing. And I’ve still got that gaping blank in my memory. My past holds more secrets than I know. They just might shatter every hope I have of a happily ever after.                     Amazon KU


Coming back to the school was not something I was looking forward to. With my secret still hanging over me and the impending visit from King Blaine shadowing me every day, the stress is taking hold of me. What I don’t expect is for the unexpected arrival of a swordsman, which forces me to throw caution to the wind and fight to protect him. Trials are much harder this year and with Vespin starting his advance to Blaine’s land, everything is heating up, and not just the war. More surprises makes me unsteady and my budding relationships falter. Will I say yes to save to save them?      Amazon KU


Destiny’s been trying to hunt down a thief for a couple of weeks, but up ’til now, it’s been all small potatoes – sometimes literally. Since she’s certain it’s a local and suspects there’s a method to the thievery, she’s tried to keep it on the down-low in order to flush the petty criminal out. Once a mermaid king’s crown goes missing, though, Destiny has no choice but to come clean about the other thefts. With an army of mermaids ready to rise and the resort’s reputation on the line, Destiny races to find the crown before somebody she loves ends up in a watery prison.    Amazon KU


VS Note: A re-release.

Second edition, now contains additional character Point of view, from Riley, Troy and Beckett. My name is Harlow, and I’ve just been attached to a ShiftARS unit on an army base far from where I was settled. I’m 23 and recently out of training, so although I rank higher than the three guys in my team, they treat me like the newbie. The three guys are gay and also lovers so the team dynamics are off. Luckily these guys look at me like a conquest and welcome me in. They are huge guys, solid muscle and tower 6 inches above me. Despite coming top of my class in fitness, martial arts and target shooting, to them my 5ft10 frame makes me seem like a delicate flower. They think I’m straight, I won’t tell them I’ve been tempted before. Just like I won’t tell them my shift beast. But all my secrets might come out anyway as these guys peel away my layers until they break my core.   Amazon KU


VS Note: The cover is well done but too spicy for my PG-13+ blog.

Finally free after spending more than 50 years controlled by a cruel master, Lucius has one goal only—return to the family taken from him when Valerian transformed him into a vampire. But he soon finds that even though his master is now dead, a death grip on him remains. Stripped of his powers to translocate and in constant pain, Lucius’ only hope is to follow a force pulling him toward a place he hopes will end his suffering. Brady, a retired attorney, who worked at the Witches Governing Council, arrives at the Blackwood Pack after agreeing to help one of the pack’s brothers whose mate is the new Ruler of the Mystic Realm, and whose life is in danger because he wants to end the blatant corruption and exploitation of low level magic users. Brady meets the pack’s members and is in awe of the powers the Fates have bestowed on them. But, after his previous years of dealing with the unscrupulous members of Witches’ Governing Council—and then being ousted for his efforts to achieve justice—he’s become distrustful of outward appearances. Called into Alpha Blackwood’s office, Brady learns the Fates have given him the young vampire as his mate. But Lucius, having been found unconscious, lies dying, and Brady must decide if he is willing to do the only thing that will save his mate. Eventually, Brady and Lucius begin a journey, where the past and present are woven together until both achieve the love and happiness they always desired, but never knew how or where to find.              Amazon KU


Wolf shifter Niall is convinced his life is as good as it will ever get. While he’s been effectively banished from his pack as a stranger who lost a baby and was rejected by his mate, he still has a place with the pack shaman, who lives a hermit-like life up on the mountain. He has a warm home, a dear friend in the shaman, Adrienne, and a job to do. If he never gets more than that, he can live with it. Loyal left the pack at a young age to live among humans, an experiment that made him feel banished and unnecessary. Now he’s back at the pack’s home in the Uintah mountains of Utah, and he’s been told that the shaman wants him to do a specific job for the pack: he’s meant to make peace with the dragons who live on the dragon peak. What neither Niall or Loyal expect is to be thrown together, and to find a home together, where they can start their own pack, and give Niall a second chance at starting his own family. Can these two misunderstood wolves find what they need in each other?                    Amazon KU


I’m A Small-Town Girl, Who Now Has Three Hot Bear Shifters Worshiping Me – When I’m invited to the big city to sign a modelling contract, it feels like it’s too good to be true. As it turns out, it is. I’m kidnapped into a prostitution ring, but somehow, fate allows me to escape. Not only that, fate throws me into the path of a biker gang of bear shifters, who save me from my captors. Did I expect to fall in love with a bunch of bikers who are rough around the edges? Absolutely not. But they’re my sexy guardians who would lay down their lives for me. They will teach me that it’s OK to take a risk sometimes, to take a chance on real love.               Amazon KU


Rowan thought she had escaped her life as a prisoner. But even in Lochlann, she is chained by the memories of everything she left behind in Socair. Of everyone she left behind. With her people clamoring for war, the responsibility falls on Rowan to enter into a marriage alliance to keep her kingdom safe. That should be easy, considering she’s already received proposals from half the clans in Socair. But even with plenty of options, she’s left with no good choices. Will she play it safe? Or will she risk everything for the kind of love she never wanted to begin with? The kind of love that could break her.                          Amazon KU


Ember Stripping paid for college. And she always had juicy stories to tell her bff. Until Tate’s party.
His wild ride to the desert Did more than touch her heart And an unplanned pregnancy could be the end of her career. Tate – He woke up hungover and late for wedding planning. For a fiancé who didn’t fully accept him. But Ember loved his horse And he lusted for her, unable to control himself. Tate couldn’t help but help himself to her Until she got pregnant. But he still had to take Rose down the aisle.Will Tate choose true love and the acceptance that Ember and his unborn child could give? Or will he settle for Rose, his first love? Only he can decide to ride or die.         Amazon KU


All ice dragon alpha Marin needs is an omega. Cut off from the inheritance that funds his group of dragon firefighters, he must fool his family into believing he’ll produce an heir—and a contract marriage is his master plan to set things right. But when his search for a fake mate results in an unexpected family reunion, Marin finds himself tangled up with his estranged brother’s protective best friend, the deliciously adorable thunder dragon omega Shen. Shen has always wished for a way he could help his friend heal from his traumatic upbringing, but this was not what he expected. In order to give Marin the time he needs to repair things with his younger brother, Shen agrees to pretend to be the alpha’s mate. A fake relationship is going to be his very first, but no problem—it’s all on paper, after all. But Shen is about to learn that when it comes to roguish ice dragons, nothing is ever so simple.                 Amazon KU


VS Note: Erotica

When ice artist Judith Dane is hired to create a kinky version of Michelangelo’s David, she thinks the ice sculpture is just another Christmas party centerpiece. But when she delivers the work she’s nicknamed “Frosty the Snow Dom” to the BDSM club Valhalla, the party turns out to be a lot stranger than she expects. When Frosty comes to life just like a certain snowman, she discovers just how hot ice can be. But what happens when the spell breaks?

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He used to torture me mercilessly for being a geek. He shattered my heart by calling me names and comparing me to others. But I’m no longer the scrawny girl with the braces. I’m a curvaceous grown woman, and I want my revenge. Everyone in the pack has always joked that we would end up together. But I know how he uses women and runs away from them. He might be a mighty wolf, but I’ve seen his weakness. I know that I could never give him my heart. Yet all that knowledge doesn’t stop my womanhood from reacting to him. Even in anger, he makes me feel something no man has ever made me feel. Even in shame, he gets under my skin in a way that makes me blush. I’ve never let a man have control of me before. Do I dare give it to the new alpha?            Amazon KU


Can the love of a man heal the heart of a god? Fertility god Anthos, a shy and gentle three-hundred-year-old virgin, has grown up in the shadow of his brutal older brother Dryas and spent his life hiding from mortals, no matter how much his nature draws him to them. Cleon, a humble farmer who always has room in his heart and his bed, knows that Lord Dryas is angry. The crops aren’t growing, and his family is going to starve if he doesn’t give the god a worthy sacrifice—his own body. But when he reaches the shrine, he finds a very different god, the sweet, untouched Anthos. Eager to satisfy Anthos’ curiosity, Cleon shows him what sex is…and what a relationship between them could be, with their instant attraction blooming into love. But when Dryas returns with a vengeance and Cleon’s life hangs in the balance, Anthos is forced to make a choice. Will he bow once more before his brother’s rage, or take a stand for the only man who has ever had faith in him?

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VS Note: Cliffhanger.

After three years on the run, I’m back in a Resistance camp, chained to a chair as the resident monster. Everything I ran from, all of the villains of my past, they’re all here to take another bite out of me. But this time, I’m not alone. With my Bonds desperately trying to reach me and new friendships I never expected, I start to believe that maybe I won’t become the weapon they want me to be. Maybe I’ll be a monster of my own creation. When loyalties are questioned and Bonds are tested, everything I thought I knew gets turned upside down. Who are my friends, and who are my enemies? Are Bond ties stronger than blood?                       Amazon KU


Alita lives for her horses, but she is pursued by a dragon alpha seeking her specifically. She’s an omega, but she’s in rough shape. Can dragon fire turn her from broken to whole? Alita has been living in agony with damage from a crushing accident with her every minute of every day. She has found a sideline by working with other omegas as the equestrian in some music videos, but when she gets invited to a party for Lexa, she also falls into the arms of Lexa’s brother-in-law, the dragon alpha Nikolai. If Alita knew how close the dragon was to the surface, she would have run. He marks her with dragon fire, and she feels a relief from pain as scarred tissue knits and nerves are soothed. When he shows up the next day with his beta Alexi, her family is appalled, but she knows that she has one chance at a life with a mate, an alpha and his beta. She gets in the helicopter, and that new life starts. Her life becomes her, her alpha, their beta, and Nikolai’s dragon. Only one of them never says please.

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FORCE (KEEPERS BOOK 1) by Susan Bliler

Arabella is the lone female officer on the Great Falls Tactical Force. To prove her merit, she volunteers for a mission that turns out to be more than she bargained for. Transported to the Crazy Mountains of Montana, Arabella’s world is rocked when she’s introduced to Keepers and their Soul Sentries. Force BlackWolf is trying to adjust to his new life in Montana. Settled in a secluded hideaway dubbed the North Fortress, Force and his brethren are relying on Skin Walkers to help them adapt. As part of that adaptation, they require training. But when the soldier delivered to the Fortress to train them turns out to be female, all hell breaks loose. Arabella becomes Force’s responsibility and in the midst of protecting her, other emotions rush to the fore, the strongest being desire. Unsure if love can even exist for Keepers, Force is willing to risk everything for his shot at a life with Arabella.



Being part siren isn’t exactly a secret, but it’s not something Simon Russel likes to advertise, either. He’s not ashamed of who he is or anything so dramatic as that. But people tend to treat him differently once they realize he can manipulate their emotions. Just once, he wishes someone could see him and not the demon within. Enter Archer Knight, a former Enforcer and the newest guard at Blackhaven Manor. Forced into retirement after a poorly executed mission leaves him damaged and disfigured, Archer figures he has a right to be a little bitter. With his scarred face and surly attitude, he’s not going to win any popularity contests, which suits him just fine, or so he tells himself. Until he meets Simon. Mix one not-so-chance encounter, a heap of holiday cheer, and a dash of misguided but well-meaning intentions in this recipe for Christmas magic. Season with love and serve with a side of awkward family get-togethers. Don’t forget the marshmallows.            Amazon KU


As a one-time OOPs employee, Ingrid Lawson has seen plenty of paranormal accidents. But witnessing and experiencing are two different things, and she’s perfectly fine being a plain ol’ human. So when her ex-boss Nina schleps her around to estate sales, where she purchases two of the butt-ugliest gargoyles in existence to decorate her hedge maze…what happens next is stone-cold cuckoo.
Suddenly, Ingrid’s beloved career as an animal therapist is on hold as Nina, Wanda, Marty and the OOPs gang help her navigate a rocky new life as a nocturnal paranormal with big horns, bigger ears, and an aversion to sunlight. Oh, and there’s the inconvenient matter of attraction to the man who turned her…who’s sofamiliar… And did we mention the screeching harpies hellbent on getting their hands on her? It’s all hands on deck to keep Ingrid alive until the danger passes, but throw in an old enemy they never saw coming, and her case just may be the hardest yet!

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Lexi’s life is out of control. Torn apart from one another in the heat of battle, Lexi and her mates unleashed something powerful and deadly. She should be happy. The rescue mission was a success. Except Lexi can’t see beyond the horror they discovered. What they’d thought was a small army of vengeful boys is more massive than any of them can comprehend, a brotherhood that spans their entire world. They’ll need something powerful to fight back against a faceless and unknowable enemy. But their power is unstable and the danger too vast. They saved lives but ended others. Will Lexi, Dimitri, Lucian, and Chase learn to control the magic inside them in time to save the world from Raphael’s Army and their plans for global domination?                 Amazon KU


VS: The next book in my STAR CRUISE series is the novella STAR CRUISE STOWAWAY, which appeared in the first Pets in space anthology and which features Moby the ship’s cat and Midorri, the ship’s alien pet. The latter is a combination of red panda and tribble in my head. This novella introduces the first of the four alien empaths who have been kidnapped and forced to work for the interstellar crime syndicate. Here’s the blurb:

Welcome to the Sectors, the interstellar civilization where my science fiction adventures take place!

In this volume I’ve gathered three stories set in the Sectors which have previously only been available in anthologies (which are no longer on sale), plus a bonus Sectors short holiday story that I originally wrote for my blog.

Star Cruise: Stowaway: A novella of 22K words, previously in the ‘Pets In Space’ anthology.
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

Star Cruise: Rescue: A short story of 9K words, previously in the ‘Romancing the Stars’ anthology.
When a shore leave excursion goes terribly wrong for Mira Gage, a member of the Nebula Zephyr’s crew, Security Officer Clint Miltan races the clock to find her before the ship leaves orbit and abandons Mira to her fate. Clint’s got more than a professional interest in Mira, but will he be able to save her from the aliens holding her prisoner?

The Golden Token: A short story of 13K words, previously in the limited edition ‘Dealer’s Choice’ paperback anthology handed out at the 2016 RT Booklovers Convention Interstellar Bar & Grille event. Sectors Special Forces operator Charlie McBrire had a few days to kill on a layover at Space Station 47. He never expected to find himself in the middle of a miners’ rebellion, fighting to save the life of a casino dancer he just met but can’t imagine living without.

BONUS: Star Cruise: Thanksgiving: A short short story of 3K words, originally published on my blog
The crew of the Nebula Zephyr arranges a holiday feast for one of their members.

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“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’.

I do NOT cover every single new release in SFR/FantasyR/PNR. I never have. That would be an impossible task for any human! I assemble my list by hand every week based on various informal inputs, and I do curate the list to some extent…

Some authors aren’t in KU but still don’t list books with Apple or other platforms. This report is very time consuming to prepare so I’ve always had to limit myself and cannot go and look up every book on all the platforms. If an author gives me their other buy links, I include them here but generally I develop the post on my own, not from author-supplied information. I curate and prepare this post individually every week to help connect readers/books/authors and I have to be very careful not to give it so much time as an activity that I don’t write my own novels! Thanks for the feedback and happy reading!

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Except for Other Gladiators Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

May be edited a bit from published version.

I’m Taking excerpts from my new release KYDEN: BADARI GLADIATORS SERIES BOOK ONE.

The excerpt, from the beginning of the book, after Kyden went to investigate an outcry in the gladiators’ assembly room and found two women who say their presence is a mistake. He takes the girls to his cell. As the top gladiator in the Five Systems, he has more of a room than most and a private bathroom. Continuing on from last week…

Easing back in his chair, Kyden shook his head. “I’m something entirely different and we were talking about your sister not me. I won’t deny the occasional wife or girlfriend manages to sneak in here for a night to see their man, after bribing the guards and Big L a year’s worth of purse money, but we’ve never had noble born girls on a spree. Utter foolishness.”

“I don’t disagree. I think Diandre was set up. From what she told me as we were transported here, all her friends begged off or failed to meet at the agreed-upon place, except for one, who pretended friendship and then abandoned her once inside the holding pen at the whorehouse and wasn’t seen again. Diandre said she was sharing feelgoods with this other girl to give themselves courage. I don’t know what she was taking.”

“And she actually believed she’d be able to simply meet the fighters and then walk away unmolested?” He couldn’t keep all of his disbelief out of his voice.

“Bored, rich nobleborns do stupid things sometimes,” Elara said.

“Young ones do anyway.”

“I think she was set up, in order to embarrass our father. He has a big speech soon in the Senate and having one of his daughters found in this situation would be ruinous.” Elara swallowed hard. “I heard about this escapade of hers almost too late to intervene. When I got to the whorehouse and tried to extract Diandre, I ended up inside the pen as well. The guards derived much amusement from abducting the sister of a whore, which they assumed Diandre was since she was already in the pen. No one paid any attention to my protests. Well, other than you, for which, thank you again.”

“My people are sworn to protect those smaller and weaker than ourselves,” he said.

“Except for other gladiators?” Her laugh was a rich sound inviting him to share her amusement and Kyden kept his composure with great effort.

VS Note: Oh he’s falling fast and hard here…but she’s a Senator’s daughter…


Kyden is the top ranked gladiator in the Five Systems but he’s hardly there by choice. Unscrupulous guards faked his death in the lab where he was created and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. He has no idea where his home is or how many years have passed since he was condemned to a life of endless combat. Kill or be killed is the rule and a Badari never gives up. He’ll fight to stay alive until the Badari goddess sees fit to decree his death.

Elara Vasclavian is the daughter of a senator, as far removed from the life of a gladiator as a noblewoman can be until through the machinations of a political enemy, she ends up in terrible jeopardy. Abducted and given to a group of drunken gladiators for their amusement the night before the games, Elara vows to put up a fight but there’s no real hope of saving herself. Until Kyden steps in, responding to the goddess’s commandment to protect those who are smaller and weaker. And discovers she’s his fated mate.

Rescued, Elara returns to her life of privilege but she can’t forget the man who saved her life. The gulf between their places in the Five Systems is unbridgeable, no matter how much Kyden longs for even a glimpse of her in the arena audience. No matter how much she feels the pull to be by his side. As matters stand, they cannot be together…Or can they?

KYDEN is the first book in a new series, spun off from my ongoing Badari Warriors series. Kyden is a Generation Five Badari whereas the main characters in the long running series are from a later time and are Generation Eight. This new series stands alone and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I couldn’t resist the temptation to tell a few other Badari stories, set in the galaxy’s Hinterlands, and who can resist gladiators?

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Interview: Anna Hackett and Her New Series GALACTIC KINGS

Note: This interview first appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog…

One of my favorite science fiction romance authors is USA Today Best Selling Author  Anna Hackett and so I was delighted to learn she was releasing a new SFR series, Galactic Kings. Book one, Overlord, sets the stage in dramatic fashion.

Here’s the blurb: When an experimental starship test goes horribly wrong, a test pilot from Earth is flung across the galaxy and crash lands on the planet of a powerful alien king. 

Pilot Mallory West is having a really bad day. She’s crashed on an alien planet, her ship is in pieces, and her best friend Poppy, the scientist monitoring the experiment, is missing. Dazed and injured, she collapses into the arms of a big, silver-eyed warrior king. But when her rescuer cuffs her to a bed and accuses her of being a spy, Mal knows she has to escape her darkly tempting captor and find her friend. 

Overlord Rhain Zhalto Sarkany is in a battle to protect his planet Zhalto and his people from his evil, power-hungry father. He’ll use every one of his deadly Zhalton abilities to win the fight against his father’s lethal warlord and army of vicious creatures. Rhain suspects the tough, intriguing woman he pulls from a starship wreck is a trap, but when Mal escapes, he is compelled to track her down. 

Fighting their overwhelming attraction, Mal and Rhain join forces to hunt down the warlord and find Poppy. But as Mal’s body reacts to Zhalto’s environment, it awakens dormant powers, and Rhain is the only one who can help her. As the warlord launches a brutal attack, it will take all of Mal and Rhain’s combined powers to save their friends, the planet, and themselves. 

I took the opportunity to ask Anna a few questions on behalf of interested readers everywhere. 

Veronica Scott for Amazing Stories Magazine: What was the inspiration for your new series?

AH: I had this idea for some alien warrior king brothers defending their planets against their evil father. The hero of the first book, Overlord, actually appeared in one of my Galactic Gladiators: House of Rone books, so his story has been brewing for a while. From there, all kinds of story ideas sprang to life. That included the first heroine being from Earth, and a spaceship test going wrong and flinging her across the galaxy to crash land on her hero’s planet.

ASM.: Do you have the entire series plotted out in your mind or do you ‘pantster’ as you go?

AH: While I do plot my books, it is only for whatever book I’m working on. I never plot out an entire series. Series seem to develop more organically for me as I write each book. I often have a rough idea of the overarching plot, but not the details, and I never know exactly how many books will be in a series either!

ASM.: Will the books focus on a different couple each time?

AH: Yes, each book in Galactic Kings features a different couple. There are three warrior king brothers, so they will each have a story, and definitely one other character (the Overlord’s captain of guard). After that, we’ll see.

ASM.: How is it to jump back and forth from writing scifi romance to romantic suspense (Norcross Security for example)? Do you find yourself writing any differently? Using a different ‘voice’?

AH: That is a great question. I really enjoy going back and forth between the two subgenres. I always write action-packed romance with tough heroes and smart heroines, but the being able to write a contemporary-set story then go to a futuristic story keeps my imagination fresh. I think my core author voice and story elements stay the same regardless of subgenre, but there are probably some differences. In sci-fi romance I can make up a lot more stuff, so they are a little more larger than life!!

ASM.: If you could live in the ‘world’ of one of your series which one would you pick and why?

AH: Oh boy, that is a hard question. Some of my worlds have some pretty nasty alien animals in them. I really would love to visit the desert work of Carthago (where Galactic Gladiators is set) but I’m not sure I’d want to live there.

ASM.: Do you find your readers follow you across the genres or do you have different sets of readers?

AH: I am really lucky that a large portion of my readers read all my books, whether there are spaceships in them or not! All my books are action-packed romance, and I have had so many readers who enjoy my romantic suspense stories then go on to try my sci-fi romance series and love them.

ASM.: Do you ever put ‘Easter eggs’ in your novels for readers to find?

AH: Yes! I often have references to my other books and series, and sometimes from cameos. And I do love to drop some Star Wars references as well.

ASM.: What was the first science fiction romance novel you ever read?

AH: I can’t remember if it was my first, but it was the one that made an impact. It was Johanna Lindsey’s Warrior’s Woman. I loved that book and still do.

ASM.: What’s next for you as an author?

AH: I’m busy with the second Galactic Kings book, Emperor, at the moment. I’m loving it! Then in the new year, I’m heading back to San Francisco with the gang from my Norcross Security series. I’ll be alternating between sci-fi romance and romantic suspense in 2022.

ASM.: What’s on your To Be Read list?

AH: I just read Ilona Andrew’s new sci-fi romance, Fated Blades. I loved it. I’m waiting impatiently for their next paranormal romance in the Hidden Legacy series. I’m always counting down to a new Nalini Singh release as well.

To learn more about Anna and her books go to her web page.

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for Wednesday DEC 15

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: So exciting to have a new SFR series from Anna! Autobuy for me!

When an experimental starship test goes horribly wrong, a test pilot from Earth is flung across the galaxy and crash lands on the planet of a powerful alien king. Pilot Mallory West is having a really bad day. She’s crashed on an alien planet, her ship is in pieces, and her best friend Poppy, the scientist monitoring the experiment, is missing. Dazed and injured, she collapses into the arms of a big, silver-eyed warrior king. But when her rescuer cuffs her to a bed and accuses her of being a spy, Mal knows she has to escape her darkly tempting captor and find her friend.       Overlord Rhain Zhalto Sarkany is in a battle to protect his planet Zhalto and his people from his evil, power-hungry father. He’ll use every one of his deadly Zhalton abilities to win the fight against his father’s lethal warlord and army of vicious creatures. Rhain suspects the tough, intriguing woman he pulls from a starship wreck is a trap, but when Mal escapes, he is compelled to track her down. Fighting their overwhelming attraction, Mal and Rhain join forces to hunt down the warlord and find Poppy. But as Mal’s body reacts to Zhalto’s environment, it awakens dormant powers, and Rhain is the only one who can help her. As the warlord launches a brutal attack, it will take all of Mal and Rhain’s combined powers to save their friends, the planet, and themselves.                    Amazon KU


Mazak is a weary cyborg mercenary about to settle his debt to a deadly trade lord and gain his freedom. He is furious when one last job is demanded of him—to deliver a captive human female with an encrypted message inscribed on her arm to a dangerous space station before the message fades from her skin. This should be straightforward, but after so many battles, Mazak’s cyborg systems are malfunctioning, filling his vision with error messages. To make matters worse, Cora lights a fire in both of Mazak’s synthetic hearts—something he did not think possible since becoming part machine. Cora Fleming curses every choice she made that landed her at the mercy of an alien trade lord. So much for a harmless adventure after a sheltered life. Now she’s been handed off to a gorgeous cyborg who holds his feelings close and his secrets closer. They are in a race against time to win both their freedom, but deciphering the message on her arm changes everything…as does their deepening bond.                Amazon KU


Life is complicated along the Hadrian Line. Decisions made on the border will decide the fate of the entire Human Sector. Nora is adjusting to her new role as a player in the games of the powerful. She’s gained some interesting enemies and some even more dubious allies. She has also been presented with a unique opportunity, courtesy of Jonah. The question is, who can she trust to explore it with her? Independent action is a necessity for the sole Royal Capitoline Navy captain patrolling the border region. But Liam will have to defend his actions later in front of the Admiralty board. How can he best serve his realm? By a rigid definition of duty and defense of the status quo, or is there a greater cause, one worth his career and his very life?                  Amazon KU


VS Note: Good to see a new one from Donna!

One planet, two worlds. And only Fate could unite them. Trevyn Dar was once a Hunter of Thrane, feared throughout the galaxy as the son of the Butcher of Four Systems. But he clawed his way free of that bloody legacy to find his true path, as captain of a ship serving the anti-slavery goals of the Interstellar Council of Abolition and Rescue. Lael Saphora is Hinarr, shapeshifter, sharing her skin with a snow cat Companion, but, like all her people, hunted, and oppressed because she lacks the telepathic skills of the genetic Thranes of her home planet. Since she witnessed the brutal death of her father as a child, Lael has been fighting for her people. She leads the Uprising against the iron grip of the Thrane Ruling Houses. When Trevyn receives unusual orders from Rescue to seize a ship smuggling weapons for slavers, he discovers the darkly compelling Lael at the helm—no slaver, but a political prisoner, whose extradition to Thrane means torture and death. His journey to uncover what’s behind her false arrest takes him back to a home planet he had hoped to never see again, reveals an ugly conspiracy at the heart of Rescue, and rips open old wounds. But Trevyn and Lael share a common past, and only love can heal two hearts broken by an ancient pain.   Amazon KU

LOVED BY THE LION: KINDRED TALES 40 by Evangeline Anderson

A Monstrum Warrior who has vowed never to Claim a bride…An older woman, who thinks she’s done with Love…Can they come together to save the Earth…and each other? What’s the worst Christmas present imaginable? A cheating husband? An angry mob outside your front door? What about Menopause? Minister Emilia Oxley has gotten all three this Yuletide season and she could do without them all, thank you very much. Enter Chief Commander Rarev, the leader of the Monstrum Kindred. He’s had his eye on Emilia from the start. Her courage and determination are incredibly attractive to him, as are her lovely full curves. Also, he can tell by her scent that she’s entering her Second Mating Period—the time of life when a female is most attractive to a Feline Monstrum…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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“The courts sentence you to ten years of hard labor on Boreas…” Even facing down a decade behind bars on an inhospitable alien world, Keira Wescott is still able to hold her head high. Protecting her little sister from her sleazy stepfather’s advances was worth any penalty, any price. Tired of the world turning a blind eye to injustice, Keira refuses to be cowed by anyone. Not even the other residents of the Boreas Prison Colony. But pride and prison don’t mix. Soon enough, others who want to break her rear their heads. Ylur is the sole Bera prisoner in the colony—and easily the biggest and baddest one roaming the prison yard. An intimidating giant with white hair, turquoise eyes, and wicked horns, only a fool would get on his bad side. He’s unmoved by the weak-willed humans, except for one little inmate who seems to carry herself with honor…As the enormous, clingy alien takes a keen interest in Keira, the colony is besieged by native creatures. When it’s partially destroyed, can she really take a chance and escape with his help? The planet might be cold, but Ylur’s bed is warm enough for both of them. Can she possibly survive the dangers and intrigue of the ice planet, or will the tribal beasts of the frozen wastes break her?                    Amazon KU


No one expected the end of the world to start with a tea disaster, but in these nine brand new fantasy, paranormal, and sci-fi romance stories, that’s just what happened. Enter eight post-apocalyptic worlds filled with witches, shifters, aliens, and more in these tales steeped in adventure, love, and magic. Grab yourself a brew and one-click this limited edition collection from nine USA Today Bestselling authors today! All proceeds from the sale of the Teapocalypse anthology will be donated to the Tea Leaf Trust.

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Anya: I’ve been through enough. I already failed my trials as a tribute, and now I’m living among the servants beyond the walls of the palace. The last thing I need is another cocky Guardian striding into my life and trying to win me over. Silas: My grandfather sent me to Ke’Thal to train. But he didn’t warn me that the sitting High Priest has dark secrets and dangerous allies. Just as I’m getting adjusted to my new surroundings, I meet a serving woman who makes me want to throw it all away. But when I discover what the High Priest has been hiding from his followers, I have to choose between staying with my lover or leaving her to protect our home.           Amazon KU


New Verdan is rough, rugged, and untamed. Kind of like Bron – the newest settler to this planet.
He’s seven feet of polished scales and muscle in an alien warrior’s body. By day, he’s working at the ur’rox ranch outside of town, lassoing the herd and just being insanely gorgeous. His hands are rough. But his fingers are deft. And by night, this alien cowboy comes to the tavern I work at to love on me. He’s drawn to me. And I can’t get enough of him. All I can think of is the two of us getting a homestead and building a life for ourselves. He’ll give me kids, and I’ll make him dinner when he comes home. An alien cowboy and a barmaid who happen to be fated mates. But sometimes, fate can bring together two people, and try to separate them again. Is our love strong enough for us to fight back? Or will the future I dream for us be just that…A dream, and nothing more?    Amazon KU


When Sanffa Claw’s spaceship crashes on Earth, a bang to the head gives him temporary memory loss. So when a female child finds him and hides him in her treehouse to be her new daddy, he thinks nothing of it. Mary is concerned for her daughter. It’s her first Christmas without her daddy and she has no interest in the festivities. The only thing that appears to be making her happy is her imaginary friend in her treehouse. Should she go along with her daughter’s fantasy and meet the imaginary friend? The treehouse was the last time she saw her husband alive and she can’t bear the thought of setting foot in there again. But if she doesn’t, it will destroy what bit of Christmas joy her daughter has found. If she does, there might be a wonderful purple Christmas gift waiting for her!



He was the one man she couldn’t have. After years of torture in a secret government facility, Wyatt is still struggling to recover from the scars he suffered—both physical and mental. Even now that he’s free, he can’t forget the poor, doomed omega they ripped from his arms and murdered in front of him. From that moment, Wyatt swore that never touch another woman again…until her met her. She was the woman he shouldn’t want. Darlene never imagined her life would end up this way. What started off as helping a beloved friend in the new Alpha Boundaryland has turned into full-time smuggling operation. The only trouble is she still can’t stand alphas, and they feel the same way about her. Well, most of them do…all except him.                Amazon KU


Double date to celebrate a new year on Neron sounds like an adventure, especially when my blind date belongs to a little-known alien race. As the lead flight attendant of a spaceship, I spend my life traveling. And the new year’s celebration finds me on Neron, an entirely new-to-me planet. My blind date, an alien from the planet Aldrai, is huge, strong, and slightly intimidating. But he also turns out to be charming and easygoing, with an intriguing secret tail he keeps hidden from view. I sense Greyx is what heartache is made of. And I avoid taking risks in my life. Including risking my heart. When fate brings us together again, hell breaks loose. Crazy, impossible things start to happen and now, there’s nothing I can do to stop life as I know it from spinning out of control. I find myself in a mysterious facility on a dying planet run by green, four-legged aliens with sinister motivations. And I’m not sure about Greyx’s involvement in their scheme. Can I trust him to get me out of this? Can I afford not to?
Do I even have a choice?                    Amazon KU


VS Note: Not listed as romance but a scifi release of note. Most of the stories included have been released before.

Tangents & Tachyons is Scott’s second anthology – six sci fi and sci-fantasy shorts that run the gamut from time travel to hopepunk and retro spec fic: Eventide: Tanner Black awakes to find himself in his own study, staring out the window at the end of the Universe. But who brought him there, and why?
Chinatown: Deryn lives in an old San Francisco department store with his girlfriend Gracie, and scrapes by with his talent as a dreamcaster for the Chinese overlords. But what if a dream could change the world? Across the Transom: What if someone or something took over your body on an urgent mission to save your world? Pareidolia: Simon’s not like other college kids. His mind can rearrange random patterns to reveal the images lurking inside. But where did his strange gift come from? And what if there are others like him out there too? Lamplighter: Fen has a crush on his friend Lewin, who’s in a competing guild. But when the world goes dark, only a little illumination can save it. And only Fen, Lewin and their friend Alissa can light the spark. A Liminal Sky short. Prolepsis: Sean is the closeted twenty-five-year-old editor of an 80’s sci-fi ‘zine called Prolepsis. When an unabashedly queer story arrives from a mysterious writer, it blows open Sean’s closet door, and offers him the chance to change the world – and the future. Plus two flash fiction stories – The System and The Frog Prince, never before published.

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When Willa was accepted into the intergalactic educational medics program, her life changed for the better. Always the shy wallflower, she never had high hopes of escaping her old life for something better. Her plan to stay out of trouble and focus on her schooling doesn’t last long, however, when she’s captured again by the aliens looking to use her as a science experiment. Being confident isn’t a bad thing, at least, that’s what Ondin believes. He thinks in ways his alien brothers don’t. Always steps ahead of his enemy. When a job needs to be done, he’s the one to make sure it’s handled. So when Willa is recaptured, he takes the blame and offers to go after her. He’s unprepared for what he finds and for how it will permanently change him. Together Willa and Ondin are forced to rely on each other to make it back over the mountain, carrying a secret with the power to disrupt life on the sky island forever.                   Amazon KU


Drexan Thalos destroys the lives of everyone he touches, no one knows this better than his cousin, Vedian. When the opportunity arises to save two of the people Drexan hurt the most, Aran and Tyne, Vedian jumps at the chance. But instead of just saving two of his fellow Amarans, he also discovers a human female. When Ariana is suddenly freed from slavery, she’s determined to put the past behind her by claiming the three Amarans. All of them carry scars from their pasts, but Ariana can be both salve to their wounds and salvation to their souls. When Drexan reappears without warning to destroy all they’ve fought for, will their bonds be strong enough to survive the battle?  Amazon KU


One woman – One Great Dane – And a zombie above the rest. Jane Finch wishes her problems ended with a bad commute and no coffee. But when she and her beloved Great Dane, Schrodinger, emerge from a locked room they discover a city changed for the undead. Zombies are everywhere. Some are endlessly cycling through their last actions, others have turned feral—and hungry. Jane and Schroddie’s best chance for survival? Reaching her parents’ bunker on the city’s north shore. Not an easy commute on foot—when surrounded by zombies. Dodging stray bullets and feral zombies is one thing. But soon Jane realizes one of the zombies is following her. Built like a tank, silent as the grave, his attention never waivers. Wherever she goes, he’s there. If she hides, he finds her. There’s no fighting him, no escape. He’s not like the others—and he might be Jane’s only hope for survival.

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It’s almost time for the next revolution! The next big turn… The signal of the end, and fresh start of, another rotation (year) of that big old ball filled with space lizards The Port orbits. The creatures of The Port are gathering for the Cyclical Rotation Advancement Proceedings. This C.R.A.P. is a Port ordered tradition to the beings that call The Port home. To a Human of the Terras Cluster, you might call this New Year’s Eve. And as the Cyclical Rotation Advancement Proceedings happen to be occurring during the Celestial Eclipse, which involves the Port tradition of the Celestial Eclipse Embrace, it’s kind of a big deal. For Clio, a relative newcomer to this whole living outside of your own homeworld business, this will be her first double event. The vat born incu-Human is just dying to C.E.E. this C.R.A.P. happen., bah-dum-tss. A bit of an outsider on her home planet and thankful she’s finding a sense of self and home here on The Port, she plans to let herself live the night to its fullest, embrace the spaceport and all of its varied, intriguing traditions. The possibilities are endless. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)                    Amazon KU


I’m guarding a dark secret and don’t have the slightest idea how to confess it to my friends. When we get lost in the middle of the snowy Colorado wilderness, I find the perfect solution to my dilemma—a menacing monster lurking among the pines. My plan is simple: I’ll sacrifice myself so that my friends can escape to safety. If I’m no longer alive, I can’t confess anything to them. Idiot-proof.
Unfortunately, the monster has no interest in killing me. What it intends to do with me is much more diabolical.

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VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi mystery/horror release of note.

Rylie hasn’t been back to the military base in Twentynine Palms since her father died. She left a lot of memories out there, buried in the sand of the Mojave Desert. Memories about her dad, her old friends Nathan and Lily, and most of all, her enigmatic grandfather, a man who cut ties with Rylie’s family before he passed away. But her mom’s new work assignment has sent their family to Twentynine Palms again, and now, Rylie’s in the one place she never wanted to return to. At least her old friends are happy to welcome her home. Well, some of them, anyway. It turns out Lily is gone, vanished into the desert. To make matters worse, there are whispers around town of a mysterious killer on the loose. But it isn’t just Twentynine Palms that feels frightening—there’s something wrong with Rylie, too. She’s seeing things she can’t explain. Visions of monstrous creatures that stalk the night. Somehow, it all seems to be tied to her grandfather and the family cabin he left behind. Rylie wants the truth, but she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Are the monsters in her head really out there? Or could it be that the deadliest thing in the desert . . . is Rylie herself?

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BREATHLESSLY by Heather Relkin

VS Note: The author says this is the full length story from which ‘Breathless’ was taken.

The Kholorua. On Earth, we call them the Skyscrapers, or Whalemen. Giant, 400-foot tall creatures that are generally docile but have a nasty habit of taking people home as souvenirs. I was terrified when that massive orange cyclops showed up in my part of town and reached to pluck me up, but…turns out they take really good care of their pets. This place is a sanctuary. Bordered with tall walls and no escape, but the wilderness inside is a haven. Too bad the colony of humans already living here hate my gay ass. Only took me a few months to decide to take my gelly mattress and fuck off to the sandy beachfront and live there for the rest of my solitary life. Until VanoA Væliāḷu, a race of amphibious people, is dropped in from the sky to live in the lake I’ve set up home at. Did I mean to fall in love with what is basically an alien merman? No, no of course not. But Vano’s an amazing man and it’s been a while since someone was so genuinely nice to me. And Væliāḷu have a physical reaction to falling in love, their bodies shifting to represent that life-bond they share. When his happened, I…I thought I’d found my soulmate. Until MriA female of his race, but this one on her deathbed. She’s got hardly a month left before her body shuts down for good, some fucked up evolutionary trait deciding that because she hasn’t had kids yet she’s not worth keeping alive. Which means Vano has some massive, sudden responsibilities to take care of. But she’s the damn sweetest person I’ve ever met, and I’m not surprised we fell in love at first sight. That doesn’t make her impending doom any easier to swallow, but if she’s able to have kids soon enough, then we’ll all be alright. Won’t we? We’ll be one big happy family right? Right. As long as she gives birth before her body fails her. No hurry.                   Amazon KU


I do not need to trust my fated mate. I need to claim her. TANDY – Of all the crap I have to deal with, this takes the cake. The aliens blame me for shooting down the varoolian king’s shuttle. As a military colonel, I’ve wronged the warrior aliens in the past. But not this time. I’ll offer anything to prove I didn’t do it—even my body. I’ll marry a Varool and use his access to find the real assailant. I’m a soldier, not a pretty princess. So I’m stunned when the gorgeous prince claims me. Lun’s delicious touch sets me on fire. But orders force me to tell one stinking lie after another. The more I get to know the brave, noble alien, the more I like him. And the more I worry he’ll hate me forever. LUN – Dismay grips me as my brother’s damaged shuttle crash-lands in hostile wilderness. As prince of the Varool, I should focus on ruling my people. Yet I must know if my brother lives. Although Tandy potentially ordered the missile strike, her smell snags my senses and sets my blood racing. She is my fated mate. Despite the danger, I claim her. Our interests seem to align as we search the untamed planet, ready to discover the truth. Her beauty and strength tempt me at every turn, yet how can I trust her? Did she mate me to get close enough to kill me?      Amazon KU


Anya left Earth for a better future. She never even had the chance of being matched to a husband. Lucky her, she was in a batch of women who got sold off as slaves. She’ll fight with everything she has, though. Especially against the beast, a blue male with horns and a reputation for buying and selling women. Except he doesn’t buy her. He steals her. Nothing about this guy adds up. He promises to release her after she helps him with a job. The beast, a.k.a. Azokk, is not what he seems. He pretends to be a trader in coalition space, but he’s using her, in more ways than one. He plans to gift her to the king of Grudan. Hell no. Except he doesn’t give her a choice. . .just another promise to take her with him when he leaves the planet of warmongers. He didn’t tell her she’d be caught up in an assassination of their king first. Can she trust him enough to do as he asks, or is he just using her?
Azokk changed more than his name when he left Zyan to join the Coalition after the war destroyed his family. He changed who he was. A necessity to blend in with the Coalition. After six years living among the coalition, he has a mission that requires the use of a human female. Now he’s flying to Grudan with a stolen human on his ship. He plans to sacrifice her. This is not the behavior of a Zyanthan Warrior. Then again, he’s no longer the male he used to be. And this female, Anya, stirs both of his c*cks. He has one shot at completing his mission. One shot at saving his sholani. And no chance of keeping her for himself. Except she seems to think otherwise. She’s a fighter, a warrior in her own right. Maybe with her by his side, he’ll find a way of surviving his mission after all.

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Running from a broken heart sends her home, but home ends up a thousand worlds away, and she ends up at the mercy of the master of the shattered world. Keva has been having the worst day. She has found out her boyfriend was cheating, gone home to her father’s house, and been teleported across the stars. It has been trying. She wakes up trapped in her house with no idea why, and the stars and space station she can see from the house were not there yesterday. Azzul won the manor house and all contents in a card game and dispatched drones to bring it to him. It was not supposed to be occupied. The living being in the house should be dead. That puzzle alone has his attention, and watching the human woman walk around the home and grounds convinces him of one thing. She is art personified… and she belongs to him.

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One minute Avery’s happily in love, and the next, he is confronted with a hard truth. The man he’s fallen for has a few screws loose. Possibly all of them. That’s the only explanation for him believing he’s an honest-to-goodness alien. But that’s not even the worst part. Avery’s supposedly pregnant with his babies and needs to travel to his alien planet for the birth. When Avery’s doctor confirms his pregnancy, will Avery be able to accept the truth and the mate he has bonded with? After all, there are worst things than falling in love with an alien prince, right?               Amazon KU


Victoria, brilliant inventor and daughter of an American self-made millionaire enters into an arranged marriage with István Farkas, crown prince of Taliskia, an obscure kingdom deep in the Carpathians. He marries her for her dowry. She marries him for a rare metal mine located in his country. But a mysterious bomb explodes during the ceremony. Victoria’s father is killed. She is severly injured, while her fiancé escapes unharmed and returns to his country. While recovering from her wounds, Victoria wows to find her father’s killer. All clues point to Taliskia and Istvàn himself is the prime suspect. Under a false identity, Victoria travels to Taliskia to investigate. There, she discover a nest of intrigue, an old legend and maybe even love.



A huge, scary, monster Orc Chieftain has his hands on me. He could break me with one hand, I’m so tiny compared to him. But he won’t. Because I’m his female and I love him. Korthar rules his clan with an iron fist. He’s merciless to his enemies. But he’s got a soft spot for me. Before him, I didn’t have much going in my life. Earth is pretty much a desolate wasteland since the Orcs came over from Protheka. And being a woman? The best you can hope is to be someone’s property. Now, after my curvy body catches Korthar’s eye I’m worth something in this world at least. My giant warrior will protect me. He’ll claim me. And I’ll serve him. In any way he pleases. But I’ll also give him a gift that he’ll never have to ask me for. Something better than any fantasy, no matter how twisted. What is this gift? My heart. And why do I give it so freely? Because he’s already given me his.   Amazon KU


Kidnapped from Earth then rescued only to be told we can’t return home. The other women and I who were taken from the slaver ships are given a choice–stay and serve the galactic council as protected serfs or take our chances on an uncharted island on an uninhabited planet with a group of rough-looking aliens, all of whom just happen to be male. Not looking to escape one servitude for another, I choose the island. I’m even appointed leader of the group, which is great until I find out I’m sharing the responsibility with a rude, nearly seven foot tall green dude with horns. From day one, we rub each other the wrong way, but we have to lead together or risk our survival. And when the secrets of the island test us, we find out if we’re meant to be more after all.    Amazon KU

LOST COLONY by Kaitlyn O’Connor

They fled their doomed star system long ago. Now the vessel that saved them might just save the human race. Clair was one of the chosen—one of the select few genetically superior colonists that would be sent off to another world to insure the continuation of the human species. She was convinced there was a way to save more people, however, and determined to try. It was when she fled the program to find a way that she met the enigmatic Apollo and made a discovery she’d never expected.

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VS Note: Listed in Erotic scifi as well as superhero scifi.

Tosha Randolf is a wildcard from a deadly, unpredictable strip of land between countries in the northernmost reaches of The New South. Jah and Bala O’Day are secret weapons the country wields to keep the peace and eliminate its enemies. After one meeting, Tosh takes them as mates, and together, she knows they make an unstoppable team. She just needs to convince the alphas that while she may be their prey, she is a predator too. But her mates aren’t the only ones that need convincing, and while most of the south has a reputation for hospitality, some places are filled with darkness. More a part of Southern Gothic culture than most, superstition, bias and old hatreds feed Cope’s roots. Jah and Bala know this but discount their instincts, and Tosh pays the price when a ghost from Jah’s past comes for revenge. Still, The New South has more enemies to fight, and with Tosh’s first estrous fast approaching, they must work together to end the threat, or more will be lost than an omega’s choice.                     Amazon KU


Kiera Wade never thought the man she had been dreaming about was anything more than a figment of her imagination. On a mission to save her crew, Kiera crash lands in hostile Atlantean territory, where she finds out her dream lover, Phoenix, is real and claims she is his destined soulmate. Phoenix Vasilakis, a prominent Atlantean orator and the unwilling leader of change, is willing to risk everything to help Kiera, even though it could mean death. He has a secret, though, one that could jeopardize it all for him and Kiera. Stranded and held at the mercy of the Atlantean council, Kiera has to find a way to help her people before Scavengers kill them, but when things heat up between her and Phoenix, she discovers that’s easier said than done. With so much at stake, will Phoenix and Kiera embrace their growing feelings for each other, or will everything fall apart?         Amazon KU

CYBER MAGE by Saad Z Hossein

VS Note: Although not listed as a romance there are evidently romantic elements. A cyberpunk release of note.

Welcome to Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2089. A city notorious for its extreme population density has found an unexpected way to not just survive a global climate apocalypse, but thrive: pump enough biological nanotech into the neighborhood and all of the bodies together form a self-sustaining, and even temperate, microclimate. Of course, this means that millions of humans have to stay put in order to maintain a livable temperature, and people are getting restless. All of the nanotech has also led to some surprises: certain people no longer need food or water while others can live without functioning organs. So the mercenary Djibrel has to carry a machete wherever he goes. Only a swift beheading can ensure the job gets done anymore. Djibrel navigates the crowded streets, humans teeming with genetic mutations, looking for answers about what happened to the Djinn, a magical super race of genies who seem to have disappeared, or merged, with humans for survival. What Djibrel doesn’t know is that his every move is being tracked by the infamous Cyber Mage—better known to his parents as Murzak, a privileged snarky teenager who regularly works for a Russian crime syndicate with a band of elite hackers, like his best friend ReGi, who resides in North Africa’s FEZ (Free Economic Zone). Respected and feared online, Murzak is about to embark on one of his biggest challenges: attending high school IRL. But when he discovers a brand new type of AI, operating on a dark web from the abandoned Kingdom of Bahrain that he thought was just an urban myth, Murzak and Djibrel will have to face the unimaginable in an already inconceivable world.

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Herne and I have a new home in Annwn, a castle overlooking a sea. We’re about to get married, and I’m learning what it means to be a goddess. I’m also learning what I have to leave behind. But secrets come to light, bringing hope for my homeland. I thought I was done with the dragons forever, but things aren’t always simple, and happily ever after doesn’t mean worry-free.

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It will take a Yuletide miracle—and love—to break a witch’s curse. Anders left the woman he loved to join the king’s army. On the way, a vicious storm forced him to seek shelter with a witch. Don’t strike any bargains. He was familiar with the stories. Thought he knew how to keep himself safe—how wrong he was. A curse left him howling at cruel fate. Alva promised to wait for Anders. He’d asked her to be his wife, but before they could marry, he was determined to prove his worth. Years passed with no visit. No word. Hope faded, and realization set in. Anders was not coming back, but could she move on? Guntar would like her to—with him. He’s been courting her since his return, but she is leery of giving her heart. A decision made more complicated when she is forced to deal with the witch of Briar Forest – and possibly ruining her chance for a happily ever after.

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VS Note: I one clicked this. Ms. Eden was my gateway author to paranormal romance a long long time ago and a lovely person and I was so happy to see a new PNR from her.

Oliver Abbott never intended to be a werewolf. Howling at the moon, sprouting fur, shifting into a beast…not exactly the life plan that the former Navy SEAL had anticipated. But an attack on a snow-filled night changes everything. Suddenly, Oliver has a new reality, and he has to leave the only woman he’s ever loved, Gia Donato, in order to protect her from his wolfish side. Yeah, being a werewolf bites. Big time. Especially when you have the biggest, sharpest teeth in town. But Christmas is a magical time…On Christmas Eve, an angelical “intern” offers to grant Oliver one wish. Oliver can have anything he wants. His wish? He wishes that he’d never become a werewolf. Only that wish has unexpected consequences…Gia doesn’t remember him, danger is stalking her, and, ho-ho-horror of horrors, Oliver is now a mild-mannered tax attorney. Nope, not happening. Especially the part where Gia is in danger. Oliver wants a do-over on the wish. STAT.  He will embrace his inner beast. Oliver is an alpha werewolf for a reason. He wants his old, howl-at-the-moon life back, and he’s going to take it—fangs, claws, fur, and everything else. With the help of his angel intern, Oliver’s beast returns, and the hunt is on. Oliver is ready to fight for his second chance with Gia, and he will be at her side when danger comes to her door. Because there is no way that he will stand aside and let anyone hurt her. No way, no day. First, though, he has to convince the gorgeous Gia that she should give their love a second chance…But it’s Christmas, right? And anything can happen during the holiday season…even a miracle for a werewolf.

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You can always go home…but sometimes home won’t let you leave. At forty, Kari Grove knows she should be over her strict childhood. The grandparents who raised her had never been loving people. But some feelings are buried deep and contain more dark secrets than even she realizes. Even after death, it would appear her grandmother isn’t done controlling her life. (and that’s putting it mildly) With the help of new friends and a love interest her grandparents would have hated, Kari must finally learn to stand up for herself and unravel the tragic mystery of her past. Heather, Vivien, Lorna, and Sue are back! With the help of Grandma Julia’s ghost, they’re kicking supernatural butt and taking names.

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Princess Evaraine of Farhall is betrothed—to a playboy prince she has never met. To prepare for their wedding, she travels to his home kingdom of Garimore, where she must accustom herself to an uncomfortable new world of scheming courtiers and incomprehensible fashions. But there are more pressing concerns than wedding gown fittings and awkward tea parties. Evaraine’s fiancé is missing, the king of Garimore is making increasingly sinister threats, and Evaraine’s hidden magic is becoming far more difficult to control. And then there’s Danric—the driven and seemingly heartless crown prince of Garimore. Evaraine knows she should hate him, both for what he represents and for forcing her into a distasteful alliance. Yet despite his intimidating presence, Evaraine begins to catch glimpses of a much different man than the one he shows the rest of the world. But just when she is beginning to long for more than a loveless royal marriage, Evaraine learns of a threat to the people she’s fought so hard to save—a threat that calls into question everything she thought she knew about Danric and his father. To save her kingdom, she will have no choice but to reveal her most dangerous secret, and in doing so, risk losing the one man who has ever held her heart.            Amazon KU


The Temple of Temptation is broken. The system is failing the priests who serve faithfully, but Zeal isn’t missing. He’s simply powerless – or was. As more priests believe in our god, the balance of power has been shifting. Temptation is thriving. Miracles are happening. The High Priest is struggling. In his attempts to control me, he’s making it almost impossible to help the other gods. Something has to give, and I’m worried it might be me. With the last semester of my initiate training underway, things are supposed to be looking up. I finally have instructors who are grading me fairly. I no longer feel like a failure. However, my ties to the nobility of our barony have drawn just a little too much attention. The wrong kind. The High Priest wants to get rid of me. My enemies want to destroy me out of jealousy. The nobility wants to put me in my place. My lovers want to protect me at all costs because things are starting to get dangerous…(more blurb on ebook seller page..)    Amazon KU


Luna Winchester knows how to find precious gemstones and metal. The magic passed down from her witch of a mother allows her to hear them sing wherever they are. No matter how hard it is to find them. Naturally, she’s the best thief in the city. So when a gang pins her to a wall and tells her to steal the Diamond of Crestfall or die, she’s going to steal the diamond. There’s just one problem. The Beast of Dead Man’s Crossing. Rumor has it, the nobleman who protects the diamond is the worst sort. Not a real beast, of course, but a man who had never failed to hang a thief. Which means Luna has to be more careful, more tricky, than ever before. The challenge is a welcome one. She’d always loved a man who underestimated her. Except it isn’t that easy. The diamond calls to her, yes, but the beast is tricky. He captures her on the very first night and offers her a counter deal. Work for him, hang the gang members, and he’ll let her live. Luna wants to live, so she lies through her teeth. But the nights are long in Dead Man’s Crossing, and a real beast does prowl the nobleman’s house. A beast with fur, claws, fangs, and familiar eyes. Eyes she’s starting to fall in love with.   Amazon KU


Cristian Slava doesn’t fear much. After he was betrayed by the man he called an uncle, leaving upstate New York for the Carpathian Mountains of his childhood is more a matter of practicality than fear. With him is Atlas Kinkaid, a former marine turned fierce bodyguard…and fierce lover, albeit a hell of a complicated one. Cristian’s cunning is tested by the politics and intrigue of the vampire families of Romania, and the warm welcome he and Atlas were assured of quickly turns to ash as they race to unravel the mystery of an old friend’s disappearance. Searching for the missing vampire draws them into a web of betrayal and half-truths that reaches further than Cristian ever could have imagined, and they uncover a string of grisly murders that bear a striking similarity to the attack that changed Atlas’s life forever. Stalked by the past and uncertain of the future, Cristian learns he does have something to fear after all…Losing the man he loves.

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Lily Paddington has a gift, but to her, it’s more of a curse. Three years ago, she walked into her husband’s dream and found out he’d been lying to her for months. Now she’d divorced, and doing whatever she can to make ends meet while raising her son on her own. After being unlucky in love, she has a hard time trusting anyone. But when she finds herself stranded in a small town overnight with Chase Garland, her walls start to crumble.Chase Garland lost his wife in a traffic car accident over a year ago and has moved to Christmas Grove to start over. He’s content with his new job making magical edible chocolates at Love Potions, and even though he’s told himself he’ll never love again, there’s a charming co-worker he can’t seems to stop thinking about. After a night in a remote skiing town, it’s time for him to make a choice: allow himself to open his heart or give in to the fear of losing in love again.                  Amazon KU


Big city developer Katherine Taylor needs to prove herself, and she’s doing that by opening a resort in the Colorado mountainside. What her stakeholders don’t know, is that she has an ulterior motive for her location selection. There have been dragon sightings in the area, and she’s determined to learn the truth about the legendary creatures. Of course, she didn’t expect for a real one to be so good looking or make her so flustered. Colt Rivers is a bronze dragon who managed to evade the Slayers years ago and settle into a little piece of heaven on the Colorado mountainside. When construction begins, he’s compelled to come out of hiding so he can attempt to stop Katherine from building a tourist trap in the area. But that’s easier said than done, when her smile and natural beauty make him forget what the goal is. The two should be instant enemies, but their attraction to each other is too strong. Sparks will fly, but a couple with this many secrets may fizzle before they fly. And when Katherine needs Colt to put their difference aside and save her, he’s going full dragon for his mate.       Amazon KU


The Society of Ancient Magic is mysterious, magical, and one hundred percent evil… and their time is up. It’s all come down to this. The Society has given up any pretense that they are here for the betterment of our people. They’ve shown the truth that they’re interested in one thing only: The rise of mages with Ancient Power, and the rest be damned. They’ve been a mainstay in our world for almost two hundred years. But now their time is up, and with the help of my men, I’m going to burn it all down…or die trying. We’re nearly out of moves in this chess match. The fact that my men are dire wolves is known to all, and the hunters are closing in. The prophecy that hangs over us continues to unfold in unexpected ways, and the Society keeps moving forward with their plans for domination. The lines have been drawn. Everything that matters to me is at risk…and now it’s personal. Just as prophecy foretold: It’s time for the Nightbird and her Shadow Walkers to do what we were born to do.                    Amazon KU


A prank war? At the Silver Springs Orphanage? That just spells disaster! When Lupine takes the night off and goes out on a ‘Girls’ Night’, she leaves her mates in charge of the orphanage. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, that’s what. Edmond does a runner, the creepy twins’ bedroom is infested with spiders, things are seen that can’t be unseen and first kisses are ruined. The result? A prank war like none other before it. Castalia wants revenge and she knows just how to get it.Will Lupine’s mates survive one night without Lupine at the Silver Springs Orphanage? Maybe they would, if it wasn’t Friday the 13th!                  Amazon KU


A monster is holding me prisoner in the land of Faerie. They call him the lord of the water Fae. I call him a viper. The tales say Elixir is venomous—and as beautiful as he is brutal. They say he’s a cursed soul who wields dark, sinful magic. As punishment for stumbling into his dangerous world, the ruler of the river has confined me to an underground realm of serpentine creatures and secret canals. The key to escape rests with my fatal enemy. To win my freedom, I’ll have to play his wicked mind games—and unlock his greatest weakness. It’s a risk I must take. Even if it means being trapped with my villainous Fae captor. And even if it means fighting off the forbidden heat that ignites between us.
Because if I don’t make it out alive, his sensual touch might deliver the killing blow.    Amazon KU

A COURT OF DARKNESS (THE FALLEN FAE BOOK 1) by A K Koonce and Rebecca Grey

VS Note: Author Note: A Court of Darkness is book one of a delicious demonic fae series with demonically steamy scenes, of course. This series is recommend for readers 18 and over.
A short novella was previously published of A Court of Darkness, titled Darkness Rising. This series has been entirely rewritten, extended, and dramatically changed.

The deadliest magic is always the prettiest. And my magic, it’s to die for. Literally. As the notorious rejected princess of the Kingdom of Fallen, it’s no surprise I’m sneaking around the castle I was exiled from over a year ago. It’s not shocking I’m fist fighting with the wildest men of the wild hunt. It’s definitely not astonishing I’ve come to find myself locked in my father’s dungeon because of it all. I only wish I hadn’t brought the psychotic men of the wild hunt with me. I can find out the Mad King’s secrets. I can stop his destruction myself. He is my father after all. His reckless magic runs through my blood. And like I said, it’s to die for. One of us will find that out first hand.            Amazon KU


The world’s on fire, my ex-fated mate just kidnapped my boyfriend, and now everyone keeps calling me their savior…How the literal hell did I get here? To stop the chaos, sacrifice is all that’s needed to make everything right again. The gods gave the realm of the living a Goddess of Love. She just has to give the world all of her love. It sounds simple. So easy even I could do it. Until they ask me to give up the men I love too. Maybe I’m not as kind hearted and compassionate as they thought. Maybe I’m not their Goddess of Love. Because I’ll let the whole damn world burn before I ever let anyone take them away from me.                Amazon KU


The Morgan family is taking their first family vacation, and since they let their youngest member pick the place, that means Mammoth Cave National Park is on the menu. Ivy Morgan-Harker and her husband Jack aren’t exactly excited about exploring caves, but they’re committed to making sure the vacation is a success. The first stop on their trip is Casper Creek, a cosplay western town perched atop a mountain. There Hannah Hickok, a witch like Ivy, runs things. The Casper Creek workers have their hands full. It seems local kids are going missing – three in only a few weeks – and the cause of their disappearances might be supernatural in nature. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…)

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War is coming. And if I don’t break free, my biker family will pay the price. The Jackals are keeping me hostage. They think I’m a traitor and saboteur. Bait they can use to lure my brother and his club. Payback for stealing their drugs. But the Wolves aren’t coming to my rescue. I’m my brother’s pawn to justify a turf war between the clubs. Wounded and locked in a cell, I can’t use the mate bond as leverage to weasel my way out of captivity. My enemies have severed our connection and rejected me as their mate. My father’s murderer remains at large. I have to get out of the Jackal’s clubhouse, find them and avenge him. No rugged, dangerous bikers tugging at my heart will stop me. So help me goddess.                      Amazon KU


VS Note: From NOV 30

A deadly killer stalks my every move, but they’re messing with the wrong witch-wolf assassin. Why would anyone think hunting a psycho hybrid with a supersized wolf form and crazy volatile witch powers is a good idea? It’s a mystery. But you do you, killer. I’m Graves, kickass hitlady extraordinaire, and I’m a teensy bit unbalanced. But that’s okay because my mates—dominant alpha Dean, insane vampire Slasher, sweet bookish Brannigan, adoring wolf Hugh, and ruthless Edison—are just as unhinged, and they love me just as I am. Even if I do have a tendency to get stabby, come home covered in blood, and attract danger like flies to … well, you know. Two more trials, and I’ll have proved my worth to the powers-that-be of Blake Hall. I’ll avoid prison and get to keep my magic and shifting abilities. But with someone determined to kill me, and a secret society scarily obsessed with me, these trials will be anything but straightforward. But Rebel “Graves” Falcon is no quitter. I’ll find this hunter and spill their blood and guts even if it kills me. Which it just might.      Amazon KU


The world knows me as Jacqueline, daughter of Hasan, the werecat that fell in love with a werewolf. I prefer Jacky Leon and I knew what I was getting into when I allowed myself to fall in love with Heath Everson. We’re standing against centuries of animosity between the two species and it’s a dangerous place to be. I’m checking the shadows, and securing my territory, making sure no one can sneak up on us. Heath is keeping his eyes on more obvious problems, though, like the powder keg in Dallas.
The Dallas werewolf pack was once Heath’s pack. They relied on him, trusted him, and even loved him. No one can forget how his time as their Alpha had ended. Add in the troubles they’ve had since he’s left, and I know what Heath expects. It would be foolish to ignore the obvious threat brewing in the city. Something bad is going to happen. And the problems we face are much more nefarious than we could have bargained for.      Amazon KU

PORTAL TO MADNESS by Stephanie Ayers

VS Note: From NOV 27

When a frantic White Rabbit appears on Alice’s doorstep in the middle of a snowstorm five days before Christmas, she has no choice but to follow him. When they arrive, she quickly realizes it is not the Wonderland she remembers. Winter’s fallen, the hatter has gone madder, and the White Queen’s dying of a broken heart. Her heart must be mended before the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve or Wonderland will remain frozen forever. Can Alice save Wonderland before the clock runs out?   Amazon KU


When an unpopular local principal is killed, Reva finds herself reluctantly embroiled in another murder investigation. What she really needs to focus on is getting her life and business in order, but sometimes the Universe has different plans. The only bright side is that the case forces her and Matt to talk to each other again. Can they salvage their relationship? Or, are things really over for good?
Could somebody please get Pistol something to eat?                  Amazon KU


When Winston Smokeheart, a local prodigy turned country-wide potions sensation, is stabbed to death with a potion vial, Fern finds herself involved in another murder mystery. But who killed Winston, a known philanderer? The list of potential suspects is as huge as Gumbo’s appetite for carrot cake.                 Amazon KU


True to his bear shifter nature, Fergus has an intense demeanor… and intense desires. With his mate, Trinity, he’s found the lasting pleasure that has been absent from his life. Bound by his love and passion for her, he will allow nothing to stand between them. But danger is prowling their way in the form of a renegade pack of wolf shifters eager to encroach upon Fergus’ territory. As their hungry jaws snap in for the kill, the alpha is faced with an impossible choice: protect his mate or fulfill his mission? Torn between his head and his heart, can he defeat the wolf pack before it tears about all he holds dear? Find out in the startling conclusion to Grumpy Special Ops Bear.

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It’s Christmas in Glimmerspell and wickedness abounds. Elliot and I are taking things to a new level, and I’m loving my job at the Haunted Book Barn. Things are finally going well for me. So why am I playing the part of maid-of-honor at my exes wedding? And that Christmas party at the historical society leads to more than just a lesson in history—it leads to murder. Who said midlife was boring? Midlife in Glimmerspell can be a real killer.              Amazon KU

WINTER FAE QUEEN by Lexi C Foss and J R Thorn

The Royal Water Fae I’m in love with just hired me to be his intern. Oh. My. Fae. I only applied for the job because of a dare, and now I’m packing my bags for the North Pole. No big deal. I can totally be professional. I haven’t seen him since the Academy anyway. Maybe he’s gotten fat from all the Winter Fae sweets? Except, no. Kalt hasn’t gotten fat at all. He’s still perfectly chiseled and even more gorgeous than I remembered. And worse? He has two equally hot friends.  A royal elf named Lark. And a sexy-as-sin selkie named Norden. I am so screwed. And I mean that literally because the elf and the selkie seem to think I’m their mate. Only Kalt completely disagrees.  Oh, and not only am I dealing with these three hotties, but my water magic is also on the fritz. I accidentally stirred up a snowball fight in the middle of Santa’s workshop, then ice tinsel started shooting from my fingertips like confetti. It’s a problem. One I’m not sure how to solve. So, yeah, wish me luck! And send warm vibes. I really need some help melting all this snow

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VS Note: this is a REALLY different M/M fantasy, translated. Inspired the ‘Scumbag System’ series which streams in English.

Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his dominion over both the Human and Demon Realms and his hundreds-strong harem, he is truly the most powerful protagonist…in a trashy webnovel series! At least, that’s what Shen Yuan believes as he finishes reading the final chapter in Proud Immortal Demon Way. But when a bout of rage leads to his sudden death, Shen Yuan is reborn into the world of the novel in the body of Shen Qingqiu–the beautiful but cruel teacher of a young Luo Binghe. While Shen Qingqiu may have the incredible power of a cultivator, he is destined to be horrifically punished for crimes against the protagonist. The new Shen Qingqiu now has only one course of action: get into Luo Binghe’s good graces before the young man’s rise to power or suffer the awful fate of a true scum villain!

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Also newly released this week are HEAVEN’S OFFICIAL BLESSING and GRAND MASTER OF DEMONIC CULTIVATION, both by the same author, M/M romantic fantasies.

SONG OF SERENITY by Brey Willows

Life was simple when Calliope Ardalides, firstborn of the nine Muses, only had to concentrate on music and justice. But now she’s arbitrating between arguing gods, answering complaints from cantankerous humans irked by how their prayers are being answered, and keeping her eight sisters in line. When it’s time for her annual break from Afterlife, Inc, she goes to the one place she can count on to keep her sane: the Temple of the Muses in the quiet countryside of Scotland. But Jordan James shows up with her contractors, builders, and noisy equipment. Her adventure park will take up most of the idyllic region, turning the serenity Calliope treasures into a haven for adrenaline junkies.
Jordan is resistant to Calliope’s powers of persuasion, but Calliope’s beauty remains a potent force. Stubbornly, Jordan vows to take on even the most beautiful immortal to make her dream come true, especially if it means spending more time with her.

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The winter solstice. The darkest day, the longest night. Every year the solstice heralds the return of the masquerade ball. Fae and human dance and drink and make merry, so long as they remain masked. But there’s a darker side to this night. Should a guest lose their mask, their life is forfeit, cursed to dance forever for the entertainment of the masquerade’s cold and cruel fae host. Ever since he was a boy, Brice LeChoix’s mother had warned him of the terrible fae. But it wasn’t the fae who took his parents from him. Madness did that. Years later, now Lord of the crumbling LeChoix estate and buckled by debt, he has more important things to think about than fairytales. Until the masquerade comes to town. Every year on the solstice it appears, and every year the townsfolk frolic with the fae. Some never return. Brice warned his brother not to go. And when the masquerade vanishes like mist at dawn, it takes Charon with it. Now Brice must return to the masquerade, the very place he vowed never to set foot in again. The fae know his desires, they know his weaknesses. Forbidden lust will lure Brice from his world, into theirs. To save his brother, he must survive the masquerade’s beautiful lies and avoid the host’s wicked ways. But the fae have other ideas. One in particular has his eye on Brice… The trickster, Raoul, will stop at nothing to seduce Brice because he knows, more than anyone, that the masquerade is a trap from which no soul truly ever escapes. The longest night is upon us. Can you hear their call? Take my hand, come with me, to the masquerade ball.

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My best friend is a wolf named Tobias, and having him in my life, I also must accept his brother, Conal. I’m not sure if I would call Conal my friend, as he is a dominant sort who pushes me every chance he gets. That is because he is the alpha to our little pack and thinks he is King of the Mountains. I’m coming of age and Papa thinks it is time I take a man. The idea of having someone other than my wolves is enticing, and I take myself down to the village to find out what one has to offer. Little do I know this trip is going to change everything. The little old witch seems harmless enough as she enters my camp, but she sets off a chain of events, that will be my biggest challenge of all. My wolves are not wolves at all, but men. I have forty days until I come into my witch powers and in that time, I must form connections with both in order to break the curse the old witch placed on them years ago.
Tobias isn’t the problem, but Conal is. I’ve always rejected the idea of him being my alpha. How can I accept him into my heart when Tobias already fills it? One Curse. Two Brothers. Three to a Pack. Let’s see if I have the power to make magic out of this chaos.      Amazon KU


She sees the future with a touch, a powerful gift in a time of war. The enemy wants her. The Allies need her. Addie Brandt is cursed. When she touches someone, or an object that belongs to them, she sees their future, and it’s rarely good. Mocked and teased her whole life, Addie hides from the world in her family’s funeral home. But when her second sight shows her a horrific vision of an attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval base, the gruesome images are too intense to ignore, and she tries to raise the alarm. Will anyone listen? Federal agent Jack Dunstan needs a miracle. He’s still reeling from the betrayal that nearly decimated his team of agents with paranormal powers, a vengeful Nazi spy with a terrifying ability of his own is out to destroy him, and he knows it’s only a matter of time before America is drawn into the war raging around the world. Hearing rumors of Addie’s vision, he seeks her out, hoping she could be the miracle he’s looking for. Addie’s not sure she trusts Jack Dunstan. He’s rude, cocky, and insists on calling her curse of second sight a “gift.” But if she wants to save lives and prevent a terrible disaster, she must put aside her fears and doubts and learn to embrace her ability. With the country on the brink of war and an enemy agent hunting her for her power, Addie must learn to trust Dunstan—and herself—to stop an attack that could change the course of history forever.

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SOUL OF THE IMPERIAN (D’VAIRE BOOK 26) by Jessamyn Kingley

Praetor Sashati Soriandras is adjusting to his wonderful new life as part of the Council of Sorcery and Shifters. His new leader’s choice to leave the demonic realm gained Sashati’s immediate approval. There is nothing there but dark memories and a horrible legend about the butcher who ripped magic from the demons a millennium ago. After being banished to a tiny realm, Imperian Paszratorabiel—or Paszra, as he prefers to be called—is waiting for his wings to grow back. The minute he recovers, Paszra hunts for a place to bring his family so they can find mates. When Paszra finds a planet full of interesting beings, the presence of demons is the only thing he hates about his potential new home.
When Sashati and Paszra meet, neither man is happy to learn they are mates. The demons blame Paszra for everything, while the Imperian despises Sashati’s people. However, they share a tradition of not denying Fate. But to honor the way their souls are connected, Paszra and Sashati must overcome much more than their initial dislike of each other.              Amazon KU


VS Note: A re-release.

Jadiera lives a simple life as a courier between the islands of the kingdom she calls home. Hauling small wares isn’t exciting–but it keeps a ship under her feet. Until the day she get’s mistake from someone so dangerous, people only speak of her in hushed tones. And a bunch of mythological faeries fly into her life. Having a calm and steady life becomes nothing but a wish for Jadiera as she and her new faery companions fight off pirates and evil gnomes. Life will never be the same.  Amazon KU


More enemies, more tricks, more explosions! Once again, Taryn has her hands full—but sometimes her hands have dragon’s talons…Relic hunter Taryn St. Giles spent years with her head down in the dirt, unearthing the secrets of ancient artifacts. Now she is the one being hunted for the secrets of her own past. And if she’s not clever, strong, and very, very lucky, she’ll be the next relic buried. Monsters, magic, and mayhem have haunted her through secret caverns, forgotten elven cities, and some really mediocre taverns. With her beloved Alric and dear friends kidnapped, she’s heading to the southern continent with her remaining stalwart companions where more mayhem awaits—along with stranger monsters and a deadly magic that twists her very flesh and bones. Old mysteries almost destroyed her world once—and Taryn was right there. As long-lost deities and hidden realms return with lethal consequences, she has another chance to discover her destiny and reclaim her power. But if she fails, more than her friends will be lost forever.



Never take an elf’s cookie…even if it is for a good cause. School teacher Alger loved his job, his town, and his volunteer work at the local children’s hospital. That is until he loses it all with one mistake: he gave away the wrong cookie. Now cursed to be a Krampus and scare children into behaving, he is miserable. Beyond miserable. At least there’s an out to his curse: Find unconditional love. If only it were as simple as that. Widower single father Jordan is not a fan of Christmas, not since his alpha’s accident. Each year Jordan fakes it, slapping on his best Christmas Cheer persona in the hopes of making it special for his son. Each year it gets a little bit easier. Who knows…maybe one year the holidays will be merry and bright. When an unexpected blizzard comes to town, Alger and Jordan end up trapped together and learn that there really is magic in Christmas snow.   Amazon KU

MATE FOR THE HOWLIDAYS by Jessica Coulter Smith


VS: The next book up in my backlist is STAR CRUISE OUTBREAK, the second novel in my STAR CRUISE series set aboard a luxury interstellar cruise ship. Sort of ‘love boat of the stars’. This one was written long before COVID and my inspiration was actually the many outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships, as well as Legionnaire’s Disease. I did a TON of research for this one, to ‘design’ my alien virus. I also really enjoyed the challenge of doing justice to the heroine, Dr. Emily Shane, a war hero with serious PTSD issues. This is also the first book where pets in space appear, although it pre-dated the beginning of the Pets in Space anthology series. I was inspired by the pets in Andre Norton’s old Solar Queen scifi series.

She saved countless soldiers in the wars … but does she have the weapons to fight an outbreak?

Dr. Emily Shane, veteran of the Sector Wars, is known as “The Angel of Fantalar” for her bravery under fire as a medic. However, the doctor has her own war wounds–severe PTSD and guilt over those she failed to save.

Persuaded to fill a seemingly frivolous berth as ship’s doctor on the huge and luxurious interstellar cruise liner Nebula Zephyr, she finds the job brings unexpected perks–a luxe beach deck with water imported from Tahumaroa II, and Security Officer Jake Dilon, a fellow veteran who heats her up like a tropical sun.

However, Emily soon learns she and Jake didn’t leave all peril behind in the war. A mysterious ailment aboard the Zephyr begins to claim victim after victim … and they must race against time and space to find the cause and a cure! Trapped on a ship no spaceport will allow to dock, their efforts are complicated by a temperamental princess and a terrorist–one who won’t hesitate to take down any being in the way of his target.  If anyone’s left when the disease is through with them…

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Are You the Exception? Weekend Writing Warriors Snippet

Here’s the link to the Weekend Writing Warriors central page, so you can visit all the participants sharing excerpts today…a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! (Also welcome to the Sunday Snippet visitors!)

May be edited a bit from published version.

I’m switching to my new release KYDEN: BADARI GLADIATORS SERIES BOOK ONE.

The excerpt, from the beginning of the book, after Kyden went to investigate an outcry in the gladiators’ assembly room and found two women who say their presence is a mistake. He takes the girls to his cell. As the top gladiator in the Five Systems, he has more of a room than most and a private bathroom. (In a part I skipped over, Kyden had appeased the other gladiators by agreeing to pay for the drinks all night.) Continuing on from last week where Elara asked if he could just let them go.

Sorry to dash her hopes, he shook his head. “I can’t. The quarters are locked while the whores are here, mostly to keep them from escaping. Typically each one owes Big Lorena a debt or else she owns them outright and she’s short on trust. The gates open at dawn. I’ll keep you safe till then.”

“I—I’m grateful. My father will reimburse you for whatever the expenses are. For the feelgoods, that horrible man is buying on your account right now.”

“No need. I can cover it. I do want to hear the story, however. I guess the explanation is my price for saving the two of you.” He grinned.

Lady Elara shook her head and patted her sister’s shoulder. “This foolish one thought it would be a fun lark to sneak into the gladiator hall and see the men up close who she’s admired from afar. There were some she had crushes on. She was to come with a group of her so-called friends who swore they’d done this before. Apparently she was told it was like a huge party.”

Appalled at the naiveté on display, Kyden shook his head. “As you’ve seen, gladiators can be as dangerous in close quarters as they are in the arena. All the nobility of the fighter crap is just that—bullshit.”

Tilting her head, Elara studied him. “And you’re the exception then?”


Kyden is the top ranked gladiator in the Five Systems but he’s hardly there by choice. Unscrupulous guards faked his death in the lab where he was created and sold him into slavery in the galaxy’s hinterlands. He has no idea where his home is or how many years have passed since he was condemned to a life of endless combat. Kill or be killed is the rule and a Badari never gives up. He’ll fight to stay alive until the Badari goddess sees fit to decree his death.

Elara Vasclavian is the daughter of a senator, as far removed from the life of a gladiator as a noblewoman can be until through the machinations of a political enemy, she ends up in terrible jeopardy. Abducted and given to a group of drunken gladiators for their amusement the night before the games, Elara vows to put up a fight but there’s no real hope of saving herself. Until Kyden steps in, responding to the goddess’s commandment to protect those who are smaller and weaker. And discovers she’s his fated mate.

Rescued, Elara returns to her life of privilege but she can’t forget the man who saved her life. The gulf between their places in the Five Systems is unbridgeable, no matter how much Kyden longs for even a glimpse of her in the arena audience. No matter how much she feels the pull to be by his side. As matters stand, they cannot be together…Or can they?

KYDEN is the first book in a new series, spun off from my ongoing Badari Warriors series. Kyden is a Generation Five Badari whereas the main characters in the long running series are from a later time and are Generation Eight. This new series stands alone and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I couldn’t resist the temptation to tell a few other Badari stories, set in the galaxy’s Hinterlands, and who can resist gladiators?

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