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).
‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.
VS Note: Any week with a new Ruby Dixon is a good week!
Someone is illegally stealing humans from their home world and cloning them. For months, we’ve been hunting this ring of criminals and the end is in sight. I’m separating from my brothers and taking my ship to track down the bad guys. One small problem — Helen insists upon joining me on this dangerous mission. Helen herself is a clone, created to be an object of beauty. She’s not safe if she goes with me, as her kind are coveted all across the universe. But she’s not interested in staying safe. She’s interested in staying at my side…and tempting me to kiss her. And kef me, is it ever a temptation. Am I really going to run headlong into danger with the universe’s most beguiling female at my side? Am I going to be able to resist her charms? (I think we all know the answers to those questions.) Amazon KU
A middle aged science teacher who feels unloved and unwanted meets Three huge alien warriors desperate to find their Queen When Terra agrees to go on a quest with V’rone, Tem, and Rive
Will she end up as…the Queen of their Colony? Terra Engels is a regular middle aged science teacher with nothing special about her—or so she thinks. She comes up to the Monstrum Mother Ship to arrange a tour for her senior class…and sets off an alarm on the Dark Side of the ship. The alarm is a Heart-finder arch, tended by three Colony Monstrum, who must share a female. V’rone, Tem’blx, and Rive have pretty much given up on finding the one perfect woman who can be the Queen of their colony. Imagine their surprise when Terra walks through the arch and sets off the alarm, proving that she is the one they’ve been looking for! Terra, however, disagrees. She just got out of a failed marriage and she’s not ready to make another commitment—especially not to three huge guys at once! However, she makes a deal with them—she will go on a quest to help them find the right woman if they will attend her ex-husband’s wedding with her as her dates. That’ll show the cheating bastard! The Monstrum agree. Thus begins a crazy—and extremely hot—adventure to four different alien worlds that involve a host of dangers…and a lot of heated encounters. Each door between the worlds requires that the four of them become more and more intimate and less and less inhibited. But at the end of it all when Terra almost loses her guys, can she find a way to get them back? And will she ever consent to be…Queen of their Colony?
Ever since he rescued me from my captors, Rokan has been by my side as my constant friend and protector. Gentle and kind, he’s always going out of his way to spend time with me, making me smile and laugh. He’s a good friend, but lately I suspect he wants something more. I can’t deny the pull I feel toward him, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be his. Not after everything I’ve been through. The more time we spend together, I begin to wonder: what would it be like if I allowed myself to explore these feelings I have for my protector? Amazon KU
VS note: Not sure if this is a re-release or new. Author note stated this had a different title previously but it almost sounded like she meant as a pre-order?
When I went into stasis sleep on my way to Mars, I never expected to wake up in a cage. I have no idea what happened to my crew. Alone and afraid, I think all hope is lost until I’m rescued from slavery by a Kitsune fox-like alien, name Kyo. Lost, and with no way to return to my home world, he says he’ll take me to a planet that’s safe. We’re very different, but I cannot deny that I’m drawn to him in ways I don’t understand. The more time we spend together, I begin to wonder: what would be like if I allowed myself to fall for him? Amazon KU
Rachel thought it couldn’t get worse than losing her farm. But when a hot stranger turns out to be an alien, her life is about to change forever. Tamsia’s sisters both have human mates, but she can’t quite understand the appeal herself. Until she meets Rachel, the owner of an adorable yet intimidating Highland cow. Will Tamsia be able to persuade her to move to Kyven?
Klagan warriors Strels and Isir might be twins, but their physical appearance and personalities couldn’t be more different. Ever the stoic over-thinker, Strels had an innate need to plan, to be prepared for everything. Impulsive Isir lived everyday like a blind adventure, thriving on the adrenaline rush that came with spontaneity and recklessness. It was hard to believe they were battle-hardened warriors, sons of the Sovereign of Klaga. Weary of battle, the brothers decide to retire from a life of war and espionage–no more missions, no more being taken advantage of, being used for someone else’s benefit. They’re about to make the biggest transition in their lives until the human mate of a battle-brother and friend begs them to take one last mission: find and rescue her lost sister. Traumatized by her sister’s abduction during the Elodian attacks, Emily has spent the years since trapped in the shadow of a resistance organization. Living in fear is nothing new to her, and it’s a seductive prison she can’t bring herself to escape from. That chain around her tightens when two massive Klagan males land on Earth, insisting they’re on a mission from Audrey to rescue and retrieve her. But her distrust of aliens runs deep and…(more blurb on ebookseller page…) Amazon KU
This is a HEA, Hot Romantic Fiction Novel. A tantalizing story of passions and desires, that unexpectedly brings together a two people through unexpected events. Amazon KU
VS Note: Love the cover as always but a bit too naked for my PG13+ blog. Happy to see a new book in the series!
Their love will face the ultimate test. Just days after meeting, Zar and Anya planned and executed a slave revolt, freeing themselves and their friends from their evil masters. For the past three years, these truemates traveled the galaxy righting wrongs, and freeing slaves. Their love is a beacon, an exquisite linking of body and soul. What threatens their mated relationship couldn’t be predicted or prevented, and cannot be reversed. Can love this deep transcend even the most devastating struggles? Amazon KU
Our family is fractured and I’m about to lose them for good…especially if we can’t stop the Queen of Homeworld. We have a ship, an army, and allies. But the thing we need most is each other, and it feels like my men are more distant than ever. My lizard assassin, Orion, can’t find a place in our family; Taln doesn’t know who he is now that he can’t fight; Ryker is still convinced that I’m his mate…and Nereus is drifting further away, following the man he loves. And Kye? Well, it feels like there’s a whole galaxy between us. If we want to defeat the evil queen, we’ll have to find a way back to each other. Because I can’t see a path forward without them. RADIANT RITES is a MMFMMM space opera romance with a team of hot alien heroes and a strong heroine. Amazon KU
VS Note: Not listed as a romance but a release of note.
The unmissable conclusion to the science fiction series that has it all—ancient aliens, rogue AIs, beleaguered royalty, semi-repentant pirates, and the chance to go where no humans have gone before (well, not for five hundred years)—all wrapped up in the possibility of a happy-ever-after for everyone (bad guys excluded). Resolve is the triumphant conclusion to Nora and Liam’s story, begun in Astray in the unexplored depths of the Avestan Range and the quirky precinct of Border Station. Amazon KU
Life was hell under the Dark Elves. And then the demons came. And it somehow got even worse. They raided our town in a vicious magical battle, killed the Dark Elves and took the humans. couldn’t do a damn thing when they took my sister away. Then the leader of the invaders set his gaze on me.
A monster so cruel and so perfect that to look on him was to cry in sadness and desire. He made me a bargain. He’d help me find my sister and get her out of Hell. In return, he would get…me. I’ll do whatever it takes. Give him whatever he wants. No price is too high. Not even my heart. AmazonKU
Dying is the last thing I remember until I look into the hulking male’s green eyes. His eyes remind me one person wants me and a second chance is needed for all of us. I hated my life. I didn’t fit in anywhere, and the only thing I am good at is being a thorn in everyone’s side. They don’t know the real me. They don’t what I’ve done for them. I think it’s better that way… until we’re rescued. It’s a second chance for life, right? Not for me. I’m still the outcast. Then something crazy happens. I’m kidnapped and killed. Amazon KU
After escaping from Heliodor and the wrath of the empire, Nia and the crew head to Earth to forge new alliances. Before Nia can investigate some unsettling information about her own family, they must leave, taking onboard fresh crew members in their quest to reach smaller Adamite communities and warn them of the emperor’s plans. As new relationships are formed and old ones tested, Brec finds himself drawn to Peri, a reluctant recruit from Earth who wants nothing to do with him. But the emperor’s diabolical schemes reach further than anyone imagined, and when the journey is disrupted by an anomaly, the crew realize that nothing will ever be the same again.
The Gearbreakers struck a devastating blow against Godolia on Heavensday, but the cost of victory has been steep. Months later, the few rebels who’ve managed to escape the tyrannical empire’s bloody retribution have fled to the mountains, hunted by the last Zenith—Godolia’s only surviving leader. Eris has been held prisoner since the attack on the capital city, which almost killed her. And she begins to wish it had when she discovers Sona—the girl she loves, the girl she would tear down cities for—also survived, only to be captured and corrupted by the Zenith. The cybernetic brainwashing that Sona has forcibly undergone now has her believing herself a loyal soldier for Godolia, and Eris’ mortal enemy. With the rebellion shattered and Godolia moving forward with an insidious plan to begin inducting Badlands children into a new Windup Pilot program, the odds have never been more stacked against the Gearbreakers. Their last hope for victory will depend on whether Eris and Sona can somehow find their way back to each other from opposite sides of a war.
Kidnapped. Tortured. Left for dead. The fact that Mia Grey has survived is nothing short of a miracle. Now, every day of her life is a battle. Thrown into the arena daily, she fights to the death against others imprisoned as she is. She’s become a crowd favorite. A darling to the masses. Still, she dreams of escape. The opportunity presents itself when the tall, dark, and mysterious Atlantean, Castor, comes striding into her life. He claims to be sent to save her, but Mia has endured too much to blindly trust him. Her doubt works against them and ensnares the two in the ultimate challenge. Out of options, the pair must form an alliance if they hope to survive. Amid the battle for their lives, they find the bond of fated mates growing between them. In the face of growing odds, can their love survive? Or will the bond between them be the weakness that gets them killed? Amazon KU
VS Note: Not listed as a romance. Saw this mentioned on the excellent Whiskey With My Book blog.
When off-worlders promise Seolta den Coille revenge against those who helped falsely imprison him, he grabs hold with both fists. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t end well and he’s banished into exile. All that does is give his hunt for vengeance a few more targets. Top of the list, the two off-worlders who lured him into betraying his home world. Anyara a Prithand2 wants only two things in life: to be left in peace to manage the biota systems of her space station, and to avoid giving her uncle an excuse to kill her. When a newcomer to her home world offers to help her escape, she accepts. Now she just has to survive the adventure. Chased across Alliance space by their enemies, Seolta and Anyara’s only chance lies with the Alliance Council, the overall governing body of settled space. An organisation as riven with political strife as the enemies they are fleeing. Can the cleverest of the den Coilles and the habitat worlds’ best biome scientist stay alive long enough to expose those threatening their worlds? Amazon KU
Earth has been dead for a long, long time. Humanity has lived in isolated underground vaults for so long, ‘the surface’ is just a legendary fable most folks don’t actually believe in anymore. Soleil has spent her 23 years surrounded by concrete walls and dim lights–and, apparently, surrounded by lies as well. ..[SNIP]…She didn’t expect to find aliens on Earth’s surface, though. Chai Charoen and his people have been here for a while now, trying to revive the planet back to full health again. But with the peaceful come the ravenous–intelligent and wily insectoid people known as nyd. Chai Charoen is a hunter, scouting the forests for wild game and enforcing the border to keep nyd away from his people’s territory–and stumbling across a strange, delicate, pale little creature like Soleil is the last thing he expected. With a gap in communication, neither can make heads or tails of who the other person is or where they came from, but as we all know–True love transcends language. The question now is what Soleil will do when forced to choose between the man she now loves, and returning home to the dark vault to receive life-saving treatment for her illness. Because her towering, teal, tentacled, fated mate certainly won’t be welcome in her home. Amazon Possibly KU
While the world awaits the aliens’ return in 99 days, Mitch pines to see one alien in particular. Will Claytone return? If he does, is it crazy for Mitch to dream of a future with him? Will he pass the IQ test the aliens said they will mandate? One thing is certain: in 99 Days, planet Earth—and Mitch—will never be the same. Amazon KU
VS Note: Nonfiction. Sounds fascinating! Got my copy and have dipped into it a bit – thorough discussion and SO much detail. I got the paperback so I can look at the photos better, although it’s not photo-heavy. Quite a few small ones, can’t see all the amazing details.
A history of the colorful and complex kingdom of cosplay and fandom fashion by Andrew Liptak, journalist, historian, and member of the legendary fan-based Star Wars organization the 501st Legion. In recent years, cosplay—the practice of dressing up in costume as a character—has exploded, becoming a mainstream cultural phenomenon. But what are the circumstances that made its rise possible? Andrew Liptak—a member of the legendary 501st Legion, an international fan-based organization dedicated to the dark side of Star Wars—delves into the origins and culture of cosplay to answer this question. Cosplay: A History looks at the practice’s ever-growing fandom and conventions, its roots in 15th-century costuming, the relationship between franchises and the cosplayers they inspire, and the technology that brings even the most intricate details in these costumes to life. Cosplay veterans and newcomers alike will find much to relish in this rich and comprehensive history.
I’ve been set up on a blind date with a Hyrrokin named Idun Grindstone? Noooo. This will never work! How can a human who is set to gain a significant inheritance have anything in common with a foul-mouthed, satanic-looking security specialist? Smoke regularly wafts out of this guy’s nostrils and his shiny barbed tail juts out in the air behind him as he prowls across the military hanger. But…I’m enchanted with Idun’s deep voice, his massive bare chest and (swoon) those epic thighs. This Hyrrokin is a handsome red devil and oh so touchable. And I want my tongue in his mouth, immediately. Unfortunately, Idun thinks I’m a spoiled, irresponsible party girl and he wants nothing to do with me. *eye roll* Party girl? He must have me confused with my evil twin sister. And then I’m kidnapped by the Hyrrokin mafia and held for ransom. When Idun finds out, he activates his team at Molten Lava Security and all hell breaks loose. And that’s when I discover how much this fiery ex-soldier really cares about me—despite his protestations. Ha! Amazon KU
VS Note: Not a romance but s scifi mystery release of note.
Lydia works as translator for the Logi cultural attaché to Earth. They work well together, even if the act of translating his thoughts into English makes her somewhat wobbly on her feet. She’s not the agency’s best translator, but what else is she going to do? She has no qualifications, and no discernible talent in any other field. So when tragedy strikes, and Lydia finds herself at the center of an intergalactic incident, her future employment prospects look dire—that is, if she can keep herself out of jail! But Lydia soon discovers that help can appear from the most unexpected source.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note, Sounded intriguying, put it on my TBR list.
When sociologist Nalini Jackson joins the SS Delany for the first manned mission to Jupiter, all she wants is a career opportunity: the chance to conduct the first field study of group dynamics on long-haul cryoships. But what she discovers instead is an entire city encased in a bubble on Europa, Jupiter’s largest moon. Even more unexpected, Nalini and the rest of the crew soon find themselves abducted and joining its captive population, forced to start new lives in a place called New Roanoke. New Roanoke is a city riven by wealth inequality and governed by a feckless, predatory elite, its economy run on heedless consumption and income inequality. But in other ways it’s different from the cities we already know: it’s covered by an enormous dome, it’s populated by alien abductees, and it happens to be terrorized by an invisible entity so disturbing that no one even dares acknowledge its existence. Albuquerque chauffer Chase Eubanks is pretty darn sure aliens stole his wife. People mock him for saying that, but he doesn’t care who knows it. So when his philanthropist boss funds a top-secret rescue mission to save New Roanoke’s abductees, Chase jumps at the chance to find her. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
In his isolated cabin, variant Damien Hazelwood avoids human contact as much as possible to prevent attacks of blind berserker panic. But his rare talent as a locator makes him the go-to contractor for tricky missing person’s cases and when agents bring him a troubling contract involving missing variant children, he finds it impossible to refuse. Licensed tracker Blaze Emerson can’t help being irritated when he’s expected to follow the strange, twitchy locator’s lead on his latest case. He works alone, he’s damn good, and as a variant sparker, he has both the fire and the firepower to take on anything out there. Though he has to admit there’s something intriguing about a man who can find people with his brain. With vastly different temperaments and backgrounds, Damien and Blaze need to negotiate quickly how to work together if they’re going to crack this case. Add in the sudden appearance of Blaze’s outlaw ex, the perils of tracking in the wilds, and a maddening lack of discernible motive or method, and they soon find themselves in as much danger as the kids they’re trying to rescue. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
I came to warn them, but instead I put them in the line of fire. Now one piece of my heart is missing, while the other pieces are forced to leave behind everything they’ve ever known to protect me. The truth about who I am and where I came from weighs on me. Is anything real? All I know for sure is that the people responsible for bringing me into the world are the very ones putting the only family I have ever known in danger. But I will stop at nothing to keep them safe. I will use everything they gave me against them and risk everything to take them down. Little do they know, a reckoning is coming. Amazon KU
SciFi mystery. Interstellar spy befriends enemy commander in a tragic tale with a happy ending. Shan Zennia, Senior Curator of the Archives of Galactic Culture on Lumos, plays a dangerous double role as a researcher and a spy for Solarian Intelligence. She embarks on a new mission to observe the spring festival on Harappi, a planet recently conquered by the ambitious Emperor and now governed by his niece, Domina Allia. Zennia finds unexpected mysteries on the planet, including the enigmatic Nagari. Once a victorious commander in the Emperor’s space fleet and nicknamed the Cobra, he was forced to abandon his military career when Allia claimed him as her consort. Her abusive treatment has driven him to the brink of madness. Intrigued by the ex-commander and aware of his value as a source of information on the enemy, Zennia agrees to meet him during the festival of rebirth. Opposing forces clash at the height of the celebrations, catalyzing deadly violence. Can Nagari and Zennia survive the chaos and win a new and happier life?
The Quarantine Zone is dying, and it’s my fault. Now, in order to set things right, I must give myself to the the alphas. Five primal males who intend to share me in ways I never thought possible. My rational mind is telling me to run for my life, but my omega instincts are begging to be dominated. And in the Zone, instinct always wins. Amazon KU
I only know two things for certain. One: My name is Roan. Two: The small, pale, trembling human female in my arms is my soulmate. My dunatar. My everything. My mind is chaos. Pain and anger swirl around in a vortex with no memories to make sense of it all, but when Nova’s close… all the pain goes away. Her touch, her scent, her taste… it makes everything better. Her crewmates — General Kai and Commander Tyr — don’t trust me. Enemies from my past hunt me. But no one is going to come between me and my fated mate. No one. I’ll take her from her ship and kill every Dragan who opposes me if I have to. She’s mine. Amazon KU
I lost everything in a freak accident. My entire family; everything I’d ever cared about – gone in an instant. Unable to bear the constant reminders and emptiness of my life, I moved across the country to dull the loss, hopefully falling into the anonymity of a large city where even an alpha could disappear. Starting over was never in my plans. All I wanted was to blend in and let life pass me by. Live in my modest studio apartment with my mindless job as an absentee owner of a popular juice bar downtown. I spent my days with headphones in as I worked through each machine at the gym, grabbing a juice from my cafe on the way home, and drowning myself in the solitude of my house. And then I met the only thing I’d never managed to obtain with my pack – an omega who made everything in me spark. And in the next breath, a shy beta who made my most basic instincts rear up and want to wrap her in my arms and give her the world. Try as I may, I can’t seem to run far enough away from either of them. Once we meet, something keeps pulling us back together at every corner. Just as I start to give in and wrap myself in their pack that consists of two other alphas, I find out that the freak accident that took my first pack from me wasn’t an accident at all. And now I’m being hunted by the murderers who intend to finish the job. Amazon KU
She’s been here the entire time. My mate. My heartbeat. The missing piece of my soul. Every fiber of my being demands I claim her, protect her, keep her safe. But the mystery of the Xiltri Sector won’t let us go. Can I complete the mission and defend my mate? And when we’re faced with a shattering revelation, will we make the right choice? Amazon KU
There’s a hot alien male living in my apartment…and he hates my guts. Vidanric reminds me daily that he despises Earth and wants to go home. He’s miserable, and so am I—even though I can’t help but admire the view when he’s standing shirtless in my kitchen making a smoothie. Loudly. At three in the morning. My horoscope didn’t prepare me for any of this. He chewed up and ate one of the inspirational notes I gave him. He cooks squirrels in my cast-iron skillet. He complains nonstop about my annoying Earth-girl habits. This alien’s not grumpy—he’s downright hostile. All he wants to do is go back to his home planet. But it’s impossible for him to go home. So I do the next best thing and try to make him fall in love with something on Earth. But Vidanric doesn’t like it when I surprise him on a run. He snarls when I bake him cookies. And he growls when I strip off my clothes and convince him to do an interplanetary nasty. It might not be enough to make him fall for Earth. But I might end up falling in love with him. And that will be a planet-sized disaster. Amazon KU
For the family’s business, I need a mate; she needs an escape from danger. Who decides that a male nekrozzro has to get a mate the moment he is a mature one? My father decides that I have to do exactly that to get my slice of the family’s business. It doesn’t help when I’m the eldest in the family. For my sanity, I need a vacation away from home. I’m busy settling down and forgetting my cheating fiance. I don’t expect to meet anyone. A crazy stalker chases me, and I end up in a huge and muscular man’s arms. My heart races for him and his touches are golden. He saves my life and offers me the cash for me to be his fiance. He says that his family lives far away, which is reasonable until I see what he means. Amazon KU
The battle isn’t over yet. Aspen, Keagan, Lori, and Thomas flee Currlion with only hopes that the dimies they freed from the battle on Damon’s ship made it home safely. Now in London, they seek refuge with a half-insane old friend, Uncle George, who might just hold the keys to the city. With a city full of mistreated slaves seeking freedom, our trio of heroes rise to the call with the help of new teammates comprised of dimies and humans alike. Temptations and aspirations will threaten the bonds of Keagan, Aspen, and Lori and ultimately cause even deadlier damage. Will they split up when Lori’s head is turned by a free-spirited Gypsy or will they be granted pardon from the Queen to once again walk the streets as innocent people? With Damon holding a lost friend for ransom and their trust in each other stretched to the limit, how will our heroes survive this city of regality and danger? Amazon KU
VS Note: Not romance but timely scifi!
Twenty ways to fix the planet. Climate change is no longer a vague future threat. Forests are burning, currents are shifting, and massive storms dump staggering amounts of water in less than 24 hours. Sometimes it’s hard to look ahead and see a hopeful future. We asked sci-fi writers to send us stories about ways to save the world from climate change. From the myriad of stories we received, we chose the twenty most amazing (and hopefully prescient) tales. Dive in and find out how we might mitigate climate change via solar mirrors, carbon capture, genetic manipulation, and acts of change both large and small. The future’s not going to fix itself.
What if you were stranded. On a spaceship. Four light years from Earth. With a hundred tourists. And you are the captain. Then things start to go wrong. Welcome aboard the Endurance. It’ll be the trip of a lifetime. For five years, Captain Lyn Randall of the Endurance has ferried tourists around the solar system for Omara Tours. Now, as she takes in the rings of Saturn for the last time, she’s looking forward to indulging in simpler pleasures like flying antique airplanes over her childhood home in Montana. The routine tour becomes anything but when a mysterious phenomenon flings Endurance and two other ships into the Rigil Kentaurus system, four light years from Earth. Stranded, with no way to get back. Lyn’s first duty is to rescue survivors from the other ships before she faces the most daunting task of her life, much less her career. She has to control her fears and grief to lead an untested crew and panicked guests on a quest for a new home planet or risk a return to their solar system that could kill them all. Unfortunately, Lyn’s past with a clandestine military mission gone wrong doesn’t sit well with some guests and crew members, and they don’t quite trust her. Diana Squires, rescued from another stranded vessel, grudgingly reveals her identity as the daughter of scientists who researched traversable wormholes. To complicate everything, Lyn develops an affection for Diana, something at odds with her responsibilities as captain and her unhealed grief over her own lost loved ones. Feelings aside, suspicions aside, her own doubts about her ability to lead aside, Lyn has to fight to protect her passengers, her ship, and her heart.
VS Note: A re-release.
Astra Al’madere, betrayed by all. All she loved. All she swore to protect. And all for the Dark Wizards whose passion and heat she could not turn away from. A Sorceress can sense her Twins, the men destined to join her in her power to strengthen the planet of Sentmar, and there was one thing she’d sensed for a while… the Demlari were hers. She could not turn her back on them, or deliver them to justice, even though they had turned from her many years ago. A pain that still ripped her heart in two. Torran and Rhydan knew the road to claiming their Sorceress would not be an easy one. After all, a painful lie had driven her away, causing her to believe they did not burn for her. Were not consumed by her. But when she chooses to save them rather than to honor her duty, these Wizards know they now have the chance to show her she has always been the only one they desire. Amazon Kobo
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Veronica’s Backlist highlight (because I make my living writing and selling my books): This week is the story of the birth of Mateer and Megan’s baby, but not before the mom-to-be is kidnapped by traitors.
Dr. Megan Garrison, mate to the Badari Warrior pack’s senior enforcer Mateer, is perilously close to the due date of their baby when she’s kidnapped by human malcontents in Sanctuary Valley. The kidnappers threaten to harm her and intend to ransom the half human-half Badari child to the evil Khagrish scientists in return for their own lives.
Mateer and his fellow Badari launch a desperate effort to save his mate and child but the situation is made more complicated as Megan goes into labor. Can they rescue her in time to save mother and child?
A 25K word novella…
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Monstrous is as monstrous does…I’ve finally accepted my fate. I can’t bury my head in the sand while vicious fiends threaten everything I care about. Even if protecting the beastly men I love means committing a betrayal more brutal than anything they’ve ever done. Even if getting a handle on my powers requires walking into the den of the most monstrous human beings I’ve ever known. I’ll find the answers to defeating our enemies, whatever it takes. I’ll find my way back to the life I was supposed to have. Or maybe I’ll die trying. But you’d better believe I’ll do everything in my power to take the worst of the villains down with me. Amazon KU
My job is to hunt monsters and I’m damn good at it—until a monster breaks into my apartment in the middle of the night and kidnaps me. Turns out he isn’t just a monster. He’s the Wyern king. Wyern’s, a race feared by everyone, are known to be stronger than the fae who rule my world, and no one has seen them in years. The king needs my help to track down his missing sister from within a city his race is banished from and I’m the best he can find. Only, he isn’t the only one looking for monsters in Ethereal City. The Fae Queen’s grandson is missing. Working for fae, monster or not, is risky. Most end up dead and I have too much to lose to end up as one of them. I’m going to find the missing royals and be careful about it, especially with my grumpy boss breathing down my neck and watching my every move. The Wyern King is cruel, cold, and unbelievably beautiful for a male… and my new enemy. Amazon KU
A seductive sea siren and a handsome water elemental meet – and try their best to save the world.
Molly, a sea siren with dangerous powers, swims to the mainland on behalf of her people. Menaced by an evil supernatural sea monster known as the leviathan, the siren conclave has no choice but to reach out to those on the mainland for help. Rick is a Navy SEAL, son of Admiral Morrow, who oversees all of the Special Forces soldiers who have paranormal abilities. But Rick’s lineage is something different from most. He’s an Elemental with vast powers over water. The oceans, rivers, lakes and streams are his domain and all those who dwell there recognize his influence. When the Admiral sends his son and the siren on an overland dash to Grizzly Cove, they encounter enemies, ambushes and danger. They also meet unexpected allies and new friends. But most surprising is the fierce passion that blooms between them as they work together, discovering how well their abilities complement each other and how well their personalities – and bodies – mesh. Their ultimate goal is Grizzly Cove – the bear shifter community where the leviathan first reared its ugly tentacles. They will seek the Alpha bear’s assistance in safeguarding the small siren community… Goddess grant that they’re not too late to save them. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
KINGDOMS OF NIGHT by Various
Welcome to Kingdoms of Night, an anthology of standalone novels and novellas, brimming with magic and romance. Emma Hamm, Tasha Black, Lexi C. Foss, Ines Johnson, K.N. Lee, May Sage, Alisha Klapheke, Miranda Honfleur, Jessica M Butler, and Lucy Tempest have come together to give you a glimpse of their incredible worlds. If you love fantasy romance, don’t miss this collection of complete, brand new stories. From fated mates to enemy to lover, alpha-holes to cinnamon roll, there’s a book for every taste! AmazonKU
There’s no escaping him…Fate sucks. As a shifter, I’ve always known that Fate—in the form of our goddess, the revered Luna—would have the final say when it came to my life. That includes everything: my pack, my rank, even my forever mate. And I hate it. I want to choose. I want my life to be mine, and if that makes me the odd one out in our pack? Oh, well. As a delta, it’s not like the higher ranks—our Alpha, his Beta, and the pack council—have much use for me anyway. Still, even I’ll admit I’ve always been drawn to the Beta of the Sylvan Pack. When I discover that he’s my fated mate, it seems like giving in to the Luna’s demands might not be such a bad thing after all—until he rejects me for a female he can’t even have. Because, yeah. Not only does Fate suck, it has a twisted sense of humor when it comes to me. So that’s that. I have to pretend like my broken bond isn’t a constant ache while watching as my fated mate begs for table scraps from another wolf. Is it any wonder that I start spending my free time in the woods surrounding our territory? I wasn’t afraid. Even at my low rank, I know I’m scarier than anything else that lurks in the darkness of the trees. But I was wrong—and when I see those insane golden eyes staring at me, I know I’m in deep, deep trouble. My name is Quinn Malone, and I’ve just been captured by a feral. Amazon KU
It was only meant to be a stupid, silly game…When my roommate, Shelby, unveils a Ouija board during our small Halloween gathering, I’m all for it. Excited even, considering I’ve watched a million found footage horror films featuring the paranormal toy. I expected nothing to happen. I certainly didn’t expect for the planchette to move on its own, our lights to surge, or for my crush, Hutson Williams, to experience a supernatural force. Between the electrical anomalies, I see his face contorted in agony, his eyes as black as night. But a few days later, everything is fine. Better than fine, actually, because Hutson is showing an interest in me. He showers me with attention, his focus borderline obsessive, but I revelin it. I mean, I’ve waited two years for him to notice me. Yeah, he’s changed a little since our wild night with the Ouija board, but the changes have brought us closer. We’re together, and I’m over the fucking moon. There’s just one problem… I’m keeping a secret. Since the night of our ghostly encounter, two shadowy apparitions have been haunting me. Their attacks are growing stronger; physical enough to leave scratches on my body. And when my new lover finds out? I realize I’ve been wrong about him the entire time. Demons are real, and I’m on their turf now. Amazon KU
Parker Ferro is fine. Sure, he’s still recovering from his last case and his sister has started keeping secrets, but that’s just another day in the life of the Windrose of San Amaro. Then the local werewolf alpha calls in a favor when he’s turned on by his own pack and the last thing Parker wants to do is get mired in the city’s pack politics. Throw in the recent murder of a local cult leader with disturbing connections to the hidden fae in San Amaro, a long lost relative showing up to reconnect, and a group of brownies taking up residence in his car, and Parker cannot catch a break. Hopefully he can solve this case and figure out some family secrets before everything blows up in his face, taking the city along with it. Amazon KU
Marry him. Kiss him. Kill him. But never love him. The goblin prince killed my sister. For years, I’ve waited for justice, and I’ve finally found the perfect opportunity: Kier Kollastus, the prince himself, will agree to peace with his human enemies if a sacrifice is given. A human bride. With my face veiled and my knives hidden, I offer myself as the prince’s sacrifice, wearing a liar’s smile as I wait to cut his throat when he sleeps. But Kier is indestructible except for one night every year. And worse—he’s not the barbarian goblins are supposed to be. He’s almost … appealing. If I’m not careful, I’ll lose my head. Or my traitor heart. Amazon KU
VS Note: Cliffhanger.
There are three rules at Unicorn Shifter Academy. 1. Keep unicorns a secret. 2. Never compare horn sizes. 3. No girls allowed. Whoopsie. I broke all three. You’d think that unicorn shifters would be chicks, right? Yeah, me too, but turns out unicorns are always males. Until me, that is. I’ve never shown a drop of magic in my life, even though I’m from a family of powerful witches. Well, my parents had the grand idea of performing an awakening ceremony courtesy of Fortune Academy’s best and brightest… and I think it worked a bit too well. Imagine their surprise when I sprouted a horn. A FREAKING HORN. Not. Cool. Turns out there was some serious rainbow hanky-panky in my family history and now the unicorn shifters are pissed off I’m in on their secret community. Seriously, spilling the magic beans is the least of my worries. Being a unicorn means bonding with seven other shifters for life—a life I never asked for. And since I’m the first girl in a male-only tradition, I expect this could cause some serious problems, especially because these guys hate me right off the bat. The feeling is totally mutual—even if they are as hot as sin. Thing is, we better get our act together because this Academy isn’t just for show. Unicorns are the only creatures who stand between good and evil on a cosmic scale. A monster lurks in a terrifying pit in the center of the Enchanted Forest. And it looks like somebody let it out. The clock starts now to trap the beast before it eats my home realm as a snack. I’ve got my big girl panties on—even if they are rainbow-colored. AmazonKU
Trinity now knows what happened the night her parents died. And now she no longer know who to trust at Briargrove. Malagan moves closer to achieving his goal and Trinity’s only way to escape his plans is to find a way out of Briargrove. One of Trinity’s monstrous lovers holds the key to her safety but can she believe he’ll help her? Amazon KU
Being a bride is a state of mind, not of body. Kexen of the Outer Vale has made a unique splash in the Moorcondian palace and has captured the attention of Benedict, Lord Tentrees, a diplomat trying to make his mark. When a winter-long mission arises to negotiate a trading treaty with a foreign queen, Ben needs a wife by his side. Never having been attracted to women, he sets his sights on marrying the enticing Kexen. He means for him to be both a helpmate navigating court society and a shield against the flirtatious queen. Because Kexen is someone who—by his own admission—is neither male nor female, he is intrigued by the idea of becoming Lady Tentrees and presenting entirely as a woman. Ben sweetens the offer with a lucrative trade deal between their families. Kexen will not ignore his duty while also being drawn to the virile diplomat who desires him. He cannot help but accept the proposal. Their journey through both their diplomatic mission and marriage proves to be a rocky one. Kexen is not as experienced as his husband first believes, Ben is more driven by his career than Kexen appreciates and neither of them anticipates the intrigue waiting for them at their destination. The strength of their growing bond will be tested as they fight for their survival. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Tia O’Shea is finally going home. It’s all she’s wanted since her arrival in the strange land, and yet, leaving Lenya feels like abandoning her heart and the one who holds it. But all of Lenya is in danger. The fire plains encroach upon their lands, destroying villages and the fae within them. Soon, there won’t be anything left of the place she’s come to love. Not without the crystals that provide the only magic the Lenyans have. The same crystals that are in short supply. The same crystals that lie in abundance across the four kingdoms on the other side of the fire plains. To reach them, they have to find a way home. And that means traversing the violent maelstrom beyond the Vale of Storms—a voyage no sailor has ever survived and few have attempted. If they stay, they will die. If they leave, they will also likely die, but they have to try. Tia’s family awaits her return, but Keir doesn’t want to let her go. And the fae of Lenya hope their leaders can conquer the storm and reach the foreign shores in time. Because that’s all they have left. Hope.
Robin’s beginning to think that everything has settled down in Spellford Cove after Antonio’s death, and that she can finally start living a normal life. But little does she know, things aren’t going to be nearly that easy. People in town are disappearing, and Robin thinks there might be something magical at work. And why does she have a bad feeling about the new woman who’s arrived in town? AmazonKU
Lord Eldricht Kraught, Duke of Dunnewik Isle, has met his future duchess in Miss Annabelle Lee Colvik of Ravenscroft Portsbay. Their first meeting is its own happenstance, an awkward, happy accident, but their connection is instant and undeniable. The hearts he wasn’t aware he possessed are no longer in his possession. They’ve been taken captive by a deathly pale, curvy, raven-haired beauty with sharp brown eyes darker and deeper than the mines of Dunnewik and equally as full of secrets. Eldricht finds her unique features and standoffish nature enchanting. Those eyes too large for her human face meet his shadows-struck gaze evenly, without guile or fear. She’s as genuine as the tentacles writhing about on his face. A pure spirit, the light for the darkness that plagues his being. He’s taken in from her first softly uttered squeak of mortification, the deep pinkening of her apple cheeks as she tries to stutter and stammer her way out of their first encounter. He can’t help but think of other instances in which she might make those adorable, high pitched sounds…There’s just one small problem. She’s betrothed to another, Lord Hawksmoth, Eldricht’s most trusted friend and confidant. Is Eldricht willing to betray his best friend to woo his future duchess? Can he convince Annabelle Lee to forsake Hawksmoth for him? Of monsters and gentlemen, Lord Kraught may just be willing to channel his inner beast of old if it means he gets the beauty. Amazon KU
Saffyr Tremblay’s done exactly what she was supposed to do. After tricking her only competition into leaving, she’s won the boy. The crown. The ability to keep her Affinity. But life within the castle is not what it appears to be and she’s quickly wrapped up in a sinister secret spanning decades. With both her life and the life of the girl she’s in love with hanging in the balance, she’s now fighting for far more than just a crown. Luckily, she’s not all she appears to be either. A Penchant for Growth is still one giant childhood friends to enemies to friends to childhood crushes back to enemies to friends to lovers trope masquerading as a book except this time they spend even more time talking about their feelings than actually moving the plot forward. It’s still told in 2 POVs, but this time Saffyr’s is front and center because it’s always been her story to save or destroy, for better or worse. Amazon
While trying to find a loophole to a spell, I accidentally summon a monster—a powerful, dangerous, dark entity from the shadow world. No worries, I’ll just send him back. That was the plan… But one night of seduction left me powerless and chained by the beast who’ll use me to do anything he commands. Especially once he discovers the power I possess. Now that he knows my strengths and my weaknesses, he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. And what he wants is impossible to get without grave consequences. To fuel my magic, I’ll need massive otherworldly power. Power which can only come from a trio of beasts at my side. When his brothers join us, there is no stopping these villains. Or is there? I crave their savage touch just as much as a I seek freedom. Caught between a world of magic and monsters, I have but one option left. I make a deal with three devils. It’s going to cost me. Either my life or my soul. Maybe both. And chances are, I’ll be their captive forever. Amazon KU
Alpha lion shifter Darren Handler is a successful defense lawyer with more than enough cases. He doesn’t need another. But when Gerri Wilder waltzes into his office, asking for his help with the most mismanaged case he has ever seen, Darren has to get involved. This lion doesn’t sleep when there’s an injustice! Hailey Thornby’s life is not what it should be. She was tried and convicted for crimes she did not commit, and her sentence is only the beginning of her troubles. She isn’t safe, and the people who framed her don’t want her free. When Darren Handler offers to represent her for her appeal, Hailey has hope … for all of two seconds. The cellblock is no place for an innocent woman, especially not when she is a shifter’s fated mate! Good thing Gerri Wilder knows all kinds of people. Justice might be served, but love just might save the day. Amazon KU
It was supposed to be a holiday, with nothing more challenging than babysitting, navigating familial politics and arguing about the proper way to brew tea. But when dragon prince Thuan and his ruthless husband Asmodeus find a corpse in a ruined shrine and a hungry ghost who is the only witness to the crime, their holiday goes from restful to high-pressure. Someone is trying to silence the ghost and everyone involved. Asmodeus wants revenge for the murder; Thuan would like everyone, including Asmodeus, to stay alive. Chased by bloodthirsty paper charms and struggling to protect their family, Thuan and Asmodeus are going to need all the allies they can—and, as the cracks in their relationship widen, they’ll have to face the scariest challenge of all: how to bring together their two vastly different ideas of their future. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
War between the wolf kingdoms is brewing and I’m caught in the middle of it. My heart is torn between my two protectors and my choice will not only impact my destiny, but my pack as well. I can’t make a mistake. I must pick a mate that the other kingdoms will accept to stop the wars. But try telling that to my wolf, she knows my fated mate and doesn’t care about wolf politics. The key is finding the witch to prove my uncle’s a traitor and retake my crown, but he knows I’m coming, ready to imprison or kill me. My two defenders can’t help me. I must face him alone and seek my revenge. Delve into forbidden romance. AmazonKU
Demons wreaking havoc on Earth. A secret council run by mysterious angels. A warrior whose dreams could save the world. While grieving the loss of her father, 19-year-old Alice Griffin wakes up with perfect vision. Odd since she’d worn glasses every day since she was a child. Soon after, she’s attacked by a malevolent force and learns not only do demons exist, but that she’s been chosen to fight them. At the behest of a mysterious, handsome stranger with ties to her past, Alice joins a hidden school meant for training warriors. Once there, she quickly realizes that demons aren’t the only things that go bump in the night. Vampires and shapeshifters exist too. So do angels, who predict waves of violence from terrifying creatures. Angels who only speak through prophets chosen from the noblest warriors. Only prophets are meant to have predictive dreams. So, why is Alice having them too? And why are her dreams warning her that her father’s death was no accident, that the angels can’t be trusted… and that an apocalypse may be looming just around the corner? Amazon KU
The witches in Sweet Mountain Meadows are bursting with jubilant anticipation. Samhain has arrived, and Daisy’s excited to learn that this year also marks the 100th anniversary of their coven. The old inn where they’ve decided to gather for this auspicious occasion is charmingly perfect, even if it’s quite possibly haunted by a disgruntled miner’s ghost. The evening is everything Daisy could hope for, until one of the inn’s employees is found dead, and everything begins to unravel. She’s shocked to learn there’s a murderer in their midst and that it could be one of her coven sisters. Worse, some start whispering that Gideon’s the one who’s brought death to their doorstep, and Daisy doesn’t know how to stop the rumors. If that wasn’t enough, Gideon’s haunting past makes him question his relationship with Daisy. When he disappears, Daisy’s heartbroken and struggles to focus on the investigation. Luckily, her friends are around to bolster her, and they have some creative ideas to reunite the couple. But will it be enough to bring Gideon back and help her solve the murder? Amazon KU
When Tom Apollyon returns to Cromer to help oversee his uncle’s pub, it’s a difficult adjustment. Overwhelmed by his born ability to sense auras, Tom relies on constant drinking and drifting to function normally. Coming back is too much to handle and one night, he decides to end it all. He just doesn’t expect to encounter a bewitching stranger when he tries. While on an annual seaside holiday with his lover, Theo Harper takes a solitary evening stroll near the water. He thinks it’s just the thing a landlocked selkie needs, yet instead of being soothed, he stops a troubled man from drowning. The earnest good deed sparks a romance that makes Tom and Theo hope for a happier, gentler life together. While both need to decide to trust themselves and each other, they’re not daunted until an alarming problem presents itself. Theo’s skin — which can definitely be used to capture or kill him, to Tom’s horror — has gone missing. To build the future they want, they have to get the skin back. AmazonKU
They say breaking up is hard to do. They’re wrong. Living with the consequences is so much harder, especially when sorrow is a powerful draw to evil …Lizzie Grace is trying to get on with her life now that she and Aiden have gone their separate ways, but it’s a difficult thing to do when just about everything reminds her of the damn man. The situation is made worse when a body is found, and her job as Deputy Reservation Witch means she has no choice but to interact with him. At first, the death seems to be nothing more than an accidental drowning in a remote location, but it’s soon evident a supernatural entity is involved. As they race to uncover what is going on, it becomes clear that this evil is not only targeting werewolves, but one particular pack—the O’Connor’s. And the reason might well be the song of sorrow. A song that Lizzie’s grief might have given birth to.
Everly: I’ve come to the fae kingdom to save the half-fae brother I didn’t know I had, then make sure he rightly takes his place on the throne. Nothing to it, right? I discover he’s entombed with the mythical dragons. With the help of an unexpected ally and my fated mate, Asher, I must cross the kingdom to free my brother. If that means taking on the dragons, so be it. But the head of the Drudge shifter pack is determined to steal the throne for himself, and he’ll do anything to keep me from rescuing my brother. Asher: When I came to the fae kingdom with my fated mate, Everly, my role was clear: fuse with her to give her the power she needs to release the serpents and kill the leader of the Drudge pack. But the dragons stand in our way, all magic has been stolen from the kingdom, and the evil Drudge leader, Richard, is determined to destroy our bond. Sacrificing myself may be the only way to save the woman I love and the world. Amazon KU
VS Note: Not exactly, fantasy, not exactly steampunk as far as I can tell but adjacent to those.
Mysteries follow her wherever she goes. The sequel to an Amazon #1 Lesbian Romance and #3 Historical Mystery – After solving a minor case for a major payout, Stetson embarks on a trip to America with Evelyn and her burlesque company, hoping to find her long-lost father. But the inventive detective leaves with an unidentified art thief still at large. Musician Evelyn has grown to love the unique woman who bends the rules to pursue her dreams. But facing the disapproval of her family and society at large, how can their relationship move forward? Can Stetson keep her newfound love alive, or will confronting lethal foes end in her own death? Amazon KU
Syn is the girl no one wanted…And now, they’ll light the world on fire to claim her – Syn never believed in fairy tales until she met the three men who stole her from her fated mate. They may be a dark fairy tale, but every touch, every kiss, every whisper seals their bond. She now calls them her alphas…her future. But when her past returns with vengeance, she must defeat the monster determined to break her again. Before the dust settles, lives will be lost. And she must find a way back to her three mates. Even if it means sacrificing everything.
Being the sole survivor of the Van Helsing family was never a burden I wanted to carry. Yet here I was, an orphan with a score to settle against Dracula for orchestrating the near genocide of my bloodline. One small kink in that plan: I was turned into the blood sucking creature that I was born to destroy. Being admitted into the Dark Imaginarium Academy to hone my new skills as a vampire, and to survive the blood lust, was the first step towards achieving that particular goal. No one was prepared for me…A vampire slayer amidst their ranks. But I wasn’t prepared for them. Lincoln, Andrei, and Drake. My teacher, the star pupil at the academy, and my ultimate sworn enemy. They weren’t going to let me get my revenge without blood being spilled. Luckily, I’m okay with coating my nails with the entrails of anyone who stands in my way. My name is Alina Van Helsing and I’m out for blood. Amazon KU
VS Note: From May 6.
Gadriel, the fallen angel of petty temptations, has a bit of a gambling debt. Fortunately, her angelic bookie is happy to let her pay off her debts by doing what she does best: All Gadriel has to do is tempt miserably sinless mortal Holly Harker to do a few nice things for herself. What should be a cakewalk of a job soon runs into several roadblocks, however, as Miss Harker politely refuses every attempt at temptation from Gadriel the woman, Gadriel the man, and Gadriel the adorable fluffy kitten. When even chocolate fails to move Gadriel’s target, the ex-guardian angel begins to suspect she’s been conned. But Gadriel still remembers her previous job… and where petty temptations fail, small miracles might yet prevail.
If monsters aren’t real, why do I kill so many of them? I’ve spent the last five years training as a vampire hunter. My goal is to hunt, maim, and kill as many of the bastards as I can. They’re infecting our city and each time I manage to kill one, five more spring up in its place. The vampire hunter’s council is breathing down my neck, but I’m already working 25 hours a day, eight days a week. Then one night, everything changes. I make a mistake and a vampire catches me. He doesn’t kill me, though. Instead, he brings me into his lair and he makes me question…everything. What if everything I’ve ever been taught has been a lie? What if the vampires aren’t the real monsters? What if it’s me? Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Felix Welham is out of time, out of sorts, and out of luck. He’s been banished from Welham to the modern-day world, as punishment for his rebellion against his father. He has a shot at a new life with one condition: he must find a wife within the year. Though Felix has no trouble seducing women, talking to them is a different matter. Finding someone to marry is thus impossible and, with days to go before his deadline expires, he is sinking into despair. That’s when he meets Ava Pascal. It’s the night of her bachelorette party. She is about to get hitched to her long-time partner and is very much out of bounds. But then her world falls apart, and she finds herself single and homeless. Felix helps her when she needs it most, and she wants to return the favor by agreeing to a marriage of convenience. But Felix has a secret to keep. He can’t tell her the truth about the Time Medallion till after they are married, so he decides holding her at arm’s length is best. Will Felix ever let Ava into his time-bending universe? Will she accept him knowing who he really is – and what he has done? AmazonKU
In a royal marriage of convenience, nothing is less convenient than love. Princess Evaraine always knew she would one day wed a stranger, but her arranged marriage to the Prince of Garimore is nothing like she expected. She never anticipated losing her heart to the man she would marry. And she certainly would not have guessed that she’d be leaving him behind within hours of their wedding.After the arrival of devastating news, Evaraine must make her way home in a desperate—and likely doomed—attempt to save her father. One tiny shard of hope remains, but it is a hope that requires her to face the darkness alone. Far from anyone familiar or beloved. Far from the man she knows will never return her love. But she has no choice. There is no one else to fight for the people she was born to lead… no one but the most unlikely ally imaginable. Prince Danric of Garimore has endured the dissolution of everything he thought he knew and found himself at a crossroads where only one certainty remains—if he cannot save the woman he has pledged his life to, every other victory will seem hollow. But how can he convince her to trust him? Forgive him? How can he even find her when she seems determined to hide? Time is running out, and the fate of all Abreia may rest with two wary hearts afraid to trust in the one thing that could save them both. Amazon KU
War is coming. Vissar sends Alita, his Dragon Lord who speaks with his voice, to the village below with orders for the upcoming invasion. Trouble is, Alita would rather burn the village to the ground than speak with any of them. But orders are orders and Alita, along with her lover, the runaway princess Suli, in tow must venture down to the village. Explosive secrets are bound to be revealed and Alita is forced to deal with her own painful past as a dragon sacrifice. Meanwhile, the army is advancing, Vissar’s heat is rapidly approaching, his mate Nithe is off finalizing business in the dragon lands, and the idiot Prince Ranid keeps advancing, despite the drama unfolding in his own camp.
I thought I had found a family. I thought I had found freedom. But it seems I’m destined to always be someone’s possession. I don’t know if my found family is still even alive thanks to the chaos when I was stolen. And now I’m drowning in the overwhelming decadence of the fae sect of the syndicate. The more I learn about Robin’s court, the more I question their motives. Maybe it all really was just pretty lies. The fae are cold and terrible, but alluring in their own way. And they are willing to use a combination of mistreatment, manipulation, mind tricks, and sweet words to get information about my abilities and the rebel court. I can’t control my powers, and I don’t know anything about Robin’s plans. But telling them that seems more dangerous than playing their games. They’ve sent one of their kind to befriend me. But I won’t fall for that trick again. Friends are a luxury you can’t afford when everyone wants to use you for your magic. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Constantine Darke was the altar I wanted to sin on—my darkest desires made flesh—a beautiful predator I’d make mine, no matter how many scars I had to endure. I’ve always been a survivor—death, violence, cruelty—I’ve seen it all, and I’m still here. But nothing prepared me for Con, King of the Blackstone Vampire Clan. Nor for Robert Lockhart, who might be able to draw me out of the shadows, after nine long years in hell. Our history goes back a long time, five hundred years to be exact. Generations for me, a single lifetime for them. As I’m drawn deeper into their savage world of blood feuds and death curses, I feel more alive than ever, despite the dangers. My enemies are no longer human. They’re faster than me, they’re stronger than me, and they have fangs. But they aren’t smarter. And that will be their downfall. Amazon KU
Lies run deeper than blood. Everything I thought I knew about my life was a lie. Now I’m the only one left to assemble the broken pieces. With new mystical powers and both sides of fangers on my tail, my best option is to run, but I can’t. Not when the vampire who killed my “parents” is trying to raise the god of death. If he succeeds in resurrecting the immortal who sired all vamps, all of Azar is royally screwed. And here’s the kicker—the rebel king needs my blood to do it. As if things weren’t complicated enough, I still have a blossoming mate bond to a vampire and his dead wolf to deal with. I know I shouldn’t be with him, but every bone in my body compels me to his. I can’t fight the irresistible pull to complete our bond any longer, but what will happen when we do? I doubt we’ll get our happily ever after when the god of death sets us in his immortal sights. Amazon KU
One ghost from the past. Two unknown Australian monsters eating people. Three men who won’t let either problem win. Tags: Familiars of choice, healing old wounds, Australian mythology, yes Nico and Wicky are in Australia, that goes about as well as anyone expects, giant amphibians of unusual size, even the MAD research department is stumped, Wicky may have summoned Godzilla, in his defense he was left unsupervised, conversations via air guitar, the next time they have to travel to a different continent Bel is drugging Nico first. AmazonKU
For November Huntington, the past haunts worse than any ghost. After spending a summer without Vincent, a tortured pianist who also happens to be immortal, November tries to move on. When kids begin to fall into comas, November is thrust back into the haunted, musical world. Except, this time, more danger lurks. Vincent is powerful. Dreams are causing these comas, and November believes he’s the one behind the attacks. To stop him, November must find the Blood Magic—the only power capable of helping her save these kids. But in doing so, she awakens a horrific group who live off of blood and kill for sport. What’s worse? A brood of witches con their way in, hungry for the power at hand. One by one, November finds all her loved ones being wrenched away. Fear grips her, and she’s worried she might lose her mind, her sanity slowly fading, until she must face Vincent alone. Is he her true love? Or is he out for her blood? Amazon KU
Middle-aged Gwynedd Crowther is taking her first graduate class after thirty years in the small college town of Bearsden, Delaware while working a monotonous, part-time insurance job. Recovering from her husband’s death, she’s sleep-deprived and dealing with menopause. She feels lucky to get out of bed in the morning and put on matching shoes. She meets Scottish professor Dr. Archibald Cockburn and her already jumpy demeanor is tested to the max. He’s younger, easy on the eyes, and amiable. Soon after, she begins to experience unusual phenomena and the weirdest hot flashes ever. Her best friend convinces her to join the local pagan group of community members and Zillennial graduate students to expand her social circle. When the murder of a local homeless man occurs, her strange experiences go into overdrive, making her question her reality. Are these experiences real? Is the murderer a serial killer? Or something more sinister and supernatural? Amazon KU
Most people will never see one. Most will never even hear of one. Those few who do usually only get
one chance to go through. Dare you step through? We’ve all dreamed of going someplace far, far away. Someplace magical. Here are seventeen tales of magical adventures to take you to those far away places. Amazon Kobo
60 is the new 40 and magic isn’t just for the young. In these pages, you’ll meet witches who are open about their magic and others who keep their power a closely-guarded secret. They find lost pets and lost people, break curses and hexes, and cast more than a few spells of their own. WITCHES OF A CERTAIN AGE presents thirteen female magic-users in their prime – women who have power and both the experience and the wisdom to wield it.
She’s on a mission to prove magic exists. He has to change her mind. What happens when a Witch falls for a feisty normal bent on outing the single most vital secret in the known universe? Egros must convince Elena’s mate’s sister to stop her investigation into the supernatural world. The cunning female is too smart to bespell. He’ll just have to try the old fashioned way. Margo Wells has done the unthinkable. The human woman has tracked her brother all the way to the Guardians of Chaos’ Keep, and she’s not leaving without proof magic exists. All her life Margo was different. With this revelation, she’s finally found vindication. Will Egros put a stop to the infuriatingly beautiful woman’s investigation, or will he lose his heart instead?
High in the Utah mountains, dragon Seth feels like his brothers and his cousins are all one step ahead of him. They’re smarter or more useful or stronger… When his youngest brother Samuel takes a mate who shares some of Seth’s interests. his isolated life improves. and he hopes against hope that his mate is coming soon. But after Justin’s twin chooses another, Seth decides he’s destined to be alone. PI Beau Harden has always felt a strong pull to the mountains, so when he’s sent to investigate the whereabouts of a missing scholar, he’s happy to explore. He heads way up into the Uintahs, and finds far more than he bargains for in a sanctuary for a certain dragon family, and in Seth. He can’t resist the way Seth makes him feel, but he’s not sure if can convince Seth he’s the guy for the job. Seth wants to believe that Beau is the one for him, but he’s not sure if it’s real or if what he wants is just wishful thinking. Will Beau get to the bottom of this mystery? Amazon KU
VS Note: So I have this pre-ordered but if there’s not an HEA, I’m gonna be mad! It’s listed in one romance category and the editorial reviews seem okay with the ending so…
Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead. When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father. For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it. Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is. Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Concubine. Wife. Priestess. Captured by a demon king, Drake, with his memories returned and Saraya, must now come to terms with a surprising truth: That Drake is not only Saraya’s true mate, but is also the son of a monstrous deity who bound his powers at the age of thirteen. But now the demon king wants Drake’s true powers to be unbound for his own nefarious purposes. Forced to marry one another, Drake and Saraya must now gain the trust of the Court of the Demon King in order to escape. But there are even bigger forces at play here. Will Saraya give into her desire to be Drake’s fated mate? Or will she do the unthinkable? Amazon Kobo
Twelve immortals, twelve outcasts, one mission. To kill their own kind, before it’s too late. Detective, killer, vigilante. Eric Sharpe is tired of watching criminals walk free. When a lowlife drug dealer kills his partner and escapes justice, Eric plots his own revenge. His plan is faultless but for one thing: the handsome, mysterious man who arrives moments before Eric’s plan comes to fruition. Not only does the mysterious man know Eric’s an undercover cop, he knows exactly what Eric did fifteen years ago—an event so traumatic Eric has been trying to bury it ever since. And the mysterious man? Fifteen years ago, Eric killed him. Now he’s back to reclaim what’s his: Detective Eric Sharpe. Immortal, predator, vampire. After betraying himself and the Blackrose Brotherhood fifty years ago, Zaine can’t afford another mistake. There’s one rule above all others the Brotherhood stand by. One rule that can never be broken. Never, ever care. All Zaine has to do is hunt and kill the savage nyktelios vampires and keep his head down. And he was doing just fine until he saved Detective Eric Sharpe from a vicious vampire attack. He can’t stop thinking about the intelligent, handsome, haunted man. Walking away is the right thing to do, but the detective and Zaine are hunting the same killer—a vampire who knows more about both of them and the Brotherhood than anyone realizes. A vampire seeking to bring down the Brotherhood for good. Zaine can’t walk away. Eric won’t walk away. The vampire must be stopped, Brotherhood rules be damned, and they’ll go down fighting together to end him. Amazon KU
A mad sorceress with a plan to dominate the known world. . .Elmira’s determination has brought her far, but the next hurdle will force her to rely heavily on magic. Close to achieving her ultimate goal, she believes there’s nothing that will defeat her. A curious librarian with ink magic. . .Araceli discovers her heart’s desire only to lose it. Using magic she doesn’t fully understand, her actions will determine the fate of the empire. Especially as she chooses where her allegiance lies. A water nymph who’s lost everything. . .Torn between the call of home and staying in the empire, Darya struggles to find her place in a world where everything she’s known has been stripped away. A bounty hunter on the run. . .Reeling from grief and loss, Nurimil sets off on a quest to unite the races of the empire against the sorceress. Amazon KU
How can I truly love others, when I don’t know who I am? A surprise arrival brings more questions than answers and tugs at my loyalties. My love deepens for all three men, Ryker my pirate bad boy, Zuben my billionaire intellect, and Axe my powerful bear shifter, but I no longer know whom to trust.
New dangers emerge as mysterious forces continue to hunt me. I struggle to harness my magic and my powers as a vampire, and have yet to discover my full powers or destiny. When the ultimate truth about the Illuminant comes out, alliances and power dynamics shift, and I face the ultimate betrayal and loss. My heart is shattered but I must fight to save those I love. I must fight for myself. Amazon KU
Unceremoniously whisked away from Harmony’s epic showdown between the Mythicals and Slayers, hot-flashing, brain-glitching, middle-aged Molly Thorn decides it’s time to reenter the dating world. But first, she needs to figure out which type of man wets her dehydrated whistle. Thankfully, her boss the Grim Reaper, has offered to take her on a couple of practice dates to work out some of her memory kinks before she does it for real. What could possibly go wrong with this plan? Plenty! That’s how much can go wrong when the Grim dates his assistant. So wrong the Grim is placed on administrative leave. A leave he may never be allowed to return from. To make matters worse, Molly is informed by the new interim Grim if her boss goes, so does her undead status. Rude. Amazon Kobo
Into the Paranormal World: When a gargoyle sneaks into a strip club, he scents the other half of his soul in a distrustful stripper. When Tasker overhears a few bonded gargoyles and their mates planning a night out at a strip club, he convinces them to sneak him in through the back. Once there, to Tasker’s shock, he scents his mate somewhere in the seedy joint. With a little help from friends, Tasker discovers that a sexy black stripper with the stage name Mongo is his mate. The human’s medium-brown skin and bleached-blond hair calls to him, but as much as Tasker would love to whisk the human from the place, he knows that wouldn’t be a good move… so he once again relies on friends. Camry Palcha never thought he would end up a stripper, but after getting cut off when he came out, desperate times calls for desperate measures. The pay is good, even though he refuses…(more blurb on ebook seller page…)
Like a phoenix, hope rises from ash. Immerse yourself in uplifting tales of love, friendship, growth, and forgiveness. Visit enchanting realms and mysterious worlds where anything is possible, happily ever afters are guaranteed, and hope leaps from the pages. Featuring 10+ stories, Feathers of Hope is a young adult fantasy anthology featuring work from NY Times, USA Today and award winning bestselling authors. Best of all, 100% of the royalties will be donated to organizations working in Ukraine for refugees and children displaced by the conflict.* Feathers of Hope is only available for a limited time, so share the love and one-click your copy today. *The authors aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities; they simply wish to help. Amazon Kobo
Good versus evil never felt so decadent. I fought. I lived. I lost. But I find hope in the darkness. With the help of a massive, cat-like deity, I’ll bring my light back from the grave. I’ll do whatever it takes to resurrect my lifemate, even submit myself to this beast’s sandpapery tongue. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
A witty heroine and a sexy, alpha-hole hero. I’m Nora and in my entire afterlife, I never expected to be roommates with a possessive, cocky, sexy-as-sin vampire. Since I’ve been dead, no one has been able to see me, but that changed the second he stepped through the front door of my internal prison–aka my old house from before I flew the coop. I damn near made the poor man drop his blood bags when he walked in to find me chillin’ in my panda PJs and eating imaginary cereal. Though Landon drives me bat-shit crazy, it’s nice to have a friend, and pushing his buttons isn’t all bad. There’s something about the anger that burns behind those eyes that just does it for me. He’s dark, mysterious, maniacal, and downright wrong. Yet, the more he pisses me off, the more my heart warms for him. Partially because I know there’s something deep, deep down that is good, like Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. And partly, because his stupid vampire mumbo-jumbo has my lady bits dusting out the cobwebs. Thank God the logistics won’t work…or will they? Amazon KU
My life changed the day I tried to take his. Mhavenna is a glorious city but, like every city on the face of Serai, it’s run by Dragons. As a human, I’m on the lowest rung of the racial ladder here, as far from an illustrious Dragon as I could be, and I’ve made me peace with that. I don’t like Dragons much, but like or dislike has nothing to do with my work. So when my broker offered me the task of killing the Dragon King, I took it. It was the sort of kill that could make an assassin’s career, and I was certain that I had the skills for it. I was wrong, nearly dead wrong. The King caught me before I could finish the job, but instead of killing me, he made me his. I’m now the Dragon King’s assassin. A warning and a weapon. A way for him to bypass his own laws without personally breaking them. But that’s not all. He’s tasked me with guarding him against future attacks. Who better to stop an assassin than another assassin? And who better to find the one who hired us? If only the King didn’t have a body that made me salivate, a face that made my knees weak, and a pair of teal eyes that made me whimper. If only he didn’t stare at me with those stunning eyes as if I could be more than property to him. Maybe then I could do my job, find the person who wants him dead, and save my own life. But I don’t believe in miracles. Amazon KU
VS Note: I put this on my TBR List. Sounds intriguing.
Mary McLane Carson has two lives and two loves. She has time travel mysteries she can’t understand, and secrets she can never tell. In 2015, Pilot Mary McLane Carson struggles with a left engine fire. Her airplane plunges through a strange flash of light, crash-landing into a Kansas field. She wakes up, alone, in December 1942, being cared for by the handsome Dr. Thomas Fleming. Shortly after Epic Airlines flight 452 takes off from Denver en route to Chicago, an engine catches on fire, and the airplane bursts through a strange flash of light. Single mother and First Officer Mary McLane (“Lane”) Carson fights to stay airborne as the plane plunges toward the earth. Lane awakens in a strange bed, in the office of a handsome doctor who says he rescued her from a plane crash that’s being investigated by the Army and the FBI. He also tells her she’s living in December 1942. As the days and weeks pass, Lane is forced to establish a new life in 1942 in order to survive, but she misses her 2-year-old daughter, her fiancé, and her life in 2015. She struggles to find a way to return to them, knowing that such an attempt could hurl her into an unknown past or future, or even kill her. But she must try. Amazon KU
When it comes to reaping souls, I’m a natural, but I’m two weeks overdue on a wily shifter who’s robbing folks of Christmas gifts, along with their holiday cheer. Killion, the local master vampire and my partner, is no help. He requests—okay, demands—I do him a “favor” and investigate an odd hybrid creature he believes was animated with ancient, dark magic. This off-the-books undertaking puts me on the naughty list with my boss, Death, but worse, I end up cursed by the same magic and am now able to raise the dead. Sort of. What’s a grim to do when she raises a soul as fast as she reaps it? Death is playing reaper’s keepers, and if I don’t fix this, my soul will be next.
n the city of Holmgarðr, in the nation of Garðaríki, on Christmas Eve, there is magic in the air, as Uncle Drosselmeyer presents his gifts before the young children of the ambassador of Gloriana, Clara and Fitz. Yet for all the magic and festivities of Christmas, there is a sense also of danger, the shadow of war growing longer from the neighboring nations of the Hanseatic League. Caught on the cusp of the peaceful life she has always known and the threat of impending war, Clara finds himself alone in a magical realm save for the company of her cat, embroiled in dangers hitherto unimagined as she finds herself increasingly drawn to a handsome Nutcracker Princess and faced with a choice that will impact both her own fate and that of the world around her. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Spy. Fixer. Assassin. Sparrow. As the top operative for a global shadow government known as the Order, Thea has served and protected the elite 1%. Her life changes suddenly when she escapes the Order with damning evidence of the group’s existence. Now she is on the run for her life, looking for a way to expose what she’s stolen. Fate intervenes when a fortuitous encounter with a tarot card reader leads her directly into the path of a divine being from another realm. Kit the Fool leaves the Arcana realm for Earth, following visions sent to him from his sisters, Fiona the Moon and Kathryn the High Priestess. As he accompanies Thea on her quest to expose the Order, he is thrust into a cat-and-mouse adventure that captivates his curious and impulsive nature. As does the Sparrow at his side. The stakes are raised even higher when he uncovers a threatening connection to his own people. Together, Thea and Kit set off to expose the nefarious Order, but along the way, the two find themselves tumbling headfirst into an attraction that defies cosmic logic. How will these two souls from very different worlds defeat the odds stacked against them? Amazon KU
Theodosia “Teddy” Ballard knows nothing about community theater, but when the stage manager for “Little Shop of Horrors” takes a tragic header down the costume-loft stairs, she agrees to fill in for the sake of her actor friend, Will. Teddy takes the superstitions and swelled heads of The Stage in stride—till she meets George Clancy Everhart, the theater ghost, who informs her that the previous stage manager was murdered and demands that she find the killer. Both investigation and rehearsals are complicated when she makes a surprising discovery about her relationship with Will—and learns that George has his own dramatic agenda. Amazon KU
Quiet. That’s how he likes life, no drama to clean up…Tai Xen-Vorsy leads a straightforward life: work, time at the local clubs where shapeshifters like him can play without fear, and the comforts of home with a cat that’s more than half attitude. After breaking up with his last submissive, he’s even taking a break from Dom duties. Meeting Gates changes everything, and when Tai’s childhood home is destroyed, his simple life goes up in flames. The Callensdale haven was his refuge as an orphan, a hideaway that saved his life. Now it’s time to return the favour. Bringing in the Fluff Brigade Brotherhood would make all the difference… if he could just get them back together. Tai won’t give up—he’s not that kind of unicorn. But can he reunite the brotherhood and keep his new relationship with Gates kindled at the same time? The darkness is dragging him into the shadows, one case at a time…Helping others is all Gates Colfaethe wants to do, being mostly unicorn shifter with a splash of Faerie. But years as an agent on trafficking cases leave him fearing just how far he’ll lose himself in the job before he burns out completely. A random hookup with Tai might be the very change he needs. A new Dom means new rules and the chance to create safe distance from work—until his worlds collide in a twist Gates should leave well enough alone. What he knows is bad enough, but running headlong into danger could kill him.
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Sancia, Clef, and Berenice have gone up against long odds in the past. But the war they’re fighting now is one even they can’t win. This time, they’re not facing robber-baron elites or even an immortal hierophant, but an entity whose intelligence is spread over half the globe—one that uses the magic of scriving to control not just objects but human minds. To fight it, they’ve used scriving technology to transform themselves and their allies into an army—a society—unlike anything humanity has seen before. With its strength at their backs, they’ve freed a handful of their enemy’s hosts from servitude, and even defeated some of its fearsome, reality-altering dreadnoughts. Yet despite their efforts, their enemy marches on. Implacable. Unstoppable. Now, as their opponent closes in on its true prize—an ancient doorway, long buried, that leads to the chambers at the center of creation itself—Sancia and her friends glimpse a last opportunity to stop this unbeatable foe. To do so, they’ll have to unlock the centuries-old mystery of scriving’s origins, embark on a desperate mission into the heart of their enemy’s power, and pull off the most daring heist they’ve ever attempted. But their adversary might have a spy in their ranks—and a last trick up its sleeve. And to have a chance at victory, Sancia, Clef, and Berenice will have to make a sacrifice beyond anything that’s come before.
The Lotus Kingdoms are at war, with four claimants to the sorcerous throne of the Alchemical Emperor fielding three armies between them. Alliances are made, and broken, many times over—but in the end, only one can sit on the throne. And that one must have not only the power, but the rightful claim.
Raine can see—and speak—to the dead, a gift that comes with a death sentence. All her life she has hidden, lied, and run to save her skin, and she’s made some spectacularly bad choices along the way.
But it is a rare act of kindness—rescuing an injured woman in the snow—that becomes the most dangerous decision Raine has ever made. Because the woman is fleeing from Redwinter, the fortress-monastery of the Draoihn, warrior magicians who answer to no king, and who will stop at nothing to reclaim what she’s stolen. A battle, a betrayal, and a horrific revelation force Raine to enter the citadel and live among the Draoihn. She soon finds that her secret ability could be the key to saving an entire nation. Though she might have to die to make it happen.
VS Note: A re-release. Author sez: This series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads and it was published with a Digital First house in 2015. I’m now relaunching the series as New Adult with new covers and additional content.
She’ll do anything for vengeance, even confront death itself – Born a healer, nineteen-year-old Colina has been taught to fear dark magic. But now vengeance and survival are her only goals, and she seeks the help of the Death Dealers—dark mages who wield the death arts, drawing their power from the spirits of the unsettled dead. Colina asks a death dealer named Luke for help. Little does she know convincing him to train her will be the easiest part of her journey. Three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. If she survives her trials, what will she become? Amazon KU
They’ll lure you in with fruit and gems and liquor and dancing, merriment to remember for the rest of your life. But that’s an illusion. The market is death itself. Beneath the streets of York, the goblin market calls to the Wickett women—the family of witches that tends to its victims. For generations, they have defended the old cobblestone streets with their magic. Knowing the dangers, they never entered the market—until May Wickett fell for a goblin girl, accepted her invitation, and became inextricably tied to the world her family tried to protect her from. The market learned her name, and even when she and her sister left York for Boston to escape it, the goblins remembered. Seventeen years later, Lou, May’s niece, knows nothing of her magical lineage or the twisted streets, sweet fruits, and incredible jewels of the goblin market. But just like her aunt, the market calls to her, an echo of a curse that won’t release its hold on her family. And when her youngest aunt, Neela, is kidnapped by goblins, Lou discovers just how real and dangerous the market is. To save her, both May and Lou will have to confront their family’s past and what happened all those years ago. But everything—from the food and wares, to the goblins themselves—is a haunting temptation for any human who manages to find their way in. And if Lou isn’t careful, she could end up losing herself to the market, too. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
VS Note: LGBTQ+ Horror, sounds good! Put it on my TBR list.
When the final four women in competition for an aloof, somewhat sleazy bachelor’s heart arrive on a mysterious island in the Pacific Northwest, they prepare themselves for another week of extreme sleep deprivation, invasive interviews, and, of course, the salacious drama eager viewers nationwide tune in to devour. Each woman came on The Catch for her own reasons—brand sponsorships, followers, and, yes, even love—and they’ve all got their eyes steadfastly trained on their respective prizes. Enter Patricia, a temperamental and woefully misunderstood local living alone in the dark, verdant woods, and desperate for connection. Through twists as unexpected as they are wildly entertaining, the self-absorbed cast and jaded crew each make her acquaintance atop the island’s tallest and most desolate peak, finding themselves at the center of an action-packed thriller that is far from scripted—and only a few will make the final cut. A whirlwind romp careening toward a last-girl-standing conclusion, and a scathing indictment of contemporary American media culture, Patricia Wants to Cuddle is also a love story: between star-crossed lesbians who rise above their intolerant town, a deeply ambivalent woman and her budding self-actualization, and a group of misfit islanders forging community against all odds.
The suburbs, right now . . .Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, a punishment, and a mystery: a stranger whose appearance in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, heralds a string of increasingly unsettling events. As the days pass, Ivy grapples with eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a burning question: What if there’s more to her mother than meets the eye? The city, back then . . .Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point. Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Asher Todd comes to live with the mysterious Morwood family as a governess to their children. Asher knows little about being a governess but she is skilled in botany and herbcraft, and perhaps more than that. And she has secrets of her own, dark and terrible – and Morwood is a house that eats secrets. With a monstrous revenge in mind, Asher plans to make it choke. However, she becomes fond of her charges, of the people of the Tarn, and she begins to wonder if she will be able to execute her plan – and who will suffer most if she does. But as the ghosts of her past become harder to control, Asher realises she has no choice. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches. Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her. Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all? Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
The final chapter in the Viking Brothers Series…Dag knows his destiny lies within the future. Will it be with his eldest brother or beyond? Has time bound him to a woman, the way it has for Thorin and Jerrik? And if so, who will she be? Either way, he’s ready to head straight into the mist. Desiree has been running from love her whole life. With a rough start in life, she’s only ever depended on herself. Now, after a fling gone wrong, Dez finds herself in a delicate situation. Her life is about to become a party of two. During a celebration for Jett and Jerrik’s twins’ first birthday, Dez finds herself ripped from her time and thrown into the future. A dystopian future. And the only person to help her is Jerrik’s terrifying bastard half-brother. Dez and the scarred Viking get off to a rocky start as they try to find out what happened to the world around them. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…) AmazonKU
When Ani and Nik travel to the York Temple of Anubis to oversee the burial rites of a distant relative of Nik’s, the last thing they expect is to find themselves uncovering more temple secrets. With a new Blessed at the temple, a body to prepare, and their concerns over what might be happening in London to contend with, they already have their hands full. Can Ani call on a favour from her mentor in order to uncover the truth behind the temple’s new Blessed apprentice?
I was protected by the monsters under my bed when I was a kid in the foster system. I have a feeling I could use them again. My time in the foster system wasn’t great. Maybe they were imaginary, but when things got bad, the boogeyman and an imp always came to my aid. If I needed to run, a beautiful white stag would appear at my window to let me know to get out of there. I’ve touched the stag. I know he’s real. Alastair Rex saved me from the streets and another bad foster home. He’s never raised a hand to me or tried anything inappropriate. But I’m a doll in his playhouse. I can only leave when he lets me. I dress in the clothes he wants me to wear. I say what he wants me to say because I get the feeling he would react violently. I could use my monsters, but they disappeared the day Alastair showed up in my life. Until I look out of my cage and see the white stag again. It’s time for me to escape Alastair Rex. Amazon KU
He walked out of my dream, identifying himself only as the Weaver. In a black cloak, with eyes like stars, there was a shimmer to the way he moved. He was beautiful … Ethereal. And I was going to make him mine. Alone for most of her life, Milly is determined to make the man of her dreams a reality. Using her hereditary magic, she sets out on a lifelong quest, entering a world of shadows and secrets. Little does she know, to possess his heart, she’ll have to give away her own … for the only way to love a Dream Weaver is to become his Queen of Nightmares. The choice between love and magic is a dangerous thing. Amazon KU
Death is my fated mate—and my worst enemy. He is Death. The 4th Horseman. The son of Lucifer. And I’m going to kill him. He’s the Grim Reaper of New Orleans, stealing souls to make up for his absent one, but he’ll pay for the lives he’s taken. Someone has to stop him, and it’s going to be me. He murdered my father, Fenrir, and I’m ready to unleash my wolf upon him. I’ll tear him to shreds to get my revenge and prevent him from claiming any more lives. But how do you kill Death—especially when he’s your fated mate? Amazon KU
A proud nerd and teen scientist, Aggie doesn’t believe in gods or in luck. Her OCD is under control—mostly—and her mom, Rachel, has just finished building a dark matter machine that could win back her job as a physics professor. When Rachel disappears, Aggie sneaks into the casino where her mom has been earning money as a card-counter. Instead of finding her, Aggie is captured by a gang of men with tattoos of clubs on the palms of their hands—the Blackovers. A dangerously beautiful boy, the mercurial Jack Valentine, helps her escape. Because of a glitch in the dark matter machine, Aggie has been filled with charm, good luck energy, while her mom received bad luck energy and may be forced to become a Blackover. To save her, Aggie must join Jack and his fellow Valentines. She finds herself whisked into their world of opulent mansions, gorgeous people, and fancy cars. But being a demigoddess isn’t all glamor and popularity. It can be deadly. Aggie must master her newfound luck powers, battle the dark suits, and brave the unlucky underbelly of Detroit, all while keeping her OCD at bay—or risk losing her mom forever. Amazon KU AB
A brilliant scientist and programmer, William lives for his work, but when he recruits a young bioinformatician to help him decipher the gods’ genetic blueprints, he find himself smitten with more than just her brain. A PhD at nineteen, Kaia is considered a prodigy and expects a bright future in academia. But when William invites her to join his secret research team, she accepts for reasons that have nothing to do with her career objectives. William’s promise to look into her best friend’s disappearance is an offer she just can’t refuse. Amazon KU
I released the Dark Wolf God. Now he’s using me. Last week, I defeated a monster hellbent on killing us all. I thought I was stopping a prophecy, but it turns out, the dark omens were about me all along. Now I’m destined to steal the souls of the pack—my pack—and help the Dark God bring destruction down on the world. Jaxson Laurent, my fated mate, is determined to help me fight back, but what if he has to choose between me and his wolves? The Dark God is beginning to take control of me, and unless I can heal the wound in my soul, I won’t be able to resist his call. Worse, if I can’t heal the centuries-long blood feud between my family and the pack, our city won’t be able to stand against his wrath. Unfortunately, my only choice may be to betray them all and do the one thing Jaxson may never forgive me for. It seems my destiny is to destroy everything I love. The fates have a wicked sense of humor. Good thing I’ve never been one who follows the rules. Amazon KU
Cait Keane and her Dragon partner Aza have a score to settle with an assassin – and whoever hired him. Investigating the murder of a judge wasn’t the plan for Cait’s first weeks in Boston. But they’d caught the assassin, so, case closed, right? Not so much. Everybody wants a word with the killer – the Marshals, the PDA, and the two criminal bosses in town. One of the bosses hired the hitman and he’s not saying a word. Cait better slice through the tangle of lies fast. The animosity between the Roses and Dragons organizations is already heating up. At home, a new threat has emerged to endanger her coven. Now that her family is in charge, it’s on them to deal with it. But Cait has never faced shifters before, making it one more step into the unknown. Events will push her to grow in power and skill – or kill her. The US Marshal with something extra wouldn’t have it any other way. AmazonKU
What do you do when the demon you’re reluctantly obsessed with knows your deepest darkest secret? Every. Excruciating. Detail. If you’re smart, you push him away and bury yourself in work. Except that Vas isn’t the kind of guy who’ll allow me to hide from my feelings for long. Even if he did return from the underworld… different. Meanwhile, I’ve been ignoring all my instincts to hide my tech magic. Instead, I’m using it to help Evie and Kyla solve a high-profile kidnapping case. Not only is it the right thing to do, but the reward money will also allow me to make a fresh start. But now, my bar is being targeted by my enemies. And Vas insists on shoving his body between mine and any kind of danger. Even though he has his own vengeance to plan. But by choosing to shield me, Vas may have switched from the hunter… to the hunted. Now it’s my turn to protect him. Amazon KU
My routine was simple–classes, work, repeat–then an unearthed family secret changed everything. Four mysterious men shattered my life and stomped on the pieces until I had nothing left. They were strangers to me, but I was no stranger to them. They had been watching me… waiting until the time was right to strike. The peculiar, dangerous magic that surrounded them has always been there in the shadows, just out of sight to normal people. I needed to get away from these depraved, alluring monsters. Go somewhere they could never find me. They said they would chase me, hunt me down because I belong to them. I may not have been the woman I spent years preparing to be, but I wasn’t their pawn or their property. I didn’t ask for danger to follow me like a shadow over my head, pushing me deeper into a world I am not prepared for. They promised they’d catch me, but they never expected that I was better at disappearing than they thought possible. Amazon KU
My new neighbor is irresistible, but he’s already broken my heart once…Being a fashion model had its perks until stalkers and a nasty tabloid scandal forced me to return to my hometown of Lily Valley. When I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I meet my new neighbor—my old high school sweetheart. Steff used to be my brother’s best friend before he shattered my heart into a million pieces. He’s just as stubborn and sexy as I remember. Unfortunately, he’s also responsible for my personal security while I’m living here. With my stalkers closing in, Steff and my brothers are determined to protect me. That doesn’t mean it gives Steff the right to warn me off dating Ryland, the new guy in town. Steff says Ryland isn’t what he seems. But I’m starting to suspect there’s another side to Steff as well, and it’s possible I never really knew him at all. I could be wrong, but I have a bad feeling that I’m cursed to lose my heart to him a second time. Amazon KU
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Alistair never meant for anything bad to happen to Isla. He’s spent his entire life wishing he could be more like her and hating the demon side of his heritage. Since realizing his immortality has settled, he’s been scrambling to find a solution. He can’t bear the thought of living a day without Isla by his side, let alone eternity. When his plans to make Isla immortal are thwarted, Alistair’s only hope to rescue his best friend lies with his newly discovered fated mates—Lord Rian of the Unseelie Court and the eccentric and ancient witch Matthieu. Meanwhile, Isla is doing her best to adjust to her new life in Briya. She’s settling into a routine with her four new mates, learning the language, making new friends, and trying desperately not to fall apart whenever she thinks about how she ended up here. While the language barrier is beyond frustrating, it’s easy to fall in love with Maalik, Caelan, Audun, and Reule. The four Guardians have made it clear they’ll go to any lengths to reunite Isla with her best friend. When they learn that Alistair is a demon, and that Isla might very well have two other supernatural mates searching for her as well, they’re torn. They don’t want to lose the best thing that’s ever happened to them, but they want to do right by Isla—even if that means betraying their king and coming to terms with the fact that they’ve spent most of their lives acting like the monsters people always feared them to be. Amazon KU
She was meant to be kept pure. Then she was taken for breeding. When she was carried off, Talia was an innocent virgin, a maiden sheltered from the rough appetites of men for all of her twenty-one years. But Kavari warriors do not ask, they take. ..(more blurb on ebook seller page…) Amazon KU
I’ve walked the streets of Phoenix Valley for twenty two years knowing exactly who I am – an orphan, a human, a nobody. Summoned by The Hex to test my humanity, I was prepared to fail, destined to be the same mundane girl …I was wrong. Pandora’s Box called to me, sensing a magic I never knew existed. With my world turned upside down and full of possibilities, I must now call Paradise Heights home. To live amongst supernaturals, attend Saints Academy, and find my place. Curiosity has me willing to give this a try, but the Elites of Saints Academy tempt to distract me, and that’s something I can’t afford. Xander is gruff, Khaos cold, Zen soothing, and Adonis … lives up to his name. Angel, Demon, God, Vampire, Shifter. I could be anything, anyone. I have three years to figure out who I’m meant to be…Let the countdown begin. Amazon KU
Nothing will ever be the same again. Our Bonded Group has been torn apart, and the monsters are now the prey. But we’re not going to just wait around for our enemy to strike; the blood on his hands is unforgivable, and the god living inside of me wants her revenge paid in blood. And a thousand souls. We have been pushed to the limit, tested in ways that have devastating outcomes, and paid the ultimate price. Can we recover from such losses? Is the promise of a world without our enemy worth the sacrifices we’ve made? Can we prove to everyone, and ourselves, that together our bonds are unbroken? Amazon KU
Dating App = A Conflict Between my Heart and my Head – Single Lion Shifter Looking for Good Mate – I hated signing the divorce papers. Thayden had been my love forever. But the abusive Thayden I was married to was not the lion shifter I had fallen in love with. Trying to help me overcome the depression from my failed marriage, my friends suggested a dating app. A sexy bear shifter, Kane, hit me up almost immediately. He was sweet, and considerate, and did I mention sexy? The problems? One, my father doesn’t believe in mating between different shifter breeds. Two, he’s keeping a secret – one that nearly costs me my life. A lion shifter also messaged me. He was mysterious but sounded very sweet. We seemed to have everything in common. A lion shifter would make my father happy. How was I to know that he harbored his own dark, deadly secrets? How can I choose between two men? My heart told me that one of these men was my fated mate. My head told me that the other man would make my dreams of a loving family come true. Will I be able to discover the truth in time to save myself and my love for my fated mate? Bear Shifter with a Bad Rep Looking for a Good Woman – I belonged to a clan of bear shifters who had a reputation for violence and crimes. My brothers were the worst of the worst. I was the anomaly. I had a moral compass. Regardless of the fact that I was one of the good guys, my clan’s reputation already cost me one fiancé. When I met Rainie after seeing her online, I knew that she was my fated mate. I wanted to let her get to know the real me before revealing my clan’s identity. How could I have known that keeping that secret could cost me her love – and more? Can Kane come to grips with his identity and tell Rainie the truth in time to save their love and her life? Amazon KU
LINKS TO RECENT NEW RELEASES POSTS from Veronica:
“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
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