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.
Fliss knows all about her ancestors, the Travelers, who were forced to land on Fjern thousands of years ago, but when it comes to the Gyr—the enhanced warriors who protect the people of Fjern from the monsters that inhabit the planet—she’s in the dark, even though she is one herself. There’s plenty of ceremony and arcane tradition set up around who receives the gyra—the nanotech that makes the warriors the super-protectors that they are—but Fliss doesn’t care about any of that, she just wants to brush off the dust of the tiny mining settlement she’s been protecting all her life and leave the combative relationship she has with her father far behind her. When the Gyr who offered her a way out of her old life dies in spectacular fashion, though, she comes to the attention of a host of powerful people, both the Gyr and the administrators from the institution that controls them, alike. Fliss is about to find out more about the Gyr—and herself—than she ever dreamed of. Gyr leader, Hannu Kardenian, thought he was being called to investigate the strange death of a fellow warrior, but what he finds instead is a woman who breaks every rule he’s ever lived by. Everything about her sets his own gyra on fire, and when she comes to the attention of Gyr Command—the institution that mandates the Gyr’s very existence—he is determined to make sure she never ends up in their clutches, even if he has to upend the very structure of Fjern itself.
Dani isn’t sure what frightens her more: aliens, vampires or dentists. Only to discover that there are much more dangerous beings in the Colony…and the hot alien vampire dentist might be the exact hero she needs right now. Maybe even forever. Amazon Kobo
Ilam Nairan always dreamed of becoming a space racer. And thanks to a chance encounter with a retired racer, he is now living that dream. Far away from the mated and pregnant omega life his parents wanted him to have, he loves everything about his life. It’s perfect. But one night can change everything. Especially when too much alcohol is involved. Can these two teammates survive the resulting media storm? What will it mean for their careers? The future of the team? And for them? Amazon KU Author’s Universal Buy Link
This is supposed to be a murder-suicide but the case smells. And not just because the dead potion maker lacks knowledge about the cure he supposedly created. Jamie’s got a smoking crater of an office (and body), a queen breathing down her neck, a witness clinging to life, and no answers. One thing she knows for certain, however–this potion is a cure to die for. Amazon KU
The Saurinai have lived on Earth since the dawn of humanity. They have been known by many names — gods and daevas, spirits and demons, and archangels from the heavens. While they may look like angels, these immortal aliens are from another world. They call themselves ‘The Order’ and they are all that stand between their own people and the destruction of mankind. Rhavele, First Archon of The Order, their leader and the most powerful of their kind, is slowly slipping into insanity, as so many of their people have done over the eons they’ve lived on Earth. The phantom that haunts his waking moments is a very real danger — if he loses control to the she-phantom stalking his mind, there is no hope that humanity will survive the coming onslaught. Aurora Rose MacKay is a proud Southern woman with a strength honed by generations of women before her and a heart as big as her home state of Georgia. She’s determined to make it as an artist in the big city, just as soon as she can stop bailing her baby brother out of trouble. Until then, she does everything she can to make everyone she meets smile a little more, feel they mattered to her for a little while. She’s a ray of warmth in a cold impersonal world. Her only respite is a fantasy man she’s dreamt of as far back as she can remember. Sounds innocent, right? What could possibly go wrong with a dream? Well, finding out he’s real, and you belong to him could put a new twist on things. But one thing is certain; as long as she’s in the line of fire, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe. Amazon KU
Xianan Phares comes from a long line of bastards, and he doesn’t want to continue that heritage. But an accident in the mines sends Phares to medical where he learns that his injuries jump-started his Fever, and there is no way to control it. Though not many want to mate with the monstrous Xian, and he has no interest in finding love, Phares agrees to work with the Intergalactic Dating Agency to find a partner so he can quench his Fever and get back to work. After discovering her boyfriend’s horrible lies, Jana just wants to walk off her heartbreak in the park. The last thing she expects is to fall through an intergalactic portal and be thrown across the stars. Now she’s supposed to mate with this giant purple alien with bones sticking out of the top of his shoulders and piercing eyes that seem to stare into her soul. She’s never had the best luck with men, but seriously? A giant purple alien who treats her better than her boyfriend? She’ll be surprised if this ends well. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Phoebe Walden finally has it all. She’s met the love of her life, and she has a family she can tolerate, who accept her and love her no matter what. But there’s a darkness shadowing her, waiting to destroy her chance at happiness. Not on Phoebe’s watch. However it’s not just her happiness at stake, but all of theirs if she makes even one mistake. Scott Quinn has done the best he could, floating under the radar. Hard choices have made it difficult for him even to face himself in the mirror. But things finally looking up. He’s found the perfect woman, who seems to be into him as much as he’s into her. Yet Scott has secrets. He knows who he is and what he’s done will cause friction. And always in the shadows lurks the harsh reality that his freedom has been an illusion all along. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Bessie has become a planetary sensation, but she is still a slave on a backwater planet. Until one night at the Cantina that she sings for her master’s customers, a big, turquoise alien appears and whisks her from the danger that has appeared. Is he her freedom or just another slave owner there to exploit her talents…D’Art never thought that he would find his mate then he walked into a Cantina on Sia IV to deliver a message. There he saw her, his mate, on a stage singing to his heart. He rescues her from a dangerous entanglement, but can he protect her from those that would keep her enslaved and worse.
VS Note: Listed as scifi romance. Blurbs for earlier books in the series talk about an Earth colony on a barbarian world.
As a Di-ore, Anna was supposed to entertain. She hadn’t actually braced herself for an amorous king when she was sent to the realm of Anka, king of Charra. Anna had accepted that it might happen that she would be expected to grace the bed of the barbarian king—not that it would. But Anka was king and he did not give a flying fuck what the sky people expected to get out of their offer of a Di-ore. As soon as he had gotten his first, thorough look, he decided he wanted—and what he wanted, he took, and the hell with the consequences. What Anka had not expected was that he jumped so fast he not only took Anna’s breath away, he leapt right into the fire. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
VS Note: from AUG 31
Sky survived the aftermath of an alien invasion by becoming an infamous warrior in a bloodthirsty warlord’s army. Then, to protect her brother, she deserted and her freedom hinges on her identity remaining a secret. When a rebel with an impossible mission blows up two invaders’ airships and crash-lands into Sky’s life, he thrusts her into a battle she doesn’t believe in, and draws more than the warlord’s attention to her. Pursued by deadly aliens and the warlord’s generals, they flee across a transformed land, but in this new world where the ruthless thrive and survival is everything, can Sky trust the rebel or will he prove to be the biggest threat of all? Amazon KU
I hate to travel. Loathe it, in fact. I’m quite happy sitting at home with my dog and making custom embroidery to sell on Etsy. But when I win tickets to an intergalactic singles cruise, my sisters bully me into going. The next thing I know, I’m acting stupid over a shuttle pilot with brilliant blue skin and a smile that could melt the clothes right off my body. Then a freak accident strands us on a hostile alien planet and not only does it look like I’ll never see home again, but the locals are hell-bent on rutting with anything female. The only way to stop them is to let Tazhio claim me. And once he claims me, I’ll belong to him forever.
VS Note: Cliffhanger.
Lyra’s life growing up was a living hell, and it taught her not to trust others. Hunter, though, wormed his way into her heart. But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and she’s determined to do anything to protect him…even from herself. So when she’s given a mission that will take her to space, she accepts. She only wants to give Hunter the chance to move on, but she ends up meeting their two alien fated mates. When her next orders come, will they choose to trust each other, or will betrayal destroy them all? Amazon KU
Ethan – Life isn’t going how Ethan planned. He’s caught in an endless cycle with his on-again, off-again boyfriend Owen. The endless spiral that threatens to consume him is abruptly halted from a higher calling, something he never expected. It’s not just the ascension to a greater cause than his problems that gets him going. The lure of true love is what really draws him to his place among the stars. Groxun – Groxun’s plan for military superiority has brought him to a small planet in the middle of nowhere. Decades of research and abductions finally bear fruit in the form of Ethan. If the man is a true archon, the commonwealth of planets might stand a chance against the encroaching Gern Empire. Groxun’s heart, long-since hardened by constant combat and conflict, draws him to the mysterious archon. Will he see the Earthling as more than a tool, or will he fall head over heels in love? Amazon KU
Tara Peterson is a curvy small town woman who lives with her teenage sister and works in a bookstore. Nobody knows she used to be part of the US military’s anti-alien abduction unit.
Tara finds herself captured by the aliens she fights against. They take her and other females to become servants or wives to breed and grow their alien clans. Garrus, an alien dragon shifter, wants to stop his clan’s extinction but does not want to abduct humans. Until he meets Tara…He yearns for her and decides to make her his wife. His only goal now is to keep her safe. But if he doesn’t follow orders and continue to hunt humans, his alien clan will kill him. As much as Tara despises aliens, she loves Garrus’ kindness to humans…. and his blazing hot body. She helps him hide on Earth, but betrays him when she discovers his involvement in a past massacre. Will Tara cause Garrus’ execution or will she realize her true feelings before it’s too late? Amazon KU
“Please don’t call the police. I’ll do anything you ask.” I later regretted those words but by then it was too late. I could only wait and wonder if Ashem would really carry out his threat…To cage and breed me. It was the worst thing to ever happen to me… until I began enjoying it. Amazon KU
Lily – It’s been almost two years since the collapse. Two years since aliens invaded, bombs were dropped, and earth was thrust into an apocalypse. Those of us trying to survive have bound together at the barracks, slowly trying to stay safe and rebuild. When three of our people go missing I am sent out as a rescue party. The last thing I expected to find was an alien, the last thing I thought I’d do is kiss one. Now we are working together to find my missing people. Can I focus on the mission and not the hot alien…I honestly don’t know. Rork – I was taken by the Vonti as a child. Trained as a soldier and sent on many missions. All I have ever wanted is to find my way home. When we were abandoned on a failed mission and left on an armpit of a planet I lost all hope. But when a little human kisses me I find that hope returned. Now I must help her rescue her people from a Vonti camp, and figure out what I am to do about my growing attachment to her. AmazonKU
Kit – Of all the aliens in all the universe, mine had to be big, domineering, and stubborn. Yeah, that’s right, mine. Because apparently his race, the Xirashi, biologically mates with one person. Now he won’t leave me alone. Worse part is—I don’t want him to because I can’t stop wondering if what’s in his pants matches the size of his ego. I’m a woman who can handle myself, but the savage monsters at the fringe are worse than anything I’ve encountered. My initial plan to fake-marry for safety in the most dangerous reaches of the galaxy? A total bust thanks to the strange light he emits that has me electrified with need. Literally. Vorkul – Why is my mate this tiny, breakable human? Am I not the most fearless of our kind? What God did I offend to deserve this? Yet, I can barely control myself around her. She needs protecting. I do not understand what this “feykmari” thing is, except that it lets me be close to her. Perhaps if I tie her down in bed, she will stop throwing herself in harm’s way. Now I must fight my urge to touch her and make her writhe with pleasure. Amazon KU
VS note: From AUG 22
“Time works within a precise set of rules. There are consequences to every single thing we do when surfing its waves. So, in order to protect Time, we must operate within those rules. And one of Time’s rules is that people should not be allowed to live out of their own time. Ever.” Out of time Novitiate at the Royal Academy of Time Surgeons, Mimi Wylde has just one thing on her mind. To save her family from the machinations of Sergei Ivanov. But Time is never that linear. Her family is not really her family. And the Russian is not all that threatens RATS. Parliament is meddling in the Academy, and when the Prime Minister sends in overseers to commercialise time travel, Time itself reacts. But can Mimi, Jack and their friends fight Sergei, the government, and Time all at once? Or will they run out of time before the battle ends? Time once lost is never found again. But not according to those brave souls who surf Time’s waves at RATS. The race is on for Mimi and Jack, but who will win the ultimate prize is far from certain. Amazon KU
Bride. The word alone sent shivers down her spine…No man had dared ask a woman to be his and his alone for centuries… and he hadn’t even asked. He’d just told her she was to be his his bride, watched her blush at the shameful term, then fisted her hair and pulled her in for a brutal, possessive kiss when she opened her mouth to protest. A kiss that made it clear she had no choice and that even if she did they both knew she would choose to kneel at his feet, wear his ring, and bear his children. A kiss that said she was his already, and there was so much more to come as she learned what that really meant. She climaxed then and there as his tongue claimed her mouth. She didn’t say yes, because she didn’t need to. Her body said it for her. Amazon KU
Welcome to the Vessel Games—where men fight to the death to claim a Vessel wife. After the Great War devastated the lands, birth rates sharply declined, and the world descended into anarchy. The Monarchy seized control, creating a stranglehold over the land and the few women left who can bear children. Now, only men who are strong enough to survive the Vessel Games can win themselves a Vessel, but Princess Chloe is determined to stop the bloodshed. Working in the shadows against her father, she teams up with a doomed criminal and a Traitor Caste girl. But death isn’t limited to the arena. With her enemies closing in, Chloe must unlock the secrets of the games before her dangerous plot, and even more dangerous secret, costs her her life. Amazon KU
When the zombie apocalypse hits, Selina is all but untouched due to her family’s rural farm. Unfortunately, her hidden sanctuary is about to get invaded by brutal men. She can choose to give herself over to the intruders, or she can align with a very different kind of monster—one who makes his savage demands very clear. Amazon KU
She left Earth to survive as a labourer, but things changed, and she was swept up in finding a new life that made her old one look like purgatory.
Getting herself and her sister through the end of the world would have been a lot easier if Lily hadn’t been at her high school reunion. Taking care of over a dozen whining women had grated on her nerves. Getting to the rescue vessels had been a relief. Iris breezed through the training and learned as many languages as possible. She made some friends outside her collected group, but none of that meant anything when she was bundled into a sleeping pod and launched into space with the rest. She woke up with her sister nearby, and the rest of her arrival day went in a blur. There was a rushed landing, a sandstorm, and then a man, who smelled like summer, rescued her from the new world that was trying to kill her. She was given a few scans, and he insisted she gets medical treatment for old injuries. Time went by, and when she was discharged from the med centre, she had an interesting diagnosis for her current status. She was a companion class Terran, and Yavor was a Hmrain in search of a companion. It was like he had this planned all along.
Amazon Note: Her other books are on Apple Books and Kobo so maybe this one will get there.
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VS: Next on my Backlist is REEDE’S MISSION TO THE SECTORS, which is my most recent Badari Warriors release. I figured it was past the time we needed to see what happened when Reede went off to the Sectors to ask for help!
Reede’s people sent him to the Sectors on a desperate mission to beg for help against overwhelming odds in their battle to destroy the alien scientists who created them centuries ago. He knew the task wasn’t going to be easy but as a Badari Warrior, he vowed to do his best. When he’s arrested by the border patrol and thrown in the brig, things go from bad to worse. He faces difficult choices ahead and unimaginable obstacles to making his case to the authorities for help.
Fallyn is Reede’s human fated mate but also the active duty military scout who guided him to the Sectors from his own planet. Reede’s choices after his arrest put her in a difficult spot and his actions threaten their mate bond. Will she give up her career to help him and the Badari succeed in making a treaty with the Sectors?
The desperate attempt to find new allies takes Reede and Fallyn on a wild set of adventures across the sprawling interstellar Sectors civilization and places them, their friends and their love in harm’s way.
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As an enforcer for the Lykosium, it’s Kit’s job to ensure the Were secret is safe, which is how he meets Penelope “Poppy” Smith. She’s a woman with secrets who flinches at shadows, and he doesn’t like that one bit—especially since she is his mate. Not that he’s about to join himself to anyone. Mistakes don’t deserve someone special like her. Poppy isn’t keen on helping Kit identify the man in her past who captured and abused her. She’s still reliving that torture in her nightmares, but how can she move forward unless she faces her past? She agrees to help, partially because she knows Kit’s her mate, even if he refuses to accept it. It’s been a while since she’s had to deploy her womanly wiles. If they fail, she can always resort to home cooking to change a stubborn fox’s mind. Accepting two broken people can have love isn’t the only battle they’ll face. When the past returns to threaten, they’ll have to trust each other if they’re going to survive.
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She needs an enticing story to keep her job. He needs a fake girlfriend to get his family off his back. Fox Mitchell has made a name for himself teaching high-octane survival classes to city slickers looking for adventure when he’s not busy as acting captain of the Estes Park Search and Rescue Squad. He’s happy being a loner, even if everyone around him is getting hitched. Please. No one is going to domesticate and neuter him, thanks. Especially not the irritating woman who tries to rope him into an interview for some magazine he’s never heard of. He’s about to send her packing when his family reminds him, he needs a date for a wedding and …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) Amazon KU
When a warrior demon prince locks me in his dungeon, I never expect him to claim me…I’m a broke music student, only loved by my twin. After a raid on my human town, however, I wake up, staring into the cold, black eyes of the Demon of Air. He’s the mysterious, lethally gorgeous leader of the demon army, who’s also a winged wolf shifter. But if he’s my enemy, why does he keep saving me? He’s the beast who wants to make me his princess but keep me hidden and disguised. His sweet secret. But why? I’m trapped in the middle of a war, and no matter how much attraction simmers between us, I have one chance to escape. In this perilous battle, will only one of us be left standing? AmazonKU
VS Note: From AUG 26.
Lookout, Dr. Frankenstein, because here comes Wanda Depraysie…It’s not as though I meant to create a life. I didn’t, but that life is still here, all the same. And the worst part? I created it with… sigh… my detested cousin, Maverick. Now, before you think I’m a double-timing, good-for-nothing witch, I’m not. It was all an accident. Swear. And the even craziest part? This little mixup isn’t even the worst thing that’s happened to me this week. No, that award goes to the invitation I receive to my own funeral—a party sponsored by the leader of the vampires, Rupert, featuring me as the guest of honor. Should be fun. Amazon KU
The Fourth Gate of the Underworld is a landscape of ice and death…The first three gates were no walk in the park, but when I arrive at Gate Four, I face all new horrors. Led by the infamous Fallen God, Chaena, Gate Four is a land of neverending winter, of ice and snow amid a blizzard that could put Minnesota weather to shame. As if the weather wasn’t bad enough, this level of the Underworld is also guarded by ice fae, whose touch is lethal and who seem like they really want to touch me. At least I have the hunky Adonis by my side—a man who has become my friend, my protector, and my lover. Strangely enough, I’m starting to believe I might be able to add one other person to that list (er, not the lover part)… Hades, The Lord of the Underworld, the supreme god of this terrible place. Right. Believe it or not, Hades keeps popping in at the most unexpected moments to deliver me from whatever awfulness I’m facing. And he’s got a message for me: he’s rooting for me, whatever that means. I can only hope I survive Gate Four and Chaena’s deathly winter so I can make it to the Fifth Gate and finally face-off with Ares. Amazon KU
Dylan’s life in the spellster tower has everything he should want: magical knowledge, safety from the King’s Hounds and frequent clandestine affairs with women. All at the cost of his freedom. So when the chance to leave the tower—even as a leashed weapon for the King’s Army—arises, he seizes it. When his first scouting mission goes awry, Dylan is left alone in a hostile world with the tower a distant beacon of safety. Only the flirtatious Tracker, an elven man whose very presence awakens Dylan’s long-repressed desire, can help him return to his old life before the crown discovers his unleashed status. But the risk of being branded a deserter may be the least of his concerns as whispers of an armed presence in the North threatens his home. Dylan must rely on Tracker to protect him even as everything he thought he knew begins to unravel around them. AmazonKU
She’s a horsefly who bit the wrong person—and now something very strange is happening to her. Something very, very strange. Not only can she fly faster and see further than ever before, but she has a weird craving for blood. Her crazy new life has just begun. That is, until she gets caught in a sticky web and stalked by a massive spider… a spider that’s about to get the surprise of its life. AmazonKU
Master Nicolo, a man also known as ‘The Terrible,’ lives up to his title and then some. As confidante, closest friend and protector to Prince Balduin, a man who would be king of the large and estimable Woodfall Gath, Nicolo is nearly untouchable. Throw in the fact that the man can fight like no other and seems to have a preternatural knowledge for detecting those who want to kill him, he’s a formidable foe and then some. But Nicolo didn’t always live such a favored life. Born the only son to a poor mother, his otherworldly violet eyes separated him from his peasant brethren, singling him out as someone or something to be feared and shunned. With no friends or money, Nicolo’s young life was a difficult one. Then came the day the queen and her entourage passed through his remote town. The ailing Prince Balduin who was struck with a strange sickness that was certainly killing him, played with Nicolo and…Prince Balduin’s health improved. And so began Nicolo and Balduin’s strange friendship—Balduin raising a would-be peasant to a station well out of his range, and in return, Nicolo’s constant presence healed Prince Balduin. Now the time has come for me to join the ranks of the kingdom’s servants, acting as maid during the day, all the while awaiting the cover of darkness in order to find Master Nicolo alone. So I can assassinate him. AmazonKU
When it comes to true love, rules are meant to be broken …Dark forests and locked doors, poisoned apples and forbidden lovers … Bold heroines and swoon-worthy heroes break all the rules in this enchanting anthology of the fairy tales you thought you knew. Once Upon A Forbidden Desire features 20 enticing fairy tale retellings by a diverse selection of fantasy romance authors. From sweet true love’s kisses to sizzling passion, from the streets of Seattle to enchanted forests, and from poor scullery maids to a winged Prince Charming …If you enjoy spellbinding romance, enthralling new worlds, and stories with a taste of the forbidden, these happily ever afters will leave you spellbound. Give in to the temptation and grab your copy of Once Upon a Forbidden Desire now.
Kardia Marway was sent to Howling Valley to live a peaceful life. As the granddaughter of a councilman, her life would always be in the spotlight and dangerous. She would be free to live as she wanted in her new town with her little secret. Kardia couldn’t shift. Her wolf refused to make an appearance. River Delacroix was a powerful witch and healer. The moment she laid her eyes on Kardia, she knew the wolf was in pain and needed her help. She was desperate to help Kardia. Everything she tried failed. She had to succeed because she’d awakened for Kardia. This wolf was the other half of her soul. If her love for the wolf shifter couldn’t fix her, how could they truly seal their bond? Amazon KU
Doctor Maggie Jacobs is finally content with her life. She loves her new job as a rural doctor in a 24 hour clinic and she can’t wait to help the small community. Her father and sister are finally getting along and she doesn’t have to run interference. Nathaniel Ridgeway hates playing politics, especially between humans and shifters. As an unmated male lion shifter, he was forced to give control of the pride to his mated uncle, Russell. Until Nathaniel mates, he’s stuck following his uncle’s decrees. Now, with his uncle deciding humans never need to know they’ve been living among shifters, Nathaniel needs to find a mate to take his rightful place in the pride. One night at work, an injured Nathaniel makes it to the clinic where Maggie works through the night to save his life. When he wakes, there’s an instant attraction. Add in Nathaniel’s meddling mother, his power hungry uncle, Maggie’s devastating cancer diagnosis, and Maggie’s clingy sister, the obstacles to their relationship keep adding up. As Nathaniel and Maggie grow closer, Maggie suspects there’s more to Nathaniel than meets the eye. They’re each hiding a life-altering secret. Can they put blind faith into each other, to become each others sanctuary? Amazon KU
She’s caught between two clans. One says she’s their property, the other she’s the Fated Mate of the Alpha’s son. After hiding from shifters all her life, Mirabelle Beauchamp finds herself caught in a deadly rivalry between two clans. When sexy Alpha’s son Maxime Ducharme helps her fend off a shifter attack, she’s thrown into the world her mother shielded her from. Maxime’s rivals return, claiming Mirabelle is one of them, but she knows she belongs to Maxime and Maxime belongs to her. They’ll both have to fight for what they want. For the freedom to choose—and to love. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Hoping to minimize the death and destruction of the coming war, Princess Birgitta of Swaine leads the Dark Warriors as part of her brother King Canute’s efforts to take the throne of Norvegia. As she engages in a skirmish with a band of elite Knights of Brethren, she’s kidnapped by Kristoffer Prestegard, a cunning warrior. While searching for the holy lamp that can help defeat the Dark Warriors, Kristoffer realizes that Swaine has already seized the ancient relic. Since King Canute is fiercely protective of his sister, Kristoffer offers to return Princess Birgitta in exchange for the coveted holy lamp. While trying to keep his feisty prisoner from escaping, Kristoffer learns that his father and uncle have set in motion a scheme that would give him the kingship of Norvegia. Where will Kristoffer’s loyalties lie, and how will he choose sides without losing everything, including the princess he’s grown to love? Amazon KU
Vampire Creed Lowell drifts from town to town working with the elderly as a night nurse and looking to avenge his harrowing past. His youth and vitality make him a favorite of his patients and his gifts bring them peace. At long last he’s arrived in the place where he hopes to find the truth about those who betrayed him…but first he finds an unexpected love with a man who might understand him—or end him. Grad student Roman San Angelo is struggling to handle his courses, teaching schedule, and research for his dissertation on an obscure cult. He spends every spare moment with his beloved yet demanding grandmother Frances who’s recently moved to an assisted living facility—and he’s fascinated by her night nurse, who is able to bring out the inner light which had faded during her battle with dementia. Something about Creed doesn’t add up, however, Roman finds himself fighting an undeniable attraction. His concerns multiply when…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) Amazon Apple Books Kobo
On the eve of the summer solstice, Angelica fears the worst for Heaven Springs. These fears are confirmed when a man is found murdered with a note on his chest. Wrong one. Mandy can bet her third vertebrae that these cases are somehow connected. How and why? She’s not so sure, but with Angel, Charlene, and Grandma Angelica by her side, she knows nothing can go wrong. Hopefully. Meanwhile, Jonathan comes back around and prevents Mandy from making the grave mistake of returning to her ex. At the same time, Colin is becoming more erratic in his attempts to woo Mandy. He says that they were meant to be, but everyone else thinks that he’s simply full of himself. Angel hates the guy, who pets him and promises to make things right eventually. No thanks! The investigation leads them to …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…) Amazon KU
VS UPDATE: as of this morning, SEPT 14, the book doesn’t seem to be available on Amazon (it was there yesterday!) or Apple Books. I can still see it on Kobo as a pre-order. Thanks to reader GK for alerting me.
Wadjet might have returned to Karnak, but she knows that she needs more in order to regain a fraction of the power she used to wield. After calling in a favour with Kherty to use his barge to travel the Nile, Wadjet sets out in search of the thing she’s missing. Can she find it before it’s too late? Amazon Apple Books Kobo
A serial killer leaving clues in the form of terrible rhymes is on the loose, and it’s up to Amy and Ambrose to catch him before it’s too late. Rhymes and Crimes is book seven of the Amethyst’s Wand Shop Mysteries series. It is an urban fantasy mystery with an underlying slow burn romance.
When Grady King’s brother Knox is targeted by shady characters, old secrets, coverups, and lies come to light. Grady and his boyfriend Dawson begin to question what really happened when Grady’s grandparents and Dawson’s parents died. Then agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Supernatural Investigation show up pursuing a different case, only to discover that the crimes appear to be connected, with a vengeful dark witch at the center of the plot. And since monsters never sleep, Grady and Dawson are still carrying out their duty to hunt dangerous paranormal creatures, restless spirits, nefarious faeries, Civil War ghosts, creepy cryptids, and things that go bump in the night. It’s all part of the centuries-old King family mandate to protect the people of Cunanoon Mountain and Transylvania County, a mission Grady and Dawson are sworn to fulfill. But when it looks like something is hunting the people Grady loves, it’s time to dig into the family’s painful past, uncovering dangerous details of long-ago hunts against immortal creatures who never forget—or forgive. Can they solve the mystery and figure out who’s behind the deaths, or will they bear the deadly consequences of their hidden history? Reckoning with the past just might destroy Grady and Dawson’s plans for the future and set loose a tide of malicious magic that could sweep them all away.
Mirror, mirror in my abyss, who is truly the Darkest Fae in our midst? Renaud may taste my blood on his lips, but I have his son’s blood on my hands. The time for secrets is coming to a close. We must both step onto another killing field—far from Everenne—but fields soaked in lies turn into mines to destroy us all. Perhaps resistance is futile. . .I have never heard of a halfling who repudiated a bond of a High Fae Lord, especially a mad Prince who is willing to kill to keep. But I will brace my feet in the sand and hold my weight. I will not be swept away in the storm between the Old One at my back and the Ancient approaching my front. Resistance may be futile, but my mother’s strength forms the marrow in my bones. I am the blood of an Ancient, after all. You will not tame me easily, my Prince. . . .I weary of this, Lady Aerinne. Of your resistance, of your rashness. Do you think my patience infinite? Have I inadvertently taught you I would stay my hand because I love you? No longer. Your secret is finally mine, the shadow in your mind you have kept hidden from me—you are learning to navigate the board, halfling. Learning to seduce a Prince. You will feel the weight of my wrath. The force of my want. Bend, or break. . .I care not. You are mine. I have ensured it already. I have welded us by blood and seed, and when the flower bears my fruit. . .Checkmate, my Princess. An Heir for our Court. You think I play the long game. Now you understand I play the eternal game. Your move. AmazonKU
My happily ever after is four hundred years in the past….On a trip to Scotland, Highland Mists transported me to the past where I met the Highlander, Duncan MacGregor. The man who stole my heart. The Fae I met there say I have a destiny. Either save or end magic. Save this world or replace it with another. They label me “Destroyer”. Now I’ve been pulled back to the modern world. The Fae are silent, but all I want is to get back. Back to the Scottish Highlands and the man who holds my heart. I don’t know if he survives the troubles, I left him in. I don’t know how, but I’m going to find my way. If that means I have to destroy one world to save another. So be it. Amazon KU
Despite the still-fogged future, the Seers have finally Seen if the foreseen four get together, it’ll be in Berlin, on 19 July 1890, at the Crown Prince’s birthday ball. The conspirators’ 15 July to-do list is simple. On or before the 19th: (1) kill the Prince, (2) kill Lord Mouse, and (4) stop the dancing. Or at least succeed with one. Oh, and ignore (3) since they haven’t figured out which saint. Revisit a marvelous alternate world of magick and technology, where the every-twenty-years Gunpowder Treaty Renewal Conference is imminent. There are ongoing plots, both big and not-as-big, agents working under the sheets, Saint Brunhilde of the Blade, Saint Sibast (no, not the pretty one with bondage and arrows), a well-hidden collection of literature (?) for one-hand reading, including drawbooks with anatomically accurate artistry inside…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page)
As a dedicated dragon knight of Khoth, Blaine spends his days fighting the Unseelie and guarding the royal family. But his nights are filled with passion and pleasure as he pursues every female he can manage on his mission to become the most sought-after lover in the realm. When a disturbing accusation puts one of Blaine’s trainees in the hot seat, he must give up his personal time to investigate a brutal attack on the vampire princess. Hiding his true nature, relying on the powerful Rowan sisters, and facing the daughter of his sworn enemy are only a few of the challenges he faces as he attempts to uncover the truth. But as the mystery deepens and Blaine learns that dragons are being imprisoned by the King, he’s no longer just searching for answers. He’s on a quest to free the captives and stay alive, all while trying not to succumb to his desire for the one female that is as likely to kill him as she is to kiss him. Amazon KU
When infamous hot mess vampire Roxanne resurrects her deceased best friends, she’s confronted by a dream-dwelling Guardian of the Underworld, who demands that she replace them in his afterlife with three equally nefarious creatures—or he’ll drag her there instead. Reunited with Medusa and Mx. Hyde, Roxanne and her macabre girl gang must become monster hunters themselves and fight for the future of their friendship. Gory, sexy, silly, touching—Glorious Fiends asks who the real monsters are, and if the bonds that we think are solely human are really ours alone. This Hammer-inspired odyssey is a nostalgic trip through ‘80s horror tropes—with modern sensibilities.
VS Note: Magical realism.
Mexico City, 1988. Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, discovers how to cast spells using music, and with her friends Sebastian and Daniela will piece together their broken families, and even find love…Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral, reviving memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? Is there any magic left? Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
A ghost, a ring, and a quest to find a missing psychic—it’s a spell for love. When Kara discovers her new apartment is haunted by a wise-cracking ghost named Barb, she’s sure it’s the most ridiculous thing she’s ever experienced. Until beautiful former tenant Nisha knocks on the door hoping to find a ring she lost in the apartment. Nisha thinks Barb might have something to do with it, and she wants to find out what’s keeping Barb around. Kara’s convinced they need to send Barb back to the land of the dead. For each to get what they want, they’ll have to work together. Kara’s not looking to get involved with anyone—especially not someone who believes in ghosts. Nisha only wants to do right by Barb. Kara’s the most frustrating person Nisha’s ever met, and she’s definitely not attracted. But as they uncover Barb’s story, they’ll learn that the power of magic is an unstoppable force. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Gerri Wilder has matched up billionaire Jake with Casey, a philosopher who hangs out at slam poetry bars. Jake isn’t unfamiliar with the art scene as he comes from a family of artists, but he’d hoped that his mate would be more business-minded, like him. That doesn’t stop him from admiring her creative beauty, dazzling smile and sassy personality. Casey doubts that the billionaire alpha lion shifter has anything in common with her. He’s a bit stuffy, stubborn and doesn’t smile enough. Still, she’s not sure how to handle the steamy looks he gives her or the way his touch makes her breath catch. She knows it’s a road to nowhere, but she wants to see how far they could go. Neither thinks they have anything in common, but they soon learn that they do have common ground. They both like deep meaningful conversations, midnight strolls under the starry skies… and monster truck rallies! AmazonKU
A lioness must guard a geek who has a target on his back so big that the federal government is involved. Is this one case that the agency will have to hand over? Pilar Douglas is a lion shifter working as a bodyguard while supporting her younger sister. She’d never thought that taking a job would lead to her finding her mate, until she steps into Maverick’s condo and her inner lioness screams mine! Maverick Wilcox wants to find a cure for the disease that took his sister from him, but his efforts have been noticed by the wrong people. Now, a local group wants him to use his big brain for their own schemes, and they’ll stop at nothing to make him join them. But he’s not interested. All Maverick wants is to get to know the beautiful Pilar a little better and get her to date him. When Maverick is poisoned, he’s ready to die instead of agreeing to help these bad guys. Even when they offer him the antidote, he says no. Fortunately, Pilar has the agency’s special serum on hand to neutralize the poison. Only now, Maverick is a big bad alpha shifter, and he’s the one calling the shots! AmazonKU
Deception isn’t only for demons…Faced with returning to the world of demon hunters or fighting an all-out war with them, powerful witch Angie Jordan feels boxed into a corner of lies and deceit. The demon world terrifies her. And if not for the one little trait that allows her to open portals into demon realms, her pursuit of witchcraft would be unquestioned. Surrounded by people she can’t trust, the only good thing about the whole mess is having Sebastian, the love of her life, by her side again. But their relationship is still best categorized as complicated. And Sebastian has plans of his own. Plans that could upend everything and endanger the entire world. Enemies on every side force Angie to do things she thought impossible. To survive, she must discover the real extent of her powers. And decide just how far she’s willing to go to save her world and the man she loves. Because if she can’t conquer her own demons, the real demons will win. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Cristian Slava and Atlas Kincaid despise each other. At least, that’s what they need everyone to believe. In truth, the charismatic vampire and his fierce bodyguard are more in love than ever. But when a powerful political faction emerges and threatens Cristian’s family, the only way into their enemy’s inner circle is without each other by their side. From Romania to New York and beyond, though apart, their blood-bond cannot be severed—but it can be used against them. When Cristian sacrifices his life to save his family and save Atlas from having his darkest secrets revealed, only faith in that bond will keep Atlas from utter despair. And only by facing his past will Atlas be able to accept who he is and finally defeat their most powerful enemy yet… Death itself. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Orphan Alexandra is about to be homeless, jobless, and magicless. Maybe signing up to hunt monsters wasn’t a good idea. About to be kicked onto the streets, Alex has nowhere to turn until she learns what really lurks in the dark, and the magical powers that might be locked inside of her. Nearly eighteen and about to leave her hated foster home, Alex Kavanagh’s plans go awry when a demon blows into her barista shift, leaving wreckage behind. Blamed for the destruction and fired, Alex doesn’t know what to do or where to go, until a mysterious stranger appears and tells her she’s fated to be a demon-hunting witch. Desperate for any security, Alex agrees to attend an academy for demon hunters. There’s just one problem, she doesn’t have a magical bone in her body. Working hard doesn’t stop her endless mistakes, or the torment from the school bullies. Alex fears the failures will lead to her losing the only secure place she’s found, and she’ll soon be thrown out, to the demons waiting to hunt her down.
Waking to a different world from the one she left, Rosie Hart is desperate to return to her mate and true love, Lucas Beckett. Her heart is crushed when she learns he’s left town, and now she must navigate this new life without him. Even as her friends and family celebrate her recovery, she finds not everyone is happy about her return. Someone is leaving cryptic messages, and she feels like she’s being watched. Old feuds resurface, and danger lurks. As memories of her dreams return, she wonders… was it all in her mind, or was it real? While the United States Werewolf Council closes in on her, demanding answers about who and what she is, she begins to see the messages from her dreams materialize in front of her. Can she make sense of it all and change the future of werewolves and witches forever? Amazon KU
The night before Kyle Slidell and his mate Tobias Rogan are scheduled to travel to Pennsylvania for the regional gathering of Alphas, a member of Boston North Pack is assaulted by humans who claim they were hired by a shifter. The same night, Melia, the wolf who changed Kyle, returns to Boston. The pack suspects Melia of arranging the attack, but Kyle believes someone else is behind it. He just doesn’t know who. The following day, when Kyle and Tobias arrive at the gathering, Kyle finds his answer. Saul Hughes, another Alpha, holds a long-standing grudge against Tobias, claiming that Tobias is too weak to rule a pack. Especially now that Tobias has a male mate. Saul makes it clear that he wants control of Boston North, but no one suspects how far he’ll go to get it–until tragedy strikes. AmazonKU
Grizzly shifters like me don’t last long without a mate. Not when your inner bear is a snarling rabid beast. He’s getting harder to control. Every day, I feel my grip on him slipping. It won’t be long now until he’s full-on feral. Then there will only be one option. A bullet in the head. The feral monster will have to be put down. And he’ll bring me down with him. My mate is the only one who can save me. But she’s not here and I’m running out of time. In desperation I go to an auction. When I catch a whiff of her delicious scent, my bear nearly loses it. And when I see her on that stage with other men bidding on what’s mine, my bear wants to destroy everything and everyone. I won’t let him. Not this time. She’s mine to protect. And those men are mine to destroy. May the highest bidder win? Screw that. May the snarliest, vicious, most possessive man win. Winning bidder or not, I’m taking her. And I’m going to claim my mate. Amazon KU
Summer rush is in full swing, and Destiny has her hands full. She’s started training a new tiki manager, but when a vampire she’d booted from the bar turns up dead, things take a turn for the bizarre. Vampires aren’t easy to kill, and this one has none of the standard causes of death. As Destiny digs deeper into her bar manager’s background to clear her, things start to get sticky. Not only had she lied about her experience, she’d lied about who he was. Now Destiny has to make a decision to follow her gut and trust a liar or turn over a woman she thinks is innocent despite a mountain of evidence. Join Destiny, Tempest, and her crew of mermaids, witches, werewolves, and other magical folks on another witchy adventure at the Enchanted Coast Resort! Amazon KU
A tropical island full of secrets. Two Victorian ghosts, trapped for eternity. And a seventeen-year-old girl determined not to be next. Eulalie Island should be a paradise, but to Addie Spencer, it’s more like a prison. Forced to tag along to the remote island on her mother’s honeymoon, Addie isn’t thrilled about being trapped there for two weeks. The island is stunning, with its secluded beaches and forests full of white flowers. But there’s something eerie and unsettling about the place. After Addie meets an enigmatic boy on the beach, all the flowers start turning pink. The island loves you, he tells her. But she can’t stop sleepwalking at night, the birds keep calling her name, and there’s a strange little girl in the woods who wants to play hide-and-seek. When Addie learns about two sisters who died on the island centuries ago, she wonders if there’s more to this place, things only she can see. Beneath its gorgeous surface, Eulalie Island is hiding dark, tangled secrets. And if Addie doesn’t unravel them soon, the island might never let her go.
Just a little Love Bite: A friendly human manages to extricate his life from the seedy streets… until a specter from his past comes calling. Years before, Saul Mandisa came to Vegas to work on stage… only to find out it requires a lot of dancing, and he has two left feet. When his minimum wage job didn’t quite cover food and rent, he took a few side hustles that he wasn’t proud of. Finally landing steady work allowed him to extricate himself from that life… or so Saul thought. Even after five years, Saul would never forget Reagan the Hammer—right hand and enforcer to the infamous crime boss—Luigi Arnasta. At first, he ignores Reagan’s calls. Then he does his best to avoid the man—and his henchmen—at all costs. After all, Saul wants nothing to do with that life, and he never had. His luck runs out when he meets a couple of friends for drinks and discovers one of them essentially sold him out. To Saul’s shock, a sexy Frenchman steps in and sends Reagan packing—a man named Jean-Paul Tremblay. When Saul discovers his savior is a vampire who seems to think he’s the other half of Jean-Paul’s soul, will he risk taking a chance on the devil he doesn’t know? Amazon
Sometimes your enemy gives you the keys to your own salvation. Iris wasn’t sure what to do with James when she found him beaten in an alley. She knew he needed medical attention, but no emergency room would treat the wounded Bear Shifter with all that was going on. So she did the only thing she could think of: take care of him at her place while she seeks out Thomas, the Clan Healer. But before long even this simple act of kindness would bring unforeseen consequences.
From zombies to cannibals to death incarnate, this cross-genre anthology offers something for every monster lover. In Our Shadows Have Claws, bloodthirsty vampires are hunted by a quick-witted slayer; children are stolen from their beds by “el viejo de la bolsa” while a military dictatorship steals their parents; and anyone you love, absolutely anyone, might be a shapeshifter waiting to hunt. The worlds of these stories are dark but also magical ones, where a ghost-witch can make your cheating boyfriend pay, bullies are brought to their knees by vicious wolf-gods, a jar of fireflies can protect you from the reality-warping magic of a bruja—and maybe you’ll even live long enough to tell the tale. Set across Latin America and its diaspora, this collection offers bold, imaginative stories of oppression, grief, sisterhood, first love, and empowerment.
The Kingdom of Estla is in turmoil. Power plays, intrigue, and plots seethe in the corridors of power. And Gary of a Hundred Days, Last of the Tyrant Kings is…well, he’s pretty offended, actually? Tyrant?
Seriously? Who is making this up? Gary said no thanks, don’t want to be king, and they dragged him away from all he’s ever known and stuck a stupid crown on his head anyway. As far as Gary’s concerned, all that political intrigue can go ahead and keep seething without him. He didn’t know or care a thing about it when he was the unwanted son of a backwater lord. He definitely doesn’t care about it now they tried to kill him and he’s on the run. Minor problem: he managed to escape, but he’s all out of ideas. It’s dark, it’s raining, he’s in the middle of nowhere, and there might be bears. In fact, he’s pretty sure one is following him. Luckily for Gary (it’s about time he had some good luck) his ex-stable master tracks him down, and it turns out that Magnus has more than a few interesting ideas about Gary and his future. More specifically, about their future. Amazon KU
As the daughter of the Seattle alpha, Grace is expected to carve out her place in a shifter pack still reeling from the horrors of war. Only Grace has two major problems with fulfilling her father’s expectations: she’s an omega—meant to support, not lead—and she was born with her inner wolf caged, unable to shift. Determined to become the asset her pack needs, she’s spent her life training to steal a magical artifact rumored to have the power necessary to release her wolf. Unfortunately, things never go as planned. The theft triggers an enraged guardian, one that her inner wolf can’t seem to resist, and Grace realizes she’s in way over her head. She’ll need the help of a small but capable team to journey to a foreign land and track down a mythical tree. Easy peasy for an outcast burglar with a fractured psyche, right? To complicate matters further, her father is acting weird, her best friend just made out with her, and she’s pretty sure a dragon is on their tail. Across the world from the only home she’s ever known, Grace must face the questions she never dared to ask. Deadly secrets begin to unfold, and she will have to decide: Is unleashing her wolf worth risking everything? Amazon AB Kobo
VS Note: From AUG 29
Lilith and Jen are on the trail of a ghost with a penchant for axe murder. Suckered into attending the grand reopening of a disreputable lodge, the dark crimes that cloud the place’s history resurface. Tricked into judging timber athletics (whatever that is) over the weekend, they find that the historic lodge and surrounding woods are lousy with hauntings. Andy Cooper gloms onto the historic murders for a book while Lil’s arch enemy Agatha Feathers horns in on the investigation. Can they figure out if the suspect is living or dead in time to avoid becoming victims themselves? Will they solve the crimes before Agatha once again steals their thunder? Amazon KU
When wolf shifter Carson Kelmount first lays eyes on Grace Watson, he knows she is his fated mate. There is an instant connection between them that is undeniable and hard to fight. He wants nothing more than to keep Grace safe. But she is guarded and stubbornly refuses his help. Though Grace tries to fight the mating urge, she can’t help but be drawn to Carson. He seems to be everything she’s ever wanted in a mate. A cowboy with a heart of gold with an alpha wolf inside him. However, Grace has a secret. She can’t stay in one place for more than a few weeks before she has to leave again. It’s become a way of life for her. Always looking over her shoulder, never knowing who to trust. But Carson makes her question everything she thought she knew about survival. Time is running out. And she needs to find a way to come up with the money to pay her mom’s debt–fast. Can Carson convince Grace to let him in? And will they be able to overcome the challenges that stand in their way? Amazon KU
Abused and used like scrap, Golem has never known anything but pain. He exists to serve the Oracle’s whims and needs. After escaping the Monastery, he hid himself away where no one would be able to use him again. Then one day a child falls asleep in his lap…Marl is nothing special. He’s low in the Earth Caste, set to watch over the Caste’s problem child, Lichen. In search of the errant Lichen one day, he unexpectedly comes across Golem hiding deep in the mountains. Unlike his usual behavior, he desires to see Golem again. Then Marl learns why Golem is hiding, and he realizes he must make a choice: the Oracle or Golem. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Yo soy quien soy. I am who I am. Luna—or depending on who’s asking, Rose—is the white-passing daughter of an immigrant mother who has seen what happens to people from her culture. This world is prejudicial, and she must hide her identity in pursuit of owning an illegal jazz club. Using her cunning powers, Rose negotiates with dangerous criminals as she climbs up Kansas City’s bootlegging ladder. Luna, however, runs the risk of losing everything if the crooked city councilmen and ruthless mobsters discover her ties to an immigrant boxcar community that secretly houses witches. Last thing she wants is to put her entire family in danger. But this bruja with ever-growing magical abilities can never resist a good fight. With her new identity, Rose, an unabashed flapper, defies societal expectations all the while struggling to keep her true self and witchcraft in check. However, the harder she tries to avoid scrutiny, the more her efforts eventually capture unwanted attention. Soon, she finds herself surrounded by greed and every brand of bigotry—from local gangsters who want a piece of the action and businessmen who hate her diverse staff to the Ku Klux Klan and Al Capone. Will her earth magic be enough to save her friends and family? As much as she hates to admit it, she may need to learn to have faith in others—and learning to trust may prove to be her biggest ambition yet. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
VS note: Listed as Dark Fantasy Horror
What can you do when you’re reeling from trauma but you’ve tried it all? Counselling, yoga, pills, meditation, art, healthy living… none of it makes a dent. What’s left? Magpie is out of ideas. She’s desperate enough to try anything. Just when she thinks her life can get no worse, she discovers herself, or rather her own dead body, partially buried in the mudbank of a river. A man stands by, a familiar stranger. What does he want? And why can’t she remember getting here? Why can’t she remember anything? Unbeknownst to her, two pairs of eyes watch from behind an observation screen, in a room filled with computers and sensors. An experiment is unfolding, but is Magpie the subject, or practitioner? Reality becomes a slippery concept. And beyond the glass is something worse still: a hint of an outline, shaped in darkness…Magpie realises all too soon that her journey has transformed from healing to survival. She must become the hunter rather than the hunted, with her missing memories the prey. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
In a place known as the Ledge, a civilization is trapped by a vast chasm and sheer mountain face. There is no way for anyone to escape the frozen wasteland without befalling a deathly drop. They know nothing of the outside world except that it is where the Glacians reside – mystical and vicious winged creatures who bring meagre rations in exchange for a periodic human sacrifice. Dawsyn, ax wielder and only remaining member of her family, has so far avoided the annual culling, but her luck has run out. She is chosen and ripped from her icy home, the only world she knows. No one knows what will happen to her on the other side, least of all Dawsyn. Murdered? Enslaved? Worse? Fortunately, a half-Glacian called Ryon offers to help them both escape, but how can she trust one of the very creatures that plagued her life? Dawsyn is a survivor, and she is not afraid to cut anyone down to live.
What happens when a hunky demon visits you and commands you to break all ten commandments? Or when a handsome angel orders you to do the opposite? And what if you’re Bobby Ray, and you’ve already broken nine of the ten, and thou shalt not kill is a close brick away, and the demon has tacked on a cushy afterlife in hell as a reward? Decisions, decisions. And poor Bobby Ray has never been good at one decision, let alone multiple ones. Broke, divorced, and pretty darn miserable, does he do what’s right or what’s easy? In this darkly comical romantic adventure, Bobby Ray, with the help of numerous friends and just as many enemies, one being his ex-husband, travels from Georgia to Israel and ultimately across Egypt and the Gaza Strip in search of the one clue that will hopefully save them all, and possibly the entire world. Will good win out over evil, love over hate? Or will Bobby Ray ultimately break the universe? Amazon Kobo
VS Note: Listed as a Dark Fantasy Horror
Ro, a struggling writer, knows all too well the pain and solitude that holiday festivities can awaken. When she meets four people at the local diner—all of them strangers and as lonely as Ro is—she invites them to an impromptu Christmas dinner. And when that party seems in danger of an early end, she suggests they each tell a ghost story. One that’s seasonally appropriate. But Ro will come to learn that the horrors hidden in a Christmas tale—or one’s past—can never be tamed once unleashed. Amazon Kobo
The Yaga siblings—Bellatine, a young woodworker, and Isaac, a wayfaring street performer and con artist—have been estranged since childhood, separated both by resentment and by wide miles of American highway. But when they learn that they are to receive an inheritance, the siblings agree to meet—only to discover that their bequest isn’t land or money, but something far stranger: a sentient house on chicken legs. Thistlefoot, as the house is called, has arrived from the Yagas’ ancestral home outside Kyiv—but not alone. A sinister figure known only as the Longshadow Man has tracked it to American shores, bearing with him violent secrets from the past: fiery memories that have hidden in Isaac and Bellatine’s blood for generations. As the Yaga siblings embark with Thistlefoot on a final cross-country tour of their family’s traveling theater show, the Longshadow Man follows in relentless pursuit, seeding destruction in his wake. Ultimately, time, magic, and legacy must collide—erupting in a powerful conflagration to determine who gets to remember the past and craft a new future.
Clio Ardalides loves being in the limelight. As the Muse of History and Virtue, it’s her job to share all the laudable traits and accomplishments of the gods, and she’s turned her work into a national television show. For Clio, the perception of events and highlighting the positive is sometimes a little more important than authenticity. Who wants reality when there’s glamour and beauty in the world? Kit Kalloway wants the truth. And not the shiny, polished version people are getting from the news or shows like Clio’s. As the headline reporter for Truth Spotter, she uncovers the things not getting done and the people being left behind. To Kit, Clio has sold out. No matter how sexy and vivacious she is, she’s just another self-obsessed influencer only interested in being admired. When disaster strikes and they must depend on one another, desire and passion are ready and waiting. But will it be enough for them to find a shared vision?
VS Note: Listed as a children’s book but I kind of liked the idea of a Hansel and Gretel re-telling.
Maud has grown up in a house made of gingerbread, wanting nothing more than to be a witch like Mother Agatha. But just like all of Agatha’s gingerbread creations—from the magical house to the chocolate mousse squirrel—Maud will turn back into crumbs if anything ever happens to Agatha.
This seems unthinkable…until Hansel and Gretel, a pair of witch hunters, push Agatha into the cottage’s oven. To save herself and the other creations, Maud will have to go into the dangerous forest of the Shadelands to find the First Witch’s spellbook. But with witch hunters on her trail and others interested in the book for their own means, can Maud bring back the only mother she’s ever known…or will witch hunters capture her before she can save her gingerbread family? Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Welcome to Bezim, where sword-slinging bravi race through the night and rich and idle alchemists make magic out of mixing and measuring the four planes of reality. Siyon Velo, Dockside brat turned petty alchemist, scrapes a living hopping between the planes to harvest ingredients for the city’s alchemists. But when Siyon accidentally commits an act of impossible magic, he’s catapulted into the limelight—which is a bad place to be when the planes start lurching out of alignment, threatening to send Bezim into the sea. It will take a miracle to save the city. Good thing Siyon has pulled off the impossible before. Now he just has to master it.
Remy Pendergast is many things: the only son of the Duke of Valenbonne (though his father might wish otherwise), an elite bounty hunter of rogue vampires, and an outcast among his fellow Reapers. His mother was the subject of gossip even before she eloped with a vampire, giving rise to the rumors that Remy is half-vampire himself. Though the kingdom of Aluria barely tolerates him, Remy’s father has been shaping him into a weapon to fight for the kingdom at any cost. When a terrifying new breed of vampire is sighted outside of the city, Remy prepares to investigate alone. But then he encounters the shockingly warmhearted vampire heiress Xiaodan Song and her infuriatingly arrogant fiancé, vampire lord Zidan Malekh, who may hold the key to defeating the creatures—though he knows associating with them won’t do his reputation any favors. When he’s offered a spot alongside them to find the truth about the mutating virus Rot that’s plaguing the kingdom, Remy faces a choice. It’s one he’s certain he’ll regret. But as the three face dangerous hardships during their journey, Remy develops fond and complicated feelings for the couple. He begins to question what he holds true about vampires, as well as the story behind his own family legacy. As the Rot continues to spread across the kingdom, Remy must decide where his loyalties lie: with his father and the kingdom he’s been trained all his life to defend or the vampires who might just be the death of him.
VS note: Listed in Werewolf and Shifter romance
Newly divorced, Baron Cross isn’t looking to reenter the dating scene anytime soon. All he plans to offer Ms. Mabry is a safe ride to her hotel. Genesis Mabry is out to climb mountains not emotionally unavailable men but Baron Cross is one mountain of a man she just can’t ignore. What was supposed to be one night of fun leads them both on a journey that will leave them branded for life. AmazonKU
VS Note: A re-release. Author’s ‘Preferred’ Edition
With soul-draining evil invading Lladrana, the Sorcerers must Summon an outsider to stop the insidious Darkness slowly taking control of their land and targeting the Sorcerers — draining their Power and destroying the Sorcerers themselves.
Arriving in Lladrana, grad student Marian Harasta is stunned to find herself the center of a dispute among Sorcerers who want to augment their Power with her own. She must quickly learn her new magical Powers—and decide who she can trust in this strange land. She has prayed for a miracle to save her brother—could Lladrana offer that knowledge, and can she somehow return to Earth with it? She knows she must offer the Sorcerers something in the exchange, and ridding them of the Evil Sorcerer is what they want, but how will she fare in her first magical duel? With unexpected help—and unexpected betrayal—Marian must determine where her true fate lies. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Some of us are feeling the fall vibes, but is it too late to enjoy some vacation fun? Never! Let’s go back to the beach with these eight brand-new romances—and each one flips at least one trope. From sweet contemporary romance to spicy paranormals, with LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC representation, this anthology has a little bit of everything. Each story is marked with genre, heat level, and romantic pairing, so settle down to have your expectations twisted and fall in love with unusual heroes. Amazon Kobo
Kaitlyn Mitchell continues her romantic adventure in the second part of the exciting All Within Time series. After a surprising journey through time in the first part of her story, Kaitlyn finds pleasures she never knew she could experience in an unlikely place. As Kaitlyn gets accustomed to her new role in a time period whose customs she struggles to embrace. Will the tension be too much for her to bear or will her newfound love endure? Will obstacles from her past stand in the way of her new love interest? Amazon KU
When did my life become make-believe? And all because I tried to stop being a sex addict, but thank my lucky dildos I am. Otherwise, I never would’ve met the men of my dreams. Or he friends ever (the sweetest titmouse and loveliest booby ever), but some major *sshats are trying to tear my world apart. Namely, Dean Stiffd*ck and Dr. F*ckstick. But I won’t let them hurt my loved ones, and now that I’m a mom, I’m not letting these wankers destroy everything that I hold dear. I’m Belle Harper, and they messed with the wrong ho. AmazonKU
Life as a Magical Engineer has never been quite as I expected it would, but the truth is, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Sure, there have been a lot of obstacles, My apartment was blown up, I’ve been kidnapped, My psycho cousin even tried to have me killed. And now, my parents are forcing me to marry someone they picked. However, I also met some pretty amazing people, Helped AMIA dismantle the resistance, And even stopped a coup from happening. But most of all, I found love. AmazonKU
Ye screw with this lass, ye get put on yer ass. When the magical energy of New Orleans redlines, Team Trouble responds. Caught between three hostile factions of empowered citizens—witches, wolves, and vampires—we scramble to figure out who’s leaving bodies littered around the French Quarter. Navigating the crypts, catacombs, and a cagey council doesn’t go our way. Big Easy my ass. Secrets, vendettas, and undead armies make solving this one dangerous not only for us, but for the empowered sects that don’t want our help. Whatevs. When the world gets mean, we tighten our ranks. And hey: Zombie Apocalypse Level—Unlocked. Amazon KU
Ciara Quinn is a wolf shifter with a secret. She’s the billionaire owner of a private security firm who everyone thinks is human, except for the pack she left behind after her teenage sweetheart broke her heart. When she’s forced to return to her hometown of Moon Valley, Preston is as wild and fiercely attractive as Ciara remembers. Only now he’s the alpha who is determined to prove to Ciara that they are meant to be together. When The Raze, a group of creature hunters, threatens the pack, Ciara knows she’s in trouble. Ever since her best friend almost lost her life, she’s been investigating them and knows how dangerous they are. To stay alive, Ciara and Preston will have to hide out alone in a mountainside fortress to avoid capture. Except Ciara doesn’t know what she fears most. Dying at the hands of The Raze or Preston discovering her secrets. Either way, she could lose everything. AmazonKU
My name is Brea Manley, ghost hunter extraordinaire and founder of the Spirit Vlog, the top ranked ghost hunting stream around. After a hiatus, we are back at it again. Serenity Harbor Maine looks like an idyllic town at first glance. But its dark and tragic past is what brought our team in. We were hired by Haunted Histories, a company dedicated to bringing the most haunted locations in America to life. Our goal is to get as much evidence as we can to bring in ghost lovers around the globe. But on our very first night on the job, we get more activity than we’ve ever had. Every following night seems to escalate; from otherworldly nighttime visits, to sleepwalking, to truly intelligent hauntings. We’re in over our heads and there’s too much for just our team to handle alone. We need backup, and fast. With a large team, a town full of mysteries, and a few extra powers, can we find out what’s causing Serenity Harbor’s supernatural activity before someone gets hurt? Haunted Histories is a secondary series of the Spirit Vlog novels, which should be read first to fully get to know the characters and world. This series contains dark histories, hauntings, horror, and steam. Haunted Tides is a standalone story. AmazonKU
She’s a farmer. He’s the king. I took her out to dinner. And liked spending the evening with her. So when I invited her to the Royal Court, she accepted. But I have been lying to her. And now I have to reap what I’ve sown. For the male she calls Commander, the world knows as the Summer King. She’s a fae with barely any magic. I am the king. She believes it will never work out between us. Everyone in the Court thinks it too. Everyone, except me. Amazon KU
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, they say. Well, I’m about to learn just how true that aphorism is. First I have to meet a queen in hand to hand combat and hope I come out as the victor, because only one of us will walk away from the training grounds alive. Second, I have to try and find a way to live with the fact that three of my four mates unwittingly betrayed me. And then there’s the king, who’s looking me over with a speculative eye, and not just as his wife’s challenger. But most of all, there’s the damn Reavers that are slowly gnawing at the edges of Strelae, killing people, burning fields, and all the while the capital keeps going about its business, as if there’s no threat looming on the horizon. Somehow, some way, the five of us have to get the king, the people admitting there’s a problem. Because if we leave our response too late, we may not even get a chance to fight back. I dream over and over of a pack of wolves running across the earth, swallowing, tearing, chewing, everything in their path and I’m terrified that all of us will be next. Amazon KU
Not even an alpha can protect me…I didn’t think there could be anything worse than teaming up with a headstrong alpha like Eli to investigate a series of shifter disappearances. Only there is something much worse, and now I’m wishing like crazy Eli was still by my side. I’ve woken up in some sort of facility. The creepy, experimental kind where nameless scientists are forcing me to do tests. And I’m not the only one. There are others here too, and I don’t need to be a private investigator to know that we’ve been chosen for a reason—I’ve just got to figure out why. But first, I need to get out of here, because whoever is behind this doesn’t care if we live or die. My only hope is that Eli cares about me more than he was letting on and is trying to find me. And if I do manage to survive, maybe I’ll be brave enough to admit that I don’t hate him as much as I thought. Amazon KU
My new billionaire boss is hot as sin. He also happens to be the devil himself. And there’s only one thing he wants… Me. I never meant to get caught stealing a priceless artifact from Lucas Hale, Los Angeles’s most notorious playboy billionaire. And I definitely never expected him to offer me a job as a way to pay off my debt. But if it keeps me out of jail, I can play the role of assistant to this cocky, gorgeous man. It can’t be that hard, right? Even if the chemistry between us is so intense that just being in the same room with him makes my blood heat. Even if I accidentally walk in on him “taking care of himself” during my first week in the office… and I swear I hear him groan my name. Even if I don’t quite understand how he moves so fast when he saves me from a psycho who tries to attack me on the street. On second thought, maybe I’m in over my head with this new job. Because I’m starting to get the feeling there’s a lot more to Lucas Hale than meets the eye. A darker, more dangerous side of him than anyone knows. And the most terrifying part? That’s the side of him that tempts me. Amazon KU AB
VS Note: From AUG 25.
I had a life once, but in one moment of madness it was stolen from me. Now, an animal prowls inside of me. A forgotten creature just like those I work with. We are The Arcane. We hunt those that hurt the innocent. The monsters that break out of the shadows. One of those monsters has turned its eye to Forest Hills Academy. It hunts the students. And as the school attempts to cover up the danger, no one is protecting them. I came to the school to find the murderer but found so much more. Three men. Three troubled pasts. And an undeniable connection. My pain calls out to them, and it might finally be time to accept that I need saving myself. But the monster still stalks the darkness, and it’s nothing I’ve ever seen before. This is a fight I can’t back down from. Not in the fight for their lives or the fight for my heart. Amazon
Blood, sex and alcohol. That was what Club Worth was all about. Ever since vampires had come out to the world, people had been obsessed. Take a walk on the wild side and see what the nightclub was all about. Acadia Powell, on the other hand, didn’t do vampires. Nor did she do messy. What she did do was stay away from people like Constantine Worth, Master of the City, and the most gorgeous man in the history of men. It didn’t matter that he had hypnotizing eyes, beautiful lips, and the sexiest body she’d ever had the privilege of laying eyes on. It should be easy for her to stay away, but with each subsequent encounter, it’s becoming harder and harder to fight the growing need inside of her. *** Constantine Worth knew that Acadia was off limits. Not only was she human and not willing to slum it with the undead, but she was also the baby sister of the city’s chief of police. The man that liked to arrest him every other day and twice on Sunday. He should hate her based solely on the last name she shared with her brother. Yet each time he sees her, he forgets that he’s supposed to be playing nice. She sets his blood to boil, and each time she lets the verbal slurs flow, he finds it harder and harder to maintain his distance. Soon, he will have to make a choice. Maintain his upstanding relationship with human law enforcement, or take what he wants, and damn the consequences.
Your mate isn’t supposed to reject you, right? Well, Birdie’s did. JFC. Now what? When Birdie Salazar found her mate, she thought it would be a cause for celebration, that her world would finally be complete. Except that when the long awaited day arrives he rejects Birdie before she can even tell him her name. But it’s okay, or at least it will be. So what if she can’t stop thinking about him and the pain she feels when she sees him with another woman nearly brings her to her knees. She’ll get through this. She will. Just because fate decided to give her an ungrateful Fae mate doesn’t mean she has to live with a broken bond that feels like a knife in her chest. Their world is one of magic and that means the solution to fixing the wound of her broken mate bond is just one Fae witch away. Birdie’s mate will find out that he’s not the only one that can reject their bond, and if he realizes what he lost, well that’s just too damn bad. Amazon KU
A cursed lamp, a mortal woman, the god of wind, and an arranged marriage that could devastate their hearts. When sand devils attack Ulika’s tribe and destroy her home, she travels to fae mountain to ask for help. When she arrives, she accidentally traps the Wind in a lamp and binds herself to him. In his fury, he takes her to the hall of the gods to ask the spirits to sever the bond between them. The spirits aren’t keen to help and decide the binding is a perfect opportunity to teach the Wind a lesson. He and the mortal girl are bound together until he helps her rid the desert of the sand devils. Obstacles arise as the two work together, but as time passes, they discover one truth. Even though a mortal and an immortal don’t belong together, perhaps their love can break all curses. Read the origins of the first jinn, set in the magical land of Nomadia, where forbidden love has the possibility of changing the future forever. Amazon KU
Ten abducted humans. Seven fae regents in need of mates. Welcome to the Mating Games. Evee Aldren wakes strapped on a plane with nine strangers, and her panic heightens when she sees that one of them is the man who broke her heart in high school. Justin Jackson thought he’d never hear from his high school sweetheart again after she literally ran away from him after they recently reconnected. So when he’s forced off a plane full of hostages and sees she’s among them, he’s gripped with only one goal: Get her the hell out of there. As inhuman beauties herd them like cattle, Evee and Justin learn they’re being forced into an ancient game of cat and mouse, where unwed fae regents hunt for their future mates. They ban together to escape, all the while fighting the intense passion burning between them. Will they win their freedom, or will they lose so much more than each other to the gorgeous and wicked creatures who chase them? Let the Mating Games begin. AmazonKU
The King of Eldarlan hates parties. Superficial conversations and social niceties never come easy for him. When cursed to host human princesses at a party every night, he considers it mild torture until an unusual princess appears one night. Wrapped in a worn robe with bare feet and tousled hair, she intrigues him immediately. Kate had been a princess only a matter of hours before being pulled from her bed by a magical spell. It drops her in an enchanted garden populated by silent elves and princesses of various ages. Attempting to avoid the unsolicited advice of her new peers, she retreats to the dark hedge maze where she encounters her host. Amazon KU
In a war of hearts, fates will be sealed. But in a battle of thrones, no bond may be truly unbreakable. A COURT… To reclaim her throne, Tauria leaves behind her safety to travel across courts. A marriage alliance with the prickly Prince of Olmstone could grant her the power to fight for her kingdom . . . or inspire a monarch’s deadly vengeance that threatens all she holds dear. A BOND…No amount of distance can make Nik forget his desires, but caught in a torturous conflict of heart against duty, he’s at risk of losing both. Now is the time to choose. Claim the bond and accept the prophesy that kept him from her all this time . . . or set his aching heart—and hers—free once and for all. A DARKNESS… But peace is never promised when the shadow of war looms, and Tauria’s harrowing discoveries foretell a damning fate of evil to all those who bear a crown. To love may be to condemn, but to deny would be a far deadlier curse at the hands of the sinister forces intent on taking them down. Amazon KU
AFTER 100 YEARS, I AWAKE NOT TO TRUE LOVE’S KISS, BUT TO A BLADE AT MY THROAT. Enchanted into an eternal slumber to escape an evil fae, Thorne is awakened, not by true love’s kiss, but by a man with a sword at her throat. So she does the only thing a princess can do—nails him in the balls and sticks him with a dagger. But something has gone wrong because now her entire family isn’t waking up and Ronan, a warrior from an enemy kingdom, arrives on her doorstep seeking answers she doesn’t want to give. Bent on revenge, the evil fae returns to claim the princess and kill everyone asleep in the castle. So Thorne strikes a bargain—thirty days to break the curse or Thorne becomes her property forever. But Thorne has no idea how to break a hundred-year-old spell that’s gone awry. As time ticks away and she scrambles for a solution, her feelings for Ronan become entwined in her fate. Now she must find a way to protect her heart, save herself, and rescue everyone she’s ever loved. Amazon KU
t’s that time of year once again ladies! The dragon mating season is upon us! It’s time for those highborn human women to lie, cheat, claw, and stab their way into a chance at being mated to a dragon. But something strange has happened this year, it’s not only the high borns that have a chance to win the gauntlet, even the low born like me has a chance to win the prize and the bragging rights. I’m Daria Littlefoot and I came here for the money and I won’t be leaving without it. Or at least that’s how my day starts out. By the end of it I somehow find myself shackled to not only one dragon but five. Five pain in the ass dragons that want me just as much as I want them, which is not at all. Fate is a fickle bitch. Someone send booze. I’m going to need it. Amazon KU
Death always wins. That’s a lesson I’m learning the hard way, as I race to figure out a way to outrun death. The problem is death doesn’t play fair, and each day it gets closer to what it wants most… Me. Time’s ticking, and I’m out of places to hide. The only option I have left is entrust my life to four of the most devastatingly handsome, and dangerous, men I’ve ever met. Vampires. They’re walking embodiments of sin and power, with scars that run as deep as my own. Putting my life in their hands is risky at best, and trusting them with my heart is completely out of the question. Now with fractured memories of my past looming over me and death on my heels, I have no choice but to fight for my life if I want to keep it. What else am I going to do, die trying? It wouldn’t be the first time. Amazon KU
I was engaged. Okay, so I wasn’t technically engaged. But I did fantasize about it. A lot. Okay, all the time. No need to pretend. The only problem here was when couples got engaged, there was usually a proposal of sorts, an exchange of promises, and a mutual agreement to spend the rest of their lives together. But three weeks have now passed since the night I found that black box with that pretty ring, and still, the chief hasn’t proposed. But I’ve got worse problems. A mysterious and ominous curse spreads across our town, and we don’t know who’s responsible or why it’s happening. This curse could mean the destruction of Hollow Cove and all its people. Things soon spiral down the crapper when the folks from our town start acting crazy and lashing out in a frenzy of madness before dropping dead from this mystifying curse. With our lives on the line and my magic mojo back, it will take everything I have to survive. If I even can. Amazon KU
The Wolf Shifter Bride – I grew up in a traditional pack. After losing my mother at an early age, I remained an only child. My father decreed that I would have a mate to carry on our bloodline. When I refused, he threatened to deny me my inheritance. Even though I would rather be single, it was now time for me to marry. The male my father approved of was handsome and strong. But that changed nothing. I lived my life like I was single. I partied all night, and didn’t come home until dawn, ignoring what my mate wanted. After doing everything I could to destroy our relationship, my life was in danger. I could not escape this monster. At the last moment, my mate arrived. He saved my life.
Now I have reconsidered how I feel. But will he ever forgive me? The Wolf Shifter Groom – I watched my friends choose their mates, but I remained single. Until another Alpha made the leader of my pack an offer. His daughter was single and in need of a mate. My Alpha agreed to play matchmaker and arrange a marriage between us. The female was beautiful and sexy, so I agreed. We got married and started our new life together. But I was in for a shock. My mate remained alluring, but she was also spoiled, demanding, and destructive. She wrecked both of our lives. I wanted to leave her and end our marriage. But fate intervened. She was taken hostage by an eternal enemy. With her life in danger, I had to act, no matter the consequences. Could an arranged marriage lead to true love? AmazonKU
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