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.
After two years of alien captivity, Evie is free, but her captors have changed her. Now struggling to control a terrifying new power, her only hope is one formidable, dangerous alien king. Logistics manager Evie Mason is no longer a prisoner on an alien space station, but she’s far from Earth, suffering nightmares, and fighting to ignore the growing power inside her. She just wants to be normal, but when she comes face to face with the intoxicating ruler of the planet Taln, normal isn’t an option. He speaks to the power inside her, and ignites a fierce desire she’s never felt before. Conqueror Graylan Taln Sarkany is the king of Taln and its people, who can control the geological forces of their planet. He’s dedicated to protecting Talnians from his evil father and uses his immense power to command the rocks, soil, and earthquakes. But Gray must always keep a part of his power leashed. The part that’s too volatile, too enormous, too dangerous. Then one small, tough woman from Earth threatens all his control. As a final, violent showdown with Graylan’s father draws closer, Gray and Evie are swept into a whirlwind of power and passion, their powers connecting them in ways neither of them understand. With Gray’s brothers, their mates, and allies by their side, they will fight, and Gray will unleash everything he has to protect his planet, his people, and Evie. AmazonKU
VS Note: The first seven books today are from a shared world – here’s part of the ‘series’ blurb: ” the Stranded With an Alien collection, a collaboration of authors telling holiday tales with a science fiction romance twist. Each book is a standalone, containing its own Happily Ever After, and they can be read in any order.”
Noelle is finally leaving her job on the Drexian space station and going home to Scotland for the holidays. Two things she didn’t expect: to be sharing the trip with a hot Neebix named Vixin and for their ship to crash land on a frozen planet. To add to their problems, the natives on the icy alien world believe she’s one of their goddesses. To make things even more complicated, they’re convinced she’s the goddess of the fertility festival they’re celebrating. Frying pan meet fire! To stay alive until they can be rescued, Noelle and Vixin decide to go along with the case of mistaken identity. But can they continue to convince the aliens that Noelle is their goddess until the Drexians find them? More importantly, can they fight off their growing attraction now that they’re forced to share a sumptuous suite worthy of a fertility goddess? Amazon KU
Sinta is coming to town – but this time he’s the one receiving a gift. An unexpected inheritance comes at the perfect time for Holly. Her on-again, off-again relationship is off for good, her Christmas plans have been canceled, and her parents have decided to spend the holiday traveling. But the remote mountain cabin she inherited is not the idyllic paradise she remembers from her childhood. There’s no power, no cell service, and she’s quite sure someone – or something – is watching her from the woods…Sinta’s observation trip to this primitive planet has gone disastrously wrong. His ship’s systems have gone haywire, the freezing temperatures have thrown his body into his beast-like survival mode, and he’s lost touch with his world. Then the enchanting human female he spies from the woods threatens to throw his beast into a mating frenzy…When Sinta and Holly are forced to work together to survive they discover an unexpected connection – but is there any future for them once the holidays are over? Amazon KU
Zaydie – I’ve traveled all the way to planet Hallion to research their winter holiday. Though I came to write a fluffy article for my editor, there’s nothing fluffy about the seven-foot-tall Khal-rah with his tail, fangs, horns, claws, and appetite for the hunt. He’s lethal and powerful and exudes sex appeal. Something deep inside me yearns to run to see if he’ll give chase. Taliz – I’ve never wanted a female more than I want Zaydie. Being stranded in a cabin and sharing a single bed means I can’t avoid her scent, her lush curves, or the way her tiny pink tongue licks her full, berry-red lips. And while I want to please the intoxicating female, it would be sheer madness because she’ll want to flee from my beast. No power in the galaxy will help the little Earther run fast enough to escape me. AmazonKU
While on the run from the aliens who abducted me from Earth, I find an abandoned shack on this alien planet and hide inside. When a winter storm descends, I’m stuck inside with no food, no warm clothes, and only melted snow for water. But I’m not alone. There is a blue alien outside watching me with his violet eyes. I’ve seen his bulk, his powerful tail, and the sharp blades that emerge from underneath his scaly skin. I figure that I’m done for, and that I’ll freeze to death in this shack like a lonely human popsicle. But then the gifts start appearing under a snow-covered tree. And I have to wonder—is this a lure to coax me out of my hiding spot, or is this some sort of miracle? AmazonKU
My two girls and I are going to be snowed in for Christmas and that’s fine with us, until an alien spacecraft crashes behind our wooded Maine home. I take the gorgeous Virilian, Prince Sakar, home with me. He’s injured and tracking an endangered alien dog with a taste for my neighbor’s goats. Spending Christmas with an alien prince is the last thing my daughters and I expected, next to my falling in love with him. My heart’s been beaten up plenty, but can I take a chance on this male who adores my young girls and awakens desires I thought long dead? I usually avoid Earth at all costs, but tracking the daerli led me to crash-landing on Nessa’s property in the middle of a snowstorm. My kind are forbidden on Earth, but I can’t leave without the rare creature I’m tracking, and the female I’m stranded with has enthralled me. I want her with all of my being. When the human authorities arrive to take me away, the deepest hidden side of my Virilian nature comes out to protect her. I must find a way to prove to Nessa that I am her fated mate, or lose her forever. Amazon KU
Alyssa: As one of the few female Earthians who works in space, I’m not about to give up my career for marriage and babies. I scorn the idiots who created the podcast “Earth Girls Are Horny.” Unfortunately, they’ve gone viral in a whole new way, calling unwanted attention from galaxies far, far away. The planet Thropian is one secretive and unknown planet who are paying big money to have a bride shipped in a pod to drop down in time for their holiday gift-giving games. And our horny Earth girls? The volunteers are a mile long, even when it’s unknown what the mysterious Thropians look like. But not me. No, my job is to test the pod before the actual prize is sent. I’ll earn a boatload of money for not being a bride. Zearn: A mate is the last thing on my mind, especially those from a dismal planet who offer themselves to complete strangers as prizes. The utter arrogance is astounding. But when a female lands in the danger zone of our competitive Twelve Days of Cheneca, I’m dispatched as the lead hunter to track her down and to keep her safe. I do not expect a female who is as much a warrior as me. A female who is worthy of me. A prize who marries me in the traditional way during the celebrations of our holidays. It does not matter that she does not know. AmazonKU
I need to deliver a shipload of presents to a colony orphanage before Christmas. After my parents died in the Evarian-Human War, I grew up in this orphanage. They gave me a home and a new start on life. Now I fly supply runs from one planet to another, donating the credits I earn to ensure other orphans get everything they need. But when my ship crashes during a snowstorm in an alien forest, an Evarian warrior, Frost, saves me. He’s a gruff guy with a heart as lonely as mine. We ride out the storm together, and by the time the sky clears, I’m falling hard for someone I used to consider my enemy. Frost promises he’ll get me to the orphanage before Christmas. But once we’ve delivered the presents, will I be able to tell him goodbye? Amazon KU
Did she run from one monster into the arms of a bigger monster? On the run to keep her four-year-old daughter safe from her monstrous ex, Marysol is determined to never again marry, never trust again, never love again. The last thing she expected was to be kidnapped by a cyborg who claims to be the cook on the spaceship. But something must be seriously wrong with her because the more she gets to know Amukkan, the more she sees a lonely man instead of a dangerous cyborg. But would this handsome gentle giant who loves to cook, turn into the sort of monster her ex did once he knew he had her? Could he be something more sinister than a cook?
I was assigned a mandatory emotional support animal when I volunteered for a five year solo mission to a remote alien planet. I got a goat called Strumpet. (Probably should have questioned the name.) She’s sweet until she comes in season, and then there is no stopping her. No tie, no fence, no barrier will stop her from seeking a mate. When Strumpet escapes into the wild, I go looking for her.
When I find her, she’s in trouble. (What else is new.) She’s found a local mate. That male belongs to a big, bad alien barbarian with big, hard… horns. As soon as Gruff sees me, he forgets all about my goat. It’s mating season, and I’m going to get bucked. Amazon KU
They may have managed to win a major battle against the powerful enemy determined to destroy civilization as we know it. But the war continues, with Alex and Sam embarking on a desperate journey to save mankind, even as their friendship blossoms into something much more. The roadmap for their journey lies in a mysterious book, the language of which has never been deciphered, until Alex finds himself able to translate the words that may hold the keys to saving the future. Toward that end, Alex’s and Sam’s quest spirits them away to a myriad of locations around the world, each of which holds another piece of the puzzle that can defeat the alien invaders. But an ageless foe, long the guardian of the secrets his race has left behind on Earth, arises to stop them at all costs. At his disposal is a deadly and merciless army that has been awaiting this very war, an army as unstoppable as it is relentless. Over the ruins of the lost Mayan city of El Mirador, a blood moon is about to rise, triggering the end of mankind unless Alex and Sam can prevail in a struggle that will determine the fate of the planet. As forces both ancient and modern converge, as painful choices must be made and sacrifices accepted, two young heroes will rise again to stand as the final line of defense to preserve their world and their love.
Seventeen-year-old Maisie Rojas has spent her entire life in the Q—a post-pandemic quarantine zone that was once Austin, Texas. Born and raised behind the high security walls that sealed their fate, she’s now a trusted lieutenant for one of the territory’s controlling families. Lennon Pierce, the charismatic son of a US presidential candidate, has just been kidnapped by his father’s enemies and dropped out of a plane into the Q with nothing but a parachute strapped to his back. Lennon is given a temporary antidote to the disease and crucial intel for his father, but Maisie must get him out of the zone within forty-eight hours–or he will be permanently infected and forced to remain.
With unrest brewing both inside and outside the Q, reaching the exit is a daunting and dangerous task. But if Maisie and Lennon fail, it could mean disaster for the entire quarantine zone and its inhabitants—and could cost Lennon his life. Amazon AB Kobo
After barely escaping an exploding enemy ship, human roboticist Carmela Cosgrove and exiled alien prince Cyburn return to his rebel ship, but they are far from safe. The Belic Empire controls the entire solar system, and all they’ve managed to do is destroy one single ship. If they don’t flee fast, they’ll be overrun with no chances of making it out alive. The last thing they need is another complication, but a member of Cyburn’s crew isn’t happy about Carmela’s new relationship with their leader or that she’ll be staying on with them indefinitely. With tensions rising toward the boiling point and their ultimate plan in jeopardy, Cyburn struggles to gain control over his team while deepening his connection with Carmela. Though she feels safe in Cyburn’s arms and bed, Carmela can’t help but feel a sense of dread with each mounting confrontation with those who want her gone from the ship. As they move toward their planned attack on Cyburn’s home planet, a stronghold for the Empire, can Cyburn and Carmela win over the naysayers, or will the conflict on board spell their destruction? AmazonKU
VS note: Not a romance but a scif release of note. Also: Neom is a present day city being built in the real world desert of Saudia Arabia, using ‘smart city’ technology. This novel is set in the far future of that city.
The city known as Neom is many things to many beings, human or otherwise. It is a tech wonderland for the rich and beautiful; an urban sprawl along the Red Sea; and a port of call between Earth and the stars. In the desert, young orphan Elias has joined a caravan, hoping to earn his passage off-world. But the desert is full of mechanical artefacts, some unexplained and some unexploded. Recently, a wry, unnamed robot has unearthed one of the region’s biggest mysteries: the vestiges of a golden man. In Neom, childhood affection is rekindling between loyal shurta-officer Nasir and hardworking flower-seller Mariam. But Nasu, a deadly terrorartist, has come to the city with missing memories and unfinished business. Just one robot can change a city’s destiny with a single rose—especially when that robot is in search of lost love. Amazon AB Kobo
Fox Axford has been tasked with capturing a feared thief who has been terrorizing the Hild Empire, not flirt with the impassive captain he’s been unlikely paired with. When Fox is assigned to the Hild case by the Intergalactic Police Force, he doesn’t anticipate it taking very long. He’s known for his wits and charm and is confident enough in his abilities to have this thing solved and closed before the week is through. Except, he didn’t account for how distracting working with Captain Jiro Arc was going to be. Jiro Arc has a secret he’s been keeping all his life, one that he’s never wanted to share with anyone. Until the day Detective Fox appears. Having lived quietly climbing the ranks of the Hild Comets, Captain Jiro is used to rebuffing attention with his steely disposition. All of his efforts seem to have the opposite effect on the detective, however, who only seems more and more interested in Jiro and his personal life as time goes on. Their main task is to find the mysterious thief Shilling and bring him to justice, but Jiro has an agenda of his own, one that might ultimately lead to him betraying Fox, whether he likes it or not. Fox grows even more conflicted after meeting the thief they’re after. Shilling isn’t at all what he expected, and when he finds himself sympathizing with the enemy, Fox is forced to acknowledge that there may be things he doesn’t yet know or understand about the vast universe, and the people living in it. Amazon KU
VS note: Sorry to see this series end!
He’s the monster from the dark. I’m the girl who keeps a secret. Huntr was the first Gryn warrior…the first alien…I met. Injured and hurting, I helped him heal. I fell in love. And then he rejected me. Once he left, I was resigned to living on this alien planet without him. Resigned to trying to forget him. Thing is, I have a secret. It’s only tiny right now, but soon I won’t be able to hide it any longer. When I least expect it. Huntr is back in my life. Big, muscled and as ferally handsome as ever. One look and I know I’m going to have to spill. But if he rejects me again, I’m not sure my heart can take it. And if I don’t tell him, he’s going to find out anyway, and I might just lose him completely. AmazonKU
VS Note: A re-release
Lied to and cheated on by her ex, Lacey wants to meet someone who will make her forget all about her heartbreak for one night. One filthy night. A dancer on the luxury space cruise liner Miss Conduct, she has her pick of partners alien and human, but no one at the nightclub seems to pique her interest… until she meets a drop-dead gorgeous alien with shimmering scales. Auren is a Rounaii, a nonbinary alien species, on holiday in space, far away from prying eyes at home—and exactly where they need to be to meet an enchanting little human female who instantly captivates them. Their instant attraction feels like fate. But the night’s bliss is shattered the morning after when the evacuation alarms blare. One thrilling obstacle after another follows on the pair’s heels, from escaping a doomed ship to being held for ransom by space pirates—pirates who are very interested in what Auren does for a living. Can a one-night stand gone awry blossom into something meaningful and long-lasting for Lacey and Auren, or will the differences between humans and Rounaii prove too great an obstacle for the pair to overcome? Amazon KU
VS note: “Aliens” is my favorite movie of all time and so I was excited to see this book; one clicked. NOT a romance but a scifi release of note.
A groundbreaking Latinx Aliens novel by a rising star Latina author, featuring the fan-favorite character PFC Jenette Vasquez from the hit movie Aliens and the family she is forced to leave behind. For the very first time, the canonical background of the breakout Aliens hero Jenette Vasquez, as well as the story of the children she was forced to leave behind as written by the rising Latina horror star V. Castro (Queen of the Cicadas). Even before the doomed mission to Hadley’s Hope on LV-426, Jenette Vasquez had to fight to survive. Born to an immigrant family with a long military tradition, she looked up to the stars, but life pulled her back down to Earth—first into a street gang, then prison. The Colonial Marines proved to be Vasquez’s way out—a way that forced her to give up her twin children. Raised by Jenette’s sister, those children, Leticia and Ramon, had to discover their own ways to survive. Leticia by following her mother’s path into the military, Ramon into the corporate hierarchy of Weyland-Yutani. Their paths would converge on an unnamed planet which some see as a potential utopia, while others would use it for highly secretive research. Regardless of whatever humans might have planned for it, however, Xenomorphs will turn it into a living hell. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
AMORPHOUS LOVE (SPACE HICCUPS THE SERIES BOOK 1) by Jeanette Lynn
When you go from jelly at the shipmate you’ve been running around with’s sudden change of heart, or other body part… to a run-in with a gelatinous based space-cryptid who not only feeds off of other beings’ emotions in a disturbingly parasitic fashion, but when finding himself encroached on by a distraught human who mistakes him for an inanimate object, chooses to console instead of pointing out her mistake and castigating her for it. Jelly with a heart? What’s a human woman on a shiny ship on a mission along the outer reaches of space to do when that once cool customer of a being she was informed was best left to itself, has decided there just might be something to attaching himself to a certain curvy engineer? AmazonKU
VS Note: Not listed as a romance but there appear to be romantic elements for sure. A scifi release of note. Cliffhanger.
Over the past five decades, the dome over our Ecocity has protected us from the deviants living in the forbidden territory. Since the great war ended, our lives have consisted of virtue and order. Once a year, seven people are sent out to the forbidden lands to see if there are any deviants worth saving. None have returned, only increasing people’s fear of what lies beyond the safe border of the dome.
When I’m chosen as a crusader, the world, as I know it, is ripped from under my feet. In the forbidden territory, I learn things I never dreamed existed – a world I’ve been totally oblivious to. I meet people who freely show emotion and affection. People who dare make their own choices. It’s frightening and the opposite of everything I’ve ever known. Suddenly, I have to fight for my life. I’m thrown into chaos where time is running out to become a skilled fighter who will be an asset for the coming war. But my mind’s bombarded with questions – who’s right and who’s wrong? Which side should I fight on? I don’t belong in this world filled with cruelty and depravity. Then there’s Chance, my reluctant trainer. The man is the definition of deadly and so attractive I struggle to think straight around him. I’m also pretty sure he would love nothing more than to snap my neck. Cruel, impatient, and harsh, he’s a brute who seems annoyed by my existence. Honestly, I’m not sure I will survive living with the deviants, never mind fighting in a war. Unless I find my courage and learn to fight for myself, I fear this new world will crush me. Amazon KU
Kaine’s place on the Phaeton council may have changed his title, but it didn’t weaken his warrior instincts. When his human bride is threatened, he doesn’t hesitate to take off his robes and go back to his roots…and Phaeton Prime. Amazon KU
VS Note: Not a romance but I’m also reporting on a scifi romance by the same author (see next item).
Prince, a starship pilot, is stranded and about to crash-land when a teleporting dragon decides to rescue him. The dragon believes he belongs on zir utopian homeworld, but when Prince’s past mistakes catch up to him, it’s going to take more than wishful thinking to get him out in one piece. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Danya Xiang would rather dig potatoes than wield a blaster. Raised as a member of the Greenjacket rebel organization, she’s content to stay away from military glory and spend her days in food production—until her soldier twin, Nox, is injured right before a mission. Nox begs Danya to take her place, hoping to use their secret telepathic link to spy through Danya’s eyes. Reluctantly, Danya agrees. But her loyalty to the Greenjackets is stretched to its limits when she’s asked to capture university student Amy Ediya, whose mother’s valuable genetics research has been missing for a decade. The Greenjackets are convinced that Amy has it hidden. Danya realizes that, while Amy may not have the research, she’s the only one who can find it. The two of them desert the Greenjacket army and Amy’s university studies to embark on a quest for Amy’s estranged family. As trust grows between them, attraction blooms, too. But that only means they have more to lose when the search draws them into danger.
VS Note: Author states series must be read in order.
Life as an android isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After three months of living in an android body, slinging noodles, and fending off ornery men, Yumi’s done waiting to get her life back. But to do that, she’ll have to deal with her biggest rival, Gen, and the powerful Aoi Uma. Together, they’re mercilessly conquering the capital city, including the hospital where Yumi’s frozen body is stored. Yumi wants her eggs, and the only option to retrieve them is an undercover mission right under Gen’s nose. Rescuing her frozen eggs is only the beginning. Her new body is waiting for her… and so is the love of her life, Rin. He barely trusts her as an android, and he’s slipping away. If she can stop Gen and Aoi Uma from stuffing humans into androids, she can transfer to her new body and win back Rin. Easier said than done when Gen is on her tail at every turn. With the help of an expert team of journalists, assassins, and hackers, Yumi pushes forward with a risky strategy to take down Gen and Aoi Uma and end their reign of terror. Will Yumi end the siege of Shin-Osaka before the city is destroyed? And will Rin eventually welcome her back in her new body? This plan is dangerous at best and devastating at worst, and Yumi only has one life left. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
This fierce dragon warrior wants forever but that’s the one thing I can’t give him… no matter how much I want to. Othim wants to lay his claim and for the sweltering hot, seven-foot tall, alien dragon-man, that means forever. Zmaj mate for life, never choosing another. There is no “until death do you part” for them. There’s something messed up deep inside me, all the way on a genetic level. I’m going to die early, just like my mother did, and I can’t do that to Othim. I can’t promise him forever when I know it’s a lie. I don’t have forever. He has to be wrong. I can’t be his fated mate, that would be too cruel. He’s going to have to turn his attention and ‘claim’ to one of the other girls. It’s the right thing to do, I know it is, even when it hurts so much. But this stubborn and willful dragon won’t take no for an answer. Amazon KU
Margot McCallan expected to sleep peacefully through the months’ long journey to a new life on a distant colony planet. But she’s rudely awakened and rescued from a hypersleep chamber full of fellow colonists who have turned into ghouls with an insane hunger for flesh. Chief of Operations Izzy Ramirez expected the usual uneventful trip ferrying sleeping colonists and their supplies. But when a saboteur repeatedly triggers a virus that cripples the ship’s computer and wakes colonists randomly, she has to lead the rescue parties to save those lucky few who don’t wake up hungry. Margot and Izzy should never have met, despite sharing that journey. But now they’re a team, working to end the nightmare and save the lives of thousands of people. As their feelings for each other grow stronger, they try to wait, to put romance on hold until they are no longer facing danger together. But it’s hard not to reach out for hope in the midst of horror.
VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. Publisher states Cleopatra and Julius Caesar are one inspiration for the story.
Princess Altagracia has lost everything. After a bloody civil war, her twin sister has claimed both the crown of their planet, Szayet, and the Pearl of its prophecy: a computer that contains the immortal soul of Szayet’s god. So when the interstellar Empire of Ceiao turns its conquering eye toward Szayet, Gracia sees an opportunity. To regain her planet, Gracia places herself in the hands of the empire and its dangerous commander, Matheus Ceirran. But winning over Matheus, to say nothing of his mercurial and compelling captain Anita, is no easy feat. And in trying to secure her planet’s sovereignty and future, Gracia will find herself torn between Matheus’s ambitions, Anita’s unpredictable desires, and the demands of the Pearl that whispers in her ear. For Szayet’s sake and her own, she will need to become more than a princess with a silver tongue. She will have to become a queen as history has never seen before. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
I’ve been hunted by the government for months now, and I’m ready for all of this alien chaos to be over. But when my path collides with a huge alien called Specimen Two (or S2), I’m drawn back into a world of secrets, lies, and terrifying danger….All I want is a normal, boring life, but S2 makes that impossible when he kidnaps me and holds me captive. We’re the subjects of an alien prophecy, and he’s determined to see our shared destiny fulfilled—even if it’s the last thing I want. But as much as I try to fight S2’s raw alien magnetism, I know it’s only a matter of time before I surrender, and he lays claim to me…body and soul. Amazon KU
After years of adventures, professional thief and amateur noodle critic Yael is invited to join The Order of the Banshee, a collection of the greatest female thieves in the universe, despite being decades younger than any of them. Yael’s childhood best friend, Molina, has lived the opposite life: a stern and serious member of The Sunrisers, the universe’s premiere peacekeeping organization, she’s just been promoted to Captain, serving under her father. Her first assignment of her new command: Bring down The Order of the Banshee. Yael and Molina now find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict neither of them will escape unscathed. The love they have for each other is the same as when they were young, but either their personal values or their love will break. In this game of cat and mouse, both women must use all their wits and tricks to stay ahead of their new enemy. Will order triumph, or will chaos? No matter what, Yael and Molina will both lose.
VS Note: Not romance but a steampunk scifi release of note.
You never want to ruin a really good dramatic exit. When you flee home on a cyborg horse the exact second you turn eighteen, you don’t really expect to go back to the place you fled from, you know? But sometimes your old life hits you from behind. Sometimes you spend years away from home, killing dangerous people who had the bad luck to get infected by a lungful of ghostfog, only to find out that your dad, the king, is dead, and now your siblings are ordering you back home for a high stakes family reunion. But when the heirs are quadruplets, the line of succession tends to get a wee bit murky. So in order to regain your independence, you’ve got to navigate a deadly web of intrigue, where every sibling wants your allegiance, and any decision might tear your country—and your family—apart. Amazon KU
An alien planet, 20 crash-landed human women trying to survive… and a clan of warriors desperate for mates. Yesterday, my life was boring. Crummy job, skyrocketing bills, and my only romance in years with a “boyfriend” I plugged into the wall at night. Today, I crash-landed on an unknown planet. And now I’ve been captured—err, “rescued”—by a seven-foot-tall barbarian who seems to have a crush on me. He promises he’ll keep me safe, but when he looks at me, there’s a hunger in his eyes that makes me shiver. It turns out on this planet, women are the most valuable resource there is. Tribes go to war for them. Men fight and die for the chance to claim one as a mate. And now this huge, virile beast has me all to himself. And he really wants me to have his babies. AmazonKU
No one guessed the zombies would reach our rural town so fast. We thought we had time. We believed we were safe. It was pure chance that I found Russ by the side of the road the day our world fell apart. The first boy I ever loved was hardly my first choice for riding out the apocalypse with. But he wasn’t my last choice either. Thing is, the business of surviving the end times gets lonely. None of us can go back to before the zombies shattered our illusions of safety. And that goes double for Russ and me. Our relationship ended long before the virus changed everything. The bonds of the family we’ve built from the ashes of society mean more than taking a second chance at romance. True love doesn’t mean much when heartbreak could be the distraction that gets us all killed out in the wilds. Still, with the gnawing fear of a fate worse than death as a constant companion, it’s easy to seek comfort in old habits. Russ doesn’t make it easy to keep my emotional distance, but we get by on furtive moments stolen together. Until our niece gets sick and we’re her best shot at a cure. Only, it turns out our situation is even more dire than we knew, and in exchange for saving Lily, we’re sent on a hopeless mission. I’m not sure which is worse, facing certain death, or watching the man I can’t have risk everything by my side. Amazon KU
I should fear the snake monster. But I can’t help but love him. There is no such thing as a safe space on the dread world of Protheka. I thought that living in the woods would keep the monsters that roamed the land from finding me. But when I find Vaishuu in the forest, I can’t leave him for dead.
I should fear the snake monster. But I find the danger thrilling. And I keep coming back for more.
He tries to own me. Control me. The worst part? I let him. Because his touch is more tender than I expect. Despite his harsh exterior, there is more to him than brutality. Deep down, Vaishuu has something else to offer me than his body. His heart. Amazon KU
VS Note: Author states you must read book one first.
Acknowledged at last by the Governing Council, his life mating accepted, Jonathan Thomsin makes a home on Daran with his husband, Talin of the Warrior Order. He knows he will never see Earth or his family again and learns to live with that endless grief. Jon is ecstatic when the Daranii Council gives Jon permission to return to Earth for life-saving surgery and allows him to contact and stay with his family for six months. He will be healed in body, his grief left behind on Daran. Everything is possible, even peace between Daran and Earth. There are many issues to solve, people to convince, and prejudices to overcome. For Jon, there was one problem that overshadowed the rest. He had been irrevocably changed while on Daran. Jon forgot the old adage “you can’t go home again.” AmazonKU
VS Note: An expanded, revised re-release. Author’s Note: “This book was originally published as Star Warrior by C.F. Harris but has been completely rewritten and extended with an all new ending!”
Talia was a captain in the Combined Interstellar Fleet until the day she lost her ship in battle and found herself carried off to a strange alien world, stuck with an alien general she should hate. An alluring alien she can’t get out of her head. A woman she might just be falling for. There’s just the pesky business of conquering her enemies she has to get out of the way before she can consider a date. Varis used to be feared. Respected. The most decorated general in the Livisk Ascendency. All that was in the past when she mounted a daring raid against the human homeworld. She was searching to restore her honor, but instead she found Talia. Exotic. Beautiful. The only human to ever defeat her in battle, and the only human who might just win her heart. The only problem? There’s a mad empress trying to kill them, nobles plotting around them, a crew to rescue, an empire to overthrow, and maybe even a wedding to plan. On a world where wedding planners think trial by single combat is a perfectly reasonable way to deal with a human bridezilla. Who knew it would take traveling halfway across the galaxy to find love, or that it would be so complicated once they found it? Amazon KU
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VS: Returning to my backlist highlights, next up is DANGER IN THE STARS, which just received a really glowing 5 star review from Sophia Rose at the Books of My Heart blog. In part she said: “…a tension-wrought mafia-style sci-fi romance with enough twists and turns to keep the reader flipping pages right from beginning to end.”
Miriell, a powerful empathic priestess, has been kidnapped from her own primitive planet along with a number of her people, and sold to the evil Amarotu Combine, largest organized crime syndicate in the Sectors. When she and her handler are sent to use her power to commit an assassination, she must leave behind her own sister as hostage to ensure her compliance. Miriell cannot ask for aid without endangering herself and others.
Despite his best efforts, Combine enforcer Conor Stewart is entranced by Miriell, and helps her evade the worst of brutal treatment from the rest of the mob. But Conor must keep his distance, before the lovely empath learns that he has secrets of his own–secrets that could get them both killed.
The situation becomes dire when Conor and Miriell come to the attention of both the Combine overlords and the deadly Mawreg, aliens who threaten the Sectors. Can she save herself and the Mawreg’s next victims? And will Conor help her, or remain loyal to his evil bosses?
VS Note: This is the story of the sister who is mentioned in passing in Star Cruise: Stowaway, my story in the award winning, first Pets in Space™ anthology. The new novel is completely standalone.
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VS note: She’s an autobuy for me and her novel RADIANCE is one of my all time favorites, just exceptional.
Siora has been on the run for longer than she cares to remember, from her past and her gift. Born with the ability to see and speak to ghosts, she has heard their desperate pleas as an otherworldly predator stalks the dead amid the fertile killing fields of the collapsing Krael Empire. The creature’s power and reach are growing with every soul it consumes, but Siora is preoccupied with her own troubles: namely an assassin who has sworn an oath of vengeance against her. Gharek of Cabast was once the right-hand man of the reviled empress but is now a wanted fugitive. Although his reasons for hunting Siora are viscerally personal, what Gharek can’t anticipate is that when he finally does find her, she will hold the key to saving his world, or what’s left of it. To make good on old debts and protect the vulnerable dead from a malevolent force, Gharek and Siora will both need to make an ally out of an enemy—and trust that will be enough to save each other. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Most spies take a break for the holidays, but not me, Charlotte Locke. As an analyst for Section 47, a secret spy organization, I normally use my magical form of synesthesia to uncover lies and track paramortal criminals from the comfort of my cubicle. But tonight I’m going out into the field, along with my partner, Desmond Percy, a powerful galvanist. Instead of enjoying Christmastime in the city, I’m in a German castle, dressed like a toy soldier and masquerading as a waitress at a swanky Christmas Eve party. My mission? To gather information that will help Section 47 track down a dangerous enemy. Despite the glitz and glamour, I can’t shake the sense that something is wrong—and that Desmond and I might not leave the party alive. DANCES OF DEATH . . .My name is Desmond Percy, although I’ve had many aliases during my years working as a cleaner for Section 47. But I’ve never had a real partner until Charlotte Locke. My part of the mission is simple: pretend to be a guest and keep an eye on things at the party while Charlotte uses her synesthesia to track down the information we need. But what starts out as a sugar plum dream quickly turns into a holiday nightmare. Forget the mission. All I want for Christmas is to keep Charlotte safe. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Ever since a vampire murdered her mother, Ava has been determined to get revenge. This all-encompassing drive has given her the fuel she needed to survive foster home after foster home.
But it’s been ten years since anyone’s seen a vampire, and Ava has lost hope that she’ll ever find one…until she stumbles across a hidden magic show where she witnesses impossible illusions. The magicians may not be the bloodsuckers she’s hunting, but Ava is convinced something supernatural is at play, so she sneaks backstage and catches them in acts they can’t explain. But they’ve been waiting for her. The magicians reveal they’re part of an ancient secret society with true magic, and Ava has the same power in her blood that they do. If she joins them, they promise to teach her the skills she needs to hunt vampires and avenge her mother. But there’s a catch: if she wants to keep the power they offer, she needs to prove she’s worthy of it. And to do so, she must put on the performance of her life in a sinister and dangerous competition where illusion and reality blur, and the stakes are deadly. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Rhode Island, 1846. Estranged from his family, writer Merritt Fernsby is surprised when he inherits a remote estate in the Narragansett Bay. Though the property has been uninhabited for more than a century, Merritt is ready to call it home—until he realizes he has no choice. With its doors slamming shut and locking behind him, Whimbrel House is not about to let Merritt leave. Ever. Hulda Larkin of the Boston Institute for the Keeping of Enchanted Rooms has been trained in taming such structures in order to preserve their historical and magical significance. She understands the dangers of bespelled homes given to tantrums. She advises that it’s in Merritt’s best interest to make Whimbrel House their ally. To do that, she’ll need to move in, too. Prepared as she is with augury, a set of magic tools, and a new staff trained in the uncanny, Hulda’s work still proves unexpectedly difficult. She and Merritt grow closer as the investigation progresses, but the house’s secrets run deeper than they anticipated. And the sentient walls aren’t their only concern—something outside is coming for the enchantments of Whimbrel House, and it could be more dangerous than what rattles within. AmazonKU AB
A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago’s divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above. An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother’s life is offered one last job before serving an eternity in hell. When she turns it down, her client sweetens the pot by offering up the one payment she can’t resist—the chance to have a future where she grows old with the woman she loves. To succeed, she is given three days to track down the White City Vampire, Chicago’s most notorious serial killer. If she fails, only hell and heartbreak await.
Alice Daniels has a problem. Her reflection keeps misbehaving when she looks in the mirror—and the longer she ignores it, the harder it tries to get her attention. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns why: she is a huntress, someone gifted with the power to enter mirrors and the magical world that exists beyond. But with this power comes immense responsibility, for in the Mirror Realm lurks an evil that has infected the human race for centuries: demons. It is up to her and her three huntress sisters—with the help of one handsome and overbearing protector—to hunt and banish this evil one demon at a time, thereby keeping the chaos in check. But when an ancient god pays Alice a visit that turns deadly, it is clear the Mirror Realm is more than it seems, and she soon finds herself in a race against time to save the life—and soul—of the one man the gods are determined to never let her have.
Hemlock Falls isn’t like other towns. You won’t find it on a map, your phone won’t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill you. Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie’s town—and the rest of humanity—from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night. Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyal—and restore her family’s good name. Or die trying. But in order to survive, Winnie enlists the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnie’s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for. Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
When bright, brash Jessamine Murphy finds a recruitment poster for the Pony Express, her tomboy heart skips a beat: not only for adventure, but for the chance to track down her wayward father in California. Eager to reunite her fractured family, Jessamine cuts her hair, dons a pair of trousers, and steps into the world as Jesse. With a bit of trickery, Jesse wins a special assignment—as does Ben Foley, a quiet but determined boy who guards secrets as closely as Jesse does. The two are to transport unusual cargo along an unusual route: the Nightland Express. They ride west together, one excitedly navigating the world as a boy, the other passing as white to escape the monsters from his past. Ben and Jesse soon realize their assignment is special in more ways than one: their tireless horses cover ground faster than should be possible, and inhuman creatures watch their journey from the darkness. The Nightland Express is more than a mail route—it traces the border between the mortal world and a vibrant, magical land just beyond. As both realms hover on the precipice of disaster, Jesse and Ben must learn to fully trust one another before a catastrophic rift separates the two worlds—and the two riders—forever. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
VS Note: Put it on my TBR list. Reminds me of that old scifi movie “Reign of Dragons”.
Two years ago, a wormhole opened and ushered vicious dragons into the world. The dragons burned Earth’s cities to the ground and sent its inhabitants scattering for cover—and since then, Ayanna Grace, a seventeen-year-old Black girl, has been scratching out a life in an abandoned subway system, part of an extensive underground community. Underground, medicine runs short and outbreaks of disease spread uncontrollably. The water supply is low, uprisings occur frequently, and dragon attacks are imminent. But those aren’t the only challenges Ayanna is facing: she’s also busy wrestling with her feelings, torn between Richard, who she’s known all her life, and Jackson, a mysterious newcomer. Worse, her mentor, the community’s only doctor, is dying from a failing heart. With no hope of rescue from aboveground, will Ayanna be able to save him before it’s too late?
Michael Kingman has discovered his destiny, but the distance to what he wants, namely a life with Serena, the queen of Hollow kingdom, is as wide as the world, and just as cruel. Meanwhile, Dark, the realm’s most fearsome mercenary, Michael’s sometime mentor, and son of his nemesis, Angelo, is trying to keep Michael in line, for his own purposes as he too has a hidden agenda. Michael comes to realize that he is outclassed by powers that have been working for centuries to bring about a fresh end to the world filled with those he loves. But when has merely being overpowered ever stopped Michael from getting what he wants? To prevent what may bring about the end times Michael must gather his remaining allies and push himself to achieve the impossible because the alternative is worse than he can imagine: it’s not just the beginning of the end of the world, it’s being alone and forgotten.
An old nemesis is out for blood… Parker Ferro’s life would be easier if his enemies stayed gone. When the man responsible for the death of Parker’s mother breaks out of prison, Parker finds himself in the crosshairs of the Bureau of Paranormal Threats when he tracks the criminal down. With succubae going missing, an old god on the loose, and his boyfriend’s mother in town, the last thing Parker has time for is human politics. But with a marriage proposal that he can’t quite figure out and mysteries that keep landing him in hot water with the feds, Parker must keep one step ahead or end up in handcuffs himself. Amazon KU
Franny Steinberg knows there’s powerful magic in laughter. She’s witnessed it. With the men of Chicago off fighting WWII on distant shores, Franny has watched the women of the city taking charge of the war effort. But amidst the war bond sales and factory shifts, something surprising has emerged, something Franny could never have expected. A new marvel that has women flocking to comedy clubs across the nation: the Showstopper. When Franny steps into Chicago’s Blue Moon comedy club, she realizes the power of a Showstopper—that specific magic sparked when an audience laughs so hard, they are momentarily transformed. And while each comedian’s Showstopper is different, they all have one thing in common: they only work on women. After a traumatic flashback propels her onstage in a torn bridesmaid dress, Franny discovers her own Showstopper is something new. And suddenly she has the power to change everything…for herself, for her audience, and for the people who may need it most. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
Some people are haunted in more ways than one…Kari James, Urban Native, is a fan of heavy metal, ripped jeans, Stephen King novels, and dive bars. She spends most of her time at her favorite spot in Denver, a bar called White Horse. There, she tries her best to ignore her past and the questions surrounding her mother who abandoned her when she was just two years old. But soon after her cousin Debby brings her a traditional bracelet that once belonged to Kari’s mother, Kari starts seeing disturbing visions of her mother and a mysterious creature. When the visions refuse to go away, Kari must uncover what really happened to her mother all those years ago. Her father, permanently disabled from a car crash, can’t help her. Her Auntie Squeaker seems to know something but isn’t eager to give it all up at once. Debby’s anxious to help, but her controlling husband keeps getting in the way. Kari’s journey toward a truth long denied by both her family and law enforcement forces her to confront her dysfunctional relationships, thoughts about a friend she lost in childhood, and her desire for the one thing she’s always wanted but could never have.
The shadows have risen, and the line is law. All Bree wanted was to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death. So she infiltrated the Legendborn Order, a secret society descended from King Arthur’s knights—only to discover her own ancestral power. Now, Bree has become someone new: A Medium. A Bloodcrafter. A Scion. But the ancient war between demons and the Order is rising to a deadly peak. And Nick, the Legendborn boy Bree fell in love with, has been kidnapped. Bree wants to fight, but the Regents who rule the Order won’t let her. To them, she is an unknown girl with unheard-of power, and as the living anchor for the spell that preserves the Legendborn cycle, she must be protected. When the Regents reveal they will do whatever it takes to hide the war, Bree and her friends must go on the run to rescue Nick themselves. But enemies are everywhere, Bree’s powers are unpredictable and dangerous, and she can’t escape her growing attraction to Selwyn, the mage sworn to protect Nick until death. If Bree has any hope of saving herself and the people she loves, she must learn to control her powers from the ancestors who wielded them first—without losing herself in the process.
Samuel has one goal in life: fix his broken core. What does he not want? A bossy, overprotective, possessive, teasing dragon sticking his nose in business that is not his. Even if he is sexy. And supports Samuel on his quest to find the lost Sousa Mage Clan. Utterly beside the point. He does not need a dragon boyfriend. (Un)fortunately, Dimitri disagrees. AmazonKU
Following The Root and The Tree, the final novel in the Wrath & Athenaeum, a compelling urban fantasy set in a San Francisco merged with a dimension filled with gods and magic. The ravenous darkness threatening the twin worlds of Earth and Corpiliu is trapped . . . for now. But the alliance of two societies is fragile: new species clash with existing ones, monster-like Antes enslave humans, and humans hunt the “invaders” down. Meanwhile, young warrior Erik has left everything behind to wander the world keeping order, haunted by visions of his lost love. But is it a trick like before—or the real thing? And even as word of Erik’s deeds begins to spread, his own father, now fallen to the darkness, is spreading hatred and gathering legions. Elsewhere, seer Tae and dream-visionary Melinda must learn how to defeat the forces arrayed against them, but they’ll need the help of gods driven beyond morality and sanity. And as Lil adapts to her new world, her magical powers grow beyond her control and threaten everything she’s working for. When all of these powers collide, the world will break. And the one created afterward may not be what anyone expected. Amazon
Deep in the dark forest, in a cottage that spins on birds’ legs behind a fence topped with human skulls, lives the Baba Yaga. A guardian of the water of life, she lives with her sisters and takes to the skies in a giant mortar and pestle, creating tempests as she goes. Those who come across the Baba Baga may find help, or hinderance, or horror. She is wild, she is woman, she is witch— and these are her tales. Edited by Lindy Ryan, this collection brings together some of today’ s leading voices of women-in-horror as they pay tribute to the Baba Yaga, and go Into the Forest. Amazon AB Apple Books Kobo
For Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho, Nubia is a mystery. Before they were born, a massive storm destroyed their ancestral homeland, forcing their families to flee across the ocean to New York City. Nubia, a utopic island nation off the coast of West Africa, was no more, and their parents’ sorrow was too deep for them to share much of their history beyond the folklore. But New York, ravaged by climate change and class division, is far from a safe haven for refugees, and Nubians live as outcasts, struggling to survive in the constantly flooding lower half of Manhattan, while the rich thrive in the tech-driven sky city known as the Up High. To many, being Nubian means you’re fated for a life plagued by difficulties and disrespect. But Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho are beginning to feel there might be more. Something within them is changing, giving each of them extraordinary powers. Extraordinary and terrifying powers that seem to be tied to the secrets their parents have kept from them. And there are people Up High watching, eager to do anything they can to become even more powerful than they already are. Now Zuberi, Uzochi, and Lencho will be faced with the choice—do they use their inheritance to lift their people, or to leave them behind. The fate of their city, and their people, hangs in the balance.
VS Note: from OCT 18. Judging by the reviews there’s quite a twist in this story.
Every time a shooting star is scheduled, Arthur, Carol and Tim choose a house with the best vantage point to haunt, carefully making sure its residents are not home. But this time Arthur recognises the decor. The furnishings belong to his ex-boyfriend, Alexander, a man he never got over. And judging by the happy snaps in the photo frames, Alexander lives with a new lover. Just as the ghosts settle in to watch the celestial event, the occupants return home early. Amazon
Drew and her friends aren’t like most college kids. They’re dead. Murdered in 1998 by a masked killer known only as The Fireman, their spirits are trapped in Greywood House, desperate to escape…until Abbey and her family arrive. The new girl finds herself drawn to their haunting presence, which only makes things worse. Because the dead know what the living can’t: The Fireman is coming back. And this time the ghosts of Greywood House will have to do whatever it takes to stop the next bloodbath, even if it means the end of their afterlives.
Elin feels as if she’s been in the fight of her life forever. She lost her mother to prejudice and misunderstanding and her sister to the Coven, not to mention her home and the freedom to use her magic without consequence. But she finally feels as if she has found a place to at least rest—that is if she can remain hidden. When a mysterious illness befalls his clan, taking many lives, Rob Mackenzie finally goes to check on the person squatting in the cottage on his family’s land. He hopes to find help. He doesn’t expect the most enchanting and enigmatic woman he’s ever seen or the way she makes him feel—the passions she rouses. But it’s clear she has secrets, and earning her trust may be the toughest battle of his life. When the truth comes to light that a witch has been targeting the Mackenzie clan, Elin can’t remain sequestered. She knows she can help, and some things are more important—especially when they include saving the man she has quickly come to love. But it means revealing her secret to him and those who have hunted her kind for eons. Those who see anything they don’t understand as evil. Still, Elin hasn’t been able to safeguard those she’s loved in the past. She has to at least try to save Rob and his family. Even if it means her end. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Thrall. Dhamphyr. Empress. Each is a title that has been thrust upon me, but there’s another I’ll willingly claim for myself: Malakai’s executioner. He thought he could break me…twist me into his obedient pet–but all he has done is add to the list of reasons why I’ll find him and then kill him. Of course, it isn’t that simple, and I have made many promises that I have to uphold.To bring as many of our soldiers home to their families as possible. To free the citizens of Malakai’s empire of his oppression. To unite two empires under the mantles of freedom and equality. Will my ruthless love be enough to end this for good, all while staying true to those promises? It has to be. AmazonKU
VS Note: From OCT 4.
England, fall 1993. Sent against his will, Owen Appletoff arrives at Little Rock boarding school from his hometown of San Diego. Within its high walls awaits Taylor, his handsome golden-haired roommate, with whom a strong friendship quickly blossoms. Meanwhile Daniel, the sexy school bully, lends a watchful eye to the school’s newest arrival. As the days go by, any harmony Owen sought is torn apart by the strange visions haunting his dreams. The kelpie, a spirit of ancient Celtic legend, has marked him out as a target. In a school where things are not quite as they first appear and everyone seems to be hiding something, Owen, Taylor, and Daniel must put aside their differences to unravel the mysteries of Little Rock. Amazon KU
The Reaper’s name is whispered throughout Norseland–the infamous sea captain who visits the frozen kingdom with each rising tide to collect a shipful of unfortunates. No one knows where he’s from or where he takes them, only that he leaves wreck and ruin in his wake. After a terrible tragedy, Brynn wakes on the Reaper’s ship. Bloody, broken, and with nothing left to lose, she vows she’ll avenge her family before they reach the Reaper’s homeland. But the gods of old play wicked games, and when the Reaper and Brynn are stranded together, destiny weaves an epic, unforgettable love story of pain, passion, and jaw-dropping discoveries.
I thought I knew what a bad day was. That was until my mate tried to kill me. Kinsley – As a broken witch, I’ve grown up learning to do things the hard way, while doing my best to stay under the radar. I even thought I’d succeeded until Grayson Barrett shows up. He accuses me of crimes I wouldn’t commit on my worst day and says it’s time for me to pay, but that’s not going to happen. Turns out Grayson is my mate and, thanks to the magic that connects us, he can’t kill me. Not unless I accept his rejection and that’s not something I have any intention of doing. At least not until I prove my innocence. Grayson – This was supposed to be an easy job. One where I took out a magic-crazed witch, got my reward, then went about my business. Except when I find my target, things get complicated quickly. Kinsley isn’t just any mark. She’s my mate. One I don’t want. Only the longer I’m with her, the more I realize that Kinsley might be telling the truth. That maybe I was lied to when I took this job because one thing I know for sure…my mate isn’t a witch. She’s the shifter heir to a house that will sooner take her life than welcome her in. AmazonKU
VS note: From OCT 15.
Raising a kid on my own wasn’t the plan. Then again, neither was falling for the first shifter I allowed to get close to me after my ex left me with a newborn. I’ve always been a solitary bear, and that suits me fine. Until a remodel at the zoo where I work showing off my shifted form to an admiring crowd turns everything upside down. Bramble moves into my habitat and after a rocky start, he worms his way into my heart. My daughter, Myra, is my entire world. Being her papa doesn’t leave much room for romance, but Bram is one persistent bird when something shiny catches his eye, and somehow—impossibly—to him, I sparkle. Papa Bear is an M/X mpreg romance with a grumpy genderqueer single parent bear shifter and a sunshiny raven shifter who wants to fix everyone’s problems for them. AmazonKU
◆◆Spoiler Alert. This is book three in a series that needs to be read in order. Start with: THE UNDEAD LIFE OF MOLLY THORN. This blurb will give away plot twists from book two.◆◆ Molly Thorn used to be the assistant to the hunky Mr. “X”, Grim Reaper of the Magicals. And his heart had belonged to her. Then sh✓t happened! Now her world is careening on broken stilettos into avenues the other Magical residents of Mayhem and Harmony want nothing to do with. In fact, they are fighting her wand and spell to keep her plan from succeeding. But Molly isn’t one to back down when it comes to fixing a soul-wrenching wrong. Not even when righting it might cost her any chance of reuniting with Mr. “X”. Of course he might not want her back since she foolishly said…ummmm…no thank you to his previous sexy-time-forever offer. As if that weren’t bad enough, middle age’s so called silver lining had turned out to be just a bunch of stale Hostess Ding Dongs! Amazon NOTE: Other books in this series are on Kobo so maybe this one will be.
“Welcome to Club Monstrum, where all your scary desires come to life.” After being left unsatisfied in the bedroom with human men, I took the dive and decided to explore a side of me that I never knew existed. Suggested Club Monstrum by my friend, she expected me to go for the werewolves and vampires. Not exactly what I was looking for. Club Monstrum is 18k word novella, set in the future where monsters are allowed to roam freely. This is a why-choose novella, so the female main character won’t choose between any of the five monsters. Amazon KU
Ask pub owner Nevan Malone anything about beer, wine and spirits and he’s got the answers. But flowers? All he knows is they smell good, they’re expensive, and women like getting them. So when his cousin, owner of Cupid’s Headquarters flower shop, needs Nevan to watch the store for him, Nevan’s completely out of his element. Plus he’s stuck pet-sitting for his cousin’s devious devil cat, which doesn’t help lighten Nevan’s grumpy mood. It’s going to be one hell of a day. To her horror, Aladee loses all her Cupid Academy class materials, including the map to Cupid’s Earthly headquarters, during turbulence on her chariot ride to Earth from Mount Olympus. The capricious nymph fears she’ll never be able to find Cupid, who’ll be incognito. How will she ever make a positive impression on him before taking her final exam? Nevan’s dismal day starts looking up when a gorgeous, curvy, nearly naked blonde bounces into the flower shop, calling him Cupid and jabbering about nymphs, chariots and invisible wings. Aladee’s overjoyed. At last, she’s found Cupid! Nevan is cautiously captivated by the blonde, who’s obviously a fruitcake, and probably a hooker. A nymph? The preposterous idea tickles him…right up to the moment her wings spread open.
Jamie Hernandez loves his life. He has his family, his friends, and a successful freelance career at just twenty-three. The only thing missing? His monster. The one Jamie has seen in his dreams for the past five years. Jamie doesn’t know much about the enigmatic man from his visions, but he doesn’t need to. He knows enough. He knows they belong together. Lucien Volaire has been losing his mind for almost half a century, the monster within him steadily taking greater control over his thoughts and actions. He’s destroyed everything he’s touched, including the people he’s cared for. The one thing that could stop his final descent into madness? A mate. So when Luc meets a young man in the desert, one who smells like heaven and doesn’t run in fear, Luc knows he’s met his last chance at redemption. But the more Lucien is enchanted by Jamie, the more reluctant he is to taint him with his own vampire curse. Can Lucien find a balance between love and obsession? Or will those that want Luc out of their territory step in before he has a chance? Amazon KU
I’ll play your villain but beware, I bite back. Betrayed by one of our own, I’m now a living trophy of the Luminous Court’s victory. But all is not right on the continent. A murderer stalks the halls of elves while a monster rattles the foundations of the castle. I’m alone, powerless, and speeding toward a terrible end. I can’t wait on my demon lovers to rescue me. I used to think I lived in a cage, now I know what it’s truly like. Every night I search for a way back to the demons who have my heart and every day I play cat and mouse with the man who wants to destroy everything I love. The dungeons of the Luminous Court house a terrible secret. A prisoner more fearsome than me. My unexpected ally could spell my death or salvation. In this terrible place, we only have each other. I fear my heart is already lost to the creature that stalks the depths of the dungeon. Amazon KU
Ghost talker Evie Malcolm’s family converges on her eccentric Victorian home for a warm and welcoming family Christmas, but the murder of a former mayor requires that she investigate his cranky ghost. Evie’s quiet schoolteacher sister Gracie reluctantly becomes involved while trying to help the family of a homeless artist who died weirdly in the same courthouse as the mayor. An offer by a sexy Brit marketing expert to help Gracie frame the late artist’s sketches appallingly evolves into another murder when they reveal the late mayor’s corrupt business dealings. Evie is suffering spectral burn-out dealing with a mounting list of ghosts, but what she learns from Gracie tells her that if they don’t find the killer by the holiday, Afterthought is likely to be plowed under for a theme park in the new year. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
Half of Zackary Jones’ soul died the day rogue wolves ended the life of his mate and half of his flock. Being the lead alpha of the Moon Burrow Ravens is the only thing keeping Zack going. That, and an adorably ditzy vampire who runs Moon Burrow’s famous bakery. No strings attached. That had been Thad and Zack’s original arrangement. When the vampire wants more than what Zack can give, Zack retreats. It doesn’t take long for Zack to realise he’s made the worst decision of his life. Thaddeus Blackthorn slammed the door to his bloodthirsty past when he moved to Moon Burrow. Here in this sleepy little town, no one knows who Thad truly is. Developing a crush on the town’s handsome new Raven King, had never been part of Thad’s plans. When Zack begins to reciprocate Thad’s feelings, it’s too late. A psychotic vampire from Thad’s past resurfaces. That monster won’t rest until he’s destroyed everything Thad holds dear in his heart—that includes Zack and his ravens. AmazonKU
I escaped a life of crime to save my daughter…But my plan for making it to a safer town has gone awry. The driver of the wagon we snuck on isn’t human at all, and now we’re stuck in a traveling caravan of massive orc merchants. And the driver who first noticed me? He claims I’m his fated mate. The one person destined to be everything to him. He says we’re safe. That he’ll protect me and my little girl from the men following us. But I know better than to trust pretty lies. Life has taught me that I can’t rely on anyone but myself, and I intend to keep it that way. But orcs are a warrior race, and if I can learn from them, I will. And my orc mate is the perfect male to teach me everything he knows about combat…and perhaps about love. Amazon KU
The explosive final installment of the Unseen Midlife. Jen Johnson must figures out how to save the future of the Leyak babies. Can she and Riley work together to save the babies? Or will they have to surrender them? New enemies appear and old ones will walk through fire to redeem themselves. Jen faces an unexpected obstacle in the form of an infant while coming to grips with her heritage and the new loves in her life. Amazon Kobo
Kourtney has no choice but to seek Logan’s help more than a year after their brief fling. Returning to Kelmount Ranch unannounced will certainly surprise the whole family, but it’s time that Logan found out Kourtney left him behind with more than just her memories. Learning about his daughter is a bombshell Logan wasn’t prepared for. But as Kourtney asks for his help protecting little Emma from an evil witch, he dutifully steps up. The baby deserves the protection of her father and her pack.
Working with Kourtney to keep their daughter safe forces Logan to face a startling reality. His heart is on the line in more than just one way now. And as the dark witch closes in on them, he will stop at nothing to protect his baby girl and the woman he now knows is his fated mate. AmazonKU
VS Note: From OCT 25
All Anton Seiber, newly-minted Master Thaumaturge, wants is to use his training to support himself out in the world. Well, that and to see the man he loves, Imperial Investigator Camille Lumière, more than once every six months. What he gets instead is an invitation to visit L’Institut D’Ingénierie Technologique in Paris, the foremost research institution for thaumaturgy and the arts of war in the world. It’s an offer he can’t turn down…quite literally. Getting to the Institute is a mess that Anton barely survives, and that’s just the beginning of his troubles. Drawn into a web of lies and betrayals, Anton will have to use every trick he can conjure to survive—and perhaps hand over the most diabolical spell in the world in exchange for saving the life of someone he loves. AmazonKU
Anton Seiber, Master Thaumaturge and reluctant architect of the French Empire’s newest weapon of war, is on the verge of collapse. It wouldn’t be so bad if his blood wasn’t required to power the spell revolutionizing the battlefield, or if he were allowed to communicate with his friends and family, or if he could see his lover Lord Camille Lumière, special investigator for the emperor himself, more than once every few months. As it is, he’s barely holding himself together. He’s determined to make it through…until an accident in the laboratory leads to his collapse. Camille is a loyal servant of the empire, but it will take more than a war to keep him away from Anton. He returns to find his lover on the brink of death, and it takes Camille’s special “gift” to keep him alive. He is ordered to leave Anton behind and return to service—the future of the empire, and everyone “gifted” like him, might depend on it. There’s only one thing to do: escape to England with Anton. If only they weren’t surrounded by armed guards, dangerous magic, deadly cannons and, oh yes—a war for control of the entire continent. Amazon KU
My demons are not that easy to shake…The Fae Realm was paradise, but compared to the place Gilly finds herself now, anything would be. Kidnapped from her kind, she finds herself in one of the Seventeen Hells, face to face with a creature who’s set on selling her to the highest bidder, who just happens to be one of the Princes of Darkness. Escape seems impossible, but that won’t stop her from trying. However, the more time she spends with her captor, the more she finds herself begrudgingly liking the man—until he transforms into a nine-foot-tall monster with horns. But Gilly isn’t the type of Fae to let a little thing like a monster get in her way.
My name’s Astra, and I’m a witch. Who knew that having a merry Witchmas in Witch Hollow would be so dangerous? All I want under my tree is my hot next-door-neighbor, Sheriff, and dragon Shifter, Earl Sin. Instead, I’m shocked to discover a rejected familiar: my own demon familiar’s twin, Beelzebub. Satan, my devilish kitten familiar, is keeping secrets. But when isn’t he? When cursed gifts endanger Satan and the rest of Witch Hollow, Sin and I must work together to solve the magical mystery in time. Plus, stop our own warring families from wrecking our first Yule dinner together. Should I adopt Satan’s adorable but wicked twin? And can I save Witchmas? AmazonKU
She shouldn’t have come to this Halloween party. Monsters lurk in the shadows… and we’re hungry.
My brother and I want her screams. Her slick. Her fear and pleasure. We can’t wait to ravage her. She should be an easy, fun conquest…So why does this time feel different?
VS note: From OCT 31
Jazz knows better than to let herself get too close to fire, even if she is a dragon shifter. When she gets assigned to fire duty for Bonfire Night, she knows she has to do something or her secret will be revealed. Idris can’t stop thinking about the dragon he’s been paired with for the bonfire. The only problem is that he seems to have done something to make her want to avoid him, and he’s determined to find out what. Can he help Jazz stay safe from the flames?
Can ancient secrets set my power free? My power grows stronger every day. I feel it pulsing inside me, beating against my ribs, surging to be set free. But what if it’s not enough? With the Human Extinction League hell-bent on raising the underworld, and just five days until they begin their ritual, time is running out. Finding the truth behind the prophecy will mean uncovering long-buried secrets, but will it help me finally understand who I am? And will the truth be enough to help me stop what’s coming? ‘Embers’ is the fourth book in The Phoenix Prophecy series. It is a full-length paranormal romance novel with MM and a cliffhanger. Check author’s site for TW. Amazon KU
Treat yourself this Christmas to a collection of never before released omegaverse stories that’s sure to land you on the naughty list. But don’t worry, it’s the best list to be on! This is a limited edition anthology, so make sure to snag it before it’s gone forever! Hot, Dark, Decadent, Sweet — There’s an omegaverse story in here for everyone. Amazon
London, 1958. By crafting magical outfits for his friend, Princess Katherine, cloth mage Paul Gallagher is getting ahead. It’s not a seamless path. Not since the Virtuis Party came to power. The far-right faction is using criminals to create a protective barrier around England. The enchanted uniforms the prisoners wear may beget a demand for mages, but using luckless convicts as tools for warmongering reactionaries isn’t Paul’s dream for cloth magic. His road to success takes an even darker turn when the unexpected death of a member of the royal family plunges the country into chaos. The Virtuis Party is rising, its mysterious puppet master is gaining control, and Paul and his allies are prepared to do anything to protect the princess, the throne, and ultimately, the soul of the country. That means falling back on the innate magic Paul dreads using again. It’s illegal, dangerous, and so potent it can raise the dead. But as the fate of the entire nation hangs by a thread, dire times call for extreme magic. AmazonKU AB
Lex Gray was in love once. He was young and gave his heart to Cash Udolph, who he believed would be with him forever. When his world fell apart, Cash was nowhere to be found. Lex left Warwood, the tiniest village ever placed on a map, and swore never to come back. Seventeen years later, he’s there to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Cash lost his mate. Lex begged him to run away with him, but as the enforcer of a werewolf pack, Cash can’t leave Warwood. When everything came crashing down seventeen years ago, he shifted into a wolf and ran off into the woods. He ran to clear his head and make a plan of how to convince Lex to stay and how to get the pack to accept Cash having a human mate. But when he came back, Lex was gone. Lex needs to get out of Warwood, but driving in the middle of the night might not have been his best idea. A naked man jumps up on the road only to turn into a wolf before his eyes, and Lex slams the brakes hard enough to slide off the road. When Cash is called in to sort a situation with a human, he never expected the human to be his Lex. He’s been given a second chance, but Lex wants to leave as soon as possible. Can Cash convince Lex to allow him back into his life before the tow truck gets there? Amazon Kobo
Captured by the enemy… my love is imprisoned so it’s on me to save everyone. The armies of the shadow have captured most of the Clan, including the highlander hottie Duncan I’ve fallen in love with. We’re hauled to the Isle of Skye, a place of ancient power where a Scottish Lord has given himself over to the darkness and shadows now reign. The Fae Dugald tries to warn me that winning might not mean exactly what I think it will, but I don’t listen. A stubbornness which I come to bitterly regret. The results of setting magic free are catastrophic. My one true love Duncan and I have been through it all, more than any couple should have to endure. All we want is to be happily ever after married, but destiny isn’t done with us yet. Even when Destiny is a b****, I don’t have any choice but to answer her call. Amazon KU
Krystallo’s the deadliest hitman the Moretti family has ever had. He knows his job and he does it without any problems or even a bit of conscience. Nobody harms his family and survives. When the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen suddenly comes into his life, he wants her. Her angelic face calls to his animal and he’s ready to keep her, no matter who it pisses off. To keep her father out of prison, Regina agreed to go undercover for the FBI to get information on the Moretti family. Luckily, she met a slightly intimidating, but cute, guy named Krys. She might not know anything about the mafia, but how hard can it be to play the girlfriend role? It’s oh, so much harder when Krys looks at her like she’s his everything. The stakes are high and it’s only a matter of time before Krys finds out Regina’s working with the feds. They might not get a chance to figure out their relationship if she gets killed for being undercover. Krys might have to turn on his family in order to keep the first woman he’s ever loved. Amazon KU
This panther shifter wins every competition he enters, but can he win her heart? Devlin Mitchell is a panther shifter and billionaire who has everything anyone could want… except a mate. That’s fine by him. He’s learned that people can’t be trusted, and darkness can lurk in even the most trusted friends. But when he meets Kate, he is tempted to throw all his trust issues to the wind and give her his heart. Kate Reese dreams of becoming an interior designer, but is stuck working at a discount furniture store in the meantime. She’s had a lifetime of bouncing between her divorced parents’ homes, and always felt like the odd one out. Devlin’s trust issues match her own. Loving him should be a big no-no, but instead her heart is arguing for her to open up to him. Gerri Wilder brings these two together, but even the fated mate sense doesn’t guarantee that two people with trust issues can come together. It will take hard work and determination on both sides, for these two to find their happily ever after. AmazonKU
VS Note: Cliffhanger.
Rory has accepted love. So what if his lover is blue, horned, and very protective? Actually, a bagu mate suits Rory just fine, especially since Inkiri loves doting on Rory. But after the attack on Esaka, Rory once more finds himself frustrated with the magic he has access to, and he’d prefer to get rid of it. If that’s not an option, he’d prefer never to be in a situation where he has to use it. Inkiri, ever the supportive mate, does his best to encourage Rory to learn about his magic, and new friends are more than happy to help Rory with that. Actually, Rory discovers that learning about magic isn’t all that bad, especially if no one wants to murder you or your friends. However, Rory’s power attracts those who would use him to their own ends, and escaping those forces forever is not possible. Which leaves Rory with a choice: hide and run, or fight. Amazon Kobo
“A Widow’s Web” is a New Adult, Dark Epic Fantasy that follows Dante and the Nightbane Guild as they help the Bremore Kingdom win a war they’ve been entangled in for a hundred years. It begins with an assignment allegedly from Bremore’s rival kingdom, the Stelux Empire, asking them to steal documents that’ll help them win the war between the two nations. However, after taking the assignment, Dante comes to realize it’s a trap set up by Bremore to force the guild into contractual employment. The novel follows the guild leader, Dante, and the other guild members as they navigate the elven court and carry out a plan that’ll not only end the war but hopefully won’t kill too many of them in the process. Amazon KU
The Inbetween is full of magic, monsters and marauders. But it’s also full of booty, if you know where to look. And Roden & Hogg Reclamation Services knows just where to find those resources that are so scarce and valuable in the post-Flood-War era. But when dragons nest on a valuable copper reclamation site, who do they call? Kyra Greene. No pest too large or too small. Now Kyra must leave home days before her baby’s first Christmas for a three-day trek into the wilds. Can she convince a stubborn dragon queen to move her nest before the scavengers bring in guns? Kyra Greene’s new adventure into the Inbetween turns into a rollicking girls’ weekend away and brings her face to face with some old friends even as she comes out of her comfort zone to make new ones. AmazonKU
When Hazel is invited to teach a cooking class on magic imbibed macarons, the last thing she expects is to meet a handsome sous chef who sweeps her off her feet. Antonio has always felt like he’s living in his father’s shadow, but now there’s a gorgeous witch who seems to see him for who he really is, and he’s determined not to let her slip away. They soon discover that the sparks flying between them aren’t just in the kitchen. Amazon Apple Books Kobo
The Warriors’ Realm – Cursed at birth and barely tolerated in his childhood, Torn is a being divided. He is doomed to travel the magical realm secretly as the protector of innocence, The Reaver of Souls, a mythical being known for its ability to cleanse, heal, or kill evil. Betrayed by a greedy redhead with an agenda of her own, Torn finds himself pulled away from all he has known and loved, and magically sent into another realm. Earth – Scotland has a huge demand for American artists and a special calling for one redheaded artisan in particular. Leaving behind her home and a difficult past, Sable, an up-and-coming sculptor, follows the call. A near-accident introduces her to the only man who has been able to arouse more than just her artistic passions. But with him comes a whole lot of baggage, including a pair of recently reconciled and concerned parents, a guard sent to protect him, and an insane ex-fiancée. Danger, greed, and duty threaten to pull the two lovers apart at every turn. Torn has to learn to forgive the past and accept both sides of his soul. Only then can he expect his destined soulmate to see him for himself and accept him for what he is. He must merge the two sides of his soul in order to stop a crime of unspeakable evil and protect his woman, or he will exist alone, losing himself and his sanity in his role as the terrifying Reaver of Souls.
VS Note: From OCT 22.
One moment changes Death’s perfect realm of the dead. Imagine spending millennia without emotions. No love, hate, sorrow, pain, or any other emotion, just nothing. That’s the world of a Death Taker. Until one day when a nasty Keres demon threatens to make a deal with a dying man for his soul, A lowly Death Taker, Demise, does something unthinkable. She reaps Aiden’s soul orb before it was ready. In her haste to save him, she killed him. Intense anger burst from his soul changing the death realm. For the first time ever, Demise feels real emotions. Two powerful gods want Aiden destroyed. Death wants Demise’s head. The other Death Takers sample Aiden’s soul’s power and turn against Demise. They want to steal him away for themselves to feel again. They would do anything to keep the new sensations and emotions alive, even fight against the Olympian gods. Can Demise right her wrongs and return to the unfeeling reaper? Will she give up the only happiness she has ever known? Or will Zeus and Hades take their revenge on her? Amazon
On Christmas Eve, Nicole expects an engagement ring from her lover, Cal. She doesn’t expect the other surprise he springs on her. Why hasn’t he ever told her he has an identical twin? Can she even trust him after he’s been effectively lying to her all this time? Furthermore, according to the two brothers, they share a telepathic bond far deeper than simply reading each other’s thoughts. She must either accept this incredible claim or give up the man she loves.
The only thing I want is revenge. I just never counted on the monster that wants me. The ocean’s seemingly endless depths call to me, tempt me not to surface. I want to obey, to push myself until it’s too late to turn back. For years, I’ve fought the call. But when an accident claims my mentor’s life my resolve weakens. Only my anger keeps my feet on firm ground. The only thing stronger than my grief is my hatred for the man that so casually takes her place. Jack Hunter. He erases her memory and no dares to stop him. I will. The only thing that can stop my quest for revenge is the monster. When I’m trapped on the beach alone with it I have to admit it’s real. A thing that isn’t just shadows. It’s something that is real, and hungry for me. Now I’m a woman hunted by something I don’t understand and as much as I want to get away from Jack, I’m drawn to him. Hungry for him. It’s no longer a matter of revenge, but survival of both my body and heart. Amazon KU
VS Note: OK, I one clicked. I can’t resist time loop romances!
At twenty-five, Lauree Miller knows what she should want — a serious job, a serious boyfriend, the ability to cook a meal that doesn’t involve two types of cheese. Who cares if it isn’t the future she had in mind for herself? It’s about time she stopped pining over her best friend’s brother, Max, anyway. New Year’s Eve is a time for resolutions, and as the clock ticks closer to midnight, Lauree makes a decision – next year, she’s going to let go of the past and finally grow up. Except when she wakes, it’s still December 31st. Then it happens again. And again. And again. What’s a girl trapped in a time loop to do? Will kissing the right man at midnight set her free? Amazon KU
They hunt shifters like me. With good reason. I’m a threat to everyone. Even myself. My bear has gone feral. It’s lost control. Sometimes fate can be cruel. Sometimes it makes us wait too long for our mate. Some bears can’t handle it, and my wild grizzly is one of them. He’s gone too long without her and he’s snapped. This untamed savage creature lashes out at everything it can get its nasty paws on.
He’s become a danger to society. So, they’ve come for me. A group of shifters have come to put me down. To stop the threat. To put me out of my misery. To put a bullet it in my head. My mate is the only one who can save me. She’s the only one who can tame this savage beast. But with the killers closing in on me, will she be too late? And is my monstrous grizzly too far gone to be saved? AmazonKU
Bear shifter Darrell is having the night of his life! When Poppy’s mom disappears, Darrell is left holding the baby. As if this wasn’t unexpected enough, his mate, Zoey, walks into his life on the same cold winter’s night. Now he’s juggling a baby, his mate, and the mysterious disappearance of Poppy’s mom. Add in dragon shifter Fiona, who is not convinced Darrell is a suitable foster parent or a competent private eye, things are about to get worse. When Zoey offers to be his nanny, Darrell should be happy. since the news might get Fiona off his case, Plus, he’ll get to spend plenty of time with her when she moves into his house to care for the baby. But Darrell suspects Zoey might not be who she seems and finding the truth about Poppy’s mom, might destroy his future with his mate. AmazonKU
The hunt is mine. But now I’m hunting the man I love. The war between dragons and angels has taken everything from me. Instead of vengeance, I found heartbreak. I awakened the soul of a destroyer and set him free. Now I’m caught in a game of his making, and I have no choice but to form alliances with those I once called my enemies. With every step I take, I follow a path that threatens to shatter my hope and bring me crashing down. But not even the darkest secrets can extinguish the flame that Callan Steele ignited within my heart. To save him, I must seek the devastating power that will free all dragons. Even if it destroys me. Some angels fall, but I won’t surrender my heart. Amazon KU
Exiled from her old life as the daughter of a vizier, Zaria still grieves the lost friends of her childhood. She’s grown accustomed to her new role as a servant, though—up until the day she stumbles on the fabled lost cave of treasures. The wealth inside is enough to transform anyone’s life, but Zaria isn’t the first to find it. A gang of cutthroat thieves got there first, and their behavior makes Zaria question everything she sees. With an unknown enchantment at work, and forty criminals desperate to protect their hoard, she doesn’t want anything to do with the gold. But when her royal friends reappear, Zaria discovers the cave is the key to defeating a threat to the entire kingdom. She can’t turn her back on her people, even if that means facing thieves and traitors with Crown Prince Tarek at her side. Zaria thought she’d found peace with her past, but now she isn’t sure if she’s more in danger of losing her life or her heart. Amazon KU
My mum told me I could be anything I wanted to be – and it turns out that I want to be an alpha werewolf. I’m finally starting to get a hang of this alpha malarkey when destiny sticks her oar in once again. There’s a prophecy about me, and it’s time for me to find out what it says. So when my best friend Jess cooks up a hare-brained scheme to get hold of the prophecy through fair means or foul, I’m along for the ride before you can say ‘bail money’. Getting my wolfy paws on the prophecy is only the beginning, though, because I’m not the only one aware of its existence. Some of my enemies will stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from coming true. I’ve a battle on my hands, so it’s lucky that I have super soldier Greg Manners by my side. I’m a pretty chilled-out alpha, but when unknown wolves slink onto my land and attack my unicorn, all bets are off. No one attacks my murderous little Ares and gets away with it. Beckett Frost is coming my way with vengeance in mind; the black witch is still free, ready to steal powers and destroy lives; I have enemies piling up around me – so I do what any girl would do and call in my family, my weirdly Other birth family. I need allies, and fast, because war is coming to Home Counties Pack whether we’re ready or not. Luckily, Esme was born ready. Bring it on. Amazon KU
A unicorn shifter…You’d think being the only known unicorn shifter in the world would have a few benefits, like people treating you kindly or getting special treatment from the council. Not in my case. I’d be lucky to get a piece of bread thrown at me. My name is Celestia Rainbow, and yes, my last name is f*cking Rainbow. Shifters assume that I’m kind by nature, but trust me, I’m not. I’m fierce, short-tempered and have the mouth of a sailor. Add in my stealthy fighting skills, advanced magic casting, and swift movement, you’ll soon realize I’m someone you wouldn’t want to mess with. But everyone seems to only look at my shifter side— my ditzy peaceful half, sprinkling magic dust and on a mission to end world hunger. Regardless of my dual personality, I’ve sworn to become a huntress at Aslan Academy. Now that I’m of age— my lucky twenty-fifth birthday just happens to coincide with the entrance exams —I’m ready to prove my worth. Too bad I’ve been grouped up with six sinfully attractive men. Time to prove to my community, classmates, and this attractive bunch of weirdos that unicorns can kick ass too. Amazon KU
It’s winter in Victorian London, and Inspector Royston Jones is determined to solve the mysterious murder of a young Irish woman new to the city. Suspects abound, from the woman’s wealthy husband to Fenians to werewolf rights activists. Is the itinerant stage magician newly arrived to Royston’s uncle’s household somehow involved? Is the man from the Home Office here only to serve his own agenda? When a bomb goes off outside Scotland Yard, the stakes grow higher. Royston is running out of time, and he has few he can trust outside of a clandestine werewolf and a lady alchemist with attitude. If he wants to save his hard-won reputation, his career, and the city he loves, he’ll need to find the murderer before suspicion, fear, and rage blow London apart. AmazonKU
All she wants is to be a normal girl. But normal may be too far out of reach. Peri may look like a picturesque beauty with a perfect life, complete with a loving father. But that life is a lie, and the longer it goes on the more she longs for normalcy. So when an opportunity to live free from her lies becomes available, she jumps to take it. Unfortunately, she finds herself plunged into darkness in a way she couldn’t have imagined. Will she find her way back to the father who loves her or remain trapped in her new life forever? A clean genderbent Pinocchio retelling set in a brand-new steampunk world. AmazonKU
VS Note: A revised re-release. See note at end of blurb.
I would rather be an unavowed servant, with no pack protection, than attend Primal Moon Academy… unfortunately, no one cares what I want. Not the future Alpha making my life hell. Not the Wolf I thought I’d lost long ago, and not his best friend either. Everyone has a plan for me, but no one thought to clue me in first. So here I am, being lied to about my very existence, and treated like dirt. My world is about to get flipped upside down, and not for the better. These men all want something from me, but they didn’t ask nicely. Now I’ll have to show them exactly what it means to be human. This book was previously in an anthology. Many of the details have been edited or changed completely to fit the story better. (For example, there are a few additional love interests/bullies.) MMFMM Amazon KU
What do explosions, murder, and cryptocurrency have in common? You guessed it – Shelby Nichols. Who knew that dabbling in cryptocurrency could be life-threatening? In a game of cat and mouse, it’s not always obvious who is chasing whom, especially when it involves a mind-reading soccer mom like Shelby Nichols. It’s hard to fool a mind-reader, but that doesn’t mean finding a killer is easy, especially when the killer disappears into thin air. But threatening her family changes everything. Now, nothing will keep Shelby from finding the truth, and it soon becomes apparent that it’s never a good idea to mess with Shelby Nichols. Amazon KU
He’ll make all her dreams come true… but only if she can pretend to love him. In a realm of orcs and powerful men, Geva Okoro is a proud, impoverished governess, trapped in a dismal, dead-end post — until the day the orc breaks in. He’s a huge, insolent, arrogant brute, swaggering with smooth, shameless wickedness. But unlike the orcs from the terrifying tales, he only wants one thing from Geva…Her employers’ gold. There’s no escaping his devious clutches, and soon a furious Geva is reduced to raiding her employers’ house with an orc. Compromising her career, and destroying all her dreams… until the orc proposes another shocking scheme. He’ll split the day’s plunder with her — if she’ll pretend to be his mate. For one month. At Orc Mountain. Sharing his rooms. Smiling sweetly at his side. Smelling all over of his deep, decadent scent…He’s offering more wealth than Geva’s ever dreamt of, but there’s no way she can trust this treacherous thief… can she? Let alone convince all of Orc Mountain that she loves him?! And surely, even her best play-acting would never start to feel real… or win over an orc’s cold, broken heart? Amazon KU
“I’m giving you one last chance to tell me that I own you…” Those are thirteen words that I refuse to give to the beastly man who kidnapped me in the middle of the night and forced me on a never-ending journey through the woods. While he’s desperate to break a tragic kingdom-wide curse that’s ruined him to his core, I’m determined to escape and find my way home. I’m not the woman he wants anyway…He wants my sister, the beautiful, book-loving girl who wants more out of life and believes a prince is all she needs to find a happily ever after. Of course, he has no idea that she’s none of those things, and as much as I want to deny the chemistry between us, I can only take so much punishment, and I may be forced to finally submit to his desires…Until then, I’ll hold off on getting closer to a man like him, a true villain, destined for Hell…He’ll never have the real me, the other Belle. Amazon KU
Hazel was never the favourite daughter. One parent hated her, she revolted the other, and then she messed up at work when someone cursed her. It just wasn’t a good day. Hazel has tried just to follow the family path and do what was asked of her. Her work in the financial industry has her pegged as an analyst and a notary for the company contracts. She has one secret she holds for herself, which is a small matter that gives her a reason to keep going. A summons, a curse, and a blue-skinned elf tangle themselves into the worst day ever. She runs to a friend to get help with the curse, and her friend has to go to higher magic, the elf clan leader. He just happens to be the omega who gave birth to Hazel, and it doesn’t help untangle the disaster of her day. An elf, a marriage contract, and surrogacy combine with Hazel to protect her and restart her life, but it is a little too much, and her new husband calls for an assist. Every girl needs her best friend when she has a new guy, family troubles, and a baby on the way. Good thing Sevval just showed up.
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The demon prince is arrogant, dangerous, and hot as sin. He is also my new owner. As a fae slave, I knew that one day I’d be sold at auction, but I never expected to be purchased by royalty, much less by the demon prince himself. Rumors say that Prince Leo is a cruel master who murders his fae when they no longer entertain him. They say he’s just like every other species that harvest the magic in our fae blood. But I know the truth. There’s more to the demon prince than what the world sees. He has plans, big plans, and if I agree to help him, it could mean freedom for me and every other enslaved fae. When the day comes that I’m given the chance for freedom, will I take it, even it means leaving Prince Leo forever? Or can I admit that the demon prince who owned my body might own my heart as well? AmazonKU
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“New” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months. And I may mention ‘special items’.
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