Profiles in SciFi Romance Cynthia Sax and Sizzling Cyborgs

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

Veronica Scott for AMAZING STORIES: Welcome to my periodic series of author profiles. Today I’ve chosen Cynthia Sax to highlight, for her “sizzling cyborg” (and other excellent science fiction romance) novels.

 VS for ASM.: What was the first SFR book you ever read and what did you like about it?

 CS:: The first SciFi Romance I ever read was Warrior’s Woman by Johanna Lindsey. I loved her historical romances and had read everything she published. Warrior’s Woman was different but I loved it. The hero was a barbarian in space, which really appealed to me. I loved the intrepid warrior heroine. And her guidance system made me laugh. I was completely captured.

ASM.: Which of your SFR books is the bestselling?

CS: Releasing Rage, the first story in the Cyborg Sizzle series and the first cyborg romance I ever had published, is, by far, my bestselling story. I wrote Releasing Rage for me. My two favorite cyborg romance writers (Laurann Dohner and Eve Langlais), at the time, were both taking break from their respective cyborg romance series and I needed a story to read. So I wrote one.

The logline – Half Man. Half Machine. All Hers. – could apply to many cyborg romances.

ASM.: That one had a profound effect on me – it was the first one of yours I ever read and it was so packed with emotion – wow! How do you go about world building? Do you do elaborate planning, keep a big file, use post its, wing it – what method works for you? 

CS: I use an onion-like method with world building. I first narrow the world building in each story to only the aspects that specific story needs. If the hero was a space architect, for example, he would notice the buildings around him, the materials they were constructed from, their key functions. But he might not be as interested in the currency the planet uses or the clothing the locals wear. With each additional story in the series, I then build outward, exploring different aspects of the world. Maybe the next hero is a chef. He would be interested in food preparation, crops, etc. and would bring those insights about the alien planet. The cyborg world, now that has over 40 stories in it, is quite complex.

ASM.: What was your most recent book and what was the story spark or inspiration for that story?

CS: Raw Desires, my most recent release, features a human heroine from a peace-embracing culture. Raw, her hero, is a cyborg warrior and LOVES battle. I thought… what would happen if he was matched with a being who grew up believing she should always ‘turn the other cheek’?

And what if she had a heart-wrenching reason to hate all cyborgs? What is she hated them to the point of extreme violence?

ASM.:Which of your characters do your readers love to hate? Why?

CS: Before I wrote his story, quite a few reading buddies disliked Power, the self-appointed leader of the cyborg council. He is such an arrogant a** and he almost had some previous cyborg heroes killed. It was so much fun to ‘redeem’ him in Seizing Power, his story. That redemption was an extremely painful and humiliating process for Power. He certainly earned his romantic happy ever after.

ASM.: Your own favorite tropes? Least favorite tropes?

CS: My two all time favorite tropes are Beauty and the Beast and Enemies To Lovers. These two tropes have SO much in common. I love it, for example, when there’s anger or tension between the two (or more) love interests. It curls my toes when all that fury flows to passion. I also love the revelation that the other being isn’t who their love interest thinks they are. That’s such a wonderful moment. Every time I say I don’t like a trope, a writer does it so brilliantly I find myself liking it. (grins) But normally I don’t like tropes that are about one character being needlessly cruel to another.

ASM.: What’s next for you?

CS: I am currently writing Strive For Forever, the fourth story in the Cyborg Unity series. It will release in July and features a beauty-loving cyborg hero and a human heroine serving as the unwilling host to an all-powerful alien being.

ASM.: What’s on your To Be Read List?

CS: My To Be Read List is HUGE. I still haven’t read Talinn, your (Veronica Scott’s) most recent Badari Gladiators story. I like to always have an unread Badari story as an emergency read. (grins) When you release the next stories, I hastily and happily read the previous releases.

Also on my To Be Read List are Her Cyborg Rangers by Susan Hayes, Conqueror by Anna Hackett, Knowing Her by Michelle Howard, R’jaal’s Resonance by Ruby Dixon (pre-ordered!) and so many more awesome SciFi Romances!

ASM.: Give us your short author bio and where you can be found on social media.

USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Sax writes steamy Cyborg, Alien and Contemporary Romances. Her stories have been featured on TV, in Star Magazine, and numerous top ten lists.

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ASM.: Raw Desires: A SciFi Cyborg Romance (Cyborg Unity Book 3)  released this past week. Here’s the book’s full blurb:

His human female is attempting to kill him.

This cyborg finds that adorable.

Raw, a K model cyborg, is one of the lucky warriors who has located his genetic match. He hears his human female’s voice over the communication lines and immediately processes she is his.

Winning her affections will be a greater challenge. Battle has always been Raw’s focus. The rough-and-tough warrior has no idea how to engage anyone’s tender emotions.

Fortunately, he isn’t alone in the universe. His unmatched male friends help him craft a plan.

All Raw has to do is relay a few unsettlingly sweet words to his female and give her the thoroughly unfunctional wall decoration he has obtained. He projects she will then jump into his big, strong arms and beg him to claim her.

Taytu isn’t jumping anywhere. She has one mission—kill every cyborg in existence.

The huge, handsome male traveling to meet with her is her first target. His rough hands, firm lips, and sparkling, energy-infused eyes won’t save him from her vengeance. She has trained vigorously for this moment, and she won’t fail at her assigned task.

The cyborg will die.

How Did You Know Weekend Writing Warriors

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

I’m now taking snippets from my newly released novel STAR CRUISE STAR SONG.

The excerpt – This is Addy’s first day aboard the spaceship and she just prevented a disaster with the antigrav. She and the technician responsible have been summoned to the Chief Engineer’s office where they encounter the Fourth Engineer, who was on duty. Maeve is the Ship’s Artificial Intelligence. The Chief Engineer Takkei has asked if Addy “cares to explain” herself.:

Unsure if he was being accusatory or merely asking her to provide the context, she drew a deep breath and said, “Once I stepped into the main crew gravlift, I became aware the mechanism wasn’t operating properly and was in danger of failing. I communicated with the ship and was directed to go to where the technician was working on the impeller unit, which I did. It was plain to me he was making incorrect adjustments and I ordered him to stand down, after which I made the necessary changes to bring the unit back into proper tolerance.”

The three men stared at her. Addy kept herself from fidgeting or lowering her gaze.

“Ensign Tryndall averted a potential catastrophe,” the ship said out of thin air.

No one but Addy seemed surprised to have Maeve join the conversation. The chief leaned back in his chair. “Yes, but how did you know there was a problem, ensign? It was your first time using the gravlift, right?”

Now I’m in trouble. Nothing good ever came of admitting to her unique ability to sense and interpret the harmonics and vibrations of modern high tech. “I just knew—it felt wrong—I was sure the system was off balance.” She hated stammering. “Which is partly why I checked in with the ship, as she could do self-monitoring and either confirm or deny my concern.” No, I called her in a panic because I was afraid so many people might die.

“I’m perfectly satisfied with Ensign Tryndall’s actions,” Maeve said. “Technician Bradberry, however, is on probation with me until further notice and retraining.”

“All right, ensign, you’re dismissed,” the chief said before pointing a stubby finger at the men. “There’s more discussion to be had with you.”

As Addy rose, he added, “I’ll see you for your scheduled meeting tomorrow morning after staff, which is promptly at eight.”

“Yes, sir.” She was glad to have the rest of today to try to recover her equilibrium, get settled in her no doubt tiny cabin and review the Nebula Zephyr’s most critical specifications again.

VS: Her first meeting with her new boss turned out all right but still, not a good start. More from the book next week.

Musician with his guitar on his back over white

Here’s the official blurb:

Addy Tryndall is a fresh graduate from a highly respected engineering college in the Sectors, on her way to a plum job on the Nebula Zephyr cruise ship. She knows she’ll be on probation but she’s determined to succeed and nothing is going to distract her.

Ryder McRhodes is a has-been interstellar rock star, on his way to reunite with his fellow band members to see if the lightning of mega success will strike twice for them. He isn’t sure he wants to be in the spotlight again and he hasn’t been able to write music since the band broke up.

Addy has secrets. Ryder needs a muse to unblock the creative flow…could her tightly guarded past be the answer  to his problem?  When the two are thrown together in an attempt to avoid the interstellar paparazzi he’s intrigued. She’s wary.

And someone is sabotaging systems on the Nebula Zephyr. Addy unwittingly finds herself in the middle of the situation while juggling her increasing attraction to Ryder and her challenges on the new  job. Can she trust him with her secret? Or will he break her heart?

The danger on board comes ever closer to Addy as the cruise continues…

Amazon      Apple Books      Kobo      NOOK      GooglePlay

New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for FEB 22

I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking quite a few as I prepare these posts LOL). 

‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.

A quick word about covers. I don’t support the use of AI for cover creation as it currently stands. Copyright issues and other problems too lengthy to go into here. However, I’m not a cover artist or an expert on the use of computer drawing/art/AI programs so I have no way to tell if the covers on the new releases are AI or not. Therefore I’ll continue to show the covers each week unless something changes with the situation.



Just when I think I’m getting my life under control, my alien husband kidnaps me— and manages to get amnesia. I’ve mostly come to grips with my new reality. Earth is a memory, I’m making a name for myself, and I can usually ignore the reason I’m here… my horrible alien warlord husband. But the Beast doesn’t want to be ignored. Nope. He wants me, and unlike other Suevans, he doesn’t like to take no for an answer… so he kidnaps me, determined to win me over. Good luck with that, buddy. When he gets amnesia, though, forgetting his name, his history, and me, I’m stuck in the dangerous alien jungle with him. But he continues to show me a different side of himself, and I’m starting to believe there’s more to the Beast than I imagined. Forced to confront my own fractured past and rely on each other to survive, we’ll have to find our way home… or make a new one together.     AmazonKU


VS Note: Always so happy to have a new book from her! “Sizzling cyborgs” indeed…

Raw, a K model cyborg, is one of the lucky warriors who has located his genetic match. He hears his human female’s voice over the communication lines and immediately processes she is his. Winning her affections will be a greater challenge. Battle has always been Raw’s focus. The rough-and-tough warrior has no idea how to engage anyone’s tender emotions. Fortunately, he isn’t alone in the universe. His unmatched male friends help him craft a plan. All Raw has to do is relay a few unsettlingly sweet words to his female and give her the thoroughly unfunctional wall decoration he has obtained. He projects she will then jump into his big, strong arms and beg him to claim her. Taytu isn’t jumping anywhere. She has one mission—kill every cyborg in existence. The huge, handsome male traveling to meet with her is her first target. His rough hands, firm lips, and sparkling, energy-infused eyes won’t save him from her vengeance. She has trained vigorously for this moment, and she won’t fail at her assigned task. The cyborg will die.

Amazon     Apple Books      Kobo


VS note: Also terrific to have a new cyborg from this author! It’s a good week if you like cyborg romance…

All Sandy Jodane ever wanted was to belong, to be loved. Instead, she’s become a pawn to be used and discarded by her empire-building politician mother. After turning to stardust to deaden the pain of rejection, she finds the strength to beat her addiction and live life on her own terms. But, just as she makes a clean break, she finds herself on a desolate alien planet, taken into custody by a powerful cyborg determined to break her and get the information he needs. A failed marriage proved to cyborg Quint Stroud that duty and love don’t mix, so he’s dedicated himself to C-Force, fighting for justice in the galaxy. He’s now facing the toughest assignment of his career: protecting the life of a unique intelligent alien species on planet Sajave from a corrupt Earth president who would destroy it. Saving the alien will require help from an insider—the president’s complicit, reprobate daughter. He vows to do whatever it takes to coerce her cooperation. But nothing is as it seems. Quint discovers the gutsy, vulnerable woman needs his protection as much as the alien does, and Sandy suspects Quint’s fierce, almost robotic appearance and manner hide a wounded heart. When they team up in a last-ditch effort to save the alien, they’ll unleash a maelstrom of vengeance that could destroy their future or even their lives.

Amazon      Apple Books     Kobo     Author’s Universal Link


Deneve’s nanite powers sent her running from her home, trapped her in Austin, and tangled her up with Jolie. Now the nanites want more: a connection between Deneve and a new person who’s put a target on the city by using nanite powers on bystanders. Jolie never wanted anything but a small, quiet life. Maybe with someone like Deneve? Those dreams died when the alien ships changed her forever. Now her nanites are changing again, and no one has any answers about what it means for her future. As tensions in the city escalate, Deneve and Jolie end up on a rescue mission that may reveal the truth behind the kidnappings that brought them together. What they find out in the process could give people with nanite powers a way out of the danger they live with every day. And some people want that badly enough to cross lines that shouldn’t be crossed. The third novella in a five-book near-future science fiction F/F romance series, which is slow burn to high heat with a guaranteed HEA at series end.   AmazonKU


The fact that I had crash-landed on a desert planet was the least of my concerns…When we were attacked, our dream cruise went down in flames. Rescued by a Naga prince, he swears to protect me for a price—I have to agree to become his mate. If I do, I will not only save myself, but also those who have crashed here with me.
If I don’t, his clan will leave our fate to the stars. I resist at first, but the more I get to know this crimson male, I find myself increasingly captivated by his charm. As my heart becomes entwined with his over time, I begin to wonder…will our people ever allow us to be together?     AmazonKU


VS Note: From the blurb for book one, explaining the scifi element: “Sanctum is a planet practically cut off from the rest of the galaxy, where ruthless people who can control the elements rule. The Emperor has turned his back on the people, more interested in lining his pockets than waging war against the Brumal mafia.”

Hunter Thorn’s secret is out. After years of running from his past and himself, Hunter has finally been caught. Forced to acknowledge the hidden wants and desires he’s always carried, his only choice now is to make a deal with the devil. But putting his trust in the leader of a mafia family comes with its own risks, and Hunter can’t be sure if giving in will help him claw his way back to some semblance of freedom, or shove him deeper into hell. Odin Snow isn’t letting Hunter go. From the moment he first saw the man again, broken and bleeding, that’d already been decided. Though he hasn’t given up on his plans for revenge, he’s shifted his animosity to who it really belongs to, Isa Frost. With Hunter’s help, Odin knows he can finally beat Isa and avenge both of their families, but he must first convince his Huntsman to take his side. He’d not above using any means to do so, even if he has to resort to manipulations and more nefarious tactics. Hunter has spent the past ten years trying to escape the Brumal mafia, but now in order to get what he wants, he may have to willingly dive headfirst into the inferno that is Odin Snow.   AmazonKU


VS Note: A re-release.

A woman is in love…with a man harboring a complicated past. Both are running for their lives from a powerful enemy. Kat has loved darkly handsome Michael since she first met the wary protector. Although he desperately desires her, he curbs his passion, believing he’s unworthy of her attention. Will he trust her with his battered heart? Kat utterly enchants Michael with her golden beauty, luscious curves, and compassionate nature, but he’s a killer-turned-bodyguard. His past would scandalize her gentle soul. What will happen when time runs out? When a vicious enemy stalks the royal children in their care, Kat and Michael agree to deliver them to safety, even though they must alter their very DNA to survive. They barely escape a deadly explosion. During the perilous rescue Ambassador Prime Mezere and his companions Dominik and Commander Courau are fiercely drawn to Kat and Michael, sensing they have finally found their destined mates. As Kat and Michael adjust to their new beast-natures, the males must entice Michael to join them, and seduce Kat to claim them all. Will they succumb to their beast-natures and accept the Call to Mate?     AmazonKU     Author’s universal Link


VS Note: Not a romance per se but an LGBTQ scifi release of note.

From the mean-streets of The District to the darkest depths of cyberspace, Inspector Fawn Granger is on a mission. She has one goal: to end The Fish’s reign of terror. But when she finally gets her chance to capture the elusive violator, disaster strikes and Fawn finds herself in an impossible case. With retired Dr. Bennet as the latest victim, Fawn and her long-time partner Briscoe Baker must uncover the hidden link between all the victims. Together they must discover the uniting clue that proves each person was chosen by The Fish – or risk more people dying at his hands. Dive into this action-packed cyberpunk mystery as Fawn and Briscoe race against the clock to stop The Fish before it’s too late.     Amazon


Hunky green aliens aren’t what I signed up for…entirely. After my fiancé left, I impulsively joined my sister on a spaceship for an Earth-sponsored trip to Xavia, a friendly, tropical planet with handsome, alien men. Getting paid to vacation—was too good to be true. I woke up from stasis to find we’ve been dropped off to serve as wombs for the dying Xavian race. The Xavians are just as surprised as we are and treat us with respect, despite their population crisis. Another alien race has decimated their kind, and almost all their women. Until Earth returns for their payment, I’m hosted by the Xavian Prince, Drex. As promised, he’s devastatingly hunky, but I’m not jumping into a relationship as quickly as I jumped onto that ship. I’ve learned my lesson, no matter how the sparks start to fly.   AmazonKU


Innifer – Earth sucks. Not the planet. The people. Practically all physical contact is simulated, my boyfriend just broke up with me, and I’m making a living dancing behind glass in hopes that men with throw credits at me. I want to leave…So I do and I drag my friend with me… into space… to the Nexus. The city in the sky. Sure, I’m starting at the bottom and I had to lie about finishing my college education to get here, but it was worth it. …And then he showed up. A tall alien man in a black suit and a helmet I can’t even see his face through, but he sets my body on fire. Vahko – Humans. They’re a strange breed. We’re all fibers from the same cloth, but you’d scarcely realize it. In truth, they never intrigued me much. They don’t seem ready to enter into galactic affairs. Then she walked onto the station. Or rather into me. As soon as we touched, things changed. I want to deny that I surged with a human, but every time our paths cross, that gets harder to do. So? My plan is to avoid her. Then a distress call from her transport reaches mine. Perhaps I am not as in control as I once prided myself for being.   AmazonKU


My life was perfect. Or so I thought. I’m Mason Byrne and I’m a rock star. I travel the world, have millions in my bank account, and take a new lover every night. What could be better than that? Then one night, I’m playing the Tokyo Dome and a light appears onstage. Not a spotlight but a ragged oval of glowing, sparking energy that appeared in midair and swallowed me whole. The next thing I knew, I was on another planet, a world called Serai where humans are in the minority and shapeshifting Dragons rule. Luckily, I found a group of great guys who took me under their wing. Or under their antlers, rather. They’re taking me to the crown city of Avlar to speak to the Dragon King. The Dragon God just arrived on Serai, shortly before I did, and if anyone can get me home, it’s a god. I just need to convince the Dragon King to take me to his god and then convince the god to take me home. But the longer I’m on Serai, the more I begin to wonder where home is.     AmazonKU


VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. A reimagining of Antigone by the author of The Divergent Series.

Outside the last city on Earth, the planet is a wasteland. Without the Archive, where the genes of the dead are stored, humanity will end. Antigone’s parents—Oedipus and Jocasta—are dead. Passing into the Archive should be cause for celebration, but with her militant uncle Kreon rising to claim her father’s vacant throne, all Antigone feels is rage.
When he welcomes her and her siblings into his mansion, Antigone sees it for what it really is: a gilded cage, where she is a captive as well as a guest. But her uncle will soon learn that no cage is unbreakable. And neither is he.

Amazon      AB     Apple Books      Kobo

MIND SHIFT (THREE WORLDS BOOK 5) by Carol A Strickland

Mind Control: The preferred weapon of the powerful Yanist-Glory Empire. There’s never been a tactic to counter it… until now. Psychic Lina Starhart, new bride of famous interstellar paraheroes Valiant and Neutrino, has devised the solution. Now she must find a way to teach the secret to the Affiliated Systems before the Empire can stop her. Can Lina, her husbands, and the celebrated AffSys Megaforce Legion they belong to survive grisly attacks long enough to spread the desperately needed information?

Amazon      Apple Books     Nook     Kobo     GooglePlay


I’ve never met him before… so why do I feel as if I’ve known him all my life? Scoring a job at the exclusive and secretive Hotel Castle Verna is exactly what I need to pay off my debt and avoid a punishment I might not survive. The guests are a little eccentric, but they are great tippers. All I have to do is ignore the strange sights, smells, and sounds coming from the guest rooms, and I can remain gainfully employed. Simple, right? Except there’s one guest at the hotel who’s always watching me with his mismatched black and white eyes. Half his face is covered with a black mask, and his stare sets my skin on fire. I don’t know him… and yet I feel known with every stolen glance. Strange happenings are going on at the hotel, and each day, I fall deeper into a world I never knew existed. And the guest who’s watching me? He isn’t who I thought he was… but then again, neither am I.     AmazonKU

PROJECT NOUGHT by Chelsey Furedi

VS Note: A re-release, was formerly a Tapas webcomic.

Ren Mittal’s last memory in the year 1996 is getting on a bus to visit his mystery pen pal Georgia. When he wakes up in 2122, he thinks he might be hallucinating…he’s not! Tech conglomerate Chronotech sponsors a time-travel program to help students in 2122 learn what history was really like…from real-life subjects who’ve been transported into the future…and Ren is one of them. In 2122, Ren’s life in the 1990s is practically ancient history—and Ren’s not sure how to feel about that. On top of it all, he learns that his memory will be wiped of all things 2122 before he’s sent back to the ’90s. Adding to Ren’s complicated feels, he’s forming a crush on his student guide, Mars. And when he crosses paths with the absolute last person he expected to see in the future, he has a bigger problem on his hands: What if Chronotech isn’t the benevolent organization they claim to be, and he and his fellow subjects are in great danger?     Amazon     Apple Books


VS Note: An expanded re-release.

A second chance at love. But one that I thwart because everyone should have a choice. In the city of Eden, a parcel of land not under Earth’s government, I meet a man. Elex is a captain of the King’s Guard, the clan of Adroki from the planet Pimeon. They are here to protect women while we recover from a patriarchal government recently overthrown. Unfortunately, I have a child who will always need my care. And the Adroki? Their goal is to find mates to procreate with. While I might have liked that once, my choice was taken away long ago, and I have to set him free.  – From the first day I laid eyes on her, I knew she was mine. I never expected it could happen to me, especially not without the Match Program, and I never thought she would be the mother of my friend’s mate. After all those hurdles, one more finally breaks us. After six months of utter bliss, Christina has decided she has no time to begin a family again, despite only being in her thirties. It’s up to me—along with her son, Kenny—to show her otherwise.   AmazonKU


Now that Safena’s healed and no longer living a life of pain, she refuses to watch life happen around her. Woken isn’t sure his newfound serenity will survive her adventures! 
Born with a rare genetic condition, Safena didn’t have a single memory not marked by debilitating pain. Thankfully, her mother was strong enough to run away from an abusive Kaklan community, finding a remote planet to hide herself and her daughters. Instead of being executed because she was an expendable, useless, sick, female child, Safena got to grow up surrounded by her affectionate and caring sisters. But then she grew into a sick, useless adult. A burden to her family. But that life is over. The Hissa have taken all her sisters to their homeworld where they’ll be safe to pick Hissa partners and have children. Desperate for mates for their males, the Hissa are willing to pour resources into healing and caring for Safena, even though she’ll never be able to bear them children. Safena takes her newfound health as a sign to go out and have all the experiences she’d been denied her entire life. No one’s going to stop her from exploring the universe, not even a bossy Hissa who thinks he wants her as a mate. She’s confident Woken will give up on courting her eventually. He has to because she can’t have the children every Hissa male dreams about. But if he insists on sticking by her side, then he’d better be prepared for an adventure because she’s done living a safe, quiet life. She’s a woman reborn; there are no limits!     AmazonKU


Haisley – A tribe of crazy cavemen wants to eat me. They’ve even put me in a pot and hung it over a fire. It’s a little much after I’ve been buried alive for the second time in two weeks and barely survived a terrible earthquake that tore the ground open. But that’s common on prehistoric planet Xren, where alien dinosaurs roam around and the mosquitoes are the size of seagulls. And if the jungle doesn’t kill you, the huge cavemen will. The only one who can help me is another caveman called Torant’ar. But he’s all tied up. And I don’t even know how much help he’d be. He got me into this situation in the first place, refusing to protect me in the jungle while pitching a ridiculous tent in his loincloth. I’m getting sweaty. The water in this pot is heating up fast. I have to get out of this on my own. I’m the first woman these guys have ever seen, and they’re clearly more aroused than hungry. So I think I know something that will work…Torant’ar – This demented, primitive tribe is about to eat my female. My female! Don’t they know I will murder them all if they touch a hair on her head? If only she would have let me follow my plan, this would not have happened. Now I’m tied up and can barely move. But if I get even the slightest chance, I’ll get her out of that pot, take her away from here and make her mine. Mine in every way.     AmazonKU


It’d been three years since my world ended in more ways than one. Not only had I found my best friend in bed with my boyfriend, but I ran out of the house, straight into the freaking zombie apocalypse. To escape becoming a walking corpse, I teamed up with the two who had betrayed me the most, and we fought our way to my parents’ off-grid ranch. I did whatever I could to avoid my exes from hell, which was much easier said than done. All that mattered was staying safe in our bubble, but it was both a sanctuary and a prison. That is, until two confident, protective strangers swooped in to save our lives. They warned us of an approaching swarm of the undead, then swept us away to a shelter called the Oasis. We were safer than ever before, and I managed to get space away from the betrayers. It didn’t hurt that I was cozied up in a treehouse with three sexy men while an undead horde decimated everything in its path as it passed through. With my family safe and sound in another treehouse, I felt lighter than I had since the world turned upside down. Just in time for those three men to make me feel things I’d never felt before. It took two betrayals and the end of the world, but maybe my love life wasn’t as rotten as I’d thought.      AmazonKU


He will claim his revenge. And then he’ll claim her. JORDAN – Prince Taurik is not a bull you want to piss off. He doesn’t take prisoners, he slays them. Unfortunately for me, first contact has left me clapped in a collar and chains. And underneath all that scorching rage of his is another fire. One that burns for me. Too bad he’s already “promised” to another and the Queen Consort Nasrin wants me gone. Otherwise, I’d stay and not leave the first decent chance I get. TAURIK – The strange female from the stars destroyed my prized gardens—so I made her my pet. Jordan is soft, kind. She is not like the brash female Nasin demands me to marry. But as I hunt the traitors in the palace down, in the hopes of freeing myself from the queen consort’s grasp, the enemies I must weed out multiply. As does the growing danger to my pet.  I must eliminate the threats to me and the crown at all cost. But another problem rises. Jordan consumes my thoughts… my loins. And if she continues to have her way, she will consume my heart too. AmazonKU


VS Note: A gay supervillain romance.

Ray seems like the perfect boyfriend — he’s gorgeous, incredibly romantic, and has a mechanical suit that he invented to become the dastardly MantaRay. For Alec, who also spends his nights making life difficult for do-gooders everywhere, it’s a match made in supervillain heaven. Except that Ray is a bit too into the hit soap opera, All My Werewolves. When tempers flare during what’s supposed to be a quiet night out, Alec nearly ruins everything over a stupid bet with an alien gorilla. Desperate to prove his feelings to Ray, and with Christmas fast approaching, Alec decides the fastest way to Ray’s heart is by embracing the thing that threatens to divide them — a certain werewolf show with a certain star actor who Ray admires. A simple case of kidnapping promises to do the trick, only fur (and fandom) fly when Alec’s romantic gesture leads to a very hairy situation. Can Alec prove to Ray how much their relationship means to him, or will his plans be ruined by the werewolf before Christmas?      Amazon     Kobo

3013 JUSTICE by Laurie Roma

Liberated from her life as a captive, Secret has hidden herself away at the sanctuary in Zion to rest and recover. Unfortunately, time is a luxury she can’t afford. Before she can truly consider enjoying her newfound freedom, she must first fulfill the vow of vengeance she’d made and deal with the dark stain of her past. As an elite assassin for the Alliance, Commander Talon Spartan is used to living in the shadows. He always figured he was meant to spend his life alone, but surprisingly, fate has other plans for him. Secret is a bright star in his dark world, and he is willing do whatever it takes to help her find the justice she seeks. Will they be able to free her from her past, or will tragedy tear them apart before they can truly find happiness together?    Amazon      Apple Books     Kobo


Willow – Signing up for the Midas Breeding Program seemed like my only option for a fresh start. All I have to do is travel to Omega IV and become an incubator for one of the Veskhiri, a species indigenous to the primordial planet. The males are tall, clawed, and packed with muscle. One of them takes a particular disliking to me. Jarkoth. He’s a big jerk and seems set on making me feel as unwelcome as possible. So… why do I feel such a strange attraction to him? Jarkoth – When the human females arrive at our settlement, I am against mating with one of them. The other males are eager to get to know the soft-skinned humans, but I will not participate. When my tribe leader foists a human female with wild red fur onto me, I’m forced to share my dwelling with her. She is weak and fragile like the rest of her species, and I want no part in getting to know her. But… I feel strangely protective of this little female. And my instincts are roaring that she is mine.   AmazonKU


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

When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape shifters, Vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete one thousand years later. It is a time of celebration on the Worldship, and Knith and her growing circle of family and friends are enjoying the holiday at House Shade. Knith, Aurora, and Caitlyn have to make an appearance at the Capitol celebration, when everything goes awry. The gifting ceremony is interrupted by a citizen who contracted some sort of alien contagion, and the powers that be find themselves trying to contain the spread of the pathogen while the medical staff, aided by Aurora and Caitlyn, race against time to find a cure. Then the aliens came.

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Miya – I awaken to the touch of cold metal hands and talking holograms. Paralyzed and dependent on the Others. They tell me a story… at first; I refuse to believe. A story of no return and extreme loss, but one of the voices is different. He projects anger and distrust…but his hands… even though cold and hard, are always gentle. I have come to crave the sound of his growls because I know within moments, he will hold me in his arms. When my sight returns. I was not prepared to see what he really was, but when he collapsed in front of me, his body failing. Why do I suddenly feel like this is my biggest loss yet? Hugo – I have done everything in my power to prepare a safe world for her once I’m gone. I fought my attraction, knowing I was unworthy of her trust, but I crave her like no other. Unfortunately, my mind is no longer my own, and the only way to destroy the monster who has invaded my head is death. All that matters in my end… is that she survives… because I would rather die than share what I know is MINE.   AmazonKU


The dark elf will not harm my baby! I was so in love with the dark elf general. But then he went to war and died – leaving me to fend for myself. His enemies were circling and I needed to flee. To protect myself… And the baby growing inside of me. But his enemies lied. He never died. He came back. And was told that I had fled. Heartbreak tore his soul and made him cruel. He vowed to find me and make me pay. Four years later, he did. 
I see the rage in his eyes. What will he do to me? More importantly…What will he do to his daughter?       AmazonKU


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

Ardulum. The planet of myth. The planet of unwanted destiny. The Charted Systems are in pieces. Mercy’s Pledge is destroyed, and her captain dead. With no homes to return to, the remaining crew sets off on a journey to find the mythical planet of Ardulum—a planet where Emn might find her people, and Neek the answers she’s long sought. Finding the planet, however, brings a host of uncomfortable truths about Ardulum’s vision for the galaxy and Neek’s role in a religion that refuses to release her. Neek must balance her planet’s past and the unchecked power of the Ardulans with a budding relationship and a surprising revelation about her own genealogy. Ardulum: Second Don blends space opera elements and hard science into a story about two women persistently bound to their past and a sentient planet determined to shape their future.   AmazonKU


VS Note: I one clicked this. Yes, it’s written for middle graders but I love dystopian and the female main character is autistic (and I was very taken by the great cover). I have a close family member on the  spectrum so I was very drawn to this book. Several reviews mentioned the trigger warnings so be sure to check them out if you have concerns. Not a romance.

The Last Kids on Earth meets Margaret Peterson Haddix in this middle grade adventure about fourteen-year-old Izzy, an autistic girl surviving the end of the world who must team up with her loveable dog to uncover the hidden truth behind her family and the rest of humanity’s disappearance.  Ever since Izzy Wilder’s mom died, she’s wanted life to feel normal. She plays video games with her little sister, helps her grandparents around the house, and takes care of her best dog, Akka. But losing her mom is far from normal, and for Izzy, who is autistic, it feels like the end of the world. When mysterious lights flash across the mountains outside Izzy’s house one night, and suddenly everyone except her and Akka seem to have disappeared in an instant, Izzy is more alone than ever. But Izzy is a fighter and she won’t lose anyone else in her family, even if it means battling terrifying gray, ugly monsters and decoding cryptic messages that seem a lot like her mom talking to her from beyond the grave. In the face of disaster, Izzy and Akka embark on an epic adventure filled with nail-biting suspense, unexpected allies, and life’s greatest mysteries as they uncover the true endurance of the human spirit and save the world.

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SHADE’S EMBRACE by Olivia Riley

She fears the monsters of Seriph. He rules over them. Axaria Shade, a deadly sidonion commander turned underworld kingpin, rules on the moon city, Seriph, with merciless control. Humans don’t enter the city without fear of death, especially if found in his territory. So it’s shocking to Madelyn when he spares her life after her ship crashes on (and burns away) a part of his property. That doesn’t mean he’ll let her go. Not without a price. With a debt to be paid, an arrangement is struck, one Maddie doesn’t refuse. She’s heard enough about Shade and the sidonions to know their taste for bloodshed, brutality, and hatred for humans. Only Shade doesn’t treat her with icy contempt like she expects. Far from it. He looks at her as if he has never seen a human in his life. And the way he touches her says enough of what he wants. He wants her. Shade doesn’t disguise his desire. Even if he doesn’t understand his craving for her, he’s willing to take anything she’ll give. All Maddie should want is to pay what is owed and be out of his cold, monstrous hands. But his dark embrace is a hard one to break. And his need might consume her. The heat between them is undeniable. But Shade is a monster at heart. Can a monster really care for her? Want her human heart? Or is he only playing a cruel game?   AmazonKU

PHILCON OR BUST (EARTH CON 3) by Stephanie Burke

Jabel came for the hot Earth girls. So what if they only have two eyes and no tails. Earth girls are easy, right? Libby did not come looking for love. In fact, she didn’t even come to get laid. Sex can be interesting when you’re a transgendered woman, and the last thing she wanted to do was risk her body or her mind. A one night stand is just what they both needed, but then there are assassins and sword fights, and kidnappings…Whoever said convention life was easy, lied!

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Jody’s won the masquerade costume competition for four years running. She should be a shoo-in for first place this year, as well, except that she’s being badly upstaged by a tentacle monster costume. Tara’s got to come to the rescue or it’ll be one miserable drive home. Besides, Jody’s a fantastic costumer, and she deserves all the attention she’s not getting. When Tara springs into action to divert the audience’s attention, the last thing she expects is a chance to experience some real live tentacle play herself! Only problem is, her Tentacle Monster’s costume doesn’t come off. He’s really a shape shifting alien on the run from some real live alien bounty hunters dressed in what look like leftover eighties costumes from the set of Flash Gordon, and now Tara’s got to help him escape, or she could end up crated off to Zenon to stand trial for aiding and abetting a fugitive. Where are the Men in Black when you need them, anyway?

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Compelled to compete in a twisted game, two deadly enemies will meet their fated revenge.They will either kill each other or, worse…Fall in love. But only one can leave the arena alive. In The Carnal Games, the rules are simple: fight, conquer, win. Above all else, entertain. Warning: The Carnal Games contain dark themes, full-throttle sci-fi action, a hostile Lolita Island-style planet, political intrigue, and a slow-burn romance with a promised HEA.      AmazonKU

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VS: For my backlist spotlight this week – Here’s the third novel in my connected alien empath series! I thought for this one it would be interesting to have an empath escape the mob on her own and try to remain free on an alien planet. Where would she go? How would she survive? And what would she do when presented with an ethical dilemma…protect herself or help someone else?


The third in my stories of alien empathic priestesses… can be read as a standalone, or in sequence with STAR CRUISE: STOWAWAY and then DANGER IN THE STARS.

The blurb: Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon

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She lost her childhood and her mother on a wild journey through a jungle deep and dark—now she is losing what’s left…Freelance illustrator Cecily Serrao has painted herself into a corner—and she likes it there. She has her pastel watercolors, her tiny Portland apartment with nice indirect lighting, and just enough work to let her drift through her perfect quiet life. Until a supersecret agent with eyes as brilliant gold as the deadly jaguars that haunt her dreams tells her she’s missing one thing: herself. Ronan Conrad joined the First Responders: Extrasensory Capabilities Unit—freaks for short—to atone for his troubled, misspent youth. When unknown forces as covert as any of his unit’s ops threaten ExCap’s mission, the lieutenant guide controller who usually handles other agents with power and precision finds himself hunting the shadows on his own. Alone until he finds her: subtle, strong, stubborn—and a cruel reminder of his worst failure, why he can never let anyone too close ever again. They only share an enemy, and even as a dangerous desire ignites between them in all the reckless hues of passion and peril, they know anything more intimate is impossible. But the freaks of ExCap specialize in the impossible as they fight to survive…FIRST TOUCH.

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Maverick – My return to Wolfwater comes at a price, but everything is at stake and I can’t lose. I’ve been delaying the inevitable for years all because of my family’s feud. I’ll end it somehow—even if I have to break tradition. I live my life without my mate beside me even though I know she exists. This time, it’s either all or nothing. I’ll have her soon—exactly how I imagined. Courtney – I thought I could defy the Alpha’s son without consequences. I was so very wrong. The beast inside the man wants one thing: my total submission. But the man has his mind set on something else: revenge. Last time I ran into Maverick in Wolfwater Bay, I told him to take a hike. And he did…Now that he’s back in town, I’ll do anything to avoid him and the thorough punishment he promised me so long ago.     AmazonKU


When Cosmo learns the faun king is in the human realm, he panics. See, Silenus happens to be his fiance… and he’s never told any of his friends in the human realm that he ran away on his wedding day, leaving his king at the alter. Silenus made a deal with the devil–the queen of the fae–when he learned the human realm was going to be closed, keeping him separated from his mate and betrothed. He has to track down Cosmo and convince him that they are meant for each other, even though his stubborn fiance seems determined to challenge him at every turn. Cosmo doesn’t know Silenus’s secret, though, and now the hunt is on. Silenus is facing a dark and dangerous path, and he wants nothing more than his consort at his side. He’ll follow his mate anywhere, even to the depths of the human realm, to prove to Cosmo they are meant to be together..Now he only has to convince his stubborn mate to stop running…because no matter how long the chase lasts, Silenus will eventually catch him.     AmazonKU


Dear Miss Penelope Essex, on account of your unforgivably bookish ways and abysmal attempts at conversation, Her Majesty has deemed your Season a failure. With no marriage proposals, no dowry and no prospects, you are hereby ordered to attend The Monsters Ball. Confirmed wallflower Penelope Essex has every intention of tending her brother’s library for the rest of her days. But first, she must survive the Monsters Ball. Held at a remote gothic estate, the three-day ball is rife with monstrous nobles all determined to claim a mate. They’ll do whatever it takes to seduce her into hidden corners, to tempt her into signing a marriage contract. Escaping with her spinsterhood intact seems impossible, until she spots her childhood crush: the now monstrous Duke of Roth. Lord William Warwick is normally as cool as the cold fire covering his body. When he became a frost-flame demon, he swore he’d never take a mate. Yet when he sees Penny Essex struggling to resist three monstrous nobles, he rushes to her side and pretends to be her fiancé. A fake betrothal is the perfect cover. Except the longer they’re together, the more she wants his fire to claim her. But will her duke treasure her heart and her beloved books, or will their passion send them both up in flames?     AmazonKU


Bored of her duties as the current Dionysus, Calliope is ready to retire and do something new in life. A chance meeting with a local winemaker changes her whole perspective on what it means to be the Goddess Of Wine. Selena loves life on the vineyard but isn’t enamored with the ruling deities. When she meets a charming woman who claims to be Dionysus, will she change her mind? Harvest Of Dionysus is a fantasy twist on the classic Greek mythology about Dionysus with an f/f romance. It’s a standalone in the Queens of Olympus series following various heroines in classic Greek God and Goddess retellings.    Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


When you’re born into the world of the Chosen Ones, escaping your destiny as a fated mate isn’t exactly easy. Thankfully, I’m one of six daughters, and with my extra curves and no-nonsense attitude, voted least likely to ever become a goblin bride. What do I care if I’ll never be whisked off to their magical homeland, miles under the earth? I have my job and my family, and two feet planted firmly above ground. But as fate would have it, instead of one goblin coming for me on Offering Night, I get two. Hot-as-hell brothers, who are so competitive, they’ll do anything to give me a mating bite. But sorting out that mess is going to have to wait. Because my youngest sister didn’t just get cold feet on Offering Night – she’s missing, and no one has seen her for days. I’ll do anything to find her, and the goblin brothers will do anything to win themselves a mate. So we agree on a mating quest. They’ll track down my sister – and I’ll accept the winner as my fated mate. It should be easy. Find my sister. Wriggle out of their mating claims. And once the crust between our worlds closes, go back to my simple, goblin-free life. Or at least that’s the plan until fate comes along and bites me in the butt.   AmazonKU


A world slipping into darkness. An outcast warrior with secrets. A woman bound to the light. Trouble between fairy factions and the Simathe having been successfully avoided, Aerisia is at peace…until Moonkind healer Rittean Wis’ Curlm senses trouble afoot. Moonkind elderly are dying at an alarming rate, with no viable explanation. Determined to uncover the truth, she enlists the help of her cousin, the Artan, little knowing the answers she seeks may bring Rittean, herself into grave personal danger. Meanwhile, The Hunter’s isolated lifestyle is fragmented by his ties to the Artan, the palace, the new fairy leader, and their need of his services. Try as he might to maintain distance between Rittean, the Moonkind, and himself, when the woman he still loves is threatened The Hunter will do anything to defend her. Including divulge truths of magic, thousands of years old, that could safeguard Aerisia or destroy it. Moonkind deaths, Moonkind magic, a hidden killer, and ancient mysteries threaten to collide in an explosive conflict that will either bring The Hunter and Rittean together in defense of their homeland, or shatter them—and Aerisia—forever. Can a warrior’s secrets and a woman’s soul save a world in peril?     Amazon


Is the sting of rejection a curse…or a blessing? What happens when fate steals their happily-ever-after? When the one person they were supposed to spend their life with rejects them? Can these shifters, vampires, demons, and fae find love again from the ashes of rejection? Or will they be tied to the mates who rejected them, forced to find a way back to them or suffer eternally?

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Never could I expect that Agony would bring so much endless pleasure. I’ve spent my livelihood fighting back against the crushing weight of the world, giving faces and character to the kinds of people everyone turns their back on through my documentaries. When I set up an interview with a local costume shop owner, I never expected to be claimed by the god of Anguish living in her basement. Apparently that’s my fate: a True Offering for a horrifying god. While she says I have a choice, the god of Anguish promises to consume me. And if the way those tentacles squeeze and tease across my skin is anything to go by, I want it. Even if this god is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Never knew I was into being scaroused. I may drown in the depths of its sensual affection, but what a way to go. Engulfed by Anguish is the fifth novella of Sacrificed to Monster Gods, a series of 13 interconnected mostly-standalone erotic monster romances where the gods find their HEA with their True Offering. It features MM love, frank discussions of mental health, explicit sexual scenes, BDSM, tentacles, and a possessive, needy eldritch horror of a god.    AmazonKU


Her heart is broken, and her wrath is boiling over. Will she atone for her violence or fall to darkness? Tru Dennison is tired of being judged a freak. Sick of monstrous villains wreaking havoc and mayhem on her city, the half-unicorn, half-vampire shifter channels her energy into an undercover role as a black-ops assassin. But when her alluring angel mentor finds her standing over a pile of dead bodies, she’s horrified that her unrequited crush accuses her of serial murder. Unable to persuade the resolute man of her clearance to make the hits, Tru is thrown before the grand creature council to answer for her actions. But even after her sanctioned kills are verified, her fuming anger fuels her determination to become a force no one dare cross…Will Tru’s battle to deliver justice destroy her soul?     AmazonKU


Omegas are prized. I’ve always known that. Just like I grew up knowing that I would need a powerful mate to protect me. I wasn’t worried. I had Bishop—my overprotective alpha brother—to watch out for me, and then I fell in love with his best friend, Weston. A beta wolf, he was high enough in the pack that he would be a good match. And he loved me, too. I couldn’t choose anyone better. Too bad it wasn’t my choice. Three years ago, I discovered that I was fated to be the mate of the future Gravetail Alpha. Because of his rank, he couldn’t claim me as his until after he was installed as Alpha, but it didn’t matter. From the moment the Luna whispered my name to him, I was as good as promised to Rafael. With our alliance on the line, I had no choice. And that meant I had to say goodbye to West. Only… he didn’t take it too well. Even after the Luna blessed him with a fated mate of his own, he rejected Quinn Malone, even while I counted down the months until I’d finally have to leave Hickory. It’s my duty. As the Omega, I don’t have the luxury of choosing my own mate…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)   AmazonKU


The guild of artificers is so close to completion, Jackson Pryde can almost taste it. Befriending the Black Market’s guilds has paid off. Everyone agrees that Jackson should become master of the artificers, even Mother Dough, the powerful guild of bakers. But it’s not all sugar and spice. A strange sorcerer has reawakened Xander’s interest in Incandescence. The second AI has unearthed a bizarre blueprint. And not everything is as it seems in the Verdance. Tensions mount as the fae courts question the value of human friendship – and human life. Jackson and Xander may have saved the King of Summer, but now they must face the wrath of the Queen of Winter.     AmazonKU


Being a forty-something divorcee with a college-bound teenaged son is a freaking cakewalk compared to wielding my unruly magic. Oh, and did I mention my newly discovered sister wants to kill me? After a hellish week spent with older than dirt archdruids and a few new enemies, I’m ready to get home so I can hug my kid and sleep in my own bed. But nope, that’s not how my crazy magical mid-life works. My spirit magic has been triggered, and a ghost’s cryptic message gives me more bad news. Something worse than my psycho sister might be after me. Awesome. I’m so over selfish magical creatures trying steal my powers and my life. It’s Battle Royale time. I’ll need the help of all my tru-craft guardians if I stand a chance against my supernatural foes. But first I’ll have to get into the spirit of my new element before the spirit gets into me. Literally.     Amazon     Apple Books      Kobo


Wrong place, wrong time. That’s what I tell myself when I witness an angel working with demons and rush to tell our leader of the treachery. There’s only one problem. He turns on me, declares me a traitor, and claims I stole something from them. He demands my head and I have no choice but to flee my realm for another. I’m a warrior. Running was never in my plans but it’s the only way to survive in this deadly game of lies. Get safe. Find the missing object. Prove my innocence. Until the Crown Prince of Soleil, a demon and my mortal enemy, appears and declares he’s here to take me back. Somehow, I convince the demon to help me. Maybe because he wants to see me fall, and if he keeps looking at me like that, I might just consider it. Dripping in sin, and temptation incarnate, it takes everything in me to focus on proving my innocence over the urge to teach the cocky demon a lesson. But falling is starting to look like a good option. However, the angels are still after me, and I’ll have to make a choice between the world I know, and the one that suddenly starts calling to my soul. I hope I’m strong enough for this fight. I hope I can hold out just a little bit longer. The lies burn, but the truth will give us wings.   AmazonKU


Parties, laughter, and heart-melting romance. The war might be over, but the fun is just beginning. Join the Sons of the Fallen one last time in this end-of-series companion! Say goodbye to the series with newshort stories for each main couple showing them in their happily ever afters, a deleted scene, character interviews, and for the first time ever, Kallias is telling his own story in a companion-exclusive novella. *Beyond the Storm is not a standalone book and must be read after the Sons of the Fallen series for max enjoyment.*     AmazonKU


Cassidy Evans flees her past in Wyoming and takes refuge in the rugged mountains of Montana. In her quest for solitude, she stumbles upon a man lying injured and near death in the heart of a snowy forest. Torn between her own safety and the stranger’s survival, Cassidy manages to save him before disappearing into the darkness. Zach Granger, a forest ranger, remembers nothing but the face of the angel who saved him. His friends claim she was but a dream, but Zach is convinced she is real. Desperate to find her, he enlists the help of his best friend, Mike Halperin. As Zach and Mike track down the elusive woman, they learn that some evil clan has driven her from home. Despite her desire to be left alone, they can’t shake the feeling that she is their mate.
When the evil werewolf pack comes for Cassidy, the men must be prepared to fight to the death to protect her. Convincing Cassidy to trust them and accept her fate as their forever mate might be the greatest challenge of all.     AmazonKU


There might be no place like home, but sometimes it can be darn hard to get there. Gilly has been trying to get back to her realm for ages, but there are too many obstacles stand in her way. She finally makes it to a Fae Realm—just not the right Fae Realm. And now she’s tasked with not only freeing the part-time monster who is slowly working his way into her heart, but escaping a prophecy that says she’s somehow mixed up in the coming apocalypse. If that isn’t enough, there are also vampires, a spider-herding sorceress, and an evil prince all out for her blood. Can she survive it all with herself and the Web intact? Or will she usher in the Great Annihilation that buries the multiverse in eternal darkness?   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


Hank Garret doesn’t need any help finding a mate. Too bad Uncle Uzzi won’t take no for an answer. Driving the infamous matchmaking Witch to visit the Maverick Pride is one of his favorite duties, but lately, it’s the very thing disturbing the Falcon Shifter’s peace of mind. Watching those Tigers find their true mates is just too painful. When Uncle Uzzi recommends Hank’s services to a Lioness in need, duty calls. It was fine. he could remain professional. He just has to ignore the gorgeous spitfire in his backseat for the next twenty-four hours. Piece of cake–gulp. Annabeth Golden of the Blue Valley Pride is one frustrated Lioness. Her family’s reputation makes finding a mate hard, but is it really so bad? So, what if she accidentally on purpose almost castrated her high school boyfriend for being unfaithful? Was that cause to make her persona non grata with the entire Pride? Hard up for love, and trying to win the big contest at work leaves Annabeth at her wit’s end. Good thing she runs into Uncle Uzzi if the infamous Uncle Uzzi’s Magical Matchmaking Service. Annabeth has hit the jackpot–or so the she-Cat thinks. But what happens when the cranky Falcon her Lioness pines for claims she’s mistaken? Will this cat bag her bird?    Amazon     Apple Books      Kobo


Fifteen years ago, several wolf pups were kidnapped by poachers to be illegally sold abroad. They were rescued by a Prince of the Blood, and the Wolves of the Moon vowed the debt would someday be repaid. Now of age, wolf Ilkay Thrace is determined to fulfill that vow. Before he can, though, the Wolves’ home high in the peaks of Dragon Claw Mountain is ravaged by an earthquake that reveals an ancient, forgotten temple—and awakens something dark and terrible in its depths. Now, instead of repaying their debt, the Wolves must once again ask the King’s Legion for help. Despite the time that has passed since the Legion was nearly wiped out, their greatest strength, the Princes of the Blood remain few. It is one of their newest, Prince Dalibor, who is sent to evaluate and assist the Wolves. But Dalibor is born of a demon of wrath, his greatest power the ability to drive all living beings out of their minds with rage and fear. He is brash, loud, and reckless, even by the standards of the Legion, and the very last person that should be going into dark, treacherous caves containing ancient evil.

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Lucas’ sister, Tina, arrives to town and Cora is delighted. The girl is young and quite bubbly. There is something uplifting about her and Cora welcomes the change after all the murders in their little burg. However, another death, this time of an elderly woman, slams everyone back to reality. Was the women into magic? Did she have anything to do with the Trial of the Six Crystals? And what was the red and orange aura surrounding her dead face? The older woman had mentioned that she saw yellow eyes staring at her as she looked out her house window. Could it be Zeus, Lucas’ familiar, or perhaps Petrov was hounding the poor woman. The victim held closely guarded secrets…maybe they were her downfall. Cora’s on the case and she’s determined to find a killer, no matter if it’s someone close to her.      AmazonKU


VS Note: From Jan 16. Judging from the story titles and the authors, at least some of these are PNR.

We like them sweet. We like them in charge. The Sweetest Danger is a multi-author romance anthology. Each story includes a man who likes to be in charge, isn’t always nice, but is sweet at his very core.     AmazonKU


This quest for the crucible may be the trial that destroys Hunter. Mistakes have been made, and Hunter Jones is determined to right her wrongs. Her broken heart and thirst for redemption lead her on another adventure, this one to Scotland as she seeks the crucible that will save the werewolves from the vampires who are out to murder every last wolf. But this time, Hunter is no one’s fool. She understands the magical world just enough to know that everything is not as it seems and her allies can easily turn into her enemies. The tall, dark stranger the wolves send to accompany her is supposedly there to help her, but can she trust him, and will her divided focus be the death of her?    AmazonKU


Sapphic fantasy romance with a monstrous twist…RUGA KARRSDAUGHTER, dutiful orc princess with a heart of gold, has spent the years since her sister was elected queen serving the orc country of Torden. Her duties now include marrying an elf princess for a much-needed alliance against an outside threat. ELKETH CERIDWEN, rakish elf princess with a penchant for chaos, has never lifted a finger in her life. Now that an engagement is sprung upon her by the stern elvish king, she has to fulfill a fifty-day betrothal period in Torden surrounded by strangers…unless she can wreak enough havoc to get sent back home. These poor orcs don’t know what they’re in for. A gentle orc princess is betrothed to a bratty elf princess in this sapphic fantasy romance. This novel is first in The Sapphic Orcs of Torden series but can be read as a standalone.     AmazonKU

ALPHA GEEK TRIPP by Milly Taiden

Tripp is a climbing geek about to do what most only dream about: reach the top of Mount Everest… and meet his shifter mate. Amelia Fields works for Nick Milan’s protection agency, but not as a bodyguard. Her talents are more in the organization field, but when a client requests someone with mountain climbing experience, she’s the snow leopard for the job. There’s just one thing: she didn’t expect the super hot geek to be her fated mate! Tripp Webster needs a capable shifter to climb the world’s highest mountain with him because family drama has created some dangers in his life. His father left him with a fortune as well as a secret son to deal with. Too bad his mysterious brother wasn’t willing to share. Now, Tripp will need protection in the form of the hottest curvy girl he’s ever seen. Someone is hoping that Tripp has an accident while on the mountain, but they’re not expecting the special shifter serum the snow leopard is packing! Time for Tripp to show who the real alpha is.     AmazonKU


Rhiannon Foley is a lawyer who always fights for the little guy. In her free time, she helps open shelters for the needy. But this time, she’s hit a snag. She needs help finding the perfect location at the best price. Good thing Gerri Wilder is there to introduce her to just the right smokin-hot bear shifter! Mars Casey is a billionaire real estate mogul as well as a bear shifter. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps of enhancing their real estate portfolio, but Gerri believes there’s more to him than that. She wants him to start helping the community. As an extra incentive, Gerri offers to find his match for him, and dangles the enticing Rhiannon as bait. Mars thinks his biggest challenge will be convincing the beautiful human that mixing business and pleasure can be well worth it, but there’s more at stake. Women resembling Rhiannon are showing up dead, and threatening letters prove that she’s the actual target. This alpha protector won’t let anything happen to his fated mate. But what will it take to find and defeat her stalker?     AmazonKU


After the Seelie king Torin nearly froze me to death, I plunged through a portal into my true home. Turns out, my hometown is a wild Unseelie kingdom known as the Court of Sorrows. When Torin follows me and sees my new horns, he quickly realizes that his intended bride is an enemy of his realm. In fact, his name for my kind is “demon.” But even if I have the horns of an Unseelie, I’m not welcome here, either. Queen Mab and her monstrous soldiers are delighted to torment us, accusing me of being a traitor. If we want to get out of the Court of Sorrows with our lives, the only hope we have is to stay as close to each other as possible–even if it means fleeing in horseback and sharing a bed. Every moment is bittersweet, since it could be our last–and Torin is condemned to kill anyone he loves.      AmazonKU


Ajani is a shifter without a conscience. Stolen as a child, hidden from the world, trained to kill without remorse. It’s all he knows. He works without question until someone targets the only bright light from Ajani’s dark past—Marvin. Ajani had always known there was something tugging at his soul, or that special someone, but he doesn’t want to bring Marvin into his dark world. But then when had Ajani ever got what he wanted? The Fates chose Marvin for Ajani, and he’ll need all the skills he’s learned to keep his mate safe. Marvin, previously known as AX4395, is finally happy in his life with the Thalassa’s and all the gorgeous children, but he will never forget the lost boys—those youngsters he used to visit regularly, the boys who grew up in cages. The scientists’ experiments he’d endured during his own time in captivity turned him into a hairy outcast and a legend—Bigfoot. Thanks to his skills, Marvin escapes the fate befallen so many, but he still remembers every boy, and the others he’d met along the way. When fate brings him face to face once more with the one special boy, he remembers above all others, Marvin knows his life will change forever. But finding his fated mate exposes Marvin to a fearful foe—one who knows Marvin and Ajani, and all the other lost boys. Now it’s up to Marvin and Ajani to pool their skills and work together to prevent the unthinkable. Because if something were to happen to Marvin, then who would remember the lost boys and save Ajani’s soul?   Amazon     Apple Books      Kobo


VS Note: From JAN 25.

To save all our lives, I bonded with three vampires in a unique coven out of convenience. We told ourselves it was temporary… But my ex, Hudson, really wants my forgiveness and a second chance. His twin brother, Jax, the cutest boy-next-door vampire ever, still longs for his ex, Nico. And Nico? He’s still carefully guarding his secrets. I shouldn’t care about any of that. Falling for these three tempting vampires would be wrong. After all, vampires killed my mother. I can’t bear the thought of her hating me for eternity. Then I discover her ghost is trapped and tortured in the infernal realm. Saving her soul is the only reason I would venture into hell itself. My fledgling coven rallies behind me to bravely explore a place no one ever returns from alive. What’s a witch to do when the monsters she hates become the mates she can’t live without?    AmazonKU


What happens when the man you’re determined to hate is the only man you ever truly loved? Shannon has long dreaded her destiny to help a medieval Irish king save his country. Moreover, the risk of falling in love again. So when she ends up at her new home in New Hampshire under the watchful eye of Liam, King of Meath, a medieval king who traveled through time to protect her, she chooses to dislike him from the onset. Avoid him even though she’s drawn to him. Especially when she’s plagued with an unexplainable longing and regret that makes no sense. Feelings she suspects have to do with him and a connection they have yet to remember. King Liam will keep Shannon safe from the enemy if it’s the last thing he does. Nothing more. He’s not one to desire one lass when he can enjoy many. Yet there’s something about her. A draw he cannot ignore. A pull that only grows stronger when she’s stricken with a longing only he can free her from when they travel back in time together. Thrust on a magical journey rife with revelations, Liam and Shannon discover more than they bargained for. Heartbreaking truths from the distant past that will change everything. An enemy who influenced their lives in unforeseen ways. Will they be able to overcome the odds and make things right again? Or will their nemesis remain one step ahead of them and the fate of Ireland doomed?     AmazonKU


Forgive me, Igni, for I have sinned. I laid with a wolf, and now their Elders have ordered my death. Shunned by the convent that raised me, with precious few allies left, my mate and I must raise an army while evading the death squads sent to sniff us out. Both panther and wolf must set aside generational grudges to expose the Elders’ corruption before the solar ascension. Time ticks on. The days grow long, the nights recede, and our options grow slim. The final war is coming. We all have our parts to play, and one wrong move could end the panther tribe and secure the Elders’ hold on the wolves.   AmazonKU


My name is Lottie Lemon, and I see dead people. Okay, so I rarely see dead people, mostly I see furry creatures of the dearly departed variety, who have come back from the other side to warn me of their previous owner’s impending doom. The Fourth of July is upon us and all of Honey Hollow is in a red, white, and blue mood. Cormack Featherby is about to have her baby and while I’m at the hospital helping her do just that I stumble upon a seminar on Near-Death Experiences. And just my luck, I stumble upon a body, too. It looks as if the Grim Reaper is working overtime and he’s landed me in the wrong place at the wrong time yet again to look like the prime suspect. Everett is missing. Cressida Bentley is back in town and looks mighty suspicious as she takes up the number one suspect slot in my book. And then there’s the ghost of my grandmother Nell who’s come to visit, and she’s brought along a silkie chicken named Fluffernutter to help solve the case. The Fourth of July is going to be explosive this year.      AmazonKU


She was in love with a man who didn’t know she existed…Vampyre aristocrat Celine has eyes for one man: a handsome council member who barely knows she’s alive. Determined to change her destiny, she secures a date with the enigmatic man, even if he won’t know her identity at the masked fete. Council leader Sebastian considers relationships a waste of time—until a gorgeous stranger accompanies him to a ball. Suddenly, he can’t stop thinking about the woman behind the mask who sets his body aflame. Consumed with uncovering the tempting stranger’s identity, Sebastian observes similarities between his phantom lover and the quiet aristocrat he’s barely noticed for centuries. Could his mystery woman actually be…Celine? Fueled by passion and anger, he confronts the stunning aristocrat, never realizing their fiery encounter might cement Sebastian’s fate for eternity.

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The darling of the Olympian gods and goddesses. The cunning trickster whose deceit knows no bounds. Hermes, the messenger and herald of the gods, is admired by all.
Yet, there is someone that Hermes admires that he cannot have. This is a tale of the many plots and ruses pulled by this deceitful god. Yet, the one thing he is truly deceiving all along is his own heart. When Hermes encounters the male mortal, Crocus, he thinks he has found a true friend, But what he really has found is someone he wants a lifelong companionship with.     AmazonKU


Monsters deserve love too…From werewolves, vampires, and even Bigfoot, these beasts manage to find love. Whether they are able to sink their claws into that love and keep it is another story. When it comes down to it, don’t judge a book by its cover. This anthology brings a mixture of what ifs and happily ever afters.



The future is bleak now that the Nightshade Mages are gone. Being thrown in time is not something Lisa expected to experience once she became a Nightshade Guild Mage. The fact that her lover, Jason, and familiar, tiny dragon Angus, were tossed in with her just made it personal. Before they’ve even had time to learn the new rules of the year 2333, Lisa receives a message. She needs to find the piece of the time shard that arrived with her, retrieve it, and return to Ameria so she can help the Nightshade Guild mages stop the impending apocalypse. They’ll have to play it cool while Lisa searches for the shard, Jason avoids the wandering eye of a giant gargoyle woman, and Angus puts up with being fed dog food. They can’t escape fast enough.

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A magical inn bursting with paranormal delight. A picture-perfect seaside town filled with humans who don’t know about their witchy neighbors. This cozy fantasy series has mystery, magic, and a splash of romance! Up until a week ago, my only knowledge of magic came from the movies. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay that way. A bout of insomnia leads to witnessing a scene that belongs in a vampire flick—only, the fangs looked way more realistic. One second, I was running for my life, and the next, I found myself choking on a hairball in the back of an SUV. That’s right … a hairball. See, my body’s been hiding a pretty big secret, and I’m some kind of witch. One that turns into a cat when under duress. Apparently, my choices are fight, flight, or … fur. Overnight, I find myself thrust into a world of magic and mayhem beyond my most wild sleep-deprived delirium. Until the murderous vampire is captured, I’m placed into some kind of witch-ness protection program, and sent to live in a house full of actual monsters. What’s the worst that could happen? Hey, at least running for my life will help me squeeze in my cardio.      AmazonKU

FOX AND THE DRYAD by Kellen Graves

Briar Hunt has always been lauded for his grace on stage, except by one person from whom he wants it the most. Desperate to earn the affection he craves, Briar makes a late night deal with a high fey lady: If he can perform a single perfect dance at one of her woodland revels, she will make him the most enchanting thing on two legs. However, Briar quickly learns the fey lady is impossible to please. Not only that, her demands are never-ending, enough to slowly unravel his life and his health. Only when a handsome stranger, Mal, arrives claiming he can help Briar break his deal and earn his freedom back, does Briar think he might be saved. Lord Malric d’Alarie has finally broken free of dancing on command for his mother at her fey revels. But after hearing he’s been replaced, he attends one of her parties to see for himself. The human performing in his place is breathtaking–but Malric dreads what kind of deal the dancer made with his mother in order to be there. Wanting to rescue Briar from the same woman who stole his own love for ballet, Malric inserts himself into Briar’s life from every angle possible. From posing as a dance instructor in the human world to hiding behind a mask in the fey world, Malric promises he can set Briar free of his fateful deal. Malric only has to keep his identity–and his intentions–secret, from both the dancer he’s quickly falling for, and his mother, who controls their every move.      AmazonKU

THE DALWICK DEMON by Ashley Bennett

“There is no God here, Iris. He could never bring you this sort of pleasure.” In her short life, Iris has known nothing but heartache. When she is thrown into the mouth of Dalwick Cave as penance for her supposed crimes, she expects to find herself face to face with death. Instead, she meets the Demon of Dalwick Cave. After getting to know the being behind the myth, Iris finds herself tumbling headfirst into carnal love. Can he show her that love can be kind? Will Iris finally learn that love and lust go hand in hand?   AmazonKU


Vengeance made him a monster. Love will make him my mate. Deknol has sold his soul to The Deceiver. I can see it in the powers that he now wields. Far stronger than any magic present on Protheka. It excites me. Because he will use his power to rescue me. To protect me. To pleasure me. The value of my life on Protheka is less than worthless. But when I stand next to Deknol, whose godlike powers crackle the air around him, I am a queen. His queen. With all of our enemies seeking to tear us down, one question keeps nagging in my mind. With all of this power, Deknol has a body that can fight, a mind that can do magic…But does he still have a heart that can love?     AmazonKU


I’d lived my entire life with a secret that kept trying to burst out of me…My clan wanted my friends and I dead when we were babies. I’d begun questioning my very existence… but Marshall appeared out of nowhere and changed my reality. He was mysterious, a man with secrets of his own. Marshall was running away from something… or someone.
And I wanted to chase him away from our small town. His new restaurant could become my competition and put me out of business. But I also couldn’t deny how alive I felt around him. Marshall awakened the wolf shifter in me. His touch reminded me of my life purpose, and he truly was my fated mate. So when I shifted to save his life, the shock in his eyes broke my heart. Could Marshall accept me for who I was… or was he another piece of my life that I would have to forget and keep a secret forever?   AmazonKU


A Realm falls to the darkness. An outcast because of his mixed heritage, Braedyn of the Dark, Captain of the Royal Shields and protector of the Prince of the Southern Woodland Realm, maintains his position through sheer grit and skill. Connected to a hawk familiar, Cerin, his magic is a mixture of Arcane and wielding. At the High King’s orders, he remains by his Prince’s side through a treacherous journey through the Lands to discover answers and a new home.  Losing his Realm, his parents, and his position in one-night, High Prince Conchobar Ó Díomasaigh is completely out of his familiarity. Running for his life, relying only on his protector and Captain, he digs deep to survive their trials, the growing darkness, and go wherever they must to save their Realm. At the same time, he sees his Captain in a different light and the deepening connection between them. Strange adventures. New allies. Growing connections. Can they survive this wild journey to save the elves, the Realm, and their lives?     AmazonKU

NOCTURNE: A NOVEL by Alyssa Wees

Growing up in Chicago’s Little Sicily in the years following the Great War, Grace Dragotta has always wanted to be a ballerina, ever since she first peered through the windows of the Near North Ballet company. So when Grace is orphaned, she chooses the ballet as her home, imagining herself forever ensconced in a transcendent world of light and beauty so different from her poor, immigrant upbringing. Years later, with the Great Depression in full swing, Grace has become the company’s new prima ballerina—though achieving her long-held dream is not the triumph she once envisioned. Time and familiarity have tarnished that shining vision, and her new position means the loss of her best friend in the world. Then she attracts the attention of the enigmatic Master La Rosa as her personal patron and realizes the world is not as small or constricted as she had come to fear. Who is her mysterious patron, and what does he want from her? As Grace begins to unlock the Master’s secrets, she discovers that there is beauty in darkness as well as light, finds that true friendship cannot be broken by time or distance, and realizes there may be another way entirely to achieve the transcendence she has always sought.

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Is this captivity… or a second chance? My men and I lost our bid for freedom. But nothing in our new prison is quite what I expected. That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop fighting. I just have to make sure I pick the right battles. Especially when it isn’t just our lives but those of the kids who came after us on the line. If I’m going to be more than a monster, I need to figure out who the real monsters are—and take back everything they’ve stolen from us before it’s too late.     AmazonKU


I’m trapped between two Alphas and I’m not sure if I’ll survive their domination games. The Elders made their move and now the future has been thrown into chaos. With Seifiek missing and Axel biding his time, I’ll delve into my studies for as long as I’m allowed at the Academy—or as long as I can survive. There’s a dark secret within the Collegium, one that I need to understand if my Betas and I are going to make it out on the other side of this mess and new enemies are fighting me every step of the way. The worst being a third Alpha who’s set his sights on me. One who is delighted by the realms on the verge of war. Chaos is his home and madness is his bedmate. He’s as ancient as time itself and he’s set the future on a course where I’ll become his queen. Running isn’t an option, not anymore. I’ll face my destiny and take it by the balls. Because this bitch isn’t going down without a fight.      AmazonKU

RISE (THE PHOENIX OMEGA TRILOGY BOOK TWO) by Lorelai M Hart and Colbie Dunbar

Sometimes it’s not just bats in the belfry. Omega phoenix shifter Cyrus is running out of time—in this life, anyway. Unless he finds his warlock mate, he will burn to ashes, regenerate, and hatch once again, the memories of this life fleeting at best. He has all but given up hope when a down-on-his-luck warlock comes rolling down his driveway. Warlock and fox shifter Bas needs a place to call home. When he stumbles upon a tiny, nearly abandoned town, he finds himself wanting to stay. Decent at casting spells, horrible at shifting—and entirely too smitten with Cyrus for his own good—Bas isn’t sure what his future holds, but he sure knows who he wants in his future. The problem is Cyrus may have very little future left to share. Will Cyrus’s warlock be strong enough to bind the two together, or is their relationship on borrowed time?   AmazonKU


A prophecy pressed into ancient stone tablets predicts the end of vampire kind. This can only be avoided, the cuneiform symbols say, by the intervention of “the two who are opposite and yet the same.” Part-human, part-vampire twins James, who can heal and Brigit, who can destroy, believe they are those two. James’ first step in saving his friends, his family, his people, is to get his hands on the rest of that tablet and the woman who can translate it—Professor Lucy Lanfair. To save his species, he’ll abandon the very values and principals he’s lived by. He’ll pluck an innocent woman from her life and drop her into the middle of his kindred’s fight for survival. And he will extract her aid whether she wants to give it or not. Archaeologist and translator Lucy Lanfair has no idea that she holds the key to preventing the annihilation of an entire species. But she soon realizes she holds far more than just that—for the vampire’s soul is also in her hands. To love him is to rise to the call of destiny, despite the danger. To save her love, she must save his entire race.     Amazon     Kobo


She’s his hostage…and his mate! Brooklyn Ami is shocked to learn that she’s sick. Not just sick, she’s terminal. Dominant Skin Walker, Monroe StoneCrow, has devised a plan to save her. Monroe claims to have found her Skin Walker mate, and he intends to pair them in the hopes that the Walker DNA that spares Skin Walkers from illness and disease will provide Brooklyn the same protections. In disbelief, Brooklyn refuses, but no one says ‘no’ to Monroe. Legion Knight, a Skin Walker Sentry and pilot, has been assigned an unheard-of mission. Take StoneCrow’s Events Coordinator, Brooklyn Ami, and make her his, no matter the cost. Without her consent, he collars Brooklyn and removes her from the Estate. Holding his Angel hostage isn’t the way he’d imagined he’d claim his mate, but for her sake, it can’t be helped.      Amazon 


A killer is working the night shift at Salem Mercy Hospital. Or at least that’s what psychic Copeland Forbes believes after an exposé highlighting unexplained deaths is published. Wanting to get involved, he’s cautioned to let the matter go. People die in hospitals, Cope’s told, and while that’s unfortunately true, he knows these deaths are not from natural causes. Detective Jude Byrne is content working his agency’s slate of cases, staking out cheating spouses and uncovering insurance fraud. The last investigation he wants go get involved with is that of the possible hospital killer. But after suffering a basketball injury which requires surgery and an overnight stay at Salem Mercy, Jude is involved whether he wants to be or not. The question is, can he survive the night? With the help of the West Side Detectives, a clever trap is laid. All that’s left to do is wait for the start of the graveyard shift when the hunter is on the prowl. Can the madman be stopped in time? Or will Jude become the next victim to suffer a killer cure on the ghost shift?      AmazonKU


Zanica would do anything to escape her sadistic leader. Even if it meant fleeing the only home she knew and mating with a total stranger. The problem? Fate dropped her into the path of one of the most ruthless vultures in the land with a reputation as dark and deadly as his eyes. Pazir Catharte hadn’t planned on mating when he left that morning for the final hunt of the season. Stumbling upon a beautiful female at the edge of his territory sent his protective instincts into overdrive. But keeping a stranger as his own was a problem he couldn’t afford. He was the new leader of an unruly lot and problems had plagued him from the start. Then the female leaped into his arms and bit him. What else was he supposed to do?   Amazon      Apple Books      Kobo


Things are clickin’ right along for Noelle and Hunter. They’re through a flurry of weddings, tourist season is over, and it’s finally time to settle in and enjoy the cooler weather of fall. They should have known no quiet moment goes uninterrupted, though!
While decorating for the annual Halloween festival, a close friend is found standing over the body of a member of the high-hatted Magnolia Club smack in the middle of the corn maze, murder weapon in hand. With the ladies of Keyhole Lake’s high society out for blood, Noelle and Hunter have to find the real murderer before the old hens flock together to send an innocent woman to jail.     AmazonKU


2023 – Scotland is a land of lore and legend, but archeologist Caitriona Murray prefers physical evidence to ancient tales. Joining a major excavation off the northern Scotland coast, Caitriona cannot wait to discover a cave’s buried secrets. Because of reoccurring dreams of an ancient man’s death, she is convinced that a Pictish king is buried within those cave walls. But soon, Cait discovers more secrets in that cave than just bones.
Finding herself face to face with the man who haunts her dreams, Cait is thrown into the lost world she’d spent her entire life studying and is faced with an undeniable reality: she has traveled back in time, this king believes she is his bride, and Cait isn’t sure she will ever make it back home. Danger threatens from every direction, but falling in love with a man destined to die brutally in battle may be her greatest downfall. 685 AD – King Brodyn Mac Cuill is determined to keep his people safe, even if it means marrying a strange woman from a rival tribe. An alliance is his only chance at gathering an army large enough to defeat their southern enemies, the Angles, who challenge him daily. When his bride arrives, she is confused and resistant to marriage. She isn’t the bride he’d hoped for, but lives are at stake. His new bride confuses him with her strange behavior, yet he finds her fascinating and irresistible. When danger follows in her wake, Brodyn must question her loyalties and everything he ever knew. Their connection is undeniable, but can he trust his bride, who claims to be from the future, or is she a trap sent by his enemy?     AmazonKU


I was hired to protect him, but will our smoldering attraction ignite into love? When my hot headed brother found his fated mate, a deep, aching desire opened up inside of me for my own. Everyone knows dragons are covetous, jealous… possessive. I am all of these things, but never more so than when I set my eyes on Dempsey for the first time. Beautiful. Awkward. Sweet. Shy. Perfect. My dragon wants to wrap himself around him the moment he bumps into me outside of his antique shop. Dempsey, however, is not as keen on that idea as my inner beast is. He hired Drake Security for protection, and he needs it even more than he realized. Unfortunately, we specialize in brute strength and burning sh*t to the ground, and the problem Dempsey has is way out of our league. Is he my fated mate or am I just so desperate for one that I’m falling for him too fast? Either way, I’ll move heaven and hell to protect him, even if the forces that are after him are unlike anything I’ve dealt with before. I’ve spent thousands of years hoarding books and storing their words close to my heart. Will the love stories that live inside my soul be enough to woo him? Is it too much to hope that fate has chosen him for me?   AmazonKU


I’ve always wanted a fairy tale romance with the alpha of my dreams—but the princess is supposed to end up with a prince, not a pirate. The relationship between alphas and omegas can be scary, but I’ve always dreamed of finding my true love. At home in Austin though, no one seems interested—and I spend every full moon alone. Until now. I’ve been re-captured by my old, sinister pack, and they’re determined to claim me and keep me in their sea-bound fortress forever. The only thing stopping the pack alpha from assigning me to a mate of his choice is the one person I never expected to help me. Javier Ortega, a ruthless mercenary. Javi says I’m his fated mate, and he doesn’t care about the Gulf Pack’s rules. To make matters worse, he claims me in front of everyone, placing his mating bite on me so he can track me wherever I go. I don’t feel the mating bond, but Javi is in charge now, and he doesn’t have any plans on letting me go. It seems like he has a secret, though—and maybe, just maybe, he’ll help me get home.   AmazonKU


After being forced away for seventeen years, Alice is finally home. But home isn’t what she thought it would be, and every day the secrets she holds from her parents grow with weight. But how do you tell your mother and father that you’re not normal? That the world is a far more dangerous place than they have ever known and you are anything but the small, innocent child that was torn from their arms all those years ago? Owen can’t say goodbye, and Alice can’t hold on to him tightly enough as the pressures of danger and obligation grow stronger and stronger. With a broken heart, Owen is headed to San Francisco with his crew of musicians. But the Golden City is filled with history and secrets, and brutal deaths are just lying in wait for Owen and his people. To survive these trials and this city, Owen will need everything he has—even the broken parts he gave to Alice—to have any hope of doing the impossible one more time.

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The town of Bishop is known for exactly two things: recurring windstorms and an endless field of sunflowers that stretches farther than the eye can see. And women—missing women. So when three more women disappear one stormy night, no one in Bishop is surprised. The case is closed and their daughters are left in their dusty shared house with the shattered pieces of their lives. Until the wind kicks up a terrible secret at their mothers’ much-delayed memorial. With secrets come the lies each of the girls is forced to confront. After caring for the other girls, Delilah would like to move on with her boyfriend, Bennett, but she can’t bear his touch. Whitney has already lost both her mother and her girlfriend, Eleanor, and now her only solace is an old weathervane that seems to whisper to her. Jude, Whitney’s twin sister, would rather ignore it all, but the wind kicks up her secret too: the summer fling she had with Delilah’s boyfriend. And more than anything, Bo wants answers and she wants them now. Something happened to their mothers and the townsfolk know what it was. She’s sure of it. Bishop has always been a strange town. But what the girls don’t know is that Bishop was founded on blood—and now it craves theirs.      Amazon     AB     Apple Books     Kobo

GEMINI KINGS by Laura Navarre

I summon the dragon. I claim my throne. The warlocks of Icarus Academy claim me. I start my night with a heist in a Catwoman costume at a Vegas casino…and end up shifting into my dragon form for the first time ever in mid-plummet from the roof. Except I can’t actually fly. Oops. Turns out being the first dragon shifter queen to rule the witching world (while I’m simultaneously a student at the Icarus Academy) isn’t, like, a party. Especially when I go into heat. Because now I have…needs…that no warlock at the Academy can satisfy. Plus the only full-blooded male dragon shifter on the planet intends to kill all my warlocks and make me choose just him for my king. As. If. Sweet Jesus, this Maxim guy’s causing a world of trouble. Vasili and Ronin are fighting over whether to kill him or kiss him. My wolf shifter headmaster Lucius has his paws full trying to keep us all from getting expelled. And my sweet bookworm Neo needs something new we’re all afraid to give him. When a rival rises to threaten my throne, it’ll take major trust between me and all my warlocks—including that vicious dragon I’ve sworn I’ll never claim—to save us all from an assassination attack we’ll need a miracle to survive.   AmazonKU


I returned to Snow Haven to Mourn My Grandmother, Never Expecting to Find Love. 
I had managed to escape the small confines of the tiny town where I grew up – Snow Haven. I made it big in the country music scene, but not without a price. I had to hide my identity as a lion shifter from a paparazzi journalist and try to protect myself from a dangerous stalker. The one constant in my life was my grandmother, who had raised me. I was devastated when she died. I took the first plane back home. Now, back in Snow Haven, I enlisted the help of an old acquaintance, Ian, who was a lion shifter and who owned a security company. I needed protection from the overzealous paparazzi journalist and evil stalker. Little did I know that my heart would need protection from the green-eyed, red-haired man, whose body resembled that of a Nordic god. The paparazzi were everywhere – snapping pictures even as I made arrangements for my beloved grandmother’s funeral. My stalker was never far behind – threatening me, humiliating me, and eventually trying to kill me. Ian was ever by my side – protecting me from the fiends while stealing my heart.     AmazonKU


Something sinister’s afoot in Windy Ridge…When my mole-rat boss (and I do mean that literal like) goes missing, I’m pretty sure something wicked this way already came. Because Dorcas isn’t the type to miss a shift at the diner, let alone missing three danged days! So, when Sheriff Dean and I go looking for her, and we find her trailer all topsy-turvy, the writing is pretty much on the wall. Dorcas has been mole-rat napped! Not only that, but the singular clue left in the pile that used to be her trailer is a stone arm—one that’s as animated as Dr. Frankenstein’s creature. Only problem? That animated arm’s got no mouth so he can’t tell us what happened. Things only go from strange to stranger when I discover a lost dog in the cemetery. Come to find out, that lost dog is the answer to everything that’s happened. Throw in the facts that my fangs have been hunkering for Sheriff Dean’s jugular, and Sicily’s pa decides to make a grand entrance into our lives, and my life’s just about as dramatic as one of them daytime sitcoms. It’s times like this that I wish alcohol still had an impact on my vampire physiology ’cause if this ain’t a good enough reason for a shot o’ moonshine, I don’t know what is!     AmazonKU


Úlfr – It’s the one thing they told her never to be, but can she keep that vow when it’s more than just her heart at stake? Returning to Pine Grove should’ve been a golden opportunity, but things have changed in Reyna’s absence. Her childhood home is full of gorgeous men led by the magnetizing and infuriating Corbyn Bruschard. He threatens to unravel everything she believes is right, triggering her defenses. She’s determined to uphold the promises made to her parents. But the connection she feels to Corbyn makes her yearn for things they warned were too dangerous. Corbyn walks a precarious line between animal instincts and human sensibilities. He knew Reyna was his the moment he scented her, luring him into a battle he hadn’t foreseen. His beautiful mate is a Valkyrie in Úlfr clothing, her proverbial shield deflecting him at every turn. But Corbyn knows the dangers that lurk in her denial. Their enemies are circling, rising from every direction, and there’s no bigger target than an Alpha’s Mate. Corbyn will have to use every means necessary to keep Reyna safe, even those she fears the most.

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There are a billion reasons why I shouldn’t fall for my hot Professor…For months, I’ve successfully kept my crush a secret from Steven — the assertive and excitedly intense Anthropology Educator. But now that he’s hired me as his personal assistant to catalogue important relics, I’m having trouble keeping my feelings under control. I SHOULD just keep my head down and stay focused like a good little student. I should NOT get up close and personal by inviting him over to my place to help with finding the missing artifact – even though uncontained magic is now wrecking havoc in the world. Like … rummaging through bedside drawers together kind of personal. I’ve got a lot on the line: my grades, my job, and my distracted little heart that just won’t stop beating for him. But I’ve never met a risk I didn’t like to face head on. Here goes nothing! (Or, maybe, here goes everything…)     AmazonKU


Prince Lin has spent his life in the service of one true master: the Time Medallions. The job of protecting his country’s legacy has left him exhausted. The currents are changing, both within his family and the Guardianship. He is viewed as the one standing in the way of change as the guardrails to protect the medallions from falling into the wrong hands are increasingly obsolete. The year is 1890 and Lin is in London trying to get his bearings when he is caught off guard by the beautiful scarlet-haired thief Amelia. When she arrives at his home, he is certain she intends to steal from him. But she insists her true intention is seduction. From the first time they touch, the primal attraction is undeniable. But Lin pushes her away when it becomes apparent Amelia is no seductress. Instead, she asks him for a job. Blindsided by his reaction to her, Lin agrees. But just as she is proving her worth, trouble from Amelia’s dark past follows her and destroys the fragile bonds of trust growing between them. However, Lin discovers there is much more to Amelia’s arrival in his life: her sister might just be a time traveler herself and she has disappeared! Lin and Amelia must embark on an adventure that changes everything they know. Will they survive the wreckage of their universe and give into a love that appears scripted by fate?     AmazonKU


Five years ago, my fated mate was murdered. Now his brothers want revenge against his killer—who made me his unwilling wife. I wasn’t exactly smiling on my wedding day. I didn’t choose to marry the head of my pack. In fact, I’ve been looking for my chance to get revenge on him myself. Then my mate’s pack invades ours, intent on killing everyone responsible for his death. That’s when I learn they blame me. But their rampage comes to a stop when they spy my terrified four-year-old son. Brennan’s son. After I’m kidnapped and taken into their pack, these men and I try to cope with each other—and with the ghost that haunts us. Stone, the terrifying man who killed his way through my pack and who makes sweet promises to my son. Shaw, the filthy hot player who has never fallen in love, who comforts me and becomes my unlikely best friend. Cole, Stone’s loyal second-in-command, who trains me to fight despite the desire simmering between us… and who takes my son fishing when I’m in heat. Liam, the broken brother who fights his demons… to fight for me. Despite the secrets and distrust that lie between us, I find myself feeling at home in their pack….and safe with them. We all loved the same man, their brother and my mate. We have the chance to heal each other’s wounds. But in the end, will those secrets destroy the one chance at finding happiness for my son, these men and myself?   AmazonKU


Watch out Montreal. You’re in for a fiery ride. Life’s pleasures used to be so simple: a fast ride on my motorcycle, a backyard barbeque with my siblings, and taking down criminals to safeguard Montreal’s citizens. Sadly, those days ended the moment my fiery side emerged. I’m a fire elemental. Mind blown. The deadly Poreskoro family wants to feed on my fae essence. Rude. And if they succeed, they’ll gain the strength to rebuild their army of evil. Terrifying. Demons, drug lords, and deception I can handle, but when a dark storm of danger falls over my family, things have gone too far. With evil brewing, enemies running rampant, and fae criminals gunning for me and my family, I widen my stance and get ready for the hits. Who’s manipulating things behind the scenes? Who’s coming after the people I care about? And who the hell is stupid enough to think I’d let it happen?     AmazonKU


Sophie has come back home to try and come to grips with her new reality: She’s a Fae, not human, and her memories have been stolen. Oh, and she’s a shard – a fractured piece of… someone. All Sophie knows is that the ‘someone’ she used to be angered the Fae queen, who then split her into five separate beings and scattered them on earth. But why? And why take their memories? The Odd Ones, now including Ruby – who Sophie thought was a long-long twin sister but is actually also one of the shards – are on a quest to find all the missing shards. The question is: How will they find the other three? And if that wasn’t enough, a new important death vision leads Sophie, Mac, and Ruby on a new mission to Las Vegas. Posing as high rollers, the crew must track the killers and shut down the illegal shifter fight club where the murder took place. At least that will take Sophie’s mind off how truly bizarre her life has become. While on the case, new visions and new friends give Sophie some hope that she can figure herself out. But the Odd Ones will need to hurry – they aren’t the only ones trying to find the lost shards.   AmazonKU


It’s a magical book club! When this group chooses a book, magic happens. The mystery comes to life, and they find themselves part of the story. To exit the book and get back home, they need to solve the mystery and reach The End. This time, the club chooses a book called The Great Cake Rivalry, because, well … cake! They read the back cover and it’s unanimous. So off they go into another grand adventure into a town aptly named Frosting. Frosting is a rural town in an idyllic setting. The people live quiet lives most of the year. But in the spring, things change. The Annual Cake Competition becomes the focus of every man, woman, and child. They take this competition seriously. The cakes are spectacular. The festival is fabulous. For a week there are contests featuring all kinds of cakes. The people of the community become official tasters and vote for the winning cakes in each category. The grand finale is a display of finely decorated cakes, made by the town’s bakeries. The winner of the best design receives a prize package that would make any baker dizzy. Sadly, this event has been tainted. Once a year, each one different, but all somehow related to this event, a person is murdered. The main investigator is stumped, but that could be because he’s an inept buffoon. Can the book club help the people of this community figure out who is causing this disturbing pattern of deaths, and stop another murder from happening? Can they figure out why some of the citizens dress so oddly, and why they always wear those unique backpacks? All while they fill themselves to the brim with cake, of course.       AmazonKU


He’s a grumpy demon prince. She’s a sunshine magical orphan who’s his fated mate and forbidden. But can he survive rejecting her? Demon prince Alexei is ruthless in business and deadly in battle. The mafia boss will do anything to protect his family, even consider an arranged marriage with a royal he doesn’t love. There’s just one problem. When the grumpy hero rescues a sunshine princess locked away in a tower, he knows she’s his fated mate. She also seems to be a freakin’ forbidden angel. Like the villain he is, Alexei rejects her without saying why. Despite her tortuous childhood, Jolene is determined to find her real family and win her grumpy prince. Come on—the man has wings! But loving her antihero makes him a target of her human enemies who are out to destroy all supernaturals. These two opposites attract in all the wicked ways. But when supernatural children in Alexei’s hometown start disappearing, the two must work together, and Jolene will have to reveal that her sunshine-and-sparkles magic isn’t what it seems. Can they find their happily ever after or will their differences and enemies destroy them both?      Amazon


Liam Hunter has warded off hungry vampires, slayed monstrous beasts, and put agonized spirits to rest since he could hold a stake. When trouble comes through the Hunterland message board, alerting them that nurses are dying at high schools across Wisconsin in a string of fishy “suicides,” the Hunter family hits the road to save the day. The trail leads to Falkville Falls, where Liam clashes with Olivia Davis, whose maddening family seems inexplicably embroiled in this haunting mess. Olivia has always mothered her little sister, Pepper. But when the Hunter family opens her eyes to the hidden underworld of real monsters prowling the dark, she realizes she can’t protect Pepper from this newest threat by herself. Can the two families work together to uncover who or what is responsible before the next murder, or will this vicious death cycle have no end?     Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo

HENRY (DEVOTED GUARDIANS MC 2) by Harley Wylde and Jessica Coulter Smith

Raya — Elias kidnapped me nearly a decade ago and used me for his awful experiments. His goal: to create a superior race. How could that possibly go wrong? Now I’m no longer fully human and I’ve lived a life in hell. But I adore my two kids, no matter how they were conceived. I thought we’d die before we ever found freedom, but it arrived in the most unexpected way. The big biker shifter is scary as hell, but it’s either go with him, or remain chained and starving. Henry — The dark mage killed my mate and unborn child. There’s nothing I want more than revenge. It never occurred to me he’d have a woman and kids chained in his cellar. They reek of black magick, enough so, I hated them on sight. I’d planned to leave them behind. Until I heard their story. My club won’t be happy when I walk in with three people covered in the stench of black magick. But something unexpected happens when I catch Raya’s true scent. She’s my fated mate, and now I have the difficult task of not only gaining her trust, but the children’s as well.

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Three sisters formed into weapons. One called to fight for the Queen set on conquering their land. The other two are determined to find their own paths. But if the three are brought back together, could they be the key to ending the Queen’s terrible war? Ellie Batair was sure of one thing and one thing only. If given the chance, she could defeat any man that stood in her way. But when forced to enlist in the army of a Queen she hates, and endure brutal, life threatening trials, she comes face to face with the truths of her past. Truths that her years of training never could have prepared her for. In order to survive, Ellie finds allies in the most unlikely of people; a young Elf, a cunning witch, and a haughty Fae.     AmazonKU


I once had everything until it all disappeared. Years later, I’m on the cusp of finally filling in the missing pieces, only for them to barge into my life at the worst possible moment. It only takes one glimpse to realize I’m not the only one who’s changed. Alexi, Talon, and Malik. Gone are the boys I once knew. Gone are my saviors from across the road. In their place are the furies that rule and set order, now nothing more than my captors. A deal was struck and I had no choice but to agree. Now I find myself in Hollow Pier with the truth still keeping us apart, and my soul burning to repair its missing pieces. I don’t stand a chance against them. I never have.      AmazonKU


In the cut-throat game of court life, masters manipulate pawns—and you never know which one you are. One thing is certain: there’s no space on the board for love.
A penniless noblewoman, Kat is on the verge of losing everything when she’s offered a well-paid job that could be her salvation… or her ruin. Drawn into court’s deadly intrigues, she’s given a single task: spy on the powerful fae lord known as the Night Queen’s Shadow. Bastian Marwood is handsome, ruthless, and cunning, but Kat can’t decide if he’s a threat to her kingdom or just her heart. To uncover the truth, she must play a dangerous game of desire and deceit, pushing him to reveal his secrets while protecting her own. But Bastian’s shadows have a hold on her—one she isn’t sure she wants to escape. Kat soon learns that at court, nothing is as it seems and even the best-laid plans can be destroyed in an instant. As a pawn on the board, she can’t afford to fall victim to love—only fight for survival.      AmazonKU


Who do you call when you wake up on the side of a mountain, in a hole that you dug yourself, completely naked? And you know… a newly revealed Omega. There was only one choice. The only people I knew who wouldn’t ask too many questions. The Yale Triplets. They’d been my best friends when I was a kid, but they’d disappeared overnight when I was eighteen, and I hadn’t heard from them since. Not a text. Not a single like on my socials. Nothing. But they were back in my hometown, and I was going to have to swallow my pride so they could rescue me. There was no one else. However, when they turn up, sexy blasts from my past, my relief turns to outrage when I realize they’re Alphas, and they’d never said a word. As my Omega makes herself known, I oscillate wildly between wanting to punch them in the dick, and ride the aforementioned appendage into the sunset. Why did Fate have to be such a bitch?   AmazonKU


VS Note: Previously published under the Shannon Lynn Cook pen name.

It’s not easy being a fix-it girl in a sea of fire-wielders and healers, but Chloe doesn’t mind all that much. All her adult life, she’s kept her head down and ran her one-woman tech repair business, keeping out of everyone’s way and drawing as little attention to herself as possible. Life is good. Or at least it is until Chloe meets Eric, a six-foot-four gladiator lookalike with the ability to simultaneously wield a gun in one hand and soothe a kitten with his other. He’s a knight marshal. He’s not to be trusted. He’s also the nicest guy Chloe’s ever met. Now Chloe’s life is careening down a dangerous path, and Eric just might be the only person she can rely on. But can she trust the enemy? And when it comes down to it, is he truly an enemy at all?     AmazonKU


Maid Marion has a chance to redo her life. Ten years ago she was sent to the Wicked Ugly and Bad Prison for murdering the Sheriff of Nottingham. One small problem: She didn’t do it! Now, magic is sending the former Good girl back in time to set things right. Marion’s embraced her Badness, this time around. She’ll get revenge on her selfish ex-boyfriend, Robin Hood, make Nottingham pay for all the ways they screwed her over, and save the handsome, gargoyle sheriff from his real killer. …And while she’s at it, she’ll seduce that brooding man and claim her real happily ever after!     AmazonKU


With her death foretold, Althea Zoltaire only has three years to become what she’s always dreamed of being: a warrior legend. Women are forbidden to wield blades, so she has trained in secret her entire life. Now racing against the clock, she fights to secure her place in the elite guild charged with the protection of the five kingdoms. The sparring and hazing of the new trainees border on deadly, but even more dangerous is her growing attraction to Wilder Hawthorne, her unwilling warrior chaperone. All around them, schemes are afoot and darkness looms. Will Althea pass the perilous initiation test and take her place as a champion of Thezmarr – or will the invading evil snatch away her dream before it starts?       AmazonKU


In the sequel to City of Gods and Monsters, Loren Calla and Darien Cassel have settled back into their old routines, grateful that the whirlwind of dangers they’d faced on Kalendae and the weeks leading up to it are now behind them—or so they think. But Loren soon finds herself caught in a new storm of trouble when the Terran Imperator blackmails her into working for him. There’s only one problem: he expects her to use her magic, and she doesn’t seem to have any of it left. To keep Darien and the other Devils safe, she agrees to everything the imperator asks of her. But the secrets she is forced to keep from Darien, and her involvement with the imperator’s son, threaten to drive her away from Darien in ways she might never recover from…As Randal Slade’s successor, Darien wants nothing to do with the throne his father once sat in, but the city of Angelthene has other plans. ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)       Amazon


Ten years ago, they saved each other’s lives. Then she disappeared. But fate has brought them back together…Boomer, explosives and weapons expert, is fine with his life as an Outlaw Ridge operative: illegal missions, daring rescues, and blowing stuff up. But when a woman from his distant past shows up, it all threatens to come crashing down. Karisma, a white tiger shifter, waited a decade to get revenge on the sorcerer who once kept her in a cage. But now that she has, his mercenary soldiers will stop at nothing to track her down. She needs help—and she doesn’t have many friends. Make that none—after years in captivity, she trusts no one. Boomer is the only person who ever helped her and asked for nothing in return. But when she finds him, she realizes she hadn’t counted on how much he’s changed—or the way she’d feel when she saw him again. Karisma doesn’t know if she can trust Boomer to help her—and he doesn’t know why he feels compelled to try. But fate has brought them together one last time—and if they can’t break down the walls around their hearts and stand together against their enemies, it could spell disaster.     AmazonKU


It was meant to be a one-night stand to distract forty-something Josie from her nasty divorce. Instead, the handsome stranger left her pregnant. And soon Josie found out that neither he nor the twins are entirely human. Josie – Dr. Josephine Kenny is facing a midlife crisis. Literally. Her beloved husband cheated on her and divorced her, leaving her with a crappy car and barely any money to keep her clinic up and running. She is convinced she’ll never love again. That is until a strange encounter on a deserted mountain road turns her world upside down even more. Beaten and left alone to die, devilishly handsome Trace begs her not to involve the ER or the authorities in order to save his life. As a doctor, Josie is obligated to help, and for the first time ever she does something reckless: despite her fears. She takes the man back to her home to nurse him back to health. Surprisingly, he recovers much faster than any medical textbook predicts. His rough, primal charm attracts her like a magnet. As if he is casting a spell to reopen her heart. The night of passion they share is the best night of her life. But the next day he vanishes without a trace, leaving her pregnant – with twins. One year later…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)     AmazonKU


You’re going to lose. Those four words meant nothing when I first heard them, but now they feel like a dark prophecy. My power has been bound, my mate bond broken. My mother demands Dane’s death, while the witches call for Bastian’s head. Valen is the only one who might be safe, but the threat from his father looms over us like an angry storm cloud. Then there’s the small problem of the nightmares pouring into our world and threatening to destroy it. They’re a deadly force, but so is my mother, and I’d be a fool to underestimate her again. Bianca Westbrook will stop at nothing to gain more power, including taking everything and everyone I’ve ever loved away from me. With enemies at every side, my men and I must find a way to restore my powers and defeat the threats to our world. I’ll fight like hell for our happily ever after, but…Will our love survive the threat of death?     AmazonKU


As former police officer, his back broken in the line of duty, James’ life hung by a thread. Securing treatment landed him deep in debt and working for a soldier of fortune company to pay for his recovery. When he learned just how dirty that company was, he had to decide if his conscience was worth becoming a lifelong paraplegic.
Selena bore a terrible burden, living a futile life bound to an insane dragon lord. A nagini of rare ability, she surrendered willingly when the human soldiers destroyed the village she’d been sent to recruit. Yet, when she learned what the humans had in store for her, she knew her only hope lay in the one man who just didn’t fit with the others.
If he could spare her the fate she had in store, give her a second chance, she would defy every law to see him safe and rewarded. She couldn’t know that reaching the safety of the city-state would be only the beginning of their troubles.     AmazonKU


A man divided between his Pack and his heart. James is proud of his accomplishments and takes his responsibilities to the Pack seriously, sacrificing everything for their safety, including his own chance at true love. One court case too many standing across the aisle from her.. One obstinate woman he can’t afford to say yes to. One night he breaks all his own rules. His decisions regarding Katherine could put the entire Pack in danger.   AmazonKU


VS Note: Re-release of a vella serial.

A union forged in blood and magic…Despite knowing their relationship is founded on circumstance, Cera struggles to resist Isael’s seductive allure. As developments in their bond and in her magic make escape impossible, Cera finds herself questioning what eternity will look like while serving the high lord. The Elven Lord’s Concubine is a serialized romance that debuted on Kindle Vella in 2021. Volume Two contains Episodes 17-31 of the Kindle Vella serial and is 60,000 words in length. It has a to-be-continued ending. It’s ideal for readers looking for an immersive fantasy/paranormal romance they can come back to every few weeks.     AmazonKU


She violated the laws of magic. Now she’s mine…The Twisted Court has given Mila to me for punishment. She’s mine, and I’m going to make her pay in ways she could never imagine. I shouldn’t let my desire to claim her ruin my plans, but the spark between us is undeniable. However, there’s just one problem: She’s not the human she appears to be. She’s something else, and I’m determined to unlock her secrets. She thinks she can hide from me, but once I get my claws into her, I’m never letting her go. He might own my body, but he’ll never own my soul… When I broke the law, I unleashed his past upon us both. Now this monstrous man thinks he’s my judge, jury, and executioner. Well, he’s wrong. I’ll never let a man determine my fate, not even one as irresistible as him. He may be a mountain of sculpted muscle, but he means nothing to me. At least that’s the lie I keep telling myself. I can’t stop fantasizing about what he could do to me with his twisted horns and massive hands. I should run, but there’s nowhere else to go. And the longer I’m trapped by this monster, the more I wonder if he’ll ever let me leave… and will I even want to?      AmazonKU



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8 Zodiac Themed SciFi Romance Novels

NOTE: This post first appeared in the Roswell Daily Record.

Not surprisingly the signs of the Zodiac are often plot points in paranormal romance but some science fiction romance authors have found ways to incorporate them as well.

Starting with my personal favorite sign of the Zodiac  because I’m a Libra, Stephanie West has a recent release Loving Libra in the multi author Astrological Mates series. Here’s how the series authors have defined their purpose for readers: “The planets have aligned in your favor. The constellations hold the key to finding a love that burns brighter than all the stars in the cosmos.” In author West’s book, Libra is actually the name of the male main character, an “alien born of dark matter”, trapped on Earth. He and his human neighbor Xen are attracted to each other and have all sorts of challenges to work through before the Happy Ever After ending. And there’s a cat!

Leo’s Captive by Sandra R. Neeley is another in the series and takes place after a huge event known as the Convergence has changed everything about living here. Jaci, an open minded human woman, is enjoying all the new opportunities involved in interstellar relations and trade when she gets into legal trouble and has to go on the run. Kasar, the Leo in question, doesn’t like Earth, doesn’t like humans and is generally grumpy. So guess whose ship Jaci stows away on and who he has to help. And fall in love with. There’s an HEA of course, after much adventure and angst.

Virgo’s Prize by Ella Blake delivers the science fiction adventure as well as the romance when human Lila, the Virgo at the center of the story, who is working at a bar on a space station needs help from an alien prince. It seems her “virgin” blood can cure a terrible disease afflicting his people but of course mutual enemies are in hot pursuit. Readers seemed to really enjoy this fast moving tale.

And the other signs of the Zodiac are covered by the rest of the authors in the series.

Returning to the sign of Libra, Tamar Sloan and Tricia Barr’s Zodiac Guardians superhero series leads off with Libra Ascending and then works its way through the Zodiac in eight more books. In the first novel Brielle, a human woman, finds out she has superpowers and there will be eleven others like her, who together must defend Earth from an approaching danger. Tristan, the new guy in town who is actually an alien, can explain it all to her and the plot arc is off and running. Book one ends in a cliffhanger, as apparently so do others in the series but book eight will be out in March and book nine in December. Reviews cite a Sailor Moon/Avengers feel to this series.

Romina Russell wrote a four book series set in the wider galaxy where the signs of the Zodiac were tied to aspects of the planets the heroes and villains called home. In the first book, entitled Zodiac, heroine Rhoma (Rho) Grace from the House of Cancer has to alert civilization to the menace posed by a mysterious villain. There are definitely space opera aspects to this series, with politics and terrorists and other complications galore. This one is not a romance and the heroine is only sixteen in the first book but readers gave it enthusiastic reviews.

January Bell has written a combination of elements of science fiction and fantasy with the Zodiac and added in romance in her Fated by Starlight series. The first book is Claimed by the Lion and the book’s blurb explains matters succinctly: “Wishing on a falling star is supposed to be a silly family tradition. It’s definitely not supposed to send me and my sisters to another dimension. When I wake, my sisters are gone, and in their place? A prehistoric-sized lion… who shifts into a man. He insists I’m his fated mate. Yeah, right. I’m desperate to find my sisters and get back to Earth. But when his touch triggers magic in me, he’s sure it’s proof we’re destined. Whatever the power is, it attracts a creature out for my blood… and my sisters’. According to Ras, only mating will unlock my full powers and keep me safe.”  Currently there are three books to devour, each featuring a different couple.

For something even more out of this world there’s Cherry Pickett’s Flirting with the Zodiac series, which focuses on male alien shifters (the Zodiac is represented by physical characteristics of the aliens), adventure, romance and male pregnancy (Mpreg). The first book is Hook, Line and Sinker featuring Half-Piscean Ty Metzler with “seahorse biology” who attempts to help his best friend Lawrence hang onto his place in the line for a big family inheritance. Currently there are six books in the series, with the most recent involving a bird shifter and the laying of eggs. The author is endlessly creative with the alien characters.

I’ll finish this post with Mina Carter’s Zodiac Cyborgs series. The Zodiac tie-in comes with each “class” of cyborgs and what they were designed to do or specialize in. The first book is kind of a prequel, Cyborg’s Price and I’m like many readers in that I loved it and wanted more but this is a short book. Book two, Cyborg Concealed gets the reader more into the series where the cyborgs are feared, hated, banned, on the run and Johnny Ram an Aries-7000 series hides in plain view as a mega successful male stripper whose best on stage routine is pretending to be a cyborg…because he actually is one. This book has “Magic Mike” vibes for sure. Johnny also pretends to be a sexbot in the course of the novel. And again, he actually is a deadly cyborg.

Ms. Carter writes extremely well, over-the-top hot and spicy and puts it all out there on the page for the reader. (Fans self.) The romance is great in her Zodiac cyborg books but be ready for those steamy scenes and details.

Care to Explain Weekend Writing Warriors

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

I’m now taking snippets from my newly released novel STAR CRUISE STAR SONG.

The excerpt – This is Addy’s first day aboard the spaceship and she just prevented a disaster with the antigrav. She and the technician responsible have been summoned to the Chief Engineer’s office where they encounter the Fourth Engineer, who was on duty:

The technician was white faced and trembling as he and Addy rode the gravlift up the sublevels to Level Twenty and then made their way to the Chief Engineer’s office. An officer who Addy assumed was the Fourth Engineer waited outside the Chief’s office, red faced and angry.

“I don’t know what the seven hells this is about, Ensign Tryndall, but you have a lot of nerve interfering with routine maintenance protocols before you’ve even been accepted into the department by Takkei,” he said in a blustery raised voice.

Addy reached for her inner calm. “The gravlift was close to malfunctioning, sir, and I regarded it as my duty to warn the ship—”

“I was the officer on duty,” he said, cutting her off. “You should have come to me. And as for you, Bradberry, This isn’t the first time you’ve been careless.”

“I was following the new protocol you gave me, sir,” the man protested.

The office door opened with a bang and the Chief Engineer stood there, glaring at all three of them. “In my office, now,” he said. His voice was quiet but steely.

Addy was the last person in the room and she took a seat at the small round conference table with the others, facing the chief’s desk. The fourth engineer started to talk but Takkei cut him off. He nodded at Addy. “Care to explain?”

VS: This is going to be awkward (Addy has secrets)…and what a way to meet your new boss!

Here’s the official blurb:

Addy Tryndall is a fresh graduate from a highly respected engineering college in the Sectors, on her way to a plum job on the Nebula Zephyr cruise ship. She knows she’ll be on probation but she’s determined to succeed and nothing is going to distract her.

Ryder McRhodes is a has-been interstellar rock star, on his way to reunite with his fellow band members to see if the lightning of mega success will strike twice for them. He isn’t sure he wants to be in the spotlight again and he hasn’t been able to write music since the band broke up.

Addy has secrets. Ryder needs a muse to unblock the creative flow…could her tightly guarded past be the answer  to his problem?  When the two are thrown together in an attempt to avoid the interstellar paparazzi he’s intrigued. She’s wary.

And someone is sabotaging systems on the Nebula Zephyr. Addy unwittingly finds herself in the middle of the situation while juggling her increasing attraction to Ryder and her challenges on the new  job. Can she trust him with her secret? Or will he break her heart?

The danger on board comes ever closer to Addy as the cruise continues…

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Profiles in SciFi Romance: EG Manetti

VS: Welcome to a periodic series of interviews I’ve begun to highlight authors in my favorite genre – science fiction romance! This post first appeared on the AMAZING STORIES MAGAZINE blog.

VS for ASM.: What was the first scifi romance book you ever read and what did you like about it?
EGM: I remember reading Robert Heinlein’s Star Beast in middle school.  What drew me to it was the nifty looking beast on the cover, but what I loved about was the relationship between John Thomas and his girlfriend. I’m not sure everyone would agree it’s scifi romance, but John Thomas does end up engaged at the end.   Of books that are acknowledged scifi romance, Anne McCaffrey’s Restoree would be next. I read that in college.  I was thrilled by Sara’s resourcefulness and adored Harlan in all his ‘alpha maleness.’

ASM.: What was the first scifi romance book you wrote?

EGM: The Cartel: The Apprentice, Volume 1 was the first book I wrote as well as the first scifi romance.  I started the draft in 2010 and actually had the story arc for the entire series completed when I published it in December 2012.

Logline: Life within the Serengeti Cartel is perilous, riddled with malice and intrigue that can threaten the mightiest of warriors. For Lilian – brilliant, despised, and one misstep away from execution for her father’s crimes – only one man stands between her and destruction: Lucius Mercio.

ASM.: Which of your SFR books is the bestselling?  

EGM: The Cartel is the first book in the ten-volume series, The Twelve Systems Chronicles.   As such, it’s my best seller. However, it’s been on perma-free status for a couple of years, so ‘seller’ may not be completely accurate. I just finished a 10th anniversary sale for the series which bounced the boxed set, The Twelve Systems Trio, into second place in terms of a ‘money in exchange for the book’  best seller.

ASM.: How do you go about world building? Do you do elaborate planning, keep a big file, use post its, wing it – what method works for you?

EGM: The initial inspiration for The Cartel came with a backstory on how the civilization originated and evolved.   As I worked through the narrative and the different books took form, I developed an array of files. There is a master folder of support details for the series with a dozen documents with everything from PowerPoints of building layouts to spreadsheets with the number of votes in the Twelve Systems’ Governing Council.  The most critical document is a 27-page ‘Support Details’ that holds critical reference materials such as; the annual calendar of Metricelli Prime, comparative life time lines for major characters, and the full inventory of the habitable planets in the Twelve Systems. There are twenty-three planets when the series starts and two more discovered by its conclusion. The characters visit fifteen including the two new ones.

ASM.: What was your most recent book and what was the story spark or inspiration for that story? 

EGM: After ten volumes of sci-fi, I was ready for something different.  A few years ago, I responded to a flash fiction prompt at GoodReads Group Halloween party.  I liked the heroine so much, I just had to give her a story. Once the final volume of The Twelve Systems Chronicles published, I moved forward with Elemental Fire: The Hidden Realms #1. Published in October 2022, it has been nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award.

Book Blurb:

Sin Marston is a rare human who can see through glamor. With the veil with the treaty of 2010, the magical visitors, known as the Hidden, flowed into the Terran realm. With her unique talent, Sin’s services are in demand from businesses and law enforcement with Hidden problems. She also has a growing clientele of Hidden visitors wishing to avoid confrontation with the Human Protection Society and other anti-Hidden Terrans.

After thwarting a daring art heist, Sin encounters a stunning fire elemental who reveals the theft was something very different. Everything she thought she knew changes.

Radzik Cray has lived for centuries, building his magical and political power base. The appointment as the Elders’ Council Warden for the Eastern United States comes with untold wealth and power, as well as untold danger. When he meets Sin Marston, he is interested in a pleasant distraction. Instead, he discovers that Sin is not all she appears and his control over his territory is not as absolute as he thought.

ASM.: Which book was the most fun to write and why? The most challenging and why?

EGM: I’ve really enjoyed writing all my books.  I consider Serengeti Valor: The Apprentice, Volume 5 a particular favorite.  It brings together the backstories of several major characters and marks a watershed in the relationship between Lilian (the heroine) and Lucius (the hero).  It also has my heroine engaged in defending the cartel in a pitched battle against a diabolical enemy complete with sci-fi advanced weaponry.  It was my first attempt at a battle sequence and I was pleased at how well it came out and how much my readers enjoyed it.  It was also a bit hard to write, because one of my favorite secondary characters dies in the battle.

The most challenging to write was final volume of The Twelve Systems Chronicles, Thorn Bearer: Thornraven Volume 3.  There was a lot to tie up and I wanted to the final volume to do justice to my characters and my readers.  At the same time, it was bittersweet—after twelve years, I was saying goodbye to a universe that was as real to me as the here and now.

ASM.: Do you also write other genres? Which ones? How does writing a book in that genre compare to writing an SFR? 

EGM: Elemental Fire is Urban Fantasy Romance, and I did find it a bit easier to write than sci-fi.  Set in and around modern-day Boston, it does not require the level of world-building needed in sci-fi and I had some fun with pop culture references to move along both character development and narrative line.  Setting up a consistent set of ‘magic physics’ took a little doing, and I couldn’t resist sneaking in some sci-fi references and multi-verse theory.

ASM.: Do you have a ‘writing buddy’ pet? Care to share a photo?

EGM: This is Zimmi.  She’s a fifteen-year-old Jack Russel Terrier and has been with me every step of the way on all my books.

ASM.: What’s next for you?

EGM: I can’t quite stay away from the Twelve Systems.  I’m starting a series of novellas that will provide some popular secondary characters with their HEAs. I’m about 20K words into Chrys: Thornscore #1 and hope to release it this summer.   After that, I’ll return to The Hidden Realms for more adventures with Sin and Radzik.

ASM.: What’s on your To Be Read List? 

EGM: Currently, I’m working my way through a paranormal romance anthology, Faeted Mates.  After that, I have Cara Bristol’s Maelstrom and Cynthia Sax’s Raw Desires on pre-order for the end of February.

ASM.: Give us your short author bio and where you can be found on social media.

Award-winning author EG Manetti has always enjoyed a vivid imagination and occasional scribbling. Her epic science fiction series, The Twelve Systems Chronicles, has received four Paranormal Guild Reviewers Choice Awards, seven InD’tale RONE (Reward for Novel Excellence) nominations with five volumes award finalist badges. Shield Bearer: Thornraven, Volume 2 received the 2021 RONE for Science Fiction.

Elemental Fire: The Hidden Realms #1, her first venture into fantasy, combines her favorite aspects of the urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and action/adventure genres.

A former information technology project manager, EG resides in Florida with her beloved (often confounded) husband and their severely OCD Jack Russell Terrier. She writes as often as possible, cooks exceptionally, and gardens adequately.

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New Releases in #SciFi #Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for FEB 15

I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking quite a few as I prepare these posts LOL). 

‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.

A quick word about covers. I don’t support the use of AI for cover creation as it currently stands. Copyright issues and other problems too lengthy to go into here. However, I’m not a cover artist or an expert on the use of computer drawing/art/AI programs so I have no way to tell if the covers on the new releases are AI or not. Therefore I’ll continue to show the covers each week unless something changes with the situation.



He’s arrogant, aggressive and abrasive – and hotter than the surface of the Sun.Which is a problem when I’m in a race against time in a test he set. If my team and I don’t solve the puzzles scattered around Crashland by the deadline, our alien overlords will annihilate every human on the planet. I need to focus on that, not on the judge’s amazing alien abs or what I want him to do with his tongue! But Skywarden Darakar is huge, muscled all over, and dangerously attractive. I can’t keep my eyes off him when we’re together, or my mind off him when we’re apart. The only consolation I have is that he’s just as distracted by me. And now someone is sabotaging the test. Darakar wants our trial to be fair, and I want to survive, so for now we’re on the same side. But the more time we spend in each other’s company, the harder it is to keep our hands off each other.     AmazonKU

PRODIGAL by Tana Stone

Life as a female fighter pilot with the Valox resistance isn’t always easy, but it gets much worse when my ship dies on a solo mission. Then worse still when I’m rescued by hulking, bare-chested aliens who are nothing like the Vandar I fought with against the empire. The Vandar horde that snatches me from my ship might wear the battle kilts and inked skin of their counterparts, but they have no intention of treating me like an ally—or releasing me. With platinum hair and dark hearts set on dominance and retribution, the raiders who capture me are what they call Kyrie Vandar—The Lost Vandar—raiders whose ancestors were exiled from the galaxy. Now they’ve returned to exact revenge on the Vandar who rejected them. The horde’s warlord, Raas Ronnan, is certain that a female pilot who fought alongside the Vandar is the perfect pawn to lure them into a trap. He’s also convinced that forcing me to share his quarters and bed will provoke my cooperation. But the fearsome warlord has underestimated me and my ability to be coerced–or seduced. I’m determined to escape, even as the Vandar brute eyes me like tempting prey. But can I slip from Ronnan’s velvet snare the more I learn about him and his adrift horde? Or will I end up becoming just as lost as the tortured Vandar warlord who stirs the depths of my soul?       AmazonKU


KELLY: Areus is the most attractive man I have ever met. And soon the sparks flying between us become more intense, turn into something deeper. I know he wants me as much as I want him, so why does he suddenly pull away? AREUS: Kelly embodies everything I have ever wanted in a female, as my queen, she is pure perfection. Beautiful, witty, smart. I want nothing more than to make her MINE, but how can I when my males have no mates? How can I justify taking one when they suffer?     AmazonKU


For Justine, leaving her abusive ex was the hardest thing she’s ever done in her life. It meant leaving with nothing but the clothes on her back, but it was worth it. She could have a fresh start and maybe even rediscover the woman she’d been before she met him. Then, like some horror movie villain, he chases her down, robbing her of that sanctuary she’d just found and leaving her struggling for sanity once more. In a moment driven by panic, she realizes she’ll never be safe anywhere he can reach her. Her only option? Leave Earth. But after the panic recedes, and she’s on her way to a new world and her new “perfect” alien match, she can’t help fearing she’s made a grave mistake. It’s only when she meets Zayvan that she finally starts laying those fears to rest. He’s sweet and kind and considerate, and she’s actually starting to think that this can work after all. That is, until the day men rush into their cabin in full tactical gear, shattering their happiness and causing her to question if she even knows Zayvan at all.    AmazonKU


Havi: Aww hell. I probably shouldn’t have “borrowed” a US military ship to flee impending disaster on Earth, but it’s not like we had a better option. We had to get out of that polluted hellhole! Life on the New World as a refugee is a hard one to get used to, but I’ll do what I can for a better future. At least the pretty medic in charge of my case provides a lovely distraction. Problem is, I’m having a hard time keeping my thoughts respectable around her. Fay: The past few years had been one long, endless hustle. Life as a medic is go-go-go, without much time for rest or romance. But none of that carefully accumulated medical knowledge has prepared me for what I feel tending to a beautiful, burly captain who crash lands on Royal One. I’m supposed to be taking care of her, but as she wiggles her way into my heart one endearment at a time, she shows me there’s more to life than just work. As her past comes calling, everything we’ve fought to build could be ripped away.   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


VS note: A re-release.

When a doorway between worlds opens and unites two lives, anything is possible…Since she was a child, Wynter Stormhold’s curious nature has taken her to far-off worlds. In one world, she touches the life of a human boy. In another, she finds her most trusted friend, a stone dragon she calls Pow-pow. Hiding her growing powers from her mage family started out as a childish prank, but now she uses them to go on secret adventures. Sheikh Khalid el Amid’s life changes forever when he encounters a beautiful but alien girl. Wynter brings unexpected miracles during his darkest hour and he vows to always protect her—but then she disappears through a portal. When grown-up Wynter suddenly reappears years later, Khalid falls in love. All too soon, however, she is ripped from him again. As Wynter and Pow-pow fight for their lives against a mage who would use Wynter and her father’s Rings of Power to control the vast worlds across space, Khalid fights for his people and his rightful place on Earth. Can an alien princess and her dragon find her way back to her beloved sheikh or will their responsibilities keep them apart forever?   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


Who knew a dating game would be so dangerous? With the murder attempts behind us, I just want to focus on getting to know these bachelors. Fun not forever, lust not love. That’s my motto, and I plan on sticking to it. Until some of these males start sneaking their way into my heart. A tiger, a dragon, an angel—who can keep them all straight? Then there’s my ex’s twin. He has no right to be anywhere near my stupid, fragile heart that suddenly starts beating wildly whenever he’s around. As if dealing with jealous and possessive alpha males isn’t bad enough, another attack sends everyone at the villa on a tailspin. It’s time for the truth about these bachelors to come out before we have another dead body on our hands. Then on to the family visits!      AmazonKU


Luxen – I’ve been a bad boy, and my outlaw ways have finally caught up to me. But I’m not mad—in fact, I’m real content to stay here behind bar where it’s safe. My enemies can’t get me here. But then she arrives. My biological mate–a sarcasm-filled ball of rage that asks too many questions and wants to break me out of here. Just one problem–she doesn’t want this bond. Doesn’t want to be my mirak. But I want her. And I’ll do anything to have her. Tina – I need answers–my sister has been captured by the terrifying Wullia crime syndicate, and the only hope I have of finding her is this surly, pink alien criminal. But once interrogations begin, all he does is flirt. I hate myself for liking his sinful words. For the ache that grows tight between my legs when he teases the sensual, depraved things he’d do to me given half the chance. When the guards hear him say something about a mirak, my access to him is shut off–and now I’m about to conduct the first ever spur-of-the-moment interplanetary prison break and free him. If I can stop thinking about all those dirty, delicious promises he made first.      AmazonKU


VS Note: Not listed as a romance although it sounds as if there may be romantic elements. An LGBTQ+ scifi release of note.

alentine Weis is a salvager in the future wastelands of Utah. Wrestling with body dysphoria, he dreams of earning enough money to afford citizenship in Salt Lake City – a utopia where the testosterone and surgery he needs to transition is free, the food is plentiful, and folk are much less likely to be shot full of arrows by salt pirates. But earning that kind of money is a pipe dream, until he meets the exceptionally handsome Osric.
Once a powerful AI in Salt Lake City, Osric has been forced into an android body against his will and sent into the wasteland to offer Valentine a job on behalf of his new employer – an escort service seeking to retrieve their stolen androids. The reward is a visa into the city, and a chance at the life Valentine’s always dreamed of. But as they attempt to recover the “merchandise”, they encounter a problem: the android ladies are becoming self-aware, and have no interest in returning to their old lives. The prize is tempting, but carrying out the job would go against everything Valentine stands for, and would threaten the fragile found family that’s kept him alive so far. He’ll need to decide whether to risk his own dream in order to give the AI a chance to live theirs.   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


Could you face your worst fear if it was the only way to save mankind? At an early age, a group of unknown assailants tore Jazmi from her quintuplet sisters. As a commanding alien/human hybrid with psychic abilities, she suffers from guilt and shame, blaming herself when they were separated as toddlers. With unwavering dedication, she vows to find them no matter what. When the striking man from her dreams finally comes for her, they should have enough power between them to locate her kidnapped siblings. After all, without them, the coming aliens will have a clear path at destroying Earth. Raiden strives to maintain firm control of everything and everyone around him. As a powerful alien/human hybrid mage, the weight of global expectations tears him down. Once Jazmi reveals herself to him, Raiden’s tight restraint threatens to unravel. If that happens, all will be lost. In a shared vision, Jazmi and Raiden witness the Akurn invasion and the destruction it will cause. Unknown to Raiden, while in the same vision, Jazmi is swept into a personal premonition…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)    AmazonKU


After a dismal upbringing on decaying, alien-infested Earth, Emmaline “Cricket” Beatty now lives a charmed life on humanity’s new and improved home planet Meeus. A constant vulnerability of the before has given way to an ironclad security of the present. Everything is pretty, organized, predictable. There are no flaws in this new world. When the hospital where Cricket works hosts an intergalactic symposium, she is called upon to translate for the alien guests. She is intrigued to see that a secretive Rix nation has sent a delegate. Lyle is far from a cold-hearted, humorless killing machine like the Rix Cricket has heard about. When Lyle gets stranded on Meeus, Cricket shelters him, violating Meeus’ anti-alien laws. She’s drawn to this vulnerable male by a combination of compassion, curiosity, and her own loneliness. They develop a friendship that teeters on the verge of becoming something more, except Lyle’s persistent questions about the hospital and medical research conducted there make her increasingly suspicious. Before too long, a string of seemingly unrelated events happening around Cricket begins to pierce the cocoon of idyllic perfection she built for herself on Meeus. Nothing is what it seems, least of all her new friend Lyle who is using her to search for answers. His quest makes her doubt her own sanity as it puts her in mortal danger, and he is the only one who can keep her safe.      AmazonKU

FRONTIER by Grace Curtis

In the distant future most of the human race has fled a ravaged Earth to find new life on other planets. For those who stayed a lawless society remains. Technology has been renounced, and saints and sinners, lawmakers and sheriffs, travelers and gunslingers, abound. What passes for justice is presided over by the High Sheriff, and carried out by his cruel and ruthless Deputy. Then a ship falls from the sky, bringing the planet’s first visitor in three hundred years. This Stranger is a crewmember on the first ship in centuries to attempt a return to Earth and save what’s left. But her escape pod crashes hundreds of miles away from the rest of the wreckage. The Stranger finds herself adrift in a ravaged, unwelcoming landscape, full of people who hate and fear her space-born existence. Scared, alone, and armed, she embarks on a journey across the wasteland to return to her ship, her mission, and the woman she loves. Fusing the fire and brimstone of the American Old West with sprawling post-apocalyptic science fiction, FRONTIER is a heartfelt queer romance in a high noon standoff set against the backdrop of our planet’s uncertain future.   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


No alien prince is going to throw me on his shoulder and carry me away! I don’t care that he’s technically rescuing me. Saving my life multiple times doesn’t mean he can eye me up and down and lick his lips. He can say we’re fated mates all he wants, I won’t give up everything just to be his pretty little housewife. But then why is the only thing I can think of how much I crave him? How badly I need him? And how much I want us to be a family? I used to be independent. Now I’m all his. It’s enough to make me sick to my stomach. Or maybe what’s making me sick is…Two little twins growing inside me.   AmazonKU


The first rule of living through the apocalypse. Trust no one. Ara – Is desperate to reunite with her father and put the events that happened in Boise behind her. Ara hopes to find sanctuary in The Last City, an almost-mythical place where the plague is nonexistent and she can finally discover the truth about her family. Once she arrives, she discovers the truth is stranger than fiction, and Ara wonders if she’s made a huge mistake . . .Kaden – Will go anywhere for Ara, will do anything, but he’s tested to his limits in The Last City. Forced to join a dangerous expedition, Kaden soon finds himself separated from Ara and, once again, on the run for his life. He barely escaped alive, and now he needs to risk it all again to find Ara in The Last City . . .Sam – Has hooked up a rigged electrical system, blasting away the silence with music, feeling almost normal since he nearly lost his life. He doesn’t know where Kaden and Ara are, and when he meets a mysterious girl named M, they embark on an adventure that will bring all of their lives clashing together . . .The first rule of living through the apocalypse. Trust no one.All three must uncover the secrets of The Last City if they have any hope of getting out of this apocalypse alive.

Amazon      AB     Kobo


Can I win the battle between my instincts and my heart? My training has served me well. Kept me alive. Bought my friends time to escape. I trust no one. And certainly no man. Now a Kagethi Warrior has found me, fought at my side. Declared his desire for me. More than that. He claims I’m his mate. I want to believe him. I want to let myself go, be consumed by his passion. But no matter how he tempts me, can I believe him?   AmazonKU


In a fractured world, a powerful bond may be the only thing that can save it…The Beryllian people are nearly extinct thanks to the Skellyds, a robotic species who have invaded Beryll and turned its cities into factories, manufacturing more Skellyds out of the inhabitants of the planet. A powerful Beryllian couple emerges from the ruins to fight back, but their victories do not come without risk. Bazin and Miaxa prefer to go on missions alone, but there is a growing sentiment amongst the Beryllians that bonded pairs have a weakness; if one of the pair dies, the other follows. Bazin and Miaxa must fight against traitors, the leader of Beryll, and non-believers as they forge a powerful bond that will defy death in the fight to save the Beryllian population from total annihilation. Can this bonded pair survive the attacks against them and those that would tear them apart forever, or will the bond that connects them prove to be more powerful than the traitors who want them dead?    Amazon      Apple Books      Kobo     Author’s Universal Link

MONSTERSONA by Chloe Spencer

There’s a little monster in all of us. After her parents’ divorce, 16 year old Riley Grishin is forced to move from Portland, Oregon all the way to Little Brook, Maine, a small town that serves as the headquarters for Titan Technologies, an international tech laboratory. Having left her friends and father behind, Riley spends most of her days running through the woods with her dog Tigger, and eavesdropping on her classmates—in particular, the gorgeous, but very strange, Aspen Montehugh. On the night of the homecoming game, Riley wakes up to find her town on fire, terrorized by an unseen monster. With flames spreading rapidly, Riley and Tigger have no choice but to pile into her beat-up pickup truck and flee. Speeding out of town, they come across the only other survivor: Aspen. When Riley and Aspen finally reach safety, they realize something far more sinister is afoot. According to the news, all other Titan Tech laboratories on the East Coast have been attacked. And even worse, they’re being followed by an SUV with blacked out windows. With all air travel grounded, Riley has no way to fly back to her dad, so she and Aspen embark on a cross country road trip, all the while pursued by men with guns, mad scientists, and the monstrous truth. Slowly, Riley realizes something’s not quite right with Aspen, which puts her feelings for her—and her own humanity—to the ultimate test.     Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


Mia – This world is as terrifying as it is strange. I throw myself into my work, but when I am snatched up by a hulking alien with ridges on his skull, I figure I’m dead, or worse. I expected the colony to fight for the four women taken, but instead we are a peace offering. I do not want a mate or to start liking my captor…Sunif – Before I was banished, I did the one thing that is unforgivable for a fourth son. I fell in love with a woman promised to another. I brought dishonor to my family for trying to evade being sent away. Finding these women from the stars means I have a chance to restore my family’s name if I take Mia to my tribe. I will not fall for the wrong person again, but as an outcast warrior, who else is there for me?      AmazonKU


I’ll protect her at any cost. My human client is sassy, bratty, and famous. I’m big, blue, alien – and responsible for keeping her safe. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for her. Even if she pushes every button. Even if she tests every limit. I’ll take her in hand, and I’ll take her into my bed. Because she’s a bad girl, and she’s a superstar. Some love her, and some love to hate her. Everybody thinks they know her. Everybody wants a piece of her.
She’s many things to many people, But I am going to make her mine.   AmazonKU


VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. And I love post apocalyptic tales!

It’s the end of the world. The dead have risen, descending upon the living like a swarm of locusts. A plague released from the bowels of hell. The only thing that stands in their way are the ordinary men and women called upon to survive. Those who find the courage to fight despite their weaknesses and doubts. They are the heroes of the apocalypse.   AmazonKU


” I should have warned you of how illogical it is to fall in love with a Kyron.” An emissary to the Restitution, V’Alen does not interfere in the war between the humans and High Tasqals. But when the Tasqal’s minions attack the base and the voice of one female reaches his auditory sensors, he answers her call for assistance. [Scan: Female. Designated “Alaina”.] A human female who swears him to secrecy the moment he rescues her. Alaina is completely illogical. She is the definition of a faulty being…but when she proposes a contract he cannot refuse, V’Alen takes the bait. The deal? A glimpse of humanity in exchange for his silence. [Scan. Odds 95/5] There is a 95% chance nothing will occur that will change his existence. …But for the universe, 5% is more than enough.      AmazonKU


Allie – I know Balan is ‘the one’ the instant we meet. It’s hard to miss my breath catching in my throat, my heart galloping out of my chest, and my stomach deciding it’s a gymnast. It’s either love at first sight, or maybe I’m just dying. That’s what it feels like when the new chisel featured Zmaj with a panty melting physique shows up and proceeds to completely ignore me. I thought these alien warrior hunks knew their treasure at first sight, so why is Balan avoiding me? How am I supposed to find my happy-ever-after if he can’t even stand being in the same room as me? Balan – I gave all that I am, all that I have, my entire life to the Order. Rescuing my brother Velyk when he escaped happened so quickly, I had no time to realize the implications. I, too, am now an Outcast. Betrayer. Oathbreaker. My hasty decision is made even worse when the dragon I have spent my life trying to master breaks free of all restraints and claims the tiny, enticing human female named Allie. I cannot be near her. She is temptation. A traitor like me is unworthy of being a female’s mate. She deserves more than me, but resisting her is the hardest thing I have ever done.      AmazonKU


VS note: A re-release with “a revised ending with three additional chapters.”

“Humans weren’t built for this,” he whispered. “You were too open. I had to bring you back, or you’d disappear.” LAYLA – I didn’t know how frustrating aliens could be until I got stuck with this golden giant on his ranch in the middle of a freak blizzard. The way he towers over me makes my breath hitch and his sharp eyes see right through me. Yet his aloof, condescending attitude towards humans makes me want to just get this job over with and go home. But now, I’m lying injured in his bed. And there’s something crawling under my skin. And I can’t let myself relax. Because if I do… I’m afraid I’m going to like itKUTHIL ASH KHARN – My new financial advisor is angry about being made to cancel her “Christmas” ritual, but easily placated with a dead tree and shiny objects. Just as we get down to business, however, she is injured on my watch. Now we’re trapped, she’s hurt, and I know of only one way to help her. But when I initialize the healing process of molding, I learn first hand how greedy and hungry a human female can be, no matter how hard she tries to fight her base instincts. And now that we’ve molded… I realize I’m hungry, too.      AmazonKU


Thankfully, the Balazar Space Station welcomes refugees like me. The Station Human Support Group kindly gives me a job working in the medical clinic. I’m introduced to the head healer and warmth rushes across my cheeks. The physician is a muscled fae, a fairy with white hair and powerful wings. How am I supposed to work alongside someone so distractingly handsome? Soon I’m paired with this arrogant, winged healer as his assistant. And that’s when I learn we actually don’t get along, not even a little bit. But there’s more to this faery than meets the eye. And I find myself following him to the far corners of Tarka on a mission to save a loved one. We soon become entangled in a life-or-death situation and in the midst…we find our way to each other.     AmazonKU

FUTURE WIFE by Nicole Pyland

Imagine meeting a stranger one day, only for that stranger to say, “I’m your future wife.” This is exactly what happens to Carter when she heads out of town for work. There’s one problem with this: Carter is already married, and not to this stranger. Ryder has been working on time travel since she was a little kid listening to her great-grandmother tell stories of the past. Inspired by one of them, Ryder decides to put her scientific mind to task and is determined to build a time travel device that would right a wrong in her great-grandmother’s past. When Carter meets Ryder outside of a café, she looks exactly like a younger version of the stranger who has given Carter some specific instructions about being at this exact café at this exact time because it would change Carter’s life. Does Carter believe in time travel? Can Ryder possibly be the woman she should have been with all along? Join Ryder and Carter as they go on a journey through time, risk their lives, and maybe even fall in love.     AmazonKU


Connor Masterson has finally managed to take some time off and go to Earth Con. For three days and nights, he’s going to get his geek on without worrying about work or the latest edition of his science fiction manga. He never expected to find two men who embody all his dreams and fantasies there and certainly not right after signing in. Neither Valvik nor Zaraheed are looking forward to their current assignment: go to the Earth Con located in Austin, Texas and track down any and all rumors on the Ark scrolls, an ancient collection needed for the betterment of their dying people. Neither warrior expects to be drawn to a human, especially the same one. The two men are determined to stay as low key as possible while searching for the scrolls, but that might be hard to do when an intergalactic killer wants the scrolls for himself.

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About two years ago, I became the mate of a hot and dominating alien overlord. Now after one steamy interstellar getaway, I see a big fat pink line on a test. I’m going to be Rone’s mate AND mommy of his kid. I haven’t had a chance to tell him yet. We’re on a galactic goodwill tour for the Wanderstar Fleet. No big deal, right? Except the morning sickness is out of this world. Plus I heard babies of his alien species develop fast in the womb and are born with horns. A little help, please. Having the Alien Overlord’s Baby is a steamy alien romance featuring Rone and Cammie from book 1 of the Nova Brides series (Taming the Alien Overlord). Come take an intergalactic journey to exotic locales and unite with spicy characters old and new! HEA guaranteed! Author Note: This book mentions characters from the first four Nova Brides books. It’s recommended that you follow the reading order of books 1-4 to avoid spoilers.     AmazonKU


Love me or hate me, everyone knows my name. I am Sin, the people’s omega, and my life is not my own. Instead it’s broadcast for the unmated packs of the world to watch whenever they desire. Good behavior grants these alphas the right to choose my outfits, meals, and even which designs ink my skin. My tattoo artist is the closest thing I have to a friend, but lately I wish she could be more. Wish I could be more. They’ve imprisoned me as a means to control the others, but what they don’t know? I’m breaking out… tonight. This is a dystopian Omegaverse reverse harem romance that includes an FF relationship, but does not feature any shifting or magic.      AmazonKU


This is part two of a duet and it is necessary to read ‘My Very Own Alien Chieftain’ first! I was a mighty warrior. Nothing could tame me. Until I met her. Amelia- I had been dropped onto the planet with the other humans before being quickly taken by the Uldo. All of my skills involved technology far more advanced than anything they had. I felt useless and did my best to treat it like a vacation, but I grew restless and worried about my future. In an effort to be useful, I went out on an expedition with the Uldo. It went smoothly until a Cunal appeared in the jungle. He didn’t do anything. He just stayed unmoving. Staring. At me. The Uldo congratulated me for attracting a mate, but I wasn’t as sold on the idea as they were. Even so, he was easy on the eyes and what harm could come from having a little eye candy around? Ilan- I needed to find Valun. It was important to me and I could not stop thinking I had made a mistake by banishing him. Slipping away from my village, I tried to …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page)   AmazonKU

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VS: For my backlist spotlight this week – Here’s the second novel in my connected alien empath series! This one is full of romantic suspense and tells the tale of Mirielle, the sister of the woman in book one.

DANGER IN THE STARS by Veronica Scott

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?

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Trouble is brewing in Nexus, and for some reason, they think I can stop it. Some people are born to greatness. My mother wanted to strangle me at birth. I’ve not had an easy life, not in a world that thrives on magic. Spells to reinforce buildings. Hexes to give you the face of a supermodel. Or so I’ve been told. No one can hide their true face from me, and people get ugly when they find out my presence is the reason magic shrivels and dies. It’s not as cool as it sounds, so when I’m offered a job with the Special Monsters Unit, I take a chance and join a misfit crew to find out why the town of Nexus is a magnet for cryptids. At least I’m part of a team. I’m making friends. I’m—Finding out secrets about my past that are hard to handle. But my emotional scars will have to wait until after we deal with the monsters. Especially those with human faces.

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The bigger they are, the harder they fall in love…Lord Snow, better known as the Krampus, doesn’t have time for distractions. With his best friend, the Yule Cat, banished to the mortal realm and coming dangerously close to exile himself, he needs to get back in the Winter Queen’s good graces and return to his duties as the Lord of Endless Snow. Exile soon becomes the least of Snow’s worries after he meets Spring. Spring Broeker loves a challenge, and the enormous man in the extremely fine suit that she meets on Valentine’s Day has whetted her appetite for more than the sweets offered at the Yuletide Bakery. After too many disappointments looking for a life partner, she’s only hoping for some fun, but the more she digs through Snow’s cold exterior to his warm heart, the more her own is on the line. Torn between his desire for power and control and the warmth of Spring’s love threatening to melt the coldest of Yuletide hearts, Snow has to decide whether he is willing to fight against the threat of Jack Frost taking his place or surrender to Spring’s gentle touch. Can the love of a human woman melt the heart of the fierce Krampus, or will this Valentine’s Day become just another disappointment for a woman with a big heart?

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A cantankerous former mayor – A dead man with a secret. A midlife magic gift with a murder mystery that keeps you guessing. When forty-nine year old Eleanor Rockwell was laid off from her soul-crushing corporate job, she moved a few miles north of Austin with her daughter, Evie, and opened Silver Circle Cat Rescue in the small town of Tablerock, Texas. Five years later, SCCR is Wildebridge County’s largest shelter for lost kitties, so it’s no surprise when Deputy Markham brings Belladonna—former mayor Fiona Blackwell’s cat—to the shelter after she’s arrested for murdering her husband, Beau. But why, Eleanor wonders, did the Deputy bring a silver drink tray with the sullen cat—and why is Belladonna talking when she walks on it? Something strange is going on in Tablerock, and Eleanor is determined to get to the bottom of it. Can she unravel the mystery before it’s too late, or will she fall victim to the town’s sinister spell?     AmazonKU


Roen’s entire existence is a joke, but there’s nothing funny about being the only human-monster hybrid in existence. Neither race wants anything to do with him, and he’s cursed to a life of exile, utterly alone for all eternity. That is, until fate finally works in his favor. Krue is running away from a life he never deserved and has enough inner demons to form an army. When he’s injured in the woods hundreds of miles from the nearest city, the last thing he expects is to be saved by a beast. A gentle one at that. Could their chance meeting be exactly what they never knew they needed, or will they wind up tearing each other apart?     AmazonKU


Nothing will stop these alpha men from claiming their vicious hearts’ desiresWerewolves, vampires, and more paranormal mobsters find their fated mates inside these pages. Fall in love with an underworld king in this limited edition collection of paranormal mafia romances brought to you by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, as well as hot new authors!    AmazonKU


My whole life I thought I was a nobody. I should have known my 28th birthday would be my last. Thanks to my so-called friends, I’m sent on a mission into the Devil’s Lair. Owned by Elias Wolfe – the scariest demon alive. I’ve never met him, but the rumors…some send a shiver of desire through me, and others send me running away screaming. Thanks, but no thanks. Exit stage left. Although, when we meet, he believes I’m special. Claiming we share a bond that goes beyond a mortal’s love. Forget about the mages trying to kill me – I’m more worried about this bond. RH

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She was warned to leave the grumpy bear alone, but she couldn’t help herself. Her curiosity was piqued. She wanted to see the bear roar! Saffron Dakota knew she shouldn’t have specific thoughts about her best friend’s older sister. It was forbidden, but it didn’t keep her from smiling at her. Or making sure she was dressed up nice when around her. Or randomly showing up to her cabin in the woods. All of this, hoping the beautiful grizzly would show her just a wee bit of interest. Her friend would be pissed if she knew Saffron was crazy over her sister. Dasha Prime couldn’t believe the strong reaction her bear had to Saffron. After all of these years, it was clear what her bear was trying to tell her. It was something she had thought all along, but now her bear was roaring loud and clear. Saffron was her mate, and Dasha would defend her woman against anyone who had a problem with it.      AmazonKU


For most of my life, all I wanted was magic. Now I have it. Powerful magic. And I can say with certainty, the cost for it was way too high. My life is in shambles and I’ve been framed to look as if I betrayed the fae. If I can’t fix this, I won’t even have to worry about all my other problems.      AmazonKU


A muse in the flesh…at least to the shapeshifter who so desperately needs her help. Only one problem: Cathy’s creativity is gone. Kaput. Dead in the water. Without it, she’s a shell of the woman that she once was, lost and bitter without the one thing that makes her who she truly is. Reynard is the trickster king, a shapeshifter of the first order whose purpose is to help bring his kind into the human world. Cathy is a friend of his family, but more than that, he and the rest of his kind need her art and creativity to aid the plan to convince humanity to accept them. Without it, his people will be forced back to the world where they have been exiled for so long. The greater good is reason enough for Reynard to help Cathy regain her creativity, but as they get to know one another more, he realizes that perhaps he is more personally invested. Without Cathy, the plan to rejoin the human world will die, but without her creativity, Cathy will wither, and Reynard isn’t willing to let either of those things happen. Not without a fight.      AmazonKU


If you wish you knew what people thought of you, to be frank, you’re a fool. I burned a lot of bridges when I fell from fame. Not only did I embarrass myself in front of the world, but my tell-all book ruined any chance I had to fix things. And why? All because of a cheating husband and a best friend who betrayed me. It wasn’t worth it. But some things happen for a reason because without my fall from fame, I never would have met Nicky. He loves me for me, and our simple life is pretty close to perfect. When I receive a letter, a chance to step back into Hollywood, to open doors I thought were closed, and possibly regain some of my wealth and fame, I should run the other way. Unfortunately for me, I’m not that smart. I thought I could fix my old reputation. I thought I could show everyone I’d changed. I was a fool. The moment I put on a beautiful necklace straight from a pirate’s treasure, I can hear the terrible thoughts from everyone around me. I might just crack. Again. Once upon a time I started over, can I really do it again? Or will my greed end to the worst loss of all, that of the man I love?       AmazonKU


What do you do when your life changes in the blink of an eye? Keaton finally has a family. Nothing good has happened in his life until he’s able to call Saint Lakes home. Meeting his fated mate should be good as well, but the shadows of his past come back to haunt him. Tim Pyke has turned over a new leaf. Since his son mated with a Somerset, it’s not like he has much of a choice. He’s part of the family, after all. He still doesn’t intend to mate with anyone who isn’t a cougar shifter like himself. When he meets the prettiest vampire he’s ever seen, his instincts toward his fated mate are too strong to ignore. Keaton is the only one who can save the clan from a dangerous human, but he must get past his fated mate to do it.      AmazonKU


His heart races for me, but he doesn’t know about my secret past…Rapid City was only supposed to be a pit stop on the road to my new life. Somewhere to lick my wounds after escaping from my traumatic past. I know I should be wary of Riley when he visits the diner where I’m waitressing. He’s made of solid muscle and belongs to the sort of motorcycle gang my parents warned me about. But underneath his tough exterior lies a heart of gold. When he learns that I’m homeless, he offers his apartment above the motorcycle garage rent free until I can figure out my next move. Now his entire pack have welcomed me, and Riley and I are falling for each other at a terrifying speed. But if anyone finds out what sort of wolf I am, and why I’m on the run, I doubt they’d be so welcoming. Especially if Riley discovers the mating mark I’ve been hiding from him.      AmazonKU


He’s a bull in a china shop, but she’s not taking any crap! Fanny Meyers’ name is the butt of every joke in the Underworld—pun intended. Wanting to advertise her pottery shop, Kilning It, Fanny decides to sponsor a night of Speed Dating at the Underworld Café. After all, her place is just the thing for second dates, offering couples’ classes in the art of ceramics crafting. It all seems like a great idea until the two females who run it want her as a client! Can this half-Demon Witch survive a night of Speed Dating with some of the Underworld’s randiest denizens? Asterion is a former Prince of Crete, and he’s searching for his mate. But this bullheaded Shifter is a tough sell. After all, he does not like movies, hates games—especially mazes—and he loathes loud music of any kind. Can a spoiled Shifter prince and a Witchy artist with a bad attitude fall in love in this steamy paranormal romance tale?   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


With the war against the Gauls over and Angantyr crowned king, everything should have been peaceful. But the arrival of Prince Hlod and its devastating consequences have brought nothing but heartache and darkness. Determined to avenge their losses, Ervie and Loptr will unite the Scandinavian world, including King Ormar of the Myrkviðr, against the Huns. Such an alliance does not come without complications. The war on the battlefield will rival the war in Ervie’s heart as she struggles to find a way forward with Dag and Ormar. But in the shadows, Loki is scheming. The Norns’ loom has been rewoven with unforeseen consequences.      AmazonKU


My life is a country song. I lost my abuela, my wife, my house, and my religion. After helping my two best friends find love, I’m broke, out of shape, and lonelier than ever.
Until I find an injured winged monster in the church basement I’m remodeling. He’s the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen. Hurt and alone, he needs my help to find his missing halo. He also seems to think I’m destined to be his mate. I don’t have the heart to tell him I’m straight…Well, straight-ish. But his himbo charm is growing on me and I don’t know how to feel when he showers me with praise for every little thing. Being attracted to a man is new enough, but to a monster that looks like an angel? Seminary school never could’ve prepared me for this.      AmazonKU


After setting fire to the Forever Sea and leaving the surface world behind, Kindred Greyreach dives below to find a Seafloor populated by roving bands of scavengers. Among them, Kindred discovers a familiar face working to save the Sea from the continued spread of the Greys and the ravages of the world above. But when Kindred finds herself at odds with a faction below the Sea, she and her friends will have to use every power available to them—including their link to the surface world—to forestall disaster. Meanwhile, above, a boy named Flitch, son of the Baron of the Borders, finds himself caught in a dangerous political crisis as survivors from Arcadia and the Once-City arrive on the Mainland. As monsters from the depths of the Sea begin to surface near the Mainland’s shores, Flitch must also navigate a crisis closer to home. As Flitch, his family, and their allies search for solutions, the truth they seek may lay hidden in old stories and long-held family secrets. Above and below, Flitch and Kindred must work together to save themselves, their loved ones, and the Forever Sea itself.

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Kiera Wilson left her recent memory at the bottom of a cliff where she barely escaped death. She remembers her long-time friends but not the man who claims to be her fiancé. She doesn’t have anything against getting to know him again, but her friends aren’t so sure she was happy with him. He’s big and burly and kind of scary, but also hot in a growly way. Lev Pierce, alpha bear shifter, is not only alpha but CEO of a massive hotel chain where suddenly shifters are attacking others in broad daylight. On top of that his mate is almost killed and no longer remembers who he is, not to mention his mother hates her. Everything around him is falling apart. Somehow Lev has to fix everything while convincing the love of his life that she truly loved him. As he delves into finding solutions, he discovers that someone is sabotaging his pack. If he can’t figure out who the culprit is in time, he is going to lose all that he loves, including his mate.   AmazonKU


Sofia Silverstone has always been a few things: A people pleaser, a worry wort, a snuggle bug, and adopted. However, on her 25th birthday, she falls sick and they have no idea why until a healer reveals she’s suffering because she hasn’t been feeding. As a half-fiend, specifically a Succubus, she has come into her Bloom year and her powers start to blossom. Unfortunately, she doesn’t know how to handle them. Her cravings are out of control and put her out of a job. Worried for her baby girl’s safety and well-being, her mother gets her a job with her at Ark University, a prestigious school for Casters within King’s Fall. It’ll be hard to be fiendishly horny and hungry as the assistant to the Dean of Education… Because there’s one thing Amadeus Worthington has always been and that’s a ..(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)  AmazonKU


A psychic in need is a friend indeed. York doesn’t know what he’s doing with the clan. He kidnapped a clan member, kept him under a spell, and almost killed him. Why did the clan welcome him with open arms and forgive him when he can’t forgive himself? How can they stand to look at him when he’s useless? But maybe he doesn’t have to be. Leo has kept an eye on York since he moved in with the clan. York had kidnapped Leo’s best friend, but if Marcel can forgive him, so can Leo. The fact that York is adorably cute and vulnerable helps, and when Leo allows him in, it doesn’t take him long to start falling for him. York wants everything the clan and Leo are offering, but he needs to give them more in return. The only thing he can think of is to go to Curt, the clan’s enemy, and attempt to fool him into giving him information. When Curt sees right through York and locks him up, York realizes how stupid his plan is. He’s away from the clan, unable to free himself and completely alone. Or is he?

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With Willow determined to put her time to good use and wanting to gain the approval of the Association of Magical Beverages, and Azíl continuing to build his career as a translater of ancient languages, it almost seems as if life has settled down and the two of them are finding their new normal. But the Sect hasn’t forgotten about Azíl’s curse, and with them determined to uphold their end of the contract to keep him trapped, Azíl might be in more danger than ever before. A surprise choice takes Willow off guard, can she say the right thing to keep their life the way she likes it?   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


Lisane: My whole life, I had been a creature used to candlelight. But I wasn’t accustomed to my own breath hot against my face, or the rough feeling of fabric against my cheek—or knowing that my wrists were tied behind my back, painfully tight. The last thing I could recall was being in a carriage…We’d been running away from the Deathless . . .And now I was here. Wherever here was. Tied up, in the dark, on the ground, with a bag around my head. The very thing my father had been afraid of for me for my whole life—and the reason I lived in a gilded cage, only getting to leave the palace when I had throne-sworn mages by my side—had apparently happened. I had been kidnapped. Rhaim the All-Beast: Every mage gets one clear vision on the eve of their Ascension into their full powers, right before they get the brand of their mage-mark: you see the thing that will cause your absolute demise. Some men see snowy peaks or waterfalls, others bucking horses, and some lucky few see themselves with old and wrinkled hands, passing peacefully in their sleep. In all instances, we’re told, the reasoning behind the visions is the same…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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On a dark night in search of answers, Gretel falls off a cliff. What she finds will change her life forever. Will she be able to survive the betrayal of someone so dear to her heart? Can she trust the frog who is telling her such treacherous things? Red has six days to make it through the forbidden forest; however, things take a grim turn. It’s not just the townspeople who hunt for her… in the shadows, Bastion prowls. He’s famished, and only Red’s innocence will satisfy his hunger. A kingdom in ruin, A lost princess of Atlantis, an entanglement of drunken lust and tentacles. Will true love win against the traditions of this strange kingdom? In the end, the decision of their destiny is left to that of a mere pearl…Clara Nieves can’t lie. What was meant to be a gift bestowed upon her, turned out to be a curse. The only thing that can set her free? One year as the Warlock Geppetto’s toy, his plaything to do what he pleases with. Rumpelstiltskin isn’t a man. The only thing he wants is to break Rapunzel, to make her bow to him. But she’s about to make a deal with the devil. A swan maiden who belongs to neither land nor sky. When a forest witch cursed Prince Killian, she gave him a hundred years to find someone to love him and break his curse. But finding love won’t be easy for the Prince of Thorns. Six romance authors have come together to bring you seven completed mashup fairytales. In a forbidden fable, two souls follow their desires.



Marie is a woman sold into a loveless marriage in a 1700’s, second-world France. Under the close tutelage of the esteemed Lady Colette Valand, Marie has sewn a small corner of life for herself in their little town in the country-side. She even manages to find love and companionship in a secret affair with a prostitute, Alice. But Lady Colette has a few secrets of her own, and they all come to light on one fateful night, when their bodies and futures are forever changed by a mysterious tin of tea leaves. Dive back into the vampire lore first brought to you by “Beneath the Bloody Aurora” with this sapphic companion novella, and experience the turn that started it all.

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After getting out of a magically abusive relationship, all I wanted to do was go to school and work. Living a normal life can’t be all that bad, but it wasn’t long before I was reminded how normal problems can be just as bad as paranormal ones. If I was still using magic, my boss who just fired me would be sorry, but I’m not going to just fall back into just using magic to solve all my problems. That is, until I’m left without any other option. Which reminds me of something I obviously forgot: desperate magic never really works out like it should. When my spell goes horribly wrong, I figure that’s just the end of me. But with the way this man and his brothers are looking at me, I’m starting to wonder if it’s not the real beginning of me.      AmazonKU


Lost to the madness of a witch’s curse, the Orc King advances on the castle at Pontheugh. His heart pulls him in one direction while magic drags him in another. All the while, fate is at work, bringing two lonely souls ever nearer. Alba…her heart breaking day by day. She’s driven to her own kind of madness. A raid on her village should have been devasting and yet, she finds herself saved—free to start anew. But her deepest desire is unchanging and she finds herself so easily Captured by the Orc King.     AmazonKU


Cerrita Powell is a Phoenix on the run. Everyone wants a piece of her, literally. The most persistent being the only other Phoenix in existence, Desmon Burrage. Cerrita refuses to mate for any reason other than love. Terrence Shaw is on the hunt for an arsonist. A Phoenix, to be exact. He doesn’t expect the fates to have other plans for this hunt. Sparks fly and buildings burn in this whirlwind tale of Arson, Obsession, and Fated Mates.   AmazonKU

HEART, HAUNT, HAVOC by Freydis Moon

Laced with romance, gothic imagery, Catholic mysticism, diaspora, and horror…When lonely transgender exorcist, Colin Hart, finds himself challenged by an unruly haunted house in Gideon, Colorado, he’s kept awake by ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the handsome nonbinary owner of the house, Bishop Martínez. Unlike the simple hauntings Colin is accustomed to, Bishop’s house is a living beacon, attracting a plethora of inhuman creatures, including a vengeful wolf-headed spirit who might be the key to quieting their sleepless nights. But as a heartbreaking mystery unravels, Colin comes face-to-face with the past Bishop tried to bury, opens a closet full of bloody skeletons, and trips into an accidental romance. As paranormally skilled as Colin might be, this particular haunting may be too messy for him to handle.     AmazonKU


Purgatory is a haven or so Elaine Tormelin believed. Aya Sinclair swore never to protect a witch, but fate demanded otherwise. Forced into an uneasy alliance, Elaine is swept into a dangerous mission, a growing conspiracy and a fight to claim the home she hungers for. All the while, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to her newfound ‘protector’ who may or may not want her dead. Accompanied by a prickly demon and a protective werewolf, the fight has only begun…and it’s about to get bloody.     AmazonKU

ANGEL OF FATE by Zachary Jeffries

High school sophomore MaKayla Colfax was perfectly happy with her life until she inherited a mysterious pair of scissors. They don’t cut, but when holding them, MaKayla begins seeing things like lines between people, connections. With the scissors, she uncovers the ancient power of her lineage of Greek Fates. If Grim Reaper-in-training Cain Morrigan messes up one more soul harvest, he’ll remain a disgusting human for the rest of his existence. But his new target has supernatural connections tying it to Earth. Now Cain’s only hope is to find some force powerful enough to cut these ties. Can MaKayla embrace her destiny fast enough to preserve the balance of life and death? Can Cain tolerate a human long enough to make MaKayla into the Fate he needs? And for the love of gods, can the two of them work together for one minute without fighting? Amazon

WATCHER OF THE WOODS by Skyla Dawn Cameron

After eighteen months staying home under rolling pandemic lockdowns with her girlfriend Joy, artist Thea Palmer has decided the strained relationship has run its course and she’s ready to end it—right after the stress of her birthday has passed. Unfortunately, her surprise party comes with a special gift from Joy that puts the breakup on hold: a week-long cabin rental in the tiny northern Ontario community of Hope Falls, for just the two of them. No phone. No internet. No contact with the outside world. Joy says it’ll give them the perfect chance to reconnect and maybe restore Thea’s creativity after pandemic stress wearing down her desire to paint. But the cabin creaks at night under invisible steps, and the woods have trees that seem to shift in the corner of her eye. Thea swears she sees a strange white figure on the lake beckoning to her and an empty boat that drifts by in the early morning mist. And Joy…Joy seems to be someone else entirely.   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


VS Note: Not exactly a paranormal cozy but I thought the element of tarot let me include it here.

A Tarot conference at a holistic resort seems the perfect place for Tea and Tarot partners Hyperion and Abigail to promote their business and enjoy some beachside luxury. But murder cuts their R&R short. And when the evidence points to Abigail’s devilishly appealing neighbor, Brik, and an unsolved murder connected to his past, these amateur detectives are on the case. Years ago, Brik’s girlfriend died at the hands of an unknown stalker. He lost everything: his love, his job, his home. Now, he’s convinced history is repeating itself. He’s tried to keep Abigail in the friend-zone, but he fears another woman he cares about just may be the next victim. As the investigation heats up, Brik and Abigail are determined to keep each other at arm’s length. But as they cross swords with the killer, their feelings become harder to resist. If these two don’t learn to trust each other, their chance at love might be cut short. Permanently.

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Thirteen authors come together to bring you new RH omegaverse stories full of heat, growling alphas, knotty goodness, and more to spice up your Valentine’s Day!



Magic can be destroyed, but resurrection comes at a price. When the Shadow Council chamber is destroyed and the members are reeling from the betrayal, they learn the only location with similar power, is located on Shifter lands. Caton begs me to help the people of Ravenholde, more importantly, the council, in negotiating a treaty that allows a rebuild. But the ancient God ravaging our town has already proved he can infect the strongest of our people, and trust is a commodity none of us possess. Do I help the council and try to restore relations with my coven, or risk losing the trust of the Shifters, and my only ally.      AmazonKU


Years ago, Leo left his family with two bullets in his chest and decades full of hurt and resentment. He’ll do anything to protect the Edgeworths and Dante from being Colleoni collateral damage, even if it means becoming their ally once more. They have information on Serapis that the Edgeworths need, and Leo is dragged back into the hell of his old life in exchange for it. Dante isn’t about to let Leo go into hell alone, he would be a terrible Beatrice if he did. He is determined to protect Leo; from his family, the Aurora and himself. Dante loves a challenge, and keeping Leo with him is always going to be worth the fight. Leo isn’t going to make it easy on him, but it wouldn’t be fun if he did. The fight with Serapis is going to dredge up all of their old insecurities, forcing them to face the darkest parts of themselves and each other. The past is never what it seems, and the whole of the Edgeworth crew are going to learn there have been greater forces pulling their strings for decades. Serapis might believe he’s a master of chaos magic, but he’s never encountered chaos like the Edgeworths. They have something stronger than magic—they have each other.      AmazonKU


“Her love was a disease. But I didn’t want a cure. I just wanted HER.” Ten years. That’s how long I’ve been haunted by the love of Selene Campbell. We were kids when the feud between our families ripped us apart, but in all this time I’ve never felt anything half as brilliant as being loved by that woman. So you’d think when I save her life with my mating bite and tie us together like we always wanted to be that she’d be over the moon with joy, right? Wrong. She hates me for abandoning her and the daughter I never knew I had. But I have to convince her to get over it and fast, because the war that shattered our young love is brewing again, and this time the cost could be everyone we love. When every story of star crossed love ends in tragedy how will we be any different?   AmazonKU


Gemma never expected to end up in prison. Wrongfully accused of assaulting the ex-of-her-nightmares, she finds herself in the slammer with a dreamy new minotaur prison guard. Aster is everything that she’s ever wanted in a male, but their circumstances are against them. Even if she can get out, she has nowhere to go. He vows to help her, but it’s against all the rules. Will they resist temptation? Or will they find a way to make things work?      AmazonKU


All Neda wants is the gentle kiss of sunshine on her skin. And all Urza wants is to create beautiful sculptures instead of swords and armor. Urza is just a stranger to Neda—a she-orc she met in prison who just happens to have a knack for knowing when Neda needs another fur swathed around her shoulders. Together they flee down south to Sunfall, a river town dotted with fragrant, blooming trees that’s far from the front lines of the Centuries’ War and the eternal winter that plagues it. What comes next? Minding a glass shop for a centaur-turned-cat, practicing magic on moonlit nights, and spending evenings together sipping tea in the local cafe, chatting with neighbors beside a freshly kindled fire. A missing moonstone threatens to derail their hard-won peace, but Neda’s acceptance of her new nature brings her strength and healing. And in the chaos that follows, Neda and Urza discover how much they truly mean to their adopted town. And to each other.      AmazonKU


Brie will come face-to-face with Darkness one last time as she and Nick uncover an ancient secret about the prophecy no one saw coming. Will Nick stand with her when she is forced to make a decision that could end them both? The honeymoon is over for Brie and Nick as the final two Blood Moons in the Tetrad loom over them. Brie learns of a hidden piece of Nick’s past that he doesn’t even know himself, and it changes the course of the battle with Darkness. But, when an old enemy returns, the fragile peace Brie and Nick have built between the witches and vampires shatters and threatens to divide them again. Families are splintered as new leaders rise, and no one is safe. Love will be the only sacrifice that can stop The Blood Moon Prophecy.

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BEAUTY TRIALS (THE BELLES 3) by Dhonielle Clayton

Sophia, the dangerous and erratic former queen, has been imprisoned, restoring peace to Orléans. Now her sister, Charlotte, sits on the throne and has decided to invoke the ancient tradition of the Beauty Trials―a series of harrowing tests meant to find the true ruler of Orléans. Edel, who has always aspired to be more than a Belle, decides to enter and, after promising to bind her arcana to keep from having an unnatural advantage, joins a few dozen other hopefuls intent on becoming the next Queen of Orléans. But the Trials are far worse than any of them bargained for. As the women are put through tasks that test their strength, confidence, composure, and bravery, many perish, and Edel is mysteriously attacked by one of the other competitors―forcing her to use her powers just to survive. Will her subterfuge cost her the crown, or is there a larger conspiracy at play?    Amazon     Kobo


Alexei is lost. On the run from his criminal family, hiding out in Hyde Park, he has no idea what the point or purpose of his life is anymore. Until he’s served coffee by a strange young man, one whom Alexei can’t get out of this head. And when Alexei realizes his favorite barista isn’t quite human after all, his obsession only deepens. Can he use this new knowledge to get even closer to the sweet, strange vampire of his dreams? Jay is lonely. He has his friends (so nice!) and his job at the coffee shop (so fun!) but he knows he doesn’t really belong in Hyde Park, not for keeps. And yet, he can’t help wanting to pretend, especially with his new favorite regular, a handsome human who smells divine and watches Jay like he really matters. Alexei might just be the nicest thing to happen to Jay since he can remember, even more so when the human generously offers himself up for dinner. But Jay’s past is complicated, and certain promises have been made. Can he and Alexei weather the storm that tracks him down, or will Jay’s new life be taken away from him before it can really begin?     AmazonKU


Krona and her Regulators survived their encounter with Charbon, the long-dead serial killer who returned to their city, but the illusions of their world were shattered forever.
Allied with an old friend they will battle the elite who have ruled their world with deception, cold steel, and tight control of the magic that could threaten their power, while also confronting beasts from beyond the foggy barrier that binds their world. Now they must follow every thread to uncover the truth behind the Thalo, once thought of as only a children’s tale, who are the quiet, creeping puppet masters of their world.

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Once upon a time, a man who believed in fairy tales married a beautiful, mysterious woman named Indigo Maxwell-Casteñada. He was a scholar of myths. She was heiress to a fortune. They exchanged gifts and stories and believed they would live happily ever after—and in exchange for her love, Indigo extracted a promise: that her bridegroom would never pry into her past. But when Indigo learns that her estranged aunt is dying and the couple is forced to return to her childhood home, the House of Dreams, the bridegroom will soon find himself unable to resist. For within the crumbling manor’s extravagant rooms and musty halls, there lurks the shadow of another girl: Azure, Indigo’s dearest childhood friend who suddenly disappeared. As the house slowly reveals his wife’s secrets, the bridegroom will be forced to choose between reality and fantasy, even if doing so threatens to destroy their marriage . . . or their lives.   Amazon     AB     Apple Books     Kobo


Being in love with my straight friend isn’t easy…I thought pining for Daniel was an epic tragedy, but then I found out I’m a conduit—someone who can communicate with beings from the otherworld—and my unrequited love for one of my best friends seems less of a problem. So when a spirit is destroyed while trying to warn me of an approaching disaster, it makes sense for Daniel to step up and help me search for more information. Or it does until my mom turns up twenty years after abandoning me and Daniel turns into Mr. Protective. One thing leads to another, and somehow the whole town now thinks we’re dating. As if all that isn’t enough to deal with, Daniel’s having a bisexual awakening, and he’s looking to me, his gay friend, to guide him through it. I’d do anything for him, but the thought of being with him and then watching him move on to another guy… I don’t know if my heart can take it. But I have to toughen up and get on with it, because whatever’s happening in the otherworld is spilling over to here, and it’s going to take everyone we’ve got to keep humanity safe… if we can.   AmazonKU

THE SCARLET CIRCUS by Jane Yolen and Brian Sanderson

VS Note: A collection of short stories.

A rakish fairy meets the real Juliet behind Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. A jewelry artist travels to the past to meet a successful silver-smith. The addled crew of a ship at sea discovers a mysterious merman. More than one ignored princess finds her match in the most unlikely men. From ecstasy to tragedy, with love blossoming shyly, love at first sight, and even love borne of practical necessity—beloved fantasist Jane Yolen’s newest collection celebrates romance in all its glory.   Amazon     Apple Books      Kobo


No killing until the wedding’s over. No killing…It’s such a simple, temporary rule – but Carmilla, the notorious Countess Cardenza, will still find it hard to follow when she’s confronted by her most dangerous old flame at Mia and Leander’s wedding. With appallingly respectable neighbors, shambling zombies, and old enemies on every side, will her reunion with Eliza de Mornay end with murder or kissing – or both? A novelette set after the events of Good Neighbors: The Full Collection.

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I tried to remember. I wanted to remember. But moving on from an unknown past was all that was left for me to do. So, I went home. I went back to my safe, boring life. Just a girl and her dog. Well, that was until an angry HellBeast King turned up and found me. A furious, sexy, hotblooded male from my past that now wants to convince me…He is my future. That he is my everything. The problem is, he still terrifies me. But what I soon realize is that he isn’t the only scary thing out there in my woods. He also isn’t the only one who wants me. Just how far will he go to claim me once more? And what would he be willing to do to keep me? What would make him believe the only way to hold onto my heart… Was by committing…A HellBeast’s Sacrifice.      AmazonKU


Delivering candy is a great way to make a few extra dollars…until your dragon unexpectedly shifts and breaks far more than you’ll earn. Alpha Dragon shifter Clayton is trying to get his life in order. He’s sick of being the unsuccessful one. It’s bad enough he’s living in someone else’s house and working a job he only has thanks to nepotism, but now he also has debt that has to be paid. So it’s time for a side hustle. Good thing the candy store is hiring. Human omega Bryson was ready for a new beginning when his boss decided to open a second store and asked him to be a part of the expansion. From the first day, Bryson feels more at home here than he had anywhere else. Still…something is missing from his life. Bryson’s life instantly turns upside down when someone stops by his job to deliver blue cotton candy cake to his boss. Bryson barely reaches for the delivery when the man standing before him turns into a dragon—a fire-breathing dragon—a sexy fire-breathing dragon.      AmazonKU


It’s a new year, and as much as Arabella Baker wishes that meant a new her, even a goddess can’t make that happen. Her past and family have found her, and while she’s thrilled she’s reconnected with two of her brothers, Zeus and Hera won’t leave things alone. But that actually takes a back seat to the heartbreak she’s suffered. She would never have thought the man she’d been falling for was lying to her and a complete fraud. All she wants to do is help people and bring some good to the world. It’s all Arabella has ever wanted to do, but if the cost is so high to her, maybe it’s just not worth it. Maybe this world isn’t worth saving. Maybe with Valentine’s Day around the corner, she can soak up the love of cute couples and crazy requests to keep going, keep expanding… Because she’s expanding again. And again. The question is what will the cost be to her this time and is she willing to pay it? Karma Bakery is a slow-burning romance with multiple interested parties that is full of sugar, spice, and everything nice while trying to find your place in life, doing the best you can, appreciating what you have, and figuring out a way to move beyond a traumatic past.      AmazonKU


What would you give to save the one person who truly loves you? Your soul? Your life? Your love? Life was far from perfect after my mother’s sudden death, but it was one I’d grown to love as I spent my younger years traveling and learning alongside my father. A life I’ll never know again. Not after she and her two cruel sons step into our lives. My father swore he’d never love again, but just as suddenly as she arrived, she became the very center of his world… and just as quickly, I was all but forgotten. Life turned upside down yet again, my days now spent “as a woman should,” confined to the house and endless chores. Still, I did not complain… if only for my father’s sake. Not even when cruel words turn into even crueler punishments at my new family’s hands. It isn’t until I find my father suddenly on his deathbed and myself betrothed to a sadistic lord at my stepmother’s command that I finally decide to take matters into my own hands. I have to save my father. I have to make a deal with The Bargainer. If I fail, I’ll be found, beaten, and married off to undoubtedly die at my husband’s hand. If I succeed, my father will live, though at what cost to myself I do not know. Either way, my life as I know it is forfeit… but at least this way, I can choose my own fate. Or, so I thought.   AmazonKU


Jacob’s always been a dutiful son. His new mate is anything but. Co-leading the Saint Coven with his twin sister is the legacy Jake was born into. He takes all his responsibilities seriously, especially his new Council appointed mate. Cane is the mayor’s son. In a last ditch effort to put him on the straight and narrow, the mayor asked he be mated to the most mature and upstanding paranormal possible. Jake is a strong leader, but Cane’s rebellious streak and the explosive chemistry between them might tempt him to the wild side.      AmazonKU


Within the world of Aadilor sits the hidden Thief Kingdom, a land overflowing with magic and mayhem. There the Mousai, a trio of deadly sorceresses, serve the reclusive Thief King, delivering punishment and pleasure to the masses. Arabessa Bassette is the leader of the Mousai, conducting their powerful gifts with unyielding precision. But behind her mask of control burns a desire to forge her own path—along with a tumultuous relationship with Zimri D’Enieu, her father’s right hand and the man who’s held her heart since they were children. When an unexpected invitation to vie for the Thief King’s throne pulls her into a deadly competition, Arabessa’s composure cracks as she finds herself with an impossible choice—give up her greatest love or her greatest ambition. But sacrifices loom large in the Thief Kingdom, for the quest for power always comes at a price. With her and Zimri’s future hanging in the balance, Arabessa must decide if she’s willing to pay it. Welcome to the world of Aadilor, where love is found between cracks and the most mesmerizing symphonies carry lethal notes. Dare to play?

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Four beastly princes. One awkward bookworm. An enchanted world of fae, magic, and danger. I’ve always loved fairytales. I never imagined I’d actually be in one. When my father wanders into the enchanted realm of the fae, I know I have to go after him. And when he gets imprisoned, I’ll do anything to save him… Even trade my freedom for his. I had no idea I’d end up imprisoned by four sexy fae who turn into beasts at night. I have to win my freedom, and that means making a bargain with them. They must find their mates in order to break the curse. If I can help them do that, they’ll set me free. Sounds simple, right? It’s not. Because against my better judgment, I’m starting to fall for these beastly princes. One is smart and sweet, the other mysterious and deadly, another flirty and confident, and the last prince… He’s handsome, strong, has a wicked temper, and is dead-set against breaking the curse. Why does he want to keep me here forever? But it’s not just my freedom on the line. If I don’t break the princes’ curse soon, all the magic in the Enchanted Vale will be stolen by the evil—and stupidly hot—Prince of Thorns. And I’m not letting my princes stay cursed. Not after I’ve fallen in love with them.     AmazonKU

TOUCAN LOVE YOU by Lorelai M Hart and Aria Grace

Sometimes two alphas are better than one. Just kidding, it’s always. Alpha toucan shifter Monroe was born in The Lab. When he’s rescued, he has no idea what to do and spends a year hiding in his animal form from humans and shifters alike. When he overhears a rumor that River’s Edge is home to some of the former residents of The Lab, he sets out to see if maybe that’s the place for him. Omega wolf shifter Justin needs a mate now that he’s turning twenty-five. That’s the rule. He doesn’t make them, but he sure wants to break them. The packs that want him are toxic, and he wants no part of that. When he learns about River’s Edge, he decides to check them out. A pack with humans has to be better than his other options. Alpha human Danny loves his life at River’s Edge, but it’s lonely. He just wants to meet a nice omega and settle down. What he doesn’t expect is to instantly be attracted to the hot new alpha who buys a sandwich from him every day. He’s just about gathered up the courage to ask him out despite his designation when he meets an omega he’s equally drawn to. Something doesn’t make sense—or maybe it’s that everything does.     AmazonKU


Something terrible has happened to Foster. Ghosts from his Alpha’s past have used him as an unwitting pawn in their game of revenge. He is a werewolf who was forced to dig up something evil that has changed the makeup of who he is. His wolf has been replaced with a titan bear who has little memory of his past, and now Foster and his new shifter animal, Biergon, must go on an adventure to try and figure out where they belong. He can’t go back to Stryker’s Pack, but never in a million years would Foster have guessed he would end up in the wilds of Alaska, right in the middle of a war for power. And the craziest part about it? His new inner bear is the former King, and he has a mate waiting for his return. The bear Clans of Alaska exist in a completely different world than the one he recognizes, and all the rules are different… (more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)   AmazonKU


Used to pay a debt, Arty has to escape her fate, but what she really needs is luck. Fortunately, she finds him. Arty went with her mother for an evening appointment and ended up as a cam girl to pay the debt left by her deceased father. As her efforts begin to pay down the debt in record time, her boss becomes interested in more than her income. She gets a PM from a loyal pervert, and he mentions a person from her past, then asks if she wants help. She jumps at the chance to get out from under the debt, knowing the price she will probably be asked to pay. Her boss refuses the money but agrees to rent her out for the month. Creepy but manageable. Arty is brought to safety and meets her benefactor, the same man she rejected five years earlier… and his omega. It turns out that the alpha’s omega mate was her super fan. Just her luck.



WILLOW – I was never meant to live an ordinary life, and when I’m dropped from the sky into a haunting forest, facing the barrel of an unknown man’s gun, I believe it to be true. Ruler of Blackwater, Caz Harlow, is the man behind the gun. He’s broody, calculating, commanding and, surprisingly, I can hear every thought that runs through his mind. Because I can, he wants me out of his world and sent back to where I came from, so he makes it his mission to find a way. It seems like a simple task, until I realize his world is unlike mine—that his is filled with violence, chaos, destruction, and gifted people who can kill you with one look. In his universe, it’s hard for a regular human like me to survive, but with Caz at my side, the possibility is higher. And the more time we spend together, the harder it is for me to ignore the connection that makes me feel alive. He says we’re not meant to be, so why does everything about him set my soul on fire? CAZ – I have too many enemies to count, and when this Willow woman drops into my forest…(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)   AmazonKU


Larkin isn’t sure if he’s got his life together or not, but he knows his love life is completely stalled out. He’s never going to get up the courage to tell Dean, his father’s best friend, how he feels about him. Namely that Larkin has been in love with Dean from the moment he figured out he was gay. But can he really risk everyone’s friendships by confessing how he feels? Dean suspected that his best friend’s only son might have a crush on him. When he walks into his bedroom and finds Larkin on the bed and having a grand time with some of Dean’s dirty laundry, Dean can’t avoid the facts. Or can he? Their fishing trip is interrupted when hauling abandoned fishing lines onto Dean’s boat brings a blue, tentacled person in need of help onto the deck. Now Dean and Larkin are tangled together as they secretly aid an ocean-dwelling alien’s recovery. Mo is the youngest child of a human and cecaelia, one of the first hybrids, who thought they were going to die in that mess of fishing lines and nets. But then they found themselves nose to toes with their fated mates, two human men who are clearly in love with each other. Mo’s determined to help their mates see that the three of them are perfect together, especially while they’re all confined inside an aquaculture farm. But as Mo heals, they have to figure out how to keep their mates without exposing the secret of their existence to an entire company of humans.       AmazonKU


Vivian had a literal unicorn…and tragically lost him while she was pregnant and already chasing a three-year-old. Her daughter is a kirin, a lucky Chinese unicorn, but can’t finish a meal in less than an hour, her son is eight months and already has four teeth, and she’s working full-time as a nurse. She doesn’t have the time for romance, no matter how handsome the new temporary pediatrics doctor is or how good his cookies are. She definitely doesn’t have time for a puppy. As a unicorn shifter, Doctor Becket can heal anything…except for a broken heart. The only problem is that every time he does, he loses a little bit of his own lifespan. He’s made peace with this trade-off…until he meets a courageous single mother who reminds him what there is left to live for. Instinct tells Becket that Vivian’s home, with her two adorable children and their new puppy, is exactly where he needs to be, but how can he risk her happiness and safety? Especially when someone who knows his secrets is willing to do anything to get him back…Is it possible that Vivian will love two unicorns in her lifetime and lose them both?   AmazonKU


“I, Logan Carter, Alpha of the Crescent Moon Pack, reject you, Emma Parker of the Crescent Moon Pack.” I could feel my heart breaking. Leon was howling inside me, and I could feel his pain. She was looking right at me, and I could see the pain in her eyes, but she refused to show it. Most wolves fall to their knees from pain. I wanted to fall to my knees and claw at my chest. But she didn’t. She was standing there with her head held high. She took a deep breath and closed her wonderful eyes. “I, Emma Parker of the Crescent Moon Pack, accept your rejection.” When Emma turns 18, she is surprised that her mate is the Alpha of her pack. But her happiness about finding her mate didn’t last long. Her mate rejected her for a stronger she-wolf. That she-wolf hates Emma and wants to get rid of her, but that isn’t the only thing Emma has to deal with. Emma finds out that she is not an ordinary wolf and that there are people who want to use her. They are dangerous. They will do everything to get what they want. What will Emma do? Will her mate regret rejecting her? Will her mate save her from the people around them?

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A few months ago, I woke up in a world full of fae with a sexy king who called me his mate. I’ve managed to avoid him for the most part, if you don’t count the way his magic is constantly whispering dirty things in my ears. His power makes him pretty much insane unless I kiss him, which simplifies the avoidance. But all of that changes when we have to go after one of his buddies in an underground cave system, and end up separated from the rest of our group. Suddenly, he’s the only person who can keep me alive, and I have to keep him sane. I still don’t know much about this world, but I have to figure it out quickly. Because if I can’t… well, then we’re not going to make it out alive.   AmazonKU


He’s my enemy. But we’re on the same side . . .There are two things I’ve learned since joining The Academy. If you’re selected, you’re considered a powerful magical creature or shifter. The other is that Roarke Mitchell is loathsome. When he’s not terrorizing me, he acts like he owns the school. His family might be the equivalent of shifter mafia, but it’s time someone taught him a lesson, and my witchcraft is stronger than he thinks. But before I get my chance, we’re attacked by a rival academy. The teachers claim our best way to defend our school is for the students to be bonded, because our magic grows more powerful when mated. And you’ll never guess who my mate is. I’d rather die than lose the war for our school. But the battle of wills I’m fighting with Roarke could turn out to be far more dangerous.      AmazonKU


Rheland is the king of vampires and in these trying times, he is reminded that ruling with fear alone isn’t good enough. People change and Rheland is the embodiment of that. He knows his past isn’t the cleanest but he wants to spend the rest of his eternity trying to find a spot of his own. Lynk needs housing for his pack and Rheland wants the man closer. A win-win. What’s a little trade in order to get what he truly desires? Except it’s not just Lynk. There is also a beta that tests Rheland’s resolve, twins that are constantly hot and cold, and the last thing Rheland expected, a human that reminds him of his first love. A vampire king who has everything but love, a werewolf alpha who never wanted to lead his own pack, a bloodthirsty beta werewolf, brothers who need a strong hand, and a human who only wants to understand the supernatural. Will centuries of ignoring emotions keep them all apart or can he learn to truly feel something more?   AmazonKU


What could be worse than an arranged marriage to a vampire prince? When Luna is sold into marriage to the Prince of Darkness on her twenty-first birthday, she thinks she knows what to expect. Arranged marriages happen all the time, right? Wrong. No one could have prepared her for the reality of being married to the vampire prince. Ever since the day he was Made, Sebastian has been living according to Queen Marguerite’s rules. After all, he’s only alive because of her. When she orders him to marry and Bind himself to Luna, a human hailing a neighboring kingdom, he has no choice. He agrees to the marriage but never expects to feel anything for her. When their Binding Ceremony goes awry, and they are magically Tethered, everything is thrown into upheaval. Unable to leave each other’s presence, they must learn to live with each other. Or die.   AmazonKU


Merlon, the king of Eldarlan’s healer, hides his soft heart beneath a prickly exterior. Despite a traumatic childhood, he strives to excel as a healer and an elf. But he gets more than he bargained for when he rescues a human woman from certain death right before being snared in the curse put on the king of Eldarlan. Left to fend for herself in an absent elf healer’s compound, Adela tries to be useful. The patients call her the healer’s apprentice. Something the healer rejects when he finally returns. Despite his grumpy manner, the healer displays a strange mixture of kindness and care. Intrigued, Adela suspects the healer hides more than he reveals.     AmazonKU


Hephaestus has never been interested in the petty squabbles of his family, but this time, it’s different. The titans have escaped Tartarus and are threatening not only his selfish siblings and cousins, but the very foundations of the world he calls his own. Anteros has lived a sheltered life, doted on and protected by both of his fathers. But now, in the face of the threat the titans pose, he has to step up and help in the war effort. As the only god who has never betrayed Hephaestus, he’s sent to beg for the forge god’s aid in the coming conflict. Only Hephaestus isn’t what everyone told him. He’s talented and stern, yes, but also handsome and above all that, sweet, at least to Ant. When Atlas comes to demand Hephaestus’s help on behalf of the titans, Heph is forced to make a choice: his abusive family, or the titans. Hephaestus is less worried about that choice than what it might lead to—will the titans punish sweet, innocent Anteros if he refuses them?   AmazonKU

LADY OF THE DROWNED EMPIRE by Frankie Diane Mallis

Blindsided by their aunt’s betrayal and stripped of the protections of their station, Lyr and her sisters’ only hope of survival is to throw themselves into the dark intrigue of the Bamarian Court. As Meera and Morgana struggle to hide their illegal magic while living amongst their enemies, Lyr uncovers long-buried secrets from her mother that may finally unlock her power. But the Imperators are determined to set decades-long plans into motion, with Lyr’s true identity placing her at the center of their game. As Morgana’s magic intensifies to its breaking point, she comes face to face with the Lumerian Empire’s most insidious secret—one that threatens her and Meera’s lives. To save her sisters, Lyr must escape Bamaria with Rhyan. Though they’re being hunted by demons and tracked across borders by the Empire’s forces, they’re determined to solve the puzzle Lyr’s mother left behind. But claiming Lyr’s power may not be enough as an ancient evil returns to Lumeria.  Amazon     Kobo


Will all of Nova’s fated mates survive? Will she finally discover how to access her true powers and rise as The Phoenix? Can the spice possibly get any more spicy? All these questions, and more, will soon be answered.     AmazonKU


In a futuristic world ruled by demons, werewolf gladiators are enslaved to fight for the amusement of their evil masters. Bolt (Fangs and Fists 1): Bolt and Kiara have loved each other from the moment they met, but Kiara was mated to Bolt’s best friend. When Grit is killed in the arena, they surrender to their desire. Will their love be strong enough to help them win freedom from their evil masters? Grit (Fangs and Fists 2): Grit died in the arena, only to be resurrected by a demon. He lives a shadowy existence as one of the soulless, remembering only bits and pieces of his former life. Long ago, vampire warrior Zari helped Grit escape. Now they’re free to explore their feelings as they fight the demons. Whatever the outcome, Zari and Grit intend to face it together. Victor (Fangs and Fists 3): Jolanda’s a member of a secret pack of wolf witches who want to free …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)

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Three massive stone gargoyles. Monsters all. And now I belong to them. I didn’t ask to be rescued. I was doing fine on my own, even if I had just lost my job, dumped my ex and taken a wrong turn down a dark alley. So when Carrarr thinks I need saving and sweeps me up in his huge claws, what am I supposed to do? Say no to this damaged, vicious and sweet as candy gargoyle who only wants to prove to his mates he’s worthy of their love? Mates who include Viriroz, one growly grump of a gargoyle, all dominant and possessive, and the sinful Garaz who looks at me like he wants to eat me. Whole. These are powerful monsters with a dangerous job to do, protecting the human world from the things that slither in the dark, but they need a final female mate to complete their roost and produce their heirs. All of which means I have to decide whether to stay with these delicious, feral males who love to share a bed and each other, or whether to condemn the rest of the world to the darkness. But I have to make the choice, because the war is coming and it might just rip us apart before we even begin.   AmazonKU


Everything will work out. But that’s hard to believe when I can barely afford a hot, tiny apartment that reeks of whiskey and has a floor vibrating with music from the bar downstairs most nights. Not to mention the loud laughter and occasional rattle of the walls from brawls that make me check my door lock and huddle under the quilt my late mother made for me. The pub is frequented by rough types as well as people from the local university where I work for a pittance. Joe, short for Josephine, my landlady, has offered me a job downstairs, but so far I’ve held out. Unless something else comes up, I’m going to have to accept the offer, but I’m not sure I have the fortitude to deal with what I can barely tolerate at a distance. When my folks died, my sister and brother-in-law took me in, but …(more blurb on ebook seller’s page…)  AmazonKU


On the Road: A CIA agent heads to the bayou to question a group of shifters, only to discover a gift from Fate he isn’t sure he can have. Agent Rhone Craigson has known about shifters for nearly a decade. He also knows there’s a group of them currently hiding out in the remote bayous of Louisiana. When several missing persons reports come to Rhone’s attention, all from that area, his curiosity is piqued… along with a healthy dose of concern. For the safety of, well, everyone, shifters need to stay under the radar. Rhone needs to know if the shifter group is involved in the disappearance of humans in that area. Due to the fact that there’s a mole in the CIA, feeding the military sensitive information, he decides to visit the shifters in person. When Rhone arrives, he finds the group surprisingly welcoming and forthcoming. Joining them for a meal, he spots a cute, dirty-blond-haired twink that causes an unexpected dose of attraction, who’s introduced as Mickey, a meerkat shifter. When Mickey claims they’re mates, Rhone knows that means Mickey expects them to bond and live as a couple. While Rhone can admit that he wouldn’t mind getting to know the little shifter, so much is going on within the agency. Can he discover the mole to ensure Mickey’s safety, or is walking away the safer option?      Amazon


Three monsters saved me. They made me their captive. Now they’re determined to keep me. An attack by a mugger should have left me dead in a New York alley. But then they stepped in and saved me…Three eight-foot-tall monsters with long black horns, wicked sharp claws, and barbed tails. One of them ate him. My mugger, that is. But that isn’t all they did. They took me to their world, stuck me in a cage, and they’re showing no indication they intend to let me go. Ever. Now I’m their captive with no idea why they’d abduct me. The longer I stay, the more my questions multiply. Not only about what these monsters want, but why they’re turning out be sweeter than any man on Earth. In the midst of all this confusing behavior, I’d also like to know why I’m having spicy dreams about them hot enough to make me blush. Escape isn’t going to be easy. And even if it was possible, why does it feel like a bond is forming between my captors and me? Shame not all the monsters in this world like the idea of me sticking around. Or even about me breathing. Can my monsters save me again?     AmazonKU


*ALYSSA* – “He is tall. He is muscular. His eyes are somehow expressive and yet simultaneously filled with some sort of untamable wildness that seems completely at odds with the control he displays in the expressions on his perfect, handsome face.” He’s like a hero from a Greek tragedy. Some impossibly powerful demigod who rescues me from certain death. Nicholas Daniels is the sexiest man alive. He’s a firefighter too, which only makes him even sexier. I am desperate for him. I’ve never wanted anyone so much in my entire life. But will he want a girl like me? A girl who can’t control her compulsions. A girl who gets naked every time she hears a song she likes. A girl who puts herself in dangerous situations because her imagination runs away with her. I want him, but what will I do if he doesn’t want me? When this sexy fireman shifter rescues Aly from a burning building, sparks fly and it’s not long before they end up in bed together. He’s her deus ex machina, and she’s his escape from the expectations of his family and his community. Can he overcome his sense of duty for his family? Can he refuse the wolf-shifter they arrange for him and marry the girl of his dreams? Even if he can, will she still want him when she learns his true nature?    AmazonKU


When Juliet falls for Romeo, there’s either revolution or destruction. Born to a notorious panther family, I’m coerced into forming a matrimonial alliance to oppose werewolves.
Refusing to wed a scoundrel, I can only seek shelter from our archenemy where I meet my fated mate. He’s a loyal pack security who suspects me of spying and harshly rejects me. Our ideas are poles apart: I have faith in true love, whereas he values dedication to his wolf pack. But knowing my good will, his prejudice lifts and he warms to me, yet stubbornly denies. My situation has never improved. The war between panthers and wolves is in full swing and there’s no room for compromise until I go back. A trap is set for me and my disappearance is interpreted as a betrayal while the truth is I’m kidnapped and learn a hideous secret. I must live to tell tales or all will meet tragic ends.   AmazonKU

RHYME OF LONGING (JACK AND GIL 1) by Emily Carrington

Gilbert Sullivan hates his name, but refuses to go by Gil because of a rhyme he fears is a prophecy. When he meets Jack Sowerby, the new head of SearchLight, he’s terrified the rhyme will come true and he’ll lose his place as Crown Prince of the basilisks, but his attraction to Jack won’t let him stay away. Jack, born human, is, above all things, practical. Still, when he meets Prince Gilbert, his need for the prince blossoms and he’s unable to resist — at least until he’s forcibly changed into a magical creature. He’s terrified of the new world he’s entering. When Gilbert tries to fight the rhyme, will their shattered relationship ever be restored?    Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo


The lion shifters want me. When a rival pack attacked my pride, I ran for my life. I ended up in a whole new world. But instead of finding freedom, I became a captive. My lion shifter kidnappers want to become my lovers. They want to mate with me. I’m speechless. I’ve never been with anyone, let alone two alpha lion shifters. I’m not ready for this. And yet their scent is tantalizing. Their warm hands ignite a desire within me. And their lips push me over the edge. All I wanted was to find a way home. But the longer I stay with these lions, the more I wonder if they’re my new home. I’m terrified of the answer. Terrified of what the future holds. Can my captors and I find a way to be together or will we be torn apart?     AmazonKU


What kind of witch are you when you can’t even use your magic? Not a good one that’s for sure. Alise Davis has always felt the energy of her magic churning just below the surface. The only thing she’s been able to do so far is draw pictures that for some reason, make people feel exactly how she was feeling at the time she drew it–a manifestation of her emotions. But all of a sudden she’s been able to see the animals of the many shifters who live in Springlake Pines. She’d not been able to do that before. And it seems as if her magic is pulling her toward something, or someone. Inquiries to her father uncover her mother’s grimoire and the fact her mother has a twin sister. Family may be just who she needs to get the answers to her magic problem. Michael Cante is a monster created. Turned against his will. A monster too dangerous to live amongst the Springlake Pines Pack, relegated to the outskirts of the pack. But now, his wolf is on the hunt. Stalking a woman he’s never seen before in town. It’s dangerous for him to be in town. For the people that is. He didn’t understand why his wolf fixated on this woman, until he scents her and locks eyes with her. Mate. The monster has a mate and she is the only one who can make him powerful enough to defeat the one person who has answers for the both of them. His Maker.      AmazonKU


There were always going to be fireworks when wolf shifters Fitz and Jake met. Neither were expecting that sort. Though when Fitz lures Jake into a trap, that’s exactly what happens. Jake defeats the humans, but as he is fighting Fitz, he accidentally throws him into heat. The omega has no idea what is happening to his body and Jake doesn’t want to deal with it, so he scopes the boy up and attempts to drive back to his pack to give the problem to his Alpha. But the journey is long and the heat is strong. The problems don’t end there though. Once back at the packhouse, Fitz continues to be a murderous little chaos goblin. One that Jake just can’t seem to stay away from.   AmazonKU


I was sold off for my virginity to a much older bidder. I hate being claimed like I’m a piece of property. I hate it even more that I’m now trapped with him in this labyrinth. It’s dark here, and humid. And there’s no way to escape his eyes on my curves…I thought that being auctioned was the most humiliating experience I’d ever have. But now I’m here, all alone with him…and I know that I was wrong. Because the most humiliating thing in the world…is wanting to give myself to the guy I’m supposed to hate. For some reason, being in his arms makes me feel safe. For some reason, kissing his lips opens up something inside of me. Something I’ve never given to a man before. Something that is sacred, real, and sweet. Should I give my innocence to the man who has claimed me?   AmazonKU


I’m just a number. Lucky number Seven—that’s my name. I’m trying to fit in. I even gave myself a human name. No matter what I do, I still don’t feel real. I long for a connection that I can’t explain. I look everywhere and yet, it’s nowhere to be found. Gracie changes that. She’s my mate—the one. Her life is in danger. I have to save her. Life without her is not an option.   AmazonKU


VS Note: From JAN 31.

Everything we’ve been through comes down to this. 
Against all odds, Calla is adjusting to her new life alongside the vampires who brought her into the supernatural world. As they work to bring longtime enemies together, to forge a better future for vampires and humans alike, they must find a way to mend the rifts created long before Calla even existed. But the rocky relationship between the vampires and those who hunt them isn’t the only threat. An ancient dynasty of vampires close to them is hellbent on destroying their peace and the life Calla has built with her mates. And she will do whatever it takes to make it last forever, because if she fails, they’ll lose everything they’ve worked for, their hearts, and even their lives.   AmazonKU


Vampire society is dominated by men. Women are tools to be used to gain them power…
Mates have always been chosen for us My father is the advisor for the king, and he wants me to be with the prince. But he’s not the only game in town. It’s about time my desires were heard. I’m about to change all that… I know who I want I’m tired of having to follow the rules, especially at Red Rose Academy. We’re supposed to just work on our supernatural beauty, but we’re not just beauty queens. We’re warriors. It’s time that women take a stand. The first rebellion is about to begin…Women have never been able to compete at the Academy Games. But this year, we will. I have drawn the line in the sand. We’re powerful. We’re strong. We’re vampires. Get ready for a shake down at Red Rose Academy where men will see us in a new light and like it.     AmazonKU



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

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

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Go Now Ensign Weekend Writing Warriors

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

I’m now taking snippets from my newly released novel STAR CRUISE STAR SONG.

The excerpt: Addy believes there’s something wrong with the ship’s antigrav transport system and has alerted the Ship’s Artificial Intelligence.

“There is a tech doing routine maintenance on the central impeller now,” the Ship said. “On Level  20 sublevel 3. I’m scanning the readouts and I concur this is quite alarming. You need to go and correct the technician immediately.”

Swallowing hard, Addy looked back into the gravlift, seeing crew members rising and descending in great numbers. All these people are at risk if I don’t take immediate action. “But shouldn’t we tell the Chief Engineer? Or the captain? Or—“

“Go now, ensign.” The ship was relentless.

Addy took one step and another, clutching her backpack and leaped into the sparkling stream, heading toward the bottom as fast as she could go. Fortunately she was accomplished at riding antigrav, had won a number of races in her intramural days at the Academy and made it to the central mechanism terminus in record time. She stepped off onto the platform and yelled at the startled technician kneeling there. “Stop! You’re doing it backward,” she said. “Never spin the ancillary nubs in the reverse direction. And you’ve got the finbusters set too low.” Dropping her bag, she stepped forward and elbowed him aside. “Let me fix this.” As she adjusted the mechanism and tweaked the parameters she could hear the harmonics of the antigrav generator settle down from the terrifying ragged edge she’d been assaulted by when she’d stepped into the stream twenty odd levels above. The urge to close her eyes and submerge herself in the beautifully restored rhythm was nearly overwhelming but she couldn’t indulge her gift in a public setting.

VS Note: What a start for her first day on the ship! More next week…

Here’s the official blurb:

Addy Tryndall is a fresh graduate from a highly respected engineering college in the Sectors, on her way to a plum job on the Nebula Zephyr cruise ship. She knows she’ll be on probation but she’s determined to succeed and nothing is going to distract her.

Ryder McRhodes is a has-been interstellar rock star, on his way to reunite with his fellow band members to see if the lightning of mega success will strike twice for them. He isn’t sure he wants to be in the spotlight again and he hasn’t been able to write music since the band broke up.

Addy has secrets. Ryder needs a muse to unblock the creative flow…could her tightly guarded past be the answer  to his problem?  When the two are thrown together in an attempt to avoid the interstellar paparazzi he’s intrigued. She’s wary.

And someone is sabotaging systems on the Nebula Zephyr. Addy unwittingly finds herself in the middle of the situation while juggling her increasing attraction to Ryder and her challenges on the new  job. Can she trust him with her secret? Or will he break her heart?

The danger on board comes ever closer to Addy as the cruise continues…

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Why I Wrote My Alien Empath #SciFi Romance Novels


Today I’m going to talk about why I wrote the four books in my alien empath series, starting with Star Cruise: Stowaway, which was originally written for the first Pets in Space™  anthology (and is now available separately).

stowawayFrom the beginning I knew I was going to place my Pets story in the Sectors, an interstellar civilization where most of my scifi romances occur. What kind of pet would be logical in a spacefaring world? Of course –  cats go anywhere, any time, right? Not to mention that my own Jake the Cat is a strong advocate for more feline presence in my stories LOL.

I also wanted to have an alien pet involved, just for fun.

At the time I was writing Star Cruise: Outbreak and had a scene take place in the cargo hold. It occurred to me that even on a spaceship there might well be vermin, so I gave Moby the white rescue cat to the Cargo Master, Owen Embersson.  Since he had the pet, Officer Embersson would have to be the romantic hero of the short story. What kind of a woman could he naturally become involved with? How could I write a plot for them that involved more than just everybody enjoying cats, feeding cats and playing with cat toys? Owen wouldn’t normally interact with the Nebula Zephyr’s passengers and I felt I’d done enough ‘crew member falls in love with another crew member’ stories for now…but he’d be the first person to interact with a stowaway!

Once I knew Tyrelle the heroine was going to be a stowaway, the rest of the plot elements fell into place for me.

I was always fascinated by the Star Trek episode “The Empath,’ and although my story goes off in its own direction completely, that was the original moment when I started thinking about a heroine who had this set of abilities. The Urban Dictionary defines empath as “a person who is capable of feeling the emotions of others despite the fact that they themselves are not going through the same situation.” Of course Tyrelle can do so much more, including forcing unsuspecting people to act on feelings they may not even realize they harbor. But there’s a cost to her…

I also enjoy the way Nalini Singh writes and uses Empaths in her Psy-Changeling series – my favorite book in the series is Shield of Winter, where Ivy Jane and the other empaths play a large role in saving their civilization. (No spoilers.)

Plenty of room in the creative universe for each of us to write our own version of empathy as a gift/curse/power/temptation!


Artist Nyssa Juneau

Star Cruise: Outbreak features an alien pet, Midorri, who is kind of a cross between a tribble and a red tailed panda (my favorite animal after cats). I decided to keep her on board the Nebula Zephyr after the events of Outbreak so she could be involved in this Stowaway adventure too, and then as pets and secondary characters often do, she kept becoming more and more integral to the plot and revealing new capabilities I didn’t know about before. I got really fond of my furry little green friend with the six legs!

I realized after I finished the Star Cruise: Stowaway novella that I wasn’t done with the subject of these beautiful, empathic women and their predicament with the Sectors’ organized crime syndicate. I decided to tell a much longer story for Miriell, who is the sister of the Stowaway heroine. For Danger in the Stars I put her in the heart of the Amarotu Combine operation, at the mercy of her violent ‘controller’, and when I asked myself who would be her hero, Conor Stewart appeared. (To be clear, Conor is not the controller.)

DangerInTheStarsFinalShe sees good in him, well hidden under the façade of the dangerous hitman and crime boss. He goes out of his way to help her when he can and cautious attraction blossoms between them. Not to give spoilers but there’s much more to Conor than meets the eye. He is a hero!

I made great efforts to ensure I didn’t stray into Stockholm Syndrome territory – where a victim may start to feel affection or emotion toward the captors as a psychological survival strategy. I tried to ensure that both Miriell and Conor stayed clear headed and genuine at all times about what the situation was and that their emotion was trustworthy true love, not an outgrowth of her captivity. Miriell was a high ranking priestess on her own planet and remains pragmatic at all times about those who hold her prisoner, including Conor. But her powers tell her he’s keeping secrets and she can’t help but wonder if her god Thuun has sent him to help her.

It’s not my usual Sectors spaceships and blasters scifi story (although there certainly are some of both elements in the action scenes) but I was really intrigued with telling this tale and exploring a few things about both the empathic priestess (which brings in my element of mysticism that I always like to incorporate) and the stone cold mob hitman, who has to fight his deepest instincts to preserve and protect. When it comes to Miriell, he can’t stand by and let her remain a pawn of the Combine. This is a romance, so the Happily Ever After ending is guaranteed, even if perilous for my couple to attain.

TwoAgainstTheStarsFinalFor the next book, Two Against the Stars, I thought it would be interesting to write about one of these captive empaths who manages to get free of the crime syndicate on her own and then is on the run from them and the authorities. I wondered what she’d do if confronted with a situation that required her to risk her own hard-won freedom. Of course that begged the question what the dire situation could be, and it had to involve a hero in jeopardy, since I’m writing romance.

Here’s the description of the eventual story (more about why I wrote certain parts below):

Empathic priestess Carialle has escaped the evil Amarotu Combine, but she’s hardly out of danger. Not when she risks everything to rescue a drugged man from a crooked veterans’ clinic. By lulling the clinic staff to sleep, she reveals her powers. And once again, criminals are after her and her rescuer.

Marcus Valerian, a wounded Special Forces veteran, never expected to have his life threatened by the clinic that’s supposed to help ex-soldiers like him. But when he wakes from a drugged state to find a lovely woman urging him to run–he does. In his family’s remote fishing cabin, he suffers the agony of withdrawal, soothed only by her powers.

In their idyllic hideaway, the two also discover a nova-hot attraction flaring. But can they stay alive long enough for it to become more? Not if the Combine has anything to say–they are not giving up until Marcus is dead and Carialle is their weapon.

Notice in the description that eventually the couple flees to a cabin deep in the woods? When I was a kid, we lived in upstate New York and my family had a vacation place on a lake nearby. The cabin was built from scratch by my grandfather and some of my best childhood memories center around that cabin and the lake, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. I can even remember bits and pieces of when there was no cabin or even a road at all on our land – we had to hike in through the forest and sleep in tents. (I was really little then.)  So I decided to write a version of the cabin into the book, as a safe haven for Carialle and Marcus. The real family cabin was only accessible via a very rough, unpaved road added later, so I exaggerated that situation a bit for the book. And of course my grandfather wasn’t a Special Forces veteran. Actually he worked for Nestle International at that point in time as an executive and wow did he get great gift baskets at the holidays! Despite being in an office nine to five, he had mad skills as a builder and wilderness scout and all round capable guy.

But the cabin, Marcus’s memories and some of the events that transpire there are my tribute to a very happy part of my own childhood. Of course a lot of what’s in the book is purely fictional LOL. To my knowledge our cabin lacked an Artificial Intelligence, a force shield and any subterranean facilities!

TheFatedStarsFinalWhen it was time to write the fourth book, The Fated Stars, I wanted a really unique situation. I always feel I owe it to my readers to write a different take on each novel, not just repeat the same setup every time. I started pondering what would have happened to a male empathic priest from their planet of Tulavarra if he’d been kidnapped and forced into working for the crime bosses. My daughters have been challenging me to write a female soldier for several years now and I thought this book was my golden opportunity to write a really kick ass woman mercenary.

Cover artist Fiona Jayde created an alien carnival for me, although you have to look closely to see it on the cover, but I thought that was a fun touch…when I was little we used to go to the county fair and the volunteer firemen’s field days and I especially loved the merry go round. I pulled on those memories a bit when writing about the place where Samell is held prisoner. Of course I never met any aliens – to my knowledge! – at any of the rural fairs I attended as a kid (we did bring home a live duck named Cleveland once but that’s another story), but it was a fun concept to translate to the far future and the rim worlds of civilized space. Very different than anything I’d ever written before.

Writing Larissa, the tough heroine, was exciting because up to that point my major military characters had always been guys. There’s a unique fight scene in the book where she takes on one of the alien Shemdylann in hand to hand combat – no spoilers – and that was a lot of creative fun to think through. I’ve made the Shemdylann so imposing and invulnerable (except to blasters) in all the Sectors novels that now I had the challenge of saying “yes, but Larissa can win this fight because…” and make it believable.

There’s also an interlude where she and Samell have an encounter with an ancient, sentient tree (and its pets, the Amusing Ones) and I drew a bit on how I felt many years ago when my late husband and I took a vacation amidst the giant Sequoias.

I don’t know if I’ll feel the call to write another empath novel but never say never. I do have a plot in mind thanks to my busy Muse…

For the full blurbs and all the buy links, here’s my blog page for the series 

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Note: Portions of this post appeared previously on the Whiskey With My Book Blog and Pauline Baird Jones’s blog.


New Releases in #SciFi Fantasy and Paranormal Romance for FEB 8

I have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking quite a few as I prepare these posts LOL). 

‘AB’ denotes audiobook and the Amazon buy link.


WICKED WHEN WET by Erin Raegan

I couldn’t swim. I’d never learned. So you can guess how screwed I was when our little tourist ship crashed on a planet that was entirely water…I was convinced my time had come, until a big blue alien captain stumbled upon us. Except he was not interested in saving us, he just wanted to salvage the materials from our busted ship. Still, he was the only shot we had at getting off this planet. Oh, and apparently I was his mate.   AmazonKU


It was a glittering event full of A-listers, hosted by Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh, a celebrity couple who’d conquered both Hollywood and Broadway. And now Eve Dallas has made her entrance—but not as a guest. After raising a toast, Fitzhugh fell to the floor and died, with physical symptoms pointing to cyanide, and the police have crashed the party. From all accounts, he wasn’t the kind of star who made enemies. Everyone loved him—even his ex-wife. And since the champagne cocktail that killed him was originally intended for Eliza, it’s possible she was the real target, with a recently fired assistant, a bitter rival, and an obsessed fan in the picture. With so many attendees, staff, and servers, Eve has her work cut out determining who committed murder in the middle of the crowd—and what was their motivation. As one who’s not fond of the spotlight herself, she dreads the media circus surrounding a case like this. All she wants is to figure out who’s truly innocent, and who’s only acting that way.

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WILD MASSIVE by Scotto Moore

VS Note: Not a romance but a scifi release of note. This plot is wild! I put it on my TBR List.

Welcome to the Building, an infinitely tall skyscraper in the center of the multiverse, where any floor could contain a sprawling desert oasis, a cyanide rain forest, or an entire world. Carissa loves her elevator. Up and Down she goes, content with the sometimes chewy food her reality fabricator spits out, as long as it means she doesn’t have to speak to another living person. But when a mysterious shapeshifter from an ambiguous world lands on top of her elevator, intent on stopping a plot to annihilate hundreds of floors, Carissa finds herself stepping out of her comfort zone. She is forced to flee into the Wild Massive network of theme parks in the Building, where technology, sorcery, and elaborate media tie-ins combine to form impossible ride experiences, where every guest is a VIP, the roller coasters are frequently safe, and if you don’t have a valid day pass, the automated defense lasers will escort you from being alive. Wild Massive: The #1 destination for interdimensional war. Rate us on VacationAdvisor™!      Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo


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

For five centuries, human life has been restricted to Earth, while posthuman descendants called alloys freely explore the galaxy. But when the Earthlike planet of Meru is discovered, two unlikely companions venture forth to test the habitability of this unoccupied new world and the future of human-alloy relations. For Jayanthi, the adopted human child of alloy parents, it’s an opportunity to rectify the ancient reputation of her species as avaricious and destructive, and to give humanity a new place in the universe. For Vaha, Jayanthi’s alloy pilot, it’s a daunting yet irresistible adventure to find success as an individual. As the journey challenges their resolve in unexpected ways, the two form a bond that only deepens with their time alone on Meru. But how can Jayanthi succeed at freeing humanity from its past when she and Vaha have been set up to fail? Against all odds, hope is human, too.      AmazonKU      AB


VS Note: From DEC 29.

Is his love real, or just programming? Victor is the first android ever invented by BioNex Corp, an impossibly intelligent, state-of-the-art bionic assistant built for human care and companionship. Four years after his unveiling, he’s due for an update. Only one woman has the qualifications to tackle this project: Genevieve Taylor, senior engineer and the best technologist in New Carnegie. I want to lose myself in passion, be pushed against the wall, taken, claimed. The lab is Gen’s happy place. She doesn’t have to think about her recent divorce, her suffering social life, or her little sister’s perfect wedding. When the boss orders an upgrade for Victor’s outdated physical form, she’s eager to build him a new body and make him the most unique android in existence. But Victor has changed. He’s grown, adapted. Evolved. Gen can’t deny her immediate attraction to Victor, but she can’t tell if it’s only loneliness or his programming playing tricks on her. When the unthinkable happens, can Victor prove that his love is real?     AmazonKU


Nika: Ever since our Academy years, Victoria and I have been fighting for prizes. Best in class. Valedictorian. What a thrill it’s been snatching victory from her grasp. Now things feel different. I still want to compete with the tiny human, but not as much as I want to rip off her uniform and make her mine. How am I supposed to stay focused when we’re hunting the same prize? Victoria: There’s nothing I love more than crushing Nika in competition. It’s added a special zing to my life ever since the Academy. But now that we’re both tracking the same treasure, everything has changed. I’d rather work by his side then leave him behind. And even worse, I’m haunted by the filthiest fantasies every time I see him. Was he always this hot? Would it be so bad to get naughty with my alien rival?       AmazonKU


BrOdByc was one of the oldest of the brothers. Only the captain was older. They were pushing eighty, yet barely entering the prime of their life. This was the first time any of their marks had moved for a female. He wasn’t sure how he felt about that. Alien Band of Brothers is part of Ravyn Wilde’s Science Fiction Romance Series, Out of THIS World. This extremely HOT alien abduction romance is filled with snarky humor, lots of sex, and action-packed adventure. If you love aliens, laugh out loud moments, and books bursting with action, suspense, and love…..       AmazonKU


VS Note: OK, I don’t normally cover LitRPG (Literary Role Playing Games, which I wrote a post about previously) but I did read book one and liked it and I enjoy Rachel Ford. There was no romance in book one but maybe something’s perking in book two? I’ll be reading it.

Retiree and barbarian fighter Barbara Callaghan is building an alliance capable of defeating Odin, king of the Norse gods. At least, she’s trying to. But as the local populations shy from the cause, and even Loki seems to forget about her, she realizes she’s missing something. Or, someone. Army veteran Caleb Dunn, meanwhile, didn’t expect his summer job to turn into a new life, and a quest to save humanity from vengeful gods. And yet, with the shadow of Odin’s wrath looming large in the North, that’s the mission. Fair enough – except that Caleb was tricked into starting The Old Gods as a junior scribe, a glorified writer and tax collector with no martial skills. Now he’s stuck playing a build that taps into none of his strengths, and all of his weaknesses. Caleb is the key she’s been missing. Unfortunately, he is a noob. Some rapid leveling is required, and the services of a barbarian brawler, to ensure he survives the process. With Barbara’s brawn and Caleb’s brains, these two fish out of water just might build an alliance powerful enough to put an end to the chaos.     AmazonKU


VS note: A new series from her! Yay!

Humans are taught that they’re alone in the Universe. That’s a lie! When our ancestors realized their planet was dying, they evacuated to find new homes throughout the Universe. Eidrona and Earth were among those new home planets. Each group of settlers developed differently according to their new environment but most of us Descendants of Doom still have similar features. With humans being less technologically advanced than the rest of us and unable to defend themselves, Earth is classified as a protected planet. That makes it a desired place to visit. Malliko, a speciologist from Eidrona gets the rare chance to study the fascinating humans. His assignment is to research how dating and breeding habits have changed since the last report was made by the Federation. He’s eager to find out if the many rumors about humans are true. Do humans hold the greatest range of emotions among the descendants of doom? Is it true that they lost the ability to communicate through telepathy? And are they really naive enough to think they’re alone in the Universe? When interviewing Clara, a human woman who works as a moderator on a dating app, Malliko sees an opportunity to do some field research and makes her an offer. Screwed over by her ex, Clara lost her trust in men and hasn’t dated for years. Longing to be brave and try new things, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery that is long overdue. Never could she imagine that the tall and handsome man whom she’s beginning to trust hides the biggest lie of all. He’s not even human.   AmazonKU


What would you do if the devil claimed you were his destined mate? Khaal Lupehell isn’t really the devil, but he’s a red-skinned, horn-wearing, tail-waving, eight feet tall alien who claims Azrail Crow is his mate. For eight months, Azrail has been in an intergalactic prison, and for the most part, he’s managed to keep his head down and melt into the interior. That all changes when he runs into Khaal. Khaal has to get out of prison. He’d planned to escape even before he met Azrail, but now he has to find a way out. He can’t live with his mate in a prison cell. It’s out of the question. So he’ll steal a ship, take Azrail, and they’ll run for their lives. It’ll work out fine. Hopefully. Azrail has read stories about destined mates, but surely it can’t apply to him. He’s human, and humans don’t have mates. But when Khaal talks about escaping, Azrail wants to come with him. Being mated to the devil can’t be worse than being locked up in prison, can it?

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Estrella’s life wasn’t exactly going to plan: divorced, childless, and halfway to forty. But she was getting by. She had her work, her brother, and if she got lonely there were several friends in her nightstand happy to help out. Then she woke up on an alien ship. Suddenly, “just getting by” took on a whole new meaning. Determined not to be victims, Estrella, her brother, and the other prisoners must band together to fight for their freedom, and a chance to return home. But what happens when that ship crashes, leaving them stranded? With no choice but to go forward, what kind of new lives will they build? Figuring that out would be simpler if the local aliens weren’t so…attractive. They really shouldn’t be. They’re…furry. And they have tails, and claws, and great big teeth! And they’re huge! But they’re also sweet, and strong, and kind…and their tongues are so loooong. And they purrrrr…Theirs to Crave is the first book in the Aliens of Doluna series. It’s a FFMM polyam romance featuring a beautiful, fat Latina and three fuzzy aliens, and everything crosses.      AmazonKU


The compound provided a much-needed sanctuary for the battle-weary tribe, but the allure of the Americas is just too great to resist. The tribe would be sailing soon and with them would go Bree’s last hope of freedom from her nemesis, Yejun. The departure is complicated by the continuous threat of attack from the brutal and predatory Cros, but no matter what, Bree is going with the tribe when they set sail, even if she has to swim behind and the warrior, Kitch, seems to be her best chance.     AmazonKU


VS Note: A re-release.

*************************BRIEF BREAK BEFORE THE FANTASY/PNR BOOKS!***************************************
VS: A series I’m really proud of is the one featuring alien empaths. I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of empaths, especially since I saw the original Star Trek episode “The Empath” wayyyy back in the day! So for my backlist feature this week, here’s the first in the series. They can be read as standalones but are connected and set in the Sectors.

Star Cruise A Novella: Stowaway with Star Cruise Rescue and Golden Token Short Stories. Please note only the Stowaway novella itself contains an empath story although the other two are set in my Sectors interstellar civilization.

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

Star Cruise: Stowaway: A novella of 22K words, previously in the first Pets in Space™ anthology.

Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.

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******************************OKAY, THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND ONWARD WE GO!**************************************************


As the son of a war god, Roux Pyroesis has suffered unending pain—he’s caused it, too, dispatching his foes with alarming ease. Now he’s tasked with cutting out the heart of a powerful queen who rules an ancient prison realm inhabited by the most vicious immortal females in existence. Blythe the Undoing is a decorated harpy warrior determined to annihilate Roux, the invader who killed her beloved consort. Nothing will stop her. Even if she must trap herself for eternity by sneaking into the brutal realm and taking the crown, pitting herself against the merciless male she’s sworn to despise. Having never known desire, Roux is ill prepared for the stunning beauty who challenges him at every turn. For the survival of his army, duty comes first. Always. But what happens when the flames of Blythe’s hatred burn out and she craves him, too…but only one of them can live?    Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo


One very large orc. One very small human. Does size matter? When Elara flees corporate life to open a coffee shop in the small southern town of Fairhaven Falls, the last thing she is looking for is a relationship. But when she meets Grondar, the gruff orc owner of the bakery next door, sparks fly. Literally. Grondar has been burned by human females before. He has no intention of letting the feisty little female next door get under his skin – no matter how attractive he finds her. And it certainly doesn’t mean he’s going to let her get away with sabotaging his business. Despite their disastrous first meeting, Elara still finds herself having inappropriately heated thoughts about the massive orc next door. The attraction seems to be completely one-sided – until he reluctantly comes to her rescue and she discovers a very different side to the grumpy male. Can they overcome their initial animosity, their ongoing rivalry, and their very obvious differences to find a future together?      AmazonKU


A new life, a new job, a new orc husband . . . Wait, isn’t he supposed to be my boss? After my ex announces his wedding to someone other than me, I’m eager to leave town. A new life and a new job are just what I need to restore my mojo. On the way to my destination, I overnight at a hotel where edible unmentionables and a tattooed orc construction worker rock my world. I sneak out the next morning, figuring I’ll never see him again. Until I walk into my new job. That hot orc construction worker? He’s my boss. He’s eager to continue where we left off. And those symbols on his wrists? According to orc tradition, they mean we’re married.     AmazonKU


The big green Orc living next door to me is so very mysterious. He works from home and rarely goes outside. And when he does go out, he never wears a shirt buttoned over his massive chest, no matter the weather. Small children and senior citizens run screaming when he stomps to his truck, so I guess I understand his reticence? But today is Valentine’s Day and I’m worried the big guy is sad and lonely. My neighbor is more angry-looking and growly than usual, despite that darling puppy he recently adopted. And since I happen to be alone this Valentine’s Day too, I decide to bring him a plate of my famous sugar cookies. Everyone warns me not to disturb him because Orcs always claim their Brides in the dark of winter. But for some reason, this doesn’t worry me at all.       AmazonKU


Billionaire wolf Derek Spencer may have a rocky history with she-wolves, but there’s no one better to take as his date to the latest gala than the wolf he’s had his eye on ever since she applied to be his bodyguard—the remarkable Kate Hanover. Kate checks all the boxes for his perfect mate: she’s smart, sexy, and business savvy, not to mention one of the best bodyguards around. But ever since Derek gave his bodyguard position to another wolf, Kate has been avoiding him. It’s only when she reluctantly agrees to be his date to the gala that she realizes why: the attraction between the two alpha wolves is undeniable, but Kate doesn’t want to end up as one of the billionaire’s many flings. The more time Kate and Derek spend together, the more they are in danger…of falling deeply in love.   Amazon     Apple Books     Kobo

THE BITE by Z W Taylor

When Charlotte escapes her abusive relationship, she flees in the middle of the night with nothing but the cash in her pocket, and the paper map leading her north to Alaska. She sheds her old self along the way—dying her hair, scrubbing off her fake California tan, pawning all the jewelry her ex, Nate, bought her over the years. None of it was worth anything if she couldn’t stay alive. Alone in the Alaskan forest, Charlotte feels safe at last. Even if she’s lost. Even if she’s only got a burner phone that lost its last bar miles ago, and even if she missed her turn and can’t find the cabin she was promised by a friend. Tucked into a sleeping bag in the backseat of “Ted”—her ancient 4-Runner—she’s finally living life on her own terms. But that feeling is short-lived. In the middle of the woods, Charlotte’s attacked, brutally, and unforgivingly—and a lone wolf bites her leg. And it’s a bite that will change her life forever.

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Fi has awakened the sleeping prince, but the battle for Andar is far from over. The Spindle Witch, the Witch Hunters, and Fi’s own Butterfly Curse all stand between them and happily ever after.  Shane has her partner’s back. But she’s in for the fight of her life against Red, the right hand of the Spindle Witch who she’s also, foolishly, hellbent on saving. Briar Rose would do anything to restore his kingdom. But there’s a darkness creeping inside him—a sinister bond to the Spindle Witch he can’t escape. All hopes of restoring Andar rest on deciphering a mysterious book code, finding the hidden city of the last Witches, and uncovering a secret lost for centuries—one that just might hold the key to the Spindle Witch’s defeat. If they can all survive that long.    Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo


To stop the coming apocalypse, a fellowship was formed. A soldier, a thief, a lost prince, and a young girl bonded by fate and looming disaster. Each step along this path has changed the party, forging deep alliances and greater enmities. All the while, hostile forces have hunted them, fearing what they might unleash. Armies wage war around them. For each step has come with a cost―in blood, in loss, in heartbreak. Now, they must split, traveling into a vast region of ice and to a sprawling capital of the world they’ve only known in stories. Time is running out and only the truth will save us all.

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Eat. Dance. Fight. This is the life of the girls who compete in the Isle’s elite, all-female fighting sport of Bowing. But it isn’t really Dirt’s life anymore. At sixteen, she is old and has retired from competition. Instead, she spends her days coaching the younger sisters of the Mud Fam and dreading her fast-approaching birthday, when she’ll have to leave her sisters to fulfill whatever destiny the Gods choose for her. Dirt’s young sisters are coming along nicely, and the Mud Fam is sure to win the upcoming South God Bow tournament, which is crucial: the tiny Fam needs the new recruits that come with victory. Then an attack from a powerful rival leaves the Mud without their top Bower, and Dirt is the only one who can compete in the tournament. But Dirt is old, out of shape, and afraid. She has never wanted to be a leader. Victory seems impossible—yet defeat would mean the end of her beloved Fam. And no way is Dirt going to let that happen.   Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo


For her entire life, Rose Maxwell trained to become the next Prima on the Supernatural Council. Now that she’s stepped down, it’s time for this witch to focus on herself. And not think about her impulsive one-night stand with Damian Adams, a half-Demon Veterinarian who she can’t get out of her head. Neither of them is looking for a relationship. But when Rose is sentenced to community service at Damian’s animal sanctuary it becomes impossible for them to ignore their sparking attraction. A friends-with-benefits, no feelings, no strings arrangement works perfectly for them both. After a sequence of dead-end jobs, it’s not until Rose tangos with two snarly demons that she thinks she’s finally found her path. However, this puts Damian back on the periphery of a world he thought he left behind. He doesn’t approve of Rose becoming a Hunter, but if there’s one thing he’s learned about the stubborn witch, it was telling her not to do something was one sure-fire way to make sure she did. Working—and sleeping—together awakens feelings Damian never knew he had…and shouldn’t have. Because thanks to his ex’s hex, if he falls in love, he’ll not only lose his heart—but his humanity.    Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo

THE DELVE: THE TIME BEFORE #1 by Dan Fitzgerald

The Deepfold mine has gone dark on the eve of war. Without its supply of brightstone, the Maer’s technological advantage over the humans will evaporate. A rising knight named Yglind has earned his Forever Blade and been sent on a quest to uncover the cause of the blackout. Joined by his trusted squire Ardo and a prickly mage named Aene, Yglind hopes to cement his legacy and the Maer’s chance at victory in the coming war.
Inside the Deepfold, they are plunged into a world of bloodshed and chaos. Unknown foes have slaughtered many of the miners, and a gruesome dragon stalks the dark tunnels. While taking refuge in the mine’s impregnable keep, Yglind and Ardo seek solace in each other’s arms and the courage to face the cruel forces arrayed against them. With their civilization hanging in the balance, they strike out against the invaders as their quest hurtles toward its bloody end.  The Delve is a fast-paced spicy romantic fantasy featuring a variety of LGBTQ characters and relationships.    AmazonKU


In the city of Ombrazia, saints and their disciples rule with terrifying and unjust power, playing favorites while the unfavored struggle to survive. After her father’s murder at the hands of the Ombrazian military, Rossana Lacertosa is willing to do whatever it takes to dismantle the corrupt system—tapping into her powers as a disciple of Patience, joining the rebellion, and facing the boy who broke her heart. As the youngest captain in the history of Palazzo security, Damian Venturi is expected to be ruthless and strong, and to serve the saints with unquestioning devotion. But three years spent fighting in a never-ending war have left him with deeper scars than he wants to admit…and a fear of confronting the girl he left behind. Now a murderer stalks Ombrazia’s citizens. As the body count climbs, the Palazzo is all too happy to look the other way—that is, until a disciple becomes the newest victim. With every lead turning into a dead end, Damian and Roz must team up to find the killer, even if it means digging up buried emotions. As they dive into the underbelly of Ombrazia, the pair will discover something more sinister—and far less holy. With darkness closing in and time running out, will they be able to save the city from an evil so powerful that it threatens to destroy everything in its path?

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Princesses Daphne, Beatriz, and Sophronia have trained their entire lives for one purpose: to bring down nations. Their mother, Empress Margaraux of Bessemia, is determined to rule the continent of Vesteria, and her daughters are her weapons. Promised for marriage since birth, they are her ticket across enemy lines. And also her decoys. Still, not even Empress Margaraux can control the stars. Sent to their new kingdoms, orders in hand, the princesses have found their own paths, changing the course of their mother’s plans entirely—and tragically. Sophronia chose love, and for that, she lost her life. Daphne and Beatriz can hardly believe their sister is dead, but both are determined to avenge her. And now, separated by a continent—and their mother’s lies—they see more clearly with every passing day that they might not be working toward the same end. The stars whisper of death, but Daphne and Beatriz are just beginning to understand the true power coursing through their veins. And their mother will do anything to keep them under her thumb—even if it means killing them all.      Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo

THE PRICE YOU PAY by Cheyenne Browning

I’ve been longing for something more, something exciting. So many fish in the sea and not a single one ever catches my eye. A ship is dragged into the sea by a storm, and there she is. The human that takes my breath away with one glance. I rescue her, returning her to the beach before darting away, but I long to return to her. The only way to return is to make a deal with the sea witch. Will the price be too high if I don’t gain her love before the time runs out? The sea witch winning what my heart desires instead.   AmazonKU


Ryshi—half-jinn, half-imp—is the only male who has ever managed to slip through the minotaur labyrinth and lived to tell the tale. He wasn’t so lucky when it came to stealing prized vampire artifacts. Caught and imprisoned, he now has a chance at freedom if he can rescue the gargoyle Levet from that same labyrinth. But he’ll have a minder on his mission in the petite, enticing form of Sofie, the vampire he’s been fantasizing about for a very long time . . .Sofie is shunned and feared for her ability to control others’ minds. She didn’t ask for that gift, and she certainly doesn’t want to use those powers to control this gorgeous, sensual demon. Too bad a request from the Anasso isn’t up for debate. To rescue the gargoyle, she and Ryshi have to work closely together, and Sofie is compelled to lower her defenses around him in every way—though she expects him to disappear the moment their task is complete. But now that Ryshi has glimpsed what his future could be with Sofie, he’s ready to fight for her trust, even against the darkness within.   Amazon


Gracie and her posse are no strangers to supernatural scuffles, but the long-dreaded Great Winter ushers in foes they’ve never faced before. The chill makes these foes resistant to charms and half-mad, fearless of their own extinction. Worse, because of Boone’s nature, Gracie fears losing him to the magical winter blight sweeping through the land. With a dark and dangerous faction of outlaws threatening to open the Rift, it’s up to Gracie and her posse to preserve some semblance of order and keep the Rift closed. Their lives, their very souls, and the fate of the Rift Territory depend on it.

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STONE BLIND: A NOVEL by Natalie Haynes

They will fear you and flee you and call you a monster. The only mortal in a family of gods, Medusa is the youngest of the Gorgon sisters. Unlike her siblings, Medusa grows older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know. When the sea god Poseidon assaults Medusa in Athene’s temple, the goddess is enraged. Furious by the violation of her sacred space, Athene takes revenge—on the young woman. Punished for Poseidon’s actions, Medusa is forever transformed. Writhing snakes replace her hair and her gaze will turn any living creature to stone. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves with one look, Medusa condemns herself to a life of solitude. Until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon.

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With the heat of a kiss, the walls between Alizeh, the long-lost heir to an ancient Jinn kingdom, and Kamran, the crown prince of the Ardunian empire, have crumbled. And so have both of their lives. Alizeh, the heir to the Jinn throne, is destined to free her people from the half-lives they’ve been forced to live under human rule. When Kamran, the heir to the human throne, falls in love with her, he’s forced to question everything he’s been taught about Jinn. Kamran’s grandfather lays dead at the hand of Cyrus, ruler of the neighboring kingdom of Tulan. Cyrus has stolen Alizeh away to his homeland and plans to marry her there, giving her everything she needs to become the Jinn queen—and when she assumes the throne he will have fulfilled his own bargain with the devil. Alizeh wants nothing to do with Cyrus’s deal or the devil. But …(more blurb on ebook seller page…)    Amazon      AB     Apple Books     Kobo


Cursed twice over, Takayoshi has but one choice, find an ancient archive before his curse swallows the man he loves forever. His new friend Claudia-warrior, historian, sass-master all rolled into one-comes along for the ride. To find answers, Takayoshi will have to defeat monsters, learn to trust others, and face his own hubris.

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