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We have a bucketload of great news coming your way in this edition. Come celebrate with us...
The Magician's Keeper by Nicola E. Sheridan was published by Escape Publishing on the 4th November.
A brand new steamy paranormal romance about learning to love all of yourself.
In a world where people judge one another by exacting standards of size and style, being a big girl like Eudora Splat was never going to be easy.
Though trouble is brewing between magic folk and human purists who would see them all destroyed, Dora, a half-giant, tries to eke out a quiet, unnoticed life for herself, but it’s hard to be subtle when you’re over seven feet tall.
Losing her job as a gardener due to human complaints, Dora is recruited as a prison guard, where she’s enlisted to protect the magician Evander “Bear” Gordon from human purist attack. Bear encourages her to embrace her power and celebrate her heritage, introducing her to a world where she can be extraordinary and not just weird.
But after years of hiding and shying away, can Dora find the strength to grab onto a new life — and hold on to the man she’s falling in love with?
Read an excerpt here.
Buy links are available from Escape Publishing
Beast by Anna Hackett is book 7 in the Galactic Gladiators series. It was indie published on the 31st October.
Abducted by alien slavers and taken to a lawless desert world, the last thing starship pilot Mia expects is to find herself in the protective, brawny arms of a wild, blue-skinned alien.
Rescued by gladiators on the alien world of Carthago, Mia is working to find other abducted humans who are still lost. But someone else also needs her help—the untamed alien who’s saved her twice. Rescued from vicious fight rings he’s fought in since he was a child, Vek is prone to losing control in aggressive fits of rage…and Mia discovers that she is the only who can calm him. As she finds herself drawn to the man beneath the beast, she knows that with his enhanced senses, Vek can help her find her friends.
For years, all Vek’ker has known is death, darkness, and killing. Despite his newfound freedom, he is struggling to control his rages and withdrawal from the drugs his captors used on him. Only one scent soothes him, one voice calms him, and one woman is his light in the dark. Vek will do anything to protect Mia and make her happy…including vowing to find her friends.
With the gladiators from the House of Galen, Vek and Mia follow mysterious clues into a dangerous part of the desert on the trail of the missing humans. They are drawn closer together but as they enter the deadly Illusion Mountains, they have no idea of the dangers lying in wait for them, or how far they will both be pushed to their limits in order to survive.
Read an excerpt
Daniil by Khloe Wren is book one of Kings of Sydney series. It was published by Evernight Publishing on 18th October.
Julietta’s life hasn’t been easy, but she’s refused to let it get the better of her. After her fiancé beats her, she leaves him, vowing to stay single for the rest of her life. But that was before she meets the beautiful Russian, Daniil.
Daniil Mikhailov is perfectly happy with his life. He rules his world, and a good portion of Sydney, with a ruthless iron fist. After being orphaned at an early age, he has nothing to lose and has used that to get where he is in the criminal underbelly of his home city.
After a chance meeting, Daniil can’t get Julietta out of his head. When he realizes trouble seems to follow the beautiful woman, he takes on the task of keeping her protected. Then others notice his infatuation with her, and he realizes he’s now the reason trouble is coming her way. Can he continue to keep her protected? Or is he destined to lose her, no matter how rich and powerful he is?
Juanita Kees has just signed a three-book deal with Tule Publishing for her Three Sisters Garage series set in Montana. The first book will be released in late 2018!
PREVIOUS 2017 RELEASES
We continue showcasing releases published in 2017.
To Baile Do Cailleach: A Home for witches by Kathrine Leannan is book one of The Sydney Witches series. It was indie published on the 27th June.
Adrianna Randall, born of ancient blood, is a witch. She isn’t exactly popular with her coven sisters, or insurance companies. Blessed with the blood of hanged witch Elizabeth Randall, Adrianna is a healer to all beasts and restorer to Mother Earth.
There is just one problem…
She has an affinity with fire and she has no idea how to control it.
Sabrina and the Gargoyle by Marie Dry is book one of the Mystic Cape Enforcers series. It was published by Black Opal Books in May.
Sabrina married Mark after only knowing him for two weeks. Although he’s the man of her dreams, the man she loves more than life itself, she’s started getting strange vibes from him. Sometimes, she could swear he moves faster than the human eye can follow, and she’s sure she’s seen him change into something with wings. Could he be a vampire? A gargoyle? She tries to tell herself she’s being ridiculous, that those things don’t really exist. But when a strange being bursts through her bedroom window and kidnaps her, Sabrina is forced to admit the truth—not only are the creatures from her nightmares real, her own husband is one of them, and he married her for reasons other than love…
Buy links available from Marie's website.
Men of Sand and Light by C.M. Simpson is a short story in the Odyssey Universe. It was indie published on 20th January.
It was meant to be a surprise for Allan’s farewell, but the only person who got surprised was me. And the only farewell I was lookin’ at was my own, which just shows it’s never a good idea to look too closely at your heroes—even when you’re asked to, because now I’m gonna need a little help.
Men of Sand and Light by C.M. Simpson is an urban fantasy short story in the Pixie Dust World. It was published by C.M. Simpson Publishing on 5th January.
When Melange feels the pull of utter dread emanating from a road train parked at a rest stop near her home, she investigates. She has no intention of being trapped in the cab on the driver’s unexpected return, nor of being stuck in the truck when he is murdered during the first delivery. But she can’t stay there. She’s discovered the prisoners that were the source of the dread, and the trolls are coming to take them away. With time running short, she has to find a way to avoid capture, and summon help—and that means getting past the troll and humans standing guard.
Deception by Khloe Wren is book one of Chimera Supernaturals series. It was published by Siren Publishing on 28th March.
Erin was content with her simple life of going to university and working at De Cep Tion, a club owned by her adopted father, Rafe. That is, until she runs into the gorgeous Denzell, who tells her that nothing is as it seems. That like him, she’s not human. That he is the Alpha of a clan of panther shifters, and she is his destined mate. Thinking the man is crazy, Erin Tasers him and leaves him behind.
Denzell has nearly given up finding his destined mate before he runs in to the beautiful Erin. The shock of meeting her, along with discovering she has no idea who she is in the supernatural world, has him off his game. And his elusive mate takes advantage and vanishes on him.
When Erin seeks advice from Rafe—the man she’s trusted with her life from the moment he saved her from the streets as a young teen—she discovers even more deception and lies. Rafe is not simply a nice man, but a fae male who has been profiting from her since the very beginning.
When Denzell finally catches up with his mate, he has just days left to claim her. Already on edge, Denzell becomes frantic when Erin is snatched off the street. Can Denzell find her in time to rescue her and convince her to trust him with her heart after Rafe has hurt her so deeply?
The Plan by Imogene Nix was published by Loves Book Publishing on 31st July.
Jonah Fielding is a man with a mission— to clean up the corruption in the Department of Authority on Centauri.
Kadie Frost is an orphan and hapless illegal parts runner. Her luck ran out when Jonah Fielding caught her in his net, or so she thinks. Falling for him really isn't high on her priority list.
Their meeting changes a lot of things... Including the course of their life.
Caution: This book contains a super hot man, a woman who needs love and steamy passion. Hang on for the ride of your life!
Buy links are available from Imogene's website.
(A previous version of this book was published in 2013).
Non-speculative fiction titles
Under Shadow of Doubt by Juanita Kees is book one of the Under the Law series. It was published by Escape Publishing on 25th February (Originally titled Fly Away Peta, Under Shadow of Doubt has been reworked and edited to give significant changes to the story).
She might be the biggest star in Australia, but she never forgot the small town she came from, or the man she left behind...
Peta Johnson may be rich, famous, and adored, but it doesn’t protect her when the man she married turns out to be a monster. With her little girl missing, Peta will do anything to get her back — including returning to the small Western Australian town she vowed never to see again.
Jaime Caruso left his heart in Williams when he left to pursue a military career, but it soon shrivelled and died when he discovered the girl he loved didn’t love him enough to wait. Back in town to help his ailing father, Jaime struggles with the memories and plans to leave — permanently — as soon as possible.
But then Peta returns and Jaime gets swept up into the nightmare she is living. Feelings long buried soon bubble to the surface, and as they race to save the life of the daughter Jaime doesn’t know is his, they must decide if life — and love — really does give second chances.
Buy links available from Juanita's website.
Updated pages since the last DarkSider News: Kathrine Leannan, Anna Hackett, Enisa Haines.
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