2021 Releases

The Threads that Bind
Shadow Throne
Broken Bonds
Her Baseborn Scot
Seduced by Magic
Flood of Bravery
Blackbird Crowned
To Hell and Back
Stealing from Mr. Rich
Soul Surrender
The Mind Eaters
Return to Retribution Bay
The Secrets in Shadow and Blood
The Curious Soul of Nimue Fairchild
The Siren's Familiar
The Bodyguard
Star Crossed
The Heart of a Shadow

Tuesday, 6 July 2021

DarkSider News for July 2021!


We head into the second half of the year with spirits, wolves, reverse harems, demons, magic, witches and more....


The Cursed Spirit by Lilliana Rose (Book 5, Lost Souls Academy) was released on 10 June.

The Lost Souls Academy has become Zarya’s home and a place where she is safe with her new friends. The Guild is threatening her new sanctuary as they want control of the library to access the deep, dark knowledge that has been hidden away. 

Can the students work together to keep the library for themselves? Or will their own interests in using the knowledge to change them get in the way? 

Abaddon has made it clear he is coming to the Academy for Zarya. So defenses are put in place, but will they be enough to stop this powerful ghost? Zarya is becoming a strong ghost hunter, but will it be enough to defeat Abaddon as he closes in on her?

Bring on the Night by M.J. Scott (Book 3, The Wild Side) was released on 6 July.

How far would you go to stop a monster hell bent on destroying humanity?

Before Ashley Keenan became a werewolf, she thought she understood the line between good and evil. It was the vamps and shifters playing by their own lethal rules who were to be feared.

Now she must stop an ordinary man and his plague of vampires. That same man’s terrifying games led to her family being murdered and caused her own unwilling transformation into a supernatural. Worse, he might not be the only one hunting the memories buried in Ash’s head. As tensions escalate between humans and supernaturals, and new threats emerge from the shadows, black and white turns to gray.

To protect the people she loves, and save the world, Ash will have to confront her darkest fears. But time is running out….

Nightworld Academy: Winterfall Magic - Term Seven by LJ Swallow (Book 7, Nightworld Academy) was released 12 April.

I changed everybody's lives the day the academy fell, and now I can't see what the future holds for any of us.

Winterfall Witch is a continuation of Maeve's story after the Nightworld Academy series ends.

We survived the massacre at the academy and retreated to safety at the Winterfall estate, but life isn't calm.

My mother had four consorts. Where are these men, and can they break the Winterfall curse? Tobias wants me to accept our situation, but I refuse to let this go. I'm obsessed with discovering more about my past, including which of Astrid Winterfall's men is my father. I know the names of three, but I need to find the fourth.

Tracking the men down proves difficult, and our family reunions aren't easy because there's more to my legacy than I realised. Astrid had secrets too.

My bond with Jamie grows as we spend more time together, Ash fights against a future that the shifter council expect him to embrace, and Andrei continues to struggle with the changes he's facing.

The aftermath of the academy deaths has far-reaching consequences as the accords between the vampires, witches, and shifters begin to break. Gabriella survived that night, so where is she, and what are her plans to take advantage of the discord?

Winterfall Witch is an additional book in the Nightworld Academy world. The events take place immediately after Term Six and continues Maeve's story after the series finishes. The series must be read first.

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Held By Magic by LJ Swallow (Book 1, The Demon's Fae) was released 10 May.

The London fae court is in turmoil and a demon prince plans to take control.
I make one tiny mistake, and suddenly I’m marked for death, running from demons, and pursued by my fae ex-lover. Who knew stealing a magic box could cause so much trouble?
I hope the demons don’t overthrow the fae because they’re my best customers—especially the enigmatic Collector who really shouldn’t be friends with a half-demon thief. I’d like to be more than friends with the immortal and too-sexy-for me fae, but he always keeps our relationship strictly professional. 
My skills are more in demand than I realise because three hot demons from a mysterious institute track me down. 

Powerful but seductive elemental demon Cillian. 

Sharp and guarded djinn Morgan. 

And their companion Dex who’s definitely not human and also strangely familiar. 
Hook ups aren’t on my agenda, but these guys have some interesting skills to distract me from my imminent death.
The trio and their institute ask me to locate more of the mysterious boxes, and in return they promise to cure my death mark and keep me alive. Simple. The problem is, these boxes are mixed up with the demon and fae troubles, and now so are we.

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Elements of Magic by LJ Swallow (Book 2, The Demon's Fae) was released 3 June.

A day spent tracking down demon-filled boxes? Frustrating.
Four powerful and sexy men in my life? Distracting.
A night out in a fae drug den? Bad idea.
I'm about to discover why a demon prince wants to track me down.

We've discovered a secret alliance between rogue fae and the demon prince—one that could destroy the London fae court. The Collector could stop the court's downfall but is he prepared to step forward and reveal himself?

My focus lies elsewhere. I never found a cure for the curse marking me, and I didn't locate the demon-filled box I lost. I did manage to persuade the four men in my life to cooperate. Mostly. Now we need to figure out how to find the dangerous Sunde boxes and keep them out of the demon prince's hands.

I'm dealing with the shock from Dex's true identity, and after five years in his life, the Collector decides to tell me who he is. I hope Morgan and Cillian don't have any surprises because I'm starting to lose touch with my reality. Life was simpler when it was just me, my daggers, and my good friend whiskey.

Although, with four guys determined to protect and help me, life has also got interesting. Everybody likes a little attention, right?

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Nightworld Academy Term Five by LJ Swallow (Book 5, Nightworld Academy) is now in audio format.

One night with the Blackwood witches changes everything.

The Blackwood family and their magic have edged our lives since Jamie discovered the pendant. Now, they've found me, and I'm in more danger than ever. Trapped with Tobias inside the Blackwood estate, I'm subjected to the family's chilling magic and meet their disturbing associates.

Andrei, Jamie, and Ash take a dangerous risk in their attempt to rescue me from an unknown fate and only succeed with help from an unexpected source. Are there others we can rely on to help beat the threat against us, or do these people have a different agenda?

I struggle to cope with the after-effects of events at the Blackwoods, and my reality and visions start to blur. What can I hear inside the academy that nobody else can - is this connected to Jamie's discovery about the building's history?

I'm closer to Ash after last term's difficulties, and Jamie opens up more. My romance with Andrei becomes more intense, and my relationship with Tobias reaches a whole new level of "it's complicated".

One thing is sure: Whoever tried to break us hasn't succeeded because the five of us are closer than ever. The guys are determined to protect me and will do whatever they need to help strengthen my magic. We'll need that strength and unity because we're facing something bigger than a war between Confederacy and Dominion forces. 

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Blackbird Crowned by Keri Arthur (Book 3, Witch Crown) was released 22 June. 

The final battle begins…

Gwen De Montfort’s greatest fears have now come true. Her brother Max has not only claimed the sword in the stone, but is working with Darkside in order to destroy the royal family and claim the throne for himself.

But does he hold the true Witch King’s Sword? Or is the sword he drew a powerful fake?

With the attacks on them intensifying, Gwen, her grandmother Moscelyne, and Luc Durant—a sword-bearing warrior from an ancient order of knights—race to not only uncover the truth but find a means of stopping Max before his plans can come to bloody fruition.

As an old goddess’s prophecies come true and new powers rise, the dark gates are opened and London comes under attack.

But the final battle will not be for the throne or the crown but rather a life, and might well result in Gwen having to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Non Spec-Fic

Resisting the Firefighter by Christina Phillips, Cathleen Ross, and Mel Teshco was released 1 July

Three hot firefighter brothers - and the women they save.
Any way they can...

Book 1 - Resisting Tate by Christina Phillips

Everyone loves a hero... don’t they?

To most people Tate Thompson is a catch. Good looking, funny and a firefighter who has saved plenty of lives. But to Ruby he spells danger.

Still grieving for the loss of her dad, who was also a firefighter and died in the line of duty, there's no way she can go through that kind of pain again. Except her insides melt when she's in Tate's arms. Maybe she should take a chance on him?

Firefighting is in Tate's blood and he's never let anything get between him and his job. Until he meets Ruby.

She's not just sexy as hell. She's the first person who's been able to quiet the roar of guilt he's lived with for half his life. Maybe commitment isn't such a dirty word, after all?

But when fires ravage the country, both Tate and Ruby must confront their darkest fears if they want a chance of making it together.

Book 2 - Resisting Lachlan by Mel Teshco

Can he save her from herself?

Lachlan might have a well-earned reputation with the ladies, but outside of the bedroom he has a strong moral code. His clients at the gym can’t thank him enough for their health transformations, and when he’s not at work he’s often pulling on his volunteer firefighter suit to help put out fires. Then he spies his new neighbor. Even before they become lovers he knows he wants more than a one night stand. He wants her permanently in his bed. If only he can convince her that losing one man in a fire doesn’t mean she’ll lose him, too.

After a house fire takes the life of her violent husband, Justine leaves the past behind and moves to the outskirts of Baltown. But when bush fires threaten the tinder dry area, and her sexy neighbor turned lover is one of the fire crew risking his life to save others, she realizes she can run again, but she can’t leave survivor guilt behind. But will she face her fears head-on or escape from the one man who might break her heart?

Book 3 - Resisting Adam by Cathleen Ross

Secrets shadow Emma Cain’s life, ones she can’t unlock by herself. When a bushfire threatens the valley she lives in, her ex-boyfriend, firefighter, Adam Thompson, demands she leave her home. Saving her precious cattle means everything to Emma, even if she has to agist them on Adam’s property. His fireproof place is the one safe place, but is it safe for her heart?

Adam Thompson is determined to get Emma back and right the wrongs of the past. Bit by bit he unlocks Emma’s heart, except he is holding on to a secret that could totally destroy her.

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Isla byAnnie Seaton (Book 10, Pentecost Island) was released 2 July.

Pentecost Island: where romance entices and secrets unfold. Spend a month on Pentecost Island and experience an amazing adventure between ten friends, the challenges they face, the past threatening to come between them, and their enduring friendship as they start up a new resort.

Irish dreams or island dreams? Isla's secret is the biggest one of all. Will Pentecost Island be the place where she comes to terms with her past?

Ronan Doyle has searched for Isla for a long time. Will he be the key to her happiness or will her past ruin their chance of a happy ever after?

The final book in the Pentecost Island series.

Waiting for Ana by Annie Seaton (Book 1, Sunshine Coast) was released 24 April.

Mixing business with pleasure never felt so right.

Blake Buchanan and Ana Delaney lived in a share house at university and could never see eye to eye about anything. Except for one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.

Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes to Noosa to manage a corporate takeover that will close down the home flipping business Ana has poured her heart and soul into. The fiery Ana is determined to convince money-minded Blake of her business’s worth, but when a family emergency throws them together, their walls come tumbling down once again…

Problem is, Blake’s business-first position hasn’t changed. And Ana can’t fall for the man who could become her boss—it’s not only her job at stake, but her heart.

Note: This is a revised and expanded edition of Tangling with the CEO published in 2014.


The Exile's Curse by M.J. Scott (Book 1, Daughter of Ravens) is expected for release released on 14 December. 

The Exile's Curse. First in a brand historical fantasy romance series set in the world of the Four Arts novels coming soon from M.J. Scott, RITA® Award nominated author of the Half-Light City series, the TechWitch series and the Wild Side Series.

Second chances can be complicated…

Chloe de Montesse never thought she’d return from exile. Now she has a chance to reclaim the life she fled after her husband was executed for treason. But coming home again isn’t as simple as it sounds. Her magic is rusty, her family want her to wrap her in cotton wool, and Illvyan society views her as a scandal waiting to happen. Worse, her new life keeps throwing her into the path of the man who destroyed her old one.

Lucien de Roche’s magic bares the truth for all to see. He’s used it to serve the empire, but there’s one secret he’s always kept hidden. The fact that he fell in love with his best friend’s wife. And that he’s never quite fallen out again. Now Chloe is back and it’s no secret at all that she loathes him for his part in her husband’s death. A sensible man would forget her…but he’s tired of being sensible. And determined to keep her safe.

When a mission from the emperor takes them both into the wildest heart of the empire, to a country where power and loyalties collide, and old plots simmer back to life, Chloe finds herself dragged back into the past she wants to leave behind. And her only way out might be Lucien. The man she thinks she can never trust. The man she wants to hate. Or hates to want…

Anatu of the Human by Marie Dry (Book 2, Tunrian Cyborgs) is expected to be released on 29 November.

The Lost Souls Academy has become Zarya’s home and a place where she is safe with her new friends. The Guild is threatening her new sanctuary as they want control of the library to access the deep, dark knowledge that has been hidden away. 

Can the students work together to keep the library for themselves? Or will their own interests in using the knowledge to change them get in the way? 

Abaddon has made it clear he is coming to the Academy for Zarya. So defenses are put in place, but will they be enough to stop this powerful ghost? Zarya is becoming a strong ghost hunter, but will it be enough to defeat Abaddon as he closes in on her?

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Midnight Coven
 by LJ Swallow (Book 1, Nightworld University) is expected for release 6 April 2022.

A secret society. Arcane magic. Forbidden love.

The Winterfalls. The aristocratic family who believe they're witch royalty.
The Blackwoods. The corrupt witches who want to take their crown.

I've finally broken the Winterfall family shackles and stepped into witch society. I missed out on a Nightworld Academy education, but I have a place at the prestigious Nightfall University. Here, gifted witches from the elite families study to take their magic to the next level and become our new leaders.

I expected to rub shoulders with the brightest and best; I didn't expect my new friends would draw me into a secret society. 

The Midnight Coven. Dark, seductive, and dangerous.

I've met the intense and captivating witch Alexei once before. He hasn't forgotten my actions that night, and I haven't accepted who he is. A Winterfall would never touch a Blackwood, however tempting, and Alexei doesn't like rejection. Now I'm forced to live in a house on campus with the arrogant jerk.

Fortunately, my other housemates are friendlier. Nate and Xavi are powerful bonded witches who offer to teach me everything they know—and not just their magic. Tomas is also new to campus; he's easy-going and friendly, but there's something secretive about the elemental witch. The three smoking hot guys show me how to enjoy my new freedom and invite me to join their secret society. The one led by Alexei Blackwood.

What lives behind the mirrors never frightened me, but on the night I'm initiated into the coven, my magic attracts something that threatens all of us.

I'm shocked to discover the Midnight Coven is more than a circle of hedonistic witches. How long can I resist the dark Blackwood magic before I'm drawn into shadows and we unleash something deadly?

Midnight Coven is the first in a university-age paranormal academy series filled with seductive magic, steamy scenes, multiple love interests and dark elements. The book will release earlier than the date stated.

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Shades of Magic by LJ Swallow (Book 3, The Demon's Fae) is expected to be released 10 July.

A demon unleashes. The dark fae return. And a hellhound is missing.

Releasing demons from boxes doesn't endear me to the Four Horsemen, but I have a bigger problem than War's wrath. Dex either took himself on a long walk or somebody abducted him. Kudos to anybody who could wrangle him into submission.

My dealings with the fae grow more complicated, and the Collector introduces me to Rian, the fae capable of defeating the demons and restoring the court. Now all Rian needs to do is depose the queen and deal with the uprising. Simple.

My sex life grows more interesting by the day, which is at least a distraction from the death sentence hanging over me.

I finally discover why the demon prince is tracking me down and how I'm connected to these sought-after boxes. But if I have to face any more surprise revelations, I'll convince myself I'm in one of Morgan's parallel worlds. There's not enough whiskey in the world to deal with all this.

Can Rian restore the fae court before the dark fae tear the race apart again?

And can somebody please pay me for all the work I've done?

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Blood Kissed by LJ Swallow and Jordan Crow (Book 3, Chosen Vampire Slayer) is expected to be released 29 July.

Torn by loyalty and the fiery desires of a conflicted heart, Veronica finds herself at a crossroads. What will she do if burning love turns into cold regret?

This is your kind of book if you love kick-ass heroines with sass to match, scorching hot monsters who take what they want, and is perfect for devourers of enemies to lovers books. Expect steam, action, and a supernatural world filled with vampires, demons, shifters, angels... and unhinged alphas who will do anything to protect their woman. Lovers of Anita Blake and True Blood, this is your next addiction.

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An Ear to the Ground by D.D. Line (Book 2, Trinket Bay) is expected to be released 30 July.

When murder and love collide, does duty trump one’s heart?

Lilah Michaels remembers little of her mother’s suicide following a violent assault during a
robbery at their home over twenty years ago. But it’s the only home she’s ever known. Now
they’re in danger of losing the family property, and she’s pinned her hopes on hosting weddings
at the winery to appease the bank and buy them some time. Until a shocking discovery changes

Sergeant Finn Kelly desperately needs a break after a tough assignment. All he wants is to catch
up with his friends in Trinket Bay as they prepare for their wedding. At Hidden Gem Winery, he
finds a yearned-for sense of peace. Then he meets the charming woman who’s hosting the
nuptials, and his thoughts turn toward romance.

Finn puts those amorous notions on hold when he and his service dog find human remains on
the property. Painful memories and an unsolved mystery come to light. It’s clear someone wants
to keep the past a secret, and they’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays buried.

Is Lilah as innocent as she seems? Or is she part of the conspiracy? And will Finn lose more than
his heart in his quest to discover the truth?

An Ear to the Ground is a contemporary romantic suspense novel set in the fictional town of
Trinket Bay in South Western Australia.

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D.D. Line is in the Sweet Delights Anthology produced by Gumnut press. It's expected to be released 7 July.

Sweet Delights offers the reader fourteen amazing romance stories full of love, blossoming romance, yummy treats, and the odd challenge or two. You'll find stories about weddings, café's, cooking classes, bake sales, family reunions and lost loves reunited. Lose yourself in the many stories and fall in love with the characters, their lives, their loves and of course, their sweet delights.

 Passionberry Dreams by D.D. Line - A young constable with an overwhelming urge to serve and protect. A pâtissier with attitude. Can a thief bring two hearts together? Or steal away their dreams?

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Annie Seaton is in the Baby, It's Hot Outside collection expected to be released 7 October.

Baby, It's Hot Outside
100% pure SUMMER Christmas. Come read along…
I really wanna stay
Baby it's hot outside
I'll lose my heart along the way
Baby it's hot outside…

Come Down Under for a hot and steamy SUMMER festive season.

Escape those winter blues with 12 summer Christmas novellas.

A fabulous collection of sexy Down Under summer Christmas romances. Hot sun and hotter men, friends to lovers, forbidden romance, reunion stories and more. Come visit a world of hot, sultry kisses and long, lazy days in the sun. It's Christmas Down Under in the sun!

ANNIE SEATONHer Christmas Star

There is something for everyone!

Flood of Bravery by Khloe Wren (Book 2, Royal Bastards MC: South Australia) is expected to be released 28 September.

Beckett "Croc" Adel doesn't know what hit him when he first meets Emily Anzan.

This series has multiple authors. Check out the website for more details. 


Nemesis by Christina Phillips (Book 2, Realm of Flame and Shadow) now has a new cover.

Falling for her nemesis is the most dangerous thing she’s ever done…

All dhampir Rowan wants is the chance for a normal life. But she’s bound by a blood debt to work as a paranormal assassin, so that’s never going to happen. After one reckless night she wakes up next to a beautiful stranger. If the mysterious guild who raised her learns what she’s done, both their lives will be forfeit. But she soon discovers her enigmatic lover has secrets of his own, and if she ever wants to be free, she’ll have to trust the captivating immortal who is also her most merciless enemy.

Nothing is more important to the Archangel Azrael than hunting down the dhampir army of his sworn enemy. Until he meets the enchanting Rowan. He doesn’t do commitment, but one night with her changes all his ironclad plans. Until he discovers who she really is and everything he’s ever believed in is turned inside out.

She deserves to die. But as the fallout from deadly secrets close in on them, he becomes tangled up in the hunt for the truth. And if they don’t work together, neither of them might survive the night.

Zayn by Marie Dry (Book 1, Zyrgin Scars) has a cover.

Details of publication to come. 


Alien Mine by Marie Dry (Book 1, Zyrgin Warriors) is now on the KISS app.

Alien Under Cover by Marie Dry (Book 2, Zyrgin Warriors) is also on the KISS app.

KISS is a new and exciting way to experience Romance stories of all genres. Enjoy serialized quality content from NYT and USA Today bestselling authors, available right from your phone.  KISS has hundreds of titles and authors to choose from, including new and exclusive content from some of your favorite voices!

Check out in your favourite App store. 


Pack Bound and Dangerous Echoes (both first books in a series) by Leisl Leighton are on sale on Amazon Aus until the end of July.

Pack Bound

One pack, one coven, a destiny intertwined...

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch–kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand–new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Skye Collins has been brought up to fear her magic and shy away from witch and Were alike. But when Jason McVale, the Alpha of Pack McVale, comes in search of her, she is intrigued and tempted. Her mistrust of magic and wariness of the intensity of passion she shares with Jason threatens her control–and if she loses control, she just might turn into the weapon the Darkness intended her to become all along.

Dangerous Echoes

Blue lights in the red dust...

Echo Springs on the edge of the outback – a town where everyone knows your name, and your business. But the wholesome country living and welcoming community aren't what they used to be. Echo Springs has a dark underbelly, and it is seeping ever outward.

Brilliant forensic pathologist, Erika Hanson, fled from Echo Springs as a teenager, leaving behind a past of tragedy and pain. But when local police announce they've found her beloved brother's body in a meth lab explosion, she knows she must return to clear Peter's name and find out what really happened. Because Peter would never get involved with the drug tag sweeping across the small town of Australia and destroying lives.

Hartley Cooper has a past with Erika Hanson, but that's not going to keep him from doing his job. He's seen what grief can do, and denial is only the first step. But Erika is convinced that Peter can't be involved, and her meticulous, professional skills start to convince Hartley as well. When Erika's digging and questions get too personal, the town turns against them, Hartley knows Erika might run again. But this time he's ready. And he's not going to let her go.


The Wolf Within by M.J. Scott (Book 1, The Wild Side) is free for a limited time only. 

Vampires, werewolves, warring couples. And that’s just the day job.

Ashley Keenan just wants a normal life but she lives in a world that’s left normal behind. If she keeps her head down and doesn’t annoy any of her supernatural clients she figures everything will be okay. Until the day that FBI Agent Daniel Gibson, ex-lover, now werewolf, and the man she’s never quite forgotten walks back into her life.

Dan’s back because the vampire who murdered her family is coming after her. Worse, that the FBI needs Ash’s help to stop him. That means facing every nightmare from her past and spending every day with Dan, which is a whole other kind of nightmare when Ash knows she can never date a supernatural.

It’s a fight to guard her heart and her life. And to survive she might have to learn to love her inner monster…

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Witch Bound by Leisl Leighton (Prequel, Pack Bound) is now free in this Forbidden Love: Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Giveaway. Only for a limited time.   

Witch Bound is a fated mates, enemies to lovers paranormal romance. It is a prequel to my award nominated Pack Bound Series.

Reviews help to get the word out, so if you'd like to leave a review on Goodreads or Amazon, that would be greatly appreciated.

One Fate, one mate, a bond too strong to deny …

Paul Collins, duty-bound Pack Warlock and seer, must marry a strong witch for the good of Pack McVale. But his hidden feelings for his best-friend’s sister, maternal wolf Ivy McVale, make this a more difficult pill to swallow every day. Especially when they begin to mate.

Then Paul has a vision: If they mate, Ivy will die. Desperate, Paul uses his powers to change destiny and make Ivy think she’s always hated him. He can deal with any punishment the Fates make him pay for tampering with destiny, as long as Ivy lives.

After recovering from a bewildering month-long illness, Ivy notices her nemesis, Paul, is tormented by something. And strangely, she is the only one who can feel it. Unable to endure such unhappiness—even if he does call her Poison Ivy—she is determined to help him, no matter the cost. Because Pack McVale cannot survive without him, and curiously, neither can she ...


Books In-Sight Author Signing Event, Melbourne, 7 August 2021.

DarkSiders that are attending: Keri Arthur, Khloe Wren, Lilliana Rose, Michelle Somers, Mila Young, and M.J. Scott.

Check out their website for more details. 


Congratulations to our DarkSiders.

Thanks for joining us. Until next time...

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Magic Thursday: Girls Can Save the World! with Theresa Fuller

 Besides the local legends and myths from Southeast Asia that I had breathed in as a child, I also grew up loving Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. I longed to be a princess with a golden crown and raven black hair. And I imagined myself pining away in a lonely tower, waiting for Prince Charming. Then authors like Edith Nesbit came along…

And suddenly, I discovered that perhaps it would be far more interesting to wield a sword than to be rescued.

I grew up. Married my Prince Charming. Had kids.

And suddenly, because I was so far away from the land where I was born, I had a desire to share my childhood tales with my children.

Boys don’t generally care for romance.

So instead, I wrote about the other stories: the legends, and the myths I grew up loving. I published my folktales – THE GIRL WHO BECAME A GODDESS – in 2019. Then decided I would write a second – THE GIRL SUDAN PAINTED LIKE A GOLD RING (coming soon).

This time, however, I was determined to include a fairy tale romance. But as I researched fairy tale after fairy tale, I discovered to my annoyance that the folktales from Southeast Asia tended to take a certain form.

The hero goes on a quest. Finds a beautiful girl (thankfully, not necessarily a princess). They get married. The End.

What on earth did the girls who were not beautiful do?

And what did the girls who found their Happily Ever After do, besides just being beautiful?

I suddenly realised I was searching for a role model.

As an ex-teacher, I especially wanted an example from a fairy tale, because stories are often the method by which young children learn about the world. 

Unexpectedly, I came across the head-hunters.

Turtle Beach, Malaysia. Source: Deposit Photos

The Sea Dyaks were head-hunters from Sarawak, Malaysia. If the Sea Dyak men were having a council and a Sea Dyak woman had something important to say, she was not afraid to speak out.

And the men all listened.


When did something like that ever happen in Snow White? Or Sleeping Beauty?

Like these princesses, every Sea Dyak girl expected to be married, only they viewed marriage as a merger between equals. Not a rescue mission.

If a man was not prepared to work for a Sea Dyak woman, then what was the point of being married?

In most parts of the world, when a woman married a man, she was raised to his level. Not so with the Sea Dyaks. While their men went to war, which often meant accumulating heads and is certainly not something that I would advocate anybody do, their women had their version of war – weaving. A woman weaver at the top of her game, bestowed her honour upon her husband. And so, it worked both ways.

Source: Deposit Photos

In my upcoming book – THE GIRL SUDAN PAINTED LIKE A GOLD RING – I tell the story of some of these women, who not only found love, but did it their way! But this is not the reason for this article.

I wrote this article because I believe that it's time.

Girls can save the world!

Theresa Fuller
was born in Singapore to Peranakan parents. She was encouraged in her writing by her teacher, Chia Hearn Chek, a well-known local author. Educated in Singapore and Australia, she worked as an analyst/programmer and later as a high school teacher. Her first short story THE CRICKET SON was published in VOICES OF THE PAST, An Anthology of Stories Passed Down In Australian Families.

Her breakthrough novel is the Steampunk YA THE GHOST ENGINE, published in March 2018. It won a mentorship at the Australasian Horror Writers’ Association. THE GHOST ENGINE combines her love of technology with her enthusiasm for Victorian England. 

Theresa currently resides with her family in Sydney, Australia.

You can find Theresa at her website: theresafuller.com.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

DarkSider News for June 2021!


A wholla news going on...


Leisl Leighton and D.K Hood are listed in the Davitt Awards longlist! see the full list here.

Blazing Fear by Leisl Leighton (Book2, CoalCliff Stud

Her Broken Wings by D.K. Hood (Book 8, Detectives Kane and Alton

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Her Shallow Grave by D.K. Hood (Book 9, Detectives Kane and Alton

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Promises in the Dark by D.K. Hood (Book 10, Detectives Kane and Alton

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The Mind Eaters by Lilliana Rose (Book 4, Lost Souls Academy) was released 6 May.

Secrets are being kept between the students at the Lost Souls Academy, causing conflicts between them. When they face a physical threat from the Mind Eaters, will individuals come together to help each other? Or will the deeper truth stop them and cause them to lose what has become their home?

What will Abaddon have in mind for Zarya this time? Will she have the know-how to stop him once and for all? Can so many lost souls manage to come together and help each other against this evil?

Soul Surrender by Daniel de Lorne (Book 3, Immortals of the Apocalypse) was released 11 May. 

Humanity’s last chance for survival. His last hope for redemption. Can this immortal overcome the violent wrongs of his past to gift the world a better future?

For five hundred years, Emrys Stone believed that his hunger for human souls kills everyone he touches. But when he leads a group of exiles to safety, he discovers another being like himself living in harmony with humans—despite the threat they know he poses.

The exiles finally have a second chance at what passes for a future in their post-apocalyptic world. But Emrys shares a history with the resident soul-eater that puts everything and everyone in danger. If he can atone for his past, he’ll unlock more than one secret to survival. But will jealousy, prejudice, and revenge destroy any chance of a happy ending?

Soul Surrender is the final compelling novel in the Immortals of the Apocalypse gay paranormal sci-fi trilogy. If you like nuclear blasts from the past and closed hearts torn open, you’ll love Daniel de Lorne’s climactic conclusion.

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To Hell and Back by Mila Young and Haper A. Brooks (Book 4, Sin Demons) was released 27 May.

They were trying to get back to Hell... But Hell showed up at our door.

None of us expected a visit from the devil himself, but after Lucifer comes a-knocking, we know things are about to heat up fast.

According to the demons, the only way to protect me is to bind us all together. Forever. Something I’m not sure I’m even willing to do. But with Greed’s ring still on my finger and Lucifer’s sights set on making me his next play thing, what other choice do I have?

When I’m dragged to Hell against my will, I’m determined to find a way topside again. But the darkness within me is enjoying this deadly vacation a little too much, and my powers only seem to grow the longer I stay.

My demons will risk it all to save me from eternal damnation.

But after going to Hell and back, will I still be the same in the end?

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The Soldier's Familiar by TJ Nichols was released on 28 May. 

Stealing the wrong wallet, puts Bailey’s heart in the witch’s grasp.

Sergeant Kassidy Robinson craves a final night of fun before deploying. But one kiss changes his fate. The man in his arms is his familiar. The snow leopard shifter then steals his wallet and vanishes. Kass ships out, but he can’t escape the longing for the light-fingered thief.

Bailey Fisher is terrified of the power Kass holds over him. When the connection doesn’t fade, Bailey realizes he’s already in Kass’s thrall and he’s forced to confront old fears and ancient prejudices or risk being under the soldier’s spell forever.

For readers who like military heroes, opposites attract and fated mates.

Previously published in the Warlords, Witches and Wolves: A Fantasy Realms Anthology

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Dark Vengeance by Shelley Russell Nolan (Book 2, The Last Ward) was released 20 April.

Victory comes at a cost.

In the aftermath of the battle to free Brimfield from the control of a madman, Jackson Kyle, Captain of the Ward, is focused on protecting the humans under his charge. But not all his enemies have been vanquished.

Forced to flee, Jackson and his wardens seek a safe place to create more of the cure for the freak virus. But not everyone wants to see an end to all freaks. As hidden agendas surface, Jackson is ripped from those he trusts, putting the future of humankind at stake.

With his allies scattered, and his own kind turning against him, it will take everything Jackson has to win this fight. But if he loses his life … the cure dies with him.

Book 1, Dark Justice is currently on sale (see below)

by Cassie Laelyn (Book 1, Small Town Packs) was released 8 June.

Wolves of Woodland Falls

Two destinies. One curse. A secret to die for…

Return to Woodland Falls, pack up the past, and get the hell out of there. After fifteen years, it should be easy, right? Sure, until Mia Jones stumbles into the town’s sexy bartender, Noah Cole. His wolfish grin and impossibly bright blue eyes trigger a forgotten memory, throwing her plans into a spin. But when she discovers Noah’s secret, their reunion goes from destined to deadly. 

Now, she must choose between her heart and preventing an ancient curse that threatens the entire shifter community. 

But what if those she loves are the biggest threat?

Currently at discounted price of .99c US.

Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur  (Book 1, The Witch King's Crown) is now in audio format.

A modern fantasy novel inspired by the King Arthur legend…

For hundreds of years, the Witch King’s sword has been buried in stone awaiting the next hand to draw it.

Many have tried. None have succeeded.

Gwen is the last in a long line of De Montfort witches whose duty it is to protect the sword of all power. But when she returns to King Island to perform the blessing, a mysterious pulse of blue light tells her that someone has attempted to draw the sword. Before she can investigate any further, demons attack. She only survives with the help of a mysterious stranger who disappears as quickly as he appears. 

Gwen and her grandmother, Moscelyne, soon discover that minor gateways into Darkside—the traditional home of both demons and dark elves—are being forced open by magic.  Even worse, someone is now sending demons after the Witch King’s heirs.

As vital artifacts are stolen by Darkside and the deaths draw altogether too close to home, Gwen and Mo—with the help of old gods and an ancient order of knights once thought dead—scramble to unravel the clues and stop the murderous would-be king from claiming the crown.

If they fail and the wrong hand draws the sword of power, he can unlock the main gateway into Darkside and unleash utter hell onto an unsuspecting and unprepared England….

Shadowland Sector Two by Mila Young  (Book 2, Shadowlands Sector) is now in audio format.

It’s only a matter of time before I destroy them all...A raging, bloodthirsty wolf isn’t the only deadly thing inside me. So, I have to do what I’ve always done best. Run.

Leaving my alphas and the first taste of love I’ve ever known is the only answer now.

And even when Fate steps in and puts us all back together, including a sexy new alpha with troubles of his own, I can’t stay. Even though it’s killing me to go.

The pain of being away from them will literally kill me, but no matter what happens to me, I can’t let them pay for my weakness.

I can’t save myself, but I can save them. I can save them from seeing what I will become...But my dominant alphas are better hunters than I am prey, and they’re determined to keep me...whatever the cost.

Siren Redeemed by Mila Young and C.R. Jane (Book 4, Thief of Hearts) was released 3 June. 

One man broke me. One led me to sin. And one killed me to save me.

I grew up under the iron fist of a vampire. And when I betrayed him, I ended up in Nightmare Penitentiary.

Multiple attacks, my death, and four psycho men later…I’m done being everyone's target.

I have to escape the monsters who surround me within these walls. So a deal has been struck, and failure to fulfill my part of the bargain is not an option. 

With my fae prince, incubus, hellhound, and serial killer, I’m set to unleash hell on all of who’ve done me wrong.

I’ve had enough of the cages that surround me. 

Sometimes all you need is a second chance to make things right. But in my case, I was given four…

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The Cursed Spirit by Lilliana Rose (Book 5, Lost Souls Academy) is expected to be released on 10 June.

The Lost Souls Academy has become Zarya’s home and a place where she is safe with her new friends. The Guild is threatening her new sanctuary as they want control of the library to access the deep, dark knowledge that has been hidden away. 

Can the students work together to keep the library for themselves? Or will their own interests in using the knowledge to change them get in the way? 

Abaddon has made it clear he is coming to the Academy for Zarya. So defenses are put in place, but will they be enough to stop this powerful ghost? Zarya is becoming a strong ghost hunter, but will it be enough to defeat Abaddon as he closes in on her?

It's at the low price of 99c for pre-ordering!

Crown of Shadows by Keri Arthur (Book 1, Relic Hunter) is expected to be released 22 February 2022. 

The relics of the Old Gods are dangerous... as the world is about to discover.

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Cross My Heart by D.K. Hood (Book 12, Detectives Kane and Alton) is expected to be released 7 July.

She wakes to the sound of footsteps outside her secluded home. Moving toward the window, she scans the dark woods around her and freezes. A tall figure in a long dark coat holds a crossbow pointed right at her. She blinks as lightning cracks overhead. But when she opens her eyes, the figure has vanished…

When the body of a man is found in the dense forest surrounding Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton immediately sees disturbing similarities with a past case—the same murder weapon, the remote beauty spot, and the way the victim is perched against a tree with no sign of a struggle. But the killer in that case was jailed for life.

Jenna suspects a copycat killer and her fears are confirmed when, during the town’s Halloween festival, the bodies of two tourists are found further down the remote trail. They too had been hunted down and murdered in another picturesque spot and all Jenna can hope is that the man behind bars can help her catch the twisted monster behind these new deaths.

As she comes face to face with the vicious murderer who has haunted her dreams for years, she is sure he knows more than he’s telling her. Looking deep into Jenna’s eyes, as if they’re two old friends catching up, he promises to take his final revenge on her for locking him up. But before she can learn more, he is dragged away by prison guards.

When a sudden emergency call takes Jenna and her deputy David Kane deep into the woods, Jenna senses something is very wrong about the situation. As a strange calmness falls over the forest, a familiar face emerges from the shadows. Will this killer be the one who finally takes down Sheriff Alton, and can they make it out of the forest alive?

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Resisting the Firefighter by Christina Phillips, Cathleen Ross, and Mel Teshco is expected to be released 1 July


To Seduce a Fae by Mila Young (Book 1, Winter's Thorn) is now on the KISS app.

KISS is a new and exciting way to experience Romance stories of all genres. Enjoy serialized quality content from NYT and USA Today bestselling authors, available right from your phone.  KISS has hundreds of titles and authors to choose from, including new and exclusive content from some of your favorite voices!

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Dark Justice by Shelley Russell Nolan (Book 1, The Last Ward) is available for .99c US for a limited time!

The Dream Talkers by Lilliana Rose (Book 2, Lost Souls Academy) is available for .99c US for a limited time.

Zarya dreams are bordering on nightmares, haunting her during the day as she tries to settle into the academy. It’s like there are entities trying to talk to her while she sleeps, but the message is getting muddled. 

Are they being helpful or not?

Could it be ghosts that talk in dreams, and are they connected to Abaddon?

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Be Mine Forever by D.K. Hood (Book 11, Detectives Kane and Alton) is available for .99c US for a limited time.

Gray clouds gather overhead as she runs along the dark road. Not a soul is out in the storm, or so she thinks. As the vehicle pulls up alongside her, she sees a familiar face behind the wheel and thinks she's safe. Little does she know, she has just put herself in unthinkable danger...

When local cheerleader, Laurie Turner, goes missing after practice and her bright red pick-up truck is found abandoned by the side of a quiet road, Sheriff Jenna Alton fears the worst.
Visiting Laurie's family house, Jenna senses that the teenager's home life isn't as perfect as her father would have people believe. Quick to temper and full of hatred towards Laurie's mother, Dr Turner doesn't seem to know the first thing about his own daughter, let alone how long she's been missing for.

With the clock ticking, the whole town takes to the streets to find the missing girl and, after a frantic search, a terrible discovery is made at the bottom of an old mine shaft on the outskirts of town. Laurie's pale body is totally still and Jenna is sure somebody in the local community is her killer.

When another cheerleader goes missing, Jenna thinks that someone close to the school is picking the teenagers off one by one. As she talks to the other students, it becomes clear that there are plenty of people who'd like to silence the girls forever.

Then her own deputy David Kane comes face to face with the murderer, and Jenna has to race to save him. Can she do so before it's too late? Or will another young life be taken?

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The Curious Case of Nimue Fairchild by Daniel de Lorne (Prequel, Immortals of the Apocalypse) is now free if you sign up to Daniel's newsletter.  

Arcane Awakenings 1 & 2 by Shelley Russell Nolan (Book 1 & 2, Arcane Awakenings) is now free if you sign up to Shelley's newsletter.


Keri Arthur has updated the look of her website.

Mila Young is now on Tik Tok


Australian Romance Readers Association - Book Signing Event: A Romantic Rendezvous

DarkSiders that are attending: Cassie Laelyn, Cathleen Ross, and Keri Arthur.

VIP Tickets now on sale. 

Claire Boston is going to appear at the Rockingham Writer's Convention, 10 July 2021.


Congratulations to our DarkSiders.

Thanks for joining us. Until next time...