2020 Releases

The Rock Star's Familiar
The Vampire's Familiar
The Witch's Familiar
Phantasia: Bad Day On Olympus
Ice Cave
Destiny, Desire & Murder
Close to the Truth

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

DarkSider News for February 2020


It's that time again - sit back and read our latest news. 


The Walking of Ghosts by Lilliana Rose (Book 1, Lost Souls Academy) was released 23 January. 

There is an evil awakening.

At the Lost Souls academy, students aren’t your typical everyday alumni.
Rejects from clans, packs, and covens walk these halls, but there’s something more sinister haunting the academy.

A resident ghost has new student, Zarya, on the fight to banish it. Will her actions cause more enemies at her new school than friends?

‘I’m coming for you.’
A message from beyond has Zarya fearful. Her skills are underdeveloped, but as a ghost hunter, she must stand and fight this new evil.

Can Zarya grow to be the ghost hunter she’s destined to be or will forces overpower her and bring chaos and destruction to the Lost Souls academy?

Available from: 
Amazon US | Amazon Aus |

Nightworld Academy: Term Four by LJ Swallow  (Book 4, Nightworld Academy) was released on 1 February.

A murder on campus divides the houses, and the hidden prejudices between the races spill out into mistrust and violence. Life at the Nightworld Academy will never be the same.

Who murdered Lorna, and who framed Andrei? Proving his innocence may be harder and more dangerous than we imagined, but I'm determined to clear Andrei's name.

But helping Andrei isn't our only problem.

First, I discover my relationship with Jamie is more complicated than we both realised, and that he has a more significant role to play in my life. But I've seen his death again—and this time I know where he dies.

Then, Tobias finally opens up, and our relationship hits a new level of complicated. Tobias can strengthen my powers, but with dangerous consequences for both of us.

Ash continues to struggle with Vincent's control, and with the after-effects of his night away from the academy. As Vincent takes advantage of the unrest between the houses to segregate Gilgamesh, we uncover the darker side of his plans.

But there's more to these events than a shifter with an agenda and a vampire framed for murder. The pieces won't fit into place yet, but I'm no longer sure if the Confederacy or the Dominion is our greatest threat.

As we grow stronger, we become determined that nobody will succeed in tearing us apart. But how far will our enemies go to stop our group uniting into the powerful opponents they fear?

We're facing our most dangerous term yet, and I'm frightened we might not all survive.

Nightworld Academy: Term Four is the fourth book in this upper YA/NA series of magic academy books. The main characters are eighteen and older, and this is a slow burn RH. Contains mature content.

Available from:
Amazon US | Amazon Aus |

Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur  (Book 1, The Witch King's Crown) was released on 2 February.

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….

Buy links available on Keri's website.

Hunter Hunted by Keri Arthur was released on 13 January in audio format.

Christmas is fast approaching, and Lizzie Grace and her witch familiar, Belle Kent, are hoping it’s going to be a quiet one.

But those hopes are dashed when, on a quest to find a customer’s errant husband, Lizzie comes across the body of a witch and a dark circle of power neither she nor Ashworth can break.

Then werewolves begin to turn up dead—skinned.

As the body count rises, and the hunters become the hunted, it’s evident there’s a new evil in town.

One that is determined to claim the reservation—and the wild magic—for his own.

Available from:

Non spec-fiction

Love's Sweet Challenge by Suzanne Gilchrist is a short story set in Bindarra Creek was released on 18 January.

Is the truth worth dying for?

Opal Morse has turned her back on her dreams and is in Bindarra Creek for the inaugural Scavenger Challenge.

When another lonely soul, Grady Flannigan, comes to her aid, the kindness of this gentle farmer re-ignites her fantasies.

She realises she can choose a different life, if only she dares put the past behind her.

Available from:
Amazon US | Amazon Aus |

Pippa by Annie Seaton (Book 1, Pentecost Island) was released on 25 January.

From best selling author, Annie Seaton, a beautiful story of female friendships, and the unbreakable bond that sees friends stay together through the ups and downs of life.

When Pippa Carmichael inherits a house on a deserted tropical island, it couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Life’s been tough lately; she’s lost her job, her apartment and her boyfriend and it’s time for Pippa to make a new start. With three friends, she heads off to Pentecost Island to investigate her inheritance and is delighted to find there is only one other resident on the island.
Author, Rafe Renella, is not impressed when a boatload of women turns up on his island, interrupting his peaceful writing existence. He is less impressed when he meets Pippa, the sassy new owner of Ma Carmichael’s sprawling house.

Can these two live in harmony on the same small island or will one of them have to leave?

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Blackwood Magic by LJ Swallow (Nightworld Academy) is expected to be released on 27 September.

The Blackwood witches were banished years ago and their dark magic locked away. Now someone at the Nightworld Academy has the Blackwood grimoire and possesses the ability to unleash the darkness hidden inside.

Matt is the most gifted elemental witch at the Nightworld Academy, but he's breaking academy rules. If he doesn’t stop misusing his magic, Matt faces expulsion from the academy and time in detention at the Ravenhold Supernatural Reform Academy.

Amelia struggles with her elemental magic and is in awe of Matt's powerful abilities, but Matt barely notices the shy witch who hangs out with his best friend, Jamie.

After another magical mishap, Matt is given one last chance and a different type of punishment. Now forced to work together on the academy musical production, Amelia and Matt grow closer and discover they share a rare witch spellbond.

Can Matt’s powerful connection to Amelia stop him using illegal Blackwood magic before it’s too late? Or does the magic already control him?

Blackwood Magic is a standalone book in the Nightworld Academy series and focuses on Matt and Amelia’s relationship. This was originally written as a short novella and published in an anthology, but has been lengthened to a full book in order to finish their story. 

Available from:
Amazon US | Amazon Aus |

Paying the Forfeit by S.E. Gilchrist  (Book 1, Search for Home) is expected for release on 20 February (it was originally in the Hot Down Under series)

I’ve loved him the moment I set eyes on him, but he was pledged to my sister as part of a newly-forged alliance between our two tribes.

So I left my family behind and sought a different life in the domed city called the Fortress, alone.
Four years later, my mother begged me to return. Since my sister has refused to honour the agreement, the forfeit – a cache of the prized yellow sapphires – must be paid or my remaining family will be banished.

Should I hand over the sapphires I’ve discovered?

Or keep silent and take one long, hot night with the mate of my heart - before I leave forever.

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Phantasia: A Bad Day on Olympus by Efthalia (Book 2, Phi Athanatoi) is expected for release on 18 February.

Torn apart by separate missions, can their love survive an impending apocalypse?

Demigod ex-cop Carissa Alkippes is hellbent on clearing her father’s name. But when she’s sidetracked into saving Zeus’ life, she’s forced into a dangerous mission to locate missing deities. To find them, she must face a horde of bloodthirsty demons.

Xen Lyson shouldn’t dwell on Carissa when he’s supposed to be stopping demons from feasting on humanity. But the sexy vampire worries her solitary journey to Olympus will put her in grave danger. And with absent gods causing devastating natural disasters, he must trust her father, Ares, to keep her safe.

With every mortal sphere at risk, Carissa races to retrieve a magical codex believed to hold the key to defeating her enemy. And when Xen discovers the true source of the threat, saving both humans and gods will put his own immortality in jeopardy.

In between battling Titans, gods, missing keys, and baklava can Carissa and Xen summon the power to conquer the sinister foe and return to each other’s arms?

PHANTASIA – A Bad Day on Olympus is the second book in the Phi Athanatoi paranormal series. If you like strong women, adrenaline-filled action, and fun twists on Greek mythology, then you’ll love Efthalia’s passionate page-turner.

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Galactic Burn by Mel Teshco (Book 1, Alien Hunger) is expected for re-release 14 February.

Humans have been almost wiped out. All the males are gone and only a few hundred females worldwide survived the devastation. The same deadly virus annihilated the female population of a mighty alien nation, and their three kings—Dar, Ezra and Maddox—are looking for one special female, Lillian, to capture and seduce.

Though Lillian survived, she has no memory and struggles with the fact that three alien men have become her lovers. One by one, they take her, make her burn for release and satisfy her every sexual need. She craves their touches, their kisses, their comforting embraces while forming strong emotional bonds with each. Lillian is falling for her sexy aliens and agrees to become their life mate in a special ceremony—her three males will make love to Lillian as all the surviving alien males watch.

But, as the ceremony nears, Lillian begins to remember. The aliens lied and covered up the horrible truth. Their happy, new life together might not be possible after all

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Unforgotten by Cassie Laelyn (Book 2, The Fallen Guardians) is expected for release on 26 February.

A twist even Fate didn't see coming...

Fate offers no mercy. Especially not to those who betray her.

Lethal Guardian Aric’s loyalty never falters. Not even when Fate exiled him and his brothers from the Heavens, separating Aric from his soulmate. He’ll do anything to reunite with her. But when Willow suddenly appears in the mortal realm, Aric’s greatest fear comes true—she’s no longer the angel he left behind.

Since Aric abandoned her, the Heavens have become Willow’s personal Hell. Centuries of bitterness and hurt is a toxic combination. It even affects her angelic powers. When a Fallen offers Willow a chance to escape, she accepts. But shunning her connection to the Heavens comes at a cost.

In a twisted battle of loyalty, trust and hope, what price will two soulmates pay for a second chance at love?

Pre-Order links on Cassie's website

Non spec-fiction

Binadarra Creek Romances by Suzanne / S.E. Gilchrist  (A compilation of S E Gilchrist / Suzanne Gilchrist romances set in the best-selling fictional small town world of Bindarra Creek) is expected for release on 19 March.

Bindarra Creek Makeover: Tessa Gibson reluctantly embarks on a desperate plan to fund her escape from a dangerous collision with her past and secure protection for her daughter. Frantic to escape the nightmare stalking them, it never enters her head she’ll fall in love – not only with a cop but the small-town community that makes her feel like one of their own.

Love’s Sweet Challenge: Opal Morse has turned her back on her dreams and is in Bindarra Creek for the inaugural Scavenger Challenge. When another lonely soul, Grady Flannigan, comes to her aid, the kindness of this gentle farmer re-ignites hope.
She realises she can choose a different life, if only she dares put the past behind her.

Take Me Home: Almost forty, Abby Taylor has built a new life for herself in the small country town of Bindarra Creek. When an old friend convinces her to give two adolescent boys a temporary home, she is torn between a growing love for these orphans and the grief in her past. When her estranged husband, Roman, re-enters her life she releases she has a second chance. But will fate, once again, destroy her dreams?

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Harbour by Claire Boston  (Book 2, First Response) is expected for release on 1 March.

She doesn’t love him anymore. But if she leaves him, she might pay the ultimate price…

Alyse Wilson can’t remember the last time she felt safe in her own home. And after years of her abusive partner laundering money through her business, she doesn’t see any way out. But when rough seas threaten to sink her small craft, she’s stunned when she’s plucked from the waves by an old high-school friend.

Marine Rescue Officer Kim On will never forget the day he lost Alyse. And when he unexpectedly finds himself pulling her into his arms from the depths, he can tell she needs saving from more than just choppy waters. So he vows to do whatever it takes to help her escape, unaware his rival is willing to employ deadly force to keep her in his power.

Gaining a glimpse of a life outside a toxic relationship, Alyse prepares a case to ensure her cruel partner’s arrest. And though he realizes he’s falling for his former crush all over again, Kim worries the closer they get, the more peril she’s in.

Can Alyse and Kim break the hold of a controlling man without it costing their lives?

Harbour is the third standalone novel in the page-turning First Response romantic suspense series. If you like breathtaking drama, high-stakes tension, and unexpected twists and turns, then you’ll adore Claire Boston’s tale of love and danger.

Pre-Order links on Claire's website


Galactic Inferno and Galactic Flame by Mel Teshco (Books 2 & 3, Alien Hunger) have new covers for their upcoming re-release. 


A number of DarkSiders are participating in ARRA's A Romantic Rendezvous March event across multiple cities across Australia.

Brisbane - Dakota Harrison

Sydney - Donna Maree Hanson / Dani Kristoff, Keri Arthur

Melbourne - Donna Maree Hanson / Dani Kristoff, Keri Arthur, MJ/Melanie Scott/ Emma Douglas, M.L. Tompsett

Perth - Anna Hackett, Claire Boston, Juanita Kees, Lana Pecherczyk, Shona Husk, TJ Nichols

Adelaide - Eleni Konstantine, Lilliana Rose, Maggie Mundy

To get tickets, go to the ARRA website. We hope to see you there!

And don't forget the ARR Awards Dinner, where DarkSiders have made the finals lists!!

Favourite Paranormal Romance 2019 – proudly sponsored by Hachette Australia
Unforsaken by Cassie Laelyn
Wrath by Lana Pecherczyk

Favourite Sci Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2019
Wicked Wings by Keri Arthur

Favourite Romantic Suspense 2019
Climbing Fear by Leisl Leighton
Shadows Over Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees

Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2019
Deadly Seven series by Lana Pecherczyk

Favourite Debut Romance Author 2019 – proudly sponsored by Booktopia
Cassie Laelyn

Members’ Choice categories includes

Favourite couple in a 2019 romance
Fenella and Kieran in Shadows Over Wongan Creek by Juanita Kees

Congratulations to all our DarkSiders!

Thanks for sharing in our news. Until next time, happy reading!

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