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Tuesday 1 December 2020

DarkSider News for December 2020!



Christmas is around the corner. Here's some stocking stuffers for you...


Alien Rescue by Marie Dry (Book 4, Zyrgin Warriors) was released on 26 November. 

In a bleak future, where government systems are breaking down, and poverty and violence reign, Rose wakes from a horrific ordeal, only to find that aliens have taken over Earth while she was unconscious. One of them claimed her as his breeder, and now she has to resist her attraction to the alien who buys her frilly dresses and calls her his breeder. She also needs to find a way to rescue her colleagues and country from the Zyrgin invaders.

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Shadowlands Sector Three by Mila Young (Book 3, Shadowlands Sector) was released on 30 November.

There is no more running…
...this time, I’m willing to fight to the death. Mine and theirs.

Because of me, my three mates have been captured by our enemy, and once again I am all alone.

But I can’t let the enemy’s treachery be their fate. Not for me, not for the future we thought we had.

My only option is to take this fight to him. Let embrace the monster inside me I have feared my whole life.

The enemy thinks I’m the key to his biggest problem...

The undead.

I can’t be that key. I must return. I must save my men. No matter the cost.

I’m running out of time. My life for the alphas.

I have one choice. That’s an easy decision. And my monster agrees. We’re out for blood, and this time I’m not leaving until the enemy pays.

Shadowlands Sector is the final book in this trilogy. The spin-off series, Savage Sector, is set in the same world and is coming out soon.

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Night Kissed by Mila Young and Jordan Crow (Book 1, Chosen Vampire Slayer) was released on 19 November.

To say I’m killing it at my job is an understatement… Literally.

Monsters. I hunt them. I kill them.

And I enjoy it, ridding the world of the vicious supernatural killers who stalk innocents and destroy lives.

Like mine. Like my family’s.

That was years ago. But I’m strong now. I’m not the victim anymore. I’ve fought hard to become the thing they should fear—a vampire slayer. When I’m called in to investigate a chain of suspicious deaths across Alaska, I meet three of the hottest, and most dangerous, monsters I’ve ever seen.

Just one problem.

They’re the things that go bump in the night—a vampire, a fallen angel, and a demon. Enemies I must trust with my life if I’m to solve the dark trail of mysteries before more lives are lost.

But just as hard as solving the murders is denying my attraction to them all. And as things heat up in more ways than one, I know I’ll never be the same again…

That is, if I survive the evil I’m sworn to kill... and the ones I’ve let into my heart.

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Beautiful Beasts box set by Mila Young and Kim Faulks was released on 2 June.

Love is complicated. But then so is a stake through the heart!

1000 + pages VAMPIRE and WOLF SHIFTER fated mate romance. Each book follows the same powerful alphas and a strong, sassy woman. Lose yourself in high action, funny laugh-out-loud scenes, sizzling romance, forbidden attraction, and burning love scenes that will leave you gasping for more.

Fans of Vampire Academy and Vampire Diaries will devour these 6 complete books in Beautiful Beasts.


"Judas?" Morwenna called my name. The sound of it on her lips almost made me moan with desire.

Something inside me stirred. Something primal and hungry, and I wasn't the only one who felt it either. Bond and Nero felt it too. They were my Wolves...my pack, my best friends, and yet when I was with her...I didn't feel like sharing.

Princess of Frost (a Snow Queen retelling) by Mila Young (Once Upon A Fairy Tale Night) was released on 27 June.

The family I never knew left me a cursed legacy that could get me killed...or worse.

I wield snow magic, a power everyone around me fears. I must hide it and the truths of my past or end up dead.

Because the cruel prince whose castle I serve has no mercy on anyone for the slightest offence. Much less wielding forbidden magic.

But when I’m caught stealing mere scraps of bread by the unyielding prince himself, my fate is forever changed.
Now I’m his servant, imprisoned here in his walls, punished for my hunger and made to do his bidding. Only he doesn’t yet know what I truly am.

Or that our destinies are impossible to untangle.

The truth of my past and the fate of the cursed kingdom are as intertwined as what is happening between me and the dark prince. To survive, I must learn all that came before. I must harness my power to become a deadly and powerful and ice-cold wielder of snow magic.

Because that and the help of the bespelled prince are all that stand between breaking the curse that haunts our world and succumbing to a fate of darkness and despair

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School of Broken Wings by Mila Young and C.R. Jane (Book 4, Academy of Souls) was released on 27 April.

With brave wings she flies...

Adeline Jones always suspected Raven Academy was filled with monsters.
And now those monsters want her.

The Academy was meant to be a new start… instead it broke her.

Now, all that stands between her death and survival are the Raven boys.

They were her enemies.

They became her protectors.

And now, she’ll have to make the greatest sacrifice of all to save them...

Sometimes discovering the truth about your past means losing everything in the future.

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The Fallen World box set by Mila Young and C.R. Jane was released on 10 October.

Three alien warriors. A human true mate. They are her darkest temptations, and her only salvation from the danger engulfing Earth.

800+ pages of alien romance that WILL make you crave your very own scorching hot protective warrior. Let yourself fall into this exciting, action-packed, and sizzling romance that will leave you breathless for more. Follows three aliens invading Earth to find their fated mate and save their own world.

The collection includes the following stories:

They came to earth. They destroyed my life, took those closest to me, and now they’re set on making me their own.

Their obsession will destroy me... One thing is for sure though...the Vepar are never going to let me go.

What happens when I find out that the three aliens might be the monsters I need to fear the most?

All I want is a happy ending, but things keep getting in the way of that...like the fate of a fallen world.

Four complete full-length heart-pounding books with burning hot scenes, no cheating, and a guaranteed happy ending!

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Finding Home by Annie Seaton (Book 3, Love Across Time) was released on 30 November.

Alice McLaren is a traveller . . . but her travels must remain a secret. Now that she has no one of her own, she leaves London during the Blitz to move to her family’s cottage in Somerset. Alice plans to take evacuated children from London and care for them in the country.

However, her travels take her much further than she anticipates, away to a safer place far from the war and the incessant bombing.

When she meets and falls in love with Branton, Alice is torn. There is a child to be rescued, and Alice is the only one who can save Amelia Adnum. She must choose between Branton and taking the lost child home safely.

As circumstances change, Alice must make a decision that could change many lives.

Branton knows Alice holds a secret, but he cannot understand why she refuses to stay with him. He cannot bear to lose her, but can Branton convince Alice that their love will endure, no matter what?

The Vet's Familiar by TJ Nichols was released on 28 November. 

Wounded and left for dead, shifter Kit Linfield is stuck in his eagle form.

A Christmas Eve flight with his family turned to slaughter when some hunters took aim. Kit played dead, but he needs help, or he’ll die. He wants to live to have vengeance.

Errol Hart is spending Christmas alone for the first time since his divorce. When a badly wounded eagle is delivered to his care, it’s the first animal that Errol can’t communicate with. The eagle is so badly injured Errol isn’t sure it will survive. But the way it looks at him, like it understands every word he says…

When Errol learns the truth, he vows to help Kit find the men responsible for the illegal hunt.

For readers who like fated mates, age gap and small town gay romance.

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Soul Survivor by Daniel de Lorne (Book 1, Immortals of  the Apocalypse) was  released on 25 November. 

An ancient craving. A dead world. Can one near-immortal save his heart as the planet descends into ruin?

2141. Five-hundred-year-old Emrys Stone hates that his hunger for human souls kills everything he touches. But supplies are scarce in Earth’s scorched landscape, and his kind are falling into anarchic chaos. When a ferocious insanity devours the remaining food source, Emrys’s last hope for survival lies in a desperate trek across the apocalyptic wasteland.

Almost at death’s door, Emrys stumbles on another colony and asks for shelter in return for his services as an assassin. But when he becomes a pawn between warring factions and falls for a handsome human warrior, his violent passions could cost him his cursed life.

Can Emrys survive the madness without destroying his own future in the land of the living?

Soul Survivor is the compelling first novel in the Immortals of the Apocalypse romantic gay paranormal suspense trilogy. If you like tormented heroes, ruined lands, and eternal beings, then you’ll love Daniel de Lorne’s twisted tale.

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Unseen by Cassie Laelyn (Book 3, The Fallen Guardians) was released on 30 November. 

Heaven is his new hell.

Fate's at it again. But this time, he's ready...

After centuries of torturous visions from Fate, party boy EJ, hides his guilt behind a perfectly crafted visage. When a woman appears in his dreams, full of sunshine and innocence, he thinks it's another punishment. But when the dream warps, EJ must question not only his destiny, but also his aversion to commitment.

Dreaming of a sexy book boyfriend is the closest thing Hailee has to a happily ever after. Years of running from her mom's imaginary demons ensured that. But when tragedy strikes and Hailee's caught in the middle of a brutal war, all her hope falls on the reluctant hero she thought was a fantasy. 

As an ancient battle threatens to tear them apart, EJ and Hailee must fight for their happy ending before their nightmares become a reality.

The Sorcerer's Touch by Imogene Nix (Book 3, Blood Secrets) was re-released on 1 December.

Since the Slaughterhouse Rout, Daniel has nursed his abilities, but the decision he faces will change his life and those of everyone around him. 

Whether the change is positive or not remains to be seen.

Cressida fears that history will repeat itself. Once before she lost everything she held dear, but after centuries of hiding she must face her past in order to forge a new future. Has she waited too long and pushed Daniel away too well?

Demons High! by Alexis Fleming (Book 2, Lucifer Inc!) was released on 24 November. 

A sexy half-demon neighbor, rampaging horny imps and a dead aunt who’s very much alive… Could life get any more chaotic?

When Elli Gavin inherits her aunt’s run-down house, the last thing she expects to find is a bunch of Lucifer’s imps running a raunchy, imp-humping nightclub and secret poker games in her house every night.

Tate Belor is no ordinary man. He’s part human, part shadow demon and the head of Lucifer’s security detail—and now, thanks to Lucifer, an imp hunter and babysitter. Then he gets his first look at ‘little Elli’. She’s a very grown-up woman with the ability to shatter his legendary control over his emotions.

Invisible humping imps, a believed-dead-but-very-much-alive aunt and a nasty human out to steal her house… Elli’s surrounded by mystery and more questions than answers.

What will she do when the truth is discovered? More importantly, can Elli and Tate survive the Hell-storm together?

But just remember… The house always wins.

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His Christmas Escape by Shona Husk was released by Escape Publishing on 27 November. 

One gourmet party. Six potential couples. The taste of love?

Nico De Luca has been doing his best to keep his family together and off the street since he was sixteen. Everyone thinks he’s doing such a good thing, but they never care about the cost to him. With his stepfather fresh out of jail … again … trouble is brewing.

Coming home after travelling is always bittersweet for Jade Russell. She loves seeing her sister and friends, but her parents have made it very clear she’s not welcome. Christmas is full of fake happiness and spending money on junk people don’t want. She sees it in the parents’ eyes in her job as an elf taking photos with Santa.

When Nico meets Jade in her elf uniform, he is enchanted. When they meet again at a Rainbow Cove Christmas lunch, he realises Jade is out of his league. She knows what she’s doing with her life. She has a life. Following Jade makes stepping off the path easy and, before he knows it, freedom is within Nico’s grasp. But if he leaves, he can never come back …

Promises in the Dark by D.K. Hood (Book 10, Detectives Kane and Alton) was released by Bookatoure on 25 November. 

The young girl pushes against the backseat of the family sedan, fighting to free herself from the crude ties restricting her hands and feet. As the car speeds toward the edge of town, she looks back at her family home, and watches in horror as it is suddenly engulfed in a mass of flames. Trembling with fear, she turns toward the driver and hears only laughter. She knows that the worst is yet to come...

Detective Jenna Alton surveys the charred remains of the large suburban home, stopping to pause at the three lifeless bodies of the Wood family. Jenna knows she's looking for a serial killer, but her priority is finding the missing teenage daughter last seen on the night of the inferno.

Days later, Sophie Wood's body is discovered floating in a shallow pool of crystal-clear water--known locally as Dead Man's Drop--but Jenna still doesn't know who would target the quiet family in such a brutal attack.

Delving into the family's past, she makes a shocking discovery--a link between the killer and someone connected to her deputy David Kane. If Jenna is right and the killer is back and seeking revenge, then she must act fast to keep her deputy safe.

When another girl is taken, Jenna and David follow the trail into a network of underground caves on the outskirts of town. With little time before the killer claims his next victim, they race into the pitch-black tunnels, unsure whether they have just walked into the killer's trap. Can they find the girl in time and escape the caves without the killer chasing them down?

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The Investigator by Anna Hackett (Book 1, Norcross Security) was released 18 November in audio format.

The only man who can keep her safe is her boss’ gorgeous brother.

Museum curator Haven McKinney has sworn off men. All of them. Totally. She’s recently escaped a bad ex and started a new life for herself in San Francisco. She loves her job at the Hutton Museum, likes her new boss, and has made best friends with his feisty sister. Haven’s also desperately trying not to notice their brother: hotshot investigator Rhys Norcross. And she’s really trying not to notice his muscular body, sexy tattoos, and charming smile.

Nope, Rhys is off limits. But then Haven finds herself in the middle of a deadly situation…

Investigator Rhys Norcross is good at finding his targets. After leaving an elite Ghost Ops military team, the former Delta Force soldier thrives on his job at his brother’s security firm, Norcross Security. He’s had his eye on smart, sexy Haven for a while, but the pretty curator with her eyes full of secrets is proving far harder to chase down than he anticipated.

Luckily, Rhys never, ever gives up.

When thieves target the museum and steal a multi-million-dollar painting in a daring theft, Haven finds herself in trouble, and dangers from her past rising. Rhys vows to do whatever it takes to keep her safe, and Haven finds herself risking the one thing she was trying so hard to protect—her heart.


Wicked Words by M.J. Scott (Book 2, Techwitch) is expected to be released on 5 January 2021. 

I never expected to discover that I was a witch—one being hunted by a demon. I’d taken down the demon but the price I paid was high—I lost both my best friend and the man I loved. Now all I want is to leave magic far behind . . .

Maggie Lachlan is the Techwitch. A computer whisperer, able to bring recalcitrant systems to their knees with a single keystroke. But now she knows she is more than a geek, she’s an actual witch as well. But magic has brought only pain and for the last nine months she’s been mourning her losses and ignoring her powers. 

But when her ex, Damon Riley, reappears in her life, bringing in his wake a magical mystery, she will need every ounce of her computer mojo and her magic. Trouble is, she seems to have lost both. And without magic, she’s vulnerable to the kind of control demons like to wield. 

With a curse to unravel and a demon’s revenge to avoid, Maggie needs to find her power and save the day and Damon.  Because sticks and stones can break your bones but, when it comes to magic, words can be deadly...

The second book in the dark and sexy TechWitch Urban Fantasy series from M.J. Scott, RITA® Award nominated author of The Four Arts series and the Half-Light City series.

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Spell Stone by Shelley Russell Nolan (Book 3, Merry Magic) is expected to be released 10 December.

Meddling with magic comes with deadly consequences.

The magical world of Tirana is on the brink of revolution. After losing control of her Earth magic, Merry never wants to cast another spell. With three more charms to collect before she can return to her world, she may not have a choice.

Renegade lords, rogue mages and guild enforcers will be the least of her troubles as she makes her way to the Water focal point. For treachery is not the only poison spreading through the land, which leaves Merry and her friends short on options as well as supplies.

Pushed to the limit, she will come face to face with the deadly consequences of using magic. With time running out to protect the portal from witch hunters, she will be forced to face her fears and decide what is worth dying for.

Can Merry learn to trust herself and her magic? Find out in this magical portal fantasy adventure!

Wild Moon: Real Wolves Bite by Mila Young and C.R. Crane  (Book 1, Kingdome of Wolves) is expected to be released on 4 February 2021. 

Blurb to come.

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Minions by Shelley Russell Nolan was republished on Shelley's blog. Originally published in Specul8 Issue 4, in July 2017.


The Gods of Oakleigh by Juanita Kees has a new cover. 

From the shores of Mykonos to Melbourne Australia, Arian and Ajax find that sometimes in life or death true love is worth fighting for. 

Arian Kendrick has always felt she doesn’t quite fit in. On holiday in Mykonos she rescues a little girl from drowning and discovers powers she didn’t know she had. As her long-dormant mystical talents blossom, so does her heart when she meets Ajax, the handsome, mysterious Greek-Melbournian who swears he is destined to be in her life. 

After falling on his sword after the Battle of Troy, Ajax the Great is banished to Van Diemen’s Land where he must search for a way to redeem his soul. Two thousand years later, he is given a second chance when Zeus orders him to Mykonos to search out and protect the future Queen of the Faeries, Arianrhod. The last thing he expects is to fall in love. 

But every romantic island holiday must come to an end, and the mysteries and fairytales of Mykonos fade into the suburban reality of Melbourne where Arian begins to doubt Greek lore and the magic in her veins. 

Can Arian embrace her mythical legacy in time to save her people as Hades threatens to destroy Paradise forever, and will Ajax rise to fight by her side, or is he destined to fall on his sword for eternity?

The quiet suburb of Oakleigh may never be the same again. Not as long as the gods are in town…

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