It's the first DarkSider News for the year,
and we have a bumper of an issue for you.
Follow Your Heart by Lilliana Rose (Book 6, Follow Your Heart) was released on 15 December.
Vickie finds herself in an unusual situation. There are no cases for her to solve. No clients, new or old. She doesn’t know what to do.
A mysterious note sends her to the dangerous port area. Will this be the beginning of a new adventure or something more sinister for her to survive? And will husband George, support or hinder her?
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!
Curse Bound by Imogene Nix was released on 1 January.
A contemporary romance with Paranormal Themes, based on a fictional Queensland Island.
When Tabitha finally prepares to say goodbye to her beloved father, it opens a link to her past and her ancestors. She is tasked with finding the remains of her ancestor and burying him beside the long dead wife.
But when Christian-a descendant of the wife-enters the scene, it leaves Tabitha floundering amid passion and danger. As they draw closer to finding the remains, it brings many things into question, among them, how to defeat the evil that also remains tied to the mystery.
Luminality by TJ Nichols was released on 25 January.
Like everyone in the Dark City, Elliot Brand never has enough coin for anything. There is never time for more than survival. He does everything he can to make sure he and his brother, Dayne, have a place to live. But when his brother goes missing, Elliot suspects the worst—that he has been taken by the Kin.
The Kin live in a castle on the lake that only appears at night. They trade with the rich up the hill. In exchange for giving the rich the orbs that light the city and healing nectar, the Kin are permitted to hunt humans in the Dark City.
Elliot swore on his mother’s death bed that he wouldn’t let harm come to Dayne, so he makes a plan to go to the castle and get his brother back. Dazzled by the wealth and the attentions of Umbra, a Kin with their own plans, Elliot gets caught up in machinations far beyond his wildest dreams.
But Dayne has tasted Kin blood and become one of the devoured. Elliot’s plans quickly unravel. If Elliot and Umbra are to survive, they’ll need one another.
For readers who like dark gay fantasy romance, revolutions and rebel princes.
The Fire Dancer's Familiar by TJ Nichols (Familiar Mates short story) was released on 14 February.
Hundreds of years ago Prys was tasked with guarding his unhatched sister. He needs the help of a rare fire witch.
Aaron has found a way to use his magic in public, the last thing he expects after a show is for a dragon to approach him asking for a favor.
Previously published in Flame's Embrace: An Australian Bushfire Charity Anthology
The Servant's Grace by Claire Boston (Book 3, The Emperor's Conspiracy) was released 7 February.
A tyrannical ruler. A hidden heir. Can a simple handmaiden save her realm from doom?
Lady’s maid Shan works for a privileged family, though she longs to see all servants treated fairly. But when she’s caught with equality propaganda, no favours can keep her from execution. With no other way to save herself, Shan reveals her ability to turn invisible and agrees to a risky mission spying on the emperor.
Slipping through the palace corridors to collect evidence of the callous monarch’s plans, Shan discovers the true heir to the throne may be alive. But with attempts on her mistress’s life and the emperor determined to root out any plot against him, even her power to vanish might not be enough to save her.
Can a lowly servant become the key to saving an empire from a bloodthirsty despot?
The Servant’s Grace is the thrilling conclusion to the Emperor's Conspiracy fantasy series. If you like determined heroines, high-stakes espionage, and epic power struggles, then you’ll love Claire Boston’s action-packed finale.
Buy The Servant’s Grace for the final battle against tyranny today!
A Perfectly Paranormal Valentine has stories by Leisl Leighton and Samantha Marshall and was released 1 February.
Valentine's Day - celebrating forever love with roses and chocolates, claws and fangs, and a magical spell or two ...
Whatever your paranormal pleasure, dive into these five original stories from award winning and new Australian authors in this magical anthology.
Featuring sweet or spicy romance, action, revenge, secrets and curses, this paranormal anthology will fill all your Valentine's Day desires.
Witch, Vampire, Demi-God, Fae and Shifter: who will get their happy ever after this Valentine's Day?
LOVE CURSED by Leisl Leighton
A love across time, cursed to stay apart …
Coven librarian, Juliana Stevens, jokes about being cursed at love. When an old diary that speaks of an ancient Love Curse is found, she realises it isn't a joke. To break the hex she must uncover a secret spell and travel to Rome to be in the exact spot with her unknown soul mate by midnight on Valentine's Day, or her soul will be doomed forever. No pressure – but it's going to be Happy Never After if she can't.
BAD VALENTINE BATCH by Marnie St Clair
Avery Lloyd does not like being a witch - it's all rules and hard work. She also hates dogs. As in, really hates dogs. So when her boss Alec insists she attend the Valentine's Day charity event at the lost dogs' shelter, Avery casts an unlawful spell to get out of it. But something's not quite right about this batch of magic, and before she knows it, Avery has ruined Alec's life. She has until Valentine's Day to fix it, or the damage will be permanent.
CATNIP by Samantha Marshall
For reclusive dragon Oaklyn Airecross, spending Valentine's Day with a stack of book boyfriends and chocolate mousse sounds like heaven - until an uninvited guest picks a fight with a bean bag, and she's thrust bodily into a mess of runaway cats, vampire intrigue and frypans. In order to reclaim the Valentine's Day of her dreams, Oaklyn must set aside her preconceived notions on true love, the perfect man, and exactly what that bulge might be when it twitches inside of his pants.
FILIGREE AND FATE by Helen Lucy Howe
Famous fae-artist, Zhulija, is asked to create decorations for a wedding, but things don't go according to plan. Infamous unseelie, Dario Eribifax, after recognizing his 'true mate,' appoints himself her personal assistant in an effort to convince her of their fated connection. What could possibly go wrong?
A BROOMSTICK BREW by Georgia Tingley
When Wysper uses a 'love potion' on Valentine's Day to make the man of her dreams fall in love, things take a turn for the worse. She finds herself falling for everyone she looks at. A hilarious witchcraft backfire!
Wicked Words by M.J. Scott (Book 2, Techwitch) was 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.
I was taught my whole life about the importance of true mates, how when you find that one wolf for you, everything falls into place.
Everyone who taught me that was a liar.
When I found my true mate, happily ever after sure as hell didn’t start, but hell definitely began.
I ran away, and now I’ve been searching for peace for weeks as I drive around the country.
I didn’t mean to take the wrong road.
I didn’t mean to make it to that small town.
And I didn’t mean to meet two men, who set me and my wolf on fire.
But here I am somehow, and peace is the last thing I’ve found.
And don’t forget about the serial killer…
What happens to a siren who's come back from the dead?
I hope I get the chance to find out.
I've been betrayed, destroyed by the three men that I'd given my trust.
I'm alone again in this place... a place that's darker than hell.
And worse, something strange is happening to me. Something that has me wondering if I can even trust myself.
There are so many secrets in these walls, and I'm now determined to find them all out.
I'm done playing nice. This siren's going to sing once again.
Nightmare Penitentiary doesn't know what's coming.
One will risk the safety of our future. One will reveal a heartbreaking betrayal. One will bring out my own demons. And one might just be the savior I've been looking for.
Don't outstay your time at Nightmare Penitentiary. Some places you just don't survive..
Accidentally Married to a Demon by Mila Young (Book 1, Fiend's Peak) was released 14 December.
Better the devil you know, or the one you accidentally married...
Adventure is not my middle name. It’s not even a nickname I once got after a few drinks and a lot of bad judgment. No, Adventure is not something you’d associate with a safe, risk-averse witch like me. And I’m fine with that.
But then...things start changing. One phone call spun my safe life right out of orbit. My late aunt just left me a vineyard in the middle of Transylvania.
And it only gets weirder and worse from there. There’s a demon I accidentally married, and he’s literally the hottest thing I’ve ever seen. Oh, and let’s not forget about the vampires threatening my life...yeah, things have gotten exponentially worse.
But the worst part is that my demon husband is hiding more than the secrets of my inheritance, which given my newfound luck just might do me in before the vamps get their chance.
Mom always did say marriage was hell. If only she knew how right she was…
The Virgin Hunt Games Volume 1 by Mel Teshco was released on 18 January.
EARTH, YEAR 2324
Melody Simmons desperately needs to fill her bank accounts with credits that could help her family climb out of near poverty. And in the Virgin Hunt Games, that means enticing as many hunters as possible to bed her. The downside? Billions of viewers from all parts of the galaxy would be watching her fall from virtue with avid interest.
Alien Damon Banscott despises everything about the Virgin Hunt Games. Except the fact he can now legally destroy his enemy in the games. He is in this only for revenge. Then Damon sees one of the beautiful hunted and, for a moment, his heart stops beating. He’ll fight to the death before allowing another hunter to touch and deflower Melody.
But while the hunters get more credits by pleasing their captive mate sexually, the hunted women received more by finding their pleasure with any of the hunters who weren’t their assigned mate.
Let the games begin…
The Virgin Hunt Games Volume 2 by Mel Teshco was released on 15 February.
EARTH, YEAR 2328
One innocent virgin. One jaded lothario. One life and death Games, a dazzling fortune to the winner. But first one must survive...
Tamsin Mercedes has led a charmed life. Her loving parents, scientists who research groundbreaking drugs, have given her everything she desires...until evil investors blackmail them to develop new, highly-addictive drugs. Tamsin won’t have it. Sacrificing her innocence as a Hunted in the Virgin Hunt Games is a small price to pay them off. But first she must win...
Sex-trafficked in his youth by his drug-addicted mother, Landry Marx now knows well how to please a woman physically. But he has yet to find a woman he connects with on an emotional level…until he meets his assigned Hunted in the infamous Virgin Hunt Games. Tamsin is incredible, their chemistry explosive, and the more he gets to know her the more his guard comes down.
But what happens when Landry discovers Tamsin's parents made the drug that killed his mother...
The Dreams of Broken Kings by Lana Pecherczyk (Book 3, Fae Guardians) was released on 28 January.
Humans destroyed this planet. The Fae rebuilt. Thousands of years into the future, humans want it back.
Humans and Fae are at war over the last habitable piece of land left on earth. Neither fully human or fae, but something in between, a woman from our time must work with a lethal Fae Guardian of the future to uncover the sinister plot threatening to destroy the land once and for all.
Saving the world starts with opening their hearts.
The Dreams of Broken Kings is the gripping conclusion to the 'Season of the Wolf' Trilogy in the Fae Guardians fantasy romance series. It features steamy romance, a dash of time travel, monster hunting, a band of brothers, shifters, fae protectors and their strong willed women from our time. If you love your books full of page turning action, intrigue, and romantic tension then this book is for you. For fans of Kristen Ashley's Fantastical series or Sarah J Maas's adult fantasy romance.
The Widow of Red Lion Row by Viveka Portman was released 4 January.
London, 1810. Margaret Forsythe never expected to become a condom maker. But she is a widow, and due to her late husband, she has lost everything. Now she has been exiled to the filth of Southwark, with no money or means of survival. Never again will she be beholden to a man.
But when her situation becomes dire, she has little choice but to throw herself on the mercy of the dangerously handsome brothel owner, Charles Grimsby.
Charles’s prostitutes need ‘johnny caps’ to avoid venereal disease – and so, torn between morality and poverty, Margaret begins to manufacture them, using animal gut and ribbons. Will this new enterprise be her salvation, or her ultimate ruin?
Magic Misled by Keri Arthur (Book 7, Lizze Grace) is expected to be released 23 February.
Her husband might be dead, but her problems are far from over.
Lizzie Grace had hoped that Clayton’s death would bring some normality back into her life. But not only does her father remain intent on interfering now that he knows she can manipulate wild magic, but the High Witch Council has sent in an investigator to uncover her part in Clayton’s murder.
But a bigger threat has arrived on the reservation.
One that wears flesh and blood, and is intent on revenge.
And it’ll kill anyone who gets in its way…
The Secrets in Shadow and Blood by Lana Pecherczyk (Book 4, Fae Guardians) is expected to be released on 22 February.
In the shadows, vision can turn blurry. Truths can become lies. Enemies can become lovers.
When Violet inexplicably wakes thousands of years after a nuclear holocaust, she finds the world very different. Fae exist now. They’re vicious, animalistic monsters who pervert magic and can morph into any shape—including vampires. They hoard the bounty of the new world, and keep humans banished to the wasteland. At least, that’s what the humans of today have told her. Determined to make up for an unforgivable mistake in her past, she becomes a covert assassin and seeks revenge for her human brethren. And she’s good at it. But when the thing she hunts saves her life, injuring himself in the process… her crystal clarity suddenly becomes blurry.
Vampires are meant to be monsters, not protectors… not charismatic, annoyingly handsome and loyal and… everything.
Indigo is a Fae Guardian, and a ruthless vampire protector of Elphyne. The Order has tasked him with finding a human with deadly secrets before the unhinged Unseelie Queen, or the fanatical human leader, can exploit her. They chose him for one reason, and one reason only – the taste of human blood does things to him. Addictive, dark, insatiable things. And when he catches Violet’s scent, they know he’ll do everything in his power to covet her and keep her safe. But Indigo hides his own shameful secret in the shadows of his heart, and if it ever comes to light, Violet will never trust him. She’ll kill him.
Witch Bound by Leisl Leighton (Pack Bound prequel) is expected to be released 6 April.
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 ...
Moon Kissed by Mila Young and Jordan Crow (Book 2, Chosen Vampire Slayer) is expected to be released 11 March.
There’s a war on…
...and we’re on the losing side.
But that’s not the only problem I’ve got. Someone or something is killing off the humans in Anchorage... and the fallout is landing right on our shoulders.
Or at least on those of us left.
Seth has vanished. I refuse to believe he’s gone for good. I won’t. If I have to go through heaven and hell to find him, that’s just what I’ll do. I owe him that.
And I’m on it as hot and heavy as the growing attraction between me and the monsters I’ve fallen for. Which is more than complicated. And could use some of my time...
But I’ve got none.
Another monster, one hidden in the shadows, is making it his business to get in my way. Which means the boys and I have our hands full just surviving another day. And things are only getting worse.
There’s something coming for me, and it won’t stop until I’m dead.
All Shot to Hell by Mila Young and Haper A. Brooks (Book 3, Sin Demons) is expected to be released 25 February.
Playing devil's advocate with three demons? There's no way I am ever going to win.
Things were finally going right for us. We got the relics back. We defeated the dragon. I thought we’d won. But we’ve ended up losing so much more…
Cain’s severely wounded, and I don’t know how to save him. Losing him shouldn’t bother me, but it does. A lot.
Elias and Dorian have a plan: seek out help from people who wield the darkest and cruelest of magic. We soon find that the only one with enough power to bring the Prince of Hell back from death is a master of death itself. But nothing can be done for free and the price has us traveling across the world and facing a slew of new dangers, ones none of us are prepared for.
Even with everything shot to hell, the demons remain a constant temptation I don’t need. Being with them only seems to fan the flames, but letting me go depends on finding all of Hell’s relics.
And if I’m being honest, I’m not sure what I’ll do once my soul is freed.
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To Hell and Back by Mila Young and Haper A. Brooks (Book 4, Sin Demons) is expected to be released 29 April.
Beneath the Mask contains the story A Deadly Wedding by Lana Pecherczyk and was released 14 February.
Ten tantalizing tales of masked heroes saving the day and falling in love.
From sweet saviors to steamy angelic warriors, reluctant heroes to grumpy playboys, this anthology has something for everyone who’s ever fantasized about being a hero...or falling for one.
Do you dare to peek behind the mask and live out your sweetest, darkest, steamiest fantasies?
Each story includes superheroes and a swoon-worthy happily every after!
When Arrows Fly contains a story by Mila Young. It was published 20 November and is a limited charity edition.
Cupid's arrow has struck. Who are you falling for?
Swoon, sigh, and lock the door. You'll need alone time with these sexy heroes and steamy scenes. Meet new love interests or rekindle a romance with old favorites. Either way, you'll never want to stop turning pages. There's a little something for everyone to love, and these short stories are guaranteed to satisfy.
Love conquers all in this limited collection of short stories from some of your favorite romance authors!
This is a limited edition charity anthology. Proceeds benefit small animal rescue and rehabilitation.
Seduced By Magic: A steamy paranormal romance anthology contains a story by Lilliana Rose. It is expected to be published 19 October.
Crawling under your skin.
Nibbling at your neck.
Sending tendrils of red heat through your body.
Delve into a world that exists just beyond the boundary of our reality.
Alphalicious shifters, lusty witches, sultry vampires, and all creatures supernatural and sexy are ready to lure you into the dark, where you'll taste danger, embrace deliciously sensual pleasures, and find a romance to rival the ages.
Are you ready to be seduced?
Satisfy your paranormal romance and urban fantasy cravings with SEDUCED BY MAGIC – a 19 book collection from USA Today, and NYT Bestselling authors.
You won't want to miss out on this limited-edition collection. Grab this ultimate bundle before it vanishes forever!
When Evil Came to Stay by Imogene Nix will be released 22 February.
For Erin McNally, that includes working alongside David. He’s the one man she wants and can never have. Too much separates them —Position, Money & Power are just the beginning.
For David, Erin is the woman he dreams of and burns for. After she’s hurt in a horror incident his protective instincts kick into overdrive.
But the times are dangerous—the kids are growing in power, there’s someone in the camp who’s betraying them and the danger is acute.
Success isn’t assured, and neither is their survival… Love may be their only hope.
Beltane Bliss by Lilliana Rose is currently free.
Edi Court needs to leave the covenant, so wounds inflicted by her ex can be healed.
Her psychic ability leads her south where she opens a store.
A haunted store!
Now she’s stuck with dealing with a stubborn ghost.
Voltaire, a plumber, believes in only what he can see in the real world.
Edi finds herself in the role of rescuer thanks to his closed heart and aversion to magic.
Will her desire to heal him land her in trouble?
Or with the Beltane energies thick in the air, will this be the start of something powerful?
Can a believer and non-believer in the Magiks find love over Beltane?
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