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, 16 March 2021

DarkSider News for March 2021 - part 2!

Time to get a cuppa, sit back, relax and enjoy our latest news...


Cassie Laelyn placed in the Paranormal Romance Guild's 2020 Reviewers Choice Award.

Unforgotten placed 1st for Best Demons, Devils and Angels
Unseen placed 3rd for Best Angels, Ghosts, Psychics
The Fallen Guardians series placed 3rd for Best Demons, Devils, & Angels series.

Claire Boston placed in the shortlist of the Queensland Writers Centre's  2021 Adaptable program! 

The shortlisted 25 writers will now have the opportunity to pitch their work to producers, screen creatives and film industry professionals at Gold Coast Film Festival this April. 

Good luck Claire!


Moon Kissed 
Mila Young 
and Jordan Crow (Book 2, Chosen Vampire Slayer) was  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.

The Virgin Hunt Games volume 3 by Mel Teshco (Book 3, The Virgin Hunt Games) was released 15 March.


Life isn’t fair. Just ask Violet who mysteriously arrived in a space capsule at an orphanage as a baby. She has one goal—to find her biological parents, and winning the Virgin Hunt Games will ensure her face is plastered on every screener across the universe. Surely, her family will recognize and come for her? If she can only stay away from her Mate, the one man she must elude at all cost to win. But naturally, he’s also the only one she wants to surrender to.

Prince Zel Oscar is used to getting what he wants. But accepting a rival’s dare to be a Hunter in the infamous sexploitative Virgin Hunt Games was a terrible and possibly life-altering mistake. But then he meets his Hunted, Violet...delicious perfection wrapped up in a gorgeous package. Too bad she is totally indifferent to his kisses, his exploits, and his lofty title. He’ll do whatever it takes to break down her steely resistance...but will his subjects see him as a hero, or a total degenerate for having kinky sex in front of billions of viewers?

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Magic Forged by LJ Swallow (Book 2, Ravenhold Supernatural Reform Academy) was released 8 March.

There’s a way to escape from Ravenhold, but I won’t be free.

When I arrived on the island, I believed the other hybrids at the reform academy were my greatest enemies. Now they’re my closest allies inside the corrupt institution.

Apart from one. Dorian Blackwood. 

The seductive vampire hybrid almost stole my blood and magic. Dorian wants my power and thinks he can weaken me, but I saw the truth when we kissed. I weaken him. 

A new witch arrives at the academy, and he claims that we can escape the magic-locked island, but I don’t want any dealings with this familiar face. The guy takes control of the witches, but Dorian doesn’t punish the student who challenges his authority. Why?

As we navigate the power plays around us, I learn more about Zeke’s mysterious past and push through his barriers, but Ethan continues to struggle with how much his dragon half controls him. We’re united now, but would a life outside Ravenhold pull us apart?

With Dorian’s and the newcomer’s help, we have a genuine chance of escape, but nothing happens by chance in this place. Who sent somebody to free the hybrids, and what awaits the four of us in the outside world? 

What will happen if a vengeful Dorian Blackwood is unleashed on our society?  

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Nightworld Academy Terms Four to Six box set by LJ Swallow was released on 10 January. 

This box set includes three full-length books from the bestselling Nightworld Academy series. Terms One - Three must be read first.

"Thank the stars Maeve has a circle hellbent on protecting her, because once the box of secrets splits open, the truth will engulf us all."

Term Four

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. 

Term Five

One night with the Blackwood witches changes everything. Are we here to begin something or have we been gathered together to change the ending?

Term Six

From the first day I arrived, I knew the Nightworld Academy held many secrets. I just discovered that I’m the biggest secret of them all.

Nightworld Academy is a paranormal academy series from USA Today bestselling author LJ Swallow. If you love a fierce heroine who learns to accept her life, delicious guys who love and protect her, and a supernatural academy world filled with magic, mystery, romance and danger, one-click the box sets today. This series is a slow burn YA/NA reverse harem and must be read in order.

Please Note: As the series is set at a magic school in England, the books are written in British English.

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Sienna by Annie Seaton (Book 8, Pentecost Island) was released soon on 28 February.

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

Sienna Marino, an elegant, reserved young woman, has a secret. Travelling from Switzerland to visit her friend, Eliza on Pentecost Island, she is delighted when resort owner, Pippa, offers her the position as manager of Hebe, the new day spa.

Sienna quickly fits into the friendship group on the island, but holds her shameful secret close to her heart. When she falls in love with builder, Danny Riccardo, she knows she cannot succumb to her feelings.

Longing to be loved, Sienna finds herself on another tropical island with the one man she cannot afford to love.

Be Mine Forever by D.K. Hood (Book 22, Detectives Kane and Alton) was released 24 February.

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, Detective 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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Also available in Audio


Savage Sector, Book One by Mila Young (Book 1, Savage Sector) is expected to be released 8 April. 

Being rejected by my fated mate is the least of my problems...

I’m a half-breed, a Cursed. The wolf half gets me an alpha for a fated mate...the witch half gets me killed.

Or so they think.

Now four Viking Alphas are all that stand between me and certain death. They need my powers to take over the Savage Sector, and they’ll hold my sisters’ as leverage until they get what they want from me.

My wild magic, my heart.

My wolf calls to them, but I can't trust them to keep me alive once this is over.

I'm just an Omega to them, but that mistake may cost us all our lives

What the Viking Alphas want, the Viking Alphas get…
...and right now that’s me and my wild magic.

Savage Sector is set in the same world as Shadowlands Sector, with some cross over of characters. It can be read without having read Shadowlands first.

This is a three book series.

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Courting the Witch by M.J Scott (Book 0.5, Four Arts) is expected to be released 13 April. 

Desire or duty…which will woo a witch?

Imogene Carvelle has always wanted a glittering career as an Imperial Mage. She wants to travel the empire and has no thought of marriage. But after returning home from a long mission away, she is in the mood for some fun. But sometimes the best plans go awry, and when Imogene meets the oh-so-delicious but oh-so-wrong Jean-Paul at a ball, her plan for just one night gets complicated…

Jean-Paul du Laq knows he has to marry. As the heir to a duq, he has to carry on the family line with the right kind of wife. And a career minded commoner like Imogene is absolutely not the woman he should be considering for anything more than a dalliance. But to him, Imogene shines brighter than the sun and he’s determined to win her heart…

Courting The Witch is a prequel novella to The Four Arts series. Previously published in Warlords, Witches and Wolves, it now features a new bonus epilogue.

The Heart of a Shadow by Samantha Marshall (Book 1, Merged Worlds) is expected to be released on 22 April.

Prince of Storms. Lady of Shadows. God of Chaos.

Bound in eternal servitude by forbidden magics, dark fairy Liria Atlannon has no choice but to follow her mistress across the seas to Egypt, where Princess Ione of Atlantis will marry the great Pharoah Taos and become Queen. All seems well until Set the Anarchist, god of war and chaos, tries to steal the Princess Ione from her own welcome banquet, forcing Liria to reveal that she’s not just a handmaiden; she’s a weapon.

As Commander of the Pharoah’s honour guard, it is Prince Raiden Horushood’s duty to defend his brother at all costs – even if that means facing down a god he has no hope of defeating. Nobody is more surprised than he when Liria, the softly spoken handmaiden who spends most of her time staring at floor, not only turns Set away but injures him in the process.

With the threat of an unpredictable god hanging overhead, Raiden begs Liria to join the Pharoah’s honour guard. Whilst he’s fascinated by glimpses of a woman who is as intelligent as she is powerful, there isn’t time for charm – if they are to have any hope of protecting the Pharoah and his Princess, then he and Liria must learn to work together.

Though Liria aches to become part of something greater, self preservation dictates she stay far, far away from the vital, strong, and irritatingly handsome Prince Raiden. For if the warrior angel gets too close, he’ll discover that the biggest threat to Merged Egypt is not Set at all – it is Liria Atlannon, damned by the magic which shackles her soul, steals her free will and shapes her actions… until all that remains is a shadow.

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Breaking Arrow 
by Khloe Wren (Book 13, Charon MC) is expected to be released 23 March.

She'll never survive the coming storm, unless he lowers his guard to let her in.

Bodie "Arrow" Trygg didn't care he was the last officer of the Charon MC left single. He was happy with his life in Bridgewater, Texas. Being treasurer of the club kept him busy, and there were women at the clubhouse available for when he got an itch he needed scratched. What more did a man need?

Tabitha's life has never been easy. Even before she was enslaved by the evil Godfrey, she was struggling to survive. Everything changed when the Charon MC stormed Godfrey's house and freed his captives, including her. At least, that's what she'd hoped.

When it's discovered Tabitha isn't as safe as they'd all first thought, Arrow steps up to be her protector. But is he ready for all that will entail?

by Annie Seaton 
(Book 9, Pentecost Island) is expected to be released 24 April.

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

Tess Andersen is well and truly over her family telling her what to do, criticising her career choices, and her boyfriends, but now she has found a happy niche on Pentecost Island. When her past catches up with her with the arrival of millionaire, Zac Montgomery, Tess has some choices to make.

Zac has a reputation that precedes him wherever he goes—thanks to a former partner and social media. He knows he will have to work hard to overcome it now that he has found Tess, his first love, again.

Can he convince Tess, he is not the bad boy of his reputation?

by Annie Seaton 
(Book 10, Pentecost Island) is expected to be 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.


Unnatural Order contains the story Crash Baby by Donna Maree Hanson and is out now.

Is an unlikely friendship enough to save a human and a voidbeast?
Can a robot’s heart be broken?
What happens to the demons when all the humans are gone?
Can dishonest hearts find peace?

Demons with no humans left to plague. A robot with a broken heart. Dishonest hearts searching for peace. Unlikely friendships, unlikelier dinners.

Rebuffing the status quo, Unnatural Order shines a light on the monstrous beings of myth and legend; framing the beast as the protagonist and seeking their humanity. Featuring established and emerging authors, Unnatural Order bares its fangs and brings the paws, maws and claws front and centre.

Because this time, it’s the monster’s turn.

Includes the stories:

“New Things” by Joanne Anderton
“Mother of the Trenches” by Grace Chan
“The Lovers” by Matthew Farrer
“Emergent” by D.L. Fleming
“Crash Baby” by Donna Maree Hanson
“Full Steam Ahead” by Alexander Hardison
“Eat Prey, Love” by Freya Marske
“Transcendence Inc.” by C.H. Pearce
“The Bargain” by Alannah K. Pearson
“Trench” by Nathan J. Phillips
“Truth Be Told” by Louise Pieper
“The Scent of Olives” by Rob Porteous
“Meet Me at the Medusa” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
“Bruises Black and Blue” by Leife Shallcross


The Spell Thieves by Lilliana Rose (Book 3, Lost Souls Academy) is expected to be released 8 April.

Something happened to Zarya’s magical ability. Her spells aren’t working, leaving her vulnerable to an attack from the evil ghost, Abaddon.

Can she convince her new friends at the Lost Souls Academy to help her work out how to get her magic back and protect her against a ghost who could easily destroy them all?

Or will they turn on her to save their own lives

Taken by Mary Brock Jones (Book 2, Arcadia) is expected to be released April.

Ethan Winter wants nothing more from life than to run his family’s solar energy business. But that business has been attacked, he’s been imprisoned and brutalised, his planet threatened, and to protect his company he must work with a woman set on fighting him every step of the way. The planet Arcadia’s environment is dangerously unbalanced and the Alliance is demanding they fix it or lose their home world. The Alliance of Human Worlds doesn’t make empty threats.

Union organiser, daughter of a workshop supervisor and a fiery politician, Sarwenna Beren is prepared for a fight from the moment Ethan Winter arrives at her remote desert town surrounded by rumours of change. He’s rich, powerful and heir to the family that owns the town’s main business, a massive solar field stretching deep into the desert. His arrival threatens the jobs of all those who have put their trust in her. Sar isn’t about to let him shut down the one place keeping her town alive.

Then a boy goes missing in the desert and they are thrown together in the search for him—only to come under attack from a strange beam and an unknown flyer that nearly kills them both. Ethan and Sarwenna must find out who is behind the mysterious attacks and why. It doesn’t help that both have their own suspicions about who is helping their attackers. Suspicions that must be kept secret, especially from each other.

You don’t betray family.

The first two books in the Phi Athanatoi series by Efthalia have new covers.

Phantasma: The Awakening, Book 1 

One night's transgression. A love unveiled. The inescapable outcome of passion and vengeance.

Carissa Alkippes is a daughter of a god but she doesn’t know it. As a cop she’s seen her fair share of bad but nothing prepared her for the horror of the world she has been plunged into.

Xen Lyson is the head of the Phi Athanatoi, a group of immortals who have been protecting man for over 2,000 years from the Kakodiamones - demons who want nothing more than to feast on humanity.

Thrown face to face with Xen during a skirmish with the demons, Carissa becomes a pawn in a deadly game of a demi-god who seeks godly power.

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Phantasia: A Bad Day on Olympus
, Book 2 

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?

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The Pentecost Island series by Annie Seaton have new covers.

Pippa, Book 1

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, given her boyfriend  the flick, and now it’s time for her to make a new start. With her two best friends, Pippa heads off to Pentecost Island to investigate her inheritance and is surprised to find there is another resident on the island. 

Reclusive author, Rafe Rendell, is not impressed when a boatload of women turns up on his island, interrupting his peaceful  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 is Pippa's dream destined to fail?

Eliza, Book 2

Eliza Pengelly has always led the life she wanted, but sometimes poor choices lead to heartbreak.
The final choice–and the biggest mistake of her life—sees her fleeing to Pentecost Island. Desperate to make a fresh start, Eliza is happy to work—and hide— on the island for as long Pippa needs a carpenter to achieve her dream. Having friends around to support her through tough times is a bonus.

But Eliza quickly learns you can’t outrun your demons. The arrival of charismatic sailor, Phillipe Renton threatens the safety of the new life Eliza is creating.

Living his life on the oceans and travelling the world, Phillipe doesn’t do relationships, but the attraction to vulnerable Eliza is impossible to resist.

Will her dark secret be revealed—a secret that could destroy any chance of happiness for her new life?

Nell, Book 3

Nell O'Leary sees the world in a logical way, and she's content managing her friend, Pippa's eco-resort. She holds a secret from her past and is painfully insecure around the opposite sex. When Nell runs into a technical problem at the resort, she contacts a computer company, and is dismayed to find the owner is her former friend, Nat Dwyer. Nat was at university with her but that's the only thing he and Nell have in common.

Even though they had once been good friends, Nat was  a womaniser—with no intention of ever settling down.When Nell asks Nat to help onsite, the help he offers takes a personal turn. But the last thing Nat expects is to fall in love with this quiet woman. Nell fights her growing feelings; there is no way she would ever trust Nat.

Can Nell overcome her lack of trust or is her past destined to cause them heartache?

Tamsin, Book 4

Tamsin Jones has invested a lot of time and energy catering at the new eco-resort developed by her friend, Pippa, on Pentecost Island. The dynamics of the work team—and their lifelong friendship has changed with the return of Eliza Pengelly and Phillipe. Tensions are running high and the official opening is imminent, so Tamsin takes a few days off and meets sexy Gabe Brown. But despite succumbing to his charm, Tamsin knows that Gabe is holding a secret. She is determined to discover why he is so interested in her.

Gabe has a task to fulfil, but Tamsin is not what he expected; the closer he gets to completing the task he has been entrusted with, the more he falls for her. It should be easy to ignore this woman and complete the task he’s been set . . . but Gabe has never been so attracted to a woman before.

When he loses Tamsin’s trust, can Gabe redeem himself and save his heart in the process?

Evie, Book 5

Evie sailed into life at Pentecost Island excited to have a place to belong after ten years of living alone on her boat. She uses her skills to landscape Ma Carmichael’s Resort and cements her friendship with the girls on the island.

When Jed Stephenson, her brother’s best friend— who also happens to be her ex-husband— turns up on Pentecost island to convince Evie it is time to go back home to her family, she is faced with a choice that may mean the difference between life and death for someone she once loved.

Can Jed break though the defences of the woman he has never stopped loving?

Cherry, Book 6

Cherry Chilcott is close to achieving her dream of being a top class chef and when she is offered a position in the restaurant at Pippa Carmichael’s new resort on Pentecost Island it is hard for her to contain her excitement.

That is, until she turns up for her first shift and her dreams turns to dust, and her excitement soon fades after a screaming match with the knife-wielding head chef.

Angus Alexander is fuming; the position on Pentecost Island is his last shot at making his mark as a top class chef, and he refuses to have it sabotaged by Cherry, who was responsible for the failure of his last venture.

He'd thought he loved her, but it ended badly—very badly.

Cherry vows to stay calm, ignore Angus Alexander and learn as much as she can.

But can Cherry ignore the sparks that still ignite between them, and can Angus learn to trust the woman he once loved?

Odessa, Book 7

Odessa Walker can’t remember the last time she felt safe.

Her recovery after an accident on a motorway outside London, is fraught with difficulty. Her physical rehabilitation is successful, but her accident has had a significant impact on her mental health. Her parents, Jenny and Bryant, Rafe’s publishers, ask Rafe if Odessa can come to Pentecost Island to hasten her recovery, and hopefully restore her confidence. Rafe readily agrees, but the new arrival creates tension, not only between Pippa and Rafe, but also within the friendship group of the women on the island.

Dylan Nash has replaced Evie Stephenson as head landscaper on Pentecost Island. His first encounter with Odessa is confronting, and when Dylan attempts to make amends for the misunderstanding, she refuses to accept his apology.

Odessa’s presence changes the friendships in the close-knit community on the island. Will Dylan’s gentle nature, and his attraction to Odessa, help her regain her confidence, or will his determination compromise her recovery?


Inking Eagle by Khloe Wren (Book 1, Charon MC) is FREE until 16 March.

The sins of her father will be her undoing… unless a hero rides to her rescue.

As the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks nears, Silk struggles to avoid all reminders of the day she was orphaned. She's working hard in her tattoo shop, Silky Ink, and working even harder to keep her eyes and her hands off her bodyguard, Eagle. She'd love to forget her sorrows in his strong arms.

But Eagle is a prospect in the Charon MC, and her uncle is the VP. As a Daughter of the Club, she's off limits to the former Marine. But not for long. As soon as he patches in, he intends to claim Silk for his old lady. He'll wear her ink, and she'll wear his patch.

Too late, they learn that Silk's father had dark secrets, ones that have lived beyond his grave.

When demons from the past come for Silk, Eagle will need all the skills he learned in the Marines to get his woman back safe, and keep her that way.

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Dragon Lore 
contains the novel Shatterwing by Donna Maree Hanson and was released 20 November 2020.

A collection of nine novels featuring dragons.

The Bastard Prince - Patty Jansen

The Black Egg - James E. Wisher

Dragon Storm - Lindsay Buroker

Embellish - Demelza Carlton

The Blue Dragon - Salvador Mercer

Dragon’s Future - Kandi J. Wyatt

Blood of Requiem - Daniel Arenson

Dragonia: Rise of the Wyverns - Craig A. Price Jr.

Shatterwing - Donna Maree Hanson


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