2022 releases

The Traitor's Game
Awaken: Wolves of Timber Falls
Sorrow's Song
Wicked Nights: A TechWitch Futuristic Urban Fantasy Novel
Bite Me, Monster: A Monster Romance
Nightfall University: Midnight Coven: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance
Nightworld Academy: Winterfall Witch
Phoenix: The Rise
Larapinta
Fated Wolf
Pray for Mercy
Keeper Of My Desire
Monster's Plaything: A Monster Romance
The Sheikh's Captive Lover (Desert Kings Alliance, #2).
Wolf Fates: Wolf Shifter Romance
Crown of Shadows
Kings of Eden: A Dark Paranormal Romane
Wild Soul: A Rejected Mate Romance
The Girl Sudan Painted like a Gold Ring: Folktales from the Sea Dyaks of Sarawak, Borneo
A Wreath Of Thorns

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Magic Thursday: Looking After Yourself with Eleni Konstantine


As someone who has a chronic illness, it took me a long time to look after myself. I had a new normal that wasn’t the normal of the world. I felt guilty I wasn’t normal and working the way everyone else was. I still tried to keep busy and over-volunteered. After many years of stops/starts, I finally started looking after myself properly. That is I listened to my mind and body.  In fact, I looked after myself by doing this blog post a week after its usual posting. 

Everyone is different and you don’t need an illness to slow down and look after the most important person in your life - you. Because if you don’t, how can you look after others, or achieve what you want to achieve? Burn out is a big issue for a lot of people.


With the uncertainty and the chaos of the last couple of years with Covid-19 entering our lives, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself. 

What people have realised is that the stress and doing of working and a busy life  takes a huge toll. To avoid covid, we know to mask up, social distance and get vaccinated is sound advice. We have been so busy with that many have forgotten to do the normal looking after oneself.


So what are some normal things we can do to look after ourselves?



Nap or Meditate

I love my afternoon naps and have them most days. It helps me reenergise. 

Can’t get to sleep? Don’t worry. Use that time just to close your eyes and relax. Or meditate. Personally, I tend to fall asleep most  times I try to meditate, but the deep breathing is good for you. I heard recently that we don’t breathe out fully as we should and having a few deep breaths fully in AND out is beneficial.



Move

Move away from the computer. It’s so easy to pass the hours away in front of the keyboard typing out a story (or checking your social media) but it’s important to move. Put reminders to get up, or do something requiring movement in between tasks. I use chores as a way of moving. I do one task, then go sit at the computer for an hour and then do another task. 



Exercise

Endorphins are released and the body benefits from the movement. I like walking but can’t manage much ATM. Everyone has their own exercise they enjoy - okay, tolerate. For me that’s walking on the treadmill. If you don’t like exercise on its own perhaps you can pair it with something else like watching TV, listening to an audio book, or exercising with a friend. I know I did feel better when exercise was a bigger feature in my life and with my physio, I’m building up my strength again. 



Drink Water

Remember to have that drink bottle on your desk. I find it better than grabbing a glass of water because I’m more likely to drink more. However, if you are good - you can use the refill of the glass for ‘moving’ as mentioned above.



Eat properly

For many years I didn’t have a proper breakfast. I notice the difference now that I do. It helps stimulate the little grey cells  (as Poroit puts it). Eat regularly and having a balanced diet helps you overall. It’s so easy to skip meals and forget when you’re busy or on a deadline.




‘Pampering’

Is pampering for you getting a massage? Or getting your hair or nails done? A facial? Going on a shopping spree? Having lunch with a friend? Eating an expensive chocolate?  Having a bubble bath?Whatever it is, spoil yourself once in a while.




Hanging out with kids or pets

Kids live in the moment, and as adults we tend to think in the past or the future, so it’s a great thing to remember. They have boundless energy and love doing all sorts of activities. 

Pets are the same. My dog enjoys being fin the moment and loves to be petted ALL the time. Her unconditional love and companionship is just priceless. 



Playing games

Don’t have a kid or pet? Games are a way of living in the moment and they’re so easy to get. The app stores are full of them and there are a few games stores around with physical games. 

I like Solitaire. It helps me unwind at end of the day (sounds counter intuitive I know, but it works that way for me). I also enjoy doing an online jigsaw sent out daily to a group I’m in.



Read

I truly believe reading feeds the soul. It helps to reenergise and let our imagination run wild, and our inspiration (and muse for writers) spark off as well. You can escape when reading and forget about your life for a little while. 



Watching  TV

With such a choice in streaming services these days, and with so many shows available, it's so easy to veg out and watch a favourite program.  are only a click away. You can binge an entire season or space it out by watching an episode here or there (or watch a movie instead). 





Commune with Mother Nature

Being outside - even if it’s in your front or back yards helps us get out of that funk that we can get when we’ve been too long inside. I always feel better for it even if it’s for a short while. We have a luch green garden that is so wonderful to be in. I’m not the green thumb of the family but I appreciate it. Do you have a local park you can walk to? Or the beach nearby?  Perhaps you want to start your own garden.



Be Creative

There are many ways to be creative - you can do anything arty such as drawing, painting & colouring, or something crafty - such as making scrapbooks or cards, pottery, or ceramics. There's so much to choose from. 



Social Media - connect or disconnect?

Social media can help people be connected. You can find like minded people  and stay connected(I have writing friends on Facebook and use it also for my design business).If it helps, connect with people you haven’t in a while. I do think a time limit is a good thing if you are wanting to be productive in other ways.

Social media can also make people feel more isolated as they have can feel overwhelmed at the amount of posts, or have FOMO (a fear of missing out), or people compare their lives to others,(especially to glam pics thats are usually staged). If you need some time out, take  some social media free days. 



Mixing it up

Since our lives are on the screen a lot these days, I recommend mixing activities that are non-screen related in with your screen time.



So how about it - are you ready to look after yourself?

And do you have any tips on looking out for yourself for our audience?



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Eleni Konstantine writes speculative fiction and has had a number of short stories published.

Her love of reading comes from her avid reader mum. As a child, illustrated fairy tales and Greek mythology opened up a world of wonder for Eleni. She was bitten by the story bug which soon turned into the writing bug. She finds something enchanting about escaping the world she knows and entering another one. Magic, dragons, wizards, fairies, witches, unicorns, vampires and other mythical creatures have always fascinated her. What's not to like when anything can happen? Sprinkle in a romance and a happy ending and she’s on cloud nine.

Eleni has a love of chocolate (of course!), fizzy drinks, coffee and relishes her afternoon naps. She lives in South Australia with her family and is human to a sassy Rottweiler.


Visit Eleni at her website: elenikonstantine.com




Read one of Eleni's earliest short stories with Apprentice Bound - free on her website.

Ddrill is on the hunt for candidates for apprentices to enter the Order of Enchantment. 
Can he find it in the backward land of Marinndi? 

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

DarkSider News for February 2022 - Part 2!




The month of love continues with more fabulous news.



NEW (name) DARKSIDER


Maggie Rose

Maggie Mundy
is now also writing as Maggie Rose for her contemporary romances which are sexy, small town romances with suspense elements.

Maggie Rose is a Bestselling author who lives in Australia. She didn't know she wanted to be a writer until a few years back. She started a Degree in Drama bur soon realized she loved writing, though there is a play lurking somewhere on her computer.  She always loved reading romance and decided the stories in her head needed to be written down. She writes sexy small town romance with a hint of suspense. She believes romance can be fun to read and write but it's exciting to spice it up with the uncertainty that comes with suspense where the rules can be broken. She also writes paranormal romance as Maggie Mundy. 

Check out Maggie's DSDU page.
 







NEW RELEASES



Cujo's Rampage
Khloe Wren 
Book 1,  Iron Hammers MC
Released: 24 October 2021



As a lone wolf with no pack, I did whatever I had to in order to survive. It wasn’t the easiest life, but it beat the hell out of living in a lab being experimented on. I was fine with my life, until I had a job go wrong and I ended up in a cell next to Lily-Rose. Turned out the little ocelot shifter was everything I never knew I needed, and I would do anything to keep her safe. Even accepting an Alpha’s authority and joining a pack.

Lily-Rose hadn’t had an easy life either. Her father had been pimping her out since she was a child, using her to fund his life. Now I’d taken her away from him, I knew he’d come for her. I counted on it. Because I had plans for that bastard.

But things don’t go as they should. And when everything goes to hell, I just hope my new pack will have my back. Because I need my mate to survive the fallout of my rampage.

**This story is the extended version of what was published in the TNTNYC21's print only Anthology "Pinched"**






Royal Harlots: Royal Bastards MC
includes Scarlet by Khloe Wren 
Released: 18 January


ROYAL by BLOOD - HARLOT by CHOICE

The RBMC is about to get hit with a new wave of badness.

You've met the men of RBMC.
Now meet the ladies of the Royal Harlots MC.
Sexy.
Extreme.
They take no prisoners and rule the road.
And they will be the first in line to shed blood in the name of their club.
Bad is just a word.
Royal Harlot?
Now that's a whole new level of conversation.
Hold on tight for a little of heaven and a whole lot of hell.

The Royal Harlots MC Anthology is part of the RBMC World
50% of Proceeds for this Anthology will be going to Harbor House-a foundation that fights domestic abuse.









Love Cursed
Leisl Leighton
Book 1, Gods Cursed
Released: 16 January



A love across time, cursed to stay apart …

Coven librarian, Juliana Stevens, jokes about being cursed. Cursed to fail at love, cursed to fail her family, cursed to fail at being a witch. But after finding an old diary that speaks of gods and witches and an ancient Love Curse, she starts to realise it isn’t a joke: she truly is cursed.

Even worse, if she does not go to Rome, uncover a secret spell, and be in the exact spot the curse was bound by midnight on Valentine’s Day, her soul will continue to be cursed forever. Oh, and she has to do it all with her soul mate who was cursed to never reveal himself to her, too.

Valentines Day is supposed to celebrate Happy Ever After, but if Jules can’t manage to access her magic and find the man she’s been kept from for thousands of years, it’s going to be Happy Never After forever more.







M.J. Scott
Wild Side Trilogy
Released: 18 January


Take a walk on the Wild Side with this complete dark and sexy werewolf shifter urban fantasy trilogy from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott. This series has werewolves, vampires, cat shifters, strong language, some dark places, sexy times and an ongoing relationship that gets to a HEA…enjoy the ride!

The Wolf Within (Book 1)

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

The Dark Side (Book 2)

Monsters used to be just her day job. Now they’re her life. Ashley Keenan thought she’d faced her demons when she brought down McCallister Tate, the vampire who killed her family. She’s building a future with her werewolf fiancĂ©, FBI Agent Daniel Gibson, but not everything is smooth sailing. For one thing, she still owes a debt to the dangerous vampire who controls Seattle. And, for another, she knows that Tate didn’t work alone…and his allies might not be done with her.

Bring On The Night (Book 3)

How far do you go to stop a monster hell bent on destroying humanity? Before Ashley Keenan became a werewolf she thought she knew where the line between good and evil was drawn. When she was simply human, it was the vamps and shifters playing by their own lethal rules who were to be feared. But now an ordinary might be the one who’s the real monster…











Broomsticks, Buns & Murder
Janni Nell
Book 6, Little Shop of Spells
Released: 24 January



“Would you like to judge a baking contest?” 

It’s a dream come true for small-town witch, Maddie Goodcharm. At least it is until the organizer dies in unusual circumstances. Was it an accident? Law enforcement thinks so, but Maddie’s not so sure. She begins to investigate and soon she’s up to her buns in suspects.

Meanwhile, her favorite bakery is closed and she’s mourning the demise of the best cinnamon buns in the universe. It’s hard to solve a murder when you’re craving sweet treats, but Maddie refuses to give up.

She seems close to identifying the killer, when a stranger comes to town and everything Maddie thought she knew changes. Can she solve the case before there’s another murder? More importantly, how will she survive without her favorite buns?
 

Buy links
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I Dream of Zombies
Imogene Nix
Book 2, Zombiology
Released: 8 February



After the apocalypse the world was a different place. Those who survived did so by wits, strength and by banding together.

Julia is a soldier—not by choice but circumstance in a world where taking up arms is a necessity. She’s buried the softer parts of herself including her heart.
Leroy on the other hand is a warrior. An ex-soldier who has to come to terms with what he hides and a loner by choice.

Now they have a mission—retrieve those missing from Camp Queanbeyan. Survival is just the first step on a rocky road toward redemption and there’s no guarantee of success.









The Six Million Dollar Zombie
Imogene Nix
Book 3, Zombiology
Released: 15 February



What do you get in the middle of a zombie apocalypse when you mix Canberra, a Priest and Kindergarten teacher?

Sparks. Lots of red-hot sparks of passion.

Dove may be a priest, but he’s also a man and he’s been alone for a long time. Rescuing Leonie by the side of the road is just the first step on a journey no one expected to love.

Leonie is running. Her family is gone, the zombies are chasing her, and she’s rescued by a priest on a motorbike and taken to a community which welcomes her.

Life should only get better, but the forces who began the apocalypse are building an army of mutated, super-strong zombies. They plan to overtake everything those in the communities have built.

Times are only going to get tougher until they can defeat those with no interest in survival.











Non Spec-Fic





A Twist in the Tail
D.D. Line
Book 3, Trinket Bay
Released: 14 February



With his integrity questioned, and her heart on the line, can two officers prove love and duty can co-exist?

After a devastating experience, former professional ballroom dancer turned K9 officer, Senior Constable Ashlee (Ash) Rogers traded glamour and promenades for guns and patrols. Now she maintains a tough exterior and keeps everyone at a safe distance. A task which proves difficult when a fellow officer at her new posting tempts her suppressed femininity.

First Constable Dermott McClane's brutal injury in the line of duty has left him with a growing dependency on painkillers he's desperate to shake. When the attractive new police officer who's been assigned to his police station arrives, she sparks another craving. She's more challenging than his determination to return to full duties. But Dermott is hiding a secret. One with devastating consequences should it be revealed.

With a suspected overdose victim in the hospital morgue, and potential sellers looking to score their next hit, sparks fly as Ash and Dermott work together to solve the case. An anonymous tip off about missing drugs leads Ash, with the help of her patrol dog, to believe someone's messing with the evidence. The clues aren't adding up, and her instincts tell her to keep investigating, even if it leads to her fellow officer, the one man who has her heart dancing and her desire soaring.

Can Ash discover McClane's secret and solve the case? Or is he about to tango with her heart?

A Twist in the Tail is a contemporary romantic suspense novella set in the fictional town of Trinket Bay in South Western Australia.






Don't Look Back
D.K. Hood
Novella prequel,  Detectives Kane and Alton
Released: 8 February



Jenna Alton is an FBI agent who will stop at nothing to put those who hurt the innocent behind bars. An addictive short-read origin story about how she became Black Rock Falls’ most loved Sheriff.

Jenna has been working undercover for four years and now she’s ready to take down the most dangerous man she’s ever met—her husband, Michael.

Pulling shopping bags out of the back of her car, Jenna scans the house for Michael but he’s nowhere to be seen. Stepping into the marble hallway, she sighs with relief at the thought of just one more night here. But first, she must survive the most high-stakes night of her career: Michael is planning something deadly behind closed doors, and Jenna must find a place to hide where she can listen to every word – then, she must run for her life.

But as night falls and the guests arrive, Jenna sees a distressed young girl being dragged into the house, and she knows she can’t leave an innocent soul behind.

Staying will risk the case Jenna’s already sacrificed so much for, but innocent lives will be lost if she doesn’t bring this twisted monster down. With the clock ticking, can Jenna save the girl and make it out alive?


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Outback Roads
Annie Seaton 
Book 1,  The Augahella Girls
Released: 15 February


Determined never to trust a man again, Callie Young walks out of her job as a presenter on the weather channel, determined to take the first job that will get her out of the city and away from the Tik Tok video, #wrongforecast, that has kept the world amused. Meeting her new employer, the cranky and bossy owner of Kilcoy Station reinforces her belief that no man can be trusted, but to Callie’s dismay that doesn’t stop the growing attraction to this difficult man.

Braden is unimpressed with the glamorous woman the city employment agency sends in response to his desperate ad for a nanny. She’s never been out of the city, barely knows the difference between a bull and a milking cow, and drives a luxury sedan. But she makes him feel things he’d thought were gone for good. Will his sad past, and a guilty secret, protect his heart and ensure Braden denies his growing feelings for Callie?














PRE-ORDERS



Make Room For Zombies
Imogene Nix
Book 4, Zombiology
Expected release date: 1 March



The Zombie Invasion—a failed government experiment—continues to spread…

When Adrienne makes the decision to pack up her infant twins, Leanne and Fiona, and make for an island, she has no idea just how much her life will change. The young widowed mother of two-month-old twins can’t stay where she’s been, because they’re demanding more than she can give. They need her to be a warrior—something she isn’t. The only option is to run to the idyllic island off the coast of Queensland.

The island might be cut off from the mainland with just one fortified bridge, but Jack knows it won’t take much for the zombies to invade. With a half baked plan to blow up the bridge and the self-proclaimed mayor missing in action, he doesn’t really need more responsibility.

That is until he meets Addie and the babies. Now, he’s got so much more at stake than just the islanders protection. He’s got a ready made family, if they can just survive the next few weeks.

Only time will tell, especially when zombies are involved.



Wicked Nights
M.J. Scott
Book 3, Techwitch
Expected release date: 28 June


They say magic has a price. In my experience they’re right. Sure, I’m a witch and I’ve even defeated a demon or two. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve got it all figured out. Or that trouble is done with me…

Maggie Lachlan has become a Techwitch in all senses of the world. Once she was just a super geek, taming wild programs with ease, now magic has become part of her repertoire. She never wanted to inherit her mother’s talents—for magic or trouble—but she has no choice but to come to grips with her powers and try to find her happy place.

But the past doesn’t want to rest easy, and demons aren’t the only problem in town. Her lover, Damon Riley, is launching a new high stakes virtual reality gaming contest and there are those who’d love to see him fail. Supporting him means facing her fears and diving back in the virtual worlds that first led a demon to her doorstep.

With gamers and witches converging on San Francisco for the launch, things are getting strange. And Maggie’s past isn’t done with her yet. So when darkness, power, and technology collide, magic might be the only thing that gets her through the night…









Non Spec-Fic



Pray for Mercy
D.K. Hood 
Book 14, Detectives Kane and Alton
Expected release date: 7 March


Her heart races as a noise from downstairs wakes her. She takes the stairs slowly, noticing the cellar door is wide open. Closing it, she returns to the safety of her bedroom. Seeing a movement in the corner of the room, she screams. She’s not alone. But nobody can help her now…

Writing scrawled on the wall of Sheriff Jenna Alton’s office overnight leads her and her deputy David Kane to a small house on the outskirts of Black Rock Falls. Inside, Jenna is devastated to find devoted churchgoer Agnes Wagner lying in a pool of blood, stab wounds covering her lifeless body. What monster would attack a defenceless woman living alone on a quiet street?

With no witnesses and no trace of the killer at the scene, the deadly message written on Jenna’s door is her only clue. But as she races to interview a contractor who recently had access to Agnes’s home, she discovers the wreck of a car on a mountain road, Agnes’s best friend dead inside.

Jenna knows the victims were close friends and she thinks a twisted killer has been watching them, waiting for the perfect time to strike. But before she can make her next move, one of her own team is found unconscious and covered in the blood of a third female victim—a knife inches away from his hand.

Pulse racing, Jenna fires questions at her shaken deputy, who can’t explain why he was in the woman’s house. Could he really be a killer, or is someone playing an evil game with Jenna and her team? The clock is ticking to uncover a dark secret in the past that connects all three victims, but can she work out who is terrorizing her small town before another innocent life is taken?


Pre-Order links:






Dangerous Love
Maggie Rose
Expected re-release date: 25 February



Evie
Ten years ago, I lost the man I loved.
It nearly broke me, but my daughter kept me going.
After something like that you never think you will love again.
Then Luke came into my life.
He looked dark and dangerous.
He was just traveling through.
I could have a fling, couldn’t I?

Luke
Evie, you are so tempting.
I need to stay on the move to keep my sister safe.
I don’t have time for relationships.
The truth is, most women run when they see me.
I could stay a few days, couldn’t I?
Trouble is, if my past catches up with me, we could all end up dead.


This book was previously published as Finding Love by Maggie Mundy












COVERS


A Symphony of Savage Hearts
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 3, Season of the Vampire, Fae Guardian
has a new cover for the paperback edition.



Silver is a beautiful liar. 
She's human.
And a fierce killer of fae.

She marks her kills on a silver vambrace so everyone can see her savagery and stay away. As long as she keeps protecting downtrodden humans from monstrous fae-folk, and hiding the true reason for wearing magic-cutting silver, her loneliness is of no consequence. Selected for a high priority mission, she bravely heads into Elphyne, never expecting one of their worst waiting for her. Wanting her. Craving her.

Shade is sinfully attractive.
He's a vampire.
And the most hard to resist of the Fae Guardians.

From the Queen's bed to The Order, he uses the power of sex to get what he wants. Eventually they all succumb, and they all fall short of harmonizing with the darkness hidden in his soul…. until he finds the one woman who resists his every charm.

Seducing Silver will be a challenge, but it's one he was made for.

Nothing will get in his way. Not the evil creature terrorizing Elphyne. Not the human enemy with dastardly plans of their own. Not the Unseelie Queen’s obsession with him. Not even the betrayal of the one person who can hurt him the most.

This courting of savage hearts is a symphony.
And theirs will be one for history.

This final installment in the Season of the Vampire Fae Guardians Trilogy will have you screaming at the page in both encouragement and denial. Bring a tissue box for the tears... or submit to the ride. Things are about to get savage.








His Pleasure Contract
Helen Walton
Book 2, Billionaires' Reluctant Brides
Expected release date: 24 February



Prue’s husband Will has ticked off most of her fantasies, all except one. When he draws up a contract to fulfill her fantasy of a threesome, she’s unsure what to do.

Billionaire William Burberry, the fourth, has everything he ever wanted in his wife Prue. She may be a mouthy ex-waitress with a terrible upbringing, but she fits him perfectly in bed and out. But he sees the way she looks at her best friend with her two boyfriends.

Will would do anything for her, even if it means sharing her with another man for a night. One night meant to fulfill Prue’s fantasy for her birthday present.

Can she ignore her worries and go for her fantasy? 










FREE READS


Claiming Tiny
Khloe Wren
Book 4, Charon MC
free when you sign up for Khloe's Newsletter. 



Some rules were meant to be broken. After being raised in foster care, Ryan ‘Tiny’ Nelson has no plans to settle down. But that idea goes right out the window when Missy shows up at the clubhouse. One taste of the Charon MC’s newest club whore and he’s hooked. Love is the last thing on Mercedes ‘Missy’ Soto’s mind when she runs to the Charon MC for protection. But the first time Tiny wraps his arms around her, he captures her heart in the process. When things start unravelling, Missy panics and runs. Will Tiny find her in time to give her a Christmas to remember, or will he lose her forever once her past catches up with her? 

*** Claiming Tiny is book 4 in the Charon MC series, but can be read as a stand alone ***



Get your copy here






Where the Wild Roses Lead
Lauren Rose
Short Story
free when you sign up for Lauren's Newsletter









A Perfectly Perfect Paranormal Valentine
Leisl Leighton and Samantha Marshall
Volume 1, Perfectly Paranormal anthologies



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 four original stories from award-winning and new Australian authors in this magical anthology.

Featuring sweet or spicy romance, action, revenge, secrets, spells 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?

Unlock the magic and order your copy of A Perfectly Paranormal Valentine today.












OTHER




D.D. Line

D.D. now has a reader group on Facebook




Christina Phillips







Maggie Rose

Maggie is now on BookBub.





D.K. Hood


D.K. has three books in Bookauthority's 100 Best Detective Stories of all Time!  At number 1 is Her Broken Wings, number 3 is Where Angels Fear and at number 48 is Bring Me Flowers.






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Congratulations to our DarkSiders.

Thanks for joining us. Until next time, be safe and well.


Tuesday, 1 February 2022

DarkSider News for February 2022!




The month of love has some fabulous news coming your way.






NEW RELEASES


The Solace of Sharp Claws
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 2, Season of the WolfFae Guardians
Release date: 6 December 2021




Sharp claws keep you safe.

That’s the brutal lesson Thorne learned as a young wolf-shifter. Abandoned as a child, singled out by an evil uncle, and then forced to work for the ruthless Order of the Well, Thorne’s anger was a weapon as much as his claws. Now a vicious Fae Guardian, he hunts monsters, the human enemy, and anything that gets in his way. On a mission to find his missing mentor, Thorne finds himself suddenly mated to Laurel, a beautiful, driven, but damaged human awoken from a time long since past.

A forced marriage is something neither of them want.

But everything they need.

Spending time with her teaches him that arm’s length might not be a good thing. Learning to love will mean scratching the surface of both their souls, revealing truths more painful than any wound. If he can get past the hurt, the pain, and the pride, Thorne will find a new use for his claws... to bury deep and never let her go.

But when a dark figure from Laurel's past catches up with her, it's not Thorne's claws in question. It's hers. If he can't stop her from exacting bitter revenge, she'll cost him the safety of his mentor and perhaps trigger a war. If he can learn to put his angry past behind him, open his heart and trust new friends, he just might be rewarded with more than an advantage in their ongoing war. He'll find love.





Kings of Eden 
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
Released: 27 January




Four demons for Christmas? It pays to be naughty.

Being the Queen of Hell has its perks... Like having four sexy demon lovers at your beck and call, and the power of the underworld at your fingertips.

It has its downsides too, like everyone trying to kill you for your throne. And that includes Krampus.

But when the winter demon steals someone close to me, my family and Christmas are thrown into the fire.

Looks like it's time to rain Hell on this Hallmark holiday.

There's a snowball's chance in Hell I'll let anyone take what's mine.

A holiday epilogue novella with a little bit of sugar, spice, and A LOT of sin. Don’t wait for Santa. Grab your copy now!

Snowball’s Chance in Hell is a book Holiday Special Edition of the Sin Demons Series.










Wild Soul 
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 5, Kingdom of Wolves
Released: 27 January








Wild Heart 
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 9, Kingdom of Wolves
Released: 14 January in audio format



Real Wolves Bite continues....

I ran from my fated mate. I drove to the middle of nowhere, where I thought I'd be safe. And somehow, I ended up here.

Amarok has secrets. And it's a town filled with shifters. The very thing I've been trying to get away from.

My arrival has shattered the fragile peace this town's had for the last century. War is coming between the two packs, and only I seem to have the ability to stop it.

The two alphas in the town are determined to have me. But a killer wants the very same thing.

Me? I just want whatever's inside of me to be released.

Like Wilder and Daxon, I carry my own secrets, ones that make it impossible for my fated mate to let me go.

They call me wild....

But I just want to be free.

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Emperor
Anna Hackett
Book 2, Galactic Kings
Released: 18 January


When an experimental starship test goes horribly wrong, a scientist from Earth finds herself fighting for her survival, and her only lifeline is a wild, powerful alien king.

Waking on an alien world, wracked by pain, Dr. Poppy Ellison is confused and adrift…until his voice calls to her in the darkness. The big, wild, enthralling man reveals that she’s been infected and is turning into an alien shapeshifter. Poppy has always been smart, practical, and boring, but with her entire life turned upside down, there is no one she can trust…except for this alien wolf.

Emperor Brodin Damar Sarkany is king of Damar and its shapeshifters. As wild as the forest city they call home, the Damari can be volatile, always fighting to control the wolf inside. Brodin uses his immense strength to keep his people in check and protect them from the most dangerous evil of all—his war-mongering father. He can’t afford the distraction of a small, tantalizing woman from Earth, even when everything about Poppy sings to the instincts of both man and wolf.

As his father’s ruthless warlord attacks, innocent children are at risk, and Poppy knows she has to help by mastering her new, emerging abilities. She must also face the shocking passion that explodes between her and Brodin. But as Poppy and Brodin hunt down the enemy, they uncover a plot that could mean the destruction of all the Damari…if they don’t stop it in time.









Envy & Other Cravings
TJ Nichols
Book 3, Mytho
Release date: 28 January


Book 3 in the gay urban fantasy series that follows Jordan and Edra as they solve crime and figure out how to improve Mytho and human relations. For readers who like dragon shifters and forbidden romance.






The Reset
Imogene Nix
Book 2, Zombiology
Expected release date: 1 February


A zombie apocalypse is here, but figuring out how to survive in the immediate aftermath is only the first step.

Elaine is just an ordinary woman, but when the apocalypse occurs, she must find a way to survive in an increasingly hostile world. Enter Liam, the policeman who saves her at their first meeting and provides assistance as they try to cope with the zombie outbreak brought about by an unknown infection that's spreading out of control.

Together they form a community, trying to save as many lives as they can, a place where people can be safe. Even in the throes of disaster though, emotions creep up, taking both of them by surprise. Who knows? They might just get their happy ever after…if they can survive.








Dimensional
Mel Teshco 
Released: 31 January


What would you do, if you had the chance to revisit all your decisions, to fix all your mistakes?

Celebrity chef, Jessie McCormick is incredibly late. Driving his Hummer to the opening of his latest restaurant seemed like a much better idea than flying, but incomprehensible directions and a dodgy shortcut throws him instead into the driveway of a rickety old house. Hopeful of finding the house occupied – and its inhabitants capable of directing him to Brisbane – he heads inside.

What he finds inside that house will turn his perspective inside out and upside down and change his life forever. Voices lead him to an attic, and there he finds no direction and every direction. The attic is an endless line of doors and ladders, each taking Jessie down a different path of his life.

His dimension is just one of many, with each one uncovering alternate realities. In one a beautiful country cook becomes his lover and the one woman he can’t stop thinking about. In another his sister is in danger and his long-dead mother is alive. As Jessie races to find his way back to his own dimension, he must make the biggest decision of his life: rescue his sister or take his chance at true love.


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LJ Swallow
Book 1-3, Ravenhold Supernatural Reform Academy
Released: 6 January 2021




Last week I accidentally and publicly raised the dead. Now I’m the only necromancer at Ravenhold reform academy.

Ravenhold detains dangerous juvenile offenders on a remote Scottish island, where their magic is useless and escape impossible. I’m told I’ll leave after rehabilitation, but nobody will tell me how or when.

Dorian Blackwood rules over the vampires, shifters and witches in the academy's halls. As the only vampire-witch hybrid in existence, he has unparalleled supernatural abilities and few people dare confront the cruel and charming savage.

But the academy's two other powerful hybrids want him deposed—Zeke the dominant shifter whose laidback manner hides a vicious streak, and the silent and secretive Ethan who nobody dares touch. As the new hybrid at the academy, I’m dragged straight into the middle of their power struggle.

Even though I'm drawn to the three guys, I want to keep away from academy violence and politics. I make a plan to keep my head down, attend the classes, and hope for an early release. I don’t want anybody to discover my secret: I’m the trinity witch.

But something sinister runs through the academy underbelly as students go insane or disappear without a trace. When I’m made a sickening offer, I discover exactly how sinister.

To survive Ravenhold's corruption, I'll need to make a deal with three hybrids who can choose to either help me or kill me.

This box set contains the entire Ravenhold series from LJ Swallow. The books are set in a supernatural reform academy with deliciously dangerous guys and a badass heroine who won't bow to anyone. This is a slow burn, enemies to lovers, dark academy series where the heroine doesn't need to choose.

PLEASE NOTE: This book is written in British English and includes spelling and grammar styles that may look incorrect to some readers.













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Outback Sunrise
Annie Seaton 
Book 3,  Richards Brothers
Release date: 21 January



Jessica Trent wants to be a full-time writer for Cuisine magazine, but in order to land the gig she has to snare a one-on-one with the reclusive Alessandro Ricardo, a man hell-bent on staying out of the limelight. The last thing she expects as she heads to Crocodile Springs resort in northern Australia is to end up traveling across the Outback with a rugged and far too gorgeous barramundi fisherman.

Ex lawyer Alex Richards protects his privacy and his heart in equal measure. So when a Yankee bombshell in need of a ride turns up and threatens both, he decides to teach her a lesson. As they make their way through the wild country together, the attraction between them is hard to ignore. Alex must choose between his heart or letting go of his past.
(Note: this is a revised and expanded edition of Outback Affair originally published, 2013.)










Destination Anywhere
Nicole Hurley-Moore
in Pictures of You collection
Released: 18 January




A collection of swoon-worthy and sparkling contemporary romance novellas.

Featuring your favourite tropes: Holiday flings that become something so much more, first loves, second chances and seasoned romances.

Each story is linked to travel-blogger-turned-photo-organiser, Philomena Grant. 'Philly', as she likes to be known, is forced to set aside her global wonderlust because of *everything going on right now*. As she sorts through people's memories, she spots couples who look awesome together. Are they still together now, and if not, why not? They totally should be!

Each story revolves around a family member, friend or fan of Philly's. The results are magical and romantic and in a few cases some fabulously sexy times too.








The Powerbroker
Anna Hackett 
Book 6, Norcross Security
Released: 13 January in audio format 


She’s undercover in a dangerous motorcycle club, and her unwanted protector is the city’s most lethal man.

Police Detective Brynn Sullivan is dedicated to her job and living up to the memory of her cop father. She’s out to prove herself on her biggest case yet—stopping a dangerous drug from flooding the streets of San Francisco. She needs to go undercover with the city’s wildest, most dangerous motorcycle club, and that means using any contact she can to get in there.

Even the dark, powerful ex-military man who rules the city’s streets from the shadows—Vander Norcross.

After years fighting for his country as commander of a covert Ghost Ops team, Vander Norcross has built Norcross Security into a thriving business to keep his family and friends safe. He’s a powerbroker in San Francisco, with his finger on the pulse of what’s happening—both legal and not so legal. When his friend asks a favor putting a detective—a female one—undercover with the Iron Wanderers MC, Vander is not on board.

It goes against every protective instinct he has, but Brynn proves to be tenacious, annoying, smart, and far too tempting.

Brynn and Vander strike enough sparks to start an inferno, but when dangerous players up the stakes, they find themselves with a bounty on their heads. On the run, with only each other to depend on, Brynn discovers she has an even bigger battle on her hands—capturing the heart of a man who thinks he’s too dangerous to ever fall in love.














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Keeper of My Desire
HM Hodgson
Book 3, The Immortal Keepers
Expected release date: 6 March


Destiny over desire. Choice versus fate. Duty over death.

Millenia ago, the Old Gods created the World Tree to connect and protect the Higherworld, Mortalworld and Underworld. But a secret war rages as the ruthless Order seek to destroy the Tree and rule the Mortalworld. Only the Immortal Keepers stand in their way.

Half-angel Amadis is thrilled to be assigned her first angelic task: locate the next Keeper of the World Tree. Finally, she can prove herself a capable angel, even if it means burying her dreams of becoming the next Keeper herself. There’s only one problem – her target isn’t exactly welcoming.

Battle-hardened and jaded after eighteen years in the armed forces, Daniel O’Connor has made a new life for himself. Content running a bed and breakfast hotel at the remote end of Willow Grove Lake, he’s vowed never to fight another war. So when a stunning woman turns up on his doorstep wanting him to fight a battle that defies logic, the answer is no. Hell, no.

But as Amadis and Daniel clash over the World Tree, sparks fly in more ways than one. And when the brutal Order regroup and launch their deadliest assault ever, the World Tree will need every Keeper to protect it and save the Mortalworld.











Kelly Ethan & Maggie Mundy
in All Too Familiar 
(collection of paranormal cozy mysteries)
Expected release date: 5 April



Take a crime-filled tour of the paranormal with this collection of all-new stories of familiars, felonies, and flimsy alibies in this limited-edition cozy mystery anthology.

From hexed rats to talking cats to mated ravens and magical havens, All too Familiar is brimming with mystery and mayhem. Each story is set in the author's own world, offering readers the opportunity to explore new neighborhoods, meet likely suspects, and solve page-turning mysteries.

In Jane Hinchey's exclusive story, "Fur the Hex of It," undercover SIA operative and witch Holly Day is hiding out in Gravestone, Texas. She hasn't even unpacked before her rat familiar unearths a human bone in her backyard.

In Patti Larsen's newest addition to the Whitewitch Island Paranormal Cozies, "Wake the Dead," retired Guild Artemis Inquisitor Georgia Drake, with the help from her Hades mastiff, Benjamin, is asked to investigate the death of a wealthy patriarch.

And in Paula Lester's first in a new series, "Impurrfect Magic," Ivy Patterson has returned to her sleepy hometown, and things are going great. That is, until a dead body, a know-it-all kitten, and a black magic side hustle fall squarely into her lap.

With additional stories from Polly Holmes, Christine Bernard, Kelly Ethan, Maggie Mundy, Susanne Becker, and Belinda White, All too Familiar is teeming with bubbling cauldrons, furry—and not so furry—familiars, and cases waiting to be cracked. Grab your copy of this limited-edition collection today.
 






Lila Harrow: Point Muse Cozy Mystery Box set
Kelly Ethan
Books 1-3, Lila Harrow: Point Muse Cozy Mystery
Expected release date: 28 February





Baked goods, murders, and a baker witch extraordinaire turned sleuth. Let the mayhem begin.

Lila Harrow, baker witch extraordinaire, stays away from Harrow-caused mayhem in the town of Point Muse, Maine. All her witchy gifts are poured into her bakery ‘Heart’s Delight.’ All is calm until her father gets involved and she ends up adopting a talking hellhound. Now she’s dealing with bake sale battles to the death, dark witches, reapers, and demon prison escapees, not to mention the odd murder. Lila has no choice but to investigate the murders and save her business.

In books 1-3 of LILA HARROW: Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery Series, join Lila and her family of chaos-causing and mayhem-loving witches as they dodge furry law enforcement while solving mysteries and murder.

If you like snarky dialogue, murder, and mayhem then you’ll love Kelly Ethan’s new Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery spin off series – Lila Harrow: A Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery. Books 1-3.

This boxed set includes the first three books in the LILA HARROW: Point Muse Cozy Paranormal Mystery series:


Book 1: Cupcakes, Corpses and Chaos.

Book 2: Pies, Potions and Peril.

Book 3: Sin, Sugar and Shadows. 








Monsters Awakened
LJ Swallow
Book 1, The Ruthless Dark
Expected Release Date: 21 February



I’ve woken the Dark, and they’re here to claim me.

Monsters killed my family, but nobody believed me. I’m told the trauma repressed my memories and that I imagined the creatures who tore apart my family. Six-year-old Trinity couldn’t cope with the reality she witnessed and created her own.

They’re wrong. I’m no longer a child, but I still see monsters.

Six years ago, three crept into the edges of my dreams, their violet eyes shining through the shadows. But these creatures with horns and claws didn’t want to hurt me. One whispered his wicked thoughts, another watched me but never spoke, and their leader tempered their wild desires. I wanted to surrender to their dark embrace, but my monsters left me untouched and alone with my fantasies.

I’m now at Briargrove House for treatment, where Dr. Radcliffe specializes in teasing out the truth hidden inside damaged people’s heads. He promises to unlock my memories and bring those who murdered my family to justice.

But how damaged and dangerous are the others who live with me at Briargrove?

Dr. Radcliffe hopes to banish the imaginary monsters, but my three return. They call themselves the Dark, are wilder than my dreams, and fulfil every pleasure they denied me. They belong to me, and I am theirs.

My dark lovers insist that the true monsters live inside Briargrove House, so I must return to their realm. If I don’t, other creatures will take me to a different place, where the dreams promise to become nightmares.

Monsters Awakened is the first book in the Ruthless Dark series. If you like scorching hot paranormal romance with dominant and possessive monster heroes, a heroine who’s strong enough to bring them to their knees, and a world where she doesn’t need to choose, scroll up and pre-order today.
Note: although the heroes are monstrous, all sexual encounters in the series are fully consensual.






Monsters Claimed
LJ Swallow
Book 2, The Ruthless Dark
Expected Release Date: 30 May



Monsters Reclaimed is the second book in the Ruthless Dark series.

If you like scorching hot paranormal romance with dominant and possessive monster heroes, a heroine who’s strong enough to bring them to their knees, and a world where she doesn’t need to choose, scroll up and pre-order today.
Note: although the heroes are monstrous, all sexual encounters in the series are fully consensual.

To avoid spoilers, full description to follow once Monsters Awakened releases.

Release date will be earlier than listed.








Hunted
Mila Young, Lexi C. Foss and Jennifer Thorn
 Sector World Captives
Expected release date: 3 June




Three standalone novels.
One world full of depravity and darkness.

Welcome to the South Islands, home to the most lethal Alphas on the planet.
These beings don’t play nice with others. They’ve been banished.
And a plane full of Omegas just crash-landed in their isles.

We’re being hunted.
Their feral growls follow us.
Their howls haunt us.
Their knots call to us.
And their savagery terrifies us.

Some will escape.
Some will be caught.
Three will be claimed.

This shared world experience contains dark themes, omegaverse vibes, unforgiving Alphas, and the Omegas who defy them.






Fated Wolf
Mila Young
 Book 3, Savage
Expected release date: 10 March


My fated mate sent me to my death.... the Savage series continues.









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Summer at Kangaroo Ridge
Nicole Hurley-Moore
Expected release date: 1 March


The Carrington family own the only pub in the small town of Kangaroo Ridge in rural Victoria. It's been many years since the five Carrington siblings became orphans but, with the help of their aunt Maddie, twins Sebastian and Tamara stepped up and looked after their younger brothers and sister.

Seb and Tam gave up their own teenage years to make sure the family stayed together, and because of their experiences they have turned into very different people. Now, seven years after the accident, Seb is silent and stoic. Tam, on the other hand, wants to kick over the traces and catch up on the life she missed out on.

To complicate matters, Tam is having a secret relationship which she's sure Seb will question. But can Tam ever give herself a happy future while she still, deep down, blames herself for the accident that killed her parents?


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Escape to Retribution Bay
Claire Boston 
Book 3, Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay
Expected release date: 4 October


She witnessed a murder and the killer knows it. He needs to get home in time for his brother’s wedding, or the ceremony will be ruined. A chance encounter could be the solution they both need.

An airport strike strands Ed Stokes twelve hundred kilometres from home with the rings for his brother’s wedding. He snags the last available hire car, but it’s a twenty-year-old bomb that might not make the distance.

Tess Lim is on the run, but her one hope of escape is thwarted when all flights out of the city are cancelled. With no hire cars available, she’s desperate enough to accept a lift from an attractive stranger. Tess doesn’t care where he’s going, as long as it’s far away from the city.

As Ed breaks through Tess’s wariness, he discovers a woman who longs for adventure. But they get more adventure than either of them bargained for when the murderer catches up with them.

Can they divert the killer’s attention and escape in time?

Escape to Retribution Bay is the third adventure-filled book in the Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay romantic suspense series. If you like unlikely heroes, desperate heroines and road trip romances, then you’ll love Claire Boston’s thrilling story.









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A Symphony of Savage Hearts
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 3, Season of the Vampire, Fae Guardians




Silver is a beautiful liar. 
She's human.
And a fierce killer of fae.

She marks her kills on a silver vambrace so everyone can see her savagery and stay away. As long as she keeps protecting downtrodden humans from monstrous fae-folk, and hiding the true reason for wearing magic-cutting silver, her loneliness is of no consequence. Selected for a high priority mission, she bravely heads into Elphyne, never expecting one of their worst waiting for her. Wanting her. Craving her.
Shade is sinfully attractive.
He's a vampire.
And the most hard to resist of the Fae Guardians.
From the Queen's bed to The Order, he uses the power of sex to get what he wants. Eventually they all succumb, and they all fall short of harmonizing with the darkness hidden in his soul…. until he finds the one woman who resists his every charm.
Seducing Silver will be a challenge, but it's one he was made for.
Nothing will get in his way. Not the evil creature terrorizing Elphyne. Not the human enemy with dastardly plans of their own. Not the Unseelie Queen’s obsession with him. Not even the betrayal of the one person who can hurt him the most.
This courting of savage hearts is a symphony.
And theirs will be one for history.

This final installment in the Season of the Vampire Fae Guardians Trilogy will have you screaming at the page in both encouragement and denial. Bring a tissue box for the tears... or submit to the ride. Things are about to get savage.
 






The People's Princess
Bernadette Rowley
Book 9, Queenmaker's Saga
Expected release date: early February 



A princess determined to be queen. A secret shifter favored by the king. Can they find their way back to love?

Alecia Zialni has returned from exile, determined to fulfill her mission to be queen of Thorius. But the headstrong princess is now a mother and no longer has a respected place in Brightcastle.

Vard Anton has gained control of his bear, but will it be too late to convince Alecia to take him back?

Now the King’s Blade, he has the power Alecia craves.

As they reconnect and discover the depth of their love is unchanged, Alecia’s political aspirations drive a wedge between them.

Can Alecia fight deceit and tradition to become the next queen of Thorius? And will Vard’s new status spell the end of their chance at love?











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Princess Avenger
Bernadette Rowley
Book 1, Queenmakers Saga
on sale for a limited time



A princess in disguise. A shifter with a hidden agenda. Will they uncover the truth in time for romance to blossom?

Alecia Zialni has sworn revenge against her father for having her first love murdered. Masquerading as a man to pursue her vendetta, the prince’s headstrong daughter is soon in over her head. And when her handsome rescuer is assigned as her protector, her secret double life becomes complicated by their rapidly growing chemistry.

Captain Vard Anton struggles to control his budding lust for the determined princess he’s supposed to defend. And as an animal shapeshifter charged with killing her father, he knows he can never reveal his true identity. But the violent beast form he cannot master threatens to expose him and risk her safety.

As her feelings for Vard continue to bloom, Alecia is devastated when she’s betrothed to a lecherous lord. And wracked with guilt over his ultimate mission, Vard fears there is no way for them to ever be together. But her obsession with vengeance may be the death of them both…

Can Alecia and Vard topple a tyrant to join their destinies and their hearts?

Princess Avenger is the thrilling first book in the Queenmakers Saga epic fantasy romance series. If you like strong heroines, sexy shifters, and forbidden passion, then you’ll adore Bernadette Rowley’s enchanting adventure.


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Queenmakers Saga Boxset
Bernadette Rowley
Books 1-4, Queenmakers Saga
on sale for a limited time


Book 1 blurb
A princess in disguise. A shifter with a hidden agenda. Will they uncover the truth in time for romance to blossom?

Alecia Zialni has sworn revenge against her father for having her first love murdered. Masquerading as a man to pursue her vendetta, the prince’s headstrong daughter is soon in over her head. And when her handsome rescuer is assigned as her protector, her secret double life becomes complicated by their rapidly growing chemistry.

Captain Vard Anton struggles to control his budding lust for the determined princess he’s supposed to defend. And as an animal shapeshifter charged with killing her father, he knows he can never reveal his true identity. But the violent beast form he cannot master threatens to expose him and risk her safety.

As her feelings for Vard continue to bloom, Alecia is devastated when she’s betrothed to a lecherous lord. And wracked with guilt over his ultimate mission, Vard fears there is no way for them to ever be together. But her obsession with vengeance may be the death of them both…

Can Alecia and Vard topple a tyrant to join their destinies and their hearts?

Princess Avenger is the thrilling first book in the Queenmakers Saga epic fantasy romance series. If you like strong heroines, sexy shifters, and forbidden passion, then you’ll adore Bernadette Rowley’s enchanting adventure..









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Mel Teshco

The Sheik's Runaway Bride has a Release Day post over at the ARRA blog





HM Hodgson

HM is looking for readers for her ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) Team. See her post on page on Facebook.








Anna Hackett

Anna is now part of book club called Protector Romance. Each month subscribers receive a new book. Check out the website.






LJ Swallow

LJ is looking for readers for her Review Team.  You can apply by completing this form. Please note spots are limited and conditions apply.



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