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
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

Tuesday, 17 May 2022

DarkSider News - May Part 2!


Grab a cuppa, sit back and relax while you enjoy our news...


Pack Bound
Leils Leighton
Book 1, Pack Bound
has a new cover and has been re-edited and re-released.
Released: 10 May

One Pack, one Coven, a destiny intertwined...

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save Witch-kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that blocked the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand-new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Skye Collins has been brought up to fear her magic and shy away from Witch and Were alike. But when Jason McVale, the Alpha of Pack McVale, comes in search of her, she is intrigued and tempted. Yet, the intensity of passion she shares with Jason threatens her control – and if she loses control, she just might turn into the weapon the Darkness intended her to become all along.

Can she trust this Were when he says his Pack will die without her? More importantly, can she trust her magic before the Darkness has its way?

Mel Teshco and Kylie Sheaffe
Book 3, Awakenings
Released: 22 April

What will it take for doctor-in-training, James Edward Bowheart, to drop his pre-conceived beliefs and fully awaken to his innate psychic abilities? That believing in them might well have prevented the death of the professor—his good friend and mentor—has left James reeling. His sister, Josie, never once doubted in his surreal visions and messages, making him realize he owes it to himself—and to the memory of the professor—to at least explore what he consciously turned his back on.

With the love of his girlfriend Marina helping to shift his energy, James soon pieces together some of the hidden truths from his past. But will his soul searching deliver him the happily ever after he yearns for or will he be forever entwined with the visions that haunt him?

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Cover by Eleni Konstantine's alter ego, HelzKat Designs.

Anna Hackett
Book 1, Galactic Kings
Released: 29 April

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.

The Secrets in Shadow and Blood
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 1, Season of the VampireFae Guardians
Released: 12 April in audio format

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 possess 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.

A Labyrinth of Fangs and Thorns
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 2, Season of the VampireFae Guardians
Released: 19 April in audio format

Since Peaches woke up in a fantasy world full of monsters and fae, she’s been treated like a piece of tasty human meat. After six years as a blood slave to vampires and the evil Unseelie queen—beholden to all, and master of none—there’s nothing left but a broken shell with a fractured soul. Until a deadly warrior turns up unannounced in her room.

Vampire Haze is the muscle of the Fae Guardians elite cadre of 12. He is a spy, a protector of the weak, hammer and sword, a rigid enforcer of rules. He allows no one close to his heart, lest they see the shame driving him. But when he stumbles across a beguiling woman with sad, desolate eyes, he knows he must help her. She calls to him in more ways than one, igniting a passion neither of them can deny, despite the risks.

The Unseelie queen has other treacherous plans for Haze and Peaches. From a twisted masquerade ball, to a labyrinth filled with goblins, to a hidden prison deep underground, they must work together to survive. The only way out is to trust each other....

Easier said than done when all he wants to do is feast on her blood.

A Labyrinth of Fangs and Thorns is book five in the Fae Guardians series, book two in the Season of the Vampire.

Finders Keepers
Lily Rose
Book 2, Adventures of the Misfit Monsters
Released: 4 November 2021

The finders keepers rule is getting out of hand. Things are going missing – objects that the misfit monsters need. This is causing disharmony between the misfit monsters, and everyone is on edge looking for someone to blame. That someone is Nit.

Nit, part vampire, part elf, with a little bit of shade, hasn’t been taking objects despite being blamed.

How can he solve this mystery, find the culprit before he’s locked away and charged with a crime he’s not committed?

Mystic Warriors
Marie Dry
is a serial novel found on Webnovel. 
So far there are 56 chapters.

Sabrina married Mark after only knowing him for two weeks. Although she loves him more than life itself, sometimes, she could swear he moves faster than the human eye can follow, and she's sure she's seen him change into something with wings. Could he be a vampire? A gargoyle? She tries to tell herself she's being ridiculous, that those things don't really exist. But when a strange being bursts through her bedroom window and kidnaps her, Sabrina is forced to admit the truth--not only are the creatures from her nightmares real, her own husband is one of them, and he married her for reasons other than love...

Non Spec-Fic

A Mischievous Matchmaker
Helen Walton
Novella, Stonecrest Bay
Released: 6 May

Dog sitting shouldn't be too hard for soon-to-be divorcee, Matilda Edwards. Determined to start over with a sparkling, newly renovated bed-and-breakfast business, she can't believe the catastrophe her sister's dog Bosco causes in the first five minutes of his weekend stay. Nor the gorgeous man who comes to her rescue.

Who happens to be her new contractor, Nate Hudson.

One dog sitting disaster after another leads her to Nate, and spending time with him is a bonus. As much as she likes Nate and is attracted to him, it'd be inappropriate to act on her desire to kiss him. He's her employee. She's technically still married. He's younger. Hotter.

Nate Hudson falls for his new employer big time. Matilda is fun, and beautiful, with integrity and a big heart. Coming to her rescue is his new favourite pastime. Until he offers to teach her how to surf.

Except for one problem with the surf lessons, he has a secret he must keep hidden. Otherwise, she might never accept his help again.

Despite the obstacles, can they find love with the help of a canine matchmaker and his mischievous ways?

I will Find You
Amanda Ashby and Sally Rigby 
writing as Amanda Rigby
Released: 15 March

Three sisters…One terrible secret

Ashleigh: A creative, free spirit and loyal. But Ash is tormented by her demons and a past that refuses to be laid to rest.

Jessica: Perfect wife and loving mother. But although Jessica might seem to have it all, she lives a secret life built on lies.

Grace: An outsider, always looking in, Grace has never known the love of her sisters and her resentment can make her do bad things.

When Ashleigh goes missing, Jessica and Grace do all they can to find their eldest sister. But the longer Ashleigh is missing, the more secrets and lies these women are hiding threaten to tear this family apart.

Can they find Ashleigh before it’s too late or is it sometimes safer to stay hidden?


Lana Pecherczyk
Book 9, Deadly Seven
Expected Release: 30 May

Can Villains turn over a new leaf?
Crime rages in Cardinal City.

The fanatical Syndicate’s answer is to be judge, jury and executioner, even if that means destroying half the world to eradicate sin. The only thing standing in their way is a family of genetically modified vigilantes known as the Deadly Seven. Each of the Seven must find a lifemate, or become the sin they're destined to destroy.

Despair is the final book in the award-winning Deadly Seven superhero romance series.

Captain of the Guard
Anna Hackett
Book 3, Galactic Kings
Expected Release: 17 May

An alien warrior and a fierce shapeshifter who drive each other crazy must work together to save an entire planet from a terrifying evil.

First Claw Annora Rahl is tough, fierce, and loyal. She stands at her emperor’s side to protect the wolf shapeshifters of the planet Damar, and she isn’t afraid to use her claws. Stopping an evil king from a neighboring planet, who’s intent on enslaving all the planets in their system, is her top priority. She won’t fail her family, her people, or her emperor. Even if it means joining forces with an infuriating rival warrior…one who she isn’t sure if she wants to kill or kiss.

Captain Thadd Naveri is strong, unyielding, and dedicated. As captain of the guard for the overlord of the planet Zhalto, he lets nothing threaten his king or his people. He’s still recovering from his capture and torture by the enemy, but he readily accepts a top-secret mission into enemy territory. He’s less than pleased to share that mission with Annora—the one woman in the galaxy who fills him with scalding hot anger…and burning desire.

To save their allies on the planet Taln, Thadd and Annora must sneak into the enemy’s most feared science labs. As they fight side by side, they are forced to face their overwhelming attraction. But as the enemy closes in, it is a race against time to save not only Taln but themselves.

Wolf Soul
TJ Nichols
Book 3, Outcast Pack
Expected Release: 28 May

The Outcast Pack is part of the Familiar Mates world but stands alone. For readers who enjoy steamy gay wolf shifter romance.

The Billionaire's Familiar
TJ Nichols
Book 8, Familiar Mates
Expected Release: 28 July

Fated mates...there's only one problem: their families hate each other.

Discover the world of the Familiar Mates mm fated mates paranormal romance series. Each book in the Familiar Mates series has a new couple and a HEA with no cliffhangers.

The Billionaire's Familiar is a steamy gay enemies to lovers romance between a billionaire witch who is expected to follow family tradition and a fox shifter who doesn't realise his own power.

The Firefighter's Familiar
TJ Nichols
Book 9, Familiar Mates
Expected Release: 28 August

Join firefighter witch Callum as he navigates his accidental familiar bond and tries to explain magic to his human boyfriend.

Discover the world of the Familiar Mates mm fated mates shifter witch romance series.
Each book in the Familiar Mates series has a new couple and a HEA with no cliffhangers.

The Bodyguard's Convenient Marriage
M.L. Tompsett
Book 2, Second Chance at Love
Expected Release: 30 June

Too busy for love. Family curse or just bad luck. A woman scorned is deadly.

Three rules to stand by:
Business and pleasure should not be mixed.
Don’t get involved with a client.
Don’t get married.

Never one for relationships, hard-working retired-FBI agent Essy Raiker has made it her business to abide by the rules in her bodyguard business. She preferred her work protecting people until the day Declyn Bianchi hired her, and everything changed.
Rules… what rules!

More than bullets fly hot and fast when Essy faces her estranged husband.
Essy will stop at nothing when unexpected enemies emerge, endangering what she loves most.
Can Essy overcome her pride, exposing her heart to win Dekk’s love or has he replaced her with someone else?

Declyn Bianchi is fed up–with his high society family controlling his life–and his trouble-seeking identical twin. Life has been less than idyllic. Dekk’s prayers were answered in the form of a sinful looking body—his new bodyguard, Essy Raiker, to protect him from poaching females and business enemies.
He turns to Essy when a family curse hovers dangerously over his and his twin’s heads before she leaves for her next assignment.
Free from the family curse, Dekk must face reality when the family he thought he could trust betrayed him the most.
Will he have the chance to tell Essy he loves her and win her heart before it is too late?
Discover the news Essy had kept from Dekk. Who is behind the assassination attacks against the Bianchi family and see if the passion will burn deep in this second chance story at love.
Not all secrets remain dead and buried.

Mel Teshco
Book 1, Alien Fugitives
Expected Release: 31 January 2023

She’s afraid to love again. He’s afraid to lose again.

Jack Ashton appears from out of nowhere, saving Brynn like a knight in shining armor from her terrifying ex. Though her heady attraction to Jack opens up her heart again, she discovers her knight comes with scales and a fin. She should be terrified, but there is something about him that draws her in and makes her feel safe.

Jack hid his identity so well from the dronians—an alien enemy intent on hunting him and the last of his species down—he managed to brainwash himself in the process, forgetting his name and the real him while living and working on Earth. But when his memories come flooding back and he becomes protector of a human woman, he realizes life on Earth isn’t going to be any easier than what it had been on his own world, especially with a vulnerable human in his care.

Lying low and not drawing attention was his one and only goal. But when he falls for Brynn and dronians threaten her life, he knows he can’t lose another loved one again. He’ll do whatever he must to keep her alive and safe, even if he has to draw on every one of his unstable alien powers to do so.

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The Highland Earl's Revenge
Cathleen Ross
 Highland Lords and Ladies
Expected Release: 21 May

Lady Arabella Fraser will do anything to protect her clan, even if it pits her against the man she loves and the army of the English king.

Scotland 1744–1746

At sixteen, Lady Arabella Fraser, is forced into marriage with seventy-year-old, Lord William Gordon. Her father, Lord Fraser, insists the union will bring him and the Gordon lord a dukedom from Bonnie Prince Charles, and free the Highlands from the scourge of English rule.

In desperation, she throws herself at the man she loves, young disposed noble, Alexander Gordon, and begs him to marry her, greatly humiliated when he refuses.

Two years later, unhappily married, Arabella swears she’ll never forgive Alexander for leaving her and joining the enemy army to fight under King George instead of marrying her.

The day after the Scottish defeat at Culloden Field, Captain Alexander appears in Gordon castle at the head of the English army to wreak havoc on all traitors to the throne. Alexander cannot forget that Arabella wouldn't wait for him and married his uncle for the wealth, title and castle, that should have been his.
Except he still loves her and wants to make her his.

Non Spec-Fic

The Sheikh's Forbidden Wife
Mel Teshco 
Book 3, Desert Kings Alliance 
Expected Release: 31 May

She chose to escape a future of tyranny. He has no choice but to take her as his wife.

Sheikha Yasmine Al-Fasih will do anything to escape her soon-to-be-arranged marriage to a vile man older than her father. If that means sleeping with esteemed guest—Sheikh Jamal Qadir—and forcing his hand in marriage, then so be it. Better to live with the mistrust of a fair man than to endure a life with a brutal despot.

Sheikh Jamal is grateful that his routine business trip to discuss trade with his neighboring country’s leader, Sheikh Zameer, is almost over. A quick overnight stay and he’ll be on his way. But on finding a blonde bombshell asleep in his bed all tiredness fades away. Zameer clearly knows Jamal’s taste in women.

When it turns out Yasmine is Sheikh Zameer’s virginal daughter—not one of his many harem women—Jamal is gutted. He’s been setup! Yasmine is forbidden fruit and he took a bite.

There is only one way now to repair the damage. He has to marry the girl. But it doesn’t mean he has to like her. A pity fate always finds a way to have the last laugh.

The Sheikh's Secret Mistress
Mel Teshco
Book 4, Desert Kings Alliance
Expected Release: 15 September

She's a commoner, he's a powerful sheikh. Will she ever be good enough?

Jazmina Fadel might be praised for her beauty and for being mistress to the powerful Sheikh Fayez Al-Khan, but she can’t ever forget she came from a broken and destitute family. Not that Jazmina craves material wealth. A lovely house and a closet filled with designer clothes and jewelry means little when she desires her fairytale dream of a husband and children. And she won’t take a backseat while every eligible princess and sheikha in the Middle East vies for his attention and, ultimately, his hand in marriage.

Shiekh Fayez Al-Khan never meant to fall in love. He never even dreamed it possible for someone of his self-centered ways and lofty upbringing to believe in love at first sight. Not when there are scores of women willing to enact his every sexual urge. But although Jazmina has no pedigree, she is his every fantasy come to life. He won’t give her up. Not for anything or anyone. Not even for the wishes of his people who would see him wedded to the Sheikha of Lomada to strengthen their nations alliance. In the end though, will he have a choice?

The Sheikh's Secret Mistress
Mel Teshco
Book 5, Desert Kings Alliance
Expected Release: 30 December

She desires the man of her dreams. Can she resist the attention of another?

Sheikha Aisha Al Wahed might be the sister to Sheikh Hamid—one of the most renowned and unconventional Sheikhs on the planet—but it doesn’t mean she is cut from the same cloth. She wants what almost every girl wants: to marry the love of her life. That she’s had a crush on Tabari Usamah for so long makes her more determined for him notice her. So why is Dhamar, one of her brother’s many friends, distracting her beyond all reason?
Sheikh Dhamar Qadir desires one thing—Aisha Al Wahed. A pity she is besotted with another man not worthy of her affection. But Dhamar won’t give up, he’ll do whatever is necessary to make her fall in love with him, and he’s not above using every tool in his arsenal to make that happen, including removing Tabari from the picture and sending him away. But will his interference cost him the love and respect of the one woman he wants above all else?

Covers by Eleni Konstantine's alter ego, HelzKat Designs.

Her Wicked Scot
Christina Phillips
Book 4, The Highland Warrior Chronicles
Expected Release: 3 October

A warrior rumored to have no heart. An ice princess, who has vowed never to love again. A forced marriage that could break them both…

Sent into Pictland to discover the identity of a desperate assassin, Ewan MacKinnon fights his fascination with the aloof princess, Briana. Although he wants nothing more than to take her into his arms, he won’t taint her with the curse that has blighted him all his life.

After her first disastrous marriage, Briana is determined to dedicate her life in service to Pictland and her beloved goddess. But her goddess is elusive, sending only visions of a splintered future–a future that is tied irrevocably to the one man she fears could shatter her heart forever. The enemy of her people, Scots warrior Ewan MacKinnon.

Coerced into a marriage of convenience, Briana and Ewan battle both duty and desire as political intrigue tightens its noose around them. But with the assassin edging ever closer they must forsake the shackles of their past and risk their fragile love for a chance of surviving an ultimate betrayal.


Mary Brock Jones
Book 3, Arcadia
Expected Release: late May/early June

A sharp nosed businessman from a planet facing environmental disaster must face the cost of his actions  when he meets a brilliant biome scientist.

When Seolta den Coille is falsely imprisoned by the corrupt Ecological Survey bosses, he comes out wanting one thing only. Revenge. When offworlders offer him a way to get back at those who threatened him, he takes it with both fists. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t end well and he’s banished into exile. All that does is give his hunger for vengeance a few more targets. Top of the list, the two off-worlders who lured him into betraying his home world.

Anyara a Prithand2 wants only two things in life. To be left in peace to manage the biota systems of her space station, and to avoid giving her uncle an excuse to kill her. When a newcomer to her homeworld offers to help her escape, she accepts. Now she just has to survive this new adventure.

Chased across Alliance space by their enemies, Seolta and Anyara’s only chance lies with the Alliance Council, the overall governing body of settled space. An organisation as riven with political strife as the enemies they are fleeing. Some want to kill them both while others only want to kill Seolta and seize control of Anyara and her research findings.

Can the cleverest of the den Coille’s and a lauded artificial habitat scientist stay alive long enough to save both their home worlds?


Congratulations to our DarkSiders.

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

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Magic Thursday : A Little Magic Research with HM Hodgson!


Hey Darksiders, my name is Heather and I write as HM Hodgson. For this Magic Thursday post, I want to share a little magic research…

My debut series, The Immortal Keepers, is set in the forests and farmlands of country Victoria with a strong nature theme. Researching magic led me to The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. From broom purification to making lavender sugar, the book was an outstanding window into how green witches “live their path”. The lavender sugar even appeared in books 1 and 3 of the series.

While I love nature-led witchcraft, I had another story idea about a contemporary world where witchcraft is a trade like any other skill, and legends aren’t consigned to the past… and so a new series was born: Relics and Legends.

The first R&L novella, A Wreath Of Thorns, is about a witch who consults with major corporations to provide insights & intelligence through tarot readings. This was the perfect excuse to learn about something that’s always intrigued me, and while there are some great online resources—biddytarot.com was particularly good—I also bought my first ever tarot deck at the inaugural Witches’ Night Market in Brisbane.

The first full novel in the series (currently in copy edits) features a witch responsible for protecting some of humankind’s most precious—and dangerous—relics. But her first day at work doesn't go as planned. A stolen relic. The mafia. Some death daemons. Everyone wants the relic and will do anything to get it. This book is heavy on the spell craft, and after meeting a wonderful witch through Instagram, I started reading her books, Living Witchery (both Coven and the Beginner Witch Guide) as research. That was a crystal-filled rabbit-burrow, and I loved it.

First Tarot Reading

The second R&L novella (my current WIP) is about the legendary sword, Excalibur. Do you know what happened after King Arthur threw the weapon into the lake? This is my version: Excalibur’s power is that whoever wields it can never be harmed. The Lady of the Lake enchanted the sword to disappear into the lake waters to stop Excalibur falling into evil hands. But after a thousand years, the enchantment has worn away, and the Knights Templar, guardians of relics and legends alike, are desperately searching for the Lady of the Lake’s descendants to recast the enchantment. But someone else is looking for the descendants. And killing them…

And happy days, because some of my favourite tv shows have made for perfect research, from Escape To The Country to The Curse Of Oak Island. I’ve also started a Pinterest board to capture images that fit the tale—thanks to fellow Darksider Melanie Pickering for that tip!

The Last Keeper

Book 1, The Immortal Keepers

Deadly secrets. Sacred vows. Duty over desire.

India Jones is a city-witch with a problem - her witchcraft is turning dangerously unstable. And worse, the only people who can help are the family she hasn't seen in forever, on their isolated farm in Victoria, Australia.

But the farm and dark forest surrounding it hold dangerous secrets: an unearthly magic that beckons her into the forest, the truth behind her parents’ death, and a riveting stranger all too at home on her family’s property.

Ruthless and deadly, Thrane is the last Keeper. MIllenia ago, the Old Gods created the World Tree to connect the three Worlds. From its roots to its branches, it connects the Underworld, Mortalworld and Higherworld. But a secret war rages as those who would enslave the Mortalworld seek to destroy the Tree. Only the Immortal Keepers stand in their way.

Now, duty and explosive desire compel Thrane to keep close to India. For though she doesn’t know it, the stubborn witch is the gravest danger the World Tree, and his heart, have ever encountered.

To save the Mortalworld – and herself – India must face the most dangerous secret of all. Hers.

Author's note:

The Last Keeper is a standalone story with no cliff-hangers & a HEA. This is mature content with language and scenes designed for 18+ readers and has possible trigger warnings for fight and death scenes on the page. If you love reading stories by Ivy Asher or Kresley Cole then you will love this series.

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HM Hodgson

Brisbane author, HM Hodgson has always loved stories. Creating her own is the natural evolution of a passion for reading, a love for what makes people tick, and the fantastic places that can be imagined. 

Today, she writes about romance (steamy scenes a must!) and magic. Magic that moves worlds and takes her to another place.

When not writing or reading or reluctantly cleaning up after her children, she loves looking after her veggie patch and little flock of chickens. ​

You can find HM at her website: hmhodgson.com

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

DarkSider News - May 2022!


May the force be with you this month...


Congratulations to Keri Arthur and Kristin Silk!!

Magic Misled
 by Keri Arthur was awarded the Favourite Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Futuristic Romance 2021 

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 Lizzie Grace series was awarded the Favourite Continuing Romance Series 2021

Sweet Treats - Chocolate won the Favourite romance anthology 2021 (a member's choice award): by Toni D’Alia, Cordelia Fox, Arietta Richmond, Stephanie Ashton, Frances Dall’Alba, Caroline Deness, Louisa Duval, Amy Hutton, Kylie Jacobs, JA MacNally, Fiona M Marsden, Clare Miles, Valerie Miller, Georgia Moore, and Kristin Silk.

The Mayans and the Aztecs (and those before them) knew what they were doing when they started turning cacao seeds into chocolate!

Sweet, and smooth, chocolate was the perfect inspiration for some of Australia’s best romance writers in 2021’s SWEET TREATS.

Peel back the wrapper on this book for fifteen delicious morsels of romance with a little chocolate on the side. From the Earth to the moon, historical tales to current day adventures, these stories are the type of candy your dentist would approve.

Sweet Tooth by Kristin Silk


Wild Soul 
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 5, Kingdom of Wolves
Released: 22 April

As soon as his teeth sunk into my neck…I was lost.

Just when I think I’ve found an answer to the hundreds of mysteries in my life, another appears.

This time, in the form of a vampire who seems to know secrets from my past…and who is desperate for my body and my soul.

My enemies are circling, looking for a way to break me apart and separate me from my two alphas. And their power seems to be growing.

We’re determined to keep them away, but fate may have other plans.

My heart will always be Daxon and Wilder’s, but what about my blood…

I’ll do anything to keep them after everything we’ve been through.

But it’s going to take a wild soul to do it.

Monster's Plaything
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 2, Monster and Me
Released: 22 / 27 April 
This book has now gone wide as Amazon banned the book for being too sexy.  
This is being looked into. Interestingly enough the paperback is on Amazon.

The Monster King wants to play...

It's been 1097 days and 14 hours since I've been locked in this place.

And they've come to me every night.

Wolf Blood
TJ Nichols
Book 2, Outcast Pack
Released: 28 April

River Yates always thought his grandmother’s tales about shifters and witches living among them to be just stories. Until his ex, Drew Preston, showed up at his door naked and bloodied and in need of help.

After being attacked by wolves determined to tear apart the fledgling Outcast Pack, Drew did the only thing he could: shift and run. The nearest place he might find refuge is River’s house. But his ex is human, and when River accused him of cheating, he ripped out Drew’s heart.

While River wasn’t wrong about Drew keeping secrets, how could he tell a human what he is?

When a hunter arrives to kill the shifters that have been making trouble, River is forced to confront the truth not only about Drew but also his own family. Once again, he’ll be picking up weapons and facing off against his grandmother, but this time, it isn’t a training exercise.

The Outcast Pack is part of the Familiar Mates world but stands alone. For readers who enjoy steamy gay wolf shifter romance.

Winterfall Witch
LJ Swallow 
Book 3, Nightworld Academy
Released: 24 April

The Dominion always threatened our future.
Now they’ve changed our lives.

Gabriella took Andrei, Jamie, and Ash, and I'm terrified she’ll kill them. Instead, Gabriella has plans for those I love.

Andrei spent years escaping his mother’s influence, and now she’s prepared to do anything to make him her pawn.
Jamie is a witch trapped on an estate owned by Dominion vampires who crave his blood—and he's attracted attention.
And if Ash escapes, he faces something as big a threat to his future as Gabriella.

As my three lovers return to me one by one, it’s clear they’ve changed—and the guy who remained with me has altered too.

My battle with Gabriella is now personal.

A surprise ally shares our determination to take down Gabriella and the Dominion, and he could be the answer. But what is our new friend's real agenda?

Now Gabriella possesses a new power, she's a deadlier enemy. We may not be able to kill her yet, but if I can bring justice to those involved in hurting the guys I love, we’ll strike at the heart of Gabriella's plans.

Because until we take down the Dominion, our lives will never be safe. And as long as this Winterfall witch lives, surrounded by her men, those who threaten us risk their lives too.

Alien Desire
Melody Beckett
Book 1, Taurean Warriors
Re-released: 4 April 
(previously released as Fighting for Her Alien Warrior) 

He's her only hope. She's his secret desire.

Space Force veteran Laila Storey thinks she’s seen it all—until first contact with an insectoid alien race, the Xakul, destroys a fledgling Martian colony. The Xakul’s next target? Earth.

Humanity’s only hope is the Taureans, a warrior race who has battled the Xakul and won. Laila must do whatever it takes to save her people, but one particular Taurean warrior proves to be an unwanted distraction.

Commander Zac Qu’Rell wants back in the fight, but his last battle with the Xakul left him badly scarred. The only time he feels at peace is when he's with Laila.

As Zac and Laila work together, temperatures rise, both on and off the battlefield. But there's no time for love.... is there?

Previously published asFighting For Her Warrior, Alien Desire is the first book in the Taurean Warriors science fiction romance series, and can be read as a standalone. Content is suitable for readers 18+.

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Alien Desire
Melody Beckett
Book 2, Taurean Warriors
Released: 20 April 
(previously titled Taming Her Alien Warrior) 

Has the galaxy's biggest player met his match?

Sub-Commander T'arq Qu'Ress has a reputation for having a lot of... fun. The flirtatious pilot might seem like the consummate party animal, but the truth is a little more dark.

Krystal Storey is the ultimate nerd, and the exact opposite of social butterfly T'arq. She's more interested in circuits and code than parties, and is terrified of flying.

When they are sent on a mission together, they have to face their worst fears... and their deepest desires. Will they survive to admit their love? Or will they meet their end before they even get started?

Alien Seduction is the second book in the Taurean Warriors science fiction romance series and can be read as a standalone, but is best read after Alien Desire. The book contains content suitable for readers aged 18+. For content notes see Melody's website.

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Outback Sky
Annie Seaton
Book 2, The Augathella Girls
Released: 27 April

Fallon Malone is a loner, refusing to rely on anyone else for her happiness. She’s content being her own boss, working in the skies of the remote Queensland outback. When she begins her contract in the Augathella region for the annual cattle muster, Fallon is unimpressed with the new station manager.

Jon Ogilvie is equally unhappy with this new female bush pilot, hired by Kent Mason, owner of neighbouring Lara Waters. Now that Braden has his kids back, he seems to have lost his focus on best practice for the local cattle stations. It also doesn’t help that Fallon Malone is a law unto herself.

As the stockman and bush pilot come head-to-head, nature conspires to bring them together. Can Fallon and Jon overcome their differences and give in to the attraction that refuses to go away?

Secrets in Retribution Bay
Claire Boston 
Book 4, Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay
Released: 25 April


She unearths a family secret which alters their history forever. He discovers a crime occurring on sacred land. Unless they work together their lives will never be the same.

Georgie Stokes is at a crossroads. Her job isn’t leading anywhere and her love life consists of pining after a man who considers her a surrogate sister. Something’s got to give. Then an accidental discovery reveals shocking secrets about her family. With her life in turmoil, she decides to take charge, risking her heart and her livelihood in the process.

Matt Roe has life figured until Georgie declares her love for him. Suddenly he must confront his own feelings for his best friend’s sexy younger sister, and his denial isn’t helped when he’s forced to work side-by-side with her.

However their priorities drastically shift when they stumble upon an animal smuggling operation.
Will they be able to stop the smugglers before more lives are lost, or will they become the next target?

Secrets in Retribution Bay is the fourth action-filled book in the Aussie Heroes: Retribution Bay series. If you like determined women, stubborn men and a whole lot of mystery, you’ll love Claire Boston’s exciting romantic suspense.

Risky Love
Maggie Rose
Book 3, Pine Creek
Released: 26 April

A standalone story of secrets, love and second chances. Or will the past catch up with both of them?
Book three in The Pine Creek Series.

My name is Brett Connor and I like to party, hard.
I’m not looking for love.
Been there, done that and it doesn’t work.
Then Mila turns up with a surprise.
A five-year-old surprise called Matteo.

Mila is a hard-working chef and mom who comes back to town because her mother is sick.
Will Brett finally find something to make him believe in love again as he falls for Mila?
Or will both their pasts catch up with them and destroy their
chance at happiness.

This book was previously published as Rekindled Love by Maggie Mundy.

leaving some info in from April pt1

Wolf Soul
TJ Nichols
Book 3, Outcast Pack
Expected Release: 28 May

The Outcast Pack is part of the Familiar Mates world but stands alone. For readers who enjoy steamy gay wolf shifter romance.

The Billionaire's Familiar
TJ Nichols
Book 8, Familiar Mates
Expected Release: 28 July

Fated mates...there's only one problem: their families hate each other.

Discover the world of the Familiar Mates mm fated mates paranormal romance series. Each book in the Familiar Mates series has a new couple and a HEA with no cliffhangers.

The Billionaire's Familiar is a steamy gay enemies to lovers romance between a billionaire witch who is expected to follow family tradition and a fox shifter who doesn't realise his own power.

Cursed Wolf
Mila Young
Book 4, Savage
Expected Release: 28 July 

The Savage Sector series continues...

Blurb coming soon.

Mila Young, Lexi C. Foss and Jennifer Thorn
 Sector World Captives
Expected Release: 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.

Stolen Paradise
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
 Book 2, Kings of Eden
Expected Release: 23 June

Blurb coming soon.

Mila Young and C.R. Jane
The Devil's Gate
(multi author universe)
Expected Release: 8 July 

MC Syndicates
The only way in is by blood, the only way out is by death.
Blood in, blood out.

MC Syndicates is a shared universe, crafted by a set of USA Today and International Bestselling authors, that feature an array of Paranormal species, savage dominant men, and strong heroines. These stories are all set in the same world and can be read within any order.

MC Syndicates by the fallowing author:
Inferno by R.L Caulder and M. Sinclair
Death Warden by Debbie Cassidy
Sin and Salvation by Cate Corvin and Melora Fran├žois
Dark Paradise by Ann Denton and Katie May
Rapture by Mila Young and CR Jane
Stone Will by Albany Walker

Midnight Coven
LJ Swallow
Book 3, The Immortal Keepers
Expected Release: 6 July

A secret society. Arcane magic. Forbidden love.

The Winterfalls. The aristocratic family who believe they're witch royalty.
The Blackwoods. The corrupt witches who want to take their crown.

I've finally broken the Winterfall family shackles and stepped into witch society. I missed out on a Nightworld Academy education, but I have a place at the prestigious Nightfall University. Here, gifted witches from the elite families study to take their magic to the next level and become our new leaders.

I expected to rub shoulders with the brightest and best; I didn't expect my new friends would draw me into a secret society.

The Midnight Coven. Dark, seductive, and dangerous.

I've met the intense and captivating witch Alexei once before. He hasn't forgotten my actions that night, and I haven't accepted who he is. A Winterfall would never touch a Blackwood, however tempting, and Alexei doesn't like rejection. Now I'm forced to live in a house on campus with the arrogant jerk.

Fortunately, my other housemates are friendlier. Nate and Xavi are powerful bonded witches who offer to teach me everything they know—and not just their magic. Tomas is also new to campus; he's easy-going and friendly, but there's something secretive about the elemental witch. The three smoking hot guys show me how to enjoy my new freedom and invite me to join their secret society. The one led by Alexei Blackwood.

What lives behind the mirrors never frightened me, but on the night I'm initiated into the coven, my magic attracts something that threatens all of us.

I'm shocked to discover the Midnight Coven is more than a circle of hedonistic witches. How long can I resist the dark Blackwood magic before I'm drawn into shadows and we unleash something deadly?

Midnight Coven is the first in a university-age paranormal academy duet filled with seductive magic, steamy scenes, multiple love interests and dark academia elements.

Monsters Claimed
LJ Swallow
Book 2, The Ruthless Dark
Expected Release: 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.

Lunar Rising
anthology contains Dragon Desire by
Lilliana Rose
Expected Release: 28 October

The moon is risen, and the beasts have come out to play.

From wolves to fae to witches this limited edition paranormal romance urban fantasy collection will keep you riveted from beginning to end.

Are you ready for the thrill of a lifetime?

Allow the bestselling authors of Lunar Rising tease your senses and tickle your fancy with fantastic adventures featuring powerful heroines and the protective heroes who love them.

Don’t wait, dive in today and escape into fantasy!

Dragon Desire cover by Eleni Konstantine's alter ego, HelzKat Designs.

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Follow the Sun
Annie Seaton
Book 4, Four Season Short and Sweet
Expected Release: 31 May

For three years Misty O’Farrell has lived in the back of her camper van travelling the Australian coast. To assuage her grief, she practises her sand art on the many beaches she visits. Wherever she is, Misty greets the rising sun each morning.

Trapped in a difficult relationship, Angus MacDonald begins each day at the local lookout to watch the sunrise. When he meets this mysterious woman, the attraction is instant and mutual. As autumn passes and they meet each morning at sunrise, they both realise life is too short to settle for less than love.

Can Angus break his promise and follow his heart?

Secrets of River Cottage
Annie Seaton
Book 5, Bindarra Creek Mystery
(multiple author series)
Expected Release:14 November

Forced to move from the safe haven of her in-law’s farmhouse, single mum, Cathy Kendall is horrified she must return to the renovated River Cottage – a house that holds secrets and sad memories. When builders discover bones beneath the old house and the site is declared a crime scene, speculation and gossip engulf Bindarra Creek.

Landscaper, Grant Cummings has returned to his hometown to seek justice and it suits him to keep a close eye on Cathy. As the investigation progresses, attraction flares between them.

But when a series of suspicious events threaten Cathy’s life, should she share her suspicions with Grant?

Or is his mysterious past a warning that trusting him could prove deadly?

Welcome to the latest Bindarra Creek romances. You will love re-visiting this quaint country town and its quirky community as compelling characters search for love and happiness. Don't miss out on these seven mystery romances by best-selling Australian authors.

Outback Wind: The Jillaroo
Annie Seaton
Book 4, The Augathella Girls
Expected Release: 31 August

Amelia Foley has always lived on the land. Sent to the best boarding schools, her parents hoped for a professional career in the city for their only daughter. Five strapping sons can run the family station according to her father. But Amelia hates city life and sets off to work as a jillaroo on Kilcoy Station.

Local shire building inspector, Ben Riley visits Kilcoy Station to advise Braden Cartwright on the new buildings he is planning as the station expands. After a run-in with Amelia’s sidekick—Ellis, the golden retriever—Ben insists Amelia comes to town to attend the local dog obedience classes.

As the jillaroo and the inspector spend more time together attraction grows quickly.

But Ben can’t wait to do his time in the bush and move to the city; Amelia wants to make a success of her career on the huge cattle spread.

Will his growing feelings for Amelia be enough for Ben to stay in the bush? And will she give her heart to a man who wants to leave all that she loves?

Wanted: Mistletoe
anthology contains Christmas Ribbon by
Lilliana Rose
Expected Release: 1 November

Dear Santa,
Before I explain, how much have the elves told you?

Who's ready for a little naughty & nice? With some mistletoe and holiday cheer, anything can--and does--happen during Christmas.

Your favorite contemporary authors have gathered around the Wintery hearth to bring you scintillating holiday romances. These sexy stories will deck your halls with filthy balls. If you’re not on the naughty list yet, you will be after indulging in these steamy reads. Whether you’re naughty or nice or you’re on Santa’s watchlist, these romances will put you in a celebratory mood and warm your heart.

Get this steamy holiday collection today.


The Changeling Curse
Dani Kristoff
Book 2, Cursed Ones
Expected Release: TBA

Donna Maree Hanson
Colony Five
Expected Release: TBA


Alien Attraction
Melody Beckett
Book 0, Taurean Warriors
is currently FREE when you sign up to Melody's newsletter. 

Commander Oren Ka’Ress is having a bad day. First he crash lands on a primitive planet and is injured, then he—and his dangerous Xakul prisoner—are captured. Oren needs backup, but with no way to contact his fellow Taureans, he's stuck.

Dr. Amelia O’Malley doesn’t believe in aliens… until a mysterious patient arrives on her ward. Bigger than any man she's ever seen, and with inhumanly bright eyes, Amelia finds herself full of questions. But there’s one problem—Amelia can’t understand anything he says.

As the Xakul threat looms, Oren must find a way for Amelia to understand him. With the clock counting down there is more at stake than either of them could dream…

Alien Attraction is a prequel to the Taurean Warriors series, previously titled Freeing Her Alien Warrior. Amelia and Oren’s story continues throughout the series.

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Keri Arthur, Lilliana Rose, MJ Scott and Mila Young

These DarkSiders will be at the Books In-Sight author signing event on 8 October 2022 in Melbourne. Tickets available here.  

Mila Young
French translation of Shadows and Wolves is out now.


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