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Tuesday 23 August 2022

DarkSider News - August 2022 Part 2!


We're all abuzz with our fabulous news...


Dakota Harrison

Dakota was awarded 3rd in the 2022 CYA Writers and Illustrators Conference in the Adult Story section with House of Flame and Bone.

D.D. Line and Carolyn Wren

D.D. and Carolyn were both awarded 3rd place in the 2022 National Excellence in Story Telling (NEST)  by the Central Region Oklahoma Writers.

D.D. in the Suspense Short Category with An Ear to the Ground.

Carolyn in the Contemporary Short Category with Purr-Fect Pitch.

D.D. Line  

D.D. also placed third in the Best Short Romance category of the Koru Award (Romance Writers of New Zealand) for An Ear to the Ground.

D.D also got an Honorable Mention in the Daphne Du Maurier Award - Kiss of Death  for An Ear to the Ground.

Go D.D. and An Ear To The Ground!

Anna Hackett 

The Powerbroker received the RuBY award for the Best Romantic Suspense from Romance Writers of Australia!


Annie Seaton

Annie has a number of events coming up in September. You can check out the media page on Annie's website for links. 

Mila Young and Lilliana Rose

Mila and Lilliana will be attending Book Fair Australia in Sydney on 26-27 November 2022.  

Tickets on sale now.


Mila Young and C.R. Jane
The Devil's Gate
(multi author universe)
Released: 3 August 

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 François
Dark Paradise by Ann Denton and Katie May
Rapture by Mila Young and CR Jane
Stone Will by Albany Walker

Alien Domination
Melody Beckett
Book 3, Taurean Warriors
Released: 4 August

He’s the grumpiest of grumpy aliens. And there’s only one bed.

Domik Vo’Ress might be grumpy, but the huge alien warrior is putty in the hands of the sunshine-like Clodagh ‘CJ’ Jones. And the games she plays to make him smile? Secretly, he loves them. Because for Domik, love is not a game, it’s the all-consuming passion of a sun turned supernova. And Domik has secretly loved CJ for a long time.

To everyone else, she’s prickly and sarcastic, but Domik brings out CJ’s best side. The alien warrior is a giant wall of stoic muscle. He makes her feel protected. Safe. Needed. But that’s not what she deserves. It doesn’t matter that her heart pounds when he’s near, not if she’s only going to get him killed.

When their space shuttle blows up, it’s like CJ’s worst nightmares come to life. The pair squeeze into an escape pod made for one, and nothing could get worse, could it? What about working together to survive? Learning to trust each other? Spending a night in the dodgiest motel in existence—complete with a mirrored ceiling and only one bed? Yeah. No way could it get worse. Especially not with the feelings flowing between them. Right?

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

Wolf Bound
Leisl Leighton
Book 4, Pack Bound
Released: 16 August
Currently on sale for $1.99 US

The ultimate sacrifice, a love that lasts forever…

Trickster Were, Adam McVale is almost killed in his attempt to stop the evil warlock Cain from murdering his Pack – emphasis on the 'almost'. He is transformed into a Shade, a creature caught between life and death. A horrible turn of events, sure, but at least he now gets to haunt the irresistible and ever prickly medium, Shelley Conners, who has made her dislike of him undeniably clear; pretty funny given he and his wolf are certain she is their mate.

Shelley hates and fears the inherited powers that connect her to the spirit world and the insanity they inevitable bring. But it seems she is the key to reuniting Adam's body with his Shade and save him from certain death. Given she can hardly let the annoying Were die, she agrees to help, even though it will speed up her descent into madness.

But there is an even darker evil within her – the Darkness that has been hunting the Packs and Covens for centuries. Can she save Adam and stave off the Darkness before it uses her to destroy the world?

contains story by
DK Harris (aka Dakota Harrison) and Kristin Silk
Spicy Bites Anthology 2022, Romance Writers of Australia 
Released: 13 August

Hot and heavy, dark and dangerous, or sleek and sophisticated. What is it that makes machines so sexy?

From V8s and vintage muscle tractors to space sailing aliens, spare parts and Captain's chairs, this super steamy short read collection is a perfect indulgence to discover new authors and how to grease a good machine, romance style.

MACHINES is filled with spicy, erotic stories selected from the best of 2022's Romance Writers of Australia's entrants for SPICY BITES.

Captain of the Guard
Anna Hackett
Book 3, Galactic Kings
Released: 12 August in audio format

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.

Non spec-fic

Anna Hackett
Book 1, Sentinel Security
Released: 9 August

He’s her best friend’s older brother.
The hot, tough former Navy SEAL.

The man she’s had a crush on her entire life and now the man pretending to be her lover to keep her safe.

CEO Lainie Madden has her hands full. In charge of a growing tech company, her work and her employees are her life. She’s sworn off love, because the sad reality is that she stinks at choosing men who aren’t self-absorbed cheaters. But when she starts receiving disturbing death threats and her company’s website gets hit with relentless cyber-attacks, she’s in over her head.

What she never expected was her best friend’s bossy, rugged brother to steamroll in to play her fake boyfriend and very real protector.

Former SEAL and CIA agent Nick “Wolf” Garrick is second in command at Sentinel Security. He’s spent most of his life fighting and protecting others, proving he’s nothing like the ex-con who fathered him. He’s also spent years ignoring his scorching attraction to his little sister’s best friend. Lainie is sweet, fresh, smart…and off limits.

But when he finds out she’s in danger, it flips a switch inside him. Whatever the risk, whatever it takes, even pretending that they’re lovers, he’ll protect Lainie and take down the person hunting her.

The more time Lainie and Nick spend together, the more the lines blur. As danger swirls around them, their pretend relationship starts to feel very real. But Nick doesn’t do relationships and Lainie doesn’t want to get hurt again…

Outback Wind: The Jillaroo
Annie Seaton
Book 4, The Augathella Girls
Released: 16 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?


Lunar Rising has a new cover
anthology contains 
Dragon Desire by
Lilliana Rose
Expected Release: 4 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.

Blood Song
Hollee Mands
Book 3Warriors of the Five Realms
Expected Release: 28 November

Rebel. Assassin. Cutthroat mercenary.

Follow Gabriel Blacksage, Guildmaster of the Red Knights on the next installment of Warriors of the Five Realms.

Full blurb to come.


Fae's Song
Helen Walton
Book 1, Summer Court
Expected Release: 3 November

The fate of the Fae begins…

Songstress, Niamh, has an unusual Fae power—an influence in her voice. Singing at the prince’s two hundredth birthday celebrations should be a grand moment, but not luring the prince into believing she’s his mate is all she’s concerned about. For every man succumbs to the magic of her voice and the prince is the one man she wants but can never have. For what can a lowly earth-living Fae offer the prince of the Summer Court?

When the King and Queen of the Fae insist Prince Fintan select a mate on his birthday, he’s reluctant to settle for a chosen mate, but then he stumbles upon his fated mate. He never thought he’d need to woo her, but if that’s what it takes to convince Niamh they’re fated mates, then he’ll do anything in his considerable power to make her his.

But as the secret in Niamh’s power is revealed, will Fintan still believe they are fated mates? Or will her secret be their undoing? And those of the Fae?

Monster's Obsession
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 2, Monster and Me
Expected Release: 29 September

Book 2 of the Monster & Me Duet

Blurb coming soon...

Release Date to be moved up.

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

The Savage Sector series continues...

Darkest Sin: Part One
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
Book 1-3, Sin Demons
Expected Release: 25 August 

They say never make a deal with a demon…but what if I didn’t have a choice?

On my eighteenth birthday, my soul was traded to three sin demons as payment for my foster-father’s gambling debts.

Little did I know that being with them would unleash my own desires and Hell on Earth.


But these tempting devils aren’t the only ones with ungodly powers because I’m no angel myself.

My dark secret can end up destroying us all.

Sin Demons is a fiery paranormal romance series full of dominating hellions, gritty humor, underworld mystery, and a lost heroine embracing her faults to find her true power. This is a reverse harem/why choose series.

This set includes the first three books in the Sin Demons Series—Playing with Hellfire, Hell in a Handbasket, and All Shot to Hell—plus exclusive bonus content and character illustrations.

Darkest Sin: Part Two
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
Book 4-6, Sin Demons
Expected Release: 1 September 

Falling in love can be Hell...

As the danger increases around me, Sayah’s darkness grows inside me.

Scariest of all… I’m starting to like it.

My sin demons will risk it all to save me from eternal damnation. But my biggest enemy may not be Lucifer.

It may be the monster that lurks inside me.

And when we meet the devil at the gates of Hell, will I be strong enough to make the ultimate sacrifice to save us all? Or will I lose everyone I love to the fire?

Sin Demons is a fiery paranormal romance series full of dominating hellions, gritty humor, underworld mystery, and a lost heroine embracing her faults to find her true power. This is a reverse harem/why choose series.

This set includes the last three books in the Sin Demons Series—To Hell and Back, When Hell Freezes Over, and Hell on Earth—plus new exclusive bonus content and character illustrations.

Non Spec-Fic

Guarded Hearts
contains stories by
HM Hodgson and S.E. Gilchrist
Expected Release: 18 November

Guarded Hearts anthology presents 17 passionate protector romances and captivatingly hot romantic suspense novellas.

Military heros, undercover operatives, guns for hire, private security and first responders are the order of the day. This collection is action-packed with heroic men and the brave women who stand with them - then win them over.

Holding out for a hero? Here they are!

Outback Dawn: The Visitor
Annie Seaton
Book 5, The Augathella Girls
Expected Release: 15 September

When Laura Adnum, sister-in-law of Braden Cartwright, arrives unexpectedly in Augathella to visit the three sons of her deceased sister, Julia, it seems she is there to cause trouble; Laura is not impressed that Braden is planning to marry Callie Young.

Newly-appointed local doctor, Harry Higgins, is surprised when Laura insists on visiting him to check that the care of her three nephews is adequate. Harry has his own demons and has come to Augathella for peace and a quiet life.

Harry is suspicious of Laura’s motives. Why has she suddenly decided to visit three nephews she has never met? He tries to ignore his instant attraction to this enigmatic woman.

What secrets does each of them hold, and can they each find peace through love?

East of Alice
Annie Seaton
Expected Release: 15 November

A gem-fossicking discovery echoes through time and leads to a dangerous journey through the red dust outback. A gripping mystery from Australian author Annie Seaton.

Gemma Hayden has returned to her hometown of Alice Springs for a new job as a primary school teacher. It's been six years since her family broke apart following the disappearance of her twin brother. And the scars still run deep.

Hard on the heels of her homecoming, Saul Pearce, the man she once loved, is reposted from Parks and Wildlife in Darwin back to Alice. When an old car wreck is uncovered, washed down the river to Ruby Gap, Saul investigates only to find that the wreck belonged to Ethan, Gemma's twin - and there's a coded note for her in the glovebox.

Joining forces, they trek through the rugged outback, piecing together clues that not only bring them to the attention of a criminal organisation, but lead them to uncover an even older puzzle ... One now lost to the history books.

With targets on their backs, will they unearth the truth in time?

Beneath the Sapphire Sky
Dakota Harrison
Book 5, With Love, From Kurrajong Crossing
Expected Release: 22 September

They’ve known each other for years…

Born and raised on adjacent family vineyards, and inseparable since childhood, there’s not much Belle Davis and Dante Casellati don’t know about each other. That crush Belle had on him in her teens? Dante knows about it. Dante’s confirmed bachelor stance? Belle’s heard it all before. And each believes the other is happy with the status quo.

Used to pushing aside her own dreams and desires out of duty to her ailing mother, Belle dismisses all hope of her and Dante ever being in the same place at the same time emotionally, until Dante’s prodigal brother returns to Kurrajong Crossing and makes a play for her. Dante’s jealousy finally prompts him to act on the attraction to Belle he’s been ignoring for years. Taking their relationship one step further, life is bliss…until tragedy strikes Belle’s family. As tensions rise and hope of a happy outcome fades fast, Belle’s guilt estranges her and Dante for the first time in their lives.

Can they salvage their love, or will harsh words and the fear of truly letting one another in ruin everything?


Be My Baby
Dakota Harrison
Book 8, With Love, From Kurrajong Crossing
Expected Release: 22 March 2023

Holiday Kisses Anthology
contains story by
D.D. Line
Expected Release: November


Annie Seaton
Book 1, Pentecost Island
Currently 99c on Amazon

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

When Pippa Carmichael inherits a house on a deserted tropical island, it couldn’t have come at a better time for her. Life’s been tough lately; she’s lost her job, given her boyfriend the flick, and now it’s time for her to make a new start. With her two best friends, Pippa heads off to Pentecost Island to investigate her inheritance and is surprised to find there is another resident on the island.

Reclusive author, Rafe Rendell, is not impressed when a boatload of women turns up on his island, interrupting his peaceful existence. He is less impressed when he meets Pippa, the sassy new owner of Ma Carmichael’s sprawling house.

Can these two live in harmony on the same small island or is Pippa's dream destined to fail?


Dakota Harrison

Check out the Q&A with Dakota on the Tule Publishing website discussing her latest release,  Hometown Cowboy

Mila Young

Wild Soul
 has been translated into German.


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