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Saturday 24 December 2022

Darklight On...DarkSider Best for 2022!


I asked the question 'what was best for you in 2022' to our DarkSiders. 

Kristin Silk

Completing Tempt Me, a steamy anthology which is now available for preorder and releases 6th January 2023. Some of you know I have been recovering from a concussion for the last four and a half years so it has often felt like my journey to publication has taken  the (very long and winding!) scenic route. Davina Stone, Karen Lieversz and I each have three stories in this anthology and I am so grateful for writing friends who believed in me and my writing enough that they were willing to work within my brain limitations so that I could be a part of this. 

Tempt Me

Indulge your wildest fantasies with this steamy romance anthology. 

Dive into paranormal, and fantasy realms, immerse yourself in contemporary and historical worlds. Fall for an underworld god, make a deal with the Angel of Death, get sexy with a satyr and be voracious with a vampire. (F/M,/M/M, and F/F). There's something to satisfy every craving in this selection of short stories from three award-winning authors of erotic romance.

Let the temptation begin…

Content warning: These romantic short stories contain explicit sexual content and are not suitable for young readers.


Mel Teshco

For me it was getting into my indie groove and writing a whole series of sheikhs (with those wonderful covers) and starting a new alien science fiction romance series, which coincidentally is about water aliens (No, I had no idea about the new Avatar movie with its aquatic aliens). I've got a huge writing schedule, which includes other contemporary and science fiction books, but I feel I'm on top of things now that I know what I want with my writing - and that is sticking with contemporary and science fiction romance. Hopefully that is what my readers want too.

Bring on 2023 :)

The Sheikh's Secret Mistress

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?


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

Enisa Haines

When the year began I planned to immerse myself in completing Book 2 of the paranormal trilogy I am currently working on. However, this minor character from Book 1 (very minor being only talked of in conversation, but crucial to the plot) hijacked my muse and words for Book 2 would not flow. Frustrating!

Then a callout appeared on social media for authors to join the Guarded Hearts Protector Romance Anthology with release day in November of this year. As I read, that minor character was there in my head. I knew then that here was where the minor character would come alive with her own story, 'When Darkness Stirs'

And my story is in great company with stories by some fabulous authors. So fabulous that the anthology hit No. 1 in the Amazon  Best Seller List for Romance Anthologies.  

Guarded Hearts

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

Military heroes, 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! 17 Sensational stories to set your heart on fire!

Susanne Bellamy - Ties That Bind
Sandra Carmel - Hearts In Danger
Linda Charles - Trusting The Hunter
Renée Dahlia - Driven To Protect
Izzie Duffield - Heat of the Moment
Debra Deasey - My Sweet Protector - no book links
Louisa Duvall - Between a Heart and a Hard Place
Nicole Flockton - Securing His Heart
S.E. Gilchrist - Endangered Heart
Enisa Haines - When Darkness Stirs
Sara Hartland - Her Cowboy Protector
H. M. Hodgson - A sword of Stone and Magic
Tanya Nellestein - The Safe Place
Erin Moira O’Hara - Silver Lies
Ruby Rare - Guarding Kat
Eliza Renton - Rush
Rosie Miles - Operation Take Back


Kat Chant

My debut paranormal, God of Summer, was published in September as both an ebook and paperback. The highlight had to be one of my favourite authors, Erin Quinn, giving God of Summer a glowing review.

God of Summer

Back in the Bronze Age, Angus McCraggan sacrificed his life to break the Celtic curse laid on his kind. He failed. Millennia later, he returns to modern Ireland to find his people have become feral, vengeful shadows. With his hollow hill now packed with tourists, he uses his power to keep his past hidden.

Until an American calls him out.

Since a banshee attacked her as a teen, Erin De Santos has been tormented by dreams of a boy she’s never met. Armed with a new identity, she returns to the Emerald Isle determined to face her nightmare. But her discovery turns fatal.

When the banshee strikes again, Angus surrenders his heart—and his hope of freeing his people—to save her. With his life now hers and his curse descending, Erin must make a terrible choice: kill her savior or share his doom.

Katrina Coll

December saw Twice Baked, my second contemporary romance, published. I had so much fun recipe testing for this that my newsletter readers are going to get a bonus cookbook as well as a spin-off short story.

Twice Baked

Connor Brennan, Bad Boy turned Pastry Chef
First crush, first kiss, first love.
The boy who ruined her reputation and crashed his future, before ghosting her when she needed him most.

Isla Fraser, Cook and Divorced Single Mom
High school sweetheart.
The good girl who defied her parents to date him, then married his best friend. Her betrayal broke him.

The Chef and the Cook
Paired on a Reality TV Bake-Off, their chemistry still smokes. But when Isla confesses the secret she’s kept from him, will Connor burn their second chance?

Leisl Leighton

2022 was the year I decided to fully give self-publishing a go. I had a 4 book series that I’d got back from my publisher that I wanted to do a bit of a rewrite on and re-edit, plus, for the first time, I was in charge of formatting and publishing the books in the anthology series I’m a part of. I spent all last year working on learning what I needed so that I felt at least a little confident doing the marketing and advertising and formatting and how and when I wanted to publish, so at the beginning of this year, I took a deep breath and went for it. 

The result? 1 novella published, 2 anthologies repackaged and republished, 2 anthologies published for the first time, my 4 book paranormal romance Pack Bound Series re-written, edited and published and the first book in the prequel series, Soul Bound, published. I learned I will never put this number of books out again in 1 year (basically 10 books self-published in 11 months), but the lessons I learned will help me to do better in the future and pace myself in a way I won’t wipe myself out. Plus, I earned myself some wonderful new fans and reached a wider community of readers through my growing newsletter and social media channels. I also did my first signing event and had a ball and will be doing more next year. All-in-all, a big, tiring year that was fully worthwhile.

A Perfectly Paranormal Christmas

Have you been naughty ... or nice?

Christmas is coming! Santa is readying his reindeer and sleigh with toys for all good girls and boys – but he’s not the only magical Being in town. Gods, Goddesses, witches, Fae and all sorts of magical creatures are gathering to celebrate the spirit of Christmas with a spot of tinsel-strewn mayhem.

But they better watch out what they ask Santa for … they just might get it!

The A Perfectly Paranormal Anthology authors are at it again, this time with a Christmas anthology to fill your heart’s desires – and your stockings! Whether it's making magic or making merry, these four novellas will jingle your bells and add a dash of spice to your egg nog.

If lost souls, wild magic, shifters, fated mates, action, mystery and sexy romance make you tingle, then this anthology is for you. So decorate your tree, curl up with some delicious cookies and magic yourself some holiday spirit with a copy of A Perfectly Paranormal Christmas today.


HM Hodgson

Sooo many things to be grateful for in 2022—releasing two novels and one novella, contributing to Hearts Talk in the Life In The Indie Lane column, the ARRA awards dinner, the Fremantle conference, my first ever book signing with ARRA (amazing!), taking up Amazon ads book coaching, Writing Wednesdays in the city library, new writing groups, creating new social media content (hello, midjourney!), a cover rebrand for my first series, treating writing like an actual business, and the best part … all the wonderful friends I’ve got to make, to know better and to spend some amazing times with throughout the year.

A Relic of Magic and Gold

When you’re a witch on the run, do you trust your head or your magic to lead you in the right direction?

Evangeline is thrilled to kick off her professional spellcaster life protecting dangerous relics in Rome, Italy. After all, she just completed her studies of witchkind’s deadliest, most complex, and potent spells—and finished top of her class.

Except day one on the new job, Eve’s employer accuses her of stealing a powerful relic, and tries to lock her away in a creepy, dank Knights Templar dungeon. Forced to use her magic to escape, Eve runs into private investigator Raph Smith. Hiring the sexy, way-too-smooth PI seems like her best option—if not her only option. The fact she has zero way to pay him is a detail she’ll work out later.

Raph Smith always gets his missing person—though the reason why is a closely guarded secret—so finding a lost trinket box should be easy money. And while accepting multiple clients for the same job is a big N.O. in the PI world, when you’re being blackmailed, subject to a magical binding contract, and one client is a thief, you do what you must.

But the relic has a deadly secret too … and those who know the truth will do anything to find the artifact, including killing everyone who stands in their way.

With the Knights Templar, an international crime family, Daemons, and Eve’s own coven on their heels, Eve and Raph are forced to work closely together as they search for the missing relic. But as the sheets heat up, and with their hearts and heads on the line, can Eve and Raph really trust each other?

Relics and Legends – where witchcraft is a business and legends aren’t consigned to history.

Author note: This book is a steamy fantasy romance full of magical battle scenes where the body count is high, and with plenty of steam between the sheets (and out). Definitely one for 18+ readers! 

D.D. Line

I had a few highs in writing this year. My third Trinket Bay romantic suspense book, A Twist in the Tail, released in February. I placed in three international competitions with my second Trinket Bay book, An Ear to the Ground. I won this year’s KSP Spooky short stories competition and had two stories accepted in anthologies, one for crime, and the other for a contemporary Christmas romance. I’m currently writing a new adult paranormal romance series for next year.

Holiday Kisses

‘Tis the season to fall in love in this heartwarming collection of Christmas romance stories.

It’s Christmas…a time for kisses under the mistletoe, tree decorating, fruit mince pies, fairy lights and snow in abundance. This holiday season celebrates the joy of romance with some Holiday Kisses.

Filled with love, romance, and a whole lot of heart. From a Christmas gift exchange program, Manhattan wedding, fireman’s calendar photography shoot, train trip to Edinburgh, Irish castle, holiday job, Christmas wedding photo shoot, missent text, plum pudding catastrophe, and a mischievous donkey named Colin. All with a kiss or two.
Families reunite, new friends are made, and old flames take a second chance at happiness. Escape between the pages and get swept away into these holiday stories celebrating the spirit of the Christmas season!

Light the fire, grab some hot chocolate and settle in for the night and dive into these Christmassy romances. With ten stories from Australian authors, you’re sure to find something to pull at the heartstrings while rediscovering the joys of Christmas.


Anna Hackett

2022 has been a year of up and downs, and I'm looking forward to starting fresh in 2023. A big high for me this year was winning a Ruby for my book The Powerbroker, and I never get tired of hearing from readers who are enjoying all my books!


He’s a hot British billionaire.

The rich, muscled, former special forces soldier.

He’s a temptation she doesn’t want and can’t afford, but now she’s working undercover in his company to catch a rogue arms dealer.

Former MI6 agent Hadley “Striker” Lockwood found a new life in New York working for Sentinel Security. Her work fills a tired, jaded hole inside her. Life is just how she likes it, and she definitely has no desire for a man to mess that up.

When her next assignment sends her back to London to hunt a dangerous arms dealer, she finds herself not only face to face with a darkly tempting billionaire, but going undercover as his newest employee.

Bennett Knightley left the SAS with dark scars scratched on his soul and a determination to help in different ways. His successful company Secura makes high-tech gear for soldiers around the world, but now it’s under attack. Shipments are going missing, and his people are being targeted.

Enter Hadley—intelligent, stubborn, beautiful, and with walls a mile thick. Bennett’s never been tempted to mix business and pleasure, but with Hadley in the office he’s torn between their mission and claiming the maddening woman for himself.

As Hadley and Bennett close in on their enemy, they fight hard against their overwhelming attraction. She’s been burned before but the hot billionaire is getting under her skin. With Hadley, Bennett feels parts of himself coming back to life—now he has to not only convince her to trust him, but convince himself he deserves her.

Eleni Konstantine

Battling brain fog from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an ongoing occurance in my life but this year I managed to not only start (I have started many) but completed a short story, Believe in Magic, for a Christmas anthology. I almost didn't make the deadline getting covid but somehow I managed. It was a good feeling to be invited to join these lovely authors, complete the story, and see my name on something again. 

Hopefully I can get a few more done in 2023!

A Special Gift

A Special Gift anthology has six heart-warming holiday romances that feature a gift of love, and a guaranteed happy ending.

If you enjoy reading about lovers reunited and relationships helped along by a touch of seasonal magic, this one's for you!

~Thanks for joining us!~

Tuesday 20 December 2022

DarkSider News for December 2002 - Part 2!


Thank you for joining us during 2022. 
Here's some more news for you to close off the year.
Happy Holidays!


Book Lovers Con

Khloe Wren
 will be attending Book Lovers Con in Houston, Texas on 1-4 June 2023.  Registrations now open.

Romance Author & Reader Events
Melbourne, 21-23 April 2023

Join the following DarkSiders at RARE23.

Anna Hackett
Keri Arthur
Khloe Wren
Lana Pecherczyk
LJ Swallow
M.J. Scott
Mila Young 
T.J. Nichols (pre-order form)

Book your tickets via Event Brite.


Marie Dry
Book 1, Zygrin Scars
Released: 30 November 

In a bid to get the Zyrgin invaders off their planet, Amira had handed one of their warriors a cup of drugged wine. At the time she didn't know her evil cousins would torture him. Didn't think it would cost him his career as a conquest warrior.

Monster's Obsession
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 2, Monster and Me
Released: 27 November

The monsters already own my body…but do they want my heart…

Left to die in a monstrous land, I’m saved by the monster I least expect.

He hates me. But he loves what my body can do for him.

I shouldn’t want to keep him.

I shouldn’t want to keep all of them.

I’m just their plaything after all.

But one by one, they find their way into my heart.

And even as the world falls apart around me…

I realize that I’ve become just as obsessed with my monsters…as they are with me.

Monster's Temptation
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 1, Monster and Me
Released: 20 December in audio format

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.

The monsters in my dreams worship my body, and when I wake up I'm desperate for more. But they’re never there to finish me off.

Dr. Adams says I can leave the asylum if I start to take my meds, but I've always hated how they made me feel...and I'm not sure that I agree with them that I'm actually crazy.

Because dreams don’t make you crazy, right?

I've got to start living someday though...so I finally take the plunge and obey so I can get out.

My dreams stop, and the monsters disappear. I’m finally starting a new life. That's when he comes: the monster king.

Evidently my little dreams weren't just dreams. He and his demon horde were feeding off my lust. Their glowing eyes, sharp teeth, and big…they’re all real.

The Monster King wants me back. I’m their favorite plaything, after all. And I just might want to play.

Monster’s Temptation is book one in the deliciously monstrous Monster & Me duet.


Her Forbidden Protector
Mila Young
Books 1-4, Savage
Released: 24 November 


Her Forbidden Protector is a four-book Wolf Shifter Rejeted Mate, Omegaverse Romance filled with four, hot Norse alphas and a sassy woman who makes them fall to their knees. Full of romance, non-stop action, and suspense, these diverse characters will tear at your heart and keep you reading until the very last page! Don’t miss this chance to read the complete series today! Scroll up and grab your copy!

Her Forbidden Protector is the complete collection of the Savage Sector books.
Lost Wolf
Broken Wolf
Fated Wolf
Cursed Wolf

Wild Kiss
Mila Young and C.R. Jane
Book 6, Real Wolves Bite
Released: 18 December

Just when I thought all was lost…my enemy saved me.

My past has returned with a vengeance.

And my enemies won’t stop until I’m six feet under.

They close in from all sides, threatening to destroy the love I’ve found…and my future.

And just when I think, I’m going to lose it all, the man who swore he’d end me, shows you can walk in the dark and still be an angel in disguise.

I’m now on a new path, one I don’t recognize.

I don’t know who I am anymore.

And as I learn to embrace what it truly means to be wild…

I just hope I can be strong enough to survive the storm coming my way.

Hell on Earth
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
Book 6, Sin Demons
Released: 13 December in audio format

The journey's been Hell...but it's time to give the devil his due.

This is it. This is where it all ends.

It’s me, my shadow, and my demons against Lucifer.

With the relics stolen, the only way to get them is to go back into the hellfire--back to Hell, where Lucifer awaits. Defeating him may mean making the ultimate sacrifice, but even with so much at stake, I don’t know if I can.

Things heated up fast with Cain, Elias, and Dorian, and now Maverick, but I’d sell my soul a hundred times to keep them as mine. Forever.

What if that’s impossible?

There’s so much danger ahead of us, but I’ll bring Hell on earth to save the ones I love. I just wonder that when all’s said and done, who will be the one wearing the unholy crown?

Listen to the hotter than Hell finale to the Sin Demons Series! Find out how it all ends today!


Blood Song
Hollee Mands
Book 3Warriors of the Five Realms
Released: 18 December

She owes her blood. He’ll pay with his life.

Ruthless assassin Gabriel has little fear and even fewer scruples. Every head has a price, and every hunt is a thrill. He saunters through life on a tightrope, mocking fate and defying death with every step. So when he’s forced to hunt down and deliver a prophesied blood sacrifice, Gabriel has no reason to expect trouble. Until he realizes just who the mark is—a wildcat of a woman with dark eyes and an even darker secret…

She may be voiceless, but she speaks to his soul, and giving her up may be a cost too steep to bear.

Shyaree has lived her whole life under the weight of a terrible sin and the shame of her Changelessness. When her brother falls prey to a curse, healing him is her one chance at atonement. Only she never expected to be kidnapped by an arrogant and insufferable fae. She can’t trust him or his bargains…or can she? He’s a cutthroat bent on using her, yet working with him may be the only way to survive…

He demands her blood, but she can’t deny the way he calls to her body, or the danger he poses to her heart.

Author's Note:

Blood Song is Book 3 in The Warriors of the Five Realms adult fantasy romance series. This book features a standalone couple with a guaranteed HEA, but for full enjoyment of the overarching fantasy arc, please start with Book 1, Little Fire.

Blood Song is intended for readers aged 18+. It contains mature language and explicit scenes of violence and sex that may be offensive or upsetting to some readers. For a comprehensive list of possible triggers, visit the author's website. Please read with care.

TJ Nichols
Book 5, Mytho
Released: 28 November

Edra is going to LA to stop the vampires...

Book 4 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 fated mates romance.

Silver and Solstice 
Gay Solstice Novella
TJ Nichols
Released: in audio format - AI narrated

Calvin is good at two things: stealing and being the worst boyfriend ever. He can’t help his sticky fingers, even though Rafe has pleaded with him to stop. When a job goes horribly wrong, Calvin’s fate is in the hands of his silversmith boyfriend.

Rafe has done everything he can to put distance between himself and the restrictions of being a princeling. He has a craft, a shop, a shifter boyfriend, and lives a completely disreputable life.

But to save Calvin from spending Solstice in a cage, Rafe will have to step up and face his father, head of the city guard. Rafe’s father has had enough of Calvin flouting the law. Shifters are supposed to be collared in the city.

Calvin finally knows what to make for Rafe for solstice, though it breaks the promise they made to each other….

Familiar Mates
TJ Nichols
Books 1-3, Familiar Mates
Released: 11 November in print with new cover

Fated mates paranormal gay romance series

One kiss can change the life of a witch and shifter forever, binding their lives and magic. For some it is a wanted bond, for others it is something to be avoided. When it happens there are always consequences...

The Witch's Familiar
The Vampire's Familiar
The Rock Star's Familiar

Prince of Sapphire and Storm
LJ Swallow
Book 2, Dragons Reborn
Released: 8 December 
(previously titled Prince of Sapphire and Storm)

To reclaim my life from Talindra, I must embrace what I am.
Become a dragon queen. Become her.
The First-Born are Talindra's consorts. The dragon princes must become mine.

More soon!

Prince of Sapphire and Storm is the second book in the dragon shifter romance series Dragons Reborn. If you like morally gray, growly and possessive royal heroes, fated mates, enemies to lovers, a slow burn to steamy scenes, and a strong heroine who doesn't have to choose her prince, scroll up and preorder today.
*A Prince of Ruby and Flame must be read first*

The Wicked Witch and the Stolen Snow Globe
Kelly Ethan
Special, Point Muse Paranormal Christmas Cozy
Released: 14 December

Winter Wonderland carnage, Jack Frost nipping at toes and a cozy Librarian turned sleuth. Let the Mayhem begin...

Xandie Meyers expected the worst. Christmas in Point Muse had a higher-than-average mayhem count. Especially when the Council of Winter is convening at Mayweather Inn.But when Jack Frost's attacked, a holiday thief runs amok, and a body is found in Elspeth Harrow's pop-up Christmas shop, Xandie has no choice but to investigate.No more ho, ho, ho. Just die, die, die. Can Xandie clear her grandmother's name before the Yuletide claims another victim?

If you like snarky dialogue, murder and mayhem, then you’ll love this Christmas installment in Kelly Ethan’s Point Muse Mysteries, a laugh-out-loud cozy paranormal mystery series.

The Traitor's Game
M.J. Scott
Book 2, Daughter of Ravens
Released: December in paperback

Magically bound to the man who should be her enemy.

Chloe de Montesse dreamed about returning home to a peaceful life. But now she has an inconvenient marriage no one wants to let her end, a diplomatic scandal to navigate, and old troubles swirling around her. As well as trying to determine who might want her dead. And that’s just the beginning…

Lucien de Roche has avoided marriage for years because his heart belonged to a woman he could never have. Now he has her, but he knows he’ll have to let her go again because their marriage is a sham. So he still can’t tell her the truth. But he will do everything in his power to keep her safe…

The Traitor's Game is the second book in the Daughter of Ravens series, a new romantic historical fantasy series from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott, set in the same world as the Four Arts series. This series has old friends turned enemies (and then enemies to lovers), a heroine looking for a second chance, a smitten hero, political intrigue, royal witches, inconvenient marriages, sexy times and more. Enjoy!

Author's note: For tropes and CW, please check the author's website.

Her Forbidden Sector
Shadow and Wolves
Mila Young
Wolf Box collection
Both books are complete series collections
Released: now available with discrete covers

Her Forbidden Protector is a four-book Wolf Shifter Rejeted Mate, Omegaverse Romance filled with four, hot Norse alphas and a sassy woman who makes them fall to their knees. Full of romance, non-stop action, and suspense, these diverse characters will tear at your heart and keep you reading until the very last page! Don’t miss this chance to read the complete series today! Scroll up and grab your copy!

Her Forbidden Protector is the complete collection of the Savage Sector books.
Lost Wolf
Broken Wolf
Fated Wolf
Cursed Wolf

Shadows and Wolves
Three sexy Alphas want to claim me, but will they be able to tame the monster inside me?

To survive, I had to pretend to be something I’m not—normal.

Only someone strong enough to fight the darkness inside me and savage enough to stay will be able to tame my beast.

The Ash pack Alphas claim I’m their fated mate and promise to help me, but these three ruthless wolf shifters are strong, powerful, and fiercely possessive.

Being submissive to them might be impossible, but I can’t deny how their touch ignites a fire within me, how I burn to be with them in every way possible.

But will they still want me when they find out the truth of what I really am?

Shadowlands Sector is a three-book Wolf Shifter Sweet Omegaverse full of hot and gorgeous alpha males and a powerful woman who tames them all. Full of romance, non-stop action, and suspense, these diverse characters will tear at your heart and keep you reading until the very last page! Don’t miss this chance to read the complete series today! Scroll up and grab your copy!

Shadows & Wolves is the complete collection of the Shadowlands Sector books.
Shadowlands Sector, One
Shadowlands Sector, Two
Shadowlands Sector, Three

The Longing of Lone Wolves
Lana Pecherczyk
Season of the Wolf, Book 1, Fae Guardians
Released: on Tempt Audio app
Currently free but will be a subscription service.

Rush is a Fae Guardian, a wolf-shifter whose enhanced abilities have made him a ruthless protector of Elphyne. His job is to protect the realm from the human enemy, and to ensure the sins of the past never come to pass again lest magic die forever. But one night of weakness resulted in a curse worse than death – exile. Now he spends his lonely time longing to be part of the living, once again protecting them from monsters… until one mysteriously washes up on the shores of his lake.

Clarke is human. She's beautiful, feisty, and fierce. She's also the only person who can see him, speak to him, and touch him.

If he hands her over to the Order, she’s his ticket to having his curse removed. Unable to resist the opportunity, he tricks her into a bargain of obedience, never once suspecting his world is about to be turned upside down. The more he learns about this human enemy, the more he realizes she’s not the monster he’s been trained to believe. In fact, she’s capable of inciting passion he’d never dreamed possible again. But Clarke has a message from the past… sins are already repeating. This time, if they don’t stop the coming evil, it won’t just be magic that dies. It will be everything.

on Tempt: Romance Audiobooks app

Non spec-fic

A Clever Christmas
Annie Seaton 
Bindarra Creek Christmas Romance
(multi-author series)
Released: 18 December

Reclusive botanist, Mark Altmann, visits Bindarra Creek to look for the rare native mistletoe, not seen in Australia for many years. According to local lore, the red flowers have been sighted in the Akuna National Park.

Leah Maclean moved home to Bindarra Creek when she left her job at the Sydney Museum. The last person she expected to see in her hometown was workaholic, Mark Altmann, the man she had fallen in love with.

Can the Christmas spirit and the elusive red flower weave magic around them?

Osprey Reef
Annie Seaton 
Released: 15 December in audio format

Love. Greed. Revenge. And a desperate search for answers ... Against the stunning backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef, two women in different eras discover how their hearts and fortunes are swayed by the secrets of the sea.

2019: Bethany Kristensen faces her toughest challenge to date, skippering the family charter business. With rivals doing their utmost to undercut her prices and reputation, the Kristensens' operation hangs by a thread. Winning the tender for a new scientific research program headed out to the farthest edge of the reef is her last chance to keep the business going. But when rumour and vandalism turn to outright sabotage, things take a drastic turn...

1934: Stella Booth flees a future of domestic drudgery in small-town outback Queensland, heading for employment and an independent life in Mackay. But fate has other plans and an accident en route sends her life spinning in a most unexpected direction...

Linked by a family mystery, decades apart, Bethany and Stella will both need to dig deeper than ever before to forge their place among the turbulent seas of the reef.

Chase Her Shadow
D.K. Hood
Book 17, Detectives Kane and Alton
Released: 9 December

She wakes suddenly. Dawn is still hours away, but through the window of her log cabin in the woods, something moves in the distance. A lone figure in the forest. Her blood runs cold as the shadow begins to walk slowly toward her…

It’s Halloween in Black Rock Falls and Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane are called to a small lodge on the outskirts of town. Jenna is devastated to find the lifeless body of Willow Smith, a military widow whose husband went missing in action and has been presumed dead for years. Her breath catches in her throat when she notices the heart-shaped purple medal on Willow’s pale chest. Was Willow clinging to it when she died, or was it placed there after she took her last breath?

Desperately chasing down every lead, Jenna hears that Willow had been receiving silent phone calls in the dead of night. Witnesses say Willow thought her missing husband was trying to make contact. Wishful thinking of a lonely wife consumed with grief, or a heartless killer hoping to terrify her?

Days later, another woman’s body is found at the bottom of a perilous ravine. Jenna’s worst fear is confirmed the moment she spots a purple medal: a dangerous serial killer is preying on the wives of soldiers from the same platoon, and if she doesn’t act fast, more lives will be at risk.

The key lies in discovering what happened to the missing soldiers, and whether any of them made it back alive. But, separated from her team in a secluded forest, Jenna hears a branch snap behind her. She is not alone. Will she be the next victim of a twisted trained soldier on the loose? And how many more grieving widows will have their lives snatched before he’s caught?


Sapa, Apa, Mana or Who, What Where?
Theresa Fuller
Book 1, Baba Malay Today
Released: 3 September in paperback. Ebook TBA.

Precious Baba Malay is about to go extinct, but you can reverse the process by learning Baba Malay in clearly defined steps. This treasured language can be a part of your life, hopefully to be revived as it is spread through sharing this proven method.

Former assessor and examiner of the Higher School Certificate (NSW, Australia), Theresa Fuller, known fondly in the Peranakan community as Bibek Theresa, draws on her years of experience in the classroom to create the Baba Malay Today series – a range of chapter books with an easy-to-follow curriculum aimed at the beginner.


Amcham, Apasair, Bila or How, Why, When
Theresa Fuller
Book 2, Baba Malay Today
Released: 6 October in paperback. Ebook TBA.

Precious Baba Malay is about to go extinct, but you can reverse the process by learning Baba Malay in clearly defined steps. This treasured language can be a part of your life, hopefully to be revived as it is spread through sharing this proven method.

Former assessor and examiner of the Higher School Certificate (NSW, Australia), Theresa Fuller, known fondly in the Peranakan community as Bibek Theresa, draws on her years of experience in the classroom to create the Baba Malay Today series – a range of chapter books with an easy-to-follow curriculum aimed at the beginner.

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Twice Baked
Katrina Coll
Book 2, Bex Jameson Production
Released: 2 December

Connor Brennan, Bad Boy turned Pastry Chef
First crush, first kiss, first love.
The boy who ruined her reputation and crashed his future, before ghosting her when she needed him most.

Isla Fraser, Cook and Divorced Single Mom
High school sweetheart.
The good girl who defied her parents to date him, then married his best friend. Her betrayal broke him.

The Chef and the Cook
Paired on a Reality TV Bake-Off, their chemistry still smokes. But when Isla confesses the secret she’s kept from him, will Connor burn their second chance?


Wolf Mate
TJ Nichols
Book 4, Outcast Pack
Expected Release: 14 January 2023

A witch who has been searching for his fated mate, and a wolf shifter who doesn't like commitment.

Discover the Outcast Pack mm paranormal wolf shifter romance series. Join the wolves as they fight to make their pack official and fall in love along the way. Each book has a new couple and a HEA with no cliffhangers and no mpreg.

Sloth and Other Delights
TJ Nichols
Book 5, Mytho
Expected Release: 25 February 2023

Wild magic creates chaos in San Francisco and Jordan slips under its spell...

Book 5 in the gay romance 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 crime solving couples, dragon shifters and mythological creatures.

Wrath and Other Troubles
TJ Nichols
Book 6, Mytho
Expected Release: 28 April

Fallout from the wild magic.

Book 6 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.

Gluttony and Other Hungers
TJ Nichols
Book 7, Mytho
Expected Release: 28 June

You are invited to the wedding of Jordan and Edra...of course it will go smoothly.

The final book in the gay urban fantasy crime 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 fated mates romance.

Wicked Dreams
M.J. Scott
Book 4, Techwitch
Expected Release: 6 June 2023
(check out the new cover!)

In exciting dark and sexy futuristic urban fantasy series from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott.

I never dreamed of magic. Having a mother who dabbled in the darker side of witchcraft made sure of that. But magic found me anyway. And the world of power is stranger and more dangerous than I ever could have imagined. So if I don't want it to turn into a nightmare, I have to take what magic offers me…

Wicked Dreams is the fourth book in the TechWitch series, exciting dark and sexy futuristic urban fantasy from RITA® Award nominated author M.J. Scott. This series has witches, demons, an ongoing relationship that will have an HEA, sexy times, and a lot of computer geeks. Perfect if you like the idea of a strong heroine, a hot protective billionaire and magic and technology colliding. Enjoy!

Wraith's Revenge
Keri Arthur
Book 10, Lizzie Grace
Expected Release: 28 February 2023

You can’t run from the past forever…

Lizzie Grace has finally returned to Canberra, the city where she grew up and a place that holds so many bad memories. Not only does she have to testify at her father’s trial, but also deal with her ex’s will and relatives unhappy that she’s inherited a good chunk of his assets.

Yet Canberra holds more than just memories of an unwanted marriage. It’s where her sister was murdered, and the man responsible was never caught.

Witches are once again being ritualistically sacrificed, and it holds terrible echoes of those past deaths.

As the murders draw closer to home, Lizzie finds herself in a race to hunt down the wraith of a man after the ultimate revenge…the soul of the woman who once escaped him.

A Crown of Silver and Shadow
LJ Swallow
Book 2, Fae Fantasy Romance
Expected Release: 6 September 2023

The courts are in ruin.
The fae realm shattered.
Jaren has claimed his throne but has he lost Tarlia?

A Crown of Silver and Shadows is the second book in a fae fantasy romance with a morally gray hero and a sheltered heroine who comes into her power. Part Rapunzel retelling, this series is perfect for fans of banter and tension leading to steamy scenes, set in a unique fantasy world of human and fae courts.
The first book, A Court Beyond The Mists must be read first.

The release date is temporary and will be changed.

Never Say Day
LJ Swallow
Book 1, Thornwood Academy
Expected Release: 16 December 2023

I’m a witch-vampire hybrid with a fondness for necromancy.
Excuse me if I’m a little dead inside.

I tried to attend a human school, but they didn’t appreciate my behavior. Personally, I found biology class more interesting when the dissected animals fought back. The school didn’t.

My parents searched for somewhere new to send their deviant daughter, and doors open when your father is Dorian Blackwood. Then they close firmly behind once he dumps you inside an exclusive supernatural academy, along with instructions to become ‘a touch more amiable’.

Says the guy who spent his teen years tearing throats out. Luckily, I’ve inherited my father's sociopathic tendencies and my mother’s magical skills, a lethal yet useful combination when navigating academy life.

Thornwood Academy. Home to the elite who strive to excel—and now me, who strives to leave. Since the supernaturals revealed themselves to the world, the unluckiest human kids join the vampires, witches, and shifters at Thornwood. Hopefully, the humans aren’t dissected in this biology class.

I don’t care that nobody trusts me, but when the headmaster’s son is found unalived, fingers point at Dorian’s darkling daughter. Ridiculous. The human guy once attempted to bully me—I would’ve reanimated the asshole and demanded he perform tricks. Such a wasted opportunity.

If I want help clearing my name, I need to become ‘a touch more amiable’ to the three guys who seem oddly fascinated by me. Somebody doesn’t want the accords between humans and supes to last, and I’m not taking the blame just because I’m a Blackwood.

Witch Bond
LJ Swallow
Book 2, Nightfall University
Expected Release: 16 January 2023

Witch Bond is the second book in a college-age RH paranormal academy duet. Midnight Coven should be read first and is available now.

The Nightfall University duet is filled with seductive magic, steamy scenes, multiple love interests, and dark elements.

These books are part of the Nightworld Academy universe but take place over twenty years before the original Nightworld Academy series. The main characters are not connected by anything apart from history and there are no spoilers between the two series.

Hell or Highwater
Mila Young and Harper A. Brooks
Book 8, Sin Demons
Expected Release: 31 August 2023 
(date expected to be moved up)

There's a baby on the way for Aria and her four demon lovers... so how about a tropical getaway before all hell breaks loose?

What could go wrong?

A Crown of Cruel Lies
Lana Pecherczyk
Season of the Elf, Book 8, Fae Guardians
Released: 29 December

Humans destroyed this world. The Fae rebuilt. Thousands of years later, humans want it back. Humans and Fae are at war over the last habitable piece of land left on earth. Neither fully human or fae, but something in between, a woman from our time must work with a lethal Fae Guardian of the future to uncover the sinister plot threatening to destroy the land once and for all. Saving the world starts with opening their hearts.

Each interlinked trilogy features a different breed of fae. Each book features a different couple with a satisfying HEA. Start at the beginning for the best reading experience, or start at your favorite trilogy.

The Sinner and The Scholar
Lana Pecherczyk
Book 1, Hunter Nuns
Expected Release: 6 April 2023

Ebook and Paperback

Bless me Father for I have sinned.

It has been one day since my last confession, and these are my sins:
I killed a man. To be fair, he was possessed by a demon.
I ignored help from the new all-male Team Saint. But those arrogant asswipes think they know everything about demonology, and I’m the badass bish who wrote the book. I mean, what could a scholar, a gunslinger, a priest, and a saint, possibly know about sin that five sanctioned Sinners of The Hildegard Sisterhood don’t? Our organization has been behind every great female leader since the dawn of God knows when. We might be nuns, but we assassinate, seduce, and hunt demons better than any man.
“Thea… you were giving your confession.”
Oh, right. Sorry, Father. I’m having lustful thoughts about one of Team Saint. He’s arrogant, funny, and knows exactly how to push my buttons. Although it pains me to admit, he knows a thing or two about summoning demons. Maybe that’s why I let him tag along on my mission to find the lost staff of the Arc Angel Raphael. Maybe that’s why I let him try and help me save my demon-possessed sister. Maybe that’s why I let him do sinful things to me in the dark when no one is watching.

Am I going to Hell?

And if so, can I get an ETA? Because maybe stopping the Anti-Christ will be easier if I get down there early.

Hunter Nuns is a dark, spicy romance series featuring five badass Sinners who are fated to save the world… but only if they can make peace with their dark sides first. If you like Buffy, Constantine, and Warrior Nun, this is for you. This series touches on taboo and dark topics, is not suitable for those sensitive about religion, or demons with souls, or priests ending up with nymphomaniac nuns. HEA guaranteed.


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Outback Dust: The Drifter
Annie Seaton
Book 7, The Augathella Girls
Expected Release: 31 January 2023

Jacinta Mason, kindergarten teacher at Augathella school, is horrified when she attends the hen’s night at the local pub for Sophie Cartwright, her future sister-in-law. Disillusioned by a failed romance when she was at university, Jacinta is content with her life in her hometown. Meeting Ryder Francesco again leaves her reeling. His new career is a far cry from his past studies in medical research.

Jacinta is the last person Ryder Francesco expected to encounter on the outback tour with the male dance troupe. Circumstances have changed his life drastically since he had to leave her. He is wary of Jacinta’s reaction to him, even though he has never stopped loving this gentle, shy woman.

Jacinta is torn, the hurt from her past tells her to steer clear of Ryder, but her heart wants to dig deeper and find why he really left. He pushes her away, yet every time she pushes back, Ryder finds her harder to resist.

Can they overcome the past and give in to the love that has never died?

Outback Hope: The Farmer
Annie Seaton
Book 8, The Augathella Girls
Expected Release: 28 February 2023

Who knew overhearing a private conversation would change her life forever?

When Kimberley Riordan realises how much trouble her long-time friend, Quinn Calthorpe is in, she knows she must find a way to help him.

But if Quinn discovers her plan, Kimberley knows he will leave Augathella and lose his cattle station. She enlists the help of her sisters, determined to make Quinn fall in love with her, even though she isn’t in love with him.

But Cupid delivers unexpected results, and Kimberley’s plans are destined for a fall.
What will she do when she discovers that Quinn has always been in love with her?


Three Vampires and a Baby
Marie Dry
Expected Release: TBA

Tapi, Abis, Pasair or But, So, Because
Theresa Fuller
Book 3, Baba Malay Today
Expected Release: TBA

Precious Baba Malay is about to go extinct, but you can reverse the process by learning Baba Malay in clearly defined steps. This treasured language can be a part of your life, hopefully to be revived as it is spread through sharing this proven method.

Former assessor and examiner of the Higher School Certificate (NSW, Australia), Theresa Fuller, known fondly in the Peranakan community as Bibek Theresa, draws on her years of experience in the classroom to create the Baba Malay Today series – a range of chapter books with an easy-to-follow curriculum aimed at the beginner.

New covers for the Techwitch series:

Wicked Games
M.J. Scott
Book 1, Techwitch

Currently Free
- see details in On Sale/Free Section below

Wicked Words
M.J. Scott
Book 2, Techwitch

I never expected to discover that I was a witch—one being hunted by a demon. I’d taken down the demon but the price I paid was high—I lost both my best friend and the man I loved. Now all I want is to leave magic far behind . . .

Maggie Lachlan is the Techwitch. A computer whisperer, able to bring recalcitrant systems to their knees with a single keystroke. But now she knows she is more than a geek, she’s an actual witch as well. But magic has brought only pain and for the last nine months she’s been mourning her losses and ignoring her powers.

But when her ex, Damon Riley, reappears in her life, bringing in his wake a magical mystery, she will need every ounce of her computer mojo and her magic. Trouble is, she seems to have lost both. And without magic, she’s vulnerable to the kind of control demons like to wield.

With a curse to unravel and a demon’s revenge to avoid, Maggie needs to find her power and save the day and Damon.  Because sticks and stones can break your bones but, when it comes to magic, words can be deadly…

Wicked Nights
M.J. Scott
Book 3, Techwitch

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…

Wings of Ruby and Flame
LJ Swallow
Book 1, Her Dragons Reborn
has a new title and cover.

Four dragon shifter princes pursue me in a competition to see who can catch me first.
If they think I'm an easy target, they're wrong. I'm an assassin who's looking for them.

I'm also a noble daughter of the Aureate Court, but I prefer my secret life in a world of mercenaries and thieves. As a child, I never questioned why my mother allowed this and I happily lived away from court. As an adult, I’ve found myself in a delicate situation with a seductive dragon prince and discovered the truth.

My family hid me from the lethal dragon elders because I contain the essence of their Ebon Queen.

The Ebon dragons once destroyed the other flights and unleashed horrors on the human and elven realms. Now that the Ebon Queen and her flight are eradicated, anybody containing Ebon essence could face death.

Somebody needs to explain how and why I do because I'm no longer hidden, and four dangerous and smouldering hot dragon princes are hunting me.

Cam, the Sapphire Prince who claims he'll keep me safe, Eli the seductive Ivory prince, and Luc the more diplomatic of the four. Velanor, the ambitious Ruby Prince, would happily see me die because I embody the flight that killed his people.

The elders have promised not to harm me but can I believe them?

Whoever returns me to the elders first earns prestige, and Velanor intends to win their competition by any means necessary. Unfortunately for him, his victory comes at a cost and creates a situation neither of us want.

Can the other princes protect me? Because If I truly do contain the soul of the Ebon Queen, and I unleash her magic to defend myself from Velanor and the elders, I'm unsure who's in the most danger.

Them or me.


Wicked Games
M.J. Scott
Book 1, Techwitch
is currently free!

My mother was a wicked witch. And all her spells ever brought was trouble. Since her death, with no power of my own, I’ve stayed far, far away from magic . . .

In a San Francisco struggling to recover from earthquakes and rising seas, and where technology can do things that are close enough to magic anyway, Maggie Lachlan is a computer whisperer. The one they call when no one else can find the elusive bug bringing a complex system to its knees. They call her the Techwitch. But she knows there’s nothing magical about what she does. It’s just hard-earned skill.

So when Damon Riley, owner of the world’s biggest virtual reality gaming company comes calling with a problem that his entire empire of geeks can’t fix, Maggie leaps at the job. Riley Arts is the kind of place she feels at home. Wall-to-wall tech. No magic. Except, perhaps, for the unsettling chemistry she has with the man in charge.

But she never imagined stepping into one of Damon’s games would reveal her mother lied about Maggie’s magic. Or that technology could break a spell she never knew she was under. Now she has a demon hunting her and a whole world she knows nothing about to navigate. To save herself—and the world—she needs to learn fast.

Because, when it comes to magic, too many games are wicked. And if you lose, the price can be very, very high . . .

Waiting for Ana
Annie Seaton
Book 1, Sunshine Coast
is currently on sale!

Mixing business with pleasure never felt so right.

Blake Buchanan and Ana Delaney lived in a share house at university and could never see eye to eye about anything. Except for one night of passion before Ana left without a word, never expecting to cross paths with Blake again.

Years later, Blake has made his millions. He comes to Noosa to manage a corporate takeover that will close down the home flipping business Ana has poured her heart and soul into. The fiery Ana is determined to convince money-minded Blake of her business’s worth, but when a family emergency throws them together, their walls come tumbling down once again…

Problem is, Blake’s business-first position hasn’t changed. And Ana can’t fall for the man who could become her boss—it’s not only her job at stake, but her heart.

Note: This is a revised and expanded edition of Tangling with the CEO published in 2014.

Inking Eagle
Khloe Wren
Book 1, Charon MC
is currently FREE!

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

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

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

Too late, they learn that Silk's father had dark secrets, ones that have lived beyond his grave. When demons from the past come for Silk, Eagle will need all the skills he learned in the Marines to get his woman back safe, and keep her that way.

*** Inking Eagle is book 1 in the Charon MC series, but can be read as a stand alone ***

The Killer Knight and the Murderous Chairleg
Kelly Ethan
Book 1, Point Muse Cozy Mystery
is currently .99c on Amazon US

There’s a murder in the library, a killer knight stalking victims and a nosy librarian turned sleuth. Let the mayhem begin…

Xandie Meyers thought all her troubles were over when she moved to Point Muse, Maine. Instead, she inherited her great-aunt’s supernatural library and a snarky, talking cat. Not to mention a family of chaos-causing witches, furry law enforcement and a card-carrying demon from hell…and a dead body.

Xandie Myers is suspect number one and she has no clue who’s targeting her. Sherlock librarian needs to swing into action and sniff the real killer out before she becomes the next victim—or ends up in jail for murders she didn’t commit.

Can Xandie survive long enough to navigate her freaky new world? Or will things that go bump in the night have her for a midnight snack?

If you like snarky dialogue, murder and mayhem, then you’ll love book one in Kelly Ethan’s Point Muse Mysteries, a new cozy paranormal mystery series.


Lana Pecherczyk

Sinner (Prequel novella, The Deadly Seven) is now out in Portuguese

To win some Season of The Elf swag, check out Lana's blog post

Anna Hackett

The Troubleshooter
 is now out in German.

Marie Dry

SFR Station had a release post for Amakkan's Prize.

and a release post for Zayn

D.K. Hood

D.K. was interviewed by Pamela Fagan Hutchins on Facebook talking about Chase Her Shadows.

Keri Arthur

Keri has now created a Mastadon Romancelandia account.


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