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Cael's Shadow (The Sky Seekers, Bk 2) by Larissa N N Davila

“THOROUGHLY ENGROSSING ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS.” –Midwest Book Review Cursed soldier Jhared Denaban escaped the killing winds and the deadly conspiracies in the city only to find himself caught between the desires of a ruthless priestess and the fury of a demon-haunted madman. Both hold the keys to understanding his identity, but for Jhared to accept the agonizing truths they offer, he must surrender his last hope of finding a place among his people. Lady Nemiah’s urgent search for the goddess’s power reveals heresy and treason among those she loves. To endure their betrayals, she must cling to the rules and rituals that she thought protected her, or reject them and claim her own perilous power. As they struggle to survive the machinations of the Council of Clans, Jhared and Nemiah each realize that destruction awaits Avelos unless they can free themselves from the brutal roles imposed on them. Readers who love the exploration of power and oppression in N. K. Jemisin’s work, the political intrigue of Guy Gavriel Kay’s worlds, and the depth of characters in Robin Hobb’s tales will lose themselves in the world of Avelos, where history is malleable, loyalties are tangled, and the truth conceals itself within a Web of possible realities that only the bravest—or the most desperate—can travel.

Shorn by Larissa N N Davila

“A striking debut.” –Jacqueline Carey, New York Times bestselling author of the Kushiel's Legacy series Jhared Denaban, a cursed soldier, enters his country's service desperate to pay the generations-old debt caused by his race’s betrayal. Though Shorn of his wings, like all his treacherous kind, Jhared still burns with dark desires for rebellion and flight. Posted to the border to protect Avelos from invaders, he discovers that his best intentions inevitably turn toward chaos. As he seeks the source of political and magical threats, he must defend himself from the people who believe his death is the only way the ancestral debt can be settled. High Priestess Nemiah struggles to keep her people safe on the Sacred Path. Her temple lost its standing when its priestesses rose against their rulers. Now she seeks forbidden history and heretical secrets to learn how to fight the magic that shreds her country. Only by betraying Avelos once again can Jhared and Nemiah save their people from destruction. But what new chaos will their choices create? A tale of oppression and resilience, the high cost of vengeance, and the malleable nature of truth. Shorn carries us to a breathtaking new world on wings that won’t be broken.

Dream of Death City: A chilling fantasy mystery (Red Kingdom Book 1 by Pj Nwosu

Chilling, dark fantasy with a heavy dose of Sherlock Holmes in this new series of twisty mysteries in fantasy worlds. Pale moths haunt an icy frontier. Beneath the shadow of a drowned death god, a frozen body is unearthed from the snow. Investigators arrive to a superstitious island to solve a brutal crime. Among them is a lowly slave desperate to prove her worth and a soldier with dark dreams. Neither are prepared for what they find. Death City is a strange and violent frontier, and no one who survives comes back clean. First though, Thora and Diem must survive. Welcome to the Red Kingdom. The Red Kingdom is a new series of dark mysteries in fantasy worlds that delve into a land of vicious crimes, strange lore and Purge House zealots.

Stolen Prophet: The Prophet's Mother (Book 1) by Julian M Coleman

Will It Take a MONSTER to Find a Missing Prophet? An intense and erotic urban fantasy from the IAN 2016 Outstanding Paranormal/Supernatural book of the Year author. Right at the beginning of The Prophet's Mother trilogy, Julian M. Coleman weaves a haunting tale of parental loss, heartbreak, and sacrifice. Evie Adamson isn't ordinary despite her outward beauty. She's much more than a single mother and flower shop owner. In reality, she's a demigoddess. Victor is her intellectual and psychic nine-year-old son. He's nicknamed "prophet" by his classmates, a label he hates. Somehow his paranormal ability seems to fail him when he is kidnapped after leaving the school playground. Evie, who swore off using her dark powers, is beyond hysterical. She's also supremely ticked off. How dare someone take her child?! She uses her supernatural arsenal in the guise of a vengeful black SPIRIT. Distraught and enraged, she hunts the snow-encased city during the holiday season. Dead bodies pile up in the morgue. There's only one person who can find the stolen prophet: the logical and determined Homicide Detective, Harry Kurosawa. But first, he must believe the unexplainable, or more people will die.

Dragon Eyes: Tales of the Green Jinn: Book 1 by Bill Parker

The highly acclaimed saga of the Five Moons continues as Dragon Eyes carries this action-packed adventure into the future. Dragon Eyes is a mystical walk on the wild side of science fiction. The real heart of this story actually began long ago… A thousand years ago, I was a very gifted seer. I was Evil’s worst nightmare. But Evil knew that I only see glimpses of the future. And so he set a plan in motion to kill me. His minions did not know Evil’s whole plan. They only knew their own parts in it. He used that fact to trap me. But in the end, I saw my own demise. There was no way out. I was doomed. So, I recorded my own moon and hid it away, where Evil would never find it.

Verity Rising (Gods of Deceit) by Phill Scott Myers

Ted Verity doesn't like humans, and for good reason. But as part of an ancient race of divine beings, it's his mission to make their world a better place by weeding out the especially wicked ones. Fully capable of living undetected amongst humanity, he prefers solitude and enjoys a quiet way of life before he's drawn to a corrupt pharmaceutical company whose wanton greed is ruining lives. One by one, he targets those responsible until his work attracts the attention of malevolent forces that threaten to unravel his entire existence.Outmatched and confronted with grim revelations about his past, his parents, and his entire race, he feels his grip slipping away.Will Ted's cunning, his unwavering commitment to truth, and his newly discovered supernatural abilities be enough to bring victory? Not without the help of a few new friends.

The Night of Red Dusk: A Novel by Robert Caufield

Forget everything you thought you knew about vampires. These go far beyond your traditional creatures of the night. Following a failed mission of diplomacy in the New World, a mysterious woman vampire hunter must join forces with a rogue warrior of her greatest enemies to uncover the buried truth of the mutagenic virus, which lies in the ruins of her own New England hometown, as an ancient entity that stalked her childhood now threatens to extinguish the soul of human and vampire kind alike. Their journey leads to horrific revelations, but can the unlikely pair return in time to stop the 'Night of Red Dusk'? The Night of Red Dusk combines a forensic approach to its titular monsters with a clash of European folklore meeting political espionage, in the vein of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain Trilogy, along with haunting small town horror inspired by the legendary works of Stephen King (IT, 'Salem's Lot).

Rising Ember (Children From Sacrifice - Vol. 1) by Arleta Rae

Fire is destruction. Fire is rebirth. When Thea Knight is involved in a fatal car accident, she falls victim to the sinister shadows looming in the darkness who change her life forever. She wakes up . . . craving blood. Thea is immediately thrust into a dangerous immortal civil war between the Essites and the Brais. Cole Moretti is an Essite who has killed, saved, and endangered Thea. Her transition to vampire by his hand awakens a rare elemental magic within that marks her as the rogue Brais’ next target. She must resist being consumed by their need to destroy humanity before they kill Cole and all those she cares for. A magical and suspenseful contemporary dark fantasy perfect for fans of Vampire Academy and The Vampire Diaries.

Find the Jinn (Wilde Contracts #1) by Maz Maddox

Wilde Contract Killing and Fish Training, how can I help you? Murder contract? Piece of cake. Find a jinn? No problem. New necromancy powers while being followed by an unwanted vampire bodyguard? Not so much. Trained to handle even the most fierce undead, Dallas Wilde took out a powerful necromancer without breaking a sweat. Okay, that's a lie - there was tons of sweat, but he was victorious all the same. Unfortunately, killing a necromancer comes with some repercussions. Broody, annoying, vampire repercussions and new abilities to resurrect the dead. Can Dallas navigate his blood-sucking bodyguard, new powers, feelings for his attractive client and still handle his contract in time to pay his very, very late rent - all while trying not to get super murdered in the process?

Jinn Academy: Year One by Kira Moericke

Once upon a time, my life was perfect. I ruled high school with an iron fist and an impeccable sense of fashion. Then on my eighteenth birthday, my days of power ended with a burst of light–literally. Gold balls of light shot out of my hand when I heard the wishes of my peers whisper across my mind, resulting in me getting suspended. Me, Mercedes Davenport! But that wasn’t even the worst part of the day. No; that happened when I was invited to the Academy for the Exceptionally Gifted, or as I call it, Jinn Academy, a magical school just for genies. And finding out that I was one of them. Now I’m stuck at Jinn Academy until I complete all the courses that will allow me to safely live in the human world without causing a magic malfunction. But with my powers on the fritz, I may be stuck here forever. Seriously, could my life get any worse?

The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb: A Gothic Tale by John Michael Griffin

It is the turn of the last century in the unusual village of Muchmarsh. Theodore Stubb is within the attic of his manor house, adding another specimen to his extensive collection of insects. As well as an entomologist, he is a master hypnotist. Eleanor – taken from the sanatorium two months before – is still haunted, believing that her stillborn child Alastair lives and hides in the shadows. She becomes pregnant again by the hypnotic coercion and ravishment of her father-in-law Theodore. The murder, mystery and intrigue which follow leave dreadful secrets to be uncovered; and thirteen years later, paranormal events causes the young Alastair to lose his identity… A gothic terror heralds the climax of dream-like and hallucinatory events, secrets unfolding, both disturbing and astonishing. "A beautifully described dark, Gothic tale..." "Unpredicatable, creepy - and often very funny." "Unusual and Gripping"

The Mark of Things Unwanted (The Witches of Wyldeden Chronicles Book 1) by Alex Clifford

SURRENDER YOUR HEART to this fresh, new-adult, queer fantasy series. Full of magic, 'The Mark of Things Unwanted' gives you found family and gentle romance all while taking you on a spellbinding adventure. Cinn will never die. It should have made him powerful. It didn't. On the run, hunted by a cruel princess and chased by beasts that want to feast on him for eternity, Cinn would do anything to be safe. Including allying himself with a band of dangerous witches. Like Eaon. Touched by a death that lingers on his skin, Eaon is slowly losing himself to the dark power within. In the depths of a whispering forest, a family is forged and—together—they will change the world.

The Mark for Those Unbound: The Witches of Wyldeden Chronicles by Alex Clifford

TRUTH HAS A KEY KEEPER The Kinner will never die. It was meant to be a blessing. Now it's a curse. Alone on the other side of the wards, Cinn is keenly aware of the drawbacks of immortality. They haunt his past, plague his dreams, and darken his future. Desperate for hope, Cinn braves a new world on a stranger's promise: Moyra Thorne has the answers. But finding her seems impossible, and getting her to share them even more so. With danger chasing his friends and family back in Nir, there isn't time to waste.

Ruin and Roses (Cursed Kingdoms) by Deanna Ortega

A dark and spicy fantasy romance that follows Jane as she delves into the shadows, secrets, and curses that bind her world. "I will never understand why women let men decide if they get to be the villain or the victim in their story." In a world of talisman powers and magical rivalry, Jane finds herself playing many roles-depending on the situation, she is either as soft as a rose petal or as lethal as the thorn. Swept deeper into a world of shadows and lies when her mentor, Baltazar sends her on a seemingly simple mission-donning the mask of dainty again, she finds herself fighting to maintain who she is beyond her pretty, painted exterior. The series of events to follow rip her in and out of her past, as she tries to move on from the unimaginable pain that led her to this life. Stealing from your soon-to-be fiancé is one hell of a wedding gift, but let's hope he never discovers she is dodging eyes, lies, and daggers-while ensuring that not a hair is out of place for her royal obligations. But...what if half-truths can't prepare her for this life? And when the mission's cost is more than she bargained for-her freedom and her life-what if she doesn't want to pay the price? At least she still carries the favor of her loyal mare. And though her luck in love is not great, it is never hard for her to find some way to quench her thirst in her droughted kingdom. When her fiancé isn't lurking over his newest possession, she is easily entertained with her ex-lover and unwanted keeper. Entangled with a lost love, whose secrets threaten to undo everything she's worked towards, she has to manage the most daunting mission yet. An unfit marriage to the mad king's son. Will the cursed king's daughter survive? "Looking into his eyes-the same ones I pictured every time mine closed-I wondered if things would have been different, if my mother had told me stories about great loves instead of tragic loss. But she hadn't. And though I lived in a world of royals, I knew that princes weren't noble, and that love didn't prevail."

March & Feather by Emma Saska

At Stony Point Homeschool Academy, high school senior Audra Dunne spends her time hanging out with friends, cooking and baking, and dreaming of her not-so-distant future at the Culinary Institute of America. Sure, she wishes she were comfortable enough to talk to her much-older sister Madeline about something other than AP Calculus. And sure, she wishes new kid Matthew Harwell would stop invading her friend group. But Audra finds comfort in her digital persona Feather, exchanging texts with her best friend March, the pen pal she met on a homeschool forum four years ago. When March lets slip that he’s recently moved to her city, Audra’s curiosity begins to grow. What if she and March end their pact to stay anonymous? What if March goes to Stony Point? What if... March is someone she already knows? As unexpected family developments and a personal crisis (or two) threaten to upend Audra’s life, she’ll have to decide whether turning away from all she’s used to is worth it for the chance at finding more.

Glister by Kyro Dean

In this suspenseful portal fantasy, thirteen-year-old Qadira is faced with the reality that to be queen, her eight siblings must die. Decreed by the Ahmaran deity that only one heir can live to ascend the throne, Qadira is forced into a sudden fight to the death with her siblings to see who will rule. The problem? She doesn’t want to kill anyone. But when she accidentally causes the death of one of her siblings, all sights are turned on her as the most dangerous threat. With all the heirs coming at her full force, she makes an unexpected ally—a disembodied voice that whispers terrible things and promises her survival and eventual queenship if she releases him. Despite how much she wishes to escape, she’s stuck in the palace with magic and blade-wielding siblings seeking her death. It’s only then, with death whispering in her ear and tragedies manifesting in everything she touches, she realizes there is only one truth: she either kills her siblings and lives to become a murderous queen, or she lets herself be killed in hopes her soul will have peace.

Flames of Rapture by Riley Kade

Life is full of temptations, but there is none so powerful as that between human and succubus. Sadie Hall has loved her best friend, James Baker, all their lives, though she had no idea how he felt about her until her powers developed and she could suddenly see his every waking fantasy. She’d lived a simple life in a small farm town in which almost everyone was human, but her world was turned upside down when an alluring stranger arrived to tell her she was becoming a succubus, like him. Soon, she would need to feed daily off the sexual pleasure of others, though when her mentor warns her of the addictive nature of human-succubus relationships, Sadie must fight the tempting attraction between her and James. Now Sadie must choose, will she continue to keep James close even as she desperately tries not to feed from him, or will she risk losing the one person she wants the most? Note this is a polyamory, bisexual romance, with the main focus on Sadie and Jimmy’s relationship. Themes include forbidden/unrequited love, friends to lovers, light edge play/denial, and group sex.

FEVER by Shilo Niziolek

A memoir made up of essay fragments, Fever, examines what it is to desire throughout all phases and states of life and being. Niziolek mixes plain language with poetic prose to interrogate trauma from domestic violence and illness, sexuality, and the different ways we can and do love despite these things. All of this comes together to create a keen focus on the many ways one can experience desire and its intersection with love.

The Hat by Darya Lenkou

The book introduces young readers to the story of Charlie Chaplin, one of the most famous comedians in history. It is written in a way more suitable for children to read and learn about Charlie Chaplin. We all remember him with his favorite iconic bowler hat, mustache, and cane. It`s a story about a little mouse named Charlie who lives in a town in the olden times. Charlie is a lonely mouse with only one little bug friend. The adventure begins when Charlie finds a bowler hat one day, and it helps him discover his talent. The ability to make laugh and be a comedian himself.

Winter's Maiden 2: Winter's Magic Part 2 by L. Starla

The power to protect is also the power to corrupt. When Alannah joined The Council of Mages, she expected an exciting life of fighting crime and ridding the world of evil. This could not have been further from the truth. Buried by bureaucracy, and bored out of her brains, Alannah is almost grateful when the Council’s spotlight shines on her hometown. An illegal potion has hit the Unseelie Market, and the source has been tracked back to Gaeilge Shores. Unfortunately, this case is a little too close to home and when Alannah learns the truth, she is already trapped within the web of lies that surround Brendan and herself. Amidst all the deception, Alannah and Brendan are presented with the path to the ultimate truth. How much are they willing to risk by uncovering the secrets of the magic world? And will working for a common cause be the catalyst that finally brings them together?

Hammered (Legacy of Magic Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

Seattle native Matti Puletasi has the strength of a bear, the stamina of an ox, and a magical hammer inherited from her dwarven mother. She’s happy renovating homes and occasionally thumping bad guys until she learns of a mysterious artifact hidden under the house she’s working on. Everybody from humans to orcs to werewolves wants it, and they’re willing to kill to get it. Things go from bad to worse when someone frames her for murder. The only person interested in helping her is a haughty elf assassin from another realm. He’s handsome, powerful, and deadly, but he’s got an agenda of his own. She dare not trust him—or be attracted to him. But if she can’t clear her name, the assassin will be the least of her worries.

Winter's Maiden 1: Winter's Magic Part 1 by L. Starla

Do you hide from the monsters, or embrace your magical destiny? Alannah Winters: hedonist. Impulsive, precocious, and dangerously drawn to mysticism. Whisked away from her hometown at a young age and raised ignorant of her close ties to the pagan Gods. When tragedy strikes her family again, she is forced to return to the small Irish settlement of Gaeilge Shores, a town shrouded in secrecy. At least she has her beloved cousins by her side, helping to unravel the mysteries of her heritage. Alannah had always harboured feelings for Liam, the eldest of her two cousins, and seeing the man he has grown into only serves to intensify those desires. But when she rocks up at her new school, the captivating blue eyes of a tall, dark, and handsome senior virtually consume her. Not to mention the unsettling way things have changed with Brendan, her other cousin. Can Alannah survive her inevitable transformation? And what is to be done about the three hot guys vying for her attention? Alannah’s early signs of hedonism will prove to be much more than a passing phase… Note: This is the first of six main books in the Winter’s Magic series and while the main character has multiple romance interests, this is NOT a reverse harem story. Warning: This book contains content that may upset or offend some readers. Please see Goodreads listing for full details.

A Kingdom of Sun and Shadow (Twingenuity Series) by Danielle Hill

Two Sisters. One Prophecy. Many Secrets. Amara was like any other princess from a once magical kingdom. Like most, she had secrets, her biggest one of all; She’s actually her twin sister Avery. After Avery is taken from her ordinary life and brought to the mysterious kingdom of Soluna, she is introduced to the heir to the throne, and her twin sister, Amara. Not everyone believes Amara is the rightful heir so she ventures off on the quest of her life to prove them wrong, leaving Avery behind to impersonate a sister and life she knows nothing about. Follow both Avery and Amara as they discover more about themselves than they ever thought possible, including unbelievable powers. Twingenuity Book one Possible trigger warnings: Abuse, alcohol, anxiety, profanity, sexuality, violence.

Loss of the Unbound: Ordeal of the Dracomancer (an Epic Fantasy Adventure) by Luna Fox, F Lowberry

The "Ordeal of the Dracomancer" series is the sequel to the "Plight of the Dracomancer" series. Chaos in the making… One year has passed since the terrible events at Eldenhaven–one year since the bond shared between Kalindra and Rina was severed. One year since war was declared by Lundell upon Dracomancers, and one year since Parthenis has known nothing but war… What will become of them as they learn who’s behind the Final War? An unbreakable bond… Peace is no longer on Parthenis as hostility is waged not only against Dracomancers but against all geans and nosferati by none other than Kali’s father. It’s not only her father who she has to look out for. More enemies are on the rise as alliances form and word of a new king is now leading a band of rebels. Now left with no allies in sight, it’s the perfect time for Kali to have a talk with someone she hasn’t seen for a long time. When Dracomancers are left unbound, will Parthenis unite as one again? The “Ordeal of the Dracomancer” series is a fast-paced, action-packed young adult epic fantasy adventure with swords, magic and dragons, unexpected twists and turns, and endearing characters. Read less

The Heart of the Phoenix: A Dark Urban Fantasy Book by Annalee Adams

Nothing survives the fire… …Or so they thought. She was born in an ember of flames. Raised as a mortal with no memory. Chosen to fight for humanity, risking everything against a supernatural force. She saw him as she fell. Julia knew he wasn’t human. He held her to his chest. Bloodied and torn. Kissed away her tears, and soothed away the nightmares. For Julia Jones isn’t your ordinary human. She has a secret. A secret even she doesn’t know. But as the city turns dark. A bright light must shine amongst the shadows. She must endure the night and finally end the threat. Wrapped up in a world of supernatural chaos, can she survive and end the war before it begins? The Heart of the Phoenix: Resurgence. Book 1. The Beginning of the End.

Vengeance on a Slow Boil (Murderers, Thieves, and Velvet Book 2) by Chloe Garner

It's been a year since the fight that put Rat King Skite at permanent odds with Lord Palora, and things have changed in Verida. The stone elf threat is gone, yet the city is falling to pieces, and people are hungry. Meanwhile, Skite still has a score to settle with Palora, and Ella's life is in danger if she leaves the Westhauser estate. While Skite works on a plan for dealing with Palora, Sam brings him news of a warehouse where goods always come in, but never seem to come out again. Which leads to the obvious conclusion that this might be just the score that Skite needs to get the Black Docks through the lean times and stronger on the other side. As they get deeper into the heist, Skite discovers that elements of his past that he'd long forgotten are involved, and that there may be more to this warehouse, these goods, than he could have possibly imagined. The city is on edge, threatening to tip into chaos, and Skite and the crew have an opportunity to influence what's going to happen next. And maybe make a tidy little profit on the side. Welcome back to the Black Docks. Skite, Brandyrose, Sly, Sam, Ace, and Tinman are gearing up for another job.

Murderers, Thieves, and Velvet by Chloe Garner

What Skite, one-time assassin and current King of the Rats, needs least in his life is more to do. Newly wed and trying to negotiate the sticky, political waters of the Black Docks - Rat territory - and their relationships throughout the rest of the city of Verida, he's still unable to resist addressing insult to Black Docks commerce when a nobleman refuses to pay for goods ordered and threatens to drive the flourishing local smithing industry out of business. And so the heist is on. He's assembling a crew that isn't much pleased with his decisions, the last year or so, and his new wife isn't about to be left out of the action as Skite flexes his conspiratorial muscles to go after one of the most powerful men in Verida. But Verida isn't a simple place to do business in the best of times, and Skite knows better than anyone that a plan is like as not to blow up somewhere around halfway through and leave everyone scrambling. Verida is a land of elves and pixies and magic, but every Rat knows that that doesn't make it pretty. It's a good thing that Skite's good at winning ugly, because that's where this one is going.

Laas (The After Book 3) by C. Sunrise

They say I, Rodite, am to be queen of a kingdom I have no memories of. They say I’ll rule beside an attractive man, the father of my unborn child, who is a stranger to me. They say I’ll remember everything in time, as long as I let myself rest and recover from the explosion that nearly stole my life. At least those are the things the few people who speak my language say to me… and little more. But who can rest when that’s all you’re expected to do, especially when you know the castle walls and those within them are hiding just as many secrets as your damaged mind? I sure as hell can’t. Dom and Breana were stolen, separated, and thrust into unknown lands. In this epic conclusion to The After trilogy, the mated pair will need to move past their fears and pain and put their trust in unexpected allies if they ever want to make it back into each other’s arms. Will they be strong enough to fight the battles and internal demons that stand between them?

T'cola (The After Book 2) by C. Sunrise

Hope watched the sister she idolizes lose her mate and herself in the process. Now, she'll travel to the ends of the world to help her get him back. She's also on a mission to prove she's not a little girl anymore, especially once she meets him. They crossed into his land without permission and fought to stay. His mind told him to get rid of them and whatever trouble they were bringing his way, but his heart wouldn't let him. Maybe a little Hope is just what he needs. ◆ Book 2 of The After series follows Breana and her little pack of Wulvs and fairies as they travel through The Cold Lands on their quest to find their alpha male. You'll get to know some old characters better and meet some new characters, including a brooding male bear shifter who my beta reader staked her claim on... so, you'll have to fight her to get your paws on him. ◆ *This is not a series for children. For content notes, please visit the author's website © C. Sunrise, 2021, All Rights Reserved Read less

Neli (The After Book 1) by C. Sunrise

Breana has everything you could hope for in Neli — the only community that survived the apocalypse. So, why does her heart keep telling her she needs to leave? Simple, it’s not the life she wants. Unable to resist the call, she packs her bags, grabs her dogs, and heads off on an adventure to a secret land written in her grandpa’s journals. But The Wild Lands give her more than she’d expected. Her journey takes her straight to temptation in the form of a man who’s as much beast as human — a man who’s equally enticed and frustrated by her special abilities gifted by The After. With this man comes a community, a pack, where Breana feels a sense of belonging she never experienced with her own kind. But he also comes with secrets and threats that may destroy them and everyone they love. Breana’s never been one to run away from a challenge, and she definitely won’t run away from the man who’s burrowed his way into her heart. Even if it means she needs to toss him in the mud a few times along the way; it’s a sacrifice she’s willing to make.

Shithole USA by Mark Zirbel

A syphilitic plague has ravaged the Sunshine State, transforming its residents into sex-crazed mutants. All is well, however, within the World Village, a walled-in retirement paradise that stretches across central Florida. But something stinks in the World Village-literally. The seniors have started worshipping their excrement. Enter Hank Shatley, a retired police detective with an unnatural fear of feces. To repay a life debt, Hank must go undercover in the World Village to investigate Alfred Peora, the community's enigmatic leader. Hank's fate is linked with that of Ryan Herro, a corporate lackey whose mother has fallen under Peora's spell. As Hank and Ryan's stories converge, the universe begins to unravel. Realities collide. Hell invades Earth. And at the center of it all is a mysterious young woman with a purple mohawk and unimaginable powers. Mark Zirbel, the Wonderland Award-nominated author of Cyberpunk Zombie Jihad, takes you through a cyberpunk-bizarro world filled with turd terrorists, nanite technology, corporate Satanism, shit golems, a syndicate of supervillains, bickering puppets, and an alien city modeled after 1980s crime movies. When you're on a journey like this, be sure to book your stopover in Shithole USA.

The World Below: The World Below Book One by Vivienne Lee Fraser

Have you ever caught yourself wondering if perhaps things around you are not quite what they seem? Practical and pragmatic Pris has never even considered the possibility. That is until someone breaks into her home claiming her parents have been abducted and taken to a magical world. Snake has always known he is a gnome, and that there are all manner of magical creatures living, not only in his home town of London, but in the wider world as well. Now he must convince a very human girl she is actually an elf, and that she must join with him and enter the World Below to save both their parents. Entering The World Below isn't simple as it seems—scattered around England are the magical creatures and riddles that will grant them passage. They only have days to reach them all, and someone is working against them to ensure they never make to the magical realm. Unsure who to trust, can Pris embrace her magical heritage before she loses her parents forever? Snake faces his own dark secrets as he fights his growing attraction for Pris, knowing they can never be together. When everything seems against them, will Pris and Snake make it to The World Below in Time?

I Think of You Often: a small town paranormal romance by Sienna Eggler

A witchy "why choose" nb/nb/f romance. Evan is the reclusive librarian of Honeycutt Academy, and a source of curiosity among students and staff—most notably the bubbly potions teacher. With her by their side, Evan is willing to give love another shot and move on from a devastating breakup. But the discovery of a half-sibling invites trouble into Evan's quiet life, reuniting them with an old flame and stirring up bitter memories of their past. Also includes intimate (and mutual) blood drinking and a patricide subplot.

Fluid Bonding: a sapphic paranormal romance by Sienna Eggler

It’s not that Vi Davis wanted to be alone. It’s just that the outside world doesn’t seem very welcoming for a shy, nonbinary introvert - especially one who can read minds. But when the gorgeous Hester Milojević approaches Vi in a crowded sports bar, it doesn’t take telepathy to figure out that they share a mutual attraction - even if Vi suspects this towering blonde is way out of their league. That suspicion deepens even as the two get to know each other better - especially as Vi struggles to reconcile so many emotionally overwhelming first experiences, along with Hester’s mysterious hot-then-cold behavior, and her claims to be something impossible: a vampire. But even in a world that seems intent on tearing them apart, Vi and Hester can’t help but grow closer to each other - that is until the past and prejudice of their own families threatens to drive a stake through the heart of their relationship once and for all. Fluid Bonding is engaging and emotional paranormal romance between nonbinary and neurodivergent characters - described by one reader as “a sweet, realistic romance between two people figuring their way in life.”

Self Made (Andersson Dexter Book 1) by M Darusha Wenn

Ever wish things were different? Ivy Velasquez did, so she became someone else. In the 3D virtual world Marionette City, you can be anything you want - but everyone still knows who you are. Driven by her desire for a new life, Ivy takes her future in her hands when she makes another identity for herself. A brilliant designer, Ivy works for one of the huge multi-national firms which control the online system the world relies upon for both business and pleasure. But one day, Ivy tries to access M City as her alternate self, Reuben Cobalt, to discover that Reuben had been murdered. Since alternate identities are forbidden by the firms which control access to the nets and to M City, Ivy has nowhere to turn - until she finds Andersson Dexter. Part private eye, part vigilante and part cop, Dex sets out to uncover Reuben's killer. Since the corporations control almost every aspect of life, including law and order, justice for average people comes only at the hands of the outlaw organization to which Dex belongs. Self Made is a murder mystery set in a vision of a future that seems to lurk just over the horizon. But above all, it is a story of how people strive to control their own destinies, and how that desire affects them and the people around them in ways they could never imagine.

Warship Ares: Captain's Fate Book 1 by Skip Scherer

We sought to explore space in peace, but the rest of the universe was looking for war. We should have known better. Exploring space was supposed to be an adventure, now it’s a fight for survival. Young for a Captain, Harumi “Jax” Brandt, stands proud of her achievements, in her knowledge of the cosmos. Little does she realize that a chance encounter with an alien race will take everything from her. Her ship destroyed; everything she knew and believed is lost. A twist of fate places her on a warship that should not exist, a ship she could never imagine. Learning to fight, to face fear, to adapt to an enemy determined to kill her and all human life. This was not the adventure she wanted and it was not how her life was supposed to be. The aliens are gathering, a massive force that will exterminate all that stands in its way. Haunted by the loss of her previous life, caught between her innocence and the reality of war, she must find a way to defeat the alien armada. To forge again the person she longs to be. Her only hope, and that of the human race, lies on the warship Ares.

PANE by Bailey Elizabeth

Sam lives by her “try anything once” motto to a fault. On an otherwise normal night out, she takes an experimental drug from a stranger at the bar that lets her see into alternate timelines. When she witnesses her own murder in a parallel world, she realizes that the mysterious series of hit-and-runs plaguing her college town are anything but accidents. Sam and her friends decide to stop the killer once and for all, but time travel has unforeseen costs, and one of them will have to pay.

The Toy Maker by Melanie Flynn

A missing woman. A serial killer on the loose. A smart-mouthed private investigator on the case. What could go wrong? Rylee Scott is a New York private investigator with a secret: she's psychic and allergic to her cat. But only one of these secrets has the power to break her. When she's hired to find a missing woman, she finds herself racing against the clock to save her before she becomes the next victim of a prolific serial killer, the Toy Maker, who turns his victims into beautiful and horrific life-size versions of classic toys. After years of living under the radar, Rylee will have to enlist the help of the NYPD if she has any hope of bringing the woman home safe. Calum Reese is an NYPD detective with a southern accent, a chip on his shoulder and a secret of his own. On the hunt for the Toy Maker, he finds himself working with a certain private investigator who knows things she shouldn't and refuses to play by his rules. Can they put aside their differences to catch the killer before more bodies drop? Or will they be drowning in corpses before long?

From The Depths - The Awakening by Steven Jaeger

It was supposed to be a relaxing spring break away from college. A chance to visit family. When the news announces a comet is going to hit Earth, Shannon Anderson is thrust into a fight to save herself and the ones she cares about most. She’s always excelled in life. She knows that with the right resources, for her, survival is just a matter of preparation. It isn’t until after she emerges from her shelter that she realizes that the comet itself was not what she needed to worry about, but rather, what the comet carried with it. She has six people depending on her for help. With each step they are looking to her for guidance. Can she be the leader that those around her expect her to be, and save the ones she loves? Above all else, will she be able to adapt to the changing world she finds herself in?

Trials of Eir: Volume 1 by C.S Sopher

Coming from the eastern country of Ocril; Tristian, a young Paladin, sets off on a journey across the continent of Oroborus in search of the man who destroyed his home and left one of his friends in a mysterious coma. In another village on the south border of the northern country of Echos; Rose, a half Valkyrie, is under the guidance of a unique stranger who appears in her family's former gardens. With him, she experiences a wonderful life filled with love and adventure until her sixteenth birthday when the stranger disappears and a terrifying army marches up to her village.

Star Cat: The First Trilogy by Andrew Mackay

In space no one can hear you purr. Meet Jelly Anderson--your new, favorite hero. She's 30 cm tall, weighs 7.5 lbs, and has nine lives. This fiercely loyal feline is no ordinary cat... She’s the first ever Star Cat. What if Jelly is their only chance? Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may be where the lost expedition Space Opera Alpha crashed. It was assumed they’d all died, but a strange distress call from the ringed planet left Mission Control with hope. Tested for agility, prowess, obedience and combat, Jelly and her team of human mercenaries are going to Saturn for answers. The crew has no idea how important this fuzzball is to their success. She’s been fitted with Infinity Claws--and with flesh-eating Shanta, murderous mechs, and snark AI lurking around every corner, she’s going to need them. You’ll love the first three tails in this action-packed sci-fi fantasy saga with shades of Douglas Adams, because everyone enjoys thrilling space adventures with snarky banter.

The Humanarium 2: Orbital by C.W Tickner

What if your ancestors were aliens? Harl leaves the Aylen world, bound for the harsh frontier of space. Discovering an ancient human ship drifting in orbit they dock in a storm of explosions. Their arrival throws a delicate ecosystem into chaos and they will risk everything and everyone just trying to survive. All they must do is cooperate but humanity has never been very good at that. Once more join Harl’s adventure in the second Humanarium series book, Orbital. Taking this exciting and dangerous world to a new level, Harl and those he has gathered to him must face new perils, forcing them to come face to face with an Aylen for the first time. Book two of the Humanarium series.

The Huminarium by C.W Tickner

Their world is a prison... ... a zoo made for humans ...and no one suspects that we are the main attraction. When the giant hand steals away Harl Eriksson’s parents he becomes an orphan and swears vengeance on the titanic alien that rules over his world. Forced to live in a glass fronted box, his entire village is at the mercy of the god that peers in at them. He hates the "god" that his fellow captors adore. He sees no “god,” only a giant monster that ripped his family from him. He must break free from the tank and destroy the creature that treats them like insects. An intensely absorbing universe where humanity must rise from their place at the bottom of the food chain

Knight Errant (Knights of the Flaming Star Book 1) by Paul Barret, Steve Murphy

Some days your past just won’t stay buried, not even among the stars… The Knights of the Flaming Star are an elite space mercenary company, one of the best in the business, no matter which star system you’re in. But when an old friend turned arch-nemesis lays a careful trap for them, their leader Hawk falls right into it. Well, he never could resist a pretty face. Or a good fight. And now he’s got both. The Knights go from one end of known space to the other hunting down the people who are trying to smear their good name, chase down the folks that want to kill them, and maybe. Just maybe, bury the ghosts of their past once and for all. Knight Errant is the first book in the thrilling space opera series Knights of the Flaming Star from rising stars Steve Murphy and Paul Barrett. With a Firefly-style band of lovable misfits and Star Wars-level action, Knight Errant is a rollicking space adventure story for a new generation.

Scavenger by M.R Aze

Only the ruins of vast mega-cities remain of the old world after everything went down the drain. But those that remain don’t care about the how or why civilization ended. It’s what is left that’s important - ammo, food, meds, knowledge and the occasional packs of cannibals, lunatics and mutants. The life of a Scavenger isn’t an easy one and death lurks in every shadow. Dubbed thieves they’re mostly ignored by Axion’s enforcers. But not Grey. he is a wanted man, for being the only one to enter the forbidden Sector 7 and return to tell about it. Just the usual day in the life of a Scavenger and Grey is one of the best. So, who are these wannabe Axion tourists? Why do they want to enter Sector 7? But most important of all - what will kill them first? Will it be Cake? The Ruins? Or will it be Grey?

False Idols (The False Idols Saga) by Mark Damon Brooks

In a world where superheroes exist, it will take one normal man to remind everyone what it means to be a hero. Malcolm Mills has a problem with the Newton Force. He has his reasons. Yet the rest of the world loves the world’s only superheroes. Gifted with super strength, flight, telepathy, and indestructible skin, the Newton Force aren’t the heroes they appear to be. They’re more comfortable doing commercials and signing autographs than fighting crime. When an exo-suit clad criminal conducts a brazen attack in broad daylight, it results in the death of Malcolm’s friend. Now Malcolm is going to do the one thing the Newton Force won’t. He’s going to find the criminal and save the day. Along the way, Malcolm discovers a criminal who is as brilliant as he is ruthless. And who is rapidly evolving from a low-level villain to a full-fledged supervillain.

Convergence (Kindred Ties Book 1) by Marita Smith

An ancient secret, a genetic key, a planet in peril For scientist Robyn Greene, her laboratory is a second home. Here she searches for the ancient gene that is supposed to enable humans to communicate with animals. After years of failure, she’s beginning to wonder if the gene is a myth. But when she stumbles across a strange genetic mutation, Robyn’s world turns upside down. The man posing as her boss is, in fact, an operative of the mysterious international organisation, the MRI. Worse, they have dark plans to exploit her discovery. In a race against time, Robyn must track down the individuals with this rare gene before the MRI turns them into lab rats. But when she meets the three teenagers, she realises that protecting them from the MRI is not only about saving their lives. Fletcher, Ariana and Eli are capable of more than anyone realises; they are part of an ancient cycle designed to keep the Earth in balance. A terrible future awaits the planet if the MRI gains control of Robyn and her research before she’s figured out the kindred ties that bind these teenagers. Reviews "This book has all you could possibly want: betrayal, animals, action, adventure, and a peculiar love triangle...I couldn't put it down. This is definitely a series to get behind." -Jess, Book Bonding Independent Bookstore "An action packed, sci-fi novel with real contemporary issues.” -Rob, Lamont Books “Smith blends the spiritual, scientific, and environmental elements together well among a cast of authentic characters. I would recommend for people twelve and up with an interest in science fiction and the environment.” -Kayla Gaskell, Read Plus “Marita Smith’s debut novel, Convergence, carefully explores genes and more, with scientific precision and an engaging plot… Convergence will have readers travelling on an adventure that will capture and entertain their minds for hours.”- Natasha Tambiah, Aurealis #112

Tangle of Dragons by Jane Darkspire

Dragons are real. The city of Rendale is ruled by dragons—powerful monsters that control every drop of fame and fortune. They fear nothing, hunting without mercy and taking what they please. And the Ruthless Dragons are the greediest of all. I grew up believing if I worked hard my dreams would come true. Turns out that's a lie. After two years of waiting for my life to begin, I was done. I'd have a final night of wild fun before packing my bags and saying goodbye to this wretched city. But no one leaves once the Ruthless Dragons notice you. Avrice, Sylt, Mortar and Rask. The four of them masquerade as men to hide their wings and colorful scales, but they can't wait to show me what they really are. Rumors say if they bring you to their den, you'll be changed forever. Warped and twisted by the time you walk out. What happens if they never let me leave? (Author's note: Tangle of Dragons is a RH romance. There's some over the top protective/obsessive/violent hero moments, some chase/hide and seek scenes, and general monster fun. I hope you enjoy this full length novel!)

Zendar: A Tale of Blood and Sand by K T Munson

Blood is how it all began, and only by blood can it end. Chaos has reigned in Zendar for years since the rise of the seven Bloodlines. The Liege Aleron Corvinus ruthlessly seeks revenge for the mistreatment of his ancestors. His ambitions will only be sated when he claims the world under his family's name; he will only stop when all of Zendar is his and the other six Bloodlines pay their weight in blood. Azel Undel was born into this world of blood and sand. She is of a dying Bloodline, a feared one, but most coveted. Promised, in exchange for money, to a man she had never known; Azel travels across Zendar. Her ship is attacked and she alone survives, setting the wheels of fate in motion. She did not expect to become her enemy's captive or that he would demand her submission to him. Loyalties are tested, secrets are uncovered, and Azel will have to make a choice: remain loyal to her family and everything she ever stood for or be loyal to her own heart.

Daughters of Darkness: Tales of New Abyssinia Book One by Samuel Chatman

After centuries of flight from the Monarch vampires, Eva Jackson thinks she has found a refuge in New Abyssinia. But when the liege mayor’s daughter goes missing, she steps in. Her actions set her on a collision course with the very forces that annihilated her people. These forces are aligned with the Six Devils of High Point, an evil deep in the heart of the fledgling nation. The Devils are hell-bent on pushing the country into war with the American Empire (A.E.). The last of her kind, now Eva must trust new allies, a Congolese spirit wolf, a Russian cyborg, and a genius former Haitian rebel, so they can stop the flood of war from washing away their home.

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