by Joyce Lamb)
Here are some newer paranormals, steampunk, urban fantasy, compiled for you and HEA by romance authors (info provided by authors, publishers and/or their websites):
Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands (Avon). No. 20 in the Argeneau Vampires series. For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun. Marcus Notte isn't here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it. Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first.
Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (Viking Adult). Prince Corin has been chosen to free the dragons from their bondage to the Empire, but dragons aren't big on directions. They have given him some of their power, but none of their knowledge. No one, not the dragons nor their riders, is even sure what keeps the dragons in the Empire's control. Tam, sensible daughter of a well-respected doctor, had no idea before she arrived in the capital that she is a Seer, gifted with visions. When the two run into each other (quite literally) in the library, sparks fly and Corin impulsively asks Tam to dinner. But it's not all happily ever after. Never mind that the prince isn't allowed to marry a commoner: war is coming to Caithen. Torn between Corin's quest to free the dragons and his duty to his country, the lovers must both figure out how to master their powers in order to save Caithen. With a little help from a village of secret wizards and a rogue dragonrider, they just might pull it off.
Before His Eyes by Candice Gilmer (Samhain Publishing). Guys and Godmothers, Book 2. When Fairy Godmother Lilly Bloom gets her latest assignment, the rules send her into a minor panic attack. She must bring two people together—using as little magic as possible. Photographer Bruce Matthews has finally found someone who really, really gets him. He and Greta like the same things, laugh at the same jokes. There's just one thing—he's never actually seen her face to face. Her social media profile bears no picture. Much as Greta Vandecall yearns to leave her small town and meet her online prince charming, secrets chain her to the past and force her to hide her face from the world. Secrets she knows would destroy the friendship she values most. A steampunk convention seems to be the perfect way to meet face to mask. And in the excitement of the moment they connect in a very warm, real way. But cold, hard reality isn't far behind. And if Lilly fails, this time she'll lose her fairy godmother status. For good.
Love's First Bite boxed set by Cynthia Eden, Vivi Anna, Michele Hauf, Patrice Michelle, Erica Stevens and Jordan Summers. Six bestselling authors who know how to bring the heat and the darkness present six vampire romances with BITE. The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden: FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days-and his nights-tracking real-life monsters. After a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change...and soon he becomes one of the very beasts that he has hunted. The Vampire Affair by Vivi Anna: Mak, an unconventional journalist, risks everything including her job to get the goods on billionaire businessman Jonathan Devane, a man who enthralled her for a single passionate kiss months prior, a man who makes her blood race, a man with dark secrets... The Dark's Mistress by Michele Hauf: Beguiled by the devil Himself, her only hope was the vampire who could not love her dark and tainted heart. A Taste for Passion by Patrice Michelle: Rana Sterling finally meets the man of her dreams and boy does he know how to push all the right buttons. Only, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Too-Good-to-Be-True turns out to be just that -- he's beyond her world. Captured by Erica Stevens: Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria's biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. Aria's world is turned upside down when the vampire prince Braith steps forward to claim her. Paris After Dark by Jordan Summers: NY homicide detective, Rachel Chang is on a forced leave in Paris grieving over the loss of her partner, when she comes upon a violent attack outside the walls of Cimetiere du Montparnasse. A simple domestic dispute quickly turns into something far more sinister.
Rock My World by Julie Shackman (Not So Noble Books). Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose "idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops". But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer. Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?
Cold Moon Rising by Sarah Makela (Kissa Press). Passions flare when the cold moon rises … When Kelly is abducted by scientists who've mistaken her for a female werecat, Jacob has to try and find her. But it's a race against time and the lunar tides. The scientists have taken Kelly to their lab and turned her into a shapeshifter for real. The full moon is rising, and soon neither Kelly nor Jacob will be able to control their inner beasts. Who knows what the consequences will be.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by ST Bende, author of Elsker and Endre. Her website is stbende.blogspot.com.
Carnal Secrets (The Phoenix Pack Series) by Suzanne Wright. Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she's done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her, she took off. She thinks he'll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can't bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya's feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he'd never seen before. Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
If I Speak True (Flora, 1) by Jessica L. Brooks (Jessica L. Brooks). Dahlia's sixteenth birthday marks a decade of mysterious dahlias arriving and strange, lonely dreams of being in a forest. This birthday, however, she is alone no longer. But... is Ambrosia real? Is Rowan real? What is going on between the two of them, exactly, and why does he insist that she keep it to herself? As secrets usually go, however, it's only a matter of time before everything comes out. And when Dahlia finds out the truth of who Rowan is, who she is, and how he really feels -- it's beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Louann Carroll, author of the Gemini Rising series and A Shadow of Time. Her website is www.louanncarroll.com.
Idyllic Avenue by Chad Ganske (Crescent Moon Press). Stanford Samuels is an ordinary man with an extraordinary disease, segregated with his fellow mutants from the healthy population by 80 foot walls. Sarah is the genetically perfect woman assigned to eradicate his mutation and deliver their family to safety. To ensure the long term survival of mankind, a massive bio-dome is being constructed to house the population after permanent midnight – but not everybody is welcome. All known genetic diseases have been banned to protect the delicate ecosystem inside the artificial environment. All Stanford needs to do to book his family's ticket to the dome is bear a healthy offspring with Sarah. But fertility is never guaranteed, not even for a perfect couplet, and with civil strife trumped only by the impending threat of perpetual darkness, Stanford must defy his own moral compass as he searches for truth along Idyllic Avenue.
The Man in Two Bodies by Stanley Salmons (Fingerpress). Shunned by the scientific community for being ahead of his time... brilliant maverick Rodge Dukas works in a damp basement surrounded by outlandish equipment. His discovery could propel humanity to a new Golden Age. But his student friend Mike Barrett thinks bigger - use the discovery to carry out the Perfect Crime and grow unfeasibly rich. The ensuing crime spree has the Police baffled. So why do we find Mike attending a memorial service for Rodge? And where is Suzy, Mike's girlfriend, who showed rather too much affection towards their 'mad scientist' housemate?
Demon by My Side by Victoria Davies (Carina Press). Darcy Snow is a demon hunter and a damn good one at that. She's never hesitated when faced with monsters preying on humans, but the rules changed when the Lord of the Spirits married a mortal. Jaral is a demon with a mission. As the heir apparent in the demon realm, he's been waiting for a chance to finally prove himself to his father. When he's ordered to solve the mystery of how their enemies are infiltrating the human world, he expects to run up against mortals. One thing he didn't plan on, however, is crossing paths with a beautiful demon hunter.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Patricia C. Lee, author of Destiny's Present. Her website is www.patriciaclee.com.
Love Beyond Hope by Bethany Claire. Book 3 of Morna's Legacy Series. Mitsy Fredrickson flies to Scotland to help her best friend re-enter reality. She knows Bri's claims of time travel and living in 1647 are untrue but falls prey to the same magic in the seventeenth century with Baodan McMillan. The more time she spends with him, the harder she falls. She suspects he feels the same way, but a dark secret from his past even Baodan doesn't understand holds him back. Mitsy hopes Baodan will be free to love her once she discovers what's hidden but the truth is darker than she expects, and it threatens to destroy them both.
Lustful Attractions by Cat Sierra. The Utah Informer, St. George, Utah. May 25, 2013, Written by Peter Smith. The search continues in Gunlock State Park for Sage Balatche and Shaylyn Robertson. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies and volunteers have a grid search, but have found nothing. Whisperings from the Salish band of Paiute Indians about the location of a passageway to the unknown, where others have seemingly gone missing, were told to me upon my search for this story. It's plain that the handed down stories might not be a tall tale after all.
Trapped: Starwalkers Serial Novel #2 by Lizzy Ford. Knowing revealing her true identity would make her a bargaining chip on the war-ridden plant of Lemuria, Cyena lives in secret with a small pocket of other elites. She uncovers their plan and works hard to hone her psychic skills. She's offered sanctuary by the rebellions leader's son and her rescuer Kaydon, but if she leaves, she won't discover what happened to her sister. If she stays, she risks being killed. Uncertain who to trust and what to do, Cyena will face untold challenges to find some trace of her sister.
Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited by S.L. Morgan. Ancient Guardian Series, Book 2, Volume 2. Now that the key is safe, Reece Bryant can't wait to start her new life in the dimension of Pemdas with the Emperor of Pemdas' son, Levi Oxley as her husband. The Guardians are still protecting Earth from other dimensions who seek to terrorize humans. Levi and Harrison resume their duties on Earth where they come across an entity that the Pemdai Guardians have never encountered before. It is when this being is able to read into Levi's mind, and discover he knows where the powerful stone is, that everything will change for him.
Akkawaya's Sacrifice by Jenny Bertel. Pilot and commander of the starship Griffin, Mackenzie is content with her job and being a single woman, until a chance meeting with an alien vessel brings captain Akkawaya into her life and the two have instant chemistry. Despite being a deadly warrior whose race is extremely venomous he is very affectionate and very alluring. He is skilled at fighting but knows little of love. How will two people with such enormous obstacles between them cope with a painfully strong attraction to each other? More importantly how will a fragile human girl survive this deadly creature's affections?
Rewound by D. T. Dyllin. Dezdamona Kabinosh is on a mission—a mission of love. And she traveled back in her own timeline to complete it. After being betrayed by her husband she's seeking a second chance at love, and Dez has come up with the perfect plan. One problem though… Jaxson Kabinosh, her future husband, has also traveled back in time and he's determined to keep Dez for himself. Who will win the ultimate battle for Dez's heart? Jaxson, or her possible rebound guy?
The Armored Doctor by Ava Morgan. Curiosity Chronicles, #2. After his stint as a medic in the India campaigns, the scarred Dr. Jacob Valerian returns home to help accident victims regain their mobility with his revolutionary line of artificial mechanical limbs. When evidence surfaces his designs are being stolen, word spreads his new assistant, Miss Abigail Benton, is the culprit. Although grateful for her job, Abigail suspects the reason for Dr. Valerian prickly demeanor is due to his injuries. Her compassion and attraction for him grows, but when she is accused of theft, all secrets must be laid bare in order to clear her name.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Deborah O'Neill Cordes, author of the time-twisting sci-fi romantic epic Dragon Dawn. Visit her at www.deborahoneillcordes.com.
Scarlet Devices (Steam and Seduction) by Delphine Dryden (Berkley). Fresh from university, Eliza Hardison is determined to crusade for workers' rights until her cousin Dexter, the Makesmith Baron, prevails on her to represent Hardison House in the American Dominion Sky and Steam Rally. The competition is fierce, but only one opponent really matters to Eliza. Dexter's protégé, Matthew Pence, was always like a big brother to her. But now she's grown up, and Matthew has made a break from Hardison House with his own business venture—and made his own entry in the rally. Matthew intends to win while keeping Eliza safe on the perilous route from New York to San Francisco. As the threats escalate through treacherous skies and uncharted American wilds, though, Eliza and Matthew must work together, discovering a bond deeper than either could have imagined…but is winning the rally more important than winning at love?
Dangerous Science by Sidney Swann (Blushing Books). Gladys DeWalt is a rising star in a Victorian community of scholar-explorers. So when her mission to excavate a shipwreck ends in failure, the Council of Scholars places her under the authority of Sebastian Cromwell, her exacting former professor. Gladys feared Cromwell as a student, and fears him more since his accident and transformation as part automaton by rogue scientist Nigel Longbridge. Cromwell may look like a man, but he's cold as the gears under his skin. He informs Gladys from the outset he will not brook disobedience. When Gladys defies him, she is punished. But under Cromwell's stern demeanor is the shadow of humanity, and as the dashing automaton comes to admire her intelligence, he questions what really caused her mission's failure. What he discovers shakes the Council to its core and give Gladys a chance to redeem her name and win the love of a man who thought he was beyond emotional connection.
The following new releases were compiled for HEA by Louann Carroll, author of the Gemini Rising series and A Shadow of Time. Her website is www.louanncarroll.com.
Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard (Atria). The Earth has been invaded by the Illyri, a civilized, yet ruthless alien race. Humanity has been conquered, but still it fights the invaders. The Resistance grows stronger, for it is the young people of Earth who are best equipped to battle the Illyri. Syl Hellais is the oldest alien child on Earth, the first to reach sixteen years of age. Syl has hidden gifts, powers that even she does yet fully understand. The Illyri are at war among themselves, and the sinister Nairene Sisterhood has arrived on Earth, hungry for new blood. When Syl helps a pair of young Resistance fighters to escape execution, she finds herself sentenced to death, pursued by her own kind, and risks breaking the greatest taboo of her race by falling in love with a human. Syl is about to learn, the real invasion has not yet begun.
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (Kensington). I've battled the Reapers of Chaos before—and survived. But this time I have a Bad, Bad Feeling it's going to be a fight to the death…most likely mine. Yeah, I've got my psychometry magic, my talking sword, Vic, and even the most dangerous Spartan on campus at my side in Logan freaking Quinn, but I'm no match for Loki, the evil Norse god of chaos. I may be Nike's Champion, but at heart, I'm still just Gwen Frost, that weird Gypsy girl everyone at school loves to gossip about. Then someone I love is put in more danger than ever before, and something inside me snaps. This time, Loki and his Reapers are going down for good…or I am.