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Title: From Blood to Ink
Author: Brynn Myers
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Editor: Liz Ferry at Per Se Editing
Cover Designer: Emily Wittig from Emily Wittig Designs
Publisher: Indigo Ink Publications
Publication Date: April 30th, 2021
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Indigo James was a successful author until the day she got writer’s block, and everything changed. Weeks turned into months without anything but fleeting thoughts and half-ass ideas. That is until the day she met Mila Aeress—aka the Goddess of Chaos. Suddenly Indigo is thrust into a world she only thought existed in books. Now she’s bound to her writing for a completely different reason. Her life and her works are more than labors of love; they’re a matter of life or death. Each new manuscript becomes a book of sacrifice when her blood literally turns to ink.

Brynn Myers is a paranormal romance author. After considering writing a hobby for years, she finally turned her passion and talent into a career. She came into the paranormal genre later than most but has always loved fairy-tales and all things magical. Using that love, she creates charmed worlds by writing stories involving passionate, strong-willed characters with something to discover.

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They should be simple enough. I mean, everything begins with them, right? A single letter can be a word. A series of words become sentences. A series of sentences become paragraphs: papers, short stories, novellas, novels. Sounds easy, and yet as I sat there staring at a blank page, I couldn’t for the life of me seem to put my thoughts into a cohesive flow. 

I was suffering from a severe case of writer’s block, and my muses seemed to be on the longest coffee break ever. This would have been all well and good if I weren’t under a deadline with my publisher. Naomi had been kind enough to give me three extensions but had made it clear there would not be a fourth. I sent her some pages in hopes she’d take pity on me, but instead, she emailed them back to me in a bold, harsh font and told me they lacked my usual passion and fire and to go back to the drawing board. 

Nine hours later, I was still staring at a blank screen. Hope of any inspiration knocking me over was as cold as the cup of coffee and a half-eaten chicken sandwich sitting on my desk. Nothing was working—not the junk food or the caffeine. Maybe I should grab some chocolate and alcohol, I thought. Wasn’t it Ernest Hemingway who said, “Write drunk, edit sober”? Hell, what did I have to lose at this point?

Title: Destination Don’ts
Author: Shyla Colt
Genre: Multicultural Romance
Editor: There for You Editing
Cover Designer: Covers In Color
Publisher: Inspired Ink
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2021
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Destination Don’ts  

Don’t overindulge in alcohol on the flight  

Don’t make out with the hot stranger next to you  

Don’t think you’ll never see the sexy as sin make out partner again 

Don’t fall in love in paradise 

There are rules and etiquette for destination weddings. Kisi and Agustin broke them all.


USA Today Bestselling author Shyla Colt is a chaos wrangler, chronic crafter, and imaginary friend collector. The mom of two and a wife road trips with her weird brood when she’s not taking on a new hobby or bingeing on spooky podcasts and documentaries. She writes strong women with sass, plenty of nerdy tendencies, and the intriguing intense males who love them.

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I can’t shake the bit of sorrow that burrowed into my heart the moment I watched K get swallowed by the other travelers in the airport. I need a minute to get my head right and prepare to engage with my parents.

After unpacking my clothing, I hop in the shower. The white tiled showed is massive. The rain showerhead and view of the ocean from the window help me get into a vacation mindset. Washing away the travel, I let the negative energy go down the drain along with the dirt. This is a happy time, and I’m not going to dampen it in any way. My best friend is marrying the woman of his dreams, who’s perfect for him. That means there might be hope for me as well. Forty is the new thirty, and I’m starting to feel the desire to put down roots.

I’ve had wanderlust for so long it took me time to figure out what this new feeling might be. It’s not that I want to stop traveling altogether. I’m just sick of always doing it alone. Won’t Pierce get a kick out of hearing this? Refreshed, I step out of the shower, dry off with a fluffy white towel, and dress. The tropical theme in the room continues with a green leaf covered bed spread and matching curtains. I’m running a brush through my hair when a knock sounds on the door. Tossing my soft-bristled brush onto the counter in the bathroom, I hurry to the front door.

“Brother, it’s so good to see you.” Pierce engulfs me in a hug, and I laugh.  His sandy blonde hair has been tamed for the wedding. Shorter on the left side, it’s got a nice fullness in the front he’s brushed back in a nod to the fifties pompadour. I swear his hazel-colored eyes glow with joy. Nova has been good for him.

“Likewise, my friend.” I pat his back, and he steps into the room, closing the door behind him.

“You look good, Gus.”

“A life on the road doing what you love will do that for a man.” I grin, laying it on thick to hide the twinge of jealousy at his impending domestic bliss.

“I’ve always admired your ability to go after your dreams and make them come true.” Pierce smiles. “We’re going down a bit early to meet the maid of honor since you’ll both be working closely together over the next week.”

“Sounds like a plan to me.”

“Nova asked me to put in a request.”

I arch an eyebrow. “What can I do to make Nova’s special day even better?”

Pierce clears his throat. “Can you tone down the Casanova vibe with the wedding party? She doesn’t want any room for mishaps or hurt feelings.”

I chuckle. “My friend, it’s not my fault women are pulled to me like bees to honey.”

“More like flies to shit.”

I cringe and hold a hand over my heart.

“I don’t want her pissed off this weekend.”

“I get it.” I hold my hands. “I’m here to support you two and celebrate your union. Not troll for a hookup.” I feel a stab of pain. That’s never my intention. I’m not a man who falls often, but I do enjoy carnal pleasures. I never lead anyone on, though.

“I know that’s not you. You never intend to leave a trail of broken hearts behind you, Agustin. Your charm is like gravity. It’s impossible not to be pulled toward you in some way.” 

“It’s my curse to bear.” I sigh dramatically, and he chuckles.

“You ready?”

“Let’s do it.” I pocket my room key and follow him out the front door.

Is this how everyone sees me? Some sort of Don Juan who never sticks around?

We reach the elevator, and my heart stumbles in my chest. Standing beside Nova is my mystery woman, K. Her lips part, and I remember their taste and feel. She casts a worried glance from Nova to Pierce. I wink.

“There you are.” Nova steps forward, pulling me into a hug and blocking K from my line of vision.

“It’s good to see you again, Nova. Congratulations.”

“I’m so glad to have our two favorite people in the same place for the first time.” Nova steps back and turns to K. “Kisi, this is Gus. Gus, this is my best friend since middle school, Kisi.”

Kisi. I roll her name around in my head. A beautiful, unique name for a woman with the same qualities.

“It’s nice to meet you, Kisi.” I smile.

“Same, Gus?” She tilts her head.

I chuckle. “Short for Agustin.”

“We do hugs around here.” I pull her into my arms. “Hello, Cinderella,” I whispered into her ear. “I appear to have found the one who fits the glass slipper she left behind.” I pull back, amused by the fire that flickers to life in the depths of her dark eyes. There’s the woman who kissed me on the plane.

“Pretty confident to assume the role of Prince Charming,” she mumbles.

“Did you prefer Snow White? You did look adorable sleeping on my shoulder.” I cast a glance at the soon-to-be newlyweds whispering to one another as I press the elevator button.

“Stop.”

As the car arrives with a ding, and the doors roll open, I admire her hips in the off-the-shoulder white dress with the light blue floral pattern. I stand close to her while the others enter, occasionally brushing our arms as we travel to the main floor. I’ll play along for now, but the fact that we ran into each other again is fate at work. The Garcia men have the zing when we meet the woman we’re supposed to be with. Like our body goes up in flames, and our heart syncs with them. I’m peering at Kisi, feeling lovesick and frightened as hell. Is this where I get taken down by the Garcia zing? No. Be careful what you wish for. You’ve been thinking about settling down for a couple of years.

“Mijo.”

I jerk to the left and spot my mother and father directly in front of us.  He still towers over me at six foot four, though age has taken some of his mass. His shoulders are still broad, but over all he’s slender, and his facial features are sharper. The square jaw and wide forehead are nearly identical to my own.

“I’ll meet you inside in a moment,” I tell Pierce, who nods.

“Hey, Mom.” I bend down and hug the petite woman with a slender frame to me.

“Finally, I see my son with my own eyes.”

“It’s only been nine months.” I smile as I kiss her cheek.

“Dad.” We shake hands.

“Skype is not the same, Agustin.” Mom humphs.

“How’s playing in the dirt coming along?”

“The excavation went well. We’re going to be featured in Nat Geo for the discoveries we found at the Roman soldier site. It’s revealed some previously unknown information.”

“Aren’t they less than reputable these days after the whole Mer people debacle? And that super shark.”

“Megalodon,” I mumble. He always finds a way to snatch the joy from me. “And that’s television. We’re going to be interviewed and published in their magazine and speak at one of the conventions later. It’s a big honor.”

“That’s wonderful.” My mother fixes my father with a cold stare. “Isn’t it, Mateo?”

Dad’s never gotten over the fact that I didn’t want to join his firm or follow in his footsteps like Tomas and Diego. There’s a reason why they’re still single and slightly disgruntled. The weight of pressure is heavy. They can have that crown because I never wanted Dad’s kingdom in the first place. But I do miss his approval and affection. Of the three of us, I favor Papa most, but we couldn’t be more different.

“Yes. I’m glad they’ve recognized your hard work and brilliance.” It’s the closest I’m going to get to a ‘job well done’ from him.

“Thanks, Papa. I need to catch up with Pierce and see what they’d like me to do this evening. I’ll see you later at dinner.” I can’t get away fast enough as I turn on my heel and leave them behind.

Covenant by Jeanne McDonald
 
 
Series: The Forbidden; Book 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
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Verily I say unto you, one of you shall betray me this night…
 
For as long as she can remember, Cameron Scott has been plagued by migraines and nightmares of creatures, places, and events that couldn’t be real — no matter how realistic they seem.
 
Toby McCloud has spent his immortal existence bound by the laws established by the Guardians of the Covenant who were destined to protect him and his kind long before he was born.
 
When Cameron and Toby cross paths, everything seems to fall in and out of place.
 
A family secret.
A dark past.
A forbidden attraction.
 
Unseen dangers await as they embark on a profound journey of time, passion, mistrust, deception, and destiny.

Title: The Boyfriend Bet
Author: Chris Cannon
Genre: YA RomCom
Narrator: Tim Paige & Penelope Rose
Audio Producer: The Audio Flow, LLC
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This Entangled Teen Crush book contains multiple PDAs, after-school detentions, and gambling on the side. Warning: betting on a boyfriend is bad for your health. 

Zoe Cain knows that Grant Evertide is way out of her league. So naturally, she kisses him. Out of spite. Not only is Grant her brother’s number-one nemesis, but he has zero interest in being tied down to one girl. She’s shocked—and secretly thrilled—when they start spending more time together. 

Zoe’s brother claims Grant is trying to make her his “Ringer,” an oh-so-charming tradition where a popular guy dates a non-popular girl until he hooks up with her, then dumps her. Zoe threatens to neuter Grant with hedge clippers if he’s lying but Grant swears he isn’t trying to trick her. Still, that doesn’t mean Grant is the commitment type—even if winning a bet is on the line. 

Each book in the Boyfriend Chronicles series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Title: Truth or Dare
Author: L.L. Hunter
Genre: YA Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Cover Designer: Emily Wittig
Publication Date: May 31st, 2021
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More secrets are unearthed in the second instalment of the Summervale series.

 

After realising their relationship is now forbidden, Darcie and Dane must find a way to be together all the while keeping it secret.

 

But rumours spread like wildfire in Summervale…

 

When their romance is exposed due to a cruel prank, their alibi begins to unravel.

And when the killer strikes again, this time closer to home, Darcie and Dane must uncover the real killer before they go down for something they didn’t do.

This time, the path to the truth may lead them closer to their skeletons buried than they’d prefer.

L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Garden of Eden. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. 

She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog – http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.
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Title: The Savage Hunt
Author: Christy Sloat
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Publication Date: April 29th, 2021
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Amon has seen it all in the thousands of years he’s walked this earth.  As a demon, he’s only ever wanted to live and feed unnoticed. But his need for blood always brought trouble. Finally, he’s devised a foolproof plan to meet his needs and the needs of monsters like him. With the help of his demon son, a bloodthirsty vampire, a dark witch, and two very feral sirens, they will hunt humans who have sinned in the vilest ways. This savage hunt will not only feed them but deliver revenge the humans so desire. His flawless plan won’t ever shatter. He’d bet his existence on it.

Christy Sloat resides in New Jersey with her husband, two daughters, and her Chihuahua, Sophie. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore.

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Title: Interview with a Seducer
Author: Maggie Tideswell
Genre: Paranormal Ghost Romance
Editor: Toni Cox from Dragan Proofing
Publication Date: April 13th, 2021
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Trip Murgatroyd is a hotter than hot escort. He is happy with his life, with what he does for a living – he is comfortable in his own skin. 

Then he receives an unusual request – to be Rachel’s 30th birthday gift. Given the minimum of information about her, but booked for a full night with her, he immediately knows she is different to his clients. 

She comes with baggage – her late husband. That she only wants to ‘talk’ about his profession, he doesn’t believe for a moment. It all adds to the initial allure. 

Until he realizes what danger she is in, posed by the ghost of her dead husband… 

How is she to escape from a jealous ghost?

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International bestselling author of spooky paranormal romance, Maggie Tideswell never planned to write ghost stories. She actually wanted to write romance, hot, steamy, full of emotion. You know the kind – boy meets girl, they fall in love, then boy loses girl and wants her back…

But, before she knew it, there was a persistent ghost on the page who wouldn’t get out of the way of real storytelling. The only thing to do was to give him a job. If he wanted to be part of the story, he had to work for it.   

Maggie soon found that the trick was to combine things that couldn’t be rationally explained, with sweaty bodies and rumpled sheets in such a way that toes curl and hair stand on end. Married to a chef, Maggie is nearly as passionate about creating new dishes as she is about creating alpha heroes every woman could fall in love with, just as she does, every time.

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Title: His Haven
Author: Harper A. Brooks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Trif book design
Publication Date: May 6th, 2021
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She was never meant to be his… 

Avrum Brenin should have died in the same fire that claimed the lives of his mother and brother. Instead, he was granted immortality by the powerful vampire, Lord Henri. Under his diligent care, Avrum revels in the world’s most lavish splendors. But as payment for this extravagant lifestyle, he must look after Haven, Lord Henri’s human rescue. A task that proves far more complicated than it seems. 

After stumbling onto Haven barely clothed and bound at the wrists, Avrum discovers that Lord Henri may not be the salvation he once believed. While the more time he spends with Haven, the more determined he becomes to protect her. 

When the passion between them ignites, Avrum finds himself caught between honor and loyalty. Will he stand with the man who rescued him? Or risk it all to save the woman who captivated him? 

From USA Today Bestselling Author Harper A. Brooks comes a reimagining of her fang-tastic paranormal romance, His Haven! 

His Haven is now a standalone vampire romance.

Harper A. Brooks lives in a small town on the New Jersey shore. Even though classic authors have always filled her bookshelves, she finds her writing muse drawn to the dark, magical, and romantic. But when she isn’t creating entire worlds with sexy shifters or legendary love stories, you can find her either with a good cup of coffee in hand or at home snuggling with her furry, four-legged son, Sammy.

She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

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Title: Reign of the White Phoenix
Author: Jessica Cage
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication Date: Mar. 1st, 2021
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The Ancients foretold of the one with the white flame. She would change the world. 

Hidden since birth from her own people, Elsfaer was born with a distinct marking that covered her entire body. Before she could walk, she was seen as a threat to their existence. But there were those who believed that she should be protected at all costs. 

With the call for a new Elite, the High Spirit chose Elsfaer as the next to lead the Phoenix people. The very people she’d been told to fear all her life. But unlike the rest of her people who burned either a blue or red flame, Elsfaer’s fire was the hottest of whites. 

Her white flame was a sign of change, of a new order for her people. Unfortunately, Phoenixes weren’t exactly open to change, but Elsfaer knows something they don’t. The balance of the Phoenix has been thrown off and if she doesn’t fix it, their flames will burn out for the last time. 

Rise of the White Phoenix is a part of the Rise of the Elites Shared World Collection

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Award winning and USA Today Bestselling author, Jessica Cage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Writing has always been a passion for her. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it’s the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often “There is no money in writing.” So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.

 

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The rustling of grass caught my attention. “Who’s there?” I called out, hoping that it wasn’t someone who wanted to try their luck despite the issued challenge. It wasn’t unlikely that there were people who didn’t care about the order of things or the consequences of the High spirit.

“Settle down.” The familiar voice of a person I thought I’d never see. “I’m not here to hurt you.”

“Kaden?” I peered into the shadows unable to see the source of the voice.

“I thought you were the Elite.” He revealed himself, stepping from behind a large tree.

“What are you doing here? What if someone catches you?”

“I had to see it for myself. Your wings.” Kaden leaned against the tree. “I was prepared to be blown away with awe. Little did I know, you’re really a Flameless after all.”

“Well, sorry to make you come all the way out here for nothing.” I turned away from him, focusing on the busy fish again. “And I’m not a Flameless. At least I don’t think I am.”

“What happened?” He remained behind me, enough distance between us that he could escape if I decided to turn on him.

“I don’t know. I’ve waited my entire life to have them and now they are just gone.” My shoulders slumped forward. It was hard enough to have the thoughts in my head but saying it out loud gave the disappointment a new weight. “I would think you’d be happy about it. You wanted me to be a Flameless. Did you come here to gloat?”

“No, I didn’t. Why would you think I’d risk being here just to rub salt in your wound?”

“Face it, you turned your back on me the moment you learned the truth. Don’t get me wrong, you had every right to do it. I should have been honest with you from the beginning. I messed up.”

“I know it wasn’t all your doing.” Kaden joined me on the bench and watched the water. “Ali can be convincing when she wants to be. I figured she probably concocted the entire thing and because she is your friend, you went along with it.”

“I just wanted to enjoy my life; you know? I wanted challenges and experiences that weren’t connected to being an Elite. I lived in that temple for years just waiting for the day that I would be strong enough to leave on my own. Not even a day after I mature, this happens. The option for that life and the freedom I longed for was ripped away from me. I never wanted any of this, Kaden.”

“And now you’re here.” He nodded.

“I am, except nothing is how I thought it would be. I’m struggling, and I don’t know what to do.” All of Phaedrial had expectations of me. Zodiac had already decided what my future was without even considering me. And Ali, in all the commotion I hadn’t even considered her. Where was she?

“I wish I could help.” He leaned back on the bench, finally looking at me and not the water.

“Why are you really here?”

“I told you.” He shrugged. “Wanted to be wowed like all the others. I knew you would be magnificent.”

“I know what you told me, but I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who is capable of keeping secrets.”

“Okay, I’ll admit it. You’re right. I came here in anger.” The moonlight bounced off his skin and gave his face a glow I’d never seen before. That was the thing about the Darkest Forest, it hid so many wondrous things. ” I don’t know what I planned to do. It’s not as if I’m strong enough to take on an Elite.”

“You wanted to fight me?” I raised a brow. That wasn’t the answer I was expecting.

“I wanted to hurt you, the same way you hurt me. I believed in you. Watching you train the others, the care and concern you had for them, I was impressed.” He paused, “And I thought we had something special. I confided in you, told you things about me that I’d never shared with another person. How was I supposed to know that you wouldn’t use that information against me one day?”

“I would never do that,” I confessed. ” Being with you all was the first time I felt like I belonged somewhere. Wings or not. I didn’t want to lie to you, but I didn’t think that you could ever accept me if you knew the truth. I care about every one of them and you. But I understand why you would be concerned.”

“I didn’t know what to believe.” He lifted his hand and carefully pushed the hood back from my face so he could better see me. “I had to be sure.”

“Well, you can be sure your secrets are safe. They will die with me; in just a few days it looks like.”

“Why do you assume you will lose?” He looked disappointed in me. “Have you suddenly forgotten how to fight?”

“Whoever challenged me has to be powerful. Or at least someone with a flame. I can’t compete against that.”

“You’re telling me you spent your entire life in combat training and you never once trained on fighting without your flame?”

“Well, of course, I have. That’s all I could do.”

“Okay, so you’re a skilled fighter and from what you taught our men in just a few short days, I know you’re capable of going out there and kicking ass.” He shook his head with a stern expression. “Elsfaer, you can’t give up before you even step foot in the ring. That’s a sure-fire way to make sure you don’t come back out.”

“It’s a lot to take on. In training I knew what I was up against, here, I have no idea. We don’t even know who issued the challenge.”

“Stop whining. You have time, prepare yourself.” He stood from the bench to walk away. “There are still people who want to see you succeed. Not everyone wants your life to end, regardless of the secrets you have at your disposal.”

“Where are you going?” I stood wanting to follow him, but I knew it was best not to. Kaden being there was risky enough as it was.

“Back to the Odious where I belong. Maybe you can come to find me when you win.” He winked over his shoulder.

“Wait,” I called out to him.

“Yes?”

Under the rising moon, I joined him beneath the tree. With death looming and life slipping away, I needed to take advantage of every opportunity to live. I stepped as close to him as I could and looked up into his eyes. With a sharp inhale, I lifted to my toes and pressed my lips against him.

As it always did, the kiss grew with intensity and fire until I felt like my flesh was burning. His hands gripped the small of my back before his arms wrapped around me and he lifted me from the ground. When our lips parted, we were both out of breath and flushed with our desire.

“Make sure you win, woman.”

Title: House of the Blue Flame
Author: Delzhia Jenkins
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication Date: March 8th, 2021

 

Blurb:

The Houses are divided. A war is brewing between the clans. And our Elite has fallen. 

My House – the House of the Blue Flame – has been the center of envy and fear by the other dragon clans for centuries. My grandfather and his father and so forth, protected our people as both the strongest breed of dragon and as Elites. 

And now it’s my turn. 

My name is Adaya, granddaughter of former Elite, Horace “The Devourer” and next in line to stand in his place. As my grandfather once said, “A nation cannot stand if the houses fall…” 

I’m here to protect and unite my people before each of our houses destroy each other. High Spirit has already marked me as the chosen Elite… But the question remains, will my people accept me? Or, will I face the same fate as others who came before me? 

House of the Blue Flame is a part of the Rise of the Elites Shared World Collection.

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Delizhia Jenkins is an Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance author who currently resides in Inglewood, CA. The love for writing began in elementary school when the passion for storytelling developed into a journey of writing. Over the years, she honed her craft for storytelling and the written word by excelling in subjects such English and English Literature; and by indulging in her favorite past time which involved reading the works of Anne Rice, K’Wan, Christopher Pike, Carl Weber, Omar Tyree and finally the late L.A. Banks. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood also claimed her heart and author Karen Marie Moning joined the ranks of Miss Jenkins’ all time favorite authors.

Miss Jenkins began publishing in 2013 with her first African American romance novel, Love at Last. After that, it was realized that her true magic rested in her writing about the ancient, the esoteric, and the supernatural. Moreover, since 2014, after her release of Nubia Rising: The Awakening, Miss Jenkins remained true to herself and her calling. And of course, being a true romantic at heart, it was important for her to fuse romance with the paranormal with a dash of “color.” Miss Jenkins prides herself on writing for “the woman without the fairytale” and of course bringing magic and melanin to each book she writes.

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The “Blue Flame Manor,” as my grandfather’s house has been dubbed, is now the meeting place for serious political discussions between members of the Blue Flame clan. I can’t even remember the last time this many Blue Flame’s congregated in the same place. All seven of the Elders including an additional twenty of their guests, cramped inside the foyer and the main room of our home.   Questions and uncertainty hang in the air like a dark cloud. The emptiness that followed my grandfather’s absence weighs on me. I just want to retreat back into my room, close the door, and never come out again. I can’t do this, I think to myself as I stand at the stairway, gripping the railing. I’m not ready to do this.

“Adaya,” Drew says from behind me. “Are you okay?”

“Not really.” I sigh. “But I don’t have much of a choice.”

He gently places his warm hand on my shoulder. “You can do this.”

I suck in another deep breath, feeling grateful that at least I have the support of my favorite cousin.

“Don’t worry about those old farts,” Drew continues with a grin. “At the end of the day, they are much too content with their comfortable livelihoods to even consider challenging you for the Elite position.”

“I’m not worried about a challenge – at least not from another Blue Flame,” I tell him. “I just wish he was here…”

“I know. I miss him too and it sucks what happened to him. Aunt Clara is requesting for an investigation at the Foci. She wants to rule out that there wasn’t any foul play from the other Supes that were there.”

“The other Elites were killed too,” I remind him as we begin our descent.

“True. But given that there is a lot at stake here, she just wants to make sure that there isn’t an assassin out there desperate for a power grab. I’m sure the other Supes are planning to do the same thing.”

“The last thing we need is a war between the dragon clans and the other realms,” I add.

“Yeah. I remember hearing stories about vampires…nasty buggers,” Drew said with a chuckle.

“They live in the human realm, right?”

“Yup. Poor humans. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be fed on by a damn parasite.”

I shudder at the thought. “Ick. I heard about the Phoenix realm. Grandfather talked about how beautiful it is. He promised he would escort me there one day…”

“Well, you’re about to become an Elite so you will be able to take yourself there.”

Drew and I continue our small talk about the different realms until we finally reach the bottom of the stairs. Most of the clan had gathered into the living room and the foyer, leaving hardly enough standing room. We squeeze past a few bystanders until we make our way towards our aunt, who stood in front of the fireplace, quietly observing the guests.

“Oh, there you are, Adaya!” she says, giving me a quick onceover. “I’m glad you wore that blue chignon dress I picked out for you. You look like a strong Blue Flame with that on and your grandfather would be proud.”

She holds my gaze for a moment, her clear green eyes fighting back tears at the mention of my grandfather. “It’s going to be ok,” she adds. “I need for you to stand next to me as I address the Elders and everyone here regarding this matter. Keep your chin up, shoulders back… We can get through this.”

Drew and I share a glance before I nod. My cousin disappears into the crowd, while my aunt and I position ourselves to be front row center. In minutes all eyes are on us, and through their hard and curious stares, I feel the whispers of judgement. Even from the eyes of my peers, who stood with their families, their curious gazes wreak havoc on my nervous system. I look over at my aunt. She’s no longer crying.  Instead, her expression carries a silent challenge to anyone who stands to oppose her proposition.

“First I would like to thank everyone for attending this gathering on such short notice,” she begins. “And I am sure that you are aware of the events that transpired at the Rising. Our great leader and chosen Elite- and my dear brother- Horace “The Devourer” has perished, just like the other six who appeared…”

The collective gasp and murmurs gave her pause. However, she continued without skipping a beat. “I have already moved forward with setting the proper investigations in place to ensure that there was no foul play at the hand of the other realms.”

“So, who will be our new Elite?” someone called out.

Another round of murmurs and questions filled the room. I looked over at my aunt uneasily, but she disregarded my stare.

“My great-niece and Horace’s granddaughter, Adaya, will take his place. The High Spirit has approved this selection and upon the next full moon she will appear at the Rising to take her place as the next Elite.”

“She is too young!” an older female called out.

“That’s not right!” another person shouted.

“Our bylaws state that any member of the Dragon clans may be elected as the chosen Elite. Why does this choice automatically go to Horace’s granddaughter?” Godfrey, the oldest son of one of the Elders, stood up, his question directed more at me than my aunt.

“Because the High Spirit confirmed it,” Aunt Clara said firmly.

Godfrey looked to his uncle Harold, leader of the Council of Elders for the Blue Flame House. Harold and my aunt have had their share of differences; but despite his nephew’s silent plea for assistance, Harold said nothing.

“How do you even know? The High Spirit does not commune with those who are not the chosen Elite.”

Silence followed his statement. The truth of his words echoed in the backdrop of the room and for the first since she took position in front of the entire Blue Flame clan, my aunt was at a loss for words.

I swallowed thickly and clenched my sweaty palms together as a slight tingling sensation began to creep down my forearms. Magic appeared out of nowhere, surrounding me in a blue light. Everyone looked on, as my arms became engulfed in a blue flame that took the form of my dragon. Its iridescent eyes looked back at me as it melted into my forearms, leaving a tattooed image of itself.

As the light faded, my gaze shifted from the new tattoos to the quiet stares of disbelief, awe, and horror.

So, it was confirmed.

Even with all of the protests against me being the selected Elite, the large group of Blue Flame dragons, young and old- Godfrey included- said nothing. Aunt Clara’s face slowly widened with a sad smile.

She tuned to face the surprised faces of our clan. “Any questions regarding the High Spirit?”

Title: Order of the Shadow Dynasty
Author: Jennifer Laslie
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 15th, 2021

Blurb:

One Girl. Two impossible tasks. Thirty days to survive. 

Jaguar shifter Mei Ching is underqualified for the job at hand, but with the mark of the Elite appearing on her arm, she knows she must protect her position in order to ensure the safety of her people. The wolves have reigned for long enough. 

But Mei’s not only been chosen as the next Elite, she’s also been tasked with discovering the cure for the virus ravaging the shifters. With her friend Tao by her side, they must unravel the clues left by the High Spirit, but there’s just one other problem. Mei is pretty sure Tao is her one true mate. 

Between defending her place as the next Elite, suppressing her primal urges, and searching all over China and Penumbra for the cure, Mei isn’t so sure she’ll be able to survive the next thirty days. 

Order of the Shadow Dynasty is part of the Rise of the Elites Shared World Collection

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Beneath my fingertips, Tao’s heart beat rapidly. Probably just as fast as my own.

When I didn’t pull away, the corners of his mouth ticked up into a semblance of a smile.

“Tao?”

I’d been fighting this attraction since he spoke up for me at the council meeting, but did he feel the same way? His small smile told me he might.

He leaned in, hesitated, but then seemed to find some ounce of courage and closed the distance.

My eyelids fluttered closed as his warm lips pressed to mine. It was just a small peck to test the waters. When I opened my eyes, Tao stared at me with even more concern, his eyes shifting from to my lips then back as if to silently ask if he’d made a mistake.

But then this warmth suffused my body, lighting me on fire. My heart thumped wildly, and when I looked at Tao, he gazed at me with the same heat I felt licking up the inside of me.

I yanked my hand from his chest, grabbed both sides of his face, and smashed my lips to his. This wasn’t the gentle kiss from a moment ago. No, this kiss was wild, feverish, and no holds barred. My tongue danced with his as I tasted him and devoured every breath.

I clung to him and held on for dear life. Never had I been kissed like this before or felt this need to get as close to another person. I wanted, no needed, to feel the heat of his body on mine, skin to skin. The animal within me tried to claw her way up at the same time I jumped and wrapped my legs around Tao’s waist.

His strong arms caught me as he carried me around to the loveseat. He settled on the edge and finally broke away long enough to draw in a ragged breath.

“Mei,I don’t know—”

But I cut him off with another kiss. My hands shook as I cradled his head, unable to resist pressing my body even closer to his.

Tao stood and then laid me down on the loveseat, settling between my legs as he left my lips to trail wet kisses down my jaw, neck, and collar bone. His lips brought goosebumps to my flesh and a delicious heat to my core. A moan escaped me as I arched my body into his.

I sucked in fresh air and tried to clear my head. This wasn’t me. I never lost control like this.

“Wait—” I closed my eyes as Tao lifted the hem of my shirt and nibbled across my stomach while one of his hands inched its way up to my bra to cup one of my breasts. “Oh, my God.”

“Mmm,” Tao hummed against my skin.

“No,” I managed to squeeze out between clenched teeth, even as my body screamed yes. “Tao, we need to stop.”

He rose, and to his credit, removed his hand from my chest and sat back. His chest heaved as he caught his breath. “Mei, I don’t know what came over me.”

“I don’t either. This isn’t me. I have way too many things on my plate already and a relationship isn’t something I need to add to the mix.” I sat up and scooted as far away as possible. My pulse still thrummed and my body seemed to sway toward Tao of its own accord, but I resisted reaching out to him.

Tao nodded. “I agree. My top priority is keeping you alive and helping you find this cure.”

“Thank you.”

He looked away. “I should go.”

“Yeah, maybe that’s best.”

He stood up on shaky legs. His actions were jerky as he walked towards the door.

“I’ll call you tomorrow.”

And then the door shut behind him and my world crumbled.

Title: Ascension of the Blood Throne
Author: Mikel Wilson
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2021

Blurb:

“A vampire prince. Two teenage girls. The ultimate fight for the throne.” 

Christian is the prince of the vampires and next in line to the throne now that their elite vampire king is dead. To claim his rightful place on the throne. He must first find a bride. Sometimes the best laid plans can’t go off without a hitch.  

 Lilith, an average teenager and recently turned vampire is thrown into a struggle not her own, and fighting to figure out her growing powers, she must choose sides between the vampire hunters or the very creatures that turned her. When the prince sets his sights on her best friend Mackinzie as his bride, he may become the hunted. 

 Sides will be chosen, powers will clash, but will Christian be ready to take the throne in time? Or will he become prey to the very beings he has hunted for millennia.  

Ascension to the Blood Throne which is part of the Rise of the Elites shared World Collection.

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Best-selling author Mikel Wilson took the world by storm with The Hybrid series. This science fiction/fantasy series is filled with everything one could possibly ask for: action, mystery, romance, werewolves, vampires, greek gods, and so much more. Despite such success, Wilson has not let it get to his head. Mikel Wilson was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Being the youngest of nine children—four boys and five girls—Mikel Wilson was never lonely. Growing up, religion had been a major influence, mainly because he was the son of a preacher. This influence is still with him today, as he is the minister of music at his church. Mikel Wilson is married to Danielle and they have four children together.

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Title: Trials of The Black Throne
Author: E.M. Lacey
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Publication Date: March 29th, 2021

Blurb:

Bastard. Heiress. Will she claim the throne? 

Onyx Jones has spent most of her adolescent life dodging death. Now an adult, she appreciates the quiet life. It’s not perfect. It’s got its own drama. But she’s alive.  

Tranquility morphs into chaos the moment she crosses over into another realm: Penumbra. 

Onyx discovers that she has been chosen by the High Spirit to be the Elite of the Orcs. She races against the clock to claim a throne she’s not sure she wants. With the help of a band of supernatural rejects, Onyx journeys to the Orc capital of Oracaii. Will she survive her calling?

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E. M. Lacey is an author who writes about diverse characters set in dark urban and dystopian landscapes. She’s a coffee drinkin’, meme postin’, movie watchin’ girl who loves to talk all things books and movies. You might bump into her at local comic cons and other such nerd fests. Whenever she’s not getting her nerd on, she’s writing, reading, binge-watching Netflix, or communing with horror movie fans and other authors online.

 

Ms. Lacey hails from Homestead, Florida but resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is working on her next piece.

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“As I said before the crossing, time is not on our side. The Rising is only a few days away.”

Onyx growled, cutting him off, as she stalked up to the Shifter, stopping inches away from him. She raised her gaze to meet his. “Look! You say this like I know what it means.” Slashing her hand toward the ground, she curled it into a fist, drawing it back around in a mock punch, stopping just short of Cassius’s ribs. “I don’t.” She unfolded her fist, letting her hand drop to her side. “I don’t know if I want to know what it is.”

“Sadly, it’s not your choice.”

“Like hell!’ Onyx’s voice crackled with power. She was unaware her eyes glowed red, but she noticed Cassius take several cautious steps back, slowly raising his hands as he moved. She sized him up like a meal, muscles taut.

“It is the will of the High Spirit.” Cassius paced his words. “It is the way of things.”

“Well, I’m not from here.”

“Half of you is a child of this place which ties you to its laws.” Cassius leveled a finger at the collar beneath her turtleneck. “The knowledge stone marks you as the Chosen; as the Chosen, you must make the Rising and complete it.”

“What the hell is this Rising?”

“You must fight for your place as the Elite.” Cassius lowered his gaze and arms as he stopped moving.

“I’m not fighting anybody.” Onyx swatted away Cassius’s words, then stalked off to the opposite side of the tent, aware that the two Orcs blocked the exit.

“Then you’ll die,” Gryk said matter-of-factly.

The air fled her lungs. A sedate pivot brought her face to face with him. “What do you mean I’ll die? I haven’t done anything to anyone here. I don’t know anybody.” She jerked her chin at Cassius. “Except for him and that’s barely.”

“You are the Chosen. You must answer the Rising,” Gryk offered.

“Still, I don’t know what this Rising is. It sounds like a death sentence.”

“It is for the loser,” Gryk said.

“So why would I want to participate?” Onyx waved her hand toward Gryk, then to Joseph. “I don’t stand a chance if I’m fighting anything like you two.”

“You will be ready by the time we reach the borders of Oracaii.” The two Orcs and Cassius laid their right fists over their hearts and did a half bow.

 

Title: Fellowship of The Last Fallen
Author: Kish Knight
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: April 5th, 2021

Blurb:

Under the threat of everlasting fire, the Fallen and the Unfallen must unite…

Or die. 

Long exiled from the heavens, Dix knows her place as ‘one of the Fallen’, so when two Archangels show up on Earth to take her back to Fifth Heaven, she’s stunned. And whether she wants the job or not, she’s been chosen as the next elite. 

With rogues wreaking havoc, and the higher-ups releasing the slow-burning flames to destroy their shadowy world among the clouds, the Angels need her help. But as she takes her position as Elite, the Council she thought would guide her have abandoned their post in protest of her coronation. 

To make matters worse, the old Elite’s sexy brother has come to her with a secret matter that could get them both cast into the flames. Can she juggle her responsibilities and keep her people safe along with her heart?

 

 
 


Kish Knight, teen and new adult paranormal fantasy author, was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands. Seeking out the supernatural, she relocated to Savannah, Ga. for the ghosts, ghouls, and old-world charm. After reveling in the Southern ghosts, she took residence in the DC area and met a new set of city spooks. 

When not at her desk, she’s most likely to be found with a book (nose-deep), romping with her 8 dogs (7 pits and 1 Chihuahua mix), or plotting out ways to take over the world (or at least the book market). Her current round of busywork always involves developing a plethora of design documents for her latest e-book series. 

Kish also writes middle grade novels under the pen name of Cher Cabal. She is the author of the Returned novel series: Resurrection, Hellbound, and Dawning, as well as the expanded compilation Returned to Fire; the Dead-End Ave series: The Shelf and The Shelf 2; the Senior Year series: Geek – Boy Equals…. and Geek to Diva in 20 seconds; and also of the middle grade novel, Our Crew PLUS boys!. 

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The uncanny feeling that someone was watching me began the instant I awoke.  Soft sheets rustled along the enormous bed as I shifted, wondering what had awoken me.

 Only the tiniest sliver of moonlight peeked through the slit in the curtains.  Everything else in my room was dark.  But the glimmer of light was enough for me to see the large shadowy figure standing motionless at the window.  I couldn’t tell anything except for the fact that he was male.

‘Remiel?’ I thought.  ‘The Elite’s brother?’

Immediately, I jumped up, pushing the sheets away and struggling to get out of the bed.

 “Be quiet.”

At the single command, the pounding of my heart quickened.  From the voice alone, I knew that it wasn’t Remiel.  In fact, I had no clue who it was, only that whoever it was now stood in my room.  And had been there for a while, apparently.

 Ignoring the intruder, I began backing away from the bed, self-preservation on high.  I was in an unfamiliar palace, with an unknown number of enemies. That’s when the figure shifted, allowing that same slice of moonlight to slide across his clothing.  A spiked metal breastplate caught my eye.

 Fear shot through me, and I could feel the cold beads of sweat pop out on my forehead.  The only creatures that ever wore that particular type of breastplate were Shades.

“I haven’t done anything,” I immediately offered, my voice a hoarse whisper, half out of respect, half out of terror.  Upsetting this Shade was not in my best interest, I know.  

‘Of course, the mere fact that he’s here isn’t good….,’