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The Aliens Zookeeper – Aliens and Animals Book 1 by Arizona Tape & Skye MacKinnon


The Alien’s Zookeeper
Aliens and Animals Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Authors
Arizona Tape
&
Skye MacKinnon

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The stars gave her a mate…
and a rhino.

Tilly doesn’t believe in aliens. At least, she didn’t, until she gets abducted along with half the animals of her zoo. When you and your rhino are stuck in a cage on a spaceship, it’s hard not to believe. One of them, an elf-eared female, seems ready to help her find a way back to Earth, but is that really what Tilly wants?

Bavalla’s messed up big time. She wasn’t supposed to abduct a sentient being, but now that she’s face to face with a female who’s not only intelligent but also very attractive, she has to figure out what to do. Telling the Captain would result in severe punishment, but how do you hide a human who’s very intent on saving not just herself, but all her animals as well?

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A fast-paced f/f romance with a strong human woman and a swoon-worthy alien female willing to give up everything for her mate.

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Everything was going according to plan, or so Bavalla thought. The animals on the list were now all in the cargo hold of their ship. Then she notices an extra something in one of the containers. A sentient being, if the captain found out it would mean her death.

Tilly wakes in a strange place with Brie, her favorite Rhino in the zoo where she worked. She’s about to learn some very interesting things about where she and many of the animal she cares for are.

This is a favorite scene.

The two creatures on the other side of the glass were clearly studying me too, but it was easier to pretend that I was the examiner. “There seem to be slight openings in the neck of the right one. I count… three on either side. They look like nostrils. I wonder if they also breathe oxygen or if the air in this cell is specially made for Brie and me,” I wondered out loud.

I pressed my hands against the wall. One of the two beings, the one that looked female, did the same. Her hands had six fingers, slender and delicate, but our palms were almost the same size. She cocked her head, her large eyes examining me closely. Maybe she wasn’t female.

Maybe I was simply applying my human concepts to an alien species. For all I knew, these beings reproduced in an entirely different way, having no need for genders. I pushed that thought away. I shouldn’t be focusing on things like that. Far more important was how to get out of here, back to Earth. Maybe we were still there, cloaked so that my fellow humans couldn’t see it. But the slight vibration in the walls and floor told a different story. We were flying. We might be far away from home by now. I didn’t know how long I’d slept for.

Brie snorted and got to her feet. She stared at the beings with all the curiosity a rhino could muster. Which wasn’t a lot. Brie was lovely, but not the brightest rhino out there. I put a hand on her thick skin, stroking her.

“Easy, girl. Don’t worry, I’ll get you home.”

My voice shook slightly, but I hoped she wouldn’t pick up on that.

“Eeeeezzzzyyyyyyy.” The female alien parroted my words, although it barely resembled the original sound. “Guuuuuuuuurrrrrl.”

I swallowed a laugh. I wouldn’t give in to hysteria. Not yet.

The alien said something else in her own clicking language, then looked at me questioningly. Did she want me to repeat that?

I tried to replicate her clicks, but without success. It sounded like I had a cough.

The slits in her neck flared and her full lips turned upwards. Was it too much to hope that a smile was the same for her species? I knew that in apes, what looked like a smile was actually a threatening gesture. I very much hoped it wasn’t the same for her.

The other alien, who I thought was male, didn’t smile or change his blank expression. He simply stared at Brie, who returned his intense gaze with all the nonchalance of a two-tonne rhino. Brie knew she was the strongest animal in the room. I was glad to have her on my side, even with the danger of being squashed by accident.

The two aliens started talking again. I hoped they weren’t discussing how to get rid of me. Or how best to cook me. Their conversation turned into something of an argument, with both of them gesticulating widely. Secretly, I rooted for the female. Us women had to stick together, right?

After what seemed like a small eternity, the female pulled out a shimmering device the size of her hand. The way she held it reminded me of a phone, but there was no display that I could see. Again, I chided myself for assuming my understanding of the universe would be the same here. Of course, they didn’t use the same technology as us. It would have been strange if she’d been handling a smartphone. Whatever it was, a hiss sounded when she rubbed the glittering device and lines appeared on the wall. I stepped back, bumping against Brie. She huffed but didn’t move. The lines turned into a rectangle, just big enough for me and the aliens, but way too small for Brie.

The wall inside the lines disappeared, yes, it disappeared. What had looked like solid matter turned into thin air. Wow. That was technology way beyond my understanding. I would have called it magic if I hadn’t known otherwise.

The male kept clicking at the female, seemingly unhappy with her decision to let me out. Before he could decide otherwise, I stepped through the doorway, half expecting to bump into an invisible wall. But no, it really was nothing but air. So weird.

The female smiled at me again and reached out, her fingertips brushing against my throat. She gently stroked my neck in the places where she had slits, gills maybe. Her touch was ever so soft. Tingles spread from where her fingers met my skin and a pleasant shudder ran down my back. What on Earth was happening?

She said something to me and pulled back.

“I’m sorry, I don’t understand. Don’t you have some kind of translation device? They always have those in films. And books. Not that I’ve read any alien romance novels, not at all.”

I stopped babbling and shot a look at the male behind her. He was staring at me with a frown. The tips of his long ears were bent to the sides, which they hadn’t done earlier. Some kind of gesture that I couldn’t interpret. I hoped it wasn’t a sign of aggression.

The female muttered something that seemed to be directed at the male, then turned and beckoned me to follow her. Hesitantly, I walked behind her through a narrow corridor. On both sides, large containers were piled on top of each other. Muffled sounds told me I’d find several of my zoo animals inside. There was no mistaking Terry the tiger’s agitated roar. He was a sweetheart when you scratched him behind the ears, but he could be fearsome if he was afraid or angry.

“What are you doing with my animals?” I asked, not expecting an answer. “Why did you abduct them? Why did you abduct me? What are you planning to do with us?”

She didn’t turn and kept walking. The male was following at a distance behind me, not giving me a choice but to stay with the alien. We passed at least twenty containers before reaching a door. It slid open as soon as the female approached, giving way to a brightly lit room full of screens. No, they weren’t screens as such. The images and data were shown on the walls themselves, either projected onto them or as if they were the screens. Two comfy looking chairs sat in the centre of the room. Weird, they looked so ordinary. Four legs, a backrest. Even though it was made from a strange material that looked like purple wood, it wouldn’t have stood out in a fancy designer furniture store on Earth.

The female sat on the left one and gestured to the other chair. Carefully, I sat down, hoping this wasn’t meant to electrocute me or something. That would be a nasty way to go.

The purple wood was much softer than expected and slightly rubbery. The cushions were warm and moulded to fit my bum. How surprisingly comfortable. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The alien used her glittery device again, and a loud noise sounded above me. I looked up just in time to see a chandelier-crown-helmet contraption descend from the ceiling. It lowered itself on my head and tightened against my temples.

This better not kill me.
Skye MacKinnon; Arizona Tape. The Alien’s Zookeeper: Aliens and Animals 1 (Kindle Locations 163-216). Peryton Press.

Aside from trying to avoid the captain, Valla also needs a plan to keep Tilly and her animals safe. Tilly doesn’t want to leave the animals anywhere so it’s not going to be easy.

A fun romp in space, with some angst, laughter, a romance and some very interesting characters.

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A creator at heart, Ari has always been in love with the idea of turning nothing into something. She wants to conquer the book world with stories that focus on inclusivity and diversity, writing what she likes to read. Whether it’s adventure or romance, dragons and vampires, or princesses and students, there’s something for everyone.

Born in China, raised in Belgium, and currently living in the United Kingdom with her girlfriend, Ari is a citizen of the world and loves discovering new cultures. Luckily, her crazy imagination lets her discover places she’s never been to, meet people that don’t exist, and talk to readers from all over the world.

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Skye MacKinnon

Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Eron – Starlight Highlanders Book 2 by Skye MacKinnon


Eron
Starlight Highlanders Book 2
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Skye MacKinnon

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A city girl allergic to animals (and aliens)

June only registered with a dating agency because she lost a bet. She never expected to be invited to an all-expenses-paid trip to meet some hunky Highlanders.

What nobody told her: the Highlanders are aliens and live on a different planet. And they’re desperate for mates – so desperate that there’s no guarantee she’ll ever return to Earth.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the huge kilt-wearing alien she’s matched to lives on a farm. In the middle of nowhere. With smelly animals all around. This is June’s personal hell, but the moment she lays eyes on him, her body betrays her.

An alien farmer with a dark secret

Eron spends his days tending to his taigeis farm. The fluffy animals are all the company he needs. He’s broken off all contact with society, so when an old friend tells him that he’s been matched to a mate from a distant planet, his first instinct is to refuse the match.

But the instant he meets her, his mating antennae burn and he can only think of one thing: making her his. He desires her with every fibre of her being, but he can’t risk anyone discovering the terrible secret that made him an outcast.

Can he find the strength to push her away before she steals his heart?

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We meet June at the beginning of this book as she goes to the Hot Tatties Dating Agency with her friend Anna. She made this decision while hungover and wasn’t sure it was the right thing to do.

We meet Eron as he brings a baby taigeis into his home where he has a nursery set up. He raises the animals once considered feral for both pets and food. I have to say I fell in love with the little critter right away. He’s a bit annoyed when Cyle repeatedly tries to get him to answer his commstick. When he finally answers he gets quite the surprise.

June gets a surprise herself, she’s fired from her job and is considering taking a vacation when she literally trips over the packet from Hot Tatties. She wasn’t planning on a three month one, but it’s all expenses paid so she’s going to do it. She’ll meet with this supposed match and see what happens.

Things were pretty intense between June and Eron and he takes her to his farm instead of the hotel. He couldn’t stand the thought of another male being near her and possibly touching her. Very unusual for a first meeting.

This is a favorite scene.

For a moment, I didn’t know where I was. I was warm, comfy and surrounded by darkness. The sound of slow, heavy breathing came from my right. Somewhere in the same room but not directly next to me.

I rolled onto my back, examining the memories that slowly flowed through my sleepy mind. The Starlight.

Meeting Eron. Sitting on his lap as we travelled to his home. Falling asleep while nestled in his arms. The fact that I was now lying on a bed – or at least something that felt like a soft mattress – meant we’d landed. How did I manage to sleep through that? I never slept this deeply. I must have been tired. Maybe it was the change of atmosphere or gravity. It’s not like I’d ever been on a different planet before. Our bodies probably needed lots of energy to adjust to that.

Something moved on the bed, barely making a sound. I sat up straight, instinctively reaching for the light switch above the headboard – except that there was neither a headboard nor a switch. What if it was a snake? Some kind of predator?

“Eron,” I whispered.

“Mate?” He responded immediately. Maybe he hadn’t been asleep after all. “What’s wrong?”

“There’s something on the bed.”

The lights went on without warning and I squeezed my eyes shut. Way too bright. I blinked only to find a ball of fluff sitting right next to me. It was definitely alive because it was breathing, but what the fuck was it? It looked a bit like a hedgehog that had curled up into a ball, except that it had fur rather than spikes. I didn’t feel threatened by it, but what did I know. Maybe it was poisonous.

Eron whistled softly and the fluffball unravelled, revealing a tiny snout below big brown eyes. Those were the kind of eyes that made you all gooey and happy to spoil the animal however much it wanted. Puppies had nothing on this animal. Its snout twitched as it looked around the room.

“Sorry about that,” Eron said with a sigh. “I thought I’d closed the door. The cub must have got bored. Do you want me to remove him?”

He got up from a chair. Had he been sleeping on that? I took in my surroundings. I was on a bed, a thin yet warm blanket covering me. I still wore the same dress. The room was circular with several cubby holes built into the stone walls. In some places, the white paint had peeled away, revealing the stone underneath. The place had a rustic feel to it. It was the exact opposite of the futuristic, shiny buildings I’d seen while flying over Priomh.

The little animal squeaked when Eron reached for him and ran onto my lap. He looked up at me, sniffed, then curled up again, hiding his face under all the fur. I’d never seen anything cuter.

“What is it? He?” I asked.

“A taigeis. I told you I had a taigeis farm, right?”

“You did, but I assumed the animals were big, like cows or pigs or something. Not adorable, tiny, cute, fluffy, kissable furballs.” I couldn’t believe I was talking about an animal like that. I’d never felt so… gooey. And my eyes didn’t itch, my throat wasn’t closing up and my nose wasn’t running. No allergy, unless the symptoms appeared later than they usually did.

Eron laughed. “I have no idea what cows and pigs are, but I know everything there is to know about taigeis. I’ll be happy to answer whatever questions you have. But first, are you hungry?”

As soon as he said that, I realised I was starving. When had I last eaten? A light lunch on the Starlight before we’d landed, but I’d been too excited to eat much. There’d been nibbles at the reception, which I’d ignored after that embarrassing incident with Eron. My lips tingled at the memory. I’d never been kissed like that and I couldn’t wait to do it again.

“Yes, I could do with some food.”

Short hand for ‘I’m ravenous and could eat half a cow’.

“How about some taigeis steak? I’m told my steak with caramelised neeps is the best in the entire region.”

I stared at him. Was he joking?

“You… eat these?” How could anyone hurt this innocent little fluffball?

“Of course. They’re an Albyan delicacy.”

“But…” I tentatively stroked the cub’s thick fur and it began to purr. Not quite as loud as a cat but just as adorable. No way was I going to eat him.

“Before I set up my farm, taigeis was once of the most expensive dishes. Only few hunters were able to procure wild taigeis and demand for their meat was high. They don’t stay as small as this cub is just now. In about a month, he’ll start growing his teeth. Adult taigeis have powerful jaws and while they mostly avoid conflict, when they’re challenged, they’ll bite. Hard.”

“I don’t care. I won’t eat him.” Eron chuckled. He sat on the bed and reached out to pet the cub. Our hands met and a zing of electricity shot through my body, making my hair stand on end. Eron’s eyes widened. He must have felt the same thing.
Skye MacKinnon. Eron: Starlight Highlander Mail Order Brides 2 (Kindle Locations 919-960). Peryton Press.

I love the taigeis, they’re so dang cute. I sent the book to my fire just so I could take a picture of it, Skye I hope you don’t mind.

There’s still the issue of mating and the intensity, but Eron has a problem he’s going to have to share with June if this is going to work. He’s really afraid she’ll leave when he tells her.

We get to see Cyle accompanied by Jenny as they arrive at the ranch to do some testing.

There’s lots of sizzling heat in this one as well as cuteness, laughs and tears. There’s also a hint about the next book, which I can’t wait for. Oh and I want a baby Taigeis!

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Skye MacKinnon

Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Melody of Souls – The Lost Siren Book 3 by Skye MacKinnon and Liza Street


Melody of Souls
The Lost Siren Book 3
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Loving four men is complicated. When the fate of an entire faerie realm is in your hands, it’s even harder.

Avery’s work in the faerie realm of Evermist is far from over. The “pale ones”–mindless, vampiric monsters–continue to wreak havoc. She also wonders whether the Shadow King and Queen are truly defeated. And worse, there’s a traitor somewhere in her ranks.

Unwilling to believe any of her men could be capable of such treachery, yet fearing that it might be the case, Avery is about to embark on her most difficult trials yet.

Melody of Souls is the third and final installment in the Lost Siren series, a reverse harem romance full of heat, humour, and adventure.

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Avery has mostly recovered from her ordeal with the Shadow King. She’s been recovering in Faerie, but now King Christophe reminds her it’s time to work on completing the prophesy. If there is any hope of defeating the Shadow king once and for all she’s going to need allies.

King Christophe requests to see his sons Marek and Charles, they’ve been avoiding him using Avery’s recovery as an excuse. Now they will go see him but only if Avery goes with them. The King knows he won’t live to see the end of the prophesy and he wanted to give his blessing to his sons being mated to Avery and to her other two mates.

Now it’s time for her to return to the Sirens, she’s met by Ligeia, the Hevarain and it’s a rather frosty greeting. The thing is Avery doesn’t know everything she should about being a siren let alone Queen of them. Apparently if she had come home to recuperate she may have been able to save more lives. Aside from that there is still the issue that they were betrayed before that battle, and it had to be one of her own kind.

After meeting with Ligeia, Avery and her mates head to the infirmary to visit with the injured. Hopefully with her here now, they could heal faster. It’s here that Avery learns who the traitor is.

This is a favorite scene.

The hospital wing was quieter than I had expected. The occasional groan of pain echoed through the large cavern, but most of the sirens simply lay in their beds without making a sound. The room looked nothing like how I’d imagined the siren version of a hospital. It was more cave than room, dug deep into the mountain. Glowing blue moss covered the walls, giving enough light to illuminate every corner of the cavern. The wooden beds were large and comfortable, nothing like the hospital beds you’d find on Earth. Sirens in flowing green robes moved around, whispering to the patients or holding their hands above the ill, treating them with magic.

One of them spotted us and hurried over. It was a young woman with flowing black hair that had a slight blue sheen, although that may have been due to the glowing moss. She looked familiar, but I couldn’t quite place her.

“Your Majesty.” She bowed low. “Thank you for coming.”

Her voice finally told me who she reminded me of. Laope. A relative. Daughter, maybe? Granddaughter? The way sirens aged was still a mystery to me.

Her eyes glowed golden for a second before she gave me a frown. “You’re not quite healed yourself yet. Would you like me to examine you?”

I waved her off. “I’m fine. Ligeia said my presence could help the ill and injured. Is there something specific I need to do?”

“No, just having you in the palace will do wonders. But I think the patients would appreciate it if you could talk to some of them.”

“Of course.”

“Avery,” Lysander said, “do you want us to go, or stay…?”

“Go, rest,” I said, giving him a smile. “I’ll meet you later in our rooms.”

He, Tarin, and Charles left, but Marek remained, his arms crossed over his chest. He seemed reluctant to leave me, and I shrugged. If he felt like standing around watching me talk to injured warriors, that was fine with me.

I started with the siren closest to me, a young woman who lay awake on her bed and was watching me with large, glassy blue eyes.

“Hi,” I said, plopping down on the stool next to her bed. “I’m Avery.”

“My Queen,” she breathed. “I’m Amalia. Thank you for being here.”

“I’m sorry I didn’t come earlier, Amalia,” I said.

She shook her head. “I’m glad to see you now.”

“May I take your hand?” I asked.

“Of course.”

Amalia’s skin was cold and clammy, but as I held her hand, she seemed to warm.

“Do you want to talk about anything?” I asked.

“No,” she breathed. “It’s simply nice being here with you.”

I sat with her until she drifted off into sleep, and then I visited the next siren, and the next. Some of them wore bandages, but others weren’t outwardly injured, that I could see.

My ass ached from sitting on the wooden stools, but I wasn’t about to complain. At least I was up and walking, when so many others were not. Several hours must have passed before I reached a man who looked about my age. His long, dark green hair fell in damp locks over his shoulders and pillow. His eyes were closed, so I simply sat at his side, hoping my presence might bring comfort in the weird way a siren queen’s magic worked.

Marek approached, his footfalls quiet on the stone floor. “Avery,” he whispered, “you’re exhausted. It’s time to go to bed.”

“Just a little while longer,” I said, not taking my eyes off the green-haired siren.

“I could have Tarin draw you a bath,” he said, a flirtatious lilt in his voice.

That got my attention… but no. There’d been plenty of time for me to bond with my mates over the past few days. What I hadn’t made time for was my own people, the sirens who were hurting and could get better faster if I were with them.

“Soon, I’ll come to the rooms,” I said.

“Very well.” He sighed and rubbed my shoulders for a moment. It felt heavenly as he worked out some of the knots I’d formed while sitting so long at each bedside.

After a few minutes, the siren in front of me opened his eyes. They were dark green, like his hair.

“My Queen,” he gasped.

“Yes,” I said. “I’m here. What’s your name?”

“My Queen, I must tell you–” His words broke off as he struggled for breath, and his eyes showed panic. His arm flopped as he tried to take something–my hand, I figured.

“Shh, it’s okay,” I said, giving him my hand.

He immediately calmed, then took a deep breath. “I have to tell you about Kerrigan.”

I exchanged a look with Marek. I’d never heard of Kerrigan, and from Marek’s expression, he hadn’t, either.

“All right,” I said. “Tell me about Kerrigan.”

The green-haired siren sighed. “He shouldn’t have… gone.”

I looked over at Marek and mouthed, Did he die?

Marek just shrugged.

“I’m so sorry,” I said. “Is he someone you loved?”

The siren frowned and hissed–just like a cat would. “No. No. Kerrigan is a traitor. He is the reason Laope and so many others fell.”

“Tell me more,” I said. “Please. Tell me everything you know.”

“I only know… what I saw and heard,” the siren said. “Kerrigan spoke to the Shadow King through a lunethe. He held it in the forest and I heard him speaking. He told the Shadow King of your plans, of how many we had with us, and our location.”

“He betrayed us,” Marek said, moving to pace at the end of the bed.

“Before I could warn you,” the siren said, “the pale ones had arrived. And Kerrigan made sure I was one of the first to fall. I am so sorry, my Queen, that I was unable to stop him in time. I’ve heard since… that so many of my brothers and sisters are dead…”

He broke down sobbing. I could sense his heartache, and it was so strong that he couldn’t stop shaking.

“You’ve done nothing wrong,” I told him. “You are a brave hero, and I thank you so much for all you’ve told me.”

He kept crying, his green eyes full of pain.

“I can help you sleep,” I said. “Would you like that?”

“Yes, my Queen. Please.” I hummed “All the Pretty Little Horses,” infusing it with just a touch of magic to help the poor guy fall asleep.

Once his eyes were closed, I turned to Marek. “It appears we know who betrayed us.”

“We do,” he agreed. “I can’t wait to face him.”

“I don’t know what the rules are here,” I said, “but he must be dealt with before he can betray us again.”

Standing, I left the green-haired siren’s side and went to the door. There, I nearly ran into Ligeia, who was coming in.

“What is it?” she said, likely taking in my grim expression. “Who is that green-haired siren in the corner over there?” I asked, pointing to the man we’d just talked to.

“That’s Ronan,” Ligeia said. “He hasn’t spoken to anyone since the battle.”

“He shared something very interesting with me,” I said.

“Did he?”

“Yes,” I said. “Take me to Kerrigan.”

“Kerrigan? My – my son?” she asked.

Oh, shit.
Skye MacKinnon; Liza Street. Melody of Souls: The Lost Siren Book 3 (Kindle Locations 260-317). Peryton Press.

Know that the traitor is Ligeia’s son doesn’t change the facts. It just changes where they will start their quest for allies. Apparently he’s hiding with the Vampires. Lysander goes first to pave the way, but Avery arrives sooner than he expects. The way she finds him, incurs her anger. Even as she agrees to complete a task to gain the Vampires as an Ally.

That is the first of several interesting quests Avery has to complete prior to facing the Shadow King again.

So many twists and turns, crazy action, and of course that sizzling heat between Avery and her mates, made this a book a couldn’t put down.

A perfect ending for Avery, Charles, Marek, Lysander and Tarin.

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Skye MacKinnon

Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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   Liza Street

Liza got her start in romance by sneak-reading her grandma’s paperbacks. Now she divides her time between freelance editing and writing books about shifters with fierce and savage hearts.

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Thorrn – Starlight Highlanders Book 1 by Skye MacKinnon


Thorrn
Starlight Highlanders Book 1
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Sky MacKinnon

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An alien mercenary in Scotland

Thorrn only travelled to Earth to find women compatible with his species, even though he expects to stay alone for the rest of his cursed life. Broken inside and out, he’s sure no female could ever want him. But that all changes when he sets his eyes on a sassy Earth woman with fiery red hair and a temper to match. With his mating instincts running wild, he will have to decide whether to claim her or return her to his planet to be studied by scientists.

A human businesswoman in search of love

Jenny has finally managed to leave her abusive boyfriend and is ready to start a new life. Promoting a new dating agency seems like just the project to distract herself with. While meeting an alien who looks like a hot Highlander wasn’t part of her plan, when he offers to protect her from her crazy ex, she’s tempted to take him up on his offer. Besides, she really needs to know what he hides beneath his kilt.

But when she finds out that his people intent to study her like a lab rat, can she trust him any more than her ex?

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Jenny is putting her life together now that she’s left her abusive ex-boyfriend. Her new client Hot Tatties, a dating agency, is the perfect distraction. Pam, the owner, is happily married and she wants others to find that happiness too. Their initial meeting has Pam inviting her to meet with her prospective partners with an abundance of males in their database. They are looking for Scottish females, born and bred in Scotland. Pam also has Jenny add herself to the database to get a feel of the process.

Cyle his co-worker Jafar, and Thorrn his brother are on route to Peritus, Earth, as Pam and Jenny are meeting. They are excited to get started so while Cyle and Jafar talk contracts and methods with Pam, Thorrn and Jenny go for coffee to discuss marketing. Thorrn couldn’t explain why he wanted to get out of that office, but he was having trouble breathing in his C-suit that makes him appear totally human. His antennae was also itching, something that has never happened before. He incredibly attracted to her and doesn’t understand what’s happening. He only has a bent antennae and as such is considered broken and unworthy of a mate. Yet when their hands touch there is no mistaking that Jenny is his mate, but they can’t just jump into this.

As he tries to explain Jenny freaks out, no surprise there, and runs. Instead of going back to Pam’s office. A call from her brother lets her know her ex is looking for her. She reassures him she’d go elsewhere to work for a bit before returning to his home. Instead there’s a most interesting turn of events.

This is a favorite scene.

My commstick beeped. “Almost there,” Vaxx’s voice crackled. “I can see you now. I take it you’re pursuing that white rolling craft?”

“Yes. Stop it but don’t shoot it. My mate’s inside.”

“Your…” He was silent for a moment. “I’ll do whatever I can. You can stop running now; I’ve got a hold on it.”

Before my eyes, the vehicle started to slow down while shaking from side to side. I hoped Jenny was safely secured so she didn’t get hurt. The only people who’d get hurt today were those who’d abducted my mate.

Suddenly, the vehicle vanished. Vaxx must have extended the chameleon shield to hide it from Peritan eyes.

“I’ll send you coordinates where I’ll land,” he told me through the commstick. “I’ve got the vehicle secured and will keep it locked until you arrive.”

A map appeared on the device with a blinking dot not far from my location. Thank Lady Beyra. My ribs hurt and I was having trouble breathing. Not to mention the pain in my legs and feet. I couldn’t wait to get out of the C-suit to stretch out and extend my secondary arms. Having them pressed against my ribcage restricted my breathing more than I’d realised.

Still, I didn’t slow my pace until I reached a small green space. A metal bench was bent at one end, giving me an indication where Vaxx had parked the ship. I ran to the bench and the ship appeared as soon as I stepped into the chameleon field. Next to the ship was the vehicle. Someone was banging against the metal doors from the inside.

“Need help?” Vaxx asked.

“No. I’ll deal with this myself.” I put away the commstick, freeing up my hands. I was going to kill whoever had abducted Jenny.

The driver’s seat of the vehicle was empty. Vaxx had said that he’d locked the doors, so they still had to be inside. The large sliding door Jenny had been pulled through was closed. I grabbed the handle and took one deep breath. I was scared of what I might find. It was a strange sensation. I was never scared. I didn’t like this cold, clammy feeling at all.

With one forceful pull, I ripped the door off the vehicle, flinging it to the side. Three humans stared at me, two with fear and shock, one with surprise. Jenny was flanked by two males, her hands bound with rope, a piece of cloth tied around her neck. The front of it was wet; they must have used it to gag her. Fury boiled up in me.

“Are you hurt?” I growled, ignoring the males for now. She shook her head, but she was shaking all over. I reached out and pulled her from the vehicle. The males made no attempt to stop me. Good. Not that it would save them.

I pressed her against my chest, breathing in her scent. Mate. My antenna stopped burning and I only now realised that it had been hot the entire time. The itching reduced to a gentle tingling that almost felt pleasant.

“Are you hurt?” I repeated, this time as a whisper. I rubbed my cheek against hers. Her skin was so soft.

“I’m fine,” she muttered. “My wrists are sore, but that’s just because of the rope. You can let go of me now.”

Never. I was going to hold her for the rest of my life. Never let her go. She’d almost been taken from me. I couldn’t let that happen again.

“Mine,” I whispered, my voice hoarse. “Safe.”

“You’d make a great caveman.” A small laugh tumbled from her pink lips. How could she laugh after what she’d been through? My mate was stronger than I’d thought. Pride at her resilience filled me. Other females would cower in fear, traumatised, but not my Jenny.

A sound behind her made me turn just in time to see one of the males climb out of the vehicle. I almost laughed at his desperate escape attempt. He wouldn’t get far. Even if I didn’t pursue him, Vaxx likely had a lock on him. He’d shoot him before he left the confines of the chameleon shield.

“Who are they?” I asked Jenny before letting go of her. Just for a moment, just until I’d killed her kidnappers. Then she’d be in my arms again.

“One of them is my ex. I don’t know the other.”

“Ex?”

“He was my boyfriend until I left him.”

Boyfriend. I didn’t like that word at all. A former mate. When I’d asked her at the eating place, she’d told me she was unmated. She hadn’t mentioned this ex.

I grabbed the one trying to escape with one hand while dragging the other out of the vehicle with the other. They struggled, but they were weak. I lifted them by their necks until their legs dangled above the ground. They squirmed and squealed like prey. Disgusting.

“We didn’t mean it!” the pale-haired one whimpered. “I just wanted to bring Jenny home. She’s my girlfriend. She-“

“Girlfriend,” I roared. “You call her your friend, but you harmed her. You took her against her will. I will make you pay for injuring my mate.”

“Don’t hurt them,” Jenny pleaded. I turned to her in surprise.

“They harmed you.” “They tried to, but they didn’t succeed. And yes, Jason broke my arm and-“

I roared with fury. I hadn’t realised someone had caused my mate’s injuries. I’d assumed she’d been in an accident, not the victim of a male’s aggression. It made me even angrier. I may have let him live for kidnapping her. Maimed, mutilated, but alive. But he’d broken her bones. Caused her pain. That was unforgivable. I looked into their eyes, searching for any sign of regret. Only fear stared back at me. The acrid odour of urine reached my nose. One of them had pissed himself. I despised them. They had no honour. They deserved no honourable death.

“She’s mine,” the ex spat, giving me a defiant look.

There was no holding back. Without thinking, I snapped both males’ necks – regretted it immediately. That had been too quick. I shook their corpses, willing them to return to life so I could kill them all over again.

Jenny screamed and I stopped shaking them for a moment. She stared at me in shock, her eyes wide.

“You killed them,” she whispered.

“I did. They hurt you.”

There wasn’t more to say about the matter. A male who hurt a female didn’t deserve to live. That was the law. Once, before the Sleep, there had been other rules. Males would have been put to trial. Now, females were so precious that harming them was an automatic death sentence that could be carried out by anyone who witnessed the crime. I wasn’t a murderer. I was an executioner.

I let the bodies fall to the ground before picking up Jenny. She squealed and tried to wriggle her way from my grasp, but there was no way I’d let her go.

My crooked antenna tingled with approval as I carried my squirming mate into the ship.
Skye MacKinnon. Thorrn: Starlight Highlander Mail Order Brides 1 (Kindle Locations 693-750). Peryton Press.

From one abduction to kind of another, Jenny becomes a victim of sorts with an accident with a med pod.

This book was a lot of fun as Thorrn and his brother try to explain what happened to her, and also keep Pam in the loop so her brother wouldn’t worry. Then there’s that overwhelming attraction and heat between Thorrn and Jenny.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Her Banana Bears – A Claiming Her Bears Novella by Skye MacKinnon


Her Banana Bears
A Claiming Her Bears Novella
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Skye MacKinnon

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“What are you thinking of?” Torben asks me, stroking his banana.

Bananas are extinct. Or so they thought. When a lone banana is swept onto the shore of Bear Island, Isla knows exactly what she’s going to do with it. She’s heard stories of this mythical fruit, of how long and hard and curved they are. How sweet. How thick. How juicy.

Of course, her four hunky bear shifters won’t let her play with her banana. Torn apart by jealousy, they challenge the curvy yellow rod to a daring duel that will see the longest fruit win. Who will Isla get to taste in the end?

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From one banana to discovering five, a miracle in this world. Dividing them up is yet another story entirely. They agree on some aspects, but Ilsa needs to step in.

This is a favorite scene.

Finding one banana in a post-apocalyptic world is amazing. Finding five bananas is a miracle.

Torben holds one in his hand and turns it from side to side. His touch is gentle as if he’s scared to break it. I stare at mine reverently, not quite able to believe it.

I remember bananas from before the Drowning, from when I was a happy child living with my parents. I had no idea that the world was about to end back then. I took bananas for granted, just like everything that doesn’t grow on the islands that were once the
United Kingdom. Twenty years later, bananas become a treasure that I’m not quite sure how to deal with.

Holding it to my nose, I sniff it, trying to discern if it smells the same as I remember. I can’t be sure; it’s been too long.

“Amazing,” Finn sighs, inhaling the scent of his banana. “I never realised I missed them until now. I mean, I miss all the food we used to eat, especially proper chocolate, but this… this is special.”

I want to show them to the children, but they’re staying with Bertie this weekend. He plays babysitter for us from time to time, giving us the chance to focus on our relationship. It’s not just nice for us, but also for good old Bertie. His partner Arnold died two years ago and even if we weren’t stuck on an island, I doubt he’d ever look for someone else. Bertie and Arnold were the dream couple everyone aspires to be. Now that Bertie is all alone, he loves taking care of our kids, either playing with them as human children or showing them the way of the bears if they’re shifted. Ruby, our eldest, now has full control over her shifts, but Arcas doesn’t. At least he’s no longer breastfeeding. My nipples hurt at the memory of his sharp little fangs drawing blood.

“What are you thinking of?” Torben asks me, stroking his banana.  

“We should show the kids, they’ve never seen one before. But… I also don’t want to end our weekend quite yet.”

Húnn hugs me from behind, pressing me against his large body. “We’ll keep one for them to taste once they’re back. I’ll share mine with my brother.”

“You are? I don’t think so,” Ràn huffs. He twirls his fingers around his banana’s stem as if he’s tempted to pull it down, revealing the soft sweetness inside. “I’m going to eat this slowly, relishing every bite. I’m going to close my eyes while memorising the taste because I doubt we’ll ever find another banana again. And I’m certainly not going to share.”

“You will,” Torben growls, all alpha. “We share Isla, we share a home, we share bananas. You need to set a good example for our cubs.”

“Please don’t compare me to a banana,” I complain. “But Torben is right. We’re going to share. Let’s give one to the kids and one to Bertie, that leaves three for the five of us.”

“How about a competition?” Finn suggests eagerly. “The winner gets the biggest piece.”

Some days, I wonder if Finn ever really grew up. He’s the most playful of my four bears which is why the cubs love him. Luckily, Torben has taken charge of discipline, teaching them from the start that the sleuth’s alpha is to be obeyed.

I hold out my hands. “Hand me your bananas. Now. Before this escalates into yet another fight.”

They grumble, but all comply, even Torben. As much as he likes to posture as alpha, everyone knows that secretly I’m the one in charge. Alis, the spirit residing within me, is stronger than him. If she wanted to, she could take over our sleuth, but that would start all sorts of complications. Besides, Alis has become more withdrawn since her son died, preferring to simply stay in the background with only the occasional snarky comment. She excels at sarcasm.  

I stuff the five bananas back into the chest we found them in. It’s pre-Drowning, some kind of storage container that kept the bananas fresh for over two decades. I don’t know how it works, but maybe we can reuse it for other purposes. Much knowledge of the technology we had before the sea levels rose has disappeared, although we do occasionally find things like this chest washed up on the beach. Most of the time, it’s scrap, but today we were lucky.  

Real bananas.  

It’s a miracle.  

I carry the chest back home, followed by my guys. They’re still bickering, but I ignore them. It’s better that way, I learned that early on. As half-brothers, Húnn and Ràn are constantly at odds, although in a loving, brotherly way. Finn likes to play jokes on the others – and on me – which can disturb the peace, while Torben… well, he’s Torben. That says it all.
Skye MacKinnon: Her Banana Bears. Eat Your Heart Out: A Charity Anthology (Kindle Locations 3889-3926).

The initial sharing is easily decided, for the rest a hilarious competition is born, The Banana Olympics.  You really just have to read this.

Sexy, Sensuous, Sizzling and I laughed until I cried.

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She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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A Taste From Love and Legends – A Fantasy Romance Collection Inspired by British & Irish Mythology: Storm Witch By Skye MacKinnon


Love and Legends
A Fantasy Romance Collection Inspired by British & Irish Mythology
Featuring:
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Margo Bond Collins
USA Today Bestselling Authors
Skye MacKinnon
Laura Greenwood
Arizona Tape
Ann Gimpel
Anthea Sharp
Zoey Indiana
Tina Glasneck
Bec McMaster
Demelza Carlton
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Joely Sue Burkhart
Tracy Cooper-Posey
Mia Harlan & Hanleigh Bradley
Gemma Cates
TB Mann
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Discover the legends of the British Isles and fall in love with witches, ghosts, shifters and more in this collection of paranormal, fantasy, and urban fantasy romance books from bestselling authors.

Whether it’s haunted castles, witches, or hidden demons, there’s something for everyone within the pages of Love & Legends.

If you dare discover the spooky goings-on of British Legends, one-click for your copy of this limited edition anthology.

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The Original Legend
The Storm Witch of Westray

Jonet Forsyth lived on the Orkney island of Westray in the 17th century. In 1627, she foresaw the demise of her sweetheart Benjamin Garrioch and begged him not to go to sea, but he didn’t listen. After he drowned, the islanders who were already suspicious of Jonet began to accuse her of being a witch in earnest. Things escalated when during a storm Jonet saved the crew of a ship that had got in trouble. Since nobody thought a mere woman could achieve such a feat, she was ostracised further and finally taken to stand trial in Kirkwall. She was convicted as a witch and sentenced to be strangled and burned at the stake.

All that is fact. However, legend says she was spirited away on the night before her execution by her sweetheart…

The finmen appearing in this story are a Scottish myth likely based on Inuit sailors.

With highlights of the original transcripts of the trial this book shows the horrors of witch trials. We see Jonet as the witnesses tell their tales. Then we go back through her memories of the events.

One of the most poignant is the ship floundering in a storm, about to hit the cliffs and she sacrifices her own boat to steer them to safety. She almost loses her life in the process, but instead makes the acquaintance of some interesting folks. Mavel, Jamen, and Chiv are finmen, they save her from drowning yet she insists on returning home.

This is a favorite scene.

The beach was deserted. I didn’t know how the finmen had known that this was the closest beach to my house, but I didn’t ask.

We stepped out of the water, Ma’vel and Chiv still holding me, steadying me. Even though they’d done most of the swimming and had simply pulled me along, this had been the last drop in the bucket of exhaustion. I was so tired that my legs were close to giving in. All I wanted was my bed. If it hadn’t been raining, I may have simply laid down on the beach to sleep here. The storm had passed on, but dark grey clouds still hung low, mirroring my mood.  

I didn’t want them to go, but there was no other way. I took one last look at the three finmen, their imposing statures, their inhuman yet terribly attractive faces, their greenskin that was begging to be touched.  

“Thank you again for saving my life,” I said while wrapping myself in the blanket Jamen had handed me. “I will never forget you.”

“As will we.” Ma’vel bowed his head, suddenly strangely formal. “You’re special, little human. It’s been an honour to meet you.”

He whistled and it didn’t take long for a bright blue fish to appear in the water. It was unlike any fish I’d ever seen before and I was the daughter of a fishermen. I knew what creatures lived in these waters and this wasn’t one of them. The fish turned its head and looked at me with a strange intelligence that reminded me of a cat staring at its prey.  

“This is Fin,” he introduced the fish. “She’ll come with you. If you’re ever in trouble or if you change your mind and want to stay with us after all, tell her and she’ll know where to find us. You don’t have to feed her, she’ll find her own food, but she loves scratches between her ears.”

“Ears?” I echoed, staring at the fish in front of me. “And how am I supposed to take her with me? It’s not like I have a bucket of water to carry her in.”

Ma’vel laughed. “Don’t worry, Fin will walk. Come on, beautiful, don’t tease the human. Shift.”

Don’t tease the human?! I was about to tell him exactly what I thought of that statement when the fish’s scales began to glow bright blue before turning into fur. It all went so quick, it was hard to see whether they simply transformed into black fur or whether they disappeared and fur grew in their place, but within seconds, the fish was no longer a fish.

Meow!

A black cat looked up at me with an expression I could only call cheeky. Her eyes still showed the same intelligence, but they’d changed to the colour of her blue scales. She purred and rubbed against my naked legs. I couldn’t help but reach down and pet her.  

“This is your last chance,” Chiv said, sadness reflecting in his voice. “Please, don’t stay here where you’re unhappy. Nothing good will come of it.”

“It’s my home,” I muttered, fighting the impulse to tell them that I’d changed my mind. What was I doing? He was right, I wasn’t happy here. But maybe that would change now that I’d saved the crew of the Starlight. People would see that I wasn’t a witch. The seamen would be able to attest that I hadn’t used magic to bring them to safety. It had been nothing but courage and local knowledge. The sailors on the beach could have done the same thing if they’d been brave enough.  

Yes, things might change. I had to believe that. I had to think positive. I looked at the three finmen one more time. “Goodbye. And thank you for everything.”

Then I turned around before they saw the tears glistening in my eyes and walked away, through the machair and onto the path that led to my home.
Skye MacKinnon. Storm Witch: A Lovers of the Sea Story (Kindle Locations 557-587). Peryton Press.

In the present the trial continues and we get to hear it all.

I laughed and cried as I turned the pages of this tale and see the unusual turn of events.

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Skye MacKinnon

Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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The Aliens Zookeeper – Aliens and Animals Book 1 by Arizona Tape & Skye MacKinnon


The Alien’s Zookeeper
Aliens and Animals Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Authors
Arizona Tape
&
Skye MacKinnon

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The stars gave her a mate…
and a rhino.

Tilly doesn’t believe in aliens. At least, she didn’t, until she gets abducted along with half the animals of her zoo. When you and your rhino are stuck in a cage on a spaceship, it’s hard not to believe. One of them, an elf-eared female, seems ready to help her find a way back to Earth, but is that really what Tilly wants?

Bavalla’s messed up big time. She wasn’t supposed to abduct a sentient being, but now that she’s face to face with a female who’s not only intelligent but also very attractive, she has to figure out what to do. Telling the Captain would result in severe punishment, but how do you hide a human who’s very intent on saving not just herself, but all her animals as well?

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Everything was going according to plan, or so Bavalla thought. The animals on the list were now all in the cargo hold of their ship. Then she notices an extra something in one of the containers. A sentient being, if the captain found out it would mean her death.

Tilly wakes in a strange place with Brie, her favorite Rhino in the zoo where she worked. She’s about to learn some very interesting things about where she and many of the animal she cares for are.

This is a favorite scene.

The two creatures on the other side of the glass were clearly studying me too, but it was easier to pretend that I was the examiner. “There seem to be slight openings in the neck of the right one. I count… three on either side. They look like nostrils. I wonder if they also breathe oxygen or if the air in this cell is specially made for Brie and me,” I wondered out loud.

I pressed my hands against the wall. One of the two beings, the one that looked female, did the same. Her hands had six fingers, slender and delicate, but our palms were almost the same size. She cocked her head, her large eyes examining me closely. Maybe she wasn’t female.

Maybe I was simply applying my human concepts to an alien species. For all I knew, these beings reproduced in an entirely different way, having no need for genders. I pushed that thought away. I shouldn’t be focusing on things like that. Far more important was how to get out of here, back to Earth. Maybe we were still there, cloaked so that my fellow humans couldn’t see it. But the slight vibration in the walls and floor told a different story. We were flying. We might be far away from home by now. I didn’t know how long I’d slept for.

Brie snorted and got to her feet. She stared at the beings with all the curiosity a rhino could muster. Which wasn’t a lot. Brie was lovely, but not the brightest rhino out there. I put a hand on her thick skin, stroking her.

“Easy, girl. Don’t worry, I’ll get you home.”

My voice shook slightly, but I hoped she wouldn’t pick up on that.

“Eeeeezzzzyyyyyyy.” The female alien parroted my words, although it barely resembled the original sound. “Guuuuuuuuurrrrrl.”

I swallowed a laugh. I wouldn’t give in to hysteria. Not yet.

The alien said something else in her own clicking language, then looked at me questioningly. Did she want me to repeat that?

I tried to replicate her clicks, but without success. It sounded like I had a cough.

The slits in her neck flared and her full lips turned upwards. Was it too much to hope that a smile was the same for her species? I knew that in apes, what looked like a smile was actually a threatening gesture. I very much hoped it wasn’t the same for her.

The other alien, who I thought was male, didn’t smile or change his blank expression. He simply stared at Brie, who returned his intense gaze with all the nonchalance of a two-tonne rhino. Brie knew she was the strongest animal in the room. I was glad to have her on my side, even with the danger of being squashed by accident.

The two aliens started talking again. I hoped they weren’t discussing how to get rid of me. Or how best to cook me. Their conversation turned into something of an argument, with both of them gesticulating widely. Secretly, I rooted for the female. Us women had to stick together, right?

After what seemed like a small eternity, the female pulled out a shimmering device the size of her hand. The way she held it reminded me of a phone, but there was no display that I could see. Again, I chided myself for assuming my understanding of the universe would be the same here. Of course, they didn’t use the same technology as us. It would have been strange if she’d been handling a smartphone. Whatever it was, a hiss sounded when she rubbed the glittering device and lines appeared on the wall. I stepped back, bumping against Brie. She huffed but didn’t move. The lines turned into a rectangle, just big enough for me and the aliens, but way too small for Brie.

The wall inside the lines disappeared, yes, it disappeared. What had looked like solid matter turned into thin air. Wow. That was technology way beyond my understanding. I would have called it magic if I hadn’t known otherwise.

The male kept clicking at the female, seemingly unhappy with her decision to let me out. Before he could decide otherwise, I stepped through the doorway, half expecting to bump into an invisible wall. But no, it really was nothing but air. So weird.

The female smiled at me again and reached out, her fingertips brushing against my throat. She gently stroked my neck in the places where she had slits, gills maybe. Her touch was ever so soft. Tingles spread from where her fingers met my skin and a pleasant shudder ran down my back. What on Earth was happening?

She said something to me and pulled back.

“I’m sorry, I don’t understand. Don’t you have some kind of translation device? They always have those in films. And books. Not that I’ve read any alien romance novels, not at all.”

I stopped babbling and shot a look at the male behind her. He was staring at me with a frown. The tips of his long ears were bent to the sides, which they hadn’t done earlier. Some kind of gesture that I couldn’t interpret. I hoped it wasn’t a sign of aggression.

The female muttered something that seemed to be directed at the male, then turned and beckoned me to follow her. Hesitantly, I walked behind her through a narrow corridor. On both sides, large containers were piled on top of each other. Muffled sounds told me I’d find several of my zoo animals inside. There was no mistaking Terry the tiger’s agitated roar. He was a sweetheart when you scratched him behind the ears, but he could be fearsome if he was afraid or angry.

“What are you doing with my animals?” I asked, not expecting an answer. “Why did you abduct them? Why did you abduct me? What are you planning to do with us?”

She didn’t turn and kept walking. The male was following at a distance behind me, not giving me a choice but to stay with the alien. We passed at least twenty containers before reaching a door. It slid open as soon as the female approached, giving way to a brightly lit room full of screens. No, they weren’t screens as such. The images and data were shown on the walls themselves, either projected onto them or as if they were the screens. Two comfy looking chairs sat in the centre of the room. Weird, they looked so ordinary. Four legs, a backrest. Even though it was made from a strange material that looked like purple wood, it wouldn’t have stood out in a fancy designer furniture store on Earth.

The female sat on the left one and gestured to the other chair. Carefully, I sat down, hoping this wasn’t meant to electrocute me or something. That would be a nasty way to go.

The purple wood was much softer than expected and slightly rubbery. The cushions were warm and moulded to fit my bum. How surprisingly comfortable. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The alien used her glittery device again, and a loud noise sounded above me. I looked up just in time to see a chandelier-crown-helmet contraption descend from the ceiling. It lowered itself on my head and tightened against my temples.

This better not kill me.
Skye MacKinnon; Arizona Tape. The Alien’s Zookeeper: Aliens and Animals 1 (Kindle Locations 163-216). Peryton Press.

Aside from trying to avoid the captain, Valla also needs a plan to keep Tilly and her animals safe. Tilly doesn’t want to leave the animals anywhere so it’s not going to be easy.

A fun romp in space, with some angst, laughter, a romance and some very interesting characters.

5 Contented Purrs for Arizona and Skye!

 

A creator at heart, Ari has always been in love with the idea of turning nothing into something. She wants to conquer the book world with stories that focus on inclusivity and diversity, writing what she likes to read. Whether it’s adventure or romance, dragons and vampires, or princesses and students, there’s something for everyone.

Born in China, raised in Belgium, and currently living in the United Kingdom with her girlfriend, Ari is a citizen of the world and loves discovering new cultures. Luckily, her crazy imagination lets her discover places she’s never been to, meet people that don’t exist, and talk to readers from all over the world.

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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Lullaby of Death – The Lost Siren Book 2 By Liza Street & Skye MacKinnon


Lullaby of Death
The Lost Siren Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Liza Street
&
Skye MacKinnon

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Shadow monsters, undead relatives, and a bodice that cuts into her boobs—in Avery’s opinion, the faerie realm isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Supposedly, it was Avery’s fate to journey to the Evermist. Here, she’s regarded as a symbol of hope and everyone has expectations of her, including her three guardians. While she hadn’t expected an amusement park full of little girls in princess dresses, Avery also hadn’t expected to be scared at every turn. But the Evermist is full of cruel monsters and terrifying shadows.

As Avery navigates her new role, her deepening relationship with her guardians, and a wardrobe full of beautiful-yet-uncomfortable dresses, she’ll have to make choices that will have repercussions worlds away.

With intrigues and betrayals at every corner, Avery will need to explore her magic and strength to fight the evil that has taken over the realm of her ancestors.

The second book in the Lost Siren series, Lullaby of Death is a steamy reverse harem adventure that will take you far from the familiar and into a magical yet dangerous land.

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When we left Avery she was alone by the portal in Evermist, this book starts right there and it’s been hours and still no sign of her guys. Just when she’s given up they are coming, she’s approached by a man she thinks at first is Charles. He’s a bit of a jerk and he’s to bring her to the Castle. His name is Malek and he’s Charles’ half brother. Avery doesn’t trust him after he tries to make her think he’s Charles, but she knows she can’t stay where she is with no shelter overnight.

The journey to the Castle was tense and all Avery wants is to be with her guys. The Queen isn’t so accommodating though, instead sending her to her room situated next door to Lysander’s. Also there were orders to keep her from Charles and mention of a woman Savannah. It’s Malek to informs her Savannah is Charles’ betrothed, but leaves out it was arranged when they were but children.

After a bit of a pity party, Avery decides to go find her men. She finds an ally in Bell, a niece of the Queen. Malek intercepts them before Avery could get Bell to take her where the guys might be. He finds suitable clothing for her to wear and takes her to where Charles, Tarin and Lysander are meeting with the Queen. Although the Queen is a bit peeved over it she dismissed all but Marek and Charles.

This is a favorite scene.

“I thought you were rotting in some dungeon!” I half-shouted, half-laughed. I shook with relief and the sudden absence of adrenaline. I wouldn’t have to break them out of the Queen’s prison cells. No more fighting today.

Tarin grabbed my wrists and held me in place, giving Lysander the perfect opportunity to snake his arms around my waist from behind. He pulled me against his hard chest and even harder cock. Wow, if my mere presence aroused him this much, what would happen once we retreated to my room?

“I missed you, little siren,” he whispered and gently dragged his fangs across the nape of my neck. A shudder ran down my back and I couldn’t help but lean into his touch. In this moment, I wanted nothing more than for him to bite me.

“Didn’t Charles’s brother tell you that we were in a meeting with the Queen?” Tarin asked, still holding my wrists. His eyes were burning with something that I couldn’t quite identify, but his voice was calm.

“He forgot to mention that,” I hissed, looking around for that bloody faerie, but he had quietly disappeared. Good, he’d escaped my wrath for now. I wouldn’t forget this, though. It may have been fun for him to play with my feelings, but it hadn’t been fun for me. He’d made me think that my guys were in trouble and that I was all alone. Bastard.

“I thought he looked a bit shifty.” Lysander licked my skin where his fangs had likely left some red scratches. Surprisingly, I didn’t mind at all. The happiness at seeing them again seemed to be messing with my mind.

Tarin lifted my left hand to his lips and pressed a tiny kiss on my knuckles, barely touching me, yet for him, it was as if he’d French kissed me with tongue and all. Was that passion in his eyes? Really? I decided Tarin and I would need some alone time soon to decipher our strange relationship.

“Are these your boyfriends?” a bright voice called from the other end of the corridor. I didn’t pay Bell any attention, but Tarin let go of my wrists and waved at her.

“Hey, little one.”

“I’m not little.”

“Yes, you are. You’d reach up to my navel, maybe? Definitely little. You’re the Queen’s niece, aren’t you?”

“How do you know who she is?” I asked. “Have you been here before?”

“Every pret knows the important people in the Evermist,” he explained as if that was obvious. “We grew up learning the names of royalty, politicians, leaders, and heirs. I may have never seen her, but she looks exactly like she does in the pictures. The blue hair kind of gives it away.”

“I’m important,” Bell confirmed chirpily. “I’m next in line to the throne.”

“Wait, isn’t that Charles?” I asked.

“It’s a matriarchy,” Tarin said. “I see we neglected your Evermist education.”

“It’s not like we had any time for that.” Lysander stopped licking my neck just long enough to say the words. It was strangely relaxing, even though I had to admit it was also a little gross. Was he preparing me for a bite?

“True. Fucking nerises got in the way.”

“Nerises?” Bell asked, her voice full of astonishment. “Real nerises?”

“Not anymore,” I chuckled darkly. “We killed them all.” Tarin snorted. “Technically we just swore an oath to the Queen not to tell anyone about that.”

“Well, she didn’t deign to tell me about that, so that doesn’t apply to me. Why didn’t she do this meeting for all four of us, anyway? And why didn’t we all land here together?”

“Let’s talk somewhere more private.” Tarin’s gaze flicked to Bell, who was still standing behind Lysander and me. “And I’m starving. Politics always make me hungry.”

“I’m thirsty,” Lysander whispered. My insides melted at the heat in his voice. I knew he wasn’t talking about water.

“Stop it, Ly. Get a grip,” Tarin admonished him. “I know it’s hard to focus, but we have things to discuss.”

“I can listen while I drink,” Lysander drawled, but with one last scorching kiss, he let go of me. My back instantly felt cold without his touch.

Reacquainting myself with the guys had instantly become number one on my list of priorities, far above figuring out my role in Evermist, what Marek was up to, how I’d get the Queen to see me as more than her puppet, and all the other issues that had arisen in the few hours since I’d arrived here. Wow, things were getting off to a busy start. Life in Evermist wasn’t going to be a holiday, that much was for sure. And I hadn’t even met another siren yet, let alone travelled to wherever the sirens lived.

Lysander took my hand and pulled me along, clearly desperate to get to a private place. Tarin followed us, as did Belle. She’d be disappointed once the guys closed the door in her face, but we really didn’t need a pre-teen watching us. She’d been helpful earlier and I’d make sure to keep her on my side, but right now, I had other things on my mind. Namely Lysander’s hard cock, his fangs, and—

“Wait!” Charles shouted from behind us.

I wriggled out of the vampire’s grasp and ran the way we’d come until I was in Charles’s strong arms. He hugged me tight, burrowing his face in my hair. I breathed in his ocean-side scent. Finally, I had all three of them with me again.

A aching hole in my chest, one I hadn’t even noticed until now, slowly closed, pushed shut by the happiness I felt at our reunion. Even though we’d only been together for such a short time, the three men had become part of me.

A wave of siren magic shot through my body and I felt my hair stand on end, as if I’d poked my finger into an electric socket. Pure power filled me, caressed me, begged to be used.

I had no need of it, though. This wasn’t a battle, there were no enemies to fight. The magic pressed against my skin, its begging turning into a demand.

Fuck.

“I might have a small problem,” I said, then clenched my teeth as I realised that talking distracted me from keeping a hold on all that power.

“I can feel it,” Charles said and stepped back, breaking our hug.

As soon as his touch disappeared, the pressure in me lessened a little, just enough to give me space to breathe.

“What’s going on?” Lysander was by my side in an instant. I hadn’t even seen him move.

“My magic… too much…”

Tarin appeared to my right, but he didn’t touch me. None of them did. I looked down at myself and gasped at the glow coming from my skin. I was glowing like a fucking lightbulb.

“I know what to do,” Tarin said. “Follow me.”

Charles reached for my hand, but as soon as we made contact, the pressure started building again.

I yanked my palm away from his. “What’s happening to me?”

“You’re going to be fine, lass,” Tarin said. “Trust me.”
Skye MacKinnon; Liza Street. Lullaby of Death: The Lost Siren Book 2 (Kindle Locations 417-468).

This is just the beginning of many unsatisfying meetings with the Queen. The introduction to Savannah was interesting to say the least, and there’s a bit of thievery and a rescue involved in that. Then there’s Malek who it seems Avery is attracted to in spite of their initial meeting. A prophesy told by Queen Moira is expanded on by Avery. Now things must be done, a quest of sorts, in order to save Evermist. In order to accomplish this she needs to get a handle on her powers so they travel to the Siren stronghold. Where we sort of meet her ancestors, and actually meet the folks holding everything together, for her.

From here things escalate quickly and viciously. Lots of action, surprises, and did I mention the sizzling heat, since Avery and her men can’t seem to keep their hands off each other unless they’re fighting…

I really can’t wait for the next book, there are many unanswered questions.

5 Contented Purrs for Liza and Skye!

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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Liza got her start in romance by sneak-reading her grandma’s paperbacks. Now she divides her time between freelance editing and writing books about shifters with fierce and savage hearts.

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Eat Your Heart Out: : A Romance Charity Anthology – Benefitting The Hunger Project Featuring New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors


Eat Your Heart Out

Featuring

Her Cucumber Lover by Gwyn McNamee & Christy Anderson
Her Squishy Shifters Moonlit Falls by Mia Harlan
Her Boiling Angels by TB Mann
Her Apple Pie CEO by Linzi Basset
Her Carrot Harem by Jade Waltz
Her Steamy Alphas by Lacey Carter Andersen
Her Banana Bears by Skye MacKinnon
Her Cherry Picker by K. R. Max
His Cabbage Tosser by Rachel A. Smith
His Bulging Baguette by Jessalyn Jameson
Her Celery Stalker by Liza Street
Her Juicy Lady by Arizona Tape
Her Pointy Alien by Margo Bond Collins
Her Salad Twins by Edeline Wrigh
Feeding Them Won’t Make Them Grow by Lia Davis & L.A. Boruff
Her Oily Wolf by Lorri Moulton & Anna-Violetta Carsini
Her Tomato Mate by Laura Greenwood
My Pumpkin Grocer by M.C. Cerny
Her Melon Masters by Erin Bedford

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They tell you not to play with your food…

Eat Your Heart Out, brought to you by New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors, a food inspired romance anthology with all the proceeds being donated to The Hunger Project.

Roll up your sleeves, grab your forks and knives, and feast on this eclectic collection of 20 fun short story romances. From paranormal, to sci-fi, to contemporary, there’s something tasty for everyone!

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There are far too many books here to review individually, but let me just say, every single one deserves 5 Contented Purrs!

Some of these were sizzling and most of them had me laughing out loud. There were some very creative uses for food in these stories. Growing them, cooking them, entering them in contests and playing with them. There are some that are part of an author’s existing series, some are standalone, some start new series. All are fun, romantic and enjoyable. I recommend not drinking anything while reading, hydrate during a break. Trust me snorting your drink really hurts the sinuses, and choking isn’t fun either.

Pick up this anthology, you won’t be sorry and you’ll be supporting a great cause!

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Their mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

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All proceeds of this anthology go to The Hunger Project and we’re proud to support this important cause.

Alien Abduction for Experts – The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 3 by Skye MacKinnon


Alien Abduction for Experts
The Intergalactic Guide to Humans Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Skye MacKinnon

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My teacher is trying to kill me…

My mates and I are on the run while trying to figure out why our professor wants me dead. Not exactly the punishment I expected for botching an assignment.

To get our happy end on a luxury resort planet, we may have to do the one thing I don’t want my mates to do: abduct another alien.

When the abductee becomes the abductor, something is seriously wrong with the universe.

The third and final part of Trish and her mates’ story, a steamy reverse harem romance.

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Professor Katila has finally lost her mind. In the first pages of this book her boyfriends Hex and Hix break up with her in public where she can’t make a scene. Furious she plots revenge involving our favorite abductors and abductee.

The Jade is fending off a vicious attack when the professor shows up on the screen. The only way not to die in this situation is to agree to whatever she wants them to do. That being another abduction, this time of an alien.

Instead of just quietly accepting their fate, they start doing research on the professor to see why she wants Hix and Hex abducted. When they try to report her to the university they response from Katila is swift and hurtful.

With no choice left they fix the damage done to the Jade and proceed to the home planets of their targets. Finding them was easier than expected and the abduction goes without a hitch. Once Hix and Hex regain consciousness they tell their story of the relationship and their plans should Katila retaliate as she has.

This is a favorite scene.

“There’s no way we’re going to return you to her,” Tricia said with determination. She stared at me, as if expecting me to protest, but I had already come to the same conclusion. Handing them over to that crazed female was as bad as abusing them ourselves.

“That’s very kind of you, human,” Hex said and shot her a warm look. “But we always knew this moment would come. We’ve been waiting for it. And we’ve not been sitting around idle while back on our home planet. We came up with a plan long ago. Now we just need your help to put it into action.”

“What plan?” I asked, reminding them that I was the one they had to convince.  

“What matters most to Kat – besides her offspring fantasy – is her work.   Without it, she’s nothing. No influence, no power, no purpose. So, we’re going to take it all away from her.”

“We already tried reporting her to the IGU authorities. In return, she destroyed our brain slugs, making us unable to communicate with our mate for a while,” I said, my heart sinking at how useless their plan was. I’d expected something more from these two clearly intelligent academics. They’d had time to come up with a really good plan and all they had was the idea to destroy Katila’s klatting reputation? Bah.

“We have evidence,” Hix grinned slyly. “We’ve got enough to get her in front of a tribunal. Maybe even a criminal trial, if we send this to the right people. She’s bent a lot of rules over the years. Ignored student welfare. Even endangered her students.”

“You could say that” Matar interrupted. “She klatting shot at us.”

Hex nodded, which looked a little weird considering that Hix’s head stayed in the same position. “We can add your recordings of that to our files. That will make it even more damning. The juiciest bit however is that we were her students when she first started having sexual relations with us. Of course, we were willing and over age, but the IGU strictly forbids relationships between staff and students. Add to that the fact that she handcuffed us to a bed, robbing us of our freedom, plus threatening to physically harm us… it’s not looking good for her. Especially because we filmed it all.”

Trish gasped. “You’ve got it on camera?”

The torso-brothers grinned. “We knew she was going to cross a line,” Hix explained. “So, we installed a hidden camera in our bedroom. To be honest, we’d assumed she’d try and do worse than just handcuff us. Still, it was a good decision. We recorded some of her craziest outbursts, ready to be sent to Professor Z, the IGU headmaster. Once he sees that, she’ll be without a job.”

I shook my head. “That doesn’t sound like a good plan to me at all. So what, she’ll be out of work. What will stop her from coming after us, after you? I bet she had a good salary and has saved enough to pay for some space pirates to attack the Jade.”

Hex wasn’t dismayed by my scepticism. “There’s a paragraph in the IGU contract which states that whoever will fall foul of the University’s rules and regulations forfeits any salary paid to them in the past, as well as assigned accommodation. Her bank account will be empty. She won’t have the means to take revenge. She’ll be powerless.”

“I say we kill her,” Matar muttered. I was tempted to agree with him, as tasteless as that option was. Neither of us were murderers, but we’d do whatever we had to in order to keep our mate safe. Trish was our priority.

Hix and Hex looked shocked at the idea. “We loved her, once,” Hix said, putting a lot of emphasis on the l-word. “She did horrible things, but we could never kill her. That’s not our way.”  

“No killing,” Trish confirmed.  

“No killing,” I repeated as the responsible, dutiful Captain I was. “But let’s not make it too easy on her. We need to thoroughly destroy her until she regrets all she’s done.”

“I want her to beg us to take her in,” Hix said darkly. “I want her to repent and apologise.”

Trish laughed. “I can’t see her apologising for anything. She’s not that kind of person.”

“You’re right,” Hex confirmed. “It will be a new learning experience for her. Apologising 101.”
Skye MacKinnon. Alien Abduction for Experts: The Intergalactic Guide to Humans #3 (Kindle Locations 686-720). Peryton Press.

I really loved meeting the head of the university as well as seeing all the events leading to the fall of the professor. Finally Trish and her mates get their revenge and their honeymoon.

This book is fun, action-filled, and kindle melting. I can’t wait to see what Skye has in store for us next.

5 Contented Purrs for Skye!

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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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