Your Sci Fi & Fantasy Reading List – 12/29

The Ocean Between Us: A Greek Mythology Mermaid Romance 
(Hearts of Olympika Book 1)
Cate Rowan

Unjustly cursed to leave the sea.
Banned to a desert isle.
Her immortal life is a sentence worse than death…
Until he appears.

In a time when legends are born, shipwrecked Prince Kyros crawls exhausted onto her forsaken island. Little does he know who awaits him there: royal ex-mermaid Mareisa, banished from her underwater realm. She delights in the arrival of a human toy — but to her surprise, she finds herself contending with more than a mere mortal. He's sexy, tenacious, honorable… fascinating.

Mareisa’s sensual allure drives Kyros to the edge of reason, but he must find a way to leave this mysterious isle to track down his missing brother. Resisting her seductive wiles takes an increasing toll on his willpower… yet the lonely and courageous woman behind the curse intrigues him even more than her brazen temptations.

He’ll prove himself as strong as she is in their clash of wills. But even if he's the match Mareisa has waited a millennium to find, Poseidon’s curse on her life is unbreakable.

Or is it?

Welcome to Olympika.


Blightmage: A Progression/Cultivation Epic (Kataklysm Book 1)
Theophilus Monroe

Embrace the (B)light…
It has been fifty years since the sun died over Ashathar.

Blaike was born in the blight. As one of the “touched” he is devoid of power.

The “touched” still serve the brightlands, working the mines to extract sunstone; to deliver it to the Lightweavers, the saviors, preservers, and rulers of Ashathar.

The largest sunstone ever extracted from the mines has been found. It could empower the brightlands for months. When it is discovered that someone stole the sunstone's power, Blaike is exiled from the brightlands. Was he really to blame? Can he survive the blight? Or, is there a larger threat than the Lightweavers ever realized that could destroy Ashathar once and for all?

Ming Yue is the daughter of a brewer. The Ming clan's elixirs have supported those on the Lightweaver path for a half-century. 

Yue's twin brother was taken by the blighted when they were children. But when she's denied access to the Lightweaver path, since she is not the first-born child of her clan, Yue's father tasks her to create an elixir that might save her brother from the blight.

He's the only chance the Ming clan has to remain prominent amongst the brightborn, to produce a Lightweaver who might protect Ashathar for years to come.

But there is no guarantee that Yue's brother has survived among the blighted. Would he remember her at all? Is the mysterious figure, found in the blight, truly her brother–or is he someone else, someone who might challenge the dominance of the Lightweavers and the security of Ashathar?

Blightmage is the first book in Kataklysm, an action packed epic progression fantasy series. Fans of progression/cultivation epic fantasies, unique magic systems, and immersive epics like Will Wight's Cradle series or Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive where the hero starts weak but gains power over time will also enjoy this expansive saga.


The Traveler
Deborah Dugan

Humans believe First Contact would happen by extraterrestrials coming to Earth, or by humans going into space.

But… what if they’re wrong?

A no-nonsense structural engineer takes the world for granted and gives little to nothing of himself to others. He prefers the distance it provides, until one chance meeting with the Traveler changes everything. Now Tristan has some hard lessons to learn and a few inner demons to conquer. Will he be able to step outside himself and see “the other” as they truly are?

As old as the galaxies themselves, the Traveler has taken on many bodily forms. For every first contact, it becomes increasingly more intricate than the last and equally as dangerous. With every encounter, the Traveler moves toward greater knowledge and power, but often, it is filled with anguish and despair. Occasionally, a chance meeting comes along and brings the undeniable pleasures of joy and love. What will it experience with Tristan?

This isn't your typical sci-fi story. As you turn the pages, be prepared to go on a journey like never before. Jump through time and ride along as the Traveler takes you through one adventure after another in this fantasy-filled voyage.