Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Paranormal Romance
The Curse of Beauty is a sensual paranormal/Regency novella. First published by Amira Press in 2010 the rights are returned and it is now republished by Linda Sole Publications

Take a chance on a trilogy readers are calling "explosive", "a home run", and "a perfect ending to an exciting trilogy". 

The Emerald Talisman, Book #1 in the Talisman Series

You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide.

If for no other reason than to help endure the hormonal rush of high school, sixteen-year-old Julia Parker would trade her ability to feel her fellow students' emotions in a heartbeat, especially half the boys in class. 

When the beguiling Nicholas uses his superhuman strength to rescue Julia from the edge of a cliff before she's devoured by a bloodthirsty stalker, Julia is suddenly thrust into an underground world where people and animals are often one and the same. Fellow high school students disappear and only Julia and Nicholas know the truth. While Nicholas, a vampire hunter, is out stopping the ever-growing coven, an old friend entices Julia to join him on the dark side and a psychic tells Julia she alone is the key to stopping the madness, problem is it'll require Nicholas' life.

THE EMERALD TALISMAN is a page turning rollercoaster that will appeal to young adult women interested in a different take on the traditional teenage vampire love story. Instead, the readers are given a warm blooded, green-eyed, hot, day-walking hero who is there when you need him, but disappears when you want him.
Who needs love on Valentine's Day when a pair of Louboutins will do? 

In this short story prequel to Witches Anonymous, bad witch Amy Atwood heads to Paris in search of the perfect pair of shoes. Instead, she finds love at the feet of Venus di Milo and gives away her heart...and her the Devil.

6,629 words

Books in this series:
Witches Anonymous, A Tickle My Fantasy Story (anthology)
Jingle Hells, Witches Anonymous, Step 2
Wicked Souls, Witches Anonymous, Step 3
Dark Moon Lilith, Witches Anonymous Step 4
John Casey was ten years old when his mother was murdered…and ten when his father hid the truth from him. Without that knowledge, he has no idea of the enemies that lie in wait.

Now grown up, John lives a solitary life, in a world enslaved by ignorance and superstition, when anyone unusual is treated with distrust and even killed…and John has some very unusual gifts. When he is accused of witchcraft, John does the only thing he’s ever done—Run! That is, until he meets Jane, who lives in the bleak, imprisoned town of Marysvale. Life outside the safety of the town walls means certain death from the brutal monsters that hunt there. However, life inside, under the rule of a tyrannical leader, means no life at all. 

As the love between John and Jane grows, the dangers of Marysvale unfold; and for the first time in his life, John discovers that there is something worth dying for.
A SHORT STORY by the author of the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Nominee for Best First Series...

She's a queen with deadly enemies and dark sexual longings. She yearns to give herself over to the hands of another, even at the point of a blade. But can she trust her sacred medallion to protect her from the royal assasin who wants to seize her throne, her body, and her heart?

A yearning for submission.
A dark need for control.
A passion that consumes two lovers.

Everything they thought they believed can change on the edge of a knife's blade. Betrayal can become trust. Hatred can become love. Submission transforms into a humbling gift that cannot be denied.

(Warning: This short story contains behavior that ought be consensually negotiated with a partner in real life.)
(First in the Dardanos, Co. series)

War was cruelty, cruelty was war. Sacrifices must be made by both sides.

Rydere Dardanos was king of the Dardaptos people—the race of beings responsible for the ancient vampire legends. He’d do anything to protect his people in the war between the Dardaptoans and all those named Taniss.

Emily Taniss was the new CEO of Taniss Industries, the company her grandfather started sixty years ago. The company responsible for so many horrific acts against the Dardaptoan people. Her grandfather’s actions held many repercussions for Emily and her cousins. It would take them years to straighten it all out. 

But Emily didn’t have years, she had only moments.

Rydere saw the young woman’s death as a necessary sacrifice for his people. So many of his people had been lost at Taniss hands, her death was only fitting. Owed to his people. He didn’t have to like killing her, but he would do it. He held her small body clutched against him as he lowered his fangs toward her neck. He would make it easy on her, he would make it quick. 

Until his first taste of her blood made it clear to him she wasn’t just a sacrifice. She was his destined mate...and queen of his people. 

Now he would have to convince her of that...
The Killing Moon begins with a writer on retreat at his cabin, his personal Elba near the town of Elbe, Washington. With the sound of breaking glass he's thrown into a re-imagining of the werewolf genre with a twist on lycanthropic lore that's never been seen before. A story of a man, a hunter and a killer who cross paths under the silver-blue light of the killing moon.
This is the first in a series of paranormal romance novelettes about a man who is drawn into the lives of the Northwest pack of werewolves. The story is one of romance and discovery between two men who are caught up in circumstances that vary from touching tenderness to savage violence. Can a man understand what it means in the heart of a wolf to love?

Sequel update: The next phase of the story is at about 12k words and continues to chug along. There are many new characters and the relationship between David and Martin continues to develop.
The outline for this story just kept growing and growing during the initial writing stages. My tentative target was around 30k words but we're only around a third of the way through the outline at 12k. Hang on folks, this looks like it'll be a big one! ^..^~
Orphaned at the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time at the local high school, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old unsolved mystery where nothing is as it seems. Who is the boy no one else can see? And what do you do when you fall for a ghost? This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another person she is destined to lose. Secret love and hushed affection are threatened by outside forces resulting in a terrifying race to stay alive. Deeply romantic, haunting and tragic, Slow Dance in Purgatory captures the heartache of a love story where there can be no happy ending.
Mark was born a vampire slayer. It's part of his DNA. He enjoys the power and he's damn good at his job. When his friend, Dathan, introduces him to the beautiful Laura, Mark's life becomes almost perfect. Dathan watches from the sidelines, as his best friend pursues the girl he's loved since childhood. Jealously leads to the ultimate betrayal. Because the best way to take out a vampire slayer is to become a vampire.
A Tale of the Kavanaugh Foundation.

Espe enjoys the naughty games of hide-and-seek she plays with Greg. Not only does he satisfy her kink for having sex in public places along the Las Vegas Strip, but he also is a no-strings attached lover. Vampire hunters are strictly forbidden from forming serious relationships, so when Greg asks for something more, she’s not sure if she can break his heart, especially since the thought has crossed her mind more than she cares to admit. Before she can give him an answer, their liaison is interrupted by a vampire, and Espe is forced to choose between her dreams and her desires.

This is a short story that takes place between books 1 and 3 of the Kavanaugh Foundation series. It is a free read available on Crista McHugh's website starting May 1, 2011.
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Violet Swanson is introduced to a world that she never knew existed. Thoughts of finals and college applications fly out the window when she finds out that the topic of her final term paper, the Fountain of Youth, may actually exist.

Together with her best friend Margo, and the handsome, mysterious Montrose brothers, Violet tries to decipher the clues in her family history to find the Fountain's location. Jeremiah and Jonah Montrose have their own secrets, and Violet quickly finds herself caught between them. All will be revealed on Violet's birthday, but her past is reaching out to claim her, putting her entire future at stake.
"A refreshing teen fantasy full of bite, blood and romance." -- K. H. Koehler, author of Raiju

Zach and Rose had fallen in love during their sophomore year, their worlds completely changed and utterly belonging to each other’s. It was the first time either had fallen in love, deeply, purely. Aiming for a future together, plans were interrupted when Zach went missing for three long months, leaving Rose distraught, heartbroken and depressed.

Zach awakens in the dark of a coffin, his memory erased, his life and feelings for Rose forgotten. A strange group of people who identify themselves as his family reveal he has become a vampire, one of the undead, and is now a being with incredible power and a thirst for blood.

However, during Zach’s absence, Rose learns of her own secret heritage: she comes from a long line of vampire slayers, hellbent on eradicating the unholy threat of the undead from the face of the Earth. Now, not only does she need to try and get over the young man she loves, she must also come to terms with her new life and what that means for her future.

It is only when her path accidentally crosses with Zach’s does lost love begin to surface again.

Discovery of Death is an approximately 25,500-word novella that reveals secrets of the undead, the Slayer Order, and will touch your heart with a story that'll keep you up into the night.

Its sequels, Memories of Death and Life of Death, are available at the Kindle store.
Every fairy tale has to have some basis in fact, right? That's what Eliza thought as she made a desperate plea to the legendary Goblin King. If he could grant her wish, she'd finally be safe. He would protect her. But what would he ask in return...?

Enjoy this short free prequel and a sneak peek of The Goblin King, the first of a highly imaginative new paranormal series by Shona Husk.
When a plane crashes fifty years in the future, the survivors learn:
1. Nuclear war destroyed the world they knew.
2. Plague has reduced the female population to a pitiful few and every woman is worth her weight in gold.
3. Werewolves are more than mere legend and they want mates.

Sherry Rowe is one of those survivors and Jumping Stag of the Lakota Wolf Clan is one of these wolves. When the scary wolf turns into a gorgeous naked man and claims her as his mate, Sherry refuses him. But the word No isn't in a wolf's vocabulary when he has found his mate. Stag has spent three months being patient and gentle while he tries to persuade Sherry to accept him. But his patience has limits and if gentle wooing doesn't work, Sherry will find out how far a wolf will go to claim his mate.

NOTE: This book is available for free in other locations!

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