Part of Kiss Me at Midnight collection
One last job and Nevi is done thieving. Unfortunately, his last job is rife with difficulty and reeks of trouble, and Nevi can only hope that he manages to come out of it with the retirement he wants rather than the retirement the crown would prefer to give him.
Part of The Bestiary collection
The charms and elixirs crafted by the fae are highly prized and notoriously difficult to obtain. The fae charms Fihr sells at his stall are lucrative business, but he would happily throw it all away to have a chance with Satu, the beautiful faerie who makes the charms. When he catches Satu trying to run away, terrified of his betrothed, Fihr throws all caution aside, determined to help Satu no matter what it takes.
In his search for the missing candidate who can stop the unceasing rains plaguing the country, Eneko is led to a cluster of rentboys desperately trying to make money despite the foul weather. When the candidate once more runs away, Eneko is left relying on the remaining rentboys, including the handsome, self-contained, and highly distracting Lain.
My contribution to the Private Dicks: Undercovers anthology is Too Dangerous. Shi is good at what he does, no matter what his stupid ex thought. Danger comes with the territory, especially when that territory includes a special license to do select work for the government. But when the government needs him to fix something that defeated even their most elite, Shi learns that some situations are too much even for him.
Superstition abounds where the moon is concerned. It can bring love, luck, madness, misfortune, pleasure, and pain. Of all the myths and legends, superstitions and old wives tales, no lunar legend is as well known as those surrounding the wolves…
My contribution to this anthology is The Were Curse. When Innot is abruptly escorted to the royal palace he expects nothing good to come of it. But even his worst imaginings did not involve a journal stolen from him years ago, and incomplete spell cast upon the crown prince.
Sometimes taking a chance on a stranger is worth the risk … The Fairy’s Assistant is a stranger wherever he goes, except to the knight determined to capture him once and for all. The Prince of the Moon desperately seeks to break the curse on his kingdom, but will the stranger who arrives to help him prove to be only a hindrance? In Learning to See a man saves his family by sacrificing everything to a stranger in a mysterious castle. Cinder-Elle lost his birthright alongside his vision, and his dreary days are brightened only by a man he met by chance in the marketplace, a man about whom he knows very little … and Capture the Moon is about a woman who leaves home in the guise of a boy to see what the world has to offer.
Standing up for what is right, Kyros has found, is a lonely endeavor. It’s also a dangerous one, as the people he’s fighting have already killed his friend, threatened others, and are now going after Kryos’ mother to finally force him to stand down.
Knowing full well his mother won’t listen to the men he’s sent to take her to safety, Kyros reluctantly returns home to the village he has not seen in years. But returning home means encountering the man he never forgot, and Kyros find himself forced to choose between doing what is right and what matters most…
Leyton lived a quiet, simple life as a prosperous, thriving merchant alongside his twin brother Liam. But that life is shattered when Liam goes missing, and Leyton is told that the only way to save his brother’s life is to seduce a king. The task proves to be even more difficult than Leyton feared, and soon he is swept up in a tide of political machinations, betrayal, and a looming threat of execution once the men who blackmailed him are caught.
But the threat of his pending death is nothing alongside the constant fear for his missing brother’s safety—and the tangle of intrigue in which he is caught is nothing like the tangle he put himself in after breaking the heart of a king…
The power and appeal of women is great, and there’s nothing better than watching a woman do what she loves best. But what happens when what she loves best is another woman?
My contribution to this anthology is Slaying Dragons, which tells of a highly-skilled Combatant constantly saddled with subpar mages, until she meets a mage who seems far too good to be true.
Part of the Kiss Me Quick collection
With nothing better to do until his contact shows up, Detective Keith Halfen notices a man who looks familiar, but whom he cannot place. Curious, determined to place the man, he strikes up a conversation and finds himself drawn in when he learns why the man is lingering outside a restaurant smoking a cigarette…
Part of the Kiss Me Quick collection
Sean is good at forgetting about things, so caught up in his painting that the rest of the world slips away. He’s pretty certain he’s done it again, because his boyfriend, Dustin, is dressed to the nines and ready to take him out to dinner. Whatever important occasion he’s forgotten, Sean hopes it’s not going to cost him the best boyfriend he’s ever had.
Madison does not like Adam, not even a little bit. He’s a jerk in every sense of the word, and Madison wants nothing to do with him. But Madison can’t bring himself to simply leave a mage to suffer when it’s in his power to help—and as he is the only available fire mage on campus, he is literally the only one who can help Adam bind his negative energies.
It’s the kind of help he’d offer anyone; Adam the jerk is no exception. Once the spell is done, they can go their separate ways, and that will be the end of the matter. Right?
A trinity of stories about magic and all the trouble that arises when magic and emotion collide.
The Dragon Slayer—Tane has been banished to a remote village and bound there by magic. With nowhere else to go and nothing better to do, he has taken the village under his care and protects it by killing the dragons that plague the area. Then he meets a dragon that refuses to die properly and brings with him a whole new set of problems.
Striking A Balance—Nikkai is long used to suffering for and because of his brother’s actions. Getting arrested for Tane’s crimes, however, is a bit much. In prison, he unexpectedly encounters someone else acquainted with his brother—a foreign man of unusual magic who agrees to help him because of a debt owed to Tane. Alongside his new, intriguing companion, Nikkai breaks out of prison and sets off to speak with his brother.
Family Business—At last free of his debt of honor, Ashei returns home with his new lover at his side, reluctant but braced to reunited with the family he has not seen for a long time—a family that is furious with him for turning away from their life of crime.
The truest form of trouble is a love triangle…
Teric is a cat shifter, too shy to ever admit the growing crush he has on his roommate and best friend, Edric—and too petrified to ever admit to his feelings for the haughty elf Akeid. Then Akeid asks him out, and begins to return his feelings with interest.
Edric has had a crush on Teric for ages, but has never known how to approach his best friend and say it. So he distracts himself at the clubs, hoping someone will be distracting enough. Then Akeid slips in and steals Teric away, and Edric wants badly to strangle the condescending, untrustworthy, far too beautiful elf.
Humans and mongrel cats are beneath him, but a bet is a bet, and Akeid means to win it. Until he loses sight of the bet, all his attention on the pretty cat slipping beneath his skin—and the hissing, spitting, jealous human dogging his every step.
Anike is the royal artist, kept extremely busy by a demanding prince who wants every illustrious moment of his reign recorded in ink and paint. His latest task is recording the visit of the ambassadors from the country of Marana, long closed off from the world and only just newly opened. But when they arrive, and Anike catches his first glimpse of the exotic Maranans, painting is the very last thing on his mind—and all that could go wrong by falling for them the first.
Nothing is sweeter than following a story and its characters through all the ups and downs, the trials, the pains, and seeing them finally reach that moment, that day, that place they worked so hard to gain. Be it by way of murder, magic, misunderstanding, mischief, or mayhem, we like to see them suffer. We want the struggle, the grief, the fight. We want to see them angry, confused, hurt, battered, and on the verge of giving up.
But most of all we want to see all that toil and strife worth something. We want to see the characters we love finally reach that famous happy end.
A quiet jeweler unable to believe in the secret admirers sending him gifts; a prisoner who does trust the good intentions of those who break him out of jail; a dragon who does not trust the sincerity of an unexpected courtship; a witch who refuses to trust the village to which he has fled; a Courtesan who wishes his favorite client could be more, but dares not believe it; a jaded man who believes in nothing, but cannot resist the beautiful stranger he encounters.
A young man who has nothing to believe in but fleeting glimpses of the future; a wizard who firmly believes in the ability of his fairy to cause nothing but trouble; and a young sailor who wants desperately to believe he is not bad luck as his brother claims. A dutiful son who gets more than he expected when he dutifully worships the dragon his family so dearly believe in; and two brothers who find a strawberry field that causes more trouble than they could ever believe.
Often, we need only see something to believe in it, but sometimes even seeing is not enough. And sometimes, you must believe in order to see…
Mervyn is accustomed to the unusual and strange. People of all walks come to him with problems that only magic can solve. A wizard of no little skill, he enjoys the challenges that come with his job and that he can offer help to people who have nowhere else to go. Even fairies, long abused by wizards for the special energy they can provide, find their way to his door.
But when Callisto, a terrified and maliciously attacked fairy, shows up to ask for his help, he presents a challenge that even Mervyn finds overwhelming. In place of his heart, Callisto has only a charm, and it will kill him in a matter of days if Mervyn does not find a solution.
Sweet little treats offered up in the spirit of the season, a collection of shorts that explore the magic of the holidays, the magic of winter, venturing into territory familiar and new, contemporary and fantastical. Quick little bites that are sweet, fun, and never go stale.
In this second volume of fairy tales, see what happens when magic is put to the best and worst of uses. In The Beast, a beautiful but spoiled young man is attacked by a dark faerie seeking vengeance… vengeance that destroys the young man’s world, and leaves him hideously disfigured and afflicted by a terrible curse… The Wizard’s Tower is the story of a soldier who receives a letter informing him his brother has gone missing, one of many victims of an evil wizard. But when he arrives in the village where his brother lives, all that remains of the wizard is a lone tower and a strange young man… The Huntsman faithfully serves his King, guarding the forest that surrounds and protects the castle. But the peace his kingdom has long enjoyed is shattered when the King returns home early with a new Queen on his arm, a woman of great beauty and terrible magic… Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a poor, young teacher desperate to save his sister, the only family he has left. But her disease is rare, and the cure beyond their means, and the only chance at saving her requires a terrible price…
School is hard enough, with finals to face, accolades exams to prepare for, and far too many books to read and papers to write. Toma’s had more than enough—all he wants is to be left in peace to do his work, get his accolades, and figure out what he’s going to do post-graduation.
He doesn’t need the aggravation that comes from being harassed by a fellow student, and he most certainly does not need the distraction that comes in the form of Professor Lajos.
Macati swore off apprentices after his less than pleasant experiences with the first three. He’s still feeling the sting of Tlory, his last apprentice gone awry, but then an old friend shows up on his doorstep with a shy, brilliant, and horribly awkward student in tow, and he can’t say no.
Guylian seems to fit nowhere. The life he loved is forever gone, he is desperate to avoid a life he hated, and now his teacher in magic is turning him over to someone else, completely out of patience with him. He doubts his plans to become a proper mage, as magic seems to come with more trouble than he can manage. Still, he cannot bear to give up his last ties to the past, even if that means dealing with a teacher who is kind, patient, and too attractive for Guylian’s peace of mind and the trouble stirred up by a certain former apprentice…