Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined.
"An unexpected and awesome surprise!!!!"
In a bid for more power, the Shadow Queen of Haradis unleashes a malignant force into the world. Her son Brishen, younger prince of the Kai royal house, suddenly finds himself ruler of a kingdom blighted by a diseased darkness. His human wife Ildiko must decide if she will give up the man she loves in order to save his throne. Three kingdoms on the verge of war must unite to save each other, and a one-eyed, reluctant king will raise an army of the dead to challenge an army of the damned. A tale of alliance and sacrifice.
"Love It ~ Awesome Sequel!"
In A Very Proper Monster, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she's always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?
"Couldn't get past the first chapter-poor narration"
In June of 1961, A. E. Hotchner visited an old friend in the psychiatric ward of St. Mary's Hospital. It would be the last time they spoke: a few weeks later, Ernest Hemingway was released home, where he took his own life. Their final conversation was also the final installment in a story whose telling Hemingway had spread over nearly a decade.
"Papa Made me Cry"
Carlie has the perfect life. A wonderful family and a best friend she adores. A house by the beach so she can go surfing after school. A clever, rational mind and big dreams of becoming a lawyer. A future she's excited about and can't wait to begin. But in a split second her perfect life shatters, and she is sent to the other side of the world to live with a stranger. In this mystical, mist-drenched new land, she is faced with a mystery that will make her question everything she's ever known about her parents, her life and her very self.
"A melodic tale."
Nine-year-old Florin is a thirsty vampire. The reason? Most of his blood has been sucked out by his friend, Nicu. Florin rampages through the town of Biertan, drinking as much blood as he can. Soon everyone in Biertan is low on blood, and seeking revenge on all vampires.
Brave little Nicu, a nine-year-old vampire, has finally gotten his fangs! Sweet! The bad news is that his mean and spiteful elder brother Adam has convinced Nicu that his new fangs are way too small. To get fangs as big as Adam's, Nicu must drink the blood of a humongous and scary ogre with really tough, hard to puncture skin. Oh, and the ogre just hates vampires!
It's summer when Elm Hill lido opens, having stood empty for years. For Natalie Steele, it offers freedom and leads her to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress who seems all too happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle. Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, basking in popularity. But is it too good to be true? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface? Could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth?
Jellybean the Dragon has been dragonnapped (like kidnapped but for dragons) by the dragon-hating knights from Camelot and it's up to 10-year-old astronaut Emma, and Cyril the Dragon, Jellybean's dim-witted twin brother, to rescue him. Rescuing Jellybean proves tough and she'll need all her courage and smarts as she, Cyril and Merlin battle the evil Lancelot and Merlin's bratty protégé, Berlin.
June 1944: Since her father's stroke, Jean has been trying to run her parents' farm almost single-handedly and is in desperate need of help. Karl, a German prisoner of war, turns out to be just what she needs. Fraternisation with prisoners is forbidden, but as the weeks pass, Jean and Karl become closer - much to the dismay of Jean's family and Karl's compatriots. Can their love have a future when it seems every hand is against them?
Our world was born into chaos four billion years ago. It has survived to nurture and protect a species that is duty-bound to help it live. And it's not human. Now those protectors are dying, and the Earth will perish. Their leader, Rox, has a plan, but she will not be alone. From a chance meeting, Rox will travel with the bravest creature she has ever met: a young human girl, Ellie. Travel with them both through the dark woods to the far reaches of the past, as they seek a way to save our world.
"I hate you. I hate you with all of Sylvia's heart." Helen has waited for months for the heart that will save her life. After reaching out to the grieving mother of her donor heart, Helen realizes that a second chance comes at a price. The price, she soon realizes, is much steeper than she'd ever have chosen to pay. There's more than one way to break a heart. There's more than one way to destroy a life...
In a spooky house deep in the mountains of Transylvania lives Nicu, a fangless vampire. Yes, that's right, fangless! Teased by his friends, taunted by his big brother, and almost disowned by his parents, Nicu will do anything he can to get his fangs and beat the bullies.
Five historical short stories with a pinch of parody and conspiracy theory twists....
Feature 1: "The Mausoleum": An act of curiosity leads to the world being overrun by the paranormal. As the world fights for survival, it's up to one woman to save it. The woman's name is Emmanuelle, and she's the next keeper of the Mausoleum. Feature 2: "The Nefarious Wizard": A gas station is robbed and a wizard dies. His brother wants revenge, while the only surviving victim of the robbery just wants her life back. Their worlds - and the world of a mysterious man in black - collide in an epic showdown.
Three dark, sardonic short stories that will have you expecting the unexpected: In "Poison," a psychologically abused wife discovers that her husband's nut allergy may be the solution to all her problems. In "Round Trip," a five pound note passes through desperate hands, greedy hands and tired hands before coming full circle…accompanied by a big surprise. In "Ç'est La Vie," the police bungle a murder investigation under the watchful eye of someone uncomfortably close to the killing.
All is not well in Transylvania. Following a mysterious death, Nicu's family call in famed vampire detective Vamlock to investigate. Nicu must then stop a possible all-out war between vampires and humans and come to terms with the death itself. Poor Nicu.
David and Emma Thomas have reached the end of the road. Only one thing is preventing them from parting ways: a painting they bought on honeymoon. Priceless to both of them, the only solution seems to be to find the second of the elusive Masters' seascapes and each carry away a piece of the past.
There are many things that you can hope for in life but surely the most precious of all is love. If you are lucky you will fall in love during your lifetime. If you are even luckier, someone will fall in love with you during your lifetime. If you are truly blessed you will love and be loved back at the same time. This is the story of Harry Schmidt and his luck, both good and bad, in love.