Novellas & Short Stories

 

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Dracula’s Brides

Four Novellas intertwining the story of Dracula and his three brides.

LJC Fynn – Dracula
His is inarguably described as one of the most blood-hungry rulers in history. People fear him. Women want him. Life twisted him. He wants to share the truth about his life and un-death. Dracula is finally ready to set his story straight.

Alyssa Drake – Crina
Raised in pastoral Romania, innocent Crina knows nothing beyond her father’s farmlands. When she discovers an injured man hiding in their barn, she is captivated by his exotic nature and offers to help him.

An angry quartet of townsfolk materializes outside the barn, demanding the man responsible for the death of a local girl. Crina makes the life-altering decision to conceal the stranger in her barn. Grateful, Dracula seduces Crina, revealing his dark secret during their passionate encounter; his insatiable desire for blood. He then vanishes, leaving Crina alive.

When Crina’s father unknowingly attaches her to a violent fiancé, Dracula intervenes, risking exposure to save Crina from a brutal attack. However, his heroic action is futile. Unwilling to lose the only woman who showed him kindness, Dracula offers a unique solution. Now Crina must decide not only if she can love a monster, but if she can love herself for becoming one.

Rita Delude – Emilia
Emilia, once terrified by the powerful Prince of Darkness, now adores him. She serves as his devoted confidante even before they are wed. She lives for the pleasures of their bedchamber and risks her life to find a cure for the curse that turned him. Dracula, astounded by her efforts, reserves a special place in his heart for his most exquisite bride.

K. L. Bone – Isabella
Death, Isabella thought bitterly. An inescapable fate that, for her, would remain forever elusive.

Life was perfect before he came. The vampire who shattered the world she knew. Handsome, intelligent, and charming, a single taste of Dracula’s embrace overrode Isabella’s cautious sensibilities and left her breathless, craving a life beyond traditional expectations. A destiny of knowledge, which could only be found in the creature’s eternal embrace.

Fueled by unquenchable passion, and a desperate belief that the brilliant Isabella might break the curse condemning him to darkness, the vampire prince will do anything to claim her.

As her traitorous heart opens, will Isabella resist the vampire’s dark desires, or become his third and final bride?

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Red Queen by R. L. Weeks
Things take a strange turn as Elise finds herself amongst some of the craziest minds in Wonderland. Queen Anne will stop at nothing. Elise won’t rest until she finds out the truth. Find out how Elise became the most feared Queen in all the lands.

Weaver’s Curse by Jessi Mcpherson
There’s a tale told of a curse. A tale of darkness and of hate but it more than a tale. It’s a warning of what could happen. What will you give? Is your soul for Sale? If you call on the Weaver it now belongs to Hell.

The Empties by Lorah Jaiyn
Dack watches the Empties, waiting. One by one he stalks them, until he catches them alone. They have a small window to take his test. If they fail, their life of luxury ends as they become one with the swamp.

This goes on for weeks. His careful, invisible nature gives authorities nothing to go on. Then he runs into Tabitha, the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. When he gets her alone, he hopes for magic. Is she real, or just another Empty?

Lamia’s Tower by K. L. Bone
All know the story of the alluring maiden imprisoned in the tower by a foul enchantress, yet none who have attempted a rescue have ever returned. Now, the valiant Prince Henri prepares his own attempt; yet the task proves a formidable challenge. A spell looms over the tower, trapping the legendary beauty within while repelling any who would dare enter.

As Henri delves deeper into the tower’s curse, he realizes the woman he seeks, might be the one he should most fear. 

The Twisted Tale of Saffron Schmidt by C. J. Laurence
They thought I didn’t know; didn’t know I was being preened to be a sacrifice. The insult to my intelligence bothered me more than anything. But it had its advantages. They had no idea I planned to offer him something he couldn’t refuse.

Unbirthday Riddles by Erin Lee
Alice knew she was dealing with all kinds of crazy after falling down the rabbit hole. What she didn’t know, between their silly brainteasers over tea, was that the Hatter and Mad Hare—the craziest of them all—had dark secrets.

Twin Flames by Zizi Cole
Gwen thinks she is a regular person until she meets Caspian. The attraction between them burns bright and fast. Can they overcome all obstacles to be together?

The Kidnapping of Lilith Black by A. Maslo
You’ve read Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but you haven’t heard the real story. Lilith Black has been kidnapped by the dwarves and is biding her time to get her revenge. More than just a metaphor, the seven deadly sins are hard to resist. But with Lilith, payback can be a real bitch. Will Lilith get her revenge, or will she succumb to the seven little demons?

Burnt to Cinders by J. V. Stanley
It is customary to eat the ashes of the dead; the ancient belief of acquiring the powers and memories of the deceased. After Cinderella spends years being slighted and abused by her stepmother and stepbrothers after the death of her mother, she finds herself with two souls. When one soul takes over, Cinder seeks her dark revenge by killing all who stands in the way of her Prince, even if it means killing him too.

425° by Mila Waters
Gretel thought the witch long dead but visions of a burned hag plague her dreams. Turning to Hansel for help, she discovers something much worse is coming. When tragedy strikes, she must fight the coming evil before everything she holds dear is destroyed.

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“In Her Shadow”

A short story featured in Devious Ingenues 

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To the world, Carolyn Rodgers appeared to be a rising star. Winner of several prestigious pageants, she seemed a natural choice for Ingenue Magazine’s annual contest to discover Montgomery Studios’ next Hollywood star.

Only she was not Carolyn Rodgers.

Born Margaret Keats, Carolyn assumed a false identity after the disappearance of her sister, Elizabeth, who had entered the same competition the year prior. After a series of peculiar accidents, Elizabeth had vanished, without a trace, the night before the winner was selected.

Faced with law enforcements’ apathy, and determined to learn the truth of her sister’s disappearance, Carolyn infiltrates the competition, keeping her true identity hidden behind a web of elaborate lies. No one is above suspicion, but top of Margaret’s suspect list are studio executives, who are rumored to secretly help their favorites, and Myrna Moran, the aloof beauty who claimed her sister’s coveted prize.

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