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“I was completely enthralled with the story from the very beginning.” ~ Night Owl Reviews

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“It’s best if we just keep this casual, Dev.”

To feisty, relationship phobic Kate Martin’s utter surprise, she isn’t automatically dismissed as a crackpot when she finally plucks up courage to walk into a police station, revealing what she’s seen in her dreams. But instead of making a simple statement and returning to her nice, quiet life, she finds herself the center of attention from both a psychotic vampire and the ‘investigative specialist’ who would die in order to protect her.

“You’re anything but casual, Kate. I want you and I always get what I want.”

Young women are disappearing across the country and Devon, Regent Vampire Lord of the Midwest, knows his centuries old archenemy has finally resurfaced. A break in his fruitless search is provided by the discovery of a woman who can not only see the missing in her dreams, but who ends up being his Moira, his Destiny. And she couldn’t have stepped into his world at a more inopportune time, for she is now the prime target for his nemesis.

Protecting her heart would prove to be her biggest challenge.

Devon may be the sexiest, most sinfully erotic man she’s ever met, and he stirs passion in her like no one else before, but he’s an entanglement Kate does not want or need. While it becomes impossible to deny their mutual desire, once the case is solved and the missing women are found, Kate fully intends to return to her boring life, alone.

At least that’s what she thinks.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+

About the Author:

I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

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Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter Series


Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch (Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter Book 1)


Gritty! Funny! It’s Honey Beaulieu!

She’s bold
Honey Beaulieu grew up in her mama’s whorehouse, the Tasty Chicken, which serves up the finest food, whiskey, and women in Wyoming Territory, but Honey takes after her crack shot Pa–and she doesn’t back down from anyone or any thing.

She’s brash
Determined not to make her living on her back, Honey does her best to keep the peace in Fry Pan Gulch, but a deputy’s salary won’t buy her a home. Once she’s adopted by a donkey and then a pickle-eating mule, she sets out to collect a bounty on one of the town’s annoyances.

She’s got brass
The owlhoot leads her on a dangerous chase. Can Honey persevere despite a wise-cracking ghost who manages to disappear when she needs him, and a handsome U.S. deputy marshal who doesn’t seem at all put off that she’s so scrawny?

Don’t miss this rollicking ride into the Old West—get your copy of Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch today!

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Sidetracked in Silver City (Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter Book 2)


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Wanted: Boyce McNitt, $500, Last seen in Winnemucca, Nevada

That money would sure help buy the farm Honey needs, and she plans to capture McNitt and claim the bounty.

She’s Determined
But Mama’s in jail! Honey has to do some fast talking to head out of Fry Pan Gulch to chase after Boyd McNitt….

She Defies the Odds
Honey’s not about to let the handsome deputy U.S. marshal, an obnoxious ghost, or her own stubborn mule get in her way.

She’s Daring
Sam’s in trouble! Honey’s good with a gun but how many men can she best?

Don’t miss the second installment of Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter!

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Jacquie Rogers is a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker. Her 2007 release, Faery Special Romances, won the Fall NOR Award for Best Print Sci-fi/Fantasy Romance and finaled several other contests. She also has stories in two other print anthologies–soon to be e-published as well. Her current print release is a short contemporary novel, Down Home Ever Lovin’ Mule Blues, which has received several top picks and 5-star reviews.

She teaches several workshops both online and in person, and is co-creator of 1st Turning Point, a website where authors come to teach, learn, and share–all about promotion and marketing.

Jacquie has donated all royalties from Faery Special Romances to The Children’s Tumor Foundation, ending neurofibromatosis through research.

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A Bond of Venom and Magic

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The Wraith Lord is hunting; his prize, the key to unleashing darkness and Chaos upon the eight Kingdoms. For Diamond Gillon the war raging in the south seems a remote danger until her home is brutally attacked. Having lost everything she holds dear, Diamond is catapulted into a terrifying new world in which legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned and half blood fae, like her, have no rights. Despite her growing feelings for her saviour, Commander Hugo Casimir, he remains a paradox – not only is he a heartless killer, he is owned by the cruel immortal fae queen; a queen who will murder her own people for magic. As Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous she is drawn deeper into Hugo’s world and discovers the lengths to which he will go to save what he holds dear. Will Hugo become her friend, her protector, or – an enemy not worthy of her trust? A Bond of Venom and Magic is a tale of two people bound by magic and secrets, but trapped in the complexities of love and betrayal. It is the beginning of an epic journey, one that will test Diamond’s resolve and determination to battle an evil that threatens not only her world but that of Eternity, the land of The Guardians and The Goddess. and-magic

Karen Tomlinson

Karen Tomlinson Author Bio.jpgKaren Tomlinson is the author of The Guardians and The Goddess series of Young Adult fantasy books. Book one A Bond of Venom and Magic will be released October 14th 2016. Karen has always been an avid reader. Her taste in books is eclectic but she likes nothing better than an exciting fantasy set in a new and magical world. She lives in Derbyshire, England, with her husband, twin girls and her dalmatian, Poppy. Karen trained as a nurse and currently works as a resuscitation and clinical skills trainer, this involves training a wide variety of health care professionals and medical students in acute patient care. In addition to writing, and reading whenever she can, Karen likes to keep active. She has been training at Shotokan karate since being thirteen, likes walking, mountain biking and (for something completely different) cake decorating. She is currently working on book two in the Guardians of The Goddess series.

About me!

As soon as I could read I spent hours getting lost in the new worlds books could give me. Spending my pocket money had to be done (obviously) but not on sweets, well, not many…I spent my money on books. Back then it was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five which sparked my young mind. I didn’t rest until I had the whole set, then I migrated to the secret seven… ( there was no Harry Potter around then) As a teenager I would trawl through all my mum and dad’s discarded books. It was probably highly inappropriate for a thirteen year old to be reading swoony Mills and Boon romances followed by Ian Flemming, Alistair Maclean and Wilbur Smith! Because I read anything and everything I could get my hands on back then, I now have an eclectic taste in books and will read anything that catches my eye. I absolutely love illustrated book covers! In my late teens I discovered fantasy and that has stayed my firm favourite. I am and will always remain a complete sucker for a fantasy with kick ass characters, and worlds steeped in magic and romance!

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Will of Fire Blitz

Title: Will of Fire
Author: Yasmin Fazli
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Cover Designer: Aurelia Fray
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Elle knew that unraveling the secrets on Acryen would be difficult, but she didn’t know that it would be deadly. She knew this from the scars on her body and the heat in her eyes.
Three months have passed and what was meant to be an easy journey across the ocean has turned perilous as she’s come to realize that they’ve boarded the wrong ship—a slaver’s ship run by a cunning and devious man known only as Captain Red. Elle can’t help but find herself drawn to him and repelled at the same time. Yet, when a powerful hurricane hits the ship and Elle’s life is in danger, Peter’s hidden powers awaken, and now, they’re in trouble. The stakes are much higher than before, and Elle’s afraid that the only way out is with blood.
Elle must find the necklace awaiting in Gyoar before an elf meets her end, a quaid falls prey, a mother commits treason, and a king masks his mistake.
But above all, she must find it before her fate is sealed in ashes.
Because where hope lies, fire breathes.

Yasmin Fazli was born and raised in Southern California, changing schools her whole life. Now, she is an undergraduate college student studying biology to satisfy her love for the sciences. Yet, another part of her started to show more and more: her love for writing. She often dreams of mystical places and the perfect bad boy/prince charming who will come sweep her away. Until those happen, she continues to write away, living her fantasies through typed words with all kinds of sweets in one hand and a cup of chai tea in the other hopeful that one day her words could inspire even just one person.
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Crystalline Dreams Release Day!


Following in her father’s footsteps, Evie Bodham spends most of her time in the lab at the University of Chicago, trying to decipher an encrypted codex inside a rare crystal. That is until her life is threatened outside a local bar on a rare night out. The last thing she expects to find is a mysterious bodyguard keeping a close eye on her. It isn’t long before she learns that all she thought she knew about the world around her is nothing but an illusion.

Loud-mouthed and unorthodox by the League of Guardians’ standards, resident bad boy Roc has no problem telling any of the others where they can shove their opinions. He delights in the easy life, killing demons for fun and bedding a new female every night. Then she happened. From the moment he lays eyes on Evie, the sable-haired begins to consume his every waking thought. When a moment of passion takes him beyond the job, Roc unknowingly sets events in motion that could change everything.

With the clock counting down, Evie faces her toughest decision. Should she give in to her heart’s desires and fall for the man all-wrong for her, or carry on with the work left behind by her father? Will she survive either choice? Only God knows, and the big guy’s not saying


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Quick Q & A:

  • Why did you decide to start writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a child, but decided to my passion and turn it into a career roughly six years ago. I guess you could say I’ve had an overactive imagination and needed a good outlet for it, before I injured myself climbing more mountains!


  • Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?


It really all depends on the author. Some are capable of it; others find their stride within a specific genre and flourish. Me personally, I’m finding a few genres that I really love to write, and seem to do so well, so I’ll keep at it as long as I have readers interested in reading my books.


  • What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?

The connection I feel to each and every story I pen. Well and the idea that others may enjoy the worlds and characters I create. I will say, while at a convention last April, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a fan who was the first to fangirl me. It truly was an amazing moment for me as an author.


  • Who are some of your favorite authors & why?


Oh there’s a bunch to be honest. Steven King, as a horror fan, the man is my idle. J R Ward, with her evocative storytelling and scene descriptions, one cannot help but to fall in love with her books. Lara Adrian, Larrisa Ione, and Shayla Black who, truth be told gave me the best advice when I first started out on this writing journey professionally, and I’m eternally grateful to her for it.… what can I say? They write the steamy fun stuff I can’t get enough of. And just a little FYI, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of these ladies, and they are truly phenomenal women.


  • What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?

Timing. Seems there’s never enough time to get out everything you want to write on any particular day, and finding time when your family life is swirling all around you.


  • Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?

Writing is an emotional and tumultuous journey. Just when you want to give up, ask yourself why? 9 times out of 10 it’s because YOU don’t believe in yourself. Take that negative thinking and stuff it in a closet until you’ve finish your story. Personally, I left mine locked in a box, buried deep in the mountains long ago. If you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities, don’t hesitate to ask for help, and be willing to accept help and helpful critiquing when necessary.


  • Tell us a few random personal things about yourself personal & professional!

Oh well I’m a world class singer, but only in the shower, I’ve hiked well over a few thousand miles in the last five years from coast to coast. I love collecting wine and rarely pass up a nice cigar. As I write this, my cat is staring at me, a bit perturb that I kicked her out of the chair. If an animal can give you a hairy eye, it’s this feline. Professionally, I will be attending Romance Times convention in 2016, and I look forward to meeting other authors as well as new friends and fans. I have won multiple awards for Darkest Before Dawn and They All Fall Down, which I’m pretty excited and humbled by. I’m currently working on the fourth book in the League Of Guardians Series, as well as Reaper’s Revenge, the follow up to They All Fall Down. So, in short, 2017 is looking to be fairly busy in the Vixion household between these two books and the YA trilogy I have been keeping under wraps for some time now.

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The Midnight Society Blog Tour


“Witness protection has a protocol for every imaginable situationthe unimaginable has happened.”


Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues one afternoon.

As she attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appears out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

Terrified, but desperate not to be relocated again Cate tells no one and sets a catastrophic chain of events in motion. When the group seeks her out the next day, she discovers a brutal realm filled with wizards, zombies and the occasional shapeshifter who travel through time manipulating history. A centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies in this clandestine world puts Cate’s loved ones in danger.

When her brother disappears, a panicked Cate is forced into the dangerous realm where she must risk her life to search for him. There she is faced with an unimaginable decision. Will she risk destroying innocent lives and the world as she knows it to save the ones she loves?


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She dragged her hands down her face. Reluctantly, she admitted it was impossible to ignore all the weird things that had happened since Sunday at the bus stop. The damage was done. Her world had changed. What if she was going to make terrible decisions or become a horrible person? This was her chance to find out and maybe change that if she wanted to. “So Timesurfers control history?”

“We don’t control history, we protect it,” Naitanui said.

“Isn’t that the same?” Cate asked.

A sad smile spread across Naitanui’s face. “The two could not be more different. To protect requires difficult decisions. Ours is a world of black and white.”

Cate rubbed her eyes with the back of her hand. “What does that mean in plain English?”

“The world wars, bubonic plague, the sinking of the Titanic—are all disasters that could be avoided in an alternate history. If Mortez seeks to remedy these types of events, our job is to ensure history runs its course as intended. We do what it takes to ensure these tragedies unfold.”

“You stand by and let people die?” A sprinkling of doubt floated through Cate’s head. How could letting people die be acceptable for any reason?

Author Bio:

010_H4D4122.jpgRhonda lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and two children. Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over her keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given. On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it’s still awesome. Her debut novel The Midnight Society was a finalist in the Young Adult category and overall runner up in The Strongest Start 2012 Contest hosted by



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Kinship one and two double reveal

Title: Kinship One and Two
Author: Caroline A.Gill
Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Expected Release Date: Oct. 28th, 2016

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Valen Kildrake has a problem:
Vampires are real,
and they are very, very hungry.
Armed with ancient spells, weapons of pure silver, holy water, and deep-dish pizza,
Valen hunts down the monsters who feed on humans,
confronting death in battle after battle.
But he is only one man against a horde.
Worse, his enemies are getting smarter and bolder.
What will he do when a new force of unknown power appears?
Who can he trust when other hunters hide secrets of their own?
Clever and greedy, vampires are slowly winning the ancient war against
the razor-sharp blades of the trained warriors of Mars Alator.
One by one, skilled Hunters are being torn to shreds by fangs and claws.
Valen fights on, determined to honor his father’s memory,
vowing to destroy as many leeches as he can before the inevitable end.
Soon, no one will be left to stop the overwhelming tide of leeches.
Something has to change.
Who will defend humanity if the last vampire hunters fall?
When a mysterious woman crosses his path of destruction,
Valen must decide between honor and hope, between life and death.
And so must she.
And what they choose will change the war.
Kinship 2: The Unpredictable Life of A Vampire Hunter
Kinship, Book Two: The Unpredictable Life of a Vampire Hunter
Vampires are here.
Hungry, they strike from the shadows…
Only human blood will feed the monsters, stealing away lives, emptying the cities.
Very few men and women are left to stop the massing horde: the Hunters of Mars Alator.
If it takes his very last breath, Valen Kildrake will track down every last monster, destroy every nest, rescue any survivors, fight, slash, and burn anything in his path.
Valen refuses to fail even as other Hunters die in the centuries-old conflict.
Trained since childhood to fight the leeches, Valen Kildrake hunted alone
until he met the mysterious Adelinde.
Together, on the run, the two vampire hunters must learn to work together.
Secrets define them both.
Secrets that can destroy everything.
When faced with the choice, will Valen’s pride let Adelinde in?
Together, can they find a pathway to save humanity
from the bloodlust of the growing vampire horde?
Caroline A. Gill loves eight things in this world: Five oddball children, One husband, and chocolate. A graduate of UCLA, BFA, and Northern Illinois University, MFA, MA, in Fine Art and Art History, Caroline realized that knowledge is personal and so are dreams. And it is the dreams of extraordinary people that enchant her. A story is only worth telling if the ending is new and the journey is an exploration. Find your own voice. Tell the story you have, the one you know best, as only you can. In the words of Firefly: Be SHINY.
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“Carefully placing each foot, Valen skirted the hedges, stepping in and out of the little fairy gardens planted by tiny fingers that decorated most of the front yard. There were strings of long, silver Christmas tinsel around the mailbox and across the porch of the bright yellow house. When the wind blew, the little bits of metal refracted the light and made the place cheery and whimsical. At least, they once had.
Valen could smell death: the specific scent of rot and burst intestines that sent cadaver dogs into a frenzy. It leaked from the house like the waft of blossoms from a gardenia tree. It hung in the air for anyone to recognize. Not that many would come here without purpose. There wasn’t much traffic down the small country dirt road marked Wilder Way. Prairie weeds flowered in waving fields for miles in most directions. Jackson, Ohio was a small town with only three day cares.
Two now, Valen winced at the correction.”

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Blog Tour Coming up!


October 3

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Review

Reading Addict – Promotional Post

October 4

Zerina Blossom’s Books – Guest Post

October 5

Diane’s Book Blog – Review

Voracious Bookling – Promotional Post

October 6

I Love Books And Stuff – Review

Coffee and characters – Promotional Posts

October 7

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps – Review

October 8

A Dream Within A Dream – Review

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The Hazards of the Old Ones

Life ends, new life is born. Everything balances. 

When Carahil, an Elemental Spirit, witnesses the destruction of an entire world, he’s faced with the ultimate question: how far is he willing to go to save it? 
Carahil will gather friends-like Lord and Countess Blanchefort, renowned Fleet Captain and ex-Black Hat, to help. He’ll destroy lives, like that of Captain Davage’s best friend and first officer, Lt. Kilos, who is made to quit her job aboard the Seeker and go into the dreaded Hazards of the Old Ones: a place where only she can stand. Carahil will also search out disreputable sources like the scalawag Duke of Oyln, who has something malicious and wailing locked away in his dungeon. 
To make matters worse, hidden forces threaten to destroy everyone Carahil needs to help him. Ominous messages from nowhere, surprise visits, phantom people and taunting voices complicate matters. 
However, the most dangerous threat to this mission could be Carahil himself, who faces demonic transformation for getting involved and may upset the cosmic Scales of the Universe in a bad way. Carahil, though struggling to achieve a greater good, might be the cause of a horrific tragedy instead. 

Hell awaits should he fail.

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archeology and architecture. His highly imaginative “League of Elder” book series is published by Loconeal Publishing

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From Chapter 3: Visit form the Imp
The Imp he was summoning did not appear immediately, as he
thought it would. Instead, it took hours, but finally, eyes shining in the
dark, the Imp arrived, its body huddled up and obscured in the corner.
It emerged from the shadows and the Duke had a good look at it. He
called it an “Imp” for lack of better terms. He really didn’t know what
it was.
 “And so, my Lord Duke, I am here at last,” the Imp said in a bright,
clear voice.
The Duke, sitting there with his pipe, tried to be brash. “Punctuality,
Imp, must not be in much favor in whatever fire pit you come from.”
The Duke paused a moment. Even in his study he could hear the female
beast raging in the dungeon far below, wailing and moaning.
“I come at my own good pace,” it said. It lifted its silvery head and
The Imp smiled. “And, I suppose that racket issuing up from below
is why I am here, yes?”
“Aye,” the Duke said. “Are all you Imps as well-informed?”
The creature darkened a bit. “I do not like being called, ‘Imp’, sir.
I am not an Imp. If I were an Imp I would be mangling your flesh by
now. Be thankful I am of a kinder cloth. If you wish to toss names
about, I am certain I could think of a few for you as well—there’s quite
a selection to choose from, isn’t there: Raider, Brigand, Adulterer, Cutpurse,
Fiend, Pirate … Scalawag …”
“I think I like Pirate the best.”
“Really? I prefer ‘scalawag’. You are a scalawag, yes?”
“Aye. I have been called that,” the Duke said.
“I’ve been looking for a scalawag.”
“Have you? Well, look no further.”
Some sort of tablet or tome appeared next to the creature, and it
wrote something into it. The tablet then vanished and it came forward
a bit and shone in the light with a silvery glow. It was less than waist
high, smooth and metallic, like living mercury. It was some sort of
bizarre half slug/half dog quadrupedal animal, standing on strange,
bent, somewhat aquatic-looking front legs. Not being an animal lover,
he didn’t know what kind it might be.
“My time is short, sir. I already know what you want, but I’d like
you to spell it out for me anyway … to ensure there is no confusion
here today,” the creature said.
The Duke ran a hand through his blonde hair, opened his box,
stuffed his pipe with fragrant tobacco, and lit it. “I want you to calm
that damned Black Hat in my dungeon. We need to commence to
having children, and her yowling is impeding progress.”
“Really … children?? Hmmm … that Black Hat down there
doesn’t seem to like you much, sir.”
“She will, in time.”
“Given the standard of your previous marriages, it appears this one
is off to your usual start.”
The Duke puffed his pipe, un-amused by the creature’s attempt at
humor. “Can you help me, or can you not?”
“And what have you done so far … to cheer your ‘wife’s’ sour
And the Duke told him, he told the creature everything, and it
quietly listened, nodding every so often. The Duke found it felt good
to talk about the whole thing—to get it off his chest, and the creature,
whatever it was, was a good, comforting listener. The Duke even told
it that Sage of Ruthven suspected the Northern Lord had made up the
Black Hat story and wed a dirty courtesan—which triggered a huge
series of open-mouthed belly laughs from the creature. The laugh was
infectious, and soon the Duke was laughing too—the first time he’d
laughed in days.
Just the Duke and the silvery thing sharing a moment in his
“So,” the Duke finally said. “Can you help me?”
The silver creature thought a moment and scratched its face with
its left front appendage. “It appears that you have done all you can.
Yes, of course I can help you. But, as in all things, there is a price, dear
The Duke recalled the message he received. “What do you wish …
my soul perhaps?”
“That raggedy old thing? No, no, I desire something much more
useful and much more immediate.”
The Duke sat back in his chair, whitish-gray smoke from his pipe
curled up toward the high, ornate ceiling of the study. He thought
about it. This creature didn’t seem foul or evil. He felt it could be
trusted. “I’ll give you whatever you want. But help me now. If you get
me results, I am yours.”
The silver creature twitched its whiskers. Its shining eyes grew large.
“Excellent. Then let’s proceed, we’ve wife and best friend to make for
you. You going to teach her to bowl?”
The Duke smiled. “We do not speak of bowling.”
“But you do bowl, right?”
“Of course, and her average shall be the envy of the whole of
The creature laughed. ”Well, we can’t delay that, can we? Shall we
to the dungeon?”
The Duke stood and put his black triangle hat on.
“I didn’t realize Esthers wore Vith-style clothing,” the creature said,
noting the hat.
“I fancy Vith hats.”
“Ah …”
Together they exited the study, the Duke slowly walking, the
summoned creature loping along in all fours. Actually, as the Duke
noted, it didn’t have four legs, rather it had two strange front legs, and
its rear legs were nearly fused together and dragging behind—three
legs. Odd.
“Her name, Duke. Once we break the darkness around her if you
can get her to willingly tell you her name, then that appears to speed
the process along, though I know not why.”
“The Darkness? I believe I’ve heard of it.”
“Yes, the Black Abbess’s Clutch. A shell of evil swirling around
her … a darkness that will not break. It must be thrown aside, that’s
what I am here to do. I shall break it for you, and she will calm. Oh,
and if I may offer up a bit of advice?” it said.
The Duke looked at it, pulled on his pipe, and listened.
“You seek a wife in all of this, a woman who will love and bear you
many fine sons. This particular Black Hat is at least a hundred and
forty years old, yet her soul is as undeveloped as a newborn’s. When
we enter your dungeon, Duke, and do what needs to be done, we will
be, in essence, welcoming a brand new person into the League. All
of her feelings, her deepest thoughts, her wants and desires that have
been thrust aside, stunted, battered, deprived, hidden and denied her
for all these years are about to come flooding to the surface. It will be a
remarkable thing to witness.
 “You wanted someone to love—you’ve not seen such love as a
freed, reformed Black Hat can offer. She will stand by your side, loyal
to the end. She will love you the sum of her days; yet, she will not be
your toy, your pet. She will be your foil, your equal, terrible in her
power, endless in her devotion. She will argue with you, she will make
her thoughts known. She will make you a whole person and you will
do the same for her. All these things are very possible, however, love,
in any case, is earned—not given. You must be worthy of her love.
After ten failed marriages, I should think that you’d have learned that
by now.”
The Duke pulled on his pipe and thought.
“Additionally, the Lord of Blanchefort—for that is the ‘Northern
Guy’ who tamed the Black Hat Sygillis of Metatron, cracked darkness
hovering around her like a walnut shell—which is why I am here,
because you lack what he can do. You cannot break the Black Abbess’s
darkness around her.”
“Certainly, I’ll wager his Black Hat was nothing of the tempestuous
little fiend that mine is.”
“On the contrary, Sygillis of Metatron was a foul, evil, unrepentant
woman … every bit as vile and dangerous as the one shackled below—
though, admittedly, not quite as noisy.”
The creature nosed the door open. “On a more social note, Duke,
the Lord of Blanchefort also possesses a number of additional qualities
which you appear to need work on. Kindness, decency, wit, and basic
courtesy are just a few. You might be wise to follow his example. Forget
being the Duke of Oyln for a bit, forget being the swashbuckling
pirate, and try being a man for a change. Perhaps you have as much to
learn from her as she does from you.”
The Duke shrugged and held his pipe. “It … could be argued so.”
His previous apprehension had fallen away completely—this creature
was not evil, he could feel it. He fancied he even liked it a little. He
allowed himself hope—perhaps this silver beast could help him after
ominously from the bottom of the stairs.
The silver creature looked up at the Duke. “And remember, you,
sir, will be in my debt. When the time is correct, I will come a-calling
on you, and I will expect you to assist me as I wish.”
“Silence this woman and open her arms for me,” the Duke said
moving down the stairs, “and I am yours however you see fit.”
The Duke and the silver creature entered the dungeon, and
approached the screaming Black Hat. She spat and cursed. She opened
and closed her fists, wanting to wrap them around the Duke’s neck.
Standing back, the Duke watched as the strange silver creature
began its work.
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Title: The Blessed Knights
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
Editor: Jessica Nelson
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at MaeIDesign & Photography
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Eli, Lucia’s half-demon love interest, has been stabbed with a true-cross dagger and captured by Cyrus, master of the possessor demons. The Chosen Knights must work together once again not only to save Eli, but also to decipher a clue to find the second missing page of Jacques de Molay’s journal. Meanwhile, Uncle Davin informs Crossroads’ Divine Elders of the danger ahead and learns there is much to fear. Countless children are being taken from all over the world to be turned into demons. Michael, one of the Divine Elders, has no choice but to intervene. The Chosen Knights track down Mortem, the demon who is the key to finding Cyrus, and learn they must travel deep into the pit of a Hawaiian volcano. When they astral travel to the past in search of a clue and follow Jacques de Molay to Roselyn Chapel in medieval Scotland, what they find will rewrite history.
Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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